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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Union threatens BTC in docked pay r ow V olume: 107 No.124WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 85F LOW 74F F E A T U R E S ARTSANDENTSIN SECTIONC S P O R T S Talented tiny tots By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter UNION chiefs at the new l y-privatised BTC have vowed to do "whatever it takes" including considering indus trial action to force the com pany to reimburse 450 work ers whose pay was docked. Until this demand is met, the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Bahamas Communication and Public Managers Union (BCPMU tiations with BTC stalling discussions on voluntary separation packages, expired industrial agreements and other grievances. The unions claim the work ers had their salaries wrong fully docked earlier this year because of their suspected involvement in a Rawson Square protest against the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to new owner Cable and Wire l ess Communications. According to the unions, the affected workers were on legitimate vacation, sick orc asual leave. They also claim some of the employees were out of the country at the time i n question, in hospital or are retirees. Others reported to work, the unions claim, but could not sign in or carry outt heir duties. So far, only 20 of these workers have been reimbursed after "strong-arm ing" CWC executives to reverse the decision, according to the unions. The unions said the company wants the remaining employees to prove they were on legitimate leave before they are reimbursed, a prac tice BCPOU President Bernard Evans said is in violation of agreed policies for taking sick or compassionate leave and vacation. He, along Demand f or 450 workers to be r eimbur sed TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SEE page nine By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ t A WOMAN was knocked down by a manb elieved to be her hus b and near a shopping centre in eastern New Providence yesterday morning. The scene stunned workers and customers of the Seagrapes Shopping Plaza on Prince CharlesR oad, and left a 48-yearSEE page nine WOMAN KNOCKED DOWN BY HUSBAND AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC DISPUTE BAHAMAS Petroleum Company is still committed to its timeline to have an oil well drilled in Bahamian waters by the "second quar ter" of next year, according to company CEO Dr Paul Crevello. The company, which last month raised $75 million on the London market for its oil exploration, wants to drill in the southern Bahamas near Cuba. "We're beginning a new exploration phase over the coming months in 3D seismic surveys. We will be down in the southern area adjacent to Cuba. "We hope that in the second quarter of next year we will be able to be in a position where we can go forward and drill a well. We've just raised $75 million on the London market last month to apply towards our exploration purposes," Dr Crevello said during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Nassau yesterday. It is doubtful that this time line will be met as Government has said it will not lift its By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@ THE Govern ment is monitoring the appeal hearing of convicted murderer Maxo Tido very closely, con firmed Attorney General John Delaney. Whatever the implications of the courts ruling, Mr Delaney said the Government is prepared to abide by the rule of law laid down by the countrys highest court. Last month, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council heard an appeal of the judgment of the Bahamas Court of Appeals October 2008 ruling against Tido. A jury found Tido FIRM C OMMITTED T O OIL WELL IN B AHAMIAN W A TERS EARLY NEXT YEAR SEE page nine SEE page nine WORKERS yesterday made headway on removing rubble left over from the fire which ravaged Bay Street on Valentines Day, destroying sev eral commercial properties including the more than 90-year-old Betty K Agencies. Two months on, there is still no official report on what start ed the devastating blaze. Felip Major /Tribune staff B A YSTREETBLAZERUBBLEREMOVED ATTORNEY GENERAL John Delaney Team Bahamas gets set for 40th Carifta Games SEESPORTSINSECTIONE GOVT MONITORING APPEAL HEARING OF C ONVICTED MURDERER VER Y CLOSEL Y


By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Bahamas Humane Society issued a desperate plea y esterday, urging members of the public to open their hearts and homes to a lovable dog or puppy in urgent need of adoption. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Humane Society president Kim Aranha said the shelter is struggling to cope with a n unusually large influx of dogs over the last few weeks. There are now more than 30 adult dogs and 40 puppies at the shelter and time is of the essence if homes can not be found for these helpless animals soon, they will have to be put down, Mrs Aranha said. These dogs are amazing, healthy, happy and loyal. People really need to take a step back and see how beautiful they are, she said. In an effort to jump start its adoption drive, the Humane Society has decided to waive adoption fees on all dogs and cats in addition to providing free vaccination shots and spay and neutering services as usual. According to Mrs Aranha, no healthy dogs have been euthanised by the society since 2008, however because of the large number of dogs at the shelter, it may come to that if homes can not be found. I am begging people to open up their hearts said Mrs Aranha. It breaks my heart that people are still importing dogs when so many lovable animals are in need good homes. The Humane Society is also appealing to public to support the shelter in any way possible through adoption, fostering dogs until permanent homes are found, volunteer work, donations or sponsorship. The Humane Society is located on Chippingham Road next to the back entrance of the Botanical Gardens and is open daily from 8am to 5pm. For further information on how to assist the society, call 323-5138 or visit L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FamGuards Annual Calendar Photo Contest is opentoallphotographers.Thetitleforthe companys 2012 calendar will be A Celebration of Nature. Photographsmaybeofany subject(animateorinanimate),sceneorhistrocialstructurethatfeaturesastrikingexample of nature as found in The Bahamas. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2011. All entries are submitted at the owners risk and will not be returned. All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre, Village Road and East Bay Street, Nassau, between 9:00a.m and 5:00p.m weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked Calendar Contest. All entries must be accompanied by a signed and completed ofcial entry form, available at any Family Guardian ofce, as published in the newspapers or on the website (www. Only colour images will be considered. Images must be provided as digital les on CD.Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger of photo manipulation, resolution enhancement or compression will be rejected. To ensure thebestcolourreproduction,digitalimagesshouldbesuppliedinRAW,TIFForhighquality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB Allentriesmustbe suppliedwithcolourprints(8x10)whichwillbeusedinthejudgingprocess.(Note:prints submitted without CDs will not be eligible and vice versa). The photographers name, photo subject and photo location must be written on the reverse of the print. Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Particular areas and subjects of interest are detailed on the website ( The photographs selected will appear in FamGuards 2012 wall and desk calendars. The decision of the judges will be nal. A gift certicate valued at $400.00 will be presented for each of the photographs selected. Photographic credits will be given in the wall and desk calendars. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos. The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited and the Company reserves the right to use such in the future. Photos will not be returned. Employees of the FamGuard Group of Companies or their family members are not eligible. Previously published photos are not eligible.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 89 10calendar contestspecial contest details listed on our websiteVisit for special hints and contest details! entry formdeadline June 30, 2011Return this form with photos and CD to: Calendar Contest Family Guardian Corporate Centre Village Road & East Bay Street, P.O. Box SS-6232 Nassau, Bahamas Name: Telephone: BHC Email: P.O. Box: Street: Address: Island: Number of Photos Entered (a maximum of 5I agree that in the event one or more of my entered photographs is selected as a winner in the 2012 FamGuard Calendar Photo Contest it will become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited, and I assign to FamGuard all rights pertaining to its use in any way whatsoever. I also conrm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not been previously published.SignatureDate NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE I FINANCIAL CENTRE I Urgent plea as Humane Society swamped with dogs and puppies V ery smart already showing very good cognitive skills Hilton Shepherd mixes, male and female fluffy, six weeks old Neutered male, Butch Pot cake supreme, six months old female, spayed, Fergie C ute or What? Cross shepherd, s ix weeks old, male and female Highly intelligent cross rottweiler, female, three months old Cross chow, terrier, male, three months old, Francis Four month old, male, Lester


THE Progressive Liberal Party has denied claims that a shoving match broke out at a party meeting over complaints of missing funds. B laming T he Tribune f or the reports, the party issued a statement yesterday claiming that no such altercation took place. I t said: In the middle o f Holy Week when Christians around the globe are focusing on the sacrificial death of Christ, The Tribune persists in peddling lies about the PLP. By its own admission in its edit orial section of today, it c alled the reports a r umour. The report of an a lleged shoving match at a PLP meeting is false. The party also dismissed calls for the claims of missing campaign contributions to be investigation, saying it has no intention of going on a wild goose chase entirely manufactured by The Tribune and it correspondents. It said: The leader of the PLP has no obligation to chase after shadows. We repeat: There was no shoving match and there is no investigation into any missing funds and no complaint of any missing funds. According to the PLP, the evidence is clear: The Tribune continues to deflect, on behalf of the failed FNM government, from the out of control crime, the suffering and misery of the Bahamian people and the abject failure of this FNM administration in dealing with thee conomy. The governments handling of these national crises is shameful and embarrassing and they m ust be held accountable f or it. The PLP and the people of the countrywill not be distracted by such tactics and we ask The Tribune to retract these baseless lies and speak the t ruth. HAVING l ost the national debate on the privatisation of BTC and the further liberali sation of the telecommunica tions sector, the PLP has been reduced to manufacturing lies about the new BTC and Cable and Wireless partnership, the governing FNM said. In a statement issued yesterday, the FNM noted that the oppositions propaganda machine which it said has become a factory of lies and distortions released a false statement claiming that BTC was set to dismiss 600 BTC employees. The statement further claimed that a number of BTC employees had already received notice of their dismissal. The party said: These boldfaced lies by the opposition have been emphatically refuted by the management of BTC. These lies are a part of a PLP campaign intended to frighten employees at BTC and sow unrest in the country. This latest fabrication from the oppositions factory of lies is an extension of their prior reckless and irresponsible behaviour during the BTC debate. That behaviour included paying demonstrators, among them individuals with known criminal backgrounds, to create havoc during protests on Bay Street which threatened to overrun a police barricade and the precincts of the House of Assembly. The FNM said the PLPs willingness to stoop so low as to frighten BTC employees merely for its own narrow and selfish political gain deserves the contempt of the Bahamian people and the employees of the company. It is also a further indication, as has been previously stated, that the opposition cares little about the employees at BTC, except as pawns in its attempt to grab power at any cost, the FNM said. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter A POLICEWOMAN was arraigned in a Bank Lane Magistrates Court yesterday on bribery charges. Lorraine Mortimor, 38, of Obediah Avenue, was escorted by police to Court One yesterday afternoon, her face partly concealed under the hood of a black jacket. Mortimor, who was reportedly attached to the East Street South Police Station, pleaded not guilty to all charges during her arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez. Mortimor has been charged with one count of stealing and three counts of bribery. It is alleged that Mortimor on Saturday, April 9, stole $1,007 cash from Evelyn Haughton. It is also alleged that on the same day she accepted $500 from Haughton for abstaining from performing an act in her capacity as a public servant. It is further alleged that Mortimor accepted a bribe of $1,000 from Mark Cooper and another bribe of $400 from Evelyn Haughton on Satur day, April 16. Mortimor is represented by attorney Murrio Ducille. Mortimor was granted bail in the sum of $9,000 with one surety. She was ordered to report to the Fox Hill Police Station every Saturday before 6pm. The case has been adjourned to May 4 for a fix ture hearing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nation is facing serious issues a nd will not be distracted by the political mistake Cassius Stuart made in joining the governing party, according to the PLP. In a statement issued yesterday, the o pposition said the addition of former BDM leader Mr Stuart does not change the fact that the FNM is noth i ng but a copy cat party. It said: Today people see what a bad copy the Free National Move ment is. People are more and more t urning to the real thing: the Prog ressive Liberal Party. According to the PLP, despite the FNMs protestations, it is the gove rning party not the opposition that is making a big issue out of the defection of Mr Stuart. He is past history and having made a political mistake by joining the FNM, he must live with it, the party said. Of more urgent note and import is what is to be done aboutu nemployment; about the fact that people cannot pay their mortgages and school fees and power bills; thatp eople are sleeping in cars in Grand B ahama and throughout the Bahamas because they have been put out of their homes and have no place tol ive. The PLP said that orchestrating the c rossover of Cassius Stuart does not resolve any of these problems. BTC is still gone from the Bahamian people. Unemployment is still at record l evels. There are unprecedented requests for money from Members of Parlia m ent because people simply have no jobs and no cash to take care of their basic needs. One consequence of all of this is t hat crime is out of control and seems t o be getting worse every day, it said. The PLP said it has no doubt that the FNM fought to get Cassius Stuartb ecause they saw that the PLP got Dr Andre Rollins. The FNM was taken by surprise with the choice of Dr Rollins and hadt o act quickly to copy the PLPs success in recruiting from the next generation of leaders. Standby FNM. There is more to c ome but we do not buy support. We win friends and influence people. We fight for hearts and minds of theB ahamian people, the PLP said. P L P s i n h e a t e d r o w o v e r m i s s i n g $ 5 0 0 k P a r t y d i s c u s s i o n s o n c a s h i s s u e g o t b o n d p a s s i o n a t e D R K E V A B E T H E B A H A M A S B I G G E S T S P E C I A L S U P P L E M E N T I N S I D E T O D A Y B y C E L E S T E N I X O N T r i b u n e S t a f f R e p o r t e r c n i x o n @ t r i b u n e m e d i a n e t P R I M E M i n i s t e r H u b e r I n g r a h a m h a s l i f t e d t h r e s t r i c t i o n p r o h i b i t i n g f o r e i g i n v e s t m e n t s i n r e s t a u r a n t s e n t e r t a i n m e n t f a c i l i t i e s a i n c r e a s e d t h e m i n i m u m d o l r e q u i r e m e n t f o r d i r e c t f o e i g n i n v e s t m e n t M r I n g r a h a m m a d e t s t a t e m e n t y e s t e r d a y d u r h i s c o m m u n i c a t i o n t o P a r m e n t o n t h e a m e n d m e n t t h e N a t i o n a l I n v e s t m e n t i c y w h e r e h e a l s o s a i d p e r s o n s w h o p u r c h a s e h o P M A N N O U N C E S F O R E I G N I N V E S T M E N T R E S T R I C T I O N C H A N G E S E E p a g e 1 1 F I R E F I G H T E R S H E L P C O N T A I N B L A Z EF E L I P E M A J O R / T R I B U N E S T THESTORY appeared in yesterdays Tribune. PLP:Cassius Stuart made a political mistake joining FNM THE PLP said the addition of former BDM leader Cassius Stuart does not change the fact that the FNM is nothing but a copy cat party. FNM CL AIMS PLP MANUF ACTURING LIES ABOUT NEW BTCPARTNERSHIP POLICEWOMAN IN COURT ON BRIBERY CHARGES CHARGED: Lorraine Mortimor outside of court yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff PLP denies shoving match over missing funds complaints CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U .S. Virgin Islands Associated Press A MANaccused of killing a 14-year-old tourist from Puerto Rico who was caught in a crossfire last year while visiting St. Thomas has been found guilty of felony murder. S teve Tyson, a St. Thomas resident, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 21. His attorney, Leonard Francis, could not be immediately reached for comment. It's unclear if he plans to appeal. Assistant Attorney General Michael Motylinski praisedt he verdict, which was announced after nearly two days of jury deliberations. "The evidence was overwhelming," he said. MAN FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING PUERTO RICO TOURIST, 14 C ARIBBEANNEWS


By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n A WOMAN who was on the polices most wanted list for three years in connection drug and firearm possession charges was d enied bail yesterday after c laiming she was living in New Providence all along. According to her attorney Willie Moss, Danella Nixon, 29, of Stapeldon G ardens, knew that she w as wanted by police since 2008 and had been living in a Yorkshire Street, Cable B each apartment. N ixon was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on Monday on drugs and weapons charges datingb ack to 2008, for which M elvin Maycock Sr and t wo others have already stood trial and been acquitted. It is alleged that on May 17, 2008 Nixon was found i n possession of 1,250 p ounds of marijuana, a 9 mm Baretta, a 9mm R uger pistol and a 9mm B rowning pistol. It is also alleged that Nixon was found in possession of 21 live .62 rounds, 14 live .357 rounds and 63 live rounds of 9mm ammunition. The drugs and weapons were reportedly seized from an apartment inW estridge Estates. M agistrate Bethell will n ot try Nixons case, having already heard evidence in the matter. Ms Moss noted at the bail hearing yesterday that N ixon, who has other child ren, is presently seven and a half months pregnant. H e asked the magistrate t o exercise her discretion in considering bail, claiming that Nixon has substantial ties to this jurisdiction. Inspector Ercell Dorsette told the court that according to information he had r eceived, Nixon has been l iving in Freeport and only recently returned to new P rovidence. Magistrate Bethell d enied Nixon bail, noting that she had eluded police f or three years despite k nowing a warrant had b een issued for her arrest. N ixon was remanded to prison and her case was adjourned to May 2 at 2pm, when she will be informed to which court her case will be transferred. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n THE Government is e xpected to sign a contract f or the second phase of the S ports Centre Redevelopment Project today, con-f irmed Minister of State for C ulture Charles Maynard. The government is responsible for the development of the green zone, which consists of utilities and the landscaped area surrounding the new stadium, p arking lots and new roadw ays. T he green zone construction was intended to run c oncurrently to the development of the actual stadium, or red zone, according t o the original plan. Work on the red zone s tarted months ago and is on track for completion by the end of July this year. The Chinese construction company Qilu ConstructionG roup Corporation handled the construction. A town meeting was scheduled to be held last night to update neighbouri ng business owners and residents on the imminent d evelopment work. Mr Maynard yesterday did not w ish to disclose the name of the contractor for the green zone prior to the town meeti ng. The signing will take place t oday. When Mr Maynard announced the plans for the green zone in February of last year, he said works hould be completed within two to three months ahead o f the red zone. No budget allocation had been made at that time, however, Mr M aynard said the Government would use savings from the 2009/2010 Budget and funds allocated in the2 010/2011 Budget. W ork is finally expected to commence, 14 monthsa fter the initial announcem ent. Among the projects associated with the stadium are several new road corridors,i ncluding a road to divert traffic around the stadium. Mr Maynard said traffic willn o longer have to pass through the stadium to go from Thompson Boulevard to the Tonique Williams-D arling Highway. L ong-term plans for the stadium include a new grand entrance with a Heros Park that will recognise local sports icons; and a new baseball stadium. Plans also i nclude adding a diving cent re to the Betty Kenning A quatic Centre, moving the race track, and building an athletes village. Last year, Mr Maynard said the vision for the final sports complex is to have a facility capable of hosting international sporting events such as the Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, PAGE 5 THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at NASSAU GLASS COMPANYART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREwill be closed from Thursday April 21 at 4:30pm until Tuesday April 26, opening at 8:30am.Mackey Street t 393-8165 393-3723 63(&,$/ Govt to sign contract for roads, utilities, parking lots for new stadium Woman on most wanted list for years claims she was living in New Providence By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d F REEPORT Police are continuing their investigations into a domestic dispute involving a married couple that resulted in serious injuries to the wife and their three children on Monday. A sst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that police were called t o a residence on Explorers Way sometime around 10.43pm on Monday, April 18, regarding a domestic argument. According to reports, the wife was assaulted during an a rgument with her husband. The children, aged 16 through 22, became involved and were also injured during the fight. The mother and children were taken to Rand Memorial H ospital for medical treatment. A SP Mackey said that the injuries to the mother and one c hild were described as serious, however they were all discharged from hospital. T he father has been arrested and is expected to be arraigned in the Magistrate's Court this week. Woman, children injured after domestic dispute


D URING the month of April, the Bahamas observes Coastal Awareness Month, an initiative that promotes good coastal environmental stewardship. The National Coastal A wareness committee, w hich is the motivating t eam for this effort, said it aims to increase awareness throughout the Bahamas of the importance of protecti ng and preserving the c ountrys coastal environment. Currently there are a n umber of islands implem enting activities that comm emorate the value of our coast. Last week, Sharon Henf ield from the Ministry of Tourism and Felicity Burrows from the Nature Con servancy visited MangroveC ay High School in Andros to speak to students about overfishing which is this y ears theme for Coastal A wareness Month as well a s conservation in general. Ms Henfield spoke about t he ecological value of the i slands natural resources and how the health of these resources contributes to the local economy. She explained how tourists from around the world pay hundreds and t housands of dollars to visit Andros just to swim in the blue holes, participate i n fly-fishing, bird-watching a nd other eco-tourism activ ities which feed directly into the local economy. Yet there are still persons thatd o not truly understand how invaluable these resources are and the qual i ty of life that it provides, she said. As a result persons tend to be nonchalanta bout their actions towards the environment and thus contribute to the deterioration of the countrys coastal surroundings and the resources they offer. Ms Burrows added by s aying that violations of the c ountrys fishery laws and r egulations is one example o f poor actions that lead to r educed fish populations a nd can hurt the economy. This includes the illegal netting of Nassau groupers pawning aggregations during closed seasons as well as harvesting undersized lobsters. T o make sure that the students truly understood the effect these unlawful actions have on fish popu-l ations and the countrys economy, Ms Burrows provided more detailed information on the biology of spiny lobsters. She stated that one adult female lobster depending on its size c an produce up to 500,000 e ggs. If only five per cent o f the eggs survive and is a llowed to mature, then t here will be at least 25,000 m ore lobsters in Bahamian waters. If one juvenile lobster is harvested and nota fforded the opportunity to mature and reproduce, how many potential adult lob sters were killed, she asked t he students. Another point raised was that the Bahamas earns up to 70 million dollars a year frome xporting about five million pounds of lobster tails. If even 20 juvenile lobsters are harvested and not allowed to mature or reproduce, knowing how many potential adult lobsters can o riginate from one adult f emale lobster, how much money has been lost, she s aid. One of the students blurted out with wow, well t aking the baby lobsters just d ont seem to make sense. The motto of Coastal A wareness states If Not Now.When? and If Not U s Who? L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter F REEPORT A police sergeant told the Supreme Court yesterday he arrested Marcus Bailey near the scene of a robbery on Explor e rs Way on December 20, 2009. A ccording to the evidence of Sgt Advardo Dames, Bailey was discovered at Supreme Dry C leaners sitting on the ground with a leg injury. A gun and beige mask were also nearby. Bailey, 33, is on trial for the armed robbery of Julius Lewis, the owner of Docs Conch S tand on Explorers Way. It is alleged that at about 2am on December 20, 2009 he robbed Lewis of cash, and while fleeing accidentally shot himself in the leg. Mr Lewis testified that he was robbed at gunpoint of $270 cash by a man wearing a tancoloured Halloween mask. He said the susp ect fled across the street to Supreme Dry Cleaners. He heard a gunshot and saw the sus p ect fall to the ground. Sgt Dames was the first officer on the scene. H e said he observed a young man, whom he identified as Marcus Bailey, sitting on the ground. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts. I saw a pistol a few feet away and a beige mask, he told the court. Sgt Dames said he cautioned Bailey and told him that he was under arrest for armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm. He said Bailey then told him someone had robbed and shot him in the upper thigh. Sgt Dames radioed for medical assistance. He said two officers accompanied Bailey in an ambulance to the hospital. While at the scene, Sgt Dames said he observed a pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans, size10 black Clarks shoes and a fired bullet casing where Bailey had been sitting. He stated that officers from the Central Detective Unit and Scenes of Crime Unit arrived and collected several items, including a .45 Desert Eagle pistol, serial number 333111251, a magazine clip and nine .45 bullets. Sgt Dames examined the pistol and put his initials on it. In court, he identified the pistol,m agazine clip and the nine bullets as those he observed at the scene. Detective Corporal Billy Ferguson said he arrived at Docs Conch Stand around 3.30am. H e said he collected several items and marked them with his initials, then swabbed the inside of a beige mask for forensic analysis. Defence attorney Carlson Shurland asked Sgt Dames if he asked Bailey who had shot him. No, sir, the officer replied. I didnt ask who shot him. Didnt you think you should have taken a statement from him? Didnt you think yous hould have asked what happened, how did he get shot? asked Mr Shurland. Sgt Dames explained that he arrested Bailey after he saw a weapon nearby. Mr Shurland then accused Sgt Dames of inhumane and cruel treatment, in not calling for an ambulance right way. Dames insisted he immediately called for assistance after Bailey informed him he had been shot. Dr Catherine Francisco, a doctor at Rand Memorial Hospital, was on duty on December 20, 2009 when Bailey was brought in. Dr Francisco said Baileys vital signs were stable, but he was in a lot of pain. She said he had sustained a severe wound to the mid thigh. There was an entrance wound but no exit wound, she recalled, adding that X-rays revealed the leg bone was shattered. Dr Francisco explained that a person with such an injury would not able to walk and/or stand on the leg. The doctor said Bailey had told her he was accidentally shot in the leg by someone he knew. Bailey came to court using crutches yesterday and on Monday. The trial continues before Justice Hartman Longley today. Vernal Collie and Erica Kemp of the Attorney Generals office are appearing on behalf of the Crown. P olice sergeant arrested accused near r ob bery scene Coastal Awareness Month observed in Mangrove Cay SHARON HENFIELD from the Ministry of Tourism speaks to students about conservation of the Bahamas natural resources. FELICITY BURROWS from the Nature Conservancy visited Mang rove Cay High School in Andros to speak to students in an o utdoor setting on the topic of overfishing and illegal fishing.


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, PAGE 7 AS the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA stage two of a three-stage airport expansion project, local contractors and construction workers continue to benefit from the $409.5 million r edevelopment project. Stage one, construction of a new 247,000 sq ft US Departures Terminal, came in under the budget of $198 million and was completed in less than two years. D uring that period more than $50 million was channeled to local contractors and subcontractors, airport o fficials said. The new terminal o pened on schedule on March 16, 2 011. We completed stage one with a pproximately one third of the work g oing to Bahamian contractors, another third to American contractors and the final third to Canadian contractors, said Stewart Steeves, president and CEO of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD D uring stage one, more than 70 per cent of the total labour was B ahamian. At peak periods up to 700 workers were on site, including tenant contractors. A total of 2,600 construction jobs w ere created in the first stage of the airport redevelopment project. A ccording to Mr Steeves, the same l evel of Bahamian participation is e xpected in stages two and three. Stage two construction began w ithin days of the airport managem ent company opening the new US Departures terminal. It involves the selective demolition of the old US Departures term inal and construction of a new International Arrivals Terminal and P ier at a cost of $129 million and will be completed in the Fall of 2012. Approximately $36 million will be awarded to Bahamian contractors a nd subcontractors. N AD said it expects at least 70 per cent of labour will once again b e Bahamian, with an equivalent n umber of total jobs to those genera ted in stage one. Stage three involves the construct ion of a new Domestic/Internationa l Departures and new Domestic Arrivals Terminal at a projected cost of $84 million and will open in the Fall of 2013. Airport expansion continues to benefit local contractors, construction workers W W e e c c o o m m p p l l e e t t e e d d s s t t a a g g e e o o n n e e w w i i t t h h a a p p p p r r o o x x i i m m a a t t e e l l y y o o n n e e t t h h i i r r d d o o f f t t h h e e w w o o r r k k g g o o i i n n g g t t o o B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n c c o o n n t t r r a a c c t t o o r r s s , a a n n o o t t h h e e r r t t h h i i r r d d t t o o A A m m e e r r i i c c a a n n c c o o n n t t r r a a c c t t o o r r s s a a n n d d t t h h e e f f i i n n a a l l t t h h i i r r d d t t o o C C a a n n a a d d i i a a n n c c o o n n t t r r a a c c t t o o r r s s . IN HIS inaugural address to the Governor General Y outh Awards Annual General Meeting recently, Minister of Youth, Sports a nd Culture Charles Mayn ard outlined the governm ents rationale in partnering with the programme for the development of the n ations youth. We want to be able to u se the governments muscle to ensure that we expandt he network that the GGYA b uilt so well over the years, said Minister Maynard. Speaking to the GGYAs B oard of Trustees, pro gramme volunteers and other relevant stakeholders at the British Colonial Hilton,M inister Maynard applauded the GGYA for its 24 years of proven good work in the Bahamas,s trong international affiliation, stable and reputable board and management andb ona fide success stories. Adaptable The self-sustaining GGYA programme enjoysc ommunity support, in addi t ion to being expandable and adaptable. More importantly, the minister noted that GGYA participants found the programme exciting and fun. The award programme is based on the successful completion of hiking expedi tions, coupled with community service, mastering new skills and physical activities. After fulfilling time requirements, participants are eli gible for a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. As a part of its national youth development strate gy, the government signed a contract with the GGYA in October 2010. The agreement paved the way for the p rogramme to receive well over a quarter of a million in funding. Essentially, the p artnership is only three m onths old, as the GGYA r eceived its first financial instalment this January. This partnership, named t he GOLD Initiative, not only provided the GGYA w ith a much-needed financial boost, but also brought the muscle of central and l ocal government to the table in a way thats never been done before. Initiative GOLD is an acronym for Greatness, Opportunity, Leadership and Develop-m ent. The initiative aims to bring every school in the Bahamas into the GGYAp rogramme and will help t he programme to accom modate the subsequent increase in demand. Chairman of the GGYA B oard of Trustees, Sir Orville Turnquest called the partnership a valuablee ndorsement. This programme pro vides tremendous value to the positive development of all our youthful participants, said the former Governor General. This training of the young citizens in our land has continuously proven to be an important, positive contribution in developing a great sense of responsibility for community service, in addition to encouraging and cultivating personal and vocational life skills, resourcefulness, physical perseverance, a healthy lifestyle, a spirit of adventure and proper citizenship. MINISTER TOUTS THE GGYA AS NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE Charles Maynard delivered his inaugural address to the Governor General Y outh Awards Annual General Meeting held at the British Colonial H ilton. CHAIRMAN of the GGYA Board of Trustees former Governor General Sir Orville Turn quest called the GOLD partnership a valuable endorsement.


By LARRYSMITH THE big debate over debt and deficits in the UnitedS tates is partly fueled by a similar argument over income inequality, which has some parallels with concerns in the Bahamas. Statistics show that wealth in America is conc entrated in a relatively few hands. As of 2007, the top 1 per cent of households o wned 34.6 per cent of all privately held wealth, and the next 19 per cent had 5 0.5 per cent, which means t hat just 20 per cent of the p eople owned a remarkable 85 per cent, leaving only 15p er cent of the wealth for t he bottom 80 per cent. The bottom 40 per cent hold just 0.3 per cent of the wealth. In terms of financial wealth, the top 10 per cent have 80 to 90 per cent of stocks, bonds, trust funds, a nd business equity, and over 75 per cent of nonhome real estate. And sincef inancial wealth refers to the control of income-produci ng assets, we can say that the United States is owned b y just 10 per cent of the population. According to the Census B ureau, the number of Americans living in poverty hit a 51-year high in 2009 the most since estimates were first published. Andl iberal economist Robert Reich, of the University of C alifornia, argues that income inequality has left the bulk of the populationw ithout enough purchasing power to keep the economy going, while the super-rich a re reaping huge tax windfalls. But, as with so much in life, things are not quite as b lack and white as they seem. As Nick Clegg, the deputy leader of Britain's new coalition government, recently pointed out, "Social m obility is what characterises a fair society, rather than a particular level of i ncome inequality. Inequali ties become injustices when t hey are...passed on, generation to generation." A libertarian economist s peaking at a Nassau Institute event last week sought to reinforce that view. Dr Steven Horwitz, of St Lawrence University in New York, argued that even if the relative income shareso f the poor declined, this d oesnt take account of the overall growth in income. The distinction between onen inth of a pizza and one s ixth of a pizza depends on the size of the pie, he said. "Poor people are not the same people one year to the n ext," Horwtiz told an audience of business people and professionals at the British Colonial Hilton. "The real policy question is income m obility: how easy is it for folks who start poor to move their way up? Most of t hose who start out poor d on't remain poor. We go t hrough a life cycle of income, with the poor getting a lot richer and the richg etting a little richer." He backed up this argument with figures showing that household consumption in the US had increased over time, with the average family noticeably better offa nd the poor having more a ppliances, cars and mod cons in 2005 than the aver age household did in 1971. H e attributed this to a reduction in the cost of g oods made possible by the f ree market. "It is true that p rices are higher because of inflation, but more impor-t ant is the amount of labour t ime needed to purchase the goods we use. Our standard of living is higher if less labour is involved, and by this measure a wide variety of goods and services are substantially cheaper today one of the best signs of increasing well-being." For example, a washing machine that cost $285 in1 975 and $400 in 2009 was a ctually 70 per cent cheaper today because the amount of work time needed to buy it had fallen from 69 hours to under 22 hours. But again, things are not quite as simple as they seem. R esearchers at the Lond on School of Economics have compared social mobility in eight advanced countries, and their data shows that the more equal countries have higher social mobility. In other words, theA merican Dream is more likely to remain a dream for Americans than it is for people living in Canada or Scandinavia, because greater inequality in the US makes it easier for rich par ents to pass on their advantages particularly as it relates to education. And we should all be concerned about the unin tended social consequences of widening income differences. They include more violence, falling educational performance, higher prison populations, rising teenage birth rates, higher child mortality and increased drug abuse, mental illness and obesity. We can see these consequences playing out before our eyes in the Bahamas. The conclusion these researchers draw is that in societies with smaller income differences between rich and poor, community life is stronger, levels of trust are higher and there is less violence overall. In other words, most peo ple seem to benefit from greater equality, and preventing excessively high incomes and concentrations of wealth at the top is as important as pulling up the incomes of those at the bottom. This brings us back to the histrionic debate in the US over debt and deficits. In a s peech last week, President B arack Obama acknowle dged the scale of the problem. "Our debt has growns o large that we could do r eal damage to the economy if we dont begin a processnow to get our fiscal house in order." But he also expressed a vision for America "where we live within our meansw hile still investing in our future; where everyone makes sacrifices but no one bears all the burden; wherew e provide a basic measure o f security for our citizens and rising opportunity for our children...We have to think about whats required to preserve the American Dream for future genera tions." T he competing vision on t he libertarian right calls for reducing government, dis mantling public services, and cutting taxes on the rich, putting more of the burden on the poor, elderly and disabled. According toR epublican congressman Paul Ryan's economic roadmap, these measures are necessary to avert fiscal disaster and "an erosion of prosperity and the Ameri can character itself...The governments current fiscal path has put (our very much in doubt." Both perspectives are valid. America's fiscal course is clearly unsustain able (as is ours if the national debt is not brought under control). This means that policymakers must strike a difficult balance between austerity and investment. But it is equally important for the burdens and costs to be shared fairly, and for policies to be implemented that are based on reality rather than ideological dog ma. Last December, the Simpson-Bowles fiscal com mission offered a deeply considered bi-partisan approach for the US, much of which has been embraced by the president. According to the com mission, the long-term Federal budget deficit "is a severe threat that calls for serious and prompt atten tion. At some point, bond markets are likely to turn on the United States leading to a crisis that could dwarf 2008." So there is clearly wide agreement among the A merican political class a bout the targets for serio us deficit reduction as part of a long-term strategy fore conomic growth and cont inued US leadership in the world. The Bowles-Simpson commission proposed a responsible mix of spending cuts and revenue increases, including adjustments to major social programmesa nd tax increases for all but the most vulnerable. The Obama administration has proposed a bal a nced approach to achieve $ 4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 12 years, along with a fail-safe mech anism that kicks in as insur ance. This reduction includes a further $400 bil lion cut in military spend i ng (over and above what h as already been agreed), significant reforms to retire ment and public health pro grammes, limiting tax breaks for the wealthy, and simplifying the tax code. Currently, US public d ebt stands at 97 per cent of gross domestic product the 12th highest in the world. But the US is also the world's greatest econo my with the world's safest currency. Our 2010 debt of $4.2 billion is already more than 56 per cent of GDP and rising, but our economic productivity is negligible and our revenue base limit ed. As we recover from the recession, steps must be taken to reduce this debt while protecting our social safety net and investments in the future. Efforts must also be made to reform and broaden the tax base, taking account of wealthy lawyers, doctors and financial professionals, as well as other service providers. And there are several ways to do this. Currently, the government collects about a billion dol lars a year in tax revenues some 15 per cent of GDP while most experts say that, to support a cohesive and properly functioning soci ety, the tax burden should be about 20 per cent of total output. But the best way to address poverty and fairness in our society is through a radical overhaul of our fail ing education system. We may disagree on economic policy, but there is a wide consensus out there that education and job train ing are the keys to attacking our social ills by creating a more equal and just society. This is what the term "empowering Bahamians" is really all about. What do you think? Send comments to Or visit PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Debt, deficits and income inequality D R STEVEN HORWTIZ o f St Lawrence University, New York, says the poor have gotten richer. W W e e s s h h o o u u l l d d a a l l l l b b e e c c o o n n c c e e r r n n e e d d a a b b o o u u t t t t h h e e u u n n i i n n t t e e n n d d e e d d s s o o c c i i a a l l c c o o n n s s e e q q u u e e n n c c e e s s o o f f w w i i d d e e n n i i n n g g i i n n c c o o m m e e d d i i f f f f e e r r e e n n c c e e s s . 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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, PAGE 9 with BCPMU President William Carroll, is calling for BTC to repay the affectedw orkers and, if the compan y can prove that some e mployees were not on legiti mate leave, penalise them after due diligence is done. "Our recommendation w as to reimburse all staff and then go through the process to ensure that they docked t hose persons who were deserving. This morning theyc ame back and they say they h old fast to going through t he tedious task of going through all the information first. They are trying to force us to prove our own inno-c ence when they should have d one due diligence and cut p eople who were deserving to get cut. Already the management of Cable and Wirel ess/BTC is failing to abide by legally-binding contracts agreed to between the com-p any and both unions," Mr E vans said yesterday, describing BTC's tactics as "bullish" and "shameful". The union head argued that BTC executives, in their "zeal to squash" employeep rotests against privatisation began indiscriminately dock-ing the pay of hundreds of workers who according toM r Evans complied with company requirements for legitimate leave. Many of our members have followed any such procedure that is outlined tot hem in the industrial agree m ent. They have complied with them. Some of our members who were dockedw ere in hospital on their backs, some were on legitimate vacation in the States, some were retired so obvi-o usly they didn't follow the rules," Mr Evans. If we had those 500 on d emonstration it would have b een much more people than you saw at the protest," added Mr Carroll. So plenty of those peo ple had compassionate day or sick leave. And they wantu s to prove that, how can we prove that? Aside from filling out the form and it going to the VP and the VP says No I'm not accepting it' and the manager and immediate supervisor already acceptedi t. Those are the violations." B CPOU executive Denise Wilson claimed some of the affected employees showedu p to work on the day in question. "Not all of them were off t he job. We have persons that we know of who worked the whole day and were docked. We have persons w ho went to work and by virtue of (a t he attendance register and c arrying it to his or her o ffice, the staff couldn't sign in. "The security department did not allow them to get the keys for their vehicles. So here you have people on the job milling about they c an't get access to the tools they need to do the job andy ou cut them because you m ade a bad decision," she s aid. Last night Marlon Johnson, BTC's vice-president ofm arketing, said the union executives abruptly walkedo ut of negotiations before t he company could fully e xplain its position. He a dded that the company fol lowing proper policy and is c ommitted to reimbursing employees, provided theyc an prove they were wrongly p enalised. He said: "Before the company had an opportunity to really explain what the comp any's position was, the u nion executives left the meeting. The company's s tance is that the company would deduct the individuals who did not show up to work on the day in question a s is. There are some cases in w hich the union contends that persons were deducted w ho had a valid reason to be off of work. "The company asked for these cases to be broughtf orward, several cases have been brought forward and are under review and if found that the persons were d educted in error they will be reimbursed." He said he hoped negotiat ions can continue with unions at a meeting planned for today. old woman in hospital nursing wounds to her legs and arms. According to police, the c ouple had been e mbroiled earlier in what is believed to have been a domestic dispute that ended violently near the plaza's parking lot at a bout 9am. The woman left her home after the argument and went to work, according to police, but was knocked down moments later. A police source said: She reported that she a nd her husband were i nvolved in an altercation at a residence. She then went to work. He then allegedly knocked her down and she received i njuries to her leg to her a rms. She is in stable condition." A 42-year-old man is assisting police with their investigations. Meanwhile, police also confirmed that a young c hild was knocked down b y a car driving on T hompson Boulevard yesterday evening. According to police, the child's injuries were not life-threatening. I nvestigations into both i ncidents continue. guilty of brutally murdering 16-year-old Donnell Conover in 2002. Her body was d iscovered battered and bruised and her s kull crushed. Evidence also revealed that p arts of Ms Conover's body was burnt after her death. T ido was convicted and sentenced to d eath only days after the Privy Council ruled in March 2006 that the mandatory death sentence in The Bahamas is unconstitutional. During her ruling, Supreme Court Justice Anita Allen said she was satisfied beyonda reasonable doubt that the appropriate s entence in this case was death. I n 2009, the Committee for the Prerogative of Mercy decided the law should take i ts course, as it did not see Tidos case as an appropriate one for the Prerogative of Mercy to be exercised. The Minister of National Security had advised the Gover nor General of the decision at that time. H owever, the Government also said no f urther action would be taken pending the outcome of the appeal at the Privy Council. M r Delaney said the Privy Council is the h ighest court in The Bahamas. He called it a well respected institution with able judges. B eing a country of laws, Mr Delaney said the Government is under the rule of law and cannot carry out any punishment without it being in a lawful manner. He said the Government is watching very closely to see the ruling, and what ever the outcome it would abide by thej udgment. A n earlier ruling of the Privy Council o verturned the death sentence on two J amaican men, finding the length of time t hey had been on death row prior to the e xecution of their death sentence was cruel, inhumane and degrading. The high court instituted a five-year limit on the time within which a condemned person must be executed. Mr Delaney said the Government was making every effort to have armed rob-b ery and murder cases expedited, to enable relevant cases to be completed within the time parameters laid out by the Privy Council within which a person should bee xecuted if that is the sentence. moratorium on drilling any time soon. "Well it's nigh impossible for this (the passing of legislation relating to oil drilling) to be accommodated within this Parliament," Environment Minister Earl Deveaux told The Tribune last month. The minister added that any potential legislation framework would not be finalised without opportunity for public input, putting offits implementation. "We have received a good bit of information, in terms of similar legislation, from several countries of interest. We then have to do the work in order for me to take it (draft legislation (Cabinet them to review. It is also something that will require broad, broad consultation with the public, so it's. .nigh on impossible for this legisla tion to be accommodated within this Parliament," Mr Deveaux said. The disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one reason why Government is hesitant to relax the oil drilling regulations. "We have an experience with the Deep Water Horizon oil spill and the grave concerns it represented toour country and environment, and we also know and are aware of concerns expressed by the US with regard to ongoing drilling in Cuba and the likely impacton Key West. We don't think its prudent (to lift the moratorium) unless we have the most rigid protocols in placeto inform any decisions we make in that regard and to manage any outcome," Mr Deveaux said. FROM page one FIRM COMMITTED TO OIL WELL IN B AHAMIAN W ATERS EARLY NEXT YEAR Union threatens BTC in row over docked pay FROM page one GOVT MONITORING APPEAL HEARING OF CONVICTED MURDERER VERY CLOSELY F ROM page one WOMAN KNOCKED DOWN BY HUSBAND AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC DISPUTE FROM page one B CPOU President Bernard Evans


I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B ONNETSVILLE, N.C. A ssociated Press S hards of glass from old bot tles and furniture smashed by a tornado that tore through town littered the concrete flooro f Rhonda Carter's antique store, shattering her plans to open an auction house in nearby Salemburg. A storage area in the back was flattened. "I just had a feeling something bad was going to happ en, and it did," Carter said of Saturday, when storms raged through Bonnetsvillea nd other parts of North Carolina, killing at least 23 and damaging or destroying more than 800 homes. "Now I'm starting over." From remote rural commu nities to the state's secondlargest city, thousands of resid ents hit by the most active tornado outbreak recorded in North Carolina's history were clearing away rubble and debris, repairing power lines and facing a recovery that will cost tens of millions of dollars. Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday requested a federal disaster declaration for 18 counties, which would open up federal aid. The storms that chugged across the South last week killed at least 46 people in six states, but the worst devastation came over about four hours Saturday in North Carolina. A confirmed tally had been difficult to reach because of the far-flung destruction and multiple government agencies involved. The Associated Press con firmed the identities of each of the 23 who died in North Carolina with relatives, local officials or state troopers. "In the blink of an eye, so many people have been plunged into grief and crisis," said Preston Parrish, executive vice president of ministry at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which dis patched its disaster-response teams to four areas of the state. One was Bertie County in the state's northeast corner, where the ministry also deployed volunteers just seven months ago, after floods devastated the county seat of Windsor and surrounding communities. At least two tornadoes hit the county in rapid succession, one doing enough damage to kill 11 people. The twisters descended suddenly, with only about 15 minutes of warning. "I saw it coming, we got in there, and as soon as we hit the door, boom, it hit," said Roy Lee, whose house was destroyed. "About three min utes max it was over." When it was over, Lee's neighbor, 60-year-old Peggy Leary, was dead. The National Weather Ser vice said Tuesday that its preliminary analysis has identi fied 25 different tornadoes in North Carolina. That's three more touchdowns than duringa March 1984 event that included more powerful systems and killed twice as many people but was largely isolated to the Interstate 95 corridor. Saturday's outbreak spread across more than half the state, from near Winston-Salem to the Outer Banks. Perdue and other officials toured the damage Monday, pledging prompt support to rebuild. Charities, religious groups and emergency shel ters sprang into action, offering their services to residents wellversed in disasters like hurricanes, who suddenly found themselves in the path of a very different type of storm. Bertie County's property damage was at least $2.5 mil lion, but that figure doesn't include infrastructure damage or the loss of crops. Bertie County produces tobacco, peanuts and soybeans, among other staples. Statewide, costs will likely be at least in the tens of millions because the weather raged through densely populated cities, trashing homes, businesses and public buildings. Employees in Wake County, where Raleigh is located, estimated Monday that local costs will be around $65 million, county commission Chairman Paul Coble said, an estimate he expects to rise. One mobile home in Raleigh was the site of four deaths, including 6-month-old Yaire Quistian-Nino, who had been listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital. Yaire was killed along with her 9year-old brother, Daniel Quistian-Nino, and two cousins, 8year-old Osvaldo CoronadoNino and 3-year-old Kevin Uriel Coronado-Nino. Authorities have said that Yaire's mother moved all the kids into a closet when the storm came in but that a large tree fell on the home. Police have said the mother was momentarily knocked uncon scious but survived. In Roseboro 60 miles south of Raleigh, Larry Tanner had heard the warnings on TV, but at home with his wife and two of his three children, he looked outside and it was sunny. He thought he was safe until his son, Jonathan, 19, a volunteer firefighter, walked in and his pager went off. A tornado had just touched down in Ammon about 10 miles way. Tanner walked outside and spotted a funnel cloud headed toward the house. "Turn around," he shouted at his son. Jonathan was trapped inside the front door. The column from the front porch hit him on the head, cutting a deep gash. The windows blew out, sending shards of glass flying like shrapnel. Tanner was knocked on his back and watched as the winds ripped the roof off the house. It lasted about a halfminute. "It was terrible. I couldn't breathe. The dirt and debris got in my lungs," Jonathan recalled Monday, his voice trailing off. He was quiet for a moment. "I thought we were going to die." More than a quarter-million people lost power during the storm, but by late Monday that had dropped to a few thou sand. The storm not only brought down power lines, but crews responding to outages found the storm had been so strong that some wires had simply vanished. Emergency workers took damage estimates to see if uninsurable losses reach $10.3 million, the minimum amount needed for North Carolina to qualify for federal disaster assistance. Residents without insurance were advised to take photos of the damage before they clean up. And the emergency workers tell everyone to put debris in two piles: con struction materials and vegetative materials. But beyond the material losses are injuries that won't be remedied as quickly. Gary Cary, 46, who lives in Roseboro, got his wheelchair up a ramp into his mother's house moments before a tor nado blew through the area, shattering the home's win dows. Both he and his mother lived, but his own home was obliterated. Worse, he said, was the death of Possum, the 8-year-old calico cat he called "my right arm." "I could have lost my life," he said. "My mother could be gone. It's just rough. Real rough." A LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT e mployee stands in the parking lot of the store after it was hit by a tornado in Sanford, N.C., Saturday. (AP Storms death toll rises to 23 in North Carolina A LADY INSPECTS HER HOME and car in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday. Homes and businesses were badly damaged Saturday by a severe storm system that whipped across North Carolina, bringing flash floods, hail and reports of tornadoes from the western hills to the streets of Raleigh. (AP NEW ORLEANS A ssociated Press IT WAS the catastrophe that seemed to crush a way of life, an oil rig exploding in the darkness and plunging the Gulf Coast and its peo-p le into months of chaos. O ne year after the nation's worst offshore oil spill began, solemn ceremonies will mark the disaster Wednesday and unders core the delicate healing that is only now taking shape. Oil still occasionallyr olls up on beaches in the form of tar balls, and fishermen face an uncertain future. But traffic jams on the narrow coastal roads of Alabama, crowded seafoodr estaurants in Florida and families vacationing along the Louisiana coast attest to the fact that familiar routines are returning, albeit slowly. "We used to fuss about t hat," said Ike Williams, referring to the heavy traffic headed for the water in Gulf Shores, Ala., where he rents chairs and umbrellas to b eachgoers. "But it was such a welcome sight." A lthough life is getting back to normal, many ques tions linger: Will the fishing i ndustry recover? Will the e nvironment bounce back completely? Will an oil-hun gry public ever accept more d eep-water drilling? "It seems like it is all gone," said Tyler Priest, an o il historian at the Universi ty of Houston. "People have turned their attention elsewhere. But it will play out l ike Exxon Valdez did. There will be 20 years of lit igation." O n Tuesday, the federal government reopened the last of the waters that werec losed last year after the massive spill, about 1,040 square miles near the sunken rig. And fresh reve-l ations from a BP engineer's email exchanges with his wife highlighted the missteps made on the ill-fated rig before the explosion. In the months since the A pril 20, 2010, blast aboard the Deepwater Horizon, an administrator has handed out $3.8 billion from a $20 billion claims fund set up by BP. The number of cleanupworkers went from 48,000 at the height of the spill to 2,000 today. Most scientists agree the effects "were not as severe as many had predicted," said Christopher D'Elia, dean at the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University. "People had said this was an ecolog-ical Armageddon, and that did not come to pass." Still, biologists are concerned about the spill's longterm impact on marine life. "There are these cascad ing effects," D'Elia said. "It could be accumulation of toxins in the food chain, or changes in the food web.Some species might dominate." Meanwhile, accumulated oil is believed to lie on the bottom of the Gulf, and itstill shows up as a thick, gooey black crust along miles of Louisiana's marshy shoreline. Scientists have begun to notice that the land in many places is eroding. For example, on Cat Island, a patch of land where pelicans and reddish egretsnest among the black man groves, Associated Press photographs taken a year ago and compared to those taken recently show visible loss of land and a lack of vegetation. "Last year, those man groves were healthy, dark green. This year they're not," said Todd Baker, a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Land is eroding on sites where the oil has killed vegetation. A YEAR AFTER OIL SPILL, GULF COAST IS HEALING, HURTING


I NTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, PAGE 11 TRIPOLI, Libya Associated Press EUROPEis ready to send an armed force to Libya to ensure delivery of humanitarian aid and Britain said Tuesday it will dispatch senior military officers to advise the opposition signs that Western nations are inching closer to having troops on Libyan soil. The proposal by the European Union to deploy the armed force to escort humanitarian aid drew an immediate warning from Moammar Gadhafi's regime that this would be tantamount to a military operation. France's foreign minister also said he was hostile to such a deployment. The new tactics seem to have been spurred by the continued deadlock after two months of fighting between Gadhafi's army and rebel forces. There has also been growing international concern over the fate of the besieged rebel city of Misrata, where NATO has been unable to halt heavy shelling by Gadhafi's forces with airstrikes alone. Misrata, Libya's third-largest city, has been under siege for nearly two months, with rebels holding on to seaside positions in the port area. In recent days, Libyan troops have pounded the city with shells and rockets. On Tuesday, rebels and troops clashed in central Misrata, and explosions and gunfire were heard. NATO officials acknowledged Tuesday that they are having trouble destroying Gadhafi's mortars and rocket launchers from the air, for fear of inadvertently harming civilians in such strikes. "It's not a conventional war," said Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, chairman of NATO's military committee. He would not say just how much of the regime's firepower has been eliminated or put out of action by NATO's operations so far. The fighting in Libya has been dead locked for the past month. Gadhafi is holding on in the west, while the rebels control the east. NATO airstrikes have kept Gadhafi loyalists in check, but the rebels, poorly trained group with little military experience, have not been able to score military gains, either. As the allies seek ways to break the battlefield stalemate, British Foreign Sec retary William Hague said Britain will send a team of up to 20 senior military advisers to the rebel stronghold of Beng hazi to help organize the country's haphazard opposition forces. Hague insisted the advisers would not be involved in supplying weapons to the rebels or in assisting their attacks on Gadhafi's forces. He said the advisers would work with British diplomats already cooperating with the National Transitional Council, the political wing of the rebel movement, which has been officially recognized by Italy, France and Qatar. Britain has said it would not become involved in directly supplying weapons to Libya's rebels; it has already sent nonlethal support, such as 1,000 sets of body armor and 100 satellite phones. The EU, meanwhile, said it could deploy an armed force to Libya within days to ensure the delivery of humanitarian supplies, said Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Mann said a "concept of operations" has been approved by the European Union's 27 countries, outlining various possible courses of action. But Mann said the details of the operation, includ ing how many people and what equipment would be needed, would await the specifics of any U.N. request. T he EU has no standing army, and the personnel and equipment would have be donated by member countries. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he is "totally hostile to the deploy ment of troops on the ground." Juppe made his remarks at a lunch for diplomatic journalists, which was reported on the website of the daily Le Figaro. H e was responding to a question over a proposal by the head of the foreign affairs commission in France's lower house to send 200-300 special forces "who wouldn't be ground combat troops" to help designate targets for NATO planes. Juppe said the rebel forces "can play this role without it being necessary to deploy troops on the ground." The leader of the rebels' transitional government, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, will meet in Paris with President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday, the president's office announced. Ashton made the offer of military aid to protect humanitarian groups on April 1, but so far no U.N. request has been f orthcoming. Over the weekend, the U.N. reached agreement with Gadhafi's government on carrying out aid operations in areas of Libya he controls. A key destination for such aid would be Misrata, where hospitals were said to be overwhelmed with wounded. Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister K haled Kaim, asked about the possibility of foreign troop escorts of aid convoys, said "if there is any deployment of any armed personnel on Libyan ground, there will be fighting, and the Libyan government will not take this as a humanitarian mission" but as a military one. Asked whether he would rule out such deployment, he told reporters in Tripoli: "Yes, because we are doing our utmost not to resort to such things." He said the Libyan government has repeatedly offered to help humanitarian agencies do their work. Kaim also said NATO airstrikes have knocked out telecommunications in the central Libyan towns of Sirte, Brega and Ras Lanouf. He alleged the strikes were m eant to help the rebels advance westward, into areas controlled by Gadhafi's forces. In Misrata, NATO strikes only targeted radars and air defenses Tuesday, said Abdel-Salam, a resident who identified himself only by his given name for fear of retaliation. NATO Brig. Gen. Mark van Uhm said f ighting has been intense in the city for the past 10 days and that his forces have destroyed more than 40 tanks and several armored personnel carriers there. "The situation on the ground is fluid there, with ground being won and lost by both sides," van Uhm said at NATO headquarters in Brussels, adding: "Gad hafi's forces have shelled Misrata indiscriminately." B ut he cautioned that "there is a limit to what can be achieved by airpower to stop fighting in a city." "We are doing everything to prevent civilian casualties by our own attacks (whileGadhafi's sustain forces there," he said. Concerning the EU's contingency plans, he said that "there has been no n eed for armed escorts until now." "Until now, it has not been necessary to use armed escorts, and since the port of Misrata is still open, we don't see the need," he told reporters. NATO's Di Paola said in Rome that even though NATO operations have done "quite significant damage" to the Libyan regime's heavy weaponry, whatG adhafi has left is "still considerable." Asked if more NATO air power and bombing are needed, Di Paola said any "significantly additional" allied contribution would be welcome. Given NATO's humanitarian man date reflecting the U.N. Security Council resolution on Libya, which does not allow ground forces, "it's very difficult"t o stop the regime's firepower on Misrata, he said. "What is significant is we're preventing Gadhafi from using the full potential of his firepower. Unfortunately we're not able so far to deny him use of all his fire power," Di Paola said. Di Paola said the alliance had "yet to succeed" in neutralizing the mortars andr ocket launchers, especially inside Mis rata, where it is "very hard" to destroy that firepower without inflicting civilian casualties. World Food Program spokeswoman Emilia Casella says the U.N. agency signed an agreement with the Libyan Red Crescent to establish a humanitarian corridor in western Libya and "we r eceived an indication that the govern ment did not have any objection." Casella said WFP trucks are already bringing food to feed 50,000 people for one month. The food will be distributed by the Libyan Red Crescent in Tripoli, Zintan, Yefrin, Nalut, Mizda, Al Reiba and Zawiya. Separately, the U.N. humanitarian chief said she was assured the U.N. would be permitted to visit Misrata and other towns to assess the humanitarian need. British military advisers to advise Libyan rebels A LIBYAN REBEL FIGHTER waits for deployment orders for reinforcements along the western gate of Ajdabiya, Libya Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Europe is ready to send an armed force to Libya to ensure delivery of humanitarian aid and Britain said Tuesday it will dis p atch senior military officers to advise the opposition signs that Western nations are inching closer to having troops on Libyan soil. (AP B EIRUT Associated Press SYRIA'Sgovernment approved lifting the country's n early 50-year-old state of e mergency Tuesday to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters, but opposition leaders dismissed it as an attempt by President Bashar Assad to claimr eforms but maintain his h ard-line rule. The blunt response suggested the month-old uprising could be entering a more volatile stage: protesters now aiming higher to seekA ssad's ouster and his regime warning that the d emonstrations must now e nd. We want freedom!" chanted thousands of people i n the southern city of Daraa and coastal town of Banias, according to witnesses. A prominent Syrian writer Y assin Haj Saleh, who spent 16 years in jail for his links to a pro-democracy group, claimed Assad was looking for a "maneuver to gain time" by removing emer g ency rule, which gives authorities almost boundless powers of surveillance and arrest. "They are basically telling the people, 'We have fulfilled y our demands, so go home a nd if you don't we will break your head,'" he told The Associated Press by tele-p hone from Beirut. "But in reality nothing will change." The announcement signaling the end of the muchr eviled emergency rule came just hours after a show of strength by authorities. Secu r ity forced stormed an occu pied square in Syria's thirdlargest city. Then officialsi ssued a stern warning on n ational TV for the protest ers to back down. The ultimatum-style message appeared to show that ending emergency laws will not ease the increasingly h arsh blows against opponents. Assad's regime has labeled the protest move ment as an "armed insurrect ion" and a power grab by Islamic extremist descrip tions that could give authori ties the cover to continue the crackdown. Assad last week had told h is cabinet to remove the s tate of emergency in place since his Baath Party took power in March 1963 but added that such a move would give protesters no more reason to take to t he streets. This could give Assad further pretext to move against any further marches or rallies. Syria's official news agency SANA said the cabinet also approved abolishing the state security court, which handled the trials of political prisoners, and approved a new law allowing the right to stage peaceful protests with the permission of the Interior Ministry. The changes need parliament approval, but no objections are expected at its next session planned for May 2. "Repealing the emergency law would do little to restrict the power of various security agencies because Syria has other laws that guarantee members of the secret police immunity for virtually any crime committed in the lineof duty," said Mohamad Bazzi, a regional expert at the Council on Foreign Rela tions in New York. SYRIA LIFTS STATE OF EMERGENCY LAWS BUT WARNS PROTESTERS KIEV, Ukraine Associated Press A DONORS conference seeking euro740 million ($1.1 billion) to clean up the Cher nobyl disaster site fell well short of its goal Tuesday, but officials remained optimistic that money will be found to make the world's worst nuclear accident site environmentally safe. Pledges from nations and organizations at the conference totaled about euro550 million ($785 million euro29 million ($41 million from Ukraine. The money is being sought to complete the construction of a gargantuan long-term shelter to cover the nuclear reactor that exploded April 26, 1986, and to build a facility to store waste from the plant's three other decommissioned reactors. Japan had been one of the top donors in previous years, contributing euro72 million ($103 million year, after last month's devastating earthquake, tsunami and ensuing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan held back from pledging money. Several other major donors in the past also did not announce pledges Tuesday, cit ing their own economic diffi culties or impending national elections. Among them were Ireland, Spain and Canada. But "undoubtedly, the countries that were not ready to offer today are still with us," said French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, whose country pledged euro47 million ($67 million). France is the strongest defender of using nuclear power in Europe. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych reached out to countries not at the conference, saying, "We will always be thankful for timely assistance." Other top pledging countries at the conference included the United States, promising $123 million, Germany with euro42.4 million ($60.5 million sia, a latecomer to decades of Chernobyl contributions, pledg ing euro45 million ($64 million). Russia's pledge doubled the amount it has donated since it began contributing in 2005. The European Commission pledged euro110 million ($157 million) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which is directing the Chernobyl projects, promised euro120 million ($171 million). The international communi ty already has poured euro864 million ($1.2 billion fund to build the shelter over the reactor. In the months after the blast, workers hastily built a so-called sarcophagus to block off the radiation being spewed from the reactor, but it has already exceeded its proposed service life and has been plagued by structural problems. The new shelter, which will look like a giant Quonset hut, is CHERNOBYL DONORS CONFERENCE FALLS SHORT OF GOAL


L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE P INNACLE Seekers Toastmasters Club 1513325 celebrated its Jazz at the Pinnacle event at the Garden of Eden in Nassau on Friday. Under the patronage o f Governor-General Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes as well as Housing Minister Kenneth Russell and G eorgina Russell, the v enue came alive to the s ounds of the Royal Bahamas Police ForceP op Band and Her M ajesty's Prison Pop B and playing jazz and rake n scrape music. The night included selections by Joan Lockhart Culmer and saxophonist Garvin Clarke. It was also a night of poetry, with poets like C hester Robards and Arthur Seymour sharing their work with the guests. Among the 150 pers ons in attendance were F ox Hill MP Fred M itchell and Jason Springer, president ofP innacle Seekers Toastm asters Club. AZZ AT THE PINNACLE HER MAJESTYS PRISON POP BAND p rovides musical entertainment. SAXOPHONIST Garvin Clarke. THE POLICE POP BAND entertains at Jazz at the Pinnacle.


SECTIONB WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.23 $5.21 $5.23 BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [Learn more at] By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a A TRADE and investment promotion tour undert aken by the Government a nd private sector represent atives in Canada went e xtremely well, according to a government minister involved, inspiring express ions of interest by potential investors with a variety of local companies and the government itself. On it heels, the Government is now planning another such tour, to be led by P rime Minister Hubert I ngraham, to South American tiger economy, Brazil, w hich has been experienci ng an economic boom. M inister of State Zhivargo Laing said the government and financial services sector see The Bahamas as offering s ome natural fits for B razilian investment inter e sts. Speaking of the Canadian trade and investment effort, also led by Mr Ingraham, who was joined by Mr L aing, other key Cabinet ministers, representatives of t he financial services, real e state and maritime indust ries, along with Grand Bahama stakeholders, MrL aing said he believes the o utcome will be very positive for The Bahamas. We thought the trade mission went extremely well. The response to the invitations the people who accepted our invitations, and a ttended the meetings w ere extremely good both i n Calgary and Toronto. We h ad a number of persons w ho had expressed an intere st in further investigation and inquiry into doing business in this country. We had some of the properties for instance Albany indicated they had gotten a number of inquiries Canada investment promotion tour labelled very positive n Prime Minister to lead similar tour to Brazil this summer S EE page 3B HUBERT INGRAHAM By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter WHILE asserting that he does not wish to prejudge the upcoming outcome of The Bahamas f irst survey to determine the u nemployment rate in two years, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes is c onfident the economy has stab ilised and things are getting bett er. I think that anecdotally, based on all evidence received, we have a clear indication thatl ess people are being laid off every month which means more people being employed, charged Mr Foulkes. The Minister suggested the drastic decrease in amount of unemployment benefit claimants, which most recent d ata shows fell from its peaks of 5,475 in April 2009, to a peak of 884 in June 2010, to 296 claims made in February 2011 with 203 awarded, plays a key role in this assessment. T he ability to use the data attached to the unemploym ent benefit program as a barometer of the economys h ealth has been an unintended positive benefit of the social security initiative implemented two years ago, sug-g ested Mr Foulkes. However, there is some argument to be made over whether decreased claimants equates to more employment or simply more people who have used up the ben efits for which they are eligible but have yet to find a job. I n the last labour force survey in May 2009, it was determined that New Providence had an unemployment rate of 14 per cent, while Grand Bahama's unemployment level had risen to 17.4 per cent. Another survey is now due to take place next month, after the Department of Statistics postponed last years survey while it undertook the national census. S peaking with Tribune Business yesterday, Mr Foulkes s aid: We feel, and the Prime Minister stated several times, that the economy has stabilised and things are in fact getting better. The Baha Mar project has already employed close to 600 Bahamians on Baha Mar itself. Over 100 truckers are also working and some 80 vendors have also been engaged and five major contracts have already been giv e n out to major construction companies to rebuild build Labour Minister: More people being employed DION FOULKES SEE page 2B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a B AHAMIAN contractors are way down the f ood chain on the Lynden P indling International Airp ort re-development project, which the President of the Contractors Associa-t ion yesterday suggested has steadily brought to light all the reasons why the government must mandate Bahamian contractors involvement in FDI projects and pass the Contract ors Bill. A lthough insisting that h e does not blame prime contractor, Canada-basedL edcorp, for facilitating a s ituation where Bahamian contractors have primarily been engaged as subs to their subs sub contractors to the foreign sub-contractors they engaged to work on the project at thea irport, Stephen Wrinkle said the fact that this has happened proves why the government must not turna blind eye to the reality of the global construction industry. His comments came as t he Nassau Airport Devel opment Company releaseda statement in which it said t hat about 28 per cent of t he $129 million ear marked for stage two construction at the Lynden Pindling International Air-p ort (LPIA Bahamian contractors and 70 per cent of labouri nvolved in the project is likely to be Bahamian. These percentages roughly mirror those seend uring stage one construc tion, which involved the development of the new US Departures terminal. Of the total value of that project, which was $198 million but came in "under budget" to an unspecified degree, "more than $50 million" in funds allocated went to Bahamian contrac tors and subcontractors, and 70 per cent of workers were Bahamian. Mr Wrinkle said Bahamian contractors and workers have clearly ben efited from the project but not to the degree that they could have. On the face of it, it looks like a substantial number of foreign contractors, and thats the prob lem we run into: The Bahamian contractors are only coming into that pro ject as sub-contractors to Ledcorps foreign sub-conBAHAMIAN CONTRACTORS AY DOWN FOOD CHAIN By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter AN innovative partner ship between Starbucks coffee and non-profit food rescue group, Hands for Hunger, could be an inspiring model for how other companies and non-profits in The Bahamas can add value to each other, one of its organisers has suggested. Alanna Rodgers, founder of Hands for Hunger, heralded Starbucks for having the courage to break out of the template that mostly sees Bahamian companies writing cheques to local charities when they wish to be good corporate citizens. She suggested that other companies and non-profits or charitable groups could use the joint campaign between Hands for Hunger and Starbucks as an example of how they can engage to each others mutual ben efit. Starbucks, the franchise for which is owned by the John Bull Group of Com panies in The Bahamas, is partnering with Hands for Hunger as part of its Global Month of Service initiative, which is taking place in Starbucks coffee shops all over the world in recognition of the companys 40th anniversary. The idea is that throughPARTNERSHIP AN INSPIRING MODEL FOR BAHAMIAN COMPANIES SEE page 2B SEE page 3B P ARTNERSHIP: T he joint campaign between Hands for Hunger and Starbucks is hailed as an example of how businesses can engage to each others mutual benefit.


BUSINESS P AGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $ OHDGLQJSOD\HULQWKHUHWDLOLQVXUDQFHVHFWRUDQG SDUWRI&RORQLDO*URXS,QWHUQDWLRQDO/LPLWHG&*,f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ssociated Press ATLANTA Federal Emergency Man agement Agency Director Craig Fugate on Tuesday stressed how important it is for newly elected public officials to learn how to respond during hurricanes and other powerful storms. "As much as we talk about the public, this team is con stantly changing," he said. "There has been a tremen dous turnover. How many of the elected leadership are going to participate and not just for the photo op?" Speaking to attendees at the National Hurricane Con ference, Fugate said that governors, mayors and others must participate in hurricane preparedness drills to under stand the decisions they could have to make this summer. Emergency He also stressed the need for emergency management community to take advantage of social media to engage the public and work more with the private sector to fill in the gaps in support when responding to disasters. Fugate dismissed the notion that states and local governments facing budget woes would be reluctant to respond to disasters like hurricanes, pointing to the response to last week's devastating tornadoes across the South. "Just because the economy's horrible doesn't mean hurricanes stop," Fugate said. National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read also spoke at the conference. He recapped the 2010 season, which he said had the highest number of hurricanes without a U.S. landfall. Read said that among his priorities this year is outreach to prepare communities and empower the public. He said his top concern for the upcoming season is Haiti, where 1.5 million people are still living in tents and are highly vulnerable to a major hurricane. "That's going to be my biggest gut check," he said. "I don't know how many people can be safely dealt with in a hurricane of that magnitude." The conference continues through Saturday. Labour Minister: More people being employed ings that will be demolished. Albany continues to grow in terms o f their development and they have m any people employed there. The Balmoral development on Sanf ord Drive are also increasing their employment levels there. There were around 100 employed t here, there may be around 200 now and there are numerous other small businesses opening that may not get the type of attention that some of the b igger projects are. For example in the new Wing Zone business, he estimates that directly and i ndirectly he will employ close to 100 people and there are similar small busin esses opening up in the Carmichael road area." On the public sector side, the Minist er pointed to the continuing development of the new Nassau Straw Mark et, where "around 100 people" are working at present, as well as the New Providence Road Project, on which e mployment levels have been "redoubled" to speed up the pace of the work a s important contributors to economic activity. The ongoing construction of new f acilities at the Lynden Pindling International Airport is also providing e mployment for hundreds of Bahamians. "Some may say those are construc tion jobs but the fact of the matter is t hat salaries paid to construction workers predominantly goes directly into t he economy which stimulates other economic activity," added Mr Foulkes. The Minister noted that there is also n otable employment being created outside of New Providence. "Theres massive economic activity in the Abaco. Whether it's the Schooner Bay d evelopment or Bakers Bay theres several big developments going on, and y ou also have Bahamians from Grand Bahama and New Providence also b eing employed in Grand Bahama and Abaco. In Exuma, Sandals has hired 400 p lus people (to work at Sandals Emerald Bay) and they are in the process of h iring another 150 Bahamians for their e xpansion programme. De veloped "In the Exuma cays there are about f our major cays which are now being developed and are even employing people from Long Island, for example O ver Yonder cay there are approximately 60 long islanders working there i n addition to residents from Exuma Cays." I n Grand Bahama, where the Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort recently shed an additional 200 employees from its pay roll, Mr Foulkes acknowledge there is "an exception to the general rule" of economic stabilisation the government believes is taking place in the country. However, he said that while jobs have been lost in the hotel sector, there h as been an increase in employment in the industrial sector, in companies s uch as Statoil, BORCO and the G rand Bahama Power Company. L ooking ahead, Mr Foulkes noted t hat the government will be mopping up some more Grand Bahama unemployment in the summer through the i mplementation of a six month training/apprenticeship program which wills ee a number of unemployed Grand B ahamians taken on for paid training/apprenticeship experience, to be f unded by the Government. "My ministry (of labour embark on training programme for former employees of Our Lucaya, the Home Centre, Freeport Concrete and Rick Hayward's restaurants." Companies which have signed on to take onboard apprentices include the Grand Bahama Power Company, theH arbour Company, Grand Bahama International Airport, Statoil and BORCO. "We've been very pleased w ith the response," said Mr Foulkes of company's decision to work with the government in the implementation o f the program. "Participants will engage in a training programme at BTVI at Freeport for four to six months and at the end they will have work experience and a certificate to say they are certified in a trade. It's a significant program," added t he Minister, although stating it is too early to say exactly how much will be allocated towards it. F ROM page 1B tractors. They brought their whole team of contractors and sub contractors and those subs have utilised Bahamian cont ractors to whatever extent they see fit. Bahamian contractors are way down the food chain w hich means a big chunk of money is going out and we are not playing a pivotal part in the work because we do not have a mandated part of the work. Its not Ledcorps fault, its the industry standard: Foreign contractors are not here to help our industry move forward they are here to build the airport. They are also inherently at risk because they havee ntered into a contract and they have to execute that. Nation building is not their priority and the Government m ust recognise this going forward, said Mr Wrinkle. Mr Wrinkle has been very v ocal in his support and apprec iation for the governments d ecision to mandate that 20 per cent or $400 million of thet otal value of the work to be d one on the Baha Mar project go to Bahamian contractors. The BCA called for the mandate and says that having had it put into the agreement between the Government andB aha Mar, the domestic construction industry and the economy as a whole stands to benefit hugely if local contractors can successfully play their anticipated role. However, he is now on a campaign to ensure that the mandate is not a one-off but becomes policy in future agreements between foreign developers and the govern ment. It is the responsibility for the government to ensure the m echanism in place for local tradesmen and the construction i ndustry to properly benefit from these projects. They have an obligation to do that, they cant just write it off as capitalg rowth, they must ensure Bahamian contractors are fully i nvolved at the equity level. Its a learning curve and we are moving in the right direction. We have moved from phase one of Atlantis wherev ery few Bahamians were involved, to Albany where we had a pretty good chunk, theres the current situation at the airport, and we have graduated now to Baha Mar and we are clearly moving in right direction. The government heard thec ries of industry and responded by ensuring Bahamian participation in Baha Mar and by watching airport we see reasons why it needed to be done. N onetheless Mr Wrinkle again reiterated that in conj unction with a mandate, the government must pass the Contractors Bill which will pave the way for contractors to be certified and registered, and therefore to become much more easily identifiable based on their skill level and capac i ties to foreign developers, as potential joint venture part ners, general contractors or sub contractors. Right now people have no idea whos who other than h earsay because theres no legislation in place to ensure they can do what they say, added the BCA President. BAHAMIAN CONTRACTORS AY DOWN FOOD CHAIN FROM page 1B PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology WriterN EW YORK IBM Corp. on Tuesday reported stronger-than-expected net i ncome and revenue for the first quarter, helped by the weak dollar and strong performance in the U.S. and emerging mar kets. IBM also raised its full-year forecast for operating earni ngs. Net income rose 10 percent to $2.86 billion, or $2.31 per s hare. In the year-ago period, IBM earned $2.6 billion, or $1.97 per share. Excluding mostly acquisition-related charges, earnings were $ 2.41 per share, beating the average analyst estimate as polled by FactSet of $2.29. Revenue rose 8 percent to $24.6 billion. Analysts expected $24.02 billion. The increase would have been 5 percent at a constant currency, IBM said. I BM said it expects full-year operating earnings of "at least" $13.15 per share, up from an earlier forecast of $13. In extended trading, after the release of the results, IBM s hares were down $2.65, or 1.6 percent, at $162.75. The shares are close to their all-time high of $167.72. IBM earnings up 10%, helped by weak dollar STEPHEN WRINKLE FEMA chief says economy adds to storm challenges INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, PAGE 3B On-the-spot financing The new Grand Vitara is fuel efficient, with more passenger room, greater stability and reliable performance. Keyless remote entry Front dual air bags Power steering, windows, locks, mirrors Anti-lock brakes Driver Select 2x4 Air conditioning CD/radio/Aux Fog Lamps Roof Rails 17 Alloy wheels Steering wheel audio remoteA Comfortable and Affordable Compact SUV Price includes rustproofing, licensing and inspection to birthday, full tank of fuel, 24,000 miles/24 months warranty andemergency roadside assistance.We Take any Trade-Ins!Grand Vitara WAY OF LIFE! from investors, for example in Calgary, following upon our meeting. Some of the banks said people had approached them in terms of being able to fund some acquisitions in the Bahamas in terms of property acquisitions and what have you so how those have panned out I dont know but these were the initial pieces of information given to us. Of course this is a process so one does not expect investors to make decisions on such a short period of time but you follow up and you monitor and you see what happens. I think its going to be very positive for the Bahamas, s aid the minister. Ensuring The Bahamas continues to have its name out there as an investment option in an increasingly competit ive market is key, he added. You cant expect others to be out there as an investment option, telling their story, and for you not to tell your storya nd for investors to have you in their consideration when they are thinking about investing. Every now and again the country has to put itself out t here, especially when you have done reforms, when you have made changes in your environment, so people get to understand where you are now relative to where they mayh ave seen you before, said Mr Laing, referring to some of the legislative changes the Government has enacted to modernise The Bahamas business and investment envi-r onment. Such changes include the new Business License Act, adjustments to the National Investment Policy, upgrades to t he countrys legislation relating to tax information exchange transparency and upcoming changes to the legal framew ork governing the securities industry. A s for the Governments intention to lead a delegation of public and private stakeholders to Brazil this summer to promote investment and trade in The Bahamas, first announced b y Mr Ingraham in parliament on Monday, Mr Laing said it m akes sense for a number of reasons. Theres no question that the private sector industry in T he Bahamas in particular, the financial services sector, is v ery high on Brazil. Everybody is. Brazil is doing extremel y well economically. Theres a great deal of wealth in Brazil t hat people are seeking to tap into and Brazilians are seeki ng investment opportunities outside. So they are trying to do some things and we think that we have some fits for what they are doing. And so we believe itsa great place to go and launch ourselves again and to take advantage of some business opportunities that might arise, said Mr Laing. The date of the promotional tour has yet tob e determined. Canada investment promotion tour labelled very positive FROM page 1B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a A POLITICAL hopeful is set to launch a new association of contractors, citing the need for more representation in the industry a nd grievances over the proposed Contractors Bill. D elroy Meadows, who has announced his intention to s tand as an independent c andidate for the Fort Charl otte constituency, said his decision to form the New P rovidence Contractors A ssociation (NPCA about as he canvassed local c ontractors in search of job opportunities for young men i n the constituency which he hopes to eventually represent. This is something formed out of some of the griev-a nces Ive heard. I am not a contractor but I went to some of the small contractors and they have told me a l ot of their issues and the fact that they feel left out of the system, despite being the majority of those in the industry, said Mr Meado ws. He said in particular that m any contractors expressed concern about the proposed Contractors Bill, which is intended to regulate the industry, and see that con tractors are able to be certi-f ied to perform certain types o f work at particular levels. Bahamas Contractors A ssociation President S tephen Wrinkle is pushing t he Bill on behalf of the industry, saying it will bring some order and ultimately, more opportunities, to the sector, which he likens an unregulated Wild Wild West. From what Ive heard, the majority of people who are going to be affectedh avent even read it and dont think its really fair to have one organisation responsible for presenting a B ill like that that will affect t he entire industry without those to be affected to having input. Some others take i ssue with some of the things i t would demand, like certif ication and so on. They are not interested in it and they dont want it forced upont hem, said Mr Meadows. Concerning H e said he finds it concerning that he has struggled to find a copy of the Bill. You cant even go on a g overnment website and d ownload that Bill. Youve g ot to go through hell just to find a copy of it and I d ont think it should be that way because you have thous ands of contractors work i ng in this industry. It should b e easily available to review and be informed properly about how it will affect them, said Mr Meadows. In a press release announcing the formation o f the association, it is stated t hat the group intends to unite Bahamians within this industry together as one body for the effort of creating their own investments, to ensure that equal access and opportunities for all local contractors are given w ith respect to small and large scale investment pro-j ects within the Bahamas a nd to prevent special i nterests, associations and g roups which are formed with the intent of controlling and monopolizing this industry. The association is committed to the creation andm aintenance of consistent w ork and revenue generation for all local contractors through innovative jobss chemes and investment initiatives and hopes to establish a new trend of fairness in the requested requirements needed to qualify contractors for acceptance of work, as well as fairness and transparency in bidding processes and in p olicies created to regulate t he industry. The association is open to all licensed Bahamian contractors, laborers and indus-t ry suppliers. Its headquarters are in Fort Charlotte on P rovidence Avenue and H oward Street. New association for contractors formed DELROY MEADOWS out the month of April 2011, Starbucks employees and customers worldwide will participate in local community service projects to make an impact for youth, the environment and/or the community. The volunteer hours will contribute to Starbucks Shared Planet goal of one million hours of community service per year by 2015. In The Bahamas, Starbucks chose to support Hands for Hunger, which was formed by Ms Rodgers in 2008 to address hunger and food wastage. Hands for Hunger collects fresh, surplus food from local food donors that would otherwise go to waste on a daily basis and delivers this food to service agencies through out New Providence that provide meals to Bahamians in need. Ms Rodgers, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Miamis School of Business, said: One of the ways that its excitingis that its such a large corporation that has such capacity who is using that to create value in another way in the community by partnering with an NGO. Although cause marketing, the part nering of a company and a not-for-profit, has been taking place in Europe, Canada and the US where rather than a cheque being issued an organisations partner together for specific period of time it is new to The Bahamas. In my opinion its a very pioneering and important step forward in The Bahamas with a large organisation engaging beyond just writing a cheque. It takes a lot of courage for them to break out of that template and hopefully it will be very inspiring model to suggest there are options out there for companies who want to be involved in the community beyond just writing a cheque and in a way that is meaningful for their own customers and employees. Throughout April six participating Star bucks locations in Harbour Bay, Palm dale, Cable Beach, Marathon Mall, Marina Village, and Wyndham Crystal Palace Casi no will be competing against each other to try to raise the most financial donations for Hands for Hunger, in addition to the greatest quantity of goods in a food drive and volunteer hours by employees. The overall goal of the campaign, which was launched on April 1st, is to raise a minimum of $10,000 from customer donations, which will be matched by a 25 per cent donation from Starbucks. By 11am on day one we had raised $1,000. After 12 days we were up to $5,000, said Ms Rodgers. Up to last Friday, Harbour bay is leading with $2,604 in donations, Palmdale is in second with $2046, Cable Beach has $985, Marathon Mall has $835, Marina Village has raised $708 and the casino location, $443, said Ms Rodgers. At the end of the campaign, on April 30th, an event will be held at Starbucks in Harbour Bay in which the winners of the competition will be announced from amongst the various Starbucks locations, and donat ed food will be packaged and donated to food agencies that will distribute it to hungry people in the community. Ms Rodgers said: While there are 40,000 Bahamians dealing with hunger issues, food security and hunger are not spoken about much at all in the public domain and the ability for us to communicate through this campaign with Starbucks is far greater than by ourselves so we are most grateful for the communication channels this affords us and the benefit it will bring to our recipient agen cies (who use the food Hands for Hunger delivers to feed hungry people in the com munity). FROM page 1B PARTNERSHIP AN INSPIRING MODEL FOR BAHAMIAN COMPANIES JOINGCAMPAIGN: Hands for Hunger and Starbucks.


CATHERINE TSAI, Associated Press D ENVER A report Tuesday by a Montana-based research group said the economic impact of the fossil fuels industry comes from tax rev enues, not energy-related jobs for workers who can be transient, and recommended maximizing those revenues by raising rates. The report by Headwaters Economics said government data show energy-related jobs including coal mining jobs made up less than 3 percent of the total employ ment in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Utah and about 8.5 percent in Wyoming in 2008. The study acknowledged the data might have missed some seasonal oil and gas workers or ones categorized in other industries. Mining workers' annual wages are typically far higher than average, the study noted. A PriceWaterhouseCoopers study in 2009 for the trade group Western Energy Alliance said the oil and gas industry alone provided at least 7 percent of jobs in each state, with Wyoming getting about 29 percent of its jobs about 71,000 positions from the industry. Kathleen Sgamma, director of government and pub lic affairs for the group, said the Headwaters study focused on a time of severe recession. "Headwaters Economics research is always geared toward a certain agenda, and they continue to try to minimize the economic con tribution of oil and natural gas, rather than celebrating the fact that it is one of several industries that togeth er create significant jobs and economic activity across the West," she said. H eadwaters said it gets funding from grants, found ations and agencies, includ ing the Bureau of Land Management. Its report charted monthly changes in rig counts against changing oil and natural gas prices and concluded that price is the primary driver of development. Price "It's price, not policy decisions, that determine the number of people employed in mining industries and the size of the paychecks they bring home," said the study's author, Julia Hag gerty, adding that Colorado didn't see a significant dif ference after an overhaul of drilling regulations in 2008. The report's recommen dations included setting aside money to deal with environmental impacts and reforming distribution of energy revenue so that mon ey goes not only to commu n ities affected by mining or drilling but also to those flooded with industry work ers. It recommended raising tax rates on the industry and scrapping state revenue and spending limits, like Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, that could force communities to forgo revenue. While oil and gas prices can fluctuate, tax revenues can accrue even after jobs leave, the study said. Doug Flanders, director of policy and external affairs for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, said any review of tax policies should be broad-based. "To ensure a strong eco nomic recovery in Colorado, we must continue to attract oil and gas company investment to the state. That requires stable taxes and sensible regulations and policies," he said. BUSINESS P AGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ( AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) DOWEDGESUP: Traders exchange oil options, Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 19 points, or 0.2 percent, to 12,220. The Standard & Poor's 500 was flat, at 1,306. The Nasdaq composite fell4 or 0.2 percent, to 2,730. MATTHEW BARAKAT, AP Business Writer ALEXANDRIA, Virginia A jury has convicted the majority owner of what had been one of America's largest mortgage companies on all 14 counts in a $3 billion fraud trial that officials have said is one of the most significant prosecutions to arise from the U.S. financial crisis. The jury returned its verdict late Tuesday after more than a full day of deliberations. Prosecutors said Lee Farkas led a fraud scheme of staggering proportions as chairman of Florida-based Taylor Bean & Whitaker. The fraud not only caused the company's 2009 collapse and the loss of jobs for its 2,000 workers, but also contributed to the collapse of Alabama-based Colonial Bank, the sixth-largest bank failure in U.S. history. Farkas testified in his own defense at the trial and claimed he did nothing wrong. JURY CONVICTS EXEC IN $3B MORTGAGE FRAUD CASE FRANCESCA LEVY, AP Business Writer N EW YORK S tocks drifted in a tight range Tuesd ay after earnings reports came in m ixed and worries lingered over a warning from Standard & Poor's about U .S. government debt. Zions Bancorporation rose 6 percent, the most of any company in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. T he Utah bank reported a first-quarter profit after posting a loss a year a go. It also said customers were getting better at paying back loans, allowing the bank to set aside less money to cover defaults. T he Dow Jones industrial average r ose 19 points, or 0.2 percent, to 12,220. The Standard & Poor's 500 was flat, at 1 ,306. The Nasdaq composite fell 4, or 0.2 percent, to 2,730. Major stock indexes posted their l argest one-day drop in over a month Monday after S&P said it might lower i ts rating on U.S. government debt if Washington didn't get control of its deficits. W hile the ratings agency kept its U .S. debt rating at AAA, the highest p ossible, it warned that there was a one-in-three chance it would downgrade U.S. debt within two years. Expectations Health care heavyweight Johnson & J ohnson rose 2 percent. The company beat Wall Street's earnings expecta t ions and raised its full-year earnings forecast. The Commerce Department report e d that builders broke ground in March on more new homes than analysts expected. Home construction rose 7.2 p ercent from February. United States Steel Corp. rose 4 percent after announcing the sale of its 841-foot (256-meter burgh's tallest building, to a New yorkbased investment group. T rucking company Paccar Inc. rose 4 p ercent after its income and revenues beat analysts' expectations. H arley Davidson reported its income m ore than tripled, but missed Wall Street estimates. The motorcycle mak-e r's stock fell 2 percent. Texas Instruments Inc. fell 1 percent after the chip-maker said late Monday that the Japanese earthquake and tsunami set its production back, limiting first-quarter income and likely cut ting into second-quarter growth. A number of tech giants, including Intel Corp. and IBM Corp., are expected to r eport after the end of trading. STOCKS LOSE SOME GAINS AFTER MIXED EARNINGS Study: Fossil fuels plays limited role in W est


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011, PAGE 5B )$5%522./,0,7(' RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW RI )$5%522./,0,7(' LV LQ 'LVVROXWLRQ KHGDWHRIFRPPHQFHPHQWRIGLVVROXWLRQLVWKHWK /XWHDUXVWHHV/LPLWHG %XUUDUGWUHHW 6W+HOLHU-HUVH\ /LTXLGDWRU YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press MINSK, Belarus Cash-strapped Belarus announced Tuesday that it would allow its beleaguered national currency to float, effectively permitting its devalu ation in a bid to ease a spir aling currency crisis. International financial institutions have been calling for a sharp devaluation of the Belarusian ruble to help the former Soviet republic'sf oundering economy. The m ove was the latest blow to authoritarian President A lexander Lukashenko's attempts to show he can still deliver economic stability after 17 years in power. T he currency crisis, an increasingly severe crackdown on t he opposition including the arrest Tuesday of a human rights activist on suspicion of involvement in a subway bombi ng last week have spawned a sense of rising panic and disorder in this nation of 10 million, often labeled the last dicta-t orship in Europe. B elarus' first post-Soviet leader, Stanislav Shushkevich, told T he Associated Press that Lukashenko's political survival now h inges entirely on another Russian loan. "He will be able to ease social tensions if the Kremlin gives h im another loan," Shushkevich said. "Otherwise people will s tart protesting. What we are seeing now begins to resemble the c ollapse of the Soviet system." T he government's hard currency reserves plunged 20 percent in the first two months of the year to less than $4 billion, and staples such as vegetable oil and sugar started vanishing from stores as people started to hoard. S tarting next week, banks will be able to buy and sell the B elarusian ruble at a rate determine in open trading, Central Bank deputy chief Nikolay Luzgin said, adding that the gove rnment will "take extra steps to balance the situation on the domestic currency market" after next week's trading. The U.S. dollar stood at 3,074 Belarusian rubles on Tuesday. Stanislav Bogdankevich, former chief of the Belarusian central bank, told The Associated Press that he expects the ruble to d rop by one-third after the float. Importers of medicine and Russian natural gas will be able to buy foreign currency at privileged rates. E ven before the announcement, frightened citizens had been lining up for hours in the past few weeks to exchange their rubles for euros and dollars. Since the free float will initially a ffect banks, it was unclear how currency rates on the street will be affected. "My short-term plan is to emigrate to Poland," said Pavel Korchevsky, 37, a businessman. "It's impossible to do business i n a country where the president personally determines the dollar rate." Belarusian authorities also announced sharp budget cuts T uesday, reducing financing for investment programs by 30 per cent and state office construction by 20 percent. A long-standing social contract that asked Belarusians to g ive up their political freedoms in exchange for safety and a modest standard of living now appears to be fraying. The April11 explosion in the capital's busiest subway station during an evening rush hour killed 13 and wounded more than 200 thef irst deadly bombing in a nation where the opposition has been largely peaceful and militant groups have been unheard of. A uthorities quickly arrested a man accused of placing the bomb and four suspected accomplices, but haven't said who ordered the attack. Lukashenko responded to the subway blastb y ordering prosecutors to interrogate opposition activists. T hat made some bloggers speculate that authorities may have carried out the attack in order to distract Belarusians from the country's rapidly worsening economic situation. L ukashenko responded with characteristic bluntness. "Only idiots and scoundrels can allege that, only scum can do that," he said, arguing that the economic troubles and the sub way attack had been carried out by unspecified forces seekingto subdue the nation. Minsk, a city of drab suburban apartment blocks and broad central avenues lined with monumental Stalin-era buildings, looks tense, with police and military patrols deployed on the streets and the subway. "Belarus has always been known for its stability and order, but the explosion has filled me with fear and anguish," 46year-old Dr. Zhanna Pankratova said as she walked past the explosion site. "Whom can we trust now?" Opposition leader Anatoly Lebedko expected the government to intensify its crackdown on dissent. "If they announce a decision tomorrow to brand all members of the opposition with a hot iron, I will not be surprised," said Lebedko, who was released from a KGB prison earlier this month after 3 1/2 months in custody. As if on cue, a top human rights advocacy group said Tues day that one of its members had been arrested on suspicion of involvement. The Belarus Helsinki Committee said that police were holding Pavel Levinov. Police could not be reached to confirm the arrest, but the head of the committee, Oleg Gulak, said he had visited the police station in the capital, Minsk, where Levinov was being held. HELSINKI Finland's prime ministerelect said Tuesday his country would not block plans for helping debt-ridden Portugal although difficult coalition talks in Finland might meanc hanges to that bailout prog ram. O utgoing Finance Minister J yrki Katainen, who is trying to form a new majority government after Sunday's parliamentary election, said he will demand that all coalition members accept Finland's commitments for aid to Portugal as a precondition toj oining the government. As the head of the largest p arty, Katainen has the task of forming a majority government. But the popularity of the two euroskeptic parties,w hich came in second and third in the poll, has sent fears through Europe that Finland could derail eurozone plans f or bailout packages including the one that is being n egotiated for debt-ridden Portugal decisions that require unanimity in the 17member eurozone. Experts from the European Commission, the European C entral Bank and the International Monetary Fund are currently in Portugal to thrash out a strict program of budget cuts and economic adjustment. The Portugal package is s omething that no one can escape," Katainen said. Other g overnment partners "must t ake a stand on it, and it must be such that Finland doesn't create problems but helps solve them." K atainen, who negotiated Finland's commitments to o ther eurozone aid packages, including Ireland and Greece, said some changes might have to be made to Portugal aid. However, it was unclear what he meant as nothing has yet b een agreed. Let's see what those might be but in any case they can't be very major changes," Katainen told reporters. He g ave no details. K atainen's conservative National Coalition Party won most votes on Sunday, giving it 44 seats in the 200-member Parliament, just ahead of the opposition Social Democrats with 42. The nationalist True Finns won 39 seats in an unex p ected surge from 5 seats in the previous election. Finland has pledged about euro8 billion ($11.5 billion i n guarantees of a total euro440 billion ($634 billion in the eurozone's main bailout f und. Boost T hose likely will increase significantly as the currency union completes a promised boost of the fund's lending capacity. If the small Nordic coun t ry, where government decisions on major EU policy are subjected to parliamentary approval, votes against a Por-t uguese bailout program the European Financial Stability Facility would be paralyzed. If i t merely abstains, the remaining eurozone countries could in theory go ahead with a bailout without Finnish contributions. Both the Social Democrat i c Party and the True Finns have said they want to be in the next coalition, but have acknowledged that finding c ommon ground on a government program with the con servatives would be difficult. T he Social Democratic Par ty, which steered Finland into the European Union in 1995,d oesn't oppose bailouts but has demanded that European banks and creditors be made more responsible when plan-n ing funding for debt-ridden eurozone members. True Finns leader Timo S oini, who is a member of the European Parliament, doesn't see why Finnish taxpayers should help "squanderers" l ike Greece, Ireland and Por tugal. He said that Finnish money "mustn't be splashedo ut on mechanisms that don't work," but added that Finland won't dictate "conditions for the rest of Europe." The conservatives' main partner in the outgoing coali t ion, Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi's Center Party dropped from top spot to fourth in the election and said i t would go into the opposition. It approves of the funds. Political compromise is c ommon in Finland which has been ruled by decades of consensus politics, includingu nlikely coalitions that have comprised former communists, conservatives and greens. Jan Sundberg, profes-s or of political sciences at the University of Helsinki, said a coalition of the three largest p arties, which would mean a clear majority in Parliament with 125 seats, is not implausible. Stranger things have hap pened," Sundberg said. "Finnish politics has been fullo f similar compromises." (AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA, Markku Ulander RALLYINGTHEFAITHFUL: National Coalition Party chairman and Finnish Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen g reets supporters as he re-enters the party's election night reception in Helsinki, Finland, after the Finnish Parliamentary Elections on Sunday April 17, 2011. Finnish voters dealt a blow Sunday to Europe's p lans to rescue Portugal and other debt-ridden economies, ousting the pro-bailout government and givi ng a major boost to a euroskeptic nationalist party. Finnish PM-elect calms fears over Portugal bailout CASH-STRAPPED BELARUS ALLOWS ITS CURRENCY TO FLOAT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


D EE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer NEW YORK G eneral Motors Co. CEO D an Akerson said he doesn't regret the company's decision to increase spending on rebates and other deals earlier this year even though it has contributed to the company's t umbling stock price. GM surprised the industry and Wall Street when it raised discounts by $400 per vehicle in January and Feb-r uary. Most automakers didn 't raise them because demand for new vehicles has been rising in line with supply. I feel pretty good about t hat. I think we're in pretty good shape," Akerson said at an automotive conference Tuesday in New York. Akerson said the increased incentives helped GM sell 100,000 more cars in the first q uarter than it did in the same p eriod last year. It also caught GM's competition off-guard. "I don't want to be a predictable competitor," Akerson said. "I don't want the other guy to know exactlyw hat I'm doing." GM pulled back on its i ncentives in March, spending $600 to $800 per vehicle less on the deals. But it wast oo late for some investors, who shied away from the company's stock because h igher rebates lower car companies' profits. GM's stock was trading at $29.56 Tuesday afternoon, 10 percent below the company's $33-per-share initial public offering in November. The s tock opened the year Jan. 3 a t $37.32, but have fallen 21 percent since. Hurt That could hurt the gove rnment's effort to recoup the $ 50 billion it gave GM to survive. The U.S. government got back $13.5 billion fromt he sale of some of its shares in November's IPO. But to break even, it needs to sell itsr emaining shares for $53 each. T he government still owns a 26.5 percent stake about 500 million shares in GM. Akerson said he hasn't had discussions with the U.S. Treasury on when it might selli ts remaining stake. "They will tell us when they're getting out. I will not tell them when they're getting out, and I don't know what's going to go into their calculus. B esides the rebates, GM's stock has been hit by rising oil prices and concerns aboutp arts shortages from Japan, Akerson said. Akerson said that just after t he IPO, GM's management team told him that higher oil prices were the biggest threat to the company. GM then puta plan in place to counter the effect of higher gas prices, including moving up the release of the new, higherm ileage Chevolet Malibu by several months. The Malibu, which is e xpected to get up to 35 miles p er gallon (14.8 kilometers p er liter), will come out early next year. T he Energy Information Administration predicts that retail gas prices could peak at$ 3.91 per gallon this summer. GM believes the March 11 earthquake in Japan will havel ittle effect on the company. Akerson, a former telecommunications executive, said relationships he forged in that f ield helped him identify altern ate suppliers for some elect ronics parts, although the company hasn't yet had to s witch to new suppliers. Investors also have expressed concern aboutm anagement changes at the company. The most recent high-profile departure cameA pril 1, when Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell resigned after just 15 months with the company. Akerson alson amed a new product chief in January. Akerson didn't directly a ddress the changes, but acknowledged that he has tak en some heat. "If I'd changed n othing at General Motors I w ould have gotten criticized. I f I change anything I get criticized," he said. But Akerson s aid he has helped change the insular corporate culture at GM, encouraging executivest o sit on the boards of companies outside the industry so they can learn other ways ofd oing business. He also said board meetings are more open than they used to be. "I do think we have a more c ollegial, open debate and arguments. No one wants to leave the room angry. We w ant to solve the problem," he said. BUSINESS P AGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1. 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.006.500.503,2000.1530.10042.51.54% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.408.69Cable Bahamas8.758.750.001.0500.3108.33.54% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.001.0310.0402.51.57% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.966.960.004,0000.4880.26014.33.74% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2. 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 5 .994.75Famguard4.754.750.000.3570.24013.35.05% 9.105.65Finco6.786.780.000.6820.0009.90.00% 1 1.408.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.768.760.000.4940.35017.74.00% 6 .004.57Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4520.16012.22.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7 .305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 1 0.509.80J. 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GM CEO: DISCOUNTS HELPED SELL MORE CARS IN 1Q JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press WASHINGTON Administration officials said Tuesday that a free trade agreement w ith Panama is ready for congressional consideration and that they hoped it will be part of a larger trade agenda that also includes completion of long-pending free trade treaties with South Korea and Colombia. The administration has already said it wants to begin working with Congress to ratify the South Korean pact, and progress on Panama removes another sticking point in what has been an ongo ing feud with congressional Republicans on trade policy. Republicans have said that all three deals, which were signed by the George W. Bush administration, must be sent to Congress before they will act on any one of them. Colombia has been the most difficult of the three because of its history of suppressing labor rights, but earlier this month the U.S. and Colombian governments agreed on an action plan related to labor rights. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Mariam Sapiro, in a telephone interview with reporters, said the Obama administration will be monitoring Colombia's adherence to that action plan in the com ing weeks. While not committing to any time frame, she said the Colombia agreement "could be ready for the next step soon." Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee that oversees trade issues, urged the administration to begin negotiations with Congress on all three pending agreements "so that Congress can consider all of them by July 1." As a first step, the White House and Congress must work out language on implementing the treaties. Once that is accomplished, President Barack Obama will submit the agreements to Congress for ratification. PANAMA DEAL OPENS WAY FOR OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS


NEW YORK Gold prices topped $1,500 an ounce Tuesday as investors looked for more stable assets because of worries about U.S. government debt, European financial problems and inflation. Gold for June delivery set tled at $1,495.10 an ounce Tuesday after hitting $1,500.50 an ounce earlier in the session. May silver rose 95.7 cents to settle at $43.913 an ounce. The gains came a day after Standard & Poor's Rating Service lowered its long-term outlook on U.S. government debt over concerns about the massive budget deficit, which is projected to run a record $1.5 trillion this year. The change means that S&P could lower its rating on U.S. government debt in the future. If that were to happen, the U.S. government would have to pay more to borrow money when it issues bonds. Investors also are worried about the impact that infla tion may have on the global economy. China already has taken several steps to curb inflation, which could slow its economic growth. Europe, meanwhile, is dealing with financial issues in a number of countries, including Portu gal. "I think it's going to be more in the forefront...of investors' minds here going forward," LaSalle Futures Group analyst Matt Zeman said. "The bottom line is the going looks good for precious metals going forward." Most commodities also benefited from a weaker dol lar. Since commodities are priced in dollars, a weaker dollar makes them more of a bargain for buyers using oth er currencies. In other metals trading, May copper rose 3.15 cents to settle at $4.2295 a pound, July platinum fell $11.50 to $1,771.30 an ounce and June palladium dropped $8 to $731.10 an ounce. In agriculture contracts, wheat prices rose after an U.S. Agriculture Department report showed 36 percent of the winter wheat crop was in good-to-excellent condition for the week ending April 17. That compared with 69 per cent in the comparable week a year ago. About 38 percent of the crop was in poor-to-very-poor condition, compared with 6 percent a year ago. The rest was in fair condition. Unless there is improve ment in next week's report, "the likelihood of the dam age already being done is very, very high at this point," Global Commodity Analytics & Consulting LLC President Mike Zuzolo said. In May contracts, wheat rose 10.75 cents to settle at $7.8575 a bushel, corn fell 2.75 cents to $7.49 a bushel and soybeans lost 2.25 cents to $13.42 a bushel. In energy trading, bench mark crude for June delivery gained 59 cents to settle at $108.28 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In Nymex trading for May contracts, heating oil gave up 2.43 cents to settle at $3.1585 per gallon, gasoline futures fell 1.97 cents to $3.2331 per gallon and natural gas rose 12.4 cents to settle at $4.262 per 1,000 cubic feet. DEREK KRAVITZ, A P Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON Builders broke ground on m ore new homes last month, giving the weak housing market a slight boost at the start of the spring buying season. Home construction rose 7.2 percent in March from February to a seasonally a djusted 549,000 units, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Building permits,a n indicator of future construction, rose 11.2 percent a fter hitting a five-decade low in February. S till, the building pace is far below the 1.2 million u nits a year that economists c onsider healthy. And M arch's improvement came a fter construction fell in F ebruary to its second-lowest level on records dating b ack more than a half-cent ury. Millions of foreclosures h ave forced home prices down. In some cities, prices are half of what they were before the housing market collapsed in 2006 and 2007. And more foreclosures are expected this year. Tight c redit has made mortgage loans tough to get. Many w ould-be buyers who could qualify for loans are reluctant to shop, fearing that prices will fall even further. A sign of the battered industry is the number of new homes finished and ready to sell dropped in M arch to a seasonally adjusted 509,000 units, the l owest level on records dat ing back to 1968. And the number of homes now u nder construction has fall e n to a four-decade low. "Housing starts remain at a n extraordinarily depressed level," said Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak + Co. "To put this in further perspective,a doubling of (new homes from here would still put s tarts at the lowest level of any other recession." Dur ing previous housing reces sions, in the early 1980s and 90s, new home construction f ell to more than 1 million homes per year. This year's p ace is slightly more than h alf those levels. A nd the lack of any meani ngful rebound in housing is s tunting the broader econ omic recovery. In past m odern-day recessions, h ousing accounted for 15 to 20 percent of overall economic growth. In the firstp ost-recession year, between 2009 and 2010, housing only contributed 4 percent to economic growth. Detracted Since the mid-part of last year, home construction and s ales have instead detracted from the economy. Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. econom ist at MFR Inc., said that's a "large reason for the subp ar nature" of the rebound. New-home construction isd own 6 percent since the r ecession ended nearly two years ago. Single-family homes, which make up roughly 80 percent of home construction, rose 7.7 percent in March. Apartment and con d ominium construction rose 1 4.7 percent. Building permits increased to its highest level since December,s purred by a more than 28 p ercent jump in permits granted for apartment and condo buildings. That increase in permits c ould signal a turnaround in the coming months, said Steven A. Wood, chief econ-o mist with Insight Econom i cs. New homes typically take six months to build and the number of new permits is higher than the number of homes starting construction. The increase in home con s truction activity was felt in most regions of the country. I t rose 32.3 percent in the M idwest, 27.6 percent in the W est and 5.4 percent in the N ortheast. Construction fell 3.3 percent in the South. New homes can spur job growth. Each new home built creates the equivalento f three jobs for a year and g enerates about $90,000 in taxes, according to the National Association of H ome Builders. T he trade group said Monday that its index of industry sentiment for April fell one notch, to 16. That followed a one-point increase in March and fours traight months of 16 read ings. Any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the housing market's future and the index hasn't b een above that level since April 2006. 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It should be noted that the search committee and the board reserve the process or to re-open the search if the initial process does not identify a Principal Search Committee St Andrews School The International School of The BahamasP O Box EE 17430 Yamacraw Hill Road, Nassau New Providence The Bahamas Fax: + 1 242 364 1739 E-mail: GOING FOR GOLD: Investors sent gold prices above $1,500 an ounce on concerns about the U.S. government debt, European financial problems and inflation. Gold later settled at $1,495.10 an ounce. ECONOMIC WORRIES: Investors are worried after Standard & Poor's Rating Service lowered its long-term outlook on U.S. government debt because of the massive budget deficit. Europe is dealing with financial issues and several countries are coping with inflation. DRY-WHEAT: Wheat prices rose after a government report showed 36 percent of the winter wheat crop was in good-to-excel lent condition. That compared with 69 percent a year ago. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar S IGNLANGUAGE: I n this Feb. 20, 2011 photo, a sold home site is shown in Canonsburg, Pa. Builders broke ground last month on the most new homes in six months, giving the weak housing market a slight boost at the start of the spring buying season. New-home construction rises 7.2% in March INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Gold tops $1,500 an ounce on economic concerns ATAGLANCE associated press


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On Tuesday, it went on the offense against those who assail it as a lousy p lace to work. Thousands showed up to restaurants nationwide toa pply for jobs on the hamburger giant's first National Hiring Day, creating lines at some restaurants. The world'sl argest burger chain planned to use the day to add 50,000 new workers. M cDonald's painted the event as a boon for an economy where more than 13 mill ion Americans are still looki ng for work. But the compa ny usually staffs up for summer anyway. It added 50,000n ew workers in April last year, so the blitz amounts to typical hiring, albeit com p ressed into a day. The real purpose of the hiring campaign, industry experts said, was to portray t he fast-food chain as a good employer. "There are worse things an e conomic rebound could ask than, 'Welcome to McDonald's may I take your order please?'" Jan Fields, presidentof McDonald's U.S. operations, wrote in an opinion piece for the company. Fighting the "you-wantfries-with-that" jokes will be a challenge for a company whose name is often synonymous with cautionary tales about dead-end jobs. "McJob" even has a place in The Oxford English Dictionary, defined as "an unstimu l ating, low-paid job with few prospects." But to people who need work, any stigma is beside thep oint. Managers at a McDonald's in Cincinnati said a dozen or so applicants had lined up by 7 a.m., an hour before the restaurant planned to start interviews. By 10 a.m., the store had interviewed 100p eople and had 25 more waiting. Tiwian Irby, 28, was hop ing for a full-time job and wasn't particular about what it would entail. He said he'd had trouble finding regular work since getting laid off from his construction job two years ago. "A job is a job to me," said Irby, a father of three. "I'll take whatever is available." Cortney Gatewood, 16, was l ooking for part-time work to save for college and didn't hesitate to consider McDon ald's. Good "I think it's a good place to w ork," Gatewood said. "I come here almost every day to eat anyway." D anitra Barnett, the com pany's U.S. vice president of human resources, said she couldn't specify what proportion of the 50,000 new jobs will be full-time, or what they will pay. About 90 percent of McDonald's restaurants are owned by franchisees, and the company doesn't control what they offer in wages or bene fits. Barnett said most fran chisees pay more than minim um wage, which is $7.25-anhour nationally. McDonald's said it and its franchisees will spend ana dditional $518 million in the coming year because of Tuesday's hiring. That amounts toj ust over $10,000 per new e mployee. Spokeswoman Danya Proud said the company pre f erred to emphasize the total economic benefit of the cam paign, including the money that new workers will spend in their local economies. "It's not just the money that we're going to be spending putting back in the economy," Proud said, "but what these individuals and others will be spending and putting back into the economy." Proud said that salaried managers for company-ownedr estaurants can make between about $32,000 and $50,000 annually. The company said last year t hat about 75 percent of employees at company-owned restaurants are part-time,a veraging 18 hours a week. B ut it also touts how those jobs can grow into bigger opportunities. According tot he company, 30 percent of its executives started in restaurants, as well as more than 70 percent of restaurant managers. With 14,000 U.S. restaurants, Tuesday's planned additions amount to about three or four new employees per restaurant the amount that each store is probably usually looking for anyway, said Sara Senatore, an ana lyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. F or Richmond, Va., area franchisee Sue Durlak, the event was an opportunity to expand the applicant pool forh er 10 restaurants, and maybe even find someone who can follow in her footsteps. S he started part-time in 1 982 while working as a middle-school health teacher in Illinois to supplement heri ncome. She has since worked her way up to owning several locations. "I do look at anyone who applies, as well as the rest of my team, as the potential as a lifer," Durlak said. McDonald's is expected to release the final hiring count next week. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar J OBHUNGRY: A s part of McDonalds National Hiring Day job seekers fill out applications before being interv iewed during the lunch hour at a downtown Pittsburgh McDonalds restaurant Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Pittsburgh area McDonalds are looking to hire 1,500 new crew and restaurant management positions. McDonald's hiring day draws crowds and high hopes (AP Photo/John Bazemore PAPERWORK: Rosaland Hemphill, 48, of Atlanta, fills out a job application at an Atlanta McDonalds restaur ant Tuesday, April 19, 2011. McDonalds hopes to hire 50,000 new workers nationwide on April 19, 2011. ( AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) WEWANTWORK: As part of McDonalds National Hiring Day job seekers fill out applications before being interviewed at a downtown P ittsburgh McDonalds restaurant Tuesday, April 19, 2011.


GET RE ADY F OR L ET ME OF F IN BIMI NI H OMEC OMI NG' MI SS TE EN P LUS P A G E A N T L OO KING F OR NEW RE CR UIT S I N Y A E A R : S EB A L I ( P A T I E N C E ) A S O N G O R A P R O P H E C Y ? WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 T H E T RI B U N E S EC T I ON C By JEFFARAH GIBSON and ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporters I MAGINATIVE PRIMARY School stu dents of various ages gathered all the recyclable items they could possibly find, whether it is was soda cans, paper, plastic, or cloth, and displayed their creativity at an exhibition that took place last week April 1115 at the Mall at Marathon. From the scraps of materials salvaged, these students made creations of some of the most beautiful art pieces to compete in the Ministry of Education's 13th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition for Primary Schools under the theme Creating Art Through Recycling. This year, eighteen schools entered their pieces in the show to become the winners of art showcase. Sadie Curtis Primary School emerged victorious once again. Coming in second for the New Providence division was Yellow Elder Primary School, and taking third place was Ridgeland Primary. Though Gerald Cash Primary School did not place in the top three, they were an honourable mention for their depiction of a life size house made of cans. In the Family Island division Farmer' Cay Primary School came first, Salina Point Primary came second, and Emma E Cooper Primary came third. CLEVELAND ENEAS PRIMARY SCHOOL URIAH MCPHEE PRIMARY SCHOOL SALINA POINT PRIMARY SCHOOL GERALD CASH PRIMARY SCHOOL PALMDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL RIDGELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL FARMER'S CAY ALL AGE SCHOOL EMMA E PRIMARY SCHOOL COLUMBUS PRIMARY SCHOOL SADIE CURTIS SCHOOL


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One thing that is ev ide n t is th a t t h e yo un g lad ies in s e a r c h o f th e ti tle m us t b r in g with the m a g re a t s en s e of c o nfidence, intelligence, class and humility. T h e w i n n e r t a k e s h o m e a two year partial scholarship at t h e C o l l eg e o f t h e B a h am a s and wi ll go o n to re pr ese nt t h e B a ha m as i n an i nt er na t i o na l te e n p a g e a n t I n t e r e s t e d y o u n g l adi es that are int erested can c o l l e c t a f o r m a t L a C h i c a Cali e nte Eas t St r ee t o r Fa bul o us P lu s B out i qu e, op pos it e R idgel a nd Bake ry or call the office at 393-258. E st e em P ro du ct i on s i s t he p r e m ie r o r g a n is e r o f e v e n ts a n d initiatives aimed at empower ing and transforming the lives of full fi g ur ed wo men, th ro ug h t he p ro m ot i on a nd ad v an ce m e n t o f a m o r e e x p a n s i v e r e d e f i ne d a n d re v o l u t i o n a ry global standard of beauty. "T h e vi s i on of our l ea de rship is expressly articulated in our company name. W e see k t o e l e v a t e t h e l e v e l o f s e l f e s t e e m a n d s e l f w o r t h o f t eena ge girl s and f ul l f igured w omen who m ay look di ff ere nt fr o m th e s t e r e o ty p ic a l mo l d t hat soc i et y cons i ders bea ut i f u l. Ou r g o al is to pr ov id e p latf o r ms th at c e le br a te tr u e be a ut y wh ich a re a wo man 's un i q ue q ua l i t i es an d g i f t i ng, h er t a l ent s, and abi li t ies i n addit ion to her physical appearance. O u r d e s i re i s t o d e v e l o p a n d m en t o r w o m e n t o w a r d s super i or standar ds an d exce l le nc e T h is wo u ld b e ev id e n c e d by th e i r a b il it y to m a k e p o s i tiv e contributions in every field of e n d e a v o u r a n d b y s t a n d i n g with elegance, confidence and p r i d e i n t h e b e a u t y o f t h e i r b eing. Ult imately o ur aim i s to e n c o ur a g e w om e n t o v a lu e a n d a ppre ciate t h emselves as complete and whole beings; men tall y, physicall y int ell ec t uall y a n d s p ir itu a l ly T h e y w il l b e f u ll y a l i g n e d w i t h o u r m i s si o n vision and core values in both th e ir p e r so na l a nd p ro fe ss io na l lives. As a company, Esteem Pro ductions' leadership, staff and v ol unteers remai n c om mi tt e d to striving for perfection in all t h at w e d o W e e nd e av o r t o d i s p la y o u r s e l v e s a s c a r in g p r o fessional and respectable indi v i du a ls in a ll f ac e t s o f th is o r g a nization. We accept the man date that has been given to us to change this nation and the w o r l d o n e w o m a n a t a time,"organisers said. T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 APRIL 21THURSDAY PLAYBOYS AND BUNNIES Show Gun Entertainment presents Playboy and BunniesThe Pre Easter Party at the Balcony. There will be a special guest DJ. Ladies are free until 11.30pm and then $10, gentlemen are $15. APRIL 22 FRIDAY NASSAU CITY OPERA: "THE PASSION AND CRUCIFIXION OF THE CHRIST" The Nassau City Opera presents a showing of "The Passion and Crucifixion of The Christ", 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Cost: $20. Proceeds in aid of the Porgy and Bess production. APRIL 23 SATURDAY TOWN CENTRE MALL'S EASTER EGG-STRAVA GANZA Town Center Mall presents an Easter Egg-Stravaganza, 2pm-5pm in Centre Court. Join them for fun, games, face painting and an exciting Easter egg hunt! Also, come on out and see your favourite characters and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Telephone: 326-6920. APRIL 22 APRIL 24 ROCKSOUND HOMECOMING Rocksound, Eleuthera hosts its annual Homecoming with a full slate of exciting events, such as a pool party at Rock Sound Club, an all-Bahamian concert, and an exciting Easter egg hunt. Reunite with family, meet friends and just have fun! APRIL 25 EASTER MONDAY ADVENTURE LEARNING CENTRE EASTER MONDAY FUNDAY The Adventure Learning Centre holds a Funday on Easter Monday. Bring the kids, youth groups and the neighbours for a day of family fun from 11am to 6pm. $5 admission (under 2s are free). Ticketed events to enjoy are Easter Egg Hunts, Train Rides, Horse Rides, Carnival Games, Planetarium Shows, Rock Climbing Wall, Food Galore Cotton Candy, Popcorn and Music! Easter Egg Hunt times: 1-3 yrs old1pm and 3pm, 4-6 yrs old1.30pm & 3.30pm, 7-9 yrs old 2pm and 4pm. Enjoy for free: Petting Farm and Nature Centre self tours, Playground, Obstacle Course, 40 ft. Superslide, Kiddie Movies. Located Marshall Road, South Beach. Telephone: 361-2120. APR 25 MONDAY (ABACO) MISS WORD BAHAMAS 2011: SWIMSUIT "FAST TRACK" COMPETITION The Miss Bahamas Organization presents the Swimsuit "Fast Track" Competition for the 2011 Miss World Bahamas, 1pm at Casa De Essence in Abaco. Cost: $25/gen eral seating; $50/VIP; $135/general seating and round trip airfare; $160/VIP ticket and round trip airfare. See APRIL 25 APRIL 26 & APRIL 27 APRIL 28 SKYCLIMBERS' EASTER BREAK CAMP SkyClimbers presents its Easter Break Rock Climbing Camp, with two two-day sessions, 9am-5pm daily. Activities include climbing at SkyClimbers, climbing at Climbers Rush, tour of Dolphin Cay, meet the sea lions, feed the sting rays, tour of Aquaventure, and fishing lessons. Cost: $40. Space limited to 20 students. Telephone: 363-0626. T H I N G S 2 DO M i s s T e e n P l u s B a h a m a s l o o k i n g f o r n e w r e c r u i t s Jacklyn Frazer Miss Teen Plus Bahamas 2010-2011


T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter E VEN IF you're not from the islands, there is always something about homecoming and Regatta festivals that create a sense of community spirit. T he fest ivities t hat hold th e s e eve n ts t og e t h er h a ve al w ay s b ee n s p ec i al f o r m a n y B a h a m i a n s m o r e s o n o w t h a n b efore M a ny B ah ami ans r e turn hom e to their roots to reunite with family mem b e rs, a nd fri e n ds t o c e l eb ra t e t he c o mi n g ho m e." A nd t he n s o me pe op l e s i mp ly m a k e t h e de c i si o n t o e s c a p e t h e f a s t p a c e d city life for peace and tranquility. These events also allow for the expo sur e of t he cult ure and c ulinar y talents of the particular island. This ye ar, Bi mini n ativ es are c all ing a ll B a h a m ia n s to c om e a n d j o in t h em a s th e y h ol d a fe stiv a l tha t w il l be th e b ig ge st an d b e s t o f a l l t i m e a c c o r d i n g t o B i m i n i na t ive s This year will top the previous y ears as or g anisers have mad e the ev ent muc h more attr a ctive for the wider c ommunity. Th e ev e n t w i l l b e g i n w i t h a g r a nd o pe n ing and gospel showdown which will be h e l d o n Fr id a y A pr i l 2 2 On th e fo l l o w i n g da y there w ill be entertainme nt from t h e L e g e n d m a r c h i n g b a n d o u t o f G r a n d B a h a m a a f i f t y p i e c e m a r c h i n g b a n d which is very popular in Bimini. I n an i nt e r v ie w wi t h T r ib u n e En t er t a i n m e n t the chairman of the homec oming committee, Mr Lloyd "Duda" Edge c o m b e s a i d : W e a l s o h a v e o u r l o c a l march ing band whi c h w e call t he comm u ni t y b a nd W e a re h a v i ng so me t hi n g i n which we call the battle of the bands on Sa tu r da y. We als o ha ve o ur Ju nk an oo parades on Saturday also, as well as the float parade with the young kids and a fashion show with a bridal theme." "We would climax with KB on Satur day, through the day we would have our regul ar ju mp n ro pe, hol a h oop, conch c r a c k in g c on te s t a nd a ll of t h e o th e r a c ti v ities." We all know there wouldn't be a high light at a homecomi ng in the Bahamas w i t h o u t t h e w o n d e r f u l m e l o d i e s o f B a hamia n art is ts P eopl e can look for war d t o l i ve pe r f o r ma n ces b y S t i le t t o, Ge no D, KB a nd spec ial guests Fr ida y a f tern oon is a mor e r eligious t hing, w e h av e the B imin i M e n For C hrist w ho wi ll b e h ol d i n g t h e ir a n n u a l p a ra d e a nd g o sp e l concert," Mr Edgecombe said. W e h a v e b e e n p r e p a r i n g f o r t h e h o m e c om ing sinc e la s t y ear's hom ec omin g, w e held a few fu nctio ns l eading up t o th is one." W he n aske d w ha t co mmi tte e me mb ers ar e d o i n g d i f f e r e n t l y t h i s y ea r f o r t h e e ve nt, Mr E dge c omb e said : "W e a dde d a few m or e e nt er t ain men t s e gme nt s a nd basically what we found out is we have a lot of kids that come home to enjoy this time of the year, people bring their fam i l ie s an d ki d s, so w e h a ve a k id di e s c o rne r with the clowns doing a painting of the face and so on." Sp eakin g on th is y ear' s t heme "St op th e boat and let me of f i n Bim ini ", he a d de d t ha t t he na m e c a m e a bo u t du ri ng a DJ contest where Mr D'ano Duncombe, a Bimini native DJ won them over with the exciting theme. Mr Edgecombe added: The expecta tions for this year's homecoming is very h igh an d w e hop e to hav e a bigg er crow d this yea r than la s t yea r c ause there are also one or two family reunions planned f or this ti me, you c a n c ome a nd e nj oy th e festival and the reunion activities." Going further: On Sunday there is a b i g b e a c h p a rt y t h a t w i l l b e g o i n g d o w n o n Radio Beach, located in the back of the ho m ec om i ng s i t e. T h e L .O L Wet e Fete" beach party that is said to be host ed by D'ano Duncombe and DJ Vybez w i ll have mus ic b y Bimi ni, Nass au and Miami's Hottest on the line up. People can also look forward to fun and games su c h as di ffe ren t c o nte st show s an d tic ke t give a ways. W e a r e e x c i t e d a n d w e c a l l o n Biminites who have not been home in a while to come out and enjoy," Mr Edge combe said. DANCING IN THE STREETS: People are being enter tained by last year's performance of the marching bands. b OA T b IMINI Stop the and let me off in


T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 04 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 By STEVE LOEPER AP Entertainment Writer A HIGHLY anticipated film starring John Travolta as the leader of the legendary Gambino crime family has a name: "Gotti: Three Generations." Film spokesman Steve Honig confirmed the title Saturday and says the biopic about "Dapper Don" John Gotti will be shot on a budget of about $75 million this year. A person with knowledge of the film who spoke on condition of anonymity because it hadn't been announced has said it will be produced by Marc Fiore and directed by Nick Cassavetes. The famous mobster died in prison in 2002. His son, 47year-old John "Junior" Gotti, sold film rights to Fiore last year for an undisclosed amount. NEW YORK Associated Press A BC ca n ce l e d t w o o f i t s t h r e e lon g-run ning dai ly d ay time T V dramas on T h urs d ay, co nsigni ng One Li f e to Li v e a n d A l l M y C h i l d re n and Susan Lucc i, da ytime 's mo s t famo us ac tress to tele visio n hi s t o r y The mov e le av es "G ene r a l Ho s pital a s AB C's only day time dram a o n e o f o n ly f o ur th a t w i ll re m a i n on AB C, CB S an d NB C 's day time s c h e d u l e Soa p opera s" -s o -ca lle d for the detergent makers that often s pons o r e d them -hav e slow ly be en fading as a TV force with ma ny of the w o m e n w h o m a d e u p t h e t a r g e t audi enc e now in the w ork fo r c e. In plac e of the two ca ncele d dramas, ABC wil l a ir sho ws abo ut fo od and life s ty le transforma tions. B rian Frons, hea d of A BC 's d aytime de partme nt, w ent to the C alifornia se t of "Al l M y C hil dren" to d e l i v e r t h e n e w s o n Th u r sd a y w h e re a v ide o lin k w as also s e t up to the N e w Y o r k s e t o f O ne L i fe t o Li v e He said the show s w ere doing w ell creat ively, bu t f alling rat ings indi ca ted they ha d a ble ak future. I f y o u h a v e a s h o w i n s e v e r e d e c l i n e y o u r e t r y i n g t o c a t c h a fall ing knife ," Frons sai d. D ay t i m e d r a m a s h av e s u f f e r e d re c e n t ly a s c ab l e n et w o rk s l i k e T LC B ra v o a n d Ox y g e n a g g r e ssi v e l y se e k vie we rs in those morni ng and afte r noon ho urs h e s a id. So aps are popu l a r wi t h v i e w e r s f r o m t h e p o s t W o r l d W a r I I b a b y b o o m b u t y o un g e r v i e w e r s a re m o re i nt e re s te d in other p r o gram ming he said B o th c a n c e l e d s ho w s w e r e c re a te d b y A gn e s N i xo n o n e o f d ay t i m e T V 's mos t fam ous c reative f orce s a n d m o d e le d a f te r fi c t i on a l Ph i l a d e lph i aar ea to w ns On e L if e t o Li ve deb uted on J ul y 15 196 8, a s a halfho ur, ex pa nd in g to an h ou r 10 ye a rs la ter. All My C hil dren" premi ered o n J a n 5 1 9 7 0 e x p a n d i n g t o a n h o u r sev en yea rs late r The y we r e both know n fo r inc orpora ting soc ial issues i nto their s to ries, w ith Luc ci' s c hara cte r of E r i ca Ka ne th e first reg ular TV c ha r a cte r to unde r g o a le ga l a bortion in 19 73, s a i d C a r o l y n H i n s e y a u t h o r o f A f t e rn o o n D e l i g h t : W h y S o a p s S t il l Matter," due to be p ublished nex t m o n t h L uc c i b e c a m e m o re fa m ou s f or an offsta ge d r a ma w he n she w as nomi na ted 1 8 ye ars in a r o w for a Day time E mmy Aw ard a s be s t ac tress wi t ho u t w in n in g, un t i l s h e f in al l y took hom e a trophy in 19 99. "I t s be en a f an t as t i c j o ur n e y, Luc ci said. O n e L if e to Liv e i s th e la st so ap ope ra produ ce d in Ne w Y ork, on ce the thrivi ng ce nter of the industry. T wo N ew Y or k ba s ed d r am as o n C BS, Guid ing Ligh t" and As the W o rld Tur ns, w en t o ff t he a ir w i th in the past t wo yea rs "A ll M y Ch ild ren i s aver agin g 2.5 mil lion vi ew er s a day d own 9 per cent fr om the last T V s eason, a n d t h e m e d i a n a g e o f a t y p i c a l v i e w er was n ear ly 57 th e Niel s en Co. s a id O n e Li f e t o Li v e i s a t 2 6 m i l li on, its numb ers off only sligh tly. Hinsey sa id th e sc hed ule ch ang es a r e risky for AB C s ta tion s "W h y w o ul d y ou dri ve mi ll io ns o f oth er pe ople aw ay fr o m yo ur line u p ?" sh e a sk e d. If y o u w a n t t o s a ve m one y c ut y ou r c o sts, c ut y ou r set s. Y ou ca n't be so c a val ier with y our daytime eyeba ll s that you let tw o, t h r e e f o u r m i l l i o n p eo p l e d i s a p p e a r B e s i d e s G e n e r a l H o s p i t a l A B C s d e c i s i o n w i l l l e a v e C B S Th e Y oung an d the R estless" and "The B old a nd the Be auti ful" a nd NB C 's D a y s o f O u r Li v e s" a s t h e o n l y d a y ti me dr am as l ef t on t he ai r. Each a ppea rs to b e i n no imm inen t da ng er, H insey said By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer M ELANIE had an abortion! That was the shocking finish viewers were left with after the thirteen episode season of "The Game" season four ended. And to be honest I felt cheated. Cheated simply because we the fans waited two years for the series to return to television to be served with a short season and premature episodes. ABC cancels two longtime soaps from daytime lineup The Game mu s t call a TIME-OUT! B u t t h e s e a so n i n i t s e n t i r e t y w a s n o t b a d H o w e v e r o n e ma j o r c o n t e n t i o n s u r r o u n d i n g t h i s s e a s o n o f B E T s n e w h i t s h o w G a m e h a s b e e n i t s i n c l u s i o n o f a l a u g h t r a c k B e f o r e T h e G a m e m a d e i t s c o me b a c k o n B E T a f t e r i t w a s c a n c e l e d o n t h e C W i n 2 0 0 9 i t f o u n d a v e r y n i c e b a l a n c e b e t w e e n i t s s e r i o u s a n d h u m o r o u s g e a rs W e e k a f t e r w e e k f a n s g a t h e r e d i n f ro n t o f t e l e v i si o n j u s t t o h e a r T a s h a M a c k sa y T o o s o o n M e d S c h o o l o r E m o t i o n a l W a l l s E mo t i o n a l W a l l s T h i s s e a s o n t h e t w o e l e m e n t s a re o f f b a l a n c e a n d i f t h e s h o w h a s b e e n w e a k a n y w h e r e i t s b e e n i t s j o k e s. A n d f o r s o me o n e l i k e m e a Ga m e f a n a t i c t h e s h o w o n l y h a d o n e m e m o r a b l e j o k e T h e r e w a s a l s o a g o o d a m o u n t o f d r a ma i n t h i s se a s o n a s w e l l B u t n o t e n o u g h t o k e e p m e e x c i t e d a b o u t t h e u p c o mi n g e p i s o d e s I t h i n k t h e n e w w ri t e r s p l a y a m a j o r r o l e i n t h i s f l a t l i n e o f t h e sh o w T h e y mu r d e r e d t h e c a m a r a d e ri e b e t w e e n t h e c h a r a c t e r s t h a t a u d i e n c e s f e l l i n l o v e w i t h S e a s o n 4 h a s b e e n a s e a s o n i n w h i c h w e v e w a t c h e d t h e w r i t e r s d e st r o y a l l o f t h e r e l a t i o n s h i p s b e t w e e n t h e s i x m a i n c h a r a c t e r s. A n d i n a s o m e w h a t s o a p o p e r a k i n d o f w a y t h e y t r i e d t o b u i l d s t o ry l i n e s a r o u n d a l l si x c h a r a c t e rs s e p a r a t e l y T h e o ri g i n a l s h o w w a s t o n s o f f u n a n d i n c r e d i b l y w e l l w ri t t e n a n d p e r f o rm e d t h i s n e w s e a s o n i s h a l f t h e f u n a n d n o t e x e c u t e d t h a t w e l l A f t e r T h e Ga m e w a s c a n ce l e d b y t h e C W i n 2 0 0 9 f a n s t o o k t o t h e I n t e r n e t d e m a n d i n g i t s r e t u r n T h e p r o t e s t s z i n e s h o m a g e v i d e o s a n d 2 m i l l i o n F a c e b o o k f o l l o w e r s f e l l o n d e a f e a r s a t t h e C W b u t B E T h e a r d t h e c a l l a n d d e c i d e d t o a n s w e r T h o u g h t h i s s e a s o n h i t s o m e l o w s I a m s t i l l l o o k i n g f o rw a r d t o t h e n e w s e a s o n o n T h e G a m e b e c a u se I h a v e t o k n o w w h o s e b a b y M e l a n i e a b o rt e d C o u l d i t b e h e r h u s b a n d De rw i n s T r e y W i g g s J e ro me o r M r M c h o t t i e ? A C T R E S S S us an Lu c ci f r om A l l M y Children," poses for a portrait in New Yo rk L uc c i i s t h e a ut h o r o f a n e w m e m oir titled "All My Life." (AP) Biopic with Travolta: Gotti: Three Generations' Actor John Travolta NEW YORK Associated Press IT' S h a rdl y t he gol den age of s itc o ms b ut AB C is no w th e s ec o nd n e two r k to fi ll a n en tir e n i g h t s p r i m e t i m e s c h e d u l e wit h the m. AB C last week devoted i ts W edne sday n i ght sch edul e t o six s it c oms tak i n g the l e ad f r o m N B C w h i c h d o e s t h e s am e thi ng o n T hu r s da y n ig h ts Fo r i ts fir st t r y ABC ha d b r ag gi ng right s, w it h i ts com e d ies d e l iv e r in g a n a v e r a g e o f 6 .4 m il l io n v iewe rs to NBC's 4.7 mill io n, t h e Nielse n Co. s aid. 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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 J us t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah amas l ooked l ike 40 .. 50 .. .6 0. .. years in the past "Many years will pass before the widespread and well established use of plants in medi cine will be forgotten in the Bahamas. "It is a privilege for me to record in book form possibly for the first time, this study of local plants used in medicine." Excerpt from Bush Medicine in the Bahamas" by Mrs Leslie Higgs. Flash B ack BY ROLAND ROSE Cherry tomato overload I t all started three years ago when Mike Wheeler of Crossing Rocks gave me a container that inciden tally included a Mexican cherry tomato plant. The cherry tomatoes were small, a little over half an inch in diameter, but were very tasty. I deliberately spread a few seeds around. B ad i de a. Cherr y tomatoes now su rr o un d m y s e p ti c ta n k Th e y a r e i n th e w a te rm e lo n p a tc h th e l a w n, th e fr on t p l an t e rs th e f lo w e r b e ds e v e n th e to m at o g ar de n The y a re sm ot herin g th e rose s. My bi gg est g arde n c h o r e t h e s e d a y s i s p i c k i n g t h e d a r n e d t h i n g s I k n o w I a m n o t a l o n e S e v e r a l g a r d e n i n g f r i e n d s h a v e c o m p l a i n e d ab o ut th e ir c h er ry to m at o ov e rl oa d E a r l y o n t h e r e w a s n o p r o b l e m b e c a u s e a s t h e c h e r r y t o m a t o e s ap pe a re d yo u c o ul d po p th em in to yo u r m ou th a n d e n jo y t he m W he n t he y g o t too many I f illed baggies an d g av e th e m aw a y Pro b le m th e re w a s I h a d t o pi c k th e m b e fo re b ag g in g th e m. I ma d e th e j ob so m e w ha t ea si e r b y c l ip p in g r ip e b u nc h e s fro m t he vines. T hese fill e d the baggies fa st er In t he e nd I ma d e sa u c e. Mo st c h e rry t om a to e s h a v e w o nd e r f u l f l a v o u r a n d p l e n t y o f j u i c e b u t ha v e t ou gh ski ns a nd lo ts of see d s. G e t r i d o f t h e sk i n a n d s e e d s a n d y o u ha v e t he es se nt ia l fl a v ou r of t om a to le f t. If y ou a re su ff e ri ng f ro m a c h e rry to m at o ov e rl oa d y ou m a y li ke to try my re c i pe F o r e v e r y q u a r t o f t o m a to e s, a d d 1 te asp oon f en ne l see ds, a sma ll ye llo w o n io n c u t sm a ll se v e ra l sp ri g s o f p a r s l e y s e v e r a l s p r i g s o f c e l e r y l e a v e s a nd a b a y le a f B ri ng t o th e b oi l o ve r me d iu m h e a t a nd th e n t urn to sim m er. Af ter ha lf an ho ur mas h the to ma t oe s w i th a p ot a to ma sh e r t he n coo k fo r 15 m inutes long er. Use a w i r e s t r a i n e r o r f o o d m i l l a n d s q u e e z e ou t th e ju ic e At this point you could add hot sa uc e l im e ju i c e, v o dk a a nd i c e an d fo rg e t ab o ut t he re st o f th e d a y P o ur th e j u i c e i n to a s a uc e pa n a n d s i m m e r g e n t l y s t i r r i n g o f t e n u n t i l i t i s a s t h i c k a s y o u l i k e T h e r e w i l l b e d i s tr essingly little s auc e compa r ed to th e n um b er o f t om a to es y o u st a rte d w it h (w ha t I c a l l th e c oo ke d sp i na c h s y n d r o m e ) m a y b e t e n o r t w e l v e ou nc e s, bu t i t w i ll t a ste e xq u isi te So me peo ple li ke to ad d ga rl ic, bl a c k p e p p e r, h o t p e p p e r f l a k e s, su g ar o r sa l t t o th ei r sa uc e s. Tr y it m y way fir s t and th en amen d t o you r o w n t a s t e C h e r r y t o m a t o s a u c e t a s t e s s o r i c h y o u d o n o t h a v e t o f o o l ar ou nd w it h i t to o m uc h O ne of th e w o rl d' s g re a t c oo ki n g in g re di e nt s i s to ma to pa st e, use d t o bo t h f l a v o u r a n d t h i c k e n d i s h e s. Y o u c a n g e t g r e a t t o m a t o p a s t e f r o m y o u r c he rry t om a to sa u c e by t hi c k e ni ng i t i n a d o u b l e b o i l e r a n d t h e n p o u r i n g i t in t o a s o up p l a t e a n d p l a c i n g i n a 2 5 0 de g re e ov e n un ti l it tu rn s l ik e a f rui t le a th e r. W h e n c o o l, c ut in to sq ua re s a n d w r a p i n w a x p a p e r Y o u r t o m a t o p a s t e w i l l l a s t i n d e f i n i t e l y i n t h e r e f r i g e r a t o r O nc e y ou h a ve to m at o p as te y o u are a me re step o r tw o aw ay from p i z z a s a u c e w h i c h i s m e r e l y s e a s o n e d oil to ma to p ast e a nd w a ter. Mix 6 o u n c e s o f t o m a t o p a s t e w i t h o n e t h i r d c up o f o l iv e o il th e n ad d o ne a n d a th ird c up s w a te r. S e a s o n y o u r s a u c e a s y ou w i s h t h e only mus t ingr edi ent s bein g dr ied o r e g a n o a n d sa l t a n d p e p pe r t o t a s te Y o u m a y ad d pa rm e sa n c h e es e, g a rl i c ro se m ar y, th y m e, su ga r w h at e ve r y our h eart desires. Lea ve th e s a u c e t o a b s o r b t h e f l a v o u r s o v e r n i g h t i f p os sib l e. I f y o u l i k e p i c k l e s y o u c a n t r y p i c k l e d c he rry to ma toe s. Ma ke a b rin e w i th a c u p of s ea sa lt t o h al f a g a l lo n o r m or e o f w a te r. Ma ke a sl it a t t h e s te m e n d of e a c h c h er ry t om a to a d d t o the bri ne a nd so ak for 2 4 ho urs m i n i m u m P l a c e t h e c he r ry to m a t o e s i n g l as s j a r s a n d c o v er w i t h y o u r f a vo u rit e b o il e d p ic k li n g m ix I us e s he r ry v i ne g a r, t h ym e s pr ig s a nd t a rra gon. Store refrige r a ted for thre e w e e k s th en en j oy Y o u c a n m a ke v ir g i n c h e rry to m a t oe s m ore in te rest ing for g ue sts by s p ri t z i n g b u n c h e s w i t h l e m o n o r l im e j u ic e a n d th en d i pp in g i nt o fi ne s ea s a l t A b o w l o f c h e rr y t o m a t o e s t r e a t e d t h is w ay goe s w ell beside c hips a n d a c he e se -b a se d ip L a r g e c h e r r y t o m a t o e s l i k e T o m m y T oe c a n be q ua rt er ed or h a lv e d a n d u se d in reg u la r sal a ds a nd a re pa rt ic u l ar ly go o d i n Gr ee k s al a d. Mo st a r e t o o s e e d y a n d j u i c y t o u s e f o r c h i l i sa lsas bu t p ea r a nd g rape vari eti es a re m e a ly a n d d o th e jo b fi ne I p a rt ic u l ar ly e n jo y t he m i ld Y e ll o w Pe a r i n sa l sa ga r d e ne r j a c k @ c or a l wa v e c o m D E L I C I O U S: I n t o t h e p o t a n d o n t o t h e s t o v e T he firs t st ag e o f a de li ci ou s to ma to s au ce By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE "The Most High hath created medicines out of the earth and a wise man will not abhor them." Ecclesiasticus ch 38 v 4.


T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011 By FARAH B OB Marley lives on! It almost feels that way after listening to his son Damian Marely's single Sabali (Patience). He and his "distant relative" Nas came together to produce a thought provoking track which features the African voices of Miriam & Amadou. T h e two are no stran gers to c olla borations. Last yea r they made a studio al bum t itled "Di s ta nt R ela tive s" w hic h fused the m usica l el eme nts of hip h op and r eggae. T he alb um als o fe atur ed l y r i c a l t h e m e s r e g a r d i n g a n c e st r y p o v e r ty, a nd the plig ht o f Afric a. The alb um de buted a t numbe r fi ve on the US Bi llbo ard 20 0 c h art, sel li ng 5 7 ,0 00 c op ie s i n it's fir st w eek. U pon it's r e lease, Dista nt R e la ti ve s rec e iv e d po siti v e re vi ew s from most mu s i c critic s. Patie nce by the duo is al s o re ce ivin g po s i tiv e vi ew s by fa ns as w ell The son g as we ll a s the vid eo p r o vide s a dee per lo ok int o the wor ld we live in t oday, hig hlights a nd q uestions the priorities o f l ea d e rs o f th e w or ld I t is s om e w h at a c h arg e fo r i n di vi du a ls to re c on sid e r an d spen d ti me and effo r t into the thi ng of gre ater val ue. T h is song is l ike li s te ning to a n aud io ve rs i on of th e boo k of Prove rbs. Som e l iste n er s a re ev e n sa y in g t he son g i s "n o lon ger a song it is a prophe cy ". "Thi s s o ng is n o l onger a s ong it is a prophe cy I h ave l i st e n e d t o t h i s o v e r a nd o ver a nd ov er a ga in a nd Da mia n M ar le y h a s r ea l l y m ade a g r e at song t h i s t i m e A n o t h e r l istene r said : This may be t he gr eatest s on g e ver. "S imp ly amazin g an d p owe rful sym bols a nd me ss a ge s truly t wo mu s i ca l prophe ts of our time and e r a Damia n Marley like his fa t he r s ure k now s how to tell a m ea ning ful story! S o me of the sma rtes t dum mie s c an' t r ead t he l angu age o f Egy ptia n mu mm i e s An a fl y go a m oon, and c an' t f ind f ood for t he s tarv ing tumm ies Pa y no mi nd to the you ths cau se i t' s n ot l ik e th e fut ure d epend s on it Bu t sa ve t he a nima ls in the zoo, c aus e th e c himp anze e de m a m ake b ig money T his is how th e me dia pil lag es o n th e T V the p ic ture i s sav ages in vi ll ages An d the sc ien tis t s til l c an' t ex pl ain the p yram ids hu h, Ev ange lis ts mak ing a l ivi ng on th e v id eos of ri bs of t he l itt le k ids St ereoty pi ng th e im age of th e i mages An d thi s i s wha t th e im age is Damian Marley By LESH A F T E R t h a t b i g e l i m i n a t i o n s h oc ke r a fe w wee ks ag o, whe n A m e r i c a v o t e d o f f o n e o f t h e g r e at es t M i s s P i a I d o n' t t h i n k a n y t h i n g e l s e t h a t h a pp e n s w i l l come as a surprise to me. On t he e li mi n at io n e di ti o n o f American Idol, the show opened u p wi t h a d ue t b et ween L au re n Alaina and Scotty McCreery, my favourites, one of the two has to win the c ompe tition, han ds dow n. With the c ont e s tants perf orming i n sm a l l e r g r o up s y o u g e t a c h a n c e to know their characters better. Of cou rs e th ey had t o give us another Ford commercial trailer, th es e a re a l wa y s fu n to w a t ch Th e viewers got to watch a behind the scenes look in detail at the Ford music video before the video was a i r e d T h e c o n t e s t a n t s J a m e s H ale y, S t ef ano an d Sco t ty wer e disguised as zombies, Scotty was such a sexy zombie! Next up to perform their duet w a s C a s e y A b r a m s a n d H a l e y Re inh ar t no t f avo ri te s o f m in e, but their fans are definitely keep i n g t h e m i n t h e c o mp e t i ti o n H a l e y is r eall y gett in g her se lf t oget her though. Ryan comes to center with the first round up of results, he calls Lauren and Scotty to join Casey a nd Ha l e y S c o tt y w a s se n t t o sa f e ty Lau ren a nd C a sey are a lso sa fe and Haley landed in the bott om three for like the fifth time. Soo n afte r the AI team bough t b a ck t h e i r ve r y f i r s t i d o l Ke l l y C la r k s o n Sh e p er f o r me d al o n g with some guy, I had no idea who he w as bu t th e e nti re p e rfor ma nc e was great, the vibe was on point. N e x t u p w a s a p e r f o r m a n c e from P aul J am es, J ac o b Lu sk an d Stefano Langone, they did a little m ed le y f r o m a S i mo n an d G ar f u n k e l G r a d u a t e s o n g O n e w ou ld h a ve no tic e d t he y h ad t rou ble m ixing the ir v oic es a nd blen din g to g et he r, bu t th ey p ul le d it o ff. Of the four s tud s J ames is safe, S t e f a n o i s i n t h e b o t t o m t h r e e again, Jacob is safe and Paul is in t he b o tt o m t h re e R i g h t a f te r t h e se result, my ga l R ihanna grac ed the st a g e w it h a be a u t if u l p e rf or ma n c e o f o n e o f h e r h i t s C a l i f o r n i a King." A ft er R ihann a's per for man ce, R ya n d el iv e rs the ne w s t ha t Ha l ey and Stefano are safe and Paul is sen t p ac kin g, th e first guy to lea ve the show. T hi s wee k o n Am e r ic an I do l t he r e ma in in g t op 7 con t es t ant s will sing songs from the 21st cen tury. The first guy to go LOOK AT ME NOW Chris Brown Featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes ALL OF THE LIGHTS Kanye West DID IT ON'EM Nicki Minaj MOMENT 4 LIFE Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake 6 FOOT 7 FOOT Lil Wayne Featuring Cory Gunz LOVE FACES Trey Songz ROLL UP Wiz Khalifa FAR AWAY Marsha Ambrosius SURE THING Miguel WHERE YOU AT Jennifer Hudson T E N S O N G S R & B / H I P H O P