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Volume: 103 No.90

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The Tribune





Largest sea water

reverse osmosis

plant in Bahamas

A NEW $29 million reverse
osmosis plant was officially
commissioned yesterday at the
Baillou Hill Road water plant.
The plant, which is the
largest sea water reverse osmo-
sis desalination facility in the
Bahamas, has a production
capacity of 7.2 million US gal-
lons of drinking water per day,
with a minimum production
level of 6 million US gallons of
potable water a day.
The plant is hurricane proof,
with the capacity to withstand
winds of up to 150 miles an
hour, and is accompanied by a
generator that will ensure the
continuation of service in the
event of prolonged power out-
Works Minister Bradley
Roberts stated that the addi-
tion of this plant, and the fur-
ther expansion of the water
works system in New Provi-
dence, will soon bring to an
end the barging of water from
Mr Roberts also noted that
the plant will increase overall
output of the water system to
9.8 million imperial gallons per
day, with an overall production
capacity of 12 million imperial
gallons per day.
New reverse osmosis plants
are also in preparation for the
northern, south-western and
eastern portions of New Prov-
idence, according to Mr
Mr Roberts noted that cur-
rently the water and sewerage

corporation serves 30 per cent
of residents and hotels in New
Providence. He advised those
not connected to the water sys-
tem to reconnect to preserve
the ground water system and
to avoid health problems that
may result from consumption
of polluted groundwater
The Prime Minister com-
mended Mr Roberts for all of
his efforts as the minister of
The Prime Minister also said
that Mr Roberts will be demit-
ting office at the end of this
term, which officially ends
speculation as to whether or
not he will return to active pol-
Mr Christie said that the
expanded water facility is an
effort to invest in the future of
the country and is a part of the
planned transformation of the
Bahamas by his government.
In addition to the construc-
tion of the plant, Consolidat-
ed Water has also provided
technical expertise and equip-
ment that has led to a reduc-
" tion of water loss by 1.2 mil-
lion gallons a day.
In addition to the Baillou
Hill Road plant, the company
also operates a 2.6 million US
gallon per day plant at Windsor
Field, along with a 115,000 US
gallon per day plant in South
Consolidated Water is a
company that originated in the
Cayman Islands, and is pub-
licly listed on the NASDAQ
and the BISX.

FROM left: Prime Minister Perry Christie; Jeffrey Parker, Chairman of the
Board of Consolidated Water and Dr Marcus Bethel, Minister of the Environment
and Utilities, at the opening of the new $29 million reverse osmosis plant.

New evidence

Claim that

Govt reviews FNM

Sea Hauler

found in Anna Dannielynn's suggestions on tragedy victims to
Nicole death case birth certificate boundary changes file legal claims 'in
0 By KARIN HERIG may be invalid U By PAUL TURNOUEST very short order'
Tribune Staff Reporter Tribune Staff Reporter

NEW evidence has been
found in the case of Anna
Nicole's death which may
change the findings of the med-
ical examiner's autopsy report.
US media yesterday report-
ed that although Ms Smith's
autopsy results were scheduled
to be made public early next
week, new findings by lthe police
will delay that announcement
for one to two weeks.
Broward County Medical
Examiner Joshua Perper said
he has concluded his autopsy
report and has determined a
cause of death, but will hold off
SEE page nine

THE birth certificate for
Anna Nicole's baby. which
names Howard K Stern as the
father, may be invalid, it was
A technicality could invali-
date the Bahamian birth cer-
tificate for six-monlh-old Dan-
niclynn and possibly force a
paternity test, lawyer Godfrev
"Pro" Pinder claimed vester-
Mlr Pinder, who represents
Soulh Carolina developer (i
Ben Thompson in the legal
dispute over the Ilasteirn Road
home 'llori/ons', said Mr
SEE page nine

terdav reviewing suggestions
made by the FNM on changes
to the boundaries of various
constituencies. The final deci-
sion on the boundaries is
expected to be made known by
the Boundaries Commission
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, FNM Montagu MP
Brent Symonette said that the
FNM's suggestions were in
response to government's ini-
tial proposals or changes to the
constituencies, which can affect
the number and size of a candi-
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
VICTIMS of the Sea Hauler
tragedy will be filing legal claims
against the two boat companies
and the government "in very
short order" seeking compen-
sation for the financial and psy-
chological costs they have
endured as a result of the 2003
Their hope is that the gov-
ernment and companies
involved all of whom were
found liable by the government
appointed Wreck Commission
- will settle out of court,
SEE page nine

Teachers union satisfied deal can be reached with ministry

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMAS Union of Teachers officials
are finally satisfied that by next Mondav a
final resolution can be achieved in the long-
standing showdown between the Ministry of
Education and educators across the country.
This was the announcement made yes-
terday by President of the union, Ida Poiti-
er Turnquest, after what she considered a
positive second conciliatory meeting
between ministry officials, government

negotiators and union representatives.
She said that, based on the outcome of
yesterday's negotiations, "(the union) might
be able to finalise everything" by the begin-
ning of next week, bringing to an end over
a month of industrial unrest amongst mem-
bers of the I lUJT.
Teachers were up in alms over various
pay-related issues. Some alleged that the
government was treating the profession
with a "lack of respect by not paying some
teachers correct salaries, and failing to pay
promised allowances for many more.

In February, more than 400 teachers
demonstrated and walked out of classes in
Freeport, and later that month, teachers
from 52 New Providence schools marched
on the Ministry of Education in protest.
The Ministry stated that the problem had
stemmed from increased hiring this school
year, which alleviated under staffing in
many key areas, but at the same time, saw
the ministry lag behind in ensuring timely
and correct payment of funds to many
SEE page nine

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Defence Force Band performs in Eleuthera

THE community of Hatchet
Bay, Eleuthera was treated to a
grand performance by members
of the Royal Bahamas Defence
In its ongoing thrust to forge a
better community relationship
with the public, both the Public


Relations Team and the
Defence Force Band travelled
to the land famous for its pineap-
ples, and allowed the residents to
become better acquainted with
the organisation.
The Defence Force Marching
and Dance Bands, led by Sub

Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg. put
on spectacular perf'l'iormalnces for
the general public aIt the P' A
Gibson IPrimarNv School and its
nearhby park. As the liand p'hyed
on, an exhibition decpictlig lthe
work of thIe D)e'iince I 'rce w:is
dispIlica d In the l I'pIrk ily lh

Public Relations Team.
Both teams worshipped at the
St Mark's Methodist Clihurch.
Hatchet Bay, and the Dlefence
lorce ianid rendered a selec-
on during tlihe service there.
In December 2006, the hand
mcinihers visited the island of

Andros, where they put on daz-
zling performances for the resi-
dents in Nicholl's Town and
Red Bay.
The Defence Force says these
are the first of many visits they
will be making to the Family

'Ileutherai has been ranked
eighth worldwide in places
e\ er woman should go.
Respected tra\vl ,, .r.tei
turned author Stephanie Eli-
zondlo Griest has featured the
islandlin her latest book. 100
Places EveiX Woman Should
She describes Eleuthera as
"one place where mermaids are
thought to be alive and well"
and that "there is little to do
here but splash in the water".
Eleuthera's famous pink sand
beaches are also highlighted in
the hook.
Elizondo Griest invites read-
ers to visit the "crystalline
waters filled with colorful
reel's. eagle rays. octopus, dol-
phins and migrating whales."
Hler own experience of join-


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Main .............................................12 Pages

Eleuthera is

placed eighth

in 'places

every woman

should visit"

ing the "friendly locals" in sing-
a-longs to live southern
Caribbean music is shared to
the delight of her growing fan
base. She urges women to visit
the island "just for the fun of
Broken into sections such as
Places Where Women Made
History. Places of Indulgence,
Places of Adventure and Ten
Tips For Wandering Women,
the book encourages women
travellers to see the world and
inspire then to create their own
Number seven on the list is
Mongolia with its "all around
wonder": six is belly-dancing in
San Francisco "for womanly
affirmation" and number five
is the arts and voodoo festival in
Benin "to celebrate struggle and
The fourth spot on the list is
to "celebrate powerful women
and their places in history" in
Friday Kahlo's Mexico.
Rounding off the top three
are the banyas of Moscow and
St Petersburg "for purification
and beautification": lingerie
shopping in Paris "for indul-
gence" and the Hawaiian Vol-
canoes National Park for "inspi-
ration and enlightenment".
The niece of a hobo and
daughter of a Navy band mem-
ber, Elizondo Griest says trav-
elling for adventure is geneti-
cally imprinted in her.
The native Texan has trav-
elled all of the continents
(except for Antarctica) and is
the author of Around the Bloc:
Myv Life In Moscow, Beijing and
She has also contributed to
The New York Times. Wash-
ington Post. Latina Magazine.
and The Associated Press
among others.




OIn brief

Majors given
to prepare
their appeal
DWIGHT and Keva
Major yesterday were grant-
ed a 45-day extension by the
Court of Appeal to prepare
for their appeal to the Privy
The Majors appeared in
court yesterday with their
new attorney Keod Smith.
Gavin Gaskin and San-
dradee Gardener appeared
on behalf of the Attorney
General's office.
The Court of Appeal
granted the Majors' condi-
tional leave in October of last
year to appeal to the Privy
Council, a ruling which had
been handed down by the
appellate court.
They had been given 90
days to prepare for their
appeal, however they asked
for an extension yesterday.
Last May, the Majors' bid
to avoid extradition to the
United States on substantial
drug charges was dealt a
major blow when the Court
of Appeal ruled that their
appeal to overturn a judge's
ruling against their habeas
corpus application was with-
out merit.
The Majors are wanted by
the US government to face
drug charges relating to an
international conspiracy
involving hundreds of pounds
of cocaine and marijuana.
They have appeared in
local courts on several occa-
sions over the past several
years while fighting extradi-

EU blocks
WTO probe
into banana
THE European Union
blocked a World Trade Orga-
nization investigation of its
banana tariffs Thursday, tem-
porarily delaying the
inevitable reopening of '
decade-old dispute with Latin
American countries and the
United States over claims of
unfair trade discrimination,
according to Associated Press.
A panel will almost cer-
tainly be established to exam-
ine Brussels' compliance with
international trade rules at a
future meeting of the WTO's
dispute settlement body. offi-
cials said.
The \\- 1) has consistently
ruled against how the EU
sets tariffs for bananas, forc-
ing the 27-nation bloc to
overhaul a system that grants
preferential conditions for
producers from African and
Caribbean countries, mainly
former British' and French
Brussels. however, says a
new banana tariff established
last year $231 per ton has
brought its rules for banana
imports in line with WTO
But Ecuador, the world's
largest banana producer, is
challenging that claim. Under
WTO rules, the EU was able
to block the first request for a
compliance panel. Ecuador
has the chance to make a sec-
ond request later this month,
at which point the panel will
be automatically established.
Ecuador, which has a pop-
ulation of about 13.5 million.
said it has paid about $131
million because of the tariff.




In brief

Meeting for

victims of



VICTIMS of alleged police
brutality are to meet this week-
end to complete details of a
protest march they plan to stage
in the next few weeks.
Stephanie McCartney, whose
son Jamal Cleare was left brain
damaged by an alleged police
beating in January, is calling on
all families of victims to offer
The marchers, complete with
placards, will gather outside
Freeport police station to press
for action against four officers
allegedly involved in the inci-
They will also draw attention
to other incidents of police bru-
tality and urge the government
to step in.
Yesterday, Ms McCartney
said: "I have had a good
response to my call for a protest
and I expect it to happen
between now and early April."
Ms McCartney's son was left
with a broken neck and brain
damage after an alleged assault
by three officers at Port Lucaya
police station. A fourth officer -
senior to the others allegedly
told the offending officers they
could "do as they please."
Jamal went into a seizure
after the beating, during which
plastic bags were allegedly
placed over his head.
Ms McCartney wants the offi-
cers involved to be "removed
from office" until investigations
are completed.
During her son's ordeal, he
was allegedly punched in the
head by one officer.
She made it clear, however,
that he was not attacked with
baseball bats, cutlass and taped
closet sticks, as indicated in yes-
terday's Tribune.
"These were weapons used
in other instances of brutality
used on other young men," she

take to streets
in Brazil

Sao Paulo

STUDENTS, environmen-
talists and leftist members of
Brazil's governing party took
to the streets Thursday to
protest a visit by US President
George W Bush and his push
for an ethanol energy alliance
with Latin America's largest
nation, according to Associated
Fearing that Brazil may clear
pristine jungle to increase sug-
arcane cultivation for ethanol
production, Greenpeace
activists hung a huge ba.ner
warning against increased
reliance on ethanol as an alter-
native fuel on a monument to
the 17th century Portuguese
explorers who conquered
Brazil's Indians in search of
gold and gems.
"We know that Bush and the
United States are known for
exploiting weaker countries into
deals that will only benefit
themselves without worrying
about the environment," said
Mariana Schwarz, a 25-year-old
As many as 15,000 people
were expected for a two-mile
march through the financial
heart of South America's largest
city just hours before Bush was
scheduled to arrive in Sao
Organisers complained that
the ethanol pact could enslave
poor Brazilians while enriching
overseas investors. The coali-
tion of marchers was expected
include union members and
extremists from the Workers
Party that supported President
Luiz Inacio Luiz da Silva in the
2002 campaign that made him
Brazil's first elected leftist
Greenpeace said increased
Brazilian ethanol production
could cause social unrest

because most Brazilian sugar-
cane-ethanol operations are run
by wealthy families or corpora-
tions that reap most of the ben-
efits while the poor are left to
cut the cane with machetes.
"If it's not controlled, it can
create more problems than
solutions," said Rebeca Lerer,
30, Greenpeace's Brazil coor-
dinator of climate and energy
area. "The cane cutters will be
affected, we're going to have
more jungle burning, which
could harm the environment
and even producers of other
crops will suffer."

Complaints that Coral Harbour

landfill site blighting community

Tribune Staff Reporter

A SECOND homeowner in
a week has come forward to
claim that his community is
being blighted by a landfill and
soil-sifting business, for which
he doubts the operator has a
He claims that for the last
three to four years another res-
ident of the Coral Harbour
community, where he lives, has
conducted the business from
an undeveloped strip of land
in the area.
He alleges that the other
resident does not own the land
from which, using heavy equip-
ment, he is taking valuable soil
and fill.
Furthermore, his heavy-duty
activities are affecting house
values, claimed the resident.

The problem is symptomatic
of, but also a causal factor in, a
widespread problem in that
community of residents over-
stepping property boundaries,
the resident claimed.
Where there is supposed to
be a 50-foot wide government-
owned "green space" just with-
in the towers at the entrance
to the community, numerous
residents have reclaimed parts
of that land for themselves, he
In a separate incident, when
a group of residents com-
plained of another homeowner
fencing in an area that did not
belong to him, the Ministry of
Works issued a cease and desist
However, the resident con-
tinued erecting the fence and,
subsequently, it remains. Noth-
ing has yet been done to recti-


, .

* REV William Thompson

fy the situation, it is claimed.
The homeowner said the
community is frustrated that
there is a lack of enforcement
with regard to such incidents,
describing the situation as a
"free for all."


His sentiments echo those
of Mrs Ernestine Kaufmann, a
Yamacraw resident, who com-
plained last week that for five
years empty land surrounding
her property in a residential
area had been turned into a
noisy dump and soil reclaim-
ing business by a neighbour.
She questioned the neigh-
bour's ownership of the prop-
erty he is working on, and con-
demned the police and gov-
ernment for failing to address

the situation, despite a number
of complaints over a period of
"The Ministry of Works is
so agonisingly slow in dealing
with the irregularities," said
the Coral Harbour man. "We
have been agitating to have
this corrected for a number of
He accepts that the issue
may be a small one for that
ministry, in view of other con-
cerns, but stressed that it is a
"big problem" for those living
in the community.
The resident said he expects
the entrepreneur will be
"squeezed out" in years to
come by further development
in the area, but said that "he
should never have been
allowed to get a foothold to
begin with."
On Tuesday, all leasing of

Crown land by the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources was stopped as a
direct result of Minister Leslie
Miller's determination that
many sites were being illegally
abused by unscrupulous peo-
Mr Miller also expressed
consternation that not enough
had been done to put a stop to
such illegal activities pri-
marily consisting of the
removal of valuable topsoil and
fill from the land, and dumping
garbage in its place.
He estimated that up to 200
acres of Crown land across
New Providence may have
been "totally destroyed" by
such activities.
Efforts made to seek com-
ment from the Ministry of
Works were unsuccessful up to
press time yesterday.

Christian Council appeals for

calm as murder rate causes alarm

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas Christian
Council has appealed to the
public for calm in the face of
increasing violence within the
country following criticism
over its silence on many nation-
al issues.
The council, headed by Rev
William Thompson, noted the
number of homicides in partic-
ular, and warned that the
Bahamas' "ultimate end" could
prevail if the current crime
trend continues.
"At the pace we are on, the
figure of 60 homicides in 2006
will be easily surpassed in 2007.
This is totally unacceptable,"
he said.

"Very urgent action is needed
immediately, and all stakehold-
ers led by the government must
recommit themselves to mean-
ingful and sustained action to
halt the slaughter of our peo-
Dr Thompson noted that
among the 14 homicides for the
year, one was a pastor of a
church in New Providence, for
whom "the council grieves with
his family and congregation".
The council also extended its
condolences to the families of
the other 13 victims stating that
they will continue to pray for
all persons affected by these
and other unnecessary inci-
A statement issued yesterday
added that Bahamians should

remember to adhere to the
word of God, as it is the only
sure way to "remove the
scourge from our land".
The council, it claimed, along
with local churches, are com-
mitted to helping the Bahamian
people avoid tragedies. How-
ever, they maintained that the
people must first "embrace the
"To reject the principles of
Christ in their lives is to invite
disaster, and when disaster
occurs it is too late to expect
and call upbn the church to step
into the breach. However, as
always the church of God stands
ready and willing to promote
and indeed fight for the interest
of the Bahamian people," the
statement said.

New school announced for George Town

GEORGE Town, Exuma
will finally get a new primary
school, according to a govern-
ment statement.
The announcement came
yesterday following a meeting
between officials from the
Ministry of Education and
members of the George Town
community, including contrac-
tors, teachers and local gov-
ernment officials.
At the meeting, plans were
revealed for the New George
Town Primary School to be
constructed at the site of the
old United States Naval Base.
"The original intent was to
build one school in Hooper's
Bay, Exuma, however the land
that was provided was unsuit-
able for the purpose as it was
discovered to be filled with
underground caves," said the
statement. "Considering that
the New George Town Prima-
ry School will accommodate
the students of both Moss
Town and George Town Pri-
mary schools, the Hooper's
Bay site was also proved to be

too small for the modern facil-
ity which was planned."
The announcement comes
after repeated complaints by
residents that the existing
school is poorly equipped and
overcrowded. They have point-
ed out that conditions at the
school are only getting worse
as the population of Exuma
continues to swell following
the opening of the Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay resort.
The government said the
New George Town Primary
School will be built on about
16 acres of land and will fea-
ture a number of amenities.
Architect for the project,
Alvan Rolle explained that the
compound will house an
administrative complex with
offices for the administration, a
staff room, a nurses station,
sick bay, and custodial office.
The school, he said, also will
be equipped for use by stu-
dents with disabilities and will
feature specialty classrooms
for science, art, music and
computer studies.

"The school will also con-
tain a tuck shop, kitchen and
dining area which will accom-
modate members of the com-
munity for special functions
and serve as a hurricane shel-
ter, the statement said. "The
state-of-the-art complex will
be built to include infrastruc-
ture for the computerisation
of all classes. Finally, the
recreational facilities include
a soft-ball field, tennis/volley-
ball court and basketball
Education Permanent Sec-
retary Creswell Sturrup
explained that the design for
the school makes provision for
its expansion to accommodate
an increase in tne student pop-
He added that classrooms
will be available for students
with special needs.
In response to concerns
about security, it was explained
that there are plans to build a
security booth at the entrance
to augment the guards sta-
tioned throughout the school.

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struction on the New George
Town Primary School will begin

around eight weeks after the
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Boundaries: bit of a mockery

ON WEDNESDAY Works Minister
Bradley Roberts told a Tribune reporter that
the Boundaries Commission, of which he is a
member, had completed its work and would
report to the House of Assembly next
Earlier The Tribune had been told that the
report would have been completed by this
Monday and laid on the table of the House by
this Wednesday. It was this Wednesday that
Mr Roberts confirmed to The Tribune that
although completed, the report would not
be available before the House meets again
next Wednesday.
We found this statement strange, because
we were led to believe that government's
first communication with the commission was
when it sent its boundaries recommendations
to all the members at 4pm Wednesday -
either shortly before or after Mr Roberts
had informed The Tribune that the commis-
sion's work had been completed. Obviously,
Mr Roberts felt that the opinion of the Oppo-
sition's sole member didn't count. If this is so,
why then was FNM Deputy Leader Brent
Symonette appointed to the commission?
And where does it leave Justice Stephen
Isaacs, who, we presumes, has an opinion
independent of both parties.
Obviously, the PLP members House
Speaker Oswald Ingraham, chairman, Mr
Roberts and Mr Philip "Brave" Davis -
have agreed the boundaries and the two oth-
er members are expected to rubber stamp
their decision. It's all a bit of a mockery.
* *
There appears to be chaos in the civil ser-
vice disgruntled civil servants in ministry
after ministry are going down like ninepins,
which has led one political commentator to
observe that if Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell who is also responsible for the
Public Service had spent more time at home
instead of abroad, these disputes could have
been settled earlier, thus avoiding so much
confusion almost on the eve of an election. It
is a particularly bad time to weigh the wants
of the civil service against what the Treasury
and country can afford, especially when vote.
catching is uppermost in a politician's mind.
Anyway, the Teachers Union seems satis-
fied that by Monday they will have answers to
their many outstanding issues.
It is difficult to understand why these mat-
ters could not have been settled sooner. Noth-
ing seems to get done in this country until

someone gets frustrated enough to take a
felt pen in hand, write a stinging message on
a placard, organise a large group of like-
minded dissenters and march on parliament.
As we understand it the teachers' issues
can be broken down into three compart-
First there are the politically-inspired hir-
ings where teachers get in by the side-door,
but because they have not come in through
the front door, they are not properly docu-
mented in the system. Over a period of time
it is easy to see how this can cause confusion
and some teachers might either not be paid or
not paid what they expected. They are the
ones who are hired, sent to work, but often
not put on the payroll.
And then there are teachers who are hired
for a position that would, for example, require
only a BA degree. Under the Education Min-
istry's incentive scheme this particular teacher
continues her studies and acquires a MA
degree. This will qualify her for a higher
salary in the profession. However, she has
been hired for a position for which only a
BA degree has been budgeted and no higher
degree is required. As any businessman
knows this throws out a department's budget
and someone has to be making constant
adjustments. But in these ministries prob-
lems are pushed under the carpet until thec
carpet can no longer hide them and they
burst out from all four corners, throwing up
dust everywhere.
The rent allowance is another problem
for teachers who have to be relocated to the
Family Islands. At one time the iint \\ as paid
by the Ministry of Education. When the Min-
istry was in arrears of payment, the landlord
would take action again the Ministry. "To
extricate the Ministry from the domestic
problems of teachers, the FNM, when it
became the government in 1992, stopped
paying rent to the landlord. Instead it pro-
vided a rent allowance for the teachers, which
was included in their salaries. This meant
that if rent was in arrears, it was a matter
between landlord and tenant and not landlord
and Ministry of Education. It is understood
that the PLP government discontinued the
rent allowance for the teachers, who now
complain that their rent allowance is not paid
at all.
All these problems, which have been
allowed to grow from mole hills into moun-
tains, could have been avoided if someone
had been constantly on the job with a finger
on the switch to prevent breakdowns.

Reasons pit

bulls should

be banned

EDITOR, The Tribune
OVER the past twenty-five
years, I have committed myself
via my editorials to speak out
on issues important to the well
being of the Bahamian commu-
nity. Without fear or favour, I
have attempted to objectively
educate the public on critical
issues, so that they can become
aware and make.informed deci-
sions. In addition, it is always
my hope that those charged
with the responsibility of enact-
ing and maintaining legislation
will make the sensible decisions
when it comes to acting within
the best interest of the Bahami-
an people. My efforts would
certainly not be in vain if the
government in all of its wisdom
embrace my humble sugges-
tions and formulate the neces-
sary legislation. Sometimes 1
have had a degree of success.
Regrettably, all too often, my
good advice has been ignored
by the powers that be and my
more than reasonable suggest:
tions simply just fall by the way-
side to the detriment of the
Bahamian public.
For example, one of the
issues that I have lobbied suc-
cessive governments for over
the past decade is to enact leg-
islation to ban Pit Bulls from
the Bahamas. By doing so, the
Bahamas would join the sever-
al dozen countries around the
world that recognize the poten-
tial danger of these vicious ani-
mals and have completely
banned or extensively limited
their presence in their respec-
ti\e countries. Such legislation
usually only came about after
some disastrous pit bull attack
that ended in serious injury or
death. Hardly a week goes by in
the United States without the
news media announcing some
tragedy involving Pit Bulls.
Most communities have out-
right banned them. In some
towns. it is not enough just to
have a "Bad Dog" sign, but a
sign indicating the presence of a
Pit Bull. Needless to say, homes
bearing the Pit Bull sign are
shunned, as the danger to the
community is obvious.
The danger from a Pit Bull
comes from its unique neuro-
muscular structure embedded
in its muscles of mastication.
Amazingly, a Pit Bull can exert
a pressure of up to 2,000 psi, a
force sufficient to crush any
bone in the human body. Unless
a Pit Bull voluntarily relaxes its
grip, it is almost impossible to
get him to relax his grip. Even if
its head is severed, the Pit Bull
will still maintain its grip. How-

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ever, what makes a Pit Bull so
dangerous is the unpredictable
nature of their attack. They
have been known to even attack
their owners of many years.
Furthermore, it is uncertain as
to how much of this aggressive
characteristic is passes on when
Pit Bulls breed with other dogs,
such as the Bahamian potcake.
Against such a backdrop, the
news of another Pit Bull attack
in the Bahamas last Sunday
must have come as a horrible
shock. The viciousness and sav-
agery of this attack should leave
no doubt in anyone's mind that
these creatures must not be per-
mitted to reside in the Bahamas.
Thanks to the heroic actions of
neighbours without any regard
for their own personal safety,
an even bigger tragedy was
averted, as a certain death could
have been the outcome. The
only good news in all this is the
fact that the victim was a twen-
ty-three-year-old male. Can you
imagine what would have hap-
pened had the victim been a
child? (By coincidence, as I am
writing this article, a news story
on CNN just revealed a pit bull
attack on a three-year-old girl in
North Carolina. Thanks to the
quick action of some nearby
construction workers, a tragic
ending was averted. However,
the girl did end up with lacera-
tions to the head and neck).
The Bahamas has had more
than its share of tragedies with
Pit Bulls. Beginning with the
seven-year-old girl who was
killed more than a dozen years
ago ironically on Carmichael
Road, not too far from the cur-
rent attack scene. Since that
time there has been at least a
dozen well-publicised attacks
by Pit Bulls in the Bahamas all
involving severe injury and in
some case, even death, One
such attack took place on the
world famous Pink Sands Beach
in Harbour Island. What should
have been a beautiful stroll in
paradise suddenly became a
struggle for survival. Her deter-
mination to live was probably
the only reason she was able to
survive by jumping into the sea

in a desperate attempt to shake
the Pit Bulls attacking her.
After an extensive hospital stay,
which included hundreds of
stitches and several reconstruc-
tive surgeries costing tens of
thousands of dollars, the owners
of the Pit Bulls were charged
the maximum permitted under
current Bahamian law, the
grand sum of two hundred dol-
lars. Surely, this is both an out-
rage and an injustice. This
amount cannot even cover the
cost of the bandages or stitches
for that matter. Also, can any-
one put a price on the psycho-
logical scars acquired by that
individual who now has to live
her life with the nightmare of
such a traumatic experience?
Clearly, the current laws of
the Bahamas are most inade-
quate as far as protecting the
public from the terror of a Pit
Bull attack. Pit Bulls are bad
for the Bahamas. Yet, despite a
history of being a public menace
in the Bahamas with calls for
their complete ban, Pit Bulls
have flourished in the Bahamas
as successive governments have
done little if anything to curtail
their activity or development.
Since Sir Lynden Pindling called
for the spaying or neutering of
all Pit Bulls in the Bahamas,
any such calls have been
ignored. Pit Bull puppies are
openly advertised for sale or
rewards being offered for lost
or stolen ones. Because of the
high breeding value of a female
Pit Bull, they have been stolen
on a number of occasions.
With the current sessions of
Parliament now coming to an
end, chances are remote that
anti-Pit Bull legislation will be
passed. I sincerely hope that
early in the new Parliament,
this matter will be given top
priority as soon as is reason-
ably possible. Failure to do so
will be most reckless and irre-
sponsible on the part of those
charged with ensuring the safe-
ty and well being of the public.
Until such time when the prop-
er legislation is in place, the
risk of injury or death from a
Pit Bull attack in the Bahamas
will continue to be a real pos-
March 7, 2007.

Querying the truth

of Associated

Grocers article

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE article by the usually accurate and informative Neil
Hartnell on the potential impact of the Associated Grocers dis-
tribution facility in Freeport and the suggestion that food
prices in The Bahamas could be reduced by 20 per cent is
incredibly doubtful.
Firstly, the majority of food products on the shelves of
supermarkets originate from the US a discount wholesaler,
based in the US is restrained in their export operations to
wholesalers which Associated Grocers are.
Our past experience with Winn Dixie Stores indicates from
their Annual Reports that in their US-Bahamas operations for
sales of products out of their warehouses there was an upcharge
of 7 per cent on their US price on which you have to add
shipping, Bahamas Customs Duty, Stamp 1'ax. etc, and local
Will the National Brands prices be reduced? A good ques-
tion as there are specifically appointed country wholesalers who
will still be paid their commissions even if the source is through
a diverter. Because of the sophisticated Bahamian Wholesale
system the consumers actually receive a cost advantage on a lot
of products as there are US Government supported pricing.
Chris Lowe, President of the Grand Bahama Chamber, cer-
tainly needs to be more cautions with the estimates and know
the facts.
Certainly on general merchandise household equipment
there probably will be a cost savings'but on general food, gro-
ceries I doubt whether you will see more than a 4-6 per cent
potential reduction especially on US manufactured products
which is the majority of goods we consume. Anyway it seems
that Associated Grocers' principle customer is going to be
China-based CITIC who showed intent previously to develop
the total 800-acre site in Freeport where Associated Grocers
are developing now CITIC is not a food producer and will
only be shipping household equipment and machines which
unfortunately one cannot eat.
If stealing was cut by 50 per cent all food outlets could
reduce their prices by 4-6er cent + now that's serious
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OIn brief

for teachers
on NHI

Businessman passed over by

FNM to run as independent

MINISTER of Health,
National Insurance and Pub-
lic Information Dr Bernard
Nottage hosted a meeting for
teachers on the National
Health Insurance plan.
The meeting took place on
Tuesday in New Providence
at the Church of God Audi-
torium on Joe Farrington
According to the govern-
ment, the meeting was called
to inform teachers about the
necessity of a health insur-
ance programme that meets
the needs of every legal resi-
dent of the Bahamas,
"regardless of socio-econom-
ic status, age or medical con-
It was reportedly also held
to gather feedback from the
Dr Nottage said that
National Health Insurance is
aimed at helping the healthy
maintain their health and pre-
venting those who suffer from
chronic illnesses from incur-
ring the full cost of equitable
He also pointed out that
the health of a nation is para-
mount in sustaining wealth
and an acceptable quality of

awards gas
licences for
20 years
VENEZUELA has award-
ed Spanish-Argentine com-
pany Repsol YPF and Japan's
Teikoku Oil 20-year licences
to explore for and produce
natural gas, the state oil com-
pany said on its website
Thursday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Repsol will take a 60 per
cent stake in a joint venture
with state oil company
Petroleos de Venezuela SA,
or PDVSA, to exploit the
Quiriquire Deep gas field,
which has the potential to
produce 280 million cubic feet
a day of gas, PDVSA said.
Teikoku will have a 70 per
cent stake in a separate joint
venture with PDVSA to
exploit the Copa Macoya gas
field, which has a potential of
120 million cubic feet a day, it
Under the agreements, the
companies will be required to
invest one percent of profits
from future gas production
into social projects, PDVSA
President Hugo Chavez's
government has taken con-
trol of most of the oil industry
in an effort to bring greater
benefits to the country's poor,
and vowed to make similar
moves in the gas sector.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Businessman
Michael Edwards, a staunch
FNM supporter, has announced
his intentions to run as an inde-
pendent candidate for the Mar-
co City constituency in the
upcoming general election.
Mr Edwards made the
announcement on Thursday
during a press conference held
at his campaign office at 52
Poinciana Drive. Several FNM
supporters were also present in
support of his candidacy.
"My decision to run as inde-
pendent candidate is due to the
fact that the process that my
party used in selecting the can-
didate for Marco City Con-
stituency was not a fair one. It
was not done with the full sup-
port of the residents of Marco

City," said Mr Edwards.
The FNM has ratified Zhivar-
go Laing, a former FNM cabi-
net minister, as its candidate for
the constituency.
Last Friday, Mr Laing ol'fi-
ciallv opened his constituency
office at the East Sunrise Shop-
ping Centre.
Mr Edwards, a former FNM
lieutenant, had hoped to secure
the party's endorsement as its
standard-bearer for Marco City.
He believes that the party
should have held a primary run-

off, as it used to in the past
when selecting candidates for
the general election.


"If you recall, prior to 1992,
the FNM had established a rule
by selecting candidates which
was in the form of a primary. It
was done in the case with
(Lucaya MP) Neko Grant, and
(former EMR MP) JM Pinder,
where we had FNMs from the

various constituencies who went
at the FNM headquarters and
cast an X for the person of their
choice, and whomever received
the most the votes was the one
who ended 2ing the candidate.
"In this case, that was not
done. FNM residents in Marco
City did not have an opportu-
nity to determine whom they
wanted to represent them... and
I made it clear from the outset
that if you don't have a primary,
and if you don't give the resi-
dents of Marco City to chance
to choose their candidate, I will
offer myself as an independent
candidate," he said.
Despite his decision to run
an independent candidate, Mr
Edwards insists that he still a
member of the FNM.
"I am still a card carrying
member of the FNM, it is just
that I am running as an inde-

pendent candidate to give the
residents of Marco City an alter-
native," he explained.
"I have spoken to a consider-
able amount of FNMs, and
some have supported me and
others have decided not to.
"I have also walked through
the Marco City Constituency
and talked to residents and
based on what they are telling
me, I am certain, knowing
myself, I will make a better can-
didate and alternatively a better
When asked it he had spoken
to Mr Laing and party leader
Hubert Ingraham about his
decision, he said he had not.
Mr Edwards is the president
and director of Pinnacle Invest-
ment Construction Company.
He has been a staunch support-
er and member of the FNM for
32 years.

Neko Grant condemns delay for new school

* NEKO Grant

Shipyard boss

Tribune Freeport Reporter "I wi
to go t
FREEPORT A veteran at because
the Grand Bahama Shipyard is applica
campaigning for improvements so rare
in the secondary school educa- said.
tion system to support the needs Mr D
of the shipyard industry in the indust
Bahamas. Bahamr
Dave Dagleish, managing "Whi
director at the shipyard, said normal
the industry is very competitive the shl
and demanding, and requires a unusual
very well trained and skilled because
work force, drop or
He believes that more must on."
be done at the high school level He s;
to encourage young Bahamians in his h
to seek career opportunities in seven c
the shipyard industry, such as day for
in marine engineering, marine "Tha
piping and marine surveying. the Bal
"We need to look at thile edu- are not
cation system and we need to seven 0
make changes there. We need year. I
to encourage young Bahamians induslr
to seek career opportunities take tii
that have relevance to what become
happens here," lie said. said.
Mr Dagleish, who joined the Mr D
shipyard at 17 in his native compai
Canada, said students learned union i
about the shipyard and received provide
training before leaving high so that
school. compete
"We did a lot of training at "I th
school that prepared us for the when C
shipyard. So, there were hun- to be re
dreds like me, and I think at the job
one particular year 800 had train a
joined the shipyard," he said. ready to
He believes that the two ele- lenge,"
ments crucial to successful train-
ing are a good basic high school
and post-high school education.
"We are so desperate to find
young people with a solid edu-
cation at least the basic math-
ematics, sciences and technical
skills to prepare them for
careers in the shipyard." said


LUCAYA MP Neko Grant
has accused the PLP govern-
ment of being "shamed" into
announcing a new primary
school in Grand Bahama.
Mr Grant, who is running
again as the FNM's candidate
for the constituency, said that
the previous FNM government
had left plans in place to build a
junior school in the newly
planned Heritage subdivision,
and called it "hliughable" that
it had taken five years for the
PLP to act on them.
"Please don't get me wrong -
I am thrilled they have finally
started to address our educa-
tion needs here in Grand
Bahama but it is a shame that
the demands of frustrated par-
ents, neglected teachers. FNM
MP's and candidates had to
force the issue," he said
"I cannot imagine why the

new government took over
1,600 days t,' review these plans
and only no.,:, decide to sign the
building contract."
He noted that when the offi-
cial contract bid for the school
was announced Works Minis-
ter Bradley Roberts, after dis-
closing the scope of the design,
said that construction was to
commence some 12 months ago,
but gave no reason why it had
Grant added, "What is truly
shameful about this late sign-
ing is that the school is esti-
mated to take eighteen months
to be built. This year alone
over 700 students will graduate
from the 12 local primary
schools here in Grand Bahama
and they will have to enter an
already, as the minister said,
grossly overcrowded school sys-

"With only an estimated 375
students graduating from the
two high schools, where will the
remaining 325 students go?
Even if the PLP had given
Patrick McDonald's Construc-
tion this contract a year ago, as
originally planned, we can't say
it would be ready! How many
students are to continue to be
squeezed in a class?"
Mr Grant pointed to research
by Clearinghouse on Urban
Education in New York, which
highlighted the dire impact that
overcrowding has on student
achievement, especially in
schools with a high proportion
of students living in poverty.
"Education is the greatest gift
we can give our children and
we must not let it fall by the
way side and then think we can
bandage it quickly," Mr Grant

better education is needed for success

ll encourage youngsters
o be marine engineers
e this t ype of welding is
ble to our industry and
C in ithe hlahamilas," he
)agleish said thile shipyard
ry is very new to tilhe
ere I come from it is very
for everyone to work at
ipyard, but it is very
l here in the Bahamas
e there is no social back-
r social history to draw
aid that shipyard workers
homeland normally work
lays a week, I I hours a
50 weeks a year.
t is not normal here in
hama and the customers
I patient. We work 22
operations, 52 weeks a
t is a vcrv demanding
V and I think it going to
me for people (here) to
e accepting of that." lie
)agleish feels that tlhe
ny, government, and the
inust work together to
e training to Bahamians
the shipyard remains
ink the day will come
Auba will become a force
ckoned with, and I think
) of the shipyard is to
workforce that will be
o take on that new chal-
he said.


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Family is the basis of a moral society

THE Bahamas is fast
becoming an amoral
society without a conscience
and one where decency and
decorum are being thrown out
of the window.
It is stomach-turning to
observe the decay of social and
moral values, as sexual promis-
cuity, ill manners, violence and
a lack of personal integrity run
rife in our society.
A vast cross-section of
Bahamians appear to be
unprincipled, preferring to
inanely emulate the loose
lifestyles portrayed on Ameri-
can-based TV.
A recent study affirms the
sad state of affairs confronting
our society, as it was found that
nearly half of all male sec-
ondary students and about 20
per cent of female students
become sexually active before
age 15.
What is even more unsettling
is that these youngsters usually
have unprotected sex with mul-
tiple partners! For a country
with nearly half of its popula-
tion being under age 18, this is
a crying shame.
Growing up, I persistently

heard the dictum: "Train up a
child in the way he/she should
go, and when he/she is older,
he/she will not depart from it".
The predicament facing
today's Bahamas is that many
children are being reared in
broken, single-parent homes,
where in some instances young
children are witnesses to that
parent engaging in compromis-
ing activities, are exposed to a
rotating slate of boyfriends/girl-
friends, have children with
numerous partners, and are not
being taught any values.
Children from fractured,
morally unsound homes have
no good examples to follow, so
in many cases, they grow up
and mirror their parents'
lifestyles and continue their
Unless these children are
counselled at an early age, they
grow up to reflect the bad influ-
ences of their parents because
they simply don't know how to
be anything else!
There is no wonder that sex
is being seen by many as casual
and meaningless as a hand-
shake-indeed, this behaviour
is learned! Bahamians regular-
ly refer to such behaviour as

being representative of "the
apple not falling far from the

astor C B Moss, Sen-
ate vice-president, said
recently: "It all begins with the
family, which is the principal
environment in which the core
values of morality and ethics
must be taught first." Amen to
Since Pastor Moss has the
guts to speak out about this
worrisome social issue, by con-
trast, whatever happened to the
Bahamas Christian Council
(BCC) that usually gripes so
vigorously about gay cruises
coming from abroad, but is
conveniently mum on topics
such as sweet-hearting and the
promiscuous lifestyles that
many Bahamians have adopt-

For every major, disrep-
utable issue that has erupted
over the past five years that
involved a high-ranking public
official, the vocal-when-conve-
nient BCC seemed to have sud-
denly lost its moral compass.
From allegations of rape to
the sweet-hearting epidemic, to
a pastor being charged before
the courts, to accusations of
public officials engaging in
under-age sex, there is one
most obvious and common
thread-that is, the deafening
silence of the BCC.
In the Bahamas, even the
churchmen who claim to be
touched by God to lead His
flock, have drifted away from
scriptural foundations, as many
of them have been blatantly
unfaithful to scripture.
It is widely known that cer-
tain pastors have been impli-
cated in extramarital affairs

with female congregants, and
even gay relationships with
under-age boys.
There is more than a handful
of Bahamian women who can
tell stories chronicling their
relations with a pastor from
whom they sought marital
counselling and/or., complained
about husbands who had extra-
marital affairs, but instead of'
being counselled, they ended
up as bedmates.
There should be no question
as to why Avvy's songs 'Ghost
Move' and 'Roach on my
bread' resonates with so many

weet-hearting in the
Bahamas is a chronic
social contagion that has been a
facet of Bahamian social life
for generations, having
undoubtedly led to much
heartache and even death by
way of homicides and stress-
related illnesses.
Though there may be a vari-
ety of reasons people give for
divorce, sweet-hearting has
prominence as it has undeni-
ably led to the meteoric rise in
the local divorce rate, which

astoundingly now stands at
nearly 50 per cent!
Sad to say, we live in a soci-
ety where many persons are
found in church shouting to
God on Sunday, but by Sun-
day night, these same persons
are in the clubs, bending over
and getting jiggy!
Indeed, with the absence of
a secure family structure to
instil principles and values, the
social fabric of our society is
being ripped to shreds. We
must face the fact that we live
in an incredibly duplicitous
What possible example can
dishonourable churchmen and
parents without a moral con-
science set for young people?
Broken homes and the
absence of a moral conscience
have far-reaching effects upon
youngsters-socially, educa-
tionally, emotionally and even
as adults, as they are usually
unstable partners in relation-
To truly further the devel-
opment of our nation, we must
begin with the most important
and basic building block-the
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BUT president says women are

still facing obstacles to equality

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN women have
made progress in the effort to
gain access to the male-domi-

nated workplace, but obstacles
to equality still exist according
to Bahamas Union of Teachers
president Ida Poiter-Turnquest.
Ms Turnquest said access to
education and the eradication

of poverty are interrelated, and
that through education women
are able to empower themselves
to make concrete changes in
their lives.
The union president was
commenting on a new report
by the International Labour
Office, which says that globally,
more women than ever are
working but that a persistent
gap in status, job security, wages
and education between women
and men is contributing to the
"feminisation of working pover-
The report was issued for
International Women's Day,
which was celebrated world-
wide yesterday.
According to "Global
Employment Trends for
Women Brief- 2007" the num-
ber of women participating in
labour markets either in work
or looking actively for work is
at its highest point.
In 2006, the ILO estimated

that 1.2 billion of the 2.9 billion
workers in the world were
However, the ILO said more
women than ever before are
unemployed (81.8 million),
stuck in low productivity jobs
in agriculture and services or
receiving less money for doing
the same jobs as men.


The report adds that women
must be kiven the chance.to,
work themselves and their fam-
ilies out of poverty through cre-
ation of decent employment
opportunities that help them
secure productive and remu-
nerative work in conditions of
freedom, security and human
The report also shows that
today more women out of the
total number of women at work
are in wage and salaried

employment (47.9 per cent)
than 10 years ago (42.9 per
The step from unpaid con-
tributing family worker or low-
paid own-account worker to
wage and salaried employment
is a major step toward freedom
and self-determination for many
women, the ILO report said.
Ms Turnquest said she agreed
with the reports findings, but
pointed out that women are not
just excluded from good paying
jobs, but also access to educa-
tion . .
"Educdtion'and poverty are
interrelated, particularly in
respect to women," she said,
"'and until they are empowered,
poverty in the world will con-
Ms Turnquest said that
women are the nurturers in
society and that they play an
important role in the develop-
ment of children and the nation.
"If the mother is uneducat-

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* IDA Poitier-Turnquest

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cated as well," Ms Turnquest
She said that women in the
Bahamas have made progress
in respect to voting rights, and
equaljaccess to thilabour mar-
ket. -
However, she said, the issue
of complete equality between
women and men is something
that has to be continuously
pushed for.
In the last "Global Employ-
ment Trends for Women -
2004", it was estimated that
women made up at least 60 per
cent of the world's working
poor people who work but
don't earn enough to lift i'em-
selves and their families above
the US $1 per person, pe; :ci.v
According to the current ILO
study "there is no reason to
believe that this situation has
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Discussion over possible partnership

between the Bahamas and US university

HOUSTON, Texas -
Bahamian officials and the
University of Houston are
looking to bolster the hospi-
talitv workforce in the
In what may become a
series of discussions, the two
entities met in Houston to
discuss a possible partner-
ship between the Bahamas
and the university's Conrad
N Hilton College of Hotel
and Restaurant Manage-
ment, which would provide
Bahamians with the leader-
ship and technical skills that
will eventually lead the grad-
uates to the top management
positions in the Bahamas
resort industry.
"The hospitality industry
is global, so it makes sense
to raise industry education
and training to a global lev-
el," said John Bowen, dean
of the college. "If we expect
to improve hospitality ser-
vice, then we need to pro-
vide those in the field with a
variety of experiences from a
variety of reputable sources.
This partnership will do
exactly that."
University officials, includ-
ing Bowden and Donald J
Foss, UH system senior vice
chancellor for academic
affairs and senior vice presi-
dent for academic affairs and
provost, met to discuss logis-
tics of a partnership with a
delegation of Bahamian offi-
Pr-". ed areas of collabo-
rati -iclude the creation
of joint bachelor's and mas-
ter's degree programmes
between the College of the
Bahamas and the Conrad N
Hilton College; a continuing
education programme for
Bahamian hospitality
employees; and an executive-
development programme for
current hospitality managers

"The tourist pipeline is
already in place." added
Bowen. "This partnership
would simply establish a cor-
responding industry pipeline
that would strengthen the
reach and international rep-
utation of both institutions."
Both Bowen and Foss met
with Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe, director gener-
al Vernice Walkine and Lin-
coln Marshall, executive
director of fhe Culinary and
Hospitality Management
Institute at the College of the
Bahamas, to discuss the
logistics and potential of the
"This strategic partnership
will undoubtedly render the
College of the Bahamas as a
very attractive alternative for
persons wishing to pursue
higher education and train-
ing in the hospitality sector,"
said Mr Wilchcombe, "and
we look forward to increased
accessibility to technical and
leadership skills by Bahami-
ans seeking top level posi-
tions in the resort industry."
For the bachelor's degree
programme, students would
first earn an associate's
degree from the College of
the Bahamas.
The University of Houston
would establish a centre of
excellence in Nassau, spe-
cialising in resort manage-
ment, to oversee a subse-
quent two years of course-
\.:cording to tv-, World
L,.,vel and Tourism council,
tourism accounts for 50 per
cent of the Bahamian GDP
and 63 per cent of total
With tourism to the islands
estimated to increase by
nearly four per cent over the
next 10 years, the available
workforce needs to be both
larger and better trained,

SEATED from left at the
University of Houston are Dr
James E Anderson. Renee
Mayers, Dr Lincoln Marshall,
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe, Vernice Walkine,
Cecil Rose, Dr John T Bowen
and Gerald Strickland, assistant
vice chancellor of the UH inter-
national studies programme.

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lion visitors that the
Bahamas hosted in 2005, 87
per cent were from the Unit-
ed States.
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ton, Texas' premier metro-
politan research and teach-
ing institution, is home to
more than 40 research cen-
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March 11-18, 2007 East Street Tabernacle

Power Possessed People
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General Overseer (Worldwide)
General Presbyter (Caribbean & Atlantic Ocean Islands)
Global Outreach Director
iiioiniil veriseer (amaimna. Cayman Islands Guyana &
Fenlih Guinna)
Regrfiiil tuili Pioneior (Nlorllenst U S A Reqgon & Brnminula)
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Chou tIhe Bularms Public Officers Choir and other Cliuirh
Chores. along wilh lhe Bahama Brass Band the Youth Brass
Bond. the Junior Brass Bond, and the OCusaders Brass Band


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National Overseer, Bishop Dr. Elgarnet B. Rahming will deliver his
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
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Sea Hauler tragedy victims to file

(AP Photo)

Anna Nicole

Smith death

FROM page one

revealing his findings until the
police have completed their
According to the medical
examiner's office, Dr Perper
wants to make certain none
of the investigators' findings
change any of his own find-
Dr Perper reportedly
received a call from the Semi-
nole police on Wednesday
advising him that they have
uncovered additional evi-
The police are expected to
evaluate this new found evi-
dence and then pass it on to
the medical examiner's office.
Dr Perper yesterday would
not disclose what this addi-
tional evidence was, but said
Sit may change his results.
SJust two weeks ago the
Seminole police were in Nas-
sau to investigate whether
there was anything in com-
mon in the deaths of the cov-
er girl and her 20-year-old son
Daniel who died in Doctors
Hospital last September.
Police Chief Charlie Tiger
was accompanied to the
Bahamas by police officers
and a team from the Broward
County medical examiner's
office on a two-day fact-find-
ing mission.
Assistant Police Commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson
explained that Chief Tiger's
team was in the Bahamas to
investigate the "sudden
death" of Ms Smith and the
Surrounding unanswered
Chief Supt Marvin Dames
emphasised that there was
nothing unusual about the
Florida team's visit, and that
it was simply a matter of
"mutual assistance."
A preliminary autopsy
released by Dr Perper last
month showed that no drugs
were found in Ms Smith's
stomach, although prescrip-
tion drugs were found in her
hotel room.
At that time, Dr Perper
said that his findings indicat-
ed that 'here was no foul play
. in the death of the former
Playboy playmate.
Ms Smith died on Febru-
ary 8 at the age of 39 after
being found unconscious in
Usher hotel room at the Semi-
nole Hard Rock Hotel and
Casino near Hollywood,
She was laid to rest at the
Lakeview Cemetery in New
Providence last Friday.

legal claims 'in

FROM page one

spokesman Lincoln Bain told
The Tribune yesterday.
They are pushing ahead with
the claims in spite of a setback,
in the form of the medical files
of those injured in the incident
being delivered incomplete, and
in some cases apparently having
been "tampered" with, said Mr
"(Government) kept indi-
cating that they do not want this
to have to go to court, they want
to get this over with. We're hop-
ing that once we put the claims
in that they would settle and
then it would end there."
Furthermore, the group has

already had writs served upon
government for wrongful arrest,
after police intervened when
several of the Sea Hauler
victims, and Mr Bain,
staged a protest outside the
prime minister's home in
"This is not some dictator-
ship in the middle of Africa, this
is a civilised country where peo-
ple should get justice and if they
don't they have a right to
protest and that's according to
the constitution," said Mr Bain.
He claimed that the group is
prepared to "fight to the death"
over the arrests in addition to its
original cause.
Mr Bain said they hope there

Claim that Anna Nicole

Smith's daughter's birth

certificate may be invalid

FROM page one

Stern failed to sign the birth certificate in the correct manner.
He explained said that Mr Stern is named as the father of
Dannielynn, but that the certificate is signed by an attorney
where in fact Mr Stern's signature should be.
Mr Pinder said that in the US lawyers put their name on the
certificate, but that in the Bahamas either a parent, the midwife.
someone who witnessed the birth, or someone who lives in the
house where the baby was born must sign the document.
The custody battle over Dannielynn is scheduled to continue
on March 16 in Justice Stephen Isaac's court room.
Both Mr Stern and Ms Smith's former boyfriend, photogra-
pher Larry Birkhead are claiming to have fathered the celebri-
ty's baby.

Teachers union

satisfied deal can be

reached with ministry

FROM page one

Yesterday, after numerous
unsuccessful meetings, Mrs
Poitier Turnquest said that she
and her colleagues were finally
satisfied with the information
brought to the table by the min-
istry, and were prepared to
"give them time to complete the
task" of reassessing salaries and
paying the teachers.
Previously, Mrs Poitier Turn-
quest and secretary-general,
Belinda Wilson had complained
that government was not mov-
ing fast enough in addressing
the situation.
They were displeased with
the Ministry of Education's fail-
ure to provide a concrete time-
line by which teacher's would
be receiving their overdue pay-
Although in early February
Education Minister Alfred
Sears promised that everything

was being done to rectify the
situation as expeditionusI asI
possible, and late February and
March deadlines \\ ere given for
payment, the union initially
refused to accept these assur-
They cited previous broken
promises, and the fact that
teachers had already gone for
many months without receive ing
the funds they had been expect-
Yesterday, these concerns
appeared to have been satisfied.
"There are still some issues
that are outstanding but for
most persons, it appears, though
I'm not going to take their word
for everything, it appears that
they will have some payments
by the end of March," said Mrs
Poitier Turnquest.
A final conciliatory meeting is
scheduled for Monday.
Attempts to reach Perma-
nent Secritary Creswell Stur-
rup, or Mr Sears for comment
were unsuccessful vesterdav.

will not be too much, if any,
negotiation over the claims.
"You can't negotiate the val-
uec of someone's son's life, or
someone's sister's life, you can't
negotiate the value of some-
one's leg," he said.
In the case of the files, Mr
Bain pointed out that there
were some serious and "laugh-
able" discrepancies. In one
instance, the file of a man who
had his knee seriously injured in
the Sea Hauler crash had his
injury recorded as a basketball
For another person who
underwent surgery as a result
of the deadly crash, their file
documented the surgery as hav-
ing taken place around six
months before the incident ever
happened, Mr Bain said.
In late January, victims of
the tragedy threatened "serious
action" after only two of the
files pertaining to individuals in
the gioup were found in the
P'iincess Margaret Hospital.
Later, action was averted after
the files were unearthed.
Yesterday, Mr Bain stressed
that he did not blame the hos-
pital for the "strange" state of
the files, and added that the
1grorup is "praying" that the
information still unaccounted

short order'

for can be found and was not
Nonetheless, Mr Bain was
none too optimistic about the
whole ordeal, stating that "from
the beginning of this case it just
looked like a bunch of cover
ups, thr(c gh and through."
The, .: Hauler collided with
a mail boat, the United Star,
while on its way to the Cat
Island regatta in 2003.
One man was crippled when
a rusting crane fell on to the
Sea Hauler's deck, crushing his
spine. Another lost his leg when
it was sliced off by falling equip-
ment. Altogether 25 people
were seriously injured, and ulti-
mately, four people died.
Since then, victims have
repeatedly sought compensa-
tion from the government for
severe physical and financial
hardship suffered, but have'
received nothing to date.
At the end of January,
Transport Minister Glenys Han-
na Martin emphasised that the
exact extent to which the gov-
ernment is liable is one for the
Attorney General to decide.
However, a statement from
Mrs Hanna Martin said that she
was also committed to "bringing
closure to this matter at the ear-
liest possible time."

Govt reviews

FNM suggestions
on boundary


FROM page one

date's area.
The Commission,
which consists of PLP
MPs Philip "Brave"
Davis, and Bradley
Roberts as well as Mr
Symonette, will make
their recommendations
known to the governor
general upon completion
sometime today.
"They are reviewing
what we suggested as a
result of what they sug-
gested. It is in their
hands and we hope to
met this afternoon or
tomorrow. The report
then goes to the Gover-
nor General, and then it
goes to Parliament. So we
hope by Friday, (today)
to put the Boundaries
Commission's work to
bed," he said.

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STORY SO FAR: Having been expelled
; from their home by Serbian soldiers, the
" Lleshi family is walking toward Macedo-
Z2 nia, as are many other Albanians. Sudden-
' ly Serb policemen begin yelling at them and
Z" herding them toward a railroad station.

Terror and Tragedy
W. / e seemed to be waiting for a
; T train that was never going to
come. Eventually we sat down on the plat-
form. I tried not to remember stories I'd
read in school about trains that took people
to concentration camps and death. Police-
men were patrolling the edges of the crowd,
waving their guns in the air and threatening
to shoot troublemakers. There was
nowhere to get food or even water, and I
needed desperately to relieve myself.
Finally Papa spoke to one of the police-
men. The man nodded angrily, and Papa
called softly to Mama. He had gotten per-
mission for us to use the washroom in the

station. I was afraid to leave the men
behind, but I really couldn't wait anymore.
Mama and I helped Granny to her feet. I
held onto Vlora, Mama half carried
Grann3a nd Aunt Burbuqe and Nexima
broug hlhe little ones. Shoving through
the crowd, we made our way to the
Afterward Nexima and Aunt Burbuqe
and Mama cleaned the little ones as best
they could. I washed Granny's face with
the end of her apron and splashed won-
derful, cool water all over my face and
filthy hands and arms.
It was well after midnight when we heard
the long whistle of the incoming train. As
I'd feared, it was a freight train. The boxcar
doors rattled open. "Hold on to each oth-
er," Papa said. "Tight! Tight!"
"Move! You lazy pigs!" shouted the
policemen as they used the sides of their
rifle barrels to push and shove us onto a
crowded boxcar.
With babies crying and old people whimn-
pering, we held to one another as though
our very lives depended on it. Then, when
the long door slammed shut, Papa and
Uncle Fadil called each of our names soft-
ly in the darkness. No one was missing. We
might die, but at least we would die togeth-
I'll never know how long we were on
that train. It simply sat there for hours
before it began to move; then it would go a
few feet and jerk to a stop that would throw
us hard against each other. There wasn't
enough room to fall down, but once I heard
Adil cry out in alarm. I was terrified one of
the little ones would be crushed.
And then, with the train seeming hardly
to move all night long, the doors flew open
and we could see it was morning. Unac-
customed to the light, we blinked. "Stay

together. Hold onto each other," Papa said,
though of course we were already all hold-
ing on as tightly as we could.
"Out! Out!" someone was shouting.
Still staying as close together as possi-
ble we helped one another down from the
boxcar. I could feel the point of a gun in my
back as I held out my arms for Adil to get
down. There was so much noise and con-
fusion that 1 just focused on grabbing him
when he jumped. Papa was carrying
Granny. I hoped we didn't have far to go
without our wheelbarrow.
The whole crowd of Albanians being
unloaded from the freight train were being
herded in the same direction. "Go on! Hur-
ry! Get out!" the soldiers were shouting.

OGet out of where? It was a while
before I realized that they meant
Get out of Kosovo! It didn't matter that
two nights ago when we'd loaded the truck
that was what we intended to do-leave
Kosovo and head for Macedonia. Now it
was no longer our choice. We were being
thrown out, like garbage. "We are peo-
ple!" I wanted to yell. "Not pigs or trash. I
used to have good clothes and live in a nice
apartment. I used to read books and watch
TV and go to films. I used to have friends.
I used to comb my hair and brush my teeth
and misbehave in school." But of course, I
said nothing. None of us did. We didn't
want to tempt some angry soldier to use his
It was then that I heard a man yell, "Nex-
I looked up. From a railcar far up the
line, pushing his way past the guards, was
Hamza, my cousin's husband. "Here," Nex-
ima said, handing me the twin she was car-

"No," I said, "no." We had to stay togeth-
er, that was all I could think of. I grabbed
her arm and held tight. And then the crowd
closed around us. We heard a shot. I'll nev-
er know if it was that shot that took Nexi-
ma's husband from his family forever.
Should I feel guilty for keeping her from
him? I'll never know if I did the right thing.
Papa said we must all stay together. That
was all I could think of.
It had been almost a year since we had
left our comfortable life behind-and two
days since we'd left Uncle Fadil's happy,
crowded farmhouse that was no more. We
would never see Hamza again, but the rest
of us were still together. Mehmet had not
disappeared into the KLA-or worse. Papa
and Uncle Fadil were still with us.
Granny had survived our terrible journey,
and even though her mind was more like a
child's than was Adil's, who was it who had
smuggled bread right past those hoodlums?
Suddenly the surging crowd stopped so
suddenly that I fell against the woman just
in front of me.
What was going on?
Mehmet, as usual, was the one who
seemed to know. "They say the Macedon-
ian border guards won't let anyone cross.
There are too many of us." My heart sank.
We couldn't go backward. We would be
shot. And now, we couldn't go forward.

(Continued on Tuesday)

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* AWARD-WINNING poet, playwright and novelist Fred D'Aguiar explores "the ghost of
memory" in Wilson Harris' work

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* BAHAMIAN scholar Krista Walkes delivering her paper "Narratives of evolution and
geographies of dissolution in H Orlando Patterson's The Children of Sisyphus"

West Indian Literature Conference

comes to Bahamas for first time

THE Bahamas is taking cen-
tre stage on the Caribbean lit-
erary scene this week as a first-
time host of the annual West
Indian Literature Conference.
According to organizers, the
event is an auspicious one as
the conference, now in its 26th
year, has only been held out-
side the University of the West
Indies on a handful of occa-
Poets and novelists from the
region and academics from
around the world were present
for the opening day of the con-
ference, which it is hoped will
cement the Bahamas' place on
the map in terms of literary
Co-ordinator of COB's Eng-
lish programme Marjorie
Brooks-Jones explained that
the conference could not have
come at a better time for the
School of, English Studies as
the college moves towards uni-
versity status. "It is reinforcing
the view that we want to send
out to the literary community
that we are engaged in this
kind of scholarly work," she
told The Tribune. "This is a
huge thing."
, Mrs Brooks-Jones noted that
despite some early doubts about
the college's ability to cope with
the formidable task of playing
host to the event, "everything is
going extremely well".
She added that the college's
senior management and presi-
dent Janyne Hodder have been
very supportive.
The opening of the confer-
ence yesterday saw interna-
tional attendees rubbing shoul-
ders with scholars and students
from around the Bahamas.
"We've got a number of peo-
ple from the community, a num-
ber of teachers including some
who've flown in from Long
Island, Grand Bahama, some
teachers from Government
High School, D W Davis, and I
understand some teachers from
the private schools are hoping
to join us for a day," Mrs
Brooks-Jones said.
The conference began with a
presentation entitled "Naipaul
Legacies Made in the West
Indies" by Dr Evelyn
O'Callaghan of the University
of the West Indies.
V S Naipaul, a Trinidadian-
born British novelist of Indian-

* JEAN-ANTOINE Dunne giving her 0 DR Daphne Grace of the College of the
presentation "The silent scream" Bahamas speaking on "Mapping patriotic pain:
Edwidge Danticat's The Dewbreaker and
Breath, Eyes, Memory"

Trinidadian descent, has been
criticised for his unsympathetic
portrayal of the Third World,
however, Dr O'Callaghan sug-
gested the possibility that this
view needs to be re-evaluated
with respect to some of his
Dr Antonia MacDonald-
Smythe of St George's Univer-
sity in Grenada presented a
paper on another West Indian
Nobel Prize winner, St Lucian
Derek Walcott.


Attendees were also treated
to a discussion on the works of
Guyanese novelist Wilson Har-
ris offered by poet, novelist and
academic Fred D'Aguiar.
Harris' writing style has been
the subject of controversy due
to his departure from several
accepted norms of style.
D'Aguiar argued that Harris'
writing transcends cultural and
historical boundaries, particu-
larly in its use of African, Indi-
an, European and Native Indian
historical experiences.
In her paper, Dr Jean-
Antoine Dunne of the Univer-
sity of the West Indies
explained how Harris' art "func-

tions as a process of healing and
a place for the potential of cre-
The presentations on Harris
sparked a lively debate among
presenters and the audience on
questions nationalism, globali-
sation and self-determination -
which saw 1997 Commonwealth
Writers Prize winner Earl
Lovelace weighing in.
A stimulating discussion of
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Of
Love and Other Demons was
offered by Dr Kathryn Morris
of Ransom Everglades School
in Florida. This was followed
by a sharp presentation deliv-
ered by young Bahamian schol-
ar Krista Walkes, on "Narra-
tives of Evolution and Geogra-
phies of Dissolution in H Orlan-
do Patterson's The Children of
Sisyphus". Set in the slums of
Kingston, Patterson's work
traces the struggles and tribu-
lations of a group of Kingston
The morning session ended
with readings by Bahamian poet
Marion Bethel and Guyanese
poet and 2006 Commonwealth
Writer's Prize winner Mark
Day two of the conference is
expected to be just as eclectic
and engaging. West Indian and

* PARTICIPANTS in the conference look over the brochure

American writers and profes-
sors will tackle topics ranging
from "Theorising Caribbean
Migrant Literature on the Hori-
zon" (by Dr Kezia Page of Col-
gate University in Maryland) to
"Language in Jamaican Dance-
hall Music", which will be pre-
sented by Lakeisha Caples of
Chicago State University.
And on Saturday, the discus-
sion is expected to centre on
the relationship between litera-
ture, poetry and politics in the
Kim.Robinson Walcott will
be speaking on "Jamaican Polit-
ical Ideology and the Quest for
Resolution in recent Jamaican
Nove and Bahamian scholar
Chrisp Campbell will present
a paper entitled "Dis We Tings"
- a study of folk culture,
romance and national identity.

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Ministry of Tourism CongraiKI

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The Ministry of Tourism welcomes to its 2007
Foreign Language Cadet Programme, twenty
one students, from nineteen high schools in
Nassau and Abaco. These students gained
entry to the programme by their performance
on the Qualifying Examination which took in
November, 2006.

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Teacher Ms. Luis Brookes

Cadets are currently participating in a three
phase programme of language enhancement
activities which culminates with a four week,
all expense paid Study Abroad in July, in
Costa Rica, France, Mexico and Spain.

Carmel Johnson

Aquinas College
Teacher Mrs. Denise Ah-Gibson

Judn Loeakart

St. Andrew's School
Teacher Mrs. Catherine Schtlei

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Jordan Prince Williams High School
Teacher Ms. Monica Collins

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C.V. Bethel Senor High
Teacher Mrs. Cha-otte Humes

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Aquinas College
Teacher Mrs. Denise Ali-Gibson

TM. Bailey Senior
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Kingsway Academy
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Hotels see 25 per cent drop

in Spring Break visitors

Tribune Business Reporter
B ahamian hoteliers are see-
ing up to a 25 per cent
decrease in Spring Break
visitors, The Tribune was
told yesterday, which some feel may
indicate the first fallout from the West-
ern Hemisphere Travel Initiative's
(WHTI) introduction.
According to a spokesman from a
major Nassau-based hotel, which is
usually popular for its relatively low
room rates at this time of year, Florida
was the hot spot for Spring Break trav-
el because of its competitive room rates
and the fact there was no passport
"I think that the passport require-
ment is responsible for the huge impact

One hotelier 'sitting on 40% of my inventory', although unclear if decline the result of WHTI initiative
------------------------------ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

we are seeing. Most of the hotels are in
the same position. March is usually a
huge month for us, and I can tell you
that right now I am sitting on about
40 per cent of inventory," the hotelier
said, requesting anonymity because he
did not want to harm his property's
He added that of the rooms he has
remaining, many are being filled by a
group of workers from Kerzner Inter-
"I only hope that this pattern does
not continue throughout the rest of
the year," he said.
Spring Break visitors were among
the four visitor categories being given

special monitoring and attention by
the Ministry of Tourism, which feared
that the WHTI would impact them the
According to a Ministry of Tourism
research document issued earlier this
year, Spring Breakers were "key to
many non-resort properties in the
Bahamas", especially Grand Bahama.
Almost 50,000 visitors between the
ages of 12 and 24 arrived in the
Bahamas on a vacation during March
and April 2006, traditionally Spring
Break time, averaging 5.6 nights in the
Bahamas and totalling 280,000 visitor
The WHTI initiative, despite enjoy-

ing a period where US border protec-
tion agencies are employing a 'light
touch' in dealing with those US citi-
zens who do not have passports and
the airlines that transport them, has
been in effect sine January 23, 2007.
It requires all US citizens travelling
to the Bahamas by air to possess a
passport so they can return to their
Robert Sands, senior vice-president
of administration and external rela-
tions at Baha Mar Resorts, felt if there
was a decrease in Spring Breakers, it
was not because of the passport initia-
As for Baha Mar's three properties,

he said occupancy levels remained very
close to where they were last year,
although the mix of guests might have
been different.
"That is because we made a con-
scious decision this year not to have
as many Spring Breakers as we had in
previous years," he said.
Mr Sands said Baha Mar felt it
would not be beneficial to have a large
number of guests from one market seg-
ment, particularly when that segment
might not be able to co-exist with oth-
er guests. Rather, he said they were

SEE page 5B

BISX to publish Rules changes by 'next week' Time running out on

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas International Securities
Exchange's (BISX) chief executive yester-
day said he was hoping to publish the draft
amendments to the exchange's listings and
continuing obligations rules "during the
course of next week", in a bid to obtain
industry feedback.
Keith Davies told The Tribune: "I'm
amending the final draft. I'm hoping to fin-
ish this in short order, and publish them
during the course of next week, if not the
end of this week."
The redrafted BISX rules will cover areas
such as the timelines and content for listed
issuers' financial filings, corporate gover-
nance, sanctions for breaches of the rules,
and possibly mergers and acquisitions
Mr Davies said previously that in review-
ing the guidelines, BISX had discovered
"some holes, some omissions and some
ambiguities" that it would now try to fill.
It was also looking to amend the type
and level of sanctions it could impose on
issuers who violated its rules, and the guide-
lines to them, with BISX seeking to intro-
duce fines for rules breaches.

Exchange drafting final letter to minister detailing
how public sector debt market will be implemented

Meanwhile, Mr
Davies said a final
letter that would be
sent to James Smith,
minister of state for
finance, detailing how
the listing and trad-
ing of government
and public sector
debt securities on
BISX would work,
was being drafted.
"We are reviewing
the final letter to the 0 DAVIES
minister and dis-
cussing the final
draft," Mr Davies told The Tribune yester-
day. "It's the details that will be included in
the final letter to the minister on how we
proceed to final implementation."
BISX has already installed the hardware
and software for the technology platform to
facilitate the listing and trading of govern-
ment debt securities on the exchange, and
has been modifying this to ensure the sep-

arate functions of trading, clearing and set-
tlement are better integrated.
By transferring the Government debt
market on to BISX, it is hoped that cost
savings will accrue to both the administra-
tion and Bahamian taxpayers, and generate
more work for various sectors of the finan-
cial services industry.
. Outstanding issues of government-regis-
tered stock number more than 100, and
have a totid value of more than $1.6 bil-
The listing and trading of this on BISX, in
addition to Treasury Bills and other gov-
ernment paper, would more than double
the exchange's $2.7 billion market capitali-
sation and give it critical mass.
It would increase investment options for
Bahamians, deepen capital markets liquid-
ity, and improve transparency associated
with public sector debt issues.
An electronic BISX platform would also
provide a "sense or orderliness" and time-
ly delivery of government debt issues to
the market.

Baha Mar joint venture

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government last night
said both sides were "making
progress" towards completion
of a supplemental Heads of
Agreement for Baha Mar's $2.4
billion Cable Beach redevelop-
ment project, but time is run-
ning out for the developer to
meet its March 15 deadline for
concluding the joint venture
deal with its equity partner,
Harrah's Entertainment.
Don Robinson, Baha Mar
Resorts' president, and Robert
Sands, executive vice-president
of administration and public
affairs, declined to comment
during a conference call when
asked by The Tribune for an
update on the status of talks
over the supplemental Heads
of Agreement.
Mr Robinson, though, said
that in relation to the $2.4 bil-

Government says both
sides 'making progress',
but developer now under
pressure to meet March
15 close with Harrah's;
Nassau Beach Hotel to
close in summer 2007

lion project progressing further,
"everything is dependent on the
approval of the joint venture
and the Government Heads of
Vincent Peet, minister of
financial services and invest-
ments, told The Tribune that
talks with Baha Mar were pro-
ceeding, and that both sides
were doing their best to ensure

SEE page 2B

Tourism to create one of

every 1.5 jobs in Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian tourism
industry will, directly and indi-
rectly, generate one out of every
1.5 jobs in the Bahamian econo-
my during 2007, a study revealed
yesterday, with this nation's eco-
nomic dependence on the sec-
tor set to grow dramatically over
the next decade. For tourism will
produce one out.of every 1.3 jobs
in the Bahamas by 2017, or
almost 80 per cent of total
The World Travel and
Tourism Council's (WTTC) 2007
economic research on the
Bahamas, conducted in con-
junction with Accenture, found
that in relation to tourism's con-
tribution to the Bahamian econ-
omy, this nation was the seventh
most dependent on tourism out
of 176 nations studied.
The WTTC study said:
"Bahamas travel and tourism
economy employment is esti-
mated at 100,000 jobs in 2007,
67.9 per cent of total employ-
ment, or one in every 1.5 jobs.
"By 2017, this should total
144,000 jobs, 79.9 per cent of
total employment or one in
every 1.3 jobs."
The WTTC study estimated
that some 38,000 Bahamians and
residents were directly employed
in the tourism industry during
2007, accounting for 25.9 per
cent of total employment in this
By 2017, the tourism industry
was forecast to generate 55,000
jobs or 30.8 per cent of total
employment in the Bahamas.
The WTTC study described
the Bahamas as "a middle-tier
sized", most intensive and mid-

Dependence on leading
industry set to increase
over next decade, with
sector accounting for
80% of employment or
one of every 1.3 jobs

dle-tier growing travel and
tourism economy".
The Bahamas ever-increasing
dependence on tourism to drive
job creation and stability, plus
economic growth, is again likely
to generate calls for more eco-
nomic diversification. Yet to
judge from the continuing pro-
jects unveiled by the current
administration, this is not figur-
ing highly on the investment and
economic agenda.
The WTTC study estimated
that the tourism industry would
directly generate 18.5 per cent
of the Bahamian economy's
gross domestic product (GDP)
during 2007, accounting for some
$1.2048 billion in economic activ-
In nominal terms, this contri-
bution was projected to increase
to 22 per cent of Bahamian GDP
by 2017, or some $2.3663 billion.
Direct and indirect economic
activity generated by the
Bahamian tourism industry,
though, was projected to rise
from 53.6 per cent of GDP or
$3.499 billion in 2007 to 62.8 per
cent in 2017, accounting for
$6.762 billion in economic activ-
The WTTC predicted that the
Bahamian tourism industry

SEE page 6B

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Make sure you understand
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Keep valuable stock, tools and
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Time running out on

Baha Mar joint venture

FROM page 1B

the March 15 deadline for the
developer to conclude its joint
venture agreements with Har-
rah's and Starwood, the hotel
operating partner, would be
"The status is that the nego,
tiations are proceeding, and we
are making progress," Mr Peet
said. "We are certainly hope-
ful, and everything is being
done between the parties to
accommodate that [March 15 ]
Mr Peet declined to comment
on what issues may be keeping
the two sides apart, saying that
"negotiations are always very
delicate, and I don't want to say
anything further, other than to
say we are making progress".
Baha Mar, though, had hoped
to conclude talks on a supple-
mental Heads of Agreement
with the Government by March
1, 2007, as this would have giv-
en it enough time to complete
all further arrangements for the
conclusion of the joint venture
agreements by March 15.
We are already one week
past the March 1 date, with no

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The key issue for Baha Mar is
that if it misses the March 15
deadline, then both Harrah's
and Starwood have clauses in
their agreements that will
enable them to 'walk away'
from the deal.
John Forelle, Baha Mar's
vice-chairman and general
counsel, had previously told The
Tribune: "The consequences of
not meeting the date is that two
public companies have a 'walk
away' right from the deal.
"It seems to us and, we
believe, the Government that
it's a risk neither of us should
take that we get past a date
that allows Harrah's and Star-
wood to rethink this transac-
tion. We have no reason to
think that anyone is going to
change their minds about the
deal, but it's not a risk we want
to take."
It is almost inconceivable that
the Government would let the
Cable Beach redevelopment
slip through its fingers, espe-
cially with a general election in
the offing, but it is clear this is
what could happen if no sup-
plemental Heads of Agreement
is concluded soon.
The Baha Mar deal almost
'blew up' twice during negotia-
tions for the investor group,
headed by Lyford Cay-based
billionaires, the father-and-son
duo of Dikran and Sarkis Izmir-
lian, to acquire the Wyndham,
Crystal Palace Casino and Nas-
sau Beach Hotel from Philip
Ruffin, plus the Government-
owned Radisson.
Among the issues being dealt
with in the supplemental Heads
of Agreement are the changes
in size and scope of the Baha
Mar project, which has
increased from $1 billion to $2.4
billion. The developers are
seeking investment incentives
that are increased in proportion
to the development's size.
Harrah's, the world-
renowned casino operator, is
scheduled to take a 43 per cent
equity stake in the project, and
bring its Caesar's Entertainment
brand to the 100,000 square foot
casino, purportedly the largest
in the ('aribbean, and a 1,000-

room hotel.
Starwood will bring its four
brands the Westin, Sheraton.
W and St Regis to brand the
remaining hotels.
Economic forecasts have indi-
cated that when completed,
Baha Mar would pump $560
million annually into the
Bahamian economy's gross
domestic product (GDP), and
create more than 7,000 direct ,
and indirect jobs.
The same study reported that
Baha Mar's cumulative impact
on Bahamian GDP would be
$11.2 billion over a 20-year peri-
od, with more than $4.7 billion
in tax revenues produced over
that same time period.
Among the projects being
held up by the delay in signing
the supplemental Heads of
Agreement are construction of
the re-routed West Bay Street,
plus the Commercial Village
that will house all the relocated
government offices and bank
buildings, plus the Straw Mar-
Mr Robinson yesterday told
The Tribune that the Nassau
Beach Hotel was due to be
closed during summer 2007, the
exact date depending on busi-
ness levels and construction
He added: "It'll be closed at
some time in the summer of this
year. We're evaluating the exact
date, and a lot has to do with
business volumes and construc-
tion progress on the project."
Mr Robinson added that "a
lot of people" on Baha Mar's
payroll had expressed interest
in the company's offer of an
Early Retirement and Volun-
tary Separation Programme for
employees, which was half-way
through and due to close on
March 30.
"A lot of people have
expressed interest in it, and are
evaluating how it fits in with
their life plans," he added. "We
are reviewing each application
as they come in for suitability."
Mr Sands said Baha Mar's
senior executives were meeting
twice a week to review applica-
tions, and the company would
see "how this thing pans out in
the next twvo to three weeks".

British American congratulates

John Wilson on his landmark achievement

The management and staff of British American Insurance
Company proudly congratulate John Wilson, partner at McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes, and also a principal In the recent management
buyout of British American, on becoming the first Bhamain attorney
to present a case as lead counsel before tle Privy Council during Its
historic sitting in the Bahamas,

Blazing the trail, the Privy Council praised Mr Wilson for presenting his
case "with skill, economy and charm" Tribune, Feb. 27 2007.


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Associated Press
NEW YORK Stocks fell
slightly but showed more signs
of stability Wednesday as inves-
tors sifted through new eco-
nomic data and found little rea-
son to resume last week's heavy
selling pace.
The stock indexes wavered
in a narrow range, reacting little
to comments from Chicago Fed
President Michael Moskow that
inflation remains stubborn and
that interest rate increases
might be needed to contain
costs. The stock market was
similarly unimpressed by data
showing a weaker jobs picture
and sluggishness in some areas
of the country.
Investors in the past week
have harbored concerns about a
global economic slowdown and
have been looking at data to try
to determine whether the U.S.
economy is still capable of pull-
ing off a soft landing.
In late trading, stocks turned
lower after drifting higher for
most of the afternoon, unable to
build on the rally of a day ear-
lier. Tuesday's advance was
strong the Dow Jones indus-
trials made up about 26 percent
of the losses they suffered in the
previous week but it left
investors wondering whether
renewed volatility would sub-
side long enough to allow Wall
Street to build some consensus
about where stocks were
Overall, though, Wednes-
day's trading was reassuring.
Volume levels were more typi-
cal of everyday trading than the
big numbers Wall Street posted
for much of the last week.
"The market is stabilizing
after the storm of last week.
That's real progress.," said
Hugh Johnson, chairman and
chief investment officer of John-
son Illington Advisors.
The Dow Jones industrial
average fell 15.14, or 0.12 per-
ceht, to 12,192.45. The Dow
traded within a 78-point range
Wednesday, a much narrower
band than in recent sessions.
Broader stock indicators also
edged lower. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index fell 3.44, or
0.25 percent, to 1,391.97, and the
Nasdaq composite index
declined 10.50, or 0.44 percent,
to 2,374.64.
Bonds got a lift from the Fed-
eral Reserve survey, which said
most parts of the country saw
modest economic growth in the
past month. The yield on the
benchmark 10-year Treasury
note fell to 4.50 percent from
4.53 percent late Tuesday.
Overseas markets, which
have influenced U.S. trading
over the past week, finished
mixed and contributed to Wall
Street's uncertainty.
Advancing issues and decli-
ners were virtually equal on the
New York Stock Exchange,
where volume came to 3.10 bil-
lion shares, down from 3.29 bil-
lion shares Tuesday.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 2.98, or
038 percent, to 775.90.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average closed down 0.47
percent, Hong Kong's Hang
Seng index fell 0.73 percent, the
Shanghai Composite Index,
which helped trigger last week's
selloff when it fell nearly 9 per-
cent in single session, rose 1.99
percent. Britain's FTSE 100
closed up 0.29 percent, Germa-
ny's DAX index added 0.34 per-
cent, and France's CAC-40
advanced 0.33 percent.

Many economists expect the Fed will
continue to hold interest rates steady,
which it has done since August.
Before that, the Fed had steadily
boosted rates for two years to fend
off inflation.
The Fed's goal is to slow the econ-
omy sufficiently to curb inflation but
not so much as to cripple economic
T.J. Marta, fixed income strategist
at RBC Capital Markets, said the sur-
vey suggests "the Fed is generally
getting the moderation it wants" in
terms of economic growth, reason

Associated Press
WASHINGTON Most parts of
the country saw modest economic
growth in the past month, although
there were pockets of sluggishness as
businesses continued to cope with
fallout from the troubled housing and
automotive industries.
Information in the new snapshot,


released Wednesday by the Federal
Reserve, was collected before last
week's gut-wrenching nosedive in
worldwide financial markets, which
in part reflected investors' worries
about the health of the U.S. and Chi-
nese economies.
Information from the survey will
figure into discussions at the central
bank's next meeting on March 20-21.

4.49 -.04 V The results of a regional economic survey are consistent with Fed
chairman Ben Bernanke's view repeated anew after the market
61.82 +1.13 A meltdown that the central bank continues to foresee 'moderate
growth going forward.'


FEELING THE PINCH: Customer Alison Leupold looks unhappy Wednesday after she pumped $72.83
worth of gasoline at Menlo Atherton Shell gas station in Menlo Park, Calif. Below, the station's
Wednesday prices are posted.



Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO Gasoline prices have jumped above $3 a gallon
in some parts of California and Hawaii, and may hit that level in other
parts of the country when the busy summer driving season approaches.

"It kills me," said Gloria Nunez,
53, as she filled her Ford Explorer
SUV at a San Jose gas station.
Nunez, a clerk for a communica-
tions company, has started working
a couple hours of overtime each
week to help soften the blow.
"All of a sudden you kind of have
to watch your pennies," she said.
Analysts say drivers should
brace for more increases in the
coming weeks. Crude oil, which
makes up about half the price of
gasoline, is trading above $60 a bar-
rel. Higher demand, refinery main-
tenance and fears about springtime
shortages are also driving up prices,
particularly on the West Coast.
"The West Coast will certainly

be the wild, wild West this year,"
said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst
for the Oil Price Information Ser-
vice. Extensive maintenance work
at West Coast refineries has cur-
tailed supplies and exacerbated the
typical "preseason rally" spurred
by jitters about tight supplies.
"In the rest of the country it's
just petro-noia. They're worried
that they won't have enough gaso-
line," Kloza said. "But on the West
Coast the concern might be war-
However, analysts said it's
unlikely other parts of the country
would see $3 gasoline before sum-
mer without a major disruption in

Average fuel prices are still below
their historical highs most of
which were set in 2006 but are
inching higher weeks earlier than
Wailuku, on the Hawaiian island
of Maui, currently has the highest


Cold spell continues for retailers

IN NEW YORK: A shopper is
bundled up against the cold on
Tuesday. The nation's retailers
said sales cooled in one of the
coldest Februarys on record.

* U.S. retailers could be hurt this
spring by consumers' concerns
surrounding higher fuel prices, a
volatile stock market and the
continued housing slump.
Associated Press
I NEW YORK The nation's
retailers, once hopeful for a strong
spring selling season, are being
forced to ratchet down their expecta-
tions after sales stalled amid the chill
of February.
Frigid weather stifled consumer
demand for lightweight spring
apparel. And some industry experts
doubt that this season's fashions -
styles like mini dresses in bright geo-
metric patterns and baby doll dresses
- will have broad appeal. Mean-
while, there's concern that consum-
ers will finally turn frugal because of
the housing market's continuing
slump, and that last week's stock
market tumble might also cause
shoppers to be more conservative.

And there's the lingering specter of
higher gasoline prices.
"People don't necessarily feel less
wealthy because the market falls all
of the sudden or their housing value
is lower," but if those factors "persist
over the next six months it may affect
long-term behavior," according to
Frank Badillo, vice president and
senior retail economist at Retail For-
ward, a retail consulting company.
Retailers are scheduled to report
February same-store sales, or sales
from stores open at least a year,
today, but several retailers, including
Limited Brands, J.C. Penney and Tal-
bots, have already warned of disap-
pointing results. Same-store sales are
considered the best measure of a
retailer's strength.
Besides dealing with broad eco-
nomic issues, merchants were grap-
pling with one of the coldest Febru-
arys on record. Limited said
inclement weather affected sales for
Valentine's Day at its Victoria's
Secret and Bath & Body Works

"The month has been disappoint-
ing, said Richard Jaffe, a retail ana-
lyst at Stiffel Nicolaus.
The cold weather wiped out
demand for spring clothes, and,
because retailers had done a good job
clearing out winter merchandise dur-
ing a strong January sales period,
there was little for shoppers to buy.
"It's cold, and Lord knows I don't
want to be schlepping around to
stores," said Jenny Fishman, of New
York, who has bought only some
shoes over the past few weeks. "I
can't even fathom wearing spring
"We're seeing February being
soft," Penney Chairman and Chief
Executive Myron E. Ullman III said
late last month. But he remained
hopeful that sales would rebound
with new spring fashions, and the
company still has a bullish outlook
for the next 12 months.


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enough to leave rates alone.
The survey suggested that the
price climate during the last month
has been fairly steady, with most of
the Fed's 12 regional districts charac-
terizing "price pressures as little
changed." And, even with the job
market staying healthy in most parts
of the country, workers' pay
increases "generally remained mod-
erate." Both observations in the Fed
survey offered hopeful signs that
inflation isn't flaring up.




battle for



* Viewers find themselves lost in
the middle of a fight for
domination of the British pay-TV
market between Rupert Murdoch
and Richard Branson.
Associated Press
LONDON In one comer, media
titan Rupert Murdoch with his tight
grip on pay-TV in Britain. In the
other, airline and music entrepreneur
Richard Branson, keen to expand his
empire by taking some of Murdoch's
In the middle are millions of
pay-TV .v e s .who..have. been
of the-moswt-
lar prog
TV, such as Lost,
24, and The Simp-
sons, and soccer
The battle
between British
Sky Broadcasting
Group 39 per- MURDOCH
cent owned by
Rupert Mur-
doch's News
Corp. and
Branson's Virgin
Media is one of
the most public
media dust-ups
in Britain for dec-
The two com- BRANSON
panies are osten-
sibly arguing about program pricing,
a dispute that led to several of Sky's
channels being yanked off Virgin's
cable service last week after they
failed to reach a deal. But analysts
said the argument is really about the
future of the lucrative pay-TV indus-
try in Britain.
Branson and Sky Chief Executive
Officer James Murdoch Rupert's



More companies play internship matchmaker

Associated Press
Richardson knew this summer
would cost her money.
Whether she chose to take an
unpaid internship, study
abroad or stay at Southern
Methodist University and take
classes, she and her parents
would have to pay.
So that's why she didn't
mind spending thousands of
dollars to land an internship,
plus housing and food, for a
summer in New York.
"When you look at it you're
going to be paying money
wherever you are or whatever
you're doing," said Richard-
son, a 20-year-old sophomore
who will intern this summer at
brokerage Smith Barney.
Hunting for an internship
takes time and as more stu-
dents realize their value, com-
petition is getting fierce. A
slew of businesses have
popped up to help match stu-
dents with internships, charg-
ing hundreds to thousands of
dollars to help them write


Will gas


$3 mark

in all of



average price for a gallon of
regular unleaded at about
On the mainland, the title
goes to San Francisco, where
a gallon averages $3.10, a jump
of about 34 cents from a
month ago but still off the
high of $3.36 set in May 2006,
according to the AAA Daily
Fuel Gauge Report for
The California cities of
Santa Barbara, San Luis
Obispo and Oakland are also
all above $3 a gallon. Most
other areas of the state are
just a few cents away from
cracking that milestone, and
motorists say they're cutting
back to save money.
"I take the bus," said Hec-
tor Esqueda, an 18-year-old
justice administration student
from Los Angeles who has
stopped driving his gas-guz-
zling, older-model Lincoln
Continental to save money.
"Other people are doing the
same thing. The bus is
Nationwide, the average
price for a gallon of regular
unleaded is up about 32 cents
from a month ago, to $2.50,
according to the AAA report.
That's more than 55 cents shy
of the all-time high recorded
in September 2005, after hur-
ricanes Katrina and Rita dam-
aged the Gulf of Mexico refin-
ery infrastructure.
Part of the reason is rising
demand. The U.S. Energy
Information Administration
said Wednesday that gasoline

r6sum6s, identify potential
employers and find summer
About three-fourths of all
college students have had
internships or some type of
professional work experience
by the time they graduate, said
Phil Gardner, director of
Michigan State's Collegiate
Employment Research Insti-
tute. When he started follow-
ing such trends 25 years ago,
only 35 to 40 percent of col-
lege students interned.
"It's just one of those things
you have to have before
employers will even consider
looking at your resume," he
But students shouldn't pay
to find an internship, he said,
because most universities
have career centers where stu-
dents can search for free.
Richardson said she and
her parents didn't mind
paying a firm like University
of Dreams to secure her
internship. She tried going to

WORKING TOGETHER: Nancy Lerner, left, of Brill Street,
a business that matches companies with interns, meets
with a women at a career day event in Milwaukee.

her career center, but most
jobs were in Texas and she
wanted to go to New York.
University of Dreams uses
its staffs personal contacts at
500 companies to get students
internships with employers
they couldn't otherwise get

MOVING UP: Owner Dan Bajada changes the gas
sign at his Menlo Park, Calif., Shell station.

demand has averaged more
than 9.1 million barrels per
day over the past month, a 3.3
percent jump over the same
period last year.
Oil prices jumped by more
than $1 per barrel on Wednes-
day, settling at $61.82, after
the agency also reported an
unexpected drop in crude oil
inventories as import levels
reached their lowest point
since 2005.
Across the country, drivers
are grappling with how to
manage the sudden spike.
Outside a Sunoco conven-
ience store in downtown Phil-
adelphia, T.J. Hawk, a 45-year-
old retired Philadelphia
police officer, recalled the
good old days when it cost $5
to fill the tank.
These days, it takes at least
$40 to fill his white Volvo.
Most weeks, he only fills it

three-quarters of
soften the hit to hi
In Philadelphi
unleaded average
$2.57 a gallon earl
day morning, a
jump from a mon
still well shy of I
$3.358 a gallon set

into, CEO Eric Lochtefeld said.
For interns, that's better than
sending in a r6sum6 and hop-
ing, he said.
"Does any college student
really, sincerely believe that
their r6sum6 will stand out or
get better consideration than

an actual introduction would
provide?" Lochtefeld said.
In four years, the company
has placed 1,800 students in
companies such as Paramount
Pictures or MTV Networks,
both divisions of Viacom. It
has slots this summer for 850
students, he said.
Students pay from $6,499 to
$8,999 to have the firm find
them an eight-week summer
internship, plus housing, some
meals, transportation to work
and activities for a summer.
Financial assistance is avail-
Another company, Fast
Track Internships, works with
students to identify firms that
suit the students' goals but
either don't have formal
internship programs or don't
advertise them.
Steve Rodems, a former
powdered soap salesman who
started Fast Track with a busi-
ness partner, said students
typically receive five offers.
The price: $799 if a student

wants an unpaid internship
and $999 if they want a paid
one. Both come with a two-of-
fer guarantee.
Laura Kestner, director of
Career Services at Marquette
University in Milwaukee, said
no one should pay to find an
internship. Looking for an
internship helps students
develop skills, she said.
But she is working with a
firm that helps employers
recruit interns, Chicago-based
Brill Street and Co.
"We're advocates of teach-
ing students lifelong job
search skills, so there's no rea-
son you should pay someone,"
she said.
Employers tell Brill Street
their needs for jobs ranging
from a few weeks to 18
months, and the company
finds and pays the students.
Brill Street then bills the hiring
company and collects a fee off
that, said Nancy Lerner, who
founded the company with her
husband last year and was at a
recent career fair at


Viewers lost in the middle of

Murdoch and Branson battle


son have both gone on the
offensive in the domestic
media in recent days, with
Branson accusing Sky of "bul-
lying," and Murdoch contend-
ing that Virgin is playing the
"victim" to win public sympa-
"There are big issues at
stake and these are big char-
acters," said Ivor Gaber, a
research professor in media
and politics at the University
of Bedfordshire, of the tough
public exchanges.
"That is the style of the
men involved," Gaber added.
"[Rupert] Murdoch is seeing a
new challenger and is trying
to see him off, while Branson
also has a big ego and doesn't
like to lose."
BSkyB has long dominated
PAULSAKUMA/AP pay-TV in Britain, leaving
Spices cable providers in the shade.
But the arrival of Virgin
Media the result of a recent
the way to merger between the two main
is wallet. cable providers NTL and
ia, regular Telewest has threatened a
ged about shakeup of the status quo.
ly Wednes- Branson became involved
12 percent when the merged ntl:Telew-
ith ago but est bought the British opera-
the high of tions of Virgin Mobile late
in Septem- last year. Branson became the

ber 2005.
Several customers at a
Mobil station in St. Peters-
burg, Fla., were upset because
there seemed to be no real
reason for the price increase.
Lee Franc, a client manager
from St. Petersburg, spent
about $40 to put 16 gallons in
her Toyota Highlander.
"Katrina, I can under-
stand," Franc said. "I didn't
see a very good explanation
this time. You hear so many
excuses it gets to where you
don't believe anything any-


Most of the country sees modest

growth; still some slow pockets


The survey is based on
information supplied by the
Fed's 12 regional banks and
collected on or before Feb. 26.
On the economic growth
front, the survey said that
"most Federal Reserve dis-
tricts reported modest expan-
sion in economic activity"
over the past month but "sev-
eral districts noted some
For instance, the New York
region said that although
growth is "well maintained"
there were a "few signs of
deceleration." The St. Louis
district said activity
"increased more slowly." The
Boston district reported some
"softening" in economic
activity and the Dallas region
said business activity "contin-
ued to decelerate," the Fed

A separate survey by the
Business Roundtable found
that corporate leaders are
mostly positive about busi-
ness conditions including
sales, capital investment and
hiring in coming months.
The recent stock market
swoon hasn't changed that
view, said the group's chair-
man Harold McGraw III, chief
of The McGraw-Hill Compa-
nies. "The CEOs feel quite
comfortable that we have a
solid economy for the next six
months in terms of which to
operate," he said.
The Fed survey found that
overall manufacturing activ-
ity held steady or expanded
even as some factories cut
back on production due to
problems in the auto and
home-building sectors.
"Most districts reported

that manufacturing activity
related to residential real
estate remained sluggish,
especially for production of
household appliances, furni-
ture and building materials,"
the Fed report said. The
Atlanta, St. Louis and Dallas
districts reported a "slow-
down in manufacturing of
auto-related products."
The majority of Fed
regions reported steady
growth in retail sales but auto
sales remained lackluster.
The housing slump contin-
ued to be felt in almost all
parts of the country but there
were signs of improvement
noted in several Fed districts,
the report said. For instance,
in the New York region,
builders in New Jersey said
there was "some stabilization
in the market for new homes."

cable company's largest sin-
gle shareholder in return for
licensing the Virgin brand
A consummate publicity
operator who has jumped out
of planes and climbed astride
elephants to promote his Vir-
gin Atlantic Airways, Branson
moved quickly to improve
Virgin Media's profile, begin-
ning talks with commercial
broadcaster ITV about a
potential merger.
Apparently sensing danger,
BSkyB swooped in and
snapped up a 17.9 percent
stake in ITV, blocking any
possible move on ITV by Vir-
gin Media.
Aside from angering Bran-
son, that maneuver has raised
red flags in government
offices about the level of
influence Rupert Murdoch
has over the British media.
Trade and Industry Secre-
tary Alistair Darling last
month asked for a preliminary
report into whether the deal is
against the public interest.
The so-called "public
interest test" triggered by the
government is designed to
allow it to block mergers
deemed potentially damaging
to the plurality of the media.
In addition to its stake in
BSkyB, Murdoch's News
Corp.'s British subsidiary also

owns The Sun, News of the
World, The Sunday Times
and The Times newspapers.
In a separate inquiry, the
government's Office of Fair
Trading, is examining the
deal's effect on competition.
Meanwhile, the two com-
panies and their bosses -
continue their public spat.
Branson has accused the
government of being "scared
stiff" of Rupert Murdoch and
ran ads on the now defunct
Sky channels on the Virgin
service telling viewers that
"Sky has taken its ball and
gone home." James Murdoch
has blamed Virgin's tactics for
Sky "being dragged into the
Gaber said that Branson's
exploitation of the underdog
factor could win public sup-
port, particularly as he is a
"much more user friendly
operator than Murdoch."
Whether that means view-
ers left without popular pro-
grams will stand by him is
another matter.
Branson says Virgin has
retained viewers despite the
dispute, but BSkyB is now
advertising cheaper triple-
play pay-TV, Internet and
telephone services to Vir-
gin Media customers.


Retailers could be hurt by

lingering economic concerns


The International Council
of Shopping Centers is still
sticking with its modest same-
store sales growth forecast of
2.5 percent to 3 percent, but
Michael P. Niemira, ICSC's
chief economist and director
of research, said winter
weather slowed consumer
demand at the end of Febru-
While February is one of
the least important months of
a retailer's calendar, mer-
chants do hope to get some
idea of which spring fashion
trends are resonating with
John Morris, a retail ana-
lyst at Wachovia Securities,
said other apparel retailers
expected to post disappoint-
ing February sales include
Abercrombie & Fitch, Aero-
postale, The Children's Place
Retail Stores, and AnnTaylor
Stores. Morris noted in a
report that he expects Gap,
whose continued troubles
resulted in the departure of its
CEO in January, to post a
5 percent same-store sales
Wal-Mart Stores, which
has been retooling its mer-
chandising strategy, expects a
modest same-store sales gain
of 1 to 2 percent for February.
Meanwhile, rival Target
expects same-store sales to
rise a robust 4 to 6 percent for

BEARING THE COLD: A shoppper tries to stay warm in New
York. Cold weather and consumers' concerns about the
economy may lead to a slow spring for retailers.

the month.
The big winners are
expected to include depart-
ment stores, particularly high-
end stores like Nordstrom
whose customers buy their
clothing ahead of the season.
Saks, which operates upscale
Saks Fifth Avenue, said
Wednesday it had a robust
24.7 percent gain in February
same-store sales.
As for those new looks -
which also include wide belts

and lucite handbags, reminis-
cent of mod styles of the
1960s analysts are waiting
to see how well they do once
warmer weather arrives.
"You have to be pretty
courageous to wear that
stuff," said Morris, noting that
it may only appeal to the
Even Fishman of Riverdale,
N.Y., says she won't be
embracing those
styles."They're not practical."


MiamiHerald.com I THE MIAMI HERALD


Water & Sewerage

readies $12m in

expansion contracts

Tribune Business Reporter
The Water and Sewerage Corpora-
tion has contracts in place valued at
$12 million for future projects, it
was revealed yesterday.
Speaking at the official commissioning
of the Blue Hills Reverse Osmosis plant, the
minister of works and public utilities,
Bradley Roberts, said the Government
expects to commission three additional
reverse osmosis plants in New Providence
to service the northern, southwestern and
eastern areas of the island.
"We also intend to introduce a portfolio
of state of the art wastewater facilities to the
Bahamas, beginning with New Providence
and the tertiary treatment plant for the
Gladstone road area, which will service
Flamingo Gardens, Jubilee Gardens, South-
winds, Prospect Ridge, Cable Beach the
new Baha Mar and future developments,"
Mr Roberts said.
"We currently have works underway on
New Providence, and contracts for mains
improvements and expansion works that
are about to be signed totalling $12 mil-
lion, and it does not stop there."
Work that the Corporation is about to
do includes the repairing of mains in
Eleuthera in Lower Bogue, James Cistern,
North and South Palmetto Point, Savan-
nah Sound and Bannerman Town, along
with the construction of new storage tanks
at the Boguee wellfields and Tarpum Bay.
In Abaco. works will include a new dis-
tribution system for Cherokee Sound, the
extension of mains in Cooper's Town, a
new storage tank in Sandypoint and a new
reverse osmosis plant for Green Turtle Cay.
Mr Roberts said water delivery was too

Corporation seeking to improve 30% market

share of New Providence homes and hotels

* INSIDE the new 7.2 million gallon-per-day reverse osmosis plant, built
and operated by Consolidated Water, which is located at Blue Hill Road

critical not to address aggressively, partic-
ularly as the Bahamas was a tourism desti-
At present, the Water and Sewerage Cor-
poration serves about 30 per cent of resi-
dences and hotels in New Providence. Mr
Roberts said it was critical that this changed,
so that the public was not exposed to unsafe
water from private wells.
The Blue Hills facility, long awaited, is

(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune Staff)

the largest reverse osmosis plant in lhe
Bahamas, and at a cost ol $-'2 million it has
the capacity of 7.2 million gallons per day
and can remain fully operational even when
power is gone. It was built H\. consolidated d
Water after a lengthy liidding process.
Mr Roberts noted that soon, reverse
osmosis plants will eliminate the need to
barge water into New Providence from

Hotels see 25 per cent drop

in Spring Break visitors

FROM page 1B

aiming for a mix of resort
Moving forward, Mr Sands
said Baha Mar did not want to
be classified as "a Spring Break
hotel" per se.
Edwin Lightbourne, a Min-
istry of Tourism spokesman,
said it was still very early into
Spring Break, and as far as he
knew, the ministry had not yet
complied any statistics.
However, he pointed out that
the Ministry of Tourism was

proactively dealing with Spring
Break, as the safety and conve-
nience of both visitors and
Bahamians was top priority.
Among the initiatives were:
Spring Breakers will be giv-
en a "quick facts" brochure on
arrival at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport.
The brochure will have
safety tips from the police, a
map of downtown Nassau and a
welcome message from the
Ministry of Tourism. This mes-
sage aims to encourage the stu-
dents to act responsibly while

It will also encourage them
to congregate in a Spring Break
Zone that will begin at Arawak
Cay, moving east along Bay
Street to encompass the West-
ern Esplanade and Long Wharf
Beach. The Zone will end at the
eastern perimeter of the British
Colonial Hilton.
The purpose of the Spring
Break Zone is to have Spring
Breakers concentrated as much
as possible in one area. This will
result in better safety for Spring
Breakers, and more comfort for
Bahamians and other tourists
who do not want to participate

in Spring Break actilitics.
SliThe Mlinistry of Tourism
will coordinate i act itics in thlie
Spring Break Zone. These will
include the plaNying of music by
a D.J, water sports and beach
games such as volleyball.
The Spring Break Zone will
be operational from 10am to
6pm each day. This will begin
on Monday, March 12, and con-
tinue for at least the next six
There will be an increased
police presence in the Spring
Break Zone, primarily by the
Tourism Patrol Unit.


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(No.46 of 2000)
IBC No. 128357B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2)
(a) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 46 of 2000).
An\ person having a Claim against SORENSTAM IN\ ESMENTS
LIMITED is required on or before the 28th day otf April, 2007 to
send their name, address and particulars of the debt of claim to the
Liquidatorof the Company, or indefault thereof they ma\ be excluded
fromthebenefitof any distribution made before suchclaim is approved
Rosana Hollins, of Suite 2B, Mansion House, 143 Main Street,
Gibraltar is the Liquidator of SORENSTAM INVESTMENTS


.C 5t5 t

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

The successful candidate must:
Have three years experience administering a Windows 2000 network infrastructure, preferably
in the Finance Industry.
Be knowledgeable in the use and applications of Microsoft products to include Office 2000, :
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.
Be willing to work occasionally after regular hours and weekends.
- Requirements:
S Associates Degree in related field required.
MCSE a plus 1
- The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and
superior benefits package.
Please send all resumes to the attention of: =
' Human Resource Manager
" Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas =
Fax: 325-0524
E-mail: hrmanager@ansbacher.bs :
Deadline for all applications is March 9, 2007
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Furniture, Antiques, Appliances,
Collectibles, Books, Piano, etc. etc.

Friday, 9th March
Saturday 10th March
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No Early Birds Please

Directions: From Goodman's Bay roundabout
go south through golf course, first house
on right (west) at top of the hill

The incumbent will have overall responsibility for the efficient operationll
and maintenance of equipment and machinery, with a keen focus on detail
in keeping with international standards. He/she will also be customer oriented
with a track record of mastery in mechanical areas. Specifically he, she will
be required to:

> Ensure the effective and efficient performance of the maintenance
function for the following assets:
Building and the environment
Packaging lines and blow molding operations
Utilities supplies: Electrical distribution, high and low pressure
air, refrigeration and RO water systems

I Manage Ithe workshop and the execution of planned and prevcnletil\ e
tmailntenance program
> Diagnose equipment malfunction and remove, install or eflectl epaiis
as nIecessarS
- \atI aluale the maintenance performance in his/her area of responsibility .
comtipile reports and effectively use performance dala
r Maitinli technical integrity of plant to attain production large' iand
'ep abreast \\ ith latest technllological advanccmenlts

Ideal candidate \Vould have strong Ellectrical & Mechanical I nginecl ince
C\peiricInc, demonstrate a proficiency to trouble shoot and repair common01
cleclt i;al problem' ms ulld have the ability to work independent .

PIlease seld rIestume to: Ilia:n Resources Mainiager
P.O. BOX N-3207
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Tourism to create

one of every 1


FROM page 1B

cent in 2017, accounting for
$6.762 billion in economic
The WTTC predicted that
the Bahamian tourism indus-
try would enjoy 2.6 per cent
growth in 2007, and see an
average growth rate of 3.8 per
cent per annum over the next
10 years to 2017.

The study said total travel
and tourism demand in the
Bahamas would grow from
$4.433 billion in 2007 to $8.428
billion in 2017.
The Bahamian tourism
industry's growth rate was
projected to be behind the 3
per cent average the
Caribbean will enjoy in 2007,
although the projected 10-
year average is higher than
the region's 3.3 per cent.

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
BEYSS INVESTMENT GMBH is in Dissolution"

Jury orders Vonage

to pay Verizon $58m

AP Business Writer
- Internet phone company
Vonage must pay Verizon
Communications $58 million for
infringing on three patents that
enable the upstart's low-cost
telephone service, a jury ruled

The judgment is far less than
the $197 million that Verizon
had requested, and it was more
in line with what Vonage had
suggested if the Holmdel,
N.J.-based company was found
liable. Still undetermined is
whether Vonage will be barred
from using Verizon's technolo-
gy. Following the verdict, attor-
neys for New York-based Ver-

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
DAILY POWER HOLDINGS LTD. is in Dissolution"
The date of commencement of dissolution is 23rd day of
February, 2007.
Rustem Limited
Trident Chambers
P.O. Box 146, Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands




Notice is hereby given that liquidatiQon.of the above commenced
on the 16th day of February, 2007 add that Credit Suisse Trust
Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the

izon requested a permanent
injunction barring Vonage from
further use of the patented tech-
A hearing on the request was
scheduled for March 23 in U.S.
District Court in Alexandria.
Verizon sued Vonage last
year for infringing on five
patents that it said Vonage uses
to make its Internet telephone
service network functional. The
eight-person jury found Von-
age infringed on three of the
five patents.
The jury found in its verdict
that Vonage's infringement was
not willful. That means Verizon
cannot collect triple damages,
which can be awarded in patent
infringement cases.
"This is a significant victory
for Verizon," said Dan Webb,
one of Verizon's attorneys. "It
shows that companies that
infringe patents can be held
In a statement, Vonage said it
was pleased that the jury had

rejected Verizon's claims that
it infringed on two patents, and
that it expected the verdict on
the other three to be reversed
on appeal.
Vonage added that it didn't
believe there was any basis to
support Verizon's request for
an injunction. "If the trial court
does impose an injunction, we
will seek an immediate stay
from the Federal Court of
Appeals," it said.
Vonage is a leading provider
of broadband Voice over Inter-
net Protocol service and has a
customer base of more than two
million. Last year, it lost $286
million on revenue of $607 mil-
lion. Verizon Communications
Inc. earned $6.20 billion in 2006
on revenue of $88.14 billion.
Shares of Vonage Holdings
Corp. fell 21 cents, or more than
four per cent, to close at $4.84
on the New York Stock
Exchange. Verizon stock gained
80 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to close
at $36.48 on the same exchange.


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Mw k erienced

V Pizza Cooks Straight Shifts
V Line Cooks
V Pantry Cook
V Buspersons

Must be culinary minded and able to work
to high levels of sanitation with a great work
ethic and must be able to pay

References Essential

Please present resume in person at
Villaggio 10am 2pm, Mon-Fri.


James McCoy Late Of Mosley Lane
in the Eastern District of the Island of
New Providence, Engineer, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before the 30th day of March, A.D.,
2007, after which date the Executrix will
proceed to distribute the assets having regard
only to the claims of which she shall then
have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before the date hereinbefore mentioned.

Attorneys for the Executrix
P.O. Box N-918,
Magna Carla Court,
Parliament & Shirley Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas

obs in Bahamas

is 23rd day of

The date of commencement of dissolution
January, 2007.
Mr. Brian Thomas Wadlow
34, South Hill Road

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th day of
February 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Credit Suisse Trust Limited

ESSO Standard Oil, S.A., Ltd. is looking for Talented Candidates

for the following position:

Achieve success and flawless execution in Fleet Operations through managing operations,
logistics and personnel on a day to day basis. Responsible for product deliveries in Nassau and
Family Islands. Ensure Fleet activities are carried out safely and in accordance with Esso 's
standards and government regulations at an acceptable cost and at an agreed service level.

-,Bachelor degree in Engineering (Industrial, Mechanical) or Related Fields
42 3 Years of experience in areas of study
-,Great Interpersonal Effectiveness & Communication Skills
-,Cognitive/Technical/Business Knowledge: Analytical Thinking, Innovation, Judgement
-,Has Commitment to High Standards
-,Result Oriented, Committed, with Drive & Perseverance
-Exerdses Influence: Demonstrates Self Confidence and Personal Impact
-,Demonstrates Leadership

If you fulfill the position's requirement, please send your resume by email to: recruitmentbahamas@yahoo.com



Bahamas Ferries

enters into Internet

marketing agreement

* BAHAMAS Ferries executive Khaalis Rolle

(FILE photo)

Bahamas Ferries, the
inter-island ferry ser-
vice provider, has
signed an agreement that will
see the Internet site,
www.Bahamas.Gour.Net, mar-
ket the company and its ser-
vices via the Internet.
The agreement aims to raise
awareness among potential
international tourists of the
opportunity to visit multiple
Bahamian islands during their
stay via Bahamas Ferries.
Khaalis Rolle, a Bahamas
Ferries executive, said the part-
nership was intended to expose
the company and its high-
speed ferry services to a wider
The company operates high
and medium-speed Catamaran

vessels for passengers, vehicles
and freight to eight Family
Island destinations. The most
popular tourist destination is
Harbour Island, Eleuthera, to
which Bahamas Ferries offers a
one-day excursion.
Bahamas.Gour.Net uses a
search engine marketing
approach that has proven suc-
cessful in exposing clients'
products to a wide range of
international customers, dri-
ving new business to their
It offers a wide range of ser-
vices to customers, including
the promotion of their services
and activities, online reserva-
tions, direct on line booking
services and cross-banner

Tribune says it has no

plans to sell any of

its other newspapers

bune Company, which
announced this week it is shed-
ding two small Connecticut
newspapers, says it has no plans
to sell the Chicago Tribune, Los
Angeles Times, The (Balti-
more) Sun or any of its other
papers. ,
"While the special commit-
tee of our board of directors
continues to oversee Tribune's
exploration of strategic alter-
natives, we have no current
plans to sell additional newspa-
pers," Scott Smith, president of
the publishing division of the
Chicago-based parent compa-

ny, said in a brief statement.
On Tuesday, Tribune Co.
announced it was selling The
Advocate of Stamford and the
Greenwich Time to Gannett
Co. for $73 million in a transac-
tion between the nation's two
largest newspaper companies.
-::- -Aft-t.the announcement of
that sale, Dennis FitzSimons
said the company had exceeded
its goal of selling $500 million in
"noncore assets."
Besides the two newspapers
sold to Gannett, Tribune since
last summer has shed a number
of assets, including television
stations in Atlanta, Boston and

Albany, N.Y.: 2.8 million shares
of Time Warner common stock
and a former Los Angeles
Times printing facility.
Earlier in the week. Smith
said that the two Connecticut
newspapers did not fit the com-
pany's strategic focus on larger
publishing and interactive busi-
nesses, and in his most'recent
statement made it clear that the
remaining papers do.
"Our newspapers are clear
leaders in the major markets
they serve, and fit our strategic
focus on larger publishing and
interactive businesses."
The company, which has seen

its newspaper readers fol-
lowed by advertisers --contin-
ue to migrate to the Internet.
still is expected to decide this
month on a possible restructur-
ing or other move, following a
six-month strategic review.


For the stories behind

the news, read Insight
on Monday



Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 28th day of December, 2006.


* Computer skills must include Microsoft Excel and Microsoft
* Excellent oral and written communicational skills
* Ability to work on own initiative
* Interpersonal skills
* Ability to work with cash
* Must be able to implement and maintain company standards
and procedures
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 21




Pepsi Cola Bahamas, an affiliate of Pepsi Americas, Inc., is searching
for a qualified individual to manage its manufacturing operations. This
includes Production, Quality Control, Maintenance, Warehouse, Fleet,
and Logistics. (5'direct reports, 30+ indirect reports).

Qualified candidates must posses the following:

* Minimum Bachelor's degree in business, operations or related field

* Prior leadership, supervisor and coaching experience required.
Operations and distribution experience preferred

* Results oriented
* Strong leadership
* Team builder / Team player
* Ability to coach and develop people
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Process oriented
* Problem solver
* Ability to multi task

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the
successful candidate. If you are a strong leader/manager capable of
multi tasking and are interested in being part of a dynamic, growing
international company, please mail or email resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Pepsi Cola Bahamas Bottling Co., Ltd.
P. 0. Box N-3004
Prince Charles Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 364-2123

Design/Build Teams are invited to submit proposals to construct a
new bridge carrying the Grand Bahama Highway over the Lucayan
Waterway near Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama.


SCOPE OF WORK: The project limits will consist of approximately one
half (1/2) mile of roadway, a bridge over the Lucayan Waterway
Canal and the extension of the existing seawall bulkheads along
both sides of the canal. The intent is for the bridge to span across the
Lucayan Waterway with no piers or marine fenders in the Lucayan
Waterway, This bridge is intended to be the initial two (2) lanes of a
future (4) lane facility with a carrier space for utilities and at least one
sidewalk with pedestrian vehicle divider/barrier wall. No sidewalk
facility is anticipated with the bridge in this agreement, only with the
future four lane facility. The work also includes the reconstruction of
the approach roadway eastbound and westbound to the bridge to
provide for one lane in each direction at the bridge and connection
to the four (4) lane divided Grand Bahama Highway beyond the
project limits.

Interested Design/Build Teams must submit information on their tech-
nical and financial competence for qualification, no later than
Friday, March 16, 2007 to:

Mr. Dudley Francis
Project Manager
Southern Ridge Building
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Tel: (242) 352-6611 Ext. 2085
Fax: (242) 351-8473
E-mail: dfrancis@gbpa.com



The nation's retailers report

disappointingg February sales

AP Business Writer

1:W YORK (AP) The
,;lilional excuse for disap-
,iling retail sales in Febru-
.. > cold weather may not
1W i tough io explain sluggish
i, ilts posted by US mer-
i it ius from Gap Inc. to
\nnTiavlor Corp. Unappeal-
ni" lfashions may also have
nothingng to do with it.
As merchants reported their
SIcs results Thursday, the dis-
ipointments went beyond the
u.n,,al stragglers like Gap and
*luded stores like teen stal-

wart Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Bebe Stores Inc. reported its
first monthly decline in 46
months, blaming the weakness
on not having enough trendy
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which
reported continuing problems
with its apparel offerings, had
sales below analysts' estimates.
High-end stores like Nord-
strom Inc. were among the
bright spots, but analysts say
stores catering to the middle-
to lower-income shopper might
suffer more as the economy
continues to slow.
"February can be a treach-
erous month from a weather
standpoint," said Michael C.
Appel, managing director of
Quest Turnaround Advisors
LLC. But the big problem, he
said, was the merchandise.
Marshal Cohen, chief ana-
lyst at NPD Group Inc., a Port
Washington, N.Y.-based mar-
ket research company, agreed,
saying, "The weather is a good
excuse, but the truth is weath-
er is one direction. Another

Equity Side

direction is merchandise."
Cohen noted that retailers'
biggest mistake is that stores
are not in step with customers'
penchant for buying clothing
to be worn immediately; mer-
chants display the new mer-
chandise well ahead of when
the season begins. The late
arrival of winter weather
helped clear out cold weather
items and boosted sales in lan
uary. But that meant there was
little for shoppers to buy last
month, as they had little inter-
est in spring wear.
Another problem, Cohen
said, is that fashion has become
"too commoditized." This sea-
son's fashions 1960s mod
looks like baby doll tops and
mini dresses in geometric pat-
terns are being offered
everywhere at every price
point, he noted. Not to men-
tion that some experts doubt
whether these looks will have
broad-base appeal.
Retailers also are grappling
with a slowing economy, pari
ticularly a weakening housinrt


IN THE MATTER of all those pieces parcels or lots of land
comprising Lots 73, 74 and 75 of the Gregory Town Crown Allotments
situate iq the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands of the Conmmnonwealth o!
The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act 1959

IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Bernard A. Kuttner


I he Petition of BERNARD A. KUTTNER of Millbum, New Jersey one of
Ithe Untied States of America and Gregory Town, Eleuthera one of the islands
A~f Ithe Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect of;-

ALL THOSE pieces parcels or lots of land comprising lots 73,
74 and 75 of the Gregory Town Crown Allotments and which said pieces,
parcels or lots of land are bounded as follows on the North West by Crown
Land and by the property of the Petitioner and running thereon One hundred and
Ninety-eight and seventy-nine hundreths (198.79) feet on the West North West
by the property of the Petitioner and running thereon One hundred and Eleven
and Thirty-two hundreths (111.32) feet on the North East by vacant land, by
Cave Street and Lot Number No.6 of the Gregory Town Crown Allotments
and running thereon One hundred and Seventy-eight and Sixty-two hundreths
(178.62) feet on the South East by the property of the Petitioner and running
thercon Three hundred (300) feet and on the South West by Crown Land and
tunning thereon One Hundred and Six and Seven hundreths (106.07) feet and
Which said pieces parcels or lots of land are more particularly delineated and
shown on the plan filed in this matter and thereon coloured Pink.

Bernard A.Kuttner claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the
said land free from encumbrances and has made application to the Supreme
Court in the Commonwealth of Bahamas under Section 3 The Quieting Titles
Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted- by the
' 'oilt in accordance with provisions of the said Act.

A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours in
the following places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the said City of Nassau

(b) The Chambers of McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, Mareva
House, 4 George Street in the City of Nassau, Attorneys for the
Petitioner; and

(c) The office of the Island Administrator at Govenor's Harbour

Notice is hereby given that any persons having dower or a right of dower or an
Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
14th day of May, 2007 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a statement of his claim in the prescribed form, verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to be file and serve a
statement of his claim on or before the said 14th day of May, 2007 will operate
as a bar to such claim.

Dated the 7th day of March, A.D. 2007.

Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Plaintiff

market, that could challenge
shoppers in the months ahead.
Ken Perkins, president of
RetailMetrics LLC, a research
company in Swampscott,
Mass., said defaults and delin-
quencies in the mortgage
industry coupled with the
decline of mortgage equity
withdrawals that give consumers
extra cash could curtail
All these factors combined
helped depress the February
sales tally at The International
Council of Shopping Centers-
UBS sales, which rose a mod-
est 2.5 per cent, the low end
of the projected range of 2.5
per cent to 3.0 per cent. The
results are based on sales at
stores open at least a year,
known as same-store sales and
considered a good gauge of a
retailer's health.
While February is one of the
least important months of a
retailer's calendar, merchants
do hope to get some idea of
\\ which spring fashion trends are
resonating with shoppers.
Wal-Mart, dragged down by
weakness at its namesake dis-
count stores, reported a slim
0.9 per cent gain in same-store
sales, below the 1.5 per cent
estimate from Wall Street ana-
lysts surveyed by Thomson
The world's largest retailer
blamed the sales shortfall on
the continued weakness in the
home and apparel business.
Wa\!-Mart said those two busi-
S_'ssCs should reinmin soft

through the spring.
Rival Target Corp. enjoyed a
5.7 per cent increase in same-
store sales,above the 5.1 per
cent estimate.
Limited Brands Inc. had a
three per cent increase in
same-store sales, below the
four per cent estimate. The
company had warned that bad
weather affected Valentine's
Day sales at its Victoria's
Secret and Bath & Body
Works chains.
Bebe had a 2.2 per cent
decline in same-store sales,
below the estimate for a 2.2
per cent gain. "I continue to
believe we will see a more
appropriate assortment in
March with a sexier feeling to
our overall assortment," said
CEO Greg Scott.
Chico's, whose sales stalled
in recent months, posted a 4.3
per cent decline in same-store
sales, worse than the 1.4 per
cent estimate. The company,
which caters to boomers, is
refreshening its assortments.
AnnTaylor, dragged down
by sluggish sales at its lower-
price Loft division, struggled
with a 2.9 per cent decline in
same-store sales,though better
than the 4.5 per cent analysts
expected. The company said it
is working to refresh Loft's
merchandise with updated
classics and wear-now fashions.
Gap, whose troubles led to
the departure of its CEO in
January, had a four per cent
decline in same-store sales,
better than the 4.8 per cent

decline analysts estimated.
Abercrombie & Fitch posted
a six per cent same-store sales
drop, worse than the 2.3 per
cent analysts expected.
Among department stores,
Federated Department Stores
- which acquired May
Department Stores Co. in 2005
and is transforming its Macy's
brand into a national depart-
ment store chain reported a
1.2 per cent same-store sales
gain, below the 2.8 per cent
"Sales in February were
impacted by a series of snow
and ice storms in the eastern
half of the U.S., including those
during the important selling
days immediately preceding
Valentine's Day," said Terry
J. Lundgren, chairman, presi-
dent and CEO in a statement.
Penney had a 0.2 per cent
decline in same-store sales in
its department store business,
somewhat better than the 0.5
per cent decline analysts
expected. The company said
sales improved at the end of
last month, particularly in
areas where the weather
turned warm.
Meanwhile, high-end stores
continued to shine. Nordstrom
reported a 9.1 per cent increase
in same-store sales in Febru-
ary, beating the 5.7 per cent
On Wednesday, Saks Inc.,
which operates Saks Fifth
Avenue, said its same-store
sales surged 24.7 per cent.
Analysts expected 6.4 per cent.


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stability cross global markets

AP Business Writer

Street extended its recovery
from last week's big plunge, ris-
ing Thursday after several sta-
ble sessions helped buttress
investor sentiment and allay
some concerns about the econ-
Thursday's advance helped
investors speed past lackluster
retail sales figures and focus on
more promising comments
about March sales.
Investors also grew more con-
fident following gains in mar-
kets in Europe and Asia. The
dollar was mixed against major
currencies and fought its way
higher against the yen, easing
some concern about whether
global liquidity would tighten.
Investors eager for signals
about the health of the econo-
my bet on rising fortunes for
United States businesses a day
ahead of the Labour Depart-
ment's much-anticipated Feb-
ruary employment report.
Strong employment is seen
as crucial on Wall Street
because robust consumer
spending has kept the economy
charging ahead in recent years.
Larger concerns about the
economy figured heavily in last
week's selloff.
"I think we got a little bit too
negative too fast," said Brian
Levitt, corporate economist at
OppenheimerFunds Inc., refer-
ring to the February 27 global
selloff that sent the major US
indexes down more than three
per cent. "They failed to see the
broader picture that there still is
fairly good underlying strength
in the economy."
The Dow Jones industrials
were up more than 100 points in
afternoon trading before pulling
back amid rumors a subprime
lender would declare bank-

Dow rises 100 points before pullback

According to preliminary cal-
culations, the Dow closed up
68.25, or 0.56 per cent, at
Lender New Century Finan-
cial Corp. announced after the
markets closed that it would no
longer be accepting loan appli-
cations, and that it secured $265
million in financing to help it
meet financial obligations.
Broader stock indicators also
put up sizable gains Thursday.
The Standard & Poor's 500
index climbed 9.92, or 0.71 per
cent, to 1,401.89, and the Nas-
daq composite index advanced
13.09, or 0.55 per cent, to
Bonds fell as stocks
advanced; the yield on the
benchmark 10-year Treasury
note rose to 4.51 per cent from
4.50 per cent late Wednesday.
Gold prices rose.
Light, sweet crude fell 18
cents to $61.64 per barrel on the
New York Mercantile
The focus on broader market
sentiment and the impending
February employment report
overshadowed word from the
Labor Department that the
number of newly laid-off work-
ers seeking unemployment ben-
efits fell last week to the lowest
level in a month.
Unlike last week, news from
overseas provided little head-
wind to US stocks. On Thurs-
day, the European Central
Bank raised interest rates by a
quarter point, as expected, and
the Bank of England left rates
unchanged. Turbulence in stock
markets worldwide last week
gave a sense that Wall Street,
London and financial capitals
in Asia were essentially one big

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trading floor stocks seemed
to move in tandem over con-
cerns about whether the global
economy would begin to sput-
ter. Investors should remain vig-
ilant, Levitt says. "I think we
are still going to see some
volatility. Investors need to
focus on keeping the risks in
their portfolio in check. There
are good opportunities around
the world but certainly it is a
good time to think about quali-
The major indexes did show
some volatility on speculation
New Century would make some
kind of announcement. The
stock, which dropped below a
52-week low of $3.94 to as low
as $3.37 before rebounding
somewhat, fell $1.20, or 23.2 per
cent, to $3.)%.
Larry Peruzzi, senior equity
trader at The Boston Compa-
ny Asset Management, said
there are fears in the market
that mortgage lenders might
face bankruptcy. "This is one
of the fears that has kind of
been overhanging the market
with this whole subprime real
estate concern.," he said.
Nonetheless, investors
seemed able to look past some
unpleasant news from retailers.
Wal-Mart's same-store sales, or

sales at stores open at least a
year, rose a lower-than-expect-
ed 0.9 per cent in February.
Wall Street had been looking
for sales at the world's largest
retailer, which has lately shown
some difficulty boosting its
monthly numbers, to increase
1.5 per cent. Wal-Mart, one of
the 30 stocks that comprise the
Dlow industrials, fell 11 cents to
Nordstrom rose $2.31, or 4.6
per cent, to $52.73 after its Feb-
ruary same-store sales jumped
Q.1 per cent, well above the 5.7
per cent increase predicted by a
Thomson Financial poll of ana-
lysts. Same-store sales are a key
measure of a retailer's perfor-
imance and a strong report
Wednesday luxury department
store chain Saks Inc. fanned
Wall Street's expectations for
Saks' competitors.
Saks, after rising Wednesday,
advanced 10 cents to $19.92.
March, with the Easter holiday,
will likely prove to be a more
important month for retailers.
Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals
Inc. fell $1.38, or 32.2 per cent,
to $2.90 after the US govern-
ment rejected the biotech drug
developer's radiation sickness
treatment. Express Scripts Inc.
rose $1.20 to $75.97 after raising


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Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

Reducing the Luck Factor

South dealer.
North-South vulner
*J 97
V 1097
+J 1093
V 8 64
The bidding:
South West
1 4 Pass
Opening lead jac

A competent dec
to take full advanta
lie of the opponents
that occurs and, equ
overcome an unfav
cards whenever it i
Examine this d
leads a club again
Declarer wins with
and plays a trump
which East shows
unlucky development

heavily favor a 2-1 division of the
rable. suit.
TH Now saddled with an unexpected
4 trump loser, South is in danger of
going down in a contract that a
4 moment earlier appeared certain. The
outcome at this point seems to
EAST depend on whether East or West has
4 the ace of hearts.
VA Q J 3 But it would be a mistake for de-
Q 10 7 5 clarer to stake the outcome solely on
S8 6 54 2 the location of the heart ace. To lead
TH a heart to the king at this stage would
5 3 2 place too much reliance on the ele-
ment of luck and, in the actual deal,
would prove fatal.
Instead, declarer should cash the
king of spades and A-K of diamonds,
North East then ruff a diamond. A club to the ace q
3 4 Pass is followed by leading dummy's last
diamond, but when East follows with
ck of clubs. the queen, South discards a heart
instead of ruffing!
larer is expected This simple but elegant move
ge of a favorable endplays East. He is forced to return
s' cards whenever a heart to dummy's king or concede a
ally important, to ruff-and-discard. Either way, South
orable lie of the loses only three tricks.
is possible to do By adopting this line of play,
declarer gives himself an extra
eal where West chance to make the contract. He does
nst four spades. not know which opponent has four
dummy's queen diamonds, or who has the ace of
to the ace, on hearts, but it costs him nothing to try
out. This is an for the endplay before touching the
nt, since the odds heart suit.










words in
the main
body of

U' .. '' HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one nine-
letter word. No plurals
Good 25; very good 37; excellent
k 49 (or more). Solution

3 When this falling, there's no fine
promise (5)
8 Possibly dooms a sinful city (5)
10 Hang around waiting lor the
fathers? (5)
11 Doesdad kapherquie?7(3)
12 Deonstraon possibly poor and
13 Food, thMes plain, In black
and white (7)
15 In which to pay the pose,
possibly (5)
18 Operati period? (3)
19 Go round on the underground One (6)
21 As carried by soldiers n battle? (7)
22 Lash out for a valuable paintingl (4)
23 Wherein to Ilve in endless
depression (4)
24 Picked for feather-Night treatment? (7)
26 When I had to enter
the fray (6)
29 Fool the lttlebeastl (3)
31 Fee around making
tools (5)
32 Possibly bleat about certain points
being justifiable (7)
34 It's bad for satn (5)
35 Less than a foot to the east (3)
36 Not much of a blizzard, pedhapsil (5)
37 Anexduslvethlng to do (5)
38 Peels back the rest (5)

cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 9, at once 10, Ar-tichok-e 12 Deal 13, Prised
(prized) 14, GI-A-cal 15 Chl-eftal-n 17, 6ff-screen 18,
P-ageant(s) 19 Mo-tl(c-ve 20, Shot 23, Took C-over 25,
Carried on 26, ver 27, Pre-f(old)er 29, Stab-bed 32, Hol
loi 34, The-oases 35, Rolling 36, Se-a-man 37,
c(oming)-e 38, Susoected 39, H-deb-ound
DOWN:1, and-l-cap 2 Floating vote 3, Undre-am-t 4,
Reason 5, H-and-s o-ut 6, Stage fr 7, Scratch 8,
Bed-ling-ton 11, O-live (rev) 16 Flan-C-e 19, Mar (rev) 21,
Had a baslnful 22, Mid-air 23, To-othb-rush 24, Very light
25, Car(away) 28, FlIp-side 29, Stew-a-rD-s 30,
31, Not-iced 33, Id-L-es 34, Tr-ash-y

1 Thats funny, you can order one In
2 Very much heavierthan air
4 Inapopuerdescriptlon,atll(4)
5 An anengting to say(4,2)
6 Relativelyaetodpel
one's bns(5)
7 The doctor's a bit of a ool
to drivel ~ol(5)
9 The expected Ingredient
12 Cleay had been lying
In the wood (7)
14 Unit of squa measure (3)
16 Make too hot and wet (5)
17 The memn are sound, It appears (5)
19 Frightend bird? (7)
20 Ughbanter, but it finished
very noslyl (5)
21 Involved In thrashing, I fall out,
upset (5)
23 Having been calmed, sitting
around a lot (7)
24 Like the shades of various petals (6)
25 A wordngfamrny? (3)
27 Plunder Ike a shot? (5)
28 Fumiure to work at (5)
30 Undo Andy's honest and Innocent (5)
32 Father's no waited (4)
33 Will he not keep still? (3)

easy solutions
ACROSS: 9, Punchball 10, Nectarine 12, Tees 13, People
14, Unleash 15, Innocuous 17, Dedicated 18, Sawdust 19,
Gadget 20, Epic 23, Plimsolls 25, Postnatal 26, Reek 27,
Bridge 29, Clothes 32 Onlookers 34, Fraternal 35, Aquatic
36, oasts 37, Stun 38, Obstacles 39,
DOWN: 1, Upstairs 2, Once in a while 3, Barefoot 4,
Elopes 5, Intended 6, Scoundrels 7, Warlock 8, Methodical
11, Inapt 16 Cruise 19 Gas 21, Pitch-and-toss 22.
Income 23, Percolator 24, Large-scale 25, Pie 28, distress
29, Chastens 30, Splinter 31, Portray 33, Lauds 34,

3 Velocity (5)
8 Deserve (5)
10 Paraste (5)
11 Males (3)
12 Shlp's room (5)
13 Implores (7)
15 Ud(5)
18 By way of (3)
19 Corsailr(6)
21 Wall(7)
2Z Plunder (4)
23 Discover (4)
24 Sophisticated (7)
26 Wore away (6)
29 Total (3)
31 Father (5)
32 Particulars (7)
34 Sacked (5)
35 Auction Item (3)
36 Weary (5)
37 Princple (5)
38 Brings up (5)

1 Office workers (5)
2 Drinks
barrel (4,3)
4 Vegetables (4)
5 Draw out(6)
6 Benefactor (5)
7 Thing of
value (5)
9 Agent (3)
12 Applauded (7)
14 Target (3)
16 Acceptabe (5)
17 Prepared (5)
19 Extoled (7)
20 Insects (5)
21 Helicopter blade (5)
23 Women (7)
24 Dwell (6)
25 Kernel(3)
27 Stit (5)
28 Postpone (5)
30 Change (5)
32 Ruminant
mammal (4)
33 Charged particle (3)

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ARIES March 21/April 20
Got a touch of March madness,
Aries? Get out and about and it is
sure to subside. It seems that Lady
Luck is on your side -- romance is
likely for Thursday.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Have you been considering an addi-
tion to your family, Taurus? Now is
the right time to make your plans.
Seek the advice of Sagittarius who
won't steer you wrong.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Don't put off that much-need vaca-
tion any longer, Gemini. Visit your
travel agent and book the trip as soon
as possible. Pisces will be willing to
share your company.
CANCER June 22/July 22
That blossoming romance really
starts to move along quickly, Cancer.
The stars are pointing toward a long-
term relationship. This very well
may be The One! Enjoy your good
fortune on Tuesday.
LEO July 23/August 23
Too much running around has left you
feeling on end, Leo. It's a fine time to
ask some of your friends to do the
entertaining for a change. Look to
Capricorn for a little assistance.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Still facing that nagging question,
Virgo? Trust your instincts and
you'll know what to do. A healthy
dose of energy this week puts you
in a sporting frame of mind.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You've taken a large step with your
relationship, Libra, but it may have
been a mistake. That special someone
seems to be pulling away a bit.
Consult with Leo for advice.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
If you've been on the fence about a
career change, Scorpio, it just may
be best to wait a little longer. You
have too many large plans for the
months ahead.
You may just want to hang around
the house this week, Sagittarjus, and
act like a real homebody. Perhaps
you should try something crafty -
like needlepoint or ceramics. Expect
good news on Tuesday.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
It seems that a family member has been
a nuisance lately, Capricorn, but don't let
it bother you too much. This person just
knows how to push your buttons. Virgo
provides the answer to a key question.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
It seems you've got your fitness rou-
tine on track, Aquarius. The results
are beginning to be noticeable. Career
changes are inevitable starting by
week's end.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
That under-the-weather feeling is
something that you can't seem to
shake, Pisces. It may be best to give in
and visit the doctor. Enjoy a little
pampering from loved ones .

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Tsheplso Lopang v Jessie Gilbert.
Turin women's Olympiad. 2006.
Croydon High School pupil
Gilbert was England's best
young female talent until her
tragic death last summer aged
19. She played number two for
England women at the Turin
world team event, where
today's position launched an
impressive attack. White has
been passive, allowing the black
knight to reach the strong f4
outpost where it menaces the
white king. However, Black
needs to act fast. White
threatens Nxe5, while the
defence f7-f6 would allow the
surprise Ngl threatening to trap
the f4 knight by g2-g3. Gilbert
found a bravura response, a
sacrificial attack which led to
checkmate. What did Black play?


Chess solution 8312: L.Nxg212 Kxg2 Bxh3+l 3 Kxh3
(3 Kgl! resists better) Qd7+ 4 Kh2 Bi4+ 5 Khl Qh3+ 6
Kgl Qg4 7 Khl OQxf3+ 8 Kgl Qg4+ 9 Khl Qh3+ 10 Kgl
Qh2 mate.
Mensa quiz Elaborate.
One possible word ladder solution s: FLAG, flap,
flip, dip, chip, whip, SHIP.






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Senior Sports
College cemented its
lead by from 105 on
the first day to 168 on
day two of the
Bahamas Association
of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools
Sports' Track and
Field Championships.
Despite not having
all of their top ath-
letes competing in
their speciality events,
the Big Red Machines
maintained their grip
on the lead as they
trek along for their
19th straight title
today as the three-day
meet comes to a close
at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and
Field Stadium.
The Queen's Col-
lege Comets continue
to stay in second place
with 461 and the St.
John's Giants are in
third with 237.
SAC, coached by
William 'Knuckle-
head' Johnson, are
dominating all four -
bantam, junior, inter-
mediate and senior -
divisions combined.
The Big Red
Machines are also out
front in the bantam
girls, intermediate
girls, senior girls, ban-
tam boys, junior boys
and senior boys.
The Comets,
coached by Gary
Markham, are riding
high on the shoulders
of their junior girls
and intermediate boys
S as they try to stop the
Big Red Machines
from sweeping all
eight divisions at the
end of the day.

Both teams are
counting on their
relay teams to get the
job done as the final
of both the 4 x 100
and 4 x 400 metre
relays will be contest-
ed today.
There will also be
the final of the 800
and a number of field
It would appear that
right behind the big
two, there is a tight
race developing for
the third spot.
At present, the
Giants are holding
onto third with 237,
but the St. Anne's
Bluewaves are not too
far behind with 225.
The Temple Christian
Academy Suns are
still in contention as
well with 192.
The Jordan Prince
William Falcons could
also mount a strong
attack today and move
up from sixth.
They have a total of
189.50 to their ledger
and should not be
counted out just
There are a total of
13 schools participat-
ing in the meet, which
is also serving as a
qualifier for the
Bahamas Association
of Athletic Associa-
tion's Carifta team
that will be going
to the Turks &

Caicos Islands next

Lockhart sprints

his Tiway victoP

Senior Sports Reporter
NASSAU Christian Academy's
Shawn Lockhart will hold the title as the
fastest man in the Bahamas Association
of Independent Secondary Schools for
the next year.
Lockhart claimed the feat yesterday
as the BAISS's annual Track and Field
Championships' most glamorous event
took place at the Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
Lockhart came from behind in the .
pack and bolted down the straight in the
final 50 metres to power past the field
and win in a time of 10.89 seconds.
"The competition was very hard, but
as soon as I got out my drive, I knew
that I had it," said the 16-year-old llth
CW Saunders Cougars' Brandon
Miller crossed the finish line in 10.94 for
second and Queen's College comets'
Deron Carey was third in 10.98.
The senior girls' race was intended to
be the marquee event with two Auburn
University bound sprinters hooking up.
But St. Augustine's College Big Red
Machines' Cache Armbrister didn't run
in the heats on day one and that left
Prince William Falcons' Sheniqua Fer- -
guson to contend with two other SACers.
Ferguson, 16, was no match for the
pair as they easily secured the win, get-
ting out of the blocks ahead of every-
body and she coasted home in 11.57 to
defend her title.
"To me it went great. This was just
my third race for the season, so I just
wanted to do my best through the phas-
es. It wasn't any competition. But I
thanked all of the athletes for giving me
the competition."
Tia Rolle of SAC was second in 11.86
and her team-mate, Krystal Bodie, who
is also heading to Auburn University,
was third in 11.89.
Another impressive performance came
from Temple Christian's Warren Fraser,
who stormed from behind to take the
intermediate boys' century in 10.74.
SAC's Marcus Thompson got second in
10.88 and Queen's College Aaron
Wilmore was third in 10.97.
"My start wasn't too good. I didn't
like the start, but I just tried to stay
focused," said Fraser, who continued a "
winning tradition by his older brothers. r J '
Queen's College's Sparkyl Cash, 13,
was also quick out of the blocks and she ,., I
wasn't challenged the rest of the way as .
she todk the intermediate girls' 100 in '.i
SAC's Valonee Robinson was second N NASSAU Chri iian I .'cademi'
in 12.15 and Cash's team-mate Ashlee Shawn Lockhurl holds olf ('l S011III-
Dorsett got third in 12.38. ders' Brandon Miller to win the senior
"All I want to do is thank God. I went boys 100 in 10.89.
out there and did my best," Cash reflect- (Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)
ed. "I had Valonec on the side of me
and my friend, Ashlee, so I had to go
out and run to come out on top."
Another Queen's College sprinter
took the spotlight in the junior boys divi- her team-mate Willecai Hm t (13 64)
sion. Harold Carter knocked off War- "It was pretty easy because I raced
ren Fraser's younger brother, Deveaugh, some of those people before." she said.
to win the race in 11.51. Fraser was sec- "I was very satisfied."
ond in 11.64 and his team-mate Trevor Harris, 12. also posted a double, pop-
Mackey got third in 11.67. ping a winning leap of 3.78 metres on
"The race was good. I got a good start, her final attempt.
but I got stiff in the middle. I had to run "I felt good because I was always
at the end," he pointed out. "We had jumping before the board and my mom- .
Deveaugh and Trevor, so I had to push my was getting mad at me," she said. ..
myself." "So I had to hit it."
Johnson got the ball rolling for Queen's spotlight came in the senior boys' 1,50tt"
College as she sped to victory in a time of metres.
12.10. Queen's College Kenneth Wallace-
She was unchallenged as St. John's Whitfield waited until the last lap to pass
Lovette Bethel came in second in 13.08 his training partner. Nicholas Swaby of
and Kingsway Academy's Randi Hilton Temple Christian and then he passed
was third in 13.09. SAC's Cerio Rolle to win the three and
"It was nice. From the beginning, I a half lap race.
executed as my coach told me to do," Wallace-Whitfield, 15, won the gin-
said 13-year-old Johnson. selling race in 4:30).78. Rolle did 4:36.()3
SAC's Kirkland Culmer took the ban and Swaby was clocked in 4:37.71.
tam boys' 100 in 12.57 with CW Saun- "I decided to just run with the pack.
ders' Leonard McPhee second in 12.89 The wind was heavy, so I had to fight it,"
and St. John's Juwon Forbes third in Wallace-Whitfield said. "I decided to go
13.20. for it. I looked back to see if I had to go
"It was a little hard, but I just put God anymore because I still have mv main
first," Culmer stated. "When I got out of race, the 800, to focus on.
the blocks, I saw the guy out front, so I ...,.
just did my best to win."
And SAC's Aalyah Harris was a little
too much for the rest of the field to han- U QUEEN'S College's Printassia.

die. She breezed through the bantam Johnson captures the junior girls' ,' '
girls' 100 in 13.21. 100 in 12.10. '
Her nearest rival was Shelby Carbin of (Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune sta.[f/) "
Oueen's (College, who ran 13.63 to nip ) ..... :,

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Coach King

asks Windies

bowlers to Udy

up their act
Associated Press
WEST Indies coach Ben-
nett King has asked his
bowlers to tidy up their acts.
Bowlers conceding bound-
aries on the last ball of overs
and bowling wides that add
up to dozens of extra deliv-
eries in each match is
rankling King.
"We tend to concede
boundaries off the last ball
and waste all the good work
of previous deliveries," King
said as West Indies practiced
in Jamaica on Thursday to
iron out the glitches ahead of
the World Cup.
West Indies, winners of
the first two editions of the
World Cup in 1975 and '79,
plays a final warmup match
Friday against India and
then opens the tournament
proper against Pakistan at
Kingston, Jamaica, on
March 13.
King said his bowlers
needed to be more disci-
"We're sending down far
too many wides that add up
to three or four extra overs,
now that's extravagant for
any side," King said. "We're
going into one-day cricket's
biggest event, it's going to be
a tough competition."
In the 21-run win over
Kenya in a warmup match
on Monday, the West Indies
bowlers conceded 15 wides
and three no-balls among 27
Not good enough, King
To be a genuine con-
tender, King said the West
Indies had to be on top of
the game with bat and ball.
And they're facing a difficult
challenge no host nation
has ever won the World
The Caribbean squad has
recently re-emerged as a side
to compete for the big tro-
phies. Its victory in the bien-
nial Champions Trophy -
the second biggest limited-
overs event after the World
Cup in 2004 revived mem-
ories of the all-conquering
teams of the 70s and 80s. But
it failed to build on the suc-
cess in the subsequent sea-
sons until it reached the final
of last year's Champions
Trophy in India, where it
lost World Cup holder Aus-
Brian Lara's lineup was
the only one in the three-
week competition to pull off
an upset against Australia
when it won their prelimi-
nary league head-to-head.
While Bennett has a solid
batting lineup to marshall,
he is concerned that Lara
has not spent much time bat-
ting in match conditions late-
"Brian needs some more
time in the middle leading
up to the World Cup," said
King. He's hoping to get that
in the warmup against India,
"At the moment, Brian's
jumping out of his seat to
Lara, who owns the record
for the highest scores in test
and first-class cricket, did
not bat earlier in the week
against Kenya, allowing oth-
ers time at the crease after
Marion Samuels (100) and
Chris Gayle (75) set the
home team on course for 268
for six.
The 37-year-old Lara has
not batted in a match since a
Jan. 31 loss to India, where
he had stands of 31,83 and 3
in a 3-1 series loss.
He scored the last of his 19
one-day internationals
against Pakistan at Adelaide,
Australia in January 2005.
India goes into Friday's
match following a 182-run
win in a warmup match
against Netherlands with
Sachin Tendulkar scoring a
half century to complement
his man-of-the-series

achievement against the
West Indies earlier in the

Wilson wins high jump

but falls short of record


Senior Sports Reporter

CARIFTA gold medalist Jamal Wil-
son watched and waited patiently until
the entire field of competitors were
eliminated in the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Independent Secondary
Schools' senior boys high jump before
he mounted his attack.
When he did, Wilson came in at 6-
foot-8, cleared it on his first attempt
and instead of having the bar moved to
6-10, his coach Ronald Cartwright
instructed him to take it all the way
to 7-1, which is his current meet record.
With the crowd eagerly watching
him perform at the Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium at the
same time as the 100 finals were being
ran, the Temple Christian Suns' 12th
grader made his approach.
However, the tall 18-year-old was
unsuccessful, knocking the bar down
all three times.
"I expected it to be more intense,
but it wasn't so I just went out there
and did my best," said Wilson, who is
preparing to defend his title at the
Carifta Games in the Turks and Caicos
Islands next month.
"It wasn't my best, but I just wanted
to do it to get the points for my team."
At the time the competition was
going on, Wilson had to deal with a
strong head wind and he admitted that
it affected his timing. He also noted
that his hip touched the bar a couple
times as he descended in the bed.
Under better circumstances. Wilson
said he's confident that he can soar as
high as 7-4.
"I'm disappointed in my perfor-
mance, but I won't let it get to my
head. There's still a lot more days out
there when I can make it up," he insist-
Wilson may have even been more
disappointed in the rest of the field
because the last two competitors St.



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* JAMAL WILSON in action during yesterday's high jump event.

Anne's Blue.wavcs' Marquis Wallace
and Wilson's laim-male Jvente
Deveaux all made their exit at 5-8.
While Wilson felt short of t\ing or
breaking his record, strong\womnan
Gabrielle Nixon of St. John's College
erased a five year old i accord of I 1.80
that was set by St. Augustine's ('ol-
lege i ara Albury with a hIave of
12.28 to win the senior girls' shot pult.
Willie Moss of Queen's College \s ,is
second with 9.85 and Shalrona Broim-


field of Aquinas took third with 9.17.
Two other records fell on the field
In the intermediate girls' triple jump.
Lindsav Parkei's mark of 9.51 set last
year \ aIS surpassed by the top three
St. john'ss Blitllanv Minnis now holds
the record with a leap of 10.02. SAC's
Ashliee Smith (9.S1) and Synesiha Boo-
hle ( t.7 ,S) esI t \cil ovc thei old mark.
And II ,I l Cersih:ii SA( ers Ihatled

(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)
it out in the senior boys javelin and
that led to both of them throwing well
beyond the previous mark of 50.59
that was set by Jarard Nixon.
In the end. it was softball pitcher
Daniel Cash, who was left standing
with new mark as he threw a hefty
53.96. Jevaughn Saunders, a softball,
basketball and volleyball player and
swimmer, came in second with 51.28.
Aquinas College's Adrian Smith fin-
ished third with 43.58.


Associated Press
ty two minutes from the end
salvaged a 2-2 draw for defend-
ing UEFA Cup champion
Sevilla against Shakhtar Donet-
sk in a game with three suc-
cessful spot kicks on Thursday.
Top of the Spanish league,
Sevilla seemed to be moving
confidently towards a place in
the last eight when Jose Luis
Marti scored with an eighth-
minute penalty at Stadio
Pizjuan. But the Ukraine team
hit back with Tomas Hub-
schman's 19th-minute equalizer
and a 60th-minute penalty by
Brazilian midfielder Matuza-

Maresca, who started his pro
career with West Bromwich
Albion in England and then
moved to Italian soccer pow-
erhouse Juventus, made it 2-2
from the spot two minutes from
the end after he had been
fouled by Olexiy Gay. But
Shakhtar has the slight advan-
tage of two away goals when
the two teams meet again in
Donetsk next Thursday.
On a poor night for the four
Spanish clubs trying to reach
the last eight, Osasuna conced-
ed an injury time-equalizer to
finish 1-1 at Glasgow Rangers,
and Celta Vigo lost 1-0 at home
to Werder Bremen.
Espanyol earned a 0-0 draw
at Maccabi Haifa, the home
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man having a goal disallowed
for offside 10 minutes from the
Hugo Almeida scored for
Bremen with six minutes
remaining, leaving Celta Vigo
to deal with a home defeat and
tough road to reach the last
Osasuna led at Ibrox Park
through Raul Garcia after I6
minutes but Rangers hit back
through French midfielder
Brahim Hemdani in injury
Newcastle beat Louis van
Gaal's AZ Alkmaar 4-2 in a
thrilling end-to-end game in
which five goals were scored in
the first half with (Oiba femni
Martins scoring l\t ice.
An own goal by O(retar
Steinsson and two goals in a
minute by Kieron Dyer and
Martins gave the Magpies a 3.0
lead inside the first 23 minutes.
Shota Arveladze hit back with a
powerful diving header for the
Dutch club in the 31st but
Martins made it 4-1 in the
Danny Koevermans scored a
second for AZ ill the 72nd from
the rebound after Moussia
I)embele's poorly taken free
kick was blocked by goalkeep-
er Shay Given. AZ only has to
win next week's second leg 2-0
to advance to the tquartIrflinals.
Paris Saintl-Germain i llied
from a goal down to edgeC Ben-
fica 2-1.
After Simao Sabrosa gave
the visitor a ninth-minute lead,
Portugal international striker
Pauleta equalized in the 36th
minute and then began tlhe
move that led to Alain F'rau
scoring the second in the 41st.
Lens edged Bayer Lev
erkusen 2-1.
Olivier Monterubhio ,,aI
Lens the lead in the 17th with a1
lob over goalkeeper Reinc
Adler, and was fouled which
led to Daniel C(ousin sealing
the win with a penalty illn Ih
701()h. Karimn Halgni l,,
lotilcd M oinlerrilhio ;i.l \'. :.
sent off, scored for the visitor in
the 51st.
Thursday's other game
between Braga and Tottenham
kicked off l ti.c,

* t-.

CEL(TA de Vigo player lHugo Almeida., left, from Portugal heads the ball to score as he duels with
Werder Bremen player Diego Placenite from Argentina during their U EFA Cup second knockout
round, first-leg soccer match at the Municipal de Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Thursday, March
8, 2007. Werder Bremen won the match with 1-0.
(A1 P' hoio/Lalo 'illar)

held in first leg






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he Miami eralb FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2007


Mavs' marks

are hollow

without title

Associated Press
DALLAS Jason Terry likes
being king of the mountain,
numerd uno, the guy everyone
else is trying to catch. He's talking, of
course, about being the best pool
player on the Dallas Mavericks, and
that gaudy championship belt hanging
in his locker.
What, you thought he meant some-
thing else?
Such as the Mavericks, with a 51-9
record, a 16-game winning streak and
a 23-game home winning streak, roll-
ing toward one of the best records in
NBA history?
Sorry. Those things don't matter
much not now, at least to a club
still smarting from a flameout in last
year's NBA Finals.
"It's easy for us to tune it out, just
knowing we haven't accomplished
anything," Terry said.
Since watching Miami celebrate a
title on their own court, the Maver-
icks have thought solely about getting
back and finishing the job. Every prac-
tice, film session, shootaround and
even games are viewed through the
prism of what will work best in the
Coach Avery Johnson began push-
ing that mindset last season. It settled
in nicely as Dallas tied a franchise
record with 60 victories, then went to
the NBA Finals for the first time.
But after going up 2-0, the Maver-
icks blew a big, late lead in Game 3
and never recovered. The Heat won
four consecutive games, leaving Dal-
las with its longest losing streak since
Johnson took over in March 2005.
The Mavericks stewed over it all
summer, then came back and opened
this season with four more losses in a
row. They've lost only five of their 56
games since, a remarkable .911 win-
ning percentage.
And they're nowhere near satis-
"We're still a long way away from
where we want to be in the playoffs.
We have a lot of stuff we can get bet-
ter at," said Dirk Nowitzki, who
finally might topple his buddy Steve
Nash for the MVP award if Dallas
keeps up its winning ways.
With 22 games left, the Mavericks
would have to win them all to break
the record of 72 victories set by the
1995-96 Chicago Bulls. They'd have to
win all but one to match the mark.
A more realistic goal might be 19-3,
which would give them 70 victories,
second most in league history. Yet
this team doesn't set those kind of
"We're a hungry basketball team
because we don't have what we've
been looking for," Johnson said.
Treating the regular season like
one long preseason is understandable
for a club that's already notched its
seventh consecutive 50-win season.
But it's kind of a shame, too.
The Mavs are failing to savor what
they've already accomplished, from
being the sixth-fastest team with 50
victories to having the fourth-best
record after 60 games to going 10-0 in
February, marking the first perfect
month in franchise history and the
first in the league since the 1996 San
Antonio Spurs, a club that featured a
left-handed point guard named Avery
Johnson used a four-day layoff this
week to work toward staying healthy
and getting better. Practices were
geared toward specific things he
wanted to work on, but there also was
enough down time for players to rest
up for the stretch drive.
They may not have this many days
off again until after the playoffs.
The Mavericks return with three
games in four nights, all against teams
that have beaten them this season: the
Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday
night, Golden State in Oakland on
Monday night, then home for the Suns
on Wednesday night.
Soon after, they play nine of 11 on
the road, starting with six in a row.
"You don't go through what we
went through in the finals without
getting kind of an edge about your-
self," Terry said. "Look back at the
[Bad Boys-era] Pistons' struggles
before they finally won it, the Bulls
before they took their step. There was
something about them that when they
came back the next year that just said,
'We're not going to be denied.'"'


Ravens get McGahee from Bills

Associated Press
lis McGahee likes to refer to him-
self as the NFL's best running back.
Let's see how he does replacing
Jamal Lewis in Baltimore.
The Ravens acquired McGahee
in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on
Thursday, a day after Lewis signed
with Cleveland. In exchange, the
Bills received third- and seventh-
round picks this year and a third-
rounder next year.
"This is a runner who can make
people miss and has the explosion
and speed to take it the distance,"
Ravens general manager Ozzie
Newsome said. "He also has the
power and size to run inside. He's a
viable receiver out of the backfield
and is a good pass blocker, not
something every back can do."

ON THE MOVE: Willis McGahee
will run with the Ravens now.

McGahee was to travel to Balti-
more to meet with team officials
later in the day. The Ravens
expected him to take a physical
either late Thursday or today.

It's anticipated the Ravens will
attempt to negotiate a contract
extension with McGahee, who is
entering the final year of a five-
year deal. Buffalo's first-round pick
in the 2003 draft, McGahee had
been seeking an extension with the
Bills this offseason.
Bills coach Dick Jauron side-
stepped questions why the team
decided to trade McGahee, espe-
cially considering Buffalo does not
have an immediate replacement
for him on its roster.
Jauron simply said the deal was
too good to pass up and that it ben-
efited both teams. Asked if McGa-
bee had requested a trade, Jauron
replied: "That's a good question for
you to ask him." McGahee wasn't
available for comment.
Despite his claims of being the
NFL's best, McGahee has yet to

emerge as an elite running back in
his three years as the Bills starter.
And he hasn't come close to
approaching the numbers Lewis
produced during his first three sea-
sons in Baltimore, not including
2001, which he missed because of a
knee injury.
Lewis three times had 1,300
yards rushing, including 2003,
when he finished with 2,066, sec-
ond-most in league history.
McGahee, who missed his
rookie year recuperating from a
knee injury, enjoyed his most pro-
ductive season in 2004, when he
had 1,128 yards rushing and 13
touchdowns. His worst season was
last year when he managed 990
yards rushing, but led the team
with six rushing touchdowns in 14

SHOCK THE WORLD: California's Ayinde Ubaka hams it Liup after nailing a 3-pointer in the
Golden Bears' 76-69 upset of UCLA in overtime. Ubaka had a career-high 29 points.

Associated Press
Kresge holed two eagles in a 6-un-
der 65 for a two-shot lead in the
PODS Championship on Thursday,
the first time he has ever led after
any round in 114 starts on the PGA
Among those at 67 was Arron
Oberholser, who believes he has a
grip on his back problems with an
innovative workout routine.
"For 11 holes, it was a dream
round," Kresge said. "And then I
kind of got in my way a little bit at
the end. Still, 6 under is darn
He was so flawless with his
irons that the longest putt he made

was from 10 feet for eagle on No. 11,
and while Kresge knew he was
playing well, the scoreboard
offered even greater proof. At one
point, he was five shots clear of the
"That was kind of funny,"
Kresge said. "It's not a course
that's going to give up 8 under after
11. Everyt hinig wa;s just happening."
Most players were curious
about the Copperhead course at
Innisbrook, one of the best on tour
in Florida. This tournament had
been held in the autumn since it
began in 2000, a time when the
fairways are crispy and quick, and
the Bermuda grass is tricky.
With rye grass keeping the
course green and lush, it didn't

Bruins bounced

in quarterfinals

as Bears own OT

Associated Press
LOS ANGELES Ayinde Ubaka scored
eight of his career-high 29 points in overtime
and California stunned fourth-ranked UCLA
76-69 in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals on
Thursday night.
UCLA's second consecutive loss dealt a seri-
ous blow to its hopes of being a No. 1 seed in
next week's NCAA Tournament.
The five-minute overtime turned into a blow-
out, with Cal outscoring the Bruins 15-8. The
game was a rematch of last year's Pac-10 title
game, won by UCLA on its way to a runner-up
finish in the national championship game.
Ryan Anderson added 18 points for the
eighth-seeded Golden Bears (16-16), who blew a
16-point, first-half lead. They will play fourth-
seeded Oregon today in the semifinals.
Darren Collison had 20 points, Josh Shipp
scored 19 and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added
13 for the top-seeded Bruins (26-5), who lost
their regular-season finale at Washington.
UCLA's Arron Afflalo, the Pac-10's Player of
the Year, had his worst offensive performance
of the season with three points, ending a streak
of 29 games in double figures.
Ubaka tied the game at 59 on a 3-pointer after
a wild scramble with 54 seconds left in regula-
tion. Collison drove the lane and scored to put
the Bruins in front until Ubaka's floater with 15
seconds left forced overtime. Collison couldn't
answer again when his 3-pointer missed in the
closing seconds.
Afflalo scored his only field goal of the game
to open overtime, but he never connected again,
The Bruins watched as shots hit the rim and the
Bears' offensive momentum continued
Omar Wilkes, the son of former UCLA star
Jamaal Wilkes, scored on a one-handed scoop to
tie the game at 63. Ubaka hit a jumper that gave
Cal the lead for good. Eric Vierneisel made four
consecutive free throws as the Bears pulled

HE'S IN COMMAND: Cliff Kresge
smacks his tee shot at No. 18
during his opening-round 65.
allow anyone to run away, even
though Kresge tried. Only 27 play-
ers managed to break par, and the

scoring average was 723.
"It played a lot longer than it has
ever played," Jesper Parnevik said
after a 68. "We hit shots into the
green that you would never dream
about hitting in the autumn."
The greens added to the adven-
ture, firm and fast, with a tinge of
brown from being mowed so tight.
"The greens react like they're
dead," said Tim Herron, who
chipped in for birdie on his last
hole for a 73. "When you get real
close to the greens, they're actually
brown. It was tough."
Kresge had a simple solution for
that not leaving himself much
distance between the ball and the


California stuns UCLA


Kresge rides two eagles to the early lead

_ ___


I I, I I I I ,, I




Sevilla gains draw in UEFA


From Miami Herald Wire Services
Enzo Maresca's penalty
two minutes from the end sal-
vaged a 2-2 draw for defending
UEFA Cup champion Sevilla
against Shakhtar Donetsk in a
game with three successful
spot kicks on Thursday.
On top of the Spanish
league, Sevilla seemed to be
moving confidently towards a
place in the last eight when
Jose Luis Marti scored with
an eighth-minute penalty at
Stadio Pizjuan. But the
Ukraine team hit back with
Tomas Hubschman's 19th-
minute equalizer and a 60th-
minute penalty by Brazilian
midfielder Matuzalem.
Maresca, who started his
pro career with West Brom-
wich Albion in England and
then moved to Italian soccer
powerhouse j uventus, made it
2-2 from the spot two minutes
from the end after he had been
fouled by Olexiy Gay. But
Shakhtar has the slight advan-
tage of two away goals when
the two teams meet again in
Donetsk next Thursday.
On a poor night for the four
Spanish clubs trying to reach
the last eight, Osasuna con-
ceded an injury-time equalizer
to finish 1-1 at Glasgow Rang-
ers, and Celta Vigo lost 1-0 at
home to Werder Bremen.
Espanyol earned a 0-0 draw
at Maccabi Haifa, the home
side's substitute Shlomi
Arbaitman having a goal dis-
allowed for being offside 10
minutes from the end.
Hugo Almeida scored for
Bremen with six minutes
remaining, leaving Celta Vigo
to deal with a home defeat and
a tough road to reach the last
Osasuna led at Ibrox Park
through Raul Garcia after 16

From Miami Herald Wire Services
The Miami Dolphins signed
kicker Jay Feely to a three-
year contract on Thursday,
meaning that longtime Dol-
phins kicker Olindo Mare
could be released or traded.
Feely, 29, signed as an unre-
stricted free agent after two
seasons with the New York
In six seasons in the NFL,
the first four with Atlanta,
Feely has converted 156-of-196
field-goal attempts. Feely has
hit about 84 percent of his
attempted field goals for the
Giants in the past two years.
Feely said a meeting with
new Dolphins coach Cam
Cameron helped persuade
him to sign with Miami. '
"He has a way of infusing
his excitement with what he
wants to do with this organiza-
tion," Feely said of Cameron,
adding that he didn't think the
Giants made enough of an
effort to resign him.
"I don't take it personally,"
he said. "I understand that part
of football. You just move on."
Mare has been the Dol-
phins' kicker since 1997, con-
verting 26-of-36 field goals last
season. Five of those misses
were from 50 yards or more.
He also led the NFL with 24
touchbacks, compared to 12
for Feeley.
A South Florida native,
Mare is the Dolphins' all-time
leader in field goals made with
Also on Thursday, the Dol-
phins signed free-agent wide
receiver Kelly Campbell, re-
signed defensive tackle Keith
Traylor to a two-year contract
and inked free-agent safety
Cameron Worrell to a two-
year deal.
Elsewhere: The Atlanta
Falcons signed veteran free-
agent wide receiver Joe Horn
to a four-year, $19 million
contract. Horn is expected to

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Hubschman of Shakhtar
Donetsk celebrates after
his goal against Sevilla.

minutes but Rangers hit back
through French midfielder
Brahim Hemdani in injury
Newcastle beat Louis van
Gaal's AZ Alkmaar 4-2 in a
thrilling, end-to-end game in
which five goals were scored
in the first half, with Obafemi
Martins scoring twice.
An own goal by Gretar
Steinsson and two goals in a
minute by Kleron Dyer and
Martins gave the Magpies a
3-0 lead inside the first 23 min-
utes. Shota Arveladze hit
back with a powerful diving
header for the Dutch club in
the 31st, but Martins made it
4-1 in the 37th.
Danny Koevermans
scored a second for AZ in the
72nd from the rebound after

play a lead role in new coach
Bobby Petrino's efforts to
balance the offense. Horn, 35, a
four-time Pro Bowl player
with New Orleans, missed
nine games the past two sea-
sons with groin and hamstring
injuries, including six games
last season. Negotiations with
the Falcons gained momentum
after Horn passed a physical
exam administered by the
team. .... Tight end Randy
McMichael, who has averaged
65 catches the past three sea-
sons with Miami, agreed to a
three-year contract with the
St. Louis Rams. . Wide
receiver and kick returned
Bethel Johnson reached
agreement on a one-year con-
tract with the Philadelphia
Eagles. .... Free safety Terr-
ence Holt signed a five-year
contract with the Arizona Car-
dinals. ... Tight end Reggie
Kelly signed a three-year con-
tract with the Cincinnati Ben-
gals. Also, Bengals cornerback
Johnathan Joseph was
allowed to enter a diversion
program for possession of
marijuana. The misdemeanor
charge will be dismissed if he
completes the program. . .
The Washington Redskins
added depth to their offensive
line by signing free agent Ross
Tucker, who returns six years
after making the team as an
undrafted rookie.... Fullback
Darian Barnes, who started
six games last season with
Miami, has signed with the
New York Jets.... The Minne-
sota Vikings have re-signed
safety Tank Williams to a
one-year contract after he
missed the entire 2006 season
following a knee injury. . .
Punter Andy Lee will stay
with the San Francisco 49ers,
who matched Lith Pittsburgh
Steelers contract offer to the
restricted free agent The
Houston fexans re-signed
punter Chad Stanley.

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Moussa Dembele's poorly
taken free kick was blocked by
goalkeeper Shay Given. AZ
only has to win next week's
second leg 2-0 to advance to
the quarterfinals.
Paris Saint-Germain rallied
from a goal down to edge Ben-
fica 2-1.
After Simao Sabrosa gave
the visitors a ninth-minute
lead, Portugal international
striker Pauleta equalized in
the 36th minute and then
began the move that led to
Alain Frau scoring the second
in the 41st.
Lens edged Bayer Leverku-
sen 2-1.
Olivier Monterrubio gave
Lens the lead in the 17th with a
lob over goalkeeper Rene
Adler, and then was fouled,
which led to Daniel Cousin
sealing the victory with a pen-
alty in the 70th. Karim Hag-
gui, who fouled Monterrubio
and was sent off, scored for
the visitor in the 51st.
Thursday's other game
between Braga and Tottenham
kicked off late.
e Royal League: Fredrik
Berglund scored twice in 10
minutes and FC Copenhagen
beat Helsingborg 3-1 to reach
its third consecutive Royal
League final.
Copenhagen will play
Brondby in the all-Danish final
next Thursday. Brondby
edged OB Odense of Denmark
2-1 in the other semifinal.
Swedish midfielder Martin
Ericsson scored the game-
winner 14 minutes into extra
Berglund scored in the fifth
and 15th minutes for Copenha-
gen, and Ailton Almeida
claimed the third goal for the

RUNNING TO ATLANTA: The Falcons and four-time I
player Joe Horn, right, agreed to a contract Thu
keeping the longtime Saints standout in the NF

College football: Ten-
nessee starting quarterback
Erik Ainge has injured his
knee and will miss the rest of
spring practice, coach Phillip
Fulmer said. Ainge has a par-
tially torn meniscus and will
have surgery next week. ...
Kentucky star linebacker
Micah Johnson is among
three Wildcat players who
have been suspended indefi-
nitely for academic reasons,
the school announced. John-
son's brother, starting offen-
sive guard Christian John-
son, and starting offensive
tackle Garry Williams were
also suspended, coach Rich
Brooks said in a news release.
Golf: Australia's Marcus
Fraser and China's Liang
Wenchong shot opening
rounds of 8-under 64 to share
a one-stroke lead at the Singa-
pore Masters.
Both players made eight
birdies in blemish-free rounds
on the Laguna National Golf
and Country Club's par-72,
7,099-yard Classic course. The
$1.1 million event is co-sanc-
tioned by the Asian and Euro-
pean tours.
Tennis: Former top-10
player Brenda Schultz-Mc-
Carthy was eliminated by
American wild card Bethanie
Mattek 6-1, 6-1 in the Pacific

Life Open first round
Wells, Calif. McC
who clocked the W
fastest serve last yea

two-time defending champion.
Andreas Jakobsson
pulled one back for Helsing-
borg in the 19th minute.
Helsingborg was missing
former Sweden striker Henrik
Larsson, who is on loan to.
Manchester United.
The Royal League involv-
ing the constitutional monar-
chies of Sweden, Denmark and
Norway started in 2004.
Spain: Valencia mid-
fielder Ruben Baraja may be
sidelined foi the rest of the
season with a right thigh mus-
cle injury.
Baraja tore muscle fibers
during the first half of Tues-
day's Champions League game
against Inter Milan, which
Valencia drew 0-0 to reach the
quarterfinals on away goals.
The club announced the
results of a medical test
England: Mikael Sil-
vestre is expected to be out
for several weeks after dislo-
cating his right shoulder in
Manchester United's Champi-
ons League victory over Lille.
The leftback was injured
late in Wednesday's game
when he fell to the turf after
colliding with a Lille player
while they were jumping for
the ball.
South Africa: Kjetil
Siem has been appointed
chief executive of the South
African Premier League. The
46-year-old Norwegian will
take over in August, his Oslo
employers said Thursday.
Siem, a former sports jour-
nalist and writer, was director
of Oslo club Valerenga before
becoming director for media
and business developer for
Norsk Toppfotball, which rep-
resents Norway's top league
and other teams, a year ago.

Chairman Shula
Don Shula has another
gig on the winner's podium.
On the heels of his Super
Bowl XLI trophy presenta-
tion, the Hall of Famer has
agreed to perform the duties
at the World Golf Champi-
onships event at Doral.
Shula was named Thurs-
day as honorary chairman of
the WGC-CA Champion-
ship, March 22-25 on Doral's
Blue Monster.
"I'm a longtime golfer
and a fan of the game,"
Shula said in a statement.
"It's going to be a great
week, and I'm thrilled to be
part of it."
"It makes a lot of sense,"
Championship director
Eddie Carbone said.
"He's a guy that's been a
huge part of the South Flor-
BILL HABER/AP ida community, and he's
done a lot of things here for
Pro Bowl charity."
irsday, Shula will hold the hon-
C South. orary role this year and next.
"Then we'll see how it
d in Indian goes," Carbone said.
arthy, 36, "Hopefully, it'll [con-
TA Tour's tinue] for a while, from our
ar, lost five standpoint."

of her seven service games
and committed nine double
Anastassia Rodionova,
promoted to the main draw
when fellow Russian and 2006,
runner-up Elena Demen-
tieva withdrew injured, won
her opener against Emma
Laine of Finland 6-1, 6-4.
Other first-round winners
included Gisela Dulko of
Argentina, Yuan Meng of
China, Tsvetana Pironkova
of Bulgaria, and Vasilisa Bar-
dina of Russia.
Iditarod: Lance
Mackey was the first musher
to reach the halfway point of
the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog
Race in Takotna, Alaska.
Mackey was halfway
through the 1,100-mile race
with hopes of being first into
Nome, just like his father in
1978 and brother, Rick, in 1983.
Mackey, 36, won $3,000 in
gold nuggets for reaching the
creekside ghost town six min-
utes ahead of Paul Gebhardt,
50, who finished third in last
year's Iditarod.
Close behind are 2004 win-
ner Mitch Seavey and Ed
Iten, who finished second in


Wedding bells
Chicago Bears linebacker
Darrell McClover, resting
up from a 29-17 Super Bowl
loss to the Indianapolis
Colts, will marry Xoriunst-
ance Brown on March 17.
The wedding will be at
Merrell United Methodist
Church in Lauderdale Lakes,
Fla. The couple wants a tra-
ditional wedding with a
large ceremony. So, last
week, Pastor Harry R. Hos-
ton issued an invitation to
the congregation, per the
bride's request.
"I want people to come,"
said Brown, 23, of North
Lauderdale, Fla. "It's a cele-
bration of our love
McClover, 25, a Miami
grad, and Brown met on the
track team at Coconut Creek
High School (Fla.) and have
dated for eight years. Was
the bride-to-be disappointed
about the outcome of the
Super Bowl? Not a chance.
"Of course, I wanted
them to win, but we were so
excited that the Bears got
in," Brown said. "It was just
an amazing experience."

'It's personnel. Some things we do
out of necessity. A drowning man
will grab a razor blade.'
- BERNIE BICKERSTAFF, Charlotte Bobcats
coach, after Wednesday night's 115-106
overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns, on why his
team played zone defense against the best
long-range shooting team in the NBA.


On this day in history:
1948 NHL president Clarence Campbell expels Billy
Taylor of the New York Rangers and Don Gallagher of the
Boston Bruins because of gambling associations.
1958 George Yardley of the Detroit Pistons becomes
the first NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season.
1977 In college basketball, Anthony Roberts of Oral
Roberts sets an NIT record with 65 points in a 90-89 loss to
Oregon in the first round.
1984 In boxing, Tim Witherspoon captures the
vacant WBC heavyweight title with a 12-round majority deci-
sion over Greg Page.
1986 In hockey, Buffalo's Gil Perrault scores his 500th
goal in a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
1994 In hockey, Detroit's Dino Cicarelli scores his
1,000th career point with a goal in a 5-1 victory over Calgary.


Dolphins sign

Feel; Falcons

get WR Horn

Jason Taylor, joined by his wife, Katina, and actor
Kevin Phillips left, played host to teenage athletes for
a special advance screening of 'Pride' on Thursday.

A special screening

Miami defensive end Jason Taylor played host to swim
teams from across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach
counties Thursday night at the Regal Oakwood 12 in Holly-
wood, Fla.
Taylor invited the teenage athletes to a special advance
screening of Pride an inspirational story of how Jim Ellis
founded Philadelphia's first African-American swim team in
Philadelphia in 1973.
"They get to save a little money and not pay for a ticket to
see a good film," said Taylor, who played host to about 135
students. "It's a chance for them to see it before everybody
else and learn a message from a true film and inspirational
Pride was the sixth movie the Jason Taylor Foundation
treated local high school athletes to since October 2004's
debut event featuring Friday Night Lights.
"There are a lot of things like We Are Marshall and Invinci-
ble and [Pride] that are based on based on true stories," Tay-
lor said. "You see people overcoming adversity, people that
are butting against sometimes great odds, whether it be racial
barriers or poor people trying to get an advantagemin life'afid
get ahead and get an opportunity." ..


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Louisville outlasts W. Virginia in 20T

From Miami Herald Wire Services
NEW YORK Terrence
Williams scored 21 points and
Earl Clark added 17 as No. 12
Louisville beat West Virginia
82-71 on Thursday night in
double overtime in the quar-
terfinals of the Big East Con-
ference tournament.
David Padgett added 16
points as the Cardinals (23-8)
blew a 17-point lead in the sec-
ond half before outlasting the
upset-minded Mountaineers.
Louisville won its season-high
seventh in a row and 11th in
the past 13 games.
Edgar Sosa drove the length
of the court through most of
the West Virginia team and
made a left-handed layup at
the buzzer to force overtime
for the Cardinals.
Frank Young had 19 points
and Da'Sean Butler added 17
for the Mountaineers (22-9),
who used an 18-0 run in the
second half to take their first
lead of the game.
Louisville, losers of nine in
a row at Madison Square Gar-
den since beating lona on Jan.
5, 1984, scored the first nine
points of the second overtime
to take a 75-66 lead on Clark's
3-pointer with 1:24 to go.
Jamie Smalligan, who fin-
ished with 13 points, hit two
free throws for the Mountain-
eers' first points of the period.
However, Louisville then
went 7-for-8 from the line to
seal the victory. Williams and
Clark scored five points apiece
in the second OT.
Louisville will face the win-
ner of late Thursday's quarter-
final between third-seeded
Pittsburgh and sixth-seeded

No. 20 Notre Dame
89, Syracuse 83: Russell
Carter scored 24 points to help
Notre Dame beat Syracuse in
the quarterfinals of the Big
East tournament, ending the
Orange's run for a third con-
secutive championship.
Syracuse (22-10) had won
the past two Big East champi-
onships and eight consecutive

WE MADE IT THROUGH: Louisville forward Terrence Williams
celebrates as the Cardinals survive in double overtime
against West Virginia in the Big East quarterfinals on
Thursday night. Williams led Louisville with 21 points.

tournament games one
short of Connecticut's record
of nine set from 1998-2000.
Notre Dame (24-6), which
finished fourth in the confer-
ence and received a first-
round bye, won its sixth con-
secutive game. The Irish won
23 games in the regular season,
their most since the 1985-86
Notre Dame will play top-
seeded Georgetown in the
semifinals tonight.
No. 9 Georgetown 62,
Villanova 57: Roy Hibbert
scored eight of his 14 points in

Georgetown's opening 26-2
run, and the Hoyas held on for
the victory over ninth-seeded
A rested Georgetown
(24-6), the tournament's top
seed, came out shooting, and a
weary-looking Villanova
couldn't find the basket early.
The Wildcats made a of
it in the closing minute dbut
the huge first-half deficWas
too much to overcome.
Dajuan Summers got things
started with a 3-pointer 2:22 in
and the Hoyas kept going from
there. Georgetown was up

14-0 before Curtis Sumpter
finally got Villanova (22-10) on
the scoreboard with a jumper
7:20 into the game.

Florida State 67,
Clemson 66: Al Thornton's
free throw with 1.5 seconds
remaining capped a 25-point,
11-rebound performance and
gave Florida State the victory
over Clemson in the opening
game of the Atlantic Coast
Conference otin nauIenlt ill
Tampa, Fla.
Thornton, the ACC's lead-
ing scorer and runner-up tot
conference played of the year
carried the ninth-seeded Semi-
noles (20-11) down the stretch.
His block at one end of the
floor denied Clemson (21-10)
what looked like a sure basket,
and he then drove the baseline
on the other end foi a dunk
that tied the game for the last
Florida State advanced to
today's quarterfinals against
top-seeded North Carolina.
The Seminoles also bolstered
their case for a berth in the
NCAA Tournament.
Miami 67, No. 17 Mary-
land 62: Jack McClinton
scored 17 points, Brian Asbury
added 12 and undermanned
Miami upset Maryland in the
opening round.
The 12th-seeded Hurri-
canes (12-19) nearly squan-
dered a 15-point lead in the
second half, but McClinton
and Asbury combined to make
five consecutive free throws in
the final 34 seconds to snap
the Terrapins' seven-game
winning streak.
Maryland (24-7), the tour-
nament's fifth seed, trailed
44-29 early in the second half
and chipped away at the defi-
cit with a tenacious full-court
press that forced Miami into
several turnovers.
Miami will face fourth-
seeded Boston College in
today's quarterfinals.
North Carolina State
85, No. 21 Duke 80 (OT):
Duke's reign as kingpins of the
Atlantic Coast Conference

tournament is over.
Freshman Biandio Costlier
scored a career high 30 points,
and Engin Atsur scored all 21
of his points after halftime,
helping 10th-seeded North
Carolina State defeat the
defending tourney champions.
Duke (22-10) had won
seven of the previous eight
ACC tournament titll s,
including the past two, hut
entered the league's signature
event this year as the seventh
seed the Blue' lDevils' low' since 1995.
North C arolina State (16-14)
avenged a 23-point rogiilar-
season loss to Duke and heat
its nearby rival 101 just the
third tinoi in the pas, i ,-n ei
ings. The Wullpa-.ck ,rdi'ant
to today's quarterfinal- 'g:,;,,
No 7 sefl Virginia

Kentucky 79, Alabama
67: Ramel Bradley and Ran
dolph Morris scored 17 points
apiece to lead five players in
double figures, and hentu ky
romped to another victory in
Atlanta, overcoming a slow
start to beat Alabama in the
opening round of the SEC
The Wildcats (21-10) solidi-
fied their expected NCAA
berth in a season that hasn't
lived up to expectations so far.
They finished fourth in the
SEC East, forcing them to play
on the opening day of the tour-
nament for the second year in
a row. Kentucky will face Mis-
sissippi State in today's quar-
Arkansas 82, South
Carolina 52: Arkansas broke
open a close game with a 27-9
run in the second half to beat
South Carolina in the opening
round of the Southeastern
Conference tournament.
Arkansas (19-12) may need
another SEC tournament vic-
tory over Vanderbilt in the
quarterfinals today to remaiinr
on the NCAA Tournament
Georgia 80, Auburn
65: Levi Stukes scored 22
points. Takais Brown added 19

and Georgia set up a crucial
quarterfinal game today
against Hoiida by beating

Illinois 66, Penn State
60: Chestpr Frazier scored a
career-high 2J points as Illi-
nt)is survived a late scare from
11th seeded Penn State in the
tirst round of the Big ren tour-
nament in Chicago. The sixth-
seeded Illini (22 10) moved on
to tfih quarter inals tonight
against Indiana
Michigan State 62,
Northwestern 57' Drew
1 '4 -1 i .. . it ,(I J( o I I I Is and
t'ravis Av .I,,ImI hit Iwo tnee
throws with J0.4 set onids left
to lead seventh seeded Mivichi-
gan State 0o the vIu v I'he
Sparlans will fac( ;, ond-
seeded Wisconsin in today's
Michigan 49, Minne-
sota 40: Eighth-seeded Mich-
igan shook off a sluggish
morning start, got 14 points
tiom Dion Harris and used a
second-hall spurt to beat Min-
nesota and set up a quarterfi-
nal meeting today against top-
seeded Ohio State.

No. 16 Oregon 69, Ari-
zona 50: TaJuan Porter and
Aaron Brooks burned Arizona
with their long-range shoot-
ing, combining for nine
3-pointers to help fourth-
seeded Oregon beat the Wild-
cats in the quarterfinals in Los
Angeles. In today's semifinals,
Oregon will face eighth-
seeded California, which
stunned top-seeded UCLA on
USC 83, Stanford 79
(OT): Nick Young scored 26
points, Lodrick Stewart made
two of his three baskets in
overtime, and third-seeded
Southern California rallied to
beat Stanford in the quarterfi-
USC will next face the win-
ner of late Thursday's quarter-
final between second-seeded
Washington State and sev-
enth-seeded Washington.



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


3 82 213 213
1 80 218 214
4 73 199 209
7 69 198 215
10 60 199 239

7 90 183
6 82 229
5 76 199
4 73 194
6 47 179
3 93 253
4 84 235
6 73 212
5 72 199
3 69 191


23-8-1 2


21 9 J 1
14-18 1 2


St Louis
San Jose
Los Angeles

2 4 96 240
5 4 93 212
5 5 68 176
2 5 61 168
2 7 59 165
2 3 85 182
1 6 81 192
4 5 81 218
2 3 73 223
3 3 66 175
4 7 91 215
0 2 82 200
1 4 81 173
2 1 57 177
6 5 55 187

22-9 1-1
27-6-0 -1
18-14-1 2
18-15 1-1
18-12 0 2
21-10 0-2

18-13-3 1
16 15-1-1
12 16 2 2
18-12 2 2
22 13 0 0
1713 1 2
9 20 2 1

16- 9 -1 2
10 13-2-2
Ll-10 0-4

7-13-0 4
3 13 01
18-1 0-0

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


Thursday's results
Florida 2, Philadelphia I
Minnesota 2, Boston 1
Atlanta 6, Montreal 2
Ottawa 5, Toronto 1
New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 3, SO
Rangers 2, Islanders 1
St. Louis 5, Dallas 3
Nashville 6, Calgary 3
Vancouver 4, Phoenix 2

Tonight's games
Dallas at Columbus, I
Carolina at Washington, I
LA. at Detroit, 7:30
Minnesota at Buffalo, 8
Edmonton at Anaheim, I0
Vancouver at S.J., 10:30

Wednesday's results
C:ohwl) ii B[ulhl, I.2
ConIis 1, lOS Anqilt', (01)
Anaheim 2, Phoenix I
n Bay 1, 1 d n tollh I1

Through Wednesday

Player, team GP G A Pts
Crosby, Pit 63 27 71 98
Lecavalier, TB 69 45 46 91
SL Louis, TB 69 39 52 91
Heatley, Ott 67 41 45 86
Hossa, AtI 68 39 46 85
Savard, Bos 66 21 63 84
Thornton,.SJ 67 16 68 84
Ovechkin, Was 67 38 42 80
Briere, Buf 65 27 52 19
Selanne, Ana 68 39 39 78

Player, team GP I
Hasek, Det 46 2
Brodeur, N.J. 64 3
Gigu, Aim ,49 2
Backstrom. Minn ?9 I
Turco, Dal 5 J
Luongo, Vane 6i2 J
Mason, Nvill 36 2
Nabokuv, SJ. 31 2
Kipriiusoff, Cil 60 3
Toskla, S.. J51 I

93 2.04
138 .2.14
104 2 21
'il ) 28
lH1 .2.30i
142 2.34
82 235
81 2.36
141 2 31
81 2.4',

Rangers outlast Islanders

From Miami Herald Wire Services
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Petr Prucha's
power-play goal, during Chris Simon's
major penalty late in the third period,
lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 vic-
tory on Thursday night and a sweep of
the key home-and-home series with the
rival Islanders.
Prucha smacked in a shot from the slot,
off a feed from Michael Nylandet with
5:14 left in the game and 1:17 into Simon's
penalty. Simon was ejected after he flat-
tened Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg by
clotheslining him with his stick.
The Islanders killed off the rest of the
power play and thought they tied the
game with 20.4 seconds left. Marc-Andre
Bergeron's shot was stopped by Henrik
Lundqvist and Trent Hunter slid the puck
back to the goal line where Lundqvist
barely swept it out.

OTTAWA Mike Fisher and Dean
McAmmond each scored twice, and Dan-
iel Alfredsson had three assists as the
Senators ended a three-game losing
Ray Emery made 28 saves for Ottawa,
which had blown three consecutive third-
period leads over a 0-1-2 stretch.

PHILADELPHIA Chris Gratton got
credit fto a fluki tiebraking goal early in
the thild period It ile.d tie IPanthers past
the Flyers.
Gratton, who also had an assist, was
credited with the goal that broke a 1-1 tie
at 1-4 of the period wlhn Flyers goal-
tender Martin iron's cleiiing altempt
bounced off the right skate of Philadel-
phia defenseman Randy lines back into
the net.
Ville Peltenon also scored for the Pan-
thers, who have won six of their past
seven games.

PITTSBURGH Patrik Flias had the
deciding goal in the shootout as the Dev-
ils extended their Atlantic l)Division lead
to eight points with the victory.
Andy Greene had his fi st career goal,
and Sergei Brylin and Travis Zajac also
scored for the Devils, who had lost three
in a row but have now reached 90 points.

A NEW YORK FIGHT: Sean Avery. top, of the Rancgers gets the tipper hand on
Sean Hill of the Islandeis during- Ihursday's game, also won by the Rangers.

ST. LOUIS Doug Weight scored two
goals to lead the Blues to the victory.
The Blues are 7-3-1 in their past 11
gaunes and snapped a two-gamne skid. Dal-
las has scored just five goals in going
0-2-2 in its past four games.

NASHVILLIb, Fenn. Jason Arnolt
had two goals and an assist to lead thlie
The Predators earned at least a point
for the ninth consecutive game and pad
ded their lead atop the NHL by three
points over Buttalo and Detroit.

ATLANTA )oion Sim scored two
goals and the Thrashers earned their fifth
consecutive victory, matching the team
record and moving them into first place in
the Southeast Division.
Atlanta's other goals came from llya
Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Eric
Belanger and 1.1'. Vigier.

BOSTON Niklas Backstromi made
29 saves and Pierre-Marc Bouchard
scored the winner to litt the Wild over theta

The Wild are 4-0 all-time in Boston
and have only lost to the Bruins once in
sevelln glIT'es

Islanders: Captaiin Alexei Yashin
returned to the lineup Thursday night
against the N0angers allter missing 16
.iiis wiih .in injured right kniet
,ishmi was eased back, centering a line
between Viktor Kozlov and Miroslav
Satan. Once Yashin gets reacclimated, he
is expected to rejoin New York's top line
alongside Jason Blake and newly acquired
IV-II, Sim \'th
Hurricanes: 1 itt wing E' ik Cole
wvas t ti\ ated from thb, iniiird r-,serve list
aftel inswoing seven gaines Cole has been
out sinl t 1'b .) ii i.oi n nii mis, I near
his hip.
Penguins ( o0's-h Mi. hel hlierrien
will miss Satli day's home gam tgainiist
the New Yot k lii,-'i b'causi f his
fathe; s' death

Lightning 3. Oilers 1: Vincent
1 al.avAla-r srco-,,' io i-sI ', lift visiting
T'l'unlpa Bay
Ducks 2, Coyotes 1: loe DiPenta
sc ied thei goi-a;had goal midway through
the third period to lift host Anaheim.

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Bulls stampede over Magic

From Miami Herald Wire Services
ORLANDO, Fla. Ben Gordon scored 25
points and Kirk Hinrich had 17 in the Chicago
Bulls' 100-76 victory over the Orlando Magic
on Thursday night.
Luol Deng added 15 points and a season-
high 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who bounced
back from their worst loss of the season, a
103-70 defeat at Miami a night earlier.
The Bulls used a 14-0 run in the middle of
the second quarter to seize control of a game
they dominated from start to finish. Tyrus
Thomas started the run with a dunk, Hinrich
scored five consecutive points, including a
3-pointer, and Gordon capped it with a 3 that
put Chicago up 44-23. Gordon and Hinrich
were a combined 7-for-9 on 3-pointers.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 17
points and 14 rebounds, but was only 5-of-14
from the free-throw line. Jameer Nelson had
13 points and Trevor Ariza had 10.
Hinrich, who had started slowly in recent
games, had 10 points in the first quarter to
help Chicago jump out to a 26-17 advantage.
The Bulls' point guard hit 3-of-5 shots,
including a pair of 3-pointers.
Howard had 21 and 27 points in Orlando's
first two games against Chicago, but strug-
gled when the Bulls opted to foul the Magic
center nearly every time he got in the lane. It
paid off when he went 2-for-8 from the line
in the first period and never got in the flow of
the game.
Chicago blew the game open with a strong
second quarter, when the Bulls limited the
Magic to 26 percent shooting (5-of-19).
Orlando scored just one field goal during
an eight-minute stretch when Chicago
pushed its lead to as many as 23 points before
ending the half with a 49-29 lead.
Clippers: Guard Shaun Livingston is
scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on
his left knee Tuesday in Alabama.
Livingston tore parts of his anterior cruci-
ate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament,
medial collateral ligament and lateral menis-
cus in a victory over Charlotte on Feb. 26.
The Clippers' third-year pro may be side-
lined for a year or more.
Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews will
perform the surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital
in Birmingham.


New Jers
New Yor


.567 -
.517 3
.460 6
.371 12
.355 13

Uis Str. Hum Away
5-5 L-l 24-8 10-18
7-3 W-4 19-10 12-19
2-8 L-1 19-13 10-21
2-8 W-1 11-18 12-21
3-7 L-7 13-16 9-24


C W_ L Pc. GB O Str. Homs Away Colf
33 29 .532 5-5 W-1 21-9 12-20 22-14
sey 28 33 .459 4% 4-6 L-3 17-15 11-18 21-16
k 28 34 .452 5 5-5 L-1 17-14 11-20 17-21
ihia 23 38 .377 9% 6-4 W-5 15-15 8-23 14-20
17 43 .283 15 5-5 L-1 7-22 10-21 11-24
L W L Pct. GB LI0 Str. Home Away Conf
37 22 .627 6-4 L-2 19-12 18-10 26-12
d 36 25 .590 2 6-4 W-3 23-8 13-17 21-16
36 28 .563 3% 7-3 W-1 24-8 12-20 25-13
29 31 .483 8% 3-7 L-7 18-12 11-19 20-14
ee 23 39 .371.15 4-6 W-1 14-13 9-26 11-26


San Antonio
New Orleans

W L Pct. GB ,10 Str. Hom Away Conf
51 9 .850 10-0 W-16 30-3 21-6 32-6
43 18 .705 8% 10-0 W-10 20-8 23-10 26-11
37 24 .607 14 4-6 W-1 20-10 17-14 20-18
28 33 .459 23 4-6 L-3 19-12 9-21 16-21
15 47 .242 37 2-8 L-5 11-20 4-27 9-29

42 19
29 30
27 33
25 36
25 36

Phoenix 47 14
L.A. Lakers 33 29
L.A. Clippers 29 31
Sacramento 28 32
Golden State 28 35
x-clinched playoff spot

LOCKING HORNS: Magic guard Keyon Dooling, left, battles for a loose ball with Bulls
guard Ben Gordon during the first half on Thursday night in Orlando. Gordon had
25 points to lead Chicago to a 100-76 victory, a night after being routed in Miami.

Timberwolves: The club will get
backup post player Mark Madsen b.Lk
before they face Shaquille O'Neal and the
Miami Heat tonight.
Madsen has missed the past six games
because of a sprained left ankle, but he said
after Thursday's practice that he's ready to
return. Coach Randy Wittman has only three
other post players on his roster to try to stop
O'Neal underneath the basket.
Celtics: Forward Wally Szezcrbiak
underwent season-ending surgery on his left
ankle. The operation was performed by Dr.
Brian McKeon, the-team's physician.
Szczerbiak missed significant time during
four of the past five seasons because of inju-
ries. The eighth-year pro missed 24 games

this season because of injuries all but one
because of ankle sprains.
Jazz 94, Pacers 72: Carlos Boozer
had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and host Utah
extended its winning streak to five and
pushed Indiana's losing streak to seven.
Suns 115, Bobcats 106 (OT): Host
Phoenix needed a career-high 32 points from
Leandro Barbosa and 19 3-pointers one
shy of the franchise record to hand Char-
lotte its seventh loss in a row.
Warriors 110, Nuggets 96: Baron
Davis scored 22 points and host Golden State
took advantage of Carmelo Anthony's
absence to beat Denver.

Pct. GB LI0 Str. HemNw Away Conf
...... .... ..... ......I.. ... e........ -_..
.689 8-2 W-5 24-7 18-12 24-12
.492 12 4-6 L-1 16-16 13-14 13-22
.450 140 4-6 W-1 18-13 9-20 16-22
.410 17 4-6 L-2 14-17 11-19 15-21
.410 17 6-4 L-1 18-13 7-23 12-23

.770 -
.532 14%
.483 17%
.467 18%
.444 20

Str. Hoem Away Conf
W-3 24-6 23-8 22-10
L-4 20-10 13-19 19-14
L-1 21-11 8-20 16-20
W-4 18-12 10-20 14-21
W-2 21-10 7-25 15-19

Thursday's results Tonight's games Wednesdy's results
Chicago 100, Orlando 76 Minn. at Miami, 7:30 Miami 103, ChL 70
S.A. at Sac., late Lakers at Phil., 7 Ad. 100, Was. 97
Memp. at AtI., 7:30 Tor. 94, Mem. 87
Sea. at Bos., 7:30 Phi. 92, Sea.
NJ. at Hou., 8:30 Hou. 111, Bo. 80
Del at Den., 9 Mil. 110, LA.L. 90
N.O. at Phx, 9 Cle. 101, DeL. 97 (OT)
Clippers at G.S., 10:30 Utah-94, Ind. 72
Pho. 115, Cha. 106 (OT)
G.S. 110, Den. 96

Through Wednesday

Anthony, Den. 43 485 304 1298 30.2
Bryant, LAL 57 546 475 1665 29.2
Wade, MIa. 46 445 413 1324 2U
Arenas, Wash. 60 540 479 1724 28.7
Iverson, Den. 43 407 353 1210 28.1
James, Clev. 59 588 362 1614 27.4
Redd, Mil. 42 377 288 1136 27.0
Allen, Sea. 50 465 252 1332 26.6
Nowitzki, Dall. 59 518 402 1495 25.3
Carter, NJ. 61 542 342 1538 25.2

Gamett, Minn. 59 152 597 749 12.7
Chandler, NOk. 59 260 485 74512.6
Howard, Od. -62211535 746 12.0
Okafor, Char. 56 2281 429 657 11.7
Camby, Den. 50 115 467 582 11.6
Boozer, Utah 53 164 451 615 11.6
Jefferson, Sos. 53 190 402 592 11.2
Lee, N.Y. 55 191 398 589 10.7
Duncan, SA. 61 16 480 648 10.6
Wallace, Chi. 60 233 38S 621 10.4


Hampton to miss start of season

From Miami Herald Wire Services
KISSIMMEE, Fla. Mike Hamp-
ton's comeback took a major blow.
And, no, it has nothing to do with his
reconstructed elbow.
The Atlanta Braves left-hander
injured his left side during batting
practice, of all things, and won't be
ready for the start of the regular sea-
son. Hampton, starting the seventh
season of an eight-year, $121 million
contract, will miss the rest of spring
training and could be out as long as
two months. The Braves had been
counting on him to bolster a rotation
that includes John Smoltz, Tim
Hudson and Chuck James.
"I think I pulled it pretty bad,"
Hampton said on Thursday. "There's
nothing you can do about it now
except try to get it healed up and get
it better."
Hampton was taking batting prac-
tice Wednesday at the Braves' com-
plex while the team was playing the
Detroit Tigers in nearby Lakeland.
He fell to the ground in pain after a
swing, prompting fears that he broke
a rib.
X-rays were negative and team
doctors determined that he strained
his left oblique, still a serious injury
for a pitcher.
Hampton, who missed all of last
season after elbow surgery, already
was coming along slower than
expected. Now, he isn't likely to
return to the majors before May.
"I've heard anything from four
weeks to six to eight weeks," Hamp-
ton said.
The 34-year-old pitcher was
expected to make his spring-training
debut on Saturday with one inning
against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"I guess I can officially say sand
has been kicked in my face," he said.
"I guess the only silver lining is my
elbow will get a little more time to
Hampton went 5-3 in 12 starts for
the Braves in 2005, struggling much
of the season with a sore elbow that
finally required major surgery.
His best season was in 1999, when
he went 22-4 with the Houston
He signed a huge contract with the
Colorado Rockies, but struggled in
the thin air of Denver.
Hampton was traded to the Braves
after the 2002 season, getting his
career back on track with two solid
seasons before he blew out his elbow.
Without Hampton, Kyle Davies

HE'S NOT SMILING NOW: Braves left-hander Mike H bimpton, who was
trying to come back from elbow surgery, suffer ed another setback
when he'strained his left oblique in batLinq pi ) twice Wednesday.
The 34-year-old veteran could be out of action for two months.

and Lance Cormier are expected to
fill the last two spots in the rotation.
"We always have a 'Plan B' going,"
manager Bobby Cox said. "We
always have six guys ready to start.
They will be ready."
Hampton-is 53-48 since agreeing
to the big contract with Colorado
after the 2000 season.
He is owed $14.5 million this year

anid $15 million in 2008, and a $6 mil-
lion buyokiul of a 2009 option.
Meanwhile, Cox got a boost with
some solid outings Thursday.
Tim Hudson gave up one earned
run over l ur innings and struck out
three during a 5-3, 10-inning loss to
the New York Yankees in Kissim-
mee. Relievers Mike Gonzalez and
Rafael Soriano also had good days.

Yankees: General manager
Brian Cashman said right fielder
Bobby Abreu (strained right
oblique) should resume swinging a
bat this weekend. Cashman added
that Abreu's Opening-Day status has
not been determined. ... Cashman
said the Yankees would want to sign
Roger Clemens should the seven-
time Cy Young Award winner decide
to pitch this season. "It's like last
year If he wants to play and he wants
to play for the Yankees, we have an
interest," Cashman said. ... First
baseman Andy Phillips rejoined the
team Thursday after missing one
week to be with his mother, who was
critically injured in a car accident last
week in Alabama. Phillips said his
mother, Linda, is improving and in
stable condition. She has undergone
two operations, including one on her
Indians: Cliff Lee's lingering
abdominal injury put a damper on
the Indians' 7-6 victory over the Phil-
adelphia Phillies in Winter Haven,
Fla. Shin-Soo Choo's two-run single
in the ninth inning won it for Cleve-
Lee, who has yet to pitch in a game
this spring training, has not prog-
ressed, according to trainer Lonnie
He said if the left-hander,
expected to be the Indians' No. 3
starter after winning 46 games during
the past three years, could not throw
a bullpen session on Sunday he won't
pitch for 10-to-12 days.
That would put Lee in jeopardy of
not being ready for the start of the
season and open a rotation spot for
right-hander Fausto Carmona.
Red Sox: Curt Schilling gave
up one run on two hits in four innings
with two strikeouts and one walk in a
1-0 split-squad loss to the Minnesota
Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.
Fellow ace Johan Santana
pitched three scoreless innings for
the Twins.
Diamondbacks: Left-hander
Randy Johnson, working his way
back from October back surgery, may
face hitters in batting practice on Sat-
urday, manager Bob Melvin said.
Brewers: Prince Fielder, who
missed the first nine games of spring
training with a right quadriceps
strain, hit a homer in his spring-train-
ing debut as the Brewers lost to the
San Francisco Giants 10-7 in Phoenix.
Nationals: Infielder Tony

Womack was unconditionally
released by the team, which cut its
spring training roster to 56 players
with a series of moves.
The club also announced that first
baseman Nick Johnson (broken
right leg) and left-handers Mike
O'Connor (elbow surgery) and
Brandon Claussen (shoulder sur-
gery) are expected to start the season
on the disabled list.
Tigers: Left-hander Nate Rob-
ertson struck out five of his 11batters
in the Tigers' 9-7 victory over the
Cincinnati Reds in Sarasota, Fla.
Robertson gave up one hit and two
walks in 2/3 scoreless innings.
Blue Jays: Frank Thomas
made his first appearance for the
Blue Jays, going 1-for-3 with an RBI in
a 'B' game against the Philadelphia
Phillies in Dunedin, Fla.
Thomas is scheduled to be a desig-
nated hitter in today's 'A' game
against the Houston Astros.
A.J. Burnett started in the 'B'
game and gave up three runs and four
hits in three innings, mixing in his
curveball for the first time. He struck
out two and walked one.
Athletics: In his first day as
Oakland's center fielder, Milton
Bradley had a big day at the plate.
Bradley, given the job while Mark
Kotsay is sidelined for three months
because of back surgery, tripled, sin-
gled and drove in a run as the Athlet-
ics lost to the Texas Rangers 7-6 in
Sammy Sosa went 2-for-3 for
Texas, raising his spring training
average to .467, and Nelson Cruz hit
a two-run triple.
Pirates: Outfielder Jody
Gerut was released by the team after
nearly two years of inactivity due to a
knee injury.
Obituaries: John Vukovlch,
the longest-serving coach in Philadel-
phia Phillies history and a member of
their only World Series champion-
ship team in 1980, died Thursday. He
was 59.
Vukovich, who had been suffering
from complications caused by an
inoperable brain tumor, died in a
Philadelphia-area hospital, the team
said in a statement....
Former catcher Gene Oliver, who
played for the St. Louis Cardinals and
Chicago Cubs during a 10-year,
major-league career, has died. He
was 71. Oliver died Saturday of com-
plications following lung surgery, the
Wheelan Funeral Home said.


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How they stand after day two of track and field championships

Here is a look at the team standings at
the end of day two of the Bahamas Associ-
ation of Independent Secondary Schools
Sports Association's Track and Field Cham-
pionships at the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.

* Overall Division
St. Augustine's College........................629
Queen's College....................461
St. John's................................... .......237
St. A nne's ........................................... 225
Temple Christian ...............................92
Jordan Prince William .................189.50
Nassau Christian Academy ...............150
St. Andrew's................... 133.30
Kingsway Academy.......................58.50
Charles W. Saunders .............................40
Aquinas College ...............................26.50
Faith Temple Academy ......................13
Westminster College .................... 5

* Bantam Division Combined
St. Augustine's College.....................143
Queen's College................................. 103
St. A nne's ...............................................55
Jordan Prince William .........................49
Temple Christian Academy ...............41
St. John's College ................................40
Charles W. Saunders .............................25
Nassau Christian Academy ..................20
St. Andrew's...........................18
Kingsway Academy.....................9

* Junior Division Combined
St. Augustine's College....................145
Queen's College.........................118
St. John's College .................................67
Jordan Prince William .................63
St. A nne's ..............................................43
Temple Christian ...............................37
St. A ndrew 's........................................35
Kingsway Academy.............................28
Nassau Christian Academy ...............16
Faith Temple Academy ........................8
Aquinas College .......................3

* Intermediate Division Combined
St. Augustine's College.....................171
Queen's College.................................139
St. John's College ...............................74
St. A nne's .............................. ........... 7 1
Temple Christian .................... 64
Nassau Christian Academy .................47
Jordan Prince William ................. 28
St. Andrew's.............................28
Aquinas College ............................7.50
Charles W. Saunders.......................6
Kingsway Academy............................5.50
Faith Temple Academy .....................5

* Senior Division Combined
St. Augustine's College.....................170
Queen's College.........................101
Nassau Christian Academy ..................67
St. John's College .................................56
St. A nne's ..............................................56
St. Andrew's.......................................52.50
Temple Christian Academy .................50

Jordan Prince William ...................9.50
Kingsway Academy.................... 16
Aquinas College ................................. 16
Charles W. Saunders.....................9
W estm inster ................ .........................5

* Bantam Girls
St. Augustine's College........................80
Queen's College...........................65
Jordan Prince William .....................28
St. A nne's ..............................................23
Temple Christian ........................18
St. John's.................................. 18
St. Andrew's...........................16
Kingsway Academy...................... 9
Charles W. Saunders............................ 8
Nassau Christian Academy ..................7

* Junior Girls
Queen's College...........................74
St. Augustine's College.....................71
St. John's College ..................................33
Jordan Prince William ......................23
St. A ndrew 's........................................ 13
St. A nne's ...............................................11
Kingsway Academy........................... 10
Faith Temple...........................8
Temple Christian Academy ................. 8
Nassau Christian Academy ...................7

* Intermediate Girls
St. Augustine's College......................110
Queen's College.........................48
Temple Christian Academy ................37
St. John's College .................................27

Nassau Christian Academy.................19
Jordan Prince William ......................19
St. Anne's ....................... .....18
St. Andrew's..............................10
Charles W. Saunders...............................6
Aquinas College ..................................3
Kingsway Academy........... ............... 1

* Senior Girls
St. Augustine's College......................98
Q ueen's College..... ......................... 65
St. Andrew's.......................44.50
St. John's College ..................................33
St. A nne's ............................................. 25
Jordan Prince William .....................23.50
Temple Christian Academy ................19
Nassau Christian Academy .................14
Kingsway Academy........................ 13
Aquinas College .... ....................6.....
Westminster College............. .........5
Charles W. Saunders ..............................1

* Bantam Boys
St. Augustine's College......................63
Q ueen's College................................... 38
St. Anne's ......................... 32
Temple Christian Academy ...............23
St. John's College .... ....................... 22
Jordan Prince William ....... ...........21
Charles W. Saunders...........................17
Nassau Christian Academy .................13
St. Andrew's...... ..........................2

M Junior Boys
St. Augustine's College..............74

Queen's College................... .................. 44
Jordan Prince William........................40
St. John's College ..................................34
St. Anne's ............................32
Temple Christian Academy ................29
St. Andrew's...............................22
Kingsway Academy.......... ......18
Nassau Christian Academy ..........9
Aquinas College .........................3

M Intermediate Boys
Queen's College............................ ....91
St. Augustine's College...............61
St. Anne's ..............................53
St. John's College ...........................47
Nassau Christian Academy................ 28
Temple Christian Academy ............27
St. A ndrew's.............. ............................18
Jordan Prince William..........................-9
Faith Temple ..... .......................5
Kingsway Academy.......... ......4.50
Aquinas College.... .......... 4.50

* Senior Boys
St. Augustine's College......................72
Nassau Christian Academy...............53
Queen's College.................. ....36
St. A nne's............ ..................... .........31
Temple Christian Academy .................31
Jordan Prince William..........................26
St. John's........................................23 .
Aquinas College .....................10
Charles W. Saunders........................8
St. Andrew's....................................8.........
Kingsway Academy....... ............3.