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Volume: 103 No.81 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2007 PRICE 750

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21-year-old appears to

have died after jet-ski

related incident

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE lifeless body of a 21-
year-old Canadian tourist was
laid out on the concrete
behind the site of the old
Straw Market yesterday the
victim of what appears to be a
freak jet-ski related death.
Although police details
were sketchy, another tourist
who had comforted the young
man's overwrought fiarincee
after the incident, told The
Tribune that the two of them
had been riding on a hired jet-
ski around the western tip of
Paradise Island around
Colonial beach when they
were thrown off the vehicle
by a large wave.
The two managed to swim
to shore, however, once on the

beach the young man started
to complain of feeling as
though he was "having a pan-
ic attack", the other tourist
. Before his partner could
find help, the 21-year-old had
"fallen face down in the sand",
the tourist said. His fiancee
attempted to administer CPR,
but was unsuccessful in reviv-
ing him, according to the
At around 3pm yesterday a
large crowd of straw market
vendors, and some curious
tourists, gathered against bar-
riers set up by police. around
the body which was quick-
ly covered from the waist
upwards by a towel while
the young man's fiancee knelt
SEE page eight

Guardians accused of

beating girl, 3, who died
.THE guardians of a three-year-old girl who allegedly was brutally
beaten and subsequently died'were arraigned in magistrate's court
yesterday charged with her murder.
Troy Sweeting, 29, and his wife Rosetta Cruz-Sweeting, 30, the aunt
of the alleged victim appeared before Chief magistrate Roger Gomez
at Court one Bank Lane yesterday to face the murder charge.
Court dockets stated that the couple of Blue Hill Road south on Sun-
day, February 25,2007 caused the death of three-year-old Jennifer Pin-
der. Neither of the accused was represented by counsel at yesterday's
arraignment. Inspector Don Bannister was the prosecutor.
The accused were arraigned in court shortly after 4 pm yesterday.
The mother of the young girl was also present in court. The accused
were not required to plead to the charge and were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case has been adjourned to March 12 and trans-
ferred to Court five Bank Lane.
The young girl had reportedly been in the care of her aunt and her
aunt's husband since last November because the mother is sick with

HEAD is swarmed by
the media as he arrived
at court for the first day
of the baby custody
(Photos: Tim Clarke/
Tribune staff)
THE legal battle over
who will ultimately
have custody of Anna
Nicole Smith's baby
daughter will continue
in Nassau next month.
The matter was
adjourned in the
Supreme Court yester-
All parties involved
in the guardianship dis-
pute involving five-
month-old Dannielynn
appeared before
Supreme Court justice
Stephen Isaacs amid
enormous internation-
al media interest.
TV crews flocked to
Bank Lane and
swarmed round those
involved in the legal
wrangle as they arrived
for the closed court ses-
SEE page eight

Claim that Privy Council rules Bahamas Court of Appeal
Long Islanders denied appellant constitutional rights

are again
becoming ill
Tribune Staff Reporter
IT IS claimed that Long
Islanders are again becoming ill
because of the activities at a
boat building yard in Mangrove
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, family members of
the those afQicted with respira-
tory illnesses, which they claim
stem from chemicals used at the
boat yard, said that they are
"sick and tired" of governmen-
t's inability to put a stop to the
"We feel like we are going
crazy. People are getting sick
and no one is willing to take
responsibility. No one in gov-
ernment seems to be doing any-
thing about it," a Long Islander
said yesterday.
SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Privy Council has
ruled that the Bahamas Court
of Appeal denied an appel-
lant his constitutional rights
to a fair trial.
The appelant, Marco Oliver,
had been convicted for
offences that were committed
between July 9 22 1999,
which consisted of two rapes,
two attempted rapes, two kid-
nappings, eight armed rob-
beries, two robberies with vio-
lence, one attempted robbery
with violence and one bur-
Oliver appealed to the
Bahamas Court of Appeal in
July 2002, but rather than
reducing the sentences, the
court increased them to an
effective sentence of 55 years,
to run from the date of judg-

Oliver then appealed with
special leave to the Privy
At the end of last year, the
UK High court heard appeals
in the Bahamas. It was the
first time that the Judicial
Committee of the Privy Coun-
cil sat outside London.
SEE page eight

Mario Miller
trial postponed
THE trial of the alleged
killers of Mario Miller, son
of Minister of Agriculture
Leslie Miller, was postponed
in the Supreme Court yes-
terday. A new date has been
set for March 5.
Counsel were said to have
other pending matters that
needed urgent attention for
the rest of the week.

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Climate change report points

to serious threat for Bahamas

N all the furore over the Anna
Nicole Smith affair and the
excitement normally generated at
election time, some Bahamians may
not have paid much attention to a
big news story about a matter that
has the most profound implications
for The Bahamas.
It is about a threat not only to our
incalculably valuable marine
resources but to the very existence of
these islands as the home the
Bahamian nation. But it got very lit-
tle attention in the local media mak-
ing the front page of one daily below
the fold.
In what The New York Times
described as "a bleak and powerful
assessment of the future of the plan-
et", the United Nations Intergov-
ernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) reports that global warming
is an unequivocal phenomenon and
that it is very likely being driven by
human activity.
The debate about the impact of
human activity on the natural envi-
ronment has been going on for
decades and in 1962 ecologist Rachel
Carson challenged humanity about
its abuses in her seminal work Silent
The book became a rallying cry
for a new generation of environ-
mentally conscious people, but resis-
tance to the new movement princi-
pally from industrial interests has
been fierce and continues up to this
day. So the pollution of the envi-
ronment and the over-exploitation of
the world's resources continued
Rivers, lakes and streams were poi-
soned; fish stocks around the globe were
depleted, leading in some cases to
armed confrontation; many species were
threatened, and thousands were wiped
out altogether; deserts advanced; and
coral reefs and forests the earth's lungs
and hatcheries for many species suf-
fered extensive damage.

A s populations'in the devel-
oped countries became more
aware of the polluting habits of their
industries and governments, there was
growing resistance and the develop-
ment of the nimby syndrome not in
my backyard. The dumping of toxic
materials and its devastating conse-
quences caused communities to mobilise
protest movements.
Then the developing countries
became targets for the location of dirty



industries and the disposal of toxic
wastes, and the British and American
governments connived in the dump-
ing of poisonous wastes in the
In 1967 the Americans ignored the
objections of Bahamian officials and,
with British approval, dumped canis-
ters of nerve gas in Bahamian waters.
Up to this day we do not know what
effect, if any, this has had on our marine
resources and our health.
But Africa suffered most from this
practice as corrupt governments col-
luded with industrial companies to dis-
pose of all kinds of toxic waste.
Just recently, the Dutch oil trading
. company, Trafigura, sent a ship to Ivory
Coast with a load of toxic waste. The
result was that 10 of the natives died
when the letbal:argo was offloaded
and the Ivory Coast was left with a chal-
lenging clean-up job.

It seems that the protective work started
along the western shoreline has slowed
down or been abandoned altogether and
has not even started in some islands where
the need is obvious. So the first thing we
can do is to identify all the places where
such work is feasible, and get on with it.

The threat of immediate concern to the
Bahamas is rising sea levels and more
violent hurricanes which could literally
wash away the ground from under our
feet. In the Indian Ocean and the Pacific
some low-lying islands have already
disappeared or are about to go under.

The company at first denied that
the material was toxic and said that
in any event they had a contract with
a local company for its disposal. The
government of Ivory Coast impris-
oned three of the company's execu-
tives and demanded $197 million
reparations before releasing them.

T hat denial was reminiscent
of the 1967 incident in The
Bahamas when the Americans said
the nerve gas they were dumping
here was not harmful. Sir Cecil Wal-
lace Whitfield, then a government
minister, replied that if that were the
case they should dump it in the Hud-
son River.
But the most dangerous element
of the assault on the global environ-
ment is the profligate burning of fos-
sil fuels coal and oil to produce
The hundreds of scientists and
reviewers who participated in the IPCC
are 90 per cent certain that global warm-
ing is a reality and that a major con-
tributing factor is the carbon dioxide
and other greenhouse gases produced
by fossil fuels.
If this process is not stopped or
slowed, then the world will be in for
dramatic climate changes with cata-
strophic consequences for humanity.
The threat of immediate concern to
the Bahamas is rising sea levels and
more violent hurricanes which could
literally wash away the ground from
under our feet. In the Indian Ocean
and the Pacific some low-lying islands
have already disappeared or are about
to go under.
Anyone who lives in Family Islands
such as Grand Bahama and witnessed
the effects of the recent hurricanes
would fully appreciate the threat. The
sea took over. Even on certain parts of
the New Providence coast, the danger is
But what can we do?

It seems that the protective work
started along the western shore-
line has slowed down or been aban-
doned altogether and has not even start-
ed in some islands where the need is
obvious. So the first thing we can do is
to identify all .the places where such
work is feasible, and get on with it.
The Bahamas has a very small voice
in the international community but at
least we can make common cause with
other island countries and even conti-
nental states that are also threatened
by rising sea levels and help to make






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the case for corrective action before it is
too late.
We do not contribute as much to the
process as some of the big industrial
countries and the rapidly developing
countries but we should still have a
national campaign to sensitise Bahami-
ans to the threat and to do our little bit
in reducing carbon emissions.
Our climate seems ideal for research
and development of alternative energy
sources such as wind and solar energy.
There is certainly no shortage of sun-
shine in these islands and the govern-
ment should encourage the use of avail-
able solar energy technology which is
expensive to begin with but becomes
cheaper in the long run.
And under no circumstances should
we encourage in these islands indus-
tries and development practices that
are clearly a serious threat to our envi-
ronment, especially our marine envi-
* *

The American government and
its oil and gas industry have
been exerting tremendous pressure on
The Bahamas to allow the construction
of a an LNG regasification terminal on
Ocean Cay and the laying of 50 miles of
pipe on the ocean floor to supply the
state of Florida.
This poses obvious environmental
and security threats for The Bahamas
where reefs and marine resources are
already under attack. But it appears
that the PLP government has buckled
under and will let the Americans do
what they want.
We could not stop them in 1967 but
40 years later we are now, though small,
a sovereign nation and we should tell
them no. If they do not want it on their
mainland then they can use one of their
own little islands, or create one. That is
not beyond their ingenuity and capaci-
Canada is also getting heavy pressure
from our American friends over LNG
but the Canadians are not buckling.
According to an Associated Press
report, Canada has told the US that it
will not allow LNG tankers through
Canadian waters to get to LNG termi-
nals proposed for the Maine side of the
Passamaquoddy Bay. They say that is an
unacceptable environmental risk.
The Americans want to build two ter-
minals. One of them would be on a
Native American tribe's reservation.


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0 In brief

Cuban cigars
likely the only
stars at annual
WITH Fidel Castro unlikely
to show and no celebrities due
to drop in, Cuba's annual cigar
festival will have little to dis-
tract visitors from the event's
true stars: the island's premi-
um, hand-rolled stogies, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
No Hollywood personalities
have said they will attend the
9th Habanos Festival and acting
President Raul Castro, who
. does not care for cigars, is not
expected to turn up, either.
His older brother Fidel -
once one of the world's most
famous cigar aficionados but
who gave up the habit several
years ago may not even auto-
graph a collection of choice
humidors auctioned during the
event as he has in the past. The
80-year-old is recovering from
intestinal surgery that forced
him to temporarily hand over
power to Raul in July.
But to the more than 1,000
aficionados from Spain, Cana-
da, Russia and 40-plus other
countries descending on the
island, all that matters are the
cigars, organizers say.
"There's not enough space to
accommodate all those who
were interested," said Manuel
Garcia, vice president of
Habanos SA, Cuba's cigar mar-
keting firm. "But specific
celebrities, we don't have any."
Last year, British actor
Joseph Fiennes of "Shakespeare
in Love" fame attended, and
Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons
traveled to Havana for the fes-
tival in 2005.
At a news conference help-
ing to kickoff the five-day festi-
val Monday, Garcia said Raul
Castro could make a surprise
appearance, but "because of his
personality, he's a man who
doesn't appear much at these
kinds of activities and also he
doesn't smoke."
In some past years, Fidel Cas-
tro has attended the festival and
he has always signed a small
number of finely crafted humi-
dors auctioned off for charity
during the proceedings.
"He's recovering very well
and we think it will be possible
they are signed," Garcia said of
five humidors on the auction
block this year. "But up to now,
we've not had confirmation."
Cuba sold US$370 million
worth of cigars in 2006, which
Habanos said was an 8 per cent
increase over the previous year.
Javier Terres, Habanos' vice
president for development, said
that for strategic reasons the
company could not divulge how
many total cigars it sold last
year, though in 2005 it said it
sold 160 million.
Terres said the top markets
for Cuban cigars are Spain,
France and Germany, as well
as Cuba. Because of Washing-
ton's four-decades-old trade
embargo against the communist
island, the cigars are not legally
sold in the United States.
Like fine wine, the taste of
top tobacco depends much on
the soil and climate in which it is
grown. Sun-drenched planta-
tions outside Havana and in the
neighboring western province
of Pinar Del Rio have made
Cuban cigars famous for cen-
turies, and most cigars produced
here are hand-rolled and intend-
ed for the premium market.
Despite the US embargo,
Terres said Cubans still account
for as much as 35 per cent of
cigars sold worldwide. He said
American smokers consume up
to 220 million top-end cigars a




0 In brief

World Bank to
offer disaster
insurance to

ON Monday the World Bank
will launch the first disaster
insurance plan aimed at offering
emergency funds to 18
Caribbean countries, including
the Bahamas.
The money will be available
immediately after the countries
are hit by hurricanes or earth-
The Caribbean Catastrophe
Risk Insurance Facility will
allow stricken nations to begin
disaster response immediately
with the guarantee of access to
enough money to fund emer-
gency measures.
A meeting of donor coun-
tries, including Canada, Japan,
Britain, France and the Euro-
pean Union in Washington, will
seek to raise between $30 mil-
lion and $50 million in reserves
for the regional facility.
Until now, it usually takes
months after a catastrophe to
raise emergency funds from
donor countries.
Since 1979, hurricanes have
caused more than $16 billion in
losses in Caribbean nations,
according to World Bank data.
A report by the Intergovern-
mental Panel on Climate
Change warned this month that
typhoons and hurricanes would
likely intensify in strength due
to global warming attributed to
climate change.

Man drowns
after vessel
capsizes off
of Gambler
A MAN drowned yesterday
in the ocean off of Gambier vil-
lage after the small fishing boat
he was in capsized in bad
weather, police said yesterday.
Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA) were
called to attend the scene yes-
terday at around 2pm after eye
witnesses reported seeing two
men experiencing difficulties at
They arrived in time to rescue
William Dean, who was seen
swimming for safety, however,
38 year-old Stephen Saunders'
was found submerged beneath
the water's surface.
According to police press lia-
son officer Walter Evans Mr he
was taken to hospital but suc-
combed shortly afterwards.
Chris Lloyd, operations offi-
cer at BASRA described the
incident as a sad one which
exemplifies the need for greater
legislation regarding boating,
and warned boaters to take the
appropriate precautions before
going out to sea.
Whereas all cars are required
to undergo regular inspection,
boats are not, he said, and had
this particular 8-foot vessel been
subjected to such scrutiny it
would probably not have been
deemed sea-worthy.
Furthermore, if the victim
had been wearing a lifejacketq
he would not have lost his life,
he said.

Three men
are seriously
injured in
FREEPORT -A traffic acci-
dent at West Sunrise Highway
resulted in three young men
sustaining serious injuries on
Saturday when their vehicle
crashed into a utility pole and
was struck by another vehicle,
which failed to stop at the scene.
According to police, the acci-
dent occurred around 2.44am
on Saturday and involved a
black 1994 Toyota Marino,
licence 31317, driven by Rem-
ington Saunders, 20, of Hawks-
Saunders was travelling east
along the highway and was
attempting to overtake when he
lost control of the vehicle. Jamal
Jones,19, Terrance Bartlette,I 8,
and Ralph Black,14, all of
Hawksbill, were passengers in
the vehicle.

All the occupants sustained
serious injuries and are detained
at Rand Memorial Hospital.
Supt Basil Rahming said
police believe that speeding was
the cause of the accident. He is
appealing to motorists to slow
"Motorists in the northern
Bahamas are being urged to not
allow the long and un-impeded
highways to induce them to dri-
ve at dangerous speeds, thereby
putting their lives and the lives
of innocent persons at risk," he

Salary increases of up to 11

per cent in nurse agreement

MINISTER of Health. Dr
Bernard .Nottage signed the
first-ever contractual agree-
ment between the Bahamas
Nurses Union and the govern-
ment of the Bahamas. This
agreement will lead to salary
increases of up to 11 per cent
for nurses.
The agreement was signed
yesterday at the Ministry of
Health by Dr Nottage, Cleola
Hamilton, president of the
Nurses Union, and the Minister
of Labour, Vincent Peet.
The agreement is retroactive
to July, 2005, and lasts for five
years. Along with the salary
increases, some of the benefits
the nurses will receive include:
an additional mileage increase
from $100 to $200 per month; a
uniform increase of an addi-
tional $50 per month; and Fam-
ily Island nurses will be enti-
tled to an on-call allowance for
the first time.
Dr Nottage thanked the
nurses for the sacrifices they
make and he hoped that the
agreement would lead to new
standards within the public
health care system.
He said: "It is our hope that
our nurses will be pleased with
the signing of this agreement
and that it will ultimately lead
to enhanced productivity and
customer satisfaction."
Ms Hamilton said that,
despite having to fight "a little
harder" than any other group
in the public service, she hoped
the new agreement would

Retroactive contract also includes mileage and clothing increase

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* DR Barnard Nottage, pictured, has signed a contractual agreement with the Bahamas Nurses
Union offering salary increases of up to 11 per cent

establish a firm foundation for
future relations between the
government and nurses.
She said: "The signing of this
document is a bold and aggres-
sive step taken by the Ministry
of Health, as it sets a prece-
dent for the birthing of a mod-
ern and progressive form of

human resource management -
which is desperately needed
throughout the public service."
Ms Hamilton added that the
union will do its part in main-
taining the spirit of the agree-
ment while expecting the
same from the government.
She said: "The union will try

to do everything within its pow-
er to uphold the trust and
respect demonstrated here
today, and we expect nothing
less from you (the govern-
ment). We will continue to
encourage our members to be
accountable, honest and pro-
ductive in the execution of their

duties. In return, we expect
social justice, fair play and a
deep sense of commitment in
the implementation of this
agreement, from you the


Mr Peet said the agreement
is an example of the govern-
ment's desire to treat nurses
properly as professionals. He
also said that agreements such
as this would hopefully avoid
the problem of nursing short-
ages that exist in other coun-
tries in the region, due to nurs-
es leaving these countries to
seek higher paying jobs and
better working conditions.
This contract signing brings
to an end tense relations
between the government and
the Nurses Union. Several
weeks ago Ms Hamilton had
threatened industrial action if
the government did not pro-
vide the nurses with a contract.
The new agreement also
ensures equity between salaries
and benefits of nurses in both
the department of public health
and the public hospitals author-
Additionally, a new provi-
sion exists that will ensure that
nurses maintain their seniori-
ty and status when they trans-
fer between these sectors.

Department of Road Traffic staff

on 'go-slow' over labour concerns

Tribune Staff Reporter
MOTORISTS were met
with long lines at the Depart-
ment of Road Traffic yester-
* day as inspectors and clerical
staff conducted a "go-slow"
policy over numerous labour
The work-to-rule was staged
at the department's inspection
sites on Thompson Boulevard
and West Bay Street.
The Tribune was unable to
get a detailed list of their con-
cerns, but John Pinder, presi-
dent of Bahamas Public Ser-
vice Union (BPSU), said
employees had several con-
cerns that needed to be
addressed, including the issue
of promotions.
Mr Pinder said: "It is being
rumoured that Road Traffic is
bringing in 40 new persons at
the supervisor level and a
number of employees are
already waiting to be promot-
ed as of right, and if Road
Traffic brings in all of these
people some employees will

not be able to advance:"'
Mr Pinder said pending pro-
motions was only one of the
issues that had to be resolved.


Earlier this month, Public
Service Minister Fred Mitchell
promised resolutions to pend-
ing promotions for a number
of branches of the public ser-
Mr Mitchell professed him-
self personally dissatisfied with
the length of time it takes to
effect promotions within the
public service.
The minister then laid out
the promotions process.
"The Department of the
Public Service is the clearing
house," he said. "In other
words, it looks at the rec-
ommendations and makes
sure that they fit with all of
the rules... Once you've got-
ten all the material, it is
then forwarded on to the
Public Service Commission
for the Public Service Com-

mission to deal with it.
"Then the Public Service
Commission makes a decision.
These decisions have to be
minuted. Then they're put in
the form of an order. The
order is then sent to Govern-
ment House, where it's signed
by the governor general,
returned to the Department of
'the Public Service and then
dispatched to the ministries for
execution. And at all points
along that process, there's
always some form of delay."
Mr Mitchell said the gov-
ernment was committed to
completion of a compensation
study at an early time to deter-
mine the value of various jobs
in the public service.
In respect to employees at
the Department of Road Traf-
fic, Mr Pinder said he was
scheduled to meet Ministry of
Transport officials to discuss
the matter.
The Tribune tried to contact
the Ministry of Transport and
the Ministry of Public Service
for comment, but calls were
not returned up to press time.


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Dangerous thoughts by Mr Christie

THE YEAR was 1649 and England was
fighting a civil war.
King and parliament were locked in a bat-
tle to the death as to which was supreme -
king or parliament.
King Charles, following a long tradition of
Stuart kings, was convinced that he as king
ruled by "divine right". The traditional belief
was that this right was bestowed by'God,
independent of parliament. As such it gave
Charles power to rule as absolute monarch
without any reference to parliament. His argu-
ment was that England, which had never had
an elected king, was ruled for a thousand
years by an hereditary monarchy. Therefore,
he, Charles, had been chosen to govern, not
by the people, but by God, who had entrust-
ed him with "the care of the liberties of the
It was the same thought that more than
350 years later emboldened the late Sir Lyn-
den Pindling, for 25 years prime minister of
the Bahamas, to tell the Bahamian people:
"Don't worry, be happy" their destiny was
safe only in his hands.
In England the Roundheads parlia-
ment's new model army held that "the
people are, under God, the original of all just
power" and "the Commons of England, in
Parliament assembled, being chosen by and
representing the people have the supreme
power in this nation."
It was a doctrine over which a king of Eng-
land lost his head. And with his head the
divine right of kings theory disappeared from
British politics.
And so it was jarring to modern ears to '
hear a PLP cabinet minister during the PLP's
first administration declare from a public plat-
form that "God had given this country to the
But it is even more troubling to hear a
similar sentiment from the mouth of no less a
person than Prime Minister Perry Christie.
King Charles' chaplain reported that as
the king lay his head on the block on that icy
January morning in London, awaiting the exe-
cutioner's axe, he was heard to mutter:
We suggest that our politicians also
"remember" the lessons of history as they
face this election. They should put a curb-bit
on such arrogant and presumptious divine-
right ideas, because. as surely as 'day follows
night", they are riding to a mighty fall.
There is no place in this age of democracy
for anyone to harbour.the divine right doc-
trine of governance.
Just what was Prime Minister Christie
thinking of when he declared publicly that

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"God brought us (himself and his PLP gov-
ernment) into this country to do right and no
weapon formed against us (himself and his
government) will prosper."
What he has to remember is that God
brought all of us into this world to do right.
He doesn't get mixed up with governments.
He has given each and every one of us the gift
of a free will, and we govern ourselves, and
are judged by him according to how well or
badly we exercise that free will.
If we use our free will to make bad choic-
es, then we suffer unfortunate consequences,
just as when we make good choices we cele-
brate our good fortune.
But this idea of appointment of a govern-
ment by the ordination of God turns on its
head the master and servant relationship that
citizens have with their government. In our
system, a government's power to govern
comes from the people. In this relationship,
the people are the masters, their elected offi-
cials, their servants.
If Mr Christie gets carried away with this
idea of divine ordination, and only under the
PLP will this land prosper, because God has
ordained it, then there is a problem. If God
has appointed this government, theti it has
absolute power over the Bahamian people --
all of a sudden the servant has become the
master. Already some of his colleagues are
strutting around as though they really believe
they are God's annointed.
And what is this nonsense that Mr Christie
talks about embarrassing Bahamians by giving
"faces" to "forces" that "cannot let the PLP
and the progressive forces" control the
Bahamas? It sounds as though those who sup-
port the FNM- Her Majesty's loyal opposi-
tion are committing treason to try to get
the person they want as their leader elected.
Why is Mr Christie threating to name any-
body? What wrong have they done'? As far as
we see they are exercising their democratic
right to have a choice in who they want to
govern them.
The ideas floating around in the head of
Mr Christie and some of his minions if taken
to their logical conclusion do not bode well for
a healthy democracy.
God has given the PLP no more than the
FNM and it is up to the electorate be they
PLP "forces" or FNM "forces" --- to decide
which party is to govern this country. The
Bahamian people have a duty to remain vig-
ilant and demand that whichever party they
elect performs in the country's best interest.
As for Mr Christie and his divine-righters
we say, in the words of the unfortunate King
Charles Remember!

Growing 'cry'

by males in the

Public Service

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THERE is a growing cry by
males working in the Public
Service that their female
supervisors are intentionally
frustrating them, seemingly
calculated to impede their
upward mobility. These cries
are at a deafening crescendo,
It seems that women who
are now in authority. whether
it is planned or perceived, are
making sure only women
advance. In many cases men
who have decided to make the
Public Service a career and
have qualified themselves are
seeing less qualified women
jump over them and get pro-
This cannot lend to a com-
fortable working atmosphere
and certainly not to higher
productivity. Why would a
director or Permanent Secre-
tary intentionally stifle the
progress of a productive male,
just because he is a male'?
Why do "grown men" have to
resort to,groveling to their
Minister just because they
have no other choice? This
alone must be demoralising.
Why do men who work their
fingers to the bone, see the
life out of their work being
One such Ministry has seen
the male staff reduced to a
minimum and systematically
becoming extinct in this min-
istry. The Ministry of Social
Services must take a good
look at this vexing problem
and restore a working envi-
ronment that will only trans-
formn.iLinto a.productive
machinepAnything else would
be uncivilised.
Minibtir Melanie Griffith
would be wise to help lift the
spirits of her staff by address-
ing all of the concerns of social
Finally the moral of both
male and female in the Min-
istry of the Department and
Social Services, which is at an
all time low would serve its
purpose if the necessary tools
needed are quickly given,
Social workers are simply
going through the motions
The level of enthusiasm is
none existent.
Oh, by the way, Minister
Griffith. it would also appear
to be humane to see why staff
members working in her
department are still tempo-
rary after 10 years. That can-

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Immediate Response

'has become a charade'

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IMMEDIATE Response, the weekday radio talk show aired
on ZNS, has become a charade and, the host, a mere puppet for the
Government. I think Steve McKinney has absolutely sunk to the
bottom of the barrel in his bid to provide excuses for, justify the
actions of and ensure political success, in the upcoming general elec-
tions, for the Progressive Libiral Party (PLP); so much so that his
blatantly bias rants border on offensive and has made this once
provocative programme extremely unpopular with once devout lis-
teners. Unfortunately, for Family Island radio audiences, alterna-
tives are non-existent.
On more than one occasion I've wondered if Steve is in the
Bahamas or on this planet for that matter because his obvious
flattery of our present political leaders is without merit, but he lath-
ers their you-know-whats daily with kisses anyway. For his sake I
hope the PLP is successful in their bid or else he would have puck-
ered his 'delusional' lips for nothing.
Supporters of the PLP are allowed to drone on and on about the
"fictitious greatness" of this party while other callers, particularly
those who acknowledge, accept and promote what is political real-,
ity, are cut off for not supporting their allegiance. Callers have to
be cunning if they want to get a word in bdgewise that lauds or pro-
motes the Free National Movement (FNM).
Hopefully, sooner than later, Steve will face reality or, at the very
least, show that he has a little integrity left in those 'puckered' lips!
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15 Haitian
migrants are
found in
South Bimini

FREEPORT A group of
about 15 illegal Haitian
nationals that turned up in
South Bimini aboard a
makeshift vessel were appre-
hended by police over the
According to Chief Supt
Basil Rahming, police dis-
covered the immigrants 12
men and three women near
the airport at South Bimini
on Friday morning..
Mr Rahming said police
received information from a
visiting yachtsman, who
. reported spotting the group
three days earlier aboard a
smack-type vessel near a
sandbank off South Bimini.
The group has been flown
to New Providence, where
they are being detained at
Carmichael Detention Cen-

Cuban wind
farm to
ease power

CUBA has opened an
experimental wind farm, hop-
ing alternative energy sources
can one day ease occasional
power shortages while reduc-
ing the island's dependence
on oil, state news media
reported Sunday, according
to Associated Press.
The $3.4 million park, fea-
turing six 180-foot windmills,
was established on Isla de la
Juventud, an island south of
Havana, according to the
Communist Party youth
newspaper Juventud
Exactly when the park was
inaugurated was unclear, but
officials estimate that during
its first year of operation it
could produce 1,800
megawatts of electricity. That
would save Cuba about
$136,000 in oil costs on inter-
national market, the newspa-
per said.
The park was built using
French technology, and its
windmills are designed to be
disassembled quickly in case
of hurricanes or tropical
storms. '
Officials hope to finish
work on another wind park
with six windmills, located in
the eastern province of Hol-
guin, by the end of the year.
The collapse of the Soviet
Union sparked widespread
energy shortages in Cuba,
when the island suddenly lost
its primary source of fossil
fuels on highly preferential
terms. While conditions have
improved, blackouts are still
sometimes a problem during
the scorching summer
Cuba produces its own oil
and natural gas, but not
enough to meet its needs. An
agreement with oil-rich
Venezuela allows the island
to buy nearly 100,000 barrels
of oil a day under preferential
terms, while Cuba sends
thousands of volunteer doc-
tors to Venezuela who offer
free care to the poor.

Gomez: Episcopal church faces

an ultimatum on gay bishops

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Episcopal church in the
US has until the end of Sep-
tember to agree not to confer
episcopal orders on a homosex-
ual, or to bless same-sex
If it fails to agree it will risk
possible isolation from the world-
wide Anglican communion.
This was the decision
announced by Archbishop
Drexel Gomez yesterday, a
week after his return from the
Primates' meeting in Tanzania,
where heads of the Anglican
church met to discuss how the
Anglican communion as a
whole could relate to the US
Episcopal church.
"It is really in a sense a veiled
threat to them that they either
comply with the rest of the com-
munion or they will have to
walk apart," said Archbishop
The Archbishop said that the
Primates "regard...as non-nego-
tiable and totally unacceptable"
the fact that a man known to
be living in a non-celibate same-
sex relationship has been con-
secrated as a bishop in the Epis-
copal church, and that same-sex
unions have received church
Archbishop Gomez admitted

* ARCHBISHOP Drexel Gomez

that from what he has heard,
some Bishops in the US are
"angry" at having been chal-
lenged by the Primates in such a
Archbishop Gomez said that
the' Primates' meeting in Tan-
.zania two weeks ago saw "much
discussion and a bit of agony",
with consensus only achieved
in the last hour of the last
evening that the Bishops met.
"It ended up with everyone

present personally accepting the
communique, including the pre-
siding Bishop of the United
States church who said that she
would try to go .back and get
her Bishops to come along,"
said Archbishop Gomez.
Represented were members
of both the "majority" and the
"minority" of the Anglican
communion, Archbishop
Gomez said.
He added that the Septem-

ber 2007 date had been set by
the Primates as it was felt that
this issue needed to be resolved


Also amongst the priorities
listed in the communique, the
ratifying of a Covenant for the
Anglican Communion as
drafted by the Covenant Design
Group in Nassau is of par-
ticular significance.
The substance of the
covenant is "a series of affir-
mations and commitments
stating) who we are and what
we believe, (and) commitment
to'behave in such a way," said
Archbishop Gomez.
"We believe that this
covenant will help us to live in
communion by mutually sub-
jecting ourselves to follow the
general mind and uphold the
general position across the com-
munion," he said.
Primates decided to adopt the
draft document as one which
should be sent to every province
for study and consultation.
They have urged the various
provinces to submit a response
to the draft to the Anglican
communion office by 2007.
However, it is envisioned that
a process of debate and consul-

station on the substance of the
covenant will not take place
until 2009.
This is the first time the
Anglican communion will
receive such a framework, that
if accepted, will apply across the
world-wide community, noted
Archbishop Gomez adding
that Nassau, having been the
birthplace of the covenant, will
now take a place in the annals
of Anglican history.
Although the process leading
up to the stage where individual
members of the Anglican com-
munion will continue for anoth-
er two years, the Archbishop
noted, if the Episcopal church
does not accede to the requests
made in the Primates' commu-
nique they could be "isolated
(from the Anglican commu-
nion) before the covenant
process is completed," warned
Archbishop Gomez.
Also suggested in the com-
munique is the formation of a
Pastoral Council, consisting of
five members two nominated
by the Primates, two by the Pre-
siding Bishop, and a Primate of
a province of the Anglican com-
munion nominated by the
Archbishop of Canterbury, who
will, in cooperation with the
Episcopal church, "facilitate and
encourage healing within (that

Nottage 'confident' of winning Bain

and Grant's Town constituency race

DR Bernard Nottage said he
has been approached by many
constituents in the Bain and
Grant's Town constituency, and
is confident of winning the seat
if the party confirms him as its
candidate for the area later this
Dr Nottage made his first
public remarks on his candidacy
for the area following the con-
tract signing between the
Bahamas Nurses Union and the
government at the Ministry of
Health yesterday.
According to Dr Nottage,
PLP members from the Bain
and Grant's Town have asked
that he receive the party nomi-
nation for the election.
He said: "I do know, because
I have seen the correspondence,
that there was a meeting of the
branch in Bain and Grant's
Town, and they decided that
they would wish me to be their
"They have since written a
letter to the party to that effect.
And so, clearly, I have had to
look at it. I have been
approached by many people in
the area. That gives me the con-
fidence that my chances are

pretty good in Bain and Grant's
"I like the idea of represent-
ing an area like Bain and
Grant's Town. Many people
think that it is not a good area
because of what they perceive
the area to be.. But to me it is
the ultimate challenge of a rep-
resentative to seek to improve a
constituency and the con-
stituents and to provide for
them some opportunities they
may not have had in the past."
Controversy has emerged sur-
rounding the PLP nomination
for this seat, as Rev C B Moss
has alleged that the prime min-
ister and Bradley Roberts
promised him this constituency
Rev Moss has also publicly
stated that he would not sup-
port another PLP candidate for
the area if he does not receive
the nomination.
He has declared that he will
be a candidate for the Bain and
Grant's Town constituency in
the upcoming election, whether
or not he receives the PLP nom-
As the FNM already has a
candidate for the area David
Jordine this would mean that
Rev Moss will have to run as a

member of a smaller party, pr as
an independent, if he doe not
get the PLP nonminatiop.
Dr Nottage said that Rev
Moss is a friend and he hoped
that he would respect the deci-
sion of the party regarding the

He said: "Each of us, as mem-
bers of the party, will have to
submit ourselves to the decision
of the party. I am prepared to
do that and I trust that he is.
"So, my hope is that once a
decision has been made, that
both of us will abide by the

wishes of the party. I wish him
very well. If he gets the nomi-
nation in Bain and Grant's
Town, I am prepared to sup-
port him. And I hope that if I
get the nomination, he is pre-
pared to support me."

Health organisation

director makes an

official trip to Nassau

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DR Mirta Roses Periago,
director of the Pan American
Health Organisation (PAHO),
will make an official visit to
Nassau on February 28 through
March 1, 2007.
On Monday, February 28, Dr
Periago will meet with.Minis-
ter of Health, National Insur-
ance and Public Information
Senator Dr Bernard Nottage,
and attend a lunch hosted by
him followed by a joint press
On Thursday, March 1, Dr
Periago will make several cour-
tesy calls on senior government
Dr Periago is an internation-
ally-recognised physician and
epidemiologist, with more than
20 years experience in the pro-
motion of public health, inter-
national technical co-operation
,and the development of health
programmes throughout the
Dr Periago is skilled in the
management of multicultural
teams, the creation of networks,
communication, and project
management and financing, and
in the search for partnerships
and analytical work. She speaks
Spanish, English, Portuguese,
Italian and French.

She has been employed by
PAHO since 1995 and became
director of the hemispheric
organisation on February 1,
From 1980 to 1983, Dr
Periago served as PAHO/WHO
consultant in Chile and Wash-
ington on teaching and service
in the fields of epidemiology
and laboratory diagnosis of
tropical diseases.
Between 1984 and 1986, she
served as chief of the Epidemi-
ological Surveillance Unit of the
Caribbean Epidemiology Cen-
centre in Trinidad and Tobago
that provides service to 17
Caribbean countries.
Dr Periago served as
PAHO/WHO country epi-
demiologist in the Dominican
Republic from 1986 to 1987,
and as PAHO/WHO Repre-
sentative to the Dominican
Republic between 1988 and
She was PAHO/WHO rep-
resentative to Bolivia from 1992
to 1995, and assistant director of
PAHO/WHO, headquartered
in Washington DC, from 1995
to 2003, when she assumed the
post of PAHO director.



$1.9m contract for sea

wall in Grand Bahama

TO help protect Grand
Bahama from devastating sea
surges in the future, govern-
ment has awarded a $1.9 mil-
lion contract to build a new sea
wall along the island's eastern
Attending the contract sign-
ing ceremony in Williams
Town, Works and Utilities Min-
ister Bradley Roberts said that
the contract had been awarded
to Smith's Construction Com-
pany for the construction of sea-
walls in High Rock, West End
and Williams Town as well as
two locations in McLeans
"Smith's Construction has
agreed- to commence con-
struction of these seawalls as
quickly as possible and will
utilise their expansive

resources to ensure that as
many of the sea defences are
built prior to, or as soon after,
the commencement of the
2007 Hurricane Season," the
minister said.
Mr Roberts said the work
Smith's Construction will do is
designed to fortify coastal
roads, which are vulnerable to
erosion, especially during
storms. .
He said the company will
build some 8,375 feet of sea
walls using 6,319 cubic yards of
concrete and 7,748 cubic yards
of fill material.
"And this project is slated for
funding under phase two of the
IDB/GOB loan agreement.
Therefore, in compliance with
the terms of the IDB's (Inter-
national Development Bank)

loan, independent engineering
consultants will be engaged to
oversee all aspects of the con-
struction of these seawalls," he


Mr Roberts said that when
Smith's Construction miet with
his ministry after extensive
review by the technical staff,
the consensus was that the
company had demonstrated a
thorough knowledge of the
"Further, the equipment,
methodology, and the manage-
ment they proposed to use war-
ranted the award of the pro-
ject," he said.
Mr Roberts said he is confi-

dent these projects will.be in
good hands with Smith's Con-
struction and that the result will
ensure community safety and
The minister also urged
Bahamians to look at construc-
tion as a viable,and desirable
area for employment because
of the financial benefits that can
be derived from that line of
"As the Bahamas continues
to develop, and Grand Bahama
in particular, there will be an
increased need for skilled
labour and engineers, in all
facets of the construction indus-
"If one is capable, productive
and committed to the construc-
tion field, you will be able to
achieve success," he said.

I WORKS and Utilities Minister Bradley Roberts

Government 'just like the old

PLP', says Gibson challenger

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE FNM candidate for
Golden Gates, attorney Don
Saunders, said it was sad to see
that the "new PLP" was con-
ducting itself just like the "old
PLP", as it attempts to utilise
the race issue right before the
next general election.
Mr Saunders, who is going up
against former Minister of
Immigration and Labour Shane
Gibson, who was forced to
resign over his close friendship
with the late Anna Nicole
Smith, said the PLP's talk of the
United Bahamian Party (UBP)
"will get them nowhere."
"It was so sad to see the so-
called 'New PLP' disgress to the
same old ways of what they
themselves called the 'Old

* DON Saunders

PLP'. As one man in Golden
Gates put it, 'It's the same PLP
- not new or old, just PLP'.
"As a young Bahamian, I sit
and I wonder why a political
party in today's Bahamas would
still be talking about the UBP
and the 'white versus black'
"I am proud to say, howev-
er, that since the introduction
(again) of this 'PLP Political
Issue' (because that is what it
is it is not a national issue of
importance to the Bahamian
electorate today) constituents
in Golden Gates have expressed
their disappointment in the
PLP's attempt to 'play the race
card' in these upcoming gener-
al elections," he said.
Whijl the ruling PLP have
denied such a ploy, many polit-
ical observers would disagree.
Numerous cases were cited

where the Minister of Foreign
Affairs and the Public Service
Fred Mitchell recounted the
FNM's connection to the UBP
through its deputy leader Brent
Symonette the son of the for-
mer premier of the Bahamas,
Sir Roland Symonette.
Mr Mitchell, in fact, warned
voters that if the FNM were to
win the next election, they
should be mindful that Mr
Symonette a white Bahamian
- may be handed power of the
Mr Saunders said, however,
that during his campaigning in
Golden Gates voters are not
concerned about race at all -
but issues that affect their daily
lives and the nation at large.
"The issue is not race or the
UBP. In fact most of us, that is
young Bahamians, know little
or nothing about the UBP. Yes,

we do respect the importance
of the lessons of history, but we
refuse to be prisoners of the
"Today we live in a Bahamas
of broken PLP promises as they
relate to our health care sys-
tem, educational system, roads
and works, and recreational
"The residents of Golden
Gates and other communities
throughout the Bahamas con-
tinue to experience an escala-
tion in criminal activities. These
are the issues we care about.
"We will not be prisoners of
the past. We in Golden Gates,
like the rest of the Bahamas,
are interested in ensuring that
there is an accountable, effec-
tive and efficient government
in parliament, who will truly
look after our interests," he

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* A COSTA Rican banana worker prepares freshly harvested bananas for shipping on the Select
Fruits of the Tropics banana plantation near Parrita, Costa Rica, some 100 miles south-west of San
Jose. Latin American countries and the United States have long contended that European Union
tariffs on the fruit amount to unfair trade discrimination.
(AP Photo/Kent Gilbert, file)

EUROPEAN restrictions on
banana imports will face a new
challenge at the World Trade
Organization next month when
Ecuador asks the group to
restart a decade-old dispute
over what Latin American
countries and the United States
have previously argued amounts
to unfair trade discrimination,
officials said Monday, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The WTO has consistently
ruled against how the European
Union sets tariffs for bananas,
forcing the bloc to overhaul a
system that grants preferential
conditions for producers from
African and Caribbean coun-
tries, mainly former British and
French colonies.
Latin American producers
and banana companies based in
the United States have long
complained that the EU rules
'avoo C'a ibbean and African
producers. The Unitcd States,

in 1999, and Ecuador a year lat-
er both won the right to impose
trade sanctions on European
goods after the WTO found the
EU's rules to be illegal.


Brussels, however, says a new
banana tariff established last
year US$231 per ton has
brought it into compliance with
WTO rulings. Ecuador, the
world's largest banana produc-
er, asked the EU for consulta-
tions in November, and will ask
for a formal investigation when
the WTO's dispute settlement
body meets on March 8, accord-
ing to an advisory sent Monday
to the organisation's 150 mem-
"As far as we are concerned,
we have done what we needed
to do," said Michael Mann, a
spokesman for EU Agriculture
Commissioner Mariann Fischer

Mann rejected Ecuador's
claim; citing figures that the
EU had imported more
bananas last year from the
South American country. "Any
idea that they are kept out of
the European market is just
not true," he told The Associ-
ated Press.
Ecuador's mission to the
WTO said it could not imme-
diately comment.
Latin American bananas cur-
rently have around 60 per cent
of the market, while African
and Caribbean producers have
20 per cent, EU officials have
said. Bananas grown in the EU
- mostly on Spanish and French'
islands account for another 20
The case, originally brought
to the Geneva-based trade ref-
eree in 1996, spawned a series
of linked disputes in the WTO
as lawyers wrangled over pro-
cedural intricacies and legisla-
tion which had previously never
been tested.

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Rum Cay All-Age School

is given three computers i

* MARCEL Wilkinson (right), proprietor of Le Cram Enterprise, donated three Dell computers
and two printers to Rum Cay All-Age School, Port Nelson, Rum Cay, at his office on Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway. Philip Davis, MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador,
accepted on behalf of the school.
(Photo: BIS/Raymond Bethel)

Sir Clement presents awards

to Sea Bees. Swimming Club

* THE Sea Bees Swimming Club held its annual awards ceremony at Government House, earlier
this month. Deputy to the Governor General Sir Clement Maynard presented the awards..
Andreas Weech and Ariel Weech won the overall performance award and were recognized for
their "outstanding performance" in international competition. Outstanding trainer awards went
to Jemarco Armbrister, Leslie Campbell, and Amber Weech. The swimmers and coaches are pic-
tured with Deputy Governor General Sir Clement inside Government House Ballroom.
(Photo: BIS/Tim Aylen)

Delaporte children clean up beach

for Operation Love Your Country

OVER 60 Delaporte children
participated in cleaning the
area's beach this Saturday the
final day of the "Operation
Love Your Country."
The initiative, which has been
an ongoing effort hosted by the
Love97 radio station for the
past nine years, was joined by
the FNM's Delaporte candidate
Dr Hubert Minnis.
The beach clean-up went
from Caves Beach along
Orange Hill Beach to Gambier

Beach. Participants in the
"Operation Love Your Coun-
try" have in the past been
involved in painting and repair-
ing old age homes, cleaning
public parks and planting trees.
Dr Minnis, who describes
himself as an advocate for pro-
tecting the environment, used
the opportunity to teach the
children about the importance
of not polluting the environ-
ment and on how damaging
marine pollution is to the future

and beauty of the Bahamas.
The FNM Delaporte said that
he hopes to make the beach
clean-up and recycling on-going
programmes in Delaporte.
All aluminum cans collected
were given to Waste Not Cans
for Kids, a Bahamian environ-
mentally conscious garbage col-
lection company that recycles
and pays for the used cans.
All proceeds derived from
the sale of the cans collected by
the children will be donated to a

youth organisation in the Dela-
porte constituency.
In addition to teaching the
children the importance of recy-
cling whenever possible, the
children also gathered statistics
regarding the amount and type
of garbage collected on that par-
ticular beach on that particular
For example, 371 pieces of
plastic, 255 pieces of glass, 156
pieces of Styrofoam, 114 pits of
paper, and shoes, underwear,

and other items were removed
from the beach on Saturday.
The statistics gathered will
be forwarded to Project-
BEACH, a non-profit affiliate
of Dolphin Encounters.
A truck load of garbage was
collected by the children.
The participating children
expressed shock at how much
broken glass in particular was
found in the sand. The children
were also very surprised that,
although the beach may

appeared clean from a far, large
amounts of litter could be found
hidden in trees, bushes, and the
It was explained to the chil-
dren of Delaporte that garbage
thrown into the ocean takes
hundreds of years to degrade -
a plastic bottle takes 450 years,
a disposable diaper takes 450
years, aluminum can takes 200
years, and a Styrofoam cup
takes 50 years to breakdown in-
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FROM page one

over his already discoloured
body, apparently hysterical
with grief.
Onlookers, perhaps
expecting to see an exhibit
or performance of some
kind, were visibly shocked
and sickened when they
pushed through the noisy
crowd to see the 21-year-
old's body laid out on the
Police said that after the
tragic incident the man had
been taken from the Colo-
nial beach area to the Prince
George wharf by someone
in a private vessel, and was
subsequently pronounced
dead at the scene.
His body was eventually
put in a body bag, lifted onto
a trolley and removed by van
to the morgue.
His distraught fiancee had
already walked away from
the scene, comforted by sev-
eral other tourists.
The couple had been stay-
ing at the Riu hotel on Par-
adise Island. Police press
liaison officer Walter Evans
was unable to say how long
they had been in the

FROM page one

In the case of Marco Oliver vs The
Crown, the Privy Council allowed the
appeal and set aside the order of the Court
The issues on which Oliver was granted
leave to appeal were that the Court of
Appeal did not have the power to increase
his sentence where only one sentence was
appealed against and if the court had the
power to increase the sentence, the power
was not exercised fairly or judicially.
In respect to first issue, the Privy Coun-
cil ruled that the appellant's argument
The ruling says that the judges were "of
the opinion that the Court of Appeal dis-
cussed the extent of the appeal in the
course of the hearing before it and dealt
with the case on the basis that it was being

* THE body of the man is removed. (Photo: Tim Clarke)

Anna Nicole's daughter

FROM page one

sion yesterday.
Smith's mother Virgie Arthur also appeared at the Supreme
Court yesterday. She is trying to get guardianship from Smith's
companion, Howard K. Stem, who is listed as the father on the
child's birth certificate.
Mrs Arthur claims she could provide a more stable home for
the infant, who could stand to inherit a fortune. Los Angeles
based photographer Larry Birkhead is also a part of the
guardianship dispute being heard in the Supreme court.
All attorneys have reportedly been warned to remain tight-
lipped on the court proceedings. The Tribune has learned that
the guardianship hearing was adjourned to March 16.
Attorneys yesterday reportedly made submissions on proce-
dural matters. When the hearing resumes in March the court is
expected to give further directions.
An order to keep baby Dannielynn in the Bahamas was
granted two weeks ago.
Smith gave birth to her daughter on September 7, 2006,
three days before her 20-year-old son Daniel died while visiting
her in a Nassau hospital. A jury inquest into Daniel's death has
been set for late March.

brought against both rape sentences."
As for Oliver's second ground of appeal,
. the judges said that in all cases where the
appellant court is considering an increase in
sentence, it should give a clear indication to
that effect and give the appellant or his
lawyer an opportunity to address them on
However, the Privy Council said: "In
these circumstances it was incumbent on
the court to make the situation as clear as
possible and to give the appellant a timely
warning and a full opportunity to consider
his position and make the appropriate sub-
missions. The Board is impelled to the con-
clusion that the absence of these safeguards
denied the appellant his constitutional right
to a fair trial."
At the end of its judgment, the Privy
Council made note of the "unique nature"
of its first appeal heard outside of Lon-


Privy Council rules Bahamas Court of Appeal

denied appellant constitutional rights

Long Island"

FROM page one
Late last year government
served the owner of the Man-
grove Bush boat yard with a
cease and desist order.
However, the owner admit-
ted in January that he was not
complying with the order,
stating that it contained ref-
erences to violations of the "
environmental law with which
he disagreed.
At the time Energy and
Environment Minister Iit
Marcus Bethel advised th .
owner, a Mr Darville, to get a
lawyer to communicate with
government rather than "try-
ing to interpret the law" hifim-
Dr Bethel said yesterday
he had no new information
on the matter. However, he
believed his permanent sec-
retary had received some
communication from Mr
Darville's legal representa-
The permanent secretary,
however, could not be.
reached by telephone yester- :
Residents on the island are
now claiming that the owner
of the boat yard only stopped
operations for three days
before resuming work again.
A woman who contacted
The Tribune yesterday, said
that her sister has been
extremely sick in the past few
"She has been on a breath-
ing machine again. Whenever
he (the boat yard owner)
takes a break from work, she
feels a lot better. As soon as
operations at the yard resume
she is sick again," the woman
An investigation into the
Mangrove boat yard began mi
December last year, after The
Tribune reported that resi-
dents were suffering respira- ,
tory illnesses in Long Island.
Letters from a local pil-
monologist detailing symp-
toms of two residents of the
island's settlement had previ-
ously been leaked to the "
In the letters it was claimed.
that residents were suffering
from signs of "severe bron-
chospasm" a reactive air-
way disease, which the doc-
tor said he believed were
caused by chemical exposure.


We should avoid US-styeleeevision

VER the course of
our short and inter-
twined histories, many, many
good things have come to the
,ahamas by way of our north-
ern neighbour, the United
Lr,A zillion little conveniences
4tat now make life in the
ftphamas an exceptionally bear-
4ble experience originate in our
proximity to the biggest and
jnost dynamic economy on
More importantly, progres-
i.ve political events from the
.oston,Tea Party to the Mont-
gomery bus boycott have all
catalysed and foreshadowed
important shifts in a local polit-
t(sail history that was otherwise
generally grounded in a torpid
,c-olonial fixture.
r-Heni c. despite oui supposed
-stoncdal "'Bitlisihness many
l the major reform movements
in the Bahamas have originated
p, trends or events in the Unit
p States.

.7 ut along with the good
has come the bad. Foi
alI the merits of the society it is
supposed to reflect, American
television is, with some notable
exceptions, deplorable garbage.
u Britain with its four (or now
-five) stations and Japan with its
five (like just about every other
First World country and many
_-veloping ones) offer far more
optionss for good. informative
Watching than the hundreds of
US channels combined.
-.,*Thanks to Cable (which, to
1le sure, has been on balance a
good thing for The Bahamas),
-ve now have a selection of rub-
l3sh television options that far
outnumber the genuinely good
qnes. This is not surprising, as it
is merely a logical consequence
of the fore-mentioned proximi-
ty, which would fashion prefer-
ences even without television.
But more troubling than the
- mere availability among these
options of things like Fox tele-
Vision is the apparent local pref-
arence of them over genuinely
good options.
,, Despite the availability of
such excellent basic-service
channels as BBC and PBS and
paid ones like China's English-
:nguage CCTV, a disturbingly
ffrge portion of Bahamians still
Iseem to get their outlook on the
,world from the likes of Fox, not
itt mention the abysmal Black
entertainmentt Television.

I S adly. this generalisation
appears to include some-



one in ZNS's programming
department. On weekday after-
noons, Bahamian schoolchild-
ren are targeted by our nation-
al broadcaster for exposure to
the "Black Family Channel",
which teaches them, among oth-
er edifying things, how to hang
with their homese' while staying
clean in the 'hood'.
Recently, Wendall Jones,
rightly berated the US networks
for the ever-decreasing quality
of their programming and indi-
cated, rightly, that part of the
problem has been the unavail-
ability of local broadcasting
Mr Jones is right to blame the
"information poverty" of
Bahamians for many of this
country's woes. We have seen
vividly how a prying press and,
notably, private radio stations,
have resulted in politicians who
are either less corrupt or more
vigilant and defensive (either
case would be good).
He is right, too, that no
amount of information avail-
ability will rescue us if our
broadcasting reaches the level
of that in the US, which is as
successful a dumbing-down tool
as any yet invented. In this
regard, professionalism will be

t should not be hard to
avoid dumbed-down
broadcasting while remaining
interesting to viewers. For,
despite (or maybe on account
of) lowered standards of pro-
fessionalism and informative-
ness, US television remains, on
the whole, boring and insipid
to the point of nullifying the
human mind. In the last fort-
night, every banal, private and
uninteresting aspect of a
deceased starlet's life has been
sensationally 'examined', while
the meltdown in Iraq and the
looming reality of global warm-
ing are treated like an after-
thought by the networks.
And even on the non-issues
on which they focus, the US
networks seem incapable of
maintaining intelligent, profes-
sional coverage. Viewers are
treated to an endless tirade of
"analysis" by hysterical, pop-
ulist loudmouths advancing stri-
dent and generally idiotic posi-
tions. As a bonus, some shows
turn to forcing sensational innu-
endoes from the 'in house

Viewers are treated to an endless
lirade of "analysis" by hysterical,
populist loudmouths advancing
strident and generally idiotic

experts' whose function seems
to be to compound the idiocy
with slairder.

If you watched only US
networks over the last
fortnight, you may well not be

aware of the resignation of the
whole Italian government last
week, or the looming leader-
ship struggle in Britain. But you
would know what kind of rela-
tionship Annai Nicole had with
her mother's second husband,
and why exactly she fell out
with her designer.
It makes a laughable com-
parison, not only with the BBC,
but even with professional news
reporting in places like Jamaica
and Barbados.
In this regard, it is indeed

In the last fortnight, every banal,
private and uninteresting aspect of
a deceased starlet's life has been
sensationally 'examined', while
the meltdown in Iraq and the
looming reality of global warming
are treated like an afterthought by
the networks.







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good news for the Bahamian
viewing public that the propri-
etor of our first private televi-
sion licence himself appears to
recognize the generally

appalling quality of broadcast-
ing offered by the US networks.
Let's hope that he can and will
do something to avoid following
in their footsteps.

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Nicole Smith saga and its impact
on the Bahamas is due out this
The Tribune's managing edi-
tor, John Marquis, has been com-
missioned to write an 80,000-word
account of the final tragic months
of the cover girl's life.
"With a demanding day job
like mine; it will not be easy to
complete the book in less than,
two months," he said yesterday.
"But this is one of the great
human interest stories of all time
and it deserves to be recorded as
a piece of Bahamian history."
The book, whose working title
is Anna Nicole: The Bahamas
Connection, will be published by
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of cover girl's final months

said: "There is no doubt this is a
compelling story getting wide play
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The book will focus, particu-
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Anna Nicole's life, covering the
birth of her daughter Dannielynn
and the death of her son, Daniel.
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furore over The Tribune's now
famous front page on February
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The front page, which led to
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from the beginning and also took
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unfolding drama, and led the call
for an inquest into Daniel's death.
"The Tribune's staff has done a
fabulous job in covering this sto-
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as a memorial to their fine work."
The project will make 2007 a
big year for the veteran journalist,

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His book, Papa Doc: Portrait of
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Colina duo

win appeal

in Campbell

stake dispute

* Tribune Business Editor
COLINA Financial Group
(CFG) principals Emanuel Alex-
iou and Anthony Ferguson yes-
terday won a Privy Council rul-
ing against their former business
partner, the highest court ruling
that James Campbell must repay
,them the difference if the "fair
'market value" of his CFG stake
'is found to be less than the $12.5
million agreed in a previous con-
sent order.
The Privy Council backed Mr
Alexiou and Mr Ferguson over
'their interpretation of a contract
to acquire Mr Campbell's 45 per
cent CFG stake, after the two
'sides fell out in a bitter share-
holder dispute in March 2005,
ruling against the latter's argu-
ment that the $12.5 million val-
uation provisionally agreed
"should be treated as settled".
The contract, contained in a
consent order made by Supreme
Court Justice Hugh Small on
July 25, 2005, saw Mr Alexiou
and Mr Ferguson agree to buy-
out Mr Campbell's stake at "fair
market value".
However, their interpretations
of that contract differed, Mr
_ Campbell alleging that it meant
he would receive whatever was
'greater of these two options -
the agreed "fair market value"
or $12.5 million.
His former business partners,
though, convinced the Privy
Council that the contract meant
Mr Campbell would receive the
agreed "fair market value" for
his stake, whether this was more
or less than $12.5 million.
The Privy Council found: "Mr
Campbell resisted the implica-
tion of a repayment term into
the contract, arguing that he
might not have been willing to
agree to such a term. It must,
however, be assumed for pre-
sent purposes that Mr Campbell


(FILE photo)

was negotiating in good faith,
and further that he understood
his entitlement to be, and only to
be, the purchase of his share-
holding by Mr Alexiou and Mr,
Ferguson at its fair market value,
no more and no less.
"The question what should
happen if, unexpectedly, the fair
market value were agreed or
determined at a figure below the
aggregate of the two down pay-
ments, must be considered in
that context. It could yield only
one possible answer: that any
excess should be promptly
repaid. Any other answer would
contradict the core provision of
the contract."
The Privy Council yesterday
declared that the value of Mr
Campbell's CFG stake, held
through his wholly-owned com-
pany, PJ Enterprises, was to be
based on valuations of the
group's worth at June 30, 2005.
In addition, the court ruled
that the $12.5 million paid to Mr
Campbell was not a minimum
sum, and that both sides did not
agree that the valuations of Col-
ina entities performed between
April-July 2005 should be bind-
Finally, the Privy Council

SEE page 2B

Baha Mar: March 1 Heads

target deadline 'promising'

Tribune Business Editor
B aha Mar Resorts' president yes-
terday told The Tribune that
prospects for the $2.4 billion
Cable Beach developer to meet
its March 1 deadline for conclud-
ing a supplemental Heads of Agreement with
the Government looked promising, although it
was still "premature" say whether it would def-
initely be met.
Don Robinson said: "Everything is going very
well. Our team and the Government team have
been meeting daily.
"It's a little premature to say whether the*
March 1 deadline will be met; we'll know more
in a day or two, but we're all focused on trying
to get there. We're focused on ensuring every-
one's due diligence is completed."
Mr Robinson said Baha Mar's negotiating
team and its government counterparts had been
meeting every day last week, over the week-
end, and were set to meet "almost every day
this week", including yesterday.
March 1 is seen by Baha Mar as its "critical.
benchmark date" for the $2.4 billion Cable
Beach project, as meeting this deadline for con-
cluding talks on a supplemental Heads of Agree-
ment with the Government would pave the way
to comfortably seal its joint venture agreement
with Harrah's Entertainment.
Baha Mar and Harrah's had agreed to close
their joint venture, which will see the latter take
a 43 per cent equity stake in the Cable Beach

project, by mid-March 2007, around March 15.
Baha Mar believes it has satisfied and deliv-
ered a number of conditions precedent to both
Harrah's and Starwood, its other operating part-
ner, in relation to the agreements with both
After concluding the agreement with the Gov-
ernment, Baha Mar will have about two weeks
to tie-down the agreements with Harrah's, which
is its joint venture equity partner, and Starwood,
which is an operating partner.
Missing the March 1 date could place Baha
Mar under pressure to conclude its joint venture
agreement by the stipulated March 15 deadline,
especially as the developer has issues such as
financing it needs to pin down with the likes of
"The consequences of not meeting the date is
that two public companies have a 'walk-away'
right from the deal," John Forelle, Baha Mar
Resorts' vice-chairman and general counsel,
previously told The Tribune.
"It seems to us and, we believe, the Govern-
ment, that it's a risk neither of us should take -
that we get past a date that allows Harrah's and
Starwood to rethink this transaction.
"We have no reason to think that anyone is
going to change their minds about the deal, but
it's not a risk we want to take."
Mr Robinson said yesterday of Baha Mar's-
relationship with Harrah's: "We've been talking
to them and making sure anything that impacts
them, they're in the loop. But most of the nego-
tiations have been with our team."
Harrah's, a world-renowned casino operator,

will bring its Caesar's Entertainment brand to
the 100,000 square foot casino, purportedly the
largest in the Caribbean, and a 1,000-room hotel.
Starwood' will bring its four brands the
Westin, Sheraton, W and St Regis to brand the
remaining hotels.
Among the issues being dealt with in the sup-
plemental Heads of Agreement are the changes
in the size and scope of the Baha Mar project,
which has increased from $1.billion to $2.4 bil-
lion. The developers are seeking investment
incentives that are increased in proportion to the
development's size.
Baha Mar's $2.4 billion transformation of
Cable Beach will attract 500,000 guests to its
various resorts during the first year after it ful-
ly opens in 2011, with the project becoming "the
largest gaming and resort development in this
Hemisphere outside Las Vegas".
Speaking after the preliminary signing of the
joint venture agreement with Harrah's, Sarkis
Izmirlian, Baha Mar's chairman and chief exec-
utive, said then that the completed develop-
ment will pump $560 million annually into the
Bahamian economy's gross domestic product
Mr Izmirlian reiterated that economic fore-
casting studies conducted by Global Insight had
shown that after opening, Baha Mar would cre-
ate "more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs".
The same study reported that Baha Mar's
cumulative impact on Bahamian GDP would
be some $11.2 billion over a 20-year period,
with more than $4.7 billion in tax revenues pro-
duced over that same time period.

'Thousands in damages' ruling hits


Tribune Business Editor
THE Privy Council has ruled
that the Government and
Bahamasair must pay thousands
of dollars in damages to an avi-
ation company that lost use of a
hangar and stores facility at the
then-Nassau International Air-
port, despite having agreed a
lease to use the site.
The highest court overturned
previous rulings by the Supreme
Court and Court of Appeal,
finding that Massai Aviation
Services (originally named
Cleare Air Aviation Services)
and its successor, Aerostar Ltd,

were entitled to full reimburse-
ment for the costs of building
new facilities for Bahamasair,
after the national flag carrier had
refused to leave the hangar and
stores facility they had leased
from the Government.
The Privy Council judgement
recorded how the affair began
when the then-FNM govern-
ment sought tenders for the
monopoly provision of fixed
base operation (FBO) services
at Nassau International Airport
in 1995.
The bids submitted by Cleare
Air Aviation Services and others
were all rejected, but the Gov-
ernment then invited the com-

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pany and others to identify sites
for non-monopoly fixed base
Cleare Air Aviation Services
identified an 11-acre site, and on
December 18, 1995, received a
letter from the Government
offering a 21-year lease on the
site from January 1, 1996, at a
cost of $6,000 per annum. The
company was given an option
over a further five acres, and to
extend the lease for another 21
years at a rent to be agreed.
Cleare Air Aviation Services
accepted the offer a day later,
which carried with it the stipula-
tion that the company had to
present a development plan
within 30 days and start con-
struction no later than 60 days
from the acceptance date.
The company occupied the
site on January 1,1996, and sub-
mitted, a development plan on
January 18, 1996.
"However, on the site were a
large hanger and a stores build-
ing which were occupied by
Bahamasair, the national carrier,
which is ultimately owned by the
Government," the Privy Council
"Bahamasair claimed to have
an interest in both buildings and
initially refused to leave either.
They vacated the hanger in
March 1996, but only vacated
the stores building after Cleare
Air Aviation Services had been
persuaded by the Government

to build a new one for them else-
-where at a cost of just over
$324,000. This took until March
1997. The stores building was in
the middle of the site and the
development was delayed.
Cleare Air Aviation Services
claimed that its business had col-
lapsed as a result."
The Government formally
granted the lease on December
18, 1997. but Cleare Air Avia-
tion Services initiated its action
against Bahamasair and the
Government on February 24,
1998. It claimed damages against
the Government for loss of prof-
its caused by the delay in estab-
lishing its operation "while com-
petitors were able to establish
theirs, or for the loss of the val-
ue of the user of the property of
which it was deprived".
The company also sought to
recover the $324,139 it had paid
to get the airline out, and against
Bahamasair, "it claimed the rent
collected by Bahamasair on the
retained hanger, damages for
trespass and the $324,139.69 as
money had and received".
The case was complicated,
though, by Cleare Air Aviation
Services' shareholders deciding
to sell the business after initiat-
ing the action.
"They decided, however, to
keep the lawsuit," the Privy

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Colina duo win appeal in Campbell stake dispute

FROM page 1B

d claied:"lf the fair market val-
ue of the shares held by PJ
Enterprises Ltd in Colina Finan-
cial Group should be agreed or
determined in any sum less than
$12.5 million, any difference
between that sum and the fair
market value as agreed or deter-
mined should be reimbursed
forthwith by PJ Enterprises to
Mr Alexiou (or his company)
and Mr Ferguson."
The Privy Council ruling
effectively means that Mr Camp-
bell could ultimately receive a
sum that is less or greater than
the $12.5 million previously
agreed. But the whole affair
does not end here.
It effectively places the ball
firmly in the court of the three..
independent experts appointed
to carry out a valuation of all
the Colina group's assets Gra-
ham Garner, for Mr Alexiou;
Ishmael Lightbourne (now the
Bahamas' representative at the
World Bank in Washington) for
Mr Campbell; and Craig 'Tony'
Gomez for Mr Ferguson to
come up with an "agreed fair
market value" for the group and
Mr Campbell's stake.
Under the terms of Justice
Small's consent order, if the
experts cannot agree this, the
'fair market value' issue will be
referred to an arbitrator agreed
to by attorneys for all the parties.
Thus this particular episode
could drag on for months to
The Privy Council ruling
detailed that 17 companies made
up the CFG group, which since
Mr Campbell's departure has
been renamed A.F Holdings.
CFG held a 67 per cent majority,
controlling stake in its BISX-list-
ed insurance subsidiary, Colina
Holdings (Bahamas), and CFG's

shareholding was split between
Mr Campbell and Mr Alexiou,
who each owned 45 per cent,
and Mr Ferguson, who held the
remaining 10 per cent.that con-.
stituted the balance of power.
The judgement revealed that
the split between Mr Campbell
and his partners came following
"differences of opinion"
between himself and Mr Alex-
They sought to remove Mr
Campbell from posts as director
and officer of CFG, and the
group's subsidiaries, prompting
Mr Cambpell to file a Supreme
Court summons on April 22,
2005, under Section 280 of the
Companies Act.
"He complained of oppression
by the other shareholders of
CFG, and sought an injunction
to restrain them and CFG from
removing him as a director or
officer of Colina Holdings
(Bahamas), and from any such
position in any subsidiary or
affiliate of CFG," the Privy
Council ruled.
"He also sought an order that
CFG be liquidated and dissolved
on the ground that it was just
and equitable to wind up the
company. An ex parte injunc-
tion was granted on 26 April,
2005, but Messrs Alexiou and'
Ferguson and CFG sought to
strike out the summons and dis-
charge the injunction on the
ground that section 280 was
inapplicable and there had been
no oppressive conduct."
Mr Alexiou also sought an
order that he and Mr Ferguson
buyout Mr Campbell's CFG
stake. The two parties started
talking about a price in April
2005, and engaged Eckler Par-
ties, the then-Colina Insurance
Company's external actuaries,,
to value the life and health insur-

ance subsidiaries.
This they did, based on the
unaudited December 31, 2004,
Colina Insurance Company
financial, but warned that it was
a 'back-of-the-envelope' calcu-
Eckler Partners said a proper
valuation would have taken two
to three months and cost "sev-
eral hundreds of thousands of
dollars", but using a net discount
rate of 10.75 per cent, appraised
Colina Insurance Company's
worth at $57.3 million, or $2.32
per share.
Following the appointment of
the three independent experts,
Mr Campbell was given leave to
amend his summons on June 28,
2005, and request that Mr Alex-
iou and Mr Fergusoin buy him
out at a 'fair market value'.
This led to the consent order
and contract at the heart of the
dispute before the Privy Council,
which was handed down by Jus-
tice Small on July 25,2005.
After this was entered, Mr
Alexiou and Mr Ferguson made
an initial $3.5 million payment to
Mr Campbell the first instal-
ment of the $12.5 million on
August 3, 2005.
"Mr Campbell provided the
share certificates and resigna-
tions specified in clause 5 of the
order, but he did so to CFG ,and
stipulated that the share certifi-
cates were to be held in.escrow
pending receipt of the second
payment of $9 million," the
Privy Council recorded.
"Mr Alexiou and Mr Fergu-
son did not make the second
payment or any part of it by 31
August. Instead, they both made
applications to the court, invok-
ing the liberty to apply included
in the consent order, asking that
payment of the second payment
be stayed until 31 December,

2005, or pending determination
by the experts of the fair market
value of Mr Campbell's interest
in CFG."
These applications came
before Justice John Lyons on
November 30, 2005, who
extended the time given for the
three experts to report and
ordered that the $9 million pay-
ment be stayed.
Mr Campbell then issued a
summons seeking payment of
the $9 million, and an order for
Eckler Partners and/or the
experts to be cross-examined so
the court could determine the
fair market value.
Justice Anita Allen ruled in
favour of Mr Campbell in Janu-
ary 2006, finding that Justice
Lyons had no jurisdiction to
extend the time for compliance,
removing the stay and ordering
that the $9 million be paid to
"She dismissed Mr Campbel-
l's summons seeking cross-exam-
ination and determination of fair
market value by the court, right-
ly holding that he was seeking
to substitute the court for the
arbitrator as the final arbiter of
the value of Mr Campbell's
interest," the Privy Council
Justice Allen ruled that the
fair market value was estimated
"at a minimum of $12.5 million",
and despite an appeal by Mr
Alexiou and Mr Ferguson, the
Court of Appeal upheld the ver-
Mr Alexiou and Mr Fergu-
son's representatives argued
before the Privy Council that
they were "contractually bound
to buy out Mr Campbell's inter-
est at its fair market value, what-
ever that turns out to be. But
they have never agreed to pay

/ Mr Campbell's counsel
responded by arguing that the
valuations of a number of CFG
entities had been largely agreed,
and the two sides were "far
advanced" towards reaching a
final agreement when the con-
sent order was made by Justice
"The provision for payment
of $12.5 million was made
because, on values already
agreed, it was clear that that sum
at least would be due to Mr
Campbell. It was, as the courts
below had held, an agreed min-
imum," the Privy Council
In addition, Mr Campbell's
attorneys argued that the three
experts' task was to assess the
values of the Colina entities for
which there were no valuations.
"In the opinion of the Board,
the construction advanced on
behalf of Mr Alexiou and Mr
Ferguson is sound and both the
answers given by Mr Campbell
are unsound," the Privy Council
ruled............... ..
"Mr Campbell is seeking to
show that the true effect of the
order is that the valuations pro-
visionally agreed should be treat-
ed as settled, and the remit of
the experts and the arbitrator
confined to valuation of the oth-
er group entities not the subject
of any provisionally agreed val-
"Since, however, this is not a
meaning which can be derived
from construction of the order,
his real argument must be that
the order does not reflect the
full agreement made between
the parties. This is not how the
case has been put, and if so put
would be a claim for rectifica-
tion, hot a claim based on con-
struction. It is inappropriate for
the Board to rule on the merits







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Bahamas in developing its
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with the Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB), and
aims to assist both it and the
Government "in the design
of an offshore financial cen-
tre development strategy,
through the proposal and
implementation of specific
actions aimed to the best
allocation of the Bahamian
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of a rectification claim which has
not been advanced, although it
would have faced obvious diffi-

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Council recorded. For all we
know, the purchasers may have
been unwilling to buy it with the
business or to pay a price for the
business which included what
the shareholders believed the
lawsuit to be worth.
"Accordingly a new compa-

ny, Aerostar Ltd, was formed in
August 1998. At that date, the
shareholdings in Aerostar exacts
ly mirrored the shareholdings in
Cleare Air Aviation Services,
Aerostar acquired all the issued
share capital in Cleare Air Avi-
ation Services. Thus at that stage
the ultimate owners of Cleare
Air Aviation Services, including

the lawsuit, remained the same.
"On 14 October, 1998, Cleare
Air Aviation Services assigned
its entire interest in the lawsuit
to Aerostar, its sole shareholder,
for $10. On 15 October, 1998,
Aerostar sold its shareholding
in Cleare Air Aviation Services
to Executive Flight Support Ltd
for $1.200 million, while retain-
ing the lawsuit.
"As part of this transaction,
Cleare Air Aviation Services
was to change its name to Massai
Aviation Services Ltd, while
Aerostar, through its subsidiary
company Cleare Air Ltd, was to
have the sole right to use the
name 'Cleare Air', although we
understand that it has not done
"On 22 February, 1999, the
writ was amended to add
Aerostar as second plaintiff and
all claims for relief by the first
plaintiff were deleted."
This gave rise to issues over
whether the plaintiffs were doing
something that is known as 'traf-
ficking in causes', more com-
monly known in legal circles as
an assignment of a case between
parties. The courts has to
resolve, in this instance, whether
the claims were "void for cham-
Both the Supreme Court and
the Court of Appeal found that
the assignment of the case to
Aerostar was void. Then-Justice
Hartman Longley, in his
Supreme Court ruling, though,
said that but for that, the plain-
tiffs would have won.
With Justice Longley, "there
was no issue about the out-
standing rent on the hanger
(claimed from Bahamasair), and

he would also have awarded the
rent Cleare Air Aviation Ser-
vices should have had from the
stores building during the period
it had been kept out of posses-
sion (although it is not entirely
clear whether he would have
-awarded it against Bahamasair
as trespassers, or the Govern-
ment for breach of contract or
"He also talked of the Gov-
ernmattt-even now 'indefensibly
opposig'" the claim .for reim-,
bursement of the expenses
incurred in relocating Bahama-
sair. It appears, therefore, that
he would also have awarded the
cost of the new building against
the Government.
"However, he rejected the
claim for the alleged collapse of
the business, on the ground that
it had not collapsed and was still
a going concern, having been
sold for $1.200 million. No
detailed consideration was given
at the trial to quantifying any
loss of profits that might have
been caused by the delay in gain-
ing full access to the site."
The Privy Council acknowl-
edged that 'eyebrows had been
raised' because Cleare Air Avi-
ation Services was sold to Exec-.
utive Flight Support, but
Aerostar retained the claim.
"Eyebrows were raised even
higher when it emerged
Aerostar had paid only $10 for
the claim", making it look like
'trafficking in causes'.
Yet the Privy Council ruled
that when considered as a whole,
there was "nothing objection-
able" about the deal. Cleare Air
Aviation Services had lost out
on a major business opportunity,

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sell it as a going concern while
retaining the lawsuit.
'We are told that they had lit-
tle choice, as the relocation of
Bahamasair had taken much of
the working capital needed to
pursue the development. The
price which they achieved for
the business without the lawsuit
was much lower than the value
which, rightly or wrongly, they
then put on the business with'
the benefit of the lawsuit. The
.transfer of the business made it
quite clear that, while the trans-
feree would do nothing to hinder
.the assignee from pursuing the
claim, it- wanted no part in the
claim itself," the Privy Council
: "This was not wanton and
officious intermeddling in anoth-
er person's litigation for no good
reason. It was simply the original
owners retaining part of what
they owned while disposing of
the rest. There is nothing con-
trary to public policy in allowing
,Aerostar to pursue the claim
against these defendants, and no
good reason why these defen-
dant- should be permitted to
escape any liability that they
may have."
The Privy Council ruled that
Cldare Air Aviation Services
should be entitled to the rents
from the hangar and stores
building'for the periods when it
was kept out of occupation, but
that the company was not enti-
tled to damages for loss of prof-
its or the alleged collapse of its
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versial", the Privy Council
found: "As against the Govern-
ment, the question is whether
these were paid as an outright
gift in order, as the judge put it,
to "keep themselves in the good
books of the government of the
day", or whether they were sums
reasonably expended in an
attempt to mitigate the losses
flowing from the Government's,
breach of covenant.
.... The judge appears-to have
regarded the refusal to reim-
burse this as indefensible,
although he also:referred to
Cleare Air Aviation Services
'rather charitably' agreeing to
fund the relocation. Mr Dinge-
mans drew our attention to cer-
tain passages in the evidence
which indicate that Cleare Air
Aviation Services was anxious
to remain on good terms with
the Government for the sake of
future relations and business at
the airport.
"But this does not detract
from the obvious fact that it
would not have spent these large
sums of money in constructing
another building had it been able
to get Bahamasair out of the
stores building in any other way.
It cannot be inferred that it was
intending to make a gift either to
the Government or to Bahama-
"The appellant is clearly enti-
tled to be reimbursed in full with
interest at the conventional rate
of 10 per cent. As the money
was expended over a period of
some months, interest should
run from a point roughly mid-
way through the process, name-
ly 1 January, 1997."
The Privy Council concluded:
"It cannot seriously be doubted
that the Government was in
breach of this covenant by allow-
ing Bahamasair to remain in
occupation of the buildings after
agreeing to grant a lease of the
whole site. Cleare Air Aviation
Services knew that Bahamasair
was in occupation of the two
buildings, but not that they were
claiming to be entitled to remain
there indefinitely.
"Quite apart from the refusal
of Bahamasair to vacate the
stores building until provided
with somewhere else to go, they
continued for a while to collect
rents from the occupants of the
hanger and refused to account
to Cleare Air Aviation Services
for them.
"Cleare Air Aviation Services
did not take its lease subject to
any interest that Bahamasair
might have in the site or any part
of it.
"The whole purpose of the
transaction was the comprehen-
sive redevelopment of the site
so as to provide an FBO facility,
including a terminal building,
and for that the Lessee required
access to the whole site. This it
was denied in breach of the
Lessor's covenant."
The Privy Council praised
John Wilson, a partner at McK-
inney, Bancroft & Hughes and
principal in the management
buyout of British American
Insurance Company, who
became the first Bahamian attor-
ney to take the lead before the
Privy Council, for presenting his
case with "skill, economy and







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Record margin debt concerns some analysts

* With Investors borrowing at a
record pace margin debt has
reached $285.6 billion some
analysts believe stocks could be
In for a major decline.
Associated Press
NEW YORK Investors are bor-
rowing at a record pace to sink into
the stock market, and the trend is
raising concerns on Wall Street about
what might happen if a major correc-.
tion occurs.

The amount of margin debt, which
is how brokers define this kind of
borrowing, hit a record $285.6 billion
in January on the New York Stock
Exchange. Such a robust appetite,
amid a backdrop of complacent mar-
ket conditions, could leave investors
badly exposed if major indexes are
snagged by a market decline. Some
could find themselves forced to sell
stock or other assets to meet what's
known as a margin call when a
broker in effect calls in the loan.
Bulls and bears can continue to

debate the direction the markets will
take in 2007. But, one fact remains:
The last time margin debt hit this
level was at the height of the dot-corn
boom in March 2000, just ahead of a
two-year decline.
"I don't think this is saying you
should suddenly run into your bomb
shelter," said Hugh Moore, a partner
with Guerite Advisors. "Neverthe-
less, I think it is saying there is exu-
berance out there, a feeling from
investors that 'I don't want to miss
the bus.'"

That usually signals "the bus has
already left," Moore said.
The way cash accounts work is
that investors pay their brokers full
price whenever they want to buy
shares. However, those with margin
accounts get to borrow against their
holdings and usually have to front
only half the cash needed to buy
, And there is a direct correlation
with market highs and the amount of
money investors are clamoring to
borrow. The March 2000 peak for

margin debt, at $278.5 billion,
matched market highs on the Dow
Jones industrials, Nasdaq composite,
and Standard & Poor's 500 index
early that year.
Margin debt dropped to less than
half its peak between March 2000
and October 2002, mirroring a plunge
in stocks.
The four-year bull market has
pushed the Dow to record levels and
the S&P to six-year highs. In 2006





Los Angeles Times Service

LA BOQUILLA, Colombia A few years ago, impoverished
fisherman Marcial Ortega could barely afford to feed his 14 children,
much less buy them shoes.
But now his worries are over. A beneficiary of this region's building
boom, he is selling his half-acre beachfront lot and cabanas in February
for a cool $1 million.

The 63-year-old Ortega held out
for years, impassively listening to
fast-talking developers bid up the
price of his seaside plot. But declin-
ing fish stocks, rising taxes, and non-
stop harassment by developers
finally persuaded him it was time to
leave this tiny fishing community a
few miles up the coast from the Span-
ish colonial city of Cartagena de
Indias. He sold to Spanish developers
who plan to build a high-rise apart-.
ment building.
"I had to find a way out of here,"
said Ortega, his cement-block house:
that he soon will :
vacate nearly over- o
taken by encroach Long anath
ing high-rises. "Now hotel chains
I'll have peace of
mind, buy my wife a Colombia's
nice house and give
my children things I notoriety, C
didn't have, like an edfor
education'. slatedfor ne
The price fetched hotels beari,
by Ortega's prop-
erty reflects the Marriott an
frenzied real-estate
market in Carta- Trump bran
gena, an increas-
ingly popular destination for foreign
tourists and retirees. A decade ago,
the charms if this fortress city were
the well-kept secret of wealthy
Colombians and adventuresome for-
eigners who knew that Cartagena
was relatively immune to the mur-
ders and kidnapping that marked
Colombia's war elsewhere.
Colombia's security and economy
have improved significantly since
President Alvaro Uribe took office in
2002, and that has helped ignite a
construction boom. Twenty luxury
residential towers were built last
year and more than 60 are on there
drawing boards, including what

would be Colombia's tallest building.
Seventeen projects are to be situated
along the four-mile stretch of beach
between the walled city and La
Two-thirds of the new units being
built or planned are marketed to for-
eign retirees and investors, who have
begun to take up residence in this
breezy Caribbean city. Long anath-
ema to U.S. hotel chains because of
Colombia's violent notoriety, Carta-
gena is slated for new resort hotels
bearing the Marriott and Donald
Trump brands. .
Fueling the con-
ema to US. struction is the'
ema to US increasing flow of
because of tourists, who,
violent impressed with the
so-called "heroic
artagena is city" are feeding
the pool of poten-
?w resort tial buyers.
rig the The number of
international visi-
d Donald tors to Colombia
grew 12 percent
ids. last year over 2005,
and Cartagena was
their top destination. International
arrivals at Cartagena's airport have
more than doubled since 2003, and
cruise ship lines, which just a few
years ago made only intermittent
stops, are back. Eight cruise lines,
including Royal Caribbean, will be
making an average of 12 calls
monthly starting in August.
Founded in 1533, Cartagena was
one of the most important colonial
cities on the Spanish Main, where
shipments of gold and emeralds
embarked and where settlers and
slaves arrived. To protect it, the

TROPICAL'.PLENDOR: Empty beachfront spots will li bome
more scarce as seventeen building projects are planned to be
built along the four-mile stretch from Cartagena to La Boquilla.



Make taxes

routine, not



ESmall businesses can take away
the pain of tax season by
organizing records regularly and
knowing when it's time to call in a
Associated Press
Compiling a small-business
income tax return is rarely a pleasant
experience, but for those company
owners who have neglected their
finances for the past year, it can be
Typically, the owners who strug-
gle the most have poor records or
discover during the course of filling
out the return they don't have the
cash to pay their tax bills. Chances
are, an owner in either scenario
.doesn't .ge a good handle on the,.,
oyeralibusiness, let alone the compa-
ny's taxes.
aeryihad.to run a busi~'^
e[ ble. finan.ciali i7prii r,
onN,' said Gregg Wind, a certified
public accountant with Wind Bremer
Hockenberg in Los Angeles. "You
could be spending too much in a cer-
tain area, or set goals in a certain
area, but you'll never know how you
are doing."
Perhaps the biggest mnistake'many
small business owners make is tow ..
consider taxes a once-a-year event.
They should be an integral, ongoing
part of operating a business not
the main driver, but another facet of a
well-run company.
The culprit is often poor record
keeping. Many owners are so preoc-
cupied during the year with trying to
bring in new business and in keeping
current clients and customers happy
that it just isn't a priority to keep
good records. Tax time then becomes '
a nightmare of sifting through
receipts and invoices if they can all
be found. \
Wind noted that with the record
keeping software available for small
businesses, it is much easier for a

Liberians are leaving U.S. to build businesses back home

* Following 14 years of Instability
In Liberia, entrepreneurs who
spent years abroad are returning,
and they are opening businesses
the government hopes will
provide an economic boost.
Associated Press
MONROVIA, Liberia Ciata Vic-
tor gave up a high-paying tech job, a
spacious condo and a first-world life
in Maryland to return home to an
African capital that barely has elec-
tricity or running water.
After 26 years of watching from
afar as her native Liberia was ravaged
by coups and war, Victor says she's
home to stay. And she's started a
business running a seven-com-
puter Internet cafe using a generator
and a borrowed satellite hookup.
"There's some now who say they
will not come to Liberia until Liberia
gets running water and electricity. I
just wanted peace," Victor said.
As this West African country
works to rebuild, moneyed Liberians
who spent decades abroad are start-

ing to come home. It's a trickle that
the year-old government hopes will
swell, Supplying investment and a
much-needed educated class in a
nation where few went to school dur-
ing 14 years of fighting and instability.
Now 45, Victor was 19 when she
moved to the United States to attend
college in 1980, the year Liberia's
government was overthrown in. a
Nine years later, Charles Taylor
launched a rebellion that threw the
region into a conflict from which it
only emergedwith his ouster in 2003.
Taylor has been charged with war
crimes by neighboring Sierra Leone
and is awaiting trial.
In 2005, a Harvard-educated for-
mer U.N. and World Bank official
became the first female elected presi-
dent in Africa. Many Liberians said
the installation of Ellen Johnson Sir-
leaf heralded a new era for the coun-
try's 3 million citizens including
those who hadn't been back in years.
Victor said Sirleafs speech to the

U.S. Congress in March prompted a
trial visit.
"I visited in May, and I felt pretty
safe. So I went back [to the U.S.],
gave my job 30-days notice, sold my
condo, packed a container and on
July 31, I came home," she said.
Most Liberians with means fled
during the war. Liberia's historically
close ties to the United States it
was created in 1847 to resettle freed
slaves meant many ended up in
U.S. cities.
Sirleaf started calling on Liberian
expatriates to come home during her
election campaign and many
returned to take posts in the govern-
ment. But Liberia's biggest sign of
hope may be entrepreneurs like Vic-
tor who start businesses with their
own money.
There is already foreign invest-
ment in Liberia Firestone operates
a rubber plantation, Mittal Steel is
redeveloping iron ore mines and

CYBER SAVVY: After leaving Liberia 26 years ago to attend college,
Ciata Victor has returned home to run an Internet cafe. She says
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, elected in 2005, inspired her return.

COLONIAL GRACE: Cartagena was founded in 1533 by the Spanish,
and it is now undergoing a building boom in conjunction with
Colombia's surging economy and vastly improved security.


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Astronaut's plight sends a strong warning

Special to The Miami Herald
or weeks I have fol-
lowed the news and the
financial markets,
looking for inspiration for a
personal finance column.
There was nothing but a bar-
rage of the same frustrating
items -
endless vio-
lence in Iraq,
their inten-
tions to
FRYE announce
their prean-
nouncement plans and cata-
strophic weather stories.
Then the astronaut story
Talk about a salacious
story, compelling on so many
levels. Lisa Marie Nowak
decides to take a 900-mile
drive from Texas to Florida

with duct tape, weapons, rub-
ber tubing, latex gloves and
diapers you know the rest.
The nation wonders how a
successful astronaut, blessed
with that legendary' "right
stuff," morphs into a defen-
dant charged with attempted
murder, in such a short period
of time.
Nowak's case serves as an
example of the mental dys-
function that can afflict the
young, the not-so-young and
everyone in between.
The cognitive diminution
that can afflict seniors, espe-
cially, is a reality with which
many South Florida families
Yes, we can laugh at the
image of Nowak in a diaper,
speeding toward Florida on
her mission. But remember,
we never know what curves
life will throw our way.
While we prefer not to
think about our loved ones or
ourselves becoming cogni-

tively or physically disabled,
the odds of this occurring at
some point, as we age, are not
that remote.
If proper estate/financial
planning is in place before an
onset of a disability, families
can better focus their time and
energy on their social and
mental health challenges. Here
are some options:
Mental health insur-
ance. Health insurance pro-
viders are notoriously strict in
handling health insurance
claims. To make sure you get
all you are entitled to, do as
much research on your plan's
specifications and be as pre-
paredas possible when deal-
ing with your provider.
There are mental health
advocacy groups and websites,
such as National Alliance on
Mental Illness (www.nami
.org), you can consult that are
actively fighting for pending
"parity" legislation that would
require health insurance cov-

erage for mental health prob-
lems to be equal to physical ill-
Disability insurance.
This is income replacement
insurance purchased privately
or at work. If a disability
causes you to miss work, the
insurer will pay a percentage
of your salary or earnings. Dis-
ability policies can be pur-
chased for both short-term
and long-term coverage.
Long-term care insur-
ance. Buying this type cover-
age for yourself or your par-
ents can provide protection of
income or assets as well as
flexibility in selecting your
future care options.
Special needs
trust/discretionary support
trusts. Such a trust is used to
provide for a person with a *
disability, including drug or
alcohol addiction, so that trust
funds are paid for his or her
benefit but not directly to him
or her. It is called discretion-

ary, because distributions are
made at the discretion of the
trustee and may be suspended,
as the trustee deems neces-
Insuring against
guardianship. If a court says
you are incapacitated, and you
do not have this type plan in
place, you may be forced into
legal guardianship proceed-
ings. Any person can petition
to have you declared incompe-
tent and/or to be appointed as
your guardian.
Guardianships are
extremely intrusive and rack
up huge legal bills. A revoca-
ble trust, however, along with
the appropriate advance direc-
tives, can be used to prevent
the institution of guardianship.
Durable power of
attorney. This allows you to
empower a person to handle
your financial affairs should
you be unable to do it yourself.
The durable power of attorney

is effective as soon as you sign
it, and you should, therefore,
completely trust the person
you name as attorney-in-fact.
Designation of health-
care surrogate. This direc-
tive states whom you desig-
nate to make healthcare
decisions for you. The docu-
ment becomes effective when
you are unable to make medi-
cal decisions for yourself.
Living will. The law
presumes that you want to be
kept alive at any cost, regard-
less of your physical condition
and/or likelihood of recovery.
A living will declares your
wishes regarding the with-
holding or administration of
medical procedures and medi-
cation in the event that you
are in a persistent vegetative
state from which you are
unlikely to recover.
Austin Frye is a certified
financial planner. Send ques-
tions to planners@MiamiHer-




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foreign governments have
promised aid. And the U.N.
has brought in 15,000 peace-
keepers and other expatriate
Henrique Caine, who is
trying to start a construction
equipment rental company in
Monrovia, said the foreign
presence was part of what
spurred him to return.
"I look on the news and I
see a lot of white folks from"c-
Europe and America in Libe-
ria and I say 'Well, it can't be
that bad. So it's time for us to
start going home,' he said.
Caine keeps a house in the
Baltimore area where his wife
and children live, but he trav-
els to Liberia every few
months. On this trip, he was
trying to get a container of
jackhammers, concrete mix-
ers and other supplies past
He says it's gotten easier to
do business, but he still has
had to pay some bribes at
Monrovia's port. And he's had
difficulty getting U.S. inves-
tors for a company in a coun-
try so recently known for
child soldiers and no-go
Victor says her Internet
cafe has yet to turn a profit
after six months. Running the
generator eats up most of
what she makes from e-mail
surfers and people who use
their laptops in her wireless
lounge. She's funding the
enterprise with savings and
ad pales from a website that
she runs for the Liberian dias-
pora. Her relatives in the


LOOKING FOR INVESTMENT: The new Liberian government hopes that those returning will
provide a financial spark to help the country develop a much-needed educated class.

United States call her crazy
for moving back so soon.
"I flew back into the same
airport I left out of. And it
looked better back then," said
Caine, who was 13 when he
left in 1985. There once was a
large main terminal with a
balcony where family mem-
bers would wave goodbye.
That building was closed after
being damaged by fighting,
and now people wait outside a
smaller building on wooden
Victor describes the Mon-
rovia she once knew as a
place where children were
more familiar with books than
guns, She said it was hard to
come back and find buildings
gone and people missing.
Most former classmates are
still overseas.
But the pioneers share a

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
started calling on Liberian expatriates to
come home during herdelection campaign
in 2005, and many returned to take
government posts. But Liberia's biggest "
sign of hope may be the new wave of
entrepreneurs who are starting
businesses with their own money.

heady optimism that may be
just what a devastated Liberia
Barkue Tubman, who did
marketing for singers like
Missy Elliott and Norah Jones
in New York before she
moved back, says her ultimate
goal is to bring a performing
arts center to Monrovia and
to get cultural life going again.
Caine says he's risking
everything on his venture -
he even cashed out his 401(k)
retirement plan.
Many of those who stayed,
or couldn't leave, are more
cautious. Just outside Monro-
via, aid workers in the village
of,Quenyodee say they've had
to cajole residents to rebuild
houses. Men who had rebels
tear down their homes again

and again have been reluctant
to trust the peace.
T-Max Jlateh, a Monrovia
radio talk show host, said
some of those who stayed
resent the ease with which
those who left can return, but
he added that Liberia is thank-
ful for whatever help it can
"Some of them have quite a
lot of expertise that this coun-
try really needs now coming
back from war," Jlateh said.
A typical newcomer, he
said, is easily distinguishable
by his American accent, hip-
hop clothing and his walk.
"He walks as if he was
walking on ice," said Jlateh,
"Floating up and down. ...
But it's just an act. After five
or six months, it wears off and
you're just a Liberian just like
anybody else."


Seaside plots selling quickly in Colombia


Spanish monarchy spent a
fortune on fortifications,
included seven miles of walls
and a dozen forts, many of
which are still standing.
The old city within the
walls, filled with architectural
gems, is remarkably well pre-
served and was largely
abandoned until the redevel-
opment craze hit in the 1980s.
Attracted by that charm
are U.S. retirees such as Jim
Pazynski and his wife from
Madison, Wis. Last year, they
moved into a high rise just up
the beach from Ortega's
"This is going to be
another Miami Beach some-
day," said Pazynski, a retired
JCPenney salesman.
But some residents and his-
torical preservationists worry
that growth is out of control,
is poorly planned, and that it

is jeopardizing Cartagena's
historical character. Roads
and other infrastructure are
inadequate, critics say, and
pollution in estuaries is killing
off the livelihoods of fisher-
men like Ortega.
"The growth has little to
do with the resources of the
city and people who live here.
It has a lot more to do with
globalization of tourism and
the fact that most of the new
housing is for foreigners,"
said Alberto Abello, an econo-
mist at Technological Univer-
sity of Cartagena.
Growth is happening so
fast that city officials seem at
a loss to quantify it. Neither
the chamber of commerce nor
the mayor's office could pro-
vide statistics or estimates on
2006 construction. In 2005,
the last year for which figures
are available, residential con-

struction grew 53 percent
from the previous year, and
observers doubt the pace has
"There are more cars on
the same roads. Food, restau-
rants and taxis are more
expensive. The public space is
more crowded. Now I pay
more in living costs for less
quality of life," said Oscar
Collazos, a writer who has
lived in Cartagena for eight
Collazos is concerned that
his once "amiable city" will
become a tourism "mega-
city" similar to Canctin over
the next five years. The
demand for land is pushing
prices up and the middle class
out to marginal areas, he said.
The city is bracing for
more exposure as it prepares
for several major cultural
events in 2007, including a
huge celebration in March by
the Colombian government to

observe the 80th birthday of
Nobel Prize-winning author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who
grew up in the region and
owns a home here.
Later this year, Cartagena
also will host the Interna-
tional Congress of the Span-
ish Language, which will
attract 1,500 delegates, includ-
ing the king and queen of
Spain. Later in the year the
World Tourism Organization
will hold a assembly here.
Such events are far from
the world of fisherman
Ortega, who plans on rein-
vesting his profit in another
parcel of oceanfront land
miles up the coast, and make
another killing when develop-
ment again reaches him.
"I love my town," Ortega
said. "I don't want to leave.
But what else can you do ...
There is nowhere to put up a
building anymore. They are
all coming here to build."


High margin debt

causes concern


alone, margin debt increased
24.2 percent while the Dow
picked up 16.3 percent. Inves-
tor borrowings rose 3.7 per-
cent in January, while the
Dow posted a 1.3 percent gain
for the month.
On the plus side, bulls on
Wall Street say the economy,
strong corporate earnings and
a vigilant Federal Reserve
could create a perfect storm
for stocks. The markets might
continue to trend higher
throughout the year, and even
lurch forward if the Fed
decides to cut rates.
But, even those expecting
stocks to move higher are
cautious about investors bor-
rowing too much. There can
be major consequences
; should these positions turn
out to be wrong-way bets.
"Debt is only a problem on
the way on the down," said
Alexander Paris, an econo-
mist and market analyst for
Chicago-based Barrington
Research. "There's a lot of
margin debt out there; and
with the S&P shooting for its
ninth-straight month up, you
'haven't had this kind of run
since 1926. It's a warning
He points out another cor-
rection like the one seen last
spring, which knocked
indexes down by about 8 per-
cent, could magnify losses for
investors. It also has a "wealth

effect," he said, "as a decline
in your portfolio effects your
A major correction would
trigger brokerages to demand
customers deposit money or
other securities in their
accounts to cover the amount
lost from what was borrowed.
These demands, known as
margin calls, means positions
'that don't have sufficient
funds would be closed out by
the broker regardless of the
price and that could exac-
erbate selling. During turbu-
lent times, like in April 2000
when the Nasdaq plunged 13.6
percent in just one session,
the amount of margin calls
soared by two to four times as
high as normal.
Making matters worse is a
spillover that can occur
throughout the entire econ-
omy, analyst said.
Retail investors, many
asked' to write' checks' on"
demand to cover their bor-
rowings, could turn to asset
sales to stay whole. This kind
of selling could hurt other
markets, or even increase
things like home refinancing.
"There's an investment les-
son here, and its we're getting
late in the economic cycle and
late in the bull market,"
Moore said. "Now is not the
time to go out and start lever-
aging, but start harvesting
some of the gains and put a
majority into cash invest-


Make taxes routine,

not once-a-year event


company owner to organize
his or her finances.
Moreover, "it will save a
lot of money in advisor fees if
you're organized," he said,
noting that owners who show
up at an accountant's with a
haphazard pile of invoices
and receipts end up paying a
lot of money to have the mess
straightened out.
Still, it can be demoralizing
to sit with a disorganized set
of books and records, and the
truth is, if that's been your
modus operandi, your 2006
taxes are going to be a chore.
But it's not too late to get
yourself on track for the rest
of 2007 and beyond.
Getting organized doesn't
have to be hard or expensive.
It does, however, require that
you make some decisions
about how you run your busi-
For openers, you need to
decide whether it wouldn't
make more sense to have
someone else do the work for
you. If you haven't been able
to keep your records in good
shape, and it's unlikely that
you're going to find the time
to consistently take care of
them, then you're probably
better off delegating the job. It
can be hard for many do-it-
yourself entrepreneurs to

relinquish the task to some-
one else, but in the long run, it
should benefit the business.
Many small business own-
ers are understandably wor-
ried about expenses, but
Wind noted that there are
resources to help them take
care of their finances without
running up a huge bill. You
might find there is plenty of
savvy and affordable help to
be found, and it doesn't mean
hiring a full-time worker.
For example, accounting
students at a nearby college
are usually looking to make
some money using the skills
they're honing. And there are
plenty of bookkeepers willing
to work part-time.
Another option is a tempo-
rary staffing agency, but you
will have to pay, so it's best to
try the other avenues first.
But even if you do get help
getting your books and
records together, you do need
to be sure your bank reconcil-
iation is done monthly, and
you need to have a handle on
your cash flow.
Well-kept records can also
help you assess whether your
expenses are too high or
whether you have problem
customers who aren't paying
on time.
If you know where you
stand throughout the year,
then compiling your income
tax return can be a routine
event, not a traumatic one.

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Nassau, Freeport face.

low recommendations

Tribune Business
The country's two
largest cities, Nassau
and Freeport, are least
likely to be recommend as vaca-
tion destinations to family and
friends by visitors, while Fami-
ly Islands such as Harbour
Island, Eleuthera, Abaco and
Exuma scored extremely highly.
Data taken from 2005 first
quarter exit surveys by the Min-
istry of Tourism indicated that
Harbour Island was the most
destination most likely to be
recommended by visitors to
others, some 82.6 per cent say-
ing this. Abaco and Eleuthera
also scored in the 80 per cent
range, with 82.3 per cent and
82.1 per cent respectively, while

Treasure Cay was just outside at
79.6 per cent.
Exuma, Andros, Bimini and
Marsh Harbour all scored in the
77-75 per cent recommendation
range, while Paradise Island and
Cable Beach enjoyed recom-
mendation ratings of 69.2 per
cent and 65.3 per cent.
However, Freeport as a des-
tination only scored a 46.4 per
cent recommendation rating,
while the city of Nassau fared
just a little better at 56.1 per
The exit surveys also revealed
that the main things visitors dis-
liked about Nassau was that it
was expensive and pricey, 29.6
per cent of visitors reporting
Visitors also indicated that
they thought that service was
too slow (22.1 per cent of visi-
tors to Nassau). Shops closed

too early in Nassau, 17.3 per
cent of visitors said, while 11.8
per cent said the city island was
not clean and 11.6 per cent
found that sales people were
too pushy. Some 10.9 per cent
said they felt 'ripped off'.
The suggested action plan to
improve the recommendation
levels would be:
* To clean up the environ-
ment and ensure it stays clean
on every island.
See what can be done to
encourage improved hotel
rooms on Abaco and Eleuthera.
Revitalise all aspects of the
hotel experience in Freeport,
Marsh Harbour and Treasure
Improve the taxi experience
on Freeport, Marsh Harbour
and Treasure Cay.
Improve general public atti-
tudes on Harbour Island,

Eleuthera and Treasure Cay
* Identify and remedy all
safety issues in Freeport, Marsh
Harbour and Treasure Cay
Improve hotel staff atti-
tudes on Treasure Cay the
Exumas, Andros, Bimini and
Marsh Harbour, and Lucaya,
Downtown Nassau and
In addition, visitors also cited
these things as items that would
have made their stay better:
Better weather
If they had received the lev-
el of service they expected
If the destination had been
Better hotels
Better airport facilities
More nightlife activities
Better infrastructure
Better attitudes of the peo-

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Anna Nicole saga provided tourism, publicity boost

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THE Anna Nicole Smith
saga, while tragic, has boosted
this nation's tourism industry
as scores of international jour-
nalists descend on Nassau and
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Many electronic and print
journalists are staying at the
Cable Beach Resorts, where
the Government through
Bahamas Information Services
has set up a media room to
assist them in filing their sto-

Robert Sands, Baha Mar's
vice-president of administra-
tion and external affairs, said
none of the rooms occupied by
journalists have been compli-
mentary, nor have they offered
any special rates or incentives
for the media.
However, he admitted that
the event has been a windfall
in terms of incremental busi-
ness for Cable Beach develop-




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Similarly, taxi drivers have
been able to cash in on the sit-
uation by taking visitors -
sometimes for up to $75 to
the Eastern Road property
Horizons, where the late Play-
boy playmate and celebrity was
staying at the time of the birth
of her daughter, Dannielynn,
and the death of her son,
They are also offering to
take curious visitors to the
Lakeview cemetery, where
Daniel is buried and his moth-
er is set to join him.
According to taxi union rep-
resentative Roscoe Weech,
there are currently no official-
ly organisied 'Anna Nicole
tours', but he said that taxi dri-

vers have been besieged by
requests to see these sites that
are playing such a pivotal role
in the ongoing drama.
"I cannot speak specifically
as I am in the office, but the
independent taxi drivers who
are parked downtown by the
cruise ships say how they are
taking the persons to see the
house," Mr Weech said.
Taxi Driver Charles Fowler
said in an Associated Press
article that he has been charg-
ing $20 per person tQ take up
to five visitors at a time to
He said he would like to add
the cemetery to his new tour.

"We're praying that they
bury her here," he said.
Even The Tribune has been
used as a money-making tool.
The paper's edition which dis-
played the infamous Shane
Gibson-Anna Nicole pictures
was rumored to be selling for
$20 by some persons after ven-
dors ran out, and was being
offered for sale on EBay with
opening bids around $5.
"We are viewing the public- -
ity as positive, as there are
more requests for information
on the Bahamas, and the name
recognition has substantially
increased through constant
mentioning on many news net-
works," said John Carey, per-
manent secretary in the Min;;.
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FREEPORT Disputing
claims that not enough flights
are coming into Freeport due
to high airport fees, Freeport
Harbour Company's chief
operating officer, Raymond
Jones, disclosed that over 6,900
international flights touched
down at Grand Bahama Inter-
national Airport in 2006.
Mr Jones said these flights
translated into 433,600
inbound seats to Freeport, not
However, he pointed out
that of the total number of
available inbound seats, only
217,000 persons came in as pas-
sengers on those seats.
"What we have is a 50 per
cent load factor. So, when you
talk about insufficient flights
to Freeport we don't differ, we
let the facts speak for them-
a*lves," he said at the Grand
Bahama Business Outlook
conference .
s Mr Jones stressed that there
was still "a lot of room to
Ware", and believes the focus
should be on filling the empty
"So, going forward, when we

talk about having additional
airlift, let's try to fill the ones
we have that we are paying for
already, for people coming to
Freeport," Mr Jones said.
"We could have brought in
an additional 217,000 people
to Grand Bahama. When I say
we, I am talking about the
business community, the Min-
istry of Tourism, the whole
marketing and industry part-
ners and tourism business on
the island."
Zhivargo Laing, who spoke
after Mr Jones, believes that
if Freeport's airport and port
user fees were lowered, it
would attract more visitors and
create more jobs on Grand
During his address on the
topic, Unlocking Grand
Bahama's True Potential, he
told attendees that a reduction
in the fees would encourage
new airlifts and cruise visitors,
and possibly generate an addi-
tional 2,000 hotel and tourism-
related jobs on the island.
Airline passengers in
Freeport pay $34 for an air-
port facility user fee that is
included in the airline ticket.
"I think it really speaks to
the entire question of cost
effectiveness in this jurisdic-

tion. The idea being that you
want to make it an attractive
place for doing business, and
part of doing that is making
sure that your cost is not pro-
hibitive, and your customers -
which are cruise lines and air-
lines are saying that that's a
problem. You have to try to
address those comments, Mr
Laing said.
He was surprised by the
comments made by Mr Jones
at the conference.
"I thought that his com-
ments were quite enlightening
and revealing, because we have
been led to believe by the Min-
istry of Tourism for many
years now that one of the prob-
lems for the tourism sector in
Grand Bahama was that there
was insufficient airlift," Mr
Laing said.
"And, he (Mr Jones) is say-
ing now we have this available
airlift, and that only 50 per cent
of that capacity is being
utilised. Then, clearly, he is
contradicting what we have
been told by the Ministry of
"Clearly, if what he says is
true, then the Ministry of
Tourism has to have a more
targeted, focused and more
assertive programme for fill-

ing those available seats and
getting that traffic here. So I
really was quite surprised by
the comments Mr Jones
Mr Laing said that some of
the reports persons have been
receiving indicated that the
cruise lines and airlines had a
view that part of the reason for
the limited visitor arrivals to
Freeport, and the unattrac-

tiveness of the island for
tourism purposes, was that port
fees were high.
"And so the thought was, if
you want to make your juris-
diction attractive to these
cruise lines and airlines, that
lowering the facility user fees
would have been part of that
process. And, if that could hap-
pen and results in additional
traffic to the place, then that

could translate into more jobs
for person in the tourism sec-
tor," Mr Laing said.
"I learnt since from Mr
Jones that they had examined
that with the airlines and they
[the Port] had asked them
whether lowering fees would
actually translate into them
increasing traffic to the place.
His words were they said that
that was not so."

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JetBlue cancels 68 flights due to snow

Associated Press Writer

Blue yesterday canceled 68
flights because of snow, test-
ing the airline's pledge to com-
pensate customers for more
than 1,000 canceled flights dur-
ing the Valentine's Day storm
two week earlier.
However, the embattled car-
rier wasn't alone this time as
other carriers also grounded
flights in and out of the North-

JetBlue's cancellations at
John F Kennedy International
Airport affected flights to or
from Columbus, Ohio; Rich-
mond, Va.; Washington, D.C.,
Portland, Maine; and Chicago.
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and the Washington area dur-
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woman Alison Eshelman said.
But as the storm brought as
much as four inches of snow
to the New York metropolitan
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reported 175 canceled flights
throughout the Northeast.
American Airlines canceled 20
flights in and out of JFK and
was experiencing slight delays
of 15 to 20 minutes by after-
nooni, said spokesman Ned
JetBlue customers described
delays, bad communication
from crew members, and gen-
eral frustration early Monday,
echoing complaints that led to
the company's bill of rights fol-
lowing the last storm.
Doug Rosenberg and Segun
Akande, 22-year-old students
at Duke University, found
their flight from New York to
Raleigh, N.C., canceled after

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be deiced, but then because of
the weather in New York and
Raleigh the company canceled
the flight. The plane was
returned to the terminal by
2:45 am, she said.
Eshelman said that in accor-
dance with the customer bill
of rights, each'of the 100 pas-
sengers would receive $100
vouchers good for any future
flight and their choice of either
a refund or accommodation on
a future flight.
Earlier this month, JetBlue
at JFK airport was heavily criticized after bad
(AP Photo) weather stranded passengers
in planes at Kennedy, its main
the plane for so long. You hub, for up to 10 1/2 hours.
would think they would tell us The company, which had
to go back to the terminal after hoped to ride out that storm
an hour or two." without canceling flights, lat-
Rosenberg said JetBlue did er admitted it took too long to
a poor job telling passengers call airport authorities for help
about what was going on and in getting passengers off the
offering service after the flight .grounded planes. It couldn't
was canceled. "I never wit- resume normal operations for
nessed this bad of service in days because flight crews
my entire life," said Rosen- weren't where they were sup-
berg. posed to be.

The Public is hereby advised that I, HORATIO L.
change my name to HORATION R. FLOWERS.
If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box SS-792, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, FRANTZ
to change my name to FRANTZ FERTIL. If
there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box SS-792, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.


Applicants must be certified by the Royal Life
Saving Society and possess first aid and CPR
training. Candidates should also be swimmers.
Successful applicants will be able to give swim
and dive lessons but cannot do such lessons
during regular working shifts. It is imperative that
applicants be personable, well-groomed, flexible
individuals available to work shifts as needed.

Interested persons should fax resumes with
copies of certificates and telephone contacts to:

The Director, Human Resources
Lyford Cay Members Club
Lyford Cay
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: #362-6245

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held on

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Place: Culinary & Hospitality Management
Institute;Of The College Of The Bahamas;
in the Demonstration Room.
Time: 9:00am until 2:00pm daily


Reservation Clerk
Special Events Coordinator
Line Cook
Waiters / Waitress
Bus Boys

Applicants Should bring resume along with them.

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Single Famly, Duplex, Triplex & Fourplex

Tel: 325-6447/9 or 325-6456

Pricing Information As Of'
Monday, 26 Februa 2007

52wk-H 52wk-Low Securlt y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.85 0.54 Abaco Markets 0.76 0.78 0.02 4,250 -0.282 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 10.40 Bahamas Property Fund 11.25 11.25 0.00 1.689 0.400 6.7 3.56%
8.11 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.11 8.11 0.00 300 0.796 0.260 10.2 3.21%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.0 2.50%
1.95 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.95 1.95 0.00 0.199 0.060 9,8 3.08%
1.49 1.12 Fidelity Bank 1.25 1.25 0.00 0.170 0.050 7.4 4.00%
10.30 9.00 Cable Bahamas 10.08 10.03 -0.05 1,400 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.39%
2.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 2.00 2.00 0.00 500 0.078 0.040 25.6 2.00%
13.74 9.38 Commonwealth Bank 13.74 13.85 0.11 1,000 0.998 0.680 13.9 4.91%
6.26 4.22 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.55 5.54 -0.01 0.134 0.046 41.4 0.81%
2.88 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.44 2.44 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.3 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 5.70 5.70 0.00 0.5562 0.240 10.3 4.21%
12.30 10.70 Flnco 12.30 12.30 0.00 0.779 0.570 15.7 4.65%
14.60 10.90 FIrstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.921 0.500 15.9 3.42%
16.71 10.00 Focol 16.71 16.71 0.00 1.476 0.510 11.3 3.05%
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.50 0.50 0.00 -0.434 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.532 0.100 13.6 1.38%
9.10 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.06 9.05 0.00 0.588 0.560 15.4 6.19%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.269 0.795 7.9 7.95%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ DIv $ P/E Yield
14.30 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.80 15.60 14.00 1.766 1.365 8.8 9.35%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdinl a0.45 0.55 0.20 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%,
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.770 1.320 8.3 9.04%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdins 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD Last 12 Months IV $ Yield %
1.3292 1.2756 Collna Money Market Fund 1.329237*
3.0569 2.6662 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.0569"**
2.5961 2.3241 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.596093**
1.2248 1.1547 Colina Bond Fund 1.224792 .........
11.3545 10.0000 FdelityPrime income Fund 11.3545.*.**
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask S Selling price of Collna and fidelity 16 February 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week ** 31 January 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value "" 31 January 2007
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE'- Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 ** 31 January 2007
.. .31 January 2007


Stocks turn lower as correction concerns offset buyout news

AP Business Writer
Street extended its decline yes-
terday as concerns about a mar-
ket correction offset investor
optimism that acquisition activ-
ity is on pace to set a record this
The $45 billion buyout of
electric utility TXU Corp.
injected confidence into the
market that merger and acqui-
sition activity could surpass last
year's record $4 trillion level.
The deal, led by a consortium of
buyout shops that include
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
and Texas Pacific Group, would
go down as the largest lever-
aged buyout in United States
Other deals included Station
Casinos Inc., which agreed to
be bought by a private equity
firm started by the company's
founding family. Temple-Inland
Inc., a conglomerate that offers
everything from packaging
material to financial services,
announced it plans to separate
itself into three standalone pub-
lic companies.
However, stocks were unable
to sustain gains amid specula-
tion that the market may be in
for a correction. Hanging over
the market is a lack of catalysts
that could propel stocks for-
ward, especially ahead of an
expected downward revision of
fourth-quarter gross domestic
product to be released Wednes-

"Despite the buyout news,
we're seeing the broader mar-
ket a little concerned that we've
had such strength without a cor-
rection," said Peter Dunay, an
investment strategist with New
York-based Leeb Capital Man-
agement. "We may be in a peri-
od where the market wants to
step back for a bit."
According to preliminary cal-
culations, the Dow Jones indus-
trial average fell 15.22, or 0.12
per cent, to 12,632.26. The index
has had 31 record closes since
the beginning of October, and is
up about eight per cent in that
Broader stock indicators also
fell. The Standard & Poor's 500
index was down 1.82, or 0.13
per cent, at 1,449.37, and the
Nasdaq composite index fell
10.58, or 0.42 per cent, to
2,504.52. The Nasdaq was the
only index that finished last
week in positive territory, while
the Dow and S&P dipped.
Bonds continued to rise from
last week's sell-off, with the
yield on the benchmark 10-year
Treasury note falling to 4.63 per
cent from 4.68 per cent late Fri-
day. Bonds had been weaker
amid concerns that subprime
lenders would be forced to take
write-downs if consumers
defaulted on mortgage pay-
A warning from former Fed-
eral Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan about a possibility
of a recession by year's end
helped bonds recover. Trea-
surys are more in favour dur-

NOTICE is hereby given that MATHIEU FILS-AIME OF P.O.
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of FEBRUARY, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given. that YVENER CHARLES OF
to. the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 27th day of February, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that ANDREW MARC OF
PINEDALE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the,
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 20th day of February, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the leading Wealth Managers in
the Caribbean. We look after wealthy private clients by
providing them with comprehensive, value-enhancing services.
In order to strengthen our team we look for an additional

Client Advisor Brazil

In this challenging position you will be responsible for the
following tasks (traveling required):

Advisory of existing clients
Acquisition of high net worth individuals
Presentation and implementation of investment solutions
in the client's mother tongue

We are searching for a personality with solid experience in
wealth management, specialized in the fields of customer
relations, investment advice and portfolio management.
Excellent sales and advisory skills as well as solid knowledge of
investment products are key requirements. A proven track
record with a leading global financial institution as well as
fluency in English and Portuguese is essential.

Written applications should be addressed to:
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

ing times of recession as interest
rates cuts are used to stimulate
the economy.
The dollar was mixed against
other major currencies, while
gold prices rose.
Oil prices rose after a winter
storm plowed across the US,
spurring expectations of strong
demand for heating oil. A barrel
of light sweet crude rose 25
cents to $61.39 on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
The rise in crude prices
caused transportation stocks to
lose. ground. The Dow Jones
transportation average, which
includes everything from truck-
ing companies to airlines, fell
122.21, or 2.37 per cent, to
Todd Salamone, director of
trading at Schaeffer's Invest-
ment Research in Cincinnati,
said investors remain nervous
because the S&P 500 hasn't had
a two per cent correction in 121
"Some selling is actually good
for the market, there's less of a
possibility for any panic selling
if we do decline because they'll
already be out of the market,"
he said. "And, remember, the
last time we went this number
of days without a two per cent
correction was in 1995 right
ahead of one of the biggest bull

markets in history."
TXU rose $7.91, or 13.2 per
cent, to $67.93 after it agreed
to be bought by private equity
firms for $32 billion, plus the
assumption of $13 billion of
debt. Directors of the electric
utility voted Sunday night to
recommend shareholders
approve the sale, which values
its stock at a 15 per cent pre-
Meanwhile, Dow Chemical
Co. spiked $1.54, or 3.5 per cent,
to $44.99 on speculation it could
be the target of a leveraged buy-
out. London's Sunday Express
newspaper, in an unsourced
report, said the chemical com-
pany might be given an offer of
about $54 billion from buyout
Station Casinos rose $3.20, or
3.8 per cent, to $86.50 after it
agreed to go private in a $5.4
billion deal, which represents
an eight per cent premium over
its closing price on Friday. The
deal still allows Station to solic-
it acquisition proposals from
third parties for 30 days.
Temple-Inland rose $7.06, or
12.9 per cent, to $62.01 after it
agreed to spin off its real estate
and financial services arms, and
sell its timberland business. The
decision came days after activist
shareholder Carl Icahn said

NOTICE is hereby given that IOULIA OMPOUCHOVA (also
HARBOUR CAY, BERRY ISLANDS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 20th day of February, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that YVONNE ST. FLEUR
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
regietfatiofi/,natamrza uld not be granted, should
send.a-witters.and s '"statement of -the facts within
twenty-eight days from t Oth day of February, 2007 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

We are looking to fill the position of Assistant
Fitness Centre Manager. Among other duties
the successful applicant will be expected to:

Assist the manager of the fitness centre
in supervision of staff and staff activities;
ensure the comfort of fitness centre patrons;
maintain the cleanliness standards of the
fitness centre; ensure equipment is working
superbly at all times; maintain par level
stocks per the standard and that bathroom/
shower facilities are fully stocked and in
an acceptable condition at all times. It
would be an. asset if the individual has
some personal training certification from
the Aerobics and Fitness Association of
America or a similar institution and a
minimum of two to three years experience.

The successful applicant must be: highly
motivated, willing to work flexible hours,
in excellent physical condition and enjoy
working with members and sponsored guests

Interested individuals should fax resumes to:

The Director of Human Resources
Lyford Cay Members Club
Lyford Cay Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: #362-6245

he'd wage a proxy fight to seize
control of the board.
Weighing on the market was
continued worries about sub-
prime lenders being hurt as cus-
tomers default on loans. Novas-
tar Financial Inc., one of the
nation's biggest lenders to the
subprime market, fell 39 cents,
or 5.8 per cent, to $7.99.
Broadband communications
maker Arris Group Inc. fell
$1.38, or nine per cent, to
$13.91. Ericsson AB, the
world's largest maker of wire-
less network gear, offered $1.4
billion to buy Norway's Tand-

berg Television ASA, topping a
bid by Arris.
Advancing issues barely out-
paced decliners on the New
York Stock Exchange, where
volume came to 1.55 billion -
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 2.95, or
0.36 per cent, to 823.69.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average closed up 0.15 per
cent. At the close, Britain's
FTSE 100 was up 0.52 per cent,
Germany's DAX index added
0.50 per cent, and France's
CAC-40 rose 0.81 per cent.

An established Law firm is seeking suitable applicants
for the position of Legal Secretary. The following
qualifications and attributes are necessary requirements.

Associate Degree in Secretarial Science or
A minimum of 3 years working experience in the'
specified position
Excellent use of the English language
Strong secretarial and administrative background
Good communication and people skills
Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

Experience working in a law firm's Corporate or
Commercial department would be an asset. The
successful candidate must be able to multi task and work
in a demanding environment.

Qualified persons may apply to the Human Resources
Manager before March 16, 2007.

P.O. Box
c/o The Tribune.
Nassau, The Bahamas


Is accept taieons forth

Three persons to teach Mathematics to all levels.
Experience in preparing students for external
examinations (BJC, BGCSE & SAT) is a requirement.

Two persons to teach English Language/Literature to
all grade levels. Experience in teaching candidates for
external examinations is necessary

eight to twelve. Expereince in preparing for external
examinations is a requirement

One person to teach General Science and Chemistry to
all grade levels. The applicant must have experience in
preparing students for external examinations.

One person to teach Spanish to grades seven through ten.

One person to teach French to grades all grade
levels. Experience in preparing students for
external examinations (BGCSE) is a requirement.

One person to teach Computer Keyboarding,
Basic Personal Computer Applications and Computer
Science to grades seven through twelve. The applicant
must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access
and Powerpoint.

One person to teach Physical Education to all grade
levels. The applicant must be available to coach varsity
teams in the core sports.

All applicants must hold a degree from an accredited
University andaTeacher's Certificate ormusthave some
teaching experience. Two letters of reference, copies of
all degrees and certificate, proof of teaching experience
and two passport size photos should be submitted. A
commitment to the values of Catholic, Benedictine
education is expected of our teachers. Only those
persons who have no difficulty with Roman
Catholic beliefs and teaching need apply. Please submit
applications and required documents to:

P.O .BOX N-3940




* PICTURED front row from left: Kennor Collins (graduate), Leslie Cartwright (graduate), Francisco Guevara (service manager), Donahue Mackey (graduate) and Ashley Matthews (graduate).

M&E staff

graduate from





FOUR team members at
Nassau-based Machinery &
Energy Ltd (M&E) have grad-
uated from the company's in-
house Caterpillar Technical
Institute, after completing a
course to ensure they are
equipped to install and pro-
vide maintenance on the prod-
ucts sold by their company.
M&E service manager,

Francisco Guevara, and
instructor Walton Hassell were
impressed with the initial
trainees' results and were eager
to see them progress steadily
through the full schedule of
courses offered.
A new set of trainees will
begin the six-month long
Caterpillar technician training
on March 1.


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'Find a Valentine's Date campaign

proves to be resounding success

m7 7e Tribune's "Find a
V valentine's Date" cam-
paign proved to be a ...-.".
resounding success.
Both Ava and Alex
wound up with wonderful dates, with
each couple enjoying a fabulous
evening. And at the end of the day
there seemed to be the distinct possi-
bility of long-term friendships being
formed...if not more.
On Saturday February 17, the cou-
ples met at the British Colonial Hilton
where they would be driven by lim-
ousine to Club Land'Or on Paradise
Island for a sumptuous dinner. The.
evening before, Ava and Andrew .M
would met at The Tribune where both
were presented with their gifts and
given the opportunity to "break the
ice" before their official date.
Alex and Yolanda however, would
see each other for the first time at
the Hilton, and although a bit ner-
vous, the two seemed to instantly hit
if off.
Alex and Yolanda
S For Alex, his first impression of
Yolanda was that she was a beautiful
woman. "I liked that. She was dressed
well she looked nice. You could see
that she had a sense of humour off
the bat. There was an instant connec-
tion and the conversation just flowed
smoothly. I was attracted to her."
The ice was broken within a matter
of minutes after the two started
speaking, he said. "She had a sense of
humour and she articulated herself
well and the conversation was inter-
esting. Within a couple of minutes
she told me who she was, where she
worked she was in school, she
seemed to be an ambitious young MA VALENTINE'S Day'meeting of the minds: Standing from left are
woman." Alexandrio Morley, Sean Moore, marketing manager for The Tribune and
About the date itself, Alex YolandaT.
described it as perfect. Number one, (Photos: Felip6 MajorlTribune Staf])
he said, the restaurant Club Land'Or
was beautiful, the service was excel-
lent and the food was great. To add to ally much better looking in person." hectic.
the warm ambiance, the banter Describing the date as quite inter- Asked if she would go through the
between the two was quick and easy testing and eye-opening, Yolanda, who process again, Yolanda said that while
as it went back and forth. There were is a born-again believer, said that she is open to being set up by friends
no silent or awkward moments. Alex, who is open to the Rastafarian and family members and experiencing
"We constantly found things to talk movement, is ,different than she a blind date she would think twice
about. We talked about politics, we expected. Growing up, she noted, she before having it played out in the
talked about work, our different jobs was afraid of Rastas, but meeting media. Not usually a person that is
and we talked about religion, the role Alex and actually spending time with concerned about what others think,
religion played in our lives. At the him and talking about his beliefs the amount of attention the Valen-
end of the evening, I walked her to helped her to understand the move- tine's date campaign brought her,
her car and we chatted a little by the ment and the people who hold those while mostly positive, was unexpect-
car and talked about future plans to beliefs. ed.
see each other again. A high point for each of the daters, For others curious about taking
In the end, Alex said that he had a Yolanda said that dinner was exquis- such a leap of faith, Yolanda advises
tremendous experience. "Yes, I would ite. "I felt as though it was exquisite. themnto not be afraid to try some-
do it again. I enjoyed it it was fun." It was a wonderful experience, the thing new. "If you can't do [a blind
He also encourages other people ambiance in the restaurant was per- date] publicly, then do it privately.
looking to expand their circle of fect, the food was perfect. We sat right You've got nothing to lose."
friends to not be afraid to try uncon- next to each and we had a good con-
ventional ways of meeting new people versation." Andrew and Ava
because you never know if you might While the experience was definite- Like Yolanda and Alex, Andrew
be meeting a new friend or finding ly a pleasant one, Yolanda says that and Ava hit it off instantly.
the love of your life. she is not sure when she will see Alex Although a little nervous, Andrew
For Yolanda, the evening also again. While the two have made plans said the two hit if off pretty good from
seemed to go exceptionally well. to go out, she notes that his job as a the start. "When we met for the first
"I was nervous. Seeing him in per- reporter keeps him fairly busy. And as time it felt like we had met before."
son was different from seeing his pic- the election draws near, his schedule,
ture it was not a good representation as is hers as she juggles work and U ANDREW Stanford, winner of a "Find a Valentine's Date
it didn't do him justice. He was actu- school, will likely become even more SEE page 2C with Ava" campaign, stands with the lovely Ava Miller.

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Festival in

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...cery or
......hardw are store.




* OUR spring is all winter long so
primavera veggies such as garden
peas (bottom), squash (shown),
zucchini and such do not rely on a
month-long spurt.

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'Most gardeners are coo

Because what we grow in our veg-
etable gardens is food, it obviously
follows that most gardeners ati
cooks too. There are probably a few cases
where a man gardens and his wife cooks, and
vice versa, but in my experience most garden-
ers are cooks.
The Italians have a lovely word primavera
- young, fresh spring vegetables. Our spring is
all winter long so primavera veggies such as
garden peas, squash, zucchini and such do not
rely on a month-long spurt. Arborio rice,
chicken stock and Parmesan cheese are all
you need along with the young vegetables -
to create a tasty evening snack or supper.
Tiny, seedless veggies can star in delicate
sauces that do not overwhelm their '..,;'
flavour. Talking about virginal, it sb0.. .id be
the finest of olive oils we use with these dainty
Bahamian gardeners not only have vegeta-
bles in abundance, they invariably have fresh
herbs. You cannot but feel superior when you
encounter a recipe that calls for 'fresh parsley
(if available)' when you have a parsley patch
choking with abundance, demanding to be
culled daily. Freeze dried dill is hardly neces-
sary because we grow dill in the Bahamas as a
weed. Often, basil escapes from its pots and
grows in the lawn, exuding an exquisite scent
when it is mowed.
I spent a few evenings recently cutting out
the few recipes from old Bon Appetit and
Gourmet magazines that are practic;.l and
could actually attempt to cook. The exercise
freed up almost a whole room. It was so evi-
dent that fresh herbs and spices were the
mainstay of many dishes. Certain recipes lost
all of their charm if fresh herbs were not used.
One of the most valuable plantings I have
every made was a bay tree that has provided
bay leaves for years. It is amazing how versa-
tile the bay leaf is and how many dishes it can
enhance. Virtually any meat dish benefits
from its addition and two or three freshly-
plucked bay leaves are far superior to a dry
brown specimen from a jar. From boiled pota-
toes to coq au vin, bay leaves rule.
Another perennial is rosemary. Its pungent
pine scent marries well with strong meats.

Gardener Jack's

Green Scene

With several bushes to work with you can add
boughs of fresh rosemary to barbecue grills
and set the meat on top to cook. A few long
sprigs can be placed beneath roasts in the
Another valuable tree in the garden is all-
spice. Not only can the allspice berries be
picked in summer, the boughs can be added to
the barbecue while cooking such meals as
Jamaican jerk chicken, adding a substantial
degree of authenticity and taste.
The smoking of meat, poultry and fish is not
widespread in the Bahamas. Traditionally fish
and conch have been preserved by salting and
corning. I do know several men who enjoy
smoking foods, and fish in particular. The best
fish for smoking are the oily-fleshed ones such
as jacks. After a period of brining they can be
smoked and cooked at the same time giving a
richness of flavour that even a Scotsman with
his Arbroath smoakies and Finfian haddies
would appreciate.
I mention smoking because the traditional
smoke woods oak, cherry, mesquite, hickory
- do not grow here. We do have wonderful
smoke woods of our own, however, Seagrape
wood is rated the finest by many, either dead
and soaked in water or used fresh. My
favourite for smoking chicken and duck is dry
buttonwood, soaked before use. It produces a
thick, assertive smoke.
Most of the herbs I have mentioned can
have their flavours captured in vinegar and
oil. Just a little time spent can give the home
gardener/cook an impressive array of herbed
vinegars and oils. Start things off with a
shapely bottle. Use light coloured vinegars
such as Chinese salad white vinegar, though
malt vinegar is fine. Heavy vinegars such as
balsamic already have plenty of flavour and
should not be used. Wash a selection of herbs
well, dry them and place them in the bottles
and add the vinegar. After about a month at
room temperature they will be d ',,. Decant

them and dispose of the herbs. With some
vinegars, such as rosemary or bay leafs, you
can add a sprig or leaf to tell you what they
are. Vinegars from tender herbs such as Mexi-
can tarragon will have to be labeled.
Oils are prepared in the same way but the
oil can be heated to extract the flowers quick-
er. The heat necessary will be somewhere
halfway between room temperature and the
cooking point, about 150 degrees. Most
flavoured oils are used for salad purposes
rather than cooking, and this means olive oil.
If you do want a flavoured oil for cooking

purposes I recommend grapeseed oil. It is
very neutral in taste and has a higher smoking
point than olive oil.
As I mentioned before, I put my flavoured
vinegars into fancy bottles. For the oils, how-
ever, I use the bottle the oil came in.
One last word Give ginger oil a try. It's
A word of apology. I have been without e-
mail facilities since early December. If you
have contacted me at gardenerjack@coral-
wave.com I will answer you when Iget my new

'Find a Valentine's Date' campaign proves to be resounding success

FROM page 1C

'' h th in the financial service
sector. Andrew said the two had lol';
to talk about, so much so in fact that
they left The Tribune after receiving
their gifts and went to the Hilton for
a mn relaxed atmosphere, a fev
cocktails, and so that they could get to
know one another a little better.

"It was very pleasant. She was easy
to talk to and we found that we like
similar things and we ordered almost
the same cocktail. Based on our dis-
u'aions we liked almost everything
(he same."
Said Ava, "When I first met Mr
Stanford I was a bit nervous, but from
when we started to talk I felt com-
. !;.l, clicl:cd right away. He
was easy to talk to and we talked from
A Z. There was never a dull

For Ava, Andrew, or Mr Stanford
as she kept calling him, was a good
conversationalist. He seemed like a
sincere person, pleasant and very fun-
ny. "He kept me smiling," she said.
While the evening at Club Land'Or
went very well and with so much in
common, both single parents, both
regular church goers and working in
the same industry, there would seem
to be the possibility for more but'

both were tight-lipped about any
expectations or the possibility of going
out again in the future.
"Based on our first night we
enjoyed each other's company,"
Andrew said, "But I don't want to
talk about expectations I'm just
enjoying our time together."
Agreeing with him, Ava said, "I
don't have any expectations. My spir-
it took to him right away. He seemed
to be a genuine person and we'll prob-

ably be life-long friends."
When it came to whether the two
would participate in a similar cam-
paign again, like Alex, Andrew said
yes, he would do it again. Ava on the
other hand while she had a good
experience, said, "I did it once. It was
something exciting, but I will not be
doing it again."
At the end of the evening, Andrew
extended an invitation to Ava to join
him at church.

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not to think?

"You are today where your
'thinking' has brought you.
You will be tomorrow where
your 'thinking' will take you."
James Allen
o think or not to think
is this really a ques-
tion in today's sup-
posedly 'progressive society'?
Whilst progress and success are
usually defined only by mater-
ial achievements, it is impor-
tant to note that acquisition of
things does not equate to a
functioning thinking capacity.
Hence, the bigger questions
are are you really thinking
and is your thinking taking you
where you'd like to go?
The fact is many experience
their lives pretty much on auto-
pilot. They get up at a preset
time; travel a predetermined
route to perform a routine job,
return home to watch a fixed
TV show, go to bed at a set
time only to repeat this process
again in a few hours.
How much thinking is really
required to live life on repeat
But auto-pilot in and of itself
is not necessarily a "bad" thing;
the question is Is your auto-
pilot set to where you want to
go and how you desire to live?
Engaging your brain power
Human beings are gifted
with a miraculous organ the
brain which has an unlimited
capacity to function. Just lodk
at the incredible growth of chil-
dren in five short years they
develop the amazing ability to
walk, count, form sentences
and today many are even
learning a second language.
Essentially, the brain learns,
remembers and repeats. Like
learning how to drive initial-
ly you're uncertain afraid
even. In time, you soon devel-
op the skills and competence
to not only drive but to confi-
dently accelerate down the
highway. Eventually, you're
driving automatically, because
you've repeated the driving
process so many times, you
need not really "think" about
driving in order to do it effec-


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It's no different from learn-
ing to count or learning your
ABCs, once you've learned it,
the brain remembers and
Consequently, unless you
engage your brain power by
feeding it with new ideas and
concepts to enhance your
thinking ability you will find
yourself living on 'repeat'
Thinking for a change
We may all agree that
repeating the same thing and
expecting different results may
amount to insanity. Yet that is
where most of us begin we
work tirelessly trying to change
our results without shifting our
In the book, Thinking for a
Change John C Maxwell says
"Good.thinking creates the
foundation of good results.
One of the reasons people

don't achieve their dreams is
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Indeed we must think for a
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instead of carrots you must
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Coaching questions:
How do you know that you
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Are you living on auto-
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What do you do to engage
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Throughout my incredible
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tinuous growth to greatness;
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You possess unlimited think-
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by Katherine Paterson illustrated by Emily Arnold McCull)y

L a

STORY SO FAR: The Lleshi family
has settled down at Uncle Fadil's farm.
Meanwhile, the Albanians and the Serbs
continue to fight. Then, one night, Meli
hears an unexpected knock at the door.

Packing Up, Again

44/ HO is it?" Uncle Fadil
V whispered through the
crack between the door and the door-
"It's me, Hamza." Hamza was Nexi-
ma's husband, the one whose name was
never mentioned.
Uncle Fadil slipped out, closing the
door silently behind him.
I crept over and put my own ear to the
"You must leave here at once," Hamza
was saying. "They've already destroyed
the farms and villages just to the north.
They'll be here soon."
"How can we leave?" Uncle Fadil said.

"We have a houseful of women and chil-
dren. And you know Granny- How
could she travel?"
"They have no mercy," Hamza said.
"For my children's sake-my wife's sake.
I beg you."
"I must talk to Hashim," Uncle Fadil
"There's not much time, I tell you."
Hamza was clearly upset.
"Thank you for coming, my son. Shall
I tell Nexima you're here?"
"No. I have to go. No one can know I
came. Knowledge can kill."
By the time Uncle Fadil had slipped
back into the house, I was in my blan-
kets, pretending to be asleep. But my
heart was pounding and my head racing.
There were so many of us. How could
we crowd fourteen people as well as
clothing, bedding, and food into Uncle
Fadil's little vegetable truck? Even if we
took nothing with us for the journey . .
And how long a journey would it be, and
to where?
The next day I went through all the
motions of living. I fetched the water
and helped peel potatoes for soup. I tried
to eat Aunt Burbuqe's good bread and
soup, but was far more interested in try-
ing to see if Uncle Fadil and Papa were
talking together, deciding our family's
fate. Hamza had said we must go at once,
so why were there no signs of hurry?
At about three in the afternoon, Papa
came to where Mehmet and I were hold-
ing school. Mehmet was in the middle
of his daily lecture on Kosovo history
and how the Serbs had no right to our
land, when Papa appeared. "Mehmet,"
he said quietly, "come into the house,
please." This was it, I knew. "Care for
the little ones, Meli," he said.
I nodded, too numb even to resent

being left out of the grown-up discus-
Before long all of us were gathered in
the parlor. Uncle Fadil cleared his throat.
"Hashim and I have decided that we,
must all leave the farm as soon as possi-
"Why are we leaving?" Adil said. "I
like the farm."
"We all love the farm, Adil," Papa
said. "But there is a war, as you know,
and the farm may not be safe much
"Then where are we going?" Isuf asked
the very question I was longing to ask.
"We have cousins in Macedonia," Papa
said. "They will take us in."
Macedonia? That was a whole other
country. There might be cousins there,
but they were strangers to me.
"How will we get to Mace-Mace-?
How will we get there?" Adil asked.
"We'll go in Uncle Fadil's truck, of
course," Papa said. "You remember how
it took us to the mountains? Well, now
it's going to take us all the way to Mace-

I look at the map now, and it seems
such a short way between the cen-
ter of Kosovo to the border of Macedo-
nia. And, indeed, when you look at a
map of the United States, it is hardly a
Sunday afternoon drive in the country.
But that day Macedonia seemed like
another planet.
Since the truck had to carry us all, we
were limited in what we could take along.
Each child and each adult could take a
blanket and wear two sets of clothing.
The twins had to have more-they need-
ed diapers, after all. The women would
take enough food and water to last us

all for a couple of days. If everything
went well, the trip wouldn't take but a
few hours. But since we didn't know what
would meet us on the other side of the
border, it was best to be on the safe side.
I dressed in my two sets of clothes,
which was all I had anyhow since we'd
left home last summer. They were begin-
ning to get tight, but at least my only
sweater was a baggy one, and my coat
still fit.
The men and Mehmet spread the blan-
kets on the bed of the truck and loaded
the food and water. Mama and Aunt
Burbuqe insisted on taking a soup pot
and some mugs and spoons for every-
one. I saw Mama look longingly at her
wedding plate and then carefully put it
back into Aunt Burbuqe's china cabinet.
"Surely there's room for your plate,
Mama," I said.
She shook her head and smiled. "It's
all right, Meli," she said.
At last we were ready. "Go lie down,
everyone. Try to rest," said Uncle Fadil.
"After dark we'll be on our way."
There was no way I could sleep, but I
lay down obediently on the floor. I must
have dozed off, because the next thing I
heard was Mehmet shouting from out-
side the door.
"The truck! If's gone! Someone's
stolen the truck!"

(Continued on Friday)

Text copyright
2005 by Katherine Paterson
Illustrations copyright
2005 by Emily Arnold McCully
Reprinted by permission
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Calvin & Hobbes )

Contract Bridge

C By Steve Becker

Bidding Quiz

Partner bids One Club, and the
next player passes. What would you
bid with each of the following four
1. 4 K93 VAKJ2 QJ8 +964
2. 4 AKQ9874 IJ6 4 62 4 83
3. 4AJ98 V 9 KQJ10 46 QJ74
4. AQ6 V AQ8 KJ93 4 985
1. One heart. Although the hand is
notrump-oriented and many players
would respond two notrump, it is
better to bid one heart. This is in
keeping with the general principle
that it is. easier to make game in a
major suit than in notrump if you
have a combined holding of eight
cards in the suit. Since partner may
have four hearts, this possibility
should be explored.
If partner doesn't support hearts,
you can bid notrump at your next
2. Four spades. You'd hardly want
to play this hand at any contract other
than four spades, so you might as
well bid it at once.
The leap to four indicates that your
trumps are strong enough to justify a
game in spades opposite a normal
opening bid. Four spades is not a
slam try. If you had potential slam
values, you'd start by bidding one or
two spades.
3. One diamond. You might con-

sider responding one spade, hoping
to find a major-suit fit, but when you
have a hand with which you plan to
make more than one bid, it is better
to bid four-card suits "up the line."
This gives you maximum space to
operate in while you try to determine
where the best game or slam contract
lies. You do plan to bid spades at
your next turn if partner bids one
heart over one diamond.
When you bid spades at your sec-
ond turn, partner will know you have
only four of them and will have a
better idea of how to continue. You
plan to show your club support later
if the bidding develops favorably,
thus pinpointing your shortness in
4. Three notrump. This is a pic-
ture bid showing 16 or 17 points,
nearly always 4-3-3-3 distribution
and strength in the unbid suits. In
effect, the leap to three notrump indi-
cates the values for an opening
notrump bid.
There is not much point in
responding one diamond when a dif-
ferent bid is available that, in one fell
swoop, perfectly describes your
hand. The opening bidder is free to
go on or not, as he sees fit, knowing
that the hand opposite him contains
the values for an opening notrump


1 Figure to scatter bait around
within limits (5)
6 Wild voles will provide the
answer (5)
9 He wouldn't have put food out for the
Crusaders (7)
10 Soundly brewed for the young (5)
11 Metallic sound of an old jug (5)
12 Smooth as a barrister (5)
13 Cameron's crazy in lovel (7)
15 Needs to be twisted into some new
shape (3)
17 Vessel always kept
out of the way? (4)
18 Rock to be found at labs (6)
19 Lengthy depression in the field of
20 To get out of an armed service is
something hard (6)
22 Sing with meaning, somehow? (4)
24 Bomn n France (3)
25 Gave a fellow the wrong date (7)
26 Around opening time, stated to be
27 Poky in a nice way (5)
21 Not the hiker's favourite fruit (5)
29 The sound when you open the last of
the bottle? (7)
30 Snow-white tobacco? (5)
31 RF assed without charge, mostly (5)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS1, Hard up 7, Unde-r age 8, G-all 10, Trowel 11,
Attack 14, Yet 16, Hlls 17, R-ear 19, Jul.-EP 21, Fa-k-er
22, Armed 23, Co-ed 26, Ros-I-e 28, Nab 29, Ostler 30,
Molest 31, Idly 32, Eyeballs 33, Sawing
DOWN: 1, Hunter 2, Drawer 3, Pu-LL 4, Leather 5, Nasal
6, Jerks 8, Go-y-a 9, Let 12, TipI3, C-live 15, Du-k-es
18, Euros 19, Jam 20, Led 21, Free man 22, All 23,
C-allow 24, OBE-y 25, Dating 26, Rose's 27, St.-eel 28,
No-d 30, Miss

2 Bony vegetable? (6)
3 I thus exclude a certain line (6)
4 Thanks a lot for just
a little (3)
5 She takes a horse around a holiday
centre (5)
6 Where to deal with the crew's
complaints (7)
7 Singular feature of the
common lynx (4)'
8 An evil, possibly, but excusable (6)
12 Look around for a Scot out of
uniform (5)
13 Be dominant in Niger,
maybe (5)
14 Only about half of it has a distinct
length (5)
15 A seaman to knock out
as normal (5)
16 Have no seat from which to watch
the game (5)
18 From the bank, one may receive it in
person (5)
19 A motion of signal importance (7)
21 It's essential for the reception (6)
22 Cheeky piece of pottery? (6)
23 Saintly king or a well-known Boy (6)
25 Last place to make a stand? (5)
26 Right or left, it's paired (4)
28 General Franco's familiar name (3)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Bandit 7, Ancestor 8, Opal 10, Denote 11,
Ribald 14, Use 16, Gales 17, Erse 19, Talon 21, Bored
22, Fetid 23, Loot 26, Ceded 28, Tap 29, Eroded 30,
Robust 31, Ores 32, Luscious 33, Easter
DOWN: 1, Bridle 2, Depose 3, Tale 4, Demigod 5, Steal 6,
Prods 8, Onus 9, Ale 12, Ban 13, Lento 15, Paris 18,
Rower 19, Tot 20, Led 21, Bedevil 22, Fed 23,
Labels 24, Opus 25, Totter 26, Cello 27, Douse 28, Tor
30, Rose

HOW many words of
four letters or more I
can you make from
the letters shown
here? In making a
word, each letter may
be used once only. N
Each must contain the
centre letter and there ii
must be at least one A
nine-letter word. No
plurals or verb forms
ending in "s", no words with initial capitals and no
words with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted.
The first word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inkjet
in inkjet printer).
Good 20; very good 30: excellent 39 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 B

10 11

13 14 15 163

20 21 22 2 3

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6 Precipitous (5)
9 Refuse (7)
10 Buffalo (5)
11 Edible bulb (5)
12 Turn aside (5)
13 Rename (7)
15 Drink
daintily (3)
17 Poems (4)
18 Infer (6)
19 Majestic (5)
20 Substance (6)
22 Type of duck (4)
24 Pig-pen (3)
25 Accounts (7)
26 Helped (5)
27 Respond (5)
28 Quick (5)
29 Natural
surroundings (7)
30 Alloy (5)
31 Females (5)

2 Served (6)
3 Beautiful youth (6)
4 Number (3)
5 Addict (5)
6 Breathing
apparatus (7)
7 Canvas
shelter (4)
8 Sensual (6)
12 Change (5)
13 Chambers (5)
14 Bad-tempered (5)
15 Wonderful (5)
16 Chimes (5)
18 Old-fashioned (5)
19 Performance (7)
21 Affirm (6)
22 Salad plant (6)
23 Dress (6)
25 Send (5)
26 Pain (4)
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ARIES March 21/April 20
This is one week you really can
have it all, Aries. Don't you dare
settle for second best at work or in
your personal life.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
There's no reason why you have to
do everything on your own, Taurus.
Others will be happy to help, but
you have to make the first move. An
old friend stops by to say hello.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
There's nothing you enjoy more
than going new places and meeting
new people, Gemini. By getting out
and enjoying yourself this week,
you'll enrich the lives of everyone
you meet.
CANCER June 22/July 22
Whenever opportunity knocks, you
have a tendency to retreat into your
shell, where it's safe, Cancer. You're
entitled to do so, of course, but it's a
shame to let your talent go to waste.
LEO July 23/August 23
You've never been shy of the lime-
light, Leo, which is good, because
success and celebrity beckon.
Now's the time to let the world
know exactly whoyou are.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You worry too much, Virgo. The
sun is shining and you've finally
caught the eye of a special someone.
Enjoy yourself for a change.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
,You may have quarreled recently
with family members or friends, but
it will be pretty easy to kiss and make
up this week, Libra. Communication
is the first step.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
It's time to think big, Scorpio, espe-
cially on the work front. Don't
worry, your natural confidence will
help you succeed. Someone special
has his or her eye on you. Now's not
the time to be shy!
You're feeling sunnier than usual,
Sagittarius. Because you feel so good
about yourself, others will feel great
just hanging around you this week.
Share the love and the happiness.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Despite recent problems at home,
new financial opportunities loom
just beyond the horizon. Take your
time to investigate, then take advan-
tage of this chance.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Others expect you to be a bit of a
rebel, so don't disappoint them.
Just do what you want and every-
one's happy.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
If you take a few risks this week,
Pisces, chances are you'll hit the
jackpot either professionally or
financially. Make sure you enjoy
your success with the ones you l----

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Botvinnik (Black, to move).
Botvinnik, the patriarch of
Russian chess and world
champion for 13 years, became
the finest strategic player of his
generation, but when young he
preferred a sharper, highly
tactical style, leading to
positions like today's puzzle.
The future grandmaster has
sacrificed a bishop to drive the
white king into the open, and at
first glance he can checkmate
quickly by 1...Qe3+ 2 Kxb4 aS+
3 Kb5 Ba6+ 4 Kc6 Rac8 mate.
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by Qe3+ 2 Bc3 Bd5+ 3 Kb21
when the WK is safe while Black,
still a piece down, Is threatened
with Qxg7 mate. Botvinnik
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THESE tiny,
parasites com-
monly affect
dogs and cats
and cause,
mange, more
commonly SANDS
known as ear
mite infestation. Ear mites
are a kind of arthropod that
resemble ticks and aie actu-
ally related to and look
something like spiders.
They colonize the ear %where
they feed on cellular debris
and suck lymph from the
skin. Only three or four
adult mites in the ear can
create considerable discom-
The life cycle from egg to
adult lasts three weeks, that
is from the time eggs are
laid and cemented in place
within the ear canal. After
incubating four days, the
eggs hatch into six legged
larva, which feed for anoth-
er three to ten days The lar-
va develops into eight
legged prolonymph, which
molt into the deutonymph
stage. At this stage, the
immature deutonymph
attaches itself to a mature
male ear mite using suckers
on its rear legs. If the deu-
tonymph becomes a female,
fertilization occurs and the
female bears eggs.
Ear mites are the most
common cause of ear
inflammation, referred to as
Otitis. Signs of infestation
include brown, waxy debris
in the ear canal and/or crust
formation. The crawling
mites inside the ear canal
produce intense itching and
discomtort in the dog and
testedd cani and doJgs
;w, shake their heads, dig
at their cars, rub their heads
against the floor or furni-
ture and show a variety of
restless behaviours.
Ear mites are extremely
contagious. Kittens and
puppies usually acquire
them from their mothers.
These parasites.also infest
manyv.pecies. imluding r~ib-
bits, ferrets and other pets
If one pet has ear mites, all
animals in contact with that
pet must be treated to pre-
,ent re-infestation. When
left untreated, ear mites can
lead to infections of the
middle and inner ear, which
can damage hearing or
affect balance. Diagnosis is
made by actually seeing the
The parasite is tiny. white
and nearly impossible to see
%\ ith the naked eye. Gener-
ally. the %eterinarian will
make a slide of the sample
of the ear debris and exam-
me it under the microscope
to identify the parasite.
Treatment consists of flush-
ing out the debris and
applying insecticide to kill
the miles. The medication
is often suspended in a
bland medium, like mineral
oil, which when squirted
into the ear helps tloat
debris out of the ear canal
a- the ear base is massaged
A number of commercial
products are available for
treating car mites: ask your
,,etetinarian for a recom-
mendation. It is recom-
mended to treat the ears
t" ice a day for the first
week. then once or twice a
week tor the next three
wce ks to get rid of the prob-
lem. because eggs will con-
linue to hatch for at least
that time and can quickly\
re-infest the ears.
Ear mites may infest the
environment for several
months, and premise con-
trol is helpful, particularly
in homes with manr pets.
Often \our pet's ears are so
sore that sedation is neces-
sary for initial ear treat-
ment. Some pets may be too
difficult for owners to con-
tinue treating at home, and
in certain instances, an
injectable medication may
be recommended. One or
two subcutaneous injections
of the insecticide Ivermectin
has been reported to cure

the problem. Note: Iver-
mectin is highly toxic in Col-
lies, Collie cross dogs, and
Australian Shepherds and
should not be used in these
Dr Basdi Sanids is a vet-
trnnarian at the Central .ni-
inal Hospual Questions or
comments should be direct-
ed to:
potcake59@hotmail. corn
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Provided b'v Adie'ln Penn, C amelta Baries,
Shandera Smith and l.athera Ltnmore, Nutri-
tionists front the Ministry of HealtuDepartment of
Public Health

ebruary is Heart Health Awareness
Month and the Lighten Up & Live
Healthy team is urging you to use this
month to reflect on your own 'heart health'.
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart dis-
. ease, are the third leading cause of death in the
Bahamas. Chronic heart disease not only affects
individuals, but also families and the greater com-
munity. In addition, it places a colossal strain on
the national healthcare system. However, we are
here to let you know that most cases of heart
disease can be prevented by making simple
lifestyle choices that begin with you; for a healthy
country starts with healthy citizens.
This week we will share with you lifestyle tips
from dietitians of Canada that can prevent the
incidences of most heart disease, and if you have
heart disease already, you'll be able to manage it

Top Ten Tips to Control Your Fat Intake
Have 5-12 servings of grain products each
Reach for 5-10 servings of vegetables and
fruit each day.
Choose lower fat milk products such as skim
or one per cent milk, and yogurt or cottage cheese
made with less than two per cent milk fat more
Choose fish, poultry and leaner meats, with
fat and skin removed.
An appropriate serving size is about the size
and thickness of a deck of cards or the palm of
your hand excluding your fingers.
Have foods that are baked or broiled more
often than deep-fried foods.
Have more meals made with beans and peas.
Cut down on extras such as butter, margarine,
oil, gravy and rich sauces.
Choose lower fat snack foods such as light
microwave or air popped popcorn (without added
butter or topping) and pretzels.
Read package labels and choose lower fat
versions of salad dressings, peanut butter, cream
soups, etc. To be called "low fat", a food must
contain less than three grams of fat per serving.
Flavour foods ',Atlout fat using lime, salsa,
mustard, herbs and spices.

Top Ten Tips For
Eating Fibre-ji; ' foods
Have at least li e servings of whole grain
breads, cereals and other grain products each
Eat breads and rolls made with whole wheat,
wheat bran, mixed grains, dark rye or pumper-
nickel more often.
Choose whole wheat bagels, pita bread, and
flour tortilla wraps.
Eht cereals' containing 'wheat bran or oat bran
more often. : ,
Have bran, oatmeal or whole-grain muffins.
Substitute whole wheat flour for some or all
of the white flour in your recipes.
Check package labels and choose foods that
are high in fibre (more than four grams of fibre
per serving).
Have at least five servings of vegetables and
fruit each day. Pears, green peas, Brussels sprouts
and sweet potatoes are some higher fibre choices.
For added fibre eat skins and peels, and have

Lighten Up &

Live Healthy

the fruit or vegetable more often than its juice.
Include more meals made with beans and
peas (eg baked beans.in tomato sauce, vegetarian
chili, bean burritos, three-bean salad).

Top Ten Activity Tips
.* Make active living part of each day. Active
living means taking every opportunity to keep
your body moving.*
Help your body move more by taking the
stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the cor-
ner store, or cycling to work.
Add up to 30 minutes or more of moderate
activity each day. Three 10-minute brisk walks do
As you become more active work up to 30
continuous minutes or more of moderate activity
on most if not all days.
Increase the intensity of your activity. You've
reached your target heart rate if you can talk to
someone, but not easily, while exercising.
Exercise your heart with aerobic activities,
such as jogging, cycling, swimming, dancing or
brisk walking.
Increase your muscle strength and bone mass
with strength-training exercises, like lifting weights
or resistance exercises, a couple times a week.
Be active no matter what the weather. Raking
leaves, gardening, or chasing after the kids all
count toward your daily activity goal.,
The more you do it, the more reasons you'll
find to make active living part of your life.
The activity pattern recommended for optimal
health is 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity
accumulated on most if not all days.

Top Ten Healthy
Weight Tips
Be realistic about your body weight. You
can't change the shape you were born with.
Make regular physical activity part of each
day. Include a minimum of 30 minutes of mod-
erate physical activity on most, if not all, days of
the week.
Have a balanced breakfast every day. Skip-
ping breakfast may lead to weight gain and
greater food intake later in the day.
Be aware of when you eat and why. Listen to
your body and eat when you are hungry and stop
when you are full.
Adopt lower-fat eating habits.
Choose higher-fibre, nutrient-packed foods to
fill you up for snacks and meals.
Eat more grain products, fruit and vegetables.
Choose leaner meats and lower-fat milk prod-
ucts more often.
Watch out for 1jdden fat in French fries,
doughnuts, deep fried foods, nuts, greasy snack
foods and rich baked goods and desserts. Have
butter, margarine, regular salad dressing, gravy
and rich sauces in moderation.
Forget the dieting and get on with living. Adopt
an eating pattern you can live with. If you need
help, consult a nutritionist or dietitian. -

Remember, following these simple tips will not
only lead to a healthy lifestyle but a healthier you
and a healthier Bahamas.

THE Minister of Health
and National Insurance Dr'
Bernard Nottage was the
guest speaker at the First
Bahamas Branch of Toast-
masters International Club
1600, where he engaged the
members and their guests in
an informative discussion on
the National Health Insurance
plan. The evening's theme
was: "National Health Insur-
ance, Increasing the Knowl-
With an estimated project-
ed cost of $235 million annu-
ally, NHI will raise the rev-
enue to cover the cost of the
health plan through three
sources: approximately $111
million in government funding
through contributions as an
employer, for the indigent and
Wards of the state; employers
and employees are expected
to share a total 5.3 per cent
contribution of earnings
amounting to about $116 mil-
lion; and it is estimated that
pensioners will contribute
approximately $8 million.
The Health Minister stated
that the initial estimates show
thatwith NHI as the primary
&crrier for a major proportion
of the country's health bills,
businesses may still want to
utilize private plans for top-
up services or supplementary
insurance. Consequently, Sen-
ator Nottage told the body
that National Health Insur-
ance (NHI) is likely to signif-

icantly reduce the cost for
those employers who already
provide health insurance for
their employees.
Dr Nottage also had good
news for health services
providers. "NHI proposes to
introduce smart cards for
members and an online, real
time claims processing sys-
tem," he said. "This means
that the waiting time for
receiving payments by health
providers will be significantly
reduced since the volume of
administrative paperwork
involved in making and set-
tling claims will be mini-
mized." These cards will also
go a long way to enabling
NHI to monitor the standard
of care being provided and to
reduce if not eliminate fraud,
thereby containing cost.
The public was also invited
to participate in an open dis-
cussion, during which the
Health Minister entertained
questions, providing clarity as
to exactly how the National
Health Insurance plan would
work. This event was organ-
ised by the vice president of
EdLic..tion, TM Chato Out-
ten. -
Toastmasters Club 1600
meets every Thursday at
8:30pm, at SuperClubs
Breezes. For more informa-
tion on the National Health
Insurance, you are invited to e-
mail your questions to

Proper eating, physical activity practices more easily formed early in life

EVERYONE (who is being
honest with themselves) is
aware of the increasing number
of people (including children)
who are overweight or obese in
our country today.
The significant lack of physi-
cal activity combined with con-
sumption of large amounts of
unhealthy foods are the driving
force behind this problem. How
often do we look at a picture of
ourselves as a child or teenager,,
and marvel at how skinny and
lean we were back then?
Remember how active we
were, playing out in the streets.
Kick'the can, ring play. socking
and rounders were the main-
stay of our entertainment. And
the only time we stopped to eat
was to pick a guava, some scar-
let plums, coco plums or sugar
apple off the tree and wash it
down with some cool refresh-
ing tap water. Our children
today may be better off with
regards to greater access to edu-
cation, technological advances
and financial prosperity, but
they are paying a much bigger
price in that their health is being

The Problem
As adults, we need to accept
responsibility for our actions (or
lack of action) regarding the
epidemic of overweight and
obesity amongst our children.
Using US statistics, which can
easily be compared to our pop-
ulation, about 20 per cent of
children between 2-19 years old
are overweight or obese. That
means for every five children
you see, at least one is 'fat'.. This
increasing prevalence also
means that there is an increase
in associated detrimental phys-
ical, mental and social conse-
quences that tend to persist into
adulthood. These include high
blood pressure, high cholesterol,
diabetes, arthritis, irregular peri-
ods, lack of self-esteem and self-
worth, depression, poor rela-
tionship and career choices, and
..... ... iom stiloke, heart
attack and complications of dia-

Our children deserve the best
we can give them which most
importantly is a healthy, happy
life. This can be easily provided
regardless of our financial situ-
ation, level of education, social
status, or how we were raised.

The Factors
So how soon should we start
with healthy lifestyles for our
children? Proper eating and
physical activity practices are
more easily formed and
retained early in life so children
need to be taught as early as
From birth, infants have an
inborn sense of exactly how
much food their body needs to
grow and be healthy. This can
be observed in what is termed
an 'instinctive' eating cycle.
With this the child's need to eat
is driven by hunger only. The
child will feed on whatever is
provided to it until the hunger is
satisfied and then it will stop.
The total amount of food con-
sumed correlates with how
much energy it needs to grow
and play.
These on demand feedings
can occur fairly regularly and
consistently in newborns or
infants (eg every two four
hours) when the child's activity
level is also quite predictable
and consists mostly of sleeping,
eating and very little else.
As children reach the toddler
and young childhood phase, the
hunger drive tends to become
quite erratic and unpredictable
as they become more mobile,
easily distracted and the activi-
ty level fluctuates. Needless to
say, this can be extremely frus-
trating for parents and care-
givers who fear the child may
not be getting enough food, or
seem to be stuck on just one
type of food.
We tend to overestimate how
much energy our child needs
[based a lot on our own adult
eating habits] while sometimes
igormnng or und,iestimating the
child's level of activity [even

when it seems non-existent].
The mistake we, as well-mean-
ing parents, then make is to pro-
vide our children with large
amounts of food that have very
high energy content but very
little nutritional value in hopes
of packing that perceived level
of energy in, even to the extent
of bribing or threatening the
child to eat. -
The child's natural pattern of
eating is then disrupted and
they inadvertently learn
unhealthy eating habits. Other
cues which also contribute in
the promotion of this behaviour
include attempting to regular-
ize young children to strict eat-
ing times, restricting access to
certain foods, pressuring chil-
dren to eat, close parental mon-
itoring and attentiveness to non-
eating behaviour.
These can prove detrimental
to a child's eating habits and
pattern, especially in the tod-
dler (one to four years) and
adolescent (12-17 years) stages
when a sense of independence
and identity are being estab-
lished respectively. Children
may refuse food or may develop
other negative (social) behav-
iour as a means to exert his/her
own authority or as a means of
rebellion against a perceived
sense of powerlessness.
They may also be forced into
another type of eating cycle,
'Overeating'. This cycle is usu-
ally triggered by external or
emotional cues that result in the
quick and excessive consump-
tion of tempting or comfort
foods, a lot of times in secrecy.
Because the trigger for the eat-
ing is not hunger, then satiety is
not sufficient to stop the eat-
ing. Instead these children will
eat until there is no more food,
until they are interrupted or
until they are uncomfortable
and are forced to stop. All this
excess energy is then stored as
fat because these children usu-
ally are not motivated to or are
not provided with any form of
activity to burn the extra calo-

This emotional eating cycle
is very strong and unfortunate-
ly the abnormal response to
food selection and intake per-
sists into adulthood. Other than
lifestyle factors, genetics and
environment also play an
important role. Children at
higher risk include those with
overweight or obese parents)
and those in homes where an
unhealthy lifestyle is already the
norm. '

The Solution
As parents, we are obligated
to provide our children with a
variety of healthy, nutritional
foods for snacks and meals, in a
non-pressured, comfortable,
non-distracting environment
preferably with no television on
and hopefully with other family
members present.
Allow younger children to be
gradually transition to a clock-
defined meal time as they get
older and can understand. Feed
them balanced, age appropri-
ate foods and snacks like peanut
butter sandwiches, fresh fruits,
vegetables, whole grain cereals
and crackers, yogurt and cheese.
Drink lots of water and proper
servings of milk and 100 per
cent fruit juices.
Provide them with a nutri-
tional breakfast and send a '
healthy lunch to school, espe-
cially if there is no controlled,
healthy school lunch pro-
gramme. Serve small portions
and let them ask for more if
they are still hungry. Avoid
adding sugar to foods in
attempts to make it more tasty
and tempting to children. Avoid
high fat foods like cheeseburg-
ers, French fries, macaroni, any-
thing fried, cakes, cookies, sodas
and potato chips. These tend to
satisfy hunger for shorter peri-
ods of time and with the faster
return to hunger eventually
leads'to over eating, not to men-
tion contributing to indigestion
and acid reflux.
When these unhealthy types
of food are eaten they also
cause abnormally rapid and

high spikes of sugar in the
blood, and through a series of
chemical events, can quickly
lead to sleepiness, difficulty con- -
centrating, difficulty learning,
and lack of energy to engage in
appropriate physical activity.
Don't ever use food as a substi-
tute for comforting your child or
as a reward for specific behav- -
iours. Purchase your child a ball
(any kind), skates, a bike or .
jump rope and let them loose ,
in the backyard or take them '
with you to a safe play/exercise
Children model what they see
and hear, so it is extremely
important to be an example and .
allow them to see you make ','
healthy lifestyle and food choic-
es. Unless your child is obvi-
ously sick and/or not growing
well then allow them to eat only '
what they want, even if it ,
appears erratic and insufficient. '
Over the course of a few days,
you should notice that their ,
average energy intake balances
Take your children for rou-
tine physician health checks, ,
and point out any concerns you .
may have. Allow for appropri- *
ate measurement of height, *-
weight and body mass index .
(BMI). If you are unsure of
what is appropriate or healthy, t"
then ask. You may also visit the i,.'
following website www.family-
doctor.org which is sanctioned
by the American Academy of ,
Family Physicians to assist lay *
persons with any health con- "
cerns or questions.
Don't ignore or be in denial ^
of your child's unhealthy phys- '
ical and/or emotional health sta- .1
t us. The sooner we are able to
admit and take responsibility ,
for the problem, the sooner we
can deal with the issue and get
started to a healthier, happier ^
If you have any topics you itd
would like to read about you *,
imay send your requests via e-
mail to "-:
holis.ticfimilv@ahoo.comn or by
postal mail to SP-60568.

* SHOWN seated are Health Minister Dr Bernard Nottage.
Front row from left are TM Chato Outten, educational vice pres-
ident; Barbara Cartwright, special assistant to the minister;, TM
Delmaro Duncombe, president TMs Club 1600; Etoile Pinder,
health financing specialist; TM Pedro Young, vice president
Public Relations. Back row from left: Darren Sawyer, vice pres-
ident membership; Rodney Stuart, treasurer; Charles Newbold
IH, secretary; and Sanchez Brooks, Sergeant-At-Arms. Photo
and story by Pedro Young, vice president, Public Relations.

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* OUR photograph shows
Marcquel Bethel with the'
assistant of Dr Paul Wizman
(who performed the surgery),
Dr Kahlil Shillingford, before
he underwent gastric bypass
surgery. Here, Marcquel
weighed about 520 pounds.

'It was only when the weight started to+

stop my mobility that I took notice'

Tribune Woman

than 500 pounds,
Marcquel Bethel
was fed up with the
quality of his life.
He'd been hospitalized for ten days
with congestive heart failure, forced
to deal daily with the limited mobility
.brought about by his weight, and he
.Was weary of the comments of little
children and tired of the judgmental
glares of adults.
- Faced with a steady decline to the
quality of his life, Marcquel, an
account executive with The Tribune,
decided that he'd had enough of his
weight and was ready to make a dras-
tic change.
While other people who fit into the
category of the obese hit the gyms or
the parks, flock to fad diets and can,
-with some help, will their way to a
healthier weight, Marcquel, and others
who are considered morbidly obese,
.take a much longer time to see results
'that way.
Facing what was to be a life or death
decision, at 34 years old Marcquel
underwent gastric bypass surgery on
September 18, 2006. The journey to
that point, though long and tumul-
tuous, had been a difficult one. But
once Marcquel made what he believes
was his best life decision, all the time,
energy, effort and money spent to
achieve his goal were well worth it.

As a child
From the age of eleven, Marcquel's
weight began to balloon. He noticed
that he was getting bigger and bigger
every year, but the weight gain
remained under the radar since it did
not hamper his activities. At age 13,
Marcquel was 200 pounds, and by the
time he reached 34 years old, his
weight had surpassed the 500 pound
"I jttst kept getting big," he told Tri-
bune Health.
"I guess people around me saw my
weight but because everyone treated
me the same and I had the same per-
sonality, I didn't pay it much atten-
tion. It was only when the weight start-
ed to stop my mobility that I took
Marcquel said that at one point, he
couldn't even go up a flight of stairs
without "huffing and puffing". He also
found himself falling asleep at his desk

at work. Then there were the remarks
from children. On one occasion he
walked into a bank wearing a red shirt
and children pointed at him, calling
him Mr Koolaid.
While Marcquel admits to having
poor eating habits drinking two, two-
litre bottles of coke each day just to
highlight one of them his weight also
had a lot to do with genetics.
Growing up in a single parent home,
Marcquel, who did not know his bio-
logical father as a child, didn't realize
that his issues with weight were also a
part of his genetic makeup. As he got
older, however, and began to get
acquainted with his father, he realized
that many of his relatives on his
father's side were very obese.
In his quest to gain control of his
weight, and no doubt his life, Marc-
quel ran the gamut of popular diets.
He has tried the Grapefruit Diet,
WeightWatchers and the Dick Gre-
gory Natural Diet, just to name a few.
In all honesty, some of the diets did
help Marcquel to shed 20 pounds here
and there. But most people who've
tried dieting will also tell you that food
consumption is also a psychological
hurdle to conquer.
In Marcquel's case, he never bad
the willpower and dedication to stick
to it. "I never could have stuck to it. I
would always lose like 10, 20 pounds
but it would always come back and
even more."
After years of bouncing from diet Jo
diet, and at points ignoring his weight
altogether, Marcquel's English bull-
dog, Pebbles, was the real catalyst for
his epiphany. In 2005, Pebbles
scratched his leg and the wound would
not heal. In September, Marcquel
finally went to the Walk In Clinic,
Sandyport, to get the wound checked
out, but what he found was much
worse. His blood pressure was 340
over 150, which doctors told him was
stroke condition.
"They said that the normal blood
pressure should be 120 over 80. Actu-
ally, they said I was a walking dead
man and they wouldn't let me go until

they gave me some pills to try to bring
the pressure down because they said
that I was a health risk to them."

A step forward
That same day the clinic referred
him to Dr Christine E Chin, an inter-
nal medicine specialist. Dr Chin diag-
nosed him with "morbid obesity which
lead to congestive heart failure, high
blood pressure, sleep apnea, and a
slew of conditions related to weight".
And as it turned out, it was the con-
gestive heart failure that prevented
Marcquel's dog bite from healing
properly. Congestive heart failure, or
heart failure, is a condition where the
heart cannot pump enough blood to
the body's organs, and although the
failing heart keeps working, it cannot
pump blood as efficiently as the body
needs it to.
Marcquel was admitted to hospital
that very day. He was monitored close-
ly, placed on a strict no-salt diet, given
medication to bring his blood pres-
sure down further and most impor-
tant, he finally began seeking out what
measures he needed to take to lose
the weight that had been a part of his
life for so long. He stayed in the hos-
pital for ten days.
"What happened is that I spent my
34th birthday in that hospital, and I
was looking at how the doctor told me
that I wouldn't be spending many
more birthdays alive. So I really had to
think, what do I do now? Do you want
a good long life by taking drastic mea-
sures. Or do you want to live a life
where you would never be able to
have a good life because you are over-
weight and can't to anything. You may
not live more than three more years.
These are the things I had to think
After considering all possible weight
loss measures, he and Dr Chin decid-
ed that surgery was a good route to
"My biggest thing as I was coming
up to 35 years old one of those birth-
days where you're at a crossroad is
either I do this or I don't. And I made

up my mind that this would be the last
time, knock on wood, that I would
spend my birthday in the hospital. So
we decided to do the surgery for my
35th birthday." But the decision of
which surgical procedure to choose,
whether gastric bypass or lap ban
surgery, was still to be made.
Lap band surgery, involves a plastic
inflatable belt which is surgically
implanted into a patient where the
stomach attaches to the esophagus.
The procedure can be done laparo-
scopically, which is a minimally inva-
sive surgery (MIS) in which operations
in the abdomen are performed
through small incisions, usually 0.5 1.5
cm, as compared to larger incisions
needed in traditional surgical proce-
Once in place, the device is inflated
with silicon or air through a port
beneath the skin. Doctors are then
able to shrink the belt when needed.
With the device patients feel full quick-
ly and they experience physical dis-
comfort if they continue to eat. The
device is intended for people who are
morbidly obese.
But Marcquel had his concerns
about this procedure: "With lap ban,
my biggest fear was after you take the
ban off I would move back up to a
weight that was a problem again. It
would be a nice fix because you would
lose the weight quickly, but I thought,
'do I have the will power and the
determination to stay at that weight
when the band comes off'?".
Both he and Dr Chin agreed that
the best option for him was Gastric
Bypass Surgery. Gastric Bypass
Surgery makes the stomach smaller
and allows food to bypass part of the
small intestine. Patients will feel full
more quickly than when their stom-
ach was its original size, which reduces
the amount of food they eat and thus
the calories consumed. Bypassing part
of the intestine also results in fewer
calories being absorbed. This leads to
weight loss.
Marcquel and his wife Cara (then
girlfriend), began educating themselves

about the surgery, and seeking out the
services of a doctor who specialized
in gastric bypass and was close to
home. Marcquel never really loved to
travel on airplanes since he always
needed to purchase two seats.
Surfing the Internet they found Dr
Paul Wizman, who is board certified
and fellowship trained in laparoscopic
surgery. He is a member of the Amer-
ican College of Surgeons, the Ameri-
can Society for Bariatric Surgery and
the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons, and has been practicing in
South Florida since 1996. He has -.
extensive training in gastric bypass,
gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy,
and revisional bariatric surgery. He
and Marcquel began corresponding
via telephone and e-mail, and set a
date for consultation in August. Usu-
ally, patients are required to have
three months of preparation both
financial and emotional but in Marc-
quel's case the preparation time was
cut significantly short.
Marcquel had the financial support
of a major sponsor, so finances were
not an issue. He completed a psychi-
atric evaluation, medical tests, blood-
work all in one week, and then waited
on Dr Wizman's expert opinion as to
whether or not the procedure should
be done right away. No surprise, Dr
Wizman was adamant that the proce-
dure should be done immediately.
One month later, on September 18,
2006, just one day after his 35th birth-
day, Marcquel was laying on a table at
Northwest Medical Centre, Fort Laud,
erdale, Florida, vulnerable, over-
whelmed, nervous... and about to face
what he describes as the "scariest
experience" of his life.
In next week's Tribune Health sec-
tion, learn more about Marcquel's gas-
tric bypass surgical procedure, his emo-
tions and his thoughts on obesity in the
Bahamas. Also, view Marcquel's "dra-
matic after photos, and learn about
how his life has taken a change for the
better since the surgery. You can also e-
mail him at:


II__ II I ~ I I I '-" I Irll I I r -

At 35, Marcquel Bethel shares his e xperience a,:fter'.

successfully U'ndergoing gastric bypass. surgery]




Fax: (242) 328-2398
E-Mail: sports@100jamz.com MIAMI HERALD SPORTS

How they got

to the final


HERE'S how the
defending champions CI
Gibson Rattlers and their
Government Secondary
Schools Sports Associa-
tion's arch-rivals CC
Sweeting Cobras
advanced to the final of
the 25th Hugh Campbell
Basketball Classic.
The Rattlers secured
their berth in the final
with a 81-76 win over the
CR Walker Knights in the
semifinal earlier in the
day, while the Cobras
advanced with a come-
from-behind 81-76 double
overtime win over the Jor-
dan Prince William Fal-
Here's a summary of
their games:
Rattlers 81, Knights 78:
Jermaine Storr exploded
for a game high 25 points,
Robson Mennon scored
20, David Taylor had 18
and Danny McKenzie 15
in the huge win for CI
Gibson, who led from
start to finish.
The Rattlers opened a
27-16 lead after the first
quarter. They extended it
to 52-27 at the half and
held onto a 69-60 margin
at the end of the third.
Nashad Butler and
Batchlette LaFleur both
had 18, Renaldo Balliou
14 and Kadeem Coleby
eight in the loss.
Cobras 81, Falcons 76
OT: Cruz Simon scored
nine points in the extra
periods as CC Sweeting
out-scored Jordan Prince
William 15-10 in the extra
three minutes to seal their
berth in the finals.
Simon finished with 31.
Eugene Bain had 17,
Wayde Higgs 10, Dwight
Rolle eight and Courtney
Johnson had seven.
Rashad Williams had a
game high 33 for the Fal-
cons, while Donnathan
Moss had 14, Elroy Fergu-
son nine and Pete Smith
chipped in with eight.
Jordan Prince William
led for three quarters 27-
16, 41-28 and 49-45 -
before CC Sweeting
roared back in the fourth


Bahamas Baseball Asso-
ciation's president Jim
Wood, accompanied by
treasurer Sam Rodgers,
departed town yesterday for
the International Baseball
extraordinary) congress
meeting in Beijing, China.
The congress is being
called to elect a new presi-
After the congress, Wood
will hold a meeting with the
IBAF to discuss the organi-
sation of the 2008 World
University Baseball Cham-
pionships that will be held
in the Czech Republic.


Legendary Angelo
Dundee will arrive in town
today and will be a special
guest of First Class Promo-
tions at their second profes-
sional boxing show on
Thursday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Dundee is expected to be
treated to lunch at Nirvana
Love Beach and to a recep-
tion at Da Island Club.
On Wednesday, Dundee
will appear on a number of
Radio Talk Shows before
the weigh-in is set for 6 p.m.
The fight is scheduled for
Thursday. Dundee will
leave town on Friday.


I N V I T A T I 0 N A L

Senior Sports Reporter

THERE would be no repeat
championship, no history mak-
ing for the CI Gibson Rattlers as
the 25th Hugh Campbell Basket-
ball Classic concluded last night
at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
Instead, it was the CC Sweet-
ing Cobras, who stayed poised
and waited for the right oppor-
tunity to strike in the second
half as they out-hustled, out-
rebounded and out-ran the Rat-
tlers to secure the prestigious title
with a hard fought come-from-
behind 74-70 win.
Coach Ian 'Wire' Pinder and
his underdog Cobras became just
the fifth team from New Provi-
dence to hoist the championship
crown in the air as they burst the
bubble on coach Kevin 'KJ'
Johnson and his Rattlers and
their bid to put a stranglehold on
the title with their fifth straight
championship feat.
Pinder, in his first year coach-
ing at CC Sweeting, admitted that
after falling short twice as a play-
er with the SC McPherson
Sharks, but he was delighted to
come back as a coach and finally
clinch the title that has eluded
After surviving a double over-
time victory over the Jordan
Prince William Falcons in the
semifinal earlier in the day, the
Cobras said they had the poten-
tial to go all the way.

A dejected Johnson said the
Cobras just wanted it more than
his Rattlers, who advanced with a
win over the CR Walker Knights.
Cruz Simon, the most valuable
player, exploded for a game high
29 points, while Eugene Bain had
13. Dwight Rolle contributed 12,
Sadike McClemnon six and
Wayde Higgs five.
For the Rattlers, Jermaine
Storr and David Taylor both had
19. Robson Memnon had 13.
It was an exciting game from
start to finish, although it was
hampered by a power failure at
one point.
The excitement started early
in the game as Bain dribbled the
ball from one end of the court to
the next and got a pass inside to
Simon for a la-up. He was fouled
and completed the three-point
One play later, Forbes blocked
an attempted lay-up by Simon
and he celebrated.
Late in the quarter, McKenzie
got a steal and a lay-up for a 15-
10 lead. The Cobras went on to
post a commanding 17-10 mar-
gin at the break as Taylor led the
way with seven and Storr added
six. They shot 43.8 per cent from
the field, 40 per cent from the
point line and 16.7 from the foul
Simon had four to lead the way
for the Cobras. Rolle and Higgs
had three apiece, but Bain was
scoreless. CC Sweeting only shot
16.7 per cent from the field, but
they were 66.7 from the foul line.
In the second quarter, the
Cobras fought back to a 23-21
deficit, but that was short lived as
the Rattlers surged back out
front 27-21.
With 4:03 left before the half,
the Cobras canned two consecu-
tive three-pointers from Kevin
Burrows and Simons to tie the
score at 27-27. But the Rattlers
avoided the scare as they con-
trolled the tempo the rest of the
period for a 34-31 half-time lead.
Taylor and Storr had 15 and
12 points respectively to lead the
Rattlers, who shot 48.5 from the
field, 25.0 from three-point and
16.7 from the foul line as they
converted just 2-of-12 shots.
The Cobras got 18 from
Simon, their only player in dou-

ble figures. They hit 38.7 from
the field, 37.5 from three-point
and 66.7 from the foul line.
In the third quarter, after dri-
ving in for a lay-up for a 40-38
deficit, Simon got a scare when
he was hit in his throat. He lay on
the court, was checked out by his
team and taken out of the game.
At 4:48, Wayde Higgs got a
steal and a fast-break lay-up for a
40-40 tie. The Cobras had a
chance to take the lead as Forbes
picked up a foul and a tech that
sent him to the bench. But the
Cobras couldn't convert the foul
Simon returned to the court,
drove inside for a lay-up at 3:45
for CC Sweeting's first lead at
42-40. At 3:05, Courtney John-
son scored on -a jumper for a 42-
40 lead. Then Bain got a steal
and lay-up to extend it to 46-40.


With the Cobras leading 46-42
and 2:19 left before the end of
the third, the lights went out and
the fans in the stands started
flashing the lights on their cell-
phones, providing a spectacular
display for a brief moment.
After a half hour delay, despite
not having all of the lights and
just one half of the scoreboard
turned on, Simon converted a
pair of free throws to put the
Cobras up 48-42.
CC Sweeting would go on to
post a 56-45 advantage at the end
of the period.
But CI Gibson came out with a
full court trap defence and they
trimmed the deficit to 58-49.
At 6:22, Dwight Rolle canned
a three-pointer and the Cobras
struck for a 61-49 lead. After
that, it seemed like every time
the Cobras shot the ball, they
found the hole. But with 3:45 left,
the Rattlers made another gal-
lant come-back. Higgs canned a
three-pointer for a 68-60 deficit
and after he missed an attempted
dunk, Memnon got a tip in to
bring it to 68-62.
At 2:42, Mackey sank a jumper
and it was 68-64. At 1:35, McKen-
zie's lay-up brought it to 70-68.
The Cobras threw away a cou-
ple of long passes in the spurt as


LW Young
Catholic High
Hawksbill High
Eight Mile Rock
Tournament Cancelled
AF Adderley
AF Adderley
Catholic High
Eight Mile Rock
Catholic High
Hawksbill High
Hawksbill High
Hawksbill High
Tabernacle Academy
Tabernacle Academy
CR Walker
Tabernacle Academy
Catholic High
Tabernacle Academy
Sir Jack Hayward
Cl Gibson
Catholic High
CI Gibson
Cl Gibson
CI Gibson
CC Sweeting

it appeared that the floor on their
side of the court was a little more
slippery than on the Rattlers'
But with about one minute left,
Bain came up with a crucial steal
and the Cobras eventually
worked the clock clown.
With 33 seconds left, Simon
went to the foul line as the fans
started shouting "MVP, MVP."
He missed both shots and
Cameron Adderley was imrmedi-
ately fouled. He hit one free
throw for a 72-70 deficit.
Bain was then fouled, he
missed both free throws, but on a
Rattlers' turnover, the Cobras
got the ball at 14 seconds. Bain
was again fouled, but he hit the
last of two free throws for a 73-70
lead. After another CI Gibson
turnover, Bain was fouled and
this time he missed them both.
But CC Sweeting got the ball
back and McClemon was fouled
and hit the last of two free
Time expired as the Rattlers
missed their final shot and the
Cobras celebrated.

Walter Rand
Gladstone McPhee
Errol Bodie
Gary McIntosh
Doug Collins
Doug Collins
Gladstone McPhee
Gary McIntosh
Gladstone McPhee
Jimmy Clarke
Jimmy Clarke
Jimmy Clarke
Norris Bain
Norris Bain
Jimmy Clarke
Norris Bain
Charles Rubins
Norris Bain
Ivan Butler
Kevin Johnson
Charles Rubins
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson
Ian Pinder

Bernard Storr (LW Young)
Ben Russell (Catholic High)
Mario Green (Hawksbill High)
Timmy Jones (Eight Mile Rock)
Locksley Collie (AF Adderley)
Dexter Cambridge (AF Adderley)
Julian Coakley (Catholic High)
Ricardo Pierre (CI Gibson)
Deon Thurston (Catholic High)
Roger Farrington (Hawksbill High)
Roger Farrington (Hawksbill High)
Quintin Hall (Hawksbill High)
Kino Williams Tabernacle Academy
Anton Williams (Tabernacle Academy)
Fabian Lightbourne (CR Walker)
Tyrone Gardiner (Tabernacle Academy)
Brian Bain (Catholic High)
Renaldo Forbes (Tabernacle Academy)
Marvin Grey (Sir Jack Hayward)
Christopher Turnquest (CI Gibson)
Roman Mullings (Catholic High)
Stevenson Jacques (CI Gibson)
Jason Collie (CI Gibson)
David Taylor (CI Gibson)
Cruz Simon

* Here's a look at the All-Tournament team from the 25th Hugh
Campbell Basketball Classic that wrapped up last night at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium:

Eugene Bain CC Sweeting
Rashad Williams Jordan Prince William
Leslie St Fleur Dame Doris Johnson
Chrishad Thompson St. George's
Anton Gray Sunland
Lyndon Sands Catholic High
Oral Jones Bishop Eldon
Raymond Higgs Tabernacle
Batchlette LaFleur CR Walker
Jermaine Storr CI Gibson
David Taylor CI Gibson
Cruz Simon CC Sweeting
Denzil Barr St. John's
Anton Wallace Sir Jack Hayward
Danny McKenzie CI Gibson

* Here's a look at the individual winners:
Most Rebounds Renarldo Balliou CR Walker 15 per game.
Most Assists Rashad Williams Jordan Prince William -
6.4 per game.
Most Blocks Leslie St. Fleur Dame Doris Johnson -
3.5 per game.
Most Points Cruz Simon CC Sweeting 22 points per game.
MVP Cruz Simon CC Sweeting.

Cobras strike to clinch

the Hugh ampiell title

I- -

0 Here's a look at the former champions, coaches and MVPs of the Hugh Catnpbell Basketball
Classic over the 25 years it has been held:



Federer breaks


of consecutive

weeks at No. 1
United Arab Emirates
Associated Press
struggled to a first-round vic-
tory at the Dubai Open on
Monday, the day he broke
Jimmy Connors' streak of
consecutive weeks at No. 1.
Federer, who broke Con-
nors' 30-year-old mark with
his 161st week at the top of
the ATP rankings, defeated
Kristian Pless 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3
after a monthlong break
since winning the Australian
Federer's reign began
- more than three years ago,
taking over No. 1 on Feb. 2,
2004, after winning his sec-
ond career Grand Slam title
at the Australian Open. Fed-
erer said defeating Andy
Roddick in the 2004 Wimble-
don final was "a huge
moment for me."
"I raised my game at just
the right time," the Swiss star
said during a conference call.
"That's one of the reasons
I've been No. 1 for so long."
Connors set his record
from July 1974 to August
1977. Connors won eight
Grand Slam titles in his
career, which lasted more
than 20 years.
"I haven't heard anything
from Jimmy," Federer said,
laughing. "I haven't read any
quotes. It's a great record to
break, he's had it so long."
Federer struggled against
the 86th-ranked Pless, but
extended his career-high win-
ning streak to 37 matches.
"It's always rough here for
some reason," said Federer,
who won three straight
Dubai Open titles before los-
ing to Rafael Nadal in last
year's final. "It can happen
sometimes when you have
not played for a long time."
In other matches, Tomas
Berdych rallied to defeat
Mohammed Al Ghareeb 3-6,
6-3, 6-2, and Tommy Robre-
do lost to Fabrice Santoro 7-
6 (6), 6-4.
The 25-year-old Federer
considers Connors' 109 titles
an even bigger accomplish-
ment. So far, Federer has 47.

New voting mechanism

for the BOA elections

Senior Sports Reporter

WHEN the Bahamas
Olympic Association goes back
to the polls on March 15, there
will be a new twist to the elec-
tion procedures as the annual
general meeting reconvenes at
the Yacht Club.
The meeting was originally
scheduled for November, but
it was postponed because some
of the members didn't accept
the financial report, which they
claimed was not audited.
At the time, BOA incumbent
president Arlington Butler said
he appointed a committee to
review the statement and they
have submitted their report to
Butler. However, Butler said
he's declined to release the
findings to the press until he
has presented it to his execu-
tive officers.
In the meantime, Butler said
there were some concerns with
the voting mechanism that the
BOA used, which was not in
line with the International
Olympic Committee's charter.
"They brought it up in 2000,
but because there was such a
short notice needed to research
the difference, we didn't com-
ply with it," Butler stated. "But
since it came up again, I went to
the IOC and they have insisted
that the majority of the new
executives must come from the
At a press conference yes-
terday, he produced copies of
emails that he received from
Jerome Poivey, the Projects
Manager Institutional rela-
tions for the NOC, that he
claimed will set the record
All of the current officers,
with the exception of vice pres-
ident Wellington Miller, are not
officially connected to any fed-
eration or association. Howev-
er, they had the majority of the
votes during the elections.
The federations representa-

seek to be re-elected.
"The presidents and member
executives of the various fed-
erations and associations must
have the majority of the execu-
tives on the new board," Butler
"We (current executive offi-
cers) are not members of fed-
erations and associations any-
more. So when the elections are
held, the majority of us will go."
As a former member of the
executive of the National
Olympic Committee, Butler

BOA president
Arlington Butler

tives have been pushing to have
that changed and Butler said,
after consulting with the IOC,
the new change at the election
will result in six federation
members being elected to just
five non-members.
According to Butler, the
changes were made in 2000, but
although they held their last
election in 2002, they didn't
make the changes.
"I'm sorry that we didn't
make the changes, but this is
the first election that the whole
provisions have been exam-
ined," Butler said. "These are
the conditions that have been
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by the rules of the IOC."
Butler, who is expected to be
challenged for the top post by
one of his vice presidents, the
Rev. Enoch Backford, said sec-
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Davis had suggested to the IOC
that they go ahead with the
elections as planned and make
the necessary adjustments after-
"We have to go by the IOC
charter, whether it's in our con-
stitution or not," Butler
If accepted by the officers
and the members, the election
process will definitely affect the
entire executive board, as they

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said he is entitled to run, but
his existing executed board will
be adversely affected because
not all of them will be eligible
to retain their seats.
"The votes are being held by
the federations, so they must
make up their minds. They are
the constituents," Butler
stressed. "We can only have
five executives elected.
"The whole board, I under-
stand, intends to run, but which
five will be re-elected is a dif-
ferent story."

Butler said all of the execu-
tives have copies of the rules
that will take effect during the
election of officers.
Although the ruling hasn't
been passed or ratified by the
executive board, Butler said
they have no other choice but
to comply with the IOC's char-
Butler is seeking his seventh
consecutive term in office. He is
currently the longest serving
member on any executive
board in the Bahamas.


outside the ring

Senior Sports Reporter

SHERMAN 'the Tank' :
Williams is back in Stuttgart,
Germany where he's train-
ing for his next professional .
boxing fight.
Invited there by one of his to
former sponsors, Specs Car- -'_
dio Equipment, Williams
spent the weekend in Zurich, '
Switzerland competing in a
Cardio Fitness Expo compe-
Surprisingly, the Grand
Bahamian heavyweight won
the competition in his class.
They did 120 minutes on the
treadmill and swam in a 50
metre pool.
Williams said it was a great
feeling, considering that he's
cashi g-in on his success
inside the ring.
"Specs was a sponsor of 0 SHERMAN '1
mine lasfyear and hopefully
they will agree to be a minor
sponsor this year as well," he projected. "But
it's definitely good exposure for me.
"The people love the Tank here in Germany.
Now the people in Zurich have a boxing hero
in The Tank as well. People knew who I was
because they have seen me fight on Euro
Today, Williams will resume his boxing train-
ing in Stuttgart where he will be for the next ten
days. He intends to spar with a former Euro-
pean champion for a late April or early May
"My next opponent will be Omar Bezel, the

original fighter who I
was scheduled to fight in
January," Williams con-
"They are also looking at
a possible fight with
-: iMichael Sprout from the
UK, who I was supposed to
fight last year as well.
"I wanted to fight
Michael Sprout for a long
time. Now that he's just
coming off his big win two
.J weeks ago, I am hoping that
they will give me a chance
to fight him."
Williams said his promo-
tional team, Silver Hawks
Promotions, is still working
on bringing the live televi-
sion fight to the Bahamas,
but they are working out
the details.
At this point, he said he
doesn't matter where the
fight is held, even if it's in
e Tank'Williams Europe. But he said he
would love to take on
Sprout on his home soil.
This weekend, Williams was invited to com-
pete in a snowboard competition, but he has
indicated that he will more than likely turn it
"Other than that, I'm feeling good. My con-
dition is great," he said. "I feel great and hope-
fully in the next week or so, Silver Hawk should
have confirmed a date for me to fight my next
Williams said he hopes that they can secure
the deal for him to fight at home because he
really wants to come back and show the
Bahamian public how much he has improved.

St Paul's win second straight


ST. PAUL'S Baptist Church
men's team kept their quest
alive for a repeat championship
in the Baptist Sports Council's
Rev. Tyrone Knowles Basket-
ball Classic after winning their
second straight game.
On the other side of the coin,
Bahamas Harvest kept pace
with the defending champions,
winning their second straight as
St. Paul's knocked off Temple
Fellowship 37-27 to highlight
the action played at the Charles
W. Saunders High School, Jean
Street. Bahamas Harvest got by
New Bethlehem 39-32.
In the other men's games,
Lord's House of Faith pulled
off a 31-21 triumph over St.
Paul's Bias Street, Faith United
upset Kemp Road Ministries
42-38 and Calvary Bible won
36-33 over Christ Church of the
However, the day didn't go
without incident as a row erupt-
ed between Kemp Road Min-
istries and Macedonia in their
19-and-under game in the first
quarter. The score was tied at
12-12, but it was stopped and
not completed.
The BSC is expected to make
ruling on the team and the play-
ers involved.
In another 19-and-under
game played, Ebenezer nipped
New Bethlehem 37-33 in over-
And in the lone 15-and-under
game played, Mt. Tabor got the
better of Macedonia with a 23-
11 triumph.

Here's a summary of the
games played:
St. Paul's FH 37, Temple Fel-
lowship 27: Dino Flowers and
Daron McKenzie shared game
high honours with 10 apiece,

Kenton Rolle eight, Edwin
White five and Sheldon Davis
four as St. Paul's improved to 2-
0 in the men's president divi-
Derexel Burnside scored 10
and Edwin Burrows had five for
Temple Fellowship, who are
now 1-2.
Lord's House of Faith 31; St.
Paul's Bias Street 21: Pastor
Arthur Duncombe and Jeffrey
Rolel pumped in 10 point each,
Carvin Cummings had five and
Delgano Ferguson four as
Lord's House of Praise picked
up their first win to improve to
1-1 in the men's vice president
George Simpson scored eight
and McClain Higgs had four in
the loss for St. Paul's Bias
Street, who dropped to 1-2.
Bahamas Harvest 39, New
Bethlehem 32: Robin Shepherd
scored eight and Shawn Smith
had seven as Bahamas Harvest
pulled off their second straight
win to improve 'to 2-0 in the
men's vice president division.
DeAngelo Duncombe scored
seven and Ryan Deveaux added
five for New Bethlehem, who
dropped to 0-2.
Calvary Bible 36, Christ
Church of the Nazarene 33:
Marvin Nairn scored 10 points
and Richard Symonette four as
Calvary Bible won their second
straight to tie Bahamas Harvest
for the lead in their division at
Elvis Milfril had eight and
Lavardo Gray seven as Christ
Church of the Nazarene
dropped to 2-1.
Faith United 42, Kemp Road
Ministries 38: Jermaine Bene-
by scored eight and Devon Fer-
guson had seven as Faith Unit-
ed improved to 1-1 in the men's
president division.
Dano Rolle had 13 and Raif
Ferguson scored nine for Kemp

Road Ministries, who are now
Ebenezer 37, New Bethlehem
36: B Charlton canned four
points in overtime as Ebenezer
pulled away from a 31-31 tie at
the end of regulation to win
their first game for a 1-1 record
in the 19-and-under presiden-
t's division. Charlton finished
with nine.
L Wells led the way with 15.
E Bainhad six.
New Bethlehem, who
dropped to 0-2, got 15 from D
Bullard, eight from P Cole-
brooke and seven from K Fer-
Mt. Tabor 23, Macedonia 11:
Dennis Moss matched Mace-
donia's total with 11 and Trey
Adderley and Marcus Braynen
both had four as Mt. Tabor
improved to 2-1 in the 15-and-
under vice president's division.
Macedonia, who dropped to
1-1, got two points each from
Karon Pratt, Jamaal Clarke,
David Flowers, Kyle Carter and
Crandon Wallace.
Here's a look at Saturday's
Court One
10 a.m. Transfiguration vs
Macedonia (15); 11 a.m. Ever-
lasting Life Ministries vs First
Baptist (19); Noon Lord's
House of Faith vs Calvary Bible
(M); 1 p.m. St. Paul's vs Golden
Gates (L); 2 p.m. New Bethle-
hem vs St. Paul's (19); 3 p.m.
Golden Gates II vs Faith Unit-
ed (15).
Court Two
10 a.m. First Baptist vs St.
Paul's Fox Hill (15); 11 a.m.
Golden Gates vs Ebenezer (19);
Noon Golden Gates vs Faith
(M); 1 p.m. Faith United 1 vs
Golden Gates 1 (15); 2 p.m.
Bethel vs Macedonia (19); 3
p.m. Christ Church of the
Nazarene vs Miracle Working
Church of God (19).

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The Orange stop the Hoyas' run

POINT TAKEN: Ohio State center
Greg Oden points out the
obvious while celebrating his
team's 49-48 victory over
then-No. 1 Wisconsin on Sunday.
The wiq catapulted OSU from
No. 2 to the top spot in the polls
and the Big Ten.

Year 2 of the


Associated Press
Anybody who enjoyed watching
the big boys squirm during the first
year of college basketball's mid-major
revolution is going to love the second.
No longer content with just steal-
ing spots in the NCAA field from their
big-conference brethren, this season's
versions of George Mason, Bradley
and Northern Iowa could pick off a
few choice seedings, too. We won't
know for sure until Selection Sunday
rolls around March IL But considering
the tournament committee's success
in playing hunches a year ago, expect
more of the same.
That explained, in part, Ohio State
coach Thad Matta's jubilation after
beating Wisconsin. There was plenty
for Matta to get emotional about -
the Buckeyes locked up the nation's
No. 1 ranking and a Big Ten regular-
season title with a 49-48 triumph over
the Badgers but the biggest prize
may be the one he talks about the
Though the conference tourna-
ment still looms, the win put the
Buckeyes in the driver's seat for a No.
1 seed when the NCAA brackets come
out. And for all the changes the col-
lege game has undergone in recent
years, there are few better predictors
of success. The one-and-done tourna-
ment format means there are no guar-
antees, but since the field was
expanded to 64 teams in 1985, top
seeds have made it to the regional
semifinals 84 percent of the time.
A week ago, after beating Minne-
sota, someone asked Matta how
important it would be to get a No. I
seed and play their games in the Mid-
west all the way through the regional
final in St. Louis. He demurred
looking that far ahead, replying, "you
just listed sites where I didn't know
there were sites."
Seeding is on everyone's mind -
his disclaimer aside, Matta included
and with good reason. Like the
Buckeyes, UCLA is likely a lock for a
No. 1, but losses by Florida and North
Carolina over the weekend and a
recent surge by Kansas means there is
plenty of heavy lifting to be done. The
Badgers aren't out of the picture,
What's made those numbers more
important than ever is the unprece-
dented depth in the college game. A
top seed can count on an easy first-
round game, and with luck, a big edge
in the second. But that's about it.
More kids are staying another year
or two defending champion Florida
returned its starting lineup intact -
and the new NBA minimum-age limit
has forced high school stars to spend
at least one season on campus.
Even so the grip that coaches at
big-time programs had on talent has
been gradually loosening.
They're now forced to choose
between recruiting top talent and try-
ing to win right away or dropping
down a tier on the recruiting lists -
the way Gators coach Billy Donovan
did and trying to keep-a few play-
'. ers long enough to benefit from cohe-
sion and experience.
That was never a choice for the
mid-majors. George Mason, for exam-
ple, had three fifth-year seniors on the
roster last season and the edge in
experience showed. No major-confer-
ence favorite with designs on winning
it all wants to run into Southern Illi-

Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Demetris
Nichols and Andy Rautins each hit
a pair 3-pointers to key a 14-0 sec-
ond-half spurt and Syracuse beat
No. 9 Georgetown 72-68 on Mon-
day night.
The victory snapped the Hoyas'
11-game winning streak and gave
'the Orange a strong claim for the
Georgetown (22-6,12-3 Big East)
had won 11 straight conference
games for the first time in school
history and had defeated Pitts-
burgh 61-53 Saturday to avenge a
road loss to the Panthers in Janu-
ary and take sole possession of first
place in the Big East.
Syracuse (21-8, 10-5 Big East)
has won five straight since drop-
ping four of five.
Nichols, the Big East's leading
scorer, struggled before getting hot
midway through the second half
and finished with 22 points. Eric

Devendorf had 11 points and 11
assists, and Rautins had 13 points.
Jeff Green, Georgtown's leading
scorer, finished with nine points on
3-of-13 shooting, the first time he
failed to crack double figures in 10
games. Center Roy Hibbert, who
has never had much success
against Syracuse, continued that
trend with just six points and only
two rebounds. Starters Jessie Sapp,
Jon Wallace and DaJuan Summers
scored a combined 25 points on
4-for-29 shooting.
Georgetown, first in the Big East
and fifth nationally in scoring
defense, allowing 56.1 points per
game, got a taste of its own medi-
cine. The Hoyas shot 29.8 percent
for the game, just 20 percent in the
decisive second half against Syra-
cuse's 2-3 zone.
The key spurt began after Pat-
rick Ewing's a three-point play and
two free throws by Sapp put
Georgetown up 44-43 with 11:58

ALL HANDS ON BALL: The Raptors' Jorge Garbajosa, left, and the Spurs' Bruce Bowen,
center, and Tim Duncan struggle for the rebound during first-half action in San
Antonio on Monday. The Spurs won 107-91 as Duncan had 24 points and 16 rebounds.

Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
- Roger Federer broke Jimmy
Connors' streak of consecutive
weeks at No. I on Monday, despite
struggling to a first-round victory
at the Dubai Open (see story, 8B).
Federer, who broke Connors'
30-year-old mark with his 161st
week at the top of the ATP rank-
ings, began his reign more than
three years ago. He took over the
No. 1 spot on Feb. 2, 2004, after
winning his second career Grand
Slam title at the Australian Open.
Federer said defeating Andy
Roddick in the 2004 Wimbledon
final was "a huge moment for me."

"I raised my game at just the
right time," the Swiss star said dur-
ing a conference call. "That's one
of the reasons I've been No. 1 for so
Connors set his record from
July 1974 to August 1977. Connors
won eight Grand Slam titles in his
career, which lasted more than 20
"I haven't heard anything from
Jimmy," Federer said, laughing. "I
haven't read any quotes. It's a great
record to break, he's had it so
Federer's victory on Monday
extended his career-high winning
streak to 37 matches.

Nichols, who was 6-for-16
shooting, hit a jumper from left
wing and Rautins fed Devendorf
for a fast-break layup off a steal by
Nichols to get the spurt going.
Rautins then hit a 3 from right
wing, Nichols drained a 3 from the
right corner after his own steal,
. and Rautins hit again from left
wing to give Syracuse a 56-46 lead
with 7:31 left.
Nichols added a dagger when he
hit a 3 as the shot-clock buzzer
sounded for a 61-46 lead at 5:26.
Although this no longer is the
bitter rivalry it was in the days of
former Hoyas head coach John
Thompson, this game had its
moments. Thompson's son, John
III, who is in his third year as head
coach, was called for a technical at
14:05 of the second half after Wal-
lace was called for a charge in the
Nichols converted both free
throws for a 41-35 lead.

Demetris Nichols shoots
against Georgetown on
Monday. He scored 22 points.

Parker's 27 points

and Duncan's

double-double help

extend Spurs' streak

Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO Tony Parker scored 27
points and Tim Duncan had 24 points and 16
rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat
Toronto on Monday night 107-91 to extend their
winning streak to a season-high six games.
Robert Horry scored 14 points, Manu Ginob-
ili added 13 and Michael Finley had 10.
Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 17 points
and former Spurs center Rasho Nesterovic
added a season-high 16. Chris Bosh had 14 points
and nine rebounds.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak
for the Raptors, who have won seven of their
last 10.
The Raptors trailed by as much as 30 but
managed to close the gap to 13.with 2:47 left.
Parker scored with 1:28 left and drew a foul,
allowing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to let his
starters watch the final minute from the bench.
Ginobili made a 3 with 4:48 left in the first
quarter to put the Spurs ahead for good.
San Antonio broke the game open in the sec-
ond quarter as Duncan, Parker and Ginobili
each scored eight points. Duncan also had 12
rebounds at the break when the Spurs were up
Last June, the Spurs traded center Nesterovic
and cash to the Raptors for forwards Eric Wil-
liams, who the Spurs have since traded, and
Matt Bonner plus a second-round pick in 2009.
The Raptors' Anthony Parker limped off of
the court with just under five minutes left in the
first half. Parker, who had one point Monday,
sprained his right ankle.
In the third Horry got going in what would be
his second big night in as many games. His
3-pointer with 1:56 left in the quarter put the
Spurs up by 30 points, their biggest lead of the
night. He hit another 3 this time a bank shot
- with 2.9 seconds left, to give him 14 points in
the quarter.
The Spurs led 88-64 after three periods.

The 25-year-old Federer consid-
ers Connors' 109 titles an even big-
ger accomplishment. So far, Fed-'
erer has 47.
"He played
until he was 40,"
Federer said.
"That's an
incredible effort.
He's one of the
great all-time
FEDERER tennis players."
Federer has
been relatively injury-free during
his consecutive weeks at No. 1,
with only a twisted ankle "about
three or four years ago." The 10-
time Grand Slam champion takes a

month off three times during the
year at the end of the season-and
after the Australian Open and
"Scheduling has been a very
important factor to my success,"
he said. "It helps me to heal from
injuries and mentally get away."
Since taking over the No. 1 spot,
Federer is 247-15 (.943) with 34
titles in 49 tournaments. He's won
six of the last seven Grand Slams.
Federer is fifth in the all-time
list of most overall weeks at No. 1.
Pete Sampras leads with 286
weeks, followed by Ivan Lendl
with 270, Connors with 268 and
John McEnroe with 170.


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Violence is increasing

Associated Press
LONDON A fan is shot
to death by police in Paris. A
police officer dies during riots
at a game in Sicily. Players are
threatened with fake pistols in
Germany and soccer violence
plagues the sport in South
So why do they call it the
beautiful game?
After the comparative
peace of a 2006 World Cup in
Germany that some feared
would be a scene of slaughter,
there were hopes that soccer
fans had finally realized it
wasn't cool to cause trouble.
Sadly, Germany 2006 was a
false dawn, and now the game
is shamed by fan violence
from Buenos Aires to Belgrade
almost on a-regular basis.
On Saturday, 13 people
were injured during clashes
between fans and riot police
after a game between Belgrade
rivals Red Star and Partizan.
Red Star fans, angered by their
team's 4-2 loss, built barri-
cades with trash bins as police
on horseback charged them.
Dynamo Dresden players
said they were accosted on the
way to Sunday's training by
dozens of hooligans, some

wielding fake guns.
"I have never experienced
anything like this," Dresden
forward Marco Vorbeck said.
"You have to be scared for
your life and family here. You
have to consider whether to
quit playing here."
German soccer federation
president Theo Zwanziger
acknowledges recent fan vio-
lence in Germany has reached
a new level, the worst cases
centered in the east German
state of Saxony in Dresden
and nearby Leipzig.
"It's scary," Zwanziger said.
"That is a dangerous environ-
ment. ... You just have to put a
match to the fuse and every-
thing will explode."
In Sicily on Feb. 2, police
officer Filippo Raciti died after
being hit by a blunt object as
fans fought with police inside
and outside Catania's Angelo
Massimino stadium during an
Italian league game against
local rival Palermo. About 100
people were injured and Ital-
ian soccer authorities post-
poned an entire round of
games and closed down stadi-
ums that didn't satisfy safety
Dutch club Feyenoord was
kicked out of the UEFA Cup.

last month after its fans
smashed windows in the
French city of Nancy. The
game was halted for 20 min-
utes when police fired tear gas
into the fighting Feyenoord
Before Paris Saint-Ger-
main's UEFA Cup game
against Israel club Hapoel Tel
Aviv in November, local fans
were attacking a visiting sup-
porter and PSG supporter
Julien Quemener was shot
dead by a plain clothes police
While Brazilians insist on
calling soccer "the beautiful
game", in Argentina barely a
week.goes by without soccer
violence somewhere.
Two weeks ago at the open-
ing of Argentina's first-divi-
sion Clausura tournament,
rival hooligan groups backing
River Plate fought with each
other at the Monumental Sta-
dium complex.
Four people were wounded
and Argentina's government
said the team could not use the
famed stadium, site of Argenti-
na's '78 World Cup victory, for
five of River Plate's home
On the same day as the
River Plate fighting, a 15-year-

old boy died and 12 others
were injured in the western
Argentina city of Mendoza
during fan fighting at another
Games in Chile, Paraguay,
Peru and Colombia also are
tarnished by repeated violence
"We are worried about
these incidents in Latin Amer-
ica," said Nicolas Leoz, presi-
dent of the South American
soccer federation (CONME-
BOL). "This violence has noth-
ing whatsoever to do with
genuine soccer."
UEFA's new president,
Michel Platini, said the action
taken against Feyenoord
shows that the governing bod-
ies are taking a strong line
against soccer violence.
Not strong enough, it
The deaths in Paris and Sic-
ily suggest that officials at
and other soccer's authorities
may have to take stronger
steps to convince the fans that
violence and racism should
have no part in soccer.
Until then, let's hope that
Argentina's River Plate never
organizes a European tour of
Paris, Sicily, Leipzig and Bel-


CROWD CONTROL: Officers guard soccer fans after they clashed with police in Buenos Aires on Feb. 18.


U.S. ice dancers end six-year partnership

Associated Press
American ice dancers Mor-
gan Matthews and Maxim
Zavozin are calling it quits,
two years after winning the
world junior title.
Matthews said Monday it
was her decision to end their
six-year partnership, blaming
the split on creative differ-
ences and conflicting opinions
about training. Both are
looking for new partners.
"It was based on the past
several years of our career
together," she said. "We
skated together for six years
and a lot can change in that
amount of time; we just grew
Matthews and Zavozin met
at a tryout at the 2001 U.S. Fig-
ure Skating Championships,
and quickly established them-
selves as a couple who could
help Tanith Belbin and Ben
Agosto improve the United
States' reputation in dance.
They were the Junior Grand
Prix champions in 2004, and
were third at Junior Worlds
that year.
They won the Junior World
title in 2005, three years after
Belbin and Agosto claimed
that same title. When the Rus-
sian-born Zavozin became an
American citizen in December
2005, they seemed likely to be
part of the U.S. team at the
Turin Olympics.
But they faltered at the
National Championships, and
missed out on the Winter
Games. They took a step back-
ward at this year's nationals,
finishing fifth.
"I was planning to work
through it and to become even
better than we have been,"

Matthews, bottom, and
Maxim Zavozin perform
their free-dance routine
during the U.S. Figure
Skating Championships on
Jan. 26. The pair split up
on Maday, with Matthews
saying, 'We just grew

Zavozin said. "My goal, like it
was with Morgan, is to be one
of the best teams in the world
with whoever I'm going to
skate with next."
Dubai Open: Top-
ranked Roger Federer strug-
gled to a first-round victory,
defeating Kristian Pless 7-6
(7-2), 3-6, 6-3 in Dubai, United
Arab Emirates, after a month-
long break since winning the
Australian Open.
Although Federer struggled
against the 86th-ranked Pless,
he extended his career-high

winning streak to 37 matches.
"It's. always rough here for
some reason," said Federer,
who won three straight Dubai
Open titles before losing to
Rafael Nadal in last year's
final. "It can happen some-
times when you have not
played for a long time."
In other matches, Tomas
Berdych rallied to defeat
Mohammed Al Ghareeb 3-6,
6-3, 6-2, and Tommy
Robredo lost to Fabrice
Santoro 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
Qatar Open: In Doha,
Qatar, sixth-seeded Daniela
Hantuchova of Slovakia beat
Catalina Castano of Colom-
bia 6-1, 6-0 Monday to advance
to the second round.
Also, Sania Mirza of India
beat Romina Oprandi of Italy
6-4, 6-3.
Eighth-seeded Francesca
Schiavone of Italy defeated
Tsvetana Pironkova of Bul-
garia 6-2, 6-4 in another first-
round match, while Mara
Santangelo advanced after
defeating Sandra Kloesol of
Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
The United States will play
an exhibition game against
China on June 2 in San Jose,
The game, announced
Monday by the U.S. Soccer
Federation, will be the last for
the Americans before the
CONCACAF Gold Cup, the
championship of North and
Central America and the
Caribbean (June 6-24 in the
United States) and the Copa
America, the championship of
South America.
At the Copa America,

which will be held in Venezu-
ela, the U.S. team is an invited
guest and meets Argentina
(June 28), Paraguay (July 2)
and Colombia (July 5) in the
first round.
Upcoming exhibition
games include Ecuador
(March 25 in Tampa, Fla.) and
Guatemala (March 28 in
Frisco, Texas).
The International Ski Fed-
eration announced Monday
that six athletes given five-day
suspensions at the Nordic
World Ski Championships
because of high hemoglobin
levels have been cleared to
compete after undergoing fur-
ther testing.
The high hemoglobin levels
were detected in pre-competi-
tion blood testing. The six ath-
letes were suspended from
competition for the first five
days of the event but can
.return to competition begin-
ning Tuesday, the federation
The six athletes are Rus-
sians Voronin Konstantin
and Dmitry Matveev and Ital-
ian Jochen Strobl in Nordic
combined, along with cross-
country skiers Alen Abra-
mo. ic of Croatia, Sergei Dol-
idovich of Belarus and Reto
Burgermeister of Switzer-
The suspensions were not a
punishment and were served
to protect the health of the
athletes, the federation said.
Three other athletes who
received suspensions have not
been retested but will receive
tests over the next few days,
the federation said.

HAND: Henrik
signs an
for Walker
EIIwood, 12,
won the
Match Play

Youth rising in

the rankings

Associated Press
MARANA, Ariz. The
latest world golf ranking
published Monday shows
eight players among the top
15 who are younger than
Tiger Woods, which can only
lead to one conclusion.
Woods must be getting
Youth, which at this
moment is defined as anyone
younger than the 31-year-old
Woods, showed some prom-
ise over the last two weeks.
Charles Howell III, 27, shot
65 in the final round and beat
Phil Mickelson in a playoff at
Riviera, then Henrik Stenson,
30, continued his torrid
stretch by winning the
Accenture Match Play
. Championship for his third
victory in the last six months.
Stenson climbed to No. 5
in the world, tops among
Europeans and the highest
position ever by a Swede.
That caused consterna-
tion in some quarters, for
Stenson does not seem like
he belongs in any conversa-
tion about the "Big Five."
At least not yet.
Stenson isn't sure himself,"
especially when he listened
to the names ahead of him
and behind him Woods,
Jim Furyk, Mickelson, Adam
Scott, Stenson, Ernie Els,
Geoff Ogilvy, Retief Goosen,
Vijay Singh.
His name doesn't stand
out as glaringly as the lineup
of major venues in 2000
(Augusta National, Pebble
Beach, St. Andrews and Val-
halla), but he was asked
nonetheless if he felt as
though he belonged.
"I think I've just estab-
lished myself within the top
20, and then just recently
moved into the top 10," Sten-
son said. "I mean, I can't say
that I go straight out and say,
'I should be No. 5 or No. 6 in
the world.' But obviously,
that's where I am at the
And that wasn't a fluke.
Stenson might not be a
household name in the
United States (Memo to
Americans: Golf is played in
other parts of the world), but
his record might be second
only to Woods since Septem-
ber, with three victories and
eight top 10s in his last 10
He won the BMW Inter-
national Open in Germany to
finish atop the European
Ryder Cup standings. Three
weeks ago, he went head-to-
head with Els over four
rounds at the Dubai Desert
Classic to beat him by one
stroke, with Woods another
shot behind. And last week
north of Tucson, he played
120 holes in five days to win
his first World Golf Champi-
Stenson hit perhaps the
most sensational shot of the
tournament when his wedge
from the hard pan (after tak-
ing a penalty drop from a
cactus) spun back to 2 feet
for par that enabled him to
get through the quarterfinals.
He showed his power on the
decisive hole in the champi-
onship match against Ogilvy
when he reached the 600-
yard 17th hole in two shots,
despite a breeze in his face.
So why is it so hard to
wrap your arms around Sten-
son being No. 5?
For the same reason that
Scott, 26, seems slightly out
of place at No.4.
Stenson said as much
when he was asked what to
expect next. He didn't talk

about No. 1 that's not even
in range for Furyk or Mickel-
son but rather the four
biggest weeks in golfs sum-
mer calendar.
"I wouldn't mind being
the first Swede to win a
major championship," he
said. "That's the two child-
hood dreams that I had -
playing in the Ryder Cup and
winning the British Open."
He played in his first
Ryder Cup last September,
went 1-1-1 and got the distinc-
tion of holing the putt that -
clinched victory for Europe.
Winning a major might be
a tad tougher.
"We've got the world's
best out there for the majors,
and we know a few of them
sort of put subscriptions on
the tournaments," he said
with a smile. "It's not obvi-
ously big chances that you're
going to win, but you can just
try and put yourself in posi-
tion coming Sunday."
The "Big Five" from two
years ago consisted of
Woods, Singh, Mickelson, Els
and Goosen, all multiple
major champions,.
While this collection of
youth from all corners of the
globe is getting better, the
real measure is majors. And
of the eight players younger
than Woods in the top 15,
Ogilvy is the only one who
has captured a Grand Slam
event. Only two others, Luke
Donald and Sergio Garcia,
have even contended in the
final round of a major.
Garcia, 27, played in the
final group twice in a major,
most recently in the British
Open last year at Hoylake.
Donald, 29, was tied for the
lead with Woods at the PGA
Championship last year and
finished five shots behind.
Scott closed with a 67 last
year at Medinah to tie for
third, his best finish in a
major, even though he was
six shots behind. Stenson has
only played in seven majors,
and his best was a tie for 14th
last year at the PGA Champi-
Trevor Immelman, 27, No.
12 in the world, tied for fifth
in the '05 Masters (eight
shots behind Woods). Paul
Casey, 29, is No. 14 in the
world whose best major
moment was a tie for sixth in
the 2004 Masters. He started
that final round two shots
out of the lead and closed
with a 74.
Howell moved up to No.
15 in the world. He has never
finished higher than a tie for
15th in the majors. His goal at
the start of the year was to
simply get into the Masters,
his hometown event. He has
yet to show any mettle in the
four biggest events in golf,
although his game has never
looked better.
Howell and Lucas Glover
are the only Americans
under 30 who are among the
top 50 in the world, and
while that might sound trou-
bling, it's time to stop
looking at golf from a nation-
alistic perspective.
It is not the United States
against Europe (except for a
wonderful exhibition held
every two years), nor is it the
Americans against the rest of
the world. Golf is a global
game, and has been the past
several years.
What every player of
every age and of every
nationality has in common is
the pursuit of Tiger Woods.
Right now, no one is win-
ning that race.

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SOUTHEAST W L Pct. GB LIO Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 31 23 .574 4-6 L-2 21-7 10-16 20-11
Orlando 28 30 .483 5 3-7 W-1 18-12 10-18 16-20
Miami 27 29 .482 5 6-4 L-1 16-10 11-19 14-16
Charlotte 22 34 .393 10 5-5 L-1 13-16 9-18 14-21
Atlanta 22 35 .386 101 4-6 L-2 10-17 12-18 12-21

New Jersey
New York

Pet. GB
.544 -
.474 4
.448 5
.333 12
.250 1611

L10 Str. Home Away
7-3 L-1 20-8 11-18
5-5 W-2 16-14 11-16
6-4 W-1 16-13 10-19
4-6 W-1 11-15 8-23
2-8 W-1 5-21 9-21


CENTRAL W L Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Detroit 36 19 .655 9-1 W-4 19-10 17-9 26-10
Cleveland 32 24 .571 4% 6-4 L-2 20-8 12-16 19-16
Chicago 32 27 .542 6 4-6 L-2 22-8 10-19 23-12
Indiana 29 26 .527 7 5-5 L-2 18-11 11-15 20-14
Milwaukee 20 37 .351 17 2-8 W-1 12-12 8-25 10-24


Dallas 47 9 .839 -
San Antonio 39 18 .684 81
Houston 35 21 .625 12
New Orleans 27 29 .482 20
Memphis 15 43 .259 33

LA. Lakers
LA. Clippers
Golden State

LIO Str. Home Away Conf
10-0 W-12 27-3 20-6 31-6
7-3 W-6 19-8 20-10 23-11
6-4 L-1 20-8 15-13 19-17
7-3 W-2 18-11 9-18 16-19
3-7 L-1 11-18 4-25 9-28

W L Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
37 18 .673 8-2 W-2 22-6 15-12 21-11
27 28 .491 10 4-6 W-1 14-15 13-13 12-20
26 30 .464 11% 4-6 W-1 17-11 9-19 15-20
24 33 .421 14 4-6 L-1 13-15 11-18 15-18
21 34 .382 16 4-6 L-2 15-13 6-21 10-22

Pet. GB
.768 -
.561 11%
.473 161%
.456 17%
.429 19

L1O Str. Home Away Conf
6-4 W-4 21-6 22-7 21-10
4-6 W-2 20-9 12-16 18-11
3-7 W-1 18-10 8-19 15-18
4-6 L-2 20-10 6-21 14-19
4-6 L-1 16-12 8-20 12-21


Monday's results
N.Y. 99, Miami 93
Phil. 89, Sac. 82
Denver 111, Mem. 107
S.A. 107, Toronto 91
Orlando 94, Chi. 87
BOston 77, Houston 72
Dallas 110, Atlanta 87
LA.L at Utah, late
Port. at Sea., late
Cha. at LA.C., late

Tonight's games
Pho. at Ind., 7
N.O. at Cle., 7
Was. at NJ., 7:30
Dal. at Min., 8
G.S. at Mil., 8

Sunday's results
Det 95, Chi. 93
Hou. 97, Orl. 93
Mia. 86, Cle. 81
Min. 98, Was. 94
Pho. 115, Atl. 106
LA.L 102, G.S. 85
NJ. 101, N.Y. 92
Sac. 110, Ind. 93


Haywood honored

Associated Press
SEATTLE Spencer Haywood was finally rec-
ognized by the SuperSonics on Monday night for his
accomplishments on the floor and his fight in the
courts, 32 years after he last played in Seattle.
Andzyetj there was sadness accompanying Hay-
wood's honor.
Haywood's No. 24 was to be retired at halftime of
Monday's game between Seattle and Portland. And
while Haywood was proud about the moment
finally arriving, there was sorrow too, following the
last week's death of Dennis Johnson, who also wore
No. 24 in his time with the Sonics.
"For me it's a high, and then it's a little bit of a
low because I know DJ would have loved to have
been here," Haywood said before Seattle played
Portland. "He's here in all of our hearts."
Haywood brought down the NBA's rule banning
the drafting or signing of a player before his college
class graduated. Honoring him was considered long
overdue by many not only for his play in Seattle, but
his landmark court victory that opened the door for
swarms of teenagers to enter the NBA.
"There are a lot of young players that can really
thank him. He was like the Curt Flood of the NBA,"
said Sonics vice chairman Lenny Wilkens, who was
Haywood's teammate and coach during the 1971-72
season. "He established that, and that's why all
these young men make a lot of money."


Marbury rallies

Associated Press
NEW YORK Stephon Marbuiry scored
18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and
Jamal Crawford hurt the Miami Heat again
with a deep 3-pointer in the closing seconds
to lift the New York Knicks to a 99-93 victory
Monday night.
The Knicks, swept by the Heat in three
games last season, won this series from the
defending NBA champions 3-1. Marbury took
over in the final frame when it appeared the
Knicks might be headed to their first losing
streak in a month.
Running the show without fellow point
guard Steve Francis, Marbury made four of
six shots in the fourth including two 3s
and four free throws midway through that
helped the Knicks erase a six-point deficit.
Eddy Curry, in his first matchup this sea-
son with Miami center Shaquille O'Neal,
scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Crawford had 20 points, including a 3 from
deep in the corner with 21 seconds left that
gave the Knicks a 97-93 lead.
Crawford was the star for the Knicks
against Miami on Jan. 26 when he poured in a
career-high 52 points. Curry, New York's
leading scorer, missed that game.
The 10th-place Knicks moved within two
games of Miami in the Eastern Conference
playoff race.
Jason Kapono led the Heat with 24 points,
reaching double figures for the 14th time in 15
games. O'Neal added 20 as Miami fell to 1-2
without top scorer Dwyane Wade.
The night started well for O'Neal in just
his 17th game this season. He quickly got the
five points he needed to reach 25,000 for his
career. He is the top scorer among active
players, 14th overall in NBA history, and the
seventh to reach 25,000 points and 10,000
Kapono scored the first five points of the
final quarter to give the Heat a 75-70 lead
before O'Neal got back on the floor after sit-
ting for a while with four fouls. With a drive
inside, O'Neal pushed Miami's advantage to
New York quickly erased that with a
shooting display from long range. Marbury
made four consecutive free throws to draw
the Knicks within two and thenp tepped
beyond the arc following Antoine Walker's
layup to make it 79-78.
O'Neal scored again inside before Craw-
ford hit a 3 on New York's next possession to
tie it. The momentum seemed to swing the
Knicks' way when O'Neal was whistled for
his fifth personal with 7:06 remaining.
Marbury drilled another 3 to push the
Knicks ahead 84-81. But the Heat had a 6-0
run togo back in front before Marbury's
jumper over Alonzo Mourning got New York
within one.
Crawford's jumper and four more free
throws by Marbury gave the Knicks a 92-89
advantage, but Kapono tied it with a 3 with
1:46 remaining.
Marbury answered again, driving the lane
to make it 94-92 with less than a minute left.
O'Neal made one of two from the line before
Crawford took a pass that appeared intended
for Curry and buried his clinching shot.
New York, which lost at New Jersey on
Sunday, has alternated wins and losses the


The Knicks'
Marbury, left,
goes to the
basket against
the Heat's
action on
Monday in
New York.
scored 18 of
his 25 points
in the fourth

past nine games.
76ers 89, Kings 82: In Philadelphia,
Samuel Dalembert scored 20 points and
grabbed 17 rebounds, and Andre Iguodala
had 22 points to lead Philadelphia over Sac-
The Sixers used a 12-5 run late in the
fourth to put away the Kings and snap a two-
game losing streak. Andre Miller added 18
points and Joe Smith chipped in with a pair
of buckets down the stretch that pushed back
the Kings.
Kevin Martin followed his 35-point game
against Indiana on Sunday night with 23
points against the Sixers. Brad Miller had 21
points and 10 rebounds, and Ron Artest
added 13 points. Artest was back in the start-
ing lineup after missing the Kings' game
against the Pacers for personal reasons.
The Kings finished 1-3 on their four-game
road trip.
Nuggets 111, Grizzlies 107: In Mem-
phis, Tenn., Carmelo Anthony scored 33
points, Nene added 27 and Allen Iverson had
25 to lead Denver.
Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer at 30.5
points per game, helped the Nuggets snap a

four-game losing streak and prevented the
Grizzlies from winning back-to-back games
for the first time this season.
Anthony's two free throws with 3:18 to go
gave the Nuggets a 105-103 lead, one they
never lost in the closing minutes.
Memphis was led by Mike Miller and Pau
Gasol, who scored 21 points apiece. Gasol's
16-footer with 3:30 left allowed the Grizzlies
to tie the game at 103.

Wizards: Washington All-Star for-
ward Caron Butler remained sidelined Mon-
day with lower back spasms, while Antawn
Jamison returned to practice for the first
time since injuring his knee last month.
Butler was unable to play in Sunday's
98-94 loss at Minnesota, the first game he has
missed this season, and his status is uncer-
tain for today's game against the New Jersey
Trail Blazers: Portland center Joel
Przybilla missed his second consecutive
game Monday night with a sore left knee.
Przybilla didn't make the trip to Seattle,
and will be re-evaluated in a couple of days.

Tampa Bay

New Jersey 39 18
Pittsburgh 33 19
N.Y. Islanders 31 23
N.Y. Rangers 29 27
Philadelphia 16 37

1 75 206
3 74 196
4 71 193
7 61 180
8 58 188


0 6 84 170 149
4 5 75 211 193
4 4 70 183 174
3 3 64 180 178
4 5 41 161 235

18-14-0-0 18-11-2-1
14-10-4-2 18-13-3-1
16-12-1-3 16-13-2-1
17-10-3-1 7-16-3-6
14-13-1-4 10-16-1-4
22-7-0-4 17-11-0-2
18-8-2-2 15-11-2-3
17-10-3-1 14-13-1-3
12-14-3-1 17-13-0-2
5-18-3-4 11-19-1-1


Buffalo 41 16 2 3 87 234 182 22-7-1-2 19-9-1-1 13-9-1-2
Ottawa 36 22 2 2 76 215 171 20-11-1-1 16-11-1-1 16-9-0-2
Montreal 33 26 1 5 72 191 196 19-12-0-3 14-14-1-2 11-8-0-4
Toronto 30 24 3 6 69 202 205 12-13-2-3 18-11-1-3 10-10-2-2
Boston 30 28 1 3 64 180 224 16-13-0-2 14-15-1-1 12-12-0-1

Nashville 42 18 2 2 88 219 164 23-5-2-2 19-13-0-0 19-5-1-0
Detroit 39 16 4 4 86 195 155 22-3-1-3 17-13-3-1 13-4-2-1
St. Louis 26 27 5 4 61 161 190 15-15-2-1 11-12-3-3 11-13-2-2
Columbus 24 32 2 5 55 156 197 14-15-1-3 10-17-1-2 7-13-0-4
Chicago 23 30 2 7 55 154 186 12-14-1-3 11-16-1-4 11-13-1-0

San Jose
Los Angeles

36 21
35 23
32 21
30 27
29 29

3 77 164 156
4 75 181 161
5 73 200 169
3 66 172 182
3 63 205 205
7 82 201 165
1 77 187 159
3 77 165 146
1 55 163 209
5 52 178 219




Note: Two points for a win, one point for a tie and overtime loss

Monday's results
Atlanta 3, Boston 2
Montreal 5, Toronto 4
Phoenix at Calgary, late
Anaheim at San Jose, late

Tonight's games
Florida at Wash., 7
Ottawa at Carolina, 7
Montreal at Rangers, 7
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:30
NJ. at Pitt., 7:30
Phil. at Islanders, 7:30
Van. at SLt. Louis, 8
Detroit at Chicago, 8:30
Phoenix at Edmonton, 9
Columbus at Colorado, 9

Sunday's results
New Jersey 3, Washington 2
Minnesota 4, Edmonton 1
Chicago 5, St. Louis I
Dallas 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 1
Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (SO)
Anaheim 5, Colorado 3


Hossa's goal lifts Thrashers

Associated Press
BOSTON Marian Hossa scored the
game-winner and Alexei Zhitnik had an
assist in his Atlanta debut to lead the
Thrashers to a 3-2 win over the Boston
Bruins on Monday night.
Eric Belanger had a goal and an assist
and Scott Mellanby also scored for the
Thrashers, who set a franchise record
with their 18th road victory.
Shean Donovan and Brad Boyes each
scored for Boston, which lost its second
straight following a four-game winning
Hossa snapped a 2-2 tie 7:28 into the
third period when he took a drop pass
from Belanger and fired a quick slap shot
through a crowd and past Boston goalie
Tim Thomas.
Zhitnik and forward Keith Tkachuk
made their Atlanta debuts after being
acquired in separate trades this weekend.
Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 4: In
Montreal, Sheldon Souray scored his
team-leading 22nd goal and the hosts got
three power-play goals.
Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder
assisted on each other's power-play
scores, Tomas Plekanec and Mike John-
son scored at even strength, and David
Aebischer made 32 saves to help Montreal
move up to seventh in the Eastern Con-
ference with 72 points.
Bates Battaglia, Bryan McCabe, Jeremy
Williams and Alex Steen scored for
Toronto, which remained 10th in the con-
ference. The Maple Leafs have 69 points,
one behind the ninth-place New York
Islanders and two behind defending
champion Carolina for the eighth and
final playoff spot.

Don't worry, Lindy, Buffalo Sabres fans

TIDYING UP: Toronto Maple Leafs
goalie Andrew Raycroft scrapes at
the ice in his crease after allowing
three goals against the Montreal
Canadiens during the first period on
Monday in Montreal.

are prepared to pick up your $10,000 fine
from the NHL.
That's the message Lindy Ruff
received Monday when at least two sepa-
rate fan-based fundraisers were launched
to pay the fine against the coach for his
role in a wild brawl that broke out during
a game against Ottawa last week.
"Put down the pen, put away the
checkbook. This one's on us." said Chris

Phillips, co-owner of a Buffalo-area pizza
parlor, who plans to donate 10 percent of
every sale toward what he called, The
Lindy Ruff Fine Fund.
"I know Lindy's got the means to pay.
But it's just kind of an outrage," Phillips
said. "This is our way of supporting the
Phillips is among growing group of
Sabres fans unhappy with the league for
choosing not to penalize Ottawa's Chris
Neil, Who knocked out and bloodied
Sabres co-captain and leading scorer
Chris Drury with a blindside hit during
Buffalo's 6-5 shootout win over the Sena-
tors on Thursday.
Ruff was fined for helping spark the
brawl, which started after the ensuing
face off, by sending out his three toughest
forwards against Ottawa's top line. Ruff
also acknowledged he was at least think-
ing, "Go out and run"em," when he sent
out his players.
"Any coach would've done the same
thing," Phillips said.

The New York Islanders bolstered
their offense on Monday, acquiring win-
ger Richard Zednik from the Washington
Capitals for a second-round draft pick in
In other moves, forward Kyle Calder
ended up in Detroit as part of a three-
team deal that saw Philadelphia get
defenseman Lasse Kukkonen from Chi-
cago, and the Red Wings send forward
Jason Williams to the Blackhawks; Van-
couver acquired center Bryan Smolinski
from Chicago and defenseman Brent
Sopel from Los Angeles; and the Capitals
sent defenseman Lawrence Nycholat to
Ottawa for defenseman Andy Hedlund
and a sixth-round draft pick.



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Slumping Gators need to reach their potential

Associated Press
ida coach Billy Donovan has a
simple goal for the Gators:
play to their potential.
Donovan doesn't believe
the defending national cham-
pions have done that in recent
games. They have fallen
behind early, been down big
and struggled to put teams
away when ahead. They've
missed open shots, allowed
too many easy baskets and
failed to play with the kind of
passion and energy that
helped them sweep through
the NCAA tournament last
Sure, the Gators won the
Southeastern Conference
championship and broke sev-
eral school records along the
way. But losing two of the last
three games Florida got
handled easily at Vanderbilt
and LSU has been an eye-
opener for Donovan.
"We've got to play better,"
Donovan said Monday.
"That's the biggest concern.
There's a lot of factoring you
can look into and draw opin-
ions and conclusions, but

we're going to have to play
better to have a chance to
Donovan said several
things might have caused the
recent slump physical tired-
ness, emotional fatigue, men-
tal exhaustion, lack of commit-
ment or maybe a letdown from
clinching the league title last
Wednesday night..
"I think there are a lot of
human elements that are out
there that to me are just
excuses," Donovan said. "We
can talk about all these things,
but the bottom line is we need
to play better for us to reach
our potential and play to the
best of our ability and there
are no excuses."
The Gators (25-4, 12-2)
dropped two spots to No. 5 in
the latest Associated Press col-
lege basketball poll Monday
and are probably in jeopardy
of falling out of contention for
a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tour-
nament if they don't get back
on track.
Florida plays at Tennessee
tonight, needing to hand the
Volunteers (20-9, 8-6) their
first home loss of the season to
avoid a two-game losing

UPSET COACH: Florida head coach Billy Donovan shouts
instructions to his team during its game with Louisiana
State on Saturday. LSU upset Florida, 66-56.

The Gators lost three in a
row in late February last sea-

son, but rebounded to win 11
straight and their first national

"Hopefully we can pick up
the way we did last year and
turn the season around and do
the same thing we did last year
and have the same outcome,"
forward Chris Richard said.
"We've got a little slump, but
as long as we turn it up when
it needs to be turned up, and
that starts (Tuesday) night, I
think we'll be OK."
Florida's biggest problems
lately aside from getting in
big deficits early have been
poor shooting and even worse
Even though the Gators still
lead the nation in field goal
percentage, they have allowed.
opponents to shoot 54 percent
from the field the last three
games while making 43 per-
cent. They also have struggled
from 3-point range on
offense and defense.
Guards Taurean Green and
Lee Humphrey were a com-
bined 12-of-46 from the floor
the last three games, including
7-of-28 from 3-point range.
Green also had five assists and
eight turnovers in the stretch.
Corey Brewer hasn't been
much better, going 4-of-14
from 3-point range with six

assists and 12 turnovers in
games against Vanderbilt,
South Carolina and LSU.
Even Joakim Noah, the
team's usually steady and
always-enthusiastic leader,
has been in a slump. Noah was
4-of-14 from the field the last
two games, scored a combined
10 points and played with little
"Every team is coming at us
like it's the last game of their
life," Richard said. "I think it's
a sign of respect. A lot of
teams are coming at us like it's
their championship game, so
we have to come in and try to
match the focus they have and
try to match the intensity they
come out with. We can't
afford to go down anymore at
the half by 11 or 12 points. We
need to be the team that's on
top like we were last year. We
have to come in, try to take the
game over in the beginning."
And play to their potential.
"There's potential, there's
ability and we got to under-
stand that we've got to play to
that potential. and ability to
reach our full potential as a
team," Donovan said. "That's
what it's all about."


Ohio State back

on top after

45-year absence

Associated Press
Ohio State took over the
No. 1 spot in The Associated
Press college basketball poll
Monday, the first time the
Buckeyes have held the top
ranking since 1962 when they
were led by Jerry Lucas and
John Havlicek and on a run of
three straight Final Fours.
Led by freshmen Greg
Oden and Mike Conley Jr.,
Ohio State advanced one day
after beating Wisconsin in a
meeting of Nos. 1 and 2.
"You hate there had to be a
team that lost that game,"
Buckeyes coach Thad Matta
said Monday, referring to his
team's 49-48 victory that
clinched a second straight Big
Ten title. "Fortunately for us
we made the bucket at the end
and came away on top."
Ohio State (26-3) moved up
one spot in the rankings,
receiving 62 first-place votes
and 1,786 points from the 72-
member national media panel.
It is the Buckeyes' first time as
No. 1 in the AP rankings since
the final poll of the 1961-62

Ohio State was ranked No. 1
for all of 1960-61 and 1961-62, a
run of 27 straight polls. The
Buckeyes won the national
championship in 1960 and lost
the title game to Cincinnati in
1961 and 1962.
The Buckeyes finish the
regular season at Michigan on
Saturday, and Matta welcomes
a break of almost a a week.
"We need the time off since
we've been beat up and have
been hit by the flu bug," Matta
said, adding Ron Lewis and
Jamar Butler werebothered by
the flu in recent days.
Ohio State, which was
ranked No. 1 in the coaches'
poll last week, is the fifth team
to reach the top of the AP poll
this season, joining Florida,
UCLA, North Carolina and
Wisconsin. It's the most teams
to reach No. 1 since there were
six in 2003-04.
UCLA (25-3), which locked
up the Pac-10 title this week-
end, moved from fourth to
second. The Bruins received
the other 10 first-place votes
and had 1,729 points.
Kansas jumped from sixth
to third and Wisconsin, which

BIG WINS: UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, left, goes
after a loose ball along with Cal's Ayinde Ubaka on
Thursday in Los Angeles. UCLA beat Cal 85-75 and then
downed Stanford on Saturday 75-61 to clinch the Pac-10
title and move up to the No. 2 spot in the AP poll.

also lost to Michigan State last
week, fell to fourth after
reaching No. 1 for the first
time in school history. Florida,
which lost to LSU on Saturday,
fell from third to fifth.
Memphis, which has the
nation's longest current win-
ning streak at 17 games, moved
up one spot to sixth, its highest
ranking of the season, and was
followed by Texas A&M,
North Carolina and George-
Nevada and Southern Illi-
nois were Nos. 10 and 11,
respectively, both the highest
rankings in the schools' his-
tory. Pittsburgh was 12th and
was followed by 'akshington
State, Duke, Texas, Louisville,
Oregon, Butler, Vanderbilt and

The last five ranked teams
were Virginia Tech, Notre
Dame, Southern California,
Maryland and Air Force.
Thirteen ranked teams lost
a total of 16 games last week
with Wisconsin, Air Force and
Alabama each losing twice.
Alabama, BYU, West Vir-
ginia and Virginia fell out of
the Top 25, replaced by Vir-
ginia Tech, Notre Dame,
Southern California and Mary-
land, all of whom were ranked
at some point earlier in the
There are seven games
between ranked teams this
week and three schools -
Duke, Texas and Washington
State each have two.


No. 3 Kai

Associated Press
NORMAN, Okla. Julian
Wright and Mario Chalmers
each scored 18 points, and No.
3 Kansas bounced back after
blowing a 14-point to beat
Oklahoma 67-65 Monday
The Jayhawks (26-4, 12-2
Big 12) committed 12 second-
half turnovers against Oklaho-
ma's pressing defense, but
rebounded with a late 11-4 run
to win their seventh straight

nsas survives Oklahoma scare

Kansas had won its last six
games by an average margin of
28.8 points and appeared
headed for another easy vic-
tory when the Sooners (15-13,
6-9) deployed a trapping pres-
sure in the second half to close
a 14-point gap.
No. 3 Connectiicut 70,
No. 18 Rutgers 44: In Pisca-
taway, N.J., Renee Montgom-

ery scored 21 points to help
the Huskies complete a per-
fect season in Big East compe-
The Huskies (27-2,16-0 Big
East) have won 13 straight
games and finished with an
undefeated conference record
for the sixth time in school his-
tory the first since 2002-03.
It was Connecticut's first Big
East title since the 2004 sea-
son. Rutgers (19-8, 12-4) had
won the last two regular-sea-

son conference champion-
West Virginia 76, No.
20 Louisville 71 (OT):
LaQuita Owens scored a
career-high 30 points, includ-
ing seven in overtime, as the
visitors rallied to victory in
both teams' regular-season
No. 23 Marquette 69,
St. John's 60: In New York,
Krystal Ellis scored 19 points
to lead Marquette.


N.C. St. joins rankings

For The Associated Press
A season of success for
Duke has been one filled
with emotion for North Car-
olina State.
Duke led
the AP wom-
en's basket-
ball poll for
the seventh
straight week
though the
Blue Devils YOW
lost a first-
place vote, while NC State
joined at No. 24, the latest
accomplishment for a team
inspired by coach Kay Yow's
battle with cancer.
The Blue Devils (29-0)
received 49 of 50 first-place
votes from a national media
panel after defeating fourth-
ranked North Carolina for
the second time in three
weeks and becoming the first
Atlantic Coast Conference
team to go unbeaten in the
regular season.
Duke's 1,249 points in the
voting were 49 more than
No. 2 Tennessee (27-2),
which received the other
first-place vote.
North Carolina State
earned its first national rank-
ing in more than a year and
was one of two newcomers
in the poll. The Wolfpack
(21-8) have gone 8-1 since
Yow returned to the bench
after taking two months off
for cancer treatment.
Their run included a vic-
tory over North Carolina on
the night the court at Reyn-
olds Coliseum was named in
Yow's honor.
The Wolfpack players
have often said their coach's
fight has inspired them. Yow
said her team's improved
health also has been a factor
in the recent victories.
Center Gillian Goring had
back surgery during the pre-
season, while guard Ashley
Key had knee surgery. Both
had to ease their way back.
Forward Marquetta Dickens
missed time with a concus-
No. 25 California was the

other newcomer, returning
after a one-week absence.
The Bears (22-7) had been
ranked all season before fall-
ing out last week.
James Madison and
Nebraska dropped out.
The top six in the poll
stayed the same. Connecticut
was third, followed by North
Carolina, Ohio State and
Maryland. Stanford, George
Washington, Arizona State
and Georgia completed the
Top 10, each moving up one
Losses to Tennessee and
Vanderbilt dropped LSU
from seventh to 11th, only the
second time this season the
Lady Tigers have been out of
the Top 10. They bounced
back from those losses to
rout Alabama 70-27 on Sun-
No. 12 Oklahoma and No.
13 Vanderbilt traded places
from last week. Texas A&M
jumped two spots to 14th
after winning at Baylor and
was followed by Purdue,
Baylor, Middle Tennessee,
Rutgers, Bowling Green and
Wisconsin-Green Bay,
Michigan State, Marquette,
North Carolina State and Cal
held the final five places.
North Carolina State, with
assistant coach Stephanie
Glance running the team,
went 10-6 while Yow took
time off after doctors found
the cancer that had recurred
two years ago was progress-
ing. She first was diagnosed
with breast cancer in 1987.
The Wolfpack were just
2-4 in the ACC when Yow
returned, but their only loss
since then was at Georgia
Tech, 69-62, and they ended
up tying for third in the
league at 10-4.
The Wolfpack had last
appeared in the poll the week
of Jan. 30, 2006, when.they
were 24th.
California had dropped
out after a 20-point loss at
Oregon, but the Bears beat
Southern Cal and UCLA last
week to finish third in the
Pac-10 behind Stanford and
Arizona State.


Get set for the second-year, mid-major revolution


nois, a veteran team audition-
ing for this year's George
Mason role, before somebody
has softened up the Salukis.
Last year, NCAA selection
committee chairman Craig
Littlepage came under wither-
ing criticism for awarding
George Mason the Colonial
Athletic Association's first at-
large since 1986 at the
expense of Cincinnati, which
went 8-8 in the Big East, and

second-tier Atlantic Coast
Conference finishers like
Maryland and Florida State.
Almost as loud was the cry
that went up when Bradley
and three other Missouri Val-
ley Conference teams totaled
as many invitations as the
ACC, Big 12 and Pac-10 each
But Littlepage and his
selectors looked like geniuses
once the ball went up for
grabs. A host of first-round
stingers set the stage -

Northwestern State beat
Iowa; Wisconsin-Milwaukee
tripped Oklahoma; Bucknell
clipped Arkansas, then
George Mason whipped
perennial powerhouses Mich-
igan State, North Carolina and
Connecticut. And just for
good measure, Bradley rolled
Kansas and Pitt.
The upstarts were so
happy just to be seated at the
table last year they didn't dare
complain about the seedings.
But there will be plenty of

howling if Missouri Valley
Conference champ Southern
Illinois gets the same No. 7
slot given league champion
Wichita State in 2006. With
the MVC tourny set to begin
Thursday, the 25-5 Salukis
have won 11 straight and boast
the nation's fifth-best RPI.
It's worth remembering
that for all the stunning
upsets a year ago, the longer
the tournament runs, the less
likely the mid-majors stick
around. At some point, talent

matters more than the size of there will be plenty of familiar
the chip on a team's shoulders faces. But because the mid-
and maybe even more than majors will likely claim not
experience. Being unafraid is just more perches in the field,
one thing, but being over- but higher ones than before,
matched is something else. it's going to be a tougher road
The last school to come from than ever.
outside the power confer- That's why Matta wanted
ences and win it all was his kids to know that for all
UNLV and that was in 1990, they accomplished Sunday by
with the a handful of future beating Wisconsin, it was the
NBA players on its roster. start of a journey, not the end.
So by the time the survi- "I hope it motivates us." he .
vors collect in Atlanta little said. "I hope it continues to :*
more than a month from now, pour gas on our fire."

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Fehr: It's up to players to cooperate with probe

Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. The players'
association will offer advice but said
it's the choice of each individual
whether to cooperate with former
Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell's investigation into steroids
"We haven't made any comment
about the Mitchell investigation spe-
cifically," union head Donald Fehr
said Monday.
"What you should expect, how-
ever, is that any time any player has
an issue with that or something
arises, then we will give them what-
ever our best advice is under the cir-
- cumstances, and then players make
their individual decisions."
Mitchell, hired by Commissioner

says the players' association will
give advice if asked by a player,

Bud Selig just before the start of the
2006 season, warned baseball owners
in January that a lack of cooperation

with his investigation into steroid use
will "significantly increase" the
chances of government involvement.
Fehr, starting his annual spring
training tour by meeting with the
Arizona Diamondbacks, said Mitch-
ell's comments were unnecessary
and that important individual rights
are involved.
"I don't think there's anything pro-
ductive for us to engage in a war,"
Fehr said.
"We spend a lot of time in this
country lately with lawyers trying to
get public relations advantage on
things. I'm not sure that when you're
dealing with rights which may be in
some sense fairly technical and legal
that you ought to be doing that."

On another drug-related issue,
Fehr said the union will "take a hard
look" at any verified test to detect
human growth hormone. That drug
cannot be detected by a urine test,
and a blood test is in its early stages
of use.
"So far as I know it hasn't been
peer reviewed by anybody," he said.
"Nobody knows the details. We'll
take a hard look at whatever it
becomes when and if it becomes."
He believes baseball's current
anti-drug rules, strengthened under
pressure from Congress, "are work-
ing pretty well."
Fehr sidestepped an opinion about
Barry Bonds and whether Selig
would honor him if Bonds breaks

Hank Aaron's career home run
"You know, look, at this point with
all the controversy surrounding him,
you ask Bud what he's going to do
and he's going to demur and basically
say, 'I don't know yet,'" Fehr said.
"We'll wait and see what happens.
I'm not going to prejudge anything."
Fehr said this is his 30th spring
training tour and, for a change, there
is no contract rancor between the
union and owners.
The sides reached a new labor
agreement last October without the
usual public angst.
"It was remarkable," Fehr said. "It
never happened before in my career.
It made me feel pretty good."
The agreement currently is in the
proofreading stage.


Abreu to miss at

least two weeks

From Miami Herald Wire Services erably better every day."
TAMPA, Fla. New Pavano is to make his first
York Yankees right fielder spring training start Sunday.
Bobby Abreu is expected to He was hit on the instep by a
miss at least two weeks after liner during batting practice
straining his on Saturday.
r i g h t An MRI exam on right-
oblique dur- hander Humberto Sanchez
ing batting found right elbow inflamma-
practice on tion, which will sideline him
Monday, an for a few days. He had
injury gen- thrown batting practice with-
eral man- out any problems Sunday,
ager Brian but experienced discomfort
Cashma n later in the day.
BOBBY ABREU and man- Center fielder Johnny
ager Joe Damon rejoined the team
Torre said won't cause the Monday after a two-day
team to make a new push for excused absence to tend to a
Bernie Williams to report. personal matter.
"It's not an option we're
looking at," Cashman said. ELSEWHERE
"Bobby is coming back. The Cardinals: Manager
question is when." Tony La Russa and third
The team is hopeful that baseman Scott Rolen are
Abreu will be ready for talking again, and both agree
Opening Day on April 2. the rift that began during the
"He, had, a significant 2006 postseason:is over. The
oblique strain," Cashman ,two shook hands last week
said, "I'll probably say thr~ee. puts'de La Russa's office at,.
weeks, but'we'll see. Worst, the Cardinals' spring training
case, it's one of those lengthy complex in Jupiter, Fla.
ones that gives him too short Braves: After passing
a period of time to get ready. off the Opening Day honors
But it's really premature to last season, John Smoltz is
be guessing." all set to handle the Braves'
Williams rejected the first start of 2007. To the sur-
Yankees' offer of a minor- prise of no one, manager
league contract and spring Bobby Cox aligned his
training invite, but Torre spring training rotation to
said Abreu's injury wouldn't ensure that Smoltz would be
make the Yankees reconsider ready to pitch the April 2
their plans. opener at Philadelphia.
"This is something that Diamondbacks:
we're not looking at as long- Randy Johnson felt a little
term," Torre said. "When sore after throwing off the
you're 'dealing with two mound Monday in Tucson,
weeks in spring training, Ariz., but said that was to be
you're certainly not going to expected. It was Johnson's
throwup any flags." second session off a mound
After a telephone conver- in his comeback from back
station during the first week surgery. He said the soreness
of spring training, Torre left was "the residual effects
two messages for Williams, from the first time out."
but hasn't heard back. Cubs: Oft-injured
It was first thought that pitcher Mark Prior was
Abreu would undergo addi- pushed up to start next Mon-
tional tests, but Cashman day in a spring training game
said none were planned. against the Mariners.
The Yankees received Rangers: After watch-
encouraging news on pitcher ing the first four days of
Carl Pavano's injured left practice, manager Ron
foot. An MRI exam and Washington said he has "no
X-rays taken Sunday showed doubt" Sammy Sosa will
*a bone bruise. make the team as the desig-
"I wasn't too concerned nated hitter.
with the progress I've made," But then Washington
Pavano said. "I was able to added, "if he doesn't per-
do all my activity today in form, doubt will probably set
the weight room. It's consid- in."


HEY, LOOK WHO'S HERE: Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez takes batting practice after reporting to camp on Monday.
He reported four days after the first full-squad workout, but three days before the date the team had mandated.

Ramirez finally joins team
j/ I

Associated Press
Manny Ramirez got lost on his
way to calisthenics.
The unpredictable slugger
reported to Boston Red Sox
camp on Monday either late or
early, depending on who's tim
ing him. And he talked into a
crowd of fans by ac- idef t after
taking a wrong -*:;a as he
headed off for stretching.
No problem for the happy-
go-lucky hitter. He laughed
and simply turned around,
headed to the path he should
have taken and joined his
teammates on one of the prac-
tice fields.
"I don't know what to
expect from Manny," third
baseman Mike Lowell said. "I
just know that he's getting
ready, and, whichever way it
is, that's fine with me."
Ramirez drove up in a large,
gray sedan with tinted win-
dows four days after the team
staged its first full-squad
workout but three days before
the date the Red Sox gave him
permission to arrive because
his mother had a health prob-
"Manny reported early
because he was ready to go.

He's excited to be here in
spring training," said his agent,
Greg Genske. "I do know that
[Onelcida Ramirez] had very,
very serious medical issues
this offseason and that was the
reason why Manny is report-
ing when he is."
But even David Ortiz,
whose locker is next to Rami-
rez's, knew his close friend
actually arrived late.
"It doesn't bother me,"
Ortiz said. "I think everybody
[on the team] is cool. By April
1, he'll be doing his thing, guar-
That would be hitting at
least .300 with a minimum of
30 homers and 100 RBIs. Rami-
rez exceeded those homer and
RBI totals in each of his six
seasons with Boston and hit
below .300 only once .292 in
Ramirez, who rarely talks
with reporters, refused several
requests to do that Monday
after sitting down at his locker
at 8:54 a.m. EST.
Sporting a few dark red
dreadlocks among his usual
black ones, he hit in the bat-
ting cage before taking his
roundabout journey to the
He stretched, caught fly

balls, participated in running
drills and took three batting
practice pitches from Japanese
, star Daisuke Matsuzaka and 10
from non-roster invitee Travis
When he lined a hall up the
middle against Hughes, an
adoring fan yelled, "Hey, mid-
season form, Manny."
If fans don't seem to dwell
on his self-imposed reporting
date, neither do his manager
and teammates.
"Well, we've got everybody
here now. That's good. I'm
more concerned about the 120
RBIs," manager Terry Fran-
cona said. "I can hammer a.
guy. I can do whatever I want.
I know what my job is.
"My job is to win games,
not to point [out] every flaw in
everybody's personality."
He said his players don't let
such issues become distrac-
tions, but he didn't know if
Ramirez would play in
Wednesday night's exhibition
opener against Minnesota.
Infielder Alex Cora said
Ramirez "is in great shape. He
works hard in the offseason
and during the season."
The Red Sox have made
allowances for stars in the
past. Ace pitcher Pedro Marti-

nez reported late to spring
training several times, and
Ramirez arrived on March 1
last year.
"I think we all would be
very naive to think that if
Manny wasn't the extraordi-
nary hitter he was, that he'd
get a little more leeway than
the next guy," Lowell said. "I
think if you reach a point that
you cross a line of integrity
with your teammates, it will be
felt. Four days into spring
training, I don't really see it as
that big a deal."
Ramirez was cheerful and
polite. He smiled, signed auto-
graphs and waved to fans -
although he did need some
help with his equipment.
Reliever Julian Tavarez,
one of Ramirez's close friends,
yelled across the clubhouse to
assistant equipment manager
Edward "Pookie" Jackson.
"Pookie, Manny doesn't
have running shoes and he
doesn't have spikes either. Can
you help him out?" Tavarez
said, "and get him $10 so he
can pay for his haircut."
Ramirez is scheduled to
make $18 million this season,
the next-to-last year of an
eight-year, $160 million con-


Garcia upset that Eagles never offered him a contract

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Garcia is disappointed he
never got a contract offer from
the Philadelphia Eagles after
leading them to five consecu-
tive victories and a playoff tri-
umph following Donovan
McNabb's season-ending
knee injury.
"I was surprised I wasn't
offered a contract. There was
never anything to negotiate
over," Garcia said on Monday
in an interview with Comcast
SportsNet. "We never know
what it would've amounted to.
It wasn't about the money. It
was about being in a great situ-

The Eagles agreed to a
three-year contract extension
with backup quarterback A.J.
Feeley on Sunday, eliminat-
ing the chance Garcia would
return to Philadelphia. Garcia,
who turned 37 last Saturday,
will become a free agent on
"We just wanted to have a
reasonable opportunity to be
respected, to be appreciated
for what took place last year,"
Garcia said. "Are there other
reasons why I wasn't offered a
contract? We'll never know."
A three-time Pro Bowl
quarterback in San Francisco,

Garcia revived his career in
Philadelphia. He completed
61.7 percent of his passes for
1,309 yards, 10 touchdowns
and two interceptions.
Bills: Calling no player
"untouchable," Bills coach
Dick Jauron said the team
would consider trade offers
for starting running back Wil-
lis McGahee.
"It's in our best interest to
listen to everybody, and no
people are untouchable," Jau-
ron told The Associated Press
at the NFL's annual scouting
combine in Indianapolis on

Monday. "He's a good back.
He's our starting running back
right now. It's no surprise to
me at all that people are inter-
Asked specifically if McGa-
hee is on the trading block,
Jauron said: "Well, people talk.
People talk in the league all
the time."
The three-year starter has
one year left on his contract
and had expressed interest in
seeking an extension with Buf-
News that the Bills would
shop McGahee first came up
last weekend, when New York
Giants general manager Jerry

Reese expressed interest in
the player as a potential
replacement for Tiki Barber,
who retired after last season.
Elsewhere, defensive end
Chris Kelsay signed a four-
year contract with the Bills,
avoiding the uncertainty of
becoming an unrestricted free
Packers: Quarterback
Brett Favre had minor ankle
surgery and is expected to
recover in time for offseason
Favre, who plans to return
for his 17th NFL season, has
been bothered for several
years by a buildup of bone

spurs in his left ankle.
Elsewhere, defensive line-
man Cullen Jenkins has
signed a four-year, $16 million
contract extension.
Rams: The club has
released veteran guard Adam
Timmerman, a team stalwart
who played in two Super
Bowls for the franchise.
49ers: Cornerback
Walt Harris had surgery to
insert a screw in his broken
left hand. The 49ers also
waived cornerback Sammy
Davis, who played one season
as a backup after arriving from
San Diego in a trade for
receiver Rashaun Woods.





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