The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 3/7/2007
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Attention drawn to

harsh conditions and

overcrowding at prison,

detention centre

Chief Reporter
CONCERNS about contin-
ued harsh conditions and
overcrowding at Fox Hill
prison and the Carmichael
Road detention centre and
allegations of abuse against
guards, featured in the United
States Department of State
annual Country Reports on
the Bahamas.
The report called attention
to lengthy pre-trial delays for
persons on remand, noting
that some persons are held in
prison for years without trial.
It also highlighted concerns
regarding the treatment of
members of the Haitian com-
munity, including during
immigration screenings.
The report noted limita-
tions on press access to gov-
ernment information and oth-
er concerns, about a lack of
government transparency,
including the controversy sur-
rounding the issuance of a
work permit to Tribune Man-
aging Editor, John Marquis.
On April 25, in response to
a critical article in The Tri-
bune, the largest circulation
daily newspaper, the leader of
the governing party issued a
"last warning" to the newspa-
per that its method of cover-
age of politics must cease.
Government officials again

complained of press coverage
of politics in May and June.
In June The Tribune report-
ed that the government had
failed to issue a work permit
for the author of the critical
article. Some observers
expressed concern that the
failure to issue the permit was
an attempt to limit press free-
The government denied the
allegations and subsequently
issued the work permit after
claiming the newspaper had
completed legally required
The human rights report
examined human rights issues
in 196 countries during the
year 2006, detailing each coun-
try's commitment to protect-
ing and promoting the rights
listed in the 1948 United
Nations Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, including
internationally recognized
individual, civil, political, and
worker rights.
A release from the US
embassy in the Bahamas
acknowledged that no coun-
try has a perfect record with
regard to human rights, and
the country reports seeks to
identify areas in all countries
where concerns exist and
should be addressed.
The 2006 country report on
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Allegations of
corruption at
Ministry of
Housing are
in US report
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE US State Department
acknowledged accusations of
corruption within the Ministry
of Housing yesterday in a sec-
tion addressing government
transparency in the 2006
Human Rights report for the
The report also noted the
lack of laws in the Bahamas
"providing for public access to
government information" such
as exists in other democratic
Under the heading "Govern-
ment corruption and Trans-
parency" the report states: "The
government was...accused of
corruption and lack of trans-
parency regarding contracts to
construct low-income housing
from 2002-05."
It notes that "following alle-
gations of irregularities in pro-
vision of contracts, the govern-
ment did not provide records
SEE page six

US report highlights societal
discrimination against
homosexuals in the Bahamas

"THE government banned a
film containing homosexual
content, sponsored an anti-
homosexual rally, and included
anti-homosexual content in
public schools." These finding
are a part of the US govern-
ment's Annual Country Report
on Human Rights Practices
2006, which highlighted societal
discrimination against homo-

sexual in The Bahamas.
The report specifically noted
that The Bahamas does not
have anti-discrimination laws to
protect the rights of homosexu-
als. It stated:
"Although homosexual rela-
tions between consenting adults
are legal, there was no legisla-
tion to address the human rights
concerns of homosexuals, les-
SEE page seven

Bozine Town residents' fate in limbo
THE fate of the people of Bozine Town remains in limbo as the
Court of Appeal yesterday reserved judgment in the widely pub-
licised land dispute case.
Lawyers for both sides- the appellants, who in 2004 received
eviction notices telling them to move from properties some of
them claim they had lived on for more than 30 years, and the Har-
rold Road Properties Limited, which was granted titles to the land
in question in May last year appeared in court yesterday.
However, the Justices of Appeal, after hearing submissions by the
appellants' lawyer Milton Evans, and the legal counsel of Har-
rold Road Properties Limited Wayne Munroe, said that they would
give their ruling at an unspecified date later.
In May 2006, Supreme Court Justice Jeanne Thompson dis-
missed the Bozine Town resident's action to set aside the certificate
of title granted to the defendants, John Wendell Archer and
Samuel Spurgeon Archer, Ruby Mae Ford, Harrold Road Prop-
erties Limited and the LANDCO company.
SEE page 11

Stubbs supporters:
it makes no sense
to announce a
new candidate
Tribune Staff Reporter
SUPPORTERS of the embat-
tled MP Sidney Stubbs are con-
tending that "it makes no sense"
for the PLP to announce a new
candidate for Holy Cross at such
a late date.
With only weeks to go until
the next general election, it is
too late to successfully famil-
iarise the community with a new
candidate especially as Mr
Stubbs has already been contin-
uously campaigning in the area,
the PLP's Holy Cross branch,
president Anastacia McMillan
said yesterday.
Speaking with The Tribune,
Ms McMillan said that last
night's show of support for Mr
Stubbs in the Holy Cross con-
stituency was a "great success."
According to Ms McMillan,
more than 100 PLP voters
turned out to demonstrate their
support for the incumbent MP.
"We had a wonderful time,"
she said.
Ms McMillan said that Mr
Stubbs has been on the ground
campaigning and knows most of
his constituents by their first
SEE page 11

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Chinese Acrobatic Troupe comes to town

The China Acrobatic
Troupe will be arriving in the
Bahamas on March 9 to 12
on a friendship tour.
They would then depart
from the Bahamas to perform '
in several Caribbean coun- N
tries including Jamaica,
Antigua, Barbuda, the
Dominican Republic and
There will be three perfor-
mances at the Kendal G L
Isaacs Gym:
Saturday, March 10 at
2pm charitable organisa-
tions are invited to attend.
Saturday, March 10 at
8pm by invitation only.
Government officials and
reception dinner party.
Sunday, March 11 at 4pm .
- open to the general public

Shipyard and union agreement

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Shipyard and Grand
Bahama Port Authority Work-
ers Union have reached a
mutual understanding on sev-
eral labour matters, avoiding a
potential strike this year at the
Dave Dagleish, managing
director at Grand Bahama
Shipyard, announced that all
labour disputes filed with the
Labour Board against the ship-
yard were withdrawn follow-
ing a recent meeting with union
"I think we have reached a
good conclusion," Mr Dagleish
said Tuesday at the Rotary
Club of Lucaya meeting at
Ruby Swiss Restaurant. "I
think both parties are to be
congratulated...of finding solu-

tions that work with both sides,
and we should be able to move
forward from this point for-
The union had filed three
disputes against the company
last year, and had taken a
strike vote on January 24 after
both sides failed to reach a
settlement on the matters dur-
ing several conciliation meet-
ings at the Labour Depart-.
Harold Grey, president of
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority Workers Union, con-
firmed with The Tribune that
an agreement has been reached
in all of the matters.
He also said that the strike
vote, which union members
voted in favour of in January
against the company, will be
"We met and came to an
amicable agreement on all the

outstanding matters, and both
parties are satisfied with the
results. As it stands everything
at the shipyard is back to npr-
mal and the strike vote will be
withdrawn by the union," he


The matters were in refer-
ence to a shop steward who
had been given a warning letter
after being absent for being
sick, and the suspensions
involving a safety officer at the
Mr Dagleish said that the
shop steward's warning letter
was reduced to a verbal warn-
ing and the five-day suspension
of the safety officer was also
Since the meeting with union
officials, Mr Dagleish said they

have stepped up their level of
communication with the union.
"Hopefully, when concerns
arise in the future, certainly we
as management would be much
more sensitive to hearing that,
and reacting a little bit quicker
than perhaps we have done in
the past," he said.
The shipyard employs 600
persons. Of that number, more
than 200 are Bahamians.
"So, if we have 240 Bahami-
ans at the shipyard now, if we
can double the size of the com-
pany we can take on more
Bahamians and grow the com-
pany," he said.
He said that the company is
also committed to providing
training for Bahamians who are
employed in almost every area
of the shipyard. He noted that
the company has also estab-
lished a four-year apprentice-
ship programme to train young

Mr Dagleish said the com-
pany spends $1 million a year
to train its Bahamian work-
"It is going to take time to
train more Bahamian so that
the numbers get up to the kind
of levels that everyone hopes
for eventually. But, it is a slow
process as the apprenticeship
programme is a four-year pro-
gramme and when some kids
fall by the wayside we then
have to recruit additional ones
to fill those spaces.
"But it not a rapid process
and it is going to take maybe
years," he said.
Mr Dagleish is very opti-
mistic about business at the
shipyard. He reported that the
docks are booked up until the
summer when the cruise ships
return to their summer cruise

'Dangerous race talk' fears over development

WORRIED residents of Har-
bour Island claim "dangerous
race talk" is infecting discussions
over a development master plan.
Anti-foreign and specifical-
ly anti-white comments were
used during a recent town meet-

ing about the scheme, which the
government hopes will serve as
a blueprint for Briland's future.
Islanders fear the controver-
sial Valentines marina and the
Romora Bay project will signal
rampant development on the




island that will ultimately
destroy it.
"Harbour Island cannot allow
itself to fall prey to cash-and-
carry developers," a concerned
islander said yesterday.
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government people here are
in bed with Romora Bay and
that they will work against the
interests of the plan."
Last week, at a boisterous
town meeting, some locals
expre~sed outrage over the
way the plan had been pre-
sented, o them.
ThIy, ,alleged insufficient
consultation and queried the
fact that it had been part-
financed by winter residents
and SHIA, the Save Harbour
Island Association.
Now supporters of the plan
allege some local government
members are "in bed" with
Romora Bay and working to
have the plan blocked.
"This is a 'no rules' society,
which means that no-one will
step up to the plate," said one
"However, Harbour Island
is exploding and where's the
infrastructure? We were voted
number one tourist spot in the
Bahamas a few years ago
before these foreign develop-
ers came in.
"The recipe worked and
now they are trying to change
the recipe. Why? To end up
looking like Bimini?"
Residents say visiting
yachtsmen to Valdntines were
already "raping" local fish
stocks and taking the produce
back to the United States.
And they claim foreign
yachtsmen are also using local
water to clean their boats,
often leaving townsfolk with
But the biggest complaint is
that divisive racial talk is now
being introduced into the
'master plan' debate.
One local government
member is accused of saying

openly that "we are going to
take our land back from these
foreigners," adding: "We are
going to send them back
where they come from."
The master plan described
as "a living.docunient" has
been drawn up by government,
planners to safeguard Harbour.
Island's future. It is designed
to meet locals' requirements
and is subject to amendment.
It arises from several focus
groups which studied the
island's traffic, infrastructure,
water and other requirements
for the future.
The idea is to ensure the
island is freed from rampant,
ad hoc development and
allowed to grow in a more
controlled way.
"This plan was a callabora-
tion, with everyone having a
chance to contribute," said a
resident. "But that meeting
was big-time racially charged,
all against white people. Brain-
less bullies are behind this and
they make the most noise."
Among charges, lodged
against winter residents is that
they make no contribution to
the local economy.
But their supporters say the
foreigners support the day
nursery, library and other facil-
ities and inject tens of millions
of dollars into the island econ-
One source said the master
plan was a central government
project which it was deter-
mined to see through.
A workshop is being held at
the end of this month to thrash
out details, and locals are hop-
ing Prime Minister Perry
Christie himself might attend,
along with Environment Min-
ister Dr Marcus Bethel.

0 In brief

Daughter of
talk show
host dies
after stabbing

TREVONNE McKinney, the
daughter of radio talk show host
Steve McKinney, became the
14th murder victim of the year
after dying of her injuries in
Ms McKinney died on Mon-
day night in the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital after being
stabbed multiple times in the
Wilson Tract area on Sunday.
According to the police, she
was visiting a man in the area
around 6pm when they got into
an argument that resulted in the
stabbing. Previously, the police
reported that a 22-year-old man
was being held for questioning.
Police press officer Inspector
Walter Evans yesterday con-
firmed that a suspect is in cus-
tody, and that it was possible
that this matter will be brought
before the courts as early as this
Condolences went out over
the public airwaves yesterday
to Mr McKinney and his family.
Most of the daily radio talk
shows dedicated a part, or
entire shows, to the murder and
discussions of violent crime in
the Bahamas.
Many callers were outraged
by yet another murder just days
after a young man was found
butchered in bushes off John-
son Road.
A large number of outraged
callers, again, called on govern-
ment to enforce the death
The death penalty advocates
suggested that execution is the
only just punishment for those
who so easily, and so flagrantly,
take the lives of others.

US student
believed to
have drowned
in GB

FREEPORT A class trip to
the Bahamas by a group of high
School students from the United
States ended in tragedy when
an 18-year-old apparently
drowned in a hotel swimming
pool shortly after arriving on
Grand Bahama.
The victim has been identi-
fied as Donald Dewayne Clear,
a 12th grader.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said the incident occurred
around 3.30pm on Monday at
the Royal Palm Hotel, where
63 students from Mitchell High
School in Memphis, Tennessee
were staying. They were accom-
panied by five chaperones.
Mr Rahming said the group
had arrived two hours earlier
aboard the Discovery Sun from
Fort Lauderdale.
While frolicking in the hotel's
swimming pool, Mr Cleare was
discovered lying at the bottom
of the pool.
Fellow students immediately
pulled the student from the
water and began administering
CPR and other resuscitative
measures. An ambulance was
summoned to the scene, and the
young man was rushed to the
hospital, but efforts to revive
him were unsuccessful.
Police are awaiting the results
of an autopsy to determine the
cause of death. The group of
students is expected to leave the
island on Wednesday.

injured in

A WOMAN in her late 50s
was injured after falling from
an eight-foot scaffold onto a
cement surface while working
at the Old Bahama Bay Resort
at West End.
Supt Basil Rahming said that
Florene Roberts, 58, of Lincoln
Park, is presently in stable con-
dition at Rand Memorial Hos-

According to reports, Ms
Roberts, an employee of
Williams Construction Compa-
ny, was painting a building
under construction at the resort
when she lost her balance and
fell. She was knocked uncon-
scious and rushed by private
vehicle to West End Clinic,
where she received emergency
Ms Roberts was later taken
by ambulance to the Rand
Memorial Hospital. Mr Rah-
ming said investigations are
continuing into the incident.

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Woman in
hospital after

A 42-YEAR-OLD woman
of Charles Vincent Street was
attacked in her home by a
man on Monday morning,
according to police reports.
The man stabbed the vic-
tim in her left side before
leaving the premises.
The woman was taken to
the hospital where her con-
dition is listed as serious.

Two men
are arrested
after police
OFFICERS from the Cen-
tral Detective Unit were on
patrol in the Bethel Avenue
area on Monday afternoon
when they observed two men
in a burgundy Ford F-150
truck who were acting suspi-
On seeing the police, the
vehicle sped off and officers
chased the vehicle to Yellow
Elder Gardens.
Police say that during the
chase an object was thrown
from the vehicle and it was
later discovered to be a 9mm
handgun with eight live
rounds of ammunition.
The two men, who are in
their 30s, were arrested and
are now in police custody.
The police said that all the
matters are currently being

Man robbed
at gunpoint
of car and
A MAN was held up out-
side of his house in western
New Providence on Monday
night by three masked men
in dark clothing, one of
whom had a handgun.
The man was robbed of
cash, computers and a black
1997 BMW vehicle, registra-
tion 135011. The three men
fled the science in the car,
according to the reports.



Government and teachers union

remain at odds after meeting

Tribune Staff Reporter
INDUSTRIAL unrest among
teachers continues this week
after a conciliatory meeting
between union officials and
Ministry of Education repre-
sentatives failed to resolve out-
standing issues.
Bahamas Union of Teachers
(BUT) officials spoke with
Director of Education Cecil
Thompson on Monday in a
meeting mediated by Bishop
Neil Ellis.
However, according to Ida
Poitier Turnquest, president of
the union, the ministry officials

failed to bring certain docu-
ments that had been requested
- and as a result, a further meet-
ing was scheduled for today.
These documents include a
list, first requested in early Feb-
ruary, of all teachers who are
owed funds, how much they are
owed, and the date when they
will receive payment.
Mrs Poitier Turnquest said
yesterday that some teachers
received some of the overdue
funds at the end of February,
as promised by Minister of Edu-
cation, Mr Alfred Sears.
However, she did not elabo-
rate on how many were still out
of pocket.

In early February, Mr Sears
asked his ministry and the Min-
istry of Public Service to "work
overtime" to ensure that teach-
ers' pay related grievances were
dealt with promptly.


He set a some deadlines for
the end of February and middle
of March for payments to be
However, union officials said
they felt this was not soon
enough, and that the ministry's
failure to provide the complete
and "concrete" list giving a full

accounting of each aggrieved
teacher's particular circum-
stances in terms of monies
owed and a scheduling of when
they would be paid gave
teachers no real assurances.
The ministry's initial default
on a promise to provide that
information on February 12
inspired threats of an island-
wide strike of up to 800 teach-
An industrial dispute was
filed shortly afterwards, initiat-
ing a lull in industrial activity.
The meetings this week are the
outcome of the filing of that dis-
Mrs Poitier Turnquest said

yesterday that the union would
reconsider their options again
after today's discussion.
Teachers have been variously
claiming to have gone without
salaries for up to six months at a
time, to have been paid "incor-
rect" salaries that do not take
into consideration their qualifi-
cations, and to be owed certain
allowances included in their con-
tracts such as rent for some
working in the Family Islands -
for periods of months at a time.
Officials state that some have
suffered severe financial hard-
ship as a result of tardiness and
neglect on the ministry's part in
addressing these discrepancies.

PAHO to help with National Health Insurance

* DR Marita Roses Periago paid a courtesy call on Hubert
Ingraham, leader of the Opposition

* DR Bernard Nottage, Minister of Health, National Insurance and Public Information, addresses
a luncheon held at the British Colonial Hilton in honour of the visit of Dr Marita Roses Periago,
Director of Pan American Health Organisation

* By Bahamas Information
THE Pan American Health
Organisation is to assist the
Bahamas government as it
attlpts to implement its Nation-
,al Health Insurance Scheme.
The announcement was dur-
ing the visit of Dr. Marita Ros-
es Periago, Director of Pan
American Health Organsiation,
from February 28 to March 1.
During a luncheon held in her
honour at the British Colonial
Hilton, Dr Bernard Nottage,
Minister of Health, National
Insurance and Public Informa-
tion, said he was confident that
this relationship would be a pos-
itive factor in other areas such as
health information; strategies in
HIV/AIDS prevention and con-
trol, and other health issues.
The Bahamas became a
member of the Pan American
Health Organisation in 1974. A
satellite unit of PAHO Jamaica
was established in the country in

1978 and in 1982, a full coun-
try office came into being.
"If one traces the develop-
ment of our health system and
the achievements over these
past 33 years, undeniably, much
progress have been made," Dr.
Nottage said.
He said achievements with
the assistance of PAHO over
the last three decades, specifi-
Prevention control of com-
municable diseases such as
malaria and tuberculosis;
Procurement of vaccines for
immunisation at more afford-
able rates;
Monitoring and evaluation
of essential health programmes;
Training of personnel in
many areas to build national
capacity; and,
Strengtheningtof food safe-
ty and nutrition programmes;

enhancement of maternal and
child health, adolescent health
and oral health programmes.
Dr Nottage said he was con-
fident this relationship would
be a positive factor towards
advancing the national health
care agenda and, in particular,
implementation of the National
Health Insurance Scheme and
other health priority areas.
He 'also affirmed the
Bahamas' commitment to the
health agenda for the Americas
2008 to 2017, adding that the
national health strategic plan
2006 to 2012 has incorporated
the priority areas of this agenda.
"The task ahead and scope
of work is expansive and will
require substantial investment,"
Dr Nottage told the PAHO
director. "However, as stated
in the Report of Caribbean
Commission on Health... health

* DR Marita Roses Periago met with officials of the Ministry of
Health. Pictured from left are Lynda Campbell, PAHO,
Bahamas; Dr Periago; Dr Bernard Nottage; permanent secretary
Elma Garraway; atd Dr Baldwin Carey, director, Department of
Public Health.
(Photos: BIS/Raymond Bethel)

is an extricable link to sustain-
able national development."
Dr Periago has received inter-
national recognition as an epi-
demiologist and researcher in the
field of public health in her native
Argentina. At PAHO, she has
held positions as co-ordinator of
epidemiology unit in Trinidad
and served as PAHO/WHO
country representative from

1992 to 1995 in Bolivia.
During her visit, Dr Periago
met with a number of officials
including Governor General
Arthur Hanna; Dr Marcus
Bethel, Minister of Energy and
the Environment; leader of the
Opposition Hubert Ingraham;
staff of the Organisation of
American States and PAHO,
and health facilities.


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More decisive man needed at helm

EARLY INTO Prime Minister Christie's
administration he was criticised for indeci-
At the time he made it clear that no one
was going to rush him into making a deci-
sion. "I have been Prime Minister long
enough," he said after only two months in
office, "to see that unless I do it the right
way, I am wasting your time doing it the
quick way."
Despite his deliberations, over which he
himself admitted he took much time -
especially in the appointment of boards,
and consulting committees he made
errors of judgment. If readers recall, his
selection of certain officials for BAIC was
his first mistake, and despite his lengthy
deliberations, led to his government's first
Despite all the persons behind-the-scenes
urging him to announce an early date for the
closure of the register in preparation for a
May election, the Prime Minister refused
to be hurried. He was still deliberating. It
was only a few weeks ago that he announced
that the register would close on March 12.
His foot-dragging and what many con-
sider as indecision but which he describes
as necessary time for deliberation and con-
sultation will probably lead to one of the
most chaotic elections in our history. Some-
one recalled the 1987 election when almost
every constituency, after votes were count-
ed, ended in the election court.
In his own manifesto "Our Plan" on
which he was elected, one of his party's rec-
ommendations for a "deepening of democ-
racy" was that there should be provisions in
the Constitution "that no changes to con-
stituency boundaries are to be entertained
within the six-month period preceding the
constitutionally-fixed date for general elec-
And yet here we are, two months before
an election, and the Boundaries Commission
is not ready to report. It is most unfair to all
potential candidates who still don't know
where the boundaries of their constituencies
are, or whether their particular constituen-
cy even exists.
It was announced last week that the
Boundaries Commission would report

The Commission was supposed to have
held its last meeting at 8.30 yesterday morn-
ing. The meeting didn't take place until
4pm, because government was not ready,
and government was not ready because as
last minute voters continued to register, the
numbers on the register were constantly
changing all because of Mr Christie's
not-to-be hurried deliberations. If Mr
Christie had closed the register early, as he
was advised, and which his party had rec-
ommended in "Our Plan", this country
would not today be in such a confused state.
As a result of yesterday's late meeting of
the Commission, no agreement was reached.
It is now thought that the Boundaries Com-
mission will not be able to report before
next week. And candidates will not be able
to get a copy of the official register until
two weeks after the election is called.
Before the general election a special day
has to be set aside for the police to vote so
that all members of the force will be on
duty for election day.
Mr Christie certainly believes in running
close to the wire and taking everyone in
confusion with him.
According to the Constitution: "Parlia-
ment, unless sooner dissolved, shall contin-
ue for five years from the date of its first sit-
ting after any dissolution and shall then
stand dissolved."
The only institution that is not paying
any attention to Mr Christie and his delib-
erations is parliament. Regardless of what he
does or does not do, Parliament will dis-
solve itself on May 22.
And 21 days after the last sitting of par-
liament, the Budget for the new fiscal year
will have to be presented.
With the PLP so critical of politicking
during high holy days, Mr Christie must
also be reminded that Good Friday, Holy
Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Mon-
day are from April 6 to 9.
This pre-election fiasco alone should be
enough for fence-sitting voters to know that
this country needs a more decisive man at
the helm. No country can move ahead with
a leader who takes so long to deliberate
and consult and even longer to act.
Today, not even a silver-tongue orator
can rescue us from this dilemma.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE 'passionate' outburst
by the Hon. Minister of Agri-
culture, Leslie Miller (PLP-
Blue Hills) is symptomatic of
the very real frustrations and
the sense of impotency which
many Bahamians, who would
have experienced the murder
of a child or other close rela-
Yes, he may have been in
breach of the accepted rules
of parliament and the legal
concept of sub judice but, as
Mr Miller stated: "Only he
who feels'it, knows it." When
a real and compassionate
father is forced to make a pub-
lic call for justice, the very
foundations of a nation could
be shaken.
I, as a trained lawyer, have
long contended that there are
several separate layers of jus-
tice in The Bahamas. Please,

do not for one minute believe
that mine is a case of sour
grapes because it is not.
Many years ago I was
defrocked, justifiably, by Bar
Council. A few years ago, I
applied, as I had done before,
for reinstatement. Lo and
behold, a single Supreme
Court Justice ruled that The
Legal Professions Act, 1992
does not provide a vehicle by
which I may or could apply.
In short, unless and until
that Act is amended, as had
been promised to me by no
less than the interim Prime
Minister, Ortland H Bodie Jr
may well remain in the legal
wilderness until the return of
The Master, Jesus Christ.

Response to

INSIGHT article

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I SHALL be as brief as possible, but I have to comment on the
depth to which your Managing Editor sank in his "INSIGHT"
on Monday, March 5, 2007. I could suggest that you did not read
it, but that would be foolish.
In his "INSIGHT" Mr John Marquis states that there is evi-
dence that the Mario Miller's killers were being protected by
"high ranking political figures" knowingly refusing to act against
them. I do not believe Mr Marquis, but that is not the point of
this letter.
Mr Marquis goes on to comment that this "corruption" is
known to virtually everyone in The Bahamas where what he
calls "selective justice" has been part of "Bahamian life" for at
least 60 years or probably longer. Our legal system has therefore
been, according to Mr Marquis, corrupt during the governance
of the modern Colonial era, followed by the UBP, the PLP, the
FNM and the PLP currently. He obviously forgot that for a sub-
stantial part of those 60 years or more the Governor was an Eng-
lishman responsible to the British Government, the Attorney
General was an Englishman, the Commissioner of Police was an
Englishman, the Judges were English and all the politicians
with power were white Bahamians. The PLP and FNM can
speak for themselves if they take him seriously.
Mr Marquis calls for an equiry into the "Bahamas Court Sys-
tem", which according to him is "deeply corrupted in several key
In my opinion, Mr Marquis has gone too far this time, and you
should relieve the Immigration Department voluntarily of this
Bahamas hater.
March 5. 2007.


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This scenario, obviously,
cannot be right, just or equi-
table. I personally know of
lawyers at the Bar and at least
a few jurists who should have
been disrobed years ago and
possibly even jailed. Who
cares, however, to bring them
to justice?
Yes, my friends, there are
several lawyers of justice with-
in The Bahamas. If you are
connected you and your fam-
ily need not worry about a sin-
gle thing. If not, expect justice
to be subverted; under minded
and totally disregarded.
There can be absolutely no
excuse for the AG's office not
prosecuting any sort of seri-
ous criminal cases after a lapse
of almost five years. To
attempt to do so after such a
period of time, would be
fraught with legal dangers.
Witnesses would either be
dead; out of the jurisdiction
or the Crown would not be
able to locate the transcripts.
End result? Case dismissed or
the AG is obliged to enter a
nolle prosequi.
My heart and prayers go out
to Minister Miller and I pray
that The Master, Jesus Christ
will undergird him and his
family. Remember, Leslie;
'Weeping may endureth for a
night, but joy, unspeakable
joy, will come in the morn-
ing....you will see your
beloved son one day again. To
God then, in all of these
things, be the glory.
March 3, 2007




EDITOR, The Tribune.
The Tribune of Saturday,
March 3, 2007 is quite revealing
of how our government oper-
The article notes that "a draft
regulatory document" has been
prepared but as a far as I am
aware no one in the automotive
industry has been asked to com-
ment on the regulations or legis-
lation yet they/we will have to
ensure compliance. I
I work in the automotive
industry and would like to know
if our suppliers can help us
implement the legislation. For 0
example, does the industry need S
to consider changing the type of
vehicles being imported? Are
replacement parts available for
cars that are on the island that
do not meet the requirements
being established?
It's not clear if the article is
quoting an official of the gov- ;
ernment but at one point it
states that "if vehicles fail the
test, they must undergo repairs,
and be submitted again, before
being allowed to take to the
This is easier said than done.
Does the government propose
that people walk if they drive an
older vehicle that does not meet
the established requirements?
Of course my main concern,
and I am sure those of the new
car retailers in The Bahamas is
to ensure our clients can be tak- 2
en care of. Those people that
have imported spurious vehicles
may find themselves in a
I can see this implementation
taking five years or more to
phase in, but it is off to a curious ; I
start when the industry is not
even aware of what is being
The more transparent our
governments say they are, the
less transparent they seem to be.
What's that old saying about
empty barrels?
Hope that's not the case with
this important issue.
P.O. Box SS-6972
March 5, 2007

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Chavez orders
of non-profit

Chavez ordered the expro-
priation of a hospital man-
aged by Venezuela's Anti-
cancer Association on Mon-
day, saying the nonprofit
organisation failed to meet
its obligations to the public,
according to Associated
During his radio pro-
gramme "Hello President,"
Chavez said "the time has
come to take control" of the
Padre Machado Oncology
Hospital, which is located in
the capital of Caracas and
has not been operating at full
capacity for months due to
funding conflicts.
Chavez's administration
has provided the hospital
with financial support and
medical equipment since the
Anticancer Association
began falling behind on
salary payments and other
Since his re-election in
December, Chavez has
moved to nationalise com-
panies involved in strategic
industries such as telecom-
munications and electricity,
spurring fears that his left-
leaning government could
eventually move to nation-
alise privately owned health
Although government offi-
cials say there are no plans to
seize control of private
health clinics, the planned
expropriation of the Padre
Machado Oncology Hospi-
tal appeared to be part of a
broader trend of gradually
expanding Venezuela's net-
work of state-run hospitals
and health care programmes.

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2.Is it FAIR to all
3. Will it build
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Ministry concerned at tourism

survey excluding the Bahamas

Inquiries after country missed from

economic overview of 124 countries

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MINISTRY of Tourism
official expressed concern yes-
terday over the Bahamas not
being included in a global
tourism competitiveness survey.
With other officials includ-
ing the director and deputy
director off of the island, The
Ministry of Tourism's general
manager in charge of commu-
nications Edwin Lightbourne
said he is working to learn why
the Bahamas was not ranked in
the Travel and Tourism Com-
petitiveness Index, released yes-
Contrary to some initial inter-
pretations, the fact that the
Bahamas was not ranked in the
survey does not necessarily
speak to its competitiveness or
otherwise in this area.
Instead, it points to the fact
that the country was not includ-
ed by the survey's developers.
However, commentators are
asking why this was the case,

and Mr Lightbourne said he is
making inquiries into the mat-
The survey, compiled by the
World Economic Forum,
including 124 countries, rank-
ing them "according to the envi-
ronments they offer for devel-
oping travel and tourism."
"We aim to measure the fac-
tors that make it attractive to
develop the travel and tourism
industry of individual coun-
tries," said Jennifer Blanke, a
senior economist with the
The WTTC's vice-president,
Ufi Ibrahim, stated that the sur-
vey "will help governments
benchmark themselves against
other countries."
Its "compelling economic
data . will assist the more
dynamic nations to take posi-
tive action, stimulating their
tourism economies," he said.
Furthermore, the useful com-
parative data it provides can be
a tool not only for governments,
but also for policy makers, trav-

el and tourism companies,
investors and academics.
The report includes rankings
of data sets which take into
account factors such as the envi-
ronment and natural resources,
price competitiveness, as well
as the country's infrastructure
and "openness" to internation-
al tourism, measured according
to a variety of indices.
The survey concluded that
Swtizerland, Austria and Ger-
many topped the list overall,
while Barbados ranked 29th -
was the highest ranking country
in the Latin American and
Caribbean region.
Only five other Caribbean
countries were included. These
were Jamaica (ranked 48), the
Dominican Republic (50),
Trinidad and Tobago (85),
Guyana (100), and Suriname
EDWIN Lightbourne,
the Ministry of Tourism's
general manager in
charge of communications

New comedy casts light on web shops

A NEW comedy number falls
at the Dundas with a light-
hearted look at a weighty issue.
The Web Shop Horror uses a
heavy dose of humour to exam-
ine the operations of some
internet cafes and some of the
people who visit them. Web
s'hqps have become popular
with a wide cross-section of
Bahamians, and law enforce-
ment officers have warned that
many of the establishments
operate contrary to the law.
"The reality is that what we say
and what we practise are often
two different things," said
Clarence Rolle, the play's writer
and director. "Many people talk
about what some web shops do
and how they affect Bahamians
but those same people are some
of the best customers of those
establishments. So the play is real-
ly pointing out the contradictions,
holding up a mirror to society,
and the result is one big laugh."
The play follows a group of
web shop customers from vari-
ous backgrounds as they reveal
their winning systems, supersti-
tions, and aspirations. During
the play, they become more and
more concerned about possible
police action that threatens to
ruin their luck.
Deon Simms, the director of
the hit comedy Da Market Fire,
plays Deak a character in des-
perate need of luck in the Web
Shop Horror.
"Deak is a character that you
have to love, and maybe for all
the wrong reasons," Mr Simms
said. "He's not the most respon-
sible man in the world, and he
definitely spends way too much
time in his favorite web shop.
And as a result, his family life
suffers, and so does his wallet.
People are going to laugh a
whole lot at Deak and his
antics. But behind all his mis-
chief are very important lessons
to be learned from him."
Other actors recruited from
the cast of Da Market Fire are
Tossie Strachan, Andrew Stu-
art, Franklyn Camille and
Matthew Wildgoose.
Chante Wildgoose, who
played the sexy, upscale call girl
in November's production of
Island Sex, plays a character that
completely contrasts her last role.
Makeup and wardrobe transform
Ms Wildgoose into the ultra-con-
servative and very scrupulous old
lady known as Mudda.
"It is a challenge and a plea-
sure to play Mudda because she
has so much life and adds so
much to the situations she finds
herself in," said Ms Wildgoose.
"She is a hilarious character,
and even though you laugh at
her, you have to see that there is
wisdom in her words too."
Neil Cleare, Jeannine Wal-
lace and Ebony Johnson round
out the list of talented cast
members. The Web Shop Hor-
ror shows 8pm each night at the
Dundas from March 14 17.



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* (left) CHANTE Wildgoose sans make-up who plays the
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US report

FROM page one

The Bahamas concluded
that The Bahamas generally
respected the human rights of
its citizens. In many areas of
the report, The Bahamas had
no allegations of abuse or
issues of concern.
Commenting on the report
itself, Dr Brent Hardt, US
Charge d'Affaires to the
Bahamas, said that the
Bahamas is one of "the
strongest advocates for human
rights in this hemisphere and it
has a commendable human
rights record of which all
Bahamians can be proud."
Dr Hardt said that the US
believes that "when we sup-
port human rights and those
civil society individuals and
organizations who are cham-
pioning their cause, we are
helping men and women
around the world shape their
own destinies."
Dr Hardt also noted that
Ambassador John Rood in
recent remarks to the Hon-
orary Consular Corps had
pointed out tlat The Bahamas
had "stood out" at the 2006
Non-Aligned Meeting for its
vocal support of democratic
rule and human rights and that
The Bahamas had "stood
alone among its Caribbean
peers in its support for key
human rights resolutions in the
UN in 2006."
The report also reflects
cooperation from internation-
al and regional organizations,
non-governmental organiza-
tions, and engaged citizens who
are committed to supporting
freedom, democracy and the
rule of law.
Dr Hardt noted that "the
open existence and active par-
ticipation of these groups in
Bahamian society serves as fur-
ther testament to The
Bahamas' strong democratic
tradition and enduring com-
mitment to human rights."
"Democracy is the best guar-
antor of human rights, as it is
built upon an interrelated set of
freedoms and responsibilities,
including the rule of law,
accountability, participation,
thriving civil society, protec-
tion of minorities and women,
and freedom of speech, the
press, of assembly and worship,
in addition to free and fair elec-
tions," Dr Hardt said.

Claims of corru


RBDF up in past year

Tribune Staff Reporter

THERE was an increase in
complaints of corruption within
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force last year, a US State
Department report on Human
Rights revealed yesterday.
Whereas there were eight
matters reported to the com-
plaints and corruption branch
of the RBDF in 2005, there
were 15 complaints made last
year, the report notes.
At the years end, five mat-
ters had been resolved, while a
further ten were still under
With regard to other discipli-
nary forces, the report further
noted that prison officials
claimed that there were "isolat-
ed incidents" of corruption
among prison guards "includ-
ing corruption that played a role
in a January prison break."
Attempts to seek comment
from the RBDF yesterday as to
the outcome of the resolved
matters, and the new com-
modore, Clifford Scavella's per-
ception of why there has been
an increase in reported matters,
were unsuccessful.
Late last year, Commodore
Scavella issued a statement clar-

* COMMODORE Clifford

ifying an earlier reference to the
"bad apples" that exist within
his organisation.
On December 6, The Tribune
printed that the commodore
said that 25 per cent of his offi-
cers are corrupt during his
appearance the day before on
the Love 97 show Issues of the
However, his statement
pointed that he never used the
word "corrupt" to describe that
particular group of officers.
In the interview with host

Wendall Jones, the commodore
estimated that 50 per cent of his
officers were "good people,
dedicated, committed, hard-
working and ready to go. We
have another 25 per cent of
those persons that can go either
way, depending on where the
pressure comes from, and we
have another 25 per cent which
are just products of our society,
and we have to seek to deal
with those."
Later in the interview, he
said: "Inevitably, one will find
that there are bad apples within
everything that we do, but those
are products of our society."
He also said that, "the thing
that this administration will do
is that once we find those bad
apples, we will seek to remove
them from the good apples so
that the Bahamian people will
continue to be proud of this
Royal Bahamas Defence
The statement issued by the
commodore's office a week lat-
er pointed out that in military
terms, "bad apples" are persons
who do not conform to the dis-
ciplinary norms of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force. "They
are, scruffy, rude and disre-
spectful. Some act in a manner
likely to bring discredit to the

force. They do not walk the
walk, nor talk the talk of a dis-
ciplined force. They fight, curse
and carry on in a manner not
seemingly of a marine, while in
public. They do not take care
of their familiesand may have
conflicts with thMpolice. These
persons do not aspire to become
ideal marines."
The statement noted that by
contrast, "corrupt" means: "not
repairable, or fit to be discarded
or thrown away".
During the interview, when
Mr Jones asked how allegations
of corruption within the force
make him feel, the commodore
said: "Not good at all. You
know I have often said to peo-
ple in my life, one may say any-
thing about me, say anything,
but corruption will not be one
of those words you use in the
likes of me. And so going for-
ward, the Bahamian people can
'be sure that where it exists, I
will deal with it."
The commodore's statement
concluded by saying that as it
is his intent to recast the force
"in a more positive light" the
allegation that he referred to a
quarter of them as corrupt,
"does not bode well with the
hard working men and women
of the force.

'Insufficient funding' for child welfare

Tribune Staff Reporter

DESPITE naming child wel-
fare and education as high pri-
orities, the government has been
criticised by US authorities for
failing to provide "sufficient
funding to maintain and improve
standards" in these areas.
This was one of the major
findings of the US State Depart-
ment's Human Rights report
for the year 2006.
Last year, child abuse and
neglect remained significant
problems in the Bahamas, it
This was despite government
and civic organised public edu-

cation programmes aimed at
addressing child abuse and pro-
moting appropriate parenting,
it noted.
Turning to public education,
the report stated that although
90.5 per cent of school age chil-
dren attended, "some public
schools lacked basic education-
al materials and were over-
crowded. "
"Unwed, pregnant" teenagers
were often forced to leave pub-
lic schools due to "cultural bias-
es," it added.
For the year 2006, the Min-
istry of Social Services reported
618 cases of child abuse, includ-
ing 19 reports of incest, 164
reports of physical abuse, 11.9

reports of sexual abuse, 293
reports of neglect, 15 reports of
verbal abuse, and eight reports
of abandonment, it noted.
The ministry believes only a
minority of cases were reported.
And although the law states
that all persons in contact with a
child who they believe to have
been abused physically or sexu-
ally report should their suspi-
cions to police, who then com-
monly refer the reports to the
Ministry of Social Services, the
US report notes that ministry
has "very limited resources at
its disposal" to deal with these
reports and their repercussions.
However, the report states
that the ministry did provide

services to around 150 abused
and neglected children through
a public-private centre for chil-
dren, through the public hospi-
tal family violence programme,
and through a nonprofit crisis
Princess Margaret Hospital
also housed eight abandoned
children last year all of whom
had physical disabilities -
because foster homes could not
be found, it added.
Furthermore, during the year,
the police began operating a
hotline for missing or exploit-
ed children. and.a home to
house orphaned children infect-
ed with HIV/AIDS was opened
by the government.


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At least 5 or more years banking experience
Demonstrated ability in the area of Internal
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Good supervisory skills to foster teamwork and
Strong communication skills written and verbal
Strong leadership, coaching, problem solving, and
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Spirit Airlines to cut airfares

and charge for baggage


SPIRIT Airlines said Tues-
day it will take the unusual step
of charging for all checked bag-
gage and beverages such as cof-
fee and soda on flights starting
in June, while also cutting fares
by up to 40 per cent, according
to Associated Press.
The Miramar-based low-cost
carrier that flies domestically
and to Latin America and the
Caribbean said it is cutting fares
from 10 to 40 per cent sys-
temwide, and on last-minute
fares as well.
Spirit also will charge for each
checked bag for flights taking
place June 20 or after, according
to its website. Customers will
still be allowed one carry-on
bag for free, but one or two
checked bags will cost $5 each if
passengers make flight reserva-
tions on the carrier's Web site.
The fee will be $10 each for one
or two bags if passengers don't
use the website for reservations.
The charge is $100 for the third
bag and on.
The airline currently allows
one checked bag for free and
$10 for a second checked bag.
"Our customers have called
for even lower fares and we have
listened," said Barry Biffle, Spir-
it's chief marketing officer. "We
can offer incredibly low fares by
enabling customers to pay for
only those options they want."
Also starting June 20, soft
drinks, juices, coffee and tea -
which are now free will cost
$1. Water will still be free.
Most large US carriers allow
a carry-on bag and up to two
or three checked bags at no
additional charge per passen-
ger. However, UK-based
Ryanair charges a fee for each
item of checked baggage,
according to its website.
With drinks, carriers usually
charge for alcoholic beverages
on domestic flights. But sodas,
coffee and juice are usually free.
Bob Harrell, a travel consul-
tant in New York, said airlines
that cater to leisure travel such

N NAOMI Berger, left, uses her cell phone as she and her daughter Dena, right, wait for a Spirit
Airlines flight on Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

as Spirit often adjust fares, rais-
ing or lowering them 25 pei
cent or more from one week to
another in some cases. But air-
lines also are seeking ways to
offset baggage handling costs,
and lowering prices may be a
way for Spirit to justify the
move to charge for checked
bags, Harrell said
"The baggage and the soda
changes are new," said Harrell.
of Harrell Associates. "If
they're not exclusively new,
then it's certainly unusual."
However, Harrell added that
while it's possible that the major
airlines would be looking at the
success or failure of Spirit's
changes, "You wouldn't see a
lemming type of match from the
larger carriers."
The moves also reflects a
strategy where services for bag-
gage handling and beverages
are "a la carte," or pay-as-you-

go, said Bob Mann, an airline
industry analyst with RW Mann
and Co.


At Fort Laudcrdale-Holly-
wood International Airport,
Naomi Berger waited for a
return flight to New York's
Laguardia Airport. She said the
airline told her of the $10
charge for a second checked bag
by e-mail, and that she was OK
with the extra charge because
she paid $85 for her round trip
ticket from New York to visit a
relative in Miami Beach with
her daughter and husband.
"If they keep the fares down,
people use them," said Berger,
who lives on Long Island.
But her husband, Robert
Berger, was more critical of the
charges. He said airlines are

more interested in just getting
travellers to their destinations
and making short-term profits,
rather than building a customer
base by providing good service.
"Only an airline with no pride
would charge you for a cup of
soda," said Robert Berger, who
is in the telecommunications
business. "We'll pay them for
the $10 for baggage and $1 for
soda because we're still ahead
of the game" on ticket prices,
he said.
Spirit also plans to eliminate
first-class service and free alco-
holic drinks. The former first-
class seats will be called "Big
Front Seals" and sell at premi-
um prices.
The airline offers service to
33 cities in the United States,
Latin America and the
Caribbean. Spirit's main hub is
in Fort Lauderdale. It also has a
hub in Detroit.



Ministry of


FROM page one

in response to media
requests," but the media sub-
sequently obtained the
records from other sources,
and found that there were
funds unaccounted for.
The allegations to which
the report points were first
made in October of last year
by The Tribune.
In November, Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom
asked that police launch a
formal investigation into the
allegations, and said if he
were found to have had any
knowledge of such illegal
activities, he would resign.
Police indicated at the end
of December that they were
following a number of leads.
With respect to the lack of
laws relating to the provision
of government information,
the document describes how
the press complained on a
number of occasions about
government's failure to "pro-
vide regular, open access to
information, including infor-
mation regarding alleged
human rights violations.
"Specifically, press and
local human rights groups
complained that the govern-
ment was not forthcoming
about alleged human rights
abuses by prison and deten-
tion centre guards, citing a
lack of transparency in inves-
tigations and publication of
investigative reports," it said.
However, it added interna-
tional and domestic human
rights organizations "general-
ly operated without govern-
ment restriction, investigating
and publishing their findings
on human rights cases."
In other areas relating to
transparency, the document
noted the auditor's report of
2003 government spending
showed irregularities.
These included "missing
funds, that did not allow the
auditor to certify govern-
ment accounts."
According to the report,
"outside observers" alleged
the irregularities were evi-
dence of corruption.
Furthermore, observers
complained that the govern-
ment had failed to share
records on a timely basis, or
properly account for public



FROM page one

gendered persons."
The report further high-
lighted the position of the
Constitutional Review Com-
mission, last March, that sex-
ual orientation does not
deserve protection against
Controversy emerged last
year when this position was
made public by the commis-
sion. At the time, a spokesper-
son for local gay rights group
the Rainbow Alliance
Bahamas, Erin Greene, said
that it was contradictory for
S the commission to proclaim
that gender should be includ-
Sed in the protection category,
but not sexual orientation.
SMs Greene recently
declared that RAB will
change its strategy and chal-
lenge discriminatory prac-
tices against homosexuals in
the highest court of the land
the Privy Council.
"Considering that the
Bahamas is based on the com-
mon law tradition, our strate-
gy has basically changed,
because if we cannot rely on
parliament to create legisla-
tion that will protect and
equalise homosexuals in the
Bahamas, then the only alter-
native is to take our concerns
to the highest court, which is
the Privy Council," she said.
The absence of considera-
tion for homosexuals in leg-
islation was again made evi-
dent in the new proposed
Domestic Violence Act.
Though the proposed leg-
islation does introduce legal
innovations, such as the abili-
"' ty for police to press charges
a w against abusers without the
victim's consent, along with
new definitions of stalking
and electronic harassment, the
bill does not explicitly consid-
Ser the circumstances of same-
sex couples living together.
This means that homosex-
ual cohabitants who are
abused would not be entitled
to the same level of protec-
tion as heterosexuals, in its
current form.
The report also mentioned
the banning of the film
Brokeback Mountain by the
Plays and Film Control


Policies of government 'have

fuelled anti-Haitian attitudes'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government's immigra-
tion policies in 2006 fuelled
anti-Haitian attitudes in a cli-
mate'in which inter-ethnic ten-
sions persist, it was stated in
the US' latest Human Rights
In the 2006 edition of the
annual Country Reports on
Human Rights Practices, the US
Department of State reported
that anti-Haitian prejudice and
resentment regarding continued
Haitian immigration was com-
mon in the Bahamas, and that
officials contributed to these
"Observers reported that
efforts by the authorities to
stem the influx of illegal Haitian
immigrants, and efforts by
politicians to appear tough on
immigration, fueled anti-Hait-

* HAITIANS at the Detention Centre on Carmichael Road

ian attitudes. Inter-ethnic ten-
sions and inequities persisted,"
the report stated.
The report, which examines
the commitment of 196 differ-

ent countries to protecting and
promoting human rights, cited
the incident in which 140 per-
manent residents of Haitian ori-
gin were wrongfully appre-

ended in Eleuthera last April.
"Human rights observers crit-
icised the April raids by police
and immigration officials who
arrested and detained hundreds
of persons on the basis of sus-
pected Haitian nationality," the
report said.
The State Department fur-
ther reported that members of
the Haitian community com-
plained of discrimination in the
job market,
"specifically that identity and
work permit documents were
controlled by employers seeking
leverage by threat ol deporta-
"Those persons also coun
plained of tactics used by immi-
gration officials in raids of Hait-
ian or suspected Haitian com-
munities," the report said.
The 2006 human rights report
further stated that Haitian chil-
dren "generally were granted

access to education and social
services, but some Haitians
complained of discriminatory
treatment in education."
"Individuals born in the
country to Haitian parents
were required to pay the
tuition rate for foreign stu-
dents while waiting for their
request for citizenship to be
processed," the human rights
report found.
The State Department stat-
ed that according to unoffi-
cial estimates Haitians or
persons of Haiitian descent
make up between 10 and 25
pei cent of the Bahamian
population making them the
largest and most visible ethnic
"Many persons of Haitian
origin lived in shantytowns with
limited sewage, garbage, law
enforcement, or other infra-
structure," the report added.

'No system established to protect refugees'

THE government has not
established a consistent system
for providing protection to all
refugees and asylum seekers,
the newly released 2006 Human
Rights Report issued by the US
State Department said.
This has not been done, the
report said, despite the country
being a signatory to both the
1951 UN Convention relating
to the Status of Refugees and its
1967 protocol.
"In practice the government
provided some protection
against refoulement, the return
of persons to a country where
they feared persecution. Appli-
cations for political asylum were
adjudicated on a case-by-case
basis at the cabinet level. The
authorities did not grant asy-
lum during the year," the report
It acknowledged that the
government generally co-oper-

ated with the UNHCR and oth-
er humanitarian organizations
in assisting refugees and asy-
lum seekers but highlighted a
dispute between the govern-
ment and Amnesty Interna-
tional, which was not convinced
that all immigrants were inter-
viewed by trained immigration


"The government stated that
it would not grant refugee pro-
tection to five persons whom
UNHCR deemed to have.a
legitimate fear of persecution.
The five persons remained in
detention at year's end as the
government sought a country
willing to accept them," the
report said.
It pointed out that both local
and international human rights

observers criticised government
for failing to screen potential
asylum applicants adequately.
"These organizations claimed
that some Haitians with a legit-
imate fear of persecution were
repatriated without having the
opportunity to make a claim
for asylum. There were insuffi-
cient Creole-speaking immi-
gration officers, and Haitian
migrants often were unaware
of their right to claim asylum,
resulting in limited requests for
asylum screening," the report
Those requesting asylum
screening often lacked access
to a lawyer, the report said.
"Human rights observers
claimed that the government
detained Cuban migrants for
exceedingly long periods. The
government denied it inade-
quately screened potential asy-
lum applicants," it added.

Colombian author Gabriel Garcia

Marquez celebrates eightieth birthday

* COLOMBIA'S writer Garbiel Garcia Marquez greets an unidentified man minutes before the
closing ceremony of the "Memory and Future:Cuba and Fidel" forum in Havana. The Literature
Nobel prize winner, also known as "Gabo", turned 80 years old yesterday
(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

US sends aid to Bolivia flood

victims but Venezuela

pledges millions more

A US cargo plane delivered
medicine and supplies Monday
to Bolivia's flood-ravaged east-
ern lowlands, yet American aid
was dwarfed by a $15 million
pledge from regional rival
Venezuela, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez is planning a tour Sat-
'urday of the flooded areas,
where a rainy season super-
charged'by El Nino has killed
41 people, driven thousands
from their homes and triggered
an outbreak of dengue.
International aid continues to
arrive in Trinidad, whose out-
lying neighborhoods have been
underwater for weeks. Bolivian

officials warned Monday that
floodwaters would continue to
swell rivers on their way toward
the Amazon.
The $1.1 million US donation
included vaccinations, pumps,
towels and fresh water, as well
as cash to help repair the
region's washed-out highways
and a donation to the local Red
Cross branch. Monday's deliv-
ery brings total US flood aid to
$1.5 million.


But Venezuela's socialist gov-
ernment has pledged $15 mil-
lion in aid, sending a squadron
of helicopters to deliver food to
remote villages isolated by the

Since populist President Evo
Morales took office last Janu-
ary, Chavez has dramatically
stepped up aid to Bolivia, pledg-
ing more than a billion dollars
for Bolivian petroleunl projects,
community radio stations and
even a factory to make tea frion
coca leaves.
Morales travels the country
in a borrowed Venczuelan heli-
copter, and the two countries
in May signed a broad military
cooperation pact.
In contrast, the US military
presence in Bolivia has all but
disappeared. The Bush admin-
istration's 2(08 budget propos-
al slashes US aid to Bolivia by
more than 20 per cent, from
$125 million to $98 million, part
of a deep aid cut targeting much
of Latin America.


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March 11-18, 2007 East Street Tabernacle


Power Possessed People
ACTS 1:8


General Overseer (Worldwide)
General Presbyter (Caribbean & Atlantic Ocean Islands)
Global Outreach Director
National Overseer (Jamaica Cayman Islands Guyana &
French Guinna)
Regional Youth Director (Northeasi U S A Region & Bermuda)
Mini', lenlg in anointed song and performance will be Ihe
(rinveniton Choir and Praise leom. the Tabernacle Concert
Choir Ihe Bahamas Public Offlters Choir and other Church
Choirs, along with the Bahama Brass Band. the Youth Brass
Band. (te JuniorBis Bn Bnd and the Crusaders Brass Band.

lOG ON TO: www.cogopbahamas.

Monday, March 12th, 2007
National Overseer, Bishop Dr. Elgarnet B. Rahming will deliver his
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
Annual Baptismal Procession will leave the Tabernacle for the
Western Esplanade followed by the live ZNS Radio and TV 13 evening
broadcast Service.
Final Message on Convention Theme:
Power Possessed People
will be delivered by
National Over;eer
Bi:hop Di lgornel B Rohming ;

pDr Elgarne B. Rahming
S& Min. Jacqueline B. Rahming

Don't miss your bessin! Be here!!

* DEFENCE FORCE officers apprehended 75 undocumented
Haitians, including 11 females, near Warderick Wells Cay,
Exumas in September 2005

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Thoughtless government planning

and destruction of the environment

N a crisp winter
morning recently,
three birdmen were making
their way carefully through the
virgin pine forest on remote Lit-
tle Abaco when they came
across an amazing find.
Tony White and Bruce Hal-
lett, who have both published
authoritative field guides on
Bahamian wildlife, were joined
for; the early morning hike by
Elwood Bracey, a retired Marsh
Harbour doctor who is an
ardent amateur ornithologist.
All three are longtime mem-
bers of the Bahamas National
Trdst and Abaco Friends of the
Environment. They were horri-
fied at what greeted them in the
forest less than a mile from his-
toric 19th century ruins and
half a mile from a pristine blue
Unlike the rest of the
Bahaiian pinelands, this piece
of forest on Little Abaco has
never been cut. In fact, it is con-
sidered the only virgin stand of
Caribbean pine in the entire
region about 4,000 acres in
all, providing good habitat for
warblers, woodpeckers, ducks,.
kingbirds, pewees, swallows and
other widllife.
What the birdmen stumbled
upon that morning were two
huge clearings, with a big D-8
dozer noisily mining fill from
one of them. Acres of virgin
forest had been totally demol-
ished in just a few hours to
make way for the North Abaco
waste transfer facility -
although there was an existing
I:' a mi'. .-. .o a',
... are we doing using tne
most unspoiled land for garbage
when there's an existing dump-
site nearby?" Dr Bracey asked

S o he called Nassau to
speak with Donald
Cooper at the Bahamas Envi-
ronment, Science & Technolo-
gy Commission and with Henry
Moxey, the solid waste project
manager at the Ministry of
Energy and Environment. He
wanted to know whether any

studies had been done prior to
the dump site selection, but he
got no response.
"Some official in Nassau just
decided this is what we're going
to do and it will be in this loca-
tion," Dr Bracey said. "There
was no concern for the envi-
ronment or the local people.
And this is the same type of
governmental thinking that has
allowed used car lots and
unsighly clearings to spring up
along the tourist-travelled road
between Marsh Harbour and

aside as a national park. Tlhe
BNT is an independent conser-
vation agency that is responsi-
ble by law for the country's
national parks and protected

Our puffed-up politicos can't
even manage a garbage dump
scheme. Think of it we can't
dig 10 holes on 10 islands in 10
years with $33 million! The
implications are truly

Treasure Cay."
Bracey then contacted the
Bahamas National Trust in Nas-
sau, which had not been con-
sulted about the site. And new-
ly appointed BNT chief Eric
Carey flew to Abaco for a first-
hand look. A former civil ser-
vant who has worked in con-
servation for the past three
years, he came away from the
site angry and perplexed:
\, wnnt to -', -' rongly
p otoe -:iat thi L .... fortu-
nate and irresponsible planning
on the part of a government
agency," Carey told Tough Call.
"This is an assault on the envi-
ronment. Efforts should have
been made to find a less sensi-
tive spot rather than locating a
dump in an undisturbed area of
old.growth forest.",

, I oordingi to Carey,-
S- .L the Trust will seek to
have the dump moved and the
remaining virgin pineland set

Please be advised that the following vehicles
stored at Betty K. Agencies USA. LLC, 3701
N.W. South River Drive, Miami, F.33142 will
be sold to cover storage fees at public auction
if not cleared on or before March 15th, 2007.

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Moss Auto

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Pre Eminence Auto

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Robert Dieudonne

Ingraham's IMP

Wayne Johnson

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Delano Brown

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Rado Major

1997 Ford Escort

1999 Ford E150 Van

1989 Ford F150

1998 Dodge Stratus

1998 Dodge Intrepid

1997 GMC Safari

1997 Honda

1996 Olds Cutlass

2002 Ford Escape

1998 Chevy

1994 Nissan Sentra

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areas. It is also supposed to act
as the government's adviser on
environmental matters.
Ironically, the garbage trans-
fer stations at Little Abaco in
the north and at Cherokee in
the south are part of a nation-
wide solid waste programme
intended to deal with a huge
environmental headache. But
they were thoughtlessly planned
by the same government agency
that is supposed to be protect-
ing the environment.

he project has a long
history. It was
launched with much fanfare
almost a decade ago, when the
Ingraham administration bor-
rowed $23 million from the
Inter-American Development
Bank and put up another $10)
million to upgrade waste dis-
posalfacilities in Nassau and
on the most populated out
The goal was to safely dis-
pose of the hundreds of thou-
sands of tons of garbage gen-
erated by Bahamian communi-
ties each year, much of it
dumped along roadsides or on
vacant land for want of an alter-
native. This was not only a seri-
ous and growing public health
.issue, it also threatened our
lucrative out island tourist trade
by turning our scenic landscapes
into trash heaps.
At some dumps (especially

in Nassau and on small cays in
the Abacos) rats, odours, fires
and toxic fumes posed a peren-
nial health threat to nearby set-
tlements. And workers were
often forced to wear full haz-
ard gear while they burned the
overflowing piles of garbage
almost continuously.
So a new sanitary landfill was
built at Harrold Road featur-
ing pits lined with a special
membrane to prevent leachate
contamination of the ground-
water, and a shredding station
to make compost from yard
waste was included. This
replaced a multi-million-dollar
waste shredding facility that had
broken down years ago and had
never been fixed.
Meanwhile, central landfills
in the out islands were to be
built and sealed with hot-mix
asphalt. Where the distance
between settlements was con-
siderable, low-cost transfer sta-
tions would be built to collect
and compact garbage from sur-
rounding communities for
trucking in closed containers to
the landfill.

t all seemed like a work-
able scheme at the time.
And IADB experts were to
provide supervisory help,

But as the years spun by the
impetus slowed. And what had
been a major talking point after
the 1999 hurricanes soon lapsed
into bureaucratic obscurity -
or perhaps absurdity would be a
better word. Tough Call's
efforts to pry information from
the BEST Commission, the sol-
id waste project chief and the
director of environmental
health were unsuccessful. Offi-
cials were either not available,
did not return calls or reply to
e-mails, or failed to produce
what they promised.
They were no doubt embar-
rassed by the fact that our
puffed-up politicos can't even
manage a garbage dump
scheme. Think of it we can't
dig 10 holes on 10 islands in 10
years with $33 million! The
implications are truly stagger-
The two satellite dumps on
Abaco are supposed to receive
garbage from the northern and
southern regions for transfer to
a central landfill at Snake Cay
near Marsh Harbour. However,
although the landfill (read 'big
hole') has been under con-
struction for well over a year,
no-one knows when it will be
finished. In the meantime, most
of the island's refuse continues
to be burned at the Dundas
Town dump, which is consid-
ered a public health nuisance
to say the least.

The site on Little Abaco
discovered by the bird-
men was cleared about two
weeks ago. But work on the

Tough Call's efforts to pry
information from the BEST Com-
mission, the solid waste project
chief and the director of envi-
ronmental health were unsuc-
cessful. Officials were either not
available, did not return calls or
reply to e-mails, or failed to pro-
duce what they promised.

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tional training along the way.
The project was also supposed
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other transfer facility near
Cherokee in the south began
months ago, without the knowl-
edge of local officials or civic
leaders. And unfortunately,
there does not appear to be the
slightest logic in either location.
The Cherokee site is in a farm-
ing area near a public well-field.
The Little Abaco site is in a
stretch of virgin forest close to
historic ruins and a blue hole.
And you do not have to be an
expert to realise that neither
are located sensibly with regard
to their function. The Chero-
kee facility is not far from the
central landfill but 45 miles
from Sandy Point in the south.
The Little Abaco facility is at
the extreme north of the island
- about 50 miles from Snake
Cay and not far from an
existing dump.
"Both transfer sites are in
sensitive areas and have logisti-
cal issues," said John Hedden, a
former agricultural officer who
is part of a group seeking to
have them removed. "And
there has been no consultation
with any of the local councils,
which are responsible for man-
aging solid waste disposal in the
first place. How can the gov-
ernment boast that it is intro-
ducing environmental protec-
tion laws when they are the
ones damaging our environ-

I.n early February, con-
cerned citizens met to dis-
cuss the Cherokee site. And
after the discovery on Little
Abaco, Henry Moxey, the engi-
neer in charge of governmen-
t's solid waste programme, flew
in from Nassau to meet with
angry residents last Tuesday.
"It was quite spirited, with
Mr Moxey leaving with his tail
between his legs," one partici-
pant said. "He took a whipping
but did the best he could to
defend the government's posi-
tion. It was obvious that he was
sent here to make peace, which
was not possible."
According to Hedden, who
was also at the meeting, offi-
cials admitted that the whole
project was way behind sched-
ule and the IADB was threat-

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ening to withdraw funding:
"Moxey said the sites were cho-
sen by a formula based on dis-
tance between settlements, pop-
ulation density, garbage volume
and so on. But it is much more
likely that they just stuck a pin
in the map.
"It was clear that they never
visited the Little Abaco site
before it was selected," Hed-
den said. "Moxey didn't know
about the virgin forest, nor the
existing dump nearby, nor the
ruins, nor the blue hole. He
knew nothing, which is a good
indication that no site investi-
gation was ever done and that
they never consulted with the
local population."

teve Peddican, North
Abaco's chief council-
lor, told Tough Call that the
government was rushing to
judgment and acting without
sense: "No-one in local govern-
ment here has been consulted
and we are insulted by that. The
government just does whatever
it likes without any considera-
tion, but we are going to try to
stop this."
And Hedden's group (which
includes Pat Bethel, Al Key and
other leading citizens) will be
meeting with local councilllors
to formulate a message to Envi-
ronment Minister Dr Marcus
Bethel: "Moxey was emphatic
about not making any changes
because the IADB is on the
government's case. So they are
not prepared to listen to public
"But we want a team sent
here from Nassau with the pow-
er to negotiate. We want con-
struction stopped now and an
amicable solution worked out
with local communities."
The 1998 IADB project sum-
mary forecast a loss of "mainly
secondary growth forest ecosys-
tems of 3-7 acres for each of
the 10 out island landfills." But
there was no mention of
destroying a pristine ecotourism
site when other options are
clearly available.

The Bahamian pine-
yards are the largest
and most intact examples of
subtropical pine rockland
ecosystem in the world. Accord-
ing to The Nature Conservancy,
about 350,000 acres on Abaco,
Grand Bahama, Andros and
New Providence support a
wide range of globally imper-
iled and rare species, several
of which are endemic to the
ecosystem and/or the Bahamas.
"Because of their uniqueness,
rarity, and extensive intact con-
dition, the Bahamian
pineland/coppice landscape on
all four islands should be a con-
servation priority. Any signifi-
cant fragmentation of the
pinelands will lead to a degra-
dation similar to what has
occurred in Florida."
Commercial logging began
on Abaco in the early 1900s.
The last commercial harvesting
for pulp and timber was con-
ducted by Owen-Illinois from
1959 until 1966, when the log-
ging operation moved to
According to Dave Ralph, a
former lumber company
employee who now runs the
Abaconian newspaper: "The
cutting sequence began in the
central part of Abaco radiating
out from Snake Cay then
expanded north into the Nor-
man's Castle area, and then
moved to the south."
He says Little Abaco was
probably spared because the
cost of an additional 30 miles
of road beyond Norman's Cas-
tle was not justified by the
amount of timber projected to
be removed. It is a great shame
that thoughtless government
actions now threaten this
unique ecosystem.

But perhaps something
will be learned from
this debacle. As one irate Aba-
conian said: "We expect to be
a part of any development on
this island and we must be con-
sulted in advance, not told after
it is a cold fact.
"The government says the
two transfer sites cannot be
changed. They will soon get the
idea that if garbage schemes
cannot be changed, perhaps
politicians can be."
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8.00 9.00 A.M.
Secretariat Foyer, '. I' 1

9.00- 10.30 A.M.
CHMI Lecture Theatre

Session 1
Displacements and Disjunctions
Session Chair: Dr. '.1, I i i-.i.rr,-.

"Naipaul's Legacy- 'Made in the West Indies' -
for Export".
Dr. Evelyn 0 : *ii.]- ".,
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill,

"'There is a sob in there somewhere':
The Prodigal as Testimony of an Aging Walcott".
Dr. Antonia MacDonald-.-, -
St. George's University, Grenada.

"Mapping Displacements: Caribbean Women Writers,
Diaspora and the Cartographic imagination".
Dr. Norval Edwards,
University of the West : r.lor,

10.30 A.M. 11.00 A.M.
UWI Dining Room

11.00 12.30 A.M

Session 2
Memory and Trauma
CHMI Lecture 7r.:.,-..
Session Chair: Anne Lawtor

"Visions and Revisions:
The Ghost of Memory in Wilson Harris".
Fred ODAguiar, Virginia Tech

"Mapping Patriotic Pain: Edwidge Danticat's
The Dew Breaker and Breath, Eyes, Memory".
Or Daphne Grace, The College of The Bahamas

"The Silent Scream".
Dr Jean-Antoine Dunne.
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Session 3
Diverse Geographies
CHMI Room 13
Session Chair: Audrey ',.io, R L..r.ts

"The Caribbean Imagined and Realized:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Of Love and
Other Demons"
Dr,. -.t I",'r Morris, Ransom Everglades School,

"Narratives of Evolution and Geographies of
Dissolution in H. Orlando Patterson's
The Children of Sisyphus".
Krista Walkes, The College of The Bahamas

"'Imagining ourselves big as the world':
Mapping Diaspora in Dionne Brand's
Land to Light On".
Tanya Shirley, University of the West Indies. Mona.

12.30 2.00 P.M.
UWI Dining Room



2.00 P.M. 3,30 P.M.

Session 4
CHMI Lecture Theatre
Session Chair: Haldane Chase

Derek Watcott's The Prodigal: Politics of Figuration".
Dr. Sandra Pouchet Paquet, University of Miami.

"'Making life'; displacement land its antidote)
in the work of Lorna Goodison".
Dr: Anthea Morrison,
University of the West Indies, Mona.

"Theorizing Caribbean Migrant Literature
on the Horizon:
The Emigrants and Yardie".
Dr Kezia Page, C' -~tji .'nr ii,,.'o, Mryland.

3,30 P.M. 4.00 P.M.
UWI Dining Room

4.00 5.30P.M.

Session 5
Memory and Trauma
CHMI Lecture Theatre
Session Chair: Dr. Daphne Grace

"The Fuguing Fictions of Erna Brodber and
Elizabeth Nunez. Responses to Trauma in Louisana
and Beyond the Limbo Silence".
Carmen Maria Ruiz-Castanada, University of Miami

"Where the Water Meets the Sky:
Visible Horizons of Gendered Experience and
Blurred Junctions in Lakshmi Persaud's
Raise the Lanterns High".
Marsha Pearce,
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

"Forgotten Memories: Depths of Resistance
in Feeding the Ghosts".
Brandi Kellett, University of Miami.

Session 6
CHMI Room 13
Session Chair: Chanti Seymour

"Revisioning Horizons:
The Latino/a Diaspora and Post-Sixties Literature".
Dr. Raphael Dalteo, Florida Atlantic University.

"The Narrative of the Scherife of Timbuctoo:
The Embedded Slave Narrative of
Abu Bakr al-Sadika".
Nicole Aljoe, University of Utah.

"Language in Jamaican Dancehatt Music".
LaKeisha Caples, Chicago State University


8.00 9.00 A.M.
Secretariat Foyer, CHMI

9.00- 10.30 A.M.
CHMI Lecture Theatre

Chair: 'n Stractfan. The Cotlege of -he Banhamras
Bahamian Writers: Christian Campbell,
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas and Angelique Nixon

10.30 A.M 11.00 A.M.
UWI Dining Room

11.00 A.M. 12.30 A.M.
CHMI Lecture Theatre

Session ?
Sub-/merged Voices
Session Chair: Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson

"The Tourist and the Native: Rereading Myths of
Conquest in Lucy and Last Virgin in Paradise".
Dr. Carolyn Cooper,
University of the West *nrdits. Mona.

"'Their hands in the stinking saltfish barrel...':
Representing the Portuguese in Caribbean Writing".
Dr. Denise deCaires Narain, University of Sussex

"Writing to an Arrival Home:
On Learning the Art of Shedding Skin"
Dr. Jennifer Rahim,
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

12,30 2.00 PM.
UWI Dining Room



: : P.M. 3.30 P.M.

Session 8
Alternative Visions
CHMI Lecture Theatre
Session Chair: MarkHiumes

"Horizons of Desire:
Imagining Alternative Worlds in Speculative Fiction".

Dr. Michael Bucknor,
University : I th% W'- ; Indies, Mona.

"Space and Scapes as Metathetic Modes of Existence:
Interpreting Marlene Nourbese Philip's Creative Non-
Dr. Patricia Saunders, University of Miami,
'"Duppy or Gunman?': Articulations of the
Supernatural in Caribbean Popular Culture".
Dr, Andrea Shaw, Nova S'oui hea-,ei'rn Unive ii;,'

3.30 P.M. 4.00 P.M. BREAK UWI Dining Room

4.00 P.M. 5.30 P.M.

Session 9
Hybridity/ Identity
CHMI Lecture Theatre
Session Chair: Marie aair ingh-rills

"The Terror and the Time: History, Re-Memory and
Journey in Caribbean Literature".
Dr. Paula Morgan,
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine,

"What Racial Hybridity? Sexual Politics of
Mixed-Race Identities in the Caribbean and
the Performance of Blackness".
Angelique Nixon, University of Florida.

"A Way in the World: Poetics of
Relation beyond Essentialist Identities".
J. Vijay Maharaj,
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.

Session 10
The Anxiety of Influence/Consuming 'I's/Lands
CHMI Room 13
Session Chair: Dr Victoria Allen

"Consuming the Island: The Caribbean Writer's
English Landscape".
Joanna Johnson, University of Miami.

'"White Silence, Overthrownl':
Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'A Curse for a
Felipe Smith, Tulane University.

"Victorian Anxieties and the West Indian Self
in Wide Sargasso Sea"..
Rhonda Harrison',
Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica

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8.00 9.00 A.M.
Secretariat- Foyer. CHMI

9.00- 10.00 AM.
CHMI Lecture Theatre


10000 AM. 10.30 AM
UWI Dining Room

10300 AM 12.00A M.

Session 11
Nation, Politics and Posti
CHMI Lecture Theatre
Session Chair. Ivy Higgins

"Crossing Horizons between the Word and the World".
Dr lan Bethel Bennett. University of Puerto Rico.

"Legitimate Resistance: the Crisis of
Jamaican Political Ideology and the Quest for
Resolution in Some Recent Jamaican Novels"
-im Rooinson-Walcott.
University of the West Indies. Mona

DisWe Tings. Folk. Romance, Nation.
Chr-stian Campbell, Duke University

Session 12
Gender Legends
CHMlI Room 13
Session Chair ODr Nicolette Bethel

"Women and the Process of Emasculation in Austin
Clarke's The Meeting Point and The Polished Hoe".
Shala Alert. University of the West Indies, Mond

"The Unsexed Woman: Representations of Nanny of
the Maroons in Selected Caribbean Texts".
Ronald Cummings. University of the West Indies, Mona.

"Bewitching Barbados: Tituba and the Caribbean
Influence on the Salem Witch Trials".
Brian Andersoh, College of the Mainland. Texas.

12.00 1.300 P.M.
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FROM page one

The plaintiffs in this case
were listed as John Nesbitt, Rev
Hayden Dean and Laurence
Clarke all of Bozine Town.
The matter, however, never
went to a full trial and Justice
Thompson ruled in the case at
the preliminary stage.
Mr Evans yesterday argued
that because no trial took place,
his clients had no opportunity to
present evidence that would
have shown that they had the
rights to the land.
Mr Munroe maintained that
Justice Thompson had followed
the right procedure in this case
and had come to the right deci-

Sidney Stubbs

FROM page one

"Mr Stubbs has always been a
Holy Cross man. His roots are
here in Holy Cross. His sup-
porters are upset because they
don't know what is going to hap-
pen, but I am sure the prime
minister will do what is best for
the people of Holy Cross," she
In an interview on Monday,
Ms McMillan explained that last
night's gathering was aimed at
showing Prime Minister Perry
Christie and the country that Mr
Stubbs is the only representa-
tive the constituents will accept.
Supporters of the MP had
expressed displeasure after
claims continue d to circulate
that Mr Stubbs will be the only
PLP incumbent not to be
renominated for his seat.
One supporter told The Tri-
bune that they were "sick and
tired" of the rumours that Mr
Stubbs will not be receiving the
party's nomination and were
urging the prime minister to
announce the PLP's slate of can-
didates as soon as possible.
The PLP is expected to offi-
cially ratify the candidates who
will run in the general election
sometime today.

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where they are most likely to'store
fat (around the middle or at the
hips, respectively). Her research
explored the correlations between
body shapes and an individual's
risk for metabolic syndrome, dia-
betes, heart disease and cancer,;
and outlined solutions for taking
charge of all aspects of health.
Mrs Gibson said the fair, which
attracted more than 600 partici-
pants, is set to become an annual

MINISTER of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin cuts the ribbon during the presentation for the donation of two brand new'
Toyota Hiace buses to officials of the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home and the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. The buses can each
seat 15 passengers. From left (front row) are Mrs Regieta Minns, administrator of the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home; Mrs Debra Wood, senior manager
for marketing and public relations at Scotiabank; Minister Griffin; Michael Rolle, vice-president of client relationships at Scotiabank; and Dr Sandra Dean-Pat-
terson, acting director at the Department of Social Services. At rear are: Warren Rolle, executive production manager at NUA Insurance Agents and Brokers;
Bertram Knowles, chairman of the board of directors of the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home; and Andrea Myers, assistant manager of marketing and pub-
lic relations at Scotiabank.
(BIS photo by Patrick Hanna)

Donation puts children's

home in the driving seat

OFFICIALS of the Eliza-
beth Estates Children's Home
got a major hand from Sco-
tiabahk with the donation of
two 15-seat Toyota Hiace
The buses, equipped with
rear-cabin cooling, sliding
windows, an easy walk-out
door and fold-up back seats
to allow for carrying large
loads, were also licensed,
inspected and insured com-
prehensively by Scotiabank
for two years, compliments of
Bahamas First General Insur-
ance Company Limited.
Minister of Social Services
and Community Develop-
ment Melanie Griffin lauded
Scotiabank for its generosity,
saying the vehicles are "much
needed gifts" as the facility is
home to up to 50 children,
who must be transported to
various places in a timely
manner, including school,

church and community
"You would appreciate that
moving up to 50 children
around on any given day can
be challenging and that there
is need for reliable, safe, com-
prehensively insured
transportation," Mrs Griffin
"Through this donation
today, Scotiabank has filled
a great and urgent need, (as)
these children have the same
needs and engage in the same
kind of activities as children
do in their own homes and
therefore have the same
transportation needs," she
Mrs Griffin said the dona-
tion of the two buses by Sco-
tiabank, and the management
of the home by the Anglican
Archdiocese through a grant
from the Bahamas govern-
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of how collaborations
between church, state and pri-
vate enterprise can benefit
not only individuals, but
entire communities.
She said the decision to
construct the home in its pre-
sent location was made so
that it would become a part of
the community.
She said the fact that the
home is owned by govern-
ment, but managed by the
Anglican Archdiocese under
a partnership agreement
"extends the community con-
cept in the life of this home."
"I therefore encourage the
community at-large to sup-
port this facility and help us

as we seek to provide a bright
future for the children in this
facility. All that we can do for
these children is give them
love, care and consideration
and provide the best for
them, so that they can grow
up to lead productive lives as
productive, citizens of this,
country," the minister added.
Michael Rolle, vice-presi-
dent of clierit relationships-,for
Scotiabank, said the donation
was in line with the bank's
commitment to building
brighter futures for children
in all of the communities they
"The donation of these two
buses is only a small part of

Scotiabank's commitment to
our community," Mr Rolle
said. "In fact, Scotiabank's
community involvement
extends throughout the coun-
try, reaching people and char-
itable organizations and caus-
es that really deserve a help-
ing hand,
"Scotiabank did not just
buy two buses, but we care-
fully selected two quality bus-
es with modern-day comforts
and convenience for the chil-
dren's traveling pleasure. As
you see, Scotiabank never
does anything half way and
we are extremely pleased to
do this good deed today," Mr
Rolle added.


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TimeWorks volunteers clean

up at Adelaide Primary School,

THE children at Adelaide
Primary School were excited
to go to school on Monday -
They were excited because
they knew that over the
weekend a crew of 50-plus
TimeWorks volunteers had
spent Saturday, March 3
beautifying their play ground
and surrounding areas of the
TimeWorks, the volunteer
outreach programme admin-
istered by the Lyford Cay
Foundation's Gifts and
Grants Committee, held its
final programme for the
2006/07 cycle at the Adelaide
Primary School, in partner-
ship with the Adelaide Aux-
They set about beautifying
the play area by conducting a
general clean-up, planting
coconut trees and other
plants, putting up a fence to
keep the children safe,
replacing broken swings,
painting the sea-saws and
play sets, and sanding and
painting 40 lawn chairs.
Pictet Bank & Trust, RBC
Royal Bank of Canada and
Templeton Global Advisors
have generously supported
TimeWorks 2006/07, both
financially and by serving as a
volunteer base.
In addition, Albany and
Nature's Way Landscaping
sponsored the Adelaide pro-
gramme by making generous
donations in-kind and regis-
tering many volunteers.
"It feels like all our staff is
out (volunteering)," said
Gertie O'Brien, assistant to
the director at Albany. "This
is a wonderful opportunity to
be part of a great project."
Once the work was done,
Albany chefs treated the
group of volunteers to a deli-
cious picnic lunch.
i Adelaide Primary School
is a public school teaching
grades one through six locat-
ed within the Adelaide com-
munity off South West Road.
Around 140 children are
enrolled at the school, head-
ed by Mr David Dean, its
principal. The Adelaide Aux-
iliary, a volunteer organisa-
tion made up of Adelaide
Primary School friends,
ensures the children receive
proper lunches and snacks
throughout the school year
and have access to other edu-
cational staples, such as
books and supplies.
Dean was out on Saturday
working hard alongside the

TIMEWORKS volunteers take time out to capture the moment by gathering around the jungle gym in the newly refurbished playground at Adelaide Primary
School. Over 50 TimeWorks volunteers spent their Saturday cleaning up and sprucing up the school's play ground.

volunteers and said, "People
need to know the positive
impact that volunteering has
on the community at large.
"The play ground has been
transformed before our very
eyes!" Dean has no doubts
that the school will be in the
running for the Ministry of
Education, Science and Tech-
nology's Beautification Pro-
gramme Award. Some teach-
ers and students at the school
also volunteered on Satur-
"It is great to give back to
our community," said Mark
Thompson, owner of
Nature's Way Landscaping.
"To come out with my fami-
ly and my crew and help
improve the educational and
recreational outlook of these

kids is one of the greatest
thing I could do with a Sat-
urday morning."
"The only thing volunteers
said was left to do was show
up at school on Monday
morning to see the smiles on
the children's faces," con-
cluded the TimeWorks Com-
mittee in unison.
Anyone wanting to learn
more about TimeWorks and
register online as a volunteer
was asked to visit:
tion.com and click on Time-
Works or call 362-4910.
TimeWorks said they will
return in the fall with a new
cycle of programmes.

(Photos: T S Maycock)


RBC Royal Bank of Canada employees Rhodnia Johnson and Nicola Smith pitched in at the
playground beautification project at Adelaide Primary School sponsored by TimeWorks.

M TIMEWORKS volunteers do what it takes to refurbish the Adelaide Primary School's play-
ground. A new fence was installed, trees planted, swings replaced and lawn chairs painted in an
effort to spruce up the play ground for the children.

TIMEWORKS volunteer Adara Cunningham, age two, proves that one is never too young
or too little to give back to the community.



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Miami Herald Business, Stocks,

Analysis, Wall Street

Regulations and Sir

codes needed to to

give work safety By NEIL

Tribune Business Editor
tee" has been formed to devel-
op regulations and codes of
practice to give teeth to the
Health and Safety at Work Act,
2002, The Tribune was tqld yes-
terday, their absence having
prevented the law from being
implemented and enforced for
the past four years.
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas
Employers Confederation's
(BECon) president, told The
Tribune that the committee,
composed of business and
labour leaders plus government
officials, had been formed about
six months ago to develop the
regulations required to enforce
the Act, which was the third of
the three Labour Bills passed
by the former FNM adminis-
tration before it demitted office
in 2002.
Mr Nutt explained that "the
Health and Safety at Work Act
is similar to the National Health
Insurance Act in that it was
enabling legislation", meaning it
cannot be implemented and
enforced until accompanying
-regulations are passed by Par-
"Until there are regulations
and codes of practice developed
for the Health and Safety at
Work Act, there's really no
guidelines," Mr Nutt said.
"A committee has been
formed within the last six
months to start looking at pro-
ducing regulations on the
Health and Safety at Work Act.
That committee is tripartite
committee. It includes repre-
sentatives from the employers,
representatives from the work-
ers, the union officials, and also
from the Government."
Mr Nutt added of the com-

mittee's work: "There have
been several meetings, and I
think that at this point, they're
really looking at regulations
from the region and other leg-
islation to see what's there.
Then they'll be able to produce
regulations for the Bahamas."
The BECon president added
that the committee's work was
being overseen by the Depart-
ment of Labour, and two direc-
tors from his organisation were
on it.
Mr Nutt was speaking after
the US State Department, in its
report on the Bahamas as part
of its annual Human Rights
review around the world, said
Bahamian law did not currently
"provide a right for workers to
remove themselves from dan-
gerous work situations without
jeopardy to continued employ-
The US State Department
said of the Bahamas: "The Min-
istry of Labour and Immigra-
tion is responsible for enforc-
ing labour laws, and had a team
of inspectors that conducted on-
site visits to enforce occupa-
tional health and safety stan-
dards, and investigate employee
concerns and complaints.
"However, inspections
occurred infrequently. The min-
istry normally announced
inspection visits in advance, and
employers generally cooperated
with inspectors to implement
safety standards. It was uncer-
tain whether these inspections
effectively enforced health and
safety standards."
Mr Nutt acknowledged that
there was no provision in the
Health and Safety at Work Act
that allowed a worker to
remove himself from a danger-

s two offers

St George estate


Tribune Business Editor

late Edward St
George is poised to
reject two separate
offers from its for-
mer business partner, Sir Jack
Hayward, to purchase its stake
in Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (ICD), the holding
company for the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) and its
Port Group Ltd affiliate.
Two separate offers were
made, via two different attor-
neys, to the St George estate
within the space of a month, as
the former business partners
attempt to resolve their dispute
-possibly via court action over
Sir Jack Hayward's claim to 75
per cent ownership of the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd.
A February 8, 2007, letter sent
by Gregory Moss, of Moss &
Associates, on Sir Jack's behalf
to the estate's attorney, Fred
Smith at Callender's & Co,
offered that Sir Jack would pur-
chase the 499 shares that the St
George estate owned in Fidu-
ciary Management Services

Both, conveyed through different

attorneys, set to be rejected

FMS is the Cayman-domiciled
company at the centre of the
GBPA ownership dispute. Sir
Jack owns 499 shares in FMS
through his nominee company,
Frobisher Investments, and
another share through Camp-
bell Secretaries.
Sir Jack is alleging that since
he beneficially owns just over 50
per cent of FMS, which in turn
holds 50 per cent of ICD's
shares, he is the beneficial own-
ers of a 75 per cent stake in the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd, not
the 50 per cent the St George
estate claims he owns.
Sir Jack owns 50 per cent of
ICD outright through another
holding company, Seashells
Investments, but the St George
estate is alleging that FMS acted
as a segregated accounts com-
pany, holding a variety of dif-
ferent investments and accounts
for the Hayward and St George
families, one of which was the

late Mr St George's 50 per cent
ICD stake. The estate is alleging
that beneficial FMS ownership
does not directly translate into
ownership of its assets.
In his letter, Mr Moss said
they "wish to reiterate the offer
of our client, Sir Jack, to pur-
chase the beneficial interest in
the 499 shares owned by Edward
St George at the time of his
The letter said the 499 shares
"represent indirect beneficial
entitlement to 49.95 per cent of
the 1.735 million shares of ICD
held by FMS, at a value to be
determined by an independent
expert to be jointly appointed
by both parties or, in default of
agreement, by the President for
the time being of the Institute
of Chartered Accountants of
England and Wales".
The terms offered by Mr
Moss's letter involved the
'expert' valuing the 499 FMS

shares "on a going concern
basis", taken from the date of
February 8, 2007.
No discount would be applied
to the St George estate's minor-
ity FMS shareholding, and both
sides would be able to make sub-
missions to the other party under
the expert's direction.
Sir Jack's offer involved pay-
ing the acquisition price within
120 days of the expert complet-
ing his work, and with interest
from the day of completion to
payment based on a six months'
LIBOR rate.
Mr Moss's letter made clear
that the offer "does not relate
to the balance of 50.05 per cent
of the 1.735 million ICD shares
held by FMS over which your
clients claim an indirect benefi-
cial interest". This issue, he indi-
cated, would have to be deter-

SEE page 6B

Minimum wage 'does not provide decent living'

! .' T TUC chief believes government report put it between $300-$335 per week


SEE page 5B

(FILE photo)

Tribune Business Editor
THE Trades Union Congress (TUC)
president yesterday told The Tribune that
he supported "100 per cent" the US State
Department's findings that this nation's
minimum wage of $4 per hour, or $150 per
week, "did not provide a decent standard of
living" for a family, a Bahamian govern-
ment report having found that it should be
pegged between $300-$335 per week.
Obie Ferguson agreed that the $150 per
week minimum wage was "never adequate"
to support a stable Bahamian family of

three to four persons, but cautioned that
any increase would have to take into
account the impact on business labour costs,
and whether companies in this nation could
afford it.
The TUC president was commenting
after the US State Department's annual
human rights report noted that Bahamian
government employees received a $4.45 per
hour minimum wage, while for private sec-
tor workers it was $4 per hour.
"The minimum wage did not provide a

SEE page 6B

Haitian remittances

from the Bahamas

totalled $33m in '06

Tribune Business Editor
THE Inter-American Devel-
- opment Bank (IDB) yesterday
released a study estimating that
Haitians living in the Bahamas
sent around $33 million in
remittances to relatives in their
home country during 2006, a
move that coincided with the
Central Bank of the Bahamas
releasing draft legislation to reg-
ulate Bahamian-based money
transmission businesses.
The IDB survey, performed
by its Multilateral Investment
Fund (MIF), was based on a
door-to-door survey of 1,724
Haitian adults in November and
December 2006, and found that
the 1.5 million-strong Haitian
diaspora sent $1.65 billion in
remittances to their homeland
during 2006, a sum equivalent to
S one-third of that country's gross
national product (GNP).
Around $1.17 billion in remit-
tances were sent to Haiti from
the US, while a further $230
million originated in Canada,
some $130 million came from
France, and $33 million was sent
from both the Bahamas and the
Dominican Republic.
Some 1.1 million adults in
Haiti received remittances from
relatives annually, at an aver-
age frequency of 10 times per
year, and an average amount of
$150 per remittance.
While this provides further
evidence of the extent to which
the Bahamas-based Haitian
community provides a vital eco-
nomic lifeline for relatives living

Central Bank proposes
new money transmission
regulations, with licence
and registration fees, all
coming under its oversight

back home, and the volume of
funds remitted back home and
out of the Bahamian economy,
it also shows the need for
tighter regulation of money
transmission businesses in this
The Central Bank yesterday
proposed that all Bahamas-
based money transmission busi-
nesses be regulated and super-
vised by it, requiring amend-
ments to the Central Bank of
the Bahamas Act 2007, Banks
and Trust Companies Regula-
tion Act 2007, and the Banks
and Trust Companies (Money
Transmission Business) Regu-
lations 2007.
The Central Bank is propos-
ing that all money transmission
businesses be licensed and reg-
istered with it, and that exist-
ing money transmission service
providers apply to the Gover-
nor, Wendy Craigg, for a licence
to carry on their business with-
in three months of the new reg-
ulatory framework coming into
The draft regulations stipu-
late that money transmission
service providers will require a

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Quality risk management

relies on proactive action

ur discussion contin-
ues from last week, as
we examine system
failures and focus on what we
can learn from them.
Dombrowsky (1995)
describes the entire socio-tech-
nical failure of management and
machine as one event. He says:
"There is no separate process
that swells the cheeks to blow.
Wind is air in a specific motion,
not a separate being that makes
the air blow." This statement
does not suggest there is no cau-
sation, but rather the inputs and
outputs, action and reactions, all
equate to the 'effects' and must
be seen as one if we are to
attempt to solve the problem.
The difficulty arises when we
attempt to treat each as sepa-
rate. The human element is
unpredictable and fluid, where-
as the system or mechanism is
rigid. Yet wear and tear affect
its efficiency and effectiveness.
It can be said that we study
past events with the basic intent
of avoiding the same mistakes,
and likewise attempting to
repeat the successes of past gen-
erations. Learning from Disas-
ters: A Management Approach,
written by Brain Toft and Simon
Reynolds (1999), in my opinion
provides strong support for this
Collectively, the failures we
have discussed thus far can be
considered poor risk manage-
ment and risk perception. Pid-
geon, Hood, Jones, Turner &
Gibson (1992:89) believe that
risk perception "involves peo-
ple's beliefs, judgments and feel-
ings, as well as the wider social
and cultural values, and disposi-
tion people adopt towards haz-
ards and their benefits".
Case in point: after the Feb-
ruary 26, 1993, bombing of the
World Trade Centre, according
to the Lipman Report: "No one
can completely prepare for ter-
rorism. And no one can always
be successful at preventing
it. But once we acknowledge our
limitations, we can proceed to
safeguard our people and
This statement, in my opin-
ion, suggests that despite prior
knowledge of the potential for
loss or damage, this does not
mean we can avoid or stop it. It
suggests we can only make great
efforts to limit the amount or
the loss potential. Bernstein
(2000) says: "We now under-
stand a great deal about the like-

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lihood of unpleasant surprises."
Thus managing any emer-
gency, crisis, disaster, terror-
related event or loss occurrence
(finances, people or property)
does not imply that the event
will not happen. It is instead the
attempt to control preparations,
reaction and recovery to reduce
and limit loss. This three-fold
concept is also supported by The
Royal Society Study Group
(1992), which puts forward this
general interpretation about risk
"In terms of the three basic
organisational control theories
(cf. Dunsire 1978, 59-60): [risk
management is] the setting of
goals, whether explicitly or
implicitly; the gathering and
interpretation of information,
and action to influence human
behaviour, to physical structures
or both."
Globally, systems of every
sort have been failing in some
form or other, creating for the
risk manager a multitude of
cause and effect scenarios that
can be critically analysed from
beginning to end. Jones and
Hood (1996:1) state: "Rising
risk-consciousness reflects
increased expectations of health,
safety and security within
advanced, technologically-based
The lack of proper manage-
ment skills to address these
issues is also not new. Interna-
tionally, we see where the obvi-
ous mismanagement is allowed
to proceed, with' attention being
given only when the disaster has
occurred. This is demonstrated
by the Enron and WorldCom
scandals in the US. These state-
ments were made about the col-
lapse of Barings Bank in 1995.
"[There was an] attempt by
the senior managers of Barings
Bank to place the blame for the
collapse gn the company on one
person. This, of course, was not
the case. Conclusions by the
Bank of England and the Min-
istry of Finance in Singapore
indicated mismanagement at
various levels. "
Disasters, catastrophes or
whatever we choose to call them
have shown, as a result of prop-
er investigation, numerous tech-
nical and human failures. Unfor-
tunately, we have only human
error that must account for the
technical and human shortcom-
Considering that some events
were failures and some success-
ful, this establishes the potential
for risk. By proper assessment
of the risk, inclusive of percep-
tion and what drives the indi-
vidual, it is hoped the same mis-
takes can be avoided and the
beneficial decisions of the past
can be applied to today's cir-

cumstances. In fact, the study of
any facet of human life would, in
my opinion, be absurd without
looking at what has led to its
development, operation and
An aid to this process is iden-
tifying the similarities in these
incidents, so that learning can
be increased and refined. Iden-
tifying what is called the 'Organ-
isation Isomorphic' nature of
events assists greatly in the risk
management process, making it
effective and efficient, and
increasing the learning time. This
concept is supported in 'Learn-
ing from Disaster' by Toft and
Reynolds (1999:61-64). Isomor-
phism is the identification of sim-
ilar characteristics and features
in events. There are four types:

1. Event Isomorphism When
two different events occur in dif-
ferent ways, but create exactly the
same dangerous environments.
2. Cross-organisation Isomor-
phism This is where compa-
nies, having separate owners and
staff, but providing the same ser-
vice, will share the same prob-
lems and challenges.
3. Common Mode Isomor-
phism This happens when com-
pletely different organizations use
the same tools and methods to
slove their industry-specific prob-
4. Self Isomorphism A large
organisation or government has
several department or operating
units that provide the same, or
very similar, service.
This is supported by Weir
(1993), where he states: "A suit-
able framework for the analysis
of failure in complex sociotech-
nical systems may lead to under-
standing of the common ele-
ments in the aetiology of appar-
ently dissimilar disasters, and to
create a basis for future
Perhaps Beherns, as quoted
in Toft and Reynolds (1999:70),
sums it up best when he states:
"A disaster... only prepares the
groundwork for change, it does
not guarantee progress or, in
some cases, does not lead to
change at all."
What changes will the recent
disasters in the Bahamas have
on our society, whether in thd
social, industrial or business are-
na? Have we adequately
reviewed and investigated past '
failures, and implemented policy
or law to instigate corrective
Answering these questions
will have a long-term impact on
how successful we are in avoid-
ing and limiting loss events in
the Bahamas. It is agreed that
loss events will occur, but great
efforts must be taken to ensure
their impact does not have detri-
mental results in our future
Events such as the Straw

Market fire, the collision of two
boats and the explosion of a res-
idential home must all be prop-
erly investigated, and informa-
tion gathered must be used to
make society a safer one. If this
is not done, then we leave our-
selves exposed to unnecessary
risk and loss. Of course, this
process in necessary in all are-
nas, especially when we consider
the loss issues that will accom-
pany a free trade area. Fraud,
money laundering and identity
theft, just to name a few, are also
areas of concern, where the nec-
essary steps to prevent such
events must be put in place.
Weir (1993) states the fol-
lowing: "It is sufficient for the
moment to say categorically that
disasters will happen, do hap-
pen, and always have happened"
This is supported by Lewis,
who is quoted by Toft and
Reynolds (1999:67): "When a
great many rare events each
have a small probability of
occurrence, the chance that at
least one of them will occui can
be rather high. One often finds
people saying that some event,
which has extremely low proba-
bility, has occurred, so that there
has been magic somewhere."
With the realisation that ter-
rorism, a disaster-causing activi-
ty, was here to stay, and the
pressing desire to avoid events
similar to September 11, 2001,
caused almost immediate pass-
ing of the Patriot Act On Octo-
ber 26, 2001. This law gives
sweeping new powers to US
domestic law enforcement and
international intelligence agen-
cies. Additionally, through the
formation of the Department of
Homeland Security, President
George W. Bush decided that
22 previously disparate domestic
agencies needed to be coordi-
nated into one department to
protect the nation against
Similarly, immediate action
based on investigations of past
failures must be taken to gov-
ern the concerns of Bahamian
society. We, however, have the
advantage in that we should not
wait for inevitable events to
occur, but must take the neces-
sary steps to initiate preventa-
tive measures now.
The success of a systematic
risk management approach is
obviously dependent on the
review of past failures, analysis
of what caused the event, and
corrective action taken to reduce
the loss when these events occur

NBR Gamal Newry is the pres-
ident of Preventative Measures,
a loss prevention and asset pro-
tection training and consulting
company, specialising in policy
and procedure development,
business security reviews and
audits, and emergency and crisis
management. Comments can be
sent to PO Box N-3154 Nas-
sau, Bahamas, visit us at
www.preventativemeasures. net
or email gnewry@preventative-

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Associated Press
NEW YORK Wall Street
seesawed through an erratic
session Monday, trying to stabi-
lize but ultimately finishing
near its lows of the day amid
worries about mortgage
defaults, a strengthening yen
and tumbling stock markets
The major indexes fluctuated
throughout the session, with the
Dow Jones industrials bobbing
between positive and negative
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 past nine sessions.
The market remained jittery
about losses over soured sub-
prime loans, or loans to custom-
ers with poor credit ratings.
HSBC Holdings, Europe's larg-
est bank, said its 2006 earnings
rose 5 percent but that it suf-
fered $10.6 billion in losses on
bad loans from its U.S. sub-
prime mortgage operations.
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 liquid-
ity worldwide. By late in the
day, the U.S. dollar was at 116
yen, trading near three-month
lows after falling from above
120 yen less than a week ago.
The Dow fell 63.69, or 0.53
percent, 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 percent, from their closing
price last Monday, the day
before the market's plunge.
SBroader stock indicators also
fell. The Standard & Poor's 500
index slipped 13.05, or 0.94 per-
cent, at 1374.12, and the Nasdaq
composite index which is
dominated by riskier technol-
ogy and small-cap stocks -
dropped 2732, or L15 percent, to
Bond prices fell, nudging the
yield on the benchmark 10-year
Treasury note to 4.51 percent
from 4.50 percent late Friday, as
the stock market's tolerable per-
formance earlier in the day kept
investors from rushing to Trea-
surys. 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
below $60 a barrel to finish
down $1.57 at $60.07 on the New
York Mercentile Exchange.
Asian and European stocks
closed lower, keeping U.S.
investors on edge. The Nikkei
fell for the fifth straight session
to close down 3.3 percent, Hong
Kong's Hang Seng index fell 4
percent and the Shanghai Com-
posite Index, which has been
volatile in recent weeks, fell 1.6
In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100
dropped 0.94 percent, Germa-
ny's DAX index fell 1.04 per-
cent, and France's CAC-40
declined 0.73 percent.
Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about 5 to 1
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume came
to 1.99 billion shares, compared
to L86 billion shares at the same
point on Friday.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies dropped
1538, or 1.98 percent, at 760.06.

[ Wal-Mart discovered that in
separate instances, the same
technician had intercepted text
messages and pages including
communications that did not
involve Wal-Mart employees.
Associated Press
NEW YORK Wal-Mart said
Monday that it has fired a Wal-Mart
systems technician for recording
phone conversations between the
company's PR office and a newspa-,
per reporter and for intercepting
text messages without authorization.
The move is the result of an inter-
nal investigation that began on Jan.
11 when someone expressed con-
cerns to the world's biggest retailer

about the matter, Wal-Mart said. It
did not identify the technician.
Wal-Mart's internal investigation
initially found that the technician
had monitored and recorded phone
conversations between Wal-Mart's
public relations staffers and a
reporter from The New York Times.
The recordings were made over a
four-month period between Septem-
ber 2006 and January 2007.
Wal-Mart said it notified The
New York Times earlier Monday.
During the investigation, the
company said it discovered that, in
separate instances, the same techni-
cian had intercepted text messages
and pages including communica-
tions that did not involve Wal-Mart

It said the interception of text
messages and pages that does not
involve Wal-Mart associates is not
authorized by company policies
under any circumstances.
Wal-Mart said it had notified its
own audit committee of the allega-
tions on Jan. 12 and on the next day,
attorneys for the company notified
the U.S. Attorney for the Western
District of Arkansas.
Wal-Mart said that it has kept the
U.S. Attorney informed through the
entire course of its internal investi-
gation and last week advised him
that the investigation was near com-
On Thursday, it said the U.S.
Attorney notified Wal-Mart that his
office would conduct an investiga-


PAY UP OR ELSE: Rena McFadden and her husband, Mitchell, holding family bills, lost their home
and are living in a bi-weekly rental hotel in Columbia, S.C. They both work and are struggling
financially as payday lenders threaten to take them to court unless he quickly repays the
$2,400 he owes.



Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. Soft music plays in the background of a new TV
ad campaign as it urges viewers to only use payday loans for
emergencies. One scene shows a broken-down car. Another depicts a
young boy in a doctor's office, his arm in a sling.

"Please borrow only what you
feel comfortable paying back when
it's due," says Darrin Andersen,
president of the Community Finan-
cial Services Association. A new
emblem will tell borrowers which
lenders meet his trade group's
requirements, Andersen says in the
The $10 million campaign,
announced last month along with

some industry policy changes,
came as states from Virginia to
New Mexico consider legislation to
limit payday lending practices. But
it's not stopping consumer watch-
dogs and people already in debt
from questioning the motives of an
industry whose loans' annual inter-
est rates can exceed 400 percent.
"Payday lenders make it easy for
consumers to get trapped in preda-

tory debt," said Teresa Arnold,
legislative director for AARP in
South Carolina.
Payday lenders offer quick
cash advances for a fee -
secured by a postdated personal
check from the borrower. Cus-
tomers are supposed to repay
the loan once they receive their
next paycheck. Borrowers who
can't pay often "roll over" the
loan repeatedly, leading to more
charges that can quickly add up
and lead to a cycle of debt. Cus-
tomers are drawn to the lenders
because, unlike banks and
credit unions, they don't run
credit checks.
Rena McFadden and her hus-
band are two people who've
become trapped. Her husband
has been dealing with lenders

tion of the pager intercepts and the
recording of the phone calls.
The FBI in Washington, D.C., said
the agency is reviewing the informa-
tion from Wal-Mart "to determine if
there was a violation of federal law
and if the FBI has jurisdiction."
In addition to firing the techni-
cian, Wal-Mart said it has also taken
disciplinary action against two man-
agement associates for failure to
carry out their management duties.
"The company believes that these
pager intercepts and the recordings
of these telephone calls were wrong
and has taken a number of actions to
further strengthen our policies and
controls," said Mona Williams a
company spokeswoman in a state-






Research in Motion expects to
state three years of past financial
atements to record roughly $250
million of options-related expense
at should have been deducted
om the company's profits.
sociated Press
NEW YORK BlackBerry maker
search In Motion's co-chief executive
iU give up the chairman's post after an
eternal probe identified a quarter-bil-
in dollars in improper accounting for
iployee stock options at the mobile
vice company.
Jim Balsillie, who will remain on
M's board, and co-CEO Mike Lazari-
s also will pay up to $4.25 million
iece to defray the cost of the internal
investigation, and return an as-yet
disclosed amount of personal profit
>m backdated options.
As a result of the improper account-
g, the company expects to restate
ree years of past financial statements
record roughly $250 million of
tions-related expense that should
ve been deducted from the Ontario-
sed company's profits. Owing to the
panded scope of the revisions, RIM
.d it would need more time to com-
ete the restatement, which it had
ped to finish this month.
RIM also announced a change in
ief financial officer in Monday's
tailed update, one of the highest-pro-
e admissions of ethically suspect prac-
es among the more than 100 compa-
es implicated in Wall Street's
tions-backdating scandal.
But the announcement also demon-
ated, similar to Apple's recent
knowledgment of backdated options,
w the scandal's consequences tend to

A banker's fall reverberates in five nations

* An Ecuadorean banker,
pursued in Ecuador, Colombia,
Panama, Costa Rica and South
Florida, sits in a Quito prison,
proclaiming his innocence of
bank fraud.
Home for once-influential banker
NicolAs Landes is a 65-square-foot
cell furnished with bunk beds, a sink
and toilet quarters he shares these
days with a convicted drug trafficker
in a Quito prison.
Less than three miles away sits
Landes' former home, Hacienda
Guadalupe a 22-acre compound
with a main home, stables, tennis
court and clubhouse. Valued at
$7 million, it was seized by the Ecua-
dorean government and now sits
Eight years ago, Landes headed a
$2.1 billion financial group of banks
and mutual funds stretching from
Ecuador to Miami and the Carib-
bean. He had a home in Golden

Beach, Fla., as well as his Ecuador
But after his Banco Popular del
Ecuador and Banco Andino Colom-
bia collapsed in 1999, the govern-
ments of Colombia and Ecuador
filed criminal-fraud charges against
At times, this tale of an epic fall
from grace verges on Hollywood
suspense. But it is also the story of a
country intent on mending the
wounds of a banking collapse that
cost Ecuadoreans $2 billion the
equivalent of the savings-and-loan
crisis that cost Americans half a tril-
lion dollars and opened political
fault lines that still divide Ecuador
Trying to stay ahead of extradi-
tion requests, the Harvard-trained
Landes moved from country to
country. Nabbed in Costa Rica for
traveling on a false passport in June
2005, he was extradited to Ecuador
last December.
"I've been dragged through burn-
ing coals," Landes said in a cell-

IN QUITO PRISON: Banker Nicol6s
Landes awaits trial.
phone interview from the Garcia
Moreno penitentiary, where he
awaits trial on charges of bank fraud
and violation of banking regulations.
"I lost my job; I lost my entire net
worth; I lost my reputation," he said.

"What savings I had, I spent paying
Landes, 56, claims he is the victim
of Ecuadorean politics, a scapegoat
for the financial disaster that befell
the Andean nation during a 1998-99
banking crisis. Thousands of Ecua-
doreans lost access to their savings,
desperate depositors camped out-
side banks, and poverty and unem-
ployment swelled during the ensu-
ing economic recession.
Landes also blames the Colom-
bian government for filing a "mali-
cious" lawsuit against him in Miami
in 1999 a move he claims was
meant to divert attention from that
government's mishandling of its
own banking crisis.
The authorities disagree. "At no
time can he be considered a victim,"
said Jaime Velasco, president of the
Ecuadorean Supreme Court. "He
must answer to Ecuadorean justice."
Landes is accused of engaging in
fraud at Banco Popular del Ecuador


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be less severe for companies
and senior executives when
business is good.
Where other executives
have lost their jobs, and the
stocks of implicated compa-
nies have fallen, both Balsillie
and Apple CEO Steve Jobs
have emerged relatively
unharmed. Shares of RIM and
Apple have both risen
RIM's board of directors
stressed Monday that Balsillie
and Lazaridis presided over
the company's most success-
ful quarter ever in terms of
users, adding 1 million sub-


scribers to BlackBerry e-mail
service during the three-
month period that ended Sat-
RIM's shares slipped 1 per-
cent Monday after the com-
pany detailed the new
options-accounting disclo-
sures and related manage-
ment changes. But the stock
has still nearly doubled since
the investigation was dis-
closed in September -
despite a crowd of new smart
phones that have entered the
market in the same time
The options scandals,
which began to draw atten-
tion nearly one year ago, are

rooted in accounting rules
which govern costs that com-
panies should record for non-
cash compensation paid to
employees. Options give
employees the ability to buy
shares in the future at a pre-
determined "exercise" price.
A number of companies,
however, manipulated exer-
cise prices by setting the
grant date to an earlier time
when the market price was
lower, giving the options
instant value. The companies
didn't record the required
accounting expense for that
extra compensation.
RIM acknowledged Mon-
day that in many instances,

options had been backdated
to realize "favorable pricing."
The company said a special
committee had determined
that Balsillie and CFO Dennis
Kavelman were directly
involved in the questionable
grant process, which it criti-
cized as "characterized by
informality." The review also
found that co-CEO Lazaridis
had exercised a role in the
granting of options.
But the committee did not
find intentional misconduct
on the part of any director or
officer, RIM said. Based on
the committee's recommen-
dation, the board has deter-
mined that no employees

* should be asked to leave the
"There's no question our
administration of our options
plan did not line up with U.S.
rules, and we accept that and
we take all of this very seri-
ously," Balsillie said in an
interview, blaming the slip-
ups in part on disparities
between U.S. and Canadian
accounting rules, as well as
RIM's rapid growth since
going public in 1997.
"There's no question our
world is busy, and there's no
question your governance
practices lag when you're
growing that fast," he said.
"These are very important


changes. They're all part of
becoming a more mature
company. The funniest thing
is that we just celebrated 10
years of being a public com-
pany, and in that time I still
think of us as a small com-
With Balsillie out as chair,
board member John Richard-
son was named lead director.
In addition, the company said,
the board has been expanded
from seven members to nine.
"Consistent with current
best practices in corporate
governance, the roles of
chairman and CEO are being
separated," the statement


threatening court action
unless the McFaddens quickly
repay the $2,400 they owe.
"The time to repay is too
short. He's been trying to talk
to them, but they won't talk,"
said McFadden, a 39-year-old
who works in a dry cleaning
shop. "They want the money
by the next pay day. How are
you supposed to pay your
There are more 'than
22,000 payday advance loca-
tions in the United States that
garner $6 billion annually in
revenues, according to Steven
Schlein, a spokesman for the
financial services association,
which represents about two-
thirds of payday lending com-
The payday loan industry's
biggest change would give
customers more time to pay
back a loan with no financial
penalty. This "extended pay-
ment plan" would be available
at least once a year and pro-
vide borrowers between two
and four extra months to pay
off loans. It was paired with
the ad campaign and a ban on
ads that promote payday
advances for "frivolous pur-
poses" like vacations.
But lawmakers are still
pushing changes. In South
Carolina, home to Advance
America, the nation's largest
payday lender, lawmakers are
considering a measure that
would cap at 36 percent the
annual interest fee on the
loans and limit the number of
payday loans a consumer
could have with a single pay-
day loan company.
Eleven states already have
similar interest-rate limits on
payday lenders, according to
consumer watchdogs, and the
payday lending industry con-
siders such rates too low to
remain profitable. New pro-
posals in 10 other states
would impose similar limits,
said Carol Hammerstein, a
spokeswoman for the Dur-
ham, N.C.-based Center for
Responsible Lending.
Hammerstein said the push
for new interest rate limits
comes in the wake of caps
imposed last fall by Congress.
Legislators put a 36 percent
annual cap on loans to mili-
tary service members follow-
ing disclosures that thousands
of troops were in debt to pay-
day lenders.
State Rep. Alan Clemmons,
a Republican who introduced
the South Carolina legislation,
said it's needed because
neighboring states have either
banned or sharply restricted
payday loans. In response,
lenders have increased busi-
ness in South Carolina, and
the state has become "payday
lender Mecca," Clemmons
Jamie Fulmer, director of
investor relations for Spartan-
burg, S.C.-based Advance
America, said the loans are

ANXIOUS TIME: Customers gather outside Banco del Progreso in Guayaquil in 1999 during Ecuador's banking crisis.
The government closed banks for a week, trying to prevent a run on deposits. Colombia had a similar problem.

Banker in prison, awaiting trial


- specifically, failing to
record liabilities to a foreign
bank on his bank's books.
Ecuadorean courts are also
revving several separate
fraud cases that were put on
hold in Landes' absence. One
includes charges that he mis-
led investors and committed
fraud at Grupo Popular's
mutual fund, the Vision Fund,
causing investors $160-million
in losses.
In a lawsuit pending in
Broward Circuit Court in
South Florida, angry Vision
Fund investors allege that
Landes and other executives
engaged in risky schemes,
including lending money to
companies allegedly con-
trolled by Landes and then
using Enron-like accounting
to keep investors in the dark.
"People were deceived,"
said Mariana Almeida, who
said she lost half of her
$180,000 in savings. "No one
has the right to do what this
gentleman did, and now he
claims he is the victim. There
are 7,500 victims."
Landes contends that the
accounting and investments
of the Vision Fund were
strictly by the books and dis-
closed to investors. He also
denies that he owned any
companies that borrowed
from the fund.
Landes has his defenders,
chief among them his son Ale-
jandro, a documentary film-
maker who once interned at
The Miami Herald, and a
group of loyal former Banco
Popular del Ecuador employ-
"The issue of the bankers
was totally politicized," said
one of his supporters, Ber-
narda Mena, a former bank
employee. "Our justice sys-
tem is not reliable. It is better
to flee than face justice. Once
you are jailed, you are not
allowed to defend yourself."
With a serious and intense
demeanor, Landes was a man
used to success.
Born in Panama to an
American father and an Ecua-
dorean mother, he began his
career with Citibank in New
York after earning a Harvard
master's degree in business
administration in 1974. In
1987, he led a group of inves-
tors in buying the troubled

Banco Popular del Ecuador.
By 1995, Eurornoney named it
Ecuador's best bank.
._.,,Latpr, group acquired Banco
Andino, the former BCCI
.afftilate injouulcmbi., and
Banco Fivenez in Venezuela.
Other holdings included
the Miami offices of Banco
Popular, offshore banks in
Nassau, and a series of blue-
chip investment funds such as
Vision Fund.

The meticulous Landes
earned a reputation as a work-
aholic. He said he kept Banco
Popular del Ecuador out of
politics, but he was well con-
nected. But Landes' plans to
build a regional financial
powerhouse began to unravel
in 1998.
Turbulent global markets,
rising bad loans and over-
whelmed bank regulators cre-
ated the perfect storm for
Andean banks. It struck in
1999 when anxious depositors
started to withdraw money
from banks in Ecuador and
Colombia, both suffering their
worst financial crises since
the Great Depression.
In Ecuador, the govern-
ment of former President
Jamil Mahuad closed banks
for a week that March, trying
to prevent runs on deposits.
While regulators consid-
ered Banco Popular del Ecua-
dor one of Ecuador's stron-
gest banks, in Colombia,
Landes' Banco Andino was
struggling. Authorities
ordered the banker to
increase the bank's capital.
On May 20, 1999, Colom-
bia's banking superintendent
told Landes he was running
out of time. That same eve-
ning, a handful of Banco
Andino employees removed a
computer server at the bank,
erased computer files and
carted off boxes of- docu-
ments. The security videos
from that night were removed
by a systems engineer.
When government agents
arrived after midnight to seize
the bank, all was quiet. The
Colombian government later
charged that the employees
had acted to destroy potential
evidence of fraud.
Colombia's financial regu-
lators accused Banco Andino
of failing to turn over $64 mil-
lion in taxes it had collected
for the government. The tax

collection agency alleged in a
Miami lawsuit that Banco
Andino had wired the money
through Banco Popular's
Miami office to offshore
But the case ended up in
Colombia, where last Septem-
ber, Judge Hernando Calixto
cleared Landes and several
other Banco Andino officers,
ruling that there was insuffi-
cient evidence to prove fraud.
Calixto did conclude that
Banco Andino "carried out a
series of risky operations that
ended up generating huge
He also ruled that Landes
and his co-defendants could
not be held responsible for
destroying documents
because there was no proof
that the missing documents or
computer files were evidence.
"They never specified
what were these documents
that we removed," Landes
said. "These charges lose a lot
of credibility when the under-
lying charges were denied."
But Calixto made one find-
ing of guilt. He ruled that the
bank's former systems engi-
neer had destroyed two secu-
rity videos, and sentenced
him to two years of probation.
Landes feels vindicated.
"It has taken seven years
finally for people in different
places to say, 'You are right,
Colombia didn't have a leg to
stand on,' Landes said.
The Colombian decision is
on appeal. Landes now is
defending himself against
Ecuadorean charges, which he
called "completely spurious."
Ecuadorean authorities
took over Banco Popular del
Ecuador in September 1999 -
just days after the filing of the
Colombian tax-collection
lawsuit sparked a run on the
bank in Ecuador.
Forced out as chairman,
Landes left Ecuador and trav-
eled to Miami, the first stop
on his eight-year odyssey.
Ecuador's efforts to extra-
dite him proved fruitless, and
Landes lived in Miami until
2004. But when Colombia
asked for extradition, Landes
left for Panama, where he
could claim citizenship and
feel safe because the country
does not extradite its citizens.
But Ecuador had him
arrested in Panama City in
January 2005. Although he

was immediately released,
Landes crossed the border
into Costa Rica, where he was
caught in June 2005 when
authorities discovered that he
was -ting the passport of a
de e ted Costa Rican.
"My Panamanian passport
was about to expire, and that
forced me to commit the one
crime that I admit to, which
was to acquire a false pass-
port," Landes said.
Landes spent 18 months in
a Costa Rican prison, fighting
extradition, even going on a
122-day hunger strike.
But last Dec. 16, a notice-
ably thinner Landes was
returned to Ecuador.
Ecuador's case involves
charges that Landes pledged
bonds from a bank subsidiary
as a partial guarantee for a
loan from West Merchant
Bank to his bank holding com-
pany. Prosecutors contend
that this $27 million IOU was
not recorded in Banco Popu-
lar del Ecuador's books, giv-
ing a false financial picture.
When the government took
over the bank, West Merchant
demanded repayment. The
bonds were sold at a loss.
Landes said that there was
nothing irregular about the
West Merchant financing and
that it was disclosed. "A
transaction of this nature, it
happens with the approval of
the board or of the regula-
tors," he said.
Landes said Banco Popular
del Ecuador caused no losses
to taxpayers, since it paid its
depositors and government
bailout loans. But Miguel
Divila, who ran Banco Popu-
lar del Ecuador after the gov-
ernment intervened, said that
while the emergency lending
from the Central Bank was
repaid, Banco Popular still
owed Ecuador's Agency for
Deposit Guarantees about
$240 million.
As for the West Merchant
bank issue, a lawyer for
Vision Fund investors says
that was just the tip of the real
damage. "This is not about
$27 million in losses," said the
lawyer, Victor Hugo
Rodriguez. "He turned over
$87 million in Vision Fund
assets as a guarantee for his
loan [from West Merchant].
His bad administration
caused millions of dollars of

Consumer advocates

question motives

paid back on time by the vast
majority of customers and
that penalties for bouncing
checks or making late credit-
card payments are more
severe than payday loan rates.
He said the industry was
willing to consider "reason-
able" change, but that Clem-
mons' proposal to cap the
loans was a backdoor attempt
to end them. It would amount
to the industry earning only
$1.38 per $100 for a two-week
loan far too little to cover
overhead, he said.
"It costs more money to go
to a bank and withdraw my
own money from an ATM,"
Fulmer said.
AARP in South Carolina is
not content with the industry
program announced last
week. Arnold said the number
of payday lenders in the state
has more than doubled over
the last five years. AARP's
2005 survey of credit counsel-
ors found that one in four cli-
ents had payday loans usu-
ally multiple loans and that
the loans were a major part of
their credit problems.
"It's not unusual [for coun-
selors] to see clients paying
$1600 for a $500 loan," Arnold
At Fort Jackson near
Columbia, the head of the
installation's consumer advo-
cacy and financial advising
programs said she knows sol-
diers who had been paying up
to 900 percent interest on
their loans.
"We've seen some pretty
ugly cases," said Madelyn
Lately, she's seen a drop in
the number of soldiers seek-
ing help because of payday
loan problems. Although Mer-
cado said she can't be certain
of the reason, she thinks the
drop is due to the interest lim-
its passed by Congress and
signed into law by President
Bush in October.

Also, Mercado said the
Army has been making a big
push to educate soldiers
about their credit, and has
speeded the process through
which $1,000 loans can be
made to soldiers through gov-
ernment-sponsored nonprofit
"It's a very embarrassing
situation to be in, to admit
you are in debt," she said.
Their debt forced Rena
McFadden and her husband,
Mitchell, who works at a ship-
ping warehouse, from their
plans to buy a house. They
started with one $100 loan to
make some improvements to
a home they wanted to buy.
"He paid some of that one
back, but then he got another
loan for $200, then $300,"
Rena McFadden said.
She said the situation
snowballed and now the cou-
ple owes $2,400 in five loans
to different lenders. Saving
money became impossible,
and they couldn't buy the
house, she said.


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Firm resigns from

Harbour Island plan

Tribune Business Reporter
Jim Straw, the Harbour Island sec-
ond home owner whose Philadel-
phia-based town planning firm,
Kiser, Straw and Kolodner, helped cre-
ate a Land Use 'master plan' for the island,
has withdrawn the services of himself and
his company following a Town Meeting
during which Brilanders argued they had
not been adequately consulted on its rec-
Malcom Martini, the Government's
chief planning consultant in the Ministry of
Energy and the Environment, confirmed
yesterday that Mr Straw had sent him a
letter in which he withdrew his and his
company's services.
Mr Martini said he was personally sorry
to see the withdrawal, as he felt Mr Straw
had done a good job in identifying and
addressing the needs of Harbour Island's
future development.
He added that the decision was an eth-
ical one, which came after Brilanders
expressed their displeasure at how the
plan was drawn up, claiming that there

was a conflict of interest between Mr
Straw's involvement and his membership
of the Save Harbour Island Association
The controversy has arisen because the
plan was part-funded by SHIA, a group
composed largely of foreign, second-home
winter residents, who are opposed to any
more development on the island.
Although supposed to be overseen by a
"representative" steering committee of
Brilanders, and part-produced by Nassau-
based architects, Bruce LaFleur & Asso-
ciates, the 'Master Plan' was also devel-
oped Mr Straw's firm.
During the highly-charged and boister-
ous meeting last week, Brilanders claimed
the plan was bound to reflect the interests
of Mr Straw and the SHIA.
Mr Martini said that Mr Straw possibly
felt his integrity had been questioned, and
was upset that residents felt he had not
done a proper job in the consultations.
Mr Straw has said that the plan was
completely objective, and that while only
two public town meetings were held, his
committee held more than 30 meetings
with small interest groups on the island.

Regul a!o m ancod

safety Act 'teeth I

FROM page 1B

ous working environment with-
out jeopardising his job, saying
the law "is silent on that issue.
There is nothing that speaks to
it one way or the other".
Yet Mr Nutt said workers
who were dismissed in such sit-
uations had common law reme-
dies available to them.
He added: "We have com-
mon law that provides that any
employee in immediate danger
as a result of his working envi-
ronment, if he removes himself
and that terminates his employ-
ment, that employee can still
bring a lawsuit against the
employer for wrongful termi-
"There have been a number
of cases in the Industrial Tri-
bunal and the Supreme Court
that would support the act of

an employee removing himself
from a dangerous situation.
Common law provides for
remedies in this type of case."
Obie Ferguson, president of
the Trades Union Congress
(TUC), told The Tribune that
the trade unions had expressed
concerns to the Government
over the fact that there were no
provisions in the Health and
Safety at Work Act to protect
workers who walked off their
jobs to protect themselves from
a dangerous environment.
"There's no enforcement
mechanism in the legislation,"
he added. "If it is a hazardous
situation, it doesn't protect the
worker if the worker decides to
remove himself from the place
of work. By doing that, it's tan-
tamount to job abandonment.
If the worker fails to work,
that's the end of it [in the eyes
of the Act]."

"I don't want to lose him, but I under-
stand the ethics behind his decision," said
Mr Martini.
He added that his recommendation was
that the plan can be implemented, building
on the work left by Mr Straw and execut-
ed by his Bahamian counterpart, Bruce
LaFleur & Associates. However, Mr Mar-
tini stressed that a final decision would
have to made at Cabinet level.


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38 firms backed by venture capital fund

Tribune Business Reporter

THIRTY-eight Bahamian businesses
have been approved to receive funding
from the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund to date, the fund's adminis-
trator told The Tribune yesterday, noting
that at present just under $500,000
remains available to entrepreneurs.
Jerome Gomez, of Gomez Partners
and Co, said the fund, for which the Gov-
ernment has allocated $3 million over
three Budgets to assist budding Bahami-
an entrepreneurs, was down to its last
Although about 325 persons have
applied for funding, a lack of quality busi-

Fund down to last $450,000 out of $3m injected

ness plans has had an impact on why the
approval rate is so low.
"I would say that the quality of busi-
ness plans has not improved, and I would
say persons who are interested in receiv-
ing funding must spend some time learn-
ing how they are done," Mr Gomez said.
He said it would be beneficial if appli-
cants took business courses, or had a
business consultant or attorney look over
the plans, before submitting them to the
Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund.
Mr Gomez said one of the major prob-

lems in the submitted plans was a lack of
relevance. "In some cases, persons submit
business plans that they have made three
to five years ago, and have not taken the
time to update them, so they have no
relevance in 2007."
Another problem was that the plans
showed a lack of market planning. Mr
Gomez said that in some cases there were
unrealistic profit expectations, and a fail-
ure to articulate how this revenue would
be generated.
Mr Gomez said the Bahamas Entre-

preneurial Venture Fund planned to
work more closely with the Ministry of
Financial Services and Investments'
Domestic Investment Board to ascertain
what support services and spin-off oppor-
tunities would be necessary to facilitate
Family Island anchor resort properties.
Presently, he said this was something
the fund has been unable to do because
the majority of their time was spent pro-
cessing applications.
Mr Gomez noted that while the Gov-
ernment has made strides in providing

Bahamians with the opportunities to start
their own business, much more can still
be done.
He said this can include the granting of
Crown Land, duty free exemptions and
tax reduction for certain supplies and .
equipment. "We have to give Bahamians
the same concessions that we give foreign
investors," said Mr Gomez. He expressed
hope that the Government continues to
make funding available in the 2007-2008
Budget, regardless of which party is elect-
ed into office at the general election.





Furniture, Antiques, Appliances,
Collectibles, Books, Piano, etc. etc.

Friday, 9th March
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SIR JACK, from 1B

mined by the courts if not resolved other-
Mr Moss said the offer was made with-
out prejudice to Sir Jack's rights to pursue his
75 per cent claim, as was another offer made
to the St George estate on March 2, 2007.
This was conveyed to Mr Smith by John
Wilson, of McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes,
was acting on behalf of FMS and Seashells
Investments, the latter being the company
through which Sir Jack holds an undisputed
50 per cent ICD stake.
Mr Wilson wrote: "I am instructed by my
client Seashells, in the interest of resolving
this dispute amicably and to provide for the
proper functioning of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority and Port Group Ltd, that it is

prepared to offer to purchase the alleged St
George interest, priced and otherwise, on
the terms set out below."
Again, an independent expert appointed
jointly by the parties would determine the
value of the 1.735 million ICD shares
claimed by the St George estate.
However, if a court determined that the St
George estate only beneficially owned 25
per cent of ICD, Seashells would be repaid a
sum equivalent to a 25 per cent shareholding
within 30 days of the ruling, according to
the offer conveyed by Mr Wilson.
If the St George estate accepted the offer,
a Consent Order from the Supreme Court
would be needed to suspend the appoint-
ment of Clifford and Myles Culmer as joint
receivers for the GBPA and Port Group
The Tribune, though, understands that
the St George estate is likely to reject both

offers. Mr Smith, their attorney, has object-
ed to Mr Wilson's appointment as attorney
for FMS, as there had been no directors'
meeting to ratify this despite his clients being
50 per cent shareholders.
In addition, Mr Smith said he had discov-
ered that Oceanic Bank & Trust had been
replaced as trustee for Sir Jack's companies,
Frobisher and Seashells, by Butterfield Bank.
The two parties were due back in the
Supreme Court, before Justice Anita Allen,
on Friday for the next hearing in their dis-
pute, but this has been adjourned to April 12,
The St George estate is likely to push for
a speedy trial on Sir Jack's claim to 75 per
cent GBPA and Port Group Ltd ownership,
while Sir Jack's side is likely to press for the
removal of the receivers and that the case be
switched to the Cayman Islands, as ICD and
FMS are domiciled there.

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FROM page 1B

decent standard of living for a
worker and family," the US
State Department concluded.
Mr Ferguson told The Tri-
bune that the Government had
undertaken to do a poverty
study to assess whether the min-
imum wage was adequate, and
while it was completed, its find-
ings had never been made pub-
lic. However, the TUC presi-
dent said the trade unions
understood that it recommend-
ed the minimum wage should
be between $300-$335 per
"We are saying that $150 is
not considered adequate," Mr
Ferguson said. It is below what

is required to maintain a stable
"We felt $150 was never ade-
quate to maintain a stable fam-
ily of three to four people in the
Bahamas. $150 just cannot do
However, before any mini-
mum wage increase was imple-
mented, Mr Ferguson said an
assessment needed to be made
"on whether the business com-
munity can afford it at this point
in time".
"How onerous would it be"
on business costs structures was
a question that would have to
be asked, Mr Ferguson said.
He also agreed with the US
State Department's observa-
tions that the Department of
Labour was unable to effec-

Pricing Information As Of:
Monday, 5 March 2007
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.768.55 / CHG 02.63 %CHG 00.16 / 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 -0.12 842 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%
Flaelity Over-The-Counter Ssicluties
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%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.770 1.320 8.3 9.04%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BiSX Listed Mutual Funds
52K.HI 52*K.L0L.1 Fur.. Narn,.- j YTD L.i- 1 .13nr.,i Di. eld
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 Profe-nd Fund 2.596093**
1.2248 1 1547 Colmn- BoiU,,! I i id 1 224792***'
11.3545 10.0000 Fidelity Piinie Incollme und 11.3545'****
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tively enforce the minimum
wage, with immigrants labour-
ers receiving below $4 per hour,
arguing that there were no
enforcement mechanisms in the
Bahamas' Minimum Wage Act.
However, Brian Nutt, the
Bahamas Employers Confeder-
ation's (BECon) president, dis-
agreed, saying he did not know
where the US was receiving its
information from.
He added: "The implication is
that there are people paying
below the minimum wage, and
that the Department of Labour
is not able to do anything about
"I find it hard to believe the
Department of Labour is not
able to do something about it
if it knows of instances of work-
ers receiving less than the min-
imum wage, as it can turn it
over to the Attorney General's
Office for enforcement,"
Mr Nutt also called for a sur-
vey to be done to determine
"where the poverty line is" in
the Bahamas, as it was difficult
to analyse whether the mini-
mum wage needed to be
changed in the absence of hard
statistical data.
Meanwhile, the US State
Department said the Govern-
ment had been able to effec-

tively enforce the 40-hour work
week, 24-hour rest period, and
time-and-a-half payment for
hours worked beyond the stan-
dard workweek.
The report noted grumblings
from some employers who felt
the Industrial Tribunal was
biased in favour of workers,
while trade unions "believed
that some employers deliber-
ately dragged out negotiations
for over a year, after which the
employer may call for the
union's recognition to be
The US State Department
added: "Although the law pro-
hibits forced or compulsory
labour, including by children,
there were reports that such
practices occurred.
"Although the law prohibits
the employment of children
under the age of 14 for indus-
trial work, or work during
school hours, some children
worked part-time in light indus-
try and service jobs.
"Children under the age of
16 may not work at night. There
was no legal minimum age for
employment in other sectors.
The Ministry of Labour and
Immigration is responsible for
enforcing these laws and does
so adequately."


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

Notice To Shareholders

The Board of Directors of

ICD Utilities Limited is pleased

to advise that a dividend of

10 cents per share

has been declared to all Shareholders

of record as at 12th March, 2007

and payable on 30th March, 2007




RBB mMuB contac lens soIution

AP Business Writer
Bausch & Lomb Iric., already humbled
by a worldwide recall of its ReNu with
MoistureLoc contact lens solution, said
Tuesday it is recalling about 1.5 million
bottles of ReNu MultiPlus because
trace amounts of iron could cause the
cleaner to lose effectiveness earlier
than normal.
The optical products maker also
reported a modest drop in fourth-quar-
ter and full-year sales in 2006, citing
sluggish contact lens sales amid a slow-
er-than-expected recovery from last
spring's recall of MoistureLoc, which
was blamed for an outbreak of severe
fungal eye infections.
The company said it has carried out
a limited voluntary recall of 12 lots of
its ReNu MultiPlus solution after get-
ting three customer reports of discol-
ored solution.
No one was reported hurt, and the
company believes that virtually all of

the solution, made about a year ago
at its plant in Greenville,.S.C., has
already been used by lens wearers.
About a million bottles of the popu-
lar brand were distributed in the Unit-
ed States and another 500,000 in Cana-
da, Korea, Taiwan and Latin America.
The company has notified the Food
and Drug Administration and regula-
tors in the other affected countries of
the recall.
"I want to emphasize- that this is
completely unrelated to and different
from the MoistureLoc recall," compa-
ny spokeswoman Barbara Kelley said.
"There have been no serious adverse
events associated with this occurrence,
and the possibility of a serious adverse
event is remote."
Bausch & Lomb determined the dis-
coloration was caused by trace
amounts of iron found in a single batch
of raw material from an outside sup-
plier. As a result, it said, the affected
lots could have a shorter shelf life than
the two-year expiration date.
"From what they're describing, the

event that occurred was relatively
minor," said Dr. Penny Asbell, a pro-
fessor of ophthalmology at Mount
Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
"It's definitely a different story from
MoistureLoc. We now understand that
certain conditions led that solution to
be a very poor disinfectant. And it
seems obvious now but quite.honestly
it wasn't obvious at the time.
"The take-home message from this
event is most people do very well with
contact lenses, but there are some risks
and they can cut down those risks by
following the manufacturers' recom-
mendations. One thing they often don't
realize is not only does the bottle have
a shelf life in the store, it has a shelf life
once it's opened, which is under their
Of the more than 30 million Ameri-
cans who wear contact lenses, about
2.3 million used MoistureLoc, which
was introduced in late 2004 and
accounted for $100 million in global
sales in 2005. At least 11 million people
use the MultiPlus solution, which was

launched a decade ago.
Last May, Bausch & Lomb perma-
nently withdrew its new-formula Mois-
tureLoc multipurpose cleaner from
markets around the world when federal
regulators called the product the
"potential root cause" of an outbreak
of Fusarium keratitis infections.
A cluster of the potentially blinding
infections surfaced in Asia in fall 2005
and an unusual number of victims
began showing up in US eye centers
last winter. The company stopped sell-
ing MoistureLoc in Hong Kong and
Singapore in February 2006 but only
halted US shipments in April.
Lawyers expect several hundred peo-
ple will seek damages for Fusarium
keratitis infections in trials beginning as
early as this summer. Of the 180 infec-
tion victims confirmed so far in 35
states, 59 needed cornea transplants
to try to restore their vision, the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and Preven-
tion in Atlanta said. Several people
allege the MoistureLoc solution caused
them to lose an eye.

The company advised consumers to
discard bottles of the affected solution
if it appears to be discolored as it may
be losing effectiveness. It said the
recalled lots carry the expiration date
"2008 03" on the bottle.
Separately, the company said rev-
enue for 2006 dropped three per cent
to about $2.29 billion. It expects to
report fourth-quarter revenue of about
$598.5 million, down five per cent from
$626.4 million in the year-ago period,
or seven per cent on a constant-cur-
rency basis. Since Bausch & Lomb has
yet to close its accounting process for
the year, it cannot estimate earnings
per share, but reiterated it expects U.S.
operations to be unprofitable because
of the recall.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson
Financial expect quarterly earnings per
share of 27 cents on higher revenue of
$619.7 million, and 71 cents per share
on revenue of $2.32 billion for the year.
Bausch & Lomb shares rose $1.30, or
2.6 per cent, to close at $51.72 on the
New York Stock Exchange.

Haitian remittances from the Bahamas totalled $33m in '06

FROM page 1B

minimum capital of $50,000,
and have to pay an annual
$5,000 licence fee to the Cen-
tral Bank.
The regulator added that the
$5,000 figure was chosen fol-
lowing a benchmarking exer-
cise in which the Central Bank
assessed the fees levied on mon-
ey transmission service
providers by regulators in other
Agents that money transmis-
sion businesses appoint to act
on their behalf will also be
required to register with the
Central Bank, and pay an annu-
al registration fee of $2,500.

To ensure that Bahamas-
based money transmission ser-
vice providers are safe, protect-
ing consumers and "deterring
individuals and companies with
questionable solvency or busi-
ness practices", the Central
Bank is requiring that these
businesses enter into a combi-
nation of guarantee options.

These options are a surety
bond/indemnity insurance; let-
ter of credit; letter of guaranty;
or statutory deposit.
The first three, the Central
Bank said, were a form of sure-
tyship, through which "a per-
son binds himself for another


NOTICE is hereby given that DAMIAN MARKS OF
N-8313, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
28th day of February, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


NOTICE is hereby given that SHIRLEY DANIEL OF
5745 N.W. 27TH CT, LAUDER HILL, FL 33313, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7th day of March, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


NOTICE is hereby given that SUZANNE SALOMON OF
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7th day of March, 2007 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that CHANTAL AGENOR OF
NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7th day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that WAYDE JOSEPH OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28th day of
February, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

already bound, either in whole
or in part, for his debt, default
or miscarriage.
"These options may be more
costly for the entity relative to a
statutory deposit, [but] they act
dually to protect the public and
to deter companies or group
applicants that may have ques-
tionable solvency or business
practices from entering the mar-
ket, as they may find it difficult
to acquire the sureties at rea-
sonable rates, if at all."
The statutory deposit did not
provide barriers to entering the
money transmission business
market, the Central Bank said,
but would require cash or other
liquid assets to be lodged with
the regulator and not linked to
the company's balance sheet or
Before licensing a money
transmission ,' i i.ceproviVdin

the Bahamas, the Central Bank
said it would take into account
the business size, risk and prof-
itability, and balance this with
the need to protect consumers.
"The bank believes that it is
essential that money transmis-
sion service providers maintain
the same level of transparency,
and implement appropriate con-
trols to prevent their facilities
being used for money launder-
ing or terrorist financing," the
Central Bank added.
It is proposing that only com-
panies incorporated under the
Companies Act be allowed to
provide money transmission
services from within the
Bahamas, and while groups of
five or more individuals can
apply for a licence, they must
reorganise into a company.
The Central Bank currently
supervises money transmission


NOTICE is hereby given that EDNA MARKS OF
N-8313, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
28th day of February, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

&Hea f IT

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:
harmoniso IT platforms with the The candidate should also have
rest of the SC I.-lambros Group good technical knowledge to
Include AS400, Network, UNIX,
review the IT operations Wi lh a IP, WEB and good understanding
view to ensuring best practice of Banking and Trust environment.
is adopted and employed and Fluency In French would be an
to review periodically, in line asset.
with Group directives
The position offers an attractive
supervise the local I' team salary and benefits package.
ensure that sholr term solutions Applications should be submitted
are consistent with the longer to the following address, to anive
term plan or payback within a on or before 9 March 2007
short time scale
Manager. Human Resources
change management ..ijnt; SG Hambros Bank & Trust
to the local I function (Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789
apply security bhst practices as Nassau
defined by lhe T security policy Bahamas
Candidates should ideally hold
IT Certifications or equivalent,
and have at least 10 to 15 years
experience in all aspects of
information systems. www.sghambros.com
6G Harmbros irank 8 fil a mlr a'e.ltllnai L lUitedi1 k
licensed undie i li( t Barnksi & "'r'ljt Ccilpanios' Regulation Act.

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businesses that operate via com-
mercial banks, such as Fideli-
ty's Western Union and Bank
of the Bahamas International's

However, the 2000 regulatory
regime changes have allowed
companies such as Omni Finan-
cial Services to incorporate as
standalone firms, supervised by
the Registrar General in his
capacity as Inspector of Finan-
cial and Corporate Services

Providers. On-site examinations
are conducted by the Compli-
ance Commission.
Money transmission busi-
nesses are entities that accept
cash, cheques or other financial
instruments at one location,
then pay the corresponding
sums to a beneficiary in anoth-
With a large Haitian commu-
nity and an increasing number
of expatriate workers using such
channels to send money hoim
to relatives, there has been a
growing need to regulate them.


NOTICE is hereby given that MICHAEL MARKS OF
N-8313, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to.the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
28th day of February, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

Reception, Secretarial, Light Accounting and
Customer Service. Located at the
Airport Industrial Park. Transportation a must.
Good English verbal and writing skills also a must.

Apply by faxing resume to 377-1778

The Tennis Department requires the services of a Tennis
Court Maintenance

Among other duties the successful applicant will be
expected to:

* Maintain daily, 12 Fast Dry Tennis Courts and
surrounding areas. This includes sweeping lines,
watering courts as necessary, and rolling courts.

* Make certain there are always water, ice and cups on
the courts.

* Empty trash bins around the courts, fitness center and
tennis shop. Clean benches, chairs and tables daily
and also check for wasps nests.

* Add court material as necessary and directed by

* The successful applicant must be highly motivated, in
good physical shape, flexible and with a willingness
to serve.
It would be helpful if the person has reliable transportation
as well.
Interested persons should fax resumes to:

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


Spirit Airlines to charge for all

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Florida (AP) Spirit Airlines
said Tuesday it will take the
unusual step of charging for all
checked baggage and bever-
ages such as coffee and soda
on flights starting in June,
while also cutting fares by up
to 40 per cent.
The Miramar-based low-cost
carrier that flies domestically
and to.Latin America and the
Caribbean said it is cutting
fares from 10 to 40 per cent
systemwide, and on last-minute
fares as well.
Spirit also will charge for
each checked bag for flights
taking place June 20 or after,
according to its Web site. Cus-
tomers will still be allowed one
carry-on bag for free, but one
or two checked bags will cost
$5 each if passengers make
flight reservations on the car-
rier's Web site. The fee will be
$10 each for one or two bags if
passengers don't use the Web
site for reservations. The
charge is $100 for the third bag
and on.
The airline currently allows
one checked bag for free and
$10 for a second checked bag.
"Our customers have called
for even lower fares and we
have listened," said Barry Bif-
fle, Spirit's chief marketing
officer. "We can offer incredi-
bly low fares by enabling cus-
tomers to pay for only those
options they want."
Also starting June 20, soft
drinks, juices, coffee and tea
which are now free will
cost $1, Water will still be free.
Most large US carriers allow
a carry-on bag and up to two
or three checked bags at no
additional charge per passen-
ger. However, UK-based
Ryanair charges a fee for each
item of checked baggage,
according to its Web site.
With drinks, carriers usually
charge for alcoholic beverages
on domestic flights. But sodas,
coffee and juice are usually
Bob Harrell, a travel con-
sultant in New York, said air-
lines that cater to leisure trav-
el such as Spirit often adjust
fares, raising or lowering them
25 per cent or more from one
week to another in some cases.
But airlines also are seeking
ways to offset baggage han-



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* SPIRIT Airlines ticket agent Clive Smith helps a customer as
she checks in at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International


dling costs, and lowering prices
may be a way for Spirit to jus-
tify the move to charge for
checked bags, Harrell said
"The baggage and the soda
changes are new," said Har-
rell, of Harrell Associates. "If
they're not exclusively new,
then it's certainly unusual."
However, Harrell added that
while it's possible that the
major airlines would be look-
ing at the success or failure of
Spirit's changes, "You would-
n't see a lemming type of
match from the larger carri-
The moves also reflects a
strategy where services for bag-
gage handling and beverages
are "a la carte," or pay-as-you-
go, said Bob Mann, an airline
industry analyst with R.W.
Mann & Co. Inc.
At Fort Lauderdale-Holly-
wood International Airport,
Naomi Berger waited for a
return flight to New York's
Laguardia Airport. She said
the airline told her of the $10
charge for a second checked
bag by e-mail, and that she was
OK with the extra charge
because she paid $85 for her
round trip ticket from New

(AP Photo: Wilfredo Lee)

York to visit a relative in Mia-
mi Beach with her daughter
and husband.
"If they keep the fares down,
people use them," said Berger,
who lives on Long Island.
But her husband, Robert
Berger, was more critical of
the charges. He said airlines
are more interested in just get-
ting travelers to their destina-
tions and making short-term
profits, rather than building a
customer base by providing
good service. "Only an airline
with no pride would charge
you for a cup of soda," said
Robert Berger, who is in the
telecommunications business.
"We'll pay them for the $10
for baggage and $1 for soda
because we're still ahead of the
game" on ticket prices, he said.
Spirit also plans to eliminate
first-class service and free alco-
holic drinks. The former first-
class seats will be called "Big
Front Seats" and sell at pre-
mium prices.
The airline offers service to
33 cities in the United States,
Latin America and the
Caribbean. Spirit's main hub
is in Fort Lauderdale. It also
has a hub in Detroit.


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-' The Ansbacher Group, specialists in private banking, fiduciary services and wealth management,
- has an opening in The Bahamas for a


SThe successful candidate must:
S* Have three years experience administering a Windows 2000 network infrastructure, preferably
" in the Finance Industry.
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S Exchange 2000, Active Directory, SQL server and Windows 2000.
- Be able to perform basis hardware maintenance to printers, PC workstations and servers.
. Have ability to manage small projects with minimum supervision

- Possess competency in written and oral communications.
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superior benefits package.
Please send all resumes to the attention of.
Human Resource Manager
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P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325-0524
E-mail: hrmanager@ansbacher.bs

Deadline for all applications is March 9, 2007



WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2007 "-. /i uIZ '7

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

:'irs ass. eelels

THE Masters Softball
League completed its
regular season over the
weekend with the pen-
nant winning Williams
Construction Jets beat-
ing the fifth place Dog-
house Rangers and the
second place Joshua
Knights knocking off the
last place Miller Lite
The league will now
gear up for its best-of-
three playoffs this week-
end at the Archdeacon
William Thompson Soft-
ball Park at the South-
ern Recreation Grounds.
On Saturday at 1 p.m.,
the third place DHL
Lions (6-4) will take on
the second place Joshua
Knights (8-2). At 3 p.m.,
the fourth place Bat
Miller Panthers (5-5)
will face the pennant
winning Williams Con-
struction Jets (8-2).
On Sunday at 1:30
p.m., the match-ups will
reverse with the Jets
playing the Panthers and
at 3 p.m., the Knights
will take on the Lions.
The Baptist Sports
Council will continue its
regular season action on
Saturday at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex
with the following games
on tap: Court One 10
a.m. New Bethlehem vs
St. Paul's FH (15); 11
a.m. Macedonia vs Faith
United II (15); Noon St.
Paul's vs Macedonia (L);
1 p.m. Macedonia vs
New Covenant (19); 2
p.m. First Baptist vs
New Bethlehem (19)
and 3 p.m. St. Paul's FH
vs Ebenezer (19). Court
Two 10 a.m. New
Covenant vs Mt. Tabor
(15); 11 a,m, Faith Unit-
ed 1 vs Ebenezer (15);
Noon Evangelistic Cen-
ter vs Lord's House of
Faith (M); 1 p.m. Ever-
lasting Life Ministries vs
Golden Gates (19); 2
p.m. Lord's House of
Faith vs Bahamas Har-
vest (M) and 3 p.m.
Bethel vs Faith United

The New Providence
Cycling Association will
kick off its calendar of
events for March on
Sunday with a series of
short sprint races at the
one-mile national
cycling track at 5 p.m.
Dubbed the "March
Madness," the month of
activities will also
include a midweek clash
on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
at the track.
On Saturday, March
18, starting at 7:15 a.m.,
the association will host
the Blake Road Cycling
Classic. The 49-mile race
will start from Blake
Road and travel to
West Bay Street to the
Old Fort Bay round-a-
bout, left onto JFK
Drive and back to
Blake Road. Cyclists
will cover the distance
five times.
On Wednesday, March
22, there will be another
midweek clash at 6 p.m.
at the cycling track and
on Sunday, March 25 at
the track, there will be a
time trial, starting at
5:30 p.m.

are on

Senior Sports Reporter
FIRST Class Promotions
hosted the second of 14 shows
planned for this year last
Thursday at the Kendal Isaacs
While the main event
between Jermaine 'Choo
Choo' Mackey and American
didn't materialise, promoter
Michelle Minus said that won't
deter them from their plans,
"We are definitely going for-
ward. We have a huge fight
scheduled for April 18 on Clif-
ford Park and we also have
another show on the back of
that on May 26 at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium," Minus
"In the May 26 show, we will
be bringing the Caribbean's
best in the super middleweight
with Jermaine Mackey, who
has the WBC CABOFE super
middleweight taking on Kirk
Sunett, who is the Trinidad &
Tobago's and WBA's FEDE-
CARIBE champion."
It will be the first unified
fight ever to be staged in the
Caribbean with the winner lay-
ing claim to the two titles,
which according to Minus, will
be a plus for the Bahamas.
"As a representative for the
Caribbean, I think this will
really boost professional box-
ing because with the exception
of Trinidad, who might do
about two shows a year, none
of the other islands have that
many fights, if they have any at
all," Minus pointed out.
"So the guys have to go out-
side of their islands to get some
type of action. So with that
said, all eyes are on the
Bahamas because everybody
wants to come here to fight."
Minus said First Class Pro-
motions have received a list of
fighters from Venezuela, Puer-
to Rico, Colombia and Canada
to go along with those that they
are working with in the
Caribbean to go up against the
local fighters.
"The guys are getting action.
They are not just laying
around. They know when the


I THURSDAY night's event saw Ryan McKenzie (left) take on Patrick Taylor and (below) Anthony Woods (left) clash with
Hensley Strachan

next fight will be," she pointed
out. "So that makes it easy for
,our guys to-build up their
record so if anything big comes
on the international scene, they
will be ready."
While Minus said they were
sorry that the main event on
Thursday night didn't come
off, she offered a public apolo- s
gy, saying that they were real-
ly looking out for the best
interest of the fighter.
"We have to always be
mindful that the physicians are
there to protect the fighters,"
she stated. "If someone is not

fit to fight, we don't want to
put them at risk.
"So I want4o:say hats off to
the Bahamas Boxing Commis-
sion and the physicians for
making the call. It was the best
for all of us because we don't
want any ring deaths."
Minus said what First Class
Promotions will also attempt
to do is fill all of the spots that
are not currently occupied by
She also revealed that while
there is a challenge from junior
middleweight champion
Jerome 'the Bahamian Bronze

Bomber' Ellis, he will have to
prove that he can fight at the
super middleweight division
which is two divisions heavier.
And in response to Ellis'
claim that First Class Promo-
tions is not "interested" in him
fighting on their card and they
are "only protecting" Mackey,
she claimed he's been difficult
to work with.
Ray Minus Jr, Michelle's
husband and trainer of many
of the fighters, said this is the
ideal time for persons interest-
ed in tinii involved in the

He said all they have to do is
come to the Baillou Hills Box-
ing (Chib'and contact him or
any member of Champion
Boxing Club.
They can also contact First
Class Promotions are 356-5312
for more information.
Minus said there are a num-
ber of amateur boxers, who
they will be turning into pro-
fessionals on some of the small-
er shows planned this year by
First Class Promotions.
So he said they will be look-
ing at finding more boxers to
replace them.



US to play


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El Salvador

at Gold Cup
Associated Press
THE United States will
play Guatemala, Trinidad
and Tobago, and It Salvador
in the first round of this
year's CONCACAF Gold
Cup, soccer's championship
of North and Central Ameri-
ca and the Caribbean,
The defending champion
Americans play their first
two Group B games in Car-
son, Calif,, against
Guatemala on June 7 and
Trinidad and Tobago on
June 9, CONCACAF said
Tuesday, The U.S. team
meets El Salvador on June 12
at Foxborough, Mass,
If the Americans finish
first or second, in their group,
they would play their quar-
terfinal at Foxborough on
June,16, If they advance as a
third-place team, their quar-,:
terfinal would be in Houston
the following day.
Semifinals of the 12-team
tournament will be June 21
at Chicago, with the final
three days later. The tourna-
ment winner goes to the 2009
FIFA Confederations Cup in
South Africa,
Group A, based in Miami,
includes Canada, Costa Rica,
Guadeloupe and Haiti,
Group C has Cuba, Hon-
duras, Mexico and Panama,
and plays its first two double-
headers at East Rutherford,
N.J., and its third at Houston,
After the tournament, the
U.S. team goes to Venezuela
as an invited guest for the
Copa America, the champi-
onship of South America.
The United States plays
Argentina on June 28,
Paraguay on July 2 and
Colombia on July 5.
To prepare, the United
States has exhibitions against
Ecuador on March 25 at
Tampa, Fla., Guatemala on
March 28 at Frisco, Texas,
and China on June 2 at San
Jose, Calif,

Report: UEFA

chef Platid

find sohlon

to fan violence
Associated Press
UEFA President Michel Pla-
tini is reportedly struggling to
find a solution to fan violence in
and around Europe's stadiums.
Crowd trouble in France,
Greece and Serbia this past
weekend followed violent inci-
dents in Germany, Spain and
'If you have solution, give
them to me," Platina'was quoted.
Tuesday. as saying in an inter-
view with sports daily L'Equipe.
"But who deals with the prob-
lem of violence? It's not FIFA
or UEFA, except for their com-
petitions, who are responsible
for security,"
Platini said last month he
wanted referees to have the
authority to stop matches when
violence broke out in the stands,
calling it a "very good" idea,
Ten fans and five policemen
were injured during a first-divi-
sion soccer match in Serbia
between Banat Zrenjanin and
Red Star Belgrade on Saturday
after clashes between baton-
wielding police and stone-hurl-
ing fans.
And hooligans from Dutch
side Utrecht eveh traveled to
France to fight at Sedan with
fans from Paris Saint-Germain
itself hit by fan violence for
two decades,
Platini suggested police
forces across Europe needed
to work together more effec-
"If there's no cooperation
between the police forces, how

do you stop the Utrecht sup-
porters coming to Sedan?" Pla-
tini told L'Equipe,

Association, federation heads

speak out on BOA elections

Senior sports Reporter
THE representatives from the 11
affiliated associations and federations
say they will have the final say on who
will be elected during the Bahamas
Olympic Association's election of offi-
cers at the annual general meeting on
March 15.
Last week Monday, incumbent pres-
ident Arlington Butler produced cor-
respondence from the International
Olympic Committee, which state that
the new executive board should be
made up by the majority of the member
associations and federations represen-
But on Monday past, the rest of But-
ler's out-going executive board claim
that the statements made were Butler's
personal and did not concur with the
BOA, the Olympic Charter or that of
the Constitution of the Bahamas
Olympic Association,
However, yesterday, a number of the
executive heads of the associations and
federations set the record straight, say-
ing that the ball is in their court and
they are the ones who will ultimately
make the difference in who is elected
and who is not.
Bahamas Swimming Federation's
president Algernon Cargill said they
support the constitution of the BOA,
which states that the BOA does not
allow any executive officer to vote
unless they are affiliated with a member
association or federation.
Although the new Olympic Charter
came in effect in 200.0, when the last
election was held in 2002, it didn't take
effect and as a result, the executive
board was returned to office,
"We support the constitution of the
BOA and the constitution does not pro-
vide for the executive board to vote,"
Cargill stated,
"During the elections, all of the exec-

"We support the constitution of the
BOA and the constitution does not
provide for the executive board to vote.
During the elections, all of the
executive positions are vacated, so the
executives have no authority so they
are not allowed to vote. If the positions
are vacant, at what point are the
executives allowed to vote?"

Bahamas Swimming Federation president
Algernon Cargil

utive positions are vacated, so the exec-
utives have no authority so they are
not allowed to vote. If the positions are
vacant, at what point are the executives
allowed to vote?"
Cargill said the constitution only
allows those persons who are affiliated
with an association or federation to
vote. In the case of the BOA execu-
tives, only three meet that criteria.
They are first vice president Sir Dur-
ward Knowles, the president of the
Bahamas Sailing Association; vice pres-
ident Wellington Miller, the president
of the Amateur Boxing Association of
the Bahamas and assistant treasurer
Diane Miller, the secretary general of
the Bahamas Softball Federation.
Bahamas Basketball Federation's first
vice president Larry Davis said the asso-
ciations and federations are trying to
take a unified front into the AGM to
ensure that they get the best possible
team assembled at the elections.
"We've had some meetings among
ourselves just to make sure that we are
all on one accord," he pointed out.

"When we go in there, we want to
speak with an unified front.
"We just want what's best for sports
and what's best for each federation,
There's no personal agenda, although
there seems to be some personal issues
coming out. But from the federation's
point of view, there's nothing personal..
We just want to see what's best for
With the AGM just about a week
away, Wilson said they are still trying to
get some clarification from both the
IOC and the BOA before the elections
are held so that they can make their
"But we all hope to be on one accord
at the end of the day," he proclaimed.
Bahamas Association of Athletic
Associations' president Mike Sands said
there's no secret because at the AGM
which was aborted in November he
expressed his grave concern about the
entire election process.
"We dre debating the legality of the
BOA's existence with respect to the
information that we have available to

us," he revealed,
"We are looking at all of the angles
because there's one opinion that is
telling us that there are only three per-
sons on the executive board of the
BOA that is eligible to vote and there is
the other side that is saying that it's not
Sands said what is clear is that the
fact hat the majority of the BOA exec-
utives must come from the member
associations and federations.
"While the members that are there
originally came from member associa-
tions and federations, they no longer
do, with the exception of three of
them," Sands said,
"What is also clear is that it also states
that the majority of the members must
come from the federations and associ-
ations, So if there are 11 members of
the BOA, six of them should be from
the federations and the majority of the
votes cast should come from federa-
"That is also very clear."
Based on the way the BOA has oper-
ated over the years, Sands said he's dis-
appointed in "all of them because they
were aware of this prior to the last elec-
tion, but the only reason why this is all
coming out is because there is a knit in
the armor. There is a split in the organ-
"The strength of the BOA has always
been it's unity. But for whatever reason,
the BOA has a division with respect to
its leadership and that's fine, But what
is unfortunate, is that all of them should
do the honourable thing and resign,"
Sands said all of a sudden, the BOA
has been offering all of the informa-
tion which was the hardest thing to get
a hold of in the past.
The member associations and feder-
ations have indicated that they are in
constant meeting, but have not yet
finalised their plan of.action going into
the AGM and elections next week,

Senior Snorts Reporter

FROM a young boy to a coach, Arthur 'Gully' Rolle dedicated his
life to the growth and the development of the Beck's Cougars bas-
ketball club.
The Cougars, the most successful basketball club that was listed in
the country, will show its support and gratitude to Rolle by hosting a
4-on-4, steak-out and fun day in his honour on Saturday, April 28 at the
Priory Grounds,
The event will be held to help raise funds for Rolle, who is prepar-
ing for a kidney transplant as soon as he can find a donor.
In 1998, Rolle was diagnosed with kidney failure, Last February, he
began dialysis treatment three times a week.
At a press conference yesterday at the Priory Grounds, Rolle, who
at times hung his head as he reflected on his illness, said the Cougars
approached him numerous times, but he declined the offer until now,
"I'm grateful, I know my family will be grateful because I'm not on
dialysis three days a week and I'm looking forward to one of my kids
giving me a kidney," he charged. "I have to see how that process
works. So I'm grateful to these guys.
"I've been around them all my life, In fact, we are one. I don't
think that no time will ever come, as far as I'm concerned, that if it had
happened to any one of them, that I wouldn't have done the same."
It's estimated that it will cost Rolle more than $150,000 to have a kid-
ney transplant. The figure was based on his contact with the University
of Miami last year,
Rolle right now is in the process of trying to see which of his three
sons' kidneys will be a perfect match. At the moment, his oldest son,
Brandon, 32, appears to be the potential donor,
Having spent more than 40 years around the game, Rolle said he con-
siders the Cougars a part of his life because when he was home with his
wife and family, he spent a lot of time just planning game strategies and
preparing the team's uniforms and other items that helped make the
team a success.
"Being around them all my life, from a player to a coach to an
executive, I always tried to tell them that I don't want anybody to do
anything for me. I'm just trying to make my contribution," he
"The whole purpose of what I was doing, I realized that having a kid,
one day whether I'm here or not, when they see my kids, they would
be able to say that's Mr. Rolle's kids and if I can do anything to help,
I will." Rolle, who eventually left the Cougars to coach the Coca Cola
Arawaks said winning the triple crown with the Cougars was one of the
crowning moments in his career.
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Rolle said he
and his wife,


Helen and
the rest of his
family, are
appreciative of
whatever sup-
port they receive
from the public.
The Cougars have
established an account
at the Bank of Noi a
Scotia, Easy Bay
Street, for those
members of the
public who
wish to
make a
tion to
medical /


Senior Sports Reporter
LAST year, the Beck's Cougars
joined forces with the Kentucky
Colonels to help raise funds for
veteran broadcaster Phil Smith's
medical expenses,
On Saturday, April 28, the
Cougars will he going back to the
Priory Grounds where their organ-
isation got started back in the
1960s to assist their long-time
coach Arthur 'Gully' Rolle with
his medical expenses.
In 1998, Rolle was diagnosed
with kidney failure and since last
February, he has been receiving
dialysis treatment three times a
At a press conference yester-
day, the Cougars, the most suc-
cessful basketball club in the coun-
try, announced that they will host
the first 4-on.4 basketball tourna-
ment, steak-out and fun day on
April 28 at the Priory Grounds for
all those players that Rolle
coached either in the New Provi-
dence Basketball Association or
on the nen's national basketball
Stencil 'Stoney' Ferguson, who
followed in Rolle's footsteps as a
coach, said they owe Rolle a debt
of gratitude and this is one of their
ways to say thanks to the coach
who has helped them over the
"As we expect this event to be a
fun filled family occasion, the
Cougarsare inviting the public to
bring their entire family out to
enjoy some wholesome and
healthy fun," Ferguson stated.
Following their support for
Smith last year, Ferguson said they
feel obligated to show their sup-
port to Rolle, who he said has ded-
icated so much of his time and
energy to the Cougars and the
community over the years,
"We only feel it is fitting on this
occasion to do our part to come
to his aid as he continues to accrue
hefty medical bills," Ferguson
pointed out,
"It's not only the Cougars
organisation that Gully was con-
nected with. He's been connected

PLANS were revealed yesterday for the Beck's Cougars 4-on-
4 basketball tournament, steak-out and fun day for long-time
coach Arthur 'Gully' Rolle on April 28 at the Priory Grounds.
From left to right are Stencil 'Stoney'. Ferguson, Peter 'Sweet
Pete' Brown and Larry Wilson.
(Photo: Tim Clarke)

with the Coca-Cola'Arawaks bas-
ketball club as well, so we also
want them to come and join with
us on that special day,"
The day's activities, which are
being sanctioned by both the
Bahamas Basketball Federation
and the New Providence Basket-
ball Association, will get started
at 10am, It will run through the
day, ending at around 6pm.
Larry Wilson, the BBF's first
vice president, who along with
John Todd and Clifford 'Spike'
Rahming, will coordinate the tour-
nament, said teams will be charged
a total of $50 per team, comprising
of a maximum of five players,
It will take on the format of a
pick up game where there will be
two games played simultaneously
with a judicator on the sidelines,
who will rule in the event of a dis-
The winner of each game will
be decided by a 15-minute time
limit or the first team to score sev-
en points, which ever comes first,
It will be a double elimniinlion
tournament for players in the 35-
year-and-over and 45-year-and-
over division, which according to
Wilson, should cover all of the
players whom Rolle coached dur-
ing his era.
"We are going to make this an
annual affair because from time to
time, there will be persons who
are in need," said former point
guard Peter 'Sweet Pete' Brown,
one of the organizers.

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T-shirts, featuring the Cougars'
emblem as well as a souvenir
booklet, highlighting each year the
team played with a complete listing
of the players involved, are expect-
ed to be on sale.
If the booklet is not completed
on time, Brown said they will have
it available to those persons inter-
ested at a later date to be
The tournament is intended to
replace the former tournament
that the Cougars hosted in the past
during the Easter holiday week-
end at the Priory Grounds, but
Ferguson said this will also be.
their way of making their contri-
bution to society and a way to con-
tinue to keep their players togeth-
"We also take this as an oppor-
tunity to say thank you to Gully
because prior to leaving the
Cougars, he always made contri.
butions to our organisation," he
Henry 'John Blocks' Johnson,
another former shooting guard of
the Cougars, said they have always
stayed in contact by playing on a
regular basis on Saturdays.
But based on the way they came
together for the Legends' Classic
last year, it was just a start for
things to come and that is why they
want to show their support to
Rolle in this manner.
And Calvin Balfour, another
committee member, said the
Cougars have been one of the
mainstays in the community over
the years, but this is an avenue for
them to come back and play on
the grounds where they got started.
"I think the tournament will
come off well because basketball
over the years has lost some of its
I'avour," lie charged. "This 4-on-4
l(tiiniiment will bring back some
of tIlie fain base as we try to
improve basketball."
Interested persons are advised
to contact Ferguson at 356-1425;
Brown; Calvin Balfour at 302-9519;
Wilson and Johnson at Coca-Cola,

Cougars to help raise funds

for Arthur 'Gully' Rolle



MARCH 7, 2007

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Porter punches ticket to Miami


have a plan,

let's hear it

W ords that hit a football fan's
ears like nails on a chalk-
board have begun to barna-
cle onto the hull of the Miami Dol-
phins. Words such as housecleaning,
overhaul and the ultimate expletive:
This is not the mind-set most fans
might wish for in the quick-fix NFL
after the ignominy of five consecutive
seasons out of the playoffs, chased by
an increase in ticket prices.
Nor is this the mind-set fans were
sold in the transition from outbound
coach Nick Saban to
new boss Cam Cam-
eron. We can recall
Dolphins owner
Wayne Huizenga talk-
ing about urgency,
raising optimism like
a flag at sunrise, buoying hopes with
phrases such as "win now" and
"whatever it takes." Whatever it cost.
So what are we to make of the Dol-
phins' new direction?
Does the club have one?
The Dolphins have jettisoned vet-
eran tight end Randy McMichael, get-
ting nothing in return.
It was to save money.
The Dolphins also traded popular
receiver and kick-returner Wes
Welker to the division-rival New Eng-
land Patriots for draft picks.
And to save money.,- -.
Bottom line: That's about 130Q.
catches falling from the Dolphins ros-
ter, dropping out of the offense as if
through a trap door.
You can rightly note McMichael's
too-frequent dropped passes, as long
as you also acknowledge him among
the NFL's most productive men at his
position (almost 200 catches over the
past three seasons), and realize that
Cameron's offenses tend to make
huge use of a productive tight end.
The Dolphins signed David Martin
from the Green Bay Packers to
replace McMichael. Upgrade? Even
a lateral move? Not even close.
You could rightly note, too, that
the Patriots grossly overspent for
Welker (a symptom of free agency),
lavishing too much money on him and
too much in the draft to Miami: sec-
ond- and seventh-round picks. But
does erasing Welker from your
offense and special teams in exchange
for a "maybe" on draft day help the
Dolphins now? Doesn't seem to.
So what is the plan?
Cameron said upon arrival from
San Diego that the difference between
4-12 and 12-4 can be slight, a matter of
a handful of plays, a few bounces,
some luck. There was implied a quick
turnaround echoing Huizenga's talk
about winning now.
But now actions speak with more
truth. Cameron and general manager
Randy Mueller obviously believe a
fairly-extreme makeover is required.
Mueller warned fans that the Dol-
phins are thinking "quantity over
quality" in free agency, meaning
stockpiled draft picks over big-name
signing. Cameron invented the
phrase "aggressively patient" to
describe the team's mind-set.
What is the strategy, though?
Are Dolfans consigned to a transi-
tional rebuilding, or is 2007 in play
(aggressively, without patience) for
the playoffs? Does the new coach
believe in Daunte Culpepper (no indi-
cation yet), or is this nonsense about
trading for Trent Green real? (Can
you rebuild and trade for an aging
Green at the same time?)
What's the plan?
And what a weird situation for
Miami's two most prominent teams.
The Heat finally got a big decision
from Dwyane Wade, except it wasn't
such a big decision. Instead of saying
he was delaying surgery to lead a
playoffrun, Wade offered no assur-
ance, saying he would rehabilitate for
a few weeks and then decide.
Meanwhile, the flagship Dolphins
jettisoned two major pieces of their
offense one for nothing in return,
the other to a division rival.
You can imagine Dolfans enam-
ored of that second-round pick being
pretty pleased, but others far less so.
You can imagine most fans simply
wondering what this team's direction
is and where it might be heading.

Joey Porter is part prime-time player and
part sideshbw. But today, after his scheduled
signing of a five-year, $32 million contract, he
will be all Dolphin.
The Dolphins locked up what is likely to
become their signature free-agent acquisition of
the offseason by agreeing on Tuesday to a deal
with the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.
Porter's signature on the deal will mean that
the Dolphins defense, which ranked No. 4 in the
NFL last season, just added another pass-rush
threat. Porter is the only active player other
than Miami's Jason Taylor to record at least five
sacks in seven consecutive seasons.
"He's going to bring great intensity, he's
going to have fun, and he's going to help other
players around him be better," said Jeff Sper-
beck, Porter's agent.
The Steelers released the eight-year veteran
- he turns 30 this month last week as part of

Associated Press
Hansbrough said Tuesday that
there no bad blood between him
and Duke's Gerald Henderson,
who broke the North Carolina star
forward's nose in the closing sec-
onds of the latest clash between
the Tobacco Road rivals.
Hansbrough, speaking to report-
ers for the first time since sustain-
ing the scary-looking injury in
North Carolina's 86-72 victory
against Duke on Sunday, said he
hasn't heard from Henderson, who
flagrantly fouled him with 14.5 sec-
onds left in the game.
"I was upset when it happened,"
Hansbrough said. "I don't think he
did it intentionally. I don't really

MOVING ON: Joey Porter, released by the
Steelers, landed quickly with the Dolphins.
a salary-cap move, but also because they
believed he was showing early signs of aging.
Porter missed two games last season because
of a hamstring injury, and he did not force

like talking about it because I really
don't know how to handle the situ-
ation, but I'm fine right now. I feel
fine. I was kind of shocked my nose
was broken... I just thought it was
a really bad nosebleed."
Hansbrough had an inch-long
bruise below his right eye Tuesday
but otherwise showed no visible
signs of the fracture he sustained
shortly after rebounding his own
missed free throw late in the game
and going up for a putback.
Henderson leaped to block the
shot, and, after the ball left Hans-
brough's hand, Henderson's right
elbow appeared to strike the Tar
Heels forward in the nose, sending
him crumpling to the ground.
Asked if it was the hardest hit he
has ever had in his life, Hans-

YIKES: Tyler Hansbrough's nose
was broken in a flagrant foul
by Gerald Henderson of Duke.
brought deadpanned: "Are we talk-
ing about on the court or off?"
Blood poured down Hans-
brough's face and onto his lip, his

a fumble for the first time in his NFL career.
The Dolphins believe they are getting the
same player who has 60 career sacks and
earned Pro Bowl honors in 2002,2004 and 2005.
They also are getting a player who has been
a magnet for controversy:
Porter was shot in the buttocks in 2003
while attending a University of Colorado game
against his alma mater, Colorado State.
He was ejected from a 2004 game against
the Cleveland Browns after getting into a fist-
fight with running back William Green.
In a 2006 poll of NFL players, Porter was
voted the NFL's second-dirtiest player.
And he has been known to talk trash
incessantly on the football field.
"He's soft," Porter said last season of Browns
tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. "He wants to be
tough, but he's really soft."
Porter also used a slur for homosexuals in
referring to Winslow, but he apologized, saying,
"I didn't mean to offend anyone but Winslow."


Wizards whack Raptors

SArenas, Jamison

lead Washington

,, in blowout victory

ALL ALONE AT THE TOP: Wizards center Brendan Haywood gets loose for a dunk against
the Raptors on Tuesday night in Washington. Haywood scored 10 points in the game.

Associated Press
WASHINGTON Gilbert Arenas scored
25 points in his best shooting-game since....
December, and the WashingtonWizark;s won-a.*-",- '4
matchup of first-place teams Tuesday night by
dominating the boards during a 129-109 victory
over the Toronto Raptors.
Arenas broke out of a slump by making nine
of 13 field goals, including five 3-pointers, but
the most telling statistic was Washington's 33-10
advantage in second-chance
points. The Wizards had 49
rebounds to the Raptors' season-
low 27, easily negating Toronto's
52 percent shooting.
Antawn Jamison also scored
25 points, and Antonio Daniels
added 18 for the Wizards, who
have won three consecutive
games since Jamison and Caron
Butler both returned from inju-
ries. The Wizards had lost twice this season to
the Raptors in Toronto, but now they have a
chance to gain a draw in the season series when
the teams meet for the final time, on March 30.
Chris Bosh scored 25 points lead the Raptors,
who have lost three in a row, but he had only
one rebound. Toronto had been 14-0 when
shooting better than 50 percent, but the league's
second-worst rebounding team didn't score off
of an offensive rebound until Kris Humphries'
dunk in the final minute of the first half.
The Wizards' 129 points topped the season-
high the Raptors had given up in their previous
game, a 120-97 loss at Cleveland on Saturday.
The first basket of the game was by Jamison
after an offensive rebound, setting the tone for
the game. In the first quarter, the Raptors' hot
shooting was enough to offset their rebounding
deficiency, but the Wizards began to pull away
when Daniels had his best spurt of the season.
Daniels, who has been averaging only
6.4 points per game, went 6-for-6 and scored
15 points in the second quarter. He hit 3-point-
ers, drove for layups and made two steals. The
Wizards scored 40 points in the period.

chin and the court, and he had to
be restrained from Duke players as
he left the court. Henderson was
ejected, and he received an auto-
matic one-game suspension for
Duke's ACC tournament opener,
against North Carolina State.
"In the game, I was upset.... I
read where he said it wasn't inten-
tional, or anything like that," Hans-
brough said. "But it was a hard hit,
and it did hurt.... My feelings, as a
player who got hit, I understand
that if I hit somebody like that, I
don't ever intend to hurt anybody,
and I don't think he intended it to
be like that."
Henderson and Duke coach
Mike Krzyzewski both have said
there was no intent to injure.



Hansbrough shrugs off a nasty shot to his face


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Liverpool stuns Barcelona


From Miami Herald Wire Services
Liverpool ended FC Barce-
lona's reign in the Champions
League by knocking the
defending champions out of
the competition on Tuesday.
Inter Milan and Lyon the
league champions of Italy and
France also were elimi-
nated, while English champion
Chelsea advanced.
Although Barcelona won
1-0 at Anfield on Eidur Gud-
johnsen's 75th-minute goal,
Liverpool advanced on away
goals after having won 2-1 at
the Camp Nou two weeks ago.
John Arne Riise and
Momo Sissoko both hit the
Barcelona crossbar, and Ron-
aldinho hit the Liverpool
Inter Milan also went out
on away goals after a 0-0 draw
with Valencia. The Spanish
club had held the Italian lead-
ers to a 2-2 draw in Milan in
the first leg.
Lyon, which is on its way to
a sixth consecutive French
league title, was upset by visit-
ing AS Roma 2-0. The teams
had drawn 0-0 in Italy.
Francesco Totti and Ales-
sandro Mancini each scored
in the first half.
Chelsea came from a goal
down to beat FC Porto 2-1 at
Stamford Bridge and advance
3-2 on aggregate.
Ricardo Quaresma put
Porto ahead in the 15th minute,
but Arjen Robben equalized
with a 30-yard shot in the 48th
and Michael Ballack scored
the winner in the 79th minute.
Today, Arsenal trails PSV
Eindhoven 1-0, Lille goes to
Manchester United 1-0 down,
AC Milan and Celtic are level
at 0-0 and Bayern Munich will
try to overcome a 3-2 deficit
against Real Madrid.

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Thomas Jones is bringing
stability to the New York Jets'
running game and providing a
bona fide replacement for
Curtis Martin.
The Jets, quiet during the
first few days of free agency,
finalized their deal for Jones
on Tuesday, acquiring the run-
ning back from the NFC cham-
pion Chicago Bears for a sec-
ond-round draft pick.
"I had a great time in Chi-
cago, and it was a great experi-
ence playing there and making
it to the Super Bowl last year
with those guys," Jones said
on a conference call. "But I'm
very, very excited to be here in
New York"
The Jets gave up a second-
round draft pick, 37th overall,
for Jones and Chicago's sec-
ond-round choice, No. 63
overall. The teams agreed to
the deal Monday night, but
Jones needed to pass a physi-
cal and agree to a contract
extension before it was com-
"We did a lot of research on
Thomas as a person, and we
think he's a good fit on and off
the field," general manager
Mike Tannenbaum said.
"He's a tough, outdoor, North-
east runner, and he provides
Jones, who'll be 29 when
the season starts, rushed for
1,210 yards and six .touch-
downs in helping the Bears
reach the Super Bowl against
Indianapolis. He gives the Jets
the No. 1 running back they've
been seeking since Martin -
who's expected to retire soon
was sidelined a year ago by
knee problems.
Meanwhile, disgruntled Pro
Bowl linebacker Lance
Briggs wants out of Chicago,
saying the Bears should
remove his franchise player
tag or trade him.

DETHRONED: Liverpool star
Steven Gerrard celebrates
Tuesday after his club
knocked out defending
champion FC Barcelona.

The quarterfinal draw is
Friday in Athens, Greece, the
venue for the final on May 23.
Gold Cup: Chicago's
Soldier Field will host the
semifinals and final of the
CONCACAF Gold Cup, the
first time the city will be used
for the continental champion-
The semifinals will be
played on June 21, with the
final on June 24. Chicago, the
third-largest city in the United
States, is home to the U.S. Soc-
cer Federation.
The defending champion
United States will face Trini-
dad and Tobago, Guatemala
and El Salvador in the opening
round, while four-time cham-
pion Mexico will play Panama,
Honduras and Cuba in the

General manager Jerry
Angelo had a message for
Briggs on Tuesday: The Bears
are expecting him to play with
them this season, with a one-
year, $7.2 million deal, the
average of the top five salaries
at his position.
Elsewhere: Trent
Green might soon be on his
way out of Kansas City. The
former Pro Bowl quarterback's
agent, Jim Steiner, said that
the team is seeking to restruc-
ture Green's contract, which
will pay him $7.2 million next
season. The Chiefs are also
entertaining offers for Green,
who missed eight games last
season with a severe concus-
sion. Also, linebacker Napo-
leon Harris, who went from
Oakland to Minnesota in the
Randy Moss trade, signed a
six-year contract with the
Chiefs. ... The Tampa Bay
Buccaneers bolstered their
offensive line by signing free-
agent tackle Luke Petitgout.
... The Oakland Raiders and
two-time Pro Bowl offensive
lineman Jeremy Newberry
agreed to a one-year, $1.5 mil-
lion contract. ... The Pitts-
burgh Steelers signed restrict-
ed-free-agent punter Andy
Lee to an offer sheet. The San
Francisco 49ers have a week
to match the Steelers' offer
and keep Lee. If they don't, the
Steelers must send a sixth-
round draft pick to the 49ers
as compensation.... Corner-
back Ade Jimoh re-signed
with the Washington Red-
skins. .... The Carolina Pan-
thers released backup quarter-
back Chris Weinke. ... The
Patriots re-signed unrestrict-
ed-free-agent linebacker Larry
Izzo, keeping their special-
teams captain who played on
New England s three Super
Bowl championship teams....
Linebacker Brian Simmons,
released by Cincinnati last

schedule announced Tuesday.
Spain: David Beck-
ham's knee injury leaves Real
Madrid without the player
who keyed the 3-2, first-leg
victory over Bayern Munich in
the Champions League.
Beckham, who set up two
goals and dominated the mid-
field two weeks ago in Madrid,
was ruled out Monday for at
least four weeks.
As late as Monday, Bayern
players were still unconvinced
Beckham's injury was serious
enough to keep him out of
today's return leg at Munich's
Allianz Arena.
"I don't think it's 100 per-
cent certain that Beckham
won't play," said midfielder
Mark van Bommel, whose,
late goal kept Bayern in the tie.
... The venue for Real Betis'
next league match against
Zaragoza was still to be con-
firmed. Manolo Castano, a
member of Betis' legal ser-
vices, told local media Tues-
day he was hopeful Sunday's
game would be played at the
club's Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
The stadium was recently
ordered shut by the Spanish
soccer federation for three
games after a bottle thrown
from the crowd hit Sevilla
coach Juande Ramos in the
England: Police are
investigating a complaint that
West Ham fans shouted
anti-Semitic chants at Totten-
ham supporters at Sunday's
Premier League game. Footage
of the chants appeared on the
Internet on Monday and West
Ham said it would also look
into the complaint. Totten-
ham, which won the game 4-3,
has a large number of fans
from London's Jewish commu-

Scotland Yard said Tuesday
that officers from its specialist
football unit would analyze
the video and has asked the
Internet site that showed the
footage to remove it.
UEFA: President Michel
Platini is reportedly strug-
gling to find a solution to fan
violence in and around
Europe's stadiums.
Crowd trouble in France,
Greece and Serbia this past
weekend followed violent
incidents in Germany, Spain
and Italy.
Platini said last month he
wanted referees to have the
authority to stop matches
when violence broke out in the
stands, calling it a "very good"
Georgia: A Georgian
man was sentenced to 25 years
in prison for the abduction and
murder of the brother of AC
Milan defender Kakha
Kaladze, a defense lawyer
The Tbilisi City Court con-
victed David Asatiani of mur-
der. He pleaded innocent to
the charges, said defense law-
yer Eka Beseliya, who said
she would appeal the sen-
tence. Asatiani had been extra-
dited to Georgia from Switzer-
land last November.
Slovakia: A Slovakian
soccer federation official was
detained for allegedly taking a
bribe. Police spokesman Mar-
tin Korch refused to identify
the official. He said the bribe
was related to soccer but
declined to provide any
Korch said police will not
disclose further information in
the case until today. The fed-
eration did not immediately

JETTING OUT OF TOWN: The Chicago Bears shipped tailback
Thomas Jones, above, to the New York Jets. The Jets
gave up a second-round draft pick, 37th overall, for
Jones and Chicago's second-round pick, No. 63 overall.

month, has agreed to a three-
year contract with the New
Orleans Saints.... The Buffalo
Bills released left guard Tutan
Reyes after he became
expendable following the
team's signing of three free-
agent offensive linemen last
week. .. The Baltimore
Ravens addressed their need
for depth at running back. re-
signing reserve Musa Smith
to a one-year deal. Meanwhile,
the team remains locked in
negotiations with former Pro
Bowl runner Jamal Lewis
while also exploring other
free-agent options for the
starting job. . Linebacker
Tully Banta-Cain signed with
the San Francisco 49ers after
four seasons with the New
England Patriots. .. Looking
to add depth and bolster their
pass rush, the Seattle Sea-
hawks agreed to a six-year
deal with defensive end Pat-
rick Kerney late Monday....
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker
A.J. Nicholson was sen-
tenced to two months in a
sheriffs work progiarn and
two years' probation after
pleading no contest to bur-
glary and grand theft.

College football: South
Carolina quarterback Ste-
phen Garcia, arrested twice
in recent weeks, will not par-
ticipate in spring practice,
which begins March 20, coach
Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.
Golf: Nancy Lopez
knows she might not be able to
win on the LPGA Tour as a 50-
year-old, but that's not going
to stop her from trying. Lopez
said she plans to play five or
six events this year, starting
with the $2.6 million Ginn
Open in Reunion, Fla., from
April 12-15.
She's played in only 11 tour
events since 2002, and hasn't
had a top-10 finish since 1997.
Iditarod: Lance
Mackey pulled into Nikolai
with a full team of 16 dogs, a
grin on his face and a busted
runner on his sled.
Mackey, who is trying to
become the third member of
his family to capture the 1,100-
mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog
Race, was the first musher to
arrive in the village on the
Kuskokwim River, about 770
miles from the finish line in



Defending World and North American Star Class
Champion Hamish Pepper, right, of New Zealand,
sailing this week with his coach David Giles, left,
charges toward the fourth mark on Day 3 of sailing at
the 80th Bacardi Cup Regatta on Tuesday off the
coast of Miami.

Dandy campaign for Vitale
Coach Bob Knight is ticked off again, but it has nothing to
do with his Texas Tech Red Raiders.
He's upset that broadcaster and longtime pal Dick Vitale
keeps falling short in his bid to join Knight in the Basketball
Hall of Fame.
So Knight, who was inducted in 1991, has lined up some big
names to write letters to the Hall in a campaign for Vitale's
admission, including John Wooden, Pete Newell, Dean
Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, John Chaney, Don Haskins,
Denny Crum, Jim Boeheim and Rick Barnes.
"I would hope that the voices of all of these coaches, as
you read these letters, would take care of what we all feel
should have been done several years ago," Knight said in his.
letter to the Hall.
Vitale, a commentator for 27 years, is one of 15 finalists for
induction into the Hall in Springfield, Mass., this year. Twice,
in 2004 and 2006, he was a finalist but didn't get enough
Knight wrote to officials after Vitale was not named as a
finalist in 2005, telling John Doleva, the president and chief
executive officer of the Hall, that the omission was a "tremen-
dous mistake." Then last year,- he persuaded the high-profile
coaches to send letters.
The problem is, the committee of 24 that selects inductees
won't read letters or peruse anything submitted on behalf of
any player, coach, contributor or referee, Doleva said. A final-
ist needs 18 votes to be inducted.

SEC radio
The Southeastern Con-
ference said Tuesday it
reached a five-year contract
with XM Satellite Radio to
broadcast football and bas-
ketball games, starting with
the upcoming men's basket-
ball tournament, but not all
of the league's 12 universi-
ties are part of the deal.
XM will broadcast tour-
nament games beginning
Thursday and then the
home football and basketball
broadcasts of Arkansas,
Georgia, Kentucky, Missis-
sippi State, Mississippi and
Tennessee in the fall. The
satellite service also will
carry regular-season basket-
ball, selected baseball games
and shows like preseason
features, said representative
David Butler.
South Carolina games
will be added to XM in 2008,
and Florida will join the next
year. But the home broad-
casts of Alabama, Auburn,
Louisiana State and Vander-
bilt will remain on a com-
peting pay-radio service,
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.

Olson opinionated
Time has not altered Ari-
zona coach Lute Olson's
opinion of the Pac-10 tour-
He doesn't like it, holding
to his long-standing belie..
that a season's body of work
should speak for itself when
it's time for the NCAA
Tournament selections.
Instead, his team is pre-
paring to play 16th-ranked
Oregon on Thursday in Los
Angeles after completing a
regular-season schedule
rated the second-most diffi-
cult in the country.
"People talk about the
importance of schedule and
playing the tough teams,
playing tough teams in neu-
tral sites, playing tough
teams on the road, and yet I
am not sure that a whole lot
of the analysts ever take a
look at that," Olson said
"A lot of them just look at
how many games somebody
has won. We could play
Podunk Center and a few of
those [teams] and easily get
to our 20 [victories]."

'It's my job to make as many saves
as I can. I was able to do that for
the most part.'
- RICK DiPIETRO, New York Islanders goalie,
after nalkiny an Islanders-record 56 saves
before losing in a shootout to the New York
Rangers 2-1 on Monday night.


On this day in history:
1921 In hockey, Cy Dennerly of the Ottawa Senators
scores six goals in a 12-5 victory over the Hamilton Tigers.
1951 In boxing, Ezzard Charles captures a unanimous
15-round decision over Jersey Joe Walcott to retain the
world heavyweight title in Detroit.
1996 Magic Johnson becomes the second NBA player
to reach 10,000 career assists, getting the milestone on the
go-ahead basket in Los Angeles' 102-90 victory over Sacra-
1997 Wilson Kipketer of Kenya smashes the world
indoor record in the 800 in 1 minute, 43.96 seconds at the
World Indoor Championships in Paris. Kipketer breaks the
record of 1:44.84, set by his former teammate Paul Ereng at
the 1989 World Indoor Championships.


Jets trade for

get draft pick

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Jayhawks fill the floor with team leaders

Associated Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. They pull
on their jerseys and lace up their
sneakers, take a few leep breaths and
listen to one more pregame pep talk.
Then everyone removes his ego.
Maybe that's why Kansas is
ranked No. 2 in the country.
"The main thing we want is to
win," All-Big 12 forward Julian
Wright said. "It's not how we win; it's
not who scores. It's just everyone
stepping up to make plays when
they're needed."
On a roster that's about eight deep
with talented athletes who were
courted by many of the nation's fin-
est programs, almost everyone is a
go-to guy. And they all seem per-
fectly happy to spread the wealth.
After a disheartening home loss on
Feb. 3 to Texas A&M, the Jayhawks
(27-4) won their next six games. A
different player either led or tied for
the team lead in scoring in each of
those games, and only twice in that
span did the same player lead the
team in rebounds.
Several times this season, the
Jayhawks have had five players each
score in double figures.
Yet nobody seems to get jealous.

CHEMISTRY COUNTS: Julian Wright, right, and Russell Robinison lead a
Kansas team that is deep, talented and willing to share tIlie spotlight.

Nobody whines about NBA scouts
not getting to see what he can do.
It's the sort of situation every
coach dreams of, but only a few, such
as the Jayhawks' Bill Self this season,
are lucky enough to ever have.
"I think it's a testament to Coach

Self," said Wright, a 6-ti ot-8 sopho-
more, who had 17 points, 13 rebounds
and a game-saving defensive play on
Saturday in the Big 12 title-clinching
victory over Texas.
"This is pretty much how we've
been the whole year and last year,

too," Wright said. "The reason I think
we're doing so well this year is
because everyone started buying into
the concept last year."
There is no question that all this
balance has cost some Jayhawks
players personal recognition.
Although Kansas was the highest-
ranked team in the conference most
of the entire season and eventually
would emerge as league champion
the Big 12 office recognized a Jay-
hawk as its Player of the Week only
twice. On one of those occasions, the
Kansas player shared the award with
someone else.
"Everyone wants to see everyone
else do well. Everybody is just having
lin and enjoying basketball," said
junior guard Russell Robinson, the
acknowledged leader of this senior-
less squad. "We've got individuals
who are willing to sacrifice their own
egos for the sake of the team. It's won
us some games this year, and I think
it's going to win us a lot more."
The Jayhawks led the Big 12 in
scoring margin, at plus-18.2 points
per game. But their top scorer -
Brandon Rush, at 14.1 points per game
- was 16th in the conference. Simi-
larly, Wright was the only Jayhawk
among the top 15 rebounders, but

Kansas led the Big 12 in total
rebounding and rebound margin.
"Coach is the biggest reason for
that," Robinson said. "He strokes
everybody and keeps us all happy."
Self, who has won seven confer-
ence titles in three different leagues
in the past nine years, is proud of the
balance Kansas has achieved.
"It means the other team can't
concentrate its defense oi just one or
two guys," he said.
But he also acknowledges that
there is a downside.
'it cdn iimean that in the tinal min-
uttl 0o1 when you need somebodyy
to really step up and be that one guy
that everybody looks to, you don't
have anybody who's used to makingg
that role,' Sell said
It not the sort ot situation
Darnell Jackson expected when the
6-foot-9 reserve center arrived on
campus as a highly sought prep star
from Oklahoma.
"When everybody first got here,
I thought it would be bad chemistry,"
Jackson said. "1 thought, These guys
are going to worry about who's going
to get the most points and who's
going to get the most publicity.'
'But nobody cares about it.
Nobody cares at all."


Wright State steps up,

holds off No. 19 Butler

for Horizon League bid

From Miami Herald Wire Services
DaShaun Wood scored
27 points, and Will Graham hit
four free throws in the final
12 seconds, leading Wright
State past No. 19 Butler 60-55
on Tuesday night for the Hori-
zon League postseason title
and the Raiders second trip to
the NCAA Tournament.
The game was played in
Fairborn, Ohio.
Butler still holds out hope
of receiving an at-large bid to
its seventh trip to the NCAA
The Bulldogs have lost six
of their past seven games at
Wright State's Nutter Center
- ending a five-game skid
with Saturday night's 67-66
overtime victory over Loyola
of Chicago.
Wood helped turn the tide
after Butler (27-6) had scram-
bled back from an eight-point
deficit to take the lead in the
game's final minutes.
With the score tied at 52-52
and 1:25 left, Butler's A.J.
Graves drove to the basket,
but Wood blocked his shot
from behind. Then, at the
other end, Wood curled off a
pick and hit a 3-pointer from
the right wing with 1:06 left for
a 55-52 lead for Wright State
Brandon Crone, who led
the Bulldogs with 18 points,
scored inside off the inbounds
pass to cut the lead to a point
as hundreds of Wright State
students crammed around the
floor in expectation of a vic-
tory celebration.
Wright State freshman
Vaughn Duggins was fouled
and hit one shot in the double
bonus to make it 56-54 with
31 seconds remaining.
Crone made the second of
two foul shots with 11.6 sec-
onds left to again narrow the
gap to one point.
Before the ball could be
inbounded, Graham was
fouled. A 66-percent free-
throw shooter, he made them
both for a 58-55 lead.
Graves then rushed the ball
up the court but missed a
3-pointer while trying to draw
a foul with 4.5 seconds left.
Graham was fouled again
with 1.3 seconds left and
poured in two more to clinch
the victory, touching off a wild
rush to the floor by hundreds
of students.
Wood was the spark on this
night for the Raiders, who got
off to an abysmal start against
the team they shared the reg-
ular-season title with, but the
Raiders ended up winning for
the llth time in 12 games.

Two fans dressed like the
Wright Brothers, who were
from just a short distance
away, in Dayton, held up a sign
that said, "Win One for Orville
and Wilbur!"
Even though the teams
shared the title, Wright State
won the top seed and the
right to host the tournament
- by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Butler won at home 73-42 on
Jan. 6 but lost at Wright State
77-65 late in the season while
the Raiders were in the midst
of a nine-game winning streak.
The Bulldogs hit their first
four shots from the field -
including a sweeping reverse
layup and a 3-pointer by Betko
- to take a quick 10-0 lead in
the opening 3:12.
Ahead 35-34 early in the
second half, the Raiders
stretched the lead to 40-34
when Scottie Wilson hit a
3-pointer from the right corner
and Drew Burleson powered
in a half-hook.
After a Butler free throw,
Burleson then tossed in a
3-pointer from the left wing
for a 43-35 lead.
Butler scratched back to tie
it at 43-43 with about 7 min-
utes left, with Crone hitting a
pair of3-pointerss sandwiched
around a layup by Mike Green.
Graves added 12 points for
the Bulldogs.
Burleson scored 15 points
and Wilson had 10 for Wright
State, which has won a
national title in basketball -
the 1983 Division II crown.
Raiders only previous trip
to the NCAA Tournament in
the 20 years in Division I came
in 1993, when they were
pounded 97-54 by Indiana in
the first round after capturing
the Mid-Continent Confer
ence tournament title.
Oral Roberts 71, Oak-
land, Mich. 67: In Tulsa,
Okla., Ken Tutt banked in a
jumper with 31.6 seconds left,
and the Golden Eagles won the
Mid-Con tournament title -
and its automatic NCAA bid
- for the second year in a
Caleb Green scored 28
points to become the Mid-
Con's career scoring leader,
and Tutt had 20 points for the
top-seeded Golden Eagles
Erik Kangas, who hit six
first-half 3-pointers to stake
No. 2 seed Oakland (19-14) to
an 11-point halftime lead,
missed a 3-point attempt from
the right wing that would have

given the Golden Grizzlies the
lead after Tutt's jumper from
just to the right of the paint.
Adam Liberty added two
free throws to ice the game for
Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts sealed its first
back-to-back NCAA Tourna-
ment berths. The school also
went to the NCAAs in 1974
and 1984.
Vova Severovas led Oak-
land with 22 points. Kangas
scored all 20 of his points in
the first half, and Shawn
Hopes added 12.
Tutt got the hometown
crowd back involved with a
3-pointer and a jumper to start
the second half and spark a
17-5 run that helped Oral Rob-
erts overcome a 45-34 halftime
deficit. Shawn King helped
fuel the surge with three
blocks and a two-handed jam
on a fast break created by
Green's steal, and Green's
layup with 13:48 left put the
Golden Eagles back ahead
Brandon Cassise and Sever-
ovas responded with back-to-
back three-point plays to give
the Golden Grizzlies a five-
point edge, but Green ignited
another Golden Eagles come
back with a two-handed jam.
Yemi Ogunoye's right-
handed dunk on a fast break
put the Golden Eagles ahead
61-60, and Green followed that
with consecutive layups to
stretch the lead to five. Tutt's
driving layup finished a 14-3
push and made the lead 67-61,
and the Eagles held on.
North Texas 83,
Arkansas State 75: In Lafay-
ette, La., Calvin Watson hit six
3-pointers and scored 24-
points, leading North ''exas to
victory in the Sun Belt title
game and its first NCAA Tour-
nament bid since 1988.
Watson, the Mean Green's
season and career leader in
3-pointers, had lost his range
in recent games, but he redis-
covered it at the right time,
hitting his first five against the
It made the difference lor
North Texas (23-10), which
held only slim leads most or
the second half and nmissed 13
free throws.
Isaac Wells led Arkansas
State (18-15) with 21 points.
However, North Texas was
able to disrupt Adrian Banks,
who had 29 points in the semi-
finals a night earlier but fin-
ished with a relatively-low 12
against the Mean Green.
Rich Young scored 15

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WIlGiHT HERE, WRIGHT NOW: Wright State forward Scottie Wilson battles Butler forward
I 'lIe I aimpll.ell for a rebound on Tuesday in Fairborn, Ohio. Wright State won 60-55.

points for North 'I exas,
including a soaring, one-
hamnid jam and an alley-oop
dunk in the last 6 minutes.
Quiiny Williams scored 12 for
thi Main t ( ien, and Ben Bell
and Keith Wooden each
scored II.
Shawn Morgan scored 14
points for ASU, and Ryan
Wceil comtributed Il.
a Penn 64, Princeton
48: Mank /Zoller scored 23
1oills. ;ntIt Ivy League cham-
pion I'lint shti better than 60
pei, cnt for most of the game
andi won ml .c ily ,it Princeton.
I nn ( -' 8" 13-1 Ivy
1 'a;; I), which clinched its
thiid collnstciltive Ivy title on
Irida y with a victory over
Yial, .,'on i t I;1th consecutive
game. Thllc QuAiker's are 16-2
qilce losing 10.l.64 to North
(;iiolinf t oln lan. 3.
Ibrahim jaaber and Brian
Grandieri scored 10 points
each for Penn, which finished
tle game shooting 23-of-43 (54

percent). Zach Finley led
Princeton with 12 points.
While the Quakers will
spend the next nine days pre-
paring for a first-round NCAA
Tournament game, last-place
Princeton (11-17, 2-12) com-
pleted the program's worst Ivy
League season since it began
conference play 51 years ago.
Under coach Joe Scott,
Princeton finished under .500
overall for the second straight
year, the first time that has
happened since the 1946-47
season. Scott, a 1987 Princeton
grad who was hired in 2004
after four seasons at Air Force,
is 18-24 in the Ivy League in
three seasons.
Gonzaga 77, Santa
Clara 68: In Portland, Ore.,
Derek Raivio scored 28 points,
and Gonzaga won the West
Coast Conference champion-
ship game, earning a spot in
the NCAA Tournament.
Top-seeded Gonzaga
(23-10) has been to the NCAA

Tounlamelnt In eri ch of the
past eight years, but a turbu-
lent season had thrown a ninth
trip into some doubt.
The Bulldogs, who finished
the regular season one game
ahead of Santa Clara in the
WCC, have won eight of the
past nine WCC tournaments.
Scott Dougherty led Santa
Clara (21-10) with-16 points.
Niagara 83, Siena 79:
In Bridgeport, Conn., Tyrone
Lewis scored a career-high 24
points, and Clif Brown had 14
points and 16 rebounds, lead-
ing Niagara to the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference
Niagara (22-11) received the
conference's automatic bid to
the NCAA Tournament. The
Purple Eagles will be making
their second appearance in
three years in the NCAAs.
Niagara won its 11th con-
secutive game and avenged a
pair of regular season losses to
the Saints (20-12).
Alex Franklin scored 27
points for Siena.

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Wade isn't being reckless with his future

D wyane Wade is still only
25 years old. It's easy to forget
now that he's a worldwide
superstar who already has several
good commercials and one gift to
NBA posterity: last
S year's NBA Finals
e. performance.
At that age, invin-
cibility or, at least,
resiliency seems a
Birthright. Athletes,
IN MY OPINION especially, must
DAVID J. adopt that mind-set
NEAL or be paralyzed by
S,...r : the knowledge that
every snap, posses-
sion, shift or pitch could be the last of
their playing careers. Yet in announc-
ing his decision to give therapy a
chance to get him back for this sea-
son, Wade didn't seem to be some
heedless kid basking in the illusion
that everything turns out OK in the
end. What he announced Monday
wasn't a return but the signpost on
the road to a return.

Oh, when it comes time in two to
three weeks to definitively say "play"
or "surgery," there won't be an even-
handed weighing of the preponder-
ance of each side's evidence in

-- .-.' .; -, e '
UNDER SCRUTINY: Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. left, should take
every precaution with his shoulder before h decides to play again.

Wade's head. "Play" will have an
advantage. Season-ending surgery
will bear the burden of proof. That's
not just an athlete wanting to play.
No matter what everyone says, to

shut it down for the season means the
full membership in the parts of the
club they love the bus, the plane,
the locker room, the decisive
moment-s of!.e game suddenly

becomes an auxiliary membership.
Also, recent play notwithstanding,
the Miami Heat's window still is slid-
ing shut. Ainong others, the guy in
the middle, whom LeBron James
once called "The father of our
league," can't fight Father Time for
too many more years in the long term
nor too many playoff games in the
short term. With Wade, the Heat
remains the East team nobody wants
to see in the playoffs. Without Wade,
the Heat needs some help with
upsets elsewhere and fortunate
matchups to return to the NBA
Wade acknowledged the uncer-
tainties he will face and that his can-
vas of opinions from those with simi-
lar injuries turned up no definitive
answer. The creative recklessness
characteristic of his physical game on
the court doesn't tend to seep over
into the way he approaches matters
off the court.
Besides, it's his body, his future.
Who are any of us to say he should
do what he rarely does on the court?
Who are we to request he play it safe
by closing this chapter ofhis career,
which will go by fast enough, by
going under the knife?
A bunch of hand-wringers who
don't want to see a still-ascending,

already great player smack an injury
ceiling, that's who we are.
Our nightmare ends with a weep-
ing Wade writhing after bouncing off
the floor and further damaging a
shoulder that's not fully ready to han-
dle the rigors of the lane in the
spring. Or, perhaps it ends with a
montage of Wade's remaining career,
with the long-term effects of the
injury holding him at the level of
being a good player instead of letting
him continue soaring toward being a
transcendent one.

No basketball fan, save a few from
Dallas and Detroit, sour over last
year's playoffs and/or recent Big
Three sales figures, wants to see
Flash crash andburn. For now,
Wade's atop a new generation of
NBA stars that everyone who truly
cares about the league hopes lifts the
NBA back into the sunny light it
enjoyed from early Bird and Magic
through Michael's second retirement.
One reason for that is he's gener-
ally too smart to be imprudent. He
demonstrated that Monday.
And, hopefully, he will again in
two to three weeks when assessing
what his body and mind say about the
rest of the season.


Mav make it 16 in a row

From Miami Herald Wire Services
DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks have a
16-game winning streak and a playoff berth
after their 102-89 victory over the New Jer-
sey Nets on Tuesday night.
The Mavs have won 23 games in a row at
home. They are a league-best 51-9, with only
two losses since Dec. 12. The Mavs now get
to rest on their success and savor being the
first team to clinch a playoff spot they
don't play again until Sunday night.
Jason Terry had 24 points for the Mavs, a
kiss for an elderly fan and some good defense
to open the fourth quarter.
The Nets were within a point after scor-
ing with 1:23 left in third quarter, but they
didn't score again for more than 6 minutes,
missing nine shots in a row. The Mavs
stretched the lead to 10 points and held on.
Terry did his best to protect the lead, even
diving into the second row to try to keep a
rebound alive. He knocked over a gray-
haired woman in the process, then went back
and gave her a peck on the cheek once he
saw that she was OK. '
Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and 11
rebounds for the Mavs, and Erick Dampier
had 14 rebounds and 12 points, including a
tough put-back of a miss by Nowitzki that
kept Dallas up 95-86 with about a minute left.
The Mavs are 15-1 when Dampier has at least
10 points.
Terry was 9-of-15, with three 3-pointers.
He came in averaging 19.8 points on 58.8 per-
cent shooting over the past six games.
Vince Carter scored 32 points to lead the
Nets, who dropped their third games in a
row. They fell to 0-2 on a six-game road trip.
Kidd had 11 points, eight rebounds and
eight assists for the Nets.

LAKERS 107 (2 OT)
MINNEAPOLIS Mark Blount's improb-
able 3-point prowess couldn't have come at a
better time for Minnesota.
The Timberwolves center hit three con-
secutive 3-pointers in the final 2:20 of regula-
tion, and Minnesota overcame 40 points
from Kobe Bryant in a thrilling, double-over-
time victory.
Bryant scored 40 for the first time since
Jan. 31, his longest 40-point drought of the
season, and added 13 rebounds and eight
assists. But he had just 3 points in the two
overtimes as the Lakers let one slip away.
Ricky Davis led the Timberwolves with 33
points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 56
minutes. His jumper gave Minnesota a
109-107 lead in the second overtime, and
Randy Foye added an acrobatic tip-in, then
stole the ensuing inbounds pass to snap the
Wolves' three-g'ame losing streak.
Kevin Garnett added 26 points and 17
rebounds for the Timberwolves, but Blount
was the hero in this one.

NEW YORK Rashard Lewis made the
go-ahead 3-pointer, and the SuperSonics beat
the Knicks when Stephon Marbury missed a
free throw with 0.9 seconds left.
Marbury kept up his torrid scoring, with
40 points, but finished New York's miserable
night at the line when his second attempt
bounced out after he was fouled on a drive to
the hoop with the Knicks trailing by two. The
Knicks finished 24-of-38 (63 percent) at the
line, ruining their comeback attempt.
Ray Allen scored 29 points, and Lewis fin-
ished with 24 including a 3-pointer with
4.8 seconds left for the SuperSonics, who
tied a season high with their third consecu-
tive victory. Earl Watson matched a career
high with 23 points and added nine assists.

HEIGHT HAS ITS ADVANTAGES: Mavelicl1 )'i wi,,' d Di )< Nowitzki lofts a shot over
Nets defender Vince Carter in tIle fist ilhf Iuesday. Nowitzki scored 22 points.

Kings: Forward Ron Artest slappi ai
woman's face and grabbed her repel ltdlv.
causing visible injuries, according in : shir
iffs report made public on Tuesday.
Artest was arrested MoInday ;aftr :
woman at his 5-acre estate in a Sacramiento
suburb called 911 and said she had been
"Victim sustained visible traiumna. t er
being repeatedly grabbed by Arlest :ind
pushed to the floor," the Placer County Sher-
iffs Department report said. "Arlest then,
slapped victim's face [and], by use of force,
prevented victim from leaving."
Artest was arrested Monday on sup:;licioi
of domestic violence and using force ori vio-
lence to prevent his victim from reporting a
crime. He was released from custody after
posting $50,000 bail and is awaiting his
arraignment on March 22.
Suns: Boris Diaw is expected back in

9aqRM ____________- .-.--oRARW~ ll~ ""W1~~"C~~~iii 5 1i': 4

the' P'hoenix starting lineup tonight when the
IimV pliy the Charlotte Bobcats.
The versatile, 6-foot-8 Frenchman has
tri' ted! nine games because of back spasms,
h!Bti hI practiced on Tuesday and said he was
i:1,,,: t back to normal.
"I'm ready to go," Diaw said. "I've been
waiting for a month now. I had a little pain,
but it's the kind of pain I can play through."
LDiw is shooting a career-best 53.5 percent
from the field, averaging 9.9 points per game.
Ilis 5.1 assists average is tops among NBA
power forwards and centers.

s Spurs 88, Clippers 74: Manu Ginobili
:Lcoted 16 points, and Tim Duncan grabbed 12
rebounds, leading San Antonio to victory in
Los Angeles. The Spurs extended their sea-
son-high victory streak to nine games.
m Jazz 120, Bobcats 95: Mehmet Okur
scored 32 points, leading Utah at home.

SOUTHEAST W L Pt. GB U10 Str. Home Away Coa
Washington 34 25 .576 6-4 W-3 24-8 10-17 22-13
Miami 30 29 .508 4 6-4 W-3 18-10 12-19 17-16
Orlando 29 33 .468 61 3-7 W-1 19-12 10-21 17-20
Atlanta 22 39 .361 13 2-8 L-6 10-18 12-21 12-24
Charlotte 22 39 .361 13 4-6 L-6 13-16 9-23 14-21
ATLANTIC W L Pct. GB 11 Str. Home Away Cof

New Jersey
New York


37 21
S35 25
35 27
29 29
22 39

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



Lio Str. Home Away Cent
7-3 L-1 19-11 18-10 26-11
6-4 W-2 23-8 12-17 20-16
6-4 W-3 24-8 11-19 24-12
3-7 L-5 18-12 11-17 20-14
3-7 L-2 13-13 9-26 11-26


x-Dallas 51 9 .850 -
San Antonio 42 18 .700 9
Houston 36 24 .600 15
New Orleans 28 33 .459 23
Memphis 15 46 .246 36


L0 Str. Home Away Coaf
10-0 W-16 30-3 21-6 32-6
9-1 W-9 20-8 22-10 25-11
4-6 L-2 20-10 16-14 20-18
4-6 L-3 19-12 9-21 16-21
2-8 L-4 11-20 4-26 9-29

W L Pt. GB US Str. Home Away Conf
41 19 .683 8-2 W-4 23-7 18-12 24-12
29 29 .500 11 5-5 W-1 16-16 13-13 13-21
27 33 .450 14 4-6 W-1 18-13 9-20 16-22
25 35 .417 16 5-5 L-1 14-16 11-19 15-20
25 35 .417 16 7-3 W-3 18-13 7-22 12-23

Phoenix 46 14 .767 -
LA. Lakers 33 28 .541 13%
L.A. Clippers 29 31 .483 17
Sacramento 27 32 .458 18%
Golden State 27 35 .435 20
x-clinched playoff spot

L10 Str. Home Away Cort
7-3 W-2 23-6 23-8 22-10
3-7 L-3 20-10 13-18 19-14
4-6 L-1 21-11 8-20 16-20
5-5 W-3 17-12 10-20 14-21
3-7 W-1 20-10 7-25 14-19

Tuesday's results Tonight's games Monday's results
Was. 129, Tor. 109 Chi. at Miami, 7:30 Miami 88, AtL 81
Sea. 100, N.Y. 99 Was. at Atl., 7 Orl. 99, Mil. 81
Dal. 102, NJ. 89 Mem. at Tor., 7 Cle. 91, Hou. 85
Min. 117, LA.L. 107 (20T) Sea, at Phi., 7 G.S. 111, Det 93
Den. 106, N.O. 91 Hou. at Bos., 7:30 Utah 120, Cha. 95
Ind. at Sac., late Cle. at Det, 7:30 S.A. 88, LA.C 74
S.A. at Por., late LA.L. at Mil, 8
Ind. at Utah, 9
Cha. at Pho., 9
Den. at G.S., 10:30

Through Monday


Anthony, Den.
Bryant, LAL
Arenas, Wash.
Wade, Mia.
Iverson, Den.
Redd, Mil.
James, Clev.
Allen, Sea.
Nowitzki, Dall.
Carter, NJ.

42 477 300 1277 30.4
56 533 464 1625 29.0
58 522 469 1671 28.8
46 445 413 1324 28.8
41 387 336 1150 28.0
41 374 285 1126 27.5
58 571 356 1573 27.1
48 446 238 1274 26.5
58 510 3961473 25.4
60 532 330 1506 25.1


Nash, Phoe.
Williams, Utah
Kidd, N.J.
Paul, NOk.
Davis, G.S.
Miller, Phil.
Wade, Mia.
Ford, Tor.
Billups, Det.
Iverson, Den.

54 632 11.7
58 532 9.2
58 521 9.0
43 374 8.7
44 377 8.6
58 477 8.2
46 362 7.9
53 405 7.6
50 371 7.4
41 300 7.3

Garnett, Minn. 58 151 581 732 12.6
Chandler, NOk. 58 253 474 727 12.5
Howard, Orl. 62 211 535 746 12.0
Okafor, Char. 56 228 429 657 11.7
Camby, Den. 48 114 443 557 11.6
Boozer, Utah 52 158 441 599 11.5
Jefferson, Bos. 52 186 393 579 11.1
Lee, N.Y. 55 191 398 589 10.7
Duncan, SA. 60 168 472 640 10.7
Wallace, Chi. 59 2311 1 612 10.4

Chandler, NOk. 219 353 .620
Lee, N.Y. 237 391 .606
Biedrins, G.S. 275 454 .606
Howard, Orl. 404 673 .600
Stoudemire, Phoe. 443 757 .585
Curry, N.Y. 434 743 .584
Boozer, Utah 456 797.572
Patterson, Mil. 348 634 549
Bogut, Mil. 317 583 754
Okafor, Char. 345 637 .542


Eastern Conference: Dwight How-
ard, Orlando Magic
Western Conference: Yao Ming,
Houston Rockets
Eastern Conference: Gilbert Arenas,
Washington Wizards
Western Conference: Kobe Bryant,
Los Angeles Lakers
Eastern Conference: Chris Bosh, To-
ronto Raptors
Western Conference: Steve Nash,
Phoenix Suns

Eastern Conference: Adam Morri-
son, Charlotte Bobcats
Western Conference: Rudy Gay,
Memphis Grizzlies
Eastern Conference: Jorge Garba-
josa, Toronto Raptors
Western Conference: Randy Foye,
Minnesota Timberwolves
Eastern Conference: Andrea Barg-
nani, Toronto Raptors
Western Conference: Brandon Roye,
Portland Trail Blazers

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MiamiHerald.com I THE MIAMI HERALD





From Miami Herald Wire Services
JUPITER, Fla. Daisuke Matsu-
zaka reached to snare a line drive,
then grinned and bowed to his short-
It turns out the rookie from Japan
is a pretty good fielder.
He can pitch, too; Matsuzaka
threw three scoreless innings for the
Boston Red Sox when he faced
major-league hitters for the first time
on Tuesday.
Dice-K gave up two hits, walked
one and struck out three to help Bos-
ton beat the Florida Marlins 14-6 in 10
innings. The right-hander threw 47
pitches, 31 for strikes, including a
first-pitch strike to 10 of 12 batters.
He escaped a one-out jam in the sec-
ond after giving up a walk and a dou-
"My readiness for the season is
difficult to judge from the outside,"
Matsuzaka said through an inter-
preter. "I'm probably 40 to 50 percent
His fastball topped out at a brisk
151 that's kilometers per hour, as
measured by Japanese TV. It trans-
lates to 94 mph.
Matsuzaka made the trip from the
Red Sox complex in Fort Myers on
Monday. That proved wise because
the team bus got lost Tuesday and
arrived more than an hour late for
batting practice,
Matsuzaka, meanwhile, remained
right on schedule in his transition
from Japan's Pacific League to the
American League, He signed a six-
year, $52 million contract after Bos-
ton agreed to pay the Seibu Lions $51
million for his rights.
His Grapefruit League debut drew
-a sellout crowd of 8,044, including
some who began lining up for tickets
at 5 am. EST on Tuesday, and 150
members of the media, the majority
Japanese. Because of the small press
box at Roger Dean Stadium, some
reporters watched from folding
chairs set up three deep down the
right-field line,
The game was televised live in
Japan, where the'first pitch was at 3
"We heard there was going to be a
ton of media, which there is," Flori-
da's Dan Uggla said, "As Marlins
players we're not used to this stuff.
It's exciting to us. We had fun with it.
"He's definitely got the ability to

impresses in Grapefruit debut

LOOKING JUST FINE: Red Sox righty Dalsuke Matsuzaka tossed three scoreless Innings Tuesday In his first
game facing major-league hitters. Dice-K gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three against the
Marlins In Jupiter, Fla. He threw 47 pitches, 31 for strikes, including a first-pitch strike to 10 of 12 batters,

be a dominant pitcher. He's got the
stuff, he's got the command. He has
done it in Japan, and there's no rea-
son he couldn't do it here."
Marlins: Right-hander Josh
Johnson finally has a diagnosis for
his sore arm an irritated ulnar
nerve that will likely force him to
miss at least the first two months of
the season, Johnson was relieved to
learn the injury wasn't worse.
"If it was real bad, I'd probably be
out for four months," he said Tues-
day. "It's good to know exactly what
it is."
Johnson said his arm first hurt
while he was lobbing a ball on Jan. 19.
The location of the pain has since
moved and is now above the elbow.
Tests on Monday revealed the
source of the pain after earlier tests
indicated no bone or muscle damage.
The nerve is expected to heal with
rest, and the best-case scenario is
that Johnson would begin throwing
in a month.

Johnson went 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA
as a rookie in 2006. Marlins officials
who feared he might need season-
ending surgery welcomed the diag
"Good news," manager Fredl
Gonzalez said. "I'm glad for him. It's
better than the alternative."
Giants: Although Barry
Bonds is still dragging from the flu,
he was strong enough to get his first
hits of spring training in what might
be his new spot in the San Francisco
batting order.
Bonds went 2-for-3 with a double
and two RBIs in an 8-4 victory over
the Los Angeles Angels in Scottsdale,
Ariz., the slugger's first game action
since his spring debut four days ago,
"I'm behind a little bit," said
Bonds, who was winded and weary
while still shaking off his illness,
The longtime cleanup hitter bat-
ted third as the Giants' designated
hitter against the Angels, and man-
ager Bruce Bochy said Bonds proba-
bly will stay in that spot through the
spring and beyond,

Athletics: Mike Piazza is
already banged-up a bit, Oakland's
designated hitter was plunked just
above his left elbow by a pitch from
Kansas City's Brian Bannister in
Phoenix and left the Athletics' 3-2
loss in 10 innings.
Piazza, a longtime catcher, has a
bruised left triceps. Impressions from
the seams of the baseball were visible
on his elbow in the clubhouse after
the game. Piazza doubled earlier to
raise his spring-training average to
Angels: Right-hander Bartolo
Colon threw off a mound Tuesday
for the first time this spring training
and said he's making progress in
coming back from shoulder trouble,
Colon did not speak with reporters,
but issued a statement through a
"I felt very good and comfortable
with how everything went and I look
forward to my next one," Colon said,
Rehabilitating from a tear in his
right rotator cuff, Colon threw for 8
minutes as pitching coach Mike
,' : ., ,

Butcher watched in the bullpen.
White Sox: Pitcher Javler
Vazquez and the club agreed to a
three-year, $34.5 million contract
extension through 2010,
Vazquez will get $12.5 million this
season, the final year of his current
contract, and $11.5 million in each of
the following three seasons.
The right-hander, who went 11-12
with a 4.84 ERA with the White Sox a
year ago, is 100-105 overall in 10
major league seasons. He pitched
three innings Tuesday against Colo-
rado, giving up four runs and six hits,
Mets: Tom Glavlne extended
his spring training scoreless streak to
five innings, and the Mets beat the
Houston Astros 7-2 in Kissimmee,
Fla. Glavine, who returned to Mets'
camp this week after missing a few
days on a personal matter, gave up
four hits in three innings. He worked
out of flrst-and-third jams twice,
Pirates: Reigning National
League batting champion Freddy
Sanchez sprained a ligament in his
right knee and left the Pirates' 11-10,
10-inning loss to the Philadelphia
Phillies In Bradenton, Fla. Sanchez
was injured when the Phillies' Rod
Barajas slid into his knee as he was
turning a double play at second base
in the fourth inning.... Cuban defec-
tor Yoslan Herrera was among eight
players the Pirates reassigned to their
minor-league camp in their first cuts
of spring training.
Cubs: Manager Lou Pinlella
said oft-injured pitchers Kerry
Wood and Mark Prior came out of
Monday's appearances healthy. Both
are coming back from shoulder inju-
ries. Wood is scheduled to relieve on
Thursday. Prior will pitch three
innings on Saturday.
Cardinals: Jason Isringhau-
sen struggled to throw strikes'in
Jupiter, Fla., in his first batting prac-
tice of spring training, as the closer
comes back from hip surgery that
sidelined him during the 2006 post-
Dodgers: Reliever Joe Bel-
mel received a good report from
team doctors, who examined his
pitching elbow after it felt puffy fol-
lowing his one-inning appearance a
day earlier. The left-hander tested his
elbowyby playing catch Tuesday at
camp in Vero Beach, Fla., but said he
didn'twant to push it too hard.


Tampa Bay
New Jersey
N.Y. Islanders
N.Y. Rangers

35 23 7 3 80 207 211
37 26 3 1 78 214 208
33 28 3 4 73 199 209
27 27 6 7 67 196 214
24 31 2 10 60 199 239
40 19 1 7 88 179 162
36 21 4 5 81226 207
33 23 5 5 76 198 186
32 27 3 4 71 192 185
18 37 5 6 47 178 252

44 16
38 23
32 26
33 29
32 29

3 93 251
4 82 230
6 73 211
5 72 197
3 69 190

17.10-4-2 18-13-3-1
18-14-1-0 19-12-2-1
17-13-1-3 16-15-2-1
19-10-3-1 8-17-3.6
14-14-1-6 10,17-1-4



18-11-1-2 19-5-1.1
17-12-2-3 177-1-1
15-13-1-4 12-9-2-1
17-13,0-2 10-11-0-3
12-19-2-2 5-14-2-5



St. Louis
San Jose
Los Angeles

22 2
21 4
24 1
29 2
30 3

4 94 234 177
4 93 212 165
5 66 171 200
5 59 165 205
7 59 165 205
3 81173 165
5 81 215 176
6 79 190 170
3 71 220 211
3 66 174 194
7 89 213 174
2 82 200 169
4 81 170 156
1 57 174 222
5 54 185 231





17-13-1-2 14-11-o01
9-15-4-4 14-7-1-2
14-18-0-3 12-6-1.4
15-15-1-1 11-10-1-0
12-16-2,2 9-15-1-0
18-12-2-2 17-6-1-2
22-13.0-0 13-13-0-1
17-12-1-2 18-7-0-0
13-21-0-1 7-13-2-1
9-20-1-1 8-14-0-3

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

Tuesday's results Tonight's games
Atlanta 4, Florida 2 Colorado at Buffalo, 7
Colorado 2, Boston 0 L.A. at Columbus, 7
Philadelphia 5 New Jersey 4, OT Phoenix at Anahelm, 10
Detroit 4, Nashville 3, 50 T.B. at Edmonton, 10
Pittsburgh 6, Ottawa 4, 50
Toronto 3, Washington 0
Calgary 4, St. Louis 2
San Jose 3, Minnesota 0
Chicago 3, Los Angeles 0
T.B. at Vancouver, late

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

Through Monday

Player, team GP 0 A Pt
Crosby, Pit 62 27 71 98
St. Louls, TB 67 39 50 89
Lecavalier, TB 67 42 46 88
Heatley, Ott 66 40 45 85
Hossa, Atl 67 38 46 84
Savard,Bos 65 21 63 84
Thornton,SJ 66 16 66 82
Ovechkln, Was 66 38 42 80
Selanne,Ana 67 39 39 78
Brire, Buf 64 27 51 78
Janr, NYR 66 24 53 77
Sakic, Col 66 27 49 76
Iginla, Cal 54 31 42 73

Player,team OP MIN GA AVG
Smith, Dal 17 882 29 1,97
Hasek, Det 46 2729 93 2,04
Brodeur, NJ 63 3815 133 2,09
Lalime, Chi 6 337' 12 2,14
Backstrom, MIn 28 1512 56 2,22
Gigu, Ana 48 2761 103 2,24
Turco, Dal 55 3056 117 2,30
Mason, Nas 36 2096 82 2.35
Luongo, Van 61 3582 141 236
Kiprusoff, Cal 59 3511 139 2,38


Red Wings edge Predators

From Miami Herald Wire Services
DETROIT Johan Franzen scored on
Detroit's fourth shot of a shootout, then
Chris Osgood made a save to lift the Red
Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville
Predators on Tuesday night.
The Red Wings pulled within a point
of Nashville in the Central Division, with
the top two teams in the Western Confer-
ence set to meet twice next week and
again in the final month of the regular sea-
Extra shots were needed in the shoot-
out after both teams scored once and
were stopped twice. Regulation wasn't
enough to decide the game after Nash-
ville's Greg Zanon made it 3-all with 8:18
ST. PAUL, Minn. Evgeni Nabokov
posted his second consecutive shutout,
and Milan Michalek had a goal and an
assist to lead the Sharks,
The Sharks (40-25-2) moved past Dal-
las for fifth place in the Western Confer-
BOSTON Peter Budaj stopped 21
shots and Brett Clark broke a scoreless
deadlock in the third period to lift the
Avalanche to their fourth consecutive vic-
Milan Hejduk scored an empty-net
goal and added an assist for the Ava-
lanche, who are 3-0 on a season-high, five-
game road trip. Colorado, the ninth-place
team in the Western Conference, entered
the night 10 points behind the playoff cut-
scored 1:47 into overtime to lift the Flyers.
Scottie Upshall, Geoff Sanderson, Sami
Kapanen and Mike Richards also scored
as the Flyers beat the Devils for the first
time in six tries this season.
OTTAWA Sidney Crosby scored
his third shootout goal in four games, and
Pittsburgh overcame a three-goal deficit.
Crosby scored on Pittsburgh's third
shot against Ray Emery, who made a
glove save off Evgeni Malkin after Eric
Christensen beat him on the Penguins'
first attempt.

DEALING WITH DENIAL: Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood stops a shot by Martin
Erat of the Predators during Tuesday's shootout, which was won by Detroit,

ATLANTA Keith Tkachuk scored
his first two goals with Atlanta to help the
Thrashers to their fourth consecutive vic-
The Thrashers are 6-0 against their
Southeast Division rival this season and
have won 10 in a row over the Panthers at
Philips Arena.
TORONTO Andrew Raycroft made
24 saves for his second shutout of the sea-
son, and Darcy Tucker and Yanic Per-
reault each scored their 20th goals to lift
the Maple Leafs.
Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for
the Maple Leafs, who moved into an
eighth-place tie with Carolina in the East-
ern Conference playoff race,
CHICAGO Nikolai Khabibulin
stopped 26 shots to earn his first shutout
with the Blackhawks, and Patrick Sharp
scored two goals in Chicago's victory.
Khabibulin, who signed a four-year,
$27 million contract with the Blackhawks
in August 2005, posted his first regular-
season shutout since March 1, 2004, while
with Tampa Bay.

He played his 99th game with Chicago
and recorded his 36th NHL shutout.
ST. LOUIS Wayne Primeau scored
the go-ahead goal on a short-handed
breakaway in the third period, capping
the Flames' rally from a two-goal deficit.
Jaronpe Iginla assisted on the Flames'
last three goals, two scored by Craig Con-
roy, to help the Flames win their fifth in a
row with a rare road victory. Calgary has
won six in a row over the Blues.
Predators: Center Peter Forsberg
was out of action for the second consecu-
tive game with an upper-body injury,
missing Tuesday night's contest against
the Red Wings,
Rangers: Forward Marcel Hossa
could miss a month with a knee injury
sustained in Monday night's 2-1 victory
over the New York Islanders.
Penguins: Government officials
say they will turn to the National Hockey
League to prevent the Penguins from
moving, one day after the team said it had
reached an impasse in negotiations with
state, county and local officials to finance
a new arena.

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Last 16 ofthe Champions

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IN CHELSEA'S Michael Ballack celebrates after scoring against FC Porto during their Champions
League first knockout round, second leg soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, Tuesday
March 6, 2007. Chelsea won 2-1 on the night 3-2 on aggregate.
(A P hoo/Plaulo Duarte)

I AS ROMA'S Mancini, left, celebrates after scoring during the Champions League first knockout
round second-leg soccer match between Lyon and AS Roma, at the Gerland
stadium in Lyon, France, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Roma won 2-0 on the
night after the first leg finished scoreless.,
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) A

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9 BARCELONA'S Ronaldinho, right, and Liverpool's Steve Finnan battle for the ball during their
' i'Tlas League, first knockout round, second leg. soccer match at Anfield, Liverpool, England,
j uc4soiiy March 6, 2007. Barcelona won 1-0 on the night but Liverpool go through on away goals after
>"''"re, ('e first leg 2-1.
(AP Photo/iMartin i' ,,, PA)

VALENCIA player Miguel Angel Angulo, right, from Spain duels for the hall with Inter Milan
player Javier Zanetti from Argentina during their Champions League first knockout round, second-
leg soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday, March 6, 2007. The match fin-'
ished 0-0, with Valencia going through following a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
(A P' I'hoo/Jasper Juinen)