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No date set for

resumption of hearing

THE retrial of two broth-
ers charged with the June,
2002, murder of Mario Miller
- son of Cabinet Minister
Leslie Miller was adjourned
again yesterday.
However, no date has yet
been set for resumption of the
A retrial of brothers Ricar-
do Miller, alias Tamar Lee,
and Ryan Miller, was ordered
last February when a juror on
the initial case was found to
be in contempt of court. The
case was aborted.
The new trial, which
involves some 30 witnesses,
was expected to get underway
yesterday, but had to be

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adjourned, The Tribune was
The trial has reportedly
been postponed because of
the unavailability of a partic-
ular prosecution witness.
Attempts were made yes-
terday to contact Public Pros-
ecutions Director Bernard
Turner, but he was reportedly
out of office.
Deputy director Cheryl-
Grant Bethel was unavailable
for comment as she was
engaged in another trial.
Mario Miller's body, with
multiple stab wounds, was
found in bushes near the
Super Value foodstore in

Miller: I will speak in House
for all Bahamians who have
yet to see justice served
Tribune Staff Reporter
AGRICULTURE Minister Leslie Miller said that when he
speaks again in the House of Assembly on the murder of his son,
Mario, he will not only be speaking as a father, but for all
Bahamians who have yet to see justice served in their respective
Mr Miller, who was responding to reports that his son's case
was postponed to sometime in either September or October,
said that the news didn't take him by surprise.
In fact he said he had expected it.
"I got a call this morning from Yasmin, my daughter, and her
mommy, Mario's mommy, Helen, and they are gravely distraught
about what they perceive as a grave injustice that has been going
SEE page nine

(Photo: Tim Clarkel
Tribune staff)
Tribune Staff Reporter
EFFECTIVE today, all
leasing of Crown land by
the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Marine
Resources will be stopped,
until" officials from that
ministry can take a proper
assessment of already
leased farm land through-
out the nation's capital.
This announcement was
made by the minister,
Leslie Miller during a tour
once again of Crown land
plots that have been dev-
astated by unscrupulous
persons who in most cases
SEE page eight

Wells claims Ingraham
misled colleagues over
leadership intentions
Tribune Staff Reporter
HUBERT Ingraham knowingly misled Tom-
my Turnquest and Dion Foulkes about his lead-
ership intentions prior to his announcement
that he would run in the coming election, Inde-
pendent MP Tennyson Wells alleged yester-
Declaring that the most important issue in
the election is "trust and character", Mr Wells
said he felt the public ought to know in order
to make an "informed judgment" that Mr
Ingraham had misled his colleagues.
"When you have a situation where a man's
word cannot be trusted, he tells you one thing
and he does another, it's very important in lead-
ership," Mr Wells told Darrold Miller, when
SEE page nine

PLP voters
expected to
show support for
Sidney Stubbs
Tribune Staff Reporter
SCORES of PLP voters were
expected to stage a strong show
of support for incumbent MP
Sidney Stubbs at the Holy Cross
constituency office last night.
The aim of the gathering,
according to the PLP's Holy
Cross chairperson Anastacia
McMillan, is to send Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie the message
that Mr Stubbs is the only rep-
resentative the constituents will
"We want to let the Bahamas
and the prime minister know
that we only want Sidney
Stubbs. We are behind him and
we support him fully," she told
The Tribune yesterday.
When asked if she or any of
Mr Stubbs' supporters would
back another PLP candidate in
Holy Cross, Ms McMillan,
replied: "No comment."
This comes after claims that
Mr Stubbs will be the only PLP
incumbent not to be renomi-
nated for his seat.
Disturbed by these rumours,
the Holy Cross branch office
yesterday announced that it
would host a gathering to
demonstrate how strong a back-
ing the embattled MP still
enjoys strong in his constituen-
One supporter told The Tri-
bune that they were "sick and
tired" of the rumours that Mr
SEE page nine

Govt to present recommendations
to boundaries commission today
Chief Reporter
GOVERNMENT will present its recom-
mendations to the boundaries commission and
the opposition its response to these recommen-
dations today when the body meets for what is
expected to be the last time.
This will come less than a week away from
when the current register of voters is due close
on March 12.
Tomorrow, however, the public may be able
to hear the decision of the boundaries commis-
sion being debated in the House of Assembly.
Both government representatives on the com-
mission, Bradley Roberts and opposition rep-
resentative, Brent Symonette, told The Tribune
yesterday that they expected the matter to be
concluded today.
As of press time yesterday voter registration
SEE page nine

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A short history of the PLP's

long lie: it's getting worse

WHEN the PLP came to
power in 1967 many in
the hierarchy of the party looked
forward to exorcising the demon of
race from Bahamian politics once
and for all.
The leader of the party, Sir Lyn-
den Pindling, seemed at first to be
more strongly in favour of that than
some of his colleagues.
Miriam Makeba, the celebrated
black South African singer, was
among a number of prominent
blacks in America who wanted to
do business in the new Bahamas.
But Sir Lynden stopped her when he
heard she was romantically linked
with black power firebrand Stokely
She left Sir Lynden's office in
tears and never came back. The new
Bahamas was having nothing to do
with that.
A more dramatic demonstration
of this attitude occurred at Paradise
Island in the presence of Lady Mar-
guerite Pindling. Another famous
singer, Nina Simone, was giving a
concert and she did not think it was
out of order to sing some black
American protest songs; but she was
A young Bahamian journalist,
Oswald Brown, was so moved by
her powerful performance that he
mounted the stage and kissed Ms
Simone's feet, much to the delight of
many in the crowd, but not Lady
Marguerite nor, as it turned out lat-
er, Sir Lynden.

r Brown was at the time
being groomed to take
over the party's newspaper, Bahamian
Times, which I had edited up to 1967. A
Trinidadian named Jimmy Andrews
had been recruited to run the paper
until Mr Brown was ready.
But the new establishment came
down on Mr Brown like the proverbial
ton of bricks. Lady Marguerite made it
known that we were finished with that
sort of thing in The Bahamas. Mr
Brown was chastised by Sir Lynden per-
sonally and then berated on national
Neither did the foreign editor of
Bahamian Times escape the fury of the
Pindlings. Mr Andrews made the mis-
take of publishing Mr Brown's
favourable report on the concert and
he, too, was personally reprimanded.
Sir Lynden had the Immigration



Department temporarily in his portfolio
at the time because the substantive Min-
ister, Arthur Hanna, was away. The
Premier, in a fit of anger, issued a
deportation order against his own edi-
tor! After some discussion, the order
was rescinded.
Sir Lynden knew just as well as every-
body else that the days of the Old
guard UBP and its racist policies were
gone forever. The chief architect of that
* policy, Sir Stafford Sands, also knew it
was over and so he packed up and left.
Not all of the UBP were racists, of
course, and that had been dramatically
demonstrated in 1956 when some of
them resisted tremendous pressure to
support Sir Etienne Dupuch's resolu-
tion to abolish racial discrimination in
public places in The Bahamas.

Back in the 1970s Sir Lynden and his
PLP knew perfectly well that Sir Cecil
and his colleagues who had fought
as hard and sacrificed as much, if not
more, than he could not possibly
return to the racist policies of the Old


This time, the number of people
who will be taken in by the long lie
are likely to be few in number. But
that will not stop Mr Christie and his
pack of political assassins. He used to
stand silently on the side as they did
his dirty work, pretending to be
above it all. Now he leads the pack.

It was also demonstrated in 1971,
when the new and enlightened
leader of the UBP, Sir Geoffrey
Johnstone, decided that the time
had come to disband that party,
which he proceeded to do.

When the Free National
Movement was founded
in 1971 with Sir Cecil Wallace Whit-
field as its leader and the Dissident
Eight at its core, Sir Lynden knew
that he was facing a new and pow-
erful challenge in the Bahamian
political arena.
These were men committed to the
principles of democracy and colle-
giality in government, men who
were determined to resist at all costs
the cult of personality and dictator-
ship that had brought so many oth-
er former colonial territories to grief.
The eight were joined by some
former members of Paul Adderley's
NDP, including Sir Orville Turnquest,
and some former members of the UBP.
One of the most articulate proponents
of the new liberal order was former
UBP Norman Solomon.
A few weeks ago this same Mr
Solomon was at the centre of an emo-
tional farewell with ministers of today's
PLP Government; he was also a sob-
bing visitor at the bedside when Sir Lyn-
den was dying from cancer.
Back in the 1970s Sir Lynden and his
PLP knew perfectly well that Sir Cecil
and his colleagues who had fought as
hard and sacrificed as much, if not more,
than he could not possay return to
the racist policies of the Old Guard. He
also knew that Sir Kendal Isaacs, who
later became leader of the FNM, could
not preside over such a thing.
But facing this new challenge from
men whose measure and spirit he knew
well, Sir Lynden revived the same race
card over which he had rejected Miriam
Makeba and chastised Oswald Brown.
He played the UBP race card against
them and their colleagues at every step
of the way, at every election throughout
the 1970s and 1980s.

t was a lie then, but some people
bought it. It is still a lie now. But
Perry Christie and his PLP minions have
decided to use it in a desperate attempt
to save themselves from the follies and
scandals in which they are drowning,
from the cesspit they have dug for them-

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They know full well that Hubert
Ingraham, like Sir Cecil and Sir Kendal
before him, is the puppet of no-one.
They know that he is the leader of a
democratic party whose members are
committed to the betterment of all
Bahamians, and to the original bright
promise of racial harmony and integra-
tion at all levels of our society, including
The blinding truth is that 10 years of
governance by the FNM has proven
beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt
that the FNM is not about what they
dishonestly said, and still stupidly say.
Those 10 years did not see a return to
the racism of the Old Guard nor even to
other outdated policies.
That 10-year period saw a deepening
of the Bahamian democracy at every
level, things the old PLP failed to
accomplish in 25 years. It saw the
strengthening of the rights of Bahami-
ans, working Bahamians who now enjoy
progressive labour legislation, includ-
ing the minimum wage and a shorter
work week.

o this time, the number of peo-
ple who will be taken in by the
long lie are likely to be few in number.
But that will not stop Mr Christie and
his pack of political assassins. He used to
stand silently on the side as they did his
dirty work, pretending to be above it
all. Now he leads the pack.
The more desperate this lot becomes,
the lower they are likely to sink. Not
only are black politicians who associ-
ate with white ones subject to their lies
and insults.
Last week one of the pack of hired
assassins suggested that some Bahami-
ans black Bahamians -- whose par-
ents happened to have been born
abroad, are somehow to be considered
lesser Bahamians, if Bahamians at all.
The Prime Minister, the relevant min-
ister and all those responsible for allow-
ing this person further to pollute the
Bahamian airwaves should be ashamed
of themselves.
They all know her and they must have
known what claptrap, prejudice and jin-
goism she is capable of spewing from
the dark recesses of her demented mind.
They will all be held accountable for
the fallout.




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*In brief

Bush backs
for Latin
Bush, facing criticism he has
ignored Latin America, said
Monday the region's grind-
ing poverty is a scandal that
has caused some to question
the value of democracy,
according to Associated Press.
He said the United States
will spend tens of millions of
dollars to improve education,
housing and health care
across the region.
"The United States of
America is committed to
helping people rise out of
poverty," the president said.
Many children in Latin
America do not finish grade
school and many mothers
never see a doctor, Bush said
in a speech at the Ronald
Reagan Building to about 400
invited guests, most of them
members of the US Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce.
"In an age of growing pros-
perity and abundance, this is
a scandal and it is a chal-
lenge," Bush said.
The speech came three
days before the president
leaves on a weeklong trip to
Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia,
Guatemala and Mexico.
National security adviser
Stephen Hadley said Bush's
efforts in Latin America have
been overshadowed by the
fight against terror and ille-
gal drug trafficking and by
trade issues.
Since taking office, Bush
has doubled US foreign assis-
tance to Latin America to
about $1.6 billion a year. The
money includes development
assistance, military assistance
and counter-narcotic assis-
tance. Colombia is the largest
recipient of US aide outside
the Middle East and
Afghanistan, with most of the
money earmarked for anti-
drug efforts.
Bush announced a series of
steps to help the region:
A Navy medical ship, the
Comfort, will make port calls
in Belize, Guatemala, Pana-
ma, Nicaragua, El Salvador,
Pert, Ecuador, Colombia,
Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago,
Guyana and Suriname. Its
staff will treat 85,000 patients
and conduct up to 1,500 surg-
eries. Other military medical
teams will provide medical
care through 62 medical
readiness training exercises
in 14 countries.
A health care profession-
al training centre will be
established in Panama to
serve all of Central America,
training students to be nurses,
technicians and health care
The United States will
commit $75 million over
three years to help thousands
of young people improve
their English and study in the
United States. Over the past
three years, the United States
has provided $150 million on
education programmes
throughout the region.
A programme to make
housing more affordable will
be expanded with an addi-
tional $385 million. The Unit-
ed States already has provid-
ed more than $100 million
through the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation to
help underwrite mortgages to
working families in Mexico,
Brazil, Chile and the coun-
tries of Central America.

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RBDF finds
Haitian boat
run aground
near Inagua

were apprehended at around
4pm on Sunday after Defence
Force officers received word
that a sloop had run aground
off Alfred Sound, near
The suspected illegal immi-
grants 25 men and 13
women are now being
detained at the Defence
Force base in Mathew Town,
where they are being
processed by Immigration
officials, a statement from the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force said yesterday.

Body of
Exuma man
found by

AN Exuma man believed
to be in his sixties reportedly
drowned sometime between
Saturday night and Sunday
morning after his vessel cap-
sized in the area of Rat Cay.
According to police
reports, sometime between
9pm on Saturday March 3
and Sunday March 4, an Exu-
ma man went out to sea in a
20-foot Boston Whaler.
It is believed that the man
sustained multiple injuries
after being thrown from the
boat, which hit a rock in the
area of Rat Cay.
The man's body was dis-
covered floating in the sea by
a local fisherman on Sunday
He was taken to a local
clinic where he was pro-
nounced dead.

Woman in
hospital with

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman
is in hospital in serious con-
dition after being. stabbed
multiple times in the Wilson
Track area on Sunday.
According to police, the vic-
tim was visiting a man in that
area some time after 6pm.
The two allegedly got into
an argument which resulted
in the woman being stabbed
multiple times.
The victim was transported
to hospital where she is listed
as being in serious condition
in the Intensive Care Unit.
Police say a 22-year-old
man is in custody and is help-
ing with the investigation.

Chavez warns
of plots to
Chavez said his government
is redoubling efforts to detect
assassination plots, calling US
diplomat John Negroponte a
"professional killer" and say-
ing he believes enemies -
including the CIA are out
to kill him, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Chavez said Sunday that
Venezuelan officials have
intelligence that associates of
jailed Cuban anti-communist
militant Luis Posada Carriles
also are involved in plotting
to assassinate him.
He said the death plot idea
has "gained weight" due to
various factors, including the
recent appointment of Negro-
ponte, the former director of
national intelligence, as
deputy to US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice.
"Who did they swear in ...
there at the White House as
deputy secretary of state? A
professional killer: John
Negroponte," Chavez said.

Chavez's government has
accused Negroponte of play-
ing a key role in the Contra
war against the leftist San-
dinista government of
Nicaragua when he served as
US ambassador to Honduras
- a haven for clandestine
Contra bases from 1981 to



Bahamas unranked in global

tourism survey of 124 nations

Tribune Staff Reporter

rank in a recent tourism survey
conducted by the World Eco-
nomic Forum, The Tribhne has
Barbados topped the Latin
American and Caribbean
region in the survey of 124
The survey rated countries
according to the environments
they offer for developing travel
and tourism.
Switzerland, Austria and Ger-
many topped the list, followed
by Iceland and the United
Barbados, ranked at 29th,
was the highest ranked country
in the Latin American and
Caribbean region.
Countries were evaluated for
natural and cultural resources,
safety and security, environ-
mental laws, health and
hygiene, air transport infra-
structure, labour practices and
the priority which the govern-
ment gives the tourism sector.
Barbados also ranked second
overall with regards to national
tourism perception showing
an overall positive attitude
towards tourists and the value
of tourism to the country.

Barbados top-ranked in Caribbean region,

European nations come out first on list

Jennifer Blanke, a senior
economist at the World Eco-
nomic Forum said: "Our study
is not a beauty contest, or a
statement about the attrac-
tiveness of a country. On the
contrary, we aim to measure
the factors that make it attrac-
tive to develop the travel and
tourism industry of individual
countries. The top rankings of
Switzerland, Austria and Ger-
many, Hong Kong and Singa-
pore demonstrate the impor-
tance of supportive business
and regulatory frameworks,
coupled with world-class trans-
port and tourism infrastruc-
ture and a focus on nurturing
human and natural resources,
for fostering an environment
that is attractive for develop-
ing the travel and tourism sec-
Only five other Caribbean
countries were ranked -
Jamaica (48), the Dominican
Republic (50), Trinidad and

Tobago (85), Guyana (100) and
Suriname (108).
Local environmentalist Sam
Duncombe told The Tribune
she was not surprised that the
Bahamas was not ranked in the
"If you look at the kind of
developments we are approv-
ing none of them are sustain-
able, particularly, in regards to
the protection of natural
resources," Ms Duncombe said.
She claimed the government
is giving away crown land at
"bargain basement" prices to
foreign investors, and that this is
a major problem for the devel-
opment of the tourism indus-
"Its our country therefore we
should be dictating to develop-
ers what kind of development
we want to see," she said.
Ms Duncombe said that it is
imperative for the government
to consult environmentalists and
scientists when drafting heads

of agreements.
If this is not done, she said,
the country will continue to be
outpaced by other countries
with respect to tourism.

The Tribune tried to contact
the Ministry of Tourism for a
response on the survey, but
enquiries were unanswered up
to press time

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Tribune Staff Reporter
A FEMALE chef claims she
was refused a job at Atlantis
because of her dreadlocks.
De' Shenell Swann said she
believes -her case represents
how "race prejudice" and
"wage-slavery" are still preva-
lent in the Bahamas.
Ms Swann said she had
applied for the sous chef posi-
tion at the hotel last year and
was told that she was selected
for the position in September.
She said she was called into
Atlantis last week to sign the
employment contract.
However, she said, during the
interview she was questioned
about her hair.
Ms Swann explained: "The
interviewer asked if she could
see my hair and I allowed her to
see it. Then she asked if I would
consider cutting my hair, and I
said no."
Ms Swann said the interview-
er then drew up a disclaimer
that stated that she would have
to wear a wig cap whenever she
was on hotel property for busi-
ness purposes, and that she
would have to wear her full chef
uniform at all times, including
the chef cap.
She said she signed the
employment contract and the
disclaimer, but a few minutes
later she was refused the job.
Ms Swann continued: "The
interviewer said she needed to
have the contract signed by
management and she came
back 20 minutes later and told
me that I was unfortunately no
longer a successful candidate
for the position."
Ms Swann said the interview-
er claimed the decision was a
matter of "grooming."
"I told them that I was not
going to let this happen to me in
my country, and that I felt I had
been discriminated against, vic-
timised and prejudiced," she said.
Asked how the incident had
made her feel, Ms Swann said
she was appalled to find out that
"wage slavery" exists in the


"I feel like a foreigner in my
own country," she said.
Ms Swann said she aims to
ensure that her future children
won't have to experience this
kind of prejudice in the job mar-
ket, if they decide to wear nat-
ural hair or dreadlocks.
Ms Swann has a bachelor's
degree in culinary arts and she
was formerly employed as the
personal chef to the British
High Commissioner.
The Tribune tried to contact
Atlantis to ascertain their poli-
cy in respect to dreadlocked
employees, but calls were not
returned up to press time.
The Tribune contacted
Atlantis for comment, and vice
president in charge of public
relations Mr Ed Fields said
Swann did not meet Atlantis'
grooming requirements.
Mr Fields said: "As is the case
with every business, we have a
dress code and a grooming poli-
cy. Our grooming policy is fairly
consistent with industry prac-
tices. Should the applicant in
question comply with our stated
policy, we believe that she would
meet all other requirements for
employment with respect to

the position applied for."
Ms Swann says she has a
bachelor's degree in culinary
arts and claims to have been the
former personal chef of the
British High Commissioner to
the Bahamas.

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"OUT of the crooked timber of humanity, no
straight thing was ever made," wrote the Ger-
man philosopher Emmanuel Kant.
No one expects perfection from any human
being- they are tempted, they misjudge, they
make mistakes, yet for those who struggle
against their weaknesses, they often overcome.
Although no one should expect perfection, they
can and should demand standards to which all
should be held accountable.
In 2002 the majority of Bahamians entrusted
this country to the Progressive Liberal Party
under the leadership of Perry Gladstone
Christie. Mr Christie, the orator with the sil-
ver tongue, came to power promising much.
As leader, said he, "I have created PLP 2002 as
a party for our times a PLP that will not
only build new hospitals, schools, bridges and
roads, but a PLP that will build up patriotism,
pride, optimism and hope. These values must be
brought to full flowering, otherwise, we labour
in vain."
Whenever he can bring himself within the
next few weeks to set a date for the general
election, the Bahamian people will go to the
polls to tell him whether he and his party
achieved that "flowering," or have laboured
"in vain."
In Our Plan a party manifesto that was
meant to be his government's contract with the
"Bahamian people-- Mr Christie also promised
to restore faith in government by "appointing an
independent Public Integrity Commission to
-' ensure that the government is responsive to the
people and that a standard of conduct is main-
tained that is worthy of the people's trust."
Of course, as with many of his other promis-
es, no Public Integrity Committee, was ever
appointed. The nearest he came to laying down
a code of conduct for his cabinet ministers was
a Code of Ethics, which crept to the table of the
House, but hadn't the energy to move to the
floor for debate and passing.
"This Code," was to have provided "stan-
dards for the conduct of affairs of Cabinet Min-
isters to avoid conflict of interest, abuse of pow-
er, enrichment of Ministers and corruption by
the solicitation or acceptance of personal gifts or
loans from organizations or individuals who are
seeking to obtain or retain the patronage or
favour of the government."
It then listed the do's and don't's for Minis-
ters. However, although it got to the table of the
House, Mr Christie obviously lost focus, and it
never became law.
If it had, many of the scandals that surfaced
during the Christie administration possibly could
have been avoided. With no anchor to pull them

in, several minister's took the initiative to tempt
*fate. And always, Mr Christie, either didn't hear
about it in time to intervene, or didn't believe
the enormity of the transgression, or believed
,that unseen "forces out there" were setting a
trap to bring his government down. And when
a scandal blew up in his face, he seemed uncer-
tain how to control it.
He gave the impression that with the pas-
sage of time, if he remained mute long enough,
a swirling mist would come in and sweep it all
If the Code of Ethics had been in place, and
Ministers knew that it would be strictly
enforced, Shane Gibson might today still be
the Minister of Immigration, Labour and Train-
In explaining his friendship Mr Gibson
described it as a family affair with the late
Playboy playmate, and the fast-tracking of her
residence permit when Minister of Immigra-
tion, he seemed completely unaware of several
other no-no's in the toothless Code.
"Ministers," said the Code. "must avoid using
their ministerial status or influence for the
enrichment of themselves or their families."
We are not suggesting that Mr Gibson
enriched himself, but he didn't seem to be
aware, in trying to show that theirs was a friend-
ship that involved all his family, that he was
putting himself deeper into difficulties. He
explained that his mother was the baby-sitter for
the playgirl's baby and his wife provided spiri-
tual guidance. It was later learned that his father
piloted her newly purchased boat from Florida
to the Bahamas.
Eventually Mr Christie, in accepting Mr Gib-
son's resignation, had to admit that he was deal-
ing with a man who had acted "improperly",
had acted "incorrectly" and had acted "in a
way that his colossal. error of judgment raises
suspicions or whatever it is..." But, by demand-
ing a certain standard of behaviour from this
man, Mr Christie explained that he didn't have
to take "his head off his body to kill him polit-
ically" and he didn't have "to kill his wife and
his children in doing so."
Mr Christie was not expected to take his
head off his body, but he was expected to
uphold the standards that this country should
expect of their politicians.
Mr Christie, who seems quick to find excuses
for transgressions, should remember that even
Jesus took whips to drive out the money chang-
ers because they were defiling the temple.
Bahamians are entitled to a standard of con-
duct from their ministers that is "worthy of
their trust."

Sandyport and

Anna Nicole

Smith's funeral

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Code of Conduct still not law

There is garbage to clean up
this afternoon. It is not right
that Sandyport homeowners
should have to carry these
After making inquiries
Sandyport was informed of
the normal rates to charge
members of the international
press for access to private
property. Local media were
not charged. Importantly, the
contracts referred to in the
local press allowed Security
to keep track of who was on
our private property and set
out a basic agreement that
required a certain standard of
behaviour that protected own-

ers' rights while allowing the
media access. The charge
helped to cover the cost of
increased Security and
garbage collection. The mon-
ey was paid to the Sandyport
Homeowners Association in
full. The Homeowners Asso-
ciation has decided that if
there are any funds left over
after the payment of expenses
they will be donating these to
charity. I should be grateful if
you could please publish this
letter in order to correct any
misconceptions that might
have arisen in people's mind.
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Company Limited
March 2, 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this open letter to Health
Minister Dr Bernard Nottage, who is now
responsible for broadcasting:
Dear Minister Nottage: .
AS a Bahamian I write to voice my serious
displeasure with the obvious and offensive bias
currently been portrayed over ZNS radio, the
voice of the Bahamas. Of immediate concern to
me is the ever popular talk show Immediate
Response with host Steve McKinney. Not to
mention Afternoon Drive with Lady Russell,
who is guilty of the same. Indeed ZNS-News is
also representative of the same bias and must
be addressed.
However, I will deal with Immediate
Response first.
I am offended that the voice for all PLP
commercials is the same voice as the host of
Immediate Response. Please tell me that I am
wrong to assume that the person who is Public
Relations for the PLP party is allowed to per-

form the same as host of a national (publicly
paid) radio talk show and a serving public offi-
Please tell me that I am wrong to assume
that nepotism is the order of the day as seen in
the credits of all Bahamas Information Ser-
vices Television broadcasts.
Honourable Minister, I, Peter T Carey,
Bahamian born and bred, call upon you to
cause the unashamed, deliberate attempts to
promote all things PLP on our public airwaves
to cease immediately.
I would be most grateful if you can be so
kind as to advise me of your progress. Indeed
I will be more then Willing to present my case
to whomever you deem I may have to.
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A wonderful living

example of civic practice

EDITOR, The Tribune.
extremely touching witness-
ing the recent ceremony on
Norman Solomon's retirement
from the chairmanship of the
Bay Street Development
chairmanship and suggests
what a wonderful living exam-
ple of civic practice this hon-
ourable gentleman has given
to his Bahamas.
Gone forever are his elo-
quent Budget debates in the
House of Assembly where
although those who were on
the Government side would
say too windy, his decisive
arguments were historic to say
the least.
I always wondered if the
Honourable Norman
Solomon had ever been a
Minister of Finance would he
have surpassed Honourable
Sir Stafford Sands who is
acclaimed as the father of the
modern Bahamas?
Honourable Norman
Solomon has a talent, an
incredible gift to delve into
complex numbers and speak
with such eloquence for
hours with no script but simple
notes -- today's MPs please
If there is a candidate for

the highest honour Her
Majesty, through our govern-
ment can bestow on this
true Bahamian is an hon-
ourable knighthood of a
senior level as here is a true
To those who take on the
mantle which he has fathered
for so many years, the down-
town redevelopment they
have big shoes to fit and
would be well advised to start
and think small with the
immediate cleaning up, re-
painting and policing of Bay
and surrounding streets.
Recent video shown on
ZNS TV-13 of the area close
to the security fencing off
Prince George is simply unac-
ceptable and if there is going
to be any serious action we
have to start small keeping
what's here now clean and dis-
ciplined and can't wait for the
big show, so to speak, as then
the task will be enormous.
Thanks Hon. Norman
Solomon, your country is
proud of your Parliamentary
and civic service and we
will all wish your improved
February, 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE funeral service for
celebrity Anna Nicole Smith
was held at the Mt. Horab
Church here at Sandyport
today (Friday). Because of the
fame of Mrs. Smith the cere-
mony drew large public
The knowledge of this
event came as a surprise to us
here at Sandyport as we were
not officially informed and
found out only the day before.
We had to scramble our Secu-
rity Force and bring in many
additional officers to make
sure that property was pro-
tected, that residents, shop
owners and their customers
had access to the property and
that they were not unduly
upset. All the additional staff
had to be paid overtime.

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S In brief

Pair face
A 29-YEAR-OLD man
and a 31-year-old woman
appeared in Magistrate's
Court yesterday in connec-
tion with cocaine possession
Jeffrey Bain and Nishka
Wright, both of St Albans
Drive, appeared before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel.
Bain faced one charge of
possession of eight grams of
cocaine and both he and
Wright faced a separate
charge of possession of 29
grams of cocaine.
They both pleaded not
guilty to the charges and were
remanded into custody.
A bail hearing was set for
March 7.

Man denies
charge of

A 21-YEAR-OLD McCul-
lough Comer man appeared
in Magistrate's Court yester-
day to be charged with mari-
juana posrssion.
It is alleged that on Sun-
day, March 4, Jamaal Symon-
ette was found in possession
of two ounces of marijuana.
Symonette pleaded not
guilty to the charge and was
remanded into custody at
Her Majesty's Prison.
A bail hearing was set for
March 7.

Two men are
arrested after
of firearm
TWO men were arrested
in the Rupert Dean Lane
area early Sunday morning
in connection with the dis-
covery of a firearm.
According to police,
around midnight on Sunday,
officers on mobile patrol in
the Rupert Dean Lane area
observed two persons in a
black Nissan Sentra, who
they believed were acting sus-
The officers approached
the vehicle and conducted- a
routine search which led to
the discovery of a .380 hand-
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Former minister considers

running as an independent

Morton Salt

workers to tell


about action

Tribune Staff Reporter
INAGUA workers will be
notifying the Department of
Labour today of their intention
to conduct a strike vote against
the Morton Salt Company, The
Tribune can reveal.
Obie Ferguson, the legal
advisor to the Bahamas Indus-
trial Manufacturers and Allied
Workers Union (BIMAWU),
said the union and the company
have reached an "impasse" in
regards to negotiations over
their industrial agreement.
Last month, more than 100
employees of the Morton Salt
company in Inagua walked off
the job in protest of a reduction
in their work schedule.
Morton Salt managing direc-
tor Glen Bannister said the
reduction was due to a low pro-
duction of salt. at the compa-
But, BIMAWU president
Wilfred Seymour said: "We will
continue off the job until we
receive the resignation of the
managing director of Morton
Salt and the human resources
manager, and also until our
industrial agreement comes to a
conclusion because the work-
ers on the job don't feel that
Mr Bannister has their interest
at heart."
Attorney for the union Mr
Ferguson said he supports the
union in its decision to strike.
He said that for far too long,
he has conducted negotiations

with Morton Salt for an indus-
trial contract, but the company
has failed to agree to terms.
"It should not take two years
to negotiate a collective agree-
ment nor should it take two
years to address small issues
that really should be resolved
without taking any action," Mr
Ferguson said.


At the end of February, the
workers were back on the job
and negotiations between the
union and the salt company
were resumed at the Depart-
ment of Labour in Nassau.
At that time, Mr Ferguson
said the negotiations were "fun-
damental to the continuation of
business" at Morton Salt.
He said the union didn't want
to resort to industrial action,
but it appeared that was the
only way management would
take the workers seriously.
Mr Ferguson told The Tri-
bune that he was scheduled to
meet with the union yesterday,
however, he said, there was
already a "strong" possibility
that the workers will be taking
some sort of industrial action
to bring the matter to resolu-
The attorney said the posi-
tion that Morton Salt was
advancing during negotiations
was "totally unacceptable" and
he claims that a strike vote by
the union is inevitable.

FORMER PLP minister
George Smith is considering
running as an independent can-
didate for Exuma in the upcom-
ing general election.
Mr Smith made his first pub-
lic comments surrounding the
rumours of his candidacy to The
Tribune in an interview yester-
The former Cabinet minister
and MP for Exuma said his first
preference is to run as a PLP
candidate for a second Exuma
However, if the government
allows Exuma to remain as one
seat, Mr Smith stated that he
would consider contesting the
"The idea has been advanced
to me by various people who
have a significant interest in
Exuma, not just as major and
potential developers, but those
who have historic interests in
Exuma," he said.
Mr Smith said a significant
number of people, particularly
in the Exuma cays, have indi-
cated that they would like him
to again represent the area.
"Out of respect of them, even
though it is difficult to go
against one's party, I have to
give it serious consideration,
which I will do. I will give it
serious consideration once the

boundaries have been publi-
cised," he said.
Mr Smith's desire to have the
Exumas broken up into two
seats comes from the increased
demographic shift to the islands,
as a result of the opening of the
Four Seasons hotel at Emerald
Bay; and, the geographic lay-
out of the Exuma chain, which
extends for more than a hun-
dred miles, encompassing
numerous islands and cays.


With a demographic shift that
may lead to Exuma having over
10,000 inhabitants in the next
five years, Mr Smith suggested
that the residents of this island
chain would not get the per-
sonal representation they are
used to if the seat is not divided.
He said:
"Even with the best of inten-
tions, a single member is hard
pressed to maintain the level of
personal contact and attention
people historically came to
Mr Smith stated that he has
advanced and advocated the
idea of a second seat to the
"appropriate individuals" in the
PLP. Though, the final deci-
sion on whether or not they
took his advice will come when
the report of the Boundaries

Commission is released.
Mr Smith did not wish to
make any negative remarks
about the current PLP repre-
sentative for Exuma, Anthony
Moss. However, he stated that if
he was to run in a three-way
race against the PLP and the
FNM, he would be doing what
is best for Exuma.
Mr Smith asserted that the
constituency needs creative
leadership which would be able
to encourage the people of Exu-
ma to integrate with the new
investments and the many new
people that have and continue
to migrate to the islands.
The idea of conglomerating
disparate Family Island seats
into single seats is also some-
thing Mr Smith strongly dis-
agrees with.
If Exuma remains one seat,
Mr Smith's possible candidacy
would create a very competi-
tive race in a constituency the
PLP won by only 106 votes in
the last general election.
Mr Smith is also controver-
sial candidate as he resigned
as a minister of the PLP gov-
ernment in the mid 1980s, in
part as a result of accusations
levelled during the Commission
of Inquiry that he had received
Despite these allegations, Mr
Smith went on to be re-elected
in the 1987 and 1992 elections.

Resident's anger over

inaction on septic tank

Tribune Staff Reporter
A HARBOUR Island resi-
dent's patience with govern-
ment has reached its end after
a year of living next to a
backed-up septic tank.
The resident said that his
home, in the main part of the
settlement, has been blighted
for over a year by the noxious
odour of human waste that has
been rising from a malfunc-
tioning septic tank next to his'
"I'm sick and tired of it," he
said. "It has been backed-up
for quite some time."
His entire family includ-
ing his 82-year-old mother and
18-month-old grandnephew -
along with other residents,
have been forced to suffer the

sulphurous stench for too long,
he said yesterday.
The smell is so strong that
they cannot stomach sitting on
their porch in the breeze any-
And it cannot be good for
tourism on the small island
either, he suggested.
The landlord who owns the
property attached to the tank
has made several promises to
address the situation, but to
date has done nothing, it was
And government has also
been slow in responding to the
In fact, despite numerous
calls to the Department of
Environmental Health Ser-
vices over the year, only in the
last week has any official
response been received, said

the man.
This came in the form of a
visit to his home by an official.
The official stated that a
summons, possibly ordering the
landlord of the property which
is attached to the backed-up
tank, to carry .out reparative
work, would be issued shortly.
However, days have now
passed and the island's admin-
istrator has yet to receive the
summons, which has left the
resident wondering if the
unhealthy and distressing
problem is ever going to be
"They need to hurry up and
do something about it," he
No official at the Depart-
ment of Environmental Health
Services was available for com-
ment yesterday.


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Ingraham criticises government for

'path of neglect' across Eleuthera

* HUBERT Ingraham

Affirming his support of the
candidacy of North Eleuthera
MP Alvin Smith, FNM Leader
Hubert Ingraham this weekend
pointed to what he described as
"the path of PLP neglect that
stretches throughout Eleuthera".
The opposition leader
pledged the FNM's commit-
ment to provide areas of the
north including Harbour Island
a "face of the Bahamas"-
essential services and infra-
structure the present govern-
ment has failed to provide.
Mr Ingraham's remarks came
during the opening ceremony
for the FNM's headquarters in
Harbour Island on Saturday
He claimed that New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama, Abaco,
Exuma, MICAL, Long Island
and Ragged Island are for the
FNM and urged Harbour Island
to come along as well.
He also criticised Prime Min-

ister Perry Christic, for Inever
visiting the people of ('Cunreni
Island, Eleuthera and urged himi
to do so, because "he will find
all those souls who are neglect-
ed very neglected".
"I felt very badly today
because I never drove on thal
bumpy, rocky, unpaved road
that led from the ferry dock into
the town it ought to be paved
and the FNM will do that. I did-
n't know the public dock was
no more the FNM will re
build that," Mr Ingraiam said.
The former prime minister
said that he was not aware that

that the school did not have
flushing toilets.
"When I was in office it was
my determination to make sure
that we eliminated throughout
the Bahamas outside toilets in
every school everywhere, and I
was disappointed to discover
that we, the FNM, did not put
potable water in Current
Island," Mr Ingraham said.


The FNM leader said that he
was also very disappointed to

discover yesterday that Lower
Hogue a bastion of PLP sup
port still had roads that were
in such bad shape.
"I didn't leave them like that,
and I call upon Perry Gladstone
Christie not to leave them like
that either. Fix them. Fix them
now. And if they don't fix them,
we will fix them when we win,"
lie said.
The Bahamas, Mr Ingraham
said, has discovered something
it didn't know before that the
PLP aren't what they claim to
"They sold us a bill of goods
and now everybody in the
Bahamas can say 'boy I didn't
know that'. They are very dis-
appointed in what they have
"Soon there will be an elec-
tion. It ain't long now. I am
coining back to Harbour Island
one more time before elec-
tions," he said.

Laing reveals eight-point agenda during launch

Tribune Freeport Reporter
date Zhivargo Laing has
promised to give strong leader-
ship and better representation
in parliament if he is elected as
the next MP for Marco City -
where about 400 registered vot-
ers did not vote in the last elec-
Mr Lair' unveiled an eight-
point legislative agenda to resi-
dents of Marco City during the
official opening of his con-
stituency office in the East Sun-
rise Shopping Centre on Friday
He was supported by his fam-
ily, including his mother, for-
mer FNM Senator Naomi Sey-
mour, his wife, Zsa Zsa, along
with their three children, and
other relatives.
The Marco City constituen-
cy, which encompasses around
10,000 voters, was always a sure
seat for the FNM until the 2002
general election.
Of the 4, 217 registered voters
in Marco City, 3,812 persons
voted. Former Marco City MP
David Thompson of the FNM
lost, having received 1,641
votes, to PLP candidate Pleas-
ant Bridgewater, who won with
1,918 votes. CDR candidate
Forrester Carroll got 80 votes,
and independents Frederick
McAlpine and Louise Ewing
received 117 and 56 votes,

Tribune Freeport Reporter
PLP party executive accused
the government of bringing
nothing but "hard luck" and
hard times to the island of
Grand Bahama since 2002.
Rev Frederick McAlpine, a
former PLP national vice chair-
man, criticised both Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie and Tourism
Minister Obie Wilchcombe for
Grand Bahama's.depressed
Speakiig, at the opening of
Zhivargo Laing's constituency
office in Marco City on Friday
evening, the once independent
candidate for Marco City, now
turned FNM, said many Grand
Bahamians remain jobless and
hotels arc still empty even
with lihe closure of the Royal
He endorsed Mr Laing's can-
didacy in Marco City, describing
him as a "decent young man,"
who is a committed family man,
experienced politician and for-
mer cabinet minister.
Rev McAlpine left the PLP
party in 2002 after failing to
secure the nomination as the
PLP's candidate for Marco City,
claiming thai his candidacy was
uii''-rmined by the party leader.
lie later ran as an independent
"I don't deny, nor will I

The FNM believes that the
405 persons who did not vote
were mainly disgruntled FNMs
who chose not to take part in
the election.
Mr Laing, who lives in Marco
City, said it is a great honour
to be the FNM candidate for
Marco City, which was once
represented by the party's
founder and national hero Sir
Cecil Wallace Whitfield, and
then later by David Thompson
in the critical by-election that
struck the first blow in the
dethroning of the Pindling-led
PLP in 1992.
"We open this headquarters
today as a defining moment in
our campaign to give you better
representation in the House of
Assembly and a better govern-
ment for our country," he said.
Mr Laing told the many per-
sons attending the opening and
mini rally at his campaign office
of plans to promote a Freedom
of Information Act, a Amended
Local Government Act to give
further powers to local govern-
ment, an MP Reporting to the
People Act requiring MPs to
give a comprehensive annual
report of their duties, and a Bal-
anced Budget Act.
The former MP and cabinet
minister said he will also push
for a National Pensions Act, a
Catastrophic Healthcare Act, a
Better Business Act offering
further protection to consumers

deny that there was a time
when I supported them (the
PLP). Some of you out there
... have the same testimony,"
he said.
"I left' them because I knew
them and I knew what they
would become towards the
Bahamian people. Many of you
are just now finding out what I
knew from way back then," said
Rev McAlpine.
He stated that even though
the PLP was given a chance in
Grand Bahama, where it won
three seats, it has failed to deliv-
er on its promises.


"During the last election cam-
paign the prime minister came
to Grand Bahama and his
theme song was 'the storm is
over now'. Ever since le was
elected we had three storms on
this island recorded in our mete-
orological history.
"He promised us that we
were going to have more jobs
than we've ever seen. Now we
have more foreigners working
jobs that Bahamians can do and
many Grand Bahamians remain
jobless," he said.
Rev McAlpine said that PLP
West End MP Obie Wilch-
combe's claims that tourism is at
its best ever is not proving to
be true on Grand Bahama.

from unscrupulous businesses,
and a Transfer of Mortgage Act
to allow the transfer of mort-
gages without government fees.
"I do not come to you empty
handed. I come with real plans
and programmes for making life
in Marco City better," he told
Mr Laing, former minister of
economic development, said he
will be a law-maker, advocate
and leader when representing
the interests of his constituents.
"I will not be a quiet advo-
cate, or an invisible advocate
that is only an advocate when
the press is around," he said.
"It can't be right for me to
spend five years representing
you and things are just as they
were when you elected me," he
He expressed his concerns
about the high cost of living,
overcrowded high schools, poor
performance by students, lack
of school safety, and unfinished
subdivisions with unpaved roads
and half finished infrastructure.
Constituents, he said, also
complain of the lack of com-
munity and youth facilities and
programmes, the lack of facili-
ties for physically challenged
persons and poor disaster pre-
paredness and recovery.
"I am careful what 1 promise
to people because I want to be
able to deliver. I ain't coming
promising all kinds of jobs, but
here is what I promise you: I

"The Royal Oasis is shut
down. If tourism is as great in
Grand Bahama as he would
have us to believe then Our
Lucaya should be full in and out
of season; and every mom and
pop hotel should be full on this
island," he said.
Rev McAlpine said Bahami-
ans are struggling in Grand
Bahama. He noted that homes
are facing foreclosure, vehicles
are being repossessed, children
are being removed from private
schools, and the entrepreneurial
spirit has been crushed.
"Our economy has been
demoralised. The middle class is
struggling to survive. The
majority of us on the island
have been living from pay
cheque to pay cheque," lhe
Rev McAlpine also noted
that the cost of living has esca-
He claimed prices have gone
up by as much as 100 per cent
on some grocery items, and that
electricity has increased three
times over the past five years.
Turning his attention to
overcrowding at public schools,
he criticised Education Minis-
ter Alfred Sears and Works
Minister Bradley Roberts for
coming to Grand Bahama to
sign a contract for a new junior
school almost five years into
their term -just months before

will be honest and I ain't going
lie to you.
"I want to be fair, meaning
you ain't going to see me taking
no foreign investor and ped-
dling jobs only to FNMs when
we represent all of Grand
Bahama and Marco City.
"I am going to be account-
able to you. I am going to be
productive and report to you
and tell you wxhat I am doing.
"I give you my experience as
a former MP and former cabi-
net minister. 1 give you my
experience as a business oman
and a believer in Jesus (lhrist, as
a family man a comm unity
leader, motivator and as a Irain-
er. I will bring all of these to
bear on my service to vou." Mi
Laing said. *

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Ministry stops leasing

of Crown land today

FROM page one
are turning around and selling
the fill back to the government.
Standing at the exact site he
had been over a year ago, Mr
Miller questioned the purpose
of drawing attention to the dev-
astation to the Bahamian land if
time and again nothing is ever
done to stop or arrest those per-
sons guilty of doing it.
"This whole country gone to
hell. This is a waste of time,"
he said.
*Mr Miller, who was accom-
panied by police officers from
the Carmichael Road Police
Station, observed a payloader
and an excavator at the site.
According to the initial esti-
mates, the area of about three
acres had been dug about eight
feet deep, and about $100,000
worth of fill removed. In its
place, garbage had been
dumped which Mr Miller
said will eventually be covered
by other fill to disguise the fact.
"All persons responsible for
allowing persons to come and
destroy farm land in the
Bahamas, their lease will be for-
feited forthwith. So this lease
for this land here is finished
with," he said. Mr Miller said
that his ministry now has to put
these persons before the courts.
"I see no reason why the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas,
through the Attorney Gener-
al's office and through the
courts cannot confiscate equip-
ment as it is found on farm land.
First of all they have no per-
mission to be on the land; and
my, view is that if you find any
equipment on land that does-
n't belong to persons that have
it there the state itself, on
behalf of the people of our
country should be able to con-
fiscate that.
"And then keep that equip-
ment until full restitution is giv-
en to the government of the
Bihamas on behalf of the peo-
ple of the Bahamas. And that is
what we have to do. Unless we
are only wasting time, and I'm
tired of wasting my time," he

Mr Miller said that as far as
destroying government land is
concerned, the practice has
been going on "for at least 20
Mr Miller estimated that
there were no less than 50 sites
throughout New Providence
with more than 200 acres of
land that was "totally
destroyed" by such practices.
Yesterday he led the press to
four sites within a two mile
radius that have become illegal
fill yards, where the land was
stripped, and certain sections
are already being filled in by
This common practice, he
explained, is where a developer
will remove all the valuable top
soil and resulting fill from the
area, and then fill it in with
garbage collecting fees at
every juncture before cover-
ing the area again with debris
which most often is utilised by
the government then for low-
cost housing.
This, he said, is why most
houses in those areas find that
their walls are cracking after a
short period of occupancy.
"As a society we have failed.
you know. We have failed to
implement fully the laws of our
"You have some derelicts in
this country who get away with
murder who get away with
doing as they please because
they know that nobody is going
to do nuttin'.
"They know that you all are
here today. You may broadcast
it tonight and it will be in the
papers tomorrow. Wednesday
they will be out here! Unless
we confiscate this equipment
they will be out here Wednes-
day. I will bet any money. Take
the equipment if you're serious.
And that's the job of the police,
not the Minister of Agriculture
and Marine Resources," he
However the police at the
scene said they are powerless
to do anything. They claim that
they would have to get direc-
tives from powers "above
them" as to what to do.

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1999 Ford E150 Van

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1998 Dodge Stratus

1998 Dodge Intrepid

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1997 Honda

1996 Olds Cutlass

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1998 Chevy

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1996 Ford Contour

2001 Dodge Intrepid

1992 Honda Civic

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MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources Leslie
Miller examines the site yesterday.
(Photos: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff)


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Two arrested in connection

with the theft of BTC cable

Bahama police arrested two
men in connection with the
theft of a large quantity of
copper telephone cable, which
is the property of the
Bahamas Telecommunication
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
reported that on February 26,
a technical construction super-
visor at BTC reported to
police that sometime between

February 22 and 26, unknown
culprits had climbed up onto
the utility poles erected in the
Devonshire Subdivision over
the Casuarinas Bridge near
the water tanks and stole 230
ft of No 600 pair of telephone
cable and also 571ft of No 300
pair of telephone cable.
Following an intense inves-
tigation into the matter, offi-
cers from Central Detective
Unit apprehended a 47-year-

old male resident of Churchill
Drive, and a 24 year old who
resides at Grand Bahama
Farms on Grand Bahama
Mr Rahming said although
a significant quantity of the
stolen cable was recovered it
had already been cut up by
the culprits. The men are
expected to be arraigned this
week before the Court in con-
nection with the matter.

Tennyson Wells claims

Ingraham misled

colleagues over

leadership intentions

FROM page one

he appeared on his Gems
105.9FM radio show yesterday.
Mr Wells described how, "less
than twenty four hours" before
the former prime minister
announced his decision to run at
the 2005 National Convention,
both leadership contenders -
Tommy Turnquest and Dion
Foulkes- told him that Mr
Ingraham had asserted that there
was no chance of him doing so.
"Less than 24 hours later he
running and he's telling the pub-
lic 'No one's going to take my
name out of nominations and if I
am nominated I'm running and if
I win I'm going ahead with it,"
said Mr Wells.
Mr Wells explained how he
had warned Mr Turnquest prior


to the leadership election that
Mr Ingraham, and a cadre of
supporters, were orchestrating a campaign for
him to run for prime minister again.
He alleged that six or nine months prior to the
National Convention he had asked him (Mr
Wells) whether he would support him if he ran for
leader again.
"There's no way that I could believe that a for-
mer prime minister and leader of a party that I
supported for twenty-odd years would have come
to me and say as a sitting member of parliament
and ask me to support him as leader if that was-
n't going through his mind at the time," he said,
adding that he told Mr Ingraham he would not.

However, he said that when
he warned Mr Turnquest of Mr
Ingraham's alleged intentions,
Mr Turnquest refused to believe
"He thought I was talking non-
sense," said Mr Wells, stating
repeatedly that Mr Turnquest
could not "truthfully deny" his
version of the events leading up
to Mr Ingraham's announce-
/- Against allegations that his
claims were a case of "sour
grapes", Mr Wells said that there
is no way that he and about ten
S. other former FNMs who feel
S. similarly about Mr Ingraham
could all be inspired simply by
A : resentment.
Instead, he suggested that
these people who have spoken
out against Mr Ingraham are
)N WELLS putting "their country first"
knowing what the "position was"
with. Mr Ingraham's clandestine
leadership pretensions.
Furthermore, the Bamboo Town MP said that
he told Mr Turnquest that he felt the FNM would
be better off "in the long-term" with him at its
"I will venture to say that when the results are
in in the next election, in terms of the popular
vote now...I think the FNM will not get any more
seats than they have now and the popular vote
will have declined by the thousands," he said.
"The people are not going to vote for the FNM
simply because Hubert Ingraham is the leader,"
he said, adding: "It's a question of trust."

FROM page one

on now in regards to our son's
case over the past five years.
"What happened today is
typical as to what has hap-
pened in this case from the
beginning. Those persons who
have the power have been
allowed to do as they please
from the beginning in this case.
Today hasn't surprised me
because I was expecting any-
thing to happen. I have already
began to express my views in
Parliament and I will contin-
ue and finish up what I have to
"I appreciate the fact that in
this case that justice, whatever
it is perceive to be, those per-
sons who have the authority

FROM page one

Stubbs will not be receiving a
party nomination to run in the
coming election.
"Nothing has been officially
announced, no candidates.
"All we hear from the prime
minister is that nothing has
changed, that Sidney Stubbs is
still our candidate, yet there
are all these rumours out
there," she said.
The supporter said that con-
stituents of Holy Cross are
becoming weary of the "inde-
cisiveness" of the PLP execu-
tives when it comes to
the announcement of their
slate of candidates for the elec-
"We want them to just make

to do as they please have been
doing that over the past five
years. It doesn't surprise me. I
am somewhat taken aback, but
it doesn't surprise me," he said.
Mario Miller was found bru-
tally murdered in 2002 only a
mile away from his home on
Prince-Charles Drive. Since
then the trial has been tied up
in the Supreme Court, and was
yesterday postponed once
again until sometime in Sep-
tember or October.
Two persons are being held
for the murder.
During the last sitting of the
House of Assembly Mr Miller
launched a point-by-point
recap of the events surround-
ing what he termed "a con-
spiracy" surrounding his son's
death. In his opinion justice

a decision, or if no decision has
yet been made, then tell us. We
just want these rumours to
stop," she said.
Mr Stubbs yesterday said he

was intentionally being sub-
verted by those in authority to
frustrate the matter. At the last
seating, Mr Miller was inter-
rupted by both Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie and PLP MP
for San Salvador and Cat
Island Philip "Brave" Davis
who appealed to him not to
continue with the matter. They
pointed out to him that the
case was before the courts.
Tomorrow however, he is
expected to finish his speech.
"I hope that I am not inter-
fered with as I was last week,
because what I have to say in
no way or form has any effect
on the case that is before the
courts of the Bahamas.
"I won't be so stupid as to
adversely effect my son's tri-
al," he said.

could not speak to last night's
gathering at the Holy Cross
constituency office, but direct-
ed The Tribune to Ms McMil-

)undaries commission

based c
tions he

New Pr
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Bain an
Blue Hi
Farm R
Fort Ch

ures for 2007 are based on statistics
d by the Parliamentary Registration
nent up to 3/03/07. Figures for 2002 are
in statistics from the Parliamentary
nation Department for the general elec-
ld on 5/02/02.

2007 / 2002 registration

ovidence....................85,200 / 97,768
Bahama & Bimini .......20359 / 23,575
Islands .......................20230 / 23415
...................................125789 / 144,758


2007 / 2002 registration

de ...................................... 4613 / 4001
d Grants Town.................2947 / 4204
o Town ............................ 3384 / 4123
lls..................................... 4832 / 4265
hael ................................. 3452 / 4020
rte .................................. 4317 / 4137
th ..................................... 3754 / 4139
ton .................................. 3066 / 4331
oad ................................. 2972 / 4125
arlotte ............................ 3345 / 4117


FROM page one

stood at 125,789, a hop, skip and jump from
the 144,758 it was in 2002, but still a far cry
from the 160,000 goal of the Parliamen-
tary Registration Department.
Since the prime minister's announcement
of the date for the closing of the current
register last month, there has been an
increase in registration, but not nearly
enough to satisfy some observers.
Errold Bethel, the Parliamentary Regis-
trar, told The Tribune yesterday that the
department did not think it was necessary
to adjust the 160,000 goal because there
was still a chance that the objective could
be met.
He pointed out that yesterday's registra-
tion was "quite good" and expected a
healthy turn out up until the March 12th.
"I think people come out at' the last
minute and I think we are beginning to see
that today," Mr Bethel said.
The 2002 election was a record breaking
year for registration. It produced the high-
est number of registered voters for any
Both government and opposition mem-
bers have expressed frustration at both the
sluggish registration and the "foot drag-
ging" of the boundaries commission.
Those sympathetic to the commission
point out, however, that the commission
was unable to meet and make a decision on


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the constituency boundaries precisely
because of the low voter turnout.
This, in the opinion of Mr Symonette,
could have been avoided if Prime Minister
Perry Christie had announced the date for
the closure of the registry earlier than he
"If they had published the notice that
the register was going to close a lot earlier
when Mr Ingraham and the FNM was ask-
ing Mr Christie to do so, the upswing in
registration that you have seen would have
happened a lot earlier which would have
meant that more people would have been
registered and this boundaries exercise
could have been done a lot earlier.
"This would have been in keeping with
what the PLP had in 'Our Plan', which was
six months before election, but here we
are at almost six weeks. It's going to pose
some difficulties and it really questions the
democratic process," the FNM deputy
leader said.
However, Mr Roberts said the fact that
the commission would be meeting today
and concluding the process speaks'for
"If you look at the past as an example,
once there was an indication of the clo-
sure of the register people start to flock
and you are seeing that again this time," he
Because of this, he said, there should be
no cause for anxiety.

Fox Hill ..................................... 3590 / 3823
Garden Hills ...............................3142 / 3738
Golden Gates .............................3454 / 4150
Holy Cross ..................................3975 / 3927
Kennedy ...................................... 3118 / 3949
M marathon .................................... 3122 / 3932
M ontagu ...................................... 3760 / 4075
Mount Moriah ............................3518 / 3936
Pinewood .................................... 3623 /4286
St. Cecilia .................................... 3052/4274
St. Margarets ..............................3021 / 4147
St. Thomas More ..........................2935 / 4205
South Beach ...............................4391 / 3987
Yamacraw ................................... 3817 / 3877
Eight Mile Rock ........................3539 / 4040
High Rock ..................................3434 / 3585
Lucaya ........................................ 3212/ 3754
M arco City .................................. 3534 / 4217
Pineridge ..................................... 3236 / 4070
West End & Bimini ...................3404 / 3909
North Abaco ..............................3048 / 3312
South Abaco ...............................2058 / 2624
North Andros & Berry Island ....1992 / 2388
South Andros .............................2059 / 2335
North Eleuthera .........................2713 / 3367
South Eleuthera .........................2257 / 2739
Cat Island Rum Cay & San Sal ..1354 / 1443
Exum a ....................................... 2065 / 1966
Long Island & Ragged Is. ..........1529 /1946
M ICAL ....................................... 1155 /1295


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BENNETT'S Harbour, Cat
Island A nearly-completed
dock in the north, new seawalls
and repairs to roads damaged
by recent hurricanes are some
of the infrastructural projects
underway in Cat Island at the
The projects are "a blessing"
to residents and visitors alike,
according to Chief Councillor
Hancil Strachan.
"In Cat Island, today, we
have developments going on
both ways, north and south,"
he said. "If we have anyone
here now who would like to
work, there is full employment
in the construction field."
Mr Strachan said the dock in
the Arthur's Town/Bennett's
Harbour area is near comple-
tion and other jobs, including
home construction, road repairs
and seawalls, are providing jobs
for many Cat Islanders.
According to the Ministry of
Works, the new dock facility
comprises 230 feet of new steel
sheet pile bulkhead, with a con-
crete coping beam, new con-
crete sidewalks, a new concrete
roll-on/roll-off ramp, new bol-
lards for ship berthing.
In addition, the existing har-
bour is being dredged to accom-
modate larger vessels.
"Once we have this, this dock
alone is prosperity," Mr Stra-
chan said. "Once we have the
dock here, boats will come ...
this means a lot to us as soon as
it is finished. This is what we
have been waiting on for years."
Mr Strachan commended
Minister of Works and Immi-
gration Bradley Roberts, say-
ing, "He understands the Fam-
ily Islands and the way of the
The new seawalls in the areas
of New Bight, Knowles' and
Tea Bay are helping to protect
the roads, which were severely
damaged by recent hurricanes.

M A SECTION of seawall in Knowles', Cat Island

N A VIEW of a section of the new dock being built in the

Bennett's Harbour area

"After the hurricanes, the
roads were pretty bad," Mr
Strachan said. "It was so bad
that we never thought that it
would be fixed already."
He commended the contrac-
tor, Emile Knowles of Knowles
Construction and Development,
Ltd, for the work.
"With that kind of seawall, we


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problems after this. We do
believe that it is being done the
right way," he said. "Without the
seawall there, the water would
just take the road out again."
The road repairs are meeting
the increasing needs of
motorists and do not hinder the
traffic flow, he said.

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crowds at New Orleans Mardi Gras

* FRANCES Singer-Hayward with Amigo

FOR the second year, pot-
cake star "Amigo" wowed
the crowds in New Orleans
as he sailed through the
French Quarter, on his own
float, as the grand marshall
of Barkus, the animal parade
of Mardi Gras.
Sporting an elaborate
feathered headdress and silk
cape in the Bahamian
colours of yellow and
turquoise, Amigo, accompa-
nied by his human, Frances
Singer-Hayward as well as
his beloved trainer/friend
Bill Grimmer, happily
acknowledged the large,
enthusiastic crowds that
lined the route of the parade,
to support him.
Amigo is very much
aligned to New Orleans and
its struggle to survive. After
Hurricane Katrina, he
"helmed" the Amigo
Express, a rescue mission
that transported a large num-
ber of animals from the
stricken Gulf Coast to the
ARF facilities in East Hamp-
ton New York.
As a example for chal-
lenged potcakes, Amigo is
seen as a very fitting repre-
sentative for the challenged
animals of New Orleans as
well as the Bahamas.
Amigo now faces yet
another challenge, having
been diagnosed with cancer,
requiring the amputation of

one of his hind legs, and
extensive chemotherapy
However according to
those closest to him, Amigo's
brave spirit prevails and he
continues to work to fulfill
his mission trying to 'make
the world a better place for
potcakes by raising aware-
ness of their plight.
'Barkus' is one of the most
popular events of Mardi
Gras, bringing together hun-
dreds of dogs and their own-
ers, all dressed in elaborate
costumes who congregate at
Armstrong Park to give a
wild sendoff to the leaders
who travel in style, in elabo-
rately decorated floats, to the
music of Dixiland Bands.
The theme of the parade
this year was "A Streetdog
Named Desire" inspiring
many Tennessee Williams
lookalikes, as well as Stellas
and Blanche DuBois' all
characters in the famous play
and movie, A Streetcar
Named Desire which starred
Marlon Brando.
Bahamians in attendance
this year said there is still a
poignancy to the event,
which is in aid of the animal
rescue groups in New
Orleans who are still dealing
with the aftermath of Hurri-
cane Katrina and the thou-
sands of animals who are still


* AMIGO with one of his canine colleagues

Students presented

with scholarships

from Scotiabank

As the College of the
Bahamas approaches university
status, it has informed the coun-
try of its nation-building mis-
sion and its desire" to touch
every family in the archipelago.
To accomplish these goals the
college has embarked on both
establishing new partnerships
and nurturing existing ones with
the corporate world.
One long-standing partner-
ship that has proven beneficial
to all parties has been the schol-
arship programme sponsored
by Scotiabank. Begun 13 years
ago, Scotiabank scholarships are
worth $25,000 to deserving and
needy students at COB who
have flourished and benefited
from the generosity.
This year, the bank has spon-
sored six more young people
who were presented with their
awards and a number of Sco-
tiabank gifts at a ceremony in
the Boardroom at the college
on Tuesday, February 20.
Managing director of Scotia-
bank Minna Israel said how
impressed she was with the
progress the college had made

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towards achieving its new status
and congratulated the students,
reminding them that they were
the recipients of a first class
education at COB.
She quoted Benjamin
Franklin saying, "An invest-
ment in knowledge always pays
the best interest" and went on
to say, "By investing in the edu-
cation of young Bahamians we
are ensuring that there is a tal-
ented work force that will con-
tinue to stimulate our country's
economic growth and develop-


Ms Israel said her bank want-
ed give the programme a new
identity so they renamed it the
Scotia Scholars Programme and
are going to extend it beyond
the two-year students to include
students enrolled at the college
in four year baccalaureate
"Whenever a Scotiabank
scholarship recipient graduates,,
it is living proof of our commit-
ment to the investment in
knowledge. But you are expect-
ed to be accountable: we are
asking our students to study
hard, achieve very good grades
and to excel within and outside,
the classroom," Ms Israel said.'
Most of all, stay focused and:
when you graduate, don't just
remember Scotia but remem-
ber COB and give back to your
alma mater." t
She concluded by quoting'
from Gandhi: "Live as if you'
were to die tomorrow; learn as
if you were to live forever."
Scholarship recipient Jamie:
Wilkinson, spoke on behalf of.
the awardees saying a special
thank you to the bank for its
contribution to their educa-
tional development.
COB president Janyne Hod-
der thanked Scotiabank for its,
confidence in supporting "these,
wonderful young people."
She was particularly pleased'
that the award was now going to,
embrace four year students,'
because "it is bachelor's pro-
grammes we are using as the
lynchpin to launch the Univer-
sity of the Bahamas."
Ms Hodder expressed her
desire to see more COB stu-
dents staying for four years and
also to see them participate in
the international exchange pro-
grammes that are being devel-
Cheryl Carey, COB director
of financial aid and housing,
described the event as a red-let-
ter day for her department.




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Abaco Markets to sell

10% BSL Holdings stake

Bahamas must

market small

resorts like

large hotels

Tribune Business Reporter
IF marketed well collectively, the Bahamas' smaller hotels
could have a great impact on the tourism market and gener-
ate economic spending that trickles down to Bahamians more
effectively than larger properties, one hotelier believes.
Danielle Knowles, who along with her mother owns and
operates Dilette's Guest House in Chippingham, spoke with
Tribune Business recently on just how important marketing is
for small, niche Bahamian resort properties.
"We know how to market the larger hotels through their
brands, franchise and channels of distribution, but now we
need to do the same with the smaller hotels," she said.
Ms Knowles, who recently completed a course on the sub-
ject, explained that properties such as Dilette's Guest House
offer tourists a uniquely different experience from the larger
resorts, and it was these features that should be advertised.
"Our product is different
from large hotels and the
amenities that they have. SEE page 5B

president of Abaco Markets
(FILE photo)

or the operations of the under-
lying Bahamas Supermarkets.
This newspaper understands
that the reason behind Abaco
Markets' decision to seek a buy-
er for its BSL Holdings stake

relate to the respective situa-
tions and positions the two com-
panies itself and the underly-
ing Bahamas Supermarkets
chain are in.
Abaco Markets has been
focused solely on its turnaround
programme for the past four to
five years, and is now coming
close to completing its divest-
ment of non-performing, non-
core operations.
This initiative has also helped
to reduce the retail group's debt
mountain with the Royal Bank
of Canada considerably from a
high of more than $26 million,
and it is now focused on its
Solomon's and Cost Right for-
mats in the core New Provi-
dence and Freeport markets,
plus Domino's Pizza.
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation indicated that Abaco
Markets felt it was close to
returning to profitability, espe-
cially in its continuing opera-
tions, a development that
encouraged the company to
believe it could stand on its own

feet as a standalone group.
As a result, it wants to focus
solely on its operations, and
believes the $2.5 million BSL
Holdings investment would be
better liquidated, enabling it to
redeploy the capital for maxi-
mum use in its own business.
On the other side, Bahamas
Supermarkets, which owns the
12 City Markets stores in New
Providence and Grand Bahama,
is in the middle of as complex
transition, starting out life as a
standalone food retail chain fol-
lowing its purchase from Flori-
da-based Winn-Dixie.
BSL Holdings is now busy
implementing new store, sup-
ply chain and procurement
management systems, filling the
hole left behind by Winn-Dixie,
and establishing new supply
chains through its relationship
with management partner, Bar-
bados Shipping & Trading.
Given that the benefits from

SEE page 5B

Travel agents shocked at BA commission cut Son to pursue $1.2m claim
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Tribune Business Reporter
BRITISH Airways' (BA) decision to
reduce their commissions from 6 per cent to
1 per cent on tickets sold has come as a
- complete shock to Bahamian travel agen-
cies, The Tribune was told yesterday, with
the local industry planning to hold more
talks with the airline this week.
According to Joy Burrows, manger of
Premier Travel, travel agents were notified
of the new policy just on Friday last week.
The new commission structure will impact
Bahamian travel agents, as well as Grand
Cayman and Turks and Caicos, and goes
into effect on April 2, 2007.
"We are not sure why we were grouped
with Grand Cayman and the Turks, and
not with the other Caribbean countries.
British Airways tickets represent our high
yield client base. This decision would dras-
tically reduce our revenue, and would have
a huge impact on our Budget and commit-
menits set for 2007," Ms Burrows told The

Further talks with British Airways have
been planned for the upcoming week.
Other travel agents were equally shocked
by the decision, particularly because it was
so unexpected. The other two Bahamas-
based travel agencies handling large vol-
umes of BA ticket sales are Destinations
and Platinum Travel.
Debbie Nixon, of Platinum Travel, said
they had also discussed the matter with
British Airways and hope the decision will
be reversed.
'We do a lot of corporate business, and
those persons travel business class. So it is a
lot of money," she said.
BA's decision comes just as Virgin
Atlantic ends its weekly scheduled flights
from London to Nassau. Virgin will cease
service at the end of March, eliminating
any direct flight alternatives to BA out of.
Nassau and London.
According to Dr Oliver King, British Air-
ways' senior vice-president for Latin Amer-
ica and the Caribbean, the change reflects

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market conditions, such as the introduc-
tion of travel agency fees as well as the
need to appropriately manage costs.
"British Airways already charges a ser-
vice fee of $25 to those customers who
choose to book directly through our call
centres," he said.
"The services offered by travel agents
will always be driven by customer needs,
and agents are free to charge their own ser-
vice fees in addition to the ticket price.
British Airways will continue to develop
and enhance products and services that
travel agents can effectively sell.
"We are constantly reviewing overall
business practices, and will continue to
transform our business to remain competi-
tive, and to deliver outstanding service to
our customers across the Caribbean.
"We strongly believe that agencies across
the Caribbean remain an important and
integral distribution partner for British Air-
British Airways serves Nassau directly
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against father's GBPA asset

Tribune Business Editor
THE legal action that saw a
$1.218 million default judge-
ment and winding-up petition
entered against the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) is due to resume
today, with the Supreme Court
set to witness the bizarre spec-
tacle of a son trying to enforce a
claim he purchased on behalf
of his family against a compa-
ny that is his father's major
Rick Hayward, son of Sir
Jack Hayward, who is claiming
a disputed 75 per cent owner-
ship of the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate, has hired
Caryl Lashley, of Dupuch &
Turnquest, to represent him in
his bid to preserve and enforce
the default judgement against
the GBPA.
He previously acquired the
judgement by paying $1.218 mil-
lion to Island Bay Condomini-
um Phase III Association, the
original plaintiff in the action,
which had obtained a default
judgement against the GBPA
and a contractor, Uniprop Ltd,
over damage to the condo com-
plex that was sustained during
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
in 2004.
Island Bay Condominium
Phase III Association was rep-
resented in the action by attor-
ney Gregory Moss, of Moss &
Associates. At the last Supreme
Court hearing in the case, Mr

Moss along with Mr Hayward
- requested that the action be
adjourned until today, and
served notice that he was with-
drawing from the case as Island
Bay was no longer a party, hav-
ing sold the judgement, and did
not require representation.
Now, the question remains
whether Rick Hayward will be
able to enforce the default
judgement and recoup the
$1.218 million he and his family
paid to the Island Bay Condo-
minium Phase III Association.
This is because both the
GBPA and Uniprop have filed
separate summonses seeking to
have the default judgement set
aside via their respective attor-
neys, Thomas Evans of Evans
& Co for the former, and
Robert Adams of Graham,
Thompson & Co representing
Mr Evans has alleged that
their judgement is "irregular",
while Mr Adams is seeking to
have it set aside on grounds that
Uniprop "has a good and.meri-
torious defence". Mr Adams is
also alleging that the default
judgement's entry was irregu-
lar, on the grounds that it was
filed before an affidavit prov-
ing that notice of the writ's filing
had been served was filed.
In a Supreme Court affidavit,
Carey Leonard, the GBPA's in-
house general counsel, said the
initial writ was filed by Mr Moss

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Abaco Markets,
the BISX-listed
retailer, is plan-
ning to sell its
10 per cent
stake in BSL Holdings, the buy-
out group that became the
majority shareholder in
Bahamas Supermarkets when
it acquired Winn-Dixie's 78 per
cent stake last summer, The Tri-
bune can reveal.
The disposal of Abaco Mar-
kets' t2.5 million stake in BSL
Holdings is not a 'done deal'
yet, needing to be signed off by
the company's Board of Direc-
tors, but The Tribune under-
stands that the company has
already given BSL Holdings
notice of its intentions.
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declined to comment "at this
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What we must do



education system

Have often argued that
one of the biggest risks
facing the long-term eco-
nomic stability of the Bahamas
is the potential impact of this
D+ generation that we seem to
be happy in producing. This
state of affairs is a source of
great personal frustration to me
and many of my peers.
However, notwithstanding
the overall national average,
there are 'pockets of excellence'
within our educational system
that continue to produce world-
class students and future lead-
ers for the Bahamas. Further, I
wish to go on record as
acknowledging that this is not
simply a 'public school' versus
'private school' issue, as atten-
dance at one category of school
does not automatically guaran-
tee any advantage versus atten-
dance at the other category of
Similarly, it is equally impor-

tant that a successful society
cannot survive with just 'acad-
emics' and professionals. The
point I wish to emphasise is that
our workforce, in general, must
possess a core competence in
reading, writing and arithmetic
(the basics), no matter what
they do for a living...and this
is precisely where we are falling
down nationally.
I cannot wait to see what
plans the major political par-
ties espouse in their Party's
Manifesto to fight this problem.
I am told that current political
polls are indicating that crime,
immigration and jobs are the
major concerns of the Bahami-
an public going into the gener-
al election. However, while
those are legitimate issues, the
overall state of our education
system never seems to make
the 'top three' in terms of what

IL : Financial

should be national priorities.
Budget Allocation
What is ironic is that if one
examines our 2006-2007
National Budget, the biggest
single allocation goes to the
Department of Education, with'
$174.4 million. Now, if you look
at the national average BGSCE
score for schools operated by
the Department of Education,
the national average actually
dips to a D-. This begs the ques-
tion: "Are we getting good val-
ue for our $174 million"?
While education ranks num-
ber one from a spending stand-
point, its overall results still



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leave much to be desired. Why
is this? Clearly, the answer is
not solved by throwing dollars
alone at the problem. Why
aren't people more concerned
about problems in the educa-
tional system?
Middle Class
I think one of the major
problems is that the middle
class deals with the education
problem by generally aban-
doning the public school sys-
tem, opting to pay the cost of
the private educational system
if they can afford to do so.
While this provides a short-
term solution at the personal
level,.it does absolutely noth-
ing at the national level.
Another consideration is that
some private schools may not
be at the standard where they
ought to be. The mere fact that
they are private does not nec-
essarily mean a higher quality

of education is being delivered.
Further, an examination of
the private school system's pop-
ulation would reveal that there
are many families making enor-
mous sacrifices to provide their
children with what they per-
ceive to be a 'better education'.
In this regard, I must point out
the tremendous contribution
that the various independent
and religious organizations have
made, and continue to make,
by providing a network of very
good, solid schools for the
How do we fix the system?
Clearly, there is no simple
answer or quick fix to the situ-
ation. I am certain that within
the halls of the Ministry of Edu-
cation, and elsewhere within
our various government agen-
cies, there are numerous studies
containing excellent recom-
mendations that can be imple-

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mented relatively easily, and
,some inexpensively.
However, from a layman's
perspective, I would start with
the following:
Ensuring that teachers are
compensated fairly and treat-
ed on par with other similar
Ensuring that facilities and
supplies are adequate.
Eliminating social promo-
Restoring discipline and
social order.
Give consideration to
establishing 'single-sex' pilot
Extending school hours.
Overhauling the national
curriculum to ensure that it is
Finally, I fundamentally
believe that the strengthening
of athletic, music and arts pro-
grammes, along with greater A
focus on academic pro-
grammes, would go a long way
towards improving the quality
of our students and our broad-
er community.
This weekend, I had the
opportunity to see a perfor-
mance by the St Anne's School
Choir. I was awestruck by their ',
performance, professionalism,
deportment and talent. This
group epitomized a 'pocket of
excellence' that we all can be
proud of, and it provides much
hope and encouragement that
all is not lost.
We just need to multiply the
number of youths involved in m
such activities, as it provides
such positive outcomes. I wish
to formally congratulate St '.
Anne's School and the teachers '
responsible for the choir for the
magnificent job they are doing,
and for the long-term invest-
ment they are making in our- -
Until next week...

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is a major shareholder of Secu-
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Stock market drop serves as reality check

Today global markets are more
sensitive than ever and that was
evident when China's best-known
Index recently dropped 9 percent
in turn sending the Dow Jones
index down 546 points.
Associated Press
NEW YORK Wall Street got a
reality check this past week that U.S.
investors remain vulnerable to global
stock shocks.
Investors have been rolling along
for nearly four years as major market
indexes flexed toward record levels.







To receive treatment, people
with mental illness probably have
to tell their bosses about it, but
doing so can invite distrust and
The Washington Post
If you have depression or some
other mental illness, what do you do
about work? Hope no one notices?
Disclose your illness early on and
trust that your boss will understand?
Should You Tell is a complicated
question. There is no right answer,
and there are some risks to consider.
I discovered this years ago after
watching a movie at home with two
friends. One of them looked up,
scared. She hesitated. And then she
let it out: "Do you hear them? The
helicopters. They're coming for me,
This sweet, gentle friend was
scrunched up in the corner of the
couch, shaking. Her Ivy League grad-
uate degree and over-the-top intelli-
gence couldn't get her out of this sit-
uation. We had to get her to the
The next day, after she'd spent a
night in the emergency room, I called
her boss to say she had the flu.
Another friend and I took turns call-
ing in the flu excuse while she hud-
dled in her room. It wasn't convinc-
This friend had a prized internship
that should have turned into a good
job. It did not. From the boss' point of
view, something peculiar was going
on. My friend appeared unreliable.
Her boss never knew why her perfor-
mance so suddenly dropped. Not
only was my friend soon out of a job,
but she also knew she couldn't even
ask for a reference.
One in four people have depres-
sion or mental illness, and many of
those who are affected face the same
dilemma: Tell your boss, and you
may be ostracized, penalized or not
hired. Don't tell, and your boss might

Low volatility, a steady increase in
stock value, and strong market funda-
mentals lulled investors into a false
sense of security about their portfo-
In fact, investors have for several
years been able to shrug off recent
emerging market volatility. As
recently as January, there was little
U.S. reaction when the Shanghai,
index notched one-day drops of 4.9
percent and 3.7 percent.
But all that changed with Tues-
day's 9 percent drop in China's best-
known index.
"This leaves us a little more vul-

nerable," said Jack Ablin, chief econ-
omist for Harris Private Bank. "The
markets are integrated, they're
global, and what we've come to learn
is that a splash in China can create a
tidal wave across the rest of the
And, that tidal, wave certainly
pummeled U.S. investors on Tuesday
when China's downturn crossed bor-
ders. In the United States, it came
together with a weak government
report on durable goods and on com-
ments from former Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan about sig-
nals of a U.S. recession that rattled

The once docile Dow Jones indus-
trial average gasped dropping as
much as 546 points on Tuesday.
Ablin, like other investors, said he
was "surprised when it fell 250, and
by 500 I was stunned."
The correlation between global
markets being more sensitive to each
other, and a spike in volatility,
becomes a double-edged sword for
investors. It calls for them to take a
new look at how much risk is in their
portfolios, and how to diversify into
safer positions but also creates


NEW PLAN, NEW STOCKHOLDER INTEREST: Oscar Feldenkreis, president and chief operating officer of
Perry Ellis, left, and his father, Chairman and CEO George Feldenkreis, have shifted the focus of
their apparel company from trendy fashions to products consumers want.




Perry Ellis International Chairman and Chief Executive George
Feldenkreis struggled for years to get the attention of Wall Street

Try as he might, his apparel
company was typically viewed as a
second-tier player, unable to com-
mand the investor attention and
stock price of its competitors.
Working against Perry Ellis in the
past had been issues like the com-
pany's location in Miami instead of
New York and the small percent-
age of the stock available for trad-
ing on the public market.
But during the past year, the
obstacles seem to have finally lifted
for Perry Ellis, as the company's
stock has soared more than 100
"It's about time," Feldenkreis
laughs. "The market has finally
taken a good look at us, and they
like what they see. Now we have to
keep them happy and show them
that this is just the beginning."
Perry Ellis' stock has climbed
from a 52-week low of $13.61 last

March to a high of $32.46 on Feb.
26, which is adjusted for the com-
pany's stock split on Jan. 3. DNR
magazine ranked Perry Ellis as the
top performing public company
stock for the apparel sector
between Dec. 28, 2005, and Dec. 27,
The stock performance came at
a time when Perry Ellis saw reve-
nues for the first nine months of
the year decline from $635.5 million
in 2005 to $598.2 million in 2006.
Net income for the same period
also declined from $14.6 million to
$11.7 million. Those declines were
due in large part to the fallout from
the merger of Federated Depart-
ment Stores and the May Com-
pany, an issue that impacted the
entire industry.
Now that the department store
consolidation is complete, Perry
Ellis expects to return to a growth

mode for the fourth quarter that
ended Jan. 31. The company will
report fourth-quarter and year-end
results on March 20. Forecasts call
for annual revenues of $830 mil-
lion, while earnings are projected
at between $1.53 and $1.60 per
"The market has a tendency to
be looking ahead," said Jeff Mintz, a
retail analyst with Wedbush Mor-
gan Securities, who has a "hold"
rating on the stock. "People have
started to recognize the opportu-
nity of the brand and the growth
potential. They've done a good job
of managing their brands, and
that's very important right now."
But not everyone agrees.
At least one analyst believes the
run-up on Perry Ellis' stock price
has nothing to do with the compa-
ny's fundamentals.
"The stock has been driven up
by the strong performance of the
industry overall and the specula-
tion that there could be some sale
of the company that would unlock
value," said Ivan Feinseth, director
of research at Matrix USA, who has
a "hold" rating on the stock. "We
don't see much upside from here.
We don't know why everybody is
so bullish on the stock."
At the heart of Perry Ellis' strat-


Inspiring other women entrepreneurs

Ann Holmes says her goal in
writing There's a Business in
Every Woman is to give women a
-'crash course in starting, running
and selling a business.
Ann Holmes hadn't planned to
become CEO of a company. She
never went to business school or had
any professional financial services
experience. But for more than 20
years, she has been a successful
entrepreneur starting and selling
medical communications companies
in New York City. She made a lot of
money along the way, selling three of
her'businesses for a total of more
than $25 million.
Yet Holmes says she could have

made even more money. And that's
why she began to interview other
women CEOs and business owners.
She learned that most of the more
than 80 she spoke to were like her-
self, ordinary Jills, without a financial
background, who had a good idea and
went for it. She learned many women
business owners had advice to share.
Holmes says her goal in writing
There's a Business in Every Woman is
to give other womai a crash course
in starting, running and selling a busi-
ness profitably. She outlines seven
steps to take.
Today Holmes lives in Palm Beach
County and works as a consultant to
business start-ups. She hopes to get
involved in more businesses as an
investor, rather than a CEO.
Holmes talked with The Miami

Herald recently about her new book,
her insight on women entrepreneurs
and on how start or sell a business.
Q: Why do you think there's a
business in every woman? What
makes women different from men?
A: I wrote my book for the 11 mil-
lion women business owners today,
as well as women in college trying to
figure out what to do with their lives
and professional women tired of
being in the rat race. Women are dif-
ferent in that they are more service-
oriented and have natural organiza-
tion skills that men by and large
today don't have. Women are more
amenable to starting service busi-
nesses such as catering, events plan-

Hedge funds managers have been
among the biggest sellers this past
week since they normally pull back
when the markets become more vol-
atile. This helps broaden the playing
field for other retail investors, and
makes relatively cheaper markets
more attractive.
Volker Dosch, head of U.S. equi-
ties for DWS Scudder Investments,
said long-term investors stayed put
as hedge funds bailed out of posi-
tions. He agrees this will create
opportunity that gives retail inves-




makes it

easier at

tax time

Small business owners have a
few options good and bad -
when they can't afford to pay
their taxes on time.
Associated Press
It's a chilling moment that many
small-business owners go through at
this time of the year, when they real-
ize they don't have enough money to
pay their income taxes. They need to
start working immediately on two
solutions first, how to pay their tax
now, and second, how to avoid the
problem in the future.
Many owners in this situation
understandably feel some panic
when the realization sinks in that the
IRS will be expecting money that
they don't have. Some might be
tempted not to file their returns -
but that's not an option that anyone
should consider. Not filing a return
on time subjects a taxpayer to steep
late-filing penalties in addition to late
payment penalties and interest.
They might also be thinking of fil-
ing for an extension of the filing
deadline. That's not likely to help
owners with a funds shortfall; even
when they get an extension, they still
have to estimate their tax liability and
report that amount to the govern-
Accountants say small business
owners do have options, but they
should all be considered carefully,
since all carry financial conse-
quences. For example, the one that
might seem the easiest, dipping into
credit cards, can also be the most
expensive, considering that the inter-
est rates on cash advances often run
20 percent or more.
Another one to avoid is to divert
payroll tax money to pay income
taxes. Barbara Weltman, a tax attor-
ney in Millwood, N.Y., and author of
J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes,
noted that business owners can be
personally liable for payroll taxes
that aren't paid.
Many owners decide the solution
is to raid their retirement accounts,

Professional background: Author
of There's a Business in Every
Woman and consultant to start-ups.
Previous work background: For-
mer business owner'of medical
communications companies in New
York City.
Family background: Lives in
Jupiter, FL., with husband, Tom.
Educational background: Degree
in history, Finch College, New York.
First job: Editorial assistant at a
political science journal.
Best career advice she ever
received: There Is no magic to run-
ning your own business. You just
have to believe in yourself and you
can do it,
Companies founded: TransMe-
dica, AM Medica Communications,
AMM-Adelphi Publications, MultiMe-
dia in Medicine (all in New York

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Perry Ellis focuses on brands, diversification


egy is a focus on brands, rang-
ing from the namesake Perry
Ellis to Oxiginal Penguin,
Havanera, Cubavera, Jantzen,
Savane, Ping, Pro Player, John
Henry, PGA Tour and JAG.
The company's portfolio
includes 27 national brands,
with an estimated $180 mil-
lion investment.
"Brands are the ticket to
enter into the game," Felden-
kreis said. "You have to keep
on growing to become a
stronger player and more
important resource for retail-
Don Brennan, executive

vice president of menswear
for Kohl's, said Perry Ellis has
become one of the retailer's
biggest suppliers and its
brands Axist and Grand Slam
are two of the chain's top per-
formers. "It's very important
for us to partner with suppli-
ers who can handle the size of
our business and focus on
delivering great value," Bren-
nan said. "They're one of the
Perry Ellis executives, say
they have become focused on
better managing their busi-
ness. The company has man-
aged to pay down debt,
reduce inventory and
improve margins. They've

invested in systems that help
to better manage the product
assortment at individual
The namesake Perry Ellis
brand has also gotten a make-
over. The merchandise is now
geared toward a 32- or 33-
year-old men, who is inter-
ested in fashion but "doesn't
like to change."
Gone are the fitted shirts in
colors like bright pink and
lime green that the company
introduced in 2000 when it
tried to relaunch the brand
with a hip, new look. Today,
the focus is on black, neutrals
and blues.
"Our product is much

more in sync with what our
consumers are all about," said
Oscar Feldenkreis, president
and chief operating officer of
Perry Ellis. "Before we were
much more fashion forward.
We did a lot of weird colors
that didn't sell. We tried to
take it to a different level and
unfortunately it wasn't the
right approach."
At the same time, the com-
pany's efforts over recent
years to diversify its business
has set up a number of plat-
forms for future growth:
Swimwear: Since the
company dove into the cate-
gory with the Jantzen acquisi-
tion in 2002, the swimwear

business had struggled to turn
a profit. But after acquiring
new brands, increasing the
Jantzen price point and refo-
cusing the stores where dif-
ferent products are sold, the
segment will post its first
profit this year.
Retail: To help build
brand recognition and show-
case merchandise, there is a
new focus on opening retail
stores. Plans call this year for
opening five to 10 Perry Ellis
outlet stores, between two
and five Original Penguin
stores and a Cubavera store.
Pants: Once largely a
tops company, the Tropical
Sportswear acquisition in

2005 has helped to divide the
business almost evenly
between tops and bottoms.
It's also made Perry Ellis a
more valuable supplier to
department stores. The com-
pany is either the second- or
third-largest player in the bot-
toms category behind Dock-
ers and neck-in-neck with
Analysts agree that the
diversity strategy should help.
"They don't have any one
thing that's going to be a huge
opportunity, but there are a
number of smaller things,"
Mintz said. "No one category
is going to kill their business
if it were to slow down."


Should workers

disclose illness?


lose confidence in you.
Despite the long way we've
come public figures such as
Pittsburgh Steelers superstar
Terry Bradshaw, and writer
and political advisor Robert
Boorstin have announced that
they, too, have depression or
other related illnesses a
strong stigma is still attached
to these diseases.
After the experience I had
with my friend, I was inclined
to think that the best thing to
do is tell. But then I spoke
with Sarah.
She works for a Washing-
ton area aid organization and
often goes on month-long
trips to war zones, where she
works seven days a week. She
has depression, treated with
therapy and medication. Until
recently, it didn't interfere
with work, so she kept silent.
But stress had been accu-
mulating during three years in
the job. When a trip to a war-
torn nation in Africa came up
recently, she worried she
wouldn't survive it. The stress
had "put me in a place where I
just couldn't function," she
told me. "I thought I might
truly kill myself if I had to go
out to the field again."
The only way to stay home
and get treatment was to tell
her boss.
But she soon felt as if she
was being punished for being
ill. "I was forced to do work I
had never been asked to do
before. I was not seen as the
go-to person to be relied on
anymore," said Sarah, who is
soon moving on to a new
humanitarian job.
"If I had diabetes or cancer,
they wouldn't expect me to
suck it up and keep going,"
she said.
She will never tell an

employer again. "I just saw
the repercussions."
There is more to consider
than pure emotion when con-
sidering disclosure, however.
A drug test or security clear-
ance or the law might
raise the issue. It is important
to know what is required and
what isn't.
While working in public
relations for a Baltimore
mayor, the Visiting Nurse
Association and other groups,
Sheryl Williams hid her bipo-
lar disease and anorexia. "I
just feared not being credible.
I knew how 'mental patients'
were treated," she said. The
effort it took for her to hide
her illness every day at work
left her exhausted, but she
But when she took another
job and encountered the inev-
itable drug test, she knew it
would come back positive
because of her medications.
So she decided to tell. It
helped that she had gained the
boss' trust after years of doing
work on contract for him, she
"My boss said, 'OK, so
what?' Williams said. The
human resources director
concurred. "I could have just
hugged both of them. Now I
don't feel as if I am limited at
Another reason for disclo-
sure: It allows legal coverage.
If a person has a mental ill-
ness and does not disclose it
to a boss or other official
entity at work, the employee
can't benefit from the Ameri-
cans With Disabilities Act
About 14 percent of all
charges filed under the ADA
involve mental illness. But an
employee who does not dis-
close a condition loses that
legal protection, said Chris



leads way for

other women

Kuczynski, director of the
ADA policy division at the
Equal Employment Opportu-
nity Commission (EEOC).
Employers cannot ask in
interviews whether someone
has a mental illness. They are
permitted, however, to ask
once a conditional job offer is
made, according to Peggy
Mastroianni, associate legal
counsel with the EEOC. If the
offer is withdrawn after an
admission is made and the ill-
ness does not directly relate
to the job, the company can be
held liable for violating the
ADA. (This is the only law the
EEOC enforces that prohibits
something being asked in an
Companies have rights,
too. In fact, if an employee
creates a problem by doing
poor work, the company can
take action against that
worker if it has not been
informed of a mental illness


as a potential problem, Mas-
troianni said. But if an
employee's conduct or per-
formance is hindered because
he was denied accommoda-
tion allowed by the ADA a
flexible schedule or time off
to see a doctor, for instance -
the company might not have
the same leeway. Sometimes,
the healthcare system rein-
forces the stigma, allowing
endless treatments for a bro-
ken leg but a limited number
of visits to a therapist.
Legislation was introduced
in the Senate last week by
Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.,
Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and
Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., that
would allow anyone with
health insurance to have equi-
table coverage for both men-
tal and physical illness. A bill
is expected to be introduced
in the House soon. So far, 40
states have passed similar
laws, including Virginia.


ning, graphic design. Running
a service business is
extremely demanding and
requires multitasking.
Women, especially those with
kids, do that every day.

Q: What are the obstacles
women-run start-ups face?
A: Mentors. Women don't
have them the way men do.
Even if you have a successful
business, I recommend you
get one. Mentors are guardian
angels in a business suit. Ser-
vice Corps of Retired Execu-
tives (SCORE) is a wonderful
arena to find a retired mentor
who may know your industry.
It's a relief to -find someone to
share your business problems
with because being a CEO is
Another obstacle is lack of
access to capital. Most of the
capital is still going to men
and a lot of that is our fault.
Women borrow from family
or friends and break into their
IRAs rather than use profes-
sional financing and that iso-
lates you more. If you had a
loan, you would have a banker
working with you side by side
and that can expedite a com-.
pany's growth.
Lastly, women need to get
comfortable in the money
game ... talking about money,
speaking financial language,
asking for access to capital.
My book addresses how to
overcome this.

Q: For now, women out-
pace men in the rate they are
starting businesses. Do you
expect that to continue or level
off? And do you think women
are misguided about the hours
necessary for success?

A: I see the rate of start-
ups continuing to explode.
More women in their 40s are
leaving major corporate posi-
tions and starting their own
businesses. It's corporate
burnout. They want their own
schedules, and they have
enough confidence and the
skill to start something else.
When anyone starts a busi-
ness, they work long hours
but the adrenaline is flowing
so it's usually manageable. A
women can decide if she
wants to keep her business on
a small scale for a certain
amount of time or take it for-
ward in a more aggressive
fashion. But 75 percent do not
know about Step Seven in my
book: "Understanding Valua-
tion." That means knowing
what a business is worth
today and how you can make
it worth more. You need to
watch the landscape to find a
lucrative exit, whether it's
handing it off to others, or
selling to employees or out in
the open marketplace.

Q: Why don't women think
about an exit strategy?
A: Most are so wrapped up
in day to day, especially if the
business is doing well and
they are drawing a nice salary.
I know women who are 45 or
50 years old, who run a nice
business but are not in the
right position to do anything
but that. One woman I know
thought she could sell, but the
entire business was wrapped
up in her. People buy for the
value going forward, not just
for the track record.
Once you invest your time
and money, why wake up and
say I could have done it dif-
ferently and netted millions,
but now I have to close?


Investors get reality check as stock market drops


tors a good entrance into the
Like others, Dosch said the
choppiness of global markets
now makes large-cap names
- big multinational compa-
nies like the Dow stocks -
more attractive. He believes
the market could sharply
rebound later this year if the

Fed "makes it easier on us
investors" by lowering inter-
est rates.
"Once market participants
really become convinced that
the Fed is out of the way, then
I think this should be good for
the U.S. market," he said.
"Large-caps should have bet-
ter performance because of
increasing uncertainty, a
slowdown in the U.S. econ-

omy. It all makes for a con-
vincing argument for them."
The fact Wall Street was
thumped this week actually
might have done many retail
investors a favor. They had
grown too used to fairly sta-
ble market conditions.
Until Tuesday's correction,
the broad Standard & Poor's
500 index didn't have a 2-per-
cent correction in 121 ses-

sions. The Dow had enjoyed
31 record high closes since the
beginning of October, and the
Nasdaq composite climbed to
six-year highs.
Scanning around the globe,
investors were enthusiastic
about stellar returns coming
out of Asia's collection of
stock markets last year. Chi-
nese stocks alone lead the
pack with a 130 percent surge,

and markets in Indonesia,
Malaysia, Japan and the Phil-
ippines weren't that far
behind. "This was a wake-up
call for a market that had
become far too complacent,"
said Thomas McManus, chief
economist from Bank of
And it's not just overseas
stocks that are suddenly mov-
ing the market. On Friday, it

was fluctuations in the Japa-
nese yen that made Wall
Street tremble as the dollar
fell against the yen, the Dow
again headed lower, closing
down more than 120 points.
Investors have finally
emerged from the U.S.-fo-
cused cocoon they-spun for
themselves in recent years -
and they don't like what
they're seeing.


Planning makes tax time easy


or to tap a home equity line of
credit. These are viable
options, but owners need to
consider the penalties that
can be incurred by withdraw-
ing money from a 401(k) or
other retirement account, and
the loss of investment income
they'll suffer. And diminish-
ing the equity in their homes
will add another monthly pay-
ment and can also limit their
financial options for the
Jeffrey Berdahl, a certified
public accountant with Ber-
dahl & Co. in Center Valley,
Pa., suggests owners consider
an installment payment

agreement with the IRS.
"The IRS is user friendly to
work out some kind of install-
ment plan," he said.
Generally, the IRS says you
cannot be turned down for an
installment agreement as long
as you don't owe more than
$10,000 and you've timely
filed your returns and paid
any tax due during the previ-
ous five years.
You also cannot have
entered into a previous
installment agreement during
that time. And you must pay
the amount you owe within
three years.
If you owe more than
$10,000, you can still request
an installment agreement, but

Berdahl said you might need
approval from an IRS district
office, and chances are you'll
need to furnish the govern-
ment with more financial
To apply for an installment
agreement, you need to file
Form 9465, Installment
Agreement Request; if you're
filing the form with your
return, it must be attached to
the front. You can download
the form from the IRS Web
site, www.irs.gov; it includes
instructions and an explana-
tion of how the installment
agreement works.
You will need to pay late
payment penalties and inter-
est, and generally there is an

administrative fee of up to
$105. Before you sign any
papers, you should do some
number crunching and
maybe even get some advice
from a tax advisor to be
sure that this indeed the best
and most financially sensible
way for you to deal with the
There's a larger problem
that an owner in this situation
needs to deal with: how to
avoid being in the same pre-
dicament in the future.
The first thing an owner
needs to do is figure out what
went wrong, and this might
best be accomplished with
some professional help.




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MiamiHerald.com I THE MIAMI HERALD

Cost, supply chain issues hurt hotels' local sourcing

Tribune Business Editor
H hotels in the Bahamas
and the Caribbean
source on average 47
per cent of their light manufac-
turing requirements locally, and
doing the same for 42 per cent
of agriculture produce, a study
released yesterday has revealed,
but while there were opportu-
nities for deeper linkages these
were sometimes offset by sup-
ply chain, tax and cost'issues.
The study, conducted on
behalf of the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) by Tourism
Global Inc, with funding from a
European Union (EU) agency,
found that hotels in the
Bahamas wee purchasing
between 25 per cent to 80 per
cent of their local manufactur-
ing needs locally. A further 13
per cent of manufacturing
items, on average, were sourced
from elsewhere in the
Some 80 per cent of hotels
were sourcing bakery products
locally, the next most popular
being non-alcoholic beverages
at 66 per cent; uniforms at 60
per cent; printing and stationery
at 56 per cent; and cleaning
chemicals at 52 per cent.
The report found: "Hotels are
today sourcing categories of
products locally which do not
form part of the traditional pro-
ductive sectors, such as guest
toiletries, spa products and
linens. These locally-produced
product groups are accounting
for 39 per cent, 27 per cent and
25 per cent of hotel purchases
Adding that the Bahamian
and Caribbean hotel industry
"appears to be responding well
to a thriving light manufacturing
industry" despite increased
global competition, the report
concluded: "The fact that one

* AN outside view of the British Colonial Hilton hotel in the Bahamas
(FILE photo)

product achieved an 80 per cent
penetration may suggest that
there are opportunities to move
to two-thirds overall as a col-
laborative strategy between the
two sectors."
Some 54 CHA-member
hotels participated in the sur-
vey, accounting for 8.9 per cent
of its total membership. Some
six, or 6.3 per cent of the 95
Bahamian hotels that are mem-
bers of the CHA, participated,
representing 2,705 rooms and
accounting for 30.1 per cent of
the Bahamian membership's
room inventory with 2,705
On agriculture, the most suc-
cessful locally-produced prod-
uct was vegetables, with 74 per
cent of all supplies used by the
hotel sector grown locally, and
another 11 per cent coming
from Caribbean sources.
Some 67 per cent of dairy
products were sources from
within national borders, with
another 10 per cent coming
from the Caribbean, while 63
per cent of meats consumed by

the hotel industry were also
sourced locally.
Yet in a region famed for its
fish, the study found that
Bahamian and Caribbean hotels
only sourced 20 per cent of their
fish locally, and a further 8 per
cent from the Caribbean.
And while many Caribbean
nations exported fruit, their
hotels sourced only 16 per cent
locally, and 7 per cent from the
Caribbean. Only 10 per cent of
eggs bought by Caribbean
hotels were sourced locally.
Hotels' two largest fresh food
expenditures were on fresh fish
at $4.94 per day per room, and
fresh meat at $8 per day, per
room. There was then a big
drop to fresh vegetable and fruit
costs, at $2.3 and $2.2 per day,
per room, respectively.
The study concluded: "There
are supply chain and other fac-
tors operating that must first be
understood before exploiting
obvious further opportunities
for penetration of this sector."
The CHA study found that
in 2005, Caribbean hotels on

average generated employment
at a rate of 2.3 employees per
room. Five-star hotels, on aver-
age, employed 2.8 persons per
room, a number that dropped to
1.4 employees per room fort
four-star; 1.3 for three-star; and
0.7 employees for one and two-
star resorts.
Further emphasising the
labour intensive nature of the
hotel industry, hotels spent
$61.1 per day, per room in 2005
on payroll and related costs.
The CHA study showed that
hotels purchased 93 per cent of
their utilities locally, a figure
that hit 100 per cent for elec-
tricity and water, and 91 per
cent for telecommunications.
Utilities accounted for
between 4 per cent and 20 per
cent of hotel operating costs,
resorts on average spending
$14.9 per room, per day on elec-
tricity. For telecoms and water,
the average spend was $3.9 and
$2.3 per room, per day respec-
tively, pointing "to a huge
opportunity for conservation in
this sector".
The report showed that
Caribbean hotel guests went on
an average of 2.3 taxi trips dur-
ing their stay; visited 1.3 attrac-
tions; dined at 1.5 restaurants
outside the hotel; and went on
1.7 shopping trips.
Caribbean hotel also paid an
average overall rate of 18.83 per
cent of their annual turnover to
governments in the form of tax-
es, a rate of $15.1 per room, per
day, in 2005. Some 3 per cent of
annual revenue turnover went
on interest and financial expens-
es, a rate of $11.6 per room, per
Caribbean hotels purchased
84 per cent of the services they
needed locally, the report
found, such as transportation,
information technology and
Some 79 per cent of hotel

Bahamas must market small resorts like large hotels

FROM page 1B

Instead, we focus on an experience," she
Ms Knowles said that, in particular, this
meant segmenting the tourist experience,
focusing on the niche markets these prop-
erties can provide. "People may come for
different experiences such as culinary tours
andbird watching, and so we band together
to market this."
Ms Knowles said this can be done by
using the various promotion boards, the
Bahamas Hotel Association and the Min-
istry of Tourism.
She added that there was really no com-
petition between the larger properties in
many cases, because of the product which is
being offered
"We want the word to get out. When
people talk about Exuma, they should know

about the Four Seasons at Emerald Bay.
but they should also know about Peace-n-
Plenty as well," Ms Knowles said. .
"So we need to script it, really develop it,
and put in a brochure that can stand on its
own." ,
She explained that the only time there is
some level of competition is when resort
price points drop, which may make some
persons decide to spend the money on a
resort experience that otherwise they might
not be able to afford.
Ms Knowles offered this advice to per-
sons who may be interested in starting their
own small business: "Do your homework,
check out what is out there, don't just say:
'Oh, I have a house so I can just open it'."
She said it was important to not just fac-
tor in the cost of actually developing the
property and the initial cost, but to also
have funds to sustain the business for three

to five years.
"Then you have to consider. what market
you want to tap into, what price range you
want to be at and what demographic you
want to target," she added.
Ms Knowles said a hotel does not have to
be near a beach to work, taking as an exam-
ple Dilette's, which offers an authentic
Bahamian experience right in the middle of
a local community.
"There are also all sorts of markets which
can be tapped into, including the area of
health and wellness, catering to persons
who need to recover or just get some peace
of mind," Ms Knowles said.
She said persons requiring peace of mind
and an escape from it all will gladly pay for
"The people who work for you are very
important as well," Ms Knowles said, as is
the environment around you.

respondents said they wanted
to purchase more services local-
ly, but cited concerns on avail-
ability of supply, price and qual-
ity. Marketing and interior dec-
orating provided further oppor-

However, just 39 per cent of
hotel construction requirements
were sourced locally, and 8 per
cent regionally. This was unlike-
ly to alter significantly, although
there were potential opportu-
nities in non-traditional areas.


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FROM page 1B

the BSL Holdings acquisition
may take between 18 months
to two years to show them-
selves, it is understood that
Abaco Markets has re-evaluat-
ed its initial reasons for invest-
ing in the buyout group.
These were the extra pur-
chasing power is could gain
through the link-up with
Bahamas Supermarkets,
enabling it to negotiate better
terms with suppliers and pass
some of these savings on to con-
Yet, from Abaco Markets
perspective, it was unclear
whether and how quickly it
would be able to exploit such
potential benefits to its own
advantage, given the nature of
the Bahamas Supermarkets
transition process.
While there is likely to be
some speculation that Abaco
Markets' stake divestment may
have been forced by the Secu-
rities Commission of the
Bahamas and other regulators,
due to concerns about poten-
tial conflicts of interest involving
one publicly-listed grocery chain
investing in another quoted
competitor, and gaining access
to material information on its
rival, The Tribune has been told
this is not the case.
There has been much specu-
lation about a likely merger
between Abaco Markets and
Bahamas Supermarkets in the
long-term, especially given the
former's shareholding, and the
disposal will put this talk to rest
- at least for now. Such a move
would also give rise to compe-

tition concerns in the Bahamian
supermarket industry, effec-
tively creating a duopoly in New
Providence with Super Value.
Abaco Markets' chairman,
Craig Symonefte, is also an indi-
vidual investor in BSL Hold-
ings. Another investor with
stakes in both companies is
Franklyn Butler, who sits on
Bahamas Supermarkets' and
BSL's Boards after resigning
from a similar post with Abaco
Markets to eliminate any per-
ceptions of a conflict of interest.
BSL Holdings was a buyout
group put together by Fidelity
Merchant Bank & Trust and its

senior executives, Anwer Sun-
derji and Michael Anderson.
Other investors include the
hotel pension funds, and while
Barbados Shipping & Trading
was initially supposed to take a
40 per cent stake, it ultimately
ended up making a $10 million
unsecured loan to the buyout
They acquired the 78 per cent
Bahamas Supermarkets stake
from Winn-Dixie for $54 mil-
lion, beating out a rival bid from
BK Foods, an investor group
featuring RND Holdings chair-
man, Jerome Fitzgerald, and
Mark Finlayson.

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

NOTICE is hereby given that by Deed Poll dated 27th day of
February, A.D., 2007 now for recording at the Registrar General's
Department, that KENNARD CEDRIKO ROLLE-WHYMS of No. 91
Jumbay Street, Pinewood Gardens, New Providence, The Bahamas,
formally and absolutely renounced and abandoned the surname of
ROLLE and has assumed and adopted and intends on all occasions
to use and subscribe the surname of ROLLE-WHYMS instead of the
surname ROLLE so as to be at all times called, known, and described
by the name of KENNARD CEDRIKO ROLLE-WHYMS exclusively.

Nassau Chambers
Sassoon House
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
P.O. Box N-272
Nassau, New Providence,
Tel: (242) 322-4130
Fax: (242) 328-1069

Freeport Chambers
The First Commercial Centre
3rd Floor, Suite 9
P.O. Box 42533
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
Tel: (242) 351-7474
Fax: (242) 351-7752

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is pleased to announce that

Willie A. M. Moss

has joined The Firm as of

March 1, 2007

as a Partner

in our Freeport Office.


Abaco Markets to sell 10% BSL Holdings stake

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Son to pursue $1.2m claim

against dad's GBPA asset

FROM page 1B

on Island Bay's behalf on
November 30, 2006, and served
on Sir Jack Hayward's office,
according to his secretary, on
December 5.
Island Bay entered its default
judgement and statutory
demand for payment within 21

days on December 21, 2006,
serving this on Sir Albert Miller,
the GBPA's chief executive.
Mr Leonard alleged that the
sharehqlder dispute between Sir
Jack and the late Edward St
George's estate over the for-
mer's 75 per cent ownership
claim had proved a major dis-
traction for the GBPA, culmi-
nating in the appointment of
Clifford and Myles Culmer, the

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Head of IT

& Telephony

SG Hambros, part of SG Private Banking is a private bank'
providing a comprehensive wealth management service with
offices in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and
The Bahamas.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Head of IT &
Telephony. Your primary role will be to:

* harmonise IT platforms with the
rest of the SG Hambros Group
* review the IT operations with a
view to ensuring best practice
is adopted and employed and
to review periodically, in line
with Group directives
* supervise the local IT team
* ensure that short term solutions
are consistent with the longer
termnplan or payback within a
short time scale
M change management relating
to the local IT function
* apply security best practices as
defined by the IT security policy
Candidates should ideally hold
IT Certifications or equivalent,
and have at least 10 to 15 years
experience in all aspects of
information systems.

The candidate should also have
good technical knowledge to
include AS400, Network, UNIX,
IP, WEB and good understanding
of Banking and Trust environment.
Fluency in French would be an
The position offers an attractive
salary and benefits package.
Applications should be submitted
to the following address, to arri >.
on or before 26 February 2007.
Manager, Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789

www. sghambros.com

SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Umited is
sensedd under the Banks & Trust Companies Regulation Act.

BDO Mann Judd accountants,
as receivers.
Eventually, a consent order
was entered by Justice Anita
Allen on December 8, 2006,
which suspended the powers of
the Board of Directors and
placed them in the hands of Mr
Culmer as an independent man-
agement consultant.
"Therefore, I am advised by
counsel and variably believe the
same to be true, that the said
judgement in default of appear-
ance and statutory demand was
never properly served on the
first defendant," Mr Leonard
He added that attempts to
secure an outside general liti-
gation counsel, following Fred
Smith's resignation, were over-
taken by events surrounding the
GBPA shareholder dispute.
In addition, Mr Leonard
alleged that Island Bay's claim
had no merit, arguing "that
there can be no liability for pure
economic loss save and except
where there is a special rela-
tionship between the parties,

which did not and does not exist
between the plaintiff and the
first defendant".
He also alleged that Island
Bay had been claiming special
damages, which had to be
proven, but this it had not done.
In another affidavit, Harvey
Hostetler, Uniprop's president,
said the default judgement "had
a prejudicial effect" on the com-
pany's Bahamas-based real
property interests.
It had created "an equitable
charge" on all Uniprop's real
estate, including condo units in
Freeport, Grand Bahama, that
it was marketing for sale and
other undeveloped land parcels,
meaning that it could not con-
vey good and marketable title
to third party buyers.
Uniprop's attorney, Fred
Smith at Callender's & Co, had
received the writ and demand
for payment relating to the
default judgement in January
2007, but "inadvertently omit-
ted" to notify the company
because he was immersed in
representing the St George


ACTION 1701/01

Judgment creditor

Premier Importers Ltd.

Judgment debtor

Christopher A. Moss

T/A M.O.S.O. Construction

Vehicle may be viewed at Premier Importers, St. Alban's Drive
7:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday
Contact: 322-8396 ext 232

C F A. L"
Pricing Information As Of:
Monday, 5 March 2007
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.768.55 / CHG 02 63 /%CHO 00 15 / YTD 92 36 / YTD % 05 51
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.85 0.54 Abaco Markets 0.75 0.75 0.00 -0.282 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 10.40 Bahamas Property Fund 11.25 11.25 0.00 1.689 0.400 6.7 3.56%
8.50 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.796 0.260 10.7 3.06%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.83 0.83 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.1 2.41%
2.01 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.95 2.01 0.06 1,000 0.199 0.060 10.1 2.99%
1.49 '1.12 Fidelity Bank 1.25 1.26 0.01 5,000 0.170 0.050 7.4 3.97%
10.30 9.00 Cable Bahamas 10.03 10.03 0.00 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.39%
2.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 2.10 2.10 0.00 0.078 0.040 26.9 1.90%
14.00 9.38 Commonwealth Bank 13.89 14.00 0.11 1;000 0.998 0.680 14.0 4,86%
6.26 4.22 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.15 5.03 -0.12 842842 0.134 0.045 39.8 0.84%
2.88 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.44 2.46 0.02 1,000 0.295 0.000 8.3 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 5.85 5.94 0.09 7,250 0.552 0.240 10.8 4.04%
12.30 10.70 Finco 12.30 12.30 0.00 0.779 0.570 15.7 4.65%
14.60 10.90 FirstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.921 0.500 15.9 3.42%
16.71 10.00 Focol 16.71 16.71 0.00 1.644 0.510 10.2 3.05%
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.50 0.50 0.00 -0.434 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.532 0.100 13.6 1.38%
9.10 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.588 0.560 15.4 6.19%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.269 0.795 7.9 7.95%
SF)elity Over-The-Counter Se-curities
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.30 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.766 1.125 8.8 7.71%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.20 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
Cotina Ovelr-The.Cournier Securit e.s
13 0uu 28.00 ABD48B 41 C)0 .4'.i n :". 2 : 1, 4 ,.1' *00:'.1
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.770 1.320 8.3 9.04%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
.' .-,.: ..4 .', .. ." BISX Listed Mutual Funds
'.1'1,.HI 52wK-Low Fund Name N& YTE.' Ls_ 1 i ,1r.lo.,-irs C.. i ,,e4.3'
1.3303 1.2766 Colina Money Market Fund 1.330313*
3.0569 2.6662 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.0569***
2.5961 2.3241 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.596093"**
1.2248 1.1.547 Colina Bond Fund 1.224792*"**
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Mr Smith sought to obtain
Island Bay's consent to have the
default judgement set aside, but
it refused to do so before he
withdrew from representing
Uniprop due to a conflict of

While Uniprop admitted that
the Island Bay condo's roof col-
lapsed as a result of wind. and
water damage suffered during
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne,
Mr Hostetler said: "The dam-
age sustained to the building
was caused by an Act of God,
namely the severe wind and rain
associated with Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne during Sep-
tember of 2004......
"The second defendant
denies that the collapse of the
said roof was caused by negli-
gence on its part, and further
avers that the roof of the build-
ing, electrical system, plumbing
systems and other structural
components of the building

were duly constructed and
installed in accordance with the
requirements of the standards
of the building code governing
construction of buildings in the
Port area at the material time.
"Further, the second defen-
dant' avers that the work car-
ried out in relation to the roof,
electrical system, plumbing sys-
tem and other structural com-
ponents of the building were
duly approved by the buildings
and technical department
inspectors of the [GBPA] at the
material time."
The Island Bay default judge-
ment and winding-up petition
had also raised eyebrows pre-
viously because Mr Moss,. the
Association's attorney, was also
the personal attorney for Sir
Jack Hayward and the ousted
GBPA chairman, Hannes
Babak, in their legal battle
against the St George estate.
Therefore, Mr Moss was rep-
resenting one client in a bid to
wind-up the company and
major asset belonging to anoth-
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1st Defendant
2nd Defendant


Nassau, Bahamas

TAKE NOTICE that, by Order of Mr. Justice
Mohammed, Justice of the Supreme Court, dated the
15th day of February, A.D., 2007, personal service
upon you of the Notice of Adjourned Hearing in this
action which is scheduled to be heard before the said
Justice on Monday the 19th day of March, A.D., 2007
at 10:00 o'clock in the forenoon be dispensed with;
and it was ordered that publication once in The Nassau
Guardian and The Tribune of the said Notice and of
the reciting Order, should be deemed good and sufficient
service upon you.

fail to appear on the hearing at the time and place stated
above the court may make such Order and such
judgment against you as the Court deems just.

Attorneys for the Plaintiff

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Oil prices lose more than one dollar a barrel on

continued concerns over stock market declines

AP Business Writer
prices lost more than $1 a bar-
rel Monday on continued con-
cerns over stock market
declines and an indication by
an OPEC official that the car-
tel won't cut production at its
next meeting.
Light, sweet crude for April
delivery tumbled $1.57 to settle
at $60.07 a barrel on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
Earlier, the contract dropped
as low as $59.55 a barrel, dip-
ping below $60 for the first
time since February 28.
Brent crude for April also
fell $1.54 to settle at $60.54 a
barrel on the ICE Futures
exchange in London. "There's
a general sort of recoil from
risk in the market," said Tobin
Gorey, a commodity strategist
with the Commonwealth Bank
of Australia in Sydney. "There
are still ongoing ramifications
from China's drop last Tues-
day. It was a jolt to the global
Last Tuesday, the bench-
mark Shanghai Composite
Index plunged nine per cent,
triggering huge losses on Wall
Street and other markets. The
oil market still closed at a two-
month high on Thursday on
the news of tightening gaso-
line supplies, but afterward fol-
lowed the stock market's
downward pull.
On Monday, the Shanghai
Composite Index fell 1.6 per
cent, while the Dow Jones
industrials was down 16.99
points to 12,097.11 in after-
noon trading.
Comments from an oil offi-
cial that the Organisation of
Petroleum Exporting Coun-
tries is unlikely to call for
another round of production
cuts at its March meeting also
undermined prices.
Qatar's Oil Minister Abdul-
lah bin Hamad al-Attiyah said
the cartel won't decrease pro-

duction if crude oil stays near
its current basket price ,of
$58.34 a barrel, according to
Dow Jones Newswires.
Oppenheimer & Co. Ana-
lyst Fadel Gheit said that
OPEC aims to keep oil within
$55 and $65 a barrel. "Now at
$60 a barrel is the sweet spot,"
Gheit said. "It will not kill
demand growth for oil. It will
slow it, but we won't see peo-
ple running to conserve energy.
People will get used to it."
Escalating tensions between
Iran and the United States
have buoyed prices lately, but
reports on Monday that Iran
may participate Saturday in an
international conference on
Iraq with the United States in
attendance also may have
"alleviated some of the politi-
cal premium in the price," -of
oil, Gheit said.
If both countries attend, it

would be the first public US-
Iranian meeting in nearly three
Washington is pushing for
tougher UN sanctions on
Tehran over its failure to com-
ply with demands to halt its
uranium enrichment pro-
gramme. Although the Unit-
ed States has said it has no
plans for a military strike, the
option has not been ruled out.
Underlying fundamentals for
crude oil remain supportive,
analysts said.
Last week's US inventories
report showed stockpiles of
gasoline and distillates, which
include heating oil and diesel
fuel, dropped by a larger
amount than analysts had fore-
cast. Meanwhile, demand for
products over the last four-
week period rose by 7.5 per
cent from the same period last

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

Tim Evans, an energy ana-
lyst with Citigroup Futures
Research, also pointed out that
traders appear to be ignoring
the return of colder tempera-
tures in the Northeast and a
spate of production disrup-
tions, both supportive of prices.
"The crude oil market is
more concerned about things
that are more potentially bear-
ish than actually bearish,"
Evans said.
In other Nymex trading,
heating oil futures fell more
than four cents to settle at
$1.7248 a gallon, while natural
gas gained more than a penny
to $7.254 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Gasoline futures settled at
$1.8447 a gallon, down nearly
six cents.

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Stocks finish near lows amid worries over

mortgage defaults and strengthening yen

AP Business Writer
Street seesawed through an
erratic session Monday, trying
to stabilize but ultimately fin-
ishing near its lows of the day
amid worries about mortgage

n M n ay-s

defaults, a strengthening yen
and tumbling stock markets
The major indexes fluctuat-
ed throughout the session, with
the Dow Jones industrials bob-
bing between positive and neg-
ative territory as investors tried
to size up where the market
was headed after last week's
big decline. The Dow finished
63 points lower, having fallen
in eight of the last nine ses-
The market remained jittery
about losses over soured sub-
prime loans, or loans to cus-
tomers with poor credit rat-
ings. HSBC Holdings PLC,
Europe's largest bank, said its
2006 earnings rose five per cent
but that it suffered $10.6 bil-
lion in losses on bad loans from
its US subprime mortgage
Also pushing stocks down,
a rising yen added to concerns
about an erosion of the yen

carry trade, which is the
process of borrowing the low-
yielding yen to acquire assets
in other currencies with greater
yields. A slowdown could hurt
liquidity worldwide. By late in
the day, the US dollar was at
116 yen, trading near three-
month lows after falling from
above 120 yen less than a week
Though the markets were
uneasy Monday, they were
hardly out of control as the
Dow traded within a 150-point
range and stayed above the
12,000 mark, which it had sur-
passed for the first time in
October last year.
"Stability is a good sign,"
said Todd Salamone, senior
vice president of research at
Schaeffer's Investment
Research in Cincinnati. He
noted that stocks could see
volatility for months, but that
over the long term, the mar-
ket looks poised to climb.
"Expectations for economic
data, earnings data both
have been ratcheted lower.
Markets tend to do better
when expectations are low,
because they have better odds
for positive surprises."
The Dow fell 63.69, or 0.53
per cent, to 12,050.41, having
swung 75 points lower and 75
higher than Friday's close in
earlier trading. The blue chips
have now fallen 581 points, or
4.6 per cent, from their clos-
ing price last Monday, the day
before the market's plunge.
Broader stock indicators also
fell. The Standard & Poor's
500 index slipped 13.05, or 0.94
per cent, at 1,374.12, and the
Nasdaq composite index -
which is dominated by riskier
technology and small-cap
stocks dropped 27.32, or
1.15 per cent, to 2,340.68.
Bond prices fell, nudging the
yield on the benchmark 10-
year Treasury note to 4.51 per
cent from 4.50 per cent late

Friday, as the stock market's
tolerable performance earlier
in the day kept investors from.
rushing to Treasurys.
The dollar was higher
against other major currencies
except for the yen. Gold,
though traditionally a safe-
haven investment, continued
its slide.
Oil prices dropped sharply
on the possibility that stocks'
decline could dampen demand,
but they lifted from earlier
lows bel9w $60 a barrel to fin-
ish down $1.57 at $60.07 on the
New York Mercentile
The market saw the bulk of
its drop right before the close,
in a similar pattern to Friday,
when the Dow flirted with
gains only to drop 120 points
late in the day. Going forward,
market participants won't be
ruling out the possibility of a
large, late-day swing.
"Probably it's better to save
any judgment on this market
today until the last half hour,"
said Philip S Dow, managing
director of equity strategy at
RBC Dain Rauscher in Min-
neapolis, before the markets
closed Monday. He noted that
little has changed in terms of
economic fundamentals, but
that the market is very volatile.
Stock investors appeared to
have been somewhat consoled
by comments attributed to US
Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson by Japan's finance
minister, Koji Omi. Neither
Omi nor Paulson, who began a
three-nation Asian tour in
Tokyo on Monday, were con-
cerned by the swings in region-
al stock markets, Omi told
reporters in Tokyo. Both men
contend the market mecha-
nism was functioning well, Omi
Still, Asian and European

stocks closed lower, keeping
US investors on edge. The
Nikkei fell for the fifth straight
session to close down 3.3 per
cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng
index fell four per cent and the
Shanghai Composite Index,
which has been volatile in
recent weeks, fell 1.6 per cent.
In Europe, Britain's FTSE
100 dropped 0.94 per cent,
Germany's DAX index fell
1.04 per cent, and France's
CAC-40 declined 0.73 per cent.
The Institute for Supply
Management's report on the
services sector failed to inject
much confidence in the mar-
ket. The index registered at
54.3 for February, lower than
analysts' forecast of 57.5 and
January's reading of 59.0. Still,
the reading above 50 indicates
that US service industries con-
tinue to grow, albeit at a mod-
est pace.
Market participants are
bracing for a rocky week, espe-
cially as investors await the
Labour Department's jobs
report Friday. So far, econom-
ic data have been coming in
mixed, suggesting a moderat-
ing growth but not recession.
"We saw the ISM come in
lower than expected, but the
economy is slowing, and that's
fine," said Scott Wren, senior
equity strategist for A G
Edwards & Sons. The ISM
said the service sector, which
represents about 80 per cent
of the nation's economic activ-
ity, saw nine of its industries
grow and nine contract.
St. Louis Fed President
William Poole, a voting mem-
ber of the interest rate-setting
Federal Open Market Com-
mittee, echoed recent state-
ments by Fed Chairman Ben
Bernank'e Monday, saying the
economic outlook is not as dis-
mal as the market's recent
downturn suggests, and that
inflation remains a concern for
policy makers.

But companies involved with
subprime mortgages, already
dragged down by concerns that
too many people are default-
ing, were kicked down further
when New Century Financial
Corp., the second-largest sub-
prime lender, said late Friday
that a federal prosecutor and
the New York Stock Exchange
are conducting investigations'
into its stock movements. New
Century fell $10.09, or 69 per
cent, to $4.56.
Also spooking investors was
Fremont General Corp.'s
announcement Monday that it
is planning to sell its subprime
residential real-estate lending
business. Fremont fell $2.82,
or 32.4 per cent, to $5.89.
The burgeoning subprime
worries also hurt banks and
homebuilders Monday:
National City Corp. and Wash-
ington Mutual Inc. fell more
than three per cent, while Toll
Brothers Inc., D.R. Horton
Inc., and Centex Corp. all lost.
more than four per cent. .
Declining issues outnum- "
bered advancers by about five
to one on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume came
to 1.99 billion shares, com-
pared to 1.86 billion shares at
the same point on Friday.-
The Russell 2000 index qf
smaller companies dropped
15.38, or 1.98 per cent, at
Though the markets have
been tumbling, market watch-.
ers note that merger and acqui-
sition activity is still strong a
positive sign for stocks.
Pathmark Stores Inc. rose
$1.21, or 10.8 per cent, to
$12.46 after A&P supermar-
ket operator Great Atlantic &
Pacific Tea Co. agreed to buy
Pathmark for $1.3 billion in
cash and stock. In an unusual
move, investors bid Great
Atlantic & Pacific higher; the
stock was up $1.64, or 5.3 per
cent, at $32.50.

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r ack and fieldtai

Senior Sports Reporter
ST. AUGUSTINE'S College is
expected to roll their Big Red
Machine into the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field Stadi-
um on Wednesday with 146 ath-
When they leave on Friday
evening, they are hoping to carry
their 19th straight Bahamas Asso-
ciation of Independent Secondary
Schools Sports' Inter-School Track
and Field Championship back to
Bernard Road.
Head coach William 'Knuckle-
head' Johnson is confident that they
will tighten their stranglehold on
the title.
"We expect that we should do
very well because we still a have a
number of seasoned competitors,
many of whom have been on
national teams, so we expect to do
very well," Johnson charged.
As has been the mandate for
SAC over the years as they built
their dynasty, Johnson said once
their athletes go out and give it their
best, they should keep the winning
tradition alive.
"We know that it's going to be a
fight," he insisted. "We don't expect
anybody to just give it to us. We
have to go out there and compete,
so we are going to go out there,
each person, and do their best."
If history repeats itself, Johnson
said that he anticipates that the Big
Red Machines will shine in some
of the areas that they normally con-
sider to be their weaknesses.
"It depends on what the other
schools have," he projected.
"But our intermediate girls
are pretty strong and our senior
girls and senior boys are both
Without giving away any strate-
gies to their rivals, like Queen's
College, St. John's, St. Andrew's,
St. Anne's or Jordan Prince
William, Williams warned them
that "we will have a good balanced
The Tribune attempted to con-
tact the schools for their outlook
on the championships yesterday.
However, only some of the coaches
were available.
Jordan Prince William Falcons
Head coach Hattie Moxey said
Jordan Prince William have a lot
of athletes with the potential to
compete, but the Falcons haven't
put that much emphasis on their
"We're not ready to say that we
can win the BAISS. We Ian pro-
duce some athletes, but I don't
think we have put in the time to
get them ready," she charged.
"We spent a lot of time in bas-
ketball and with our department
being so small, we haven't put in
the time with the athletes. But by
next year, we will go overboard
with the track team because the
potential is here."
Not to count out those athletes
that they have who have been doing
the extra work, Moxey said Jordan
Prince William will still be a force to
reckon with. They will have an 80-
member team at the meet.
"I don't see us winning the
BAISS track and field," she point-
ed out. "Our strength is on the field.
We have a few athletes who will
show up on the track, but I think we
will get most of our points from the
Moxey said they have some new
bantam athletes they are eager to
showcase and there are some
juniors returning from last year who
performed exceptionally well and
They will lead the charge for the
SFalcons as they work on regaining
the second place position they held
for a number of years behind SAC.
St. Anne's Bluewaves
Coach Varel Davis said the Blue-
waves will be represented by a team
of 107 athletes.
"We are really strong in the male
divisions from bantam to senior,"
she reflected. "We're a little weak
in the female divisions this year.
"So we are, looking at winning
some events on the track in the
bantam and junior boys, including
the relays. We feel that our ath-
letes are that strong this year to do
Davis, however, pointed out that
it will almost take a miracle for St.
Anne's to dethrone SAC off their
"We go out there every year to
give them a run. I think every
school does that," Davis reflected.
"We will go out there and try our

Lions take the sting

out of the corPpions

Senior Sports Reporter
WITH recent controversy
behind them, the HO Nash
Lions have settled down to the
task at hand defending their
Government Secondary Schools
Sports Association's junior girls
basketball title.
Hit by a long drawn out battle
with the GSSSA to have point
guard Cedricka Sweeting insert-
ed into their line-up, HO Nash
played like a team on a mission
as they blew out the CC Sweet-
ing Scorpions 46-21 yesterday at
the CI Gibson Gymnasium to
advance to the final.
They will play the SC McPher-
son Sharks, coached by Chevy
Simmons, who defeated the AF
Adderley Fighting Tigers, 40-39,
in their sudden death playoff yes-
Ironically, the championship
will be played between the
Lions, the top ranked team and
the Sharks, the fourth ranked
They will play game one today
at 4 p.m. at the same venue.
Lions' coach Patricia 'Patty'
Johnson, whose team went unde-
feated this year, didn't waste
anytime in establishing the tem-
po of the game that had
them matched against the No.2
"This one was special because
we had a lot of injuries and a lot
of. controversies with the
league," Johnson stated.
"The kids worked hard, they
stayed focus and concentrated.
"CC played a good game, but
we came out to get to the cham-
pionship. We didn't want to take
any chances because this was a
one shot deal. We just wanted
to get into the championship."
They did it with a 1-2 punch
from Sweeting and Lakishna
Munroe. Sweeting, who was
embattled with the controversy
that almost didn't enable her to
play, led the way with a game

high 19 points. Munroe had 13.
Sweeting and Munroe set the
tune in the first half as they
scored 10 and eight respectively.
In the second half, Sweeting
showed some extra skills as she
converted all seven of her free
Shashuana Smith added all
seven of her points in the first,
while Tannica Smith chipped in
with five.
For the Scorpions, Giovanna
Gordon scored seven and
Shanae Armbrister, Lornika
Seaphin and Terrinaque Roker
all helped out with four.
CC Sweeting's coach Tracy
McKenzie said they didn't play
up to par and it showed in the
final score.
"They didn't play like the sec-
ond best team. They were a
bunch of seventh graders who
were scared," McKenzie
stressed. "We will just have to
regroup and come back next
HO Nash opened a 8-0 lead
and it seemed as if they were not
going to miss a shot as they tight-
ened up their defence and ran
the fast break effectively.
But Shanae Armbrister got
loose under the basket and used
her height to go up for an uncon-
tested lay-up to put CC Sweeting
on the scoreboard.
The Scorpions started to make
a dent in the lead when Giovan-
na Gordan came up with a huge
block shot and headed to the
other end of the court for a lay-
up and a 12-5 deficit.
That was the closest that they
got as the Lions went back on
their offensive attack and they
built an insurmountable 30-10
lead at the half.
Nothing much changed in the
opening minutes of the second
half as HO Nash went on a 9-0
spurt to extend their lead to 39-
CC Sweeting would answer
with their first two points to trim
the lead to 39-12.
But while 'they struggled to get

their offence going, the Lions
continued to roll as their fans
started cheering for them in the
It was like clockwork as HO

Nash managed to take the ball
out of the hands of CC Sweeting,
who had times had difficulty get-
ting the ball over the half-court

By the time they mounted any
serious challenge, the Lions had
inserted their bench and even
then, they didn't seem to miss a

Bahamas Swimming Federation names Carifta swim team
* GIRLS 11-12
MAYA ALBURY............................................................................. 50/100 FLY, 50 BREAST, 50 FREE
BRIA DEVEAUX .......50/100/200 BACK, 100/200 FLY, 100/200/400 FREE, 100 BACK, 200/400 IM
LAUREN GLINTON........ ......... ................................... ...........................200 BREAST, 200 FLY
BERCHADETTE MOSS ...................... .......................................50 FLY, 50 FREE
SHONAE M USGROVE.....................................................................................100 BREAST 400 FREE
JE'NAE SAUNDERS ........................50/100/200 BREAST, 50/100/200 BACK/200/400 IM. 100 FREE
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CAMRON BRUNEY........................................................................... 100/200 BREAST, 200/400 FREE
EVANTE GIBSON .........................50/100/200 BREAST, 500/100/200 FLY, 200/400 IM, 50/100FREE
MATTHEW LOWE ...............................................100/200 FLY, 200/400 FREE/200, BACK/200/400 IM
LARON MORLEY ...................... ...................................................... 50 BACK, 50 BREAST, 50 FLY
T'AUREN MOSS ........................................... ............................. 50/100/200 BACK, 50 FLY, 100 FREE
* GIRLS 13-14
ASHLEY BUTLER............................................50/100/200 BACK, 50/100 FLY, 50/100 FREE, 200IM
KADESHA CULMER.........................................50/100/200 FLY, 50 BACK, 50 FREE
RAVYN DEVEAUX............. ................................................................. 100/200/400/800 FREE
MCKAYLA LIGHTBOURN............................................................... 200/400/800 FREE, 200/400 IM,
................. .................................................................... 50/100/200 BREA ST, 100/200 BA CK 200 FLY
SHAUNTE M OSS ....................... ................... ................................ 0/100/200 BREAST, 400 IM
* BOYS 13-14
DEVONN KNOWLES ............................................50/100/200 BACK, 200 BREAST, 200/1500 FREE
DELANOMCINTOSH ................... ...............................50/100/200 BREAST
ARM ANDO M OSS......................... ............. ......................................... 50/100/200 FLY, 50 FREE
MANCER ROBERTS ....................................100/200/400/1500 FREE, 50/100/200 BACK, 200/400 IM
BRENT THOMPSON..................50/100 FLY, 50/100/200 BREAST, 100/200/400 FREE, 200/400 IM
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JENNA CHAPLIN................. .... ...................100/200 FLY, 400/800 FREE
ALICIA LIGHTBOURN....................... ...........................50/100/200 BREAST, 200 FREE, 400 IM
TEISHA LIGHTBO URN .................................................................50 FLY, 100 BREAST, 200 IM
ANTHAYA ROLLE ...................... ........................................................................ 50/200 BREAST
JA D E TH O M PSO N ....................................................................................................... 50/100/200 BA CK
ARIANNA VANDERPOOL-WALLACE ...50/100/200 FLY, 50/100/200/400/800 FREE, 200/400 IM
ARIEL WEECH...........................................50/100/200 BACK, 500/100 FREE
* BOYS 15-17
JO N A TH A N BA IN ......................................... ............................................... ............. 50/100 FRE E
JO H N BRA D LEY ................ ..................................................................... .............. 1500/400/200 FRE E
VEREANCE BURROWS ............. ....................................50/100 FREE, 50/100 FLY
KIERAN DEVEAU .....................................................50/100/200 BACK, 200/400 FREE/200 BACK
DAVID HANNA.,..................................................... .......................... 200 BACK, 200 FLY, 200/400 IM
M ICHAEL M CINTOSH .............................................. ...........................................50/100/200 BREA ST
JE'VAUGHAN SAUNDERS ..........................................50/100/200 BREAST, 100 BACK, 200/400 IM
D ENA J SEYM OU R ......................................................... ...................................... ..................50/100 FLY
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be sidelined for a month after
hurting a knee ligament during
a Spanish League game last
weekend, an injury that elimi-
nated his chance of being
recalled to England's national
team for European Champi-
onship qualifiers this month.
The 31-year-old midfielder
hurt his right knee during Real
Madrid's 1-1 tie with Getafe
on Sunday when his momen-
tum following a cross took him
into an advertising sign behind
the goal. He limped off the
field and a scan Monday
revealed the injured ligament.
Beckhlam missed three
games in November due to an
injured left knee, which he
hurt at the World Cup.
Beckham agreed in January
to a five-year contract with the
Los Angeles Galaxy worth
about $27.5 million in base
salary, His contract with Real
Madrid ends June 30, and the
Galaxy expect he will join the
team in August.
Beckham was taken off in
the 69th minute, 37 minutes
after teammate Jose Antonio
Reyes was carried off on a
stretcher after hurting his left
knee. Both will miss Wednes-
day's European Champions
League game at Bayern
Famous for his bending free
kicks and crosses, Beckham
has 17 goals in 94 appearances
for England. He was captain
for 58, stepping down after
England was eliminated in last
year's World Cup quarterfi-
nals. Beckham has not played
for England since.

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Bahamas swimmers aim

for champions

Senior Sports Reporter

LAST year, the Bahamas
lost the Carifta Swimming
Championships by seven and
half points. This year, the
Bahamas Swimming Federa-
tion has ratified a 30-mem-
ber team that they feel will
not only be competitive, but
should win this year's cham-
Mark Sowa, the head coach
of the Barracuda's Swim
Club, will travel to Kingston,
Jamaica next month as the
head coach of the team.
He will be assisted by
Geoff Enas, the head coach
of the Dolphins Swim Club
and Stacy Bradley, the assis-
tant coach of the YMCA
Wave Runners from Grand
The team, which will travel
on April 5, will be managed
by Dale 'Happy' Knowles.
The chaperones are Jason
Saunders and Stephanie Car-
Following the Barrucuda's
Swim Meet over the week-
end, which served as a last
chance meet to qualify, the
BSF ratified the 30 athletes
on Sunday.
They are:
Girls 11-12 Maya Albury,
Bria Deveaux, Lauren Glin-

ton, Berchadette Moss,
Shonae Moss and JeNae
Girls 13-14 Ashley But-
ler, Kadesha Culmer, Ravyn
Deveauxc, McKayla Light-
bourn and Shaunte Moss.
Girls 15-17 Janne Chaplin,
Alicia Lightbourne, Teisha
Lightbourne, Anthaya Rolle,
Jade Thompson, Ariana Van-
derpool-Wallace and Ariel
Boys 11-12 Cameron
Bruney, Evante Gibson,
Matthew Lowe, Laron Mor-
ley and T'Auren Moss.

Boys 13-14 Devonn
Knowles, Delano McIntosh,
Armando Moss, Mercer
Roberts and Br.ent Thomp-
Boys 15-17 Jonathan
Bain, John Bradley, Vereance
Burrows, Kieran Deveaux,
David Hanna, Michael McIn-
tosh, JeVaughn Saunders and
Denaj Seymour.
Federation president
Algernon Cargill said they
have made a commitment to
go for the title by carrying a
full team of 30 swimmers, all
of whom have done the qual-

ifying standards.
"Our goal is to go to Carif-
ta and win the championship
in Jamaica," he insisted. "Our
strongest age group is the 15-
17 girls led by Ariana Van-
derpool-Wallace and Teisha
and Alicia Lightbourne.
"Our 15-17 boys are just as
strong, so we feel we have a
very strong team and we are
going into Jamaica to win the
Carifta Championships."
Now that the team has
been selected, Cargill said its
up to the coaches to get the
swimmers together so that


they can put in the extra work
to get ready for the champi-
As for the federation,
Cargill said they will be
appealing to the public for
their financial assistance to
help cover the expenses for
the team's travel to Jamaica.
"Funding has always been
an issue," he charged.
"We are in the process of
negotiating with the govern-
ment', but we are also
looking forward to going to
the public for their assis-

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with Mackey

Senior Sports Reporter
JEROME 'the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber' Ellis, the
Bahamasjunior middleweight
champion, has moved to Flori-
da where he's training and
preparing to stay competitive
in the professional boxing ring.
But Ellis admits that he's
longing for the day to return
home to fight and there's no
competitor he'd like to face
other than Bahamas super mid-
dleweight champion Jermaine
'Choo Choo' Mackey.
At the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
nasium on Thursday night with
his championship belt draped
around him, Ellis claimed First
Class Promotions have denied
him an opportunity to fight on
their show.
"Since I can't take on First
Class one-on-one, I want to
challenge their best fighter.
Thcy know that he can't beat
me, so they are protecting
him," he claimed.
"I want to put on a show
with Choo Choo Mackey on
May 25 for the FEDECaribe
and the Bahamas super mid-
dicweight title. I'm giving up
about three weight classes to
fight the boy. So 1 don't know
why they don't stop fooling the
public and give them a good
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a good fight and stop playing
around. Terry Demeritte is
ready to promote the fight
because First Class Promotions
is fooling around," he claimed.
"I have nothing against him,
I respect him as a fighter and
as a man, but when he steps in
the ring, it's a different ball
game. So if he's a man, let him
step in the ring and let's get it
Ellis said he will be back
home on April 7 when he fights
on Sherman 'the Tank'
Williams' proposed card. He
said he intends to show the
public that he's ready to fight.

But First Class Promoter
Michelle Minus said Ellis has
not contacted them. Instead,
he's issued his challenge
through the media.
"If somebody doesn't con-
tact First Class Promotions, we
can't do anything about it.
Whenever he contacts First
Class Promotions, we would be
more than happy to stage the
fight," she quipped.
As for the possibility of the
fight being promoted by
Demeritte, Minus said they
have no knowledge of it
because the Bahamas Boxing
Commission has not given any
indication that she is interested
inll pronoling the fight.
"The only thing we did was

saw him putting on the chal-
lenge in the media, but First
Class is not willing to back
down from anybody who is
willing to challenge for a
Bahamian title," she summed
Bahamas Boxing Commis-
sion's chairman Dr. Norman
Gay confirmed that Ellis can
issue the challenge to Mackey,
but the commission only
received the request from
Demeritte on Thursday night
and they haven't met on it. But
he said the date requested is
out of the question because
Mackey already has a commit-
ment for that night that the
Commission has sanctioned.
Meanwhile. Mackey said he's
not-concerned who steps in the
ring. He will defend his title
against any Bahamian who
wants to issue a challenge.
"Jermaine Mackey is pre-
pared to defend any title if he
has to. I will be ready anytime,
whoever the challenger is,"
Mackey stated.
"It's all up to the promoters,
but we have a full schedule of
fights and I don't know if they
are just going to stick some-
body in there who is running
his mouth."
Mackey admitted that Ellis,
the Bahamas junior mid-
dlewcight champion, is a pretty
good fighter and he respects
him, but "if he come in my way
in the ring. I will fight him."

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Wilson wins Honda Classic playoff

INSIDE PASS: Juan Pablo Montoya,
driving the Texaco Havoline
Telcel Dodge, passes on the
inside of teammate Scott Pruett
in the Chip Ganassi Racing
Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge
during the NASCAR Busch Series
Telcel Motorola Mexico 200 on
Sunday in Mexico City.

Montoya proves

he is fearless

to the very end

Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Juan Pablo
Montoya is an aggressive, fearless
driver always has been, always will
If that wasn't clear before he came
to NASCAR late last season, it cer-
tainly is now.
Montoya lived up to his reputation
in Mexico City, making a risky pass
and spinning teammate Scott Pruett
to take the lead with eight laps to go
Sunday before pulling away for his
first NASCAR victory.
The dive bomb on Pruett through
the s-turn of the Autodromo Herma-
nos Rodriguez course clinched the
Busch Series victory for Montoya, but
tainted a win he likely would have
earned without the daring pass. It also
overshadowed the impressive drive
through the field that Montoya used
to get to the front.
"That was just lowdown, nasty,
dirty driving," said Pruett, who
dropped from first to 18th when Mon-
toya spun him, and had to do some
spectacular driving to rally to his
fifth-place finish.
Was Montoya too bold or too
impatient to reclaim the lead after a
fueling error dropped him from first
to 19th?
Maybe. But everyone should have
seen this coming. It's why Chip Gan-
assi hired Montoya, who has made his
living being aggressive with little
consideration for the consequences.
Before the second race of his
rookie CART season, Montoya took
exception to champion Michael
Andretti using all of the track during
practice. So he pinched Andretti into
the wall, destroying both their cars.
As legend has it, when Andretti
angrily confronted him, Montoya sim-
ply smiled.
He carried that attitude into For-
mula One.
His fearlessness created one of the
greatest maneuvers in Fl history,
when Montoya passed the great
Michael Schumacher on the outside at
Spa in 2004. But his boldness also cost
him many times, including an eight-
car accident he ignited before the first
turn at Indianapolis last season.
It's easy to paint Sunday's tangle
with Pruett as "same old Montoya,"
but it may not be accurate in this case.
Eventually, Montoya was getting
past Pruett.
Montoya's car was better and his
tires fresher. As he sliced his way
through the field, Montoya thrilled
fans with a riveting ride through the
Mexico City road course.
Could he have waited to pass?
With eight laps to go, there was
plenty of time to make a move. But he
had worked his way onto Pruett's
bumper. As they headed into the first
turn, he dipped inside his teammate to
make the pass.
It was the exact same move in the
exact same place where Montoya
passed Pruett for the lead earlier.
That time, the two cars touched with
no consequences. The second time
wasn't nearly as smooth.
Montoya nudged Pruett's quarter-
panel, turning Pruett's car and forcing
Montoya and others to drive off
course to get around him.
NASCAR etiquette calls for team-
mates to race each other cleanly.
Moments before the accident, Ganassi
even told ESPN "the only team orders
we have is 'Don't wreck each other.'"
But Montoya may need a refresher
course in working well with others
because in Formula One, it's win at all
costs, and teammates are often bitter
rivals. Montoya and former Williams

Associated Press
Mark Wilson was a math major
at North Carolina and confesses
that one of his favorite things is
crossing off items on his to-do lists.
He can now erase the top entry
on that sheet of goals.
Wilson made a birdie to beat
Jose Coceres on the third playoff
hole and win the Honda Classic at
PGA National on Monday, the 32-
year-old player's first PGA Tour
victory in 111 career tries. He won a
four-man playoff that began Sun-
day, was interrupted by darkness,
then ended when he hit from 10
feet on the par-3 17th hole.
"I didn't sleep very good last
night at all just because I really
wanted to finish it off here and
win," he said. *
He got into the playoff with

some big putts Sunday: par from 45
feet on the 16th hole, par from 8
feet on the final regulation hole,
then a 30-footer in near-dark
conditions, remember on the
playoff first hole.
Some of' his competitors
acknowledged buckling under
Wilson seemed cool the whole
"Maybe in these moments, I'm
nervous," said Coceres, who also
lost a playoff to Fred Funk last
week at the tour's stop in Mexico.
"Mr. Wilson, he played very good."
With the win, Wilson got a
$990,000 winner's check, an
exemption through the 2009 sea-
son and a reprieve from making an
11th consecutive trip to the tour's
qualifying school. He also vaulted
179 spots to No. 86 in the world
rankings. And, if he can stay in the

top 10 on the money list, he has a
chance at playing the Masters for
the first time.
His caddy, Chris Jones, got two
things: a nice cut of Wilson's earn-
ings, and a huge sense of relief.
Wilson, Coceres, Boo Weekley
- who missed a 3-foot par putt
Sunday on the 18th hole that would
have given him his first career win
- and Camilo Villegas all finished
the 72 regulation holes at 5-under
275. But Wilson's score included a
two-stroke penalty from his round
of 66 on Friday, after Jones made a
major goof.
On the fifth tee Friday, Jones
overheard Villegas and his caddy
talking about club selection at that
par-3 hole. Jones blurted out, "It's
an 18-degree," referring to the
hybrid club that Wilson carries in

holds up the trophy after his
victory on the third hole of a
playoff during the Honda
Classic on Monday in Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.




James scores

32 points

to spoil

Yao's .return.

Associated Press
CLEVELAND LeBron James scored 32
points and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the
Houston Rockets 91-85 on Monday night to spoil
Yao Ming's first game back after suffering a leg
James, who added 12 rebounds and eight
assists, scored more than 30 points for the
fourth straight game. The Cavaliers have won
three of those four.
Yao returned to action after missing 32
games while recovering from a broken bone
under his right knee. He finished with 16 points,
11 rebounds, two blocks and five turnovers.
Yao, who played 27 minutes, helped spark the
Rockets in the fourth quarter after they trailed
by 14. He scored seven straight points and pro-
vided a presence inside that forced Cleveland to
take outside shots.
The Rockets, who have lost four of five,
pulled to within 84-82 on Tracy McGrady's
jumper with 1:34 left. But Zydrunas Ilgauskas
put back James' missed jumper on the next pos-
session to protect the lead.
Ilgauskas then stole ball from Yao, who fell to
the floor in a heap. Hughes tossed an alley-oop
to James on the other end and he slammed in it
9 for a 88-82 lead.
Yao got up with help from a trainer, limped
.off, but returned to the game.
McGrady responded with a 3-pointer after
the Cavaliers couldn't pull down a rebound to
pull within 88-85.
Hughes hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 10
TONYDEAK/APseconds and McGrady missed a 3-pointer.
TONY DEJAK/AP McGrady led Houston with 25 points but strug-
UP AND OVER: The Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, jumps toward the basket against the gled, going 10-for-32.
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Thompson 'programmed' to be superstitious

Associated Press;
Thompson III leaves the office
before a game, his secretary has to
be the one who gives him the
Georgetown pin he'll wear on his
lapel while on the bench.
Before getting on the bis to
head to the arena, the coach has to
drink a yellow Gatorade. No other
color will do.
When he emerges at Verizon
Center before tip-off, he always
stops to high-five or somehow
acknowledge the same three kids
- Michael, Megan and Matthew -
who just happen to have seats by
the tunnel that leads to the locker
During the game, he has to have
a blue marker for drawing plays.

"The managers learn that
quickly," he said. "I don't want
black. I don't want green."
And, several times during an
interview with The Associated
Press in his office, Thompson
answers questions while literally
knocking on wood specifically
the table that was next to his chair.
"Am I superstitious?" he said.
"Yes. Very."
So are a lot of coaches. They are
creatures of routine. Do the same
thing the same way over and over.
It helps focus on the present and
ignore the outside distractions.
The next opponent, in theory at
least, is all that is supposed to mat-
That's where Thompson takes
the prize. Many coaches preach
one game at a time, but Thompson

epitomizes the cliche as well as
anyone. It's usually a hopeless case
to try to get him to analyze the big
picture, look down the road or sum
up the season to date. Whether it's
superstition or a life-with-blind-
ers-on mentality, he is always very
much in the now.
"That's how I've been pro-
grammed," Thompson said. "It is
important to have tunnel vision. It
is important to focus on the next
game. Because in this industry, in
this day and age, it's easy to get
splintered. It's easy to start to wan-
If Thompson did allow his mind
to wander, he would have much to
He has done a stellar job in

coach John Thompson III
sends in a play to his team
during the game against host
Louisville on Feb. 7.









II r I I I





On a team in turmoil,

Tevez finally gets a goal

Associated Press
LONDON Carlos Tevez
curled a free kick into the net,
pulled off his shirt, ran to the
side of the field and jumped
into a section of West Ham
fans celebrating his first goal
for the team.
At the end of the game, he
trudged off the field, dejected
after yet another defeat.
With West Ham apparently
sliding toward relegation from
the Premier League, the
Argentine striker clearly
joined the wrong club, and
West Ham fans are probably
thinking the same thing.
It's got nothing to do with
his playing ability. Tevez also
set up West Ham's other two
goals in the 4-3 loss to visiting
Tottenham on Sunday.
But the club is in turmoil
and the fact that Tevez is play-
ing for West Ham is likely to
land the Hammers with a
point deduction or even expul-
sion from the league even if
it manages to scramble out of
the relegation zone because
the team doesn't officially own

When Tevez and Javier
Mascherano joined West Ham
from the Brazilian club Corin-
thians in August, it appeared
to be a stunning transfer coup
by a team that is a long way
behind Manchester United,
Chelsea, Liverpool and Arse-
But the two players' con-
tracts are owned by British-
based Media Sports Invest-
ment. Premier League rules
forbid players from being
owned by a third party, and
the league has charged the
club with breaching regula-
MSI, part of a consortium
interested in buying West
Ham at the time of the trans-
fers, also partly owns Corin-
thians. It's a complicated
arrangement that hast upset the
Premier League and put the
Hammers in peril of being
kicked out.
No date has been set for the
disciplinary hearing, so the
Hammers are struggling to
avoid relegation while know-
ing it could all be a wasted
While Mascherano has

moved to Liverpool on loan
and is on the bench for Tues-
day's Champions League game
against FC Barcelona, Tevez
has to carry on the fight at
West Ham.
Sunday's goal sparked cele-
brations largely because he
had taken 20 appearances to
score. But West Ham's flimsy
defense allowed another
defeat, and Tevez must won-
der what he has to do to turn
things around at a club making
headlines for all the wrong
There are reports of a gam-
bling culture at West Ham that
is out of control. Newspapers
say some players are not talk-
ing to each other because of
their resentment over gam-
bling losses, and others are
furious that recent signing
have joined the club on bigger
Defender Anton Ferdinand
faces a club fine for reportedly
going to the United States to
celebrate a birthday after he
had told West Ham he was
going to visit his sick grand-
mother on the Isle of Wight,
off the south coast of England.

"There are a lot of reasons
why we are bottom of the Pre-
miership," manager Alan Cur-
bishley said after the loss to
Tottenham. "It seems like
every day there is a new nega-
tive story about this club.
"As for Anton Ferdinand, I
gave the players four days off
because we had a free week-
end but they were told not to
leave the country. He will be
disciplined," Curbishly added.
West Ham owner Eggert
Magnusson said he had no rea-
son to fire Curbishley, who
was hired Dec. 13 after Alan
Pardew was fired.
"I want everyone to know
that Alan Curbishley remains
the man who we will build our
future success on," Magnus-
son said.
"Nothing has changed
regarding our long-term plans
and he still has my full sup-
port, 100 percent. We showed
excellent spirit yesterday and
we will continue our fight to
survive," the West Ham
owner added.
Tevez is expected to con-
tinue that fight, too, even
though it may all be in vain.

WINNER LOSES OUT: James Blake returns the ball to Juan
Martin el Potro during their round-robin match at the
Tennis Channel Open tennis tournament in Las Vegas
on Thursday. Although Blake won the match after del
Potro retired in the second set, he was eventually
removed from the tournament.



takes blame for

ruling on Blake

Associated Press
LONDON The chair-
man of the ATP took respon-
sibility for the confusion on a
ruling that eventually led to
James Blake being removed
from last week's round-robin
tournament, in Las Vegas.
"Personally, I made a mis-
take," chairman Etienne de
Villiers said Monday at a
news conference promoting
the Queen's Club grass court
Blake, the top seed at the
Tennis Channel Open, was
initially eliminated despite
his win over Juan Martin del
Potro, who retired with
respiratory problems while
trailing 3-6, 1-3.
It was 'decided- Blake
'would have won his -ound-
robin group if del Potro
hadn't retired. On De Vil-
liers' intervention, he was
given a spot in the quarterfi-
nals instead of Evgeny Koro-
A review of the rules

found that an incomplete
match can't count as a match
played for the retiring player.
Blake was then removed
from the quarterfinals in
favor of Korolev, with the
ATP blaming the flip-flop on
"an incorrect variation of
ATP rules." Korolev had
beaten Blake in their round-
robin match.
-"I was wrong to do it," De
Villiers said of the decision
to award the spot to Blake. "I
came at it from the position
of fairness, but I regret hav-
ing become involved. It's
taught me a valuable lesson
that we should not change
our rules as we go along.
"Mistakes were made by
me--and not the organization.
FmnihO advbeitiil that-we
accelerate our review pro-
cess. Hopefully it didn't
affect anybody's life or any-
body's livelihood."
Lleyton Hewift defeated
Jurgen Melzer in the final on


Wilson wins Honda


SHIRTLESS: West Ham's Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring his first goal for the club during an English Premie
match in London on Sunday. Although Tevez assisted on two other goals, West I lain lost the game to Tc


Beckham sidelined for about a rno

Associated Press
David Beckham's return
to form has taken a new twist
- a bad twist of his right knee.
The Los Angeles Galaxy-
bound midfielder will be side-
lined for about a month after
hurting a knee ligament during
a Spanish League game last
weekend, an injury that elimi-
nated his chance of being
recalled to England's national
team for upcoming European
Championship qualifiers.
The 31-year-old hurt his
right knee during Real
Madrid's 1-1 tie with Getafe on
Sunday when his momentum
following a cross took him
into an advertising sign behind
the goal. He limped off the
field, and a scan Monday
revealed the injured ligament.
"Obviously, we hope it's
not a serious injury so he can
get back to helping Real
Madrid challenge for the title,"
Galaxy general manager Alexi
Lalas said. "We do not expect
this injury to affect his arrival
in Los Angeles or his debut
with the Galaxy.'"
Beckham missed three
games in November due to an
injured left knee, which he
hurt at the World Cup.
Beckham agreed in January
to a five-year contract with the
Galaxy worth about $27.5 mil-
lion in base salary. His con-
tract with Real Madrid ends
June 30, and the Galaxy expect
he will join the team in

Beckham was taken off in
the 69th minute, 37 minutes
after teammate Jose Antonio
Reyes was carried off on a
stretcher after hurting his left
knee. Both will miss Wednes-
day's European Champions
League game at Bayern
Famous for his bending free
kicks and crosses, Beckham
has 17 goals in 94 appearances
for England. He was captain
for 58 matches, stepping down
after England was eliminated
by Portugal in last year's
World Cup quarterfinals,
when Beckham limped off
with an Achilles' tendon
injury. He has not played for
England since.
His wife, Victoria, is a for-
mer member of the Spice
Girls, and the pair are
expected to provide a boost to
MLS in attendance and televi-
sion ratings.
Real Madrid coach Fabio
Capello benched him from
Dec. 20 until Feb. 10. When
Beckham first agreed to a con-
tract with the Galaxy, the
coach said he wouldn't play
for Real Madrid again, but
Capello then changed his
Hugo Sanchez is still tak-
ing shots at Ricardo La
Volpe even though he now
has La Volpe's old job of coach
of the Mexican national team.
Considered by some the

greatest player in his country's
history, Sanchez was a con-
stant critic of La Volpe's
'before replacing' him last
November. Sanchez did not
like the fact that Mexico had
an Argentine-born coach and
said it was "an insult to Mexi-
can soccer" When La Volpe
used naturalized citizens.
"There is a profound feel-
ing that because I am Mexican
I will give my complete heart.
Some people only give for
their pockets," Sanchez said
Monday through an inter-
preter. "I think this is a 100
percent improvement. Being
Mexican, we understand what
we like and what we don't like.
Nobody likes a lack of respect.
I treat players as humans and
with respect."
Sanchez was in San Jose to
promote a March 28 exhibi-
tion against Ecuador in Oak-
land. He has coached two
games since being hired in
November, a 2-0 loss to the
United States last month and a
3-1 victory over Venezuela in
San Diego last week. The
game against Ecuador will be
his fourth, following his home
debut against Paraguay on
March 25.
With European-based play-
ers available for those two
matches, Sanchez plans to use
the games to help determine
his roster for the CONCACAF
Gold Cup and Copa America
tournaments this summer.
Mexico is in the same group

with Ecuador an
champion Braz
"As a coach, 1
these games to pr
cups," he said. "
these games to set
ers will step up a
with the team, and
ers can wear the n-
Some players pI
their clubs but
national team."
coached Pumaus U
Mexican league t
in three World Cu
five-time Spani
champion at Real

his bag.
Offering advice to com-
petitors like that is against
SEAN DEMPSEY/AP the rules, and Wilson knew
rship it. So he summoned a rules
ottenham. official at the next hole and
docked himself two shots.
"I felt like I almost cost us
this tournament Friday,"
said Jones, who cried after
Friday's round and was
t |fighting tears after Wilson
thgot the win Monday. "But he
hung in there and knew I
d defending didn't mean to do it. It was
il in Copa just a mental error."
The rule was one of the
have to use first things he discussed
epare for the with Jones when he hired
I will watch him to carry the bag.
e which play- "Part of me thought he
nd can fit in was just upset with me for
A which play- even making a big deal about
national shirt. it," Wilson said. "But then I
ay well for finally just put my arm
not for the around him and said, 'Hey,
let's go; let's go play golf.'
previous sly Camilo was a gentleman. He
NAM to two did the same thing. ... From
titles, played there on, I just played some
ps and was a of the best golf of my life."
sh scoring On the second playoff
Madrid. hole the first one played

Toronto's new Major
League Soccer team acquired
forward Conor Casey from
Mainz of the German Bundes-
Mainz announced Feb. 7
that it was terminating the
contract of the 25-year-old,
who also played for Borussia
Dortmund, Hannover and
Karlsruher before joining
Mainz in June 2004.
"He's a striker that adds a
different flavor," coach Mo
Johnston said Monday.
Casey, who attended the
University of Portland, has
made eight appearances for
the U.S. national team, the last
against Cuba on July 7, 2005.
He started all six games for the
Americans at the 2000 Sydney

Monday Wilson used that
18-degree hybrid to set up a
putt that nearly ended the
tournament. A 224-yard
approach put him in birdie
range at the par-4 10th, but
he settled for par.
Weekley and Villegas
weren't so lucky.
Weekley's drive landed in
the left rough, buried so
deeply he had no chance of
reaching the green. He
chopped the ball out,
advancing it about 100 yards.
His third shot hit 8 feet from
the pin but spun backward,
and his par try slipped past.
He walked to the front of
the green, hands on hips,
head bent, knowing his
chance was gone.
Villegas missed the 10th
green to the left, but hit a
great flop shot to within 4
feet. His par attempt,
though, ducked beneath the
hole, ending his day.
Coceres made his par
putt, and he and Wilson
headed to the par-3 17th,
where each hit tee balls to
about 10 feet. Wilson putted
first, made his, and Coceres
couldn't answer.


Mon toya fearless


teammate Ralf Schumacher
never even pretended to get
To his credit, Montoya
has come into NASCAR
intent on trying to show
some patience and shed the
reputation his brilliance and
blunders have earned him.
Just four months ago, he was
lauded for his restraint dur-
ing a handful of Busch races.
When Ganassi tried to scold
him for being too nice on the
track, Montoya was the

voice of reason.
"What's the hurry?" he
asked his boss. "This is a
long process. We've got
plenty of time."
The time came Sunday,
and Montoya didn't disap-
point. He won.
That's why Ganassi
brought him to NASCAR..
How Montoya got to Victory
Lane with a brilliant drive
and a controversial move -
is what everyone has been
waiting to see.
"That was vintage Mon-
toya," Ganassi said.

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SOUTHEAST W L Pet. GB L1O Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 33 25 .569 5-5 W-2 23-8 10-17 21-13
Miami 30 29 .508 3Y 6-4 W-3 18-10 12-19 17-16
Orlando 29 33 .468 6 3-7 W-1 19-12 10-21 17-20
Charlotte 22 38 .367 12 4-6 L-5 13-16 9-22 14-21
Atlanta 22 39 .361 12% 2-8 L-6 10-18 12-21 12-24

Toronto 32 28
New Jersey 28 32
New York 28 33
Philadelphia 22 38
Boston 17 42
Detroit 31 21
Cleveland 35 25
Chicago 35 27
Indiana 29 29
Milwaukee 22 39

Pct GB U10 Str. Home Away Conf
.533 5-5 L-2 20-9 12-19 22-13
.467 4 5-5 L-2 17-15 11-17 21-16
.459 4* 6-4 W-2 17-13 11-20 17-21
.367 10 5-5 W-4 14-15 8-23 14-20
.288 140 5-5 W-4 7-21 10-21 11-24

Pet. GB
.638 -
.583 3
.565 4
.500 8
.361 16

L10 Str.
7-3 L-1
6-4 W-2
6-4 W-3
3-7 L-5
3-7 L-2

Home Away
19-11 18-10
23-8 12-17
24-8 11-19
18-12 11-17
13-13 9-26


SOUTHWEST W L Pet. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Dallas 50 9 .847 10-0 W-15 29-3 21-6 32-6
San Antonio 41 18 .695 9 8-2 W-8 20-8 21-10 24-11
Houston 36 24 .600 14 4-6 L-2 20-10 16-14 20-18
New Orleans 28 32 .467 22 5-5 L-2 19-12 9-20 16-20
Memphis 15 46 .246 36 2-8 L-4 11-20 4-26 9-29

LA. Lakers
L.A. Clippers
Golden State

W L Pt. GB
40 19 .678 -
28 29 .491 11
26 33 .441 14
25 35 .417 15
24 35 .407 16
W L Pet. GB
46 14 .767 -
33 27 .550 13
29 30 .492 160
27 32 .458 18
27 35 .435 20

L10 Sr. Home Away Conf
8-2 W-3 22-7 18-12 24-12
5-5 L-1 15-16 13-13 12-21
3-7 L-3 17-13 9-20 15-22
5-5 L-1 14-16 11-19 15-20
6-4 W-2 18-13 6-22 12-23
UO Str. Home Away Con
7-3 W-2 23-6 23-8 22-10
3-7 L-2 20-10 13-17 19-13
5-5 W-1 21-10 8-20 16-19
5-5 W-3 17-12 10-20 14-21
3-7 W-1 20-10 7-25 14-19

Monday's results Tonight's games Sunday's results
Miami 88, Ati. 81 Toronto at Wash., 7 Bos. 124, Min. 117 (20T)
Ori. 99, Mil. 81 Seattle at N.Y., 7:30 Was. 107, G.S. 106
Cle. 91, Hou. 85 LA.L at Minnesota, 8 Chi. 126, Mil. 121 (OT)
G.S. 111, Det 93 NJ. at Dallas, 8:30 Pho. 99, LA.L 94
Char. at Utah, late N.O. at Denver, 9 Phi. 99, NJ.99NJ. 86
SA at LA.C, late Indiana at Sac., 10 Utah 108, N.O. 94
S.A. at Portland, 10 Sea. 96, Cha. 89


Wade wants to play

Associated Press
Dwyane Wade will try to come back this sea-
The Miami Heat guard said Monday he has
decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his dislo-
cated left shoulder with the goal of returning for the
"My decision for the next two to three weeks is
to rehabl with the possibility of coming back, but
with no guarantee," Wade said.
Wade was hurt Feb. 21 at Houston. He underwent
extensive tests and received a second opinion Fri-
day from specialist Dr. James Andrews before
deciding he would try to return.

Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was
arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the
team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor
inside his home and prevented her from calling 911.
Placer County sheriffs authorities said the
woman reported she and Artest were arguing inside
the home Monday morning when he pushed her.
The argument moved outside when Artest tried to
leave in his Hummer, sheriffs Sgt. Andrew Scott
said during a news conference.
Artest "shoved the victim to the floor several
times, then he attempted to leave," Scott said.
The woman threw a pot at the Hummer, shatter-
ing its windshield, Scott said. He would not disclose
the woman's relationship with Artest but said a 3-
year-old girl was in the house during the incident.


Richardson leads Warriors

Associated Press
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Jason Richard-
son had been waiting a long time to win at
Richardson scored a season-high 29 points
in front of his friends and family to help his
Golden State Warriors end a six-game losing
streak with a 111-93 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on Monday night.
It was the first victory at the Palace of
Richardson's NBA career. He grew up about
an hour north of Auburn Hills before starring
at Michigan State.
"I've been in the league for six years and I
finally got one," he said. "We've got every-
one healthy and we aren't giving up."
The win also ended Golden State's seven-
game road losing streak, and gave the War-
riors a lopsided sweep of the season series.
They beat Detroit 111-79 at home on Nov. 11.
"We should have been ready for this," Pis-
tons coach Flip Saunders said. "They beat us
by 30 out there, and we played the same way
again tonight."
The Warriors had lost 11 straight at the
Palace since a 91-88 victory on Nov. 28, 1993.
"We need to take this as a positive and let
this game change our season," said Stephen
Jackson. "There's still time to get this turned
Detroit was missing Rasheed Wallace (left
foot) for the third game in a row, while the
Warriors got Jackson (turf toe) and Baron
Davis (knee) back.
"It's good to have Baron and Jackson
back," Golden State coach Don Nelson said.
"They are my two best defenders, so having
them on the floor working together is a
delight to see."
Al Harrington had 16 points and 10
rebounds, while Jackson finished with 14
points. Six Warriors reached double figures
as Golden State became the first team to
score 100 points against the Pistons since
Feb. 6.
"I don't know if the force was with us
tonight or if we just played pretty well," Nel-
son said. "We made shots and that always
Lindsey Hunter scored 20 points for
Detroit, matching his total as a Pistons rookie
in Golden State's 1993 win at the Palace,
while Tayshaun Prince had 18, but the Pis-
tons were helpless against Golden State's
Richard Hamilton finished with six points
on 2-of-4 shooting his first single-digit
game of the year.
"It says a lot when Rip only takes four
shots in 27 minutes," Saunders said. "I've
seen him take four shots in two minutes and
seven seconds before, but in 27?"
The Pistons led by seven with 3 minutes
left in the first half, but Golden State finished
the second quarter with a 15-2 run, including
seven points from Richardson, to take a 61-55
edge. The Warriors shot 57.5 percent in the
first half, including a combined 9-for-9 from
Andris Biedrins and Matt Barnes.
"We had the game under control, but we
started throwing lobs and running and play-
ing their game," Saunders said. "We let them
get going, and they didn't miss a thing in the
rest of the game."
Golden State didn't cool down during the
break, hitting seven of its first nine third-
quarter shots to take a 78-61 advantage. All

APPRECIATED: Golden State Warriors guard Jason Richardson gets a high-five
during a timeout in the second half of the Warriors' 111-93 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on Monday in Auburn Hills, Mich. Richardson led all players with 29 points.

five starters had already reached double fig-
ures before the midpoint of the quarter.
The Warriors ended up shooting 52.6 per-
cent in the period, getting nine points from
Jackson, and held an 88-71 lead going into the
fourth quarter.
Heat 88, Hawks 81: The Miami Heat
got above .500 for the first time in nearly four
months by beating the Atlanta Hawks Mon-
day night at home.
Eddie Jones had 14 of his season-high 21
points in the final quarter and Shaquille
O'Neal added 14 points and nine rebounds on
the eve of his 35th birthday.
Jones hit a 3-pointer to start a game-decid-
ing 13-2 run over a 5-minute stretch of the
fourth quarter by the Heat (30-29). The
defending NBA champions last had a win-
ning record on Nov. 10: 3-2.
Gary Payton had 11 points and seven
rebounds and James Posey added 10 points
for Miami, which got promising news earlier
in the day from star guard Dwyane Wade.
Wade announced he will not have immediate
surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder
and will attempt to return by the end of the
Josh Smith and Anthony Johnson each had
16 points, Josh Childress had 14 and Joe John-
son had 12 13.3 below his average for
Atlanta, which dropped its sixth straight.
The Heat have won nine straight at home,
are 35-1 at home in February and March since
O'Neal joined the team three seasons ago,
and moved past idle Indiana into sixth place
in the Eastern Conference.
Magic 99, Bucks 81: In Orlando, Fla.,
Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 25 points
and Trevor Ariza added 20 as the hosts easily
beat weary Milwaukee.
Dwight Howard had 10 points and nine
rebounds for the Magic, who ended a three-

game losing streak. Orlando had 24 fast-
break points to just five for Milwaukee,
which lost an overtime game Sunday at home
against Chicago.
The Bucks started slowly and were never
really in the game. They were stone cold
from the opening tip, hitting only two of their
first 10 shots while turning the ball over six
times. Milwvaukee finished the half shooting
32.4 percent with 10 turnovers.
The Magic, meanwhile, shot 50 percent in
the first half and led by as many as 20 points
before settling for a 49-34 halftime advan-
tage. Turkoglu had 15 points on 6-for-9 shoot-
ing and added eight rebounds.
The Magic scored nine straight points to
start the second half to boost the lead to 24.
Turkoglu had seven of those points, includ-
ing the 3-pointer that made it 58-34 with 9:42
left in the period.
The Bucks never got closer than 16 points
from there.
Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 15
points, but shot just 3-of-16 from the field.
Ruben Patterson scored 14 points, while
Charlie Villaneuva and Lynn Greer had 11

SuperSonics 96, Bobcats 89: Ray
Allen's spinning three-point play with 1:25
left capped a 34-point game, and host Seattle
pulled away late.
Allen, playing with bone spurs in his left
ankle that caused him to miss Thursday's
games, scored 21 in the first half and 10 points
in the final 7 minutes.
Gerald Wallace scored 19 points and had
nine rebounds, but the Bobcats lost their fifth
straight. Adam Morrison, playing his first
game back in the state where he was a col-
lege star at Gonzaga in Spokane, added 17.



Tampa Bay 37
Atlanta 34
Carolina 33
Florida 27
Washington 24
New Jersey 40
Pittsburgh 35
N.Y. Islanders 33
N.Y. Rangers 32
Philadelphia 17
Buffalo 44
Ottawa 38
Montreal 33
Toronto 31
Boston 32

St. Louis


19-12-2-1 16-
18-13-3-1 14-
16-15-2-1 14-
8-16-3-6 8-1
10-16-1-4 8-11

22-8-0-5 18-11-0-2 19-
19-9-2-2 16-12-2-3 17-
18-10-4-1 15-13-1-4 12-S
15-14-3-2 17-13-0-2 10-1
5-18-3-4 12-19-2-2 4-1








3 1 78 214 208
7 3 78 203 209
3 4 73 199 209
6 7 67 194 210
2 10 60 199 236

19 0
21 4
23 5
27 3
37 5
16 2
23 2
29 1
26 3
28 2

7 87 175 157
5 79 221 203
5 76 198 186
4 71 192 185
6 45 173 248
3 93 251 189
3 81 226 181
5 72 197 211
6 71 208 217
3 69 190 230



93 231
91 208
66 169
59 165
57 162




Vancouver 38 22 2 3 81 173 165
Minnesota 36 23 1 6 79 190 167
Calgary 35 21 4 5 79 211 174
Colorado 32 29 2 3 69 218 211
Edmonton 30 30 3 3 66 174 194
Anaheim 39 17 4 7 89 213 174
Dallas 38 22 1 4 81 170 156
San Jose 39 25 0 2 80 197 169
Phoenix 27 35 2 1 57 174 222
Los Angeles 22 33 5 5 54 185 228

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


Monday's results
Rangers 2, Islanders 1 (SO)

Tonight's games
Florida at Atlanta, 7
Colorado at Boston, 7
NJ. at Philadelphia, 7
Nash. at Detroit, 7:30
Pitt. at Ottawa, 7:30
Wash. at Toronto, 7:30
Calgary at St Louis, 8
SJ. at Minnesota, 0
LA. at Chicago, 8:30
T.B. at Vancouver. 10

Sunday's results
Colorado 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
Pitt. 4, Phila. 3 (OT)
Atlanta 3, Carolina 1
Chicago 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
San Jose 4, Dallas 0
Boston 4, New Jersey 1
Anaheim 3, Nashville 2 (SO
Vancouver 4, Minn. 3 (SO)


Rangers win the night of saves

8-0-2 Associated Press
1-2-1 NEW YORK Rick DiPie-
tro stopped an Islanders-re-
DIV cord 56 shots, but counterpart
5-0-1 Henrik Lundqvist made the
7-1-1 biggest save, denying Randy
1-0-3 Robitaille in the shootout to
4-2-5 give the Rangers a 2-1 victory
DIV Monday night in the New
York-New York matchup.
9-0-2 Matt Cullen scored the only
0-0-4 goal in the tiebreaker, beating
2-2-2 DiPietro over the blocker after
2-0-1 freezing the goalie with a head
fake. DiPietro was otherwise
brilliant. The only other puck
DIV to get by him was Petr Pru-
5-1-0 cha's rebound goal in the
4-2-1 opening minute of the third
3-2-2 period.
1-0-4 The Rangers' second
straight shootout victory lifted
DIV them into a 10th-place tie in
1-0-1 the Eastern Conference, two
6-1-4 places and two points behind
0-1-0 Carolina and the playoff cut-
5-1-0 off. The seventh-place Island-
ers are three points ahead of
6-0- Jason Blake scored the lone
3-0-1 goal for the Islanders, who
3-2-1 won the first four from the
4-0-3 Rangers this season. The
teams will meet three more
times, including Thursday
night on Long Island.
Lundqvist made 29 saves
for the Rangers, who went
3-1-2 on a season-high, six-
game homestand. Four were
decided in shootouts.
0) In a first period otherwise
dominated by the Rangers, the
Islanders grabbed the lead


LOW SLIDERS: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, right, stops a shot by the Islanders'
Ryan Smyth during the third period of their game on Monday in New York.

with 1:43 left in the frame.
Blake took advantage during
the Islanders' first power play,
sending a shot off the leg of
Rangers defenseman Paul
Mara that caromed past
The Islanders' power play
has gotten a recent jump-start
with the acquisitions from
Edmonton of forward Ryan
Smyth and defenseman Marc-
Andre Bergeron. The unit
clicked four times in seven
chances during Smyth's first
two games and went 7-for-20
in Bergeron's initial six.
Blake extended his career
high with his 33rd goal.
The Rangers held a 17-6
shots advantage in the first
period and 36-19 through 40
minutes, yet they couldn't
dent DiPietro.
They needed only 26 sec-
onds of the third to get even.

Jed Ortmeyer fired a hard shot
from inside the blue line that
DiPietro kicked out, but Pru-
cha quickly got to the fat
rebound and fired a shot over
the goalie's glove for his 16th
goal and his third in seven
Then the action turned
frantic as the Rangers tried to
turn the momentum into their
first lead.
They peppered DiPietro
relentlessly around the 7-min-
ute mark, forcing him to spin
to make saves. He even
deflected a shot with his
blocker while facing away
from the pressure.
Lundqvist was solid, too,
but was bailed out when Andy
Hilbert's shot during a break-
away hit the left post.
Sean Avery was at his agi-
tating best in the opening 5
minutes of the game, goading

DiPietro into punching him
with a glove to draw a rough-
ing penalty. But it was Avery
who was left raising his arms
in disgust and frustration
when DiPietro stopped his
shot in close with 5:46 left in
regulation for save No. 50.
The Rangers put up 19 shots
in the third period, compared
to the Islanders' eight.

Canucks 4, Wild 3
(SO); Daniel Sedin beat Nick-
las Backstrom and Roberto
Luongo stopped Pierre-Marc
Bouchard in the sixth round of
a shootout for host Vancouver.
Luongo, who made 28 saves
in regulation and overtime,
forced Marian Gaborik to
shoot high in the fifth round of
the shootout before getting a
glove on Bouchard's backhand
to clinch the victory.

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Winthrop ranked for first time

Associated Press
Winthrop's impressive run
to another NCAA tournament
bid has the Eagles in The
Associated Press Top 25 for
the first time.
While Ohio State stayed
No. 1 in the rankings for the
second straight week Mon-
day, Winthrop moved in at
No. 24.
"Nine years of work has
. been poured into this," Win-
throp coach Gregg Marshall
said Monday. "The AP is the
original poll, the one I grew
up with. This is another stamp
of approval that people are
recognizing this basketball
program and not just this sea-
son but a culmination of nine
years. This validates what
we've been doing for these
many years."
The victory over VMI on
Saturday in the Big South
tournament championship
game gave the Eagles a sev-
enth NCAA berth since 1999.
It capped a perfect season in
the league and extended their
winning streak to 18 games
and improved their record to
28-4. All their losses have
come on the road to teams
they joined in the Top 25.
"We're not No. 31 or 29 or
27 anymore. You don't put
numbers on the teams in the
list of other receiving votes
but we do," 'Marshall said.
"We don't worry about that
now. There is a clear two-four
in front of our name now and
we are proud of that to be
UNLV moved into the poll
for the first time this season at
No. 25. Winthrop and the

Runnin' Rebels are the 47th
and 48th schools to be ranked
this season, tying the all-time
record set in 1992-93.
Ohio State (27-3), which
beat Michigan 65-61 to cap its
Big Ten regular season,
stayed No. 1 with 70 first-
place votes and 1,798 points
from the 72-member national
media panel. Kansas (27-4),
which beat Oklahoma and
Texas last week to wrap up
the Big 12 regular season title,
moved up one spot to No. 2
with the other two No. 1 votes
and 1,706 points.
Wisconsin, which finished
second to Ohio State in the
Big Ten, moved up one place
to third, while UCLA, which
beat Washington State to
wrap up the Pac-10 regular
season title but then lost to
Washington on Saturday,
dropped from second to
Memphis, which finished
undefeated in Conference
USA, moved up one spot to
fifth and was followed by
Florida, Texas A&M, North
Carolina, Georgetown and
Washington State was No.
11 followed by Louisville,
Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois,
Texas, Oregon, Maryland,
Marquette, Butler and Notre
Duke, which lost to Mary-
land and North Carolina last
week, dropped from 14th to
lead the last five teams fol-
lowed by newcomers Tennes-
see, BYU, Winthrop and
This was the eighth
straight week that at least
three teams moved into the

Top 25 with the most being
six three weeks ago.
Winthrop's losses this sea-
son were to Wisconsin, Texas
A&M, North Carolina and
Maryland. The loss at Wis-
consin was in overtime.
"That day in Madison we
were the better team but we
didn't win the game. When we
played North Carolina we
were ahead by nine with 12
minutes to go and they wore
us down. Both those teams
were No. 1 in the poll this sea-
son," Marshall said. "We
know what we're capable of
doing and now everyone else
knows but it took weeks and
weeks of winning and there
was no safety net so the pres-
sure has been on this team for
quite some time."
UNLV (25-6) moved into
the rankings on a four-game
winning streak and finished
second to BYU in the Moun-
tain West. The Runnin' Reb-
els last made an appearance in
the top 25 in the final poll of
the 1992-93 season.
Tennessee (22-9) moved
back into the rankings after
being out for six weeks. BYU
(23-7) returned after being out
for one week.
Vanderbilt, which lost to
Arkansas, dropped out from
No. 19. Virginia Tech fell out
from 21st after losing to Vir-
ginia and Clemson, while
Southern California dropped
out from 23rd following losses
to Washington and Washing-
ton State. Air Force, which
was ranked as high as 13th this
season, dropped out from 25th
after losing to BYU.
Next week's poll is the last
of the season.


VCU stuns George Mason

Associated Press
Maynor scored nine straight
points to erase a five-point
deficit in the final 2 minutes
and Virginia Commonwealth
stunned George Mason 65-59
to win the Colonial Athletic
Association tournament
championship Monday night.
Maynor scored on a steal
and layup, then was fouled
and finished the three-point
play with 1.55 left. He stole the
ball on the next possession
and made a layup to tie it with
1:46 to go, then followed a
miss by the Patriots by driving
and making a leaner over Dar-
ryl Monroe with 46.5 seconds
to play.
No. 2 Connecticut 76,
No. 23 Louisville 50: In
Hartford, Conn., Kalana
Greene scored 20 points as
the Huskies advanced to the
Big East tournament final.
Renee Montgomery had 14
points, and Charde Houston
added 10 points, 15 rebounds
and four steals for the Huskies
(29-2), who will play for their
third consecutive tournament.
Louisville's Angel
McCoughtry, the Big East
player of the year, led the Car-
dinals (26-7) with nine points.
No. 19 Rutgers 63, No.
21 Marquette 55: In Hart-
ford, Conn., Matee Ajavon
scored 20 points, Kia Vaughn
had 22 points and 11 rebounds,
for Rutgers in the Big East
No. 12 Purdue 64, No.
5 Ohio St. 52: In Indianapo-
lis, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton

had 21 points and 13 rebounds,
and Purdue upset Ohio State
to win the Big Ten tourna-
ment championship.
While Big Ten player of
the year Jessica Davenport
finished with 22 points and 11
rebounds, the Buckeyes (28-3)
always seemed a step behind
Katie Gearlds scored 25
points to lead Purdue (28-5).
e No. 16 Middle Tennes-
see 76, Denver 50: In Lafay-
ette, La., Chrissy Givens
scored 28 points for Middle
Tennessee in the semifinals of
the Sun Belt Conference tour-
ACC: Tyler Hansbrough

Eric Maynor,
center, goes up
for a shot as
George Mason's
Gabe Norwood,
left, tries to
block it during
the Colonial
game in
Richmond, Va.,
on Monday. VCU
won 65-59.


will probably play in the
Atlantic Coast Conference
tournament this week despite
breaking his nose during the
blood-filled final seconds of
No. 8 North Carolina's victory
over then-14th-ranked Duke
on Sunday.
Hansbrough suffered what
coach Roy Williams said
Monday was a small nondis-
placed fracture when Duke's
Gerald Henderson flagrantly
fouled him with 14.5 seconds
left in the Tar Heels' 86-72
Williams said Hansbrough
was being fitted with a
custom-made protective mask
and should be ready for North
Carolina's first tournament
game Friday.

Associated Press
URBANA, Ill. Illinois
football players Jody Ellis and
Derrick McPhearson pleaded
not guilty Monday to felony
burglary and theft charges,
the latest in a string of legal
problems for the school's ath-
letic program.
The two wide receivers,
who have been indefinitely
suspended from the team,
were arrested Friday night
after police found suspected
stolen wallets, cell phones,
electronic devices and at least

six laptop computers in Ellis'
car, Champaign police Chief
R.T. Finney said Monday.
Ellis and McPhearson, both
20, pleaded not guilty to four
counts each of residential bur-
glary and two counts each of
theft of property.
The men were arrested
after allegedly driving away
from the scene of a minor
accident in Ellis' Honda
Accord. The accident with
another vehicle occurred
shortly after 8 p.m. at an inter-
section near campus, Finney

said. Police later pulled over
Ellis' car.
Ellis, from the Chicago sub-
urb of Evanston, and
McPhearson, from
Hyattsville, Md., each posted
$2,500 bail and were released
from Champaign County Jail
Sunday afternoon.
Neither football coach Ron
Zook nor Athletic Director
Ron Guenther were available
for comment Monday, but a
spokesman for the school's
athletic programs said further
disciplinary action is possible.


VICTORY PARTY: N.C. State's, from left, Chanita Jordan, Khadijah Whittington and
Marquetta Dickens celebrate their victory over No. 1 Duke on Saturday. Despite
losing to North Carolina the next day, N.C. State jumped seven slots in the AP poll.

Duke still on top despite loss

For The Associated Press
Even with a loss, Duke is
still No. 1.
Duke led the AP women's
basketball poll for the eighth
straight week on Monday,
holding on by a solid margin
despite losing for the first
time. Montana joined at No.
25 as the only newcomer, its
first national ranking in 13
The Blue Devils (30-1)
were upset by North Carolina
State in the semifinals of the
Atlantic Coast Conference
tournament, but still received
39 of 50 first-place votes from
a national media panel.
Connecticut (28-2) moved
up one spot to second and
received seven first-place
votes, the first time this sea-
son the Huskies have been
voted No. 1 on any ballots. It's
their highest ranking since
they led the poll the week of
Feb. 23, 2004.
The four other first-places
.votes went to No. 3 North
Carolina (30-3), which
climbed one place after beat-
ing NC State to win the ACC
tournament. State's strong run
through the tournament lifted
the Wolfpack seven spots to
17th, by far the biggest jump
within the poll.
Tennessee, a loser to LSU
in the semifinals of the South-
eastern Conference tourna-
ment, slipped two spots to
Duke, which doesn't play
again until the NCAA tourna-
ment, had 1,225 points in the
voting to lead UConn by 48
points. The Huskies were 17
points ahead of North Caro-
Despite the loss, Duke's
resume remains impressive.
The Blue Devils beat North
Carolina and defending
national champion Maryland
twice each while going 14-0 in
the ACC, and they also won at
Tennessee. They'll be a strong

candidate for the overall No. 1
seed in-the NCAAs.
Robyn Rison of The Her-
ald-Dispatch in Huntington,
W. Va., was among those who
kept Duke at No. L
"I honestly think they're
the best team," Rison said.
"They ran the table during the
regular season and then you
get to the (conference) tour-
nament and maybe you lose a
little focus. They still look like
the best team."
Connecticut took a 14-
game winning streak into the
semifinals of the Big East
tournament against No. 23
Louisville on Monday night.
Coach Geno Auriemma's
team, which has won those 14
games by an average of 19
points, has lost only to Ten-
nessee and North Carolina.
"Overall, I felt like they're
playing as well as anybody in
the nation," Scott Nulph of
The Tribune in Ames, Iowa,
said after changing his vote
for No. 1 from Duke to
"Geno's got them playing
at a high level," he added.
Montana (27-2) made the
Top 25 for the first time since
it was 17th in the final poll of
the 1993-94 season.
The Lady Griz won their
13th regular-season Big Sky
championship and 20th
league title overall in coach
Robin Selvig's 29 seasons.
They'll take an 11-game win-
ning streak into the confer-
ence tournament.
Sophomore guard Mandy
Morales leads Montana with a
20.1 scoring average. Two
other sophomores and two
juniors complete the starting
lineup for a team that has only
one senior.
"Its an honor for us to
crack the Top 25," said Selvig,
who's 672-190 with the Lady
Griz. "This young team has
had a phenomenal year. Its
great recognition for us, but
also for the Big Sky Confer-'

Ohio State remained fifth,
while Stanford traded places
with Maryland, the Cardinal
climbing to sixth and the Ter-
rapins falling to seventh. Ari-
zona State went from ninth to
eighth, Vanderbilt climbed
four places to ninth after win-
ning the SEC tournament and
LSU moved up one spot to
Oklahoma was 11th, fol-
lowed by Texas A&M, Pur-
due, Georgia and George
Washington. The Lady Bull-
dogs fell from 10th to 14th
after their loss to Vanderbilt
in the SEC semifinals and
George Washington tumbled
from eighth to 15th, the big-
gest drop in the poll, after los-
ing to Saint Joseph's in the
semifinals of the Atlantic 10
Middle Tennessee, North
Carolina State, Baylor, Rut-
gers and Bowling Green com-
pleted the top 20.
The final five were Mar-
quette, Wisconsin-Green Bay,
Louisville, Michigan State and
California dropped out,
one week after returning to
the poll. The Bears, who had
been 25th, beat Oregon in the
quarterfinals of the Pac-10
tournament, then lost to Ari-
zona State in the semis.
Most of the ranked teams
are finished playing until the
NCAA tournament. Bowling
Green starts play in the Mid-
American Conference tourna-
ment on Tuesday, while Okla-
homa, Texas A&M and Baylor
have games in the Big 12 tour-
nament on Wednesday.
Wisconsin-Green Bay
plays in the Horizon League
quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Montana doesn't play in the
Big Sky tourney until Friday
night's semifinals.
Two victories in that tour-
nament would ensure Mon-
tana of its 17th NCAA tourna-
ment appearance.


Georgetown coach is superstitious


three seasons on the Hilltop.
The Hoyas returned this sea-
son to the AP top 10 for the
first time in six years and will
be the top seed in this week's
Big East tournament for the
first time since 1989. He has
persevered under the weight
of expectations at a school
that got used to success over
the decades with another
coach named Thompson.
But the current Thompson
would prefer to strike that
paragraph, at least while the
season is in progress. Cer-
tainly, he would want his
players to ignore it.
"They definitely hear from
me: 'Don't listen to people,"'
Thompson said. "Walking in
the door the first year, people
were saying this is going to
be rough. We didn't listen
then, and so we don't when
people are saying the exact
Thompson was "pro-
grammed" that way through
two primary sources: his Hall
of Fame father and the Ivy
"Maybe it's a trait growing
up in the house where I did,"

said Thompson, son of the
man who won the 1984
national title and 596 games
during 27 seasons at Georgd-
town. "There were always
negative articles being writ-
ten, negative things being
said about our dad. So at a
young age, you learn to tune
things out quickly."
The one-game-at-a-time
mind-set was further honed
at Princeton, where Thomp-
son spent more than a dozen
years as a player, assistant
coach and head coach.
"In the Ivy League, every
game is a playoff game
because there is no postsea-
son tournament," Thompson
said. "In that environment,
you do learn that every game
is urgent. If you beat Penn on
Tuesday and lose to Dart-
mouth on Saturday, you have
one loss in the league and
that could end up costing you
the league" title.
Although he doesn't often
lose focus, Thompson
allowed the facade to drop
for a few moments Saturday,
following a victory over Con-
necticut that clinched first
place in the Big East. The
coach said he even thought

about cutting down the nets
with his wife and children.
"The regular season is
over, and we're sitting at the
top, and that feels pretty
good," Thompson said. "I've
got to be honest about that."
Thompson's father was
touched by the rare show of
"He analyzes and calcu-
lates about what he wants to
do," the elder Thompson
said. "Once he's come to a
conclusion, he's very difficult
to change, whereas I would
probably have acted on my
first impulse. I get a kick out
of it."
While father and son are
different in many ways, there
are also common threads.
Leaving his office at the end
of the interview during
which he reluctantly listed
some of his superstitions -
Thompson looked at a large
framed photo on the wall and
pointed out one of his father's
"He always wore a blue
shirt during games I think
all the way back to coaching
high school," Thompson said.
"A lot of people never
noticed that."


Illinois players plead not guilty

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Prior yanked, Wood great in comebacks

Associated Press
PEORIA, Ariz. Mark Prior's
return answered his own questions
about his arm, but created some
about his effectiveness. Kerry
Wood's comeback was far more reas-
suring to the Cubs.
Prior, who missed most of 2006
during a third consecutive season of
injuries, started for the first time
since August. He gave up three
earned runs and got just four outs
before Chicago manager Lou Piniella
pulled his expected ace from the
Cubs' 6-5 victory over the Seattle
Mariners on Monday.
"I just wasn't finishing my
pitches," Prior said, after throwing 41
pitches 16 chest-high or higher.
"The most important thing for me
is this is the first time in almost 2'/2
years I wasn't more worried about
my arm than facing batters."
But Wood was dominant. Throw-
ing 95 mph fastballs and sliders, the
2003 All-Star retired the Mariners in
order in the fifth. He struck out Jose
Guillen and threw 12 pitches, eight of
them strikes.
The Cubs' former ace is trying to
come back as a reliever following
shoulder surgery on Aug. 31, 2005,
that limited him to just four games
'last season.
Prior was scheduled to go two
innings in his first spring start since
2005. Following a 25-pitch first inning
that included two walks, pitching

A LITTLE OFF: Cubs righty Mark
Prior gave up three runs and got
just four outs in his 2007 debut.

coach Larry Rothschild stood beside
Prior and pantomimed an exagger-
ated followthrough toward the dug-
out floor.
After an errant fastball forced
catcher Michael Barrett out of his
crouch and into a reaching snag,
Rothschild visited Prior on the

mound. Mike Morse hit the next
pitch into the left-center-field gap for
a double.
Jeremy Reed followed by hitting a
2-1 pitch 15 feet up the dark hitting
background beyond straightaway
center field, over the 410-foot sign.
"That was the only ball that I
thought I threw well," Prior said.
That double one of three off
Prior scored Kenji Johjima for a
2-0 lead.
After No. 9 hitter Yuniesky Betan-
court's hard, one-hop groundout, on
a 1-0 pitch, Piniella replaced the 26-
year-old right-hander with Ben How-
Prior sat on the dugout bench and
threw his cap over his shoulder and
into the back wall of the dugout..
Howard then gave up Willie Blo-
omquist's RBI single, the third and
final run charged to Prior.
Adrian Beltre, a one-time Los
Angeles Dodger and one of the only
Mariners to have faced Prior before
in the National League, said "that was
not the Prior I usually faced."
Beltre grounded out in his only at-
bat against him.
"His fastball wasn't like before. It's
obviously he's coming back from
injury," said Beltre, who is 1-for-10
with a home run and five strikeouts
against Prior in his regular-season
Piniella said that velocity some
radar guns reported Prior's fastest
pitches were 87 mph --- will come

RIGHT ON: Kerry Wood retired the
Mariners in order in the fifth, and
only needed to throw 12 pitches.

after Prior gets comfortable with sim-
ply pitching again.
"Obviously, he needs to throw the
ball better. Let's be honest," Piniella
said after Chicago's first victory in
four spring games. "But it's a start for
Mark that he can improve on."
Prior said he wasn't happy with

the way he threw, "but I'm looking at
the bigger picture here."
"I was more happy I was able to
get into a game," he said. "I'm not too
worried about my command out
there [yet]. If I'm doing this three or
four weeks from now, obviously that
would be setting up a panic mode."
If Wood is doing this three or four
weeks from now, the Cubs will be
"That's 95 miles per hour nice and
easy," Piniella said, smiling. "After I
saw him throw the first five or six
pitches, I said, 'I had a good day
Wood, 29, said his heart was rac-
ing and that he was initially "over-
amped" in his first game since June 6.
He also said he has more -energy after
losing 25 pounds this winter through
exercise and better eating, that his
shoulder is healthy, and he's ready to
restart his rise-and-fall career as a
"Starting is not even in my
thought process," said Wood, who
has 178 starts in 189 career games. "I
may never start another game again,
and if it's that way I'm fine with it.
"I'm playing baseball. I can't com-
Ted Lilly, Chicago's $40 million
free-agent acquisition, made his
spring debut with two scoreless
innings. He gave up one hit, a single
by Reed, but then got a double play.
"Kind of hit-and-miss," Lilly said.
"I got away with a couple of pitches."


Igawa is shaky,

Rivera sharp in

Yankee debuts

From Miami Herald Wire Services
TAMPA, Fla. Kei
Igawa had an adventurous
The Japanese left-hander
gave up two runs, two hits
and three walks on Monday
in the New York Yankees'
6-5 victory over the Detroit'
Tigers. '.:- -
Igawa struck out three
and faced eight batters, get-
ting three outs before leaving
in the second.
"The only thing I saw was
overstriding," Yankees
catcher Jorge Posada said.
"When you strike the guys
out, you obviously made
some good pitches. When
you walk the guys, every-
thing is up in the zone."
Igawa loaded the bases on
two walks and a single, with
no outs in the first. After
striking out Carlos Guillen,
Ryan Raburn walked to put
the Tigers ahead 1-0. Igawa
avoided further damage
when he struck out Brent
Clevlen and Brandon Inge.
"He looked like he rushed
himself a little bit," New
York manager Joe Torre
said. "He just didn't seem to
finish off pitches. The first
time out, maybe getting a lit-
tle over anxious."
Igawa was pulled after
Sean Casey's second-inning
leadoff single on his 40th
pitch. Casey scored later to
make it 2-0.
"The result was not good,
but it's something I can learn
[from] and go forward,"
Igawa said through a transla-
tor. "It's the same as Japan
right now during the same
time. My pitches are usually
Clevlen was hit in the
head by a Tyler Clippard
pitch in the sixth the
Tigers said later that he was
New York closer Mariano
Rivera worked a perfect
third inning in his first spring
training appearance. He had
two strikeouts. Rivera, side-
lined from Aug. 31 to Sept. 22
last year because of a muscle
strain near his right elbow,
has felt fine since spring
training began. "I feel really,
really good," he said.
Minor leaguer Bronson
Sardinha hit a game-win-
ning, two-run homer off
Felix Heredia with two outs
in the ninth as the Yankees
improved to 5-0, their best
spring training start since
opening 1993 with eight vic-
tories in a row.

Giants: Barry Bonds
returned to the club's train-
ing complex in Scottsdale,
Ariz.,.after missing two days
of workouts with the flu.
Bonds made his spring-
training debut on Friday, but
came down with a serious
case of the flu that has side-
lined much of the Giants'
roster. Bonds was coughing
during a brief workout and
batting practice after most of
the Giants headed to Tucson
for a game against the Dia-
San Francisco manager
Bruce Bochy wasn't certain
whether Bonds would play in
today's home exhibition
against the Los Angeles
Angels. Second baseman Ray
Durham also missed the
weekend's workouts after
falling ill.
"We'll get over it, but
those two got hit hard,"
Bochy said.
Angels: Right-hander
Bartolo Colon is scheduled
to throw off the mound today
for the first time at Angels
camp. Colon, the 2005 Amer-
ican League Cy Young
Award winner, is recovering
from a tear in his right rota-
tor cuff.
Orioles: Mark Pieper,
the agent for second base-
man Brian Roberts, was in
camp seeking to negotiate a
long-term deal for his client.
Roberts is eligible to become
a free agent after the season
and would like a new con-
tract before Opening Day,
but he has not put a deadline
on negotiations.
Rockies: Todd Hel-
ton returned to the lineup
and immediately flashed his
sweet swing. After missing
two games with inflamma--
tion in his right knee, the
Rockies' slugger had two hits
and an RBI in an 8-2 loss to
the Rangers in Tucson, Ariz.
Brewers: Jeff Suppan
made short work of his
spring-training debut with
his new team. Suppan, whose
four-year, $42 million deal is
the largest contract in Brew-
ers' history, needed only 35
pitches in three innings as
Milwaukee beat the White
Sox 4-3 in Phoenix. Suppan
gave up one run on two hits.
Mets: Lefty ace Tom
Glavine returned to Mets
camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.,
after missing two days for
personal reasons. He is
expected to start today
against the Astros.


REGAINING SOME NORMALCY: Barely six months after being diagnosed with cancer and only 2V2 months after his final
chemotherapy session, Red Sox lefty Jon Lester was back on the mound Monday. 'Just to get back and be normal
again is awesome,' the 23-year-old said. Lester retired the three batters he faced in a 'B' game against the Twins.

Lester back after cancer battle

Associated Press
Lester pitched in a baseball
game Monday.
Simple? Perhaps.
Special? Absolutely.
Barely six months after
learning he had cancer and
just 2/2 months after his final
chemotherapy session, the
Red Sox starter stood on the
rubber again. He looked at the
catcher, threw a called strike
and reclaimed his role -
pitcher, not cancer survivor.
"Just to get back and be
normal again is awesome," the
23-year-old said.
Lester was pleased with his
mechanics and the location of
his pitches. He retired the
three batters he faced on eight
pitches. So what if he threw
only the first inning of a "B"
game against the Minnesota
Twins? Like his teammates, he
was progressing toward Open-
ing Day.
He will take today off,
throw a bullpen session
Wednesday, then pitch two
innings against his teammates
in a simulated game Saturday.
Then he'll pitch in a minor-
league game on March 16.
"I've been around him
enough that I know that he
wants to be treated like all the
other pitchers," Boston man-
ager Terry Francona said, "not
every time he goes out there
have a parade for him. He
wants to be a normal pitcher."

Lester was better than nor-
mal after his major-league
debut last June 10 at Fenway
Park. He became the first Red
Sox left-hander to win his first
five decisions, starting June 16
with a 4-1 victory over Atlan-
ta's Tim Hudson.
On July 18, he gave up one
hit through eight innings
before Jonathan Papelbon
wrapped up a 1-0 victory over
Kansas City. Lester won his
last start on Aug. 23, then went
on the disabled list on Aug. 28
with a 7-2 record and a 4.76
ERA. He was diagnosed with
anaplastic large cell lym-
phoma, a type of cancer in the
body's lymph system.
Before the fifth of his six
chemotherapy sessions, Lester
received the good news: A CT
scan showed he was cancer
free. He began throwing on
Dec. 4, received his final treat-
ment on Dec. 21 and was in
camp in early February, about
two weeks before pitchers and
catchers were due.
"I'm not sure he's real into
us patting him on the back for
just pitching," Francona said.
Lester has kept up with the
other starters in his bullpen
sessions and thinks he's ready
for more than the one inning
the Red Sox limited him to
Monday. But they're being
conservative with their prom-
ising pitcher.
"We're taking a bigger pic-
ture view," pitching coach
John Farrell said. "We're

looking at this from a 12- or 15-
year span, not just over the
next two months. So while he
wants to get going, he's been
Farrell was impressed with
Lester's performance Monday
but said that even if the Red
Sox didn't have a strong rota-
tion, they wouldn't rush him
"As the medical staff has
advised us, he is clearly in a
recovery phase," he said.
Francona said, "we care
about him too much" not to
hold him back.
On Monday, Lester finally
got his chance.
He took the mound at 10:05
a.m. EST on a sunny but chilly
morning. He retired the three
batters he faced on ground-
outs Alexi Casilla, Glenn
Williams and Mike Redmond
- then walked with his usual
slow pace to the dugout,
where he shook hands.
Just another day at the ball-
"I was trying to throw as
hard as I could," Lester said. "I
was trying to make it as game-
like as possible and get that
adrenaline going again."
Lester threw six fastballs
for strikes in the 88-90 mph
range. lie threw two curve-
balls in the dirt for balls at 69
and 72 mph.
He admitted to having pre-
game jitters. But he passed a
significant milestone on his
first pitch an 88-mph fast-

ball down the middle that Cas-
illa took for a strike.
"After that first pitch," Les-
ter said, "it was like, OK,
everything's back to normal,
throwing to hitters again that I
don't know and just enjoying
it, having fun."
Farrell replaced Dave Wal-
lace as pitching coach after
last season and already is
"Those who have a longer
history with him speak with
such a high regard for his com-
petitiveness, his work ethic
and his commitment to being a
professional," Farrell said.
"Today is probably the clear-
est indication of that. One
could use it as an excuse. One
could use it as an insurmount-
able challenge.
"But Jon has taken every-
thing, not only in stride but
does not want to be treated or
looked upon any differently."
So Lester pitched Monday
in a game that started early
with a temperature that was
cool for Florida a brisk 54
degrees and only about 200
No matter. Not long after
learning that his career, at the
very least, was in jeopardy, he
was taking a big step toward
making it successful.
"Just to get back ox, the
mound and throw the baseball
and not worry about other
things is good," Lester said. "I
enjoyed it and, hopefully, we
just build from here."

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