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By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
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MORE than one million gal-
lons of untreated waste from
residences in Pinewood Gar-
dens and its outlying areas is
estimated to be overflowing
daily.

Pinewood MP Byron Wood-
side explained the spillage was
a chronic problem for the
Waste and Water Treatment
Plant at Pigeon Plum Street, as
it had become inundated by the
load from both Pinewood Gar-
dens and Lynden Pindling
Estates.

Water and Sewerage
employees worked throughout
the weekend to cap a spewing
valve, unclog waste reservoirs
and stem the flow of raw
sewage into the community;
which some residents fear has
contaminated their water sup-
ply.

Mr Woodside said: “This has
been going on from time to
time for years, prior to my
being elected to Pinewood, and
I will seek within every means
to have the matter dealt with -
with a degree of finality — so it
will not occur in the future.”

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Bahamas Information Services

apology over fire press release

By GENA GIBBS
Bahamas Information Services

IN a press release issued by Bahamas Information Services,
the erroneous misquotes attributed to Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux wrongly concluded that he has confirmed the source of
the Betty K dock fire and the future use of the waterfront property.

Minister Deveaux did not make any statement which said the
Fire Marshall had concluded his investigations regarding the cause
of the fire.

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AFTER struggling with
harrowing health and finan-
cial challenges over the past
year, Consuela Thurston and
her children — who have been
featured several times by The
Tribune in recent months —
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tremendous blow.

Mrs Thurston’s husband
and the father of five of her
seven children died yesterday
morning in hospital from can-
cer related complications.

At this time, Tribune read-
ers are asked to send their
prayers, kind words, and any
financial or emotional support
they can, to assist the

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FAMILY’S STRUGGLE: The youngest Thurston child, Brianna, two, sae to a photo of her parents as her sisters Sarah, eight, and Brit-
tiny, 10, and her mother Consuela look on. This weekend after church, the Thurston family opened up their home to Tribune readers. But
later that day, the family would learn that Mr Thurston, 42-year-old husband and father, had died. Despite personal health challenges, Mrs
Thurston’s staunch faith, boundless optimism and positivity remains to be the source of strength for her family. Tribune readers are asked
to send their prayers and support to the family during their darkest hour.

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LOCAL NEWS

Struggling family’s darkest |

FROM page one

Thurston family during their
darkest hour.

Overwhelmed by grief, Mrs
Thurston, who herself is a
stage-four cancer patient, is
now questioning how she and
her children will be able to
cope with this latest in what
seems to be a never ending
series of terrible hardships.

Mrs Thurston, 38, was diag-
nosed with breast cancer,
already in its advanced stage, in
2009.

In November, her husband
Peter, 42, was diagnosed with
Hodgkins Lymphoma, anoth-
er form of cancer that affects
the immune system.

The Thurstons have two
boys and three girls, ages 10,
nine, eight, six and two. Mrs
Thurston had two daughters
before her marriage. They are
now 16 and 19 years old.

Up until the emergence of
their health challenges, the
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Only this weekend, Mrs
Thurston told The Tribune
that her family is now facing a
new medical challenge; her
nine-year-old son, Peter Jr,
has just been diagnosed with
scoliosis, a condition in which
a person’s spine is curved
from side to side.

Nurse Charlene McPhee,
co-founder of the Sister Sis-
ter Breast Cancer support
group, told The Tribune she
first met Consuela two years
ago through the group’s trea-
surer.

In an interview before Mr
Thurston’s death, Nurse
McPhee said: “Consuela’s
case is really such a difficult
one. She has so many things
coming at her at one time,
besides her and her husband,
there are the children. She’s
carrying a load for everyone,
but who’s helping her to carry
her load? She’s not checking
for herself, and in spite of all
of that you have to take some
time out and think about
yourself and what you’re
going to do for you.”

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not only has to struggle with
her husband’s death and tak-
ing care of her children, but
she is also facing some seri-
ous decisions about her own
health.

Mrs Thurston, whose kid-
neys are only working at 32
per cent capacity, will soon
have to decide whether she
wants to continue a painful
course of chemotherapy.

In an interview before her
husband’s death, Mrs
Thurston, in a rare incidence
of flagging optimism, broke
down as she related her cur-
rent health status.

“When you keep hearing
bad news after bad news it
really gets you discouraged. I
don’t care how much faith you
have it really discourages you.
It tries to break your faith, but
I just have my faith and I’m
holding on to that because I’m
not giving up on that, Pll for-
ever praise the Lord,” she
said.

As it concerns the continu-
ance of her chemotherapy, the
mother of seven said she has
not made up her mind yet.

“It’s just a waiting period
right now for me. I’m not even
sure if I even want to do this
chemo. I really have to pray
hard for this one. I need an
answer.

“My liver is infected with
the cancer. The cancer is just
all over my body right now. It
went to my bones to my head
they told me they can’t count
all the tumours.”

As for what happens to her
children when she can no
longer be there to care for



THE THURSTON FAMILY posed for a family shot outside of their church, Miracle Revival Fellowship,
on Sunday morning. From left: Sasha, 16; Justin, 6; Brianna, 2; Sarah, 8; Peter, 9; and Brittiny, 10.

THE CHILDREN are pictured above with their parents’ wedding photo.

them, Mrs Thurston said she
will let her younger daughters
live with their 19-year-old sis-
ter and the boys with their
aunt in Freeport.

Nurse McPhee said: “Right
now this is not a money thing

for her, it’s a time for hope
and reassurance and just to
know that people care, that
there are people around her
who care. Wouldn’t it be won-
derful to know that the
Bahamas is praying for her?”



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Street and Soldier Road,
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Police probe |
club violence:

POLICE are investigating
two incidents of violent crime
occurring at the Lodge Club
on Lewis and East Streets.

One man was shot in both
legs while another man was
stabbed in his neck as a result



of an argument that broke out

early Saturday morning.

The shooting victim was
approached by a man, armed
with a handgun, who was
dressed in a white shirt and
black trousers, and who start-
ed to shoot at him.

The stabbing victim, a 25-
year-old man from Montrose
Avenue, suffered his injuries
after he got into an argument
with a group of people.

Both men were taken to
hospital by private vehicle
and were said to be in stable
condition as police investiga-
tions continue.

Armed robbers

target pharmacy |

POLICE are investigating
a weekend armed robbery at
McCartney’s Pharmacy on
Mount Royal Avenue. Early
Saturday morning, two men —
one of whom was armed with
a handgun — entered the store
and demanded cash. The gun-
man was said to have worn a
green shirt, and his accom-
plice a white shirt.

The culprits fled east on
foot with an undetermined
amount of cash around
8.30am.

Ambassador hears claims
of immigration officials
mnistreating Haitians

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Haitian
Ambassador to the Bahamas
Antonio Rodrigue heard
reports of mistreatment and

of the island’s immigration
officials as well as claims of
work permit approval refusals
during his visit to Grand
Bahama on Saturday.

The ambassador paid a
courtesy call on local immi-
gration officials and met with
members of the Haitian com-
munity on the island.

Grand Bahama has one of
the largest Haitian popula-
tions in the Bahamas, outside
of New Providence. It was the
ambassador’s first visit to the
island since taking up his
appointment in October at
the Embassy of the Republic
of Haiti in Nassau.

Mr Rodrigue was sched-
uled to visit the Haitian com-
munities in the Pinder’s Point
and Eight Mile Rock settle-
ments yesterday.

“T want to visit everywhere
where there are Haitians. I
need to see them; the way
they are living, the place they
are living and how things are
going for them here.

“T have been doing that in
Nassau (and) try to visit them
because I feel when I know
the situation I would be in a
position to better assist
them,” Mr Rodrigue said.

The ambassador spoke
with The Tribune on Saturday
evening at Mary Star of the
Sea auditorium, where he

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FIREFIGHTERS were

: called to the scene of two fires
i yesterday, with crews work-
i ing into the night to extinguish
? smouldering rubble at the fire-
i ravaged Betty K Agencies and
i? a grocery store blaze on Min-
i nie Street.

According to an officer in

; the control room at Police
> : Fire Services, firemen were
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net___: called to the destroyed Bay
: Street block yesterday evening
? to put out smouldering debris.
i The hot spot was extinguished
: around 6.22 pm the officer

abuse of Haitians at the hands : said.

Firemen also worked to put

i outa fire at J D Food Store on
? Minnie Street but were unable
? to save the top floor of the
i two-story building and two
i adjacent wooden structures.
i When The Tribune arrived on

LOCAL NEWS

— Grocery store
damaged in fire —

Firefighters also put out smouldering rubble at Betty K Agencies |

scene around 6.30 pm, two
trucks were on site as firemen
directed water at the burning
building. Officers were called
to the scene shortly before 5
pm, The Tribune was told.

It is believed that the fire
began in an abandoned wood-
en building behind the gro-
cery store and quickly spread
to the adjacent shop and an
unused shanty.

Occupants

The Tribune was told the
occupants living on the
destroyed second floor of the
grocery store were not inside
the building at the time of the
fire and the food store was
closed.

"When we arrived we met a
single-story wooden structure
at the eastern side of the rear
of the building fully involved,
we attacked this fire aggres-

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firefighter on the scene.

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site, firefighters were in the }
trying to }
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? skeletal remains found
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} afternoon.

? Royal Bahamas Police
? Force could not say if
? the deceased was a vic-
? tim of foul play or died
? of natural causes. Up
? to press time, the vic-
? tim's gender could not
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GRIM FIND: Funeral home workers yesterday evening removed unidentified
: skeletal remains from Dick’s Point.

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TAKEN AWAY: The remains are carried
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FIRE FIGHT: Firemen fight to put outa fire at J D Food Store on Minnie Street. They were unable to save ; Tesponded and found the remains. .

i the top floor of the two-story building and two adjacent wooden structures.

By TANEKA THOMPSON
: Tribune Staff Reporter
i tthompson@tribunemedia.net

.clad only in blue jeans,"

} said Superintendent Ismella Davis, officer-in-charge of the
? eastern division, from the scene yesterday.
sively however the fire was i

Up to press time investigators could not say how long the

: remains were on the shoreline and were working to determine
two-story stone structure :
which has a grocery store at }
the bottom and residence at :
the top floor. The top floor }
was extensively damaged, the }
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another abandoned structure :
on the southern side and that }

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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]

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Fighting govt secrecy an ongoing battle

OXFORD, Miss. — Fast-moving world
events remind us again how secrecy harms
societies and how critical the free flow of
information is to protecting citizens’ rights.

As Egypt descended into anarchy, revo-
lutions were being spawned in other coun-
tries.

Efforts to impose secrecy on unfolding
events by shutting down the Internet and
attempting to prevent news media from
reporting the story have failed and instead
fueled the people's revolution.

By closing off access to information, gov-
ernments obscure the truth and avoid
accountability to the public.

But hiding behind a wall of secrecy to
maintain power and preventing people from
having a voice in matters affecting their lives
can cook up a volatile, toxic brew of frustra-
tion escalating into violence.

We don't have to pay the high price of
risking lives and economic hardship as people
in the Middle East who are fighting to force
government accountability and gain a voice in
decisions and policies.

But we must remain vigilant to challenge
lack of transparency and work to improve
access to information.

A growing number of Americans realize
how essential it is to assume responsibility
for keeping tabs on local and state govern-
ment within their communities.

They understand that they have a real
stake in decisions made by mayors, boards of
supervisors, city councils, schools boards and
other decision-makers who set policies and
spend taxpayer funds.

But Americans trying to stay informed
face considerable frustration despite the open
meetings and public records laws.

You go to a meeting, and members of the
public body zip through an agenda without
deliberation or explanation. Or they imme-
diately adjourn for an executive session to
discuss public matters privately. You ask to
see minutes of meetings and are told they're
not ready even months after the meeting.

You're left in the dark and uninformed.
But bills pending in the Mississippi Legisla-
ture could punish individuals who violate the
open meetings law with fines from $500 to
$1,000 and declare actions in illegal executive
sessions null and void. Depending on what
part of the state you live in, you could be
socked with excessive search and copy fees for
public records. Mississippi has no standard
policy on how much can be charged, although
the law states "actual cost."

Bills have been introduced in the Legisla-
ture to address these problems, but indica-
tions are they are unlikely to pass this year.

One solution would be to make public
records available online in user-friendly, eas-
ily searchable databases.

Online government transparency, in fact,
is the new frontier attracting the interest of a
variety of citizen groups around the U.S. who
are pushing for online databases on govern-
ment spending at the state and local level.

Research by the U.S. Public Integrity
Research Group (PIRG) indicates that states
that have responded to the accountability
and accessibility challenge with electronic
records made available in user-friendly
searchable databases report positive out-
comes. A PIRG 2010 report said states with
this type of website "are saving money, restor-
ing public confidence in government, and
preventing wasteful or pay-to-play contracts.”

These states have set up websites without
much upfront cost according to the report,
and PIRG explains how to do it.

In a time of economic hardship and major
budget cuts, the investment in online records
of government expenditures could pay great
dividends by reducing waste, deterring cor-
ruption and saving taxpayer money.

Mississippi government is moving in the
right direction in utilizing the Internet but
has a long way to go to catch up with other
states.

The Mississippi Accountability and Trans-
parency Act of 2008 was a good step in pro-
viding information, requiring the state
Department of Finance and Administration
to put state expenditures online.

A bill to amend the 2008 law introduced in
the Legislature would strengthen this law in
several ways, including expanding the data on
expenditures online in searchable databases
and making it available in a more timely man-
ner without charge to the public.

But much more information than spending
could be put on the Internet to inform citi-
zens. Notices of upcoming meetings with
agendas, copies of minutes of meetings, bud-
gets, salaries and many other types of infor-
mation are routinely put online in other
states. There are government officials in Mis-
sissippi who are taking seriously their respon-
sibility to be transparent in conducting public
business. They have been pro-active in
broadcasting public meetings, putting records,
agendas, minutes and videos online, blogging
about public business, utilizing Facebook and
Twitter, opening up the budget decision-mak-
ing process and inviting citizens to share their
ideas. The Internet has revolutionized the
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LETTERS

Editor, The Tribune.

Why should the “tick-
tack-toe” building on Bay
Street survive?

Easy!

It’s part of the historic
fabric that makes up the
character of Bay Street.

It’s where Austin T.
Levy’s Harrisville Compa-
ny operated one of a chain
of Hatchet Bay Farm “milk
stands.”

The stand, with its wood-
en planked floor, sold local-
ly produced milk, eggs, ice
cream and chicken. The ice-
cream — served in little card-
board containers with wood-
en paddle spoons — played
Pied Piper to many a child.

Harrisville also owned
charming tourist cottages, a
food store and a “yacht
club” in Hatchet Bay,
Eleuthera. It had its own
inter-island mail boat sys-
tem. It was the only compa-
ny to successfully run such

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Bahamas. Mr. Levy put
food on the Bahamas’ table
and helped create full
employment in Eleuthera,
but he couldn’t join the
Chamber of Commerce
because he was an Ameri-
can Jew. My father,
Theodore Damianos, the
general manager of Hatchet
Bay Farms, couldn’t join the
Chamber because he was
the son of Greek sponge
brokers. A second genera-
tion Bahamian, he too felt
the sting of ethnic discrimi-
nation.

Many years later, when
the PLP government bought
Hatchet Bay Farms from the
Levy Estate, they fired all
the white Bahamians and
expats, including my father.

Hatchet Bay Farms,

“triumph of the human spir-
it,” subsequently collapsed
because the new kids on the
block were completely out
of their depth. So there’s a
lot of history in that little
building.

It’s a lovely cut stone
building. To get an idea of
its potential, look at the
beautifully preserved Daw-
son E Roberts chambers on
the corner of Shirley and
Parliament Streets.

The poor, bedraggled
“tick-tack-toe building tells a
story, as do so many historic
buildings. It should be incor-
porated in the plan to revi-
talize the old city of Nassau.

Hello? Does anyone trav-
el?

Monuments to history,
properly preserved and
managed, are huge tourist
magnets.

Athena Damianos
Nassau,

an operation in the

Prime Minister Pindling’s

February 16, 2011.

ACP Basil Dean, one of a vanishing breed

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On hearing of the sudden passing of ACP
Basil Dean a few days ago, I was deeply sad-
dened. I retreated to my favourite spot under
a shade tree in my garden and quietly recalled
the many moments I spent with him as a young
policeman during the late 1960s.

1958 was the last year in which the govern-
ment of The Bahamas sought recruits for the
Force from other countries in the Caribbean
and South America.

From 1960 onwards all Islands in the archi-
pelago were canvassed for recruits to comple-
ment the ranks of the force.

During the early and mid-60s the major por-
tion of the men recruited were from Cat Island.

It was during this period that a massive cam-
paign in public relations in all secondary
schools in New Providence and the Family
Islands was being conducted by the RBPF and
the Kiwanis Club of Nassau.

It was also during this period that many of
the senior echelon of the Force during the 80s
and upward were recruited, a number of whom
served under my command in various sections
of the force. These men were indeed, a breed,
that are fast vanishing from the front lines of
the security forces in this nation.

Three from that era became Commissioners,
B K Bonaby, Paul Farquharson and Reginald

Ferguson, and in my humble opinion if it had
not been for political insensitivity and inter-
ference, there was nothing to stop Basil Dean
from achieving that feat.

Like so many a good officer before him
who, like him, were forced to take that path
and like them, he is now being given the roses;
but, alas, he is unable to smell them.

Nathaniel Rolle, Ashton Miller and Basil
Dean were Assistant Commissioners.

These officers of whom I write were dedi-
cated, hard working, loyal to the brand and
incorruptible.

With Basil’s sudden and inhumane depar-
ture from CDU and the force, a void was left
that is still felt to this present time.

The personal tragedy and indignities expe-
rienced by this fearless advocate of law and
order did nothing to deter him from his goal of
ridding our social system of the scourge of
criminality.

It is sad but true, that men of his quality
and ilk are fast becoming extinct in our security
forces of today. My heartfelt condolences go
out to his family.

ERRINGTON

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Deputy PM to lead delegation to
CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings

DEPUTY Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette will lead a delegation to
the Twenty-Second Inter-Sessional
Meeting of the Conference of Heads
of Government of the Caribbean
Community in St George, Grenada ||
from February 25-26.

He will represent the Prime Min- |
ister Hubert Ingraham.

Prior to the Heads meeting, Mr
Symonette will also participate in the
Foreign Ministers meeting from Feb-
ruary 23-24.

He will be accompanied by Eugene
Newry, First Assistant Secretary,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sid-
ney Collie, newly-appointed High
Commissioner to CARICOM.

Matters up for discussion include a
report on the developments in rela-



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CICO issue as requested by St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines; and the
constitutional issue regarding the
Turks and Caicos Islands.

Major issues and recommenda-
tions from the Prime Ministerial and
Sub Committee on the CARICOM
Single Market and Economy; critical
issues in the area of health and
| human development, towards the
establishment of the Caribbean Pub-
lic Health Agency (CARPHA), and
climate change are also up for dis-
cussion.

The Bahamas will specifically
exchange views with Commonwealth
Secretary General Kamalesh Shar-
ma about sharing facilities in Gene-
va where The Bahamas is setting up
office towards its accession into the
World Trade Organisation.

tion to Haiti - one year later since the devastat-
ing earthquake; the establishment of a Permanent
Committee of CARICOM Ambassadors within
a structure of the Caribbean Community; matters
relating to the Caribbean Court of Justice; Finan-
cial stability relating to the British American and

There also will be recommendations as to who
will succeed CARICOM Secretary General
Edwin Carrington, who resigned in December
2010 after 18 years at the helm.

Mr Symonette and his delegation will return to
The Bahamas on Monday, February 28.

Citizens action group ‘We The People’
prepares for launch in Grand Bahama

AFTER its launch in New
Providence last November, the
citizens action group “We The
People” is now gearing up to
start its work in Grand
Bahama.

The group — the brainchild
of Ed Fields, radio personality
and Kerzner International’s
vice-president of public affairs
— has as its aim to galvanise
public interest and involve-
ment in the Bahamas’ devel-
opment.

This coming Saturday, WTP
will take its message to Grand
Bahama.

“Grand Bahamians will
have an opportunity to share in
the vision of this community
based organisation during its
launch at the Regency Theatre
starting at 7.30pm sharp.

“WTP promotes the
empowerment of the masses,
by encouraging and inspiring
individuals to come together
to find solutions to the myriad
of problems affecting this
nation, as opposed to waiting
on the government or others
to offer solutions,” the group
said in a press statement.

According to the group’s
founders, “WTP crosses polit-
ical, racial and religious bound-
aries and brings together a
diverse group of Bahamians,
called the ‘First Thirty’ — the
initial members of the organi-
sation, among them Bishop
Neil Ellis; businessmen Fred
Hazelwood and Franklyn Wil-
son; former Central Bank Gov-
ernor Julian Francis; former
Director of Culture Dr. Nico-
lette Bethel and many others.”

November 16.

WTP was officially
launched in the Nassau on
November 16, 2010. Since its
formation, membership has
increased from 30 to over 600.

The association is a regis-
tered non-profit organisation
whose membership is open to
the general public, students,
academia, business profes-
sionals, retired public officials,
other institutions and associa-
tions and anyone who loves
the Bahamas, the group said.

Speaking at the WTP
launch in New Providence, Mr
Fields said: “Are we a third
party? Absolutely not. We
might be called the Bahamian
tea party. Our answer will be
the tea party is about ideology,
"We the People’ is about ideas.
Some will classify us a think
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praised the work and invest-
ment of the principals of the
Deep Water Cay Club in East
Grand Bahama this weekend,
as he officially opened the new
and expanded development
that provides employment for
more than 40 Bahamians in the
eastern part of the island.

Prime Minister Ingraham
said: “I came to say to the peo-
ple of East Grand Bahama,
McLean’s Town in particular,
that you’ve got some wonder-
ful people here who have
invested substantial sums of
money, who did what nobody
else I know has done before
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new ownership and manage-
ment.

Since then, approximately
$10 million have been invested
in the refurbishment, expan-
sion and modernisation of the
development.

After meeting with the Gov-
ernment, the new investors
undertook to upgrade the facil-
ity.

Mr Ingraham also expressed
his pleasure that the new
investors are “conservation-
ists,” persons who he said
would work to ensure that the
development provides no
threat to the area’s fish and
marine life.

“There are many places in
the Bahamas that would be
envious of having this facility
near them,” he said.

“As a small place, this place
is employing and providing
income for 40 or 45 people —
these are the sort of things that
we would like to encourage in
our Family Islands.”

Prime Minister Ingraham
affirmed his Government’s
support for the Deep Water
Cay Club and pledged its com-
mitment to enabling the devel-
opment to operate efficiently
and successfully.

Paul Vahldiek, co-owner of
Deep Water Cay resort, said:
“We are thrilled to have the
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Heart Ball top award goes
to Lady Camille Barnett

UNDER the theme, “Sav-
ing little hearts for 50 years,
one beat at a time”, the Heart
Ball Committee celebrated the
47th annual Heart Ball and the
50th anniversary of the Sir
Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation at the Sher-
aton Nassau Beach Resort on
Saturday.

One of the highlights of the
evening was the presentation
of The Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award to Lady Camille
Barnett.

Lady Barnett is an associate
professor at the College of the
Bahamas in the School of
Social Sciences.

In 1989, she became a
member of the Zonta Club of
Nassau. It was through Zonta
that she began her work of
public charity. As a Zontian
she helped establish the Gold-
en Z Club at COB and the Z
Club at St John’s College.

Through Zonta, Lady Bar-
nett helped in the establish-
ment of the PACE Founda-
tion, which is dedicated to
helping teen mothers.

She was a charter director
of the National Art Gallery
Board and served as a director
of the Gallery Board, during
the period when Villa Doyle
was refurbished and estab-
lished as the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas.

Winner

Despite these undertakings,
she is best known for her work
with the Bahamas AIDS
Foundation. Again through
Zonta, this year’s winner was a
signatory to the documents
establishing the Foundation in
1992. She has been a director
of the AIDS Foundation from
its inception. For the past nine
years she has also served as
the president of the AIDS
Foundation and has in many
ways been the face of that
organisation to the communi-
ty.

: “Through her stewardship,
the AIDS Foundation has
worked tirelessly to educate
people, encourage prevention,
overcome prejudices, provide
support, and fund treatment
and care to persons living with
HIV/AIDS,” the Heart Ball
Committee said.

Lady Barnett has been
married to Sir Michael Bar-
nett, Chief Justice of the
Bahamas for more than 30
years, and is the mother of two
daughters and the grandmoth-
er of one.

In her acceptance speech
Lady Barnett applauded her

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predecessors whose work she
was able to build upon. She
also thanked her family for
their support.

R E Barnes, chairman of
the Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation,
said in his presentation of the
Golden Heart Award: “When
Lady Barnett took up the
cause of HIV and AIDS, she
quickly realised that ignorance
and bias were stopping us
from doing our best to lessen
the impact of this disease in
the Bahamas. Through her
commitment she has helped
raise awareness which in turn
has assisted dramatically in
reducing the impact of
HIV/AIDS on members of our
community for almost two
decades.”

He noted that there had
once again been many worthy
nominees, but this year’s win-
ner “stood out as a wonderful
example of what a person can
do when they set their mind
to it.”

In addition to the Golden
Heart Award presentation, the
evening’s other events were
also deemed a success by
organisers.

According to Committee
member Ingrid Sears, “It was a
fabulous evening. The patrons
of the ball truly had a great
time. Old friends and new
friends all came out to show
their support for the Heart
Foundation, as we continue to
raise funds to repair children’s
hearts. My colleagues and I
are very grateful and thankful
to all who have helped to
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as we move forward.”

“T was most impressed with
the new logo that I saw,” said
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis. “The heart and the
adult hand reaching out to
help uplift a child. Not only
does it extend to the heart, but

the populous at large. The
adult reaches down and pulls
up. Children represent the
future of the country. It is our
responsibility to help to pre-
pare them and protect them
for the future.”

Dr Jerome Lightbourne,
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there has been an evolution in
heart care in the Bahamas.
Senator Dr Duane Sands, car-
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and said that “things have con-
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to get better.

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Mr Barnes, who is also the
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be celebrating the 50th
anniversary of the Foundation.

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El Dorado may be in sight at last

By SIR RONALD
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(The writer is a
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SINCE the late 1970’s
and until recently, the
economy of Guyana has
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Caribbean falling second
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increase still further help-
ing to sustain employment
and revenues throughout
the regional grouping.
Between 2006 and 2010,
Guyana enjoyed average
economic growth of 4 per
cent — an enviable achieve-
ment among CARICOM
countries, the majority of
whose economies have
contracted especially since
the global financial crisis
that started in late 2008.

Economy

The Guyana Finance
Minister, Ashni Singh,
attributes the growth in the
economy to several factors,
among them being the
diversification of the pro-
ductive sector; studied gov-
ernment policy decisions to
generate activities that
have a mutliplyer effect in
the economy; and the cre-
ation of a stable environ-
ment for doing business.

In terms of the business
environment, Singh
emphasizes that Guyana
enjoys exchange rate sta-
bility, low and declining
interest rates, and a low
rate of inflation.

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ing and new investors a
platform of predictability
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rate taxes by 5 per cent to
40 per cent for commercial
companies and 30 per cent
for manufacturing firms.

There is certainly clear
evidence of investment in
the economy.

The construction indus-
try is booming across the
country in housing, facto-
ries and office buildings.

In turn, construction is
spinning-off other growth
areas in the supply of
materials, transportation,
and also in the spending by
the work force on con-
sumption — food, rent,
clothing and so on.

Guyana’s debt to GDP
ratio is now around 60 per
cent, considerably lower
than many CARICOM
countries whose ratios are
more than 100 per cent,
and its foreign reserves
represent five months of its
import requirements.

This is remarkable not
only because many CARI-
COM countries are secing
their foreign reserves dwin-
dling, but also because of
the years of cutting back
on imports that Guyana
suffered because of insuffi-
cient foreign earnings.

A striking development
in social terms is the steady
increase in government
expenditure directed at old
age pensioners and other
vulnerable communities.
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ties, again with a mutiplyer
effect in the economy since
these funds are spent on
consumption.

In the current budget,
the government has also
allocated US$300 million
to building roads, bridges,
schools and hospitals; a
sum twice as large as it was
five years ago and which
provides much needed
pubic goods as well as
employment, consumer
spending and workers’ sav-
ings in banks.

Infrastructure

A significant develop-
ment in Guyana has been
the use of Information
Technology. More than
2,000 computer literate
Guyanese young people,
mostly women, are
employed in call centres
providing services to com-
panies located in countries
as distant as Australia.
Experts suggest that the
sector could employ as
many as 6,000 people by
2013 given the fact that
Guyana is English-speak-
ing and its telecommunica-
tions infrastructure is
improving to provide faster
broadband service.

The salvation of Guyana
has been in its natural
resources, and the diversi-
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Guyana has been the use of
Information Technology. More
than 2,000 computer literate
Guyanese young people, mostly
women, are employed in call
centres providing services to
companies located in countries
as distant as Australia.”



base to exploit these
resources more effectively.

Twenty years ago,
Guyana depended almost
entirely on export earnings
from sugar, rice and baux-
ite.

Today, while these three
commodities remain
important, the agricultural
sector has been diversified
and Guyana is now a net
exporter of agricultural
products.

But, it is its other
resources, especially gold,
that has made a difference
in recent years, and will
catapult the country’s eco-
nomic growth in the future.

For instance, last year
the country earned
US$346.4 million from
gold, almost three times
the sum it earned from
bauxite (US$114.6 m), sug-
ar (US$104 m) and rice
(US$154.6 m).

Singh is confident that -
as carly as this year — the
country’s gold sector is set
for “catalytic investment”
on an unprecedented scale
that will earn the country
even greater revenues
while introducing new
technology that conforms
to the high environmental
standards that Guyana has
set as part of its policy to
employ a low carbon devel-
opment strategy.

And then there is oil.
Studies done by the United
States indicate that the
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being explored by several
oil companies, large and
small, and there is even on
shore exploration. It is
almost a creed amongst
Guyanese that it is only a
matter of time before oil
starts to flow.

Measured by its rich nat-
ural resources, its recent
economic performance,
and the investments set to
be made in gold and oil,
Guyana’s economic
prospects and the contri-
bution it can make to
CARICOM look healthy
and heartening.

2011 is an election year
in Guyana. So far, there is
no sign of anything but a
peaceful process.

The political parties are
each engaged in trying to
identify a candidate for the
nation’s Presidency.

There are five known
candidates in the ruling
Peoples Progressive Party
and a similar number in the
main opposition Peoples
National Congress.

By mid-March both par-
ties would have chosen
their candidate in process-
es which have been inter-
nally rancorous but have
shown no sign of erupting
into national strife. There
are smaller political par-
ties, including the Alliance
for Change which has a set-
tled candidate.

Elections have to be
held by November, and the
campaigning season will
start in earnest by April.

Whichever party wins
the Presidency and forms
the government, it will
inherit an economy that is
stronger than it has ever
been with every indicator
for greater growth.

For Guyana — the fabled
land of “El Dorado” may
be in sight at last if this
election is conducted by
mature democratic stan-
dards and the new govern-
ment uses the country’s
resources for the benefit of
all, especially its disadvan-
taged.

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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamian movie ‘Wind
Jammers’ screens in
Grand Bahama to a
sold-out audience

THE Bahamian feature-
length family film “Wind Jam-
mers” was screened for the
first time in Grand Bahama
on February 12 at the new
Canal House conference cen-
tre of the Pelican Bay Hotel
to a sold-out audience.

Families enjoyed compli-
mentary popcorn provided by
Pelican Bay and had a chance
to meet and get autographs
from the star of “Wind Jam-
mers”, Justice von Maur.

Both co-directors, Kareem
Mortimer and Ric von Maur,
were in attendance along with
actors Moya Thompson and
Claudette ‘Cookie’ Allens.

“Tam so glad we were invit-
ed to show the movie in
Grand Bahama, and every-
one was so nice. I really
enjoyed sailing with the kids
at the Grand Bahama Sailing
Club the day following the
screening,” said 15-year-old
Justice von Maur, who
learned to sail when she was
ten.

Methice Rigby sang the
national anthem and guests
were welcomed by Pelican
Bay’s general manager, Mag-
nus Alnebeck.

“Pelican Bay is happy to
have sponsored this event,
and the Grand Bahama Sail-
ing Club in extension. We are
looking forward to seeing
more young Grand Bahami-
ans being introduced to the
sport of sailing,” said Mr
Alnebeck.

Donna Mackey spoke on
behalf of the Ministry of
Tourism’s Film Commission




and shared her delight to have
had the opportunity to work
with director Kareem Mor-
timer on various occasions
over the years as he has made
his way up the ladder to now
being a director with several
movies under his belt, in par-
ticular his multi-award win-
ning film “Children of God”
which is set to be out on
DVD later this year .

Mr Mortimer shared his
thoughts on the screening by
saying, “It was great playing
the movie to another Bahami-
an audience.

“We were very pleased to
see how the community sup-
ported this event and it was
wonderful to have such a
great turnout.”

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following day’s Sunday Sailing
while also providing informa-
tion on the sailing pro-
grammes they have available
on the island.

Chris Paine, co-founder of
the Sailing Club, said: “It was
great to meet the cast and
directors of ‘Wind Jammers’
which added much to the
actual showing of the movie.
The GBSC is enormously
grateful to the Bahamas
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donating most of the proceeds
to the Club which in turn will
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“We all worked long and
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“Many thanks to Pelican
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PAINT FAIR’S ‘REUSE PAINT DEPOT’ — Persons wishing to support
on-island community projects can donate left-over or excess paint to
the ‘Reuse Paint Depot’. Inspecting containers of donated paint
before passing them on are (I-r): Gary Carey, sales associate, and Eric
Baptista, store manager and sales representative of Paint Fair.

THE Grand Bahama
company Paint Fair has
introduced several new pro-
grammes to encourage per-
sons to preserve and pro-
tect their homes, businesses
and communal areas.

Since the inception of the
Keep Grand Bahama Clean
(KGBC) initiative, Paint
Fair has been a staunch
supporter helping to spread
the message of ‘reduce,
reuse and recycle’, cam-
paign officials said.

“Keeping our island clean
is in our best interests — it
protects all of our liveli-
hoods and the future of our
children and their chil-
dren,” said Paint Fair gen-
eral manager Lesley Bap-
tista.

“What we think is impor-
tant is for everyone to
realise that small steps can
add up to make a big dif-

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“Keeping our island clean
is in our best interests —
it protects all of our liveli-
hoods and the future of our
children and their children.”



Paint Fair general manager

ference, the key is to start.”

Initial steps the company
has taken include reducing
waste by eliminating it in
the first place. Ms Baptista
said they offer customers
the best information possi-
ble at the outset regarding
not buying more paint or
accessories than is really
needed.

Additionally, Paint Fair

rs

Lesley Baptista

said it is committed to pro-
viding environmentally
friendly, durable products.

KGBC chairperson Naki-
ra Wilchcombe praised
Paint Fair’s commitment to
the campaign.

“We are thrilled to have
such concerned green citi-
zens aS Paint Fair as a
KGBC partner. They have
always demonstrated a

PAINT FAIR’S sales associate

Bridgette Storr (left) and gen-

eral manager Lesley Baptista
arrange assorted displays.

keen desire to positively
impact the community and
this is evident in the expert
advice and quality products
that they offer when it
comes to protecting the
environment,” she said.

Of particular note is the
company’s ‘Reuse Paint
Depot’ where individuals
can drop off excess or left-
over paint.

Launched in late 2009,
this partner programme
with KGBC provides a
place for persons to bring
in used or excess paint to
be passed on to those in
need or to be properly dis-
posed of.

According to Ms Bap-
tista, after passing proper
inspection, the donated
paint is then given to vari-
ous beneficiaries such as
schools, churches and vari-
ous organisations.

Firm launches initiatives to Keep Grand Bahama clean

“We never re-blend the
donated paint with our new
stock, nor do we recycle it,
but it is given to those in
need to support community
projects,” she said.

Student entrants in the
KGBC Downtown Mural
Competition were recently
on the receiving end of this
initiative.

Paint Fair’s ‘Reuse Paint
Depot’ made donations to
school art departments and
young artists used the paint
to produce award-winning
pieces for the contest.

Ms Wilchcombe further
noted that Paint Fair has
also been a major supporter
of the Downtown Turn-
around Project which the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority launched in
2009.

Ms Baptista offered sev-
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it — try to use up any left-
over paint by adding an
extra coat for richer colour
and extra protection, or use
paint to give new life to fur-
niture and accessories that
could use a facelift; share
it — as long as paint is in
good condition, swap it
with a friend or neighbour;
clean up — water-based
paint, brushes and acces-
sories can be cleaned with
water, and solvent cleaners
(for oil paints) can be
strained and reused after
cleaning brushes, rollers
etc; dry it out — latex
(water-based) paint can be
dried up with paint hard-
ener, sand, newspaper or
cat litter and then safely
thrown away; deliver to
your local paint depot — if
you can’t use it up, bring it
in to be passed on.”

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 11



LOCAL NEWS



Women ‘have proven
they can unite and
withstand

By LLONELLA GILBERT
Bahamas Information
Services

WOMEN have proven over
the years that they have the sta-
mina to withstand challenges and
the perseverance to stay the
course to achieve desired goals
and unite for a common cause,
Minister of State in the Ministry
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turmer said.

However, there is a need for
wider participation and commit-
ment from women who are in a
position to help others still facing
social and economic challenges,
Mrs Butler-Turner explained
during her keynote address at
the Positioning Women for Pro-
motion and Prosperity seminar
organised by the Bahamas Pub-
lic Services Union Women’s
Association on Thursday.

For women to prepare for
promotions and prosperity, they
must take advantage of oppor-
tunities to get a more formal
education, through such institu-
tions as the College of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute, she said.

“While on the job experience
is a valuable asset for upward
mobility, the possession of edu-
cational qualifications will cer-
tainly place one at a distinct
advantage,” Mrs Butler-Turner
said.

This sometimes involves sac-
rifices, which include time and
money, she added. “This will
have to be balanced with your
other responsibilities, especially
those of your family.”

“Then there is a cost involved
and many may not want to
expend the money or may have
to forgo something else, but in
the long run it will be money
well spent,” Mrs Butler-Turner
said.

“Living above their means” is
another thing standing in the
way of many female public ser-
vants achieving promotions and
prosperity, she stressed.

“Too many of our people
including public officers, have
chosen the easy path of salary
deductions to obtain almost
everything.

“Far too many of us are
spending more than we make
and this is creating untold strain
in our homes and even on the
job,” Mrs Butler-Turner said.

“Similarly, too few Bahami-
ans have chosen the path of sav-
ing money, showing financial



prudence and plain common
sense, which though difficult
leads to peace of mind.”

The Minister of State noted
that promotions require hard
work. “If you wish to be pro-
moted you have to work harder
and smarter than those around
you.”

Preparing for a promotion
involves a change in thinking
and attitude, which means going
the extra mile, paying attention
to details, performing addition-
al duties when necessary even
though they may not be part of
your job description without
having to be asked or told, she
said.

When it comes to becoming
prosperous, Mrs Butler-Turner
told the women participating in
the seminar that it is important
to be industrious, control expens-
es and save a portion of earn-
ings.

“Finding new ways to spend
money is always easy, but finding
ways to save is hard. It takes
effort to manage one’s money
wisely, and my advice to you is to
be honest and realistic in respect
to your needs versus your wants.
Take care of your needs rather
than your wants,” Mrs Butler-
Turner said.

Women from throughout the
public service and some private
firms heard from such diverse
speakers as former Permanent
Secretary and diplomat Missouri
Sherman-Peter speak on
“Preparing Women for Public
Life”; co-founder of the GEMS
Radio Station Debbie Bartlett
on “Climbing the Corporate
Ladder”; Rev Anna Russell on
“Working Women Pursuing a
Purpose” and Dr Ismae Whyms
from the Public Hospital
Authority on “Quality Assur-
ance on Work Ethics.”



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MINISTER OF STATE in
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Loretta Butler-Turner
delivers the keynote
address at the one-day
Public Services Union
Women’s Association
Seminar on ‘Positioning
our Women for Promo-
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Sandra Major, Paulette and Stephen Humes, Karen and
Michael Belfield and Lauren and Bill Higgs;
Grandchildren: Corey and Ashley Humes, Miles and
Sally Belfield, Robin and Becca Belfield, Ruth Belfield,
and Rory and Kara Higgs; Great Grandchildren: Brittany,
Mia, Cora-Rose, Ochi and Lexi-Mae; Brothers: Jerome
Major, Luton Major, and Lorenzo Major; Sister: Ella
‘Pud’ Major; Sisters-in-Law: Avis Major, Connie Major
and Julia “Tessa’ Thompson; Nephews and Nieces: Horace
Major, Tony Miller, David and Margie Major, Reuben
Major, Sandra R. Major, Joyce Johnson, Sarah and
Douglas Ausberry, Jackie and Enrique Sewer, Courtney
Major, Douglas Major, Doris McCray, Donald and Shane
Thompson, Maitland and Winifred Thompson, Kenyon
Thompson, Elizabeth and Peter Collins, Eloise Jones,
Stephanie and Vincent Ritchie, Linda Thompson,
Anthony Allens, Cecil and Pamela Allens, Mitchell
Allens, Eugenie and Philip Francis, Claudette ‘Cookie’
Allens, Celeste and Fletcher McIntosh, Alexandrea
Allens, Natalie and Christian Salvant. Other Family and
Friends including: Willis Ferguson and family, Family of
the late Eric ‘Froggy’ Lightbourne, Robert and Eleanor
Elliot, Everette and Leonie Sweeting, Patricia Jarvis and
family, Antoinette Thompson and family, Edna Miller
and family, Errol Munroe and family, Nurse Wright,
Madrica Roberts and family, the old Hawkins Hill
community, the Ebenezer Church Family, especially the
Men’s Fellowship and the Focus Family Group.

Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers’ Funeral
Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on
Monday, February 21st, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and at the church on Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 from
10:00 a.m. until service time.



a follow-up letter, Mr Wood-
side said he was contacted by
the WSC on January 31.

Mr Woodside said: “The let-
ter said that last year both wells
failed, which led to spillage
onto the site causing the odour.
Both wells were cleared on
December 26 and put back into
service. It was said that the
odour would have receded over
time.”

In response to increased
concerns by residents, Mr
Woodside said he also contact-
ed the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health, after which a
public analyst was dispatched
to assess the matter.

“He (public analyst) spoke
to the fact that it was clear that
there was a nuisance to the res-
idents because of the unsightly
appearance of the plant,” Mr
Woodside said, “the hydrogen
sulfide smell, water accumula-
tion, overgrown vegetation and
signs of indiscriminate dump-
ing.”

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EMPLOYEES from the Water an



d Sewage Corporation are pictured

above working at the Water and Waste Treatment Facility at Pid-
geon Plum Street, Pinewood Gardens yesterday.

The public analyst recom-
mended consistent odour treat-
ment of the area by DEH; no
dumping signs; land elevation
and for the valves at the plant
to be raised; and a new deep
injection well for the expansion
and improvement of the facility,
which should be enclosed by a
concrete wall.

The official also advised that
the property should be cleaned
on a regular basis, to remove

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

solid waste and keep vegeta-
tion under control.

Mr Woodside said: “The
matter was brought to my
attention and I sought to have it
dealt with by the appropriate
agencies. At my monthly meet-
ing, I outlined to residents the
reports by the Department of
Environmental Health and the
statement from the Water and
Sewage Corporation towards
corrective action.”

March.

Mr Woodside also explained
that the corporation planned to
erect security fencing as it pre-
pared a proposal to build, own
and operate a new facility at
the location.

As the various agencies
work to improve and restore
operations at the plant, Mr
Woodside said he planned to
investigate why the site prop-
erty was never turned over to
the Bahamas government.

Mr Woodside added: “The
Water and Sewage Corporation
has charge of the plant, but the
property is owned by Arawak
Homes Limited. I’m concerned
with the fact that on the site,
and also the surrounding area,
the property owned by Arawak
Homes is being used for indis-
criminate dumping.”

In response to the health
concerns expressed by some
residents, Mr Woodside said
that he has also alerted the
Ministry of Health.

FROM page one

it to the leader of the PLP for the visionary
leadership in approving this project dur-
ing the time he was prime minister," said
the statement.

The $2.5 billion project is expected to
include 3,000 rooms, a 100,000 square foot
casino, two signature spas and a third
world-class destination spa, an 18-hole Jack
Nicklaus golf course, 200,000 square feet of
meeting space, 3,000 feet of continuous
beach front, a 20-acre beach and pool expe-

BAHA MAR GROUNDBREAKING

rience and a 35,000 square foot retail village
with upscale shopping, chef-branded restau-
rants and entertainment venues.

Earlier this month Baha Mar's senior
vice-president of government and external
affairs Robert Sands told The Tribune that
the general contractor for the development,
China State Construction and Engineer-
ing Corporation, have arrived in the coun-
try. Company officials are being housed in

one of Baha Mar's two hotels, the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort or the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort.

Planning continues on a pre-fabricated
housing complex that will be constructed on
the grounds of the old Hobby Horse race
track to house the majority of the thou-
sands of Chinese labourers who will enter
the Bahamas to work on the project over
the course of its development.

Developers anticipate creating over 8,000
new jobs for Bahamian workers across all
sectors of the hospitality industry.

FROM page one

Nor did Minister Deveaux
announce that the site of the
fire would become a public
greenspace.

We regret any misunder-
standing that resulted from the
claims in a BIS release that was
published in Friday's Tribune.

Yesterday Fire Marshall
Supt Jeffrey Deleveaux reas-
sured fire victims, the public,
and the Government that inves-
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sive. He stated it would take
months before a complete
report will be available to the
public.

“The investigations are
ongoing now and we have not
put a cause to it, that is what
may have caused or may not
have caused the fire,” said Supt
Deleveaux, Director of Fire
Services.

“Presently the investigations
are ongoing and basically that’s
it. We do not have a cause at

this time. The point of origin
of the fire, we do not know as
yet.”

Supt Deleveaux said that
investigators would probably
take months to be certain they
have covered all areas of the
investigation before publishing
a comprehensive report.

He added that they cannot
come up with a conclusion until
after investigations have been
completed.

“We have taken a number of

statements, but the employees
from Betty K have not pre-
sented themselves to us to give
a statement. We would wel-
come those persons definitely,”
said Superintendent Deleveaux.

“Let them come and do a
statement for us. We would
like to know. We would like to
clear it up. As it is now, we are
just searching for information.”

Fire Marshall Deleveaux
was at the Kelly’s Dock fire
from the beginning of the fire.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 13



ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE: PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS

By CONSTABLE 3011
MAKELLE PINDER

The odds of you being vic-
timized by crime while in a
public places is low.

However, your personal
safety is at risk anytime you
20 out.

For this reason you must
protect yourself. Remember,
criminals often plan crimes
and look for the right oppor-
tunity with the easiest vic-
tim. Your best defence is to
plan ahead.

Being safer doesn’t
require changing your
lifestyle, personality
wardrobe or to stop going
out. The following crime
prevention measures to are
provided to increase your
personal safety and security.

AT HOME
Have your key in hand
when approaching the

entryway
Wait outside if anything



looks unusual (i.e. open
door or broken window)
Give the hide-a-key toa
trusted neighbor

No personal identification
on key rings

Change the locks if you
lose your house keys

AUTOMATED TELLER
MACHINES (ATM)
Memorize your personal

DR ANDRE ROLLINS IN ELECTION

FROM page one

working to ensure that the young politician was “properly reward-

ed” for his decision.

“We often don’t know how to treat our own, so we don’t want
to make the same mistake here again,” the party insider said.

Currently there are a few seats being discussed that could be
offered to Dr Rollins — amongst them: Bamboo Town, Pinewood,
Montagu, St Anne’s, Long Island, and South Eleuthera.

However, according to sources within the party the most likely
seat where the young politician would have the greatest possibil-
ity of winning may be in the Family Islands — preferably in South

Eleuthera.

“Having just switched over, he might face a harder fight in New
Providence from that standpoint. People here may be less forgiv-
ing than on the Family Islands where the particular needs of each
constituency far outweigh the personality or history of the candi-

date.

“While obviously constituents will care about who ultimately will
be representing them, they are just as concerned about the quali-
ty of that representation. The PLP this lap around will have the
obligation to run not only the best candidate in each seat, but the
best candidate who can assist the party from a national stand-
point — particularly if that candidate’s age and experiences can be
used in comparison to what is not being offered in the FNM,” he

said.

At this point the next great battle, the source said, would be to
convince an incumbent MP - such as Oswald Ingraham — whether
or not it would be in the larger national interest of the party to have
a younger unknown candidate seek the seat he currently holds
purely from a strategic standpoint of offering the populace

66d

“change” and “’youth.”

“The message must be seen and not just heard. We cannot sim-
ply talk about being the party of change and progress without
showing voters that we are actually about that. We must lead by
example, and I think the voting public will see that in 2012,” he said.

AMBASSADOR HEARS CLAIMS OF IMMIGRATION
OFFICIALS MISTREATING HAITIANS

FROM page three

held a forum with Haitians to
introduce himself and to hear
their concerns.

During the two hour meet-
ing, he said Haitians had
expressed concerns about a
number of things, including the
inefficient service at the Haitian
Embassy, claims of mistreat-
ment and abuse during appre-
hension exercises, and work
permit related issues.

Ambassador Rodrigue held
a Consular Clinic to assist per-
sons with issues concerning
passports, birth certificates, and
other legal documentations. He
also took time to meet with reli-
gious leaders and pastors in the
Haitian community.

The ambassador felt it was
also very important as well to
pay a courtesy call on immigra-
tion officials here.

“T think when you know
people you can have better dis-
cussions, and my job would be
easier when people know me
and I know them,” he
explained.

Mr Rodrigue noted that
Haitians have complained
about the treatment they
receive from immigration and
other law enforcement officers
in Freeport.

“The way they are treated
when immigration apprehends
them, some complain about
mistreatment or abuse they
receive during the operation,
and they feel they are not treat-
ed with dignity and basic
human rights,” he said.

The refusal of work permit
renewal and the short time peri-
od given to leave the country,
especially for those Haitians
who have been working and liv-
ing in the country for many
years, was also a concern.

“They say sometimes they
can have 10, 12 or 15 work per-
mits and suddenly they say
(immigration) don’t want to
renew it.

“They have 21 days to leave
the country without the possi-
bility to take anything, their
belongings or money they have
in the bank,” he said.

Ambassador Rodrigue not-

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ed that the Haitians who have
been told to leave the country
also expressed concern about
their contributions to the
National Insurance Board.

“They say after contributing
all this time they have to leave
the country and they can’t get
any money they contributed,”
he added.

When asked whether he was
concerned about the repatria-
tion of illegal Haitians, Ambas-
sador Rodrigue said sending
them back will make things
worse in Haiti.

“T am concerned about repa-
triation due to the situation in
Haiti,” Ambassador Rodrigue
said.

“All those people are going
to aggravate the situation and
especially those going back with
children. Often times they send
the parents with the kids, and
you have some kids who have
lived here since they were born;
they don’t know Haiti, they
have been to school here and
have to return after 10 or 12
years here in the Bahamas and
they cannot go back to school
because they cannot speak the
(Creole) language, and that is a
very difficult situation for
them,” he said.

“But, I have to agree that
people in that situation if they
are caught they have to be
repatriated, I cannot say any-
thing about that, that is the law.

“Tf they are caught the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas is
going to repatriate them so
that’s a thing the Embassy can-
not interfere, except that in the
treatment that we see.

“T think whether they are
arrested for whatever reason,
there is a kind of treatment
they (Haitians) have to receive.

Mr Rodrigue was pleased
with the turn out.

“T feel they are supportive of
what I am doing...and they can
expect better service now,” he
said.

He said they have appointed
a voluntary agent Lorena
Ciceron Jusma in Freeport who
is not paid to receive passport
applications and send them
onto Nassau. Ms Jusma can be
contacted at 533-7632, 374-
3288, or 352-1182.

identification number
Have everything ready
before arriving

Be aware of people loiter-
ing and sitting in parked
cars who may be watching
customers transact busi-
ness.

Never use an ATM after
dark

WHILE WALKING
Avoid walking alone. Be
confident & walk with pur-
pose

Choose busy, well-lit
streets and avoid isolated
areas, alleys and vacant
lots.

Walk facing traffic to see
approaching cars
Earphones make you less
able to sense potential dan-
ger.

Keep valuables in an inside
pocket and hold your purse
under your arm so they are
harder to snatch

PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION
Locate well-lit and fre-
quently used bus stops
Do not wait alone

Sit near the driver on bus-
es

Immediately report inci-
dents of verbal or physical
harassment to the driver
or to and to the police

WHILE DRIVING

Keep your car in good run-
ning order

Plan your route in advance
Drive with the doors
locked and windows rolled
up

Carpooling is a safe alter-
native to driving alone
Don’t stop if another dri-
ver tries to force you off
the road

AT WORK
Get involved with improv-
ing work place security

Walk to and from the
parking areas with other
people

Avoid using the isolated
and deserted stairways

If a suspicious person fol-
lows you into or is already
in an elevator, get out
immediately

Check rest rooms before
locking the door

WHEN PARKING
Choose well-lit parking
areas

Keep valuables and pack-
ages locked in the trunk
Always remove the keys
and lock the doors

Be alert in underground or
enclosed parking garages

WHEN SOCIALISING
Advise someone of your
route before leaving

Carry proper identification
Vary your route and
schedule so you are not

COMPLETION OF THE NEW
PROVIDENCE ROAD
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

CORRIDOR 15
MARATHON ROAD

predictable

Avoid outdoor activities
after dark

Carry the necessary tools
in case of an emergency
Carry a personal alarm

Should you be a victim of
crime, please do not resist
but take note of the descrip-
tion of the culprit e.g. his
appearance, clothing,
height, physical details and
the direction or mode of
escape. Call the Police as
soon as it is safe to do so.

If you come across any
suspicious person(s) loiter-
ing around your business or
have any information per-
taining to any crime, please
do not hesitate to contact
call the police emergency
at ‘919’ or Crime Stoppers
at 328-tips (New Provi-
dence), 1-300-8476 (Family
Islands)

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES 3.4. has been awarded a Contract by the Government of
The Bahamas for the Completion of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (Intemational Package).

Please be advised that from Monday Februa

implemented on sections of Marathon Road,

WHAT IS THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT ABOUT?
Road widening will be done on both sides to accommodate additional road width. The existing two (2) lanes will
be widened to three (3) lane carriageway.

- Two (2) central tuming lanes between Robinson & Wulff Road.

14% 2011, Road Works will be

The works include laying of 12 & 16" PVC Watermain pipes, Milling of existing pavement, installation of
new drainage facilities, utilities, asphalt pavement, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signs and road

markings.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A FEW WEEKS?
The public should expect partial lane closures on the western side of Marathon Road. If travelling northbound,
eastern access will be granted.

Motorist travelling southbound are encouraged to follow the temporary traffic diversion signs through CLARIDGE
ROAD or SOLDIER ROAD.
While works are ongoing access will be granted to residents, motorist & pedestrians.

Construction works will be carried oul in diferent slages as the works progress from WULFF ROAD |round-

about) to FERGUSON WAY. Updates will be posted and announced through the media,

LOCAL BUSINE

Kindly advise customers & clients that access will be granted to your business place during the construction
works. Signs will be in place to identify safe passage for Pedestrians.

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to the cooperation of the motoring

public,

(The Caniractar)

(The Contracting Apancy)

Jose Cartelione Construcciones Civiles 5.4
Office Hours: Kon-Fri 4:00am to 6:00 pm

Tek (2429228941 on (242 7922-3610

Email: bahamasneighbors@icartelone.comar

Ministry of Public Works & Transport
The Project Execution Unit

Hatline: (242 )402-9700
Emait publcworksioah

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



US condemns
crackdowns

on protests in
Middle East

WASHINGTON
Associated Press

ARAB and Muslim lead-
ers facing pro-democracy
protests need to lead the
way rather than resist
reform, a senior U.S. diplo-
mat said Sunday while con-
demning violent crackdowns
against demonstrators in
Libya, Algeria and Yemen.

Susan Rice, the U.S.
ambassador to the United
Nations, said the Obama
administration was "very
concerned” about reports
that Libyan security forces
had fired on peaceful pro-
testers in the eastern city of
Benghazi. A Libyan physi-
cian told The Associated
Press that at least 200 peo-
ple had been killed in six
days of demonstrations
against the regime of
Moammar Gadhafi.

"We've condemned that
violence," Rice told "Meet
the Press” on NBC televi-
sion. "Our view is that in
Libya as throughout the
region peaceful protests
need to be respected.”

Al Jazeera television
reported Sunday that pro-
testers in Benghazi had
seized army vehicles and
weapons, that the police
academy had been set
ablaze and that some sol-
diers had joined the demon-
strators. Libya's response to
opposition demonstrations
is shaping up to be the most
brutal since uprisings in
Tunisia and Egypt began
spreading across the region.

Rice said that President
Barack Obama and Secre-
tary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton and other top
administration officials last
week pressed the govern-
ment of Bahrain to back off
after an assault by police on
protesters in the capital's
Pearl Square. Five were
killed and some 230 wound-
ed after riot police stormed
the demonstrators’
makeshift camp at night,
wielding clubs and firing
tear gas.

"We've been very clear
with our partners in Bahrain
that they ought to exercise
restraint, that there's no



IN THIS THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2010 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar



fe



Gadhafi is seen during prayers after delivering a speech in the city of
Benghazi, Libya. Libyan special forces stormed a two-day-old protest
encampment in the country's second largest city of Benghazi, clearing
the area early Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, said witnesses, as a human
rights group estimated scores of peoplee have died in the crackdown

on demonstrations. (AP)

place for violence against
peaceful protesters there or
anywhere else," Rice said.
She said Bahrain officials
had apparently responded,
citing reports that military
forces had been withdrawn
from Pearl Square and jubi-
lant protesters had returned.

Rice said Bahrainian offi-
cials had begun a "real

effort" at dialogue with the
opposition.

Asked if King Hamad bin
Isa Al Khalifa's pro-U.S.
government could survive
the protests, Rice said: "I
wouldn't want to be in the
business of predictions in
this very volatile environ-
ment.” She added that
Mideast leaders need to



DEMONSTRATORS gather near the White House in Washington in a show of solidarity with the
Libyan protestors on Saturday. (AP)

respect calls for reform and
"need to get ahead of it by
leading rather than being
pushed."

Rice rejected allegations
that the White House has
been inconsistent, for exam-
ple by pressuring Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak to
resign while standing by
Bahrain's King Hamad. If
U.S. policy differs between
countries, she said, it is
because the situations are
different.

"We are not pushing peo-
ple out or dictating that they
stay," she said. "What we're
doing is we're saying consis-
tently across the board that
there are universal human
rights that need to be
respected."

Rice downplayed con-
cerns raised by the risk that
the Islamist Muslim Broth-
erhood, tightly controlled
under Mubarak, would gain
influence in a newly democ-
ratic Egypt.

The newspaper USA
Today, in an interview with
a Muslim Brotherhood
spokesman last week,
reported that the group was
seeking more political pow-
er, and planned to use it to
push for laws that would
punish gays, require women
to wear headscarves and
condemn adulterers to death
by stoning.

"First of all, there is no
indication that the Brother-
hood is going to dominate
Egyptian politics,” she said.
"We have faith in the peo-
ple of Egypt and we have
faith in democracy."

Sen. Richard Lugar, the
ranking Republican on the
Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, said Sunday
that the U.S. has to recog-
nize that it will have limited
influence over Egypt's
future political course. "The
military has right now the
ball in their court,” Lugar
told CNN's "State of the
Union."

Clinton, appearing on
ABC television's "This
Week" in an interview taped



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ed Nations Susan Rice speaks about the uprising in Libya, the latest
in a series of popular uprisings in the Arab world, on NBC's "Meet the
Press "in Washington Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. (AP)

Friday, rejected criticism
that the Obama administra-
tion has pulled back from
President George W. Bush's
support for democracy and
human rights in Egypt and
elsewhere.

"That's just not the case,”
Clinton said. "There is no
debate that, for 30 years,
Republican and Democratic
administrations alike sent
the same message to Presi-
dent Mubarak and the
regime, that they had to
change.”

Clinton added that "none
of us were particularly suc-
cessful, because we kept
running into an absolute
rejection that (reform) was
not going to be done in

Egypt."

Violence broke out dur-
ing protests Saturday in
Yemen, where riot police
fired on marchers, killing
one and injuring five. Sev-
en have been killed since in
Yemen, a Key ally in the
U.S. war against al-Qaida
militants, since the unrest
began.

Al Jazeera television
reported that hundreds of
Algerian riot police broke
up an anti-government rally
in the capital Saturday,
beating and kicking protest-
ers with steel-toed boots.

At least three protesters
were arrested and three
Opposition political leaders
injured, the network said,
citing eyewitnesses and local
media.

Birders prepare for count mindful of mass die-offs

By MARY ESCH
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, N.Y. (AP) —
Thousands of citizen-scientists
across North America are getting
out their tally sheets for the 13th
annual Great Backyard Bird
Count, a usually festive weekend
given a more serious edge after
the mass deaths of thousands of
birds in the South this winter.

The National Audubon Society
and Cornell Lab of Ornithology
sponsor the count. They hope to
have more than 100,000 backyard
counters for the February 18-21
effort this year, especially after
public attention on threats to birds
was heightened when blackbirds
fell from the sky in Arkansas on
New Year's Eve.

"An isolated event such as the
dead birds in Arkansas may be
within the range of normal ups and
downs for an abundant species like
the red-winged blackbird," said
Janis Dickinson, director of citi-
zen-science at the Cornell lab in
Ithaca. "But the count can serve as
an early warning system for worri-
some declines in bird populations
that result from more widespread
problems."

The deaths in Arkansas —
where officials believe the birds

Bird count maps show the
spread of species introduced
from Bahamas in the 1970s

were spooked by fireworks — and
subsequent bird kills in Tennessee,
Kentucky and Louisiana aren't
believed to be connected or a sign
of widespread contagion.

The backyard count is one of a
number of citizen-science projects
that gather data on birds. Others
are Aubudon's Christmas Bird
Count, the North American
Breeding Bird Survey and Cor-
nell's Project FeederWatch and
NestWatch.

"One thing we anticipate this
year is the presence of birds from
the boreal forest of Canada, such
as common redpolls, at feeders in
the Northern U.S.," said Cornell's
Miyoko Chu. "They stay up North
when they can find enough seeds,
but this year birders are seeing
them at their feeders."

In the Northeast, where much
of the landscape is buried under
deep snowdrifts, American robins

are likely to be scarce, based on
data from previous years showing
they tend to avoid areas with
heavy snow cover, Chu said. While
robins are traditionally considered
harbingers of spring, many winter
up north but stick to thickets
where they feed on dried berries
and fruit.

Participants, from novice to
expert birdwatchers, keep track of
the number of birds they see of
each species in their yards or local
parks during the four-day count
and report the data online at
www.birdcount.org.

"The exciting thing about Great
Backyard Bird Count data is that it
provides a big picture almost
instantaneously,” Chu said. "Peo-
ple can watch on the website as
reports come in."

Past Backyard Bird Counts
showed a drop in the numbers of
American crows since 2003, coin-

cident with the first widespread
outbreaks of West Nile virus. The
signal was confirmed by the more
intensive Breeding Bird Survey.

Maps from the count have cap-
tured the paths of sandhill cranes
migrating from Arizona and New
Mexico to breeding grounds in
Nebraska, demonstrating whether
they had an early or later migra-
tion in a particular year, Chu said.
Bird count maps also show the
spread of new species such as the
Eurasian collared dove, which was
introduced from the Bahamas in
the 1970s and spread from eight
states in the 1999 backyard count
to 39 states and Canadian
provinces a decade later.

Counters in Arkansas aren't
expecting that the birds lost on
New Year's Eve — about 5,000
specimens of the abundant red-
winged blackbird — will affect
their results, but they acknowledge
the die-off is on their minds.

"When it comes to trends in
bird populations, you've got to
look at the long term," said Dan
Scheiman of Audubon Arkansas.
"That's what's so great about the
Backyard Bird Count; it can pro-
duce long term trends over large
scales."

Lois Geshiwlm and Nancy
Castillo, owners of Wild Birds



Unlimited in Saratoga Springs,
participate in the backyard bird
count and several other citizen-sci-
ence programmes each year from
their log home surrounded by
feeders stocked with seed, suet,
peanut butter and other treats.

"T like to think of the Great
Backyard Bird Count as the every-
person's science project," Castillo
said. "It's the easiest one for the
real casual birdwatcher to step in
for one day a year, or four days a
year, to count the birds."

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Thousands in
Morocco march
seeking reform

RABAT, Morocco
Associated Press

THOUSANDS of people
marched in cities across Moroc-
co on Sunday, demanding a new
constitution to bring more
democracy in the North African
kingdom amid the wave of
Arab world upheaval.

Demonstrators shouted slo-
gans calling for economic
opportunity, educational
reform, better health services
and help coping with rising liv-
ing costs during a march on cen-
tral Hassan II Avenue in the
capital, Rabat.

But scattered violence broke
out in some places. Stone-
throwing youths clashed with
police near the ocre-colored
walls of touristic hub of Mar-
rakech, where angry mobs over-
turned and torched several
parked cars.

The day of demonstration
was Morocco's entree into the
series of protests that have
swept up North Africa and the
wider Arab world after popu-
lar uprisings brought down
longtime autocrats in Tunisia
and Egypt.

The main target of Sunday's
rallies was parliament, where
many Moroccans fear their voic-
es are not heard. Still, the
protests are likely to pressure
King Mohammed VI, who has
been seen as a reformer com-
pared to his iron-fisted father,
Hassan II, and who still holds
absolute authority.

A sea of white banners cov-
ered Casablanca's rain-splat-
tered Mohammed V square,
where young men in baseball
caps and hoods joined young
women in Islamic headscarves
as well as middle-aged women
in black-rimmed glasses and
earrings in the diverse crowd.

Plainclothes police mingled
among the demonstrators in
Rabat, though police were gen-

erally discreet.

Morocco, like Tunisia and
Egypt has been a magnet for
tourists and a strong Western
ally. Anger over rising prices
and corruption hasn't so far
appeared to dent the loyalty
many Moroccans feel toward
the king.

"Today we are here to say
that we are all Moroccans, we
love our country, we love our
king, but we are against cor-
ruption and economic and polit-
ical monopoly," said demon-
strator Youness Karach in
Rabat.

Some called for the release
of political prisoners, the recog-
nition of the Berber language, a
freer media, a rise in the mini-
mum wage and better social ser-
vices. While most marches took
place peacefully, Marrakech
appeared to be the biggest epi-
center of unrest.

People there besieged a
McDonald's restaurant and a
clothing store, said a security
official on condition of
anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak publicly on
the matter.

And in the northern city of
Larache, roaming crowds set
upon the regional governor's
house and set fire to a gasoline
station, prompting firefighters
to intervene to put out the
blaze, the official said.

The self-styled "February 20
movement" — apparently not
for any particular historic rea-
son — was largely summoned
through social media like Face-
book. But the open call to
demonstrate also caused confu-
sion, as disparate political and
religious groups elbowed their
way in and sought to reshape a
protest movement to serve their
own ends.

One youth-led group initially
behind the call to march —
whose name translates as the
Freedom and Democracy Now























































PROTESTERS IN MARRAKECH
during one of a string of nation-
wide protests that brought thou-
sands to the streets across
Morocco yesterday, in an effort
to push for greater democracy
and constitutional reform. Pro-
testers in Morocco and other
Arab nations may also be wary as
they watch Tunisia and Egypt
grapple with the challenges of
building a new system, and
maintaining order, after break-
ing free of autocrats. (AP)

Movement — canceled its plan
to take part on Saturday, saying
the movement was hijacked by
leftist political parties and
Islamists seeking to infuse ide-
ology and faith issues.

The official news agency,
MAP, cited a "weak turnout"
— including at 2,000 both in
Rabat and the northeastern city
of Beni Bouayach, 1,000 in
Casablanca, Al Hoceima and
Targuist, and 900 in Marrakech.

An Associated Press reporter
in Rabat estimated the turnout
there at 3,000 to 5,000. Orga-
nizers put the turnout outside
the parliament building at
20,000.

The Facebook page of the
February 20 movement claimed
tens of thousands of people
marched in northern Tangiers,
and said that rioting erupted in
Safro, near Fes.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 15

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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A BURNING car during a demonstration in Marrakech in one of a string of nationwide protests that
brought thousands to the streets across Morocco on Sunday Feb. 20, 2011. Thousands of people
marched in cities across Morocco on Sunday, demanding a new constitution to bring more democracy
in the North African kingdom amid the wave of Arab world upheaval. (AP)

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Hotel occupancy,
revenue decliners
trop 00% in 2010

By NEIL HARTNELL

The number of Bahami-
an hotels reporting rev-
enue and occupancy
declines dropped by
around 50 per cent in 2010
compared to 2009, the
Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion’s (BHA) president

pancy improvements
expected to continue in
2011.

Stuart Bowe, responding

bune Business questions,
said of the BHA’s 2010
review and 2011 outlook
survey findings: “One year
ago when we asked hote-
liers to assess their busi-
ness performance in 2009,
85 per cent of the hotels
indicated that revenue and
occupancy was down.

“In 2010, 40 per cent
reported that room occu-
pancy was up and 46 per
cent reported that revenue

SEE page 3B

Plan promised
to address City

Markets pension

fund well-being

Supermarket chain
AGM pledged once
ABDAB meeting held

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

City Markets’ majority
owner has promised to hold
an annual general meeting
(AGM) of all shareholders
once the absorption of his 78
per cent majority stake into
Associated Bahamian Dis-
tillers & Brewers (ABDAB)
is approved, with an action
plan to address deficiencies in
the supermarket chain’s
employee pension plan also

set to be issued for beneficiary }
i? Stake, rather than the

i minority 49 per cent inter-
i est made available under

i previous privatisation

i: processes, a former finance
i minister has admitted.

approval.

Mark Finlayson, head of
Trans-Island Traders, the Fin-
layson-owned family vehicle
that acquired City Markets
from the ill-fated BSL Hold-
ings group for $1, said he
wanted to “get the ABDAB
AGM out the way first”
before moving to hold the
AGM for the supermarket
chain’s operating parent,
Bahamas Supermarkets.

to pave the way for that com-
pany, in which the Finlayson
family has a controlling 70 per

cent stake, to acquire the 78 per :
cent majority Bahamas Super- } Cable & Wireless Commu-

markets interest from Trans-

SEE page 4B

The information contained is from a third
party and The Tribune can not be held
responsible for errors and/or omission
from the daily report

THE TRIBUNE

: By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

i may have obtained a better
i price for the Bahamas

i Telecommunications Com-
i pany (BTC) if they had

i minister of state for

: finance in the 2002-2007

i Christie administration

: oversaw the failed 2003

: ‘beauty contest’ privatisa-

The ABDAB AGM, and pri- ¢ tion attempt and the subse-

or Board meeting, is expected quent Bluewater effort,
i told Tribune Business it
: was impossible to compare

? the $210 million sale to

? nications (CWC) with

i these efforts because “the
: goalposts have changed

? rather dramatically”.

i makes it much harder to

: compare,” Mr Smith said,

i explaining that the first

? Ingraham administration,

i plus the Christie-led PLP

? government, only intended
i to offer BTC’s ‘strategic

i partner’ a 49 per cent equi-
i ty interest in the state-

: owned incumbent.

i tive control, and I know

i that in the early days all

i the suitors wanted to have
i 51 per cent, so the last 2

i per cent is more valuable

i than the 49 per cent.”

i privatisation processes, Tri-





MONDAY,

Dealer's job cut fear Car dealers:
over tripling tax rate

Tribune Business Editor
_ Executive Motors boss warns ‘can’t hold on much longer’,
_ as Business Licence bill likely jumps 50% and real property

_ tax assessments triple
_ i Warns: ‘Abaco and Grand Bahama operations are sinking
orca ake _ in red ink, so whether they continue to exist, I don’t know’

1d, W1 marginal occu- i
_ Mi Urges government to set age limit on new car imports

By NEIL HARTNELL
. 2 s > + Tribune Business Editor
via e-mail to a series of Tri- :

A leading new car dealer has warned that a

: tripling of his real property tax bill, plus an esti-
? mated 50 per cent Business Licence fee increase,
? coupled with the increased auto import duties
? and general economic malaise means that he can-
: not avoid staff downsizing “for much longer”.

Fred Albury, president/owner of Executive

i Motors, told Tribune Business he was “sitting
i here with my life jacket on” waiting for the
? expected rising economic tide in 2011 to lift his
i business and others, but warned that his sector
i was “having a very difficult time” - and not just
i because of the increased auto Excise tax rates
? and changed structure resulting from the 2010-
i 2011 Budget.

Explaining that he paid Business Licence fees

worth $80,000 last year, Mr Albury said that
i “with the new structure” his business, which

‘BETTER OFFER’ IF 51%
BIC STAKE GIVEN EARLIER

_ * Former finance minister says Bluewater

: offer had ‘more emphasis’ on Bahamian

| talent and no BIC staff downsizing

_ * But says impossible to compare with CWC
| deal, as ‘goalposts have changed rather

| dramatically’
* Says regulators would have ‘been all over’
_ BIC’s 2:1 dividend/profit ratio if firm private

Previous governments

offered to sell a 51 per cent

James Smith, who as

“The extra 2 per cent

“You've given up effec-

Under the earlier, failed

SEE page 5B

he

FEBRUARY 21,



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employs some 100 people across three islands,
was “probably” looking at a $120,000 bill this
year - a 50 per cent increase.

“T’ve just had the real property tax people in
here to assess real property tax,” he added. “The
real property tax has gone from $20,000 to $75,000
on the parts and service building in the last
month. My showroom has gone from $4,000 to
$12,000.

“We've been holding off on any sort of employ-
ee number cuts, but the rate things are going I
don’t see us being able to hold on much longer.
We're going to have to look at downsizing some
staff numbers.

“On top of that, the Abaco and Grand Bahama
operations are sinking in red ink, so whether they
continue to exist, I don’t know.”

Mr Albury said his group of companies com-

SEE page 4B

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cent makes it
much harder to
compare.”
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recover from
50-60% drop

* Industry hit by duty hikes of up to 25% pts,
weak US$ and influx of used car imports
* Incoming vessel has 670 used cars, compared

to 120 new models

* Sector seeking to avoid lays-off, even though

‘slammed with the highest duty increases of any
retail industry’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

It will take 15 years for Bahamian new car dealers “to
get back up to the sort of industry that was there” pre-
recession if last year’s 3.27 per cent growth rate is main-
tained, with total sales levels down 50-60 per cent from

their high.

While agrecing that last year’s total new car sales
growth, as measured by the Bahamas Motor Dealers

SEE page 6B



GOVERNMENT'S S14M NET CASH
GAIN IF BTC DEAL DONE NOVEMBER

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Government would
have received almost $14 mil-
lion in net surplus cash had
the sale of a 51 per cent equi-
ty interest in the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) closed on Novem-
ber 30, 2010, documents seen
by Tribune Business show,
with sources close to develop-
ments confirming its is expect-
ed the Ingraham administra-
tion will receive a payment of
this nature.

The privatisation agreement

with Cable & Wireless Com-
munications (CWC) provides
that if there is net cash on
BTC’s balance sheet in excess
of $15 million when the pri-
vatisation sale is completed,
the difference will be remit-
ted to the Public Treasury,
giving the Government gross
proceeds from the sale in
excess of the $210 million plus
$7 million Stamp Duty previ-
ously advertised.
Documents buried in the
privatisation papers tabled in

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Limit taxation
and spending

By RICK LOWE

n recent years,
numerous people
have recommended
that the Bahamas
change the current tax
regime from one dominated
by tariffs (import tax) toa
Value Added Tax (VAT).

From government, oppo-
sition supporters and other
commentators alike, the
main arguments against the
present structure run like
this:

* It's regressive so hurts
the ‘small man’ or low
income earners.

* Import tariffs have out-
grown their usefulness

* Business people have to
tie up inordinate amounts of
cash to pay the taxes up
front while they wait to sell
the imported goods/product.

The arguments in favour
of introducing a VAT are:

* A VAT is progressive

* They are levied on goods
and services

* Government income will
increase

Regretfully, with the
exception of The Nassau
Institute, not one commen-
tator raises the concern that
government might be over
spending, rather than under
taxing.

That government might
simply be too large.

But let's look at the moral
argument that import taxes
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a moment. According to
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the Cato Institute, a Liber-
tarian think-tank, the idea
that taxation could be “pro-
gressive" was introduced by
Marx and Engels in 1848 to
take capital from the "bour-
geois” in increments, while
the Government controlled
the means of production.

Yet, even though commu-
nism failed as an economic
system, the idea that ‘social
justice’ can be achieved with
so-called progressive taxa-
tion is still entrenched in the
psyche of modern-day social-
ists.

Moral

The attempt at gaining the
moral high ground in this
way is lost as the entrepre-
neurial class is hampered in
their efforts to create wealth
by ever increasing taxes and
regulations, and this slows
economic growth, which ulti-

mately hurts everyone. In
other words, tax policy based
on envy or class warfare is
surely immoral. Free mar-
kets create wealth, not gov-
ernments.

As long as government
continues its out-of-control
borrowing and spending, to
paraphrase P.J. O'Rourke,
giving them more money
and power to tax society in
ever-increasing ways and
levels is like giving whisky
and car keys to teenage
boys.

If, at the end of the day,
Bahamians agree that the
tax system must be changed,
I'm firmly in the camp that
taxes should be as low as
possible with limits on gov-
ernment debt and spending
levels.

That said, a flat tax
(http://bit.ly/esohAy) with
Constitutional controls on
government seems to be the
best alternative for future
generations.

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Hotel occupancy, revenue
flecliner's drop 80% in 2010

FROM page 1B

was the same or better than last year. While we are not
yet at pre-recession levels, we are moving in the right
direction on occupancy with continuous challenges on
rates. We expect the marginal occupancy improvement
trend to continue in 2011.

“While individual hotel performance will vary, on the

industry.”

Asked how concerning it was that 60 per cent of hotels :
responding to the BHA’s latest survey characterised the }
tourism environment as ‘weak’, Mr Bowe replied: “Many of }
our hotels, particularly our small hotels in the Family Islands, :
are challenged. The Ministry of Tourism and the private sec- :
tor have stepped up efforts to address the matter of more ;

affordable and accessible air travel.

“BHA has also advanced strategies and policies to help }
reduce costs and increase revenue, some of which the Gov- }
ernment has put in place, others which are being consid- }

ered.”

And, as for concerns about the two-thirds, or 63 per cent, }
of Bahamian hotel properties expecting to suffer a net loss }
in 2010, the BHA president said: “Keeping in mind that }
some hotels have had losses over the past three years, most }
have trimmed costs where possible, becoming more energy }

efficient and learning to do more with less.

Hold

“A number of hotels indicated in the survey that they }
will continue to put a hold on any significant capital spend- }
ing. Despite these challenges, last year we didn't see any :
mass lay-offs, which is encouraging. BHA's major focus }
this year will be on energy cost reductions, education and }
training, and helping member hotels become more effi- }

cient.”

Mr Bowe added: “It is difficult for us to compete on
price, so high cost must translate into high value to the :
consumer. Our competitive advantage must be our proximity }
and our ability as a people and country to deliver an excep- }

tional experience to the visitor.

“The recession has forced us to find more ways to be
efficient and reduce costs. At the same time, value is king, ;
and this has caused us to come up with creative ways to offer }

customers less expensive vacations.”

Asked how quickly Bahamian hotel industry employ- :
ment levels were expected to recover, Mr Bowe said: }
“Employment is driven by business activity. While employ- }
ment levels are not expected to increase with any significance ;

in 2011, some member hotels have planned increases.”

With airlift access and price a major concern for Bahami- }
an hotels, Mr Bowe acknowledged: “It impacts consumer's :
time and money, two huge factors in buying decisions. Sim- }
ply, they want to get here as quickly and as inexpensively as }

possible.

“The Ministry of Tourism is placing considerable empha-
sis on the airlift issue with the full support of the BHA and :

the Promotion boards.

“The Companion Fly Free program has been successful
and well-received by the hotels which participated in it, :

exceeding expectations for many of them.”

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PAGE 4B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE





Plan promised to address City

Dealer’s job cut fear Markets pension fund well-being

over tripling tax rate.

for February 24.

FROM page 1B

prised Executive Motors and
Quality Auto in Nassau, Qual-
ity Freeport and part of the
Abaco Motor Mall. He added
that the two National Insurance
Board (NIB) contribution rate
increases had imposed a fur-
ther burden on his businesses.
The Executive Motors presi-
dent also urged the Govern-
ment to follow the lead estab-
lished by other Caribbean
countries and impose an age
limit on vehicle imports com-
ing into the Bahamas, explain-
ing that this would benefit con-
sumers, the environment and
the Treasury’s revenue base.
Acknowledging that this
might cause concerns about
pricing lower and middle
income Bahamians out of the

market, Mr Albury said there
were enough vehicles in the
supply pipeline to ensure that
“today’s new vehicles become
the vehicles of tomorrow”.

“The proliferation of used
car outlets and importation of
10-12 year-old used cars is not
contributing to the new car
business,” Mr Albury told Tri-
bune Business. “You also have
to link that with the environ-
mental aspect and the road
aspect.

“Many are on the road for a
short period of time and
become derelict vehicles. The
Government does not realise
much revenue from them, so it
impacts the tax base as well. A
lot of the older models also
tend not to use the newer tech-
nology, which is more fuel effi-
cient.”

The Executive Motors boss

said there had been a “prolif-
eration” of used car dealerships
springing up around New Prov-
idence on “any vacant land and
corner”, and noted the recent
duty revaluations carried out
by Customs on some dealers’
vehicle imports over concerns -
as yet unproven - that import
bills and invoices were being
undervalued.

“One of the things the Gov-
ernment should consider doing
is what Barbados, Jamaica,
Trinidad and other Caribbean
countries have done when they
were hit by used car imports
from Japan, which is to put an
age limit on them,” Mr Albury
told Tribune Business.

Suggesting the Bahamas
impose the same four-year age
limit, he explained that this
would “cut into the Japanese
bureaucracy of inspections and

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A progressive mid-sized Law Firm seeks to employ an Accounts Clerk. The successful
candidate will primarily be trained by and report to an Accounts Officer.

Applicants should possess the following qualifications and attributes:

e Associate’s Degree or Bachelors Degree in Accounting from a recognized
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High grades in accounting and business subjects.

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Aptitude for learning new accounting systems and other computer software

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High self initiative and positive team player.
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commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Cover letter and CV should be sent via email to: lawfirmseeks@yahoo.com no later
than Friday, 4th March, 2011.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

TRAINING COORDINATOR

Key responsibilities:

e 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.
Satisfies 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:

e Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development; A
Master’s degree is a plus
Recognized Training certification/designation
5 or 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
Detail oriented and excellent organization skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office

Competitive salary and benefits package offered including group

how they keep them on the with that, we will announce

? when the Bahamas Supermar-
? kets AGM will be, and we will

pass four years of road service, $ be able to provide a very clear

it becomes much more expen- i path as to where the company is
s ; AT) ‘Si going,” Mr Finlayson told Tri-
inspections, depreciating a vehi- } Byne Business.
cle’s value drastically. As a }
result, Japan ends up with a ;
huge surplus of cars in the sev- }
en-eight year-old range, which }
are typically sold and shipped : Te
to places like Australia, New } Very beneficial to the Bahamas
i Supermarkets shareholder if
Explaining that this practice | ABDAB acquires the majority
“floods the market”, Mr Albury
told Tribune Business of the
age limit benefits: “I think the }
Government’s revenue base on } bans §
some models would improve Plan, as I expect it will.

considerably, because what’s } L
imported would be of far more } telease the two forensic
substantial value. So from what }

comes in, the Government will : . L
: the operating business, the oth-

“People will say that will | ef a probe into the state of the

price the ‘small man’ out of the :
market, but there’s enough }
vehicles in the system today so }
that the new vehicles of today } from the employee.
will become the used vehicles of i

tomorrow, so there’d still be f
i added. “The pension fund doc-

? ument is 86 pages long, and he’s

road”.
In Japan, when automobiles

sive to licence them and pass

Zealand and the Caribbean.

realise greater value.

total access effectively.”

FROM page 1B

Island Traders, a 100 per cent-
owned Finlayson family vehi-
cle. That ABDAB AGM is set

“As soon as we’ve finished

Beneficial

“We believe it’s going to be

interest in their company. The
average shareholder is going to
benefit from it, and benefit
greatly, if everything goes to

Mr Finlayson also pledged to
accounting reports by John

Bain, one of which examined

employee pension plan, which
is funded only by contributions
from the company - nothing

“John has done a very, very
thorough job,” Mr Finlayson

NOTICE

AfricaDream Room Ltd.

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138(4) of the International Business Companies
Act. 2000, AfricaDream Room Ltd. is in dissolution as

of February 16, 2011.

Momchil Durlev of 45 Horsley Court 45, Montaigne
Close, SWIP 4BF, United Kingdom is the Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

LEGAL NOTICE

OLDENDORFF EXPRESS LINES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the winding-up for
Oldendorff Express Lines Ltd. has been completed

Dated the 17" day of February, 2011

Craig A. (Tony) Gomez
Liquidator





MARK FINLAYSON

gone into every detail.

“There’s not any skeletons
in the closet, but there were
things done before that, as ’'d
said before, had the trustees
known what the results were
going to be, I think they’d not
have done those things.”

“It’s going to be on the table
for every stakeholder in the
fund to see,” Mr Finlayson said
of the report. “Going forward,
we have a plan to present to
these stakeholders and I think
they’ll approve it.”

In a previous interview in
late December 2010, Mr Fin-
layson told Tribune Business
that City Markets would look
to turn over stewardship of the
employee pension plan to inde-
pendent, professional trustees,
thus removing any potential for,
or perception of, a conflict of
interest between the company’s
current role as settlor and
trustee.

Trustee

He added at the time of how
the plan was handled under the
BSL Holdings’ ownership: “If I
was a trustee, I would not have
done certain things that were
done. I'm not saying they were
unethical or illegal, but the
results were not good for the
people involved with the trust.
I think the beneficiaries got the
bad end of the stick with some
of the decisions made.

"In the final analysis, it can
be repaired over time, but in
my opinion some of the deci-
sions should not have been
done in the first place. The two
trustees involved, I have a lot of
respect for and have known for
many years, but with some of
the decisions made they looked
at the overall benefit to the
employees of making sure they
[the staff] had a job......... :

Questions had previously
been raised over Bahamas
Supermarkets’ sale and lease-
back of $3 million worth of
store equipment and improve-
ments, at its Cable Beach store,
to the staff pension plan.

This had been defended at
the time as allowing the pen-
sion plan to gain a higher rate
of return than it would other-
wise enjoy on alternative invest-
ments, but it was queried by
external auditors, Deloitte &
Touche, in the 2009 audited
accounts, over whether it
should be treated as an oper-
ating or finance lease, the com-
pany not having assessed the
value of lease assets.

The same audited financial
statements also showed that
Bahamas Supermarkets, oper-
ating parent of City Markets,
owed the staff pension fund
almost $519,000 at the 2009
year-end in unpaid rent for the
company's head office - an asset
owed by the plan.

i aed

The following persons are asked to contact

STOR-IT-ALL OF NASSAU, LIMITED

in connection with items left in storage:

* MARSHA ALLEN
* ORRIS KNOWLES
* RENO BRENNEN

* ANWAR ROLLE
* DEREK SANDS
* IAN CURRY

Payments not made by February 22nd, 2011 - Items will be sold on
February 25th to cover outstanding account.

health insurance. Interested persons should apply no later than
22nd February 2011 to:

Email: bbhrjobs@gmail.com_

Stor-it-all
Soldier Road

(by Lowe’s Wholesale),

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THE TRIBUNE

‘BETTER OFFER’ IF 51%
BIC STAKE GIVEN EARLIER

FROM page 1B

bune Business understands
that while only a 49 per cent
stake was offered for sale,
the successful bidder would
still have had Board and
management control, thus
making the extra 2 per cent
a relatively immaterial
semantic game.

However, in comparing
the terms of the CWC deal
with those offered to previ-
ous unsuccessful bidders,
such as Bluewater and Tom
Bain’s BahamaTel consor-
tium, Mr Smith told Tribune
Business: “It’s changed so
much. You can only com-
pare it to the early efforts
to privatise, and the goal-
posts have changed rather
dramatically.

“If 51 per cent had been
offered to everyone looking
at investing in BTC, we
could have ended up with a
better offer. These are the
only guys [CWC] offered 51
per cent. For me, it’s opaque
in the sense that I can’t fig-
ure out what exactly they
[CWC] are paying for this
and what we’re getting for
it. For me, there are
unknowns, and it’s difficult
to do an impartial and objec-
tive evaluation.”

In fact, the 51 per cent
equity stake was offered to
the four bidders admitted to
the latest privatisation
attempt’s due diligence
round - One Equity Part-
ners/Vodafone, Atlantic
Tele-Network/CFAL, Tril-
ogy International Partners
and Digicel. Only the first
two of this group went
ahead to submit formal bids,
both of which were ulti-
mately rejected by the Govy-
ernment and its privatisa-
tion committee.

Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
the Bluewater offer had
more emphasis on using
Bahamian talent, particu-
larly management talent,
and involved no talk of any
staff restructuring downsiz-
ing.
“They offered to bring in
the same higher level of ser-
vices and pay more for it
[BTC], but there was more
emphasis on using as much
local talent as possible, and

“There is also the question, although
no one really argues it, whether being
part of a regional network is the opti-

mum way to go.”



no talk about any sort of
downsizing,” the former
finance minister said of the
Bluewater bid, a process
that he oversaw while in
offer.

While Bluewater had
offered to pay $260 million,
as compared to the $210 mil-
lion ‘headline’ figure CWC
is paying, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham criticised
that deal for essentially
acquiring BTC ‘on credit’,
paying $220 million upfront,
followed by a further $35
million after five years and
$5 million in year six. Blue-
water was also set to enjoy a
five-year cellular exclusivi-
ty, compared to CWC’s
three years, thus making the
former’s deal infinitely more
attractive.

And sources close to the
privatisation committee had
also expressed surprise at
Mr Christie’s highlighting of
the BTC pension issue as
one the PLP would change if
it came to power.

They told Tribune Busi-
ness that, based on a review
of the documents, not only
was his government plan-
ning to invest the same $39
million to cover the BTC
employee pension fund
deficit, but also to close the
existing scheme completely
and put all beneficiaries into
the new defined contribu-
tion scheme.

Under the CWC deal, the
existing defined benefit
scheme will be maintained
for all existing beneficiaries,
supported by contributions
from BTC equivalent to 10
per cent of pensionable
salaries, with it being closed
only to new members.

Elsewhere, Mr Smith
questioned whether BTC
would be better off as part
of a regional operator, such
as CWC’s Caribbean sub-
sidiary, LIME, or as a stand-

a

Habe Coy,

James Smith

alone operator, and whether
CWC was the right partner
given its previous track
record in the region.

“There is also the ques-
tion, although no one really
argues it, whether being part
of a regional network is the
optimum way to go,” Mr
Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness. “I don’t know if that
was put out in print, as deci-
sion-making tends to be dri-
ven from the regional as
opposed to the national per-
spective, but that remains to
be seen.

“What we do know is that
BTC needs improvement in
the delivery of services and
that’s being promised, but
who’s best suited to do that
is the issue.

“In the early days, Cable
& Wireless’s track record
was thought not a good fit
for the Bahamas, but the
Government seems to have
other evidence that I’ve not
seen so far.”

Still, Mr Smith conceded
that BTC would be better
off as a privatised entity,
simply because it would no
longer be impacted by polit-
ical interference.

He added that the situa-
tion in 2009, when the $95.7
million in dividends paid out
to the Government was
almost double its $47.942
million in net profit, would
not be tolerated, especially
by an independent regula-
tor.

Explaining that regulators
would “be all over that” div-
idend ratio if BTC was a pri-
vate company, Mr Smith
said: “I think at the end of
the day the sector will be
performing more efficient-
ly, if only to the extent the
company will be able to get
along with doing telecom-
munications business, with-
out being hampered by oth-
er concerns.”

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PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, FREDRICK BOWE
of Stapledon Gardens, PO.Box CR55982, Nassau,

Bahamas intend to change my name to Virgil Victor
Bowe. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (80) days after the date of publication of
this notice.

RENAR INVESTMENTS FUND LTD
IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 of the International Business Companies Act
2000 RENAR INVESTMENTS FUND LTD is in
dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was
29" October 2010. David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Ltd., Building 2 Caves Village, P.O. Box N
3917 is the Liquidator of RENAR INVESTMENTS
FUND LTD All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their
address and particulars of their debts to the Liquidator
before the 29" November 2010.



David Thain
Liquidator



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Car dealers: 15 years to

recover from 50-60% drop

FROM page 1B

Association (BMDA), was
a modest bit of good news,
dealerships spoken to by
Tribune Business said the
challenges faced by the
industry, combined with the
2010-2011 Budget tax hikes
and Excise tax structure
change, and the general eco-
nomic malaise were all
working against any sudden
rebound.

Andrew Barr, Friendly
Motors’ sales manager, told
Tribune Business: “Any
shift in that direction is a
positive shift. It’s better to
gain 3.3 percentage points
than to drop 3.3 percentage
point. There’s a certain feel-
ing of optimism that it might
have bottomed out, and
while 3.3 per cent growth in
a year is nothing to brag
about, it’s a positive figure.”

Mr Barr explained that
next month’s Car Show
would give the industry “a

PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY

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Public Hospitals Authority, Corporate Office.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

* Bachelors Degree in Information Technology or equivalent;

Certification in Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA),
Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) or A+ Certification or
equivalent with five (5) years relevant experience;

The Technical Service Officer 1 will report te the Information Communication
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JOE SUMMARY

The Technical Service Officer 1 will provide technical support to end users;
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DUTIES:

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Assists with planning, managing and coordinating work assignments for

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Ensures compliance with security protocols and integrity of systems;

Installs, maintains and upgrades operating systems and applications;

Performs essential network functions; configures network users, creates
and maintains user profiles and other basic tunctions;

Performs backup, monitors ASHOO system utilities and maintains

program libraries;

Assists users with AS400 terminal operations and request Query

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Prepares managerial reports for distribution to functional departments;

Researches current and new technologies and recommends business

enhancing processes and procedures;

Assists with coordination and providing end user training;

_ Assists with projects with the Unit;

2. Maintains logs and operations procedures manuals (Linus; Unix

background a plus)

The salary of the post is in Scale HAISG ($26,150 x 700 - $32,450)

Letter of application and curricula vitae should be submitted to the Director of
Human Resources, Corporate Office, Public Hospitals Authority, 3â„¢ Terrace
West, Centreville; of P.O. Box N-8200, Nassau, Bahamas no later than 28th

February, 2011.

better idea” of where
demand for new autos, and
the ability to finance pur-
chases, stood, since con-
sumers would then be fully
exposed to the higher prices
resulting from the 2010-2011
Budget tax hikes and duty
structure change.

With the Excise Tax struc-
ture now dependent on
engine size, not the CIF bill,
Mr Barr said 6V engine
models had jumped from
the 60 per cent to 85 per
cent duty category, a 25 per-
centage point increase.

“Whichever way you look
at it, it’s a big hike and direct
to the segment of the mar-
ket that’s paid tremendous
amounts into the Public
Treasury in duties over the
years,” Mr Barr told Tri-
bune Business. “That is a big
increase in duty, and most
dealers have reduced their
inventory for this type of
vehicle. Our lots are a lot
emptier than in years gone

by. That’s where the prob-
lem lies. Price increases of
$15-$20,000, that’s a huge
jump.”

Acknowledging that it
would take time for the ben-
efits of the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar project to filter through
to the wider Bahamian
economy, and for unem-
ployment to reduce, Mr
Barr said banks were “right-
fully” being cautious about
who they advanced money
to for auto loans, having
tightened the lending crite-
ria considerably.

Risk

This was unlikely to
change “in the near future”,
with many people no longer
falling into the “good cate-
gory of risk”.

On the positive side, Mr
Barr added: “All the deal-
erships right now are stay-
ing open, selling enough cars

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF BENJAMIN
CURTIS LOWE, domiciled and late of
Hope Town, Little Guana Cay, a.k.a. Elbow
Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having

any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before 18th March, 2011
after which date the Administrator will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which he shall
then have had notice AND all persons indebted to
the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 18th March, 2011.

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attorneys for the Personal Representative
Chambers
Bay Street,

P.O. Box AB-20405
Marsh Harbour A baco,

The Bahamas

'*)) Kingsway Academy
Teacher Vacancies for September 2011

Kingsway Academy invites applicants from qualified and
experienced Bahamian candidates for teaching positions at

the:-
Elementary School — all grade levels

High School — all subjects, with particular interest in:-
* English Language and Literature

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* French

* Social Studies

* Christian Education

* Physical Education

* Mathematics (up to Advanced Placement Calculus)
* Mathematics and Technical Drawing

* Physics and Chemistry (up to Advanced Placement)
* Home Economics

* Biology and General Science

* Carpentry and Joinery

* Music

* Office Procedures

* Information Technology

The successful candidates should have the following:
* An academic degree in the area of

specialization

A teaching certificate

Excellent communication skills

A love for children and learning

High standards of morality

Be a born-again Christian

A complete application package consists of: (a)
completed and signed Kingsway Academy application
form — available at the school’s Administration build-
ing or on the website www.kingswayacademy.com (See
Document Downloads) (b) detailed resume with cover letter
(c) copies of degrees/certificates (d) recent photograph (e)
police record (f) health certificate (g) three (3) reference
letters, one (1) being from your church’s minister (h) legible
e-mail address and working telephone contacts.

Note: All documents should be submitted at the same
time.

Please forward to:

Kingsway Academy Employment Application

Kingsway Academy

Box N-4378, Bernard Road

Nassau, The Bahamas

e-mail: kingswayemployment@yahoo.com

Deadline: To ensure consideration, complete application
materials must be received by: Friday, February 25th, 2011



to maintain staff levels, not
letting anyone go, and if the
status quo remains then
we'll be able to carry on
without impacting unem-
ployment levels in the coun-
try, even though the industry
has been slammed with the
highest duty increases of any
retail industry”.

He said it was “very hard
to imagine” the Bahamian
new car industry returning
to pre-recession sales levels,
“at least not for many
years”, although 2010’s sales
figures - while up against
weak 2009 comparatives - at
least indicated the sector
was headed in the right
direction.

Referring to that 3.27 per
cent improvement, Mr Barr
told Tribune Business: “If
that’s the level of growth
we're going to sustain, we’re
looking at 15 years to get
back up to the volume of
industry that was there.

“Fifty to 60 per cent is a
pretty good estimate of
where sales are compared
to pre-recession. Three per
cent sounds good, but if
you’ve dropped 50-60 per
cent, it takes a long time to
get back.

“For us, as the Bahamian
dealer industry as a whole,
the goal is to keep staff
employed, keep our compa-
nies viable, and not con-
tribute to unemployment.
Many companies who have
seen a 50-60 per cent reduc-
tion in sales would cut back
on staff, but that’s not the
way we want to go.”

Fred Albury, Executive
Motors’ owner/president,
confirmed the 50-60 per cent
decline in new car sales com-
pared to pre-recession,
telling Tribune Business that
one only had to watch the
wharves to see how con-
sumers had switched to less
expensive used car purchas-
es.

He said one vessel he
observed docking in Nassau
Harbour had 670 used vehi-
cles, and the last ship carry-
ing new cars only 120 vehi-
cles. “That’s a benchmark
as to what’s happening in
the industry,” Mr Albury
said.

Adding that the 3.27 per
cent new car sales increase
for 2010 was “not too signif-
icant”, Mr Albury said deal-
ers were not having much
trouble in moving high-end
vehicles priced in the
$60,000-plus bracket, such
as the Lexus and Toyota
4Runner.

“Those who have money,
have money. Recession or
no recession, they are still
buying new vehicles,” Mr
Albury said, adding that the
sector was concentrating on
those clients. It was in the
$25,000-$30,000 price brack-
et, where lower and middle
income purchasers were
found, that had seen the sig-
nificant drop-off.

“January was better than
expected, and February is
turning out to be reasonable.
OK, we can see and feel that
things have bottomed out. I
think the consumer just has
to get adjusted to the price
levels of what new vehicles
will be,” Mr Albury told Tri-
bune Business.

“The first half of this year,
I don’t see an improvement
that much, and in the sec-
ond half, if the economy
starts to move upwards, the
industry will but at a slow
pace.”

The Executive Motors
boss said there were “a
number of factors beyond
our control” impacting the
Bahamian new car industry,
namely the weakness of the
US dollar against the Japan-
ese yen, which meant that
the Japanese car brands
favoured by Bahamian con-
sumers were relatively more
expensive, with or without
the import duty increases.

And US-made vehicles,
such as the General Motors
and Ford brands, had been
hit by those duty increases
due to their large engine
sizes.

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BUSINESS eee
Portugal's debt woes spell more trouble for Europe

BARRY HATTON,
Associated Press
PAN PYLAS,

Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal

Portugal's financial agony
has deepened, threatening to
pitch Europe into a whole new
round of economic turmoil over
its debt crisis.

The country's borrowing
costs are punishingly high, with
the interest rate on its 10-year
bonds holding above 7 percent
for a 10th straight session Fri-
day.

As Portugal — one of the
smallest and frailest in the 17-
nation euro zone — runs out
of options, its leaders are press-
ing fellow European nations to
adopt new crisis management
measures at a summit next
month, before a euro4.5 billion
($6.13 billion) debt repayment
that falls due for Portugal in
April.

Yet the broad consensus in
markets is that Portugal is
doomed to become the third
member of Europe's bailout
club, after Greece and Ireland,
partly because the continent's
paymaster Germany doesn't
want the issue to fester for
much longer.

Another bailout for a euro-
zone member is sure to further
undermine market confidence
in the fiscal soundness of the
single currency bloc and carry
severe consequences for other
vulnerable — and much bigger
— countries such as Spain, Bel-
gium and Italy.

Filipe Sila, debt manager at
Portugal's Banco Carregosa,
said investors have turned their
backs on Portugal, frightened
away by a level of risk that's
deemed too great and worried
they might not get their money
back.



(AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)
STRIKING OUT: Passengers at Lisbon's Rossio train station argue about
workers’ right to strike and the country's economic situation Tuesday, Feb.
15, 2011.

"Many political decisions are
pending that could have a lot
of bearing” on what happens,
he said.

"It's an additional risk. I
think nobody is buying Por-
tuguese debt at the moment
except the European Central
Bank."

The catalyst for the renewed
tensions was euro-zone lead-
ers' failure at a Brussels meet-
ing two weeks ago to come up
with anything dramatic that
could douse the yearlong finan-
cial firestorm, despite bold pro-
nouncements from many that

a "comprehensive package"
was in the offing. Those pre-
dictions briefly calmed
investors. The most visible sign
of the new heightened state of
stress is in the bond markets,
where Portuguese bond yields
have spiked dramatically.

The spread between two-
year Portuguese and German
bond yields has risen by more
than a percentage point this
week alone, while Portugal's
10-year yield has risen three
quarters of a percent to a
potentially unsustainable 7.5
percent.

Portugal's borrowing costs
for its three-year government
bonds stands at 5.6 percent —
more or less the rate the Inter-
national Monetary Fund and
euro-zone countries charged
Athens and Dublin for their
loans and making a bailout look
more palatable for the Por-
tuguese.

A number of analysts think
the bailout option will become
more acceptable for Portugal,
given that its economy is con-
tracting once again.

"Although Portugal has a
lower debt level than Greece,
its high fiscal deficit and dismal
growth prospects expose the
country's debt dynamics to

Government's $14m net cash gain if BTC deal done November

FROM page 1B

the House of Assembly show
that, at November 30, 2010,
BTC had total cash on its bal-
ance sheet of $68 million, and
total indebtedness (most of
this coming from $36.4 mil-
lion in borrowings) of $39.1
million.

Subtracting the latter from




the former, and BTC’s net
cash position at end-Novem-
ber last year was $28.9 mil-
lion.

With $15 million to be left
on the balance sheet when
CWC and the Government
close the privatisation agree-
ment, this means that, if the
deal had closed then, some
$13.9 million in cash would

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, JULIETH BILLIE JANE
JOHN of the Yellow Elder Constituency of the Island of
New Providence intend to change my name to JULIETH
BILLIE JANE GREENE. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.















AUCTION

U.S. EMBASSY

be remitted to the Public
Treasury. And, if that was
added to the $217 million in
purchase price and Stamp Tax
being received initially, it
would take the gross proceeds
to the Government to $230
million-plus, more than the
gross $220 million first install-
ment that Bluewater Ven-
tures would have paid under
its now-terminated deal.

A source close to the pri-
vatisation efforts confirmed:
“We’re expecting there to be
a net cash surplus, but it
depends on the performance
of BTC over the next couple
of months.”

And, in addition, the Gov-
ernment will also receive any
surplus net working capital
above $6.1 million, the docu-
ments show, this being calcu-
lated from subtracting current
liabilities (such as accounts
payables) from current assets,

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2011

(namely receivables).

“The Government is leav-
ing in the business the average
working capital it needs to
run. If there is any excess, it
will come back to the Gov-
ernment on completion,” the
source said. “The net work-
ing capital issue is completely
standard. There’s not an
acquisition that happens with-
out it.”

market risks," said Athanasios
Vamvakidis, a strategist at
Bank of America Merrill
Lynch.

"Beyond debt sustainabili-
ty concerns, the lower IMF-EU
borrowing cost should look

increasingly attractive to Por-
tugal.”" But the Portuguese gov-
ernment, keen to keep its
domestic political reputation
for economic management
intact, insists it doesn't want or
need assistance.

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The — applicant will be responsible for:
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Demolition Debris plans
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Noise Control plans
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Evaluation of contractor methods to ensure compliance with
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Preparation of environmental reports for submission
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Identification of environmental competence training needs, development
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program to relevant staff and construction workers

Development of a communications strategy which will include reporting
formats and protocols

Conducting any environmental audits required for the project
Oversight of project components once they are operational

The qualifications required for the position as Environmental Monitor shall

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uzzy compromise threatens
the relevance of G-20 forum



NOTICE is hereby given that VICTORIA PIERRE of
ABNER STREET, FOX HILL, P.O. BOX GT-2252,
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 21% DAY of FEBRUARY 2011 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MICHAEL STAPLETON of SWAN
DRIVE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying

GABRIELE STEINHAUSER,
AP Business Writers
GREG KELLER,

AP Business Writers
PARIS

The world's dominant
economies struck a watered
down deal on how to smooth
out trade and currency imbal-
ances many say exacerbated the
financial crisis, but the difficul-
ty in getting vastly different

NOTICE



a | age

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

that plunged the world into its
worst economic recession in 70
years.

The result was a "balanced
compromise (that) doesn't stig-
matize any one country,"
Lagarde told journalists.

The G-20 itself is a recogni-
tion of the rise to power of
nations such as India, China
and Brazil, having supplanted
smaller forums like the G-7 and
G-8 during the climax of the

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








economies like China and the FAMILY SNAPSHOT: From left to right, German Finance Minister @aucia’ ctisis, when if achieved
doesa't bode well forthe WOlfgang Schauble, France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, ee ins
Group of 20 rich and develop- U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pose during the family — ountries growing at an almost
ing countries as a forum for picture of the G20 Finance summit at Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, unprecedented pace while oth-
global decision making. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Finance chiefs from the world's 20 indus- ers remain in the through of

G-20 finance ministers and __ trialized and fastest developing nations wrestle over how to steady the — +ecession — the G-20 has lost






21st day of FEBRUARY, 2011 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

central bankers meeting in
Paris agreed Saturday on a list
of technical indicators to track
those imbalances — caused by
some countries consuming

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world economy at a two-days meeting in Paris.

more while others tend to hold
on to their money — but left
the more tricky questions of
when those imbalances actual-
ly become dangerous and what
to do to mitigate them for later.

French Finance Minister
Christine Lagarde, whose coun-

try holds the G-20 presidency
this year, said the all-night talks
had been "tense" at times, indi-
cating the clash in national
interests between countries that
find themselves on completely
divergent growth trajectories
after the 2008 financial crisis

GOVERNMENT NOTICE
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
NOTICE

THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)

Lis Berely metibed parumini to Section of the Industics Enxcourasement Act,
Chapter 31, that the Minister is abo Wo oomsider whelher the manudecterer specified in

the first cohimn of the lahle helew should be declared an “APPROVED
MANUFACTURER" in relstion to the produos specilbed in the third oxdumn

[LOCATION OF
| FACTORY PREMISES

Ciloss Suppliers & lectallern | Cannichael Row

MANUFACTURER PRODUCTS
) PwC Impact Resisiant

rid LAnors anh ae inahiorrs

Any interested person hen Ing any ohjection to such & declension ahould ging notes iin
Writing of his otyecteen and of the greens theneo! bo the Office of the Pome Minister,

arth

ter addressed to

Before the ehruary, 2010, by

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
OFFICE OF THE FRIME MINISTER
POO) Box CB 1080
NASSAL, FP,

THE BAHAMAS

DAWID H. DATS
Permanent Secretary

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
NOTICE

THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)

It is hereby notified PursMant to Secchi al the Industries Encouragement Act
that (he Minister is obour to consider whether the following products should be declared
“APPROVED PRODUCTS” for the purposes of that Act

PRODUCTS RAW MATERIALS TO BE USED IN
| OM ANUPACTURE

| PMC Extrusions, Aluminam/ Steel

| Extrusions, Glass

Pec Impact Resixtant Doors ane a
We inlaw x

ANY ileresied person hoy ing any objection bo such a declaration should give notes iin
writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to ike Office of the Prime bLlinisser,
before the 27" February, 2000, by lever addressed io:-

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
OFFICE OF THE FRIME MINISTER
Pay. Box CB-180
NASS AL, ALP.

THE BAHAMAS

DAVID K. DAWES
Permunent Secretary



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DANIEL MO CALIXTE of
KOOL ACRES, P.O. BOX N-7060, 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 21** DAY of FEBRUARY 2011
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES ERTILUS of
ST. JAMES ROAD, 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 21° DAY of
FEBRUARY 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2010

IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law & Equity Division CLE/qui/00775

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
BRENETTA MAE JOHNSON

AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT Tract of land containing Five
Thousand Three hundred and twenty-four square feet (5,324) be-
ing Lot Number 542 and situate on the North-Eastern Junction of
Moonshine Drive and Windward Isle Way In Golden Gates No.
2 Subdivision the Western District of the Island of New Provi-
dence, The Bahamas

NOTICE

The Petition of BRENETTA MAE JOHNSON of the Western
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of: -
ALL THAT Tract of land containing Five Thousand Three Hun-
dred and twenty-four square feet (5,324) being Lot Number 542
and situate on the North-Eastern junction of Moonshine Drive
and Windward Isle Way In Golden Gates No. 2 Subdivision the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas
and bounded North by lot Number 541 and running thereon One
Hundred (100.00) feet South by a road reservation Moonshine
Drive Thirty-six (36.00) Feet wide East by land the property of
the Petitioner and running thereon Fifty and Sixty-two (50.62)
feet West by a road reservation, Windward Isle Way, Forty feet
wide (40.00) Brenetta Mae Johnson claims to be the owner of
the fee simple estate in possession of the said piece or parcel
of land free from incumbrances. And the Petitioner has made
application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1999 to
have title to the said piece parcel or tract of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
provisions of the said Act.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a dower or
right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on before the expiration of Thirty 0) days
after the final publication of these presents file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents will operate as a bar
to such claim.
Copies of the Petition and filed plan of the said land may be
inspected at:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Nassau

2. The Chambers of Messrs Mangra & Co., No. 20 Parlia-

ment Street.

Dated the 12th day of April, A.D. 2010

Mangra & Co.

No. 20 Parliament Street
Nassau, N.P.

The Bahamas



much of its swagger.

"What I was worried about
— I'm sorry to say — material-
ized: which is that it's more dif-
ficult than it was before to have
people agree," Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, the managing
director of the International
Monetary Fund said of Satur-
day's compromise. "When they
were really scared, they were
happy to find a consensus. Now
... many believe — wrongly —
the crisis is behind us and they
have domestic concerns.”

At the heart of the debate
about imbalances is the real-
ization that a decades-long
global economic order centered
on the U.S. buying exports
from the rest of the world and
running huge trade deficits,
while countries such as China
and Germany accumulate vast
surpluses, is no longer tenable.

In the years before the melt-
down, countries with trade sur-
pluses plowed money into
mortgage and other invest-
ments in the United States, dri-
ving up their value and exacer-
bating the crash when the bub-
ble eventually burst.

But the opaque language of
Saturday's deal shows the chal-
lenge of moving beyond that
basic recognition.

China's large current account
surplus, a measure of trade and
capital flows in and out of a
country, made it reluctant to
include that as one of the G-
20's indicators for imbalances.
Compromise wording was
agreed on making that mea-
surement a mix of current
account balance — the indica-
tor most countries wanted —
and trade balance — the yard-
stick China had been pushing
for.

The valuation of national
currencies — long a sticking
point in Chinese-U:S. relations
— did not survive as a separate
indicator, but will be consid-
ered as part of the broader
analysis of capital flows. That
saved Beijing from even more
direct pressure to let its cur-
rency — the yuan — rise more
quickly against the dollar. The
USS. complains that the artifi-
cially low value of the yuan
gives Chinese exports an unfair
advantage. Foreign currency
reserves — the largest of which
are also held by China — were
dropped all together, although
some Officials insisted they sur-
vived under the oblique head-
ing of “other policies."

Lagarde touted the very fact
that the words "exchange rate"
were even mentioned on the
list as a success. The indicators
also include more traditional
yardsticks such as public debts
and deficits and private debt
levels and savings rates.

With agreement on what to
track, work will now begin on
the more difficult task of set-
ting what the G-20 calls "indica-
tive guidelines" against which
to measure each of the criteria.
Lagarde said the goal is to
agree on this at the next G-20
finance ministers meeting in
Washington in April.

Asked whether deciding the
list of indicators presaged even
more divisive talks over thresh-
olds and enforcement, Lagarde
said "I take things one day ata
time. If it is difficult, it will be
difficult.”

While some analysts said the
compromise on imbalances was
a natural result of slow inter-
national decision making, oth-
ers warned that an agreement
on a list of indicators didn't
mean much for rebalancing the
global economy.

Saturday's deal is “totally
irrelevant," said Charles
Wyplosz, professor of interna-
tional economics at the Gradu-
ate Institute in Geneva. "Every-
body knows what is the
exchange rate of China and the
current account of Germany."

Enforcing any eventual
agreement on firm thresholds
will be even harder. "What
we're down to is peer pres-
sure..., Which has never ever
worked,” Wyplosz said.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 9B

See ee
Obama says companies can

help bottom line and nation

ga Educate to Innovate

i

DARLENE SUPERVILLE,
Associated Press
HILLSBORO, Oregon

Pushing his jobs agenda,
President Barack Obama made
the case Friday that companies
can make money and build up
the country at the same time,
citing the giant Intel Corp. chip
maker as his model of smart
investing in education.

"We know what works. We
know how to succeed," the
president told employees here
after getting an eye-opening
tour of Intel's manufacturing
facility. "We know how to do
big things. And all across this
nation, in places just like this
one, we have students and
teachers, local leaders and com-
panies who are working togeth-
er to make it happen."

Though Republicans in
Washington are balking at Oba-
ma's call for more spending on
education, Obama said Intel's
example has shown that spend-
ing on education and worker
training is a good investment
— even in difficult financial
times.



(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

INVESTMENT IN FUTURE: In this Feb., 18, 2011, file photo President
Barack Obama talks with a group of seventh grade students who are Intel
Science Talent Search finalists, about their projects during a visit to the
Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Ore. Obama recorded his weekly radio and
Internet address during the visit Friday.

porate role model," Obama
said. "You're a corporation that
understands that investing in
education is a good business
model. It's good for the bottom
line.”

The president spoke during a
West Coast swing designed to
highlight his vision of making
the U.S. more competitive glob-

ally. Before the visit, the White
House announced that Obama

had picked company CEO Paul
Otellini, a sometimes critic, to
serve on a presidential com-
petitiveness council.

Intel last year announced a
10-year, $200 million commit-
ment to promote math and sci-
ence education; Obama was
wowed by the projects of the
students he met during his visit.
The company is among those
that are working to help meet
Obama's goal of getting the
US. to first place in science and
math education in a decade.

The president is proposing a
freeze on overall domestic
spending for five years, but
increases in select areas like
education. "In today's econo-
my, the quality of a nation's
education is one of the biggest
predictors of a nation's suc-
cess," he said. "It is what will
determine whether the Ameri-
can dream survives.”

NOTICE

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NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Unit #15,
Lot#2, Blk#1, Nassau East, situated in the Eastern of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Multi Family Condominium Unit
consisting of 2 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom.

Building Size: 832 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
0506”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11" March, 2011.

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot #17,
Sunnyside Subdivision, situated in the Eastern of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Multi Family Residence consisting of 1-2 Bedrooms
and 1 Bathroom and 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom.

Property Size: 6,455 sq ft
Building Size: 1,618 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
1177”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11" March, 2011.

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot #11, Little
Hyde Park Subdivision, situated in the Eastern of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of 4 Bedrooms
and 2 Bathrooms.
Property Size: 5,551 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1638 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
1212”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11% March, 2011.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GRAPHOS HOLDINGS LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
th 15th February, 2011 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame
Consulting SA, Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 21st day of February, A. D. 2011



Dizame Consulting SA
Liquidator

FINCO

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Unit #4,
Chardel Estates Condominium Sandford Drive, situated in
the Western of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Multi
Family Residence of a Townhouse consists of 3 Bedrooms and
2 Bathrooms.

Building Size: 1,440 sq ft

This property 1s being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
2068”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11" March, 2011.

ROYAL FIDELITY

Aoridy an VAork

NOTICE

BIBLIOS HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) BIBLIOS HOLDINGS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
15th February, 2011 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame Consulting
SA, Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 21st day of February, A. D. 2011



Dizame Consulting SA
Liquidator




















NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot
#31, Ponderosa Subdivision, situated in the Western of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Multi Family Residence consisting
of 3 units: 2-2 Bedrooms and 1Bathroom and 1-1 Bedroom and
1 Bathroom.

Property Size: 6,000 sq. ft.

Building Size: 1,909 sq ft

This property 1s being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
2090”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11% March, 2011.

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot #38,
Kenedy Subdivision, situated in the Southern of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of 4 Bedrooms
and 2 Bathrooms.

Property Size: 4,461 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,348 sq ft

This property 1s being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
3868”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11% March, 2011.

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBURARY 2011
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,481.69 | CHG 0.05 | %CHG 0.00| YTD -17.82 | YTD % -1.199
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%

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S2wk-Low Securit _y
0.97 AML Foods Limited 1.04
67 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63
4.42 Bank of Bahamas 4.42
0.18 Benchmark 0.18
2.70 Bahamas Waste 2.70
2.14 Fidelity Bank 21
9.62 Cable Bahamas 10.21
2.36 Colina Holdings 2.40
5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.85
1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.08
1.40 Doctor's Hospital 1.40
5.47 Famguard 5.47
7.23 Finca 6.51
8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39
3.75 Focol (S) 6.00
1.00. Focol Class B Preference 1.00
5.00 ICD Utilities 7.40
9.82 J. S. Johnson 9.82
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00

Previous Close Today's Close

Change
1.04 0,00.

10.8 0.00.
4.42 0,00.
0.18 0,00.
2.70 0,00.
2. 1F 0,00.

10.21 0,00
2.40 0,00

Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PrE
0.123 8.5
0.013 BAT?
0.153 28.5

-0.877 N/M
0.168 16.1
0,016 135.6
1.050 9.7
ORI aed
0.488 14.0
0.111 19.2
0.107 13.1
0.357 15.3
0.287 22.7
0.494 19.0
0.452 13.3
0.000 N/M
0.012 616.7
0.859 11.4
1.207 8.3

6.85 0,00.
2.13 0.05
1.40 0.00.
5.47 0.00.
6.51 0.00.
2.39 0.00.
6.00. 0.00.
1.00 0.00.
7.40 0.00,
9.82 0.00,
10.00 0.00,

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)

S2wk-Hi__S2wk-Low Security
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +

Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
BAH29
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale

100.00 0.00 7%
100.00 0.00
100.00 0.00 7%
100.00 0.00

Interest
6.95%

Change
99.46 0.00

Daily Vol. Maturity
20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013

29 May 2015

Prime + 1.75%

Prime + 1.75%

RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid ®

Ask ®
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.07
RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.58

Last Prime
14.00

EPS$
-2.945
0.001

Div ® PE
0,000
0,000

Daily Wo.

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

ABDAB 30.13

31,59
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0,55.

29.00 4.540

0,002

0,000
0.000

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

Fund Name NAV
CFAL Bond Fund 1.5179
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9527
1.5141 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.5837
2.8522 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7049
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.4164
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund
99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund
9.1005 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

1.4076
2.8300

114.3684
106.5528
1.1465
1.1185
1.1491

9.7850
10.0000
10.6417
9.1708
10.1266

4.8105 8.4510

YTD%
5.51%
0.18%
0.61%
-0.56%
0.44%
9.98%
4.75%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

4.85%

-1.20%

1.27%
0.72%

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.564030

NAV GMTH
1.475244
2.910084
1.545071

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
1.61% 31-Jan-11

11-Feb-11

31-Jan-11

31-Jan-11

30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10

4.59%
-15.54%
-0.10%
12.49%
7.18%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%:

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619.
105.776543

5.45% 30-Nov-10.

0.50% 30-Nov-10.

1.27%
9.95%

31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11

MARKET TERMS

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

S41) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Weekly Vol

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
- Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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THE TRIBUNE



INSIGHT



Ireland’s ruling
party braced for
historic elections

GALWAY, Ireland
Associated Press

IRELAND holds historic
elections this week — a bal-
lot that could devastate the
party blamed for the coun-
try's dramatic economic
reverse and dump it from
office after dominating Irish
politics for almost 80 years.

The ruling Fianna Fail
party faces defeat in Friday's
poll as voters vent their
anger over Ireland's rapid
decline from economic mir-
acle into debt-ridden disas-
ter. The country has been
forced to accept a multibil-
lion rescue deal from Euro-
pean neighbors and the
International Monetary
Fund.

Karen Holland, 29, stood
with her arms crossed defi-
antly outside Paddy's pub in
Galway, on Ireland's west
coast, as she described strug-
gling to raise her four chil-

dren on the salary brought
home by her husband, a
security guard.

For Holland, the politi-
cians had it coming. "They
should have let the banks go
down,” she said, referring to
the government's fateful
decision to guarantee debts
held by some of its biggest
banks with public money.
"They let us go down
instead."

Holland's anger has found
echoes across the country,
and some observers predict
this week's vote has the
potential for revolutionary
change.

"The word I'd use here is
‘seismic,'" said Noel Whe-
lan, a staunch critic of the
government's handling of
the crisis and commentator
for the Irish Times. "We're
going to see next weekend a
political earthquake in Ire-
land."

Investors are watching for

aftershocks in London,
Paris, and Berlin.

European banks have bil-
lions tied up in Ireland's
troubled financial sector.
The current government has
guaranteed their money, but
Fine Gael — the party
tipped to take over from its
longtime rival — has said
that it is unconscionable "for
taxpayers to be asked to
beggar themselves to make
massive profits for specula-
tors."

Fine Gael has raised the
prospect of forcing some
senior creditors to take a cut
on their investments, and
the possibility of a new dose
of red ink being splashed
across European balance
sheets has spooked the mar-
kets at a time when concern
persists over the financial
health of countries such as
Greece and Portugal.

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rating agency Moody's

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2011. Ireland holds historic elections this week, a ballot that could devastate the party blamed for the
country's dramatic economic reverse and dump it from office after dominating Irish politics for almost
80 years. The ruling Fianna Fail party faces defeat in Friday's poll as voters vent their anger over Ire-
land's rapid decline from economic miracle into debt-ridden disaster. The country has been forced to
accept a multibillion rescue deal from European neighbours and the International Monetary Fund. (AP)

downgraded the creditwor-
thiness of six major Irish
banks as politicians argued
whether or when to inject
more cash.

Ireland's 4.6 million peo-
ple have their own worries.
The one-time Celtic Tiger
economy was one of the first
victims of the Great Reces-
sion. Its government quickly
guaranteed the debts racked
up by its over-stretched
banks — a promise which
turned into political poison.

Unemployment has
tripled in three years to 13.4
percent, Ireland's welfare
system is shriveling away
and taxes have gone up ina
bid to fight a deficit esti-
mated at more than one
third of the country's $204.1
billion GDP.

The election could claim
as many half of the legisla-
tors in Ireland's 166-seat
lower house, polls suggest.

Recent surveys show the
opposition Fine Gael is
within reach of a parlia-
mentary majority in the
Dail Eireann — a potential
historic upset for Fianna
Fail, the party that has won
the most seats in every elec-
tion since the party first
went into government in
1932.

Ireland's crisis has already
seen Prime Minister Brian
Cowen announce he will
quit after the poll. He won't
stand in the election.

Even if it falls short of a
majority, Fine Gael — a
center-right political party
— is still expected to rule
with the help of indepen-

dents or the left-leaning
Labour, which has also seen
a huge jump in support.
Fianna Fail, seen as more
centrist than its rival, has
been pushed into third place
in most recent polls.

The rhetoric surrounding
the electoral campaign has
some worried. Editorials
grumble darkly about resist-
ing German domination and
"burning the bondholders,"
reflections of the concern
here that investors in
Europe — and particularly
Germany — are making
money off the Irish people's
misery.

A recent poll showed that
84 percent of the population
backed renegotiating terms
with bondholders, though it
isn't considered a likely
prospect.

The new government
can't push too hard against
the European Central Bank,
which, along with the Inter-
national Monetary Fund,
extended euro67.5 billion in
support of the Ireland's
nearly bankrupt economy in
November, said Frank Bar-
ry, a professor at Trinity
College Dublin's business
school.

"We have no other source
of funds, and everybody
understands that," he said.

In Galway, students at the
city's National University of
Ireland seemed resigned to
years of continued sacrifice.
Talk of getting a new deal
from Europe and the IMF
was "totally unrealistic,"
said Mary Walsh, a 26-year-
old science student. "Our

hands are tied," she said.
"We'll have to repay the
money."

Across the rain-streaked
campus, professor Chris
Curtin of the School of
Political Science and Soci-
ology says few in Ireland are
excited about the election
— despite the changes it
promises for the country's
leadership.

"The general mass of the
population is being ham-
mered into the ground,” he
said, calling the internation-
al bailout "a humiliation."
He, like other political
watchers, said there'd be
very little room for a rene-
gotiating of its terms.

The election could even-
tually result in reforms of
political institutions found
wanting during the debt cri-
sis.

Both Fianna Fail and Fine
Gael call for a job stimulus,
the scrapping of the Irish
parliament's upper house,
the Seanad, and plans to
tackle negative home equity.

Constitutional reform, a
shake up of the civil service
and a move away from Ire-
land's patronage-dominated
election system are also
promised.

But Curtin said any hope
for a better future was
buried under the weight of
the country’s crushing debt.

Voters aren't even worry-
ing whether there's light at
the end of the tunnel, Curtin
joked, because they're won-
dering: "Can we find the
tunnel? Is there even a tun-
nel?"

Biologists watch as bears

migrate to southern Mich

HESPERIA, Mich.



Michigan's bear population has risen for the

Associated Press

GROWING numbers of black bears are
migrating into southern Michigan as the state's
population surges, leading biologists to step
up efforts to trace their movements and pre-
vent unwanted encounters with people.

The Upper Peninsula is still home to 80 per-
cent or more of the state’s bears, and 95 per-
cent of the others live in the northern Lower
Peninsula. But sightings are picking up far-
ther south, the Department of Natural
Resources and Environment says.

"They tend to be younger males that have
been chased off by older males as they look for
territory, so they disperse to areas where they
don't have competition,” Mary Dettloff,
spokeswoman for the agency, said Friday.
"They're following the fruit belt, all those
orchards right down the west side of the state.
We often get reports in the spring, when they
wake up hungry."

past two decades and is estimated at 9,000 to
11,000, DNRE bear program specialist Adam
Bump told The Grand Rapids Press. The
department gets 10 to 30 reports of bears in
southern counties each year. They've been
spotted from Flint to Jonia and even in Jackson
County, south of Lansing.

A state bear management plan approved in
2008 recommends letting the population
expand naturally, Bump told the Press. That
means the DNRE needs to educate people in
southern Michigan, who are less accustomed to
coming across bears in the wild than north-
ern Michigan residents are.

"They eat a lot of vegetation but do have the
potential to harm people and pets if they are
not respected,” Dwayne Etter, a DNRE
research specialist, told The Associated Press.
"But they are not an animal to be feared. If
people follow our suggestions on how to
respond when encountering a bear, there
shouldn't be conflicts.”

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INSIGHT





What can we learn

from Haiti and Eqypt?

FROM page 12B

any kind of abatement of
the violence and for the con-
stitutional process to be
respected,” said Mr Sears.

Insight into the backdoor
dealings raises so many
questions about the upris-
ing that threatened the
nation’s stability and the sta-
bility of those with interests.
What really happened in
Haiti seven years ago? Was
it a true people’s revolution?
Was it a controlled opposi-
tion? Was it a political mob
that had passed its breaking
point?

Egypt showed us a mod-
ern day example of a true
people’s revolution. Haiti
brewed a different stew:
there were too many sticky
political fingers in the pot.
Tam inclined to think, in the
case of Haiti, the decisions
made by the various political
actors served political and
economic ends more than
the interests of the people.
The three most often do not
coincide.

I could be challenged that
the uprising was not a true
people’s revolution, but here
is why it feels right.

Political leaders make
decisions based on their
desire to win political com-
petitions, most notably in
the form of elections. Com-
petition is the foundation of
modern democracy, and the
rules of politics are the same
as the rules of a capitalist
enterprise. It is a dog eat
dog world and it literally is a
fight to the top.

Why do you think the
Free National Movement
and the PLP when they have
their political hats on are
always fighting? Look at the
rhetoric they use, the tactics
they employ: the mass of
supporters who turn out to
political rallies appear as an
unruly mob ready to go to
war.

These people are behold-
en to their collective political
identities for a number of
reasons: pure intent, histor-
ical obligation, familial con-
nection, miseducation, igno-
rance, and selfish interests.
Politicians take advantage
of them regardless of the
reason, because the thing
about politics is; the leader-
ship has to be in control.
They have to maintain the
ability to manoeuvre the
mob. So a popular uprising
with loyalty to political lead-
ers is in fact a controllable
entity.

Naturally there is a
breaking point for this type
of opposition movement. It
is kept in check by the
nature and intent of its lead-
ers and most times we can
count on our leaders to use
their power for the greater
good of the few people they
can’t fully control, in other
words affluent people or
those with perceived influ-
ence.

Based on the nature of
politics, I am inclined to
believe Haiti’s 2004 upris-
ing was a political opposi-
tion capable of being led;
that good men chose to do
nothing allowing evil to pre-
vail. Unlike President
Mubarak who eventually
caved to the will of the peo-
ple and stepped down, Pres-
ident Aristide refused to be
moved short of being kid-
napped, which he said he
was.

President Mubarak had
seven months left on his
term; Aristide had 13. In the
case of Egypt, I am certain

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the people would have
asked themselves: why
should we respect the con-
stitutional process, which
should serve the will of the
people, and wait seven
months for an election,
when for decades Mubarak
has governed with little
respect for the constitution
or the people?

Somehow, President
Mubarak must have been
convinced that the protest
movement was no small
fraction or fringe group. It
was an honest representa-
tion of the people’s will. I
would imagine President
Aristide did not have those
same feelings.

Still, President Aristide
had many choices that could
have demonstrated a com-
mitment to the constitution-
al process and respect for
the will of the people. Pres-
ident Aristide insisted he
serve out his term, as Presi-
dent Mubarak originally
wished to do; he could have
chosen to stepped down
immediately as President
Mubarak stalled in doing.

Unlike Mubarak, who
had no choice of running in
the next election because
the public’s trust was so cor-
roded, President Aristide
could have stepped downed
voluntarily and offered him-
self again in the next elec-
tion. A win that time around
would have decidedly
silenced the critics. He could
also have asked to stay, but
chosen to call an early elec-
tion.

Power

Colin Powell once inti-
mated that President Aris-
tide had become arrogant
and unreasonable with his
allies, and probably his peo-
ple, which endeared him to
neither. I would not venture
as far as to compare him
with President Mubarak, but
I am inclined to believe
Aristide had on his mind
holding power at all cost for
the sake of his personal
pride and dignity.

President Mubarak has
demonstrated that while his-
tory will mark his inglorious
departure as a personal fail-
ure, it will write an inspir-
ing story of his country.
Egypt, a Muslim land, is
without a doubt the new
beacon of hope for freedom.
Egypt’s final colonizers still
govern its lands, but get this:
the beacon of light has
returned to Africa.

Haiti in 2004 had no such
story to tell. With American
and French fingers deep in
the pot, and Caribbean
interests contending for
influence, Haiti had its inter-
nal politics to deal with and
its external politics. Stability
was more important than
democracy for the Bahami-
an government, as well as
the French and American
governments. Instability
would mean a migration
influx for the Bahamas, and
economic losses for the
Americans and French.

So what happened? Aris-
tide somehow ended up on
an American government jet
headed to the Central
African Republic. Aristide’s’
ouster was the lowest com-
mon denominator of agree-
ment between the greatest
number of influential forces:
external interests and the
internal political opposition.
One could say the people
never determined Aristide’s
fate: their revolution was
hijacked.

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sand supporters of Aristide marched through Haiti's capital shouting they will derail a presidential runoff set for next month unless his leader
returns. Aristide left the country in 2004. (AP)

to Jamaica from the Central
African Republic and then
on to South Africa, where
he was granted asylum. We
will never know if he was
really kidnapped by the
United States or if he left
voluntarily. I think it is prob-
able he was pressured under
the threat of being other-
wise killed.

At the end of the day, our
best hope for knowing what
really happened is probably
Wikileaks. Short of that it
will be a perpetual, he said
she said game between self-
interested parties. What we
do know is that President
Aristide’s stronghold was
proven to be untenable, and
his departure did not lead
to national solidarity.

This brings us back to my
Starting point: politics is
dirty, deceptive, stubborn
and life altering. So much is
placed in the hands of our
political directorate, but in
the midst of their game play-
ing, their manoeuvring of
economic interests, we can
never be sure if they really
do right by us. And yet we
give them chance after
chance after chance, never
stopping to think that the
usefulness of a politician has
an expiry date.

Do our leaders do their
best to make a positive
impact in our lives or do
they just do enough to stay
in the game? Are they
morally, spiritually or intel-
lectually capable of know-
ing the difference?

These are questions for
all of us to contemplate,
because the actions and
inaction of our leaders can
change the course of history.
The whole world felt the
impact of America’s war-
mongering President
George W Bush.

There is no doubt, the
political instability in Haiti
has robbed its people of so
many opportunities. For all
of its natural wealth, the
financial resources of its
wealthy elite, its strong intel-
lectual foundations, rich cul-
tural heritage and prized his-
torical legacy, Haiti should
want for nothing.

Unfortunately this is not
the case. And the turbulent

conditions in Haiti com-
bined with our own politi-
cal game playing have
thwarted attempts at build-
ing a meaningful relation-
ship between next door
neighbours.

I imagine there is some
genuine interest, but as Mr
Sears explained, it is not an
easy road. The repeated
interruption of democratic
rule over the years has made
relationship building, for
example, a tightrope to
walk.

“In one of the negotia-
tions we had, I think it was
with Jean-Robert Estimé,
foreign affairs minister,
when he left, two weeks lat-
er he was out of office. In
fact, once we had to deal
with six to seven foreign
ministers in the space of four
years; it was not easy,” said
Mr Sears.

Leader

Regime change, at almost
any cost, has been ingrained
in the way “they solve their
problems,” said Mr Sears.
Virtually every political
leader is dead or outside the
country.

“These are intelligent
people. They know contin-
ued instability is the conse-
quence of unilateral inter-
ruptions of the democratic
process. You never give the
country a chance for those
issues to be set aside. That

is a dangerous phenome-
non we have witnessed,” he
said.

With all the lessons we
have to learn from Egypt,
Haiti and global politics is
there any hope of revolution
in the Bahamas? I think the
odds are against us and the
status quo will be our
accepted condition for some
time to come.

After all, we recently had
an Egypt opportunity, to use
the phrase loosely, and we
squandered it. I think it can
be summed up in the story
of the day the Prime Minis-
ter was driven from the
House of Assembly burning
tyres with no seatbelt on.

Barring the mass rally,
the biggest demonstration
of BTC unions was their

march to Parliament Square.
That was the day Parliament
ended early; members of the
governing party went flee-
ing and members of the
opposition jumped on the
bandwagon.

The actions of our leaders
was predictable, but that day
I watched in astonishment
as the people cowered to the
might of the state on two
fronts. The people amassed
in Parliament Square on the
street to the west and on the
bleachers to the north. They
were cordoned off by police
barricades and police offi-
cers. At one time, the front-
liners made a move to push
through the barricades and
march to the House. They
were successful, to a point.

When the “revolution”
started, half of the people
fled to the bleachers; they
held their position in the
comfort of their distance;
they divided the opposition.
Those were no Egyptian
revolutionaries. The efforts
of the frontliners was so con-
certed that had the people
stuck together, they would
have surly overpowered the
flimsy cohort of police and
made it to the House.

Sadly, they succeeded
only in pushing through to
the middle of the road.
What they demonstrated
was their lack of conviction
and their powerlessness. A
union member who had bro-
ken through the barricades,
said: "They have y'all cor-
ralled like a bunch of ani-
mals. That is how they have
you. Y'all look like a bunch
of animals.” It was true. The
police knew this, and they
also knew how incensory it
would be if the people real-
ized, so they told the pro-
tester to “stop that”. They
had their greatest momen-
tum that day and they
broke.

In Egypt the people were
prepared to die for their
cause and many of them did.
Those who survived stepped
into the shoes of the dead
without hesitation: them-
selves prepared to go all the
way. There was no shortage
of conviction or cohesive-
ness.

The other telling incident

that day had to do with
union’s action to the PLP
opposition. When the House
of Assembly was adjourned,
PLP members of parliament
congregated at the site of
the demonstration. They did
not cross the barricades to
join the union members;
instead, they hijacked the
moment. They assembled
their own impromptu press
conference by the south side
bleachers and sidelined the
unions and all their mem-
bers to put on their own
show. Of course the media
spotlight shifted to them,
and after all of the sound
bites and video footage was
collected the PLP left.
Again, that was expected.

Unions

The unions, they tried
sheepishly to compete for
the spotlight, shouting over
their bullhorns to the cor-
ralled mass of sorts.

People tend to forget: the
government is comprised of
the ruling party and the
Opposition.

After all, an ineffective
opposition makes for an
ineffective government.

The PLP opposition is no
real friend to the unions and
they should have told them
So.

Some of the present union
leaders admit; had they been
in power under the PLP
administration, they would
have opposed their “bad
Blue Water deal” back then
as well. But the unions
allowed their movement to
be hijacked on that day.
Egyptian revolutionaries
they are not.

In the weeks and months
ahead, the world will see
what Egypt makes of its rev-
olutionary moment. In the
meantime, I am sure, politi-
cians and wannabe revolu-
tionaries across the world
will continue with their trite
use of the Egyptian moment
to further their personal
objectives. The true revolu-
tionaries, hopefully, will
look beyond the rhetorical
gimmicks for the real lessons
of Egypt, Haiti and all of the
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What can we learn

from Haiti and Egypt?

Lessons from 2004 and this year’s Middle East ‘ pro- -democracy movement’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls @tripunemedia.net

“Politics: A strife of inter-
ests masquerading as acon-
test of principles. The con-
duct of public affairs for pri-
vate advantage.”

— Ambrose Bierce,
American journalist,
Satirist.

I found this quote on the
e-mail signature of Philip
“Brave” Davis, deputy
leader of the Progressive
Liberal Party. Tribune edi-
tor in chief, Paco Nunez,
once used the same quote
as his e-mail signature.

I thought it unsurprising
in the latter instance since
Mr Nunez also has on his
desk a quote from another
American journalist, satirist
H.L. Mencken that says a
journalist is to a politician
as a dog is to a lamp-post.
But on Mr Davis’ signature,
I thought it was a classic case
of something hidden in plain
sight.

Like this timeless quote,
Egypt this month lifted the
veil on a fundamental nature
of politics: it is dirty and
deceptive; it is stubborn and
it is life altering. What we
also saw was an example of
what is possible when peo-
ple awaken, when they are
slapped into consciousness
and demand accountability
from the public masquer-
aders.

Some Bahamians have
already been swept up in the
Egyptian revolutionary
euphoria, but less their
nobleness and naivety lead
them astray, they should
know, it takes a lot more
than rhetoric to make a rev-
olution.

As the Egyptian story
unfolded over the past few
days and weeks, there was
something eerily familiar
about the plot. That is
because Egypt faced a test
that Haiti last took in 2004,
and we invigilated it from
across the waters. How well
Haiti passed is still up for
debate, and as the dust set-
tles on the Egyptian streets
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Both stories, as well as
the “pro-democracy move-
ment” that is rippling across
the Middle East, have
lessons to teach us, about
the nature of our politics
and our people.

Government

The Indonesian people,
who themselves are familiar
with people’s revolution
responded to Egypt’s news
with cautious jubilation,
advising the Egyptian peo-
ple that the hard part had
only just began. Revolution
is a temporary moment. It
is the gust of wind repre-
sented by the hurricane, and
its seasonal occurrence is
nowhere near aS sure or
firm. Egyptians now have
the task of reconstructing a
government and giving birth
to the national dream.

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growth and development in
all things as they transition
through the cycles of life and
death.

The world wishes Egyp-
tians well as they strive
towards their highest ideal.
They will need our best
wishes and much more. Giv-
en history, and the nature
of politics, success is a
Sisyphean task, and no mod-
ern democracy has accom-
plished it successfully yet.
Really: where in the world
has democracy truly given
birth to the national dream?

The truth is we live in an
unsustainable way that is in
direct conflict with our very
desire for success, whether it
is measured by democracy,
freedom for all, the end of
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Yet we must trod on in
faith and do our best. Egypt
showed us that people are
capable, and sometimes dri-
ven, to exerting their peo-
ple power to bring about a
revolution. However, most
times political electorates
are like blind sheep being
shepherded and the politi-
cal directorate is like an abu-
sive lover. In their natural
state, and even after a revo-
lution when the dust settles,
people most often find
themselves beholden to their
leaders and powerless in the
evolutionary process of gov-
ernance and nation build-
ing.

Politicians

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Mitchell, Fox Hill Member
of Parliament ask a group
of supporters, how we would
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moment.” That was not sur-
prising to hear, politicians
are notorious band-wago-
nists. But what of this
“Egypt moment”: what does
Egypt and Haiti have to
teach us?

First of all, people are
rightly amused when they
hear politicians talk about
revolution. Egypt teaches us
that the nature of a true
people’s revolution is that it
is not given to the people.
The people make and take
the power. In the midst of
the revolution political lead-
ers are made virtually irrel-
evant.

The popular uprising in
Egypt was not led by its
political opposition. It was
a youth movement, wield-
ing people power. This
made it infinitely more dif-
ficult for a negotiated solu-
tion to have emerged,
because such a movement
has no allegiance to the

establishment and little
respect for any authority,
but its own vision of democ-
racy and freedom. It was not
surprising that the people
refused to negotiate with
President Mubarak. There
was no trust in his authority.

Ironically, the military
turned out to be the only
institution that held public
confidence. And it is the
military now tasked with the
responsibility of bringing
about democratic reform,
until constitutionally man-
dated elections are held.

Despite our faith in the
electoral process and repre-
sentational politics, political
leadership is no substitute
for people power or military
power for that matter. We
would definitely be telling a
different story today if the
popular uprising witnessed
in Egypt was a movement
born of the political oppo-
sition. Our next door neigh-
bour Haiti shows us why.

In 2004 a CARICOM
team, of which the Bahamas
was a party, travelled to
Haiti to meet with political
actors and help negotiate a
resolution to the political
unrest threatening the coun-
try’s stability. During the
2004 protest movement
there were calls for Presi-
dent Jean Bertrand Aris-
tide’s resignation.

Supporters

Joshua Sears, director
general at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, said there
was a Stand off between
opposition forces, who
“decided Aristide had to
go”, and supporters wanti-
ng the constitutional process
to be respected. President
Aristide’s term was to expire
in 13 months.

“They couldn’t wait 13
months; they wanted to kick
him out. The situation had
reached a point where the
violence had increased;
instability had overwhelmed
institutions; there was a
social breakdown of law and
order. If the parties don’t
agree there is no chance of

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MORE than one million gal-
lons of untreated waste from
residences in Pinewood Gar-
dens and its outlying areas is
estimated to be overflowing
daily.

Pinewood MP Byron Wood-
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a chronic problem for the
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Bahamas Information Services

IN a press release issued by Bahamas Information Services,
the erroneous misquotes attributed to Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux wrongly concluded that he has confirmed the source of
the Betty K dock fire and the future use of the waterfront property.

Minister Deveaux did not make any statement which said the
Fire Marshall had concluded his investigations regarding the cause
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Mrs Thurston’s husband
and the father of five of her
seven children died yesterday
morning in hospital from can-
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FAMILY’S STRUGGLE: The youngest Thurston child, Brianna, two, sae to a photo of her parents as her sisters Sarah, eight, and Brit-
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later that day, the family would learn that Mr Thurston, 42-year-old husband and father, had died. Despite personal health challenges, Mrs
Thurston’s staunch faith, boundless optimism and positivity remains to be the source of strength for her family. Tribune readers are asked
to send their prayers and support to the family during their darkest hour.

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Thurston family during their
darkest hour.

Overwhelmed by grief, Mrs
Thurston, who herself is a
stage-four cancer patient, is
now questioning how she and
her children will be able to
cope with this latest in what
seems to be a never ending
series of terrible hardships.

Mrs Thurston, 38, was diag-
nosed with breast cancer,
already in its advanced stage, in
2009.

In November, her husband
Peter, 42, was diagnosed with
Hodgkins Lymphoma, anoth-
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the immune system.

The Thurstons have two
boys and three girls, ages 10,
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Mrs Thurston, whose kid-
neys are only working at 32
per cent capacity, will soon
have to decide whether she
wants to continue a painful
course of chemotherapy.

In an interview before her
husband’s death, Mrs
Thurston, in a rare incidence
of flagging optimism, broke
down as she related her cur-
rent health status.

“When you keep hearing
bad news after bad news it
really gets you discouraged. I
don’t care how much faith you
have it really discourages you.
It tries to break your faith, but
I just have my faith and I’m
holding on to that because I’m
not giving up on that, Pll for-
ever praise the Lord,” she
said.

As it concerns the continu-
ance of her chemotherapy, the
mother of seven said she has
not made up her mind yet.

“It’s just a waiting period
right now for me. I’m not even
sure if I even want to do this
chemo. I really have to pray
hard for this one. I need an
answer.

“My liver is infected with
the cancer. The cancer is just
all over my body right now. It
went to my bones to my head
they told me they can’t count
all the tumours.”

As for what happens to her
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legs while another man was
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of an argument that broke out

early Saturday morning.

The shooting victim was
approached by a man, armed
with a handgun, who was
dressed in a white shirt and
black trousers, and who start-
ed to shoot at him.

The stabbing victim, a 25-
year-old man from Montrose
Avenue, suffered his injuries
after he got into an argument
with a group of people.

Both men were taken to
hospital by private vehicle
and were said to be in stable
condition as police investiga-
tions continue.

Armed robbers

target pharmacy |

POLICE are investigating
a weekend armed robbery at
McCartney’s Pharmacy on
Mount Royal Avenue. Early
Saturday morning, two men —
one of whom was armed with
a handgun — entered the store
and demanded cash. The gun-
man was said to have worn a
green shirt, and his accom-
plice a white shirt.

The culprits fled east on
foot with an undetermined
amount of cash around
8.30am.

Ambassador hears claims
of immigration officials
mnistreating Haitians

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Haitian
Ambassador to the Bahamas
Antonio Rodrigue heard
reports of mistreatment and

of the island’s immigration
officials as well as claims of
work permit approval refusals
during his visit to Grand
Bahama on Saturday.

The ambassador paid a
courtesy call on local immi-
gration officials and met with
members of the Haitian com-
munity on the island.

Grand Bahama has one of
the largest Haitian popula-
tions in the Bahamas, outside
of New Providence. It was the
ambassador’s first visit to the
island since taking up his
appointment in October at
the Embassy of the Republic
of Haiti in Nassau.

Mr Rodrigue was sched-
uled to visit the Haitian com-
munities in the Pinder’s Point
and Eight Mile Rock settle-
ments yesterday.

“T want to visit everywhere
where there are Haitians. I
need to see them; the way
they are living, the place they
are living and how things are
going for them here.

“T have been doing that in
Nassau (and) try to visit them
because I feel when I know
the situation I would be in a
position to better assist
them,” Mr Rodrigue said.

The ambassador spoke
with The Tribune on Saturday
evening at Mary Star of the
Sea auditorium, where he

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i? a grocery store blaze on Min-
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? to put out smouldering debris.
i The hot spot was extinguished
: around 6.22 pm the officer

abuse of Haitians at the hands : said.

Firemen also worked to put

i outa fire at J D Food Store on
? Minnie Street but were unable
? to save the top floor of the
i two-story building and two
i adjacent wooden structures.
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— Grocery store
damaged in fire —

Firefighters also put out smouldering rubble at Betty K Agencies |

scene around 6.30 pm, two
trucks were on site as firemen
directed water at the burning
building. Officers were called
to the scene shortly before 5
pm, The Tribune was told.

It is believed that the fire
began in an abandoned wood-
en building behind the gro-
cery store and quickly spread
to the adjacent shop and an
unused shanty.

Occupants

The Tribune was told the
occupants living on the
destroyed second floor of the
grocery store were not inside
the building at the time of the
fire and the food store was
closed.

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FIRE FIGHT: Firemen fight to put outa fire at J D Food Store on Minnie Street. They were unable to save ; Tesponded and found the remains. .

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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.

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Fighting govt secrecy an ongoing battle

OXFORD, Miss. — Fast-moving world
events remind us again how secrecy harms
societies and how critical the free flow of
information is to protecting citizens’ rights.

As Egypt descended into anarchy, revo-
lutions were being spawned in other coun-
tries.

Efforts to impose secrecy on unfolding
events by shutting down the Internet and
attempting to prevent news media from
reporting the story have failed and instead
fueled the people's revolution.

By closing off access to information, gov-
ernments obscure the truth and avoid
accountability to the public.

But hiding behind a wall of secrecy to
maintain power and preventing people from
having a voice in matters affecting their lives
can cook up a volatile, toxic brew of frustra-
tion escalating into violence.

We don't have to pay the high price of
risking lives and economic hardship as people
in the Middle East who are fighting to force
government accountability and gain a voice in
decisions and policies.

But we must remain vigilant to challenge
lack of transparency and work to improve
access to information.

A growing number of Americans realize
how essential it is to assume responsibility
for keeping tabs on local and state govern-
ment within their communities.

They understand that they have a real
stake in decisions made by mayors, boards of
supervisors, city councils, schools boards and
other decision-makers who set policies and
spend taxpayer funds.

But Americans trying to stay informed
face considerable frustration despite the open
meetings and public records laws.

You go to a meeting, and members of the
public body zip through an agenda without
deliberation or explanation. Or they imme-
diately adjourn for an executive session to
discuss public matters privately. You ask to
see minutes of meetings and are told they're
not ready even months after the meeting.

You're left in the dark and uninformed.
But bills pending in the Mississippi Legisla-
ture could punish individuals who violate the
open meetings law with fines from $500 to
$1,000 and declare actions in illegal executive
sessions null and void. Depending on what
part of the state you live in, you could be
socked with excessive search and copy fees for
public records. Mississippi has no standard
policy on how much can be charged, although
the law states "actual cost."

Bills have been introduced in the Legisla-
ture to address these problems, but indica-
tions are they are unlikely to pass this year.

One solution would be to make public
records available online in user-friendly, eas-
ily searchable databases.

Online government transparency, in fact,
is the new frontier attracting the interest of a
variety of citizen groups around the U.S. who
are pushing for online databases on govern-
ment spending at the state and local level.

Research by the U.S. Public Integrity
Research Group (PIRG) indicates that states
that have responded to the accountability
and accessibility challenge with electronic
records made available in user-friendly
searchable databases report positive out-
comes. A PIRG 2010 report said states with
this type of website "are saving money, restor-
ing public confidence in government, and
preventing wasteful or pay-to-play contracts.”

These states have set up websites without
much upfront cost according to the report,
and PIRG explains how to do it.

In a time of economic hardship and major
budget cuts, the investment in online records
of government expenditures could pay great
dividends by reducing waste, deterring cor-
ruption and saving taxpayer money.

Mississippi government is moving in the
right direction in utilizing the Internet but
has a long way to go to catch up with other
states.

The Mississippi Accountability and Trans-
parency Act of 2008 was a good step in pro-
viding information, requiring the state
Department of Finance and Administration
to put state expenditures online.

A bill to amend the 2008 law introduced in
the Legislature would strengthen this law in
several ways, including expanding the data on
expenditures online in searchable databases
and making it available in a more timely man-
ner without charge to the public.

But much more information than spending
could be put on the Internet to inform citi-
zens. Notices of upcoming meetings with
agendas, copies of minutes of meetings, bud-
gets, salaries and many other types of infor-
mation are routinely put online in other
states. There are government officials in Mis-
sissippi who are taking seriously their respon-
sibility to be transparent in conducting public
business. They have been pro-active in
broadcasting public meetings, putting records,
agendas, minutes and videos online, blogging
about public business, utilizing Facebook and
Twitter, opening up the budget decision-mak-
ing process and inviting citizens to share their
ideas. The Internet has revolutionized the
world. It's a powerful tool to inform citizens
about government. Posting information
online is efficient and saves time and money.

Technology improves transparency and
government accountability, and steps taken
by Mississippi government to harness this
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LETTERS

Editor, The Tribune.

Why should the “tick-
tack-toe” building on Bay
Street survive?

Easy!

It’s part of the historic
fabric that makes up the
character of Bay Street.

It’s where Austin T.
Levy’s Harrisville Compa-
ny operated one of a chain
of Hatchet Bay Farm “milk
stands.”

The stand, with its wood-
en planked floor, sold local-
ly produced milk, eggs, ice
cream and chicken. The ice-
cream — served in little card-
board containers with wood-
en paddle spoons — played
Pied Piper to many a child.

Harrisville also owned
charming tourist cottages, a
food store and a “yacht
club” in Hatchet Bay,
Eleuthera. It had its own
inter-island mail boat sys-
tem. It was the only compa-
ny to successfully run such

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Bahamas. Mr. Levy put
food on the Bahamas’ table
and helped create full
employment in Eleuthera,
but he couldn’t join the
Chamber of Commerce
because he was an Ameri-
can Jew. My father,
Theodore Damianos, the
general manager of Hatchet
Bay Farms, couldn’t join the
Chamber because he was
the son of Greek sponge
brokers. A second genera-
tion Bahamian, he too felt
the sting of ethnic discrimi-
nation.

Many years later, when
the PLP government bought
Hatchet Bay Farms from the
Levy Estate, they fired all
the white Bahamians and
expats, including my father.

Hatchet Bay Farms,

“triumph of the human spir-
it,” subsequently collapsed
because the new kids on the
block were completely out
of their depth. So there’s a
lot of history in that little
building.

It’s a lovely cut stone
building. To get an idea of
its potential, look at the
beautifully preserved Daw-
son E Roberts chambers on
the corner of Shirley and
Parliament Streets.

The poor, bedraggled
“tick-tack-toe building tells a
story, as do so many historic
buildings. It should be incor-
porated in the plan to revi-
talize the old city of Nassau.

Hello? Does anyone trav-
el?

Monuments to history,
properly preserved and
managed, are huge tourist
magnets.

Athena Damianos
Nassau,

an operation in the

Prime Minister Pindling’s

February 16, 2011.

ACP Basil Dean, one of a vanishing breed

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On hearing of the sudden passing of ACP
Basil Dean a few days ago, I was deeply sad-
dened. I retreated to my favourite spot under
a shade tree in my garden and quietly recalled
the many moments I spent with him as a young
policeman during the late 1960s.

1958 was the last year in which the govern-
ment of The Bahamas sought recruits for the
Force from other countries in the Caribbean
and South America.

From 1960 onwards all Islands in the archi-
pelago were canvassed for recruits to comple-
ment the ranks of the force.

During the early and mid-60s the major por-
tion of the men recruited were from Cat Island.

It was during this period that a massive cam-
paign in public relations in all secondary
schools in New Providence and the Family
Islands was being conducted by the RBPF and
the Kiwanis Club of Nassau.

It was also during this period that many of
the senior echelon of the Force during the 80s
and upward were recruited, a number of whom
served under my command in various sections
of the force. These men were indeed, a breed,
that are fast vanishing from the front lines of
the security forces in this nation.

Three from that era became Commissioners,
B K Bonaby, Paul Farquharson and Reginald

Ferguson, and in my humble opinion if it had
not been for political insensitivity and inter-
ference, there was nothing to stop Basil Dean
from achieving that feat.

Like so many a good officer before him
who, like him, were forced to take that path
and like them, he is now being given the roses;
but, alas, he is unable to smell them.

Nathaniel Rolle, Ashton Miller and Basil
Dean were Assistant Commissioners.

These officers of whom I write were dedi-
cated, hard working, loyal to the brand and
incorruptible.

With Basil’s sudden and inhumane depar-
ture from CDU and the force, a void was left
that is still felt to this present time.

The personal tragedy and indignities expe-
rienced by this fearless advocate of law and
order did nothing to deter him from his goal of
ridding our social system of the scourge of
criminality.

It is sad but true, that men of his quality
and ilk are fast becoming extinct in our security
forces of today. My heartfelt condolences go
out to his family.

ERRINGTON

W I WATKINS
Nassau.

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Deputy PM to lead delegation to
CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings

DEPUTY Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette will lead a delegation to
the Twenty-Second Inter-Sessional
Meeting of the Conference of Heads
of Government of the Caribbean
Community in St George, Grenada ||
from February 25-26.

He will represent the Prime Min- |
ister Hubert Ingraham.

Prior to the Heads meeting, Mr
Symonette will also participate in the
Foreign Ministers meeting from Feb-
ruary 23-24.

He will be accompanied by Eugene
Newry, First Assistant Secretary,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sid-
ney Collie, newly-appointed High
Commissioner to CARICOM.

Matters up for discussion include a
report on the developments in rela-



DELEGATION:
Brent Symonette

CICO issue as requested by St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines; and the
constitutional issue regarding the
Turks and Caicos Islands.

Major issues and recommenda-
tions from the Prime Ministerial and
Sub Committee on the CARICOM
Single Market and Economy; critical
issues in the area of health and
| human development, towards the
establishment of the Caribbean Pub-
lic Health Agency (CARPHA), and
climate change are also up for dis-
cussion.

The Bahamas will specifically
exchange views with Commonwealth
Secretary General Kamalesh Shar-
ma about sharing facilities in Gene-
va where The Bahamas is setting up
office towards its accession into the
World Trade Organisation.

tion to Haiti - one year later since the devastat-
ing earthquake; the establishment of a Permanent
Committee of CARICOM Ambassadors within
a structure of the Caribbean Community; matters
relating to the Caribbean Court of Justice; Finan-
cial stability relating to the British American and

There also will be recommendations as to who
will succeed CARICOM Secretary General
Edwin Carrington, who resigned in December
2010 after 18 years at the helm.

Mr Symonette and his delegation will return to
The Bahamas on Monday, February 28.

Citizens action group ‘We The People’
prepares for launch in Grand Bahama

AFTER its launch in New
Providence last November, the
citizens action group “We The
People” is now gearing up to
start its work in Grand
Bahama.

The group — the brainchild
of Ed Fields, radio personality
and Kerzner International’s
vice-president of public affairs
— has as its aim to galvanise
public interest and involve-
ment in the Bahamas’ devel-
opment.

This coming Saturday, WTP
will take its message to Grand
Bahama.

“Grand Bahamians will
have an opportunity to share in
the vision of this community
based organisation during its
launch at the Regency Theatre
starting at 7.30pm sharp.

“WTP promotes the
empowerment of the masses,
by encouraging and inspiring
individuals to come together
to find solutions to the myriad
of problems affecting this
nation, as opposed to waiting
on the government or others
to offer solutions,” the group
said in a press statement.

According to the group’s
founders, “WTP crosses polit-
ical, racial and religious bound-
aries and brings together a
diverse group of Bahamians,
called the ‘First Thirty’ — the
initial members of the organi-
sation, among them Bishop
Neil Ellis; businessmen Fred
Hazelwood and Franklyn Wil-
son; former Central Bank Gov-
ernor Julian Francis; former
Director of Culture Dr. Nico-
lette Bethel and many others.”

November 16.

WTP was officially
launched in the Nassau on
November 16, 2010. Since its
formation, membership has
increased from 30 to over 600.

The association is a regis-
tered non-profit organisation
whose membership is open to
the general public, students,
academia, business profes-
sionals, retired public officials,
other institutions and associa-
tions and anyone who loves
the Bahamas, the group said.

Speaking at the WTP
launch in New Providence, Mr
Fields said: “Are we a third
party? Absolutely not. We
might be called the Bahamian
tea party. Our answer will be
the tea party is about ideology,
"We the People’ is about ideas.
Some will classify us a think
tank. That's okay too, except
that in addition to thinking, we
will be about doing.

ED FIELDS speaks at the official launch of ‘We The People’ in Nassau on



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of arriving at solutions, and
then there are those that will
define us as a pressure group.

"Our mission will be to
pressure our people to engage
for the national good, rather
than to depend on others for
the quality of our collective
welfare.

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PRIME MINISTER ATTENDS GRAND OPENING OF DEEP WATER CAY CLUB

GRAND Bahama - Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
praised the work and invest-
ment of the principals of the
Deep Water Cay Club in East
Grand Bahama this weekend,
as he officially opened the new
and expanded development
that provides employment for
more than 40 Bahamians in the
eastern part of the island.

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his pleasure that the new
investors are “conservation-
ists,” persons who he said
would work to ensure that the
development provides no
threat to the area’s fish and
marine life.

“There are many places in
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envious of having this facility
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support for the Deep Water
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Paul Vahldiek, co-owner of
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Heart Ball top award goes
to Lady Camille Barnett

UNDER the theme, “Sav-
ing little hearts for 50 years,
one beat at a time”, the Heart
Ball Committee celebrated the
47th annual Heart Ball and the
50th anniversary of the Sir
Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation at the Sher-
aton Nassau Beach Resort on
Saturday.

One of the highlights of the
evening was the presentation
of The Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award to Lady Camille
Barnett.

Lady Barnett is an associate
professor at the College of the
Bahamas in the School of
Social Sciences.

In 1989, she became a
member of the Zonta Club of
Nassau. It was through Zonta
that she began her work of
public charity. As a Zontian
she helped establish the Gold-
en Z Club at COB and the Z
Club at St John’s College.

Through Zonta, Lady Bar-
nett helped in the establish-
ment of the PACE Founda-
tion, which is dedicated to
helping teen mothers.

She was a charter director
of the National Art Gallery
Board and served as a director
of the Gallery Board, during
the period when Villa Doyle
was refurbished and estab-
lished as the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas.

Winner

Despite these undertakings,
she is best known for her work
with the Bahamas AIDS
Foundation. Again through
Zonta, this year’s winner was a
signatory to the documents
establishing the Foundation in
1992. She has been a director
of the AIDS Foundation from
its inception. For the past nine
years she has also served as
the president of the AIDS
Foundation and has in many
ways been the face of that
organisation to the communi-
ty.

: “Through her stewardship,
the AIDS Foundation has
worked tirelessly to educate
people, encourage prevention,
overcome prejudices, provide
support, and fund treatment
and care to persons living with
HIV/AIDS,” the Heart Ball
Committee said.

Lady Barnett has been
married to Sir Michael Bar-
nett, Chief Justice of the
Bahamas for more than 30
years, and is the mother of two
daughters and the grandmoth-
er of one.

In her acceptance speech
Lady Barnett applauded her

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predecessors whose work she
was able to build upon. She
also thanked her family for
their support.

R E Barnes, chairman of
the Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation,
said in his presentation of the
Golden Heart Award: “When
Lady Barnett took up the
cause of HIV and AIDS, she
quickly realised that ignorance
and bias were stopping us
from doing our best to lessen
the impact of this disease in
the Bahamas. Through her
commitment she has helped
raise awareness which in turn
has assisted dramatically in
reducing the impact of
HIV/AIDS on members of our
community for almost two
decades.”

He noted that there had
once again been many worthy
nominees, but this year’s win-
ner “stood out as a wonderful
example of what a person can
do when they set their mind
to it.”

In addition to the Golden
Heart Award presentation, the
evening’s other events were
also deemed a success by
organisers.

According to Committee
member Ingrid Sears, “It was a
fabulous evening. The patrons
of the ball truly had a great
time. Old friends and new
friends all came out to show
their support for the Heart
Foundation, as we continue to
raise funds to repair children’s
hearts. My colleagues and I
are very grateful and thankful
to all who have helped to
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continue to lend your support
as we move forward.”

“T was most impressed with
the new logo that I saw,” said
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis. “The heart and the
adult hand reaching out to
help uplift a child. Not only
does it extend to the heart, but

the populous at large. The
adult reaches down and pulls
up. Children represent the
future of the country. It is our
responsibility to help to pre-
pare them and protect them
for the future.”

Dr Jerome Lightbourne,
paediatric cardiologist, said
there has been an evolution in
heart care in the Bahamas.
Senator Dr Duane Sands, car-
diologist, further expanded
and said that “things have con-
tinued to evolve, and continue
to get better.

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“T can only imagine that the
next generation of Bahamian
professionals will take this to
an even higher level,” he
added.

Mr Barnes, who is also the
nephew of the late Lady Sas-
soon, said, “I’m very proud to
be celebrating the 50th
anniversary of the Foundation.

“We are also cognisant that
it is because of the Bahamian
public, that their support has
made this all possible to help
these children who need heart
care.

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public and the Bahamian busi-
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El Dorado may be in sight at last

By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a
Consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat)

SINCE the late 1970’s
and until recently, the
economy of Guyana has
been the sick man of the
Caribbean falling second
only to Haiti as the poorest
country in the region.
Much of that has changed,
and the economy looks set
to change for the better
even more.

The improvement in
Guyana’s economic cir-
cumstances will have sev-
eral beneficial effects.

Among them will be a
reversal of the migration
of people from Guyana to
others parts of the
Caribbean and, indeed, the
world.

This trend has already
begun to happen, particu-
larly from Caribbean coun-
tries.

More than 80 per cent of
Guyana’s tertiary educat-
ed people live outside of
Guyana; a return of a frac-
tion of them would help to
accelerate economic activ-
ity and the rate of growth.

Apart from the remigra-
tion of Guyanese to
Guyana, if the economy
continues on its upward
trajectory, the country
could also become a mag-
net for nationals of other
Caribbean countries, ful-
filling its promise as the
land of the future for the
Caribbean Community and
Common Market (CARI-
COM).

A richer Guyana would
be good for CARICOM as
a whole in other ways.
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increased and, as the econ-
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creating a better-off popu-
lation, that share will
increase still further help-
ing to sustain employment
and revenues throughout
the regional grouping.
Between 2006 and 2010,
Guyana enjoyed average
economic growth of 4 per
cent — an enviable achieve-
ment among CARICOM
countries, the majority of
whose economies have
contracted especially since
the global financial crisis
that started in late 2008.

Economy

The Guyana Finance
Minister, Ashni Singh,
attributes the growth in the
economy to several factors,
among them being the
diversification of the pro-
ductive sector; studied gov-
ernment policy decisions to
generate activities that
have a mutliplyer effect in
the economy; and the cre-
ation of a stable environ-
ment for doing business.

In terms of the business
environment, Singh
emphasizes that Guyana
enjoys exchange rate sta-
bility, low and declining
interest rates, and a low
rate of inflation.

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ing and new investors a
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40 per cent for commercial
companies and 30 per cent
for manufacturing firms.

There is certainly clear
evidence of investment in
the economy.

The construction indus-
try is booming across the
country in housing, facto-
ries and office buildings.

In turn, construction is
spinning-off other growth
areas in the supply of
materials, transportation,
and also in the spending by
the work force on con-
sumption — food, rent,
clothing and so on.

Guyana’s debt to GDP
ratio is now around 60 per
cent, considerably lower
than many CARICOM
countries whose ratios are
more than 100 per cent,
and its foreign reserves
represent five months of its
import requirements.

This is remarkable not
only because many CARI-
COM countries are secing
their foreign reserves dwin-
dling, but also because of
the years of cutting back
on imports that Guyana
suffered because of insuffi-
cient foreign earnings.

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effect in the economy since
these funds are spent on
consumption.

In the current budget,
the government has also
allocated US$300 million
to building roads, bridges,
schools and hospitals; a
sum twice as large as it was
five years ago and which
provides much needed
pubic goods as well as
employment, consumer
spending and workers’ sav-
ings in banks.

Infrastructure

A significant develop-
ment in Guyana has been
the use of Information
Technology. More than
2,000 computer literate
Guyanese young people,
mostly women, are
employed in call centres
providing services to com-
panies located in countries
as distant as Australia.
Experts suggest that the
sector could employ as
many as 6,000 people by
2013 given the fact that
Guyana is English-speak-
ing and its telecommunica-
tions infrastructure is
improving to provide faster
broadband service.

The salvation of Guyana
has been in its natural
resources, and the diversi-
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base to exploit these
resources more effectively.

Twenty years ago,
Guyana depended almost
entirely on export earnings
from sugar, rice and baux-
ite.

Today, while these three
commodities remain
important, the agricultural
sector has been diversified
and Guyana is now a net
exporter of agricultural
products.

But, it is its other
resources, especially gold,
that has made a difference
in recent years, and will
catapult the country’s eco-
nomic growth in the future.

For instance, last year
the country earned
US$346.4 million from
gold, almost three times
the sum it earned from
bauxite (US$114.6 m), sug-
ar (US$104 m) and rice
(US$154.6 m).

Singh is confident that -
as carly as this year — the
country’s gold sector is set
for “catalytic investment”
on an unprecedented scale
that will earn the country
even greater revenues
while introducing new
technology that conforms
to the high environmental
standards that Guyana has
set as part of its policy to
employ a low carbon devel-
opment strategy.

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Studies done by the United
States indicate that the
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matter of time before oil
starts to flow.

Measured by its rich nat-
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economic performance,
and the investments set to
be made in gold and oil,
Guyana’s economic
prospects and the contri-
bution it can make to
CARICOM look healthy
and heartening.

2011 is an election year
in Guyana. So far, there is
no sign of anything but a
peaceful process.

The political parties are
each engaged in trying to
identify a candidate for the
nation’s Presidency.

There are five known
candidates in the ruling
Peoples Progressive Party
and a similar number in the
main opposition Peoples
National Congress.

By mid-March both par-
ties would have chosen
their candidate in process-
es which have been inter-
nally rancorous but have
shown no sign of erupting
into national strife. There
are smaller political par-
ties, including the Alliance
for Change which has a set-
tled candidate.

Elections have to be
held by November, and the
campaigning season will
start in earnest by April.

Whichever party wins
the Presidency and forms
the government, it will
inherit an economy that is
stronger than it has ever
been with every indicator
for greater growth.

For Guyana — the fabled
land of “El Dorado” may
be in sight at last if this
election is conducted by
mature democratic stan-
dards and the new govern-
ment uses the country’s
resources for the benefit of
all, especially its disadvan-
taged.

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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamian movie ‘Wind
Jammers’ screens in
Grand Bahama to a
sold-out audience

THE Bahamian feature-
length family film “Wind Jam-
mers” was screened for the
first time in Grand Bahama
on February 12 at the new
Canal House conference cen-
tre of the Pelican Bay Hotel
to a sold-out audience.

Families enjoyed compli-
mentary popcorn provided by
Pelican Bay and had a chance
to meet and get autographs
from the star of “Wind Jam-
mers”, Justice von Maur.

Both co-directors, Kareem
Mortimer and Ric von Maur,
were in attendance along with
actors Moya Thompson and
Claudette ‘Cookie’ Allens.

“Tam so glad we were invit-
ed to show the movie in
Grand Bahama, and every-
one was so nice. I really
enjoyed sailing with the kids
at the Grand Bahama Sailing
Club the day following the
screening,” said 15-year-old
Justice von Maur, who
learned to sail when she was
ten.

Methice Rigby sang the
national anthem and guests
were welcomed by Pelican
Bay’s general manager, Mag-
nus Alnebeck.

“Pelican Bay is happy to
have sponsored this event,
and the Grand Bahama Sail-
ing Club in extension. We are
looking forward to seeing
more young Grand Bahami-
ans being introduced to the
sport of sailing,” said Mr
Alnebeck.

Donna Mackey spoke on
behalf of the Ministry of
Tourism’s Film Commission




and shared her delight to have
had the opportunity to work
with director Kareem Mor-
timer on various occasions
over the years as he has made
his way up the ladder to now
being a director with several
movies under his belt, in par-
ticular his multi-award win-
ning film “Children of God”
which is set to be out on
DVD later this year .

Mr Mortimer shared his
thoughts on the screening by
saying, “It was great playing
the movie to another Bahami-
an audience.

“We were very pleased to
see how the community sup-
ported this event and it was
wonderful to have such a
great turnout.”

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on the island.

Chris Paine, co-founder of
the Sailing Club, said: “It was
great to meet the cast and
directors of ‘Wind Jammers’
which added much to the
actual showing of the movie.
The GBSC is enormously
grateful to the Bahamas
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been extremely generous in
donating most of the proceeds
to the Club which in turn will
support the Junior Sailing
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“Wind Jammers” is an
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“We all worked long and
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“Many thanks to Pelican
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PAINT FAIR’S ‘REUSE PAINT DEPOT’ — Persons wishing to support
on-island community projects can donate left-over or excess paint to
the ‘Reuse Paint Depot’. Inspecting containers of donated paint
before passing them on are (I-r): Gary Carey, sales associate, and Eric
Baptista, store manager and sales representative of Paint Fair.

THE Grand Bahama
company Paint Fair has
introduced several new pro-
grammes to encourage per-
sons to preserve and pro-
tect their homes, businesses
and communal areas.

Since the inception of the
Keep Grand Bahama Clean
(KGBC) initiative, Paint
Fair has been a staunch
supporter helping to spread
the message of ‘reduce,
reuse and recycle’, cam-
paign officials said.

“Keeping our island clean
is in our best interests — it
protects all of our liveli-
hoods and the future of our
children and their chil-
dren,” said Paint Fair gen-
eral manager Lesley Bap-
tista.

“What we think is impor-
tant is for everyone to
realise that small steps can
add up to make a big dif-

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“Keeping our island clean
is in our best interests —
it protects all of our liveli-
hoods and the future of our
children and their children.”



Paint Fair general manager

ference, the key is to start.”

Initial steps the company
has taken include reducing
waste by eliminating it in
the first place. Ms Baptista
said they offer customers
the best information possi-
ble at the outset regarding
not buying more paint or
accessories than is really
needed.

Additionally, Paint Fair

rs

Lesley Baptista

said it is committed to pro-
viding environmentally
friendly, durable products.

KGBC chairperson Naki-
ra Wilchcombe praised
Paint Fair’s commitment to
the campaign.

“We are thrilled to have
such concerned green citi-
zens aS Paint Fair as a
KGBC partner. They have
always demonstrated a

PAINT FAIR’S sales associate

Bridgette Storr (left) and gen-

eral manager Lesley Baptista
arrange assorted displays.

keen desire to positively
impact the community and
this is evident in the expert
advice and quality products
that they offer when it
comes to protecting the
environment,” she said.

Of particular note is the
company’s ‘Reuse Paint
Depot’ where individuals
can drop off excess or left-
over paint.

Launched in late 2009,
this partner programme
with KGBC provides a
place for persons to bring
in used or excess paint to
be passed on to those in
need or to be properly dis-
posed of.

According to Ms Bap-
tista, after passing proper
inspection, the donated
paint is then given to vari-
ous beneficiaries such as
schools, churches and vari-
ous organisations.

Firm launches initiatives to Keep Grand Bahama clean

“We never re-blend the
donated paint with our new
stock, nor do we recycle it,
but it is given to those in
need to support community
projects,” she said.

Student entrants in the
KGBC Downtown Mural
Competition were recently
on the receiving end of this
initiative.

Paint Fair’s ‘Reuse Paint
Depot’ made donations to
school art departments and
young artists used the paint
to produce award-winning
pieces for the contest.

Ms Wilchcombe further
noted that Paint Fair has
also been a major supporter
of the Downtown Turn-
around Project which the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority launched in
2009.

Ms Baptista offered sev-
eral eco-friendly tips for








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local paint consumers: “Use
it — try to use up any left-
over paint by adding an
extra coat for richer colour
and extra protection, or use
paint to give new life to fur-
niture and accessories that
could use a facelift; share
it — as long as paint is in
good condition, swap it
with a friend or neighbour;
clean up — water-based
paint, brushes and acces-
sories can be cleaned with
water, and solvent cleaners
(for oil paints) can be
strained and reused after
cleaning brushes, rollers
etc; dry it out — latex
(water-based) paint can be
dried up with paint hard-
ener, sand, newspaper or
cat litter and then safely
thrown away; deliver to
your local paint depot — if
you can’t use it up, bring it
in to be passed on.”

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 11



LOCAL NEWS



Women ‘have proven
they can unite and
withstand

By LLONELLA GILBERT
Bahamas Information
Services

WOMEN have proven over
the years that they have the sta-
mina to withstand challenges and
the perseverance to stay the
course to achieve desired goals
and unite for a common cause,
Minister of State in the Ministry
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turmer said.

However, there is a need for
wider participation and commit-
ment from women who are in a
position to help others still facing
social and economic challenges,
Mrs Butler-Turner explained
during her keynote address at
the Positioning Women for Pro-
motion and Prosperity seminar
organised by the Bahamas Pub-
lic Services Union Women’s
Association on Thursday.

For women to prepare for
promotions and prosperity, they
must take advantage of oppor-
tunities to get a more formal
education, through such institu-
tions as the College of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute, she said.

“While on the job experience
is a valuable asset for upward
mobility, the possession of edu-
cational qualifications will cer-
tainly place one at a distinct
advantage,” Mrs Butler-Turner
said.

This sometimes involves sac-
rifices, which include time and
money, she added. “This will
have to be balanced with your
other responsibilities, especially
those of your family.”

“Then there is a cost involved
and many may not want to
expend the money or may have
to forgo something else, but in
the long run it will be money
well spent,” Mrs Butler-Turner
said.

“Living above their means” is
another thing standing in the
way of many female public ser-
vants achieving promotions and
prosperity, she stressed.

“Too many of our people
including public officers, have
chosen the easy path of salary
deductions to obtain almost
everything.

“Far too many of us are
spending more than we make
and this is creating untold strain
in our homes and even on the
job,” Mrs Butler-Turner said.

“Similarly, too few Bahami-
ans have chosen the path of sav-
ing money, showing financial



prudence and plain common
sense, which though difficult
leads to peace of mind.”

The Minister of State noted
that promotions require hard
work. “If you wish to be pro-
moted you have to work harder
and smarter than those around
you.”

Preparing for a promotion
involves a change in thinking
and attitude, which means going
the extra mile, paying attention
to details, performing addition-
al duties when necessary even
though they may not be part of
your job description without
having to be asked or told, she
said.

When it comes to becoming
prosperous, Mrs Butler-Turner
told the women participating in
the seminar that it is important
to be industrious, control expens-
es and save a portion of earn-
ings.

“Finding new ways to spend
money is always easy, but finding
ways to save is hard. It takes
effort to manage one’s money
wisely, and my advice to you is to
be honest and realistic in respect
to your needs versus your wants.
Take care of your needs rather
than your wants,” Mrs Butler-
Turner said.

Women from throughout the
public service and some private
firms heard from such diverse
speakers as former Permanent
Secretary and diplomat Missouri
Sherman-Peter speak on
“Preparing Women for Public
Life”; co-founder of the GEMS
Radio Station Debbie Bartlett
on “Climbing the Corporate
Ladder”; Rev Anna Russell on
“Working Women Pursuing a
Purpose” and Dr Ismae Whyms
from the Public Hospital
Authority on “Quality Assur-
ance on Work Ethics.”



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MINISTER OF STATE in
the Ministry of Labour
and Social Development
Loretta Butler-Turner
delivers the keynote
address at the one-day
Public Services Union
Women’s Association
Seminar on ‘Positioning
our Women for Promo-
tion and Prosperity’ at
the BCPOU Hall



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The Water and Sewage Cor-

LOCAL NEWS
a? ire |

FROM page one

Excess water and waste
exploded from the overworked
plant on Friday, bringing
increased urgency to scheduled
corrective actions planned by

Sewage crisis hits Pinewood

WSC.

Mr Woodside told The Tri-
bune that residents started to
contact him concerning the
nauseating odour that “emanat-

ed” from the area in Decem-
ber.

After consulting Minister of
State for Public Works Phen-
ton Neymour, and also penning

poration was said to be in the
tender process for the con-
struction of a new disposable
well. Contracts for the well,
which will be 10 inches in diam-
eter and 600ft deep, are expect-
ed to be awarded at the end of

Butler’s Funeral Homes

& Crematorium

Telephone: 393-2822, York & Ernest Sts.
P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR

Gustavos Elisha
Major, 86

of Gleniston Gardens,
formerly of Roses, Long
Island, will be held on
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011,
at 11:00 a.m., at Ebenezer
Methodist Church, East
Shirley Street. Officiating will
be Rev. Bill Higgs and Rev.
Godfrey Bethell. Interment
will follow in Ebenezer
Methodist Church, East Shirley Street.

Left to cherish his fond memories are: his Daughters,
Sandra Major, Paulette and Stephen Humes, Karen and
Michael Belfield and Lauren and Bill Higgs;
Grandchildren: Corey and Ashley Humes, Miles and
Sally Belfield, Robin and Becca Belfield, Ruth Belfield,
and Rory and Kara Higgs; Great Grandchildren: Brittany,
Mia, Cora-Rose, Ochi and Lexi-Mae; Brothers: Jerome
Major, Luton Major, and Lorenzo Major; Sister: Ella
‘Pud’ Major; Sisters-in-Law: Avis Major, Connie Major
and Julia “Tessa’ Thompson; Nephews and Nieces: Horace
Major, Tony Miller, David and Margie Major, Reuben
Major, Sandra R. Major, Joyce Johnson, Sarah and
Douglas Ausberry, Jackie and Enrique Sewer, Courtney
Major, Douglas Major, Doris McCray, Donald and Shane
Thompson, Maitland and Winifred Thompson, Kenyon
Thompson, Elizabeth and Peter Collins, Eloise Jones,
Stephanie and Vincent Ritchie, Linda Thompson,
Anthony Allens, Cecil and Pamela Allens, Mitchell
Allens, Eugenie and Philip Francis, Claudette ‘Cookie’
Allens, Celeste and Fletcher McIntosh, Alexandrea
Allens, Natalie and Christian Salvant. Other Family and
Friends including: Willis Ferguson and family, Family of
the late Eric ‘Froggy’ Lightbourne, Robert and Eleanor
Elliot, Everette and Leonie Sweeting, Patricia Jarvis and
family, Antoinette Thompson and family, Edna Miller
and family, Errol Munroe and family, Nurse Wright,
Madrica Roberts and family, the old Hawkins Hill
community, the Ebenezer Church Family, especially the
Men’s Fellowship and the Focus Family Group.

Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers’ Funeral
Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on
Monday, February 21st, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and at the church on Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 from
10:00 a.m. until service time.



a follow-up letter, Mr Wood-
side said he was contacted by
the WSC on January 31.

Mr Woodside said: “The let-
ter said that last year both wells
failed, which led to spillage
onto the site causing the odour.
Both wells were cleared on
December 26 and put back into
service. It was said that the
odour would have receded over
time.”

In response to increased
concerns by residents, Mr
Woodside said he also contact-
ed the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health, after which a
public analyst was dispatched
to assess the matter.

“He (public analyst) spoke
to the fact that it was clear that
there was a nuisance to the res-
idents because of the unsightly
appearance of the plant,” Mr
Woodside said, “the hydrogen
sulfide smell, water accumula-
tion, overgrown vegetation and
signs of indiscriminate dump-
ing.”

pee

EMPLOYEES from the Water an



d Sewage Corporation are pictured

above working at the Water and Waste Treatment Facility at Pid-
geon Plum Street, Pinewood Gardens yesterday.

The public analyst recom-
mended consistent odour treat-
ment of the area by DEH; no
dumping signs; land elevation
and for the valves at the plant
to be raised; and a new deep
injection well for the expansion
and improvement of the facility,
which should be enclosed by a
concrete wall.

The official also advised that
the property should be cleaned
on a regular basis, to remove

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

solid waste and keep vegeta-
tion under control.

Mr Woodside said: “The
matter was brought to my
attention and I sought to have it
dealt with by the appropriate
agencies. At my monthly meet-
ing, I outlined to residents the
reports by the Department of
Environmental Health and the
statement from the Water and
Sewage Corporation towards
corrective action.”

March.

Mr Woodside also explained
that the corporation planned to
erect security fencing as it pre-
pared a proposal to build, own
and operate a new facility at
the location.

As the various agencies
work to improve and restore
operations at the plant, Mr
Woodside said he planned to
investigate why the site prop-
erty was never turned over to
the Bahamas government.

Mr Woodside added: “The
Water and Sewage Corporation
has charge of the plant, but the
property is owned by Arawak
Homes Limited. I’m concerned
with the fact that on the site,
and also the surrounding area,
the property owned by Arawak
Homes is being used for indis-
criminate dumping.”

In response to the health
concerns expressed by some
residents, Mr Woodside said
that he has also alerted the
Ministry of Health.

FROM page one

it to the leader of the PLP for the visionary
leadership in approving this project dur-
ing the time he was prime minister," said
the statement.

The $2.5 billion project is expected to
include 3,000 rooms, a 100,000 square foot
casino, two signature spas and a third
world-class destination spa, an 18-hole Jack
Nicklaus golf course, 200,000 square feet of
meeting space, 3,000 feet of continuous
beach front, a 20-acre beach and pool expe-

BAHA MAR GROUNDBREAKING

rience and a 35,000 square foot retail village
with upscale shopping, chef-branded restau-
rants and entertainment venues.

Earlier this month Baha Mar's senior
vice-president of government and external
affairs Robert Sands told The Tribune that
the general contractor for the development,
China State Construction and Engineer-
ing Corporation, have arrived in the coun-
try. Company officials are being housed in

one of Baha Mar's two hotels, the Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort or the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort.

Planning continues on a pre-fabricated
housing complex that will be constructed on
the grounds of the old Hobby Horse race
track to house the majority of the thou-
sands of Chinese labourers who will enter
the Bahamas to work on the project over
the course of its development.

Developers anticipate creating over 8,000
new jobs for Bahamian workers across all
sectors of the hospitality industry.

FROM page one

Nor did Minister Deveaux
announce that the site of the
fire would become a public
greenspace.

We regret any misunder-
standing that resulted from the
claims in a BIS release that was
published in Friday's Tribune.

Yesterday Fire Marshall
Supt Jeffrey Deleveaux reas-
sured fire victims, the public,
and the Government that inves-
tigations into the cause of the
Kelly’s Dock fire are inconclu-





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sive. He stated it would take
months before a complete
report will be available to the
public.

“The investigations are
ongoing now and we have not
put a cause to it, that is what
may have caused or may not
have caused the fire,” said Supt
Deleveaux, Director of Fire
Services.

“Presently the investigations
are ongoing and basically that’s
it. We do not have a cause at

this time. The point of origin
of the fire, we do not know as
yet.”

Supt Deleveaux said that
investigators would probably
take months to be certain they
have covered all areas of the
investigation before publishing
a comprehensive report.

He added that they cannot
come up with a conclusion until
after investigations have been
completed.

“We have taken a number of

statements, but the employees
from Betty K have not pre-
sented themselves to us to give
a statement. We would wel-
come those persons definitely,”
said Superintendent Deleveaux.

“Let them come and do a
statement for us. We would
like to know. We would like to
clear it up. As it is now, we are
just searching for information.”

Fire Marshall Deleveaux
was at the Kelly’s Dock fire
from the beginning of the fire.

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DR ANDRE ROLLINS IN ELECTION

FROM page one

working to ensure that the young politician was “properly reward-

ed” for his decision.

“We often don’t know how to treat our own, so we don’t want
to make the same mistake here again,” the party insider said.

Currently there are a few seats being discussed that could be
offered to Dr Rollins — amongst them: Bamboo Town, Pinewood,
Montagu, St Anne’s, Long Island, and South Eleuthera.

However, according to sources within the party the most likely
seat where the young politician would have the greatest possibil-
ity of winning may be in the Family Islands — preferably in South

Eleuthera.

“Having just switched over, he might face a harder fight in New
Providence from that standpoint. People here may be less forgiv-
ing than on the Family Islands where the particular needs of each
constituency far outweigh the personality or history of the candi-

date.

“While obviously constituents will care about who ultimately will
be representing them, they are just as concerned about the quali-
ty of that representation. The PLP this lap around will have the
obligation to run not only the best candidate in each seat, but the
best candidate who can assist the party from a national stand-
point — particularly if that candidate’s age and experiences can be
used in comparison to what is not being offered in the FNM,” he

said.

At this point the next great battle, the source said, would be to
convince an incumbent MP - such as Oswald Ingraham — whether
or not it would be in the larger national interest of the party to have
a younger unknown candidate seek the seat he currently holds
purely from a strategic standpoint of offering the populace

66d

“change” and “’youth.”

“The message must be seen and not just heard. We cannot sim-
ply talk about being the party of change and progress without
showing voters that we are actually about that. We must lead by
example, and I think the voting public will see that in 2012,” he said.

AMBASSADOR HEARS CLAIMS OF IMMIGRATION
OFFICIALS MISTREATING HAITIANS

FROM page three

held a forum with Haitians to
introduce himself and to hear
their concerns.

During the two hour meet-
ing, he said Haitians had
expressed concerns about a
number of things, including the
inefficient service at the Haitian
Embassy, claims of mistreat-
ment and abuse during appre-
hension exercises, and work
permit related issues.

Ambassador Rodrigue held
a Consular Clinic to assist per-
sons with issues concerning
passports, birth certificates, and
other legal documentations. He
also took time to meet with reli-
gious leaders and pastors in the
Haitian community.

The ambassador felt it was
also very important as well to
pay a courtesy call on immigra-
tion officials here.

“T think when you know
people you can have better dis-
cussions, and my job would be
easier when people know me
and I know them,” he
explained.

Mr Rodrigue noted that
Haitians have complained
about the treatment they
receive from immigration and
other law enforcement officers
in Freeport.

“The way they are treated
when immigration apprehends
them, some complain about
mistreatment or abuse they
receive during the operation,
and they feel they are not treat-
ed with dignity and basic
human rights,” he said.

The refusal of work permit
renewal and the short time peri-
od given to leave the country,
especially for those Haitians
who have been working and liv-
ing in the country for many
years, was also a concern.

“They say sometimes they
can have 10, 12 or 15 work per-
mits and suddenly they say
(immigration) don’t want to
renew it.

“They have 21 days to leave
the country without the possi-
bility to take anything, their
belongings or money they have
in the bank,” he said.

Ambassador Rodrigue not-

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ed that the Haitians who have
been told to leave the country
also expressed concern about
their contributions to the
National Insurance Board.

“They say after contributing
all this time they have to leave
the country and they can’t get
any money they contributed,”
he added.

When asked whether he was
concerned about the repatria-
tion of illegal Haitians, Ambas-
sador Rodrigue said sending
them back will make things
worse in Haiti.

“T am concerned about repa-
triation due to the situation in
Haiti,” Ambassador Rodrigue
said.

“All those people are going
to aggravate the situation and
especially those going back with
children. Often times they send
the parents with the kids, and
you have some kids who have
lived here since they were born;
they don’t know Haiti, they
have been to school here and
have to return after 10 or 12
years here in the Bahamas and
they cannot go back to school
because they cannot speak the
(Creole) language, and that is a
very difficult situation for
them,” he said.

“But, I have to agree that
people in that situation if they
are caught they have to be
repatriated, I cannot say any-
thing about that, that is the law.

“Tf they are caught the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas is
going to repatriate them so
that’s a thing the Embassy can-
not interfere, except that in the
treatment that we see.

“T think whether they are
arrested for whatever reason,
there is a kind of treatment
they (Haitians) have to receive.

Mr Rodrigue was pleased
with the turn out.

“T feel they are supportive of
what I am doing...and they can
expect better service now,” he
said.

He said they have appointed
a voluntary agent Lorena
Ciceron Jusma in Freeport who
is not paid to receive passport
applications and send them
onto Nassau. Ms Jusma can be
contacted at 533-7632, 374-
3288, or 352-1182.

identification number
Have everything ready
before arriving

Be aware of people loiter-
ing and sitting in parked
cars who may be watching
customers transact busi-
ness.

Never use an ATM after
dark

WHILE WALKING
Avoid walking alone. Be
confident & walk with pur-
pose

Choose busy, well-lit
streets and avoid isolated
areas, alleys and vacant
lots.

Walk facing traffic to see
approaching cars
Earphones make you less
able to sense potential dan-
ger.

Keep valuables in an inside
pocket and hold your purse
under your arm so they are
harder to snatch

PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION
Locate well-lit and fre-
quently used bus stops
Do not wait alone

Sit near the driver on bus-
es

Immediately report inci-
dents of verbal or physical
harassment to the driver
or to and to the police

WHILE DRIVING

Keep your car in good run-
ning order

Plan your route in advance
Drive with the doors
locked and windows rolled
up

Carpooling is a safe alter-
native to driving alone
Don’t stop if another dri-
ver tries to force you off
the road

AT WORK
Get involved with improv-
ing work place security

Walk to and from the
parking areas with other
people

Avoid using the isolated
and deserted stairways

If a suspicious person fol-
lows you into or is already
in an elevator, get out
immediately

Check rest rooms before
locking the door

WHEN PARKING
Choose well-lit parking
areas

Keep valuables and pack-
ages locked in the trunk
Always remove the keys
and lock the doors

Be alert in underground or
enclosed parking garages

WHEN SOCIALISING
Advise someone of your
route before leaving

Carry proper identification
Vary your route and
schedule so you are not

COMPLETION OF THE NEW
PROVIDENCE ROAD
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

CORRIDOR 15
MARATHON ROAD

predictable

Avoid outdoor activities
after dark

Carry the necessary tools
in case of an emergency
Carry a personal alarm

Should you be a victim of
crime, please do not resist
but take note of the descrip-
tion of the culprit e.g. his
appearance, clothing,
height, physical details and
the direction or mode of
escape. Call the Police as
soon as it is safe to do so.

If you come across any
suspicious person(s) loiter-
ing around your business or
have any information per-
taining to any crime, please
do not hesitate to contact
call the police emergency
at ‘919’ or Crime Stoppers
at 328-tips (New Provi-
dence), 1-300-8476 (Family
Islands)

JOSE CARTELLONE CONSTRUCCIONES CIVILES 3.4. has been awarded a Contract by the Government of
The Bahamas for the Completion of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (Intemational Package).

Please be advised that from Monday Februa

implemented on sections of Marathon Road,

WHAT IS THIS PHASE OF THE PROJECT ABOUT?
Road widening will be done on both sides to accommodate additional road width. The existing two (2) lanes will
be widened to three (3) lane carriageway.

- Two (2) central tuming lanes between Robinson & Wulff Road.

14% 2011, Road Works will be

The works include laying of 12 & 16" PVC Watermain pipes, Milling of existing pavement, installation of
new drainage facilities, utilities, asphalt pavement, sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signs and road

markings.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A FEW WEEKS?
The public should expect partial lane closures on the western side of Marathon Road. If travelling northbound,
eastern access will be granted.

Motorist travelling southbound are encouraged to follow the temporary traffic diversion signs through CLARIDGE
ROAD or SOLDIER ROAD.
While works are ongoing access will be granted to residents, motorist & pedestrians.

Construction works will be carried oul in diferent slages as the works progress from WULFF ROAD |round-

about) to FERGUSON WAY. Updates will be posted and announced through the media,

LOCAL BUSINE

Kindly advise customers & clients that access will be granted to your business place during the construction
works. Signs will be in place to identify safe passage for Pedestrians.

We do apologize for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to the cooperation of the motoring

public,

(The Caniractar)

(The Contracting Apancy)

Jose Cartelione Construcciones Civiles 5.4
Office Hours: Kon-Fri 4:00am to 6:00 pm

Tek (2429228941 on (242 7922-3610

Email: bahamasneighbors@icartelone.comar

Ministry of Public Works & Transport
The Project Execution Unit

Hatline: (242 )402-9700
Emait publcworksioah

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS



US condemns
crackdowns

on protests in
Middle East

WASHINGTON
Associated Press

ARAB and Muslim lead-
ers facing pro-democracy
protests need to lead the
way rather than resist
reform, a senior U.S. diplo-
mat said Sunday while con-
demning violent crackdowns
against demonstrators in
Libya, Algeria and Yemen.

Susan Rice, the U.S.
ambassador to the United
Nations, said the Obama
administration was "very
concerned” about reports
that Libyan security forces
had fired on peaceful pro-
testers in the eastern city of
Benghazi. A Libyan physi-
cian told The Associated
Press that at least 200 peo-
ple had been killed in six
days of demonstrations
against the regime of
Moammar Gadhafi.

"We've condemned that
violence," Rice told "Meet
the Press” on NBC televi-
sion. "Our view is that in
Libya as throughout the
region peaceful protests
need to be respected.”

Al Jazeera television
reported Sunday that pro-
testers in Benghazi had
seized army vehicles and
weapons, that the police
academy had been set
ablaze and that some sol-
diers had joined the demon-
strators. Libya's response to
opposition demonstrations
is shaping up to be the most
brutal since uprisings in
Tunisia and Egypt began
spreading across the region.

Rice said that President
Barack Obama and Secre-
tary of State Hillary Rod-
ham Clinton and other top
administration officials last
week pressed the govern-
ment of Bahrain to back off
after an assault by police on
protesters in the capital's
Pearl Square. Five were
killed and some 230 wound-
ed after riot police stormed
the demonstrators’
makeshift camp at night,
wielding clubs and firing
tear gas.

"We've been very clear
with our partners in Bahrain
that they ought to exercise
restraint, that there's no



IN THIS THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2010 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar



fe



Gadhafi is seen during prayers after delivering a speech in the city of
Benghazi, Libya. Libyan special forces stormed a two-day-old protest
encampment in the country's second largest city of Benghazi, clearing
the area early Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, said witnesses, as a human
rights group estimated scores of peoplee have died in the crackdown

on demonstrations. (AP)

place for violence against
peaceful protesters there or
anywhere else," Rice said.
She said Bahrain officials
had apparently responded,
citing reports that military
forces had been withdrawn
from Pearl Square and jubi-
lant protesters had returned.

Rice said Bahrainian offi-
cials had begun a "real

effort" at dialogue with the
opposition.

Asked if King Hamad bin
Isa Al Khalifa's pro-U.S.
government could survive
the protests, Rice said: "I
wouldn't want to be in the
business of predictions in
this very volatile environ-
ment.” She added that
Mideast leaders need to



DEMONSTRATORS gather near the White House in Washington in a show of solidarity with the
Libyan protestors on Saturday. (AP)

respect calls for reform and
"need to get ahead of it by
leading rather than being
pushed."

Rice rejected allegations
that the White House has
been inconsistent, for exam-
ple by pressuring Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak to
resign while standing by
Bahrain's King Hamad. If
U.S. policy differs between
countries, she said, it is
because the situations are
different.

"We are not pushing peo-
ple out or dictating that they
stay," she said. "What we're
doing is we're saying consis-
tently across the board that
there are universal human
rights that need to be
respected."

Rice downplayed con-
cerns raised by the risk that
the Islamist Muslim Broth-
erhood, tightly controlled
under Mubarak, would gain
influence in a newly democ-
ratic Egypt.

The newspaper USA
Today, in an interview with
a Muslim Brotherhood
spokesman last week,
reported that the group was
seeking more political pow-
er, and planned to use it to
push for laws that would
punish gays, require women
to wear headscarves and
condemn adulterers to death
by stoning.

"First of all, there is no
indication that the Brother-
hood is going to dominate
Egyptian politics,” she said.
"We have faith in the peo-
ple of Egypt and we have
faith in democracy."

Sen. Richard Lugar, the
ranking Republican on the
Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, said Sunday
that the U.S. has to recog-
nize that it will have limited
influence over Egypt's
future political course. "The
military has right now the
ball in their court,” Lugar
told CNN's "State of the
Union."

Clinton, appearing on
ABC television's "This
Week" in an interview taped



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IN THIS IMAGE released by NBC News U.S. Ambassador to the Unit-



ed Nations Susan Rice speaks about the uprising in Libya, the latest
in a series of popular uprisings in the Arab world, on NBC's "Meet the
Press "in Washington Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. (AP)

Friday, rejected criticism
that the Obama administra-
tion has pulled back from
President George W. Bush's
support for democracy and
human rights in Egypt and
elsewhere.

"That's just not the case,”
Clinton said. "There is no
debate that, for 30 years,
Republican and Democratic
administrations alike sent
the same message to Presi-
dent Mubarak and the
regime, that they had to
change.”

Clinton added that "none
of us were particularly suc-
cessful, because we kept
running into an absolute
rejection that (reform) was
not going to be done in

Egypt."

Violence broke out dur-
ing protests Saturday in
Yemen, where riot police
fired on marchers, killing
one and injuring five. Sev-
en have been killed since in
Yemen, a Key ally in the
U.S. war against al-Qaida
militants, since the unrest
began.

Al Jazeera television
reported that hundreds of
Algerian riot police broke
up an anti-government rally
in the capital Saturday,
beating and kicking protest-
ers with steel-toed boots.

At least three protesters
were arrested and three
Opposition political leaders
injured, the network said,
citing eyewitnesses and local
media.

Birders prepare for count mindful of mass die-offs

By MARY ESCH
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, N.Y. (AP) —
Thousands of citizen-scientists
across North America are getting
out their tally sheets for the 13th
annual Great Backyard Bird
Count, a usually festive weekend
given a more serious edge after
the mass deaths of thousands of
birds in the South this winter.

The National Audubon Society
and Cornell Lab of Ornithology
sponsor the count. They hope to
have more than 100,000 backyard
counters for the February 18-21
effort this year, especially after
public attention on threats to birds
was heightened when blackbirds
fell from the sky in Arkansas on
New Year's Eve.

"An isolated event such as the
dead birds in Arkansas may be
within the range of normal ups and
downs for an abundant species like
the red-winged blackbird," said
Janis Dickinson, director of citi-
zen-science at the Cornell lab in
Ithaca. "But the count can serve as
an early warning system for worri-
some declines in bird populations
that result from more widespread
problems."

The deaths in Arkansas —
where officials believe the birds

Bird count maps show the
spread of species introduced
from Bahamas in the 1970s

were spooked by fireworks — and
subsequent bird kills in Tennessee,
Kentucky and Louisiana aren't
believed to be connected or a sign
of widespread contagion.

The backyard count is one of a
number of citizen-science projects
that gather data on birds. Others
are Aubudon's Christmas Bird
Count, the North American
Breeding Bird Survey and Cor-
nell's Project FeederWatch and
NestWatch.

"One thing we anticipate this
year is the presence of birds from
the boreal forest of Canada, such
as common redpolls, at feeders in
the Northern U.S.," said Cornell's
Miyoko Chu. "They stay up North
when they can find enough seeds,
but this year birders are seeing
them at their feeders."

In the Northeast, where much
of the landscape is buried under
deep snowdrifts, American robins

are likely to be scarce, based on
data from previous years showing
they tend to avoid areas with
heavy snow cover, Chu said. While
robins are traditionally considered
harbingers of spring, many winter
up north but stick to thickets
where they feed on dried berries
and fruit.

Participants, from novice to
expert birdwatchers, keep track of
the number of birds they see of
each species in their yards or local
parks during the four-day count
and report the data online at
www.birdcount.org.

"The exciting thing about Great
Backyard Bird Count data is that it
provides a big picture almost
instantaneously,” Chu said. "Peo-
ple can watch on the website as
reports come in."

Past Backyard Bird Counts
showed a drop in the numbers of
American crows since 2003, coin-

cident with the first widespread
outbreaks of West Nile virus. The
signal was confirmed by the more
intensive Breeding Bird Survey.

Maps from the count have cap-
tured the paths of sandhill cranes
migrating from Arizona and New
Mexico to breeding grounds in
Nebraska, demonstrating whether
they had an early or later migra-
tion in a particular year, Chu said.
Bird count maps also show the
spread of new species such as the
Eurasian collared dove, which was
introduced from the Bahamas in
the 1970s and spread from eight
states in the 1999 backyard count
to 39 states and Canadian
provinces a decade later.

Counters in Arkansas aren't
expecting that the birds lost on
New Year's Eve — about 5,000
specimens of the abundant red-
winged blackbird — will affect
their results, but they acknowledge
the die-off is on their minds.

"When it comes to trends in
bird populations, you've got to
look at the long term," said Dan
Scheiman of Audubon Arkansas.
"That's what's so great about the
Backyard Bird Count; it can pro-
duce long term trends over large
scales."

Lois Geshiwlm and Nancy
Castillo, owners of Wild Birds



Unlimited in Saratoga Springs,
participate in the backyard bird
count and several other citizen-sci-
ence programmes each year from
their log home surrounded by
feeders stocked with seed, suet,
peanut butter and other treats.

"T like to think of the Great
Backyard Bird Count as the every-
person's science project," Castillo
said. "It's the easiest one for the
real casual birdwatcher to step in
for one day a year, or four days a
year, to count the birds."

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Thousands in
Morocco march
seeking reform

RABAT, Morocco
Associated Press

THOUSANDS of people
marched in cities across Moroc-
co on Sunday, demanding a new
constitution to bring more
democracy in the North African
kingdom amid the wave of
Arab world upheaval.

Demonstrators shouted slo-
gans calling for economic
opportunity, educational
reform, better health services
and help coping with rising liv-
ing costs during a march on cen-
tral Hassan II Avenue in the
capital, Rabat.

But scattered violence broke
out in some places. Stone-
throwing youths clashed with
police near the ocre-colored
walls of touristic hub of Mar-
rakech, where angry mobs over-
turned and torched several
parked cars.

The day of demonstration
was Morocco's entree into the
series of protests that have
swept up North Africa and the
wider Arab world after popu-
lar uprisings brought down
longtime autocrats in Tunisia
and Egypt.

The main target of Sunday's
rallies was parliament, where
many Moroccans fear their voic-
es are not heard. Still, the
protests are likely to pressure
King Mohammed VI, who has
been seen as a reformer com-
pared to his iron-fisted father,
Hassan II, and who still holds
absolute authority.

A sea of white banners cov-
ered Casablanca's rain-splat-
tered Mohammed V square,
where young men in baseball
caps and hoods joined young
women in Islamic headscarves
as well as middle-aged women
in black-rimmed glasses and
earrings in the diverse crowd.

Plainclothes police mingled
among the demonstrators in
Rabat, though police were gen-

erally discreet.

Morocco, like Tunisia and
Egypt has been a magnet for
tourists and a strong Western
ally. Anger over rising prices
and corruption hasn't so far
appeared to dent the loyalty
many Moroccans feel toward
the king.

"Today we are here to say
that we are all Moroccans, we
love our country, we love our
king, but we are against cor-
ruption and economic and polit-
ical monopoly," said demon-
strator Youness Karach in
Rabat.

Some called for the release
of political prisoners, the recog-
nition of the Berber language, a
freer media, a rise in the mini-
mum wage and better social ser-
vices. While most marches took
place peacefully, Marrakech
appeared to be the biggest epi-
center of unrest.

People there besieged a
McDonald's restaurant and a
clothing store, said a security
official on condition of
anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak publicly on
the matter.

And in the northern city of
Larache, roaming crowds set
upon the regional governor's
house and set fire to a gasoline
station, prompting firefighters
to intervene to put out the
blaze, the official said.

The self-styled "February 20
movement" — apparently not
for any particular historic rea-
son — was largely summoned
through social media like Face-
book. But the open call to
demonstrate also caused confu-
sion, as disparate political and
religious groups elbowed their
way in and sought to reshape a
protest movement to serve their
own ends.

One youth-led group initially
behind the call to march —
whose name translates as the
Freedom and Democracy Now























































PROTESTERS IN MARRAKECH
during one of a string of nation-
wide protests that brought thou-
sands to the streets across
Morocco yesterday, in an effort
to push for greater democracy
and constitutional reform. Pro-
testers in Morocco and other
Arab nations may also be wary as
they watch Tunisia and Egypt
grapple with the challenges of
building a new system, and
maintaining order, after break-
ing free of autocrats. (AP)

Movement — canceled its plan
to take part on Saturday, saying
the movement was hijacked by
leftist political parties and
Islamists seeking to infuse ide-
ology and faith issues.

The official news agency,
MAP, cited a "weak turnout"
— including at 2,000 both in
Rabat and the northeastern city
of Beni Bouayach, 1,000 in
Casablanca, Al Hoceima and
Targuist, and 900 in Marrakech.

An Associated Press reporter
in Rabat estimated the turnout
there at 3,000 to 5,000. Orga-
nizers put the turnout outside
the parliament building at
20,000.

The Facebook page of the
February 20 movement claimed
tens of thousands of people
marched in northern Tangiers,
and said that rioting erupted in
Safro, near Fes.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 15

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BRST



A BURNING car during a demonstration in Marrakech in one of a string of nationwide protests that
brought thousands to the streets across Morocco on Sunday Feb. 20, 2011. Thousands of people
marched in cities across Morocco on Sunday, demanding a new constitution to bring more democracy
in the North African kingdom amid the wave of Arab world upheaval. (AP)

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Hotel occupancy,
revenue decliners
trop 00% in 2010

By NEIL HARTNELL

The number of Bahami-
an hotels reporting rev-
enue and occupancy
declines dropped by
around 50 per cent in 2010
compared to 2009, the
Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion’s (BHA) president

pancy improvements
expected to continue in
2011.

Stuart Bowe, responding

bune Business questions,
said of the BHA’s 2010
review and 2011 outlook
survey findings: “One year
ago when we asked hote-
liers to assess their busi-
ness performance in 2009,
85 per cent of the hotels
indicated that revenue and
occupancy was down.

“In 2010, 40 per cent
reported that room occu-
pancy was up and 46 per
cent reported that revenue

SEE page 3B

Plan promised
to address City

Markets pension

fund well-being

Supermarket chain
AGM pledged once
ABDAB meeting held

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

City Markets’ majority
owner has promised to hold
an annual general meeting
(AGM) of all shareholders
once the absorption of his 78
per cent majority stake into
Associated Bahamian Dis-
tillers & Brewers (ABDAB)
is approved, with an action
plan to address deficiencies in
the supermarket chain’s
employee pension plan also

set to be issued for beneficiary }
i? Stake, rather than the

i minority 49 per cent inter-
i est made available under

i previous privatisation

i: processes, a former finance
i minister has admitted.

approval.

Mark Finlayson, head of
Trans-Island Traders, the Fin-
layson-owned family vehicle
that acquired City Markets
from the ill-fated BSL Hold-
ings group for $1, said he
wanted to “get the ABDAB
AGM out the way first”
before moving to hold the
AGM for the supermarket
chain’s operating parent,
Bahamas Supermarkets.

to pave the way for that com-
pany, in which the Finlayson
family has a controlling 70 per

cent stake, to acquire the 78 per :
cent majority Bahamas Super- } Cable & Wireless Commu-

markets interest from Trans-

SEE page 4B

The information contained is from a third
party and The Tribune can not be held
responsible for errors and/or omission
from the daily report

THE TRIBUNE

: By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

i may have obtained a better
i price for the Bahamas

i Telecommunications Com-
i pany (BTC) if they had

i minister of state for

: finance in the 2002-2007

i Christie administration

: oversaw the failed 2003

: ‘beauty contest’ privatisa-

The ABDAB AGM, and pri- ¢ tion attempt and the subse-

or Board meeting, is expected quent Bluewater effort,
i told Tribune Business it
: was impossible to compare

? the $210 million sale to

? nications (CWC) with

i these efforts because “the
: goalposts have changed

? rather dramatically”.

i makes it much harder to

: compare,” Mr Smith said,

i explaining that the first

? Ingraham administration,

i plus the Christie-led PLP

? government, only intended
i to offer BTC’s ‘strategic

i partner’ a 49 per cent equi-
i ty interest in the state-

: owned incumbent.

i tive control, and I know

i that in the early days all

i the suitors wanted to have
i 51 per cent, so the last 2

i per cent is more valuable

i than the 49 per cent.”

i privatisation processes, Tri-





MONDAY,

Dealer's job cut fear Car dealers:
over tripling tax rate

Tribune Business Editor
_ Executive Motors boss warns ‘can’t hold on much longer’,
_ as Business Licence bill likely jumps 50% and real property

_ tax assessments triple
_ i Warns: ‘Abaco and Grand Bahama operations are sinking
orca ake _ in red ink, so whether they continue to exist, I don’t know’

1d, W1 marginal occu- i
_ Mi Urges government to set age limit on new car imports

By NEIL HARTNELL
. 2 s > + Tribune Business Editor
via e-mail to a series of Tri- :

A leading new car dealer has warned that a

: tripling of his real property tax bill, plus an esti-
? mated 50 per cent Business Licence fee increase,
? coupled with the increased auto import duties
? and general economic malaise means that he can-
: not avoid staff downsizing “for much longer”.

Fred Albury, president/owner of Executive

i Motors, told Tribune Business he was “sitting
i here with my life jacket on” waiting for the
? expected rising economic tide in 2011 to lift his
i business and others, but warned that his sector
i was “having a very difficult time” - and not just
i because of the increased auto Excise tax rates
? and changed structure resulting from the 2010-
i 2011 Budget.

Explaining that he paid Business Licence fees

worth $80,000 last year, Mr Albury said that
i “with the new structure” his business, which

‘BETTER OFFER’ IF 51%
BIC STAKE GIVEN EARLIER

_ * Former finance minister says Bluewater

: offer had ‘more emphasis’ on Bahamian

| talent and no BIC staff downsizing

_ * But says impossible to compare with CWC
| deal, as ‘goalposts have changed rather

| dramatically’
* Says regulators would have ‘been all over’
_ BIC’s 2:1 dividend/profit ratio if firm private

Previous governments

offered to sell a 51 per cent

James Smith, who as

“The extra 2 per cent

“You've given up effec-

Under the earlier, failed

SEE page 5B

he

FEBRUARY 21,



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employs some 100 people across three islands,
was “probably” looking at a $120,000 bill this
year - a 50 per cent increase.

“T’ve just had the real property tax people in
here to assess real property tax,” he added. “The
real property tax has gone from $20,000 to $75,000
on the parts and service building in the last
month. My showroom has gone from $4,000 to
$12,000.

“We've been holding off on any sort of employ-
ee number cuts, but the rate things are going I
don’t see us being able to hold on much longer.
We're going to have to look at downsizing some
staff numbers.

“On top of that, the Abaco and Grand Bahama
operations are sinking in red ink, so whether they
continue to exist, I don’t know.”

Mr Albury said his group of companies com-

SEE page 4B

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cent makes it
much harder to
compare.”
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recover from
50-60% drop

* Industry hit by duty hikes of up to 25% pts,
weak US$ and influx of used car imports
* Incoming vessel has 670 used cars, compared

to 120 new models

* Sector seeking to avoid lays-off, even though

‘slammed with the highest duty increases of any
retail industry’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

It will take 15 years for Bahamian new car dealers “to
get back up to the sort of industry that was there” pre-
recession if last year’s 3.27 per cent growth rate is main-
tained, with total sales levels down 50-60 per cent from

their high.

While agrecing that last year’s total new car sales
growth, as measured by the Bahamas Motor Dealers

SEE page 6B



GOVERNMENT'S S14M NET CASH
GAIN IF BTC DEAL DONE NOVEMBER

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Government would
have received almost $14 mil-
lion in net surplus cash had
the sale of a 51 per cent equi-
ty interest in the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) closed on Novem-
ber 30, 2010, documents seen
by Tribune Business show,
with sources close to develop-
ments confirming its is expect-
ed the Ingraham administra-
tion will receive a payment of
this nature.

The privatisation agreement

with Cable & Wireless Com-
munications (CWC) provides
that if there is net cash on
BTC’s balance sheet in excess
of $15 million when the pri-
vatisation sale is completed,
the difference will be remit-
ted to the Public Treasury,
giving the Government gross
proceeds from the sale in
excess of the $210 million plus
$7 million Stamp Duty previ-
ously advertised.
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privatisation papers tabled in

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Limit taxation
and spending

By RICK LOWE

n recent years,
numerous people
have recommended
that the Bahamas
change the current tax
regime from one dominated
by tariffs (import tax) toa
Value Added Tax (VAT).

From government, oppo-
sition supporters and other
commentators alike, the
main arguments against the
present structure run like
this:

* It's regressive so hurts
the ‘small man’ or low
income earners.

* Import tariffs have out-
grown their usefulness

* Business people have to
tie up inordinate amounts of
cash to pay the taxes up
front while they wait to sell
the imported goods/product.

The arguments in favour
of introducing a VAT are:

* A VAT is progressive

* They are levied on goods
and services

* Government income will
increase

Regretfully, with the
exception of The Nassau
Institute, not one commen-
tator raises the concern that
government might be over
spending, rather than under
taxing.

That government might
simply be too large.

But let's look at the moral
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tarian think-tank, the idea
that taxation could be “pro-
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take capital from the "bour-
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the Government controlled
the means of production.

Yet, even though commu-
nism failed as an economic
system, the idea that ‘social
justice’ can be achieved with
so-called progressive taxa-
tion is still entrenched in the
psyche of modern-day social-
ists.

Moral

The attempt at gaining the
moral high ground in this
way is lost as the entrepre-
neurial class is hampered in
their efforts to create wealth
by ever increasing taxes and
regulations, and this slows
economic growth, which ulti-

mately hurts everyone. In
other words, tax policy based
on envy or class warfare is
surely immoral. Free mar-
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As long as government
continues its out-of-control
borrowing and spending, to
paraphrase P.J. O'Rourke,
giving them more money
and power to tax society in
ever-increasing ways and
levels is like giving whisky
and car keys to teenage
boys.

If, at the end of the day,
Bahamians agree that the
tax system must be changed,
I'm firmly in the camp that
taxes should be as low as
possible with limits on gov-
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levels.

That said, a flat tax
(http://bit.ly/esohAy) with
Constitutional controls on
government seems to be the
best alternative for future
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Hotel occupancy, revenue
flecliner's drop 80% in 2010

FROM page 1B

was the same or better than last year. While we are not
yet at pre-recession levels, we are moving in the right
direction on occupancy with continuous challenges on
rates. We expect the marginal occupancy improvement
trend to continue in 2011.

“While individual hotel performance will vary, on the

industry.”

Asked how concerning it was that 60 per cent of hotels :
responding to the BHA’s latest survey characterised the }
tourism environment as ‘weak’, Mr Bowe replied: “Many of }
our hotels, particularly our small hotels in the Family Islands, :
are challenged. The Ministry of Tourism and the private sec- :
tor have stepped up efforts to address the matter of more ;

affordable and accessible air travel.

“BHA has also advanced strategies and policies to help }
reduce costs and increase revenue, some of which the Gov- }
ernment has put in place, others which are being consid- }

ered.”

And, as for concerns about the two-thirds, or 63 per cent, }
of Bahamian hotel properties expecting to suffer a net loss }
in 2010, the BHA president said: “Keeping in mind that }
some hotels have had losses over the past three years, most }
have trimmed costs where possible, becoming more energy }

efficient and learning to do more with less.

Hold

“A number of hotels indicated in the survey that they }
will continue to put a hold on any significant capital spend- }
ing. Despite these challenges, last year we didn't see any :
mass lay-offs, which is encouraging. BHA's major focus }
this year will be on energy cost reductions, education and }
training, and helping member hotels become more effi- }

cient.”

Mr Bowe added: “It is difficult for us to compete on
price, so high cost must translate into high value to the :
consumer. Our competitive advantage must be our proximity }
and our ability as a people and country to deliver an excep- }

tional experience to the visitor.

“The recession has forced us to find more ways to be
efficient and reduce costs. At the same time, value is king, ;
and this has caused us to come up with creative ways to offer }

customers less expensive vacations.”

Asked how quickly Bahamian hotel industry employ- :
ment levels were expected to recover, Mr Bowe said: }
“Employment is driven by business activity. While employ- }
ment levels are not expected to increase with any significance ;

in 2011, some member hotels have planned increases.”

With airlift access and price a major concern for Bahami- }
an hotels, Mr Bowe acknowledged: “It impacts consumer's :
time and money, two huge factors in buying decisions. Sim- }
ply, they want to get here as quickly and as inexpensively as }

possible.

“The Ministry of Tourism is placing considerable empha-
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the Promotion boards.

“The Companion Fly Free program has been successful
and well-received by the hotels which participated in it, :

exceeding expectations for many of them.”

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Plan promised to address City

Dealer’s job cut fear Markets pension fund well-being

over tripling tax rate.

for February 24.

FROM page 1B

prised Executive Motors and
Quality Auto in Nassau, Qual-
ity Freeport and part of the
Abaco Motor Mall. He added
that the two National Insurance
Board (NIB) contribution rate
increases had imposed a fur-
ther burden on his businesses.
The Executive Motors presi-
dent also urged the Govern-
ment to follow the lead estab-
lished by other Caribbean
countries and impose an age
limit on vehicle imports com-
ing into the Bahamas, explain-
ing that this would benefit con-
sumers, the environment and
the Treasury’s revenue base.
Acknowledging that this
might cause concerns about
pricing lower and middle
income Bahamians out of the

market, Mr Albury said there
were enough vehicles in the
supply pipeline to ensure that
“today’s new vehicles become
the vehicles of tomorrow”.

“The proliferation of used
car outlets and importation of
10-12 year-old used cars is not
contributing to the new car
business,” Mr Albury told Tri-
bune Business. “You also have
to link that with the environ-
mental aspect and the road
aspect.

“Many are on the road for a
short period of time and
become derelict vehicles. The
Government does not realise
much revenue from them, so it
impacts the tax base as well. A
lot of the older models also
tend not to use the newer tech-
nology, which is more fuel effi-
cient.”

The Executive Motors boss

said there had been a “prolif-
eration” of used car dealerships
springing up around New Prov-
idence on “any vacant land and
corner”, and noted the recent
duty revaluations carried out
by Customs on some dealers’
vehicle imports over concerns -
as yet unproven - that import
bills and invoices were being
undervalued.

“One of the things the Gov-
ernment should consider doing
is what Barbados, Jamaica,
Trinidad and other Caribbean
countries have done when they
were hit by used car imports
from Japan, which is to put an
age limit on them,” Mr Albury
told Tribune Business.

Suggesting the Bahamas
impose the same four-year age
limit, he explained that this
would “cut into the Japanese
bureaucracy of inspections and

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how they keep them on the with that, we will announce

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it becomes much more expen- i path as to where the company is
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inspections, depreciating a vehi- } Byne Business.
cle’s value drastically. As a }
result, Japan ends up with a ;
huge surplus of cars in the sev- }
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are typically sold and shipped : Te
to places like Australia, New } Very beneficial to the Bahamas
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Explaining that this practice | ABDAB acquires the majority
“floods the market”, Mr Albury
told Tribune Business of the
age limit benefits: “I think the }
Government’s revenue base on } bans §
some models would improve Plan, as I expect it will.

considerably, because what’s } L
imported would be of far more } telease the two forensic
substantial value. So from what }

comes in, the Government will : . L
: the operating business, the oth-

“People will say that will | ef a probe into the state of the

price the ‘small man’ out of the :
market, but there’s enough }
vehicles in the system today so }
that the new vehicles of today } from the employee.
will become the used vehicles of i

tomorrow, so there’d still be f
i added. “The pension fund doc-

? ument is 86 pages long, and he’s

road”.
In Japan, when automobiles

sive to licence them and pass

Zealand and the Caribbean.

realise greater value.

total access effectively.”

FROM page 1B

Island Traders, a 100 per cent-
owned Finlayson family vehi-
cle. That ABDAB AGM is set

“As soon as we’ve finished

Beneficial

“We believe it’s going to be

interest in their company. The
average shareholder is going to
benefit from it, and benefit
greatly, if everything goes to

Mr Finlayson also pledged to
accounting reports by John

Bain, one of which examined

employee pension plan, which
is funded only by contributions
from the company - nothing

“John has done a very, very
thorough job,” Mr Finlayson

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gone into every detail.

“There’s not any skeletons
in the closet, but there were
things done before that, as ’'d
said before, had the trustees
known what the results were
going to be, I think they’d not
have done those things.”

“It’s going to be on the table
for every stakeholder in the
fund to see,” Mr Finlayson said
of the report. “Going forward,
we have a plan to present to
these stakeholders and I think
they’ll approve it.”

In a previous interview in
late December 2010, Mr Fin-
layson told Tribune Business
that City Markets would look
to turn over stewardship of the
employee pension plan to inde-
pendent, professional trustees,
thus removing any potential for,
or perception of, a conflict of
interest between the company’s
current role as settlor and
trustee.

Trustee

He added at the time of how
the plan was handled under the
BSL Holdings’ ownership: “If I
was a trustee, I would not have
done certain things that were
done. I'm not saying they were
unethical or illegal, but the
results were not good for the
people involved with the trust.
I think the beneficiaries got the
bad end of the stick with some
of the decisions made.

"In the final analysis, it can
be repaired over time, but in
my opinion some of the deci-
sions should not have been
done in the first place. The two
trustees involved, I have a lot of
respect for and have known for
many years, but with some of
the decisions made they looked
at the overall benefit to the
employees of making sure they
[the staff] had a job......... :

Questions had previously
been raised over Bahamas
Supermarkets’ sale and lease-
back of $3 million worth of
store equipment and improve-
ments, at its Cable Beach store,
to the staff pension plan.

This had been defended at
the time as allowing the pen-
sion plan to gain a higher rate
of return than it would other-
wise enjoy on alternative invest-
ments, but it was queried by
external auditors, Deloitte &
Touche, in the 2009 audited
accounts, over whether it
should be treated as an oper-
ating or finance lease, the com-
pany not having assessed the
value of lease assets.

The same audited financial
statements also showed that
Bahamas Supermarkets, oper-
ating parent of City Markets,
owed the staff pension fund
almost $519,000 at the 2009
year-end in unpaid rent for the
company's head office - an asset
owed by the plan.

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‘BETTER OFFER’ IF 51%
BIC STAKE GIVEN EARLIER

FROM page 1B

bune Business understands
that while only a 49 per cent
stake was offered for sale,
the successful bidder would
still have had Board and
management control, thus
making the extra 2 per cent
a relatively immaterial
semantic game.

However, in comparing
the terms of the CWC deal
with those offered to previ-
ous unsuccessful bidders,
such as Bluewater and Tom
Bain’s BahamaTel consor-
tium, Mr Smith told Tribune
Business: “It’s changed so
much. You can only com-
pare it to the early efforts
to privatise, and the goal-
posts have changed rather
dramatically.

“If 51 per cent had been
offered to everyone looking
at investing in BTC, we
could have ended up with a
better offer. These are the
only guys [CWC] offered 51
per cent. For me, it’s opaque
in the sense that I can’t fig-
ure out what exactly they
[CWC] are paying for this
and what we’re getting for
it. For me, there are
unknowns, and it’s difficult
to do an impartial and objec-
tive evaluation.”

In fact, the 51 per cent
equity stake was offered to
the four bidders admitted to
the latest privatisation
attempt’s due diligence
round - One Equity Part-
ners/Vodafone, Atlantic
Tele-Network/CFAL, Tril-
ogy International Partners
and Digicel. Only the first
two of this group went
ahead to submit formal bids,
both of which were ulti-
mately rejected by the Govy-
ernment and its privatisa-
tion committee.

Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
the Bluewater offer had
more emphasis on using
Bahamian talent, particu-
larly management talent,
and involved no talk of any
staff restructuring downsiz-
ing.
“They offered to bring in
the same higher level of ser-
vices and pay more for it
[BTC], but there was more
emphasis on using as much
local talent as possible, and

“There is also the question, although
no one really argues it, whether being
part of a regional network is the opti-

mum way to go.”



no talk about any sort of
downsizing,” the former
finance minister said of the
Bluewater bid, a process
that he oversaw while in
offer.

While Bluewater had
offered to pay $260 million,
as compared to the $210 mil-
lion ‘headline’ figure CWC
is paying, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham criticised
that deal for essentially
acquiring BTC ‘on credit’,
paying $220 million upfront,
followed by a further $35
million after five years and
$5 million in year six. Blue-
water was also set to enjoy a
five-year cellular exclusivi-
ty, compared to CWC’s
three years, thus making the
former’s deal infinitely more
attractive.

And sources close to the
privatisation committee had
also expressed surprise at
Mr Christie’s highlighting of
the BTC pension issue as
one the PLP would change if
it came to power.

They told Tribune Busi-
ness that, based on a review
of the documents, not only
was his government plan-
ning to invest the same $39
million to cover the BTC
employee pension fund
deficit, but also to close the
existing scheme completely
and put all beneficiaries into
the new defined contribu-
tion scheme.

Under the CWC deal, the
existing defined benefit
scheme will be maintained
for all existing beneficiaries,
supported by contributions
from BTC equivalent to 10
per cent of pensionable
salaries, with it being closed
only to new members.

Elsewhere, Mr Smith
questioned whether BTC
would be better off as part
of a regional operator, such
as CWC’s Caribbean sub-
sidiary, LIME, or as a stand-

a

Habe Coy,

James Smith

alone operator, and whether
CWC was the right partner
given its previous track
record in the region.

“There is also the ques-
tion, although no one really
argues it, whether being part
of a regional network is the
optimum way to go,” Mr
Smith told Tribune Busi-
ness. “I don’t know if that
was put out in print, as deci-
sion-making tends to be dri-
ven from the regional as
opposed to the national per-
spective, but that remains to
be seen.

“What we do know is that
BTC needs improvement in
the delivery of services and
that’s being promised, but
who’s best suited to do that
is the issue.

“In the early days, Cable
& Wireless’s track record
was thought not a good fit
for the Bahamas, but the
Government seems to have
other evidence that I’ve not
seen so far.”

Still, Mr Smith conceded
that BTC would be better
off as a privatised entity,
simply because it would no
longer be impacted by polit-
ical interference.

He added that the situa-
tion in 2009, when the $95.7
million in dividends paid out
to the Government was
almost double its $47.942
million in net profit, would
not be tolerated, especially
by an independent regula-
tor.

Explaining that regulators
would “be all over that” div-
idend ratio if BTC was a pri-
vate company, Mr Smith
said: “I think at the end of
the day the sector will be
performing more efficient-
ly, if only to the extent the
company will be able to get
along with doing telecom-
munications business, with-
out being hampered by oth-
er concerns.”

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The Public is hereby advised that |, FREDRICK BOWE
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Bahamas intend to change my name to Virgil Victor
Bowe. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (80) days after the date of publication of
this notice.

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dissolution.

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Car dealers: 15 years to

recover from 50-60% drop

FROM page 1B

Association (BMDA), was
a modest bit of good news,
dealerships spoken to by
Tribune Business said the
challenges faced by the
industry, combined with the
2010-2011 Budget tax hikes
and Excise tax structure
change, and the general eco-
nomic malaise were all
working against any sudden
rebound.

Andrew Barr, Friendly
Motors’ sales manager, told
Tribune Business: “Any
shift in that direction is a
positive shift. It’s better to
gain 3.3 percentage points
than to drop 3.3 percentage
point. There’s a certain feel-
ing of optimism that it might
have bottomed out, and
while 3.3 per cent growth in
a year is nothing to brag
about, it’s a positive figure.”

Mr Barr explained that
next month’s Car Show
would give the industry “a

PUBLIC HOSPITALS AUTHORITY

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The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably qualified
persons for the post of Technical Service Officer 1 in the Information
Communication Technology operations /infrastructure Development Unit.

Public Hospitals Authority, Corporate Office.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

* Bachelors Degree in Information Technology or equivalent;

Certification in Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA),
Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) or A+ Certification or
equivalent with five (5) years relevant experience;

The Technical Service Officer 1 will report te the Information Communication
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JOE SUMMARY

The Technical Service Officer 1 will provide technical support to end users;
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DUTIES:

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Researches current and new technologies and recommends business

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_ Assists with projects with the Unit;

2. Maintains logs and operations procedures manuals (Linus; Unix

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The salary of the post is in Scale HAISG ($26,150 x 700 - $32,450)

Letter of application and curricula vitae should be submitted to the Director of
Human Resources, Corporate Office, Public Hospitals Authority, 3â„¢ Terrace
West, Centreville; of P.O. Box N-8200, Nassau, Bahamas no later than 28th

February, 2011.

better idea” of where
demand for new autos, and
the ability to finance pur-
chases, stood, since con-
sumers would then be fully
exposed to the higher prices
resulting from the 2010-2011
Budget tax hikes and duty
structure change.

With the Excise Tax struc-
ture now dependent on
engine size, not the CIF bill,
Mr Barr said 6V engine
models had jumped from
the 60 per cent to 85 per
cent duty category, a 25 per-
centage point increase.

“Whichever way you look
at it, it’s a big hike and direct
to the segment of the mar-
ket that’s paid tremendous
amounts into the Public
Treasury in duties over the
years,” Mr Barr told Tri-
bune Business. “That is a big
increase in duty, and most
dealers have reduced their
inventory for this type of
vehicle. Our lots are a lot
emptier than in years gone

by. That’s where the prob-
lem lies. Price increases of
$15-$20,000, that’s a huge
jump.”

Acknowledging that it
would take time for the ben-
efits of the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar project to filter through
to the wider Bahamian
economy, and for unem-
ployment to reduce, Mr
Barr said banks were “right-
fully” being cautious about
who they advanced money
to for auto loans, having
tightened the lending crite-
ria considerably.

Risk

This was unlikely to
change “in the near future”,
with many people no longer
falling into the “good cate-
gory of risk”.

On the positive side, Mr
Barr added: “All the deal-
erships right now are stay-
ing open, selling enough cars

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF BENJAMIN
CURTIS LOWE, domiciled and late of
Hope Town, Little Guana Cay, a.k.a. Elbow
Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having

any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before 18th March, 2011
after which date the Administrator will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which he shall
then have had notice AND all persons indebted to
the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 18th March, 2011.

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attorneys for the Personal Representative
Chambers
Bay Street,

P.O. Box AB-20405
Marsh Harbour A baco,

The Bahamas

'*)) Kingsway Academy
Teacher Vacancies for September 2011

Kingsway Academy invites applicants from qualified and
experienced Bahamian candidates for teaching positions at

the:-
Elementary School — all grade levels

High School — all subjects, with particular interest in:-
* English Language and Literature

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* French

* Social Studies

* Christian Education

* Physical Education

* Mathematics (up to Advanced Placement Calculus)
* Mathematics and Technical Drawing

* Physics and Chemistry (up to Advanced Placement)
* Home Economics

* Biology and General Science

* Carpentry and Joinery

* Music

* Office Procedures

* Information Technology

The successful candidates should have the following:
* An academic degree in the area of

specialization

A teaching certificate

Excellent communication skills

A love for children and learning

High standards of morality

Be a born-again Christian

A complete application package consists of: (a)
completed and signed Kingsway Academy application
form — available at the school’s Administration build-
ing or on the website www.kingswayacademy.com (See
Document Downloads) (b) detailed resume with cover letter
(c) copies of degrees/certificates (d) recent photograph (e)
police record (f) health certificate (g) three (3) reference
letters, one (1) being from your church’s minister (h) legible
e-mail address and working telephone contacts.

Note: All documents should be submitted at the same
time.

Please forward to:

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Deadline: To ensure consideration, complete application
materials must be received by: Friday, February 25th, 2011



to maintain staff levels, not
letting anyone go, and if the
status quo remains then
we'll be able to carry on
without impacting unem-
ployment levels in the coun-
try, even though the industry
has been slammed with the
highest duty increases of any
retail industry”.

He said it was “very hard
to imagine” the Bahamian
new car industry returning
to pre-recession sales levels,
“at least not for many
years”, although 2010’s sales
figures - while up against
weak 2009 comparatives - at
least indicated the sector
was headed in the right
direction.

Referring to that 3.27 per
cent improvement, Mr Barr
told Tribune Business: “If
that’s the level of growth
we're going to sustain, we’re
looking at 15 years to get
back up to the volume of
industry that was there.

“Fifty to 60 per cent is a
pretty good estimate of
where sales are compared
to pre-recession. Three per
cent sounds good, but if
you’ve dropped 50-60 per
cent, it takes a long time to
get back.

“For us, as the Bahamian
dealer industry as a whole,
the goal is to keep staff
employed, keep our compa-
nies viable, and not con-
tribute to unemployment.
Many companies who have
seen a 50-60 per cent reduc-
tion in sales would cut back
on staff, but that’s not the
way we want to go.”

Fred Albury, Executive
Motors’ owner/president,
confirmed the 50-60 per cent
decline in new car sales com-
pared to pre-recession,
telling Tribune Business that
one only had to watch the
wharves to see how con-
sumers had switched to less
expensive used car purchas-
es.

He said one vessel he
observed docking in Nassau
Harbour had 670 used vehi-
cles, and the last ship carry-
ing new cars only 120 vehi-
cles. “That’s a benchmark
as to what’s happening in
the industry,” Mr Albury
said.

Adding that the 3.27 per
cent new car sales increase
for 2010 was “not too signif-
icant”, Mr Albury said deal-
ers were not having much
trouble in moving high-end
vehicles priced in the
$60,000-plus bracket, such
as the Lexus and Toyota
4Runner.

“Those who have money,
have money. Recession or
no recession, they are still
buying new vehicles,” Mr
Albury said, adding that the
sector was concentrating on
those clients. It was in the
$25,000-$30,000 price brack-
et, where lower and middle
income purchasers were
found, that had seen the sig-
nificant drop-off.

“January was better than
expected, and February is
turning out to be reasonable.
OK, we can see and feel that
things have bottomed out. I
think the consumer just has
to get adjusted to the price
levels of what new vehicles
will be,” Mr Albury told Tri-
bune Business.

“The first half of this year,
I don’t see an improvement
that much, and in the sec-
ond half, if the economy
starts to move upwards, the
industry will but at a slow
pace.”

The Executive Motors
boss said there were “a
number of factors beyond
our control” impacting the
Bahamian new car industry,
namely the weakness of the
US dollar against the Japan-
ese yen, which meant that
the Japanese car brands
favoured by Bahamian con-
sumers were relatively more
expensive, with or without
the import duty increases.

And US-made vehicles,
such as the General Motors
and Ford brands, had been
hit by those duty increases
due to their large engine
sizes.

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BUSINESS eee
Portugal's debt woes spell more trouble for Europe

BARRY HATTON,
Associated Press
PAN PYLAS,

Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal

Portugal's financial agony
has deepened, threatening to
pitch Europe into a whole new
round of economic turmoil over
its debt crisis.

The country's borrowing
costs are punishingly high, with
the interest rate on its 10-year
bonds holding above 7 percent
for a 10th straight session Fri-
day.

As Portugal — one of the
smallest and frailest in the 17-
nation euro zone — runs out
of options, its leaders are press-
ing fellow European nations to
adopt new crisis management
measures at a summit next
month, before a euro4.5 billion
($6.13 billion) debt repayment
that falls due for Portugal in
April.

Yet the broad consensus in
markets is that Portugal is
doomed to become the third
member of Europe's bailout
club, after Greece and Ireland,
partly because the continent's
paymaster Germany doesn't
want the issue to fester for
much longer.

Another bailout for a euro-
zone member is sure to further
undermine market confidence
in the fiscal soundness of the
single currency bloc and carry
severe consequences for other
vulnerable — and much bigger
— countries such as Spain, Bel-
gium and Italy.

Filipe Sila, debt manager at
Portugal's Banco Carregosa,
said investors have turned their
backs on Portugal, frightened
away by a level of risk that's
deemed too great and worried
they might not get their money
back.



(AP Photo/ Francisco Seco)
STRIKING OUT: Passengers at Lisbon's Rossio train station argue about
workers’ right to strike and the country's economic situation Tuesday, Feb.
15, 2011.

"Many political decisions are
pending that could have a lot
of bearing” on what happens,
he said.

"It's an additional risk. I
think nobody is buying Por-
tuguese debt at the moment
except the European Central
Bank."

The catalyst for the renewed
tensions was euro-zone lead-
ers' failure at a Brussels meet-
ing two weeks ago to come up
with anything dramatic that
could douse the yearlong finan-
cial firestorm, despite bold pro-
nouncements from many that

a "comprehensive package"
was in the offing. Those pre-
dictions briefly calmed
investors. The most visible sign
of the new heightened state of
stress is in the bond markets,
where Portuguese bond yields
have spiked dramatically.

The spread between two-
year Portuguese and German
bond yields has risen by more
than a percentage point this
week alone, while Portugal's
10-year yield has risen three
quarters of a percent to a
potentially unsustainable 7.5
percent.

Portugal's borrowing costs
for its three-year government
bonds stands at 5.6 percent —
more or less the rate the Inter-
national Monetary Fund and
euro-zone countries charged
Athens and Dublin for their
loans and making a bailout look
more palatable for the Por-
tuguese.

A number of analysts think
the bailout option will become
more acceptable for Portugal,
given that its economy is con-
tracting once again.

"Although Portugal has a
lower debt level than Greece,
its high fiscal deficit and dismal
growth prospects expose the
country's debt dynamics to

Government's $14m net cash gain if BTC deal done November

FROM page 1B

the House of Assembly show
that, at November 30, 2010,
BTC had total cash on its bal-
ance sheet of $68 million, and
total indebtedness (most of
this coming from $36.4 mil-
lion in borrowings) of $39.1
million.

Subtracting the latter from




the former, and BTC’s net
cash position at end-Novem-
ber last year was $28.9 mil-
lion.

With $15 million to be left
on the balance sheet when
CWC and the Government
close the privatisation agree-
ment, this means that, if the
deal had closed then, some
$13.9 million in cash would

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, JULIETH BILLIE JANE
JOHN of the Yellow Elder Constituency of the Island of
New Providence intend to change my name to JULIETH
BILLIE JANE GREENE. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.















AUCTION

U.S. EMBASSY

be remitted to the Public
Treasury. And, if that was
added to the $217 million in
purchase price and Stamp Tax
being received initially, it
would take the gross proceeds
to the Government to $230
million-plus, more than the
gross $220 million first install-
ment that Bluewater Ven-
tures would have paid under
its now-terminated deal.

A source close to the pri-
vatisation efforts confirmed:
“We’re expecting there to be
a net cash surplus, but it
depends on the performance
of BTC over the next couple
of months.”

And, in addition, the Gov-
ernment will also receive any
surplus net working capital
above $6.1 million, the docu-
ments show, this being calcu-
lated from subtracting current
liabilities (such as accounts
payables) from current assets,

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2011

(namely receivables).

“The Government is leav-
ing in the business the average
working capital it needs to
run. If there is any excess, it
will come back to the Gov-
ernment on completion,” the
source said. “The net work-
ing capital issue is completely
standard. There’s not an
acquisition that happens with-
out it.”

market risks," said Athanasios
Vamvakidis, a strategist at
Bank of America Merrill
Lynch.

"Beyond debt sustainabili-
ty concerns, the lower IMF-EU
borrowing cost should look

increasingly attractive to Por-
tugal.”" But the Portuguese gov-
ernment, keen to keep its
domestic political reputation
for economic management
intact, insists it doesn't want or
need assistance.

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McDonald's offers excellent benefits!

Please submit Resume to:

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McDonald's Head Office on Market St. North
P.O. Box S8-8925
Telephone: 325-4444
Nassau, Bahamas

BAHA MAR

Career Opportunit

Baha Mar Ltd. seeks to hire a talented Environmental Monitor to join its

dynamic team.

The — applicant will be responsible for:
Review and management of the Owner’s Environmental Policy

e Review and comment on Contractor Environmental Plan submittals

and monitor implementation. Construction experience evaluating and

monitoring:

oO Construction work zone, staging areas, exclusion fencing, and
protection of environmental resources.
Hazardous material control plans
Spill prevention control and countermeasure plans
Soil Management plans and spoils (contaminated) disposition
Demolition Debris plans
Dewatering plans
Noise Control plans
Dust Control plans

Evaluation of contractor methods to ensure compliance with
Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and any other environmental

standards

Oversight of all works on the project that have been identified as
having a potential for significant environmental impact
Preparation of environmental reports for submission
Participation in meetings to provide updates and insight on

SHIPAHOY COMPLEX
(Eastern Gate)
West Bay Street, Opposite Well’s Texaco Service Station
DOORS OPEN FOR INSPECTION & REGISTRATION
9A.M. — 10A.M.

AUCTION
1) A.M. -3 P.M.

Office Furniture, Computer equipment, Vehicles and other
miscellaneous supplies.

Vehicles -

successful bidders on vehicles must pay a $30) non-refundable
deposit immediately after winning the vehicle bid. The balance will be due
by 3:00PM on Monday, February 25, 2011,

Bids for all other ttems must be paid in full at conclusion of auction.

GENERAL PUBLIC IS INVITED

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environmental-related activities

Site monitoring and preparation of monitoring reports

Creation of a register of significant environmental issues and impacts
Identification of environmental competence training needs, development
of a training program for the project and delivery of the training
program to relevant staff and construction workers

Development of a communications strategy which will include reporting
formats and protocols

Conducting any environmental audits required for the project
Oversight of project components once they are operational

The qualifications required for the position as Environmental Monitor shall

include:

Applicant must be a Bahamian citizen or be eligible to work in the

Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Bachelor's degree in environmental science, engineering or a related

technical degree.

Minimum five (5) years experience including three (3) years of

construction environmental monitoring (preferred). Strong

communication and writing skills with ability to handle complex issues.

Preferred experience in utilities construction.

Demonstrated knowledge of environmental laws including but not

limited to;

e The Environmental Health Act

e Conservation and Protection of the Physical Environment of The
Bahamas Act and the Declaration of Protected Trees Order

e The Wild Birds and Plant Protection Acts

e The Fisheries Resources Act

e The Bahamas National Trust Act

e Antiquities, Monuments and Museum Act

¢ The Public Works Act

Advanced mathematical, science and analytical abilities.

Effective written and oral communication skills.

Please forward your curriculum vitae (resume) via e-mail to hr@bahamar.com
no later than February 25, 2011. All responses will be held in the strictest
confidence. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.




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uzzy compromise threatens
the relevance of G-20 forum



NOTICE is hereby given that VICTORIA PIERRE of
ABNER STREET, FOX HILL, P.O. BOX GT-2252,
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 21% DAY of FEBRUARY 2011 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MICHAEL STAPLETON of SWAN
DRIVE, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying

GABRIELE STEINHAUSER,
AP Business Writers
GREG KELLER,

AP Business Writers
PARIS

The world's dominant
economies struck a watered
down deal on how to smooth
out trade and currency imbal-
ances many say exacerbated the
financial crisis, but the difficul-
ty in getting vastly different

NOTICE



a | age

(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

that plunged the world into its
worst economic recession in 70
years.

The result was a "balanced
compromise (that) doesn't stig-
matize any one country,"
Lagarde told journalists.

The G-20 itself is a recogni-
tion of the rise to power of
nations such as India, China
and Brazil, having supplanted
smaller forums like the G-7 and
G-8 during the climax of the

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








economies like China and the FAMILY SNAPSHOT: From left to right, German Finance Minister @aucia’ ctisis, when if achieved
doesa't bode well forthe WOlfgang Schauble, France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, ee ins
Group of 20 rich and develop- U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pose during the family — ountries growing at an almost
ing countries as a forum for picture of the G20 Finance summit at Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, unprecedented pace while oth-
global decision making. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Finance chiefs from the world's 20 indus- ers remain in the through of

G-20 finance ministers and __ trialized and fastest developing nations wrestle over how to steady the — +ecession — the G-20 has lost






21st day of FEBRUARY, 2011 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

central bankers meeting in
Paris agreed Saturday on a list
of technical indicators to track
those imbalances — caused by
some countries consuming

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world economy at a two-days meeting in Paris.

more while others tend to hold
on to their money — but left
the more tricky questions of
when those imbalances actual-
ly become dangerous and what
to do to mitigate them for later.

French Finance Minister
Christine Lagarde, whose coun-

try holds the G-20 presidency
this year, said the all-night talks
had been "tense" at times, indi-
cating the clash in national
interests between countries that
find themselves on completely
divergent growth trajectories
after the 2008 financial crisis

GOVERNMENT NOTICE
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
NOTICE

THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)

Lis Berely metibed parumini to Section of the Industics Enxcourasement Act,
Chapter 31, that the Minister is abo Wo oomsider whelher the manudecterer specified in

the first cohimn of the lahle helew should be declared an “APPROVED
MANUFACTURER" in relstion to the produos specilbed in the third oxdumn

[LOCATION OF
| FACTORY PREMISES

Ciloss Suppliers & lectallern | Cannichael Row

MANUFACTURER PRODUCTS
) PwC Impact Resisiant

rid LAnors anh ae inahiorrs

Any interested person hen Ing any ohjection to such & declension ahould ging notes iin
Writing of his otyecteen and of the greens theneo! bo the Office of the Pome Minister,

arth

ter addressed to

Before the ehruary, 2010, by

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
OFFICE OF THE FRIME MINISTER
POO) Box CB 1080
NASSAL, FP,

THE BAHAMAS

DAWID H. DATS
Permanent Secretary

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
NOTICE

THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)

It is hereby notified PursMant to Secchi al the Industries Encouragement Act
that (he Minister is obour to consider whether the following products should be declared
“APPROVED PRODUCTS” for the purposes of that Act

PRODUCTS RAW MATERIALS TO BE USED IN
| OM ANUPACTURE

| PMC Extrusions, Aluminam/ Steel

| Extrusions, Glass

Pec Impact Resixtant Doors ane a
We inlaw x

ANY ileresied person hoy ing any objection bo such a declaration should give notes iin
writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to ike Office of the Prime bLlinisser,
before the 27" February, 2000, by lever addressed io:-

THE PERMANENT SECRETARY
OFFICE OF THE FRIME MINISTER
Pay. Box CB-180
NASS AL, ALP.

THE BAHAMAS

DAVID K. DAWES
Permunent Secretary



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DANIEL MO CALIXTE of
KOOL ACRES, P.O. BOX N-7060, 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 21** DAY of FEBRUARY 2011
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-
7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES ERTILUS of
ST. JAMES ROAD, 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 21° DAY of
FEBRUARY 2011 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2010

IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law & Equity Division CLE/qui/00775

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
BRENETTA MAE JOHNSON

AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT Tract of land containing Five
Thousand Three hundred and twenty-four square feet (5,324) be-
ing Lot Number 542 and situate on the North-Eastern Junction of
Moonshine Drive and Windward Isle Way In Golden Gates No.
2 Subdivision the Western District of the Island of New Provi-
dence, The Bahamas

NOTICE

The Petition of BRENETTA MAE JOHNSON of the Western
District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of: -
ALL THAT Tract of land containing Five Thousand Three Hun-
dred and twenty-four square feet (5,324) being Lot Number 542
and situate on the North-Eastern junction of Moonshine Drive
and Windward Isle Way In Golden Gates No. 2 Subdivision the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas
and bounded North by lot Number 541 and running thereon One
Hundred (100.00) feet South by a road reservation Moonshine
Drive Thirty-six (36.00) Feet wide East by land the property of
the Petitioner and running thereon Fifty and Sixty-two (50.62)
feet West by a road reservation, Windward Isle Way, Forty feet
wide (40.00) Brenetta Mae Johnson claims to be the owner of
the fee simple estate in possession of the said piece or parcel
of land free from incumbrances. And the Petitioner has made
application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1999 to
have title to the said piece parcel or tract of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
provisions of the said Act.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a dower or
right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on before the expiration of Thirty 0) days
after the final publication of these presents file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days
after the final publication of these presents will operate as a bar
to such claim.
Copies of the Petition and filed plan of the said land may be
inspected at:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Nassau

2. The Chambers of Messrs Mangra & Co., No. 20 Parlia-

ment Street.

Dated the 12th day of April, A.D. 2010

Mangra & Co.

No. 20 Parliament Street
Nassau, N.P.

The Bahamas



much of its swagger.

"What I was worried about
— I'm sorry to say — material-
ized: which is that it's more dif-
ficult than it was before to have
people agree," Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, the managing
director of the International
Monetary Fund said of Satur-
day's compromise. "When they
were really scared, they were
happy to find a consensus. Now
... many believe — wrongly —
the crisis is behind us and they
have domestic concerns.”

At the heart of the debate
about imbalances is the real-
ization that a decades-long
global economic order centered
on the U.S. buying exports
from the rest of the world and
running huge trade deficits,
while countries such as China
and Germany accumulate vast
surpluses, is no longer tenable.

In the years before the melt-
down, countries with trade sur-
pluses plowed money into
mortgage and other invest-
ments in the United States, dri-
ving up their value and exacer-
bating the crash when the bub-
ble eventually burst.

But the opaque language of
Saturday's deal shows the chal-
lenge of moving beyond that
basic recognition.

China's large current account
surplus, a measure of trade and
capital flows in and out of a
country, made it reluctant to
include that as one of the G-
20's indicators for imbalances.
Compromise wording was
agreed on making that mea-
surement a mix of current
account balance — the indica-
tor most countries wanted —
and trade balance — the yard-
stick China had been pushing
for.

The valuation of national
currencies — long a sticking
point in Chinese-U:S. relations
— did not survive as a separate
indicator, but will be consid-
ered as part of the broader
analysis of capital flows. That
saved Beijing from even more
direct pressure to let its cur-
rency — the yuan — rise more
quickly against the dollar. The
USS. complains that the artifi-
cially low value of the yuan
gives Chinese exports an unfair
advantage. Foreign currency
reserves — the largest of which
are also held by China — were
dropped all together, although
some Officials insisted they sur-
vived under the oblique head-
ing of “other policies."

Lagarde touted the very fact
that the words "exchange rate"
were even mentioned on the
list as a success. The indicators
also include more traditional
yardsticks such as public debts
and deficits and private debt
levels and savings rates.

With agreement on what to
track, work will now begin on
the more difficult task of set-
ting what the G-20 calls "indica-
tive guidelines" against which
to measure each of the criteria.
Lagarde said the goal is to
agree on this at the next G-20
finance ministers meeting in
Washington in April.

Asked whether deciding the
list of indicators presaged even
more divisive talks over thresh-
olds and enforcement, Lagarde
said "I take things one day ata
time. If it is difficult, it will be
difficult.”

While some analysts said the
compromise on imbalances was
a natural result of slow inter-
national decision making, oth-
ers warned that an agreement
on a list of indicators didn't
mean much for rebalancing the
global economy.

Saturday's deal is “totally
irrelevant," said Charles
Wyplosz, professor of interna-
tional economics at the Gradu-
ate Institute in Geneva. "Every-
body knows what is the
exchange rate of China and the
current account of Germany."

Enforcing any eventual
agreement on firm thresholds
will be even harder. "What
we're down to is peer pres-
sure..., Which has never ever
worked,” Wyplosz said.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 9B

See ee
Obama says companies can

help bottom line and nation

ga Educate to Innovate

i

DARLENE SUPERVILLE,
Associated Press
HILLSBORO, Oregon

Pushing his jobs agenda,
President Barack Obama made
the case Friday that companies
can make money and build up
the country at the same time,
citing the giant Intel Corp. chip
maker as his model of smart
investing in education.

"We know what works. We
know how to succeed," the
president told employees here
after getting an eye-opening
tour of Intel's manufacturing
facility. "We know how to do
big things. And all across this
nation, in places just like this
one, we have students and
teachers, local leaders and com-
panies who are working togeth-
er to make it happen."

Though Republicans in
Washington are balking at Oba-
ma's call for more spending on
education, Obama said Intel's
example has shown that spend-
ing on education and worker
training is a good investment
— even in difficult financial
times.



(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

INVESTMENT IN FUTURE: In this Feb., 18, 2011, file photo President
Barack Obama talks with a group of seventh grade students who are Intel
Science Talent Search finalists, about their projects during a visit to the
Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Ore. Obama recorded his weekly radio and
Internet address during the visit Friday.

porate role model," Obama
said. "You're a corporation that
understands that investing in
education is a good business
model. It's good for the bottom
line.”

The president spoke during a
West Coast swing designed to
highlight his vision of making
the U.S. more competitive glob-

ally. Before the visit, the White
House announced that Obama

had picked company CEO Paul
Otellini, a sometimes critic, to
serve on a presidential com-
petitiveness council.

Intel last year announced a
10-year, $200 million commit-
ment to promote math and sci-
ence education; Obama was
wowed by the projects of the
students he met during his visit.
The company is among those
that are working to help meet
Obama's goal of getting the
US. to first place in science and
math education in a decade.

The president is proposing a
freeze on overall domestic
spending for five years, but
increases in select areas like
education. "In today's econo-
my, the quality of a nation's
education is one of the biggest
predictors of a nation's suc-
cess," he said. "It is what will
determine whether the Ameri-
can dream survives.”

NOTICE

GRAPHOS HOLDINGS LIMITED

"You're not just a good cor-

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Unit #15,
Lot#2, Blk#1, Nassau East, situated in the Eastern of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Multi Family Condominium Unit
consisting of 2 Bedrooms and 1 Bathroom.

Building Size: 832 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
0506”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11" March, 2011.

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot #17,
Sunnyside Subdivision, situated in the Eastern of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Multi Family Residence consisting of 1-2 Bedrooms
and 1 Bathroom and 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom.

Property Size: 6,455 sq ft
Building Size: 1,618 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
1177”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11" March, 2011.

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot #11, Little
Hyde Park Subdivision, situated in the Eastern of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of 4 Bedrooms
and 2 Bathrooms.
Property Size: 5,551 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1638 sq ft

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
1212”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11% March, 2011.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GRAPHOS HOLDINGS LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
th 15th February, 2011 when the Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar
General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame
Consulting SA, Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 21st day of February, A. D. 2011



Dizame Consulting SA
Liquidator

FINCO

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Unit #4,
Chardel Estates Condominium Sandford Drive, situated in
the Western of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Multi
Family Residence of a Townhouse consists of 3 Bedrooms and
2 Bathrooms.

Building Size: 1,440 sq ft

This property 1s being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
2068”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11" March, 2011.

ROYAL FIDELITY

Aoridy an VAork

NOTICE

BIBLIOS HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) BIBLIOS HOLDINGS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
15th February, 2011 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Dizame Consulting
SA, Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Dated this 21st day of February, A. D. 2011



Dizame Consulting SA
Liquidator




















NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot
#31, Ponderosa Subdivision, situated in the Western of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Multi Family Residence consisting
of 3 units: 2-2 Bedrooms and 1Bathroom and 1-1 Bedroom and
1 Bathroom.

Property Size: 6,000 sq. ft.

Building Size: 1,909 sq ft

This property 1s being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
2090”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11% March, 2011.

NOTICE
RBC FINCO INVITES TENDERS

RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“All THAT” piece parcel or lot of land comprising Lot #38,
Kenedy Subdivision, situated in the Southern of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of 4 Bedrooms
and 2 Bathrooms.

Property Size: 4,461 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,348 sq ft

This property 1s being sold under Power of Sale contained in a
Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked “Tender
3868”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 11% March, 2011.

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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBURARY 2011
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,481.69 | CHG 0.05 | %CHG 0.00| YTD -17.82 | YTD % -1.199
FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%

WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

S2wk-Low Securit _y
0.97 AML Foods Limited 1.04
67 Bahamas Property Fund 10.63
4.42 Bank of Bahamas 4.42
0.18 Benchmark 0.18
2.70 Bahamas Waste 2.70
2.14 Fidelity Bank 21
9.62 Cable Bahamas 10.21
2.36 Colina Holdings 2.40
5.40 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.85
1.63 Consolidated Water BDRs 2.08
1.40 Doctor's Hospital 1.40
5.47 Famguard 5.47
7.23 Finca 6.51
8.77 FirstCaribbean Bank 9.39
3.75 Focol (S) 6.00
1.00. Focol Class B Preference 1.00
5.00 ICD Utilities 7.40
9.82 J. S. Johnson 9.82
10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00

Previous Close Today's Close

Change
1.04 0,00.

10.8 0.00.
4.42 0,00.
0.18 0,00.
2.70 0,00.
2. 1F 0,00.

10.21 0,00
2.40 0,00

Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PrE
0.123 8.5
0.013 BAT?
0.153 28.5

-0.877 N/M
0.168 16.1
0,016 135.6
1.050 9.7
ORI aed
0.488 14.0
0.111 19.2
0.107 13.1
0.357 15.3
0.287 22.7
0.494 19.0
0.452 13.3
0.000 N/M
0.012 616.7
0.859 11.4
1.207 8.3

6.85 0,00.
2.13 0.05
1.40 0.00.
5.47 0.00.
6.51 0.00.
2.39 0.00.
6.00. 0.00.
1.00 0.00.
7.40 0.00,
9.82 0.00,
10.00 0.00,

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)

S2wk-Hi__S2wk-Low Security
Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029)

Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +

Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
BAH29
FBB17
FBB22
FBB13
FBB15

Last Sale

100.00 0.00 7%
100.00 0.00
100.00 0.00 7%
100.00 0.00

Interest
6.95%

Change
99.46 0.00

Daily Vol. Maturity
20 November 2029
19 October 2017
19 October 2022
30 May 2013

29 May 2015

Prime + 1.75%

Prime + 1.75%

RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)

Symbol Bid ®

Ask ®
Bahamas Supermarkets 5.01 6.07
RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.58

Last Prime
14.00

EPS$
-2.945
0.001

Div ® PE
0,000
0,000

Daily Wo.

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

ABDAB 30.13

31,59
RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0,55.

29.00 4.540

0,002

0,000
0.000

BISX Listed Mutual Funds

Fund Name NAV
CFAL Bond Fund 1.5179
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 2.9527
1.5141 CFAL Money Market Fund 1.5837
2.8522 Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.7049
13.0484 Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.4164
101.6693 CFAL Global Bond Fund
99.4177 CFAL Global Equity Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund
1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund
9.1005 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

1.4076
2.8300

114.3684
106.5528
1.1465
1.1185
1.1491

9.7850
10.0000
10.6417
9.1708
10.1266

4.8105 8.4510

YTD%
5.51%
0.18%
0.61%
-0.56%
0.44%
9.98%
4.75%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%

4.85%

-1.20%

1.27%
0.72%

NAV 3MTH
1.498004
2.918697
1.564030

NAV GMTH
1.475244
2.910084
1.545071

Last 12 Months %
6.90%
1.61% 31-Jan-11

11-Feb-11

31-Jan-11

31-Jan-11

30-Jun-10
30-Sep-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10
31-Dec-10

4.59%
-15.54%
-0.10%
12.49%
7.18%
5.20%
4.73%
5.35%:

109.392860
100.779540

107.570619.
105.776543

5.45% 30-Nov-10.

0.50% 30-Nov-10.

1.27%
9.95%

31-Jan-11
31-Jan-11

MARKET TERMS

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

S41) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Weekly Vol

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 -

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Ireland’s ruling
party braced for
historic elections

GALWAY, Ireland
Associated Press

IRELAND holds historic
elections this week — a bal-
lot that could devastate the
party blamed for the coun-
try's dramatic economic
reverse and dump it from
office after dominating Irish
politics for almost 80 years.

The ruling Fianna Fail
party faces defeat in Friday's
poll as voters vent their
anger over Ireland's rapid
decline from economic mir-
acle into debt-ridden disas-
ter. The country has been
forced to accept a multibil-
lion rescue deal from Euro-
pean neighbors and the
International Monetary
Fund.

Karen Holland, 29, stood
with her arms crossed defi-
antly outside Paddy's pub in
Galway, on Ireland's west
coast, as she described strug-
gling to raise her four chil-

dren on the salary brought
home by her husband, a
security guard.

For Holland, the politi-
cians had it coming. "They
should have let the banks go
down,” she said, referring to
the government's fateful
decision to guarantee debts
held by some of its biggest
banks with public money.
"They let us go down
instead."

Holland's anger has found
echoes across the country,
and some observers predict
this week's vote has the
potential for revolutionary
change.

"The word I'd use here is
‘seismic,'" said Noel Whe-
lan, a staunch critic of the
government's handling of
the crisis and commentator
for the Irish Times. "We're
going to see next weekend a
political earthquake in Ire-
land."

Investors are watching for

aftershocks in London,
Paris, and Berlin.

European banks have bil-
lions tied up in Ireland's
troubled financial sector.
The current government has
guaranteed their money, but
Fine Gael — the party
tipped to take over from its
longtime rival — has said
that it is unconscionable "for
taxpayers to be asked to
beggar themselves to make
massive profits for specula-
tors."

Fine Gael has raised the
prospect of forcing some
senior creditors to take a cut
on their investments, and
the possibility of a new dose
of red ink being splashed
across European balance
sheets has spooked the mar-
kets at a time when concern
persists over the financial
health of countries such as
Greece and Portugal.

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country's dramatic economic reverse and dump it from office after dominating Irish politics for almost
80 years. The ruling Fianna Fail party faces defeat in Friday's poll as voters vent their anger over Ire-
land's rapid decline from economic miracle into debt-ridden disaster. The country has been forced to
accept a multibillion rescue deal from European neighbours and the International Monetary Fund. (AP)

downgraded the creditwor-
thiness of six major Irish
banks as politicians argued
whether or when to inject
more cash.

Ireland's 4.6 million peo-
ple have their own worries.
The one-time Celtic Tiger
economy was one of the first
victims of the Great Reces-
sion. Its government quickly
guaranteed the debts racked
up by its over-stretched
banks — a promise which
turned into political poison.

Unemployment has
tripled in three years to 13.4
percent, Ireland's welfare
system is shriveling away
and taxes have gone up ina
bid to fight a deficit esti-
mated at more than one
third of the country's $204.1
billion GDP.

The election could claim
as many half of the legisla-
tors in Ireland's 166-seat
lower house, polls suggest.

Recent surveys show the
opposition Fine Gael is
within reach of a parlia-
mentary majority in the
Dail Eireann — a potential
historic upset for Fianna
Fail, the party that has won
the most seats in every elec-
tion since the party first
went into government in
1932.

Ireland's crisis has already
seen Prime Minister Brian
Cowen announce he will
quit after the poll. He won't
stand in the election.

Even if it falls short of a
majority, Fine Gael — a
center-right political party
— is still expected to rule
with the help of indepen-

dents or the left-leaning
Labour, which has also seen
a huge jump in support.
Fianna Fail, seen as more
centrist than its rival, has
been pushed into third place
in most recent polls.

The rhetoric surrounding
the electoral campaign has
some worried. Editorials
grumble darkly about resist-
ing German domination and
"burning the bondholders,"
reflections of the concern
here that investors in
Europe — and particularly
Germany — are making
money off the Irish people's
misery.

A recent poll showed that
84 percent of the population
backed renegotiating terms
with bondholders, though it
isn't considered a likely
prospect.

The new government
can't push too hard against
the European Central Bank,
which, along with the Inter-
national Monetary Fund,
extended euro67.5 billion in
support of the Ireland's
nearly bankrupt economy in
November, said Frank Bar-
ry, a professor at Trinity
College Dublin's business
school.

"We have no other source
of funds, and everybody
understands that," he said.

In Galway, students at the
city's National University of
Ireland seemed resigned to
years of continued sacrifice.
Talk of getting a new deal
from Europe and the IMF
was "totally unrealistic,"
said Mary Walsh, a 26-year-
old science student. "Our

hands are tied," she said.
"We'll have to repay the
money."

Across the rain-streaked
campus, professor Chris
Curtin of the School of
Political Science and Soci-
ology says few in Ireland are
excited about the election
— despite the changes it
promises for the country's
leadership.

"The general mass of the
population is being ham-
mered into the ground,” he
said, calling the internation-
al bailout "a humiliation."
He, like other political
watchers, said there'd be
very little room for a rene-
gotiating of its terms.

The election could even-
tually result in reforms of
political institutions found
wanting during the debt cri-
sis.

Both Fianna Fail and Fine
Gael call for a job stimulus,
the scrapping of the Irish
parliament's upper house,
the Seanad, and plans to
tackle negative home equity.

Constitutional reform, a
shake up of the civil service
and a move away from Ire-
land's patronage-dominated
election system are also
promised.

But Curtin said any hope
for a better future was
buried under the weight of
the country’s crushing debt.

Voters aren't even worry-
ing whether there's light at
the end of the tunnel, Curtin
joked, because they're won-
dering: "Can we find the
tunnel? Is there even a tun-
nel?"

Biologists watch as bears

migrate to southern Mich

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Michigan's bear population has risen for the

Associated Press

GROWING numbers of black bears are
migrating into southern Michigan as the state's
population surges, leading biologists to step
up efforts to trace their movements and pre-
vent unwanted encounters with people.

The Upper Peninsula is still home to 80 per-
cent or more of the state’s bears, and 95 per-
cent of the others live in the northern Lower
Peninsula. But sightings are picking up far-
ther south, the Department of Natural
Resources and Environment says.

"They tend to be younger males that have
been chased off by older males as they look for
territory, so they disperse to areas where they
don't have competition,” Mary Dettloff,
spokeswoman for the agency, said Friday.
"They're following the fruit belt, all those
orchards right down the west side of the state.
We often get reports in the spring, when they
wake up hungry."

past two decades and is estimated at 9,000 to
11,000, DNRE bear program specialist Adam
Bump told The Grand Rapids Press. The
department gets 10 to 30 reports of bears in
southern counties each year. They've been
spotted from Flint to Jonia and even in Jackson
County, south of Lansing.

A state bear management plan approved in
2008 recommends letting the population
expand naturally, Bump told the Press. That
means the DNRE needs to educate people in
southern Michigan, who are less accustomed to
coming across bears in the wild than north-
ern Michigan residents are.

"They eat a lot of vegetation but do have the
potential to harm people and pets if they are
not respected,” Dwayne Etter, a DNRE
research specialist, told The Associated Press.
"But they are not an animal to be feared. If
people follow our suggestions on how to
respond when encountering a bear, there
shouldn't be conflicts.”

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What can we learn

from Haiti and Eqypt?

FROM page 12B

any kind of abatement of
the violence and for the con-
stitutional process to be
respected,” said Mr Sears.

Insight into the backdoor
dealings raises so many
questions about the upris-
ing that threatened the
nation’s stability and the sta-
bility of those with interests.
What really happened in
Haiti seven years ago? Was
it a true people’s revolution?
Was it a controlled opposi-
tion? Was it a political mob
that had passed its breaking
point?

Egypt showed us a mod-
ern day example of a true
people’s revolution. Haiti
brewed a different stew:
there were too many sticky
political fingers in the pot.
Tam inclined to think, in the
case of Haiti, the decisions
made by the various political
actors served political and
economic ends more than
the interests of the people.
The three most often do not
coincide.

I could be challenged that
the uprising was not a true
people’s revolution, but here
is why it feels right.

Political leaders make
decisions based on their
desire to win political com-
petitions, most notably in
the form of elections. Com-
petition is the foundation of
modern democracy, and the
rules of politics are the same
as the rules of a capitalist
enterprise. It is a dog eat
dog world and it literally is a
fight to the top.

Why do you think the
Free National Movement
and the PLP when they have
their political hats on are
always fighting? Look at the
rhetoric they use, the tactics
they employ: the mass of
supporters who turn out to
political rallies appear as an
unruly mob ready to go to
war.

These people are behold-
en to their collective political
identities for a number of
reasons: pure intent, histor-
ical obligation, familial con-
nection, miseducation, igno-
rance, and selfish interests.
Politicians take advantage
of them regardless of the
reason, because the thing
about politics is; the leader-
ship has to be in control.
They have to maintain the
ability to manoeuvre the
mob. So a popular uprising
with loyalty to political lead-
ers is in fact a controllable
entity.

Naturally there is a
breaking point for this type
of opposition movement. It
is kept in check by the
nature and intent of its lead-
ers and most times we can
count on our leaders to use
their power for the greater
good of the few people they
can’t fully control, in other
words affluent people or
those with perceived influ-
ence.

Based on the nature of
politics, I am inclined to
believe Haiti’s 2004 upris-
ing was a political opposi-
tion capable of being led;
that good men chose to do
nothing allowing evil to pre-
vail. Unlike President
Mubarak who eventually
caved to the will of the peo-
ple and stepped down, Pres-
ident Aristide refused to be
moved short of being kid-
napped, which he said he
was.

President Mubarak had
seven months left on his
term; Aristide had 13. In the
case of Egypt, I am certain

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the people would have
asked themselves: why
should we respect the con-
stitutional process, which
should serve the will of the
people, and wait seven
months for an election,
when for decades Mubarak
has governed with little
respect for the constitution
or the people?

Somehow, President
Mubarak must have been
convinced that the protest
movement was no small
fraction or fringe group. It
was an honest representa-
tion of the people’s will. I
would imagine President
Aristide did not have those
same feelings.

Still, President Aristide
had many choices that could
have demonstrated a com-
mitment to the constitution-
al process and respect for
the will of the people. Pres-
ident Aristide insisted he
serve out his term, as Presi-
dent Mubarak originally
wished to do; he could have
chosen to stepped down
immediately as President
Mubarak stalled in doing.

Unlike Mubarak, who
had no choice of running in
the next election because
the public’s trust was so cor-
roded, President Aristide
could have stepped downed
voluntarily and offered him-
self again in the next elec-
tion. A win that time around
would have decidedly
silenced the critics. He could
also have asked to stay, but
chosen to call an early elec-
tion.

Power

Colin Powell once inti-
mated that President Aris-
tide had become arrogant
and unreasonable with his
allies, and probably his peo-
ple, which endeared him to
neither. I would not venture
as far as to compare him
with President Mubarak, but
I am inclined to believe
Aristide had on his mind
holding power at all cost for
the sake of his personal
pride and dignity.

President Mubarak has
demonstrated that while his-
tory will mark his inglorious
departure as a personal fail-
ure, it will write an inspir-
ing story of his country.
Egypt, a Muslim land, is
without a doubt the new
beacon of hope for freedom.
Egypt’s final colonizers still
govern its lands, but get this:
the beacon of light has
returned to Africa.

Haiti in 2004 had no such
story to tell. With American
and French fingers deep in
the pot, and Caribbean
interests contending for
influence, Haiti had its inter-
nal politics to deal with and
its external politics. Stability
was more important than
democracy for the Bahami-
an government, as well as
the French and American
governments. Instability
would mean a migration
influx for the Bahamas, and
economic losses for the
Americans and French.

So what happened? Aris-
tide somehow ended up on
an American government jet
headed to the Central
African Republic. Aristide’s’
ouster was the lowest com-
mon denominator of agree-
ment between the greatest
number of influential forces:
external interests and the
internal political opposition.
One could say the people
never determined Aristide’s
fate: their revolution was
hijacked.

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returns. Aristide left the country in 2004. (AP)

to Jamaica from the Central
African Republic and then
on to South Africa, where
he was granted asylum. We
will never know if he was
really kidnapped by the
United States or if he left
voluntarily. I think it is prob-
able he was pressured under
the threat of being other-
wise killed.

At the end of the day, our
best hope for knowing what
really happened is probably
Wikileaks. Short of that it
will be a perpetual, he said
she said game between self-
interested parties. What we
do know is that President
Aristide’s stronghold was
proven to be untenable, and
his departure did not lead
to national solidarity.

This brings us back to my
Starting point: politics is
dirty, deceptive, stubborn
and life altering. So much is
placed in the hands of our
political directorate, but in
the midst of their game play-
ing, their manoeuvring of
economic interests, we can
never be sure if they really
do right by us. And yet we
give them chance after
chance after chance, never
stopping to think that the
usefulness of a politician has
an expiry date.

Do our leaders do their
best to make a positive
impact in our lives or do
they just do enough to stay
in the game? Are they
morally, spiritually or intel-
lectually capable of know-
ing the difference?

These are questions for
all of us to contemplate,
because the actions and
inaction of our leaders can
change the course of history.
The whole world felt the
impact of America’s war-
mongering President
George W Bush.

There is no doubt, the
political instability in Haiti
has robbed its people of so
many opportunities. For all
of its natural wealth, the
financial resources of its
wealthy elite, its strong intel-
lectual foundations, rich cul-
tural heritage and prized his-
torical legacy, Haiti should
want for nothing.

Unfortunately this is not
the case. And the turbulent

conditions in Haiti com-
bined with our own politi-
cal game playing have
thwarted attempts at build-
ing a meaningful relation-
ship between next door
neighbours.

I imagine there is some
genuine interest, but as Mr
Sears explained, it is not an
easy road. The repeated
interruption of democratic
rule over the years has made
relationship building, for
example, a tightrope to
walk.

“In one of the negotia-
tions we had, I think it was
with Jean-Robert Estimé,
foreign affairs minister,
when he left, two weeks lat-
er he was out of office. In
fact, once we had to deal
with six to seven foreign
ministers in the space of four
years; it was not easy,” said
Mr Sears.

Leader

Regime change, at almost
any cost, has been ingrained
in the way “they solve their
problems,” said Mr Sears.
Virtually every political
leader is dead or outside the
country.

“These are intelligent
people. They know contin-
ued instability is the conse-
quence of unilateral inter-
ruptions of the democratic
process. You never give the
country a chance for those
issues to be set aside. That

is a dangerous phenome-
non we have witnessed,” he
said.

With all the lessons we
have to learn from Egypt,
Haiti and global politics is
there any hope of revolution
in the Bahamas? I think the
odds are against us and the
status quo will be our
accepted condition for some
time to come.

After all, we recently had
an Egypt opportunity, to use
the phrase loosely, and we
squandered it. I think it can
be summed up in the story
of the day the Prime Minis-
ter was driven from the
House of Assembly burning
tyres with no seatbelt on.

Barring the mass rally,
the biggest demonstration
of BTC unions was their

march to Parliament Square.
That was the day Parliament
ended early; members of the
governing party went flee-
ing and members of the
opposition jumped on the
bandwagon.

The actions of our leaders
was predictable, but that day
I watched in astonishment
as the people cowered to the
might of the state on two
fronts. The people amassed
in Parliament Square on the
street to the west and on the
bleachers to the north. They
were cordoned off by police
barricades and police offi-
cers. At one time, the front-
liners made a move to push
through the barricades and
march to the House. They
were successful, to a point.

When the “revolution”
started, half of the people
fled to the bleachers; they
held their position in the
comfort of their distance;
they divided the opposition.
Those were no Egyptian
revolutionaries. The efforts
of the frontliners was so con-
certed that had the people
stuck together, they would
have surly overpowered the
flimsy cohort of police and
made it to the House.

Sadly, they succeeded
only in pushing through to
the middle of the road.
What they demonstrated
was their lack of conviction
and their powerlessness. A
union member who had bro-
ken through the barricades,
said: "They have y'all cor-
ralled like a bunch of ani-
mals. That is how they have
you. Y'all look like a bunch
of animals.” It was true. The
police knew this, and they
also knew how incensory it
would be if the people real-
ized, so they told the pro-
tester to “stop that”. They
had their greatest momen-
tum that day and they
broke.

In Egypt the people were
prepared to die for their
cause and many of them did.
Those who survived stepped
into the shoes of the dead
without hesitation: them-
selves prepared to go all the
way. There was no shortage
of conviction or cohesive-
ness.

The other telling incident

that day had to do with
union’s action to the PLP
opposition. When the House
of Assembly was adjourned,
PLP members of parliament
congregated at the site of
the demonstration. They did
not cross the barricades to
join the union members;
instead, they hijacked the
moment. They assembled
their own impromptu press
conference by the south side
bleachers and sidelined the
unions and all their mem-
bers to put on their own
show. Of course the media
spotlight shifted to them,
and after all of the sound
bites and video footage was
collected the PLP left.
Again, that was expected.

Unions

The unions, they tried
sheepishly to compete for
the spotlight, shouting over
their bullhorns to the cor-
ralled mass of sorts.

People tend to forget: the
government is comprised of
the ruling party and the
Opposition.

After all, an ineffective
opposition makes for an
ineffective government.

The PLP opposition is no
real friend to the unions and
they should have told them
So.

Some of the present union
leaders admit; had they been
in power under the PLP
administration, they would
have opposed their “bad
Blue Water deal” back then
as well. But the unions
allowed their movement to
be hijacked on that day.
Egyptian revolutionaries
they are not.

In the weeks and months
ahead, the world will see
what Egypt makes of its rev-
olutionary moment. In the
meantime, I am sure, politi-
cians and wannabe revolu-
tionaries across the world
will continue with their trite
use of the Egyptian moment
to further their personal
objectives. The true revolu-
tionaries, hopefully, will
look beyond the rhetorical
gimmicks for the real lessons
of Egypt, Haiti and all of the
movements, past and pre-
sent.





MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011

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The stories behind the news





What can we learn

from Haiti and Egypt?

Lessons from 2004 and this year’s Middle East ‘ pro- -democracy movement’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls @tripunemedia.net

“Politics: A strife of inter-
ests masquerading as acon-
test of principles. The con-
duct of public affairs for pri-
vate advantage.”

— Ambrose Bierce,
American journalist,
Satirist.

I found this quote on the
e-mail signature of Philip
“Brave” Davis, deputy
leader of the Progressive
Liberal Party. Tribune edi-
tor in chief, Paco Nunez,
once used the same quote
as his e-mail signature.

I thought it unsurprising
in the latter instance since
Mr Nunez also has on his
desk a quote from another
American journalist, satirist
H.L. Mencken that says a
journalist is to a politician
as a dog is to a lamp-post.
But on Mr Davis’ signature,
I thought it was a classic case
of something hidden in plain
sight.

Like this timeless quote,
Egypt this month lifted the
veil on a fundamental nature
of politics: it is dirty and
deceptive; it is stubborn and
it is life altering. What we
also saw was an example of
what is possible when peo-
ple awaken, when they are
slapped into consciousness
and demand accountability
from the public masquer-
aders.

Some Bahamians have
already been swept up in the
Egyptian revolutionary
euphoria, but less their
nobleness and naivety lead
them astray, they should
know, it takes a lot more
than rhetoric to make a rev-
olution.

As the Egyptian story
unfolded over the past few
days and weeks, there was
something eerily familiar
about the plot. That is
because Egypt faced a test
that Haiti last took in 2004,
and we invigilated it from
across the waters. How well
Haiti passed is still up for
debate, and as the dust set-
tles on the Egyptian streets
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the “pro-democracy move-
ment” that is rippling across
the Middle East, have
lessons to teach us, about
the nature of our politics
and our people.

Government

The Indonesian people,
who themselves are familiar
with people’s revolution
responded to Egypt’s news
with cautious jubilation,
advising the Egyptian peo-
ple that the hard part had
only just began. Revolution
is a temporary moment. It
is the gust of wind repre-
sented by the hurricane, and
its seasonal occurrence is
nowhere near aS sure or
firm. Egyptians now have
the task of reconstructing a
government and giving birth
to the national dream.

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and revolution does not
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quantum leaps, but it is
unstable and it is transitory.
Evolution is the process of
growth and development in
all things as they transition
through the cycles of life and
death.

The world wishes Egyp-
tians well as they strive
towards their highest ideal.
They will need our best
wishes and much more. Giv-
en history, and the nature
of politics, success is a
Sisyphean task, and no mod-
ern democracy has accom-
plished it successfully yet.
Really: where in the world
has democracy truly given
birth to the national dream?

The truth is we live in an
unsustainable way that is in
direct conflict with our very
desire for success, whether it
is measured by democracy,
freedom for all, the end of
hunger and poverty, nation-
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capable, and sometimes dri-
ven, to exerting their peo-
ple power to bring about a
revolution. However, most
times political electorates
are like blind sheep being
shepherded and the politi-
cal directorate is like an abu-
sive lover. In their natural
state, and even after a revo-
lution when the dust settles,
people most often find
themselves beholden to their
leaders and powerless in the
evolutionary process of gov-
ernance and nation build-
ing.

Politicians

Last week I heard Fred
Mitchell, Fox Hill Member
of Parliament ask a group
of supporters, how we would
get young people like Andre
Rollins, PLP freshman,

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National Development Par-
ty absconder, their “Egypt
moment.” That was not sur-
prising to hear, politicians
are notorious band-wago-
nists. But what of this
“Egypt moment”: what does
Egypt and Haiti have to
teach us?

First of all, people are
rightly amused when they
hear politicians talk about
revolution. Egypt teaches us
that the nature of a true
people’s revolution is that it
is not given to the people.
The people make and take
the power. In the midst of
the revolution political lead-
ers are made virtually irrel-
evant.

The popular uprising in
Egypt was not led by its
political opposition. It was
a youth movement, wield-
ing people power. This
made it infinitely more dif-
ficult for a negotiated solu-
tion to have emerged,
because such a movement
has no allegiance to the

establishment and little
respect for any authority,
but its own vision of democ-
racy and freedom. It was not
surprising that the people
refused to negotiate with
President Mubarak. There
was no trust in his authority.

Ironically, the military
turned out to be the only
institution that held public
confidence. And it is the
military now tasked with the
responsibility of bringing
about democratic reform,
until constitutionally man-
dated elections are held.

Despite our faith in the
electoral process and repre-
sentational politics, political
leadership is no substitute
for people power or military
power for that matter. We
would definitely be telling a
different story today if the
popular uprising witnessed
in Egypt was a movement
born of the political oppo-
sition. Our next door neigh-
bour Haiti shows us why.

In 2004 a CARICOM
team, of which the Bahamas
was a party, travelled to
Haiti to meet with political
actors and help negotiate a
resolution to the political
unrest threatening the coun-
try’s stability. During the
2004 protest movement
there were calls for Presi-
dent Jean Bertrand Aris-
tide’s resignation.

Supporters

Joshua Sears, director
general at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, said there
was a Stand off between
opposition forces, who
“decided Aristide had to
go”, and supporters wanti-
ng the constitutional process
to be respected. President
Aristide’s term was to expire
in 13 months.

“They couldn’t wait 13
months; they wanted to kick
him out. The situation had
reached a point where the
violence had increased;
instability had overwhelmed
institutions; there was a
social breakdown of law and
order. If the parties don’t
agree there is no chance of

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By AVA TURNQUEST and KARIN HERIG Tribune Staff Reporters aturnquest@tribunemedia.net AFTER struggling with harrowing health and financial challenges over the past year, Consuela Thurston and her children who have been featured several times by The Tribune in recent months were yesterday dealt a tremendous blow. Mrs Thurstons husband and the father of five of her seven children died yesterday morning in hospital from cancer related complications. At this time, Tribune readers are asked to send their prayers, kind words, and any financial or emotional support they can, to assist the N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Sewage crisis hits Pinewood V olume: 107 No.75MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 77F LOW 68F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE12B S P O R T S What can we learn from Haiti and Egypt? SEESECTIONE Four-peat glory By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net MORE than one million gal lons of untreated waste fromr esidences in Pinewood Gar dens and its outlying areas is estimated to be overflowing daily. Pinewood MP Byron Woodside explained the spillage was a chronic problem for the Waste and Water Treatment Plant at Pigeon Plum Street, as it had become inundated by the load from both Pinewood Gardens and Lynden Pindling Estates. Water and Sewerage employees worked throughout the weekend to cap a spewing valve, unclog waste reservoirs and stem the flow of raw sewage into the community; which some residents fear has contaminated their water sup ply. Mr Woodside said: This has been going on from time to time for years, prior to my being elected to Pinewood, and I will seek within every means to have the matter dealt with with a degree of finality so it will not occur in the future. One million gallons of untr eated w aste o v erf lo wing dail y M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E THURSTON F AMILYOPENTHEIRHOMETOTHETRIBUNE STRUGGLING FAMILYS DARKEST HOUR AFTER DEATH OF FATHER FAMILYSSTRUGGLE: The youngest Thurston child, Brianna, two, points to a photo of her parents as her sisters Sarah, eight, and Brittiny, 10, and her mother Consuela look on. This weekend after church, the Thurston family opened up their home to Tribune readers. But later that day, the family would learn that Mr Thurston, 42-year-old husband and father, had died. Despite personal health challenges, Mrs Thurstons staunch faith, boundless optimism and positivity remains to be the source of strength for her family. Tribune readers are asked to send their prayers and support to the family during their darkest hour. SEESTORYABOVERIGHT T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f S EE page two By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@ tribunemedia.net THE PLP leadership is reportedly examining its options as to if or where they can run party newcomer Dr Andre Rollins in the next general election. Originally exploding on the political scene last year as a candidate in the Elizabeth by-election as the then leader of the National Development Party (NDP Rollins was heralded by some as a new powerful young politician who could go far if aligned with the proper party. Having now decid ed to launch his polit ical future with the PLP, par ty insiders said that they are GROUNDBREAKING on the $2.6 billion Baha Mar resort will begin today with construction expected to start immediately on the luxury resort. Today's ceremony signals the long-awaited start of a project which overcame many hurdles, including the loss of its first partner, Harrah's Entertainment, before signing a $2.5 billion financing arrangement with the Exportimport Bank of China and China State Construction and Engineering Corporation in March, 2010. Yesterday the opposition Progressive Liberal Party said it expects Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to thank PLP Leader Perry Christie for his early negotiations on Baha Mar, a project expected to revitalise the tourism product, during this morning's ceremony. "We hope that the Prime Minister has the decency and the respectfulness to acknowl edge tomorrow that his hostil ity to this project was wrong and that he ought to pay credSEE page 13 SEE page 12 PLP EXAMINING OPTIONS F OR DR ANDRE ROLLINS IN ELECTION PARTY NEWCOMER: Dr Andre Rollins By GENA GIBBS Bahamas Information Services IN a press release issued by Bahamas Information Services, the erroneous misquotes attributed to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux wrongly concluded that he has confirmed the source of the Betty K dock fire and the future use of the waterfront property. Minister Deveaux did not make any statement which said the Fire Marshall had concluded his investigations regarding the cause of the fire. Bahamas Information Services apology over fire press release SEE page 12 SEE page 12 BAHA MAR GROUNDBREAKING TO GET $2.6BN PROJECT UNDER WAY

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Thurston family during their darkest hour. Overwhelmed by grief, Mrs Thurston, who herself is a stage-four cancer patient, is now questioning how she and her children will be able to cope with this latest in what seems to be a never ending series of terrible hardships. Mrs Thurston, 38, was diagnosed with breast cancer, already in its advanced stage, in 2009. In November, her husband Peter, 42, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, another form of cancer that affects the immune system. The Thurstons have two boys and three girls, ages 10, nine, eight, six and two. Mrs Thurston had two daughters before her marriage. They are now 16 and 19 years old. Up until the emergence of their health challenges, the Thurstons were always able to care for their children. Only this weekend, Mrs Thurston told The Tribune that her family is now facing a new medical challenge; her nine-year-old son, Peter Jr, has just been diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition in which a persons spine is curved from side to side. Nurse Charlene McPhee, co-founder of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer support group, told The Tribune she first met Consuela two years ago through the groups treasurer. In an interview before Mr Thurstons death, Nurse McPhee said: Consuelas case is really such a difficult one. She has so many things coming at her at one time, besides her and her husband, there are the children. Shes carrying a load for everyone, but whos helping her to carry her load? Shes not checking for herself, and in spite of all of that you have to take some time out and think about yourself and what youre going to do for you. At this point, Mrs Thurston not only has to struggle with her husbands death and taking care of her children, but she is also facing some serious decisions about her own health. Mrs Thurston, whose kidneys are only working at 32 per cent capacity, will soon have to decide whether she wants to continue a painful course of chemotherapy. In an interview before her husbands death, Mrs Thurston, in a rare incidence of flagging optimism, broke down as she related her current health status. When you keep hearing bad news after bad news it really gets you discouraged. I dont care how much faith you have it really discourages you. It tries to break your faith, butI just have my faith and Im holding on to that because Im not giving up on that, Ill forever praise the Lord, she said. As it concerns the continuance of her chemotherapy, the mother of seven said she has not made up her mind yet. Its just a waiting period right now for me. Im not even sure if I even want to do this chemo. I really have to pray hard for this one. I need an answer. My liver is infected with the cancer. The cancer is just all over my body right now. It went to my bones to my head they told me they cant count all the tumours. As for what happens to her children when she can no longer be there to care for them, Mrs Thurston said she will let her younger daughters live with their 19-year-old sister and the boys with their aunt in Freeport. Nurse McPhee said: Right now this is not a money thing for her, its a time for hope and reassurance and just to know that people care, that there are people around her who care. Wouldnt it be won derful to know that the Bahamas is praying for her? Anyone who can provide any type of assistance to the Thurstons can contact Consuela at 544-3444 or donate to the Scotiabank branch on East Street and Soldier Road, account number 19303. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Struggling familys darkest hour after death of father F ROM page one T HE THURSTON FAMILY p osed for a family shot outside of their church, Miracle Revival Fellowship, o n Sunday morning. From left:Sasha, 16; Justin, 6; Brianna, 2; Sarah, 8; Peter, 9; and Brittiny, 10. T HE CHILDREN a re pictured above with their parents wedding photo. CONSUELA THURSTON holds up an X-ray of her eldest sons spine. Doctors have diagnosed 10-year-old Peter Jr with scoliosis.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net FIREFIGHTERS were called to the scene of two fires yesterday, with crews working into the night to extinguish smouldering rubble at the fireravaged Betty K Agencies and a grocery store blaze on Min nie Street. According to an officer in the control room at Police Fire Services, firemen were called to the destroyed Bay Street block yesterday evening to put out smouldering debris. The hot spot was extinguished around 6.22 pm the officer said. Firemen also worked to put out a fire at J D Food Store on Minnie Street but were unable to save the top floor of the two-story building and two adjacent wooden structures. When The Tribune arrived on scene around 6.30 pm, two trucks were on site as firemen directed water at the burning building. Officers were called to the scene shortly before 5 pm, The Tribune was told. It is believed that the fire began in an abandoned wood en building behind the grocery store and quickly spread to the adjacent shop and an unused shanty. Occupants The Tribune was told the occupants living on the destroyed second floor of the grocery store were not inside the building at the time of the fire and the food store was closed. "When we arrived we met a single-story wooden structure at the eastern side of the rear of the building fully involved, we attacked this fire aggressively however the fire was able to spread to a nearbyt wo-story stone structure w hich has a grocery store at the bottom and residence at the top floor. The top floor was extensively damaged, the fire was able to spread to another abandoned structure on the southern side and that was extensively damaged. "The fire fighters did a valiant effort to extinguish the fire however we were unable to and both abandoned structures were destroyed," said a firefighter on the scene. While The Tribune was on s ite, firefighters were in the "mop up stage" trying to extinguish remaining fires and smouldering areas. Firefighters were not wor ried that the blaze would spread to neighbouring build ings explaining that the fire had been contained. Grocery store damaged in fire POLICE are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains found on the shoreline of Dick's Point yesterday afternoon. At this stage, the Royal Bahamas Police F orce could not say if t he deceased was a vict im of foul play or died of natural causes. Up to press time, the victim's gender could not be determined. "At 3.30 pm (Sunday) the police control room received a call of skeletal remains found on the beach at the eastern end of Dicks Point. Officers responded and found the remains. .clad only in blue jeans," said Superintendent Ismella Davis, officer-in-charge of the eastern division, from the scene yesterday. Up to press time investigators could not say how long the remains were on the shoreline and were working to determine a timeline and cause of death. I nvestigations continue. B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas Antonio Rodrigue heard r eports of mistreatment and abuse of Haitians at the handso f the islands immigration officials as well as claims of w ork permit approval refusals during his visit to Grand Bahama on Saturday. The ambassador paid a courtesy call on local immig ration officials and met with members of the Haitian comm unity on the island. Grand Bahama has one of t he largest Haitian popula tions in the Bahamas, outside of New Providence. It was the ambassadors first visit to the island since taking up his a ppointment in October at the Embassy of the Republic o f Haiti in Nassau. Mr Rodrigue was sched u led to visit the Haitian communities in the Pinders Point and Eight Mile Rock settlements yesterday. I want to visit everywhere where there are Haitians. I need to see them; the way they are living, the place they are living and how things are going for them here. I have been doing that in Nassau (and because I feel when I know the situation I would be in a position to better assist them, Mr Rodrigue said. The ambassador spoke with The Tribune on Saturday evening at Mary Star of the Sea auditorium, where he Ambassador hears claims of immigration of ficials mistr eating Haitians POLICE are investigating a weekend armed robbery at McCartneys Pharmacy on Mount Royal Avenue. Early Saturday morning, two men one of whom was armed witha handgun entered the store and demanded cash. The gun-m an was said to have worn a green shirt, and his accomp lice a white shirt. The culprits fled east on foot with an undetermined amount of cash around 8.30am. Armed robbers target pharmacy POLICE are investigating two incidents of violent crime occurring at the Lodge Club o n Lewis and East Streets. One man was shot in both legs while another man was stabbed in his neck as a result of an argument that broke oute arly Saturday morning. The shooting victim was approached by a man, armed with a handgun, who was d ressed in a white shirt and black trousers, and who started to shoot at him. The stabbing victim, a 25year-old man from MontroseA venue, suffered his injuries after he got into an argument with a group of people. Both men were taken to h ospital by private vehicle and were said to be in stable condition as police investigations continue. Police probe club violence Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff GRIMFIND: Funeral home workers yesterday evening removed unidentified skeletal remains from Dicks Point. news BRIEFS Firefighters also put out smouldering rubble at Betty K Agencies SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND SEE page 13 FIREFIGHT: Firemen fight to put out a fire at J D Food Store on Minnie Street. They were unable to save the top floor of the two-story building and two adjacent wooden structures. TAKENAWAY: The remains are carried away.

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E ditor, The Tribune. W hy should the ticktack-toe building on Bay Street survive? Easy! Its part of the historic f abric that makes up the character of Bay Street. Its where Austin T. Levys Harrisville Compa-n y operated one of a chain of Hatchet Bay Farm milk stands. T he stand, with its wooden planked floor, sold local l y produced milk, eggs, ice cream and chicken. The icecream served in little cardboard containers with wooden paddle spoons played P ied Piper to many a child. H arrisville also owned charming tourist cottages, a food store and a yacht club in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera. It had its owni nter-island mail boat sys t em. It was the only compa n y to successfully run such an operation in the B ahamas. Mr. Levy put food on the Bahamas table a nd helped create full employment in Eleuthera, but he couldnt join theC hamber of Commerce because he was an Americ an Jew. My father, Theodore Damianos, the general manager of HatchetB ay Farms, couldnt join the Chamber because he was t he son of Greek sponge brokers. A second generation Bahamian, he too feltt he sting of ethnic discrimination. Many years later, when the PLP government bought Hatchet Bay Farms from theL evy Estate, they fired all the white Bahamians and expats, including my father. Hatchet Bay Farms, Prime Minister Pindlings triumph of the human spirit, subsequently collapsed because the new kids on the block were completely out of their depth. So theres a lot of history in that littleb uilding. Its a lovely cut stone b uilding. To get an idea of i ts potential, look at the beautifully preserved Dawson E Roberts chambers on t he corner of Shirley and Parliament Streets. The poor, bedraggled tick-tack-toe building tells a s tory, as do so many historic buildings. It should be incorporated in the plan to revitalize the old city of Nassau. H ello? Does anyone travel? Monuments to history, properly preserved and managed, are huge tourist m agnets. Athena Damianos N assau, February 16, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm OXFORD, Miss. Fast-moving world events remind us again how secrecy harms s ocieties and how critical the free flow of i nformation is to protecting citizens' rights. As Egypt descended into anarchy, revol utions were being spawned in other countries. Efforts to impose secrecy on unfolding events by shutting down the Internet anda ttempting to prevent news media from r eporting the story have failed and instead fueled the people's revolution. By closing off access to information, governments obscure the truth and avoid a ccountability to the public. But hiding behind a wall of secrecy to maintain power and preventing people from having a voice in matters affecting their livesc an cook up a volatile, toxic brew of frustrat ion escalating into violence. We don't have to pay the high price of risking lives and economic hardship as people in the Middle East who are fighting to force g overnment accountability and gain a voice in decisions and policies. B ut we must remain vigilant to challenge lack of transparency and work to improve a ccess to information. A growing number of Americans realize how essential it is to assume responsibility for keeping tabs on local and state govern ment within their communities. T hey understand that they have a real stake in decisions made by mayors, boards ofs upervisors, city councils, schools boards and other decision-makers who set policies and s pend taxpayer funds. But Americans trying to stay informed face considerable frustration despite the open meetings and public records laws. You go to a meeting, and members of the p ublic body zip through an agenda without deliberation or explanation. Or they immed iately adjourn for an executive session to discuss public matters privately. You ask to s ee minutes of meetings and are told they're not ready even months after the meeting. You're left in the dark and uninformed. But bills pending in the Mississippi Legisla ture could punish individuals who violate theo pen meetings law with fines from $500 to $1,000 and declare actions in illegal executive s essions null and void. Depending on what part of the state you live in, you could be s ocked with excessive search and copy fees for public records. Mississippi has no standard policy on how much can be charged, although the law states "actual cost." Bills have been introduced in the Legisla ture to address these problems, but indications are they are unlikely to pass this year. O ne solution would be to make public records available online in user-friendly, eas ily searchable databases. Online government transparency, in fact, is the new frontier attracting the interest of a v ariety of citizen groups around the U.S. who a re pushing for online databases on government spending at the state and local level. R esearch by the U.S. Public Integrity Research Group (PIRG that have responded to the accountability and accessibility challenge with electronicr ecords made available in user-friendly s earchable databases report positive outcomes. A PIRG 2010 report said states with this type of website "are saving money, restoring public confidence in government, and p reventing wasteful or pay-to-play contracts." These states have set up websites without much upfront cost according to the report, and PIRG explains how to do it. I n a time of economic hardship and major b udget cuts, the investment in online records of government expenditures could pay great dividends by reducing waste, deterring cor ruption and saving taxpayer money. M ississippi government is moving in the right direction in utilizing the Internet buth as a long way to go to catch up with other states. T he Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008 was a good step in providing information, requiring the state Department of Finance and Administration to put state expenditures online. A bill to amend the 2008 law introduced in the Legislature would strengthen this law ins everal ways, including expanding the data on expenditures online in searchable databases a nd making it available in a more timely manner without charge to the public. But much more information than spending could be put on the Internet to inform citi zens. Notices of upcoming meetings with a gendas, copies of minutes of meetings, bud gets, salaries and many other types of inform ation are routinely put online in other states. There are government officials in Miss issippi who are taking seriously their responsibility to be transparent in conducting public business. They have been pro-active in broadcasting public meetings, putting records, agendas, minutes and videos online, blogging a bout public business, utilizing Facebook and Twitter, opening up the budget decision-maki ng process and inviting citizens to share their ideas. The Internet has revolutionized the w orld. It's a powerful tool to inform citizens about government. Posting information online is efficient and saves time and money. Technology improves transparency and government accountability, and steps taken by Mississippi government to harness this tool are encouraging. ( This article was written by Jeanni Atkins, Mississippi Centre for Freedom of Informa tion). Historical importance of tick-tack-toe building LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Fighting govt secrecy an ongoing battle EDITOR, The Tribune. On hearing of the sudden passing of ACP Basil Dean a few days ago, I was deeply saddened. I retreated to my favourite spot under a shade tree in my garden and quietly recalled the many moments I spent with him as a young policeman during the late 1960s. 1958 was the last year in which the govern ment of The Bahamas sought recruits for the F orce from other countries in the Caribbean and South America. From 1960 onwards all Islands in the archipelago were canvassed for recruits to complement the ranks of the force. During the early and mid-60s the major por tion of the men recruited were from Cat Island. It was during this period that a massive campaign in public relations in all secondary schools in New Providence and the Family Islands was being conducted by the RBPF and the Kiwanis Club of Nassau. It was also during this period that many of the senior echelon of the Force during the 80s and upward were recruited, a number of whom served under my command in various sections of the force. These men were indeed, a breed, that are fast vanishing from the front lines of the security forces in this nation. Three from that era became Commissioners, B K Bonaby, Paul Farquharson and Reginald Ferguson, and in my humble opinion if it had not been for political insensitivity and inter ference, there was nothing to stop Basil Dean from achieving that feat. Like so many a good officer before him who, like him, were forced to take that path and like them, he is now being given the roses; but, alas, he is unable to smell them. Nathaniel Rolle, Ashton Miller and Basil Dean were Assistant Commissioners. T hese officers of whom I write were dedicated, hard working, loyal to the brand and incorruptible. With Basils sudden and inhumane depar ture from CDU and the force, a void was left that is still felt to this present time. The personal tragedy and indignities experienced by this fearless advocate of law and order did nothing to deter him from his goal of r idding our social system of the scourge of criminality. It is sad but true, that men of his quality and ilk are fast becoming extinct in our security forces of today. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau. February 16, 2011. ACP Basil Dean, one of a vanishing breed

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AFTER its launch in New Providence last November, the citizens action group We The People is now gearing up to start its work in Grand Bahama. The group the brainchild of Ed Fields, radio personality and Kerzner Internationals vice-president of public affairs has as its aim to galvanise public interest and involvement in the Bahamas devel opment. This coming Saturday, WTP will take its message to Grand Bahama. Grand Bahamians will have an opportunity to share in the vision of this community based organisation during its launch at the Regency Theatre starting at 7.30pm sharp. WTP promotes the empowerment of the masses, by encouraging and inspiring individuals to come togetherto find solutions to the myriad of problems affecting this nation, as opposed to waiting on the government or others to offer solutions, the group said in a press statement. According to the groups founders, WTP crosses political, racial and religious boundaries and brings together a diverse group of Bahamians, called the First Thirty the initial members of the organisation, among them Bishop Neil Ellis; businessmen Fred Hazelwood and Franklyn Wil-son; former Central Bank Gov ernor Julian Francis; former Director of Culture Dr. Nico lette Bethel and many others. WTP was officially launched in the Nassau on November 16, 2010.Since its formation, membership has increased from 30 to over 600. The association is a regis tered non-profit organisation whose membership is open to the general public, students, academia, business professionals, retired public officials, other institutions and associations and anyone who loves the Bahamas, the group said. Speaking at the WTP launch in New Providence, Mr Fields said: Are we a third party? Absolutely not. We might be called the Bahamian tea party. Our answer will be the tea party is about ideology, 'We the People' is about ideas. Some will classify us a think tank. That's okay too, except that in addition to thinking, we will be about doing. "Others will say we are an advocacy group, our response will be that we will advocate civility and constructive means of arriving at solutions, and then there are those that will define us as a pressure group. "Our mission will be to pressure our people to engage for the national good, rather than to depend on others for the quality of our collective welfare. "Call us any of these things, but most of all call us con cerned citizens Bahamians." LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette will lead a delegation to t he Twenty-Second Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Headsof Government of the Caribbean Community in St George, Grenada from February 25-26. He will represent the Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Prior to the Heads meeting, Mr Symonette will also participate in the F oreign Ministers meeting from February 23-24. He will be accompanied by Eugene Newry, First Assistant Secretary,Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sidney Collie, newly-appointed High Commissioner to CARICOM. Matters up for discussion include a report on the developments in relat ion to Haiti one year later since the devastating earthquake; the establishment of a Permanent Committee of CARICOM Ambassadors within a structure of the Caribbean Community; matters relating to the Caribbean Court of Justice; Financial stability relating to the British American and CICO issue as requested by St Vincent and the Grenadines; and the constitutional issue regarding the T urks and Caicos Islands. Major issues and recommendations from the Prime Ministerial and Sub Committee on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy; critical issues in the area of health and human development, towards the establishment of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA c limate change are also up for discussion. The Bahamas will specifically exchange views with Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma about sharing facilities in Geneva where The Bahamas is setting up office towards its accession into the World Trade Organisation. T here also will be recommendations as to who will succeed CARICOM Secretary General Edwin Carrington, who resigned in December 2010 after 18 years at the helm. Mr Symonette and his delegation will return to The Bahamas on Monday, February 28. Citizens action group We The People prepares for launch in Grand Bahama ED FIELDS speaks at the official launch of We The People in Nassau on N ovember 16. Deputy PM to lead delegation to CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings DELEGATION: Brent Symonette

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GRAND Bahama Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham p raised the work and investment of the principals of the Deep Water Cay Club in East Grand Bahama this weekend, as he officially opened the new and expanded development that provides employment for more than 40 Bahamians in the eastern part of the island. P rime Minister Ingraham said: I came to say to the people of East Grand Bahama, McLeans Town in particular, that youve got some wonderful people here who have invested substantial sums of money, who did what nobody else I know has done before a nd that is they paid your wages for a long period of time while they did not own the place they had no obligation to do so; they wanted to demonstrate that they were people with a heart and that they were interested in your welfare and your best interest. About two years ago, the Deep Water Cay Club considered a fixture in the highend bone fishing industry on Grand Bahama came under new ownership and management. Since then, approximately $10 million have been invested in the refurbishment, expansion and modernisation of the development. After meeting with the Government, the new investors undertook to upgrade the facility. Mr Ingraham also expressed his pleasure that the new investors are conservationists, persons who he said would work to ensure that the development provides no threat to the areas fish and marine life. There are many places in the Bahamas that would be envious of having this facility near them, he said. As a small place, this place is employing and providing income for 40 or 45 people these are the sort of things that we would like to encourage in our Family Islands. Prime Minister Ingraham affirmed his Governments support for the Deep Water Cay Club and pledged its commitment to enabling the devel opment to operate efficiently and successfully. Paul Vahldiek, co-owner of Deep Water Cay resort, said: We are thrilled to have the prime minister here to see the work we have done. We met two years ago to discuss our goals and I am very pleased to be able to show him the investment we have made on this beautiful cay. Some of the improvements made on Deep Water Cay include accommodation upgrades to seven oceanfront cottages, cell and internet service at the lodge and welcome centre and the addition of AJs dockside bar. Several guest homes have been added to the rental pool, thereby increasing the resorts occupancy capacity to 38 guests. As a convenience for guests and as a protection for the environment, a desalinisation and waste water treatment plant has been completed, management said. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C C a a r r e e e e r r o o p p p p o o r r t t u u n n i i t t y y f f o o r r a a n n a a m m b b i i t t i i o o u u s s c c a a r r e e e e r r o o r r i i e e n n t t e e d d i i n n d d i i v v i i d d u u a a l l F F U U T T U U R R E E L L E E A A D D E E R R S S D D E E V V E E L L O O P P M M E E N N T T P P R R O O G G R R A A M M M M E E T T h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s F F i i r r s s t t G G r r o o u u p p o o f f C C o o m m p p a a n n i i e e s s i i s s r r e e c c r r u u i i t t i i n n g g p p o o t t e e n n t t i i a a l l c c a a n n d d i i d d a a t t e e s s f f o o r r i i t t s s t t w w o o y y e e a a r r D D e e v v e e l l o o p p m m e e n n t t P P r r o o g g r r a a m m m m e e s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e d d t t o o b b e e g g i i n n S S e e p p t t e e m m b b e e r r , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 . 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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham is taken on a golf cart tour of the Deep Water Cay Club by project owners Sonja Engelhorn and Paul R Vahldiek, Jr. DEEP WATER CAY CLUB owner Paul R Vahldiek, Jr, shows Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham the facility's new infinity pool. S h a r o n T u r n e r / B I S

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UNDER the theme, Saving little hearts for 50 years, one beat at a time, the Heart Ball Committee celebrated the 47th annual Heart Ball and the 50th anniversary of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Heart Foundation at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award to Lady Camille Barnett. Lady Barnett is an associate professor at the College of the Bahamas in the School of Social Sciences. In 1989, she became a member of the Zonta Club of Nassau. It was through Zonta that she began her work of public charity. As a Zontian she helped establish the Gold-en Z Club at COB and the Z Club at St Johns College. Through Zonta, Lady Barnett helped in the establishment of the PACE Foundation, which is dedicated to helping teen mothers. She was a charter director of the National Art Gallery Board and served as a directorof the Gallery Board, during the period when Villa Doyle was refurbished and established as the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. Winner D espite these undertakings, she is best known for her work with the Bahamas AIDS Foundation. Again through Zonta, this years winner was a signatory to the documents establishing the Foundation in 1992. She has been a directorof the AIDS Foundation from i ts inception. For the past nine years she has also served asthe president of the AIDS Foundation and has in many ways been the face of that organisation to the communi-ty. Through her stewardship, the AIDS Foundation has w orked tirelessly to educate people, encourage prevention, overcome prejudices, provide support, and fund treatment and care to persons living with HIV/AIDS, the Heart Ball Committee said. Lady Barnett has been married to Sir Michael Bar n ett, Chief Justice of the Bahamas for more than 30 years, and is the mother of two daughters and the grandmoth er of one. In her acceptance speech Lady Barnett applauded her predecessors whose work she w as able to build upon. She also thanked her family for their support. R E Barnes, chairman of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas said in his presentation of the Golden Heart Award: When Lady Barnett took up thec ause of HIV and AIDS, she quickly realised that ignorance and bias were stopping us from doing our best to lessen the impact of this disease in the Bahamas. Through her commitment she has helped raise awareness which in turn has assisted dramatically inr educing the impact of HIV/AIDS on members of our community for almost two decades. He noted that there had once again been many worthy nominees, but this years winner stood out as a wonderful example of what a person can do when they set their mind to it. In addition to the Golden Heart Award presentation, the evenings other events were also deemed a success by organisers. According to Committee member Ingrid Sears, It was a fabulous evening. The patrons of the ball truly had a great time. Old friends and new friends all came out to show their support for the Heart Foundation, as we continue to raise funds to repair childrens hearts. My colleagues and I are very grateful and thankful t o all who have helped to make this event a great suc cess. We encourage you to c ontinue to lend your support as we move forward. I was most impressed with the new logo that I saw, said Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. The heart and the adult hand reaching out to help uplift a child. Not only does it extend to the heart, but the populous at large. The adult reaches down and pulls up. Children represent the future of the country. It is our responsibility to help to prepare them and protect them for the future. Dr Jerome Lightbourne, paediatric cardiologist, said there has been an evolution in heart care in the Bahamas. Senator Dr Duane Sands, cardiologist, further expanded and said that things have continued to evolve, and continue to get better. Professionals I can only imagine that the next generation of Bahamian professionals will take this to an even higher level, he added. M r Barnes, who is also the nephew of the late Lady Sassoon, said, Im very proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Foundation. We are also cognisant that it is because of the Bahamian public, that their support has made this all possible to help these children who need heart care. We thank the Bahamian public and the Bahamian business community for their support over the past 50 years. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Heart Ball top award goes to Lady Camille Barnett R E BARNES chairman of the Heart Foundation, presents Lady Camille Barnett the 2010 Golden Heart Award.

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B ySIR RONALD S ANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) SINCE the late 1970s a nd until recently, the economy of Guyana has been the sick man of the Caribbean falling second only to Haiti as the poorest country in the region. Much of that has changed, a nd the economy looks set to change for the better even more. T he improvement in Guyanas economic circumstances will have seve ral beneficial effects. A mong them will be a r eversal of the migration o f people from Guyana to o thers parts of the C aribbean and, indeed, the world. This trend has already begun to happen, particularly from Caribbean countries. More than 80 per cent of G uyanas tertiary educate d people live outside of Guyana; a return of a fract ion of them would help to a ccelerate economic activi ty and the rate of growth. Apart from the remigration of Guyanese toG uyana, if the economy continues on its upward trajectory, the country could also become a magnet for nationals of other Caribbean countries, fulfilling its promise as the l and of the future for the C aribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). A richer Guyana would be good for CARICOM asa whole in other ways. Already, the share of Guyanas imports from CARICOM countries has increased and, as the econ-o my expands and advances creating a better-off population, that share willi ncrease still further helping to sustain employmenta nd revenues throughout t he regional grouping. Between 2006 and 2010, Guyana enjoyed average economic growth of 4 per c ent an enviable achievement among CARICOM countries, the majority of w hose economies have c ontracted especially since t he global financial crisis t hat started in late 2008. Economy T he Guyana Finance Minister, Ashni Singh, a ttributes the growth in the e conomy to several factors, among them being the d iversification of the prod uctive sector; studied gove rnment policy decisions to generate activities that have a mutliplyer effect int he economy; and the creation of a stable environment for doing business. In terms of the business environment, Singh emphasizes that Guyana enjoys exchange rate stability, low and decliningi nterest rates, and a low r ate of inflation. These factors give exist i ng and new investors a p latform of predictability for planning their businesses. In his January budget, Singh also lowered corpo-r ate taxes by 5 per cent to 40 per cent for commercial companies and 30 per centf or manufacturing firms. There is certainly clear e vidence of investment in t he economy. The construction industry is booming across the country in housing, factor ies and office buildings. In turn, construction is spinning-off other growth a reas in the supply of m aterials, transportation, a nd also in the spending by t he work force on cons umption food, rent, c lothing and so on. Guyanas debt to GDP ratio is now around 60 per cent, considerably lower than many CARICOMc ountries whose ratios are more than 100 per cent, a nd its foreign reserves represent five months of its import requirements. T his is remarkable not only because many CARIC OM countries are seeing their foreign reserves dwindling, but also because of t he years of cutting back on imports that Guyana s uffered because of insufficient foreign earnings. A striking development in social terms is the steady increase in governmente xpenditure directed at old age pensioners and other vulnerable communities. US$20 million is now ded i cated to these communities, again with a mutiplyer effect in the economy since these funds are spent on consumption. In the current budget, the government has also a llocated US$300 million t o building roads, bridges, s chools and hospitals; a s um twice as large as it was f ive years ago and which p rovides much needed pubic goods as well as employment, consumer spending and workers savings in banks. Infrastructure A significant developm ent in Guyana has been t he use of Information Technology. More than 2 ,000 computer literate G uyanese young people, m ostly women, are employed in call centres providing services to com-p anies located in countries a s distant as Australia. Experts suggest that the sector could employ asm any as 6,000 people by 2013 given the fact that Guyana is English-speaking and its telecommunica t ions infrastructure is improving to provide faster broadband service. The salvation of Guyana h as been in its natural resources, and the diversi fication of its productive base to exploit these resources more effectively. Twenty years ago, G uyana depended almost e ntirely on export earnings from sugar, rice and bauxite. T oday, while these three c ommodities remain i mportant, the agricultural sector has been diversified and Guyana is now a net e xporter of agricultural products. B ut, it is its other resources, especially gold, that has made a differencei n recent years, and will catapult the countrys econ omic growth in the future. For instance, last year the country earned U S$346.4 million from g old, almost three times t he sum it earned from bauxite (US$114.6 m ar (US$104 m (US$154.6 m Singh is confident that as early as this year the countrys gold sector is set for catalytic investment on an unprecedented scale that will earn the countrye ven greater revenues w hile introducing new technology that conforms to the high environmental standards that Guyana has set as part of its policy to employ a low carbon development strategy. A nd then there is oil. Studies done by the United States indicate that the basin off-shore Guyanac ontains rich reserves of oil. This possibility is now being explored by several oil companies, large and s mall, and there is even on s hore exploration. It is almost a creed amongst Guyanese that it is only a m atter of time before oil s tarts to flow. M easured by its rich natural resources, its recent economic performance, a nd the investments set to be made in gold and oil, G uyanas economic prospects and the contribution it can make toC ARICOM look healthy and heartening. 2 011 is an election year in Guyana. So far, there is no sign of anything but a p eaceful process. T he political parties are e ach engaged in trying to identify a candidate for the nations Presidency. There are five known candidates in the ruling Peoples Progressive Party and a similar number in the main opposition Peoples National Congress. By mid-March both part ies would have chosen t heir candidate in process es which have been inter nally rancorous but have shown no sign of erupting into national strife. There are smaller political parties, including the Alliancef or Change which has a set tled candidate. Elections have to be held by November, and thec ampaigning season will start in earnest by April. Whichever party wins t he Presidency and forms t he government, it will inherit an economy that is stronger than it has ever been with every indicatorf or greater growth. For Guyana the fabled land of El Dorado may b e in sight at last if this election is conducted by mature democratic stan dards and the new govern ment uses the countrys resources for the benefit of all, especially its disadvantaged. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com P AGE 8, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM El Dorado may be in sight at last WORLDVIEW A A s s i i g g n n i i f f i i c c a a n n t t d d e e v v e e l l o o p p m m e e n n t t i i n n G G u u y y a a n n a a h h a a s s b b e e e e n n t t h h e e u u s s e e o o f f I I n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n T T e e c c h h n n o o l l o o g g y y . 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T HE Bahamian featurelength family film Wind Jammers was screened for the first time in Grand Bahama on February 12 at the new C anal House conference cent re of the Pelican Bay Hotel t o a sold-out audience. Families enjoyed complimentary popcorn provided by Pelican Bay and had a chancet o meet and get autographs from the star of Wind Jammers, Justice von Maur. B oth co-directors, Kareem M ortimer and Ric von Maur, were in attendance along with actors Moya Thompson andC laudette Cookie Allens. I am so glad we were invited to show the movie in G rand Bahama, and everyo ne was so nice. I really enjoyed sailing with the kids at the Grand Bahama Sailing C lub the day following the screening, said 15-year-old Justice von Maur, who l earned to sail when she was t en. Methice Rigby sang the national anthem and guests w ere welcomed by Pelican Bays general manager, Magnus Alnebeck. Pelican Bay is happy to h ave sponsored this event, and the Grand Bahama Sailing Club in extension. We are looking forward to seeing more young Grand Bahami ans being introduced to the s port of sailing, said Mr Alnebeck. Donna Mackey spoke on behalf of the Ministry of T ourisms Film Commission a nd shared her delight to have h ad the opportunity to work with director Kareem Mort imer on various occasions over the years as he has made his way up the ladder to nowb eing a director with several movies under his belt, in particular his multi-award winning film Children of God which is set to be out on DVD later this year Mr Mortimer shared his t houghts on the screening by saying, It was great playing the movie to another Bahamia n audience. We were very pleased to see how the community sup p orted this event and it was wonderful to have such a great turnout. A brief question and a nswer session with the cast t ook place after the film and t hen David Valentine of the Grand Bahama Sailing Club i nvited everyone out for the following days Sunday Sailing while also providing informa t ion on the sailing programmes they have available on the island. Chris Paine, co-founder of the Sailing Club, said: It was great to meet the cast and directors of Wind Jammersw hich added much to the actual showing of the movie. The GBSC is enormously g rateful to the Bahamas W eekly team who put together the entire event and have b een extremely generous in donating most of the proceeds to the Club which in turn will support the Junior Sailingp rogramme. Wind Jammers is an i ndependent film about a girls coming of age experie nce while learning to sail in the Bahamas. It was shot almost entirely in Nassau andw as written by Ric von Maur, Elliot Lowenstien and Michael Ray Brown; producers were Nick Huston, Paul Jarrett and Kareem Mortimer. We all worked long and h ard on this movie and it is all worth it when we hear the great responses. Many thanks to Pelican B ay for hosting the event at their conference center; the G rand Bahama Ministry of Tourism for their support; and the Bahamas Weekly for organising it all, said co-d irector Ric von Maur. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. Bahamian movie Wind Jammers screens in Grand Bahama to a sold-out audience WIND JAMMERS screened in Grand Bahama on February 12 in aid of the Grand Bahama Sailing Club (GBSCl-rv on Maur, lead actor; David Valentine of the GBSC; Claudette Cookie Allens, actress; and Kareem Mortimer, co-director. STAR of Wind Jammers, Justice von Maur, took in some sailing at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club the day after the screening. The local sailors challenged her to a race, and she was able to come in fourth. P h o t o / T h e B a h a m a s W e e k l y

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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CUSTOMER NOTICEScotiabank (Bahamas that with recent enhancements to our service network all Merchant Customers have been upgraded to the Scotiabank VX510 POS terminals for credit card processing services. These new terminals provide enhanced levels of security and ensure easy upload of the newest operation features offered by Credit Card Companies and facilitate ongoing upgrades for the processing of transactions. All new features being rolled out by the Credit Card Companies will be fully functional on these new terminals. Some of Scotiabanks card services are available exclusively on these new terminals (ie.Debit/Credit cards). These services on the Scotia Network are no longer available through the Tripoint Terminals. Your current Merchant Services Agreement with Scotiabank remains unchanged. Should you have any questions/concerns regarding the new terminals and the features we invite you to contact us at 242-356-1647 or by email at bsbsc.merchantsupport@scotiabank.com. THE Grand Bahama c ompany Paint Fair has introduced several new prog rammes to encourage persons to preserve and protect their homes, businesses a nd communal areas. Since the inception of the K eep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC F air has been a staunch s upporter helping to spread the message of reduce, r euse and recycle, campaign officials said. Keeping our island clean is in our best interests it protects all of our liveli-h oods and the future of our children and their child ren, said Paint Fair general manager Lesley Baptista. What we think is important is for everyone to realise that small steps can add up to make a big diff erence, the key is to start. Initial steps the company has taken include reducingw aste by eliminating it in the first place. Ms Baptista said they offer customers the best information possi-b le at the outset regarding not buying more paint or accessories than is really needed. A dditionally, Paint Fair s aid it is committed to providing environmentally friendly, durable products. K GBC chairperson Nakira Wilchcombe praised Paint Fairs commitment to the campaign. We are thrilled to have such concerned green citizens as Paint Fair as a KGBC partner. They havea lways demonstrated a keen desire to positively i mpact the community and this is evident in the expert a dvice and quality products that they offer when it comes to protecting thee nvironment, she said. Of particular note is the c ompanys Reuse Paint Depot where individuals c an drop off excess or lefto ver paint. Launched in late 2009, t his partner programme with KGBC provides a place for persons to bring in used or excess paint to be passed on to those inn eed or to be properly disposed of. A ccording to Ms Baptista, after passing proper inspection, the donatedp aint is then given to various beneficiaries such as schools, churches and vari ous organisations. We never re-blend the d onated paint with our new stock, nor do we recycle it, b ut it is given to those in need to support community projects, she said. S tudent entrants in the KGBC Downtown Mural C ompetition were recently on the receiving end of this i nitiative. P aint Fairs Reuse Paint Depot made donations to s chool art departments and young artists used the paint to produce award-winning pieces for the contest. Ms Wilchcombe further n oted that Paint Fair has also been a major supporter o f the Downtown Turnaround Project which the Grand Bahama PortA uthority launched in 2009. Ms Baptista offered sev eral eco-friendly tips for local paint consumers: Use i t try to use up any leftover paint by adding an e xtra coat for richer colour and extra protection, or use paint to give new life to fur-n iture and accessories that could use a facelift; share i t as long as paint is in good condition, swap it w ith a friend or neighbour; c lean up water-based paint, brushes and access ories can be cleaned with water, and solvent cleaners (for oil paints strained and reused after cleaning brushes, rollerse tc; dry it out latex (water-based d ried up with paint hardener, sand, newspaper or cat litter and then safelyt hrown away; deliver to your local paint depot if you cant use it up, bring it in to be passed on. PAINT FAIRS REUSE PAINT DEPOT Persons wishing to support o n-island community projects can donate left-over or excess paint to t he Reuse Paint Depot. Inspecting containers of donated paint before passing them on are (l-r B aptista, store manager and sales representative of Paint Fair. Firm launches initiatives to keep Grand Bahama clean PAINT FAIRS sales associate Bridgette Storr (left e ral manager Lesley Baptista arrange assorted displays. K K e e e e p p i i n n g g o o u u r r i i s s l l a a n n d d c c l l e e a a n n i i s s i i n n o o u u r r b b e e s s t t i i n n t t e e r r e e s s t t s s i i t t p p r r o o t t e e c c t t s s a a l l l l o o f f o o u u r r l l i i v v e e l l i i h h o o o o d d s s a a n n d d t t h h e e f f u u t t u u r r e e o o f f o o u u r r c c h h i i l l d d r r e e n n a a n n d d t t h h e e i i r r c c h h i i l l d d r r e e n n . P aint Fair general manager Lesley Baptista

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By LLONELLA GILBERT B ahamas Information Services WOMEN have proven over the years that they have the stamina to withstand challenges and the perseverance to stay the course to achieve desired goals and unite for a common cause, M inister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner said. However, there is a need for wider participation and commitment from women who are in a position to help others still facing social and economic challenges, Mrs Butler-Turner explained d uring her keynote address at the Positioning Women for Promotion and Prosperity seminar organised by the Bahamas Public Services Union Womens Association on Thursday. For women to prepare for promotions and prosperity, they must take advantage of opportunities to get a more formal education, through such institu tions as the College of the Bahamas and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, she said. While on the job experience is a valuable asset for upward mobility, the possession of educational qualifications will certainly place one at a distinct advantage, Mrs Butler-Turner said. This sometimes involves sacrifices, which include time and money, she added. This will have to be balanced with your other responsibilities, especially those of your family. Then there is a cost involved and many may not want to expend the money or may have to forgo something else, but in the long run it will be money well spent, Mrs Butler-Turner said. Living above their means is another thing standing in the way of many female public ser vants achieving promotions and prosperity, she stressed. Too many of our people including public officers, have chosen the easy path of salary deductions to obtain almost everything. Far too many of us are spending more than we makeand this is creating untold strain in our homes and even on the job, Mrs Butler-Turner said. Similarly, too few Bahami ans have chosen the path of saving money, showing financial prudence and plain common sense, which though difficult leads to peace of mind. The Minister of State noted that promotions require hard work. If you wish to be promoted you have to work harder and smarter than those around you. Preparing for a promotion involves a change in thinking and attitude, which means going the extra mile, paying attention to details, performing additional duties when necessary even though they may not be part of your job description without having to be asked or told, she said. When it comes to becoming prosperous, Mrs Butler-Turner told the women participating in the seminar that it is important to be industrious, control expenses and save a portion of earnings. Finding new ways to spend money is always easy, but finding ways to save is hard. It takes effort to manage ones moneyw isely, and my advice to you is to be honest and realistic in respect to your needs versus your wants. Take care of your needs rather than your wants, Mrs ButlerTurner said. Women from throughout the public service and some private firms heard from such diverses peakers as former Permanent Secretary and diplomat Missouri Sherman-Peter speak on Preparing Women for Public Life; co-founder of the GEMS Radio Station Debbie Bartlett on Climbing the Corporate Ladder; Rev Anna Russell on Working Women Pursuing aP urpose and Dr Ismae Whyms from the Public Hospital Authority on Quality Assur ance on Work Ethics. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Women have proven they can unite and withstand challenges MINISTER OF STATE in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner delivers the keynote a ddress at the one-day Public Services Union Womens Association Seminar on Positioning our Women for Promotion and Prosperity at the BCPOU Hall WOMEN from the Public Service as well as some private firms attended a one-day Public Services Union Womens Association Seminar on Positioning our Women for Promotion and Prosperity. Patrick Hanna /BIS

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Excess water and waste exploded from the overworked plant on Friday, bringing increased urgency to scheduled corrective actions planned by WSC. Mr Woodside told The Tribune that residents started to contact him concerning the nauseating odour that emanated from the area in December. After consulting Minister of State for Public Works Phenton Neymour, and also penning a follow-up letter, Mr Woodside said he was contacted by the WSC on January 31. Mr Woodside said: The letter said that last year both wells failed, which led to spillage onto the site causing the odour. Both wells were cleared on December 26 and put back into service. It was said that the odour would have receded over time. In response to increased concerns by residents, Mr Woodside said he also contacted the Department of Environmental Health, after which a public analyst was dispatched to assess the matter. He (public analyst to the fact that it was clear that there was a nuisance to the residents because of the unsightly appearance of the plant, Mr Woodside said, the hydrogen sulfide smell, water accumulation, overgrown vegetation and signs of indiscriminate dumping. The public analyst recommended consistent odour treatment of the area by DEH; no dumping signs; land elevation and for the valves at the plant to be raised; and a new deep injection well for the expansion and improvement of the facility, which should be enclosed by a concrete wall. The official also advised that the property should be cleaned on a regular basis, to remove solid waste and keep vegetation under control. Mr Woodside said: The matter was brought to my attention and I sought to have it dealt with by the appropriate agencies. At my monthly meeting, I outlined to residents the reports by the Department of Environmental Health and the statement from the Water and Sewage Corporation towards corrective action. The Water and Sewage Corporation was said to be in the tender process for the construction of a new disposable well. Contracts for the well, which will be 10 inches in diameter and 600ft deep, are expected to be awarded at the end of March. Mr Woodside also explained that the corporation planned to erect security fencing as it prepared a proposal to build, own and operate a new facility at the location. As the various agencies work to improve and restore operations at the plant, Mr Woodside said he planned to investigate why the site property was never turned over to the Bahamas government. Mr Woodside added: The Water and Sewage Corporation has charge of the plant, but the property is owned by Arawak Homes Limited. Im concerned with the fact that on the site, and also the surrounding area, the property owned by Arawak Homes is being used for indiscriminate dumping. In response to the health concerns expressed by some residents, Mr Woodside said that he has also alerted the Ministry of Health. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Nor did Minister Deveaux announce that the site of the fire would become a public greenspace. We regret any misunder standing that resulted from the claims in a BIS release that was published in Friday's Tribune Yesterday Fire Marshall Supt Jeffrey Deleveaux reas sured fire victims, the public, and the Government that inves tigations into the cause of the Kellys Dock fire are inconclusive.He stated it would take months before a complete report will be available to the public. The investigations are ongoing now and we have not put a cause to it, that is what may have caused or may not have caused the fire, said Supt Deleveaux, Director of Fire Services. Presently the investigations are ongoing and basically thats it. We do not have a cause at this time.The point of origin of the fire, we do not know as yet. Supt Deleveaux said that investigators would probably take months to be certain they have covered all areas of the investigation before publishinga comprehensive report. He added that they cannot come up with a conclusion until after investigations have been completed. We have taken a number of statements, but the employees from Betty K have not presented themselves to us to give a statement.We would welcome those persons definitely, said Superintendent Deleveaux. Let them come and do a statement for us.We would like to know.We would like to clear it up. As it is now, we are just searching for information. Fire Marshall Deleveaux was at the Kellys Dock fire from the beginning of the fire. FROM page one Bahamas Information Services apology over fire press release it to the leader of the PLP for the visionary leadership in approving this project during the time he was prime minister," said the statement. The $2.5 billion project is expected to include 3,000 rooms, a 100,000 square foot casino, two signature spas and a third world-class destination spa, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, 200,000 square feet of meeting space, 3,000 feet of continuous beach front, a 20-acre beach and pool experience and a 35,000 square foot retail village w ith upscale shopping, chef-branded restaurants and entertainment venues. Earlier this month Baha Mar's senior vice-president of government and external affairs Robert Sands told The Tribune that the general contractor for the development, China State Construction and Engineering Corporation, have arrived in the coun try. Company officials are being housed in one of Baha Mar's two hotels, the Wyndham Nassau Resort or the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Planning continues on a pre-fabricated housing complex that will be constructed on the grounds of the old Hobby Horse race track to house the majority of the thousands of Chinese labourers who will enter the Bahamas to work on the project over the course of its development. Developers anticipate creating over 8,000 new jobs for Bahamian workers across all sectors of the hospitality industry. F ROM page one BAHA MAR GROUNDBREAKING E MPLOYEES f rom the Water and Sewage Corporation are pictured above working at the Water and Waste Treatment Facility at Pidgeon Plum Street, Pinewood Gardens yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff FROM page one Sewage crisis hits Pinewood

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By CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER The odds of you being victimized by crime while in a public places is low. H owever, your personal s afety is at risk anytime you g o out. For this reason you must protect yourself. Remember, criminals often plan crimes and look for the right opportunity with the easiest victim. Your best defence is to p lan ahead. Being safer doesnt require changing your lifestyle, personality wardrobe or to stop going out. The following crime prevention measures to are provided to increase your personal safety and security. A T HOME Have your key in hand w hen approaching the e ntryway W ait outside if anything looks unusual (i.e. open door or broken window) Give the hide-a-key to a trusted neighbor No personal identification o n key rings C hange the locks if you l ose your house keys A UTOMATED TELLER M ACHINES (ATM Memorize your personal identification number H ave everything ready b efore arriving B e aware of people loitering and sitting in parked cars who may be watching customers transact business. Never use an ATM after dark W HILE WALKING Avoid walking alone. Be confident & walk with purpose Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated a reas, alleys and vacant lots. W alk facing traffic to see a pproaching cars E arphones make you less a ble to sense potential dang er. K eep valuables in an inside pocket and hold your purse under your arm so they are harder to snatch PUBLIC T RANSPORTATION L ocate well-lit and freq uently used bus stops Do not wait alone Sit near the driver on buses Immediately report incidents of verbal or physical harassment to the driver o r to and to the police WHILE DRIVING Keep your car in good running order Plan your route in advance Drive with the doors l ocked and windows rolled up C arpooling is a safe altern ative to driving alone D ont stop if another driv er tries to force you off t he road AT WORK Get involved with improving work place security Walk to and from the p arking areas with other p eople A void using the isolated and deserted stairways If a suspicious person follows you into or is already in an elevator, get out immediately Check rest rooms before l ocking the door WHEN PARKING Choose well-lit parking areas Keep valuables and packages locked in the trunk A lways remove the keys and lock the doors B e alert in underground or e nclosed parking garages W HEN SOCIALISING A dvise someone of your r oute before leaving Carry proper identification Vary your route and schedule so you are not predictable A void outdoor activities a fter dark C arry the necessary tools in case of an emergency Carry a personal alarm Should you be a victim of crime, please do not resist but take note of the descript ion of the culprit e.g. his a ppearance, clothing, height, physical details and the direction or mode of escape. Call the Police as soon as it is safe to do so. I f you come across any suspicious person(s i ng around your business or h ave any information pert aining to any crime, please d o not hesitate to contact c all the police emergency a t or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence), 1-300-8476 (Family Islands) LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM held a forum with Haitians to introduce himself and to hear their concerns. During the two hour meeting, he said Haitians had expressed concerns about a number of things, including the inefficient service at the Haitian Embassy, claims of mistreat ment and abuse during appre hension exercises, and work permit related issues. Ambassador Rodrigue held a Consular Clinic to assist persons with issues concerning passports, birth certificates, and other legal documentations. He also took time to meet with reli gious leaders and pastors in the Haitian community. The ambassador felt it was also very important as well to pay a courtesy call on immigration officials here. I think when you know people you can have better dis cussions, and my job would be easier when people know me and I know them, he explained. Mr Rodrigue noted that Haitians have complained about the treatment they receive from immigration and other law enforcement officers in Freeport. The way they are treated when immigration apprehends them, some complain about mistreatment or abuse they receive during the operation, and they feel they are not treat ed with dignity and basic human rights, he said. The refusal of work permit renewal and the short time peri od given to leave the country, especially for those Haitians who have been working and living in the country for many years, was also a concern. They say sometimes they can have 10, 12 or 15 work per mits and suddenly they say (immigration renew it. They have 21 days to leave the country without the possibility to take anything, their belongings or money they have in the bank, he said. Ambassador Rodrigue noted that the Haitians who have been told to leave the country also expressed concern about their contributions to the National Insurance Board. They say after contributing all this time they have to leave the country and they cant get any money they contributed, he added. When asked whether he was concerned about the repatria tion of illegal Haitians, Ambas sador Rodrigue said sending them back will make things worse in Haiti. I am concerned about repatriation due to the situation in Haiti, Ambassador Rodrigue said. All those people are going to aggravate the situation and especially those going back with children. Often times they send the parents with the kids, and you have some kids who have lived here since they were born; they dont know Haiti, they have been to school here and have to return after 10 or 12 years here in the Bahamas and they cannot go back to school because they cannot speak the (Creole very difficult situation for them, he said. But, I have to agree that people in that situation if they are caught they have to be repatriated, I cannot say any thing about that, that is the law. If they are caught the Government of the Bahamas is going to repatriate them so thats a thing the Embassy cannot interfere, except that in the treatment that we see. I think whether they are arrested for whatever reason, there is a kind of treatment they (Haitians Mr Rodrigue was pleased with the turn out. I feel they are supportive of what I am doingand they can expect better service now, he said. He said they have appointed a voluntary agent Lorena Ciceron Jusma in Freeport who is not paid to receive passport applications and send them onto Nassau. Ms Jusma can be contacted at 533-7632, 3743288, or 352-1182. FROM page thr ee AMB ASSADOR HEARS CLAIMS OF IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS MISTREATING HAITIANS working to ensure that the young politician was properly rewarde for his decision. We often dont know how to treat our own, so we dont want to make the same mistake here again, the party insider said. Currently there are a few seats being discussed that could be offered to Dr Rollins amongst them: Bamboo Town, Pinewood, Montagu, St Annes, Long Island, and South Eleuthera. However, according to sources within the party the most likely s eat where the young politician would have the greatest possibility of winning may be in the Family Islands preferably in South E leuthera. Having just switched over, he might face a harder fight in New Providence from that standpoint. People here may be less forgiving than on the Family Islands where the particular needs of each constituency far outweigh the personality or history of the candidate. While obviously constituents will care about who ultimately will b e representing them, they are just as concerned about the quality of that representation. The PLP this lap around will have the obligation to run not only the best candidate in each seat, but the best candidate who can assist the party from a national stand point particularly if that candidates age and experiences can be used in comparison to what is not being offered in the FNM, he said. At this point the next great battle, the source said, would be to convince an incumbent MP such as Oswald Ingraham whethero r not it would be in the larger national interest of the party to have a younger unknown candidate seek the seat he currently holds purely from a strategic standpoint of offering the populace change and youth. The message must be seen and not just heard. We cannot simply talk about being the party of change and progress without showing voters that we are actually about that. We must lead by example, and I think the voting public will see that in 2012, he said. ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE:PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS F ROM page one DR ANDRE ROLLINS IN ELECTION

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I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 14, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM W ASHINGTON Associated Press A RABand Muslim leaders facing pro-democracy protests need to lead thew ay rather than resist r eform, a senior U.S. diplom at said Sunday while condemning violent crackdowns a gainst demonstrators in Libya, Algeria and Yemen. Susan Rice, the U.S. a mbassador to the United N ations, said the Obama administration was "very concerned" about reports t hat Libyan security forces had fired on peaceful protesters in the eastern city ofB enghazi. A Libyan physic ian told The Associated Press that at least 200 people had been killed in six days of demonstrations against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. We've condemned that violence," Rice told "Meet the Press" on NBC televi sion. "Our view is that in L ibya as throughout the region peaceful protests need to be respected." A l Jazeera television reported Sunday that protesters in Benghazi hads eized army vehicles and w eapons, that the police academy had been set ablaze and that some sol-d iers had joined the demon strators. Libya's response to opposition demonstrationsi s shaping up to be the most brutal since uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt began spreading across the region. R ice said that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodh am Clinton and other top administration officials last week pressed the govern-m ent of Bahrain to back off after an assault by police on protesters in the capital'sP earl Square. Five were killed and some 230 wounded after riot police stormed the demonstrators' makeshift camp at night, wielding clubs and firing tear gas. "We've been very clear with our partners in Bahrain that they ought to exercise restraint, that there's no p lace for violence against peaceful protesters there or anywhere else," Rice said. She said Bahrain officials had apparently responded, citing reports that military forces had been withdrawn from Pearl Square and jubilant protesters had returned. Rice said Bahrainian officials had begun a "real e ffort" at dialogue with the opposition. Asked if King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's pro-U.S. government could survive the protests, Rice said: "I wouldn't want to be in the business of predictions in this very volatile environment." She added that Mideast leaders need to respect calls for reform and "need to get ahead of it by leading rather than being pushed." R ice rejected allegations t hat the White House has been inconsistent, for example by pressuring EgyptianP resident Hosni Mubarak to resign while standing by Bahrain's King Hamad. If U .S. policy differs between c ountries, she said, it is because the situations are different. We are not pushing people out or dictating that they stay," she said. "What we'red oing is we're saying consist ently across the board that there are universal human rights that need to be r espected." Rice downplayed concerns raised by the risk thatt he Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, tightly controlled under Mubarak, would gain influence in a newly democ r atic Egypt. The newspaper USA Today, in an interview with a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman last week, reported that the group wass eeking more political powe r, and planned to use it to push for laws that would punish gays, require woment o wear headscarves and condemn adulterers to death by stoning. First of all, there is no indication that the Brother hood is going to dominate Egyptian politics," she said." We have faith in the peo ple of Egypt and we have faith in democracy." S en. Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign RelationsC ommittee, said Sunday that the U.S. has to recog nize that it will have limited influence over Egypt's future political course. "The military has right now the ball in their court," Lugar told CNN's "State of the Union." Clinton, appearing on ABC television's "This Week" in an interview taped Friday, rejected criticism that the Obama administrat ion has pulled back from President George W. Bush's support for democracy andh uman rights in Egypt and e lsewhere. "That's just not the case," Clinton said. "There is nod ebate that, for 30 years, Republican and Democratic administrations alike sentt he same message to Presid ent Mubarak and the regime, that they had to change." Clinton added that "none of us were particularly successful, because we kept running into an absolute rejection that (reform not going to be done in Egypt." Violence broke out dur ing protests Saturday in Y emen, where riot police fired on marchers, killing one and injuring five. Sev e n have been killed since in Y emen, a key ally in the U.S. war against al-Qaida militants, since the unrestb egan. Al Jazeera television reported that hundreds ofA lgerian riot police broke u p an anti-government rally in the capital Saturday, beating and kicking protesters with steel-toed boots. At least three protesters were arrested and three opposition political leaders injured, the network said, citing eyewitnesses and local media. US condemns crackdowns on protests in Middle East DEMONSTRATORS gather near the White House in Washington in a show of solidarity with the Libyan protestors on Saturday. (AP IN THIS THURSDAY Feb. 25, 2010 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is seen during prayers after delivering a speech in the city of Benghazi, Libya. Libyan special forces stormed a two-day-old protest encampment in the country's second largest city of Benghazi, clearing the area early Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, said witnesses, as a human rights group estimated scores of peoplee have died in the crackdown on demonstrations. (AP IN THIS IMAGE released by NBC News U.S. Ambassador to the Unit ed Nations Susan Rice speaks about the uprising in Libya, the latest in a series of popular uprisings in the Arab world, on NBC's "Meet the P ress in Washington Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. (AP By MARY ESCH Associated Press PROVIDENCE, N.Y. (AP Thousands of citizen-scientists across North America are getting out their tally sheets for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a usually festive weekend given a more serious edge after the mass deaths of thousands of birds in the South this winter. The National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsor the count. They hope to have more than 100,000 backyard counters for the February 18-21 effort this year, especially after public attention on threats to birds was heightened when blackbirds fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Year's Eve. "An isolated event such as the dead birds in Arkansas may be within the range of normal ups and downs for an abundant species like the red-winged blackbird," said Janis Dickinson, director of citi zen-science at the Cornell lab in Ithaca. "But the count can serve as an early warning system for worrisome declines in bird populations that result from more widespread problems." The deaths in Arkansas where officials believe the birds were spooked by fireworks and subsequent bird kills in Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisiana aren't believed to be connected or a sign of widespread contagion. The backyard count is one of a number of citizen-science projects that gather data on birds. Others are Aubudon's Christmas Bird Count, the North American Breeding Bird Survey and Cor nell's Project FeederWatch and NestWatch. "One thing we anticipate this year is the presence of birds from the boreal forest of Canada, such as common redpolls, at feeders in the Northern U.S.," said Cornell's Miyoko Chu. "They stay up North when they can find enough seeds, but this year birders are seeing them at their feeders." In the Northeast, where much of the landscape is buried under deep snowdrifts, American robins are likely to be scarce, based on data from previous years showing they tend to avoid areas with heavy snow cover, Chu said. While robins are traditionally considered harbingers of spring, many winter up north but stick to thickets where they feed on dried berries and fruit. Participants, from novice to expert birdwatchers, keep track of the number of birds they see of each species in their yards or local parks during the four-day count and report the data online at www.birdcount.org. "The exciting thing about Great Backyard Bird Count data is that it provides a big picture almost instantaneously," Chu said. "Peo ple can watch on the website as reports come in." Past Backyard Bird Counts showed a drop in the numbers of American crows since 2003, coin cident with the first widespread outbreaks of West Nile virus. The signal was confirmed by the more intensive Breeding Bird Survey. Maps from the count have captured the paths of sandhill cranes migrating from Arizona and New Mexico to breeding grounds in Nebraska, demonstrating whether they had an early or later migration in a particular year, Chu said. Bird count maps also show the spread of new species such as the Eurasian collared dove, which was introduced from the Bahamas in the 1970s and spread from eight states in the 1999 backyard count to 39 states and Canadian provinces a decade later. Counters in Arkansas aren't expecting that the birds lost on New Year's Eve about 5,000 specimens of the abundant redwinged blackbird will affect their results, but they acknowledge the die-off is on their minds. "When it comes to trends in bird populations, you've got to look at the long term," said Dan Scheiman of Audubon Arkansas. "That's what's so great about the Backyard Bird Count; it can produce long term trends over large scales." Lois Geshiwlm and Nancy Castillo, owners of Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs, participate in the backyard bird count and several other citizen-sci ence programmes each year from their log home surrounded by feeders stocked with seed, suet, peanut butter and other treats. "I like to think of the Great Backyard Bird Count as the everyperson's science project," Castillo said. "It's the easiest one for the real casual birdwatcher to step in for one day a year, or four days a year, to count the birds." Birders prepare for count mindful of mass die-offs Bird count maps show the spread of species introduced from Bahamas in the 1970s Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. 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RABAT, Morocco Associated Press THOUSANDSof people marched in cities across Morocc o on Sunday, demanding a new constitution to bring more democracy in the North African kingdom amid the wave of Arab world upheaval. Demonstrators shouted slogans calling for economic opportunity, educational reform, better health services a nd help coping with rising living costs during a march on central Hassan II Avenue in the capital, Rabat. But scattered violence broke out in some places. Stonethrowing youths clashed with police near the ocre-colored walls of touristic hub of Marrakech, where angry mobs overt urned and torched several parked cars. The day of demonstration was Morocco's entree into the series of protests that have swept up North Africa and the wider Arab world after popular uprisings brought down longtime autocrats in Tunisia a nd Egypt. The main target of Sunday's rallies was parliament, where many Moroccans fear their voices are not heard. Still, the protests are likely to pressure King Mohammed VI, who has been seen as a reformer compared to his iron-fisted father, H assan II, and who still holds absolute authority. A sea of white banners cov ered Casablanca's rain-splat tered Mohammed V square, where young men in baseball caps and hoods joined young women in Islamic headscarvesas well as middle-aged women i n black-rimmed glasses and earrings in the diverse crowd. Plainclothes police mingled among the demonstrators in Rabat, though police were generally discreet. Morocco, like Tunisia and Egypt has been a magnet for tourists and a strong Western ally. Anger over rising prices and corruption hasn't so far appeared to dent the loyalty many Moroccans feel toward the king. "Today we are here to say that we are all Moroccans, we love our country, we love our king, but we are against corruption and economic and political monopoly," said demonstrator Youness Karach in Rabat. Some called for the release of political prisoners, the recog-n ition of the Berber language, a freer media, a rise in the minim um wage and better social services. While most marches took place peacefully, Marrakech appeared to be the biggest epicenter of unrest. People there besieged a McDonald's restaurant and ac lothing store, said a security official on condition of a nonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. And in the northern city of Larache, roaming crowds set upon the regional governor's house and set fire to a gasolines tation, prompting firefighters to intervene to put out the b laze, the official said. The self-styled "February 20 movement" apparently not for any particular historic rea son was largely summoned through social media like Facebook. But the open call to demonstrate also caused confusion, as disparate political and religious groups elbowed their way in and sought to reshape a protest movement to serve their own ends. One youth-led group initially behind the call to march whose name translates as the Freedom and Democracy Now Movement canceled its plan to take part on Saturday, saying the movement was hijacked by leftist political parties and Islamists seeking to infuse ideology and faith issues. The official news agency, MAP, cited a "weak turnout" including at 2,000 both in Rabat and the northeastern city of Beni Bouayach, 1,000 in Casablanca, Al Hoceima and Targuist, and 900 in Marrakech. An Associated Press reporter in Rabat estimated the turnout there at 3,000 to 5,000. Orga nizers put the turnout outside the parliament building at 20,000. The Facebook page of the February 20 movement claimed tens of thousands of people marched in northern Tangiers, and said that rioting erupted in Safro, near Fes. INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Thousands in Morocco march seeking reform P ROTESTERS IN MARRAKECH during one of a string of nationwide protests that brought thou-s ands to the streets across Morocco yesterday, in an effort to push for greater democracy a nd constitutional reform. Prot esters in Morocco and other Arab nations may also be wary as they watch Tunisia and Egyptg rapple with the challenges of building a new system, and maintaining order, after break-i ng free of autocrats. (AP A BURNING car during a demonstration in Marrakech in one of a string of nationwide protests that brought thousands to the streets across Morocco on Sunday Feb. 20, 2011. Thousands of people marched in cities across Morocco on Sunday, demanding a new constitution to bring more democracy in the North African kingdom amid the wave of Arab world upheaval. (AP

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SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 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 $4.72 $4.69 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Previous governments may have obtained a better price for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC offered to sell a 51 per cent stake, rather than the minority 49 per cent interest made available under previous privatisation processes, a former finance minister has admitted. James Smith, who as minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christie administration oversaw the failed 2003 beauty contest privatisation attempt and the subsequent Bluewater effort, told Tribune Business it was impossible to compare the $210 million sale to Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC these efforts because the goalposts have changed rather dramatically. The extra 2 per cent makes it much harder to compare, Mr Smith said, explaining that the first Ingraham administration, plus the Christie-led PLP government, only intended to offer BTCs strategic partner a 49 per cent equity interest in the stateowned incumbent. Youve given up effective control, and I know that in the early days all the suitors wanted to have 51 per cent, so the last 2 per cent is more valuable than the 49 per cent. Under the earlier, failed privatisation processes, TriBETTER OFFER IF 51% BTC STAKE GIVEN EARLIER The extra 2 per cent makes it much har der to compare. James Smith Former finance minister says Bluewater offer had more emphasis on Bahamian talent and no BTC staff downsizing* But says impossible to compare with CWC deal, as goalposts have changed rather dramatically* Says regulators would have been all over BTCs 2:1 dividend/profit ratio if firm private SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor City Markets majority owner has promised to hold a n annual general meeting (AGM o nce the absorption of his 78 per cent majority stake into Associated Bahamian Distillers & Brewers (ABDAB is approved, with an action plan to address deficiencies in the supermarket chainse mployee pension plan also set to be issued for beneficiary approval. Mark Finlayson, head of Trans-Island Traders, the Finlayson-owned family vehicle that acquired City Markets from the ill-fated BSL Hold ings group for $1, said he wanted to get the ABDAB AGM out the way first before moving to hold the AGM for the supermarket chains operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets. The ABDAB AGM, and prior Board meeting, is expected to pave the way for that company, in which the Finlayson family has a controlling 70 per cent stake, to acquire the 78 per cent majority Bahamas Super markets interest from TransPlan pr omised to address City Markets pension fund well-being Supermarket chain AGM pledged once ABDAB meeting held SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading new car dealer has warned that a tripling of his real property tax bill, plus an estim ated 50 per cent Business Licence fee increase, c oupled with the increased auto import duties and general economic malaise means that he cannot avoid staff downsizing for much longer. Fred Albury, president/owner of Executive M otors, told Tribune Business he was sitting here with my life jacket on waiting for thee xpected rising economic tide in 2011 to lift his business and others, but warned that his sector w as having a very difficult time and not just because of the increased auto Excise tax rates and changed structure resulting from the 20102 011 Budget. Explaining that he paid Business Licence fees w orth $80,000 last year, Mr Albury said that with the new structure his business, which employs some 100 people across three islands, w as probably looking at a $120,000 bill this year a 50 per cent increase. Ive just had the real property tax people in here to assess real property tax, he added. The r eal property tax has gone from $20,000 to $75,000 o n the parts and service building in the last month. My showroom has gone from $4,000 to $12,000. Weve been holding off on any sort of employe e number cuts, but the rate things are going I dont see us being able to hold on much longer.W ere going to have to look at downsizing some staff numbers. On top of that, the Abaco and Grand Bahama operations are sinking in red ink, so whether they continue to exist, I dont know. M r Albury said his group of companies com Dealers job cut fear over tripling tax rate n Executive Motors boss warns cant hold on much longer, as Business Licence bill likely jumps 50% and real property tax assessments triple n Warns: Abaco and Grand Bahama operations are sinking in red ink, so whether they continue to exist, I dont know n Urges government to set age limit on new car imports S EE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor It will take 15 years for Bahamian new car dealers to get back up to the sort of industry that was there pre-r ecession if last years 3.27 per cent growth rate is maintained, with total sales levels down 50-60 per cent fromt heir high. While agreeing that last years total new car sales growth, as measured by the Bahamas Motor Dealers Car dealers: 15 years to recover from 50-60% drop Industry hit by duty hikes of up to 25% pts, weak US$ and influx of used car imports Incoming vessel has 670 used cars, compared to 120 new models Sector seeking to avoid lays-off, even though slammed with the highest duty increases of any retail industry SEE page 6B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he number of Bahamian hotels reporting reve nue and occupancy declines dropped by around 50 per cent in 2010c ompared to 2009, the Bahamas Hotel Associations (BHAs aid, with marginal occupancy improvements e xpected to continue in 2011. Stuart Bowe, responding v ia e-mail to a series of Tribune Business questions, s aid of the BHAs 2010 review and 2011 outlook survey findings: One yeara go when we asked hoteliers to assess their busin ess performance in 2009, 85 per cent of the hotels indicated that revenue ando ccupancy was down. In 2010, 40 per cent reported that room occu p ancy was up and 46 per cent reported that revenue Hotel occupancy, revenue decliners drop 50% in 2010 S EE page 3B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government would have received almost $14 million in net surplus cash had the sale of a 51 per cent equity interest in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC ber 30, 2010, documents seen by Tribune Business show, with sources close to develop ments confirming its is expected the Ingraham administration will receive a payment of this nature. The privatisation agreement with Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC that if there is net cash on BTCs balance sheet in excess of $15 million when the privatisation sale is completed, the difference will be remitted to the Public Treasury, giving the Government gross proceeds from the sale in excess of the $210 million plus $7 million Stamp Duty previ ously advertised. Documents buried in the privatisation papers tabled in GOVERNMENTS $14M NET CASH GAIN IF BTC DEAL DONE N OVEMBER SEE page 7B

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BUSINESS P AGE 2B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By RICK LOWE I n recent years, numerous people have recommendedt hat the Bahamas change the current tax regime from one dominatedb y tariffs (import tax Value Added Tax (VAT F rom government, opposition supporters and other commentators alike, them ain arguments against the present structure run like t his: It's regressive so hurts the small man or lowi ncome earners. Import tariffs have outg rown their usefulness Business people have to tie up inordinate amounts ofc ash to pay the taxes up front while they wait to sell the imported goods/product. The arguments in favour o f introducing a VAT are: A VAT is progressive They are levied on goods a nd services Government income will increase R egretfully, with the exception of The Nassau Institute, not one commen-t ator raises the concern that government might be over s pending, rather than under taxing. That government might s imply be too large. But let's look at the moral argument that import taxes hurt low income earners for a moment. According to James A. Dorn (http://bit.ly/gROgA3t he Cato Institute, a Libertarian think-tank, the idea t hat taxation could be progressive" was introduced by M arx and Engels in 1848 to take capital from the "bourgeois" in increments, whilet he Government controlled the means of production. Y et, even though communism failed as an economic system, the idea that socialj ustice can be achieved with so-called progressive taxation is still entrenched in thep syche of modern-day socialists. Moral T he attempt at gaining the moral high ground in this w ay is lost as the entrepreneurial class is hampered in their efforts to create wealthb y ever increasing taxes and regulations, and this slows e conomic growth, which ultimately hurts everyone. In other words, tax policy based on envy or class warfare iss urely immoral. Free markets create wealth, not gove rnments. As long as government c ontinues its out-of-control borrowing and spending, to paraphrase P.J. O'Rourke,g iving them more money and power to tax society in e ver-increasing ways and levels is like giving whisky and car keys to teenageb oys. If, at the end of the day, Bahamians agree that thet ax system must be changed, I'm firmly in the camp that t axes should be as low as possible with limits on government debt and spendingl evels. T hat said, a flat tax (http://bit.ly/esohAy Constitutional controls ong overnment seems to be the best alternative for future g enerations. Limit taxation and spending Share your news T he T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in theirn eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the a r ea or have won an award. I f so, call us on 322-1986 a nd shar e your stor y.

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Asked how concerning it was that 60 per cent of hotels responding to the BHAs latest survey characterised thet ourism environment as weak, Mr Bowe replied: Many of our hotels, particularly our small hotels in the Family Islands, a re challenged. The Ministry of Tourism and the private sector have stepped up efforts to address the matter of more a ffordable and accessible air travel. BHA has also advanced strategies and policies to help reduce costs and increase revenue, some of which the Gov-e rnment has put in place, others which are being considered. A nd, as for concerns about the two-thirds, or 63 per cent, of Bahamian hotel properties expecting to suffer a net loss in 2010, the BHA president said: Keeping in mind that s ome hotels have had losses over the past three years, most have trimmed costs where possible, becoming more energy efficient and learning to do more with less. Hold A number of hotels indicated in the survey that they will continue to put a hold on any significant capital spend-i ng. Despite these challenges, last year we didn't see any mass lay-offs, which is encouraging. BHA's major focus t his year will be on energy cost reductions, education and training, and helping member hotels become more efficient. M r Bowe added: It is difficult for us to compete on price, so high cost must translate into high value to the c onsumer. Our competitive advantage must be our proximity and our ability as a people and country to deliver an exceptional experience to the visitor. The recession has forced us to find more ways to be e fficient and reduce costs. At the same time, value is king, and this has caused us to come up with creative ways to offer customers less expensive vacations. Asked how quickly Bahamian hotel industry employ ment levels were expected to recover, Mr Bowe said: Employment is driven by business activity. While employ ment levels are not expected to increase with any significance in 2011, some member hotels have planned increases. W ith airlift access and price a major concern for Bahami an hotels, Mr Bowe acknowledged: It impacts consumer's t ime and money, two huge factors in buying decisions. Sim ply, they want to get here as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. The Ministry of Tourism is placing considerable empha sis on the airlift issue with the full support of the BHA and the Promotion boards. The Companion Fly Free program has been successful and well-received by the hotels which participated in it,e xceeding expectations for many of them. Hotel occupancy, revenue decliners drop 50% in 2010 F ROM page 1B GAC, the global shipping, logistics and marine services provider, hass trengthened its global network by signi ng an alliance agreement with Bahamia n agency, Elnet Maritime Company, forming GAC-Elnet with effect from March 1, 2011. E lnet Maritime Company was formed by then 28-year-old shipping veteran Elbert Ellie Hepburn in 2008, a fter he served in a variety of managerial positions at agencies in Grand Bahama. Since then, the company has provided agency services to principals with vessels calling at ports througho ut the Bahamas. The alliance is GACs move to expand its network to the Bahamas in r esponse to client needs, in particular oil majors operating and using the c ountrys terminals and refineries. One o il client plans to use its South Riding Point crude storage and transshipment t erminal on the island of Grand B ahama to supply two refineries in N ew Jersey and Delaware City, on the U S east coast, with crude oil and feedstock. Opportunistic Throughout its history, GACs growth has been opportunistic and customer-driven to meet the needs of our clients and this latest move into the Bahamas is another example of that, said Lars Heisselberg, GACs groupv ice-president for the Americas. The professionalism and perform ance of Elnet Maritime make it an easy match to the values of GAC. Expansion in the Caribbean makes s trong business, and Elnet Maritime is t he ideal partner to help make that happen. Mr Hepburn said: Our local knowhow and GACs global standing make GAC-Elnet a winning combination. Through this alliance we will be able to pursue international clients, and GACs customer will benefit from our frontline expertise here in the Bahamas. Specialised support services for the energy industry can be provided by Houston-based GAC Energy & Marine Services (GEMS works closely with the groups global hub agency teams. Shipping agent in global alliance The professionalism a nd performance of Elnet M aritime make it an easy match to the values of G AC. Expansion in the C aribbean makes strong business, and Elnet Mari time is the ideal partner t o help make that happen.

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Island Traders, a 100 per centowned Finlayson family vehicle. That ABDAB AGM is set for February 24. As soon as weve finished w ith that, we will announce when the Bahamas Supermarkets AGM will be, and we will be able to provide a very clear path as to where the company is going, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business. Beneficial We believe its going to be very beneficial to the Bahamas Supermarkets shareholder if ABDAB acquires the majority interest in their company. The average shareholder is going to benefit from it, and benefit greatly, if everything goes to plan, as I expect it will. M r Finlayson also pledged to release the two forensic accounting reports by John Bain, one of which examined the operating business, the othe r a probe into the state of the e mployee pension plan, which is funded only by contributions f rom the company nothing from the employee. John has done a very, very thorough job, Mr Finlaysona dded. The pension fund document is 86 pages long, and hes g one into every detail. Theres not any skeletons in the closet, but there were things done before that, as Id s aid before, had the trustees known what the results were going to be, I think theyd not have done those things. Its going to be on the table f or every stakeholder in the fund to see, Mr Finlayson said of the report. Going forward,w e have a plan to present to these stakeholders and I thinkt heyll approve it. In a previous interview in l ate December 2010, Mr Finl ayson told Tribune Business that City Markets would look t o turn over stewardship of the employee pension plan to inde p endent, professional trustees, thus removing any potential for,o r perception of, a conflict of interest between the companys c urrent role as settlor and trustee. Trustee He added at the time of how t he plan was handled under the BSL Holdings ownership: If I w as a trustee, I would not have done certain things that were done. I'm not saying they were unethical or illegal, but the results were not good for the p eople involved with the trust. I think the beneficiaries got the b ad end of the stick with some of the decisions made. In the final analysis, it can be repaired over time, but in my opinion some of the decisions should not have been done in the first place. The two t rustees involved, I have a lot of respect for and have known form any years, but with some of the decisions made they looked a t the overall benefit to the employees of making sure they [the staff] had a job........." Questions had previously been raised over Bahamas S upermarkets' sale and leaseback of $3 million worth of s tore equipment and improve ments, at its Cable Beach store, t o the staff pension plan. This had been defended at the time as allowing the pen sion plan to gain a higher rate of return than it would other w ise enjoy on alternative investments, but it was queried bye xternal auditors, Deloitte & Touche, in the 2009 audited a ccounts, over whether it should be treated as an operating or finance lease, the company not having assessed the value of lease assets. The same audited financial statements also showed that Bahamas Supermarkets, operating parent of City Markets, owed the staff pension fund almost $519,000 at the 2009 year-end in unpaid rent for the company's head office an asset owed by the plan. prised Executive Motors and Quality Auto in Nassau, Quality Freeport and part of the Abaco Motor Mall. He addedt hat the two National Insurance Board (NIB increases had imposed a further burden on his businesses. T he Executive Motors president also urged the Government to follow the lead established by other Caribbean countries and impose an agel imit on vehicle imports coming into the Bahamas, explaining that this would benefit consumers, the environment and t he Treasurys revenue base. Acknowledging that this might cause concerns about pricing lower and middle i ncome Bahamians out of the market, Mr Albury said there w ere enough vehicles in the supply pipeline to ensure that todays new vehicles become the vehicles of tomorrow. The proliferation of used c ar outlets and importation of 10-12 year-old used cars is not contributing to the new car business, Mr Albury told Tri-b une Business. You also have to link that with the environmental aspect and the road aspect. Many are on the road for a s hort period of time and become derelict vehicles. The Government does not realise much revenue from them, so iti mpacts the tax base as well. A lot of the older models also tend not to use the newer technology, which is more fuel effic ient. The Executive Motors boss said there had been a prolife ration of used car dealerships springing up around New Providence on any vacant land and corner, and noted the recent d uty revaluations carried out b y Customs on some dealers vehicle imports over concerns as yet unproven that import bills and invoices were beingu ndervalued. One of the things the Government should consider doing is what Barbados, Jamaica, T rinidad and other Caribbean c ountries have done when they were hit by used car imports from Japan, which is to put an age limit on them, Mr Alburyt old Tribune Business. Suggesting the Bahamas impose the same four-year age limit, he explained that this w ould cut into the Japanese bureaucracy of inspections and how they keep them on the r oad. In Japan, when automobiles pass four years of road service, it becomes much more expens ive to licence them and pass i nspections, depreciating a vehicles value drastically. As a result, Japan ends up with a huge surplus of cars in the sev-e n-eight year-old range, which are typically sold and shipped to places like Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. E xplaining that this practice floods the market, Mr Albury told Tribune Business of the age limit benefits: I think the Governments revenue base ons ome models would improve considerably, because whats imported would be of far more substantial value. So from what c omes in, the Government will realise greater value. People will say that will price the small man out of them arket, but theres enough vehicles in the system today so t hat the new vehicles of today will become the used vehicles of tomorrow, so thered still be total access effectively. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Dealers job cut fear over tripling tax rate F ROM page 1B Plan promised to address City Markets pension fund well-being F ROM page 1B MARK FINLAYSON

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Association (BMDA a modest bit of good news, dealerships spoken to by Tribune Business said the challenges faced by the industry, combined with the 2010-2011 Budget tax hikes and Excise tax structurec hange, and the general economic malaise were all working against any suddenr ebound. Andrew Barr, Friendly Motors sales manager, toldT ribune Business: Any shift in that direction is a positive shift. Its better tog ain 3.3 percentage points than to drop 3.3 percentage p oint. Theres a certain feeling of optimism that it might have bottomed out, andw hile 3.3 per cent growth in a year is nothing to brag a bout, its a positive figure. Mr Barr explained that next months Car Showw ould give the industry a better idea of where demand for new autos, andt he ability to finance purchases, stood, since consumers would then be fully exposed to the higher prices resulting from the 2010-2011B udget tax hikes and duty structure change. With the Excise Tax structure now dependent on engine size, not the CIF bill,M r Barr said 6V engine m odels had jumped from the 60 per cent to 85 per cent duty category, a 25 per-c entage point increase. Whichever way you look at it, its a big hike and directt o the segment of the market thats paid tremendous a mounts into the Public T reasury in duties over the years, Mr Barr told Tribune Business. That is a bigi ncrease in duty, and most dealers have reduced their i nventory for this type of vehicle. Our lots are a lot emptier than in years gone by. Thats where the problem lies. Price increases of$ 15-$20,000, thats a huge jump. Acknowledging that it would take time for the benefits of the $2.6 billion BahaM ar project to filter through to the wider Bahamian economy, and for unemployment to reduce, Mr Barr said banks were right-f ully being cautious about w ho they advanced money to for auto loans, having tightened the lending crite-r ia considerably. Risk T his was unlikely to change in the near future, w ith many people no longer falling into the good category of risk. O n the positive side, Mr Barr added: All the deale rships right now are staying open, selling enough cars to maintain staff levels, not letting anyone go, and if thes tatus quo remains then well be able to carry on without impacting unemployment levels in the country, even though the industryh as been slammed with the highest duty increases of any retail industry. He said it was very hard to imagine the Bahamiann ew car industry returning t o pre-recession sales levels, at least not for many years, although 2010s salesf igures while up against weak 2009 comparatives at least indicated the sectorw as headed in the right direction. R eferring to that 3.27 per c ent improvement, Mr Barr told Tribune Business: If thats the level of growthw ere going to sustain, were looking at 15 years to get b ack up to the volume of industry that was there. Fifty to 60 per cent is a p retty good estimate of w here sales are compared to pre-recession. Three per cent sounds good, but ify ouve dropped 50-60 per cent, it takes a long time to get back. For us, as the Bahamian dealer industry as a whole,t he goal is to keep staff employed, keep our companies viable, and not con-t ribute to unemployment. Many companies who have s een a 50-60 per cent reduction in sales would cut back on staff, but thats not thew ay we want to go. Fred Albury, Executive M otors owner/president, confirmed the 50-60 per cent decline in new car sales com-p ared to pre-recession, telling Tribune Business that one only had to watch the wharves to see how consumers had switched to lesse xpensive used car purchases. He said one vessel he observed docking in Nassau Harbour had 670 used vehicles, and the last ship carry i ng new cars only 120 vehi cles. Thats a benchmark as to whats happening in the industry, Mr Albury said. Adding that the 3.27 per cent new car sales increase f or 2010 was not too significant, Mr Albury said dealers were not having much trouble in moving high-end vehicles priced in the $60,000-plus bracket, such as the Lexus and Toyota 4Runner. Those who have money, have money. Recession or no recession, they are still buying new vehicles, Mr Albury said, adding that the sector was concentrating on those clients. It was in the $25,000-$30,000 price brack et, where lower and middle income purchasers were found, that had seen the sig nificant drop-off. January was better than expected, and February is turning out to be reasonable. OK, we can see and feel that things have bottomed out. I think the consumer just has to get adjusted to the price levels of what new vehicles will be, Mr Albury told Tri bune Business. The first half of this year, I dont see an improvement that much, and in the second half, if the economy starts to move upwards, the industry will but at a slow pace. The Executive Motors boss said there were a number of factors beyond our control impacting the Bahamian new car industry, namely the weakness of the US dollar against the Japanese yen, which meant that the Japanese car brands favoured by Bahamian con sumers were relatively more expensive, with or without the import duty increases. And US-made vehicles, such as the General Motors and Ford brands, had been hit by those duty increases due to their large engine sizes. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 127,&( 5(1$5,19(670(176)81'/7' ,192/817$5
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the House of Assembly show that, at November 30, 2010, BTC had total cash on its balance sheet of $68 million, and total indebtedness (most of this coming from $36.4 million in borrowings) of $39.1 million. Subtracting the latter from the former, and BTCs net cash position at end-November last year was $28.9 million. With $15 million to be left on the balance sheet when C WC and the Government c lose the privatisation agreem ent, this means that, if the deal had closed then, some $13.9 million in cash would be remitted to the Public Treasury. And, if that was added to the $217 million in purchase price and Stamp Tax being received initially, it would take the gross proceeds t o the Government to $230 m illion-plus, more than the g ross $220 million first installment that Bluewater Ventures would have paid under its now-terminated deal. A source close to the privatisation efforts confirmed: Were expecting there to bea net cash surplus, but it depends on the performance of BTC over the next couple of months. And, in addition, the Government will also receive any surplus net working capital above $6.1 million, the documents show, this being calcu lated from subtracting current liabilities (such as accounts payables) from current assets, (namely receivables The Government is leaving in the business the average working capital it needs to run. If there is any excess, it will come back to the Gove rnment on completion, the s ource said. The net worki ng capital issue is completely standard. Theres not an acquisition that happens without it. BARRY HATTON, A ssociated Press P AN PYLAS, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal P ortugal's financial agony has deepened, threatening to pitch Europe into a whole new round of economic turmoil over its debt crisis. T he country's borrowing costs are punishingly high, with the interest rate on its 10-year bonds holding above 7 percent for a 10th straight session Friday. As Portugal one of the smallest and frailest in the 17nation euro zone runs out of options, its leaders are pressing fellow European nations to adopt new crisis management measures at a summit next month, before a euro4.5 billion ($6.13 billion t hat falls due for Portugal in April. Yet the broad consensus in markets is that Portugal is doomed to become the thirdm ember of Europe's bailout club, after Greece and Ireland, partly because the continent's p aymaster Germany doesn't want the issue to fester for much longer. A nother bailout for a eurozone member is sure to further undermine market confidence in the fiscal soundness of the s ingle currency bloc and carry severe consequences for other vulnerable and much bigger countries such as Spain, Belgium and Italy. F ilipe Sila, debt manager at Portugal's Banco Carregosa, said investors have turned their backs on Portugal, frightened away by a level of risk that's d eemed too great and worried they might not get their money b ack. Many political decisions are pending that could have a lot of bearing" on what happens, he said. It's an additional risk. I think nobody is buying Portuguese debt at the moment except the European Central Bank." T he catalyst for the renewed tensions was euro-zone leaders' failure at a Brussels meeting two weeks ago to come up with anything dramatic that c ould douse the yearlong financial firestorm, despite bold pron ouncements from many that a "comprehensive package" w as in the offing. Those predictions briefly calmed investors. The most visible sign of the new heightened state of s tress is in the bond markets, where Portuguese bond yields have spiked dramatically. The spread between twoyear Portuguese and Germanb ond yields has risen by more than a percentage point this week alone, while Portugal's 10-year yield has risen three q uarters of a percent to a potentially unsustainable 7.5 percent. Portugal's borrowing costs for its three-year government b onds stands at 5.6 percent more or less the rate the International Monetary Fund and euro-zone countries charged A thens and Dublin for their loans and making a bailout look more palatable for the Portuguese. A number of analysts think the bailout option will become more acceptable for Portugal, given that its economy is contracting once again. Although Portugal has a l ower debt level than Greece, i ts high fiscal deficit and dismal growth prospects expose the country's debt dynamics to market risks," said Athanasios Vamvakidis, a strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Beyond debt sustainability concerns, the lower IMF-EUb orrowing cost should look increasingly attractive to Portugal." But the Portuguese government, keen to keep its domestic political reputation for economic management intact, insists it doesn't want orn eed assistance. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Portugal's debt woes spell more trouble for Europe (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco S TRIKINGOUT: P assengers at Lisbon's Rossio train station argue about w orkers' right to strike and the country's economic situation Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Governments $14m net cash gain if BTC deal done November FROM page 1B

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GABRIELE STEINHAUSER, AP Business Writers GREG KELLER, A P Business Writers P ARIS The world's dominant economies struck a watered d own deal on how to smooth out trade and currency imbalances many say exacerbated the financial crisis, but the difficult y in getting vastly different e conomies like China and the United States on the same page doesn't bode well for the Group of 20 rich and developi ng countries as a forum for global decision making. G-20 finance ministers and central bankers meeting in P aris agreed Saturday on a list o f technical indicators to track those imbalances caused by some countries consuming more while others tend to hold on to their money but leftt he more tricky questions of when those imbalances actually become dangerous and what to do to mitigate them for later. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, whose country holds the G-20 presidency this year, said the all-night talksh ad been "tense" at times, indicating the clash in national interests between countries that find themselves on completely divergent growth trajectories after the 2008 financial crisis that plunged the world into its w orst economic recession in 70 years. The result was a "balanced compromise (that matize any one country,"L agarde told journalists. The G-20 itself is a recognition of the rise to power of nations such as India, China a nd Brazil, having supplanted smaller forums like the G-7 and G-8 during the climax of the financial crisis, when it achieved its biggest successes. B ut since then with some countries growing at an almost unprecedented pace while others remain in the through of r ecession the G-20 has lost much of its swagger. "What I was worried about I'm sorry to say materialized: which is that it's more dif-f icult than it was before to have people agree," Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managingd irector of the International Monetary Fund said of Satur-d ay's compromise. "When they w ere really scared, they were h appy to find a consensus. Now .. many believe wrongly the crisis is behind us and they h ave domestic concerns." At the heart of the debate a bout imbalances is the realization that a decades-longg lobal economic order centered on the U.S. buying exports f rom the rest of the world and r unning huge trade deficits, while countries such as China a nd Germany accumulate vast surpluses, is no longer tenable. I n the years before the meltdown, countries with trade sur p luses plowed money into mortgage and other investm ents in the United States, driving up their value and exacerbating the crash when the bubble eventually burst. But the opaque language of S aturday's deal shows the challenge of moving beyond that b asic recognition. China's large current account s urplus, a measure of trade and capital flows in and out of a country, made it reluctant to include that as one of the G20's indicators for imbalances. C ompromise wording was agreed on making that mea s urement a mix of current account balance the indicat or most countries wanted and trade balance the yard stick China had been pushing for. The valuation of national c urrencies long a sticking point in Chinese-U.S. relations did not survive as a separate indicator, but will be conside red as part of the broader analysis of capital flows. That saved Beijing from even more direct pressure to let its currency the yuan rise more q uickly against the dollar. The U.S. complains that the artifi-c ially low value of the yuan gives Chinese exports an unfair a dvantage. Foreign currency reserves the largest of which are also held by China were dropped all together, although some officials insisted they sur vived under the oblique heading of "other policies." Lagarde touted the very fact that the words "exchange rate" were even mentioned on the list as a success. The indicators also include more traditional yardsticks such as public debts and deficits and private debt levels and savings rates. With agreement on what to track, work will now begin on the more difficult task of set ting what the G-20 calls "indica tive guidelines" against which to measure each of the criteria. Lagarde said the goal is to agree on this at the next G-20 finance ministers meeting in Washington in April. Asked whether deciding the list of indicators presaged even more divisive talks over thresh olds and enforcement, Lagarde said "I take things one day at a time. If it is difficult, it will be difficult." While some analysts said the compromise on imbalances was a natural result of slow international decision making, others warned that an agreement on a list of indicators didn't mean much for rebalancing the global economy. Saturday's deal is "totally irrelevant," said Charles Wyplosz, professor of interna tional economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. "Everybody knows what is the exchange rate of China and the current account of Germany." Enforcing any eventual agreement on firm thresholds will be even harder. "What we're down to is peer pressure..., which has never ever worked," Wyplosz said. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C OMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2010 IN THE SUPREME COURT Common Law & Equity Division CLE/qui/00775 IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 AND IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of BRENETTA MAE JOHNSON AND IN THE MATTEROF ALLTHATTract of land containing Five Thousand Three hundred and twenty-four square feet (5,324-i ng Lot Number 542 and situate on the North-Eastern junction of Moonshine Drive and Windward Isle Way In Golden Gates No. 2 Subdivision the Western District of the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas NOTICE The Petition of BRENETTAMAE JOHNSON of the Western District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of:ALLTHATTract of land containing Five Thousand Three Hundred and twenty-four square feet (5,324Lot Number 542 and situate on the North-Eastern junction of Moonshine Drive and Windward Isle Way In Golden Gates No. 2 Subdivision the Western District of the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas and bounded North by lot Number 541 and running thereon One Hundred (100.00South by a road reservation Moonshine Drive Thirty-six (36.00 the Petitioner and running thereon Fifty and Sixty-two (50.62 feet West by a road reservation, Windward Isle Way, Forty feet wide (40.00Mae Johnson claims to be the owner of the fee simple estate in possession of the said piece or parcel of land free from incumbrances. And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act, 1999 to have titleto the said piece parcel or tract of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a provisions of the said Act. NOTICE is hereby given that any person having a dower or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on before the expiration of Thirty (30 Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement Adverse Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30days to such claim. inspected at: 1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Nassau 2. The Chambers of Messrs Mangra & Co., No. 20 Parliament Street. Dated the 12th day of April, A.D. 2010 Mangra & Co. No. 20 Parliament Street Nassau, N.P. The Bahamas $0(6(57,/86RI 67-$0(652$'3%2;1$66$8 % $+$0$6 '$1,(/02&$/,;7(RI 22/$&5(63%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 9 ,&725,$3,(55(RI $ %1(5675((7)2;+,//3%2;*7 1$66$8%$+$0$6 Fuzzy compromise threatens the relevance of G-20 forum (AP Photo/Francois Mori FAMILYSNAPSHOT: From left to right, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pose during the family picture of the G20 Finance summit at Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Finance chiefs from the world's 20 industrialized and fastest developing nations wrestle over how to steady the world economy at a two-days meeting in Paris.

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DARLENE SUPERVILLE, A ssociated Press H ILLSBORO, Oregon Pushing his jobs agenda, President Barack Obama made t he case Friday that companies can make money and build up the country at the same time, citing the giant Intel Corp. chip m aker as his model of smart i nvesting in education. "We know what works. We know how to succeed," the president told employees here a fter getting an eye-opening tour of Intel's manufacturing facility. "We know how to do big things. And all across this n ation, in places just like this o ne, we have students and teachers, local leaders and companies who are working together to make it happen." T hough Republicans in Washington are balking at Obama's call for more spending on education, Obama said Intel's example has shown that spending on education and worker training is a good investment even in difficult financial t imes. "You're not just a good corporate role model," Obama said. "You're a corporation that understands that investing in education is a good business m odel. It's good for the bottom line." T he president spoke during a West Coast swing designed to highlight his vision of making the U.S. more competitive globally. Before the visit, the White House announced that Obama had picked company CEO Paul Otellini, a sometimes critic, to serve on a presidential competitiveness council. I ntel last year announced a 10-year, $200 million commitment to promote math and science education; Obama was w owed by the projects of the students he met during his visit. The company is among those that are working to help meet Obama's goal of getting theU .S. to first place in science and math education in a decade. The president is proposing a freeze on overall domestic s pending for five years, but increases in select areas like education. "In today's economy, the quality of a nation's education is one of the biggestp redictors of a nation's success," he said. "It is what will determine whether the American dream survives." 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GALWAY, Ireland Associated Press IRELANDholds historic elections this week a ballot that could devastate the p arty blamed for the country's dramatic economic reverse and dump it from o ffice after dominating Irish politics for almost 80 years. The ruling Fianna Fail p arty faces defeat in Friday's p oll as voters vent their a nger over Ireland's rapid d ecline from economic mira cle into debt-ridden disast er. The country has been forced to accept a multibillion rescue deal from European neighbors and the International Monetary Fund. Karen Holland, 29, stood w ith her arms crossed defia ntly outside Paddy's pub in Galway, on Ireland's west c oast, as she described strugg ling to raise her four children on the salary brought h ome by her husband, a s ecurity guard. F or Holland, the politicians had it coming. "They should have let the banks go down," she said, referring to t he government's fateful d ecision to guarantee debts h eld by some of its biggest banks with public money." They let us go down i nstead." Holland's anger has found echoes across the country, and some observers predict this week's vote has the potential for revolutionary change. The word I'd use here is seismic,'" said Noel Whe l an, a staunch critic of the g overnment's handling of t he crisis and commentator f or the Irish Times. "We're going to see next weekend a political earthquake in Ire land." Investors are watching for aftershocks in London, P aris, and Berlin. E uropean banks have bill ions tied up in Ireland's troubled financial sector. The current government has guaranteed their money, but F ine Gael the party t ipped to take over from its l ongtime rival has said that it is unconscionable "fort axpayers to be asked to b eggar themselves to make massive profits for speculators." Fine Gael has raised the prospect of forcing some senior creditors to take a cut on their investments, and t he possibility of a new dose o f red ink being splashed a cross European balance s heets has spooked the mark ets at a time when concern p ersists over the financial health of countries such as Greece and Portugal. Earlier this month, credit rating agency Moody's downgraded the creditworthiness of six major Irishb anks as politicians argued whether or when to inject m ore cash. Ireland's 4.6 million people have their own worries. T he one-time Celtic Tiger economy was one of the first v ictims of the Great Recession. Its government quickly guaranteed the debts racked u p by its over-stretched banks a promise which t urned into political poison. Unemployment has tripled in three years to 13.4 percent, Ireland's welfare system is shriveling awaya nd taxes have gone up in a bid to fight a deficit estimated at more than one third of the country's $204.1b illion GDP. The election could claim as many half of the legislators in Ireland's 166-seatl ower house, polls suggest. Recent surveys show the opposition Fine Gael is within reach of a parlia-m entary majority in the Dail Eireann a potential historic upset for FiannaF ail, the party that has won t he most seats in every elec tion since the party first went into government in 1932. I reland's crisis has already seen Prime Minister Brian Cowen announce he will quit after the poll. He won't stand in the election. Even if it falls short of a majority, Fine Gael a center-right political party is still expected to rule with the help of independents or the left-leaning Labour, which has also seena huge jump in support. Fianna Fail, seen as more c entrist than its rival, has been pushed into third place in most recent polls. T he rhetoric surrounding the electoral campaign has s ome worried. Editorials grumble darkly about resisting German domination and burning the bondholders," reflections of the concern h ere that investors in Europe and particularly Germany are making money off the Irish people's misery. A recent poll showed that 84 percent of the population backed renegotiating terms with bondholders, though iti sn't considered a likely prospect. The new government can't push too hard againstt he European Central Bank, which, along with the Inter national Monetary Fund, extended euro67.5 billion ins upport of the Ireland's nearly bankrupt economy in November, said Frank Bar-r y, a professor at Trinity C ollege Dublin's business school. "We have no other source of funds, and everybodyu nderstands that," he said. In Galway, students at the city's National University of Ireland seemed resigned to years of continued sacrifice. Talk of getting a new deal from Europe and the IMF was "totally unrealistic," said Mary Walsh, a 26-yearold science student. "Our hands are tied," she said. "We'll have to repay them oney." Across the rain-streaked c ampus, professor Chris Curtin of the School of Political Science and Socio logy says few in Ireland are excited about the election despite the changes it promises for the country's leadership. The general mass of the population is being hamm ered into the ground," he said, calling the international bailout "a humiliation." He, like other political watchers, said there'd bev ery little room for a renegotiating of its terms. The election could even tually result in reforms of p olitical institutions found wanting during the debt cri sis. Both Fianna Fail and Fine G ael call for a job stimulus, the scrapping of the Irish parliament's upper house, the Seanad, and plans tot ackle negative home equity. Constitutional reform, a shake up of the civil servicea nd a move away from Ire l and's patronage-dominated election system are also promised. But Curtin said any hope f or a better future was buried under the weight of the country's crushing debt. Voters aren't even worrying whether there's light at the end of the tunnel, Curtin joked, because they're wondering: "Can we find the tunnel? Is there even a tunnel?" I NSIGHT P AGE 10B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Irelands ruling party braced for historic elections F INE GAEL LEADER E nda Kenny during a public meeting at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Sunday Feb. 20, 2011. Ireland holds historic elections this week, a ballot that could devastate the party blamed for the country's dramatic economic reverse and dump it from office after dominating Irish politics for almost8 0 years. The ruling Fianna Fail party faces defeat in Friday's poll as voters vent their anger over Ireland's rapid decline from economic miracle into debt-ridden disaster. The country has been forced to accept a multibillion rescue deal from European neighbours and the International Monetary Fund. (AP HESPERIA, Mich. Associated Press GROWINGnumbers of black bears are migrating into southern Michigan as the state's population surges, leading biologists to step up efforts to trace their movements and prevent unwanted encounters with people. The Upper Peninsula is still home to 80 per cent or more of the state's bears, and 95 percent of the others live in the northern Lower Peninsula. But sightings are picking up farther south, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment says. "They tend to be younger males that have been chased off by older males as they look for territory, so they disperse to areas where they don't have competition," Mary Dettloff, spokeswoman for the agency, said Friday. "They're following the fruit belt, all those orchards right down the west side of the state. We often get reports in the spring, when they wake up hungry." Michigan's bear population has risen for the past two decades and is estimated at 9,000 to 11,000, DNRE bear program specialist Adam Bump told The Grand Rapids Press. The department gets 10 to 30 reports of bears in southern counties each year. They've been spotted from Flint to Ionia and even in Jackson County, south of Lansing. A state bear management plan approved in 2008 recommends letting the population expand naturally, Bump told the Press. That means the DNRE needs to educate people in southern Michigan, who are less accustomed to coming across bears in the wild than northern Michigan residents are. "They eat a lot of vegetation but do have the potential to harm people and pets if they are not respected," Dwayne Etter, a DNRE research specialist, told The Associated Press. "But they are not an animal to be feared. If people follow our suggestions on how to respond when encountering a bear, there shouldn't be conflicts." Biologists watch as bears migrate to southern Mich

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INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM any kind of abatement of the violence and for the cons titutional process to be r espected, said Mr Sears. Insight into the backdoor d ealings raises so many q uestions about the uprisi ng that threatened the nations stability and the sta-bility of those with interests. W hat really happened in Haiti seven years ago? Was it a true peoples revolution? Was it a controlled opposition? Was it a political mobt hat had passed its breaking point? E gypt showed us a modern day example of a true p eoples revolution. Haiti brewed a different stew: there were too many sticky p olitical fingers in the pot. I am inclined to think, in the case of Haiti, the decisions made by the various political actors served political ande conomic ends more than the interests of the people. T he three most often do not coincide. I could be challenged that t he uprising was not a true peoples revolution, but here is why it feels right. Political leaders make d ecisions based on their d esire to win political competitions, most notably in the form of elections. Com-p etition is the foundation of modern democracy, and the rules of politics are the same as the rules of a capitaliste nterprise. It is a dog eat dog world and it literally is a fight to the top. Why do you think the Free National Movement and the PLP when they have their political hats on area lways fighting? Look at the r hetoric they use, the tactics they employ: the mass of supporters who turn out to p olitical rallies appear as an unruly mob ready to go to war. These people are beholden to their collective political identities for a number of reasons: pure intent, historical obligation, familial connection, miseducation, ignorance, and selfish interests. Politicians take advantageof them regardless of the reason, because the thing about politics is; the leadership has to be in control. They have to maintain the ability to manoeuvre the mob. So a popular uprising with loyalty to political leaders is in fact a controllable entity. Naturally there is a breaking point for this typeof opposition movement. It is kept in check by the nature and intent of its lead ers and most times we can count on our leaders to use their power for the greater good of the few people they cant fully control, in other words affluent people or those with perceived influ ence. Based on the nature of politics, I am inclined to believe Haitis 2004 uprising was a political opposition capable of being led; that good men chose to do nothing allowing evil to prevail. Unlike President Mubarak who eventually caved to the will of the people and stepped down, Pres ident Aristide refused to be moved short of being kidnapped, which he said he was. President Mubarak had seven months left on his term; Aristide had 13. In the case of Egypt, I am certain t he people would have asked themselves: why s hould we respect the cons titutional process, which s hould serve the will of the people, and wait sevenm onths for an election, w hen for decades Mubarak has governed with little respect for the constitution or the people? Somehow, President Mubarak must have been convinced that the protest m ovement was no small f raction or fringe group. It w as an honest representat ion of the peoples will. I w ould imagine President A ristide did not have those same feelings. Still, President Aristide had many choices that could have demonstrated a commitment to the constitution al process and respect fort he will of the people. President Aristide insisted he serve out his term, as Presid ent Mubarak originally w ished to do; he could have c hosen to stepped down immediately as President Mubarak stalled in doing. U nlike Mubarak, who had no choice of running in the next election because the publics trust was so cor r oded, President Aristide could have stepped downed voluntarily and offered him self again in the next elec t ion. A win that time around would have decidedly silenced the critics. He coulda lso have asked to stay, but c hosen to call an early elec tion. P o w er C olin Powell once intimated that President Aristide had become arrogant and unreasonable with hisa llies, and probably his people, which endeared him to neither. I would not venture as far as to compare him with President Mubarak, but I am inclined to believe Aristide had on his mind holding power at all cost for the sake of his personal pride and dignity. President Mubarak has demonstrated that while his tory will mark his inglorious departure as a personal failure, it will write an inspir ing story of his country. Egypt, a Muslim land, is without a doubt the new beacon of hope for freedom. Egypts final colonizers still govern its lands, but get this: the beacon of light has returned to Africa. Haiti in 2004 had no such story to tell. With American and French fingers deep in the pot, and Caribbean interests contending for influence, Haiti had its inter nal politics to deal with and its external politics. Stability was more important than democracy for the Bahamian government, as well as the French and American governments. Instability would mean a migration influx for the Bahamas, and economic losses for the Americans and French. So what happened? Aristide somehow ended up on an American government jet headed to the Central African Republic. Aristides ouster was the lowest common denominator of agreement between the greatest number of influential forces: external interests and the internal political opposition. One could say the people never determined Aristides fate: their revolution was hijacked. President Aristide went t o Jamaica from the Central African Republic and then on to South Africa, where he was granted asylum. We will never know if he was really kidnapped by the United States or if he leftv oluntarily. I think it is prob able he was pressured under the threat of being other wise killed. A t the end of the day, our best hope for knowing what really happened is probablyW ikileaks. Short of that it w ill be a perpetual, he said she said game between selfinterested parties. What we do know is that President Aristides stronghold was proven to be untenable, and his departure did not lead to national solidarity. This brings us back to my starting point: politics is dirty, deceptive, stubborn and life altering. So much is placed in the hands of our political directorate, but in the midst of their game playing, their manoeuvring of economic interests, we can never be sure if they really do right by us. And yet we give them chance after chance after chance, never stopping to think that the usefulness of a politician has an expiry date. Do our leaders do their best to make a positive impact in our lives or do they just do enough to stay in the game? Are they morally, spiritually or intellectually capable of knowing the difference? These are questions for all of us to contemplate, because the actions and inaction of our leaders can change the course of history. The whole world felt the impact of Americas warmongering President George W Bush. There is no doubt, the political instability in Haiti has robbed its people of so many opportunities. For all of its natural wealth, the financial resources of its wealthy elite, its strong intellectual foundations, rich cul tural heritage and prized his torical legacy, Haiti should want for nothing. Unfortunately this is not the case. And the turbulent c onditions in Haiti com bined with our own political game playing have thwarted attempts at build ing a meaningful relation ship between next door neighbours. I imagine there is some genuine interest, but as Mr Sears explained, it is not an easy road. The repeatedi nterruption of democratic rule over the years has made relationship building, fore xample, a tightrope to w alk. In one of the negotiations we had, I think it was with Jean-Robert Estim, foreign affairs minister, when he left, two weeks later he was out of office. In fact, once we had to deal with six to seven foreign ministers in the space of four years; it was not easy, said Mr Sears. Leader Regime change, at almost any cost, has been ingrained in the way they solve their problems, said Mr Sears. Virtually every political leader is dead or outside the country. These are intelligent people. They know contin ued instability is the consequence of unilateral interruptions of the democratic process. You never give the country a chance for those issues to be set aside. That is a dangerous phenomenon we have witnessed, he said. With all the lessons we have to learn from Egypt, Haiti and global politics is there any hope of revolution in the Bahamas?I think the odds are against us and the status quo will be our accepted condition for some time to come. After all, we recently had an Egypt opportunity, to use the phrase loosely, and we squandered it. I think it can be summed up in the story of the day the Prime Minis ter was driven from the House of Assembly burning tyres with no seatbelt on. Barring the mass rally, the biggest demonstration of BTC unions was their m arch to Parliament Square. That was the day Parliament ended early; members of the governing party went flee ing and members of the opposition jumped on the bandwagon. T he actions of our leaders was predictable, but that dayI watched in astonishment as the people cowered to them ight of the state on two fronts. The people amassed in Parliament Square on thes treet to the west and on the b leachers to the north. They were cordoned off by police barricades and police officers. At one time, the frontliners made a move to push through the barricades and march to the House. They were successful, to a point. When the revolution started, half of the people fled to the bleachers; they held their position in the comfort of their distance; they divided the opposition. Those were no Egyptian revolutionaries. The efforts of the frontliners was so concerted that had the people stuck together, they would have surly overpowered the flimsy cohort of police and made it to the House. Sadly, they succeeded only in pushing through to the middle of the road. What they demonstrated was their lack of conviction and their powerlessness. A union member who had bro ken through the barricades, said: "They have y'all corralled like a bunch of animals. That is how they have you. Y'all look like a bunch of animals." It was true. The police knew this, and they also knew how incensory it would be if the people real ized, so they told the protester to stop that. They had their greatest momen tum that day and they broke. In Egypt the people were prepared to die for their cause and many of them did. Those who survived stepped into the shoes of the dead without hesitation: them selves prepared to go all the way. There was no shortage of conviction or cohesiveness. The other telling incident t hat day had to do with unions action to the PLP opposition. When the House of Assembly was adjourned, PLP members of parliament congregated at the site of the demonstration. They didn ot cross the barricades to join the union members; instead, they hijacked the moment. They assembledt heir own impromptu press conference by the south side bleachers and sidelined theu nions and all their mem b ers to put on their own show. Of course the media spotlight shifted to them, and after all of the sound bites and video footage was collected the PLP left. Again, that was expected. Unions The unions, they tried sheepishly to compete for the spotlight, shouting over their bullhorns to the cor ralled mass of sorts. People tend to forget: the government is comprised of the ruling party and the opposition. After all, an ineffective opposition makes for an ineffective government. The PLP opposition is no real friend to the unions and they should have told them so. Some of the present union leaders admit; had they been in power under the PLP administration, they would have opposed their bad Blue Water deal back then as well. But the unions allowed their movement to be hijacked on that day. Egyptian revolutionaries they are not. In the weeks and months ahead, the world will see what Egypt makes of its rev olutionary moment. In the meantime, I am sure, politi cians and wannabe revolutionaries across the world will continue with their trite use of the Egyptian moment to further their personal objectives. The true revolu tionaries, hopefully, will look beyond the rhetorical gimmicks for the real lessons of Egypt, Haiti and all of the movements, past and pre sent. What can we learn from Haiti and Egypt? A MAN holds a calendar depicting Haiti's ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide during a protest in Port-auPrince, Haiti, Friday. A few thousand supporters of Aristide marched through Haiti's capital shouting they will derail a presidential runoff set for next month unless his leaderr eturns. Aristide left the country in 2004. (AP FROM page 12B

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INSIGHT The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 The stories behind the news By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The cond uct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce, American journalist, satirist. I found this quote on the e-mail signature of Philip Brave Davis, deputyl eader of the Progressive L iberal Party. Tribune edi tor in chief, Paco Nunez, once used the same quote as his e-mail signature. I thought it unsurprising in the latter instance since Mr Nunez also has on hisd esk a quote from another American journalist, satirist H.L. Mencken that says a journalist is to a politiciana s a dog is to a lamp-post. But on Mr Davis signature, I thought it was a classic caseo f something hidden in plain s ight. Like this timeless quote, Egypt this month lifted the veil on a fundamental natureo f politics: it is dirty and deceptive; it is stubborn and it is life altering. What we also saw was an example of what is possible when peo ple awaken, when they are slapped into consciousness and demand accountability from the public masqueraders. Some Bahamians have already been swept up in the Egyptian revolutionary euphoria, but less their nobleness and naivety lead them astray, they should know, it takes a lot more than rhetoric to make a rev olution. As the Egyptian story unfolded over the past few days and weeks, there was something eerily familiar about the plot. That is because Egypt faced a test that Haiti last took in 2004, and we invigilated it from across the waters. How well Haiti passed is still up for debate, and as the dust settles on the Egyptian streets their results are being tal lied. B oth stories, as well as the pro-democracy movement that is rippling across the Middle East, have lessons to teach us, about the nature of our politics and our people. Government The Indonesian people, who themselves are familiar with peoples revolution responded to Egypts news with cautious jubilation, advising the Egyptian people that the hard part had only just began. Revolution is a temporary moment. It is the gust of wind represented by the hurricane, and its seasonal occurrence is nowhere near as sure or firm. Egyptians now have the task of reconstructing a government and giving birth to the national dream. Democracy is hard work and revolution does not guarantee evolution. Revo lution is a critical spark, part icularly needed to achieve quantum leaps, but it is unstable and it is transitory. Evolution is the process of growth and development in all things as they transition through the cycles of life and death. The world wishes Egyptians well as they strive towards their highest ideal. They will need our best wishes and much more. Given history, and the nature of politics, success is a Sisyphean task, and no mod ern democracy has accom plished it successfully yet. Really: where in the world has democracy truly given birth to the national dream? The truth is we live in an unsustainable way that is in direct conflict with our very desire for success, whether it is measured by democracy, freedom for all, the end of hunger and poverty, national unity, justice, racial equal ity, social equity, peace and stability, the pursuit of hap p iness, independence, whatever the dream. Yet we must trod on in faith and do our best. Egypt showed us that people are capable, and sometimes driven, to exerting their people power to bring about a revolution. However, most times political electorates are like blind sheep being shepherded and the political directorate is like an abusive lover. In their natural state, and even after a revolution when the dust settles, people most often find themselves beholden to their leaders and powerless in the evolutionary process of gov ernance and nation building. P oliticians Last week I heard Fred Mitchell, Fox Hill Member of Parliament ask a group of supporters, how we would get young people like Andre Rollins, PLP freshman, N ational Development Party absconder, their Egypt moment. That was not sur prising to hear, politicians are notorious band-wago nists. But what of this Egypt moment: what does Egypt and Haiti have to teach us? First of all, people are rightly amused when they hear politicians talk about revolution. Egypt teaches us that the nature of a true peoples revolution is that it is not given to the people. The people make and take the power. In the midst of the revolution political leaders are made virtually irrel evant. The popular uprising in Egypt was not led by its political opposition. It was a youth movement, wield ing people power. This made it infinitely more difficult for a negotiated solution to have emerged, because such a movement has no allegiance to the establishment and little r espect for any authority, b ut its own vision of democracy and freedom. It was not s urprising that the people refused to negotiate with P resident Mubarak. There was no trust in his authority. Ironically, the military t urned out to be the only institution that held publicc onfidence. And it is the m ilitary now tasked with the responsibility of bringing about democratic reform, until constitutionally man d ated elections are held. Despite our faith in the electoral process and repre s entational politics, political leadership is no substitute for people power or military power for that matter. Wew ould definitely be telling a d ifferent story today if the popular uprising witnessed in Egypt was a movementb orn of the political oppo sition. Our next door neighbour Haiti shows us why. In 2004 a CARICOM t eam, of which the Bahamas was a party, travelled to Haiti to meet with political actors and help negotiate ar esolution to the political unrest threatening the countrys stability. During the 2004 protest movement there were calls for President Jean Bertrand Aristides resignation. Suppor ter s Joshua Sears, director general at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said there was a stand off between opposition forces, who decided Aristide had to go, and supporters wanting the constitutional process to be respected. President Aristides term was to expire in 13 months. They couldnt wait 13 months; they wanted to kick him out. The situation had reached a point where the violence had increased; instability had overwhelmed institutions; there was a social breakdown of law and order. If the parties dont agree there is no chance of SEE page 11B THOUSANDS OF EGYPTIAN anti-government protesters march in Alexandria, Egypt earlier this month. (AP What can we learn from Haiti and Egypt? Lessons from 2004 and this years Middle East pro-democracy movement