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@ By BRENT DEAN
REV CB Moss said he is dis-

appointed with the Ministry of

Tourism for its lack of support
for efforts to generate tourism
for the Bain and Grants Town
area.

Rev Moss said that for the -

last [8 months, the response of
the ministry to the work of the
Bain and Grants Town Tourism
Promotions Board has been
“pathetic”.

“We are now challenging the
government of the Bahamas
through its various agencies, the
Ministry of Tourism, the Min-
istry of Education, the Antiq-
uities, Museums Monuments
Corporation, the Department
of Culture, and any other
agency, to now step forward
and assist in the identifying, the
documenting, the publicising of
the rich history of Bain Town
and other surrounding areas,”
he said. “It must be done, and it
must be done now.”

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@ REV CB Moss
examining the toppled
headstone of Alexander
Bain Il, one of the
founders of the Bain
Town community

During a press conference
yesterday, Rev Moss also
revealed the desecrated grave
of Alexander Bain I — one of
the historic founders of the
community of Bain Town.

Rev Moss led the press to the
site where Mr Bain’s tombstone
lay toppled and possible bone
fragments left exposed.

The tombstone of Mr Bain
lies in the public park on Meet-
ing Street and despite being
astonished by the act, Rev Moss
thinks that the grave site was
disturbed inadvertently by
workers who clean the public
park.

Through the Bain and
Grant’s Town Development
Board, Rev Moss has been

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Moss anger at lack of
Bain and Grants Town tourism

working with Ministry of
Tourism, and other relevant
government agencies, to pre-
serve and incorporate the his-
toric sites.of Bain and Grant’s
Town into the Bahamian
Tourism product.

Rev Moss thinks the
tourism product can be
expanded and diversified if
tourists were exposed to the
numerous historic churches,
monuments and buildings that
exist within the over-the-hill
communities.

When asked about the state
of historic monuments and sites
in the country in general, his-
torian Dr Gail Saunders com-
mended the Antiquities Corpo-

ration for the work that it has °@

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However, Dr Saunders not-

ed that more resources are

needed to adequately maintain
these sites.

Furthermore, Dr Saunders

suggested that the attitude of

@ REV CB Moss



some private property owners,
on whose property some of
these sites exist, is a major bar-
rier, as many of these owners
would prefer to demolish these
old structures, rather than pay
the costs to maintain, or restore,

the historic buildings or monu-

ments on their property.



THE TRIBUNE



In brief *

Financial
services
union to
hold AGM

THE Bahamas Financial
Services Union will hold its
seventh annual general meet-
ing on Saturday, January 20.

The meeting will be held
under the theme “Building
people for success” and will
take place at Walkers Hall
on Bethel Avenue, Stapledon
Gardens, at 9am.

The union said that Minis-
ter of Labour, Immigration
and Training Shane Gibson, a
representative from the Min-
istry of Financial Services and
Investments and Mr Brendan
Foulkes will be in attendance.

Nominations
invited for
Golden
Heart Award

THE Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is accepting nominations for
the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award.

The Golden Heart Award
will be presented at the annu-
al Heart Ball on February 17.

The award was initiated by
the foundation to applaud
and recognise individuals
who have selflessly given of
themselves to promote
human welfare and dignity.

The foundation said the
nominations must be accom-
panied by reasons and sent
by post or delivered to Eves
on Cable Beach, which is the
office of the foundation. The
deadline for submission is
January 26.

The Annual Heart Ball will
be held in the Crown Ball
Room on Paradise Island.

The ball is the major
fundraiser for the Bahamas
Heart Foundation and the
proceeds help to underwrite
medical costs for children and

young adults with heart dis-

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LOCAL NEWS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 3



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Stamps on
Beaked
Whale to be
released

THE General Post Office
will issue four sets of stamps
on the Blainville’s Beaked
Whale on January 23, the
postmaster general
announced.

The Blainville’s Beaked
Whale (Mesoplodon den-
sirostris) stamps to be
released are worth 15 cents,
25 cents, 50 cents and 60
cents.

Beaked whales are said to
account for around a quar-
ter of the world’s whale and
dolphin species.

Little is known about
Blainville’s Beaked Whales
and they are rarely seen.

There is said to be a resi-
dent population in northern
Bahamian waters as they pre-
fer tropical and warm tem-
perature water habitats in

.general. They are usually

found in small groups of
three to six.

The male Blainville’s
Beaked Whale is a remark-
ably odd-looking cetacean. It
possesses a huge pair of teeth
that grow from large bulges
in its lower jaw — almost like
a pair of horns.

These can get so encrusted
with barnacles that it appears
as if the whale is sporting a

pair of poms-poms on top of .

its head. A flattened fore-
head and large spots, possibly
scars created by the teeth of
cookie-cutter sharks and par-
asites, are the main charac-
teristics by which the species
can be distinguished.

Said the Post Master Gen-
eral’s Office in a statement:
“There have been mass
strandings of Blainville’s
Beaked Whales in the
Bahamas which have been
attributed to acoustic trauma
resulting from nearby naval
exercises.

“It is only in the last few

years that researchers have

been able to study these elu-

sive creatures at sea. They
can grow up to five metres

in lengtireanet-weighing more “traeterrett pipe was ftooditre the

than‘a ton, they are thought

to feed on squid, deep sea a
fish and possibly sea urchins |;

and starfish.

“They are able to stay sub-
merged for up to 45 minutes
and, fortunately for them,
this species is of no commer-
cial interest.”

Reminder
over rental
of post —
office boxes

POSTMASTER General
Godrey Clarke has
announced that rental fees
for private post office boxes
should be paid on or before
January 31, 2007.

Persons who rent boxes are
advised that during the peri-
od February 1 to March 31,

they will be allowed to retain

their boxes only after pay-
ment of a penalty charge of
$10 in addition to the rental
fees.

Failure to comply within

‘the specified period will

result in the closure of the
boxes, which may be reas-
signed immediately due to
the limited availability of
boxes, he said.

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A COUPLE who have been
fighting for justice for five years
are concerned that Justice John
Lyons’ decision to recuse him-
self will block their campaign
once again.

Greg and Tanya Cash were
due to take their case before
Justice Lyons in the Supreme
Court next week.

But the judge’s decision to
recuse himself last year after rul-
ing that the judiciary was no
longer: independent has created
yet another obstacle for them.

Now they have been told that
all Justice Lyons’ cases have
been referred to the Chief Jus-
tice, Sir Burton Hall. But they
are unsure when their next
hearing will be heard.

“We are not certain what will
happen next,” Mrs Cash told
The Tribune yesterday.

Furthermore, a spokesperson
at the Chief Justice's office said



yesterday that Sir Burton had
referred all of Justice Lyon's
cases "to the registrar (Mrs
Estelle Evans) to deal with."

Mr and Mrs Cash have been
engaged in a long legal fight
with the Baptist educational
establishment since Mr Cash
was fired as coach at one of
their schools in 2002.

The couple have lodged sev-
eral charges against the Baptists,
including unfair dismissal, but
say their efforts to get justice
have been hindered repeatedly.

Towards the end of last year,
they secured hearings in 2007
which, they hoped, would bring
matters to a head once and for all.

However, when Justice Lyons
recused himself, they found
themselves in a new predicament.

Justice Lyons, an Australian,
caused ructions in the legal pro-
fession when he said the gov-
ernment’s failure to review judi-

Call for answers

ANGRY patients are calling
for an explanation after Princess
Margaret Hospital closed its
accident department for several
hours because of a broken
Watet-pipe.

They say doctors and nursing
staff made themselves “unavail-
able” when an elderly patient
stumbled against the pipe on
the way to the bathroom, caus-
ing a flood in the corridors.

“This is supposed to be an
accident and emergency depart-

ment, yet it is closed down by:

water,” said Ms Eurice Mar-
shall.

“What would happen if there
were a hurricane? What kind
of A and E departinent is this?”

Ms Marshall took her sister
to the hospital at about 9.15pm
on Saturday after a car accident.
Her sister was suffering from
whiplash and muscular pains.

But shortly before midnight
patients were told they would
not receive attention because a

«corridors and consulting rooms.
“After that there Was no-one

to answer questions, nothing,”.

said Ms Marshall. “All the

patients were told there would
be no more treatment and that
we should wait outside.”

She said the department was

closed until 3am on Sunday. “I .

dread to think what would have
happened if anything really big
had gone down during that
time,” she added.

“I watched parents come in
with kids and they were turned
away. This was not a hurricane

cial salaries had compromised
the independence of the bench.
In the circumstances, he felt
he could not hear cases until
the matter had been resolved.
His decision has added to an
already substantial backlog
which has kept some litigants
waiting several years for justice.
Yesterday, under the head-
ing ‘Law and Disorder’, The
Tribune’s INSIGHT feature
urged lawyers to “jettison self-
regard in favour of self-respect”
and put their house in order.
It added: “Currently, the
annual ceremonials associated
with the legal year are a flaking
facade behind which lurk a host
of very serious shortcomings.
“Justice is not being well-
served in the modern Bahamas
and it’s time things changed.”
Attempts to contact Mrs
Evans for comment were unsuc-
cessful.



or a natural disaster, and even if
it had been, this is the depart-
ment that’s supposed to deal
with such things.”

She asked: “How can a bit of
water close down an important
department like this? Once we
were told to go outside, there
was no visible staff around to
tell us what was happening.
Only the cleaners were there,
trying to get rid of the water.”



Mi By KRYSTEL ROLLE

YET another robbery — this
time at a local web cafe — has
police warning store owners and
citizens to take extra precau-
tions.

Percy's Web Cafe on
Carmichael road was robbed
yesterday at around 9am by two
armed robbers.

According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, the
men entered the store and
demanded cash.

Although he did not say how
much they were able to get
away with, he did admit that it
was a “large sum of cash”.

In addition to robbing the
store, the perpetrators also
demanded money from one of
the employees; Inspector Evans
reported.

After robbing the establish-



ment and the employee, the
men fled travelling on foot.

“They were described to be 5
foot 10 in height, medium build,
and of a dark complexion,” Mr
Evans reported. ©

He said that at least one of
the two men was carrying a
handgun.

- Just last week, Super Valu
on Balliou Hill Road was
robbed of almost $900 in cash
by two armed robbers.

Police say they have not
determined if the two robberies
are in any Re connected.

Inspector Evans warned per-
sons to take extra care during
the “post-Christmas” season.

“This is the season after

_ Christmas and usually during

this time there is a heavy
demand for cash and because
of that we are asking persons
living in the business commu-

‘Elegance -

Web shop robbed in
latest raid on stores

geste

nity and regular citizens. to not
allow themselves to become a
victim of a crime of opportuni-
ty,” Mr Evans cautioned.

"Do not openly display funds
and do not allow yourselves to
be caught in positions where
you could potentially be
robbed.

“For example,” he said “do
not go to an ATM during the
nights by yourself, or travel with
large sums of money.”

This latest incident continues
to be under police investigation,

Mr Evans reported.

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emergency closes

Ms Marshall said the staff’s
attitude was’ “beyond disgrace-
ful”, adding: “This was not
something catastrophic.”

_ Three or four other patients
joined in the call for answers
after several unsuccessful

attempts were made to reach
Prime Minister Perry Christie’s
office.

Calls to PMH and the Min-
istry of Health were not
returned up to press time last
night.

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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master






LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.




Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Bahamians can’t have it both ways

AS THE DEBATE on five Bahamian bag-
gage handlers arrested in the United States

on suspicion of putting drugs on aircraft bound .

for the US gathers momentum, we believe
that Bahamians are now starting to lose sight of
the forest by concentrating on the trees.

Residents of this country are prisoners of
crime. They admit that crime is out of con-
trol. They pressure the police to do something
about it so that they can leave their homes at
night — or even during the day — without
the fear of not returning in one piece.

The police acknowledge that drugs are at
the root of today’s escalating killings, shootings,
robberies and assaults. Drugs are such a world-
wide problem that police forces in many coun-
tries — including the Bahamas — work togeth-
er so that they can track the criminal across
borders. If the criminal escapes from the hand-
cuffs of one, information is passed on so that he
can be picked up and interrogated by another.
Crime knows no nationality, and criminals no
loyalties. Today there are so many laws in
place to protect criminals — and one can be
sure that the offender twists every one of them
to his own advantage — that the police are at
their wits end as to how to protect the public
against offenders.

“Sting operations” are a part of law enforce-
ment’s arsenal, and “sting operations”, in one
form or another have been used for a long
time in this country.

But when it comes to drug peddlers, many
Bahamians fail to see the larger picture and go
soft on the details — often the details are their
friends, the boy or girl next door, trapped ina
materialistic world and tempted by get-rich-
quick opportunities.

They want the police to rid the streets of
criminals, but they don’t want them to touch
the drug baron down the street, who buys their
silence and their loyalty with his generosity
— paying the poor man’s mortgage, school
bills, medical bills. In other words being a god-
father to the community. The community that
encircles him with an iron curtain of silence,
and carries placards of protest when he is
arrested, fails to see that down the road the

-drugs he is peddling are destroying some poor
mother’s child. Many of the killings and drive-
by shootings are generally over drug deals
gone bad.

The 1984 Commission of Inquiry report
into drug smuggling gives many examples of
how Bahamian communities have embraced
drug smugglers.

It records evidence given by former ACP
Paul Thompson, who in a “sting” operation,
arrested 15 smugglers in Bimini, and because of
the corruption, even among the police on the
island, decided they should be brought to Nas-
sau for trial. :

“When they were leaving with the smugglers
on the Defence Force ships,” the Commission
reported, “he was amazed to find that they
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as far as drugs were concerned.”

And now we have the Bahamian baggage
handlers. We are in no position to pass judg-
ment on them. They are now before US courts,
each with a lawyer and an opportunity to prove
their innocence before an impartial judge.

The cry in Nassau is that if in fact a crime
was committed, it was committed in Nassau. If
there was prima facie evidence then they
should have been arrested here, not enticed to
the US to be arrested there.

The Americans claim they have sufficient
evidence of crimes being committed against
their country to justify the arrests. Assistant
Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson

© has said that local police did not have sufficient
evidence to lay charges in the Bahamas.

“I do not understand how you can charge
someone in,the United States for a crime he
committed In The Bahamas,” Mr Ferguson
said.

“The people who get charged in the United
States are charged under American law for
breaking American law. You can’t be charged
in America for breaking the Bahamian law;
you're charged in American for breaking
American law.”

The scenario that this statement suggests to
us — especially as the two police forces were
working together — is that the Americans
probably informed Nassau Flight Services that
none of their staff would be allowed to enter
their space at Nassau’s international airport,
which is in fact American territory, unless they
went to the US for training and clearance.
Two batches of staff were sent to the States.
Arrests were made from the second batch.

The Americans claim that their aircraft
were arriving from the Bahamas with drugs
smuggled on board. They point an accusing
finger at baggage handlers. If true then the
offence was indeed committed on American
territory, which is what an American plane is,
despite the fact that it sits on Bahamian soil.

As for what the Commissioner of Police
told the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Min-
ister is again speculation on our part. Howev-
er, for a secret to be a secret we don’t believe
that the details of an operation would be
spelled out before it had taken place. We only
have to recall the 1984 Commission of Inquiry
to understand why. The Police Commissioner
probably revealed that there were security and
drug problems at the airport and that Bahami-

an and US police were conducting a “sting .

operation.” He probably spared the details.

The job of the police officer is to eliminate
crime. These officers were doing their job.
Bahamians can’t have it both ways. Either
they want a crime-free Bahamas, or they want
to protect their drug dealers. Those who decide
to step outside of the law have got to expect to
suffer the consequences of that step.

Meanwhile the Bahamas and the US should
take another look at their extradition treaty,
and penalties for drug smuggling should be
revised and stiffened.


















BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS
NOTICE

www. bahamasengineers.org

i

THE BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS

CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

THE MONTHLY LUNCHEON
ON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2007
Topic:

“QPPORTUNITIES FOR
ENGINEERS IN 2007”

Guest Speaker:
Hon. Vincent Peet, M.P.

Minister of Financial Services & Investments

Place:

GRAYCLIFF RESTAURANT
(West Hill Street)

TIME: 12:00 noon

IF POSSIBLE PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE BY E-MAIL

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

WE, the members and direc-
tors of Common Cause, reluc-
tantly supported Mr Perry
Gladstone Christie and the so-
called new PLP in 2002. Prior to
that, we were all for the Rt Hon
Hubert Alexander Ingraham,
MP, PC, until the leadership
fiasco in the Free National
Movement.

It now seems to us that the
“nice man” whom we elevated
to the high office of Prime Min-
ister 4 1/2 years ago is taking us
straight down the proverbial
“path to hell”. His good inten-
tions have not been supported
by good or focused policies and
his ceaseless unfulfilled promis-
es of “hope and help” have long
ceased to be believed by most
right thinking and reasonable
people.

Traffic congestion is suffo-
cating New Providence and he
has signed yet another agree-
ment with yet another foreign
entity which proposes to turn
the very last patch of undis-
turbed natural greenery on New
Providence into a 500-plus res-
idential enclave for the rich.
And then he drops some







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absolute foolishness about a res-
idential development for mid-
dle income people into the mix
to try and placate his political
support among the poor.

Perry Christie knows that
what he is planning for the poor
are yet more apparent sub-stan-
dard homes in low lying, flood
prone areas where foundations
will be faulty; the walls and
floors will crack even before
people move into them. After-
wards, their loud cries for relief
will, we are convinced, fall on
deaf ears.

Perry Christie knows that
what he and Dr. Bernard Not-
tage are planning for the poor
and disabled Bahamians is a
“hospital” where there will be
no medicine or adequate med-
ical staff. In 41/2 years his
administration has yet to build a
single new clinic or even sub-
mit drawings for a new medical
facility in either New Provi-
dence or Grand Bahama.

The “nice man” from Farm

Road (via Centreville) who |
likes to shuffle, gyrate and -
dance, has proven to be inconf-
petent at governance. His goy-
ernment is fast coming apart,at
the seams. It is not the fault-of
the civil service. It is not even
the fault of his large, incompe-
tent and gussiemae-sized cabi-
net. He appointed this crew,.of |

-ministers. So far, he had

failed/refused to direct or dis-
cipline them and he seems pow-
erless to remove any of theii,
regardless to their lack of per-
formance and/or gaffes and
“embarrassment”. HY

Things have come apart and

_ it is now time for this “nice

man” to go back to where he
came from and allow those who
know how to work, take date
of the business of the people to
come back. Common Cause. #&
of the view that the Rt Hon
Hubert Alexander Ingrahant,
MP, PC is the “Man of the
Hour” and, indeed, for all sea-
sons. oa

EDWARD E DAWKINS JR,
Secretary-General 4
Common Cause steal
Nassau vee
November 16 2006

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Police should have been left:
to deal with Inagua incident

EDITOR, The Tribune

1 HAVE faith in the Com-
missioner of Police and the offi-
cers and members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force. Mem-
bers of the Force are perform-
ing their duties under great
stress, which may be responsible
for the occasional blunders and
due to manpower constraints
many officers are required to
work very long hours in an
effort to maintain order in our
country.

We had been well trained by

“the British, here and overseas

and our training and knowledge
were passed on to those now in
the positions we held. It is
expected that this process will
continue.

- Our Police Force now, unlike
the fifties, sixties and seventies
is much younger and better edu-
cated. Our Force is better
equipped and the expertise that
was needed from abroad in
most instances is available here.

In the old days the Police
investigated crime, persons
were arrested and the most
often the evidence was assessed

by the officer in charge of a par-
ticular police unit and that offi-
cer will direct the criminal
charge(s) to be preferred
against the arrested person. The
file was then taken to the police
prosecutor and prosecution
would proceed. It did not mat-
ter, who, where, or what, the
proceedings started at that lev-
el. Occasionally, files were sent
to the Attorney General’s office
when advice was needed on
matters pertaining to the law,
where the Police Officer may
have doubts and needed advice
on how to proceed. In the case
of indictable cases the police
would proceed with the matter
in the lower court, a copy of the
file was sent to the AG’s office
will receive the depositions at
the end of the preliminary
inquiry in the Magistrate’s
Court.

As far as I am aware the
same procedure is applicable
today. Yet we discover that so
many case files are being sent to
the Attorney General’s office
before anyone is charged by the
police.

The incident at Inagua is a

Why I won't be back

case in point. From what I have
read in the various newspapers
and heard on radio, it appears
that there is evidence to charge
persons with; causing danger-
ous harm, wounding, assault
and battery, discharging
firearms to the danger .or
annoyance of persons, assaults
with a deadly weapon and dis-
orderly conduct. Also aiding
and abetting. These would most
likely be the criminal charges
that the old Inspectors an¢
Sergeants would have brought
against the various offenders:
The Police then would have
obtained warrants of arrest-fot!
those concerned. As.a matter
of respect that Officer in charge
(in this case the Commodore).
would have been informed and
requested to produce his pes- .
sonnel to a particular Police Stax.
tion for processing and any
interrogation necessary. _+\5
I submit that the police could,
have dealt with this matter eff,
ciently and expeditiously.
PAULTHOMPSON ,.°:
Nassau *
January 9 2007 3%

‘2g

to the Bahamas after:

thefts at airport

EDITOR, The Tribune

YOUR headlines read air-
port luggage workers “set up”. I
think we need more of that.

_ Here is a letter that I would

appreciate you publishing to
those airport “workers” who
the cap might fit. It is not
intended for those who are try-
ing to do an honest job, and are
not involved in what I suspect is
being carried out by a few.

It is addressed to:

Dear ring of thieves at Nas-
sau Airport:

Thank you for stealing my
new camera, my medicine, the
emerald heirloom jewellery, and
the faith in mankind that this
season of Christmas normally
brings.

I hope you use them as gifts
and your child gives you a look
of embarrassment knowing how
they were derived.

You need to know your
short-sighted immediate grati-
fication produces shame on
yourself, your family, the air-
line and airport personnel and
all of the Bahamian people.

It does not take long to
realise the enormity of the prob-
lem by seeing the long lines of
those waiting for missing lug-
gage. Verification of the scam
occurred when the only other

- (which had been rifled).

.
aw) .
tourist couple we meet tells us)
of paying $20 to have an airport
employee “find” their bags:
TENG
Airlines could save a lotof,
money on claims if they solved
the thievery problem. In afy}
opinion airport management
condones and encourages fe
problem without baggage
check-outs and approprigeé®
security,
The Bahamian people lessarh
themselves if they believe “a lit-
tle skimming off the top” is OK.
If you believe the ill winds |
of hurricanes creating despair,
justify your actions, you are,
wrong. And believe me, the:
winds of knowledge through-)
out the tourist community rth,
not only Mr Kerzner’s enter-’
prise and your livelihood, but’
also the reputation of all
Bahamians. vig

This will be a Christmas |.

will not forget, not just becausé:
of all of you thieves, but also!
because of all the Bahamian
scrooges supporting Yous,
behaviour. +m
Merry Christmas indeed! ‘*)
And to all a shameful heartl,
*

BUD KRATER ‘oth
ex-Bahamas tourist ay
Ft Myers, Fl oN?
December 22 2006



THE TRIBUNE

Anna Nicole
Smith to buy
home in

Coral Harbour

ANNA Nicole Smith is
buying the Coral Harbour
home of Nassau businessman
Glen Rogers, The Tribune
has learned.

The purchase price is reck-
oned to be around $700,000.

The controversial reality
show star is said to have
signed a sales agreement for
the property and final details
are being tied up now.

“1 A business source said yes-
‘lterday that the deal suggests
‘M&S Smith feels her legal fight
f6r ownership of Horizons,
‘the Eastern Road house she
‘shares with lawyer-compan-
ion Howard K Stern, will
(probably fail. ;

_- South Carolina realtor Ben
‘Thompson - a former lover
of\Ms Smith - has begun
action in the Supreme Court
to secure possession of the
house, claiming Ms Smith
thad “double crossed” him
over a loan agreement.

pb Ms Smith claims Mr
Thompson forwarded mon-
ey to buy the house as a
“gift” when she moved to the
‘Bahamas last summer.
osMr Rogers, owner of
Bapak Ltd., a plastics firm
tocated at Soldier Road
Industrial Park, is said to
have agreed to the sale.

~ Ms Smith and Mr Stern
began property hunting after
Mr Thompson sought their
eviction from Horizons.

A Coral Harbour neigh-
bour said: “At least it’s quiet
out here. Let’s hope it stays
that way.”

; Tourism Week
events are
postponed on
Grand Bahama

° _ has announced the postpone- :
ment of the Grand Bahama :
schedule of events for Nation-

al’Fourism Week.

., Anew date has not yet been i

announced.

capital.

e /-This week of activities will :
bging together as may industry :
voices from around the :
Bahamas as possible, in a sin- }
gle forum for dialogue that :
will serve national purposes,” :
said the ministry in a press ;

réléase.

v It said that all statements i
' about National Tourism Week :
. avtivities outside New Provi- :

‘dence have been retracted.

FNM to hold
rally at Fox
Hill parade
grounds

‘THE FNM will hold a
mifii-rally at the Fox Hill
patade grounds in Nassau on

Thursday, January 18 at 8pm.
Prior to the rally, the FNM

will officially open its Fox Hill -

campaign headquarters —
Clarence Ferguson Building
on Bernard Road — at 7pm
The party said in a press
release that LOVE97 FM will
provide live radio coverage
ofthe rally.

Correction
over date of

officer’s
accident

‘IN astory printed in Tues-
day’s Tribune under the
headline “Injured Customs
officer calls for assistance
fram NIB”, it was incorrectly
stated that the officer in ques-
tion suffered an industrial
accident in 2005.

The accident in fact took
place in February, 2006. The
Tribune apologises for any
inconvenience the error may
have caused.

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National Tourism Week will
be held from January 20 to 26 :
When industry participants and :
stakeholders from throughout ;
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Freeport trials be moved

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 5



to New Providence, says AG

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Because there
is only one judge presently sit-
ting in the Supreme Court in
Freeport, criminal matters in
the northern region may be
moved to New Providence.

Attorney General Allyson
Maynard-Gibson said that this
change could be made if a second
judge is not assigned for the first
session in the 2007 legal year.

Mrs Gibson commended the

judges, magistrates, and admin-
istrators in the judicial system
for the commendable job they
are doing in Freeport.

However, Freeport lawyers,
particularly the criminal attor-
neys, are anxious about when a
judge will be appointed to deal
with criminal matters.

Last November, Justice John
Lyons, who was assigned to
hear criminal matters in
Freeport, made a controversial
ruling declaring that the inde-
pendence of his court may be

threatened because the govern-
ment neglected to review
judges’ salaries as required by
law. He adjourned all matters
before his court.

Bernard Turner, director of
public prosecutions, said the
first session of the 2007 legal
year runs from January to
March.

“We have three criminal

judges sitting to hearing crimi-

nal matters in New Providence,
and not in Freeport, and so cer-
tainly some of those matters will

Northern prosecutions
‘have come to standstill’

PROSECUTIONS have
come to a stand still in the
northern Bahamas, claims the
FNM candidate for Pineridge.

Kwasi Thompson said that no
cases were heard in the final
session of last year and it is not
anticipated that there will be
any cases for several more
months.

“The prosecution of criminals
is a vital part of fighting crime in
our country. It is the responsi-
bility of the attorney general to
bring criminals to justice,” Mr
Thompson said in a statement.

In June last year, he said
Attorney General Allyson May-
nard-Gibson announced “with
great fanfare” the instigation of
a video link that she claimed
would allow Freeport police
officers to participate in her
“Swift Justice” programme.

This, he said, was supposed

to result in “more effective use
of the court’s time and greater
success rate in prosecutions”.

“The reality has been to the
contrary. Justice is everything
but swift in Grand Bahama,”
Mr Thompson said.

“Instead of greater success in
prosecutions, the attorney gen-
eral has been severely criticised

’ from the judicial bench for not

properly preparing Supreme
Court criminal matters in
Grand Bahama during the last
session.

Courts

“Grand Bahama has four
Magistrates Courts and two
Supreme Courts. The infra-
structures for these courts are

the product of the FNM in Gov- .

ernment. Despite our continual

call, this government has failed
to maintain or appropriately
staff the courts or the Attorney
General’s Office in Freeport.”

He added: “Clearly, if we are
truly going to have swift justice
in Grand Bahama it’s going to
take more than political rhetoric
from an Attorney General with
a personal agenda; there will
have to be genuine improve-
ment and change in the system.

“I do not believe that Swift
Justice has arrived in Grand
Bahama and with this govern-
ment in charge I doubt that it
will ever arrive in Grand
Bahama. It takes more than
just talk and a catchy phrase to
bring about real, effective

‘change in a system. But this

government’s strong point is
talk - just talk. They cannot be
trusted to act, least of all to act
in the interest of the people.”

FNM candidate criticises Fred
Mitchell's record in Fox Hill



@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

* MINISTER of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell has left
the people of Fox Hill helpless
in the face of the large number
of foreign investment projects

taking place in the country, the:

FNM’s candidate for the con-
stituency Dr Jacinta Higgs
charged yesterday.

Dr Higgs claimed that over
the past four years, Mr Mitchell
has failed to help equip his con-
stituents with the necessary
skills and knowledge to take
advantage of the many eco-
nomic developments taking
place in the Bahamas today.

“For all his international,
global travelling and experience
and exposure, I have not seen
Minister Mitchell transfer his
experience to the Fox Hill con-
stituency,” she said speaking as
a guest on More94’s radio show
Real Talk yesterday morning.

Referring to a book by Tom
Barry titled “Other Side of Par-
adise: Foreign Control in the
Caribbean”, Dr Higgs said there
is an ongoing global trend in
which first world countries
move into smaller countries
such as the Bahamas and estab-
lish a large economic presence.

The FNM candidate said that

_ as foreign investors revitalise

the economies of smaller coun-
tries, they systematically reap
the benefits of that country’s
human and natural resources.
In cases like these, Dr Higgs
said, it is important that the
local population is able to take
advantage of the situation and
enjoy economic advancement

‘ themselves.

“I am so sorry, but I have not
seen Fred Mitchell in Fox Hill
come to prepare our Fox Hill
people,” she said.

Dr Higgs said that she recent-
ly had to help some young Fox
Hillians in filling out online
applications for career fairs.

“There’s not even a comput-
er centre in Fox Hill,” she said.

Dr Higgs said that she has
seen little evidence of Mr
Mitchell helping his constituents
in this manner.

“How is he transferring his
international global experience



that he has gained through our
tax payers’ dollars, how is he
transferring that knowledge and
experience to the Fox Hill peo-
ple?” she asked.

Dr Higgs said that this year,
Fox Hillians should work
towards creating employment
opportunities within the village
by attracting tourism and other
industries.

“In 2007 in Fox Hill Village
there are many vehicles, many
directions, many ways to engage
the people, to showcase indige-
nous historical African-oriented
culture that still exists in Fox Hill

in a very prevalent way,” she said.

The Fox Hill area, she said,
could showcase crafts. and in
particular straw work.

“There are many ways in
which we can attract tourists
into Fox Hill to create econom-
ic employment for our people”,

‘ she said.

Dr Higgs suggested that the
people utilise resources like the
blue holes that can be found in
the area and historic sites such
as Blackbeard’s Tower.

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have to be moved to New Prov-

idence because judicial time is a.

very scarce commodity and we
will try to use it as effectively
and as efficiently as possible,”
he said.

Mr Turner also pointed out
that bail applications with
respect to criminal matters will
also have to be dealt with in
New Providence.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that the attorney general’s office

sons on remand who are anx-
ious to prove their innocence,
and also victims who will like
to see matters dealt with.
When questioned about the

‘appointment of a permanent

judge to the Supreme Court in
Freeport, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said that it would be the respon-
sibility of the chief justice.

_ She also said the AG’s office
is looking at the possibility of
having prosecutors stationed

permanently in Freeport next
year.

recognises that it is an unsatis-
factory situation to have per-









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The BNT welcomes
you to an early
morning tour of the
Retreat Gardens on
Village Road.

This Saturday,
January 20 at 8:30am

The Retreat is a National Park that the Trust
manages on behalf of the Bahamian people
and consists of eleven acres of tropical forest and
one of the largest collections of palms in the world.
The gardens provide wintering habitat for a number
of warblers and has a colorful and interesting history.

Refreshments will be served after the walk.

For more information

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THE TRIBUNE



COB starts lunch
series as library
fundraiser event

THE College of the Bahamas
has launched a “lunch and liti-
gation” series in an effort to

raise funds for the construction
of a new library.

Each of these events will fea-
ture a keynote speaker who will
present on some aspects of the
law, COB said in a statement.

“The College of the
Bahamas will soon become the
University of the Bahamas and
it is vigourously pursuing ways
to ensure that not only its fac-

ulty and administration are
suitably qualified and organ- ,

ised but also that its facilities
will reflect its new status,” the
statement said. “One facility
that is in line for a major over-
haul and improvement is the
library which will be replaced
by a state-of-the-art edifice

built at the Tucker Road end of .

the main campus. It will
enhance COB’s ability to be
recognised as an accredited
university of worth, as the size
of its collection will more than
double in number.”

The inaugural “lunch and lit-
igation” event will also include

a silent auction organised by the
Law Library of the college. It
will be held on Wednesday Jan-
uary 31 at Choices Restaurant
in the Culinary and Hospitality
Management Institute at COB,
starting at noon.

The guest of honour and prin-
cipal speaker will be Attorney
General Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, who will speak on the
recently passed Consumer Pro-
tection Act, 2006.

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products and services for con-

sumers and to stop fraudulent -

and deceptive business prac-
tices.

Protection

More than four years in
preparation, the Consumer Pro-
tection Act marks the first time
such broad-based legislation has
existed in the Bahamas.

It provides consumer protec-
tion on such things such as
bread basket items and general
purchases, commercial dealings
and contractual relationships
that an individual might enter
into with a contractor or pro-
fessional.





THE College of the Bahamas is raising funds for construction of a new library

The act gives individuals an
avenue to seek redress if they
are unable to come to an agree-
ment with the party who is
aggrieving them without hav-
ing to resort to going through

_the full court process.

The act also covers the issuing
of receipts for goods or services

provided. Receipts showing the
amount paid by the consumer,
the date and description of pur-
chase or service, the fees
charged and any other infor-
mation the minister may require
must be issued.

The organisers of the lunch
series are anticipating a very

informative and interesting
speech from Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son and also hope that mem-
bers of the legal fraternity — par-
ticularly those with close affili-
ations with the college, as well '
as concerned consumers from
the local community - will
attend.

Couple remanded to Fox Hill
over rape of 16-year-old girl

@ By JULIAN LOCKHART

TEMPERS flared in Abaco
after a couple was remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison in con-
nection with the alleged deten-
tion and rape of a 16-year-old
girl.

Christopher Archer, 30, of
Dundas Town, Abaco and a 17-
year-old female appeared in a

’ Marsh Harbour Magistrate’s

Court on Monday.

They are to be held without
bail until March 21, when Mag-
istrate Crawford McKee will
decide if there is enough evi-
dence to proceed to the
Supreme Court with the case.



it’s on Thursday,





he'll be sixty.”

Bail for the couple was
denied after the prosecution
told the court that Archer was
released from prison last year
after being convicted of rape in
2001.

Friends of the family of the
victim, who had gathered out-
side the Magistrate Court on
Don MacKay Blvd, became
incensed when the 17-year-old
accused was escorted from the
court by the police.

The angry crowd rushed the
accused but the police officers
on hand were able to safely get
her into a Vehicle.

The offence against the 16-
year-old was allegedly commit-

WE

ted on January 11 of this year.

The prosecution contends
that the victim was lured from
the Junior Junkanoo parade
between the hours of 6pm and

11pm to Crossing Beach where ~

she was allegedly detained by
the 17-year-old accused and
raped by Archer.

The two defendants were not
required to enter a plea.

The 17-year-old has been
charged with unlawful deten-
tion with the intent to have sex-
ual intercourse and threats of
death, and Archer is charged
with one count of rape.

A sister of the younger defen-
dant said: “I went to the court

established Wholesaler

house and I was just standing
there and all these people tried
and grab her whilst the police
was holding her and then it
turned into a fight.

“IT don’t understand what is
going on. The protection by the
police was very low and it does-.
n’t suppose to go down like
that,” she said.

However other witnesses said
the police did a good job of con-
taining the situation and not
allowing it to get completely out
of hand.

Still, there was a great deal
of pushing anda number of
threats were issued by members
of the crowd.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 7



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Mitchell: we should reform election

spending — but we need a concensus

m@ By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP and the FNM
would support “curtailing”
spending on election campaigns
— but only if there was a gener-
al consensus on the issue in soci-
ety, Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell said.

On Monday, Mr Mitchell
held a press conference to

- update the media on his min-
istry’s activities, and The Tri-
bune took the opportunity to
ask him about the government’s
position on capping the funds
spent by political parties dur-
ing general elections.

This issue made international
headlines earlier in the year



after St Lucia's recently elected
government, the United Work-
ers Party (UWP), launched its
parliamentary term with a
pledge to pursue campaign
finance reform in_ the
Caribbean.

The pledge came during a
speech by St Lucian Governor-
General, Dame Pearlette
Louisy, at the state opening of



parliament.

Dame Pearlette said: "My
government will at the earliest
possible opportunity, raise the
matter in a CARICOM forum
to see whether a common posi-
tion can be taken in respect to
election campaign financing.

"Unless this is brought under

control, unsavoury elements '

may see an opportunity for cor-

rupting the electoral process

and influencing the direction of

the country."

The new St Lucian prime
minister, Sir John Compton,
also expressed concern about
the high levels of spending dur-
ing campaigning for the Decem-
ber general election.

Prime Minister Compton had
previously made similar com-
ments about elections in St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines and
other CARICOM countries.

Policy

According to Mr Mitchell,
there isn’t a “cabinet policy” on
the issue, but he claimed that

the Progressive Liberal Party’s
platform indicates that there are
concerns about the question of
spending for elections and how
campaigns are funded.

The minister said: “I think
that there are many of us within
our party who believe that there
needs to be significant reform
in this area, but you can’t have
reform by yourself, there has to

be a general consensus in the.

society on this point.”

“T believe the opposition
party (FNM) had also indicat-
ed their wish to curtail the
spending on turkeys and hams
at Christmas, the whole idea
of t-shirts at election time, and
how that adds to the whole
expense of funding cam-

‘he does not believe

paigns,” said Mr Mitchell.

However, he added, “there
are constitutional issues that
you have to get around.”

“Can you in fact stop people
from constitutionally contribut-
ing to who ever they want to
and the number, how do you
set the caps, and will the caps be
applicable to parliamentary par-
ties or does it include the extra-
parliamentary parties?” he
asked.

Mr Mitchell told The Tribune
the
Bahamas is ready for reforms
to be made in respect to cam-
paign spending — but, he said,
“there is a general wish that
money should be less influen-
tial on the way votes turn out”. '

Attorney General: expansion
of court facilities in Grand
Bahama to be examined

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - After touring
the courts on Grand Bahama
on Monday, Attorney General
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
announced that recommenda-
tions will be made for the
expansion of judicial facilities
on Grand Bahama.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
she is certain that recommen-
dations will be made for a sec-
ond magistrate’s court, as well
as for an additional magistrate
to be stationed in the Eight Mile
Rock settlement.

The attorney general
explained that the present EMR
court is to be moved and that
she along with magistrate Deb-
bie Ferguson have visited a
potential site for the relocation.

However, before a decision
is taken, she said that Chief



Magistrate Roger Gomez and
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
must be involved in the process.

“In my address at the opening
of the legal year I spoke about
the expansion of facilities in
Grand Bahama, Abaco and
Exuma, taking into account the
movement and growth of pop-
ulation in those areas.

“And these are opportunities

for,us to look at the reality of
very significant growth of pop-
ulation already in that part of
Grand Bahama. And, so it very
clearly that more than one court

‘ will be necessary to service that

area over the long term and we
are looking at that as well,” she
said.

“Tf a decision is taken to have
another court, then another
magistrate will be needed in the
area. I think it is fairly safe to
say it is likely that will be a rec-
ommendation.”

_ The attorney general was
accompanied on her tour by
director of public prosecutions
Bernard Turner, Ministry of
Legal Affairs permanent secre-
tary Leroy Sumners and direc-
tor of Legal Affairs Debra Fra-
zier accompanied.

Mrs Gibson stressed that it is
important that the administra-
tion of justice move as swiftly as
possible.

“The majority of Bahamians
citizen deal primarily with Mag-

istrate Court and I commend -

magistrates for what the won-
derful work they are doing here
and to say we do predict a sig-
nificant increase in demand in
service given the population
movement,” she said.

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new facilities in the Canada Life
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The importance of researching

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alternative energy to our future

“[’d put my money on the sun
and solar energy. What a source
of power! I hope we don't have
to wait until oil and coal run out
before we tackle that.” —
Thomas Edison in 1931, the year
he died.

\ \ | ELL, many experts
argue that — while

there is still a lot of coal in the
ground — oil is becoming a
problem, with most reserves
now held by state companies in
politically unstable regions.

And oil is what runs our
economy, which is why energy
concerns are expected to be a
central theme of President
George W Bush’s State of the
Union address next week.

According to Al Hubbard,
the: president’s chief economic
adviser, the speech will focus
on energy independence to the
extent that it will “knock your
socks off.” And he told a recent
university symposium that
“within 30 years, we will have
pollution-free and basically free
energy.”

That’s good news — espe-
cially coming from a Bush
administration expert —
because the prospect of adjust-
ing to a shrinking oil supply and
creating a low-carbon economy
is something the world must
come’to grips with soon to
avoid environmental disaster.
But the Bushites have been
reluctant to act on this.




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ViBe; and

NOTICE

that WILNER THERVIL OF
BOX CR-54736, 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
ht days from the 10th day of
January, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

of the facts within twenty-eig

Provided by The Baha

Experts say we have to tran-
sition to alternative fuels such
as clean coal, nuclear fission,
hydrogen cells, biofuels, solar
and wind power. And, they
add, if we get serious about
controlling carbon emissions to
cut pollution and head off glob-
al warming, we could buy
enough time to transform our
energy economy without
breaking it.

In his last State of the Union
address, Bush (a former oil
executive) drew lots of atten-
tion by acknowledging Ameri-
ca’s addiction to oil. He went
on to unveil the Advanced
Energy Initiative - a 22 per cent
increase in clean energy
research to push for break-
throughs in vital areas.

“To change how we power
our homes and offices, we will
invest more in zero-emission,
coal-fired plants; revolutionary
solar and wind technologies;
and clean, safe nuclear energy,”
he said at the time.

“We will increase our
research in better batteries for
hybrid and electric cars, and in
pollution-free cars that run on
hydrogen. We will also fund
additional research in cutting-
edge methods of producing
ethanol, not just from corn but
from wood chips, stalks, or
switch grass.”

But many say that a well-
managed transition will require
military-scale investments (like
the Apollo project to reach the



PUBLIC CONSULTATION
Price Regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
mas Telecommunications Company Ltd.

Branded as ViBe

The Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is pleased to invite
comments from the public and licensees on its consultation
document on Price Regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
provided by The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Lid.
(BTC) branded as ViBe.

The main objectives of this consultation are to:
a) inform the public and licensees that BTC’s VoIP service is func-
tionally and commercially substitutable for conventional
switched voice services and falls within the definition of Voice |
Telephony and is price regulated as set out in BTC’s Licence;
b) indicate the Commission's proposal for the price regulation of

c) invite comments from the public and licensees.

moon), which the Bush admin-
istration has so far been unwill-
ing to make. Now, with Ameti-
ca’s dependence on foreign oil
broaching 60 per cent, there is
hope that rising security con-
cerns may change official think-
ing.

A“ there are lots of
people pushing for

change. The Energy Security
Leadership Council, a high-pro-
file group of top business exec-



The prospect
of adjusting to
a shrinking oil
supply and
creating a
low-carbon
economy is
something the
world must
come to grips
with soon to
avoid
environmental
disaster.

REET
utives and senior military offi-
cers, recently called for greater
energy efficiency as part of a
plan to reduce oil dependency.
It is a message we should heed
in the Bahamas, where Dr Mar-
cus Bethel is working on a
national energy policy that has
yet to be unveiled.

In the US, the Energy Secu-
rity Leadership Council makes
four main points — cut oil use,
expand use of alternatives,
make better use of existing
resources, and manage risks



LARRY SMITH

through multilateral security
arrangements.

Specific recommendations
call for more government sub-
sidies for hybrid gas-electric
vehicles, raising fuel efficiency
standards for cars and trucks by
a minimum of 4 per cent a year,
offering incentives for biofuels
production, and supporting
research into clean technologies
for oil shale and coal liquifica-
tion production.

“Chief among (our) formida-
ble energy challenges is depen-
dence on oil, which fuels 97 per
cent of US transportation
needs,” the Council says.” Since
there are few readily available
substitutes for oil, even a rela-

tively minor disruption of the -

global oil supply has the poten-
tial to cause economic disloca-
tion for tens of millions of
Americans.”

The Council is noteworthy
as much for its membership as
for its advice. It is a bipartisan
group that includes the chief
executives of companies like
Fedex, UPS, Dow Chemicals
and Royal Caribbean, as well
as some of America’s best-
known retired generals and
admirals.

“With each passing year,”
they say, “the global oil trends
now at work—rising consump-
tion, reduced spare production
capacity, high levels of instabil-
ity in key exporting countries,
and the threat of terrorism—all
increase the likelihood of an
energy crisis...real progress 1s
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PHONE # 326-4111 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 10th day of
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Passport Officer, P.O.Box SS-792, Nassau, Bahamas no later
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he European Union

recently announced
aggressively plans to lower
energy use, look at new ways
to cut carbon emissions and
develop renewable sources such
as wind power and biofuels in
order to address its growing
dependence on oil and gas
imports.



The fact is
that a growing
chorus of
experts believe
that the world’s
existing
economic
model is no
longer viable
and we must
move toa
new system
powered by
renewable
energy sources.
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Copies of this document can be obtained from the PUC’s office
_— — located Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue or downloaded from the
PUC's website at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs. Written comments
should be submitted by February 2, 2007, via post, hand delivery,
facsimile or e-mail to:

Mr. Barrett Russell
Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission
oy P. 0. Box N4860, Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas

Fax: (242)323-7288
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NOTICE

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OF P.O.BOX F-42915, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
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 10TH day of
JANAUARY, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.














NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIETTA DANY OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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
ihe facts within twenty-eight days from the 17th day of
January, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.











from renewable sources within
15 years by boosting wind and
solar power and improving effi-
ciency in factories, homes and
vehicles.

In fact, the EU Commission
says it wants to lead the world
into a post-industrial revolution
— the development of a low car-
bon economy: “We need new
policies to face a new reality —
policies which maintain
Europe’s competitiveness, pro-
tect our environment and make
our energy supplies more
secure,” said Commission chief
Jose Manuel Barroso.

In China, one of the world’s
biggest economies, energy use
has been growing faster than
gross domestic product for
years. Oil use is rising rapidly
and nearly all new demand is
supplied by increasingly expen-
sive oil imports. Although the
government has set goals for
cleaner and more efficient
energy use, experts say it has
yet to move from principles to
action.

China is the world’s second
largest producer of greenhouse
gases and the second largest oil
consumer after the United
States. Pollution control and
energy security are key prob-
lems for the Chinese, but the
government says it aims to
source one-tenth of energy from
renewables by 2020 and China’s
huge demand is expected to
have a big impact on the renew-
able fuel industry by helping to
bring costs down.

[= fact is that a grow-
ing chorus of experts
believe that the world’s exist-
ing economic model — the fossil-
fuel-based, automobile-centred,
throwaway economy — is no
longer viable and we must move
to a new system powered by
renewable energy sources. But
an orderly transition requires
leadership and capable man-
agement.

Tax shifting to reflect true
environmental costs, investment
incentives to promote new
products and industries, sensible
policies to guide consumer
behaviour, and the elimination
of environmentally destructive
subsidies can help balance the
books during this transition.

* Archaeological records prove
that environmental misman-
agement can lead to the col-
lapse of entire civilisations.
And there is a growing sense
today that business as usual is
no longer viable if we want to
avoid difficulties. You don’t
have to predict the end of the
world to take steps toward a
better future.

In the coming energy transi-
tion there will be winners and
losers, writes Lester Brown of
the Earth Policy Institute:

“Countries that fail.to plan
ahead, that lag in investing in
more oil-efficient technologies
and new energy sources may

_ experience a decline in living

standards. The inability of
national governments to man-
age the energy transition
could lead to a failure of con-
fidence in leaders and to
failed states.”

And as Edison — the inven-
tor who perfected the light bulb
and other uses for electricity
once said: “This scheme of com-
bustion to get power makes me
sick — it is so wasteful.”

Clearly, we need an environ-
mental revolution.

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Top music artists
appear at the

Cacique Awards

THE most popular music
artists of the Bahamas will

headline the celebrations of

the 11th Annual Cacique
Awards on January 26.
National Tourism Week will
culminate with the annual
Cacique stage show at the
Rainforest Theatre. The Min-
istry of Tourism, organiser of

' Self expression at
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the awards, has secured musi-
cal performances by six
singers and bands that have
been determined to be the
most popular performers in
the Bahamas today.

The finalists of the People’s
Choice Song Competition —
Avvy, Ancient Man, Visage,
Simeon Outten, Final Hour

@ ALEX MORLEY speaking to the audience on yarious
issues during the latest session of "Express Yourself," on
January 10, 2007. The event, held at "Da Island Club" in
the Nassau Beach Hotel, is an open mic forum for poets,
musicians and performance artists to share their work. The
next session will take place Wednesday, January 17, 2007,

at 8 p.m.

(Photo: Eric Rose)





Mass Choir, and April
Cartwright — will all be a part
of the stage show.

With the help of radio sta-
tions, Cacique Awards organ-
isers presented a list of most
played and most requested
gospel and secular songs for
a public vote. At the end of
the voting process, the three
artists with the highest num-
ber of votes in each category
. Were invited to perform at the
awards.

“The performances by the
People’s Choice Song finalists
have been an exciting addi-
tion to the Cacique Awards
show,” said Philip Burrows,
director of the awards show.
“This is the fourth year of
People’s Choice perfor-
mances, and we get an ener-
getic response each year from
our audiences.

“They are the best per-
formers in the country. They
love to put on a show for their
people, and fans definitely
show their appreciation of
them.”

The secular songs being per-
formed at the awards this
month include Ghost Move,
Call the Fire Engine, and Pro-
filer.

In the Gospel category, the
songs will include Higher
Ground, Crazy Praise and
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a i
Gay rights Daniel Smith Paradise Island resident charged
| -_with laundering billions of dollars

activist
FROM page one

and Rainbow Alliance mem-
ber Erin Greene shared her
views on the historical Angli-
can conference being held
here in the Bahamas.

Ms. Greene said she
believes the Anglican
Church has yet to give a
“definitive statement” on
homosexuality.

“T would like to ask the
Anglican church in the
Bahamas to begin to be hon-
est with its congregation,”
said Ms. Greene.

“Particularly,” she contin-
ued, “to be honest with gay
members about their partici-
pation in their church and
how they will be allowed to
participate in the Christian
community in their country.”

Archbishop Gomez said
he hopes a division into sub-
groups within the Commu-
nion will prevent the split of
the Anglican Church, which
many believe to be
inevitable.

He said the Archbishop of
Canterbury envisions that
those provinces, which sign
on to the Covenant, will
become constituent members
of the Communion, while
those opposed to it could be
called associate members.

The opposing provinces
will be able to participate in
meetings with the Anglican
Communion, but will not be
part of the group as such, he
said.

However, the archbishop
conceded that the Anglican
Communion has already lost
many of its members over
the Church’s handling of the
issue of homosexuality,
mostly in the US, but said he
hopes that the fall off can be
minimised.

Ms. Greene told The Tri-
bune that she also wanted
the Anglican Church to be
guarded by the principle of
“unity within diversity” dur-
ing their deliberations this
week.

The interim report of the
Anglican gathering is expect-
ed to be presented to the Pri-
mates Meeting and Joint
Standing Committee when
they meetin Tanzaniain -
February. ‘



world,

inquest date —

FROM page one

Magistrate Gomez, however,
said he did not feel the length of
time it has taken for an
announcement to be made has
been "exceptional."

Furthermore, he said, he did
not agree that the six months
that will have elapsed since
Daniel's death by the time the

matter gets underway will make.
it harder for witnesses to recall

important details.

"It's been long in a way but I ©

don't think it's been that long
that people will have forgotten

. because in a lot of murder cases
and serious cases like armed rob- -

bery it takes about a year or so
before things come to trial, so
this isn't exceptional in that
sense, it's not been that long,"
he said.

He added that the file had
only reached his desk on Friday.

"As you can see it’s quite
voluminous. (The police) did a
lot of investigations and I think
the investigations took them not
only through the Bahamas, but
also to California, so I think that
may have caused them to take a
while to complete their investi-
gations."

Magistrate Gomez did not
wish to comment on whether, in
light of the decision in favour of
an inquest, former chief coroner
Linda Virgill had now been "vin-
dicated," though he said she was
right in so far as her judgment
that an inquest should be held.

Ms Virgill was previously crit-
icised for having "acted prema-
turely" in scheduling an Octo-
ber 23, 2006 date for an inquest.

_ That date was subsequently can-

celled, and she was stripped of
her position as chief coroner.

Magistrate Gomez said he did
not think there would be any dif-
ficulty finding an impartial jury,
despite the mass of media atten-
tion and speculation that has fol-
lowed since Daniel's death.

"T think the jurors will be
warned about that when they do
come to court and I'm sure that

‘they would try and be as impar-

tial as they possibly can."

Magistrate Gomez said he
would "probably" be the one to
preside over the matter, but due
to magistrate shortages, he was
uncertain.

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STAFF VACANCY

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is to- implement strategies that build alllances and partnerships with universities around the

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position in the
Office of Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations:

international Liaison ,
The College/University of The Bahamas seeks an individual to coordinate its international
relations efforts.in supporting the College's goal of building alliances and partnerships with
universities around the world. The position will serve as the primary point of support for
the College's efforts to build university alliances and to ensuring the successful implementation
of those alliances and partnerships including partnerships which involve research collaboration,
faculty and student exchange, joint conference planning and other forms of institutional
cooperation. The position will have specific focus on the planning, coordinating and
implementing of cultural, educational and professional student exchange programmes.
The International Liaison Officer also manages the Study Abroad programmes. Other
responsibilities include programme evaluation, development of cultural and extra-curricular
activities for international students attending The College of The Bahamas and publishing
an Exchange Newsletter.

The international Liaison Officer reports directly to the Vice President, Research, Graduate
Programmes and International Relations but works closely with the Office of the President
and other key senior COB administrative offices to ensure the success of the Olfice and
the achievement of its international mandate. The ILO also works closely with relevant
departments to assist with the academic advising of students participating in international
study opportunities, pre-departure preparation and orientation for outgaing students
including those enrolled in Study Abroad Programmes, providing support and counsel for
incoming exchange students, S/he coordinates the administrative and logistical services
provided to these students and Jiaises closely with respective administrators in institutions
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Specific duties in the international relations areas entail travel and itinerary planning and
coordination of meetings with overseas universities, coordination of incoming university .
visits, preparation of briefing notes and detailed travel itineraries for the President, Vice
President and other senior team members as required. In the student exchange and study
aboard areas, overseeing enrolment of assigned programmes by guiding students’ application
process, advising applicants on programme choice, monitoring programme enrolment and
operational status, reviewing applications for admission and follow-up with students as
necessary; serving as principal contact person for programmes within the portfolio; managing
phone and e-mail communication from students and parents
and safety concerns including ensuring The College of The B
responsibilities, credit transfer issues, financial aid, billing, pre-departure preparation, travel
arrangements, and passports and visas.

| The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree. in International Studies, Education,
Humanities or a related field with an international emphasis. A minimum of three years of
experience in intercultural programming is desirous. Computer literacy.and familiarity with
computer information resources, two years of professional experience in international
education administration and living, working, studying, or conducting research abroad for
a significant length of time would be advantageous. Conversational proficiency in a second
language is an asset. Other competencies include demonstrated tact and diplomacy,
analytical ability and attention to detail; along with the ability to present programmes ina
professional and enthusiastic manner. The candidate must be able to work cooperatively
and sensitively with students, parents, Academic Deans/Heads, in-country staff and sending
college administrators.

Interested candidates. should submit a College/University of The Bahamas Employment
Application, a Comprehensive Resume and up-tg-date transcripts, along with three work
references no later than 30

Director, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas

P.O. Box N-4912

Sagas programmes, health
a

January 2007 to:



i DANIEL SMITH with
Anna Nicole Smith
(AP FILE Photo)

Questioned as to whether he
thought the announcement
would again lead to a public out-
cry claiming that the case had
been treated preferentially, while
some Bahamian families still
await a date for inquests into
their loved one's deaths after
months, and even years, he said
that a balance had to be struck.

"We had to balance it, look at
both sides of the argument, but
we already started to hear the
local matters - they started on
the 3rd January and they will be
continuing throughout this
time," he explained.

Daniel's. death in September
came days after his mother had
given birth to a new daughter,
his baby sister, at Doctors' Hos-
pital.

At the point he was found
dead in the early hours of Sun-
day morning, he had only been
in the Bahamas for a matter of
hours, having arrived the night
before.

On September 27, Dr Cyril
Wecht, a private forensic pathol-
ogist hired by Ms Smith,
revealed that a combination of
three drugs - two antidepres-
sants, Zoloft and Lexapro, and
methadone, a heroin substitute
and painkiller - had killed
Daniel, by suppressing his res-
piratory system, and ultimately
compromising his heart.

Weeks later, it was revealed
that another four prescription
drugs had been in his system, but
had played no part in precipitat-
ing his death.































amas’ duty of care




















FROM page one

day in the US Virgin Islands
and will appear in a federal
court on Wednesday.

According to an Associated
Press report, the prosecutor said
the men knew when they took
their company public that its
activities were illegal.

“Blatant violations of US law
are not a mere ‘risk’ to be dis-
closed to prospective investors,”
Garcia said. “Criminal prose-
cutions related to online gam-
bling will be pursued even in
cases where assets and defen-
dants are positioned. outside of
the United States.”

FBI assistant director Mark
J Mershon said the multibillion-
dollar online gambling industry
was “a colossal criminal enter-
prise masquerading as legiti-
mate business.”

Lefebvre and Lawrence were.

charged in connection with the
creation and operation of an
Internet payment services com-

to billions of dollars of illegal
gambling proceeds from US cit-
izens to the owners of overseas
Internet gambling companies.

Lefebvre was arrested Mon-
day in Malibu, California and
was scheduled to appear in US
District Court in Los Angeles
Tuesday.

In 1999, the men founded
Neteller, which is based in the
Isle of Man and is publicly trad-
ed in the United Kingdom.

The company began process-
ing Internet gambling transac-
tions in approximately July
2000, allowing companies to
transfer money from US cus-
tomers to bank accounts over-
seas.

Prosecutors cited Neteller’s
2005 annual report in saying
that Lawrence and Lefebvre
enabled the company to pro-
vide payment services to more
than 80 per cent of worldwide
gaming merchants.

Lawrence left the company’s
board of directors in October
while Lefebvre left in Decem-

ber 2005, prosecutors said.
Together, the men owned as
much as 35 per cent of the com-
pany’s outstanding shares.

Garcia noted that the com-
pany acknowledged when it |
went public that US law pro-
hibited people from promoting
certain forms of gambling,
including Internet gambling and
transmitting funds that are
known to have been derived
from criminal activity.

Lefebvre and Lawrence also
conceded in the company’s |
offering documents that they
were risking prosecution by the
US government, he said.

Prosecutors said Neteller in |
2005 alone processed more than
$7.3 billion in financial transac- ‘:
tions, 95 per cent of which was |
derived from money transfers _
involving Internet gambling.

Lawrence and Lefebvre, both
charged with conspiring to
transfer funds with intent to
promote illegal gambling, could
face a maximum of 20 years in

. pany that facilitated the transfer














FROM page one

thing relating to his plans for the Bain and Grants
Town constituency for the general election.

“There is no need for me to agree to a new
deal when the old deal is still in effect,” he said.
“Because a contract is delayed does not mean it
is cancelled.”

Rev Moss was referring to a deal made between
himself and current MP for the area, Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley Roberts. Before the
last election, it was reported that the pair agreed
that Rev Moss would take over from Mr Roberts
after he had served two years in office.

However, to date there has been no official
announcement by Mr Roberts that he will not
seek a second term.

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Roberts said he had “no comment” on the issue,
stating: “I don’t go chasing behind butterflies.”

However, in August 2002 Mr Roberts con-
firmed reports that he had planned to spend only
half of his term in office. He said at the time that
he had indicated during the 2002 election that
he was prepared to stay for half a term and then
move off the political scene.

At a thanksgiving service for Senator Rev
Moss, Mr Roberts recommended the Senate vice
president to his constituents as his replacement.

“As my days wind down as representative for
the Bain and Grants Town constituencies,” he
told his audience, “it is my hope that the people
will welcome Rev C B Moss as my recommen-

dation to replace me.”



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prison if convicted.

Senator Rev CB Moss-

However, by March, 2005 the PLP expressed
its full support of Mr Robert’s decision to serve
his full five-year term after Rev Moss wrote a ©
letter to the Bain and Grants Town constituency
regretting that Mr Roberts had not stepped down ~
as promised.

In reply Mr Roberts, who at the time found the
contents of Senator Moss’ letter “surprising,
appalling and patently untrue,” referred to a con-
versation between himself, Prime Minister
Christie and Rev Moss in 2004 when it was made
“absolutely clear” to the senator that the prime
minister “was not prepared to allow me to resign
my cabinet post and obviously my member of
parliament status.”

Mr Roberts pointed out to Senator Moss that
one cannot inherit a constituency. He said at the
time that his successor would be chosen by the
constituency branch of the National General
Council “and ultimately, the voters for the Bain
and Grants Town constituency.”

Rev Moss said in a statement Tuesday that any
discussion about him serving in a “Ministry of
Religion” was not only totally untrue, but ridicu-
lous, as he does not support the creation of such -
a ministry.

Furthermore, Rev Moss said he would not be
interested in serving in such a ministry even if one
were created. .

He attributed the article to “troublemakers”
seeking to fulfil their own purposes.





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50m land deal close on

Morgan Stanley project

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

$50 million
land purchase
representing
the first stage
of a multi-mil-
lion dollar investment in
Freeport by a blue-chip New
York investment bank is close
to completion, The Tribune
has learnt, with approvals from
three different Boards now
required for completion.

The deal involves the Grand
Bahama Development Com-
pany (Devco) selling its 50 per
cent stake in 1,000 acres at
Barbary Beach to Morgan
Stanley, which would then be
50/50 partners in the develop-
ment via a joint venture agree-
ment with Port Group Ltd.

Three Boards need to sign off on purchase to kick-start development
that will be ‘10 times whatever Atlantis has been for the Bahamas

Meetings were held recently
in New York in an attempt to
close the deal, sources told The
Tribune, but it requires the
approval of three separate

‘ company Boards.

These are the Board of
Directors of Devco, which is
50/50 jointly owned by Port
Group Ltd and Hutchison
Whampoa, its joint venture
partner. ,

As a result, the approval of
the Boards at both Port Group
Ltd and Hutchison Whampoa
is also required.

Port Group Ltd is the hold-

ing company for all the pro-
ductive assets spun-off from
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) by Sir Jack
Hayward and the late Edward
St George.

Due to the continuing dis-
pute between Sir Jack and Mr
St George’s family over the
former’s claim to own 75 per
cent of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, the Morgan Stan-
ley purchase needs to be
approved by Clifford Culmer,
the BDO Mann Judd accoun-
tant appointed as an external

management consultant by:

Supreme Court order in an
attempt to allow the two sides
to resolve the dispute.

Mr Culmer’s approval of the
Morgan Stanley purchase will
be required, along with that of
Sir Jack and Lady Henrietta
St George. Backing from the
latter two is likely to be forth-
coming, especially as the St
George family said earlier this
year that they were prepared
to give Morgan Stanley a com-
fort letter to ensure the dis-
pute with Sir Jack did not
deter their investment.

Few details on the Morgan

Stanley project have been
made public, although it is
understood to involve a major
hotel and casino, timeshares,
condos, second homes and
retail and commercial facili-
ties.

It has been billed by execu-
tives who have spoken to The
Tribune on condition of
anonymity as being Freeport’s
answer to Kerzner Interna-
tional’s Atlantis resort on Par-
adise Island, having a similar
impact on that island.

One source spoken to by
The Tribune yesterday said: “It

would be 10 times whatever
Atlantis could ever be for the
Bahamas. It’s a whole new
city.

“It would create an unbe-
lievable explosion, of investor
interest in Freeport, because
you’ve effectively got a com-
pany worth $150-$300 million
of international, committed |
development money working

- towards the creation of a long-
term vision for this new city.”

The source described the
Morgan Stanley project as
including marinas, residential
lots, schools and clinics.



GB tourism interest on the rebound

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter in

Aruba at Caribbean Marketplace 2007

THERE is a resurgence of interest in
the Grand Bahama tourism product,
tourism-representatives from that island
told The Tribune during day two of the
Caribbean Marketplace conference.

Kerry Fountain, executive director for
Grand Bahama in the Ministry of
Tourism, told The Tribune: “I believe that
for the first time, there is a significant
' enthusiasm about doing business with

‘Grand Bahama. I believe that there is
credibility in a lot of the product we have
on Grand Bahama today.

“Even with Ginn Sur Mer, that has
aroused a lot of curiosity. It is incredible
the kind of muscle that the Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism is prepared to put behind
marketing Grand Bahama. It is almost at
an unparalleled level.”

Specialise or ‘try to
be all things to all’?

Mr Fountain said that even though the
perception was that Ginn is not a “hotel
product”, the response was still over-
whelming.

“They believe it is just another product
in the Bahamas that wiil legitimise Grand

Bahama as.a-great vacation destination. .

We believe that with the acquisition of
Old Bahama Bay by Ginn as a manage-
ment group, that is great news. In the next
two to three years, Ginn will have some
really great product out there in West
End,” Mr Fountain added.

He said that the great thing about Ginn
was that the company builds in stages, so
it guarantees its product will be complet-
ed.

But Mr Fountain said it would take

‘more time before Grand Bahama com-

pletely rebounds from the 2004 hurricane
season and the closure of the Royal Oasis.

“Inevitably, we will get there. We are
hoping that some time soon, we will hear

some announcement about the Royal
Oasis, but what is even greater is today
there is not a focus on the closure of the
Royal Oasis,” Mr Fountain added.

“The focus is really on Old Bahama Bay
out at West End, and the properties in
the Freeport.and Lucaya areas..We,have

inventory, good inventory that we want "

to present to our marketplace partners.”

Bridgette King, the' Ministry of Touris-
m’s director of strategic planning and mar-
keting, added that a number of tour oper-
ators attending the conference had attend-
ed functions in Grand Bahama, so were
familiar with the product.

She said the Ministry has been able to
establish great partnerships and renew old
ones at the event.

Some 37 per cent of persons travelling to
Grand Bahama are between the ages of

SEE page 3B

Cape Eleuthera resort
set for March opening

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
in ARUBA at Caribbean Marketplace 2007



THE Cape Eleuthera resort will open on March 1, 2007, fol-
lowing an $8.1 million renovation to the property.

The multi million-dollar development will include luxury and
exclusive Bahamian homes, restaurants and bars, and is expect-
ed to employ a significant number of Bahamians in the south
Eleuthera area. It will also have one of the largest marinas in the
Family Islands.

Stephen Kappeler, general manager for the resort, told The Tri-
bune that attending Caribbean Marketplace had provided an
excellent opportunity for the resort to network prior to its open-
ing, as well as increase awareness of the property among indus-
try insiders.

“We’re here pretty much try-
ing to get ourselves re-acclimat-
ed with all of our tour operators

SEE page 3B

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian financial
services industry must decide
whether to specialise in areas
of established expertise or “try
to be all things to all people”

-° by pursuing other opportuni-
ties and products, the Finan-
cial Services Consultative
Forum’s chairman told The
Tribune.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said this nation had
some fundamental decisions to
make on how it marketed and
positioned its financial services

_ industry to compete for busi-

ness in an increasingly com-
petitive global environment.

He added that the sector had

- yet to “full address” the find-

ings of last year’s ‘branding’
survey of the financial services
industry, which was conduct-
ed by PricewaterhouseCoop-
ers (PwC) and presented at last
January’s financial services
retreat.

Describing the PwC report
as “an extremely useful docu-
ment”, Mr Moree said the
Bahamian financial services
sector had yet to take full
advantage of its findings.

“J don’t think we have
devised specific ways and
means of addressing some of

; the major issues arising from
‘+1+)+ that report, in terms of the per-
‘ception of the Bahamas, and

in terms of the services and
products that are offered by

this country,” Mr Moree said.

He added that “everyone
agrees” with the need for the

Forum chair raises:

questions on how
Bahamas should
brand financial
services industry

Bahamian financial services
sector to adopt both short and
long-term approaches to
addressing the issues and
weaknesses identified in the
PwC report.

Both the Forum and a
Working Group appointed by
the minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, Vincent
Peet, are in-the process of sub-
mitting to the Government
separate recommendations on
“short-term objectives” that
can be achieved in tackling
these issues, Mr Moree added.

“My own view is that one of
the issues we will need to
address as an industry, togeth-
er with government, is to what
extent we should refocus on
our core products of private
banking and wealth manage-
ment,” he said.

“To what extent should we
refocus on our core areas of
service, compared to other
opportunities - trying to be all
things to all persons, where we
are seeking to compete at all
levels of the sector, including
funds and capital markets.”

Mr Moree added: “Without
expressing a view on it, I sim-
ply raise this issue as one that

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BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press oe

NEW YORK — Wall Stree
ended an erratic session mixed
Tuesday with the Dow Jones
industrials reaching a third
straight record close despite
concerns about corporate prof-
its and the impact of falling oil
prices. oe

The market struggled to

digest a drop in oil prices, OS
which fell to a 19-month low |
near $51 a barrel on a report that | .
OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said _
there may be no need for fur- —
ther production cuts. The state- :
‘ment punished shares of major —
oil and gasoline companies, _
though lower energy prices are _
aboontoconsumers.

“The markets have had abig _
run-up, and it is really trying to ©

continue on a positive pace
while also alleviating some of
the overbought characteristics
before earnings: really’ get
- going,” said Scott Fullman,
director of investment strategy -
for Hapoalim Securities USA.
~ “Lower oil has brought back —
confidence to the consumer, but -
the Dow has been hurt as it
struggles with the drop in big —
~ oil companies.” ee
: The Dow rose 26.5], or 0.21 .
percent, to 12,582.59. The index _
reached a new trading high of
12,585.08 earlier in the session.

Broader stock indicators —
were mixed. The Standard & —
Poor’s 500 index was up 1.7, or
0.08 percent, at 1,431.90, and the

- Nasdaq composite index fell
5.04, or 0.20 percent, to 2,497.78.

The bond market drew some
support from a New York Fed-
eral Reserve report that the
pace of manufacturing in its
region reached its lowest level
since the summer of 2005. Bond:
prices had declined in recent.
sessions on expectations the
U.S. Federal Reserve won't cut

‘rates because of signs of eco-
nomic strength, but they rose

_ Tuesday, with the yield on the
-benchmark 10-year Treasury
note falling to 4.75 percent from
4.78 percent late Friday.

Oil slumped $1.78 to $51.21 a
barrel on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, the lowest it’s.
traded since May 2005. The
drop in turn sent shares of
major oil companies. lower.
Exxon Mobil was down $1.03 at
$71.63, and ConocoPhillips fell
$1.02 to $62.81.

The drop in oil had to com-
pete with earnings for investors’
attention.

“The market is very much
focused on some earnings sto-
ries that will be coming out, and
the back-and-forth comes from
that,” said Richard Cripps, mar-
ket strategist for Stifel Nicolaus.

Symantec, which makes
Internet security software, fell
after it said 2007 profit will fall
shy of Wall Street projections.
The company blamed the miss
on weak performance in its data
center management business,
causing shares to fall $2.69, or

. B.2 percent, to $17.79.

Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about 2 to 1
on, the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 2.65 billion
shares compared with 2.93 bil-
lion at the same point on Friday.

The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies. was down
2.76, or 0.35 percent, to 791.50.

Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei
stock average closed down 0.04
percent. At the close, Bgitain’s
FTSE 100 was down 0.76 per-
cent, Germany’s DAX index
declined 0.22 percent, and
France’s CAC-40 was down
0.70 percent.









TECHNOLOGY

HP makes progre

Bi Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed a novel way to create
flexible electronic circuits that could make it routine by the end of the
decade to modify and upgrade the circuitry in computer-based
consumer products even after they have been sold.

BY AISHA PHOENIX
Bloomberg News
Hewlett-Packard, the world’s larg-
est personal-computer maker,
announced research that may lead to
an “improvement” in chips used in
the communications, automotive and
consumer electronics industries.
The research may result in the
creation of chips that are as much as



growers in Lindsay, Calif.

“We may adjust the prices as we
discover the full extent of the dam-
age next week, but for now, if you
bought an orange at the supermar-
ket for 50 cents, expect to pay a dol-
lar to $1.49 for it,” said Todd Steel,
owner of Royal Vista Marketing,
which sells California citrus to mar-
kets throughout the country.

With the NFL playoffs in full
swing, some fans may choose to go
| without two traditional favorites.

“Avocados are expensive
enough as it is,” said Joseph Vas-
quez, a 32-year-old school teacher
from Pasadena. “We may have to



PETROLEUM

SURVIVAL PLANS: California Food and Agr
president of the California Citrus Mutua

eight times denser than those being
produced now, while requiring less
energy, using nanotechnology, the
Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said
Tuesday in a statement. _

The cost of making chips is rising
because of the expense of increasing
production tolerances. Hewlett-
Packard said it aims to limit costs by
raising the density of field program-

CALIFORNIA



BY OLIVIA MUNOZ
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. — Shoppers will feel the sting from a string of
subfreezing nights in California’s citrus groves and other farming areas,
with prices for oranges, lemons, avocados and other produce poised to
double or triple in coming weeks, according to industry officials.

do without guacamole for a while.
And we may be drinking our Coro-
nas without limes.”
Nearly every winter crop is
affected by the freeze, from avoca-
dos to strawberries to fresh-cut
flowers, but it’s the state’s citrus
crop that stands to take the biggest
economic hit. California is the
nation’s No. 1 producer of fresh cit-
rus, growing about 86 percent of
lemons and 21 percent of oranges
sold in the U.S., according to the
California Farm Bureau. Florida

* TURN TO CITRUS, 4B

iculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura, right, and Joel Nelsen,
|, discuss the effects of freezing temperatures on citrus



the need for higher tolerances.

“The expense of fabricating chips
is increasing dramatically with the
-demands of increasing manufactur-
ing tolerances,” Greg Snider, senior
architect at Quantum Science
Research, HP Labs, said in the state-
ment. “This approach could increase
the usable device density of FPGAs
by a factor of eight, using tolerances
that are no greater than those
required of today’s devices.”

°TURN TO HEWLETT-PACKARD, 4B

ss toward novel chip

mable gate arrays, or FPGAs, without .



HEWLETT-PACKARD

CROSSBAR SWITCH STRUCTURE:
Nanotechnology joins traditional
circuitry in novel chip concept.



CITRUS DISASTER ©

AFTER TEMPERATURES PLUMMET, PRICES SOAR
FOR ORANGES, LEMONS, OTHER PRODUCE

GARY KAZANJIAN/AP

ICY PROTECTION: Drip irrigation
creates icicles and forms an
insulation on oranges in Exeter,
Calif.



CHIP MAKER ©

Intel profit
plunges
39 percent
in fourth —
quarter

@ Intel’s fourth-quarter profit
plunged 39 percent as the
world’s largest chip maker
endured a painful price war with
much-smaller rival Advanced
Micro Devices.

BY IAN KING
Bloomberg News

Intel, the world’s largest comput-
er-chip maker, said fourth-quarter
profit fell 39 percent after the com-
pany lowered prices to compete with
Advanced Micro Devices.

Net income fell to $1.5 billion, or
26 cents a share, from $2.45 billion, or
40 cents, a year earlier, the Santa
Clara, Calif.-based company said
Tuesday in a statement. Sales fell 5
percent to $9.7 billion.

Earnings dropped as Intel fended
off Advanced Micro with price cuts
and started manufacturing new chips
to win back orders. Chief Financial
Officer Andy Bryant forecast gross
margin will narrow to about 50 per-
cent this year, missing analysts’ esti-

mates, and said he expects a “contin- -

ued competitive environment.”

“Tt looks like they are regaining
share at some expense to price,” said
Greg Barlage, who helps manage $35
billion at Boston-based Baring Asset
Management including Intel shares.
“The biggest question is the gross
margin forecast for ’07. Most people
were looking for 51.5 percent.”

Shares of Intel fell 72 cents, or 3.2
percent, to $21.58 after the release
from a close of $22.30 in Nasdaq
Stock Market composite trading. The
stock had gained 10 percent this year
as some investors anticipated the
company would beat estimates.

Advanced Micro, Intel’s only rival
in the market for personal-computer
processors, said last week that its

° TURN TO INTEL, 4B

BP failed on refinery safety, panel reports

@ BP failed in maintaining
adequate safety standards to
keep the company’s U.S.

. refineries safe, according toa

report from a panel convened
after a blast at a Texas plant
killed 15 people.

BY JOHN PORRETTO
Associated Press

HOUSTON — British oil company
BP failed to emphasize safety at its
USS. refineries before the 2005 Texas
City explosion that killed 15, accord-
ing to a report released Tuesday by
an independent panel led by former
U.S. Secretary of State James A.
Baker III.

The panel, in a statement summa-
rizing its 300-plus page report on
BP’s operations, said the company
had made strides in personal accident
prevention but came up short on the
bigger picture.

“The panel maintains a central
theme that prior to the Texas City
tragedy BP emphasized personal
safety and had achieved significant

improvements in personal injury
rates, but the company did not
emphasize process safety,” the state-
ment said. “BP mistakenly inter-
preted improving personal injury
rates as an indication of acceptable
process safety performance at its U.S.
refineries.”

The ll-member panel made 10 rec-
ommendations, including that an
independent monitor report to the
company’s board of directors for five
years.

“BP gets it and I get it, too,” BP
CEO John Browne told reporters by
video link from London. “I recognize
the need for improvement.”

Browne, who got the report from
Baker on Sunday, called the report a
“hard-hitting and critical analysis
that focused on deficiencies and neg-
atives.”

Browne defended the company’s
overall safety record, which the
Baker report acknowledged was suf-
ficient in terms of personal injury

° TURN TO BP, 4B





JOE RAEDLE/AFP-GETTY IMAGES

BAD REPORT CARD: A U.S. probe into British energy giant BP accuses
the company of failing to provide enough resources to ensure the
safety of its American refineries.

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g ALTHOUGH
many Bahamians have
been impatient for the
redevelopment to
start, with many still
believing it will never
happen, Baha Mar is
optimistic they will see
“major movement” on
the commercial village,
roadworks and the
Straw Market in the
2007 first quarter. On
the left is an artist’s
rendition of the pro-
ject.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

BAHA Mar executives told
The Tribune they believe the
signing of the joint venture
agreement with Harrah’s
Entertainment, which will see
the world-renowned casino
operator take a 43 per cent
equity stake in the $2.4 billion
project, will convince the Gov-
ernment to advance all neces-
sary permits and approvals for
the relocation of West Bay
Street and other construction
projects.

Although many Bahamians,
especially those living near the
Cable Beach strip, have been
impatient for the redevelop-
ment to start, with many still
believing it will never happen,
Baha Mar is optimistic they
will see “major movement”
on the commercial village,
roadworks and the Straw Mar-
ket in the 2007 first quarter.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s
senior vice-president of
administration and public
affairs, said: “We honestly
believe they should begin to
see major changes within the
first quarter of this year.”

He added: “Now that we
have made this announce-
ment, it gives the Government
confidence to move forward
with this. It sets up the terms
of who the Government will
be entering into an agreement
with. “We are satisfied this
first quarter will see major
movement on the commercial
village, roadworks and the
Straw Market. We believe the
permits will be advanced now
the joint venture agreement
[has been finalised].”

The rerouting of West Bay
Street, and relocation of all
government and commercial
bank buildings that currently
line the Cable Beach strip to
the commercial village, must
be completed before the
major construction work on
Baha Mar begins - likely to be
in 2008. They currently lie
right where the main hotels

and resort campus will be |

located.

Mr Sands said the Cable
Beach developer felt it had
done all the necessary work
to enable it to “go to bid for
the roadworks”. The Straw
Market construction contract
was due to go out to bid “in
the next 10 days”, while Baha
Mar was “well underway”

Baha Mar believes -
43 per cent joint
venture deal will
give government

confidence on
$2.4bn project

with plans and vid documents
for the commercial village.
The transformation of the
Cable Beach strip is due to be
finished in 2011, creating a
resort destination to rival
Kerzner International’s. The
first part of the hotel con-

struction, the $80 million ren-
ovation and conversion of the .

Radisson into a Sheraton-
branded property, is “pro-

pressing very well”, Mr Sands —

said. ;

' The first phase, involving
upgrades to 300 rooms and all
the resort’s public areas, is due
to be completed in May. 2007,
with the remainder of rooms
and all banqueting and con-
ference space finished by
November-December 2007 in
the second phase.

Once the roads were com-
pleted, Mr Sands said Baha
Mar would then begin work
on’the foundations for the
major hotels - the Caesar’s-
branded property, plus the St
Regis, W, and Westin.

The agreement with Har-
rah’s is likely to help convince
some doubters that the 1,000-
acre Baha Mar project is for
real, especially given that the
gaming firm - which is in the
process of being acquired and
taken private by two private
equity firms - is taking a stake
in the project. Baha Mar itself

will hold the remaining 57 per,

cent stake, giving it the major-
ity. fey, )
Given the multi-billion sum

- that Apollo and Texas Pacific

Capital have paid to acquire
Baha Mar, they will be seek-
ing an instant return on their
investment, which means they
will take a special interest in
the performance of the Cable
Beach project - something that
should be beneficial.

The joint venture agree-

ment between Harrah’s and
Baha Mar still requires cer-
tain government approvals,
and the two will now seek to
finalise a supplemental Heads
of Agreement to the one orig-
inally signed in early summer

2005.

Among the clauses likely to
be included in the supple-
mental document are an
increase in investment incen-
tives, given that the project
has expanded from $1 billion
to $2.4 billion.

Prime Minister Perry
Christie indicated that the
Government would meet
Baha Mar’s needs for permits,
approvals and a new Heads of
Agreement in a “timely fash-
ion”.

The granting of increased
incentives may rankle with
some Bahamians, though, and
lead to claims that a large
chunk of prime New Provi-
dence real estate and tax rev-
enue is being ‘given away’,
especially since Baha Mar has
yet to make tangible physical
process on its project.

However, a development
such as the Cable Beach trans-
formation takes time to put
together, and the fact that
Harrah’s has become an equi-
ty partner - not just an opera-
tor earnings its money as a
percentage of gross profits -

_ js a major vote of confidence

in Baha Mar.
Baha Mar and Harrah’s '
have signed management

agreements with Starwood,

which will operate the Shera-
ton, Westin, W and St Regis
properties.

Starwood will also con-
tribute $40 million in mezza-
nine bonds to be issued at the
time project financing is
sought, which is likely to be
in 2008.



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

SECTION.

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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS



@ MIAMI HERALD
SPORTS INSIDE



Rantors get
revenge over
HO Nash Lions

@ BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

COACH Fritz Grant used
one word to sum up his junior
boys’ win over the HO Nash
Lions yesterday: revenge.

Grant, who heads the CH
Reeves Raptors, said every-
thing happens in time, after
his team destroyed the Lions
47-29, ay pe

The Lions, defending
champions in the GSSSA sea-
son, cruised through the pen-
nant last year with a perfect
record, annihilating the Rap-
tors cn their route to victo-
ry.

“But this year belongs to
the Raptors.” explained
Grant. who boasted of his
team’s dominance in the post.

He said: “We are much
taller, much stronger so we
should be able to dominate
the league. Everything hap-
pens with time and I guess
this is just the team’s year.

“This was the same team
from last year, only one or
iwo.things have changed. I
preach fundamentals to this
team, they’ve accepted the
fact that they will have to rely

Hugh Campb

H BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

BASKETBALL fever is in the air
once again with the annual Hugh
Campbell tournament on the way.

This year’s tournament will be held
at the Sir Kendal Isaacs gymnasium,
February 19-26th, something the fans

wanted.

The AF Adderley gymnasium was

on their fundamentals to pull
them out of games. Payback
is sweet.”

But, before the Raptors .

could seal the victory, they
had to deal with the likes of
Van Hutcheson, Daren James
and Kwanzaa Clarke.

The Lions’ trio tried their
best to keep the team in the
game, but the taller Raptors
had dominated the glass.

Converted

The Raptors out rebound-
ed the Lions 15-3 in the sec-
ond quarter, but converted
on only four of their put
backs. At the free throw line
the Raptors’ team was 3-8.

Grant added: “There are
some things we will have to
work on, I mean the free
throw shooting percentage is
terrible right now. -

“We had a hard time at the
free throw lines and from the
field. To me the guys were
rushing their shots. We don’t
capitalise while at the: free
throw line. I tried to tell the
team that these shots are free
and that they should relax on
it but when they line-up

ell back

there, they continue to do
their own thing.

“We are going to have a
good season, but the key to
our victories will be defence.
We will have to sharpen up
on our defence if we want to
continue on.”

But as long as Patrico
Leadon stays fit, the Raptors
team won’t have to worry
about much.

Leadon, who starts in the
centre position for the Rap-
tors, controls the team’s
offence and is viewed as a
triple threat, connecting from
the inside and outside of the
court.

In yesterday's game, he led
all players with the game high
of 24 poinis — chipping in with
eight points was teammate
Tamar Carey.

For the Lions Hutcheson
scored 10 points, while
James had eight and Clarke
five.

@ CH REEVES’ Shaquille
Moxey is surrounded by the
HO Nash defence yesterday
at the CI Gibson Gym.

(Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)

‘MEMBERS of the —
Hugh Campbell Committee
at yesterday’s press conference.







the original home of the tournament,
but has been closed due to renovation.

According to Ricardo Ferguson,
tournament director, the management
team is looking forward to hosting this
year’s event especially since it is being
held at the Sir Kendal Isaacs gym.

Ferguson believes that the new
venue will not only generate more fans,
but better games — especially on over-
cast days.

When games were played on rainy
days, the safety of the players was
always a concern due to leaks.

Ferguson said: “Believe you me, this
year’s tournament will live up to its

“name, the biggest event on the basket-

ball calendar for high school boys.
“Unlike like last year, things are
going smoothly. We can actually sleep
good at night this year around. Every-
one and everything is starting to come
in place. | must say thank you to Mr
Smith from Freeport for confirming



early now so that we won’t have the

misunderstanding we had last year.
“This awards us the opportunity to

work on things that don’t necessarily

“I don’t think there will be any dif-
ference having the tournament at Sir
Kendal, the tournament has really
grown and to some extent people real-

surround the organisation of the tour-
nament. We have to get things in
motion for the hosting at the Sir
Kendal.




at Sir Kendal Isaacs

ly believe that the tournament has out
grown AF Adderley. Should AF
Adderley return to the old stage it was
in I don’t see a problem with the tour-
nament returning.”

Even though the excitement is brew-
ing to see who will be crowned the
kings of the court this year, the matter
of eligibility is still a big issue.

Since there will be schools partici-
pating in the tournament from both
the Government Secondary School
Sporting Association (GSSSA), the
Bahamas Association of Independent
Schools, (BAIS) and the other private
schools, Ferguson believes that it will
be imperative to adhere to the rules
that govern every school.

He said: “We are an invitational
tournament, but we will still adhere to
the rules and regulations that govern
the schools. We will be going with the
GSSSA constitution.

“The committee will sit down and
go through the eligibility of the players
- actually a meeting is scheduled for
tomorrow, but we will follow the GSS-
SA constitution and what their eligi-
bility rules will require.”

The wheels are in motion to host the
tournament but only nine teams have
confirmed their participation so far.

Even though the deadline passed on
Friday, Ferguson encourages schools to
return their packages to the school as
soon as possible.

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@TENNIS
MELBOURNE, Australia
Associated Press

IT WAS a thumbs-up drip-
ping with irony.

Soaked with sweat, and delu-
sional by her own admission,
top-seeded Maria Sharapova
had come within two points of
a first-round exit at the Aus-
tralian Open.

When it was announced the
roof would be closed over Rod
Laver Arena after her match,
Sharap lapped her hands
above her head and raised her
right thumb to applaud the
decision.

Asked after her 6-3, 4-6, 9-7
win Tuesday over Camille Pin
if it was hot enough, Sharapova
replied: “You're not kidding.”

“It’s inhumanly possible to
play three hours in that kind of
heat,” she said. “I don’t think
our bodies were made to do
that — I was so delusional I
couldn’t think.”

Not long after Sharapova
trudged off to see a doctor,
rehydrate and take a.cold bath
while the temperature soared
above 104 degrees, Rafael

Nadal sirolied onto a center
court shielded by the

retractable roof and cooled by
air conditioning.

Sharapova and Nadal repre- .
sented both ends of the spec-
trum as heat became the story
of the day in Melbourne on
Tuesday, forcing two players to
give up rather than pass out
and delaying the start of dozens
of matches until after sundown.

Tt was too hot midway
through the Sharapova-Pin
match for other matches to be
started on outdoor courts.
Sharapova needed a medical
timeout for cramps in the last
set, an ice vest over her neck at
every change of ends and every
ounce of tenacity she could
muster to beat the French-
woman who had made the sec-
ond round only twice in 15
majors.

Sharapova blew a 5-0 lead |
and three match points in the

third set, and acknowledged...

later: “I could be Feeling alot
worse if | had lost the match.”

Eighth-seeded David Nal-
bandian used the heat to his
advantage, coming back trom
two sets and a break down as
Janko Tipsarevic wilted. Tip-
sarevic eventually retired with
heat exhaustion with Nalbandi-
an leading 6-7 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (2),
6-0, 2-1. :

Nalbandian said the condi-
tions were disgusting, and
unfair for those who were on
court and had to continue play-
ing when the Extreme Heat
Policy was enforced.

Nadal’s 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2 win
over Robert Kendrick went
ahead after the roof was closed.
All matches on outside courts
were postponed for eight
hours.

Andy Murray, the only play-
er besides Nadal to beat top-
ranked Roger Federer last
year, routed Alberto Martin 6-
0, 6-0, 6-1. He missed the first
shutout at the Australian cham-
pionships in 40 years when
Martin held serve in the penul-
timate game.

Fifth-seeded James Blake
beat Spain’s Carlos: Moya 7-6
(8), 6-2, 6-4 four days after
defeating him to win the Syd-

y International title. Nikolay
fined $10,000 for
his disparaging comments
about the Sydney tournament,
advanced in Melbourne the
same day he apologized for last
week’s outburst.

Ina late night match on Rod
Laver Arena, Lletyon Hewitt’s
annual bid to be the first Aus-
tralian man since 1976 to win
the tournament got off to a
stuttering start before he rallied
to beat American qualifier
Michael Russell 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-
3, 6-3.

Aiso under the closed roof,

No. 4 Kim Chisters

YAVYULA KO

women:
downed % lisa Bardina 6-0, 6-
0 and three-time champion
Martina Hingis beat Nathalie
Dechy 6-0, 6-2. No. 12 Anna
Chakvetadze and No. 13 Ana
Ivanovic advanced in the morn-
ing, just before the heat restric-
tions were applied. — :
While Nadal said he would
not have minded having to con-
tend with the heat, Blake said a










PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

B CYCLING
By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

-JEFF’S Auto Repair is
gearing up for the staging of
the fourth annual Tour of the
Bahamas that will bring more
than 100 competitors to com-
pete in a series of races.

JAR’s public relations offi-
cer John Cox as the VMG
Racing team has added to the
organising of the event,
scheduled for February 5-9
around the western end of
the island.

“This year’s race is going
to be larger than last year’s
race because we have
more categories,” Cox
stressed.

“We will have a Pro 1 and
II and we wiil have the cate-
gory 3-4, which is an elite
amateur segment where the
majority of the Bahamian
cyclists will be riding in.

“We also have several
junior categories, one in par-
ticular which goes from age
18-23, and that should be a
very strong category, as well
as the other younger Cate-
gories and also we will have a
female category.”

Teams

Cox said they are antici-
pating that at least 10 teams
will be coming in from the
United States and the
Caribbean to compete, mak-
ing the pelaton, much larger
than last year when they
attracted some 72 competi-
tors in the pro segment and
3-4 with 50-plus.

JAR Cycling, headed by
Jeff’ Major and VMG, headed
by Mark Holowesko, have
joined forces to ensure that

“the classic takes on the inter-

_ “tational flavour that the local

a tA aa fad he ak. > .
cvitisis andthe Bahamian

public are accustomed to see-
ing on television.

Major said they have also
added Susan Larson to the
promotional team and they
have a number of new teams
coming in to participate for
the first time.

“Byen though the field for
the pro 1-2 will be great,
there is a great field expected

solution had to be found that
was fairer for all players.
“There’s got to be a way to
stop a match in that kind of
heat,” Blake said. “I think at
some point we're soing to run
uit ) trouble Mdh te 10 $e
someone gO lO Lhe enieigency
room over a tennis match.
“We're here for a tennis
tournament, not to see who can

last in the heat longer.”



for the under-23 coming out
of the US,” Major reflected.

As the principal sponsor,
Major said they have reached
a point where they have to
get the government involved
because of the expansion to
the large field of competitors.

He said they have gotten
the assistance from the
Bahamas Government to
ensure that the streets will be
closed during the race.

“Its a huge undertaking,
but we have some good spon-
sors who have come on
board, like VMG,” he said.
“Mr. Mosko has also joined
us, as well as the Nassau
Motors, Orry J Sands Insur-
ance Company, Global Tile,
Nautilus Water Company,
Gatorade and the Ministry
of Tourism.”

Cox said in the past, the
sport of cycling has struggled







@ GEARED UP: Jeff’s Auto Repair cycling team

at the administration level
to keep many of the coun-
try’s top cyclists actively
involved,

And they are pleased that
Major and Holowesko have
joined forces to ensure that
they have something of this
magnitude to compete in as
they encourage the public to
come out and view the series
adpaces.

“We've had tremendous
SUCCRSS in the last-two years,
paftiularly in the junior divi-
sion where the JAR cyclists
have performed exceptional-
ly,” he stated.

“But we know that the
VMG crew of professionals
are training hard to come to
town to compete against the
visiting teams. So we know
that it will be even better
than it was last year.”

There are three stages to



be’ staged over the February
5-9 weekend - the first is a
short three-mile time trial on
Saturday, the second is a 50-
mile circuit race on Saturday
afternoon and a 104 mile
stage race on Sunday morn-
ing.

The JAR team comprise of
Kevin Richardson, Lawrence
Jupp. Jay Major and Yorkel
Bain. In the junior division
are. Tracy Sweeting, Cox,
Lorenzo Carter and Shawn
Fox, all of whom will be com-
peting in the 3-4 division.

The VMG team will have
Lee Farmer as the flag carri-
er in the Pro 1-II category
with Barron ‘Turbo’ Mus-
grove in the 3-4. The other
competitors are visitors, who
will basically compete in the
Pro 1-2 category.

Johnny Hoyte, the
Bahamas national champion,

revenge

TRIBUNE SPORTS



is expected to head a list of
competitors coming from
Grand Bahama. It’s antici-
pated that. Dayid Bell will
also be a part of the pelaton
this year.

“It’s so much exposure,
seeing how the competitors
ride and how they are man-
aged,” Cox said.

“It’s a team effort, just
watching how they. operate
so we are encouraging the
public to come out and sup-
port this event.”

The visitors 'are expected
to start arrival from January

.30. Trinidad & Tobago will
_be bringing four cyclists and a

host of teams will be coming
from Florida and they
are also looking at a team
coming from as far as Cali-
fornia. re

Six masters cyclists will also
be coming from Ecuador.

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Raptors. The Raptors won 47-29.

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PRO FOOTBALL
COMMENTARY

IN MY OPINION

GREG COTE

gcote@MiamiHerald.com

Saints vs. Colts
would be the
Supreme Bowl

S erious responsibilities attach to



being a sports columnist for the

host newspaper of a Super Bowl,
and I do not take them lightly. For
instance, when friends, acquain-

tances, strangers and long-lost second

cousins of step-nephews ask me if I
can get them tickets, I respond profes-
sionally with braying laughter.

Sometimes they persist and it turns _,

nasty, such as this recent telephone
exchange:

Ticket beggar: “You mean to say
you can’t go throven the Dolphins and
get me in?”

Me: “No, I really can’t.”

Beggar: “Not even one lousy
ticket!?”

Me: “T said no.”

Beggar: “That’s a fine way to treat .

Me: “Look, get off my back, Mom!”
Click!

If I had as many tickets at my dis-
posal as eventual requests, I’d either

be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,

or rich after a‘quick call to’a ticket
broker. Ticket requests are the big-
gest persisting bother for someone in
‘my spot as a home Super Bow] nears,
along with directing battalions of
arriving out-of-town sportswriters to
preferred local strip clubs.

In exchange for these obligations, I
would, as host, make one small
request of the league:

Saints vs. Colts, please.

No Bears. No Patriots. No problem.

Saints-Colts. Is that too much to
ask?

The mind poking ahead to the |
Super Bowl matchup is a healthy
diversion, actually, for a host city —
sorry, host region — preoccupied
these days with the Dolphins’ search
foranewcoach. —

The acrid vapor trail left by Nick
Saban’s sudden departure to Alabama
dissipates and leaves a cloud of ques-
tion in its place. Will it be Cam Cam-
eron, Chan Gailey or Jim Mora? Will it
be a promotion for Dom Capers? Will
it be Marty Schottenheimer?

While the Dolphins and Dolfans _
debate, the playoffs march on toward

_Feb. 4 and Dolphin Stadium, and we
beseech New Orleans and Indianapo-
lis to deliver us the greatest story
lines possible.

A year ago, retiring, lovable “Bus,”
Jerome Bettis, led the Steelers ina

Super Bowl in his hometown Detroit. ¢

That was pretty good in the requisite

category of heartwarming stories that

transcend the game.
Saints-Colts would be the jackpot.

‘PLENTY OF REASONS

New Orleans would be in the first —

Super Bowl in the franchise’s 40-year
history, and, coming off a 3-13 season,
would have come from lower down to

_ reach a championship game than any
football team ever. You don’t get any
Cinderella-er than that. This would be
the new poster team for possibility,
providing hope for downtrodden
teams everywhere.

The message to the Dolphins and
others of the woebegone would be
that you too can rise in one year from

_ the pits to the pinnacle if you show
faith, along with hiring the Coach of

_ the Year, signing Drew Brees, drafting
Reggie Bush and Marques Colston,

_ and seeing Deuce McAllister back

’ from injury.

The Saints would be a great story if
that were it. But that’s only the start.

Hurricane Katrina and its devasta-
tion is, of course, the overriding back-
drop that would make Saints-in-the-
Super Bowl a stunning tale. It would
be almost enough to send an atheist to
church, the idea of the Saints sent to
the promised land in order to lift a
broken city.

Talk about a feel-good story. That
would be so feel-good, the halftime
performer should be not Prince but
the venerable British band, Dr. Feel-
good. .

It’s too-good-to-be-true stuff. Like
when the Yankees were in the World
Series in the wake of the Sept. ll, 2001,
terrorist attacks.

Indianapolis in the SB would not
have that same broad emotional pull,
obviously, although much about the
Colts is endearing as well (except to
people in Baltimore, whose Colts
were spirited off to Indy in 1984, but
that’s old news; let’s get current).

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION





AUTO RACING | BENNY PARSONS: 1941-2007

BY JENNA FRYER:
Associated Press

Benny Parsons, a former taxi driver turned
NASCAR champion, died Tuesday after a short
battle with lung cancer, his son Keith said. He
was 65.

Parsons, the 1973 NASCAR champion, died
in Charlotte, N.C. He was diagnosed with can-
cer in his left lung in July after complaining of
difficulty breathing. A former smoker who quit
the habit in 1978, Parsons underwent intensive
chemotherapy and radiation treatments and
was declared “cancer-free” in October.

But the aggressive treatment cost Parsons
the use of his left lung, and he was hospitalized
on Dec. 26 when doctors found a blood clot in
his right lung. He was transferred to intensive
care shortly after his admission, and he
remained there in an induced-coma.

A member of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers,
Parsons retired from racing in 1988 and moved
into the broadcasting booth. He spent the past
six years as a commentator on NBC and TNT,
and continued to call races from the booth dur-
ing his treatment.

Parsons, affectionately known throughout
NASCAR as “BP,” also continued to host a
weekly radio program and keep fans updated on
his condition in a blog on his website.



RUSTY BURROUGHS/AP

A POPULAR FIGURE PASSES: Benny Parsons,
center, talks with racing legend Richard
Petty, right, and driver John Andretti at
Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May of 2000.

“As my radiation oncologist told me today,
John Wayne lived and had a great career with
one lung. There is no reason why I can’t do the
same,” Parsons posted in a Dec. 18th entry after
learning of the damage to his left lung.

“It will take a little ‘while for the right lung to

pull the weight for the left lung so until then I

will still need to use oxygen when I walk. I
won't need it sitting or commentating races and
to me that is the main thing.

“If given a choice between cancer or losing a

Ex-NASCAR champ dead at 65

lung I would say that I got the right end of the
deal.”

That feisty spirit was one of Parsons’ trade-
marks, and what helped him rise up from a poor
childhood in the foothills of North Carolina to a
job driving taxis and then all the way to the top
of NASCAR.

Parsons was born July 12, 1941, at his parents’
rural home in Wilkes County and eventually
moved to Detroit, where he worked at a gas sta-
tion and a cab company owned by his father.
After winning back-to-back ARCA titles in
1968-69, he returned to North Carolina in
Ellerbe to become a full-time racer, often listing
“taxicab driver” as his occupation on entry
forms.

Parsons made 526 starts from 1964 until his
1988 retirement. He won 21 races, including the

‘1975 Daytona 500, and 20 poles. He was also the

first Cup competitor to qualify for a race faster
than 200 mph when he posted a lap at 200.176
mph at the 1982 Winston 500 at Talladega (Ala.)
Superspeedway.

He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest
drivers in 1998, and was inducted into the Inter-
national Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994. He
was inducted into the National Motorsports
Press Association’s Stock Car Racing Hall of
Fame in 1995,



COLLEGE BASKETBALL | NO. 6 PITTSBURGH 63, CONNECTICUT 54

Panthers on prowl

Gray helps Pitt stay



KEITH SRAKOCIC/AP

A GRAY AREA: Pittsburgh’s Aaron Gray goes hard to the basket
against UConn’s Jonathan Mandeldove. Gray had 22 points
and 19 rebounds to help the No. 6 Panthers beat the Huskies.

BY JOHN PYE
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — It
was a thumbs-up dripping with
irony.

Soaked with sweat, and delu-
sional by her own admission, top-
seeded Maria Sharapova had come
within two points of a first-round
exit at the Australian Open.

When it was announced the
roof would be closed over Rod
Laver Arena after her match, Shar-
apova clapped her hands above her
head and raised her right thumb to
applaud the decision.

Asked after her 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 vic-
tory Tuesday over Camille Pin if it
was hot enough, Sharapova
replied: “You’re not kidding.”

“It’s inhumanly possible to play
three hours in that kind of heat,”
she said. “I don’t think our bodies
were made to do that — I was so

perfect in

BY ALAN ROBINSON
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — No. 6 Pitts-
burgh pulled away midway

through the second half behind

Aaron Gray’s strong inside play
and Ronald Ramon’s perimeter
shooting, wearing down Connecti-
cut in a typically rugged Big East
rivalry game for a 63-54 victory
Tuesday night.

Gray, helped by an injury that
kept UConn’s 7-foot-3 Hasheem
Thabeet out for most of the first
half, had 22 points and 19 rebounds.
Ramon went 4-for-4 from 3-point
range while adding 17 points as the
Panthers (17-2, 5-0) won their sev-
enth in a row. They are the only
team still unbeaten in conference
play.

Gray missed by a rebound of
becoming the first Pitt player with
as many as 20 points and 20
rebounds in a game since Chris
McNeal against Boston-College in
1992.

UConn (13-4, 2-3) lost for the
fourth time in six games, mostly
because of poor shooting — the
Huskies shot 35.6 percent — yet led
33-32 with 12 minutes remaining.

But the Huskies went scoreless
for 42 minutes shortly after that
during a 7-0 Pitt run started by
Levance Fields’ 3-pointer. Levon
Kendall followed with a jumper
from the wing, one of only two bas-

Big East

kets before he fouled out, and Gray.
also scored inside.

The Panthers made it 53-40 on
Mike Cook’s driving layup with
2:41 remaining, then spent most of
the remaining time on the free-
throw line as UConn fouled early
in every Pitt possession to try to
get the ball back.

The Big East’s two most suc-

. cessful programs since 2001 — no

team is close to them in regular
season victories — are known for
their intense, physical styles. This
one was no different, .as was evi-
dent when Thabeet caught an
elbow from Gray above his eye less
than 2 minutes into the game.

Thabeet was assisted to the
locker room in obvious pain and
didn’t return until late in the half.
With Thabeet out, Gray took
advantage by getting 11 rebounds
by halftime.

Thabeet, who had 12 points, 10
rebounds and seven blocks Satur-
day in a 68-59 victory at St. John’s,
finished with one point and six
rebounds in 21 minutes but never
took a-shot from the field — evi-
dence of how Gray was in control
underneath. Jeff Adrien scored 13
points and Jerome Dyson had II for
the Huskies.

Still, Pitt had trouble shooting
early against UConn’s inexperi-
enced but quick defenders until
Ramon got going.



- TENNIS | AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Sharapova survives heat, first-round opponent



RICK STEVENS/AP
BEATING THE HEAT: Top-seeded
Maria Sharapova celebrates
during her three-set victory on
Tuesday in steamy Melbourne.

delusional I couldn’t think.”

Not long after Sharapova
trudged off to see a doctor, rehy-
drate and take a cold bath while
the temperature soared above 104

degrees, Rafael Nadal strolled onto
a center court shielded by the
retractable roof and cooled by air
conditioning.

Sharapova and Nadal repre-
sented both ends of the spectrum
as heat became the story of the day
in Melbourne on Tuesday, forcing
two players to give up rather than
pass out and delaying the start of
dozens of matches until after sun-
down.

It was too hot midway through
the Sharapova-Pin match for other
matches to be started on outdoor
courts. Sharapova needed a medi-
cal timeout for cramps in the last
set, an ice vest over her neck at
every change of ends and every
ounce of tenacity she could muster
to beat the Frenchwoman who had
made the second round only twice
in 15 majors.

Sharapova blew a 5-0 lead and

three match points in the third set,
and acknowledged later: “I could
be feeling a lot worse if I had lost
the match.”

Eighth-seeded David Nalban-
dian used the heat to his advantage,
coming back from two sets and a
break down as Janko Tipsarevic
wilted. Tipsarevic eventually
retired with heat exhaustion with
Nalbandian leading 6-7 (5-7), 4-6,
7-6 (7-2), 6-0, 2-L

Nalbandian said the conditions
were disgusting, and unfair for
those who were on court and. had
to continue playing when the
Extreme Heat Policy was enforced.

Nadal’s 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-2 victory
over Robert Kendrick went ahead
after the roof was closed. All
matches on outside courts were
postponed for eight hours.

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4 | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007_ INTERNATIONAL EDITION

SOCCER

German Deisler calls it quits |

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Bayern Munich midfielder
Sebastian Deisler,. long
regarded as one of Germany’s
biggest talents, retired from
soccer Tuesday.

The 27-year-old former
Germany player, whose skills
on the ball captivated fans,
underwent five right knee
operations.

Twice, he missed parts of
seasons with depression trig-
gered by the constant expecta-
tions.

“The decision is final —
I’ve thought about it for some
time,” Deisler: said. “I don’t
have any faith in my knee any-
more.”

Deisler appeared to have
made a successful return from
his latest operation in March,
which cost him a chance to
play at the World Cup.

He had played in several
Bayern Munich matches.

“We fought for Sebastian,”
Bayern manager Uli Hoeness
said. “He is one of the best
players we ever had in Ger-
many. I hoped to the last this
was just a nightmare.” -

Bayern expected Deisler to
make a difference in this year’s
Bundesliga and Champions
League campaigns.

Hoeness said the club
would not acquire a major
player to bolster an under-
achieving midfield because it

SPORTS ROUNDUP



TORSTEN SILZ/AFP-GETTY IMAGES
GAME OVER: Germany talent
Sebastian Deisler retired
from the game Tuesday.

believed he could fill that role.

Deisler played 36 games for
Germany, which put him in
charge of its attack when he
was 19 before his first knee
injury.

Germany tried to rush him
back from another operation
for the 2002 World Cup, only
to see his fragile knee collapse
in a warmup match against
Austria.

The constant expectations
on Deisler led to him being
treated for depression in 2003
and 2004.

Crede agrees
to deal with



the |

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Third baseman Joe Crede
and the Chicago White Sox
agreed Tuesday to a one-year,
- $4.94 million contract and
_ avoided arbitration.

The 28-year-old batted .283
last season with 30 home runs,
94 RBIs and had a .978 fielding
percentage in 150 games.

The deadline for, exchang-
ing salary-arbitration figures
was Tuesday, and there has
been speculation that Crede’s
time with the White Sox might
be nearing an end. He is eligi-
ble for free agency after the
2008 season.

e Elsewhere: Francisco
Rodriguez, who had a major-
league-leading 47 saves last
season, avoided arbitration
with the Los Angeles Angels
by agreeing to a one-year, $7
million contract. The Angels
also agreed to terms with
reliever Scot Shields and
infielder Robb Quinlan —
their other arbitration-eligible
players. ... The Oakland Ath-
letics agreed to one-year con-
tracts with outfielder Milton
Bradley, infielder Marco
Scutaro and right-hander
Kiko Calero, avoiding arbitra-
tion for all three regulars. ...
Akinori Otsuka, who had 32

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

We. &
Rad, ifd LES



saves after taking over as the

Rangers’ closer last season,
agreed to a one-year, $3 mil-
lion deal with Texas. ... Out-
fielder So Taguchi and the St.
Louis Cardinals avoided arbi-
tration, agreeing to a one-year
contract that will guarantee
him $1,025,000... . The Detroit
Tigers avoided salary arbitra-
tion with all four of the players
that filed, agreeing to one-year
contracts with outfielder
Craig Monroe, left-hander
Nate Robertson, right-
handed reliever Fernando
Rodney and infielder Omar
Infante. Brad Lidge
agreed to a one-year, $5.35 mil-
lion contract with Houston,
avoiding arbitration following
a rough year in which he tem-
porarily lost his job as closer.

,. Center fielder Aaron
Rowand avoided arbitration
with the Philadelphia Phillies
by agreeing to. a one-year,
$4.35 million contract.... The
Arizona Diamondbacks agreed
to a one-year contract with
Orlando Hudson, avoiding
arbitration with the Gold
Glove second baseman. The
team also reached deals with
arbitration-eligible relievers
Brandon Lyon and Jose Val-
verde.



ELSEWHERE

e Italy: Luciano Spalletti
will stay on as coach of AS
Roma until 2011.

The club disclosed details

of the coach’s four-year con- .

tract extension Tuesday, a day
after Spalletti signed the deal,
according to news reports.

Spalletti’s new contract is
worth $4.66 million per year
before tax and performance-
related bonuses, according to
the Apcom news agency.

The 47-year-old coach is in
his second season with Roma.
Last season, the Giallorossi
finished fifth but were
bumped up to second place
when penalties were handed
out in the Italian match-fixing
scandal.

Roma is now in second
place, nine points behind Inter
Milan. ...

Daniele Arrigoni was rein-
stated as Livorno coach less
than 48 hours after he was
fired by club president Aldo
Spinelli.

“The club has decided to
confirm its faith in coach Dan-
iele Arrigoni,” Livorno said
Tuesday.

Axrigoni, 46, was dismissed
Sunday following a 5-1 rout by
Atalanta in Italy’s Serie A, but

Livorno’s players met with.

Spinelli Monday night to push
for the coach’s reinstatement.
e Spain: Villarreal coach

SOCCER | BASEBALL | ETC.

Manuel Pellegrini has signed
a one-year extension to his
contract, keeping him at the
club until ‘2008.

The. deal ends recent sug-.

gestions in the Spanish media
that Pellegrini would be leav-
ing when the season ends in
June. Reports said Pellegrini’s
new deal marks a victory for
the coach in his dispute with
the club’s top player, Argen-
tine playmaker Juan Roman

Riquelme. Pellegrini has
dropped Riquelme for recent
games amid reports of con-
tinuing differences.

However, Villarreal general
manager Jose Manuel Lla-
neza said it didn’t mean that
Riquelme would now be leav-
ing, according to sports daily
Marca on Tuesday.

e England: Middles-
brough held off a late rally to
beat Hull 4-3 and advance to
the fourth round of the English
FA Cup, and was joined by fel-
low Premier League club Man-
chester City. ©

Manchester City beat Shef-
field Wednesday 2-1. Darius
Vassell scored the winner for
Man City in the 56th minute,
shooting into the top corner
after taking a pass from Ber-
nardo Corradi. Stephen Ire-
land had put City ahead in the
44th minute before Lee Bul-

len leveled for Sheffield

Wednesday in the Slst.





"JEFF ROBERSON/AP

WE HAVE A DEAL: White Sox third baseman Joe Crede,
left, agreed to a one-year, $4.94 million contract.

ETC.

e College football:
Record-breaking Hawaii quar-
terback Colt Brennan called
off a second news conference
in as many days to announce
whether he would skip his
senior season and enter the
NEL Draft. ... Arkansas quar-
terback Mitch Mustain, unde-
feated as a Razorbacks starter,
has been given permission to
transfer to another university,
coach Houston Nutt said. ...
Running back C.J. Spiller
says he’s committed to staying
at Clemson, despite the pull of
his young daughter that had
him thinking about transfer-
ring. ... All-American defen-
sive tackle Glenn Dorsey, a
projected first-round pick in
the NFL Draft, will return for
his senior season at LSU....
Nebraska running back Bran-

don Jackson will pass up his
senior season to enter the NFL
Draft... . California coach Jeff
Tedford has agreed to a four-
year contract extension that
will keep the two-time Pac-10
Coach of the Year with the
Golden Bears through 2013,
The Associated Press learned.
... Denver Broncos tight ends
coach Tim Brewster will
become the new head coach at

- Minnesota, replacing the fired
Glen Mason. ... Virginia
Tech defensive coordinator
Bud Foster received the
Broyles Award, given annually
to the nation’s top assistant
coach.

e Horse racing: Kentucky
Derby winner Barbaro
improved considerably after
weekend surgery to remove a
section of his laminitis-
stricken left rear hoof.

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Blake, Clijsters, Hingis advance at Aussie

* AUSSIE

Andy Murray, the only
player besides Nadal to beat
top-ranked Roger Federer last
year, routed Alberto Martin
6-0, 6-0, 6-1. He missed the

Laver Arena, Lleyton Hewitt’s
annual bid to be the first Aus-
tralian man since 1976 to win
the tournament got off to a
stuttering start before he ral-
lied to beat American quali-
fier Michael Russell 3-6, 2-6,

first shutout at the Australian 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

championships in 40 years

when Martin held serve in the

penultimate game.
Fifth-seeded James. Blake

Also under the closed roof,
women’s No. 4 Kim Clijsters
downed Vasilisa Bardina 6-0,
6-0 and three-time champion

beat Spain’s Carlos Moya 7-6 Martina Hingis beat Nathalie

(10-8), 6-2, 6-4 four days after
defeating him to capture the
Sydney International title.
Nikolay Davydenko, fined
$10,000 for his disparaging

Dechy 6-0, 6-2.

No. 12 Anna Chakvetadze
and No. 13 Ana Ivanovic
advanced in the morning, just
before the heat restrictions

comments about the Sydney were applied.

tournament, advanced in Mel-
bourne the same day he apol-
ogized for last week’s out-
burst.

While Nadal said he would
not have minded having to
contend with the heat, Blake
said a solution had to be

nalate night match atRod found that was fairer for all

Caltenht th

players.

“There’s got to be a way to
stop a match in that kind of
heat,” Blake said. “I think at
some point we’re going to run
into trouble — I’d hate to see
someone go to the emergency
room over a tennis match.

“We're here for a tennis
tournament, not to see who
can last in the heat longer.”

The U.S. Open champion
Sharapova could have
avoided some of the heat if
she had started better.

She made 24 of her 65
unforced errors in the first
seven games.

“In the middle of the sec-
ond set I started getting some
pinches in my abdominal
muscle,” she said. It was
treated on court and later
diagnosed by a doctor as

cramping. “I’m nota quitter,”
she said. “I’m not just going to
stop because of the heat.”

The heat policy measures
conditions by combining the
air and court-surface temper-
atures.

Australian Open organiz-
ers defended the policy, say-
ing it was introduced in 1998
after collaboration with play-
ers and reiterating that
matches could be halted at the
discretion of the tournament
referee.

Matches on outside courts
resumed in the evening under
floodlights, with Melbourne
Park escaping blackouts that
left hundreds of thousands in
the drought-ravaged region
without power after wild fires
damaged electrical transmis-
sion lines.





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CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP

JERSEY FOR THE PREZ

World Series MVP David Eckstein, second from left,
presents President Bush with a St. Louis Cardinals
jersey and autographed baseball during a ceremony
Tuesday at the White House to honor the team.

Warm greeting in Iran

US. wrestlers were welcomed to Iran on Tuesday with
bouquets of pink and white flowers at a time of jncreasing
tensions between the two countries, recalling the days before
Tehran’s reformers were defeated by its current hard-line
leadership. :

The Americans, wearing jackets emblazoned with “USA
Wrestling,” were given the warm greeting by young girls in
traditional Iranian dresses at an airport in the southern city of
Bandar Abbas.

The 14 wrestlers are to participate Thursday and Friday in
the Persian Gulf Cup, also known as the Takhti Cup, the top
wrestling tournament in Iran, where the sport has been a
national obsession for centuries. _

In a small — but, for Iranians, significant — goodwill ges-
ture, the American wrestlers were exempted from having
their fingerprints taken as they entered the country. Iran
imposed the fingerprint requirement on Americans after the
U.S. imposed a similar rule on visiting Iranians. In 2003, Iran _
boycotted the world freestyle wrestling championships in

New York because of the U.S. policy, seen as humiliating.‘ ~

It'is the first time that Americans have participated in the:
competition since hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadi-
nejad came to power in 2005, further souring already bad
relations between Tehran and Washington.

Despite the courteous welcome, it was clear the Iranian
government was not touting the U.S. visit as an attempt to
bridge their differences — unlike Ahmadinejad’s predecessor,
reformist President Mahmoud Khatami.

}



Lefty’s design Olympic honors

Masters champion Phil Speedskater Joey
Mickelson has plans to Cheek and snowboarder
design an 18-hole golf Hannah Teter were hon-
course in the mountains of ored as the U.S. Olympic
western North Carolina, . Committee’s Sportsman

~ according to developers and and Sportswoman of the
the golfer’s agent. Year.

Mickelson, the world’s _. Swimmer Jessica Long
fourth-ranked player, will was selected Paralympian
help build a course on a of the Year, and the Team
3,500-acre real estate devel- of the Year award went to
opment called RiverRock. men’s curling.

The property is near Lake Cheek won the 500-me-
Glenville in Cashiers, a ter race at the Turin Games,
town about 50 miles south- with his margin of victory
west of Asheville. the largest in more than 50

“Phil is only going to years. He announced in
design about 10 golf courses, Turin he was giving
and RiverRock will be his $40,000 to a charity for ref-
mountain course,” Mickel- ugee children in Darfur,
son’s agent, Tim Ummel, Sudan. He has since trav-
said. eled the world, talking to

Mickelson isn’t the only world leaders about Darfur.
famous golfer to leave his “Tt’s pretty heady stuff

_ mark in western North Car- for a guy who speedskates
olina. Jack Nicklaus for a living,” he said.
designed The Cliffs at Wal- Teter captured the
nut Cove in Arden as well as halfpipe in Turin. Long set
Elk River in Banner Elk. five world records and won

Arnold Palmer also has nine gold medals at the Par-
designed two courses in the alympic worlds in South
area. Africa.



‘We can make you pay. If they
want to collapse on Amare
[Stoudemire], we’ve got lots of
shooters. If they want to stay with
the shooters, Amare can
dominate.’

- STEVE NASH, Suns point guard, right, after high-scoring
Phoenix beat the Memphis Grizzlies 137-122 on Monday night.



FLASHBACK





On this day in history:

2003 — In hockey, Joe Nieuwendyk scores his 500th
career goal in New Jersey’s 2-1 victory over Carolina.

2004 — New Jersey’s Patrik Elias ties an NHL record by
scoring his fourth overtime goal of the season in a 2-1 victory
over Washington.





From Miami Herald Wire Services

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki
and Devean George each
sparked crucial rallies with con-
secutive 3-pointers, helping the
Dallas Mavericks overcome 45
points by Tracy McGrady in a
109-96 victory over the Houston
Rockets on Tuesday night.

McGrady scored 21 points in
the first quarter and had 29 at
halftime. He made a 3-pointer
that put Houston up 65-52 mid-
way through the third quarter,
but it didn’t last.

George answered with a pair
of 3s, sparking a 15-2 run that let
Dallas tie it. A few minutes later,
Nowitzki powered a 20-4 run
that he finished off with back-to-
back 3s, celebrating each with
gusto.

Nowitzki, who was named the
Conference Player of the Week
earlier in the day, had 30 points,
10 rebounds and six assists. Josh
Howard added 28 points and
George scored 14 with six assists.
Jerry Stackhouse scored 13.

Dallas avenged a 3]-point loss
at Houston earlier this season
and tightened its claim as the
hottest team in Texas.

The Mavericks have won five
consecutive games and 18 of 19.
The Rockets had won four in a
row and nine of 10. _

McGrady scored Houston’s
first 12 points and 16 of 18, but
obviously couldn’t keep it up.
Problem was, his roll prevented
any of his teammates from get-
ting into a groove. No other
Rockets player had more than a
single basket until there was 1:51
left until halftime.

McGrady topped his season
high a few minutes into the third -
quarter, but by then the Maver-
icks were mixing up his defend-
ers and sending different guys at
him on double teams. He wound
up heading for the bench with,
2:14 left and went to the locker
room with more than a minute to
play.

McGrady may have just
needed to ice his shooting arm

after going .17-of-29, including -

4-of-9-en 3s, plus 7-of-9:from the
foul line. He also had.a team-high
seven assists and added five







PRO BASKETBALL

Mavs overcome McGrady’s

_rebounds.

The rest of the Rockets made
just as many baskets (17) but
needed 46 shots. Juwan Howard
scored 16 points and Rafer
Alston had 12. Dikembe
Mutombo had 10 rebounds.

HORNETS 84, MAGIC 78 (OT)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jan-
nero Pargo scored a season-high
25 points and the Hornets held

’ Orlando to one basket in over-

time to win in a matchup of two
cold-shooting teams.

Desmond Mason scored 21
points, and Rasual Butler had 19
points and tied his career high
with 11 rebounds as the Hornets
won their third in a row.

Dwight Howard had 17 points
and 15 rebounds for the Magic,
who lost their third in a row.
They were held to a season low
in points and shot just 35 percent.
New Orleans wasn’t much bet-
ter, hitting a paltry 37.5 percent.

A jumper by Butler to start
overtime gave the Hornets a
77-75 lead. Orlando then missed
two shots and turned it over
twice before Devin Brown sank
two free throws for a 79-75 lead.
After Mason made one of two
free throws with 27.4 seconds
left, Butler kept the ball alive and
Pargo added two more free
throws to make it 82-75 with 23.1
seconds to play.

Orlando’s only basket in over-
time was a 3-pointer by Keyon
Dooling in the final 10 seconds.

WEBBER BACK HOME

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan
— Chris Webber returned home
on Tuesday, signing a prorated
contract with the Detroit Pistons
for the NBA’s minimum salary
for a veteran in the hopes of add-
ing a pro championship to his
resume.

“This is definitely special, I
never thought I would be a
Detroit Piston,” Webber said at a
news conference. “I’m here in
the summer, but being home
with this team makes;me feel
good.” :

The five-time All-Star for-.

ward, who grew up in Detroit
and played at the University of

+

*



A TEXAS SHOOTOUT: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki posted
30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Tuesday’s victory.

Michigan, became a free agent
after Philadelphia cut ties with
him by buying out the final 1
years of his contract last week.

“He embodies everything we
try to stand for as a basketball
team and as an organization. He
is: what we want to be about.
People of his character, his back-
ground, his upbringing, those are
the kind of people we want to
bring to the Detroit Pistons,”
said Pistons president of basket-
ball operations Joe Dumars.
“He’s more than just a basketball
player. There’s an obvious con-
nection to Detroit, and I’m proud
to say he’s more than back home,
he’s with the Detroit Pistons.”

Webber will make about
$650,000 to play the rest of the
season with the Eastern Confer-
ence power.

Detroit coach Flip Saunders

' said” Webber will play as a

reserve tonight at home against

the Utah Jazz, amd,the team

expects him to start at center
soon. The Pistons plan to trade



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NBA STANDINGS |

_ EASTERN CONFERENCE



WESTERN CONFERENCE

SOUTHEAST WL Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 21 16 .568 - 64 Wl 15-3 6-13 13-9
Orlando 2217 «564 - 55 L3 146 B11 12-9
Miami 17 20 459 4 46 Ll 89 911 6-10
Atlanta 12 23 343 8 3-7 W2 7-10 5-13 814
Charlotte 12 24 .333 8% 5-5 Ll 7-12 5-12 9-14
ATLANTIC W_ L__ Pet. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Toronto 18 21 462 - 55 Wl 10-6 815 13-8
New Jersey 17 20 .459 - 64 W-1 12-10 5-10 13-9
New York 17 22 .436 1 5-5 WL 10-11 7-11 10-13
Boston 12 25 324 5 28 L5 413 812 816
Philadelphia 10 28 .263 7% 3-7 L2 59 5-19 7-16
CENTRAL W L_ Pct. GB L10 Str, Home Away Conf
Cleveland 23 13 639 - 82 W-l 15-3 810 15-10
Detroit 21 15 583 2 37 Ll 10-7 118 158
Chicago 22.17 «564 2% 5-5 W2 17-5 5-12 17-7
Indiana 20 18 526 4 55 L-2 10-6 10-12 15-10
Milwaukee 17 20 .459 6% 46 W-l 9-6 814 7-15





SOUTHWEST, W LL. Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

Dallas 32 8 .800 - 91 W-5 18-3 14-5 22-6

San Antonio 27:12. «692 4% «6-4 (Ll 146 13-6 18-7

Houston 25 14 «4.641 6% 8-2 L-1 13-3 12-11 13-12

New Orleans 15°22 .40515% 4-6 W-3 9-10 6-12 6-16

Memphis 9-30 .23122% 3-7 4L-3 7-13 2-17 4-17

NORTHWEST W L_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

Utah 24 14 «4632. - 46 (L-4 14-4 10-10 16-8

Minnesota 20 16 .556 3 82 W-3. 12-6 8-10 11-10

Denver 18 17 514 4% 3-7 W-1 10-10 87 6-11

Portland 15 24 .385 9% 2-8: L-1 8-12 7-12 10-12

Seattle 14 25 .35910% 2-8 W-1 10-9 4-16 6-15

PACIFIC Ww .oL_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

Phoenix © 29 8 .784 - 10-0 W-10 17-3 12-5 13-7

L.A. Lakers 25 13 658 4% 7-3 W-2 18-4 7-9 = 15-7

’ Golden State 19 20 .487 11 5-5 W-1 15-7 4-13 13-13

MATT SLOCUM/AP L.A. Clippers 17-21 .44712% 55 L2 12-7 5-14 11-16
Sacramento 14 21 .400 14 3-7 4L-6 10-11 4-10 815

RESULTS AND SCHEDULES
one of their frontcourt players, Tuesday’s results Tonight’s games Monday’s results
perhaps center Nazr Moham- N.O. 84, Orl. 78 (OT) Sacramento at Toronto, 7 Lakers 124, Miami 118 (OT)
Dal. 109, Hou. 96 N.Y. at Washington, 7 Wash. 114, Utah 111

med, to make room for Webber.

“From a continuity stand-
point, we would probably look to
move one of our bigs,” Dumars
said.

Detroit brought Webber
home, keeping him away from
Eastern Conference rival Miami
and the Los Angeles Lakers.



Cle. at Seattle, late

NJ. at Charlotte, 7

Utah at Detroit, 7:30
Chicago at Milwaukee, 8
Phil. at Memphis, 8
Atlanta at Minnesota, 8
Phoenix at Houston, 8:30
Lakers at S.A., 9
Cleveland at Port. 10
G.S. at Clippers, 10:30

N.Y. 102, Sacramento 97
Milwaukee 99, Char. 91
Atlanta 100, Boston 96
Chicago 99, S.A. 87
Toronto 104, Phil. 86
NJ. 105, Indiana 95
Minn. 94, Detroit 90 (OT)
G.S. 108, Clippers 93
Phoenix 137, Mem. 122

NBA LEADERS

Through Monday 5

ELSEWHERE SCORING REBOUNDING
e Suns: Center Kurt Thomas G FG FT PTSAVG «GG OFF DEF TOT AVG
will be sidelined four-to-six Anthony, Den. 22 265 153 696 31.6 Garnett, Minn. 3691 363454 12.6
. Saks Arenas, Wash. 37 354 295 1119 30.2 Howard, Orl. 38 135 342 477 12.6
weeks with an elbow injury, the iverson, Den. 27 267 238 795 29.4 Camby,Den. 30 74 290 364 12.1
team said Wade, Mia. 31 283 285 866 2A9 Boozer, Utah. 38 127 322. 449 11.8
; Bryant, LAL 35 325 272 977 27.9 Chandler, NOk. 34 127 256 383 113
Thomas, who comes off the EWN, BAG Bt Hey Suen” Be 2 es
: james, Clev. 36 21 eal, Ind. 3 6 x
bench, hyperextended his left Pierce, Gos. 24 198 181 638 266 Lee, NY. 39 147 260 407 104
i ‘a0, Hou. 7 252 195 9 Duncan, S.A. 112 290 402 10.
elbow in the first quarre® of Allen, Sea. 29 256 157 749 25.8 Wallace, Chi. 37 145 230 375 10.1

Monday’s game at Memphis.
FIELD GOALS ASSISTS
LATE MONDAY FG FGA PCT - G AST AVG
Biedrins, G.S. 171 279 .613 , Nash, Phoe. 35 397 113
e Lakers 124, Heat 118 tee, NY. : 170 278 $2 Kidd, Nt 31 348 a
. G Stoudemire, Phoe. 242° zt aul, NOk. x
(OT): Kobe Bryant scored six of © Dalembert, Phil. 156 269 580 Miller, Phil. 36 0316. BB
his 25 points in overtime, Brian cane arte a aM an Narita 3 a Bt
jogui ul. “ avis, GS.

Cook also had 25 and host Los Howard, Or 234 411 569 ilps, Det 28 228 8
sami? _ Boozer, Utal 344 614 .560 Mia. 31 247-80
Angeles snapped Miami’s sea- patteron, Mil 206 373 552 ‘Ford, Tor. 36 28278
son-high, four-game win streak. Duncan, S.A. 302 551 548 — Felton, Char. 35 Mm. 7.7

HOCKEY



Canucks blank Canadiens









From Miami Herald Wire Services

MONTREAL — Roberto Luongo made
30 saves to post his third shutout of the
season and the Vancouver Canucks won
their fifth consecutive road game Tues-
day night, 4-0 over the slumping Montreal
Canadiens.

Josh Green, Lukas Krajicek, Ryan Kes-
ler and Jan Bulis scored for the surging
Canucks, who have won nine of 10 to
move past Calgary into first place in the
Northwest Division.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 2

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Steen snapped a
third-period tie with a power-play goal
and Andrew Raycroft made 21 saves to
help the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning.

SENATORS 5, CAPITALS 2

OTTAWA — Mike Comrie scored
twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a short-
handed goal and an assist as the Senators
extended their winning streak to a sea-
son-high five games.

BLUE JACKETS 5,
BLACKHAWKS 4 (OT)

CHICAGO — Jason Chimera scored at
2:31 of overtime to give Columbus the vic-
tory over Chicago and snap the Blue Jack-
ets’ four-game losing streak.

Chimera beat Nikolai Khabibulin
between the legs with a shot from the



RYAN REMIORZ/STF

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Canucks goalie
Roberto Luongo makes one of his
30 saves during Tuesday’s shutout.

right circle to complete a 2-on-] break.

HURRICANES 3, PANTHERS 2 (OT)

SUNRISE, Fla. — Justin Williams
scored a power-play goal at 1:47 of over-
time to give the Hurricanes the victory.

OILERS 2, WILD 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joffrey Lupul and
Marc-Andre Bergeron each scored a pow-
er-play goal, and the Oilers beat the Wild.

‘FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

PENGUINS 5, ISLANDERS 2

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and
Erik Christensen each scored two goals to
lead the Penguins.

THRASHERS 6, KINGS 2

_ ATLANTA — Atlanta’s Marian Hossa
earned his second hat trick of the season.

DEVILS 1, RANGERS O

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Martin
Brodeur stopped 26 shots for his NHL-
best eighth shutout of the season.

ELSEWHERE

e Blue Jackets: The club activated
center Sergei Fedorov off injured reserve,
and assigned forward Alexandre Picard to
its AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

e Maple Leafs: The team activated
center Nik Antropov and left wing Alexei
Ponikaroysky from injured reserve.

e Sabres: Forward Jochen Hecht was
expected to miss the last three games.
before the All-Star break with what coach
Lindy Ruff called a lower-body injury.

e Bruins-Blues trade: The Blues
acquired center Yan Stastny from the
Bruins in exchange for a fifth-round pick
in the 2007 Entry Draft.

LATE MONDAY

e Sharks 3, Avalanche 1: Patrick
Marleau had a goal to lead host San Jose.

Saints, Colts have most compelling stortes

° COTE, last?

NO PATS, NO BEARS

Also, this Bears team isn’t

as interesting or colorful (or
good) as the ’85 champs. No
Jim McMahon, no “Refrigera-
tor” Perry. These Bears barely
beat the fraudulent Seahawks,

Another compelling reason
to root for Indy is that it
would mean the Patriots go
home. Genius Bill Belichick
and perfect Tom Brady have

The national media can
chew on that fat bone for a
full two weeks, thank you.

(By the way, whatever hap-
pened to Edgerrin James?

Indy fans have been wait-
ing 23 years for a Super shot,
and this season makes the
Colts the only team besides

SOUTHEAST Ww Lo OL SLPTS GF GA __HOME a Al WAY — Se, DI IV
Atlanta 26 14 6 2 60150 145 12-5-3-1 14-9-3-1 12-4-4-1
Carolina 25 18 2 3 55 146 144 13-7-0-2. 12-11-2-1 12-3-0-1
Tampa Bay 24 22 1 1 50152 151 12-12-0-0 12-10-1-1 10-7-0-0
Washington 19 20 2 5 45 143 162 11-10-1-2 8-10-1-3 6-8-1-1
Florida 17 21 4 «6 44137 157 12-8-2-1 5-13-2-5 3-11-2-0
ATLANTIC W eL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY : DIV
New Jersey 28 14 O 4 60120 105 16-4-0-3 12-10-0-1 11-4-0-1
N.Y.Rangers 23 20 3 1 50 139 144 10-9-3-0 13-11-0-1 8-9-0-0
Pittsburgh 20 17 3 4 47 139 141 11-8-2-2 9-9-1-2 13-5-1-1
N.Y. Islanders 21 21 2 2 46 133 134 11-9-2-1 10-12-0-1 8-7-2-0
Philadelphia 11 30 2 2 26109 174 3-13-2-2 8-17-0-0 3-11-0-2
NORTHEAST WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Buffalo 31 11 2 2 66172 133 14-7-1-1 17-4-1-1 8-7-1-1
Ottawa 27:19 +2. O 56 167 136 13-10-1-0 14-9-1-0 11-7-0-0
Montreal 25 17 1 4 55 138 136 14-7-0-3 11-10-1-1 8-5-0-4
Toronto 21 20 2 4 48154 158 10-12-1-2 11-8-1-2 8-8-2-2
Boston 21 18 #1 3 46128 157 13-8-0-2 8-10-1-1 10-7-0-1
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY __DIV
Nashville 32 11 2 «1 «67 160 117 16-3-2-1 16-8-0-0 13-3-1-0
Detroit 29 12 2 3. 63 142 109 16-3-1-2 13-9-1-1, 10-2-0-1
Chicago 17 22 2 5 41116 141. 10-11-1-2 7-11-1-3,-9-10-1-0
St. Louis 16621 4 4 #40113 144 9-11-2-1 7-10-2-3 6-10-2-2
Columbus 17 24 2 3 39117 144 ~— 9-10-1-2 8-14-1-1 6-10-0-2
NORTHWEST W L OL SL PTS GF GA ___ HOME _ AWAY a ee DIV
Vancouver 26 19 O 1 53119 117 15-8-0-0 11-11-0-1 — 9-10-0-1
Calgary 24 16 2 2 52 138 115 18-5-0-0 6-11-2-2 9-5-1-1
Minnesota 24 20 O 3 51 132 126 17-5-0-2 7-15-0-1 7-6-0-2
Edmonton 22 20 2 2 48127 133 13-8-1-1 9-12-1-1 8-9-1-0
Colorado 22 20 2 1 47 141 132 11-10-1-1 11-10-1-0 9-5-1-0
PACIFIC == WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Anaheim 30 9 2 6 68 162 117 16-3-1-4 14-6-1-2 10-3-0-1
San Jose 31 15 O O 62 144 107 16-8-0-0 15-7-0-0 10-8-0-0
Dallas 27 18 O 1 55 123 113 14-8-0-0 13-10-0-1 13-5-0-0
Phoenix 21 22 #1 41 44125 153 12-10-1-0 9-12-0-1 6-11-1-1
Los Angeles 16 26 3 3 38135 176 11-10-3-3 5-16-0-0 6-13-0-2
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AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | PATRIOTS AT COLTS

BY MICHAEL MAROT
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — This is
Adam Vinatieri’s favorite time
of year.

Each playoff week, the two-
time Super Bowl hero seems
to reinforce his reputation as
the NFL’s best clutch kicker.
Give Vinatieri an opportunity
to win a postseason game, and
he’s money.

Now, in the AFC title game,
Indianapolis’ biggest offseason
addition might get a chance to
boot his former team, New
England, right out of the play-
offs.

Vinatieri has continually
insisted he’s not motivated by
the rivalry between Indianap-
olis and New England, or even
the chance to show his former
team it made a mistake.

He’s content with making
more meaningful kicks than
anyone in NEL history.

“You try not to let all the
implications and all the extra
hype get to you,” Vinatieri
said after he kicked five field
goals in Indianapolis’ 15-6 vic-
tory over Baltimore on Satur-
day. “You try to go out there
and focus in on what youre
doing and hope for the best.”

During the past decade,
nobody’s been better than
Vinatieri when it matters
most, and his resume is filled
with testimonials backing up
that image.

Last weekend, he made all
five field-goal attempts to
break the career record for
most postseason field goals
(34). He’s made two last-sec-

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MR. POSTSEASON: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri boots one of
his five field goals in Saturday’s victory over the Ravens.

ond kicks in Super Bowls for
the Patriots, a 42-yarder to
force overtime against Oak-
land in a blizzard, and a 35-yar-
der.to eventually win that
playoff game.

On Sunday, Vinatieri’s shoe
will be on the other sideline.

Jilted Boston fans have
endured this kind of bitter

breakup before, usually with
maddening results.

When Babe Ruth left the
Red Sox for the hated New
York Yankees, it haunted them
for decades. It was a similar
story last year when Johnny
Damon joined the Yankees,
who made the playoffs while
the Red Sox went home.





STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP

NEW BUDDIES: After years of being on opposite sidelines,

‘kicker Adam Vinatieri and quarterback Peyton Manning

are wearing the same colors with the Indianapolis Colts.

They’re hoping Vinatieri
does not add another chapter
to that painful legacy Sunday.

But Vinatieri has been com-
fortable kicking indoors for
the Colts (14-4), and his soft-
spoken, cautious demeanor
seems perfectly suited to pres-
sure situations — a stark con-
trast to Indy’s former kicker,
the brash Mike Vanderjagt.

Still, New England coach
Bill Belichick thought he could
find a better bargain and a
younger foot to provide longer

kickoffs in the offseason. So .

when the Patriots didn’t re-
sign the free agent Vinatieri
quickly, he found a new home
with one of New England’s
main rivals.

The split has featured some
tension. Patriots fans gave
Vinatieri a chilly reception
when he returned to Foxbor-
ough, Mass., in November, and
the reaction from the coach



hasn’t been much warmer.

Belichick refused to use
Vinatieri’s name when asked
about him, and Vinatieri ini-
tially referred to the Patriots
as “his former team” when he
arrived at Colts training camp.
He later changed that philoso-
phy.

Indianapolis couldn't be
happier with the results.

A year ago, the Colts were
knocked out of the playoffs
when Vanderjagt, the NFL’s
most accurate kicker, shanked
a 46-yard field goal that would
have forced overtime against

Pittsburgh. Instead, they went.

home with a 21-18 loss.

Vinatieri changed the equa-
tion this year by hitting all
eight field goals in the play-
offs, including a crucial 51-yar-
der that clipped the top of the
crossbar and bounced across
in Saturday’s kickfest at Balti-
more.



Vinatieri gets chance to boot Pats out of playoffs

“Once you get to this level,
every game seems like it’s one
or two plays that make the dif-
ference,” he said. “If you can
weather the storm, you’ve got
a good chance of beating
them.”

Vinatieri’s replacement in
New England (14-4), Stephen

’ Gostkowski, also has proven

capable.

-A fourth-round pick in
April’s draft, Gostkowski
made 20-of-26 field goals dur-
ing the regular season and, like
Vinatieri, has been even better
in the playoffs.

He’s 6-of-6 in two postsea-
son games and made a 31-yar-
der with 1:10 left Sunday to
give the Patriots a 24-21 vic-
tory at San Diego.

Strangely, Vinatieri’s worst
game of. the season came
against the Patriots.

He was 2-for-4 in a 27-20
victory and has missed only
one other time all season —

none at home. |

And if the Colts need Vina-
tieri to make a winner Sunday,
coach Tony Dungy remains
confident the 34-year-old can
produce one more big kick.

“When he walks out there,
you always feel like he’s not
going to miss,” Dungy said.
“That was our whole goal
when he was at New England,’
was you can’t let him get close
enough in a situation where a
field goal is going to do it. I
don’t remember him missing
in four or five years against
me.”

The Colts hope he doesn’t
start now.

Fram Miami Herald Wire Services

The latest candidate to emerge for
the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job has
a big edge in name recognition: He’s
a Shula.

Mike Shula interviewed for the
job Saturday, a person familiar with
the team’s search said Tuesday. The
person requested anonymity because
the Dolphins have declined to iden-
tify candidates.

Shula’s dad, Don, coached the
Dolphins for 26 years, holds the NFL
record with 347 victories and is a
member of the Pro Football Hall of
Fame. Den AB

Hiring the younger Shula would
mean a swap of coaches with Ala-
bama. He was fired by the Crimson
Tide in November and replaced by
Nick Saban, who left the Dolphins
on Jan. 3 after two seasons.

Two other candidates have inter-
viewed with Miami twice: former
Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora and
Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey.
Management met with 12 coaches
during the first round of interviews,
which ended last Wednesday.

Shula, 4], went 26-23 in four years
at Alabama. The Crimson Tide fired
him after they went 6-6 during the
2006 regular season and lost for the
fourth year in a row to Southeastern
Conference rival Auburn.

Shula said he left Alabama in bet-
ter shape than the program he inher-
ited, which was weakened by NCAA
sanctions. .

Shula was a Dolphins ballboy
when his dad coached the team. He
has spent 15 years as an NFL assis-
tant, most recently in 2000-02 as
Miami’s quarterbacks coach.

WHISENHUNT TAKES OVER |

TEMPE, Ariz. — With one win-
ning season in 19 years in the desert,
the Arizona Cardinals need a new
direction.

COUNTDOWN TO SUPER BOWL XLI
SUPER BOWL XXII =

SAN FRANCISCO 20, CINCINNATI 16

e Jan. 22,1989
@ Dolphin Stadium, Miami
e MVP: Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco

Days before the game, players preparing to
compete in the Super Bow! struggled to cope as
riots broke out in Overtown and Liberty City. A
policeman shot and killed a speeding black



DAVE MARTIN/AP

TRADING PLACES? Mike Shula,

above, was fired by Alabama
and replaced by Nick Saban,
who left the Miami Dolphins.

Ken Whisenhunt believes he can
provide it. He’s aware of the organi-
zation’s troubled history, but isn’t
intimidated by it. st

“You recognize that, but [ don’t
think you live in the past,” said Whis-
enhunt, who was formally introduced
as the Cardinals’ new head coach at a
news conference Tuesday afternoon
at the club’s headquarters.

Whisenhunt joins the Cardinals
after three seasons as Pittsburgh’s
offensive coordinator.

The Cardinais hired Whisenhunt,
44, to replace Dennis Green, who
was fired after going 16-32 in three

‘seasons. Whisenhunt signed a four-

year contract with a team option for a
fifth. be

“This is a dream come true for
me,” said Whisenhunt, who plans to
call the offensive plays on Sundays.



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motorcyclist on Jan, 16, and the passenger on

motorcycle died a day later.

The Bengals who stayed at the Omni International downtown,
about a half dozen blocks from Overtown, could see fires from
their rooms and were cautioned not to leave the hotel.

Cincinnati quarterback Boomer Esiason said, “What's going on
out there is life. It makes you ask yourself, ‘What does football



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AROUND THE NFL

® Redskins: The club fired line-
backers coach Dale Lindsey, the
first casualty of Joe Gibbs’ worst
season as a head coach. Gibbs, who
values loyalty and is reluctant to part
with any of his assistants, decided to
let Lindsey go after a 5-11 season in
which the linebackers played poorly.

“We appreciate the work and
effort Dale has given the organization
over the past three seasons, but we
have decided to move in a different
direction with our linebackers,”
Gibbs said.

Lindsey’s blunt mannerisms often
seemed to clash with Gibbs’ pre-
‘erred coaching style. Lindsey had no
problern singling out individual play-
ar. for “riticism and had a running
feud with three-time Pro Bowl line-
backer LaVar Arrington, who even-
tually bought his way out of his con-
tract and later signed with the New
York Giants.

e Falcons: Brian VanGorder
was hired as the Falcons’ linebackers
coach, ending a dismal one-year stint
as head coach at Georgia Southern.

VanGorder, who served four years
as Georgia’s defensive coordinator
before leaving after the 2004 season,
took over in Statesboro, Ga., to great
expectations after the Eagles fired
Mike Sewak.

But Georgia Southern, a perennial
power in NCAA Division I-AA,
slumped to 3-8 for its first losing sea-
son since 1996, There also were indi-
cations that, VanGorder’s family
never adjusted to the small-town
atmosphere.

e Broncos: A man police con-
sider a “person of interest” in the
fatal drive-by shooting of Broncos
cornerback Darrent Williams has
been cleared in an unrelated traffic
case.

A warrant accused Willie Clark,
23, of driving with a revoked license,



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but court officials determined the
warrant should have named Clark’s
cousin, Stephen Howard.

Howard, 24, pleaded guilty to the
charge Tuesday and was ordered to
produce a valid license within 60
days or face five days in jail.

Clark, who's still, jailed, was
arrested on Jan. 5 on a parole viola-
tion after police said his name came
up in the Williams investigation. The
traffic warrant turned up after his
arrest.

Authorities have said they hoped
Clark could provide information, but
Clark’s attorney, Michaei Andre, has
said Clark has no information about
the shooting. Williams was shot early
New Year’s Day as he was riding

away from a party at a Denver night- -

club in a stretch Hummer.

e Bengals: The club hired vet-
eran NEL assistant Mike Sheppard
to be receivers coach, reuniting him
with coach Marvin Lewis.

Lewis was a college assistant
coach under Sheppard at Long Beach
State and New Mexico, and the two
were assistants together at Baltimore
in 1996. :

e Giants: Jerry Reese says it
was fitting the Giants tapped him for
their general manager’s job on the
holiday honoring Martin Luther
King Jr.

“Not to sound cliched, but I really
feel like it’s my time to carry the
torch,” Reese said Tuesday as the
team formally introduced him a day
after he was picked. He is the third
black general manager in NFL his-
tory. ;

“Many people went before me
who suffered through this process
and now it’s my time. I’m looking for-
ward to this challenge. It’s my time to
keep this dream alive. It’s very
important to me and I don’t take it
lightly.”

Reese, who has been with the



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In addition to questions about the game,

the riots.

Two days before kickoff, vendors began selling T-shirts with
“Il survived Miami ’89: It was a riot.”

players were asked about the morality of the
NEL shielding its players from the violence
rather than using the Super Bowl to try to quell

Bengals guard Max Montoya preferred
players not interject themselves into the uproar.
“It's not place for the NFL or its players,”
Montoya told reporters. "It’s a deeply rooted
problem for the city, alot deeper than football.”

Five days before the Super Bowl, following a
trip to the theater, Cincinnati Bengals defensive
back Solomon Wilcots said: “A bunch of us
went to see Mississipp/ Burning and came back to see Miami

- SARAH ROTHSCHILD

Dolphins may turn to another Shula as coach

Giants since 1994 in various capaci-
ties and was the team’s director of
player personnel the past four years,
succeeds Ernie Accorsi, who is retir-
ing after nine seasons with the team.

e Raiders: San Diego Chargers
wide receivers coach James Lofton
interviewed for a second consecutive
year for the Oakland Raiders head
coaching vacancy. :

e' Steelers: Minnesota Vikings
defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin,
one of three finalists for the Pitts-
burgh Steelers’ head coaching job,
had his second interview Tuesday.

e League going global: London
will hold the NFL’s first regular-sea-
son game outside North America this
year, the start of a campaign to take
American football to a global audi-
ence. “There’s great history of NFL
football in London, and British fans
have been great fans of football over
the years,” NFL Commissioner
Roger Goodell said Tuesday.
“We're confident that this game is
going be a great success in London
and will be a great foundation to play
more games there going forward.”

The opponents have yet to be
announced, but the Miami Dolphins
and New York Giants are believed to
be front-runners for the game. The
Dolphins, but not the Giants, are one
of six NFL teams the league identi- -
fied as potential home teams; they
would give up a home game in Miami
to host the contest in London.

“They are two of the teams that
have expressed an interest and we'll

narrow it down to which two teams

will generate the most enthusiasm
for the fans in London and the
broader U.K.,” Goodell said.

The most likely venue is the new
90,000-seat Wembley Stadium,
which will open this spring after
years of delays. The other candidate
is 82,000-seat Twickenham, home of

English rugby.

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ENGLAND'S Paul Nixon,
of 206 in the last over.

- Tri-series: England br
treak by beating Ne

CRICKET
HOBART, Australia
_ Associated Press

ENGLAND won for the
first time in 13 matches on
its: Australian cricket tour
Tuesday, beating New
Zealand by three wickets
with a ball to spare in a tri-
nations limited-overs inter-
national.

Andy Flintoff'made an
unbeaten 72 from 75 at Bel-
lerive Oval to guide England
to 206 for seven in reply to
New Zealand's 205 for nine
and a nail-biting victory.

England had previously
suffered five straight losses
in its Ashes test series
against Australia, an eight-
wicket loss to Australia in
the first tri-series match and
assorted losses against state
or composite sides.

New Zealand's total, com-
piled after it had won the
toss and batted on a slow
wicket, seemed unlikely to
test England but it became
a stern challenge for a side
that seemed to have forgot-
ten how to win.

England stumbled rather
than strode towards victory,
reaching the final over need-
ing four runs to win with
three wickets in hand, and
took five balls and a series
of scrambled singles to reach
their target.

Innings of 28 at the top of,
the order by Andrew Strauss”

and 45 by Ian Bell put Eng-
land on the path to victory
but it was Flintoff whose grit
and experience carried them
home.

He came to the wicket
when England was 98 for
four — with the match already
evenly balanced — and stayed
at the crease till the end,
shielding England's vulner-
able tail.

"One thing J have wanted
to do for a while is win a
game," Flintoff said. "I tried
not to play too many big
shots. I have a way in which I
play but there are players in
our team who can hit bound-
aries."

England lost Paul Nixon
for 15 and Jamie Dalrymple
for one in the dying stages
of its innings but with
Flintoff.at the wicket, joined
at the end by Jon Lewis (2
pot out), they were able to
creep to a last-gasp win.

Their Barmy Army of sup-
porters, who have sung their
way through a series of
defeats in Australia, finally
gave voice to a victory song
as Flintoff took a single from
the fifth ball of the 50th over
to seal the win.

New Zealand captain
Stephen Fleming had done
everything in his power to

PAGE 8E, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

defend his team's paltry
total, using seven bowlers in
steady rotation and pressur-
ing England with constant
and shrewd changes of his
field.

He seemed to have Flintof-
f's prized wicket when Eng-
land still needed 16 runs to
win but the high full toss the
Englishman pulled directly
to midwicket fieldsman Ross
Taylor was deemed to be a
no ball.

There was one small cloud
over England's win Tuesday.
Current captain Michael

‘Vaughan made 17 in open-

ing the English innings but
he was troubled throughout
his stay at the crease by what
appeared to be a hamstring
strain.

Vaughan has just returned
to the England team for this
tri-series after a lengthy
recovery from knee surgery,
which prevented him playing
in the Ashes series. He was
England's captain in its Ash-
es series victory over Aus-
tralia in England in 2005.

New Zealand and England
had met in 50 one-day inter-
nationals before Tuesday's
match and each had won 25.
The closeness of that record
was mirrored in their latest
contest.

New Zealand made a dash-
ing start when Brendon
McCullum hit a six and a
four in an opening over
which yielded 12 runs. But
from that point, New
Zealand's batsmen seemed
to lose their way and the run
rate steadily dwindled until
they were only barely able
to surpass 200.

Nathan Astle top-scored
with 45 but his total came
from 63 balls. Peter Fulton
made 27 from 52 balls and
Craig McMillan 22 from 40.

Shane Bond was 22 not out
at the close, having shared
partnerships of 39 with
James Franklin (20) and 20
with Mark Gillespie (10).

James Anderson played a
key part in restricting New
Zealand, taking four for 42
while Paul Collingwood took
two for 25 and Flintoff two
for 37.

Offspinner Jeetan Patel
bowled superbly for New
Zealand, taking two for 34
from 10 overs, effecting a run
out and taking a catch.

@ ENGLAND'S Andrew
Flintoff raises his arms after
hitting the winning run to
defeat New Zealand in their
one day international at Bel-
lerive Oval in Hobart, Aus-
tralia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007.
England won with a score of
206 in the last over.

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A CORONER'S Inquest will
be held on March 27 into the
death of 20-year-old Daniel
Wayne Smith, son of controversial
US celebrity Anna Nicole Smith.
. The much anticipated
announcement comes after
repeated calls for a formal inquiry.
Smith died in Doctor's Hospital
on September 10 of last year after
consuming a lethal cocktail of
drugs.

Speaking in court number one ©

on Bank Lane, in front of repre-
sentatives of the local and inter-
national press, chief magistrate
Roger Gomez revealed that
everyone who was present at, or
around the time of Daniel's

. untimely demise — including his

mother, Anna Nicole — will be
called to give testimony during
the inquest.

He said the matter could take
between two to three weeks to
conclude, due to there being
"really quite a number" of wit-
nesses liable to testify — perhaps in
the range of 20 to 30 individuals.

Asked whether minister of
immigration, Mr Shane Gibson,
who has admitted to being a
"close friend" of Ms Smith, would
be among that number, Mr
Gomez said he did not know
whether Mr Gibson had been pre-
sent at the time of Daniel's death,
and for that reason, if he would be
called as a witness.

Mr Gomez denied that the
inquest would be a mere "public
relations exercise" but said that
it was better in cases where there
is a lot of "public interest both
local and international" to pro-

AUTO ING

vide an opportunity to "clear up
some of the questions that have
been raised."

He noted that, in relation to
Daniel's death, there had been
"quite a number" of questions
raised. |

Speaking about the purpose of
the inquest, Magistrate Gomez
said that although a thorough
police investigation has been car-

ried out, and the cause of death-.“*

has been revealed in the patholo-
gist's report, it is hoped more
information will be forthcoming
in a court environment.

"The whole atmosphere is quite

‘different," he said. Witnesses will

be required to swear an oath,
speak before members of the pub-
lic, and be crossed-examined by
prosecutors.

After ‘Teceiving all the intonnia!
tion, a jury can decide whether
anyone is to be held liable for
Daniel's death, and possibly make
a recommendation to the Attor-
ney General's office as to whether
a criminal trial should be under-
taken.

Alternatively, a jury could rule
that his death was accidental, a
case of misadventure, or suicide.

There has been some debate

about the length of time it has ’

taken for yesterday's announce-
ment to come about.

In October, a leading jurist
claimed that there was nothing
stopping the decision being made
at that time, and in the meantime,
a US-based internet group call-
ing themselves "The Mob"
launched an online petition
demanding the Bahamian gov-
ernment call an inquest.

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TRAFFIC officials have launched an
investigation into allegations of a hit-and-
run accident involving a jitney driver.

Witnesses at the scene of the incident,
which took place on Marathon Road, said
the bus struck a man on a bicycle — then

sped off without pausing.

The driver, witnesses said, did not even
look back, and was in such haste to leave
the scene that he took a short-cut through
a gas station and ignored passengers sig-

Senator Rev CBE
Moss denies
negotiating
deal with PM

@ By PAUL TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

SENATOR Rev C B Moss,

for the area.

In a press statement yester- | implications of the actions of two

day, Rev Moss denied having ¢ of the world’s largest Anglican

discussed or negotiated any- :

SEE page 11



yesterday.

nalling for him to stop.

_ “Tam calling for a full investigation into
the matter, because if a public service dri-
ver was involved, I have a duty and an
obligation to get to the bottom of it,” Road
Traffic Controller Jack Thompson said

He said that between his department
and the police force, the matter will be
thoroughly investigated.

An ambulance was called to the scene

yesterday, and the victim was taken to

hospital. His condition was not known up»

to press time.

. Mr Thompson said that the i inquiry is
‘+ still in its initial stages and that he did not

want to say too much more so as not to

prejudice the case.

Gay rights activist calls for
Anglicans to have an ‘honest
discussion’ about homosexuality

i. By ALEXANDRIO

MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS THE debate concerning

: the future of the Anglican Com-
prospective candidate for Bain :
and Grants Town, denied :
reports that he negotiated a :
deal with Prime Minister Perry
- Christie to allow Senator Dr BJ

Nottage to run in the area in i § et
exchange for a senatorial posi- ; “honest discussion” about homo-
tion and a posting at a yet to be | Sexuals and their relationship to
established Ministry of Religion. | the Church.

Rev Moss said he still thinks, : he West Indi ted
as he previously stated, that he : ce Nel Bi ac eae
will be named as the candidate Covenant Design Group, that is

: charged with determining the full

munion — which claims 38
autonomous provinces and 70
million members world-wide —
continues here in the Bahamas,
gay rights activist Erin Greene is
asking the Anglicans to have an

Archbishop Drexel Gomez of

: provinces, The United States and
: Canada — which have been sup-
: portive of same sex-unions and

P) fama sand Pits.

Inspired by the sun...

cration of a gay bishop.
The group started its delibera-
tions on Monday and is expected

week.

worldwide Communion.

Archbishop Gomez.
According to the Archbishop,

ty” be guarded.

The Tribune, gay rights activist

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He did add, however, that in all such
matters, the Road Traffic Department will
undertake to conduct a full investigation —
“let the chips fall where they may.”



Paradise Island

_ resident charged
with laundering
billions of dollars

approved the Episcopal conse- :

A RESIDENT of Paradise

Island,.one of two founders of a

: company that processes Inter-

to be finished on Thursday of this i net gambling transactions, was

: arrested and charged with laun-

Speaking at a press conference } dering billions of dollars in gam-

on Monday, Archbishop Gomez : pling proceeds, US federal pros-

said that the Anglican Church is : 4 outors announced Tuesday. :

now at a pivotal moment in its :
history, and will likely see the cre- ; ’
§ ane wp: +, ? mer Neteller directors, John
P D ts : : : >
ation: of two sub-groups within its Save’ Letebrie8s,

“A lot hinges on the actions Stephen Eric Lawrence, 46,

the Archbishops will take,” said ; a‘ 4 1Z€!

; contained in two criminal com-
: plaints unsealed in US District
it’s important that the Anglican | Court in Manhattan on Mon-
principle of “unity within diversi- : day, US Attorney Michael Gar-
; cia said in a statement.

In an exclusive interview with :

The charges against the for-
and

both Canadian citizens, were

Lawrence, who resides in Par-

i adise Island was arrested Mon-

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FREEPORT Concrete’s
chief executive has told share-
holders that the company’s
Home Centre Superstore
should be in the black by the
end of fiscal 2007, although it
was “not yet profitable” due
to ongoing costs incurred as a
result of the move from its for-
mer Peel Street facility.

Trying to strike an optimistic
note following a $1.993 million
net loss in the year to August
31, 2006, and auditors’ worries
over the company’s ability to
continue as a going concern,
Ray Simpson said the costs of
moving the Home Centre to
its new Atlantic Drive location
in Freeport would all be
incurred by the end of Febru-
ary 2007.

.He added that Freeport
Concrete’s concrete plant was

again forecasting a profit for

fiscal 2007, having generated
net income and:a 65 per cent
rise in sales during fiscal 2006.

Looking back'on the previ-
ous year, Mr Simpson wrote in
a letter to shareholders that
the company’s major headache
had been caused by its failure
to.complete and open the new
Home Centre superstore by
June 2006.

Due to what he described as
“extended construction time”,
the Home Centre did not open
its doors and begin sales to the
public and Freeport licencees
until September 6 after year-
end.

Mr Simpson said: “This
delay seriously impacted sales,
as well as gross profit, and
meant that we had approxi-
mately $1.7 million worth of
inventory with no resulting rev-
enue for several weeks.

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THE TRIBUNE

But will be by end of fiscal 2007, as
Freeport Concrete chief stays positive
with 65% concrete plant sales rise

“Additional costs were
incurred in the last quarter,
due to hiring temporary per-
sonnel to help dismantle and

. put up racking and shelving in

the new store, hiring tempo-
rary personnel to help in sort-
ing and transferring inventory
from the Peel Street facility to
the new Superstore facility,
and significant overtime costs
incurred to get the Superstore
open.”

Contributing further to
Freeport Concrete’s fiscal 2006
woes were the costs associated
with the legal action it initiated
against the Comptroller of
Customs.

‘Understood

It is understood that the
company felt it was forced to
obtain an injunction against
Customs, which was demand-

‘ing payment of $738,644 in

duties on all goods ‘displayed’
at retail in the new Home Cen-
tre superstore.

Without the injunction, the
Customs Department was
threatening to prevent the
Home Centre from opening.

Meanwhile, Mr Simpson said
Freeport Concrete incurred
$700,000 in inventory write-
offs due to theft-related shrink-
age and damaged, obsolescent
inventory that had to be writ-
ten off when product was
transferred from the old Peel
Street location.

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“This, together with the
inventory shrinkage, primarily
due to theft, resulted in a
reduction in the value of our
inventory by approximately
$700,000. The new state-of-the
art-building, which is now the
Home Centre Superstore, is
more conducive in controlling
inventory shrinkage,” Mr
Simpson wrote.

“Also, we have added addi-
tional security personnel and

are now in the process of '

installing cameras throughout
the store. These things, along
with weekly random inventory
checks, put in place by our new
general manager, will help to
significantly reduce the inven-
tory shrinkage problem this fis-
cal year.”

Mr Simpson added that the

‘impact from closing the Home

Centre’s Seahorse Plaza store
on December 31, 2006, and
shifting all inventory and staff
to the new Home Centre,
would not be felt until the 2007
third quarter.

While the concrete plant had
not yet been relocated to the
new Bahama Rock site, the
Freeport Concrete chief exec-
utive said this would happen
in the 2007 second quarter,
increasing profit margins
through additional savings.

Mr Simpson said: “I can
understand our shareholders
being disappointed in our
share price since we went pub-
lic in 2001, and trust me, there

is nothing more disappointing
to have worked as hard as we
have to keep this company
going after three devastating
hurricanes and to see these
losses.

“However, the company is
now positioned to do well as
we have the Home Centre
Superstore, which is in a per-
fect location and is the correct
business model, and we have
the concrete plant that is per-
forming well. Having both
these divisions doing well in
the same year has not hap-
pened since 2004, which is the
year we were profitable and
the year prior to the two dev-
astating hurricanes in 2005........

He added: “Our primary
focus at the Home Centre this
year will be in four areas -
inventory - management,
accounts receivable, cost con-
trols and the implementation
of further business procedures

and accountability across the’

entire organisation.

“Since we opened the Super-
store I can state that the inven-
tory is the best it has ever been,
and it is constantly turning
over. Our customer transac-
tion counts have never been at
the high levels that they are
now, which proves that we
have the correct business mod-
el with the Superstore concept
and, barring a catastrophic
downturn in the Grand

Bahama economy, the Super- .

store will do well.”. | .;

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PETROLEUM

INTERNATIONAL EDITION



Report: BP didn’t focus on safety

*BP, FROM 1B

prevention and environmen-
tal safety.

But on so-called process
safety, “it wasn’t excellent
enough,” Browne said. “And
the standard is excellence.”

The chief executive said
the company would imple-
ment the panel’s recommen-
dations, including the inde-
pendent monitor. But he said
the company needs to com-
pare Baker’s report with a
companywide safety exami-
nation that began soon after
the Texas City explosion and
gave no time frame for mak-
ing the changes Baker’s group
suggested.

Baker has led the panel

CALIFORNIA

investigating corporate man-
agement at Houston-based BP
Products North America fol-
lowing the March 2005 blast
that killed 15 people and
injured more than 170 others.
The U.S. Chemical Safety
and Hazard Investigation
Board, known as the CSB,
urged BP in August 2005 to
hire outside experts to look at
the company’s oversight of
safety management systems
and make its findings public
— similar to an investigation
at NASA following the space
shuttle Columbia tragedy.
The panel, announced in
October 2005, has traveled to
BP’s five U.S. refineries and
interviewed hundreds of
employees. ;

“BP tended to have a short-
term focus in its U.S. refining
operations, and its decentral-
ized management system and
entrepreneurial culture dele-
gated substantial discretion to
U.S. refinery plant managers
without clearly defining pro-
cess safety expectations,
responsibilities or account-
abilities,” the panel said.

Baker, a senior partner at
the Houston-based Baker
Botts law firm, was White
House chief of staff and trea-
sury secretary in the Reagan
administration and secretary
of state in the first Bush
administration. The release of
the BP report was twice
delayed because of his work
with the Iraq Study Group,

which made its recommenda-
tions to President Bush last
month on how to revamp U.S.
policy in Iraq.

The release of the report
comes less than a week after
London-based BP said Chief
Executive John Browne
would step down by the end
of July, more than a year
ahead of schedule.

BP said Friday that
Browne, 58, will be succeeded
by Tony Hayward, the head of
exploration and production,
who will assume the task of
trying to repair the company’s
reputation with the public
and investors.

BP shares fell 1.5 percent to
close at $10.62 on the London
Stock Exchange

After freeze, prices soar for citrus

* CITRUS, FROM 1B

produces more oranges, but
those are mostly processed
for orange juice.

More than 70 percent of
this season’s oranges, lemons
and tangerines — nearly $1
billion worth of fruit — were
still on the trees as nighttime
temperatures in California’s
Central Valley dipped into the
low 20s and teens on four
straight nights beginning Fri-
day. The freeze ruined as
much as three-quarters of the
California citrus crop, grow-
ers say; the fruit is threatened
whenever the mercury falls
below 28 degrees.

“Limited amounts were
harvested before the freeze,
so it’s not like the markets are
going to dry up suddenly,”
said Claire Smith, a spokes-

CHIP MAKER

woman for Sunkist Growers, a
Los Angeles-based coopera-
tive owned by some 6,000
growers in California and Ari-
zona.

Still, the diminished supply
is bound to drive up prices,
Smith said. Sunkist may
import oranges and other
fruit from South Africa and
other countries.

On Tuesday, a Visalia-
based citrus broker was sell-
ing 40-pound boxes of
oranges for $22 to $32,
depending on the variety.

That’s up from $6 to $14 a.

week earlier, and with the
National Weather Service
calling for at least one more
night of frigid temperatures in
many areas, prices could con-
tinue to escalate.

Some shoppers took
advantage of still-reasonable

Intel Q4 profit
falls 39% on.
lower prices

° INTEL, FROM 1B

fourth-quarter profit and
sales were hurt by lower
prices. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-
based company cited prelimi-
nary figures.

Bryant said in an interview
that while results were helped
by demand for the faster chips
Intel introduced last year, the
margin forecast for 2007
shows there will still be tough
competition. In the fourth
quarter, gross margin fell to
49.6 percent from 61.8 percent
a year earlier.

Gross margin, or the share
of sales left after manufactur-
ing costs, in the quarter com-
pared with an earlier forecast
of about 50 percent and an
average gross margin of 58
percent between 2003 and
2005.

Intel’s profit, excluding
some items, was 25 cents a
share, in line with analysts’
The company,
whose results are viewed as
an indicator of demand for
computers and related com-
ponents, kicks off quarterly

TECHNOLOGY

° HEWLETT-PACKARD, FROM 1B

FPGAs are integrated cir-
cuits with programmable
logic components and inter-
connects that can be adapted
by end-users, Hewlett-
Packard said. The chips can
be built in current fabrication
facilities after ‘‘minor”
changes because they can be
made using the same-sized
transistors as those used in
current FPGA design, the
company said.

The flexible FPGA-style

chips could be used routinely
in consumer products manu-
factured by the tens of mil-
lions. The advance could lead
to the ability to modify or
upgrade the circuitry of stan-
dard consumer electronics
products already in use.
Hewlett-Packard said it
expects to have a laboratory

earnings announcements for
the technology industry along
with Apple and International
Business Machines this week.

The company forecast
sales of $8.7 billion to $9.3 bil-
lion in the first quarter. That
compares with an average
analyst estimate of $8.9 billion
in a Bloomberg survey.

Sales typically fall in the
first three months of the year
from the preceding quarter as
computer makers cut back
orders after the end of the
holiday shopping season.

Chief Executive Officer
Paul Otellini, 56, accelerated
the release of new models to
counter gains by Advanced
Micro. New versions of the
Xeon server helped Intel stop
a slide in orders in the third
quarter and take back sales in
the fourth quarter, Intel exec-
utive Patrick Gelsinger said
Dec. 13.

In 2006, the market for
microprocessors shrank to
$33.4 billion from $35 billion
in 2005, even as chipmakers
sold 10 percent more units,
according to data from Scotts-

prototype of the chip com-
pleted “within the year.”

Shares of Hewlett-Packard
fell 33 cents to $43.20 at 4:02
p.m. in New York Stock
Exchange composite trading.
They gained 44 percent last
year. |

The global semiconductor
industry, which the Semicon-
ductor Industry Association
said had sales of $225.1 billion
through the first 11 months of
2006, is approaching the
likely limit of Moore’s Law, a
theory that has driven engi-
neers to design smaller and
faster chips for four decades.

Intel co-founder Gordon
Moore discovered that engi-
neers could double the per-
formance of microprocessors
about every two years by
shrinking the size of the cir-
cuits that carry electrons
across silicon wafers, thereby

prices Tuesday, as many of
the fruit on market shelves
was picked before the freeze.
Shopper Lindsay Beamish, 29,
was surprised to see a 10-
pound bag of oranges selling
for $10 at a Vons supermarket
in Pasadena.

“T might just have to get 10
pounds worth because that’s
not going to last,” she said of

the price.

Damages from the current
freeze will likely surpass

those from a three-day cold

snap in December 1998 that
destroyed 85 percent of Cali-
fornia’s citrus crop, a loss val-
ued at $700 million, state
Agriculture Secretary A.G.
Kawamura said.

The state also suffered a
deep freeze in 1990 — one
that completely wiped out the
$1 billion crop. It took grow-

dale, Arizona- based IC
Insights. The average selling

price fell more than $10 to =

$90.27 per chip and that
decline will continue to $83.05
this year, the market
researcher forecasts.

Intel ended the quarter
with 94,100 employees, down

increasing the number of
transistors on a single chip.
Intel’s first microprocessor
in 1971 contained 2,300 tran-
sistors, compared with the
recent Montecito chip, which
has 1.7 billion transistors on a
piece of silicon the size of a
postage stamp. Today, most
Intel chips have wires 65
nanometers thin. The Santa
Clara, Calif.-based company
said in June it will move to 45-
nanometer wires in most

‘products by the end of 2007.

Manufacturing becomes
difficult with anything
smaller than about 20 nano-
meters. Engineers agree
Moore’s Law will collide with
the physical limits of materi-
als in the next 10 or 15 years.

A nanometer is a millionth
of a millimeter and is used to
measure the width of a circuit
on achip. The smaller the dis-

ers two years to recover.

Labor leaders are also
watching the weather closely.
They estimate as many as
12,000 field workers and pack-.
ing house employees could
lose their jobs for the remain-
der of the season...

Damaged fruit from the
current freeze may still be sal-
vaged as juice, usually a
byproduct for California
farmers, Smith said.

“It’s not likely to have a big
impact on the juice industry
because California is not a big
player in that market,” she
said.

The California freeze is
also expected to inflate prices
for other crops that suffered
damage, including avocados
and fresh-cut flowers, state
agricultural officials said.



PAUL SAKUMA/AP FILE, 2006

STILL BEAT EXPECTATIONS: Intel CEO Paul Otellini holds up
an Intel laptop at last year’s Intel Developers Conference
in San Francisco. The world’s largest computer chip
maker’s fourth-quarter profit plunged 39 percent as

- Intel endured a painful price war with rival AMD.

from its peak of 102,500 at the
end of the second quarter.
Costs associated with job cuts
decreased earnings per share
by about 15 cents in the fourth
quarter, the statement said.
The sale of a communica-
tions-chip unit added 2.5
cents.

HP research may lead to improved chips —

tance, the bigger the number
of semiconductors that can be
cut from one wafer. The
smallest mass-produced chips
currently available use 65-
nanometer technology.

Today’s manufacturing
process, known as comple-
mentary metal-oxide semi-
conductor technology, or
CMOS, isn’t able to control
ever-tinier circuits because
the properties of silicon and
the circuits change when used
in such minuscule amounts.

Given the barrier, chip-
makers are studying how to
build the basic elements of
semiconductors from the
atomic level up. They’re using
nanotechnology tools such as
the scanning tunneling micro-
scope that let engineers study
atoms’ behavior and figure
out the best ways to manipu-
late them.

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JURY SELECTION BEGINS
IN COCA-COLA TRIAL

One hundred potential
jurors filed into a federal
courtroom for the start of
the conspiracy trial of a for-
mer Coca-Cola (CCE) sec-
‘retary accused of stealing
trade secrets from the
world’s largest beverage
maker in an effort to sell
them to rival Pepsi.

The potential jurors
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STRONG REVENUE: Wells Fargo & Co. reported that a
stronger-than-expected revenue propelled the
nation’s fifth largest bank to a record year.

Wells Fargo boosts.
fourth-quarter earnings

From Herald Wire Services
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) fattened its profit margins and
pocketed more customer service fees to boost its fourth-quar-
ter earnings 13 percent, while U.S. Bancorp (USB) lowered
its problem loans and expenses to eke out a more-modest

The results released Tuesday provided investors with
their first look at how the nation’s biggest banks fared during
the final three months of 2006 — a period in which the U.S.
economy continued to expand despite jitters over crumbling
home sales and weakening property values in many parts of

Still, credit losses increased at both banks in the fourth
- quarter, suggesting that more borrowers were struggling to

Wells Fargo shares climbed 72 cents, or 2 percent, to close
' at $36.23 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Although the earnings fell a penny below analyst projec-
tions, U.S. Bancorp shares gained 20 cents, 0.6 percent, to

’

e SUPREME COURT

JUSTICES TAKEN ABACK
OVER NOTICE RULING

Two large insurers
defended their decision not
to tell customers about their
less-than-perfect credit, as
the Supreme Court debated
the legal standard for find-
ing the companies liable
under federal law.

During an hour of argu-
ment, several justices
seemed taken aback at the

‘magnitude of a federal
appeals court ruling. Under
that ruling, Geico and Safeco
Insurance would have to
notify nearly all their cus-
tomers that they aren’t get-
ting the best rates because
their credit scores aren’t the
highest.

The consumers sued
Geico and Safeco because
the firms used a less strin-
gent policy and thus notified
far fewer customers.

e AEROSPACE

AIRBUS SEEN LOSING
LEADERSHIP TO RIVAL

Airbus, which this time
last year defied expectations
that it had fallen behind
Boeing by unveiling a glut of
new orders, looks unlikely
to pull off the same coup
when it announces 2006 fig-
ures today.

After setting an industry
record with 1,1 orders in
2005, Airbus is poised to
lose its five-year leadership
after a sales slump that left
the European aircraft maker
with just 635 orders to Boe-
ing’s 823 at the start of last
month.

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THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 5B



CEE ee ES Ee ASNT SE 2 ae
Out Islands face labour shortages

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter in Aruba at
Caribbean Marketplace
2007

THERE will be great labour
shortages on the Family
Islands due to the increase in
construction associated with
resort projects there, prompt-
ing Anthony Stuart, executive
director of the Bahamas Out
Islands Promotions Board, to
encourage Nassau residents to
move to these islands.

Mr Stuart said there were
massive opportunities at every
level for Bahamians to go to
the Family Islands, particular-
ly if they wanted to develop
and create enterneurprial
opportunities.

“For instance, there will be
people who want to go bicy-
cle riding or snorkelling, and
those businesses do not exist.
The future of the Bahamas is
in the Out Islands,” he added.

Mr Stuart, who is attending
Caribbean Marketplace, said
of the conference: “We are
getting a lot of interest. A lot

of buyers are looking to
expand their products beyond
a Nassau or Grand Bahama-
based programme, and so
what we are finding out is that-
a lot of buyers are interested in
what is happening in the Out
Islands. They are also inter-
ested in promoting us, and
about the new products com-
ing on-line.

“We are excited that they
are not only looking at a cen-
tre holiday, where they may
visit Nassau and a Family
Island. Now, they are asking
about combining Out Islands

Cape Eleuthera resort

set for March opening



GB
tourism
interest on
rebound

FROM page 1B |

35-54, while 81 per cent vis-
it the island on vacation,
and 8 per cent travel for
business, Ministry of
Tourism statistics have
shown. |

Around 54 per cent of

visitors are travelling to
Grand Bahama for the first
time, and most of these per-
sons have an income rang-
ing between, $50-$75,000.

Some 86 per cent of
Grand Bahama visitors are
white, and 6 per cent are.
black. They stay 5-6 nights
or an average of 5.3 nights,
and 46 per cent of vistors
are couples and 22 per cent
have families.

The US continues to sup-
ply the most visitors, with
83.8 per cent of visitors to
Grand Bahama coming
from that country. Trailing
far behind is Europe with
8.5 per cent, Canada with
3.8 per cent, the UK with
1.4 per cent and Italy with 9
per cent. Eight per cent of
visitors come from the Mia-
mi/Florida area, and 8 per
cent travel from New York.

TCI COUNTRY MANAGER -INSURANCE OPERATIONS

FROM page 1B

and partners,” Mr Kappeler
said of the two-day event,
which allows buyers and sellers
of Caribbean products a
chance to have one-on-one
meetings.

Mr Kappeler said that
because Cape Eleuthera was
a fairly new resort, it did not
have a large following among
marketplace buyers on the first
day of the conference.

This, he said, required them
to get out on the floor and pro-
mote the property. He added
that the company was now in
the process of replacing their
artist rendered drawings with
actual photos.

“It is difficult for them to
understand what we are sell-
ing until we get that done,” he
said, “so some of them are hes-

itant. This is an opportunity:

for us to get our relationships
renewed. We are very excited
for South Eleuthera to have
this new opportunity.”

-Mr Kappeler said the pro-
ject was to include one of the
largest marinas in the Family
Islands.

He added that this will be
one of the company’s niches, as
it will be able to accept vessels
up to 200 feet in length.

He said the staff and com-
munity on Eleuthera were very
excited about the resort’s
opening.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 131 (4) (a), (b) and
(c) of the Internationa] Business Seales Act, an notice

is hereby given that -

(a) Faritivest Ltd:: is in dissoltition:

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is
the 20th day of December, A.D., 2006 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308 East

Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
Liquidator



With origins in The Bahamas since 1978 and in the Cayman Islands and
the Turks and Caicos Islands, since 1980, Fidelity is a financial services
group offering a comprehensive range of insurance services, domestic
and international banking. estate planning, pension services and corporate
finance as well as other financial products and services. Fidelity is now
inviting applications for a:

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS COUNTRY MANAGER—

INSURANCE OPERATIONS

Reporting directly to the VP & Regional Marketing Manager, the
successful candidate will have the following minimum requirements:-

Business related Bachelor’s Degree Qualification
Professional Insurance Qualification, i.e
Ten years relevant insurance experience
Proven track record in new business development

Self motivated in addition to being an excellent team leader
Excellent organizational and analytical skills

Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel &
Powerpoint
Ability to relocate and reside in the Turks & Caicos Islands
Ability to prepare & deliver high level presentations

Knowledge of the local insurance market would be an advantage

. FCIL, ACT or CPCU

The successful applicant will manage Fidelity’s Turks & Caicos

Insurance operations and will focus on new business development as well
as maintaining & developing existing client & carrier relationships across
a broad range of products & services.

An attractive compensation package that includes a large performance
related component, plus a comprehensive range of employee benefits and
relocation allowance is being offered.

The deadline for applications is January 31st 2007.

TCI Country Manager—Insurance Operations

SteppingStones Recruitment

P.Q. Box 10091

Grand Cayman KY1-1001

Tel (345) 946 7837
Fax G45) 946 7836

for a true island-hopping expe-
rience.”

Mr Stuart said a major chal-
lenge was that the Family
Islands were not well-known,
so the message of variety when
it came to authentic Bahamian
experiences had to be com-
municated to travel agents.
However, he said the anchor

overcome this challenge.

Mr Stuart said: “What the
anchor properties do is bring a
brand name to the island, so it
gives it almost that stamp of
approval, because people may
not know about the Out
Islands but they will recognise
the brand.”

He added that second
homeowners also helped with

promotion, and had to be be
embraced because they had
friends and families who vis-
ited the Bahamas.

Mr Stuart said second
homes could provide jobs
through construction and
maintenance. Another major
challenge, he added, was that
of reliable airlift to the Family
Islands.

_property brands helped to

728
Royal Holiday
is now seeking Sales representaives to join their
multi-million dollar Sales Team.

Are you goal oriented, energetic, well groomed,
self-motivated, ambitious,
between 21-35 years of age, love making money:

and meeting people?
If this sounds like you, your opportunity is here!

Interested persons should visit
Royal Holiday at the Wyndham Nassau Resort
ground floor opposite Crystal Sweets Restaurant or

Call 242-327-5595/8

SECTIONS EDITOR
THE TRIBUNE

is seeking a Main Section Editor to design news
pages and write eye-catching head-lines. Solid
journalistic credentials essential, including a keen
news sense, excellent text- -editing ability and an
aptitude for supervising staff. Applications please
to: |



Managing Editor
The Tribune
P.O.Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/PROGRAM COORDINATOR
The Nature Conservancy Bahamas Program is seeking to fill the position of Program Coordinator.
The Program Coordinator coordinates the administrative and operational aspects of a program
or project. S/he contributes to the processes for annual planning and budgeting, submission of
periodic and annual financial and technical reports and monitoring progress over the life of the
program/project. The Coordinator may be responsible for developing operational guidelines to
ensure efficient management of the program and compliance with regulations. S/he coordinates
program/project-related workshops and meetings and documents activities, strategies and lessons
learned as appropriate. The Coordinator assists with the preparation of financial analyses and reports
for Program/Project management and other team members. S/he also assists in the preparation of
proposals for program/project support and serves as an information resource about the Program/
Project in general — helping to develop communications materials, and responding to public inquiries.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination.

Excellent verbal and written skills.

Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.

Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, Excel, Power Point and Data Base Management. Ability
to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.

Understanding of how organizations work and experience with project implementation and design.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR

The Nature Conservancy Bahamas Program is seeking to fill the position of Senior Policy Advisor.
The Senior Policy advisor develops, coordinates and implements the program strategy to further the
work of the Conservancy and its-conservation partners through direct interaction with the Governments
in the Northern Caribbean Program and multi- and bi-lateral agencies that provide conservation
opportunities and/or impact the nations’ conservation programs. S/he identifies conservation policy
and funding opportunities, evaluates the potential for TNC and NGO partner involvement, and develops
and implements strategies to influence policy and public funding for conservation at the national and/or
global levels. The Senior Policy Advisor liaises with counterparts in the Conservancy's Mesoamerica
and Caribbean Conservation Region and International Government Relations department to provide
and extract useful lessons and to coordinate on joint policy approaches. S/he also serves as contact
with the external professional community in the policy arena to keep abreast of new developments
and opportunities that may be useful to the Conservancy and its partners and to report on and share
the Conservancy's experiences with others. The Senior Policy Advisor provides expert policy analysis
and contributes directly to the Conservancy's public funding strategies by providing input for proposal
writing, negotiating with bilateral and multilateral agencies and donor cultivation as needed.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS “

Bachelor's degree in relevant field and 6 or more years of senior relevant experience. Master's
degree may be preferred or required. May require federal agency or congressional staff experience or
equivalent experience for positions with a global focus.

Expert knowledge of current trends in relevant policy discipline.

Demonstrated experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.

Demonstrated excellent project management skills.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Interested persons should apply in writing with full details, including resume and cover letter, to
HYPERLINK “mailto:bahamas@tnc.org” bahamas@ltnc.org by January 31, 2007.





PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007







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aan

The American Embassy is presently considering
applications for the following position:

RS

INVESTIGATIVE AIDE

Serves as the Drug Enforcement Administration Liaison
with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Her Majesty’s
Customs, Bahamas Immigration and the Royal Bahamas
Defense Force and all other agencies affiliated with the

Sense

BUSINESS

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Specialise or ‘try to

FROM page 1B

needs to be discussed, and that
we need to come to a consen-

sus On.

“We certainly run the risk
of diluting our resources by
spreading them across the sec-

tor, trying to compete at all
levels, rather than concentrat-
ing them in defined areas we
consider to be our core prod-
ucts.

“And, to an extent, not only
do we run the risk of diluting
our resources but of diluting
our message in terms of a
defined brand. How do we
want to brand the Bahamas in

suppression of illegal drug activity in the Islands of the
Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

This position is open to candidates with the following -
qualifications:

A Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or a
| related field.

‘| . Five years of Law Enforcement experience is required.
‘| Must have a good working knowledge of Bahamian Law
as well as an understanding of Bahamian Government
agencies and their functions.



PEER T ERO Ts Pa NO

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Must have ability to communicate effectively both orally
and in writing. Specialized report writing; investigative
and diplomacy skills and computer skills (Microsoft
Office Suite) are required.

Must be able to: work with minimum supervision.

Legal Notice



NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 131 (4) (a), (b) and
(c) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, notice
is hereby given that:-

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

The successful candidate will be offered an excellent
compensation package including performance-based
incentives, medical and dental insurance, life insurance,

pension and opportunities for training and development. (a) Gavel Inc., is in dissolution:

‘(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens
the 20th day of December, A.D., 2006 and

who are eligible for employment under Bahamian laws
and regulations.



(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308 East
| Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Bay St.
Monday through Friday at the security area of the .

American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed applications
| should be returned to the Embassy: addressed to the
Human Resources Office no later than Tuesday, January
30, 2007.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
Liquidator



Innovative Offshore Bank is
presen tly looking fora

back-office
administrator

The successful applicant must
m have several years of private banking background
m be computer literate

Bank & Trust

We require knowledge and experience with
a Securities
m Corporate Actions
m Foreign exchange transactions
m= Payments and transfers
| a Accounting
m Reconciliations

Team player with pleasant personality. Must be able to
work independently with minimal supervision.
Series 7 certification is an asset.

We offer
m a salary which is commensurate with the job,
a pension plan and medical insurance

Please send your resume and one (1) letter of reference to

SYZ & CO BANK & TRUST am Attention Betsy Morris(betsy.morris@syzbank.com)
P. O. Box N-1089 = Bayside Executive Park m West Bay Street & Blake Road
Nassau - Bahamas m Fax : 327-6629

vate Banking
-OYSTER Funds
Iternative Investments

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‘ 1.85 ; 0.54 Abaco Markets 0.59 0.59 0.00 -0.293 0.000 N/M 0.00%
"412.05 10.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.30 11.30 0.00 1.689 0.400 6.7 3.54%

8.03 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.03 8.03 0.00 0.796 0.260 10.1 3.24%
» $0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.0 2.50%
u 1.85 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.75 1.85 0.10 2,000 0.199 0.060 9.3 3.24%
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f {10.00 9.05 Cable Bahamas 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.40%
#) 12.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 0.078 0.040 24.4 2.11%
412.65 9.05 Commonwealth Bank 12.65 12.65 0.00 0.943 0.680 12.7 5.38%
46.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.75 4.91 0.16 0.134 0.045 35.4 0.95%
42.88 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.5 0.00%
46.21 5.54 Famguard 5.95 5.95 0.00 300 0.552 0.240 10.8 4.03%
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Name Last 12 Months Div $

Colina Money Market Fund 1.322791"
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.9728***
Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.500211**

1.217450****
11.3075*****




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i 2 06 B4.47% — rer
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX< - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100



BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
’ 52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

MARKET TERMS

* -5 January 2007

> Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
nr Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume ** 31 December 2006
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

*** _ 31 December 2006

**** 31 December 2006



31 December 2006




ERE REE REE ER VE COVINA 243-5








financial services?”
Currently, the Bahamas has

carved out a strong reputation

and niche for itself in private

wealth management, through

its private banking, trust, estate
planning and asset protection

~ products.

The new products intro-
duced since 2002 have largely
continued this private wealth
management focus, including
purpose trusts and founda-
tions. Even the Investment
Funds Act 2003 was geared
towards the private wealth, pri-
vate client market, the
SMART fund being designed
to cater to a high net worth
family or small investor group
and giving them an alternative
to traditional investment prod-
ucts.

Mr Moree was warning,
though, that by attempting to
generate business in other
areas, the Bahamas was in dan-
ger of diluting its brand repu-
tation and image.

In addition, the Forum chair-
man said the Bahamas had
been so successful in branding
itself as a tourism destination,

| be all things to all’?

when its name was mentioned
this was what potential high
net worth clients thought of
first, rather than financial ser-
vices. ,

Without diluting the success
of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr
Moree said the Bahamas had
to “elevate the role of the sec- '
ond pillar of our economy,
which is financial services,
through a concerted market-
ing and branding effort over a |
period of time”.

He added that the ultimate
goal, whenever the Bahamas’
name was mentioned or
images of this nation conjured,
was to ensure people were
“not only aware of us as a
place of recreation, fun and

_ beaches, but at the same time

they see the flip side of the
Bahamas.

“That is all of that plus a
place of serious business,
integrity and transparency,
where the elite multinationals
of the world conduct business.
We are seen as both a place of
fun and relaxation, and a place
where serious business is con-
ducted at international level.”

WANTED

Store Manager & >
Sales Associates

Small Retail Store Specializing in girls accessories Is
seeking a dynamic, energetic, and highly motivated
Store Manager with prior retail managerial experience
to handle all aspects of store operations.

Only persons 30 years and older need apply.
Vacancy also exists for sales associates.
Please send resumes by e-mail to

~~ ecooke @coralwave.com

Phone:394-7019







international clients,

Technology.

Core Responsibilities

® Develop, maintain, support and optimize the organization's network
infrastructare, server infrastructure, data communications, and

telecommunications sysiems.

® Ensure hardware and software is maintained and data is secured through

proper back-ups and staff training.

® Prepare and maintain technical specifications and related documentation to
secure procedures and prevent system failure. This includes IT Disaster

SENIOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

Information Technology

A reputable financial institution beadquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The
Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guerssey, Switzerland and the United
Kingdom, Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to local and

An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with a
record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Information Technology
team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Information

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Recovery / Business Continuity planning.

® Provide management and direction for end-user support function in support of
business operations, inclusive of management of the Help-Desk fanction.

® Manage and direct soflware, bardware, network, telecommunications and web
providers fo enhagce operational efficiencies and ROL based on the bank's

business objectives.

Desired Qualifications

® Bachelor's Degree in Computing or related discipline from a well recognized

university.

= A minimum of five years progressive professional I experience preferably in

the Financial Services Industry.

PC-based software applications.

systems.

and customer service skills.
Closing Date: January 26, 2007

Contact

Human Resources

Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242

Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: (242) 393 3772



E-mail: recruitment@butterfieldbank. bs

wow. batterficldbank.bs

® {1 based training or qualifications (MCSE, CISSP asd CCNA) from
accredited institutions will be advantageous.

® Proficient in computer systems and network management, LANs, WANs:
~ telecommunications, Web-based applications, client-server applications, and

= Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Servers, Microsolt Windows XP,
Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Exchange Server



= Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project management






ZG

Butterfield yey oy



THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 7B



a a a

Winterbotham
manager passes
Canadian course







BA MANAGER at Winterbotham Fund
=== Services, Brian Jones (above), has completed
the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) after

studying with the Nassau-based Securities

Training Institute (STI). :
Michael Miller, STI’s president, said in a

SCOTS DU ACM OM ALUMI

f necessary tools to effectively prepare for the
| CSC exam, and obtain this highly respected
TCM LEO qualification.

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited
INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island resort and residential project,
an ultra-luxury resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably
qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company:

BOAT CAPTAIN

Duties and Responsibilities

¢ Manage fleet of boats and related equipment.
~ e Coordinate and manage maintenance of boats
° Coordinate all water sport activities.
e Snorkeling
° Diving
e Flats and Deep Sea fishing
© Manage Staff of First Mates.
¢ Coordinate Safety of all boat patrons.

* Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have to
reside on Eleuthera or its surrounding area and
have a minimum of 10 years experience as a boat
captain. Must be familiar with the local waters
and the area around Royal Island. Must have
strong managerial and organizational skills in the
areas of personnel and boat operations. Must be
computer literate with strong written and verbal
communication skills.

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

The H.R. Director
' GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.

















































COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006
IN THE SUPREME COURT COM/bnk/00015
Commercial Division

IN THE MATTER OF MOSAIC COMPOSITE
LIMITED now MOSAIC COMPOSITE
LIMITED (U.S.) INC.

(a Minnesota Corporation) (“Mosaic”)

’ AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSI-
NESS COMPANIES ACT, Chapter 309
Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition (‘the Act”)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Petition for
the winding-up of the above-named Company was on the
17th day of March.2006 presented to the said Court by
Olympus Univest Ltd. (in liquidation) cio BDO Mann Judd.
Third Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street North, Nassau,
Bahamas

AND.that the said Petition which was directed to be
heard before the Honourable Madame. Justice Cheryl Albury
in Court at the Law Courts, the Harrison Building,
Marlborough Street, Nassau on Thursday, 14th day of
‘December, 2006 at 11:00 o’clock in the forenoon is now
directed to be heard on Tuesday, the 23rd day of January,
2007 at 10:30 o’clock in the forenoon before the said Judge
and any Creditor or contributory of the said Company
desirous to support or oppose the making of an Order on
the said Petition may appear at the time of the hearing in
person or by his Counsel for that purpose; and a copy of the
Petition will be furnished by the undersigned to any
Creditor or Contributory of the said Company requiring such
copy on payment of the prescribed charges for the same.
DATED the 12th day of January, A.D. 2007

Callenders &CO.
Chambers,
One Millars.Court,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing of
the said Petition must serve on or send by post to the
above-named, notice in writing of his intention to do so.
The Notice must state the name and address of the person,
or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm and must
be signed by the person or firm or his or their attorney if
any, and must be served or if posted, must be sent by post
in sufficient time to reach the above-named not later than
4:00 o’clock in the. afternoon of 22nd day of January, 2007

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited
INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT



Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers of
the Royal Island resort and residential project, an
ultra-luxury resort and private club residential community
with private residences and club, 200 slip marina and
boutique hotel and spa, and a golf course just off North
Eleuthera is seeking to employ a Married Couple with strong
managerial, operational and organizational skills in
managing resort properties to oversee all day to day
operations on the island.

Duties and Responsibilities




















¢ Greeting potential members/buyers/investors

¢ Arranging transportation, including airport, transfers, boats
and on -island vehictes

¢ Responsible for setting up guest relations, all staff training,
motivation and recruitment

¢ Manage local accommodations

¢ Upkeep of boat fleet

e Manage/coordinate all ocean/beach activities’

¢ Manage guest inquiries and complaints in an efficient and

professional manner

* Once the Preview Village is completed this position will:



¢ Oversee operations
e Maid Service

¢ Food/beverage

¢ Beach activities

° Ocean activities

¢ General maintenance upkeep of premises
¢ Manage fitness/spa activities

_ ¢ Assist in sales process
















° Qualifications: The ideal candidate must. have a minimum
of 10 years experience in resort property management with
significant experience in the restaurant and spa industry,
including operations and maintenance of pool and spa
equipment. Must have strong managerial and organizational
skills in the areas of personnel and bugeting. Must be computer
literate with strong written and verbal communication skills.

Interested persons should submit their resumes with cover
letter to: :
The H.R. Director
GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp:com




Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
_ their interest, however only those under consideration will
be contacted.















































Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited |
INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island resort and residential project,
an ultra-luxury resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably
qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company:

CHEF

Duties and Responsibilities




¢ Coordinate and manage multiple food venues.

° Coordinate and manage all food preparation -
_ areas.

¢ Budgeting and purchasing of food supplies.

e Planning of meals for all food venues. |

° Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have to
reside on Eleuthera or its surrounding area and

have a minimum of 10 years experience a four (4)

star restaurant cuisine and dining with significant

experience in the food industry. Must have experi-
~ ence in start up restuarant operation. Must have
strong managerial and organizational skills in the -
areas of personnel and budgeting. Must be
computer literate with strong written and verbal
communication skills. .

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

The H.R. Director
GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas

Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.



Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited

INVITATION FOR
EMPLOYMENT

‘Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island resort and residential project,
an ultra-luxury resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably
qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company:

e Director of Design

e Exterior Relations

° Project Managers

e Project Engineers

¢ Genaral Superintendents

e Superintendents

¢ Assistant Superintendents

e Electrical Construction Managers
° Mechanical Construction Managers
¢ Office Engineers

¢ Manager of Quality Control

¢ Inspectors












Over 20 postions are to filled. All positions
require successful applicants to reside at North
Eleuthera or vicinity.

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

The H.R. Director
GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas

- Fax to: (242) 356-4125

Or Email to: info@gomezcorp.com







Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.



PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007














WANTED

DATA PROCESSOR
MUST BE ABLE TO ASSIST WITH
INVENTORY

ANTED

SALES PERSONS
WITH 3 YEARS EXPERIENCE



Please forward resume to:
Taylor Industries Ltd.
P.O. Box N-4806
Nassau, Bahamas

Tyiamon aula ha
ey axe an

Ra PORANTE

Villaggio

F EAN O BAR & CAFE

Seeks to employ professional
Waiter and Waitress’

Must be well-groomed a
Fluent in the English Language -
Must have own transportation
Must be able to work flexible
hours oe

Send Resume to:
Human Resources
P.O. Box CB 13647
Nassau, Bahamas
or Apply in person
Caves Village, West Bay Street.



| MANAGE Ne B, ANKING & CUSTODY



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BANKING DEPARTMENT

reputable financial institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The
ahamas, Barbados, Ue Cayman tslands, Gaernsey, Switzerland and the United

Kingdom, Batterficld Bank offers a wide range of services to local and
international clients.

An exciting opportunity currently exists fora results oriented self starter with a
record of professional achicvements to join our dynamic Banking Services team.
The successful candidite will report directly to the Head of Private Banking.



Core Responsibilities

Closing DateJanuary 26, 2007

‘To manage and control the banking and custody departments of the Bank ir ina
cohesive, well organized and risk oriented manner. :

‘To effectively nanage the Relationship Management Team of both banking
and custody so as a first class service is offered to all clients in a proactive
MUN,

‘To assist with the development and implementation of new products and
systems as may be required in order to farther enhance productivity and
efficiency.

To work closely with the Assistant Manager of Coliialeal Risk
Management to cnsure procedures and processes remain fully in line with the
group's strategy relating to Enterprise. & Operational Risk.

Te eosure, at all times, the banking aud custody. operations are effectively
inanaged fo ensure processing of all deposit and payments, foreign exchange
and security transactions are carried out technically correct, without error and
within procedures, |

To ensure full aware of albapplicable laws, salou bank policies and
procedares and that they are implemented effectively on a day to day basis
within the department,

‘To assist in the preparation of the banking and custody budgets and for the
effective minagement of revenues and costs.

Desired Qualifications
Relevant Degree or related discipline from a well recognized university.

A minimum of ten years progressive Banking/Custody experience in the
Financial Services Industry.

A good proven background in professional and experience client facing role
High degree of awareness and compliance orientation
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products,

Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project management
and customer service skills.



Contact

Haman Resources

Butterfield Bank (Bahanias) Limited
P.O. Bos N-3242

Nassan, Babamas

Kan: (242) 393 3772

E mail: recruitmenté butterfieldbank. bs






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BUSINESS

THE TRIBUNE



Target-date funds.
allow procrastinators
to invest without guilt —

@ By TIM PARADIS
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Many
investors pride themselves on

making regular contributions .

to their retirement savings
plans, but once they set up
those accounts, they’re likely
to spend more time weighing
what movie to see or where to
go on vacation than managing
their assets.

While some might find the
notion of such neglect anathe-
ma, many investors avoid
financial checkups because
they feel overwhelmed or find
the process mind-numbing.
These procrastinators might
consider target-date funds, a
growing breed of mutual fund
that promises the reward of a

home-cooked meal with the

ease of a TV dinner.
Target-date funds, which are
referred to by a variety of
names including target matu-
rity date funds, are becoming

more popular because they
allow investors to put money’

into a fund and get back to
planning that vacation almost

“The main thing about all
of the target-date funds is
that they’re simple. They all
package some sophisticated
asset allocation into a nice
easy-to-use package.”

— Bob Boyda, senior vice president at
John Hancock Financial Services



without a second thought. The
funds gradually shift invest-
ments to become more con-
servative as their maturity
dates near.

“Theoretically, you could set
the clock and forget about it,”

said Tom Roseen, an analyst

with Lipper Inc., which tracks
funds.

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Granted, it’s always wise for
investors to keep tabs on their
investments and, even among
the lowest-maintenance funds
such as these, not all are alike.
But their appeal is clear.

In 2006, there were 210 such
funds introduced, up from 178
in 2005 and 126 in 2004,
according to Lipper. And there
is big money in some of these
funds: Vanguard Inc., for
example, has 11 target retire-
ment funds whose assets
totaled $16.5 billion at the end
of 2006. Most target date funds
are fewer than three years old.

“The main thing about all of
the target-date funds is that

they’re simple. They all pack-

age some sophisticated asset
allocation into a nice easy-to-
use package,” said Bob Boy-
da, senior vice president at

John Hancock Financial Ser-

vices, describing such funds as
“autopilot for life.”

Most target date funds are
what are known as a fund of
funds — those that invest in
other mutual funds to boost
diversity beyond what would
generally be capable from a
single fund. To get started,
investors simply pick a year in
which they expect to retire and
then watch over time as the
funds move toward more con-
servative investments, for
example, by shifting from

_ stocks to bonds.

One major difference among
target-date funds involves how
the funds’ investments are
weighted on the target date.
Some investors expect, essen-
tially, to be handed a check for
the amount of their dutifully
invested retirement savings.

‘Other funds are run with the

assumption that someone
about to retire will still need
some holdings in stocks, for
example, and would run out of

money if they were only invest-
ed in bonds, whose returns
tend to be lower. It is impor-
tant to understand which phi-
losophy a fund subscribes to.
This month, John Hancock
Funds entered the target-date
arena with the launch of nine
funds. The funds are unusual in

that once the target date has
_ passed, the money is shifted
‘into to a retirement portfolio.

The portfolio is essentially half
stock, half bonds, but with
investments that are designed
to add to the diversity and min-
imize the chance that investors

‘would end up searching under

couch cushions for change as
their retirement continued.

- The fund assumes investors’

retirements will last 30 years.
Greg Carlson, an analyst at

fund-tracker Morningstar Inc.,

notes target-date funds vary in

how conservatively they might -

be invested all along. Investors
should be aware of how much
of a fund is put into stocks and
how much is funneled into
bonds. He said the investments
themselves should be broadly
diversified and the funds
should have low expense
ratios.

“Costs are very important
because they’re meant to be
held for a very long time,” he
said of target-date funds.

He believes one per cent is a
good benchmark. Expenses
beyond that are likely to eat
too much into returns, he said.

Target-date funds can also

~ help save investors from them-

selves, observers say.

“In takes a lot of the emo-
tion out of it. In volatile return
cycles, investors will sell low
and buy high,” said Ellen
Rinaldi, principal, investment
counseling and research at
Vanguard. “It keeps you from
making those knee-jerk reac-
tions when the market doesn’t
behave the way you want it
to.”

“Tt’s not for everybody.
These kinds of funds are for
people who want to make the
fewest decisions with the least
amount of engagement,” she
said. “It’s a simple approach,
but it’s not unsophisticated,”
she said.

Even those investors seek-
ing as little exertion as possible
should review their invest-
ments at least once a year —
perhaps during that well-
planned vacation — to ensure
they are still on the wisest
course for reaching their retire-
ment goals. “Start contribut-
ing, get appropriate asset allo-
cation and save as much as you
can,” Rinaldi recommends.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(No. 46 of 2000)

FREE STYLE INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD.
Registration Number: 135,651B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

_ Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the International Business
Companies Act (No. 46 of 2000) the Dissolution
of FREE STYLE INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD. has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution

was 12th January, 2007.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator
of FREE STYLE INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD.





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ACROSS

Changing, also, the order put
through, which is horrible (9)
Means to taxa time to go Into, ona
says (8)

A littia bit of sense hard to instil in (4)
1s a fodower of, or supports (6)
From America, knowing a fot about
food (7)

With which it expresses its contempt
of all other fruit? (8)

To you two and myself, in the book it’s
sheer nonsense (9)

Gate into a row when one ministers to
tha wounded (7)

Busy, es the drifter is not (4,2)
She's involved with an airman (4)
Printer’s error: extra A in
“creature” (B)

Argued the road would be in shadow,
anyhow (3,5)

1s en informer? Nonsense! (4)

Kept a record of as arranged (6)
Post-free (7)

Unhappy with the performance, the
media got stuck into (9)

A great disappointment to anyone but
a sadist (5,4)

Mark gave permission to, though very
embarrassed (7)

A stream of abuse, when | cut
through the traffic (6)

How cockneys prepare to fight and to
inhict damage on (4)

Chack the animals ~ wild anifnals (8)
Comments not to make when among
enemies (9)

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ACROSS: 1, C-heap 6, O-scar 9, Di's-
fort 10, Stara 11, De-NT-s 12, Tweet
13, Coffers 15, Pod 17, Exit 18, Ab
pine 19, Stops 20, Trumps 22, A-U-RA
24, (s-)Sup (rev.) 25, Trap-per 26, Tro-
U-t 27, Speak 2B, Icing 29, Ken-neth

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up 16, Debar 18, A-part 19, Sparked
21, Ru-MP-us 22, A-pach-E 23,
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have on the outcome of a hand.

When the North-South cards
were held by a Swedish pair, the bid-
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2 Figure the sign is not always the
same (6)

3 Dogs wrong init, or screws up (8)

4 Make friends with again? How could
youl (6)

5 Instance in which there's a test-
playing record (8)

6 Orders drinks when one finds the
time to (4,6)

7 Grew up to be dull and awfully
rude (7)

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down (3)
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23 Left alone. One had been dropped at
the entrance (6)
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high-card points, while two dia-
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mally required for a response on the
two level. :

So South became declarer at one
spade and made two for a score of
110 points (including the 50-point
bonus at duplicate for making a
partscore).

When a Greek pair held the
North-South hands at the other table,
the bidding was far more spirited:

West North East South
Pass Pass 1¢ 1NT
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Here it was East who opened the
bidding with one spade. South over-
called with a notrump and did not
fiddle around after West bid two
hearts and North bid three diamonds.
South leaped straightaway to six,
which North easily made with an
overtrick for a score of 1,390 points,
giving the Greek team a gain of
1,280 points on the deal.

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with one spade — which was actu-
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WEDNESDAY,
JANUARY 17

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20

This week you will have more charm
than you know what to do with, Aries.
Actually, you know exactly what to do
with it and will waste no time twisting
people around your finger!
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
What you think is a problem this
week really isn’t a problem at all. It
should not concern you much —
move on to other things that can
occupy your mind.

GEMINI — May 22/Jun 21”

It doesn’t matter what is going on in
the world outside of your door, :but
rather what is going on in your head,
Gemini. Change your perspective
for the better.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 -
You will enjoy what you have to do
on the work front this week, and
because you enjoy it, you will do a
good job. Your reputation is strong
with those who matter.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

You will look at the world in a more
relaxed way this week, Leo. That’s a
good thing, because you generally

_|take yourself too seriously. Loosen”

up anthiet gos = -¢ =
VIRGO —- Aug 24/Sept 22. ;
Give that special someone the ben-
efit of the doubt, Virgo. But if a
nagging voice raises your suspi-
cions, heed your gut instinct and be
cautious before acting.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

This is a great week for all kinds of
relationships, but particularly for
affairs of the heart. You’ll find it
easy to get along with people and
that they want to be around you.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22.
If you need a break, take one,-no
matter how much others might try to
persuade you that you must keep
pushing yourself above and beyond
your normal limits. :

SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
A little charm will go a long ‘way
this week, Sagittarius. Think
about how best to apply that
charm to those around you to per-
suade them to be on your side.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
No matter how many upheavals there
have been at home lately, you can put
things right again, Capricom. You
will find it easy to rebuild bridges
and put negativity out of your mind.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
Keep your ear to the ground this
week, because you could hear some-
thing that is to your advantage.
Usually gossip doesn’t move you to
action ... this time it will.

PISCES — Feb 19/Mar 20
Don’t get worked up about your
financial situation this week, Pisces.
It won’t do you any good mentally or
physically. A break is ahead.



HESS by Leonard Barden

Judit Polgar v Veselin Topalov,
Essent, Netherlands 2006. The
all-time best woman player
scored another landmark victory
in today’s game, defeating the
world number one. Polgar had
only just retumed to the
toumament circuit after the
birth of her second child, while
Topalov had just narrowly lost
his controversial world title
series to Russia’s Viad Kramnik.
All the K v T games opened 1 d4
but Polgar opted to take on the
Bulgarian’s favourite Sidlian 1
e4 65. Here White's queen and
rooks, fronted by knights and
bishop, pressure Black's
defences. Key weaknesses are
the unguarded h7 rook and the
d6 pawn. Polgar went 1 Bg3,
which won after errors by her
opponent, but intemet fans and

would soon have
you spot White's winner?



computers urged a different
choice, a move so strong and

brililant that Topalov’s position

Can

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Chess solution 8280: 1 NFS! threat 2 Nxd6+. W exf5 2
Bxe5 Bxf5 3 xf wins the h7 rook since if Rg? 4
Nxg7+ Bxc7 5 Qxf7 mate. ILRc6 2 Nhg7+ Bxg? 3
Nxg7+ Rxg7 4 Bxe5 Rh7 5 Qg3 breaks through. tf 1.45
2 Bxe5 Bxe5 3 Nfg7+ wins. White couid also use the

move order 1 Bxe5! Bxe5 2 NFS!

Mensa quiz: One. Opposite sectors total the same.
One possible word ladder solution is: GLAM, slam,

slap, soap, soak, sock, ROCK.





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REV CB Moss said he is dis-

appointed with the Ministry of

Tourism for its lack of support
for efforts to generate tourism
for the Bain and Grants Town
area.

Rev Moss said that for the -

last [8 months, the response of
the ministry to the work of the
Bain and Grants Town Tourism
Promotions Board has been
“pathetic”.

“We are now challenging the
government of the Bahamas
through its various agencies, the
Ministry of Tourism, the Min-
istry of Education, the Antiq-
uities, Museums Monuments
Corporation, the Department
of Culture, and any other
agency, to now step forward
and assist in the identifying, the
documenting, the publicising of
the rich history of Bain Town
and other surrounding areas,”
he said. “It must be done, and it
must be done now.”

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During a press conference
yesterday, Rev Moss also
revealed the desecrated grave
of Alexander Bain I — one of
the historic founders of the
community of Bain Town.

Rev Moss led the press to the
site where Mr Bain’s tombstone
lay toppled and possible bone
fragments left exposed.

The tombstone of Mr Bain
lies in the public park on Meet-
ing Street and despite being
astonished by the act, Rev Moss
thinks that the grave site was
disturbed inadvertently by
workers who clean the public
park.

Through the Bain and
Grant’s Town Development
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Bain and Grants Town tourism

working with Ministry of
Tourism, and other relevant
government agencies, to pre-
serve and incorporate the his-
toric sites.of Bain and Grant’s
Town into the Bahamian
Tourism product.

Rev Moss thinks the
tourism product can be
expanded and diversified if
tourists were exposed to the
numerous historic churches,
monuments and buildings that
exist within the over-the-hill
communities.

When asked about the state
of historic monuments and sites
in the country in general, his-
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needed to adequately maintain
these sites.

Furthermore, Dr Saunders

suggested that the attitude of

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some private property owners,
on whose property some of
these sites exist, is a major bar-
rier, as many of these owners
would prefer to demolish these
old structures, rather than pay
the costs to maintain, or restore,

the historic buildings or monu-

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In brief *

Financial
services
union to
hold AGM

THE Bahamas Financial
Services Union will hold its
seventh annual general meet-
ing on Saturday, January 20.

The meeting will be held
under the theme “Building
people for success” and will
take place at Walkers Hall
on Bethel Avenue, Stapledon
Gardens, at 9am.

The union said that Minis-
ter of Labour, Immigration
and Training Shane Gibson, a
representative from the Min-
istry of Financial Services and
Investments and Mr Brendan
Foulkes will be in attendance.

Nominations
invited for
Golden
Heart Award

THE Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
is accepting nominations for
the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award.

The Golden Heart Award
will be presented at the annu-
al Heart Ball on February 17.

The award was initiated by
the foundation to applaud
and recognise individuals
who have selflessly given of
themselves to promote
human welfare and dignity.

The foundation said the
nominations must be accom-
panied by reasons and sent
by post or delivered to Eves
on Cable Beach, which is the
office of the foundation. The
deadline for submission is
January 26.

The Annual Heart Ball will
be held in the Crown Ball
Room on Paradise Island.

The ball is the major
fundraiser for the Bahamas
Heart Foundation and the
proceeds help to underwrite
medical costs for children and

young adults with heart dis-

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Stamps on
Beaked
Whale to be
released

THE General Post Office
will issue four sets of stamps
on the Blainville’s Beaked
Whale on January 23, the
postmaster general
announced.

The Blainville’s Beaked
Whale (Mesoplodon den-
sirostris) stamps to be
released are worth 15 cents,
25 cents, 50 cents and 60
cents.

Beaked whales are said to
account for around a quar-
ter of the world’s whale and
dolphin species.

Little is known about
Blainville’s Beaked Whales
and they are rarely seen.

There is said to be a resi-
dent population in northern
Bahamian waters as they pre-
fer tropical and warm tem-
perature water habitats in

.general. They are usually

found in small groups of
three to six.

The male Blainville’s
Beaked Whale is a remark-
ably odd-looking cetacean. It
possesses a huge pair of teeth
that grow from large bulges
in its lower jaw — almost like
a pair of horns.

These can get so encrusted
with barnacles that it appears
as if the whale is sporting a

pair of poms-poms on top of .

its head. A flattened fore-
head and large spots, possibly
scars created by the teeth of
cookie-cutter sharks and par-
asites, are the main charac-
teristics by which the species
can be distinguished.

Said the Post Master Gen-
eral’s Office in a statement:
“There have been mass
strandings of Blainville’s
Beaked Whales in the
Bahamas which have been
attributed to acoustic trauma
resulting from nearby naval
exercises.

“It is only in the last few

years that researchers have

been able to study these elu-

sive creatures at sea. They
can grow up to five metres

in lengtireanet-weighing more “traeterrett pipe was ftooditre the

than‘a ton, they are thought

to feed on squid, deep sea a
fish and possibly sea urchins |;

and starfish.

“They are able to stay sub-
merged for up to 45 minutes
and, fortunately for them,
this species is of no commer-
cial interest.”

Reminder
over rental
of post —
office boxes

POSTMASTER General
Godrey Clarke has
announced that rental fees
for private post office boxes
should be paid on or before
January 31, 2007.

Persons who rent boxes are
advised that during the peri-
od February 1 to March 31,

they will be allowed to retain

their boxes only after pay-
ment of a penalty charge of
$10 in addition to the rental
fees.

Failure to comply within

‘the specified period will

result in the closure of the
boxes, which may be reas-
signed immediately due to
the limited availability of
boxes, he said.

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A COUPLE who have been
fighting for justice for five years
are concerned that Justice John
Lyons’ decision to recuse him-
self will block their campaign
once again.

Greg and Tanya Cash were
due to take their case before
Justice Lyons in the Supreme
Court next week.

But the judge’s decision to
recuse himself last year after rul-
ing that the judiciary was no
longer: independent has created
yet another obstacle for them.

Now they have been told that
all Justice Lyons’ cases have
been referred to the Chief Jus-
tice, Sir Burton Hall. But they
are unsure when their next
hearing will be heard.

“We are not certain what will
happen next,” Mrs Cash told
The Tribune yesterday.

Furthermore, a spokesperson
at the Chief Justice's office said



yesterday that Sir Burton had
referred all of Justice Lyon's
cases "to the registrar (Mrs
Estelle Evans) to deal with."

Mr and Mrs Cash have been
engaged in a long legal fight
with the Baptist educational
establishment since Mr Cash
was fired as coach at one of
their schools in 2002.

The couple have lodged sev-
eral charges against the Baptists,
including unfair dismissal, but
say their efforts to get justice
have been hindered repeatedly.

Towards the end of last year,
they secured hearings in 2007
which, they hoped, would bring
matters to a head once and for all.

However, when Justice Lyons
recused himself, they found
themselves in a new predicament.

Justice Lyons, an Australian,
caused ructions in the legal pro-
fession when he said the gov-
ernment’s failure to review judi-

Call for answers

ANGRY patients are calling
for an explanation after Princess
Margaret Hospital closed its
accident department for several
hours because of a broken
Watet-pipe.

They say doctors and nursing
staff made themselves “unavail-
able” when an elderly patient
stumbled against the pipe on
the way to the bathroom, caus-
ing a flood in the corridors.

“This is supposed to be an
accident and emergency depart-

ment, yet it is closed down by:

water,” said Ms Eurice Mar-
shall.

“What would happen if there
were a hurricane? What kind
of A and E departinent is this?”

Ms Marshall took her sister
to the hospital at about 9.15pm
on Saturday after a car accident.
Her sister was suffering from
whiplash and muscular pains.

But shortly before midnight
patients were told they would
not receive attention because a

«corridors and consulting rooms.
“After that there Was no-one

to answer questions, nothing,”.

said Ms Marshall. “All the

patients were told there would
be no more treatment and that
we should wait outside.”

She said the department was

closed until 3am on Sunday. “I .

dread to think what would have
happened if anything really big
had gone down during that
time,” she added.

“I watched parents come in
with kids and they were turned
away. This was not a hurricane

cial salaries had compromised
the independence of the bench.
In the circumstances, he felt
he could not hear cases until
the matter had been resolved.
His decision has added to an
already substantial backlog
which has kept some litigants
waiting several years for justice.
Yesterday, under the head-
ing ‘Law and Disorder’, The
Tribune’s INSIGHT feature
urged lawyers to “jettison self-
regard in favour of self-respect”
and put their house in order.
It added: “Currently, the
annual ceremonials associated
with the legal year are a flaking
facade behind which lurk a host
of very serious shortcomings.
“Justice is not being well-
served in the modern Bahamas
and it’s time things changed.”
Attempts to contact Mrs
Evans for comment were unsuc-
cessful.



or a natural disaster, and even if
it had been, this is the depart-
ment that’s supposed to deal
with such things.”

She asked: “How can a bit of
water close down an important
department like this? Once we
were told to go outside, there
was no visible staff around to
tell us what was happening.
Only the cleaners were there,
trying to get rid of the water.”



Mi By KRYSTEL ROLLE

YET another robbery — this
time at a local web cafe — has
police warning store owners and
citizens to take extra precau-
tions.

Percy's Web Cafe on
Carmichael road was robbed
yesterday at around 9am by two
armed robbers.

According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, the
men entered the store and
demanded cash.

Although he did not say how
much they were able to get
away with, he did admit that it
was a “large sum of cash”.

In addition to robbing the
store, the perpetrators also
demanded money from one of
the employees; Inspector Evans
reported.

After robbing the establish-



ment and the employee, the
men fled travelling on foot.

“They were described to be 5
foot 10 in height, medium build,
and of a dark complexion,” Mr
Evans reported. ©

He said that at least one of
the two men was carrying a
handgun.

- Just last week, Super Valu
on Balliou Hill Road was
robbed of almost $900 in cash
by two armed robbers.

Police say they have not
determined if the two robberies
are in any Re connected.

Inspector Evans warned per-
sons to take extra care during
the “post-Christmas” season.

“This is the season after

_ Christmas and usually during

this time there is a heavy
demand for cash and because
of that we are asking persons
living in the business commu-

‘Elegance -

Web shop robbed in
latest raid on stores

geste

nity and regular citizens. to not
allow themselves to become a
victim of a crime of opportuni-
ty,” Mr Evans cautioned.

"Do not openly display funds
and do not allow yourselves to
be caught in positions where
you could potentially be
robbed.

“For example,” he said “do
not go to an ATM during the
nights by yourself, or travel with
large sums of money.”

This latest incident continues
to be under police investigation,

Mr Evans reported.

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emergency closes

Ms Marshall said the staff’s
attitude was’ “beyond disgrace-
ful”, adding: “This was not
something catastrophic.”

_ Three or four other patients
joined in the call for answers
after several unsuccessful

attempts were made to reach
Prime Minister Perry Christie’s
office.

Calls to PMH and the Min-
istry of Health were not
returned up to press time last
night.

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Bahamians can’t have it both ways

AS THE DEBATE on five Bahamian bag-
gage handlers arrested in the United States

on suspicion of putting drugs on aircraft bound .

for the US gathers momentum, we believe
that Bahamians are now starting to lose sight of
the forest by concentrating on the trees.

Residents of this country are prisoners of
crime. They admit that crime is out of con-
trol. They pressure the police to do something
about it so that they can leave their homes at
night — or even during the day — without
the fear of not returning in one piece.

The police acknowledge that drugs are at
the root of today’s escalating killings, shootings,
robberies and assaults. Drugs are such a world-
wide problem that police forces in many coun-
tries — including the Bahamas — work togeth-
er so that they can track the criminal across
borders. If the criminal escapes from the hand-
cuffs of one, information is passed on so that he
can be picked up and interrogated by another.
Crime knows no nationality, and criminals no
loyalties. Today there are so many laws in
place to protect criminals — and one can be
sure that the offender twists every one of them
to his own advantage — that the police are at
their wits end as to how to protect the public
against offenders.

“Sting operations” are a part of law enforce-
ment’s arsenal, and “sting operations”, in one
form or another have been used for a long
time in this country.

But when it comes to drug peddlers, many
Bahamians fail to see the larger picture and go
soft on the details — often the details are their
friends, the boy or girl next door, trapped ina
materialistic world and tempted by get-rich-
quick opportunities.

They want the police to rid the streets of
criminals, but they don’t want them to touch
the drug baron down the street, who buys their
silence and their loyalty with his generosity
— paying the poor man’s mortgage, school
bills, medical bills. In other words being a god-
father to the community. The community that
encircles him with an iron curtain of silence,
and carries placards of protest when he is
arrested, fails to see that down the road the

-drugs he is peddling are destroying some poor
mother’s child. Many of the killings and drive-
by shootings are generally over drug deals
gone bad.

The 1984 Commission of Inquiry report
into drug smuggling gives many examples of
how Bahamian communities have embraced
drug smugglers.

It records evidence given by former ACP
Paul Thompson, who in a “sting” operation,
arrested 15 smugglers in Bimini, and because of
the corruption, even among the police on the
island, decided they should be brought to Nas-
sau for trial. :

“When they were leaving with the smugglers
on the Defence Force ships,” the Commission
reported, “he was amazed to find that they
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as far as drugs were concerned.”

And now we have the Bahamian baggage
handlers. We are in no position to pass judg-
ment on them. They are now before US courts,
each with a lawyer and an opportunity to prove
their innocence before an impartial judge.

The cry in Nassau is that if in fact a crime
was committed, it was committed in Nassau. If
there was prima facie evidence then they
should have been arrested here, not enticed to
the US to be arrested there.

The Americans claim they have sufficient
evidence of crimes being committed against
their country to justify the arrests. Assistant
Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson

© has said that local police did not have sufficient
evidence to lay charges in the Bahamas.

“I do not understand how you can charge
someone in,the United States for a crime he
committed In The Bahamas,” Mr Ferguson
said.

“The people who get charged in the United
States are charged under American law for
breaking American law. You can’t be charged
in America for breaking the Bahamian law;
you're charged in American for breaking
American law.”

The scenario that this statement suggests to
us — especially as the two police forces were
working together — is that the Americans
probably informed Nassau Flight Services that
none of their staff would be allowed to enter
their space at Nassau’s international airport,
which is in fact American territory, unless they
went to the US for training and clearance.
Two batches of staff were sent to the States.
Arrests were made from the second batch.

The Americans claim that their aircraft
were arriving from the Bahamas with drugs
smuggled on board. They point an accusing
finger at baggage handlers. If true then the
offence was indeed committed on American
territory, which is what an American plane is,
despite the fact that it sits on Bahamian soil.

As for what the Commissioner of Police
told the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Min-
ister is again speculation on our part. Howev-
er, for a secret to be a secret we don’t believe
that the details of an operation would be
spelled out before it had taken place. We only
have to recall the 1984 Commission of Inquiry
to understand why. The Police Commissioner
probably revealed that there were security and
drug problems at the airport and that Bahami-

an and US police were conducting a “sting .

operation.” He probably spared the details.

The job of the police officer is to eliminate
crime. These officers were doing their job.
Bahamians can’t have it both ways. Either
they want a crime-free Bahamas, or they want
to protect their drug dealers. Those who decide
to step outside of the law have got to expect to
suffer the consequences of that step.

Meanwhile the Bahamas and the US should
take another look at their extradition treaty,
and penalties for drug smuggling should be
revised and stiffened.


















BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS
NOTICE

www. bahamasengineers.org

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THE BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS

CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

THE MONTHLY LUNCHEON
ON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2007
Topic:

“QPPORTUNITIES FOR
ENGINEERS IN 2007”

Guest Speaker:
Hon. Vincent Peet, M.P.

Minister of Financial Services & Investments

Place:

GRAYCLIFF RESTAURANT
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TIME: 12:00 noon

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

WE, the members and direc-
tors of Common Cause, reluc-
tantly supported Mr Perry
Gladstone Christie and the so-
called new PLP in 2002. Prior to
that, we were all for the Rt Hon
Hubert Alexander Ingraham,
MP, PC, until the leadership
fiasco in the Free National
Movement.

It now seems to us that the
“nice man” whom we elevated
to the high office of Prime Min-
ister 4 1/2 years ago is taking us
straight down the proverbial
“path to hell”. His good inten-
tions have not been supported
by good or focused policies and
his ceaseless unfulfilled promis-
es of “hope and help” have long
ceased to be believed by most
right thinking and reasonable
people.

Traffic congestion is suffo-
cating New Providence and he
has signed yet another agree-
ment with yet another foreign
entity which proposes to turn
the very last patch of undis-
turbed natural greenery on New
Providence into a 500-plus res-
idential enclave for the rich.
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absolute foolishness about a res-
idential development for mid-
dle income people into the mix
to try and placate his political
support among the poor.

Perry Christie knows that
what he is planning for the poor
are yet more apparent sub-stan-
dard homes in low lying, flood
prone areas where foundations
will be faulty; the walls and
floors will crack even before
people move into them. After-
wards, their loud cries for relief
will, we are convinced, fall on
deaf ears.

Perry Christie knows that
what he and Dr. Bernard Not-
tage are planning for the poor
and disabled Bahamians is a
“hospital” where there will be
no medicine or adequate med-
ical staff. In 41/2 years his
administration has yet to build a
single new clinic or even sub-
mit drawings for a new medical
facility in either New Provi-
dence or Grand Bahama.

The “nice man” from Farm

Road (via Centreville) who |
likes to shuffle, gyrate and -
dance, has proven to be inconf-
petent at governance. His goy-
ernment is fast coming apart,at
the seams. It is not the fault-of
the civil service. It is not even
the fault of his large, incompe-
tent and gussiemae-sized cabi-
net. He appointed this crew,.of |

-ministers. So far, he had

failed/refused to direct or dis-
cipline them and he seems pow-
erless to remove any of theii,
regardless to their lack of per-
formance and/or gaffes and
“embarrassment”. HY

Things have come apart and

_ it is now time for this “nice

man” to go back to where he
came from and allow those who
know how to work, take date
of the business of the people to
come back. Common Cause. #&
of the view that the Rt Hon
Hubert Alexander Ingrahant,
MP, PC is the “Man of the
Hour” and, indeed, for all sea-
sons. oa

EDWARD E DAWKINS JR,
Secretary-General 4
Common Cause steal
Nassau vee
November 16 2006

"3

Police should have been left:
to deal with Inagua incident

EDITOR, The Tribune

1 HAVE faith in the Com-
missioner of Police and the offi-
cers and members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force. Mem-
bers of the Force are perform-
ing their duties under great
stress, which may be responsible
for the occasional blunders and
due to manpower constraints
many officers are required to
work very long hours in an
effort to maintain order in our
country.

We had been well trained by

“the British, here and overseas

and our training and knowledge
were passed on to those now in
the positions we held. It is
expected that this process will
continue.

- Our Police Force now, unlike
the fifties, sixties and seventies
is much younger and better edu-
cated. Our Force is better
equipped and the expertise that
was needed from abroad in
most instances is available here.

In the old days the Police
investigated crime, persons
were arrested and the most
often the evidence was assessed

by the officer in charge of a par-
ticular police unit and that offi-
cer will direct the criminal
charge(s) to be preferred
against the arrested person. The
file was then taken to the police
prosecutor and prosecution
would proceed. It did not mat-
ter, who, where, or what, the
proceedings started at that lev-
el. Occasionally, files were sent
to the Attorney General’s office
when advice was needed on
matters pertaining to the law,
where the Police Officer may
have doubts and needed advice
on how to proceed. In the case
of indictable cases the police
would proceed with the matter
in the lower court, a copy of the
file was sent to the AG’s office
will receive the depositions at
the end of the preliminary
inquiry in the Magistrate’s
Court.

As far as I am aware the
same procedure is applicable
today. Yet we discover that so
many case files are being sent to
the Attorney General’s office
before anyone is charged by the
police.

The incident at Inagua is a

Why I won't be back

case in point. From what I have
read in the various newspapers
and heard on radio, it appears
that there is evidence to charge
persons with; causing danger-
ous harm, wounding, assault
and battery, discharging
firearms to the danger .or
annoyance of persons, assaults
with a deadly weapon and dis-
orderly conduct. Also aiding
and abetting. These would most
likely be the criminal charges
that the old Inspectors an¢
Sergeants would have brought
against the various offenders:
The Police then would have
obtained warrants of arrest-fot!
those concerned. As.a matter
of respect that Officer in charge
(in this case the Commodore).
would have been informed and
requested to produce his pes- .
sonnel to a particular Police Stax.
tion for processing and any
interrogation necessary. _+\5
I submit that the police could,
have dealt with this matter eff,
ciently and expeditiously.
PAULTHOMPSON ,.°:
Nassau *
January 9 2007 3%

‘2g

to the Bahamas after:

thefts at airport

EDITOR, The Tribune

YOUR headlines read air-
port luggage workers “set up”. I
think we need more of that.

_ Here is a letter that I would

appreciate you publishing to
those airport “workers” who
the cap might fit. It is not
intended for those who are try-
ing to do an honest job, and are
not involved in what I suspect is
being carried out by a few.

It is addressed to:

Dear ring of thieves at Nas-
sau Airport:

Thank you for stealing my
new camera, my medicine, the
emerald heirloom jewellery, and
the faith in mankind that this
season of Christmas normally
brings.

I hope you use them as gifts
and your child gives you a look
of embarrassment knowing how
they were derived.

You need to know your
short-sighted immediate grati-
fication produces shame on
yourself, your family, the air-
line and airport personnel and
all of the Bahamian people.

It does not take long to
realise the enormity of the prob-
lem by seeing the long lines of
those waiting for missing lug-
gage. Verification of the scam
occurred when the only other

- (which had been rifled).

.
aw) .
tourist couple we meet tells us)
of paying $20 to have an airport
employee “find” their bags:
TENG
Airlines could save a lotof,
money on claims if they solved
the thievery problem. In afy}
opinion airport management
condones and encourages fe
problem without baggage
check-outs and approprigeé®
security,
The Bahamian people lessarh
themselves if they believe “a lit-
tle skimming off the top” is OK.
If you believe the ill winds |
of hurricanes creating despair,
justify your actions, you are,
wrong. And believe me, the:
winds of knowledge through-)
out the tourist community rth,
not only Mr Kerzner’s enter-’
prise and your livelihood, but’
also the reputation of all
Bahamians. vig

This will be a Christmas |.

will not forget, not just becausé:
of all of you thieves, but also!
because of all the Bahamian
scrooges supporting Yous,
behaviour. +m
Merry Christmas indeed! ‘*)
And to all a shameful heartl,
*

BUD KRATER ‘oth
ex-Bahamas tourist ay
Ft Myers, Fl oN?
December 22 2006
THE TRIBUNE

Anna Nicole
Smith to buy
home in

Coral Harbour

ANNA Nicole Smith is
buying the Coral Harbour
home of Nassau businessman
Glen Rogers, The Tribune
has learned.

The purchase price is reck-
oned to be around $700,000.

The controversial reality
show star is said to have
signed a sales agreement for
the property and final details
are being tied up now.

“1 A business source said yes-
‘lterday that the deal suggests
‘M&S Smith feels her legal fight
f6r ownership of Horizons,
‘the Eastern Road house she
‘shares with lawyer-compan-
ion Howard K Stern, will
(probably fail. ;

_- South Carolina realtor Ben
‘Thompson - a former lover
of\Ms Smith - has begun
action in the Supreme Court
to secure possession of the
house, claiming Ms Smith
thad “double crossed” him
over a loan agreement.

pb Ms Smith claims Mr
Thompson forwarded mon-
ey to buy the house as a
“gift” when she moved to the
‘Bahamas last summer.
osMr Rogers, owner of
Bapak Ltd., a plastics firm
tocated at Soldier Road
Industrial Park, is said to
have agreed to the sale.

~ Ms Smith and Mr Stern
began property hunting after
Mr Thompson sought their
eviction from Horizons.

A Coral Harbour neigh-
bour said: “At least it’s quiet
out here. Let’s hope it stays
that way.”

; Tourism Week
events are
postponed on
Grand Bahama

° _ has announced the postpone- :
ment of the Grand Bahama :
schedule of events for Nation-

al’Fourism Week.

., Anew date has not yet been i

announced.

capital.

e /-This week of activities will :
bging together as may industry :
voices from around the :
Bahamas as possible, in a sin- }
gle forum for dialogue that :
will serve national purposes,” :
said the ministry in a press ;

réléase.

v It said that all statements i
' about National Tourism Week :
. avtivities outside New Provi- :

‘dence have been retracted.

FNM to hold
rally at Fox
Hill parade
grounds

‘THE FNM will hold a
mifii-rally at the Fox Hill
patade grounds in Nassau on

Thursday, January 18 at 8pm.
Prior to the rally, the FNM

will officially open its Fox Hill -

campaign headquarters —
Clarence Ferguson Building
on Bernard Road — at 7pm
The party said in a press
release that LOVE97 FM will
provide live radio coverage
ofthe rally.

Correction
over date of

officer’s
accident

‘IN astory printed in Tues-
day’s Tribune under the
headline “Injured Customs
officer calls for assistance
fram NIB”, it was incorrectly
stated that the officer in ques-
tion suffered an industrial
accident in 2005.

The accident in fact took
place in February, 2006. The
Tribune apologises for any
inconvenience the error may
have caused.

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National Tourism Week will
be held from January 20 to 26 :
When industry participants and :
stakeholders from throughout ;
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Freeport trials be moved

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 5



to New Providence, says AG

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Because there
is only one judge presently sit-
ting in the Supreme Court in
Freeport, criminal matters in
the northern region may be
moved to New Providence.

Attorney General Allyson
Maynard-Gibson said that this
change could be made if a second
judge is not assigned for the first
session in the 2007 legal year.

Mrs Gibson commended the

judges, magistrates, and admin-
istrators in the judicial system
for the commendable job they
are doing in Freeport.

However, Freeport lawyers,
particularly the criminal attor-
neys, are anxious about when a
judge will be appointed to deal
with criminal matters.

Last November, Justice John
Lyons, who was assigned to
hear criminal matters in
Freeport, made a controversial
ruling declaring that the inde-
pendence of his court may be

threatened because the govern-
ment neglected to review
judges’ salaries as required by
law. He adjourned all matters
before his court.

Bernard Turner, director of
public prosecutions, said the
first session of the 2007 legal
year runs from January to
March.

“We have three criminal

judges sitting to hearing crimi-

nal matters in New Providence,
and not in Freeport, and so cer-
tainly some of those matters will

Northern prosecutions
‘have come to standstill’

PROSECUTIONS have
come to a stand still in the
northern Bahamas, claims the
FNM candidate for Pineridge.

Kwasi Thompson said that no
cases were heard in the final
session of last year and it is not
anticipated that there will be
any cases for several more
months.

“The prosecution of criminals
is a vital part of fighting crime in
our country. It is the responsi-
bility of the attorney general to
bring criminals to justice,” Mr
Thompson said in a statement.

In June last year, he said
Attorney General Allyson May-
nard-Gibson announced “with
great fanfare” the instigation of
a video link that she claimed
would allow Freeport police
officers to participate in her
“Swift Justice” programme.

This, he said, was supposed

to result in “more effective use
of the court’s time and greater
success rate in prosecutions”.

“The reality has been to the
contrary. Justice is everything
but swift in Grand Bahama,”
Mr Thompson said.

“Instead of greater success in
prosecutions, the attorney gen-
eral has been severely criticised

’ from the judicial bench for not

properly preparing Supreme
Court criminal matters in
Grand Bahama during the last
session.

Courts

“Grand Bahama has four
Magistrates Courts and two
Supreme Courts. The infra-
structures for these courts are

the product of the FNM in Gov- .

ernment. Despite our continual

call, this government has failed
to maintain or appropriately
staff the courts or the Attorney
General’s Office in Freeport.”

He added: “Clearly, if we are
truly going to have swift justice
in Grand Bahama it’s going to
take more than political rhetoric
from an Attorney General with
a personal agenda; there will
have to be genuine improve-
ment and change in the system.

“I do not believe that Swift
Justice has arrived in Grand
Bahama and with this govern-
ment in charge I doubt that it
will ever arrive in Grand
Bahama. It takes more than
just talk and a catchy phrase to
bring about real, effective

‘change in a system. But this

government’s strong point is
talk - just talk. They cannot be
trusted to act, least of all to act
in the interest of the people.”

FNM candidate criticises Fred
Mitchell's record in Fox Hill



@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

* MINISTER of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell has left
the people of Fox Hill helpless
in the face of the large number
of foreign investment projects

taking place in the country, the:

FNM’s candidate for the con-
stituency Dr Jacinta Higgs
charged yesterday.

Dr Higgs claimed that over
the past four years, Mr Mitchell
has failed to help equip his con-
stituents with the necessary
skills and knowledge to take
advantage of the many eco-
nomic developments taking
place in the Bahamas today.

“For all his international,
global travelling and experience
and exposure, I have not seen
Minister Mitchell transfer his
experience to the Fox Hill con-
stituency,” she said speaking as
a guest on More94’s radio show
Real Talk yesterday morning.

Referring to a book by Tom
Barry titled “Other Side of Par-
adise: Foreign Control in the
Caribbean”, Dr Higgs said there
is an ongoing global trend in
which first world countries
move into smaller countries
such as the Bahamas and estab-
lish a large economic presence.

The FNM candidate said that

_ as foreign investors revitalise

the economies of smaller coun-
tries, they systematically reap
the benefits of that country’s
human and natural resources.
In cases like these, Dr Higgs
said, it is important that the
local population is able to take
advantage of the situation and
enjoy economic advancement

‘ themselves.

“I am so sorry, but I have not
seen Fred Mitchell in Fox Hill
come to prepare our Fox Hill
people,” she said.

Dr Higgs said that she recent-
ly had to help some young Fox
Hillians in filling out online
applications for career fairs.

“There’s not even a comput-
er centre in Fox Hill,” she said.

Dr Higgs said that she has
seen little evidence of Mr
Mitchell helping his constituents
in this manner.

“How is he transferring his
international global experience



that he has gained through our
tax payers’ dollars, how is he
transferring that knowledge and
experience to the Fox Hill peo-
ple?” she asked.

Dr Higgs said that this year,
Fox Hillians should work
towards creating employment
opportunities within the village
by attracting tourism and other
industries.

“In 2007 in Fox Hill Village
there are many vehicles, many
directions, many ways to engage
the people, to showcase indige-
nous historical African-oriented
culture that still exists in Fox Hill

in a very prevalent way,” she said.

The Fox Hill area, she said,
could showcase crafts. and in
particular straw work.

“There are many ways in
which we can attract tourists
into Fox Hill to create econom-
ic employment for our people”,

‘ she said.

Dr Higgs suggested that the
people utilise resources like the
blue holes that can be found in
the area and historic sites such
as Blackbeard’s Tower.

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have to be moved to New Prov-

idence because judicial time is a.

very scarce commodity and we
will try to use it as effectively
and as efficiently as possible,”
he said.

Mr Turner also pointed out
that bail applications with
respect to criminal matters will
also have to be dealt with in
New Providence.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
that the attorney general’s office

sons on remand who are anx-
ious to prove their innocence,
and also victims who will like
to see matters dealt with.
When questioned about the

‘appointment of a permanent

judge to the Supreme Court in
Freeport, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
said that it would be the respon-
sibility of the chief justice.

_ She also said the AG’s office
is looking at the possibility of
having prosecutors stationed

permanently in Freeport next
year.

recognises that it is an unsatis-
factory situation to have per-









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The BNT welcomes
you to an early
morning tour of the
Retreat Gardens on
Village Road.

This Saturday,
January 20 at 8:30am

The Retreat is a National Park that the Trust
manages on behalf of the Bahamian people
and consists of eleven acres of tropical forest and
one of the largest collections of palms in the world.
The gardens provide wintering habitat for a number
of warblers and has a colorful and interesting history.

Refreshments will be served after the walk.

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THE TRIBUNE



COB starts lunch
series as library
fundraiser event

THE College of the Bahamas
has launched a “lunch and liti-
gation” series in an effort to

raise funds for the construction
of a new library.

Each of these events will fea-
ture a keynote speaker who will
present on some aspects of the
law, COB said in a statement.

“The College of the
Bahamas will soon become the
University of the Bahamas and
it is vigourously pursuing ways
to ensure that not only its fac-

ulty and administration are
suitably qualified and organ- ,

ised but also that its facilities
will reflect its new status,” the
statement said. “One facility
that is in line for a major over-
haul and improvement is the
library which will be replaced
by a state-of-the-art edifice

built at the Tucker Road end of .

the main campus. It will
enhance COB’s ability to be
recognised as an accredited
university of worth, as the size
of its collection will more than
double in number.”

The inaugural “lunch and lit-
igation” event will also include

a silent auction organised by the
Law Library of the college. It
will be held on Wednesday Jan-
uary 31 at Choices Restaurant
in the Culinary and Hospitality
Management Institute at COB,
starting at noon.

The guest of honour and prin-
cipal speaker will be Attorney
General Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, who will speak on the
recently passed Consumer Pro-
tection Act, 2006.

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products and services for con-

sumers and to stop fraudulent -

and deceptive business prac-
tices.

Protection

More than four years in
preparation, the Consumer Pro-
tection Act marks the first time
such broad-based legislation has
existed in the Bahamas.

It provides consumer protec-
tion on such things such as
bread basket items and general
purchases, commercial dealings
and contractual relationships
that an individual might enter
into with a contractor or pro-
fessional.





THE College of the Bahamas is raising funds for construction of a new library

The act gives individuals an
avenue to seek redress if they
are unable to come to an agree-
ment with the party who is
aggrieving them without hav-
ing to resort to going through

_the full court process.

The act also covers the issuing
of receipts for goods or services

provided. Receipts showing the
amount paid by the consumer,
the date and description of pur-
chase or service, the fees
charged and any other infor-
mation the minister may require
must be issued.

The organisers of the lunch
series are anticipating a very

informative and interesting
speech from Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son and also hope that mem-
bers of the legal fraternity — par-
ticularly those with close affili-
ations with the college, as well '
as concerned consumers from
the local community - will
attend.

Couple remanded to Fox Hill
over rape of 16-year-old girl

@ By JULIAN LOCKHART

TEMPERS flared in Abaco
after a couple was remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison in con-
nection with the alleged deten-
tion and rape of a 16-year-old
girl.

Christopher Archer, 30, of
Dundas Town, Abaco and a 17-
year-old female appeared in a

’ Marsh Harbour Magistrate’s

Court on Monday.

They are to be held without
bail until March 21, when Mag-
istrate Crawford McKee will
decide if there is enough evi-
dence to proceed to the
Supreme Court with the case.



it’s on Thursday,





he'll be sixty.”

Bail for the couple was
denied after the prosecution
told the court that Archer was
released from prison last year
after being convicted of rape in
2001.

Friends of the family of the
victim, who had gathered out-
side the Magistrate Court on
Don MacKay Blvd, became
incensed when the 17-year-old
accused was escorted from the
court by the police.

The angry crowd rushed the
accused but the police officers
on hand were able to safely get
her into a Vehicle.

The offence against the 16-
year-old was allegedly commit-

WE

ted on January 11 of this year.

The prosecution contends
that the victim was lured from
the Junior Junkanoo parade
between the hours of 6pm and

11pm to Crossing Beach where ~

she was allegedly detained by
the 17-year-old accused and
raped by Archer.

The two defendants were not
required to enter a plea.

The 17-year-old has been
charged with unlawful deten-
tion with the intent to have sex-
ual intercourse and threats of
death, and Archer is charged
with one count of rape.

A sister of the younger defen-
dant said: “I went to the court

established Wholesaler

house and I was just standing
there and all these people tried
and grab her whilst the police
was holding her and then it
turned into a fight.

“IT don’t understand what is
going on. The protection by the
police was very low and it does-.
n’t suppose to go down like
that,” she said.

However other witnesses said
the police did a good job of con-
taining the situation and not
allowing it to get completely out
of hand.

Still, there was a great deal
of pushing anda number of
threats were issued by members
of the crowd.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 7



i i Ms Tae
Mitchell: we should reform election

spending — but we need a concensus

m@ By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP and the FNM
would support “curtailing”
spending on election campaigns
— but only if there was a gener-
al consensus on the issue in soci-
ety, Foreign Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell said.

On Monday, Mr Mitchell
held a press conference to

- update the media on his min-
istry’s activities, and The Tri-
bune took the opportunity to
ask him about the government’s
position on capping the funds
spent by political parties dur-
ing general elections.

This issue made international
headlines earlier in the year



after St Lucia's recently elected
government, the United Work-
ers Party (UWP), launched its
parliamentary term with a
pledge to pursue campaign
finance reform in_ the
Caribbean.

The pledge came during a
speech by St Lucian Governor-
General, Dame Pearlette
Louisy, at the state opening of



parliament.

Dame Pearlette said: "My
government will at the earliest
possible opportunity, raise the
matter in a CARICOM forum
to see whether a common posi-
tion can be taken in respect to
election campaign financing.

"Unless this is brought under

control, unsavoury elements '

may see an opportunity for cor-

rupting the electoral process

and influencing the direction of

the country."

The new St Lucian prime
minister, Sir John Compton,
also expressed concern about
the high levels of spending dur-
ing campaigning for the Decem-
ber general election.

Prime Minister Compton had
previously made similar com-
ments about elections in St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines and
other CARICOM countries.

Policy

According to Mr Mitchell,
there isn’t a “cabinet policy” on
the issue, but he claimed that

the Progressive Liberal Party’s
platform indicates that there are
concerns about the question of
spending for elections and how
campaigns are funded.

The minister said: “I think
that there are many of us within
our party who believe that there
needs to be significant reform
in this area, but you can’t have
reform by yourself, there has to

be a general consensus in the.

society on this point.”

“T believe the opposition
party (FNM) had also indicat-
ed their wish to curtail the
spending on turkeys and hams
at Christmas, the whole idea
of t-shirts at election time, and
how that adds to the whole
expense of funding cam-

‘he does not believe

paigns,” said Mr Mitchell.

However, he added, “there
are constitutional issues that
you have to get around.”

“Can you in fact stop people
from constitutionally contribut-
ing to who ever they want to
and the number, how do you
set the caps, and will the caps be
applicable to parliamentary par-
ties or does it include the extra-
parliamentary parties?” he
asked.

Mr Mitchell told The Tribune
the
Bahamas is ready for reforms
to be made in respect to cam-
paign spending — but, he said,
“there is a general wish that
money should be less influen-
tial on the way votes turn out”. '

Attorney General: expansion
of court facilities in Grand
Bahama to be examined

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - After touring
the courts on Grand Bahama
on Monday, Attorney General
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
announced that recommenda-
tions will be made for the
expansion of judicial facilities
on Grand Bahama.

Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
she is certain that recommen-
dations will be made for a sec-
ond magistrate’s court, as well
as for an additional magistrate
to be stationed in the Eight Mile
Rock settlement.

The attorney general
explained that the present EMR
court is to be moved and that
she along with magistrate Deb-
bie Ferguson have visited a
potential site for the relocation.

However, before a decision
is taken, she said that Chief



Magistrate Roger Gomez and
Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall
must be involved in the process.

“In my address at the opening
of the legal year I spoke about
the expansion of facilities in
Grand Bahama, Abaco and
Exuma, taking into account the
movement and growth of pop-
ulation in those areas.

“And these are opportunities

for,us to look at the reality of
very significant growth of pop-
ulation already in that part of
Grand Bahama. And, so it very
clearly that more than one court

‘ will be necessary to service that

area over the long term and we
are looking at that as well,” she
said.

“Tf a decision is taken to have
another court, then another
magistrate will be needed in the
area. I think it is fairly safe to
say it is likely that will be a rec-
ommendation.”

_ The attorney general was
accompanied on her tour by
director of public prosecutions
Bernard Turner, Ministry of
Legal Affairs permanent secre-
tary Leroy Sumners and direc-
tor of Legal Affairs Debra Fra-
zier accompanied.

Mrs Gibson stressed that it is
important that the administra-
tion of justice move as swiftly as
possible.

“The majority of Bahamians
citizen deal primarily with Mag-

istrate Court and I commend -

magistrates for what the won-
derful work they are doing here
and to say we do predict a sig-
nificant increase in demand in
service given the population
movement,” she said.

Mrs Gibson also toured the
new facilities in the Canada Life
Building that are being prepared
for the relocation of the Registrar
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The importance of researching

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alternative energy to our future

“[’d put my money on the sun
and solar energy. What a source
of power! I hope we don't have
to wait until oil and coal run out
before we tackle that.” —
Thomas Edison in 1931, the year
he died.

\ \ | ELL, many experts
argue that — while

there is still a lot of coal in the
ground — oil is becoming a
problem, with most reserves
now held by state companies in
politically unstable regions.

And oil is what runs our
economy, which is why energy
concerns are expected to be a
central theme of President
George W Bush’s State of the
Union address next week.

According to Al Hubbard,
the: president’s chief economic
adviser, the speech will focus
on energy independence to the
extent that it will “knock your
socks off.” And he told a recent
university symposium that
“within 30 years, we will have
pollution-free and basically free
energy.”

That’s good news — espe-
cially coming from a Bush
administration expert —
because the prospect of adjust-
ing to a shrinking oil supply and
creating a low-carbon economy
is something the world must
come’to grips with soon to
avoid environmental disaster.
But the Bushites have been
reluctant to act on this.




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NOTICE

that WILNER THERVIL OF
BOX CR-54736, 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
ht days from the 10th day of
January, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

of the facts within twenty-eig

Provided by The Baha

Experts say we have to tran-
sition to alternative fuels such
as clean coal, nuclear fission,
hydrogen cells, biofuels, solar
and wind power. And, they
add, if we get serious about
controlling carbon emissions to
cut pollution and head off glob-
al warming, we could buy
enough time to transform our
energy economy without
breaking it.

In his last State of the Union
address, Bush (a former oil
executive) drew lots of atten-
tion by acknowledging Ameri-
ca’s addiction to oil. He went
on to unveil the Advanced
Energy Initiative - a 22 per cent
increase in clean energy
research to push for break-
throughs in vital areas.

“To change how we power
our homes and offices, we will
invest more in zero-emission,
coal-fired plants; revolutionary
solar and wind technologies;
and clean, safe nuclear energy,”
he said at the time.

“We will increase our
research in better batteries for
hybrid and electric cars, and in
pollution-free cars that run on
hydrogen. We will also fund
additional research in cutting-
edge methods of producing
ethanol, not just from corn but
from wood chips, stalks, or
switch grass.”

But many say that a well-
managed transition will require
military-scale investments (like
the Apollo project to reach the



PUBLIC CONSULTATION
Price Regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
mas Telecommunications Company Ltd.

Branded as ViBe

The Public Utilities Commission (Commission) is pleased to invite
comments from the public and licensees on its consultation
document on Price Regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
provided by The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Lid.
(BTC) branded as ViBe.

The main objectives of this consultation are to:
a) inform the public and licensees that BTC’s VoIP service is func-
tionally and commercially substitutable for conventional
switched voice services and falls within the definition of Voice |
Telephony and is price regulated as set out in BTC’s Licence;
b) indicate the Commission's proposal for the price regulation of

c) invite comments from the public and licensees.

moon), which the Bush admin-
istration has so far been unwill-
ing to make. Now, with Ameti-
ca’s dependence on foreign oil
broaching 60 per cent, there is
hope that rising security con-
cerns may change official think-
ing.

A“ there are lots of
people pushing for

change. The Energy Security
Leadership Council, a high-pro-
file group of top business exec-



The prospect
of adjusting to
a shrinking oil
supply and
creating a
low-carbon
economy is
something the
world must
come to grips
with soon to
avoid
environmental
disaster.

REET
utives and senior military offi-
cers, recently called for greater
energy efficiency as part of a
plan to reduce oil dependency.
It is a message we should heed
in the Bahamas, where Dr Mar-
cus Bethel is working on a
national energy policy that has
yet to be unveiled.

In the US, the Energy Secu-
rity Leadership Council makes
four main points — cut oil use,
expand use of alternatives,
make better use of existing
resources, and manage risks



LARRY SMITH

through multilateral security
arrangements.

Specific recommendations
call for more government sub-
sidies for hybrid gas-electric
vehicles, raising fuel efficiency
standards for cars and trucks by
a minimum of 4 per cent a year,
offering incentives for biofuels
production, and supporting
research into clean technologies
for oil shale and coal liquifica-
tion production.

“Chief among (our) formida-
ble energy challenges is depen-
dence on oil, which fuels 97 per
cent of US transportation
needs,” the Council says.” Since
there are few readily available
substitutes for oil, even a rela-

tively minor disruption of the -

global oil supply has the poten-
tial to cause economic disloca-
tion for tens of millions of
Americans.”

The Council is noteworthy
as much for its membership as
for its advice. It is a bipartisan
group that includes the chief
executives of companies like
Fedex, UPS, Dow Chemicals
and Royal Caribbean, as well
as some of America’s best-
known retired generals and
admirals.

“With each passing year,”
they say, “the global oil trends
now at work—rising consump-
tion, reduced spare production
capacity, high levels of instabil-
ity in key exporting countries,
and the threat of terrorism—all
increase the likelihood of an
energy crisis...real progress 1s
possible if we can come togeth-
er around balanced policies that
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PHONE # 326-4111 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 10th day of
January, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
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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 notice.

he European Union

recently announced
aggressively plans to lower
energy use, look at new ways
to cut carbon emissions and
develop renewable sources such
as wind power and biofuels in
order to address its growing
dependence on oil and gas
imports.



The fact is
that a growing
chorus of
experts believe
that the world’s
existing
economic
model is no
longer viable
and we must
move toa
new system
powered by
renewable
energy sources.
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dent than the US on imported
oil and gas. And EU leaders
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Copies of this document can be obtained from the PUC’s office
_— — located Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue or downloaded from the
PUC's website at www.pucbahamas.gov.bs. Written comments
should be submitted by February 2, 2007, via post, hand delivery,
facsimile or e-mail to:

Mr. Barrett Russell
Executive Director, Public Utilities Commission
oy P. 0. Box N4860, Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
Nassau, The Bahamas

Fax: (242)323-7288
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NOTICE

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OF P.O.BOX F-42915, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
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 10TH day of
JANAUARY, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.














NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIETTA DANY OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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
ihe facts within twenty-eight days from the 17th day of
January, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.











from renewable sources within
15 years by boosting wind and
solar power and improving effi-
ciency in factories, homes and
vehicles.

In fact, the EU Commission
says it wants to lead the world
into a post-industrial revolution
— the development of a low car-
bon economy: “We need new
policies to face a new reality —
policies which maintain
Europe’s competitiveness, pro-
tect our environment and make
our energy supplies more
secure,” said Commission chief
Jose Manuel Barroso.

In China, one of the world’s
biggest economies, energy use
has been growing faster than
gross domestic product for
years. Oil use is rising rapidly
and nearly all new demand is
supplied by increasingly expen-
sive oil imports. Although the
government has set goals for
cleaner and more efficient
energy use, experts say it has
yet to move from principles to
action.

China is the world’s second
largest producer of greenhouse
gases and the second largest oil
consumer after the United
States. Pollution control and
energy security are key prob-
lems for the Chinese, but the
government says it aims to
source one-tenth of energy from
renewables by 2020 and China’s
huge demand is expected to
have a big impact on the renew-
able fuel industry by helping to
bring costs down.

[= fact is that a grow-
ing chorus of experts
believe that the world’s exist-
ing economic model — the fossil-
fuel-based, automobile-centred,
throwaway economy — is no
longer viable and we must move
to a new system powered by
renewable energy sources. But
an orderly transition requires
leadership and capable man-
agement.

Tax shifting to reflect true
environmental costs, investment
incentives to promote new
products and industries, sensible
policies to guide consumer
behaviour, and the elimination
of environmentally destructive
subsidies can help balance the
books during this transition.

* Archaeological records prove
that environmental misman-
agement can lead to the col-
lapse of entire civilisations.
And there is a growing sense
today that business as usual is
no longer viable if we want to
avoid difficulties. You don’t
have to predict the end of the
world to take steps toward a
better future.

In the coming energy transi-
tion there will be winners and
losers, writes Lester Brown of
the Earth Policy Institute:

“Countries that fail.to plan
ahead, that lag in investing in
more oil-efficient technologies
and new energy sources may

_ experience a decline in living

standards. The inability of
national governments to man-
age the energy transition
could lead to a failure of con-
fidence in leaders and to
failed states.”

And as Edison — the inven-
tor who perfected the light bulb
and other uses for electricity
once said: “This scheme of com-
bustion to get power makes me
sick — it is so wasteful.”

Clearly, we need an environ-
mental revolution.

What do you think?

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Top music artists
appear at the

Cacique Awards

THE most popular music
artists of the Bahamas will

headline the celebrations of

the 11th Annual Cacique
Awards on January 26.
National Tourism Week will
culminate with the annual
Cacique stage show at the
Rainforest Theatre. The Min-
istry of Tourism, organiser of

' Self expression at
‘Open mic event



the awards, has secured musi-
cal performances by six
singers and bands that have
been determined to be the
most popular performers in
the Bahamas today.

The finalists of the People’s
Choice Song Competition —
Avvy, Ancient Man, Visage,
Simeon Outten, Final Hour

@ ALEX MORLEY speaking to the audience on yarious
issues during the latest session of "Express Yourself," on
January 10, 2007. The event, held at "Da Island Club" in
the Nassau Beach Hotel, is an open mic forum for poets,
musicians and performance artists to share their work. The
next session will take place Wednesday, January 17, 2007,

at 8 p.m.

(Photo: Eric Rose)





Mass Choir, and April
Cartwright — will all be a part
of the stage show.

With the help of radio sta-
tions, Cacique Awards organ-
isers presented a list of most
played and most requested
gospel and secular songs for
a public vote. At the end of
the voting process, the three
artists with the highest num-
ber of votes in each category
. Were invited to perform at the
awards.

“The performances by the
People’s Choice Song finalists
have been an exciting addi-
tion to the Cacique Awards
show,” said Philip Burrows,
director of the awards show.
“This is the fourth year of
People’s Choice perfor-
mances, and we get an ener-
getic response each year from
our audiences.

“They are the best per-
formers in the country. They
love to put on a show for their
people, and fans definitely
show their appreciation of
them.”

The secular songs being per-
formed at the awards this
month include Ghost Move,
Call the Fire Engine, and Pro-
filer.

In the Gospel category, the
songs will include Higher
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a i
Gay rights Daniel Smith Paradise Island resident charged
| -_with laundering billions of dollars

activist
FROM page one

and Rainbow Alliance mem-
ber Erin Greene shared her
views on the historical Angli-
can conference being held
here in the Bahamas.

Ms. Greene said she
believes the Anglican
Church has yet to give a
“definitive statement” on
homosexuality.

“T would like to ask the
Anglican church in the
Bahamas to begin to be hon-
est with its congregation,”
said Ms. Greene.

“Particularly,” she contin-
ued, “to be honest with gay
members about their partici-
pation in their church and
how they will be allowed to
participate in the Christian
community in their country.”

Archbishop Gomez said
he hopes a division into sub-
groups within the Commu-
nion will prevent the split of
the Anglican Church, which
many believe to be
inevitable.

He said the Archbishop of
Canterbury envisions that
those provinces, which sign
on to the Covenant, will
become constituent members
of the Communion, while
those opposed to it could be
called associate members.

The opposing provinces
will be able to participate in
meetings with the Anglican
Communion, but will not be
part of the group as such, he
said.

However, the archbishop
conceded that the Anglican
Communion has already lost
many of its members over
the Church’s handling of the
issue of homosexuality,
mostly in the US, but said he
hopes that the fall off can be
minimised.

Ms. Greene told The Tri-
bune that she also wanted
the Anglican Church to be
guarded by the principle of
“unity within diversity” dur-
ing their deliberations this
week.

The interim report of the
Anglican gathering is expect-
ed to be presented to the Pri-
mates Meeting and Joint
Standing Committee when
they meetin Tanzaniain -
February. ‘



world,

inquest date —

FROM page one

Magistrate Gomez, however,
said he did not feel the length of
time it has taken for an
announcement to be made has
been "exceptional."

Furthermore, he said, he did
not agree that the six months
that will have elapsed since
Daniel's death by the time the

matter gets underway will make.
it harder for witnesses to recall

important details.

"It's been long in a way but I ©

don't think it's been that long
that people will have forgotten

. because in a lot of murder cases
and serious cases like armed rob- -

bery it takes about a year or so
before things come to trial, so
this isn't exceptional in that
sense, it's not been that long,"
he said.

He added that the file had
only reached his desk on Friday.

"As you can see it’s quite
voluminous. (The police) did a
lot of investigations and I think
the investigations took them not
only through the Bahamas, but
also to California, so I think that
may have caused them to take a
while to complete their investi-
gations."

Magistrate Gomez did not
wish to comment on whether, in
light of the decision in favour of
an inquest, former chief coroner
Linda Virgill had now been "vin-
dicated," though he said she was
right in so far as her judgment
that an inquest should be held.

Ms Virgill was previously crit-
icised for having "acted prema-
turely" in scheduling an Octo-
ber 23, 2006 date for an inquest.

_ That date was subsequently can-

celled, and she was stripped of
her position as chief coroner.

Magistrate Gomez said he did
not think there would be any dif-
ficulty finding an impartial jury,
despite the mass of media atten-
tion and speculation that has fol-
lowed since Daniel's death.

"T think the jurors will be
warned about that when they do
come to court and I'm sure that

‘they would try and be as impar-

tial as they possibly can."

Magistrate Gomez said he
would "probably" be the one to
preside over the matter, but due
to magistrate shortages, he was
uncertain.

EGE/UNIVERSITY OF THE
STAFF VACANCY

The mandate of the Office of Research, Graduate Programmes & International-Relations
is to- implement strategies that build alllances and partnerships with universities around the

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position in the
Office of Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations:

international Liaison ,
The College/University of The Bahamas seeks an individual to coordinate its international
relations efforts.in supporting the College's goal of building alliances and partnerships with
universities around the world. The position will serve as the primary point of support for
the College's efforts to build university alliances and to ensuring the successful implementation
of those alliances and partnerships including partnerships which involve research collaboration,
faculty and student exchange, joint conference planning and other forms of institutional
cooperation. The position will have specific focus on the planning, coordinating and
implementing of cultural, educational and professional student exchange programmes.
The International Liaison Officer also manages the Study Abroad programmes. Other
responsibilities include programme evaluation, development of cultural and extra-curricular
activities for international students attending The College of The Bahamas and publishing
an Exchange Newsletter.

The international Liaison Officer reports directly to the Vice President, Research, Graduate
Programmes and International Relations but works closely with the Office of the President
and other key senior COB administrative offices to ensure the success of the Olfice and
the achievement of its international mandate. The ILO also works closely with relevant
departments to assist with the academic advising of students participating in international
study opportunities, pre-departure preparation and orientation for outgaing students
including those enrolled in Study Abroad Programmes, providing support and counsel for
incoming exchange students, S/he coordinates the administrative and logistical services
provided to these students and Jiaises closely with respective administrators in institutions
abroad who lead exchange and study abroad programmes. This position interacts on a
regular basis with many internal and external constituencies, including staff from international
offices at overseas. universities, students, parents, vendors, affiliated institutions and
organisations, and offices abroad, such as embassies and consuiates,

icer (IL. ~

Specific duties in the international relations areas entail travel and itinerary planning and
coordination of meetings with overseas universities, coordination of incoming university .
visits, preparation of briefing notes and detailed travel itineraries for the President, Vice
President and other senior team members as required. In the student exchange and study
aboard areas, overseeing enrolment of assigned programmes by guiding students’ application
process, advising applicants on programme choice, monitoring programme enrolment and
operational status, reviewing applications for admission and follow-up with students as
necessary; serving as principal contact person for programmes within the portfolio; managing
phone and e-mail communication from students and parents
and safety concerns including ensuring The College of The B
responsibilities, credit transfer issues, financial aid, billing, pre-departure preparation, travel
arrangements, and passports and visas.

| The ideal candidate should have a Master’s degree. in International Studies, Education,
Humanities or a related field with an international emphasis. A minimum of three years of
experience in intercultural programming is desirous. Computer literacy.and familiarity with
computer information resources, two years of professional experience in international
education administration and living, working, studying, or conducting research abroad for
a significant length of time would be advantageous. Conversational proficiency in a second
language is an asset. Other competencies include demonstrated tact and diplomacy,
analytical ability and attention to detail; along with the ability to present programmes ina
professional and enthusiastic manner. The candidate must be able to work cooperatively
and sensitively with students, parents, Academic Deans/Heads, in-country staff and sending
college administrators.

Interested candidates. should submit a College/University of The Bahamas Employment
Application, a Comprehensive Resume and up-tg-date transcripts, along with three work
references no later than 30

Director, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas

P.O. Box N-4912

Sagas programmes, health
a

January 2007 to:



i DANIEL SMITH with
Anna Nicole Smith
(AP FILE Photo)

Questioned as to whether he
thought the announcement
would again lead to a public out-
cry claiming that the case had
been treated preferentially, while
some Bahamian families still
await a date for inquests into
their loved one's deaths after
months, and even years, he said
that a balance had to be struck.

"We had to balance it, look at
both sides of the argument, but
we already started to hear the
local matters - they started on
the 3rd January and they will be
continuing throughout this
time," he explained.

Daniel's. death in September
came days after his mother had
given birth to a new daughter,
his baby sister, at Doctors' Hos-
pital.

At the point he was found
dead in the early hours of Sun-
day morning, he had only been
in the Bahamas for a matter of
hours, having arrived the night
before.

On September 27, Dr Cyril
Wecht, a private forensic pathol-
ogist hired by Ms Smith,
revealed that a combination of
three drugs - two antidepres-
sants, Zoloft and Lexapro, and
methadone, a heroin substitute
and painkiller - had killed
Daniel, by suppressing his res-
piratory system, and ultimately
compromising his heart.

Weeks later, it was revealed
that another four prescription
drugs had been in his system, but
had played no part in precipitat-
ing his death.































amas’ duty of care




















FROM page one

day in the US Virgin Islands
and will appear in a federal
court on Wednesday.

According to an Associated
Press report, the prosecutor said
the men knew when they took
their company public that its
activities were illegal.

“Blatant violations of US law
are not a mere ‘risk’ to be dis-
closed to prospective investors,”
Garcia said. “Criminal prose-
cutions related to online gam-
bling will be pursued even in
cases where assets and defen-
dants are positioned. outside of
the United States.”

FBI assistant director Mark
J Mershon said the multibillion-
dollar online gambling industry
was “a colossal criminal enter-
prise masquerading as legiti-
mate business.”

Lefebvre and Lawrence were.

charged in connection with the
creation and operation of an
Internet payment services com-

to billions of dollars of illegal
gambling proceeds from US cit-
izens to the owners of overseas
Internet gambling companies.

Lefebvre was arrested Mon-
day in Malibu, California and
was scheduled to appear in US
District Court in Los Angeles
Tuesday.

In 1999, the men founded
Neteller, which is based in the
Isle of Man and is publicly trad-
ed in the United Kingdom.

The company began process-
ing Internet gambling transac-
tions in approximately July
2000, allowing companies to
transfer money from US cus-
tomers to bank accounts over-
seas.

Prosecutors cited Neteller’s
2005 annual report in saying
that Lawrence and Lefebvre
enabled the company to pro-
vide payment services to more
than 80 per cent of worldwide
gaming merchants.

Lawrence left the company’s
board of directors in October
while Lefebvre left in Decem-

ber 2005, prosecutors said.
Together, the men owned as
much as 35 per cent of the com-
pany’s outstanding shares.

Garcia noted that the com-
pany acknowledged when it |
went public that US law pro-
hibited people from promoting
certain forms of gambling,
including Internet gambling and
transmitting funds that are
known to have been derived
from criminal activity.

Lefebvre and Lawrence also
conceded in the company’s |
offering documents that they
were risking prosecution by the
US government, he said.

Prosecutors said Neteller in |
2005 alone processed more than
$7.3 billion in financial transac- ‘:
tions, 95 per cent of which was |
derived from money transfers _
involving Internet gambling.

Lawrence and Lefebvre, both
charged with conspiring to
transfer funds with intent to
promote illegal gambling, could
face a maximum of 20 years in

. pany that facilitated the transfer














FROM page one

thing relating to his plans for the Bain and Grants
Town constituency for the general election.

“There is no need for me to agree to a new
deal when the old deal is still in effect,” he said.
“Because a contract is delayed does not mean it
is cancelled.”

Rev Moss was referring to a deal made between
himself and current MP for the area, Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley Roberts. Before the
last election, it was reported that the pair agreed
that Rev Moss would take over from Mr Roberts
after he had served two years in office.

However, to date there has been no official
announcement by Mr Roberts that he will not
seek a second term.

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Roberts said he had “no comment” on the issue,
stating: “I don’t go chasing behind butterflies.”

However, in August 2002 Mr Roberts con-
firmed reports that he had planned to spend only
half of his term in office. He said at the time that
he had indicated during the 2002 election that
he was prepared to stay for half a term and then
move off the political scene.

At a thanksgiving service for Senator Rev
Moss, Mr Roberts recommended the Senate vice
president to his constituents as his replacement.

“As my days wind down as representative for
the Bain and Grants Town constituencies,” he
told his audience, “it is my hope that the people
will welcome Rev C B Moss as my recommen-

dation to replace me.”



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prison if convicted.

Senator Rev CB Moss-

However, by March, 2005 the PLP expressed
its full support of Mr Robert’s decision to serve
his full five-year term after Rev Moss wrote a ©
letter to the Bain and Grants Town constituency
regretting that Mr Roberts had not stepped down ~
as promised.

In reply Mr Roberts, who at the time found the
contents of Senator Moss’ letter “surprising,
appalling and patently untrue,” referred to a con-
versation between himself, Prime Minister
Christie and Rev Moss in 2004 when it was made
“absolutely clear” to the senator that the prime
minister “was not prepared to allow me to resign
my cabinet post and obviously my member of
parliament status.”

Mr Roberts pointed out to Senator Moss that
one cannot inherit a constituency. He said at the
time that his successor would be chosen by the
constituency branch of the National General
Council “and ultimately, the voters for the Bain
and Grants Town constituency.”

Rev Moss said in a statement Tuesday that any
discussion about him serving in a “Ministry of
Religion” was not only totally untrue, but ridicu-
lous, as he does not support the creation of such -
a ministry.

Furthermore, Rev Moss said he would not be
interested in serving in such a ministry even if one
were created. .

He attributed the article to “troublemakers”
seeking to fulfil their own purposes.





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50m land deal close on

Morgan Stanley project

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

$50 million
land purchase
representing
the first stage
of a multi-mil-
lion dollar investment in
Freeport by a blue-chip New
York investment bank is close
to completion, The Tribune
has learnt, with approvals from
three different Boards now
required for completion.

The deal involves the Grand
Bahama Development Com-
pany (Devco) selling its 50 per
cent stake in 1,000 acres at
Barbary Beach to Morgan
Stanley, which would then be
50/50 partners in the develop-
ment via a joint venture agree-
ment with Port Group Ltd.

Three Boards need to sign off on purchase to kick-start development
that will be ‘10 times whatever Atlantis has been for the Bahamas

Meetings were held recently
in New York in an attempt to
close the deal, sources told The
Tribune, but it requires the
approval of three separate

‘ company Boards.

These are the Board of
Directors of Devco, which is
50/50 jointly owned by Port
Group Ltd and Hutchison
Whampoa, its joint venture
partner. ,

As a result, the approval of
the Boards at both Port Group
Ltd and Hutchison Whampoa
is also required.

Port Group Ltd is the hold-

ing company for all the pro-
ductive assets spun-off from
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) by Sir Jack
Hayward and the late Edward
St George.

Due to the continuing dis-
pute between Sir Jack and Mr
St George’s family over the
former’s claim to own 75 per
cent of the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd, the Morgan Stan-
ley purchase needs to be
approved by Clifford Culmer,
the BDO Mann Judd accoun-
tant appointed as an external

management consultant by:

Supreme Court order in an
attempt to allow the two sides
to resolve the dispute.

Mr Culmer’s approval of the
Morgan Stanley purchase will
be required, along with that of
Sir Jack and Lady Henrietta
St George. Backing from the
latter two is likely to be forth-
coming, especially as the St
George family said earlier this
year that they were prepared
to give Morgan Stanley a com-
fort letter to ensure the dis-
pute with Sir Jack did not
deter their investment.

Few details on the Morgan

Stanley project have been
made public, although it is
understood to involve a major
hotel and casino, timeshares,
condos, second homes and
retail and commercial facili-
ties.

It has been billed by execu-
tives who have spoken to The
Tribune on condition of
anonymity as being Freeport’s
answer to Kerzner Interna-
tional’s Atlantis resort on Par-
adise Island, having a similar
impact on that island.

One source spoken to by
The Tribune yesterday said: “It

would be 10 times whatever
Atlantis could ever be for the
Bahamas. It’s a whole new
city.

“It would create an unbe-
lievable explosion, of investor
interest in Freeport, because
you’ve effectively got a com-
pany worth $150-$300 million
of international, committed |
development money working

- towards the creation of a long-
term vision for this new city.”

The source described the
Morgan Stanley project as
including marinas, residential
lots, schools and clinics.



GB tourism interest on the rebound

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter in

Aruba at Caribbean Marketplace 2007

THERE is a resurgence of interest in
the Grand Bahama tourism product,
tourism-representatives from that island
told The Tribune during day two of the
Caribbean Marketplace conference.

Kerry Fountain, executive director for
Grand Bahama in the Ministry of
Tourism, told The Tribune: “I believe that
for the first time, there is a significant
' enthusiasm about doing business with

‘Grand Bahama. I believe that there is
credibility in a lot of the product we have
on Grand Bahama today.

“Even with Ginn Sur Mer, that has
aroused a lot of curiosity. It is incredible
the kind of muscle that the Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism is prepared to put behind
marketing Grand Bahama. It is almost at
an unparalleled level.”

Specialise or ‘try to
be all things to all’?

Mr Fountain said that even though the
perception was that Ginn is not a “hotel
product”, the response was still over-
whelming.

“They believe it is just another product
in the Bahamas that wiil legitimise Grand

Bahama as.a-great vacation destination. .

We believe that with the acquisition of
Old Bahama Bay by Ginn as a manage-
ment group, that is great news. In the next
two to three years, Ginn will have some
really great product out there in West
End,” Mr Fountain added.

He said that the great thing about Ginn
was that the company builds in stages, so
it guarantees its product will be complet-
ed.

But Mr Fountain said it would take

‘more time before Grand Bahama com-

pletely rebounds from the 2004 hurricane
season and the closure of the Royal Oasis.

“Inevitably, we will get there. We are
hoping that some time soon, we will hear

some announcement about the Royal
Oasis, but what is even greater is today
there is not a focus on the closure of the
Royal Oasis,” Mr Fountain added.

“The focus is really on Old Bahama Bay
out at West End, and the properties in
the Freeport.and Lucaya areas..We,have

inventory, good inventory that we want "

to present to our marketplace partners.”

Bridgette King, the' Ministry of Touris-
m’s director of strategic planning and mar-
keting, added that a number of tour oper-
ators attending the conference had attend-
ed functions in Grand Bahama, so were
familiar with the product.

She said the Ministry has been able to
establish great partnerships and renew old
ones at the event.

Some 37 per cent of persons travelling to
Grand Bahama are between the ages of

SEE page 3B

Cape Eleuthera resort
set for March opening

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
in ARUBA at Caribbean Marketplace 2007



THE Cape Eleuthera resort will open on March 1, 2007, fol-
lowing an $8.1 million renovation to the property.

The multi million-dollar development will include luxury and
exclusive Bahamian homes, restaurants and bars, and is expect-
ed to employ a significant number of Bahamians in the south
Eleuthera area. It will also have one of the largest marinas in the
Family Islands.

Stephen Kappeler, general manager for the resort, told The Tri-
bune that attending Caribbean Marketplace had provided an
excellent opportunity for the resort to network prior to its open-
ing, as well as increase awareness of the property among indus-
try insiders.

“We’re here pretty much try-
ing to get ourselves re-acclimat-
ed with all of our tour operators

SEE page 3B

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian financial
services industry must decide
whether to specialise in areas
of established expertise or “try
to be all things to all people”

-° by pursuing other opportuni-
ties and products, the Finan-
cial Services Consultative
Forum’s chairman told The
Tribune.

Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said this nation had
some fundamental decisions to
make on how it marketed and
positioned its financial services

_ industry to compete for busi-

ness in an increasingly com-
petitive global environment.

He added that the sector had

- yet to “full address” the find-

ings of last year’s ‘branding’
survey of the financial services
industry, which was conduct-
ed by PricewaterhouseCoop-
ers (PwC) and presented at last
January’s financial services
retreat.

Describing the PwC report
as “an extremely useful docu-
ment”, Mr Moree said the
Bahamian financial services
sector had yet to take full
advantage of its findings.

“J don’t think we have
devised specific ways and
means of addressing some of

; the major issues arising from
‘+1+)+ that report, in terms of the per-
‘ception of the Bahamas, and

in terms of the services and
products that are offered by

this country,” Mr Moree said.

He added that “everyone
agrees” with the need for the

Forum chair raises:

questions on how
Bahamas should
brand financial
services industry

Bahamian financial services
sector to adopt both short and
long-term approaches to
addressing the issues and
weaknesses identified in the
PwC report.

Both the Forum and a
Working Group appointed by
the minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, Vincent
Peet, are in-the process of sub-
mitting to the Government
separate recommendations on
“short-term objectives” that
can be achieved in tackling
these issues, Mr Moree added.

“My own view is that one of
the issues we will need to
address as an industry, togeth-
er with government, is to what
extent we should refocus on
our core products of private
banking and wealth manage-
ment,” he said.

“To what extent should we
refocus on our core areas of
service, compared to other
opportunities - trying to be all
things to all persons, where we
are seeking to compete at all
levels of the sector, including
funds and capital markets.”

Mr Moree added: “Without
expressing a view on it, I sim-
ply raise this issue as one that

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BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press oe

NEW YORK — Wall Stree
ended an erratic session mixed
Tuesday with the Dow Jones
industrials reaching a third
straight record close despite
concerns about corporate prof-
its and the impact of falling oil
prices. oe

The market struggled to

digest a drop in oil prices, OS
which fell to a 19-month low |
near $51 a barrel on a report that | .
OPEC leader Saudi Arabia said _
there may be no need for fur- —
ther production cuts. The state- :
‘ment punished shares of major —
oil and gasoline companies, _
though lower energy prices are _
aboontoconsumers.

“The markets have had abig _
run-up, and it is really trying to ©

continue on a positive pace
while also alleviating some of
the overbought characteristics
before earnings: really’ get
- going,” said Scott Fullman,
director of investment strategy -
for Hapoalim Securities USA.
~ “Lower oil has brought back —
confidence to the consumer, but -
the Dow has been hurt as it
struggles with the drop in big —
~ oil companies.” ee
: The Dow rose 26.5], or 0.21 .
percent, to 12,582.59. The index _
reached a new trading high of
12,585.08 earlier in the session.

Broader stock indicators —
were mixed. The Standard & —
Poor’s 500 index was up 1.7, or
0.08 percent, at 1,431.90, and the

- Nasdaq composite index fell
5.04, or 0.20 percent, to 2,497.78.

The bond market drew some
support from a New York Fed-
eral Reserve report that the
pace of manufacturing in its
region reached its lowest level
since the summer of 2005. Bond:
prices had declined in recent.
sessions on expectations the
U.S. Federal Reserve won't cut

‘rates because of signs of eco-
nomic strength, but they rose

_ Tuesday, with the yield on the
-benchmark 10-year Treasury
note falling to 4.75 percent from
4.78 percent late Friday.

Oil slumped $1.78 to $51.21 a
barrel on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange, the lowest it’s.
traded since May 2005. The
drop in turn sent shares of
major oil companies. lower.
Exxon Mobil was down $1.03 at
$71.63, and ConocoPhillips fell
$1.02 to $62.81.

The drop in oil had to com-
pete with earnings for investors’
attention.

“The market is very much
focused on some earnings sto-
ries that will be coming out, and
the back-and-forth comes from
that,” said Richard Cripps, mar-
ket strategist for Stifel Nicolaus.

Symantec, which makes
Internet security software, fell
after it said 2007 profit will fall
shy of Wall Street projections.
The company blamed the miss
on weak performance in its data
center management business,
causing shares to fall $2.69, or

. B.2 percent, to $17.79.

Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about 2 to 1
on, the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 2.65 billion
shares compared with 2.93 bil-
lion at the same point on Friday.

The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies. was down
2.76, or 0.35 percent, to 791.50.

Overseas, Japan’s Nikkei
stock average closed down 0.04
percent. At the close, Bgitain’s
FTSE 100 was down 0.76 per-
cent, Germany’s DAX index
declined 0.22 percent, and
France’s CAC-40 was down
0.70 percent.









TECHNOLOGY

HP makes progre

Bi Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed a novel way to create
flexible electronic circuits that could make it routine by the end of the
decade to modify and upgrade the circuitry in computer-based
consumer products even after they have been sold.

BY AISHA PHOENIX
Bloomberg News
Hewlett-Packard, the world’s larg-
est personal-computer maker,
announced research that may lead to
an “improvement” in chips used in
the communications, automotive and
consumer electronics industries.
The research may result in the
creation of chips that are as much as



growers in Lindsay, Calif.

“We may adjust the prices as we
discover the full extent of the dam-
age next week, but for now, if you
bought an orange at the supermar-
ket for 50 cents, expect to pay a dol-
lar to $1.49 for it,” said Todd Steel,
owner of Royal Vista Marketing,
which sells California citrus to mar-
kets throughout the country.

With the NFL playoffs in full
swing, some fans may choose to go
| without two traditional favorites.

“Avocados are expensive
enough as it is,” said Joseph Vas-
quez, a 32-year-old school teacher
from Pasadena. “We may have to



PETROLEUM

SURVIVAL PLANS: California Food and Agr
president of the California Citrus Mutua

eight times denser than those being
produced now, while requiring less
energy, using nanotechnology, the
Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said
Tuesday in a statement. _

The cost of making chips is rising
because of the expense of increasing
production tolerances. Hewlett-
Packard said it aims to limit costs by
raising the density of field program-

CALIFORNIA



BY OLIVIA MUNOZ
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. — Shoppers will feel the sting from a string of
subfreezing nights in California’s citrus groves and other farming areas,
with prices for oranges, lemons, avocados and other produce poised to
double or triple in coming weeks, according to industry officials.

do without guacamole for a while.
And we may be drinking our Coro-
nas without limes.”
Nearly every winter crop is
affected by the freeze, from avoca-
dos to strawberries to fresh-cut
flowers, but it’s the state’s citrus
crop that stands to take the biggest
economic hit. California is the
nation’s No. 1 producer of fresh cit-
rus, growing about 86 percent of
lemons and 21 percent of oranges
sold in the U.S., according to the
California Farm Bureau. Florida

* TURN TO CITRUS, 4B

iculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura, right, and Joel Nelsen,
|, discuss the effects of freezing temperatures on citrus



the need for higher tolerances.

“The expense of fabricating chips
is increasing dramatically with the
-demands of increasing manufactur-
ing tolerances,” Greg Snider, senior
architect at Quantum Science
Research, HP Labs, said in the state-
ment. “This approach could increase
the usable device density of FPGAs
by a factor of eight, using tolerances
that are no greater than those
required of today’s devices.”

°TURN TO HEWLETT-PACKARD, 4B

ss toward novel chip

mable gate arrays, or FPGAs, without .



HEWLETT-PACKARD

CROSSBAR SWITCH STRUCTURE:
Nanotechnology joins traditional
circuitry in novel chip concept.



CITRUS DISASTER ©

AFTER TEMPERATURES PLUMMET, PRICES SOAR
FOR ORANGES, LEMONS, OTHER PRODUCE

GARY KAZANJIAN/AP

ICY PROTECTION: Drip irrigation
creates icicles and forms an
insulation on oranges in Exeter,
Calif.



CHIP MAKER ©

Intel profit
plunges
39 percent
in fourth —
quarter

@ Intel’s fourth-quarter profit
plunged 39 percent as the
world’s largest chip maker
endured a painful price war with
much-smaller rival Advanced
Micro Devices.

BY IAN KING
Bloomberg News

Intel, the world’s largest comput-
er-chip maker, said fourth-quarter
profit fell 39 percent after the com-
pany lowered prices to compete with
Advanced Micro Devices.

Net income fell to $1.5 billion, or
26 cents a share, from $2.45 billion, or
40 cents, a year earlier, the Santa
Clara, Calif.-based company said
Tuesday in a statement. Sales fell 5
percent to $9.7 billion.

Earnings dropped as Intel fended
off Advanced Micro with price cuts
and started manufacturing new chips
to win back orders. Chief Financial
Officer Andy Bryant forecast gross
margin will narrow to about 50 per-
cent this year, missing analysts’ esti-

mates, and said he expects a “contin- -

ued competitive environment.”

“Tt looks like they are regaining
share at some expense to price,” said
Greg Barlage, who helps manage $35
billion at Boston-based Baring Asset
Management including Intel shares.
“The biggest question is the gross
margin forecast for ’07. Most people
were looking for 51.5 percent.”

Shares of Intel fell 72 cents, or 3.2
percent, to $21.58 after the release
from a close of $22.30 in Nasdaq
Stock Market composite trading. The
stock had gained 10 percent this year
as some investors anticipated the
company would beat estimates.

Advanced Micro, Intel’s only rival
in the market for personal-computer
processors, said last week that its

° TURN TO INTEL, 4B

BP failed on refinery safety, panel reports

@ BP failed in maintaining
adequate safety standards to
keep the company’s U.S.

. refineries safe, according toa

report from a panel convened
after a blast at a Texas plant
killed 15 people.

BY JOHN PORRETTO
Associated Press

HOUSTON — British oil company
BP failed to emphasize safety at its
USS. refineries before the 2005 Texas
City explosion that killed 15, accord-
ing to a report released Tuesday by
an independent panel led by former
U.S. Secretary of State James A.
Baker III.

The panel, in a statement summa-
rizing its 300-plus page report on
BP’s operations, said the company
had made strides in personal accident
prevention but came up short on the
bigger picture.

“The panel maintains a central
theme that prior to the Texas City
tragedy BP emphasized personal
safety and had achieved significant

improvements in personal injury
rates, but the company did not
emphasize process safety,” the state-
ment said. “BP mistakenly inter-
preted improving personal injury
rates as an indication of acceptable
process safety performance at its U.S.
refineries.”

The ll-member panel made 10 rec-
ommendations, including that an
independent monitor report to the
company’s board of directors for five
years.

“BP gets it and I get it, too,” BP
CEO John Browne told reporters by
video link from London. “I recognize
the need for improvement.”

Browne, who got the report from
Baker on Sunday, called the report a
“hard-hitting and critical analysis
that focused on deficiencies and neg-
atives.”

Browne defended the company’s
overall safety record, which the
Baker report acknowledged was suf-
ficient in terms of personal injury

° TURN TO BP, 4B





JOE RAEDLE/AFP-GETTY IMAGES

BAD REPORT CARD: A U.S. probe into British energy giant BP accuses
the company of failing to provide enough resources to ensure the
safety of its American refineries.

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many Bahamians have
been impatient for the
redevelopment to
start, with many still
believing it will never
happen, Baha Mar is
optimistic they will see
“major movement” on
the commercial village,
roadworks and the
Straw Market in the
2007 first quarter. On
the left is an artist’s
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

BAHA Mar executives told
The Tribune they believe the
signing of the joint venture
agreement with Harrah’s
Entertainment, which will see
the world-renowned casino
operator take a 43 per cent
equity stake in the $2.4 billion
project, will convince the Gov-
ernment to advance all neces-
sary permits and approvals for
the relocation of West Bay
Street and other construction
projects.

Although many Bahamians,
especially those living near the
Cable Beach strip, have been
impatient for the redevelop-
ment to start, with many still
believing it will never happen,
Baha Mar is optimistic they
will see “major movement”
on the commercial village,
roadworks and the Straw Mar-
ket in the 2007 first quarter.

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s
senior vice-president of
administration and public
affairs, said: “We honestly
believe they should begin to
see major changes within the
first quarter of this year.”

He added: “Now that we
have made this announce-
ment, it gives the Government
confidence to move forward
with this. It sets up the terms
of who the Government will
be entering into an agreement
with. “We are satisfied this
first quarter will see major
movement on the commercial
village, roadworks and the
Straw Market. We believe the
permits will be advanced now
the joint venture agreement
[has been finalised].”

The rerouting of West Bay
Street, and relocation of all
government and commercial
bank buildings that currently
line the Cable Beach strip to
the commercial village, must
be completed before the
major construction work on
Baha Mar begins - likely to be
in 2008. They currently lie
right where the main hotels

and resort campus will be |

located.

Mr Sands said the Cable
Beach developer felt it had
done all the necessary work
to enable it to “go to bid for
the roadworks”. The Straw
Market construction contract
was due to go out to bid “in
the next 10 days”, while Baha
Mar was “well underway”

Baha Mar believes -
43 per cent joint
venture deal will
give government

confidence on
$2.4bn project

with plans and vid documents
for the commercial village.
The transformation of the
Cable Beach strip is due to be
finished in 2011, creating a
resort destination to rival
Kerzner International’s. The
first part of the hotel con-

struction, the $80 million ren-
ovation and conversion of the .

Radisson into a Sheraton-
branded property, is “pro-

pressing very well”, Mr Sands —

said. ;

' The first phase, involving
upgrades to 300 rooms and all
the resort’s public areas, is due
to be completed in May. 2007,
with the remainder of rooms
and all banqueting and con-
ference space finished by
November-December 2007 in
the second phase.

Once the roads were com-
pleted, Mr Sands said Baha
Mar would then begin work
on’the foundations for the
major hotels - the Caesar’s-
branded property, plus the St
Regis, W, and Westin.

The agreement with Har-
rah’s is likely to help convince
some doubters that the 1,000-
acre Baha Mar project is for
real, especially given that the
gaming firm - which is in the
process of being acquired and
taken private by two private
equity firms - is taking a stake
in the project. Baha Mar itself

will hold the remaining 57 per,

cent stake, giving it the major-
ity. fey, )
Given the multi-billion sum

- that Apollo and Texas Pacific

Capital have paid to acquire
Baha Mar, they will be seek-
ing an instant return on their
investment, which means they
will take a special interest in
the performance of the Cable
Beach project - something that
should be beneficial.

The joint venture agree-

ment between Harrah’s and
Baha Mar still requires cer-
tain government approvals,
and the two will now seek to
finalise a supplemental Heads
of Agreement to the one orig-
inally signed in early summer

2005.

Among the clauses likely to
be included in the supple-
mental document are an
increase in investment incen-
tives, given that the project
has expanded from $1 billion
to $2.4 billion.

Prime Minister Perry
Christie indicated that the
Government would meet
Baha Mar’s needs for permits,
approvals and a new Heads of
Agreement in a “timely fash-
ion”.

The granting of increased
incentives may rankle with
some Bahamians, though, and
lead to claims that a large
chunk of prime New Provi-
dence real estate and tax rev-
enue is being ‘given away’,
especially since Baha Mar has
yet to make tangible physical
process on its project.

However, a development
such as the Cable Beach trans-
formation takes time to put
together, and the fact that
Harrah’s has become an equi-
ty partner - not just an opera-
tor earnings its money as a
percentage of gross profits -

_ js a major vote of confidence

in Baha Mar.
Baha Mar and Harrah’s '
have signed management

agreements with Starwood,

which will operate the Shera-
ton, Westin, W and St Regis
properties.

Starwood will also con-
tribute $40 million in mezza-
nine bonds to be issued at the
time project financing is
sought, which is likely to be
in 2008.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

SECTION.

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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS



@ MIAMI HERALD
SPORTS INSIDE



Rantors get
revenge over
HO Nash Lions

@ BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

COACH Fritz Grant used
one word to sum up his junior
boys’ win over the HO Nash
Lions yesterday: revenge.

Grant, who heads the CH
Reeves Raptors, said every-
thing happens in time, after
his team destroyed the Lions
47-29, ay pe

The Lions, defending
champions in the GSSSA sea-
son, cruised through the pen-
nant last year with a perfect
record, annihilating the Rap-
tors cn their route to victo-
ry.

“But this year belongs to
the Raptors.” explained
Grant. who boasted of his
team’s dominance in the post.

He said: “We are much
taller, much stronger so we
should be able to dominate
the league. Everything hap-
pens with time and I guess
this is just the team’s year.

“This was the same team
from last year, only one or
iwo.things have changed. I
preach fundamentals to this
team, they’ve accepted the
fact that they will have to rely

Hugh Campb

H BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

BASKETBALL fever is in the air
once again with the annual Hugh
Campbell tournament on the way.

This year’s tournament will be held
at the Sir Kendal Isaacs gymnasium,
February 19-26th, something the fans

wanted.

The AF Adderley gymnasium was

on their fundamentals to pull
them out of games. Payback
is sweet.”

But, before the Raptors .

could seal the victory, they
had to deal with the likes of
Van Hutcheson, Daren James
and Kwanzaa Clarke.

The Lions’ trio tried their
best to keep the team in the
game, but the taller Raptors
had dominated the glass.

Converted

The Raptors out rebound-
ed the Lions 15-3 in the sec-
ond quarter, but converted
on only four of their put
backs. At the free throw line
the Raptors’ team was 3-8.

Grant added: “There are
some things we will have to
work on, I mean the free
throw shooting percentage is
terrible right now. -

“We had a hard time at the
free throw lines and from the
field. To me the guys were
rushing their shots. We don’t
capitalise while at the: free
throw line. I tried to tell the
team that these shots are free
and that they should relax on
it but when they line-up

ell back

there, they continue to do
their own thing.

“We are going to have a
good season, but the key to
our victories will be defence.
We will have to sharpen up
on our defence if we want to
continue on.”

But as long as Patrico
Leadon stays fit, the Raptors
team won’t have to worry
about much.

Leadon, who starts in the
centre position for the Rap-
tors, controls the team’s
offence and is viewed as a
triple threat, connecting from
the inside and outside of the
court.

In yesterday's game, he led
all players with the game high
of 24 poinis — chipping in with
eight points was teammate
Tamar Carey.

For the Lions Hutcheson
scored 10 points, while
James had eight and Clarke
five.

@ CH REEVES’ Shaquille
Moxey is surrounded by the
HO Nash defence yesterday
at the CI Gibson Gym.

(Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune staff)

‘MEMBERS of the —
Hugh Campbell Committee
at yesterday’s press conference.







the original home of the tournament,
but has been closed due to renovation.

According to Ricardo Ferguson,
tournament director, the management
team is looking forward to hosting this
year’s event especially since it is being
held at the Sir Kendal Isaacs gym.

Ferguson believes that the new
venue will not only generate more fans,
but better games — especially on over-
cast days.

When games were played on rainy
days, the safety of the players was
always a concern due to leaks.

Ferguson said: “Believe you me, this
year’s tournament will live up to its

“name, the biggest event on the basket-

ball calendar for high school boys.
“Unlike like last year, things are
going smoothly. We can actually sleep
good at night this year around. Every-
one and everything is starting to come
in place. | must say thank you to Mr
Smith from Freeport for confirming



early now so that we won’t have the

misunderstanding we had last year.
“This awards us the opportunity to

work on things that don’t necessarily

“I don’t think there will be any dif-
ference having the tournament at Sir
Kendal, the tournament has really
grown and to some extent people real-

surround the organisation of the tour-
nament. We have to get things in
motion for the hosting at the Sir
Kendal.




at Sir Kendal Isaacs

ly believe that the tournament has out
grown AF Adderley. Should AF
Adderley return to the old stage it was
in I don’t see a problem with the tour-
nament returning.”

Even though the excitement is brew-
ing to see who will be crowned the
kings of the court this year, the matter
of eligibility is still a big issue.

Since there will be schools partici-
pating in the tournament from both
the Government Secondary School
Sporting Association (GSSSA), the
Bahamas Association of Independent
Schools, (BAIS) and the other private
schools, Ferguson believes that it will
be imperative to adhere to the rules
that govern every school.

He said: “We are an invitational
tournament, but we will still adhere to
the rules and regulations that govern
the schools. We will be going with the
GSSSA constitution.

“The committee will sit down and
go through the eligibility of the players
- actually a meeting is scheduled for
tomorrow, but we will follow the GSS-
SA constitution and what their eligi-
bility rules will require.”

The wheels are in motion to host the
tournament but only nine teams have
confirmed their participation so far.

Even though the deadline passed on
Friday, Ferguson encourages schools to
return their packages to the school as
soon as possible.

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@TENNIS
MELBOURNE, Australia
Associated Press

IT WAS a thumbs-up drip-
ping with irony.

Soaked with sweat, and delu-
sional by her own admission,
top-seeded Maria Sharapova
had come within two points of
a first-round exit at the Aus-
tralian Open.

When it was announced the
roof would be closed over Rod
Laver Arena after her match,
Sharap lapped her hands
above her head and raised her
right thumb to applaud the
decision.

Asked after her 6-3, 4-6, 9-7
win Tuesday over Camille Pin
if it was hot enough, Sharapova
replied: “You're not kidding.”

“It’s inhumanly possible to
play three hours in that kind of
heat,” she said. “I don’t think
our bodies were made to do
that — I was so delusional I
couldn’t think.”

Not long after Sharapova
trudged off to see a doctor,
rehydrate and take a.cold bath
while the temperature soared
above 104 degrees, Rafael

Nadal sirolied onto a center
court shielded by the

retractable roof and cooled by
air conditioning.

Sharapova and Nadal repre- .
sented both ends of the spec-
trum as heat became the story
of the day in Melbourne on
Tuesday, forcing two players to
give up rather than pass out
and delaying the start of dozens
of matches until after sundown.

Tt was too hot midway
through the Sharapova-Pin
match for other matches to be
started on outdoor courts.
Sharapova needed a medical
timeout for cramps in the last
set, an ice vest over her neck at
every change of ends and every
ounce of tenacity she could
muster to beat the French-
woman who had made the sec-
ond round only twice in 15
majors.

Sharapova blew a 5-0 lead |
and three match points in the

third set, and acknowledged...

later: “I could be Feeling alot
worse if | had lost the match.”

Eighth-seeded David Nal-
bandian used the heat to his
advantage, coming back trom
two sets and a break down as
Janko Tipsarevic wilted. Tip-
sarevic eventually retired with
heat exhaustion with Nalbandi-
an leading 6-7 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (2),
6-0, 2-1. :

Nalbandian said the condi-
tions were disgusting, and
unfair for those who were on
court and had to continue play-
ing when the Extreme Heat
Policy was enforced.

Nadal’s 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2 win
over Robert Kendrick went
ahead after the roof was closed.
All matches on outside courts
were postponed for eight
hours.

Andy Murray, the only play-
er besides Nadal to beat top-
ranked Roger Federer last
year, routed Alberto Martin 6-
0, 6-0, 6-1. He missed the first
shutout at the Australian cham-
pionships in 40 years when
Martin held serve in the penul-
timate game.

Fifth-seeded James Blake
beat Spain’s Carlos: Moya 7-6
(8), 6-2, 6-4 four days after
defeating him to win the Syd-

y International title. Nikolay
fined $10,000 for
his disparaging comments
about the Sydney tournament,
advanced in Melbourne the
same day he apologized for last
week’s outburst.

Ina late night match on Rod
Laver Arena, Lletyon Hewitt’s
annual bid to be the first Aus-
tralian man since 1976 to win
the tournament got off to a
stuttering start before he rallied
to beat American qualifier
Michael Russell 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-
3, 6-3.

Aiso under the closed roof,

No. 4 Kim Chisters

YAVYULA KO

women:
downed % lisa Bardina 6-0, 6-
0 and three-time champion
Martina Hingis beat Nathalie
Dechy 6-0, 6-2. No. 12 Anna
Chakvetadze and No. 13 Ana
Ivanovic advanced in the morn-
ing, just before the heat restric-
tions were applied. — :
While Nadal said he would
not have minded having to con-
tend with the heat, Blake said a










PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

B CYCLING
By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

-JEFF’S Auto Repair is
gearing up for the staging of
the fourth annual Tour of the
Bahamas that will bring more
than 100 competitors to com-
pete in a series of races.

JAR’s public relations offi-
cer John Cox as the VMG
Racing team has added to the
organising of the event,
scheduled for February 5-9
around the western end of
the island.

“This year’s race is going
to be larger than last year’s
race because we have
more categories,” Cox
stressed.

“We will have a Pro 1 and
II and we wiil have the cate-
gory 3-4, which is an elite
amateur segment where the
majority of the Bahamian
cyclists will be riding in.

“We also have several
junior categories, one in par-
ticular which goes from age
18-23, and that should be a
very strong category, as well
as the other younger Cate-
gories and also we will have a
female category.”

Teams

Cox said they are antici-
pating that at least 10 teams
will be coming in from the
United States and the
Caribbean to compete, mak-
ing the pelaton, much larger
than last year when they
attracted some 72 competi-
tors in the pro segment and
3-4 with 50-plus.

JAR Cycling, headed by
Jeff’ Major and VMG, headed
by Mark Holowesko, have
joined forces to ensure that

“the classic takes on the inter-

_ “tational flavour that the local

a tA aa fad he ak. > .
cvitisis andthe Bahamian

public are accustomed to see-
ing on television.

Major said they have also
added Susan Larson to the
promotional team and they
have a number of new teams
coming in to participate for
the first time.

“Byen though the field for
the pro 1-2 will be great,
there is a great field expected

solution had to be found that
was fairer for all players.
“There’s got to be a way to
stop a match in that kind of
heat,” Blake said. “I think at
some point we're soing to run
uit ) trouble Mdh te 10 $e
someone gO lO Lhe enieigency
room over a tennis match.
“We're here for a tennis
tournament, not to see who can

last in the heat longer.”



for the under-23 coming out
of the US,” Major reflected.

As the principal sponsor,
Major said they have reached
a point where they have to
get the government involved
because of the expansion to
the large field of competitors.

He said they have gotten
the assistance from the
Bahamas Government to
ensure that the streets will be
closed during the race.

“Its a huge undertaking,
but we have some good spon-
sors who have come on
board, like VMG,” he said.
“Mr. Mosko has also joined
us, as well as the Nassau
Motors, Orry J Sands Insur-
ance Company, Global Tile,
Nautilus Water Company,
Gatorade and the Ministry
of Tourism.”

Cox said in the past, the
sport of cycling has struggled







@ GEARED UP: Jeff’s Auto Repair cycling team

at the administration level
to keep many of the coun-
try’s top cyclists actively
involved,

And they are pleased that
Major and Holowesko have
joined forces to ensure that
they have something of this
magnitude to compete in as
they encourage the public to
come out and view the series
adpaces.

“We've had tremendous
SUCCRSS in the last-two years,
paftiularly in the junior divi-
sion where the JAR cyclists
have performed exceptional-
ly,” he stated.

“But we know that the
VMG crew of professionals
are training hard to come to
town to compete against the
visiting teams. So we know
that it will be even better
than it was last year.”

There are three stages to



be’ staged over the February
5-9 weekend - the first is a
short three-mile time trial on
Saturday, the second is a 50-
mile circuit race on Saturday
afternoon and a 104 mile
stage race on Sunday morn-
ing.

The JAR team comprise of
Kevin Richardson, Lawrence
Jupp. Jay Major and Yorkel
Bain. In the junior division
are. Tracy Sweeting, Cox,
Lorenzo Carter and Shawn
Fox, all of whom will be com-
peting in the 3-4 division.

The VMG team will have
Lee Farmer as the flag carri-
er in the Pro 1-II category
with Barron ‘Turbo’ Mus-
grove in the 3-4. The other
competitors are visitors, who
will basically compete in the
Pro 1-2 category.

Johnny Hoyte, the
Bahamas national champion,

revenge

TRIBUNE SPORTS



is expected to head a list of
competitors coming from
Grand Bahama. It’s antici-
pated that. Dayid Bell will
also be a part of the pelaton
this year.

“It’s so much exposure,
seeing how the competitors
ride and how they are man-
aged,” Cox said.

“It’s a team effort, just
watching how they. operate
so we are encouraging the
public to come out and sup-
port this event.”

The visitors 'are expected
to start arrival from January

.30. Trinidad & Tobago will
_be bringing four cyclists and a

host of teams will be coming
from Florida and they
are also looking at a team
coming from as far as Cali-
fornia. re

Six masters cyclists will also
be coming from Ecuador.

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Raptors. The Raptors won 47-29.

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to get around the defence of CH
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PRO FOOTBALL
COMMENTARY

IN MY OPINION

GREG COTE

gcote@MiamiHerald.com

Saints vs. Colts
would be the
Supreme Bowl

S erious responsibilities attach to



being a sports columnist for the

host newspaper of a Super Bowl,
and I do not take them lightly. For
instance, when friends, acquain-

tances, strangers and long-lost second

cousins of step-nephews ask me if I
can get them tickets, I respond profes-
sionally with braying laughter.

Sometimes they persist and it turns _,

nasty, such as this recent telephone
exchange:

Ticket beggar: “You mean to say
you can’t go throven the Dolphins and
get me in?”

Me: “No, I really can’t.”

Beggar: “Not even one lousy
ticket!?”

Me: “T said no.”

Beggar: “That’s a fine way to treat .

Me: “Look, get off my back, Mom!”
Click!

If I had as many tickets at my dis-
posal as eventual requests, I’d either

be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,

or rich after a‘quick call to’a ticket
broker. Ticket requests are the big-
gest persisting bother for someone in
‘my spot as a home Super Bow] nears,
along with directing battalions of
arriving out-of-town sportswriters to
preferred local strip clubs.

In exchange for these obligations, I
would, as host, make one small
request of the league:

Saints vs. Colts, please.

No Bears. No Patriots. No problem.

Saints-Colts. Is that too much to
ask?

The mind poking ahead to the |
Super Bowl matchup is a healthy
diversion, actually, for a host city —
sorry, host region — preoccupied
these days with the Dolphins’ search
foranewcoach. —

The acrid vapor trail left by Nick
Saban’s sudden departure to Alabama
dissipates and leaves a cloud of ques-
tion in its place. Will it be Cam Cam-
eron, Chan Gailey or Jim Mora? Will it
be a promotion for Dom Capers? Will
it be Marty Schottenheimer?

While the Dolphins and Dolfans _
debate, the playoffs march on toward

_Feb. 4 and Dolphin Stadium, and we
beseech New Orleans and Indianapo-
lis to deliver us the greatest story
lines possible.

A year ago, retiring, lovable “Bus,”
Jerome Bettis, led the Steelers ina

Super Bowl in his hometown Detroit. ¢

That was pretty good in the requisite

category of heartwarming stories that

transcend the game.
Saints-Colts would be the jackpot.

‘PLENTY OF REASONS

New Orleans would be in the first —

Super Bowl in the franchise’s 40-year
history, and, coming off a 3-13 season,
would have come from lower down to

_ reach a championship game than any
football team ever. You don’t get any
Cinderella-er than that. This would be
the new poster team for possibility,
providing hope for downtrodden
teams everywhere.

The message to the Dolphins and
others of the woebegone would be
that you too can rise in one year from

_ the pits to the pinnacle if you show
faith, along with hiring the Coach of

_ the Year, signing Drew Brees, drafting
Reggie Bush and Marques Colston,

_ and seeing Deuce McAllister back

’ from injury.

The Saints would be a great story if
that were it. But that’s only the start.

Hurricane Katrina and its devasta-
tion is, of course, the overriding back-
drop that would make Saints-in-the-
Super Bowl a stunning tale. It would
be almost enough to send an atheist to
church, the idea of the Saints sent to
the promised land in order to lift a
broken city.

Talk about a feel-good story. That
would be so feel-good, the halftime
performer should be not Prince but
the venerable British band, Dr. Feel-
good. .

It’s too-good-to-be-true stuff. Like
when the Yankees were in the World
Series in the wake of the Sept. ll, 2001,
terrorist attacks.

Indianapolis in the SB would not
have that same broad emotional pull,
obviously, although much about the
Colts is endearing as well (except to
people in Baltimore, whose Colts
were spirited off to Indy in 1984, but
that’s old news; let’s get current).

*TURN TO COTE



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INTERNATIONAL EDITION





AUTO RACING | BENNY PARSONS: 1941-2007

BY JENNA FRYER:
Associated Press

Benny Parsons, a former taxi driver turned
NASCAR champion, died Tuesday after a short
battle with lung cancer, his son Keith said. He
was 65.

Parsons, the 1973 NASCAR champion, died
in Charlotte, N.C. He was diagnosed with can-
cer in his left lung in July after complaining of
difficulty breathing. A former smoker who quit
the habit in 1978, Parsons underwent intensive
chemotherapy and radiation treatments and
was declared “cancer-free” in October.

But the aggressive treatment cost Parsons
the use of his left lung, and he was hospitalized
on Dec. 26 when doctors found a blood clot in
his right lung. He was transferred to intensive
care shortly after his admission, and he
remained there in an induced-coma.

A member of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers,
Parsons retired from racing in 1988 and moved
into the broadcasting booth. He spent the past
six years as a commentator on NBC and TNT,
and continued to call races from the booth dur-
ing his treatment.

Parsons, affectionately known throughout
NASCAR as “BP,” also continued to host a
weekly radio program and keep fans updated on
his condition in a blog on his website.



RUSTY BURROUGHS/AP

A POPULAR FIGURE PASSES: Benny Parsons,
center, talks with racing legend Richard
Petty, right, and driver John Andretti at
Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May of 2000.

“As my radiation oncologist told me today,
John Wayne lived and had a great career with
one lung. There is no reason why I can’t do the
same,” Parsons posted in a Dec. 18th entry after
learning of the damage to his left lung.

“It will take a little ‘while for the right lung to

pull the weight for the left lung so until then I

will still need to use oxygen when I walk. I
won't need it sitting or commentating races and
to me that is the main thing.

“If given a choice between cancer or losing a

Ex-NASCAR champ dead at 65

lung I would say that I got the right end of the
deal.”

That feisty spirit was one of Parsons’ trade-
marks, and what helped him rise up from a poor
childhood in the foothills of North Carolina to a
job driving taxis and then all the way to the top
of NASCAR.

Parsons was born July 12, 1941, at his parents’
rural home in Wilkes County and eventually
moved to Detroit, where he worked at a gas sta-
tion and a cab company owned by his father.
After winning back-to-back ARCA titles in
1968-69, he returned to North Carolina in
Ellerbe to become a full-time racer, often listing
“taxicab driver” as his occupation on entry
forms.

Parsons made 526 starts from 1964 until his
1988 retirement. He won 21 races, including the

‘1975 Daytona 500, and 20 poles. He was also the

first Cup competitor to qualify for a race faster
than 200 mph when he posted a lap at 200.176
mph at the 1982 Winston 500 at Talladega (Ala.)
Superspeedway.

He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest
drivers in 1998, and was inducted into the Inter-
national Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994. He
was inducted into the National Motorsports
Press Association’s Stock Car Racing Hall of
Fame in 1995,



COLLEGE BASKETBALL | NO. 6 PITTSBURGH 63, CONNECTICUT 54

Panthers on prowl

Gray helps Pitt stay



KEITH SRAKOCIC/AP

A GRAY AREA: Pittsburgh’s Aaron Gray goes hard to the basket
against UConn’s Jonathan Mandeldove. Gray had 22 points
and 19 rebounds to help the No. 6 Panthers beat the Huskies.

BY JOHN PYE
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — It
was a thumbs-up dripping with
irony.

Soaked with sweat, and delu-
sional by her own admission, top-
seeded Maria Sharapova had come
within two points of a first-round
exit at the Australian Open.

When it was announced the
roof would be closed over Rod
Laver Arena after her match, Shar-
apova clapped her hands above her
head and raised her right thumb to
applaud the decision.

Asked after her 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 vic-
tory Tuesday over Camille Pin if it
was hot enough, Sharapova
replied: “You’re not kidding.”

“It’s inhumanly possible to play
three hours in that kind of heat,”
she said. “I don’t think our bodies
were made to do that — I was so

perfect in

BY ALAN ROBINSON
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — No. 6 Pitts-
burgh pulled away midway

through the second half behind

Aaron Gray’s strong inside play
and Ronald Ramon’s perimeter
shooting, wearing down Connecti-
cut in a typically rugged Big East
rivalry game for a 63-54 victory
Tuesday night.

Gray, helped by an injury that
kept UConn’s 7-foot-3 Hasheem
Thabeet out for most of the first
half, had 22 points and 19 rebounds.
Ramon went 4-for-4 from 3-point
range while adding 17 points as the
Panthers (17-2, 5-0) won their sev-
enth in a row. They are the only
team still unbeaten in conference
play.

Gray missed by a rebound of
becoming the first Pitt player with
as many as 20 points and 20
rebounds in a game since Chris
McNeal against Boston-College in
1992.

UConn (13-4, 2-3) lost for the
fourth time in six games, mostly
because of poor shooting — the
Huskies shot 35.6 percent — yet led
33-32 with 12 minutes remaining.

But the Huskies went scoreless
for 42 minutes shortly after that
during a 7-0 Pitt run started by
Levance Fields’ 3-pointer. Levon
Kendall followed with a jumper
from the wing, one of only two bas-

Big East

kets before he fouled out, and Gray.
also scored inside.

The Panthers made it 53-40 on
Mike Cook’s driving layup with
2:41 remaining, then spent most of
the remaining time on the free-
throw line as UConn fouled early
in every Pitt possession to try to
get the ball back.

The Big East’s two most suc-

. cessful programs since 2001 — no

team is close to them in regular
season victories — are known for
their intense, physical styles. This
one was no different, .as was evi-
dent when Thabeet caught an
elbow from Gray above his eye less
than 2 minutes into the game.

Thabeet was assisted to the
locker room in obvious pain and
didn’t return until late in the half.
With Thabeet out, Gray took
advantage by getting 11 rebounds
by halftime.

Thabeet, who had 12 points, 10
rebounds and seven blocks Satur-
day in a 68-59 victory at St. John’s,
finished with one point and six
rebounds in 21 minutes but never
took a-shot from the field — evi-
dence of how Gray was in control
underneath. Jeff Adrien scored 13
points and Jerome Dyson had II for
the Huskies.

Still, Pitt had trouble shooting
early against UConn’s inexperi-
enced but quick defenders until
Ramon got going.



- TENNIS | AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Sharapova survives heat, first-round opponent



RICK STEVENS/AP
BEATING THE HEAT: Top-seeded
Maria Sharapova celebrates
during her three-set victory on
Tuesday in steamy Melbourne.

delusional I couldn’t think.”

Not long after Sharapova
trudged off to see a doctor, rehy-
drate and take a cold bath while
the temperature soared above 104

degrees, Rafael Nadal strolled onto
a center court shielded by the
retractable roof and cooled by air
conditioning.

Sharapova and Nadal repre-
sented both ends of the spectrum
as heat became the story of the day
in Melbourne on Tuesday, forcing
two players to give up rather than
pass out and delaying the start of
dozens of matches until after sun-
down.

It was too hot midway through
the Sharapova-Pin match for other
matches to be started on outdoor
courts. Sharapova needed a medi-
cal timeout for cramps in the last
set, an ice vest over her neck at
every change of ends and every
ounce of tenacity she could muster
to beat the Frenchwoman who had
made the second round only twice
in 15 majors.

Sharapova blew a 5-0 lead and

three match points in the third set,
and acknowledged later: “I could
be feeling a lot worse if I had lost
the match.”

Eighth-seeded David Nalban-
dian used the heat to his advantage,
coming back from two sets and a
break down as Janko Tipsarevic
wilted. Tipsarevic eventually
retired with heat exhaustion with
Nalbandian leading 6-7 (5-7), 4-6,
7-6 (7-2), 6-0, 2-L

Nalbandian said the conditions
were disgusting, and unfair for
those who were on court and. had
to continue playing when the
Extreme Heat Policy was enforced.

Nadal’s 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-2 victory
over Robert Kendrick went ahead
after the roof was closed. All
matches on outside courts were
postponed for eight hours.

*TURN TO AUSSIE
4 | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007_ INTERNATIONAL EDITION

SOCCER

German Deisler calls it quits |

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Bayern Munich midfielder
Sebastian Deisler,. long
regarded as one of Germany’s
biggest talents, retired from
soccer Tuesday.

The 27-year-old former
Germany player, whose skills
on the ball captivated fans,
underwent five right knee
operations.

Twice, he missed parts of
seasons with depression trig-
gered by the constant expecta-
tions.

“The decision is final —
I’ve thought about it for some
time,” Deisler: said. “I don’t
have any faith in my knee any-
more.”

Deisler appeared to have
made a successful return from
his latest operation in March,
which cost him a chance to
play at the World Cup.

He had played in several
Bayern Munich matches.

“We fought for Sebastian,”
Bayern manager Uli Hoeness
said. “He is one of the best
players we ever had in Ger-
many. I hoped to the last this
was just a nightmare.” -

Bayern expected Deisler to
make a difference in this year’s
Bundesliga and Champions
League campaigns.

Hoeness said the club
would not acquire a major
player to bolster an under-
achieving midfield because it

SPORTS ROUNDUP



TORSTEN SILZ/AFP-GETTY IMAGES
GAME OVER: Germany talent
Sebastian Deisler retired
from the game Tuesday.

believed he could fill that role.

Deisler played 36 games for
Germany, which put him in
charge of its attack when he
was 19 before his first knee
injury.

Germany tried to rush him
back from another operation
for the 2002 World Cup, only
to see his fragile knee collapse
in a warmup match against
Austria.

The constant expectations
on Deisler led to him being
treated for depression in 2003
and 2004.

Crede agrees
to deal with



the |

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Third baseman Joe Crede
and the Chicago White Sox
agreed Tuesday to a one-year,
- $4.94 million contract and
_ avoided arbitration.

The 28-year-old batted .283
last season with 30 home runs,
94 RBIs and had a .978 fielding
percentage in 150 games.

The deadline for, exchang-
ing salary-arbitration figures
was Tuesday, and there has
been speculation that Crede’s
time with the White Sox might
be nearing an end. He is eligi-
ble for free agency after the
2008 season.

e Elsewhere: Francisco
Rodriguez, who had a major-
league-leading 47 saves last
season, avoided arbitration
with the Los Angeles Angels
by agreeing to a one-year, $7
million contract. The Angels
also agreed to terms with
reliever Scot Shields and
infielder Robb Quinlan —
their other arbitration-eligible
players. ... The Oakland Ath-
letics agreed to one-year con-
tracts with outfielder Milton
Bradley, infielder Marco
Scutaro and right-hander
Kiko Calero, avoiding arbitra-
tion for all three regulars. ...
Akinori Otsuka, who had 32

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

We. &
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saves after taking over as the

Rangers’ closer last season,
agreed to a one-year, $3 mil-
lion deal with Texas. ... Out-
fielder So Taguchi and the St.
Louis Cardinals avoided arbi-
tration, agreeing to a one-year
contract that will guarantee
him $1,025,000... . The Detroit
Tigers avoided salary arbitra-
tion with all four of the players
that filed, agreeing to one-year
contracts with outfielder
Craig Monroe, left-hander
Nate Robertson, right-
handed reliever Fernando
Rodney and infielder Omar
Infante. Brad Lidge
agreed to a one-year, $5.35 mil-
lion contract with Houston,
avoiding arbitration following
a rough year in which he tem-
porarily lost his job as closer.

,. Center fielder Aaron
Rowand avoided arbitration
with the Philadelphia Phillies
by agreeing to. a one-year,
$4.35 million contract.... The
Arizona Diamondbacks agreed
to a one-year contract with
Orlando Hudson, avoiding
arbitration with the Gold
Glove second baseman. The
team also reached deals with
arbitration-eligible relievers
Brandon Lyon and Jose Val-
verde.



ELSEWHERE

e Italy: Luciano Spalletti
will stay on as coach of AS
Roma until 2011.

The club disclosed details

of the coach’s four-year con- .

tract extension Tuesday, a day
after Spalletti signed the deal,
according to news reports.

Spalletti’s new contract is
worth $4.66 million per year
before tax and performance-
related bonuses, according to
the Apcom news agency.

The 47-year-old coach is in
his second season with Roma.
Last season, the Giallorossi
finished fifth but were
bumped up to second place
when penalties were handed
out in the Italian match-fixing
scandal.

Roma is now in second
place, nine points behind Inter
Milan. ...

Daniele Arrigoni was rein-
stated as Livorno coach less
than 48 hours after he was
fired by club president Aldo
Spinelli.

“The club has decided to
confirm its faith in coach Dan-
iele Arrigoni,” Livorno said
Tuesday.

Axrigoni, 46, was dismissed
Sunday following a 5-1 rout by
Atalanta in Italy’s Serie A, but

Livorno’s players met with.

Spinelli Monday night to push
for the coach’s reinstatement.
e Spain: Villarreal coach

SOCCER | BASEBALL | ETC.

Manuel Pellegrini has signed
a one-year extension to his
contract, keeping him at the
club until ‘2008.

The. deal ends recent sug-.

gestions in the Spanish media
that Pellegrini would be leav-
ing when the season ends in
June. Reports said Pellegrini’s
new deal marks a victory for
the coach in his dispute with
the club’s top player, Argen-
tine playmaker Juan Roman

Riquelme. Pellegrini has
dropped Riquelme for recent
games amid reports of con-
tinuing differences.

However, Villarreal general
manager Jose Manuel Lla-
neza said it didn’t mean that
Riquelme would now be leav-
ing, according to sports daily
Marca on Tuesday.

e England: Middles-
brough held off a late rally to
beat Hull 4-3 and advance to
the fourth round of the English
FA Cup, and was joined by fel-
low Premier League club Man-
chester City. ©

Manchester City beat Shef-
field Wednesday 2-1. Darius
Vassell scored the winner for
Man City in the 56th minute,
shooting into the top corner
after taking a pass from Ber-
nardo Corradi. Stephen Ire-
land had put City ahead in the
44th minute before Lee Bul-

len leveled for Sheffield

Wednesday in the Slst.





"JEFF ROBERSON/AP

WE HAVE A DEAL: White Sox third baseman Joe Crede,
left, agreed to a one-year, $4.94 million contract.

ETC.

e College football:
Record-breaking Hawaii quar-
terback Colt Brennan called
off a second news conference
in as many days to announce
whether he would skip his
senior season and enter the
NEL Draft. ... Arkansas quar-
terback Mitch Mustain, unde-
feated as a Razorbacks starter,
has been given permission to
transfer to another university,
coach Houston Nutt said. ...
Running back C.J. Spiller
says he’s committed to staying
at Clemson, despite the pull of
his young daughter that had
him thinking about transfer-
ring. ... All-American defen-
sive tackle Glenn Dorsey, a
projected first-round pick in
the NFL Draft, will return for
his senior season at LSU....
Nebraska running back Bran-

don Jackson will pass up his
senior season to enter the NFL
Draft... . California coach Jeff
Tedford has agreed to a four-
year contract extension that
will keep the two-time Pac-10
Coach of the Year with the
Golden Bears through 2013,
The Associated Press learned.
... Denver Broncos tight ends
coach Tim Brewster will
become the new head coach at

- Minnesota, replacing the fired
Glen Mason. ... Virginia
Tech defensive coordinator
Bud Foster received the
Broyles Award, given annually
to the nation’s top assistant
coach.

e Horse racing: Kentucky
Derby winner Barbaro
improved considerably after
weekend surgery to remove a
section of his laminitis-
stricken left rear hoof.

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Blake, Clijsters, Hingis advance at Aussie

* AUSSIE

Andy Murray, the only
player besides Nadal to beat
top-ranked Roger Federer last
year, routed Alberto Martin
6-0, 6-0, 6-1. He missed the

Laver Arena, Lleyton Hewitt’s
annual bid to be the first Aus-
tralian man since 1976 to win
the tournament got off to a
stuttering start before he ral-
lied to beat American quali-
fier Michael Russell 3-6, 2-6,

first shutout at the Australian 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

championships in 40 years

when Martin held serve in the

penultimate game.
Fifth-seeded James. Blake

Also under the closed roof,
women’s No. 4 Kim Clijsters
downed Vasilisa Bardina 6-0,
6-0 and three-time champion

beat Spain’s Carlos Moya 7-6 Martina Hingis beat Nathalie

(10-8), 6-2, 6-4 four days after
defeating him to capture the
Sydney International title.
Nikolay Davydenko, fined
$10,000 for his disparaging

Dechy 6-0, 6-2.

No. 12 Anna Chakvetadze
and No. 13 Ana Ivanovic
advanced in the morning, just
before the heat restrictions

comments about the Sydney were applied.

tournament, advanced in Mel-
bourne the same day he apol-
ogized for last week’s out-
burst.

While Nadal said he would
not have minded having to
contend with the heat, Blake
said a solution had to be

nalate night match atRod found that was fairer for all

Caltenht th

players.

“There’s got to be a way to
stop a match in that kind of
heat,” Blake said. “I think at
some point we’re going to run
into trouble — I’d hate to see
someone go to the emergency
room over a tennis match.

“We're here for a tennis
tournament, not to see who
can last in the heat longer.”

The U.S. Open champion
Sharapova could have
avoided some of the heat if
she had started better.

She made 24 of her 65
unforced errors in the first
seven games.

“In the middle of the sec-
ond set I started getting some
pinches in my abdominal
muscle,” she said. It was
treated on court and later
diagnosed by a doctor as

cramping. “I’m nota quitter,”
she said. “I’m not just going to
stop because of the heat.”

The heat policy measures
conditions by combining the
air and court-surface temper-
atures.

Australian Open organiz-
ers defended the policy, say-
ing it was introduced in 1998
after collaboration with play-
ers and reiterating that
matches could be halted at the
discretion of the tournament
referee.

Matches on outside courts
resumed in the evening under
floodlights, with Melbourne
Park escaping blackouts that
left hundreds of thousands in
the drought-ravaged region
without power after wild fires
damaged electrical transmis-
sion lines.





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CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP

JERSEY FOR THE PREZ

World Series MVP David Eckstein, second from left,
presents President Bush with a St. Louis Cardinals
jersey and autographed baseball during a ceremony
Tuesday at the White House to honor the team.

Warm greeting in Iran

US. wrestlers were welcomed to Iran on Tuesday with
bouquets of pink and white flowers at a time of jncreasing
tensions between the two countries, recalling the days before
Tehran’s reformers were defeated by its current hard-line
leadership. :

The Americans, wearing jackets emblazoned with “USA
Wrestling,” were given the warm greeting by young girls in
traditional Iranian dresses at an airport in the southern city of
Bandar Abbas.

The 14 wrestlers are to participate Thursday and Friday in
the Persian Gulf Cup, also known as the Takhti Cup, the top
wrestling tournament in Iran, where the sport has been a
national obsession for centuries. _

In a small — but, for Iranians, significant — goodwill ges-
ture, the American wrestlers were exempted from having
their fingerprints taken as they entered the country. Iran
imposed the fingerprint requirement on Americans after the
U.S. imposed a similar rule on visiting Iranians. In 2003, Iran _
boycotted the world freestyle wrestling championships in

New York because of the U.S. policy, seen as humiliating.‘ ~

It'is the first time that Americans have participated in the:
competition since hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadi-
nejad came to power in 2005, further souring already bad
relations between Tehran and Washington.

Despite the courteous welcome, it was clear the Iranian
government was not touting the U.S. visit as an attempt to
bridge their differences — unlike Ahmadinejad’s predecessor,
reformist President Mahmoud Khatami.

}



Lefty’s design Olympic honors

Masters champion Phil Speedskater Joey
Mickelson has plans to Cheek and snowboarder
design an 18-hole golf Hannah Teter were hon-
course in the mountains of ored as the U.S. Olympic
western North Carolina, . Committee’s Sportsman

~ according to developers and and Sportswoman of the
the golfer’s agent. Year.

Mickelson, the world’s _. Swimmer Jessica Long
fourth-ranked player, will was selected Paralympian
help build a course on a of the Year, and the Team
3,500-acre real estate devel- of the Year award went to
opment called RiverRock. men’s curling.

The property is near Lake Cheek won the 500-me-
Glenville in Cashiers, a ter race at the Turin Games,
town about 50 miles south- with his margin of victory
west of Asheville. the largest in more than 50

“Phil is only going to years. He announced in
design about 10 golf courses, Turin he was giving
and RiverRock will be his $40,000 to a charity for ref-
mountain course,” Mickel- ugee children in Darfur,
son’s agent, Tim Ummel, Sudan. He has since trav-
said. eled the world, talking to

Mickelson isn’t the only world leaders about Darfur.
famous golfer to leave his “Tt’s pretty heady stuff

_ mark in western North Car- for a guy who speedskates
olina. Jack Nicklaus for a living,” he said.
designed The Cliffs at Wal- Teter captured the
nut Cove in Arden as well as halfpipe in Turin. Long set
Elk River in Banner Elk. five world records and won

Arnold Palmer also has nine gold medals at the Par-
designed two courses in the alympic worlds in South
area. Africa.



‘We can make you pay. If they
want to collapse on Amare
[Stoudemire], we’ve got lots of
shooters. If they want to stay with
the shooters, Amare can
dominate.’

- STEVE NASH, Suns point guard, right, after high-scoring
Phoenix beat the Memphis Grizzlies 137-122 on Monday night.



FLASHBACK





On this day in history:

2003 — In hockey, Joe Nieuwendyk scores his 500th
career goal in New Jersey’s 2-1 victory over Carolina.

2004 — New Jersey’s Patrik Elias ties an NHL record by
scoring his fourth overtime goal of the season in a 2-1 victory
over Washington.


From Miami Herald Wire Services

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki
and Devean George each
sparked crucial rallies with con-
secutive 3-pointers, helping the
Dallas Mavericks overcome 45
points by Tracy McGrady in a
109-96 victory over the Houston
Rockets on Tuesday night.

McGrady scored 21 points in
the first quarter and had 29 at
halftime. He made a 3-pointer
that put Houston up 65-52 mid-
way through the third quarter,
but it didn’t last.

George answered with a pair
of 3s, sparking a 15-2 run that let
Dallas tie it. A few minutes later,
Nowitzki powered a 20-4 run
that he finished off with back-to-
back 3s, celebrating each with
gusto.

Nowitzki, who was named the
Conference Player of the Week
earlier in the day, had 30 points,
10 rebounds and six assists. Josh
Howard added 28 points and
George scored 14 with six assists.
Jerry Stackhouse scored 13.

Dallas avenged a 3]-point loss
at Houston earlier this season
and tightened its claim as the
hottest team in Texas.

The Mavericks have won five
consecutive games and 18 of 19.
The Rockets had won four in a
row and nine of 10. _

McGrady scored Houston’s
first 12 points and 16 of 18, but
obviously couldn’t keep it up.
Problem was, his roll prevented
any of his teammates from get-
ting into a groove. No other
Rockets player had more than a
single basket until there was 1:51
left until halftime.

McGrady topped his season
high a few minutes into the third -
quarter, but by then the Maver-
icks were mixing up his defend-
ers and sending different guys at
him on double teams. He wound
up heading for the bench with,
2:14 left and went to the locker
room with more than a minute to
play.

McGrady may have just
needed to ice his shooting arm

after going .17-of-29, including -

4-of-9-en 3s, plus 7-of-9:from the
foul line. He also had.a team-high
seven assists and added five







PRO BASKETBALL

Mavs overcome McGrady’s

_rebounds.

The rest of the Rockets made
just as many baskets (17) but
needed 46 shots. Juwan Howard
scored 16 points and Rafer
Alston had 12. Dikembe
Mutombo had 10 rebounds.

HORNETS 84, MAGIC 78 (OT)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jan-
nero Pargo scored a season-high
25 points and the Hornets held

’ Orlando to one basket in over-

time to win in a matchup of two
cold-shooting teams.

Desmond Mason scored 21
points, and Rasual Butler had 19
points and tied his career high
with 11 rebounds as the Hornets
won their third in a row.

Dwight Howard had 17 points
and 15 rebounds for the Magic,
who lost their third in a row.
They were held to a season low
in points and shot just 35 percent.
New Orleans wasn’t much bet-
ter, hitting a paltry 37.5 percent.

A jumper by Butler to start
overtime gave the Hornets a
77-75 lead. Orlando then missed
two shots and turned it over
twice before Devin Brown sank
two free throws for a 79-75 lead.
After Mason made one of two
free throws with 27.4 seconds
left, Butler kept the ball alive and
Pargo added two more free
throws to make it 82-75 with 23.1
seconds to play.

Orlando’s only basket in over-
time was a 3-pointer by Keyon
Dooling in the final 10 seconds.

WEBBER BACK HOME

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan
— Chris Webber returned home
on Tuesday, signing a prorated
contract with the Detroit Pistons
for the NBA’s minimum salary
for a veteran in the hopes of add-
ing a pro championship to his
resume.

“This is definitely special, I
never thought I would be a
Detroit Piston,” Webber said at a
news conference. “I’m here in
the summer, but being home
with this team makes;me feel
good.” :

The five-time All-Star for-.

ward, who grew up in Detroit
and played at the University of

+

*



A TEXAS SHOOTOUT: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki posted
30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Tuesday’s victory.

Michigan, became a free agent
after Philadelphia cut ties with
him by buying out the final 1
years of his contract last week.

“He embodies everything we
try to stand for as a basketball
team and as an organization. He
is: what we want to be about.
People of his character, his back-
ground, his upbringing, those are
the kind of people we want to
bring to the Detroit Pistons,”
said Pistons president of basket-
ball operations Joe Dumars.
“He’s more than just a basketball
player. There’s an obvious con-
nection to Detroit, and I’m proud
to say he’s more than back home,
he’s with the Detroit Pistons.”

Webber will make about
$650,000 to play the rest of the
season with the Eastern Confer-
ence power.

Detroit coach Flip Saunders

' said” Webber will play as a

reserve tonight at home against

the Utah Jazz, amd,the team

expects him to start at center
soon. The Pistons plan to trade



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NBA STANDINGS |

_ EASTERN CONFERENCE



WESTERN CONFERENCE

SOUTHEAST WL Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 21 16 .568 - 64 Wl 15-3 6-13 13-9
Orlando 2217 «564 - 55 L3 146 B11 12-9
Miami 17 20 459 4 46 Ll 89 911 6-10
Atlanta 12 23 343 8 3-7 W2 7-10 5-13 814
Charlotte 12 24 .333 8% 5-5 Ll 7-12 5-12 9-14
ATLANTIC W_ L__ Pet. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Toronto 18 21 462 - 55 Wl 10-6 815 13-8
New Jersey 17 20 .459 - 64 W-1 12-10 5-10 13-9
New York 17 22 .436 1 5-5 WL 10-11 7-11 10-13
Boston 12 25 324 5 28 L5 413 812 816
Philadelphia 10 28 .263 7% 3-7 L2 59 5-19 7-16
CENTRAL W L_ Pct. GB L10 Str, Home Away Conf
Cleveland 23 13 639 - 82 W-l 15-3 810 15-10
Detroit 21 15 583 2 37 Ll 10-7 118 158
Chicago 22.17 «564 2% 5-5 W2 17-5 5-12 17-7
Indiana 20 18 526 4 55 L-2 10-6 10-12 15-10
Milwaukee 17 20 .459 6% 46 W-l 9-6 814 7-15





SOUTHWEST, W LL. Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

Dallas 32 8 .800 - 91 W-5 18-3 14-5 22-6

San Antonio 27:12. «692 4% «6-4 (Ll 146 13-6 18-7

Houston 25 14 «4.641 6% 8-2 L-1 13-3 12-11 13-12

New Orleans 15°22 .40515% 4-6 W-3 9-10 6-12 6-16

Memphis 9-30 .23122% 3-7 4L-3 7-13 2-17 4-17

NORTHWEST W L_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

Utah 24 14 «4632. - 46 (L-4 14-4 10-10 16-8

Minnesota 20 16 .556 3 82 W-3. 12-6 8-10 11-10

Denver 18 17 514 4% 3-7 W-1 10-10 87 6-11

Portland 15 24 .385 9% 2-8: L-1 8-12 7-12 10-12

Seattle 14 25 .35910% 2-8 W-1 10-9 4-16 6-15

PACIFIC Ww .oL_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

Phoenix © 29 8 .784 - 10-0 W-10 17-3 12-5 13-7

L.A. Lakers 25 13 658 4% 7-3 W-2 18-4 7-9 = 15-7

’ Golden State 19 20 .487 11 5-5 W-1 15-7 4-13 13-13

MATT SLOCUM/AP L.A. Clippers 17-21 .44712% 55 L2 12-7 5-14 11-16
Sacramento 14 21 .400 14 3-7 4L-6 10-11 4-10 815

RESULTS AND SCHEDULES
one of their frontcourt players, Tuesday’s results Tonight’s games Monday’s results
perhaps center Nazr Moham- N.O. 84, Orl. 78 (OT) Sacramento at Toronto, 7 Lakers 124, Miami 118 (OT)
Dal. 109, Hou. 96 N.Y. at Washington, 7 Wash. 114, Utah 111

med, to make room for Webber.

“From a continuity stand-
point, we would probably look to
move one of our bigs,” Dumars
said.

Detroit brought Webber
home, keeping him away from
Eastern Conference rival Miami
and the Los Angeles Lakers.



Cle. at Seattle, late

NJ. at Charlotte, 7

Utah at Detroit, 7:30
Chicago at Milwaukee, 8
Phil. at Memphis, 8
Atlanta at Minnesota, 8
Phoenix at Houston, 8:30
Lakers at S.A., 9
Cleveland at Port. 10
G.S. at Clippers, 10:30

N.Y. 102, Sacramento 97
Milwaukee 99, Char. 91
Atlanta 100, Boston 96
Chicago 99, S.A. 87
Toronto 104, Phil. 86
NJ. 105, Indiana 95
Minn. 94, Detroit 90 (OT)
G.S. 108, Clippers 93
Phoenix 137, Mem. 122

NBA LEADERS

Through Monday 5

ELSEWHERE SCORING REBOUNDING
e Suns: Center Kurt Thomas G FG FT PTSAVG «GG OFF DEF TOT AVG
will be sidelined four-to-six Anthony, Den. 22 265 153 696 31.6 Garnett, Minn. 3691 363454 12.6
. Saks Arenas, Wash. 37 354 295 1119 30.2 Howard, Orl. 38 135 342 477 12.6
weeks with an elbow injury, the iverson, Den. 27 267 238 795 29.4 Camby,Den. 30 74 290 364 12.1
team said Wade, Mia. 31 283 285 866 2A9 Boozer, Utah. 38 127 322. 449 11.8
; Bryant, LAL 35 325 272 977 27.9 Chandler, NOk. 34 127 256 383 113
Thomas, who comes off the EWN, BAG Bt Hey Suen” Be 2 es
: james, Clev. 36 21 eal, Ind. 3 6 x
bench, hyperextended his left Pierce, Gos. 24 198 181 638 266 Lee, NY. 39 147 260 407 104
i ‘a0, Hou. 7 252 195 9 Duncan, S.A. 112 290 402 10.
elbow in the first quarre® of Allen, Sea. 29 256 157 749 25.8 Wallace, Chi. 37 145 230 375 10.1

Monday’s game at Memphis.
FIELD GOALS ASSISTS
LATE MONDAY FG FGA PCT - G AST AVG
Biedrins, G.S. 171 279 .613 , Nash, Phoe. 35 397 113
e Lakers 124, Heat 118 tee, NY. : 170 278 $2 Kidd, Nt 31 348 a
. G Stoudemire, Phoe. 242° zt aul, NOk. x
(OT): Kobe Bryant scored six of © Dalembert, Phil. 156 269 580 Miller, Phil. 36 0316. BB
his 25 points in overtime, Brian cane arte a aM an Narita 3 a Bt
jogui ul. “ avis, GS.

Cook also had 25 and host Los Howard, Or 234 411 569 ilps, Det 28 228 8
sami? _ Boozer, Utal 344 614 .560 Mia. 31 247-80
Angeles snapped Miami’s sea- patteron, Mil 206 373 552 ‘Ford, Tor. 36 28278
son-high, four-game win streak. Duncan, S.A. 302 551 548 — Felton, Char. 35 Mm. 7.7

HOCKEY



Canucks blank Canadiens









From Miami Herald Wire Services

MONTREAL — Roberto Luongo made
30 saves to post his third shutout of the
season and the Vancouver Canucks won
their fifth consecutive road game Tues-
day night, 4-0 over the slumping Montreal
Canadiens.

Josh Green, Lukas Krajicek, Ryan Kes-
ler and Jan Bulis scored for the surging
Canucks, who have won nine of 10 to
move past Calgary into first place in the
Northwest Division.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 2

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Steen snapped a
third-period tie with a power-play goal
and Andrew Raycroft made 21 saves to
help the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning.

SENATORS 5, CAPITALS 2

OTTAWA — Mike Comrie scored
twice and Daniel Alfredsson had a short-
handed goal and an assist as the Senators
extended their winning streak to a sea-
son-high five games.

BLUE JACKETS 5,
BLACKHAWKS 4 (OT)

CHICAGO — Jason Chimera scored at
2:31 of overtime to give Columbus the vic-
tory over Chicago and snap the Blue Jack-
ets’ four-game losing streak.

Chimera beat Nikolai Khabibulin
between the legs with a shot from the



RYAN REMIORZ/STF

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Canucks goalie
Roberto Luongo makes one of his
30 saves during Tuesday’s shutout.

right circle to complete a 2-on-] break.

HURRICANES 3, PANTHERS 2 (OT)

SUNRISE, Fla. — Justin Williams
scored a power-play goal at 1:47 of over-
time to give the Hurricanes the victory.

OILERS 2, WILD 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joffrey Lupul and
Marc-Andre Bergeron each scored a pow-
er-play goal, and the Oilers beat the Wild.

‘FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

PENGUINS 5, ISLANDERS 2

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby and
Erik Christensen each scored two goals to
lead the Penguins.

THRASHERS 6, KINGS 2

_ ATLANTA — Atlanta’s Marian Hossa
earned his second hat trick of the season.

DEVILS 1, RANGERS O

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Martin
Brodeur stopped 26 shots for his NHL-
best eighth shutout of the season.

ELSEWHERE

e Blue Jackets: The club activated
center Sergei Fedorov off injured reserve,
and assigned forward Alexandre Picard to
its AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

e Maple Leafs: The team activated
center Nik Antropov and left wing Alexei
Ponikaroysky from injured reserve.

e Sabres: Forward Jochen Hecht was
expected to miss the last three games.
before the All-Star break with what coach
Lindy Ruff called a lower-body injury.

e Bruins-Blues trade: The Blues
acquired center Yan Stastny from the
Bruins in exchange for a fifth-round pick
in the 2007 Entry Draft.

LATE MONDAY

e Sharks 3, Avalanche 1: Patrick
Marleau had a goal to lead host San Jose.

Saints, Colts have most compelling stortes

° COTE, last?

NO PATS, NO BEARS

Also, this Bears team isn’t

as interesting or colorful (or
good) as the ’85 champs. No
Jim McMahon, no “Refrigera-
tor” Perry. These Bears barely
beat the fraudulent Seahawks,

Another compelling reason
to root for Indy is that it
would mean the Patriots go
home. Genius Bill Belichick
and perfect Tom Brady have

The national media can
chew on that fat bone for a
full two weeks, thank you.

(By the way, whatever hap-
pened to Edgerrin James?

Indy fans have been wait-
ing 23 years for a Super shot,
and this season makes the
Colts the only team besides

SOUTHEAST Ww Lo OL SLPTS GF GA __HOME a Al WAY — Se, DI IV
Atlanta 26 14 6 2 60150 145 12-5-3-1 14-9-3-1 12-4-4-1
Carolina 25 18 2 3 55 146 144 13-7-0-2. 12-11-2-1 12-3-0-1
Tampa Bay 24 22 1 1 50152 151 12-12-0-0 12-10-1-1 10-7-0-0
Washington 19 20 2 5 45 143 162 11-10-1-2 8-10-1-3 6-8-1-1
Florida 17 21 4 «6 44137 157 12-8-2-1 5-13-2-5 3-11-2-0
ATLANTIC W eL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY : DIV
New Jersey 28 14 O 4 60120 105 16-4-0-3 12-10-0-1 11-4-0-1
N.Y.Rangers 23 20 3 1 50 139 144 10-9-3-0 13-11-0-1 8-9-0-0
Pittsburgh 20 17 3 4 47 139 141 11-8-2-2 9-9-1-2 13-5-1-1
N.Y. Islanders 21 21 2 2 46 133 134 11-9-2-1 10-12-0-1 8-7-2-0
Philadelphia 11 30 2 2 26109 174 3-13-2-2 8-17-0-0 3-11-0-2
NORTHEAST WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Buffalo 31 11 2 2 66172 133 14-7-1-1 17-4-1-1 8-7-1-1
Ottawa 27:19 +2. O 56 167 136 13-10-1-0 14-9-1-0 11-7-0-0
Montreal 25 17 1 4 55 138 136 14-7-0-3 11-10-1-1 8-5-0-4
Toronto 21 20 2 4 48154 158 10-12-1-2 11-8-1-2 8-8-2-2
Boston 21 18 #1 3 46128 157 13-8-0-2 8-10-1-1 10-7-0-1
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY __DIV
Nashville 32 11 2 «1 «67 160 117 16-3-2-1 16-8-0-0 13-3-1-0
Detroit 29 12 2 3. 63 142 109 16-3-1-2 13-9-1-1, 10-2-0-1
Chicago 17 22 2 5 41116 141. 10-11-1-2 7-11-1-3,-9-10-1-0
St. Louis 16621 4 4 #40113 144 9-11-2-1 7-10-2-3 6-10-2-2
Columbus 17 24 2 3 39117 144 ~— 9-10-1-2 8-14-1-1 6-10-0-2
NORTHWEST W L OL SL PTS GF GA ___ HOME _ AWAY a ee DIV
Vancouver 26 19 O 1 53119 117 15-8-0-0 11-11-0-1 — 9-10-0-1
Calgary 24 16 2 2 52 138 115 18-5-0-0 6-11-2-2 9-5-1-1
Minnesota 24 20 O 3 51 132 126 17-5-0-2 7-15-0-1 7-6-0-2
Edmonton 22 20 2 2 48127 133 13-8-1-1 9-12-1-1 8-9-1-0
Colorado 22 20 2 1 47 141 132 11-10-1-1 11-10-1-0 9-5-1-0
PACIFIC == WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Anaheim 30 9 2 6 68 162 117 16-3-1-4 14-6-1-2 10-3-0-1
San Jose 31 15 O O 62 144 107 16-8-0-0 15-7-0-0 10-8-0-0
Dallas 27 18 O 1 55 123 113 14-8-0-0 13-10-0-1 13-5-0-0
Phoenix 21 22 #1 41 44125 153 12-10-1-0 9-12-0-1 6-11-1-1
Los Angeles 16 26 3 3 38135 176 11-10-3-3 5-16-0-0 6-13-0-2
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AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | PATRIOTS AT COLTS

BY MICHAEL MAROT
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — This is
Adam Vinatieri’s favorite time
of year.

Each playoff week, the two-
time Super Bowl hero seems
to reinforce his reputation as
the NFL’s best clutch kicker.
Give Vinatieri an opportunity
to win a postseason game, and
he’s money.

Now, in the AFC title game,
Indianapolis’ biggest offseason
addition might get a chance to
boot his former team, New
England, right out of the play-
offs.

Vinatieri has continually
insisted he’s not motivated by
the rivalry between Indianap-
olis and New England, or even
the chance to show his former
team it made a mistake.

He’s content with making
more meaningful kicks than
anyone in NEL history.

“You try not to let all the
implications and all the extra
hype get to you,” Vinatieri
said after he kicked five field
goals in Indianapolis’ 15-6 vic-
tory over Baltimore on Satur-
day. “You try to go out there
and focus in on what youre
doing and hope for the best.”

During the past decade,
nobody’s been better than
Vinatieri when it matters
most, and his resume is filled
with testimonials backing up
that image.

Last weekend, he made all
five field-goal attempts to
break the career record for
most postseason field goals
(34). He’s made two last-sec-

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MR. POSTSEASON: Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri boots one of
his five field goals in Saturday’s victory over the Ravens.

ond kicks in Super Bowls for
the Patriots, a 42-yarder to
force overtime against Oak-
land in a blizzard, and a 35-yar-
der.to eventually win that
playoff game.

On Sunday, Vinatieri’s shoe
will be on the other sideline.

Jilted Boston fans have
endured this kind of bitter

breakup before, usually with
maddening results.

When Babe Ruth left the
Red Sox for the hated New
York Yankees, it haunted them
for decades. It was a similar
story last year when Johnny
Damon joined the Yankees,
who made the playoffs while
the Red Sox went home.





STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP

NEW BUDDIES: After years of being on opposite sidelines,

‘kicker Adam Vinatieri and quarterback Peyton Manning

are wearing the same colors with the Indianapolis Colts.

They’re hoping Vinatieri
does not add another chapter
to that painful legacy Sunday.

But Vinatieri has been com-
fortable kicking indoors for
the Colts (14-4), and his soft-
spoken, cautious demeanor
seems perfectly suited to pres-
sure situations — a stark con-
trast to Indy’s former kicker,
the brash Mike Vanderjagt.

Still, New England coach
Bill Belichick thought he could
find a better bargain and a
younger foot to provide longer

kickoffs in the offseason. So .

when the Patriots didn’t re-
sign the free agent Vinatieri
quickly, he found a new home
with one of New England’s
main rivals.

The split has featured some
tension. Patriots fans gave
Vinatieri a chilly reception
when he returned to Foxbor-
ough, Mass., in November, and
the reaction from the coach



hasn’t been much warmer.

Belichick refused to use
Vinatieri’s name when asked
about him, and Vinatieri ini-
tially referred to the Patriots
as “his former team” when he
arrived at Colts training camp.
He later changed that philoso-
phy.

Indianapolis couldn't be
happier with the results.

A year ago, the Colts were
knocked out of the playoffs
when Vanderjagt, the NFL’s
most accurate kicker, shanked
a 46-yard field goal that would
have forced overtime against

Pittsburgh. Instead, they went.

home with a 21-18 loss.

Vinatieri changed the equa-
tion this year by hitting all
eight field goals in the play-
offs, including a crucial 51-yar-
der that clipped the top of the
crossbar and bounced across
in Saturday’s kickfest at Balti-
more.



Vinatieri gets chance to boot Pats out of playoffs

“Once you get to this level,
every game seems like it’s one
or two plays that make the dif-
ference,” he said. “If you can
weather the storm, you’ve got
a good chance of beating
them.”

Vinatieri’s replacement in
New England (14-4), Stephen

’ Gostkowski, also has proven

capable.

-A fourth-round pick in
April’s draft, Gostkowski
made 20-of-26 field goals dur-
ing the regular season and, like
Vinatieri, has been even better
in the playoffs.

He’s 6-of-6 in two postsea-
son games and made a 31-yar-
der with 1:10 left Sunday to
give the Patriots a 24-21 vic-
tory at San Diego.

Strangely, Vinatieri’s worst
game of. the season came
against the Patriots.

He was 2-for-4 in a 27-20
victory and has missed only
one other time all season —

none at home. |

And if the Colts need Vina-
tieri to make a winner Sunday,
coach Tony Dungy remains
confident the 34-year-old can
produce one more big kick.

“When he walks out there,
you always feel like he’s not
going to miss,” Dungy said.
“That was our whole goal
when he was at New England,’
was you can’t let him get close
enough in a situation where a
field goal is going to do it. I
don’t remember him missing
in four or five years against
me.”

The Colts hope he doesn’t
start now.

Fram Miami Herald Wire Services

The latest candidate to emerge for
the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job has
a big edge in name recognition: He’s
a Shula.

Mike Shula interviewed for the
job Saturday, a person familiar with
the team’s search said Tuesday. The
person requested anonymity because
the Dolphins have declined to iden-
tify candidates.

Shula’s dad, Don, coached the
Dolphins for 26 years, holds the NFL
record with 347 victories and is a
member of the Pro Football Hall of
Fame. Den AB

Hiring the younger Shula would
mean a swap of coaches with Ala-
bama. He was fired by the Crimson
Tide in November and replaced by
Nick Saban, who left the Dolphins
on Jan. 3 after two seasons.

Two other candidates have inter-
viewed with Miami twice: former
Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora and
Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey.
Management met with 12 coaches
during the first round of interviews,
which ended last Wednesday.

Shula, 4], went 26-23 in four years
at Alabama. The Crimson Tide fired
him after they went 6-6 during the
2006 regular season and lost for the
fourth year in a row to Southeastern
Conference rival Auburn.

Shula said he left Alabama in bet-
ter shape than the program he inher-
ited, which was weakened by NCAA
sanctions. .

Shula was a Dolphins ballboy
when his dad coached the team. He
has spent 15 years as an NFL assis-
tant, most recently in 2000-02 as
Miami’s quarterbacks coach.

WHISENHUNT TAKES OVER |

TEMPE, Ariz. — With one win-
ning season in 19 years in the desert,
the Arizona Cardinals need a new
direction.

COUNTDOWN TO SUPER BOWL XLI
SUPER BOWL XXII =

SAN FRANCISCO 20, CINCINNATI 16

e Jan. 22,1989
@ Dolphin Stadium, Miami
e MVP: Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco

Days before the game, players preparing to
compete in the Super Bow! struggled to cope as
riots broke out in Overtown and Liberty City. A
policeman shot and killed a speeding black



DAVE MARTIN/AP

TRADING PLACES? Mike Shula,

above, was fired by Alabama
and replaced by Nick Saban,
who left the Miami Dolphins.

Ken Whisenhunt believes he can
provide it. He’s aware of the organi-
zation’s troubled history, but isn’t
intimidated by it. st

“You recognize that, but [ don’t
think you live in the past,” said Whis-
enhunt, who was formally introduced
as the Cardinals’ new head coach at a
news conference Tuesday afternoon
at the club’s headquarters.

Whisenhunt joins the Cardinals
after three seasons as Pittsburgh’s
offensive coordinator.

The Cardinais hired Whisenhunt,
44, to replace Dennis Green, who
was fired after going 16-32 in three

‘seasons. Whisenhunt signed a four-

year contract with a team option for a
fifth. be

“This is a dream come true for
me,” said Whisenhunt, who plans to
call the offensive plays on Sundays.



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Crorameeienny che

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motorcyclist on Jan, 16, and the passenger on

motorcycle died a day later.

The Bengals who stayed at the Omni International downtown,
about a half dozen blocks from Overtown, could see fires from
their rooms and were cautioned not to leave the hotel.

Cincinnati quarterback Boomer Esiason said, “What's going on
out there is life. It makes you ask yourself, ‘What does football



burning.”

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the slogan:

AROUND THE NFL

® Redskins: The club fired line-
backers coach Dale Lindsey, the
first casualty of Joe Gibbs’ worst
season as a head coach. Gibbs, who
values loyalty and is reluctant to part
with any of his assistants, decided to
let Lindsey go after a 5-11 season in
which the linebackers played poorly.

“We appreciate the work and
effort Dale has given the organization
over the past three seasons, but we
have decided to move in a different
direction with our linebackers,”
Gibbs said.

Lindsey’s blunt mannerisms often
seemed to clash with Gibbs’ pre-
‘erred coaching style. Lindsey had no
problern singling out individual play-
ar. for “riticism and had a running
feud with three-time Pro Bowl line-
backer LaVar Arrington, who even-
tually bought his way out of his con-
tract and later signed with the New
York Giants.

e Falcons: Brian VanGorder
was hired as the Falcons’ linebackers
coach, ending a dismal one-year stint
as head coach at Georgia Southern.

VanGorder, who served four years
as Georgia’s defensive coordinator
before leaving after the 2004 season,
took over in Statesboro, Ga., to great
expectations after the Eagles fired
Mike Sewak.

But Georgia Southern, a perennial
power in NCAA Division I-AA,
slumped to 3-8 for its first losing sea-
son since 1996, There also were indi-
cations that, VanGorder’s family
never adjusted to the small-town
atmosphere.

e Broncos: A man police con-
sider a “person of interest” in the
fatal drive-by shooting of Broncos
cornerback Darrent Williams has
been cleared in an unrelated traffic
case.

A warrant accused Willie Clark,
23, of driving with a revoked license,



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-18 DAYS

but court officials determined the
warrant should have named Clark’s
cousin, Stephen Howard.

Howard, 24, pleaded guilty to the
charge Tuesday and was ordered to
produce a valid license within 60
days or face five days in jail.

Clark, who's still, jailed, was
arrested on Jan. 5 on a parole viola-
tion after police said his name came
up in the Williams investigation. The
traffic warrant turned up after his
arrest.

Authorities have said they hoped
Clark could provide information, but
Clark’s attorney, Michaei Andre, has
said Clark has no information about
the shooting. Williams was shot early
New Year’s Day as he was riding

away from a party at a Denver night- -

club in a stretch Hummer.

e Bengals: The club hired vet-
eran NEL assistant Mike Sheppard
to be receivers coach, reuniting him
with coach Marvin Lewis.

Lewis was a college assistant
coach under Sheppard at Long Beach
State and New Mexico, and the two
were assistants together at Baltimore
in 1996. :

e Giants: Jerry Reese says it
was fitting the Giants tapped him for
their general manager’s job on the
holiday honoring Martin Luther
King Jr.

“Not to sound cliched, but I really
feel like it’s my time to carry the
torch,” Reese said Tuesday as the
team formally introduced him a day
after he was picked. He is the third
black general manager in NFL his-
tory. ;

“Many people went before me
who suffered through this process
and now it’s my time. I’m looking for-
ward to this challenge. It’s my time to
keep this dream alive. It’s very
important to me and I don’t take it
lightly.”

Reese, who has been with the



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In addition to questions about the game,

the riots.

Two days before kickoff, vendors began selling T-shirts with
“Il survived Miami ’89: It was a riot.”

players were asked about the morality of the
NEL shielding its players from the violence
rather than using the Super Bowl to try to quell

Bengals guard Max Montoya preferred
players not interject themselves into the uproar.
“It's not place for the NFL or its players,”
Montoya told reporters. "It’s a deeply rooted
problem for the city, alot deeper than football.”

Five days before the Super Bowl, following a
trip to the theater, Cincinnati Bengals defensive
back Solomon Wilcots said: “A bunch of us
went to see Mississipp/ Burning and came back to see Miami

- SARAH ROTHSCHILD

Dolphins may turn to another Shula as coach

Giants since 1994 in various capaci-
ties and was the team’s director of
player personnel the past four years,
succeeds Ernie Accorsi, who is retir-
ing after nine seasons with the team.

e Raiders: San Diego Chargers
wide receivers coach James Lofton
interviewed for a second consecutive
year for the Oakland Raiders head
coaching vacancy. :

e' Steelers: Minnesota Vikings
defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin,
one of three finalists for the Pitts-
burgh Steelers’ head coaching job,
had his second interview Tuesday.

e League going global: London
will hold the NFL’s first regular-sea-
son game outside North America this
year, the start of a campaign to take
American football to a global audi-
ence. “There’s great history of NFL
football in London, and British fans
have been great fans of football over
the years,” NFL Commissioner
Roger Goodell said Tuesday.
“We're confident that this game is
going be a great success in London
and will be a great foundation to play
more games there going forward.”

The opponents have yet to be
announced, but the Miami Dolphins
and New York Giants are believed to
be front-runners for the game. The
Dolphins, but not the Giants, are one
of six NFL teams the league identi- -
fied as potential home teams; they
would give up a home game in Miami
to host the contest in London.

“They are two of the teams that
have expressed an interest and we'll

narrow it down to which two teams

will generate the most enthusiasm
for the fans in London and the
broader U.K.,” Goodell said.

The most likely venue is the new
90,000-seat Wembley Stadium,
which will open this spring after
years of delays. The other candidate
is 82,000-seat Twickenham, home of

English rugby.

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ENGLAND'S Paul Nixon,
of 206 in the last over.

- Tri-series: England br
treak by beating Ne

CRICKET
HOBART, Australia
_ Associated Press

ENGLAND won for the
first time in 13 matches on
its: Australian cricket tour
Tuesday, beating New
Zealand by three wickets
with a ball to spare in a tri-
nations limited-overs inter-
national.

Andy Flintoff'made an
unbeaten 72 from 75 at Bel-
lerive Oval to guide England
to 206 for seven in reply to
New Zealand's 205 for nine
and a nail-biting victory.

England had previously
suffered five straight losses
in its Ashes test series
against Australia, an eight-
wicket loss to Australia in
the first tri-series match and
assorted losses against state
or composite sides.

New Zealand's total, com-
piled after it had won the
toss and batted on a slow
wicket, seemed unlikely to
test England but it became
a stern challenge for a side
that seemed to have forgot-
ten how to win.

England stumbled rather
than strode towards victory,
reaching the final over need-
ing four runs to win with
three wickets in hand, and
took five balls and a series
of scrambled singles to reach
their target.

Innings of 28 at the top of,
the order by Andrew Strauss”

and 45 by Ian Bell put Eng-
land on the path to victory
but it was Flintoff whose grit
and experience carried them
home.

He came to the wicket
when England was 98 for
four — with the match already
evenly balanced — and stayed
at the crease till the end,
shielding England's vulner-
able tail.

"One thing J have wanted
to do for a while is win a
game," Flintoff said. "I tried
not to play too many big
shots. I have a way in which I
play but there are players in
our team who can hit bound-
aries."

England lost Paul Nixon
for 15 and Jamie Dalrymple
for one in the dying stages
of its innings but with
Flintoff.at the wicket, joined
at the end by Jon Lewis (2
pot out), they were able to
creep to a last-gasp win.

Their Barmy Army of sup-
porters, who have sung their
way through a series of
defeats in Australia, finally
gave voice to a victory song
as Flintoff took a single from
the fifth ball of the 50th over
to seal the win.

New Zealand captain
Stephen Fleming had done
everything in his power to

PAGE 8E, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007

defend his team's paltry
total, using seven bowlers in
steady rotation and pressur-
ing England with constant
and shrewd changes of his
field.

He seemed to have Flintof-
f's prized wicket when Eng-
land still needed 16 runs to
win but the high full toss the
Englishman pulled directly
to midwicket fieldsman Ross
Taylor was deemed to be a
no ball.

There was one small cloud
over England's win Tuesday.
Current captain Michael

‘Vaughan made 17 in open-

ing the English innings but
he was troubled throughout
his stay at the crease by what
appeared to be a hamstring
strain.

Vaughan has just returned
to the England team for this
tri-series after a lengthy
recovery from knee surgery,
which prevented him playing
in the Ashes series. He was
England's captain in its Ash-
es series victory over Aus-
tralia in England in 2005.

New Zealand and England
had met in 50 one-day inter-
nationals before Tuesday's
match and each had won 25.
The closeness of that record
was mirrored in their latest
contest.

New Zealand made a dash-
ing start when Brendon
McCullum hit a six and a
four in an opening over
which yielded 12 runs. But
from that point, New
Zealand's batsmen seemed
to lose their way and the run
rate steadily dwindled until
they were only barely able
to surpass 200.

Nathan Astle top-scored
with 45 but his total came
from 63 balls. Peter Fulton
made 27 from 52 balls and
Craig McMillan 22 from 40.

Shane Bond was 22 not out
at the close, having shared
partnerships of 39 with
James Franklin (20) and 20
with Mark Gillespie (10).

James Anderson played a
key part in restricting New
Zealand, taking four for 42
while Paul Collingwood took
two for 25 and Flintoff two
for 37.

Offspinner Jeetan Patel
bowled superbly for New
Zealand, taking two for 34
from 10 overs, effecting a run
out and taking a catch.

@ ENGLAND'S Andrew
Flintoff raises his arms after
hitting the winning run to
defeat New Zealand in their
one day international at Bel-
lerive Oval in Hobart, Aus-
tralia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007.
England won with a score of
206 in the last over.

(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SPORTS

left, is run out by New Zealand's Brendon McCullum for 15 runs in their one day international at Bellerive

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Announcement of formal

inquiry into death of

Anna Nicole’s son

B® By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

A CORONER'S Inquest will
be held on March 27 into the
death of 20-year-old Daniel
Wayne Smith, son of controversial
US celebrity Anna Nicole Smith.
. The much anticipated
announcement comes after
repeated calls for a formal inquiry.
Smith died in Doctor's Hospital
on September 10 of last year after
consuming a lethal cocktail of
drugs.

Speaking in court number one ©

on Bank Lane, in front of repre-
sentatives of the local and inter-
national press, chief magistrate
Roger Gomez revealed that
everyone who was present at, or
around the time of Daniel's

. untimely demise — including his

mother, Anna Nicole — will be
called to give testimony during
the inquest.

He said the matter could take
between two to three weeks to
conclude, due to there being
"really quite a number" of wit-
nesses liable to testify — perhaps in
the range of 20 to 30 individuals.

Asked whether minister of
immigration, Mr Shane Gibson,
who has admitted to being a
"close friend" of Ms Smith, would
be among that number, Mr
Gomez said he did not know
whether Mr Gibson had been pre-
sent at the time of Daniel's death,
and for that reason, if he would be
called as a witness.

Mr Gomez denied that the
inquest would be a mere "public
relations exercise" but said that
it was better in cases where there
is a lot of "public interest both
local and international" to pro-

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vide an opportunity to "clear up
some of the questions that have
been raised."

He noted that, in relation to
Daniel's death, there had been
"quite a number" of questions
raised. |

Speaking about the purpose of
the inquest, Magistrate Gomez
said that although a thorough
police investigation has been car-

ried out, and the cause of death-.“*

has been revealed in the patholo-
gist's report, it is hoped more
information will be forthcoming
in a court environment.

"The whole atmosphere is quite

‘different," he said. Witnesses will

be required to swear an oath,
speak before members of the pub-
lic, and be crossed-examined by
prosecutors.

After ‘Teceiving all the intonnia!
tion, a jury can decide whether
anyone is to be held liable for
Daniel's death, and possibly make
a recommendation to the Attor-
ney General's office as to whether
a criminal trial should be under-
taken.

Alternatively, a jury could rule
that his death was accidental, a
case of misadventure, or suicide.

There has been some debate

about the length of time it has ’

taken for yesterday's announce-
ment to come about.

In October, a leading jurist
claimed that there was nothing
stopping the decision being made
at that time, and in the meantime,
a US-based internet group call-
ing themselves "The Mob"
launched an online petition
demanding the Bahamian gov-
ernment call an inquest.

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TRAFFIC officials have launched an
investigation into allegations of a hit-and-
run accident involving a jitney driver.

Witnesses at the scene of the incident,
which took place on Marathon Road, said
the bus struck a man on a bicycle — then

sped off without pausing.

The driver, witnesses said, did not even
look back, and was in such haste to leave
the scene that he took a short-cut through
a gas station and ignored passengers sig-

Senator Rev CBE
Moss denies
negotiating
deal with PM

@ By PAUL TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

SENATOR Rev C B Moss,

for the area.

In a press statement yester- | implications of the actions of two

day, Rev Moss denied having ¢ of the world’s largest Anglican

discussed or negotiated any- :

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yesterday.

nalling for him to stop.

_ “Tam calling for a full investigation into
the matter, because if a public service dri-
ver was involved, I have a duty and an
obligation to get to the bottom of it,” Road
Traffic Controller Jack Thompson said

He said that between his department
and the police force, the matter will be
thoroughly investigated.

An ambulance was called to the scene

yesterday, and the victim was taken to

hospital. His condition was not known up»

to press time.

. Mr Thompson said that the i inquiry is
‘+ still in its initial stages and that he did not

want to say too much more so as not to

prejudice the case.

Gay rights activist calls for
Anglicans to have an ‘honest
discussion’ about homosexuality

i. By ALEXANDRIO

MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter

AS THE debate concerning

: the future of the Anglican Com-
prospective candidate for Bain :
and Grants Town, denied :
reports that he negotiated a :
deal with Prime Minister Perry
- Christie to allow Senator Dr BJ

Nottage to run in the area in i § et
exchange for a senatorial posi- ; “honest discussion” about homo-
tion and a posting at a yet to be | Sexuals and their relationship to
established Ministry of Religion. | the Church.

Rev Moss said he still thinks, : he West Indi ted
as he previously stated, that he : ce Nel Bi ac eae
will be named as the candidate Covenant Design Group, that is

: charged with determining the full

munion — which claims 38
autonomous provinces and 70
million members world-wide —
continues here in the Bahamas,
gay rights activist Erin Greene is
asking the Anglicans to have an

Archbishop Drexel Gomez of

: provinces, The United States and
: Canada — which have been sup-
: portive of same sex-unions and

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cration of a gay bishop.
The group started its delibera-
tions on Monday and is expected

week.

worldwide Communion.

Archbishop Gomez.
According to the Archbishop,

ty” be guarded.

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He did add, however, that in all such
matters, the Road Traffic Department will
undertake to conduct a full investigation —
“let the chips fall where they may.”



Paradise Island

_ resident charged
with laundering
billions of dollars

approved the Episcopal conse- :

A RESIDENT of Paradise

Island,.one of two founders of a

: company that processes Inter-

to be finished on Thursday of this i net gambling transactions, was

: arrested and charged with laun-

Speaking at a press conference } dering billions of dollars in gam-

on Monday, Archbishop Gomez : pling proceeds, US federal pros-

said that the Anglican Church is : 4 outors announced Tuesday. :

now at a pivotal moment in its :
history, and will likely see the cre- ; ’
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“A lot hinges on the actions Stephen Eric Lawrence, 46,

the Archbishops will take,” said ; a‘ 4 1Z€!

; contained in two criminal com-
: plaints unsealed in US District
it’s important that the Anglican | Court in Manhattan on Mon-
principle of “unity within diversi- : day, US Attorney Michael Gar-
; cia said in a statement.

In an exclusive interview with :

The charges against the for-
and

both Canadian citizens, were

Lawrence, who resides in Par-

i adise Island was arrested Mon-

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FREEPORT Concrete’s
chief executive has told share-
holders that the company’s
Home Centre Superstore
should be in the black by the
end of fiscal 2007, although it
was “not yet profitable” due
to ongoing costs incurred as a
result of the move from its for-
mer Peel Street facility.

Trying to strike an optimistic
note following a $1.993 million
net loss in the year to August
31, 2006, and auditors’ worries
over the company’s ability to
continue as a going concern,
Ray Simpson said the costs of
moving the Home Centre to
its new Atlantic Drive location
in Freeport would all be
incurred by the end of Febru-
ary 2007.

.He added that Freeport
Concrete’s concrete plant was

again forecasting a profit for

fiscal 2007, having generated
net income and:a 65 per cent
rise in sales during fiscal 2006.

Looking back'on the previ-
ous year, Mr Simpson wrote in
a letter to shareholders that
the company’s major headache
had been caused by its failure
to.complete and open the new
Home Centre superstore by
June 2006.

Due to what he described as
“extended construction time”,
the Home Centre did not open
its doors and begin sales to the
public and Freeport licencees
until September 6 after year-
end.

Mr Simpson said: “This
delay seriously impacted sales,
as well as gross profit, and
meant that we had approxi-
mately $1.7 million worth of
inventory with no resulting rev-
enue for several weeks.

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But will be by end of fiscal 2007, as
Freeport Concrete chief stays positive
with 65% concrete plant sales rise

“Additional costs were
incurred in the last quarter,
due to hiring temporary per-
sonnel to help dismantle and

. put up racking and shelving in

the new store, hiring tempo-
rary personnel to help in sort-
ing and transferring inventory
from the Peel Street facility to
the new Superstore facility,
and significant overtime costs
incurred to get the Superstore
open.”

Contributing further to
Freeport Concrete’s fiscal 2006
woes were the costs associated
with the legal action it initiated
against the Comptroller of
Customs.

‘Understood

It is understood that the
company felt it was forced to
obtain an injunction against
Customs, which was demand-

‘ing payment of $738,644 in

duties on all goods ‘displayed’
at retail in the new Home Cen-
tre superstore.

Without the injunction, the
Customs Department was
threatening to prevent the
Home Centre from opening.

Meanwhile, Mr Simpson said
Freeport Concrete incurred
$700,000 in inventory write-
offs due to theft-related shrink-
age and damaged, obsolescent
inventory that had to be writ-
ten off when product was
transferred from the old Peel
Street location.

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“This, together with the
inventory shrinkage, primarily
due to theft, resulted in a
reduction in the value of our
inventory by approximately
$700,000. The new state-of-the
art-building, which is now the
Home Centre Superstore, is
more conducive in controlling
inventory shrinkage,” Mr
Simpson wrote.

“Also, we have added addi-
tional security personnel and

are now in the process of '

installing cameras throughout
the store. These things, along
with weekly random inventory
checks, put in place by our new
general manager, will help to
significantly reduce the inven-
tory shrinkage problem this fis-
cal year.”

Mr Simpson added that the

‘impact from closing the Home

Centre’s Seahorse Plaza store
on December 31, 2006, and
shifting all inventory and staff
to the new Home Centre,
would not be felt until the 2007
third quarter.

While the concrete plant had
not yet been relocated to the
new Bahama Rock site, the
Freeport Concrete chief exec-
utive said this would happen
in the 2007 second quarter,
increasing profit margins
through additional savings.

Mr Simpson said: “I can
understand our shareholders
being disappointed in our
share price since we went pub-
lic in 2001, and trust me, there

is nothing more disappointing
to have worked as hard as we
have to keep this company
going after three devastating
hurricanes and to see these
losses.

“However, the company is
now positioned to do well as
we have the Home Centre
Superstore, which is in a per-
fect location and is the correct
business model, and we have
the concrete plant that is per-
forming well. Having both
these divisions doing well in
the same year has not hap-
pened since 2004, which is the
year we were profitable and
the year prior to the two dev-
astating hurricanes in 2005........

He added: “Our primary
focus at the Home Centre this
year will be in four areas -
inventory - management,
accounts receivable, cost con-
trols and the implementation
of further business procedures

and accountability across the’

entire organisation.

“Since we opened the Super-
store I can state that the inven-
tory is the best it has ever been,
and it is constantly turning
over. Our customer transac-
tion counts have never been at
the high levels that they are
now, which proves that we
have the correct business mod-
el with the Superstore concept
and, barring a catastrophic
downturn in the Grand

Bahama economy, the Super- .

store will do well.”. | .;

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION



Report: BP didn’t focus on safety

*BP, FROM 1B

prevention and environmen-
tal safety.

But on so-called process
safety, “it wasn’t excellent
enough,” Browne said. “And
the standard is excellence.”

The chief executive said
the company would imple-
ment the panel’s recommen-
dations, including the inde-
pendent monitor. But he said
the company needs to com-
pare Baker’s report with a
companywide safety exami-
nation that began soon after
the Texas City explosion and
gave no time frame for mak-
ing the changes Baker’s group
suggested.

Baker has led the panel

CALIFORNIA

investigating corporate man-
agement at Houston-based BP
Products North America fol-
lowing the March 2005 blast
that killed 15 people and
injured more than 170 others.
The U.S. Chemical Safety
and Hazard Investigation
Board, known as the CSB,
urged BP in August 2005 to
hire outside experts to look at
the company’s oversight of
safety management systems
and make its findings public
— similar to an investigation
at NASA following the space
shuttle Columbia tragedy.
The panel, announced in
October 2005, has traveled to
BP’s five U.S. refineries and
interviewed hundreds of
employees. ;

“BP tended to have a short-
term focus in its U.S. refining
operations, and its decentral-
ized management system and
entrepreneurial culture dele-
gated substantial discretion to
U.S. refinery plant managers
without clearly defining pro-
cess safety expectations,
responsibilities or account-
abilities,” the panel said.

Baker, a senior partner at
the Houston-based Baker
Botts law firm, was White
House chief of staff and trea-
sury secretary in the Reagan
administration and secretary
of state in the first Bush
administration. The release of
the BP report was twice
delayed because of his work
with the Iraq Study Group,

which made its recommenda-
tions to President Bush last
month on how to revamp U.S.
policy in Iraq.

The release of the report
comes less than a week after
London-based BP said Chief
Executive John Browne
would step down by the end
of July, more than a year
ahead of schedule.

BP said Friday that
Browne, 58, will be succeeded
by Tony Hayward, the head of
exploration and production,
who will assume the task of
trying to repair the company’s
reputation with the public
and investors.

BP shares fell 1.5 percent to
close at $10.62 on the London
Stock Exchange

After freeze, prices soar for citrus

* CITRUS, FROM 1B

produces more oranges, but
those are mostly processed
for orange juice.

More than 70 percent of
this season’s oranges, lemons
and tangerines — nearly $1
billion worth of fruit — were
still on the trees as nighttime
temperatures in California’s
Central Valley dipped into the
low 20s and teens on four
straight nights beginning Fri-
day. The freeze ruined as
much as three-quarters of the
California citrus crop, grow-
ers say; the fruit is threatened
whenever the mercury falls
below 28 degrees.

“Limited amounts were
harvested before the freeze,
so it’s not like the markets are
going to dry up suddenly,”
said Claire Smith, a spokes-

CHIP MAKER

woman for Sunkist Growers, a
Los Angeles-based coopera-
tive owned by some 6,000
growers in California and Ari-
zona.

Still, the diminished supply
is bound to drive up prices,
Smith said. Sunkist may
import oranges and other
fruit from South Africa and
other countries.

On Tuesday, a Visalia-
based citrus broker was sell-
ing 40-pound boxes of
oranges for $22 to $32,
depending on the variety.

That’s up from $6 to $14 a.

week earlier, and with the
National Weather Service
calling for at least one more
night of frigid temperatures in
many areas, prices could con-
tinue to escalate.

Some shoppers took
advantage of still-reasonable

Intel Q4 profit
falls 39% on.
lower prices

° INTEL, FROM 1B

fourth-quarter profit and
sales were hurt by lower
prices. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-
based company cited prelimi-
nary figures.

Bryant said in an interview
that while results were helped
by demand for the faster chips
Intel introduced last year, the
margin forecast for 2007
shows there will still be tough
competition. In the fourth
quarter, gross margin fell to
49.6 percent from 61.8 percent
a year earlier.

Gross margin, or the share
of sales left after manufactur-
ing costs, in the quarter com-
pared with an earlier forecast
of about 50 percent and an
average gross margin of 58
percent between 2003 and
2005.

Intel’s profit, excluding
some items, was 25 cents a
share, in line with analysts’
The company,
whose results are viewed as
an indicator of demand for
computers and related com-
ponents, kicks off quarterly

TECHNOLOGY

° HEWLETT-PACKARD, FROM 1B

FPGAs are integrated cir-
cuits with programmable
logic components and inter-
connects that can be adapted
by end-users, Hewlett-
Packard said. The chips can
be built in current fabrication
facilities after ‘‘minor”
changes because they can be
made using the same-sized
transistors as those used in
current FPGA design, the
company said.

The flexible FPGA-style

chips could be used routinely
in consumer products manu-
factured by the tens of mil-
lions. The advance could lead
to the ability to modify or
upgrade the circuitry of stan-
dard consumer electronics
products already in use.
Hewlett-Packard said it
expects to have a laboratory

earnings announcements for
the technology industry along
with Apple and International
Business Machines this week.

The company forecast
sales of $8.7 billion to $9.3 bil-
lion in the first quarter. That
compares with an average
analyst estimate of $8.9 billion
in a Bloomberg survey.

Sales typically fall in the
first three months of the year
from the preceding quarter as
computer makers cut back
orders after the end of the
holiday shopping season.

Chief Executive Officer
Paul Otellini, 56, accelerated
the release of new models to
counter gains by Advanced
Micro. New versions of the
Xeon server helped Intel stop
a slide in orders in the third
quarter and take back sales in
the fourth quarter, Intel exec-
utive Patrick Gelsinger said
Dec. 13.

In 2006, the market for
microprocessors shrank to
$33.4 billion from $35 billion
in 2005, even as chipmakers
sold 10 percent more units,
according to data from Scotts-

prototype of the chip com-
pleted “within the year.”

Shares of Hewlett-Packard
fell 33 cents to $43.20 at 4:02
p.m. in New York Stock
Exchange composite trading.
They gained 44 percent last
year. |

The global semiconductor
industry, which the Semicon-
ductor Industry Association
said had sales of $225.1 billion
through the first 11 months of
2006, is approaching the
likely limit of Moore’s Law, a
theory that has driven engi-
neers to design smaller and
faster chips for four decades.

Intel co-founder Gordon
Moore discovered that engi-
neers could double the per-
formance of microprocessors
about every two years by
shrinking the size of the cir-
cuits that carry electrons
across silicon wafers, thereby

prices Tuesday, as many of
the fruit on market shelves
was picked before the freeze.
Shopper Lindsay Beamish, 29,
was surprised to see a 10-
pound bag of oranges selling
for $10 at a Vons supermarket
in Pasadena.

“T might just have to get 10
pounds worth because that’s
not going to last,” she said of

the price.

Damages from the current
freeze will likely surpass

those from a three-day cold

snap in December 1998 that
destroyed 85 percent of Cali-
fornia’s citrus crop, a loss val-
ued at $700 million, state
Agriculture Secretary A.G.
Kawamura said.

The state also suffered a
deep freeze in 1990 — one
that completely wiped out the
$1 billion crop. It took grow-

dale, Arizona- based IC
Insights. The average selling

price fell more than $10 to =

$90.27 per chip and that
decline will continue to $83.05
this year, the market
researcher forecasts.

Intel ended the quarter
with 94,100 employees, down

increasing the number of
transistors on a single chip.
Intel’s first microprocessor
in 1971 contained 2,300 tran-
sistors, compared with the
recent Montecito chip, which
has 1.7 billion transistors on a
piece of silicon the size of a
postage stamp. Today, most
Intel chips have wires 65
nanometers thin. The Santa
Clara, Calif.-based company
said in June it will move to 45-
nanometer wires in most

‘products by the end of 2007.

Manufacturing becomes
difficult with anything
smaller than about 20 nano-
meters. Engineers agree
Moore’s Law will collide with
the physical limits of materi-
als in the next 10 or 15 years.

A nanometer is a millionth
of a millimeter and is used to
measure the width of a circuit
on achip. The smaller the dis-

ers two years to recover.

Labor leaders are also
watching the weather closely.
They estimate as many as
12,000 field workers and pack-.
ing house employees could
lose their jobs for the remain-
der of the season...

Damaged fruit from the
current freeze may still be sal-
vaged as juice, usually a
byproduct for California
farmers, Smith said.

“It’s not likely to have a big
impact on the juice industry
because California is not a big
player in that market,” she
said.

The California freeze is
also expected to inflate prices
for other crops that suffered
damage, including avocados
and fresh-cut flowers, state
agricultural officials said.



PAUL SAKUMA/AP FILE, 2006

STILL BEAT EXPECTATIONS: Intel CEO Paul Otellini holds up
an Intel laptop at last year’s Intel Developers Conference
in San Francisco. The world’s largest computer chip
maker’s fourth-quarter profit plunged 39 percent as

- Intel endured a painful price war with rival AMD.

from its peak of 102,500 at the
end of the second quarter.
Costs associated with job cuts
decreased earnings per share
by about 15 cents in the fourth
quarter, the statement said.
The sale of a communica-
tions-chip unit added 2.5
cents.

HP research may lead to improved chips —

tance, the bigger the number
of semiconductors that can be
cut from one wafer. The
smallest mass-produced chips
currently available use 65-
nanometer technology.

Today’s manufacturing
process, known as comple-
mentary metal-oxide semi-
conductor technology, or
CMOS, isn’t able to control
ever-tinier circuits because
the properties of silicon and
the circuits change when used
in such minuscule amounts.

Given the barrier, chip-
makers are studying how to
build the basic elements of
semiconductors from the
atomic level up. They’re using
nanotechnology tools such as
the scanning tunneling micro-
scope that let engineers study
atoms’ behavior and figure
out the best ways to manipu-
late them.

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One hundred potential
jurors filed into a federal
courtroom for the start of
the conspiracy trial of a for-
mer Coca-Cola (CCE) sec-
‘retary accused of stealing
trade secrets from the
world’s largest beverage
maker in an effort to sell
them to rival Pepsi.

The potential jurors
answered questions from
USS. District Judge J. Owen
Forrester about whether
they work for or have rela-
tives who work for Atlanta-
based Coca-Cola, then filled
out a questionnaire drafted
by the lawyers.



from $86 million, or 21 cents ©



PAUL SAKUMA/AP

STRONG REVENUE: Wells Fargo & Co. reported that a
stronger-than-expected revenue propelled the
nation’s fifth largest bank to a record year.

Wells Fargo boosts.
fourth-quarter earnings

From Herald Wire Services
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) fattened its profit margins and
pocketed more customer service fees to boost its fourth-quar-
ter earnings 13 percent, while U.S. Bancorp (USB) lowered
its problem loans and expenses to eke out a more-modest

The results released Tuesday provided investors with
their first look at how the nation’s biggest banks fared during
the final three months of 2006 — a period in which the U.S.
economy continued to expand despite jitters over crumbling
home sales and weakening property values in many parts of

Still, credit losses increased at both banks in the fourth
- quarter, suggesting that more borrowers were struggling to

Wells Fargo shares climbed 72 cents, or 2 percent, to close
' at $36.23 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Although the earnings fell a penny below analyst projec-
tions, U.S. Bancorp shares gained 20 cents, 0.6 percent, to

’

e SUPREME COURT

JUSTICES TAKEN ABACK
OVER NOTICE RULING

Two large insurers
defended their decision not
to tell customers about their
less-than-perfect credit, as
the Supreme Court debated
the legal standard for find-
ing the companies liable
under federal law.

During an hour of argu-
ment, several justices
seemed taken aback at the

‘magnitude of a federal
appeals court ruling. Under
that ruling, Geico and Safeco
Insurance would have to
notify nearly all their cus-
tomers that they aren’t get-
ting the best rates because
their credit scores aren’t the
highest.

The consumers sued
Geico and Safeco because
the firms used a less strin-
gent policy and thus notified
far fewer customers.

e AEROSPACE

AIRBUS SEEN LOSING
LEADERSHIP TO RIVAL

Airbus, which this time
last year defied expectations
that it had fallen behind
Boeing by unveiling a glut of
new orders, looks unlikely
to pull off the same coup
when it announces 2006 fig-
ures today.

After setting an industry
record with 1,1 orders in
2005, Airbus is poised to
lose its five-year leadership
after a sales slump that left
the European aircraft maker
with just 635 orders to Boe-
ing’s 823 at the start of last
month.

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THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 5B



CEE ee ES Ee ASNT SE 2 ae
Out Islands face labour shortages

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter in Aruba at
Caribbean Marketplace
2007

THERE will be great labour
shortages on the Family
Islands due to the increase in
construction associated with
resort projects there, prompt-
ing Anthony Stuart, executive
director of the Bahamas Out
Islands Promotions Board, to
encourage Nassau residents to
move to these islands.

Mr Stuart said there were
massive opportunities at every
level for Bahamians to go to
the Family Islands, particular-
ly if they wanted to develop
and create enterneurprial
opportunities.

“For instance, there will be
people who want to go bicy-
cle riding or snorkelling, and
those businesses do not exist.
The future of the Bahamas is
in the Out Islands,” he added.

Mr Stuart, who is attending
Caribbean Marketplace, said
of the conference: “We are
getting a lot of interest. A lot

of buyers are looking to
expand their products beyond
a Nassau or Grand Bahama-
based programme, and so
what we are finding out is that-
a lot of buyers are interested in
what is happening in the Out
Islands. They are also inter-
ested in promoting us, and
about the new products com-
ing on-line.

“We are excited that they
are not only looking at a cen-
tre holiday, where they may
visit Nassau and a Family
Island. Now, they are asking
about combining Out Islands

Cape Eleuthera resort

set for March opening



GB
tourism
interest on
rebound

FROM page 1B |

35-54, while 81 per cent vis-
it the island on vacation,
and 8 per cent travel for
business, Ministry of
Tourism statistics have
shown. |

Around 54 per cent of

visitors are travelling to
Grand Bahama for the first
time, and most of these per-
sons have an income rang-
ing between, $50-$75,000.

Some 86 per cent of
Grand Bahama visitors are
white, and 6 per cent are.
black. They stay 5-6 nights
or an average of 5.3 nights,
and 46 per cent of vistors
are couples and 22 per cent
have families.

The US continues to sup-
ply the most visitors, with
83.8 per cent of visitors to
Grand Bahama coming
from that country. Trailing
far behind is Europe with
8.5 per cent, Canada with
3.8 per cent, the UK with
1.4 per cent and Italy with 9
per cent. Eight per cent of
visitors come from the Mia-
mi/Florida area, and 8 per
cent travel from New York.

TCI COUNTRY MANAGER -INSURANCE OPERATIONS

FROM page 1B

and partners,” Mr Kappeler
said of the two-day event,
which allows buyers and sellers
of Caribbean products a
chance to have one-on-one
meetings.

Mr Kappeler said that
because Cape Eleuthera was
a fairly new resort, it did not
have a large following among
marketplace buyers on the first
day of the conference.

This, he said, required them
to get out on the floor and pro-
mote the property. He added
that the company was now in
the process of replacing their
artist rendered drawings with
actual photos.

“It is difficult for them to
understand what we are sell-
ing until we get that done,” he
said, “so some of them are hes-

itant. This is an opportunity:

for us to get our relationships
renewed. We are very excited
for South Eleuthera to have
this new opportunity.”

-Mr Kappeler said the pro-
ject was to include one of the
largest marinas in the Family
Islands.

He added that this will be
one of the company’s niches, as
it will be able to accept vessels
up to 200 feet in length.

He said the staff and com-
munity on Eleuthera were very
excited about the resort’s
opening.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 131 (4) (a), (b) and
(c) of the Internationa] Business Seales Act, an notice

is hereby given that -

(a) Faritivest Ltd:: is in dissoltition:

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is
the 20th day of December, A.D., 2006 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308 East

Bay St.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
Liquidator



With origins in The Bahamas since 1978 and in the Cayman Islands and
the Turks and Caicos Islands, since 1980, Fidelity is a financial services
group offering a comprehensive range of insurance services, domestic
and international banking. estate planning, pension services and corporate
finance as well as other financial products and services. Fidelity is now
inviting applications for a:

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS COUNTRY MANAGER—

INSURANCE OPERATIONS

Reporting directly to the VP & Regional Marketing Manager, the
successful candidate will have the following minimum requirements:-

Business related Bachelor’s Degree Qualification
Professional Insurance Qualification, i.e
Ten years relevant insurance experience
Proven track record in new business development

Self motivated in addition to being an excellent team leader
Excellent organizational and analytical skills

Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel &
Powerpoint
Ability to relocate and reside in the Turks & Caicos Islands
Ability to prepare & deliver high level presentations

Knowledge of the local insurance market would be an advantage

. FCIL, ACT or CPCU

The successful applicant will manage Fidelity’s Turks & Caicos

Insurance operations and will focus on new business development as well
as maintaining & developing existing client & carrier relationships across
a broad range of products & services.

An attractive compensation package that includes a large performance
related component, plus a comprehensive range of employee benefits and
relocation allowance is being offered.

The deadline for applications is January 31st 2007.

TCI Country Manager—Insurance Operations

SteppingStones Recruitment

P.Q. Box 10091

Grand Cayman KY1-1001

Tel (345) 946 7837
Fax G45) 946 7836

for a true island-hopping expe-
rience.”

Mr Stuart said a major chal-
lenge was that the Family
Islands were not well-known,
so the message of variety when
it came to authentic Bahamian
experiences had to be com-
municated to travel agents.
However, he said the anchor

overcome this challenge.

Mr Stuart said: “What the
anchor properties do is bring a
brand name to the island, so it
gives it almost that stamp of
approval, because people may
not know about the Out
Islands but they will recognise
the brand.”

He added that second
homeowners also helped with

promotion, and had to be be
embraced because they had
friends and families who vis-
ited the Bahamas.

Mr Stuart said second
homes could provide jobs
through construction and
maintenance. Another major
challenge, he added, was that
of reliable airlift to the Family
Islands.

_property brands helped to

728
Royal Holiday
is now seeking Sales representaives to join their
multi-million dollar Sales Team.

Are you goal oriented, energetic, well groomed,
self-motivated, ambitious,
between 21-35 years of age, love making money:

and meeting people?
If this sounds like you, your opportunity is here!

Interested persons should visit
Royal Holiday at the Wyndham Nassau Resort
ground floor opposite Crystal Sweets Restaurant or

Call 242-327-5595/8

SECTIONS EDITOR
THE TRIBUNE

is seeking a Main Section Editor to design news
pages and write eye-catching head-lines. Solid
journalistic credentials essential, including a keen
news sense, excellent text- -editing ability and an
aptitude for supervising staff. Applications please
to: |



Managing Editor
The Tribune
P.O.Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/PROGRAM COORDINATOR
The Nature Conservancy Bahamas Program is seeking to fill the position of Program Coordinator.
The Program Coordinator coordinates the administrative and operational aspects of a program
or project. S/he contributes to the processes for annual planning and budgeting, submission of
periodic and annual financial and technical reports and monitoring progress over the life of the
program/project. The Coordinator may be responsible for developing operational guidelines to
ensure efficient management of the program and compliance with regulations. S/he coordinates
program/project-related workshops and meetings and documents activities, strategies and lessons
learned as appropriate. The Coordinator assists with the preparation of financial analyses and reports
for Program/Project management and other team members. S/he also assists in the preparation of
proposals for program/project support and serves as an information resource about the Program/
Project in general — helping to develop communications materials, and responding to public inquiries.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination.

Excellent verbal and written skills.

Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.

Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, Excel, Power Point and Data Base Management. Ability
to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.

Understanding of how organizations work and experience with project implementation and design.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR

The Nature Conservancy Bahamas Program is seeking to fill the position of Senior Policy Advisor.
The Senior Policy advisor develops, coordinates and implements the program strategy to further the
work of the Conservancy and its-conservation partners through direct interaction with the Governments
in the Northern Caribbean Program and multi- and bi-lateral agencies that provide conservation
opportunities and/or impact the nations’ conservation programs. S/he identifies conservation policy
and funding opportunities, evaluates the potential for TNC and NGO partner involvement, and develops
and implements strategies to influence policy and public funding for conservation at the national and/or
global levels. The Senior Policy Advisor liaises with counterparts in the Conservancy's Mesoamerica
and Caribbean Conservation Region and International Government Relations department to provide
and extract useful lessons and to coordinate on joint policy approaches. S/he also serves as contact
with the external professional community in the policy arena to keep abreast of new developments
and opportunities that may be useful to the Conservancy and its partners and to report on and share
the Conservancy's experiences with others. The Senior Policy Advisor provides expert policy analysis
and contributes directly to the Conservancy's public funding strategies by providing input for proposal
writing, negotiating with bilateral and multilateral agencies and donor cultivation as needed.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS “

Bachelor's degree in relevant field and 6 or more years of senior relevant experience. Master's
degree may be preferred or required. May require federal agency or congressional staff experience or
equivalent experience for positions with a global focus.

Expert knowledge of current trends in relevant policy discipline.

Demonstrated experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.

Demonstrated excellent project management skills.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

Interested persons should apply in writing with full details, including resume and cover letter, to
HYPERLINK “mailto:bahamas@tnc.org” bahamas@ltnc.org by January 31, 2007.


PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007







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aan

The American Embassy is presently considering
applications for the following position:

RS

INVESTIGATIVE AIDE

Serves as the Drug Enforcement Administration Liaison
with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Her Majesty’s
Customs, Bahamas Immigration and the Royal Bahamas
Defense Force and all other agencies affiliated with the

Sense

BUSINESS

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Specialise or ‘try to

FROM page 1B

needs to be discussed, and that
we need to come to a consen-

sus On.

“We certainly run the risk
of diluting our resources by
spreading them across the sec-

tor, trying to compete at all
levels, rather than concentrat-
ing them in defined areas we
consider to be our core prod-
ucts.

“And, to an extent, not only
do we run the risk of diluting
our resources but of diluting
our message in terms of a
defined brand. How do we
want to brand the Bahamas in

suppression of illegal drug activity in the Islands of the
Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

This position is open to candidates with the following -
qualifications:

A Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or a
| related field.

‘| . Five years of Law Enforcement experience is required.
‘| Must have a good working knowledge of Bahamian Law
as well as an understanding of Bahamian Government
agencies and their functions.



PEER T ERO Ts Pa NO

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Must have ability to communicate effectively both orally
and in writing. Specialized report writing; investigative
and diplomacy skills and computer skills (Microsoft
Office Suite) are required.

Must be able to: work with minimum supervision.

Legal Notice



NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 131 (4) (a), (b) and
(c) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, notice
is hereby given that:-

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

The successful candidate will be offered an excellent
compensation package including performance-based
incentives, medical and dental insurance, life insurance,

pension and opportunities for training and development. (a) Gavel Inc., is in dissolution:

‘(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution is

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens
the 20th day of December, A.D., 2006 and

who are eligible for employment under Bahamian laws
and regulations.



(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308 East
| Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Bay St.
Monday through Friday at the security area of the .

American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed applications
| should be returned to the Embassy: addressed to the
Human Resources Office no later than Tuesday, January
30, 2007.

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
Liquidator



Innovative Offshore Bank is
presen tly looking fora

back-office
administrator

The successful applicant must
m have several years of private banking background
m be computer literate

Bank & Trust

We require knowledge and experience with
a Securities
m Corporate Actions
m Foreign exchange transactions
m= Payments and transfers
| a Accounting
m Reconciliations

Team player with pleasant personality. Must be able to
work independently with minimal supervision.
Series 7 certification is an asset.

We offer
m a salary which is commensurate with the job,
a pension plan and medical insurance

Please send your resume and one (1) letter of reference to

SYZ & CO BANK & TRUST am Attention Betsy Morris(betsy.morris@syzbank.com)
P. O. Box N-1089 = Bayside Executive Park m West Bay Street & Blake Road
Nassau - Bahamas m Fax : 327-6629

vate Banking
-OYSTER Funds
Iternative Investments

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‘ 1.85 ; 0.54 Abaco Markets 0.59 0.59 0.00 -0.293 0.000 N/M 0.00%
"412.05 10.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.30 11.30 0.00 1.689 0.400 6.7 3.54%

8.03 6.90 Bank of Bahamas 8.03 8.03 0.00 0.796 0.260 10.1 3.24%
» $0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.0 2.50%
u 1.85 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.75 1.85 0.10 2,000 0.199 0.060 9.3 3.24%
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f {10.00 9.05 Cable Bahamas 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.715 0.240 14.0 2.40%
#) 12.20 1.64 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 0.078 0.040 24.4 2.11%
412.65 9.05 Commonwealth Bank 12.65 12.65 0.00 0.943 0.680 12.7 5.38%
46.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.75 4.91 0.16 0.134 0.045 35.4 0.95%
42.88 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.295 0.000 8.5 0.00%
46.21 5.54 Famguard 5.95 5.95 0.00 300 0.552 0.240 10.8 4.03%
wyi2.25 10.70 Finco 12.25 12.25 0.00 0.779 0.570 15.7 4.65%
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Name Last 12 Months Div $

Colina Money Market Fund 1.322791"
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.9728***
Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.500211**

1.217450****
11.3075*****




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i 2 06 B4.47% — rer
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ - Acompany’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX< - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100



BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
’ 52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

MARKET TERMS

* -5 January 2007

> Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
nr Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume ** 31 December 2006
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

*** _ 31 December 2006

**** 31 December 2006



31 December 2006




ERE REE REE ER VE COVINA 243-5








financial services?”
Currently, the Bahamas has

carved out a strong reputation

and niche for itself in private

wealth management, through

its private banking, trust, estate
planning and asset protection

~ products.

The new products intro-
duced since 2002 have largely
continued this private wealth
management focus, including
purpose trusts and founda-
tions. Even the Investment
Funds Act 2003 was geared
towards the private wealth, pri-
vate client market, the
SMART fund being designed
to cater to a high net worth
family or small investor group
and giving them an alternative
to traditional investment prod-
ucts.

Mr Moree was warning,
though, that by attempting to
generate business in other
areas, the Bahamas was in dan-
ger of diluting its brand repu-
tation and image.

In addition, the Forum chair-
man said the Bahamas had
been so successful in branding
itself as a tourism destination,

| be all things to all’?

when its name was mentioned
this was what potential high
net worth clients thought of
first, rather than financial ser-
vices. ,

Without diluting the success
of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr
Moree said the Bahamas had
to “elevate the role of the sec- '
ond pillar of our economy,
which is financial services,
through a concerted market-
ing and branding effort over a |
period of time”.

He added that the ultimate
goal, whenever the Bahamas’
name was mentioned or
images of this nation conjured,
was to ensure people were
“not only aware of us as a
place of recreation, fun and

_ beaches, but at the same time

they see the flip side of the
Bahamas.

“That is all of that plus a
place of serious business,
integrity and transparency,
where the elite multinationals
of the world conduct business.
We are seen as both a place of
fun and relaxation, and a place
where serious business is con-
ducted at international level.”

WANTED

Store Manager & >
Sales Associates

Small Retail Store Specializing in girls accessories Is
seeking a dynamic, energetic, and highly motivated
Store Manager with prior retail managerial experience
to handle all aspects of store operations.

Only persons 30 years and older need apply.
Vacancy also exists for sales associates.
Please send resumes by e-mail to

~~ ecooke @coralwave.com

Phone:394-7019







international clients,

Technology.

Core Responsibilities

® Develop, maintain, support and optimize the organization's network
infrastructare, server infrastructure, data communications, and

telecommunications sysiems.

® Ensure hardware and software is maintained and data is secured through

proper back-ups and staff training.

® Prepare and maintain technical specifications and related documentation to
secure procedures and prevent system failure. This includes IT Disaster

SENIOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR

Information Technology

A reputable financial institution beadquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The
Bahamas, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Guerssey, Switzerland and the United
Kingdom, Butterfield Bank offers a wide range of services to local and

An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with a
record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Information Technology
team. The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Information

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Recovery / Business Continuity planning.

® Provide management and direction for end-user support function in support of
business operations, inclusive of management of the Help-Desk fanction.

® Manage and direct soflware, bardware, network, telecommunications and web
providers fo enhagce operational efficiencies and ROL based on the bank's

business objectives.

Desired Qualifications

® Bachelor's Degree in Computing or related discipline from a well recognized

university.

= A minimum of five years progressive professional I experience preferably in

the Financial Services Industry.

PC-based software applications.

systems.

and customer service skills.
Closing Date: January 26, 2007

Contact

Human Resources

Butterfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242

Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: (242) 393 3772



E-mail: recruitment@butterfieldbank. bs

wow. batterficldbank.bs

® {1 based training or qualifications (MCSE, CISSP asd CCNA) from
accredited institutions will be advantageous.

® Proficient in computer systems and network management, LANs, WANs:
~ telecommunications, Web-based applications, client-server applications, and

= Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows Servers, Microsolt Windows XP,
Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Exchange Server



= Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project management






ZG

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THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, PAGE 7B



a a a

Winterbotham
manager passes
Canadian course







BA MANAGER at Winterbotham Fund
=== Services, Brian Jones (above), has completed
the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) after

studying with the Nassau-based Securities

Training Institute (STI). :
Michael Miller, STI’s president, said in a

SCOTS DU ACM OM ALUMI

f necessary tools to effectively prepare for the
| CSC exam, and obtain this highly respected
TCM LEO qualification.

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited
INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island resort and residential project,
an ultra-luxury resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably
qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company:

BOAT CAPTAIN

Duties and Responsibilities

¢ Manage fleet of boats and related equipment.
~ e Coordinate and manage maintenance of boats
° Coordinate all water sport activities.
e Snorkeling
° Diving
e Flats and Deep Sea fishing
© Manage Staff of First Mates.
¢ Coordinate Safety of all boat patrons.

* Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have to
reside on Eleuthera or its surrounding area and
have a minimum of 10 years experience as a boat
captain. Must be familiar with the local waters
and the area around Royal Island. Must have
strong managerial and organizational skills in the
areas of personnel and boat operations. Must be
computer literate with strong written and verbal
communication skills.

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

The H.R. Director
' GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.

















































COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006
IN THE SUPREME COURT COM/bnk/00015
Commercial Division

IN THE MATTER OF MOSAIC COMPOSITE
LIMITED now MOSAIC COMPOSITE
LIMITED (U.S.) INC.

(a Minnesota Corporation) (“Mosaic”)

’ AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUSI-
NESS COMPANIES ACT, Chapter 309
Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition (‘the Act”)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Petition for
the winding-up of the above-named Company was on the
17th day of March.2006 presented to the said Court by
Olympus Univest Ltd. (in liquidation) cio BDO Mann Judd.
Third Floor, Ansbacher House, East Street North, Nassau,
Bahamas

AND.that the said Petition which was directed to be
heard before the Honourable Madame. Justice Cheryl Albury
in Court at the Law Courts, the Harrison Building,
Marlborough Street, Nassau on Thursday, 14th day of
‘December, 2006 at 11:00 o’clock in the forenoon is now
directed to be heard on Tuesday, the 23rd day of January,
2007 at 10:30 o’clock in the forenoon before the said Judge
and any Creditor or contributory of the said Company
desirous to support or oppose the making of an Order on
the said Petition may appear at the time of the hearing in
person or by his Counsel for that purpose; and a copy of the
Petition will be furnished by the undersigned to any
Creditor or Contributory of the said Company requiring such
copy on payment of the prescribed charges for the same.
DATED the 12th day of January, A.D. 2007

Callenders &CO.
Chambers,
One Millars.Court,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTE: Any person who intends to appear on the hearing of
the said Petition must serve on or send by post to the
above-named, notice in writing of his intention to do so.
The Notice must state the name and address of the person,
or, if a firm, the name and address of the firm and must
be signed by the person or firm or his or their attorney if
any, and must be served or if posted, must be sent by post
in sufficient time to reach the above-named not later than
4:00 o’clock in the. afternoon of 22nd day of January, 2007

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited
INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT



Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers of
the Royal Island resort and residential project, an
ultra-luxury resort and private club residential community
with private residences and club, 200 slip marina and
boutique hotel and spa, and a golf course just off North
Eleuthera is seeking to employ a Married Couple with strong
managerial, operational and organizational skills in
managing resort properties to oversee all day to day
operations on the island.

Duties and Responsibilities




















¢ Greeting potential members/buyers/investors

¢ Arranging transportation, including airport, transfers, boats
and on -island vehictes

¢ Responsible for setting up guest relations, all staff training,
motivation and recruitment

¢ Manage local accommodations

¢ Upkeep of boat fleet

e Manage/coordinate all ocean/beach activities’

¢ Manage guest inquiries and complaints in an efficient and

professional manner

* Once the Preview Village is completed this position will:



¢ Oversee operations
e Maid Service

¢ Food/beverage

¢ Beach activities

° Ocean activities

¢ General maintenance upkeep of premises
¢ Manage fitness/spa activities

_ ¢ Assist in sales process
















° Qualifications: The ideal candidate must. have a minimum
of 10 years experience in resort property management with
significant experience in the restaurant and spa industry,
including operations and maintenance of pool and spa
equipment. Must have strong managerial and organizational
skills in the areas of personnel and bugeting. Must be computer
literate with strong written and verbal communication skills.

Interested persons should submit their resumes with cover
letter to: :
The H.R. Director
GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp:com




Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
_ their interest, however only those under consideration will
be contacted.















































Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited |
INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island resort and residential project,
an ultra-luxury resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably
qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company:

CHEF

Duties and Responsibilities




¢ Coordinate and manage multiple food venues.

° Coordinate and manage all food preparation -
_ areas.

¢ Budgeting and purchasing of food supplies.

e Planning of meals for all food venues. |

° Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have to
reside on Eleuthera or its surrounding area and

have a minimum of 10 years experience a four (4)

star restaurant cuisine and dining with significant

experience in the food industry. Must have experi-
~ ence in start up restuarant operation. Must have
strong managerial and organizational skills in the -
areas of personnel and budgeting. Must be
computer literate with strong written and verbal
communication skills. .

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

The H.R. Director
GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas

Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.



Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited

INVITATION FOR
EMPLOYMENT

‘Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers
of the Royal Island resort and residential project,
an ultra-luxury resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably
qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company:

e Director of Design

e Exterior Relations

° Project Managers

e Project Engineers

¢ Genaral Superintendents

e Superintendents

¢ Assistant Superintendents

e Electrical Construction Managers
° Mechanical Construction Managers
¢ Office Engineers

¢ Manager of Quality Control

¢ Inspectors












Over 20 postions are to filled. All positions
require successful applicants to reside at North
Eleuthera or vicinity.

Interested persons should submit their resumes
with cover letter to:

The H.R. Director
GCM
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas

- Fax to: (242) 356-4125

Or Email to: info@gomezcorp.com







Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.
PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007














WANTED

DATA PROCESSOR
MUST BE ABLE TO ASSIST WITH
INVENTORY

ANTED

SALES PERSONS
WITH 3 YEARS EXPERIENCE



Please forward resume to:
Taylor Industries Ltd.
P.O. Box N-4806
Nassau, Bahamas

Tyiamon aula ha
ey axe an

Ra PORANTE

Villaggio

F EAN O BAR & CAFE

Seeks to employ professional
Waiter and Waitress’

Must be well-groomed a
Fluent in the English Language -
Must have own transportation
Must be able to work flexible
hours oe

Send Resume to:
Human Resources
P.O. Box CB 13647
Nassau, Bahamas
or Apply in person
Caves Village, West Bay Street.



| MANAGE Ne B, ANKING & CUSTODY



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BANKING DEPARTMENT

reputable financial institution headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The
ahamas, Barbados, Ue Cayman tslands, Gaernsey, Switzerland and the United

Kingdom, Batterficld Bank offers a wide range of services to local and
international clients.

An exciting opportunity currently exists fora results oriented self starter with a
record of professional achicvements to join our dynamic Banking Services team.
The successful candidite will report directly to the Head of Private Banking.



Core Responsibilities

Closing DateJanuary 26, 2007

‘To manage and control the banking and custody departments of the Bank ir ina
cohesive, well organized and risk oriented manner. :

‘To effectively nanage the Relationship Management Team of both banking
and custody so as a first class service is offered to all clients in a proactive
MUN,

‘To assist with the development and implementation of new products and
systems as may be required in order to farther enhance productivity and
efficiency.

To work closely with the Assistant Manager of Coliialeal Risk
Management to cnsure procedures and processes remain fully in line with the
group's strategy relating to Enterprise. & Operational Risk.

Te eosure, at all times, the banking aud custody. operations are effectively
inanaged fo ensure processing of all deposit and payments, foreign exchange
and security transactions are carried out technically correct, without error and
within procedures, |

To ensure full aware of albapplicable laws, salou bank policies and
procedares and that they are implemented effectively on a day to day basis
within the department,

‘To assist in the preparation of the banking and custody budgets and for the
effective minagement of revenues and costs.

Desired Qualifications
Relevant Degree or related discipline from a well recognized university.

A minimum of ten years progressive Banking/Custody experience in the
Financial Services Industry.

A good proven background in professional and experience client facing role
High degree of awareness and compliance orientation
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products,

Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, project management
and customer service skills.



Contact

Haman Resources

Butterfield Bank (Bahanias) Limited
P.O. Bos N-3242

Nassan, Babamas

Kan: (242) 393 3772

E mail: recruitmenté butterfieldbank. bs






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BUSINESS

THE TRIBUNE



Target-date funds.
allow procrastinators
to invest without guilt —

@ By TIM PARADIS
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Many
investors pride themselves on

making regular contributions .

to their retirement savings
plans, but once they set up
those accounts, they’re likely
to spend more time weighing
what movie to see or where to
go on vacation than managing
their assets.

While some might find the
notion of such neglect anathe-
ma, many investors avoid
financial checkups because
they feel overwhelmed or find
the process mind-numbing.
These procrastinators might
consider target-date funds, a
growing breed of mutual fund
that promises the reward of a

home-cooked meal with the

ease of a TV dinner.
Target-date funds, which are
referred to by a variety of
names including target matu-
rity date funds, are becoming

more popular because they
allow investors to put money’

into a fund and get back to
planning that vacation almost

“The main thing about all
of the target-date funds is
that they’re simple. They all
package some sophisticated
asset allocation into a nice
easy-to-use package.”

— Bob Boyda, senior vice president at
John Hancock Financial Services



without a second thought. The
funds gradually shift invest-
ments to become more con-
servative as their maturity
dates near.

“Theoretically, you could set
the clock and forget about it,”

said Tom Roseen, an analyst

with Lipper Inc., which tracks
funds.

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Granted, it’s always wise for
investors to keep tabs on their
investments and, even among
the lowest-maintenance funds
such as these, not all are alike.
But their appeal is clear.

In 2006, there were 210 such
funds introduced, up from 178
in 2005 and 126 in 2004,
according to Lipper. And there
is big money in some of these
funds: Vanguard Inc., for
example, has 11 target retire-
ment funds whose assets
totaled $16.5 billion at the end
of 2006. Most target date funds
are fewer than three years old.

“The main thing about all of
the target-date funds is that

they’re simple. They all pack-

age some sophisticated asset
allocation into a nice easy-to-
use package,” said Bob Boy-
da, senior vice president at

John Hancock Financial Ser-

vices, describing such funds as
“autopilot for life.”

Most target date funds are
what are known as a fund of
funds — those that invest in
other mutual funds to boost
diversity beyond what would
generally be capable from a
single fund. To get started,
investors simply pick a year in
which they expect to retire and
then watch over time as the
funds move toward more con-
servative investments, for
example, by shifting from

_ stocks to bonds.

One major difference among
target-date funds involves how
the funds’ investments are
weighted on the target date.
Some investors expect, essen-
tially, to be handed a check for
the amount of their dutifully
invested retirement savings.

‘Other funds are run with the

assumption that someone
about to retire will still need
some holdings in stocks, for
example, and would run out of

money if they were only invest-
ed in bonds, whose returns
tend to be lower. It is impor-
tant to understand which phi-
losophy a fund subscribes to.
This month, John Hancock
Funds entered the target-date
arena with the launch of nine
funds. The funds are unusual in

that once the target date has
_ passed, the money is shifted
‘into to a retirement portfolio.

The portfolio is essentially half
stock, half bonds, but with
investments that are designed
to add to the diversity and min-
imize the chance that investors

‘would end up searching under

couch cushions for change as
their retirement continued.

- The fund assumes investors’

retirements will last 30 years.
Greg Carlson, an analyst at

fund-tracker Morningstar Inc.,

notes target-date funds vary in

how conservatively they might -

be invested all along. Investors
should be aware of how much
of a fund is put into stocks and
how much is funneled into
bonds. He said the investments
themselves should be broadly
diversified and the funds
should have low expense
ratios.

“Costs are very important
because they’re meant to be
held for a very long time,” he
said of target-date funds.

He believes one per cent is a
good benchmark. Expenses
beyond that are likely to eat
too much into returns, he said.

Target-date funds can also

~ help save investors from them-

selves, observers say.

“In takes a lot of the emo-
tion out of it. In volatile return
cycles, investors will sell low
and buy high,” said Ellen
Rinaldi, principal, investment
counseling and research at
Vanguard. “It keeps you from
making those knee-jerk reac-
tions when the market doesn’t
behave the way you want it
to.”

“Tt’s not for everybody.
These kinds of funds are for
people who want to make the
fewest decisions with the least
amount of engagement,” she
said. “It’s a simple approach,
but it’s not unsophisticated,”
she said.

Even those investors seek-
ing as little exertion as possible
should review their invest-
ments at least once a year —
perhaps during that well-
planned vacation — to ensure
they are still on the wisest
course for reaching their retire-
ment goals. “Start contribut-
ing, get appropriate asset allo-
cation and save as much as you
can,” Rinaldi recommends.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(No. 46 of 2000)

FREE STYLE INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD.
Registration Number: 135,651B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

_ Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (8) of the International Business
Companies Act (No. 46 of 2000) the Dissolution
of FREE STYLE INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD. has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution

was 12th January, 2007.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator
of FREE STYLE INVESTMENT
HOLDINGS LTD.


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ACROSS

Changing, also, the order put
through, which is horrible (9)
Means to taxa time to go Into, ona
says (8)

A littia bit of sense hard to instil in (4)
1s a fodower of, or supports (6)
From America, knowing a fot about
food (7)

With which it expresses its contempt
of all other fruit? (8)

To you two and myself, in the book it’s
sheer nonsense (9)

Gate into a row when one ministers to
tha wounded (7)

Busy, es the drifter is not (4,2)
She's involved with an airman (4)
Printer’s error: extra A in
“creature” (B)

Argued the road would be in shadow,
anyhow (3,5)

1s en informer? Nonsense! (4)

Kept a record of as arranged (6)
Post-free (7)

Unhappy with the performance, the
media got stuck into (9)

A great disappointment to anyone but
a sadist (5,4)

Mark gave permission to, though very
embarrassed (7)

A stream of abuse, when | cut
through the traffic (6)

How cockneys prepare to fight and to
inhict damage on (4)

Chack the animals ~ wild anifnals (8)
Comments not to make when among
enemies (9)

h YESTERDAY’S CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

ACROSS: 1, C-heap 6, O-scar 9, Di's-
fort 10, Stara 11, De-NT-s 12, Tweet
13, Coffers 15, Pod 17, Exit 18, Ab
pine 19, Stops 20, Trumps 22, A-U-RA
24, (s-)Sup (rev.) 25, Trap-per 26, Tro-
U-t 27, Speak 2B, Icing 29, Ken-neth

, As-K-ed. 31, See-dy

BOWM: 2, Hatb-ox 3, Adrift 4, P-ie.

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up 16, Debar 18, A-part 19, Sparked
21, Ru-MP-us 22, A-pach-E 23,
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have on the outcome of a hand.

When the North-South cards
were held by a Swedish pair, the bid-
ding went as shown. In standard bid-
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1 Came out and ran about again (8)

2 Figure the sign is not always the
same (6)

3 Dogs wrong init, or screws up (8)

4 Make friends with again? How could
youl (6)

5 Instance in which there's a test-
playing record (8)

6 Orders drinks when one finds the
time to (4,6)

7 Grew up to be dull and awfully
rude (7)

8 Not hopping from bar to bar (6)

11 Types the figure, as usual (7)

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down (3)
22 PS.He has transport (5)
23 Left alone. One had been dropped at
the entrance (6)
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rates (4,6) ACROSS DOWN is
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7-4-1-1 distribution and only four
high-card points, while two dia-
monds would have been woefully
short of the 10 points or more nor-
mally required for a response on the
two level. :

So South became declarer at one
spade and made two for a score of
110 points (including the 50-point
bonus at duplicate for making a
partscore).

When a Greek pair held the
North-South hands at the other table,
the bidding was far more spirited:

West North East South
Pass Pass 1¢ 1NT
29% 3¢ Pass 6¢

Here it was East who opened the
bidding with one spade. South over-
called with a notrump and did not
fiddle around after West bid two
hearts and North bid three diamonds.
South leaped straightaway to six,
which North easily made with an
overtrick for a score of 1,390 points,
giving the Greek team a gain of
1,280 points on the deal.

Had East not opened the bidding
with one spade — which was actu-
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part, winding up in one spade, mak-

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WEDNESDAY,
JANUARY 17

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20

This week you will have more charm
than you know what to do with, Aries.
Actually, you know exactly what to do
with it and will waste no time twisting
people around your finger!
TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21
What you think is a problem this
week really isn’t a problem at all. It
should not concern you much —
move on to other things that can
occupy your mind.

GEMINI — May 22/Jun 21”

It doesn’t matter what is going on in
the world outside of your door, :but
rather what is going on in your head,
Gemini. Change your perspective
for the better.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 -
You will enjoy what you have to do
on the work front this week, and
because you enjoy it, you will do a
good job. Your reputation is strong
with those who matter.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

You will look at the world in a more
relaxed way this week, Leo. That’s a
good thing, because you generally

_|take yourself too seriously. Loosen”

up anthiet gos = -¢ =
VIRGO —- Aug 24/Sept 22. ;
Give that special someone the ben-
efit of the doubt, Virgo. But if a
nagging voice raises your suspi-
cions, heed your gut instinct and be
cautious before acting.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

This is a great week for all kinds of
relationships, but particularly for
affairs of the heart. You’ll find it
easy to get along with people and
that they want to be around you.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22.
If you need a break, take one,-no
matter how much others might try to
persuade you that you must keep
pushing yourself above and beyond
your normal limits. :

SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
A little charm will go a long ‘way
this week, Sagittarius. Think
about how best to apply that
charm to those around you to per-
suade them to be on your side.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
No matter how many upheavals there
have been at home lately, you can put
things right again, Capricom. You
will find it easy to rebuild bridges
and put negativity out of your mind.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
Keep your ear to the ground this
week, because you could hear some-
thing that is to your advantage.
Usually gossip doesn’t move you to
action ... this time it will.

PISCES — Feb 19/Mar 20
Don’t get worked up about your
financial situation this week, Pisces.
It won’t do you any good mentally or
physically. A break is ahead.



HESS by Leonard Barden

Judit Polgar v Veselin Topalov,
Essent, Netherlands 2006. The
all-time best woman player
scored another landmark victory
in today’s game, defeating the
world number one. Polgar had
only just retumed to the
toumament circuit after the
birth of her second child, while
Topalov had just narrowly lost
his controversial world title
series to Russia’s Viad Kramnik.
All the K v T games opened 1 d4
but Polgar opted to take on the
Bulgarian’s favourite Sidlian 1
e4 65. Here White's queen and
rooks, fronted by knights and
bishop, pressure Black's
defences. Key weaknesses are
the unguarded h7 rook and the
d6 pawn. Polgar went 1 Bg3,
which won after errors by her
opponent, but intemet fans and

would soon have
you spot White's winner?



computers urged a different
choice, a move so strong and

brililant that Topalov’s position

Can

eR I ES

Chess solution 8280: 1 NFS! threat 2 Nxd6+. W exf5 2
Bxe5 Bxf5 3 xf wins the h7 rook since if Rg? 4
Nxg7+ Bxc7 5 Qxf7 mate. ILRc6 2 Nhg7+ Bxg? 3
Nxg7+ Rxg7 4 Bxe5 Rh7 5 Qg3 breaks through. tf 1.45
2 Bxe5 Bxe5 3 Nfg7+ wins. White couid also use the

move order 1 Bxe5! Bxe5 2 NFS!

Mensa quiz: One. Opposite sectors total the same.
One possible word ladder solution is: GLAM, slam,

slap, soap, soak, sock, ROCK.







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