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Mitchell claims Ingraham wi
give power to ‘the UBP heir’

m@ By BRENT DEAN

FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred.Mitchell claimed that if
returned to government, FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham will
turn over the government to
“the UBP heir” Brent Symon-
ette.

Mr Mitchell made this state-
ment last night at the PLP ral-
ly in the Pinewood constituen-
cy. He stated:

“His deputy, the heir to the
dread Stafford Sands and the
UBP, had to leave office
because of a clear conflict of
interest, and now seeks to
return to office. The former
prime minister intends to turn
over the country — if God for-
bid he gets back - to his
deputy, the heir to the UBP,
within 18 months. He has
announced he will cut the pub-



Hi FRED Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, takes to the podium as he

Foreign Minister targets Symonette

and defends Shane Gibson’s record



lic service if hé gets back. The
UBP are the poster boys for
conflict of interest and corrup-
tion. Yet the man who leads
them today has the nerve to
point fingers.”

Mr Mitchell’s attack on Mr
Symonette may indicate that
Mr Symonette, and the issue
of race, will be central points of
focus within the new and more

aggressive election campaign, »

which the PM promised in his

. most recent public statements.

Mr Mitchell also defended
former Minister, Shane Gib-

delivers his address at the PLP rally in Pinewood last night

PLP launches attack on ‘unfit’ Ingraham

* THE Progressive Liberal
Party urged members of the
public.not to allow their atten-
tion to be swayed from all the
good the government has done
in its first term in office.

In a press release issued yes-
terday, the PLP also stated that
the FNM and its leader Hubert

' Ingraham are trying to present

“compromised former minis-
ters” as candidates with clean
slates, by saying the allegations
against the men were investi-
gated.

“It is only for the Progres-
sive Liberal Party to. remind
Mr Ingraham and the FNM
that you cannot be a judge in

your-own cause to decide that
you are free of corruption;
especially not after vainly
promising a fair and unbiased
investigation for years now and
especially when you have failed
to report,” the party said.

The PLP said the “media
show” surrounding the Anna
Nicole Smith debacle, which it
attributed 'to Mr Ingraham, was
simply an orchestrated cam-
paign of vilification against
Shane Gibson.

“The fact is that Hubert
Ingraham stands accused of
running the most corrupt gov-
ernment in the history of the
Bahamas, with the possible

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from his post, in the face of
public outrage in relation to
the pictures published in The
Tribune of him and the late
Anna Nicole Smith.

Mr Mitchell stated that he
expects Mr Gibson to recover
from the scandal and he looks
forward to working with him
in the future, as he regards Mr
Gibson as “an extraordinary
politician and a true patriot”.

Instead of focusing respon-
sibility for the scandal on Mr
Gibson, Mr Mitchell stated that

the culpability for these events
rests with the media and the
FNM.

He said: “The attack on
Shane was the successful
manipulation of misinforma-
tion by people whose stock in
trade is nastiness and sleaze,
led by The Tribune. It is clear
that Hubert Ingraham intends
to lead the nastiest, sleaziest
campaign in the history of the
Bahamas.”

Mr Mitchell subsequently
appealed to both PLPs and
FNMs for support in the next

general election in the effort
to defeat Mr Ingraham.
The foreign minister con-

- cluded his remarks by high- -

lighting achievements under the
PLP government. According to
Mr Mitchell, these include: for-
eign reserves of $800 million
last year; unprecedented
growth in credit, unprecedent-
ed investment in housing — both
public and private; along with,
the domestication of the
Bahamian economy.

Mr Mitchell stated that
increased ownership of the
Bahamian economy, marked
by the Bahamian led acquisi-
tions of City Markets, Shell
Bahamas, Caribbean Bottling
and British American Insur-
ance are proof of the work
done, and opportunity possi-
ble, under the PLP govern-
ment.



@ SHANE Gibson enjoys the support of the crowd, two days after his

involvement with Anna Nicole Smith forced his resignation from the Cabinet

exception of the UBP. He is in

_no position to talk. The FNM’s

leader is himself confused and
utterly desperate in his obvi-
ous belief that low personal
attacks will sway the Bahamian
people,” the statement read.

Criticism

According to the PLP, Mr
Ingraham’s press conference

on Monday was only further’

evidence that he is unfit for
public office.

Mr Ingraham had criticised
the PLP for failing to admit
that Mr Gibson’s close rela-

tionshipeith Anna Nicolé®
Smith, whém he had: granted

accelerated. permanent resi-
dency to“tonstituted conduct
unbecoming a cabinet minis-
ter.

“In continuing his hysterics
about Shane Gibson’s resigna-
tion when the matter is now
past shows that Mr Ingraham
cannot even recognise the need
for civility. The PLP joins the
prime minister in his charac-
terisation of Shane Gibson’s
time in cabinet as a “shining
example of SO eee and
dedication”.

“As a minister of govern-
ment, Shane Gibson did the



‘honourable and appropriate
“thing in the circumstances,

‘which Hubert Ingraham’s min-
isters failed to do when faced
with substantiated allegations
of serious impropriety.”

The PLP said that it has now
“become clear to all that this
whole matter was instigated by
the FNM and their foreign and
local allies in the press and else-
where. There is no lowness to
which Ingraham and his hid-
den backers will not sink in
their last and desperate attempt
to fool the Bahamian people
and regain the government so
that it can land in the hands of
the privileged,” the party said.

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Mitchell: we
have more
support in
polls than

the FNM

THE governing party has
more support than the opposi-
tion according to a recent poll,
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell told the PLP rally last
night.

Mr Mitchell claimed the
FNM’s own polls confirm the
same information.

“PLPs should not be rattled.
A poll was taken at the end of
January of 1,200 people in New
Providence, 1,400 nation wide.
It is statistically accurate. It
showed that the PLP leads the
FNM,” he said.

This is why, Mr Mitchell said,
the FNM has been “on the
sleaze and nasty patrol”.

The minister also said the
PLP’s poll showed that there is
no significant difference statis-
tically between Prime Minister
Christie and opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham “when it
comes to the ability to decide”.

“But it also shows that the
PLP has significantly higher
marks when it comes to caring
and compassion and our lead-
er’s ability to listen and consult.

“Hubert Ingraham was
kicked out of office in 2002
because he did not listen. This
time in 2007, since he can’t hear,
he will feel,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said the party’ s
pollsters also polled voters in a
particular district “on whether
or not the nastiness that they
have been pedalling from the
other side has changed their
mind about how they will vote.

“By a resounding 70 per cent
most voters said no. They would
continue-to vote PLP,” he said.



Bahamian
Forum to

focus on- Anna

Nicole saga

LOCAL think tank the
Bahamian Forum will hold its
next meeting on the topic: “The
Anna Nicole saga: lessons
learned and challenges raised
for the Bahamas”.

The meeting will take place

‘on Tuesday, February 27 at

5.45pm in the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel.

Attorney Brian Moree, senior
partner of McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes, and chairman of
the. Bahamas Financial Forum,
will examine legal aspects and ~
implications raised by Anna
Nicole Smith’s celebrated resi-
dency in The Bahamas.

Dr David Allen will moder-
ate the discussion, which is open
to the public.

The forum said in a statement -
yesterday: “The Anna Nicole
saga has grabbed local and
international headlines, con-
fronting the Bahamas with seri-
ous social, political and ethical
questions such as:

e What is the immigration
policy for permanent residency
of the rich and famous? Does it
need to be more transparent?

¢ What are the social and
constitutional boundaries for
elected officials? How is the
Bribery Act enforced?

¢ How does the Bahamas
cope with the focus of the inter-
national press? What are the
ramifications for local politi-
cians who are thrust on the
global stage?

° How does the ordinary
Bahamian cope with the image
of the Bahamas as a glamorous
playground for the rich and
famous? As Erma Bombeck
asked, “If life is a bowl of cher-
ries, what am I doing in the
pits?” fi

e What is the reality
behind the international media’s
claim that the Bahamas is a
nation “awash with drugs,
shrouded in bank secrecy and
up for sale?”

° How do these issues
relate to our Christian heritage
which mandates we love our
neighbours and show concern
for the stranger in our midst?

Bahamian Forum seeks to
bring insightful and informed
discussion to issues facing the
Bahamas.

Past forums have tackled
issues such as Haitian immigra-
tion, LNG, and CSME by ask-
ing experts to present informa-
tion to raise public awareness
of the legal, financial and ethical
implications involved.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE yaya

The Tribune Limited | Response to
PM’s talk show




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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Losing our place in tourism league

THE CHRISTIE government acts as

though it has all the time in the world to do*

what is necessary to keep this country in
the top league of the tourist market.

So many things ought to have been done
in the past four years that the country is
now lagging behind in its tourism race with
other countries in the region.

First, and most important, there’s a need
for a new airport to reflect our boast that
the Bahamas is the number one destination
in the region. Four years ago Kerzner Inter-
national’s principals made it a prerequi-
site that government would turn the airport
into a first class facility before they would
give the go-ahead for Phase III of their $2
billion Atlantis development on Paradise
Island. Prime Minister Christie met with
the Kerzners and assured them that the
airport would be transformed with such
first class amenities that it would meet the
standards expected by the type of visitors
that Atlantis was attracting to the Bahamas.
The airport and Atlantis Phase III were
expected to progress in tandem. But just
look across the water and see the rising
towers of Phase III nearing completion,

and the airport? Well, it is today where it

“| was four years ago, operated by an Air-

‘| port Authority that is toothless to do any-
thing meaningful about its rundown con-
dition even to the smallest detail of having
arrival and departure information posted
for the convenience of travellers.

We were recently at the airport to meet
a flight. As we waited in the third-rate
arrivals lounge we noticed two medium-
sized TV screens mounted on the wall.
Neither was operational and so we asked a
porter where we could find out if a cer-
tain flight was arriving on time.

He pointed to the TV screens on the
wall and told us excitedly that within the
next two weeks they would be installed
and operational.

However, judging from the size of the
plasma screens we saw, they will probably
be — even when functional — too small to

_ be easily read from a reasonable distance.

The airport has been operational for many

years now and yet the most elementary
information is still not available to the trav-
elling public.

This little detail is symptomatic of every-
thing the present government does — or
does not do — when faced with a problem
that needs attention.

It took government three years to select
a partner to manage the airport. Eventu-
ally, after many delays a 10-year $200 mil-



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lion management contract was signed on
October 9 with YVRAS, a subsidiary of
YVR, a respected Vancouver airport ser-
vices company.

At the signing, an ever optimistic Prime
Minister Christie announced that the hand-
ing over of the airport to the Canadian
company was expected to be completed
by late December.

December came and went, and then
January came with Transport and Avia-
tion Minister Glenys Hanna Martin
announcing at a PLP branch meeting that
there had been a further delay at the air-
port — unfortunately, Joseph Reckley, act-
ing general manager, had suffered a stroke
over Christmas.

Sir Baltron Bethel, government’s chief
negotiator, explained that as a result of Mr
Reckley’s stroke “some things that should
have been completed, the pieces had to be
picked up.”

He said that negotiations were moving
steadily ahead and all agreements pertain-
ing to the handover of the airport opera-
tions were expected to be completed in
the next 30 days.

This means that at the time of the con-
tract signing — contrary to what the public

- was led to believe — negotiations for the

handover had not been completed. Why
the contract signing ceremony if every-
thing was not ready to go? Was it just an
opportunity to get a photograph in the
newspapers to keep the public happy and
make them believe that government was
well on its way to producing an airport that
the prime minister had promised would be
the “jewel of the Caribbean”?

On a radio talk show, Minister Hanna-
Martin admitted that some final details
still had to be worked out.

However, business sources tell another
story. They claim that the Canadian com-
pany is far from happy. According to what
we have been told, the Canadian execu-
tives are disappointed at the slow pace at
which government is moving.

They have probably learned by now that
the prime minister of the Bahamas is a
“very promising fellow.” He is an enthusi-
astic talker and in five minutes can promise
the world and all that’s in it, but falls far
short when it comes to delivery.

We have come to expect delivery of the
prime minister’s promises when we sce
them.

Therefore, we hold out no great expec-
tations for the airport within the near
future.

appearance

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT’S been quite some
time since I’ve written a
letter to your valuable and
much needed newspaper. I
was prompted to write
while I listened to the
prime minister of the Com-
monwealth of The
Bahamas on a talk show
this afternoon.

During the part of the
interview that I heard, the
host led the prime minis-
ter through a series of
questions that addressed
several matters of concern
to the Bahamian people. ,

I listened as the prime
minister responded in
vague and loquacious
terms to the questions. I
peered through the myriad
of smoke screens that
emanated from his seem-
ingly well rehearsed
responses and I came to
the conclusion that the
prime minister appears to
have no respect for the
intelligence of the Bahami-
an people.

As the show progressed
it became clearer to me
that he had formulated his
responses to connect with
those who lack sense — in
other words, the foolish.

1) The prime minister
compared his negotiations
with Atlantis to the FNM’s
negotiations. '

What he did not include
within the equation was the
fact that the background

* against which the most

recent negotiations were
made differed considerably
from that of the FNM’s
negotiations. '

2) The prime minister
stated that his governmen-
t’s anchor projects are
expected to bring in sus-
tained development for
years to come.

What he did not mention
was that the sudden glut of
anchor projects is also
expected to bring in an
invasion of foreign work-
ers in a fashion that was
hitherto unknown in The
Bahamas. Additionally, the
prime minister neglected to
explain why his govern-
ment seems so determined
to build a country of maids
and gardeners.

3) The prime minister
mentioned that his govern-
ment has seen national
health insurance as a life
and death issue for the past
five years.

Incredibly, in spite of this
life and death perspective
the prime minister ‘stated
that the only step taken






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towards the implementa-
tion of the plan was to put
lights on the runways in. the
family islands - oh, and
they enacted a bill that
gives no clue about how
this fantasy will become a
reality.

I assume, though, that
Bernard Nottage is now
working feverishly behind
the scenes to slap some
pipe dream together.

4) The prime minister
stated that the economy is
experiencing unprecedent-
ed growth.

What he did not mention
was that the majority of the
Bahamian people are
receiving the scraps from

-the master’s table in this

so-called economic boom.

5) The prime minister
identified one of his gov-
ernment’s smoke screens:
An office to assist Bahami-
ans who wish to become
entrepreneurs.

It would be nice if some-
one would put together a
report on the individuals
who have received con-
tracts of any significance
during the past five years
of the PLP’s reign.

Something tells me that
other than a few new
names that may have been
added to the list of regu-
lars, nothing much has
changed. ;

And I am of the opinion
that even those few new
names are more likely than
not linked to the regulars.
’JIt wouldn’t surprise me,
though, if a few unsuspect-
ing individuals were
thrown into the pool just
in time for the election.

6) The prime minister
sought to justify the glar-
ing impropriety of a cabi-
net minister who has also
wasted the money of the
Bahamian people on sub-
standard housing by drag-
ging the minister’s wife and
innocent daughter into the
situation.

Quite frankly, the minis-
ter’s glaring lack of judg-
ment indicates that he is
either too naive or too

reckless to be entrusted
with the care of the
nation’s borders — an
assignment that at times
requires considerable
diplomacy.

Does one have to be a
rocket scientist to figure
out what ought to have
occurred immediately after
the release of those pic-
tures in the newspapers? In
addition to this, the prime
minister sank to an all-time
low when he alluded to a
rumour about a member of
parliament that has been
circulating of late.

Perhaps someone ought
to point out to the prime
minister that Ms Anna
Nicole Smith was by all
accounts a drug addict, a
playboy model, a woman
who gave birth to a child
whose paternity is being
challenged by not a few
men, and an alieged gold
digger seeking a hideout
for her and her loot.

Let’s not compare apples
and oranges, please.

7) And finally, the prime .
minister credited himself
with seeking to effect posi-
tive change in the inner
city through the Urban
Renewal Programme.

What he did not mention
was that the children from
the inner city may very
well be confused by the
mixed message being put
forth by this PLP Govern-
ment’s do-what-I-say-not-
what-I-do attitude. Fight-
gate, toilet-gate, rape-gate,
Korean-boat-gate, Anna-
Nicole-gate, judge-gate,
conflict-of-interest-gate,
tourism-gate, prison-gate,
baggage-handlers-gate and
the prime minister’s efforts
to make it all go away, to
deny, or to justify the mis-
conduct of his Government
must have our little dar-
lings ever so confused
about what proper conduct

is.

Madam Editor, is there
any decency left in the
Government of The
Bahamas?

A CONCERNED
VOTER
Nassau,
February 19, 2007.

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this time

EDITOR, The Tribune.

RELIABLE sources deep from within the heart of the PLP
are now saying that the rug has been taken from under the
PLP’s efforts to follow Hubert’s rally. Recall’Hubert had a ral-

‘ly on Thursday night. So the PLP tried to organise another

community meeting for this Tuesday night at the Super Value
Food Store in Winton.

Bold as they want to be, the PLP machinery rolled their 40-
foot container into the Super Value parking lot without getting
permission from Rupert Roberts. When Mr Robert was
informed about it by one of his store employees, he called the
PLP Headquarters and asked that they move the container
immediately. Word is that Mr Roberts used rather strong words
and threatened to call the police and have it moved out of his
yard at their expense if they did not move it themselves.

Embarrassed by the news, the PLP campaign machinery had
it moved. Later that day, they then called on Mr Carey who
owned a shopping strip further down on Prince Charles. Mr
Carey shouted back, “Hell no, these guys are bad news.”

But problems for the PLP are getting worse. News of the
death of Anna Nicole Smith came and then photos of the Min-
ister of Immigration all over the foreign news in the bedroom of
Mrs Smith is not going down well with many PLP financial
backers.

So I have not been able to confirm if the rally is on or off, but
my guess is that it will not be held as it would prove to be a feed-
ing ground for the foreign media who want answers to what is
the role of our Minister of Immigration in Anna Nicole Smith’s
Residence Permit approval.

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THE TRIBUNE



The Queen and what will become
of the monarchy in the Bahamas

W e saw The Queen
this past weekend.

. That award-winning film
portrays the British political
elite sparring with the royal
family over what to do about
the death of Princess Diana in

1997. It has been described as ;

“the most reverent, irreverent
comedy imaginable”.

As we all know, the death
of Diana was the media-polit-
ical event to end all media-
political events - until the
death of Anna Nicole Smith,
that is. But enough about that.

The movie pits an upstart

‘commoner named Tony Blair
(who was swept into power by
a Labour landslide just before
Diana’s death in a car crash)
against the aloof monarch who
has remained on the throne
for more than half a century.

Although it seems rather
mundane in retrospect, this
was a confrontation that
brought the whole issue of the
British monarchy into ques-
tion.

As one reviewer noted:
“The enormity of the public
response and the queen’s con-
tinued insistence that Diana
was no longer a royal when
she died and doesn’t therefore
merit special considerations
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more Brits on the street asking
‘what do we need it for?’”
Prime Minister Blair’s wife,
Cherie, is an avowed anti-
monarchist who reportedly
denounced Princess Anne as
a ‘bitch’. In fact, it is said that
every time Mrs Blair walks
into the queen’s residence at
Balmoral “her eyes bulge and
‘begin to water, she comes out





prankster who recently called
for Helen Mirren (who plays

It is said that every time Mrs
Blair walks into the queen’s
residence at Balmoral “her:
eyes bulge and begin to water,
she comes out in red blotches
and her nose runs constantly.”

in red blotches and her nose
runs constantly.”
Of course, that is not entire-

‘ly the queen’s fault - it’s her

famously spoiled corgi dogs
that cause the allergic reaction
- but I am sure you can spot
the irony.
Mrs Blair’s distaste for the
monarchy doesn’t begin to
compare with that of Labour
MP Dennis Skinner, the

Gea. cit







the queen in the movie) to give
the Speech from the Throne
at the last opening of the
British parliament.

S" less than 20 per
cent of the British pub-
lic favours abolition of the
monarchy, which is rather
strange considering the non-
sense that various royal fami-
lies have perpetuated over the
centuries - ever since King
Alfred consolidated the
Anglo-Saxon earldoms in the
9th century.

Actually Tough Call can
relate to.this movie. You see, I
was a personal guest of the
queen aboard the royal yacht
Britannia in Nassau harbour
during a state visit in 1975 as
part of a group of Bahamian
journalists. And meeting Eliz-
abeth came very close to say-
ing ‘hello’ to Helen Mirren.

At the time I was a radical
republican who considered the

royal family “overpaid, inbred
- spongers who should. be

thrown out”. But it was never-
theless interesting to munch
on cucumber sandwiches amid
all that polished brass-work
with all those obsequious
white-uniformed servants.
Britannia was launched in
1953 and conveyed the queen,
and other members of the roy-
al family, on 696 visits around
the world. Its final mission was
to bring back the last British
governor of Hong Kong after
the hand-over of the colony to
China in 1997 - the symbolic
end of the' empire. Britannia

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was decommissioned in 1997
and there has been no replace-
ment.

Those cucumber sandwiches
my bros and I enjoyed on the
yacht were paid for by the
queen’s government subsidy,
which now runs to about $80
million a year (not counting
more hundreds of thousands
in public funds for other fami-
ly members). All of this is tax-
free — and until 1993 the royal
family paid no taxes on their
personal fortune either.

That fortune was recently
estimated by Forbes magazine
at around half a billion. But it
does not include many price-
less works of art and historic
properties that are part of the

national patrimony and can-'

not be sold.

he queen’s current
relationship with the

Bahamas was fixed.in 1931 by

the British government. They
represented the monarchy as
head of the Commonwealth - a
voluntary association of 53
independent but formerly
British territories. In practice,
the queen heads the Com-
monwealth in a symbolic
capacity.

But there is more to it than
this. Queen Elizabeth is also
the head of state of 16 Com-
monwealth countries, includ-
ing the Bahamas. The Com-
monwealth is the successor to
the British Empire, which was
dismantled after the Second
World War in response. to the
rise of national independence
movements.

( ritics say that the
Commonwealth is an

arbitrary alliance, with mem-
bers that are united only
because of the accident of
British colonialism. And many
Commonwealth members look
increasingly to regional part-
ners to form their most impor-
tant alliances. The Bahamas
and CARICOM being one
example. :

We became a British crown
colony way back in 1718. And
the present monarch has made



It has been more than 30
years since Independence and
our politicos still look forward
to British honours and fall
over themselves to meet

British royalty —

excepted.

Arthur Hanna

the Statute of Westminster,
which ‘implemented decisions
on the:evolution of the empire.
At thatitime, the British
renounced legislative authori-
ty over major colonies like
Canada, Australia and South
Africa, which were then
known as dominions.

In 1926 an Imperial Confer-
ence acknowledged that these
dominions were “autonomous
communities within the British
Empire, equal in status, though
united by a common allegiance
to the Crown, and freely asso-
ciated as members of the
British Commonwealth.”

This meant that governors-
general no longer represented

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five state visits during her reign
- in 1966; in 1975 when she
opened the Bahamas’parlia-
ment; in' 1977 when‘ she
opened ZNS television; in 1985
when she presided over the
Commonweéalth Heads of
Government Conference in
Nassau; and in 1994.

It is an interesting fact that
the British monarchy is the
oldest surviving political insti-
tution in Europe. And it.cre-
ated what is perhaps the
world’s first nation state.

But word is that the present
royal family are actually fakes
“descended from a deception”,
in the form of Edward IV. He
was born in 1442 in France,
and the circumstances say that
his biological father wasn’t the
king of England, but a French
soldier whom the queen had a
brief fling with.

VV hen historian
Michael Jones

uncovered this evidence in
2003, it threw the legitimacy
of all the kings and queens
who followed him into ques-
tion. It appears that the royal
line should have extended, not
through Edward, but through
his brother George - the Duke
of Clarence. In point of fact,’
my wife’s family claims descent
through this line.

To cut a long story short, the
real king today is a guy named
Mike Hastings,. who left Eng-
land to live in Australia in his
teens, and who actually voted
for a republic in the latest
Aussie referendum on that
subject.

According to another British
historian, David Starkey: “I’m

not sentimental about the roy-'

al family. But I do think that
constitutional monarchies
make surprisingly effective
heads of state...It’s a case, I
suppose, of better the crowned
devil you know.”

While this theory may not

apply in quite the same way -

here, it is also true that repub-
licanism has never been a pop-
ular theme among Bahamians.
It has been more than 30 years
since Independence and our
politicos still look forward to
British honours and fall over

_ themselves to nteet British roy-

alty — Arthur Hanna except-
ed.

I:
n fact, the government
appointed a Constitu-
tional Review Commission in
2002 which has been canvass-
ing public opinion on a vari-
ety of issues, including whether
or not we should retain the
queen as head of state.

In its preliminary report last
March, the commission record-
ed “mixed feelings” on the

. matter:

“There was a significant
number who expressed no
opinion as to the constitution
of the monarchy; there were
others who were of the opin-
ion that the status quo should
remain, while others were of
the view that the link to the
British monarchy was incon-
sistent with Bahamian inde-
pendence and should be sev-
ered while preserving mem-
bership within the Common-
wealth of which the queen is
the symbolic head.”

They added that people are
satisfied to regard the gover-
nor-general as the head of
state: “The proposition that

the queen is constitutionally |

queen of the Bahamas is usu-
ally met with silence.

“We cannot on thé 6ne hand »
- assert ourselves as a sovereign ~~ *
country while relying on the

legal fiction of ‘Her Majesty
in Parliament’ to give legiti-
macy to our government...this
is inconsistent with being a
completely independent legal
entity.” ‘

S: the commission has
“provisionally” recoix.-
mended abolition of the offices

of governor-general and its
replacement by a presidency,
to make the Bahamas a par-
liamentary republic. Under
this scenario the head of state
would be elected by both
houses of parliament and
would function in a role similar
to that of the current gover-
nor-general, while executive

power would continue to be

exercised by the cabinet.
The constitutional commis-
sion has been lying low since

last March. Probably because .

an election is in the offing. But
at some point in the very near
future, we will be called upon
to make these far-reaching
decisions. It is incumbent upon
us to contribute to the debate
- otherwise the politicos will
simply make the decision for
us.
And it may not be the right
one.

¢ What do you think? Send

comments to larry@tribune-
media.net

Or visit www.bahamapun-
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_ Griffin urges




harities to be
more efficient

MINISTER of Social Ser-
vices and Community Devel-
opment Melanie Griffin praised
the Royal Bank of Canada and

~ other corporate sponsors for
their continued support of
Bahamian charities.

Mrs Griffin encouraged cor-
porate sponsors to continue to
give to recognised charitable
organisations and programmes
in the Bahamas, saying that
their donations, combined with
government’s assistance, helps
to bring support to a vast major-
ity of the country’s citizens.

And, the minister told chari-
ties they must become “more
efficient, effective and account-
able” if they want to compete
for charitable dollars — as cor-
porate donors will ask no less of
them.

Addressing a Royal Bank of
Canada special presentation on
corporate giving that was

@ By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter

GLOBALISATION can be
good for most workers provided
the appropriate policies are in
place, according to an new
report from the International
Labour Organisation.

The report is entitled “Trade
and employment: challenges for
policy research”, and is the first-
ever joint study by the ILO and
the World Trade Organisation
(WTO).

The researchers looked at
trade flows and employment,
trade and employment, trade

Minister praises sponsors
for donations at corporate
giving presentation



attended by representatives
from 40 charitable organisations
in the Bahamas that have ben-
efited from RBC’s generosity
over the years, Mrs Griffin said
charities continue to “depend
heavily” on support from the
private sector.

“Tt is widely accepted that few
governments, if any, can pro-
vide for the needs of all of its
citizens, hence the involvement
of non-governmental charitable
organisations in the provision
of services is welcomed,” Mrs

and inequality and the role of
policy makers.

The paper concludes that no
simple generalisations on the
relation between trade and
employment can be made, and
that the factors influencing the
trade/employment relationship
are the composition of trade,
the role of technological change,
and the impact of greater open-
ness on the elasticity of labour
demand. :

Expenditures on education
and on infrastructure are pro-
poor policies, the report argues,
the absence of which can
increase the inequality result-

an be goo

Griffin said.

“It is also widely accepted
that there are some services that
are best provided by these char-
itable organisations, and | am
always pleased when new part-
nerships are formed between
such organizations and govern-
ment.”

Mrs Griffin singled out RBC
for its support “of a number of
Bahamian charities.”

The bank contributes $43 mil-
lion annually to a number of
global charities in addition to

ing from trade.

_ It also argues states that glob-
alisation can be good for most
workers, provided that the

‘appropriate policies are in

place, but that distributional
implications should not be
ignored.

With regards to trade flows
and employment, the paper
states that most jobs are not
directly linked to trade or for-
eign investment, and can be
found either in non-tradable
services in developed countries
or in non-tradable agriculture
or informal work in developing
countries, which implies that the

Rio wraps up carnival parade -
with celebration of African roots

B BRAZIL.
Rio de Janeiro



RIO de Janeiro ended this
year’s carnival parade in style
Tuesday morning, wowing a
capacity crowd of 60,000 revel-
ers with a samba act celebrating
Brazil’s African roots, according
to Associated Press.

The samba group Beija Flor —
“hummingbird” in English —
paraded its float featuring a
gilded hummingbird surround-
ed by leaping impalas, with per-
formers in giant elephant and
giraffe suits in addition to the
usual elaborately plumed and
barely clothed dancers.

Rio’s samba parades are the
centrepiece of carnival in Brazil.
Over the course of two nights,
the city’s 13 premiere groups
mount opulent 80-minute
parades involving hundreds of
_ drummers, thousands of
dancers and lavish floats.

Each group spends up to
US$1 million on the parade in
an attempt to be declared cham-
pion — a distinction that brings
littie more than bragging rights.

Beija Flor was heavily
favoured to win the coveted
championship in voting
Wednesday and was deciared
the popular winner by two local
newspapers.

The Porto da Pedra group
opened the second night of
parading, sending 3,500 dancers
into the Sambadromo stadium
singing the praises of South
Africa and Nobel Peace Prize
winner Nelson Mandela.

The parade included a giant
float featuring a black-and-
white tiger, backed by tower-
ing African dolls spinning in
place. Behind the float, 250
women in hoop skirts spun like
dervishes.

Featured dancer Angela Bis-
marchi wore body paint and a
tiara containing three South
African diamonds that the
group said required her to be
accompanied by 12 security
guards.

“Tt took them eight hours to
paint me up like this,” Bis-
marchi said.

During the parade Bismarchi
lost her G-string. Directors pro-
vided her with a thong and she
kept dancing, but it could harm
the group’s chances in the com-






se



@ A DANCER performs ne

samba school float during carniva

petition, which prohibits nudity.

Carnival is celebrated around
the world from Europe to Haiti
to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras
and runs to the start of Lent,
the period between Ash
Wednesday and Easter
observed by Christians as a sea-
son of fasting and penitence.
Excess and revelry are the point
of carnival, which culminates

on the aptly named Fat Tues: .

day.

But Brazil is perhaps unique
in the world as a nation of con-
tinental proportions where
nearly everyone drops every-
thing for four days to celebrate.

In the northeastern city of
Salvador, crowds fall in to dance
behind giant sound trucks play-
ing Axe music, a calypso-inflect-
ed samba.

Further up the coast in the

xt to a Brazilian flag on a ‘Portela’

] parade in Rio de Janeiro
(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

cities of Recife and Olinda, rev-
elers dance the Frevo — a high-
speed dance performed while
holding a multicolored umbrel-
la — and the African-inspired
Maracatu.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic
center, has its own glittery
parade.

Not everyone approves of the
goings-on, though.

Outside the Sambadromo sta-
dium, members of Youth With
A Mission played Christian
rock music and told passers-by
that carnival is the “fruit of sin".

Members of the group, which
unites young people from dif-
ferent evangelical churches,
spends the four days of carnival
handing out religious fliers and
wearing green T-shirts embla-
zoned with the slogan “Smile,
Jesus is Happiness.”

MINISTER of Social Services a

Royal Bank of Canada special presentation on charitable giving.

those they support in the
Bahamas.

Mrs Griffin said she was hap-
py to note that 81 per cent of
the donations are focused on
the areas of education and
health, with 22 per cent directed
specifically to social services,
her ministry’s area of responsi-
bility.

“While the other areas of
focus are also important and
also impact our social advance-
ment, the areas you have cho-
sen for major target are cer-
tainly those that our experience
has shown require the greatest

domestic level of development
and the domestic economy
determines their job and
income prospects. | ,

On trade and employment,
the report states that there is
agreement (among economists)
on the positive gains of trade
liberalisation, which restructures
the economy and makes the
country better off overall, but it
says this does create “short
term” benefits.

The study said that in theory,
trade between developed coun-
tries and developing countries
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continue to transform our soci-
ety,” she said.

Mrs Griffin said the special
presentation of corporate giv-
ing provided local charities with
an opportunity. to become bet-
ter informed about the expec-

tations of Royal Bank in par- |

ticular and corporate sponsors
in general. ,

She said the presentation also
gave those organisations a
chance to take an “introspec-
tive look” at their operations,
which should result in those that
are not already so, being more

demand for low skilled work-
ers, and less inequality in devel-
oping countries due to higher
demand for unskilled labour,
resulting in higher wages for the
workers concerned.

However, the report notes
that in reality, “wage premi-

ums” (increases in the wage dif- |

ferential between high-skilled
and low-skilled labour) have
increased, which indicates that
low wage skilled earners have
been losing out, due both to
trade liberalisation and to tech-
nological change.

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“accountable and efficient”
organisations.

“There is no shortage of
organisations seeking dona-
tions from the corporate com-
munity, and this no doubt has
forced corporations to look
carefully at their charitable-giv-
ing programmes,” Mrs Griffin
said.

“Purthermore, entities want
to ensure that donations are not

. misused and abused, hence

there must be the means by
which receiving organisations
must be accountable,” she
added.

there is a lack of social safety
nets in developing countries
and that when available, they
are essentially confined to
workers in formal economy
jobs.

Furthermore, it says that
respect for trade union rights
has positive effects through
enabling effective social dia-
logue.

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Bradley
Roberts

FROM page one

The release said the prime
minister had advised the gov-
ernor general to make the
adjustments to the Cabinet, that
were to be effective yesterday.

Ministerial responsibility for

immigration was transferred to ;
Bradley Roberts, who will be :
designated Minister of Works :
and Utilities and Immigration. :

Ministerial responsibility for ;
Labour was transferred to Vin- }
cent Peet, who will be desig- }
nated Minister of Labour and ;

Financial Services.

And ministerial responsibili- :
ty for the Broadcasting Corpo- }
ration of the Bahamas, Radio :
and Television Broadcasting :
and Bahamas Information Ser- ;
vices will be transferred from :
Minister Obie Wilchcombe to :
Senator Bernard Nottage, who :
will be redesignated Minister :
of Health, National Insurance :

and Public Information.

Mr Rigby told The Tribune: :
“I think that he (Minister :
Roberts) will be fine with the :
increase in his portfolio and we }

do not foresee any difficulty.

“The prime minister has the }
prerogative to determine where :
he wants to slot his ministers, }
and I assume that when he }
made his decision he had done }
so bearing in mimd the issues :
that are on the minds of the :
people of the Bahamas,” Mr }

Rigby said.

Asked if he personally ;
thought the decision was a good
one, Mr Rigby said: “I have no :
difficulty lending my support to }
the decision of the prime min- ;

ister.”

Shane Gibson-resigned on
Sunday night over the Anna }
Nicole Smith scandal, bowing :

to political pressure.

Last year he was accused of i
fast-tracking Ms Smith’s per- :
manent residency application }

because of their friendship.

But Mr Gibson said his rela-
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a family relationship and he }

denied any wrongdoing.

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Angtican Church has
issued an ultimatum to its US
province, demanding that
they stop any further conse-
cration of gay clergy and ban
all blessings of same-sex
unions.

The ultimatum is the result
of a proposal by the
Covenant Design Group —
chaired by Archbishop Drex-

el Gomez of the West Indies

— which began its delibera-
tions in Nassau last month
and released its findings on
Monday night in Tanzania.

The six-day meeting held
in Dar es Salaam was the lat-
est effort by the Anglicans to
achieve reconciliation and
prevent a split of the church,
which has over 70 million
members worldwide.

The 38 Anglican leaders
who attended the meeting
agreed that the US Episco-
pal Church will be given until
September 30 to produce
proof that will it adhere to
the church’s traditional prac-
tices when it comes to homo-
sexuality.

If the US branch of the
church cannot give that reas-
surance, the Anglican Pri-
mates stated,
“the relationship between the
Episcopal Church and the
Anglican Communion as a
whole remains damaged at
best, and this has conse-
quences for the full partici-
pation of the church in the

LOCAL NEWS



ARCHBISHOP
Drexel Gomez

life of the communion.”

However, it was not speci-
fied what those consequences
would be.

In a statement, spiritual
leader of the Anglican Com-
munion Archbishop of Can-
terbury Rowan Williams said

he believes that this solution -

“will certainly fall very short
of resolving all the disputes,
but will provide a way of
moving forward with digni-
ty.”

The crisis which now
threatens to create a division
of the church began in 2003,
when the Episcopal Church
appointed its first openly gay

Baggage handler

‘offered voluntary
statement to Bahamas

police before arrest’

FROM page one

was arrested by Drug Enforce-
ment Agency (DEA) officers
when he arrived on a Spirit Air-
lines flight from Nassau to Ft
Lauderdale with 968.6 grams of
cocaine in a ‘Louis Vitton' bag
on November 10, 2006.

Consequently, Rigby was
taken in for questioning by
Bahamian police officers fol-
lowing the DEA's inquiry into
the matter.

"After Munroe's arrest,
DEA received information
from the Royal Bahamas
Police Department that defen-
dant Delvin Rigby, a Nassau
Flight Services employee,
worked as a ramp agent on
Flight 174," said the document.

"Defendant Rigby was
questioned by RBPD officers
in Nassau, and agreed to make
a voluntary, written statement.

"In the statement, defen-
dant Rigby admitted that he
was aware that a group of Nas-
sau Flight Services employees,
. including co-defendant Mar-
cus Rolle, was smuggling drugs
into the United States on
flights departing from Nassau."

Rigby, in his written con-
fession, recounts events lead-
ing up to Munroe's arrest and
his subsequent detention for
questioning.

"Rigby also admitted that
on November 10, 2006, he
worked on Flight 174, loading
bags into the rear cargo hold
with the assistance of another
Nassau Flight Services ramp
agent," the document contin-
ued.

"The other ramp agent was
on the ground feeding bags on
to a conveyor belt leading up
to the Cargo hold...co-defen-
dant Marcus Rolle climbed
into the cargo hold with him.

"Rolle then repeatedly
asked the ramp agent on the
ground for a Louis Vitton bag
that was among the bags wait-
ing to be loaded on the plane.

"After receiving the Louis
Vitton bag, Rolle pulled a
brick shaped package wrapped

in duct tape from under his
shirt...Rigby placed the pack-
age in the Louis Vitton bag
and loaded the bag into the
cargo hold of Flight 174."

According to the document,
Rolle assured Rigby that he
would be paid for his assis-
tance in placing the package.

Rigby's sentencing is set for
May 2 in a Fort Lauderdale
court, on count two - importa-
tion of cocaine into the United
States, which could mean a
maximum sentence of 40 years
for the 26-year-old.

Most of the other Nassau
Flight Services baggage han-
dlers arrested in Ft Lauderdale
in December have pleaded
guilty to the charges against
them, according to US officials
and official court documents.

Roney Tony, after an ini-
tial not guilty plea, pleaded
guilty to count one - conspira-
cy to import cocaine into the
United States, which can carry
a 40-year sentence. Counts
two, three and four of the
indictment will be dropped
when he is sentenced on April
19.

John Peters, whose trial was
scheduled to start yesterday,
entered a change of plea early
in the morning. He is now
expected to plead guilty,
though it is not known yet to
which charges.

"This is part of an ongoing
DEA investigation," accord-
ing to Oscar J. Negron, Drug
Enforcement Administration
demand reduction co-ordina-
tor. ‘

Officers seize $600,000
worth of marijuana

FROM page one
Andros.

When the officers approached, persons who were off-loading
crocus sacks from the aircraft into nearby bushes set the plane on
fire and attempted to escape on foot.

Two of the men were arrested, a 34-year-old of New Providence
or Abaco, and a 33-year-old from Grand Bahama. Currently the
identity of these persons is being withheld by police.

Seized at the scene were 16 crocus sacks, one duffle bag, and one
plastic bag of marijuana. The total weight of the drugs was 630
pounds — valued at more than $630,000.



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bishop, Gene Robinson of the
Diocese of New Hampshire.

Traditionalists protested
the appointment, stating that
homosexuality was contrary
to the church's teachings.

Speaking with the Bahami-
an press in January before the
Design Covenant Group
began its deliberations, Arch-
bishop Gomez said that the
Archbishop of Canterbury
envisions that there will be
two sub-groups within the
world-wide Anglican Com-
munion. Those provinces
which sign on to the new
Covenant will become con-
stituent members of the Com-
munion, while those opposed
to it may be called associate
members.

Archbishop Gomez could
not be reached for comment
yesterday as he was still in
Tanzania and is not sched-
uled to return to his office
until Thursday.

The Archbishop was
appointed as chairman of the
10-member Covenant Design
Group, which is made up of
experts in canon law, the
nature and mission of the
church and ecumenical rela-
tions. —

The group was charged
with determining the full
implications of the actions of
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richest Anglican provinces —
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The communiqué from
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ops to adopt an explicit ban
against blessings of same-
sex unions and to make
clear that clergy in homo-
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But in an official press
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spokesperson Erin Greene,
the local gay rights group
says the debate is far from
over within the church.

According to RAB: “The
ongoing debate within the
International Anglican com-
munity and its leaders and
its most recent decision
requesting that its Episco-
pal Branch in the US ban
blessings of same sex unions
and ordinations of gay and
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and CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL —
Tribune Business Reporter

4
he developers behind
the $600-$700 million
Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na are planning another
potential tourism devel-
opment on the nearby island of San
Salvador, a project likely to involve a
600-acre development and tie-up with
a “top tier” hotel brand.
Well-placed sources have con-
firmed to Tribune Business that an
affiliate of Montana Holdings, the
Rum Cay developer, is closing on a
land deal to purchase 600 acres of pri-
vately-owned real estate at Pidgeon
Cay in San Salvador.
The affiliate, understood to be

Ministry confirms Montana Holdings chair involved in land purchase for
600-acre project, involving possible tie-in with Capella Hotels & Resorts

bes

called Montana Land Investment
Holdings, was said to be in talks with
Capella Hotels & Resorts about
becoming the brand partner for the
project’s upmarket, top-of-the-range
boutique hotel.

The development, which would
have to be approved by the Govern-
ment and other regulatory authori-
ties, is also likely to involve a marina,
low-density residential and timeshare
components, and a marina.

There would also be the opportu-

nity to realise synergies with its Rum _

Cay resort affiliate, with guests shut-

_tling between the two properties via

boat. werd
Montana Holdings’ involvement in

‘the potential San Salvador project is a

major vote of confidence in the
Bahamian economy and government,
as it would be one of the few investors
to embark on two separate projects in
this nation simultaneously.

Given that it is a well-regarded,
highly creditable investor, Montana
Holdings is also holding out the

promise of creating several hundred

more jobs for Bahamians, in addition
to those at its Rum Cay project. Its
reputation means it will deliver on
what it promises.

Vincent Peet, minister of financial
services and investments, said he was

unable to confirm Montana Holdings’ .

involvement with the potential San
Salvador project, as he was out of
office when contacted by The Tribune
and did not have any details before
him.

He did, though, confirm that he had
heard the name of Capella Hotels &

Resorts. ;

Mr Peet referred The Tribune to

Basil Albury, the director of invest-

_ments at the Ministry of Financial

Services and Investments.

Mr Albury confirmed that he was
aware John Mittens, Montana Hold-
ings chairman, was involved in nego-
tiations for the purchase of land in
San Salvador.

He added that he did not have any

SEE page 5B

Film Studios may provide Mega Grand. Bahama development
‘will be another Guana Cay’ —

700-1200 permanent jobs

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

_ THE Bahamas Film Studios
could provide jobs for between
‘700-1200 “fixed”™staff once
productions begin to use the
facility, the group in the
process of acquiring the rights
to develop it believes, a num-
ber that could increase for pro-
jects on the scale of the two
Pirates of the Caribbean
movies.

Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque
Group, who structured the
group seeking to acquire the
development rights, described
700 as “ the ball park figure” in
terms of employment once the

Bahamas
Film Studios
was fully
built-out
and regular-
ly used by”
TV and |
movie pro-
ducers.

“In terms
of the build
out and per-
manent
staff, once.
productions get in place you’re
looking at a fixed staff of
between 700-1200,” Mr Bethel
said. Any productions of the
size and scale of Pirates of the

@ BETHEL

SEE page 6B

Securities Act draft
will be released at
QI 2007 end

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Securities Commission
of the Bahamas is “on sched-
ule” to present the draft of the
amended Securities Industry
Act to the capital markéts
industry before the end of the

2007 first quarter, The Tribune —

was told yesterday. ;

Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission’s executive
director, said the Canadian
consultant redrafting the Act
had met with the Bahamian
regulator “two to three weeks
ago” over her first draft.

The Securities Commission
had made a number of com-
ments and suggested changes,
and the consultant has
returned to Canada to redraft
the proposed legislation and
account for the feedback.

“Once we have it in hand,
we will distribute it to the
industry for comment,” Mr
Deveuax said. “I think we’re
on schedule to go to the indus-
try before the end of the first
quarter, and that consultation
period is going to be somewhat
long.

“I would expect to get com-
ments both locally and inter-
nationally on the draft legisla-
tion, and once we’ve done that,
we will take it to the Ministry
of Finance. What is critical is
the consultation process with
the industry.”

In a previous interview, Mr
Deveaux said the proposed
amendments to the Securities

—_—

Industry Act make the Securi-
ties Commission accountable
to a Parliament subcommittee
rather than a government min-
ister, as the Bahamas moves
to ensure this legislation meets
international “principles”.
The planned changes sought
to make the Bahamian capital
markets and investment funds
regulator independent of the
Government, following estab-
lished global regulatory trends.
The proposed’ amendments
to the Securities Commission’s
independence will bring the
Bahamas into line with the
principles set out by IOSCO,
the international securities reg-
ulator. hae
Capital markets particpants
have long called for the Secu-
rities Industry Act to be
reformed, arguing that it ‘lacks
teeth’ in terms of the enforce-
ment and regulatory powers
provided to the Securities
Commission.
The industry also believes
the existing Act has failed to
provide adequate protection
and safeguards for minority

shareholder rights, and is not

tough enough to compel
Bahamian publicly-listed com-
panies to make timely disclo-
sures On material events or
changes. Corporate gover-
nance is another area fre-
quently cited as a weakness.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, had previ-

SEE page 5B



m@ By NEIL HARTNELL giving its
Tribune Business Editor land and
coastline

THE proposed mega devel- resources
opment for eastern-Grand —away.- for.
Bahama “will be another Gua- exploitation
na Cay-type issue”, an attor- by foreign
ney on that island warned yes- —_ developers.
terday, urging the Government ot am

to slow down the pace of eco-
nomic development to one that
the Bahamian people and
infrastructure can handle.
Fred Smith, a partner with
Callénders ‘& Co, who is rep-
resenting the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association in its legal
battle against Discovery Land
Company’s Baker’s Bay Golf
& Ocean Club project, said the
Bahamas could not keep on

sceptical®
and critical
about the
constant and
continuous
flow of anchor projects or
mega developments
announced for the Bahamas,”
Mr Smith told The Tribune.
“The Bahamas is seen:as a
land of opportunity. It is a
trove of opportunity, and every

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trove away. They thrive on

announcing new projects, new _

developments, but these pro-
jects are a mirage.”

Mr Smith added that

; Bahamians should not be.

‘seduced’ by “the glitz and
glamour” magazines present-
ed by investors, some of whom
had the sole objective of mak-
ing money fast and then exiting
their investment.

He said the Government
should be “focusing on sub-
stance rather than form. It
should concentrate on quality,
not volume. The anchor ‘pro-
jects do not create jobs for
Bahamians, they create jobs

for foreign workers, marina
developers, architects, engi-
neers and contractors.
“Instead of going for bigger
and more development, we
should be focusing on what we
have now, making it work, and
slowing the pace of develop-
ment. Bahamians should stop
giving away their patrimony.”
Such sentiments have been
expressed by many in the wake
of yesterday’s Tribune Busi-
ness story. This newspaper was
the only Bahamian media out-
let to reveal that Beka Devel-
opment LLC was touting that
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MARKETS

SUSAN WALSH/AP

INFLUENTIAL WORDS: Federal

_ Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke's remarks that.
economic growth and

_ inflation are moderating

- boosted stocks last weal:

Wall —
‘Street —
waits. for
rate data

"BY MADLEN READ
- Associated Press .

- NEW. YORK — Wall Street “
might have a tough time match-
ing last week’s outstanding per-

_ formance in the coming days, —
but inflation figures could be —
the impetus for extending the —

advance.
The Labor Department will
release its consumer price index
for January on. Wednesday, giv-
- ing the Federal Reserve one of
its primary indicators to gauge

the pace of inflation. As Wall

Street knows quite well, a larger
than expected rise in inflation at

the consumer level might nudge _

Fed policy-makers toward rais-
ing interest rates to keep prices
in line. |

‘Remarks last week from Fed-
eral Reserve Chairman Ben Ber-

~nanke that economic growth

and inflation are moderating
sent stocks soaring, pushing the
Dow Jones industrials to
another series of record highs.

Bernanke gave investors
_ what they were hoping for,

some assurance that rates were
- likely to remain stable — as —
long as economic data support

that trend.
But because there’s a contin-
ual stream of data for investors

to parse, soothing words like:

Bernanke’s don’t tend to last too

long in the stock market. So the —

CPI has the power to either

send stocks climbing further ©

this week, or bring the market’s
- February rally to a halt.
As of Friday, analysts

expected the CPI to show an |

increase of 0.1 percent in Janu-
ary, slower. than December's
- 0.4 percent.
But they expected the core
_ CPI — which strips out volatile
food and energy prices — to
register a rise of 0.2 percent,
quicker than. December’ s
0.1 percent.
For more clues about where

_ rates are headed, investors will,
pore over the Federal Open.

- Market Committee’s minutes

from their Jan. 31 meeting,

which will be released Wednes-
day.

Beyond interest rates, Wall

- Street will be looking to see if

. the months-long surge in take-

over deals continues. There

. ‘were no mega-deals announced

Jast week, but reports that two

companies are vying for alumi-
nim producer Alcoa helped trig-
ger last week’s big advance.

Last week, the Dow rose
1.48 percent, the Standard &
Poor’s 500 index rose.1.22 per-
cent, and the Nasdaq composite
index rose 1.48 percent.

The coming week will also

bring some of the last large |

- earnings reports for the fourth
quarter of 2006.

' Perhaps most interesting will
be retailers Wal-Mart Stores,
Home Depot and Lowe’s, whose
results and outlooks could pro-
vide clues to how strong con-
sumer spending is and the
extent to which the housing
slump is crimping sales of home
improvement-related goods.

wU.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS WERE
CLOSED MONDAY FOR THE
- PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY.





GLOBAL TRADING

World markets higher ¢ on merger talk

While markets were closed in
the United States and much of
Asia because of holidays, the
Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo posted
‘its highest close since 2000.

LONDON — (AP) — World stock
markets ended higher Monday, as
merger and acquisition talk boosted
shares in. Europe and Japan, while

markets were closed in the United .

States for the Presidents’ Day holiday
and for the Lunar New Year holiday
in much of Asia.

In London, the FTSE 100 closed
0.4 percent higher at 6,444.40, while
in Paris the Paris CAC-40 gained
0.5 percent to 5,739.90. Germany’s



| FEELING THE JETBLUES: Passengers check in at the JetBlue terminal at JFK airport in New York. The
airline cancelled almost a quarter of Monday’s flights but hoped to be fully operational by today.

After ‘painful’ grounding, JetBlue
appears ready to take off again

JetBlue tried to do their best — tried to keep the system
rolling. Their heart was in the right place, but their

@ The cut-rate airline JetBlue
plans to restore full flight
operations today, following a
travel meltdown that virtually
paralyzed the company.

BY DEEPTI HAJELA
Associated Press

NEW YORK — The six-day
siege of angry and disgruntled trav-
elers at JetBlue’s Kennedy airport
terminal appeared to ease on Mon-
day. as service desks functioned
more smoothly and customer calm
prevailed despite flight cancella-
tions.

The beleaguered company said

its flights on Monday but planned
to restore full operations today, a
week after a Valentine’s Day snow-

SATELLITE RADIO

Rivals XM,

@ The only two subscription-only
satellite radio companies, XM and
Sirius, have agreed to a merger,
but the deal faces significant
regulatory hurdles.

BY SETH SUTEL
Associated Press

NEW YORK — XM Satellite
Radio Holdings and Sirius Satellite
Radio have agreed to merge, the two
companies said Monday.

The deal would consolidate the
only two companies in the emerging
business of subscription-only satel-
lite radio, and is sure to face tough
scrutiny from federal regulators.
Investors and analysts have been

- speculating about a deal for months.

The two companies said in a state-
ment that Mel Karmazin, the CEO of
Sirius, would become chief executive
of the new company while Gary Par-
sons, the chairman of KM, would
remain in that role. XM’s CEO Hugh
Panero will remain to oversee closing
of the deal, they said.

The deal would face significant
regulatory hurdles in Washington,
including a Federal Communications
Commission rule that clearly states

it was canceling almost a quarter of’

DAX Xetra rose 0.4 percent to
6,987.08, with help from speculation
about the possible sale of Chrysler.
Japanese stocks rose to their high-
est level in nearly seven years on
reports of a possible merger that
would create the country’s biggest
department store chain. The bench-
mark Nikkei 225 index advanced
0.36 percent to finish at 17,940.09 on
the Tokyo Stock Exchange — its
highest close since May 8, 2000.
Markets in mainland China, Hong
Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South
Korea and Malaysia were closed for
the Lunar New Year holiday — the

biggest celebration of the year for

ethnic Chinese.

AIRLINES

head was not.’

storm created a travel meltdown
that virtually paralyzed JetBlue.

The service breakdown “was
absolutely painful to watch,” said
David G. Neeleman, the company’s
founder and chief executive, on
Monday.

He said the storm problems led
to other problems, including an
overwhelmed reservations system
and many of the company’s pilots
and flight crews being stuck away

that one satellite radio provider can-
not buy the other one. However, that
rule could be waived.

A combination would also have to
meet antitrust approval from the
Department of Justice. ‘The compa-
nies are expected to argue that they
compete not only with each other but

In Switzerland, Converium Hold-
ing AG shares jumped 14 percent
after it rejected an unsolicited $2.5
billion offer from Scor, France’s larg-
est reinsurer. Shares in Scor. fell
7.3 percent in Paris.

In Britain, J. Sainsbury PLC rose
17 percent following a report that a
Qatari fund might join in a possible
takeover bid for Britain’s third-larg-
est supermarket group.

Japanese stocks rose after media
reports over the weekend said Dai-
maru might merge with the depart-
ment store unit of Matsuzakaya
Holdings. Although both companies
said nothing had been decided, Mat-
suzakaya jumped 10 percent, while

RICK MAIMAN/AP



- DAVID STEMPLER
president, Air Travelers Association

from where they were needed. The
company didn’t have a system in
place to track the stranded crews

-and reroute them, something Jet-

Blue is working to rectify, Neele-
man said. mr

JetBlue spokesman Sebastian |
White said that Monday’s cancella- |
tions helped make sure all flight |
crews had legally mandated

* TURN TO JETBLUE

also with a growing base of digital «

audio sources such as iPods, mobile
phones, and non-satellite digital
radio.

XM and Sirius have both posted
significant financial losses as they
built up their programming lineups
and recruited subscribers. Both

‘stocks declined more than 40 percent

last year on concerns about their con-
tinued growth in subscribers and
softness in the retail market, but
investors have held out hopes that a
merger could bring costs down sig-
nificantly.

Shareholders of XM and Sirius
would each own approximately 50
percent of the combined company.
XM shareholders would receive 4.6
shares of Sirius stock for each share
of XM they own.

* TURN TO RADIO

Daimaru soared 8.6 percent.

Other gainers included Sumitomo
Metal Industries, which added
3.3 percent, and Makino Millings
Machine, which rose 4.3 percent.

Dealers were surprised by the
strength in the market in the face of
holidays in several Asian markets and
a tightening in Chinese bank lending
restrictions last week. ;

“It’s a pretty positive sign,” said
Patrick Crabb, institutional sales
trader at Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Markets in Hong Kong, Singapore
and Malaysia will reopen Wednes-
day, while markets in mainland China
and Taiwan will start trading again
Monday.

E-Trade
expands ©

to global

stocks

@ E-Trade announced it will
begin a pilot program that could
open 42 international markets to .
online traders.

BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press
NEW YORK — E-Trade Financial
unveiled a global trading platform
today that makes it the first U.S. dis- ©
count brokerage to give customers
the ability to trade foreign-listed
stocks online. ;
The pilot project, which begins-
with 1,000 E-Trade customers this
week, allows them to buy,’ hold and
sell stocks in Canada, France, Ger-

_many,.Hong Kong, Japan and Britain.

The rollout is expected to take two
months before all customers have
access, and could one day expand to
42 international markets.

The launch unlocks thousands of
stocks previously unavailable to
online traders, and pressures top
rivals Charles Schwab and TD Amer-
itrade Holding to make similar
moves. It also comes as stock
exchanges in Asia have bounced to
unprecedented highs and far out-
paced Western markets.

“Nobody can deny the world is
becoming more interconnected, a
more global community,” said Presi-
dent and Chief Operating Officer Jar-
rett Lilien in an interview. “I think
our competition is going to have to

‘follow. This is going to be a funda-

mental part of investing.”
Previously, retail investors who
wanted to buy foreign stocks that
were not listed on U.S. exchanges as
American Depositary Receipts had to
call brokers and accept commission
fees that topped $100. E-Trade will
charge a $20 commission, and also
give customers the ability to move
U.S. dollar accounts into foreign cur-

* TURN TO E-TRADE

Sirius agree to merge; hurdles loom



JOHN HARRINGTON/XM RADIO

DEAL: Gary Parsons, chairman of XM, left, and Mel Karmazin, CEO of
Sirius, are shown after signing the merger agreement between the
two satellite radio companies on Monday in Washington.







From Miami Herald Wire Services

Manchester United’s 1-0
victory over Lille on Tuesday
in the Champions League was
marred by crowd incidents
and a contentious goal.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid
helped ease the pressure on its
coach by beating Bayern
Munich 3-2.

Also, PSV Eindhoven beat
Arsenal 1-0 and Celtic held AC
Milan to a 0-0 draw in the
other first-leg matches of the
second round.

Ryan Giggs scored the
winning goal for United, curl-
ing in a free kick in the 83rd
minute. That prompted an
angry reaction from Lille’s
players, who claimed Giggs
had not waited for the refer-
ee’s whistle and took the free
kick too quickly.

“When the goalkeeper ake
to place his wall, you should
wait for the referee’s whistle,”
Lille captain Gregory Taffo-
reau said. “There was no

whistle at all and the player -

shot directly and the result is a
goal.”

Lille also had a goal by
Peter Odemwingie taken
away because the referee said
he pushed United defender
Nemanja Vidic.

Soon after the game started,
some visiting fans were
pushed against a high metal
security barrier designed to
keep fans off the field.
Although several fans were
helped over the barrier, there
were no reports of any major
injuries.

The match was played at
nearby Lens because Lille’s
stadium doesn’t meet UEFA’s
standards.

Madrid got two first-half
goals from Raul Gonzalez
and another from Ruud van
Nistelrooy to give the nine-
time champions the edge
heading into the second leg in
two weeks. .

The victory at the Santiago
Bernabeu Stadium may have
eased the pressure on coach

__INTERNATIONAL EDITION _

‘SOCCER | BOXING | ETC.



SOCCER.

Man U, Real Madrid prevail _



MICHEL SPINGLER/AP

ALL FIRED UP: Manchester
United players celebrate
after scoring the lone goal
during Tuesday’s victory.

Fabio Capello, who report-
edly offered to quit on Mon-
day, seven months into his
second tenure in charge.

“The first half was very
good and we scored three
goals,” Capello said. “They
improved after halftime with
three new players and played
some really nice soccer.”

Raul, the competition’s all-
time leading scorer, scored in
the 10th and 28th minutes to
give him 56 goals. Van Nistel-
rooy added another in the
34th,

Defender Lucio scored for
Bayern in the 23rd, with mid-
fielder Mark van Bommel
adding what could be a deci-
sive away goal in the 88th.

Edison Mendez scored in
the 6lst minute for PSV Eind-
hoven after controlling a pass
from Arouna Kone and send-
ing a long-range shot into the
bottom corner of Jens Leh-
mann’s goal.

PSV defender Sun Xiang
became the first Chinese
player to play in the Champi-
ons League when he came on
as a 66th-minute substitute for
Manuel Da Costa. |

Milan striker Alberto

SPORTS ROUNDUP

Former champ
Morrison will
return to ring

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Former World Boxing
Organization heavyweight
champion Tommy Morrison
is staging a comeback, saying
on Tuesday that a positive
HIV test that ended his career
more than a decade ago was
inaccurate.

“l’m negative and I’ve
always been negative and that
should be the end of it,” Mor-
rison said in a telephone inter-
view with The Associated
Press.

The 38-year-old will face
John Castle in a four-round
bout on Thursday at Moun-
taineer Racetrack and Gaming
Resort in Chester, W.Va.

“The rug was yanked out
from under my feet by a misdi-
agnosis,” he said. “All-I want
to do is fight. ... It’s unfin-
ished business.”

Steve Allred, athletic com-
missioner for the state of West
Virginia, said Tuesday he
approved Morrison’s partici-
pation in the bout after
reviewing medical records and
consulting with the Associa-
tion of Boxing Commissions’
medical review committee.
Allred said confidentiality
laws prevent him from dis-
cussing Morrison’s medical
history or the records he
reviewed.

West Virginia does not
have mandatory blood testing
for boxers.

“I assure you that West Vir-
ginia is doing due diligence to
make sure everyone who steps
into the ring is healthy,” Allred
said.

Morrison (46- 3) and Castle
(4-2) square off in one of
seven bouts scheduled at the

horse race track.
Morrison captured the
WBO title in 1993 by outpoint-

‘ing George Foreman. He lost

it later that year. Morrison,
who was featured in the movie
Rocky V, also served a couple
of years in an Arkansas prison
on drug and weapons charges.

He announced he had
human immunodeficiency
virus in February 1996 and last
fought in Japan that Novem-
ber, knocking out Marcus
Rhode in the first round.

Morrison said Tuesday that
he has taken several HIV tests
while preparing for his come-
back — and that all have been
negative. He has signed a con-
tract with Top Rank promot-
ers for at least eight fights this
year.

’“T have no doubt I’ll be a
better fighter than I ever was
before,” he said. “I am more
relaxed. Something that comes
along with age causes you to
simmer a bit.”

ETC.

e Tennis: Fifth-seeded
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia
beat Aravane Rezai of France
6-1, 6-2 to advance to the sec-
ond round of the Dubai Open
in United Arab Emirates. ...
Shahar Peer of Israel won her
first match asa WTA Tour top
seed when she beat Emma
Laine of Finland 6-4, 6-3 in the
Cellular South Cup in Mem-
phis, Tenn. Mikhail
Youzhny of Russia beat
fourth-seeded Tomas Ber-
dych of the Czech Republic
6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 at the ABN
Amro in Rotterdam, Nether-
lands. Also, Lleyton Hewitt
pulled out of the event with a

Gilardino, who has recently
recovered from a knee injury,
had his team’s best chance
when he beat the offside trap
in the 26th minute, but his shot
was deflected wide by Celtic
goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

For Celtic, Shunsuke Nak-
amura’s free kick was saved
by the diving Zeljko Kalac in
the 39th.

AC Milan captain Paolo
Maldini. became the fifth
player to make his 100th
Champions League appear-
ance, joining Oliver Kahn,
David Beckham, Roberto
Carlos and Gonzalez.

Maldini, 38, also played in
the previous version of the
competition, making his Euro-

,pean Cup debut in 1992. He
- has two winner’s medals and

has reached three other finals.

Today, defending cham-
pion FC Barcelona hosts 2005
champion Liverpool and Chel-
sea manager Jose Mourinho
goes to former club FC Porto,
which he guided to the 2004
Champions League title.

Also, Inter Milan hosts
Valencia in a half-capacity San
Siro stadium and Lyon travels
to AS Roma.

ELSEWHERE

e United States: The U.S.
intends to bid for the 2018
World Cup, hoping to return
soccer’s quadrennial champi-
onship to the country that pro-
duced the highest attendance
in the event’s history.

“A lot of things make it
attractive. In U.S. soccer many
things have happened over the
last couple of decades: the suc-
cess in ’94 is a great starting
point and everything since
then,” U.S. Soccer Federation
president Sunil Gulati said
Tuesday.

Gulati said the federation’s

board planned to discuss the
idea with its members at its
annual general meeting this
weekend in Los Angeles, and
form a committee to go for-
ward.

hamstring injury. The sev-
enth-seeded Australian, who
captured the Rotterdam tour-
nament in 2004, was due to
play his opening singles match
today. ... Albert Montanes
of Spain beat third-seeded
Agustin Calleri 6-7 (4-7), 6-4,
6-4 in a Copa Telmex round-
robin match in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, a week after losing
to the Argentine in Brazil....
Defending champion Tommy
Haas defeated Vince Spadea
6-4, 6-1 to open the defense of
his Regions Morgan Keegan
Championships title in Mem-
phis, Tenn.

e College football: A
judge declared a mistrial in
Notre Dame coach Charlie
Weis’ medical malpractice
lawsuit after a juror collapsed
and several doctors — includ-
ing the two defendants —
rushed to his aid.

The juror, an older man,
began moaning as he listened
to an expert testifying in

e Germany: Police are
looking for 14 more suspected
soccer hooligans in a widened
investigation of a riot that left
39 police officers injured.

Authorities are already
investigating 12 people sus-
pected of taking part in the
violence at a match involving
FC Lokomotive Leipzig and
Erzgebirge Aue, two lower-
league teams, on Feb. 10.

Police released photo-
graphs of more suspects and
so far have received 42 tips
from the population on possi-
ble identities of the hooligans,
police chief Uwe Matthias
said on Tuesday.

About 800. Leipzig fans
attacked 300 police and other
security officers after the Leip-
zig team lost the cup match
3-0. Six fans were also injured.
Violence has been growing in
Germany at soccer matches
since last year’s largely peace-
ful World Cup, but most of the
trouble has been in minor
leagues. Troublemakers face
stadium bans as authorities
study ways of stepping up
security at games.

e England: The Football
Association has decided to
take no action against Man-
chester City midfielder Joey
Barton over allegations he
made offensive gestures to
Portsmouth fans who were
angry at his challenge: on
Pedro Mendes.

Barton was given a yellow
card for the foul on Mendes at
Fratton Park. The Portsmouth
midfielder was carried from
the field with an Achilles ten-
don injury. ... Wembley offi-
cials say the stadium will be
ready to host the FA Cup final
on May 19 despite the post-
ponement of a warmup event.

e Brazil: Brazilian mid-
fielder Rivaldo will finish his
career at Greek club Olympi-
akos Piraeus. The 35-year-old
said he changed his mind
about leaving Greece this sum-
mer, and will stay for another
season and retire in June 2008.



: AP PHOTO
THE WRONG DIAGNOSIS? Boxer Tommy Morrison said that ,

a positive HIV test that ended his career was inaccurate.
Morrison will fight on Thursday, his first bout since 1996.

defense of Massachusetts
General Hospital surgeons
Charles Ferguson and Rich-
ard Hodin. Weis claims they
botched his care after gastric
bypass surgery in June 2002.
The judge immediately

ordered the other jurors out of

the Boston courtroom, but

. some saw Ferguson, Hodin

and other doctors who were in
the courtroom rush to the.col-
lapsed juror’s aid. An attorney
for Weis said it was with
“sreat reluctance” that he ask
for the mistrial in the case that
was expected to go to the jury
today. ...
Cincinnati is looking into
claims made in an anonymous
letter that four football players
and four recruits engaged in
sexual activities with a former
soccer player at a party.

e Cycling: The interna-
tional cycling federation has
accused Tour de France orga-
nizers of attempting to’ seize
control of the sport.

The University of

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MIAMI CONNECTION

Former Buffalo Bills and University of Miami
quarterback Jim Kelly and former Miami Dolphins
coach Don Shula chat during the Dan Marino Celebrity
Invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday in Miami.

Three rings and a baby

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is happy about becoming
a father, his agent told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

It was the first comment from Brady’s camp since it was
disclosed that actress Bridget Moynahan, a former girl-
friend of New England’s three-time Super Bowl-winning
quarterback, is three months pregnant. Her publicist, Chris- i
tina Papadopoulous, has said Brady is the father.

“Tom and his family are excited about the pregnancy, and
want to thank everyone who has shown support, and particu-
larly for their consideration of Tom’s privacy,” Brady: s agent,
Don Yee, told the AP on Tuesday.

Brady and Moynahan split up late last year after a three-
year relationship. Brady, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, has
since been seen with lingerie model Gisele Bundchen, and
media outlets have reported the two are dating.

Moynahan, 35, has appeared in films such as Coyote Ugly, I,
Robot and the ABC television series Six Degrees. Brady, 29,
was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful Peo-

ple” in 2002.

Still young at heart

Houston Rockets center
Dikembe Mutombo plans
to put off retirement for at
least one more season.

“J will play next year.
Hopefully I will play here
again. That’s my hope and
my wish. My wife keeps tell-
ing me I should not walk
away right now,” Mutombo
told Houston television sta-
tion KRIV on Monday.

At 40, Mutombo is the
oldest player in the league.
He has played in 1,123 NBA
games during his 16-year
career with Denver, Atlanta,
Philadelphia, New Jersey,
New York and Houston.
Mutombo has career aver-
ages of 10.3 points and 10.5
rebounds.

Mutombo, a 7-2, 260-
pound big man, is known for
his finger wagging after each
blocked shot. He is second
in NBA history in blocked
shots, with 3,215. Mutombo
trails only former Rocket
Hakeem Olajuwon, who
had 3,830.

“My body is responding
to the demands, so why
shouldn’t I play?” Mutombo
said.

Earlier this year,
Mutombo promised he
wouldn’t stick around long
enough to threaten Olaju-
won’s record.

‘You go from sleeping over at
somebody’s house five days a
week, and now you don’t sleep
over. It’s just not that big ofa

deal.’

- ALEX RODRIGUEZ, New York Yankees

third baseman, who admitted his friendship
with teammate and former best buddy Derek
Jeter, right, is not what it once was.

A record showing

Being a pop singer is fun,
but Jacques Villeneuve
said his real career remains
in auto racing.

And his agent, Craig Pol-
lock, said Villeneuve’s chal-
lenge is to amass the most
impressive collection of rac-
ing titles ever.

Villeneuve, a former Indy
Car, Indianapolis 500 and
Formula One champion
from Iberville, Quebec, is
close to getting started in .
NASCAR and also will race
the Le Mans 24-hour event
June 16-17 in France.

“Tt’s something he’s never
done before,” Pollock said
Monday at Villeneuve’s
record launch.

“He’s done open-wheel
racing. People might find
him going to NASCAR
unusual, but which Formula
One champion has ever had
a chance to win the
NASCAR series?”

Pollock said Villeneuve is
“very close” to lining up a
title sponsor for a NASCAR
ride.

Villeneuve might do
some driving in ARCA, the
Craftsman Truck series and
the Busch series, which has
a race in Montreal on Aug. 4,
before moving up to
NASCAR and the Nextel
Cup.



Rodriguez said he and Jeter, the Yankees’
captain, no longer have sleepovers and
don’t go out together all the time anymore.

FLASHBACK

On this day in history:



1970 — In college basketball, Pete Maravich scores 64
points, but LSU still loses to Kentucky 121-105.



6B_| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007



~ Dungy will be back; Rivera joins

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Tony Dungy will return to the
Indianapolis Colts sideline, quashing
any talk that he might step down
after becoming the first black head
coach to win a Super Bowl ring.

“Obviously, you want to come
back. You want to defend the title.
We've got such a great group of guys,
that that’s eventually what draws you
back every year,” Dungy said Mon-
day. “I wouldn’t say it was an easy
decision, but it was the right one, and
it didn’t take overly long to make.”

Although there had been specula-
tion concerning Dungy’s return for
the 2007 season, the suspense didn’t
trouble Colts president Bill Polian.

“I wasn’t terribly concerned,”
Polian said.

And with that out of the way, the
Colts can focus on next season.

The Colts’ first NFL championship
since the franchise moved from Balti-
more 23 years ago also gave them the
last pick — 32nd — in the draft in
April, meaning there is little time to
decide where to focus direction.

“We know we have to get back to
work,” Dungy said. “I still haven’t
come down yet. I’m a pretty even-
keel guy, but it’s still a special time.
It’s been great, it’s been fun, but we
have to zero in on the 2007 season.”

HELLO, SAN DIEGO

Chicago Bears defensive coordina-
tor Ron Rivera was out of a job, but
not for long. Just hours after the
Bears announced Monday that he
wouldn’t be retained, the San Diego
Chargers gave him a two-year con-

‘st to coach their linebackers

i
3. Was

:urner as head coach on Monday,
also signed Ted Cottrell to a two-
year deal as defensive coordinator.

Rivera, who had interviewed for
the Chargers head coaching job, had
a three-year contract with the Bears’
that was set to expire next week.

But the decision by Bears head
coach Lovie Smith not to keep
Rivera came as a surprise to many,
especially because of the timing — a
little more than two weeks since the
Bears lost the Super Bowl. Rivera’
said he never began talks on a new
contract with the Bears.

“It’s just something that Coach

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- BACK WITH THE COLTS: Tony Dungy.

staff,” Rivera said.

Rivera said he wanted to return
and was told a few days ago he
wouldn’t. Was there a personality
conflict with Smith?

“No, no, no, no, please..I don’t
think there is. I really don’t,” Rivera
said. “I believe this is just a football
decision, and it was. made.”

Smith, a defensive-oriented coach,
also said there no conflict.

“Tt’s been my goal all along to help
Ron, to do everything I could to get
Ron an opportunity to get a head
football coaching job, and it’s no
more than that,” Smith said. “We’ve
tried to do that. Ron had a contract. I
don’t see it as a firing or anything like
that. His contract expired, and he

wants to go in one direction, and I'd.

ike to go .© te. No more than that.”
Cottreli, previously a defensive
coordinator with the Buffalo Bills, the
New York Jets and the Minnesota
Vikings, will continue to run the
aggressive 3-4 defense installed by
Wade Phillips, who left the Char-
gers to replace Bill Parcells as head
coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Cottrell spent last season working
in the league office as an aide to dis-
cipline chief Gene Washington.

MEANWHILE...
The Bears promoted Bob Babich
from linebackers coach to defensive

coordinator, replacing Rivera.
Babich, in his fourth year with the

PRO FOOTBALL | HOCKEY

PRO FOOTBALL

Bears, also coached with Lovie

Smith with the St. Louis Rams and at .

the University of Tulsa. Babich was

the Rams linebackers coach when

Smith was defensive coordinator. At
Tulsa, Babich coached the tight ends;
Smith worked with linebackers. -

ELSEWHERE

e Colts: Running back Dominic
Rhodes faces a drunken-driving
charge after Indiana state troopers
arrested him Tuesday.

Rhodes, 28, was pulled over at
about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck
81 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate
65 in Indianapolis, State Police
spokesman Dave Bursten said.

“It was a normal, run-of-the-mill
drunk-driving arrest,” Bursten said.

Rhodes, who became a free agent
after the season, had an MVP-like
performance in the Super Bowl, rush-
ing for 113 yards. He started all 16 reg-
ular-season games in 2006, rushing
for 641 yards and five touchdowns.

e Browns: LeCharles Bentley
will probably have more surgery on a
serious knee injury that cost him last
season, is jeopardizing another sea-
son and could end his NFL career.

Browns general manager Phil
Savage said Bentley is considering
another operation to repair the left
patellar tendon he tore on the first
play of training camp last summer.

A two-time Pro Bow] selection in
New Orleans, Bentley signed a six-
year, $36 million contract in March to
play for the Browns, his hometown
team. But his first season in Cleve-
land ended freakishly.

. While blocking on a running play,
Bentley tore his tendon while plant-
ing his foot. After surgery, he con-
tracted a staph infection, which
caused further damage to his knee
and required another operation.

e Chargers: Outside linebacker
Shaun Phillips signed a six-year
contract, which keeps him from
becoming a restricted free agent.
Phillips became a starter after Steve
Foley was shot by an off-duty police
officer eight days before the season.

Phillips had 112 sacks, contribut-
ing to the Chargers’ NFL-high of 61.
He was second among NFL lineback-
ers, behind only teammate Shawne
Merriman, who led the NFL with 17.

e Titans: Cornerback Adam



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OFF TO THE CHARGERS: Ron Rivera.

“Pacman” Jones witnessed but
wasn’t involved in a shooting at a Las
Vegas strip club that injured three,
his lawyer said.

Jones, who has faced charges in
other nightclub arrests in Tennesseé,
was only a witness to the triple
shooting early Monday, which left
two- critically wounded, attorney
Worrick Robinson said Tuesday.

Robinson said Jones was in Las
Vegas to attend the NBA All-Star
Game over the weekend and was
invited to the Minxx Gentleman’s
Club, where the shooting occurred in
the parking lot as Jones was leaving.

Jones was interviewed by local
authorities as a witness, not as a sus-
pect, Robinson said. Jones did not
know anyone involved in the shoot-
ing, he said.

“He is cooperating with authori-
ties, and he is free to return to Nash-
ville,” Robinson said.

Jones has faced criminal charges
three times since the Titans made
him the sixth overall: pick in the 2005
draft — all involving incidents at
nightclubs in Tennessee.

Meanwhile, the Titans released
veteran left guard Zach Piller, five
months after he had a season-ending
ankle injury. A third-round draft pick
out of Florida in 1999, Piller played in
87 games, with 58 starts.

Jacob Bell moved over from’

right tackle to replace Piller.
e Falcons: Defensive lineman

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Chargers ©

Jonathan Babineaux denied
responsibility for the death of his
girlfriend’s dog, but he was charged
with felony animal abuse.

Police in Georgia said Blair
Anderson, 24, told them that she
and Babineaux, 25, had argued at
their home. Anderson said she went
to the movies, and, upon returning
home, found Kilo, her 18-month-old
dog, in “severe physical distress.”

Kilo, a pit-bull mix, was dead on
arrival at an animal hospital.

Babineaux met with officers at the
animal hospital, where he said he was
not responsible for the dog’s death.
Police said his account of what hap-
pened was inconsistent with the
information about the dog’s injuries
provided by the animal hospital, and
Babineaux was arrested.

Police said they are still awaiting
test results, but they said preliminary
information indicates that Kilo died
from a massive blow to the head.

e Cowboys: Jason Garrett was
finally given the title of offensive
coordinator with the team, nearly a
month after being hired.

Tony Sparano also was pro-
moted to assistant head coach, with a
contract extension through 2009.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
Garrett, 40, to the coaching staff on
Jan. 25 after interviewing him for the
head coaching vacancy. It had been
expected since then that Garrett
would be the team’s offensive coordi-
nator, even though his only coaching
experience was during the past two
seasons as quarterbacks coach with
the Miami Dolphins.

Garrett backed up Hall of Fame
quarterback Troy Aikman in Dallas
from 1993-99, a stretch that included
two Super Bowl titles. Garrett later
played four seasons with the New
York Giants before splitting 2004
between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
and the Dolphins.

Garrett played in 40 regular-

season games in the NFL. All nine of

his starts were for the Cowboys.

Meanwhile, Cowboys center
Andre Gurode has signed a six-year
contract that will prevent him from
becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Gurode was a second-round draft
choice of the Cowboys in 2002. He
was named as a Pro Bowl replace-
ment after last season.

decided he was going to shuffle his







oe NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
SOUTHEAST WL OL ‘SL PTS GF GA HOME
Tampa Bay 34 24° 2 1 71194 185° 17-13-0-0 17-11-2-1 14-7-1-0
Atlanta 31 22 6 3 71.188 195 14-9-3-2. 17-13-3-1 13-4-4-1
Carolina 30 25 3 4 67 186 195 - 15-12-1-3 15-13-2-1 13-7-0-2
Florida 2326 5 7 58172 198 16-10-2-1 7-16-3-6 = 6-11-2-1
Washington 23 28 2 7 55 180 211 14-12-1-3 9-16-1-4 —8-11-1-2
ATLANTIC _W__L_OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
New Jersey 37 17 O 6 80 162 141 22-6-0-4 = 15-11-0-2 17-5-0-1 |
Pittsburgh 32 18 4 5 73208 187 18-8-2-2 14-10-2-3 15-6-1-1
N.Y. Islanders 29 23 4 4 66177 170 15-10-3-1 14-13-1-3 11-9-2-0 |
N.Y. Rangers 29 26 3 2 63176 172 12-13-3-0 17-13-0-2 9-11-0-1
Philadelphia 16 36 3 5 40 157 227 5-17-3-4 11-19-0-1 4-14-1-4
NORTHEAST WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY _DIV
Buffalo 40 15 2 3 85 223 171 21-7-1-2 19-8-1-1 12-8-1-2
Ottawa 35 22 2 #1 73 204 160 19-11-1-1 16-11-1-0 15-9-0-1
Montreal 31 25 1 5 68178 184 18-12-0-3 13-13-1-2 10-8-0-4
Toronto 29 23 3 5 66191 195 12-13-2-3 17-10-1-2 10-9-2-2
Boston 29 26 1 3 62170 212 16-12-0-2 13-14-1-1 12-12-0-1
WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL __W__L OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DV
Nashville 40 18 2 1 83 206 152 22-5-2-1 18-13-0-0 17-5-1-0
Detroit 38 16 3 3 82185 145 21-3-1-2 17-13-2-1° 12-4-1-1
St. Louis 26 26 5 4 61160 185 15-15-2-1 11-11-3-3 11-12-2-2
Chicago 22 28 2 7 53 147 179 11-13-1-3 11-15-1-4 —10-12-1-0
Columbus 23 31 2 4 52150 187 14-14-1-2 9-17-1-2.—_7-13-0-3
NORTHWEST WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Vancouver 34 21 1 3 72 157 150 19-9-1-1 | 15-12-0-2 13-11-0-1
Minnesota 33 23 1 4 71173 157 21-5-1-3. 12-18-0-1 9-6-1-2
Calgary 31 21 3 5S 70191 162 24-6-0-1 7-15-3-4 12-7-1-2
Colorado 29 27) 2 2 62194 190 17-13-1-2 12-14-1-0 11-9-1-0
Edmonton 28 26 3 3 #62 163 175 18-11-1-1 10-15-2-2 9-12-1-0
PACIFIC «WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Anaheim 35 16 2 7 79 193 155 18-5-1-5 = 17-11-1-2 15-5-0-2
San Jose 36 22 O 1 73.178 150 18-11-0-1 18-11-0-0 12-11-0-1
Dallas 35 21 0 3 73 159 144 19-9-0-1- 16-12-0-2 17-6-0-0
Phoenix 25 32 2 1 53 160 207 13-13-2-0 12-19-0-1 7-13-2-1
Los Angeles 20 31 5 5 50170 211 11-12-4-4 = 9-19-1-1 7-14-0-3

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

Monday’s results

Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 5
Nashville 4, Phoenix 1
Boston 6, Philadelphia 3

Tuesday’s results

Buffalo 6, Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 3, Carolina 1

Boston 3, Toronto 0

Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Montreal 5, Washington 3
Tampa Bay 3, Florida 2 (SO)
New Jersey 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Minnesota 2, Dallas 1 (SO)
St. Louis 5, Columbus 4 (SO)
Colorado 4, Calgary 3

Vanc. at Anaheim, late

NHL LEADERS

Tonight’s games

S.J. at Washington, 7
Chicago at Detroit, 7:30°



Through Monday
SCORING GOALIES
Player,team = GP GOA Pts = Playersteam == GP_—OMIN GA AVG
Crosby, Pit 56 26 69 95 Hasek, Det 43 2545 87 2.05
Lecavalier, TB 60 39 41 80 Smith, Dal 15 760 26 2.05
St. Louis, TB 60 35 44 79 Brodeur, NJ 57 3447 = 120 2.09
Savard, Bos 58 20 56 76 Gigu, Ana 43 2454 90 2.20
Thornton, SJ 59 15 60 75 Burke, LA 10 594 22 2.22
Hossa, Atl 61 33 41 74 Mason, Nas 34 1973 76 2.31
Ovechkin, Was 59 34 38 72 Backstrom, Min 23 1242 48 2.32
Heatley, Ott 59 32 40 72 Kiprusoff, Cal 54 3207 125 2.34
Jagr, NYR 59 21 51 72 Luongo, Van 56 3272 128 2.35
Selanne, Ana 60 36 35 71 Vokoun, Nas 29 1682 66 2.35

From Miami Herald Wire Services

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. — Zach
Parise scored the tiebreaking goal in the
third period, Martin Brodeur made 35
saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the
New York Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Brian Rafalski also scored, and Scott
Gomez assisted on both goals, as the Dev-
ils won their second game in a row and
their 12th in the past 17 games.

Petr Prucha scored for the Rangers.

Parise broke the 1-1 tie at 12:06, seconds
after. the Rangers almost took the lead.
Prucha and Michael Nylander could not
bury golden opportunities in a scrum out-
side the Devils’ crease.

The Devils came right down to score.

. Parise, set up by Gomez, unloaded a hard

shot that Henrik Lundqvist deflected. Par-
ise caught up to his own rebound and set
a shot toward the net that Rangers
defenseman Karel Rachunek put into his
own net.

CANADIENS 5, CAPITALS 3

MONTREAL — Chris Higgins and
Michael Ryder each scored two goals, and
rookie goalie Jaroslav Halak won his sec-
ond consecutive start for Montreal.

Higgins ended a 16-game goal-scoring
drought with a pair of power-play goals in
the first period. Montreal scored three
power-play goals — all in the first — and
one short-handed and an empty-netter.

Canadiens captain Saku Koivu assisted
on the three first-period goals.

Brian Sutherby and Jamie Heward
scored goals 0:30 apart early in the sec-
ond period to pull Washington to 3-2.

BRUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0

TORONTO — Tim Thomas made 43
saves for his third shutout of the season,
and Jason York scored his first NHL goal
in three years, leading Boston.

P.J. Axelsson and Stanislav Chistov
also scored for the Bruins, who have won
five of six to move back into the playoff
hunt, with 62 points.

SABRES 6, FLYERS 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Daniel Briere had a
goal and two assists, and Chris Drury,
Derek Roy and Jason Pominville each
added a goal and an assist for the Sabress.

Andrew Peters and Adam Mair also
scored for the Sabres, who won for the
seventh time in their past nine games
after losing three games in a row.

Simon Gagne had two goal for the

HOCKEY

..« Devils hold off the Rangers



ANDY MARLIN/GETTY IMAGES

STICK WITH IT: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur uses the shaft of his stick to
make one of his 35 saves Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory against the Rangers.

Flyers, and Sami Kapanen also scored.

THRASHERS 3, HURRICANES 1

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ilya Kovalchuk,
Marian Hossa and Eric Boulton scored
third-period goals, and the Thrashers
snapped a four-game losing streak.

Kovalchuk got the go-ahead score with
a rising slap shot from just inside the Car-
olina blue line with 2:24 left in the game.
Boulton added the insurance goal with
just over a minute left in regulation.

Rod Brind’Amour had given the Hurri-
canes a 1-0 lead with 2:34 left in the sec-
ond period. Hossa tied the score with the
Thashers’ seventh short-handed goal.

LIGHTNING 3, PANTHERS 2 (SO)

TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis
scored the tying goal and then tallied in
the shootout, helping the Lightning get its
15th victory in 19 games.

Ryan Craig also scored for the Light-
ning, which improved to l1-3 in games
that have been decided after regulation.

Nathan Horton scored twice for the
Panthers, who are 1-12 in games that were
decided in overtime or a shootout.

WILD 2, STARS 1 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Niklas Backstrom
stopped all three shots he faced in the
shootout, and Mikko Koivu scored on a

backhander to the top right corner, lead-
ing the Wild to victory.

Marty Turco took the loss for Dallas
despite 38 saves in regulation and over-
time. Backstrom earned his first victory
against the Stars this season after going
0-1-2 in the previous three contests.

SENATORS 4, OILERS 3 (SO)

OTTAWA — Mike Comrie and Dean
McAmmond scored in the shootout, help-
ing Senators coach Bryan Murray get his
600th career victory.

Murray is the fifth coach to reach the
mark, joining Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour,
Dick Irvin and Pat Quinn, and he did it in
1,199 games. Murray, who got his first vic-
tory on Nov. 18, 1981, with the Capitals,
also holds the distinction of being the lon-
gest-serving coach without a Stanley Cup.

BLUES 5, BLUE JACKETS 4 (SO)

ST. LOUIS — Lee Stempniak and Doug
Weight scored, and Manny Legace
stopped both Columbus shootout
attempts, lifting St. Louis.

The Blues were headed toward their
fourth consecutive victory before Rick
Nash tied it with 14 seconds left.

Stempniak, who had scored his 18th
goal earlier in the game, went high over
Fredrik Norrena, and Weight made a
move just in front of the net and scored.



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BASEBALL | SPRING TRAINING

with A-Rod: Bernie balks —





Jeter: No

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Maintaining that they have
a fine relationship on the field
and in the clubhouse, Derek
Jeter resolutely declined to
discuss the deterioration of his
friendship with Alex Rodri-
guez away from the ballpark.
One day after A-Rod finally
acknowledged that the two no
. . longer are best friends, Jeter
‘sat in the same first-base dug-
out at Legends Field in Tampa,
Fla., and was asked to respond.

“I don’t have a rift with
Alex,” Jeter, the New York
Yankees captain, said Tues-
day. “We go out there. We
work together. This is our
fourth year to be playing
together. It’s annoying to hear
about it all the time.

“Everyone assumes they
know what our relationship
is,” Jeter said. “Everyone
assumes — they see us on the
field, if one person gives
another one a look, it’s a story.
If we're at opposite ends of the
bench, people say it’s a story.”

Shortly after arriving at
camp on Monday, Rodriguez
said it was time for him to stop
pretending that his relation-

* ship with Jeter was as close as
it was in the 1990s. The two
have drifted apart since Rodri-
guez made critical remarks in
a 2001 Esquire article.

“I don’t see the relevance of
it,” Jeter said. “It has no bear-
ing on us playing baseball.”

Jeter declined to say how
close he and Rodriguez are
away from the ballpark.

“How would characterize
it? I would characterize it as it.
doesn’t make a difference,” he
said. “What we do away from
the field, how much time we
spend together, really makes
no difference when we’re
playing.”

Coming up through the
Yankees’ organization and
becoming a key component of
the unit that won four World
Series titles from 1996-2000,
Jeter has worked hard to avoid



TONY GUTIERREZ/AP

GET OVER IT... Alex Rodriguez, left, and Derek Jeter want
the media to stop dogging them about any perceived rift.

“I understand my job is
public, but your personal life
is your personal life. Once you
open that door, it doesn’t
stop,” Jeter told reporters.
“Away from the field, people

* want to keep tabs on how

many times we go out to eat,
things like that. That has no
bearing on what we're trying
to do.” ;

Jeter was criticized by some
last year for not voicing suffi-
cient support for ‘Rodriguez,
who struggled during the reg-
ular season and was booed at
Yankee Stadium.

“From Day One, I’ve said I
support Alex,” he said. “The
only thing I’m not going to do
is tell the fans what to do....

“I don’t think it’s my job to
tell fans to boo or not to boo.”

e Bernie balks: Mean-
while, Bernie Williams
rejected the Yankees’ offer of
a minor-league contract and
will wait to see if a guaranteed
job opens up on the team.

Yankees manager Joe
Torre said he spoke with Wil-
liams last week and then tried
to reach him, without success,
on Sunday. ‘

“Bernie told me he had
talked with Joe. Other than the
invite, there wasn’t any infor-
mation that led him to believe
he would be a member of the

team,” Williams’ agent, Scott
Boras, said. “He’s continuing
to work out, will wait to see if
their position changes.”

Williams signed with the
Yankees in 1985 and came up
to the major-league team in
1991. He helped the Yankees
win four World Series titles
from 1996-2000. Now 38, he
lost his center-field job to
Johnny Damon last year but
hit .281 with 12 homers and 61
RBIs in 420 at-bats as a
backup, seeing significant time
after Hideki Matsui and Gary
Sheffield were injured.

“He certainly feels he can
be a helpful contributor in
’07,” Boras said.

“He wants to remain loyal
to the Yankees and doesn’t
feel it’s appropriate for him to
play for another club.”

ELSEWHERE

e Cubs: In Mesa, Ariz.,

Carlos Zambrano agreed toa

one-year, $12.4 million con-

tract, avoiding salary arbitra-
tion by striking the deal just
before the scheduled hearing.

Zambrano was paid $6.5
million last season while going
16-7, with a 3.41 ERA and 210
strikeouts. He had asked for
$15.5 million in arbitration, and
the Cubs countered at
$11,025,000 — more than any



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LOYALTY WORKS BOTH WAYS ... Bernie Williams still wants to
be a Yankee, but he wants a guaranteed job in the majors.

player has been awarded.

“I feel good, ready to go,”
Zambrano said. “I’m ready to
lead this team to the champi-
onship, to win in this city.”

e Mariners: In Peoria,

' Ariz., Ichiro Suzuki discussed

the possibility that he might
become a free agent for the
first time. Seattle’s sleek, six-
time All-Star and perennial
Gold Glove outfielder said: “It
is possible I will go to free
agency” after the 2007 season.
Suzuki’s four-year, $44 mil-
lion deal ends this fall. This is
the first time in his 15 years of
professional baseball — with
the Mariners and with Orix, in
Japan — that he is playing in
the final season of a contract.
“I have never had the
choice to choose for myself
which road I want to take,”
Suzuki said through an inter-

preter. “So if you ask me is it~

possible that I will go to free
agency, yes, it is possible. But
if you ask me what are my
feelings toward it, at this point
I cannot express it. I am not
even sure myself.

“But what I can say is my
mind is full of having the best
season possible.”

In other news from the
Mariners camp, reliever Mark
Lowe will have another MRI
next week to determine when
he can start throwing again.
Lowe had elbow surgery in
October ... Former San Diego
Padres third baseman Sean
Burroughs’ comeback
attempt as a non-roster Mari-
ners invitee has been delayed
because of a fishing accident.

e Braves: At Kissimmee,
Fla, Andruw Jones arrived in
camp about 10 pounds lighter

and made it clear that he
wants to be paid “market
value” in his new deal.

Jones, entering the final
year of his contract, has
posted 92 homers and 257
RBIs over the past two sea-

-sons. But he might be too

expensive for the Braves: The
team is changing ownership
and has reduced payroll.

“I’m under contract to the
Braves right now,” Jones said,
“Hopefully, by the end of the
season, we'll be able to accom-
plish something. ... I want to
be a Brave for life.”

e@ White Sox: In Tucson,
Ariz., third baseman Joe
Crede said he is under no
restrictions after choosing an
extensive back-rehab program
instead of having surgery.

Crede, bothered by two
herniated disks for part of last
season, will work out in the
team’s weight room for 30 to

_45 minutes a day to prevent

back issues from becoming a
continual problem.

“I am ready to go. There is
nothing going to hold me
back,” Crede said. “I am not
going to take it easy.”

Back stiffness near the end
of last season led Crede to take
cortisone shots. In the closing
weeks, he batted just .179, with
two homers, but finished third
among American League third
baseman in home runs (30),
RBIs (94), slugging percentage
(.506) and extra-base hits (6)).
He batted .283 in 150 games.

e Rangers: In Surprise,
Ariz., new center fielder
Kenny Lofton made his first
appearance in the clubhouse.

“It’s good to be here,” Lof-
ton said.

Lofton, a six-time All-Star
who will turn 40 in July, is
with his llth team in 17 major-
league seasons. He has been to
the playoff 10 times with six
teams, including the Los Ange-
les Dodgers last season, when

he hit .30] with 32 stolen bases,

Lofton is a .299 career hit-
ter, with 599 stolen bases.

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Ingraham
claims PM
asked him to
guide DPM

FROM page one

own party said that her
meetings were some of the
best they have had in office.
J take no credit,” the former
prime minister said at an
FNM mass rally last night at
R M Bailey Park. :

Mr Christie’s illness was
the first time in the history of
an independent Bahamas
that the authority of prime
minister had to be trans-
ferred from an incumbent to
another because of ill-health.
That authority was trans-
ferred to Mrs Cynthia Pratt.

“T gave advice. I honoured
the request made of me, It
was my national duty. And I
didn’t talk it. Let them talk
that. The prime minister and
Mrs Pratt trusted me when it
counted. You trusted me in
the past. You can trust me
now.

“This election will be
about leadership and it will
be about trust. Which party
and which leader can you
trust with your future and
with the future of your chil-
dren?” Mr Ingraham said.

He pointed out that when
Mr Christie appeared on a
talk show over the weekend
the prime minister told his
radio audience that he came
to see Mr Christie while he
was Sick.

“That is true. Mr Christie
said that while I was there
we prayed and joined hands
with a Methodist minister.
That is true, too. But then
his memory seems to have
become fuzzy.

“T did find it strange that
he, having just come from
hospital where he was treat-
ed following a stroke, was so
overly concerned about my
political future. He wanted
to know whether I was com-
ing back. I told him no, that I
had no plans to come back
and that the only circum-
stance that would cause me
to reconsider was if he could-
n’t make it with all those
crooks he had around him,”
Mr Ingraham said.

This visit occurred, Mr
Ingraham said, in early sum-
mer.

“The prime minister
claimed on television that
days after my visit, I
announced my return to
leadership of the FNM. That
ain’t so, Mr Christie. You are
mistaken. As everyone else
knows I was recalled to duty
at the FNM convention that
was held in November, 2005
— not days after I called on
the prime minister.

“Tf I had known that I was
going to be drafted and if I
had expected to accept such
a draft from members of the
party to agree to contest the
leadership position in my
party can you imagine what
effect that’ would have had
on his recovery. I’m happy I
didn’t know then, what I
would agree to in Novem-
ber, 2005.

“He fears me greatly. 1am

his worst political nightmare.:

He sees me everywhere and
my hands in everything,” Mr
Ingraham said.

The opposition leader said
when he and Mr Christie got
fired (from the Pindling gov-
ernment), they were togeth-
er nearly all the time - same
law office, same stand
against drugs and gther cor-
ruption in government.

“You know he negotiated
his return to the PLP behind
my back. He never said a
word. He told me he was
going back one hour before
the announcement was made
that he was the newest mem-
ber of Sir Lynden’s Cabinet.
I know Christie. You all are
just getting to know him
now,” Mr Ingraham said.

The former prime minis-
ter said the FNM spent 10
years in office during the
course of which not a single
negative story about gover-
nance in The Bahamas
appeared on any television
station anywhere interna-
tionally.

“The last time we were pil-
loried in the international
press was in 1983 when NBC
exposed allegations of drug
corruption. Before that it
was the Wall Street Journal
in 1966 that wrote about the
minority UBP government.
Mr Christie and his crew
brought those bad days back
for us and they did it within
their single term in office,”
he said.











WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 3



Answers are demanded over

m@ By BRENT DEAN

FNM candidate for the Holy
Cross constituency Carl Bethel
accused PLP MP Sidney Stubbs
of failing to establish a con-
stituency office for nearly two
years — despite being allocated
$18,000 per year for the office.

Mr Bethel made this allega-
tion during a harsh critique of
Mr Stubbs and the PLP during
the FNM mass rally last night at
the RM Bailey park.

Mr Bethel demanded that Mr
Stubbs account for the money
that should have been allocated
for him for his constituency
office.

He raised the question of how
the money was spent — if Mr
Stubbs in fact received it.

Mr Stubbs has had a tumul-
tuous term in office. His long
bankruptcy ordeal and resigna-
tion as chairman of BAIC were
coupled with allegations of
improper involvement in the
Korean boat scandal.

These evens captured nation-

‘al headlines for several months

and have raised questions as to
whether or not Mr Stubbs will
be re-nominated for the Holy
Cross constituency in the
upcoming election.

Referring to the last five
years as a period of suffering
for the people of Holy Cross,

CARL Bethel yesterday
revived allegations against the
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell regarding the granting
of visas from the consular divi-
sion of the ministry.

Speaking last night at an ~

FNM rally, Mr Bethel used the
2003/4 Auditor General’s
Report to allege that improper
procedures were used in the

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speeches last night

Mr Bethel further criticised the
PLP for not improving public
spaces within the constituency.
He stated: “Since 2002 little
or nothing has happened in
Holy Cross. There is still no
park or public space built to
serve the hundreds of new
home-owning families in Lyn-
den Pindling Estates. There is
still no park, community area
or green space for Kool Acres.
The illegal immigrant squatters’
villages are still in the Kool
Acres and Sea Breeze areas.”
The constituents of Holy
Cross have also been suffering
from insufficient outdoor light-

visa application process.

He also noted that many
more visas were issued during
the PLP’s term, compared to
the FNM administration.

Last month, Mr Mitchell read
a letter in the House of Assem-
bly from the commissioner of
police, stating that there was

insufficient evidence to charge

any individual within or outside



ds and pom-poms during the

ing and poor power supply,
according to Mr Bethel.

He stated: “No effort has
been made by the present MP
or the PLP government to con-
tinue the process of installing
street lights in Sea Breeze and
Imperial Park and to move the
decrepit and dysfunctional pow-
er supply from behind people’s
houses.

So, while the street lights that
the FNM installed along Golf
Course Boulevard are on 24/7,
there are frequent blackouts
due to the antiquated electrical
grid in Sea Breeze and Imperi-
al Park.”



Carl Bethel raises visa allegations again

the consular office in relation
to Mr Bethel’s claims.

Mr Mitchell also stated that

he is awaiting a report from an
expert from the Commonwealth
Fund for Technical Co-opera-
tion. ;

That report, he stated, is like-
ly to lead to personnel and pro-
cedural changes with the con-
sular division.

Mayaguanans warned PLP will make
them ‘strangers in their own land’

HB By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

MAYAGUANANS will
become “strangers in their own
island” if the PLP stays in gov-

ernment, Dion Foulkes, FNM -

candidate for MICAL, said yes-
terday.

"The PLP has given away
almost 10,000 acres of prime
real estate on an island of about
300 people — most of that land
will be split into lots and sold
for second homes for foreign-
ers," he told the crowd at an
FNM rally at RM Bailey Park
last night.

“You do the math; and while
you’re adding up the PLP’s
betrayal of our national trust,
don’t forget a single acre can
be divided into many, many lots
— lots which will be sold off at
outrageous prices,” he said.

“Tf the PLP has its way, thou-
sands of non-Bahamians will
soon outnumber a couple of
hundred Mayaguanans who will
become strangers in their own
island." :

Mr Foulkes said that the
PLP's economic policy is "quite
simple: sell off huge amounts
of Crown land to foreign groups
at low prices; then let these
same groups resell the same
land for huge profits."

Land "given away" to foreign
developers in the Family Islands
is being used to build develop-
ments which will require local
labour — if Bahamians are
“lucky,” he said.

The FNM's solution to the
employment problem in the
islands would be to grant Crown
land to Bahamians “when
appropriate" and help them
fund their own projects, he said.

"As our leader has stated, the
FNM will not give foreigners
Crown land to develop residen-
tial gated communities."

Although the FNM is
favourable to foreign investors,
"these investors should help us
with our own unique vision and
help us build the kind of
Bahamas we want," he said.

Mr Foulkes described the $18
billion in investments which he
said Prime Minister Perry
Christie claims he has brought
to the Bahamas as "Monopoly
dollars."

"That $18 billion isn’t real
money or tractors in the ground
or wealth earned and jobs cre-
ated for Bahamians. . . (it is)
promises on paper; and like
most PLP promises they'll nev-
er happen."

The upcoming election is
not about Shane Gibson,
Alfred Grey or Perry
Christie, nor Hubert Ingra-
ham or Dion Foulkes — "this
election is about you — and

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Pharmacy 2

at Eight

-Mile Rock

Clinic

FREEPORT - The Eight
Mile Rock Clinic now has a
full service pharmacy that
will eliminate the need for
residents of West Grand
Bahama to have their pre-
scriptions filled at the Rand
Memorial Hospital in
Freeport.

The new pharmacy, which
was commissioned last
Thursday, is the first one
established at the four com-
munity clinics on Grand
Bahama.

Hospital Administrator
Sharon Williams said she
believes that the opening of a
pharmacy at Eight Mile
Rock, which is the largest
settlement in the country, is a:
“positive step in the delivery
of health care to the people
of Grand Bahama.”

“We specifically wanted to
open this facility in the Eight
Mile Rock area because we
know that it is the biggest
community, and we wanted
to see the impact of this ser-
vice on our clientele.

Ms Williams added that a
pharmacist will be stationed
full time at the clinic five
days a week.

Deputy chief pharmacist

- Leonard Sturrup said that

veteran Pharmacist Marilyn
King is being stationed at the
Eight Mile Rock facility
along with Folana Burrows, a

' pharmacy technician.

More clinics
to have
pharmacy

services |

“end of 2007, it

~last~ week, the

THERE will be pharmacy
services at more clinics in
Grand Bahama before the
was
announced.

Prior to a new pharmacy
opening at Eight Mile Rock
Grand
Bahama: Health Services
only provided full pharmacy
services at the Rand Memo-
rial Hospital.

Hospital Administrator
Sharon Williams said officials
intend to first extend phar-
macy service to the Hawks-

“ bill Clinic to facilitate resi-
, dents in south west commu-
, hities of the island.

Deputy chief pharmacist

_ of the GBHS Leonard Stur-
‘ rup said he supports the plan

to open pharmacies at strate-

’ gic locations throughout the

island, but stressed that :
human resources will be an:
issue.

Because the demand is not
as great in the eastern end of
Grand Bahama, Mr Stirrup
said what officials intend to
do is to have pharmacists go
out on a weekly or monthly
basis to offer counselling and
some pharmacy services, and
continue the existing “drop-
off service” where customers
leave their prescription and
return later to pick up their
medication.






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ALARMING new images of
Anna Nicole Smith while she
was pregnant in Nassau last
year are causing Bahamians
even deeper concern over the
fate of baby Dannielynn.

Video footage on Fox TV this
week showed Ms Smith - her
face painted like a clown - ina
state of total drug-induced con-
fusion at her Eastern, Road
home.

In fact, Anna Nicole was so
“out of it” that she thought a
doll she was pushing in a pram
was her newborn baby - even
though she was clearly in the
advanced stages of pregnancy.

The footage was so shocking
for many Bahamians that they
have begun asking yet more
questions about the welfare of
baby Danniclynn - and espe-

cially the government’s duty to.

ensure the child ts safe from
harm.

At one point, while the video
is being shot, a male voice is
heard saying the footage could
be worth money some day.

The same voice asks Anna
Nicole what kind of “trip” she is
on, and whether it was induced
by “mushrooms” - presumably a

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Hope, and Howard K Stern during a interview with .
“Entertainment Tonight” celebrity television show on October

28, 2006

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reference to “magic mush-
rooms”, a plant known formal-
ly as Liberty Cap which has sim-
ilar effects to LSD.

Ms Smith, her face bewil-
dered, her voice slurred, asks
“What’s that?” as she stares

blankly at the camera.

Yesterday, a Cable Beach
reader called The Tribune to
say: “It is appalling that this
woman was in that state of utter
confusion when she was in the
later stages of pregnancy.



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 5

Shock at new footage showing
- Anna Nicole in drugged state

“The footage was apparently
taken at Horizons on the East-
ern Road and couldn’t have
been long before she went into
hospital to have her baby.

“It is disgraceful that this
woman should have been
allowed to get into this state

while her baby was still inside

her. What were the doctors
doing? And, even more impor-

tantly, what was her so-called _

lover Howard K Stern doing?”

Paternity

Mr Stern, Ms Smith’s attor-
ney for 12 years, claims to be
Dannielynn’s father and had his
own name entered on the
child’s birth certificate.

But the reader said: “No self-
respecting father-to-be would
allow the mother of his child to
get into that condition. It is a
scandal that is pouring scorn on
the Bahamas and something
needs to be done to rebuild our
good name.”

The footage, shown on the
Greta van Susteren show, has
prompted new calls for Mr
Stern to be thrown out of the



country.

Readers are asking what he is
doing here - and whether he has
any status in the Bahamas, or
even in the Eastern Road
house, now that Ms Smith is
dead.

One said: “While others fight
to stay in the Bahamas, this
‘man’s extended stay appears to
be facilitated by someone in
authority. Can somecne tell us
who is working on his behalf?”

On the Fox programme, Ford
Shelley - son-in-law of Ms
Smith’s ex-lover Ben Thomp-
son - was shown weeping as he .
explained how Anna was play-
ing with his own young daugh-
ter when the video was made.

He spoke of his regret at hav-
ing allowed his child into such
an environment, and repeated
his assertion that the late cover
girl was a family friend who
seemed only to find peace with
them.

Mr Shelley and his wife have

. said several times that Larry

Birkhead, the California pho-
tographer, is the likely father
of Dannielynn. :

Neither believes that Mr
Stern is the father.

Anna Nicole ‘wanted to be buried next to her son’

ANNA Nicole Smith wanted
to be buried next to her son in
the Bahamas, Howard K Stern
testified yesterday in a Florida
court.

Mr Stern left the Bahamas
and the embattled Eastern
Road home ‘Horizons’ to trav-
el to Florida where he yesterday
took the stand in a hearing to
determine the fate of the for-
mer Playboy playmate’s

remains.

‘She was very firm, very firm,
that the Bahamas was her
home,” Ms Smith’s partner and
long-time lawyer told Fort
Lauderdale Circuit Judge Larry
Seidlin.

Mr Stern testified that Ms
Smith had bought two plots in
the Bahamas after her 20-year-
old son Daniel died last Sep-
tember — just days after she

gave birth to her daughter Dan-
nielynn.

Daniel was buried at Lake-
view Cemetery a month after
his sudden death.

Mr Stern is now embroiled
in legal disputes over the
paternity, of five-month-old
Dannielynn and the question

of Ms Smith’s final resting -

place.
Virgie Arthur, the mother

of the deceased celebrity, is
fighting Mr Stern on the
issue by arguing that her
daughter should be buried in
her hometown of Mexia,
Texas.

Mr Stern further testified yes-
terday that Ms Smith had diffi-
culties accepting Daniel’s death.

“Anna wouldn’t accept that
Daniel was gone, and this went
on for quite some time,” he said.

He said that it was not until
nearly two weeks after
Daniel’s death that she made
plans for “their” final resting
place.

Mr Stern also told the judge
that Ms Smith always thought
that she was destined to die
young like her idol, Marilyn
Munroe, and that she had been
planning her burial years before
her death.. .

Environmentalist’s anger at development

tp ate bee

of 100 square miles of Grand Bahama land

® By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN environmentalist has
expressed outrage at a proposal
— reportedly under government
consideration — to allow one
investor to procure and over-
see the development of 100
square miles of Grand Bahama.

A flurry of email activity was
reportedly generated between
Bahamian inboxes yesterday
‘after a document outlining the
proposal was briefly posted on
the Internet by a company
which appears to have been
contracted to handle the pro-
ject's real estate sales.

The document indicated that

an agreement may be forged’

before the upcoming election
to allow Beka Development to
“be the master developer of the
entire east end of the island”.
The area allegedly under
negotiation is larger than New
Providence and, if developed
according to the investor's wish-

es, is set to include such facilities.

as a 400-room hotel, conven-
tion centre, 500 condo units, a
$28 million marina, casino, golf
course, and “international
school”.



@ SAM Duncombe

Furthermore, the developer
is seeking the right to “control
the roads plan and re-direct
existing roads to fit the master
plan”, to open an airport, and
“prohibit. . . access (to) any
canals or harbours within five
miles” of the property.

The document, which out-
lines the proposal and a large
number of concessionary con-
ditions requested by the devel-

opers, was mysteriously
removed from the Internet on
Monday night — but not soon
enough to avoid a backlash
from concerned citizens.

"How many people know
about this? The only reason we
know about it now is because
it hit the Internet yesterday,"
said Sam Duncombe, president
of reEarth.

Future

Ms Duncombe complained
that if it agrees to projects like
this one, the government would
be "giving away" land that they
do not have the foresight to
realise may be required by
Bahamians in future years, and
without due public consultation.

Furthermore, if the proposal
is agreed to in its current form,
it would be acceding a huge
amount of influence to the
developer in the Eastern Grand
Bahama area, she said.

Though no agreement has yet
been signed, the document stat-

ed that Beka Development sub- -

mitted its "full investor pack-
age" to the government in ear-
ly December and "they (gov-

Venezuela signs deal to provide

cheap fuel for buses in London

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MAYOR Ken Livingstone
signed an agreement Tuesday
with Venezuela’s state-owned
oil company to provide dis-
counted oil for the city’s icon-
ic red buses, praising the idea
as the brainstorm of the coun-
try’s lefist leader, Hugo
Chavez, according to Associ-
ated Press,

Livingstone — a committed
socialist known locally as “Red
Ken” — met last year at City
Hall with Chavez to discuss the
deal to provide cheap oil to
London in exchange for advice
on urban planning in Caracas,
the Venezuelan capital.

Venezuela has signed similar
agreements with cities in sever-
al other countries, including the
United States. Analysts call it
“oil diplomacy” — and say it is
designed to embarrass U.S.
President George W. Bush, who
Chavez has repeatedly mocked.

“This arose out of the sug-
gestion of President Hugo
Chavez, and builds on the work

he is doing around the world to
tackle the problem of poverty,”
Livingstone said.

The savings — which would
cut fuel costs by 20 per cent for
the city and could amount to
about 16 million pounds (US$32
million) — are to be directed
toward cheaper bus travel for
up to 250,000 Londoners living
on income support. Those who
qualify will get a half-price dis-
count on bus fares.

Under the agreement, city
officials in Caracas will receive
recommendations from British
experts for “the urban reorgan-
isation” of chaotic Caracas,
Venezuelan Foreign Minister
Nicholas Maduro said in an
interview broadcast on state-
run television in Venezuela.

“The establishment of con-
sultancy offices for the London
mayor’s office in Caracas will
proceed in coming weeks, and
different projects that will ben-
efit the Venezuelan population
will be seen,” he said.

Conservatives on the city’s
council said in a statement that

a

London shouldn’t be doing
business with “third-rate South
American dictators with an
appalling human rights and
democratic record.”

“Why does London, one of
the richest capitals in the world,
need to exploit a developing
nation?” said Richard Barnes,
deputy leader of the London
Assembly Conservatives. “This
money would be better directed
at the poor of Venezuela.”

Livingstone, an advocate of
green policies, said the coun-
tries were merely exchanging
commodities — “something that
for them is relatively cheap but
for the other is vital and expen-
sive,” he said.

Venezuela is the world’s fifth-
largest oil exporter.

London spends about 10
million pounds (US$195 mil-
lion) a year on fuel for its fleet
of 8,000 buses. The saving grant-
ed by the new agreement is
equivalent to slightly less than 1
percent of the total cost of pro-
viding London’s bus services,
the mayor’s offic said.

ernment) would like to com-
plete all the approvals and
make a formal announcement
at least 30 days in advance" of a
May election.

Ms Duncombe's concern was
raised in particular by the state-
ment that the company con-
tracted to carry out an Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) of the project has
“expressed no concerns regard-
ing the project master plan."

Additionally, the document
states that one of the rights
which the "government is pre-
pared to enter into" includes
the developer's "right to expand

and change components of the -

project and partner in aspects
without reapplication to the
government."

Mrs Duncombe said that con-

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"The PLP talks about being
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-* : THE Bahamas national
~egrriculum for prevention of
“mother to child transmission
| (PMTCT) of HIV was
- Jaunched with a five-day
workshop that began on
Monday. The workshop was
’ organised by the Ministry of
Health’s HIV/AIDS Centre
and the Caribbean
HIV/AIDS Regional Train-
ing Network and was held at
the Super Club Breezes
Hotel on Cable Beach.
Bernard J Nottage, Minister
of Health and National
Insurance (at lectern), was
the keynote speaker.



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ucts and services. Fidelity is now inviting applications in Cayman
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The successful applicant will primarily be responsible for new busi-
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client & carrier relationships across a broad range of products &
services.

Bahamas National Trust has Submi

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The proposal targets the conservation and management of
important wetland, marine and terrestrial habitats. Five areas
have been recommended to protect important marine nursery
areas, some of the most dramatic dive sites in the world,
habitat for endangered species of iguanas, and the highest
diversity of nesting seabirds in the Bahamian archipelago.
Before any decisions are made on zoning or management of
the proposed areas, the BNT will undertake further consulation
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NBC anchor Tim Malloy paid
a visit to Grand Bahama to do a
story for his network on pot-
cake puppies and the problems
they face.

He paid a visit to the
Humane Society of Grand
Bahama where he got first-hand
footage of its furry residents, as
well as interviewing shelter
manager Tip Burroughs and
HSGB President Christopher
Johnson.

Mrs Burroughs is the founder
of “Operation Puppy Lift, ” a
programme of the Humane
Society of Grand Bahama,
which places potcake puppies
in animal shelters in the United
States. —

Operation Puppy Lift,
through Mrs Burroughs’ guid-

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ance, has placed hundreds of
potcake puppies in loving
homes that would otherwise
have faced an extremely uncer-
tain future in Grand Bahama.

Mrs Burroughs recently con-
ducted a spay and neuter clinic
in West End, Grand Bahama,
neutering hundreds of dogs and
thus preventing the birth of
thousands of puppies who
would have been born, merely
to suffer endlessly.

Earlier in the weekend Mr
Malloy toured Grand Bahama
Island with HSGB honorary
chairman, Frances Singer-Hay-
ward, getting footage of feral
potcakes as well as interview-
ing Ms Singer-Hayward and
animal behaviourist William
Grimmer.

Also on hand was potcake
film star Amigo ~- who returned
to Grand Bahama after a stint
abroad, spreading his message
of making the world a better
place for potcakes (and all chal-
lenged animals) by raising
awareness of their plight.

Mr Malloy is a star in the field
of television journalism and a
great favorite on WPTV, the
NBC affiliate.

His nightly newscast is viewed
by millions and has a far-reach-

‘ing range throughout South

Florida.
The HSGB hopes that Mr

Malloy’s piece will help raise

international awareness of the
severe problems facing the
Bahamian potcake population.



GOLD participants in the Governor-General's Youth Award programme received their



certificates at a Government House ceremony this month attended by Prince Edward, the Earl of
Wessex. The prince is chairman of the International Youth Award to which the GGYA is
affiliated. Pictured from left in front row are: Dr Davidson Hepburn, chairman of the GGYA

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 11

FROM left: Susan Malloy; Bill Grimmer; Tip Burrou

ston, HSGB President; Tim Malloy; and Frances Singer-Hayward.



ghs, HSGB shelter manager; Chris John-



national council; Prince Edward; Governor-General Arthur D Hanna and Robert Nihon, chairman
GGYA Board of Trustees. Second row (from left): Dennise Newton. Third row (from left): Denise
Mortimer, GGYA national executive director; Danielle Sweeting-Wilson; Travis Duncombe;

. Mandelia Morris; Alysia Moss; Rayshell Minus; Elindera Ferguson; Esmond Johnson; Onan Rolle;
Cassandra Nottage; Oson Mortimer. Fourth row (from left): Aisha Turnquest. Last row (from

@ HIGH Commissioner designate of Barbados John Williams presented his Letters of
Introduction to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell on Monday,



left): Deandra Smith; Hailey Evans; Blaine Butler; Donny Nesbitt; Lauren Williams; Avery
Lightbourne; Terez Albur; Max Wilchcombe; Robert Moncur; Teynarae Newbold; Dontae

Saunders and Jervaise Sawyer.



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Hugh Campbell highlights

New Zealand
heat Australia
by winning
series 3-0

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HAMILTON,
New Zealand
Associated Press

AUSTRALIA'S World
Cup preparation collapsed
into chaos Tuesday when
New Zealand scored 350 for
nine to win the third Chap-
pell-Hadlee limited-overs
cricket match by one wicket
and the series 3-0.

Matthew Hayden made
181 not out, the highest
score by an Australian bats-
man in one-day internation-
als, as Australia made 346
for five batting first. But
New Zealand lifted itself
from 41 for four to reach
the target with three balls
remaining.

Hayden batted for most
of his unbeaten innings with
a broken toe which added
him to a growing Australian
injury list ahead of the
World Cup which already
includes Brett Lee
(sprained ankle), Andrew
Symonds (torn bicep) and
Michael Clarke (injured
hip).

Hayden reached the
eighth-highest total by an
individual batsman in limit-
ed-overs internationals with
11 fours and 10 sixes. But
his effort was trumped by
Craig McMillan, who
scored a century from 67
balls, the fastest by a New
Zealander in one-day inter-
nationals.

_ Australia has now been
beaten twice by England in
the finals of its own tri-
series and three times by
New Zealand in the Chap-
pell-Hadlee series: by 10
wickets, five wickets and
one wicket Tuesday.

The 10-wicket loss was
the heaviest in Australia's
limited-overs history and
New Zealand's last two
wins involved two of the
four largest successful run
chases in one-day interna-
tionals, all of which Aus-
tralia has‘lost.

Australia lost to South
Africa in Johannesburg last
year after scoring 434 for
four — then the highest total
in the history of limited-
overs cricket — and have
since lost three times to
New Zealand after scoring
more than 330.

Australia made 336 for
four in Auckland on Sun-
day and lost by five wickets
with eight balls to spare,
lost in Christchurch last
year in a similar run chase
and were beaten Tuesday
after posting a third massive
total.

"I'm struggling with this
one, I thought Sunday was
pretty special," said New
Zealand captain Stephen
Fleming. "I'm speechless
really.

"To go through another
game like that and come
out on the right side ...
games like that, you win
one in a lifetime — for us to
win two in a row is unbe-
lievable. I'm not sure what
the cricket gods have decid-
ed about this team but I'm
pretty happy."

Michael Hussey is 0-4 as
Australian captain in the
absence of regular skipper
Ricky Ponting. "It's pretty
difficult and I feel pretty
demoralized really," said
Hussey. "I'll probably take
a little while to get over it.
It just goes to show we have
to execute when we are
under pressure. "

Hayden shared partner-
ships of 122 with Shane
Watson (68) for Australia's
first wicket, 88 with Brad
Haddin (38) for the second,
and other productive part-
nerships with Hussey, Brad
Hodge, Cameron White
and Adam Voges as Aus-
tralia scored at 6.92 runs per
over.

Their position seemed
impregnable, particularly
when New Zealand lost
Fleming for 9, Lou Vincent
for 11,-Ross Taylor for 11
and Scott Styris for 0 to
slump to 41-4 after 9.1
overs. But McMillan
smashed 117 runs from 96
balls, Peter Fulton made 51
and Brendon McCullum
steered New Zealand home
with a brilliantly-managed
innings of 96.

New Zealand white-
washed Australia in a limit-
ed-overs series for the first
time and increased Aus-
tralia's anxiety ahead of the
World Cup.

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PIV: FNM fast-tracked paedophile

Christie hits out
over granting of

permanent residency

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE FNM fast-tracked the
permanent residency of a per-
son who turned out to be a
paedophile, Prime Minister
Perry Christie disclosed last
night during a mass rally at
Pinewood Park.

The prime minister accused

: Mr Ingraham of being a hyp-

ocrite for saying that Anna
Nicole Smith was not a suit-
able person to be given resi-
dency status in the Bahamas
under any circumstances.

“Hubert Ingraham fast-
tracked the permanent resi-
dency and investment appli-
cation of a man who had a
well-known history of sexual
assaults against little boys,”
Mr Christie said.

The prime minister said that
this was an investment appli-

‘cation of some significance for

the former prime minister
who, knowing the history of
this man, approved his appli-
cation.

“Hubert ‘Alexander Ingra-
ham knew what a sex offend-
er of little boys the man was.

“As I speak you will know
that it has become important
for me to put in the public
domain something as serious
as this because there is no
doubt in:my mind that,
whatever one’s judgment is
of Shane Gibson, there is
no circumstance that would
make me jbelieve that he
should be in the position he

is in tonight,” the prime

minister said.

Mr Christie said that the
FNM welcomed the pae-
dophile and fast-tracked his

‘investment application in

the Bahamas.

“They allowed this repeat
sex offender to come and
go as he pleased. This is the
same Hubert Ingraham who

has the nerve to fix his --s

mouth and talk about
morality in high places.

“This is the same man
who has the gall to hold
himself up as an example of
a leader who safeguards the
Bahamas against persons of
bad character and reputa-
tion,” Mr Christie said.

The prime minister said
that no matter what could
be said about Anna Nicole
Smith, nothing she ever did
in life could have been
worse than a man who for
years was sexually assault-
ing little boys before being
welcomed into the
Bahamas. _

Mr Christie made a state-
ment that indicated that for
both parties the gloves have
come off and both will be
“unveiling” the other’s mis-
steps.

“On the radio on Sunday
evening I said that I have
adopted a policy of zero tol-
erance on the FNM’s
wicked lies and double stan-
dards. This PLP ain’ taking
this no more,” Mr Christie
said.

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prime minister

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

DURING Prime Minister
Perry Christie’s illness he asked
that former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham guide Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
and for her to take Mr Ingra-
ham’s advice.

“T willingly complied. It was
my national duty. During one
of my visits to the prime minis-
ter he inquired whether Mrs
Pratt had beerf in contact with
me. I assured him that she had.
He told me that he had insisted
that she consult with me
because I was the one person
he could trust to give her advice.

“Fair enough, I didn’t talk it.
Now he says that he can’t trust
me. Well, when it really count-
ed, he did trust me. You know
Mrs Pratt was complimented
for her performance as acting
prime minister.

“I take no credit. Some in her

SEE page three

sroup says local

Anglican Church
committed ‘to

unity in diversity’

& By ALEXANDRIO

. MORLEY :

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Rainbow Alliance of
the Bahamas says the local
Anglican Church is still com-
mitted to “unity in diversity”,
despite the fact that on Mon-
day the Anglican Communion
gave its Episcopal branch in the
United States less than eight
months to ban blessings of
same-sex unions or risk a
reduced role in the world’s
third-largest Christian denomi-
nation.

The directive, issued after a
five-day meeting of three dozen
top leaders of the Anglican
church in Dar es Salaam, Tan-
zania, constituted a severe
rebuke to the small, but affluent
American branch.

The decision comes after
years of debate within the
Anglican Communion over
whether and how to force the

SEE page nine



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‘Seize once

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A opportunity

on reform

ANYONE managing a busi-
ness or organisation knows
that it is extremely difficult to
find Suitably educated and pre-
pared Bahamians to fill the
many open positions.

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of steady and accelerating
growth, so the current short-
age of managerial, profession-
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only get worse.

This extremely serious prob-
lem is actually a very exciting
opportunity for the Bahamas.

It is an opportunity that may
never come again.

It is an opportunity that
must not be missed.

This opportunity is two-fold.

The first opportunity is to
restructure the education
establishment to meet the
needs of the economy. It must
be reorganised to prepare our
youth to fill the many jobs
being created in tourism,
finance, property development
and all the support services and
manufacturing jobs that will be
needed to support these main
sectors.

The investment necessary to
accomplish this should be of
the greatest priority for the
nation.

This must be an investment









of the funds and people nec-
essary to achieve the objective.
The Bahamas will never take -
its rightful place among nations
of the first world if this is not

done.
Deal

This restructuring should
also deal with the serious and
growing imbalance between
the quality and competence of
the female and male graduates
of the education system. It con-
tinues to get more difficult to
identify competent males to fill
open positions.

Affirmative action is need-

_ed to preyent the males of the

Bahamas from becoming a.

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permanent underclass.

The second opportunity is to
downsize the bloated public
sector without putting the pub-
lic servants displaced on to the
street. I’ know it is politically
difficult to reduce the size of
the public sector, including the
government-owned utilities,
but what better time to do so
than when the private sector
is creating jobs that cannot be
filled.

This convergence of circum-
stances may never arise again,
and if it does it may not be for
decades.

Will our children and grand-

children forgive us if we don’t
..seize this once in-a-lifetime
opportunity? I don’t-think so.

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GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL EDITION

___ MiamiHerald.com | THE MIAMI HERALD

Speculation swirls about Chrysler’s fate

BY MATT MOORE
Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany —
With DaimlerChrysler putting
all options on the table for its
struggling U.S. unit, the auto
industry is pondering the fate
of Chrysler and whether its
parent will jettison a brand
that critics say has dulled the
sheen of the legendary Merce-
des marquee.

Speculation about potential
partners, or even a buyer,
jumping in to use Chrysler’s
expansive parts and dealership
network to gain entry to the
U.S. market has ranged from a
tie-up with Nissan and
Renault to talk of a link with
Hyundai to a homegrown deal
with General Motors.

The possibilities have
driven DaimlerChrysler
shares up by 12 percent since
it first said it was mulling all
options for the Chrysler
Group. On Monday they
gained almost 4 percent more
to $73.88 in German trading,
their highest level since July

AIRLINES

. 2001.

DaimlerChrysler has kept
mum since announcing last
week that it had not ruled out
any options for Chrysler —
which, until a year ago, had
kept the world’s fifth-largest
automaker profitable amid
quality issues at the Mercedes
Car Group.

But a failure to discern U.S.
consumers’ changing tastes for
more fuel-efficient models
instead of light trucks led the
German-American automaker
to announce plans to eliminate
13,000 jobs in the United
States and Canada, or about
16 percent of its work force,
and shutter a plant in Dela-
ware in a bid to shave costs.

EARNINGS PLUMMET

DaimlerChrysler’s fourth-
quarter earnings plunged
40 percent on weaker demand
at the Chrysler unit, where
sales fell 7 percent.

Chrysler lost about $162.8
million in the fourth quarter
and had an operating loss of



HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AP

CATCHING UP: JetBlue is still reeling from a snowstorm
that forced hundreds of cancelled and delayed flights.

JetBlue finds some
calm after the storm

"© JETBLUE

amounts of rest before flying
again, and gave the airline the
time to get equipment to the
proper places. He said‘planes
were being repositioned on
Monday afternoon in order to
be ready to go on Tuesday
morning.

. While JetBlue was making
its own analysis, one travel
expert suggested the airline
had brought the crisis on itself
by trying to do the right thing
for its passengers despite.the
wintry weather threat.

“Most airlines don’t try to
operate when there is an ‘ice
storm problem — they’ve
learned that it’s better to can-
cel all flights at the outset and
then try to get back to normal
operations as quickly as pos-
sible,” David Stempler, presi-
‘dent of the Washington-
based, member-supported Air
Travelers Association, told
The Associated Press on
Monday.

On Monday morning,
Dawn Colonese, of New
Haven, Conn., arrived at JFK
with her husband and two
daughters — on their way,
they hoped, for a Florida
vacation.

Trying on Sunday to con-
firm the flight, Colonese said
she first got a recorded mes-
sage saying the system was
overloaded; then was discon-
nected. Finally she was able to
record a complaint, and an
apologetic airline representa-
tive returned her call five
hours later.

Even though the terminal

was orderly on Monday,

Colonese said that based on
what had happened, “I don’t
think I would fly with JetBlue
again.” ;

The crisis, which centered
around the popular cut-rate
airline’s New York hub, was

‘old news to some passengers

arriving from other cities.

“It’s not that big a deal,”
said Lily Gilbert, of Eugene,
Ore., who said her flight from
Portland to JFK was only
slightly delayed.

Some, like Sarah King, a
Connecticut resident return-
ing from Portland, said she
didn’t think the weeklong
debacle would hurt JetBlue in
the long run.

“I think they offer a unique
service. ... We'll definitely fly
them again,” King said while
waiting to leave the terminal,
from which reporters and TV
news crews had been banned
by JetBlue officials.

Apologies had been the
order of the day — the week,
in fact — for JetBlue.

JetBlue sent departing
flights out to anti-icing sta-
tions where they waited for
takeoff clearance,’ while
incoming flights parked at the
terminal and could not be
moved as the storm wors-
ened. :
That left the departing air-
craft, filled with passengers,
trapped — unable to return
and unable to take off — for
hours.

Stempler also said the fast
growth of some airlines, such
as JetBlue, can create
demands that are beyond
their capability, especially in
a crisis.

$1.46 billion for the year, com-
pared to a profit of $2 billion
in 2005.

Chairman Dieter Zetsche,
who brought Chrysler back
from the brink before taking
over the entire company at the
beginning of 2006, said last
week all possibilities were
open for the Auburn Hills,
Mich.-based unit.

“We do not exclude any
option in order to find the best
solution for both the Chrysler
Group and DaimlerChrysler,”
he said. f

EXAMINING ITS CHOICES

Amid the flurry of reports,
a spokeswoman in Stuttgart
reiterated that the company
was examining all of its
choices.

“All we have to say at this
point in time was what was
said last week,” Silke Walters
told The AP. '

How much the company
might ask for Chrysler is not
even certain, with estimates
ranging from $5 billion to

INTERNET TRADING

$13.7 billion, depending on fac-
tors that include pension lia-
bilities, health care obligations
and fair value for plants and
material,

In contrast, Daimler-Benz
paid $36 billion for the U.S.
icon in 1998.

The Times of London

’ reported on its website Mon-

day that U.S. investment bank
JPMorgan Chase would start a
$13.7 billion auction for Chrys-
ler and planned to send out
memorandums to likely suit-
ors...

The paper, which cited no
sources, also reported that
several interested bidders had
already started due diligence
on Chrysler in the weeks
ahead of DaimlerChrysler’s
Feb. 14 announcement.

The Wall Street Journal,
meanwhile, reported that
DaimlerChrysler was moving
ahead with plans to sell or spin
off Chrysler, citing two
sources it did not identify.

The Journal said several
large car makers from the U.S.,

E-Trade lets people
buy, sell stock on
global exchanges

*E-TRADE

rencies. '

The ability to keep the
commission low is because
E-Trade already has opera-
tions set up in 15 countries
where customers have access
to both local and U.S. stocks.

This international network
means E-Trade doesn’t have
to pay a third-party to execute
transactions because it is
already doing so as a licensed
broker in these countries.

The E-Trade commission

..for cross-border transactions

is higher than what U.S.
online brokers charge fo
domestic trades.

PRICE WAR

There has been a major
price war in the past few
years among discount broker-
ages and banks that offer
online trading.

Wells Fargo announced
earlier this month it will offer
up to 100 free online trades a
year to customers with at
least $25,000 in balances at
the bank. .

Most of the online broker-
ages charge under $13 for
most trades.

“Schwab and Ameritrade
pulled back their interna-
tional efforts since the
(dot-com) bubble burst, so it
really is E-Trade being domi-
nant in that space,” said Rich-
ard Repetto, an analyst with
Sandler O’Neill & Partners.

“Tm not sure if it trans-
forms the business, but it
helps them.”

NOT RESTRICTED

Until now, most average
investors were pretty much
restricted to owning mutual
funds or electronically traded
funds — commonly known as

SATELITTE RADIO

ETFs — with stocks from a
particular market.

Most retail investors have
shied away from owning for-
eign stocks because there isn’t
as much research available to
them, while funds tend to
spread the risk.

There’s a growing consen-
sus on Wall Street that inves-

tors should diversify over-.

seas, appropriating 25 percent
of their portfolio to foreign
investments.

More and more Americans
are sinking cash into mutual

funds outside the U.S., where..

last year saw broad advances.
_ For example, funds. that.
tracked jthe Asia-Pacific
region — excluding Japan —
had a 29.61 percent return last
year, according to Lipper.

Latin American funds
jumped 43.73 percent, while
those tracking China returned
a staggering 61.51 percent in
2006.

TIMING IS RIGHT

Lilien believes the timing is
now right where investors are
becoming more interested in
buying stocks outside of the
United States.

E-Trade tinkered with the
idea of offering cross-border
training off and on since 1999,
he said.

However, the demand just
wasn’t there after the dot-com
bubble burst in 2001.

Wall Street meandered
before steadily moving higher
in the past four years.

“It was only a matter of
time when the U.S. investor
became interested and ready
for global stock trading,” Lil-
ien said.

“International is a funda-
mental part of everyone’s
portfolio, and I don’t think
that’s going to change.”

Rivals XM and Sirius
agree to merge

*RADIO

That would value XM
shares at $17.02 each, based on
Friday’s closing prices, repre-
senting a premium of 22 per-
cent from XM’s closing value
of $13.98 Friday. Markets were
closed Monday for the Presi-
dents’ Day holiday.

The companies didn’t say
what the new company would
be called, though they
described it as a merger of
equals. The new company’s
board will have 12 members,
including Parsons, Karmazin,
four independent directors
named by each company, and
one representative each from
General Motors and Honda.

News of a possible merger
was reported earlier Monday
by the New York Post.

On Friday, a Bear Stearns
analyst said in a research note
that a merger would have a
good chance of overcoming
regulatory obstacles.

Other analysts remain less

sure. Sanford C. Bernstein ©

analyst Craig Moffett said he
gives the deal a “50-50”

chance of passing regulatory |

muster.

Moffett said the deal could
have a particularly tough time
getting through the FCC, and
is likely to opposed by the
National Association of
Broadcasters, a lobbying
group that includes radio
broadcasters. Moffett said it
was “anyone’s guess” as to
whether the FCC would
change its rule barring a con-
solidation of the two satellite
radio companies.

Europe and Asia_ had
approached the company, but
did not name them.

Hyundai Motor, the world’s
sixth-largest automaker, said it
was not among those. “We are
not considering to buy Chrys-
ler because our hands are full,”
Hyundai spokesman Jake Jang
said. «Om

NO COMMENT

Others have declined to
comment, including France’s
PSA Peugeot-Citroen and
Renault and Italy’s Fiat.

Yves Milliere, who follows
the French auto industry for
London-based Global Insight,
said a tie-up with Renault
might make sense, at least for
the French automaker.

“I would keep options open
when. it comes to Renault,” he
said, adding that the Chief
Executive Carlos Ghosn, who
also oversees Japan’s Nissan,
could use Chrysler as a way to
enter the U.S. market and
introduce its models there
using Chrysler’s manufactur-





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BUSINESS

ing and sales networks.

“There are some synergies
there,” Milliere said. __

Renault did not comment
when called.

German automakers Volks-
wagen, Europe’s largest, and
BMW, already sell in the U.S.

Stephen B. Cheetham,
European auto analyst for San-
ford Bernstein in London, said
Ford and General Motors
could be interested, but given
their own precarious financial
states, would be unlikely to
convince shareholders in favor
of such a deal.

“(We) see significant syner-
gies with Ford, but its new
CEO probably prefers a solo
turnaround — at least thus
far,” he said. “GM is unlikely
to be interested, while vehicle
designs and U.S. market
access are attractive to an
Asian buyer — but its union-
ized cost base is not.”

GM and Chrysler officials
would not comment Friday on
a report by Automotive News
that they were in talks.



BRIEFS

JOERG KOCH/AFP-GETTY IMAGES ©

ROUGH QUARTER: Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz said costs
rose by almost half in the fourth-quarter period,
causing Puma’s net income to-drop to $43 million.

Puma’s 4Q profit

decreases by 26 percent

From Herald Wire Services thea
Puma, Europe’s second-largest sporting-goods maker, sai
fourth-quarter profit fell 26 percent as the company spent
more money to design new shoes and clothes.
Net income dropped to $43 million, the company said on
Monday ina statement distributed at a media briefing in

Nuremberg, Germany. |

That missed the estimate of seven analysts surveyed by
Bloomberg. Sales increased 38 percent.

Costs rose by almost half in the period and profitability .
waned as Puma, which opened its third New York store in
October, increased investment in its brand.

The company plans to introduce goods in 2007 such as a
range inspired by tennis players of the 1970s to compete with

larger rivals Adidas and Nike (NKE) in a year without high-

profile events such as soccer’s World Cup.

The company forecast record sales and profit for this year.
Puma, known for its leaping-cat logo, had said fourth-quarter
profit would drop because of increased spending.

e AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS TURNAROUND
PLAN BEING DELAYED

Airbus said that its long-
awaited restructuring plan,
designed to make up for
costly production setbacks,
has itself been delayed.

The European aircraft
maker called off a works
council meeting and news
conference at which the
“Power8” turnaround strat-
egy was to have been
unveiled today, after French
and German shareholders of
parent company EADS
failed to agree on where to
build the A350 XWB—a
planned rival to Boeing’s
(BA) mid-sized 787.

A European Aeronau-
tic Defence and Space
board meetirig ended late
Sunday without agreement
on the “cross-national shar-
ing the industrial workload
related to the A350 XWB,”
the Franco-German defense
group said on Monday ina
statement.

In a sign of renewed ten-
sions within EADS, French
co-CEO Louis Gallois —
who also heads Airbus —
defended his restructuring
plan in a separate statement
issued by the Toulouse,
France-based aircraft maker.

“I made proposals which
I deem balanced, both from
an industrial and a techno-
logical point of view, and
which serve our objective of
economic competitiveness,”
Gallois said.



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~ UNIVISION EXECS
TO STAY WITH FIRM

Univision’s (UVN) four
top executives will remain
with the company’s new
owners and net 10 percent
salary raises, according to

documents filed with federal ~

regulators.

Ray Rodriguez, president
and chief operating officer;
Andrew Hobson, senior
executive vice president &
chief financial and strategic
officer; Robert Cahill, vice
chairman & corporate secre-
tary; and Douglas Kran-

winkle, executive vice presi- .

dent and general counsel,
have all extended their
employment contracts until
Dec. 31, 2009, according to
the company’s annual report
filed earlier this month.

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FORD’S BUYOUT
DEADLINE PASSES

Monday marked the final
day that white-collar Ford
(F) workers could accept
buyout or early retirement
offers as the ailing company
looks to cut costs.

Ford, which reported a
$12.7 billion loss for 2006, is
hoping that 10,000 salaried
employees accept the offers

_ after 4,000 left the company
last year. The goal of trim-
ming 14,000 salaried work-
ers represents about 36 per-
cent of the automaker’s
white-collar work force.

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THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 5B



E-commerce needs
bank Clearing House

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

r I No fully take advantage of
the Bahamas’ e- com-
merce legislation, the

proposed Automated Clearing
House (ACH), which would give
banks the ability to communicate
electronically with each other,



merce’s executive director said
yesterday.

Responding to a Tribune Busi-
ness article regarding the appoint-
ment of a Data Protection Com-
missioner by the Ministry of
Finance, Philip Simon said the
move was certainly an important
step in the enforcement of the
Data Protection Act, which up
till now had not been imple-
mented.

However, he added that a
more important issue was the

sites.

FROM page 1B

ously described the existing Securities
Industry Act as “woefully inadequate” to
The Tribune.

Mr Deveaux said of the amendments’
importance: “It’s extremely important if
you want to have transparent, efficient
markets. That’s what we’re trying to look
at, not only in the primary market but the
secondary market.

“It is extremely important to ensure
there is no erosion of investor confidence
in the market. What we want to do in this
legislation is to be able to give the Com-
mission teeth to enforce the provisions in
the law.”

The Securities Commission head said
the Act amendments would also focus on

Rum Cay developer eyeing

inability of Bahamian commer-
cial banks to communicate with |
each other through an ACH sys-
tem. If this system were in place,
Mr Simon said, it would enable
online purchases to be approved
in the Bahamas. Currently, most
online purchases have to involve
an offshore credit card. ,
Mr Simon acknowledged the
efforts of the Clearing Banks
Association to get the technology
up and running as soon as possi-
ble, and noted that a number of
Bahamas-based companies were
moving away from just having an
information web presence,
adding a sales component to their

Felix Stubbs, head of IBM
(Bahamas), said the appointment
of the Data Protection Commis-
sioner opened the door for the
Bahamas to fully implement its
e-commerce legislation package,
and regain some of the compet-
itive edge that other jurisdiction
have gained.

One of the biggest challenges

Securities Act draft will be
released at Q1 2007 end

gy, Mr Stubbs said.

tion.”

educating the investing public, recalling
an incident where Bahamians had queued
up to buy shares in an unregistered public
offering simply because they were priced
cheaply. ’

Minority shareholder protection has
been a major concern in the Bahamian
capital markets, given that most BISX-
listed companies are controlled by either
one majority shareholder or a group of
close-knit shareholders.

One issue to rear its.head recently has
been the issue of whether minority
investors should be offered the same terms
as the majority shareholder, when the lat-
ter sells its stake to anothe party.

This happened when Winn-Dixie sold its
78 per cent stake in Bahamas Supermar-
kets to BSL Holdings for $54 million, and
will happen again when Mirant disposes of
its 55 per cent stake in Grand Bahama

will be ensuring the Bahamas
has a sufficient skill base and
labour pool to use the technolo-

He added that the post now
filled by E George Rodgers was
very welcome, although it should
have happened long ago.

While the delay in the appoint-
ment means the Bahamas has
lost ground in emerging as an e-
commerce jurisdiction, Mr Stubbs
remained optimistic it can over-
come this. “We can definitely
overcome this, it depends on how
we market ourselves,” he said.
“It [the appointment] sends a
strong message to the world that
we are serious about this legisla-

Mr Stubbs said he felt there
were four areas regarding e-com-
merce that needed to be
addressed by the Bahamas: build-
ing confidence, strengthening
infrastructure along with the pri-
vatistaion of BTC, making'sure
the country is aware of global
standards and, most important-

NOTICE

HILL STREET INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

Notice is given hereby in accordance with Section
- 138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of HILL STREET
INVESTMENTS LIMITED has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Registrar.

ly, having a strong skills base

Addressing the task before the
Data Protection Commissioner,
Mr Stubbs said he expected Mr
Rodgers to not have too many
challenges.

“I think the biggest challenge
will come for multinational com-
panies who will be interested in
the requirements of the Bahamas
for their companies,” he added.

The appointment of Mr
Rodgers, a former managing
director of the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank, took more than
four years to be announced,
which means much business will
have gone elsewhere.

Mr Rodgers’ will take office
on April 2, 2007, and this will
allow the country to implement
the final act of the e-commerce
legislation package - The Data
Protection and Privacy of Person
Act. That act will join the Com-
puter Misuse Act and the Elec-
tronic Communications and
Transaction Act, both of which
have already been enacted.

Shameka Fernander
Liquidator

P.O. Box EE 15687
‘'Nassau,Bahamas
PH: 394-HELP (4357)

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was when the then-Colina Insurance Com-
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interest in Global Bahamas in 2002.

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that regulates these events, and a Code.
governing public company acquisitions.
One rule is that when one investor
acquires 30 per cent of a public company,
he is compelled to make an offer for the
semainder of the firm to all other share-
holders.

Intthe Bahamas, a separate issue was
also faised by CIBC’s 2002 rights offering
to acquire Barclays and create First-
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additional information, and
referred The Tribune to Mr
Mittens’ attorney, Luther
McDonald at Alexiou,
Knowles & Co.
. The Montana Holdings pro-
ject is likely to complement the
existing Club Med resort on
San Salvador, attracting a dif-
ferent client base - boaters,
yachts, US and English-speak-
ing tourists - as opposed to the
all-inclusive concept of Club
Med, which caters largely to
Europeans.

San Salvador’s basic infra-
structure is also good, the air-
port accommodating direct
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Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby given that the
above-named Company has been dissolved and struck off the
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Europe.

Capella Hotels & Resorts
was founded by Horst Schulze,
former president, chief oper-
ating officer and vice-chairman
of Ritz-Carlton,’ targeting the
top reaches of luxury travel
above the five-star brands.

It has resorts in Ireland,
Austria, Germany, Mexico,
Singapore and the US, and is
said to charge room rates up
to $1400 per night. This means
that Capella is positioned well
to produce good profit mar-
gins despite the relatively high
operating cost environment in
the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, another pur-
ported $4 billion resort project
proposed for Rum Cay has
bene met with scepticism by
the business community, even

though it has submitted an
application for approval to the

Government.

island.

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Frederic Bernstein, the pro-
ject’s chief executive, said the
development would create jobs
for 5,000 Bahamians and take
up 2,000 acres, with water
canals running through the
property, in addition to a 400- -
slip marina. A casino, golf
course, spa, Straw Market and
retail village are also planned.

Given that Rum Cay’s pop-
ulation currently numbers just
80-90, and that all the labour
force is employed on the Mon-
tana Holdings project, the need
for another development on
the island is questionable,
especially as Mr Bernstein’s
plans seem to large for the

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Caribbean II and III, which
were filmed at the Bahamas
Film Studios, could see
employee numbers “be multi-
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Investor

Mr Bethel said he and the
investor group were aware that
the Bahamas Film Studios’
water tank made the facility
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or tank-based scenes to be
shot.

Yet such productions “are
not everyday occurrences”,
which was why Mr Bethel and
his group were making con-
struction of the planned sound
stages their priority once the
acquisition was completed and
formally approved by the Gov-
ernment.

He explained that the sound
stages would provide “added
value to productions at the
Film Studios”, adding: “Having
the sound stage will enhance
the broader appeal of the Stu-
dios in general. Other scenes
can be created on set and pro-
duced on the sound stages”,
with some productions solely
using this amenity.

“What we would like to pro-
mote and see is the use of the
sound stages for TV series, as
opposed to one-off events,” Mr
Bethel said.

“We’re aware there are

issues surrounding the activa-
tion of the water tank itself, so
we need to bring in a technical
team to see it is fully opera-
tional and clean before any
productions can b done there.”

Mr Bethel said he and his
investor group were looking to
work with both the College of
the Bahamas (COB) and the
Bahamas Technical and Voca-
tional Institute (BTVI) “for
training of Bahamians in the
various skills, whether it be in
production, set creation, the
sewing seamstresses that need
to be available for various

functions, and mechanical

operators”.
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The investors will also work
closely with the Ministry of
Tourism and Bahamas Film
Commission to promote both
the Bahamas Film Studios and
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ferred location for film pro-
duction”.

Mr Bethel added that while
the Bahamas Film Studios
could be viewed as a new
industry, providing some eco-
nomic diversification, it could
also be viewed as a component

' of tourism through the tourists

and production workers it
attracted to Grand Bahama. _

The planned hotel and
theme park concepts were like-
ly to attract tourists, Mr Bethel
pointed out.

The definitive agreement for
the sale of the Bahamas Film
Studios is “still being negoti-
ated, and subject to approval
by the Government”.

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Mr Bethel and his group
have submitted the relevant
proposals and documents to
the Government, but the antic-
ipated completion date for the
purchase, February 28, 2007,
was likely to be “extended giv-
en the need for government
review and approval”.

Group

Mr Bethel and his group are
understood to have paid $14
million to acquire the rights to
develop the Bahamas Film
Studios from Gold Rock Creek
Enterprises and its ultimate
Bermuda-based parent, Ash-
by Corporation.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SHEINA JOSEPH OF |.
CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,

for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of FEBRUARY, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.



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School, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Freeport, and
St. Andrew’s School, Exuma.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 7B..



AirTran pressuring Midwest to



set date for its annual meeting

@ By EMILY FREDRIX
AP Business Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dis-
count airline AirTran Airways
is pressuring Midwest Airlines
to set a date for its annual
meeting so AirTran can explain
to shareholders why it wants to
take over the regional airline.

AirTran CEO Joe Leonard
urged Midwest’s board of direc-
tors in a letter Monday to meet

no later than April 26, Leonard _.

said shareholders deserve to
hear the offer and blasted what
he called Midwest’s “campaign
of misinformation” designed to
get shareholders to reject
Orlando-based AirTran’s offer
of $345 million in cash and
stock for the airline.

AirTran also has plans to
nominate three new members
to Midwest’s board at the meet-
ing.
In the letter, Leonard
described Midwest’s claims that
the merger would result in job

FROM page 1B

“to be the master developer of
the entire east end of the

island........ an area exceeding °

100 square miles”, with a
development slated to include
a 400-room hotel, casino, con-
vention centre and $28 million
marina.

A document written by its
real estate partner, Infinity
Partners...said. Beka and Fox-

woods. Development Company .

had already signed a Letter of
hrtefit'over the ¢asino, agreé-
ing fee structures and the lat-
ter’s “equity participation”.
Beka had also supplied Fox-
woods with branding, operat-
ing and management agree-

_ ments.

On the hotel front, Beka
“has a confirming letter from
Omni.Hotels to jointly own a
400-room Omni Hotel and
convention centre. Omni is
prepared to invest $20 million-
plus into the project”.

“A leading South Florida
marina developer, who is
financially backed by Dillon
Read, has offered to purchase
the marina site for $28 million
and invest an additional $80

million,” the document said.

The Infinity Partners post-
ing said one condition that
Beka had to fulfil to obtain the
master casino licence was a

“willingness to purchase gov- .

ernment Crown Land at the
Golden Beach site for a mini-
mum of $5 million ($2,800 per
acre)”.

The document’s revelations
are likely to revive concerns
that the pace of development
and foreign direct investment
into the Bahamas is currently
too fast, outpacing the capaci-
ty of this nation’s public ser-
vice, workforce and infra-
structure to control and sup-
port the number of projects
either underway or in the
pipeline.

The details on Crown Land
are also likely to fuel concerns
that too much Bahamian land
is being conveyed to foreign
developers, and raises ques-
tions about how Bahamians
can prepare to participate and
capture the benefits from such
projects without knowing
about them.

Mr Smith told The Tribune

“that the Bahamas should “cre-

ate jobs we can handle”,
implicitly agreeing with con-
cerns that the Bahamian work-
force cannot cope with the
number of investment projects
coming out of the Government
pipeline, and that this nation
lacks the capacity to sustain
current development levels.
He pointed to the numerous
Mexican workers hired by pro-
jects such as Bimini Bay
Resort & Casino and Atlantis
as evidence that much of the
benefits from the Governmen-
t’s anchor project strategy were
not filtering down to Bahami-
ans, but instead largely leav-
ing the Bahamas when these
foreign workers remitted their



losses and less service to its
hubs in Milwaukee and Kansas
City as unfounded.

_ Midwest’s board of directors
had not yet received the letter
but would respond soon,
spokeswoman Carol Skornicka
said Tuesday. She said it was
not clear when the board would
set a meeting date.

AirTran, whose offer to
acquire Midwest expires March
8, has been trying to commu-
nicate directly with Midwest
shareholders since the compa-
ny’s board rejected its offers in
December and late January.
Midwest’s board of directors
recommended shareholders

‘reject the offer, calling it “inad-

equate” and saying the compa-
ny can operate better on its
own.

On Friday, a New York court
rejected AirTran’s request for
Midwest’s-shareholder list.

AirTran New York, LLC, a
subsidiary of AirTran Holdings
Inc., had sued Midwest Air

salaries back home.

Instead, Mr Smith said the
Bahamas needed to focus on
protecting its environment,
marine and coastal resources,
and enhancing the quality of
life for its citizens.

He added that the Bahamas
needed to follow Florida’s
lead, and ensure investors com-
ing into this nation ‘bought-in”
by providing new hospitals and
schools.

“If we keep giving away
Crown Land, Stamp Duties
and Customs Dutiés in thésé

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Group, Inc..to get the list, say-
ing Midwest’s refusal to release
its shareholder names violates
New York state law.

But Justice Helen E. Freed-
man denied AirTran’s request
in Manhattan’s state Supreme
Court on Friday. She said in a
decision that Midwest does not
do business in New York so the
company is not subject to New
York regulation.

“We are pleased that Air-
Tran’s efforts to obtain our
shareholder list under New
York law have failed,” Midwest
spokeswoman Carol Skornicka
said in a news release on Tues-
day.

She noted that AirTran,

which has been trying to take

over the regional airline for
months, still can communicate
to shareholders. The company
mails out AirTran’s offers and
other communications directly
to shareholders; it’s just not
interested in sharing the list,
she said.

projects, how are we going to
educate and train our people
to take over in due course,”
Mr Smith asked.

“We should look at steady,
sustainable long-term growth
where we reap the benefits,
rather than these fast-paced
developments which don’t reap
the rewards for our future.

“These are the worst kinds
of projects we could have in
the Bahamas. How many of
these deals are Bahamian-
owned and have Bahamian

participation? We cannot keep:

fs

NOTICE is hereby given that ARMONY JEAN-BAPTISTE OF
3RD STREET, GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written

and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 21ST day of FEBRUARY, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



‘NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MIRLANDE PETIT-DE OF
GRANT ST., FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight”
days from the 14th day of February, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KENOLD CIVILMA OF
BAHAMA AVENUE, P.O.BOX N-7499, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of FEBRUARY, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

q

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
. ACT,2000
(No.45 of 2000)

CHINA LIGHT LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,2000, No. 45
of 2000, CHINA LIGHT LTD. commenced Dissolution on
the 5th day of February, A.D., 2007.

Mr. Bernard Ferguson, Nassau Bahamas has been appointed
the sole Liquidator of the Company.

Mr. Bernard Ferguson

Liquidator



Tad Hutcheson, vice presi-
dent of marketing for the
Orlando-based AirTran, said
the court’s decision was a tech-
nicality.

He said AirTran will appeal
and eventually get Midwest’s
list.

“Tt makes no sense to us that
Midwest is trying to hide an

_advantageous offer from their

shareholders,” Hutcheson said.
AirTran disclosed in mid-
December that it had first bid

‘$11.25 per share on October 20

for Midwest Air Group, but
Midwest turned down the $290
million offer on December 6.
AirTran then upped the ante
last month; offering sharehold-
ers $13.25 a share in cash and
stock.

AirTran shares rose 4 cents
to $11.47 in afternoon trading
Tuesday on the New York
Stock Exchange.

Shares of Midwest rose 14
cents to $13.80 on the Ameri-
can Stock Exchange.

Mega Grand Bahama development ‘will be another Guana Cay’

on creating opportunities for
others to exploit our
resources.”

Mr Smith added: “We have
to slow down, take stock of our
resources and develop them

for our own future. I don’t

encourage these anchor pro-
jects. I think they are bad for
the Bahamas. ¥

“The bulk of the profits,
some 90 per cent, goes abroad,
and there’s no reason why
entrepreneurial Bahamians
can’t participate in and create
these projects.” °











NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that EDLIN CHARLES OF #46
BURIAL GROUND CORNER, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and |
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The |:
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why }-
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within |
twenty-eight days from the 14TH day of FEBRUARY, 2007 '
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, :
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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defend their Hugh
Campbell title yesterday,
things didn’t quite to
according to plan.

The Rattlers, who were
expected to play the
Aquinas Aces, were left
standing on the court,
trying to keep warm,
when they found out that
the Aces had decided to
forfeit the game.

The forfeited game
didn’t sit too well with
head coach Kevin John-
son, who wanted to use
this game to rid his team
of tournament jitters.

He said: “Well I really
wanted to play, I wanted
the guys to step out there
SO we can see where we
are at, but the team did-
n’t show up so we have
to move on.

“We will continue
practising, we have a
game on Thursday at
7pm, so we can only try
to continue and get bet-
ter from our practices.”

The Rattlers, who are
no strangers to the tour-
nament’s winning brack-
ets will have to await the
winner of the GHS Mag-
ics and the St John’s
Giants game.

The Rattlers have
already defeated the
Magics in the regular
season of the Govern-
ment Secondary School
Sporting Association
(GSSSA) league, but will
walk into new territory
with the Giants.

According to Johnson,
the match-up with any
team wouldn’t worry the
team — and preparation
and conditioning will
prevail if the game is
close. - .

He said: “It really
doesn’t matter who we
play, may the best team
win out of them. Whoevy-
er wins we will be pre-
pared to play them. I

ty decent teams so we
have to be ready to
play.”

Johnson admitted that
the Rattlers know that
they are the team to
beat, and that all the oth-
er schools will be coming
after them with all their
guns loaded.

But a confident John-
son said his team is up to
any challenge and the
position his team is sit-
ting in pool wise is work-
ing out in any team’s
favour.

He added: “I think we
are beatable, but you

" put fair to the hearts of
your opponents.

“When you are defend-
ing champions there is
always a target on your
back so we have to pre-
pared, take on game at a
time and hopefully these
guys will be mentally
tough and ready to play.

“I think that all the
pools are pretty much
balanced, I feel strongly
about teams coming to
play hard all the time. If
you slunk any time you _
can be beaten, so every
team needs to stay men-
tally tough and focused —
hopefully when you do
that you give yourself a
chance to win.’

The Rattlers are in
Pool I with Catholic
High, St John’s College,
and Bishop Michael
Eldon.

Knights bounce hack
to extinguish Flames



# CR WALKER’S Nashad Butler goes up strong against Church of God’s Niko Barr. Church of God put up a fight in the first ~
half but CR Walker proved to be to much in the second - winning 67-42.

(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff)

INVITATIONAL

a BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Sports Reporter _~



THE CR Walker Knights got
an early tournament scare yester-
day from the Church of God
Flames.

The Flames, who are playing in
their first Hugh Campbell Invita-
tional, opened up the biggest bas-
ketball tournament for senior
boys in the country with a big first
half.

But the experienced Knights
weren’t about to let the newcom-
ers hand them their first loss, and
bounced back to take the game -
67-42.

The Flames came out scorch-
ing, opening the game with a
three point lead. This frustrated
the Knights’ head coach Trevor
Grant, and in seconds the irritat-
ed coach turned to his bench for
help.

Grant brought in Trevon Jones
to rescue the team.

Jones’ appearance on the court
made a huge difference in the
Knights’ offence.

The Knights, who were afraid
to attack the basket, were now
penetrating deep into the Flames’
defence.

Grant said: “The guys were
very flat coming out because we
didn’t have a sufficient amount of
time to warm up, after hearing
that the first game was lost by the
fault.

“T had to do a lot of shuffling to
get these guys comfortable before
the game got out of hand. This
team came out with vengeance,

ie “they wanted to beat us.”

By the two minute marker in
the first quarter, the Knights had
captured the lead and were look-
ing to close the quarter with a
bang.

After a successful lay-up, the
team applied their full court press
which resulted in three turnovers.

Even though the press was
working in the Knights’ favour,
the missed lay-ups were sending
Grant wild.

He said: “We just have to work
on our press, we have some more
kinks to iron out and the pressure
will be sharp going down the wire.

“T don’t have to work on the
guards and how they handle the
ball, that is something they will
have to work on. I know what
they are capable of doing, they
just have to go out there and
build their confidence. We have
some of the best guards in this
conference right now. They will
have to get out there and build
their confidence. If you look at us
right now, the fellows weren’t
really shooting the ball they were
just laying it up. They adjusted to
the team they played and I told
them they shouldn’t be domly
that.”

Taking control of the Knights’
offence was Nashad Butler with
15 points, with Batchelette
LaFluer chipping in with 10
points.

It was a one man game on the
Flames’ end with Bernard
Bonamy taking charge.

Bonamy, who scored a game
high 23 points said: “Some of the
guys were nervous, but I wasn’t
even though this was my first time
playing in the Hugh Campbell, so
they weren't used to the system.

“So we are going to talk it over
and we are going to come back
and win our second game hands
down.”

Although this is the Flames’
first tournament, Bonamy
revealed that his team
was preparing hard for the
event.

The Flames, who took part in a
mini tournament in Canada, will
play again on Thursday.



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for

inheritance planning in region

iggs & John-

son, the

Bahamian law

firm, has been

selected Best
in Inheritance & Succession
Planning (Caribbean) by the
2007 Private Banking Survey
conducted by Euromoney
Magazine, a premier business |
magazine for the global finan-
‘cial community.

The publication’s annual sur-
vey of the wealth management
industry, now in its fifth year,
feflects the responses of 558
global private banks and
wealth managers, and ranks
994 institutions in 55 countries
by the quality and quantity of
services offered.

The survey, which is read by .

over 100,000 people world-
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petitor perceptions of the best
performers in over 60 client
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The highest ranked firms are
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providers in their respective
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tise. Higgs & Johnson is the
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“It is a great honour for our
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. report-
ed on Tuesday a better-than-
expected 9.8 per cent increase
in fourth-quarter profits,
helped by new strategy and
cost-control measures at its
flagship US stores division.

But the world’s largest retail-
er still faces the challenge of
reinvigorating sales at its US
stores amid fierce competition,
analysts said. ©

“They’re getting some trac-
tion, but they’ve still got a lot
of work to do,” said Stephanie
Hoff, senior retail analyst at
Edward Jones.

Profits

While profits and total sales
were up around 10 per cent
each, Hoff noted that sales at
stores open at least one year, a
key measure of retail perfor-
mance, only grew 1.3 per cent
in the fourth quarter after
annual rates well over five per
cent early this decade.

Wal-Mart forecast same-
store sales growth between one
and three per cent in the cur-
rent quarter.

“Those numbers will have to
get stronger and be at the three
per cent end of the (forecast)
range for investors to be will-
ing to pay a higher premium
for the stock,” Hoff said.

Wal-Mart said profit for the

eriod ending January 31 was

3.94 billion, or 95 cents per
share, up from $3.59 billion, or
87 cents, from one year prior.
Even without a $98 million tax
benefit worth two cents per
share, Wal-Mart’s earnings
beat the 90 cents per share
forecast by analysts surveyed
by Thomson Financial.

The company had fourth-
quarter sales of $98.09 billion,
up 10.9 per cent from a year
before but below the $99.95
billion forecast by analysts.

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Wal-Mart said it expects per-
share earnings of between 68
cents and 71 cents in the first
quarter and between $3.15 and
$3.23 for the fiscal year 2008.
Analysts surveyed by Thom-
son Financial were forecasting
68 cents for the first quarter
and $3.19 for the year ahead.

Chief Executive Lee Scott
singled out Eduardo Castro-
Wright, president of Wal-
Mart’s US stores division, for
his initiatives in strategy and
in cutting costs for labour and
inventory in Wal-Mart’s largest
business. The US stores
account for nearly 70 per cent
of total group sales, followed
by Wal-Mart International and
Sam’s Club membership ware-
houses.

Scott praised. the strategy
launched last year by Castro-

Wright, who has returned Wal- -

Mart to deep discounts on
items like electronics and hol-
iday toys after a brief foray
into trendier merchandise. At
the same time, Castro-Wright
has started a three-year effort
to tailor stores more closely to
local demographics.

“I believe in the strategic
plan that is guiding our US
stores,” Scott said in a record-
ed conference call for
investors.

Castro-Wright also spear-
headed inventory reduction
and cost cutting last year,

allowing U.S. store operating
profits to grow 11.3 per cent
in the fourth quarter, ahead of
sales growth of 6.7 per cent.

Those cost controls include a
new scheduling system that
matches staffing more closely
to peak shopping hours, a deci-
sion to close layaway depart-
ments late last year anda

reduction in the size of.

accounting offices at each
store.

Critics

Critics have charged that the
new scheduling system cuts
hours for individual workers
and requires too much flexi-
bility from its employees.
Detractors like WakeUpWal-
mart.com maintain that the
company’s decision to elimi-
nate layaway programs hurts
low-income shoppers by deny-
ing them the chance to buy an
expensive item over time.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is
achieving its goal of growing
inventory at half the rate of
sales. That has helped return
on investment, a key metric

help boost 4Q results by 9.8 per cent

that drives stock price, which
rose at Wal-Mart’s US stores.

Merrill Lynch analyst Vir-_
ginia Genereux said the cost-
cutting measures would con-
tinue to help Wal-Mart’s
results this year.

“If apparel and home (same-
store sales) materially improve
this year, the stock should
respond well,” Genereux said
in a research note. :

Those two areas are where
Wal-Mart had the most trouble
last year, while electronics,
food and pharmacy did well.

Charles Holley, executive
vice president of finance at -
Wal-Mart Stores, said during
the conference call that sales of.
apparel and home furnishings
“continue to be softer than we
would like.”

Still, even some skeptical
investors said they saw signs
of improvement in the U.S.
that complement Wal-Mart’s
growth overseas.

Manager

Fund manager Patricia’. >.
Edwards, who has long been’
doubtful about Wal-Mart’s
ability to keep up with faster
growing rivals like Target
Corp., said the latest results
contained “some signs that
they might be getting it”.

Edwards said the changes in‘
strategy and costs at Wal- Mart:
US may give the retailer
momentum for growth in the
year ahead. Edwards is a port~
folio manager and retail ana-
lyst at Wentworth, Hauser &.
Violich in Seattle, which man-
ages $8.2 billion in assets and.
holds 51,000 Wal-Mart shares.

Don Gher, chief investment:
officer for Coldstream Capital:
Management, said Wal-Mart’,
has overcome headwinds in the. *
past year including remodel-" .
ing projects that interrupted:
sales and an overly ambitious:
push into trendier women’s’
apparel.

“The company moved back
to basics by concentrating on
discount pricing with less. ,
emphasis on high priced mer-'
chandise, with U.S. Superstore,
food sales, in particular, being:
a key performer,” Gher said.
Bellevue, Wash.-based Cold-
stream manages assets of about
$1.1 billion, including Wal-
Mart shares.

Shares of Wal-Mart rose
$1.46, or more than 3.0 per-
cent, to $49.94 in afternoon
trading on the New York
Stock Exchange.





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Parker, i dees spoil Iverson’s return

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Wilt scored 100,

but another guy
once put up ae

BY JERRY CROWE
Los Angeles Times

ilt Chamberlain once scored -
: \ \ 100 points in a game, and he

was immortalized. Kobe
Bryant scored 81 and was lionized.

John Barber, a 6-foot-6 center who
played at Cal State Los Angeles in the
early 1950s, scored more than the two

of them combined — in a game that

“was 8 minutes shorter, no less — and

BY ELIZABETH WHITE
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — The San
Antonio Spurs returned home
Tuesday night for the first time in
more than three weeks, and it must
have felt good: They beat up on the
Denver Nuggets, winning 95-80.

Tony Parker scored 17 points,
Manu Ginobili added 14
and Tim Duncan con-
tributed 12 in the Spurs’

‘first game on their

home court since they
went on a lengthy. road
trip, where they split eight games.

“It was very important to estab-
lish not only a win here but to
come home and have a good
game,” Duncan said. '

Not even the return of Allen
Iverson could boost Denver. Iver-
son had missed nine of the Nug-



gets’ past 10 games before the All-
Star break with a sprained right
ankle. He scored only nine points
in Tuesday night’s game.

“The shots that I took, I know I

can hit with my eyes closed,” said

Iverson, who went 3-of-ll from the
field. “Maybe I should have closed
then: I took J shots, and I thought
I got 11 good looks.”

Iverson said his
ankle bothered him on a
couple of plays, “but for
the most part I was all
right,” he said. “Usually
when I come back from injury,
I have my rhythm back.

“I didn’t today.”

Carmelo Anthony led the Nug-
gets with 15 points, Nene had 13,
and DerMarr Johnson had ll.
Anthony'and Iverson combined for
just 24 points. Their previous low



ERIC GAY/AP

NOT IN MY HOUSE: Tim Duncan
of the Spurs puts the block on
the Nuggets’ Nene in the first
half Tuesday in San Antonio.

when playing together was 49.
“It’s going to take some time,”
Nuggets forward Marcus Camby

said Tuesday. “And those guys
haven’t had a lot of time together.”

After trailing for most of the
first quarter, the Spurs took a 25-21
lead into the second. Parker helped
them extend the lead by scoring 10
of his points in the quarter. San
Antonio led 49-38 at the break.

The Spurs broke the game open
in the third quarter, outscoring the
Nuggets 30-10. Anthony and Iver-
son were just a combined 1-for-10
in the quarter, and the Nuggets
committed nine turnovers.

The Nuggets ended up with 20
turnovers, which yielded 26 points.
The Spurs had nine turnovers, for
15 points. The Nuggets rallied in
the fourth quarter, but it was too’
late, and the Spurs improved to
36-18 on the season. The Nuggets
fell to 500 (26-26). ©

was marginalized, his feat thought to
be so unworthy and
unbelievable that his ae ne nt BPN ah Oe ae Eee tn
alma mater did little
to preserve it.
_ “You can see why
I don’t want to go
around talking about
it with my friends,”
’ Barber, 74, tells a
visitor to his home
in Los Angeles.
“Nobody wants to believe it, and
I can understand that.”
But understand this: It’s true.
On Feb. 16, 1953, in a 208-82 victory
' by the Cal State L.A. varsity over the
Chapman College junior varsity, Bar-
ber scored a staggering 188 points —
the result of an experiment concocted
by his coach, Sax Elliot, to debunk the’
myth of Clarence “Bevo” Francis as a
Superman of the basketball court.
_ At the time, Francis was attracting
attention for his prodigious scoring at

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ho’s No. 1 now?

Spartans humble
Badgers, and door
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Rio Grande College, in Ohio. Against
a schedule that included 27 of 39
games against noncollegiate teams
(vocational schools, junior colleges
and service teams), Francis averaged
50.1 points a game in the 1952-53 sea-
son — topped by a 116-point effort
against Ashland Junior College. .

TESTING THE LIMITS

Elliot wanted to see if Barber, a

two-time All-California Collegiate
Athletic Association pick who aver-
aged 22.5 points per game over two
seasons, could beat Francis’ single-

game mark if he was asked to do noth-

ing but score. So Elliot set up a game
against the Chapman JV to find out.

Barber was instructed by Elliot to |

stay near the basket, shoot the ball

virtually every time he touched it and

expend little or no energy playing
defense. Barber says he rarely ven-
tured beyond the midcourt line.

“«T could jump my height, you see,

so I could get up there, and a lot of
times I got fouled in the process of °
- shooting,” says Barber, who also was

a high-jumper in track. “I did most of
-the shooting, and I had a decent jump —

shot and a terrific hook shot, once
I got into position. I’m not bragging
on myself. It’s just true.”

Although the point totals amassed

by Barber and Los Angeles State
eclipsed anything Francis and Rio .
-Grande had managed, “the Coast
school promptly disclaimed them as
true competitive records,” according



BY TIM MARTIN
Associated Press
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Wisconsin’s first-
ever game as college basketball’s top-ranked
team went poorly Tuesday night, when Drew
Neitzel scored 28 Points to lead Michigan State ~
to a 64-55 upset victory.
Neitzel’s 3-pointer with 3:51 left to play gave

~ Michigan State a 51-49 lead, and the Spartans

held on for the victory, giving
their NCAA Tournament hopes a
boost before their home crowd.

The sellout crowd at Breslin
Center serenaded the Badgers
with a chant of “OVER-RATED!” P
as the clock wound down. Stu- _-
dents then stormed the court
after the game’s final horn. '

Wisconsin had ascended to
the No. 1 spot in The Associated
Press poll on Monday for the first time in school
history. But Ryan said he didn’t think the added
pressure affected his teami’s performance.

“I don’t think that had anything to do with it,”
Ryan said. “Michigan State played better.”

The upset puts a damper on Wisconsin’s
showdown Sunday with No. 2 Ohio State.

The Buckeyes now have a half-game lead
over Wisconsin (26-3, 12-2 Big Ten) in the con-
ference. Ohio State hosts Penn State tonight.

Wisconsin started slow against Michigan

’ State (20-8, 7-6), then went on a 16-3 run to take

a 16-10 lead. Despite getting outrebounded by a
nearly 2-to-1 margin in the first half, Wisconsin
was able to head to the break with a 30-29 lead,
behind Alando Tucker’s 14 first-half points.

But Neitzel and Michigan State took over
after that. Travis Walton finished with 13 points

for the Spartans, and Raymar Morgan added 12.
Marcus Landry had 18 points for Wisconsin.
Tucker had 16, but only two in the second half.

to an NCAA report later that year.
Later, the NCAA Rules Committee
ruled that only games between varsity

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DANCE OF THE SPARTANS: !dong {bok (left), Drew Neitzel (front right) and Goran Suton

teams of four-year colleges would be
recognized as collegiate contests.

THE REST OF THE STORY

In Los Angeles, a team of disbeliev-

ing sportswriters challenged Los
Angeles State to a game. Barber
scored 150 points against the scribes.
Barber played briefly in the NBA
(five games with the St. Louis Hawks
in the 1956-57 season) but quickly
tired of “collecting splinters” on the
bench — and, more hurtful, dealing

with racism from fans and teammates.

He barnstormed for several years

with Goose Tatum’s Harlem All-Stars, ©

described by Barber as a better-pay-

ing outfit than the Harlem Globetrot- ,
ters, and later was a recreation direc-

tor in Los Angeles for more than 20
years. Now retired, he has been mar-
ried for nearly 55 years. He and his
wife, Mary, are grandparents.

Barber, a basketball purist, says he

wasn’t cheated out of a record.

“You don’t just play offense,” says
Barber, whose milestone game is not
even noted on his plaque in his alma
mater’s athletic hall of fame. “You’ve
got to help both ways.”

He understands the doubters.

“Anyone would be skeptical unless

they could see it happen,” he says of
his scoring mark. “But if they could

see it, they would know that it’s quite

possible. It can be done.”

of Michigan State celebrate as the clock winds down in the second half Tuesday night.

BY JANIE McCAULEY
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry
Bonds has message for the grand
jury: Go ahead, investigate me.

After arriving at spring training
Tuesday, more fit than in recent
years after a productive winter of
conditioning, the San Francisco
Giants slugger said he is unfazed
by his off-the-field issues and is
ready to resume his pursuit
of Hank Aaron’s careef
home-run record.

“Let them investigate. Let
them — they’ve been doing it
this long,” Bonds, 42, said
after his first workout this year
with the Giants. “It doesn’t weigh
on me at all — at all.

“It’s just you guys talking. It’s
just media conversation.”

When Bonds showed up, he
waved twice to the swarm of peo-
ple waiting to see him make his





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Bonds opens stance: Go ahead, investigate me

entrance, then quickly headed into
Scottsdale Stadium to get to work.

Bonds shagged fly balls and hit
five home runs in batting practice,
including a shot to the berm in
right-center on a fastball from No.
2 starter Matt Cain. That was
enough to impress new skipper
Bruce Bochy, who saw Bonds do
his share of damage against his old
team, the Padres. Bonds has hit
more homers against San
Diego than any other team.

“He’s an incredible tal-
ent,” Bochy said. ‘He
showed it today, on the first
day [back in camp].”

Bonds still could be indicted if a
federal grand jury determines that
he perjured himself when testify-
ing in 2003 that he had not know-
ingly taken performance-enhanc-
ing drugs. Bonds, who has long
denied ever using steroids, said his
level of concern is “none.”



ERIC RISBERG/AP

NOTHING TO HIDE? Barry Bonds,
back in Giants camp, says he
isn’t worried about anything.

Last month, the New York Daily
News reported that Bonds failed an
amphetamines test last season and
then attributed it to a substance he
took from teammate Mark Swee-
ney’s locker. Bonds publicly apolo-
gized to Sweeney at the time, then
stretched alongside him and Ray
Durham in Tuesday’s workouts.

“I did not blame Mark Swee-

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ney,” Bonds said Tuesday, adding
that he apologized only. “because
you guys just started talking about
it, and I just thought it was unfair
for him to be accused of something
that wasn’t true.” °

Asked if he had failed an
amphetamines test, Bonds declined
to comment. Also, he denied
reports that he wasn’t always avail-
able to pinch-hit last season.

“That’s not true at all,” said
Bonds, who has language about
behavior in his new contract. “I’m
always available. I’m in uniform, so
I’m always available.”

As far as Bonds is concerned, all
that is over with.

“I don’t need to say anything to
anybody,” he said.

Bonds quickly ended his 12-min-
ute interview in the dugout when
the questions turned from baseball
to his problems off the field.

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_ From Miami Herald Wire Services

MILWAUKEE — Chauncey Billups
scored 19 points as the Detroit Pistons held
on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 84-83 on
Tuesday night.

+ Milwaukee’s Charlie Bell scored on a driv-
ing layup to cut the Detroit lead to one with
30.9 seconds remaining. Rasheed Wallace
then missed an off-balance jumper with the
shot clock running out, giving the Bucks a
shot at the victory with 7.1 seconds remain-
ing.

Mo Williams inbounded the ball to

Andrew Bogut. He gave it back to Williams, .

who drove the lane and missed a layup.

Detroit spoiled the return of Milwaukee
star Michael Redd, who played for the first
time since straining the patellar tendon in his
left knee on Jan. 5. Redd scored 17 in limited
minutes for Milwaukee, shooting 7-for-18
from the field. Bell led Milwaukee with 22,
and Ruben Patterson added 18.

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| New Jersey 25 29 463 4% 14-13. 11-16 19-14
| New York 24 30. 444 SY 14-13 10-17 14-18
| Philadelphia 17 36 321 12 9-15 8-21 12-18
| Boston 13 38 255 15 - 5-21 8-17 9-24
| CENTRAL WL Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Detroit 33 19 635 - 82 W-l 17-10 16-9 23-10
Cleveland 31 22 585 2% 6-4 We-l 20-7 11-15 18-14
| Chicago 30 25 545 4% 4-6 W-1 21-7 9-18 21-10
Indiana 28°24 «538 «85 6-4 W-2 17-10 11-14 19-13
Milwaukee 19 35 352 15 (1-9 «LS 11-12. 823 9-22

- 9-1 W-9 24-3 20-6 30-6
667 842 6-4 W-3 17-8 19-10 22-11
635 10% 7-3 L-l 19-7 14-12 19-17
463 19% 6-4 L-1 17-11 8-18 15-19
259 30% «93-7 L-1 (11-17 3-23 8-25

Pet, GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf

for Detroit.

WIZARDS 112, TIMBERWOLVES 100
WASHINGTON — Trying his best to -

shoot himself out of a slump, Gilbert Arenas

-‘ launched a few bricks and rattled a few home

' on his way to 38 points as the Wizards beat
the Timberwolves.

Arenas, who has struggled with his jump
shot all month, relied on layups and free
throws for most of his points. He went 12-
for-24 from the field and 13-for-15 from the
line but made only 1-of-8 from 3-point range
— including an air ball — and is 10-for-57

.from behind the arc over his past seven
_ games.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with
26 points and 13 rebounds.

BULLS 106, HAWKS 81

CHICAGO — Chris Duhon scored 17
points and the Bulls held the Hawks without
a field goal in the third quarter. !

It was the first time the Bulls held a team
without a field goal in a quarter.

Atlanta was outscored 28-8 in the third
quarter and finished the period 0-for-16 from
the field. ;

Salim Stoudamire gave the Hawks their
first basket of the second half on a three-
point play with 10:34 left in the game.

KNICKS 100, MAGIC 94

NEW YORK — Jamal Crawford and Eddy
Curry each scored 20 points to lead New
York, as the Knicks surpassed last season’s

victory total with their 24th triumph.

The victory moved them to within three
games of the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference.

Orlando and the Miami Heat (26-26) are
now tied for seventh place.

BOBCATS 104, HORNETS 100

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Raymond Felton
had 21 points and 1] assists and outplayed
Chris Paul in a battle of second-year point
guards to lead the Bobcats.

ELSEWHERE

e Celtics: Wally Szczerbiak sprained his
left ankle during the Celtics’ game against
the Kings late Tuesday night, the latest of
several injuries to both of the forward’s
ankles this season.

Szczerbiak stepped on teammate Paul
Pierce’s foot while trying to defend Sacra-

mento’s Kevin Martin near the Kings’ basket

with 1:18 left in the first quarter. He limped

COLLEGE BASKETBALL



BENNY SIEU/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL;

RIGHT BACK AT YOU, MAN: Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, left, blocks a shot by
Bucks forward Andrew Bogut in Detroit's 84-83 victory on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

| LA. Lakers 30 23
L.A. Clippers 25 27
Golden State 25 29
Sacramento 22 29



| Tuesday’s results:

Was. 112, Min. 100
Cha. 104, NO 100
NY 100, Orl. 94
Det. 84, Mil. 83
S.A. 95, Den. 80
Chi. 106, Atl. 81
Bos. at Sac., late

Dallas 44 «9
San Antonio 36 18
Houston 33 19
New Orleans 25 29

|, Memphis 14 40.

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| Utah 35x17

} Denver 26 26

| Minnesota 25 28
Portland 22 32
Seattle 20 32

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500 9 4-6 L-2 14-14 12-12 11-18
472 10% 4-6 L-1 16-9 9-19 15-19
407 14 4-6 L-2 12-14 10-18 13-17
385 15 4-6 W-2 14-13 6-19 9-20
Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
750 - 5-5 3 20-6 19-7 19-10
566 9% 3-7 L-4 19-7 11-16 17-10
481 14 4-6 L-2 17-8 8-19 14-17
463 15 4-6 W-1 19-9 6-20 13-17
431 16% 5-5 L-3 15-12 7-17 12-21

Tonight’s games

Miami at Houston, 9
Milwaukee at Indiana, 7
S.A. at Atlanta, 7

Clev. at Toronto, 7

N.Y. at Philadelphia, 7
Orlando at Detroit, 7:30
N.O. at NJ., 7:30

; RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

Monday’s results
NO GAMES SCHEDULED

8

gingerly to the Boston bench before heading
for the locker room, and the Celtics said he
wouldn’t return. Szczerbiak has missed 18
games with injuries this season — including
17 because of sprained ankles. ... The club
has assigned rookie guard Allan Ray to the
NBA Development League’s Austin Toros.

e Clippers: Veteran guard Doug Chris-
tie, who signed a second 10-day contract with
the club earlier this month, was suspended
by the team. Christie informed the Clippers
last weekend that he no longer wanted to
play for them. He was contractually bound to
Los Angeles through Tuesday night’s game
against Phoenix, after which he can sign with
another team. :

e Player assault: NBA players Gary
Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey were
cleared of assaulting a male exotic dancer
and his stripper fiance during a confronta-
tion outside a downtown Toronto strip club

vin 2003.



Utah at Por., late Charlotte at Minn., 8
Mem. at Sea., late Boston at Phoenix, 9
Pho. at LA.C., late Memphis at G.S., 10:30
Port. at Lakers, 10:30
| NBA LEADERS
; Through Monday
SCORING REBOUNDING
G FG FT PTS AVG G OFF DEF TOT AVG
Anthony, Den. 36 413 260 1106 30.7 Garnett, Minn. 51 133 509 642 12.6
Arenas, Wash. 50 457 384 1442 28.8 Chandler, NO. 51 211 410 621 12.2
Wade, Mia. 45 434 408 1297 28.8 Howard, Orl. 53 170 462 632 11.9
, Bryant, LAL 50 475 404 1440 28.8 Camby, Den. 42 106 392 498 11.9
Iverson, Den. 35 338 295 1004 28.7 Boozer, Utah 45 142 389 531 11.8
Redd, Mil. 33 302 244 914 27.7 Okafor, Char. 52 202 393 595 11.4
Allen, Sea. 42 393 224 1134 27.0 Duncan, S.A. 53 156 412 568 10.7
James, Clev. 51 483 314 1344 26.4 Lee, N.Y. 53 184 380 564 10.6
Nowitzki, Dall. 52 450 362 1313 25.3 Jefferson, Bos. 44 150 318 468 10.6
Johnson, Atl. 48 453 199 1208 25.2 Marion, Phoe. 52 109 426 535 10.3
O'Neal, Ind. 46 110 362 472 10.3
| FIELD GOALS Wallace, Chi. 51 199 324 523 10.3
a Fen Pet ASSISTS
' Lee, N.Y. 230 376 .612
| Biedrins, G.S. 241 395.610 + GCS AVG
: Howard, Orl. 337 568 .593 Nash, Phoe. 46 542 11.8
| Stoudemire, Phoe. 370 627 .590 ~— Williams, Utah 52 478 9.2
i Curry, N.Y. 380 654 .581 Kidd, NJ. 52 454 87
| Boozer, Utah 410 721 .569 Davis, G.S. 43 372 87
Brand, LAC 416 761 .547 Paul, NOk. 36 311 8.6
Bogut, Mil. 271 496 .546 Miller, Phil. Sr 418 --8.2--- +





Providence knocks off
W. Virginia; Texas rolls

From Miami Herald Wire Services

PROVIDENCE, RI. —
Weyinmi Efejuku scored 24
‘points and had seven
rebounds Tuesday night and
Providence took advantage of
West Virginia’s 32 missed
3-point attempts for a 64-61
victory over the 22nd-ranked
Mountaineers. :

Providence (17-9, 7-6 Big
East) improved to 16-2 at
home and 3-3 against ranked
teams as it tries to move off
the NCAA Tournament bub-
ble.

Darris Nichols and Frank
Young scored 14 apiece for
West Virginia (20-7, 8-6),
which is still looking for a road
victory against a quality oppo-
nent. The Mountaineers were
9-for-41 from 3-point range,
missing several as they tried to
close a six-point deficit in the
final minute.

e No. 19 Texas 80, Texas
Tech 51: A.J. Abrams scored
18 points and host Texas
stayed in the thick of the Big 12
race with the victory. .

Kevin Durant added 17
points for the Longhorns
(20-7, 10-3), who had all five
starters score in double figures
but didn’t have a’ 20-point
scorer for the first time this
season.

Alan Voskuil scored nine
points to lead the Red Raiders
(17-11, 6-7), who shot just 29
percent.

OTHER ACTION

e Notre Dame 78,
DePaul 54: Colin Falls scored
all of his 19 points in the first
half, leading host Notre Dame
to an 18-point halftime lead as
the Fighting Irish rebounded
from a heartbreaking loss at
DePaul two weeks ago.

The Irish (21-6, 9-5 Big
East), who squandered a one-
point lead at DePaul on Feb. 8
in the final 20 seconds with a
costly turnover, left nothing to
chance on Tuesday. They



ELISE AMENDOLA/AP
PARTY TIME: Providence’s.
Jonathan Kale, left, and
Herbert Hill celebrate the
upset of West Virginia.

jumped to an 8-1 lead to start
the game and continued to
build on it for much of the
contest. They led 40-22 at half-
time and extended the lead to
64-39 midway through the sec-
ond half on a 3-pointer by Rob
Kurz.

DePaul (16-12, 7-7) shot just
34 percent.

e Missouri 72, Okla-
homa 68: Freshman Keon
Lawrence hit the go-ahead
basket in the lane with 47 sec-
onds to go and added four
insurance free throws in the
final 12 seconds, helping host
Missouri hold off Oklahoma.

Stefhon Hannah had 16
points and Leo Lyons added 14
for the Tigers (17-9, 6-7 Big 12).
Michael Neal had 18 points for
Oklahoma (15-11, 6-7).

e Kentucky 70, LSU 63:
Randolph Morris had 20
points and Jodie Meeks
matched a career high with 18
as host Kentucky snapped a
three-game losing streak.

The Wildcats (19-8, 8-5
Southeastern Conference)
came back from a 16-point def-
icit to prevent their first four-
game losing streak since the
1990 season, when they lost
five in a row.

LSU (14-13, 3-10) dropped
its th in a row at Rupp Arena.
The Tigers were without lead-
ing scorer Glen Davis, who
didn’t make the trip to Lexing-
ton because of a muscle strain
in his right leg.

ELSEWHERE

e Gonzaga: Suspended
center Josh Heytvelt is being
charged with felony posses-
sion of a controlled substance
following his Feb. 9 arrest,
when police said they found
hallucinogenic mushrooms in

_ his car.

According to court docu-
ments released Tuesday,
police found 33.2 grams — just
over an ounce — of mush-
rooms inside a plastic ziplock
bag in the back of the Chevro-
let Blazer that Heytvelt was
driving.

Possession of any amount
of illegal mushrooms is a Class
C felony.

Heytvelt, 20, and teammate
Theo Davis, 21, were arrested
in Cheney, Wash., and booked
into Spokane County Jail.
They were released the next
day on their own recogni-
zance.

Davis, a redshirt freshman
who has not played because of
injuries, will be referred to
Cheney municipal court on a
misdemeanor charge of mari-
juana possession.

Police allege they found a
partial marijuana cigarette in
Davis’ pocket.

If convicted, Heytvelt faces
a maximum prison sentence of
five years and a $10,000 fine.

@ Illinois: Sophomore
guard Jamar Smith, who was
charged ‘Tuesday with drunk
driving and leaving the scene
of an accident, apparently
believed teammate Brian Carl-
well*in the passenger seat of
his car, had died, authorities
said. Smith was driving a 1996
Lexus last Monday night when
it struck a tree in heavy snow.

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Clergymen
from 50 nations
{to participate in
Vatican soccer
tournament

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ROME

Associated Press

ITALIAN soccer has
not been a pious spectacle
of late, with riots and
scandals marring a game
that is practically a reli-
gion here.

Sports officials now
hope clergymen from 50
nations can bring back
faith to soccer as they
take to the field for the
first time in a tournament
for priests and seminari-
ans kicking off Saturday.

Catholic institutes have
entered 16 teams in the
Clericus Cup, fielding 311
athletes from countries
including the United
States, Brazil, Papua New
Guinea and Rwanda,

“It’s an intelligent ini-
tiative which helps give a
positive image to sport
and especially to soccer,”
Italian Olympic Commit-
tee President Gianni
Petrucci said at a presen-
tation of the event Tues-
day.

Even as Italy’s national
team was making its suc-
cessful run for the World
Cup last summer, club
soccer at home was rav-
aged by a match-fixing
scandal that led to sanc-
tions against several top
teams. Earlier this month,
rioting at a game in Sicily
caused the death of a
policeman and forced
authorities to take mea-
sures, including barring
fans from many stadiums.

The Clericus Cup will
run through June and
most games will be played
at a Vatican soccer field
in Rome.

The matches will last
one hour and rules will
differ from professional
club soccer. Teams will be
allowed one time-out and
the referee will brandish a
blue card, which will send
off errant players for a 5-
minute suspension.

“T expect (the tourna-
ment) to create a friendly
relationship among the
players and the teams,”
said Cameroon’s Father
Emil Martin, who plays
with the team of the Pon-
tifical Urban College. “I
hope each one can learn
to win but also to lose,
because not everybody
knows how to lose.”

KB TENNIS
BUENOS AIRES,
Argentina
Associated Press

ALBERT MONTANES
of Spain beat third-seeded
Agustin Calleri 6-7 (4), 6-4,
6-4 in a Copa Telmex round-
robin match on Tuesday, a
week after losing to the
Argentine in Brazil.

Calleri won their match
last week en route to the
Costa do Sauipe quarterfi-
nals, but Montanes got him
back Tuesday, reaching 5-1
in the last set before with-
standing a late Calleri come-
back to beat the Argentine
for the fourth time.

“I’m really pleased to win
here as the game was very
charged and I was fighting
the whole way, especially
after dropping the first set,”
Montanes said.

“I was a little nervous out
here.”

Calleri was the Copa
Telmex runner-up in 2002,
and a semifinalist last year.

In another round-robin
match, Nicolas Lapentti of
Ecuador, despite seven dou-
ble-faults, defeated Nicolas
Devilder of France 6-3, 2-6,
6-3.

In elimination play,
Brazil’s Flavio Saretta rout-
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@ FROM left: Jamaica's Davian Clarke,
et Ground during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,




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Chris Brown of the Bahamas and Chris Lloyd of Dominica compete in a Men's 400 meters semi final at the Melbourne Crick-
Australia Tuesday March 21, 2006.

TRIBUNE SPORTS



(AP Photo/Tony Feder)

«

Chris Brown ready to

‘burn u

@ TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Sports Reporter

“T AM back and ready to
burn up the tracks,” said Chris
Brown, returning after a slow
season last year.

The national record holder
in the 400 metres, who offi-
cially launched his return to
the track yesterday, views the
next three years in the sport as
“vitally important”.

Brown, who believes that
he has to prove himself to his
fans, admitted, “Last year was
a quiet one but big things will
come from me.”

Although the quartermiler
is promising a successful year,
his season won’t officially start
until April, with the Penn
Relays.

Until this meet Brown will
have to continue on with his
training. His second meet is
set for Mexico in the end of
May.: Ls

He said: “I am still doing off
season training right now. I
am going through some
strength and condition train-
ing because this is a big year
for me.

“Tam hoping or expect a
repeat of last year that’s for
sure. A lot of people believe
that I wasn’t ready but I was
ready and fit to race last year.
Things happen to the best at
times, but that is all behind
me so I am ready to move for-
ward.

“J still view last year as a
good season. I came home and
won the 200 metres at the tri-
als, I also got second at the
first Golden League race. I
came back in September.and
got a second in the World Cup
in the 4x400m team. So overall
it was good year, but slow.”

For Brown, the slow paced
year gave him an opportunity
to rest aggravated muscles and
avoid injuries.

“T think it worked out in my

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favour because this year I am
fresh and not fatigued. My
body is very ready for the next
three years, that is very impor-
tant to me,

“We have the World Cham-
pionships this year, the
Olympics next year and the
World Championships again

in 2009. So I think it kind of’

worked out in my favour for
me to be resting last year and
not competing too much.”
Brown finished up in the
17th spot in the IAAF’s rank-
ings with 1226 points.
Although he won’t compete

in an individual event at the

Penn Relays, the firing of the
gun will start his three year

journey.

The Penn Relays will be the
Bahamas’ first opportunity for

_ qualifying for any major inter-

national games, Olympics and
the World Championships.

According to Brown, assist-
ing the Bahamas in the
4x400m is on top of the agen-
da along with some other sur-
prises.

“Well I have a few times,
they’re all in my head,” said

‘Brown.

“You know I really don’t
want to count all my eggs
before they hatch. But I have
a few times that I really want
to put down there and proba-
bly do something with the
national record.

“Hopefully everything will
go as planned, I am healthy
and I am looking forward to
coming out and performing
this year because my body is
fresh, I am not beat up at all,
so I am ready to put down
some good times.”

Unlike other athletes
Brown is sticking with his
coach Steve Riddick.

Riddick trains Brown along
with Olympian and World
Champion Tonique Williams-
Darling in Virginia.

He added: “Training has
been going pretty good for





we

me, I just have to stay focused
and know that this is a long
season and J have a lot to do.

“T can’t place all my focus
on the individual 400m, I have

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to help the guys in the 4x400m
as well. I know they are look-
ing forward to this season and
so am I.

“My training is going

the tracks’

perfect — I have no com-
plaints.” :

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are August 24th-September
2nd.



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Mitchell claims Ingraham wi
give power to ‘the UBP heir’

m@ By BRENT DEAN

FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred.Mitchell claimed that if
returned to government, FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham will
turn over the government to
“the UBP heir” Brent Symon-
ette.

Mr Mitchell made this state-
ment last night at the PLP ral-
ly in the Pinewood constituen-
cy. He stated:

“His deputy, the heir to the
dread Stafford Sands and the
UBP, had to leave office
because of a clear conflict of
interest, and now seeks to
return to office. The former
prime minister intends to turn
over the country — if God for-
bid he gets back - to his
deputy, the heir to the UBP,
within 18 months. He has
announced he will cut the pub-



Hi FRED Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, takes to the podium as he

Foreign Minister targets Symonette

and defends Shane Gibson’s record



lic service if hé gets back. The
UBP are the poster boys for
conflict of interest and corrup-
tion. Yet the man who leads
them today has the nerve to
point fingers.”

Mr Mitchell’s attack on Mr
Symonette may indicate that
Mr Symonette, and the issue
of race, will be central points of
focus within the new and more

aggressive election campaign, »

which the PM promised in his

. most recent public statements.

Mr Mitchell also defended
former Minister, Shane Gib-

delivers his address at the PLP rally in Pinewood last night

PLP launches attack on ‘unfit’ Ingraham

* THE Progressive Liberal
Party urged members of the
public.not to allow their atten-
tion to be swayed from all the
good the government has done
in its first term in office.

In a press release issued yes-
terday, the PLP also stated that
the FNM and its leader Hubert

' Ingraham are trying to present

“compromised former minis-
ters” as candidates with clean
slates, by saying the allegations
against the men were investi-
gated.

“It is only for the Progres-
sive Liberal Party to. remind
Mr Ingraham and the FNM
that you cannot be a judge in

your-own cause to decide that
you are free of corruption;
especially not after vainly
promising a fair and unbiased
investigation for years now and
especially when you have failed
to report,” the party said.

The PLP said the “media
show” surrounding the Anna
Nicole Smith debacle, which it
attributed 'to Mr Ingraham, was
simply an orchestrated cam-
paign of vilification against
Shane Gibson.

“The fact is that Hubert
Ingraham stands accused of
running the most corrupt gov-
ernment in the history of the
Bahamas, with the possible

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from his post, in the face of
public outrage in relation to
the pictures published in The
Tribune of him and the late
Anna Nicole Smith.

Mr Mitchell stated that he
expects Mr Gibson to recover
from the scandal and he looks
forward to working with him
in the future, as he regards Mr
Gibson as “an extraordinary
politician and a true patriot”.

Instead of focusing respon-
sibility for the scandal on Mr
Gibson, Mr Mitchell stated that

the culpability for these events
rests with the media and the
FNM.

He said: “The attack on
Shane was the successful
manipulation of misinforma-
tion by people whose stock in
trade is nastiness and sleaze,
led by The Tribune. It is clear
that Hubert Ingraham intends
to lead the nastiest, sleaziest
campaign in the history of the
Bahamas.”

Mr Mitchell subsequently
appealed to both PLPs and
FNMs for support in the next

general election in the effort
to defeat Mr Ingraham.
The foreign minister con-

- cluded his remarks by high- -

lighting achievements under the
PLP government. According to
Mr Mitchell, these include: for-
eign reserves of $800 million
last year; unprecedented
growth in credit, unprecedent-
ed investment in housing — both
public and private; along with,
the domestication of the
Bahamian economy.

Mr Mitchell stated that
increased ownership of the
Bahamian economy, marked
by the Bahamian led acquisi-
tions of City Markets, Shell
Bahamas, Caribbean Bottling
and British American Insur-
ance are proof of the work
done, and opportunity possi-
ble, under the PLP govern-
ment.



@ SHANE Gibson enjoys the support of the crowd, two days after his

involvement with Anna Nicole Smith forced his resignation from the Cabinet

exception of the UBP. He is in

_no position to talk. The FNM’s

leader is himself confused and
utterly desperate in his obvi-
ous belief that low personal
attacks will sway the Bahamian
people,” the statement read.

Criticism

According to the PLP, Mr
Ingraham’s press conference

on Monday was only further’

evidence that he is unfit for
public office.

Mr Ingraham had criticised
the PLP for failing to admit
that Mr Gibson’s close rela-

tionshipeith Anna Nicolé®
Smith, whém he had: granted

accelerated. permanent resi-
dency to“tonstituted conduct
unbecoming a cabinet minis-
ter.

“In continuing his hysterics
about Shane Gibson’s resigna-
tion when the matter is now
past shows that Mr Ingraham
cannot even recognise the need
for civility. The PLP joins the
prime minister in his charac-
terisation of Shane Gibson’s
time in cabinet as a “shining
example of SO eee and
dedication”.

“As a minister of govern-
ment, Shane Gibson did the



‘honourable and appropriate
“thing in the circumstances,

‘which Hubert Ingraham’s min-
isters failed to do when faced
with substantiated allegations
of serious impropriety.”

The PLP said that it has now
“become clear to all that this
whole matter was instigated by
the FNM and their foreign and
local allies in the press and else-
where. There is no lowness to
which Ingraham and his hid-
den backers will not sink in
their last and desperate attempt
to fool the Bahamian people
and regain the government so
that it can land in the hands of
the privileged,” the party said.

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have more
support in
polls than

the FNM

THE governing party has
more support than the opposi-
tion according to a recent poll,
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell told the PLP rally last
night.

Mr Mitchell claimed the
FNM’s own polls confirm the
same information.

“PLPs should not be rattled.
A poll was taken at the end of
January of 1,200 people in New
Providence, 1,400 nation wide.
It is statistically accurate. It
showed that the PLP leads the
FNM,” he said.

This is why, Mr Mitchell said,
the FNM has been “on the
sleaze and nasty patrol”.

The minister also said the
PLP’s poll showed that there is
no significant difference statis-
tically between Prime Minister
Christie and opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham “when it
comes to the ability to decide”.

“But it also shows that the
PLP has significantly higher
marks when it comes to caring
and compassion and our lead-
er’s ability to listen and consult.

“Hubert Ingraham was
kicked out of office in 2002
because he did not listen. This
time in 2007, since he can’t hear,
he will feel,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said the party’ s
pollsters also polled voters in a
particular district “on whether
or not the nastiness that they
have been pedalling from the
other side has changed their
mind about how they will vote.

“By a resounding 70 per cent
most voters said no. They would
continue-to vote PLP,” he said.



Bahamian
Forum to

focus on- Anna

Nicole saga

LOCAL think tank the
Bahamian Forum will hold its
next meeting on the topic: “The
Anna Nicole saga: lessons
learned and challenges raised
for the Bahamas”.

The meeting will take place

‘on Tuesday, February 27 at

5.45pm in the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel.

Attorney Brian Moree, senior
partner of McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes, and chairman of
the. Bahamas Financial Forum,
will examine legal aspects and ~
implications raised by Anna
Nicole Smith’s celebrated resi-
dency in The Bahamas.

Dr David Allen will moder-
ate the discussion, which is open
to the public.

The forum said in a statement -
yesterday: “The Anna Nicole
saga has grabbed local and
international headlines, con-
fronting the Bahamas with seri-
ous social, political and ethical
questions such as:

e What is the immigration
policy for permanent residency
of the rich and famous? Does it
need to be more transparent?

¢ What are the social and
constitutional boundaries for
elected officials? How is the
Bribery Act enforced?

¢ How does the Bahamas
cope with the focus of the inter-
national press? What are the
ramifications for local politi-
cians who are thrust on the
global stage?

° How does the ordinary
Bahamian cope with the image
of the Bahamas as a glamorous
playground for the rich and
famous? As Erma Bombeck
asked, “If life is a bowl of cher-
ries, what am I doing in the
pits?” fi

e What is the reality
behind the international media’s
claim that the Bahamas is a
nation “awash with drugs,
shrouded in bank secrecy and
up for sale?”

° How do these issues
relate to our Christian heritage
which mandates we love our
neighbours and show concern
for the stranger in our midst?

Bahamian Forum seeks to
bring insightful and informed
discussion to issues facing the
Bahamas.

Past forums have tackled
issues such as Haitian immigra-
tion, LNG, and CSME by ask-
ing experts to present informa-
tion to raise public awareness
of the legal, financial and ethical
implications involved.

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Losing our place in tourism league

THE CHRISTIE government acts as

though it has all the time in the world to do*

what is necessary to keep this country in
the top league of the tourist market.

So many things ought to have been done
in the past four years that the country is
now lagging behind in its tourism race with
other countries in the region.

First, and most important, there’s a need
for a new airport to reflect our boast that
the Bahamas is the number one destination
in the region. Four years ago Kerzner Inter-
national’s principals made it a prerequi-
site that government would turn the airport
into a first class facility before they would
give the go-ahead for Phase III of their $2
billion Atlantis development on Paradise
Island. Prime Minister Christie met with
the Kerzners and assured them that the
airport would be transformed with such
first class amenities that it would meet the
standards expected by the type of visitors
that Atlantis was attracting to the Bahamas.
The airport and Atlantis Phase III were
expected to progress in tandem. But just
look across the water and see the rising
towers of Phase III nearing completion,

and the airport? Well, it is today where it

“| was four years ago, operated by an Air-

‘| port Authority that is toothless to do any-
thing meaningful about its rundown con-
dition even to the smallest detail of having
arrival and departure information posted
for the convenience of travellers.

We were recently at the airport to meet
a flight. As we waited in the third-rate
arrivals lounge we noticed two medium-
sized TV screens mounted on the wall.
Neither was operational and so we asked a
porter where we could find out if a cer-
tain flight was arriving on time.

He pointed to the TV screens on the
wall and told us excitedly that within the
next two weeks they would be installed
and operational.

However, judging from the size of the
plasma screens we saw, they will probably
be — even when functional — too small to

_ be easily read from a reasonable distance.

The airport has been operational for many

years now and yet the most elementary
information is still not available to the trav-
elling public.

This little detail is symptomatic of every-
thing the present government does — or
does not do — when faced with a problem
that needs attention.

It took government three years to select
a partner to manage the airport. Eventu-
ally, after many delays a 10-year $200 mil-



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October 9 with YVRAS, a subsidiary of
YVR, a respected Vancouver airport ser-
vices company.

At the signing, an ever optimistic Prime
Minister Christie announced that the hand-
ing over of the airport to the Canadian
company was expected to be completed
by late December.

December came and went, and then
January came with Transport and Avia-
tion Minister Glenys Hanna Martin
announcing at a PLP branch meeting that
there had been a further delay at the air-
port — unfortunately, Joseph Reckley, act-
ing general manager, had suffered a stroke
over Christmas.

Sir Baltron Bethel, government’s chief
negotiator, explained that as a result of Mr
Reckley’s stroke “some things that should
have been completed, the pieces had to be
picked up.”

He said that negotiations were moving
steadily ahead and all agreements pertain-
ing to the handover of the airport opera-
tions were expected to be completed in
the next 30 days.

This means that at the time of the con-
tract signing — contrary to what the public

- was led to believe — negotiations for the

handover had not been completed. Why
the contract signing ceremony if every-
thing was not ready to go? Was it just an
opportunity to get a photograph in the
newspapers to keep the public happy and
make them believe that government was
well on its way to producing an airport that
the prime minister had promised would be
the “jewel of the Caribbean”?

On a radio talk show, Minister Hanna-
Martin admitted that some final details
still had to be worked out.

However, business sources tell another
story. They claim that the Canadian com-
pany is far from happy. According to what
we have been told, the Canadian execu-
tives are disappointed at the slow pace at
which government is moving.

They have probably learned by now that
the prime minister of the Bahamas is a
“very promising fellow.” He is an enthusi-
astic talker and in five minutes can promise
the world and all that’s in it, but falls far
short when it comes to delivery.

We have come to expect delivery of the
prime minister’s promises when we sce
them.

Therefore, we hold out no great expec-
tations for the airport within the near
future.

appearance

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT’S been quite some
time since I’ve written a
letter to your valuable and
much needed newspaper. I
was prompted to write
while I listened to the
prime minister of the Com-
monwealth of The
Bahamas on a talk show
this afternoon.

During the part of the
interview that I heard, the
host led the prime minis-
ter through a series of
questions that addressed
several matters of concern
to the Bahamian people. ,

I listened as the prime
minister responded in
vague and loquacious
terms to the questions. I
peered through the myriad
of smoke screens that
emanated from his seem-
ingly well rehearsed
responses and I came to
the conclusion that the
prime minister appears to
have no respect for the
intelligence of the Bahami-
an people.

As the show progressed
it became clearer to me
that he had formulated his
responses to connect with
those who lack sense — in
other words, the foolish.

1) The prime minister
compared his negotiations
with Atlantis to the FNM’s
negotiations. '

What he did not include
within the equation was the
fact that the background

* against which the most

recent negotiations were
made differed considerably
from that of the FNM’s
negotiations. '

2) The prime minister
stated that his governmen-
t’s anchor projects are
expected to bring in sus-
tained development for
years to come.

What he did not mention
was that the sudden glut of
anchor projects is also
expected to bring in an
invasion of foreign work-
ers in a fashion that was
hitherto unknown in The
Bahamas. Additionally, the
prime minister neglected to
explain why his govern-
ment seems so determined
to build a country of maids
and gardeners.

3) The prime minister
mentioned that his govern-
ment has seen national
health insurance as a life
and death issue for the past
five years.

Incredibly, in spite of this
life and death perspective
the prime minister ‘stated
that the only step taken






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towards the implementa-
tion of the plan was to put
lights on the runways in. the
family islands - oh, and
they enacted a bill that
gives no clue about how
this fantasy will become a
reality.

I assume, though, that
Bernard Nottage is now
working feverishly behind
the scenes to slap some
pipe dream together.

4) The prime minister
stated that the economy is
experiencing unprecedent-
ed growth.

What he did not mention
was that the majority of the
Bahamian people are
receiving the scraps from

-the master’s table in this

so-called economic boom.

5) The prime minister
identified one of his gov-
ernment’s smoke screens:
An office to assist Bahami-
ans who wish to become
entrepreneurs.

It would be nice if some-
one would put together a
report on the individuals
who have received con-
tracts of any significance
during the past five years
of the PLP’s reign.

Something tells me that
other than a few new
names that may have been
added to the list of regu-
lars, nothing much has
changed. ;

And I am of the opinion
that even those few new
names are more likely than
not linked to the regulars.
’JIt wouldn’t surprise me,
though, if a few unsuspect-
ing individuals were
thrown into the pool just
in time for the election.

6) The prime minister
sought to justify the glar-
ing impropriety of a cabi-
net minister who has also
wasted the money of the
Bahamian people on sub-
standard housing by drag-
ging the minister’s wife and
innocent daughter into the
situation.

Quite frankly, the minis-
ter’s glaring lack of judg-
ment indicates that he is
either too naive or too

reckless to be entrusted
with the care of the
nation’s borders — an
assignment that at times
requires considerable
diplomacy.

Does one have to be a
rocket scientist to figure
out what ought to have
occurred immediately after
the release of those pic-
tures in the newspapers? In
addition to this, the prime
minister sank to an all-time
low when he alluded to a
rumour about a member of
parliament that has been
circulating of late.

Perhaps someone ought
to point out to the prime
minister that Ms Anna
Nicole Smith was by all
accounts a drug addict, a
playboy model, a woman
who gave birth to a child
whose paternity is being
challenged by not a few
men, and an alieged gold
digger seeking a hideout
for her and her loot.

Let’s not compare apples
and oranges, please.

7) And finally, the prime .
minister credited himself
with seeking to effect posi-
tive change in the inner
city through the Urban
Renewal Programme.

What he did not mention
was that the children from
the inner city may very
well be confused by the
mixed message being put
forth by this PLP Govern-
ment’s do-what-I-say-not-
what-I-do attitude. Fight-
gate, toilet-gate, rape-gate,
Korean-boat-gate, Anna-
Nicole-gate, judge-gate,
conflict-of-interest-gate,
tourism-gate, prison-gate,
baggage-handlers-gate and
the prime minister’s efforts
to make it all go away, to
deny, or to justify the mis-
conduct of his Government
must have our little dar-
lings ever so confused
about what proper conduct

is.

Madam Editor, is there
any decency left in the
Government of The
Bahamas?

A CONCERNED
VOTER
Nassau,
February 19, 2007.

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follow Hubert
this time

EDITOR, The Tribune.

RELIABLE sources deep from within the heart of the PLP
are now saying that the rug has been taken from under the
PLP’s efforts to follow Hubert’s rally. Recall’Hubert had a ral-

‘ly on Thursday night. So the PLP tried to organise another

community meeting for this Tuesday night at the Super Value
Food Store in Winton.

Bold as they want to be, the PLP machinery rolled their 40-
foot container into the Super Value parking lot without getting
permission from Rupert Roberts. When Mr Robert was
informed about it by one of his store employees, he called the
PLP Headquarters and asked that they move the container
immediately. Word is that Mr Roberts used rather strong words
and threatened to call the police and have it moved out of his
yard at their expense if they did not move it themselves.

Embarrassed by the news, the PLP campaign machinery had
it moved. Later that day, they then called on Mr Carey who
owned a shopping strip further down on Prince Charles. Mr
Carey shouted back, “Hell no, these guys are bad news.”

But problems for the PLP are getting worse. News of the
death of Anna Nicole Smith came and then photos of the Min-
ister of Immigration all over the foreign news in the bedroom of
Mrs Smith is not going down well with many PLP financial
backers.

So I have not been able to confirm if the rally is on or off, but
my guess is that it will not be held as it would prove to be a feed-
ing ground for the foreign media who want answers to what is
the role of our Minister of Immigration in Anna Nicole Smith’s
Residence Permit approval.

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vote.

PETER T CAREY
Nassau,
February, 2007.
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The Queen and what will become
of the monarchy in the Bahamas

W e saw The Queen
this past weekend.

. That award-winning film
portrays the British political
elite sparring with the royal
family over what to do about
the death of Princess Diana in

1997. It has been described as ;

“the most reverent, irreverent
comedy imaginable”.

As we all know, the death
of Diana was the media-polit-
ical event to end all media-
political events - until the
death of Anna Nicole Smith,
that is. But enough about that.

The movie pits an upstart

‘commoner named Tony Blair
(who was swept into power by
a Labour landslide just before
Diana’s death in a car crash)
against the aloof monarch who
has remained on the throne
for more than half a century.

Although it seems rather
mundane in retrospect, this
was a confrontation that
brought the whole issue of the
British monarchy into ques-
tion.

As one reviewer noted:
“The enormity of the public
response and the queen’s con-
tinued insistence that Diana
was no longer a royal when
she died and doesn’t therefore
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Prime Minister Blair’s wife,
Cherie, is an avowed anti-
monarchist who reportedly
denounced Princess Anne as
a ‘bitch’. In fact, it is said that
every time Mrs Blair walks
into the queen’s residence at
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prankster who recently called
for Helen Mirren (who plays

It is said that every time Mrs
Blair walks into the queen’s
residence at Balmoral “her:
eyes bulge and begin to water,
she comes out in red blotches
and her nose runs constantly.”

in red blotches and her nose
runs constantly.”
Of course, that is not entire-

‘ly the queen’s fault - it’s her

famously spoiled corgi dogs
that cause the allergic reaction
- but I am sure you can spot
the irony.
Mrs Blair’s distaste for the
monarchy doesn’t begin to
compare with that of Labour
MP Dennis Skinner, the

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the queen in the movie) to give
the Speech from the Throne
at the last opening of the
British parliament.

S" less than 20 per
cent of the British pub-
lic favours abolition of the
monarchy, which is rather
strange considering the non-
sense that various royal fami-
lies have perpetuated over the
centuries - ever since King
Alfred consolidated the
Anglo-Saxon earldoms in the
9th century.

Actually Tough Call can
relate to.this movie. You see, I
was a personal guest of the
queen aboard the royal yacht
Britannia in Nassau harbour
during a state visit in 1975 as
part of a group of Bahamian
journalists. And meeting Eliz-
abeth came very close to say-
ing ‘hello’ to Helen Mirren.

At the time I was a radical
republican who considered the

royal family “overpaid, inbred
- spongers who should. be

thrown out”. But it was never-
theless interesting to munch
on cucumber sandwiches amid
all that polished brass-work
with all those obsequious
white-uniformed servants.
Britannia was launched in
1953 and conveyed the queen,
and other members of the roy-
al family, on 696 visits around
the world. Its final mission was
to bring back the last British
governor of Hong Kong after
the hand-over of the colony to
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was decommissioned in 1997
and there has been no replace-
ment.

Those cucumber sandwiches
my bros and I enjoyed on the
yacht were paid for by the
queen’s government subsidy,
which now runs to about $80
million a year (not counting
more hundreds of thousands
in public funds for other fami-
ly members). All of this is tax-
free — and until 1993 the royal
family paid no taxes on their
personal fortune either.

That fortune was recently
estimated by Forbes magazine
at around half a billion. But it
does not include many price-
less works of art and historic
properties that are part of the

national patrimony and can-'

not be sold.

he queen’s current
relationship with the

Bahamas was fixed.in 1931 by

the British government. They
represented the monarchy as
head of the Commonwealth - a
voluntary association of 53
independent but formerly
British territories. In practice,
the queen heads the Com-
monwealth in a symbolic
capacity.

But there is more to it than
this. Queen Elizabeth is also
the head of state of 16 Com-
monwealth countries, includ-
ing the Bahamas. The Com-
monwealth is the successor to
the British Empire, which was
dismantled after the Second
World War in response. to the
rise of national independence
movements.

( ritics say that the
Commonwealth is an

arbitrary alliance, with mem-
bers that are united only
because of the accident of
British colonialism. And many
Commonwealth members look
increasingly to regional part-
ners to form their most impor-
tant alliances. The Bahamas
and CARICOM being one
example. :

We became a British crown
colony way back in 1718. And
the present monarch has made



It has been more than 30
years since Independence and
our politicos still look forward
to British honours and fall
over themselves to meet

British royalty —

excepted.

Arthur Hanna

the Statute of Westminster,
which ‘implemented decisions
on the:evolution of the empire.
At thatitime, the British
renounced legislative authori-
ty over major colonies like
Canada, Australia and South
Africa, which were then
known as dominions.

In 1926 an Imperial Confer-
ence acknowledged that these
dominions were “autonomous
communities within the British
Empire, equal in status, though
united by a common allegiance
to the Crown, and freely asso-
ciated as members of the
British Commonwealth.”

This meant that governors-
general no longer represented

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five state visits during her reign
- in 1966; in 1975 when she
opened the Bahamas’parlia-
ment; in' 1977 when‘ she
opened ZNS television; in 1985
when she presided over the
Commonweéalth Heads of
Government Conference in
Nassau; and in 1994.

It is an interesting fact that
the British monarchy is the
oldest surviving political insti-
tution in Europe. And it.cre-
ated what is perhaps the
world’s first nation state.

But word is that the present
royal family are actually fakes
“descended from a deception”,
in the form of Edward IV. He
was born in 1442 in France,
and the circumstances say that
his biological father wasn’t the
king of England, but a French
soldier whom the queen had a
brief fling with.

VV hen historian
Michael Jones

uncovered this evidence in
2003, it threw the legitimacy
of all the kings and queens
who followed him into ques-
tion. It appears that the royal
line should have extended, not
through Edward, but through
his brother George - the Duke
of Clarence. In point of fact,’
my wife’s family claims descent
through this line.

To cut a long story short, the
real king today is a guy named
Mike Hastings,. who left Eng-
land to live in Australia in his
teens, and who actually voted
for a republic in the latest
Aussie referendum on that
subject.

According to another British
historian, David Starkey: “I’m

not sentimental about the roy-'

al family. But I do think that
constitutional monarchies
make surprisingly effective
heads of state...It’s a case, I
suppose, of better the crowned
devil you know.”

While this theory may not

apply in quite the same way -

here, it is also true that repub-
licanism has never been a pop-
ular theme among Bahamians.
It has been more than 30 years
since Independence and our
politicos still look forward to
British honours and fall over

_ themselves to nteet British roy-

alty — Arthur Hanna except-
ed.

I:
n fact, the government
appointed a Constitu-
tional Review Commission in
2002 which has been canvass-
ing public opinion on a vari-
ety of issues, including whether
or not we should retain the
queen as head of state.

In its preliminary report last
March, the commission record-
ed “mixed feelings” on the

. matter:

“There was a significant
number who expressed no
opinion as to the constitution
of the monarchy; there were
others who were of the opin-
ion that the status quo should
remain, while others were of
the view that the link to the
British monarchy was incon-
sistent with Bahamian inde-
pendence and should be sev-
ered while preserving mem-
bership within the Common-
wealth of which the queen is
the symbolic head.”

They added that people are
satisfied to regard the gover-
nor-general as the head of
state: “The proposition that

the queen is constitutionally |

queen of the Bahamas is usu-
ally met with silence.

“We cannot on thé 6ne hand »
- assert ourselves as a sovereign ~~ *
country while relying on the

legal fiction of ‘Her Majesty
in Parliament’ to give legiti-
macy to our government...this
is inconsistent with being a
completely independent legal
entity.” ‘

S: the commission has
“provisionally” recoix.-
mended abolition of the offices

of governor-general and its
replacement by a presidency,
to make the Bahamas a par-
liamentary republic. Under
this scenario the head of state
would be elected by both
houses of parliament and
would function in a role similar
to that of the current gover-
nor-general, while executive

power would continue to be

exercised by the cabinet.
The constitutional commis-
sion has been lying low since

last March. Probably because .

an election is in the offing. But
at some point in the very near
future, we will be called upon
to make these far-reaching
decisions. It is incumbent upon
us to contribute to the debate
- otherwise the politicos will
simply make the decision for
us.
And it may not be the right
one.

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harities to be
more efficient

MINISTER of Social Ser-
vices and Community Devel-
opment Melanie Griffin praised
the Royal Bank of Canada and

~ other corporate sponsors for
their continued support of
Bahamian charities.

Mrs Griffin encouraged cor-
porate sponsors to continue to
give to recognised charitable
organisations and programmes
in the Bahamas, saying that
their donations, combined with
government’s assistance, helps
to bring support to a vast major-
ity of the country’s citizens.

And, the minister told chari-
ties they must become “more
efficient, effective and account-
able” if they want to compete
for charitable dollars — as cor-
porate donors will ask no less of
them.

Addressing a Royal Bank of
Canada special presentation on
corporate giving that was

@ By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter

GLOBALISATION can be
good for most workers provided
the appropriate policies are in
place, according to an new
report from the International
Labour Organisation.

The report is entitled “Trade
and employment: challenges for
policy research”, and is the first-
ever joint study by the ILO and
the World Trade Organisation
(WTO).

The researchers looked at
trade flows and employment,
trade and employment, trade

Minister praises sponsors
for donations at corporate
giving presentation



attended by representatives
from 40 charitable organisations
in the Bahamas that have ben-
efited from RBC’s generosity
over the years, Mrs Griffin said
charities continue to “depend
heavily” on support from the
private sector.

“Tt is widely accepted that few
governments, if any, can pro-
vide for the needs of all of its
citizens, hence the involvement
of non-governmental charitable
organisations in the provision
of services is welcomed,” Mrs

and inequality and the role of
policy makers.

The paper concludes that no
simple generalisations on the
relation between trade and
employment can be made, and
that the factors influencing the
trade/employment relationship
are the composition of trade,
the role of technological change,
and the impact of greater open-
ness on the elasticity of labour
demand. :

Expenditures on education
and on infrastructure are pro-
poor policies, the report argues,
the absence of which can
increase the inequality result-

an be goo

Griffin said.

“It is also widely accepted
that there are some services that
are best provided by these char-
itable organisations, and | am
always pleased when new part-
nerships are formed between
such organizations and govern-
ment.”

Mrs Griffin singled out RBC
for its support “of a number of
Bahamian charities.”

The bank contributes $43 mil-
lion annually to a number of
global charities in addition to

ing from trade.

_ It also argues states that glob-
alisation can be good for most
workers, provided that the

‘appropriate policies are in

place, but that distributional
implications should not be
ignored.

With regards to trade flows
and employment, the paper
states that most jobs are not
directly linked to trade or for-
eign investment, and can be
found either in non-tradable
services in developed countries
or in non-tradable agriculture
or informal work in developing
countries, which implies that the

Rio wraps up carnival parade -
with celebration of African roots

B BRAZIL.
Rio de Janeiro



RIO de Janeiro ended this
year’s carnival parade in style
Tuesday morning, wowing a
capacity crowd of 60,000 revel-
ers with a samba act celebrating
Brazil’s African roots, according
to Associated Press.

The samba group Beija Flor —
“hummingbird” in English —
paraded its float featuring a
gilded hummingbird surround-
ed by leaping impalas, with per-
formers in giant elephant and
giraffe suits in addition to the
usual elaborately plumed and
barely clothed dancers.

Rio’s samba parades are the
centrepiece of carnival in Brazil.
Over the course of two nights,
the city’s 13 premiere groups
mount opulent 80-minute
parades involving hundreds of
_ drummers, thousands of
dancers and lavish floats.

Each group spends up to
US$1 million on the parade in
an attempt to be declared cham-
pion — a distinction that brings
littie more than bragging rights.

Beija Flor was heavily
favoured to win the coveted
championship in voting
Wednesday and was deciared
the popular winner by two local
newspapers.

The Porto da Pedra group
opened the second night of
parading, sending 3,500 dancers
into the Sambadromo stadium
singing the praises of South
Africa and Nobel Peace Prize
winner Nelson Mandela.

The parade included a giant
float featuring a black-and-
white tiger, backed by tower-
ing African dolls spinning in
place. Behind the float, 250
women in hoop skirts spun like
dervishes.

Featured dancer Angela Bis-
marchi wore body paint and a
tiara containing three South
African diamonds that the
group said required her to be
accompanied by 12 security
guards.

“Tt took them eight hours to
paint me up like this,” Bis-
marchi said.

During the parade Bismarchi
lost her G-string. Directors pro-
vided her with a thong and she
kept dancing, but it could harm
the group’s chances in the com-






se



@ A DANCER performs ne

samba school float during carniva

petition, which prohibits nudity.

Carnival is celebrated around
the world from Europe to Haiti
to New Orleans’ Mardi Gras
and runs to the start of Lent,
the period between Ash
Wednesday and Easter
observed by Christians as a sea-
son of fasting and penitence.
Excess and revelry are the point
of carnival, which culminates

on the aptly named Fat Tues: .

day.

But Brazil is perhaps unique
in the world as a nation of con-
tinental proportions where
nearly everyone drops every-
thing for four days to celebrate.

In the northeastern city of
Salvador, crowds fall in to dance
behind giant sound trucks play-
ing Axe music, a calypso-inflect-
ed samba.

Further up the coast in the

xt to a Brazilian flag on a ‘Portela’

] parade in Rio de Janeiro
(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

cities of Recife and Olinda, rev-
elers dance the Frevo — a high-
speed dance performed while
holding a multicolored umbrel-
la — and the African-inspired
Maracatu.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s economic
center, has its own glittery
parade.

Not everyone approves of the
goings-on, though.

Outside the Sambadromo sta-
dium, members of Youth With
A Mission played Christian
rock music and told passers-by
that carnival is the “fruit of sin".

Members of the group, which
unites young people from dif-
ferent evangelical churches,
spends the four days of carnival
handing out religious fliers and
wearing green T-shirts embla-
zoned with the slogan “Smile,
Jesus is Happiness.”

MINISTER of Social Services a

Royal Bank of Canada special presentation on charitable giving.

those they support in the
Bahamas.

Mrs Griffin said she was hap-
py to note that 81 per cent of
the donations are focused on
the areas of education and
health, with 22 per cent directed
specifically to social services,
her ministry’s area of responsi-
bility.

“While the other areas of
focus are also important and
also impact our social advance-
ment, the areas you have cho-
sen for major target are cer-
tainly those that our experience
has shown require the greatest

domestic level of development
and the domestic economy
determines their job and
income prospects. | ,

On trade and employment,
the report states that there is
agreement (among economists)
on the positive gains of trade
liberalisation, which restructures
the economy and makes the
country better off overall, but it
says this does create “short
term” benefits.

The study said that in theory,
trade between developed coun-
tries and developing countries
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continue to transform our soci-
ety,” she said.

Mrs Griffin said the special
presentation of corporate giv-
ing provided local charities with
an opportunity. to become bet-
ter informed about the expec-

tations of Royal Bank in par- |

ticular and corporate sponsors
in general. ,

She said the presentation also
gave those organisations a
chance to take an “introspec-
tive look” at their operations,
which should result in those that
are not already so, being more

demand for low skilled work-
ers, and less inequality in devel-
oping countries due to higher
demand for unskilled labour,
resulting in higher wages for the
workers concerned.

However, the report notes
that in reality, “wage premi-

ums” (increases in the wage dif- |

ferential between high-skilled
and low-skilled labour) have
increased, which indicates that
low wage skilled earners have
been losing out, due both to
trade liberalisation and to tech-
nological change.

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“accountable and efficient”
organisations.

“There is no shortage of
organisations seeking dona-
tions from the corporate com-
munity, and this no doubt has
forced corporations to look
carefully at their charitable-giv-
ing programmes,” Mrs Griffin
said.

“Purthermore, entities want
to ensure that donations are not

. misused and abused, hence

there must be the means by
which receiving organisations
must be accountable,” she
added.

there is a lack of social safety
nets in developing countries
and that when available, they
are essentially confined to
workers in formal economy
jobs.

Furthermore, it says that
respect for trade union rights
has positive effects through
enabling effective social dia-
logue.

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FROM page one

The release said the prime
minister had advised the gov-
ernor general to make the
adjustments to the Cabinet, that
were to be effective yesterday.

Ministerial responsibility for

immigration was transferred to ;
Bradley Roberts, who will be :
designated Minister of Works :
and Utilities and Immigration. :

Ministerial responsibility for ;
Labour was transferred to Vin- }
cent Peet, who will be desig- }
nated Minister of Labour and ;

Financial Services.

And ministerial responsibili- :
ty for the Broadcasting Corpo- }
ration of the Bahamas, Radio :
and Television Broadcasting :
and Bahamas Information Ser- ;
vices will be transferred from :
Minister Obie Wilchcombe to :
Senator Bernard Nottage, who :
will be redesignated Minister :
of Health, National Insurance :

and Public Information.

Mr Rigby told The Tribune: :
“I think that he (Minister :
Roberts) will be fine with the :
increase in his portfolio and we }

do not foresee any difficulty.

“The prime minister has the }
prerogative to determine where :
he wants to slot his ministers, }
and I assume that when he }
made his decision he had done }
so bearing in mimd the issues :
that are on the minds of the :
people of the Bahamas,” Mr }

Rigby said.

Asked if he personally ;
thought the decision was a good
one, Mr Rigby said: “I have no :
difficulty lending my support to }
the decision of the prime min- ;

ister.”

Shane Gibson-resigned on
Sunday night over the Anna }
Nicole Smith scandal, bowing :

to political pressure.

Last year he was accused of i
fast-tracking Ms Smith’s per- :
manent residency application }

because of their friendship.

But Mr Gibson said his rela-
tionship with Anna Nicole was }
a family relationship and he }

denied any wrongdoing.

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Angtican Church has
issued an ultimatum to its US
province, demanding that
they stop any further conse-
cration of gay clergy and ban
all blessings of same-sex
unions.

The ultimatum is the result
of a proposal by the
Covenant Design Group —
chaired by Archbishop Drex-

el Gomez of the West Indies

— which began its delibera-
tions in Nassau last month
and released its findings on
Monday night in Tanzania.

The six-day meeting held
in Dar es Salaam was the lat-
est effort by the Anglicans to
achieve reconciliation and
prevent a split of the church,
which has over 70 million
members worldwide.

The 38 Anglican leaders
who attended the meeting
agreed that the US Episco-
pal Church will be given until
September 30 to produce
proof that will it adhere to
the church’s traditional prac-
tices when it comes to homo-
sexuality.

If the US branch of the
church cannot give that reas-
surance, the Anglican Pri-
mates stated,
“the relationship between the
Episcopal Church and the
Anglican Communion as a
whole remains damaged at
best, and this has conse-
quences for the full partici-
pation of the church in the

LOCAL NEWS



ARCHBISHOP
Drexel Gomez

life of the communion.”

However, it was not speci-
fied what those consequences
would be.

In a statement, spiritual
leader of the Anglican Com-
munion Archbishop of Can-
terbury Rowan Williams said

he believes that this solution -

“will certainly fall very short
of resolving all the disputes,
but will provide a way of
moving forward with digni-
ty.”

The crisis which now
threatens to create a division
of the church began in 2003,
when the Episcopal Church
appointed its first openly gay

Baggage handler

‘offered voluntary
statement to Bahamas

police before arrest’

FROM page one

was arrested by Drug Enforce-
ment Agency (DEA) officers
when he arrived on a Spirit Air-
lines flight from Nassau to Ft
Lauderdale with 968.6 grams of
cocaine in a ‘Louis Vitton' bag
on November 10, 2006.

Consequently, Rigby was
taken in for questioning by
Bahamian police officers fol-
lowing the DEA's inquiry into
the matter.

"After Munroe's arrest,
DEA received information
from the Royal Bahamas
Police Department that defen-
dant Delvin Rigby, a Nassau
Flight Services employee,
worked as a ramp agent on
Flight 174," said the document.

"Defendant Rigby was
questioned by RBPD officers
in Nassau, and agreed to make
a voluntary, written statement.

"In the statement, defen-
dant Rigby admitted that he
was aware that a group of Nas-
sau Flight Services employees,
. including co-defendant Mar-
cus Rolle, was smuggling drugs
into the United States on
flights departing from Nassau."

Rigby, in his written con-
fession, recounts events lead-
ing up to Munroe's arrest and
his subsequent detention for
questioning.

"Rigby also admitted that
on November 10, 2006, he
worked on Flight 174, loading
bags into the rear cargo hold
with the assistance of another
Nassau Flight Services ramp
agent," the document contin-
ued.

"The other ramp agent was
on the ground feeding bags on
to a conveyor belt leading up
to the Cargo hold...co-defen-
dant Marcus Rolle climbed
into the cargo hold with him.

"Rolle then repeatedly
asked the ramp agent on the
ground for a Louis Vitton bag
that was among the bags wait-
ing to be loaded on the plane.

"After receiving the Louis
Vitton bag, Rolle pulled a
brick shaped package wrapped

in duct tape from under his
shirt...Rigby placed the pack-
age in the Louis Vitton bag
and loaded the bag into the
cargo hold of Flight 174."

According to the document,
Rolle assured Rigby that he
would be paid for his assis-
tance in placing the package.

Rigby's sentencing is set for
May 2 in a Fort Lauderdale
court, on count two - importa-
tion of cocaine into the United
States, which could mean a
maximum sentence of 40 years
for the 26-year-old.

Most of the other Nassau
Flight Services baggage han-
dlers arrested in Ft Lauderdale
in December have pleaded
guilty to the charges against
them, according to US officials
and official court documents.

Roney Tony, after an ini-
tial not guilty plea, pleaded
guilty to count one - conspira-
cy to import cocaine into the
United States, which can carry
a 40-year sentence. Counts
two, three and four of the
indictment will be dropped
when he is sentenced on April
19.

John Peters, whose trial was
scheduled to start yesterday,
entered a change of plea early
in the morning. He is now
expected to plead guilty,
though it is not known yet to
which charges.

"This is part of an ongoing
DEA investigation," accord-
ing to Oscar J. Negron, Drug
Enforcement Administration
demand reduction co-ordina-
tor. ‘

Officers seize $600,000
worth of marijuana

FROM page one
Andros.

When the officers approached, persons who were off-loading
crocus sacks from the aircraft into nearby bushes set the plane on
fire and attempted to escape on foot.

Two of the men were arrested, a 34-year-old of New Providence
or Abaco, and a 33-year-old from Grand Bahama. Currently the
identity of these persons is being withheld by police.

Seized at the scene were 16 crocus sacks, one duffle bag, and one
plastic bag of marijuana. The total weight of the drugs was 630
pounds — valued at more than $630,000.



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bishop, Gene Robinson of the
Diocese of New Hampshire.

Traditionalists protested
the appointment, stating that
homosexuality was contrary
to the church's teachings.

Speaking with the Bahami-
an press in January before the
Design Covenant Group
began its deliberations, Arch-
bishop Gomez said that the
Archbishop of Canterbury
envisions that there will be
two sub-groups within the
world-wide Anglican Com-
munion. Those provinces
which sign on to the new
Covenant will become con-
stituent members of the Com-
munion, while those opposed
to it may be called associate
members.

Archbishop Gomez could
not be reached for comment
yesterday as he was still in
Tanzania and is not sched-
uled to return to his office
until Thursday.

The Archbishop was
appointed as chairman of the
10-member Covenant Design
Group, which is made up of
experts in canon law, the
nature and mission of the
church and ecumenical rela-
tions. —

The group was charged
with determining the full
implications of the actions of
two of the world’s largest and
richest Anglican provinces —
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 9

~ Anglican Church gives —
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| Episcopal leaders to conform

to the wider church’s view of
homosexuality.

However, Episcopalians
in favour of gay rights
immediately urged Ameri-
can bishops to reject the
demands. “The American
church is not going to just
roll over and turn back the
clock on blessings,” said the
Rev. Susan Russell, an Epis-
copal priest in Los Angeles
and president.of Integrity,
an Episcopalian gay rights
group.

The communiqué from
the Anglican leaders also
called on the House of Bish-
ops to adopt an explicit ban
against blessings of same-
sex unions and to make
clear that clergy in homo-
sexual relationships cannot
be confirmed as bishops.

But in an official press
release from RAB
spokesperson Erin Greene,
the local gay rights group
says the debate is far from
over within the church.

According to RAB: “The
ongoing debate within the
International Anglican com-
munity and its leaders and
its most recent decision
requesting that its Episco-
pal Branch in the US ban
blessings of same sex unions
and ordinations of gay and
openly gay bishops or risk a

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Rum Cay developer eyeing:
San Salvador development

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
and CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL —
Tribune Business Reporter

4
he developers behind
the $600-$700 million
Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na are planning another
potential tourism devel-
opment on the nearby island of San
Salvador, a project likely to involve a
600-acre development and tie-up with
a “top tier” hotel brand.
Well-placed sources have con-
firmed to Tribune Business that an
affiliate of Montana Holdings, the
Rum Cay developer, is closing on a
land deal to purchase 600 acres of pri-
vately-owned real estate at Pidgeon
Cay in San Salvador.
The affiliate, understood to be

Ministry confirms Montana Holdings chair involved in land purchase for
600-acre project, involving possible tie-in with Capella Hotels & Resorts

bes

called Montana Land Investment
Holdings, was said to be in talks with
Capella Hotels & Resorts about
becoming the brand partner for the
project’s upmarket, top-of-the-range
boutique hotel.

The development, which would
have to be approved by the Govern-
ment and other regulatory authori-
ties, is also likely to involve a marina,
low-density residential and timeshare
components, and a marina.

There would also be the opportu-

nity to realise synergies with its Rum _

Cay resort affiliate, with guests shut-

_tling between the two properties via

boat. werd
Montana Holdings’ involvement in

‘the potential San Salvador project is a

major vote of confidence in the
Bahamian economy and government,
as it would be one of the few investors
to embark on two separate projects in
this nation simultaneously.

Given that it is a well-regarded,
highly creditable investor, Montana
Holdings is also holding out the

promise of creating several hundred

more jobs for Bahamians, in addition
to those at its Rum Cay project. Its
reputation means it will deliver on
what it promises.

Vincent Peet, minister of financial
services and investments, said he was

unable to confirm Montana Holdings’ .

involvement with the potential San
Salvador project, as he was out of
office when contacted by The Tribune
and did not have any details before
him.

He did, though, confirm that he had
heard the name of Capella Hotels &

Resorts. ;

Mr Peet referred The Tribune to

Basil Albury, the director of invest-

_ments at the Ministry of Financial

Services and Investments.

Mr Albury confirmed that he was
aware John Mittens, Montana Hold-
ings chairman, was involved in nego-
tiations for the purchase of land in
San Salvador.

He added that he did not have any

SEE page 5B

Film Studios may provide Mega Grand. Bahama development
‘will be another Guana Cay’ —

700-1200 permanent jobs

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

_ THE Bahamas Film Studios
could provide jobs for between
‘700-1200 “fixed”™staff once
productions begin to use the
facility, the group in the
process of acquiring the rights
to develop it believes, a num-
ber that could increase for pro-
jects on the scale of the two
Pirates of the Caribbean
movies.

Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque
Group, who structured the
group seeking to acquire the
development rights, described
700 as “ the ball park figure” in
terms of employment once the

Bahamas
Film Studios
was fully
built-out
and regular-
ly used by”
TV and |
movie pro-
ducers.

“In terms
of the build
out and per-
manent
staff, once.
productions get in place you’re
looking at a fixed staff of
between 700-1200,” Mr Bethel
said. Any productions of the
size and scale of Pirates of the

@ BETHEL

SEE page 6B

Securities Act draft
will be released at
QI 2007 end

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Securities Commission
of the Bahamas is “on sched-
ule” to present the draft of the
amended Securities Industry
Act to the capital markéts
industry before the end of the

2007 first quarter, The Tribune —

was told yesterday. ;

Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission’s executive
director, said the Canadian
consultant redrafting the Act
had met with the Bahamian
regulator “two to three weeks
ago” over her first draft.

The Securities Commission
had made a number of com-
ments and suggested changes,
and the consultant has
returned to Canada to redraft
the proposed legislation and
account for the feedback.

“Once we have it in hand,
we will distribute it to the
industry for comment,” Mr
Deveuax said. “I think we’re
on schedule to go to the indus-
try before the end of the first
quarter, and that consultation
period is going to be somewhat
long.

“I would expect to get com-
ments both locally and inter-
nationally on the draft legisla-
tion, and once we’ve done that,
we will take it to the Ministry
of Finance. What is critical is
the consultation process with
the industry.”

In a previous interview, Mr
Deveaux said the proposed
amendments to the Securities

—_—

Industry Act make the Securi-
ties Commission accountable
to a Parliament subcommittee
rather than a government min-
ister, as the Bahamas moves
to ensure this legislation meets
international “principles”.
The planned changes sought
to make the Bahamian capital
markets and investment funds
regulator independent of the
Government, following estab-
lished global regulatory trends.
The proposed’ amendments
to the Securities Commission’s
independence will bring the
Bahamas into line with the
principles set out by IOSCO,
the international securities reg-
ulator. hae
Capital markets particpants
have long called for the Secu-
rities Industry Act to be
reformed, arguing that it ‘lacks
teeth’ in terms of the enforce-
ment and regulatory powers
provided to the Securities
Commission.
The industry also believes
the existing Act has failed to
provide adequate protection
and safeguards for minority

shareholder rights, and is not

tough enough to compel
Bahamian publicly-listed com-
panies to make timely disclo-
sures On material events or
changes. Corporate gover-
nance is another area fre-
quently cited as a weakness.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, had previ-

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MARKETS

SUSAN WALSH/AP

INFLUENTIAL WORDS: Federal

_ Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke's remarks that.
economic growth and

_ inflation are moderating

- boosted stocks last weal:

Wall —
‘Street —
waits. for
rate data

"BY MADLEN READ
- Associated Press .

- NEW. YORK — Wall Street “
might have a tough time match-
ing last week’s outstanding per-

_ formance in the coming days, —
but inflation figures could be —
the impetus for extending the —

advance.
The Labor Department will
release its consumer price index
for January on. Wednesday, giv-
- ing the Federal Reserve one of
its primary indicators to gauge

the pace of inflation. As Wall

Street knows quite well, a larger
than expected rise in inflation at

the consumer level might nudge _

Fed policy-makers toward rais-
ing interest rates to keep prices
in line. |

‘Remarks last week from Fed-
eral Reserve Chairman Ben Ber-

~nanke that economic growth

and inflation are moderating
sent stocks soaring, pushing the
Dow Jones industrials to
another series of record highs.

Bernanke gave investors
_ what they were hoping for,

some assurance that rates were
- likely to remain stable — as —
long as economic data support

that trend.
But because there’s a contin-
ual stream of data for investors

to parse, soothing words like:

Bernanke’s don’t tend to last too

long in the stock market. So the —

CPI has the power to either

send stocks climbing further ©

this week, or bring the market’s
- February rally to a halt.
As of Friday, analysts

expected the CPI to show an |

increase of 0.1 percent in Janu-
ary, slower. than December's
- 0.4 percent.
But they expected the core
_ CPI — which strips out volatile
food and energy prices — to
register a rise of 0.2 percent,
quicker than. December’ s
0.1 percent.
For more clues about where

_ rates are headed, investors will,
pore over the Federal Open.

- Market Committee’s minutes

from their Jan. 31 meeting,

which will be released Wednes-
day.

Beyond interest rates, Wall

- Street will be looking to see if

. the months-long surge in take-

over deals continues. There

. ‘were no mega-deals announced

Jast week, but reports that two

companies are vying for alumi-
nim producer Alcoa helped trig-
ger last week’s big advance.

Last week, the Dow rose
1.48 percent, the Standard &
Poor’s 500 index rose.1.22 per-
cent, and the Nasdaq composite
index rose 1.48 percent.

The coming week will also

bring some of the last large |

- earnings reports for the fourth
quarter of 2006.

' Perhaps most interesting will
be retailers Wal-Mart Stores,
Home Depot and Lowe’s, whose
results and outlooks could pro-
vide clues to how strong con-
sumer spending is and the
extent to which the housing
slump is crimping sales of home
improvement-related goods.

wU.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS WERE
CLOSED MONDAY FOR THE
- PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY.





GLOBAL TRADING

World markets higher ¢ on merger talk

While markets were closed in
the United States and much of
Asia because of holidays, the
Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo posted
‘its highest close since 2000.

LONDON — (AP) — World stock
markets ended higher Monday, as
merger and acquisition talk boosted
shares in. Europe and Japan, while

markets were closed in the United .

States for the Presidents’ Day holiday
and for the Lunar New Year holiday
in much of Asia.

In London, the FTSE 100 closed
0.4 percent higher at 6,444.40, while
in Paris the Paris CAC-40 gained
0.5 percent to 5,739.90. Germany’s



| FEELING THE JETBLUES: Passengers check in at the JetBlue terminal at JFK airport in New York. The
airline cancelled almost a quarter of Monday’s flights but hoped to be fully operational by today.

After ‘painful’ grounding, JetBlue
appears ready to take off again

JetBlue tried to do their best — tried to keep the system
rolling. Their heart was in the right place, but their

@ The cut-rate airline JetBlue
plans to restore full flight
operations today, following a
travel meltdown that virtually
paralyzed the company.

BY DEEPTI HAJELA
Associated Press

NEW YORK — The six-day
siege of angry and disgruntled trav-
elers at JetBlue’s Kennedy airport
terminal appeared to ease on Mon-
day. as service desks functioned
more smoothly and customer calm
prevailed despite flight cancella-
tions.

The beleaguered company said

its flights on Monday but planned
to restore full operations today, a
week after a Valentine’s Day snow-

SATELLITE RADIO

Rivals XM,

@ The only two subscription-only
satellite radio companies, XM and
Sirius, have agreed to a merger,
but the deal faces significant
regulatory hurdles.

BY SETH SUTEL
Associated Press

NEW YORK — XM Satellite
Radio Holdings and Sirius Satellite
Radio have agreed to merge, the two
companies said Monday.

The deal would consolidate the
only two companies in the emerging
business of subscription-only satel-
lite radio, and is sure to face tough
scrutiny from federal regulators.
Investors and analysts have been

- speculating about a deal for months.

The two companies said in a state-
ment that Mel Karmazin, the CEO of
Sirius, would become chief executive
of the new company while Gary Par-
sons, the chairman of KM, would
remain in that role. XM’s CEO Hugh
Panero will remain to oversee closing
of the deal, they said.

The deal would face significant
regulatory hurdles in Washington,
including a Federal Communications
Commission rule that clearly states

it was canceling almost a quarter of’

DAX Xetra rose 0.4 percent to
6,987.08, with help from speculation
about the possible sale of Chrysler.
Japanese stocks rose to their high-
est level in nearly seven years on
reports of a possible merger that
would create the country’s biggest
department store chain. The bench-
mark Nikkei 225 index advanced
0.36 percent to finish at 17,940.09 on
the Tokyo Stock Exchange — its
highest close since May 8, 2000.
Markets in mainland China, Hong
Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South
Korea and Malaysia were closed for
the Lunar New Year holiday — the

biggest celebration of the year for

ethnic Chinese.

AIRLINES

head was not.’

storm created a travel meltdown
that virtually paralyzed JetBlue.

The service breakdown “was
absolutely painful to watch,” said
David G. Neeleman, the company’s
founder and chief executive, on
Monday.

He said the storm problems led
to other problems, including an
overwhelmed reservations system
and many of the company’s pilots
and flight crews being stuck away

that one satellite radio provider can-
not buy the other one. However, that
rule could be waived.

A combination would also have to
meet antitrust approval from the
Department of Justice. ‘The compa-
nies are expected to argue that they
compete not only with each other but

In Switzerland, Converium Hold-
ing AG shares jumped 14 percent
after it rejected an unsolicited $2.5
billion offer from Scor, France’s larg-
est reinsurer. Shares in Scor. fell
7.3 percent in Paris.

In Britain, J. Sainsbury PLC rose
17 percent following a report that a
Qatari fund might join in a possible
takeover bid for Britain’s third-larg-
est supermarket group.

Japanese stocks rose after media
reports over the weekend said Dai-
maru might merge with the depart-
ment store unit of Matsuzakaya
Holdings. Although both companies
said nothing had been decided, Mat-
suzakaya jumped 10 percent, while

RICK MAIMAN/AP



- DAVID STEMPLER
president, Air Travelers Association

from where they were needed. The
company didn’t have a system in
place to track the stranded crews

-and reroute them, something Jet-

Blue is working to rectify, Neele-
man said. mr

JetBlue spokesman Sebastian |
White said that Monday’s cancella- |
tions helped make sure all flight |
crews had legally mandated

* TURN TO JETBLUE

also with a growing base of digital «

audio sources such as iPods, mobile
phones, and non-satellite digital
radio.

XM and Sirius have both posted
significant financial losses as they
built up their programming lineups
and recruited subscribers. Both

‘stocks declined more than 40 percent

last year on concerns about their con-
tinued growth in subscribers and
softness in the retail market, but
investors have held out hopes that a
merger could bring costs down sig-
nificantly.

Shareholders of XM and Sirius
would each own approximately 50
percent of the combined company.
XM shareholders would receive 4.6
shares of Sirius stock for each share
of XM they own.

* TURN TO RADIO

Daimaru soared 8.6 percent.

Other gainers included Sumitomo
Metal Industries, which added
3.3 percent, and Makino Millings
Machine, which rose 4.3 percent.

Dealers were surprised by the
strength in the market in the face of
holidays in several Asian markets and
a tightening in Chinese bank lending
restrictions last week. ;

“It’s a pretty positive sign,” said
Patrick Crabb, institutional sales
trader at Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Markets in Hong Kong, Singapore
and Malaysia will reopen Wednes-
day, while markets in mainland China
and Taiwan will start trading again
Monday.

E-Trade
expands ©

to global

stocks

@ E-Trade announced it will
begin a pilot program that could
open 42 international markets to .
online traders.

BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press
NEW YORK — E-Trade Financial
unveiled a global trading platform
today that makes it the first U.S. dis- ©
count brokerage to give customers
the ability to trade foreign-listed
stocks online. ;
The pilot project, which begins-
with 1,000 E-Trade customers this
week, allows them to buy,’ hold and
sell stocks in Canada, France, Ger-

_many,.Hong Kong, Japan and Britain.

The rollout is expected to take two
months before all customers have
access, and could one day expand to
42 international markets.

The launch unlocks thousands of
stocks previously unavailable to
online traders, and pressures top
rivals Charles Schwab and TD Amer-
itrade Holding to make similar
moves. It also comes as stock
exchanges in Asia have bounced to
unprecedented highs and far out-
paced Western markets.

“Nobody can deny the world is
becoming more interconnected, a
more global community,” said Presi-
dent and Chief Operating Officer Jar-
rett Lilien in an interview. “I think
our competition is going to have to

‘follow. This is going to be a funda-

mental part of investing.”
Previously, retail investors who
wanted to buy foreign stocks that
were not listed on U.S. exchanges as
American Depositary Receipts had to
call brokers and accept commission
fees that topped $100. E-Trade will
charge a $20 commission, and also
give customers the ability to move
U.S. dollar accounts into foreign cur-

* TURN TO E-TRADE

Sirius agree to merge; hurdles loom



JOHN HARRINGTON/XM RADIO

DEAL: Gary Parsons, chairman of XM, left, and Mel Karmazin, CEO of
Sirius, are shown after signing the merger agreement between the
two satellite radio companies on Monday in Washington.




From Miami Herald Wire Services

Manchester United’s 1-0
victory over Lille on Tuesday
in the Champions League was
marred by crowd incidents
and a contentious goal.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid
helped ease the pressure on its
coach by beating Bayern
Munich 3-2.

Also, PSV Eindhoven beat
Arsenal 1-0 and Celtic held AC
Milan to a 0-0 draw in the
other first-leg matches of the
second round.

Ryan Giggs scored the
winning goal for United, curl-
ing in a free kick in the 83rd
minute. That prompted an
angry reaction from Lille’s
players, who claimed Giggs
had not waited for the refer-
ee’s whistle and took the free
kick too quickly.

“When the goalkeeper ake
to place his wall, you should
wait for the referee’s whistle,”
Lille captain Gregory Taffo-
reau said. “There was no

whistle at all and the player -

shot directly and the result is a
goal.”

Lille also had a goal by
Peter Odemwingie taken
away because the referee said
he pushed United defender
Nemanja Vidic.

Soon after the game started,
some visiting fans were
pushed against a high metal
security barrier designed to
keep fans off the field.
Although several fans were
helped over the barrier, there
were no reports of any major
injuries.

The match was played at
nearby Lens because Lille’s
stadium doesn’t meet UEFA’s
standards.

Madrid got two first-half
goals from Raul Gonzalez
and another from Ruud van
Nistelrooy to give the nine-
time champions the edge
heading into the second leg in
two weeks. .

The victory at the Santiago
Bernabeu Stadium may have
eased the pressure on coach

__INTERNATIONAL EDITION _

‘SOCCER | BOXING | ETC.



SOCCER.

Man U, Real Madrid prevail _



MICHEL SPINGLER/AP

ALL FIRED UP: Manchester
United players celebrate
after scoring the lone goal
during Tuesday’s victory.

Fabio Capello, who report-
edly offered to quit on Mon-
day, seven months into his
second tenure in charge.

“The first half was very
good and we scored three
goals,” Capello said. “They
improved after halftime with
three new players and played
some really nice soccer.”

Raul, the competition’s all-
time leading scorer, scored in
the 10th and 28th minutes to
give him 56 goals. Van Nistel-
rooy added another in the
34th,

Defender Lucio scored for
Bayern in the 23rd, with mid-
fielder Mark van Bommel
adding what could be a deci-
sive away goal in the 88th.

Edison Mendez scored in
the 6lst minute for PSV Eind-
hoven after controlling a pass
from Arouna Kone and send-
ing a long-range shot into the
bottom corner of Jens Leh-
mann’s goal.

PSV defender Sun Xiang
became the first Chinese
player to play in the Champi-
ons League when he came on
as a 66th-minute substitute for
Manuel Da Costa. |

Milan striker Alberto

SPORTS ROUNDUP

Former champ
Morrison will
return to ring

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Former World Boxing
Organization heavyweight
champion Tommy Morrison
is staging a comeback, saying
on Tuesday that a positive
HIV test that ended his career
more than a decade ago was
inaccurate.

“l’m negative and I’ve
always been negative and that
should be the end of it,” Mor-
rison said in a telephone inter-
view with The Associated
Press.

The 38-year-old will face
John Castle in a four-round
bout on Thursday at Moun-
taineer Racetrack and Gaming
Resort in Chester, W.Va.

“The rug was yanked out
from under my feet by a misdi-
agnosis,” he said. “All-I want
to do is fight. ... It’s unfin-
ished business.”

Steve Allred, athletic com-
missioner for the state of West
Virginia, said Tuesday he
approved Morrison’s partici-
pation in the bout after
reviewing medical records and
consulting with the Associa-
tion of Boxing Commissions’
medical review committee.
Allred said confidentiality
laws prevent him from dis-
cussing Morrison’s medical
history or the records he
reviewed.

West Virginia does not
have mandatory blood testing
for boxers.

“I assure you that West Vir-
ginia is doing due diligence to
make sure everyone who steps
into the ring is healthy,” Allred
said.

Morrison (46- 3) and Castle
(4-2) square off in one of
seven bouts scheduled at the

horse race track.
Morrison captured the
WBO title in 1993 by outpoint-

‘ing George Foreman. He lost

it later that year. Morrison,
who was featured in the movie
Rocky V, also served a couple
of years in an Arkansas prison
on drug and weapons charges.

He announced he had
human immunodeficiency
virus in February 1996 and last
fought in Japan that Novem-
ber, knocking out Marcus
Rhode in the first round.

Morrison said Tuesday that
he has taken several HIV tests
while preparing for his come-
back — and that all have been
negative. He has signed a con-
tract with Top Rank promot-
ers for at least eight fights this
year.

’“T have no doubt I’ll be a
better fighter than I ever was
before,” he said. “I am more
relaxed. Something that comes
along with age causes you to
simmer a bit.”

ETC.

e Tennis: Fifth-seeded
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia
beat Aravane Rezai of France
6-1, 6-2 to advance to the sec-
ond round of the Dubai Open
in United Arab Emirates. ...
Shahar Peer of Israel won her
first match asa WTA Tour top
seed when she beat Emma
Laine of Finland 6-4, 6-3 in the
Cellular South Cup in Mem-
phis, Tenn. Mikhail
Youzhny of Russia beat
fourth-seeded Tomas Ber-
dych of the Czech Republic
6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 at the ABN
Amro in Rotterdam, Nether-
lands. Also, Lleyton Hewitt
pulled out of the event with a

Gilardino, who has recently
recovered from a knee injury,
had his team’s best chance
when he beat the offside trap
in the 26th minute, but his shot
was deflected wide by Celtic
goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

For Celtic, Shunsuke Nak-
amura’s free kick was saved
by the diving Zeljko Kalac in
the 39th.

AC Milan captain Paolo
Maldini. became the fifth
player to make his 100th
Champions League appear-
ance, joining Oliver Kahn,
David Beckham, Roberto
Carlos and Gonzalez.

Maldini, 38, also played in
the previous version of the
competition, making his Euro-

,pean Cup debut in 1992. He
- has two winner’s medals and

has reached three other finals.

Today, defending cham-
pion FC Barcelona hosts 2005
champion Liverpool and Chel-
sea manager Jose Mourinho
goes to former club FC Porto,
which he guided to the 2004
Champions League title.

Also, Inter Milan hosts
Valencia in a half-capacity San
Siro stadium and Lyon travels
to AS Roma.

ELSEWHERE

e United States: The U.S.
intends to bid for the 2018
World Cup, hoping to return
soccer’s quadrennial champi-
onship to the country that pro-
duced the highest attendance
in the event’s history.

“A lot of things make it
attractive. In U.S. soccer many
things have happened over the
last couple of decades: the suc-
cess in ’94 is a great starting
point and everything since
then,” U.S. Soccer Federation
president Sunil Gulati said
Tuesday.

Gulati said the federation’s

board planned to discuss the
idea with its members at its
annual general meeting this
weekend in Los Angeles, and
form a committee to go for-
ward.

hamstring injury. The sev-
enth-seeded Australian, who
captured the Rotterdam tour-
nament in 2004, was due to
play his opening singles match
today. ... Albert Montanes
of Spain beat third-seeded
Agustin Calleri 6-7 (4-7), 6-4,
6-4 in a Copa Telmex round-
robin match in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, a week after losing
to the Argentine in Brazil....
Defending champion Tommy
Haas defeated Vince Spadea
6-4, 6-1 to open the defense of
his Regions Morgan Keegan
Championships title in Mem-
phis, Tenn.

e College football: A
judge declared a mistrial in
Notre Dame coach Charlie
Weis’ medical malpractice
lawsuit after a juror collapsed
and several doctors — includ-
ing the two defendants —
rushed to his aid.

The juror, an older man,
began moaning as he listened
to an expert testifying in

e Germany: Police are
looking for 14 more suspected
soccer hooligans in a widened
investigation of a riot that left
39 police officers injured.

Authorities are already
investigating 12 people sus-
pected of taking part in the
violence at a match involving
FC Lokomotive Leipzig and
Erzgebirge Aue, two lower-
league teams, on Feb. 10.

Police released photo-
graphs of more suspects and
so far have received 42 tips
from the population on possi-
ble identities of the hooligans,
police chief Uwe Matthias
said on Tuesday.

About 800. Leipzig fans
attacked 300 police and other
security officers after the Leip-
zig team lost the cup match
3-0. Six fans were also injured.
Violence has been growing in
Germany at soccer matches
since last year’s largely peace-
ful World Cup, but most of the
trouble has been in minor
leagues. Troublemakers face
stadium bans as authorities
study ways of stepping up
security at games.

e England: The Football
Association has decided to
take no action against Man-
chester City midfielder Joey
Barton over allegations he
made offensive gestures to
Portsmouth fans who were
angry at his challenge: on
Pedro Mendes.

Barton was given a yellow
card for the foul on Mendes at
Fratton Park. The Portsmouth
midfielder was carried from
the field with an Achilles ten-
don injury. ... Wembley offi-
cials say the stadium will be
ready to host the FA Cup final
on May 19 despite the post-
ponement of a warmup event.

e Brazil: Brazilian mid-
fielder Rivaldo will finish his
career at Greek club Olympi-
akos Piraeus. The 35-year-old
said he changed his mind
about leaving Greece this sum-
mer, and will stay for another
season and retire in June 2008.



: AP PHOTO
THE WRONG DIAGNOSIS? Boxer Tommy Morrison said that ,

a positive HIV test that ended his career was inaccurate.
Morrison will fight on Thursday, his first bout since 1996.

defense of Massachusetts
General Hospital surgeons
Charles Ferguson and Rich-
ard Hodin. Weis claims they
botched his care after gastric
bypass surgery in June 2002.
The judge immediately

ordered the other jurors out of

the Boston courtroom, but

. some saw Ferguson, Hodin

and other doctors who were in
the courtroom rush to the.col-
lapsed juror’s aid. An attorney
for Weis said it was with
“sreat reluctance” that he ask
for the mistrial in the case that
was expected to go to the jury
today. ...
Cincinnati is looking into
claims made in an anonymous
letter that four football players
and four recruits engaged in
sexual activities with a former
soccer player at a party.

e Cycling: The interna-
tional cycling federation has
accused Tour de France orga-
nizers of attempting to’ seize
control of the sport.

The University of

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MIAMI CONNECTION

Former Buffalo Bills and University of Miami
quarterback Jim Kelly and former Miami Dolphins
coach Don Shula chat during the Dan Marino Celebrity
Invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday in Miami.

Three rings and a baby

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is happy about becoming
a father, his agent told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

It was the first comment from Brady’s camp since it was
disclosed that actress Bridget Moynahan, a former girl-
friend of New England’s three-time Super Bowl-winning
quarterback, is three months pregnant. Her publicist, Chris- i
tina Papadopoulous, has said Brady is the father.

“Tom and his family are excited about the pregnancy, and
want to thank everyone who has shown support, and particu-
larly for their consideration of Tom’s privacy,” Brady: s agent,
Don Yee, told the AP on Tuesday.

Brady and Moynahan split up late last year after a three-
year relationship. Brady, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, has
since been seen with lingerie model Gisele Bundchen, and
media outlets have reported the two are dating.

Moynahan, 35, has appeared in films such as Coyote Ugly, I,
Robot and the ABC television series Six Degrees. Brady, 29,
was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful Peo-

ple” in 2002.

Still young at heart

Houston Rockets center
Dikembe Mutombo plans
to put off retirement for at
least one more season.

“J will play next year.
Hopefully I will play here
again. That’s my hope and
my wish. My wife keeps tell-
ing me I should not walk
away right now,” Mutombo
told Houston television sta-
tion KRIV on Monday.

At 40, Mutombo is the
oldest player in the league.
He has played in 1,123 NBA
games during his 16-year
career with Denver, Atlanta,
Philadelphia, New Jersey,
New York and Houston.
Mutombo has career aver-
ages of 10.3 points and 10.5
rebounds.

Mutombo, a 7-2, 260-
pound big man, is known for
his finger wagging after each
blocked shot. He is second
in NBA history in blocked
shots, with 3,215. Mutombo
trails only former Rocket
Hakeem Olajuwon, who
had 3,830.

“My body is responding
to the demands, so why
shouldn’t I play?” Mutombo
said.

Earlier this year,
Mutombo promised he
wouldn’t stick around long
enough to threaten Olaju-
won’s record.

‘You go from sleeping over at
somebody’s house five days a
week, and now you don’t sleep
over. It’s just not that big ofa

deal.’

- ALEX RODRIGUEZ, New York Yankees

third baseman, who admitted his friendship
with teammate and former best buddy Derek
Jeter, right, is not what it once was.

A record showing

Being a pop singer is fun,
but Jacques Villeneuve
said his real career remains
in auto racing.

And his agent, Craig Pol-
lock, said Villeneuve’s chal-
lenge is to amass the most
impressive collection of rac-
ing titles ever.

Villeneuve, a former Indy
Car, Indianapolis 500 and
Formula One champion
from Iberville, Quebec, is
close to getting started in .
NASCAR and also will race
the Le Mans 24-hour event
June 16-17 in France.

“Tt’s something he’s never
done before,” Pollock said
Monday at Villeneuve’s
record launch.

“He’s done open-wheel
racing. People might find
him going to NASCAR
unusual, but which Formula
One champion has ever had
a chance to win the
NASCAR series?”

Pollock said Villeneuve is
“very close” to lining up a
title sponsor for a NASCAR
ride.

Villeneuve might do
some driving in ARCA, the
Craftsman Truck series and
the Busch series, which has
a race in Montreal on Aug. 4,
before moving up to
NASCAR and the Nextel
Cup.



Rodriguez said he and Jeter, the Yankees’
captain, no longer have sleepovers and
don’t go out together all the time anymore.

FLASHBACK

On this day in history:



1970 — In college basketball, Pete Maravich scores 64
points, but LSU still loses to Kentucky 121-105.
6B_| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007



~ Dungy will be back; Rivera joins

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Tony Dungy will return to the
Indianapolis Colts sideline, quashing
any talk that he might step down
after becoming the first black head
coach to win a Super Bowl ring.

“Obviously, you want to come
back. You want to defend the title.
We've got such a great group of guys,
that that’s eventually what draws you
back every year,” Dungy said Mon-
day. “I wouldn’t say it was an easy
decision, but it was the right one, and
it didn’t take overly long to make.”

Although there had been specula-
tion concerning Dungy’s return for
the 2007 season, the suspense didn’t
trouble Colts president Bill Polian.

“I wasn’t terribly concerned,”
Polian said.

And with that out of the way, the
Colts can focus on next season.

The Colts’ first NFL championship
since the franchise moved from Balti-
more 23 years ago also gave them the
last pick — 32nd — in the draft in
April, meaning there is little time to
decide where to focus direction.

“We know we have to get back to
work,” Dungy said. “I still haven’t
come down yet. I’m a pretty even-
keel guy, but it’s still a special time.
It’s been great, it’s been fun, but we
have to zero in on the 2007 season.”

HELLO, SAN DIEGO

Chicago Bears defensive coordina-
tor Ron Rivera was out of a job, but
not for long. Just hours after the
Bears announced Monday that he
wouldn’t be retained, the San Diego
Chargers gave him a two-year con-

‘st to coach their linebackers

i
3. Was

:urner as head coach on Monday,
also signed Ted Cottrell to a two-
year deal as defensive coordinator.

Rivera, who had interviewed for
the Chargers head coaching job, had
a three-year contract with the Bears’
that was set to expire next week.

But the decision by Bears head
coach Lovie Smith not to keep
Rivera came as a surprise to many,
especially because of the timing — a
little more than two weeks since the
Bears lost the Super Bowl. Rivera’
said he never began talks on a new
contract with the Bears.

“It’s just something that Coach

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staff,” Rivera said.

Rivera said he wanted to return
and was told a few days ago he
wouldn’t. Was there a personality
conflict with Smith?

“No, no, no, no, please..I don’t
think there is. I really don’t,” Rivera
said. “I believe this is just a football
decision, and it was. made.”

Smith, a defensive-oriented coach,
also said there no conflict.

“Tt’s been my goal all along to help
Ron, to do everything I could to get
Ron an opportunity to get a head
football coaching job, and it’s no
more than that,” Smith said. “We’ve
tried to do that. Ron had a contract. I
don’t see it as a firing or anything like
that. His contract expired, and he

wants to go in one direction, and I'd.

ike to go .© te. No more than that.”
Cottreli, previously a defensive
coordinator with the Buffalo Bills, the
New York Jets and the Minnesota
Vikings, will continue to run the
aggressive 3-4 defense installed by
Wade Phillips, who left the Char-
gers to replace Bill Parcells as head
coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Cottrell spent last season working
in the league office as an aide to dis-
cipline chief Gene Washington.

MEANWHILE...
The Bears promoted Bob Babich
from linebackers coach to defensive

coordinator, replacing Rivera.
Babich, in his fourth year with the

PRO FOOTBALL | HOCKEY

PRO FOOTBALL

Bears, also coached with Lovie

Smith with the St. Louis Rams and at .

the University of Tulsa. Babich was

the Rams linebackers coach when

Smith was defensive coordinator. At
Tulsa, Babich coached the tight ends;
Smith worked with linebackers. -

ELSEWHERE

e Colts: Running back Dominic
Rhodes faces a drunken-driving
charge after Indiana state troopers
arrested him Tuesday.

Rhodes, 28, was pulled over at
about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck
81 mph in a 55-mph zone on Interstate
65 in Indianapolis, State Police
spokesman Dave Bursten said.

“It was a normal, run-of-the-mill
drunk-driving arrest,” Bursten said.

Rhodes, who became a free agent
after the season, had an MVP-like
performance in the Super Bowl, rush-
ing for 113 yards. He started all 16 reg-
ular-season games in 2006, rushing
for 641 yards and five touchdowns.

e Browns: LeCharles Bentley
will probably have more surgery on a
serious knee injury that cost him last
season, is jeopardizing another sea-
son and could end his NFL career.

Browns general manager Phil
Savage said Bentley is considering
another operation to repair the left
patellar tendon he tore on the first
play of training camp last summer.

A two-time Pro Bow] selection in
New Orleans, Bentley signed a six-
year, $36 million contract in March to
play for the Browns, his hometown
team. But his first season in Cleve-
land ended freakishly.

. While blocking on a running play,
Bentley tore his tendon while plant-
ing his foot. After surgery, he con-
tracted a staph infection, which
caused further damage to his knee
and required another operation.

e Chargers: Outside linebacker
Shaun Phillips signed a six-year
contract, which keeps him from
becoming a restricted free agent.
Phillips became a starter after Steve
Foley was shot by an off-duty police
officer eight days before the season.

Phillips had 112 sacks, contribut-
ing to the Chargers’ NFL-high of 61.
He was second among NFL lineback-
ers, behind only teammate Shawne
Merriman, who led the NFL with 17.

e Titans: Cornerback Adam



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OFF TO THE CHARGERS: Ron Rivera.

“Pacman” Jones witnessed but
wasn’t involved in a shooting at a Las
Vegas strip club that injured three,
his lawyer said.

Jones, who has faced charges in
other nightclub arrests in Tennesseé,
was only a witness to the triple
shooting early Monday, which left
two- critically wounded, attorney
Worrick Robinson said Tuesday.

Robinson said Jones was in Las
Vegas to attend the NBA All-Star
Game over the weekend and was
invited to the Minxx Gentleman’s
Club, where the shooting occurred in
the parking lot as Jones was leaving.

Jones was interviewed by local
authorities as a witness, not as a sus-
pect, Robinson said. Jones did not
know anyone involved in the shoot-
ing, he said.

“He is cooperating with authori-
ties, and he is free to return to Nash-
ville,” Robinson said.

Jones has faced criminal charges
three times since the Titans made
him the sixth overall: pick in the 2005
draft — all involving incidents at
nightclubs in Tennessee.

Meanwhile, the Titans released
veteran left guard Zach Piller, five
months after he had a season-ending
ankle injury. A third-round draft pick
out of Florida in 1999, Piller played in
87 games, with 58 starts.

Jacob Bell moved over from’

right tackle to replace Piller.
e Falcons: Defensive lineman

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Jonathan Babineaux denied
responsibility for the death of his
girlfriend’s dog, but he was charged
with felony animal abuse.

Police in Georgia said Blair
Anderson, 24, told them that she
and Babineaux, 25, had argued at
their home. Anderson said she went
to the movies, and, upon returning
home, found Kilo, her 18-month-old
dog, in “severe physical distress.”

Kilo, a pit-bull mix, was dead on
arrival at an animal hospital.

Babineaux met with officers at the
animal hospital, where he said he was
not responsible for the dog’s death.
Police said his account of what hap-
pened was inconsistent with the
information about the dog’s injuries
provided by the animal hospital, and
Babineaux was arrested.

Police said they are still awaiting
test results, but they said preliminary
information indicates that Kilo died
from a massive blow to the head.

e Cowboys: Jason Garrett was
finally given the title of offensive
coordinator with the team, nearly a
month after being hired.

Tony Sparano also was pro-
moted to assistant head coach, with a
contract extension through 2009.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
Garrett, 40, to the coaching staff on
Jan. 25 after interviewing him for the
head coaching vacancy. It had been
expected since then that Garrett
would be the team’s offensive coordi-
nator, even though his only coaching
experience was during the past two
seasons as quarterbacks coach with
the Miami Dolphins.

Garrett backed up Hall of Fame
quarterback Troy Aikman in Dallas
from 1993-99, a stretch that included
two Super Bowl titles. Garrett later
played four seasons with the New
York Giants before splitting 2004
between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
and the Dolphins.

Garrett played in 40 regular-

season games in the NFL. All nine of

his starts were for the Cowboys.

Meanwhile, Cowboys center
Andre Gurode has signed a six-year
contract that will prevent him from
becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Gurode was a second-round draft
choice of the Cowboys in 2002. He
was named as a Pro Bowl replace-
ment after last season.

decided he was going to shuffle his







oe NHL STANDINGS
EASTERN CONFERENCE
SOUTHEAST WL OL ‘SL PTS GF GA HOME
Tampa Bay 34 24° 2 1 71194 185° 17-13-0-0 17-11-2-1 14-7-1-0
Atlanta 31 22 6 3 71.188 195 14-9-3-2. 17-13-3-1 13-4-4-1
Carolina 30 25 3 4 67 186 195 - 15-12-1-3 15-13-2-1 13-7-0-2
Florida 2326 5 7 58172 198 16-10-2-1 7-16-3-6 = 6-11-2-1
Washington 23 28 2 7 55 180 211 14-12-1-3 9-16-1-4 —8-11-1-2
ATLANTIC _W__L_OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
New Jersey 37 17 O 6 80 162 141 22-6-0-4 = 15-11-0-2 17-5-0-1 |
Pittsburgh 32 18 4 5 73208 187 18-8-2-2 14-10-2-3 15-6-1-1
N.Y. Islanders 29 23 4 4 66177 170 15-10-3-1 14-13-1-3 11-9-2-0 |
N.Y. Rangers 29 26 3 2 63176 172 12-13-3-0 17-13-0-2 9-11-0-1
Philadelphia 16 36 3 5 40 157 227 5-17-3-4 11-19-0-1 4-14-1-4
NORTHEAST WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY _DIV
Buffalo 40 15 2 3 85 223 171 21-7-1-2 19-8-1-1 12-8-1-2
Ottawa 35 22 2 #1 73 204 160 19-11-1-1 16-11-1-0 15-9-0-1
Montreal 31 25 1 5 68178 184 18-12-0-3 13-13-1-2 10-8-0-4
Toronto 29 23 3 5 66191 195 12-13-2-3 17-10-1-2 10-9-2-2
Boston 29 26 1 3 62170 212 16-12-0-2 13-14-1-1 12-12-0-1
WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL __W__L OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DV
Nashville 40 18 2 1 83 206 152 22-5-2-1 18-13-0-0 17-5-1-0
Detroit 38 16 3 3 82185 145 21-3-1-2 17-13-2-1° 12-4-1-1
St. Louis 26 26 5 4 61160 185 15-15-2-1 11-11-3-3 11-12-2-2
Chicago 22 28 2 7 53 147 179 11-13-1-3 11-15-1-4 —10-12-1-0
Columbus 23 31 2 4 52150 187 14-14-1-2 9-17-1-2.—_7-13-0-3
NORTHWEST WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Vancouver 34 21 1 3 72 157 150 19-9-1-1 | 15-12-0-2 13-11-0-1
Minnesota 33 23 1 4 71173 157 21-5-1-3. 12-18-0-1 9-6-1-2
Calgary 31 21 3 5S 70191 162 24-6-0-1 7-15-3-4 12-7-1-2
Colorado 29 27) 2 2 62194 190 17-13-1-2 12-14-1-0 11-9-1-0
Edmonton 28 26 3 3 #62 163 175 18-11-1-1 10-15-2-2 9-12-1-0
PACIFIC «WL OL SLPTS GF GA HOME AWAY DIV
Anaheim 35 16 2 7 79 193 155 18-5-1-5 = 17-11-1-2 15-5-0-2
San Jose 36 22 O 1 73.178 150 18-11-0-1 18-11-0-0 12-11-0-1
Dallas 35 21 0 3 73 159 144 19-9-0-1- 16-12-0-2 17-6-0-0
Phoenix 25 32 2 1 53 160 207 13-13-2-0 12-19-0-1 7-13-2-1
Los Angeles 20 31 5 5 50170 211 11-12-4-4 = 9-19-1-1 7-14-0-3

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

Monday’s results

Islanders 6, Pittsburgh 5
Nashville 4, Phoenix 1
Boston 6, Philadelphia 3

Tuesday’s results

Buffalo 6, Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 3, Carolina 1

Boston 3, Toronto 0

Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Montreal 5, Washington 3
Tampa Bay 3, Florida 2 (SO)
New Jersey 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Minnesota 2, Dallas 1 (SO)
St. Louis 5, Columbus 4 (SO)
Colorado 4, Calgary 3

Vanc. at Anaheim, late

NHL LEADERS

Tonight’s games

S.J. at Washington, 7
Chicago at Detroit, 7:30°



Through Monday
SCORING GOALIES
Player,team = GP GOA Pts = Playersteam == GP_—OMIN GA AVG
Crosby, Pit 56 26 69 95 Hasek, Det 43 2545 87 2.05
Lecavalier, TB 60 39 41 80 Smith, Dal 15 760 26 2.05
St. Louis, TB 60 35 44 79 Brodeur, NJ 57 3447 = 120 2.09
Savard, Bos 58 20 56 76 Gigu, Ana 43 2454 90 2.20
Thornton, SJ 59 15 60 75 Burke, LA 10 594 22 2.22
Hossa, Atl 61 33 41 74 Mason, Nas 34 1973 76 2.31
Ovechkin, Was 59 34 38 72 Backstrom, Min 23 1242 48 2.32
Heatley, Ott 59 32 40 72 Kiprusoff, Cal 54 3207 125 2.34
Jagr, NYR 59 21 51 72 Luongo, Van 56 3272 128 2.35
Selanne, Ana 60 36 35 71 Vokoun, Nas 29 1682 66 2.35

From Miami Herald Wire Services

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ. — Zach
Parise scored the tiebreaking goal in the
third period, Martin Brodeur made 35
saves, and the New Jersey Devils beat the
New York Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Brian Rafalski also scored, and Scott
Gomez assisted on both goals, as the Dev-
ils won their second game in a row and
their 12th in the past 17 games.

Petr Prucha scored for the Rangers.

Parise broke the 1-1 tie at 12:06, seconds
after. the Rangers almost took the lead.
Prucha and Michael Nylander could not
bury golden opportunities in a scrum out-
side the Devils’ crease.

The Devils came right down to score.

. Parise, set up by Gomez, unloaded a hard

shot that Henrik Lundqvist deflected. Par-
ise caught up to his own rebound and set
a shot toward the net that Rangers
defenseman Karel Rachunek put into his
own net.

CANADIENS 5, CAPITALS 3

MONTREAL — Chris Higgins and
Michael Ryder each scored two goals, and
rookie goalie Jaroslav Halak won his sec-
ond consecutive start for Montreal.

Higgins ended a 16-game goal-scoring
drought with a pair of power-play goals in
the first period. Montreal scored three
power-play goals — all in the first — and
one short-handed and an empty-netter.

Canadiens captain Saku Koivu assisted
on the three first-period goals.

Brian Sutherby and Jamie Heward
scored goals 0:30 apart early in the sec-
ond period to pull Washington to 3-2.

BRUINS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0

TORONTO — Tim Thomas made 43
saves for his third shutout of the season,
and Jason York scored his first NHL goal
in three years, leading Boston.

P.J. Axelsson and Stanislav Chistov
also scored for the Bruins, who have won
five of six to move back into the playoff
hunt, with 62 points.

SABRES 6, FLYERS 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Daniel Briere had a
goal and two assists, and Chris Drury,
Derek Roy and Jason Pominville each
added a goal and an assist for the Sabress.

Andrew Peters and Adam Mair also
scored for the Sabres, who won for the
seventh time in their past nine games
after losing three games in a row.

Simon Gagne had two goal for the

HOCKEY

..« Devils hold off the Rangers



ANDY MARLIN/GETTY IMAGES

STICK WITH IT: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur uses the shaft of his stick to
make one of his 35 saves Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory against the Rangers.

Flyers, and Sami Kapanen also scored.

THRASHERS 3, HURRICANES 1

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ilya Kovalchuk,
Marian Hossa and Eric Boulton scored
third-period goals, and the Thrashers
snapped a four-game losing streak.

Kovalchuk got the go-ahead score with
a rising slap shot from just inside the Car-
olina blue line with 2:24 left in the game.
Boulton added the insurance goal with
just over a minute left in regulation.

Rod Brind’Amour had given the Hurri-
canes a 1-0 lead with 2:34 left in the sec-
ond period. Hossa tied the score with the
Thashers’ seventh short-handed goal.

LIGHTNING 3, PANTHERS 2 (SO)

TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis
scored the tying goal and then tallied in
the shootout, helping the Lightning get its
15th victory in 19 games.

Ryan Craig also scored for the Light-
ning, which improved to l1-3 in games
that have been decided after regulation.

Nathan Horton scored twice for the
Panthers, who are 1-12 in games that were
decided in overtime or a shootout.

WILD 2, STARS 1 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Niklas Backstrom
stopped all three shots he faced in the
shootout, and Mikko Koivu scored on a

backhander to the top right corner, lead-
ing the Wild to victory.

Marty Turco took the loss for Dallas
despite 38 saves in regulation and over-
time. Backstrom earned his first victory
against the Stars this season after going
0-1-2 in the previous three contests.

SENATORS 4, OILERS 3 (SO)

OTTAWA — Mike Comrie and Dean
McAmmond scored in the shootout, help-
ing Senators coach Bryan Murray get his
600th career victory.

Murray is the fifth coach to reach the
mark, joining Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour,
Dick Irvin and Pat Quinn, and he did it in
1,199 games. Murray, who got his first vic-
tory on Nov. 18, 1981, with the Capitals,
also holds the distinction of being the lon-
gest-serving coach without a Stanley Cup.

BLUES 5, BLUE JACKETS 4 (SO)

ST. LOUIS — Lee Stempniak and Doug
Weight scored, and Manny Legace
stopped both Columbus shootout
attempts, lifting St. Louis.

The Blues were headed toward their
fourth consecutive victory before Rick
Nash tied it with 14 seconds left.

Stempniak, who had scored his 18th
goal earlier in the game, went high over
Fredrik Norrena, and Weight made a
move just in front of the net and scored.
THE MIAMI HERALD | MiamiHerald.com INTERNATIONAL EDITION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007 | 7B.



BASEBALL | SPRING TRAINING

with A-Rod: Bernie balks —





Jeter: No

From Miami Herald Wire Services
Maintaining that they have
a fine relationship on the field
and in the clubhouse, Derek
Jeter resolutely declined to
discuss the deterioration of his
friendship with Alex Rodri-
guez away from the ballpark.
One day after A-Rod finally
acknowledged that the two no
. . longer are best friends, Jeter
‘sat in the same first-base dug-
out at Legends Field in Tampa,
Fla., and was asked to respond.

“I don’t have a rift with
Alex,” Jeter, the New York
Yankees captain, said Tues-
day. “We go out there. We
work together. This is our
fourth year to be playing
together. It’s annoying to hear
about it all the time.

“Everyone assumes they
know what our relationship
is,” Jeter said. “Everyone
assumes — they see us on the
field, if one person gives
another one a look, it’s a story.
If we're at opposite ends of the
bench, people say it’s a story.”

Shortly after arriving at
camp on Monday, Rodriguez
said it was time for him to stop
pretending that his relation-

* ship with Jeter was as close as
it was in the 1990s. The two
have drifted apart since Rodri-
guez made critical remarks in
a 2001 Esquire article.

“I don’t see the relevance of
it,” Jeter said. “It has no bear-
ing on us playing baseball.”

Jeter declined to say how
close he and Rodriguez are
away from the ballpark.

“How would characterize
it? I would characterize it as it.
doesn’t make a difference,” he
said. “What we do away from
the field, how much time we
spend together, really makes
no difference when we’re
playing.”

Coming up through the
Yankees’ organization and
becoming a key component of
the unit that won four World
Series titles from 1996-2000,
Jeter has worked hard to avoid



TONY GUTIERREZ/AP

GET OVER IT... Alex Rodriguez, left, and Derek Jeter want
the media to stop dogging them about any perceived rift.

“I understand my job is
public, but your personal life
is your personal life. Once you
open that door, it doesn’t
stop,” Jeter told reporters.
“Away from the field, people

* want to keep tabs on how

many times we go out to eat,
things like that. That has no
bearing on what we're trying
to do.” ;

Jeter was criticized by some
last year for not voicing suffi-
cient support for ‘Rodriguez,
who struggled during the reg-
ular season and was booed at
Yankee Stadium.

“From Day One, I’ve said I
support Alex,” he said. “The
only thing I’m not going to do
is tell the fans what to do....

“I don’t think it’s my job to
tell fans to boo or not to boo.”

e Bernie balks: Mean-
while, Bernie Williams
rejected the Yankees’ offer of
a minor-league contract and
will wait to see if a guaranteed
job opens up on the team.

Yankees manager Joe
Torre said he spoke with Wil-
liams last week and then tried
to reach him, without success,
on Sunday. ‘

“Bernie told me he had
talked with Joe. Other than the
invite, there wasn’t any infor-
mation that led him to believe
he would be a member of the

team,” Williams’ agent, Scott
Boras, said. “He’s continuing
to work out, will wait to see if
their position changes.”

Williams signed with the
Yankees in 1985 and came up
to the major-league team in
1991. He helped the Yankees
win four World Series titles
from 1996-2000. Now 38, he
lost his center-field job to
Johnny Damon last year but
hit .281 with 12 homers and 61
RBIs in 420 at-bats as a
backup, seeing significant time
after Hideki Matsui and Gary
Sheffield were injured.

“He certainly feels he can
be a helpful contributor in
’07,” Boras said.

“He wants to remain loyal
to the Yankees and doesn’t
feel it’s appropriate for him to
play for another club.”

ELSEWHERE

e Cubs: In Mesa, Ariz.,

Carlos Zambrano agreed toa

one-year, $12.4 million con-

tract, avoiding salary arbitra-
tion by striking the deal just
before the scheduled hearing.

Zambrano was paid $6.5
million last season while going
16-7, with a 3.41 ERA and 210
strikeouts. He had asked for
$15.5 million in arbitration, and
the Cubs countered at
$11,025,000 — more than any



EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES



LOYALTY WORKS BOTH WAYS ... Bernie Williams still wants to
be a Yankee, but he wants a guaranteed job in the majors.

player has been awarded.

“I feel good, ready to go,”
Zambrano said. “I’m ready to
lead this team to the champi-
onship, to win in this city.”

e Mariners: In Peoria,

' Ariz., Ichiro Suzuki discussed

the possibility that he might
become a free agent for the
first time. Seattle’s sleek, six-
time All-Star and perennial
Gold Glove outfielder said: “It
is possible I will go to free
agency” after the 2007 season.
Suzuki’s four-year, $44 mil-
lion deal ends this fall. This is
the first time in his 15 years of
professional baseball — with
the Mariners and with Orix, in
Japan — that he is playing in
the final season of a contract.
“I have never had the
choice to choose for myself
which road I want to take,”
Suzuki said through an inter-

preter. “So if you ask me is it~

possible that I will go to free
agency, yes, it is possible. But
if you ask me what are my
feelings toward it, at this point
I cannot express it. I am not
even sure myself.

“But what I can say is my
mind is full of having the best
season possible.”

In other news from the
Mariners camp, reliever Mark
Lowe will have another MRI
next week to determine when
he can start throwing again.
Lowe had elbow surgery in
October ... Former San Diego
Padres third baseman Sean
Burroughs’ comeback
attempt as a non-roster Mari-
ners invitee has been delayed
because of a fishing accident.

e Braves: At Kissimmee,
Fla, Andruw Jones arrived in
camp about 10 pounds lighter

and made it clear that he
wants to be paid “market
value” in his new deal.

Jones, entering the final
year of his contract, has
posted 92 homers and 257
RBIs over the past two sea-

-sons. But he might be too

expensive for the Braves: The
team is changing ownership
and has reduced payroll.

“I’m under contract to the
Braves right now,” Jones said,
“Hopefully, by the end of the
season, we'll be able to accom-
plish something. ... I want to
be a Brave for life.”

e@ White Sox: In Tucson,
Ariz., third baseman Joe
Crede said he is under no
restrictions after choosing an
extensive back-rehab program
instead of having surgery.

Crede, bothered by two
herniated disks for part of last
season, will work out in the
team’s weight room for 30 to

_45 minutes a day to prevent

back issues from becoming a
continual problem.

“I am ready to go. There is
nothing going to hold me
back,” Crede said. “I am not
going to take it easy.”

Back stiffness near the end
of last season led Crede to take
cortisone shots. In the closing
weeks, he batted just .179, with
two homers, but finished third
among American League third
baseman in home runs (30),
RBIs (94), slugging percentage
(.506) and extra-base hits (6)).
He batted .283 in 150 games.

e Rangers: In Surprise,
Ariz., new center fielder
Kenny Lofton made his first
appearance in the clubhouse.

“It’s good to be here,” Lof-
ton said.

Lofton, a six-time All-Star
who will turn 40 in July, is
with his llth team in 17 major-
league seasons. He has been to
the playoff 10 times with six
teams, including the Los Ange-
les Dodgers last season, when

he hit .30] with 32 stolen bases,

Lofton is a .299 career hit-
ter, with 599 stolen bases.

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Ingraham
claims PM
asked him to
guide DPM

FROM page one

own party said that her
meetings were some of the
best they have had in office.
J take no credit,” the former
prime minister said at an
FNM mass rally last night at
R M Bailey Park. :

Mr Christie’s illness was
the first time in the history of
an independent Bahamas
that the authority of prime
minister had to be trans-
ferred from an incumbent to
another because of ill-health.
That authority was trans-
ferred to Mrs Cynthia Pratt.

“T gave advice. I honoured
the request made of me, It
was my national duty. And I
didn’t talk it. Let them talk
that. The prime minister and
Mrs Pratt trusted me when it
counted. You trusted me in
the past. You can trust me
now.

“This election will be
about leadership and it will
be about trust. Which party
and which leader can you
trust with your future and
with the future of your chil-
dren?” Mr Ingraham said.

He pointed out that when
Mr Christie appeared on a
talk show over the weekend
the prime minister told his
radio audience that he came
to see Mr Christie while he
was Sick.

“That is true. Mr Christie
said that while I was there
we prayed and joined hands
with a Methodist minister.
That is true, too. But then
his memory seems to have
become fuzzy.

“T did find it strange that
he, having just come from
hospital where he was treat-
ed following a stroke, was so
overly concerned about my
political future. He wanted
to know whether I was com-
ing back. I told him no, that I
had no plans to come back
and that the only circum-
stance that would cause me
to reconsider was if he could-
n’t make it with all those
crooks he had around him,”
Mr Ingraham said.

This visit occurred, Mr
Ingraham said, in early sum-
mer.

“The prime minister
claimed on television that
days after my visit, I
announced my return to
leadership of the FNM. That
ain’t so, Mr Christie. You are
mistaken. As everyone else
knows I was recalled to duty
at the FNM convention that
was held in November, 2005
— not days after I called on
the prime minister.

“Tf I had known that I was
going to be drafted and if I
had expected to accept such
a draft from members of the
party to agree to contest the
leadership position in my
party can you imagine what
effect that’ would have had
on his recovery. I’m happy I
didn’t know then, what I
would agree to in Novem-
ber, 2005.

“He fears me greatly. 1am

his worst political nightmare.:

He sees me everywhere and
my hands in everything,” Mr
Ingraham said.

The opposition leader said
when he and Mr Christie got
fired (from the Pindling gov-
ernment), they were togeth-
er nearly all the time - same
law office, same stand
against drugs and gther cor-
ruption in government.

“You know he negotiated
his return to the PLP behind
my back. He never said a
word. He told me he was
going back one hour before
the announcement was made
that he was the newest mem-
ber of Sir Lynden’s Cabinet.
I know Christie. You all are
just getting to know him
now,” Mr Ingraham said.

The former prime minis-
ter said the FNM spent 10
years in office during the
course of which not a single
negative story about gover-
nance in The Bahamas
appeared on any television
station anywhere interna-
tionally.

“The last time we were pil-
loried in the international
press was in 1983 when NBC
exposed allegations of drug
corruption. Before that it
was the Wall Street Journal
in 1966 that wrote about the
minority UBP government.
Mr Christie and his crew
brought those bad days back
for us and they did it within
their single term in office,”
he said.











WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 3



Answers are demanded over

m@ By BRENT DEAN

FNM candidate for the Holy
Cross constituency Carl Bethel
accused PLP MP Sidney Stubbs
of failing to establish a con-
stituency office for nearly two
years — despite being allocated
$18,000 per year for the office.

Mr Bethel made this allega-
tion during a harsh critique of
Mr Stubbs and the PLP during
the FNM mass rally last night at
the RM Bailey park.

Mr Bethel demanded that Mr
Stubbs account for the money
that should have been allocated
for him for his constituency
office.

He raised the question of how
the money was spent — if Mr
Stubbs in fact received it.

Mr Stubbs has had a tumul-
tuous term in office. His long
bankruptcy ordeal and resigna-
tion as chairman of BAIC were
coupled with allegations of
improper involvement in the
Korean boat scandal.

These evens captured nation-

‘al headlines for several months

and have raised questions as to
whether or not Mr Stubbs will
be re-nominated for the Holy
Cross constituency in the
upcoming election.

Referring to the last five
years as a period of suffering
for the people of Holy Cross,

CARL Bethel yesterday
revived allegations against the
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell regarding the granting
of visas from the consular divi-
sion of the ministry.

Speaking last night at an ~

FNM rally, Mr Bethel used the
2003/4 Auditor General’s
Report to allege that improper
procedures were used in the

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speeches last night

Mr Bethel further criticised the
PLP for not improving public
spaces within the constituency.
He stated: “Since 2002 little
or nothing has happened in
Holy Cross. There is still no
park or public space built to
serve the hundreds of new
home-owning families in Lyn-
den Pindling Estates. There is
still no park, community area
or green space for Kool Acres.
The illegal immigrant squatters’
villages are still in the Kool
Acres and Sea Breeze areas.”
The constituents of Holy
Cross have also been suffering
from insufficient outdoor light-

visa application process.

He also noted that many
more visas were issued during
the PLP’s term, compared to
the FNM administration.

Last month, Mr Mitchell read
a letter in the House of Assem-
bly from the commissioner of
police, stating that there was

insufficient evidence to charge

any individual within or outside



ds and pom-poms during the

ing and poor power supply,
according to Mr Bethel.

He stated: “No effort has
been made by the present MP
or the PLP government to con-
tinue the process of installing
street lights in Sea Breeze and
Imperial Park and to move the
decrepit and dysfunctional pow-
er supply from behind people’s
houses.

So, while the street lights that
the FNM installed along Golf
Course Boulevard are on 24/7,
there are frequent blackouts
due to the antiquated electrical
grid in Sea Breeze and Imperi-
al Park.”



Carl Bethel raises visa allegations again

the consular office in relation
to Mr Bethel’s claims.

Mr Mitchell also stated that

he is awaiting a report from an
expert from the Commonwealth
Fund for Technical Co-opera-
tion. ;

That report, he stated, is like-
ly to lead to personnel and pro-
cedural changes with the con-
sular division.

Mayaguanans warned PLP will make
them ‘strangers in their own land’

HB By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

MAYAGUANANS will
become “strangers in their own
island” if the PLP stays in gov-

ernment, Dion Foulkes, FNM -

candidate for MICAL, said yes-
terday.

"The PLP has given away
almost 10,000 acres of prime
real estate on an island of about
300 people — most of that land
will be split into lots and sold
for second homes for foreign-
ers," he told the crowd at an
FNM rally at RM Bailey Park
last night.

“You do the math; and while
you’re adding up the PLP’s
betrayal of our national trust,
don’t forget a single acre can
be divided into many, many lots
— lots which will be sold off at
outrageous prices,” he said.

“Tf the PLP has its way, thou-
sands of non-Bahamians will
soon outnumber a couple of
hundred Mayaguanans who will
become strangers in their own
island." :

Mr Foulkes said that the
PLP's economic policy is "quite
simple: sell off huge amounts
of Crown land to foreign groups
at low prices; then let these
same groups resell the same
land for huge profits."

Land "given away" to foreign
developers in the Family Islands
is being used to build develop-
ments which will require local
labour — if Bahamians are
“lucky,” he said.

The FNM's solution to the
employment problem in the
islands would be to grant Crown
land to Bahamians “when
appropriate" and help them
fund their own projects, he said.

"As our leader has stated, the
FNM will not give foreigners
Crown land to develop residen-
tial gated communities."

Although the FNM is
favourable to foreign investors,
"these investors should help us
with our own unique vision and
help us build the kind of
Bahamas we want," he said.

Mr Foulkes described the $18
billion in investments which he
said Prime Minister Perry
Christie claims he has brought
to the Bahamas as "Monopoly
dollars."

"That $18 billion isn’t real
money or tractors in the ground
or wealth earned and jobs cre-
ated for Bahamians. . . (it is)
promises on paper; and like
most PLP promises they'll nev-
er happen."

The upcoming election is
not about Shane Gibson,
Alfred Grey or Perry
Christie, nor Hubert Ingra-
ham or Dion Foulkes — "this
election is about you — and

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at Eight

-Mile Rock

Clinic

FREEPORT - The Eight
Mile Rock Clinic now has a
full service pharmacy that
will eliminate the need for
residents of West Grand
Bahama to have their pre-
scriptions filled at the Rand
Memorial Hospital in
Freeport.

The new pharmacy, which
was commissioned last
Thursday, is the first one
established at the four com-
munity clinics on Grand
Bahama.

Hospital Administrator
Sharon Williams said she
believes that the opening of a
pharmacy at Eight Mile
Rock, which is the largest
settlement in the country, is a:
“positive step in the delivery
of health care to the people
of Grand Bahama.”

“We specifically wanted to
open this facility in the Eight
Mile Rock area because we
know that it is the biggest
community, and we wanted
to see the impact of this ser-
vice on our clientele.

Ms Williams added that a
pharmacist will be stationed
full time at the clinic five
days a week.

Deputy chief pharmacist

- Leonard Sturrup said that

veteran Pharmacist Marilyn
King is being stationed at the
Eight Mile Rock facility
along with Folana Burrows, a

' pharmacy technician.

More clinics
to have
pharmacy

services |

“end of 2007, it

~last~ week, the

THERE will be pharmacy
services at more clinics in
Grand Bahama before the
was
announced.

Prior to a new pharmacy
opening at Eight Mile Rock
Grand
Bahama: Health Services
only provided full pharmacy
services at the Rand Memo-
rial Hospital.

Hospital Administrator
Sharon Williams said officials
intend to first extend phar-
macy service to the Hawks-

“ bill Clinic to facilitate resi-
, dents in south west commu-
, hities of the island.

Deputy chief pharmacist

_ of the GBHS Leonard Stur-
‘ rup said he supports the plan

to open pharmacies at strate-

’ gic locations throughout the

island, but stressed that :
human resources will be an:
issue.

Because the demand is not
as great in the eastern end of
Grand Bahama, Mr Stirrup
said what officials intend to
do is to have pharmacists go
out on a weekly or monthly
basis to offer counselling and
some pharmacy services, and
continue the existing “drop-
off service” where customers
leave their prescription and
return later to pick up their
medication.






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ALARMING new images of
Anna Nicole Smith while she
was pregnant in Nassau last
year are causing Bahamians
even deeper concern over the
fate of baby Dannielynn.

Video footage on Fox TV this
week showed Ms Smith - her
face painted like a clown - ina
state of total drug-induced con-
fusion at her Eastern, Road
home.

In fact, Anna Nicole was so
“out of it” that she thought a
doll she was pushing in a pram
was her newborn baby - even
though she was clearly in the
advanced stages of pregnancy.

The footage was so shocking
for many Bahamians that they
have begun asking yet more
questions about the welfare of
baby Danniclynn - and espe-

cially the government’s duty to.

ensure the child ts safe from
harm.

At one point, while the video
is being shot, a male voice is
heard saying the footage could
be worth money some day.

The same voice asks Anna
Nicole what kind of “trip” she is
on, and whether it was induced
by “mushrooms” - presumably a

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Hope, and Howard K Stern during a interview with .
“Entertainment Tonight” celebrity television show on October

28, 2006

(AP Photo/”Entertainment Tonight”, FILE)

reference to “magic mush-
rooms”, a plant known formal-
ly as Liberty Cap which has sim-
ilar effects to LSD.

Ms Smith, her face bewil-
dered, her voice slurred, asks
“What’s that?” as she stares

blankly at the camera.

Yesterday, a Cable Beach
reader called The Tribune to
say: “It is appalling that this
woman was in that state of utter
confusion when she was in the
later stages of pregnancy.



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 5

Shock at new footage showing
- Anna Nicole in drugged state

“The footage was apparently
taken at Horizons on the East-
ern Road and couldn’t have
been long before she went into
hospital to have her baby.

“It is disgraceful that this
woman should have been
allowed to get into this state

while her baby was still inside

her. What were the doctors
doing? And, even more impor-

tantly, what was her so-called _

lover Howard K Stern doing?”

Paternity

Mr Stern, Ms Smith’s attor-
ney for 12 years, claims to be
Dannielynn’s father and had his
own name entered on the
child’s birth certificate.

But the reader said: “No self-
respecting father-to-be would
allow the mother of his child to
get into that condition. It is a
scandal that is pouring scorn on
the Bahamas and something
needs to be done to rebuild our
good name.”

The footage, shown on the
Greta van Susteren show, has
prompted new calls for Mr
Stern to be thrown out of the



country.

Readers are asking what he is
doing here - and whether he has
any status in the Bahamas, or
even in the Eastern Road
house, now that Ms Smith is
dead.

One said: “While others fight
to stay in the Bahamas, this
‘man’s extended stay appears to
be facilitated by someone in
authority. Can somecne tell us
who is working on his behalf?”

On the Fox programme, Ford
Shelley - son-in-law of Ms
Smith’s ex-lover Ben Thomp-
son - was shown weeping as he .
explained how Anna was play-
ing with his own young daugh-
ter when the video was made.

He spoke of his regret at hav-
ing allowed his child into such
an environment, and repeated
his assertion that the late cover
girl was a family friend who
seemed only to find peace with
them.

Mr Shelley and his wife have

. said several times that Larry

Birkhead, the California pho-
tographer, is the likely father
of Dannielynn. :

Neither believes that Mr
Stern is the father.

Anna Nicole ‘wanted to be buried next to her son’

ANNA Nicole Smith wanted
to be buried next to her son in
the Bahamas, Howard K Stern
testified yesterday in a Florida
court.

Mr Stern left the Bahamas
and the embattled Eastern
Road home ‘Horizons’ to trav-
el to Florida where he yesterday
took the stand in a hearing to
determine the fate of the for-
mer Playboy playmate’s

remains.

‘She was very firm, very firm,
that the Bahamas was her
home,” Ms Smith’s partner and
long-time lawyer told Fort
Lauderdale Circuit Judge Larry
Seidlin.

Mr Stern testified that Ms
Smith had bought two plots in
the Bahamas after her 20-year-
old son Daniel died last Sep-
tember — just days after she

gave birth to her daughter Dan-
nielynn.

Daniel was buried at Lake-
view Cemetery a month after
his sudden death.

Mr Stern is now embroiled
in legal disputes over the
paternity, of five-month-old
Dannielynn and the question

of Ms Smith’s final resting -

place.
Virgie Arthur, the mother

of the deceased celebrity, is
fighting Mr Stern on the
issue by arguing that her
daughter should be buried in
her hometown of Mexia,
Texas.

Mr Stern further testified yes-
terday that Ms Smith had diffi-
culties accepting Daniel’s death.

“Anna wouldn’t accept that
Daniel was gone, and this went
on for quite some time,” he said.

He said that it was not until
nearly two weeks after
Daniel’s death that she made
plans for “their” final resting
place.

Mr Stern also told the judge
that Ms Smith always thought
that she was destined to die
young like her idol, Marilyn
Munroe, and that she had been
planning her burial years before
her death.. .

Environmentalist’s anger at development

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of 100 square miles of Grand Bahama land

® By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN environmentalist has
expressed outrage at a proposal
— reportedly under government
consideration — to allow one
investor to procure and over-
see the development of 100
square miles of Grand Bahama.

A flurry of email activity was
reportedly generated between
Bahamian inboxes yesterday
‘after a document outlining the
proposal was briefly posted on
the Internet by a company
which appears to have been
contracted to handle the pro-
ject's real estate sales.

The document indicated that

an agreement may be forged’

before the upcoming election
to allow Beka Development to
“be the master developer of the
entire east end of the island”.
The area allegedly under
negotiation is larger than New
Providence and, if developed
according to the investor's wish-

es, is set to include such facilities.

as a 400-room hotel, conven-
tion centre, 500 condo units, a
$28 million marina, casino, golf
course, and “international
school”.



@ SAM Duncombe

Furthermore, the developer
is seeking the right to “control
the roads plan and re-direct
existing roads to fit the master
plan”, to open an airport, and
“prohibit. . . access (to) any
canals or harbours within five
miles” of the property.

The document, which out-
lines the proposal and a large
number of concessionary con-
ditions requested by the devel-

opers, was mysteriously
removed from the Internet on
Monday night — but not soon
enough to avoid a backlash
from concerned citizens.

"How many people know
about this? The only reason we
know about it now is because
it hit the Internet yesterday,"
said Sam Duncombe, president
of reEarth.

Future

Ms Duncombe complained
that if it agrees to projects like
this one, the government would
be "giving away" land that they
do not have the foresight to
realise may be required by
Bahamians in future years, and
without due public consultation.

Furthermore, if the proposal
is agreed to in its current form,
it would be acceding a huge
amount of influence to the
developer in the Eastern Grand
Bahama area, she said.

Though no agreement has yet
been signed, the document stat-

ed that Beka Development sub- -

mitted its "full investor pack-
age" to the government in ear-
ly December and "they (gov-

Venezuela signs deal to provide

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MAYOR Ken Livingstone
signed an agreement Tuesday
with Venezuela’s state-owned
oil company to provide dis-
counted oil for the city’s icon-
ic red buses, praising the idea
as the brainstorm of the coun-
try’s lefist leader, Hugo
Chavez, according to Associ-
ated Press,

Livingstone — a committed
socialist known locally as “Red
Ken” — met last year at City
Hall with Chavez to discuss the
deal to provide cheap oil to
London in exchange for advice
on urban planning in Caracas,
the Venezuelan capital.

Venezuela has signed similar
agreements with cities in sever-
al other countries, including the
United States. Analysts call it
“oil diplomacy” — and say it is
designed to embarrass U.S.
President George W. Bush, who
Chavez has repeatedly mocked.

“This arose out of the sug-
gestion of President Hugo
Chavez, and builds on the work

he is doing around the world to
tackle the problem of poverty,”
Livingstone said.

The savings — which would
cut fuel costs by 20 per cent for
the city and could amount to
about 16 million pounds (US$32
million) — are to be directed
toward cheaper bus travel for
up to 250,000 Londoners living
on income support. Those who
qualify will get a half-price dis-
count on bus fares.

Under the agreement, city
officials in Caracas will receive
recommendations from British
experts for “the urban reorgan-
isation” of chaotic Caracas,
Venezuelan Foreign Minister
Nicholas Maduro said in an
interview broadcast on state-
run television in Venezuela.

“The establishment of con-
sultancy offices for the London
mayor’s office in Caracas will
proceed in coming weeks, and
different projects that will ben-
efit the Venezuelan population
will be seen,” he said.

Conservatives on the city’s
council said in a statement that

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London shouldn’t be doing
business with “third-rate South
American dictators with an
appalling human rights and
democratic record.”

“Why does London, one of
the richest capitals in the world,
need to exploit a developing
nation?” said Richard Barnes,
deputy leader of the London
Assembly Conservatives. “This
money would be better directed
at the poor of Venezuela.”

Livingstone, an advocate of
green policies, said the coun-
tries were merely exchanging
commodities — “something that
for them is relatively cheap but
for the other is vital and expen-
sive,” he said.

Venezuela is the world’s fifth-
largest oil exporter.

London spends about 10
million pounds (US$195 mil-
lion) a year on fuel for its fleet
of 8,000 buses. The saving grant-
ed by the new agreement is
equivalent to slightly less than 1
percent of the total cost of pro-
viding London’s bus services,
the mayor’s offic said.

ernment) would like to com-
plete all the approvals and
make a formal announcement
at least 30 days in advance" of a
May election.

Ms Duncombe's concern was
raised in particular by the state-
ment that the company con-
tracted to carry out an Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment
(EIA) of the project has
“expressed no concerns regard-
ing the project master plan."

Additionally, the document
states that one of the rights
which the "government is pre-
pared to enter into" includes
the developer's "right to expand

and change components of the -

project and partner in aspects
without reapplication to the
government."

Mrs Duncombe said that con-

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-* : THE Bahamas national
~egrriculum for prevention of
“mother to child transmission
| (PMTCT) of HIV was
- Jaunched with a five-day
workshop that began on
Monday. The workshop was
’ organised by the Ministry of
Health’s HIV/AIDS Centre
and the Caribbean
HIV/AIDS Regional Train-
ing Network and was held at
the Super Club Breezes
Hotel on Cable Beach.
Bernard J Nottage, Minister
of Health and National
Insurance (at lectern), was
the keynote speaker.



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of the
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Ms Allison
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client & carrier relationships across a broad range of products &
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Bahamas National Trust has Submi

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The proposal targets the conservation and management of
important wetland, marine and terrestrial habitats. Five areas
have been recommended to protect important marine nursery
areas, some of the most dramatic dive sites in the world,
habitat for endangered species of iguanas, and the highest
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NBC anchor Tim Malloy paid
a visit to Grand Bahama to do a
story for his network on pot-
cake puppies and the problems
they face.

He paid a visit to the
Humane Society of Grand
Bahama where he got first-hand
footage of its furry residents, as
well as interviewing shelter
manager Tip Burroughs and
HSGB President Christopher
Johnson.

Mrs Burroughs is the founder
of “Operation Puppy Lift, ” a
programme of the Humane
Society of Grand Bahama,
which places potcake puppies
in animal shelters in the United
States. —

Operation Puppy Lift,
through Mrs Burroughs’ guid-

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ance, has placed hundreds of
potcake puppies in loving
homes that would otherwise
have faced an extremely uncer-
tain future in Grand Bahama.

Mrs Burroughs recently con-
ducted a spay and neuter clinic
in West End, Grand Bahama,
neutering hundreds of dogs and
thus preventing the birth of
thousands of puppies who
would have been born, merely
to suffer endlessly.

Earlier in the weekend Mr
Malloy toured Grand Bahama
Island with HSGB honorary
chairman, Frances Singer-Hay-
ward, getting footage of feral
potcakes as well as interview-
ing Ms Singer-Hayward and
animal behaviourist William
Grimmer.

Also on hand was potcake
film star Amigo ~- who returned
to Grand Bahama after a stint
abroad, spreading his message
of making the world a better
place for potcakes (and all chal-
lenged animals) by raising
awareness of their plight.

Mr Malloy is a star in the field
of television journalism and a
great favorite on WPTV, the
NBC affiliate.

His nightly newscast is viewed
by millions and has a far-reach-

‘ing range throughout South

Florida.
The HSGB hopes that Mr

Malloy’s piece will help raise

international awareness of the
severe problems facing the
Bahamian potcake population.



GOLD participants in the Governor-General's Youth Award programme received their



certificates at a Government House ceremony this month attended by Prince Edward, the Earl of
Wessex. The prince is chairman of the International Youth Award to which the GGYA is
affiliated. Pictured from left in front row are: Dr Davidson Hepburn, chairman of the GGYA

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 11

FROM left: Susan Malloy; Bill Grimmer; Tip Burrou

ston, HSGB President; Tim Malloy; and Frances Singer-Hayward.



ghs, HSGB shelter manager; Chris John-



national council; Prince Edward; Governor-General Arthur D Hanna and Robert Nihon, chairman
GGYA Board of Trustees. Second row (from left): Dennise Newton. Third row (from left): Denise
Mortimer, GGYA national executive director; Danielle Sweeting-Wilson; Travis Duncombe;

. Mandelia Morris; Alysia Moss; Rayshell Minus; Elindera Ferguson; Esmond Johnson; Onan Rolle;
Cassandra Nottage; Oson Mortimer. Fourth row (from left): Aisha Turnquest. Last row (from

@ HIGH Commissioner designate of Barbados John Williams presented his Letters of
Introduction to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell on Monday,



left): Deandra Smith; Hailey Evans; Blaine Butler; Donny Nesbitt; Lauren Williams; Avery
Lightbourne; Terez Albur; Max Wilchcombe; Robert Moncur; Teynarae Newbold; Dontae

Saunders and Jervaise Sawyer.



WINES & SPIRITS

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Hugh Campbell highlights

New Zealand
heat Australia
by winning
series 3-0

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HAMILTON,
New Zealand
Associated Press

AUSTRALIA'S World
Cup preparation collapsed
into chaos Tuesday when
New Zealand scored 350 for
nine to win the third Chap-
pell-Hadlee limited-overs
cricket match by one wicket
and the series 3-0.

Matthew Hayden made
181 not out, the highest
score by an Australian bats-
man in one-day internation-
als, as Australia made 346
for five batting first. But
New Zealand lifted itself
from 41 for four to reach
the target with three balls
remaining.

Hayden batted for most
of his unbeaten innings with
a broken toe which added
him to a growing Australian
injury list ahead of the
World Cup which already
includes Brett Lee
(sprained ankle), Andrew
Symonds (torn bicep) and
Michael Clarke (injured
hip).

Hayden reached the
eighth-highest total by an
individual batsman in limit-
ed-overs internationals with
11 fours and 10 sixes. But
his effort was trumped by
Craig McMillan, who
scored a century from 67
balls, the fastest by a New
Zealander in one-day inter-
nationals.

_ Australia has now been
beaten twice by England in
the finals of its own tri-
series and three times by
New Zealand in the Chap-
pell-Hadlee series: by 10
wickets, five wickets and
one wicket Tuesday.

The 10-wicket loss was
the heaviest in Australia's
limited-overs history and
New Zealand's last two
wins involved two of the
four largest successful run
chases in one-day interna-
tionals, all of which Aus-
tralia has‘lost.

Australia lost to South
Africa in Johannesburg last
year after scoring 434 for
four — then the highest total
in the history of limited-
overs cricket — and have
since lost three times to
New Zealand after scoring
more than 330.

Australia made 336 for
four in Auckland on Sun-
day and lost by five wickets
with eight balls to spare,
lost in Christchurch last
year in a similar run chase
and were beaten Tuesday
after posting a third massive
total.

"I'm struggling with this
one, I thought Sunday was
pretty special," said New
Zealand captain Stephen
Fleming. "I'm speechless
really.

"To go through another
game like that and come
out on the right side ...
games like that, you win
one in a lifetime — for us to
win two in a row is unbe-
lievable. I'm not sure what
the cricket gods have decid-
ed about this team but I'm
pretty happy."

Michael Hussey is 0-4 as
Australian captain in the
absence of regular skipper
Ricky Ponting. "It's pretty
difficult and I feel pretty
demoralized really," said
Hussey. "I'll probably take
a little while to get over it.
It just goes to show we have
to execute when we are
under pressure. "

Hayden shared partner-
ships of 122 with Shane
Watson (68) for Australia's
first wicket, 88 with Brad
Haddin (38) for the second,
and other productive part-
nerships with Hussey, Brad
Hodge, Cameron White
and Adam Voges as Aus-
tralia scored at 6.92 runs per
over.

Their position seemed
impregnable, particularly
when New Zealand lost
Fleming for 9, Lou Vincent
for 11,-Ross Taylor for 11
and Scott Styris for 0 to
slump to 41-4 after 9.1
overs. But McMillan
smashed 117 runs from 96
balls, Peter Fulton made 51
and Brendon McCullum
steered New Zealand home
with a brilliantly-managed
innings of 96.

New Zealand white-
washed Australia in a limit-
ed-overs series for the first
time and increased Aus-
tralia's anxiety ahead of the
World Cup.

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PIV: FNM fast-tracked paedophile

Christie hits out
over granting of

permanent residency

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

THE FNM fast-tracked the
permanent residency of a per-
son who turned out to be a
paedophile, Prime Minister
Perry Christie disclosed last
night during a mass rally at
Pinewood Park.

The prime minister accused

: Mr Ingraham of being a hyp-

ocrite for saying that Anna
Nicole Smith was not a suit-
able person to be given resi-
dency status in the Bahamas
under any circumstances.

“Hubert Ingraham fast-
tracked the permanent resi-
dency and investment appli-
cation of a man who had a
well-known history of sexual
assaults against little boys,”
Mr Christie said.

The prime minister said that
this was an investment appli-

‘cation of some significance for

the former prime minister
who, knowing the history of
this man, approved his appli-
cation.

“Hubert ‘Alexander Ingra-
ham knew what a sex offend-
er of little boys the man was.

“As I speak you will know
that it has become important
for me to put in the public
domain something as serious
as this because there is no
doubt in:my mind that,
whatever one’s judgment is
of Shane Gibson, there is
no circumstance that would
make me jbelieve that he
should be in the position he

is in tonight,” the prime

minister said.

Mr Christie said that the
FNM welcomed the pae-
dophile and fast-tracked his

‘investment application in

the Bahamas.

“They allowed this repeat
sex offender to come and
go as he pleased. This is the
same Hubert Ingraham who

has the nerve to fix his --s

mouth and talk about
morality in high places.

“This is the same man
who has the gall to hold
himself up as an example of
a leader who safeguards the
Bahamas against persons of
bad character and reputa-
tion,” Mr Christie said.

The prime minister said
that no matter what could
be said about Anna Nicole
Smith, nothing she ever did
in life could have been
worse than a man who for
years was sexually assault-
ing little boys before being
welcomed into the
Bahamas. _

Mr Christie made a state-
ment that indicated that for
both parties the gloves have
come off and both will be
“unveiling” the other’s mis-
steps.

“On the radio on Sunday
evening I said that I have
adopted a policy of zero tol-
erance on the FNM’s
wicked lies and double stan-
dards. This PLP ain’ taking
this no more,” Mr Christie
said.

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SEE page nine

Ingraham claims
PM asked him to

vuide deputy
prime minister

@ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

DURING Prime Minister
Perry Christie’s illness he asked
that former Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham guide Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
and for her to take Mr Ingra-
ham’s advice.

“T willingly complied. It was
my national duty. During one
of my visits to the prime minis-
ter he inquired whether Mrs
Pratt had beerf in contact with
me. I assured him that she had.
He told me that he had insisted
that she consult with me
because I was the one person
he could trust to give her advice.

“Fair enough, I didn’t talk it.
Now he says that he can’t trust
me. Well, when it really count-
ed, he did trust me. You know
Mrs Pratt was complimented
for her performance as acting
prime minister.

“I take no credit. Some in her

SEE page three

sroup says local

Anglican Church
committed ‘to

unity in diversity’

& By ALEXANDRIO

. MORLEY :

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Rainbow Alliance of
the Bahamas says the local
Anglican Church is still com-
mitted to “unity in diversity”,
despite the fact that on Mon-
day the Anglican Communion
gave its Episcopal branch in the
United States less than eight
months to ban blessings of
same-sex unions or risk a
reduced role in the world’s
third-largest Christian denomi-
nation.

The directive, issued after a
five-day meeting of three dozen
top leaders of the Anglican
church in Dar es Salaam, Tan-
zania, constituted a severe
rebuke to the small, but affluent
American branch.

The decision comes after
years of debate within the
Anglican Communion over
whether and how to force the

SEE page nine



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establishment to meet the
needs of the economy. It must
be reorganised to prepare our
youth to fill the many jobs
being created in tourism,
finance, property development
and all the support services and
manufacturing jobs that will be
needed to support these main
sectors.

The investment necessary to
accomplish this should be of
the greatest priority for the
nation.

This must be an investment









of the funds and people nec-
essary to achieve the objective.
The Bahamas will never take -
its rightful place among nations
of the first world if this is not

done.
Deal

This restructuring should
also deal with the serious and
growing imbalance between
the quality and competence of
the female and male graduates
of the education system. It con-
tinues to get more difficult to
identify competent males to fill
open positions.

Affirmative action is need-

_ed to preyent the males of the

Bahamas from becoming a.

from Afar
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permanent underclass.

The second opportunity is to
downsize the bloated public
sector without putting the pub-
lic servants displaced on to the
street. I’ know it is politically
difficult to reduce the size of
the public sector, including the
government-owned utilities,
but what better time to do so
than when the private sector
is creating jobs that cannot be
filled.

This convergence of circum-
stances may never arise again,
and if it does it may not be for
decades.

Will our children and grand-

children forgive us if we don’t
..seize this once in-a-lifetime
opportunity? I don’t-think so.

The BNT welcomes

TL

you to an early
morning tour of the
Maillis Residence on
Adelaide Road.

Saturday, | 3
February 24 at 8:30am

Hundreds of wild ducks and other wildlife live comfortably
amongst humans and domestic animals, fruit trees grow among
native species, making the Maillis residence a fine example of
living within the environment without making a major impact.
The Maillis property stretches from Adelaide Road to the sea,
consisting of wetlands, native coppice and pines, open areas
and the seashore. :

The Maillis property is located one mile west of Adelaide Village
on the Adelaide Road, turn south into the gate at the green
fence. Drive slowly down the road inside the gate and park on
the grassy slope near the beach, past all the houses. If you
bring children, please keep them under control.

BNT Members and non-members are welcome, but we do
encourage participants to join.

For more information call the BNT at 393-1317

or e-mail: bnt@bahamasnationaltrust.org

March's nature walk will be on Saturday 24th March, 8.30 am
at West Bay (Jaws Beach), Clifton.

comfortable
shoes for
walking and if
interested in
birding bring
binoculars


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GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL EDITION

___ MiamiHerald.com | THE MIAMI HERALD

Speculation swirls about Chrysler’s fate

BY MATT MOORE
Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany —
With DaimlerChrysler putting
all options on the table for its
struggling U.S. unit, the auto
industry is pondering the fate
of Chrysler and whether its
parent will jettison a brand
that critics say has dulled the
sheen of the legendary Merce-
des marquee.

Speculation about potential
partners, or even a buyer,
jumping in to use Chrysler’s
expansive parts and dealership
network to gain entry to the
U.S. market has ranged from a
tie-up with Nissan and
Renault to talk of a link with
Hyundai to a homegrown deal
with General Motors.

The possibilities have
driven DaimlerChrysler
shares up by 12 percent since
it first said it was mulling all
options for the Chrysler
Group. On Monday they
gained almost 4 percent more
to $73.88 in German trading,
their highest level since July

AIRLINES

. 2001.

DaimlerChrysler has kept
mum since announcing last
week that it had not ruled out
any options for Chrysler —
which, until a year ago, had
kept the world’s fifth-largest
automaker profitable amid
quality issues at the Mercedes
Car Group.

But a failure to discern U.S.
consumers’ changing tastes for
more fuel-efficient models
instead of light trucks led the
German-American automaker
to announce plans to eliminate
13,000 jobs in the United
States and Canada, or about
16 percent of its work force,
and shutter a plant in Dela-
ware in a bid to shave costs.

EARNINGS PLUMMET

DaimlerChrysler’s fourth-
quarter earnings plunged
40 percent on weaker demand
at the Chrysler unit, where
sales fell 7 percent.

Chrysler lost about $162.8
million in the fourth quarter
and had an operating loss of



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CATCHING UP: JetBlue is still reeling from a snowstorm
that forced hundreds of cancelled and delayed flights.

JetBlue finds some
calm after the storm

"© JETBLUE

amounts of rest before flying
again, and gave the airline the
time to get equipment to the
proper places. He said‘planes
were being repositioned on
Monday afternoon in order to
be ready to go on Tuesday
morning.

. While JetBlue was making
its own analysis, one travel
expert suggested the airline
had brought the crisis on itself
by trying to do the right thing
for its passengers despite.the
wintry weather threat.

“Most airlines don’t try to
operate when there is an ‘ice
storm problem — they’ve
learned that it’s better to can-
cel all flights at the outset and
then try to get back to normal
operations as quickly as pos-
sible,” David Stempler, presi-
‘dent of the Washington-
based, member-supported Air
Travelers Association, told
The Associated Press on
Monday.

On Monday morning,
Dawn Colonese, of New
Haven, Conn., arrived at JFK
with her husband and two
daughters — on their way,
they hoped, for a Florida
vacation.

Trying on Sunday to con-
firm the flight, Colonese said
she first got a recorded mes-
sage saying the system was
overloaded; then was discon-
nected. Finally she was able to
record a complaint, and an
apologetic airline representa-
tive returned her call five
hours later.

Even though the terminal

was orderly on Monday,

Colonese said that based on
what had happened, “I don’t
think I would fly with JetBlue
again.” ;

The crisis, which centered
around the popular cut-rate
airline’s New York hub, was

‘old news to some passengers

arriving from other cities.

“It’s not that big a deal,”
said Lily Gilbert, of Eugene,
Ore., who said her flight from
Portland to JFK was only
slightly delayed.

Some, like Sarah King, a
Connecticut resident return-
ing from Portland, said she
didn’t think the weeklong
debacle would hurt JetBlue in
the long run.

“I think they offer a unique
service. ... We'll definitely fly
them again,” King said while
waiting to leave the terminal,
from which reporters and TV
news crews had been banned
by JetBlue officials.

Apologies had been the
order of the day — the week,
in fact — for JetBlue.

JetBlue sent departing
flights out to anti-icing sta-
tions where they waited for
takeoff clearance,’ while
incoming flights parked at the
terminal and could not be
moved as the storm wors-
ened. :
That left the departing air-
craft, filled with passengers,
trapped — unable to return
and unable to take off — for
hours.

Stempler also said the fast
growth of some airlines, such
as JetBlue, can create
demands that are beyond
their capability, especially in
a crisis.

$1.46 billion for the year, com-
pared to a profit of $2 billion
in 2005.

Chairman Dieter Zetsche,
who brought Chrysler back
from the brink before taking
over the entire company at the
beginning of 2006, said last
week all possibilities were
open for the Auburn Hills,
Mich.-based unit.

“We do not exclude any
option in order to find the best
solution for both the Chrysler
Group and DaimlerChrysler,”
he said. f

EXAMINING ITS CHOICES

Amid the flurry of reports,
a spokeswoman in Stuttgart
reiterated that the company
was examining all of its
choices.

“All we have to say at this
point in time was what was
said last week,” Silke Walters
told The AP. '

How much the company
might ask for Chrysler is not
even certain, with estimates
ranging from $5 billion to

INTERNET TRADING

$13.7 billion, depending on fac-
tors that include pension lia-
bilities, health care obligations
and fair value for plants and
material,

In contrast, Daimler-Benz
paid $36 billion for the U.S.
icon in 1998.

The Times of London

’ reported on its website Mon-

day that U.S. investment bank
JPMorgan Chase would start a
$13.7 billion auction for Chrys-
ler and planned to send out
memorandums to likely suit-
ors...

The paper, which cited no
sources, also reported that
several interested bidders had
already started due diligence
on Chrysler in the weeks
ahead of DaimlerChrysler’s
Feb. 14 announcement.

The Wall Street Journal,
meanwhile, reported that
DaimlerChrysler was moving
ahead with plans to sell or spin
off Chrysler, citing two
sources it did not identify.

The Journal said several
large car makers from the U.S.,

E-Trade lets people
buy, sell stock on
global exchanges

*E-TRADE

rencies. '

The ability to keep the
commission low is because
E-Trade already has opera-
tions set up in 15 countries
where customers have access
to both local and U.S. stocks.

This international network
means E-Trade doesn’t have
to pay a third-party to execute
transactions because it is
already doing so as a licensed
broker in these countries.

The E-Trade commission

..for cross-border transactions

is higher than what U.S.
online brokers charge fo
domestic trades.

PRICE WAR

There has been a major
price war in the past few
years among discount broker-
ages and banks that offer
online trading.

Wells Fargo announced
earlier this month it will offer
up to 100 free online trades a
year to customers with at
least $25,000 in balances at
the bank. .

Most of the online broker-
ages charge under $13 for
most trades.

“Schwab and Ameritrade
pulled back their interna-
tional efforts since the
(dot-com) bubble burst, so it
really is E-Trade being domi-
nant in that space,” said Rich-
ard Repetto, an analyst with
Sandler O’Neill & Partners.

“Tm not sure if it trans-
forms the business, but it
helps them.”

NOT RESTRICTED

Until now, most average
investors were pretty much
restricted to owning mutual
funds or electronically traded
funds — commonly known as

SATELITTE RADIO

ETFs — with stocks from a
particular market.

Most retail investors have
shied away from owning for-
eign stocks because there isn’t
as much research available to
them, while funds tend to
spread the risk.

There’s a growing consen-
sus on Wall Street that inves-

tors should diversify over-.

seas, appropriating 25 percent
of their portfolio to foreign
investments.

More and more Americans
are sinking cash into mutual

funds outside the U.S., where..

last year saw broad advances.
_ For example, funds. that.
tracked jthe Asia-Pacific
region — excluding Japan —
had a 29.61 percent return last
year, according to Lipper.

Latin American funds
jumped 43.73 percent, while
those tracking China returned
a staggering 61.51 percent in
2006.

TIMING IS RIGHT

Lilien believes the timing is
now right where investors are
becoming more interested in
buying stocks outside of the
United States.

E-Trade tinkered with the
idea of offering cross-border
training off and on since 1999,
he said.

However, the demand just
wasn’t there after the dot-com
bubble burst in 2001.

Wall Street meandered
before steadily moving higher
in the past four years.

“It was only a matter of
time when the U.S. investor
became interested and ready
for global stock trading,” Lil-
ien said.

“International is a funda-
mental part of everyone’s
portfolio, and I don’t think
that’s going to change.”

Rivals XM and Sirius
agree to merge

*RADIO

That would value XM
shares at $17.02 each, based on
Friday’s closing prices, repre-
senting a premium of 22 per-
cent from XM’s closing value
of $13.98 Friday. Markets were
closed Monday for the Presi-
dents’ Day holiday.

The companies didn’t say
what the new company would
be called, though they
described it as a merger of
equals. The new company’s
board will have 12 members,
including Parsons, Karmazin,
four independent directors
named by each company, and
one representative each from
General Motors and Honda.

News of a possible merger
was reported earlier Monday
by the New York Post.

On Friday, a Bear Stearns
analyst said in a research note
that a merger would have a
good chance of overcoming
regulatory obstacles.

Other analysts remain less

sure. Sanford C. Bernstein ©

analyst Craig Moffett said he
gives the deal a “50-50”

chance of passing regulatory |

muster.

Moffett said the deal could
have a particularly tough time
getting through the FCC, and
is likely to opposed by the
National Association of
Broadcasters, a lobbying
group that includes radio
broadcasters. Moffett said it
was “anyone’s guess” as to
whether the FCC would
change its rule barring a con-
solidation of the two satellite
radio companies.

Europe and Asia_ had
approached the company, but
did not name them.

Hyundai Motor, the world’s
sixth-largest automaker, said it
was not among those. “We are
not considering to buy Chrys-
ler because our hands are full,”
Hyundai spokesman Jake Jang
said. «Om

NO COMMENT

Others have declined to
comment, including France’s
PSA Peugeot-Citroen and
Renault and Italy’s Fiat.

Yves Milliere, who follows
the French auto industry for
London-based Global Insight,
said a tie-up with Renault
might make sense, at least for
the French automaker.

“I would keep options open
when. it comes to Renault,” he
said, adding that the Chief
Executive Carlos Ghosn, who
also oversees Japan’s Nissan,
could use Chrysler as a way to
enter the U.S. market and
introduce its models there
using Chrysler’s manufactur-





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ing and sales networks.

“There are some synergies
there,” Milliere said. __

Renault did not comment
when called.

German automakers Volks-
wagen, Europe’s largest, and
BMW, already sell in the U.S.

Stephen B. Cheetham,
European auto analyst for San-
ford Bernstein in London, said
Ford and General Motors
could be interested, but given
their own precarious financial
states, would be unlikely to
convince shareholders in favor
of such a deal.

“(We) see significant syner-
gies with Ford, but its new
CEO probably prefers a solo
turnaround — at least thus
far,” he said. “GM is unlikely
to be interested, while vehicle
designs and U.S. market
access are attractive to an
Asian buyer — but its union-
ized cost base is not.”

GM and Chrysler officials
would not comment Friday on
a report by Automotive News
that they were in talks.



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JOERG KOCH/AFP-GETTY IMAGES ©

ROUGH QUARTER: Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz said costs
rose by almost half in the fourth-quarter period,
causing Puma’s net income to-drop to $43 million.

Puma’s 4Q profit

decreases by 26 percent

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Puma, Europe’s second-largest sporting-goods maker, sai
fourth-quarter profit fell 26 percent as the company spent
more money to design new shoes and clothes.
Net income dropped to $43 million, the company said on
Monday ina statement distributed at a media briefing in

Nuremberg, Germany. |

That missed the estimate of seven analysts surveyed by
Bloomberg. Sales increased 38 percent.

Costs rose by almost half in the period and profitability .
waned as Puma, which opened its third New York store in
October, increased investment in its brand.

The company plans to introduce goods in 2007 such as a
range inspired by tennis players of the 1970s to compete with

larger rivals Adidas and Nike (NKE) in a year without high-

profile events such as soccer’s World Cup.

The company forecast record sales and profit for this year.
Puma, known for its leaping-cat logo, had said fourth-quarter
profit would drop because of increased spending.

e AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS TURNAROUND
PLAN BEING DELAYED

Airbus said that its long-
awaited restructuring plan,
designed to make up for
costly production setbacks,
has itself been delayed.

The European aircraft
maker called off a works
council meeting and news
conference at which the
“Power8” turnaround strat-
egy was to have been
unveiled today, after French
and German shareholders of
parent company EADS
failed to agree on where to
build the A350 XWB—a
planned rival to Boeing’s
(BA) mid-sized 787.

A European Aeronau-
tic Defence and Space
board meetirig ended late
Sunday without agreement
on the “cross-national shar-
ing the industrial workload
related to the A350 XWB,”
the Franco-German defense
group said on Monday ina
statement.

In a sign of renewed ten-
sions within EADS, French
co-CEO Louis Gallois —
who also heads Airbus —
defended his restructuring
plan in a separate statement
issued by the Toulouse,
France-based aircraft maker.

“I made proposals which
I deem balanced, both from
an industrial and a techno-
logical point of view, and
which serve our objective of
economic competitiveness,”
Gallois said.



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~ UNIVISION EXECS
TO STAY WITH FIRM

Univision’s (UVN) four
top executives will remain
with the company’s new
owners and net 10 percent
salary raises, according to

documents filed with federal ~

regulators.

Ray Rodriguez, president
and chief operating officer;
Andrew Hobson, senior
executive vice president &
chief financial and strategic
officer; Robert Cahill, vice
chairman & corporate secre-
tary; and Douglas Kran-

winkle, executive vice presi- .

dent and general counsel,
have all extended their
employment contracts until
Dec. 31, 2009, according to
the company’s annual report
filed earlier this month.

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FORD’S BUYOUT
DEADLINE PASSES

Monday marked the final
day that white-collar Ford
(F) workers could accept
buyout or early retirement
offers as the ailing company
looks to cut costs.

Ford, which reported a
$12.7 billion loss for 2006, is
hoping that 10,000 salaried
employees accept the offers

_ after 4,000 left the company
last year. The goal of trim-
ming 14,000 salaried work-
ers represents about 36 per-
cent of the automaker’s
white-collar work force.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 5B



E-commerce needs
bank Clearing House

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

r I No fully take advantage of
the Bahamas’ e- com-
merce legislation, the

proposed Automated Clearing
House (ACH), which would give
banks the ability to communicate
electronically with each other,



merce’s executive director said
yesterday.

Responding to a Tribune Busi-
ness article regarding the appoint-
ment of a Data Protection Com-
missioner by the Ministry of
Finance, Philip Simon said the
move was certainly an important
step in the enforcement of the
Data Protection Act, which up
till now had not been imple-
mented.

However, he added that a
more important issue was the

sites.

FROM page 1B

ously described the existing Securities
Industry Act as “woefully inadequate” to
The Tribune.

Mr Deveaux said of the amendments’
importance: “It’s extremely important if
you want to have transparent, efficient
markets. That’s what we’re trying to look
at, not only in the primary market but the
secondary market.

“It is extremely important to ensure
there is no erosion of investor confidence
in the market. What we want to do in this
legislation is to be able to give the Com-
mission teeth to enforce the provisions in
the law.”

The Securities Commission head said
the Act amendments would also focus on

Rum Cay developer eyeing

inability of Bahamian commer-
cial banks to communicate with |
each other through an ACH sys-
tem. If this system were in place,
Mr Simon said, it would enable
online purchases to be approved
in the Bahamas. Currently, most
online purchases have to involve
an offshore credit card. ,
Mr Simon acknowledged the
efforts of the Clearing Banks
Association to get the technology
up and running as soon as possi-
ble, and noted that a number of
Bahamas-based companies were
moving away from just having an
information web presence,
adding a sales component to their

Felix Stubbs, head of IBM
(Bahamas), said the appointment
of the Data Protection Commis-
sioner opened the door for the
Bahamas to fully implement its
e-commerce legislation package,
and regain some of the compet-
itive edge that other jurisdiction
have gained.

One of the biggest challenges

Securities Act draft will be
released at Q1 2007 end

gy, Mr Stubbs said.

tion.”

educating the investing public, recalling
an incident where Bahamians had queued
up to buy shares in an unregistered public
offering simply because they were priced
cheaply. ’

Minority shareholder protection has
been a major concern in the Bahamian
capital markets, given that most BISX-
listed companies are controlled by either
one majority shareholder or a group of
close-knit shareholders.

One issue to rear its.head recently has
been the issue of whether minority
investors should be offered the same terms
as the majority shareholder, when the lat-
ter sells its stake to anothe party.

This happened when Winn-Dixie sold its
78 per cent stake in Bahamas Supermar-
kets to BSL Holdings for $54 million, and
will happen again when Mirant disposes of
its 55 per cent stake in Grand Bahama

will be ensuring the Bahamas
has a sufficient skill base and
labour pool to use the technolo-

He added that the post now
filled by E George Rodgers was
very welcome, although it should
have happened long ago.

While the delay in the appoint-
ment means the Bahamas has
lost ground in emerging as an e-
commerce jurisdiction, Mr Stubbs
remained optimistic it can over-
come this. “We can definitely
overcome this, it depends on how
we market ourselves,” he said.
“It [the appointment] sends a
strong message to the world that
we are serious about this legisla-

Mr Stubbs said he felt there
were four areas regarding e-com-
merce that needed to be
addressed by the Bahamas: build-
ing confidence, strengthening
infrastructure along with the pri-
vatistaion of BTC, making'sure
the country is aware of global
standards and, most important-

NOTICE

HILL STREET INVESTMENTS
LIMITED

Notice is given hereby in accordance with Section
- 138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of HILL STREET
INVESTMENTS LIMITED has been completed, a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Registrar.

ly, having a strong skills base

Addressing the task before the
Data Protection Commissioner,
Mr Stubbs said he expected Mr
Rodgers to not have too many
challenges.

“I think the biggest challenge
will come for multinational com-
panies who will be interested in
the requirements of the Bahamas
for their companies,” he added.

The appointment of Mr
Rodgers, a former managing
director of the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank, took more than
four years to be announced,
which means much business will
have gone elsewhere.

Mr Rodgers’ will take office
on April 2, 2007, and this will
allow the country to implement
the final act of the e-commerce
legislation package - The Data
Protection and Privacy of Person
Act. That act will join the Com-
puter Misuse Act and the Elec-
tronic Communications and
Transaction Act, both of which
have already been enacted.

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Another deal involving a majority stake
was when the then-Colina Insurance Com-
pany purchased the 51 per cent controlling
interest in Global Bahamas in 2002.

In the UK, there is a takeover. panel
that regulates these events, and a Code.
governing public company acquisitions.
One rule is that when one investor
acquires 30 per cent of a public company,
he is compelled to make an offer for the
semainder of the firm to all other share-
holders.

Intthe Bahamas, a separate issue was
also faised by CIBC’s 2002 rights offering
to acquire Barclays and create First-
Caribbean (Bahamas). The $6.10 rights
offer price almost halved the value of
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FROM page 1B

additional information, and
referred The Tribune to Mr
Mittens’ attorney, Luther
McDonald at Alexiou,
Knowles & Co.
. The Montana Holdings pro-
ject is likely to complement the
existing Club Med resort on
San Salvador, attracting a dif-
ferent client base - boaters,
yachts, US and English-speak-
ing tourists - as opposed to the
all-inclusive concept of Club
Med, which caters largely to
Europeans.

San Salvador’s basic infra-
structure is also good, the air-
port accommodating direct
flights to Club Med from

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby given that the
above-named Company has been dissolved and struck off the
Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the

Registrar General on the 9th day of February, A.D., 2007

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Europe.

Capella Hotels & Resorts
was founded by Horst Schulze,
former president, chief oper-
ating officer and vice-chairman
of Ritz-Carlton,’ targeting the
top reaches of luxury travel
above the five-star brands.

It has resorts in Ireland,
Austria, Germany, Mexico,
Singapore and the US, and is
said to charge room rates up
to $1400 per night. This means
that Capella is positioned well
to produce good profit mar-
gins despite the relatively high
operating cost environment in
the Bahamas.

Meanwhile, another pur-
ported $4 billion resort project
proposed for Rum Cay has
bene met with scepticism by
the business community, even

though it has submitted an
application for approval to the

Government.

island.

NOTICE

BRAZIL BC-TEN LIMITED

Dated the 19th day of February, A.D., 2007.

K.L. Floyd
Liquidator of
BRAZIL BC-TEN LIMITED



Frederic Bernstein, the pro-
ject’s chief executive, said the
development would create jobs
for 5,000 Bahamians and take
up 2,000 acres, with water
canals running through the
property, in addition to a 400- -
slip marina. A casino, golf
course, spa, Straw Market and
retail village are also planned.

Given that Rum Cay’s pop-
ulation currently numbers just
80-90, and that all the labour
force is employed on the Mon-
tana Holdings project, the need
for another development on
the island is questionable,
especially as Mr Bernstein’s
plans seem to large for the

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institution with a presence in over 100 countries and over 100 million
customers worldwide, is seeking candidates for the position of Technology
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Role Responsibilities

Manage the Change Management Process throughout the entire lifecycle
-and keep associated records updated.

Review database security audit logs, access logs, incident reports and
on-line reports using various database security tools such as SEMS
and APP Detective.

Monitor software and hardware patching and licensing to maintain
compliance with Citigroup and Industry Standards.

Assist in the preparation and tracking of information for internal and
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Assist in the execution of technical Risk and Compliance Self Assessment
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and reporting of corrective action plans.

Provide backup for the Information Security Administrator and Business
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Knowledge/Skills Required

Bachelors of Arts/Science in Information Technology or equivalent
experience

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Strong oral and written communication skills

Excellent time management, organization and administrative skills
Solid knowledge of Oracle and SQL

Experience with Change Management systems

Proficient in MS Office Suite, LAN/WAN environment

Interested Bahamian candidate should forward a copy of their resume by
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Box N-1576, Nassau, Bahamas OR Fax: (242) 302-8779 OR Email:
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Caribbean II and III, which
were filmed at the Bahamas
Film Studios, could see
employee numbers “be multi-
ples of that”.

Investor

Mr Bethel said he and the
investor group were aware that
the Bahamas Film Studios’
water tank made the facility
attractive to films and TV pro-
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or tank-based scenes to be
shot.

Yet such productions “are
not everyday occurrences”,
which was why Mr Bethel and
his group were making con-
struction of the planned sound
stages their priority once the
acquisition was completed and
formally approved by the Gov-
ernment.

He explained that the sound
stages would provide “added
value to productions at the
Film Studios”, adding: “Having
the sound stage will enhance
the broader appeal of the Stu-
dios in general. Other scenes
can be created on set and pro-
duced on the sound stages”,
with some productions solely
using this amenity.

“What we would like to pro-
mote and see is the use of the
sound stages for TV series, as
opposed to one-off events,” Mr
Bethel said.

“We’re aware there are

issues surrounding the activa-
tion of the water tank itself, so
we need to bring in a technical
team to see it is fully opera-
tional and clean before any
productions can b done there.”

Mr Bethel said he and his
investor group were looking to
work with both the College of
the Bahamas (COB) and the
Bahamas Technical and Voca-
tional Institute (BTVI) “for
training of Bahamians in the
various skills, whether it be in
production, set creation, the
sewing seamstresses that need
to be available for various

functions, and mechanical

operators”.
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The investors will also work
closely with the Ministry of
Tourism and Bahamas Film
Commission to promote both
the Bahamas Film Studios and
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ferred location for film pro-
duction”.

Mr Bethel added that while
the Bahamas Film Studios
could be viewed as a new
industry, providing some eco-
nomic diversification, it could
also be viewed as a component

' of tourism through the tourists

and production workers it
attracted to Grand Bahama. _

The planned hotel and
theme park concepts were like-
ly to attract tourists, Mr Bethel
pointed out.

The definitive agreement for
the sale of the Bahamas Film
Studios is “still being negoti-
ated, and subject to approval
by the Government”.

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Mr Bethel and his group
have submitted the relevant
proposals and documents to
the Government, but the antic-
ipated completion date for the
purchase, February 28, 2007,
was likely to be “extended giv-
en the need for government
review and approval”.

Group

Mr Bethel and his group are
understood to have paid $14
million to acquire the rights to
develop the Bahamas Film
Studios from Gold Rock Creek
Enterprises and its ultimate
Bermuda-based parent, Ash-
by Corporation.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SHEINA JOSEPH OF |.
CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,

for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 14TH day of FEBRUARY, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.



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- receptionist
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- banking & postal duties

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- computer skills

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School, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Freeport, and
St. Andrew’s School, Exuma.

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contact the Anglican Central Education
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007, PAGE 7B..



AirTran pressuring Midwest to



set date for its annual meeting

@ By EMILY FREDRIX
AP Business Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dis-
count airline AirTran Airways
is pressuring Midwest Airlines
to set a date for its annual
meeting so AirTran can explain
to shareholders why it wants to
take over the regional airline.

AirTran CEO Joe Leonard
urged Midwest’s board of direc-
tors in a letter Monday to meet

no later than April 26, Leonard _.

said shareholders deserve to
hear the offer and blasted what
he called Midwest’s “campaign
of misinformation” designed to
get shareholders to reject
Orlando-based AirTran’s offer
of $345 million in cash and
stock for the airline.

AirTran also has plans to
nominate three new members
to Midwest’s board at the meet-
ing.
In the letter, Leonard
described Midwest’s claims that
the merger would result in job

FROM page 1B

“to be the master developer of
the entire east end of the

island........ an area exceeding °

100 square miles”, with a
development slated to include
a 400-room hotel, casino, con-
vention centre and $28 million
marina.

A document written by its
real estate partner, Infinity
Partners...said. Beka and Fox-

woods. Development Company .

had already signed a Letter of
hrtefit'over the ¢asino, agreé-
ing fee structures and the lat-
ter’s “equity participation”.
Beka had also supplied Fox-
woods with branding, operat-
ing and management agree-

_ ments.

On the hotel front, Beka
“has a confirming letter from
Omni.Hotels to jointly own a
400-room Omni Hotel and
convention centre. Omni is
prepared to invest $20 million-
plus into the project”.

“A leading South Florida
marina developer, who is
financially backed by Dillon
Read, has offered to purchase
the marina site for $28 million
and invest an additional $80

million,” the document said.

The Infinity Partners post-
ing said one condition that
Beka had to fulfil to obtain the
master casino licence was a

“willingness to purchase gov- .

ernment Crown Land at the
Golden Beach site for a mini-
mum of $5 million ($2,800 per
acre)”.

The document’s revelations
are likely to revive concerns
that the pace of development
and foreign direct investment
into the Bahamas is currently
too fast, outpacing the capaci-
ty of this nation’s public ser-
vice, workforce and infra-
structure to control and sup-
port the number of projects
either underway or in the
pipeline.

The details on Crown Land
are also likely to fuel concerns
that too much Bahamian land
is being conveyed to foreign
developers, and raises ques-
tions about how Bahamians
can prepare to participate and
capture the benefits from such
projects without knowing
about them.

Mr Smith told The Tribune

“that the Bahamas should “cre-

ate jobs we can handle”,
implicitly agreeing with con-
cerns that the Bahamian work-
force cannot cope with the
number of investment projects
coming out of the Government
pipeline, and that this nation
lacks the capacity to sustain
current development levels.
He pointed to the numerous
Mexican workers hired by pro-
jects such as Bimini Bay
Resort & Casino and Atlantis
as evidence that much of the
benefits from the Governmen-
t’s anchor project strategy were
not filtering down to Bahami-
ans, but instead largely leav-
ing the Bahamas when these
foreign workers remitted their



losses and less service to its
hubs in Milwaukee and Kansas
City as unfounded.

_ Midwest’s board of directors
had not yet received the letter
but would respond soon,
spokeswoman Carol Skornicka
said Tuesday. She said it was
not clear when the board would
set a meeting date.

AirTran, whose offer to
acquire Midwest expires March
8, has been trying to commu-
nicate directly with Midwest
shareholders since the compa-
ny’s board rejected its offers in
December and late January.
Midwest’s board of directors
recommended shareholders

‘reject the offer, calling it “inad-

equate” and saying the compa-
ny can operate better on its
own.

On Friday, a New York court
rejected AirTran’s request for
Midwest’s-shareholder list.

AirTran New York, LLC, a
subsidiary of AirTran Holdings
Inc., had sued Midwest Air

salaries back home.

Instead, Mr Smith said the
Bahamas needed to focus on
protecting its environment,
marine and coastal resources,
and enhancing the quality of
life for its citizens.

He added that the Bahamas
needed to follow Florida’s
lead, and ensure investors com-
ing into this nation ‘bought-in”
by providing new hospitals and
schools.

“If we keep giving away
Crown Land, Stamp Duties
and Customs Dutiés in thésé

Wetiges

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OTICE

Group, Inc..to get the list, say-
ing Midwest’s refusal to release
its shareholder names violates
New York state law.

But Justice Helen E. Freed-
man denied AirTran’s request
in Manhattan’s state Supreme
Court on Friday. She said in a
decision that Midwest does not
do business in New York so the
company is not subject to New
York regulation.

“We are pleased that Air-
Tran’s efforts to obtain our
shareholder list under New
York law have failed,” Midwest
spokeswoman Carol Skornicka
said in a news release on Tues-
day.

She noted that AirTran,

which has been trying to take

over the regional airline for
months, still can communicate
to shareholders. The company
mails out AirTran’s offers and
other communications directly
to shareholders; it’s just not
interested in sharing the list,
she said.

projects, how are we going to
educate and train our people
to take over in due course,”
Mr Smith asked.

“We should look at steady,
sustainable long-term growth
where we reap the benefits,
rather than these fast-paced
developments which don’t reap
the rewards for our future.

“These are the worst kinds
of projects we could have in
the Bahamas. How many of
these deals are Bahamian-
owned and have Bahamian

participation? We cannot keep:

fs

NOTICE is hereby given that ARMONY JEAN-BAPTISTE OF
3RD STREET, GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written

and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 21ST day of FEBRUARY, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



‘NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MIRLANDE PETIT-DE OF
GRANT ST., FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight”
days from the 14th day of February, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that KENOLD CIVILMA OF
BAHAMA AVENUE, P.O.BOX N-7499, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of FEBRUARY, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

q

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
. ACT,2000
(No.45 of 2000)

CHINA LIGHT LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act,2000, No. 45
of 2000, CHINA LIGHT LTD. commenced Dissolution on
the 5th day of February, A.D., 2007.

Mr. Bernard Ferguson, Nassau Bahamas has been appointed
the sole Liquidator of the Company.

Mr. Bernard Ferguson

Liquidator



Tad Hutcheson, vice presi-
dent of marketing for the
Orlando-based AirTran, said
the court’s decision was a tech-
nicality.

He said AirTran will appeal
and eventually get Midwest’s
list.

“Tt makes no sense to us that
Midwest is trying to hide an

_advantageous offer from their

shareholders,” Hutcheson said.
AirTran disclosed in mid-
December that it had first bid

‘$11.25 per share on October 20

for Midwest Air Group, but
Midwest turned down the $290
million offer on December 6.
AirTran then upped the ante
last month; offering sharehold-
ers $13.25 a share in cash and
stock.

AirTran shares rose 4 cents
to $11.47 in afternoon trading
Tuesday on the New York
Stock Exchange.

Shares of Midwest rose 14
cents to $13.80 on the Ameri-
can Stock Exchange.

Mega Grand Bahama development ‘will be another Guana Cay’

on creating opportunities for
others to exploit our
resources.”

Mr Smith added: “We have
to slow down, take stock of our
resources and develop them

for our own future. I don’t

encourage these anchor pro-
jects. I think they are bad for
the Bahamas. ¥

“The bulk of the profits,
some 90 per cent, goes abroad,
and there’s no reason why
entrepreneurial Bahamians
can’t participate in and create
these projects.” °











NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that EDLIN CHARLES OF #46
BURIAL GROUND CORNER, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and |
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The |:
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why }-
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within |
twenty-eight days from the 14TH day of FEBRUARY, 2007 '
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, :
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2007

SECTION

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@ MIAMI HERALD
SPORTS INSIDE



Aces forfeit
clash with
defending
champions —

@ BASKETBALL
By KELSIE
JOHNSON

Sports Reporter

AS CI GIBSON Rat-
tlers took to the court to
defend their Hugh
Campbell title yesterday,
things didn’t quite to
according to plan.

The Rattlers, who were
expected to play the
Aquinas Aces, were left
standing on the court,
trying to keep warm,
when they found out that
the Aces had decided to
forfeit the game.

The forfeited game
didn’t sit too well with
head coach Kevin John-
son, who wanted to use
this game to rid his team
of tournament jitters.

He said: “Well I really
wanted to play, I wanted
the guys to step out there
SO we can see where we
are at, but the team did-
n’t show up so we have
to move on.

“We will continue
practising, we have a
game on Thursday at
7pm, so we can only try
to continue and get bet-
ter from our practices.”

The Rattlers, who are
no strangers to the tour-
nament’s winning brack-
ets will have to await the
winner of the GHS Mag-
ics and the St John’s
Giants game.

The Rattlers have
already defeated the
Magics in the regular
season of the Govern-
ment Secondary School
Sporting Association
(GSSSA) league, but will
walk into new territory
with the Giants.

According to Johnson,
the match-up with any
team wouldn’t worry the
team — and preparation
and conditioning will
prevail if the game is
close. - .

He said: “It really
doesn’t matter who we
play, may the best team
win out of them. Whoevy-
er wins we will be pre-
pared to play them. I

ty decent teams so we
have to be ready to
play.”

Johnson admitted that
the Rattlers know that
they are the team to
beat, and that all the oth-
er schools will be coming
after them with all their
guns loaded.

But a confident John-
son said his team is up to
any challenge and the
position his team is sit-
ting in pool wise is work-
ing out in any team’s
favour.

He added: “I think we
are beatable, but you

" put fair to the hearts of
your opponents.

“When you are defend-
ing champions there is
always a target on your
back so we have to pre-
pared, take on game at a
time and hopefully these
guys will be mentally
tough and ready to play.

“I think that all the
pools are pretty much
balanced, I feel strongly
about teams coming to
play hard all the time. If
you slunk any time you _
can be beaten, so every
team needs to stay men-
tally tough and focused —
hopefully when you do
that you give yourself a
chance to win.’

The Rattlers are in
Pool I with Catholic
High, St John’s College,
and Bishop Michael
Eldon.

Knights bounce hack
to extinguish Flames



# CR WALKER’S Nashad Butler goes up strong against Church of God’s Niko Barr. Church of God put up a fight in the first ~
half but CR Walker proved to be to much in the second - winning 67-42.

(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff)

INVITATIONAL

a BASKETBALL
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Sports Reporter _~



THE CR Walker Knights got
an early tournament scare yester-
day from the Church of God
Flames.

The Flames, who are playing in
their first Hugh Campbell Invita-
tional, opened up the biggest bas-
ketball tournament for senior
boys in the country with a big first
half.

But the experienced Knights
weren’t about to let the newcom-
ers hand them their first loss, and
bounced back to take the game -
67-42.

The Flames came out scorch-
ing, opening the game with a
three point lead. This frustrated
the Knights’ head coach Trevor
Grant, and in seconds the irritat-
ed coach turned to his bench for
help.

Grant brought in Trevon Jones
to rescue the team.

Jones’ appearance on the court
made a huge difference in the
Knights’ offence.

The Knights, who were afraid
to attack the basket, were now
penetrating deep into the Flames’
defence.

Grant said: “The guys were
very flat coming out because we
didn’t have a sufficient amount of
time to warm up, after hearing
that the first game was lost by the
fault.

“T had to do a lot of shuffling to
get these guys comfortable before
the game got out of hand. This
team came out with vengeance,

ie “they wanted to beat us.”

By the two minute marker in
the first quarter, the Knights had
captured the lead and were look-
ing to close the quarter with a
bang.

After a successful lay-up, the
team applied their full court press
which resulted in three turnovers.

Even though the press was
working in the Knights’ favour,
the missed lay-ups were sending
Grant wild.

He said: “We just have to work
on our press, we have some more
kinks to iron out and the pressure
will be sharp going down the wire.

“T don’t have to work on the
guards and how they handle the
ball, that is something they will
have to work on. I know what
they are capable of doing, they
just have to go out there and
build their confidence. We have
some of the best guards in this
conference right now. They will
have to get out there and build
their confidence. If you look at us
right now, the fellows weren’t
really shooting the ball they were
just laying it up. They adjusted to
the team they played and I told
them they shouldn’t be domly
that.”

Taking control of the Knights’
offence was Nashad Butler with
15 points, with Batchelette
LaFluer chipping in with 10
points.

It was a one man game on the
Flames’ end with Bernard
Bonamy taking charge.

Bonamy, who scored a game
high 23 points said: “Some of the
guys were nervous, but I wasn’t
even though this was my first time
playing in the Hugh Campbell, so
they weren't used to the system.

“So we are going to talk it over
and we are going to come back
and win our second game hands
down.”

Although this is the Flames’
first tournament, Bonamy
revealed that his team
was preparing hard for the
event.

The Flames, who took part in a
mini tournament in Canada, will
play again on Thursday.
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inheritance planning in region

iggs & John-

son, the

Bahamian law

firm, has been

selected Best
in Inheritance & Succession
Planning (Caribbean) by the
2007 Private Banking Survey
conducted by Euromoney
Magazine, a premier business |
magazine for the global finan-
‘cial community.

The publication’s annual sur-
vey of the wealth management
industry, now in its fifth year,
feflects the responses of 558
global private banks and
wealth managers, and ranks
994 institutions in 55 countries
by the quality and quantity of
services offered.

The survey, which is read by .

over 100,000 people world-
wide, includes peer and com-
petitor perceptions of the best
performers in over 60 client
and product categories.

The highest ranked firms are
recognised as the top service
providers in their respective
niches by country and exper-
tise. Higgs & Johnson is the
only regional law firm to make
the list.

“It is a great honour for our
firm and for our Private Client
and Wealth Management
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. report-
ed on Tuesday a better-than-
expected 9.8 per cent increase
in fourth-quarter profits,
helped by new strategy and
cost-control measures at its
flagship US stores division.

But the world’s largest retail-
er still faces the challenge of
reinvigorating sales at its US
stores amid fierce competition,
analysts said. ©

“They’re getting some trac-
tion, but they’ve still got a lot
of work to do,” said Stephanie
Hoff, senior retail analyst at
Edward Jones.

Profits

While profits and total sales
were up around 10 per cent
each, Hoff noted that sales at
stores open at least one year, a
key measure of retail perfor-
mance, only grew 1.3 per cent
in the fourth quarter after
annual rates well over five per
cent early this decade.

Wal-Mart forecast same-
store sales growth between one
and three per cent in the cur-
rent quarter.

“Those numbers will have to
get stronger and be at the three
per cent end of the (forecast)
range for investors to be will-
ing to pay a higher premium
for the stock,” Hoff said.

Wal-Mart said profit for the

eriod ending January 31 was

3.94 billion, or 95 cents per
share, up from $3.59 billion, or
87 cents, from one year prior.
Even without a $98 million tax
benefit worth two cents per
share, Wal-Mart’s earnings
beat the 90 cents per share
forecast by analysts surveyed
by Thomson Financial.

The company had fourth-
quarter sales of $98.09 billion,
up 10.9 per cent from a year
before but below the $99.95
billion forecast by analysts.

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Wal-Mart said it expects per-
share earnings of between 68
cents and 71 cents in the first
quarter and between $3.15 and
$3.23 for the fiscal year 2008.
Analysts surveyed by Thom-
son Financial were forecasting
68 cents for the first quarter
and $3.19 for the year ahead.

Chief Executive Lee Scott
singled out Eduardo Castro-
Wright, president of Wal-
Mart’s US stores division, for
his initiatives in strategy and
in cutting costs for labour and
inventory in Wal-Mart’s largest
business. The US stores
account for nearly 70 per cent
of total group sales, followed
by Wal-Mart International and
Sam’s Club membership ware-
houses.

Scott praised. the strategy
launched last year by Castro-

Wright, who has returned Wal- -

Mart to deep discounts on
items like electronics and hol-
iday toys after a brief foray
into trendier merchandise. At
the same time, Castro-Wright
has started a three-year effort
to tailor stores more closely to
local demographics.

“I believe in the strategic
plan that is guiding our US
stores,” Scott said in a record-
ed conference call for
investors.

Castro-Wright also spear-
headed inventory reduction
and cost cutting last year,

allowing U.S. store operating
profits to grow 11.3 per cent
in the fourth quarter, ahead of
sales growth of 6.7 per cent.

Those cost controls include a
new scheduling system that
matches staffing more closely
to peak shopping hours, a deci-
sion to close layaway depart-
ments late last year anda

reduction in the size of.

accounting offices at each
store.

Critics

Critics have charged that the
new scheduling system cuts
hours for individual workers
and requires too much flexi-
bility from its employees.
Detractors like WakeUpWal-
mart.com maintain that the
company’s decision to elimi-
nate layaway programs hurts
low-income shoppers by deny-
ing them the chance to buy an
expensive item over time.

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is
achieving its goal of growing
inventory at half the rate of
sales. That has helped return
on investment, a key metric

help boost 4Q results by 9.8 per cent

that drives stock price, which
rose at Wal-Mart’s US stores.

Merrill Lynch analyst Vir-_
ginia Genereux said the cost-
cutting measures would con-
tinue to help Wal-Mart’s
results this year.

“If apparel and home (same-
store sales) materially improve
this year, the stock should
respond well,” Genereux said
in a research note. :

Those two areas are where
Wal-Mart had the most trouble
last year, while electronics,
food and pharmacy did well.

Charles Holley, executive
vice president of finance at -
Wal-Mart Stores, said during
the conference call that sales of.
apparel and home furnishings
“continue to be softer than we
would like.”

Still, even some skeptical
investors said they saw signs
of improvement in the U.S.
that complement Wal-Mart’s
growth overseas.

Manager

Fund manager Patricia’. >.
Edwards, who has long been’
doubtful about Wal-Mart’s
ability to keep up with faster
growing rivals like Target
Corp., said the latest results
contained “some signs that
they might be getting it”.

Edwards said the changes in‘
strategy and costs at Wal- Mart:
US may give the retailer
momentum for growth in the
year ahead. Edwards is a port~
folio manager and retail ana-
lyst at Wentworth, Hauser &.
Violich in Seattle, which man-
ages $8.2 billion in assets and.
holds 51,000 Wal-Mart shares.

Don Gher, chief investment:
officer for Coldstream Capital:
Management, said Wal-Mart’,
has overcome headwinds in the. *
past year including remodel-" .
ing projects that interrupted:
sales and an overly ambitious:
push into trendier women’s’
apparel.

“The company moved back
to basics by concentrating on
discount pricing with less. ,
emphasis on high priced mer-'
chandise, with U.S. Superstore,
food sales, in particular, being:
a key performer,” Gher said.
Bellevue, Wash.-based Cold-
stream manages assets of about
$1.1 billion, including Wal-
Mart shares.

Shares of Wal-Mart rose
$1.46, or more than 3.0 per-
cent, to $49.94 in afternoon
trading on the New York
Stock Exchange.


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Parker, i dees spoil Iverson’s return

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Wilt scored 100,

but another guy
once put up ae

BY JERRY CROWE
Los Angeles Times

ilt Chamberlain once scored -
: \ \ 100 points in a game, and he

was immortalized. Kobe
Bryant scored 81 and was lionized.

John Barber, a 6-foot-6 center who
played at Cal State Los Angeles in the
early 1950s, scored more than the two

of them combined — in a game that

“was 8 minutes shorter, no less — and

BY ELIZABETH WHITE
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — The San
Antonio Spurs returned home
Tuesday night for the first time in
more than three weeks, and it must
have felt good: They beat up on the
Denver Nuggets, winning 95-80.

Tony Parker scored 17 points,
Manu Ginobili added 14
and Tim Duncan con-
tributed 12 in the Spurs’

‘first game on their

home court since they
went on a lengthy. road
trip, where they split eight games.

“It was very important to estab-
lish not only a win here but to
come home and have a good
game,” Duncan said. '

Not even the return of Allen
Iverson could boost Denver. Iver-
son had missed nine of the Nug-



gets’ past 10 games before the All-
Star break with a sprained right
ankle. He scored only nine points
in Tuesday night’s game.

“The shots that I took, I know I

can hit with my eyes closed,” said

Iverson, who went 3-of-ll from the
field. “Maybe I should have closed
then: I took J shots, and I thought
I got 11 good looks.”

Iverson said his
ankle bothered him on a
couple of plays, “but for
the most part I was all
right,” he said. “Usually
when I come back from injury,
I have my rhythm back.

“I didn’t today.”

Carmelo Anthony led the Nug-
gets with 15 points, Nene had 13,
and DerMarr Johnson had ll.
Anthony'and Iverson combined for
just 24 points. Their previous low



ERIC GAY/AP

NOT IN MY HOUSE: Tim Duncan
of the Spurs puts the block on
the Nuggets’ Nene in the first
half Tuesday in San Antonio.

when playing together was 49.
“It’s going to take some time,”
Nuggets forward Marcus Camby

said Tuesday. “And those guys
haven’t had a lot of time together.”

After trailing for most of the
first quarter, the Spurs took a 25-21
lead into the second. Parker helped
them extend the lead by scoring 10
of his points in the quarter. San
Antonio led 49-38 at the break.

The Spurs broke the game open
in the third quarter, outscoring the
Nuggets 30-10. Anthony and Iver-
son were just a combined 1-for-10
in the quarter, and the Nuggets
committed nine turnovers.

The Nuggets ended up with 20
turnovers, which yielded 26 points.
The Spurs had nine turnovers, for
15 points. The Nuggets rallied in
the fourth quarter, but it was too’
late, and the Spurs improved to
36-18 on the season. The Nuggets
fell to 500 (26-26). ©

was marginalized, his feat thought to
be so unworthy and
unbelievable that his ae ne nt BPN ah Oe ae Eee tn
alma mater did little
to preserve it.
_ “You can see why
I don’t want to go
around talking about
it with my friends,”
’ Barber, 74, tells a
visitor to his home
in Los Angeles.
“Nobody wants to believe it, and
I can understand that.”
But understand this: It’s true.
On Feb. 16, 1953, in a 208-82 victory
' by the Cal State L.A. varsity over the
Chapman College junior varsity, Bar-
ber scored a staggering 188 points —
the result of an experiment concocted
by his coach, Sax Elliot, to debunk the’
myth of Clarence “Bevo” Francis as a
Superman of the basketball court.
_ At the time, Francis was attracting
attention for his prodigious scoring at

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ho’s No. 1 now?

Spartans humble
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JOHN BARBER



Rio Grande College, in Ohio. Against
a schedule that included 27 of 39
games against noncollegiate teams
(vocational schools, junior colleges
and service teams), Francis averaged
50.1 points a game in the 1952-53 sea-
son — topped by a 116-point effort
against Ashland Junior College. .

TESTING THE LIMITS

Elliot wanted to see if Barber, a

two-time All-California Collegiate
Athletic Association pick who aver-
aged 22.5 points per game over two
seasons, could beat Francis’ single-

game mark if he was asked to do noth-

ing but score. So Elliot set up a game
against the Chapman JV to find out.

Barber was instructed by Elliot to |

stay near the basket, shoot the ball

virtually every time he touched it and

expend little or no energy playing
defense. Barber says he rarely ven-
tured beyond the midcourt line.

“«T could jump my height, you see,

so I could get up there, and a lot of
times I got fouled in the process of °
- shooting,” says Barber, who also was

a high-jumper in track. “I did most of
-the shooting, and I had a decent jump —

shot and a terrific hook shot, once
I got into position. I’m not bragging
on myself. It’s just true.”

Although the point totals amassed

by Barber and Los Angeles State
eclipsed anything Francis and Rio .
-Grande had managed, “the Coast
school promptly disclaimed them as
true competitive records,” according



BY TIM MARTIN
Associated Press
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Wisconsin’s first-
ever game as college basketball’s top-ranked
team went poorly Tuesday night, when Drew
Neitzel scored 28 Points to lead Michigan State ~
to a 64-55 upset victory.
Neitzel’s 3-pointer with 3:51 left to play gave

~ Michigan State a 51-49 lead, and the Spartans

held on for the victory, giving
their NCAA Tournament hopes a
boost before their home crowd.

The sellout crowd at Breslin
Center serenaded the Badgers
with a chant of “OVER-RATED!” P
as the clock wound down. Stu- _-
dents then stormed the court
after the game’s final horn. '

Wisconsin had ascended to
the No. 1 spot in The Associated
Press poll on Monday for the first time in school
history. But Ryan said he didn’t think the added
pressure affected his teami’s performance.

“I don’t think that had anything to do with it,”
Ryan said. “Michigan State played better.”

The upset puts a damper on Wisconsin’s
showdown Sunday with No. 2 Ohio State.

The Buckeyes now have a half-game lead
over Wisconsin (26-3, 12-2 Big Ten) in the con-
ference. Ohio State hosts Penn State tonight.

Wisconsin started slow against Michigan

’ State (20-8, 7-6), then went on a 16-3 run to take

a 16-10 lead. Despite getting outrebounded by a
nearly 2-to-1 margin in the first half, Wisconsin
was able to head to the break with a 30-29 lead,
behind Alando Tucker’s 14 first-half points.

But Neitzel and Michigan State took over
after that. Travis Walton finished with 13 points

for the Spartans, and Raymar Morgan added 12.
Marcus Landry had 18 points for Wisconsin.
Tucker had 16, but only two in the second half.

to an NCAA report later that year.
Later, the NCAA Rules Committee
ruled that only games between varsity

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teams of four-year colleges would be
recognized as collegiate contests.

THE REST OF THE STORY

In Los Angeles, a team of disbeliev-

ing sportswriters challenged Los
Angeles State to a game. Barber
scored 150 points against the scribes.
Barber played briefly in the NBA
(five games with the St. Louis Hawks
in the 1956-57 season) but quickly
tired of “collecting splinters” on the
bench — and, more hurtful, dealing

with racism from fans and teammates.

He barnstormed for several years

with Goose Tatum’s Harlem All-Stars, ©

described by Barber as a better-pay-

ing outfit than the Harlem Globetrot- ,
ters, and later was a recreation direc-

tor in Los Angeles for more than 20
years. Now retired, he has been mar-
ried for nearly 55 years. He and his
wife, Mary, are grandparents.

Barber, a basketball purist, says he

wasn’t cheated out of a record.

“You don’t just play offense,” says
Barber, whose milestone game is not
even noted on his plaque in his alma
mater’s athletic hall of fame. “You’ve
got to help both ways.”

He understands the doubters.

“Anyone would be skeptical unless

they could see it happen,” he says of
his scoring mark. “But if they could

see it, they would know that it’s quite

possible. It can be done.”

of Michigan State celebrate as the clock winds down in the second half Tuesday night.

BY JANIE McCAULEY
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry
Bonds has message for the grand
jury: Go ahead, investigate me.

After arriving at spring training
Tuesday, more fit than in recent
years after a productive winter of
conditioning, the San Francisco
Giants slugger said he is unfazed
by his off-the-field issues and is
ready to resume his pursuit
of Hank Aaron’s careef
home-run record.

“Let them investigate. Let
them — they’ve been doing it
this long,” Bonds, 42, said
after his first workout this year
with the Giants. “It doesn’t weigh
on me at all — at all.

“It’s just you guys talking. It’s
just media conversation.”

When Bonds showed up, he
waved twice to the swarm of peo-
ple waiting to see him make his





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Bonds opens stance: Go ahead, investigate me

entrance, then quickly headed into
Scottsdale Stadium to get to work.

Bonds shagged fly balls and hit
five home runs in batting practice,
including a shot to the berm in
right-center on a fastball from No.
2 starter Matt Cain. That was
enough to impress new skipper
Bruce Bochy, who saw Bonds do
his share of damage against his old
team, the Padres. Bonds has hit
more homers against San
Diego than any other team.

“He’s an incredible tal-
ent,” Bochy said. ‘He
showed it today, on the first
day [back in camp].”

Bonds still could be indicted if a
federal grand jury determines that
he perjured himself when testify-
ing in 2003 that he had not know-
ingly taken performance-enhanc-
ing drugs. Bonds, who has long
denied ever using steroids, said his
level of concern is “none.”



ERIC RISBERG/AP

NOTHING TO HIDE? Barry Bonds,
back in Giants camp, says he
isn’t worried about anything.

Last month, the New York Daily
News reported that Bonds failed an
amphetamines test last season and
then attributed it to a substance he
took from teammate Mark Swee-
ney’s locker. Bonds publicly apolo-
gized to Sweeney at the time, then
stretched alongside him and Ray
Durham in Tuesday’s workouts.

“I did not blame Mark Swee-

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ney,” Bonds said Tuesday, adding
that he apologized only. “because
you guys just started talking about
it, and I just thought it was unfair
for him to be accused of something
that wasn’t true.” °

Asked if he had failed an
amphetamines test, Bonds declined
to comment. Also, he denied
reports that he wasn’t always avail-
able to pinch-hit last season.

“That’s not true at all,” said
Bonds, who has language about
behavior in his new contract. “I’m
always available. I’m in uniform, so
I’m always available.”

As far as Bonds is concerned, all
that is over with.

“I don’t need to say anything to
anybody,” he said.

Bonds quickly ended his 12-min-
ute interview in the dugout when
the questions turned from baseball
to his problems off the field.

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MILWAUKEE — Chauncey Billups
scored 19 points as the Detroit Pistons held
on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 84-83 on
Tuesday night.

+ Milwaukee’s Charlie Bell scored on a driv-
ing layup to cut the Detroit lead to one with
30.9 seconds remaining. Rasheed Wallace
then missed an off-balance jumper with the
shot clock running out, giving the Bucks a
shot at the victory with 7.1 seconds remain-
ing.

Mo Williams inbounded the ball to

Andrew Bogut. He gave it back to Williams, .

who drove the lane and missed a layup.

Detroit spoiled the return of Milwaukee
star Michael Redd, who played for the first
time since straining the patellar tendon in his
left knee on Jan. 5. Redd scored 17 in limited
minutes for Milwaukee, shooting 7-for-18
from the field. Bell led Milwaukee with 22,
and Ruben Patterson added 18.

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| New Jersey 25 29 463 4% 14-13. 11-16 19-14
| New York 24 30. 444 SY 14-13 10-17 14-18
| Philadelphia 17 36 321 12 9-15 8-21 12-18
| Boston 13 38 255 15 - 5-21 8-17 9-24
| CENTRAL WL Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Detroit 33 19 635 - 82 W-l 17-10 16-9 23-10
Cleveland 31 22 585 2% 6-4 We-l 20-7 11-15 18-14
| Chicago 30 25 545 4% 4-6 W-1 21-7 9-18 21-10
Indiana 28°24 «538 «85 6-4 W-2 17-10 11-14 19-13
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for Detroit.

WIZARDS 112, TIMBERWOLVES 100
WASHINGTON — Trying his best to -

shoot himself out of a slump, Gilbert Arenas

-‘ launched a few bricks and rattled a few home

' on his way to 38 points as the Wizards beat
the Timberwolves.

Arenas, who has struggled with his jump
shot all month, relied on layups and free
throws for most of his points. He went 12-
for-24 from the field and 13-for-15 from the
line but made only 1-of-8 from 3-point range
— including an air ball — and is 10-for-57

.from behind the arc over his past seven
_ games.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with
26 points and 13 rebounds.

BULLS 106, HAWKS 81

CHICAGO — Chris Duhon scored 17
points and the Bulls held the Hawks without
a field goal in the third quarter. !

It was the first time the Bulls held a team
without a field goal in a quarter.

Atlanta was outscored 28-8 in the third
quarter and finished the period 0-for-16 from
the field. ;

Salim Stoudamire gave the Hawks their
first basket of the second half on a three-
point play with 10:34 left in the game.

KNICKS 100, MAGIC 94

NEW YORK — Jamal Crawford and Eddy
Curry each scored 20 points to lead New
York, as the Knicks surpassed last season’s

victory total with their 24th triumph.

The victory moved them to within three
games of the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference.

Orlando and the Miami Heat (26-26) are
now tied for seventh place.

BOBCATS 104, HORNETS 100

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Raymond Felton
had 21 points and 1] assists and outplayed
Chris Paul in a battle of second-year point
guards to lead the Bobcats.

ELSEWHERE

e Celtics: Wally Szczerbiak sprained his
left ankle during the Celtics’ game against
the Kings late Tuesday night, the latest of
several injuries to both of the forward’s
ankles this season.

Szczerbiak stepped on teammate Paul
Pierce’s foot while trying to defend Sacra-

mento’s Kevin Martin near the Kings’ basket

with 1:18 left in the first quarter. He limped

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BENNY SIEU/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL;

RIGHT BACK AT YOU, MAN: Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace, left, blocks a shot by
Bucks forward Andrew Bogut in Detroit's 84-83 victory on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

| LA. Lakers 30 23
L.A. Clippers 25 27
Golden State 25 29
Sacramento 22 29



| Tuesday’s results:

Was. 112, Min. 100
Cha. 104, NO 100
NY 100, Orl. 94
Det. 84, Mil. 83
S.A. 95, Den. 80
Chi. 106, Atl. 81
Bos. at Sac., late

Dallas 44 «9
San Antonio 36 18
Houston 33 19
New Orleans 25 29

|, Memphis 14 40.

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| Utah 35x17

} Denver 26 26

| Minnesota 25 28
Portland 22 32
Seattle 20 32

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i Phoenix 39 13

673 - 7-3 W-6 21-6 14-11 20-10
500 9 4-6 L-2 14-14 12-12 11-18
472 10% 4-6 L-1 16-9 9-19 15-19
407 14 4-6 L-2 12-14 10-18 13-17
385 15 4-6 W-2 14-13 6-19 9-20
Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
750 - 5-5 3 20-6 19-7 19-10
566 9% 3-7 L-4 19-7 11-16 17-10
481 14 4-6 L-2 17-8 8-19 14-17
463 15 4-6 W-1 19-9 6-20 13-17
431 16% 5-5 L-3 15-12 7-17 12-21

Tonight’s games

Miami at Houston, 9
Milwaukee at Indiana, 7
S.A. at Atlanta, 7

Clev. at Toronto, 7

N.Y. at Philadelphia, 7
Orlando at Detroit, 7:30
N.O. at NJ., 7:30

; RESULTS AND SCHEDULES

Monday’s results
NO GAMES SCHEDULED

8

gingerly to the Boston bench before heading
for the locker room, and the Celtics said he
wouldn’t return. Szczerbiak has missed 18
games with injuries this season — including
17 because of sprained ankles. ... The club
has assigned rookie guard Allan Ray to the
NBA Development League’s Austin Toros.

e Clippers: Veteran guard Doug Chris-
tie, who signed a second 10-day contract with
the club earlier this month, was suspended
by the team. Christie informed the Clippers
last weekend that he no longer wanted to
play for them. He was contractually bound to
Los Angeles through Tuesday night’s game
against Phoenix, after which he can sign with
another team. :

e Player assault: NBA players Gary
Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey were
cleared of assaulting a male exotic dancer
and his stripper fiance during a confronta-
tion outside a downtown Toronto strip club

vin 2003.



Utah at Por., late Charlotte at Minn., 8
Mem. at Sea., late Boston at Phoenix, 9
Pho. at LA.C., late Memphis at G.S., 10:30
Port. at Lakers, 10:30
| NBA LEADERS
; Through Monday
SCORING REBOUNDING
G FG FT PTS AVG G OFF DEF TOT AVG
Anthony, Den. 36 413 260 1106 30.7 Garnett, Minn. 51 133 509 642 12.6
Arenas, Wash. 50 457 384 1442 28.8 Chandler, NO. 51 211 410 621 12.2
Wade, Mia. 45 434 408 1297 28.8 Howard, Orl. 53 170 462 632 11.9
, Bryant, LAL 50 475 404 1440 28.8 Camby, Den. 42 106 392 498 11.9
Iverson, Den. 35 338 295 1004 28.7 Boozer, Utah 45 142 389 531 11.8
Redd, Mil. 33 302 244 914 27.7 Okafor, Char. 52 202 393 595 11.4
Allen, Sea. 42 393 224 1134 27.0 Duncan, S.A. 53 156 412 568 10.7
James, Clev. 51 483 314 1344 26.4 Lee, N.Y. 53 184 380 564 10.6
Nowitzki, Dall. 52 450 362 1313 25.3 Jefferson, Bos. 44 150 318 468 10.6
Johnson, Atl. 48 453 199 1208 25.2 Marion, Phoe. 52 109 426 535 10.3
O'Neal, Ind. 46 110 362 472 10.3
| FIELD GOALS Wallace, Chi. 51 199 324 523 10.3
a Fen Pet ASSISTS
' Lee, N.Y. 230 376 .612
| Biedrins, G.S. 241 395.610 + GCS AVG
: Howard, Orl. 337 568 .593 Nash, Phoe. 46 542 11.8
| Stoudemire, Phoe. 370 627 .590 ~— Williams, Utah 52 478 9.2
i Curry, N.Y. 380 654 .581 Kidd, NJ. 52 454 87
| Boozer, Utah 410 721 .569 Davis, G.S. 43 372 87
Brand, LAC 416 761 .547 Paul, NOk. 36 311 8.6
Bogut, Mil. 271 496 .546 Miller, Phil. Sr 418 --8.2--- +





Providence knocks off
W. Virginia; Texas rolls

From Miami Herald Wire Services

PROVIDENCE, RI. —
Weyinmi Efejuku scored 24
‘points and had seven
rebounds Tuesday night and
Providence took advantage of
West Virginia’s 32 missed
3-point attempts for a 64-61
victory over the 22nd-ranked
Mountaineers. :

Providence (17-9, 7-6 Big
East) improved to 16-2 at
home and 3-3 against ranked
teams as it tries to move off
the NCAA Tournament bub-
ble.

Darris Nichols and Frank
Young scored 14 apiece for
West Virginia (20-7, 8-6),
which is still looking for a road
victory against a quality oppo-
nent. The Mountaineers were
9-for-41 from 3-point range,
missing several as they tried to
close a six-point deficit in the
final minute.

e No. 19 Texas 80, Texas
Tech 51: A.J. Abrams scored
18 points and host Texas
stayed in the thick of the Big 12
race with the victory. .

Kevin Durant added 17
points for the Longhorns
(20-7, 10-3), who had all five
starters score in double figures
but didn’t have a’ 20-point
scorer for the first time this
season.

Alan Voskuil scored nine
points to lead the Red Raiders
(17-11, 6-7), who shot just 29
percent.

OTHER ACTION

e Notre Dame 78,
DePaul 54: Colin Falls scored
all of his 19 points in the first
half, leading host Notre Dame
to an 18-point halftime lead as
the Fighting Irish rebounded
from a heartbreaking loss at
DePaul two weeks ago.

The Irish (21-6, 9-5 Big
East), who squandered a one-
point lead at DePaul on Feb. 8
in the final 20 seconds with a
costly turnover, left nothing to
chance on Tuesday. They



ELISE AMENDOLA/AP
PARTY TIME: Providence’s.
Jonathan Kale, left, and
Herbert Hill celebrate the
upset of West Virginia.

jumped to an 8-1 lead to start
the game and continued to
build on it for much of the
contest. They led 40-22 at half-
time and extended the lead to
64-39 midway through the sec-
ond half on a 3-pointer by Rob
Kurz.

DePaul (16-12, 7-7) shot just
34 percent.

e Missouri 72, Okla-
homa 68: Freshman Keon
Lawrence hit the go-ahead
basket in the lane with 47 sec-
onds to go and added four
insurance free throws in the
final 12 seconds, helping host
Missouri hold off Oklahoma.

Stefhon Hannah had 16
points and Leo Lyons added 14
for the Tigers (17-9, 6-7 Big 12).
Michael Neal had 18 points for
Oklahoma (15-11, 6-7).

e Kentucky 70, LSU 63:
Randolph Morris had 20
points and Jodie Meeks
matched a career high with 18
as host Kentucky snapped a
three-game losing streak.

The Wildcats (19-8, 8-5
Southeastern Conference)
came back from a 16-point def-
icit to prevent their first four-
game losing streak since the
1990 season, when they lost
five in a row.

LSU (14-13, 3-10) dropped
its th in a row at Rupp Arena.
The Tigers were without lead-
ing scorer Glen Davis, who
didn’t make the trip to Lexing-
ton because of a muscle strain
in his right leg.

ELSEWHERE

e Gonzaga: Suspended
center Josh Heytvelt is being
charged with felony posses-
sion of a controlled substance
following his Feb. 9 arrest,
when police said they found
hallucinogenic mushrooms in

_ his car.

According to court docu-
ments released Tuesday,
police found 33.2 grams — just
over an ounce — of mush-
rooms inside a plastic ziplock
bag in the back of the Chevro-
let Blazer that Heytvelt was
driving.

Possession of any amount
of illegal mushrooms is a Class
C felony.

Heytvelt, 20, and teammate
Theo Davis, 21, were arrested
in Cheney, Wash., and booked
into Spokane County Jail.
They were released the next
day on their own recogni-
zance.

Davis, a redshirt freshman
who has not played because of
injuries, will be referred to
Cheney municipal court on a
misdemeanor charge of mari-
juana possession.

Police allege they found a
partial marijuana cigarette in
Davis’ pocket.

If convicted, Heytvelt faces
a maximum prison sentence of
five years and a $10,000 fine.

@ Illinois: Sophomore
guard Jamar Smith, who was
charged ‘Tuesday with drunk
driving and leaving the scene
of an accident, apparently
believed teammate Brian Carl-
well*in the passenger seat of
his car, had died, authorities
said. Smith was driving a 1996
Lexus last Monday night when
it struck a tree in heavy snow.

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ITALIAN soccer has
not been a pious spectacle
of late, with riots and
scandals marring a game
that is practically a reli-
gion here.

Sports officials now
hope clergymen from 50
nations can bring back
faith to soccer as they
take to the field for the
first time in a tournament
for priests and seminari-
ans kicking off Saturday.

Catholic institutes have
entered 16 teams in the
Clericus Cup, fielding 311
athletes from countries
including the United
States, Brazil, Papua New
Guinea and Rwanda,

“It’s an intelligent ini-
tiative which helps give a
positive image to sport
and especially to soccer,”
Italian Olympic Commit-
tee President Gianni
Petrucci said at a presen-
tation of the event Tues-
day.

Even as Italy’s national
team was making its suc-
cessful run for the World
Cup last summer, club
soccer at home was rav-
aged by a match-fixing
scandal that led to sanc-
tions against several top
teams. Earlier this month,
rioting at a game in Sicily
caused the death of a
policeman and forced
authorities to take mea-
sures, including barring
fans from many stadiums.

The Clericus Cup will
run through June and
most games will be played
at a Vatican soccer field
in Rome.

The matches will last
one hour and rules will
differ from professional
club soccer. Teams will be
allowed one time-out and
the referee will brandish a
blue card, which will send
off errant players for a 5-
minute suspension.

“T expect (the tourna-
ment) to create a friendly
relationship among the
players and the teams,”
said Cameroon’s Father
Emil Martin, who plays
with the team of the Pon-
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hope each one can learn
to win but also to lose,
because not everybody
knows how to lose.”

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back to beat the Argentine
for the fourth time.

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here as the game was very
charged and I was fighting
the whole way, especially
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Montanes said.

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here.”

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Telmex runner-up in 2002,
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In another round-robin
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Ecuador, despite seven dou-
ble-faults, defeated Nicolas
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Chris Brown of the Bahamas and Chris Lloyd of Dominica compete in a Men's 400 meters semi final at the Melbourne Crick-
Australia Tuesday March 21, 2006.

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(AP Photo/Tony Feder)

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Chris Brown ready to

‘burn u

@ TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Sports Reporter

“T AM back and ready to
burn up the tracks,” said Chris
Brown, returning after a slow
season last year.

The national record holder
in the 400 metres, who offi-
cially launched his return to
the track yesterday, views the
next three years in the sport as
“vitally important”.

Brown, who believes that
he has to prove himself to his
fans, admitted, “Last year was
a quiet one but big things will
come from me.”

Although the quartermiler
is promising a successful year,
his season won’t officially start
until April, with the Penn
Relays.

Until this meet Brown will
have to continue on with his
training. His second meet is
set for Mexico in the end of
May.: Ls

He said: “I am still doing off
season training right now. I
am going through some
strength and condition train-
ing because this is a big year
for me.

“Tam hoping or expect a
repeat of last year that’s for
sure. A lot of people believe
that I wasn’t ready but I was
ready and fit to race last year.
Things happen to the best at
times, but that is all behind
me so I am ready to move for-
ward.

“J still view last year as a
good season. I came home and
won the 200 metres at the tri-
als, I also got second at the
first Golden League race. I
came back in September.and
got a second in the World Cup
in the 4x400m team. So overall
it was good year, but slow.”

For Brown, the slow paced
year gave him an opportunity
to rest aggravated muscles and
avoid injuries.

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favour because this year I am
fresh and not fatigued. My
body is very ready for the next
three years, that is very impor-
tant to me,

“We have the World Cham-
pionships this year, the
Olympics next year and the
World Championships again

in 2009. So I think it kind of’

worked out in my favour for
me to be resting last year and
not competing too much.”
Brown finished up in the
17th spot in the IAAF’s rank-
ings with 1226 points.
Although he won’t compete

in an individual event at the

Penn Relays, the firing of the
gun will start his three year

journey.

The Penn Relays will be the
Bahamas’ first opportunity for

_ qualifying for any major inter-

national games, Olympics and
the World Championships.

According to Brown, assist-
ing the Bahamas in the
4x400m is on top of the agen-
da along with some other sur-
prises.

“Well I have a few times,
they’re all in my head,” said

‘Brown.

“You know I really don’t
want to count all my eggs
before they hatch. But I have
a few times that I really want
to put down there and proba-
bly do something with the
national record.

“Hopefully everything will
go as planned, I am healthy
and I am looking forward to
coming out and performing
this year because my body is
fresh, I am not beat up at all,
so I am ready to put down
some good times.”

Unlike other athletes
Brown is sticking with his
coach Steve Riddick.

Riddick trains Brown along
with Olympian and World
Champion Tonique Williams-
Darling in Virginia.

He added: “Training has
been going pretty good for





we

me, I just have to stay focused
and know that this is a long
season and J have a lot to do.

“T can’t place all my focus
on the individual 400m, I have

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to help the guys in the 4x400m
as well. I know they are look-
ing forward to this season and
so am I.

“My training is going

the tracks’

perfect — I have no com-
plaints.” :

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MANCHESTER United celebrate after scoring during their UEFA Champions League, first
round, first leg soccer match at the Bollaert Stadium, northern France, Tuesday Feb. 20, 2007. Unit-

ed won the match 1-0.

(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)