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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 3/16/2007
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Volume: 103 No.96 FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007 PRICE 750

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Deadline passes to complete

joint venture agreement

with Harrah's Entertainment

BAHA MAR. yesterday
warned that its ,$2.4 billion
Cable Beach redevelopment
project had been placed in
jeopardy by the failure to yet
conclude a supplemental Heads
of Agreement with! the Gov-
ernment, something that could
allow its joint venture partner,
Harrah's Entertairament, to
"walk away" from the deal.
Yesterday was the deadline
for Baha Mar to complete its
joint venture agreement with
Harrah's, Ithe world-renowned
casino and entertainment oper-
ator, but that deadline has been
missed as a result of not con-
cluding talks with Govelmment.
Baha Mar said in a statement
issued yesterday that Harrah's
now had the right to withdraw
from the $2.4 billion project,
something that The Tribune

Fred Mitclll meeus wilh
Consul vision officesls
whokied Nff te job
FOREIGN Affairs Min-
ister Fred Mitchell met with
officers from the Consular
Division of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, who walked
off the job yesterday because
of internal conflicts.
Mr blitchell met with
union leaders and the two
sides reportedly got to the
crux of the matter.
To date, it is not known if
any fijirther meeting is
planned or necessary.

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was told would send the devel-
opment "back to the drawing
The Cable Beach developer
said that while Harrah's had so
far given no indication it would
use its right to "walk away",
the failure to meet yesterday's
deadline had exposed the pro-
ject to "increased risk".
"Baha Mar is concerned that
an agreement has not been
reached in a timely manner.
However, we remain hopeful
- given the significant benefits
of the Baha Mar project to the
Bahamas that progress with
the Government will be made,
and the transaction can be con-
cluded without further jeopar-
dising the project. This is con-
sistent with the Government's
stated public position," said
Baha Mar in its statement.
It is unclear why the Gov-
ernment has been having diffi-
culty in closing its agreement
with Baha Mar, given that the
project is so crucial to the
Bahamian economy and has
been heavily touted by Prime
Minister Perry Christie. He is
said to have viewed it as his
legacy to the Bahamian peo-
ple, much in the same way that
Kerzner International's
Atlantis development was left
by Hubert Ingraham.
Getting the Baha Mar pro-
ject off the ground also will be
a big boost for the Government
going into the upcoming gen-
eral election campaign, mak-
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M THE burned body is
removed from the scene
by police yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE second burned
yesterday on an overgrown
vacant lot in the heart of
Fox Hill, raising the spec-
tre of a worrying new trend
among the most violent
members of society.
It is the fourth burned
body to be found in New
Providence in three months.
Although police said that
they could not identify the
severely burnt corpse, locat-
ed between Ferguson and
Abner Streets, there was
agreement among many of
the residents who gathered
around the scene between
9am and 11.30am that
morning that it was that of
missing Kevin Strachan.
Unconfirmed reports
came in that Mr Strachan, a
man in his forties who had
recently been kicked out of
a shelter he had found in a
friend's home, had often
suffered abuse at the hands
of some community mem-
bers through the years. It
was suggested that tne
abuse might have been
because of his sexual orien-
SEE page 10

Fort Charlotte residents
claim PLP 'hijacking' urban
renewal achievements

Tribune Staff Reporter
ANGRY residents of Fort
Charlotte are claiming that
the achievements of their
urban renewal project are
being "hijacked" by the PLP
for political reasons.
In an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, members
of the steering committee of
the Fort Charlotte urban

renewal office claimed that
what began as a non-partisan
community effort is now being
turned into a political vehicle
for Education Minister Alfred
Sears, the area's MP in time
for the next general election.
According to the steering
committee, successful social
programmes that were intro-
duced by the urban renewal
SEE page 11

The transfer of senior police

officers 'will take effect today'
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE much anticipated transfer of senior officers within the
police force is supposed to take effect today, The Tribune has
Reliable sources have confirmed that among the changes,
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Marvin Dames will be
transferred to the Lynden Pindling International Airport Sta-
tion, from his current post as head of the Central Detective Unit.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson, who is
charge of crime, will be moved to head the Police Training
SEE page 11

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Anna Nicole death
WITH less than 10 days to go
before the coroner's inquest
opens into the death of Daniel
Smith, Bahamian police have
gone to Florida to liaise with
Seminole officers who are inves-
tigating.the sudden death of
Anna-Nicole Smith.
A few weeks ago, the situa-
tion was reversed as Seminole
police chief Charlie Tiger and a
team from the Broward medical
examiner's office travelled to
Nassau to investigatesimilarities
between the deaths of mother
and son.
A short time after the Semi-
nole police conducted their two-
day fact finding mission to the
Bahamas, they announced that
they had found new evidence in
the death of the former Playboy
Due to this evidence, Broward
County chief medical examiner
Dr Joshua Perper announced
that he was holding the release of
the results of Ms Smith's autopsy.
SEE page 11

Ingraham is
favourite in
Worker's Party
ballot survey
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH the current number of
voters at 132,611 up to March
11, the Workers Party held a
voter ballot survey on Wednes-
day to determine which party
is at the top of the list for the
coming election.
The results of the survey
indicate that Hubert Ingraham
is the favourite among male and
female voters.
The National Polling Com-
mission of the Worker's Party
conducted the survey in which
members of the public were
asked to cast their ballot for the
political party of their choice.
According to leader of the
party, Mr Rodney Moncur, the
survey was done to determine
the percentage of male and
female voters participating in
the survey and which party
would receive the most votes.
The participants were asked
whether they were voting for
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Hill revolution.

PEOPLE in Fox Hill were
last night urged to engage in a
-silent revolution" to send For-
eign Minister Fred Mitchell
packing in the general election.
Calling for a "healing of this
community", Dr Jacinta Higgs
said Mr Mitchell needed to be
ousted "in a quiet, strong and
determined way."
Dr Higgs, the FNM candidate
for Fox Hill, said as an MP Mr
Mitchell had failed completely
to follow the example of the
previous PLP incumbent, the
late George Mackey.
"He fell well below Mr Mack-
ey there is no kind of compar-
ison whatsoever," she said,
claiming that Mr Mackey had
easily outstripped Mr Mftchell
in terms of style and achieve-
Dr Higgs' comments came in
an interview with The Tribune
in which she pleaded for Fox
Hill people to make their views
known in a restrained way and
not to put themselves in a posi-
ton where they might be vic-
She said there needed to be
"healing" within the communi-
ty, and for unity to be main-
This was in response to
reports reaching The Tribune
that PLP campaign workers had
been receiving a hostile recep-
tion from voters.
One reader said: "They are
being chased off the porch. One
old lady threw a basin of wash-
ing-up water all over them."
Dr Higgs said Mr Mitchell
had failed to match rhetoric
with action during his five-year
tenure and had spent much of
his time flying off to interna-
tional conferences.
It was, she added, only when
he heard that she was the FNM
choice to fight the seat that he
stopped travelling.
Dr Higgs and her family had
previously been PLP support-
ers. But shortly after Mr
Mitchell's election in 2002, they
felt his behaviour was "contrary
to community development and
the small man's empowerment."
"I decided it was time to with-
draw my support," she added.
Dr Higgs, a mother of two
and professional educator who
says she is proud to call herself
a Fox Hill girl, said Mr Mitchell
had no blueprint and no vision
for the constituency.
Outside of the community


centre project, for which her
husband dug the foundations,
"there is little else we can point
to to show good governance or
good representation."
And it was only after the pub-
lic's commitment to the com-
munity centre became known
that Mr Mitchell backed down
on his original plan to abandon
the project, she said.


The $50,000 foundations for
the building were dug up when
Mr Mitchell advocated building
four houses there instead, she
said. These then had to be
replaced when public opinion.
carried the day.
"George Mackey was
shocked and he called a number
of key people to stop Mr
Mitchell's idea of reversing the
community centre plan.
"Fifty thousand dollars worth
of foundation work was
destroyed and carried away in
trucks," she said. "It was then
he (Mr Mitchell) recognized the
significance of this centre. My
husband had to re-dig the foun-
Dr Higgs said Fox Hill need-
ed an MP who would look after
their interests and confront the
real issues that affected people

on a day-to-day ba';is.
As a constituermcy resident
and mother, she felt she knew
the problems ordinary people
faced "in terms oif their rights
and simple needs ".
Dr Higgs cited road and traf-
fic problems in 'Fox Hill "and
the way we havy e hundreds of
children spilling over in the
road" on their way to and from
There was n.o infrastructure
development, during Mr
Mitchell's time, as MP "but now
he is trying to salvage his pres-
ence by erecting big signs and
images of hinaself and handing
out government jobs."
Dr Higgs said she was very
thankful for the response she
had received from Fox Hill peo-
ple. She felt she was t"sitting
very pretty" in the ruia-up to
the election and was confident
of an FNM. victory.
She was grateful for people's
confidence and outward expres-
sions of support "and for
entrusting their future iand the
future of their children in my
But she said she wanted her
campaign to be "above: board
and showing the highest kind
of respect."
"It is going to be in keeping
with the moral rectitude that I
espouse so often," she added.

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Assault rifle
and handgun
are found
OFFICERS patrolling
Glendale Subdivision after
9am on Wednesday as part
of Operation Revisit made
startling discovery a 9mm
handgun and ammunition for
a military assault rifle.
The officers reported see-
ing the driver of a red Chevy
Sliverado truck acting suspi-
The truck was stripped
and searched by the officers.
They reported discovering
a .9mm handgun with seven
live rounds of ammunition.
Under the seat of the
truck, the officers reported
finding 20 boxes which con-
tained 200 live rounds of
ammunition for a .762 AK-
47 high-powered assault rifle.
A 23-year-old resident of
Glendale Subdivision was
taken into policy custody and
is helping with the investiga-

after boat is
A QUICK response by
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force officers resulted in the
rescue of four Bahamian fish-
ermen whose vessel became
disabled while on a routine
fishing trip in the central
After receiving informa-
tion about a vessel sighted
off of Big Wood Cay,
Andros on Tuesday after-
noon, HMBS P-43 was dis-
patched to the area and dis-
covered the disabled vessel, a
35-foot craft called "Fish-
The boat had experienced
mechanical failure and was
without .power.
The fishermen had left
New Providence last Satur-
day on a one week fishing
The Defence Force craft
was able to take the dis- ,
tressed vessel into tow and,
brought it into the Coral
Harbour Base in Southern
New Providence.
The men were all said to
be in fair health.

Resolution on
planned for
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie announced on
Wednesday that when the
House of Assembly meets on
Monday, March 19, he will
give notice to move a reso-
lution for the authentication
44he Boundaries Commis-
sin's report on Wednesday,
A ch 21.
4-ollowing this report,
irgmbers of parliament and
prospective candidates will
have an opportunity to study
their various constituency

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on Harbour Island councillor

THE Court of Appeal yes-
terday ordered that a man who
cut the chief councillor of Har-
bour Island with a bottle to pay
a fine of $5,000 or spend two
months in prison.
The appeal was against the
conviction and sentencing of
Clive Atkinson who was found
guilty of causing a wound to
chief councillor Deshell
The evidence for the prose-
cution at the trial was that Mr
Atkinson and one of Mr
Robert's sons, Geno, had been
in a near collision earlier that
day which resulted in some hos-
tility between them.
Mr Atkinson went to Valen-
tine's to have a drink with a per-
son by the surname of Stubbs.
Before Stubbs arrived, the
Atkinson saw Mr Roberts at the
dock and they had a conversa-
Apparently during that con-

Court of Appeal reduces sentence from

eight months to two or $5,000 fine

versation, Geno appeared,
which inflamed the situation
because Geno is supposed to
have said to Mr Atkinson, "If
you are a man, don't talk to my
father, talk to me."
The father said to Geno,
"Hold on, I'm trying to hear
what (Mr Atkinson) has to say."
Whatever Geno then said
apparently resulted in a bottle
that Mr Atkinson was holding
being thrown at Geno.
But according to Mr Roberts,
it was used in a cutting motion
at Geno but cut the victim
instead as he was standing
between the two of them.
There was evidence before

the close of the prosecution's
case that Atkinson had made
an oral statement that was put
into evidence without objection.


The effect of that statement
was that Atkinson was acting
in self defence when he cut Mr
Roberts, who he did not intend
to harm; Mr Atkinson was try-
ing to get at Geno who he said
was coming at him with a cut-
The Court of Appeal in its
ruling said that while it under-
stands the need to show the

disapproval of the court for
violence in society by giving a
custodial sentence, in the cir-
cumstances of the case it
thought there was a slight error
on the part of the magistrate
in deciding to incarcerate Mr
Atkinson for his first offence
of this kind, bearing in mind
not only the elements of provo-
cation by Geno's presence and
his behavior but also the fact
that the injury to Mr Roberts
was not intended towards Mr
The ruling noted the fact that
Mr Atkinson had "reached the
ripe old age of 31" without hav-
ing been in jail, and the fact that

there is no evidence that he is a
threat to society or even to Mr
Roberts or his family.
"All of these things we take
into account and we think that
in exercising the discretion
which must always be exercised
with a degree of mercy in sen-
tencing, that the proper sen-
tence in this case would have
been one of a fine and if (Mr
Roberts) had applied, an order
for compensation to (Mr
Roberts)," the court said.
The court allowed the appeal
against the sentence and
quashed the sentence of eight
months in prison and substitut-
ed a fine of $5,000.
The ruling left it open to Mr
Roberts, if he wishes, to either
sue or ask for compensation
from Mr Atkinson, who has
already indicated his willingness
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THE late release of the
Boundaries Commission
report is causing confusion
among candidates and creat-
ing uncertainty about which
representative is running for
which constituency, it has been
The Tribune reported yester-
day that one of the major
changes that will be made to
the boundaries is the division
of the Delaporte constituency
to create two new seats: Killar-
ney and Clifton.
Although reports from
informed sources stated that
lawyer Fayne Thompson was
considered the preferred can-
didate for Killarney, new
reports from other well-placed
sources claimed yesterday that
the former CDR member has
not even been approached by
the PLP to offer for this new
The source said that Mr

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"that time has passed now."

For the past few weeks, it has
been rumoured that Mr
Thompson was the PLP's choice
for South Beach however, it
has emerged that Wallace Rolle
has been given the nomination
for that constituency.
At this time, the source said,
Mr Thompson is not expected
to run for any other constituen-
cy; his sole interest is in repre-
senting the people of South
Beach and he has no intention
of being elected to parliament
"at any cost."
Observers have also noticed
that advertisements for the indi-
vidual candidates of both par-
ties have been extremely sparse
although the general election is
only weeks away.
It has been speculated that
the candidates do not want to
spend money on advertising
until they are sure which con-
stituency they will be running

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Our Lucaya is expected to be
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The Tribune also learned that
the resort has increased its mar-
keting budget the amount
spent to promote the resort -
to $8 million.
Earnestine Moxyz, public
relations director, said the prop-
erty will be experiencing high
occupancy until the end of
April, when the peak season
Even though March and
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that the resort has not gone
after this market.
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the business travellers, group
business, and incentive markets
who want to hold conventions
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Many insulted by PLP radio advert

THE PLP are insulting Bahamians by trying
to distract their attention from real issues that
concern them by attempting to make the man-
ner in which former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham treated the late Sir Lynden Pindling,
an election issue.
From the calls we have received this week
about a radio advertisement being broadcast by
the ruling PLP, many Bahamians want to know
why the treatment of Sir Lynden has sudden-
ly become an election issue. One young person
remarked: "Who is this Lynden Pindling any-
way and with all this crime, what's he got to do
with this election?"
Good question.
According to the PLP's advertisement Mr
Ingraham is blamed for Sir Lynden's misfor-
tunes in his final years.
Recalling the 1984 Commission of Inquiry
report on the transshipment of drugs through
the Bahamas, the 1997 inquiry into the "gross
mismanagement" of the Hotel Corporation,
and The Tribune's own private files, we would
suggest that Sir Lynden received more con-
sideration from Mr Ingraham than was his
And when Prime Minister Perry Christie
tries to minimise and make excuses for the
scandalous behaviour of some of his own Cab-
inet colleagues, he should turn to page 77 of the
Commission of Inquiry report on the hotel
corporation and remind himself of how the
Commissioners rebuked him when he, as coun-
sel for Sir Lynden, excused his client's trans-
Said the Commissioners:
"The Commission does not accept the sub-
mission put forward on behalf of Sir Lynden by
Mr Christie that there is a peculiar fiscal culture
in the Bahamas based upon the. absence of
income tax and other factors which would
excuse any or all of the irregularities of which
evidence was given.
"The Commission holds that integrity and
accountability in national life and in the con-
duct of public affairs are indispensable fea-
tures of the system of parliamentary democracy
guaranteed by the constitution of the Bahamas.
There is a universal doctrine of accountability
which transcends all boundaries."
At the time in question, Sir Lynden was
chairman of the Hotel Corporation.
We think that government will have enough
problems of its own in giving an accounting of
its five-year performance rather than re-open-
ing old files and dredging up Sir Lynden's
career, particularly during the sordid drug
In the past four days two male bodies have
been found murdered. And an attempt to burn
their bodies and all evidence has become a

new tool in the criminal's arsenal. Yesterday's
charred remains was the fourth burned body to
be discovered in the past three months. And
police are investigating 17 murders commit-
ted in the past two and a half months. There is
also evidence that drugs are on the move again.
To say Bahamians are concerned is an
understatement. They want this major problem
to be government's focus, not what might or
might not have happened to the late Sir Lyn-
den Pindling, who to the end lived a more
comfortable life than most of them.
Angry residents of Fort Charlotte want
answers to what has gone wrong with their
urban renewal programme a programme
that once knitted the community together, but
is now pulling it apart because, they claim, the
PLP has poisoned their unity with divisive pol-
itics. These residents are also more concerned
about their community problems than the real
or imaginery problems of Sir Lynden. Many
are annoyed by the PLP radio commercial.
In February 2003 Mr Christie was highly
critical of the Ingraham government for not
having an independent commission to reor-
ganise the boundaries for the 2002 election.
What Mr Christie forgets is that in that election
the Ingraham government had completed the
boundaries for the May, 2002 election in
November 2001.
But here it is eight weeks left before an
election is to be called and the Christie gov-
ernment, which itself advocated that bound-
aries should not be tampered with for six
months before an election, is still juggling
Mr Christie also forgets that under the Con-
stitution the boundaries commission is to meet
every five years to redraw the boundaries. This
means that these boundaries, with which the
Christie government is still tinkering, should
have completed its work by November last
Are we really expected to take Mr Christie
seriously? He says that there should be a six-
month period between the change of bound-
aries and an election; he condemns the Ingra-
ham government for not having appointed an
independent boundaries commission, but when
he has a chance to do what he says should be
done, what does he do?
He had five years to appoint a boundaries
commission, but did nothing. He cannot deny
that he was prodded many times about the
nearing November deadline for boundaries
to be revised. But what does Mr Christie do?
As usual: Nothing.
Beautiful words come out of Mr Christie's
mouth, but we hate to admit that we no longer
put much stock in them.
We shall return to this subject.

For dignity's

sake, reject the


EDITOR, The Tribune
IT is my opinion that Mr Paul
Adderley is a snob and an
opportunist. In fact, he is one
of the reasons why I will not
vote for the Progressive Liberal
Recently, I read in the news-
paper that Mr Adderley had
referred to the Right Hon-
ourable Hubert Alexander
Ingraham in a condescending
manner on a local talk show. It
is my understanding that Mr
Adderley is from a privileged
background. The Right Hon-
ourable Hubert A Ingraham,
on the other hand, is not.
Unlike the biography of Mr
Adderley, Mr Ingraham's biog-
raphy is one of inspiration to
all Bahamians.
In the Right Honourable
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an individual who ascended
from the ranks of the under-
privileged to become one of the
Bahamas' best; and who chal-
lenged a vicious, corrupt system
and won. Here we have an indi-
vidual who truly understands
the plight of the poor and yet
who is privy to the ways of the
rich. Here we have a man who
knows when diplomacy is called
for and when a firm hand is
needed. Here we have a man
who knows when to profile and
when to roll up his sleeves to

get the job done.
In contrast, we see in the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party a bunch
of profilers who have made rid-
ing on the backs of the masses
to achieve a desired end an art
form. Indeed, the entertainment
that has been provided by the
PLP during the past almost five
years is unsurpassed. The prob-
lem with this is that we did not
hire the PLP to entertain us;
we, the Bahamian people, hired
the PLP to govern our country
with competence and decency.
In response to the call to gov-
ern, this new PLP has revealed
what they think of the Bahami-
an people. It is obvious that this
present Government believes
that The Bahamas is comprised
primarily of depraved, corrupt
and immoral individuals who
only care about a few dollars
being in their pockets. Why else
would they conduct themselves
in such an unbecoming manner,
refuse to apologise, and then
seek to divert attention away
from their indecent conduct by
emphasising an economy that
is progressing mainly because
of the initiatives of The Free
National Movement Govern-

The PLP will lose the next
general election because we, the
Bahamian people, no longer
subscribe to the PLP's view of
us. We, the Bahamian people,
no longer subscribe to the view
that depraved, indecent conduct
is our culture. We no longer
subscribe to the view that we,
our sons, our daughters, and our
nation are for sale to whosoev-
er will.
In the next general election,
we, the Bahamian people, will
vote against the PLP's smoke
screen of help and hope. We
will vote to restore our dignity
and to embark upon a vision
that takes us beyond a future
of the maid and gardener pro-
totype. We will vote for a com-
petent Government that will get
the job done with competence
and dignity. We, the Bahamian
people, will vote overwhelm-
ingly for the Right Honourable
Hubert A Ingraham and his
team of capable candidates
because we know and under-
stand that Mr Ingraham is not
only a tried and true leader but
also a man who has learned
from his mistakes.
It ain't long now.
March 13 2007

Refuting claims about

my 2002 campaign

EDiTOR, The Tribune
ThaL you for affording me
this space allowing me, as "the
current MP" (member of Par-
liament for Long Island &
Ragged Island) to comment on
remarks credited to one
Anthony Knowles and printed
in The Tribune on March 15,
In the article Knowles report-
edly made comments alleging
that the political campaign of
"the current MP" for Long
Island and Ragged Island was
"partially financed by the PLP"
This statement is unfounded
and grossly misleading and I
challenge the perpetrator of this
untruth to produce any evi-
dence he or she has to substan-
tiate the claim.

I also invite the leadership of
the governing party to verify or
deny the claim. On May 22,
2002, the Prime Minister made
it quite clear in the House of
Assembly that that day was the
first time he and I ever met or
that we had ever spoken to each
I would say though, to all who
would want to know, that my
campaign was funded by indi-
viduals who are Bahamian, and
who did not expect some big
favour in return.
Further in the report,
Knowles reportedly listed what
he called promises "the current
MP" made in 2002.
Throughout the course of my
campaign I emphasized the fact
that I was seeking election as
an Independent and would be
in a position only to seek the

assistance of the government of
the day in fulfilling the needs, ,,
of the people of the islands,
some of which were listed.
I was, therefore elected, with
the understanding that I would
"agitate" on behalf of the peo-
ple of these two lovely islands as
their representative.
In the not too distant future,
they will have an opportunity
to say to the world, whether cr
not my performance was geod
enough for them.
Many thanks for the space.
In the service of the people
and standing firm with the Free
National Movement and its out-
standing leadership.
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A $5000 cheque, donated
by the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company, will
assist in enabling 12 Family
Island students to attend the
2007 Conference for Youth
Leaders at the College of the
The presentation was
made on Tuesday at COB
by Shena Bowleg, the public
relations manager at BTC.
VP of'Student Affairs at
the college, Colyn Major,
thanked BTC for their spon-
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aims of the conference.
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young people, our nation,
and indeed our world; and,
to facilitate the establish-
ment of vital networks, that
have both present and future
significance, between the
young. leaders of our archi-
pelago," he said.
Mr Major further noted
that the conference, which is
in its 24th year, will more
specifically focus on issues
relating to conflict manage-
ment and managing global
challenges in the 21st centu-
Ms Bowleg stated that the
support of education relat-
ed initiatives is very impor-
tant to her company, and
that she was pleased the
donation would facilitate the
participation of Family
Island students in this year's
A'leithia Sweeting, presi-
dent of the student govern-
ment, also thanked BTC and
stated that the conference
will serve as a way to active-
ly participate in the devel-
opment of young people in
the country many of whom
are involved in self-destruc-
tive activities.
Theconfierence will be
held from today through Sat-
urday at COB.
Other sponsors of the con-
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BEC says power station oil spill contained

AN oil spill at the
Clifton Pier Power Sta-
tion on Monday "soiled"
the side of an ocean
tanker but was contained,

according to BEC.
The corporation said in
a statement that BEC and
other corporate entities
immediately mobilised to

clean up the ship's hull as
well as any oil that fell
into the sea in order to
avoid any environmental

The clean-up continued
on Wednesday and was
expected to be successful-
ly completed late
Wednesday afternoon,

BEC general manager
Kevin Basden said that in
keeping with the corpo-
ration's dedication to
maintaining environmen-

tal integrity, he was
pleased with the speed
and efficiency of the team
effort shown by both
BEC and its partners.

Beeps at new City Market are

not music

Store promises action to fix problem

A LOUD rhythmic "beep"
sound ffom the new City Mar-
ket store on Cable Beach is dri-
ving people in neighboring
homes crazy, it was claimed yes-
Residents are furious that
repeated complaints about the
noise have not led to a perma-
nent solution.
Now management is being
asked to act quickly to silence
the "beep" for the sake of har-
monious relations.
"It is wrong for City Market
to allow this terrible racket to
go on with no regard for people
living nearby," said one neigh-
bour who did not wish to be
"City Market has a responsi-
bility to be a good neighbour
to those living around them. We
did not ask them to build the
store here and we did not ask to
have our lives polluted by this

perpetual noise."
The loud "beep" goes on day
and night, keeping people
awake and making their day-
time hours a misery.
"It's worse than Chinese
water torture," said the resi-
dent. "It is penetrating and
rhythmic, a constant beep, beep,
beep sound that carries for
The noise is thought to come
from the store's water supply
system. Once the water reaches
a certain level, it stops but for
most of the day and night, it
invades people's living rooms
and bedrooms.
One woman who has person-
ally complained to the manage-
ment said: "To be fair, when-
ever I have raised the matter
with the duty managers they
have been very helpful.
"They have gone round to
the back of the building and

switched off the beep. But the
noise carries on when they are
off-duty. It's now time for City
Market to put the matter right
once and for all."
Contacted yesterday and
asked when residents will find
peace at last, a manager at the
store said that management are
in the process of having the
"beep", which is a warning sys-
tem linked to the automatic
water system for the building,
He said that City Market is
taking into consideration the
concerns of those living in the
According to the store rep-
resentative, the beep which is
activated when water pressure
becomes too high or too low -
could be silenced "as soon as
tomorrow or the day after,"
when a technician is due to
attend to the machine.

Harvard professor urges dedication to education majors

EDUCATION majors at the
College of the Bahamas were
told they must be dedicated to
their profession if they are to
improve the standard of educa-
tion in the country.
Charles Willie, a professor of
education at Harvard University,
said that in many instances, the
performance of students is great-
ly affected by the dedication and
interest shown by their teachers.
Speaking at the annual edu-
cation awareness conference in
the Choices dining room at
COB, Dr Willie said that the
structure of the education sys-
tem is of the utmost importance.
According to Dr Willie, edu-
cation can be effectively struc-
tured by identifying the capa-
bilities of each student and by
working with that student at his
or her individual level.
,"Some students tend to be
fast learners, while others tend
to be much slower in learning.
However, any student who
wants to learn should have the

privilege to learn," he said.
Dr Willie, who is also a soci-
ologist and political activist, said
that the community should con-
tribute to the development of
education by ensuring that chil-
dren apply themselves at home
and in the classroom.
Dr Willie, a former classmate
of the late Dr Martin Luther
King Jr, said that community
power, decision making and
education are three factors that
must come together if excel-
lence is to be achieved bydthe
next generation.
"Learning is not just about
pouring knowledge into one's
brain, but learning how to inter-
act with each other, using this
knowledge," he said.
He also noted that teachers
and parents must maintain a
close relationship by monitor-
ing students' progress.
Dr Willie said that in order
to improve the role of the com-
munity in education, the mind-
set of parents and other adults
must be changed.
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potential. Students with bad
grades can improve and achieve
their potential," he said.
He added that teachers must be
able to help their students deter-
mine who they are and what their
communities require of them.
According to Dr Willie, there
are a number of factors that
affect the learning capabilities
of students.
He said that the kind of home
or background a student grows
with in can greatly affect his or
her ability.
However, Dr Willie said that
although this may be true, stu-
dents must not make it an
excuse for failure.
"There are some students
that live in broken homes that
are overshadowed with diffi-
culties; however, many of these

students have proven that they
can be successful, despite their
Dr Willie said that a good
education involves more than
students finding a job upon grad-
uation. He said that students
must be taught how to make a
contribution to their community.

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Exposing the myth of equal education

N the Bahamas, educa-
tional equality is a myth.
Equality, which is defined by
Webster's dictionary as being
of the same in quality, degree
and/or merit, can hardly be
achieved in an educational sys-
tem that is fatally flawed and
overly institutionalized.
Outside of the home, schools
should be where moral and
occupational education, disci-
pline and the values necessary
for the continued existence of a
society are taught. However,
egalitarianism is not usually the
outcome as it relates to edu-
cation, particularly in a capi-
talistic society like the
The disparate state of affairs
of a consumer-driven society
are usually always replicated
in education, making the
notion of equal educational
opportunities a political ideol-
ogy used to trick people into
believing that they have been
given fair chances. Ask any sit-
ting Bahamian parliamentarian
if any of their children attend
public school. The answer is
Students from lower socio-
economic backgrounds often
begin schooling at a disadvan-
tage, because they are either
impoverished, come from dys-
functional homes and families,
lack self-respect and self-
esteem, have no financial sup-
port and many times grow up
without parental guidance and
In the Bahamas, many
schools reproduce economic,

social and political inequality
as the elite, in most instances,
attend prestigious schools such
as St Andrew's while many
that are unable to afford pri-
vate education attend the over-
crowded, shabby public
schools. In my opinion, this
could also foster a form of de
facto segregation!
The Bahamian educational
system has played a role in lim-
iting the upward mobility of
the poor. Further, many of the
issues confronting our society
are not addressed in the Min-
istry of Education's curriculum
or the established teaching
practices that to this day pro-
mote conformity in society,
rather than recognizing indi-
viduality and implementing
Howard Gardner's theory of
multiple intelligence.

n the Bahamas, I feel
that the concept of intel-
ligence as a single factor that
can be assessed by "intelli-
gence" tests such as the
BGCSE/BJC is based on a
dubious assumption that all
students learn the same way.
The Ministry of Education
must recognize that people
learn differently, and that stan-s
dardised tests such as the BJC

and BGCSE, which all stu-
dents must sit, may not be
accommodating to everyone.
School curriculums also foster
inequalities. For example, pri-
vate schools in the Bahamas
teach similar subjects to public
schools, yet they have more
extensive curriculums, smaller
classes and more subject areas
to broaden a student's expo-
Even more, institutions and
syllabuses, examinations and
educational authorities may all
have a part to play in nurturing
educational inequality!
It is arguable that the run-
down buildings that serve as
schools are hindering the edu-
cational process and deepen-
ing social disparities. For exam-
ple, some school buildings are
without chalk boards, have
gaping holes in roofs and
dugout classroom floors.
Before Majority Rule and
Independence, equal opportu-
nities were not near feasible.
That remains the case in the
educational system even though
there has been a proliferation of
schools since Independence that
has made it possible for all
Bahamians to attend school in
the hope of attaining the illu-
sion of equal educational/social



The conditions of the edu-
cational system can only be
rectified with political-eco-
nomic structural changes.
Equality has become one of
the touchstones of advanced,
industrialized and democratic
societies. However, in the
Bahamas, consensus in educa-
tion and our society can only
be seen as a rather hypothetical
concept for a society that itself
continues to bear many
inequalities and prejudices, for
instance racism on Harbour
Island that many people com-
plain of even to this day, pres-
tigious schools for the elite,
success based on family con-
nections instead of personal
merit and so on.

T he disparities in our
educational system are
deepened even more as clearly
some teachers perform while
others are simply indifferent.
Social ills such as gender dis-
crimination contribute to the
inequalities throughout our
educational system. For exam-
ple, girls start out cognitively
ahead of boy but have lower
self-esteem at the end of high
school. There are hardly any
male role models in the class-
rooms or school administra-
tions and even school text-
books are subject to biases
against one sex or the other.
Poverty, which is the lack
of money and/or material pos-
sessions, widens the educa-
tional gap between the haves
and have-nots. Many students
living in poverty are known to

perform poorly due to their
disadvantageous state of
Students affected by pover-
ty usually lack the motivation
to complete school work, hard-
ly attend school and are many
times anti-social. Students
affected by poverty are ill-pre-
pared for school, alienate
themselves from their parents
and teacher, display poor lin-
guistic and mathematical skills

affected by
poverty usually
lack the
motivation to
complete school
work, hardly
attend school
and are many
times anti-social.

and are usually malnourished.
Poverty is a prominent agent of
educational inequality as it has
a very disadvantageous impact
on school performance, mak-
ing it almost impossible for a
child to learn or want to learn
under such conditions.
A lack of media access -
internet, television and multi-
media outlets can also put
students at a disadvantage in
this, the technological age. In
the Bahamas, there are many


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students who suffer at a disad-
vantage as they cannot conduct
proper research or complete
assignments as they do not
have these forms of media.
According to psychologist
Barrington Brennen, having
these forms of media may be
prejudicial as children may
spend too much time on the
Internet or watching television,
resulting in future generations
of illiterate children, who are
bored and unimaginative.

n 1990, Whittle Commu-
nications established a
channel known as Channel
One, which sought to provide
video technology and innova-
tive programming to class-
rooms in America this was
an effort to establish similarity
and equality in US classrooms.
Such a programme should be
initiated here!
The search for identity is
today a common theme in the
sociology of education. We
must seriously address the
inequalities confronting our
educational system in a well
thought-out manner.
The Ministry of Education
may need to consider revisiting
the traditional academic ideal
(the three Rs arithmetic,
reading and writing) to at least
enhance the literary and math-
ematical skills of students that
are leaving an obsolete educa-
tional system and are present-
ly unprepared to face an
increasingly globalised, fast-
paced society.

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RBDF goes to Goodman's

Cay for beach clean-up

AS one of its community
involvement programme, the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Rangers came out to give the
beaches of Goodman's Bay a
much needed clean-up.
More than 60 students from
several junior and senior high
schools in the capital came
together on Saturday to remove
debris from the public area.
They removed fallen tree
branches and litter from the

beach, placing the refuse in
garbage bags and bins.
Since its inception in 1995, the
programme has sought to train
and help students develop into
patriotic and productive citizens
through character building.
Along with social activities
such as camping trips, games,
workshops, conferences, semi-
nars and field trips, the students
also interact with other youth

* THE young Defence Force Rangers at Goodman's Bay picking
up trash and other debris last Saturday. More than 60 youngsters
are involved in the community outreach programme.

* DEFENCE Force Rangers at Goodman's Bay retrieving trash
and other debris. This was part of their community outreach

Ginn donates

to Spelling Bee

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Ginn sur Mer
has donated $20,000 to the
Bahamas National Spelling Bee
to assist the organisation in its
effort to developing the best
spellers in the country.
John Davies, senior vice pres-
ident of development at Ginn,
made the presentation in West
End at noon on Wednesday.
The contribution makes Ginn
a corporate sponsor of the
national competition, which is
held in New Providence.
Accepting the funds was
Charles Carter, CEO and pub-
lisher of The Nassau Guardian,
the principal sponsor of the
Ingrid Culmer, co-chairman
of the National Spelling Bee,
Dr Olga Clarke, co-chairman
and official at the Ministry of
Education, and Freeport News
editor Oswald Brown, who ini-
tially spearheaded the pro-
gramme, were also present.
The national competition,
which is entering its 10th year,
will be held on March 25 at the
Rainforest Theatre. About 20
of the country's top spellers will
compete for the national title.
Mr Carter told Mr Davies
that the funds donated will go
towards creating spelling clubs
throughout the Bahamas.
"We thank vou for your
investment because we feel we
are making an investment in the
future of this country by con-
centrating on young people and
encouraging (them) to become
academically inclined so they
can make something them-
selves," he said.
Mr Carter stated that the Bee
involves over 40,000 school chil-
dren in all districts, as well as
private school. The competi-
tion, he said, has grown
immensely over the past 10



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"It has grown also because
corporate Bahamas is beginning
to see the value of making the
kinds of investment that will
ensure that we have proper
well-trained citizens to fill all
the jobs that are created in the
Bahamas," he said.
Ingrid Culmer said the com-
mittee's aim is to get the
Bahamas into the qualifying
rounds at the competition in
Washington DC.
None of the Bahamian par-
ticipants have ever made it past
the preliminary rounds in the
Scripps's Spelling Bee competi-
"I will admit that we are still
in the developmental stage of
trying to figure out how these
clubs are going to work. It is
going be through efforts of the
Ministry of Education and any
expert that can assist us in doing
this to ensure that all children in
all islands are able to partici-
pate and benefit from the club."
Ms Culmer said.

Ministry of Education official
Olga Clarke, who is also a co-
chairman, said that all of the
students who have won in past
competitions are university
graduates, or are in university
performing at a very a high lev-
"That is good for the
Bahamas, nationally speaking.
But when we take them to
Washington they compete
against many students who are
home schooled and who con-
centrate solely on spelling. In
our schools it is different, and so
the spelling clubs would give
our students an advantage so
that in the afternoon they can
one or two hours of spelling,
and we encourage volunteer
teachers to also assist on the
weekend by helping them with
spelling and understanding the
logistics of spelling.
Mr Oswald Brown thanked
Ginn for the substantial contri-
bution to this year's competi-


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STORY SO FAR: The Lleshi Family,
along with thousands of other Koso-
vars, finally cross the border into Mace-
donia. They begin settling into their new
home, a refugee camp.

Refugees in Macedonia

WE LEARNED later that
our camp in Redusa was
one of the best in Macedonia. There
was a cold breakfast every morning, as
well as two hot meals. There were even
showers. The young international vol-.
unteers were cheerful, and tried to
make camp life bearable for us all.
There was no room for football
games, to Mehmet's regret. But some-
one did string up a net, and the men
and boys began playing endless games
of volleyball. Anything, the men said,
was better than the boredom of camp
They were right. In some ways it was

better at the rough KLA camp, where
we had to spend a lot of time gathering
wood, making fires, and cooking. Now,
with no need for us to work, Mama
tried to keep us busy cleaning our tiny
tent. But it's hard to keep dust and dirt
out of things when you live in a tent.
Granny stayed on in the hospital tent,
where she could have a cot. We were
thankful for that, for her weak old body
would have done poorly sleeping on
the ground.
Meanwhile, NATO bombers were
pounding the Serbs, but not just the
Serbs. There were terrible accidents: a
column of refugees was mistaken for
Serb soldiers, as was a train packed
with Albanians headed for the border.
Mehmet cursed the carelessness of the
NATO forces, but war is war, said Papa.
The innocent always suffer.
On June ninth I was in the tent fold-
ing our family's bit of laundry when I
heard a loud cheer go up outside. It
was as though everyone had gone crazy.
I ran out to find out what was happen-
Those who were religious were pray-
ing loudly. Even Papa, who never went
to the mosque, kept saying, "Allah be,
praised!" over and over again.
"What is it?" I yelled to Mehmet over
the racket.
"Milosevic has surrendered! NATO
has won!" he said.
We were all eager to go home,
but Papa was cautious. Everything, he
felt, was too unsettled, and no one
knew what we would find if we went
back. Besides, he pointed out, it would-
n't be easy making the homeward trip

with Granny and the children. After
much discussion, it was decided, that
the men (and that included Mehmet)
would go first and see what the situa-
tion was.
Iti was a long wait-or at least it
seemed so. In reality, it was less than a
week, but when you are aching to go
home, a day can seem like years.
"Well," said Papa when they finally
returned, "the store and the apartment
are still there."
Mehmet glowered. "But what they
didn't steal they smashed to bits."
"At least you have four walls and a
roof," Uncle Fadil said. Mehmet
blushed. It was clear Uncle Fadil had
nothing to go home to.
Papa confirmed this sad truth. "The
farm is destroyed," he said. Then he
pulled from his bag a dirty shard and
handed it to Mama.
"My wedding plate," said Mama.
"Why would they smash a beautiful
"Hate makes no sense," said Papa.
"When are we going home?" Isuf
said, asking the question we all wanted
to. "I want to go home today. Right
Papa shook his head. "We have to
talk," he said. That meant I needed to
watch the little ones while the grown-
ups discussed our future among them-
selves. To my surprise, Mehmet stayed
with us as the grown-ups walked off
"What do they have to talk about,
Mehmet?" I asked. "What is so com-
plicated? Why can't we just go home?"
"It's because of me," he said. "The

KLA is stronger than ever, and Papa
is afraid I will run away and join them."
"You wouldn't!"
"They've approached me," he said
"But what's the point? The war is
"Not for Kosovo,"he said. "We don't
have independence yet. NATO still sees
us as just another province of Serbia.
The war is far from over."
When the grown-ups came back, their
expressions were grim but resolute. I
realized that there would be no arguing
with whatever decision they had come
to. We waited for Papa to speak, never
dreaming of the words we would hear.
"Uncle Fadil and his family have no
home to go back to. The farm is
destroyed, and until things are pnore
settled, it is senseless to try to rebuild.
They will go to town, to the apartment,
and try to get the store running again.
They can take care of Granny and the
babies more easily there as well."
"But what about us?" Isuf asked.
"What about our family?"
Papa patted his head. "We're headed
for a great adventure, son. We are going
to America."

(Continued on Tuesday)

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days is found

FROM page one
station and his drinking.
In view of the gruesome early
morning find, police press liaison
officer Walter Evans admitted
that the force is "deeply con-
cerned" about the homicide rate
so far this year, and the emerging
burning trend.
A woman who described her-
self as a "very, very close friend"
of Mr Strachan said tearfully that
the Fox Hill man had not been
seen since Monday, despite per-
sistent efforts on her part to locate
Unconfirmed reports were
received that the body was found
by another Fox Hill man,
Emmanuel Forbes, that morning
as Mr Forbes passed through the
Several residents commented
that the body was identifiable
based on its clothes, which were
still discernible in some parts.
Rashad Brice, a close friend of
Mr Strachan's, said he was often
picked on in the community.
"I know people used to take
advantage of Kevin a lot, probably
when he drink a little bit,.when
he get a bit tuned, that's probably
how they get to do that," he said,
looking towards the site where
the missing man's charred body
had been dumped.
He added that community
members were known to "lick him
for no reason" as he walked down
the road.
"They do whatever they feel
like doing to him. This has been
going on for a long time, y'know?
Now it finally gets to this," he said.
Both friends said that they had
no idea who could be responsible
for his death, but that they hoped
that someone would be appre-
. Pqlice press liaison officer Wal-
ter Evans, however, emphasised'
that police have yet to classify the
death as a murder, instead
terming it "suspicious."
"We couldn't classify it as a
homicide, there has been no phys-
ical sign of trauma," said Mr
Despite the fact that the body
was burned from the top of the
head to the waist area, Mr Evans
said that the body was "not nec-
essarily" set on fire.
He added that the autopsy
result will allow a final determi-
nation of the cause of death.
Ismella Davis, officer in charge
of Fox Hill police station said that
her station is going to play its part



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in quelling the fears of alarmed
"We're going try to work with
the community to heal whatever
wounds that need to be healed,"
she said, adding that the police's
partnership with the Urban
Renewal programme was of par-
ticular importance at this time.
No missing persons report
had yet been filed at the station,
said Mrs Davis.
According to Mr Evans, it is
thought that the body had been
lying in the undergrowth for
more than 24 hours before it
was stumbled upon.
It could not be said whether
the man met his death in the
same location, or was moved
As to whether the spate of
burnings could be indicative of a
"copy cat" effect, Mr Evans said
it was impossible to know what
was going through the mind of
the "criminal element."
Nonetheless, while homicide
rates are known to fluctuate,
there is serious concern at the
rate of crime this year compared
with the same time a year ago,
he admitted.
Mr Carlos Reed, head of.the
organisation Youth Against
Violence, said that he fears that
younger generations in the

Bahamas are becoming increas-
ingly violent and without hope,
because of failures in the edu-
cation system, and the fact that,
in some instances, irresponsible
older people are in fact taking
advantage of their vulnerability.
In his experience, he said,
there is a growing trend of
young people being paid to car-
ry out violent acts for others
who want to seek some form of
"retribution", but do not want
to personally carry out the
"This is why we're seeing so
many of these hitman-style mur-
ders," he said, not specifically
referring to yesterday's incident.
He said that if a solution to
the rising rates of violence -
which prime minister Perry
Christie recognized in a speech
at the opening of the new police
conference centre last week is
to be found, a "comprehensive"
approach must be taken.
The church, the ministry of
education, youth, and social ser-
vices must all be brought togeth-
On Monday, charred human
remains were found in a burnt-
out car off Marshall Road,
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Fort Charlotte

residents claim

PLP 'hijacking' urban

renewal achievements



FROM page one

project are being copied by the
PLP's Fort Charlotte branch
office and passed off as their
Minister Sears yesterday
could not be reached for com-
ment on these claims and did
not return The Tribune's calls.
One steering committee
member said that the project
began as a community effort
and included PLPs, FNMs and
CDRs, but that the PLP sup-
porters soon pulled away to do
'"their own thing."
The steering committee said
that they were also recently
dealt a blow when they were
told that the project's police
coordinator Inspector Mary
'Aitchell-Rolle who was
instrumental in the success of
the project in the past two years
- is being transferred to the
Carmichael Road police station.
"This stinks of politics. We
do not object that she is being
moved, but we object to the
way it is being done, with no
time for her to hand over the
reigns or train anybody new," a

steering committee member
who has lived on the same Fort
Charlotte corner for the past 63
years told The Tribune.
Janice Rolle, chairperson for
the steering committee,
explained that Fort Charlotte's
urban renewal project has
enjoyed a unique kind of suc-
cess and was even praised by
Prime Minister Perry Christie
as a model for all other urban
renewal initiatives.
Ms Rolle said that the Fort
Charlotte urban renewal office
is the first to have established a
steering committee and that its
programmes especially those
aimed at educating the commu-
nity's children- have been
"tremendously successful."
One steering committee
member said that their group
started out with 37 participants
and included representatives
from the entire area, but that
those who were PLP support-
ers soon left.
"They all went to the PLP
branch office and it was there
that they copied the pro-
grammes we were using," the
steering committee member

Ms Rolle also said, that there
was considerable upset in the
area when the PLP branch
office established a community
band for the Fort Charlotte chil-
dren, although the urban renew-
al office already had a band.
"We had a band already, now
they've gone and created a new
band at the (PLP office). It split
the children. Those whose par-
ents are PLP sent their children
to the new band," she said.
Ms Rolle said that there are
plans to merge the two bands
and to have one big band based
at the PLP branch office.
The head of the steering com-
mittee said that this move
would be unfair to the urban
renewal project's many con-
tributors, who include First
Caribbean Bank, Kerzner Inter-
national, the Holy Spirit Church
and St Stephen's Baptist
"It's misleading. These peo-
ple donated funds to us because
they believed it was a commu-
nity, an urban effort. If they
thought it was a political thing
they may not have wanted to
contribute," Ms Rolle said.

Worker's Party ballot Baha Mar

FROM page one

Perry Christie and the PLP or Hubert Ingraham and the FNM or
They were also asked if they were registered to vote.
Mr Moncur said that 700 persons participated in the survey.
Hubert Ingraham got 325 of the votes or 46.4 per cent of the
total votes and Prime Minister Christie got 252 or 36 per cent of
the votes.
And there were 123 persons or 17.6 per cent who voted neither
Jhgraham nor Christie.
As for gender, 166 or 51.1 per cent of the males voted for
Ingraham and 103 or 31.7 per cent males voted for Christie.
159 or 42.4 per cent female voted for Ingraham and 149 or 39.7
per cent females voted for Christie.
According to the survey, 539 of the participants were registered
voters, with 238 males and 301 females.
Mr. Moncur told The Tribune: "The survey indicated that
JHubert Ingraham is the favourite among Bahamian voters, both
male and female, with Ingraham having the strongest support
among male voters, while Mr. Christie's main supports is among
female voters. The survey also suggests that among registered vot-
ers Mr Ingraham's support is more dominant, winning 53.4 per
cent of the registered voters compared to 46.4 per cent for Mr
Mr.Moncur said that the survey indicated that a sizable num-
ber of voters do not intend to vote for Mr Ingraham or Mr
He said the results for the survey were calculated by Christo-
pher E. Lunn, a qualified economist, who lectures at a local col-
Although the old register closed on March 12th, persons can
still register, according to Errol Bethel, parliamentary registrar.
According to the parliamentary department, so-far Blue Hills
is the largest constituency with 5,141 voters, while MICAL is the
smallest with 1,157 voters.
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FROM page one

Dr Perper said that he had
:determined a cause of death,
ibut that his findings may
'be influenced by the new


FROM page one
College on Thompson
These, and other changes,
according to some members
of the force, have been made
at the request of government
and not directly by Police
Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson as should be the
Factions within the force
claim that the changes are
"politically motivated." They
threaten to "speak out" on
the interference if the trans-
fers go through as predict-
Many political pundits
claim that ACP Ferguson is
being especially targeted for
his alleged role in the arrests
of the five baggage handlers
from Nassau Flight Services.
These men, accused of drug
smuggling, are currently
behind bars in the United
"There are certain people
who have the ear of this gov-
ernment," one source
claimed, "but not the heart
of this Police Force at the

Anna Nicole
However, the Seminole
police yesterday maintained
that no homicide investigation
was under way in the case of
the US celebrity.
Bahamas Police Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson led a
delegation of detectives, includ-
ing Chief Superintendent Mar-
vin Dames, officer-in-charge of
the Central Detective Unit, to
The Broward County state
attorney's office has denied
reports that prosecutors have
met with Seminole police to dis-
cuss the former cover girl's
"We are continuing to help
law enforcement agencies and
the medical examiner as they
try and figure out the nature of
this death. This is not a homi-
cide investigation," spokesman
Ron Ishoy told the Associated

deal is

in peril

FROM page one

ing it all the more mystifying
why the supplemental H-Iads
of Agreement has not been
concluded and the project
placed at risk.
One source familiar with the
situation told The Tribune:
"Baha Mar are ready to sit
down, and have a whole team
ready to meet. It's up to the
Government to engage with
them on a full-frontal basis if
that's their goal. They're just
concerned that it's not hap-
While Baha Mar was focused
on. its development and com-
mercial issues coming from
that, one source suggested it
was "dealing with government
officials who may have a dif-
ferent focus."
The Tribune has repeatedly
warned the Government that
the Heads of Agreement and
HWrrah's deadlines were fast
approaching, but it appears that
this advice not to put the pro-
ject in jeopardy was not heed-
Vincent Peet, minister of
financial services and invest-
ments, had last week told The
Tribune that talks with Baha
Mar were ongoing, "and we are
making progress."
He added that "everything"
was being done to meet the
March 15 deadline, but
declined to comment on the
issues that were keeping the
Government and Baha Mar
"It's unfortunate that a pro-
ject this valuable to the
Bahamas and its people has to
have this element of risk
attached to it," one source told
The Tribune. "Baha Mar had
hoped to have it done by iow.
"Harrah's has put a lot of
faith into this project and the
Bahamas, and the fact that the
Government has not respond-
ed to this great opportunity for
the Bahamas is also a risk.'




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$14m Film

Studios deal

hits trouble

Tribune Business Editor
THE $14 million attempt to
acquire the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios has run into trouble, The
Tribune was told yesterday,
with the group put together by a
Bahamian banker yet to agree
an extension to yesterday's
deadline for the deal's close
with the other side.
Owen Bethel, president of
Nassau-based financial services
provider, the Montaque Group,
said his Bahamas FilmInvest
International group was
"unlikely to succeed in closing
by any foreseeable date", due to
differences between themselves
and Ross Fuller, chairman of
Ashby Corporation, on the
terms of an extension.
Without an extension to the
March 15 deadline to close the
purchase of the investment pro-
ject where the Pirates of the
Caribbean II and III sequels
were filmed, Mr Bethel's group
will not be able to proceed
because of uncertainty over
whether they are still the front-
runners for the acquisition. The
Government, too, will not know
who to deal with.
As a result, Bahamas Filmin-
vest's attempts to purchase the
Bahamas Film Studios have
effectively been placed in limbo,
- leaving the acquisition's success
prospects 'poised on a knife
edge' and possibly on the brink
of collapse.
The closing deadline for
Bahamas FilmInvest's acquisi-
tion had earlier been extended
from the initial February 28,
2007, date, so as to give the
Government more time to com-
plete due diligence on the
group's investors and supply the
necessary approvals and per-
It is understood, though, that
Mr Fuller has been negotiating
with other prospective pur-
chasers of the Bahamas Film
Studios in case Bahamas

Buyer says

Baha Mar peril places

$50m construction

work 'on hold'

purchase in limbo,
due to failure to $2.4bn Cable Beach development at 'increased risk' over missed Harrah's close

gain extension
to yesterday's
closing deadline

deal fell
A Florida-
based group
is thought to
be among
those that
Mr Fuller
has kept in
touch with,
along with M BETHEL
one that is
said to be
advised by another Bahamas-
based financial services group.
Also in the mix, although The
Tribune was unable to confirm
this yesterday, could be a group
led by Bahamian filmmaker
Cedric Scott. Mr Scott was
among those who looked at the
Bahamas Film Studios prior to
the deal with Mr Bethel's group
being announced, but is under-
stood to have withdrawn after
becoming unhappy with some-
thing uncovered during due dili-
gence exercises.
,Mr Bethel told The Tribune
yesterday: "We were in negoti-
ations over an extension, and
we had anticipated today [as the
closing]. Unfortunately, the
negotiations have proven more
difficult [than anticipated].....
"We've met with the Gov-
ernment, and they had the mat-
ter under review and consider-
ation. It was unlikely that we
would have been given the

SEE page 6B

* Project would go 'back to drawing board' if Harrah's withdrew,
Starwood having 'me too' clause
Delays jeopardising 2011 planned opening, $560m annual
GDP impact and creation of 7,000 jobs

the project to the "increased
risk" that Harrah's Entertain-
ment might 'walk away' from
its its joint venture partnership.
The Cable Beach developer
had hoped to conclude its joint
venture agreement with Har-
rah's by March 15, but this was
reliant on closing talks on the
supplemental Heads of Agree-
ment by March 1 a deadline
that has been missed by over
two weeks and counting.
Last night, sources familiar

with the situation told The Tri-
bune that while there was noth-
ing yet to indicate that Harrah's
would exercise its 'walk away'
option, if it did so it would send
Baha Mar's project "back to the
drawing board", dealing a mas-
sive blow to the Bahamian
economy and Prime Minister
Perry Christie's government.
"It's unfortunate that a pro-
ject this valuable to the
Bahamas and its people has to
have this element of risk

Tribune Business Editor
B aha Mar has had to
place $50 million
worth of construc-
tion contracts for its
$2.4 billion Cable Beach rede-
velopment on hold due, to its
failure to conclude a supple-
mental Heads of Agreement
with the Government, The Tri-
bune was told, yesterday's
missed deadline having exposed

attached to it," one source told
The Tribune. "Baha Mar had
hoped to have it done by now."
Baha Mar executives refused
to comment last night, having
earlier issued a statement warn-
ing that due to the absence of
an agreement with the Govern-
ment --something that was
needed to conclude the joint
venture deal that would see

SEE page 7B

Work permit 'delays' led to business shut-down

A WELL-KNOWN Bahamian attorney is
claiming that delays in issuing two work per-
mits to key personnel caused an insurance
lcsN-adjusting company he set up to "close
Fred Smith, a partner in the Freeport office
of Callender's & Co, which is acting for Fres-
co Ltd, a business he helped to set up, said the
company had been unable to conclude a "'con-
tinuing business relationship" with Sebastian
Hanson, an insurance adjuster, and Donald
Messenger, a loss consultant, "as a result of the
problems experienced in having our client's
applications considered and approved within
a reasonable time".
In a letter to the Immigration Department
on May 10, 2006, Mr Smith said the initial
work permits issued for the two men were
dated June 6, 2005, and he thought they were
thus for a 12-month period that expired on

June 5, 2006.
He added, though, that it was only when he
reapplied for their renewal in May 2006 did he
discover that the permits expired on Decem-
ber 22, 2005.
The Immigration Department eventually
sent a September 21, 2006, letter confirming
that the work permits requested had been
granted from the previous day, and requested
payment of the $6,000 and $7,500 fees.
However, Mr Smiths in a letter dated Feb-
ruary 14, 2007, said the difficulties and delays
experienced in the work permit process meant
that Mr Hanson and Mr Messenger stopped
working with Fresco Ltd, causing the compa-
ny to cease promoting or developing new busi-
He added that Fresco's Bahamian trainee
was also "disadvantaged" and unable to con-
tinue learning and gaining experience from

the pair. "There are, of course, many matters
which were outstanding which our client has
been trying to deal with without the presence
of Messrs Hanson and Messenger, but this
has been unsatisfactory and has been the con-
tinuing cause of damage to our client's busi-
ness," Mr Smith wrote.
He noted the September 21, 2006, approval
of their work permit renewals, but "life goes
on and my client iand its employees could not
wait forever for the Immigration Department
to deal with the applications".
The pair were now working on other pro-
jects in the US, but Fresco Ltd was negotiating
with them to see if a new arrangement could
be worked out, enabling the company to
resume business.

SEE page 8B

Realtor aims to create a

'one-stop' housing solution

Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN realtor is
aiming to create a "one-stop
shop" for selling, financing
and constructing homes
through the launch of his own
mortgage brokerage, Success-
ful Mortgage Ltd, and assist
middle to low-income
Bahamians in achieving home
Pat Strachan, of Pat Stra-
chan Realty, told The Tribune
that he intended to target the
"affordable" housing market,
helping Bahamians looking to
purchase residential proper-
ties valued at $200,000 and
below, and lots valued at up
to $100,000.
"My ultimate goal is to cre-
ate a one-stop shop," Mr Stra-
chan said. "I intend to get into
residential construction. I'm
already in residential sales,
and my goal is to find a
prospect, sell the lot, help him
or her get the mortgage loan,
and the construct the home."
He added that he had start-
ed out working in a business
that offered a similar one-stop
solution for homeowners some
20 years ago, and wanted to
get back into a business mod-
el that took care of real estate
sales, arranging mortgage
financing and construction.
"I see the mortgage broking
business as a growing business,
and I'd like to be in on the
ground floor before it gets too
overcrowded," Mr Strachan
"I detect there's quite a
demand. The banks are try-

ing, I guess you could say, to
offload that part of the busi-
ness to free-up employees to
do other things."
Mortgage brokers perform a
different role to banks in the
home financing business, as
they are client-driven, as
opposed to the banks, who are
They work for the client,
matching their customers to
the mortgage loans, products
and interest rates that best
meet their needs and situa-
Mr Strachan said his role as
a mortgage broker was to act
as a "go-between between you
and the bank, getting all the
documents and pre-qualifying
He added that he had
obtained a business licence for
Successful Mortgage Ltd "a
few weeks ago", and had sup-
plied the Central Bank of the
Bahamas with all the relevant
paperwork, leading to the
approval of the company's
Describing the reaction to
his business's launch as "posi-
tive", Mr Strachan said he had
been marketing it by word of
"I see there's a demand for
affordable, residential hous-
ing," Mr Strachan said. "Our
population is increasing, hun-
dreds of children are coming
out of school every year, cre-
ating families..........
"The affordable part is the
market I intend to enter. I
intend to hire an assistant who
will eventually become a mort-
gage specialist."

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NEW YORK Stocks man-
aged a moderate advance
Thursday, staying afloat as
signs of strength in corporate
takeover activity, jobs and over-
seas markets allowed investors
to stomach a sharp rise in
wholesale inflation.
Wall Street still displayed
nervousness, however, selling
off briefly after former Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Green-
span rekindled investors' woes
about subprime mortgages. The
knee-jerk dip was illustrative of
how jittery the markets are
now, recoiling when reminded
that no one yet knows the
extent to which weak areas of
economy, notably the struggling
housing market and hemorrhag-
ing subprime lenders, will hurt
overall growth in months ahead.
Trading was erratic at other
points in the session, but most
investors chose to pick up bar-
gains following a 242-point
drop in the Dow Jones industri-
als on Tuesday and a 57-point
recovery on Wednesday that
suggested the market is holding
above the index's 12,000 mark
at least for now.
"There's some optimism
because the market had fallen
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ience yesterday, which is
encouraging," Ed Peters, chief
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Asset Management in Boston,
adding that the sentiment could
shift on the Consumer Price
Index's release Friday.
A bidding battle for com-
modities exchange CBOT Hold-
ings also gave stocks a lift.
Despite the cooling economy,
merger and acquisition activity
has been surging, leading some
investors to believe that prob-
,lems haven't seeped into the
stronger areas of the economy.
The Dow rose 26.28, or
0.22 percent, to 12,159.68. The
Dow is 627 points below its
closing high of 12,786.64,
reached Feb. 20.
Broader stock indicators
were also higher. The Standard
& Poor's 500 index gained 5.11,
or 0.37 percent, to 1,392.28, and
the Nasdaq composite index
advanced 6.96, or 0.29 percent,
to 2,378.70.
Bonds were little changed.
The yield on the benchmark 10-
year Treasury note was at
4.54 percent, the same as late
The dollar was mixed against
other major currencies, and
gold prices rose.
There was also a short pull-
back in stocks ahead of the Phil-
adelphia Fed's manufacturing
index, which showed that the
region's manufacturing growth
slowed in March.
Investors largely shrugged
off the reports Thursday, not
shocked that manufacturing is
retreating and hopeful that even
though inflation is high, eco-
nomic weakness could compel
the Fed to lower rates.
"People should be thinking
that the odds of the Fed cutting
rates are pretty slim this year,
but there seems to be this
dogged optimism, or blind hope,
that that will happen," Peters
Asian and European markets
advanced. Japan's Nikkei stock
average rose 1.10 percent. Brit-
ain's FTSE 100 gained 2.21 per-
cent, Germany's DAX index
added 2.14 percent, and France's
CAC-40 advanced L77 percent.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies rose 7.93, or
1.02 percent, at 783.61.

* The IntercontinentalExchange offered $9.9 billion for the Chicago
Board of Trade, which has been talking with the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange about a potential merger.

Associated Press
CHICAGO The 159-year-old
Chicago Board of Trade found itself
the target of a possible bidding war
Thursday when electronic futures
market IntercontinentalExchange
made a surprise $9.9 billion all-stock

bid, threatening its deal to merge
with the crosstown Merc.
Investors pushed the shares of
parent CBOT Holdings to a record
high in anticipation of a sweetened
offer by Chicago Mercantile
Exchange Holdings.
The unsolicited bid by Atlanta-

based ICE, a relative upstart in the
futures and commodities industry,
comes less than three weeks before
CBOT shareholders are scheduled to
vote April 4 on an all-Chicago deal.
The Merc's parent company and its
century-long rival agreed last Octo-
ber to unite and form the world's
largest futures exchange, with CME
paying $8 billion.
The proposed new combination
would create a derivatives leader

RISING COSTS: The price of some foods celery, strawberries and oranges especially soared after a
harsh winter sending inflation up at the wholesale level last month. Above, is the produce section
of the Acme supermarket in Lawrenceville, N.J. '




Associated Press

WASHINGTON Inflation at the wholesale level
soared in February, pushed higher by gasoline and
other energy prices and the largest increase in food
costs in more than three years.
The Labor Department reported that wholesale
prices surged 1.3 percent last month. That was the big-
gest increase since November and more than double
the 0.5 percent gain analysts expected.
Cost pressures also showed up in higher prices for
cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, appliances and chil-
dren's toys and games, which rose at the fastest clip in
more than two decades.
The core inflation rate, which excludes food and
energy, climbed by 0.4 percent, more than forecast and
double the January gain.
The worrisome inflation news comes as the econ-
omy struggles to deal with the impact of a steep slump
in housing and widespread layoffs in autos and other
manufacturing industries.
Normally, the Federal Reserve would consider cut-
ting interest rates to bolster a faltering economy. But
analysts said the increased inflationary pressures make
rate cuts highly unlikely when the central bank meets
Tuesday and Wednesday.
"There is still a degree of inflation in the economy


FUELING INFLATION: Gas signs, like this one
in Philadelphia, have reflected the 5.3 percent
whosesale gas-price increase in February.

with about a third of the U.S. market
in commodities trading. It would be
smaller, however, than a Board of
Trade-Merc powerhouse, which has
raised concerns about the potential
for a monopoly and higher prices
amid careful scrutiny by the Depart-
ment of Justice.
The new offer, while not immedi-
ately accepted or rejected by the




fallout may


* Former chairman of the Federal
Reserve Alan Greenspan said that
he expects the response to rising
subprime-mortgage defaults to
affect the overall economy. The
current chairman Ben Bernanke
says the Fed sees no 'spillover.'

Bloomberg News
Former Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan said he expects the
fallout from subprime-mortgage
defaults to spread to other parts of
the economy, especially if home
prices decline.
"If prices go down, we will have
problems problems in the sense of
spillover to other areas," Greenspan
said in remarks to the Futures Indus-
try Association meeting in Boca
Raton, Fla., Thursday. While he
hasn't seen such spreading yet, "I
expect to."
Subprime borrowers, or those
with poor or limited credit histories,
are increasingly defaulting after
looser lending standards allowed
them to take on more debt than they
could afford. Last month, Greenspan
told an audience in Toronto that "dis-
array" in the subprime mortgage
market isn't likely to create greater
financial instability in the rest of the
"It is not a small issue," Greenspan
said Thursday. "If we could wave a
wand and prices go up 10 percent, the
subprime mortgage problem would
Greenspan, who was Fed chair-
man for almost two decades until Ben
Bernanke took over 13 months ago,
has contrasted from his successor in
his remarks on the economy. Green-
span said at least three times in the
past month that a recession is possi-
ble. He didn't say one was likely. He
said in an interview this month
there's a "one-third probability" of a
2007 recession.
Bernanke said on March 2 that the
central bank sees no "spillover" from
the rising delinquencies in subprime


Cisco deal furthers growth from core market

* Cisco agreed to buy the Web
conferencing company WebEx
for $3.2 billion. The deal signals
Cisco's expansion into the market
of business communications.
Associated Press
tems has agreed to acquire the online
meeting company WebEx Communi-
cations for about $3.2 billion in cash,
a takeover that furthers Cisco's push
beyond its core market for network-
ing gear and into the lucrative arena
of business communications.
Cisco Systems, the leading maker
of routers and switches that direct
data over computer networks, said
Thursday it will pay $57 per share of
WebEx. That represents a 23 percent

premium over WebEx's closing price
of $46.20 Wednesday on the Nasdaq
Stock Market.
Shares of WebEx soared $10.17, or
22 percent, to close at $56.37 on the
Nasdaq Stock Market. Cisco shares
fell 6 cents to $25.79.
The acquisition has been
approved by both boards and is
expected to close in the fourth quar-
ter of fiscal 2007, Cisco said. Cisco
said it expects the transaction to have
a neutral effect on its fiscal year 2008
earnings after one-time charges are
subtracted. The total purchase price
will be about $2.9 billion when fac-
toring in WebEx's $300 million in
cash on hand.
San Jose-based Cisco has recently

BEING TAKEN OVER: Cisco Systems said Thursday it has cr'r-ed
to acquire WebEx Communications, a sign outside wh )se
headquarters is seen above, for about $3.2 billion in cash.


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Cadbury Schweppes splitting into 2 companies

Associated Press
LONDON Cadbury
Schweppes announced plans
Thursday to split itself in two,
separating its confectionery
and soft drinks businesses, as
it apparently bowed to pres-
sure from investors led by U.S.
billionaire Nelson Peltz.
The company intends to
spin off its U.S. beverages arm,
which makes products include
ing Snapple and Dr Pepper,
from the rest of Cadbury, leav-
ing its confectionery business,
which has products such as
Dairy Milk chocolate and Tri-
dent Gum.
Cadbury saidit was still
evaluating the options for the
split and would provide fur-
ther information in a trading
update due in mid-June.
The market reacted posi-
tively, with Cadbury shares
rising 3 percent to close at $12
on the London Stock





push up



and that supports the Fed's
policy of not easing in
response to the softer eco-
nomic data we have been see-
ing," said Robert Dederick,
chief economist at RGD Eco-
nomics, a Chicago-based con-
sulting firm. '-
A separate report showed
that the labor market seems to
be regaining its balance. The
number of laid-off workers
filing for unemployment ben-
efits dropped by 12,000 last
week to 318,000.
It was the second straight
weekly decline and eased
concerns that arose after big
increases in jobless claims
earlier in the yearn
For the financial markets, it
has been a turbulent time
since late February. Concern
has grown about'companies
that specialize in loans to peo-
ple with weak credit or low
incomes; the worry is that
trouble among these sub-
prime lenders could drag
down the economy.
The 1.3 percent jump in
wholesale prices followed a
0.6 percent decline in January
and was the biggest increase
since a 1.5 percent surge in

The announcement comes
just days after Cadbury
revealed that Peltz's invest-
ment vehicle Trian Fund Man-
agement had taken an almost 3
percent stake in the company.
Peltz has a record as a
shareholder activist, buying up
stock in companies he sees as
undervalued then agitating for
change from within.
Last year he took a 5.5 per-
cent stake in ketchup maker
H.J. Heinz and subsequently
won a seat on the U.S. compa-
ny's board after a bitter proxy
Analysts speculated earlier
this week that he had a similar
plan for Cadbury, where he
advocated splitting the confec-
tionery and soft drinks busi-
Cadbury Chief Executive
Todd Stitzer said that Thurs-
day's announcement was the
"culmination of a process
that's extended over two-to-
three years," but he also

acknowledged that recent
press speculation about Peltz's
intentions had influenced the
timing of the announcement.
"Certainly the market spec-
ulation accelerated a final
decision," he said.
Stitzer said the company
had spoken to Peltz recently as
part of its process of speaking
to all major shareholders -
the Trian Fund is now one of
the five biggest shareholders.
Stitzer declined to say what
was discussed but added that
he had not told Peltz that a
split was imminent.
In a brief statement, Trian
said the plan would benefit the
company's shareholders
because it has "two strong
businesses with the size and
scale to thrive independently."
The company had been
under increasing pressure to
revert to its origins as a con-
fectionery company by spin-
ning off the U.S. drinks busi-
ness, particularly since it sold

its European soft drink unit to
a private equity consortium in
Stitzer said that separating
the business will allow for
greater focus on revenue
growth and increasing mar-
Cadbury's confectionery
business accounts for around
60 percent of the group's reve-
nue, with beverages account-
ing for the remaining 40 per-
"In the end, it looks as
though market forces have
won the day and valuation
considerations have tri-
umphed over distribution syn-
ergies," said Keith Bowman,
an analyst at Hargreaves Lans-
down Stockbrokers.
Stitzer, who ran the bever-
ages business himself in the
late 1990s, said the company
had received no approaches
yet for either business.
He added that he had no
intention of leaving Cadbury

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FOOD COSTS: The Labor Department reported that inflation at the wholesale level
surged in February, pushed higher by a big jump in energy prices and the largest
increase in food costs in more than three years.

The February increase fac-
tored in a 3.5 percent spike in
energy costs as the price of
gasoline, home heating oil and
natural gas shot up.
Wholesale gasoline prices
were 5.3 percent higher in
February; more increases are
expected as the spring driving
season gets under way. The
latest Lundberg Survey found
that the nationwide average
for regular gasoline has risen
20 cents in the past two
weeks to $2.55 per gallon.
Food costs jumped 1.9 per-
cent in February, the third
straight month of sizable

The February advance
reflected harsh winter
weather that sent the price of
such crops as celery, straw-
berries and oranges soaring.
The cost of toys and games
rose by 2.3 percent, the big-
gest increase since February
1983. Cigarette prices rose by
4.6 percent and light trucks,
the category that covers sport
utility vehicles, were up
1.7 percent.
When the Fed meets next
week, the expectation is that
the central bank will leave
interest rates unchanged and
continue to cite inflation as a
greater threat than slow eco-

nomic growth.
The Fed last changed inter-
est rates in June 2006 when it
pushed the federal funds rate
to its current level of 5.25 per-
cent. That capped a two-year
credit tightening campaign
designed to slow the economy
enough to relieve rising infla-
tionary pressures.
February's big price jump
meant wholesale inflation had
risen by 2.5 percent over the
past 12 months. It was the
fastest pace since a 3.8 per-
cent increase for the 12
months ending last August, a
period when energy prices
were surging.


ICE bids for Chicago Board of Trade


Board of Trade, amounts to
what at least one analyst
called a "semi-hostile" bid.
"ICE's bid very much com-
plicates the CME bid," said
Robert Rutschow of Pruden-
tial Equity Group in a note to
investors. "The big winner in
this seems to be CBOT share-
holders, who could pressure
either a higher bid from CME,
and at a minimum have more
strategic options going for-
Shares of CBOT jumped
$28.86, or 17.4 percent, to
close at $194.95 on the New
York Stock Exchange. ICE fell
$3.83, or 2.9 percent, to
$128.10, while CME shed
$31.09, or 5.5 percent, to
CBOT declined to com-
ment on the offer, while CME
issued a terse statement voic-
ing confidence in its merger
effort and avoiding the ques-
tion of whether it will raise its
bid. "We are working toward
the successful completion of
our transaction," the com-
pany said.
The Board of Trade is the
main U.S. bond market, but it
still trades grain, as it has
since its founding in 1848.
CME has gone far beyond its
trademark livestock contracts
to become the world's largest

derivatives exchange.
ICE was established in
2000 as an over-the-counter
market and has since become
the world's leading electronic
marketplace for energy trad-
ing. It acquired London's
International Petroleum
Exchange in 2001 and bought
the New York Board of Trade
earlier this year for more than
$1 billion, moving into other
commodities such as cocoa,
coffee, orange juice and sugar
As under the Merc's pro-
posal, ICE said the combined
new firm would be headquar-
tered at the Board of Trade's
historic building in down-
town Chicago.
Jeffrey Sprecher, ICE's
chairman and chief executive,
said the bid offers not only a
higher price but greater assur-
ance that it will pass muster
with regulators. He said he
had informed CBOT execu-
tives of the offer but did not
know if they would accept.
"Hopefully they will see
the superior nature of our
proposal," Sprecher said. "A
billion dollars in market value
above the previous transac-
tion, just on price alone, is
Asked if the company
would pursue a hostile take-
over if the bid is rejected, he
said, "We'll just have to wait

and see." He said ICE is pre-
pared to include cash in the
deal if requested.
Combining CBOT and ICE
would bring $240 million in
annual synergies, Sprecher
Several analysts suggested
that the Mercantile
Exchange's parent may still
prevail, especially if it raises
its bid.
"CME has significantly
more power to outbid ICE,"
said Richard Herr, an analyst
with Keefe, Bruyette &
Woods. "It's just a matter of
how much or how quick CME
wants to raise its offer to
make sure its deal goes
Under terms of the deal,
ICE would issue 1.42 shares
for each CBOT Class A com-
mon share. That would be
worth $187.34 each based on
ICE's Wednesday's closing
stock price, nearly an 11 per-
cent premium to the current
value of the pending
CME/CBOT transaction.
But the value of the offer
declined somewhat as inves-
tors drove down ICE's stock
price after the announcement.
Some analysts noted that
while ICE's deal might go
over better with federal regu-
lators, it could have a harder
time winning over both share-
holders and executives in Chi-

cago. The two locally based
exchanges have been working
more closely together
recently, and some traders
also reportedly are worried
about the prospect of addi-
tional job losses under ICE,
which took the London
exchange all-electronic after
acquiring it.
"It's a [matter of a] cultural
fit as well as the financials"
Herr said.
Patrick O'Shaughnessy of
Morningstar said CME is
unlikely to give up on the
merger without a fight.
However, he said: "Just
based on the merits of the
offer, I wouldn't be totally
shocked to see the Board of
Trade accept the CME offer
as is."
ICE said CBOT sharehold-
ers would own about 51.5 per-
cent of the combined com-
pany, and promised to
commit to the same terms as
the CME offer regarding
CBOT's open auction mar-
kets. ICE also said it would
expand CBOT's metals com-
The exchange said it
believes the deal between the
two companies could be com-
pleted in the third quarter. It
forecast that such a deal
would add to cash earnings
per share within 18 months of

after the split and was confi-
dent the confectionery com-
pany will remain independent,


mortgages. "We're obviously
going to watch it very care-
fully," he added. He told law-
makers Feb. 28 he expects the
growth to accelerate. The Fed
forecasts the economy will
grow between 2.5 percent and
3 percent this year.
Greenspan declined to
comment when asked about
short-term interest rates.
"Since I left the Fed, the one
question I haven't answered is
that one," he said. The Fed
has kept its benchmark rate
unchanged for five straight
meetings after ending a two-
year campaign of increases in
Greenspan's speeches
mark a return to economic
forecasting, a role he enjoyed
before entering government
service during the administra-
tion of President Gerald R.
Ford in 1974. Since retiring in
January 2006, Greenspan, 81,
has been working on a book,
The Age of Turbulence, sched-
uled for publication in Sep-
tember, and speaking to com-

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Schweppes has been
under increasing
pressure to revert to its
origins as a
confectionery company
by spinning off the U.S.
drinks business,
particularly since it sold
its European soft drink
unit to a private equity
consortium in 2005.


despite suggestions that it
would be exposed to a bid as a
standalone company.

panies and business groups.
It's "quite remarkable that
we have not seen impact on
personal consumption" from
the broader housing shop,
Greenspan said Thursday.
The boom in home prices
from 2001 to 2005 accounted
for a "fairly significant" por-
tion of consumer spending, he
"At the moment we are not
seeing impact" on consump-
tion, he said.
"One must assume a fairly
substantial drop in subprime-
mortgage originations" is
happening by now, he said.
Wednesday, the Mortgage
Bankers Association said U.S.
subprime borrowers fell
behind on their mortgages at
the highest rate in four years
in the fourth quarter and fore-
closures begun on all types of
home loans rose to an all-time
More than 20 lenders ha'u'
closed or sought buyers since
the start of 2006 as consumers
with spotty credit have trou-
ble meeting mortgage pay-


Cisco acquires Web

conferencing firm


made a number of acquisi-
tions branching out from its
core business of supplying
networking gear, namely in
communications, social net-
working and other areas that
help drive traffic over the net-
work and increase demand
for its core equipment.
The acquisition was Cis-
co's 119th since 1993 and fol-
lows several other major
recent takeovers by the com-
Cisco is in prime position
,to shop around, as a surge in
demand from service provid-
ers snapping up sophisticated
new networking gear has left
the company sitting on a
mountain of cash.
Cisco is Silicon Valley's
most richly valued company
with a current market capital-
ization of about $156 billion.
Cisco finished the second
quarter of the current fiscal
year with nearly $21 billion in
In February of last year,
Cisco completed its $7.1 bil-
lion acquisition of Scientific-
Atlanta, the No. 2 seller of

cable television boxes after
Motorola. The takeover was
designed to bolster Cisco's
ability to deliver content
directly to consumers' homes.
Cisco also said in January
that it was paying $830 mil-
lion in cash and stock to
acquire privately held Iron-
Port Systems, a maker of anti-
spam and antivirus security
The company has since
made several smaller acquisi-
tions in the social networking
and communications arenas,
with company executives say-
ing that more deals in those
areas are in the works.
Santa Clara-based WebEx
makes applications that
enable online conferences
and secure instant messaging.
The company says it com-
mands 64 percent of the
online meeting market, with
more than 3.5 million people
using WebEx services every
month for online communica-
Cisco said the acquisition
will allow it to tap into the
increasingly lucrative market
for business communications
over the Internet.

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company unveils new image, brand identity

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F jr'ica American Financial, at a reception at the British Colonial Hilton.
British American's president and chief executive, Chester Cooper, unveiled the new branding
Sji during a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Perry Christie.

SHOWN above (L to R):
John F. Wilson, partner at
McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes,
and a principal in the BAB
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British American Insurance
recently;, the Prime Minister
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Film Studios deal hits trouble

FROM page 1B agreement with the Govern- portion's needs and meet the pressures, Mr Fuller could soog

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Client Services

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self motivated and dynamic individual.to lead its initiative
to promote tax and risk management structures for
successful small to medium sized businesses engaged in
ecommerce and international commerce with the specific
objective of exploiting synergies with captive insurance.

The successful applicant will have skills and experience
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2) risk management for the ownership of intellectual
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3) tax planning for ecommerce business and international
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4) knowledge of taxation and organization of captive
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A relevant tertiary degree and professional qualification
is required along with a minimum of 10 years experience
in this area.

Applications to the Chief Operating Officer, P.O. Box
SS-5382, Nassau, Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of:
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Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
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Premier Real Estate

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green light, as the Government
would have had to complete its
due diligence on the individual
investors [in Bahamas Filmln-
vest] by today.
"We were aware of that, and
went into negotiations for an
extension with Ross Fuller that
have proven more difficult than
first thought."
Mr Bethel added: "We have
not been able to conclude an
extension. Hence, we are today
without an extension and that
has also affected the considera-
tion by government, as we are
not sure an agreement still
"We've been attempting to
come to an agreement on an
extension, contingent on an

"It appears that Mr Fuller
would like some other terms to
the extension. It is unlikely, giv-
en the position of Mr Fuller and
ourselves, that we will succeed
in closing by any foreseeable


A statement issued by Mr
Fuller and Ashby Corporation
on March 8, 2007, confirmed
that the deadline to complete
the Bahamas Film Studios deal
had been extended "because
government approvals were not
forthcoming within the time
allowed under said contract".
The company said talks were
focusing on finding a new date
that would satisfy Ashby Cor-

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Government's approval process
timeframe, Mr Fuller adding
that he hoped "a meeting of the
minds" could be achieved.
He is likely to be under pres-
sure to conclude a deal for the
Bahamas Film Studios, as some
$10-$11 million of the purchase
price was earmarked to settle
the company's debts and liabil-
ities, leaving Mr Fuller with a
net $3-$4 million in the end.
Among the debts was a $10
million construction loan from
FirstCaribbean International
Bank (Bahamas) to build the
Films Studios' water tank, and a
further $1 million is owed to a
variety of businesses on Grand
It is understood that the First-
Caribbean loan has been paid
by its guarantor, United Insur-
ance, a company represented in
the Bahamas by the Davis &
Co law firm. This development
has introduced a further com-
plication into the acquisition,
although it is not thought to be
Apart from these financial

face further headaches, with
Paul Quigley, one of the Stu-
dios' three founding partners,
understood to be preparing a
$1.7 million lawsuit over the
way he was allegedly removed
from the company.
Mr Fuller took over the pro-
ject after two of its three origi-
nal founding partners, Hans
Schutte and Michael Collyer',
passed away. The Bahamas
Film Studios was under-capi-
talised from inception, and
despite the Pirates of the
Caribbean success, the project
site is now virtually closed with
only security staff present.


Mr Bethel previously said an
investment of $80-$90 million
was needed to develop the
Bahamas Film Studios to its full
build-out as envisaged by the
original business plan.
The project could provide'
between 700-1200 jobs once
film and TV productions begin-
to use the facility.



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an energetic person to fill the position of

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applicants should possess similar work
experience with some training in customer
management relations. Intermediate
computer skills are, a must.

Please apply in writing to:
Service Advisor
P.O. Box F-41060
Freeport, Grand Bahama




experienced in American, Japanese
and Korean vehicles needed

Applicants must be familiar with automotive
computer analysis systems and preference will
be given to applicant with proven dealership
experience. References as proof of good work
relationships must be supplied.

Apply in person or in writing to:
Queens Highway
P.O. Box F-42405
Freeport, Grand Bahama

The Public is hereby advised that I, GEORGETTE JONES of
the of #12 HILLARY AVENUE, P.O. BOX F-40714, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, intend to change my name to SCIESKA
GEORGETTE JONES. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box SS-792, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this

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will be at the

Canadian Consulate in Nassau,
9am to 11am, Thursday, March 22,2007
To promote study in Canada.

Ptursn to t he p rol' skills n

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issued by die Registrar iiiGeneral on (lie 5th day of' March,
A.D., 2007.

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Baha Mar peril places $50m

construction work 'on hold' s

rounding the Harrah's walk- Mar's design. fully opens, becoming the lion annually to Bahamian
FROM page 1B away, and having people off the "The issues [relating to the "largest gaming and resort GDP, create 7,000 direct and rlea- night
island drive decisions on this Heads of Agreement] have development in the Western indirect jobs, and produce $11.2
deal." been on the table for two Hemisphere". billion in GDP and $4.7 billion SonlMlo
In addition, Starwood, the months or longer since the Jan- Economic forecasts have pre- in tax revenues over a 20-year
hotel operating partner that will uary press conference with the dicted that it will add $560 mil- period.
H-carrah's take a 43 ner cent be bringing its Sheraton. West- Prime Minister. There's noth-

equity deal in the development
- "successful completion of the
transaction phase of the project
is now potentially exposed to
increased risk".
, "Baha Mar is concerned that
an agreement has not been
reached in a timely manner.
However, we remain hopeful -
given the significant benefits of
the Baha Mar project to the
Bahamas that progress with
the Government will be made,
and the transaction can be con-
cluded without further jeopar-
dising the project. This is con-
sistent with the Government's
stated public position," said
Baha Mar in its statement.
As a result of the delay in
finalising the agreements, The
Tribune was told that Baha Mar
had been forced to place on
hold some $50 million in con-
struction contracts that it was
poised to issue for the project's
Commercial Village.
, These contracts would have
involved the construction of
replacement buildings for the
Government's Cecil Wallace-
Whitfield building, which hous-
as the Office of the Prime Min-
ister, the police station and
'idelity Bank (Bahamas) and
Commonwealth Bank buildings.
The missed deadlines are also
understood to be placing in
jeopardy Baha Mar's plans to
have its $2.4 billion project
completed and fully open by
2011, with time costing investors
"It would be back to the
drawing board" if Harrah's
pulled out, The Tribune was
told. "Baha Mar would have to
rethink how it organised,
financed and managed a pro-
ject on the scale it's working on.
The project is now at greater
risk. 6
"What Baha Mar wants to do
is get rid of the uncertainty sur-

in, W and St Regis brands to
brand the other Baha Mar
hotels, is understood to have a
"me too" clause in its agree-
ment with Baha Mar.
This means that if Harrah's
exercises its 'walk away' option,
Starwood can do the same
Baha Mar is understood to
be especially concerned that
missing the March 15 close with
Harrah's no longer leaves it in
"control" of its destiny with
regard to the joint venture part-
Harrah's Caesar's Entertain-
ment label would brand the pro-
ject's casino and centrepiece
1,000-room hotel, but the com-
pany is now owned by two pri-
vate equity firms, Apollo -
which is believed to have
looked at Kerzner Internation-
al when Sol and the late Butch
Kerzner were putting together
their buyout and Texas Pacif-
Private equity firms are not
known for hanging around,
wanting to generate an instant
return on their money that is
often in the region of 20-30 per
cent, and any further delays by
the Government could prompt
them and Harrah's to look else-
Another factor could be the
current turbulence on the US
stock market, and fears that this
could be part of a wider Amer-
ican economic slowdown, some-
thing that could again influence
the thinking of Apollo and
Texas Pacific. This is especially
since the Harrah's deal is based
on anticipated yields, rates of
return and interest rates.
"Risk has been accrued that
Baha Mar didn't have prior to
today," a source said. "They
have sunk millions into the
acquisition, working on the
Cable Beach resorts and Baha-

ing really new; they're com-
mercial business issues and
Baha Mar is just disappointed
that they haven't been able to
resolve them. It's the substance
they're having a hard time con-
"Baha Mar is hopeful despite
this that it can reach a conclu-
sion. It's very concerned that
this thing gets done before
things change."
Negotiations between Baha
Mar and the Government on
the supplemental Heads of
Agreement are continuing, with
documents passing back and
forth between the two parties,
although no formal meetings
are scheduled.
A conference call is under-
stood to have taken place on
Monday, and prior to that, the
Prime Minister asked senior
executives from Harrah's and
Starwood to come to the
Bahamas to meet with his Cab-
inet "as a precursor to sealing
the deal".
The meeting with the Prime
Minister and three to four Cab-
inet ministers is understood to
have happened, and Baha Mar
and its partners are said to be
surprised that nothing has
moved since.
"The more time that goes by,
there's more and more increas-
ing risk for the project," The
Tribune was told, "and fear of
more unknowns and what could
occur will be exacerbated."
It will seem incredible to
many that a deal so often tout-
ed by the Prime Minister, and
which almost fell apart on two
previous occasions over per-
ceived government foot-drag-
ging, is having such difficulty in
getting concluded.
Baha Mar's $2.4 billion pro-
ject has been projected to
attract 500,000 guests to its
resorts in the first year after it


SAG GN 478


In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the CivilAviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Reguatio1976, the Ministerresponsible for Aviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
from The Bahamas.



s. Date offirst publication:


4. Purpose of services: Pasenger, mail anufreight.

5. Provisional time table:



gO00/0900 MON/FRI
1000/U00 a a

100oo/t6oo WED/SUN
1700/180o "

SFrequencyofflights: See above tme-table.

7. TypeofAirronft:


Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation wo must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tmsport & Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date of first publication of this Notice.


SGN 477


In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the Civil Aviation (Licensing ofAir
Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby publishes the
following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate scheduled air services to and
from The Bahamas.



2. Date offirst publication:


4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail andfreight.

Provisional time table


Local T mes




6. Frequency offlights: See above time-table.

7. TypeofAircraft:

Embraer ERJ-170

Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation 1o must be
received by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport &Aviation & the Department of Civil
Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date offirst publication of this noticee .




The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE
GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL sold by ESSO will become effective on Thursday,
March 15h, 2007 and Saturday, March 17*, 2007 respectively.


$_ $ $

OIL DIESEL OIL 3.00 3.00 3.19


ESSO LEAD FREE 3.52 3.70 4.12
DIESEL OIL 2.88 3.04 3.23


ESSO LEAD FREE 3.62 3.85 4.24
DIESEL OIL 3.01 3.17: 3.36


ESSO LEAD FREE 3.63 3.87 4.27
DIESELOIL 3.02 3.17 3.37





insurance claims, and have
accepted far less than they were
entitled to".
Mr Smith said they had worked
with him to "submit a number of
formal complaints to the Regis-
trar of Insurance" regarding how
claims were dealt with in the
aftermath of the 2004 and 2005
hurricane seasons, arguing that
some adjusters working on behalf
of insurance companies had
sought to achieve "as low a pay-
ment to claimants as possible".


For an expanding Freeport Auto Dealership.

Successful applicant must have a thorough
understanding of computerized inventory
systems and must be willing to supervise
and train others. Knowledge of Japanese
and Korean parts is a must along with
proven dealership experience.

Attractive and competitive remuneration
package available to successful applicant.

Please apply in writing to:
P.O. Box F-41060
Freeport, Grand Bahama



A leading retail company has an immediate opening
for a Maintenance/Handyman


1. Should have a basic working knowledge electrical,
plumbing and general carpentry repairs.
2.. Must have a clean current Police record "
3. Must be a self-starter with drive and determit'tO6ni
4. Must be able to work with minimuni supervision.
5. Previous experience not required but would be an

Persons meeting the above requirements should submit
their Resumes via fax to the address below.

The positions offer career opportunities with excellent
salary and benefits package.

Fax: 328-5902

M&E Limited

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian
Company and the authorized Caterpillar dealer
in the Bahamas, we are seeking a Financial
Rental Coordinator. The candidate should
have a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
He/She should be knowledgeable in the field
of Marine Engineering and Inventory Control.
The candidate should be able to develop
inventory systems for rental equipment, be
able to implement a system for service
inventory for rental machines, create a
maintenance program for company's rental
fleet, and monitor inventory system levels
among technicians. The candidate should also
have some knowledge about purchasing parts,
inventory, and motors, and be able to
coordinate the delivery of these parts, motors
and equipment. This person should be a
professional who thrives on the challenge of
developing outstanding customer relations and
service excellence.

Having both academic and practical
background in the field of Accounting/Inventory
Control is an asset.

Send complete resume with education and work
experience to M & E Limited, P. O. Box N-3238,
Nassau Bahamas, Attention: Human Resources
Department, or email me@me-ltd.com.

Only persons being interviewed for this position
will be contacted.


Real estate firm expands to UK

Tribune Business
A BAHAMIAN real estate
company is expanding its oper-
ations to tap into an increas-
, ing UK market, with a partic-
ular focus on attracting poten-
tial investors to the Exuma
chain of islands.
Exuma-based Seaside Real
Estate recently announced the
formation of its UK division-
Bahama Dreams, intended to
"offer the UK market a safe,
reliable and experienced route
to owning property on a beau-
tiful, tax free Caribbean par-
According to its press

release, Bahama Dreams will
focus on Great Exuma because
of the "huge amount of invest-
ment pouring into the island",
which has been identified as
"one of the top five islands to
live on by Island magazine".
Bahama Dream, and by
extension Seaside Real Estate,
will now be in a position to
offer an extensive range of "off
plan" (a complete turnkey
package) and resale proper-
ties, along with a wide selec-
tion of residential land lots,
ranging from deserted islands
to individual land parcels, com-
plete with planning permission
and starting at as little as
10,000, the release said.
Exuma is now hosting a
number of upscale residential



a) The above Company is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, 2000.
b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on the
13th day of March, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Anthony B.
Dupuch of Kings Court, 3rd Floor, Bay Street, Nassau,
Dated this 14th day of*March, AD. 2007;.--
Anthony B. DAich
Liquidate '

IBC NO. 141,229B



In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is given hereby in accordance with the
International Business Companies Act 2000, BUJMPA
HOLDINGS LTD. is in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was March 13th, 2007.
Shameka Fernander of P.O. Box SP-63142, 28 de La Plaine
House, Parliament Street, Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed

Shameka Fernander

Assistant Manager
Position Available Immediately
Domino's Pizza

You should have a High School Diploma
Past managerial experience
Certificate in Management is a plus
Must be available for day and night shifts,
including weekends
You should demonstrate strong communication,
leadership, motivational and people management
You should have a valid driver's license
You must have a GREAT attitude towards
customer service!

Basic responsibility to include:
Maintain product, service and image standard
To assist in supervision of all phases of
To maintain a high level of efficiency &
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Please send resum6 on or before
October 2, 2006
Attention: Human Resource Department
P.O. Box SS-6704
Nassau, Bahamas
Or Fax 356-7855

and resort areas, such as Grand
Isle Villas, February Point,
Oceanic Heights, Rokers Point
and the new Crab Cay resort.
These properties will add to
the Four Seasons at Emerald
The press release said these
investments, coupled with the
fact that only 30 per cent of
Great Exuma may be devel-
oped, means the prospects for
continued capital appreciation
are strong, with over-develop-
ment being an unlikely out-
Vernon Curtis, president
and owner of Seaside Real
Estate, said he made the UK
move because he saw an

untapped market, based on the
volume of British visitors to
the island. He said he contact-
ed two brothers in England,
and they work on a referral'
He explained that since'thee
start of the year, he has sold
six properties to Brifish'
investors who "simply walked
into the office".
I am pretty sure thattheI
business will be generated," he
Mr Curtis added that more
persons from the UK are look-
ing to invest in this part of the
world because the UK pound
was now so strong against the
US dollar.

The Public is hereby advised that I, RICARDO MAJOR
of Lifebouy Street, intend to change my name to
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer"
(F.BridSS-742, NfssaV. lrmas no later than thirty
-30) days aa~f e ate ofpuication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that ALLEN GEORGE OF
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 16th day of March, 2007 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

TWO (2) PIPER AZTECS 5 Seater Aircrafts

Owner asking $220,000 (ONO) for both Aircrafts as is.
The Aircrafts can be viewed at
Executive Flight Support, Nassau Bahamas
For further information or inspection call (242) 377-1256.

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of REEDSPORT CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the






Work permit, from lB

In his May 10, 2006, letter to
the Immigration Department, Mr
Smith said Messrs Hanson and
Messenger had been able to
increase claims relating to dam-
age caused by hurricanes Frances,
Jeanne and Wilma "by an aver-
age of 521 per cent" from what
had originally been offered by
some insurance companies.
He described the pair as
"expert public adjusters" who had
helped Bahamians "not educat-
ed or properly informed about

NOTICE is hereby given that MARC-KELLON GILVERT of
P.O. BOX General Delivery, George Town, Exuma,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should -
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
days from the 9th day of March, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that PAULETTE RICHARD OF
LYONS ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, .should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16th day of March, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


The Tribune's & Kelly's

Coloring Contest
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Children ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-10. Staff members and relatives of The Tribune and Kelly's are not eligible to enter.
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Enter as many times as you wish. All entries must be in The Tribune by 5 pm on Friday March 30, 2007. Winners will be contacted April 3 and winners
published Thursday, April 5, 2007.
There will be one first-prize winner, one second-prize winner and one third-prize winner in each age group.
All entries become the property of The Tribune and may be used for any purpose including, but not limited to, publication in a future issue.


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Tribune Comics



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in the end (7)
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hairpin? (4)
24 Answered that the salesman was
dishonest (7)
26 Fragment of silver? (6)
29 Time of hesitation by a
brave heart (3)
31 He has a disturbing effect on
most lassies (5)
32 Chinatown? (7)
34 Simply exists to dispel evils (5)
35 Brown gets the bronze (3)
36 Deems to be old people (5)
37 One bent on taking

1 Possibly Joan's legendary hero (5)
2 Avoid making teacher wrong (4,3)
4 He will not be heavenly (4)
5 Being kept for some time, strode
around (6)
6 Going up and down below
Teddington (5)
7 It has links with China (5)
9 In the CID he has quite a bit of
scope (3)
12 He may be there to catch
one out (7)
14 An area in Bucharest (3)
16 Being soft on Enid, perhaps, kept
longin (5i
17 Only anr performancess ? (5)
19 They're touchingly sensitive (7)
20 It's wrong to be so loveless with our
French fridendS (5)
21 Lived up to a bad name (5)
23 With brutal treatment, bleats to the
very end! (7)
24 Oppose having one's sister
disturbed (6)
25 One again shows passion (3)
27 Brown sort of bird up North (5)
28 Low places in the country (5)
30 Joint share in the composition of
a nonet (5)

32 In

refreshment? (5) m
38 Flight member with a saintly air (5) 33 Ti

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
CROSS:d, ax- g.Gt---t.able 13 A-L-one 14, Horde
hoard) 15, P-O-lenta 16, -atw-een 17, No-tes (r-) 18,
re(Mer-ve 20, Lists 22, Bul-ton 23, Cor-net 25, For
27, M on 30, Th(en)-rdve 31 War-ned 32, Uner 3L
Adn36,A ea37,M- i-e3c D.sw-d 41, Helo 42,
Wh 43 M-asterv44, Stormed
ON:1, E-X-hrt 2, ue-I s 3 With knob on 4, Recep-
on 5, H 6, Fall inlove 7, Pa(l)n 10, Gae-b 11,
G ate 12, Patent 19, Rn.down 21, Scoured 24, Wisdomr
26, Gng aww28, Card shap 29, A,.riky 30, To.
d 32, Last word 33, Roler 34, Mm.da 38,, C4.- 40,

1 part, takes half the side half a
mile (4)
o.apply as an expert? (3)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: Radical Moneybgs 13, Peace 14, Glove
Torpedo 16, Tripoli 17, Power 18, Vague 20, Night 22,
Garden 23, Casino 25, Gradual 27, Seal 30, Belief 3
Meteor 32, Bread 35, Stand 36, Unite 37, Nurture 39,
Ominous 41, Idil 42, Guess 43, Codcoach
44, Canteen.
DOWN: 1, Salamli 2, Uteboat 3, Laughing gas 4 Go-
between 5, Century6, Abbe 7, e 10, polon
C 12, Bolero 19, GDmeam e 21,= 24, Wear Bi

3 Sum (5)
8 Ethical (5)
10 Mother-of-pearl (5)
11 Hill (3)
12 Plans (5)
13 Performance (7)
15 Wading bird (5)
18 Zero (3)
19 Breed of sheep (6)
21 Recover (7)
22 Expensive (4)
23 Fewer (4)
24 Hand over (7)
26 Delighted (6)
29 Male (3)
31 Indian dresses (5)
32 Fingernail skin (7)
34 Note value (5)
35 Devour (3)
36 Skinflint (5)
15, 37 Go in (5)
38 Cut (5)



Contract Bridge

By StevBecker

Bidding Quiz

You are South, both sides vulner-
able. The bidding has been:
North East South West
1 + Pass 1 4 Pass
2 4 Pass ?
What would you bid now with
each of the following four hands?
1. 4 KJ72 V QJ8 4 AQ5 4 J63
2. 4 J8643 V 7 AK93 +QJ5
3. 4 KQ764 V AJ2 865 +82
4. 4 AJ832 V 943 K74 4 73

1. Three notrump. Since you have
an opening bid of your own facing
partner's opening bid, a game con-
tract must be reached. The only prob-
lem is where the best game contract
lies. Having already bid your spades,
you now indicate your hand is suit-
able for notrump play also.
This presents partner with the
choice of passing if his hand is suit-
able for notrump play as well, or
retreating to four spades if his hand is
unsatisfactory for notrump.
A two-notrump rebid over two
spades would be merely invitational
and not forcing, and partner would
not be obligated to bid again. You
should not make a bid partner can
pass when you know you have suffi-
cient values for game.
2. Four spades. The value of a
hand rises or falls as the bidding pro-
gresses. Thus, if partner had opened
the bidding with one heart, your hand

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 VV
there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No
plurals or verb forms
ending in 's', no words
with initial capitals and
no words with a hyphen
or apostrophe permitted.
The first word of a phrase is permitted (e.g inkjet in
inkjet printer).
Good 11; very good 17; excellent 22 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

1 Famous (5)
2 Sailor (7)
4 Gemstone (4)
5 National song (6)
6 Beam of light (5)
7 Type of gas (5).
9 Fabled bird (3)
12 Agreed (7)
14 Twitch (3)
16 Stream (5)
17 Scandinavian (5)
19 Leastl(7)
20 Borders (5)
21 Navigation aid (5)
23 Tolerant (7)
24 Lust (6)
25 Barrel (3)
27 Dead language (5)
28 Occasions (5)
30 Change (5)
32 Quote (4)
33 Feline (3)

David Bronstein v Miknlai
Botvinnik, 22nd match game
1951. Bronstein, who died
recently at 82, tied a
controversial match for the
world title and was a legend for
his creative skills and friendly
personality. After today's
position he was one up with two
to play against Botvinnik, but
mysteriously lost the next game
from a drawn position.
Bronstein's father had been
unjustly imprisoned, and there
were false rumours that he was
related to Leon Trotsky. He also
wanted a divorce, which he
feared would be impossible as a
prominent public figure. Result:
defeat in game 23 from a drawn
endgame, a night on the town
before game 24, and a 12-12
scoreline which left Botvinnik

would have dropped in value initially
because it is usually better to have
some length in partner's best suit
than shortage.
Here, however, your partner has
opened in a suit in which you have a
good holding, and then raised your
suit. It is no exaggeration to say that
your hand as a whole, with only 11
high-card points, has grown in value
to the equivalent of 15 points
because of the double fit in spades
and clubs plus the shortness in
Game in spades should therefore
be undertaken at once. There is not
much point to bidding your dia-
monds along the way. To volunteer
this information would be far more
helpful to the opponents than to part-
3. Three spades. Whether 10
tricks can be made depends on the
strength of partner's two-spade bid,
which shows 13 to 15 points. Three
spades asks partner to go on to game
with a maximum for his previous
bids, and to pass with a minimum.
4. Pass. Game is very unlikely
since your hand is worth only about
nine points. If you were to bid three
spades, which is the most you could
possibly do, the contract would be in
danger whenever partner passed, and
would likewise be in danger if part-
ner carried on to game.





Horoscope .


ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You're feeling a bit disconnected
from the world lately, Aries. It's
nothing to worry about. You just need
some time alone and then you'lltedc-
quaint yourself with the status quo.
TAURUS.- Apr 21/May 21 '
It's best if you curb your stialdyn
feeling of aggression, Taurus.,You
can put the energy to better .use.
Make a list of things to do and get
to work.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Write a thank you note to someone
who has done you a favor lately,
Gemini: It is best if you try to rekin-
dle former friendships. A valuable
one.needs to be reinforced this week.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 '
Time and distance are no match for
Cancers who work their extensive con-
nections. You are definitely a person
who knows how to network. Yoir
smile proves you're on top.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
In a clash of wills this week, e9,
you will come out the loser. .'Your
opponent has so much power that a
fair fight is impossible. Walk away
with your head high. -
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 -
It's a rare day when you have 411 of
the answers, Virgo. It's best ifyod
seek the advice of others whea it
comes to a big decision. Work rqlai
tions improve. I
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 -
You can't find a system that caters
solely to your needs, Libra. Yod
have to admit that sometimes
things won't go your way. Keep
activities simple this week.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Your senses are alive, Scorpio,-and.
you're feeling invincible. You embark
on a path of change at work and others
are inspired to follow your lead -
with varying degrees of success.
SAGIT'ARIUS Nov 23/Dec.21
Less is more this week, Sagittarius, It'
won't take much for people to warm,
up to you. Consider curbing anyi
spending and concentrate strictly" ono
investment opportunities.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20'
Expect positive developments in a'
working relationship, friendship or'
romance, Capricorn. Actions speak
louder than words for you this week.
so move forward.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't start any new projects this,
week, Aquarius. You are known-to,
give up on things a tad too easily
and you already have plenty oni
your plate.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Your world is a mix of love and adven-
ture this week, Pisces. Impulse ruins
wild, but it never steers you wrong..
Share the fun with others.

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move) he has outplayed his
opponent, who has just offered to
swap queens. What was
Bronstein's winning reply?


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They did it by completing a
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Shashuana Smith and Tanni-
ca Smith both had seven and
Cedricka Sweeting added six.
For the Scorpions, coached
by Tracey McKenzie, Shanae
Armbrister led the way with
nine. Ternique Rodgers
chipped in with eight.
Also on Wednesday, Ken-
neth Pratt scored a game
high 15 to lead the AF
Adderley Tigers to a 40-32
win over the CR Reeves
Raptors to snatch a 2-1 lead
in their junior boys' series.
Tamar Carey scored 13 in
the loss.
And in the senior girls
series, the CC Sweeting
Cobras snapped the CI Gib-
son Rattlers' winning streak
with a 37-35 win to trail 2-1
in their series.
Ruthann Simms scored a
game high 19 points with 143
rebounds in the win and
Charlise Burns added 11 in
the loss.
The New Providence
Cycling Association will
stage the Blake Road
Cycling Clash on Saturday as
part of the Association
March Madness cycling
The event will start at 7:30
a.m. on Blake Road and will
travel onto West Bay Street,
along the coast passing
Orange Hill Resort, Travel-
er's Rest, Gambier and the
Old Fort Bay roundabout.
The route will tail off left
onto JFK Drive, bringing the
cyclists passed the interna-
tional airport, along with
JFK Drive, taking a left onto
Blake Road to the start/fin-
ish area.
The- adults will cover six
laps or 49 miles, while the
juniors will cover four laps or
28 miles. The open category
of first time cyclists will cov-
er two laps or 14 miles.
There will be spot prizes
for the first cyclist to cross
the start/finish line each lap.
This is the first Blake Road
Cycling Classic and will see
the battle line drawn
between teams from VGM,
Team JAR and Team War-
Registration for the event
will start at 7:05 a.m. until
race time. Persons can also
contact organiser Barron
'Turbo' Musgrove at mus-
for more details.
The Commonwealth
American Football League
will stage their playoffs this
weekend at the DW Davis
playing field.
On Saturday at 2:30 p.m.,
the second place John Bull
Jets will take on the third
place Stingrays, featuring a
number of young stars on
both sides of the field.
And on Sunday at the
same time, the pennant win-
ning Orry J. Sands Pros will
face the fourth place
S Bombers in a rematch of two
of the oldest teams in the



Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas' three-man
boxing team are back home,
having being denied entry into
Buenos Aires, Argentina
because they didn't have any
Head coach Andre Seymour
said they spent the past two
days in Miami, Florida trying
to get the problem sorted out.
But, after all efforts failed,
they had to return home yes-
"The visas were supposed
to be waived for the tourna-
ment, but the visas were not
waived on our side and Amer-
ican Airlines said they couldn't
let us into Argentina because
we didn't have any visas," Sey-
mour claimed.
Seymour, assisted by Prince
Ferguson, left town on
Wednesday with Valentino
Knowles, Levar Stuart and
Taureano 'Reno' Johnson, for
Buenos Aires where they were
scheduled to participate in the
second leg of the qualifying
tournament this weekend for
the Pan American Games.
While in Miami, Seymour
said efforts were made to con-
tact the Immigration Depart-
ment in Argentina, but that
didn't change anything
because the Bahamas was not
even on the list of countries
coming in for the tournament.
"So. we couldn't get no
clearance to go," Seymour
noted. "They had the list of
all of the countries in the tour-
nament and the Bahamas was
not on it."
Seymour said he was
shocked when he got the
information in Miami because
he personally knew that all of
the information regarding the
Bahamian team was faxed to
the organising committee in
"The Argentina consulate
in Miami was preparing to get
the visas for us, but it was
going to take 48 hours," he
stated. "By the time we would
have gotten it and got to
Argentina, it would have been
too late."
The tournament got started
yesterday and is expected to
run until Wednesday.
When contacted, amateur
boxing association's president
Wellington Miller claimed that
they were informed that "the
boxers didn't need any visas
and they sent us all the forms
to facilitate that".
"In fact, we sent them back
and they acknowledged that
they received them," he
added. "But when the team
got to Miami, they were told
that they needed visas. So we
were struck in Miami, trying
to get to Argentina."
Miller said when Johnson
traveled as the lone competi-
tor to the first trials in
Venezuela in February, the
visa was waived and Argentina
agreed to do the same thing
for the boxing teams.
"When they went to the
Argentina consulate in Mia-
mi, they told them that they
needed a letter from the
Bahamas," Miller said. "But
they closed at one o'clock and
there was nothing that we
could do.
"They tried to keep calling
Argentina through American
Airlines, but there was nothing
they could do. It's so sad. I'm
broken up over that."
From last month, Miller said
he was sending the informa-
tion back to Argentina, so he
was extremely surprised when
he got the word from the team
in Miami that they couldn't
"I'm so sorry that they did-

isas mi

* FROM left: Reno Johnson, Levar Stuart and Valentino Knowles missed out on the trip to Argentina.
(Photo: Felipe Major)

n't get to go to Argentina,"
Miller stated. "That's one of
those things. Maybe it might
have worked for the better.
But it's sad."

Miller said one good thing is
that American Airlines have
refunded them the cost of
traveling to and from Argenti-
na. Miller said they intend to

use the funds to send the team
to Trinidad & Tobago for the
third and final leg of the trials
froni April 15-21.
While the boxers are back

home, they will spend a couple
days relaxing with their family
and friends before they return
to Cuba to continue their

Golden Eagles could soar

at the All-Bahamian awards

Tribune Sports Reporter
THIS evening at 7pm, the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associations
(BAAA) will be recognizing 168 top
junior athletes for their accomplish-
ments in the 2006 Outdoor Track &
Field season by establishing the first
ever 'All-Bahamian Track & Field'
The Golden Eagles Track and Field
Club front Grand Bahama has the
most athletes selected (nine) to the
All-Bahamian of all the private clubs.
The Tribune was unable to contact
head coach Dwayne Jennings before
press time, but we spoke with BAAA
council member Keith Burrows, who's
also been working very closely in
recent years with the junior national
teams, and he gave us some insight
about the success of the Golden
"The Golden Eagles, coached by
Dwayne Jennings, he does a great job
with the Under 17 and the Under 20
age groups especially his girls, who
are always very strong. Over the past
couple of years he has been able to
develop young ladies say, from the
ages of 11 on up."
One of those outstanding young
ladies Burrows was talking about from

Club has nine of its

athletes selected

the Golden Eagles Club is Bishop
Michael Eldon student Carlene John-
son, who competes in the girls Under
15 age group. Johnson i the BAAA's
2007 'Face Off' Nation 1 high School
Under 15 Girls 75m h rdles champ,
was also finished to three in the
100m, 200m, and 1500 at that same
event. In addition to hose accom-
plishments, Johnsor was also a
National Junior Cham ionship 100m
finalist (12.22).
"We've found that, ,hen we look
at pure stats, a lot o those young
ladies from the Golde agles would
end up running times t are compa-
rable to what we have i the Under 20
category, especially o r the 400 &
the 800 metres. So, it's really not sur-
prising that Jennings as that many
kids selected to the Ill-Bahamian
Team," Burrows highly ted.
On the boys side, the olden Eagles
have an impressive yot quarter-mil-
er in Juan Lewis, w ttends Sun-

land Baptist Academy in Grand
Bahama. Lewis is the Eagles Classic
400m champion, and has been clocked
at 47.65 in the one lap sprint.
Of the schools with most selections,
St. Augustine's College had nine
named to the All-Bahamian Team.
Standing out in that group of young
stars is 16-year-old Nathan Arnett,
who's the current National High
School 400m hurdle champion and
record holder (50.48). Arnett is also
the 2006 Junior CAC 400m hurdle
gold medalist and record holder
Public Relations director for the
BAAA Kermit Taylor says that the
awards presentation this evening will
be "a big morale booster" for the
country's junior track & field athletes
"to know that they would've gone on
and represented the country, and now
at the end c .ne year, to see that the
BAAA's and the country is saying
thank you for a job well done."

Boxers bac ho



Trnb U*nle


Haas, Murray



Li gain semis

Associated Press

added to his strong
start this season with a
7-6 (3), 6-4 victory
over Nikolay Davy-
denko in Wednesday's
fourth round of the
Pacific Life Open.
Murray has won 18
of 21 matches in 2007,
including successfully
defending his title at
San Jose.
On another 90-plus
degree day at Indian
Wells, No. 14 Murray
had 10 aces, with his
serve topping out at
136 mph, against his
fourth-ranked foe from
"I served great," said
Murray, a 19-year-old
from Scotland. "I think
it was about playing
the big points better
than the guy who's No.
4 in the world.
"It's about me play-
ing a really good match
and managing to come


Murray is continuing
his steady climb up the
rankings, jumping from
No. 514 in 2004 to 65th
in 2005 to 17th last
season. His victory
over Davydenko was
his second in four
meetings, the first
coming in the semifi-
nals at Doha in Janu-
Tommy Haas extend-
ed his match record
this year to 20-3, the
most wins on the tour,
with a 6-3,.6-2 victory
over Fernando Gonza-
lez. Haas had lost both
his previous matches
against Gonzalez,
including a defeat in
the Austialian Open
semifinals in January.
David Ferrer of
Spain defeated coun-
tryman Carlos Moya 1-
6, 6-2, 6-3 in another
fourth-round match.
In a night match,
Daniela Hantuchova
defeated Shahar Peer
6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5) in a 2
hour, 43-minute duel
to move into the wom-
en's semifinals. Earli-
er, Li Na downed Vera
Zvonareva 6-4, 7-5 in
their quarterfinal.


No. 17 Li, China's
best player ever, had
defeated No. 9 Jelena
Jankovic in straight
sets a day earlier, and
had her game going
again against Zvonare-
va, keeping the Russ-
ian on the run with her
accurate ground
S Li bounced back to
wrap up the victory
after she was down set
point twice in the 10th
game of the second set.
The previous after-
noon, No. 20 Zvonare-
va had knocked
- defending champion
Maria Sharapova out
of the tournament with
a 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 victory
"that also will cost
Sharapova her No. 1
spot when the rankings
come out on Monday.
Justine Henin will
replace the Russian

teenager at the top.
The 25-year-old Li,
the first Chinese player
to break into top 30 in
the rankings, also is
the first from her coun-
try to win a tour sin-
gles title, at
Guangzhou in 2004 as
a qualifier ranked
She's still looking for
her second tour victo-
ry, with a quarterfinals
appearance at Wimble-
don in 2006 among her
other highlights.

Pirates damaged by

Hurricanes in NPHL

Tribune Sports Reporter
THE New Providence
(Street) Hockey League, now
in its fifth year, saw some good
action Wednesday night down
at the rink on West Bay Street.
Though not an indigenous
sport to these parts, the chilled
night air helped to set the

atmosphere for a good night of
hockey. Down 6-4 at the begin-
ning of the third period, the
Hurricanes mounted a fourth
quarter rally for a 8-6 win over
the Pirates.
Mateeo Raimondo netted the
puck for the game winning goal
for the Hurricanes, but leading
their offence was Dimitri Chou-
varis, who pulled off a hat trick
(three goals). Team captain

Tribune Sports Reporter
FOURTEEN years ago, the Jamaican bob-
sled team made history by qualifying for the
1992 Calgary Olympics Winter Games. But
before that, did you know that we had a
Bahamian on ice? That's right, the only known
'Rake & Scrape' boy to play in the National
Hockey League (NHL) was John Bethel, back
in the 1980's.
Now 50 years-old, Bethel is still playing
competitively in the local New Providence
(Street) Hockey League (NPHL). "I guess
that's my only claim to fame I'm the only
Bahamian to have ever played in the Nation-
al Hockey League," said Bethel.
Now playing defence with the Pirates,
Bethel has been named 'Most Defensive Play-
er' four out of the last five years, and is one of
the league's top scorers.
Bethel was no slouch either in his four years
as a professional hockey player. After being
drafted from Boston College by the New York
Rangers in 1977, he was then traded to the
Winnipeg Jets, scoring two goals in 17 games
at the centre-forward position. After that year
in the NHL,' Bethel then played in the semi-
pro Central Hockey League (CHL) for the
Tulsa Oilers. In his two-year stint with the
Oilers, he scored 42 goals and 128 points, mak-
ing 132 appearances on the ice.
"It was unbelievable you're traveling first
class .ll'afound the United States and Canada,
meeting celebrities, going to parties, and of
course doing a lot of good charity work," said
Bethel, describing his experience in the pros.
Though he was born in Montreal, Canada,
Bethel's family descended from Eleuthera,
and he's been back in the Bahamas since 1983.
Since returning to his roots, Bethel opened-up
a graphic arts, printing and advertising com-
pany called Sir Speedy Printing. He also owns
The Bahamas Tourism Channel, which airs
on channel 36 in most resorts. Having been
able to play the sport he loves at the highest
level, and now enjoying the fruits of a suc-
cessful business, one can say life has been
good to Bethel.
"Most hockey players are very down-to-
earth, and obviously they're super athletes it's
one of the fastest sports in the world, and it's
a very physical game. On Wednesday nights
though, the boys tend to have some fun in the
no-check league down here." This past
Wednesday, Bethel and his Pirates lost in a
close one to the Hurricanes, down at the
NPHL rink on West Bay Street, next to The
Beach Hut.
With regards to improving not only the local
hockey league, but sport as a whole in the
Bahamas to at least a semi-pro level, Bethel
offered this thought:
"It's very difficult to reach a professional

Jason Kinsale added a goal,
along with four assists for five
"We really started to move
the puck well, and were putting
it back to the defence-man on
the point," said the Hurricanes
team captain.
The Pirates has a former
NHL player on their team in
defence-man John Bethel (Win-
nipeg Jets), but that wasn't


level in life, and being a professional athlete
today is now more demanding than ever. In
order to have the commitment, that dedication,
you really have to go to the market that has the
best athletes. I mean, if you're in a small town
in Florida, then you have a better chance to be
recruited to a much bigger programme that has
athletes that are competing at that higher lev-
el so you can advance. And so it's not just the
Bahamian market, it's any market place we
don't have the facilities here, or the competi-
tive teams to get that great player up to that
level. So therefore, they most go to where
they can get to that higher level."

enough to shelter them from
the Hurricanes' comeback night
before last. They had balance
with their offence, but holes
developed in the Pirates
defence late in the game.
Chris Wheaton led the
Pirates' stats with a goal and
two assists for three points,
while Tom Koshelowsky scored
two goals. The Hurricanes and
Pirates are currently ranked sec-
ond and third respectively in
the league, with only two more
contests left in the 20-game reg-
ular season.
Itinsale, who's also league
president, says that they've been
receiving great support from
league sponsor Bristol Cellars
and from the local and tourist
fan base.
In addition, they've also
established a youth league
which currently has about 50
kids participating, and have a
website, www.nassaus-
treethockeyleague.com. Most
of the players in the NPHL
right now are foreign expats,

mainly from Canada. About 10
per cent of the players are
native Bahamians, which help
to make-up the four teams in
the league.
"We were up at six teams at
one point. That's when Atlantis
had a lot of construction work-
ers here, and there were a lot of
"But, we've been pretty
steady with four teams," Kin-
sale pointed out.
According to the NPHL pres-
ident though, who was born in
the Bahamas, but grew up in
Canada the sport is slowly
catching on locally, and already
has growing base in the
Caribbean region.
"Running-ball hockey is pret-
ty popular in Canada and the
United States yeah, it's pretty
big, probably bigger than roller-
hockey. We're looking to com-
pete in the Cayman tournament
next year, which will include the
Cayman Islands, Turks, Bermu-
da and Barbados It's for the
Caribbean Cup."

A significant date for

Bahamian track and field

TUESDAY, March 8th
marked a significant date in the .
history of Bahamian Track and
Field. On that Sunday, 20 years
ago in Indianapolis, Indiana,
Frank Rutherforq jumped his
way into Bahamian Track and
Field history.
It was the inaugural IAAF
World Indoor Championships,
held in the United States Sports
Capital, Indianapolis, in the
RCA Dome, the home of the
Super Bowl Champions Indi-
anapojis Colts.
Both Rutherfoid and Steve
Hanna qualified for the final of
the triple jump, Rutherford with A FRANK RUTHERFORD
a 16.40m performance, and
Hanna' with a 16.25m jump. Rutherford was the eighth qualifier
and Hanna the eleventh. Neither did the automatic qualifying dis-
tance of 16.70m.
Bulgaria's Kristov Markov had the best qualifying jump of
17.07m. In the final Mike Conley from the United States won with
a 17.54m performance. Russia's Oleg Protsenko placed second
with a 17.26m jump.
Rutherford managed 17.02m for the bronze medal, six cen-
timeters ahead of Markov, the winner of that summer's World
Outdoor Championships in Rome and the Seoul Olympics.
It was one great leap for Frank and'a giant leap for Bahamian
Track and Field.
Rutherford became the first Bahamian to win a World Cham-
pionship or Olympic medal.
Al Joyner, the 1984 Los Angeles Gold medalist from
the United States placed fifth, 10 centimeters behind Ruther-
Steve Hanna remained in eleventh position managing only
Some Bahamians did not grasp the significance of this achieve-
ment 20 years ago and some may not even grasp the significance
now. It may seem like no big thing now with the many World
Championship and Olympic medals won by Bahamians, but
before 20 years ago the Bahamas had laboured in the World
Track and Field without medal success.
Five years later Rutherford made another milestone, winning
the first ever Bahamian Olympic Track and Field medal, a bronze
at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Interestingly enough,
it was Michael Conley who was also the gold medalist in



The Bahamas' only NHL

veteran still going strong







VCU shreds Duke's dance card

Noah says he's

living a dream

with the Gators
McClatchy Newspapers
H e's the guy the opposing
crowds love to hate, the high-
energy, high-flying center of
the defending national champion
Florida Gators.
His father was Yannick Noah, the
tennis star from France who once
won the French Open.
His mother was a model who now
works as an artist in New York.
And their son, who is 22, is having
a lot of fun playing college basketball
in Gainesville, Fla.
,Joakim Noah likes
to thump his chest
after a big play, and he
unveiled a pretty-
funky dance after the
Gators won their third
consecutive SEC Tournament title
this past Sunday in Atlanta.
Sitting in the Florida locker room
in the New Orleans Arena on Thurs-
day, however, you get the impression
that Noah is more than just a gifted
basketball player who enjoys the jour-
ney just as much as the destination.
He is far more comfortable talking
about his team, and his teammates,
than talking about himself.
Noah said all the right things about
Jackson State, the Gators' first-round
opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
If nothing else, Noah has embraced
life's lessons and had paid attention to
things that matter.
Such as manners.
"I feel like the best is yet to come,"
Noah said.
Noah could have been the NBA's
No. 1 draft pick last year, when he
caught fire in March and sparked the
Gators to 11 consecutive victories -
by an average of 12 points per game -
and the first national basketball cham-
pionship in school history. Only
Georgetown, a 57-53 loser in the
regional semifinals, gave Florida a
true test in the NCAA Tournament.
Noah, who is 6 feet 11 and 232
pounds, could have taken the money.
But teammates Al Horford and Tau-
rean Green, both of whom watched
their fathers play in the NBA, decided
to come back to Florida. And Corey
Brewer, the amazing swingman
whose ailing father no longer can
work in the tobacco fields of his
native Tennessee, chose to play one
more year for the Gators, too.
That made it an easy choice for
Noah. Even though NBA scouts have
found some holes in his game. He
acknowledges that he probably cost
himself millions of dollars by not
turning pro last April. And he insists
that there are no regrets.
"My mom always told me money
doesn't buy happiness," Noah said. "I
really feel like these experiences are
going to make me a better person."
Not just a better player.
A better person, too.
Noah still averages 12 points and
8 rebounds per game for a Florida
team that shares the basketball as well
as the spotlight.
He still alters shots when he isn't
blocking them. He's still the target of
the best smack the opposing student
section has to offer.
And when the game is over, Noah
usually is one of the first guys to greet
his opponents and congratulate them
on playing a strong game, as he did
earlier this year at Vanderbilt.
And that was after one of the five
games Florida has lost this season.
The time has come, however, for
Noah and the Gators to turn up the
intensity. We saw it in the Georgia
Dome. And we'll probably see it
tonight against Jackson State.
"You have to be on edge this whole
tournament," Noah said. "If you're
not ready to play, for just 10 to 15 min-
utes, your season is over. I don't
regret [not turning pro]. This is what
we came back for.
"Right now, we have one game
promised to us, Jackson State. Every-
body wants to keep living the dream."
And when Joakim Noah is on top
of his game, life can be a nightmare
for the Florida Gators' opponents.

From Miami Herald Wire Services Maynor sealed that 65-59 victory
BUFFALO, N.Y. Duke's done. by scoring nine of his 20 points in
Eric Maynor hit a 15-foot jumper the game's final 2 minutes.
with L8 seconds left to play Thurs- VCU, making its eighth tourna-
day night, giving Virginia Corn- ment appearance, won its first
monwealth a 79-77 upset victory NCAA Tournament game since
over the Blue Devils in the first beating Marshall 81-65 in 1985. The
round of the NCAA tournament. Rams will face either No. 3 Pitts-
Maynor finished with 22 points, burgh or Wright State on Saturday.
with six of them in the final 1:24. The 11th-seeded Rams, in their
Duke lost a first-round game for first season under former Florida
the first time since 1996. assistant Anthony
The loss also ended the Grant, never led by
sixth-seeded Blue Dev- more than two points.
ils' string of Sweet 16 They overcame a 13-
appearances at nine. It point first-half deficit
was the longest active and also trailed by as
streak and the second-longest in many as 11 points in the second.
tournament history, behind North Jesse Pellot-Rosa's 16-foot
Carolina's 13-year run. jumper gave VCU a 72-71 lead with
Fittingly, it was VCU (28-6) that 2:03 remaining. The Blue Devils
knocked off George Mason the (22-11) tied the game three times,
tournament's surprise team last the last time at 77 when DeMarcus
year in the Colonial Athletic Nelson went coast-to-coast to hit
Association championship game. a layup with 10.3 seconds left.

Associated Press
Bowie Kuhn, who saw baseball
become a business of free agents
making multimillion-dollar salaries
during his 16 tumultuous years as
commissioner, died Thursday in
Jacksonville, Fla. He was 80.
Kuhn died after a short bout

ances and work stoppages. Yet his
era also was a time of record atten-
dance and revenue, with a huge
expansion of baseball's presence
on television.
A string of controversial deci-
sions also came with Kuhn's reign.
When Hank Aaron hit his 715th

with pneumonia that led to home run to break Babe
respiratory failure. Ruth's career record in 1974,
When Kuhn took over as Kuhn was not in the stands.
commissioner from William And he banned Hall of
Eckert on Feb. 4,1969, base- 7 Famers Willie Mays and
ball just had completed its Mickey Mantle from associ-
final season as a tradition-bound, ating with their former teams
20-team sport, one a reserve because of their liaisons with gam-
clause, an average salary of about bling casinos.
$19,000, and no league playoffs. By the time Peter Ueberroth
Kuhn battled the rise of the NFL succeeded Kuhn on Oct. 1, 1984, the
and a combative players union that major leagues had 26 teams playing
besieged him with lawsuits, griev- in four divisions, a designated hit-

RAM-TOUGH: The VCU players
celebrate after a huge victory.
Maynor took the ensuing
inbound pass and carried the ball
across center court. Driving to the
paint, he pulled up and hit a perfect

right, with Hank Aaron in 1974.
ter in the American League, the
first night World Series games, free
agency and an average salary of
nearly $330,000 per player.

jumper from just above the foul
line and over Duke's Jon Scheyer.
The Blue Devils' chance to pull
off a last-second victory and
with Christian Laettner watching
from the stands failed when
Greg Paulus' wild attempt from
midcourt hit wide of the basket
and off the backboard.
In 1992, Laettner, a Buffalo-area
native, was responsible for one of
the most exciting moments in
NCAA Tournament history. That's
when he hit a last-second, turn-
around jumper, sealing an incredi-
ble, 104-103 victory over Kentucky
that helped send the Blue Devils to
their second consecutive national
Paulus scored a career-high 25
points Thursday night for Duke,
which was seeded sixth in the
West Regional. Josh McRoberts


Eagles fly by

ATTACK FROM THE BACK: Boston College defender John Oates blocks the shot of Texas
Tech forward Darryl Dora during the Eagles' 84-75 victory in Winston-Salem, N. C.


Boston College

gives Texas Tech

an early trip home

From Miami Herald Wire Services
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Sean Marshall
and Boston College were in a tight game Thurs-
day afternoon. Fortunately for them, they didn't
get tight against Bob Knight's Texas Tech team.
"We're a relaxed ballclub," Marshall said.
"Even when we're down, we stay the same."
Marshall, a senior guard, responded by scor-
ing 15 of his 21 points in the second half, helping
the Eagles rally for an
84-75 victory that
knocked Knight and his
Red Raiders out of the
NCAA Tournament.
Tyrese Rice added 26
points for the Eagles
(21-11), the East Region-
al's seventh seed. Jared
Dudley had 19 points to
help BC win its first-
round game for the
fourth season in a row.
The victory sent BC to
play former Big East Con-
ference rival George- STREETERLECKA/GETTY
town, a No. 2 seed, in Sat- OH, NOT AGAIN:
urday's second round. Bob Knight gets
In a game that stayed the quick hook
close the entire way, Bos- one more time.
ton College advanced by
putting together one of its steadiest offensive
performances of the season particularly
through the final 10 minutes of the game.
"I thought'we showed a lot more patience on
the offensive end than we have in a long time,"
Boston College coach Al Skinner said. "We
didn't really play hurried."
The Eagles shot 53 percent for the game and
used a 14-4 run to erase a four-point deficit mid-
way through the second half, sending 10th-
seeded Texas Tech (21-13) to its second first-
round exit in six seasons under Knight.


"I want it to be remembered
that I was commissioner during a
time of tremendous growth in the
popularity of the game," Kuhn said.
"And that it was a time in which no
one could question the integrity of
the game."
It also was a time of memorable
feuds. Kuhn did battle with ornery
baseball owners, such as Charlie
Finley, Ted Turner, George Stein-
brenner and Ray Kroc.
Finley once went so far as call-
ing Kuhn "the village idiot"
In addition to owners, Kuhn
tangled with some of baseball's for-
mer star players, such as Mays,
Mantle and Curt Flood, and also
union executive Marvin Miller.

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Johnson gets a stint in the tank _

Associated Press
SKOKIE, Ill. Chicago
Bears defensive lineman Tank
Johnson was sentenced Thurs-
day to four months in jail for
violating probation stemming
from a 2005 gun case.
Johnson was taken into cus-
tody immediately. ,He could
have been sentenced to up to
a year behind bars..
Johnson, who pleaded
guilty to violating probation,
also must pay a $2,500 fine.
Johnson was arrested on
misdemeanor weapons
charges on Dec. 14 after police
raided his home in Gurnee, Ill.,
about 40 miles northwest of
Chicago, and found six unreg-
istered firearms.
At the time, Johnson was on
probation in a November 2005
case. In that case, he had
pleaded guilty to a misde-

HARD TIME: Tank Johnson.

meanor charge stemming from
an arrest in which a nightclub
valet reported seeing Johnson
with a handgun in his vehicle.
Dressed in a gray suit, John-

son arrived at the courtroom
Thursday with Bears coach
Lovie Smith and All-Pro line-
backer Brian Urlacher, who
testified on Johnson's behalf.
"Tank knows he's in a situa-
tion where he can't get into
any other trouble," Smith said,
adding that jail time would be
"devastating" for the player's
career. "And he's let me know
there won't be any more."
Before he was sentenced,
Johnson pleaded with Cook
County Circuit Judge John
Moran for leniency.
"Your honor, I don't believe
I'm a man who belongs in jail,"
Johnson said.
But prosecutor Rick Cenar
said jail time was appropriate.
"Just because he's a profes-
sional football player and
plays for the Chicago Bears
doesn't put him above the
law," Cenar said.

Johnson's bodyguard, Wil-
lie B. Posey, was arrested on
felony drug charges after the
raid on Johnson's home. Posey
was shot and killed two days
later during an early-morning
fight while he and Johnson
were at a nightclub in Chicago.
Th6 Bears then suspended
Johnson for one game for
being out at the club.
Johnson had been under
house arrest since the raid, but
he was permitted to attend
practice and travel to Miami
for the Super Bowl, where the
Indianapolis Colts defeated
the Bears 29-17.
Just days after returning
from Miami, Johnson pleaded
guilty to violating his proba-
tion in the 2005 case.
Johnson also has pleaded
not guilty to the firearms
charges from his arrest after
the raid at his home in Gurnee.


Kuhn's downfall came after
he presided over a 50-day
strike that split the 1981 sea-
son in half.
"Bowie was a good guy,
and I admired him," Stein-
brenner said through spokes-
man Howard Rubenstein.
"Even though we had our dis-
agreements, I never lost my
respect for his integrity."
A prim and proper lawyer
who stood ramrod-straight,
Kuhn was regarded by some
as a stuffed shirt.
"You've got to develop a
sense of humor," Kuhn once
said. "You have to be able to
stand back and laugh. That's
invaluable, or you're apt to. go
slightly balmy."
Born in Takoma Park, Md.,
on Oct. 28, 1926, Kuhn grew
up in Washington, D.C., as a
fan of the original Washing-
ton Senators yet he
allowed the expansion Sena-
tors to leave after the 1971 sea-
son and become the Texas
Rangers. He graduated from
Princeton in 1947 and
received his law degree in
1950 from Virginia.
As baseball commissioner,
Kuhn suspended Steinbren-
ner in 1974 for two years -
later shortened to 15 months
- for his guilty plea regard-.
ing illegal campaign contribu-
tions to President Richard M.
Nixon's re-election campaign.
Kuhn then suspended Turner,
the Atlanta Braves owner, in
1976 for tampering with the
contract of Gary Matthews.
In 1976, Kuhn voided the
attempt by Finley's Oakland
Athletics to sell Vida Blue, Joe
Rudi and Rollie Fingers for a
combined price of $3.5 mil-
lion, saying the deals weren't
in baseball's best interests.
Kuhn fined Kroc, the San
Diego Padres owner, $100,000
in 1979 for saying he wanted
to sign Joe Morgan of the Cin-
cinnati Reds and Graig Net-

PASSING THE TORCH: Bowie Kuhn, right, served as baseball commissioner from 1969 to
1984, until was succeeded by Peter Ueberroth, left. Kuhn died on Thursday in Florida.

ties of the New York Yankees.
During Kuhn's years as
commissioner, attendance in
the major leagues grew from
23 million in 1968 to 44.6 mil-
lion in 1982. In 1983, baseball
signed a $1.2 billion television
contract that would earn each
team $7 million a year for six
seasons, an astonishing figure
at the time.
It was clear that baseball
was transforming itself from a
sport to a business, with reve-
nue rising from $163 million in
1975 to $624 million in 1984.
"You can't be commis-
sioner for 14 years and not
change, for better or for
worse. I hope I've changed for
the better," Kuhn said. "I'm
more philosophical about our
problems. Initially, I used to
become more upset. Now, I
take problems for granted as
being part of the office."
Kuhn is survived by his
wife, Luisa; his son, Stephen

Kuhn; his daughter, Alex
Bower; and stepsons Paul
Degener and George Degener.
Rangers: Sammy Sosa's
comeback took another step
forward Thursday when he
was told that he would be
added to the team's 40-man
The 38-year-old slugger,
fifth on the career home-run
list, has a hit in all 10 spring
training games in which he
has played. Sosa has three
home runs, including a mas-
sive solo shot off Edgar Gon-
zalez of the Diamondbacks
that landed on the left-field
walkway at Tucson Electric
Park on Thursday.
After a year away from the
game, Sosa also has a triple,
two doubles and seven RBIs
this spring. He is hitting
.452 in 31 at-bats after coming
to the Rangers camp on a

minor-league contract.
Sosa will be guaranteed
$500,000 for making the ros-
ter, and he can earn an addi-
tional $2.2 million in perfor-
mance bonuses based on plate
The move nearly assures
Sosa of making the 25-man
roster for opening day -
unless he gets injured.
Orioles: Pitcher Kris
Benson will have surgery on
his ailing right shoulder, and
he will probably be sidelined
for the entire 2007 season.
Tigers: Gary Sheffield
left the team to deal with a
personal matter and probably
will return today.
Indians: Mark Shapiro,
one of baseball's sharpest
general managers, decided to
go where he felt safest back
home to Cleveland.
Shapiro agreed to a five-
year contract extension
through the 2012 season.


Sri Lanka routs Bermuda in cricket

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Sri Lanka crushed Bermuda
by 243 runs to claim the sec-
ond-largest margin of victory
in World Cup history on
Thursday in Port-of-Spain,
Not a bad start for the 1996
Pace bowlers Farveez
Maharoof and Lasith Malinga
ripped through Bermuda's
inexperienced batting order,
bundling it out for 78 in 24.4
overs after half-centuries by
skipper Mahela Jayawardene
(85) and Kumar Sangakkara
(76) helped Sri Lanka to 321 for
Sri Lanka's margin of vic-
tory was second only to the
256-rurn victory for Australia
against Namibia in the 2003
World Cup.
Bermuda, the smallest
nation to qualify for the World
Cup, also faced the prospect of
being bundled out for the low-
est total in limited-overs inter-

nationals, but the team
avoided that through the resis-
tance of its lower-order bats-
men, led by Lionel Cann.
When Bermuda slumped to
29 for six, it was in danger of
finishing below Canada's 36
against Sri Lanka in 2003 as
the smallest total in World
Cup history.
Zimbabwe's 35 against the
Sri Lankans the following year
is the lowest total in all limit-
ed-overs internationals.
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller,
midfielder DaMarcus Beas-
ley and defender Oguchi
Onyewu were among 11
World Cup veterans picked
Thursday for the United
States roster for exhibition
games scheduled against Ecua-
dor and Guatemala.
Defenders Carlos Bocane-
gra, Steve Cherundolo and
Jimmy Conrad also were
selected by interim coach Bob

Bradley for his 24-man roster,
along with midfielder Clint
Dempsey, forwards Landon
Donovan, Brian Ching and
Eddie Johnson, and goal-
keeper Tim Howard.
Three players were chosen
who have never played for the
U.S. national team: defenders
Jay DeMerit and Frank
Simek, and midfielder Benny
Thirteen of the players are
based in Europe, including
seven in England.
Players will begin training
on Monday in Bradenton, Fla.,
for games against Ecuador on
March 25 in nearby Tampa
and against Guatemala on
March 28 in Frisco, Texas.
EUFA Cup: Goalkeeper
Andres Palop scored an inju-
ry-time goal before Uruguay's
Javier Chevanton added the
winner in extra time to lead
defending champion Sevilla
past Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 and
into the quarterfinals.

The match was four min-
utes into injury time with
Sevilla facing elimination,
when Palop left his net
unguarded and moved up for a
last-ditch corner.
Daniel Alves swung the
ball in and Palop headed in a
goal to stun the Ukrainian
Spain: Real Madrid is
reportedly confident of sign-
ing Manchester United's Cris-
tiano Ronaldo at the end of
the season.
In a story with the headline
"This one will get the Berna-
beu on its feet," sports daily
Marca said Madrid president
Ramon Calderon has made
the signing of Ronaldo, a Por-
tuguese forward, "an absolute
priority," even though "he will
cost a fortune."
Germany: Bundesliga
leader Schalke gave coach
Mirko Slomka a contract
extension that will run
through the 2008-09 season.

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Anja Paerson of Sweden dives into the finish area
after winning the women's World Cup Super-G final in
Parpan-Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Mickelson, Woods join forces
Rivals on the golf course, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickel-
son sounded like allies in promoting the concept of Woods'
new tournament in Washington being treated like an invita-
The field size for the new AT&T National has caused a
great divide on the PGA Tour, with the lines drawn between
prestige and opportunity.
PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem suggested that the
tournament probably would be considered an invitational,
similar to events hosted by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold
Palmer, which have reduced fields. Some players have
argued that the PGA Tour should not make the tournament
exclusive, which would take away spots in a season already
made shorter by the FedEx Cup.
"We're trying to put on the best possible field and the best
tournament we possibly can, and I think ultimately that's
what we've decided on," Woods said this week in his first
comments since the flap became public last week. "Field size
is still up in the air. It's not finalized yet. But we are certainly
looking at a reduced field."
Woods said Finchem had talked informally with players on
the policy board. Mickelson said he has tried to stay out of
"tour politics" the past few years, but he quickly rose to
Woods' defense. Mickelson said it was important for the
Tour to be in the nation's capital, and important for the tour
to have a strong relationship with Woods.
"And that tournament does both," Mickelson said.

Marshal Manning
Indianapolis Colts quar-
terback Peyton Manning
will be the grand marshal of
the Indianapolis 500 Festival
Parade, on May 26, and he
will wave the green flag to
start the race the next day.
Manning was named the
Most Valuable Player in the
Colts' Super Bowl XLI vic-
"His performance in the
Colts' run to the Super Bowl
secured his place among all-
time Indiana sports legends,
electrifying and uniting the
entire community in a blue
wave of Colts team spirit,"
Indianapolis Motor Speed-
way president Joie Chi-
twood said.
"I am very honored to
have been asked to serve as
the grand marshal," Man-
ning said. "I appreciate the
grand tradition of the India-
napolis 500 and am excited
to participate in the festivi-
ties surrounding the event."

Masters honor
Arnold Palmer might
tee it up at the Masters again
- as an honorary starter.
Palmer, a four-time Mas-
ters champion, said he has
given "careful consider-
ation" to a request from
Augusta National chairman
Billy Payne to hit the tee
shot to open the Masters.
"I'm thinking about it,"
said Palmer, who is 77. "I'm
giving it some very careful
consideration now that I
have stopped playing com-
petitively. Augusta is one of
my very favorite places -
and, of course, Bill Payne is
a good friend."
The Masters has not had
a ceremonial starter since
Sam Snead died in 2002.
Palmer played his 50th and
final Masters in 2004.
"It isn't that I have any-
thing against doing it,"
Palmer said. "I just want it
to be the right time when I
decide to do it."

"That's crazy. That's a vendetta.
They have a witch hunt going on.
It's nuts.'
- PHIL JACKSON, right, head coach of the
Los Angeles Lakers, criticizing the NBA's
one-game suspension of Kobe Bryant, who
struck a player in the face after taking a shot.
Jackson said the hit was inadvertent, but he
was fined $50,000 on Thursday by the NBA
for his comments.


On this day in history:
1938 Temple defeats Colorado 60-36 in the new
National Invitational Tournament, the first major post-
season college basketball tournament.
1947 In hockey, Billy Taylor of the Detroit Red
Wings sets an NHL record by dishing out seven assists
in a 10-6 triumph over the Chicago Black Hawks.
1990 Philip Hutcheson of David Lipscomb Univer-
sity hits a running, 5-foot hook shot in the NAIA Tour-
nament to become the all-time scoring champion of
college basketball. The 6-foot-8 Hutcheson, who
scored in double figures in every college game he
played, breaks the record of 4,045 points, set from
1969-72 by Travis Grant of Kentucky State.
2001 A record number of low-seeded teams
advance to the second round in the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana State, Butler, Temple, Charlotte and Fresno
State join 12th-seeded Gonzaga in advancing, meaning
that 13 of the tournament's 32 first-round games were
won by underdog teams.
2006 The United States team, loaded with All-
Stars from the major leagues, loses 2-1 to Mexico and is
eliminated from the inaugural World Baseball Classic.


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O'Neal, Heat win eighth in a row

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Shaquille O'Neal, plagued by
fouls, scored 17 of his 19 points in
the second half Thursday night,
and the Miami Heat won its
eighth game in a row, beating the
New Jersey Nets 93-86.
Udonis Haslem added 21
points and 12 rebounds, Jason
Williams had 13 points and 12
assists, and the Heat continued
to make up for the absence of
injured star Dwyane Wade by
getting big plays from the every-
one else in winning for the 16th
time in 20 games.
The Heat is 9-2 since Wade
went down with a shoulder
injury, and the team pulled to
within a half-game of the first-
place Washington Wizards in
the Southeast Division.
Jason Kidd had nine points, 14
assists and 10 rebounds for the
Nets, narrowly missing his llth
triple-double of the season. Rich-
ard Jefferson had 20 points, and
Vince Carter added 12 on 4-of-15
shooting from the field.
O'Neal, who picked up three
fouls in the first half, dominated
the third quarter, scoring 12
points, grabbing four rebounds
and blocking a shot.

Redd scored 29 points, leading
the Bucks to victory, ending the

WATCH OUT BELOW: James Posey of the Heat tumbles into the
Nets bench as the ball gets awa' during the second quarter.

Spurs' 13-game winning streak
and giving the Bucks a much-
needed boost in Larry Krystko-
wiak's NBA coaching debut.
Krystkowiak, who replaced
the fired Terry Stotts, was
thrown in immediately to face
the NBA's hottest team. San
Antonio's winning streak was
tied for the third-longest in fran-
chise history.
The Spurs, who have the
league's best scoring defense,
had been holding opponents to
just over 42 percent from the
field during their winning streak.

But the Bucks shot 53.4 percent
from the field and got a big lift
from an unlikely contributor:
Lynn Greer, who scored all of his
career-high 14 points in the
fourth quarter.
Greer, a rookie who has been
inactive for most of the season,
hit a 3-pointer to put the Bucks
ahead 92-85 with 4:25 remaining
in the game.
Greer then hit another
3-pointer to extend the Bucks'
lead to 95-86 with 2:41 remaining.
Brent Barry scored 20 points
to lead San Antonio.

Suns 129, Mavericks 127
(2 OT): Steve Nash played like
an MVP down the stretch, and
Amare Stoudemire had 41 points
and 10 rebounds, carrying Phoe-
nix to a dramatic, double-
overtime victory in Dallas.
Nash scored 10 points in the
final minute of regulation, forc-
ing overtime with a three-
pointer in the closing seconds.
Jason Terry of the Mavs had five
points in the final 48 seconds of
the first extra period, including a
three-pointer with time running
out to force a second overtime.
With Stoudemire patrolling
the lane, the Suns led throughout
the second overtime but it
took a missed 8-footer by Mavs
forward Dirk Nowitzki as time
expired to secure a victory that
ended the Mavs' 23-game home
winning streak.
Nash had 32 points, 16 assists
and eight rebounds, sending
Phoenix to its sixth consecutive
victory and its 11th in 12 games.
Nowitzki had 30 points, 16
rebounds and six assists. He had
eight points and seven rebounds
in the third quarter, when the
Mavericks turned a 16-point defi-
cit into a 15-point lead going into
the fourth quarter.
Pistons 87, Trail Blazers
75: Richard Hamilton scored 21
points, leading Detroit to victory
in Portland.


(3) Washington
(6) Miami
(8) Orlando
(4) Toronto
(7) New Jersey
New York

(1) Detro
(2) Cleve
(5) Chica

W L Pct. GB
35 28 .556 -
35 29 .547 l
30 36 .455 6/
26 40 .394 10
24 41 .369 12
W L Pct. GB
36 29 .554 -
30 36 .455 6'
29 35 .453 6
25 40 .385 11
19 45 .297 16

LI0 Str. Home Away Conf
4-6 W-1 24-9 11-19 23-16
9-1 W-8 22-10 13-19 20-16
3-7 W-1 20-13 10-23 17-22
4-6 L-1 14-18 12-22 14-25
2-8 W-2 15-17 9-24 15-21

Str. Home Away Conf
W-4 23-9 13-20 24-14
L-1 17-16 13-20 21-17
L-1 17-14 12-21 18-22
L-2 16-16 9-24 15-22
W-1 9-23 10-22 12-26

W L Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
it 4122 .651 7-3 W-4 19-12 22-10 26-12
eland 40 25 .615 2 8-2 W-7 25-8 15-17 23-16
ago 39 28 .582 4 7-3 W-4 25-8 14-20 28-13
29 35 .453 12 0-10 L-11 18-14 11-21 20-17
ee 24 41 .369 18 5-5 W-1 15-15 9-26 11-28


(1) x-Dallas
(3) San Antonio
(5) Houston
New Orleans

(4) Utah
(7) Denver

W L Pet. GB
52 11 .825 -
46 19 .708 7
40 25 .615 13
28 36 .438 24
16 50 .242 371

W L Pct. GB
43 21 .672 -
31 31 .500 11
28 35 .444 14
26 38 .406 17
25 39 .391 18

(2) x-Phoenix 50 14 .781 -.
(6) L.A. Lakers 33 31 .516 17
(8) Golden State 30 36 .455 21
LA. Clippers 29 35 .453 21
Sacramento 28 36 .438 22
x-clinched playoff spot

L10 Str. Home Away Conf
8-2 L-2 30-4 22-7 33-8
9-1 L-1 22-8 24-11 28-11
5-5 W-1 23-10 17-15 21-19
3-7 L-6 19-13 9-23 16-23
2-8 L-2 11-22 5-28 9-29
L10 Str. Home Away- Conf
7-3 L-2 25-7 18-14 25-12
5-5 W-2 17-17 14-14 15-22
3-7 W-1 19-13 9-22 16-22
4-6 L-2 15-18 11-20 16-22
4-6 L-4 18-14 7-25 12-23
L10 Str. Home Away Conf
9-1 W-6 26-6 24-8 25-10
3-7 L-6 20-11 13-20 19-15
4-6 W-1 23-10 7-26 17-20
4-6 L-5 21-12 8-23 16-23
5-5 L-4 18-14 10-22 14-23


Thursday's results
Miami 93, NJ. 86
Mil. 101, S.A. 90
L.A.L. at Den., late

Tonight's games
Sac. at Miami, 7:30
Utah at Phil,, 7
Hou. at Tor., 7
LA.C. at Char., 7
N.O. at N.Y., 7:30
Bos. at Dal., 8:30
Det at Phx., 10
Port. at L.A.L, 10:30
Minn. at G.S., 10:30

Wednesday's results
Orl. 101, Utah 90
Tor. 104, N.Y. 94
Chi. 88, Phi. 87
Was. 112, Ind. 96
Cha. 111, Sac. 108
Bos. 109, Atl. 88
Cle. 118, Mem. 96
Hou. 109, LA.C. 105
Pho. 129, Dal. 127 (20T)
Det. 87, Por. 75


Florida State, West Virginia advance to NIT quarterfinals

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Florida State made a believer out
of Michigan head coach Tommy
Amaker on Thursday night.
The Seminoles, playing at home,
took advantage of 15 steals and some
torrid shooting to advance to the
quarterfinal round obf the National
Invitation Tournament with a sur-
prisingly-easy, 87-66 victory over
Amaker's Wolverines.
"They're going to be a tough out in
this tournament," Amaker said.
Florida State (22-12) scored
34 points off Michigan turnovers -

the difference in the game.
"It's a formula for disaster, espe-
cially on the road," Amaker said.
"Their quickness, their speed gave us
a lot of problems."
Toney Douglas and Isaiah Swann
each scored 15 points to lead the Sem-
inoles, who play the winner of Satur-
day's Mississippi State-Bradley game
in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
Florida State hit 11 of its last
14 shots in the first half, closing with
a 33-14 spurt for a 41-30 lead at the
break. The Seminoles maintained
their double-digit advantage through-

out the second half, leading by as
many as 22 points on four occasions.
Michigan (22-13) took a 16-8 lead,
but Douglas and Swann each scored
six points that sparked a 20-7 run to
put Florida State ahead 28-23.
Six players finished in double fig-
ures for FSU. Jason Rich, Uche
Echefu and Al Thornton, the Atlantic
Coast Conference's leading scorer
during the season, scored 11 points
each, and Casaan Breeden added 10.
Dion Harris scored 15 points for
the Wolverines. Lester Abram added
14, and Courtney Sims had 11.

West Virginia 90, Massachu-
setts 77: Frank Young scored a
career-high 31 points, leading the
Mountaineers (25-9) to victory over
the Minutemen and a berth in the
Young, the Big East leader in
3-pointers, hit six shots from. long
range, including one with 2 minutes
left that sealed the game. That shot
came after UMass rallied from a 19-
point deficit to pull within 74-70 with
5 minutes left to play.
Young connected on three
3-pointers in the final 6 minutes of

the first half as the Mountaineers
built a 37-23 edge by the break
Young tied a WVU school record
for 3-pointers with 101 in a single sea-
son, matching Chris Leonard in 1992.
Darris Nichols added 14 points
and Alex Ruoff had eight points and
seven assists for the Mountaineers,
who advance to the quarterfinals to
face the winner of N.C. State-Marist.
James Life led UMass (24-9) with
20 points. Gary Forbes added 15 and
Stephane Lasme had 14.
Lasme also had 14 rebounds for his
14th double-double this season.


(3) Atlanta
(6) Tampa Bay
(7) Carolina


25 7
28 3
29 3
29 6
34 2

(2) New Jersey 43
(5) Pittsburgh 39
(8) N.Y. Islanders 34
N.Y. Rangers 34
Philadelphia 20
(1) Buffalo 45
(4) Ottawa 41
Toronto 34
Montreal 35
Boston 34

3 84 221 221
1 82 223 219
*5 78 208 215
7 71 205 225
11 61 206 255
7 94 189 172
6 88 240 217
5 78 209 200
4 76 200 193
6 51 188 264
4 96 265 208
4 89 246 195
6 77 219 227
5 76 208 223
3 73 202 244




(1) Detroit
(4) Nashville
St. Louis
(3) Vancouver
(7) Minnesota
(8) Calgary
(2) Anaheim
(5) Dallas
(6) San Jose
Los Angeles

4 99 227 177
4 98 246 190
6 69 183 212
5 63 174 216
7 61 173 217
3 88 188 176
6 87 203 176
5 84 227 192
3 76 228 218
3 66 177 210
8 96 228 183
4 89 187 168
2 87 211 172
1 59 186 235
5 59 197 242





Note: Two points for a win, one point for a shootout loss or overtime loss


Thursday's results
Buffalo 5, Florida 3
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2
Boston 4, Washington 3, SO
New Jersey 3, Carolina 2
Ottawa 5, N.Y. Islanders 2
Dallas 4, Calgary 2
Minnesota at Edmonton, late
San Jose at Phoenix, late
St. Louis at Vancouver, late
Chicago at Los Angeles, late

Tonight's games
Toronto at Washington, 7
Rangers at Atlanta, 7:30
Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 8
Chicago at Anaheim, 10
Columbus at San Jose, 10,30

Wednesday's results
Detroit 4, Nashville 2
Pittsburgh 3, New Jersey 0
Colorado 3, Calgary 2
Columbus 5. Anaheim 4 (SO)

Through Wednesday

Player, team GP G A Pts
Crosby, Pit 67 29 75 104
Lecavalier, TB 71 46 48 94
St.Louis, TB 71 39 53 92
Heatley, Ott 70 42 48 90
Hossa.Atl 71 40 50 90
Thornton, SJ 70 17 72 89
Savard, Bos 69 21 67 88
Ovechkin, Was 70 41 42 83
Selanne,Ana 71 41 42 83
Briere, Buf 68 29 54 83

Player, team GP
Harding, Minn 4
Caron, CHI-ANA 2
Smith, Dal 19 1
Hasek,Det 49 ;
Brodeur, N.J. 67
Backstrom, Minn 32 1
Gigu, Ana 51 2
Nabokov, S.J. 40 ;
Turco, Dal 57 :
Luongo,Vanc 65 3

2 0.66
2 1.36
35 2.10
103 2.12
146 2.16
64 2.21
110 2.24
83 2.25
120 2.27
150 2.35

devils rally past Hurricanes

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Rasmussen and Zach Parise
scored third-period goals,
leading the New Jersey Devils
to a 3? victory over the Caro-
lina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Scott Gomez had a goal and
an assist, and Jamie Langen-
brunner added two assists, as
the Devils stayed two points
behind the Buffalo Sabres in
the race for first place in the
Eastern Conference.
Devils goaltender Martin
Brodeur stopped 38 shots and
beat the defending Starfley
Cup champions for the third
time this season.
D2,vid Tanabe and Andrew
Lada scored for the Hurri-
canes, who are tied with the
New York Islanders for sev-
enth place in the East. John
Grahame, making his second
start in a row after No. 1 goalie
Cam Ward cut his leg Sunday
against the New York Rangers,
made 22 saves.

Ruzicka had a goal and two
assists, leading the Flyers to
victory and a season sweep of
the Thrashers.
Geoff Sanderson had a goal
and an assist for the Flyers,
and Derian Hatcher scored for
the first time in more than a
year. Ruzicka netted his sec-
ond goal of the season and he
first in 25 games.
M rtin Biron stopped
37 shots in goal and is 4-2-1
since the Flyers acquired him
from the Sabres on Feb. 27.
Keith Tkachu.k had a goal
and an assist for the Thrash-
ers, and Eric Belanger also
scored with a goal.

BOSTON Patrice Berge-
ron scored to tie the game in
the third period, and Phil Kes-
sel beat Olaf Kolzig in the
shootout as Boston rallied

NICE BOUNCE: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur deflects a shot
in the first period of a 3-2 victory against the Hurricanes.

from a three-goal deficit to
win it.
Chris Clark scored a short-
handed goal with 2:57 left in
the second period to complete
his second career hat trick and
give the Capitals a 3-0 lead.
But the Bruins tied it with
three assists from Marc Savard
and a pair of power-play goals
65 seconds apart in the third
period after the Caps spotted
them a 5-on-3 advantage.

OTTAWA Chris Neil,
Dean McAmmond and Jason
Spezza scored goals 1:16 apart
early in the third period, lead-
ing Ottawa over New York.
Ray Emery, who lost his
shutout bid with 5:03 remain-

ing, made 28 saves in goal. The
Senators won their second
consecutive game and moved
into fourth place in the East-
ern Conference with 89 points,
one ahead of the Pittsburgh
Mike Dunham gave up all
five goals in his first start since
Feb. 1. Islanders No. 1 goalie
Rick DiPietro sat out because
of a stiff neck and overall sore-
ness, ending his career-high
streak of 18 starts in a row.

SUNRISE, Fla. Ty Conk-
lin made 42 saves in his first
start for Buffalo, helping the
Sabres snap a season-worst,
four-game losing streak.
Conklin, acquired from tge
Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb.

27, stood tall for the Sabres,
who were outshot 45-20.
Chris Drury broke a 3-3 tie
at 9:50 of the third period
when he tipped in Brian
Campbell's slap shot from the
Drew Stafford scored twice
for Buffalo, including an insur-
ance goal at 15:17. Jason Pomin-
ville and Dainius Zubrus also
had goals for Buffalo, which
had not won since beating the
Toronto Maple Leafs on
March 3. Campbell had three
Nathan Horton had two
goals for Florida, which lost at
home in regulation for only
the second time in 11 games.
Stephen Weiss added a goal
and two assists.
Ed Belfour stopped 15 shots
in goal for the Panthers.

DALLAS Mike Modano
moved within a goal of match-
ing Joe Mullen for the lead
among NHL players born in
the United States, and the
Stars stretched their winning
streak to four game.
Modano, 36, a native of
Livonia, Mich., notched his
501st career goal in the first
period, then assisted on rookie
Junior Lessard's power-play
goal later in the period to help
the Stars improve to 16-5-4 in
their last 25 games.

Avalanche 3, Flames
2: Paul Stastny scored in the
third period, extending his
NHL rookie-record point
streak to 19 games, and Colo-
rado won at home. Joe Sakic
and Milan Hejduk also scored
for the Avalanche.
Blue Jackets 5, Ducks
4 (SO): Nikolai Zherdev
scored twice, and David
Vborny got the only goal in a
five-rond shootout, as
Columbus won in Anaheim.
Fredrik Modin and Rick Nash
also scc. .a for the Jackets.




I - I I -



6B I FRIDAY, MARCH 16,2007




Belmont (23-10): Dotson 2-6 0-0 5, Preston
5-8 4-9 14, Goodwin 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 3-5 0 0
7, Wicke 2-11 0-0 6, Belcher 0-1 1-2 1, House
1-2 0-0 2, Dansby 2-4 0-0 4, Dejworek 0-0 0-0
0, Hare 3-11 2-2 10, Brand 0-0 0-0 0, Herndon
2-8 1-2 5, Peeples 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 20-56 9-17
Georgethwn (27-6): Summers 2-9 2-3 6,
Green 6-9 3-4 15. Hibbert 4-10 2-3 10, Wal-
lace 2-6 0-0 6, Sapp 8-10 0-0 20, Macklin 2-2
4-5 8, Izzo 0-0 0-0 0, Rivers 1-1 1-2 3, Craw-
ford 1-1 0-0 3. Spann 1-1 0-0 2, Ewing Jr. 2-4
1-1 5, Dizdarevic 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 29-53 15-20
Halftime: Georgetown 38-25.3-Point Goals:
Belmont 6-26 (Hare 2-7, Wicke 2-11, Harris
1-2, Dotson 1-3, Preston 0-1, House 0-1.
Belcher 0-1). Georgetown 7-16 (Sapp 4-6,
Wallace 2-4, Crawford 1-1, Ewing Jr. 0-1,
Green 0-1, Summers 0-3). Fouled Out:
Peeples. Rebounds: Belmont 30 (Dansby,
Harris 5), Georgetown 39 (Hibbert 13).
Assists: Belmont 10 (Peeples 3), Georgetown
17 (Rivers 7). Total Fouls: B elmont 16,
Georgetown 16. A: 14,148.

Oral Roberts (23-11): Ogunoye 0-0 1-2 1,
Green 4-16 5-9 13, King 3-4 0-1 6, Tutt 7-17
2-2 19, Liberty 1-5 1-1 3, Sango 0-0 0-0 0,
Vealy 1-4 0-0 2, Ehambe 3-7 1-1 10. Totals
19-53 10-16 54.
Washington SL (26-7): Weaver 5-8 0-0 10,
Cowgill 3-8 1-2 7, Baynes 1-5 0-0 2, Low 5-7
0-0 12, Rochestie 6-14 2-2 15, Hopson 0-2 0-0
0, Harmeling 2-4 0-0 5, Clark 5-9 8-8 19.
Totals 27-57 11-12 70.
Halftime: Oral Roberts 28-26. 3-Point Goals:
Oral Roberts 6-20 (Ehambe 3-7, Tutt 3-10,
Vealy 0-1, Liberty 0-2), Washington St. 5-13
(Low 2-4, Harmeling 1-2, Clark 1-3, Rochestie
1-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Oral Rob-
erts 34 (Green, Vealy 8). Washington St. 36
(Weaver 8). Assists: Oral Roberts 11 (Green
4), Washington St 12 (Rochestie, Weaver 4).
Total Fouls: Oral Roberts 13, Washington St.
16.A: NA.

George Washington (23-9): Koundjia 0-3 7-10
7, Akingbade 2-5 1-4 5, Hollis 2-8 1-1 5, Elliott
2-9 4-4 8, Rice 1-9 0-0 3, King 4-6 0-0 9, Diggs
1-5 1-2 3, Del Favero 0-0 0-0 0, Opoku 0-0 1-4
1, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Wilmore 1-2 0-0 3,laplante
0-0 0-0 0, Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 15-25
Vanderbilt (21-11): Foster 7-14 0-0 18, Nelt-
ner 1-2 0-0 2, Gordon 2-4 4-4 10, Byars 5-14
0-0 12, Cage 2-8 0-0 6, Beal 1-3 2-4 4, Rodri-
guez 0-0 1-2 1, Metcalfe 2-3 4-4 8, Hammond
0-0 0-0 0, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Drake 3-6 0-0 8,
Skuchas 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 26-6113-16 77.
Halftime: Vanderbilt 45-20. 3-Polnt Goals:
George Washington 3-14 (Wilmore 1-2, King
1-2, Rice 1-5, Koundjia 0-1, Hollis 0-1, Green
0-1, Elliott 0-2), Vanderbilt 12-31 (Foster
4-10, Drake 2-2, Gordon 2-3, Byars 2-6, Cage
2-8, Metcalfe 0-1, Beal 0-1). Fouled Out:
None. Rebounds: George Washington 36
(Akingbade 9), Vanderbilt 41 (Byars 7).
Assists: George Washington 6 (King 2), Van-
derbilt 22 (Bya rs 5). Total Fouls: George
Washington 16, Vanderbilt 22. A: NA.

Texas Tech (21-13): Plefka 3-6 0-0 8, Dora 2-5
1-2 5, Zeno 9-15 3-3 21, Jackson 4-14 0-0 10,
Burgess 6-13 0-0 12, D.White 2-5 2-2 7, Vos-
kuil 4-6 2-2 12, Prince 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-65
8-9 75.
Boston College (21-11): Dudley 9-16 1-2 19,
Roche 0-2 2-2 2, Oates 4-5 0-0 11, Rice 8-18
8-8 26, Marshall 8-14 2-4 21, Haynes 0-0 2-2 2,
Spears 0-1 1-2 1, Blair 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 30-57
16-20 84.
Halftime: Boston College 41-39. 3-Point
Goals: Texas Tech 7-17 (Voskuil 2-3, Plefka
2-4, Jackson 2-4, D.White 1-1, Zeno 0-1, Dora
0-2, Burgess 0-2), Boston College 8-20 (Oates
3-4, Marshall 3-6, Rice 2-7, Dudley 0-3).
Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Texas Tech 27
(Dora 4), Boston College 35 (Dudley, Mar-
shall, Oates 7). Assists: Texas Tech 11 (Dora
4), Boston College 16 (Rice 4). Total Fouls:
Texas T ech 15, Boston College 10. A: 14.148.

Michigan St (23-11): Morgan 4-7 6-6 14, Gray
4-5 4-4 12, Naymick 2-3 0-0 4, Walton 2-2 1-2
5, Neitzel 4-11 2-3 12, Ibok 0-0 0-0 0, Suton
3-5 0-0 6, Dahlman 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 2-6 0-0 6,
Hannon 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 22-41 13-15 61.
Marquette (24-10): Fitzgerald 2-7 0-0 6, Hay-
ward 2-5 0-0 4, Barro 0-0 1-2 1, James 6-16
2-2 18, Matthews 2-9 5-6 10, Cubillan 3-8 0-0
9, Burke 0-10-2 0, Kinsella 0-1 0-0 0, Lott 0-0
1-3 1. Totals 15-47 9-15 49.
Halftime: Michigan State 30-18. 3-Point
Goals: Michigan St. 4-10 (Joseph 2-4, Neitzel
2-6), Marquette 10-29 (James 4-10, Cubillan
3-8, Fitzgerald 2-6, Matthews 1-4, Hayward
0-1). Fouled Out: Fitzgerald, Naymick.
Rebounds: Michigan St. 28 (Morgan 9), Mar-
quette 29 (Matthews 6). Assists: Michigan St.
17 (Neitzel, Walton 5), Marquette 7 (Cubillan
3). Total Fouls: Michigan St. 18, Marquette
19. A: 14,148.


DRAWING A CROWD: Marquette's Wesley Matthews gets pressured by Goran Suton, right, and Maurice Joseph in Michigan State's 61-49 victory.

BC, Michigan State advance


Marshall, who had six
points in the first half, scored
I 11 of the 14 points in the deci-
sive run including consecu-
tive 3-pointers that gave Bos-
ton College a 68-62 lead with
8:49 left. He shot 6-for-9 in the
second half and finished
8-for-14 with seven rebounds.
He got plenty of help from
Dudley, a fellow four-year
starter and the Atlantic Coast
Conference's player of the
year. The 6-foot-7 forward
knocked down a pair of key
baskets to keep momentum
with the Eagles as the Red
Raiders hung around late,
including an inside score that
gave Boston College a 78-71
lead with 3:17 to play.
Rice, a speedy, 6-foot-1
sophomore, took care of the
rest. He scored 13 first-half
points, then went 6-for-6 at
the line in the final 42 seconds
to seal it.
The Eagles also got a boost
from 6-10 junior John Oates,
who sank three 3-pointers for
11 first-half points.
The loss ended a season of
highs and lows for Texas
Tech, which had beaten Kan-
sas and Texas A&M this year
but also had some puzzling
I losses. The Red Raiders made
Knight the winningest coach

in Division I men's history in
January, only to begin a five-
game losing streak later that
month that put their tourna-
ment hopes in jeopardy.
Martin Zeno scored 21
points to lead the Red Raid-
ers, but leading scorer Jarrius
Jackson finished with 10
points on 4-for-14 shooting.
Michigan State 61,
Marquette 49: Tom Izzo
saved a few tricks for his first
matchup against his close
friend and prot6g6. Nearly all
of them came on defense.
Raymar Morgan scored
eight of his 14 points during a
dominating first half, and
ninth-seeded Michigan State
clamped down and beat
eighth-seeded Marquette.
Drew Neitzel and Mar-
quise Gray added 12 points
each for the Spartans (23-11),
who shot nearly 54 percent
and never trailed in advancing
to face the North Carolina-
Eastern Kentucky winner in
the second round Saturday.
Michigan State, which has
the nation's fourth-best scor-
ing defense, held Marquette
(24-10) scoreless for almost 10
minutes to start the game.
Georgetown 80, Bel-
mont 55: Jessie Sapp scored a
career-high 20 points and led
the second-seeded Hoyas
(27-6) to a rout of the 15th-

seeded Bruins (23-10) in
Jeff Green added 15 points,
and Sapp made a career-high
four three-pointers for
Georgetown, which advanced
to the second round for the
second year in a row.
Roy. Hibbert added 10
points and 13 rebounds for
Georgetown, which has won
16 of 17.
Vanderbilt 77, George
Washington 44: Shan Foster
scored 18 points and led the
sixth-seeded Commodores
(21-11) to a rout of the 11th-
seeded Colonials (23-9) in
Vanderbilt will face Wash-
ington State in the second
round Saturday after a sur-
prisingly easy victory in its
first NCAA Tournament
game since 2004, when it
reached the round of 16.
Washington State 70,
Oral Roberts 54: Reserve
Ivory Clark scored 19 points,
Kyle Weaver had 10 points
and eight rebounds, and the
third-seeded Cougars (26-7)
beat the 14th-seeded Golden
Eagles (23-11) in Sacramento,
for their first NCAA Tourna-
ment victory in 24 years.
Taylor Rochestie added
15 points and hit a key three-
pointer as Washington State
pulled away.

East Region

0 a9tId LL

Davidson (29-5): Meno 4-13 1-19, Sander 1-8
2-2 4, Richards 4-15 2-3 11, Paulhus Gosselin
1-2 0-0 2, Curry 9-217-7 30, Archambault 3-7
0-0 9, Rossiter 0-0 0-0 0, Barr 1-2 0-0 3, Loved-
ale 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 24-70 12-14 70.
Maryland (25-8): Gist 5-9 2-2 12, lbekwe 5-8
1-2 11, Strawberry 5-17 1-3 12, Vasquez 4-9
1-2 10, Jones 6-13 2-2 17, Hayes 1-3 0-0 2,
Brown 1-1 0-0 3, Bowers 0-2 2-2 2, Neal 0-0
2-2 2, Osby 4-6 3-4 11. Totals 31-68 14-19 82.
Halftime: Maryland 44-43. 3-Point Goals:
Davidson 10-37 (Curry 5-14, Archambault 3-7,
Barr 1-2, Richards 1-8, Paulhus Gosselin 0-1,
Sander 0-2, Meno 0-3), Maryland 6-17 (Jones
3-7, Brown 1-1, Strawberry 1-4, Vasquez 1-4,
Hayes 0-1). Fouled Out: Curry, Ibekwe.
Rebounds: Davidson 35 (Meno 9), Maryland
54 (Ibekwe 10). Assists: Davidson 17 (Rich-
ards 7), Maryland 19 (Strawberry 5). Total
Fouls: David son 17, Maryland 15. A: 18,646.

Old Dominion (24-9): Dahi 3-8 3-3 10, Vasylius
3-12 3-3 10, Johnson 5-12 0-011, Williamson
1-8 0-0 2, Henderson 1-6 0-0 3, Lidonde 0-3
0-1 0, Lee 5-5 0-0 10, Neely 0-0 0-0 0. Harris
0-0 0-0 0, Adams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-55 6-7
Butler (28-6): Betko 0-1 0-0 0, Crone 4-8 3-6
12, Ligon 1-1 0-0 2, Graves 5-12 5-6 18, Green
5-12 2-4 14, Veasley 0-10-0 0, Nellems 1-1 0-0
2, Streicher 0-2 0-0 0, Campbell 3-8 0-0 9.
Totals 19-46 10-16 57.
Halftime: Old Dormiion 20-19.3 Point GCa's:
Old Dorniion 4-20 (Dahi 1 3, Herlder son ,1.,
Vasylius I -'. J'ihnsonr -1. lidonde 0 1. W l-
liamson 0-4), Butler 9-24 (Campbell 3-7,
Graves 3-8, Green 2-4, Crone 1-4, Betko 0-1).
Fouled Out: Henderson, Williamson.
Rebounds: Old Dominion 34 (Lee 11), Butler
35 (Green 10). Assists: Old Dominion a (John-
son 2). Butler 11 (Green, Stroicher 3). To Il
rI aisl : 01(d Co inh,irn 2 1, n icr 1 .: 1 ;.


Maryland tops Curry, Davidson
3 ... -

From Miami Herald Wire Services
When Davidson freshman
guard Stephen Curry fouled
out after a 30-point perfor-
mance, no one was as relieved
as Maryland's D.J. Strawberry.
"He was tiring me out just
as much as I was tiring him
out," Strawberry, a son of for-
mer major-league outfielder
Darryl Strawberry, said of
Helped by Strawberry's 12
points, five assists and eight
rebounds, fourth-seeded
Maryland, making its first
NCAA Tournament appear-
ance in three years, overcame
13th-seeded Davidson 82-70 on
Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y.
Maryland will face fifth-
seeded Butler in the second
round Saturday, with the win-
ner advancing to St. Louis for a
Midwest Regional semifinal.
Curry, a son of former NBA
gua:d Dell Curry, finished two
points short of a career high,
but appeared to tire at the end,
missing five of his final six
attempts before fouling out
).i:1 21 seconds left.

The Wild-
cats had no
one else to
pick up the
slack, and
managed just
one field goal
- Curry's
layup in CURRY
the final 5:51.
"He's for real," Maryland
coach Gary Williams said of
Curry. "I told him after the
game, 'You could play any-
The Terrapins (25-8) rallied
from an eight-point deficit in
the second half in a game that
featured 14 lead changes. Mike
Jones led Maryland with 17
points and reserve forward
Bambale Osby added 11, spark-
ing an 11-4 run that put the
Terps ahead 69-63 with 7:27
Davidson (29-5), which had
won 13 consecutive games and
lost for just the second time in
27 games, has dropped seven
consecutive first-round games.
The Wildcats' last victory

in the NCAA Tournament was
in 1969 against St. John's, 79-69
in the semifinals of the East
Butler 57, Old Domin-
ion 46: Pete Campbell's three
three-pointers his only bas-
kets of the game sparked a
17-0 run that helped Butler
(28-6) advance in Buffalo,
N.Y., and set a school record
for victories in a season.
Old Dominion (24-9), the
12th seed, which had won 12 of
13 games, was leading 32-29
with 12:22 remaining. But A.J.
Graves' three-pointer tied the
score, and then Campbell
found his range.
Graves led Butler with 18
points, Mike Green had 14 and
Brandon Crone 12.
Brandon Johnson led Old
Dominion with 11 points. The
Monarchs' three senior start-
ers Valdus Vasylius, Drew
Williamson and Arnaud Dahi
- shot a combined 7 for 28.
Vasylius, the team's top
scorer, and Dahi had 10 points
each. Williamson got his only
two points with 16:20 left.


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VCU dumps Duke; UCLA wins big


added a career-high 22 points
and pulled down 12 rebounds.
It was a rough game that
featured Paulus and Maynor
exchanging shoves. VCU's
Wil Fameni missed 6 minutes
with a bloody nose after he
collided with a teammate.
Scheyer missed a couple of
:minutes after he was cut
.across the left eye when May-
inor came down on him after
making a.6-foot jumper. And
IDuke's Gerald Henderson
;also was limited after being
rcut on his shooting hand in
ithe second half.
Thursday's game featured
,seven lead changes, remark-
,able considering how much in
control Duke seemed in open-
ing a 22-0 lead midway
through the first half, thanks
in part to VCU's terrible
shooting effort. The Rams
opened the' game 4-of-17,
while the Blue Devils went
6-of-9, including back-to-back
dunks by Henderson and
Then, as quickly as Duke
went up, the Blue Devils
unraveled, allowing Virginia
Commonwealth back in. The
Rams tied it at 38 in the final
minute of the half on B.A.
Walker's 3-point basket.
UCLA 70, Weber
State 42: UCLA coach Ben
Howland thinks he already
saw the worst of Arron
Afflalo last week.
Afflalo's performance in
the first round; of the NCAA
Tournament was among his
best yet Howland knows
the Bruins will need some-
thing even better from their
top scorer in the next few
days and weeks if they hope
to duplicate last season's run
to the title game.
Shaking off a terrible per-
formance in last week's
Pac-10 tournament, Afflalo
had 22 points and eight
rebounds to lead the second-
seeded Bruins to victory in

West Region


Sacramento, Calif.
"I think he's had one poor
game that I can remember in
the last three years," Howland
said after Afflalo hit three
3-pointers and keyed a
lengthy surge against the 15th-
seeded Wildcats.
"Thank goodness he had it
in our last game instead of
today. He's a great competi-
tor, and he'll play even better
on Saturday."
After spending six weeks
of this season ranked No. 1,
UCLA lost its previous two
games before traveling to
Arco Arena including a
humiliating loss to mediocre
California in the conference
tournament, costing it a prob-
ably No. 1 seed.
Afflalo, the conference

Player of the Year, was partic-
ularly stung by the last loss
because of the way he played:
He scored a season-low three
points on 1-of-7 shooting, and
later he was hanging his head
in the locker room.
But Afflalo was back on his
game as soon as he stepped on
the floor where he led his
Compton high school to a
state title. He scored 15 points
in the first half as UCLA
rolled to an 18-point halftime
lead on the overmatched
Wildcats (20-12) of the Big
Sky Conference.
"I had put that game
behind me [already]," Afflalo
said of the Bruins' loss to Cal.
"We have been strtuggling,g ..
little bit to get off to good
starts in the past few gamn ,,,

THAT'S ALL,,DUKE: Virginia Commonwealth's Eric Maynor,
left, celebrates his game-winning shot with Jamal Shuler.

SO PROUD: 'Oui guys never
gave in, dlid fii -: vear
Virginia Comnnionwealth
coach Anthony Grant.

so it Was important within our
team to play intense and very
Darren Collison had 14
points and eight assists while
playing uon a ,.piained ankle
and Josh Shipp added 12 for'

Howland's Bruins (27-5), who
reached last season's national
championship game before
Florida ended hopes of their
12th NCAA championship
One year after reaching the
NCAA title game, UCLA
again is a No. 2 seed out west
- and once again, the Bruins
won't have to leave California
to reach the Final Four.
Dezmon Harris led Weber
State with 10 points, but top
big man David Patten man-
aged just nine points on 1-of-6
shooting. The Wildcats kept it
close until Juan Pablo Silveira
hit a 3-pointer with 7:57 left in
the first half, trimming
UCLA's lead to 15-14.
The Bruins then scored 12
straight, points and finished
the half on a 22-5 run.

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Central Connecticut State
doubled up Greg Oden in his
first NCAA Tournament
game, so he doubled up, too.
Oden, a freshman sensation
for Ohio State, had 19 points
and 10 rebounds in the top-
seeded Buckeyes' 78-57 vic-
tory over the Blue Devils on
Thursday in the first round of
the South Regional at Lexing-
ton,. Ky.
Oden earned his 12th dou-
ble-double of the season. But
as the Buckeyes (31-3) showed
during their somewhat work-
manlike victory over the
Northeastern Conference
champion, they are hardly a
one-prodigy show.
Jamar Butler scored 17
points and Ron Lewis added 13
for the Buckeyes against the
overmatched Blue Devils
(22-12). Ohio State needed less
than five minutes to build a
double-digit lead and kept the
pressure on well into the sec-
ond half.
With the Blue Devils dou-
ble- and triple-teaming Oden,
Butler and Lewis had plenty of
wide-open looks from ,the out-
side, and took full advantage.
Five of Ohio State's first six
field goals were three-point-
ers, and by the time Central
Connecitcut State caught its
breath, it was trailing 17-3.
Xavier 79, Brigham
Young 77: Drew Lavender, a
5-7 transfer from Oklahoma,
made two floaters in the lane,
then grabbed a crucial
rebound and sank two free
throws with 11 seconds left to
help the ninth-seeded Muske-
teers (25-8) beat the No. 8 seed
Cougars (25-9).
Justin Doellman scored 23
points, and Lavender finished
with 17 to help Xavier advance
beyond the first round for the
fourth time in its past five
NCAA appearances. The
Atlantic 10 co-regular season
champions will face Ohio

PLENTY OF AUTHORITY: Ohio State's Greg Oden dunks for
two of his 19 points during a 78-57 first-round victory.

sMfe Jnl

State and former Musketeers
coach Thad Matta on Satur-
Louisville 78, Stanford
58: Edgar Sosa and David
Padgett scored 16 points each
as the sixth-seeded Cardinals
(24-9) trounced the 11th-
seeded Cardinal (18-13) in Lex-
Coach Rick Pitino's press
rattled Stanford, and Louis-
ville bolted to a 41-13 lead in
front of a highly partisan
Earl Clark and Derrick Car-
acter had 12 points each for
Louisville (24-9), which was
playing less than 80 miles
from its campus. It next plays
Texas A&M on Saturday.

Texas A&M 68, Penn
52: The third-seeded Aggies
(26-6) got two key dunks from
Joseph Jones and a game-
clinching three-pointer from
Dominique Kirk to pull away
from the 14th-seeded Quakers
(22-9) in Lexington.
Acie Law led the Aggies
with 20 points despite hitting
just 6 of 15 shots. While the
Quakers (22-9) found an
answer for him in Ibrahim Jaa-
ber, they couldn't answer the
Aggies' inside game.
Jones tied the score at 39
with a dunk at the 11-minute
mark, and then added another
dunk less than a minute later
to give the Aggies the lead to

NO. 2 UCLA 70
Weber St. (20-12): Valeika 2-5 1-2 5, Patten
1-6 7-10 9, Henry 2-6 3-6 7, Harris 3-5 4-4 10,
Sllveira 3-9 0-0 7, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Van
Brocklin 0-1 0-0 0, Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Panos 1-2
0-0 2, Billings 0-2 0-0 0, Sparrow 0-0 0-0 0,
Burningham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-38 15-22 42.
UCLA (27-5): Mata 3-5 0-2 6, Mbah a Moute
2-7 0-0 4, Shipp 5-10 0-0 12, Collison 5-6 2-2
14, Afflalo 8-15 3-3 22, Westbrook 1-3 0-0 3,
Keefe 1-3 0-0 2, Aboya 0-0 1-2 1, Roll 2-7 0-0
6, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Dragovic 0-2 0-0 0. Totals
27-58 6-9 70.
Halftime: UCLA 37-19. 3-Point Goals: Weber
St. 1-6 (Silveira 1-3, Patten 0-1, Billings 0-1,
Harris 0-1), UCLA 10-20 (Afflalo 3-5, Collison
2-3, Shipp 2-4, Roll 2-5, Westbrook 1-1, Mbah
a Moute 0-1, Dragovic 0-1). Fouled Out None.
Rebounds: Weber St. 26 (Henry, Van Brocklin
4), UCLA 34 (Afflalo 8). Assists: Weber St 8
(Davis, Harris 2), UCLA 18 (Collison 8). Total
Fouls: Weber St 13, UCLA 18. A: NA.
NO. 11 VCU 79
NO. 6 DUKE 77
Va. Commonwealth (28-6): Fameni 4-9 0-0 8,
Anderson 3-6 4-5 10, Maynor 8-16 6-8 22,
Walker 2-7 4-5 10, Pellot-Rosa 4-11 3-4 14,
Coward 0-1 0-0 0, Ndongo 0-0 0-0 0, Shuler
5-11 0-0 14, Roland 0-0 0-0 0, Gwynn 0-0 1-2
1. Totals 26-6118-24 79.
Duke (22-11): McRoberts 7-14 8-1122, Hen-
derson 4-7 0-2 8, Paulus 8-18 6-11 25, Nelson
3-7 2-3 8, Scheyer 2-7 3-4 7, Pocius 1-1 1-1 3,
Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, McClure 0-1 0-0 0,
Thomas 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 27-58 20-32 77.
Halftime: Duke 40-38. 3-Point Goals: Va.
Commonwealth 9-14 (Shuler 4-5, Pellot-Rosa
3-5, Walker 2-5, Maynor 0-1), Duke 3-11
(Paulus 3-6, Nelson 0-2, Scheyer 0-3). Fouled
Out: Fameni. Rebounds: Va. Commonwealth
31 (Anderson 7), Duke 42 (McRoberts 12).
Assists: Va. Commonwealth 14 (Maynor 8),
Duke 11 (McRoberts, Paulus 4). Total Fouls:
Va. Commonwealth 26, Duke 19. A: 18,843.

Cent Connecticut St (22-12): Nwadike 1-5
2-2 4, Sobers 3-8 4-4 10, Seymore 4-9 0-0 12,
Blackwood 4-14 0-0 12, Mojlca 7-15 3-4 19,
Powell 0-10-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Winters 0-1
0-0 0, Beaudet 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-53 9-10 57.
Ohio St. (31-3): Harris 1-4 0-0 3, Oden 6-10
7-10 19, Conley Jr. 2-5 0-0 4, Lewis 5-10 0-0
13, Butler 5-7 2-2 17, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Lighty
1-2 0-0 2. Cook 3-9 1-2 9, Titus 0-0 0-0 0, Ter-
williger 2-2 0-0 4, Hunter 3-5 1-4 7. Totals
28-54 11-18 78.
Halftime: Ohio State 38-17. 3-Polnt Goals:
Cent. Connecticut St. 10-26 (Seymore 4-8,
Blackwood 4-11, Mojica 2-6, Winters 0-1),
Ohio St. 11-20 (Butler 5-6, Lewis 3-6, Cook
2-5, Harris 1-2, Conley Jr. 0-1). Fouled Out
Nwadike. Rebounds: Cent. Connecticut St. 27
(Sobers 8), Ohio St. 35 (Oden 10). Assists:
Cent. Connecticut St. 8 (Mojica 4), Ohio St.
14 (Butler, Conley Jr. 5). Total Fouls: Cent Co
nnecticut St. 12, Ohio St. 5. A: NA.
NO. 3 TEXAS A&M 68
NO.T14 PENN 52
Penn (22-9): Danley 0-2 0-0 0, Zoller 8-19 1-1
19, Jaaber 6-16 4-5 16, Smith 0-6 1-2 1, Gran-
dieri 1-1 0-02, Kach 0-0 0-0 0, Egee 1-3 0-0 2,
McMahon 1-10-0 2, Lewis 0-10-0 0, Reilly 3-6
0-0 7, Votel 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 21-58 6-8 52.
Texas A&M (26-6): Carter 1-7 2-2 5, Kava-
Ilauskas 2-3 1-5 5, Jones 6-11 2-4 14, Law IV
6-15 7-8 20, Kirk 6-10 1-2 16, Roland 0-00-00,
Johnston 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan 2-4 1-2 5, Lee 0-0
0-0 0, Muhlbach 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 1-1 0-0 2,
Elonu 0-0 0-0 0, Pompey 0-0 1-4 1. Totals
24-51 15-27 68.
Halftime: Texas A&M 31-18. 3-Point Goals:
Penn 4-20 (Zoller 2-7, Votel 1-2, Reilly 1-4,
Smith 0-1, Danley 0-2, Jaaber 0-4), Texas
A&M 5-13 (Kirk 3-5, Law IV 1-1, Carter 1-6,
Kavaliauskas 0-1). Fouled Out: None.
Rebounds: Penn 27 (Zoller 7), Texas A&M 40
(Jones 11). Assists: Penn 8 (Grandieri 4),
Texas A&M 10 (Kirk, Law IV 3). Total Fouls:
Penn 19, Texas A&M 13. A: 20,816.
Stanford (18913): B.Lopez 8-15 2-4 18, Hill 4-8
1-5 10, R.Lopez 1-4 1-4 3, Goods 1-4 0-0 2,
Washington 1-4 4-6 6, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0,
Fields 3-5 1-2 8, Weatherby 0-0 0-0 0, Brown
2-7 3-4 8, Bobel 0-1 0-0 0, Finger 0-0 1-2 1,
Dildy 0-0 0-0 0, Paul 1-1 0-0 2, Prowitt 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 21-5113-27 58.
Louisville 4-9): Williams 0-40-0 0, Clark 4-7
3-4 12, Padgett 7-9 2-4 16, Sosa 6-12 1-2 16,
Jenkins 1-4 4-6 6, Palacios 1-3 0-0 3, Glaniny
0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 0-0 0-0 0,
Current 1-2 1-2 3, Caracter 2-3 8-8 12, McGee
0-0 0-0 0, Smith 3-4 2-2 10, Farley 0-2 0-0 0.
Totals 25-51 21-28 78.
Halftime: Louisville 46-20. 3-Point Goals:
Stanford 3-12 (Fields 1-1, Hill 1-3, Brown 1-5,
Goods 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Bobel 0-1), Louisville
7-17 (Sosa 3-6, Smith 2-3, Clark 1-2, Palacios
1-3, Jenkins 0-1, Williams 0-1, Current 0-1).
Fouled Out: R.Lopez. Rebounds: Stanford 37
(Hill, B.Lopez 7), Louisville 26 (Jenkins 5).
Assists: Stanford 10 (Brown 3), Louisville 12
(Williams 4). Total Fouls: Stanford 22, Louis-
ville 25. A: NA.


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LONG DISTANCE: Louisville's Edgar Sosa celebrates after
hitting a three-pointer r, a 78-58 victory over Stanford.


Oden lifts No. 1 seed Ohio State

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THE MIAMI HERALD I MiamiHerald.com




US beat

Denmark to

win the

Algapve Cup

Associated Press
THE United States
won the Algarve Cup
for the fifth time, beat-
ing Denmark 2-0 in
Wednesday's final on
goals by Kristine Lilly
and Carli Lloyd.
Lilly scored in the
12th minute after Abby
Wambach chipped the
ball over the defense.
Goalkeeper Heidi
Johansen came off her
line and Lilly, the U.S.
captain, scored from 24
yards, her 119th inter-
national goal.
Lloyd scored her
fourth goal in four
games from 30 yards in
the 51st minute. Her
shot hit the bottom of
the crossbar, bounced
down and back up into
the roof of the net.
"It gives us confi-
dence, and that's what
we need right now, con-
fidence going into train-
ing for the next four or
five months to get ready
for the World Cup,"
Lilly said.
Lloyd, who entered
the tournament with
one international goal
in 24 international
appearances, was top
scorer at the tourna-
ment and was selected
Most Valuable Player,
an award previously
won by Shannon Boxx
(twice) and Tiffeny Mil-
"It's exciting. These
are a lot of memories
I'll never forget," Lloyd
said. "I think the
biggest thing is my con-
fidence going out onto
the field, having the
support of all the coach-
es and the players. Its
fantastic when you
know they are behind
you and its easier to get
the job done."
The United States
also won the Algarve
Cup in 2000 and from
2003-5. In January, the
Americans beat host
China 2-0 on their way
to winning the Four
Nations Tournament.
U.S. coach Greg Ryan
added more veteran
players to his roster for
this tournament.
"Were very happy to
win this tournament
again and build confi-
dence for our young
team," Ryan said.
"These were also the
first games (of 2007) for
some of our top players,
so this was a good
beginning for us. In
terms of the game, I
think we dominated the
play. We had most of
the chances and could
have scored more goals
than we did."
Teams are preparing
for the Women's World
Cup, to be played in
China from Sept. 10-30.
"Were very confident
that we can go all the
way in the tournament
with this young team,
but now you have to go
there and do it," Ryan
said. "Talking about it
does nothing for us."
The Americans have
S upcoming exhibition
games against Mexico
(April 14 at Foxbor-
ough, Mass.), Canada
(May 12 at Frisco,
Texas), China (June 16
at Cleveland) and Brazil

(June 23 at East
Rutherford, N.J.). They
also plan additional
games on July 14 and
28. and Aug. 12 and 25.
Sweden beat France
3-1 in the third-place
game. Norway defeated
Finland 2-0 to finish
fifth, Italy upset defend-
ing World Cup champi-
on German 1-0 for sev-
enth and Iceland beat
China 4-1 for ninth. Ire-
land beat Portugal 5-4
on penalty kicks after a
0-0 tie to finish 1 lth.

Speed Dynamics athletes set

for Hurricane Invitational

Senior Sports Reporter
A NUMBER of Bahamian athletes
will travel to the University of Miami
to compete in the annual Hurricane
Invitational this weekend.

Meet to be used as a

bid for qualification

The meet will be held at the Cobb
Stadium in Coral Gables and will be he said the trip proved beneficial pete, he have all of the right equip,
F used as a bid for a number of the because the experience that both ment to make sure that ie does the
athletes to qualify for some of the Ferguson and Armbrister gained qualifying marks," Cleare pointed.
(_ major international meets this year. helped them at the Carifta Games. out.
Speed Dynamics, coached by Ferguson went on to run the sec- Colony Club's propietdr Harrison
i George Cleare, will carry sprinters ond fastest time by a Bahamian when Petty said they have been so
,' Lisa Mortimer, T'Shonda Webb, twin she won the gold in the under-20 girls impressed with the athletes in Spee,
sisters Tavara and Tamara Rigby, 200 metres in 22.44 seconds with Dynamics' stable that then Cleartd
Grand Bahamian Shelleyke Rolle Armbrister getting the bronze in approached them, they had no other
and high school sensations Sheniqua 22.9. choice but to support him.
'Q' Ferguson, Cache Armbrister and Only Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie "This is a great oppor"inity for the
long/triple jumper Gerard Brown. has ran faster than Armbrister at the athletes because Cleare has ail
The squad will be sponsored by Carifta Games. unique elite athletes programme
the Colony Club. The Speed Dynamic athletes will going on," Petty noted.i "He has ii
Cleare said the trip is a "pilot" one compete in the 100, 200 and 400 as his programme some ,of the bes
| for Speed Dynamics as their athletes well as the 4 x 100 relay. young talent.
prepare for the Junior Pan Ameri- Cleare said it's important that the "They, from what we can see, are.
can Championships, the World Bahamas starts looking at replacing the next young rising stars in the
Youth Championships, the Pan the Golden Girls and he feel that in sprint events in the Bahamas, so we,
American Games and the IAAF the next year or two, these girls could want to be a part of that."
World Championships. be the nucleus. Petty, who has been a long time,
"This is a vision that I've been "We know what potential they financial supporter of the BAALS
working on for quite a while," Cleare have, so we just want to make sure and athletics in general, said theK
stressed. "This is just a pilot effort that they are prepared," he stressed. sponsorship is similar to what they
..... that we are doing to give our ath- "So we will be using this meet and did with sprinter Derrick Atkins and
letes an opportunity to try and qual- other meets in the United States and quarter-miler Aaron Cleare on 'a"
ify for the international meets this the Caribbean to get them ready." quicker basis before they both turneO
year." Brown, who is attempting to qual- professional last yea. .
Last year, Cleare said he did the ify for the Jr. Pan Am and the World "This is another effort to assist
same thing when he took a crop of Youth Championships, will compete these athletes, hopefully to help them
Jh II. his athletes to compete in a meet at in both the long and triple jumps, before they turn pro," Petty stated.
the same time that a local meet was He is the defending under-20 boys "Certainly they will make the court-
held at the Thomas A. Robinson triple jump gold medalist at Carifta. try proud." j *
Track and Field Stadium. "We are taking Gerard Brown to The athletes will leave town today
SHENIQUA 'Q' Ferguson will Although he was severely criticised compete in those events because we and compete on Saturday. They will,
travel with the Speed Dynamics team for the decision to take the athletes, want to make sure that when he com- return home on Sunday.

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