The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 3/3/2007
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Former reality

star is buried

alongside son


DESPITE a last ditch effort
yesterday by Virgie Arthur to
prevent her daughter's body
from being buried in the
Bahamas, Anna Nicole Smith
returned to the last place she
called home and was laid to rest
along side the son she tragically
lost and pined over for six
For a few hours yesterday,
family and interested parties in
the Anna Nicole Smith saga
appeared to put aside their per-
sonal differences to give the for-
mer American model a send off
that one onlooker characterized
as "historical and bizarre."
With the Sandy Port parking
lot outside the Mount Horeb
Baptist Church besieged by the
media and curious onlookers,
Howard K Stern, Larry Birk-
head, and Mrs Arthur, the prin-
cipal players in the drama,
arrived at the church to a mix-
ture of cheers and boos.
Expressing their disapproval
of Mr Stern and Mrs Arthur,
the Bahamian public who
packed the parking lot for yes-
terday's service loudly booed
both, with some chanting "fake
daddy" in reference to Mr
But the crowd's reaction to
Mr Birkhead, the man claiming

to be the father of Anna
Nicole's baby daugh Dan-
nielynn, was resound aly dif-
ferent. They cheered and
clapped loudly when he got out
of his vehicle for the service.
Once inside, however, the
mood was said to be very dif-
ferent from the circus going on
outside, with everyone paying
solemn tribute to t-h-ela-te
According to one Bahamian
friend of Ms Smith, Mrs Ruby
Anne Darling, "the service was
a typical Baptist service where
before the eulogy there were
tributes and condolences. Virgie,
was first, Larry was second, and
Howard was third.
"Each spoke from their expe-
rience with her, and everyone
was in wrapped attention to
hear what each would say," said
Mrs Darling.
But it was what Mr Stern is
alleged to have said during his
tributes that caught the atten-
tion of some in the church,
prompting one MSNBC
reporter to characterise his
comments as "inappropriate."
"Many of us who were in the
church felt that it was inappro-
priate. We were very surprised,"
Rita Cosby said in one of her
daily updates with the Ameri-
can news organization.
SEE page eight

Gibson absent from

funeral of 'family

friend' Anna Nicole

WHILE many of his family
members were present for the
funeral service of Anna Nicole
Smith, former Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson, a man
who was not afraid to risk his
political career for a woman he
called a "friend," was notice-
ably absent from her final send
The decision by Mr Gibson
to stay away from Ms Smith's
funeral was seen by some as
strange, especially after he had
spent months defending his
friendship with the now
deceased model.
Some of Mr Gibson's family,
who spoke with the media after
the service, however, defended
his absence and said there was
nothing strange about his not
being at the service of a family
Not wanting to have their
names mentioned, one of the
family said that if she were Mr
Gibson, she would not have
come either.
Mrs Ruby Ann Darling, how-

ever, put Mr Gibson's absence
into perspective, saying: "I think
in some cases, common sense
must prevail."
Noting that there were so
many mixed emotions in the
country about Mr Gibson's
friendship with Ms Smith, Mrs
Darling said: "There are some
things that we can avoid, and I
think, not that he is not sensitive
to what is going on, sensitive to
Anna Nicole's death, I think in
the best interest of all parties
concerned, in the best interest
of national concern, your space
is more valued than your pres-
It was not until after the
death of Daniel Smith, Ms
Smith's son, some six months
ago, that the Bahamian pub-
lic became aware of Mr Gib-
son's friendship with Ms
When it was reported that he
had Ms Smith's application for
Bahamian permanent residency
approved within three weeks,
Mr Gibson came under fire
SEE page nine

* PALLBEARERS take the coffin of Anna Nicole Smith into the church yesterday
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

Howard K Stern 'stands to benefit

from seven insurance policies'

stands to benefit from seven
life insurance policies following
Anna Nicole Smith's death, a
lawyer has claimed.
Premiums on all the policies
were fully paid-up, according
to John O'Quinn, attorney for
Anna Nicole's mother, Virgie
All the policies were origi-
nally drawn up to pay out to
Anna Nicole's son, Daniel, in
the event of her death. But he

died at Doctors Hospital, Nas-
sau, last September, five
months before his mother's
death in Florida.
Stem, the cover girl's lawyer-
companion, is next in line to0
benefit from the policies, said
Mr O'Quinn.
His disclosure came on
CNN's Nancy Grace show in
response to a viewer's ques-
tion. It was the first time life
insurance had ever been raised
in TV discussions about the

Wisdom has Canadian


with angry


ANGRY residents of Pride
Estates met with Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom
Thursday night to express
their outrage about repairs
still to be done on their homes
- after the subdivision was
opened more than five
months ago.
Sources claim that nearly
70 residents attended the
meeting, which was held at
Golden Gates Assembly
SEE page seven


killed in


Tribune Freeport Reporter
investor Will Lea Harlinton,
a long time resident of
Freeport, was killed in a traffic
accident Thursday evening in
the Lucaya area. He was 65.
Mr Harlinton, part owner
of the Qual-Fast Construction
Company, was trapped in the
wreckage of his Mercedes
Benz, which caught fire after it
collided with another vehicle
on Midshipman Road.
SEE page seven

Anna Nicole saga.
Stern is named on a
Bahamas birth certificate as
father of Anna Nicole's daugh-
ter, Dannielynn.
The baby will be the direct
beneficiary if the American
courts eventually settle part .of
oil tycoon Howard Marshall's
billion dollar fortune on Anna
Nicole's estate on the basis of
their 13-month marriage.
This could be as much as
$475 million.


treated like


Tribune Staff Reporter
FEMALE inmates of Her
Majesty's Prison are treated
less like human beings and
more like "sardines" packed
in a can, it was claimed.
These allegations were
brought to the attention of The
Tribune by a relative of a
female inmate.
According to this relative,
who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, a female prisoner
told her the grievances for
them to be made public.

SEE page seven

Man appears
in court to
face stabbing
death charge
A 30-year-old Augusta Street
man appeared before a magis-
trate yesterday afternoon to be
charged with the stabbing death
of a man at a local takeaway
earlier this week.
France Louis, 30, appeared
before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court One, Bank
Lane, yesterday on the murder
It was alleged that on Tues-
day, February 27, Louis caused
the death of Michelet Pierre.
According to reports, Pierre
was stabbed to death on Boyd
Road while leaving DNC Take-
away around 6 pm. He was pro-
nounced dead at the scene.
The accused was not repre-
sented by counsel at yesterday's
arraignment and was not
required d t o the charge.
He was remanded to Fox Hill
The case was adjourned to
March 19 and transferred to
Court 10, Nassau Street.


against ZNS

bias from


COMPLAINTS are mount-
ing against ZNS television from
viewers who say its political bias
is no longer acceptable.
Talk show host Steve McK-
inney was yesterday branded a
"national disgrace" for alleged
spin doctoring on behalf of the
And one viewer asked: "Are
taxpayers really paying this
man's salary? He needs to be
shown the door."
Growing disquiet over McK-
inney known as the Fat Con-
troller to his critics is based
on the fact that ZNS is a gov-
ernment-controlled station paid
for by public money.
While political bias is disliked,
but accepted, from privately-
owned media, it was described
as "wholly inappropriate from a
publicly-funded station" by
ZNS detractors yesterday.
McKinney has been accused
of blocking anti-government
callers to his show, Immediate
Response, and encouraging the
views of pro-PLP factions.

SEE page seven


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$8.8 million contract signed for new

junior high school on Grand Bahama.

FREEPORT A contract
totalling almost $9 million was
signed between the Patrick
McDonald Construction Com-
pany and the Ministry of Works
for the construction of a state of
the art junior high school in
Grand Bahama.

The design of the school will
be a proto-type for future pub-
lic schools of similar size
throughout the Bahamas, a gov-
ernment spokesperson said.
It will be constructed in the
new Heritage Subdivision and is
expected to be completed in 18

The new school is expected
to eliminate some of the over-
crowding at the two existing
government high schools in the
Freeport area Sir Jack Hay-
ward High and St George's

Minister for Works Bradley
Roberts executed the contract
on behalf of the client the
Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology.
Education Minister Alfred
,Sears was also on hand for the
Mr Roberts said: "Over the
past several years, the Ministry
of Education, Science and Tech-
nology realising that the high
schools in the Port Area were
grossly overcrowded, began dia-
logue with the Grand Bahama
Port Authority with the view of
having a junior high school con-
structed in the Freeport area to
alleviate this problem."
He said former Grand
Bahama Port Authority presi-
dent the late Edward St George
pledged $3 million as the
GBPA's contribution to the
project's construction cost,
because he felt that the total
cost of the project should not
exceed $6 million.
"However, the Ministry of
Education felt that the school

would cost significantly more
to construct which has been
proven to be the case as evi-
dence in the tender process,"
Mr Roberts said.
He said that after much dis-
cussion, it was finally agreed
that the GBPA would give'con-
sideration to the upward adjust-
ment of its contribution after
the completion of the project.
The GBPA had also arranged
for. an architect from Grand
Bahama to design the school at
a cost of $140,000.
The project, according to Mr
Roberts, was projected to start
a year ago.
"Unfortunately, due to
unforeseen difficulties the archi-
tect experienced, the drawings
had to be completed by the
technical officers of my min-
istry," he said.
Last year, the government
was criticised by the opposition
for failing to construct a single
new school during its first four
years in office.
The new school will be con-

structed on more than 15 acres
in one of the newest and most
modem housing subdivisions on
Grand Bahama.
Mr Roberts noted that the
school will be a state-of-the-art
structure when completed and
users will be adequately accom-
It will have more than 76,000
square feet of enclosed build-
ing space and will provide for
about 900 students in 35 class-
There will be a number of
special classrooms, including a
food laboratory, a needle crafts
centre, an agriculture centre, a
wood workshop, a technical
drawing classroom, two com-
puter laboratories, three gener-
al science areas, three music lab-
oratories, three art rooms, a
library, a gymnasium, a student
sick bay, a student tuck-shop
and covered landscaped court-
yards and walkways.
There also will be outdoor
sports facilities for track and
field, softball and tennis."

Hilton group reverses

ban on Cuban guests

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Hilton resort group has
reversed its ban on Cuban del-
egations staying at its hotels in
The action came after unions

NO REFUNDS U 0 Thursday, Europe announced plans to
NO EXCHANGES Friday & boycott the hotel company after
CASHONLYI Saturday a Cuban trade delegation was
TOMARCH banned from a Hilton hotel in
1S2.30Oslo in January and excluded
SELECTED SHOES ' from the group's hotels
throughout Europe.
The Back Door Ldast tnolbth. The Tribune con-
MADEIRA SHOPPING PLAZA STORE ONLY! tacted' ih British Colonial
Hilton ii Nassau to find out
whether Hie ban an effort to
conform to the US's embargo
against Cuba would be
enforced on Cuban delegates
travelling to the Bahamas.
Karla Visconti, Hilton's direc-
tor of communications for the
Caribbean and Latin America,
I U said: "Hilton finds itself in a
1 90 regrettable position in that, as
UIfc an organisation, we do not
believe in discrimination of any
2.R2 Sweetin 's kind. We are, of course, com-
ALL 3 LOCATIONS! de Madeira mitted to complying with the
T u aE Shopping Plaza laws of the countries in which
Thursday, 328-0703 we operate, but in this situation
Friday & Marathon Mail we are facing conflicting laws."
Saturday 393-6113 At the time, the hotel said it
MARCH RND Plaza, had not reached a decision on
3MARCH RND Plaza, othe issue yet.
1 1, 2, 3 Freeport This week, the Hilton Hotel
Corporation sent a letter to the
British prime minister and for-
eign secretary, and the US state
department in respect to the
The letter reads: "As a US-
based company, we face a legal
dilemma, with a strict ban on
trading with Cuba imposed by
the US government, and con-

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* AN outside view of the British Colonial Hilton

tradictory legislation in the UK
making it illegal to discriminate
on the grounds of nationality."
Linda Bain, a spokeswoman
for the Hilton group, said US
sanctions, administered by the
Office of Foreign Assets Con-
trol, prohibited American com-
panies and their subsidiaries
from engaging in any transac-
tion with Cuba.
However, UK law forbade
discrimination on the grounds
of nationality, and the group
could not ask their employees
to disobey it.
The Hilton has now called
for a "US-UK bilateral agree-
ment to reform and ease the
trade sanctions within the
tourism industry . so that
this contradiction between

our laws is annulled."
The Tribune attempted to
contact the Nassau hotel to
ascertain how the UK decision
would impact the hotel, but calls
were not returned up to press
Hilton Hotels Corporation is
one of the leading global hospi-
tality companies, with nearly
2,800 hotels and 485,000 rooms
in more than 80 countries, and
with 150,000 team members

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0In brief

of software
puts GIS
on track

THE Bahamas National
Geographic Information Sys-
tems Centre successfully
installed the ArcGIS Server
9.2 software, accomplishing
another "milestone" in its
trek towards making the cen-
tre the government's focal
point for geospatial informa-
tion in the Bahamas.
The server, which was first
introduced into the market
in November, 2006, will pro-
vide the centre with an
opportunity to publish and
promote their work in the
form of shared maps, globes,
processes and functions over
the Internet.
Carolann Albury, director
of the BNGIS Centre, said
the first phase of the plan will
focus on making information
accessible across the organi-
sational level and then to
strategic GIS partners such
as members of the govern-
ment's Geospatial Advisory
Committee (GAC).
She said once the adminis-
trative -procedures and pro-
tocols have been fully devel-
oped and adopted, the data
Swill be made available to
both the public and private
"Imagine having access to
maps of roads, buildings,
water bodies, parcels or sub-
division information, build-
ing structures, land use and
an endless range of data lay-
ers to manipulate, display,
query and, analyse right at
your fingertips and in a web
environment," Ms Albury
"The phased approach in
building an integrated GIS
for the Bahamas will mean a
number of things," she
explained. "It will mean
acquiring the necessary soft-
wared'6ffifib&s.uch as ArcS-
DE teehngolog which.
encompasses web GIS tech-'
nology and comprehensive
data management technolo-
gy; having GIS data readily
available and the transfer of
technology through training,
training and more training."
The initial aspect of the
transfer of technology
through training began last
week when the centre hosted
a five-day course for officials
of the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Department of
Lands and Surveys and the
Data Processing Unit, along
with technical staff members
of the Centre.

Bethel: Emission controls

aren't my responsibility

Tribune Staff Reporter
Dr Marcus Bethel has denied
that his ministry holds any
responsibility for creating
vehicular emissions controls -
despite claims to the contrary
by other senior government
Dr Bethel's declaration that
his ministry has no responsi-
bility for this matter is bound
to set back progress on vital
controls, and shows that he
"does not have a comprehen-
sive view of what the environ-
ment means", one environ-
mentalist said.
His rejection of the sugges-
tion that the implementation
of emissions testing falls with-
in his ministry's portfolio came
on Wednesday at the presen-
tation of the first year report of
the Ministry of Energy and the
It directly contradicts state-
ments by the Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Services as
well as the minister of trans-
port and her permanent secre-
At the meeting, Dr Bethel
spoke at length about progress
made by his ministry in a num-
ber of areas, but failed to men-
tion the issue of emissions con-
Asked when progress would
be seen in that area, Dr Bethel
said: "First of all I'd like to say
emissions is a Ministry of
Transportation regulatory
However, Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Services
Ron Pinder, who is an officer

* MARCUS Bethel

of Dr Bethel's ministry, has
made numerous statements
relating to the issue over the
past five years including
updating the press on discus-
sions held between the min-
istry and the road traffic
department, and progress of
efforts to acquire testing equip-
When asked about this, Dr
bethel simply responded that
"Mr Pinder is an elected mem-
ber of parliament he can
speak on anything."
"He wasn't speaking on
emissions as the director, he
can only speak on what is in
the ministry and I'm telling you
as the minister what's in the
ministry," said Dr Bethel.
Yesterday however, Trans-
port Minister Glenys Hanna
Martin, stated that initiating
emissions controls is the

responsibility of "two min-
istries this ministry and the
Ministry of the Environment."
And when asked about the
progress of efforts to imple-
ment emissions testing, Archie
Nairn, permanent secretary at
the Ministry of Transport, said
he would have to consult with
his "counterpart in the Min-
istry of the Environment, the
permanent secretary (Camille
Johnson)" before he could pro-
vide an update.
Later, Mr Nairn said Road
Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson confirmed that his
department is currently in
receipt of a draft regulatory
Mr Thompson's technical
team is reviewing the details
of that document, said Mr
Most advanced countries

Tribune Stff.gporter
THE Ministry~of Housing
and insurance companies should
work together to ensure that
government-built low cost
homes are constructed to the
high standards of the Bahamas
building code, an experienced
civil engineer said yesterday.
The engineer also questioned
the competency of Ministry of
Housing inspectors in view of
his personal experience, and
news reports of obviously shod-
dy construction on such homes.
"If the Bahamas Building
Code were followed there
would be no complaints from
high end of low end construc-
tion nation-wide. However in
practice, shamefully that is not

the case," he said.
He said that in his experience
the Bahamian building code is
one of the best in North America.
"Granted we do nPt..have
good natural materials available
in general but sound adherence
to the building code would
assure the home buyer of a
sound and safe structure to live
in," he said, explaining that the
code takes into consideration the
quality of materials available.
The engineer of 40 years
experience suggested that the
Ministry of Housing "set up an
education programme for their
inspectors", adding that the min-
istry should be held accountable
for poor workmanship.
The engineer outlined the
case of a government-built
house he was asked to inspect

for insurance purposes last year
where "every wall had cracks
in it (and) every stick- of wood
had termites in it."
The engineer claimed that an
evaluation of all the homes he
had been called in to assess
revealed that 72 per cent of the
damage he found was in homes
that did not meet the standards
set in the code.
For this reason, another fac-
tor in the solution could be a
joint effort between insurance
companies and the ministry.
"The buyer (and) the insur-
ance companies would (bene-
fit) by participating in an inspec-
tion programme to assure that
the building is safe and their
investment protected from
unnecessary damage caused by
poor workmanship."

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have regulations in place
requiring automobile owners
to submit their vehicles to reg-
ular emissions testing in order
to be certified as eligible to be
on the road.
If vehicles fail the test, they
must undergo repairs, and be
submitted again, before being
allowed to take to the streets.
Actual progress on emissions
controls in the Bahamas has
been a lohg time in coming
according to environmentalists
- despite assertions made by
several government officers as
to the importance of bringing
in such regulations.
In December 2004, Mr Pin-
der said emissions testing
equipment should be arriving
into the country by mid-2005.
In December 2006, an "early
2006" deadline was given.
Later, in May 2006, the
director promised equipment
would be ordered before the
end of that budget cycle June
30 however, in August he
admitted that no order had
been placed.
In May, he pointed to
involved discussions between
the Department of Environ-
mental Health Services and the
Road Traffic Department
about the matter and research
into the necessary equipment
specifications as factors that
had stalled advances.
Yesterday, Mr Nairn said he
was not aware of whether or
not the equipment had yet
been ordered.
Meanwhile, thick black
smoke particularly from car-
go trucks continues to be a
regular feature on Bahamian


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Tribune Staff Reporter
A SENIOR government offi-
cial has blamed the Ministry of
Works for delays in address-
ing "severely abnormal" work-
ing conditions at the Produce
Frustration over the state of
that facility led an unconfirmed
number of employees to fail to
slow for work yesterday, Agri-
culture Minister Leslie Miller
He spoke on the issue after a
customer contacted The Tribune
to report unusually long lines.
Mr Miller admitted the build-
ing is in a "bad state of disre-
pair" with bathrooms unus-
able and the second floor in
some places "dropping
He said he is personally frus-
trated with the length of time
it has taken for the Ministry of
Works to award the contract for
the renovation of the building.
"It's been months since we
have sent the documents there
to go to bid. It's just a very slow
and tedious process. It's diffi-
cult to meet with those people
responsible," said Mr Miller.
He apologised for the incon-
venience and sought to assure
staff that the process of rede-
velopment will get underway
soon; as the "over half-a-mil-
lion dollar" contract should be
out to bid in a matter of weeks.
"The facility will be some-
thing that all Bahamians can be
proud of once it is completed,"
he said.




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US needs backbone in facing radical Islam

WHILE miscalculation by the United States
has turned Iraq into a "devil's playground,"
Islamic fascism poses a mortal threat on which
there is "no escape from U.S. leadership," in
the words of a pre-eminent papal scholar.
George Weigel was once a scholarly non-
conformist in a town that was extending.the
olive branch to Soviets and Sandinistas, and
picking as its political leaders activists who
grew up in the 1960s and never really left.
A senior fellow at the Ethics and Public
Policy Centre in Washington, D.C., and author
of the massive "Witness to Hope" biography
of Pope John Paul II, Weigel returns every
couple of years to uphold Catholic tradition
and challenge Seattle's political orthodoxy.
At Seattle Pacific University on Wednesday
night, Weigel argued that Islamic jihadism
has declared war on the West and its values of
pluralism, civility, democracy and diversity.
"The war is now being fought on multiple
interconnected fronts," said Weigel, from
guerrilla wars in Russia's Caucasus to bomb
plots in Indonesia and the Philippines.
And, he added, the 21st-century West has
not steeled itself to the challenge.
"We don't know who we are," he argued.
"We don't know the issues. We don't know
the enemy. And not knowing is lethal."
The enemy knows exactly what it is about.
Weigel borrowed a holy war description from
writer-scholar Father Richard John Neuhaus:
"Jihadism is the religion-inspired ideology
that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to
employ all means necessary to secure the sub-
mission of the world."
Once a critic of the Vietnam War, in da\s
when he was a Lutheran minister, Neuhaus
sees jihadism as bent on world dominion and
as a multifront foe.
A pause to answer a question on some read-
ers' minds: Why is a war critic, liberal, "green"
columnist giving ink to guys like Weigel and
. Seattle needs to throw open its windows
and let in outside breezes to stir the air.
The town has fallen into a kind of stagna-
tion, with one-party rule, anti-war politics and
contempt for the president. The prevailing
mood gets little challenge, at least not at Town
Hall forums at which celebrity liberals share
the stage with academic liberals.
Orthodoxy breeds excess. The political left
tends to blame America for the world's prob-
lems, and bash Israel for maelstroms in the
Middle East,.
In reaction, local conservatism has taken
on bitterness that can be a byproduct of iso-
It need not be so. Ronald Reagan was a

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conservative And a relentless optimist. Pope
John Paul II, Weigel's lodestar, rejected a
bunker mentality for his church and travelled
the world as an apostle to a dynamic, values-
driven orthodoxy.
The Catholic Weigel found an appropriate
forum at a university with Free Methodist
roots. He was guest at Seattle Pacific's presi-
dent's symposium, titled "Knowing and
Understanding Our World: A Christian
Response to the 21st Century."
Urging spine stiffening by the West, he
quoted T6ny Blair: "Until we shake ourselves
free from the wretched propaganda of the
enemy, that we are responsible, we will not
"Western media acquiescence to complaints
of Islamophobia must cease," said Weigel.
"The Western press should call things by their
right names. Suicide bombers are homicide
bombers. Murderers in Iraq are murderers
and terrorists, not 'insurgents."'
One battlefield against jihadism has not
gone well. Weigel faults the United States for
underestimating what a mess Iraq would be
following the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The result, in Weigel's view, is that the U.S.
finds itself trying to rein in anarchy, battling
remnants of Saddam's Baathist regime, fight-
ing a war with jihadists, and in the midst of a
sectarian struggle between Sunni Muslims and
Nonetheless, he argues, a precipitous U.S.
withdrawal would be viewed as a "catastro-
phe" in the larger war against jihadism and as
an example of the "fecklessness" of the U.S.
I Weigel does, however, put a soft focus on
the administration responsible for multiple
disasters on the Iraq front in the war against
At SPU on Wednesday. Weigel estimated
that $2 trillion has been transferred to Islam-
ic countries as a result of dependence on Mid-
dle East oil. Saudi Arabia has used the money
to seed schools preaching an exclusivist Islam
and values totally alien to the 21st-century
"A nation that created the Manhattan Pro-
ject and the Apollo Project moon landing can
defund jihadism by creating alternatives to
petroleum dependence," Weigel argued.
It is, however, an argument that ought to cir-
culate at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. every
bit as much as the Upper Gwinn Commons at
Seattle Pacific. The White House, too, is a
place where the windows need to be thrown
(This article was written by Joel Connelly of
the Seattle Post-Intelligencer- c.2007).


In response

to Rastafarian


EDITOR, The Tribune
IN response to the article
entitled "Rastafarians Protest
for Equal Justice," I feel like
some points desperately need
to be made. I find it, as a white
Bahamian, quite interesting that
this Dion Hanna participant in
the Rastafarian march feels that
successive governments have
not done enough to empower
black people in the Bahamas.
How could this possibly be true
when looking solely at the ratio
of blacks to whites paints an
entirely different picture. A
majority cannot be a majority
without having adequate rights.
If this is not the case, I ask the
questions: "What exactly would
the 'appropriate amount of
rights' or the 'adequate amount
of empowerment' be"? Would
total domination by one race, not
mentioning which, be adequate?
If there were a little white
Rasta child, he or she would be
equally denied the right to enter
these private Christian schools.

This brings me to another point
- that all of the Christian-belief
private schools woulddeny
entry to a young Rastafarian
child strikes me as extreme. I
actually attended one of these
private Christian schools and
remember that although prayer
was carried out at various times
throughout the day, if I didn't
want to participate, I didn't
have to. Could the Rastafarian
children not behave as the non-
Christians in the same predica-
The article actually went on
to get even more interesting.
Koed Smith, of the PLP no
surprise decided to march
with the Rastafarians. Does
being an African now equal
being a Rasta? As far as I know,
it doesn't. Why would Mr Smith
feel the overwhelming urge to

march with the Rastafarians
here in Nassau?
There are obvious answers
that I see none of them good.
Number one, Mr Smith desper-
ately wants to help win votes
for himself and the PLP in gen-
eral by winning over this small
demographic, or he wants to try
and play the famous "race card"
that everyone is raving about.
Mr Smith marching with the
Rastas is like me being in Africa
and marching with a Bahami-
an Baptist movement and I am
not Baptist. I wouldn't do it.
Lastly, Prime Minister Perry
Christie accepting the petition
graciously and staying to listen
to the music leads me back to
the same reasons that his MP
Koed Smith put on his African
native dress and hopped into
the Rastafarian march.
Long live Bahamian Baptists!

March 1 2007

A brief history of casinos

EDITOR, The Tribune
WHEN the Progressive Lib-
eral Party members were elect-
ed to parliament in 1956 in the
persons who would be known
as Sir Milo B Butler, Sir Lynden
Pindling, Sir Randol F Fawkes,
Mr Samuel L Isaacs, Mr
Clarence A Bain, and Mr Cyril
St John Stevenson, they were
referred to as the "Magnificent
Six". At that time if Sir Gerald
Cash had been a member of the
Progressive Liberal Party, they
would bave been referred to as
the "magnificent seven".
Sir Gerald Cash was elected
as an independent and junior'
member to Sir Milo Butler for
the western district; destiny
would have it that Sir Milo
would become our first gover-
nor general, and Sir Gerald
would be the second.
In the early days, members
of parliament received no salary
for their service which seemed
to be noble: but eventually it
became apparent that members
were accepting alms under the
table from business operations
in the form of consultants fees.
Maybe that was the reason for
the implementation of a salary
structure early into the Pro-
gressive Liberal party adminis-
tration in 1967.
In 1967 a commission of

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inquiry was appointed to inves-
tigate the operation of casino
gambling in the Bahamas as
there was a concern about the
credibility of their operators;
particularly in Grand Bahama
as there were widespread
reports of influence peddling
involving public officials.
The commissioners were
amazed that the list bearing the
names of individuals on the
immigration stop list such as
Dino Cellini, George Sadlo,
Roy Bell, Howard L Kamm, Al
Jacobs, and Anthony Tabasso,
never reached the proper
authority, but was found in
storage during their investiga-
Investigations insinuated that
certain employees, particularly
at the Monte Carlo Casino in
the persons of Geiger, Kamm,
Courtney, Ritter and Brudner,
had ties to organised crime; the
name Myer Lansky, and Mike
McLaney were mentioned also
in that circle.
Although that was forty years
near; this writer who was pre-
sent from the opening to the
closing act, the memory is fresh
in his mind, this was in the Gal-
lahad room at the Kings Inn
Hotel, which became known
later as Bahamas Princess, and
now as Royal Oasis.
The commissioners were Sir

Ranulph Bacon, K T Mr Alger-
non Wharton, QC, and Mr
Robin Auld, PhD, counsel to
the commission was Mr Gor-
don Bryce, QC, Attorney Gen-
eral and Mr J Henry Bostwick;
other lawyers were Mr Eugene
Dupuch, QC, and Mr Cyril
There were numerous high
profile witnesses two were Mr
Ron Gowlding and Mr Keith
Gonsalves, President and Vice
President, respectively of the
Bahamas Amusement Ltd,
operators of Monte Carlo, and
El Casino Freeport Grand
Another witness of interest
was Gadwell (Scaboo) New-
ton; he was questioned exten-
sively by the commissioners
about his relationship with Sir
Stafford Sands. It was suggest-
ed that he was a bodyguard to
Sir Stafford Sands, which he
denied, but admitted that he
was an assistant masseur; he
also gave the name of the
masseur. As a result of 1967
commission there was a high
profile resignation in 1968, it
was parallel to the resignation
in 1963, after the 1962 com-

Freeport, Grand Bahama
February 28 2007

BTVI and the issue of

part-time employees

EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me to use
your esteemed paper to bring
to the government's attention,
yet again, an issue I am sure
they must have forgotten as, in
spite of promises, nothing has
Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute Nassau and
Grand Bahama (Freeport) has
persons working weekly (part-
time) some for more than 10
years with promises of confir-
We have heard it all: "We are
working on it"; "We sent it up";
"Do not call the ministry they
will direct you back"; "You
have to follow protocol" the
Human Resource Department
at BTVI says. We have been
hearing these same statements
for years. At the ministry, the
persons to whom BTVI files are
assigned always, without fail,
says you have to speak with
your HR Department. This
turn-around and red tape has
been and continues to go on as

the red tape thickens.
So how long should we
believe "we are working on it"?
The government announced
"1,200 full time jobs to be giv-
en". These are pensionable, full
time positions. At BTVI we
remain waiting in the wings, no
confirmations, no pensions, and
no full time job.
We are the ones responsible
for the technical education of
the Bahamas, not just the young
as many are now changing to
work in the technical fields. We
are the ones holding the insti-
tution together, the administra-
tive team where the majority, I
might add are part time work-
ers. We are the ones that keep
the wheels of BTVI turning, still
no full time jobs for us.
Mr Fred Mitchell, Minister of
Public Service, also Minister of
Labour of whose department
BTVI falls, please do not for-
get us.

January 2007

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OIn brief

Roots invites
to group

THE Roots junkanoo
organisation has advised all
its members that they are
invited to attend a very
important group meeting on
Sunday. March 4.
The meeting will take
place at 3pm at the Govern-
ment High School.
The group's leadership
asked that all members arrive
on time.

Hugo Chavez
S American
'gas OPEC'

dent Hugo Chavez wants
other South American coun-
tries to join him in forming
an organisation of natural gas
producers based on the oil-
exporting cartel, OPEC,
according to Associated
Chavez said Thursday night
that he has spoken to Argen-
tine President Nestor Kirchn-
er about the idea of forming
"a kind of organisation of gas
exporting and producing
countries in South America."
Chavez proposed naming
it "Opegas Sur," or the Orga-
nization of Gas Producing
and Exporting Countries .of
South America. He said it
would be limited at first to
Venezuela, Bolivia and
Argentina, but could later be
Venezuela was one of the
five founding members of the
Organization of Oil Exporting
Countries, or OPEC, in 1960.
It has the largest oil reserves
outside of the Middle East
and the largest natural gas
reserves on the continent.
Chavez has promoted oth-
er ambitious plans for region-
al integration, including a
continental gas pipeline and a
"Bank of the South" to fund
joint infrastructure and social

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Expatriate British volunteer is

jailed under new regulation

A NEW immigration row has
erupted after a British woman
volunteer worker was jailed for
two days under new govern-
ment restrictions.
The expatriate worker was
arrested and detained by Immi-
gration officers in a move which
has led to new rules on volun-
teer workers, including those
engaged in charity pursuits.
Last night, Freeport attorney
Fred Smith expressed outrage,
declaring volunteers to be a
,vital part of Bahamian society.
He said many organizations
would find it hard to function
without unpaid help from expa-
The dispute was sparked by
the arrest of a worker in Grand
Bahama who Immigration offi-
cials felt was 'more than' a vol-
Now they are asking volun-
teers to register their intentions,
along with references and spon-
sors, before taking up any kind

of voluntary work.
The matter was first raised in
Grand Bahama Info, a weekly
online community newsletter
which considers volunteers a
"vital" part of the community.
"Many expatriates become
involved in local theatre,
church, community support pro-
grammes, sports, fund-raising
efforts for education, libraries
and school extra-curricular
activities," says the newsletter.
They also worked for the
National Trust, the Grand
Bahama Children's Home and
Ranfurly Homes for Children,
the newsletter adds.
"We speculate that this vol-
unteer 'workforce' numbers in
the thousands. What would
happen to our society if these
helping hands were paralysed
and made stagnant?"
The newsletter says it
believes the Immigration
department's move was dan-
gerous with "potentially crip-

pling ramifications" for the
It could, it adds, hit society
at both ends in blocking assis-
tance for the arts, and help for
the less fortunate.
The pool of voluntary work-
ers in the Bahamas is large
because of the nature of the
Spouses of skilled and essen-
tial workers who are in the
country for a .year or'more on
permits often seek voluntary
work to stave off boredom.
With no work permits of their
own, they prefer to help com-
munity bodies rather sit at
home all day.
Now, anyone wishing to
undertake such work will have
to apply for a letter of permis-
sion, according to Mr Smith,
who is firmly against the new
"Many of these workers are
wives of men whose skills are
needed here," he said, "They

make an important contribu-
tion to society by working free
of charge."


The Project Read programme
at Fox Hill Prison is one exam-
ple of a community project in
which expatriates get involved.
And Rotary and Kiwanis are
also among several organisa-
tions involved in community
The Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association noted "with
alarm" the new immigration
"policy", saying there was no
provision for it in the Immigra-
tion Act.
Volunteer workers are not
paid and therefore are not
engaged in "gainful employ-
ment," the association said.
It said the Immigration
Department was a "dictatorial"
branch of government which

promoted a racist and discrimi-
natory approach.
The association called for
reform of the Immigration Act
and challenged both major par-
ties to make immigration an
election issue.
An Immigration Department
statement said any non-Bahami-
an wanting to do volunteer
work in the Bahamas would
require a sponsor, charitable
group or organisation to write
to the department seeking per-
The request must specify the
terms and type of work being
done, and would be reviewed
by immigration officials before
permission was given.
Attempts to contact the Ran-
furly Home, the Bahamas
National Trust, Project Read
and other organizations that
benefit from the help of volun-
teers were unsuccessful.
Calls to the Department of
Immigration were unanswered.

Red Heart Ball 'an overwhelming success'

HUNDREDS flocked to the
Annual Heart Ball to raise
funds for children with heart
disease and to remember cul-
tural icon Kayla Lockhart
Edwards, a former heart patient
who benefited from the Sir Vic-
tor Sassoon Bahamas Heart
Foundation's generosity.
"Once again, we gather to
have fun, to dance to music that
meant so much to our friend
and former patient," founda-
tion chairman Mr R E Barnes
told patrons, "Your presence
here tonight will help the foun-
dation continue to assist chil-
dren to grow to fulfill their
dreams dreams that we must
ensure to continue to have the
opportunity to be lived. Thank
you for your continued support
of dreams and those who wish
to dream, like Kayla Lockhart
He explained that Kayla was
quoted in the programme for
the 1965 inaugural Heart Ball
as saying she always wanted to
sing but was not allowed to
because it was "too much of a
strain" on her physical condi-
Kayla had been diagnosed
with a hole in her heart at a
heart clinic in 1963 and a year
later underwent a successful
"Those words from an 18-
year-old Kayla," said Mr
Barnes, "marked a turning
point in her life. It also marked
a turning point for a person who
was to become a Bahamian cul-
tural icon.
"After successful surgery in
November 1964, Kayla was able
to do all of the things she had
been unable to do during her
life. How different things might
have been for her and all
Bahamians without the aid of
the Sassoon Heart Foundation.
Her dreams became a gift to
the Bahamas and we honor her
tonight by dedicating this ball
to her memory," he said.
The committee for the Heart
Ball, held on February 17, had
promised a spectacular evening
and guests thoroughly enjoyed
the 43rd annual event. The
Heart Ball is the principal
fundraiser for the Sassoon
Heart Foundation.
Symone's Basket of Happi-
ness Florists transformed the
Crown Ballroom into an ele-
gant and romantic setting with
cascading bouquets of red and
white roses and baby's breath
atop tall oversized candelabras.
Red hearts of varying sizes
adorned the ballroom and
reams of red and white silk
complemented the tables
draped in red, and, white.
The rhythmic sounds of the
Ed Brice Orchestra, the Soulful
Groovers and the Police Pop
Band had patrons flocking to
the dance floor.
During the ball there were
three special presentations. Mr
Marquinn Edwards, son of Mrs
Lockhart Edwards received a
plaque from the Foundation in
honor of his mother.
Mrs Frances Ledee, the first
professional Bahamian social
worker and present administra-
tor of the Persis Rodgers Home
for the Aged received the pres-
tigious Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award. Ball co-chairper-
son Lady Butler received a bou-
quet for long and dedicated
work with the committee for
the Heart Ball.
Patrons also enjoyed a raffle
and a lively Silent Auction fea-
turing a seven-night stay for two

S- ARCHITECT Bruce LaFleur (second from right) was the
* DANNY Ferguson was the lucky winner of the Heart Ball third prizewinner in the Heart Hall raffle. His gifts included two
Raffle. His prizes included two roundtrip British Airways World Bahamasair roundtrip tickets, seven nights' vacation for two at
Traveler tickets to London' one night's accommodation at the Bluff Beach Hotel in Green Turtle Cay, two nights of house
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel; a gold, emerald and special drinks at Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar and a gift basket
diamond tennis bracelet from Colombian Emeralds from John Bull. Heart Ball members Maria Symonette, Rose-
International, an original underwater on canvas original from marie Thompson and Michaelangelo Baccelli presented the gifts.
Aitken Imaging and Frame Art and a Waterford vase which
was donated anonymously. Shown from left are: Rosemarie
Thompson, ball committee member; Michaelangelo Baccelli,
ball committee member, raffle winner Mr Ferguson; Adrian
Barton, British Airways district manager and Maria Symonette,
ball committee member.

JULIE Hooper (centre) won the seventh raffle
prize at the annual Heart Ball. Among her prizes.
were a gift certificate from Sunshine Insurance
Agents and Brokers, a 30-inch General Electric gas
range from Robin Hood and a 44-inch fresh water
Mother of Pearl necklace donated by Brenda Wert.
Heart ball members Rosemarie Thompson and
Michaelangelo Baccelli presented the gifts.

at Echo Valley Resort in Van-
couver Canada.
Dr Duane Sands won this
vacation described as a "lit-
tle bit of heaven" which was
donated by owners Norm and
Nan Dove for the fourth con-
secutive year.
Ruben Fox was delighted

with the beautiful original hand-
made king-size quilt made espe-
cially by the Stepping Stones
Quilters for the Heart Founda-
tion, while Mr Larry Glinton
was equally thrilled with his
winning bid for a basketball
autographed by Michael Jor-






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Eating comes before education for the poor

ALL human beings
have certain basic
needs-food, shelter, love and
affection, respect, trust, knowl-
edge and truth (Abraham
Maslow's Hierarchy of Human
Needs, ,1943).
Without question, if basic
needs are not met, schoolchild-.
ren are liable to display dis-
ruptive behaviour.
For instance, if children come
to school hungry or are lack-
ing affection at home, possibly
from an absentee or abusive
parent, they are more likely to
be disruptive in schools and
have a series of failed relation-
ships as adults.
Poverty-described by Web-
ster's dictionary as the lack of
money and/or material posses-
sions-is a major reason why
many Bahamian students are
performing so poorly academi-
In the Bahamas, poverty is a
serious problem that we must
contend with in our public
schools, as many students are
so poor that they live well
below the poverty line.
Even though several public
schools have implemented
lunch programmes to feed poor
students, many of them are so
burdened by problems at home
that their grades are often not
up to scratch.
I have discovered that many
poverty-stricken children come
from dysfunctional homes,
where their parents are usually
unemployed, penniless and are

themselves poorly educated.
In many cases, students that
come from single parent and/or
abusive homes are often men-
tally and financially incapable
of handling the responsibility
of schooling.
In more extreme cases, some
children are orphaned and
most likely must hold a mini-
mum wage job to fend for
themselves and in some
instances, their siblings.

Poverty is a
serious problem
that we must
contend with in
our public
schools, as many
students are so
poor that they
live well below
the poverty line

To the casual observer, there
are many examples of under-
privileged children throughout
Nassau-on the sidewalks
(sometimes selling fruit), at the
malls and in tourist areas such
as Prince George Wharf where
these youngsters can usually be
seen hustling visitors disem-
barking cruise ships for a dollar
or a quarter. Yes, this is a sad

reality in our present-day
At the onset, the disadvan-
tageous impact that poverty has
on school performance can be
seen as children whose parents
are poor are unable to buy
school uniforms, books and
other paraphernalia, lunch and
other amenities, and are there-
by placed in an unfavourable
position when compared to
their more fortunate class-

N ot having food to eat
on a daily basis caus-
es the students to lose interest
in school/education, as they are
many times pondering ways of
satisfying their greatest con-
cern-ie attaining a meal-and
possibly suffering from severe
hunger pains (gas). A hungry,
mentally disturbed and improp-
erly clothed student's last inter-
est is school!
Indeed, many countries are
plagued by widespread poverty.
Although the number of people
living below the poverty line is
not high in the Bahamas, recent
statistics are troubling as they
show that nearly 10 per cent of
our population live below the

G I B S 0 N

poverty line and that one in five
persons between the ages of 15
and 24 presently lives in pover-
Around the world, particu-
larly in impoverished countries
such as Bangladesh, a large
proportion of these populations
are illiterate and economically
hampered by poverty eg:
many persons in these coun-
tries work in clothing sweat-
shops for an average of 17 cents
per week. Astonishingly, two-
thirds of all children in Latin
America reportedly leave
school before finishing the fifth
In the Bahamas, although a
student is only legally allowed
to quit school at 16, I1 have been
told that many students, for
various reasons, drop out much
Indeed, 1 have personally
discovered in the classroom
that students affected by pover-
ty lack the motivation to com-
plete their schoolwork, hardly
attend school, are anti-social
and sometimes violent.
Also, I've found that these
students may alienate them-
selves from their guardians and
teachers, are usually ill-pre-
pared for class, display poor


language and reading skills and
are usually suffering from mal-

n a Tribune article pub-
lished a few years ago,
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia 'Mother' Pratt claimed that
government schools in the

Recent statistics
are troubling as
they show that
nearly 10 per
cent of our
population live
below the
poverty line and
that one in five
persons between
the ages of 15
and 24 presently
lives in poverty.

Bahamas are becoming too
expensive for poor students.
According to Mother Pratt, if
school costs continued to
increase, poor people would
not be able to afford a good
education for their children.
She said that although Social
Services renders assistance to

qy3n daips g9 e (rS

This week, In Days

Gone By looks back at

Pl I the now defunct Social Jp,

Democratic Party -

which was for a time the

official opposition in

the Bahamas and the

activities of then party

leader, businessman

Norman Solomon.

M SDP leader Norman Solomon (centre) and deputy Keith Duncombe (left) meet
with disgruntled BEC workers outside the Big Pond Power Station after the work-
ers were told they would not be paid.

* SDP Leader Norman Solomon (centre) shown
with members of his party touring the southern
district today to find out whatithe PLP's social
revolution has accomplished so far. SDP Senator
Dr David Sands (in hat) and SDP deputy leader
(second right) are shown in the walkabout.

* 1980 SDP deputy leader Keith Duncombe (left) and leader Norman Solomon talk.
with one of Mr Duncombe's Shirlea constituents during the party's house-to-house poll

* 1980 The Leadership of the Social Democratic Party are seen here resigning their posts as official oppo-
sition during a brief meeting with Governor General Sir Gerald Cash at Government House. Pictured from
left in front of Government House are former Opposition Senate leader Jeanne Thompson, SDP leader
Norman Solomon and. SDP deputy leader Keith Duncombe.


M NORMAN Solomon at a Black Vill-,e Rally

* DELEGATES from Long Island included Felix Caroll of Deadman's Cay (second from left) and
Clifton Deveaux of Dunmore's (far right). They are pictured with then opposition leader Norman
Solomon (far left) and MP Jimmy Knowles.

poor parents in helping them
prepare their children for
school, Social Services can only
do so much.
The DPM stated that it costs
$350 to $400 for each govern-
ment junior/senior high school
student to be re-admitted for
a new school year---and, she felt
that many parents were inca-
pable of this! I concur!
However, if Social Services
are limited in their capacity to
assist, what other avenues,
besides the few Christian-based
feeding programmes, are avail-
able to poor Bahamians seek-
ing help?
Poverty greatly hinders
school performance. Unfortu-
nately, the unequal distribution
of wealth and resources around
the world plays a major role in
the illiteracy rate of people
across the globe, even in this
the 21st century!
Although education is an
important facet to living in
today's world, in families
and/or societies that are strick-
en by poverty, gaining an edu-
cation is not a priority since
bettering themselves financial-
ly and having food to eat is at
the centre of their attention.
In the Bahamas, a country
where education consumes
much of our annual national
budgets, we must seriously seek
to address the reality of pover-
ty.that confronts so many
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* THE scene of the crash

Canadian investor killed in accident

FROM page one
The accident occurred around
8.10pm on Thursday at the
intersection of Midshipman
Road and Victoria Place.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said Mr Harlinton was driving a
white Mercedes 380 SL licensed
36336 east on Midshipman
He made a right turn
attempting to enter Victoria
Place when hen he crossed the path
of a green Toyota 4-Runner
Jeep, driven by Dr Michael
Parkinson, 50, who was travel-
ling west on Midshipman.
Mr Rahming said the Mercedes
burst into flames on impact.,
Several persons at the scene,

including Freeport lawyer Fred
Smith, rushed to the car to try
to free the victim from the burn-
ing wreckage.
Mr Smith told The Tribune
that he and two other persons
could not free the man, who
was unconscious and pinned by
his legs inside the vehicle.
"We could not pull him from
the wreckage because he was
pinned by his legs, and the
flames started to rise, and gas
was pouring from the car, and
we feared that the vehicle
would explode at any minute,"
he said.
Mr Smith drove to Cooper
Services Station nearby, and
returned with a fire extinguish-
er and managed to extinguish

the flames, which had com-
pletely engulfed the vehicle.
"It was very terrifying
because you know at any
minute the car could blow up,
but we did not want him to burn
up in the wreckage," he said.
When police arrived Mr Har-
linton was dead at the scene,
Mr Rahming said.
Dr Parkinson was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he was treated for his
injuries and later discharged.
Mr Rahming said Mr Harlin-
ton was a longtime resident of
Freeport, and lived at Harbour
House Towers Condominiums
on Bell Channel. His death is
the first traffic fatality for the
year in Grand Bahama.

FROM page one
Residents complained about
the poor quality of material
used on their homes, and the
fact that so many deficiencies
exist, despite there being an
inspection process within the
Some specific concerns resi-
dents reported were: cheap
and cracked tiles, numerous
cracks in walls and old wood
that was used in various parts
of their houses.
Some residents told The Tri-
bune that they are very upset
at what they suggest was a
"dismissive tone" by the min-

ister to some of the com-
One resident said she thinks
the minister is "powerless" in
his ministry suggesting that
senior bureaucrats run the
-show instead.
According to a witness at
the meeting, one resident told
a horror story of having to
sleep in a car some nights, as a
result of the insect infestation
in that particular home.
Some residents suggest that
the insect problem's may
result from doors not being
properly installed, leaving
large gaps for insects to entey.
Additionally, the areas

around interior doors, and
walls, they said, were not
sealed which creates places
for insects to hide.
The meeting was said to
have lasted for nearly three
hours because of the many
This latest controversy with
the Pride Estates homeown-
ers is a part of a wave of con-
troversy surrounding the
administration of, and prac-
tices within, the ministry of
Currently there is a police
investigation surrounding alle-
gations of theft and bribery
within the ministry.

ZNS criticised for political bias

A Johnson Road viewer
told The Tribune: "We can
no longer tolerate a man
paid for out of government
funds being so blatantly
biased on the airwaves."
And a viewer wishing to
be known only as Eric said:
"McKinney is the dim light
of Bahamas journalism. I lis-

Prisoners treated like 'sardines' relative

tened to this guy spew out a
long diatribe that saddened
Eric was particularly critical
of McKinney's alleged attempt
to discredit a Tribune editorial
by putting his personal religious
spin on it. In the process he had
deliberately misrepresented its
meaning for his "hardcore" lis-
teners, he claimed.
"The PM is a smart man and
knows who he is talking to
when he uses religious over-
tones and cryptic language like
'dark forces' he is energis-

ing his bases. Expect more of
this from the PM as the drums
beat louder and louder."
Another viewer from the
Johnson Road area even
blamed McKinney's alleged bias
for inflaming racial feelings.
"The talk is getting increas-
ingly racial and ZNS has to be
blamed for that," said the source.
When contacted about the
complaints yesterday, Mr McK-
inney declined to comment on
the matter. He added only that
anything he had to say would
be said on his show.

FROM page one
The female prisoners claim
they are being kept inside dor-
mitories for months at a time
and that twenty-eight women
are "crammed" into one dor-
mitory, with one toilet and one
The women claim that the
prison's food is not cooked
properly, and that inmates only
receive medical attention when
there is an emergency.
They claim they are forced to
buy bottled water, which is sold
at $8 per case, because there is
no purified water, only tap
The female prisoners claim
that incarcerated foreigners
have to drink the "bad food and
tap water" because they have
no access to US or Bahamian
And the women say that
fighting and violence is com-
monplace amongst the prison-
ers, because their actions are
"borne out of frustration and
But this is not the first time
that Her Majesty's Prison has
been criticised for undermining
the human rights of prisoners.
Amnesty International visited
Her Majesty's Prison in August

2002 with prison reform expert
Professor Rod Morgan.
The UK based human rights
group reported that one in
every 200 Bahamians is in
prison and that the rate of
imprisonment in the Bahamas,
478 per 100,000, is the eighth
highest in the world and four
times that of the UK and Cana-
The key findings arising from
the Amnesty visit included the
Substantial numbers of pris-
oners, including minors, are
awaiting trial for unacceptably
long periods: 78 pre-trial pris-
oners had -been detained for
more than two years. They are
becoming "lost in the system"
through lack of legal represen-
Unacceptably overcrowd-
ed accommodation was evi-
denced in all prison units, seri-
ously affecting the living con-
ditions for inmates and the
working conditions for staff.
Many prisoners are still sub-
ject to the degrading practice
of slopping out while the prison
still has an inadequate plumbing
and drainage system.
With at least one death
reportedly resulting from inad-
equate medical care, and sev-

eral reported suicides at the
prison, access to physical and
mental health care in prison
remains chronically lacking.
There were serious con-
cerns about female prisoners
detained in punitive, solitary
confinement. Physical and men-
tal stress as a result is report-
ed.'Sufficient attenti6f to
women prisoner's particular
specialist. rights and nieds is
lacking and specialists in wom-
en's health care are allegedly
There have been repeated,
unconfirmed, serious allegations
of sexual abuse and rape which
do not appear to have been ade-
quately investigated by the'
In October 2002, the govern-

ment appointed a Prison
Reform Commission to submit
recommendations on the poli-
cies, programmes, premises and
procedures necessary to trans-
form the prison into a correc-
tional facility, and to consider-
ably lower the high recidivism
And during a visit to the
prison last year, Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie said he was
unaware of the poor state of
conditions at the prison.
The Tribune attempted to
contact Superintendent of Pris-
ons Dr Elliston Rahming for a
comment on the claims of the
female inmates and on the pre-
sent state of the prison, but calls
were not returned up to press


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witness for Christ in The Bahamas"
Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves
to help ourselves to help ourselves: keep us both outwardly
in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be
defended from all adversities which may happen to body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the
soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
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A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Circuit Men
Shop and other Ministries
St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
of the Conference are urged to pray and to fast for Justice
to prevail in the Methodist Cases. The fast begins weekly
after the evening meal on Thursday and ends at noon on
Friday. This we proclaim unswervingly: "My God and My
"Vision" On the Lord's Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns
of Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.;
"Family Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; "To God be the
Glory" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.





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WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.
Selective Bible Teaching
Royal Rangers (Boys Club) 4-16 yrs,
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FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ZNS 1 TEMPLE TIME

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Last respects paid

to Anna Nicole

Smith at funeral


* LEFT to right: Larry Birkhead, his attorney Debra Opri, and Howard Stern outside of the
church yesterday

* THE medical examiner
Joshua Perper is seen going
into the church yesterday at
Anna Nicole Smith's funeral



* EAST Sunrise brings the body of Anna Nicole Smith to the church

* HOWARD Stern is shown crying outside of the church

Howard K

Stern under

fire for his


at funeral

* THE coffin is carried out of the church

FROM page one
"When Howard K Stern got
up and used that opportunity
and sort of (inaudible) so-
called family members, look-
ing right at Virgie Arthur, lies
out there, and sort of looking
around the room, everybody
knew who he was talking
about. He didn't have to men-
tion any name. And it was a
very awkward moment. and a
very surprising moment," con-
cluded Ms Cosby.
Asked by Ms Cosby about
the appropriateness of Mr
Stem's comments, Mr Birkhead
sought to avoid leveling any
criticism against Mr Stern say-
ing: "I wouldn't have used my
time that way, and I didn't. But
I don't want to comment on
how he used his time."
When he was pressed by Ms
Cosby, Mr Birkhead said: "It
l- 'ny T .q : +, *'' rr '

And by all indications, Mr
Birkhead is seeking to make
things better between him and
Mr Stern, who still has posses-
sion of the daughter he seeks
to claim.
Inside the church, Mr Birk-
head, who was strongly sup-
ported by Mrs Arthur in his
efforts to prove paternity, was
said to be seated in the pew
behind Mr Stern. while Mrs
Arthur sat in a pew on the
opposite side.
When rhi-, le'lf lthe church.
Mr Steirn rnd Mi Birkhead
stood next lo each other, sepa-
rated only by an attorney, while
Mrs Arthur and her family
stood facing the duo on the oth-
er side of the exit.
The procession left the
church for a brief graveside ser-
vice at the Lakeview Memorial
Cemetery, and after a brief, but
tumultuous life, Ms Smith was
finally laid t-' rest.

* LARRY Birkhead outside the church yesterday

* THE mother of Anna Nicole Smith, Virgie Arthur, is seen
leaving the church yesterday after the funeral
(Photos:Felipi Major/Tribune staff)



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Funeral overshadowed by requests

in court to have burial stopped

AS Anna Nicole Smith was
set to be buried yesterday the
controversy surrounding the
former playmate continued to
unfold in local courts as sepa-
rate requests were made to have
her burial stopped and the
remains of her son Daniel
The Tribune learned yester-
day that a request to have the
remains of Daniel exhumed was
made to Chief magistrate Roger
Gomez on Thursday by Billy
Smith of Limestone Texas, the
father of Daniel Smith. Daniel
Smith died at the age of 20 at
Doctors' Hospital in Septem-
ber, just days after his mother
gave birth to a daughter, Dan-
A Coroner's Inquest into
Daniel Smith's death has been
set for March 26. A private
examiner concluded that he
had died from a lethal combi-
nation of methadone and two
antidepressants. Daniel Smith
was buried at Lake View ceme-
According to Mr Gomez, the
request was not only to have
the body exhumed but also to
have it sent to Texas.

"The courts are generally
reluctant to have a person's
body exhumed. It's possible but
not something that can be done
easily. There has to be substan-
tial grounds," Chief Magistrate
Gomez said.
He noted that in any event,
exhumation would not take
place until after the Coroner's
Inquest has been completed as
there may be a need for further
examination on the young
man's remains.
The Tribune also learned that
a petition was filed by Debo-
rah Rose the attorney for
Smith's estranged mother Vir-
gie Arthur, to have Smith's bur-
ial stayed. This motion was filed
before Senior Justice Anita
Allen. That motion however
was denied.
Mrs Arthur.had requested to
have Smith's body buried in
Texas along with her grandson
Daniel. Smith's longtime com-
panion, Howard K Stern want-
ed her buried in the Bahamas
next to Daniel and won a deci-
sion in a Florida court which
granted him custody of Smith's
body last week.
Smith died February 8 at age
39. She was buried in New
Providence yesterday.


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* THE grave of Anna Nicole Smith after her burial yesterday. After the mourners and reporters left the scene, very few persons
were around to capture Smith's first moments of peace after a fast-pased and tumultuous life.
(Photo by: Franklyn G Ferguson)

* POLICE officers try to keep the crowd under control

* TOURIST and locals look on as Anna Nicole Smith's hearse arrives at Lakeview

* LARRY Birkhead waves at the crowed gathered outside as he arrived at the grave site. (PhotosribunestClark/)

Gibson absent from funeral

of 'family friend' Anna Nicole

FROM page one
locally, but boldly stated: "If
it could have been done in a
day, then I would have done it
in a day."
It was then that Mr Gibson
revealed that Ms Smith was a
personal friend of his. Shortly
afterwards, many began to
question whether his fast-track-
ing her residence permit was a

conflict of interest.
For months Mr Gibson
sought to downplay the friend-
ship he shared with Ms Smith
until photographs of him and
Ms Smith appeared on the front
page of The Tribune.
The pictures, which showed
Mr Gibson posing with the for-
mer playboy model in her bed-
room, set off a national and
international firestorm that saw

Mr Gibson resigning his post a
few weeks later.
In the wake of Mr Gibson's
resignation, the Progressive
Liberal Party began a public
relations campaign hoping to
put a positive spin on the
embarrassing issue, blaming
the media and the opposition
Free National Movement for
what it called Mr Gibson's
lapse of judgment.

Yet, even in his resignation,
Mr Gibson never renounced
his friendship with Ms Smith,
leaving another spectator to
comment: "If there was a
time that he should have
shown up, it should have
been today. He should not
be hiding. He already said
she was his friend, so he
should come out and support
his friend."

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Pompey Rock

ready to roll

onto Cat Island

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Your look at what's going on in your community

* By Bahamas Information
Cat Island Pompey Rock
Beach Villas is one of a number
of small hotels that are ready
to rock the Cat Island tourism
"I built Pompey Rock (in
Bennett's Harbour) a few years
ago and I am quite proud of it,"
said proprietor Michael Stubbs.
After travelling through the
Bahamas, he returned to his
roots as the owner of a con-
struction company. "I was born
here and I decided to come
back home and do something
for the local people, some.sort
of employment," he said.
Pompey Rock is comprised
of seven villas and a number of
rooms below the observatory-
style clubhouse.
It is featured on websites such
as expedia.com, caribbean.com
and hotelcarib.com, as well as
the Ministry of Tourism's

"Cat Island is a super place
and I like being here," said Mr
Stubbs. "I have no problems
being here."
"I built it the way I wanted to
so that I could enjoy it, even if
nobody else could," he added
with a laugh.
Even though his other busi-
ness ventures have him head-
quartered in New Providence,
Stubbs said he returns every
two weeks or so, sometimes to
talk to investors or entrepre-
neurs who are interested in
starting businesses in Cat Island.
Infrastructure is needed, but
Stubbs said he accepts that
"nothing happens instanta-
"It will happen and it will
happen in time and I will be
right here and I will help it to
happen because my investment
is strong and I intend to do
He added that the new dock
being built nearby is a "super"

development, as far as his busi-
ness is concerned.
"All of our groceries and
shipments that come in for the
property, we have to go 30-odd
miles away to bring them back.
When the dock is finished, they
will be right in our doorstep,"
"The boats will be coming
here in short order and that will
save us a lot, if only on gas."
Stubbs said there are many
aspects of Cat Island that could
attract Bahamian visitors and
he especially encouraged Cat
Islanders who migrated to New
Providence to come back and
see what the island now has to
"We have a good thing going
here," he said. "We have regat-
ta, we have rake-n-scrape and
we have other things.
"And every time they come
back home, some of them want
to do something. Some of them
have land, some of them have
old houses and the parents
might have died and they want

: r.! ... .

* OWNER of Pompey Rock Beach Villas owner Michael Stubbs, on the balcony of the property's
clubhouse in Bennett's Harbour, Cat Island.

(Photo: BIS/Patrick Hanna)'

growing stage," he said. "This is'
just phase one; so we are all

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Guyana welcomes Chavez despite border dispute

N GUYANA moved on to bigger fights as a died in a spirit of co-operation, ico's Felipe Calderon, Brazil's around from Chavez's first declined over the last eight
Georgetown self-styled leader of regional said Guyanese Foreign Minis- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and months in office in 1999, when years, but the dispute cur-
opposition to US influence. ter Rudy Insanally. Chile's Michelle Bachelet, said he promised to seek redress for rently under UN mediation is
ONCE vilified in Guyana for Guyana, the only English- "What we are hoping is with Elisabeth Harper, director gen- the "injustice" of an 1899 accord not forgotten. The uncertainty
renewing a century-old border speaking country in South the new climate, so to speak, eral of Guyana's Foreign Min- that took away the 61,000- raised by the Venezuelan claim
dispute, Venezuelan President America, meanwhile has pur- where we are talking about a istry. square mile Essequibo region, hurts Guyana by discouraging
Hugo Chavez will be received sued closer ties with Venezuela community of South American Harper said most of the lead- an area larger than Greece that oil companies and others from
as a "very welcome guest" dur- and other continental heavy- nations, that maybe we will be ers were expected to attend a is rich in timber, gold and dia- investing in the Essequibo,
ing a rare visit this weekend for weights a new development able to transcend these difficul- cultural event and ceremonial monds. Insanally said. *
a summit of Latin American strategy for the former British ties," Insanally told The Asso- dinner with Guyanese President A commission of representa- Previous Rio Group sumnfits
leaders, according to Associated colony linked more closely to ciated Press. Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday. tives from Venezuela, Britain, focused on trade, but Jagcfeo6
Press. the Caribbean by language and Guyanese President Bharrat the United States and Russia wants the informal, 20-nation
Warmer relations owe part- history. HeIads Jagdeo, a Moscow-trained econ- drew the boundary of what was grouping to also tackle social,
ly to a shift in Chavez's If the feud over Guyana's omist, has "a level of cordiality" then British Guyana, but inequalities across Latin Anme--.
provocative rhetoric. Since vow- mineral-rich Essequibo region with Chavez and considers him Venezuela says the Americans ican and the Caribbean. It is. a
ing to press Venezuela's claim comes up as the heads of state Nine heads of state are a "very welcome guest", and Europeans conspired to theme that Chavez and otheTr-
to more than half its smaller meet Saturday for the Rio expected to attend the one-day Insanally said. cheat them out of land. leftist South American leaders
neighbor's territory, he has Group summit, it will be han- summit, including Chavez, Mex- Such kinship marks a turn- Border skirmishes have are expected to welcome.

Rich Venezuelans, alarmed by Chavez's socialism, head to Florida

" FLORIDA investments, but the latest buy-. al reforms that could mirror the the number of Venezuelans liv-' Iaw
Doral ers want homes where they can ideologically imbued education ing in the US doubled to about
live and business properties that of Chavez ally and mentor, 160,000, according to the latest I
THEY call it "Plan B." will help them earn a green card. Cuba's Fidel Castro. US Census numbers. Nearly half ,- -

As Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez further tightens
control of the South American
country's economy, wealthy
Venezuelans who once thought
they could live with his socialist
edicts are turning to their back-
up plan flight to the United
States, particularly Florida,
according to Associated Press.
Venezuelans have long gob-
bled up condos and pre-con-
struction deals in Florida as

"First the people who come are
the businessmen in the highest
circles, then the losing politicians,
then the military and then the
professionals," said Miami-based
immigration attorney Oscar
Levin. "You're beginning to see
the (Venezuelan) professionals."
This latest and largest poten-
tial group of emigrants say they
fear the effect Chavez's socialist
policies will have on the econo-
my and on proposed education-

"There is so much insecurity,
political insecurity, economic
insecurity," said Venezuelan
Miguel Medina, a business exec-
utive who moved to the Miami
in August. "You don't know if a
contract you signed today will
be honoured by the government
in the future... This was defi-
nitely. my plan B, but it was time
to do the plan B."
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live in Florida.
But those numbers are decep-
In 2005, 10,645 Venezuelans
received their green cards allow-
ing them to live in the United
States, almost doubling the 6,222
who received them in 2004,
according to the latest Depart-
ment of Homeland Security sta-
tistics. And another 400,000
Venezuelans came to the United
States in 2005 on business and
tourism visas. It is unclear how
many stayed.
Colombia, with nearly twice
Venezuela's roughly 27 million
residents, sent the same num-
ber that year.
Anecdotal evidence suggests
even more are seeking to come
here since Chavez's recent nation-
alization of Venezuela's largest
telecommunications company
and the electricity sector. The
Venezuelan Congress also recent-
ly gave him special powers to
decree laws for 18 months, and
Chavez is threatening to expro-
priate supermarkets, stores and
other businesses caught hoarding
food or speculating on prices.
Medina said six family mem-
bers visited him in the last two
months seeking ways to relocate
to the US Unlike previous
cycles, those seeking to leave
and bring their money to the US
now are coming from around
Venezuela, not just from Cara-
cas, said Medina, an account
executive for the credit group
Meanwhile Ralph Gomez,
who heads the Miami area Tow-
er Investments group and has
long specialised in real estate
for South American clients, said
he's received more than two
dozen calls since the year began
from people interested in com-
ing to the US. Other agents
report a similar spike.
Upper-class Venezuelans and
their money flowed out of the
country after Chavez was elected
in 1998 and again when he
quashed an unsuccessful coup
against his government in 2002,
but many professionals still hoped
the climate would remain friend-
ly to business. Then came the lat-
est nationalizations. Chavez still
pledges to maintain a business-

* MARBELIA Font, left, sits with her daughters, Maria Vales-
ka Nieto, 8, center, and Maria Victoria Nieto, 13, in their home
in Doral, Florida
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

friendly climate, and analysts say
the government has paid fair mar-
ket prices to nationalize the elec-
tric and phone companies.
Yet, with 17 per cent inflation
pushing the Bolivar to more
than 4,000 per dollar on the
black market, compared to the
official rate of 2,150 Bolivars
per dollar, many Venezuelans
are looking to move their busi-
nesses to the US or to set up a
new one here.
Those who can afford it often
opt for business visas that
require a minimum of a
$500,000 investment in a com-
pany that creates jobs in an
underdeveloped area in the US.
About 33,000 Venezuelans
received some kind of work visa
to come to the US in 2005 -
nearly a quarter of all such visas
for South Americans com-
pared to about 17,000 in 1999.
Those who come are received
with open arms in Miami, where
their money is welcome and the
Cuban exile community views
Chavez as the next Fidel Cas-
tro. As of 2004, Venezuelans
tied with Germans and Canadi-
ans as the second biggest group
of foreigners purchasing homes
in Florida, according to the
National Association of Real-
tors. Only the British bought
more Florida homes.
But moving to the US, even
for the wealthy, isn't simple.
Medina moved his family to the
Miami three years ago, but it
took him until last summer to

tie up financial ends, obtain a
visa and a job in Florida.
"I would travel back and forth
when I could," he said. "It was
hard, but I know I am among
the lucky ones."
And while Venezuelan emi-
grants cite the political and eco-
nomic instability of the country
as their main reasons for leav-
ing, many also talk of rampant,
and random violence.
Marbelia Font, 47, and her'
husband landed in Miami inl
September from Caracas,to
close on a newly built invest-
ment property. They thought
their two daughters would enjoy
the brief vacation.
But when two friends were
fatally shot back home. in .
Venezuela, Marbelia and her 13- .
and 8-year-old daughters stayed.
Her husband returned to
Venezuela, hoping to earn a visa
by moving his manufacturing and
construction business to the US.
Font said he has struggled to
obtain necessary legal documents
from the Chavez government.
She now lives in the half-fur-
nished home they'd planned to
rent in Doral, just west of Miaim.
It is decorated only with a pic-
ture of her husband and the girls.
She and her daughters struggle
with loneliness, and she is unable
to work as she waits for the fami-
ily's visas to come through. .
"It is so hard because the girls
were very close to their father,
and now they only see him once
every three months," she said.

to fix them up. That's the kind
of thing that is going on here."
Stubbs said he intends to

expand the property for future
influx of visitors.
"Right now, we are still in the

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Kennel Club prepares

for annual dog show
9 m.

THE public has been invited
to-join the Bahamas Kennel
Club on Saturday, March 17
aZd Sunday March 18 at the
Nassau Botanical Gardens for
the club's All Breed Dog Show.
'The annual breed and obedi-
ence show will feature dogs in
thl working, sporting, non-
.'Ioi Tin !g.. terrier, toy and herd-
'DOogs from the United States,
, .,iil.i .and the Bahamas will
,e,^oiipi.n, for Best in Breed
.,nd I hnr, BLt in Show.
'lT club ..aid in a statement
tlihn the show is "an excellent
opportunity to meet many
brgxds of dogs and learn from
thlexperts just what dog might
beltest for you and your fami-
4,te show is sponsored by
Pe igree Dog Food, and the
clib said Pedigree will be on
hatil to provide information on
tlh', products and explain how
tlh -can help dog owners main-
tm-the health of their pets.
The statement outlined the
characteristics of the various
*"Dogs in the sporting class
are naturally active and alert.
Spprting dogs make likeable,
wEi.-rounded companions.
Members of the group include
pointers, retrievers, setters and
spaniels. Remarkable for their

instincts in water and woods,
many of these breeds actively
continue to participate in hunt-
ing and other field activities.
Potential owners of sporting
dogs need to realise that most
require regular, invigorating
Most hounds share the
common ancestral trait of being
used for hunting. Some use
acute scenting powers to follow
a trail. Others demonstrate a
phenomenal gift of stamina as
they relentlessly run down quar-
ry. Beyond this, however, gen-
eralisations about hounds are
hard to come by, since the
group encompasses quite a
diverse lot. There are Pharaoh
Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds,
Afghans and Beagles, among
others. Some hounds share the
distinct ability to produce a
unique sound known as baying.
You'd best sample this sound
before you decide to get a
hound of your own to be sure
it's your cup of tea.
Dogs in the working group
were bred to perform such jobs
as guarding property, pulling
sleds and performing water res-
cues. "They have been invalu-
able assets to man throughout
the ages. The Doberman Pin-
scher, Siberian Husky and
Great Dane are included in this
group, to name just a few.

Quick to learn, these intelligent,
capable animals make solid
companions. Their considerable
dimensions and strength alone,
however, make many working
dogs unsuitable as pets for aver-
age families. And again, by
virtue of their size alone, these
dogs must be properly trained.
Terriers are feisty, energetic
dogs whose sizes range from
fairly small, as in the Norfolk,
Cairn or West Highland White
Terrier, to the grand Airedale
Terrier. Terriers typically have
little tolerance for other ani-
mals, including other dogs.
Their ancestors were bred to
hunt and kill vermin. Many con-
tinue to project the attitude that
they're always eager for a spir-
ited argument. Most terriers
have wiry coats that require spe-
cial grooming known as strip-
ping in order to maintain a char-
acteristic appearance. In gener-
al, they make engaging pets, but
require owners with the deter-
mination to match their dogs'
lively characters.
The diminutive size and
winsome expressions of toy
dogs illustrate the main func-
tion of this group: to embody
sheer delight. Don't let their
tiny stature fool you, though -
many toys are tough as nails. If
you haven't yet experienced the
barking of an angry Chihuahua,

for example, well, just wait. Toy
dogs will always be popular with
city dwellers and people without
much living space. They make
ideal apartment dogs and ter-
rific lap warmers on nippy
Non-sporting dogs are a
diverse group sturdy animals
with as different personalities
and appearances as the Chow
Chow, Dalmatian, French Bull-
dog, and Keeshonid. "Talk
about differences in size, coat,
and visage! Some, like the
Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel
are uncommon sights in the
average neighborhood. Others,
however, like the Poodle and
Lhasa Apso, have quite a large
following. The statement said
breeds in the non-sporting
group are a varied collection in
terms of size, coat, personality
and overall appearance.
The herding group, creat-
ed in 1983, is the newest AKC
classification; its members were
formerly members of the work-
ing group. All breeds share the
fabulous ability to control the
movement of other animals. A
remarkable example is the low-
set Corgi, perhaps one foot tall
at the shoulders, that can drive
a herd of cows many times its
size to pasture by leaping and
nipping at their heels. The vast
majority of herding dogs, as

*, .. *'-,* .. .*r,,,! aro I
* WHYLE Coyote CD RN, owned by Amanda Meyers, is
entered in the Bahamas Kennel Club's 26th International Dog
Show and Obedience Trials. The show will be held on Saturday,
March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Whyle is entered in open obe-
dience trial and the special class for spayed and neutered dogs,
which will be on both days this year. Entry forms can be picked
up at your local vet. Catalog entries close February 28. The club
invited interested members of the public to contact June Hall at
393-1360 (evenings). There will be free handling classes on Sun-
day March 4 Sunday March 11 at 3pm in the Botanical Gardens.
The classes are highly recommended for anyone thinking of
entering their dog in the show.

household pets, never cross
paths with a farm animal. Nev-
ertheless, pure instinct prompts
many of these dogs to gently
herd their owners, especially the
children of the family. In gen-
eral, these intelligent dogs make

excellent companions and
respond beautifully to training
The Tribune will be run-
ning a series of articles in the
build-up to the dog show

Dominican Republic

enters long-delayed trade

deal with United States

* DOMINICAN Republic's President Leonel Fernandez, left.
embraces US Ainbassador Hans Hertell. after signed a free
irOide agreement wiith Uniled Slalte, during a meeting at the pres-
idential paluce in Santo Domirngo on I hursda3
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Santo Domlingoi '
THE Dominican Republic
made its long-awaited entry into
a trade accord with the United
States and Central American
nations, leaving Costa Rica as
the only signatory country
where the deal has not taken
effect, according to Associated
Thursday's -announcement
came 14 months after the
Central American Free Trade
Act, or CAFTA-DR, was sup-
posed to take effect in this
Caribbean country of 9 mil-
lion. The Dominican Repub-
lic's entry was held up while
lawmakers revised intellectu-
al property laws governing
the pharmaceutical industry
and handled disagreements
over fuel transportation
"One must remember that 85
per cent of our exports today
go to the US market," Domini-
can President Leonel Fernan-

dez said at the presidential
palace meeting with US
Ambassador Hans Hertell. "If
we had not become a benefi-
ciary state with preferential
access to this great market ... it
would inhibit the growth of the
free-trade zones we have in our
Facing increased competition
from China and Vietnam, those
zones have shed about 40,000
jobs 20 per cent of the total -
in the last three years. The
Dominican Association of Free-
Trade Zones has called the
accord essential to the sector's
survival, allowing manufacturers
to buy cheaper raw materials
and enjoy expanded access to
the US market.
Dominicans also hope the
agreement will lower prices on
consumer goods such as food
and make the country more
attractive to foreign investors
looking for access to the US
"We should have had a holi-
day across the country today.

8 Haitians die, 44 missing after boat

catches on fire off Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo
i 1
N-US Coast Guard cutter,
tW& ''airplanes and a helicopter
were searching the waters off
th ',Dominican Republic for
survivors after a boat carrying
Hailian migrants caught fire,
killing at least eight passengers
and leaving 44 missing, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The boat was traveling from
the',northern Haitian town of
Cap-Haitien to the Turks and
Caicos when it caught fire about
23,miles north of the Dominican
Re-public, U.S. Coast Guard
spokesman Petty Officer Bar-

ry Bena said Thursday.
Two migrants were pulled
from the water Wednesday and
brought to a hospital in Monte-
cristi on the Dominican Repub-
lic's north coast.
It appeared the migrants had
been in the water for at least a
day when they were spotted by
a US yacht cruising from Pana-
ma, said Capt. Jose Antonio
Carrero, commander of the
Dominican Navy's northern
"They found just the two peo-
ple, not the boat, not anything,"
Carrero said.
The rescued pair a 27-year-
old man named Kenson

Loucien and a 23-year-old
woman whose name was
unknown were being treated
Thursday for first-degree burns
and dehydration, Dr Maria Bel-
Hard said.
Eight passengers were found
dead in the Atlantic Ocean.
Authorities did not know
when the blaze occurred, when
the ship set sail or what caused
the fire.
Bena said a helicopter, two
airplanes and a Coast Guard
cutter were involved in the
search for survivors. A Domini-
can Navy ship assisted in res-
cue efforts Wednesday.
Thousands of Haitians take

to the sea on flimsy boats each
year, heading north toward
Florida to escape grinding
poverty and frequent political
turmoil in the Western Hemi-
sphere's poorest country. Near-
ly all are intercepted and repa-
triated to their homeland,
where the vast majority of the
nation's 8 million people lives
on less than US$1 a day.
The number of boat migrants
increased after a 2004 revolt
toppled then-president Jean-
Bertrand Aristide, sending the
economy into a tailspin and
touching off a bloody wave of
street violence.

Haiti to investigate alleged sale of

fake passports to African nationals


14'AITI'S government will
invbsligate whether diplomats
at-lhe country's embassy in
France are selling fake or forged
passports to African nationals,
the 'foreign minister said,
acd l-ding to Associated Press.

Haitian Senator Anacacis
Jean Hector alleged this week
in local media that passports
were being sold from the Paris
embassy for as much as
US$7,926 each, raising ques-
tions about the impoverished
Caribbean nation's security.
Hector, a member of Presi-
dent Rene Preval's Lespwa par-

ty, said some of the fake docu-
ments were sold to African
nationals, although he refused
to offer evidence. He did not
say how learned of the alleged
sales or provide further infor-
Appearing before legislators
Wednesday, Foreign Minister
Jean Reynald Clerisme

promised to investigate but said
he doubted the charge was true
since passports aren't produced
at the Paris embassy..
This is the latest corruption
allegation against Haitian diplo-
mats. Last year, the consul in
Barahona, Dominican Repub-
lic, was fired for selling entry

This is"'Whti % li esses Ha
been awaiting for months," Luis
Nunez, a business association
president in the central city of
Santiago, told the online news-
paper Clave Digital.
Critics of the agreement said
they would be closely monitor-
ing wages, the country's textile
sector and public access to med-
icine as the new rules take
"The countries that are
already under those CAFTA
rules have been losing jobs and
losing their US exports," said
Todd Tucker, research director

fd&'Public Citizen's Global
Trade Watch in Washington.
"The early results aren't
Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and El Salvador pre-
viously entered the agreement,
part of a US push to boost US
exports worldwide.
But resistance to the accord
has continued in Costa Rica,
where tens of thousands
marched on Monday through
the capital San Jose to
denounce the agreement as
harmful to local businesses and

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SCemetery, Shirley
Street on Monday,
March 5th, 2007 at 4pm. Rev Charles
Sweeting Officiating.

He is survived by his two brothers,
Basil and Jack Russell; three sisters,
Betty Roberts, Pamela Nut and Vicky
Sweeting; one aunt; Louise Albury;
numerous nieces and nephews,
cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being
handled by Pinder's Funeral Home,
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inner for BTC wholesalers

N BTC Wholesaler's
Dinner Party was held on
Friday, February 23 at
the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel.
Wholesalers from
Bimini, Grand Bahama,
Abaco, and Exuma came
together as BTC showed
their appreciation for
partnerships since 2001.
wholesalers are located
all over the Bahamas.
This event was organised
by the distribution
channel of the marketing
department of BTC,
which is led by Jenny
Curry (aka Flora). She
says that the distribution
channel team is the
"engine that fuels BTC."
The Pyfrom Quads the
first and the only
quadruplets on record in
the Bahamas welcomed
the guests as they arrived
at the dinner party. From
left to right are:
Christina, Jodi, BTC
president and CEO Leon
Williams, Janelle and

1. BTC wholesaler from Bimini Sue Dun- 2. Felicity Johnson, vice-president of 3. Traves Johnson, representing
combe receiving an award from Marion legal affairs, and Kenny Knowles of BTC wholesaler Edmund Ellis from Bimini,
Johnson, recently appointed vice-presi- marketing doing their thing and Michael Bethel receiving a gift as
dent of marketing and sales at BTC. Wholesaler of the Year, 2006.

9. Sharon Symonette of
Computer General, a BTC
wholesaler, receiving her gift
from Mr Alex Reckley, a BTC
board member.
10. BTC staff from Grand

Bahama Latesha Lord and Abaco Shannon Albury and
Lynette Turnquest along with New Providence wholesaler
Tera McKenzie and Kesha .Mrs Norma and Mr Stephen
Franks from the BTC Abaco Thompson enjoying the
office. evening.
11. BTC wholesalers from

4. BTC's Central Telegraph
Office (CTO) staff: Elizabeth
Darville, Fox Hill Station;
Charmine Curling, Shirley
Street CTO; Karen Marsh,
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'Punisher' Saunders beats Jamaican

Osbourne in ten-round battle

M ANTHONY 'Determined' Osbourne (left) takes on Elkena 'Punisher' Saunders

Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER going a full ten
rounds for the first time, Elke-
na 'the Punisher' Saunders is
thinking hard about the chal-
lenge of taking on Jermaine
'Choo Choo' Mackey for his
Bahamas super middleweight
In a gut-wrenching perfor-
mance on Thursday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium,

Saunders had to hang on for his
life as he traded punches round
for round against Jamaican
Anthony Osbourne.
After the First Class Promo-
tions' co-main event bout, Saun-
ders said he did exactly what he
had planned to do.
"I think I did quite well in
that fight. Everything went as
planned. I tried not to waste too
many shots," he stated. "I tried
to take sensible shots and not
waste them.

"I wanted and needed to go
ten rounds to impress the judges
and the fans to let them know if
I'm going to be able to chal-
lenge Jermaine Mackey, I had
to go ten rounds."
Winded throughout the fight
- his first scheduled past six
rounds Saunders gave a lot of
credit to his corner, inclusive of
Ray and Renaldo Minus and
Sonny Boy Rahming, for push-
ing him to the limit.
As for his much anticipated

challenge against Mackey,.
Saunders admitted that it is a
"big s 'icp up". ', '" '* .
"Osbourne was a great fight-
er, I'm not going to take any-
thing away from him, but Choo
Choo is a much more active
fighter and he keep coming,",
Mackey pointed out. .
"Choo Choo keep coming
and thrmoing punches repeat-
edly, so that's something I have
to work on, being able to make
him miss and counter-punch

him. Choo Choo is a great fight-
er and if First Class Promotions
and the Bahamas Boxing Co m-
mission allows it, it will be a
great fight."
First Class Promotions' pro-
moter Michelle Minus has indi-
cated that Saunders did what
he had to do. He went out and
proved that he can fight ten
She also noted that they
would be happy to promote the
fight, but the final decision rest

in the hands of the Bahamas
Boxing Commission, which will
have to sanction it.
Commission chairman Dr
Norman Gay said: 'He's gone
ten rounds, which teaches him
that he can do ten rounds. But
he now have to work on taking
his man out."
He declined to say whether
or not they would approve the
fight between Saunders and
Mackey for the Bahamas super
middleweight crown.

Mackey bout called

off due to blood

pressure of opponent

Bahamians prevail in boxing

show against Jamaicans

Senior Sports Reporter
JERMAINE 'Choo Choo'
Mackey watched as his child-
hood friend and former spar-
ring partner Elkena 'Punisher'
Saunders proved a point. But
when it was his opportunity, the
Bahamas super middleweight
champion was left standing all
alone in the ring.
American Rodriquez Moun-
go never made it out of the
dressing room at the Kendal
Isaacs Isaacs Gymnasium for
the First Class Promotions'
main event bout, leaving many
fans disgusted as Mackey wait-
ed patiently.
After a lengthy delay, reports
from the organizers and the
Bahamas Boxing Commission
revealed that Moungo was suf-
fering from high blood pressure,
which was elevated from
Wednesday when he arrived in
"We have to look out for the
safety of the boxers," said First
Class promoter Michelle Minus.
"The physicians said before he
stepped in the ring, they wanted
to check his pressure again for
precautionary measures.
"I believe in the physicians.
They are the medical persons

and they should know better.
His blood pressure was 173 over
143. So they would not allow
him to step in the ring with his
blood pressure elevated that
Minus apologized to the fans,
many of whom voiced their
anger and called for First Class
to refund their tickets, saying
they had been "tricked" into a
match that was "never going to
come off".
Mackey said he eagerly wait-
ed for the verdict from the doc-
tors because he was just as con-
cerned about Moungo's safety.
"I don't know what happened
to him, but boxing is a very seri-
ous business," Mackey said "I
don't know if he got scared, I
can't say.
"But the doctors told me that
his pressure was very high and
they needed to monitor it
before they make a decision. I
was prepared for whatever deci-
sion they make."
As he waited for his chance
to get in the ring, Mackey was
seen near the locker room
watching Saunders as he pulled
off a hard-fought 10-round deci-
sion over Jamaican Anthony
Osbourne in the co-main event.
SEE page

Senior Sports Reporter
CLIFTON 'the Hanger'
Lewis probably wished he had
not come to the Bahamas to
take on Damian 'the Blade'
Tinker. He will definitely have
a lot to reminisce on during the
long flight back to Jamaica.
Tinker was a thorn on
Lewis' side as he bruised and
battered him for one and a half
rounds, before he had no other
choice but to call it quits two
minutes and 24 seconds in the
second round.
On the undercard of First
Class Promotion's professional
boxing show on Thursday night
at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um, Tinker said he was confi-
dent of another victim evei
before he stepped in the ring.
"Before we stepped out
there, 1 could see the fright in
his face," Tinker reflected. "I
know I was going to stop him.
He wasn't ready when he came
"I was really trying to put
him to sleep, but he was really
Tinker was quick to the draw
as he threw a series of combi-
nations that had Lewis duck-

ing and d,,dging fo'i mioti of the
first round. At the end of the
round, Lewis got saved by the
bell with another flurry.
But in the second round,
Lewis still visibly shaken up
from the blows he received
from the first, caught a couple
more vicious body shots from
This time, Tinker turned his
back on Lewis, who was gasp-
ing for air as the fight was halt-
"I knew that was it," Lewis
said. "He couldn't take it any-
In another Bahamas versus
Jamaica match-up, Ryan 'Big
Youth' McKenzie used his
height to out-punch Patrick
'the Cutlass' Taylor for a four-
round unanimous decision.
Both fighters traded blows
throughout the match, but
McKenzie landed more accu-
rate shots which had Taylor
staggering a couple of times
and holding on as he went on
to secure the win.
"Because of my job, I wasn't
able to train that much,"
McKenzie said. "I just decid-
ed to give it my best every
lime. But he was a good fight-
er. I just wasn't on my best.

"I was frustrated with him
holding me so much. This is
boxing. Let's box. Let's just
show the skills. But it was still a
good fight. The next time you'll
see me, 1 will be a whole lot
McKenzie said he was
pleased to get in his first inter-
national fight, but he has
vowed to be successful in more
of his fights in the future.
Also on the undercard, Wil-
son 'Kid Wonder' Theophile
took his frustration out of his
last loss on his comeback trail
by stopping Anthony 'the Kid'
Drummit in three rounds.
Theophile, back in action
this year after he suffered a
broken jaw against Jerome 'the
Bahamian Bronze Bomber'
Ellis three years ago, had a
chance to put Drummit down
from the first round.
"I just wanted to put in the
work. I was training in the gym
and I'm in good shape,"
Theophile stated. "I could have
stopped him in the first round,
but I just went out there to put
in the work.
"I hurt him in the first round
with a body shot and that took
his nerve. He didn't want to
continue anymore. I'm just

,glad that he didn't want to con-
tinue to fight."
Drummit, who has lost three
of his four fights, was com-
plaining of a shoulder injury
from the first round and never
really mounted any challenge
for Theophile.
In fact, in the second round,
he took a series of blows from
Theophile, knelt on one knee,
took an eight-count and reluc-
tantly continued to fight.
At the break, his cornerman
Stevie 'the Heat' Larrimore
urged him to "go one more
round," but it was obviously
that Drummit was not pre-
After absorbing another
series of blows, Drummit knelt
again, took the eight count, but
this time he didn't get up to
fight as referee Matthew Rolle
called it off one minute and 45
seconds in the round.
Theophile was scheduled to
take on Aplachino 'the Banger'
Allen, but Allen was a "no
show." Asked if he was disap-
pointed, Theophile said yes,
but he was also glad because
"I needed to get in some more
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MARK Knowles and Daniel Nestor were ousted in the semi-
final of the Dubai Men's Open Tennis Tournament yesterday.
The top seeded team tumbled to the No 3 seeded team of F San-
toro and Nemad Zimonjic 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. It was the third tour-
nament for the year that Knowles and Nestor got knocked out in
the semis. The previous two were at the Australian Open and
Doha. Knowles and Nestor also played in the final of Sydney and

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has announced the
names of the players selected to represent the Bahamas in both
the World Junior and the Junior Davis Cup teams this month.
The World Jr team will compete in Guatamela. The team
coached by John Antonas, will comprise of the following: Boys
- Johnathan Taylor, Kevin Major Jr and Brezille Hamilton. Girls
- Simone Pratt, Danielle Thompson and Chelsea Russell.
The Junior Davis Cup team, coached by Kim Cartwright, will
play in El Salvador. The team will comprise of Rodney Carey,
Justin Lunn, Ricardo Demeritte, Kerri Cartwright, Kalotina
Klonaris and Elanqua Griffin.
Today, from 9.30am-5pm, the BLTA will have a fun day at the
National Tennis Centre. The event will serve a a fundraiser for
the teams' expenses.

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Association will hold its
Carifta trials from March 23-24 at the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium, starting at 5pm and 11am respective-
ly. The entry deadline is set for Friday, March 9 at 4pm. For fur-
ther information and registration, persons are urged to contact
325-4433 or 323-5863.

The New Providence Basketball Association will play a dou-
ble header at the CI Gibson Gymnasium tonight. In the opener,
the Coke Explorers will take on the Millennium Jammers and in
the 8.15pm feature contest, the Commonwealth Bank Giants
will battle the Sunshine Auto Ruffryders.
In action on Wednesday night, the Millennium Jammers
defeated the Y-Care Wreckers 92-82 and the Police Crimestop-
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Alana Dillette is first

Bahamian to qualify

automatically for

college championships

Alana Dillette has become
the first Bahamian woman in
swimming to achieve an 'A'
automatic qualifying time for
the US National Collegiate
. Athletics Association (NCAA)
individual championships.
Alana, a 19-year-old sopho-
more student at Auburn Uni-
versity, swam personal best
times at the James E Martin
Qualifier Meet at the James E
Martin Aquatic Center, Auburn
University on Saturday Febru-
ary 24, making the NCAA 'A'
time in the 100m backstroke in
52.1 seconds and the 'B' time
in the 100m freestyle in 50.4 sec-
The Bahamian swimming
standout's 'A' time in the 100m
backstroke is an automatic qual-

ifying time for the NCAA
Women's Swimming Champi-
onships scheduled for March
8-10 in Minneapolis, Minneso-
The Bishop Michael Eldon
Anglican High and St
Andrew's School alumnus is
now ranked at number 10 for
100m backstroke in the entire
NCAA Division 1. Presently
she is 'ranked as second in the
50m back, third in the 100m
back, fifth in the 50m free and
fourth in the 100m free on the
Auburn University women's
swim team.
She said: "I have worked real-
ly hard this season to concen-
trate on both my academics and
breaking through to the times
that Bahamas swimming is

going to need to compete at the
Olympic level and I am just
really excited about making
these times and I'm really look-
ing forward to the Pan Ams this
summer and swimming next
year with Auburn."
Alana's local coach, Andy
Knowles, said: "We're all so
pleased for Alana. She has
been consistently swimming
personal best times all season
competing for Auburn Univer-
sity. And now this break-
through means she is right on
track to qualify for Beijing in
2008. Way to go, Alana!"
Alana was a member of the
Championship Auburn Swim
Team at the SEC Swimming
Championships held recently in
Lexington, Kentucky. At this

meet she swam best times in the
100m and 200m backstrokes, as
well as the 100m and 200m
Auburn University swim
team is the 'defending NCAA
Women and Men's Champions
and will be defending their titles
at the upcoming NCAA cham-
Alana balances her swimming
with her studies towards a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Hotel and Tourism Manage-
Following the NCAA swim-
ming season she will continue
to focus her training towards
the upcoming Pan Am Games
in July and qualifying for the
Beijing Olympics in her selected

CR Walker Knights clear up at championships

Senior Sports Reporter

THE CR Walker Knights
polished off the Government
Secondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation's Senior High trophy
that they will display for the
next year as the champions of
the 14th year of the meet.
The Knights outshone six
other schools to clinch the title
by 149 points as they dominated
the two-day meet at the
Thomas A Robinson Track and
Field Stadium, winning an
unprecedented four divisions in
the process.
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how CR Walker's coach Floyd
Armbrister summed up their
four-straight feat. "The majori-
ty of our athletes were made up
of junior athletes.
"So it says a lot about our
programme and it says a lot
about the coaches that have
helped to make this a vibrant
programme in track and field."
Armbrister admitted that
while the principal, staff and
teachers made their contribu-
tion, he have to tip his hat off to
the many coaches outside of
thefi~tt'hol system who made a
significfiiit impact on their ath-
"It says a lot for our school
and our programme," Armbris-
ter said.
There were so many ways in
which the Knights managed to
outshine their rivals as they won
in each of the four categories
by a considerable margin.
When CR Walker didn't win
an event, they were either sec-
ond or third. But they made
sure that they had at least two
athletes in nearly every event,
scoring points when some of the
other schools failed to enter an
CR Walker even picked up
one of the two records posted
on the final day of competition.
Their record breaker was
Lashae Bailey in the interme-
diate girls' triple jump. She
soared 11.14 metres to surpass
the previous mark of 10.86 that
was set by Krystal Ellis.
The other record perfor-
mance came from CC Sweet-
ing's Vernal McIntosh in the
senior boys' pole vault. He
cleared 3.05 metres to replace

Roosevelt McKinney's old
mark of 3.05.


No records were established
on the track, but CR Walker
made their presence felt there.
In the intermediate girls divi-
sion, Antonya Knowles (26.27)
turned the tables on 100 metre
champion Skye Collie (26.29)
to post a 1-2 finish for the
Knights in the 200.
CR Walker completed a
sweep of all of the sprints and
the short middle distance races
as Glendia Dean posted the vic-
tory in the 800m in 2:23.33.

They also claimed the 300m
hurdles as Ivaniqu'e Kemp
clocked 48.30 to beat out her
team-mate Audra Johnson, who
did 50.70 for second.
In the senior girls division,
Government High's lesha
White emerged as the fastest
competitor as she doubled up
in the 200m in 25.53 over her
team-mate Alicia Rahming
CR Walker, however, cap-
tured the 800m as Ashley Han-
na ran 2:39.06 for the win.
CC Sweeting's Andrea
Bethel was the winner of the
400m hurdles.in 1:06.69.
In the intermediate boys divi-
sion, CR Walker's Omar Moss
avenged his loss in the 100 by
winning the 200m in 23.10 over
Dame Doris Johnson's Dentri
Moss (23.36).
CR Walker also took the
800m with Renaldo Gibson win-
ning in 2:09.49. Gibson also
posted double as he ran the
3,000m in 10:22.68.
CC Sweeting's Jonas Anestal
stopped the Knights' reign by
running 1:02.45 in the 400m hur-
And in the senior boys divi-
sion, Samuel Key (22.74) of CI
Gibson out-ran CV Bethel's
Sherman Ferguson (22.90), the
century champion, in the 200m.
But CR Walker's Kenard
Thomas was the toast of the day
as he won the 800m in 2:08.94
and the 5,000m in 18:35.25.
Dame Doris Johnson also got
some of the spotlight as Dadron
Wilson captured the 400 hur-
dles in 58.65 and Wadner Blaise
took the 3,000m steplechase in

Here's a look at the results of the Government Secondary Schools Sports
Association's 14th Senior High Schools Track and Field Championships that
was concluded yesterday at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

Overall Winners

CR Walker Knights
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
CC Sweeting Cobras
RM Bailey Pacers
CI Gibson Rattlers
CV Bethel Stingrays
Government High Magics

Intermediate Girls Division
CR Walker Knights
CC Sweeting Cobras
RM Bailey Pacers
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
Cl Gibson Rattlers
Government High Magics
CV Bethel Stingrays

Senior Girls Division
CR Walker Knights
Government High Magics




FROM page one
The show didn't go without a comedy bout and
it came between Hensley 'the Bruiser' Strachan
and Anthony 'Psycho' Woods. In the end, Strachan
was awarded the decision.
Throughout the four rounds, Woods was the
aggressor, but the flat footed and shorter Stra-
chan eventually caught up with him and he landed
a number of shots that rocked Woods.
They eventually tangled in a couple of brawls,
but Strachan got the edge.
"It was good. He was a good fighter," said Stra-
chan, who thanked God for the opportunity to
get in the fight. "I thought he was going to throw
a lot more fights, but he didn't hurt me."
Strachan, who celebrated his 22 nd birthday,
said he now want to avenge his only loss to Tinker.

CC Sweeting Cobras
CV Bethel Stingrays
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
RM Bailey Pacers
Cl Gibson Rattlers

Intermediate Boys Division
CR Walker Knights
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
RM Bailey Pacers
Cl Gibson Rattlers
CV Bethel Stingrays
CC Sweeting Cobras
Government High Magics

Senior Boys Division
CR Walker Knights
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins
Cl Gibson Rattlers
CV Bethel Stingrays
CC Sweeting Cobras
Government High Magics
RM Bailey Pacers

FROM page one
At the same time, Jerome 'the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber' Ellis, the Bahamas junior mid-
dleweight champion, was issuing a challenge to
fight Mackey for both his super middleweight
and World Boxing Council's CABOFE cham-
pionship titles.
"I'm not going to back down from any fighter
who wants to fight me," Mackey said. "I know
we have a full schedule for this year alone, so just
to take somebody and push them in there just
because they are running their mouth off, I don't
know if that can happen. I have a schedule and
I'm going to stick with it."
Mackey said he had a lot of respect for Ellis,
but "if he come in my way, I will defend my
title." 0

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Plummer balks at talk of trade

has NBA teams ready to pounce.

Kevin Durant,

just a freshman,

stuns the world

The Dallas Morning News
It is one of those things that you
want to see in person at least one
time, or you know you have
missed something special.
Tiger Woods at Augusta National.
Brett Favre at Lambeau Field.
Kevin Durant in Austin, Texas.
I'm not kidding.
There never has been a Texas
Longhorns basketball player quite like
Kevin Durant. For all we can tell,
there never has been a
freshman basketball
player anywhere quite
like Kevin Durant.
As the Longhorns
put themselves in
position to play for
the Big 12 regular-season title today in
S Kansas with a 98-96, double-overtime
victory over Texas A&M on Wednes-
day night, Durant was ordinary.
That is to say, Durant was special,
as he has been almost every night of
what is almost certain to be a one-
year college career.
There is a reason that Boston Celt-
ics executive Danny Ainge was sitting
behind press row at the Erwin Center,
and it wasn't to bid Texas guard Craig
Winder goodbye on Senior Night.
It's Ainge's job to rebuild the Celt-
ics once he finishes tearing them to
the ground, a process that appears to
be nearing completion.
Depending upon how the lottery
balls bounce, Durant could be the cor-
nerstone for the restoration of the
NBA's greatest franchise.
Although Durant was content to let
freshman teammates D.J. Augustin
and Damion James share much of the
spotlight, he still finished with 30
points and 16 rebounds in the Long-
horns' biggest victory of the season.
There are all kinds of superlatives
you can toss in the direction of a
player who is averaging 24.9 points
and 11.5 rebounds per game.
Here is the primary one:
In the past 25 years, only eight
players have ranked in the nation's
top five in scoring and rebounding, as
Durant currently does.
Most came from small confer-
ences. None was a sophomore, let
alone a freshman.
The last freshman to earn first-
team All-America honors was Louisi-
ana State's Chris Jackson, 18 years
ago. The guard who would later
become known as Mahmoud Abdul-
Rauf was a scoring machine.
Durant is a scoring and rebound-
ing machine, and he's not a bad ball-
handler or passer for someone who is
6 feet 9 and 225 pounds.
No freshman ever has been named
national Player of the Year. Durant, at
the very least, is in the hunt.
He has put up phenomenal num-
bers despite playing a game that com-
plements his Longhorns teammates.
He is, in fact, more unselfish than he
has a reason to be.
In addition, Texas coach Rick
Barnes almost goes out of his way not
to get Durant the ball. Why does
Durant spend so much time down in
the post, where double teams can take
him out of the offense?
In Big 12 play, Durant is a 48 per-
cent shooter. From 3-point range.
Get him the ball 22 feet from the
basket, and then clear out. Or run the
screen-and-roll with Augustin, the tal-
ented freshman point guard.
Those are the simplest methods to
get Durant to pile up the numbers and
get Texas to pile up the victories, and
Barnes has the Longhorns (22-7)
doing a whole lot of neither one.
When Texas had the final shot of
the first overtime, Durant never even
touched the ball before A.J. Abrams
threw up a wild, running shot.
Maybe Barnes is trying to hold
down Durant's numbers to keep him
around for another year.
It's not going to happen.

Associated Press
DENVER Quarterback Jake
Plummer's status with the Denver
Broncos was in limbo on Friday.
Plummer, who lost his starting
job last season, reportedly would
rather retire than accept a trade to
Tampa Bay, the NFL Network and
other media sources
reported Friday afternoon.
The Broncos and the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
reportedly had worked out
an agreement that would
send Plummer to the Buccaneers
for a middle-round NFL Draft pick.
But Plummer, who has three
years left on his contract and is due
$5.3 million in 2007, reportedly is
balking at the possible trade.
Plummer, who is 32, and his
agent, David Dunn, didn't return


phone calls placed by The Associ-
ated Press. Broncos spokesman Jim
Saccomano said he couldn't con-
firm that a possible deal for Plum-
mer was in place.
"We'll make the announcement
as promptly as we can once we
receive word," he said.
Had, Plummer accepted the
trade, he would have chal-
lenged Tampa Bay's Chris
Simms for' the starting job.
Plummer struggled all
last season, finally losing his
starting job to rookie Jay
Cutler with five games left to play.
It was a fast fall for Plummer, who
led the team to the AFC Champi-
onship Game in 2005, when he
threw for 3,366 yards, 18 touch-
downs and just seven interceptions
while making the Pro Bowl. He
reverted back to his old ways last

THANKS, BUT NO: Jake Plummer
doesn't want to join the Bucs.
season, throwing 13 interceptions
to go with 11 touchdown passes.
Plummer posted a record of

40-18 as Denver's starter, including
a 1-3 mark in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Broncos lost
free-agent defensive end Patrick
Chukwurah to Tampa Bay, as he
agreed to a five-year, $5.5 million
deal. Chukwurah will be paired
again with Larry Coyer, who was
fired as Denver's defensive coordi-
nator in January and then hired as
Tampa Bay's defensive-line coach.
"It's a comfort level for him,"
Chukwurah's agent, Ron Slavin,
said. "He's excited to go there."
The Broncos reportedly were
close to a deal with tight end Dan-
iel Graham, who played for the
New England Patriots last season.
But Graham's agent, Jack Mills,
said that was not the case.
"He still has visits with Oakland
and Seattle," Mills said.


One great- escape

Ahead by 22 points,

Heat barely survives

a Pistons comeback

Associated Press
MIAMI Shaquille O'Neal helped the
Miami Heat build a 22-point lead. And when
they blew it, he delivered the go-aheaddunk in
the final minute to beat the Detroit Pistons.
O'Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds, both
season highs, and the Heat earned their most
impressive victory yet since los-
ing Dwyane Wade, edging
Detroit 85-82 on Friday night.
The Pistons rallied from a
50-28 deficit to take their first
lead with 3:14 left. But O'Neal's
dunk with 36 seconds to go put
the Heat ahead to stay, 82-80.
Detroit missed three 3-point
attempts in the final 20 seconds
that would have tied the game.
One of those shots was by Chauncey Billups,
who finished just 2-for-14 from the field. Billups
missed 11 consecutive shots before scoring his
first basket with 5 minutes left.
.Antoine Walker scored 22 points for the
Heat. Tayshaun Prince had 22 and Richard
Hamilton added 20 for the Pistons, who failed to
overcome a season-low 31 points in the first half.
The Heat improved to 3-2 since Wade was
sidelined with a dislocated left shoulder.
Detroit's Rasheed Wallace missed the game
with a sprained left foot.
By taking the rematch of last year's Eastern
.... Conference finals, the Heat extended their sea-
son-high home winning streak to eight games.
Jason Kapono went 1-for-7 from the field for
S.the Heat. He missed twice late in the fourth
quarter, and the Pistons answered each time.
The second basket was a fast-break layup by
Prince to give the Pistons their first lead, 74-73.
Antonio McDyess made two free throws for
the Pistons with 56 seconds left to play, knotting
the score at 80. Walker then drove through the
WILFREDOLEE/AP lane, and, when his left-handed hook missed,
SHAQ TO THE RESCUE: Heat center Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds Friday O'Neal was there with his dunk follow.
against the Pistons, and his go-ahead dunk in the final minute capped a furious finish.


Former Dodgers great Clem Labine dies at 80

Associated Press
Labine, a standout relief pitcher
and part-time starter for two
World Series championship teams
with the Dodgers in the 1950s, died
Friday. He was 80.
Labine had been in a coma for
more than a week after brain sur-
gery to explore a mass in his head.
, "I always thought Clem would
have had a great career as a start-
ing pitcher," former teammate Carl
Erskine said. "But he told me, 'I
didn't want to start. I liked the
pressure of coming into the game
with everything on the line.' "
Born Aug. 6, 1926, in Lincoln,
R.I., Labine spent 13 seasons in the
major leagues, mostly as a bullpen
specialist with the Dodgers first
in Brooklyn and then in Los Ange-
les. He also pitched for the Detroit

Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates,
and briefly for the New York Mets.
Labine's best season was with
Brooklyn in 1955, when he led the
league with 60 appearances and
went 13-5, with 10 victories and
11 saves out of the bullpen. The
Dodgers captured their first World
Series title that year, with Labine
winning Game 4 with 4V3 innings
of relief and coming back the next
day to pitch three more innings
and save Game 5. That season,
Labine went 3-for-31 at bat, and all
three of his hits were home runs.
Labine led the league in saves
each of the next two seasons, with
19 in 1956 and 17 in 1957, making the
All-Star team both years. Relying
on wicked curveballs and sinkers,
he had uncanny success against
Stan Musial, retiring the Hall of
Famer 49 consecutive times.

Labine accompanied the Dodg-
ers on the move from Brooklyn to
Los Angeles in 1958 and was with
the team when it won the World

Series in 1959. He was dealt to the
Tigers and then on to Pittsburgh in
1960 and went 3-0, with a L48 ERA,
for the world champion Pirates.
After one more season with the
Pirates, Labine was drafted by the
expansion Mets in 1962. He
appeared in just three games
before retiring and returning to
Rhode Island as'a partner in a com-
pany that manufactured golf
clothes and other sportswear.
Labine'was a central character
in The Boys of Summer, Roger
Kahn's book of reminiscences with
the old Dodgers. The book told of
how Labine's son Jay lost a leg
when he stepped on a land mine
during the Vietnam War.
Labine won 77 games and lost
56 in his 13 seasons (1950-62), sav-
ing 96 and posting an ERA of 4.04.

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Expanding the field won't solve the problems

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The idea of expanding the
NCAA Tournament was rejected so
profoundly by the men's basketball
committee last summer that it's a
Wonder why it was suggested in the
first place.
The two proposals, one featuring a
gargantuan, 128-team field and a
modest offer of adding fewer than
eight teams for the play-in level, were
voted down because of the NCAA's
interest in "sustaining 'the quality of
the tournament."
Yet the quality of potential tourna-
ment teams is rising quicker than
expected. The NBA's new policy sent
an influx of talent back to the college
game, strengthening more of the
high-major programs. Mid-majors,'
already upgrading their schedules as
a method of gaining more postseason
invitations, also will begin to see
recruits in the bottom of the first tier
now choosing their schools and have
their value enhanced, too.
So tough decisions regarding who
gets in the tournament and who
doesn't are only going to get tougher.
And the howling from the coaches
and the pundits will begin right
around Selection Sunday and con-
tinue through the Final Four.
The system, they'll say, doesn't

TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED: Thad Matta and his Ohio State team are
preparing for the annual onslaught of those upset-minded upstarts.

work, and it needs to be revised.
Yet there is a chorus is just as
vocal about why expansion should
remain a dead issue for now.
As far as the proposal for doubling
the size of the tournament, ESPN
analyst Jay Bilas says that might be

going too far to solve what he sees as
a limited problem.
In the first place, only a handful of
the 330-plus Division I teams are
realistically on the so-called "bub-
ble." Bringing those teams in, and
another 60 to boot, doesn't do justice

for the teams that have earned the
right to play for a national title.
"Making it a seven-game champi-
onship would be wrong," Bilas said.
"I don't like that idea, just putting
teams in that we don't think are capa-
ble of winning it.
"If we're protecting the best teams
and the highest seeds, why would we
want to make them play again? It's
like putting extra hurdles in the way
of a sprinter."
After all, having more potential
Cinderellas gunning for the top-
seeded teams in the first round is
much more appealing-than watching
the stepsisters with 12-loss records
who couldn't even finish in the top
half of their high-major conference or
who couldn't get out of the first two
rounds of their mid-major confer-
ence tournament..
"Everybody has the same opportu-
nity to win their league title," Bilas
said. "It doesn't seem to me a difficult
thing to understand that you're going
to take the 34 best teams, irrespective
of conference affiliation, after that.
"If you're not one of the 34 best
teams after the automatic bids are
determined, how many teams can lay
claim to, 'We're No. 34, and we got
robbed?' Football is always arguing
over who's No. 3; we're arguing over
who's No. 34."

Then there is the idea for smaller
expansion, which called for adding
more play-in games.
Low-major conferences such as
the Southwestern Athletic (SWAC)
and the Northeast have found them-
selves in the Tuesday game of No. 64
vs. No. 65.
It has several effects, some trivial,
such as when everyday folks have to
push up the timing of their office-
pool brackets, to some heavy ones,
such as having to play the biggest
game of the season on less than 48
hours' notice.
"The turnaround time has been
our challenge," SWAC Commis-
sioner Robert Vowels said. "If our
tournament ends on Saturday, we've
got to hustle back to campus Sunday
to get back on the road Monday for
the game Tuesday, It really is a disad-
vantage for anybody because you
really can't study or prepare for the
team that you're playing."
The SWAC's conference RPI is
among the worst, which usually is
why its representative can end up in
the play-in game.
Expanding the NCAA field doesn't
solve its problems, Vowels said.
"We just have to get better, and
we are doing that within the system."
Getting better sure beats getting
bigger in the NCAA Tournament.


Southern Illinois gets

12th victory in a row;

Penn clinches first bid

From Miami Herald Wire Services 17-for-21 from the free-throw
Rather than worry about line in the final 51/2 minutes.
the NCAA Tournament selec- Lowery didn't want his
tion process, Southern Illinois players getting comfortable,
sticks to what it can control. -ifibizing them for attempting
Jamaal Tatum and Matt 13 3-pointers in the first half.
Shaw had 19 points apiece Fri- Southern Illinois finished
day afternoon, and the No. 11 5-for-16 from long range.
Salulds won their 12th game in Drake was held to 40 per-
a row, 71-59 over Drake in the cent shooting a day after beat-
*quarterfinals of the Missouri ing Evansville 101-96 in over-
Valley Conference tourna- time in a play-in game. Josh
ment, played in St. Louis. That Young, who had 23 points on
gives them another chance to Thursday, was held to nine on
build their r6sum6. 2-for-9 shoo' ing Friday.
"We're talking about who "It's hard to adjust," Calvin
we're playing tomorrow," said. "You want to get there
Salukis coach Chris Lowery and go, but Southern's defense
said. "We have to focus and is so good, y u just can't."
not allow ourselves to panic. Tatum, the Missouri Valley
"Once you [panic], you Player of the Year, had two of
start tightening up, worrying Southern Illinois' five 3-point-
about where you're going to ers while directing the team's
be seeded instead of winning high-tempo offense. He also
the game." led the team with six assists
Shaw was 10-for-ll from the and had four rebounds.
line and Tony Young had 17 A pair of streaks at the start
points and four assists for the and finish of the first half
top-seeded Salukis (26-5), who helped Southern Illinois sur-
beat Drake (17-15) for the third vive a lull in the middle.
time this season and the 17th The Salukis hit six of their
consecutive time in the series, first eight shots to take a 14-4
The Bulldogs committed a lead, holding Drake to a 1-for-7
season-high 22 turnovers, start with four turnovers.
"They don't stop coming at Drake narrowed the gap to
you they're always there," one point with a 9-0 run -
Drake's Klayton Korver said. Southern Illinois missed 10
"You might get an open shot, consecutive shots with mostly
but you're so used to having a reserves on the floor, but the
guy right there that at times starters restored control for a
you rush it a little bit." 30-19 lead at the break.
Southern Illinois will play
Bradley (21-11) today in the IVY LEAGUE CHAMPS
semifinals. Bradley beat Pennsylvania 86, Yale
Northern Iowa 51-48. 58: Mark Zoller had 22 points,
The Salukis are fifth in the 17 rebounds and six assists,
latest RPI rankings, leading to and the host Quakers won the
speculation about a possible Ivy League championship and
No. 2 NCAA seed. But Drake became the first team to
coach Tom Davis said he secure a berth in the NCAA
doubted that it would be that Tournament.
high because of the confer- Ibrahim Jaaber had 13
ence's lower profile. points and seven assists and
"I don't think there's any Steve Danley had 11 points for
question you can sense the the Quakers (20-8, 11-1), who
media's skepticism of leagues won their eighth consecutive
like the Valley," Davis said. game and claimed the Ivy
"So you're going to sense that League title for the fourth time
same thing when you're talk- in five years.
ing about the seeding. I don't "We had to treat this like a
think they should even worry championship game, and we
about it, to be honest." had confidence in ourselves,"
Korver had 14 points and Zoller said. "We thought we
Ajay Calvin 12 for Drake, were the best team in the
which wrapped up its first league, and we wanted to
winning season in 20 years. prove it."
Southern Illinois led by as Eric Flato and Ross Morin
much as 17 points in the sec- each had 11 points for Yale
ond half against a team it beat (13-13, 9-4), which had dealt
by five points on the road and Penn its only Ivy League loss,
10 at home. Drake narrowed 77-68 on Feb. 3.
the gap to nine with 3:29 The Quakers hit seven of
remaining after five points in a their first eight shots and
row from Korver, then closed opened the game with a 24-2
to eight points with 1:05 left, run. Zoller hit a 3-pointer to
but the Salukis held on, going give Penn a 31-9 lead midway

through the first half.
"We got on them early and
played terrific defense," Zoller
said. "We got some fast-break
baskets, and it seemed like
everybody was making shots
and making plays."
The Bulldogs closed to
40-27, but Penn countered
with a 9-2 run and held a 49-29
lead at halftime.
Yale never got closer than
15 points in the second half.'
Penn took its biggest lead at
77-46 with 6:56 left.
Zoller, Jaaber and Danley
are seniors who have won
three consecutive Ivy crowns
and are looking forward to the
NCAA Tournament.
"This is our senior year, so I
would say that this one is so
much sweeter," Zoller said.
The title is the Quakers'
first under coach Glen Miller.
He replaced longtime Penn
coach Fran Dunphy this sea-
son, and Dunphy now coaches
crosstown-rival Temple.
Former North Carolina
State forward Bobby Speight
has died after a battle with
Speight, who led Everett
Case's Wolfpack team to con-
secutive Southern Conference
championships in 1951 and '52,
died Thursday night in Rich-
mond, Va. He was 76.
Speight, a native of Raleigh,
N.C., finished his college
career with 1,430 points and
1,057 rebounds from 1950-53.
His rebounding total ranks
fourth in school history, and
his No. 80 jersey hangs from
the RBC Center rafters.
"It didn't matter how tough
things were going or what
kind of season we were hav-
ing, he always had some words
of encouragement for our staff
and our players," Wolfpack
Club executive director Bobby
Purcell said. "He was a true
man of his word.
"If Bobby Speight told you
that he would do something, it
would get done."
On Jan. 26, Speight was
awarded the Ronnie Shavlik
Award of Merit, which is given
each year to the former
Wolfpack athlete, manager,
coach, administrator or staff
member for contributions of
leadership, time and money to
the university.
Speight's daughter Eliza-
beth was the first woman
given an athletic scholarship
to North Carolina State, where
she played basketball for Hall
of Fame coach Kay Yow.





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SALUKIS ROARING: Matt Shaw of No. 11 Southern Illinois yells as he dunks the ball during
a 71-59 victory over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals.

The lobby of N.C. State's
basketball practice complex
bears Bobby Speight's name.
A private funeral has been
scheduled for Monday.
No. 2 UCLA 53, No. 13
Washington State 45: Arron
Afflalo scored 14 points, lead-
ing the Bruins over the host
Cougars in a showdown of the
top two teams in the Pac-10.
UCLA (26-3, 15-2) wrapped
up a second consecutive con-
ference title with the victory.
The Bruins already had
clinched at least a tie with the

Cougars and the top seed in
the Pac-10 tournament.
Kyle Weaver scored 14
points for Washington State
(23-6, 12-5), which saw its
hopes for the first Pac-10 title
in its history end.
After trailing by one points
at the half, the Bruins made 11
of their first 14 shots to open
the second half and pulled
away from the Cougars in a
game matching the top two
defenses in the conference.
Washington 85, No.'
23 Southern California 70:
Ryan Appleby scored 22
points, hitting five 3-pointers,

and the Huskies, playing at
home, snapped a four-game
losing streak.
Appleby and point guard
Justin Dentmon combined for
24 first-half points, including
seven 3-pointers.
The Huskies (17-12, 7-10
Pac-10) hit nine 3-pointers in
the first half more than
their game totals in all but
three contests this season -
and finished with 10.
Nick Young led USC (21-9,
11-6) with 26 points and hit 11
of 15 shots, but the Trojans lost
for the sixth time in their past
seven against Washington.


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Betis gets 3-game home ban

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Real Betis will play its next
three home games away from
its stadium as punishment for
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos
being knocked unconscious by
a bottle thrown from fans.
The Spanish federation
ruled that Betis will next week
have to play Zaragoza, Villar-
real on April 1 and Real Socie-
dad on April 15 at other stadi-
ums. It is not clear whether
fans will be allowed to attend.
Ramos was hit in the head
during the second half of
Wednesday's Copa del Rey
quarterfinal second leg at,
Betis' Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
stadium, with Sevilla leading
1-0, forcing the match to be
"The committee has
decided unanimously to close
the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
stadium for three matches, as
we consider the incidents that
occurred as very serious,"
Antiviolence Committee pres-
ident Alfredo Florez said Fri-
The remaining 33 minutes
will be played in Getafe's Coli-
seum Alfonso Perez stadium
on March 20 and fans won't be
allowed to attend.
The federation also said
that presidents Pepe Leon of
.Betis and Jose Maria del
'Nido of Sevilla are to face fur-
ther disciplinary action.
Spanish sports minister
Jaime Lissavetzky had urged
the federation to act against
the violent incident with "the
greatest rigor."
Ramos was hit by the bottle
after Sevilla had taken a 1-0
lead on a 59th-minute goal by
Frederic Kanoute. The
coach, who stumbled before
falling to the ground, was car-
ried off to a hospital on a
stretcher but regained con-

manager Arsene Wenger
is still upset at the referees
over last Sunday's match.

sciousness later.
Referee Alberto Undiano
Mallenco abandoned the
game soon afterward. Some
Betis fans threw objects at an
ambulance which entered the
stadium for Ramos, resulting
in riot police being deployed.
Ramos attended the team's
training session Thursday
morning after being released
from the hospital, though doc-
tors had recommended he rest
for 48 hours.
England: Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger could
be in more trouble with the
Football Association after
repeating his claim that a
linesman had lied and the ref-
eree was wrong to send off
striker Emmanuel Adebayor
after the League Cup final
Arsenal and Chelsea play-

ers fought during injury time
of the Gunners' 2-1 loss at the
Millennium Stadium, with
Adebayor and Kolo Toure of
Arsenal and Chelsea's John
Obi Mikel being given red
After Sunday's game, a
linesman who said that Adeba-
yor had punched Chelsea's
Frank Lampard was accused
by Wenger of lying. The FA
has asked the Arsenal manager
to explain his remarks.
At Friday's news confer-
ence one day ahead of Arse-
nal's league game against
Reading, Wenger didn't back
"The referee and the lines-
man made a big mistake and I
am able to prove it," Wenger
said. "Adebayor did not punch
Lampard and did not intend to
and we can prove it. It is not
the truth. We do not accept
that. I will defend that to the
FA. It was a lie."... West Ham
was charged with breaking
Premier League rules over its
signing of Argentina stars
Carlos Tevez and Javier
Mascherano. If the relega-
tion-threatened Hammers are
found guilty, they could have
points deducted, pushing them
closer to demotion from the
Premier League.... Liverpool
striker Craig Bellamy said he
"lost control" before confront-
ing teammate John Arne
Riise during the team's train-
ing break in Portugal.
The Wales international
told The Daily Mirror that
Riise was upset when Bellamy
and other teammates tried to
make him sing karaoke. Bel-
lamy said he was not upset
until Riise "let me know" that
he was upset.
"I went and confronted
'Ginger' and I said to him:
'Don't be doing that in front of

the players again,"' Bellamy
told The Daily Mirror.
Bellamy said the two
trained the next day and there
is no problem now.
Germany: Hamburger
SV extended Schalke's winless
streak to three games, beating
the Bundesliga leader 2-0 to
give Stuttgart an opportunity
to close within a point of the
front runner.
Rafael van der Vaart
scored in his fourth consecu-
tive game, giving him six this
season and helping Hamburg
to its fourth victory in a row.
Hamburg's winning streak
under new coach Huub Ste-
vens comes after a 12-match
winless skid and has moved
the club from last place to
Conversely, a draw and two
consecutive losses at home
has made Schalke's seven-
point lead dwindle to four,
with Stuttgart, Werder Bre-
men and Bayern Munich in
position to close further with
victories today. Stuttgart is at
Leverkusen, Bayern travels to
face Hertha Berlin, and Bre-
men hosts Bochum.
Africa: Chelsea striker
Didier Drogba was crowned
African Player of the Year for
2006, edging out Barcelona's
Samuel Eto'o. The Ivory
Coast forward, who is the top
scorer in the English Premier
League with 17 goals this sea-
son, also beat out Chelsea
teammate and Ghana interna-
tional Michael Essien.
Scotland: Hearts
named sporting director Ana-
toly Korobochka as its
interim head coach in the
absence of manager Valdas
Ivanauskas. Hearts said Ivan-
auskas "is away on football
business on behalf of the

From Miami Herald Wire Services
The New England Patriots
released running back Corey
Dillon on Friday, cutting ties
with the top active runner in
the NFL on the first day of free
Dillon, 32, split duties with
rookie Laurence Maroney
last season and has said he was
considering retirement.
Dillon, who spent his first
seven NFL seasons with Cin-
cinnati, is the top active run-
ner in the NFL 'with 11,241
career yards in 10 seasons.
He had three years remain-
ing on his current contract and
was scheduled to count $4.4
million against the salary cap
The Patriots also re-signed
running back Heath Evans
and guard Billy Yates on Fri-
day. Terms of the agreements
were not disclosed.
Elsewhere: Wide
receiver Brandon Stokley
and defensive tackle Montae
Reagor, who both missed
much of the 2006 seasons with
.injuries, were cut by the India-
napolis Colts .... The Detroit
Lions acquired another selec-
tion in April's draft, sending
defensive end James Hall to
the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-
round pick. The Lions also
made official the trade of cor-
nerback Dre' Bly and a sixth-
round pick to the Denver
Broncos for running back
Tatum Bell, offensive tackle
George Foster and a fifth-
round pick. .. Linebacker
,London Fletcher agreed to a
five-year, $25 million contract
with the Washington Red-
skins. . The Philadelphia
Eagles re-signed free-agent
defensive end Juqua Thomas
to a five-year contract.... Cor-
nerback Phillip Buchanon re-

signed with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers.... The Pittsburgh
Steelers decided not to pursue
a free agent running back to
complement Willie Parker,
choosing instead to re-sign
Najeh Davenport to a two-
year, $2 million contract. ...
The New York Jets released
seldom-used backup quarter-
back Patrick Ramsey.... The
Tennessee Titans agreed to
terms with three of their own
players who had become unre-
stricted free agents, including
defensive tackle Rien Long.
They also agreed to terms
with offensive tackle Seth
Wand and linebacker LeVar
Woods.... The Jacksonville
Jaguars added a new starter on
the opening day of free agency
for the third consecutive year,
signing right tackle Tony
Pashos to a five-year con-
tract. The team also agreed to
a five-year deal with place-
kicker Josh Scobee, a
restricted free agent. . .
Defensive end Kevin Carter
and guard Jeno James were
released by the Miami Dol-
phins. ... The Oakland Raid-
ers opened the free-agency
season by contacting repre-
sentatives for quarterback
Jeff Garcia, who has
expressed an interest in
returning to the Bay Area.
Also, the Raiders re-signed
defensive tackle Tommy
Kelly to a one-year, $1.85 mil-
lion contract, a person within
the league said on condition of
anonymity because the deal
has not been announced. The
team also waived defensive
back Tyrone Poole and
restructured the contract of
offensive tackle Barry Sims to
reduce his salary-cap hit. ...
The San Francisco 49ers
signed cornerback Nate

LOOKING FOR WORK: Corey Dillon, who was released by
the New England Patriots on Friday, is the top active
runner in the NFL, with 11,241 career yards in 10 seasons.

Clements and safety Michael
Lewis. Also, the 49ers waived
troubled receiver Antonio
Bryant late Thursday, just one
season after signing him to a
lucrative four-year, free-agent
Tennis: Roger Federer
beat Tommy Haas in straight
sets to reach his fifth consecu-
tive Dubai Open final in the
United Arab Emirates. The
top-ranked Federer, who
dropped sets in earlier rounds
against Kristian Pless and
Novak Djokovic, never lost
his serve in defeating the fifth-
seeded German 6-4, 7-5. It was
the Swiss star's 40th consecu-
tive victory, putting him six
victories away from Gui-
Ilermo Vilas' all-time record
of 46 in a row, set in 1977. Fed-
erer will next face Mikhail
Youzhny, who reached his
second consecutive tourna-
ment final by beating Swe-
den's Robin Soderling 7-5,
6-2. ... Emilie Loit advanced
to the finals of the Mexican
Open in Acapulco with a 0-6,
6-2, 6-1 victory over Julie
Schruff. Fifth-seeded Flavia
Pennetta ousted Sara Errani
6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
... Top-seeded James Blake
was removed from the quar-
terfinals of the Tennis Chan-

nel Open in Las Vegas after
ATP Tour officials reversed a
ruling that had allowed him to
advance due to a competitor's
withdrawal during round-
robin play. Evgeny Korolev
took Blake's place in the quar-
terfinals and won 6-4, 6-4 over
Sam Querrey, and ATP offi-
cials released a statement
blaming the confusion on "an
incorrect variation of ATP
rules."... Top-seeded Justine
Henin rallied to beat fourth-
seeded Jelena Jankovic of
Serbia 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4 and
advance to the final of the
Qatar Open in Doha.
College football: Ten-
nessee coach Phillip Fulmer
signed a two-year contract
extension but received no
raise, keeping him at the uni-
versity until 2013 at his current
salary of $2.05 million.
Golf: Oliver Wilson
had two eagles on his way to a
6-under 66, taking the lead
after two rounds of the John-
nie Walker. Classic in Phuket,
Thailand. Wilson eagled the
llth and 15th holes to move one
shot ahead of Anton Haig,
who produced the day's most
stunning performance, an
8-under 64 at the Blue Canyon
Country Club. Australian
James Nitties finished with a
67, sharing third place with
Retief Goosen.


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Former NFL football players Ron Springs, left, and
Everson Walls greet each other Friday before a news
conference after their successful organ transplant
in Dallas. Walls donated a kidney to Springs.

Irvin helps youth football
Michael Irvin visited the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Friday to discuss his plans to
help build youth football fields in Broward and Miami-Dade
counties through his foundation: Michael Irvin PlayMaker
Charities & Foundation.
On May 18 and 19, Irvin's foundation will produce three
celebrity charity events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino a poker tournament at 6 p.m. EST on May 18; the
semifinal and championship rounds of a flag football tourna-
ment on May 19 (along with a celebrity flag football game);
and a poolside celebration on May 19.
"It's always good to be home," said Irvin, who grew up in
Fort Lauderdale and was recently named to the Pro Football
Hall of Fame. "Right here, I played high school football, and
then I got a chance to tear it up at the University of Miami.
It's a blessing. Football has been good to me and that's why
I'm able to stand here today. I think it's important to give kids
that chance to get out and have good equipment and enjoy
the game and have fun.
"I am here to ask South Florida's corporations and any
individuals to step in and help me with this," Irvin said.
"There are more youth football players than there are in col-
lege, pros and high school together. So, there are a lot of kids
that need a lot of help -,right here in South Florida."
For more information,, go to www.PlayMakercharity.com.

Live from New York Back on track

Super Bowl XLI MVP
Peyton Manning's acting
credits will move beyond his
numerous commercials in a
few weeks when he'll be the
host for NBC's Saturday
Night Live.
Manning, a quarterback
for the Colts, said he would
appear on the show.on
March 24, which happens to
be his 31st birthday.
"I figure this is my one
shot to be asked," Manning
said. "I'm sort of looking for-
ward to it, but I am a little
bit nervous."
Manning has most
'famously poked fun of him-
self in an ad for cellphone
company Sprint Nextel
Corp., where he dons a fake
mustache and toupee to
"disguise" himself while
rooting for the Colts.

Greek sprinter Katerina
Thanou is back in interna-
tional competition for the
first time since being
embroiled in a drug-testing
scandal at the 2004 Athens
Thanou is competing in
the women's 60 meters at
the European indoor cham-
pionships in Birmingham,
"I don't have anything to
prove to anyone," Thanou,
33, said.
"I already have an envi-
able medals collection.
What's important for me is
that I'll be taking part in this
track meet."
Thanou won the Euro-
pean 60-meter title in 1996
and 2000, and was a silver
medalist in the 100 at the
2000 Sydney Olympics.

'There is just nothing right with
our game right now. We have to
find a way to be better than that.
The starting point is to eliminate
the five-star bonehead blunders.'
- CRAIG MacTAVISH, Edmonton Oilers
coach, after his team lost to the Minnesota
Wild 5-0 on Thursday night.


On this day in history:
1920 The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record for
most goals in a game with a 16-3 rout of the Quebec Bulldogs.
1951 In college basketball, Temple's Bill Mlkvy scores
an NCAA-record 73 points in a 99-69 rout over Wilkes.
1968 Montreal's Jean Beliveau becomes the second
NHL player to score 1,000 career points with a goal in a 5-2
loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
1984 Peter Ueberroth, president of the Los Angeles
Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of
baseball by major league team owners.
1987 In boxing, Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavy-
weight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a unani-
mous, 12-round decision over James "Bonecrusher" Smith
in Las Vegas.
2001 Maurice Greene equals his world record in the
60-meter dash, running 639 seconds in a semifinal heat at the
USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta. Greene matches the
time he set Feb. 9,1998, in Madrid, Spain.
2001 In boxing, a bloodied John Ruiz becomes the
first Hispanic heavyweight champion by knocking Evander
Holyfield down with a huge right hand in the 11th round to
capture a unanimous 12-round decision for the WBA heavy-
weight title.


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1 he craft involved In a dewrsolo on
piano? (5)
6 UtIle store of hats, perhaps, at the
leisure centre (5)
9 Aircraft transporting freight? (7)
10 Dean of Ulllput (5)
11 Upsetting the drink, cried (5)
12 It's the arrangement for us,
pet (5)
13 Lke horeehoe, they're attractive (7)
15 Our ma in Karachi,
maybe (3)
17 She makes some men Idiots (4)
18 Smokycity?(6)
19 It's better to finish off In .
royal style (5)
20 French alien In Bmo, possibly (6)
22 Where to wear a bikini or cover
nothing (4)
24 A breezy mlen? (3)
25 Reactor designer? (7)
26 Points Aut the front end (5)
27 Fooo..,Jays (5)
28 Very displeased withthe
figures (5)
29 Cats with possibly elfin
ways (7)
30 Does it augmenrt 4,Aa una? (5)
31 One who tends to ,aik things the
wrong way (5)

Yesterday's cryptc solutions
ACROSS: 3, Ralph 8, Pl-lo-t 10, Ruler 11, Go-O 12, A-aron
13, Shortly 15, Pawns 18, MA-p 19, Be-nign 21, M-a-GI-
cal 22, Oven 23, Fend 24, M-EN-tors 26, Grades 29, lo-e
31, Holed (hold) 32, Co-here-d 34, Ninon 35, Mug 36,
L-o.g.-IC 37, Ta-N.G.-y 38, SO-UL-S
DOWN: 1, Night 2, Do-orman 4, A-way 5, PR-opel 6,
H-Una-n 7, Be-n-g 9, Loo 12, Al-pnes 14, Tag 16, Wi-nes
17, Snide (Denis) 19, Bastion 20, Tough 21, Me.d-al 23,
Free-man 24, Me-D-Co. 25, O.oh 27, Ro-tor 28, D&nis
30, P-egg-y 32, Cool 33, Run

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The bidding:
South West North East
S .:.:o 1 1 Pass 1.
"'4 2 Dble
'. : Opening lead five of spades.
B. Jay Becker, the former editor of
S*. this column, was playing in a touma-
ment many years ago in Junn-les-
Pins, France, when this deal arose.
His partner was Dorothy Hayden,
J and their East-West opponents were
two Frenchmen they had never seen
before. West doubled two diamonds,
which was certainly reasonable, and
WPM ME" K I KNoW, f tled a spade.
W 'A rC," IKNtW.'T C 4 Mrs. Hayden, South, won the
V WOK t eAMA&WT r WtI queen with her ace and returned a
| A TN MI& NOt ) ,.Gctvatq (,( low heart. Fearful that the heart
p 'Pr ,W o ( T VW ,NP T ', might be a singleton, West rose with
IN IN LtWFQ GM ? the ace, on which East who
s-4j .wanted no other suit led played

the jack. West returned a heart, won
by South with the ten.
Aware that the trumps were
stacked against her, Mrs. Hayden
now led a low diamond from her
hand. West won with the ten but was
endplayed! Whatever he returned, he
had to give away a trick.
Hoping to find East with the king
of clubs, West played the A-10 of
that suit. Mrs. Hayden won with the
king and returned the five of dia-
monds, again putting West in a losing
If he took the jack and exited with
a club, declarer would ruff and play
the ace and another trump to force
West to play a heart to the K-Q. And
if he ducked the diamond, hoping
East could win the trick, West would
lose one of his trump tricks, and the
outcome would be the same. West
was thoroughly licked, and he knew
it. In practice he ducked, and Mrs.
Hayden made two diamonds dou-
Later that day, Rixi Markus, Eng-
land's top woman player, approached
Becker and said West had asked her:
"Who is that tall, attractive English
woman who is such a good player?"
Mrs. Marcus, recognizing from
the description that it was Mrs. Hay-
den, answered: "If she's attractive
and English, she's not a good player;
if she's English and a good player,
she's not attractive; and if she's
attractive and a good player, she's
not English!"

HOW many words or four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, eabh letter may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter and there must be
at least one 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 inljet printer).
Good 19; very good 28; excellent 38 (or more).
Solution Monday.
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epee mope moped opted PEDOMETER peer
peered perm pert peter poem poet pore pored
port prod proem prom romp romped rope
roped temp temper tempered tempo tepee.
tope topee toper trompe trope


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style (6)
3 Do wrong topossiblythe right
purpose (6)
4 Asinthe hospitatheatre? (3)
5 What a mare does when she Is
upset? (5)
6 Cruel as can be, certainly
not sacred (7)
7 Afouljourney?(4)
8 Intercedetogel a garment(4,2)
12 Surameforasainl-a
Geman one (5)
13 Saucyold dlva? (5)
14 Grieve endlessly, perhaps, forthe
donor (5)
15 Wllwom attire? (5)
16 He' less important wih a drum (5)
18 Pumping centre(5)
19 Dild he start tosink?(7)
21 Piece of wrtingexposedas vulgar(6)
22 Lashoutlfora gilngenerous
23 Being amenable, figures in sharing
out the dole (6)
25 Made, It seems, produced a remedy
round the medical centre (5)
26 Like a keeper of dean sheets (4)
28 Alow to go half a mileto the end of
the street (3)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 3, Crave 8, Wager 10, Elder 11, Mar 12, Scarf 13,
Absence 15, Miner 18, Too 19, Minute 21, Bitumen 22,
Epic 23, User 24,Testate 26, Killed 29, Ire 31, Ocean 32,
Toenail 34, Cumin 35, Sin 36, Under 37, Umit 38,
DOWN: 1, Lambs 2, Heretic 4, Race 5, Vermin 6, Etfin 7,
Beret 9, Gas 12, Scouted 14, Not 16, Nurse 17, Rears 19,
Mention 20, Gecko 21, BIble 23, Utensil 24, Tenure 25,
Are 27, Icing 28, Laces 30, Minim 32, Time
33, Aim

1 Severe (5)
6 Arc(5)'
9 Anxiety(7)
10 Hirsute (5)
11 Gind (5)
12 Custom (5)
13 Subduea (7)
15 Consumed (3)
17 Slippery
fish (4)
18 Jargon (6)
19 Ethical (5)
20 Perception (6)
22 Servant (4)
24 Up (3)
25 Angry reply'(7)
26 Polite (5)
27 Crazy (5)
28 Money,
Informally (5)
29 Snarls(7)
30 Tag (5)
31 Tennis scc-a (5)

2 NatIve
American (6)
3 Emphasis (6)
4 Exclamation (3
5 Contnental (5)
6 Funny (7)
7 hem (4)
8 Empty (6)
12 Wading bird (6)
13 Tree (5)
14 Record (5)
15 Book of maps (5)
16 Wear away (5)
18 Herb (5)
19 O drugs(7)
21 Insect(6)
22 Sullen (6)
23 Slanted letter (6)
25 Calls (5)
26 Quote (4)
28 Guided (3)

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NIgel Davies v Stewart
Hasllnger, British championship,
Swansea 2006. White was a
veteran grandmaster, Black (to
move) a rising young
Meeyideexpert The diagram a
looked good for HaslingeL who
is a pawn up with centraised '
pieces and, most Important. 6
three united queen's side
passers. His simplest plan is
cS-Sfoflowed by advandng the 4
pawn trio supported by Black's 3
pieces Including the king. White
could hardly avoid being 2
crushed by this space Invaders
style plan, but Black Instead
went 1...d3+ and both players
perked up. Each calculated the
sequence 2 Nxd3 Rxd3 3 Bxg7
Rxdl and thought It favourable.
Who was right?

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ARIES March 21/April 20
Preparation is key this week, Aries'.
Be ready to hit the ground running
when new opportunities arrive" that
allow you to showcase your talents.,
TAURUS April 21/May 21 *
Although it seems like you're facin.
a tough decision, if you think about
it logically, the answer is clear! Do
only what feels right to you, TaTiris.
You are the master of your own fate:
GEMINI May 22/June 21
If you feel like your life has lacked a
certain sparkle recently, Gemini,
now's the time to prepare for a
change. A new romance is on the
horizon, but you must act quicldy'to .'
take advantage of the opportunity.'
CANCER June 22/July .2
This is a week to assess where you arq
in life, Cancer. Are you doing all you
can to succeed? Make time to nurture
a new romance. Of course you're
busy, but the results are worth it.
LEO July 23/August 23'
Events are important this week.
Leo, but not nearly as important as
your attitude. The tide is beginAing
to turn in your favor, so stop whin-
ing and have a little fun.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22-
Don't be too hard on yourself when
something doesn't go quite as'y6u'
planned it, Virgo. Focus your efforts
on moving on to new success.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 ,
You'll be especially alert to patterns'
and similarities in those aroundyou,
Libra. Try to use this informatidh to
your advantage. On Friday, an old
flame stops by to chit-chat. '
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Success -is all about timing. this,
week, Scorpio. You may be full pf
big ideas, but it's best to not doany-.
thing about them just yet. Do what
you can to help a family member.
with a personal problem on Tueslay.'
The fears and doubts of the ,ast few,
weeks are starting to fade. Aihorugh-
you may feel that you can take on
the world, don't get too cocky -
that's asking for trouble. -
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20'
Money matters come to the fore this.'
week. Now's the time to give some
thought to why your finances are,
not as good as you'd like them to be,
and what you can do about it. ,.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
This week, you'll use what you
know to persuade others to go along
with your plans. Failure is just pot
in your vocabulary this week. ,,
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Things have been going great for.
you, Pisces. Be careful not to take
this for granted. Remember the peo-
ple who helped you get to where you
are today.
-- Barde-n

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STBS KNIGHT'S TALE unemployed guitarist poses as a teacher, (CC) (2002) Adam
(2001) (PA) (CC) Sandler. (CC)
(:00) Flip That Moving Up"Red Hot Sass Meets Flip That House "Justine; Doug and Trading Spaces "New Jersey:
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gas home. (CC) in Canada. (CC) project. (N)
* THE GLADIATOR (2000, Historical Drama) Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen. A fugitive gen-
NT ALAMO (2004) eral becomes a gladiator in ancient Rome, (CC)
Dennis Quaid,
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USA Amother becomes a suspect in the "Obscene" (CC) "Birthright" n (GC) -
poisoning of her son.
(:00) The White I Love New York Tamara Moore I Love New York "Momma Said Best Week Ever I Married.. Se-
_ Rapper Show tests the men's basketball skills. Knock You Out" f f bastian Bach.
VS. (:00) Boxing Humberto Soto vs. Humberto Toledo. Bull Riding PBR New Orleans Classic. From New Orleans. (Live)
Funniest Pets & ** THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN (1987, Comedy) Danny De- WGN News at Nine n (CC)
WGN People n (CC) Vito, Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey. A timid man plots to do away with his
overbearing mother. ft (CC)
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W PIX Loves Raymond 8" r (CC)
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WSBK Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, A politician mistakes a hotel maid rassed" f (CC) Girlfriend" n
for a wealthy woman. (CC)

(6:15) ** * POSEIDON (2006, Adventure) Josh Lucas, Kurt (:45) Boxing Miguel Angel Cotto vs. Oktay Urkal.
HBO-E MONSTER-IN- Russell. Premiere. A luxury liner capsizes in the North (Live) (CC)
LAW (2005) f Atlantic, 'PG-13' (CC)
(6:15) Deadwood "Leviathan Smiles" Wy- Deadwood "Amateur Night Langr- The Sopranos "Luxury Lounge" Ri-
HBO-P LACKAWANNA att Earp and his brother arrive in ishe mines Deadwood's talent, val and scandal; new venture. ft
BLUES (2005) Deadwood. (CC) (CC) (CC)
(:00) *' FORCES OF NATURE (:45) Real Sports f (CC) (:45) Boxing Miguel Angel Cotto vs. Oktay Urkal,
HBO-W (1999, Romance-Comedy) Sandra (Live) (CC)
Bullock.n 'PG-13' (CC)
(:15) *~ THE SKELETON KEY (2005) Kate Hud- *, JUST FRIENDS (2005, Romance-Comedy) (:45) The Making
HBO-S son, John Hurt. A nurse works in a New Orleans house Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart. A music executive tries to Of: Take the
with an odd history. n 'PG-13' (CC) woo his high-school crush. 'PG-13' (CC) Lead (CC)
CHARLIE AND * MAJOR PAYNE (1995, Comedy) Damon (:45) MAX on ** V FOR VENDETTA (2006)
MAX-E THE CHOCO- Wayans, Karyn Parsons, Bill Hickey. Agung-ho Marine Set: Jarhead n Natalie Portman. A vigilante fights a
LATE FACTORY commands young recruits. 'PG-13'(CC) (CC) fascist government. 'R' (CC)
(:10) *** THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991, Action) **s ATL (2006, C6medy-Drama) Tip T.I." Harris, HARRY POT-
MOMAX Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans. Private eye and ex-quar- Lauren London, Mykelli Williamson. Four Atlanta teens TER-GOBLET
terback team up on dirty case. 'R' (CC) face challenges. 'PG-13' (CC) OF FIRE
(5:45) *** Alex Reymundo's Hick-Spanic: Boxing Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez. (iTV) Rafael Marquez takes
SHOW TOMBSTONE Live In Albuquerque (iTV)The on Israel Vazquez in a super bantamweight bout, Also: Victor Burgos vs.
(1993) 'R' (CC) comic performs. (N) Vic Darchinyan, flyweights. From Carson, Calif. (Live)

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BET The Wayans The Jamle Foxx The Jamle Foxx The Jamie Foxx The Jamle Foxx Soul Food Lem becomes a grocery
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2007: Top Ten Investigates murder at a hotel. (CC)
Wall Street Jour- High Net Worth Chris Matthews The Business of Innovation (N) Business Nation Features, profiles,
__ wnal Report investigative reports.,
CNN (:00) CNN Live CNN: Special Investigations Unit Larry King Live CNN Sunday Night
CNN unday (CC) Iraq.
* TRADING PLACES (1983, Comedy) Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy. Two South Park Stan South Park Po-
COM men's lives are altered by a bet made between tycoons. (CC) looks to new reli- lice resent
gions. wealth. (CC)
Cops "Atlanta" Cops "Coast to Cops "Coast to Cops "Coast to Cops Violent Video Justice Video Justice
COURT n (CC) Coast" f (CC) Coast" n (CC) Coast" n (CC) man in a park.
The Suite Life of * BEETHOVEN'S 4TH (2001, Comedy) Judge (:35) Kim Possi- Phil of the Fu- Naturally, Sadie
DISN Zack & Cody ft Reinhold, Julia Sweeney. The Newtonsgef back the ble Ill-Suited'" ture Pim is prnci- The "Advice
(CC) wrong dog from obedience school.'G' (CC) (CC) pal for a day. Box." A (CC)
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ESPN It Home (N) City. (Live) 1) (CC) lo________(Uve) (CC)
ESPNI Arena Football Teams to Be Announced. (Same-day Tape) SportsCenter International Edi-
lion (Live)
EWTN Father Father Corapl and the Catechism G.K. Chesterton The Holy Rosary Lenten Parish Mission
EWTN Groeschel of the Catholic Church
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friends search for his missing daughter. (CC) is accused of killing a harsh director. (CC)
H:00) Million Dol- 20 Quickest Ways to Make Money House Hunters Junk Brothers Holmes on Homes "Let's Rejoist"
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wood" (CC) Wodden Slats"

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nightmarish battle to restore her good name. (CC)
(:00) Honey- Lost Innocence Two separate trials The Whole Truth? A woman is ac- Meet the Press (CC)
MSNBC moon From Hell occur for a single murder, caused of murdering her uncle.
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TBS (2002) Adam Wilson, Selma Blair. A sorority queen enrolls in Harvard to win back her Comedy) Reese Withersoon, Luke
Sandier. (CC) boyfriend. (CC) Wilson, Selma Blair. (CC)
(:00)Shalom in David Blaine: Street Magic (CC) David Blaine: Drowned Alive (CC) David Blaine: Magic Man f (CC)
TLC the Home Com-
munication. (N)
TNT TOR (2000) Rus- Franka Potente, Brian Cox. Jason Bourne fights back when the CIA tries CY (2004, Suspense) Matt Damon,
sell Crowe. to kill him. (CC) Franka Potente. (CC)
T N ** ,MOUSE HUNT (1997) Nathan Lane, Two hap- GrimAdven- Squirrel Boy Futurama "Less Family Guy A
TOON less brothers try to outwit a crafty mouse, tures Than Hero" f (CC)
Questions pour Vivement dimanche Partitions pour voix de femmes La march mondiale
TV5 un champion des femmes.
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(CC) Tomorrow
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UNIV Pico Mariana
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USA dy) Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston. A jilted newlywed finds Barrymore, Rob Schneider. A man falls for a woman who has short-term
solace with another woman. (CC) memory loss, (CC)
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VH1 for Mommy" Telethon, A ed n ed 0
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VS. Preview 'Zbikowski.
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WGN People f (CC) 8" f (CC) Nine n (CC) play f (CC)
Reba Kyra de- America's Next Top Model "The Girl Who Won't Stop Talking" The 32 CW11 News at Ten Thome. (CC)
W PIX cides to tour with aspiring models immediately go to boot camp. ft (CC)
her band. _.
(:00) CSI: Miami CSI: Miami "Pro Per" A drive-by Stone Undercover "The Bomb" (N) Red Sox This Rpd Sox Stories
WSBK Lost Son" tA shooting from a boat leaves a bay- (CC) Week
(CC) side partygoeq. dead. (CC)
(6:15)**P Rome "Philippi" Two armies clash, Rome "Death Mask" Servilia drives Entourage Entourage
H BO-E JUST LIKE with the future of Rome at stake. f Atia to distraction. (N) f (CC) Dominated"' f Vince's dream
HEAVEN (2005) (CC) (CC) project. A (CC)
(:00) Real Time LONGFORD (2006, Docudrama) Jim Broadbent, (:45) ** s FEVER PITCH (2005, Romance-Comedy)
HBO-P With Bill Maher Samantha Morton, Andy Serkis. A British ead advo- Drew Barrymore. A woman falls in love with a die-hard
1(CC) cates rehabilitating a child murderer. f (CC) baseball fan., 'PG-13' (CC)
* s PRIME (2005, Romance-Comedy) Meyl Streep, (:15) ** JUST LIKE HEAVEN (2005, Romance-Comedy) Reese With-
H BO-W Uma Thurman. A recently divorced woman dates the erspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue. An architect falls for the spirit of a
son of her therapist. n'PG-13' (CC) comatose woman. A 'PG-13' (CC)
H BO-S FABULOUS (2005, Comedy) Sandra Bullock, Regina ma) Geoffrey Rush, Chadize Theron, Emily Watson. The comic actor has
King, Enrique Murclano. 'PG-13' (CC) a turbulent personal life. f 'NR' (CC)
(6:15)*** *(:15) ** SHE'S THE MAN (2006, Romance-Comedy) Amanda Bynes, * HARRY POTTER AND THE
MAX-E TWISTER (1996) James Kirk Channing Tatum. A student poses as her twin brother. A GOBLET OF FIRE (2005, Fantasy)
Helen Hunt. ft .'PG-13' (CC) Daniel Radcliffe. ft'PG-13' (CC)
(6:45) * V FOR VENDETTA (2006, Action) Natal- s THE X-FILES (1998, Science Fiction) David Duchovny, Gillian An-
MOMAX le Portman, Hugo Weaving, Premiere. A vigilante fights derson, Martin Landau. FBI agents Mulder and Scully probe the existence
a fascist government. 'R'(CC) of aliens. 'PG-13' (CC)
(6:15) * GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' (2005, Crime Drama) (:45) SHO Me The L Word "Lacy Lilting Lyrics"
SHOW AMOS & AN- Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. TV Premiere. A drug dealer Now "The Pink (fRV) Creative differences. N) A
DREW (1993) turns to rap music for salvation. 'R' Panther." (CC) (CC)



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Michael Keaton, steal an.inheritance from three orphans. 'PG' (CC) miere. (Subtitled-English) t 'R'





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