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WEST CAICOS PROJECT VOLUME 7 - No. 18

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MAY RESTART SOON By Vivian Tyson

Construction of the Ritz Carlton Molasses Reef Resort project in West Caicos which was a casualty of the global financial meltdown could be up and running again in a matter of weeks, should an agreement between the liquidators of Lehman Brothers and a group of interested parties come to an agreement. The project was about 80 percent complete at the time of the work stoppage. Now, at a time when the Turks and Caicos Islands is hungry and thirsty for inward development, the recommencement of the West Caicos project would be a significant boost for the country which relies heavily on tourism and construction for its revenue. The SUN was told that a team of European investors, which has expressed keen interest in the project, has been jetting in and out of the Turks and Caicos on an above average basis seeking to tie up loose ends in order to get the development going once again. In recent months there has been a flurry of activities by interests in the development and almost every day – sometimes twice a day – groups of persons have been seen boating towards and from the island, to inspect the property. Logwood Development is the owner of the project, which was originally financed by the now defunct Lehman Brothers through renowned high-end international investment and development firm – GENCOM. A source close to the project told The SUN that a meeting, which could determine whether or not the project commences soon, was scheduled for the coming days between the new

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home, she says, where she "was he could take advantage of them." given wine that, unknown to her, After she was raped, Doe says Continued from PG 1 is still up, Doe says: "Nikki Beach, throughrestarted. was infused narcotic." inThe thewebsite court which document, she It has with not, abut you know, has been marketing the development the various defendant The complaint continues: returned to her hotel, and returned financial backers and Logwood, the prospective new sponsors would forpossible someone:to“Seeking corporations, hotelsasandneed "After she wasthat in an altered state, soon as Florida, to ensure everything is asaslocation describing the operates interactions a peerless Caribbean escape that nightclubs at beachside locations.puther supervisor, who was present because a co-worker "told Jane in place before signing off to “positive talks”. combines barefoot luxury with a Its marketing and business plansundertake and wastheaware or should have Doe that he believed her life to be project,” the source According to the source, a due rely on the allure of sex." been aware of the risk that Misick genuine in danger dueoftoplace. the power that sense Blending diligence study may have been the said. She claims Nikki Beach hired would assault her, knowingly and Misick exercised on the island." traditional Caribbean influences There have speculations that the solitary snag to the commencement "attractive young women" and purposely abandoned her at the with verdant In Miami, Doecourtyards says, she went garden and Ritz Carlton may be hesitant to stamp of the project, since the prospective send them to "potential business home of Misick in that altered secluded to a hospital and had a medical plunge pools.” seal of approval on the project investors would to ensure that toits state. partners and want officials it wished ... examination that concluded she Among the offerings, according in the wake its ups and downs, but everything was ... above board. influence encouraging the "In the morning of March 28, tohad been raped. the website, will be: source Misick said so far, the exclusive “There is a oflot alcohol of talksandthe2007, consumption (allegedly) raped she arrived in South • A"When 125 sea-swept suites and resort brand appears unmoved by taking place between the parties narcotics and providing the same, Jane Doe." Florida, her corporate email private, Ritz-Carlton branded and has decided to 75account (prospective investors providing and such occurrence and thereby The complaint adds: "In fact, Island Villas;had been shut off, on board. Logwood), and people back remain opportunities forgoingpotential Penrod and Nikki Beach regularly signaling her termination by • Three restaurants created by Many local hoteliers not see andbusiness fourth (onpartners West Caicos) and every officials transported young, do attractive Nikki Beach," the complaint renowned Chef Gray Kunz; Ritz Carlton as a day,whose but I can’t definitively ‘yes, tothewomen approval they say sought into development such dangerous states. • A full-service spa, offering to order their business, but women." settings in to improperly "Penrod and Nikki Beach thesexually project isassault about tothese start’. I think competition indigenous treatments; rather, an expensive piece of jewel a design consultant, what isDoe, probably holding back thesays curry favor to the benefit of Nikki spread the story that she had been • for Ocean-front guest suites crown of the Turks and Caicos NikkiareBeach sent her to thein the Beach. fired misconduct." project negotiations and due with private terraces, overlooking which they Britishstudy. Territory of the Turks andIslands tourism "Nikki market, Beach intentionally She claims she was a victim diligence more than a half mile of pristine Caicos Islands in late March transported Jane Doe from Miamiof a corporate practice: "Nikki said should increase the value of “They (financial backers) Caribbean beach; 2008. Shethesays Penrod, high-theDade Countyproduct. to a And dangerous Beach would allow management local tourism as a want to see books; they "a want • A natural wildlife sanctuary, ranking executive" with Nikki setting, with foreseeable and employees to encourage sexual result, they expressed a desire for to go and check the buildings for two national parks; and Beach, ordered her to attend a known dangers, and abandoned encounters or inappropriate themselves, to determine whether the project to be completed. • An array of archaeological function," there, toand her there." only by air and sea, behavior between young female Accessible or "social not the project is feasible and cultural sites arranged for her transportation.the Molasses Doe claims that "Nikki Beach employees and business partners, Reef Ritz Carlton move forward. People may see the The luxury development She says she went against herReserve soughtis tolocated gain favor with Misick officials and customers, and was then six miles from buzz of activities every day and wishes. by presenting him with attractive turn and dismiss the female may believe that the project has Providenciales. She was taken to Misick's young women in settings in which employees for the behavior, while encouraging the supervisors to repeat the pattern. Nikki Beach would allow these management employees to purposely endanger their young female staff." An attorney for the hotel, Steve Savola, called the lawsuit "totally frivolous," adding that the

claims were shot down in federal and police investigations. "Three controversy, years ago, the not without asFBI the and lawTurks and Caicos law enforcement authorities had to be enforcement conducted a called to West Caicos on at least thorough investigation into this two occasions to maintain the peace matter and disagreements submitted theirbetween files to following the Turks and Caicos attorney contractors, regular workers and general who did not believe management of the project. there wasThe sufficient evidence to local file first occasion involved charges," Savola said in a contractors and local skilled men, statement. "The story outlined by who said they were being sidelined in 'Jane Doe' in her lawsuit filed favour of imported Chinese workers, yesterday in Miami-Dade Circuit who took the job for far less salary Court is pure fiction and utterly that whatmerit.". the locals would bargain without for. Nikki Beach is headquartered The Beach, secondMiami, disturbance in South and has involved the Chinese beach club locations inworkers, eight who were alleged to have held countries, including France, their bosses captive on the island Spain, Mexico, Morocco, for approximately days, for Thailand, and thetwoDominican non-payment of salaries, andhotel only Republic. Savola said the released them after the intervention may countersue. Doe sued Nikki Beach of the authorities. Holdings LLC; was Nikki Beach But the situation downplayed Hotels and Resorts LLC; Nikki by at least one side of the disagreeing VIP LLC; Penrod Management parties, saying that there was no Group Inc.; Penrod Management hostage situation on the job site. International LLC; and Michael Penrod. She seeks damages for defamation, negligence and endangerment. She is represented by John Thornton in Miami-Dade County Court. It is understood that Nikki Beach plans to counter-sue the woman.

MAN CHARGED WITH MAKING AIRPORT THREATS A man of Indian descent who is said to have been a longtime resident of the Turks and Caicos Islands was charged on March 30 for making comments which threatened security at the Providenciales International Airport during an exchange between the two. He has been identified as Jatin Pekwani, but The SUN was not able to ascertain his address in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his line of business. He was arrested under the Aviation Security and Piracy (Overseas Territories) Order. According to police reports at approximately 2:30 pm on Wednesday, members of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, was summoned to the airport where it was said that a man made comments during an exchange with a security officer, which was deemed to have threatened the security and passengers of the airport. “The incident involved a comment made to a Security Officer which potentially threatened the security of the airport and the travelling public. A subsequent investigation was performed to ensure the safety and security of the airport. As well a male subject was arrested, questioned and subsequently processed. “The male subject has been granted Police Bail with a surety. The police investigation into this matter is still ongoing,” stated a report from media officer for the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Sergeant Calvin Chase. According to the press officer, the police have taken a zero tolerance approach for such comments, and persons found to be in breach would not be spared the fullest extent of prosecution prescribed by the law governing such incidents. “The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Airport Authority take any comments that threaten the security of our Airports and the travelling public very seriously and will take the appropriate actions to ensure that these matters are investigated fully and persons responsible for matters of this nature are held accountable for their actions,” Sergeant Chase noted.


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Life imprisonment for wife’s murder

A 32 year-old Jamaican man who was arrested and charged with murdering his much older wife on December 1, 2008, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Circuit Court in Grand Turk on April 28 by Chief Justice Gordon Ward. The body of 51 year-old Letetia BarrettStanford was found in her apartment in Stammer’s Run, Blue Hills, with her throat slashed. The body was discovered by their then 7-year-old daughter. At the time of the incident Stanford and his wife was separated due to him constantly physically abusing her. Stanford was the prime suspect in the matter since he was reported to have beaten and threatened his wife’s life on numerous occasions. Police said he was arrested at least once for beating her with a machete, but he told investigators that she did not wish to continue the matter against her spouse. However, an investigator at the time told The SUN that she tried more than once to get out of the relationship, and when she finally severed

marital ties with him, he threatened to end her issue, and widespread across all socioeconomic life. run of the ladder, but on most occasions it was the While the police had to ward off the huge females who allow such abuse to continue because crowd which gathered on the scene after deep their silence. after sunset, Stanford was no where to be found “Generally these women do not have any even after police investigators tried to contact him form of support system, and believe that they by phone. As a result, a campaign was launch to cannot survive without their abusive male spouse,” nab him but all possible leads ended futile. the source said. “So they stick around and take all Police told the media that Stanford’s kinds of abuse from verbal to physical.” mother turned him over to the Providenciales Sometimes it is not really love for the man the Police station at about 1a.m., the following day. reason they stay, but believe that - especially in the He was later arrested and charged with his wife’s case of women who do not have a rooted profession murder. - their economic situation would be worst off if they The trial ran from December 18 to 27, decided to leave. Sometimes they are threatened by which saw the seven-member jury comprising five their spouse with cutting off of financial aid too, in women and two men returning a guilty verdict. order to make the woman stay with them. The court learned that Barrett-Stanford was killed The matter of domestic violence occurrences as a result of a domestic dispute by her husband. has become so rampant that Commissioner of Police He was then sentenced to life imprisonment by the Colin Farquar announced the formation of a Sexual Chief Justice. A source connected to the Social Offences and Domestic Violence Unit. The unit is Services Department revealed that domestic headed by Woman Inspector Irene Butterfield of violence in the Turks and Caicos Islands is major the Criminal Investigation Division.


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Bin Laden’s Dead Al Qaeda’s Not

Peninsula and Al Shabab in Somalia, are still recruiting and financing terrorists and training Turks and Caicos SUN them for attacks. Neither the events of Tahrir THE United States needed to eliminate sama Suite 5, Airport Plaza bin Laden to fulfill our sense of justice and, Square nor the raid on Bin Laden’s hideout is Providenciales to a lesser extent, to end the myth of his likely to significantly diminish the appeal of Turks and Caicos Islands invincibility. But dropping Bin Laden’s corpse Islamist extremism to those who have been Tel: 649-946-8542/649-241-1510 receptive to it. in the sea does not end the terrorist threat, nor E-mail:sun@suntci.com In many Muslim societies, there remains a does it remove the ideological motivation of radical stratum born of a sense of victimization Al Qaeda’s supporters. Read us online at www.suntci.com Often forgotten amid the ugly violence by the West, fueled by inefficient and corrupt of Al Qaeda’s attacks was that the terrorists’ governments, and carried forward by an enormous Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Hayden Boyce declared goal was to replace existing youth population. Al Qaeda was and is simply a Senior Editor: Vivian Tyson Web Designer / Markerting Manager: Patrina Moore-Pierre governments in the Muslim world with pressure valve, an early form of connective social Graphics Editor : Joleen Grant media that allowed young, militant jihadists fed religiously pure Islamist states and eventually Distributions Manager: Kelano Howell restore an Islamic caliphate. High on Al up with the West and their own governments to Office Manager/Personal Assistant - Dominique Rigby Qaeda’s list of targets was Egypt’s president, organize and vent their anger. Believing that their religion requires them Hosni The Turks and Caicos SUN Page 6Mubarak. The protesters of Tahrir to act violently against nonbelievers in the West Square succeeded in removing him without is a subsidiary of and impure, apostate Muslim elites, the Islamist terrorism and without Al Qaeda. Island Publishing Company Ltd. Thus, even before Bin Laden’s death, extremists will not be stopped by the elimination TURKS AND CAICOS SUN APRIL 1ST- APRIL 8TH, 2011 We are committed to excellence in journalism, educating analysts had begun to argue that Al Qaeda of Al Qaeda’s leader or even by the eradication of and informing our readers, serving and satisfying our was rapidly becoming irrelevant. With Bin Al Qaeda itself. They will continue their struggle, advertisers and assisting in the overall development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Laden’s death, it is even more tempting to refusing to renounce violence or accept more democratic, less corrupt regimes as a substitute think that the era of Al Qaeda is over. for the caliphate. But such rejoicing would be premature. Just because we do not always know the To many Islamist ideologues, the Arab Spring identities of their leaders or see a named and simply represents the removal of obstacles that stood in the way of establishing the hierarchical organization does not mean that communicate it or have the organizational skills to Islamist extremists notare working seize there fears hard that to any move to However, are MoussaTheir Koussa Britain Thursday caliphate. goalflew has into not changed, nor has and promote it. American and European experts can assist the fruits of thearms Arab Spring. The challenge for the provide could lead to "mission creep", toldwillingness officials hetowas longer willing" to serve their use "no terrorism. them in building politically viable organizations, but United States is not merelyground to take advantage of the dragging Western forces into the civil the in a significant to the dictator. In regime, the months ahead, Bin blow Laden’s death to succeed these new groups must be homegrown and war. It gained also emerged that: The moveAl was welcomed Whitehall intelligence in the Pakistan raid to further may encourage Qaeda to stageinan attack to where Turks and Caicos Sun that speak to tap into the Arab and Islamic traditions Libyan were expelled fears the have been growing organised erode Al Five Qaeda, but todiplomats assist moderate Muslims from Suite # 5, Airport Plaza counter impression that it isthat outpoorly of business. many Muslim youth. Providenciales Britaina counterweight amid concern they couldextremism, pose a threat to Libyan rebels cannot defeat Gaddafi without in creating to violent The more significant threat, however, will come Moreover, without investment create jobs, new Turks and Caicos to Islands national security; being given arms or training on the ground. from Al Qaeda’s local affiliates. Bin Laden and with both an appealingly articulated ideology and governments in these countries(649) will 241-1510 fail under the Tel: (649) 946-8542/ Senior defence sources disclosed that British "We encourage Gaddafi an to effective organizational structure. his deputies designed Althose Qaedaaround as a network Fax: (649) 941-3281 weight of youth unemployment. Unless corruption is and government American forces more in than 40 andthat embrace a better future for The that had wasdestroyed overthrown Email: sun@suntci.com of abandon affiliated him groups could operate largely replaced with efficiency, investment will either not arms and dumps and "chopped the legs off" Libya that allows political transition and real EgyptLibyan was corrupt feckless, as are the regimes independently to attack America, Europe materialize or be wasted. reform that meets the aspirations of the Libyan Gaddafi's supply route; Read us online at www.suntci.com and secular governments in the Middle East now under siege in Libya, Syria and Yemen, Without alternative movements with vision, appeal, Ugandapoised announced that it was prepared to people," a Foreign Office spokesman said. but the groups to take advantage of the in order to establish fundamentalist regimes. and the ability to deliver change, existing organized David Cameron had earlier admitted that the offer the Libyan leader exile under an Italian plan upheaval in those countries include many who Once in place, the network no longer needed Editor-in-Chief: Hayden extremistPublisher groups &will fill the void. And Boyce despite his Government was considering arming the rebels to remove him; Senior Editor: Vivian Tyson share Bin Laden’s vision for repressive religious Binfollowing Laden and,talks in fact, has been proceeding death, Bin Laden’s goal may yet be achieved. The UN or EU may ultimately have to send a in London with Libyan Web Designer: Patrina Moore-Pierre Similar situations exist in Afghanistan and with minimal leaders. direction from him for several rule. humanitarian A. Editor: Clarke, force to help civilians in rebel–held Richard opposition Graphics Joleen the Grantcounterterrorism Pakistan. years. Rebel forces were forced to retreat again and coordinator atManager: the National Security Office Dominique Rigby Council from areas. Moderate, tolerant and even some secular The affiliates that Bin Laden helped to Distribution Manger: Kelano Howell 1993 to 2001, is the author of “Against All Enemies: The British and other governments are surrendered several towns in the face of heavy exist, butworried they often do not have AdvertisingWar andon Marketing create, including Qaeda increasingly that rebel troops willanot be resistance from Al troops loyalintothe the Arabian regime. groups Inside America’s Terror.”ManagerPatrina Moore-Pierre comprehensive alternative vision, know how to able to advance on Tripoli or other Libyan cities without external help. The Turks and Caicos SUN is a subsidiary Mr Koussa's defection holds out hope that the of The SUN Media Group Ltd. TURKS AND CAICOS regime might still crack from the inside, We are committed to excellence in journalism, relieving the pressure for further military SUN’S LETTERS POLICY educating and informing our readers, serving measures. and satisfying our advertisers and assisting in the Mr Koussa flew from Tunisia, where he had overall development of the Turks and Caicos The Turks and Caicos SUN welcomes Islands. been on a diplomatic mission, to Farnborough Letters to the Editor. airport before being shuttled to London for Letters containing libelous or defamatory immediate talks with high–ranking Foreign Profile Regime's chief fingernail puller' charges, personal attacks or abusive Office officials. Moussa Koussa, 61, took a sociology degree language will not be considered for A close confidant of Gaddafi for 30 years, he at Michigan State University. He was appointed publication. was linked by intelligence sources to the ambassador to Britain in 1980 but expelled for We would prefer letters of 500 words or Lockerbie bombing and played a lead role in threatening to kill opponents. less, and we will not print anonymous securing the release of the bomber, Abdelbaset He was accused of organising terrorism on letters or letters tagged with initials. Ali Mohmed al–Megrahi. his return to Libya where he headed the Libyan Yesterday, senior defence officials said there spy agency from 1994 and was described by a All letters are subject to the final approval was "more to do" to prevent further loss of senior figure in George W Bush's administration of the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, who reserves the right to accept or reject civilian lives but reiterated that no British ground as "chief fingernail puller". submissions and to edit letters and troops would be used. A chaotic picture emerged He has been named as the possible architect headlines to meet our established on the ground where the Gaddafi regime of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, but brokered standards for grammar, clarity and length. ambushed rebels outside the leader's home town Libya's promise to give up weapons of mass of Sirte, precipitating a disorderly retreat as far destruction in 2003 and was made foreign as Ajdabiyah. minister in 2009.

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Frustration pushes Drexwell over the edge

By Vivian Tyson

Since being appointed to the Consultative Forum in August 2009, Drexwell Seymour, had seen a number of bad governmental decisions, but the one that drove him over the edge was when the Interim Administration decided not to hold a public debate on the recently enacted budget. Seymour, the Country Manager for telecoms giant LIME quit his appointment to the Consultative Forum on Tuesday, April 26. He said his decision, which was hampered by ambivalence, was long in coming, but was made easy when the Interim Government decided not to hold public debate on the budget. “It was something I contemplated for a while – resigning from the forum. But what drove me to resigning was really the budget process; that was the final thing that drove me to resign,” Seymour said, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the prime figures man in the Forum. The budget was to have been presented on April 5, but members of the Consultative Forum stated that they wanted more time to digest the contents of the document so as to offer a more informed contribution during the debate. However, the Governor’s Office went ahead and enacted the document into force, having deciding that it had allotted enough time to the Forum for its members to peruse the document. The Governor’s Office said the debate was postponed once before, to allow the Forum members to study the document, and postponement a second time could have resulted in serious financial problems for the TCI, and so it had to go ahead and enact the document, to avert such collapse.

Drexwell Seymour

But Seymour believed that there could have been a different approach to the situation instead of denying members of the public the chance of understanding how the budget would affect them. “I think it could have been handled differently. We requested a week’s extension, but it appeared as that our input didn’t even matter. I didn’t really like that process. It was very frustrating,” Seymour said. He told The SUN that his time on the body was challenging but also personally rewarding. “I was able to connect with a number of people, and understanding the needs more of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Whenever I went to the Forum, and whenever there was a bill to be decided upon, I always consult different individuals (from the public) for their feedback and opinions.

“And so I was able to understand what the people needed. I don’t go there on just my opinions; I consulted with the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands,” Seymour pointed out. But although he is no longer with the Forum, one should not expect Seymour to disappear off the political radar, as he vowed to continue speak out against unfair practices not only in Government but society in general. He said that he does not need the Consultative Form to speak on matters concerning the forward movement of the Turks and Caicos Islands. “I will continue to speak when I see things not going the way as I think they should. And also continue to give thanks when things are going the way they should go. “When the previous administration was in power, whenever there were issues of concern, I had always emailed them and called them up, and I will do the same thing with the Governor. And I must say he has always been very responsive when I emailed him about certain issues,” Seymour noted. Even though his departure from the Forum was as a result of political frustration, Seymour believes that the political and economic platform that is presently being laid could springboard the country into success enclosure, if implemented properly. “We have not made an improvement as yet. What I can say is, there is a plan on how we can improve our finances, and that bears well. I think everybody must have a plan. Whether the plan is the right plan, is a different matter, but we should have a plan on how to manager our finances. That was something we didn’t have, and I see it as a big improvement,” Seymour said.

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Murdered woman’s family protests killer’s parole hearing

The family of Deserie Williams, the woman who was shot to death and her boyfriend Alex Higgs shot in the head but survived, is vehemently against the granting of parole to Darren Lewis, the man convicted for pulling the trigger. The SUN was told that Lewis was due for another parole hearing on or about May 16, as he seeks clemency from the state. He was sentenced to double life imprisonment on conviction for the crimes. Father of the deceased woman, Willette Williams, said he was contacted by the Parole Board concerning the hearing and the family still believes that Lewis should remain in prison for an indefinite period. “I hear something about he is planning to be paroled sometime next week, and we don’t feel that is fair, and we are not really supporting that. If there is anything we can do to prolong it (his sentence) we definitely would. He basically

planned what he did; he planned it. “Just imagine him losing his daughter in such a way. It never hurts when the shoe is on the other foot. We are going to contest it, anyway. We are not going to just let him get paroled just like that. If it (granting of parole) happens it happens, but we are not going to sit and allow it to just happen like that,” a grieving Williams said. A few weeks ago, The SUN spoke with the deceased woman’s uncle, Everette Greene, who holds the same position regarding the granting of parole to Lewis. “Remember (that) Mr. Lewis had shot two human beings that same night, my niece and her boyfriend, Alex Higgs of Five Cays. Thank God, Alex is still alive today. I see no time for forgiveness to Mr. Lewis or for the release of his sentence for parole. “In my eyesight, I see Mr. Lewis as nothing more than a serial Killer. Please, we the family

members and close relatives say no to Mr. Lewis’ application seeking for an early parole. The chief justice saw it fit for double life sentence, and it was applied to Mr. Lewis,” Greene said at the time. Added Green: “The night Darren shot Alex and my niece, he had the audacity to visit the hospital and stand in the crowd amongst all of us, and pretended as if he did nothing, but thank God, Alex had played dead and was able to tell what was done to him and my niece. I say to the Parole Board and Your Excellency the Governor, ‘look into this matter with both eyes wide open’. “The ‘good book’ said that thou shall not kill. In society, justice has to prevail. When you want freedom you have to do what is right; when you want forgiveness you have to ask God. I cannot forgive you for the brutal act you did to my niece, Darren, just remember what you did was premeditated.”


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Stadium settlement still up in the air The TCI Education Foundation is weighing its legal options in the impasse with Government concerning the ownership of the National Stadium, located along Venetian Road in Providenciales. The National Stadium is constructed on land belonging to the TCI Education Foundation, which runs the British West Indies Collegiate high school, sited adjacent to the sporting facility. The sporting facility was constructed in 2007, primarily to host the Carifta Track and Field Championships and other sporting events thereafter. After exhausting its search for suitable land on which to construct the stadium, Government approached the Education Foundation, which gave the green light with certain conditions attached. Attorney for the Foundation, Richard Savory, said the Foundation, in 2006, agreed to give Government the land at no cost in return for the school to use it without restriction. The agreement also included the Foundation being party to the management committee, while compensated for additional land taken by Government to construct the stadium’s VIP car part, which was not included in the original agreement. But he said Government has backpedaled on all the agreements, which resulted in the Foundation having to step in and takeover the management of the facility in July of last year. Deputy Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite

The National Stadium

Knowles, during an Advisory Council news conference on April 13, indicated that her office was working to overcome the impasse with the TCI Education Foundation. “We have taken some steps to secure the position of the Government, and we will work on this with due regard the importance of the matter to Government, and should be able to say, hopefully, very shortly, what the outcome of those efforts are,” Braithwaite Knowles said. But Savory pointed out that since last year no one from Government made contact with the Foundation regarding the settlement of the land issue, and as such, was not sure whether

or no any progress on the matter would be made soon. He said land on which the National Stadium sits was earmarked by the Foundation for development, and as a result of its facility’s occupation, the entity was forced to purchase adjacent real estate at exorbitant sum for its project. “We have had to buy other land that was more than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars an acre to replace land that they took, and this is a charitable organization we are talking about. “It would be very easy for them to do it (negotiate with the Foundation). All they have to do is come and sit at the table and talk about it. I don’t understand what was said by Ms Knowles, because she has not made any communication (with the Foundation) at all,” the attorney declared. The National Stadium was the scene of demonstration on July 22, last year, when members of the public, including former politicians, marched on the property and staged a peaceful protest, demanding that the Foundation hand back management to the Sports Commission, which was given administration of the facility by the previous government. While calling the takeover unfair, the protestors, at the same time, lobbied the Interim Government to foster an amicable solution with the Foundation, to ensure that the facility remain in the sector of the state.


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Shore Club could soon roll again

Developer Stan Hartling said he is optimistic that his multimillion Shore Club Resort project located in Long Bay, Providenciales will be given the green light by Government to proceed based on talks with the Interim Administration. Last week, His Excellency Governor Gordon Wetherell announced that his administration was in talks with potential investors both here and overseas regarding especially resuscitating of the construction industry. Governor Wetherell said the developers include those whose projects were halted by the global economic downturn and others which were stopped for one reason or another. The Shore Club development was one of those projects halted at the changing of the country’s administrative guard from the Michael Misick/ Galmo Williams regime to direct rule by the UK through the governor. Some of the developments ordered stopped be the Interim Government were subjected to scrutiny during the 2009 Commission of Inquiry, staged to investigate corruption in Government. The Shore Club was not among them. However, when contacted this week, Hartling said he was encouraged by the way which talks between himself and the Interim Administration

were going as it relates to putting back the project on track. “It seems very probable that we are getting to a productive closure on our discussion in order to proceed, and while we don’t have the final details at this point, I think we are getting very close at this point in terms of getting to a productive closure. “I think we have come very close a few times, and not quite there. There has always been some little hang up, but I am very hopeful that we can work through the final terms. But until we have the agreement signed, we are still in discussion,” Hartling said. Hartling, who is the developer of two of the TCI’s most exclusive resorts – the Regent Palms and the Sands –, said he was itching for the day when all the paper-works are done and the all-clear sign is given for him to kick-start the project. The pause button on Shore Club was pressed two years ago, and since that time, Hartling has been lobbying Government with a view to have it released. “We were getting ready to do our development agreement when the Interim Government came in, and then there was really a period when we weren’t able to deal with the development agreement. And we have gone through extensive due diligence to

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cooperate with Government and everything, so I think that proves that we are in good position,” he said. According to Hartling, the hampering of the Shore Club project could not be described as a positive, but pointed out that investors who have already committed themselves to the development were very understanding and kind, but said nonetheless he was itching to see the multimillion undertaking come to fruition. “We (the country) need it because this would be a very positive (financial) boost for the TCI. I think it is premature to say we are ready to go, but it is correct to say we are working diligently to bring it to closure as soon as possible, and I have an optimistic view towards that,” Hartling noted. The current design for the Shore Club is 80 units, and according to Hartling, it will be a resort on par with the Regent Palms and sold at a very high end of the market. He said they have been looking to alter the design to include private villas on the property. Hartling said the decision to site the Short Club Resort development in Long Bay was a move to offer a fresh alternative to the Grace Bay Beach strip.

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By Vivian Tyson

LOCAL NEWS

MAY 6TH - MAY 13TH, 2011

Delano impresses Asafa Powell’s coach

TCI’s golden boy of the track Delano Williams could soon be rubbing shoulders and sharing the training track with some of the top athletes in the world, as MVP Track and Field Club out of Jamaica is said to be interested in him. Delano’s performance at the Carifta Track and Field Championships also qualifies him to run at next year’s London Olympics. MVP Track club is the home of World and Olympic champions Melaine Walker, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Asafa Powell and Bridgitte FosterHylton. Following his blistering run in the 4x100m race before taking gold in Under-20 Male 100m at the Carifta Track and Field Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Centre in Catherine Hall, Rita Gardiner Montego Bay, Jamaica, Williams, a former student of the H.J. Robinson High School, Grand Turk raised the eyebrows of Steven Francis, coach of the her “a new lease on life in sports”. prestigious MVP Track and Field Club. “I will continue to fight until we make it to Head of the Turks and Caicos Islands the Olympics. I just want to give you a little bit Commonwealth Games Association, Rita Gardiner of information, with Delano’s performance in the revealed the news at last week’s civic ceremony to 100m; it qualifies him to participate in the (London) recognize the Carifta athletes, who returned with Olympics in 2012. two gold medals – one won by Williams and the “Turks and Caicos, what are you going to do other by high-jumper Dominique Misick. about that? Are we going to allow another country “I can tell you; one hour after Delano to take Delano?” Gardiner asked, obviously calling completed the (4x100 relay) you know who he got for backing support to lobby the UK Government a call from?” Gardiner rhetorically asked the turn- to assist the TCI in becoming a member of the out at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex. IOC. “Asafa Powell’s coach (Steven Francis); that’s “I am just saying that our athletes are among the right.” best in the Caribbean, but they need the support in According to Gardiner, the performance of the order for them to prove it,” Gardiner pointed out. youngsters, especially Delano and Dominique gave “We have to work to ensure that we keep Delano

Delano Williams

right here in the Turks and Caicos. I am so proud of the athletes for the 2011 Carifta Games,” Gardiner asserted. Gardiner was happy that Delano’s high school coach – Neil Harrison of Munro College in Jamaica - had taken the budding athlete to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia Pennsylvania for him to be further exposed, especially to universities who often scout the prestigious event, looking for talented athletes to represent their respective institutions at national intercollegiate meets. “Those relays are events where scouts attend and identify top talent. And I am positive that Delano will be identified by one of the United States colleges,” insisted.

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MAY 6TH - MAY 13TH, 2011

The Athletic Club Launches Zumba !!

With over 50 people showing up for The workshop cost is $50 for members the Zumba launch in Providenciales last or $75 for non-members. This, she said, Tuesday night, the energy and enthusiasm is a closed session and pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited was off the chart. “Both of these options will get you According to Alina Percy of the Athletic Club, “If you missed the fun, ready for our party hearty Zumba Jam at come to our ongoing Tuesday 5:30pm Aqua June 1st 6-8pm where we will raise classes and party yourself into shape for money for the Turks and Caicos Heart an hour of Latin-inspired calorie burning Foundation,” Alina added. Tickets are $25 or $50 including a dance-fitness. Drop in rates and punch cards available. If you want to start from party hearty shirt (while stocks last), and scratch, sign up now for our intro to part proceeds will go to the TCI Heart Zumba fitness course offered Saturdays Foundation. Aqua Restaurant will have a happy hour afterwards with discounted 11pm -12pm for a four week period.” Alina told The SUN that Kym drinks. There are pledge forms available Herron-Scott, Athletic Club owner and from the Athletic Club. The Athletic Club, is located in the Zumba instructor will break down the tracks step by Saltmills Plaza, on the second floor and step while building your fitness level and they can be reached at 649-432-1145 or by confidence for the Zumba fitness classes. emailing, theathleticclub@tciway.tc

Director of Culture David Bowen and others, enjoying some Zumba

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Kym Herron-Scott, owner of The Athletic Club and Zumba instructor

Getting into the groove with Zumba


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MAY 6TH - MAY 13TH, 2011

ADDING INSULT TO INJURY

By The Torch

Of all the groups of citizens around the world getting screwed right now by their Socialist governing elites who think they know better (Libya, Syria, Morocco, Yemen, China, Russia, United States, etc.), you'd have to go a long way in time and space to find a citizenry that has been screwed simultaneously by two separate governing elites. That, fellow travelers in these islands, would be the citizenry of the TCI. The Torch does not give Michael Misick and his group a free pass on our current economic dilemma. He writes of them infrequently because there is remarkably little more to say about them and what they did. Regardless of their intentions, the Plunder Nepotism and Pilfering group screwed their country into the ground for years to come. Yet enough is already known publicly of their actions due to the unusual circumstances of the Commission of Inquiry. Additionally the Misick group situation is res judicata. It is right and proper to allow the criminal justice system, such as it is, to grind on. Yet we should all be aware that the SIPT's first arrest was a complete embarrassing and amateurish fishing trip that produced nothing and does not portend well for any of us. What The Torch cannot fail, as a matter of personal integrity as an invested lawful resident of the TCI, to point out is that we citizens and residents of the TCI have also been well and truly screwed this past 10 years or so by the governing Brit Socialist elites who were and are an integral, supervisorial and controlling part of each governing administration during that span. They are our constitutional checks and balances and they failed us almost completely. You will continue to notice that the Brit liars continue in their PR releases to refer to maladministration in the prior administration as though that is all that happened in the Misick administration. The Brits speak and act as though they themselves were far away at all critical times on some esoteric purpose too noble to mention and had nothing at all to do with that prior administration. Nevertheless, they and their lawyers were present at every cabinet meeting, at every contract signing, at every public TCIG critical event. Further, they read the newspapers; received the complaints of TCI patriots; watched the mansions being constructed; observed the travel arrangements; approved the massive expansion of the civil service payroll; condoned obvious ministerial complicity in almost every large commercial deal commenced within the territory and surely could not have helped but notice the unpaid accumulating bills and consequent complaints from creditors. The Torch must speak for justice in the matter of the complete failure of the Brits to safeguard our societal interests because there is, as far as we are aware, no SIPT attention being directed at the last three alleged governors or their FCO minions or overlords. Those individuals have certain personal legal safeguards that are right and proper. However, those protections do not extend to actions that were outside the scope of their professional employment. When does gross professional negligence within the FCO reach the point at which it ceases to be within the scope of employment and therefore becomes unprotected? We have some indication of the Brit answer to that question. This current alleged governor was so grossly negligent in relation to the public release of redacted documents in a legal case brought by an individual against the crown that there can be little doubt that the individual litigant's rights and interests were prejudiced, regardless of the eventual outcome in the case. The judge certainly made that point in fine detail before the alleged governor's complete

contempt of a court order. Can there be any doubt at all that if The Torch or you had been so grossly negligent in relation to following the instructions of a judge in litigation in which we were parties, we would not have been held summarily in contempt of court and been subject to appropriate and serious sanctions? Yet this alleged governor was never mentioned adversely from the bench by the judge. It was early in the Brit occupation and it would just not have been cricket, old chaps. That was, and remains, a strong indication of the integrity and impartiality of our local Brit judiciary and criminal justice system with regards judicial decisions in matters concerning personnel of the Brit High Command. The FCO individuals who supervised and approved the hospitals contract, the health care rationing contract, the punitive stevedoring contract, the PPC contract they approved and now have the audacity to attack, the disintegration of the crown land distribution and public scholarship systems, the purposeful demoralization of the police force and consequent destruction of low level law and order and the incredible expansion of public spending in the civil service will never ever face justice or even public reprimand. Their personal estates, employment, pensions, professional reputations and well-being as public servants are assured. Yet those assets of the rest of us are not safe or assured - as a direct and foreseeable consequence of the professional ineptitude of those Socialist elites. Further, the Socialists expect us to pay to remedy the damages caused by their negligence! Do you know why? "Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good." -- Ayn Rand The Socialists who acted, intentionally or otherwise, to harm the health and wealth of TC citizens and lawful residents are seen by their fellow Socialists as altruist heroes by virtue of their public service alone, while you and The Torch are seen as contemptible, greedy individuals who must be punished by greater taxation and government intrusion that will stultify our economy even beyond the damage already done Why are we liable? What is our causative fault in this economic disaster? Were any of you guys at any cabinet meeting during the prior administration? The Torch casts his memory back and doesn't think he was. Are you mentioned at all in the Constitution when it comes to assigning duties and responsibilities? The Torch can't find any mention of his duties in the Constitution. As far as The Torch is aware, his job was and is to pump the economy, pay excessively for government services he doesn't use, get lied to and sneered at by every government department and otherwise go fishing. That was the deal he made. He's done his job, and then some. Nor did The Torch just show up one day and strike that bargain. The Torch remembers now longgone TCI marketing statements on the FCO website. Those promises were made for the purpose of enticing and tricking folks like The Torch to come here. It was impressive to see such blatant advertising statements made by a government. What investor of 15+ years duration can forget these gems, taken right off both the FCO site and the web page of the alleged governors on the TCIG site? Foreigners will be "...welcomed by a safe, secure British Crown Colony..." and "... a supportive immigration policy." Remember the Welsh waste of space, Mervyn Jones: “I am proud of the strong relationship

LOCAL NEWS between the United Kingdom and the TCI where the rule of the centuries-old Common law and peaceful democratic principles have brought a powerful sense of certainty and stability to the country, a very strong incentive for new business ventures here.� and one of The Torch's favorites: “Existing and potential investors should know that the TCI has an open investment policy that encourages foreign developers to the islands and provides an excellent package of concessions, which confirm the commitment by the parties to orderly growth and development." Do those broken promises about "a powerful sense of security" seem as funny to you as they do to The Torch? In that vein, Brit PR liars, how about an updated TCI advertising suggestion from The Torch? You could slot the following right into the current FCO website with similar humor but without the fraud inherent in your prior promises: "Come see what 30 years or Euro-Socialism can do for a once-promising Capitalist economy in the Caribbean. Get your piece of our Caribbean basket-case now before we introduce a VAT and raise all other taxes on the greedy rich. Get in early so that you can pay more! Gullible enough to open a business here? Jackpot! Have we got regulations for you? We guarantee that some of them will apply only to you and still we will change them on a daily basis. And remember, in the TCI, unearned entitlement is encouraged and the Rule of Law and your human rights are always optional and at our sole discretion." The Brits think that when they removed those fraudulent promises from their website, their responsibility to all inbound investors somehow ended. Fortunately The Torch got one of those extra special keyboards that has a screen capture button. Most ex-pats were tricked in here by the Brits and have been so scared of the political gangs ever since that all they do is try to figure which butt to kiss next. Ex-pats didn't cause the current economic disaster. As far as The Torch is aware, citizens' primary civic duty is to vote. Arguably, it is within that civic duty to vote as wisely as possible. Well, zealotry aside, can there be much rational doubt that in the only choices citizens had, those between the Pretty Darn Mean political gang and the Plunder Nepotism and Pilfering political gang, the TCI citizen electorate voted wisely twice? That's right! The lousy realtor and the crooked accountant were the best choice! The Torch would certainly have made that choice. The voting citizenry therefore did not cause the current economic disaster. We all reasonably relied upon the safeguards built into the constitution to protect us against crooked politicians. Nor should we hold those politicians to the same standards of practice as the highly experienced Brit colonialists. The Brits knew, or should have known, the score. They promised to safeguard the safety and security of these islands and to ensure their good governance. They made those promises in writing. Their promises did not require any brilliance of diplomacy or statesmanship - just plain honest civil administration. The Brits failed miserably in their constitutional duties and did so for a lengthy period of time. They are now here to camouflage that fact. Accordingly, as this matter appears to be about to be completely swept under the so-called diplomatic mat, The Torch suggests that islanders seek justice and compensation for the harm done to them by Brit constitutional negligence by demanding of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the UK parliament a new and separate public Commission of Inquiry into alleged maladministration and misadministration by the employees and agents of the FCO in the TCI during the current occupation and Misick administrations. The purpose of such a commission would not be to identify and punish individual negligence but to determine to what extent the crown is responsible for the economic collapse of the TCI by and through its potential gross negligence in the conduct of its agreed and acknowledged constitutional duties.


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MAY 6TH - MAY 13TH, 2011

DIGICEL TCI CEO E. Jay Saunders, delivers at Blackberry world 2011

E. Jay Saunders, CEO of Digicel TCI presentation at its annual conference. today delivered two presentations at Presenting at BlackBerry World also the prestigious BlackBerry World gave me the chance to showcase 2011(formally WES) currently being some of the great work being done held at the Orlando World Center on our retail stores by Digicel Group Marriott in Orlando, Florida, which and Digicel TCI Retail Sales teams, is estimated to have over 6,000 who I am convinced are some of attendees. the best in the industry. I must thank E. Jay was nominated by RIM Digicel’s Senior Management team (the maker of the popular BlackBerry for allowing and encouraging me to smartphones and the PlayBook take up this offer.” Tablet PC) to speak on the topics Some of the other speakers of “Driving Value in Key Small to at the 3 day conference are: Mike Medium Sized Vertical Markets” and Lazaridis, President & Co-CEO, RIM; “Storefronts that Sell”. Carolyn Everson, Vice President, The first Digicel representative Global Advertising Sales, Facebook; to present at BlackBerry World, E. Dean Kamen Founder & President, Jay stated, “Wen an invitation comes DEKA Research & Development to speak at a prestigious event as Corporation (inventor of the Segway); BlackBerry World you can’t turn Malcolm Gladwell Author of What it down. To be asked to speak on the Dog Saw and Outliers; Kevin two topics is very humbling. This Cavanaugh Vice President, Business opportunity gave me the chance to and Technical Strategy, Collaboration publicly present the mobile solution Solutions, IBM Software Group; that I’ve been working on in my Tom Kelley General Manager, IDEO; spare time over the last couple of Steven Berlin Johnson, Author of months. The solution was designed Where Good Ideas Come From and to greatly enhance the retail customer The Invention of Air; and Microsoft experience but at a price point that CEO Steve Ballmer who announced any small businesses can afford. I’m their new partnership With RIM. honored that RIM felt that it merit a

E. Jay Saunders, CEO of Digicel TCI today delivered two presentations at the prestigious BlackBerry World 2011(formally WES) currently being held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida

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LOCAL NEWS

Radar station missed extended deadline

The radar station for which ground was broken in December last year and slated to complete by February or worst case scenario March this, year is still in construction phase. The radar station, which is sited in Five Cays, Providenciales, is geared towards further protecting the borders of the TCI by spotting illegal activities off shore, including the transporting of illegal migrants, weapons on drugs. It was stated on its signing date on December 6 last year, that the radar tower would comprise a 40 metre or 131foot lattice tower, an equipment cabin containing all the electronics and operating systems for the site. On top of the tower is to be an 8.8 metre or 18 foot tower reflecting rotating antenna. The Coastal Radar Station will be geared to sweep 22 nautical miles from its location. It was stated during that the signing to ceremony, to acquire land from local businessman Sherlock Walkin to build the site, that by February the radar station would be up and running, but according to Government it was still under construction but much progress was being made to have it completed soon. Clara Gardiner, Permanent Secretary in the

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as I can say at this time. But is it on-going and we hope to finish the project soon,” Gardiner noted. Conceptualized by Canadian national Fred Skovberg, during the previous administration, the Coastal Radar Station will be a twenty-four hour operation, and so it will accommodate a monitoring cabin and staff quarters. Skovberg, who was on hand to witness the commencement ceremony, stated that the Coastal Radar Station will be equipped to scan the shoreline at 180 degrees, and would be turned off as it swings towards land – for the sake of radiation purposes – but would switch on again as it sweeps towards the sea. The scenarios of illegal sloops pulling up on the TCI shores by individuals from Haiti seeking Clara Gardiner, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Border to escape abject poverty in that country has been Control and Labour a nagging problem for the local government. But in recent times, drug trafficking has been added to Ministry of Border Control and Labour said there that problem, recent police reports have indicated were some delays; but notwithstanding work was that there has been an uptick in illegal drug progressing, and the station should be completed trafficking activities along the country’s borders. soon. The authorities believe that the Coastal Radar “We are experiencing a few delays, but we are Station, when operational, should correct those still making progress on the project, that is as much problems.

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New Era Petroleum donates to Kidney Foundation The Turks and Caicos Islands National Kidney Foundation is $1500 richer thanks to a benevolent donation by the management of New Era Petroleum located along Airport Road in Providenciales. James ‘Algie’ Missick, Managing Partner for Executive Tours and New Era Petroleum, pointed out that the donation was made possible through a promotion in March, which saw two cents from every gallon of gas sold going towards the Kidney Foundation. He said the promotion was fitting for the month of March in the wake of it being International Kidney Month, saying also that he was further inspired to give since a member of his family was also a kidney patient. “Earlier in the year we decided to share God’s blessings with one of the civic organizations in the country, and observing the struggles of those with kidney disease, we have decided to assist with a small donation from our sales during the month of March. We hope that this donation will lighten the burden of the National Kidney Foundation and those individuals struggling with kidney disease,” James ‘Algi’ Missick (second left), Managing Partner of New Era Petroleum and Executive Tours, hands Claude Swann, President of the Kidney Foundation a cheque for $1500, which was a percentage from sales for the month of March. Looking Missick said. on are Winston McLaughlin, Vice President of the Kidney Foundation and Shaniqua Cox of New Era Petroleum and Executive Missick thanked those who supported New Era Tours. Petroleum during the period so as to enable the In accepting the cheque, President of the New Era Petroleum conducts a promotion entity to make the donation to the organization. Kidney Foundation, Claude Swann, asserted that for every quarter from which funds go towards a “We look forward to being a continued blessing not only to the Kidney Foundation, but to other the organization would ensure that the funds would charitable organization, and according to Missick, be put to “good use”, while expressing gratitude the hope is to make the Kidney Foundation organizations from time to time,” Missick noted. to Missick for the donation. donation an annual occurrence.

and yield management and takes corrective steps to improve results. Develop and implement strategies and practices which support employee engagement • Work with Systems to manager and monitor inventories, rates and reservations Starting salary $35,000 per annum commensurate with qualification and experience •

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Youth Program and Facilities Manager Requirements: • 3-5 years experience managing children’s program and facilities with capability to distinguish age-appropriate activities and behavior; education and credentials in child development • Certified in CPR, water safety and First Aid • Knowledge of kids programs, logistics and related skills as well as competitor’s products and services • Experience developing annual budget in conjunction with Controller and General Manager Duties Include: • Developing, implementing and marketing youth program facilities • Managing the operations of the kids club with wide variety of activities for all ages • Order and maintain supplies and equipment as well as operating equipment Salary $28,000 per annum commensurate with qualification and experience Human Resources and Training Manager Requirements: • Previous experience in a similar role at 5 star branded Luxury Resort with 7-10 years experience and education in a Human Resources, Training & Development position. • Must have demonstrated ability to deal with conflicts effectively and have excellent communication skills. • Through understanding of all hotel operations and departments. • Previous experience working in the Caribbean is considered an asset. • Experience working with a multi-cultural employee base Duties Include: • Providing, directing and overseeing training for all levels of employment. • Conducting new employee orientations to familiarize new employees with Company standards, policies, procedures, rules and other employee programs. • Develop, implement and monitor human resources strategies that support achievement of the Hotel’s goals adjusting as necessary • Coach Managers on effective ways to motivate employees, communicate performance expectations, discuss employee performance and effective ways to resolve conflicts • Oversee administration of HR/Benefits issues and ensure adherence to employment related laws • Create a work environment aligned with Regent’s culture by conducting management skills training on a regular basis Starting salary $50,000 per annum commensurate with qualification and experience Interested applicants should apply to The Regent Palms Monday through Friday 10AM to 4PM and bring along a recent resume, or by emailing mdorsett@regentexperience.com.


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Provo Airport expansion on track The August deadline for the completion of upgrade work at the Providenciales International Airport is on course according to John Smith, Chief Executive Officer for the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA). And as part of the expansion project, members of the public, in the next three weeks, will be able to access a spanking new car park, which should ease the cramped parking space at the facility, which often times cause severe vehicular congestion there especially when an international flight is on the ground. Smith said the new car park will serve as an overflow to the existing parking facility at the airport. The car park has already been paved, but is awaiting the implantation of security features for it to open to the general public, according to Smith. On the runway itself, Smith said work are far advanced and near completion. He pointed out that refurbishment work on the terminal building itself was in full gear, with sections having already been completed. “We are on schedule. We are looking at completion in August. You may notice now that work in front of the existing terminal is ongoing. Concrete work has started, well in progress, and shortly we should be able to be in a better position to open that section. “The refurbishment of areas of the terminal is far advanced and we should have that opened in the next two to three weeks. The relocation of the two stores within the terminal area – one is fully completed and fully operational. The second one, we are just waiting for it to be refitted with the relevant equipment, and that has to do with the suppliers. But we expect to have that done in the next two to three weeks as well,” Smith said.

to know what’s going on? Do they know what the contract is? Do they know what ought to be happening? Have they seen anything happening that ought not to be happening? You will always have individuals expressing their views; it is their views, and (while) I don’t necessarily respect their views, it is their views, and I respect that it is their views,” Smith noted. TCIAA Head declared that after completion of phase one, they will seek A view of Providenciales International Airport construction to move on to phase two, Smith noted, too, that the erection of a brand which will include construction of a new terminal new perimeter fence at the facility is now in building and car park. He said that a review of the tendering process for that phase would be progress and should also complete shortly. undertaken prior to its commencement. Many have expressed satisfaction with the “We have to decide on what we are doing going pace and quality of work being undertaken at the Providenciales International Airport, but the forward on what is to be done. What you will have project is not without its detractors. Some members is; there will be a competitive process. A tendering of the public said sections of the project went awry, process is a competitive process. So, we will always forcing corrective measures in order to get it right, have a competitive process to ensure that whatever which they said speaks to the inexperience of the we do, however it’s done, it is competitive, and is something that we are all able to demonstrate that entities contracted to undertake the work there. But Smith said the slew of harsh criticisms, it was the best option and got the best out of it,” while fact-free, has not softened their resolve to Smith said. After a competitive tendering process, which give the local and international community a highinvolved the top construction companies in the quality facility on completion. “I don’t listen to the noise of the market, just Turks and Caicos Islands, Dexter Construction the performance. Everyone else knows how to do headquartered in Canada was awarded phase one it better, and what is happening, I don’t do too of the rehabilitation work. That phase primarily deals with the lengthening much talking. I allow our performance to speak of the runway, to accommodate larger craft mainly for us. “Are these people competent and credible from Europe, as the TCI seeks to appeal to a wider tourism market.

SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION Pursuant to the provisions of the Registered Land Ordinance, British Caribbean Bank Limited, Governor’s Road, Leeward, Providenciales HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that it will cause to be sold by public auction the following properties: TITLE 60902/123 Leeward Going Through Providenciales

DESCRIPTION REGISTERED PROPRIETOR 2350 sq ft; 3 bedroom; 3.5 bath Canal home with Rubylion Ltd 147’ of canal frontage. An elevated front porch leads to a spacious living area. Master bedroom with walk-in closet. Both guest rooms conveniently contain their own en- suite bathrooms. Pool and covered garage with landscaped garden.

The auction will be held on Monday 16th May, 2011 at 10:00am at the offices of the British Caribbean Bank Limited, Governor’s Road, Leeward, Providenciales. Conditions of sale may be obtained from the British Caribbean Bank Limited and further inquiries may be directed to the Risk Management Unit @ 1-649-941-5028 ext 302. ALL SALES ARE SUBJECT TO RESERVE; 10% DEPOSIT REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUCCESSFUL BID.


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J & D Office Supplies announces the opening of its 3rd store Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – J & D Office Supplies announced today the opening of a new store located in the Regent Village, Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. This new store marks the third location for J & D Office Supplies. J & D Office Supplies opened its first location on the Airport Road in 2001 and then later established a second location in Bottle Creek, North Caicos. J & D Office Supplies not only has also a new logo but also a new tagline “Better Services, Lower Prices” Joanna Seymour, owner of J & D Office Supplies states she is very excited to be in the Grace Bay area where a number of other businesses have moved and therefore we are within walking distance to a number of customers. We strive to do our best to ensure

we provide our customers with great value and service. Joanna said that despite the economic condition in TCI, God has given her a vision and so she knows that this new location will be a success. Drexwell Seymour, also co owner of J & D Office Supplies said that Grace Bay is the fastest growing area in the Turks and Caicos Islands and he too is delighted about this milestone. He is bringing his business closer to customers and also looking forward to new opportunities. He and Joanna also take this opportunity to thank all of their customers who have supported them throughout the years. J & D is currently offering its customers an opportunity to win $150 store credit in the month of May at its Grace Bay location. Joanna and Drexwell also thank its current

employees for their contribution to J and D Office Supplies and welcome its newest employee at its newest location. The store hours are 8:30 – 5:00 pm Mondays to Fridays and 9 – 1pm on Saturdays. Anyone that needs any additional information may reach the store on 946 5367 or the airport location on 941 5367. J & D Office Supplies will also allow the National Trust to have an area in this new location to sell their merchandise. Ms Ethlyn Gibbs of the National Trust said that she is very grateful to J & D Office Supplies for giving the National Trust an opportunity to have some of their items at this location where tourists and residents will have greater access to some of the locally made products.

Looking for 40 acres of land on any island in the Turks & Caicos at $10,000 per acre, or $400,000 total. Can be marsh or wetland and remote. Please contact Nina Siegenthaler at Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty at nina@ tcsothebysrealty.com or 649 231 0707.

Technical Director The Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association requires a full-time Technical Director to continue to implement & conduct its National Schools/Youth/Women’s & National Team Programmes. The Director should be single and hold either the UEFA ‘A’ or ‘B’ Coaching License, a degree in Sports and Physical Education or Sports and Fitness Science, Emergency First Aid and hold a clean full drivers license. He or she will need extensive experience in the organisation and structuring of coaching programmes at all levels of football, experience of coaching at international level is essential. Pay commensurate with experience. Closing date of application, 13th May 2011. Applications by fax or email together with suitable references to: The General Secretary Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association Fax no: 1 649 941 5554 Email: tcifa@tciway.tc

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SEEKS 1 CARPENTER Salary $10.00 per hour Interested person should contact 243-4849


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ROTARY CLUB announces BINGO Jackpot winners

Photo from left:Past President Alge Dean, Rotarian Wainwright Missick, Co-jackpot winner Lorraine Robinson, President of RCOP Art Forbes, Co-jackpot winner Paula Henry and Winners friend

The Rotary Club of Providenciales is happy to announce its Bingo Jackpot winners of Sunday night, May 1, 2011. The two female winners, Paula Henry and Lorraine Robinson each received three thousand three hundred and ninety dollars (US$3,390.00). President of the Rotary Club of Providenciales, Art Forbes during presentation of the cheques said, “Bingo is one of our Club’s ultimate entertainment experiences and in these tough economic times, I am delighted to be able to hand out the jackpot earnings to not just ONE but TWO players!” The RCOP, he said, has been operating bingo since September 2002 and is a way for our Club to both foster a relationship with our community as well as give back for the generous financial support the Club receives as well.

President Art went on to say, “The Rotary Club of Providenciales benefits from a loyal following of supporters who have stayed with us through the many venue changes before coming home to The Cactus Bar and Grill in The Bight.” The new bingo season, which is expected to resume in two weeks promises to be even more exciting with additional prizes including a weekly offer of a coupon for a sixteen inch (16in) pizza for the winner of the first cash payout. This coupon is valid for use within one week of issue. The newly established Hey Jose Bar and Restaurant located at the Courtyard, Neptune Plaza in Grace Bay is the donor of this prize. Management of Hey Jose is proud to be a partner with Rotary as it full recognizes the value and work of Rotary worldwide.

MACKEY’S TIRE & CAR ACCESSORIES SEEKS 1 MECHANIC MON-SAT Contact 941-4440 or 241-0054

Insight Seeks Two (2) Labourers Must Speak Enlglish. Mon-Friday, must be willing to work flexible hours. Salary $150 p/wk. Call 231-3323 or 

e-mail thepattyplace@gmail.com 

EXECUTIVE UNIQUE CUTS 241-5099/241-4464/344-4474 Four Cosmetologist Workers Three Barbers At least three (3) years experience in this field Salary based on commission This position is available ASAP


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New CDB president assumes office

There will be a new man at the helm of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) from May 1, 2011. William Warren Smith, Ph.D., officially assumes office as the fifth President of CDB, the regional development finance institution based in Barbados. Dr. Warren Smith was elected at a special meeting of the CDB Board of Governors held on October 29, 2010, to succeed Dr. Compton Bourne, who officially demits office on April 30. At the time of his election, Dr. Smith was acting in the capacity of Vice-President (Operations) at CDB. His substantive position on taking up that acting appointment from August 16, 2010, was Director, Finance and Corporate Planning. Dr. Smith first joined CDB in 1985 and was seconded by the Bank in 1987 to set up the corporate planning function at the regional airline, LIAT (1974) Limited. He subsequently served as Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, before returning to CDB in 1998. A national of Jamaica, Dr. Smith has also held high-level positions at a number of other institutions. These include Director of the Economics and Planning Division at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica; Acting Director of the Investment Analysis Division of the Jamaica National Investment Company; Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Stock Brokers Ltd.; and Vice-President, Investments at Life of Jamaica Limited, which was then the largest life insurance company in the Caribbean. Since 2008, he has been a Director of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility. The new CDB President was educated at Cornell University in the United States of America, and graduated magna cum laude with an AB in Economics (Hon.) in 1974.

He went on to read for a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, and for a Ph.D. in Resource Economics and Public Policy. He has lectured in Economics at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. Dr. Smith, 58 years old, is married to medical practitioner, Dr. Anne-Marie Irvine. Meantime, Smith has just completed his first official visit to a borrowing member country of the Bank. Dr. Smith led a CDB mission to Georgetown, Guyana, from May 4-5, 2011, during his first week in office. Dr. Smith met with the President of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, and with Minister of Finance, Dr. The Hon. Ashni Singh. He told his Guyanese hosts that it was a happy coincidence that the first official visit of his presidency was to Guyana, since that country maintained its commitment to CDB, even when it was experiencing the most difficult economic conditions. He said that Guyana is on the cusp of exciting economic developments, and that CDB wishes to be a serious partner with Guyana in charting the way forward for the country. Dr. Singh assured Dr. Smith of Guyana’s full and unqualified support in carrying out his vision for the Bank. During his visit, the CDB President had the opportunity to tour a CDB-financed Technical and Vocational Education Training project under implementation in Leonora, West Bank Demerara. CDB delegation headed by Dr. Smith included Director of Projects, Mrs. Tessa Williams-Robertson; Chief, Social Sector Division, Mrs. Yvonne Moses Grant; Officer-in-Charge, Economic Infrastructure Division, Mr. Andrew Dupigny, and Information Officer, Dr. Sharon Marshall. The delegation reviewed the portfolio of CDB-financed proje

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Groundsman The TCIFA requires a fulltime Groundsman to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the TCIFA’s National Academy building and playing field/facilities. The Successful applicant must be reliable, hardworking and enthusiastic, must be able to work under no supervision and be willing to work on weekends and holidays. Starting salary $7.00 hr. Closing date of application 13th May 2011. Applications submitted to: The General Secretary Turks & Caicos Islands Football Association Fax no: 649-941-5554 E-mail: tcifa@tciway.tc

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Panthers Track Club seek glory at Silver Lightening Meet

Anthony Francis

Hardiko Harvey

Kervens Saimpha

Janeria Johnson

Melvin Elsie

Merlin Bowe

Lamar Walters

Judith Robinson – Ewing (left) Team Manager/Head Coach; Jermaine Fulford (centre) Assistant Coach; and Paula Garland – Assistant Coach

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The Panthers Track Club based in Providenciales, TCI, at press time was in the Bahamas preparing for the Silver Lightening Invitational Track Meet in Nassau Bahamas on May 7. The club comprised some of the Turks and Caicos Islands most promising athletes, some of whom participated in the Carifta Track and Field Championships, held in Montego Bay on the Easter Weekend.

Onilia Richards

Kendino Adderley

Alex Williams

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Devante Gardiner

Tanikko Clarke

Roshawn Been

Roshon Cox

Edison Johnson

Shyon Parker

Ismarck Saimpha


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Cook for Mom on Mother's Day Pick easy-to-make recipes. Clean as you go so the kitchen doesn’t show the work it took to get the food on the table. Serve freshly prepared, health-conscious dishes, so everyone feels energized by the meal. For brunch, toasted bagels with cream cheese, slices of lox and servings of capers and finely chopped red onions are a good way to start. If you’re planning on eating a little later, a lunch-time dish like rosemary fried chicken with a light flour dusting is a mom-pleaser. Whether the celebration is brunch or lunch, omelets are good and infinitely variable. Have dishes of fillings laid out on the kitchen counter so mom and the guests can mix and match and share. Different kinds of cheeses, fresh spinach, chopped ham, crisp bacon, chopped tomatoes, scallions, sautéed onions … the list goes on and on. Salads are also good. Fresh and healthy, salads can be tossed greens with a simple vinaigrette, or more complex offerings like carrot salad with golden raisins soaked in lemon juice and black pepper, real Caesar salad, roasted beet salad, potato salad with vegetables, egg salad with crispy bacon, grilled romaine lettuce with pecorino Romano, spinach salad with grilled vegetables, hard boiled eggs and bacon, fresh kale with cheddar cheese and almond and infinitely more. No Mother’s Day meal is complete without dessert. The trick is to make something easy that tastes good without being too calorie-heavy. The pineapples at Gelson’s are sweet and delicious and go well in a fruit salad that includes blueberries and strawberries from the farmers market. Maybe make mom a custard with either raisins and apples or one with crystallized ginger or for the more ambitious cook, a fig tart with almonds is a beautiful way to go. If mom has a thing for chocolate, a chocolate-bananawalnut cake is easy to make, light and delicious. To embellish whatever dish you choose, pick up flowers from the farmers market or cut some from your garden. Put them on the table and arrange the plates neatly. So if you have the time, do a little cooking and show mom your big love.

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Exercises that make you look 2 inches taller

There's something about the way dancers carry themselves that makes them look a little bit taller -- even if they're on the shorter side of the spectrum! "I think you carry yourself differently if you strengthen your back". It becomes a habit to start carrying yourself a little bit taller." Here are 3 exercises that might make you look like you've grown an inch or two:

1. Downward Dog Downward Dog is a great yoga exercise that both strengthens and lengthens. To achieve the position correctly, straighten the legs to your personal limit, send your tailbone to the ceiling and pull the lats down (via the shoulder blades). Do a deep inhale, and then exhale. Repeat the breath 8 times and relax. Resume the posture at least 2 more times without letting your head drop or your back arch. Keep your head on your spine, making your spine one long line.

2. Getting Your Back on Track This one is more of a stretch. Interlace your fingers behind your neck and slowly roll down as if you're pulling your head down to your toes, taking it as far as you can go. Hang there for 4-5 breaths. Take your middle finger and pointer on each hand and wrap them around your big toe to pull yourself closer to your toes -- this is a great hamstring stretch. Once you get to the bottom of that stretch, pull your back toward the ceiling as you pull your head to the floor. This is an amazing stretch in the sacrum and lower spine. Use your abs to push the lower spine toward the ceiling, and repeat up to 3 times.

3. No Time Spine Align Take a 2.5 lb weight or a very heavy book and balance it on the crown of your head. Think of the weight pushing down into the top of your skull. Keep the energy in your neck going up, letting the neck get as long as possible -- hold it for about a minute. You feel like you get a little taller standing there in this meditative state. Let your shoulders drop and concentrate on your breath. Hold for at least minute. You'll be left with a sense of height and length in the neck and spine.


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Adele

Rolling In The Deep There's a fire starting in my heart, Reaching a fever pitch and it's bring me out the dark, Finally, I can see you crystal clear, Go ahead and sell me out and a I'll lay your ship bare, See how I'll leave with every piece of you, Don't underestimate the things that I will do, There's a fire starting in my heart, Reaching a fever pitch and it's bring me out the dark, The scars of your love remind me of us, They keep me thinking that we almost had it all, The scars of your love, they leave me breathless, I can't help feeling, We could have had it all, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), Rolling in the deep, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), You had my heart inside of your hand, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), And you played it to the beat, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), Baby, I have no story to be told, But I've heard one on you and I'm gonna make

Turn my sorrow into treasured gold, your head burn, Think of me in the depths of your despair, You'll pay me back in kind and reap just what Make a home down there as mine sure won't be you've sown, shared, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), We could have had it all, The scars of your love remind me of us, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), (You're gonna wish you never had met me), They keep me thinking that we almost had it all, We could have had it all, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), (You're gonna wish you never had met me), The scars of your love, they leave me It all, it all, it all, breathless, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), (You're gonna wish you never had met me), I can't help feeling, We could have had it all, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), (You're gonna wish you never had met me), Rolling in the deep, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), We could have had it all, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), You had my heart inside of your hands, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), Rolling in the deep, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), And you played it to the beat, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), You had my heart inside of your hands, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), Could have had it all, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), And you played it to the beat, Rolling in the deep, (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), (Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep), Could have had it all, You had my heart inside of your hands, Rolling in the deep, (You're gonna wish you never had met me), You had my heart inside of your hands, But you played it, But you played it with a beating, You played it, You played it, Throw your soul through every open door, Count your blessings to find what you look for, You played it to the beat.


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Pippa Middleton: Global sensation

The royal wedding didn't just launch Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge into the spotlight. The extravaganza watched around the world made her younger sister Pippa, also decked out in a stunning white Alexander McQueen dress, into an overnight celebrity. The Daily Mail called the famous maid of honor "the world's most eligible woman" and sites like BauerGriffinOnline.com have dedicated galleries to her scene-stealing green engagement dress. Even Pippa's backside gained fame on Facebook. Searches on Yahoo! have soared since the wedding: Fans of Pippa wanted to see "pippa middleton photos," "pippa middleton dress." They hope for a romance between "pippa middleton and prince harry" despite the fact that she's already dating Prince William's friend, retired cricket star Alex Loudon. She and Loudon, now a banker, have been together since December. Those who know Pippa, officially Philippa

Charlotte Middleton, would not be surprised by her sudden celebrity. Born in 1983 and raised in Bucklebury, Berkshire, the tanner of the two sisters easily outshone her older sibling when the two children attended the girls' boarding school Downe House. According to Katie Nicholl, author of "The Making of a Royal Romance," "Pippa was the more beautiful of the two of them at that age. But Catherine was more determined, which seemed to set her apart." Pippa followed her 14-year-old sister to the prep school Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, where Nicholl wrote of the sisters, "They were both pretty and very close…they were tall and slim, lean and athletic." The middle Middleton attended Edinburgh University in Scotland where she earned her degree in English, and then joined the family's business, Party Pieces. Plum Sykes observed in the Daily Mail that

Philippa Charlotte Middleton

Pippa gets all of the fun of being close to the monarchy minus any of the "bad bits." Adding, "Pippa is the luckiest one of all. She gets all the right sort of attention from men, fashion designers, hostesses and things, and doesn't have any of the duties."

Jesse James: How I confessed Who would boo Beyonce affair to Sandra Bullock & Jay-Z

When news broke in March 2010 that Jesse James had cheated on Sandra Bullock, fans wondered how the beloved Oscar-winning actress learned of her husband's betrayal. In his new memoir American Outlaw the motorcycle mogul, 42, reveals intimate details on perhaps the hardest conversation ever in their nearly six-year marriage (which officially ended last June). James writes that he first got a call from Bullock's publicist warning that his mistress, tattoo Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, had sold her story of their affair to a tabloid. Coming clean during a conversation with Bullock, 46, in with whom Bullock was close? "I his West Coast Choppers office, "I chew my lip as I consider my answer. admitted the affair," James writes. "I Well, sweetie, the truth is, I have no told her the hard details. I let her know idea. Daddy f**ked up, real, real that I had never loved this woman that bad, so your stepmommy decided to I had never cared for her at all." disappear for a few weeks," James What came next was devastating, writes. he says. "The feeling of shame and During a Wednesday appearance sadness that washed over me as Sandy on Good Morning America, James began to cry was almost beyond defended writing about the very measure...I didn't touch her. I sat frozen private matter in his book -- or about in my chair, watching, as Sandy's small hurting his famous ex-wife. "I can't body shook with sobs." worry about her anymore," he said. Once the confession was over, a "I think I spent a lot of the past 5 distraught Bullock then "rose to her or 6 years worrying about her....its feet. She unfolded her sunglasses and time to make sure I'm happy." He put them on her face...She walked and Kat von D plan to wed this steadily and purposefully to the front summer, he added. As for Sunny and of the shop, opened the heavy, metal Bullock's relationship, he revealed door. For a moment, the sunlight that Bullock and her former stepenveloped her. The door closed behind daughter haven't seen one another her, and she was gone," James writes. in months. James himself hasn't How did James -- now engaged to seen Louis Bardo, the little boy Kat von D, who is set to be his fourth Bullock adopted last January, since wife -- explain his then-wife's absence "everything happened." to his youngest daughter Sunny, 7,

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have made so few musical missteps in their respective superstar careers, chances are they haven't heard the stinging sound of boos in a long, long time. But last night at the Costume Institute's "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the couple got a verbal smackdown from piqued paparazzi who were angry the pair didn't pause longer for photographs. New York magazine's fashion blog the Cut was the first to report Beyoncé Boogate, tweeting from the red carpet, "OMG Beyonce and Jay-Z are being BOOED at the #MetGala for not posing for pictures! Yes, boo!" The site's correspondent quickly explained, "Beyonce's Pucci dress was so tight she could barely walk up the stairs as she failed to stop for the photographers." Camera-phone footage confirms B struggled to take

even a few steps in her slinky black-and-gold gown -- she even required assistance from Jay-Z and another fella for the walk up the stairs -- which is a little ironic since she just released a fitness song called "Move Your Body." Keep in mind, these were pushy photogs rather than persnickety music critics showering the duo in boos -- nobody yelled, "Where's Watch the Throne?" or "Why'd you sample Major Lazer?" at the pair -- but the effect was pretty harsh. Hopefully Beyoncé and Jay returned to their TriBeCa pad right next to De Niro and blasted Of Montreal's "Suffer for Fashion." The dress itself wasn't exempt from some virtual booing, either: The Prophet blog described the garish, fishtail frock as a "vinyl dress that looked like a Tina Knowles Dereon special straight off the rack at Sears."


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Aspects call for care in preparing material for submission. Although you might find it bothersome to go over what you’ve done, the fact is, rechecking could be worth your time and effort. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The week is favorable for Bovines who welcome change. New career opportunities wait to be checked out. You might also want to get started on that home makeover you’ve been considering. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might have to be extra careful to protect that surprise you have planned, thanks to a certain snoopy someone who wants to know more about your plans than you’re willing to share. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Family ties are strong this week, although an old and still-unresolved problem might create some unpleasant moments. If so, look to straighten the situation out once and for all. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Although the Lion might see it as an act of loyalty and courage to hold on to an increasingly shaky position, it might be wiser to make changes now to prevent a possible meltdown later. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your gift for adding new people to your circle of friends works overtime this week, thanks largely to contacts you made during the holidays. A surprise awaits you at the week’s end. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Don’t hide —13— your talents. It’s a good time

AN UNUSUAL SAFETY PLAY

It is sometimes necessary to improvise when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. Almost anything that serves to protect the contract is acceptable, even if it means doing something you would not ordinarily do. Take this case where West led the queen of diamonds against four spades. Declarer won with dummy’s ace, drew trumps and led a club to the queen. East won with the king and shifted to the jack of hearts, and South quickly went down one. Granted that declarer was unlucky to find both the club king and heart ace badly placed, the fact remains that he missed a virtually certain way to guarantee the con-

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to show what you can do to impress people who can do a lot for you. A dispute with a family member might still need some smoothing over. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be open with your colleagues about your plan to bring a workplace matter out into the open. You’ll want their support, and they’ll want to know how you’ll pull it off. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Trying to patch up an unraveling relationship is often easier said than done. But it helps to discuss and work out any problems that arise along the way. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While your creative aspect remains high this week, you might want to call on your practical side to help work out the why and wherefore of an upcoming decision. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Dealing with someone’s disappointment can be difficult for Aquarians, who always try to avoid giving pain. But a full explanation and a show of sympathy can work wonders. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Getting a jobrelated matter past some major obstacles should be easier this week. A personal situation might take a surprising but not necessarily unwelcome turn by the week’s end. BORN THIS WEEK: You can be both a dreamer and a doer. You consider helping others to be an important part of your life.

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tract. All he had to do was to allow West’s queen of diamonds to hold the first trick! The advantage of this play is that it prevents East from ever gaining the lead for the killing heart return. At the same time, it gives declarer time to develop 10 tricks in total safety. Assume West continues with a diamond at trick two (nothing else is any better). South wins with dummy’s king and cashes the A-Q of trumps. He then leads a club to the ace and discards his other club on the ace of diamonds. Now the queen of clubs is led. If East covers with the king, South ruffs, crosses to the king of spades, discards a heart on the club jack and thus ends up losing a diamond and only two hearts. If East refuses to play the king of clubs on the queen, declarer discards a heart then and there. The contract is also assured if West holds the king of clubs. After West takes the queen with the king, the defense cannot get more than one heart trick to go with the two tricks lost in diamonds and clubs. The unusual ducking play at trick one proves to be just the right prescription for assuring 10 tricks. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Fidel Castro criticizes US for Bin Laden kill

Fidel Castro has criticized the United States for the manner in which its forces killed al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden, saying it executed him in front of his family. Castro says in an opinion piece published Thursday in Cuban media that the raid inside Pakistan by a team of U.S. Navy Seals also violated Fidel Castro that country's laws and offended its dignity. The former Cuban leader says he abhors all forms of terrorism. He notes that he expressed solidarity with the United States despite decades of political differences following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But the 84-year-old revolutionary says the decision to kill bin Laden and bury him at sea "has turned him into a much more dangerous man."

Jamaica Prime Minister’s credibility ratings plunge KINGSTON, Jamaica - Most Jamaicans are of the view that Prime Minister Bruce Golding cannot maintain credibility in the aftermath of the events which culminated in the Manatt/ Dudus Commission of Enquiry. The findings of the latest RJR/ TVJ/Boxill poll conducted between April 9 and 15 also reveal that a significant number of Jamaicans believe Mr. Golding should resign because of his role in the Manatt/Dudus affair. The figures reflect very little change from a previous poll conducted in July 2010. At the height of the Manatt/Dudus controversy last year, there were calls from a wide cross-section of Jamaicans for the prime minister to step down over his handling of the matter. The calls were based on claims of inconsistencies and deception in how the Golding administration dealt with the hiring of the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. In the July 2010 poll, 54% of respondents felt that based on what they knew about the Manatt/Dudus affair at the time, Mr. Golding could not maintain credibility with the Jamaican people. Nine months later in April, that figure increased to almost 57%. The number of Jamaicans who felt that Mr. Golding could maintain credibility dropped from 33.6% in July 2010 to nearly 26% in April this year. In July almost 9% either did not know, or were not sure if he could maintain credibility, and by April that number increased to 10%. And at least 49% of the respondents polled in April are still maintaining that the prime minister should resign. The figure represents a 2% increase from the 47% who felt the same way in July last year. In July, 43% said Mr. Golding should have remained in office but by April this year, that number dropped to 38%. In July, nearly 7% said they did not know while 8.6% Took a similar position in April. The poll was conducted among 1,015 Jamaicans islandwide and has a margin of error of +/- 4%

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US senator raises concerns about Haiti vote fraud

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An influential U.S. senator urged the State Department on Friday to look at the visa and U.S. residency status of Haitian officials who might have engaged in election fraud in Haiti's legislative races. The message was the strongest yet from international partners after Haitian officials released final election results last week that awarded surprise victories to 19 candidates who were not the top vote getters in the preliminary results. "I am writing to urge the Department to take appropriate steps to convey our concern, including assessing the visa suitability and the lawful permanent status in the United States of Haitians officials who may be involved in election fraud," Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Democrat is chairman of a Senate subcommittee overseeing appropriations for many of the U.S. government's foreign operations. No one disputes the final results that officially declared Michel Martelly, a pop singer known as "Sweet Micky," as Haiti's next president. Martelly, 50, takes office

May 14. But human rights advocates and politicians have accused some members of Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council of accepting bribes in exchange for seats in the legislature, most of which went to the governing Unity party. On Friday, Haiti's election council received a report from an Organization of American States observer mission containing recommendations on how best to resolve the contested legislative seats. The report was not made public. But a council employee who read it said it urged election officials to respect the preliminary results released April 4 and not the final returns announced last week. The worker agreed to discuss the report only if not quoted by name. The council's general director, PierreLouis Opont, said the body's board members would decide whether to accept or reject the OAS recommendation. "It's out of the control of the general director," he told The Associated Press A board decision could come by Saturday, and board members should publicly address accusations of corruption, Opont said.

St Vincent PM defends diplomatic relations KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Prime assistance to the island. Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Tuesday During his lengthy news conference, in defended his administration’s decision to which Gonsalves discussed issues ranging establish diplomatic ties with countries from assistance from the Barbados-based like Taiwan saying that the changing Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) global environment made it imperative to the marriage of Prince William and for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to have his wife, Kate, the Prime Minister also diplomatic relations with countries that disclosed that he would be writing a letter would further enhance the island’s socio- to United States President Barack Obama economic development. on the recent capture and death of the “Foreign relations is a highly terrorist, Osama bin Laden. sophisticated…business. There are some The leader of the al-Qaeda group, who people who want to look at foreign policy had been blamed for a number of terrorist as in the Cold War,” Gonsalves told a news activities worldwide, including the conference following visits to a number of September 2001 attack on the World Trade countries like Taiwan and Britain in recent Center in the United States, was killed days. He told reporters that those persons, after a small team of US operatives raided whom he did not name, “haven’t gotten out his residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan of that old mode and they have blinkers on Gonsalves said that he would their eyes. “As you know that has not been congratulate the United States leader on the the position of this government which “magnificent assault on the accommodation looks at a policy to enhance our capacity of the terrorist” in Pakistan, adding that to deal effectively with our external developing countries like St. Vincent and environment in the interest of our own the Grenadines understood the “adverse people,” he added. effects” of terrorism on their economies. The Prime Minister said that he held “We are very pleased to have this talks with various officials on the future success,” he said, noting that developing development of the island that is recovering countries have had to shift much needed from a number of natural disasters in revenue to deal with issues like poverty recent weeks and would be meeting with eradication to upgrading air and sea ports the Taiwanese diplomat here to discuss the as part of the efforts to deal with terrorist modalities of promised financial and other activities.


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National security minister endorses wiretapping Minister of National Security Dr Errol Cort is backing the creation of a law that would enable security forces to listen in on the private phone calls of the nation’s citizens. Cort’s comments follow those made by Deputy Commissioner Neal Parker on the weekend, who said providing the legal backing for wiretapping in the country would boost crime fighting in Antigua and Barbuda. The minister offered his support to legalising the practice and said it would offer tremendous benefit for the island. “We know that many countries have implemented legislation that allows their security forces to wiretap and we know that has proven to be of tremendous benefit,” Cort said. “I have engaged with a number of those countries that have implemented wiretap legislation and they say they have been able to get

the certain hardcore criminals that they would not have been able to get to without that facility for law enforcement,” Cort added. The controversial practice is currently legal in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom but illegal throughout much of the Caribbean except Jamaica, St Lucia and more recently St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago. Cort said any decisions to introduce the practice here would have to be done very carefully to ensure police officers and other security officials are not able to abuse the system. “I have no question in my mind that the wiretapping facility would certainly allow security forces to do a better job in terms of crime-solving but clearly if we’re going to go that route, there would have to be a lot of checks

St Lucia Opposition leader Kenny Anthony blasts new tax CASTRIES, St Lucia – Opposition Leader Dr Kenny Anthony today criticised the imposition of a US$35 tax on airline tickets saying the measure will result in St. Lucians having to be pay the highest rate of taxes to travel in the region. The Stephenson King administration announced that the new tax, which went into effect from May 1, will be used to finance the re-development of the Hewannorra International Airport, south of here. But Anthony in a statement noted that it is also a criminal offence not to pay the tax which does not exempt children. "A person who refuses to pay the tax is liable, on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding EC$500 (US$185) or imprisonment for a term not

exceeding six months," he said. He said it is highly unusual for a tax to be imposed on all citizens to finance a project in advance of the commencement or completion of the project. "This new tax further means that St. Lucian citizens who travel abroad will now pay the highest taxes in the region for the right to travel. "When the new airport development tax is added, the total taxes to be paid by St. Lucians will now be EC$212.07 (US$78.54)," he said, adding that the new tax comes at a time when St. Lucians have been forced to pay exorbitant prices for fuel, a new security tax, vehicle license fees, and claim reduced deductions on mortgages and home repairs.”

and balances put in place so that we are not allowing security forces to just go on a frolic of their own to target people and to just eavesdrop on people and to make it into a tool that is way beyond fighting crime,” Cort said. “I am fully in favour of that legislation but there would have to be checks and balances to ensure that society is not abused,” Cort added. However the minister also said any such legislation is still some way off as there would have to be consultations on the matter first. A commissioners of police conference is being held in Antigua & Barbuda this weekend under the theme, “Harnessing Technology for the Advancement of Law Enforcement,” where it is expected that police chiefs will use the meetings to discuss, among other matters, wiretapping.

Anthony, who will lead the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) into the next general election scheduled for later this year, said his organisation “is aware that St. Lucians are required to pay for the airport in advance because the investors are nervous about the safety of their investments in the airport. "The St. Lucia Labour Party believes that a sane and caring government would give priority to the reconstruction of the island's battered infrastructure, ahead of the start of the next hurricane season less than a month from now; instead of imposing additional stress on citizens still traumatised by the ravages of Hurricane Tomas.” Anthony said the SLP would use all lawful means at its disposal to protect the interests of the population. "It advises those now negotiating contracts with the Government, that any agreements or arrangements made that are not acceptable to the SLP, and with which the SLP has publicly stated and voiced its dissatisfaction and rejection; will certainly come up for policy and legal review," Anthony said.

Honduras drops all charges against ex-president Honduras (AP) — A Honduran court dismissed the last two remaining charges Monday against former President Manuel Zelaya, removing a key obstacle to his return to the country. The decision could also smooth the way for the country's return to the Organization of American States, which expelled Honduras following the June 2009 coup that ousted Zelaya. OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza said in a statement from Washington that "this puts an end to the uncertainty over the former president's legal situation." "The main condition for Honduras' return to the organization has been fulfilled," he wrote in the statement. "I will immediately begin consultation with the member states to examine their willingness to call an assembly to consider the issue." Honduras was expelled from the OAS and subjected to diplomatic isolation following the coup. Most countries re-established relations after Lobo took office. A special appeals court panel dismissed charges of fraud and falsifying documents lodged against Zelaya after the coup. The court said those criminal charges could

Former President Manuel Zelaya

have improperly overlapped with civil law and should be vacated. Federal prosecutors said they'll appeal the court decision, with 60 days to file the appeal. In March, a judge suspended arrest warrants related to the charges, which Zelaya claims are politically motivated. Zelaya has already said he won't return from the Dominican Republican, where he lives, because he fears for his life. In an interview with the Honduran

radio station Radio Globo in March, Zelaya claimed "there are people who want to liquidate me and are still alive, and they have great power." He added that his enemies include powerful businessmen but gave no other details. Zelaya did not immediately respond to the court's actions Monday. Zelaya's campaign to rewrite the constitution, possibly to allow his re-election, angered Honduras' business elite in 2009. The military deposed him and flew him out of the country at gunpoint when he ignored a Supreme Court order to cancel a referendum on the constitutional rewrite. Roberto Micheletti, a former congressional leader, took power on an interim basis, and former National Congress President Porfirio Lobo won the country's presidency in late 2009 in an election scheduled before the coup. Lobo replaced Micheletti the following January. In April, Lobo met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Colombian leader Juan Manuel Santos in Cartagena, Colombia, where the three agreed that dropping the charges against Zelaya could help Honduras' return to the Organization of American States. Venezuela and its leftist allies had opposed Honduras' return.


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Brits to stand trial for Tornado confirmed alleged air rage TWO British nationals — whose alleged brawl on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Jamaica allegedly resulted in £25,000 worth of damage to the cabin of the aircraft — are to stand trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday. The trial date was set when the two Londoners, Jason Dixon and Danielle Bishop, appeared before Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey yesterday — a day after they were arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property, air rage disorderly conduct, among others. Dixon and Bishop, who were denied landing privileges as a result of the incident, were remanded into police custody until the trial on Friday. Yesterday, Bishop alleged that the fight started when a drunken Dixon attacked after she shunned his sexual advances. She claimed that Dixon had been drinking from the start of the flight and

at some point started to ask her personal questions, which she did not take kindly to. Dixon, she alleged, held onto her hand while using derogatory terms to describe what he wanted to do to her. Bishop told the court further that she was only defending herself against Dixon whom she alleged had ripped her clothes and yanked out strands of her hair. The two never knew each other previously. After the fight was broken up, it was realised that several cabins had been damaged. The two were arrested and charged Monday afternoon, shortly after disembarking the flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Bishop had earlier yesterday pleaded guilty to the charges, but after hearing her explanation, Pusey rejected the plea and set the matter for trial. Dixon, however, said that he was not guilty of the allegations against him and that he was defending himself against Bishop.

Abducted 3-yr boy recovered

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The three-year-old male student who was kidnapped from the Mount Alvernia Preparatory and Kindergarten School in Montego Bay, St James was found early this morning in Manchester by members of the Montego Bay Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB). Found by cops in Manchester. Six persons, including three women have been taken into custody in connection with the abduction of the child. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police Derrick Champagnie, crime chief for the St James Police Division, the child was found asleep in a house in the Dailiston community of Manchester. Yesterday the child was discovered missing after classes were dismissed shortly after 1:30 pm when his mother turned up at the school and was told that a man had already collected him. Reports are that prior to the abduction, a female accomplice of the alleged kidnapper visited the school where she inquired of the principal how she could get her child enrolled at the school. It is understood that the woman was sent to the administrative block to purchase an application form. She reportedly complied, after which she left the school compound and headed for the road where she boarded a motorcar which was parked near to the school. Shortly after the child was whisked away to the waiting car by the male kidnapper who reportedly took the child by his arm.

District Four Supervisor Darrell Robinson, Chancery Clerk Johnny Hayward and District Five Supervisor Chad Gray sign the declaration for a local emergency.

The Grenada County Board of Supervisors has declared a local emergency due to damage from last week’s storms. The emergency was declared due to flash flooding, lightning, hail, straight line wind and tornado damage that create conditions of peril, according to Interim Civil Defense Director Trebia Rodgers. “It was confirmed that an F-1 tornado hit the Misterton Road area in southeastern Grenada County with a path of 1.5 miles long and sustained winds of up to 105 miles per hour,” she said at Monday’s meeting. Last week’s storms left a widespread path of downed poles and power lines and several trees that fell across roads and onto vehicles and houses, according to Rodgers. “We are declaring an emergency to, hopefully, be added to the federal declaration so that we can receive federal aid,” she said. Those wishing to sign up for federal assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can apply at http://www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800621-FEMA. “The more people we can get signed up for the federal assistance, the more likely we are to get put on the federal declaration,” Rodgers said. The motion to declare the local emergency was made by District Two Supervisor Chad Bridges and seconded by District Four Supervisor Darrell Robinson. According to Jim Lyles, customer account manager for Entergy, all Entergy customers affected by the storms were restored by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Human trafficking in T&T

National Security Minister Brig John Sandy yesterday admitted that there were incidents of human trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago. However, they were unsubstantiated because of the absence of legislation. Addressing the Senate on the Human Trafficking Bill, he explained that reports obtained from the International Organisation of Immigration (IOM) indicated that last year there were six cases of human trafficking compared to 11 cases in 2009. "There have also been reports circulating through the foreign media concerning the alleged trafficking of their nationals to Trinidad and Tobago. "If these reports are accurate, this would reflect

a disturbing and disheartening reality. However, statistics regarding the number of cases are not substantiated as there is currently no official centre (to track it)," he said. With a lack of requisite legislation to prosecute offenders of this crime, Sandy said it opened this country up to international scrutiny. In fact, he said in 2009, Trinidad and Tobago was placed in tier two of the Trafficking in Persons Report 2009—US Department of State for failing to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The report added that the Trinidadian Government made limited efforts to assist trafficking victims during the reporting period, relying on international organisations and NGOs to

provide care and services for identified victims. Sandy added that globally, it has become common for governments to add departments, desks, committees and task forces to identify and formulate strategies to identify and prosecute traffickers and improve the treatment of victims. "We are proposing that two bodies be legislatively established to perform vigilante functions related to our legal and moral obligations. "These are the national task force which is the focus of part one and the counter trafficking unit, which is the subject of part three of this law, clause five establishes a task force which is to be known as the national task force against persons," he said. —Aabida Allaham


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Investment in Caribbean and Jamaican jailed for Latin America to see growth transporting bullet parts

Foreign direct investment in Latin American and the Caribbean could grow by as much as 25 percent this year. That’s the word from the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, (ECLAC). “We think foreign direct investment can hit an historic record if it reaches 25 percent,” ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Barcena said. One of the key challenges for the region, however, is capital flow controls, the report said. Mario Cimoli, ECLAC director of the Production and Business Development Division, said, “For us it’s a worry because productive structures in countries like Brazil have to be complexly productive, diversified.” Last year, the region’s FDI inflows were 40 percent higher than in 2009, representing 112.634 billion dollars, while outgoing FDI almost quadrupled in the same period to reach a historic high of 43.108 billion dollars, which highlights the buoyancy of transnational Latin American and Caribbean enterprises, known as

trans-Latins. According to the report Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2010, the region’s main recipient was Brazil, where FDI inflows posted a record surge of 87 percent, going from 25.949 billion dollars in 2009 to 48.462 billion dollars in 2010. The second main recipient was Mexico (17.726 billion dollars), followed by Chile (15.095 billion dollars), Peru (7.328 billion dollars), Colombia (6.760 billion dollars) and Argentina (6.193 billion dollars). In Central America, foreign investment flows to all countries grew, except in the case of El Salvador (-79 percent). In the Caribbean, inflows fell 18 percent. Mexico was the country that invested the most abroad in 2010 (12.694 billion dollars). This was followed by Brazil (11.5 billion dollars), Chile (8.744 billion dollars) and Colombia (6.504 billion dollars). The factors that resulted in the increased FDI receipts in 2010 include the improved performance of developed economies and the buoyancy of certain emerging economies that boosted some sectors thanks to increased demand.

Wet April cause for concern

With the effects of Hurricane Tomas still very much visible across the island and the impact still fresh in many minds the unusual heavy downpour over the past few days here has been cause for concern. The heavy rainfall is coming in the middle of what is supposed to be the dry period and a period which saw Saint Lucia ironically in 2010 experiencing one of the worst droughts in years. Added to that—this is coming just a little more than a month away from the start of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1. According to Thomas Auguste, St Lucia’s director of meteorological services, there is no weather system of note affecting Saint Lucia, however, the rainfall for April 2011 is more than just unusual. “In fact it is the highest we have on record since we have been collecting this sort of information from 1973,” Auguste told the STAR. The total rainfall recorded at Hewannora in Vieux Fort so far for April as of yesterday April 29 is 354.4mm, while George FL Charles in Castries has so far recorded 237.1 mm. The second highest on record at Hewannora was in April 1981 when 291mm was recorded whilst in that same year George FL Charles recorded 337.8mm. “Just to put in perspective, the average rainfall for April since 1973 is 66mm for Vieux Fort and 72mm for Vigie so this month so far is five times the average,” Auguste said while urging residents to pay attention to the heavy rainfall and its possible effects. “What we are saying is that following hurricane Tomas, a number of slopes are still very unstable and this kind of rainfall

that exploded at US airport

MIAMI – A United States federal judge has jailed a Jamaican man for six months for transporting bullet parts that exploded at Miami International Airport last December. US District Judge Paul Huck imposed the sentence on Orville Braham, 38. He had faced three years in jail. Huck reduced the sentence because “nobody got hurt”. Bullet primers had exploded inside a checked bag belonging to Braham on an American Airlines flight. Primers are the part of the bullet that ignites the gunpowder enclosed inside of it. Braham was making a connecting flight at Miami International Airport from Boston while on his way to Jamaica when the bag exploded as baggage handlers moved the bag. “When he set it down, it ignited. What happened was small pellets came out of the bag,” investigators said. Federal agents found a total of 700 primers inside one suitcase and several hundred more inside another piece of luggage belonging to Braham, in addition to a press to install the primers with bullets. Braham had offered conflicting stories as to how the primers got into his bag. He initially told the FBI he had no idea how the pellets found its way into the bags. But he later changed his story and told the FBI he puts together ammunition as a hobby and kept the parts in his bags for safe keeping, away from his children, and when he packed his bags for the flight. He said he forgot he had them in the bag. But Judge Huck did not buy his story. “I just don’t find that credible. Sorry,” he said, insinuating that Braham had planned to sell the primers in Jamaica.

and saturation can cause landslides, so persons need to take precaution,” Auguste cautioned. While the rain was expected to continue across the island Friday, the Met Office here says gradual improvement is expected in weather conditions over the weekend. The Director of Red Cross Hubert Pierre told the STAR Friday, that although his office had not received any calls Flooding in Sarrot on Friday was just the beginning. There were reports of the effect of reporting any damage as rain in Bexon, Soufriere and Castries. of Friday morning, if the elsewhere. The police too sent out a notice asking rain continued it would be drivers to use the Sarrot Road instead of the Bexon cause for concern. “Of particular interest would be the areas of Road since the Bexon River had overflowed its Bexon and Millet where the heavy siltation of the banks. People were asked to drive carefully. Already rivers in those areas following Tomas is still very the rainfall and subsequent weather has caused the much an issue. So we are asking all Saint Lucians organizers of Jazz in the South to cancel their first and in particular persons in low lying areas and event at Coconut Bay today Saturday April 30. near rivers, to take every necessary precaution,” With the Jazz festival now underway the weather will no doubt be an issue for which organizers, the Pierre says. The heavy rainfall over the past three days Saint Lucia Tourist Board will be busy making has caused some minor floods in the areas around contingency plans. In 2004 heavy rainfall forced Saint Lucia generally prone to flooding, including the cancellation of a performance. April has been described as pretty unusual the city of Castries itself. The effect of the weather took a turn for the worst yesterday as cries on the during the second week of the month unseasonable radio stations came from people in the Bexon area heavy rains caused some damage across some who had to evacuate. The STAR also received eastern Caribbean islands particularly St Vincent, news of people in Fond St Jacques seeking refuge Barbados and Grenada. An active hurricane season is also predicted for the region in 2011.


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Obama in NYC: Meant what we said by 'never forget'

NEW YORK (AP) — Marking Osama bin Laden's death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York's ground zero and declared to the city and the world, "When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say."The president closed his eyes and clasped his hands at the outdoor memorial where the twin towers of

the World Trade Center once dominated the Manhattan skyline. He shook hands with 9/11 family members and others dressed in black at the site where the skyscrapers were brought down by planes commandeered by bin Laden's followers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed. The president met privately at the memorial site with about 60 family members from various 9/11 organizations.

President Barack Obama prepares to lay a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New Yor

Obama won’t release bin Laden death photos In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday's "60 Minutes" conducted today, President Obama said he won't release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death. "It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," said the president. "We don't trot out this stuff as trophies," Mr. Obama added. "The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received." The president said he had discussed the issue with his intelligence team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and that they agree with the decision. White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that Mr. Obama made the decision today. In explaining his choice not to release the photo, Mr. Obama said that "we don't need to spike the football." He said that "given the graphic nature of these photos it would create a national security risk." The president told Kroft he saw the photos following the raid on the compound and knew that bin Laden had been killed. "We discussed this internally," he said. "Keep in mind that we are absolutely certain that this was him. We've done DNA sampling and testing. And so there is no doubt that we killed Osama bin Laden." When Kroft noted that there are people in Pakistan and elsewhere who believe bin Laden is still alive, the president said "we we monitoring worldwide reaction." "There is no doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead," he said. "Certainly there is no doubt among al Qaeda members that he is dead. So we don't think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference." "There are going to be some folks who deny it," he added. "The fact of the matter is, you will not see bin Laden walking on this earth again." Asked about the decision Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Carney said "there are

obviously arguments to be made on either side." "The risks of release outweigh the benefits," "The fact of the matter is, as the president Rogers said. "Conspiracy theorists around the described, these are graphic photographs of world will just claim the photos are doctored someone who was shot in the face -- the head, anyway, and there is a real risk that releasing the rather," he said. "It is not in our national security photos will only serve to inflame public opinion in interests to allow those images, as has been in the Middle East." the past been the case, to become icons to rally "Imagine how the American people would react opinion against the United States. The president's if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military number one priority is the safety and security of leaders, and put photos of the body on the Internet," American citizens at home and Americans abroad. Rogers continued. "Osama bin Laden is not a trophy There is no need to release these photographs to - he is dead and let's now focus on continuing the establish Osama bin Laden's identity. And he saw fight until Al Qaeda has been eliminated." no other compelling reason to release them, given Skeptics have called on the United States to the potential for national security risks. And further, release photos of bin Laden, who officials say was because he believes, as he said so clearly, this is not shot in the face during a raid on his compound, in who we are." (See video at left.) order to prove that the al Qaeda leader is really "He wanted to hear the opinions of others, but dead. he was very clear about his view on this," Carney The White House had said it was debating added. "And, obviously, his decision is categorical." whether to release the photographs. CIA director He said it applied to "all visual evidence" of bin Leon Panetta told CBS News Tuesday that he Laden's death, including video of his burial at sea. thought a photo would be released, though he said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, called the decision the White House would make the final decision. a "mistake." CBS News national security correspondent "The whole purpose of sending our soldiers into David Martin has been told the photographs are the compound, rather than an aerial bombardment, "very gruesome" and won't be for the "squeamish." was to obtain indisputable proof of bin Laden's "I've had it described to me and it does sound death," he said. very gruesome," he said. "Remember, bin Laden Neil Livingstone, Chairman and CEO of was shot twice at close range, once in the chest and Executive Action and author of nine books on once in the head, right above his left eye, and that terrorism, also disagreed with the decision. bullet opened his skull, exposing the brain, and it "If we can't conclusively demonstrate that also blew out his eye. So these are not going to be indeed he is dead there will be those who say he pictures for the squeamish." is still out there," he told CBS News. "Al Qaeda Two Republican senators -- Saxby Chambliss, might even try to keep his legacy going and say R-GA, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence 'they got someone else, they didn't really get him.'" Committee and the Armed Services Committee, and Sarah Palin registered his disapproval on Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, a member of the Armed Twitter. Services Committee - told CBS News Wednesday "Show photo as warning to others seeking they had seen post-mortem photographs of bin America's destruction. No pussy-footing around, Laden. No Democrats have said they have seen the no politicking, no drama;it's part of the mission," images. she wrote. Photoshopped images purporting to show bin Republican House Intelligence Committee Laden after he was killed have already surfaced Chairman Mike Rogers said earlier in the day that on the Internet. Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, who the Obama administration should not release the had claimed to have seen the actual post-mortem gruesome post-mortem images, saying it could photos, said Wednesday that he had been fooled complicate the job for American troops overseas. by one such false image. It appears Ayotte and Rogers told CBS News he has seen a post-mortem Chambliss may also have been duped. photo.


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US says Osama Bin Laden unarmed when shot dead Osama bin Laden was unarmed when U.S. special forces shot and killed him, the White House said, as it tried to establish whether its ally Pakistan had helped the al Qaeda leader elude a worldwide manhunt. Pakistan faced national embarrassment, a leading Islamabad newspaper said, in how to explain that the world's most-wanted man was able to live for years in the military garrison town of Abbottabad, just north of the capital. Islamabad vehemently denies it gave shelter to bin Laden. "There is an intelligence failure of the whole world, not just Pakistan alone," Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told reporters in Paris. "(If there are) ... lapses from the Pakistan side, that means there are lapses from the whole world." The revelation that bin Laden was unarmed contradicted an earlier U.S. account that he had participated in a firefight with the helicopter-borne American commandos. Al Arabiya television went further, suggesting the architect of the 9/11 attacks was first taken prisoner and then shot. "A security source in the Pakistani security quoted the daughter of Osama bin Laden that the leader of al Qaeda was not killed inside his house, but had been arrested and was killed later," the Arabic television station said. White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday cited the "fog of war" -- a phrase suggested by a reporter -- as a reason for the initial misinformation. Bin Laden's killing and the swift burial of his body at sea have produced some criticism in the Muslim world and accusations Washington acted outside international law. "The Americans behaved in the same way as bin Laden: with treachery and baseness," Husayn al-Sawaf, 25-year-old playwright said in Cairo. "They should've tried him in a court. As for his burial, that's not Islamic. He should've been buried in soil." But there has been no sign of mass protests or violent reaction on the streets in south Asia or the Middle East, where Islamist militancy appears to have been eclipsed by pro-democracy movements sweeping the region. Washington will weigh sensitivities in the Muslim world when it decides whether to release photographs of bin Laden's body which could provide proof for skeptics of his death. Bin Laden was shot in the head. "It's fair to say that it's a gruesome photograph," Carney said. "I'll be candid. There are sensitivities here in terms of the appropriateness of releasing photographs." Pakistan has welcomed bin Laden's death, but its foreign ministry expressed deep concerns about the raid, which it called an "unauthorized unilateral action." The CIA said it kept Pakistan out of the loop because it feared bin Laden would be tipped off, highlighting the depth of mistrust between the two supposed allies. U.S. helicopters carrying the commandos used radar "blind spots" in the hilly terrain along the Afghan border to enter Pakistani airspace undetected in the early hours of Monday. The Pakistani newspaper Dawn compared the latest humiliation with the admission in 2004 that one of the country's top scientists had sold its nuclear secrets. "Not since Abdul Qadeer Khan confessed to transferring nuclear technology

A view of Osama Bin Laden’s compound

to Iran and Libya has Pakistan suffered such an embarrassment," it said. The streets around bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad remained sealed off on Wednesday, with police and soldiers allowing only residents to pass through. "It's a crime but what choice are you left with if I'm not handing over your enemy who is hiding in my house?" said Hussain Khan, a retired government official living nearby, when asked about the apparent violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. "Obviously you will go and get him yourself." UNARMED RESISTANCE Carney insisted bin Laden resisted when U.S. forces stormed his compound in the 40-minute operation. He would not say how. "There was concern that bin Laden would oppose the capture operation and, indeed, he resisted," Carney said. "A woman ... bin Laden's wife, rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed." White House counter-terrorism chief John Brennan, briefing reporters earlier this week, had indicated bin Laden was armed. "He was engaged in a firefight ... and whether or not he got off any rounds, I quite frankly don't know," he said. The New York Times quoted officials as saying commandos did not know if bin Laden or others were wearing suicide belts. The strike team opened fire in response to "threatening moves" as they reached the third-floor room where they found bin Laden, CIA Director Leon Panetta told PBS television. "The authority here was to kill bin Laden," he said. "And obviously, under the rules of engagement, if he had in fact thrown up his hands, surrendered and didn't appear to be representing any kind of threat, then they were to capture him. But they had full authority to kill him." A U.S. security official had told Reuters on Monday bin Laden would have been taken alive if he had surrendered, but otherwise the raid was a "kill operation." U.S. officials have also backtracked on an earlier statement that bin Laden's wife had been used as a human shield. UNLAWFUL KILLING? U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended the

action as lawful on Tuesday, but some in Europe said bin Laden should have been captured and put on trial. "It was quite clearly a violation of international law," former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt told German TV. "The operation could also have incalculable consequences in the Arab world in light of all the unrest." Geoffrey Robertson, a prominent Londonbased human rights lawyer, said the killing "may well have been a cold-blooded assassination" that risked making bin Laden a martyr. Pakistan has come under intense international scrutiny since bin Laden's death, with questions on whether its security agencies were too incompetent to catch him or knew all along where he was hiding, and even whether they were complicit. The compound where bin Laden had been hiding -- possibly for as long as five or six years -- was close to Pakistan's military academy in Abbottabad, about 40 miles from Islamabad. "It would be premature to rule out the possibility that there were some individuals inside of Pakistan, including within the official Pakistani establishment, who might have been aware of this," Brennan said. PAKISTAN UNDER PRESSURE CIA Director Panetta, in an unusually blunt interview with Time magazine, explained why Islamabad was not informed of the raid until all the helicopters carrying the U.S. Navy SEALs -- and bin Laden's body -- were out of Pakistani airspace. "It was decided that any effort to work with the Pakistanis could jeopardize the mission: they might alert the targets," Panetta said. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari defended his government, which receives billions of dollars in U.S. aid, and blamed "baseless speculation" in the U.S. press. Pakistan's foreign ministry said its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency had been sharing information about the compound with the CIA and other friendly intelligence agencies since 2009 and had continued to do so until mid-April. In Afghanistan, the Taliban, who harbored bin Laden until they were overthrown in late 2001, challenged the truth of his death, saying Washington had not provided "acceptable evidence to back up their claim" that he had been killed.


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Stephen Harper’s conservatives win Canadian election

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has won a majority of seats in a historic election that saw the left-leaning New Democratic Party become the official opposition. The Conservatives won 167 of the 308 electoral districts, earning 40% of the vote, Elections Canada reported. The New Democratic Party (NDP) claimed 102 seats, while the Liberals took 34. Mr Harper, who took office in 2006, has previously won two elections but never before held a majority government. Canadians voted on Monday in the country's fourth general election in seven years. Mr Harper went into the vote having headed two successive minority Conservative governments since 2006. His party held 143 seats in the House of Commons prior to the dissolution of the last government. Analysts say the prime minister has slowly nudged the country further to the right during his fiveyear tenure.

now turn the page from uncertainties" with a majority government. New Democratic gains The election marks the first time in Canadian history the Liberal Party did not finish either first or second. They have historically been the main party in opposition when the Conservatives have held power, but the NDP has now taken over that role. "It's tough to lose like this," Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff said. Prime Minister Stephen Harper "Defeat is a teacher and now we He has lowered sales and have to learn the lesson of defeat and corporate taxes, avoided signing look at ourselves in the mirror," Mr climate change legislation and Ignatieff said. NDP leader Jack Layton become a stark advocate of Arctic jubilantly greeted his supporters in sovereignty. He has also increased military Toronto on Monday evening. "Spring is here, my friends, and spending and extended Canada's a new chapter begins," Mr Layton military mission in Afghanistan. said. "We are grateful, deeply honoured, The NDP went into the election in fact humbled by the decisive with 37 seats, compared with 77 endorsement of so many Canadians," Mr Harper told supporters on Monday for the Liberals and 143 for the in the city of Calgary in the country's Conservatives. They have emerged with 102, Alberta province. as the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois Mr Harper said Canadians "can slumped badly, analysts say. The separatist Bloc Quebecois, which seeks independence for the predominantly French-speaking

Navy SEAL team likely honored in secret for raid

SAN DIEGO – The highly secretive Navy Special Warfare Development Group, or SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden "DEVGRU," which is made up of only will likely be honored in the only way a few hundred personnel based in Dam such a covert group can be: in private Neck, Va. They call themselves "the quiet with nobody but themselves and their professionals." commanders in the know. Team members' names won't be released Quietly recognizing heroic actions for their personal safety, Naval Special for clandestine operations is not new in Warfare Command spokesman John Scorza the military. Some service members wear said. war decorations but refuse to talk about "I can understand the conundrum that how they earned them. Others stash away commanders are in about how much can their medals, either because they've been you tell," said defense analyst Paul Giarra, ordered to hide them or they have chosen a retired U.S. naval officer. "Because it's to for their own security. news that's good for morale and it also And there are those heroes who have makes it clear to al-Qaida that they're losing. never lived to see a medal, their families That's important. They need to know they're sworn to secrecy until they were honored losing." posthumously. For the elite few who Revealing too much, on the other hand, dropped from the sky into the walled can give the upper hand to groups like alcompound in Pakistan, they must carry Qaida, Giarra said. on without breathing a word about their Gauging how much to tell is a growing participation in Sunday's spectacular raid challenge as military special operation that eliminated the world's most-wanted groups increasingly work side by side with terrorist. the intelligence community, like the SEALs It is a secret that surely must burn in and CIA did Sunday. There are benefits to their souls, but military officials say they touting such fantastic successes, something have no doubt it will be kept. The stakes the U.S. government has long seized upon: are too high. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered The Navy still hasn't confirmed its Marines photographed raising the flag on SEALs carried out the much-lauded, 40- Iwo Jima to come home and be identified minute operation. But privately, Rear Adm. so they could use interest in the picture to Edward Winters, at Naval Special Warfare raise billions of dollars in war bonds. Command in California, sent an email President Barack Obama's ratings went congratulating his forces and reminding up after the announcement of bin Laden's them to keep quiet because "the fight is not death, as did donations for the Virginiaover." based Navy SEAL Foundation, which helps Winters is the chief of the elite the families of SEALs. SEAL unit officially known as Naval

Canadian province of Quebec, suffered heavy losses, retaining only four seats out of the 47 seats they previously held. Mr Harper's government was forced into an election after a noconfidence vote in parliament. It was found to be in contempt of parliament because of its failure to disclose the full costs of anti-crime programmes, corporate tax cuts and plans to purchase stealth fighter jets from the US. Opinion polls in the run-up to the election had suggested the leftleaning NDP was experiencing an unexpected surge in popularity and threatened to quash Mr Harper's hopes of winning a majority government. "I just want to make sure our country keeps going, creating jobs, and that we do not take a risk of a minority parliament that drives us off the cliff economically," Mr Harper said on Monday. Mr Harper, a 52-year-old career politician, had warned that a win by the NDP could lead to out-of-control spending and higher taxes. NDP leader Jack Layton, who favours some high taxes and more social spending, has been a critic of Alberta's oil sands sector, the world's second largest oil reserves.

Bush declines Obama invitation to ground zero

(L) President Barack Obama and the former president George W. Bush

WASHINGTON – A spokesman for George W. Bush says the former president has declined an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend an observance at New York's ground zero. Obama plans to visit the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers Thursday in the aftermath of a Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The al-Qaida attack, which killed about 3,000 people, occurred in the early months of Bush's presidency in 2001. The spokesman, David Sherzer, says the former president appreciated the offer to attend but has chosen to remain out of the spotlight during his post-presidency. Sherzer says Bush celebrates bin Laden's death as an "important victory in the war on terror."


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Bin Laden’s neighbors noticed unusual things Pakistan – When a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden's hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away. The terror chief and his family kept well hidden behind thick walls in this northwestern hill town they shared with thousands of Pakistani soldiers. But glimpses of their life are emerging — along with deep skepticism that authorities didn't know they were there. Although the house is large, it was unclear how three dozen people could have lived there with any degree of comfort. Neighbors said they knew little about those inside in the compound but bin Laden apparently depended on two men who would routinely emerge to run errands or to a neighborhood gathering, such as a funeral. There were conflicting details about the men's identities. Several people said they were known as Tariq and Arshad Khan and had identified themselves as cousins from elsewhere in northwestern Pakistan. Others gave different names and believed they were brothers. Arshad was the oldest, and both spoke multiple languages, including Pashto and Urdu, which are common here, residents said. As Navy SEALs swept through the compound early Monday, they handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on in pursuit of bin Laden. After killing the terror leader, his son and two others, they doubled back to move nine women and 23 children away from the compound, according to U.S. officials. Those survivors of the raid are now "in safe

hands and being looked after in accordance to the law," the Pakistani government said in a statement. "As per policy, they will be handed over to their countries of origin." It did not elaborate. Also unclear was why bin Laden chose Abbottabad, though at least two other top al-Qaida leaders have sheltered in this town. The bustling streets are dotted with buildings left over from British colonial days. These days it attracts some tourists, but is known mostly as a garrison town wealthier than many others in Pakistan. Bin Laden found it safe enough to stay for up to six years, according to U.S. officials, a stunning length of time to remain in one place right under the noses of a U.S.-funded army that had ostensibly been trying to track him down. Most intelligence assessments believed him to be along the Afghan-Pakistan border, perhaps in a cave. Construction of the three-story house began about seven years ago, locals said. People initially were curious about the heavily fortified compound — which had walls as high as 18 feet topped with barbed wire — but over time they just grew to believe the family inside was deeply religious and conservative. The Pakistani government also pushed back at suggestions that security forces were sheltering bin Laden or failed to spot suspicious signs. "It needs to be appreciated that many houses (in the northwest) have high boundary walls, in line with their culture of privacy and security," the government said. "Houses with such layout and structural details are not a rarity." The house has been described as a mansion, even a luxury one, but from the outside it is nothing

Hillary Clinton: allergy, not anguish in my bin Laden photo

President Barack Obama (2nd L) and Vice President Joe Biden (L), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Also pictured are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd R) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates (R). Please note: A classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured at source. Picture taken May 1, 2011.

An allergy and not anguish may explain why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had her hand to her mouth while watching the commando operation to kill Osama bin Laden, she said on Thursday. A photo of Clinton, President Barack Obama and other senior officials watching the operation live from the White House situation room has become one of the most striking images of the raid that killed the al

Qaeda leader. "Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken," she said on Thursday when asked about the photo during a visit to Rome. "I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So it may have no great meaning whatsoever," Clinton added.

special. Bin Laden may have well have been able to take in a view of the hills from secluded spots in the garden, though. The walls are stained with mold, trees are in the garden and the windows are hidden. U.S. officials said the house had no Internet or phone connection to reduce the risk of electronic surveillance. They also said residents burned their trash to avoid collection. Those who live nearby said the people in bin Laden's compound rarely strayed outside. Most were unaware that foreigners — bin Laden and his family are Arabs — were living there. Khurshid Bibi, in her 70s, said one man living in the compound had given her a lift to the market in the rain. She said her grandchildren played with the kids in the house and that the adults there gave them rabbits as a gift. But the occupants also attracted criticism. "People were skeptical in this neighborhood about this place and these guys. They used to gossip, say they were smugglers or drug dealers. People would complain that even with such a big house they didn't invite the poor or distribute charity," said Mashood Khan, a 45-year-old farmer. As in other Pakistani towns, hotels in Abbottabad are supposed to report the presence of foreigners to the police, as are estate agents. Abbottabad police chief Mohammed Naeem said the police followed the procedures but "human error cannot be avoided." Reporters were allowed to get as far as the walls of the compound for the first time, but the doors were sealed shut and police were in no mood to open them.

New design stealth chopper helped in Bin Laden operation A previously unseen "stealth over the aircraft's rear rotor blade helicopter" was used in the raid - a modification experts say would reduce noise and the helicopter's that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, aviation experts tell radar profile. According to Bill Sweetman Channel 4 News.A new design of "stealth helicopter" was unwittingly of Aviation Week, photographs revealed to the world for the first of the chopper's heavily-damaged time during the raid that killed tailpiece show evidence of a "silver Osama bin Laden, according to loaded finish". This is designed to make it harder for infrared sensors aviation experts. US special forces soldiers to detect the helicopter's presence launched their attack on the al- - reducing the risk of being shot Qaeda leader's Pakistan hideout down by anti-aircraft missile. The shape of its tailboom after flying there in what US government officials initially said has also reportedly been altered were a pair of Sikorsky UH-60 significantly to reduce the chance of it showing up on radar screens, Blackhawk helicopters. while the tail rotor features an The commandos destroyed one extra blade - something that of the aircraft after it made a "hard landing", but images emerged of would enable it to fly more quietly, design details that differ significantly according to Tony Skinner, editor from the standard Blackhawk, of Defence Helicopter magazine. Mr Sweetman speculates prompting a storm of speculation among military analysts that a new that, had soldiers from Seal Team piece of classified hardware had Six not blown up most of the been seen in action for the first helicopter, it would have featured extra blades on the main rotor time. A pan-like cover can be seen and other features intended to cut down noise.


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Will Facebook or Google gobble up Skype?

Facebook and Google are separately considering a tie-up with Skype after the web video conferencing service delayed its initial public offering, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has been involved in internal discussions about buying Skype, according to one of the sources. Another source said Facebook had reached out to the Luxembourg-based company about forming a joint venture. Google has also held early talks for a joint venture with Skype, the second source said. A Skype deal could be valued at $3 billion to $4 billion, the first source said. Skype's IPO is expected to raise about $1 billion, several other sources said. The discussions are in early stages, and it is not clear which option the companies favor, the first

two sources said. Although an IPO is still in the cards for the second half of 2011, Skype remains in strategic discussions with other companies, two of the sources said. Skype and Google declined to comment. Facebook was not immediately available to comment. The information is not public and the sources declined to be named. Last August, Skype filed a registration statement to go public. The October appointment of a new chief executive, Tony Bates, a former senior vice president of Cisco Systems , put the eagerly anticipated IPO on hold until the second half of 2011. But rivals including Apple and Google have marched into Skype's territory, undercutting the value of the pioneer service. Although Facebook and Skype would benefit from each other's large community of users, neither

GM reports highest quarterly profit in over a decade General Motors Co. reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade Thursday, helped by demand for fuelefficient cars and a big gain from selling its stake in its former auto parts business. The biggest U.S. automaker said Thursday that it earned $3.2 billion, or $1.77 per share, in the first quarter. It was a great start considering the spike in U.S. gasoline prices, a trend that would have sunk the company just a few years ago when it relied on gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs for profits.In fact, it was one of GM’s best quarterly performances since the SUV boom in the early 2000s and its fifth straight quarterly profit since late 2009, the year it emerged from bankruptcy GM's results follow strong earnings reports at crosstown rivals Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, a sign that the U.S. auto industry is recovering well from the recession and bankruptcies. GM thrived in the quarter by selling small cars like the new Chevrolet Cruze, and efficient crossover vehicles such as the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. Revenue rose 15 percent to $36.2 billion, driven by a 25 percent jump in U.S. auto sales and a 10 percent gain in China, which has emerged as GM's biggest market. Sales are so strong that GM almost certainly will retake the title of world's biggest automaker from rival Toyota Motor Corp. this year. GM's quarterly net income is more than triple the $865 million it earned in the first quarter of last year. It's also a good sign for the U.S. government, which is hoping the profit boosts GM's

stock price so it can sell its stake in the company and recoup more of the $50 billion taxpayer bailout that saved GM two years ago. GM's latest results included a $1.6 billion gain from selling the company's stake in Delphi Automotive LLC, its former parts division, as well as a $400 million charge in Europe because of a change in accounting standards. The net income was one of GM's best first quarters since at least 2000, when sales of SUVs and pickup trucks were booming. It also gets GM out of the gate quickly to pass the $4.7 billion it made last year, GM's first profitable year since 2004 and its best performance since 1999. Among those rooting for GM is the U.S. Treasury Department, where officials will try to figure out the right time to sell the remaining 500 million GM shares owned by the government. GM took nearly $50 billion in U.S. government aid to help it survive in 2009. The U.S. government has been repaid about half that amount and would need to sell its remaining shares for roughly $53 each to get all its money back. The government can sell its shares starting May 22, but will wait until they hit the right price. GM shares closed Wednesday at $33.03, the first time they closed above the $33 IPO price since March 3. Without one-time items in the quarter, GM earned $1.7 billion, or 95 cents per share. That beat Wall Street estimates. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.6 billion, or 88 cents per share, on revenue of $35.3 billion. Analysts typically exclude one-time items from their forecasts.

has proven revenue models, said a separate source familiar with the companies. For Skype, the clock is ticking, as large social media and software companies pour into the public markets. On Wednesday, shares of Renren Inc., China's largest social networking company, surged nearly 57 percent in its first day of trade. LinkedIn said on Wednesday that it would list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The social networking site for professionals filed to raise up to $175 million in an IPO expected later this year. The flood of Internet public offerings this year will give Skype backers a clearer sense of its prospects, another source said. "When a company is not going public and it has been on file for a long time, one way or another something is going to happen," that source said.

World’s millionaire ranks seen soaring through 2020 The rich keep getting richer, both here in the United States and especially in the world's emerging markets. Public and private investments controlled by the richest families are expected to more than double in value to $202 trillion by 2020, from $92 trillion this year, according to survey of millionaires in 25 countries by Deloitte LLP. Meanwhile the ranks of families with more than a million dollars will also increase, by two-thirds to 55.5 million in the developed world. They will more than double to 10 million in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil. Still, Deloitte predicts the bulk of the world's wealthiest families will continue to be found in the United States and Europe, despite the wealth management industry's obsession with emerging markets. "There's no question these markets are of fundamental importance over the long term, but wealth managers can't overlook the value of their home base," said Andrew Freeman, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services. Deloitte notes that China, Brazil, Russia and other emerging markets are minting new millionaires at a faster rate than established markets, powered by economic expansion, commodity prices and development. Across 10 emerging markets, millionaire household wealth is seen tripling to $25 trillion from $7 trillion this year. By 2020 China will likely join the ranks of the top 10 richest economies with $3.6 trillion of wealth. India's average millionaire would be wealthier than the average American millionaire Among emerging markets, Deloitte expects China to continue to be the driving force in the growth of millionaire wealth, followed by Brazil and Russia. In the developed markets, Australia and Singapore will have the fastest growth rate ofmillionaire households. Millionaires in Singapore, a hub for wealth management in the Far East, may surpass Switzerland as the world's highest per millionaire wealth by 2015 with $4.5 million, according to the study, conducted by Oxford Economics. That said, the United States is likely to remain home to the most millionaires, doubling to 20 million households by 2020 from this year. The total wealth among U.S. millionaires will reach $87 trillion by 2020, an annual growth rate of 9 percent.


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Da Conch Shack Men's Beach Soccer League

After a short break for the Easter period the Da Conch Shacks Men's Beach Soccer League reconvened with two high scoring games at the weekend. In the opening game Northern Star FC edged past Conch Shack Shockers 9-8 to claim their first win of the season. Trailing 5-4 after the opening period after having started with a player short, Northern Star slowly got back into the game to take a 9-7 lead with only 2 minutes to play. A late strike brought the Shockers within one goal but Northern Star managed to hang on for the win which takes them off the bottom of the league. Ralph Pierre scored 4 goalsfor Northern Star and Jon Flanagan was a big asset in goal saving a penalty from Chris Reid. Rayan McKnight had a strong game for the ever improving Strikers and Jean Guerrier's versatility as a goalkeeper and defender ensure the game was close all the way. In the second game, both Provo United and Stingrays exploded into action scoring goals at will throughout the opening two periods. However, the influence of Marcdonald Fenelus began to pay dividends as he inspired his team to a 12-7 victory as he scored seven goals and had two assists. Phil Shearer, Craig James both scored impressive goals and Tommy Farrell controlled the tempo of the Strikers team, but Provo United had just that little bit extra on the day with Fenelus leading the way, ably supported by the likes of Jacques Etienne and Michael Woodburn. Provo United now find themselves at the top of the league with two wins, with both the Stingrays and Northern Star one win behind. Games are played every Sunday at 3.30pm and 6.00pm.

TCIFA Women's Beach Soccer League

Recently, the Turks and Caicos Football Association held a skills training session for budding players wanted to enhance their abilities in the game. The session took place on the freshly-laid synthetic football field donated by FIFA as part of its Goal Programme. Here players are seeing going through their drills.

Both the Beach Soccer Ballers and the Caribbean Predators continued in their winning ways in the Women's Beach Soccer League at the weekend although they were hard pushed by their opposition. In the opening game the Predators outscored the All Star Shrimps by 10-6. Kadine Delphin led the way for the Predators with seven goals and Simone Smith added three. Gillian Vernice (2) and Tina Hinds (4) scored for the Shrimps. Delphin is one of the most exciting players in the league and with her captain Pekiera Brooks injured it was up to Delphin to lead her team to victory, ensuring her team are pushing the Beach Soccer Ballers for the top spot. In the second game the Beach

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Soccer Ballers were pushed all the way by the New Wave Warriors but managed to edge ahead for a 6-5 win that keeps them at the top of the league. Sarah Cenary scored all her teams six goals but Gaya Smith (3) and Rebecca Castillo (2) almost gave the Warriors the win which would have put them within touching distance of the league leaders. As it stands both the Predators and the Ballers look comfortable at the top of the league but the Warriors still have a chance of getting into the championship play-off spots. Despite the goal hauls from both Delphin and Cenary, Gaya Smith of the Warriors was given the MVP award for the day due to her excellent performance in goal and in defence.

Panthers Track Club to sizzle in the Bahamas

The Panther’s Track and Field Club off the participate in the Silver Lightening Invitational Track Meet in Nassau Bahamas By Vivian Tyson

The Panthers Track Club from Providenciales is hoping to impress at their first participating at the annual Silver Lightening Invitational Track Meet in Nassau, Bahamas, scheduled for May 7. The Panthers aggregation which comprised 18 males and four females, departed the TCI on Thursday, May 5 for the meet scheduled for meet, and according to Founding President and Head Coach of the Club, Judith Robinson-Ewing, the Panthers Track Club is looking to reap success. The races in the meet, according to Robinson, are one-time finals, and the Panthers would be looking to surpass the success they had at the Fitz Grant Meet in Nassau last year, when their nine-member aggregation set two records in their six medal haul. The team will be participating in the 100m; 200m; 400m; relays; 800m; 1500m; shot put; and discus. The Panthers will be participating in most of the age categories, including Under 11; Under 13; Under 15; Under 17; and open event. Two athletes will participate in master events. “This is our third time going out with the track team as a private club. Last year we participated in the Fitz Grant (Meet) in Nassau, and also last year we went to Tampa (Florida) for the Big Tar, which we would like to go again this year in June,” Robinson-Ewing said. She told the media that the reason for attending the various meets was to foster the athletes’ development, noting that they should receive well needed experience for the club’s first invitational track and field meet to be held on August 1, this year. “We want to get all our athletes and young people exposed to other competitions outside of the Turks and Caicos, which will help them to develop, and also motivate them. So, once we can host ours, they will feel appreciated and feel a part of some kind of development,” Robinson-Ewing said. In the meantime, Assistant Coach, Jermaine Fulford said based on the performances in practice, the Panthers Track Club should acquit themselves very well at the event. Based on the times that they are running so far, we do not expect most of them to finish lower than second. A lot of the guys who performed a bit better (during training) were not able to make it, but we will do well,” Fulford said. The team was accompanied by Radio Turks and Caicos (RTC) Sportscaster, Donovan Fulford.


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Andy Roberts calls for complete overhaul of West Indies Cricket Board

Andy Robert, the former West Indies fast bowler, has said that the West Indies cricket board needs a complete overhaul if the region's cricket is to improve. He called on the board president Julian Hunte and the chief executive Ernerst Hilaire to resign and was also critical of the way the West Indies players' association approaches its role. Roberts said today's players spend too much time in the gym and not enough time in the nets. Having coached West Indies in the 1996 World Cup and been on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) cricket committee as recently as 2008, Roberts understands how the existing system functions, and lashed out at the board, saying they were damaging cricket in the Caribbean. "The board does what it pleases them," Roberts told ESPNcricinfo. "They don't have a clue how to move West Indies cricket forward. They don't have a clue. Some of the board members should resign otherwise the same problems will keep appearing in the future also." When asked specifically if he thinks Hunte and Hilaire should resign, Roberts said, "Both should resign. Some of the top people in the board should resign. We need a different approach." The West Indies board recently decided to take cricket in the region in a new direction with an emphasis on playing younger players as the last 15 years have not produced significant improvements. Roberts, however, warned that this "new direction" could lead West Indies cricket into another cul-de-

sac. "Fifteen years is a long time and we haven't seen much progress but if we don't change the current approach, another 15 years will go down the drain." He feels that the board is erring by just focusing on a few players rather than thinking of developing cricket at the grassroots levels across the entire region. "You can't just concentrate on few players playing in the Test team. I have been saying this from 1995. The problem is that the board seems to view few players as the problem in West Indies cricket. That is wrong. The entire cricket in our region is in a mess. It's not about [Ramnaresh] Sarwan, [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul, [Chris] Gayle or [Dinanath] Ramnarine. Don't focus on two or three players. "Focus on the lack of development of cricket and lack of advancement in players across the region. For 15 years, they have been just trying to focus on few players in Tests and haven't done much for the development of the game. Develop the regional sides, improve the system." He believes that the real truth behind the ongoing controversy between the board and some of the senior players might never be known. Gayle and Chanderpaul weren't selected for the Pakistan series, with Chanderpaul claiming the selectors asked him to retire, while Sarwan was only drafted in for the fourth ODI. "We have three sides on this issue - your side, my side and the truth. I don't think we will ever know the truth. Both parties have been

Chanderpaul to be named in Test squad The tension between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the WICB appears to have eased slightly, with the batsman set to play in the Test series against Pakistan starting next week. The West Indies side for the first Test has not been officially released, but ESPNcricinfo has learnt from a reliable source that the squad includes Chanderpaul, who was axed for the one-day series that concludes in Guyana on Thursday. The Test squad will also include the fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who hasn’t played for West Indies since the tour of England in mid-2009. The uncapped batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, 18, is also expected to be named, after an impressive few months of first-class cricket, which was followed by his unbeaten 168 for West Indies Under-19s against Australia last month. During the past two weeks, Chanderpaul and the West Indies board CEO Ernest Hilaire have been involved in a war of words over the batsman’s treatment after the World Cup.

Chanderpaul claimed he had been asked by the West Indies selectors to retire at the end of the World Cup, and that he was dropped from the ODI squad when he refused to quit. He was also upset at Hilaire’s comments that for 15 years, the West Indies side had lacked discipline and application. Chanderpaul took that as a personal affront, and said he was concerned that, having just been dropped from the side, it would create the impression that he was an indisciplined individual, had not applied himself and considered himself to be bigger than the team. Along with Chanderpaul, the senior batsmen and former captains Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan were left out of the squad for the first two one-dayers against Pakistan, and Hilaire said West Indies needed to build a new team for the future. However, Sarwan returned for the fourth ODI on Monday and Chanderpaul will be welcomed back during the Tests.

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presenting different versions." However, Roberts thinks Chanderpaul should retire from the one-day cricket and focus solely on Test cricket. "It's not totally clear whether the selectors asked him to retire from all forms of cricket. Personally, I think Chanderpaul should retire from one-day cricket and focus on Tests. West Indies needs him in Tests." At the same time, he thinks the board has not handled the situation properly. "I am not clear on the Gayle issue. Both parties' version differs so much. I wouldn't like to comment without knowing the truth but all I can say is that it's not being handled properly.

US-based coach seeks Jamaican athletes

LINCOLN University head coach, Jamaican Victor "Poppy" Thomas, says he is seeking five female and four male athletes this fall for the Blue Tigers to maintain their momentum in the NCAA Division II Championships in the United States. In the latest national team computer rankings by the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA), the Missouri university were third in the men and number two in the women for the outdoor season. In only his first season of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), which operates in the states of Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, Thomas was named the Women's Indoor Coach for the year of the conference and capped the season as South Central Region Indoor Women's Coach of the Year. Regarding the five female athletes, Thomas said he needed "a true sprinter who can hurdle two quarter-miles, two jumpers than can sprint and two middle-distance runners who can run crosscountry". A graduate of The Mico University College, Thomas said he had identified the athletes at GC Foster College, but "the coach" there was not "releasing" them. "I also need two male sprinters and two jumpers," he added. As Lincoln's head track and field and cross country coach for almost 10 years, Thomas has guided the Lady Blue Tigers to four indoor and five outdoor NCAA titles. He was also pleased with his coaching awards. "It feels good to be recognised for the second time this season. As you are aware, this is my first season in this MIAA conference and as the only black head coach, it does feel good.


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The Los Angeles Lakers – A Dynasty Is Dead

The Lakers’ dynasty is dead. There will not be a second three-peat. Phil Jackson will not win a championship in his final year coaching the Lakers and Kobe Bryant will not tie Michael Jordan with six NBA championships, at least not yet. Even with the Maverick’s track record of spitting the bit, I’m confident enough to declare this series over. The Lakers are a great team with an all-time coach and player that won’t make it easy, but right now the Mavs simply look better. (I’m trying hard not to sound giddy here, but my distaste for the Lakers, Jackson and Bryant is hard to contain) As much as I’d like to throw this at the feet of Kobe for being a bad teammate or shooting too much, I can’t this time. Losing two at home against Dallas has very little to do with Bryant. Has he lost a step? Sure, for goodness sakes, an almost-forty Jason Kidd can stay in front of him now. Might a superhuman effort have put the Lakers over the top in one of the two games? Maybe, but to expect something like that on cue is asking a little too much. The truth is Bryant has received very little help. Last year, Pau Gasol established himself as one of the top power forwards in basketball. His defining moment in the playoffs came when he went chest-

to-chest with the Celtics — and proved he was tough enough to beat the likes of Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. It seemed as though he had turned a corner and was on the verge of superstardom. That Gasol has yet to show up in these playoffs. He’s averaging just 13 points per game and shooting 43% from the field. He’s only grabbing eight rebounds a game. All those numbers are way down from his regular season totals. The Lakers need Gasol more than ever, considering the regression of LosAngeles’supporting cast. Steve Blake never found his offensive game this season and is showing no confidence with his shot. Ron Artest has been brutal all season. Derek Fisher continues to age like a fossil, not a fine wine. Andrew Bynum’s scoring dropped from 15 to 11 points per game this year. Only Lamar Odom has really improved. The Lakers have needed Gasol’s scoring and rebounding and he has been absolutely invisible at times. They can’t afford that. The Lakers just don’t have enough firepower to play with the Mavericks, who have obviously found their groove and look like they’ve gotten over their mental block in the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki is playing like the first-team All-NBA player that he is. Shawn Marion and Kidd are turning back the clock.

LeBron James’ decision is looking better

When LeBron James, 6 feet 8 inches and 250 pounds of pure power, changes directions at full speed, skips and elevates for a dunk, the observer sees only charisma and grace, not arrogance or duplicity. When James soars and snags Dwyane Wade’s 24-foot bullet pass and throws it down in one motion, we see only artistry, not treachery. In the moment, in a single playoff snapshot, James is at long last an entertainer again — a fabulously skilled basketball savant — rather than a symbol of modern moral decline, if he really ever was. It may be years before the public forgets the self-indulgent spectacle of James’s 2010 free-agent tour or the cold-hearted audacity of “The Decision.” Cleveland may never forgive his betrayal. But as the playoffs unfold, and the Miami Heat pushes ever closer to the N.B.A. finals, James is building a bold case that his decision (with a lower-case “d”) was the correct one. Miami has a 2-0 lead over Boston, James’s personal playoff nemesis. When he was a solitary star in Cleveland, the Celtics wrecked

his title hopes twice in three years. Now James is doing the wrecking, averaging 28.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the series while shooting 50 percent from the field. Last May, James’s Cavaliers led by 1-0 and 2-1 before losing to the Celtics in six games. In 2008, his team never led the series at all. He is poised for a breakthrough. This is no coincidence. In Cleveland, James leaned on Wally Szczerbiak and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao. Now he leans on Wade, who is averaging 33 points and 53.7 percent shooting in two games, and Chris Bosh. In the past, James said, “If I don’t bring my A-plus game, there’s a good chance we probably wouldn’t win that game.” Indeed, James was shaky in Game 1 of this series, missing 11 of 19 shots on Sunday. But Wade was scintillating, making 14 for 21 shots and scoring 38 points. “And that definitely takes a load off you,” James said Tuesday night, after the Heat’s 102-91 victory. “And that’s the vision that I had during the free-agent period when I decided to come here.” This was, of course, the point of

JJ Barea and Jason Terry are giving them a spark off the bench, and Peja Stojakovic is doing his best to make up for the absence of Caron Butler. Most important, Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood are providing some of the best interior defense in the playoffs. The Lakers have won against teams that have this sort of size, but these two giants are holding their own against Bynum and Gasol. The Mavericks are balanced offensively, play good defense and have a superstar closer. They are a complete team and this series is more about their good play than the Lakers’ deficiencies. This is the Mavericks team I thought we’d see before the season started (I predicted them to go all the way to the NBA Finals). Right before the playoffs began, with the loss of Caron Butler, I picked them to lose in the Western Conference Finals after knocking off the Lakers. I’m starting to regret that pick. Right now the Mavericks look like the best team in the NBA. I haven’t heard many people mention it, but give a lot of credit to Rick Carlisle. It’s obvious that this team is well coached both offensively and defensively. Their execution is flawless. For all you Lakers haters out there, thank the Mavs for kicking Los Angeles out of your NBA playoff life.

his lofty stature. There is time for the narrative to evolve. “People were just upset by the way he did it, I think, more than where he went,” said Henry Schafer, the executive vice president of Q Scores Company, which measures the awareness and likability of celebrities and athletes. “And that’s going to take time to heal.” Perceptions are already shifting, albeit slowly. Last summer, “The Decision” caused James’s positive Q LeBron James score to plummet to 14, from a peak of 24 in the exercise last July, though it was early 2010. By March, lost amid the uproar. he had rebounded to 17. The format and execution The score reflects the percentage of James’s decision will long be of Americans who are familiar with the subject of fierce debate. The James and consider him their favorite television program was ill-conceived, sports personality. The average is 15. the smoke-filled rally crass and At his peak, James’s positive scores premature. But competitively ranked with Peyton Manning’s speaking, James made a perfectly among sports stars. logical choice. But James’s negative Q score — James was a superstar in need of reflecting the percentage of people superstar assistance. The Cavaliers who rate him fair or poor — remains could not provide it. The Heat did, in high, at 33, well above the average a major way. of 24. At the height of his popularity, As he moves closer to a James’s negative score was 22. It championship, and further from “The soared to 39 last summer. Decision,” James is slowly regaining


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WORLD SPORTS

British Airways to launch first 2012 Olympic ads British Airways is to launch its first ads to in the runup to the start of the opening ceremony. promote its £40m sponsorship of the London The winning artist will work on artwork for a 2012 Olympics with one of the airline's biggest "celebration aircraft". The second part of the campaign, which will campaigns, which will run for more than a year – launch at the end of the month, centres around but not on TV. The airline signed a £40m deal in 2008 to athletes sponsored by BA who are attempting to become a tier one sponsor and official airline make it into the Great Britain Olympic team. At of London 2012, but has so far refrained from the moment four press ads have been developed – more are likely to follow – featuring athletes such launching an Olympic-themed campaign. BA's first 2012 Olympics campaign, which as sailor Ben Ainslie. "We decided to use press and online to sustain breaks on Thursday, will run in two distinct parts and use national print media – traditionally the the campaign for a long period of time," said the medium the company has committed the largest British Airways head of brands, Abigail Comber. amount of ad spend in recent years – and online "We will support it with YouTube and virals. We have got the budget [for TV advertising]; it advertising. The first part of the marketing push will run is not about that. It is about targeting the right place for three months and feature Heston Blumenthal, at the right time and there wasn't the flexibility with Richard E Grant and Tracey Emin.Aspiring chefs, TV." BA is keeping tight-lipped about how much scriptwriters and artists can enter a competition it intends to spend over the next year, although to work with the "celebrity mentors" to design an Olympic menu that will be used on BA planes; or traditionally such high-profile sponsorships are write a script for a short film that will air in-flight backed with a considerable budget, with the Nielsen as well as be shown in the London 2012 stadium Company estimating that in the year to the end

of February the airline spent about £11m. In the previous 12-month period BA spent about £16m. Comber says the campaign will use national press and some specialist magazines, with advertising pushes targeted around times when the athletes are in events in the runup to the Olympics. The first viral is also being released on Thursday, featuring Emin and Blumenthal. BA will also target events such as the start of the 2012 Olympic torch relay on 18 May, and 27 July, which is the official one-year countdown to the start of the London Games. "This campaign is standout in terms of its longevity, most campaigns are a lot more tactical, selling products over just a two- or three-month period," said Comber. "This is our largest-ever sustained campaign stretching over 12 months." BA also said this is its largest sponsorship campaign. The airline also sponsors Bafta, London Fashion Week and Taste of London and has sponsored sporting events such as the British and Irish Lions rugby union tour.

Imran Calls on ICC to step up corruption fight KARACHI - Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intensify efforts to stamp out corruption in the sport. The cricketer turned politician told reporters during a visit to the Moin Khan cricket academy the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit needed to be more productive. "I think special measures are required like keeping a constant check on assets and accounts of players and giving the ACSU more authority to curb corruption," Imran said. Imran's comments on corruption in cricket come a few days after former Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillakaratne claimed in a television interview that match-fixing had been going on in his country since 1992.

The Sri Lankan cricket authorities have asked Tillakaratne to produce evidence to back up his claims. Imran said it was very difficult to detect spot-fixing instances in matches, insisting other steps were required to meet the challenge of fighting corruption. "It is very hard to detect such things and than find evidence to prove spot fixing has happened in a match," he said. "But the more these instances are spoken about the more damaging it is to the sport's

credibility." Three of Pakistan's top players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir -were banned for a minimum of five years last February by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal after being found guilty of spot-fixing during a test match on the England tour last year.

Man U cruise into dream final against Barca MANCHESTER, England (AFP) — A secondstring Manchester United cruised into a dream Champions League final against Barcelona with a 4-1 victory over German side Schalke 04. Leading 2-0 after the first leg, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could afford to make nine changes to his starting line-up and still see his team qualify for the May 28 final at Wembley with something to spare. The unlikely hero was United's much-maligned Irish international Darron Gibson, who set up Antonio Valencia with a magnificent pass for the first goal on 26 minutes before hammering in the second on 31 minutes. Jose Manuel Jurado pulled a goal back for Schalke, but there was only ever going to be one outcome and two second-half goals from Anderson completed a crushing 6-1 aggregate victory for

the English giants. The result put United into their third Champions League final in four years, and gives Ferguson's side the chance to avenge their loss to Barcelona in the 2009 final in Rome. Ferguson admitted his thinking over the team line-up had cost him a good night's sleep. "I didn't sleep last night thinking about it — I woke up four times — but they did me proud," he told ITV. "The fact it was a Champions League semi-final meant I questioned whether I had done the right thing, but glad I was vindicated." "This team can win the cup — we've got a great team full of ability. Barca are without doubt the team of the moment — they play fantastic football and are a pleasure to watch." Delighted United keeper Edwin van der Sar

said United would relish the opportunity to have another crack at Barcelona. "We have to make sure we learned out lessons and that we're better prepared this time than we were last time," van der Sar told ITV. The win also handed Ferguson the perfect fillip ahead of this weekend's Premier League battle with Chelsea, a high-stakes encounter that may well settle the outcome of the title race. Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick said his side had been deservedly beaten. "I have to congratulate Manchester United — over the two games they were the better side," Rangnick said. "If you look at the comparison of their so-called second string the quality of their players stands out. We have to admit we could have gone out in the quarter-final against Inter — tonight we found out our level."


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