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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER 76 held in career criminal swoop V olume: 107 No.127WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 88F LOW 76F S P O R T S SEESECTIONE 31 medals for Bahamas F E A T U R E S SEEARTSANDENTERTAINMENTSECTION Royal Wedding fever in the Bahamas By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter A POLICE crackdown over the holiday weekend recorded 76 arrests as initiatives continue to seek out career criminals. Yesterday, a crime victim praised the efforts of police offi cers and neighbours who thwarted an early morning attempted robbery. And Supt Stephen Dean, director of the National Crime P revention Office, said: Were doubling our efforts. Most of these arrests, you would see that they are classified as minor complaints there is a mixtureo f major and minor. We are leaving no stones unturned. When we look at the antecedence of career crimi nals, they start off very small but before long turn into more serious crimes. So if we can nip it early, we believe that it would have a greater impact on our c rime. Four women were among the people apprehended for P olice lea v e no stones unturned in clampdown TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SEE page seven BIGDAYBUILD UP: Nassau Florists is celebrating the royal wedding of Britains Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday with a special window display congratulating the happy couple. See page 15 and the Arts and Entertainment section for more royal wedding coverage. FLORIST INFULLBLOOMFORROYALWEDDING F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f AN ANNOUNCEMENT is expected by the end of the week as to whether or not the National Development Party (NDP Democratic National Alliance (DNA party force going into the next general election. According to NDP leader Renward Wells, his party is still in the valley of decisions as it pertains to the DNA, which was formed recently by former FNM Minister and now Independent MP Branville McCartney. However, as it stands, Mr Wells said his party will not be making any comments as there are still a few things to be worked out in the next couple of days. In the meantime, he said he would rather leave whatever big announcement will inevitably come to its predetermined time. Rumours have been circulating for weeks that the NDP had already dissolved itself and joined with Mr McCartneys DNA party, with Mr Wells and a few other prominent members of the NDP taking up key leadership roles. Among the positions being reported, it is rumoured that Mr Wells had been promised the position of chairman, with his deputy leader, Lynden Nairn, becoming the deputy leader of the DNA. LaTore By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter THE PLP is warning that Bahamian citizens finding vot er registration difficult may not bother casting their ballots in the upcoming election. Concerned that voters will become so frustrated by the registration process that they will refrain from participating in the next general election, the PLP issued a statement raising concerns about the difficulties voters are facing, alleg ing the government is not doing enough to accommodate citizens and support democra tic process. With the elections growing closer, our concern is that vot ers who are frustrated by these difficulties will not participate in the democratic process, said the statement. It said: The FNM governments not doing enough to make it possible for voters to register. Holding the government accountable, the PLP claims it would be the governments fault if people are discouraged from registering. The party called on the FNM to move quickly to correct the probSEE page seven SEE page 13 NDP CONSIDERS JOINING DNA PARTY PLP SAYSCITIZENS FRUSTRATED BY THE REGISTRATION PROCESS MAY NOT VOTE By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham's address to the nation was nothing more than "smoke and mirror politics" that attempted to distract the public from the real issues facing the country, claims the Progressive Liberal Party. The Opposition said Mr Ingraham's national address lacked substantive announcements on crime fighting. The party also hit out at the government for heralding infrastructure upgrades while SEE page 13 PLP:PMS ADDRESS WAS SMOKE AND MIRROR POLITICS IN a cascade of lies, distortions and misrepresentation of the facts, said the FNM, the Opposition's factory of lies has once again manufactured a series of fabrications. The FNM said that the most recent example was a statement by the Opposition regarding the appointment by the Government of Mr Mark Holowesko to the new Bahamas Telecommunications Board. The Opposition's erroneous claim that Mr. Holowesko's appointment involved a conflict of interest has been denied in detail by the internationally well-regarded investment manager who noted that FNM HITS OUT AT PLP FABRICATIONS SEE page 13


THEBahamas has a new playwright who has enteredt he theatre world with a real b ang. Ward Minnis, a painter w ho brought us a very intriguing art show called Famous Faces of Nassau in 2004 at the Central Bank, is now putting his literary gifts on dis-p lay in a political satire called The Cabinet. Just in time for the 2012 e lection season, the comedy premiered on April Fools Day at the Dundas Centre for Arts a nd immediately created a b uzz. By the shows final night folks were being turned away at the door. Story The play tells the story of R eggie Moxey (played ably by Chigoze Ijeoma), the leader of the Flamingo Party (FLM and Prime Minister of the Archipelago Islands. When the play opens Moxey is mourningt he passing of the Archipel a go Islands founding father, Lymon Leadah, former head of the Peas and Rice Party (PNR Leadah was Moxeys men tor and really a father to him, in terms of teaching him the ropes of party politics. But eventually the two fell out and became rivals; rivals who stillhad a grudging respect for each other. Now Moxey approaches the end of his second term as PM and has to decide whether or not he will keep his campaign promise and step down after serving two terms. This deci-s ion is at the heart of the play. M oxey wants to prove he is a better leader and a better man than his mentor, Lymon, he stayed in power for six consecutive terms and was labelled a tyrant. M oxey hatches a devious scheme that will allow him to keep his word and break it at t he same time. The scheme involves hand ing power over to his new P NR rival and old friend, J erome Cartwright (played by the author, Ward Minnis). The parallels between Min n is imaginary world of the Archipelago Islands and real archipelago of the Bahamasa re very clear. Minnis play, according to the director, Dr Ian Strachan, takes a popular conspiracy theory and runsw ith it. The play follows Moxey as he tries to execute his plan of handing power to his old friend. The plan involves mak ing sure that his successor as leader of the Flamingos is a p ush over; not just because he wants Jerome to win but because Reggie wants to bea ble to return to power himself if he is minded to. Enter Kendrick Johnson, played to hilarious effect by Matthew Wildgoose, who like Minnis, is a talented visual artist as well. Problem is, Kendrick is even too incompetent for Reggies liking. Complicating things further are Fenton Green (Arthur Maycock), the legitimatec hoice to succeed Reggie and t he ambitious and conniving M P Latoya Darling (played by Sophia Smith). When asked if he was afraid his play would make him some powerful enemies, Minnisr esponded, Well, it is what it is. This is the whole point of democracy. Calling a spade a s pade is always a dangerous proposition but if you cant call a spade a spade thens omethings wrong with the s ociety. Hilarious Ward writes a very clever farce/satire. Its hilarious. I knew the minute I read it thati t would be a hit, said Dr Strachan. Im very proud of him. Hes a good writer; and hes only just scratching the surface of his ability. He has a lot to say and I believe theB ahamian people will enjoy e very word. When asked what the message of the play was, Strachan had this to say: We want to entertain people but we also want to challenge them to question the ways things are politically. We have to expect and demand more, plain and simple. As long we sit back and just trust our leaders to do the right thing, they will do the thinking for you. But they wont necessarily put you first. Too often democracy gets highjacked. Not just in the Bahamas. The only antidote is a vigilant, engaged citizenry. The Cabinet is back by popular demand for threes hows at the National Centre f or the Performing Arts on Shirley Street, Friday April 29 a t 8pm, Saturday April 30 at 8pm, and Sunday May 1 at 6pm. Tickets are on sale atB uttons Formal Wear, Cable B each, Galleria Cinemas, Mall at Marathon and at the Dun d as Centre Box Office. More information can be found by calling 433-1028 or 394-0028,o r by visiting o r L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER FREEPORT A group of visiti ng Taylor University students who w ere part of a team doing commun ity-service work on Grand Bahama through the Calvary Bible Church had a close encounter witha pelican on Taino Beach one sunny afternoon. The two girls were spending recreational time at Tony Macar oni's Conch Experience when the feathered friend flew down and landed within a couple yards of the girls who were sitting near the shore. "The pelican circled the area a nd then simply touched down right next to the girls as if it was domesticated," said Anthony Hanna, also known as Tony Macaroni.' This was the first time in my life that I have seen a pelican so close to a human in the wild. One of the g irls actually reached out and t ouched the bird. I was born in the Bahamas, I have lived in South Florida, and have seen pelicans throughout my t ravels. This was strange. I could o nly assume that perhaps this particular bird was once hurt and was saved by humans and released back i nto the wild, he said. T he girls returned home to India na and e-mailed Mr Hanna the photos you see here along with the following note, "We miss your b eautiful country, its beautiful birds a nd the wonderful food!" Playwright sees the funny side of politics THE POSTER for the political satire The Cabinet. Visiting university students have close encounter with pelican FEATHEREDFRIEND: The students m eet the pelican on Taino Beach. Photos/ Rachel Tobin


THE Free National Movement has hit out at the PLP once again in its latest commentary this time criticising the party for its late response in coming to the aid of the fire victims in Bimini last week. In the statement, the PLP is accused of being rudderless in opposition, having nobody really in charge and being without any direction from its leader, Perry Christie. Claiming it took PLP MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe two days to respond to the troubles of his distraught constituents in Bimini, the FNM said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, by contrast, quickly dispatched Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes to provide affected families with immediate assistance and support. The statement said: The late-again syndrome is contagious and widespread in the opposition, as also demonstrated by a second incident. In a copycat of the FNMs weekly commentary the opposition actually had the hypocritical gall to suggest that most of the things being done by the FNM are actually a copy of what they had in their minds, but never got around to doing. As the prime minister has said about such claims by the opposition, Even the caveman dreamt of going to the moon. We know how that turned out. In a future commentary there will be more on the oppositions desperate attempt to retroactively borrow FNM accomplishments as their own. The oppositions hypocrisy is so blatant that they were actually accusing the FNM of copying them when they were stealing one of its ideas. It is the highest, though clearly not sincerest, form of flattery for the opposition to follow behind the FNM, albeit late again. T he governing party said that rather than the PLP borrowing ideas to see what will resonate with voters, the opposition should seek to emulate the decisive and hard-working leadership style of Prime Minister Ingraham. Instead there is a leadership vacuum at the top and at the heart of the opposition with Perry Christie serving as the figurehead leader of the PLP. Mr Christie serves as the more acceptable public face for various interest groups in his party. As the figure-head leader of his party, Mr Christie presides over a coalition of wheeler-dealers, self-promoters and the scandal-ridden. It said that some in this coalition of the entitled dream up more schemes to plunder, loot and pillage the cookie jar than there are sub-plots in the Godfather movies. The FNM said that Mr C hristie is the public face for this coalition of special interests because of his cheery manner. Most Bahamians know that he is a talker, not a doer, a promise-maker, not a deliverer, and late-again-and-again. Still, hes amiable enough. But being endlessly cheery is a prime quality for a contestant on Bahamian Idol and not the primary quality needed in a Bahamian prime minister. Perry Christie is mostly a follower of his wayward and divided colleagues who barely respect his authority or leadership. They drag him along in pursuit of their schemes, strategies and stunts. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 3 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune StaffR eporter nmckenzie@ A 24-YEAR-OLD Montell Heights man charged with the April1 4 murder of Tekoyo M cKinney was arraigned in Magis trates Court yesterday. Police have charged I srael Lubin in McKin neys murder. Lubin is accused of intentionallyc ausing McKinneys death while being concerned with another. Lubin has also been c harged with conspiring w ith another on April 14 to murder McKin ney. M cKinney, a 26-yearold father of two, was reportedly shot and killed by two armed gunmen on Cordeaux Avenue and Minnie Street. A month before Mck inneys murder, his younger sister Jeffryona Rolle, 14, was killed near their mothers Garden Hills Estates home. During his arraign ment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez yesterday, Lubin was not required to enter a plea to the charges. F ast-tr ack Prosecutors intend to fast-track the matter to the Supreme Court by way of a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. Lubins attorney Jef frey Farquharson told the court that Lubin had suffered a serious right eye injury while in police custody and needed medical atten tion. He told the court that Lubin had been in police custody since last Thursday. The prosecution said that Lubin had been taken to the eye doctor. Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered that Lubin be taken to see the eye doctor again. Mr Farquharson also requested a copy of Lubins detention record, which the prosecution indicated he would be able to obtain once it becomes avail able. FNM claims PLP took two days to respond to Bimini fire victims THEFNM says Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes (above immediate assistance and support. Partys latest commentary hits out at Opposition CHARGED: Israel Lubin outside of court yesterday he was charged with the murder of Tekoyo McKinney. Felip Major /Tribune staff POLICE released the identity of a recent murder victim in their appeal for public information to aid investigations. The vital information of two men killed in separate crashed over the holiday weekend were also released. Police discovered the body of Kirk Nash Hall, a 33-year-old Adelaide resident, at Cowpen Road off Baillou Hill Road on Saturday. It was reported that a group of men were seen arguing near a dark coloured Nissan Maxima before Mr Hall was shot shortly before 2am. Police discovered a Nissan Maxima on fire at Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, which they believe to be connected to the shooting. On Sunday, 44-year-old Vantrump Curtis wask illed in a car crash at Yamacraw Hill Road. Mr Curtis, a resident of the area, collided with the dri ver of a silver 2000 Suzuki Baleno who was travelling east. Mr Curtis was driving west in a burgundy coloured 2004 Toyota Corolla. The driver of the Baleno was treated and discharged from hospital. The driver killed in bushes at Western Road was identified as 24-yearold Anthol Moss, a Chip pingham resident. Mr Moss lost control of his silver 1998 Honda Civic as he was driving west on Monday. It was reported that the car hit a tree. As police investigations continue, informed per sons are urged to contact police at 919 CDU at 5029991 502-9910 or crime stoppers at 328-TIPS MURDER VICTIMS IDENTITY RELEASED Man charged with the murder of father of two


EDITOR, The Tribune. I read with interest a letter by one Kevin Evans concerning what he termed the the great economic disaster in Grand Bahama. Mr Evans seems like a fairly educated person who writes well. His description of the state of the economy of Grand Bahama is reasonably accurate and I do not take issue with much of it. Then again, it does not take a brilliant person to describe a problem; especially an obvious one and many of us Bahamians are very good at that. What does take a bit more intelligence is analysing a problem and drawing conclusions on the basis thereof; this is where I fault Mr Evans. It is so tragic and such a massive over simplification to boil down so m any of our problems to politicians, members of parliament and cabinet ministers; indeed the Government. This is especially true for the economy. The truth is that Governments are limited in what theyc an do in creating the economy, especially when there is g lobal economic fallout. Lets look at Grand Bahama. Too many Grand Bahamians are out of work; the last we heard the percentage was as high as 17 per cent according to the Department of Statistics.G iven a labour force of some 30,000, this would mean about 5 ,000 persons being out of work and therefore there is need to find this number of jobs. This can only happen by new businesses coming on stream or existing businesses expanding to employ those 5,000 people. It would also be necessary for those persons to have the skills n eeded for those new or exist ing businesses. Why would those new businesses come on stream and why would existing businesses expand? They would only do so where the owners see the profit opportunities to do so. There was a time in Grand B ahama when this was so and that was during the period 1996 to 2002 when Grand Bahamas unemployment rate decreased from 10.6 per cent to 6.4 per cent. In that period Grand Bahama experienced an eco nomic boom, with the con-s truction of Our Lucaya, the Container Port, the Shipyard, Polymers and with the redevelopment of Royal Oasis. Then though, the global economy was much better. What happened? Try the tragedy of September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked the U SA and changed world travel forever, including travel to The Bahamas. The US economy began a downturn that impacted travel. In 2004/2005, Grand Bahama lost a major hotel facility in Royal Oasis, putting about 1,500 people out of work directly and hundreds more indirectly. A number of small businesses also went out of business, as they could not survive the affects of the storms devastation. By 2005, Grand Bahamas unemployment rate w ent from an all time low of 6.4 per cent to a high of 11 per cent. In 2008, the world went into a global recession and with it The Bahamas, further impacting Grand Bahama. I also note for the sake of Kevin that in December of 2004, Edward St George died and with that b egan a fight between the principals of the Grand Bahama Port Authority that also impacted business morale in Grand Bahama. I bring these statistics to readers attention to make two simple points. First, educated, thinking people know that the economy of The Bahamas suff ers powerful influences from global forces and Grand Bahama is included in that. When things go well, we do well and when things do not go well we do not do so well. Pretend, all we want, when such forces are at work, there is precious little that this country can d o. Even today, the great Unites States of America struggles through its economic dilemma. Secondly, given this fact, it is simply oversimplifying things to start blaming MPs and gov ernment for what does or does not happen in the economy u nless one can point to some specific policies that impacted negatively or positively the economy. MPs and government cannot make people invest money in new businesses or expanded businesses, if those people do not see profit opportunities. W hen the world economy is bad, those profit opportunities are reduced in a country that relies on tourism and financial services. If profit opportunities do not exist, then new jobs and new business growth will not hap pen. What you can blame MPsa nd government for is their response to economic down turn when it happens and looking at what has happened in Grand Bahama over the last four years reveals much. The Ingraham government, with whom I do not always agree, did provide important injection into the economy through the capital works done like the beautiful new government office complex under construction, the development of sea walls, docks, the expansion of the Rand Memorial Hospital and the new Mary Patricia Junior High School. Without them, many hundreds of construction jobs would not have existed, I think. They did provide millions of dollars in increased social assistance which is necessary when you have widespread economic fallout. They did provide hundreds jobs during the temporary jobs programme for Grand Bahamians, which provided some relief. A number of friends of mine benefitted and I know. They also created that unemployment benefit programme at the National Insurance Board which helped thousands in Grand Bahama to have at least 13 weeks of relief in their unemployment and if I am not mistaken, this went back to help people who were unemployed even before the prog ramme was created. As for Kevins point that every other day you hear about some new project in Nassau, besides being a shameful over exaggeration, it again over simplifies things. The fact is thatt he only new project you hear about in Nassau was Baha Mar a nd that was after much controversy. Nassaus unemployment level is up and thousands are hurting. According to the last report by the Department of Statistics, it was up 14 per cent, which given its labourf orce meant that some 130,000 that would mean about 18,200 p eople out of work, which is three times the number in Nassau. There are not enough new businesses or expanding businesses to soak up that number of unemployed persons, so Nassau has its issues too. Given what the FNM is doing Grand Bahama as I described earlier a nd in Nassau, it is simply disin genuous to say that it only cares about Nassau. In fact, in 2001 when the unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent, the FNM lost three seats in Grand Bahama. The question would be who cared for whom? I could go on but I believe I h ave written enough. Kevin simply seems to me to be some one who is simply opposed to the FNM and to its Grand Bahama MPs and would probably have not been supporting them anyway. This notwithstanding, he ought to know that there arem any of us out here who are educated and thinking and who can do more than simply string words together in articulate fashion. We can also analyse and make judgments based on facts and not mere rhetoric. God will always help us, but we also n eed to help ourselves and may at times need the help of others, like a growing world economy. STEPHEN HEPBURN Freeport, Grand Bahama, April 4, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE updated daily at 2pm CAIRO Egypt's ruling generals and leaders of the protesters who toppled Hosni Mubarak have been busy dismantling the former regime. But not enough is being done to deal with issues t hat, if left unresolved, could pose a serious threat to the country's future. In the two months since Mubarak's ouster, Muslim militants have been on the rise, a persistent security vacuum is unleashing a wave of crime and a badly hit economy is affecting people's lives. Since the ouster of Mubarak on Feb.1 1, the generals have dissolved the infamous State Security Agency and ordered criminal investigat ions against Cabinet ministers and regime-linked businessmen. A high court dissolved Mubarak's one-time party, the National Democratic Party, last week, and Mubarak and his two sons face accusations of corruption and murder linked to the shooting of hundreds of protesters. But a host of problems stand in the way of a t ransition to democracy. Several senior members of the Muslim Brothe rhood, Egypt's largest political group, caused a stir when they recently spoke about installing an Islamic state and the implementation of Islamic punishments, like hand amputations for repeated theft or flogging for drinking alcohol. The Brotherhood said the comments did not reflect the group's thinking, but the country's secularists and minority Christians are alarmed that the Brotherhood, with the help of other Islamist groups, might one day win a majority in legislative elections. Thousands of Muslim militants in the city of Qena have been taking to the streets daily since Friday to protest the appointment of a Christian governor. The protesters blocked rail traffic on vital lines, occupied local government offices, stopped employees from reporting for work and forced most schools to close. The protesters, mostly from the radical Salafi movement, said they would appoint their own governor if the government did not back down and threatened to disrupt work in a water pump ing station. Two Cabinet ministers visited Qena totry to defuse the crisis, but the protesters remained adamant. The new governor's predecessor was a Christian and a former police general. He was reviled for his incompetence, security background, and close ties to the Mubarak regime, enabling the Salafis to draw on local dissatisfaction in their ongoing campaign. The Salafis, who seek to emu late the lifestyle of Islam's early days in the seventh century, have for the past year played a key role in fueling sectarian tensions, spearheading protests against the Orthodox Christian church. Security officials say they have played a role in the deadly clashes between Christians and Muslims in Cairo last month following the burning of a church in a village south of the city. The Salafis, just like the relatively moderate Brotherhood, are setting up political parties to contest September's legislative elections, and the Brotherhood wants to launch a satellite TV chan nel and a daily newspaper. "There are reasons for us to be worried," columnist Gamal Fahmy said about the heavy presence of Islamic groups in post-Mubarak Egypt. "But they will be cut down t o their actual size when we have a well-organized and stable democratic system." Fahmy and other analysts believe it would be counterproductive for the ruling generals to crack down on the Islamists, although they have already stated that they will not allow radical groups to dominate the mainly Muslim nation of more than8 0 million people. A crackdown on the militants, they warn, could be a prelude to similar action by t he military against other groups. Already, they note, the generals are accused of torturing detainees and ignoring due process in military tribunals for Egyptians charged with crimes that range from violating the late-night curfew to thuggery and theft. The tribunals, rights activists say, have sentenced around 10,000 peo-p le by the end of last month. Defendants have no recourse to appeal. The country's new constitution w ill be drafted by a panel appointed by lawmakers. "The real problem is that we don't have faith that the next constitution will protect the civ il state we hope for and the revolution?" said Sinawy of the Nasserite party. In the meantime, violent crime has risen steeply in Cairo and other cities across the nation, according to the Interior Ministry. Armed rob beries, murder and theft are leading the uptick in crime. In February this year, 85 murders were recorded in the Greater Cairo area, compared to about 50 for the same month the year before. There were 600 cases of theft at gunpoint com pared to about 200 the same month last year. After clashing with protesters and withdrawing from the streets in late January, the police are back, but not in sufficient numbers to control crime. Much of the crime is blamed on inmates who broke out of jails during the uprising. The military, meanwhile, cannot do much to combat crime, largely because it does not have the experience, manpower or intelligence available to the 500,000-strong police force. The crime wave, many Egyptians suspect, is the work of remnants of the Mubarak regime seeking to undermine the new order. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf says disgruntled businessmen were behind the rise in crime as well as the flurry of street protests that followed Mubarak's ouster. Egypt's woes are made all the worse by a deepening economic crisis. Tourism, a major source of income, has been badly hit because of the political upheavals of the past few months and the precarious security. 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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT A Supreme Court jury has found Marcus Bailey not guilty of the armed robbery of Julius Doc Lewis, the operator and owner of Docs Conch Stand. A jury of three women and six men brought back a unanimous verdict of 9-0 not guilty on the armed robbery, pos session of a firearm and possession of ammunition charges against Bailey. Bailey, 33, was accused of robbing Lewis at gunpoint of $270 at his conch stand on Explorers Way on December 20, 2009. According to Lewis, the gunman, who was wearing a beige Halloween mask, ran across the street to Supreme Cleaners after robbing him. The victim said he heard a gunshot and saw the suspect fall to the ground. Bailey was later discovered by police sitting on the ground at Supreme Cleaners with a gunshot wound to the leg. A gun and beige mask were found nearby. In his testimony, Bailey claimed he was a victim of circumstance on the night in question, as he was shot by someone who came out the bushes. Bailey was represented by Carlson Shurland. Justice Hartman Longley presided over the trial. Attor neys Vernal Collie and Erica Kemp of the Attorney Generals Office appeared on behalf of the Crown. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 5 Purchase (1PLUS(1write name & phone number on back of local store receipt within promotion dates. Take it to Asa H Pritchard Ltd on Robinson Rd ---and you could win!Entry deadline Friday May 20, 2011Prize must be collected within 30 days of end of promotion. AHP sta and immediate family members are not eligible to enterand A winning combination A D W O R K S 2 0 1 1 63(&,$/ By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT A Jamaican man was charged in the Eight Mile R ock Magistrates Court in connection with the shooting of a woman at Eight Mile Rock last Friday. Sibert Wilson, 52, appeared before Magistrate Gwen Claude on Tuesday on charges of possession of a firearm, endangering life and causing grievous harm. It is alleged that on April 22, the accused, while armed with a firearm, caused harm to a female resident at Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. Wilson pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was denied bail and remanded to Her Majestys Prison until June 2 when he is set to stand trial. BAHA MAR has donated $1 million t o the Bahamas National Trust and will be the official site for the nations wildlife sanctuary. T he funding will cover protected tree species such as Beefwood, Brasiletto, Candlewood, Caribbean Pine, Horseflesh, Lignum Vitae, Mahogany, Red C edar, Rauwolfia, Silk Cotton, and Black E bony. Robert Sands, senior vice president of B aha Mar administration and external affairs, said: One of the things that we are creating, you know weve always t alked about this wildlife sanctuary which is 70 acres, which we are going to basi cally develop in conjunction with the B ahamas National Trust. We will fund it with an initial grant of a million dollars and another grant of a second million dollars towards the ongo-i ng maintenance of that operation. It is going to be water-based and allow for the opportunity for persons to experi e nce the number one asset in The Bahamas, which are basically the beau tiful waters and the beach. Animals But at the same time, we are going to h ave some exotic Bahamian animals, the flora and fauna that will be around cer tain areas of this beach and pool experi ence. The Baha Mar/BNT partnership had drawn environmental organisers to transform themselves into green space architects of the nations wetlands systems. This is our contribution to the Bahamas National Trust. We have com m itted by agreement to turn this no build zone into a wildlife sanctuary, which will be developed in conjunction with or in consultation with the Bahamas N ational Trust, said Mr Sands. And we will fund with an initial grant of which we will monitor and obviously,b y subvention, give contributions up to a million dollars for the initial works and another million dollars of ongoing works. H e said this would create a sanctuary for the Cable Beach wetlands, the natural flora and fauna and the birds natural h abitat within the no build zone at the western end of the project. The golf course would also triple in size to offer more protected green spaces on the d evelopment. The Government has just entered into a contract to do a four-lane corridor on this road, which takes it into town. We are taking and developing the golf course and almost tripling it in size, said Mr Sands. From an aesthetic point of view, you will have much more green spaces and also eliminate the opportunity for major concrete super-structures within these green spaces in the future. T he new wildlife area would call for the rerouting of the current road system into a more functional thoroughfarea round the bushy wetland area that is already there. It would connect the new West Bay Street, Westridge Road, and Skyline Drive into what is known as Cor r idor 7. The new corridor will connect JFK Drive and Gladstone Road to the new West Bay Street and become the e ntrance to Baha Mar from the airport road. In addition as a result of this reroute of West Bay Street, we are putting a b eautiful jogging trail or walking trail along the outside of this road, said Mr Sands. It is creating excellent green spaces that will be pleasing on the eye and extremely aesthetic, that is eco-sensitive, and in an organised and master p lan way. You can be very proud of this development, once in fact it has been finished. JAMAICAN MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING JURY FINDS MAN NOT GUILTY OF CONCH STAND OPERATOR ARMED ROBBERY Baha Mar donates $1m to Bahamas National Trust ABOVE: The Baha Mar groundbreaking shovels seem to represent a commitment to prot ecting the environment of the Cable Beach wetlands system anda $1 million donation to t he Bahamas National Trust for a national Wildlife Sanctuary to be situated within the 70 acres of wetlands reserved on Baha Mars resort. RIGHT: Silt protectors are being placed along the roadside of the new Corridor 7 being constructed that leads to the Baha Mar mega-resort.By keeping the ground wet during c onstruction, engineers and workers are keeping the dust from surfacing and being carried by wind into nearby homes. HOUSING SUBDIVISIONS currently on the outskirts of the Baha Mar project have been taken into consideration as Corridor 7 is constructed.


By LARRY SMITH W E have some good news and some bad news about sharks. The bad news is that sharks like most other big fish in the ocean are not long for this world if we continue overfishing on an industrial-scale. The good news is that because driftnet and longline fishing are banned here, our shark populations are relatively stable. In fact, National Geographic has described the Bahamas as a relative "Eden" for sharks compared to the rest of the world. Sharks have always had an image problem people tend to regard them as serial killers and fishing competitors. But to Aleksandra Maljkovic, a doctoral student in marine ecology at Canada's Simon Fraser University, they are a fascinating research subject. "I have been obsessed with sharks since childhood," she wrote during a recent intern ship at the Bimini Biological Field Station. "My main aim here is to learn as much as possible about handling sharks without losing body parts, so I can pursue my shark-related PhD." Maljkovic took part in 13 months of research off south western New Providence from 2007 to 2009 to study the impacts of marine resource depletion on the ecology and behaviour of Caribbean reef sharks. She and co-researcher Isabel Cote published a paper in the February edition of the j ournal Biological Conservation, which focused on the impact of tourist-related provisioning on shark behaviour in the Bahamas. Shark feeding as a tourist attraction occurs around the world and is the subject of much debate about safety risks a nd forced behavioural changes. Such concerns have led to outright bans in some destinations, where shark dives are a valuable source of revenue. For example, in 2007 tour operators facilitated more than 72,000 shark encounters in the Bahamas, generating some $78 million in revenue when all local services used by sharkd ive clients were considered. Healthy The Bahamas is considered a good site for shark research because of its relatively healthy shark populations. The Bimini field station, operated by venerable University of Miami professor Dr Samuel Gruber, has been studying sharks for more than two decades. G ruber took over this mantle from the defunct Lerner M arine Lab, which was set up on Bimini by a renowned big game fisherman named Michael Lerner in 1948. Lerner used to pal around with Ernest Hemingway, and founded the International Game Fishing Association, but he was also a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History with a passion for marine biology. The 1930s and 40s were the days when grinning sportfishermen were ritually phot ographed on piers next to the 500-pound tunas and marlins they had just caught. However, big ocean fish like these have declined by 90 per cent over the past 50 years. And the bad news gets worse. We know that if we keep doing what we are doing most o f the world's commercial fish eries will collapse by mid-century. To understand what that means we have only to consider the once bountiful Canadian cod fishery which collapsed in the early 1990s, with the loss of over 40,000 jobs, and has been unable to recover. I n recent years the overfishing of sharks has become a big problem too. More than 100 million are taken annually by commercial fishermen and another five million by recreational fishermen. According to Maljkovic, "the trends indi cate precipitous populationd eclines in all large-bodied sharks. They are the most threatened species on the planet." One of the chief reasons for this is a silly demand for shark fin soup in China, where fins can fetch hundreds of dollars, whereas shark meat is worthl ess than most fish. As a result, fins are cut off of millions of living sharks and the mutilated animals thrown back into the sea to die a practice that was banned by the US in 2000. Sharks are top predators the lions and tigers of the sea and scientists like Maljkovic aret rying to understand the ecosys tem changes that will occur due to their decline. Sharks keep the oceans in balance by con trolling other species, and the intense fishing pressure on sharks has produced a cascade of unexpected consequences. With fewer large predators a round, the number of rays, skates and small shark species has exploded, and these are decimating the populations of other vital marine species. North Carolina, for example, had to close its century-old scallop fishery in 2004 because of over-predation by rays, while shark fishing in Tasmania caused a boom in their main prey octopus which crashed the spiny lobster fishery there. Scientists like Gruber and Maljkovic often complain about the popular fear of sharks, which leads many ordinary folks to think it is a good thing to kill them. But the fact is that overfishing benefits no one, least of all the fishermen. And sharks are especially vulnera ble because they take so long to reach sexual maturity and only reproduce every couple of years. But despite our propensity to kill sharks, the Bahamas still maintains a good reputation for marine conservation. In a 2007 article National Geographic pointed out that most of our archipelago remains free of industrial development: "Locals still make a living off Bahamian lobster, snapper, and conch; sportsmen still take bonefish from the sand flats, and marlin and sailfish from the cold 6,000foot-deep chasm called the Tongue of the Ocean. "More than 40 shark species cruise Bahamian waters," NatGeo continued, "including tigers, lemons, great hammer heads, bulls, blacktips, makos, silkies, nurses; even migrating blues and massive whale sharks pass through. Others live here year-round, giving birth in the same quiet lagoons where they were born." According to Mike Braynan, director of the Department of Marine Resources, licensing the export of shark products has been contrary to government policy since the 1980s and as a result there is no significant commercial shark fishery here: We have had a line item for sharks in our landing statistics off and on over the years, but usually the amount is zero," he said. By contrast, shark dive tourism is a multi-million-dollar industry that attracts thousands of visitors and generates tons o f priceless publicity every year. It contributes much more to our economy than a dead shark on a fishing boat ever could. In fact, according to Sammy Gruber, a single live shark in healthy habitat like the Bahamas is worth as much as $200,000 in tourism revenue o ver its lifetime. That's why shark feeding has become such a big part of the local dive industry. And although provisioning wild animals is generally frowned upon, Gruber has long been in favour of it where sharks are concerned: "The reasons are manifold, n ot least being the economic value of sharks to the dive industry of the Bahamas. Considering the unremitting commercial slaughter and the bad press that sharks inevitably get these days, any development of a positive image by making divers into ambassadors for shark conservation can only help." Maljkovic agrees with this analysis. Her research at Southwest Point looked into the impacts of feeding on reef shark ecology. With the help of Stuart Cove's dive operation at South Ocean, she observed, tagged, and took muscle tissue samples from numbers of sharks both fed and unfed during almost 300 dives. Her conclusion, as reported in Conservation Biol ogy, is that provisioning has negligible impacts on shark behaviour. "Because of this, we believe that provisioning, when carefully conducted, has the potential to be an effective strategy that can contribute to apex predator conservation. Provi sioning-based tourism, when accompanied by natural history information, can enhance public awareness of the conservation plight of apex predator populations. "Moreover, wildlife-viewing tourism is an expanding and lucrative industry, which sug gests good potential for shift ing the relative economic gains from extractive to non-con sumptive exploitation of apex predators." At a Bahamas National Trust presentation recently, Maljkovic suggested that reef shark conservation efforts could have a positive impact on pop ulations of other marine species, and called for an ecosystem-based approach to marine conservation. This is something that the BNT and other environmental groups have also been pushing for years through the national park system. Back in the 1980s an assessment of popular dive sites off the southwest coast of New Providence led to the first pro posals for a marine park in that area. The idea was revived in the early 2000s during the fight to preserve Clifton as a national heritage park, and the BNT has submitted a proposal to the government based on an eco logical assessment of the area from Old Fort to Clifton, and beyond southwest reef. The objective is to protect our natural resources while providing non-destructive economic opportunities (like shark dive tourism), as well as recreational and educational oppor tunities for Bahamians and vis itors. A multi-use marine reserve in this area has the potential to become a corner stone of the country's national park system, the BNT says. Some argue that the entire Bahamas is already a no-take zone for sharks. But this overlooks the fact that like turtles sharks don't respect national bound aries. And ongoing coastal development at places like Bimini is destroying critical nursery habitat for these endan gered animals. As National Geographic put it, "If the sharks go, so too goes a bountiful ecosystem that feeds local people and keeps outsiders coming back to the islands." What do you think? Send comments to Or visit L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Sharks why we need them


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 7 lems and difficulties voters are conf ronted with. It is important for the government to bend over backwards to accommodate voters in this exercise, all the while protecting the integrity of the process and the register. According to the statement, the party has received numerous reportsof people, many of whom are allegedl y PLP supporters, that have been turned away at registration centres because of lack of documentation, including old voters cards and expired Bahamian passports which have been used as identification in previous elections. Claiming that many people do not have valid passports or birth certific ates, the PLP is also suggesting that the Parliamentary Commissioner make it clear what documents are acceptable and put in place appeal procedures for voters to follow if they are rejected at registration centres. In response to allegations issued by the PLP, Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel said any questions or further identification required for voter registration is simply to ensure the person is a legitimate Bahamian. We are trying to abide by the laws of the country and questions are not to deny people but to verify citizenship, said Mr Bethel. Mr Bethel said whether or not expired identification, such as passports or old voters card are accepted will depend on the documents expiration date, sometimes supporting documentation is required to prove citizenship. According to Mr Bethel, voter registration has increased and is going quite well since it was announced that the current register would close soon. The exact date will be announced to the public shortly, said Mr Bethel. questioning in various crimes, such as stealing, causing harm, armed robbery and murder. In a joint-operation with the Traffic division, police also intensified their enforcement of traffic laws over the Easter holiday. The combined effort n etted 129 motorists for various traffic violations. Supt Dean said: The credit must go to divisions. They do a lot of work that is not being highlighted. We arrest people around the clock for more than just the crimes that would make the headlines. We are arresting daily for stealing and vagrancy, so we want to bring to the publics attention the work that the police do, and to show that weare focused on making our country a safe place. Early yesterday morning, the Wulff Road Police Station responded to the call of concerned neighbours who saw a man breaking into a home shortly after 2am. As a result, police arrested a man before the owner, 63-yearold Barbara Knowles, had even known there was an intruder. Ms Knowles, who has lived in the same house for more than 30 years, said: I was so shocked to know that some thing had been going on in my yard and that someone was already in my house, and I didnt even know it. If it hadnt been the police telling me it, that would have been very stressful. According to Ms Knowles, she was surprised when she spotted police officers on her porch, who informed her of the break-in. Ms Knowles said: It really saved me so much pain. I thinkI would have had a heart attack. When the police officer told me, I got really afraid but the fact that it was a police telling me and they were already in the yard it was a relief. Marvelling at the stealth and professionalism executed by responding officers from the Wulff Road Police Station, Ms Knowles commended officers Brennen, Toote and Jennings. Ms Knowles said: I want them to know that I am really grateful for what they did, and the manner in which it was done. It was very professional and so quiet, this was very late, everyone was asleep and there was no shouting. It made me feel great to know that I have neighbours like that, so thoughtful. The neighbour who saw the guy doesnt have a phone yet, so he went to another neighbour to tell them to call the police. I felt good, knowing what could have happened. FROM page one 76 held in career criminal swoop PLP SAYSCITIZENS FRUSTRATED BY THE REGISTRATION PROCESS MAY NOT VOTE FROM page one PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER Errol Bethel


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 7 lems and difficulties voters are conf ronted with. It is important for the government to bend over backwards to accommodate voters in this exercise, all the while protecting the integrity of the process and the register. According to the statement, the party has received numerous reportsof people, many of whom are allegedl y PLP supporters, that have been turned away at registration centres because of lack of documentation, including old voters cards and expired Bahamian passports which have been used as identification in previous elections. Claiming that many people do not have valid passports or birth certific ates, the PLP is also suggesting that the Parliamentary Commissioner make it clear what documents are acceptable and put in place appeal procedures for voters to follow if they are rejected at registration centres. In response to allegations issued by the PLP, Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel said any questions or further identification required for voter registration is simply to ensure the person is a legitimate Bahamian. We are trying to abide by the laws of the country and questions are not to deny people but to verify citizenship, said Mr Bethel. Mr Bethel said whether or not expired identification, such as passports or old voters card are accepted will depend on the documents expiration date, sometimes supporting documentation is required to prove citizenship. According to Mr Bethel, voter registration has increased and is going quite well since it was announced that the current register would close soon. The exact date will be announced to the public shortly, said Mr Bethel. questioning in various crimes, such as stealing, causing harm, armed robbery and murder. In a joint-operation with the Traffic division, police also intensified their enforcement of traffic laws over the Easter holiday. The combined effort n etted 129 motorists for various traffic violations. Supt Dean said: The credit must go to divisions. They do a lot of work that is not being highlighted. We arrest people around the clock for more than just the crimes that would make the headlines. We are arresting daily for stealing and vagrancy, so we want to bring to the publics attention the work that the police do, and to show that weare focused on making our country a safe place. Early yesterday morning, the Wulff Road Police Station responded to the call of concerned neighbours who saw a man breaking into a home shortly after 2am. As a result, police arrested a man before the owner, 63-yearold Barbara Knowles, had even known there was an intruder. Ms Knowles, who has lived in the same house for more than 30 years, said: I was so shocked to know that some thing had been going on in my yard and that someone was already in my house, and I didnt even know it. If it hadnt been the police telling me it, that would have been very stressful. According to Ms Knowles, she was surprised when she spotted police officers on her porch, who informed her of the break-in. Ms Knowles said: It really saved me so much pain. I thinkI would have had a heart attack. When the police officer told me, I got really afraid but the fact that it was a police telling me and they were already in the yard it was a relief. Marvelling at the stealth and professionalism executed by responding officers from the Wulff Road Police Station, Ms Knowles commended officers Brennen, Toote and Jennings. Ms Knowles said: I want them to know that I am really grateful for what they did, and the manner in which it was done. It was very professional and so quiet, this was very late, everyone was asleep and there was no shouting. It made me feel great to know that I have neighbours like that, so thoughtful. The neighbour who saw the guy doesnt have a phone yet, so he went to another neighbour to tell them to call the police. I felt good, knowing what could have happened. FROM page one 76 held in career criminal swoop PLP SAYSCITIZENS FRUSTRATED BY THE REGISTRATION PROCESS MAY NOT VOTE FROM page one PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER Errol Bethel


CAIRO Associated Press SYRIANforces heaped more punishment Tuesday onr esidents of restive towns, detaining hundreds in raids or at checkpoints, firing on people trying to retrieve the bodies of anti-government protesters and even shooting holes in rooftop water tanksi n a region parched by d rought, witnesses said. I n the southern city of Daraa, where Syrian army t anks and snipers killed at least 22 people a day earlier, a r esident said security forces shot and killed a man as he w alked out of the main Omari m osque and shouted at them though a bullhorn: "Enough! E nough! Enough! Stop killing your brothers!" The crackdown by President Bashar Assad has intensified since Friday, when more t han 100 people were killed. Security forces also conducted r aids in the Damascus suburb o f Douma and the northern coastal town of Jableh. Human rights groups estim ate that more than 400 peop le have been killed since m id-March as the Assad regime has tried to crush the u prising. But instead of intimidating protesters, it has emboldened them, and theirc alls for modest reforms have them now increasingly demanding Assad's ouster. E uropean leaders escalat ed their criticism of the Syrian crackdown, with the French president calling the currents ituation "unacceptable," and Britain's foreign minister raising the possibility of sanctions. E ven the Arab League said that those in the region demanding freedom andd emocracy "require support, a nd not shooting with bul lets." The attack on Daraa w here the uprising began appeared to be part of strate gy of crippling, pre-emptive a ction against any opposition to Assad, rather than reacting to demonstrations. But the campaign of intimidation t hrough violence and arrests was unlikely to work, according to a human rights worker,n oting that every time Syrian forces surrounded or attacked one town, sympathetic protests broke out elsewheren earby. "When the army was sweeping through parts of Daraa, the people were demonstrating in other parts," said the activist, Rami Nakhla, who is based in Beirut. "All they are doing is increasing the people's deter mination." Syrian residents contacted by The Associated Press on Tuesday reported hundreds of people detained in the towns of Daraa, Jableh and outlying neighborhoods of Damascus either seized at checkpoints or in dawn raids. Detainees included all male relatives of the same family, a resident said. "There's been a huge cam paign of arresting people," Nakhla said. Daraa residents braved fire from snipers and other troops to pull bullet-riddled bodies of protesters killed Monday off the streets and hide them from security forces, witnesse s said. One man, Zaher Ahmad Ayyash, was killed as he triedt o retrieve the bodies of two brothers, Taysir and Yaser alAkrad, said a resident, who a sked to be identified only as Abdullah for fear of reprisal. Those who managed to retrieve the corpses then hid t hem away, Abdullah said, suggesting that residents might face reprisal if troops d iscovered they had taken the bodies. As he spoke on the phone, gunfire popped in theb ackground in Daraa, 80 miles (130 kilometers of Damascus, near the Jor danian border. We can't bury the dead in the cemetery because it's occupied by Syrian soldiers," s aid Abdullah. "We are waiting to find another place to bury them." S nipers also targeted Daraa r esidents' supply of water, shooting holes in rooftop tanks the last source ofc lean water for many desperate residents of the parched region of 300,000 people, Abdullah said. Troops cut off electricity to Daraa on Friday, and most food has spoiled in refrigerators. Even as the crackdown intensified, however, there was quiet, defiant resistance. Abdullah said some soldiers were disobeying orders and allowing residents to pass through military checkpoints to find food and water. Palestinian refugees living in the area smuggled flour, water, bread and canned food into town. "We are so grateful to them," the resident said. Most doctors were arrested, leaving only two to treat the wounded without fresh bandages or antiseptic, another resident said. Similar scenes were reported in the northern coastal city of Jableh, which was attacked Friday, with residents hiding their dead and then furtively burying them in private plots o f farmland some as late as Tuesday out of fear that the families of those killedm ight be arrested, a resident said. Also like Daraa, gunmen had shot holes in water s torage tanks on rooftops as a form of punishment, he added. The power outage in Daraa e ven silenced loudspeakers carrying the Muslim call to prayer. B ut in an act of faith and defiance, people gathered on the streets at dusk event hough troops had ordered them to stay indoors and began chanting the "adan," the call to prayer. O ne resident in central Daraa watched as troops shot and killed Jamal Abu Nabout, w ho brought the bullhorn out of the Omari mosque the epicenter of Monday'sd emonstration and shoute d through it for the gunmen to stop killing their fellow countrymen. A bout 2,000 worshippers gathered in the ancient mosque that overlooks the city, refusing to allow soldiers to enter, a resident said. Syria has banned nearly all foreign media and restricted access to trouble spots since the uprising began, making it almost impossible to verify the dramatic events shaking one of the most authoritarian, anti-Western regimes in the Arab world. Residents contacted by the AP all spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of reprisal. In the Damascus suburb of Douma, which saw an intense crackdown Monday, houses were raided again at dawn Tuesday, with forces detain ing anyone suspected of par ticipating in demonstrations. Soldiers at sandbagged check points also held men deemed suspicious. Phone service was cut off, a resident said. The streets of Douma were almost empty, with schools and most shops closed and u ncollected garbage piling up. Security was heavy, with agents at checkpoints askingp eople for their identity cards. In the seaside city of Banias, divided between Sun n i Muslims and Alawites the sect of the ruling Assad family and many key officials about 5,000 people demon s trated peacefully in support of the citizens of Daraa, and there was no interference f rom security forces, activists said. The U.S. stepped up d emands that Syria halt its crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators but refused to question Assad's legitimacy.U .S. officials said Washington has begun drawing up tar geted sanctions against Assada nd his inner circle and conferring with European countries and the United Nationsa bout options for Syria. I n London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons thatt he international community would have to consider sanctions against Assad if he undertakes "ever more violent repression, which can only bring short-term security for the authorities there." At a news conference in Rome, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the current situation in Syria was "unacceptable," and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi urged Assad to "follow through in a concrete, imme diate way" on promised reforms. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Assad and urged him to show "restraint." "We are worried about the current situation," Erdogan told a news conference, "We would not like to see an authoritarian and oppressive perspective in Syria. It is not enough for Syria to remove the state of emergency, there are so many more steps ahead to be taken." The Arab League said it w as watching events in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere in the region, noting thed emands to move "their countries towards democracy and reform." I t said that "these are demands that require support, and not shooting with bullets." T he United States told all its nonessential staff and the families of all its embassy w orkers to leave the country, but kept the facility open for limited services. It alsoa dvised all Americans to defer travel to Syria and advised those already in the country to leave. On Sunday,B ritain urged its citizens to leave Syria. The uprising was touched o ff by the arrest of teenagers who scrawled anti-government graffiti on a wall, withp rotesters inspired by uprisi ngs elsewhere in the Arab world. Last week, Assad fulfilled a k ey demand by abolishing nearly 50-year-old emergency laws that had given the regime a free hand to arrest people without cause. But he coupled the concession with a stern warning that people would no longer have an excuse to hold mass protests, and any further unrest would be considered "sabotage." When protesters defied his order and held demonstrations Friday the main day for rallies around the Arab world they were met with a gunfire, tear gas and stun guns. Syria has a pivotal role in most of the flashpoint issues of the Middle East from the Arab-Israeli peace process to Iran's widening influence. Instability has thrown into disarray the U.S. push for engagement with Damascus, part of Washington's hopes to peel the country away from Hamas, Hezbollah and Tehran. Hundreds detained after bloody Syrian crackdown S YRIAN PROTESTERS c hant angry slogans as they protest against the ongoing violence in Syria in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Gunfire reverberated Tuesday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa where the dead still lay unclaimed in the streetsa day after a brutal government crackdown on the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad, residents said. (AP ABOARD THE RED STAR 1 Associated Press L IBYANgovernment f orces on Tuesday bomb arded the port of Misrata, in a virtually nonstop assault on the sole lifeline of a battered population that has been under siege for the pastt wo months. W hile forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi pulled out of the city over the weekend under pressure from NATO airstrikes, theyhave since unleashed a withe ring rocket and mortar barr age on Misrata that has killed dozens. The bombardment Tuesday was constant throughout the aftern oon and into the evening, a nd loud explosions could be heard thundering across the city. It was horrific, like a scene from World War II," said resident Saddoun el-M isurati who was waiting to e vacuate his mother from the port when the rockets began to fall. "I stopped counting after nine. Hundreds of residents, i ncluding migrant African l aborers, had been waiting at the port for the expected afternoon arrival of the RedS tar 1, an Albanian ship chartered by the International Organization of M igration to evacuate peop le from the besieged city. The crowd gathered on the docks scrambled for cove r when the rockets began falling, hiding in cars and shipping crates or just fleeing the port area, said el-Mis u rati. Even after sundown, Gad h afi's forces continued to shell the port. Abdullah Abodabbous, a 25-year-old from Benghazi,s aid he was trying to leave on a small, previously arranged vessel when a bar rage of at least 10 Grad rock e ts slammed into the port around 9 p.m., forcing himto hide under a table in o ffices near the main entrance. With Gadhafi's troops b esieging the city on all sides b y land, the port has become a key point in the battle for Misrata. It has served as a lifeline for the city, allowing in des perately needed medical s upplies and food and ferry ing out residents looking to flee the fierce fighting thath as left swaths of the city in ruins. Tuesday's assault by proGadhafi forces temporarilys uspended the flow of aid and people. An Albanian passenger ferry carrying ten shipping containers of aidand two ambulances was expected to dock around noon, but instead motoredoff the coast for hours as Gadhafi's forces pounded the port. "It was too risky to go in given the darkness and the security situation inside the city in general. Hopefully we will be able to go in tomorrow," said Othman Belbeisi, an official with the Interna tional Organization for Migration, which organizedthe ship. Belbeisi said the decision was made after consulting with the port authority. The battle for Misrata, which has claimed hundreds of lives in the past two months, has become the focal point of the armed rebellion against Gadhafi since fighting on the eastern front near the city of Ajdabiya is deadlocked. Video of Misrata civilians being killed and wounded by Gadhafi's heavy weapons,including Grad rockets and tank shells, have spurred calls for more forceful international intervention to stop the bloodshed. The Libyan government has denied that it engages in indiscriminate shelling of civilian population centers. It is precisely to protect civilians that NATO launched it air campaign March 19 against the forcesof Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi that were seeking to retake parts of the country lost to a rebel uprising that began in mid-February. LIBYANGOVT FORCES BOMBARD MISRATA PORT I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE KIEV, Ukraine Associated Press TOUGH new guidelines could help pre vent accidents like the massive Chernobyl meltdown, Russia's president insisted Tues day, defending nuclear energy during solemn ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took part in a religious ser vice outside Chernobyl's damaged No. 4 nuclear reactor, laying the first stone of a monument to cleanup workers and placing bouquets of red roses at another mon ument to Chernobyl victims. Medvedev said he has invited world leaders to work on rules for safer nuclear energy. His economic adviser, Arkady Dvorkovich, said Russia forwarded its pro posals Tuesday to leaders of other Group of Eight countries, and he hoped they would be discussed at next month's summit in France. "It's of utmost importance that we understand what kind of force humankind is deal ing with so that our solutions ... meet the challenges of nuclear energy," Medvedev said. The accident on April 26, 1986, spewed a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in heavily hit areas of Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia. It has left forests and farmland still contami nated, offering a warning to the Japanese of the potential long-term effects of their own nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The Chernobyl accident fostered deep mistrust among many in the affected areas, because Soviet leaders waited for days to tell people about the accident, evacuate them from contaminated areas and warn them how to reduce health risks. Medvedev called that a major mistake. "The duty of the government is to tell its people the truth. We must admit that the government did not always behave in the right way," he said. "We must all be honest, we must give absolutely clear information about what is going on." The Kremlin said Medvedev was calling for stricter safety standards for building and operating nuclear power plants, and increased governmental responsibilities when dealing with the consequences of possible nuclear accidents, including provid ing full, accurate information on any accident. Yanukovych stressed that nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and the nuclear explosion at Fukushima affect the whole planet, and renewed calls for donations to build a new, safer shelter over Chernobyl's damaged reactor. Ukraine must still raise some $300 million to cover up the plant, which remains a no-go zone a quarter cen tury after the disaster. "The whole world has become convinced that such catastrophes have no boundaries and Fukushima-1 serves as a bitter example of that," Yanukovych said. "No nation can battle such catastrophes alone." Despite the dangers, the three mostaffected former Soviet countries continue to believe in nuclear energy. Vladislav Bochkov, spokesman for the Russian nuclear energy agency, said 11 reactors are now under construction in Russia. Ukraine is building two and Belarus is building one reactor. R USSIA B ACKS TOUGHER SAFETY RULES ON CHERNOBYL DISASTER ANNIVERSARY


INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 15 LONDON A ssociated Press British divorce lawyers have words of warning for Prince William: Not all fairy tales have happy endings. The prince is set to wed his longtime love Kate Middleton this Friday, but if history is anyg uide, divorce lawyers say the second-in-line to the British throne would be well advised to sign a prenuptial agreement. "It's an absolute statistical no-brainer that a prenuptial agreement would be highly beneficial in this case," said divorce lawyer James Stewart from the firm Manches, which h andled the multimillion divorce case between Madonn a and director Guy Ritchie. Britain's royal family has been plagued by a string of failed marriages. Three of Queen Elizabeth II's four children have been divorced, and William's uncle on his mothe r's side, Charles Spencer, has two ex-wives. P rince William's office declined to comment on whether the future king might sign a premarital contract. Although prenuptial agreements are common in the United States, in Britain they r emain rare for most couples never mind the royal family. B ritish courts agreed to recognise such deals only in the last year after a slew of high-profile divorce awards gave Londona reputation as the "divorce capital of the world." Stewart said Britain's royals n eed to recognise that when it comes to divorce, they're just like commoners under UK law. And with large amounts of royal wealth most likely tied up in trusts, which can be hard to get access to, it's importantto hammer out the details now just in case, he says. In the 21st century, there is a real need for any couple in the public arena to enter into a properly drawn up prenup," Stewart said. One need look no further than the very ugly and public split between William's parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles. The prince's former finan cial adviser, Geoffrey Bignell, told Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper in 2004 that Diana "took him to the cleaners," and claimed that Charles handed over his entire person al fortune widely reported to be more than 17 million pounds ($27 million today when their marriage ended after 15 years in 1996. But it is by no means certain an ex-wife will clean up. Following her 1996 divorce from Prince Andrew after 10 years of marriage, Sarah Fer guson complained that her reported 800,000 pound ($1.3 million today) settlement was meager. Years later, she is believed to have hired Diana's attorney to negotiate a much bigger divorce settlement after deal ing with crushing debt. But even that history doesn't mean the royals will think twice: Charles is widely reported to have ignored legal advice and opted to go without a prenup when he wed his second wife, Camilla, in 2005. While some say it's tacky to talk about divorce at such a happy time as a wedding, doing so is a necessary evil, said Matthew Brunsdon Tul ly, a professor of family law at the London School of Economics and practicing divorce attorney. So what's at stake? William stands to gain an inheritance from the queen, whose fortune was recently estimated at around 290 million pounds ($467 million the Sunday Times 2010 "Rich List." The second-in-line to the British throne also got a share of his Diana's nearly $34 mil lion estate the bulk of which came from her divorce settlement, but it is believed much of his money is tied up in trusts. Middleton comes from an well-off family herself but any agreement would need to ensure she is looked after, keeping up her homes and her standard of living, experts said. It would most likely be generous to ensure the prenup is not challenged as unfair after a divorce. LONDON Associated Press HOWlong will Kate make William wait at the aisle? What colour will the queen wear to the wedding? And will Harry be sober enough to deliver the best man's speech? As bettinghappy Britons shell out on their favourite royal wedding-themed wagers, the country's bookmakers hope to make a mint. "In terms of royal betting, the wedding blows it out the window," said Rupert Adams, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill. "I think we will take the same amount as we've taken on royal betting in 30 years." The betting industry can be difficult to forecast, in part because most gamblers place their bets in the 24 hours preceding the event, but British bookmakers say that they could see more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million on the royal wedding. That's small change compared to what's bet on sportsb ut a hefty sum by the standards of nearly everything else in Britain's betting industry. For example, the figure is 10 times the amount typically staked on "The X Factor," Britain's mostwatched TV talent show. As a nonsports event that will be second to only our popebetting in 2005," said Paddy Power spokesman Darren Haines, referring to the election that followed Pope John Paul II's death in 2005. Britons have been swapping bets on royal foibles for decades many gambled on the name Diana would choose for her eldest son but recent years have seen an expansion in the scope of the bets offered by mainstream bookmakers. William Hill has bets out on whether Middleton will get a kiss on the cheek or on the lipsw hen the couple appear at the Buckingham Palace balcony, whether her father will cry ashe walks her down the aisle, and whether Prince Harry will catch her bouquet. Among the less likely bets: That the happy cou ple car's will break down outside Westminster Abbey, that Middleton will jilt William at altar, or that Prince Harry will be too drunk to finish his speech. That last option pays out 25 pounds for every pound wagered. It all may sound a bit farfetched. But in this country's sometimes wacky betting industry, bookies accept wagers andset odds on whatever fanciful idea crops up in a gambler's head from predicting show biz split-ups to the discovery of extraterrestrial life. RetireeRobert Foster, who was stand ing outside the abbey, said his "favourite bet" was the wager that William and Middleton would stay together. "I can't see the car breaking down at all, and I can't really see them parting because they're a good-looking couple," he said. The whens and the wheres of the wedding which produced a surge of betting in the immediate aftermath of the engage ment announcement have already been settled. But some important questions such as the kind of dress Middleton will wear on the day in question are still up for grabs, at least at some bookmakers. Paddy Pow er's website put the odds of Sarah Burton designing the dress at one to two, meaning that it was twice as likely as not that Burton would be the one chosen by Middleton to design the dress. Other possible design ers include Bruce Oldfield and Jasper Conran. Paddy Power competitor Ladbrokes isn't offering odds on the dress's designer, but royal watchers can still bet on the weather (odds of rain are 3-to1) or the colour of the queen's headgear (yellow is the clear favourite.) LONDON Associated Press NEW FLAGS went up, cleaning crews scrubbed down, police checked for explosives and two diehard fans were already camping out. Welcome to Westminster Abbey, ground zero for Britain's royalwedding frenzy. Scores of police on Tuesday carefully examined the large temporary media structures that have gone up near the venerable abbey in central London, which will offer standing room for the thousands of jour nalists expected to cover Friday's nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Police slid mini-cameras inside piles of scaffolding pipes to make sure no bombs were hidden. Scotland Yard's cavalry arm put its ceremonial division, known as the Grey Escort, through its paces ahead of Friday's ceremony, and the military geared up for an overnight dress rehearsal involving hundreds of service personnel expected to line the procession route. Streets in London were being sealed off so troops from London's Wellington and Hyde Park Barracks could participate in the pre-dawn rehearsal Wednes day morning. Police plan to deploy around 5,000 officers to police the royalwedding procession, but Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens appealed to the public to be on their guard amid fears that Irish or Islamist extremists could target the ceremony. "We really need you to be our eyes and our ears," Owens said. Tuesday was the last day the abbey was open to the public before closing for wedding rehearsals and preparations on Wednesday and Thursday. Dozens of tourists milling around the ancient building were asked to pause for a moment of reflection as a public prayer was offered for the upcoming royal marriage. "Today we pray for all couples preparing for marr iage, especially today we pray for His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton as they prepare for their great day on Friday," the Rev. Martin Hume said. In London and across the country, Britons were getting ready to mark the day with parties. At the prime minister's Downing Street residence, just down the road from the abbey, children were baking cupcakes in anticipation of a wedding-themed charity b ash. The children, who were joined by the Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha, posed for pictures as they finished their cupcakes, which were topped with Union Jack flags and sported edible stickers of the royal couple. Overseas visitors need to be fed too: Britain's For eign Secretary William Hague was to host a dinner Thursday for all dignitaries arriving to attend the wedding ceremony from abroad. Those who couldn't make it sent their regards. Sailors from the HMS Iron Duke, the frigate on which Prince William served in 2008, addressed a video message to the prince and his fiance that carried their "best wishes for their wedding day and future life together." At a prime spot along the wedding procession route, John Loughrey of London, a 56-year-old selfdescribed "super-fan" of the late Princess Diana, was already camped out. Wearing a shirt with William and Middleton's photo and the words: "Diana would be proud," Loughrey predicted that Friday would "be a fabulous, fantastic day." Guen Murray, 76, had camped out for the 1981 royal wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer and was ready to do so again for their son. She staked a place outside the abbey with her two daughters beginning at 8:00 a.m. Murray said the wedding was important to her because she "grew up during the war and learned to respect the royal family." BRITAINS PRINCE WILLIAM and his fiance Kate Middleton leave City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. P eter Morrison / AP Royal finances: Will Kate be signing a prenup? ROYALWEDDING ROYAL WEDDING FUELS UK WAGERS WESTMINSTER ABBEY GEARS UP FOR WEDDING REHEARSAL A WORKER MOVES an English field maple tree into Westminster Abbey in London in preparation for the royal wedding, Tuesday. (AP


SECTIONB WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.29 $5.21 $5.73 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter A S it brings to a close its second phase of d evelopment, clocking $30million invested so far, the Balmoral development is now look ing to enter its third phase in the next one to t wo months, which will require a further $10million injection over the next nine to 12 months, said its Principal. Jason Kinsale said the 43-acre Sandford Drive develop Balmoral development to inject $10m in 12 months By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter COLINA Insurance Limited responded swiftly y esterday to a downgrading of its rating outlook by insurance rating agency, A .M. Best, from stable t o negative, a move the a gency linked to concerns a bout Colinas real estate i nvestments. A .M. Best affirmed Colina Insurance Limiteds f inancial strength rating of A(Excellent credit rating of a- but state d that its revised rating outlook reflects A.M. Best's c oncerns regarding the risks associated with Colina's high concentration in real-estatei nvestments relative to the total equity of the company a nd the continued delinquencies in its mortgage COLINAS RATING OUTLOOK IS DOWNGRADED S ALESUP PERCENTOVERLASTQUARTER SEE page 2B SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter ALTHOUGH the Ministry of Tourism is closely monitoring price increases in air fares to The Bahamas, there is no crisis and this nation remains in an enviable position versus others in terms of its accessibility to the international tourism market, said the Director General of Tourism. The price of air fares to The Bahamas has increased since last year, but David Johnson said this must be seen in context, with reference to fuel cost rises and the fact that Bahamas is not at a particular disadvantage when the cost and ease of travel here is compared with that to other destinations. The Director General was commenting following a statement made by George Markantonis, President and ManBahamas enviable despite airfare rises, says T ourism chief PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter MERGER/ACQUISITION talks between City Markets and Robin Hood revealed in March havent progressed any further at all although interest remains on the part of City Mar kets head, Mark Finlayson, he said yesterday. Mr Finlayson, whose family own 78 per cent of City Markets through their Trans-Island Traders vehicle, confirmed in ear ly March that he was in talks with Robin Hood's principals, Sandy Schaefer and Suresh Khilnani, who were understood to be exploring their options for the business that just opened its O PR OGRESS ON CIT Y MARKET S/ROBIN HOOD TALKS SEE page 2B SPLENDOUR: The Balmoral development is set for its third phase. EXTERIOR VIEW: Balmoral. GEORGE MARKANTONIS SEE page 2B


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Best believes that Colina could face operating challenges in its core life/health insurance due to the weak economy in the Bahamas, the agency concluded, while recognising that the i nsurance provider sustains good riskadjusted capitalization and conservative reserving practices. I n a statement responding to the revised outlook, issued moments after the release of A.M.Bests evaluation, C olina Holdings Bahamas Limiteds C hairman, Terrence Hilts, said the c ompany remains financially very strong. We are pleased that A.M. Best cont inues to acknowledge our solid operating performance by affirming our financial strength rating of A(Excellent) and a- credit issuer rating. The outlook downgrade by A.M. Best from stable to negative seems to be basedon a convergence of factors, including a perceived high concentration in real estate investments relative to the total equity of the company and mortgagel oan delinquencies. This is coupled with the current and p rojected economic climate and a more rigid approach adopted by ratings a gencies post North Americas subprime crisis the trigger of the global recession, said Mr Hilt. T he insurance provider went on to state that mortgages and commercial loans represent only 16.3 per cent of its invested assets, compared to 44.7 per cent held in other high quality long-t erm fixed income securities, including 35.2 per cent or $145 million in B ahamas Government Registered Stock. The diversification of our portfolio amidst limited investment opport unities in The Bahamas is impeded b y this jurisdictions exchange control r egime which curtails the ability of long term insurers like ourselves to easily a ccess foreign investments and markets. As a result of limited investment opportunities available in The Bahamas, Colina has made use of o pportunities to diversify its portfolio, including targeted real estate investm ents, which are carefully assessed for long term growth and potential return o n investment, read the statement. The company added that a signific ant portion of the delinquencies in t he mortgage portfolio was assumed with legacy acquisitions which management has been focusing its attention on improving. It said the recessionary economic environment has tempered the pace at which we had expected this improve ment to occur although some progress h as been made which we are pleased with. T he company revealed it has changed the strategy in our mortgage division to focus solely on residential m ortgages and to enhance our underwriting procedures for any new loans. Like other financial service institut ions, we have seen defaults in our mortgage portfolio, nevertheless, the overall mortgage delinquency exposure is improving slowly and Colina remains financially very strong, said Mr Hilt. The statement highlighted the fact t hat Colina achieved its strongest f inancial and operational performance t o date, with total net income at $14.4 m illion, total equity of $115.5 million a nd total assets for the first time e xceeding half a billion dollars at December, 2010. Colinas Minimum Continuing Cap ital and Surplus Requirement (MCCSR) ratio, the objective calculation of a companys financial strength, was 197.9 per cent at December 31, 2010, i ncreasing from 179 per cent at the end of 200. We proceed cautiously to maintain a conservative reserving methodology t o e nsure that our reserves adequately protect our commitment to our poli-c yholders. A.M. Best applauds this r isk-adjusted capitalization and predicts that it will remain favourable, concluded Mr Hilt. COLINAS RATING OUTLOOK IS DOWNGRADED FROM page 1B aging Director of The Bahamas biggest resort, Atlantis, on Sunday in which he expressed Kerzner Internationalsc oncern over what he termed a disconcerting trend towards higher flight prices coupled with less seat availability coming into this nation. Mr Markantonis, in an exclusive interview with The Tribune, said the company which owns and operates Atlantis has seen worrisome increases in the cost of air travel toT he Bahamas over the last year which it fears may not be entirely related to fuel price costs cutting into airlines profit margins. He said it is critical for Bahamian tourism that the trend is addressed, adding that Kerzner would be initiating conversations right away with its airline partners towards seeing what might be done to stop the upward rise in prices t hat saw the average cost of flights out of major US hubs into N assau booked in February go 41 per cent higher than in the s ame month last year. S peaking with Tribune Business yesterday, Mr Johnson s aid: I think the context is what we would like to add to t hat, in that we are in a time when the cost of fuel number one and the amount of losses that has caused which has led to US carriers shrinking their fleet, in conjunction with their being somewhat of a rebound in the domestic market is resulting in availability to increase capacity being very challenging for US carriers. I dont disagree with what Markantonis has indicated but t he context must be appreciated. Excessive supply (of airlift against relatively low demand is a thing of the past. Today with very low margins or no margins airlines are forced to t rim capacity almost instantly to meet current demand because they cant cover that extra (unused t hese extremely high operating costs. Mr Johnson said despite this, Nassau and Paradise Island and the Lynden Pindling International Airport is still a lmost the envy of most destinations in our region in terms of the quality and quantity of airlift compared to the capaci ty of hotel rooms. We are in better shape than most destinations. We are challenged during some peak travel days and periods but wea re not faced with a severe imbalance (in terms of demand for seats compared with availability), said Mr Johnson. H owever, he assured the public that the Ministry of Tourism is monitoring the situation closely and is prepared to take corrective action with our partners if we see it is working to our detriment. F urthermore, when queried about the role that taxes may play in the cost of airfares to The Bahamas, Mr Johnson revealed that the Ministry of Tourism is already seeking to investigate what steps could be taken to reduce this elemento f the cost to visitors. Almost 50 per cent of taxes added to tickets to the Bahamas from the US are collected by the US rather than this nation, noted Mr Johnson, with the remaining per c entage critical to this Governments revenue intake. When they are not collected the impact of that is we sim ply put a dent in our own budget in the amount of the tens o f million of dollars this revenue represents, said Mr Johns on. However, we are looking at this whole area of the impact of taxes with the industry to see how we might in fact do some things to reduce taxes paid by the consumer and to collect revenue from their expenditures in the destinationi nstead. Its early days but we are doing much work on it. Its one of the core initiatives we are pursuing in the Ministry ofT ourism to see how we can become more competitive. Bahamas enviable despite airfare rises, says Tourism chief FROM page 1B second Nassau location at the former Pepsi building on Prince Charles Drive. H owever, the businessman yesterday said he had been a little distracted of late with trying to finalise the Associated B ahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDAB 78 per cent City Markets stake. Mr Finlayson suggested that an issue n oted in an interview with this newspaper in early April, that of being able to obtain a second valuation report on the value of the supermarket chain's shares, remains a n obstacle to tying up that acquisition. Obtaining a second valuation report on Bahamas Supermarkets' shares was a l ittle difficult", because numerous investment advisory and accounting firmsw ere likely to feel 'conflicted out' due to the work theyh ad done for other business owned/managed by himself and his f ather, Sir Garet 'Tiger' Finlayson, in the past, Mr Finl ayson had explained. Weve been a little distracted given that weve been working on the mergers ide of things with ABDAB so we h avent been able to make any further progress on that (a potential deal with Robin Hood) at all. Its something that is still open from our side, I dont know if its still their (Robin Hood owners, Sandy Schaefer and Suresh Khilnani) focus. In March, Mr Finlayson said Mr Schae fer and Mr Khilnani had indicated theiri nterest in divesting the food part of their business. The warming-up of talks between the t wo food retailers came days after Mr F inlayson revealed that he had been instructed by the Associated Bahamian D istillers and Brewers Board (ABDAB t he company in which his family owns a 70 per cent stake (and is also aiming to take over the 78 per cent City Marketss take), to initiate discussions on potential sector consolidation with both Robin Hood and Phil's Food Services. Attempts to reach Mr Schaefer were unsuccessful up to press time yesterday. O PROGRESS ON CITY MARKETS/ROBIN HOOD TALKS FROM page 1B MARK FINLAYSON


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 3B B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter F EARING further disruption to t heir operations by the Customs Department while they wait to hear ift hey can appeal a judges decision not t o allow a judicial review of their case, Kellys (Freeport Supreme Court to stay the judgesr uling until their appeal application can be heard. Last week Freeport attorney, Fred S mith QC, said Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPAi n limbo" over Customs' demands for a m onthly 'bonded goods sales report', a fter the Supreme Court dismissed the major retailers Judicial Review application on a technicality. As the legal representative for Kellys ( Freeport), Mr Smith pledged that the issue was "not going to go away" and ultimately needed to be determinedb y the Bahamian judicial system, after Justice Hartman Longley declined to extend the time for the company to file its Notice of Motion for JudicialR eview. Kelly's (Freeport J udicial Review action late last year o n the basis that Customs' demand for a bonded goods sales report had no l egal basis and breached the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. The demand would burden it and o ther licensees with bureaucratic, o verly-cumbersome reporting requirem ents, Kellys charged. Bonded goods sales is a practice w hereby Freeport-based wholesalers, s uch as Dolly Madison, Kelly's (Freeport D epot, are able to sell products to othe r GBPA licensees for use in their respective businesses only, without any d uty being paid to Customs/Government on their sale. It is a report on this activity that Customs is seeking. Applied On Thursday, Mr Smith applied on behalf of Kellys for Justice Longleys judgment rejecting the companys request for a judicial review of the legitimacy of the Customs demand to be stayed pending the determination of Kellys application to appeal the judgment to the Court of Appeal. The concern is that (Customs are going to demand the (Bonded goods sales) report and as they have done in the past stop our trailers (with goods i mported for Kellys stores). That's what drove us to sue them in the first place. They haven't done it since they g ave judgment last week but it needs to be determined. Kellys does not feel obliged to pro vide this report. We don't consider itl awful, its ultra vires the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, said Mr Smith yes t erday. In an affidavit by Callenders and C o. attorney, Anthea Parris-Whitakker i n support of the application to stay the judges ruling, she states: (Kellys would suffer injustice and harm in the event that (the Customs Departments seeks to arbitrarily ... detain goods, or refuse to process imported goods for entry in the usual way, or refuses toa ccept returns for Duty Paid Sales as this will lead to loss of profit, not to m ention damage to goodwill and future loss of business if and when it is unable t o fulfill existing contracts and / or cust omers go elsewhere. All of this would have a grave affect o n (Kellys p ast behaviour ... there is every reas on to believe that, unless restrained the Respondent will seek to continue its pattern of oppressive and prejudicialc onduct by seeking to arbitrarily detain g oods, or refuse to process imported goods for entry in the usual way, or refuse to accept returns for Duty PaidS ales, or otherwise take enforcement action against (Kellys B ahama Port Authority Licensees, on the basis of non-receipt of duty exempt bonded sales reports or on any other b asis not sanctioned by law, she said. The parties will come before Justice Longley today for a hearing of Kellys application to stay Justice Longleys judgment until the judicial review decision can be appealed. Kellys seeks stay of judgment in Customs interference case DAVID K. RANDALL, AP Business Writers MATTHEW CRAFT, AP Business Writers NEW YORK Stocks jumped to their highest levels in nearly three years Tuesday thanks to signs that earnings are rising for U.S. companies and consumers are feeling more confident about the economy. The Russell 2000, the benchmark index of small companies, neared a record high. The new highs continue a historic recovery in the stock market. Stock indexes have more than doubled since hitting a 12year low in March, 2009. The fastest bull market since the 1950s has now erased most of the losses stemming from the financial crisis. Investors who bought at the top of the market in 2007 have now lost 4.2 percent, including reinvested dividends. Analysts predict stocks will continue to rise if unemployment keeps falling and global demand leads to more profit growth. The Standard and Poor's 500 index the benchmark for most mutual funds reached its highest level since June 2008. It gained 11.99 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,347.24. It's still 16 percent below the record high of 1,565 it reached in October 2007. The Dow Jones industrial average also marked a new high for the year, rising 115.49 points, or 0.9 percent, to 12,595.37. The Nasdaq composite rose 21.66 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,847.54. The Russell 2000 rose 1 percent to 853.04, near the record high of 855.77 that it reached in July 2007. B etter-than-expected earnings reports from companies ranging from airlines to office products manufacturers helped drive a broad rally that included all 10 company groups that make up the S&P index. Industrial companies gained nearly 2 percent, the most of any group. Delta Air Lines Inc. jumped 11 percent after reporting a loss that was far smaller than investors had expected. Cummins Inc. gained 8 percent after the engine maker raised its earnings forecast for the year because of strong demand. UnitedP arcel Service Inc. rose 1 percent after raising its own earnings estimate for the year. "What we're seeing now is a positive reinforcement of the fact that demand is rising around the world," said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial. That's despite the fact that some companies say rising costs are hurting their profits, Krosby said. Ford Motor Co. rose nearly 1 percent after the carmaker reported its best first quarter earnings since 1998. Ford beat Wall Street's earnings estimates with stronger sales of new vehicles. 3M Co., the maker of Post-Its and Scotch Tape, rose 2 percent after it raised its full-year earnings expectations. The company said quarterly prof it jumped 16 percent from a year ago, beating analysts' estimates. Tuesday's gains continued a strong first-quarter earnings season. Nearly 8 in 10 companies in the S&P index that have reported earnings have fared better than analysts were expecting, according to Jonathan Golub, the chief U.S. stock strategist at UBS. EARNINGS DRIVE STOCKS TO 2011 HIGH INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 5B CHRIS KAHN, AP Energy Writer NEW YORK Gas pump prices have climbed for 35 straight days even though industry surveys show Americans have startedto drive less. The national average hit $3.87 per gallon on Tuesday, more than a dollar higher than it was last year. Experts say prices should keep rising for the next few weeks before weaker consumer demand forces prices to drop. "We're going to see prices keep bumping up for three, maybe four weeks," energy analyst Jim Ritt erbusch said. Eventually less travel will take its toll, Ritterb usch said. "People are driving less than they did last year. They're taking shorter trips. They're going to cut back on spending, and that will push gas prices down," he said. "All that should kick in b y June." Retail gasoline prices have b ecome a growing burden for consumers this year. They've risen 32.2 cents per gallon since March 22 and are averaging above $4 per gallon in California, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, Washington D .C., Alaska and Hawaii. Pump prices, which have foll owed oil higher this year, got another boost on Tuesday after three Texas refineries lost power. Authorities are still looking for the cause of the outage at the Valero, BP and Marathon Oil refineries in Texas City. A Dow Chemical plant also lost power. Gasoline futures rose 2.87 cents to settle at $3.3072 per gallon on the New York Mer cantile Exchange. Earlier in the day, the contract hit $3.3226 per gallon, the highest price since July 2008. Oil analyst Tom Kloza said the refinery shutdowns may have halted 300,000 barrels of daily gasoline production. It'll take time to get those refineries back online Kloza said. "Refineries are finicky. It's not like turning the lights back on." Kloza thinks gas will fall as more consumers drive less and demand falls. But the news will probably get worse before it gets better. He expects pump prices will soon hit a national average of $4 per gallon. MasterCard SpendingPulse said again Tuesday that motorists have cut back on gasoline purchases. SpendingPulse estimated that the four-week consumption average has dropped for five straight weeks, when compared with the same perioda year ago. Americans bought about 386 million gallons per day last week, down 2 percent from last year, SpendingPulse said in its weekly survey. Meanwhile, benchmark crude for June delivery was lit tle changed. It lost 7 cents to settle at $112.21 per barrel on the Nymex. Investors are wait ing to hear what the Federal Reserve will have to say about the nation's economy and interest rates. The Fed meets Tuesday and Wednesday. The expectation is that the central bank will keep interest rates where they are now, near zero. In other Nymex trading for May contracts, heating oil gained 2.84 cents to settle at $3.2273 per gallon and natural gas was nearly unchanged, settling at $4.387 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude rose 48 cents to settle at $124.14 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. A look at economic developments and activity in major s tock markets around the world Tuesday: __ BRUSSELS Greece's government deficit was significantly bigger than forecast last year, European Union data showed, underlining the difficulties the debt-ridden country is having to get its finances under control. G reece's deficit hit 10.5 percent of economic output in 2010, well above the 9.6 percent the European Commission, the EU's executive, predicted last fall. ___ LONDON European and U.S. stocks rose on strong c orporate earnings from companies like UBS, Ford and 3M, and as investors shrugged at the latest bad budget news from crisis-stricken Greece. After being closed since Thursday for Easter, Germ any's DAX closed up 0.8 percent. The FTSE 100 index in London was up 0.8 percent, while France's CAC-40 was up 0.6 percent at 4,046.54. __ T OKYO In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index was down 1.1 percent. South Korea's Kospi was down 0.6p ercent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.1 perc ent. Mainland China's Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9 p ercent. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines were also down. ___ MADRID Spain had to pay higher interest rates to r aise 2 billion euros ($2.9 billion 6 -month bills, though investors were encouraged somewhat by the latest government deficit figures. __ H ONG KONG World food prices that surged 30 percent in the first two months of the year threaten to push millions of Asians into extreme poverty and cute conomic growth, the Asian Development Bank said. The surging prices translated into domestic food inflation of 10 percent on average in many Asian economies, which could drive 64 million people into poverty, the bank said in a report, adding that it will also erode the living standards of families already living in poverty. ___ B EIJING Australia and China signed a series of cooperation agreements at the start of a visit by Prime Minister Julia Gillard intended to strengthen ties ands mooth over recent spats with her country's top export market. GLOBAL ECONOMIC NEWS associated press Gasoline rises to $3.87 per gallon ( AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) F ILLING UP: R yan Riemath finishes starts to fill his tank at a Shell gas station Tuesday, April 26, 2011, i n the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Wash. At $4.199 a gallon, the price is among the highest in the area. In the U.S., gas pump prices have climbed for 35 straight days even though industry surveys show Americans have started to drive less. The national average hit $3.87 per gallon on Tuesday, more than a doll ar higher than it was last year. FRANCESCA LEVY, AP Business Writer It's a ritual that occurs every quarter. During earnings season investors try to predict which stocks are likely to soar when a company announces its performance results. Will a h ealthy revenue announcement lead to a quick jump in the stock price? Here are three stocks that some financial analysts are keeping an eye on: D EAN FOODS (DF The country's largest milk producer had the worst performance of any stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 index last year because milk prices fell nearly 5 percent. But the price of milk is r ising again. Investors want to see Dean's forecast for the rest of 2011. They also want details about the company's ongoing restructuring. A good forecast could send Dean shares higher. Reports: Wednesday, April 27 FROZEN FOODS EXPRESS (FFEX This trucking company is expected to report disappointing earnings because of high fuel prices and snowstorms last winter. But Eric Marshall, a portfolio manager for Hodges Mutu al Funds, thinks its stock will rise. More companies will need freight hauled as the economy improves. Frozen Foods' 2011 forecast will be the key to how big a reaction the stock price has during earnings season. Reports: Monday, May 2 3. OMNIVISION (OVTI OmniVision makes chips for cameras in Apple's iPhone and iPad. The success of those products has lifted its earnings for more than a year. Investors worry that the company's dependence on Apple makes it vulnerable. Shares are trading at only 10 times what the company is expected to earn per share in the next year. Another good quarter might reassure investors. Reports: Thursday, May 26 STOCK W A TCH 3 stocks to watch during earnings season QUARTERLY EPS Stock Recent Close 5 2-Week Range Price-Earnings Ratio Year Ago Estimate Dean Foods (DF$10.25$7.13-$16.0922$0.23 $0.06 Frozen Foods Express (FFEX $2.68-$5.00 Lost money -$0.22 -$0.12 OmniVision (OVTI $33.33 $15.11-$37.0419$0.18 $0.63 SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Transportation Writer NEW YORK UPS expects the pace of the economic recovery to moderate because of risks like high oil prices, but remains confident it can grow earnings significantly from a year ago. The world's largest package delivery company on Tuesday raised its full-year earnings forecast after first-quarter net income rose 66 percent. Shipping demand increased and customers paid more to move packages faster in the year's first three months. United Parcel Service Inc. now expects to earn $4.15 to $4.40 per share this year, implying growth of 17 to 24 percent from 2010. Its previous estimate was $4.12 to $4.35 per share. Higher fuel prices, unrest in the Middle East and uncertainties surrounding nuclear fears in Japan are among the major risks to economic growth this year, Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn said in an interview with The Associated Press. But UPS expects continued revenue growth across the world, combined with higher shipping rates and fuel surcharges, to drive earnings. "The global economic outlook has become a little cloudier than it was three months ago," Kuehn said. "However, we still expect 2011 to be a great year." In the first three months of 2011, the Atlanta company earned $885 million, or 88 cents per share. That's up 66 percent from $533 million, or 53 cents per share, UPS earned a year ago. Revenue jumped 7 percent to $12.58 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of 84 cents per share on sales $12.71 billion. UPS' freight segment had the fastest growth in the quarter. Adjusted operating profit rose 44 percent. The freight segments at both UPS and rival FedEx struggled last year as the trucking industry had too many trucks competing for too little freight. UPS RAISES OUTLOOK WHILE EYEING EC ONOMIC RISKS


DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writers JOSHUA FREED, AP Airlines Writers With fresh red ink at Delta and US Airways, the five biggest U.S. airlines showed a combined loss of more than $1 billion for the first quarter. Soaring jet fuel prices are the big culprit. The total loss was only about $100 million larger than a year ago, even though jet fuel spending jumped by 28 percent, nearly $1.9 billion. Airlines were able to narrow the difference in fuel spending with a 12 percent increase in revenue. They have raised fares seven times since the start of the year and would like to keep doing that to offset higher fuel costs. "We must fully recapture our costs on every flight, every day, to maintain and improve our earnings performance," said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. Delta Air Lines Inc., which reported a $318 million loss on Tuesday, said fare increases covered 70 percent of the runup in fuel costs for the first quarter. US Airways Group Inc. lost $114 million in the quarter. On Tuesday, it announced new reductions to its flying schedule in the second half of the year, which should cut costs and perhaps drive up fares. The Delta and US Airways results came after United Continental Holdings Inc. and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. reported huge losses last week. Southwest Airlines Co. was alone among the five biggest U.S. airline operators in posting a profit, and just $5 million at that. Between them, the five airlines lost $1.08 billion in the first three months of this year, when several big storms in the U.S. and the earthquake in Japan compounded the problem of costly jet fuel. A year ago, the same airlines lost $978 million. Fuel spending jumped to $8.45 billion from $6.60 billion a year earlier. Still, Tuesday's losses at Delta and US Airways were n ot as large as analysts had feared. And airline executives' tough talk about raising fares and cutting flights may have cheered investors. Delta shares jumped 99 cents, or 11 percent, to close at $9.99, US Airways shares rose 52 cents, or 6.3 percent, to $8.80, and other airline stocks also rose. Airline stocks have been hammered recently by rising oil prices. Delta shares are down 21 percent since the beginning of the year, while US Airways shares lost 12 percent. With fuel costing more than $3 a gallon spot prices are up about 50 percent since September airlines are culling flights that don't produce enough revenue. Delta will cut flying 4 percent compared to a year earlier starting in September, including 8 to 10 percent on routes across the Atlantic. It will also park 20 more planes this year than planned, including some of the largest planes used for international flights. All told, Delta now plans to sideline 140 planes over the next year and a half, from its smallest propeller-driven regional planes to big international jets. Delta's fuel bill rose 29 percent, or $483 million, in the first quarter compared to a year earlier. Higher ticket prices boosted revenue 13 percent, to $7.75 billion. Delta's loss for the quarter that ended March 31 was 38 cents per share. A year ago Delta lost $256 million, or 31 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected a loss of 50 cents a share and revenue of $7.61 billion. For US Airways, the loss was 71 cents per share, or 68 cents per share not counting special items. Analysts expected a loss of 73 cents per share excluding items. The airline saw fuel costs jump $272 million, almost 39p ercent, compared with a year ago. It is the only U.S. airline that does not hedge against fuel price spikes. 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Low prices are leading investors to snap up foreclosed homes in Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix and Tampa. That's reducing prices in the short run. Yet it is also thinning the supply of homes, which must happen to clear the way for higher prices in the long run. For some, the deals are too good to pass up on. A studio apartment on the Las Vegas strip that cost $500,000 at the height of the housing boom is now selling for roughly one-third the price. Half of the homes listed in the Tampa Bay area are selling for less than $100,000, not far from some of Florida's nicest Gulf coast beaches. S uch sales have helped shrink the combined supply of unsold homes in those five cities by 13 percent over the past year, according to local listing data analyzed by The Associated Press. Home prices in each of those markets are at or below 2002 levels, according to the latest reading of the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller 20city home price index. "If we were to see several consecutive months of supply getting smaller, it would point to an improving housing market," said Celia Chen, senior director at Moody's Analytics. "Even if it isi nvestors buying them, they are renting them out in hopes that prices in the next several years will rise." Economists caution that a second wave of foreclosures, specif ically those that have been delayed by banks and backlogged courts, could throw the housing market back into turmoil. And few see home prices rebounding this year. Home prices fell from January to February in 19 of the 20 metro markets tracked by the Case-Shiller index. At least 10 major metro areas are at their lowest point since the housing bubbleb urst. The index, which was released Tuesday, is slightly above the level hit in April 2009, the lowest point since the downturn began. Getting rid of foreclosures and other risky properties is necessary for the market to turn around. When foreclosures and distressed properties get sold, home prices fall. As the supply of cheap homes shrink, prices stabilize. Homeowners who held off moving because they didn't want to sell their home during the downturn become more confident that they can get a better price. That leads to more buying and selling, pushing prices up even further. Most of the sales activity now is at the investor level. Private equity firms. Foreign and out-of-state buyers searching for vacation homes. Individual investors looking to flip or rent out properties for a profit. They are all scooping up cheap homes with cash, said Andrew Duncan, a Realtor who runs a Keller Williams franchise in Tampa. In March, 35 percent of previously occupied homes sold were purchased entirely in cash, according to the National Association of Realtors. "When the bargains do hit, there's more than one buyer looking for that bargain," Duncan said. "Buyers are losing out left and right when they bid because it's just so competitive." Foreclosures have flooded the market in Miami. Three out of five homes sold there are foreclosures or short sales when a lender allows a home to be sold for less than what is owed on the mort gage. That has lowered the median home price by 19 percent in the past year, to $159,800 in March. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale has dropped nearly 24 percent. It would take seven months to clear those homes at the current sales pace. That's down from a 17-month supply just six months ago. In Tampa, it would take just six months to clear the inventory of unsold homes off the market. That's down from about eight months a year ago and 25 months in January 2008. Detroit's inven tory of homes for sale has fallen 17 percent in the last year. In Phoenix, the number of homes for sale has dropped nearly 10 percent over the past year. The median sales price of a single-fam i ly home sold last month was $118,500 down more than 12 per cent from a year ago. The supply of homes in Las Vegas could be cleared in less than seven months at the current sales pace. That's down from a 26month supply in December 2007. "It's like a feeding frenzy when a home goes on the market now," said Mike Shannon, a Detroit real estate agent who specializes in foreclosures. "We're getting a few dozen offers on some homes in a matter of days." The thinning supply is due, in part, to a lull in foreclosures. They have dropped by more than 56 percent in Tampa and almost 64 percent in Miami. In those areas, the number of home receiving an initial foreclosure notice has plummeted. That could change quickly. Many banks are revisiting thou sands of foreclosure cases, spurred into action by federal regulators who have ordered top-to-bottom reviews of how foreclosures were carried out over the past two years. The logjam has been com pounded in places such as Florida, New York and New Jersey, where foreclosures must be approved by a judge. There's 1.2 million foreclosures expected this year, according to foreclosure tracker RealtyTrac Inc., and the decline in foreclosure filings is only temporary, said Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo. "The problems are still there," Vitner said. "There are fewer ear ly-stage delinquencies so we are moving in the right direction but the slowdown in foreclosures is just drawing the process out." BARGAIN PRICES HELP CUT GLUT OF FORECLOSURES Biggest US airlines have combined 1Q loss over $1B ( AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) COMBINEDLOSS: In this April 20, 2010 file photo, Delta Air Lines jets are parked at John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York. Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday, April 26, 2011, raising fares shoulda llow it to make up for the higher fuel prices that drove a $318 million l oss in the first quarter. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


GR EEN SC ENE: KEE PING TH E GA R DEN WET IN TH E H EA T ROY AL HONEYMOON AHEAD, BUT WHERE WILL THEY BE? A R T IS T I N DA SP OT LI G HT : MIG HT Y LI ON HI T S C ANA DA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 T H E T RI B U N E S EC T I ON C By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter A S t h e B ah a m as o wn r e s i d e nt member of the British royal family India Hic ks prepares for the royal w e dd in g o f Pri nc e W i ll ia m a nd K a te M i d d l e t o n o n F r i d a y s h e r e c a l l s fond memories of her own partici p a ti on i n Pr in c e C h ar le s an d t he l a te L a d y D i a n a S p e n c e r s w e d d i n g w h e n she was just 13. O n J u l y 2 8 1 9 8 1 t h e g r a n d daughter of Lord Louis Mountbat ten, the las t Vic er oy of In dia, a n d g odda ughte r of His Roya l High ness Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, w as charged with the monumental re spon sibil ity o f a rran gin g his brid e, Lady Diana's 25ft dress train. The task was as daunting as the record-breaking length of the train i t s e l f f o r t h e t o m b o y i s h t e e n a ge r w ho pr e ferr e d j odphurs to fr il ls and finery. She had cut off her long hair and was o n ho li day wit h h er f ami ly at the ir home in Wind emere I slan d, in Ele ut h er a wh en s he r ece iv ed t h e ove rwh el min g in vi tat i on f r om h er beloved Godfather. A l t h o u g h h o r r i f i e d b y t h e p r o sp e c t o f w e a ri n g n o t o n l y w e a ri n g a dress, but wearing it in front of an a u dienc e of 750 m illion, Ms Hicks s a i d s h e w a s p r o u d t o h a v e b e e n as k ed by t he "ca r in g co n s id er a t e an d in v ol v ed g o df a t h er w ho s h e ad o r e d a s mu c h t h en a s s h e d o es today. Ms Hicks, who has lived in Har bour Island for 16 years and raised her children in the community, said she had spent time on holiday with Pr in c e C h a rle s a t th e fa m il y h o me in Eleuthera as a child. H er r ol e as b r id es ma id all ow ed her to s pend qual ity ti me w i th his new bride in the weeks before the wedding, in the intimate setting of d r es s d es i gn er s Da vi d a nd Eli za beth Emmanuel's studio, where the br ide sma ids pati ent ly waited hour after hour as the dress's every line and fold was perfected. Young India was whisked away f ro m h e r B ri t is h b o a rd i n g sc h o o l a n d u p t o L o n d o n u n d e r a s h r o u d o f s ecr ecy to avo id th e hu ng r y pr e ss photographers. There Ms Hicks and the Queen's niece Sarah Armstrong Jones prac t iced fo ld in g an d u nf ol di ng a 2 5f t dustcloth tied to Diana's waist with fa sti dio us pre c isio n, o nl y to be ov erwhelmed on the day. "M an ipu lat ing t hat much i vor y t a ff e ta a nd a nt i qu e la c e i n a n d o ut of small state carriages posed consid erable complications," she said. "Ne edle ss to say on the da y its e lf, w ith cl ose to a b illio n pe ople w at ching, panic took over, and we resort e d t o r a t h er a l o t of p u s h i n g a n d shoving and creasing." A s wit h t h e wed di ng o f P r in ce W i ll ia m a nd K a te Mi dd le to n, Pri nc e Charles and Lady Diana's wedding was declared a national holiday "R oy al w e dd ing fren z y gre w ," Ms Hicks said. P e o p l e p r e p a r e d t o c e l e b r a t e with st reet par iti es. Bon fir es w er e built, so they could flare up across t he cou nt ry in cel ebr at io n on t he day itself." On the eve of the wedding, July 28 hal f a m illio n peop le ga the r e d in Lon do n' s H yd e Pa rk t o see the gu ns of t h e K in g 's t ro op t he Ro y a l H ors e A rt ill ery f ir e a s alu te to mar k the first marriage of a Prince of Wales for 118 years, and the unprecedent ed firework display that followed. Ms Hicks and S ara h Ar ms tr ong Jones watched the display with the rest of the Royal family, and as the sur gi ng c row d s d i spe rse d, an d tra f fic st o o d a t a s t a n d st i l l i t b e c a m e a p pa rent she was stuck with them for the night. P ri nc e ss M a rg a re t in v i t e d In d i a t o stay a t K ensin gton Pal ac e, a nd eve n o f f e r ed h e r t h e u s e o f h e r t o o t h brush, leaving a lasting impression on India. E ar ly th e next mor ning s he was ta k e n t o C l a re n c e H o us e th e Qu e e n Mo th er 's re si de n c e w h er e sh e m e t a f r e s h f a ce d D i a na dr es s ed i n o l d jeans and diamond tiara, wa t c hing herself on a ti ny t e lev is i on sc r e en in the nursery, in a playful mood. "Sh e woul d fli ck any one w ho got in the way," India said. "D u r i n g o n e co m m er ci al b r e ak t he adver t f or Co rne tto ice c r eam c a m e o n a n d s h e s t a r t e d s i n g i n g soon we all joined in." T h e b r i d e s m a i d s w e r e u s h e r e d d o wn s ta i r s as D ia n a wa s dr e s s e d, and I ndi a s aid s he c l early r emembers the m oment the Pr inc ess -to-be W ITH only two more days to go until Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot at Westminster Abbey in London, royal wedding excitement is reaching a fever pitch. He re in th e Bah ama s pe ople are a lr e ady ma king pl ans to ge t u p in the wee hours of the morning to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event on th eir te le visi ons a nd c omp ute rs. Som e ha ve a lre ad y set th eir a larm clocks for 3.30am when the first guests are expected to arrive at the a b be y Th e w e d d i ng p ro c e s si o n i s sc he d u l e d t o s ta r t a t 5 3 0 a m B a h a m i an time. The actual royal wedding will occur at 6am when Kate Middleton is expected to arrive on the arm of her father. "I find it very exciting that this wedding is taking place. It has been 30 years since we had a wedding of this magnitude in the Commonwealth," a Bahamian businesswoman said. "I won't be getting up that early because I have to work, but I will be following it online throughout the day, and I can't wait to get home that night so I can follow up all the entertainment news about it," said Aviva Smith. When it comes to what the bride will be wearing, Aviva said she hopes Kate isn't forced to wear something she doesn't want to. "I hope she wears something which makes her look her age, and I hope she looks fabulous." Paula Gibson said that she cannot wait to watch the royal wedding. "I always loved the royal family. When I was a child I used to look a m a g a z in e s a n d p i c t u re s w it h t h e m I k n o w I a m n o t p h y si c a l l y i n E n g land, but I feel an attachment to them. It will be a pleasure to watch one of the bigge s t ev ents in B r i t i s h history. I w ill be glue d to the tele Reflections of a Royal Bridesmaid CHARLES AND DIANA SEE page 8C SEE page 8C


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 27, 2011 By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press IN R E AL e sta te, i t's loc a t io n, lo cati on l ocat io n. F or roy al ho ne ym oo ne rs, it' s pri va c y, p riv ac y pri va c y. O n c e t h e y a r e m a n a n d w i f e P ri n c e W i l li a m a n d K a te Mid dle to n ma y c omb in e the tw o b y h on ey mo oni ng at the qu e e n' s 5 0 ,0 0 0 -a c re B a lm o ra l e st at e in S cot la nd a f am il y h o l d i n g so v a s t t h a t t h e c o u p l e c oul d re la x w it hou t w orry ing ab out th ei r ev e ry m ov em en t be ing tra c ke d b y lon gle nse d p a p a r a z z i Th ey w ou ld li ke ly c o mbi ne a sta y i n Sc o tla nd a b ea ut ifu l s p o t b u t w i t h i f f y we a t h e r w i th a v isi t t o a re l ia b ly su nn y l oc a le roy al e xp erts be li ev e "I th ink p riv ac y w i ll be t he m ost im po rta nt thi ng a fte r a ll t h a t t h e y w i l l h a v e g o n e t h ro u g h s a i d J o e L i t t l e m a n a g i n g e d it o r o f M a j e st y ma g a z ine. "Maybe a week in the su n an d a we e k i n Sc otl an d, wh ic h i s a t r a di t i on a l r o ya l h one y mo on v en ue Th ey c an d o the ir ow n thi ng u p the re. W il li am an d Mi dd le to n a re s o m e w h a t l i m i t e d b y t h e p r i n c e s m i l i t a r y c o m m i t m e n t s H e i s a R o y a l A i r Force helicopter s ea r c h and re sc ue pi lo t w ith tw o w ee ks' l e a v e a v a i l a b l e s o h e w i l l h a v e t o b e b a c k a t t h e b a s e i n W a le s fa irl y qu ic kl y. H i s pa re n ts, Pri n c e C h a rle s a n d P r i n c e ss D i a n a s p e n t se v eral months honey mooning, c o m b i n i n g a t w o w e e k Me dit erra ne an c ruise o n th e R oy al Ya c ht B rita nn ia (sin c e d e c o m m i s s i o n e d ) w i t h a n e xte nd ed v isi t to B a lm ora l i n S c o t l a n d L i t t l e s a i d W i l l i a m a n d M i d d l e t o n s e e m t o e n j o y t h e a c ti ve ou td oo r li fe st yl e av a il a ble i n B a lmo ral one o f th e qu ee n' s fa v orit e est ate s. H e s a i d p h ot o g r a p h e rs w h o m i g h t b e t e m p t e d t o co m e o nt o t h e es ta t e to ph o to g ra p h th e couple w i th a telep hoto le ns w oul d l ike ly be w arne d o ff i n a dva nce by th e P r es s C o m p l a i n t s C o m m i s s i o n whi ch w oul d b e ex pec te d to war n ed itor s th at i ntr us ions o n t he c o uple' s pr ivacy wil l not be tol era te d. P r i n c e W i l l i a m s p r e s s o f f i c e h a s r e f u s e d t o p r o vi d e a n y det ai ls ab out th e ho ne ym oon de st in a ti o n, a l th o ug h W i ll i am has drop pe d se ve ra l ta nta li z in g h in ts ab ou t p os sib le d e sti n a t i o n s O n a r e ce n t t r i p t o A u s tr a lia the pri nce t old c hee rin g c ro w d s t h a t i t w a s p o s si b l e h e a n d M i d d l e t o n w o u l d r et u r n f o r a h o n ey m o on i n C ai r n s s o t h e y co u ld s cu b a d i v e a t t h e G r e a t B a r r i e r R e e f S o m e b e l i e v e t h e c o u p l e w i l l r e t u r n t o t h e r e t r e a t i n t h e m ou n ta i ns of Ke ny a wh er e W il li am p ropo sed to Mid dl eto n la st O c tob er, not ing th at w h e n h e s i g n e d t h e g u e st b o o k he sa id h e h op ed th ey w ou ld be ab le to c om e ba c k soon Oth ers fin d m ea ni ng in th e w e d d i n g g u e s t l i s t w h i c h i n c l u d e s s e v e r a l p e o p l e including a b a r tender and a yoga ins tr uct or f ro m t he pr iv ate Car ib bea n i s lan d o f M u s t i q u e a f a v o r e d r o y a l h i d e a w a y w h e r e t h e l a t e P r i n c e s s M a r g a r e t k e p t a ho use f or m a ny y ea rs. O t h e r i s l a n d r e t r e a t s including Maur itius and the Sey chel les ar e al s o s ee n a s c ontende r s, as is meg a-busines sman Richard Brans on' s p rivat e i slan d i n t he Br iti sh Vi rgi n Isla nds. A f i n a l c l u e m a y h a v e c o m e from Mid dle ton he rsel f. She w as p ho tog rap he d n in e d ay s b efo re th e wed din g ma kin g so m e l a s t m i n u t e c l o t h i n g p u r c h a s e s o n t h e c h i c K i n g s Ro ad i n c e nt ral Lon do n. T h e b o o t y r e p o r t e d l y inc l ude d tw o b ik ini s, ind ic a ting a "fu n in the sun" d esti na tio n mig ht b e in th e offi ng B ut th at doe s l ittl e to cl ari f y ma tt er s s in ce sh e wou ld p r o b a b l y n e e d t h e b a t h i n g suit s a t al l o f the m en tio ne d d e s t i n a t i o n s e x c e p t f o r S c o tlan d, w h ere r omance is m ade o ut of haze, mis t and f o g W i l l s a n d K a t e : R o y a l h o n e y m o o n a h e a d b u t w h e r e ? B A L M O R A L Castl e, ne ar Ba lla t e r in th e Sc ottish Highla nds In rea l e state i t's lo ca tio n, lo ca tion loc at ion F or roy al ho ne ym oon ers i t's p riv ac y, pri va cy p riva cy Onc e the y are m an a nd wife Pri nc e Will ia m and Ka te M iddl eto n ma y combine t he t wo by honeymooning at the quee n' s 50, 000-acre Balmoral e s ta te in S c ot la nd a f a mi ly ho ld i ng s o v a s t tha t t he co up l e c ou ld re la x wi th ou t wo rry in g a bo ut t he ir e v er y mo v em e nt b e in g tra c ke d b y l on gle ns e d p ap a razzi They would likely combine a stay in Scotland, a beautiful spot but with iffy weather, with a visit to a reliably sunny locale, royal experts believe. (AP) ROYAL fan John Loughrey, aged 56 from Wandsworth, south London, dis plays a Union flag with an inlay of Britain's Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton Monday April 25, 2011,outside Westminster Abbey in central London, where Loughrey has started to camp out to ensure his place ahead of the royal wedding on Friday. (AP) ROY AL EXCITEMENT


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 27, 2011 By MICHELLE LOCKE Associated Press THROWING a watching party for the wed d in g o f Pr in c e W ill ia m a n d K a te M id d le t o n d o e s n't have to be a royal pain. Bu t w i th the we dding sc he dule d for 6a m Eas t Coast time you probably are going to find that plenty of coffee is, so to speak, your cup of tea. Patra Wroten, who lives in the Washington, D C area and wr i t es ab ou t part i e s an d ot h er oc c a s ion s o n h e r blo g I Do De c lar e h a s fo u nd a w o rk ar ou nd t o t h e i n co n ve ni e n t t i m i n g a slumber party for some friends. "We just love weddings," she says. "It really w as just a great excuse t o get a group of our girlfriends together, take off work and theme a party around such an exciting wedding." T he pa rty will s tar t on the ev e ning o f A p r il 28 and go right through to the April 29 festivities with a few hours set aside for rest. They plan to watch a tape of the marriage of th e p r in c e 's pa r e nt s C h a r le s a n d D ia n a e a t E n g lish food such as mini shepherd's pies, and may jus t h av e a little d r ink ing g a me a s ip for e v er y t i m e s o m e o n e s a y s f u t u r e p r i n c e s s f o r instance. And, of course, there will be fake tiaras. Fo r P en ny B ra dl e y, c oo w ne r o f t h e L yo n rest a u r ant i n New Y ork's G r eenw ich V il lage, throwing a wedding party took a bit of smootht al ki ng S peci f i cal ly, she had t o persuade her partner in the restaurant, French chef Francois Latapie, to be English for a day. He agreed and now neighboring businesses, in c lu d i n g th e B r it is h r e s ta u r a n t T e a & S y m pa t h y ar e joining i n Fes t ivities wi ll sta rt wit h a Ch ampa g n e br e a kfa s t a n d s cr e e n in gs o f th e c e re m on y with reruns for later in the day. O n t he m e n u : b a c o n an d e g g sa n d w i c h e s, s mo ke d h a dd o c k w ith s c r am b led e g g s a nd B uc k s F i z z ( m i m o s a s t o u s Y a n k s ) T h e r e l l b e bu ntin g big h ats a r e en c ou r ag e d, a n d th e din ne r menu will include such notable items as toad in the hole and Lancashire hotpot. Raffl e t ick et s ar e b ei n g s ol d t o bene f it a loca l park and, with interest already high, there will likely be a silent auction. I t's g etti ng q uite e x c iting ," s a y s Br a dle y w ho alr e a dy h as g o tten r e s er v a tion s for th e 6 am se a ting. Though t he wedding i s n' t m a ki ng qu i t e t he sa m e sp l ash t hat C ha rl es a nd Di a na' s di d 30 years ago, it's launched many a promotion. Br adley a native o f Yor ks hi r e, Eng l a nd, se es the occasion as a break from everyday life, one t hat is especi al l y wel come con s i deri ng al l th e grim news that's been happening of late. T h e s e a r e e v e n t s t h a t d o n t h a p p e n v e r y o fte n in an y on e 's life time an d pe o ple lo ve to c el eb r ate t hem, she says. "Th ey reall y enj oy w at chin g the wedding and all the glitter of the carriages and t he spect acle. It 's som ethi ng t hat 's real l y amazing." R eady t o host your ow n wed ding wat chin g p a rt y? H e r e' s o u r su g ge s t e d m e nu f o r e a rl y morning eats: FR UIT BISMARCKS Bismarcks also are known as Dutch babies and German pancakes. Though this oven pancake isn't commonly served as a breakfast item in England, its savory counterpart, known as a Yorkshire pudding, is served for Sunday dinner with leftovers being served with jam for dessert. Use any fruit you like for the filling; fresh berries are particularly good, but sauteed apples with cinnamon and sugar are tasty as well. Start to finish: 35 minutes Servings: 8 1 cup milk 4 eggs 1 cup bread flour, sifted 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch salt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter 1 1/2 cups fresh fruit, such as sliced peaches, citrus segments or berries Powdered sugar or whipped cream, to garnish, if desired Heat the oven to 450 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, flour, baking powder and salt until smooth. Place the butter in a pie plate or oven-safe skillet. Set the pie plate or skillet in the oven. When the butter has melted, swirl the pan around to fully coat the bottom and sides. Pour the batter into the hot pan and immediately return to the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 375 F and continue to cook until browned and puffy, about another 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Heap the fruit in the center, then serve dusted with powdered sugar or topped with whipped cream, if desired. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 174 calo ries; 78 calories from fat (45 percent of total calo ries); 9 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 125 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrate; 7 g protein; 2 g fiber; 115 mg sodium. (Recipe by Alison Ladman) A l o v e l y d a y f o r a w e d d i n g w a t c h i n g p a r t y By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press P O O R Kat e M id d l eto n Sh e' s no t ju s t m a r r y i n g a f ut u r e k i n g S h e s ma r ry i n g al l o f u s On c e u p o n a t i me, B ri ti s h s ub j ect s g a ze d upon t he i r s o v e r e ig n s f r om a fa r. Not any m ore. Mem b e rs of the r o y al fa mily ar e now Hollywoo d-style me ga -cele b ritie s the i r ce llu lite re ce d ing h a irli n e s a nd booz y nig hts out subje ct t o t he s a m e r e l e nt l e s s sc ru t in y a s other A-lis ters The m o na rchy h a s g aine d in sta r powe r, and pe rhaps lost in d ig nity, s i n c e W i l l i a m s m o t h e r P r i n c e s s D i a n a b urst in to the r o ya l family in a b l o n d e b l a z e o f c h a r i s m a a n d c h a nge d it f o r ev er. On B rit ish ne wss ta nds a he a d of Frid ay's w e d di ng, Kate an d Wil liam be a m fr om the cov er s of ce le brit y ma gaz i n es al o n g si d e C at h e ri n e Ze ta Jon es, sin g er Ch e ryl Co le a n d su rg i c ally alt ere d gla mour m o de l Ka tie P ri ce. On e p ro m i ses t h e i n si d e sco o p o n R oy a l We d di ng Me l td ow ns A n ot h e r s a y s t h a t P a l s F e a r f o r Skinny K at e." The roy a l c oup l e is e ve n on the cove r o f TV Time s t he w e dding wil l be t he t el e vi sio n e ve nt o f t h e ye ar It's ea sy to forg et t h a t it w as n ot a lwa ys like this. Wh en I w as gr o w i n g u p I t h o u g h t the roy al fam ily was har mle ss b ut a b i t b o r i n g, sa id n o v el is t M o n ic a Al i w hose new book U ntold Stor y ," i m a g i n e s a n a l t e r n a t e f u t u r e f o r Princ ess D iana "I t wa s re a ll y whe n Dia n a c am e on the sc ene that thin g s s tar ted t o ch an ge, Al i sai d "S h e d i v id ed o p i n i o n A l o t o f p e o p l e a d o r e d h e r s o m e p e o p l e d i d n t l i k e h e r b u t ever yb o d y h ad an o p i n i o n ab o u t h er "She b r o ug ht ce lebrity into it for g oo d or for ill." U n t o l d S t o r y o u t n o w i n Br itain a n d pub lished i n th e Unite d Sta tes in J un e im ag ines that Dia na di d n' t die in a 19 9 7 ca r c ra s h but fa ked h e r o w n dea th, cha n g e d h e r na me and re bu ilt he r life in a sm all A m eric an town. Al i wh o s e b o o k s i n cl u d e t h e b est s e l l i n g L o n d o n i m m i g r a n t s a g a B r i c k L a n e u s e s t h e n o v e l t o m use on the pric e of c ele brity a nd the p r ess u r es of fa me "Kat e i s n o t ju s t marryi n g in to th e r o y al fam ily," A li sa id "She is ma rr ying in t o ce lebrity Sh e is ente ring t h e g a m e s h ow of t h e fi r s t w i v e s c l u b S h e l l b e c o m p e t i n g w i t h Mic h e lle O b a ma and Ca rla Br u ni." There 's noth ing ne w in a p opul a r de sire to re ad a bou t ce lebritie s, b ut o v e r t he de c a d e s ou r r e la ti ons hi p w ith the m has be en tra nsforme d. P e r h a p s i t w a s t h e r i s e o f t h e pap arazzi wit h t hei r l o ng len ses and lac k o f b o u n d ari es. M ayb e i t w as th e lowe ring o f socia l bar rie rs a nd inh ib i t i o n s t h a t b e g a n i n t h e 1 9 6 0 s N o w aday s, we want to k now ev er yt h i n g Ellis Ca sh m o r e, a cultu r al studies pro fesso r a t En glan d' s S taff ord sh ire U nive rsity and autho r of the book C e le br ity C ultur e ," s ai d Pri nc es s D iana w as a k e y fig ure in this trans ition and so, e v en e ar lie r, wa s the lat e Eliz abe th Tay lo r with h e r e m ot i ona l e x ube r a nc e a nd h e a l t h problem s a n d turbu le nt lo v e life "I t wa sn t t h e L i z T ay l o r w e s aw i n the mov i e s w e w ere intere sted i n we wa n ted t o k n o w th e re al p er so n h e s a i d. W e be c a m e m u c h m o r e inte re ste d in people's priv a te liv es or w ha t wa s onc e t he ir p riv a t e l i v e s Th e ro y al f amil y remain ed l argely offlimit s u nt il Diana work e d her f airy -ta le m ag ic. T h e r o m a n t i c 1 9 8 1 w e d d i n g o f Pr i nc e C h arl es an d 20year -o l d L ad y D iana Spencer was fol lowed by two so n s, Wi l l iam an d Harr y. T h en came bulimia a suicide a ttem pt a nd ma rit al d isc ord that wa s o bv io us to the w o r ld ev e n b e fore D iana told a TV in terv i ewer i n 19 95 th a t "th ere were t h r e e o f u s i n t h e m a r r i a g e D ia na Ch a r l e s a nd h i s p a r a m o ur C am illa Par k e r-B o wle s. T h r o u g h o u t i t a l l, p a p ar az zi t r ai l ed D i ana wh erev er sh e w e n t. H er co mb i n a t i o n o f g l a m o u r p e r s o n a l w arm th, char ity work a n d unh a pp ine ss wa s g o ld du s t. T h e h u m a n i s i n g t o u c h D i a n a g a v e i t w a s l i k e a m a g i c t o uc h, a w a n d t h e e n t i r e r o y a l f a m i l y b e c a m e i n o n e i n s t a n t h u m a n C ashm o r e s aid. "I t wa s a s if it ha d da wned on us th a t the y wer e o r d ina ry pe op le ju s t lik e u s ." A n d t h a t c h a nge d the roya l fa mil y D i a na jo lt e d t he m in to u nde r stan d in g th ey weren t a p ri vate i ns ti tut io n at a l l, Cash more said T hey w e r e p u b l i c a n d w e t h e c o n s ume rs, the f ans fe lt a se nse o f e nti tle me nt. It 's not just a mona rc hy. It's our monar chy. "T h e ro y al f ami l y h as h ad t o c o me t o t h e r e c o g n i t i o n s l o w l y a n d ra ther re luct antly tha t they a re p ublic prop e rty ." Tha t r el u c ta nc e a nd re c o g nit i o n w a s d r a m a t i z e d i n T h e Qu e en, S te p hen Frears' f ilm a b ou t th e aft erm a th of Dia na's de ath, in w hi c h t h e a t t e n t i on s h y m o na r c h pl a y e d by H e l e n M ir r e n i s g a l v a n i z ed i n t o a p u b l i c d i sp l ay o f gr i ef b y p op ulist Prime M inister T ony Bla i r In the ye ar s since D iana s dea th, t he p a l a ce h a s ma d e in cre asin g con c es s io n s t o p o p u l a r h u n g er i n c l u d i n g carefu ll y stage d in terv i e w s an d ph o t o o p p o r t u n i t i e s w i t h t h e y o u n g p r i nc es, Willia m and Ha rry Roy al offic ials h a ve m edia -ma n age d th e wedd ing prepara tio ns with ski ll, r ele as in g a ste ady d r ip fee d o f d e t a i l s s e t t i n g u p a w e b s i t e Y o u T u b e c h a n n e l a n d T w i t t e r acco un t and arran gin g to stream th e w edd i n g ceremo n y l i v e o n t he In ter n e t. It is all de signe d to sa tisfy hu g e publi c c ur ios it y w hil e m a i nta in ing some con tr o l ov er the d is closures M os t p e o p l e i n B r i t a i n e x pr e s s no t hi n g b ut g o od w i l l f o r Wi l l i a m and K ate and m any sy m p a thize w i t h t h e n e r v o u s n e s s M i d d l e t o n m u s t f e e l a b o ut b e c o m i ng p ub l i c p r o p e r t y I do think ther e's a bo undar y," s ai d 23ye aro l d L o n d o n tr ad e r L eah C lar ke. "Every p erso n is h u man an d entitl e d to their p riv acy a n d tha t' s a right to e ve ry o ne whethe r y o u're a roya l, a ce lebrity or whate ve r." Britain's royals, once rulers, are now celebrities TH I S I S o n e o f tw o o f fi c i a l p o rt ra i t ph o t o g ra p h s ta k e n o n No v 25 2 01 0 i n t h e C o u n cil Cha mbe r in the Sta te Apa r tm ent in St Ja mes 's Pala ce L ondo n a nd rele as ed by Cla renc e Hou se P r e s s Offic e on Su nda y Dec 12, 2 010 to m ark th e en ga gem en t o f Brita in's Princ e Wil lia m, le ft, an d Cath eri ne Mi ddl eto n, righ t. Poor Kat e Mid dle ton She's not just marrying a future king. She's marrying all of us. (AP) A F R UI T b i s m a r c k i n C o n c o r d N H. B i s m a r c k s a r e a l s o k n o wn a s Du t c h b a b i e s a n d Ge rm a n p a n c a k e s ( A P )


APRIL 28 THURSDAY V I S I O N A R T E X H I B I T I O N O P E N I N G Je'Rome Harris Miller invites you to the opening of his art exhibition "Vision", 6pm10pm at Christ Church Cathedral. Show dates: April 29-May 1. Viewing by appointment only. Part proceeds in aid of Winston V Saunders College of the Bahamas Schol arship Fund. Telephone: 466-6996. APRIL 30 SATURDAY KPACE'S RUN/WALK-A-THON KPACE Afterschool Program gets moving for education with its run/walk-a-thon across the eastern end of the island, 6am starting from Arawak Cay. Registration begins 5.30am. Early Registration: $22/adults; $18/youth. Runs until April 20. Regular Registration: $25/adults; $22/youth. Group rates: $20/adult groups; $19/youth groups. Contact Darcy Moss, T: 324-7607 or 465-8853. APRIL 30 SATURDAY SKETCH 24 OPENING RECEPTION AND EXHIBITION PopOp Studios International Centre for the Visual Arts hosts an exhibition of all draw ings produced during the 24-hour drawing challenge, 6:30pm-9:30pm. Telephone: 3227834. MAY 1 SUNDAY BTYO'S MISS BAHAMAS TALENTED TEEN The Bahamas Talented Youth Organization hosts the Miss Bahamas Talented Teen competition under the theme SHOES: Sisters Having Opportunities for Excellence and Success. 7:30pm in the Rainforest Theatre. Cost: $40. Telephone: 477-0040 or 4487294. MAY 2 MAY 3 THE NASSAU INSTITUTE'S STUDENT LECTURE SERIES 2011 The Nassau Institute invites you to its 2011 Student Lecture Series with Dr Richard Ebeling as he speaks on topics such as the moral foundations of liberty and personal responsibility, economic logic and the limits of the political process, the failure of socialism, the ethics of economics, the virtues of freedom, and so much more. 9am5pm in the Milton Friedman Room in the Bay Street Business Centre. Telephone: 326-5728. Email: MAY 7 SATURDAY QUEEN'S COLLEGE PTA STEAK OUT & FAIR Queen's College PTA presents the annual Steak Out & Fair with steak and chicken dinners available, 12pm to 6pm on the school grounds. Come and enjoy storytelling, a basketball tournament, live Perfor mances, Charlie the Yellow Bahamian kids show, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, games, and so much more. 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 27, 2011 By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter B AHAMIAN ENTERTAIN ER and Legendary icon, Jay Mitchell is set to per form the opening act for the funk and disco band T-Connec tion on Friday, May 27. T hi s concert i s sa id to be a part of the SAC class o f 71 40th anniversary r e un i on i niti ati ve to assi s t the school' s Capi ta l Nee ds P roj ect. T h e ev ent, whic h wil l b e hel d at the W yndha m Cryst al Ba ll room i s ex pecte d to offe r fa ns a me morab le e x p e r i e n c e a s o n e o f t h e b e s t i n Bah ami an m usic opens for t he most so u l f ul a n d t al en t e d w o rl d r en o wn e d ba n ds t o e ve r e nt e r i nt o t he B a ha m i an m usic scene. M r M i t c h e ll s t a r t ed h is mu s i c a l ca r e er a t t h e a g e of 1 3, h e bl o s so m e d to b e a musical am b a s sador o f the Ba hama s, ta king hi s m usic t o hi ghe r h e i g h t s f r o m pe rf o rm a n ce s a cr o s s t h e B a h a m a s U n i t e d St a t e s a n d C a n a d a As the true arti s t he i s Mitchell w o n n u m e r o u s a w a r d s i n cl u di n g B e s t Alb u m, Be st S on g, E nt er tain er o f th e Ye ar, B est Bal l ad, Al bum of the Y e a r a n d B e s t C o n t e m p o r a r y Al bum H is songs rei gne d versa ti le perf ormi ng cal ypso, gospel and other m usic ge nres. T h i s m u s i ca l g u r u r e co r d e d n u m e r ous hi ts such as "A nother Pl ace a nd T i m e " F u n k y F e v e r " Y e l l o w B ir d "L ad y i n R e d " S p ir i ts o f F i r e a n d M u s t a n g S a l l y J a y Mit c he ll a n d hi s musi c conti n ue t o m a k e g r e a t i m p r e s s i o n s o n t h e Ba hami an scene M r M i t c h e l l e x p l a i n e d : I m t h r i l l e d t o be r e u n i t e d w i t h m y b ro t h e rs, w e' re f a mi l y H av i ng col l ab ora ted w ith t he m f or man y y ear s I 'm pr ou d t o do t hi s sho w wi t h t h em It s a bi g ex cit eme nt." Fa n s ca n l o o k f or w a rd t o h e a ri ng so me h its like A no ther Time and P l ac e' and Fir e in th e Hole' fr om m e a l s o m y i mp r e s s i o n s o f g r e a t a rti st s su c h a s Jam e s Br own, Marv i n Gay e and Otis R edding and much m ore," Mr Mitche ll sai d. Ti c ke ts w il l go on s a le Ma y 2 nd. I n d i v i d u a l t i c k e t p r i c e s a r e $ 5 0 Cockta il styl e, $8 5Gol d and $1 00V I P. T o p u r c ha se t i ck e t s a nd t o b o o k t a b l e s c o n t a ct a n y m e m b e r o f t h e S A C C l as s o f 1 9 71 T ic k e t s a r e als o a v a i l a b l e a t a l l B u r n s H o u s e a n d B u t l er and Sa nds l ocat ions. T H I N G S 2 DO Bahamian icon named opening act for T-Connection Concert F an s ca n l oo k f o r w a r d t o h ear i ng so m e h i ts l i ke A no th er T i me a nd P l ac e' a nd Fire in the Hole' from me, also my impr essions of great ar tists such as James Brown, Mar vin Gaye and Otis Redding and much more. Jay Mitchell


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 27, 2011 J ust a few images of what we the Bahamas looked like 40...50...60... years in the past This is the ESSO standard tank farm on Hog Island, now Paradise Island. The Government isolated it here for safety rea sons and it was eventually moved to Clifton Pier. It was man aged by John Berdall Key, who remembers vast orange groves which the tourists ate on their way to Paradise Beach. BY ROLAND ROSE Keeping the garden wet W e are well into the dry season and there may still be a long time to go before we get reg ular rains to help water our plants. Some people refer to May rains' but these are undependable. Jun e i s u s ual ly th e beg inn in g o f the rainy season and w e often ha ve t o wait un ti l Ju ly. T h i s m e a n s w e h a v e a l o t o f wateri ng t o do in t he meanwhile to kee p o ur ga rden hea lthy The re a re s om e ri ch peo pl e wh o hav e a uto m a t i c s p r i n k l er s y s t e m s t h a t p o p u p o ut o f t h e g r o un d an d d o t he jo b for th em b ut th is me th o d w a st es t on s of wat er eve ry year Most o f us use a h ose e nd a ttac hm en t t o w at er t h e g ar d en I hat e p is to l g ri ps an d pr efe r a t r iang ula r at t achm ent t hat gi ves a fl at s pr ay. What ever s hap e yo u us e, be aware that watering this wa y is time wa s ti ng and ver y i nef f icie nt I can eas i ly p ro ve t he p oin t. Go t o a dr y gard en ar ea abou t th e s ize o f a di ni ng tab le. Wat er it f or t en f ul l min ut es th en di g int o th e gar den w ith a trowe l and s e e w hat you h ave wr ou ght Ver y li tt le, you wi ll f in d. T h e r e i s a p l a c e f o r h o s e e n d att a chments and that is f or topping u p a f t e r a g a r d e n a r e a h a s b e e n t ho ro ugh ly s oa ked Once a f lowe r o r veget abl e gar d en i s w e t t o f ou r o r f ive i nch es yo u can wa ter dai ly w it h y ou r h o s e un t il i t i s t i me t o s oa k a gain O r it r ain s The s o aking should be do ne w ith a s pr ink ler T hes e a re ver y ch eap f o r w h a t t h e y d o a n d c o m e i n a wi de ar r ay o f de si gns S ome h ave d if fer ent nozzl e set t ings th at al low yo u to go from a re c tan gul ar w a teri ng pat ter n t o a cir cul ar on e. W i t h y o u r s p r i n k l e r y o u c a n water a des ignated area f or h alf an h our and th en check th e depth of p e n etr ation with a tr owel. I f th ere has b een little pe netratio n yo u ma y have to break up t he t op s urf ac e of yo ur s oil to a ll ow b ett er ab sorpt ion T he hum us c o nt ent of s oi l, th at whic h on ce was pl ant tissue, i s l ight a nd t en d s t o wor k t o t he s u r f ace o ver a p er io d of t ime Once d ry i t i s d i f f i c u l t t o g e t h u m u s s o a k e d a ga i n. W he n yo u u s e yo u r s p r i n k l e r t h e wa t e r t e n d s t o s he e t o f f the h umu s d ust a n d fa il s to g et yo ur g ar den wet On e m eth od o f pen etr at in g t he h umu s la yer i s t o sp ra y t he s ur face wi th a mi xt ur e of wat er a nd di s hw as h in g d et er g en t u s in g a l iq u id f er til is er app licato r. T he det er gent wi ll all ow wat er to p ene tr at e. T he o th er m eth od I have al r eady me ntion ed : d ig in to t he soil w ith a trow e l A f e w y e a r s a g o a l a d y f r i e n d ca me t o m e be ar ing a r at her s or r o w ful die ffe nb ac hi a. She a ske d m e w hat was wr on g wi th it "I t' s n ot wat er ," s he as su red me. "I water it e ver y d ay but it' s s ti ll d ying ." She l e f t me with the problem. Next da y I ga ve he r ba c k he r pl an t an d i t w as g lowi ng wit h h ealt h. N o m i r a c l e a n d n o p a r t i c u l a r sk il l on my par t I r ecog nis ed t hat h er soil ma inl y h um us ha d d rie d out an d al l h er wate ri ng h ad been in va i n ; t h e wa t e r n e ve r r e ac h ed th e r oo t s A ll I di d wa s s o ak t he p la nt co nta in er i n a b uc ke t o f w at er over n ight an d i t was back t o b eing what a d ief f enb achia s ho uld be F o r t h o s e o f u s w i t h o u t a u t o m ati c spri nkle rs I rec omme nd dee p i r rig atio n using hose-e nd sprin klers at le as t on ce a week, wa ter i ng on ot her da ys wit h a h os e en d s p ray a t tac hment Deep ir rigation means a t le ast ha lf a nd ho ur a nd ma y be a n hou r of wat er in g. I mus t conf es s tha t I have o nl y ever wat er ed m y lawn s wh en t he y ar e at th e f or mat ive s tage wit h S t. A u gu s t in e c u t t i n gs zo y s i a p l ug s o r g r a s s s e e d s O n c e a l a w n i s es t ab l is h ed i t ne ve r n eed s w at er i ng in our c limate It ma y a ppea r to be s uf f e r i n g bu t du r i n g t h i s t i m e t h e r o o t s w i l l b e e x p a n d i n g a n d guar an te ein g gr eene r days ah ead. Th e gr as s may app ear to be dead a bove ground but the r o ots a r e st i ll ali ve an d acti ve. gar d ener j ack@co ra lwave. com FREQUENT CARE: Our dry season is long and we may end up watering areas of the garden we usually never touch. By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE


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 07 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 By LESH AMERICAN IDOL has become one of the most intense shows on reality TV for the past weeks. As the competition is nearing to its end, everyone's tuning in and voting to keep their favourites on the show. Last week, lucky Stefano Langone was officially voted out of the competition, I call him lucky due to the fact that the judges used their wild card to save him and for the past weeks he has been in the bottom three. Stefano's charm and bright smile did not save him this time, he will be missed but America has made their decision and elimi nated the nice guy. I was almost certain that he would last longer than Jacob, I guess I was wrong. Hopefully he will get the chance to get some type of record deal to help his career. Lets get into our usual recap, the elimination show started off with a performance from Lauren, Haley, Stefano and Jacob, they all sang Train's "Hey Soul Sister," it was not so bad. Soon after, Casey Abrams, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery's sang Coldplay's "Vida La Vida," that however, was not so good, but the group effort brought it out. Last week's Ford Music video included the contestants overcoming some nature together so that Sexy Scotty could get the chance to go kayaking. Next up, Ryan called up the first round of results, he asked Casey and Jacob to come forward, Casey is safe, Jacob is the first to land in the Bottom 3. American rock singer and song writer David Cook returned to the Idol stage to perform one of his hit songs, it was entertaining. More results came when Ryan called up Lauren, James and Stefano to center stage, Stefano is in the Bottom 3 again, and James and Lauren were sent to safety. Haley and Scotty were the last remaining contestants to be called and receive their results, Sexy Scotty is safe of course, Haley is in the bottom three once again. Ryan reveals to Haley that she is safe, soon after, Katy Perry came on to perform her hit song "E.T." I'm a huge fan of Katy, she performed quite well. Kanye West made a surprise appearance to sing with Katy. Ryan came back up for the last time and revealed that Jacob is safe, Stefano is eliminated. This upcoming week, the contestants will take on songs of "Carol King." By HEIKE WOLLENWEBER L ion has recently impressed on various stages performing alongside multi platinum Canadian group Swallow Members as well as Wu-Tang Clan's GZA and Raekwon. Before we get to talk about his latest achievements though, let me introduce you to this young Canadian/ Bahamian artiste. L i on, born V aug hn J ohn s o n in Ed monton C ana da, first disc ove red his lov e for music throug h h is Ba ham ian fathe r, w ho used to sing in Chu r c h. Lion did not ta ke music too seriou s l y u ntil g rade sev en. He started by tw isting aroun d pop ular s o ngs for fun a nd the n e ven tuall y e ntere d a tale nt c omp etitio n, w innin g 3 rd pla ce T h e a lias L i on c ame a bout bec ause Va ughn used to h ang arou nd w ith s o me Rasta s whe n he liv ed in N assau and bec au s e of his li ght c omple xio n the y used to c all him the "W hite Lion" a nd Lion just stuc k. Co nsiderin g th at a Lion symbo lises le ade rs h ip a nd fe arle ss n ess Va ugh n de ci ded to ke ep the monik er. T h e mu s i c L i on prod uce s is e ss e ntia lly hip hop but he alw ay s inc orporate s someth ing B aha mian into his son gs, w he ther i t be a spe c ific term in B a hami an d iale ct or a co llab oration w ith a B aha mian artiste Hi s late st, soon to be re lea s e d son g, is on a be at produc ed by Sa mmi Starr, i nco r p orating the sound of J unka noo. Be sides Ba hami an artists Lion has al wa ys a lso be en inspired by artists suc h a s The Lox, Bu s ta Rh yme s, C apl eton and Be enie Man w hic h a cc oun ts for his hip h op sty le w ith a C aribbe an twi s t. Ove r the past fe w ye ars Lion has rel ease d tw o v ery p opula r c olla boratio ns w ith Sa mmi Sta r r, Mdee z and So$ a Man Sw agg a o n Hig h" and "W e Win ning ", the latte r wi th a music v ide o tha t w ent in in terna tiona l rotation A new c olla borati on w ith r a p g r o up Ony x follow ed othe r singl es a nd v ideo s such as "Mone y Tal ks", "Do in' It" T a ppe r s" fea t B en ny E, "B lood Pre s sure a nd $ Up" fe aturin g Y oung K az h, Mad C hil d a nd Mok a O nly. Moka Only is also a n a rtiste Lion ha s c omp lete d a min ito ur w ith rec e ntly a nd he i s proud to say th at o ne o f the show s, a t the Re d D eer in E dmo nton wa s ac tua lly put on b y Lion 's o wn co mpan y, "Lionh eart Ente rtainm ent" w hic h w e sure ly wil l he ar mo r e a bout i n te rms of eve nts an d mu s i c produc tion. W orking wi th a r ti s te s lik e the W u-Tang C la n ha s taug ht Lio n a lot and his pe rform anc es j ust ke ep i mprovi ng or he puts it They ke ep g etti ng b etter and I m lo vin it!!" S oon he w ill be read y to perform wi th hi s no 1 m an pic k to s h are a stag e with J ay Z Ac c ording to L i on, the re ce nt pe rformanc e s w ere "a we some" a nd the fa ns pa cke d the v ario us ve nue s Lion s a ys h e fe els th e supp ort m ore a nd m ore a s his fa n b ase i s grow ing and p eopl e b ec ome more famil iar w ith his mu s i c. O f c ourse th ere i s still w a y to go but w ith an a lbum slate d to be rele ased towa rds the en d o f summe r this y ea r Lion is stea dily on his w ay to be the main ac t on stag e. Whe n he ha s th e m ic his stag e presenc e is pa lpab le and w he n he pe r fo r m s his c urrent fav ourite s o ng Get Loose" he got the crow d o n his s i de. W ith mo r e in ternati onal show s in the p lann ing stage s and an upc omi ng trip an d pe r fo r m anc es a lrea dy s e t for th e B ah ama s L i on i s fu lly set on ma king it a s an artist. For the futu r e Lion is a ll foc used on his m usica l c are er, puttin g o ut mo r e music a nd se lling a mill ion r e co r d s inde pend entl y", as h e e xpl ains. There is no limi t in s i ght, this i s a nothe r B aha mian vo ice to be h eard ac ross th e g lobe Ya Hear Soulja Boy star ring as Tupac in the "Juice" remake? After releasing his Juice mixtape, Soulja Boy announced that he will also be starring in a remake of the classic film of the same name. He said: "Basically, it's your boy Soulja and I'm Bishop in 2011, running around in the streets, man. You know how the movie goes, but we're flipping it and shooting in Atlanta. I want to show these people my acting side and me being creative always giving them something new; that's all. "I got the same video director that shot 'Crank That,' 'Kiss Me Through the Phone,' 'Turn My Swag On'my most successful videos. The whole mixtape is the soundtrack for the movie." Ya Hear Flavor Flav is not selling chicken anymore? The daft rapper has decided to pull his name from his super-publicized Flavor Flav's Chicken. According to him the deal he struck with his business partner was not being fulfilled because of "mismanagement" leading to "a bad reputation." Ya Hear Jay-Z and Beyonce may be performing at the royal wedding? The word is Prince William and his bride to be Kate Middle ton are seeking the musical talents of Jay -Z Beyonce to perform at their upcoming wedding. However, a rep of Beyonce quickly shot down the rumors: "the ceremony is not on her schedule and she has a shoot in New York on Saturday (April 30)," her rep told ET. Ya Hear Serena Williams started singing? Reports have surfaced that Serena was in the studio down in Miami working on some music for Bryant McKinnie's label. Word is that Serena also linked with DJ/ producer DJ Clue to create some tracks. E.T. Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West S&M Rihanna FORGET YOU Cee Lo Green BLOW Ke$ha PERFECT P!nk JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH The Black Eyed Peas BORN THIS WAY Lady Gaga WHAT THE HELL Avril Lavigne TI L L TH E WO RL D E NDS Britney Spears MORE Usher Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R T O P T E N Stefano's end


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 27, 2011 appeared at the top of the staircase and everyone fell silent. Crowds filled the streets of Lon don for glimpse of Lady Diana and h er d r es s as s h e wa s dr i ve n t o St P a ul s C a t h e d ra l in t he g l a ss c a rr ia g e I n d i a a n d S a r a h m e t h e r a t t h e C athe dr a l to h elp he r out of the c arriage and arrange her train and veil. "S tate t rum peter s s ound ed fanf a r e A h u s h e d s i l e n c e f o l l o w e d before the wedding march began. It took D ian a, on the sha ky a rm o f h er f at h er Ear l Sp en cer wi t h h er f iv e bridesmaids and two pages in atten dan c e, t hreeand-ahalf m inut es to w a l k u p t h e r e d c a r p e t e d a i s l e b e fo re th e b i g g es t g a th e ri n g o f E u ro p e a n c ro w n e d h e a d s a n d f or e ig n ro y als, an invited congregation of 3,500 a nd a g lo b al au di en ce of 75 0 m i llion." A s t he w o r l d s m o st -w a t c h e d w e d di ng c er em on y d rew to a c lo se Ind ia and th e bridesma ids we r e tra nsporte d t o B u c k in g h am Pa l a c e i n t h e g l a ss carriage Diana had arrived in. Of c ourse a t t he tim e it see me d a perfectly normal mode of tr ansport, t r o t t i n g d o wn t h e m a l l i n a h o r s e draw n c oac h, only slightly ruine d by the tear s of s ix year old Catherin e Ha mbro wh o turne d out to be h ig hly allergic to horses. However look i n g b a ck t ha t m u s t ha v e b e en m y fairytale moment. The newlyweds took the opentopped state landau to Buckingham Palace, where they emerged on the balcony to give the crowds the kiss they had been longing to see." No thi ng c oul d hav e pre pa red me for the sight of the crowds that day. "W e wa tche d in a we a s the mic ro s i z e d n a v y b l u e l i n e o f m o u n t e d police were forced to brake rank as t h e s w a r m i n g m a s s e s f l o o d e d th ro ug h fr om t he ma l l to t he g at es o f t he pa lace, s cr eami ng j oyo us ly f or Charles and Diana." Th e w e d d in g bre a k fa s t w a s j o y fu l s p e e c h e s b y P r i n c e A n d r e w a n d P r in c e E d wa r d l i gh t he a r t e d an d humorous, and as soon as the cake had been cut, Diana went to change in to h er g oi ng -a w ay ou tfi t w ith a ssi sta n c e fr om he r s is te r s a n d h e r b ri d es maids. The mood was girly and giggly and Diana gave us eac h a present, a n d a k i s s t h a n k i n g u s f o r b e i n g there," India said. An d th e n she wa s g on e. W h isk e d aw ay ac ross the Bu ckin gham Pal ace courtyard, with a 'just married' sign and old cans attached to the landau b y A n d r e w a n d E d w a r d r a i s i n g smiles fr om The Que en, The Quee n Mother a nd Princ ess Margaret, w ho ho tfoo te d aft er it, la ug hin g an d w av ing. An unusual sight indeed. T h e m ar ri ed cou ple was dr iven over Westminster Bridge to get the t rai n to Hamp sh ir e, to begi n th eir h o n e y m o o n i n m y g r a n d f a t h e r s home, Broadlands. India Hicks will be providing live coverage of the Royal Wedding on Friday. If you ar e int er est ed in lear nin g mo r e abo ut I n dia H ick s p leas e go t o: w w w i n d i a hi c k s .c om o r fo l l ow h e r on twitter:indiahicksstyle'. v is io n I w o ul d n' t m i ss it f o r an y th i ng i n t h e w o r ld I kn o w i t w i l l b e a b e a u tiful wedding," she said. M e a n wh i l e, M a r i e Jo h n s o n h a s alre ady ta ken the da y off from w ork and plans to be up from 3.30am so that she can watch the event "from th e f irs t hat and glo ve t hat arr ives at the church to the kiss on the bal cony on Buckingham Palace." N a ssa u F lo ri sts o n Sh i rle y St re et i s commemorating the royal wedding with a s pecial wind ow dis play feat u ri n g o n e o f t he o f f i c i a l p o rt ra i t p h o tos of the happy couple. Jim Whitehead, owner of Nassau F lo r is t s, sa id : "We ar e p ar t of t h e C o m m o n w e a l t h s o I t h o u g h t w e should do a display because this is a gre a t o c ca sio n tha t h un dred s o f peo ple w ill be wa tch ing. S o w e just rea lly w a nt ed to sh ow re sp ec t t o th e ro y al family." C la r e nc e H o u se l a s t w e e k r e le a s e d further details about the royal wed ding. Kate Middleton and her immedi ate family including her sister Pippa wh o is h er mai d of hon our w il l spend the night before the wedding at t he five star Goring Hotel in B elgravia in central London. The route of the carriage proces sion w ill pass alon g The Mall, H ors e G ua r d s Ro a d H o rs e G u a rd s Pa r a d e th roug h Ho rse G ua rds Arc h, W h ite hall, along the south side of Parlia ment Square and into Broad Sanc tu ary b ef ore a rriv in g at W e stmi nste r Abbey. Kate will be arriving in the claret and black 1977 Roll s-Royce Phanto m V I th a t w a s d a ma g e d i n De c e m b e r w he n P ri n c e C h a rl e s a nd hi s w i fe Ca m il l a we r e a tt a ck ed by s t ud en t protesters. Reflections FROM page 1C Fever FROM page 1C AP AS speculation contin ues as to the design of Kate Middleton's wedding dress, a precious collection of historic royal wedding dresses worn by royal brides over the last 200 years have just undergone over 1,000 hours of conservation treatment by conservators from Britain's Historic Royal Palaces. The wedding dresses belonging to Princess Charlotte (1816), Queen Victoria (1840), Alexandra of Denmark (1863), Princess Mary of Teck (1893), Princess Mar garet (1960) and Princess Alexandra of Kent (1963) are usually carefully stored at Kensington Palace but have been made available to the media and are viewable on the Historic Royal Palaces website. A W H I T E s a t i n d r e s s d e c o r a t e d w i t h a p a t t e r n o f B r i t i s h a n d Ir i s h f l o we rs t i e d t o g e t h e r wi t h a l o v e r s k n o t w a s wo r n b y Pr i n c e s s ( V i c to r i a ) M a r y o f T e c k wh e n s he m a rr i e d Pr i n c e Ge o rg e D uk e o f Y o rk (l a te r Ki n g G e or ge V ) i n 18 9 3 ( A P ) THE SILK satin wedding dress worn by Queen Victoria in 1840, when she married Albert Saxe-Coburg, is prepared by a conservator for conservation work to begin. (AP) A CONSERVATOR puts finishing touches to the simple but stunning wedding dress worn by HRH Princess Margaret when she married Lord Snowdon in 1960. The glamorous dress comprised a fitted bodice and a full skirt of fine diaphanous silk. (AP) A CONSE RVAT OR h ol ds P rin ce s s Ch arl ott e' s e la bo rat e c lot h-o f-s il ve r em pi re li ne w e dd in g dre s s e mb roi de red wi th fl owe rs a nd tri mm e d w i th Bru s se ls la ce Th is rem a rka bl e g l it t e ri ng dr e s s ( wor n wh e n t he p ri n c es s m a rri e d P ri n c e L e o po l d o f S ax e Co b ur g i n 1 8 16 ) i s 1 9 5 -y e a rs -o l d th e ol d e s t ro y a l we d d in g dr e ss t ha t H is t o ri c R oy a l Pa l a c e s cares for. (AP) A CO NSERVATOR puts fini shing t o uche s to Prince ss Charlotte's w e dding d r e ss ( 18 16). This elab or a te cloth-of-silver empire line dress embroidered with flowers and trimmed with Brussels lace, worn when the Princ e ss m arri ed Prin ce Leo pol d of Sa xe -Cobu rg, is 1 95-y e ars -old t he ol de st roy al we ddi ng dre ss tha t Hi storic Royal Palaces cares for. (AP)


By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter A fter a lengthy protest Monday night, the BahamasA ssociation of Athletic Associations (BAAA committee at the 40th Lime Carifta Games to overturn the disqualification of the under-20 boys 4 x 400 relay team. With the reversal at the c ompletion of the intense three days of competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Bahamas ended up in second place with a total of 31 m edals, inclusive of nine gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze, improving on last years third place finish with 29 medals in the Cayman Islands. The Jamaicans once again reigned supreme, collecting 32 gold, 22 silver and 12 bronze for a total of 66 medals. Barbados got thirdw ith nine gold, eight silver a nd 10 bronze for 27 medals and Trinidad & Tobago rounded out the top four with 29 medals, inclusive of seven gold, 13 silver and nine bronze. The Bahamas team of James Audley Carey, ShavezH art, Stephen Newbold and O Jay Ferguson ran three minutes and 7.14 seconds for a new junior national record in snapping Jamaicas quest to win all eight relays. But there was a report from Jamaica that the Bahamas was disqualified for steppingo n the line on the final curve of the first leg ran by Carey. The Bahamas appealed the disqualification and it was successfully overturned. The Bahamas, winners of bronze medals in the under17 girls and boys and under20 girls relays, was able to surpass last years total of 29 medals (six gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze) for third place in the Cayman Islands. Despite their victory, Jamaica was short of last years haul of 72 medals, inclusive of 37 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze. Their biggest downfall came on the track where they only won six individual races outside of the seven relays, including all four 4 x 100s. In an unprecedented show ing, the Bahamas racked up three of the four 100 titles and the two girls 200 crowns, including the double triumph by Anthonique Strachan in the under-20 girls division. Before her half-lap success, Strachan equalled Veronica Campbell-Browns 2001 Carifta record of 22.93 sec onds in the heats. The time was the 11th fastest posted so far this year in the world. So far, the only Bahamian to run faster than Strachan is Auburn Universitys senior Sheniqua Q Ferguson, who did 22.92. Nivea Smith, also from Auburn, trails with 22.97, just behind CampbellBrown with her seasons best of 22.95. Incidentally, Strachans time has also surpassed the A qualifying standard of 23.00 for the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, in August. As a result of her sprint double feat, Strachan emerged as the Austin Sealy Award winner, claiming the most outstanding performance of the meet. The award is named after Sealy, who originally started the meet in 1972. Strachan, who ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 relay team that was eventually disqualified for running out of the zone, joined just Pauline Davis-Thompson and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, the only two other Bahamians to secure the title. The team, managed by Harrison Petty with David Charlton as the head coach, was expected to return home late last night. The 41st games will be held in Bermuda next year. The Bahamas has put in a bid to host the 42nd games at the new national stadium in 2012 but no word has been given on whether or not they were successful. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 THETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports news J ay Philippe named mens b asketball scholar-athlete See page 3e A NUMBER of collegiate and elite Bahamian athletes competed at the Coach O Invitational Track Meet at Troy University on Saturday. Heading the list on the mens side was sprinter Jamial Rolle, who posted a double victory in the 100 and 200 metres. Competing unattached, Rolle stopped the clock in 10.38 seconds in the straight-away race. His nearest rival was Stalney Aruke of Troy University in 10.44. Rolle also turned in a winning time of 20.60 in the half-lap race that saw Anton Graphenreed of the University of Sout taking second in 20.86. Both times were wind-aided. On the womens side, Tia Rolle of Alabama State was fourth in the 100 in 11.62, just ahead of Tim icka Clarke, who competed unattached, finishing fifth in 11.70. J amial s double dose of victory B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter DAY three of competition netted a double digit total added to the m edal haul for Team Bahamas as t hey maintained third place in the points standings. With 31 medals, including eight gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze, and4 57 points, the Bahamas remained in third place at the XXVI Carifta Swimming Championships inB ridgetown, Barbados. The team added 11 medals in M ondays dual sessions. However, results of Tuesdays final session w ere not available up to press time l ast night. Guadeloupe led the points standings with 561 and dominated the medal count as well with 42, including 10 gold, 17 silver and 15 bronze. T rinidad and Tobago was in seco nd place with 501.50 points and nine gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze medals. To lead the 11-medal total on day t hree, Dustin Tynes was brilliant o nce again as he set another new Carifta record, this time in the boys' 13-14 breaststroke. Tynes' goldm edal performance of 30.66s surpassed the old mark, while teammate Tre Taylor finished fourth in3 2.44s. O n day two, Tynes swam to a first p lace finish and new meet record in the boys 13-14 200m breast in 2:27.25s. On the girls side of the 13-14 age category, Laura Morley added a trioo f medals. Individually, she took silv er in the 200 IM as both she and Daniella van den Berg of Aruba touched the wall in 2:29.48s. Morley captured her second silv er medal of the evening in the 50m b reast in 35.39s. In the 800m free relay, Morley teamed with Taryn Smith, Joanna Evans and AbigailL owe for another silver medal finish in 9:17.35s. Smith took an individual silver medal in the 100m free in1 :01.06s. I n the girls 15-17 division, Bria D eveaux swam to two appearances on the medal podium. In the 100m free, she took second in 59.41s and in the 200m fly third in 2:30.46s. In the boys' 15-17 50 breast, E vante Gibson swam to a third place t ie with Johnathan Cabral of Trinidad and Tobago in 31.09s. The 11-12 category continued to be a productive group for the B ahamas. In the girls 200 IM, S imone Sturrup added to her already impressive medal haul with a silver medal performance in 2:43.86s.T remaine Allen was fifth in the same event in 2:46.64s. In 50m breast, Margaret Higgs was second in 38.81sa nd in the boys' event, Jared Fitzgera ld was third in 36.78s. Carifta: Bahamas 3rd in the points standings BRILLIANT: Dustin Tynes. ITS OFFICIAL: BAHAMAS COLLECTS 31 MEDALS RACE READY: Shaunae Miller (left SEE more photos on page 2E TEAM BAHAMAS members can be seen at the Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


L OCAL SPORTS P AGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 40th Carifta Track & Field HIGHLIGHTS in Montego Bay, Jamaica MAKING HISTORY At the completion of the intense three days of competition at the 40th Carifta Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the Bahamas ended up in second place with a total of 31 medals, inclusive of nine gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze. Some of our athletes can be seen in action here.


By KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press ORLANDO, Florida (AP Jason Richardson scored 1 7 points and J.J. Redick added 14 to help the Orlando Magic stay alive in the playoffs with a 101-76 victory over t he Atlanta Hawks last night. The win kept alive the Magic's hopes of becomingt he ninth team in NBA history to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1. If they canw in Game 6 Thursday in Atlanta, they would host the decisive Game 7 on Saturday. Magic center Dwight H oward battled foul trouble throughout the night and had just one field goal, finishing w ith 8 points and 8 rebounds. Orlando didn't need his offense, though, as it brokeo ut of a series-long shooting slump with 11 3-pointers. Josh Smith scored 22 points to lead Atlanta, which shot below 40 per cent for just the second time this series. The Magic cruised in the second half, allowing Howard to log his first extended rest of the series as their lead creptabove 30 points early in the fourth quarter. They were able to coast, though, based on what they did much earlier in the game. Orlando put together easily its best half of the series in building a 58-35 halftime lead. Everyone was involved as the Magic, who led by as many as 24 points in the half, moved the ball in the half court to open up great looks from the perimeter. Follow-ing another cold start, Orlando picked things up in the sec ond quarter and finished the half shooting 45 per cent and 46 per cent from beyond the arc (six for 13 Richardson had 12 by the break. Smith paced Atlanta with 11 first-half points, but the Hawks struggled on offense, going 13 for 38 (34 per cent making just two 3s. They also had eight turnovers that led to nine of Orlando's points. The Magic were leading 108 when Howard picked up his second personal foul of the night with 5:40 left in the first,but Orlando closed with a 165 run without him. Redick had the hot hand, going 5 for5 in the period and scoring the Magic's last 11 points. Atlanta was just 3 for 19 in the first quarter. L OCAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011, PAGE 3E B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter AFTER years of receiving r ecognition for his play on the court, one Bahamian basket-b all player is honoured for his work in the classroom. Jay Philippe, of Weber State University, has been named a NAIA Division IIM ens Basketball ScholarAthlete. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale a nd must have achieved a j unior academic status to qualify for this honour. "It means a lot to me," Phillipe said. "It means as ense of achievement and that h ard work in the class room is as equal or even more important than my work ethics int he hardwood." The NAIA announced that 1 18 Division II Mens Bask etball student-athletes have been named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. "It goes out to show that basketball and classwork goesh and-in-hand. Younger athl etes must realize that academics should be our priority then sports should follow. Secondly, it also brings again a sense of achievement for the hard work that younger ath-l etes display in the classroom a nd this is something that can never be taken away," Phillipe said. Its important to understand that wisdom and knowledge last a lifetime and young athletes should strive for a higher edu-c ation at all times." Phillipe made his mark during his high school career with the CC Sweeting Cobras andt ransferred to the Sunland B aptist Stingers just before his senior season. He began his collegiate career in 2007 w ith the Virginia Intermount C ollege where he averaged e ight points and three assists in his lone season with the Cobras. After sitting out nearly an entire season due to transferc omplications, Phillipe played a t a collegiate showcase in Orlando, Florida, where he was noticed by Weber head coach John Schoffner. "At first there was doubt but after time, things seem tof all in place. I had to sit out t he previous year due to NIAI transfer rules and during that time I was able to build strong bonds with my teammates, coaches and professors," he said. "Now I am comfortable at my new school and I'me mbracing every moment of this opportunity because I realize that I am blessed to be in this position of gaining ah igher education while playi ng the game of basketball which is my love. I'm humble and grateful and I would not t rade this for the world." Jay Philippe named NAIA Division II scholar-athlete SCHOLAR ATHLETE Jay Philippe, of Weber State University, has been named a NAIA Division II Mens Basketball Scholar-Athlete. ZAZA PACHULIA (27left half of Game 2. Orlando won 88-82 to even the series 1-1. JAMAL CRAWFORD (right14 of Game 5 in Orlando last night. (AP Photos Magic extend series with 101-76 win over Hawks F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s