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Former reality
Star is buried
alongside son

@ By MARK HUMES

DESPITE a last ditch effort
yesterday by Virgie Arthur to
prevent her daughter’s body
from being buried in the
Bahamas, Anna Nicole Smith

- returned to the last place she

called home and was laid to rest

along side the’son'she tragically ~

lost and pined over for six
months.

For a few hours yesterday,
family and interested parties in
the Anna Nicole Smith saga
appeared to put aside their per-
sonal differences to give the for-
mer American model a send off
that one onlooker characterised
as “historical and bizarre.”

With the Sandy Port parking
lot outside the Mount Horeb
Baptist Church besieged by the
media and curious onlookers,
Howard K Stern, Larry Birk-
head, and Mrs Arthur, the prin-
cipal players in the drama,
arrived at the church to a mix-
ture of cheers and boos..

Expressing their disapproval
of Mr Stern and Mrs Arthur,
the Bahamian public who
packed the parking lot for yes-
terday’s service loudly booed
both, with some chanting “fake
daddy” in reference to Mr
- Stern.

But the crowd’s reaction to
Mr Birkhead, the man claiming

to be the father of Anna
Nicole’s baby daughtér Dan-
nielynn, was resoundingly dif-
ferent. They cheered and
clapped loudly when he got out
of his vehicle for the service.
Once inside, however, the
mood was said to be very dif-
ferent from the circus going on
outside, with everyone paying

‘solemn tribute to. the-late..-

celebrity.

According to one Bahamian
friend of Ms Smith, Mrs Ruby
Anne Darling, “the service was
a typical Baptist service where
before the eulogy there were
tributes and condolences. Virgie.
was first, Larry was second, and
Howard was third.

“Each spoke from their expe-
rience with her, and everyone

was in wrapped attention to |

hear what each would say,” said
Mrs Darling.

But it was what Mr Stern is
alleged to-have said during his
tributes that caught the atten-
tion of some in the church,
prompting one MSNBC
reporter to chara¢terise his
comments as.“‘inappropriate.”

“Many of us who were in the
church felt that it was inappro-
priate. We were very surprised,”
Rita Cosby said in one of her
daily updates with the Ameri-
can news organization.

SEE page eight

Gibson absent from
funeral of ‘family
friend’ Anna Nicole

lm By MARK HUMES

WHILE many of his family
members were present for the
funeral service of Anna Nicole
Smith, former Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson, a man
who was not afraid to risk his
political career for a woman he
called a “friend,” was notice-
ably absent from her final send
off.

The decision by Mr Gibson
to stay away from Ms Smith’s
funeral was seen by some as
strange, especially after he had
spent months defending his
friendship with the now
deceased model.

Some of Mr Gibson’s family,
who spoke with the media after
the service, however, defended
his absence and said there was
nothing strange about his not
being at the service of a family
“friend.”

Not wanting to have their
names mentioned, one of the
family said that if she were Mr
Gibson, she would not have
come either.

Mrs Ruby Ann Darling, how-

ever, put Mr Gibson’s absence
into perspective, saying: “I think
in some cases, common sense
must prevail.”

Noting that there were so
many mixed emotions in the
country about Mr Gibson’s
friendship with Ms Smith, Mrs
Darling said: “There are some
things that we can avoid, and I
think, not that he is not sensitive
to what is going on, sensitive to
Anna Nicole’s death, I think in
the best interest of all parties
concerned, in the best interest
of national concern, your space
is more valued than your pres-
ence.”

It was not until after the
death of Daniel Smith, Ms
Smith’s son, some six months
ago, that the Bahamian pub-
lic became aware of Mr Gib-
son’s friendship with Ms
Smith.

When it was reported that he
had Ms Smith’s application for
Bahamian permanent residency
approved within three weeks,
Mr Gibson came under fire

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Howard K Stern ‘stands to benefit
from seven insurance policies’

HOWARD K STERN
stands to benefit from seven
life insurance policies following
Anna Nicole Smith’s death, a

. lawyer has claimed.

Premiums on all the policies
were fully paid-up, according

_ toJohn O’Quinn, attorney for

Anna Nicole’s mother, Virgie
Arthur.

All the policies were origi-
nally drawn up to pay out to
Anna Nicole’s son, Daniel, in
the event of her death. But he

died at Doctors Hospital, Nas-
sau, last September, five
months before his mother’s
death in Florida.

Stern, the cover girl’s lawyer-
companion, is next in line to
benefit from the policies, said
Mr O’Quinn.

His disclosure came on
CNN’s Nancy. Grace show in
response to a viewer’s ques-
tion. It was the first. time life
insurance had ever been taised
in TV discussions about the

Anna Nicole saga.

Stern
Bahamas birth certificate as
father of Anna Nicole’s daugh-

_ter, Dannielynn.

. The baby will be the direct
beneficiary if the American
courts eventually settle part of
oil tycoon Howard Marshall’s
billion dollar fortune on Anna
Nicole’s estate on the basis of
their 13-month marriage.

This could be as much as
$475 million.

Wisdom has

meeting
with angry —
residents

@ By BRENT DEAN

ANGRY residents of Pride }
Estates met with Housing :
Minister Neville Wisdom }
Thursday night to express }
their outrage about repairs }
still to be done on their homes }
— after the subdivision was ;
opened more than five }

months ago.

Sources claim that nearly ;
70 residents attended the }
meeting, which was held at }
Golden Gates Assembly }

church.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Canadian }
: less like human beings and

investor Will Lea Harlinton,

a long time resident of }
Freeport, was killed in a traffic :
accident Thursday evening in }

the Lucaya area. He was 65.

Mr Harlinton, part owner }
of the Qual-Fast Construction

Company, was trapped in the

wreckage of his Mercedes
Benz, which caught fire after it :

collided with another vehicle
on Midshipman Road.

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Tribune Staff Reporter

FEMALE inmates of Her i

Majesty’s Prison are treated

more like “sardines” packed
in a can, it was claimed.

These allegations were
brought to the attention of The
Tribune by a relative of a
female inmate.

According to this relative,
who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, a female prisoner
told her the grievances for
them to be made public.

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Man appears
in court to
face stabbing
death charge

A 30-year-old Augusta Street

_ mInan appeared before a magis-

trate yesterday afternoon to be
charged with the stabbing death
of a man at a local takeaway
earlier this week.

France Louis, 30, appeared
before Chief Magistrate Roger

‘Gomez in Court One, Bank

Lane, yesterday on the murder
charge.
It was alleged that on Tues-

day, February 27, Louis caused _

the death of Michelet Pierre.
According to reports, Pierre
was stabbed to death on Boyd
Road while leaving DNC Take-
away around 6 pm. He was pro-
nounced dead at the scene.
The accused was not repre- -

sented by counsel at yesterday’s -
arraignment and was not
required to plead to the charge.
He was remanded to Fox Hill
Prison.

The case was adjourned to
March 19 and transferred to
Court 10, Nassau Street.

Complaints
against ZNS
bias from
viewers
increase

COMPLAINTS are mount-
ing against ZNS television from
viewers who say its political bias
is no longer acceptable.

Talk show host Steve McK-
inney was yesterday branded a
“national disgrace” for alleged
spin doctoring on behalf of the
government.

And one viewer asked: “Are
taxpayers really. paying this
man’s salary? He needs to be
shown the door.”

Growing disquiet over McK-
inney — known as the Fat Con-
troller to his critics — is based
on the fact that ZNS is a gov-
ernment-controlled station paid
for by public money.

While political bias is disliked,
but accepted, from privately-
owned media, it was described
as “wholly inappropriate from a
publicly-funded station” by
ZNS detractors yesterday.

McKinney has been accused
of blocking anti-government
callers to his show, Zmmediate
Response, and encouraging the
views of pro-PLP factions.

SEE page seven











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Minister for Works Bradley
Roberts executed the contract
on behalf of the client — the
Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology.

Education Minister Alfred

Sears was also on hand for the

signing.

Mr Roberts said: “Over the
past several years, the Ministry
of Education, Science and Tech-
nology realising that the high
schools in the Port Area were
grossly overcrowded, began dia-
logue with the Grand Bahama
Port Authority with the view of
having a junior high school con-
structed in the Freeport area to
alleviate this problem.”

He said former Grand

‘Bahama Port Authority presi-

dent the late Edward St George
pledged $3 million as the
GBPA’s contribution to the
project’s construction cost,
because he felt that. the total
cost of the project should not
exceed $6 million.

“However, the Ministry of

Education felt that the school

would cost significantly more
to construct which has been
proven to be the case as evi-
dence in the tender process,”
Mr Roberts said.

He said that after much dis-
cussion, it was finally agreed
that the GBPA would give’con-
sideration to the upward adjust-
ment of its contribution after
the completion of the project.

The GBPA had also arranged
for.an architect ‘from Grand
Bahama to design the school at
a cost of $140,000.

The project, according to Mr
Roberts, was projected to start
ayear ago.

“Unfortunately, due to
unforeseen difficulties the archi-
tect experienced, the drawings
had to be completed by the
technical officers of my min-
istry,” he said.

Last year, the government
was criticised by the opposition
for failing to construct a single

new school during its first four °

years in office.
The new school will be con-

structed on more than 15 acres
in one of the newest and most
modern housing subdivisions on
Grand Bahama.

Mr Roberts noted that the
school will be a state-of-the-art
structure when completed and
users will be adequately accom-
modated. —

It will have more than 76,000
square feet of enclosed build-
ing space and will provide for
about 900 students in 3 class-
rooms.

There will be a Wages of
special classrooms, including a
food laboratory, a needle crafts
centre, an agriculture centre, a

_ wood workshop, a technical

drawing classroom, two com-
puter laboratories, three gener-
al science areas, three music lab-
oratories, three art rooms, a
library, a gymnasium, a student
sick bay, a student. tuck-shop
and covered landscaped court-
yards and walkways.

There also will be outdoor
sports facilities for track and
field, softball and tennis. :

Hilton group reverses
ban on Cuban guests

aw By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Hilton resort group has
reversed its ban on Cuban del-
egations staying at its hotels in
Europe.

The action came after unions
and parliamentary groups in
Europe announced plans to
boycott the hotel company after
a Cuban trade delegation was
banned from a Hilton hotel in
Oslo in January. and excluded
from the group’s hotels
throughout Europe.

Last month, The Tribune con-
tacted the British Colonial
Hilton in Nassau to find out
whether the ban — an ‘effort to
conform to the US’s embargo
against Cuba — would be
enforced on Cuban delegates
travelling to the Bahamas.

Karla Visconti, Hilton’s direc-
tor of communications for the
Caribbean and Latin America,
said: “Hilton finds itself in a
regrettable position in that, as
an organisation, we do not
believe in discrimination of any
kind. We are, of course, com-
mitted to complying with the
laws of the countries in which
we operate, but in this situation
we are facing conflicting laws.”

At the time, the hotel said it
had not reached a decision on
the issue yet.

This week, the Hilton Hotel
Corporation sent a letter to the
British prime minister and for-
eign secretary, and the US state
department in ere to the
ban.

The letter reads: "As a US-
based company, we face a legal
dilemma, with a strict ban on
trading with Cuba imposed by
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tradictory legislation in the UK
making it illegal to discriminate
on the grounds of nationality."

Linda Bain, a spokeswoman
for the Hilton group, said US
sanctions, administered by the
Office of Foreign Assets Con-
trol, prohibited American com-
panies and their subsidiaries
from engaging in any transac-
tion with Cuba.

However, UK law forbade
discrimination on the grounds
of nationality, and the group
could not ask their employees
to disobey it.

The Hilton has now called
for a "US-UK bilateral agree-
ment to reform and ease the
trade sanctions within the
tourism industry ... so that
this contradiction between

our laws is annulled.”

The Tribune attempted to
contact the Nassau hotel to
ascertain how the UK decision
would impact the hotel, but calls
were not returned up to press
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Installation
of software

puts GIS
on track

THE Bahamas National
Geographic Information Sys-
tems Centre successfully
installed the ArcGIS Server

9.2 software, accomplishing:

another “milestone” in its
trek towards making the cen-
tre the government’s focal
point for geospatial informa-
tion in the Bahamas.

The server, which was first
introduced into the market
in November, 2006, will pro-
vide the centre with an
opportunity to publish and
promote their work in the
form of shared maps, globes,
processes and functions over
the Internet.

Carolann Albury, director
of the BNGIS Centre, said
the first phase of the plan will
focus on making information
accessible across the organi-
sational level and then to
strategic GIS partners such
as members of the govern-
ment’s Geospatial Advisory
Committee (GAC).

She said once the adminis-
trative procedures and pro-
tocols have been fully devel-
oped and adopted, the data

-will be made available to
both the public and private
sectors.

“Tmagine having access to
maps of roads, buildings,
water bodies, parcels or sub-
division information, build-
ing structures, land use and
an endless range of data lay-
ers to manipulate, display,
query and. analyse right at
your fingertips and in a web
environment,” Ms Albury
said.

“The phased approach in
building an integrated GIS
for the Bahamas will mean a
number of things,” she
explained. “It will mean
acquiring the necessary soft-
ware solutions:such as ArcS-
DE_technotogyy #which.

encompasses web GIS tech-

nology and comprehensive
data management technolo-
gy; having GIS data readily
available and the transfer of

technology through training,
“i. civil engineer said yesterday.

training and more training.”

The initial aspect of the
transfer of technology
through training began last
week when the centre hosted
a five-day course for officials
of the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Department of
Lands and Surveys and the
Data Processing Unit, along
with technical staff members
of the Centre.

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

ENVIRONMENT Minister
Dr Marcus Bethel has denied
that his ministry holds any
responsibility for creating
vehicular emissions controls —
despite claims to the contrary
by other senior government
officials. .

Dr Bethel’s declaration that

his ministry has no responsi- °

bility for this matter is bound
to set back progress on vital
controls, and shows that he
"does not have a comprehen-

_ sive view of what the environ-

ment means", one environ-
mentalist said.

His rejection of the sugges-
tion that the implementation
of emissions testing falls with-
in his ministry's portfolio came
on Wednesday at the presen-
tation of the first year report of
the Ministry of Energy and the
Environment.

It directly contradicts state-
ments by the Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Services as
well as the minister of trans-
port and her permanent secre-
tary.

At the meeting, Dr Bethel
spoke at length about progress
made by his ministry in a num-
ber of areas, but failed to men-
tion the issue of emissions con-
trols.

Asked when progress would
be seen in that area, Dr Bethel
said: "First of all I'd like to say
emissions is a Ministry of
Transportation regulatory
function."’

However, Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Services
Ron Pinder, who is an officer

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of Dr Bethel’s ministry, has
made numerous statements
relating to the issue over the
past five years — including
updating the press on discus-
sions held between the min-
istry and the road traffic
department, and progress of
efforts to acquire testing equip-
ment. ; :
_ When asked about this, Dr
Bethel simply responded that
"Mr Pinder is an elected mem-
ber of parliament — he can
speak on anything."

"He wasn't speaking on
emissions as the director, he
can only speak on what is in
the ministry and I’m telling you
as the minister what's in the
ministry," said Dr Bethel.

Yesterday however, Trans-
port Minister Glenys Hanna
Martin, stated that initiating
emissions controls is the

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department is currently in
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responsibility of "two min-
istries — this ministry and the
Ministry of the Environment."

And when asked about the

progress of efforts to imple-
ment emissions testing, Archie
Nairn, permanent secretary at
the Ministry of Transport, said
he would have to consult with
his "counterpart in the Min-
istry of the Environment, the
permanent secretary (Camille
Johnson)” before he could pro-
vide an update.

Later, Mr Nairn said Road
Controller Jack

Mr Thompson's technical

team is reviewing the details
of that document, said Mr
Nairn.

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Civil engineer: government should work
with insurance companies on housing

lm By ALISON LOWE.
Tribune Staff.Reporter

THE Ministry: of Housing
and insurance companies should
work together to ensure that
government-built low cost
homes are constructed to the
high standards of the Bahamas
building code, an experienced

The engineer also questioned
the competency of Ministry of
Housing inspectors in view of
his personal experience, and
news reports of obviously shod-
dy construction on such homes.

"If the Bahamas Building
Code were followed there
would be no complaints from
high end of low end construc-
tion nation-wide. However in
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He said that in his experience
the Bahamian building code is

. one of the best in North America.

"Granted we do ngt.have
good natural materials available
in general but sound-adherence
to the building code would
assure the home buyer of a
sound and safe structure to live
in," he said, explaining that the
code takes into consideration the
quality of materials available.

The engineer of 40 years
experience suggested that the
Ministry of Housing "set up an
education programme for their
inspectors”, adding that the min-
istry should be held accountable
for poor workmanship.

The engineer outlined the
case of a government-built
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The engineer claimed that an
evaluation of all the homes he
had been called in to assess
revealed that 72 per cent of the
damage he found was in homes
that did not meet the standards
set in the code.

For this reason, another fac-
tor in the solution could be a
joint effort between insurance
companies and the ministry.

"The buyer (and) the insur-
ance companies would (bene-
fit) by participating in an inspec-
tion programme to assure that
the building is safe and their
investment protected from
unnecessary damage caused by
poor workmanship.”

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requiring automobile owners
to submit their vehicles to reg-
ular emissions testing in order
to be certified as eligible to be
on the road.

If vehicles fail the test, they
must undergo repairs, and be
submitted again, before being
allowed to take to the streets.

Actual progress on emissions
controls in the Bahamas has
been a long time in coming
according to environmentalists
— despite assertions made by
several government officers as
to the importance of bringing
in such regulations.

In December 2004, Mr Pin-
der said emissions testing
equipment should be arriving
into the country by mid-2005.
In December 2006, an "early
2006" deadline was given.

Later, in May 2006, the
director promised equipment
would be ordered before the
end of that budget cycle — June
30 — however, in August he
admitted that no order had
been placed.

In May, he pointed to
involved discussions between
the Department of Environ-
mental Health Services and the
Road Traffic Department
about the matter and research
into the necessary equipment
specifications as factors that
had stalled advances.

Yesterday, Mr Nairn said he
was not aware of whether or
not the equipment had yet
been ordered.

Meanwhile, thick black
smoke — particularly from car-
go trucks — continues to be a

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A SENIOR government offi-
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Works for delays in address-
ing "severely abnormal" work-
ing conditions at the Produce
Exchange.

Frustration over the state of
that facility led an unconfirmed
number of employees to fail to
show for work yesterday, Agri-
culture Minister Leslie Miller
said. y
He spoke on the issue after a
customer contacted The Tribune
to report unusually long lines.

Mr Miller admitted the build- -
ing is in a “bad state of disre-
pair” — with bathrooms unus-
able and the second floor in
some places “dropping
through”.

He said he is personally frus-
trated with the length of time
it has taken for the Ministry of
Works to award the contract for
the renovation of the building.

"It's been months since we
have sent the documents there
to go to bid. It's just a very slow
and tedious process. It's diffi-
cult to meet with those people ©
responsible," said Mr Miller.

He apologised for the incon-
venience and sought to assure
staff that the process of rede-
velopment will get underway
soon, as the “over half-a-mil-
lion dollar" contract should be
out to bid in a matter of weeks.

"The. facility will be some-
thing that all Bahamians can be
proud of once it is completed,"
he said.

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WHILE miscalculation by the United States
has turned Iraq into a “devil’s playground,“
Islamic fascism poses a mortal threat on which
there is “no escape from U.S. leadership,” in
the words of a pre-eminent papal scholar.

George Weigel was once a scholarly non-
conformist in a town that was extending the
olive branch to Soviets and Sandinistas, and
picking as its political leaders activists who
grew up in the 1960s and never really left.

A senior fellow at the Ethics and Public
Policy Centre in Washington, D.C., and author
of the massive “Witness to Hope“ biography
of Pope John Paul II, Weigel returns every
couple of years to uphold Catholic tradition
and challenge Seattle’s political orthodoxy.

At Seattle Pacific University on Wednesday
night, Weigel argued that Islamic jihadism
has declared war on the West and its values of
pluralism, civility, democracy and diversity.

“The war is now being fought on multiple
interconnected fronts,” said Weigel, from
guerrilla wars in Russia’s Caucasus to bomb
plots in Indonesia and the Philippines.

And, he added, the 21st-century West has
not steeled itself to the challenge.

“We don’t know who we are,“ he argued.
“We don’t know the issues. We don’t know
the enemy. And not knowing is lethal.”

The enemy knows exactly what it is about.
Weigel borrowed a holy war description from

writer-scholar Father Richard John Neuhaus: .
“Jihadism is the religion-inspired ideology —

that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to
employ all means necessary to secure the sub-
mission of the world.”

Once a critic of the Vietnam War, in days
when he was a Lutheran minister, Neuhaus
sees jihadism as bent on world dominion and
as a multifront foe.

A pause to answer a question on some read-
ers’ minds: Why is a war critic, liberal, “green”
columnist giving ink to guys like Weigel and
Neuhaus?

Seattle needs to throw open its windows
and let in outside breezes to stir the air.

The town. has fallen into a kind of stagna-
tion, with one-party rule, anti-war politics and
contempt for the president. The prevailing
mood gets little challenge, at least not at Town
Hall forums at which celebrity liberals share
the stage with academic liberals.

Orthodoxy breeds excess. The political left
tends to blame America for the world’s prob-
lems, and bash Israel for maelstroms in the

_ Middle East.

In reaction, local conservatism has taken
on bitterness that can be a byproduct of iso-
lation.

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conservative and a relentless optimist. Pope
John Paul I, Weigel’s lodestar, rejected a
bunker mentality for his church and travelled
the world as an apostle to a dynamic, values-
driven orthodoxy.

The Catholic Weigel found an appropriate
forum at a university with Free Methodist
roots. He was guest at Seattle Pacific’s presi-
dent’s symposium, titled “Knowing and
Understanding Our World: A Christian
Response to the 21st Century.”

Urging spine stiffening by the West, he
quoted Tony Blair: “Until we shake ourselves
free from the wretched propaganda of the
enemy, that we are responsible, we will not
prevail.”

“Western media acquiescence to complaints
of Islamophobia must cease,” said Weigel.
“The Western press should call things by their
right names. Suicide bombers are homicide
bombers. Murderers in Iraq are murderers
and terrorists, not ‘insurgents.””’

One battlefield against jihadism has not
gone well. Weigel faults the United States for
underestimating what a mess Iraq would be
following the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The result, in Weigel’s view, is that the U.S.
finds itself trying to rein in anarchy, battling
remnants of Saddam’s Baathist regime, fight-
ing a war with jihadists, and in the midst of a
sectarian struggle between Sunni Muslims and
Shiites.

Nonetheless, he argues, a precipitous U.S.
withdrawal would be viewed as a “catastro-
phe” in the larger war against jihadism and as
an example of the “fecklessness” of the U.S.
. Weigel does, however, put a soft focus on
the administration responsible for multiple
disasters on the Iraq front in the war against
jihadism.

At SPU on Wednesday, Weigel estimated
that $2 trillion has been transferred to Islam-
ic countries as a result of dependence on Mid-
dle East oil. Saudi Arabia has used the money
to seed schools preaching an exclusivist Islam
and values totally alien to the 21st-century
West.

“A nation that created the Manhattan Pro-
ject and the Apollo Project moon landing can
defund jihadism by creating alternatives to
petroleum dependence,” Weigel argued.

It is, however, an argument that ought to cir- _

culate at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. every
bit as much as the Upper Gwinn Commons at
Seattle Pacific. The White House, too, is a
place where the windows need to be thrown
open.

(This article was written by Joel Connelly of
the Seattle Post-Intelligencer- ¢c.2007).

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ECTION

In response
o Rastafarian
movement

EDITOR, The Tribune

IN response to the article
entitled “Rastafarians Protest
for Equal Justice,” I feel like
some points desperately need
to be made. I find it, as a white
Bahamian, quite interesting that
this Dion Hanna participant in
the Rastafarian march feels that
successive governments have
not done enough to empower
black people in the Bahamas.
How could this possibly be true
when looking solely at the ratio
of blacks to whites paints an

' entirely different picture. A

majority cannot be a majority
without having adequate rights.

If this is not the case, I ask the
questions: “What exactly would
the ‘appropriate amount of
rights’ or the ‘adequate amount
of empowerment’ be”? Would
total domination by one race, not
mentioning which, be adequate?

If there were a little white ’.

Rasta child, he or she would be
equally denied the right to enter
these private Christian schools.

b {
EDITOR, The Tribune

WHEN the Progressive Lib-
eral Party members were elect-
ed to parliament in 1956 in the
persons who would be known
as Sir Milo B Butler, Sir Lynden
Pindling, Sir Randol F Fawkes,
Mr Samuel L Isaacs, Mr
Clarence A Bain, and Mr Cyril
St John Stevenson, they were
referred to as the “Magnificent

Six”: At'that time if Sir Gerald .

Cash had'been a member of the
Progressive Liberal Party, they
would have been referred to as
the “magnificent seven”.

Sir Gerald Cash was elected

’ as an independent and junior

member to Sir Milo Butler for
the western district; destiny
would have it that Sir Milo
would become our first gover-
nor general, and Sir Gerald
would be the second.

In the early days, members
of parliament received no salary

for their service which seemed’

to be noble; but eventually it
became apparent that members
were accepting alms under the
table from business operations
in the form of consultants fees.
Maybe that was the reason for
the implementation of a salary
structure early into the Pro-
gressive Liberal party adminis-
tration in 1967. :

In 1967 a commission of

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This brings me to another point
— that all of the Christian-belief
private schools would deny
entry to a young Rastafarian
child strikes me as extreme. I
actually attended one of these
private Christian schools and
remember that although prayer
was carried out at various times
throughout the day, if I didn’t
want to participate, I didn’t
have to. Could:the Rastafarian
children not behave as the non-
Christians in the same predica-
ment?

The article actually went on
to get even more interesting.
Koed Smith, of the PLP — no
surprise — decided to march
with the Rastafarians. Does
being an African now equal
being a Rasta? As far as I know,
it doesn’t. Why would Mr Smith
feel the overwhelming urge to

istory 0

inquiry was appointed to inves-
tigate the operation of casino
gambling in the Bahamas as
there was a concern about the
credibility of their operators;
particularly in Grand Bahama
as there were widespread
reports of influence peddling
involving public officials.

The commissioners were
amazed that the list bearing the
names of individuals on the
immigration stop list such as
Dino Cellini, George Sadlo,
Roy Bell, Howard L Kamm, Al
Jacoks, and Anthony Tabasso,
never reached the proper
authority, but was found in

storage during their investiga-

tions.

Investigations insinuated that
certain employees, particularly
at the Monte Carlo Casino in
the persons of Geiger, Kamm,
Courtney, Ritter and Brudner,
had ties to organised crime; the
name Myer Lansky, and Mike
McLaney were mentioned also
in that circle. .

Although that was forty years
near; this writer who was pre-
sent from the opening to the
closing act, the memory is fresh

‘in his mind, this was in the Gal-

lahad-room at the Kings Inn
Hotel, which became known
later as Bahamas Princess, and
now as Royal Oasis. -

The commissioners were Sir

march with the Rastafarians
here in Nassau?

There are obvious answers
that I see — none of them good.
Number one, Mr Smith desper-
ately wants to help win votes
for himself and the PLP in gen-
eral by winning over this small

_ demographic, or he wants to try

and play the famous “race card”
that everyone is raving about.
Mr Smith marching with the
Rastas is like me being in Africa
and marching with a Bahami-
an Baptist movement and I am
not Baptist. I wouldn’t do it. |

Lastly, Prime Minister Perry
Christie accepting the petition
graciously and staying to listen
to the music leads me back to
the same reasons that his MP
Koed Smith put on his African
native dress and hopped into
the Rastafarian march.

Long live Bahamian Baptists!

DISGRUNTLED
BAHAMIAN
Nassau

March 1 2007

CASINOS

Ranulph Bacon, K T Mr Alger-
non Wharton, QC, and Mr
Robin Auld, PhD, counsel 'to
the commission was Mr Gor-
don Bryce, QC, Attorney Gen-
eral and Mr J Henry Bostwick;
other lawyers were Mr Eugene
Dupuch, QC, and.Mr Cyril
Fountain.

There were numerous high
profile witnesses two were Mr
Ron Gowlding and Mr Keith
Gonsalves, President and Vice
President, respectively of the
Bahamas Amusement Ltd,
operators of Monte Carlo, and
El Casino Freeport Grand
Bahamas.

Another witness of interest
was Gadwell (Scaboo) New-
ton; he was questioned exten-
sively by the commissioners
about his relationship with Sir
Stafford Sands. It was suggest-
ed that he was a bodyguard to
Sir Stafford Sands, which he
denied, but admitted that he
was an assistant masseur; he
also gave the name of the
masseur. As a result of 1967
commission there was a high
profile resignation in 1968, it
was parallel to the resignation
in 1963, after the 1962 com-
mission.

PRINCE G SMITH
Freeport, Grand Bahama
February 28 2007

BTVI and the issue of
part-time employees

EDITOR, The Tribune

PLEASE allow me to use
your esteemed paper to bring
to the government’s attention,
yet again, an issue | am sure
they must have forgotten as, in
spite of promises, nothing has
changed.

Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute Nassau and
Grand Bahama (Freeport) has
persons working weekly (part-
time) some for more than 10
years with promises of confir-
mation.

We have heard it all: “We are
working on it”; “We sent it up”;
“Do not call the ministry they
will direct you back”; “You
have to follow protocol” the
Human Resource Department
at BTVI says. We have been
hearing these same statements
for years. At the ministry, the
persons to whom BTVI files are
assigned always, without fail,
says you have to speak with
your HR Department. This
turn-around and red tape has
been and continues to go on as








the red tape thickens.

So how long should we
believe “we are working on it”?
The government announced
“1,200 full time jobs to be giv-
en”. These are pensionable, full
time positions. At BTVI we
remain waiting in the wings, no
confirmations, no pensions, and
no full time job.

We are the ones responsible
for the technical education of
the Bahamas, not just the young
as many are now changing to
work in the technical fields. We
are the ones holding the insti-
tution together, the administra-
tive team where the majority, I
might add are part time work-
ers. We are the ones that keep
the wheels of BTVI turning, still
no full time jobs for us.

Mr Fred Mitchell, Minister of
Public Service, also Minister of
Labour of whose department
BTVI falls, please do not for-
get us.

WAITING & WAITING
Nassau
January 2007












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members
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THE Roots junkanoo
organisation has advised all
its members that they are
invited to attend a very
important group meeting on
Sunday, March 4.

The meeting will take
place at 3pm at the Govern-
ment High School.

The group’s leadership
asked that all members arrive
on time.

Hugo Chavez
proposes

S American
‘gas OPEC’

@ VENEZUELA
Caracas

VENEZUELAN Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez wants
other South American coun-
tries to join him in forming
an organisation of natural gas
producers based on the oil-
exporting cartel, OPEC,
according to Associated
Press.

Chavez said Thursday night
that he has spoken to Argen-
tine President Nestor Kirchn-
er about the idea of forming ~
“a kind of organisation of gas
exporting and producing
countries in South America.”

Chavez proposed naming
it “Opegas Sur,” or the Orga-
nization of Gas Producing
and Exporting Countries of
South America. He said it
would be limited at first to
Venezuela, Bolivia and
Argentina, but could later be
expanded.

Venezuela was one of the
five founding members of the
Organization of Oil Exporting
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Expatriate British volunteer 1S

jailed under new regulation

A NEW immigration row has
erupted after a British woman
volunteer worker was jailed for
two days under new govern-
ment restrictions.

The expatriate worker was
arrested and detained by Immi-
gration officers in a move which
has led to new rules on volun-
teer workers, including those
engaged in charity pursuits.

Last night, Freeport attorney
Fred Smith expressed outrage,
declaring volunteers to be a

vital part of Bahamian society.

He said many organisations
would find it hard to function
without unpaid help from expa-
triates.

The dispute was sparked by
the arrest of a worker in Grand
Bahama who Immigration offi-
cials felt was ‘more than’ a val-
unteer.

Now they are asking volun-
teers to register their intentions,
along with references and spon-
sors, before taking up any kind

of voluntary work.

The matter was first raised in
Grand Bahama Info, a weekly
online community newsletter
which considers volunteers a
“vital” part of the community.

“Many expatriates become
involved in local theatre,
church, community support pro-
grammes, sports, fund-raising
efforts for education, libraries
and school extra-curricular
activities,” says the newsletter.

They also worked for the
National Trust, the Grand
Bahama Children’s Home and
Ranfurly Homes for Children,
the newsletter adds.

“We speculate that this vol-
unteer ‘workforce’ numbers in
the thousands. What would
happen to our society if these
helping hands were paralysed
and made stagnant?”

The newsletter: says it
believes the Immigration
department’s move was dan-
gerous with “potentially crip-

pling ramifications” for the
Bahamas.

_ It could, it adds, hit society
at both ends — in blocking assis-
tance for the arts, and help for
the less fortunate.

The pool of voluntary work-
ers in the Bahamas is large
because of the nature of the
society. :

“Spouses of skilled and essen-
tial workers who are in the
country for a year or more on
permits often seek voluntary
work to stave off boredom.

With no work permits of their

own, they prefer to help com- |

munity bodies rather sit at
home all day.

Now, anyone wishing to
undertake such work will have
to apply for a letter of permis-
sion, according to Mr Smith,
who is firmly against the new
restrictions.

“Many of these workers are
wives of men whose skills are
needed here,” he said, “They

make an important contribu-
tion to society by working free
of charge.”

Programme

The Project Read programme
at Fox Hill Prison is one exam-
ple of a community project in
which expatriates get involved.
And Rotary and Kiwanis are
also among several organisa-
tions involved in community
work.

The Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association noted “with
alarm” the new immigration
“policy”, saying there was no
provision for it in the Immigra-
tion Act.

Volunteer workers are not
paid and therefore are not
engaged in “gainful employ-
ment,” the association said.

It said the Immigration
Department was a “dictatorial”
branch of government which

promoted a racist and discrimi-
natory approach.

The association called for
reform of the Immigration Act
and challenged both major par-
ties to make immigration a
election issue. :

An Immigration Department
statement said any non-Bahami-
an wanting to do volunteer
work in the Bahamas would
require a sponsor, charitable
group or organisation to write
to the department seeking per-
mission.

The request must specify the
terms and type of work being
done, and would be reviewed
by immigration officials before
permission was given.

Attempts to contact the Ran-
furly Home, the Bahamas
National Trust, Project Read
and other organisations that

’ benefit from the help of volun-

teers were unsuccessful.
Calls to the Department of
Immigration were unanswered.

HUNDREDS flocked to the

. Annual Heart Ball to raise

funds for. children with heart
disease and to remember cul-
tural icon Kayla Lockhart
Edwards, a former heart patient
who benefited from the Sir Vic-
tor Sassoon Bahamas Heart
Foundation’s generosity.

“Once again, we gather to
have fun, to dance to music that
meant so much to our friend
and former patient,” founda-
tion chairman Mr R E Barnes
told patrons, “Your presence
here tonighi will help the foun-
dation continue to assist chil-
dren to grow to fulfill their
dreams — dreams that we must
ensure to continue to have the
opportunity to be lived. Thank
you for your continued support
of dreams and those who wish
to dream, like Kayla Lockhart
Edwards.”

He explained that Kayla was
quoted in the programme for
the 1965 inaugural Heart Ball
as saying she always wanted to
sing but was not allowed to
because it was “too much of a
strain” on her physical condi-
tion.

Kayla had been diagnosed
with a hole in her heart at a
heart clinic in 1963 and a year
later underwent a successful
surgery.

“Those words from an 18-
year-old Kayla,” said Mr
Barnes, “marked a turning
point in her life. It also marked
a turning point for a person who
was to become a Bahamian cul-
tural icon.

“After successful surgery in
November 1964, Kayla was able
to do all of the things she had
been unable to do during her
life. How different things might
have been for her and all
Bahamians without the aid of
the Sassoon Heart Foundation.
Her dreams became a gift to
the Bahamas and we honor her

tonight by dedicating this ball

to her memory,” he said. ~
The committee for the Heart

~ Ball, held on February 17, had

promised a spectacular evening
and guests thoroughly enjoyed
the 43rd annual event. The
Heart Ball is the principal
fundraiser for the Sassoon
Heart Foundation.

Symone’s Basket of Happi- .

ness Florists transformed the
Crown Ballroom into an ele-
gant and romantic setting with
cascading bouquets of red and
white roses and baby’s breath
atop tall oversized candelabras.
Red hearts of varying sizes
adorned the ballroom and
reams of red and white silk
complemented the tables
draped in red, and, white.

The rhythmic sounds of the
Ed Brice Orchestra, the Soulful
Groovers and the Police Pop
Band had patrons flocking to
the dance floor.

During the ball there were
three special presentations. Mr
Marquinn Edwards, son of Mrs
Lockhart Edwards received a
plaque from the Foundation in
honor of his mother.

Mrs Frances Ledee, the first
professional Bahamian social
worker and present administra-
tor of the Persis Rodgers Home
for the Aged received the pres-
tigious Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award. Ball co-chairper-
son Lady Butler received a bou-
quet for long and dedicated
work with the committee for
the Heart Ball.

Patrons also enjoyed a raffle
and a lively Silent Auction fea-
turing a seven-night stay for two



Raffle. His prizes included two roundtrip British Airways World
Traveler tickets to London’ one night’s accommodation at the
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel; a gold, emerald and
diamond tennis bracelet from Colombian Emeralds
International, an original underwater on canvas original from
Aitken Imaging and Frame Art and a Waterford vase which
was donated anonymously. Shown from left are: Rosemarie
Thompson, ball committee member; Michaelangelo Baccelli,
ball committee member; raffle winner Mr Ferguson; Adrian
Barton, British Airways district manager and Maria Symonette,

ball committee member.

i JULIE Hooper (centre) won the seventh raffle

prize at the annual Heart Ball. Among her prizes.

were a gift certificate from Sunshine Insurance
Agents and Brokers, a 30-inch General Electric gas
range from Robin Hood and a 44-inch fresh water
Mother of Pearl necklace donated by Brenda Wert.
Heart ball members Rosemarie Thompson and
Michaelangelo Baccelli presented the gifts.

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couver Canada.
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a eee
Eating comes before education for the poor

LL human beings

have certain basic
needs—food, shelter, love and
affection, respect, trust, knowl-
edge and truth (Abraham
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human
Needs, 1943).

Without question, if basic
needs are not met, schoolchild-
ren are liable to display dis-
ruptive behaviour.

For instance, if children come
to school hungry or are lack-
ing affection at home, possibly
from an absentee or abusive
parent, they are more likely to
be disruptive in schools and
have a series of failed relation-
ships as adults.

Poverty—described by Web-
ster’s dictionary as the lack of
money and/or material posses-
sions—is a major reason why
many Bahamian students are
performing so poorly academi-
cally.

In the Bahamas, poverty is a
serious problem that we must
contend with in our public
schools, as many students are
so poor that they live well
below the poverty line.

Even though several public
schools have implemented
lunch programmes to feed poor
students, many of them are so
burdened by problems at home
that their grades are often not
up to scratch.

I have discovered that many
poverty-stricken children come
from dysfunctional homes,
where their parents are usually
unemployed, penniless and are

themselves poorly educated.

In many cases, students that
come from single parent and/or
abusive homes are often men-
tally and financially incapable
of handling the responsibility
of schooling.

In more extreme cases, some
children are orphaned and
most likely must hold a mini-
mum wage job to fend for
themselves and in some
instances, their siblings.



Poverty is a
serious problem
that we must
contend with in
our public
schools, as many —
students are so
poor that they
live well below
the poverty line



To the casual observer, there
are many examples of under-
privileged children throughout
Nassau—on the sidewalks
(sometimes selling fruit), at the
malls and in tourist areas such
as Prince George Wharf where
these youngsters can usually be
seen hustling visitors disem-
barking cruise ships for a dollar
or a quarter. Yes, this is a sad



YOUNG MAN’S VIEW

ADRIAN
reality in our present-day
Bahamas!

At the onset, the disadvan-
tageous impact that poverty has
on school performance can be
seen as children whose parents
are poor are unable to buy
school uniforms, books and
other paraphernalia, lunch and
other amenities, and are there-
by placed in an unfavourable
position when compared to
their more fortunate class-
mates.

ot having food to eat

on a daily basis caus-
es the students to lose interest
in school/education, as they are
many times pondering ways of
satisfying their greatest con-
cern—ie attaining a meal—and
possibly suffering from severe
hunger pains (gas). A hungry,
mentally disturbed and improp-
erly clothed student’s last inter-
est is school!

Indeed, many countries are
plagued by widespread poverty.
Although the number of people
living below the poverty line is
not high in the Bahamas, recent
statistics are troubling as they
show that nearly 10 per cent of
our population live below the

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poverty line and that one in five
persons between the ages of 15
and 24 presently lives in pover-
ty.
Around the world, particu-
larly in impoverished countries
such as Bangladesh, a large
proportion of these populations
are illiterate and economically
hampered by poverty - eg:
many persons in these coun-
tries work in clothing sweat-
shops for an average of 17 cents
per week. Astonishingly, two-
thirds of all children in Latin
America reportedly leave
school before finishing the fifth
grade!

In the Bahamas, although a
student is only legally allowed
to quit school at 16, | have been
told that many students, for
various reasons, drop out much
earlier.

Indeed, I have personally
discovered in the classroom
that students affected by pover-
ty lack the motivation to com-
plete their schoolwork, hardly
attend school, are anti-social
and sometimes violent.

Also, I’ve found that these
students may alienate them-
selves from their guardians and
teachers, are usually ill-pre-
pared for class, display poor

language and reading skills and
are usually suffering from mal-
nutrition.

na Tribune article pub-
lished a few years ago,
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia ‘Mother’ Pratt claimed that
government schools in the



Recent statistics
are troubling as
they show that
nearly 10 per
cent of our
population live
below the |
poverty line and
that one in five
persons between
the ages of 15
and 24 presently
lives in poverty.



Bahamas are becoming too
expensive for poor students.
According to Mother Pratt, if
school costs continued to
increase, poor people would
not be able to afford a good
education for their children.
She said that although Social

Services renders assistance to

poor parents in helping them
prepare their children for
school, Social Services can only
do so much.

The DPM stated that it costs
$350 to $400 for each govern-
ment junior/senior high school
student to be re-admitted for
a new school year-—-and:she felt
that many parents were inca-
pable of this! I concur!

However, if Social Services
are limited in their capacity to
assist, what other avenues,
besides the few Christian-based
feeding programmes, are avail-
able to poor Bahamians seek-
ing help?

Poverty greatly hinders
school performance. Unfortu-
nately, the unequal distribution
of wealth and resources around
the world plays a major role in
the illiteracy rate of people
across the globe, even in this
the 21st century!

Although education is an
important facet to living in
today’s world, in families
and/or societies that are strick-
en by poverty, gaining an edu-
cation is not a priority since
bettering themselves financial-
ly and having food to eat is at
the centre of their attention.

In the Bahamas, a country
where education consumes
much of our annual national
budgets, we must seriously seek
to address the reality of pover-
ty that confronts so many
Bahamians.

ajbahama@hotmail.com



- MI SDP leader Norman Solomon (centre) and deputy Keith Duncombe (left) meet
with disgruntled BEC workers outside the Big Pond Power Station after the work-



ers were told they would not be paid.



j




@ 1980 —- SDP deputy leader Keith Duncombe (left) and leader Norman Solomon talk.
with one of Mr Duncombe’s Shirlea constituents during the party’s house-to-house poll



This week, In Days
Gone By looks back at
the now defunct Social
Democratic Party -
which was for a time the
official opposition in
the Bahamas - and the
activities of then party —
leader, businessman
Norman Solomon.



Hi SDP Leader Norman Solomon (centre).shown
with members of his party touring the southern

- district today to find out what,the PLP’s social
revolution has accomplished so far. SDP Senator
—___ Dr David Sands (in hat) and SDP deputy leader
(second right) are shown in the walkabout.

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@ DELEGATES from Long Island included Felix Car
Clifton Deveaux of Dunmore’s (far right). They are pictured with














WS

@ 1980 — The Leadership of the Social Democratic Party are seen here resigning their posts
sition during a brief meeting with Governor General Sir Gerald Cash at Government House. Pictured from
left in front of Government House are former Opposition Senate leader Jeanne Thompson, SDP leader

Norman Solomon and:SDP deputy leader Keith Duncombe.



SSS SSIS

as official oppo-



Solomon (far left) and MP Jimmy Knowles.

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THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007, PAGE 7






@ THE scene of the crash



Canadian investor killed in accident

FROM page one

The accident occurred around
8.10pm on Thursday at the
intersection of Midshipman
Road and Victoria Place.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said Mr Harlinton was driving a
white Mercedes 380 SL licensed
- 36336 east on Midshipman
Road.

He made a right turn
attempting to enter Victoria
Place when he crossed the path
of a green Toyota 4-Runner
Jeep, driven by Dr Michael
Parkinson, 50, who was travel-
ling west on Midshipman.

Mr Rahming said the Mercedes
burst into flames on impact. :

Several persons at the scene,

including Freeport lawyer Fred
Smith, rushed to the car to try
to free the victim from the burn-
ing wreckage.

Mr Smith told The Tribune
that he and two other persons
could not free the man, who
was unconscious and pinned by
his legs inside the vehicle.

“We could not pull him from
the wreckage because he was
pinned by his legs, and the
flames started to rise, and gas
was pouring from the car, and
we feared that the vehicle
would explode at any minute,”
he said.

Mr Smith drove to Cooper
Services Station nearby, and
returned with a fire extinguish-
er and managed to extinguish

the flames, which had com-
pletely engulfed the vehicle.

“It was very terrifying
because you know at any
minute the car could blow up,
but we did not want him to burn
up in the wreckage,” he said.

When police arrived Mr Har-
linton was dead at the scene,
Mr Rahming said.

Dr Parkinson was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he was treated for his
injuries and later discharged.

Mr Rahming said Mr Harlin-
ton was a longtime resident of
Freeport, and lived at Harbour
House Towers Condominiums
on Bell Channel. His death is
the first traffic fatality for the
year in Grand Bahama.

‘Wisdom meets

with residents

over housing

FROM page one

Residents complained about
the poor quality of material
used on their homes, and the
fact that so many deficiencies
exist, despite there being an
inspection process within the
ministry.

Some specific concerns resi-
dents reported were: cheap
and cracked tiles, numerous
cracks in walls and old wood
that was used in various parts
of their houses.

Some residents told The Tri-
bune that they are very upset
at what they suggest was a
“dismissive tone” by the min-

ister to some of the com-
plainants.

One resident said she thinks
the minister is “powerless” in
his ministry -- suggesting that
senior bureaucrats run the
‘show instead.

According to a witness at
the meeting, one resident told
a horror story of having to
sleep in a car some nights, as a
result of the insect infestation
in that particular home.

Some residents suggest that
the insect problems may
result from doors not being
properly installed, leaving
large gaps for insects to enter.
Additionally, the areas

‘ around interior doors,

and
walls, they said,-were not
sealed — which creates places
for insects to hide.

The meeting was said to
-have lasted for nearly three
hours because of the many
complaints.

This latest controversy with
the Pride Estates homeown-
ers is a part of a wave of con-
troversy surrounding the
administration of, and prac-
tices within, the ministry of
housing. :

Currently there is a police
investigation surrounding alle-
gations of theft and bribery
within the ministry.

ZNS criticised for political bias

A Johnson Road viewer
told The Tribune: “We can
no longer tolerate a man
paid for out of government
funds being so blatantly
biased on the airwaves.”

And a viewer wishing to
be known only as Eric said:
“McKinney is the dim light
of Bahamas journalism. I lis-

Prisoners treated like ‘sardines’ - relative

FROM page one

The female prisoners claim
they are being kept inside dor-
mitories for months at a time
and that twenty-eight women
are “crammed” into one dor-
mitory, with one toilet and one
shower.

The women claim that the
prison’s food is not cooked
properly, and that inmates only
receive medical attention when
there is an emergency.

They claim they are forced to
buy bottled water, which is sold
at $8 per case, because there is
no purified water, only tap
water.

The female prisoners claim
that incarcerated foreigners
have to drink the “bad food and
tap water” because they have
no access to US or Bahamian
currency. —

And the women say that
fighting and violence is com-
monplace amongst the prison-
ers, because their actions are
“borne out of frustration and
humiliation.”

But this is not the first time
that Her Majesty’s Prison has
been criticised for undermining
the human rights of prisoners.

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2002 with prison reform expert
Professor Rod Morgan.

The UK based human rights
group reported that one in
every 200 Bahamians is in
prison and that the rate of
imprisonment in the Bahamas,
478 per 100,000, is the eighth
highest in the world and four
times that of the UK and Cana-
da.

The key findings arising from
the Amnesty visit included the
following:

e Substantial numbers of pris-
oners, including minors, are
awaiting trial for unacceptably
long periods: 78 pre-trial pris-
oners had been detained for
more than two years. They are
becoming "lost in the system"
through lack of legal represen-
tation.

e Unacceptably overcrowd-
ed accommodation was evi-
denced in all prison units, seri-
ously affecting the living con-
ditions for inmates and the
working conditions for staff.

e Many prisoners are still sub-
ject to the degrading practice
of slopping out while the prison
still has an inadequate plumbing
and drainage system.

_ © With at least one death
reportedly resulting from inad-
equate medical care, and sey-








eral reported suicides at the
prison, access to physical and
mental health care in prison
remains chronically lacking.

e There were serious con-
cerns about female prisoners
detained in punitive, solitary
confinement. Physical and men-
tal stress as a result is report-
ed. Sufficient attention to
women prisoner's. particular
specialist: rights and néeds is
lacking and specialists in wom-
en’s health care are allegedly
unavailable.

e There have been repeated,
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And during a visit to the
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deliberately misrepresented its
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ing his bases. Expect more of
this from the PM as the drums
beat louder and louder.”

Another viewer from the
Johnson Road area even
blamed McKinney’s alleged bias
for inflaming racial feelings.

“The talk is getting increas-
ingly racial - and ZNS has to be
blamed for that,” said the source.

When contacted about the
complaints yesterday, Mr McK-
inney declined to comment on
the matter. He added only that
anything he had to say would
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Last respects paid
to Anna Nicole

Smith at funeral

THE TRIBUNE





# HOWARD Stern is shown crying outside of the church

yesterday



church yesterday





Howard K
Stern under
fire for his

comments |
at funeral

_ FROM page one

“When Howard K Stern got
up and used that opportunity
and sort of (inaudible) so-
called family members, look-
ing right at Virgie Arthur, lies
out there, and sort of looking
around the room, everybody
knew who he was talking
about. He didn’t have to men-
tion any name. And it was a
very awkward moment. and a
very surprising moment,” con-
cluded Ms Cosby.

Asked by Ms Cosby about
the appropriateness of Mr
Stern’s comments, Mr Birkhead
sought to avoid leveling any
criticism against Mr Stern say-
ing: “I wouldn’t have used my
time that way, and J didn’t. But
I don’t want to comment on
how he used his time.”

When he was pressed by Ms
Cosby, Mr Birkhead said: “It

Anscon’t make nacthing het

And by all indications, Mr
Birkhead is seeking to make
things better between him and
Mr Stern, who still has posses-
sion of the daughter he seeks
to claim.

Inside the church, Mr Birk-
head, who was strongly sup-
ported by Mrs Arthur in his
efforts to prove paternity, was
said to be seated in the pew
behind Mr Stern, while Mrs
Arthur sat in a pew on the
opposite side.

When. they lefi the church,
Mr Stern and Mi Birkhead
stood nexi to each other, sepa-
rated only by an attorney, while
Mrs Arthur and her family
stood facing the duo on the oth-
er side of the exit.

The procession left the
church for a brief graveside ser-
vice at the Lakeview Memorial
Cemetery, and after a brief, but
tumultuous life, Ms Smith was
finallv laid f- rest.

@ THE medical examiner

Joshua Perper is seen going
into the church yesterday at
Auna Nicole Smith’s funeral

@ LEFT to right: Larry Birkhead, his attorney Debra Opri, and Howard Stern outside of the










@ THE coffin is carried out of the church





@ LARRY Birkhead outside the church yesterday











@ THE mother of Anna Nicole Smith, Virgie Arthur, is seen
leaving the church yesterday after the funeral

(Photos:Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

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‘

uneral overshadowed

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007, PAGE 9



in court to have burial stopped

§ By NATARIO McKENZIE

AS Anna Nicole Smith was
set to be buried yesterday the
controversy surrounding the
former playmate continued to
unfold in local courts — as sepa-
rate requests were made to have
her burial stopped and the
remains of her son Daniel
exhumed,

The Tribune learned yester-
day that a request to have the
remains of Daniel exhumed was
made to Chief magistrate Roger
Gomez on Thursday by Billy
Smith of Limestone Texas, the
father of Daniel Smith. Daniel
Smith died at the age of 20 at
Doctors' Hospital in Septem-
ber, just days after his mother
gave birth to a daughter, Dan-
nielynn.

A Coroner's Inquest into
Daniel Smith's death has been
set for March 26. A private
examiner concluded that he
had died from a lethal combi-
nation of methadone and two
antidepressants. Daniel Smith
was buried at Lake View ceme-
tery.

According to Mr Gomez, the
request was not only to have
the body exhumed but also to
have it sent to Texas.

“The courts are generally
reluctant to have a person’s
body exhumed. It's possible but
not something that can be done
easily. There has to be substan-
tial grounds," Chief Magistrate
Gomez said.

He noted that in any event,
exhumation would not take
place until after the Coroner's
Inquest has been completed as
there may be a need for further
examination on the young
man's remains.

The Tribune also learned that
a petition was filed by Debo-
rah Rose the attorney for
Smith's estranged mother Vir-
gie Arthur, to have Smith's bur-
ial stayed. This motion was filed
before Senior Justice Anita
Allen. That motion however
was denied.

Mrs Arthur had requested to
have Smith's body buried in
Texas along with her grandson
Daniel. Smith's longtime com-
panion, Howard K Stern want-
ed her buried in the Bahamas
next to Daniel and won a deci-
sion in a Florida court which
granted him custody of Smith's
body last week.

Smith died February 8 at age
39. She was buried in New
Providence yesterday.





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Gibson absent from funeral
of ‘family friend’ Anna Nicole

FROM page one

locally, but boldly stated: “If
it could have been done in a
day, then I would have done it
in a day.”

It was then that Mr Gibson
revealed that Ms Smith was a
personal friend of his. Shortly
afterwards, many began to
question whether his fast-track-
ing her residence permit was a

conflict of interest. ,

For months Mr Gibson
sought to downplay the friend-
ship he shared with Ms Smith
until photographs of him and
Ms Smith appeared on the front
page of The Tribune .

The pictures, which showed
Mr Gibson posing with the for-
mer playboy model in her bed-
room, set off a national and
international firestorm that saw

Mr Gibson resigning his post a
few weeks later.

In the wake of Mr Gibson’s
resignation, the Progressive
Liberal Party began a public
relations campaign hoping to
put a positive spin on the
embarrassing issue, blaming
the media and the opposition
Free National Movement for
what it called Mr Gibson’s
lapse of judgment.

\

Yet, even in his resignation,
Mr Gibson never renounced
his friendship with Ms Smith,
leaving another spectator to
comment: “If there was a
time that he should have
shown up, it should have
been today. He should not
be hiding. He already said
she was his friend, so he
should come out and support
his friend.”

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onto Cat Island

li By Bahamas Information
Services

BENNETT’S HARBOUR,
Cat Island — Pompey Rock
Beach Villas is one of a number
of small hotels that are ready
to rock the Cat Island tourism
market.

“T built Pompey Rock (in
Bennett's Harbour) a few years
ago and I am quite proud of it,”
said proprietor Michael Stubbs.

After travelling through the
Bahamas, he returned to his
roots as the owner of a con-
struction company. “I was born
here and I decided to come
back home and do something
for the local people, some sort
of employment,” he said.

Pompey Rock is comprised
of seven villas and a number of
rooms below the observatory-
style clubhouse.

It is featured on websites such
as expedia.com, caribbean.com
and hotelcarib.com, as well as
the Ministry of Tourism’s

Bahamas.com.

“Cat Island is a super place
and I like being here,” said Mr
Stubbs. “I have no problems
being here.”

“T built it the way I wanted to
so that I could enjoy it, even if

nobody else could,” he added

with a laugh.

Even though his other busi-
ness ventures have him head-
quartered in New Providence,
Stubbs said he returns every

two weeks or so, sometimes to .

talk to investors or entrepre-
neurs who are interested in
starting businesses in Cat Island.

Infrastructure is needed, but
Stubbs said he accepts that
"nothing happens instanta-
neously”.

“It will happen and it will

happen in time and I will be

right here and I will help it to
happen because my investment
is strong and I intend to do
more.”

He added that the new dock
being built nearby is a “super”

development, as far as his busi-
ness is concerned.

“All of our groceries and
shipments that come in for the
property, we have to go 30-odd
miles away to bring them back.
When the dock is finished, they
will be right in our doorstep.”

“The boats will be coming
here in short order and that will
save us a lot, if only on gas."

Stubbs said there are many
aspects of Cat Island that could
attract Bahamian visitors and
he especially encouraged Cat
Islanders who migrated to New
Providence to come back and

see what the island now has to

offer.

“We have a good thing going
here,” he said. “We have regat-
ta, we have rake-n-scrape and
we have other things.

“And every time they come
back home, some of them want
to do something. Some of them
have land, some of them have
old houses and the parents
might have died and they want

Hi OWNER of Pompey Rock Beach Villas owner Michael Stubs, on the balcony of the property" s

clubhouse in Bennett’s Harbour, Cat Island.

to fix them up. That’s the kind
of thing that is going on here."
Stubbs said he intends to

expand the property for future
influx of visitors.
“Right now, we are still in the

(Photo: BIS/Patrick Hanna)’ -

growing stage,” he said. “This is’ "
just phase one; so we are a

right.”



Guyana welcomes Chavez despite border

& GUYANA
Georgetown

ONCE vilified in Guyana for
renewing a century-old border
dispute, Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez will be received

as a “very welcome guest” dur- ©

ing a rare visit this weekend for
a summit of Latin American
leaders, according to Associated
Press.

Warmer relations owe part-
ly to a shift in Chavez’s
provocative rhetoric. Since vow-
ing to press Venezuela’s claim
to more than half its smaller
neighbor’s territory, he has

moved on to bigger fights as a.

self-styled leader of regional
opposition to US influence.

Guyana, the only English-
speaking country in South
America, meanwhile has pur-
sued closer ties with Venezuela
and other continental heavy-
weights — a new development
strategy for the former British
colony linked more closely to
the Caribbean by language and
history.

If the feud over Guyana’s
mineral-rich Essequibo region
comes up as the heads of state
meet Saturday for the Rio
Group summit, it will be han-

dled in a spirit of co-operation,
said Guyanese Foreign Minis-
ter Rudy Insanally.

"What we are hoping is with
the new climate, so to speak,
where we are talking about a
community of South American
nations, that maybe we will be
able to transcend these difficul-
ties,” Insanally told The Asso-
ciated Press.

Heads

Nine heads of state are
expected to attend the one-day
summit, including Chavez, Mex-

ico’s Felipe Calderon, Brazil’s
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and
Chile’s Michelle Bachelet, said
Elisabeth Harper, directer gen-
eral of Guyana’s Foreign Min-
istry.

Harper said most of the lead-
ers were expected to attend a
cultural event and ceremonial
dinner with Guyanese President
Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday.

Guyanese President Bharrat
Jagdeo, a Moscow-trained econ-
omist, has “a level of cordiality”
with Chavez and considers him
a “very welcome guest",
Insanally said.

Such kinship marks a turn-

around from Chavez’s first
months in office in 1999, when
he promised to seek redress for
the “injustice” of an 1899 accord
that took away the 61,000-
square mile Essequibo region,
an/area larger than Greece that
is rich in timber, gold and dia-
monds.

A commission of representa-
tives from Venezuela, Britain,
the United States and Russia
drew the boundary of what was
then British Guyana, but
Venezuela says the Americans
and Europeans conspired to
cheat them out of land.

Border skirmishes. have

declined over the last eight
years, but the dispute — cur-



rently under UN mediation —is. |

not forgotten. The uncertainty .
raised by the Venezuelan claim.
hurts Guyana by discouraging
oil companies and others from ..
investing in the Essequibo, °
Insanally said. +
Previous Rio Group sumntits
focused on trade, but Jagdeo
wants the informal, 20-nation
grouping to also tackle social,
inequalities across Latin Amet-*,
ican and the Caribbean. It is’a®
theme that Chavez and other”
leftist South American leaders

are expected to welcome. ,*-,,»

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Rich Venezuelans, alarmed by Chavez’s socialism, head to Florida

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Doral

THEY call it “Plan B.”

As Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez further tightens
control of the South American
country’s economy, wealthy
Venezuelans who once thought
they could live with his socialist
edicts are turning to their back-
up plan — flight to the United
States, particularly Florida,
according to Associated Press.

Venezuelans have long gob-
bled up condos and pre-con-
struction deals in Florida as



investments, but the latest buy-.
’ ers want homes where they can

live and business properties that
will help them earn a green card.

“First the people who come are
the businessmen in the highest
circles, then the losing politicians,
then the military and then the
professionals,” said Miami-based
immigration attorney Oscar
Levin. “You’re beginning to see
the (Venezuelan) professionals.”

This latest and largest poten-
tial group of emigrants say they
fear the effect Chavez’s socialist
policies will have on the econo-
my and on proposed education-

al reforms that could mirror the
ideologically imbued education
of Chavez ally and mentor,
Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

“There is so much insecurity,
political insecurity, economic
insecurity,” said Venezuelan
Miguel Medina, a business exec-
utive who moved to the Miami
in August. “You don’t know if a
contract you signed today will
be honoured by the government
in the future... This was defi-
nitely. my plan B, but it was time
to do the plan B.”

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the number of Venezuelans liv-
ing in the US doubled to about
160,000, according to the latest
US Census numbers. Nearly half
live in Florida,

But those numbers are decep-
tive.

In 2005, 10,645 Venezuelans
received their green cards allow-
ing them to live in the United
States, almost doubling the 6,222
who received them in 2004,
according to the latest Depart-
ment of Homeland Security sta-
tistics. And another 400,000
Venezuelans came to the United
States in 2005 on business and
tourism visas. It is unclear how
many stayed.

Colombia, with nearly twice
Venezuela’s roughly 27 million
residents, sent the same num-
ber that year.

Anecdotal evidence suggests
even more are seeking to come
here since Chavez’s recent nation-
alization of Venezuela’s largest

telecommunications company

and the electricity sector. The
Venezuelan Congress also recent-
ly gave him special powers to
decree laws for 18 months, and
Chavez is threatening to expro-

_priate supermarkets, stores and

other businesses caught hoarding
food or speculating on prices.

Medina said six family mem-
bers visited him in the last two
months seeking ways to relocate
to the US Unlike previous
cycles, those seeking to leave
and bring their money to the US
now are coming from around
Venezuela, not just from Cara-
cas, said Medina, an account
executive for the credit group
ExpoCredit.

Meanwhile Ralph Gomez,
who heads the Miami area Tow-
er Investments group and has
long specialised in real estate
for South American clients, said
he’s received more than two
dozen calls since the year began
from people interested in com-
ing to the US. Other agents
report a similar spike.

Upper-class Venezuelans and

~ their money flowed out of the

country after Chavez was elected
in 1998 and again when he
quashed an unsuccessful coup
against his government in 2002,
but many professionals still hoped
the climate would remain friend-
ly to business. Then came the lat-
est nationalizations. Chavez still
pledges to maintain a business-

4

MARBELLA Font, left, sits with her daughters, Maria Vales-
ka Nieto, 8, center, and Maria Victoria Nieto, 13, in their home
in Doral, Florida

friendly climate, and analysts say
the government has paid fair mar-
ket prices to nationalize the elec-
tric and phone companies.

Yet, with 17 per cent inflation
pushing the Bolivar to more
than 4,000 per dollar on the
black market, compared to the
official rate of 2,150 Bolivars
per dollar, many Venezuelans
are looking to move their busi-
nesses to the US or to set up a
new one here.

Those who can afford it often
opt for business visas that
require a minimum of a
$500,000 investment in a com-
pany that creates jobs in an
underdeveloped area in the US.

About 33,000 Venezuelans
received some kind of work visa
to come to the US in 2005 -
nearly a quarter of all such visas
for South Americans — com-
pared to about 17,000 in 1999.

Those who come are received
with open arms in Miami, where
their money is welcome and the
Cuban exile community views
Chavez as the next Fidel Cas-
tro. As of 2004, Venezuelans
tied with Germans and Canadi-
ans as the second biggest group
of foreigners purchasing homes
in Florida, according to the
National Association of Real-
tors. Only the British bought
more Florida homes.

But moving to the US, even
for the wealthy, isn’t simple.
Medina moved his family to the
Miami three years ago, but it
took him until last summer to

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

tie up financial ends, obtain a
visa and a job in Florida.

“T would travel back and forth
when I could,” he said. “It was
hard, but I know Iam among ,
the lucky ones.’

And while Venezuelan emi-
grants cite the political and eco-
nomic instability of the country
as their main reasons for leav-



ing, many also talk of rampant |:

and random violence. '

Marbelia Font, 47, and her".

husband landed in Miami in
September from Caracas. to
close on a newly built invest-
ment property. They thought
their two daughters would enjoy '
the brief vacation.

But when two friends were

fatally shot back home.in .
Venezuela, Marbelia and her 13- .

and 8-year-old daughters stayed.
Her husband returned to
Venezuela, hoping to earn a visa
by moving his manufacturing and
construction business to the US.
Font said he has struggled to
obtain necessary legal documents
from the Chavez government.

She now lives in the half-fur-
nished home they’d planned to
rent in Doral, just west of Miam}.
It is decorated only with a pic-
ture of her husband and the girls.
She and her daughters struggle
with loneliness, and she is unable
to work as she waits for the fan
ily’s s visas to come through.

“It is so hard because the girls
were very close to their father,
and now they only see him once
every three months,” she said.



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007, PAGE 11



ennel Club prepares

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\

THE public has been invited
to-join the Bahamas Kennel
Qlub on Saturday, March 17
aid Sunday March 18 at the
ace Botanical Gardens for
the club’s All Breed Dog Show.

' The annual breed and obedi-
ence show will feature dogs in
the working, sporting, non-
sporting, terrier, toy and herd-
ing*groups.

‘Dogs from the United States,
Cahada and the Bahamas will
be competing for Best in Breed
aiid then Best in Show.

Fhe club said in a statement
that the show is “an excellent
opportunity to meet many
breeds of dogs and learn from
theexperts just what dog might
be best for you and your fami-
viet

“he show is sponsored by
Pedigree Dog Food, and the
club.said Pedigree will be on
hand to provide information on
their. products and explain how
tHis¥:can help dog owners main-
taiirthe health of their pets.

The statement outlined the
characteristics of the various
groups:

°* Dogs in the sporting class
are naturally active and alert.
Sppxting dogs make likeable,
wahl-rounded companions.
Members of the group include
pointers, retrievers, setters and
spaniels. Remarkable for their





instincts in water and woods,
many of these breeds actively
continue to participate in hunt-
ing and other field activities.
Potential owners of sporting
dogs need to realise that most
require regular, invigorating
exercise.

e Most hounds share the
common ancestral trait of being
used for hunting. Some use
acute scenting powers to follow
a trail. Others demonstrate a
phenomenal gift of stamina as
they relentlessly run down quar-
ry. Beyond this, however, gen-
eralisations about hounds are
hard to come by, since the
group encompasses quite a
diverse lot. There are Pharaoh
Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds,
Afghans and Beagles, among
others. Some hounds share the
distinct ability to produce a
unique sound known as baying.
You'd best sample this sound
before you decide to get a
hound of your own to be sure
it's your cup of tea.

e Dogs in the working group
were bred to perform such jobs
as guarding property, pulling
sleds and performing water res-
cues. “They have been invalu-
able assets to man throughout
the ages. The Doberman Pin-
scher, Siberian Husky and
Great Dane are included in this
group, to name just a few.

Quick to learn, these intelligent,
capable animals make solid
companions. Their considerable
dimensions and strength alone,
however, make many working
dogs unsuitable as'pets for aver-
age families. And again, by
virtue of their size alone, these
dogs must be properly trained.

e Terriers are feisty, energetic
dogs whose sizes range from
fairly small, as in the Norfolk,
Cairn or West Highland White
Terrier, to the grand Airedale
Terrier. Terriers typically have
little tolerance for other ani-
mals, including other dogs.
Their ancestors were bred to
hunt and kill vermin. Many con-
tinue to project the attitude that
they're always eager for a spir-
ited argument. Most terriers
have wiry coats that require spe-
cial grooming known as strip-
ping in order to maintain a char-
acteristic appearance. In gener-
al, they make engaging pets, but
require owners with the deter-
mination to match their dogs'
lively characters.

e The diminutive size and
winsome expressions of toy
dogs illustrate the main func-
tion of this group: to embody
sheer delight. Don't let their
tiny stature fool you, though —
many toys are tough as‘nails. If
you haven't yet experienced the
barking of an angry Chihuahua,

for annual dog show

for example, well, just wait. Toy
dogs will always be popular with
city dwellers and people without
much living space. They make
ideal apartment dogs and ter-
rific lap warmers on nippy
nights.

e Non-sporting dogs are a
diverse group — sturdy animals
with as different personalities
and appearances as the Chow
Chow, Dalmatian, French Bull-
dog, and Keeshond. “Talk
about differences in size, coat,
and visage! Some, like the
Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel
are uncommon sights in the
average neighborhood. Others,
however, like the Poodle and
Lhasa Apso, have quite a large
following. The statement said
breeds in the non-sporting
group are a varied collection in
terms of size, coat, personality
and overall appearance.

e The herding group, creat-
ed in 1983, is the newest AKC
classification; its members were
formerly members of the work-
ing group. All breeds share the
fabulous ability to control the
movement of other animals. A
remarkable example is the low-
set Corgi, perhaps one foot tall
at the shoulders, that can drive
a herd of cows many times its
size to pasture by leaping and
nipping at their heels. The vast
majority of herding dogs, as

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B WHYLE Coyote CD RN, owned





by Amanda Meyers, is

entered in the Bahamas Kennel Club's 26th International Dog
Show and Obedience Trials. The show will be held on Saturday,
March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Whyle is entered in open obe-
dience trial and the special class for spayed and neutered dogs,
which will be on both days this year. Entry forms can be picked
up at your local vet. Catalog entries close February 28. The club
invited interested members of the public to contact June Hall at
393-1360 (evenings). There will be free handling classes on Sun-.
day March 4 Sunday March 11 at 3pm in the Botanical Gardens.
The classes are highly recommended for anyone thinking of

entering their dog in the show.

household pets, never cross
paths with a farm animal. Nev-
ertheless, pure instinct prompts
many of these dogs to gently
herd their owners, especially the
children of the family. In gen-
eral, these intelligent dogs make

enters long-delayed trade

excellent companions and
respond beautifully to training
exercises.

e The Tribune will be run-
ning a series of articles in the
build-up to the dog show

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(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Santo Domingo

~ THE Dominican Republic
made its long-awaited entry into
a trade accord with the United
States and Central American
nations, leaving Costa Rica as
the only signatory country
where the deal has not taken
effect, according to Associated
Press.
Thursday’s:announcement
came 14 months after the
Central American Free Trade
Act, or CAFTA-DR, was sup-
‘posed to take effect in this
Caribbean country of 9 mil-
lion. The Dominican Repub-
lic’s entry was held up while
lawmakers revised intellectu-
al property laws governing
the pharmaceutical industry
and handled disagreements
over fuel transportation
rights.
“One must remember that 85
per cent of our exports today
go to the US market,” Domini-

can President Leonel Fernan-

palace meeting with US
Ambassador Hans Hertell. “If
we had not become a benefi-
ciary state with preferential
access to this great market ... it
would inhibit the growth of the
free-trade zones we have in our
country.”

Facing increased competition
from China and Vietnam, those
zones have shed about 40,000
jobs — 20 per cent of the total -
in the last three years. The
Dominican Association of Free-
Trade Zones has called the
accord essential to the sector’s
survival, allowing manufacturers
to buy cheaper raw materials

and enjoy expanded access to -

the US market.

Dominicans also hope the
agreement will lower prices on
consumer goods such as food
and make the country more
attractive to foreign investors
looking for access to the US
market.

“We should have had a holi-
day across the country today.

“ 8 Haitians die, 44 missing after boat
catches on fire off Dominican Republic

@.DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo
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A-US Coast Guard cutter,

iwc'airplanes and a helicopter

weré searching the waters off
ihe Dominican Republic for
survivors after a boat carrying

Haitian migrants caught fire,

kifling at least eight passengers

and leaving 44 missing, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

The boat was traveling from
the northern Haitian town of
Cap-Haitien to the Turks and
Caicos when it caught fire about
23.rniles north of the Dominican
Republic, U.S. Coast Guard
spokesman Petty Officer Bar-

Haiti to

a -HAITI
P6rt-au-Prince

WAITI’S government will
investigate whether diplomats
at"the country’s embassy in
France are selling fake or forged
passports to African nationals,
theforeign minister said,
ucterding to Associated Press.

'

ry Bena said Thursday.

Two migrants were pulled
from the water Wednesday and
brought to a hospital in Monte-
cristi on the Dominican Repub-
lic’s north coast.

It appeared the migrants had
been in the water for at least a
day when they were spotted by
a US yacht cruising from Pana-
ma, said Capt. Jose Antonio
Carrero, commander of the
Dominican Navy’s northern
operations.

"They found just the two peo-
ple, not the boat, not anything,”
Carrero said.

The rescued pair — a 27-year-
old man named Kenson

Loucien and a 23-year-old
woman whose name was
unknown — were being treated
Thursday for first-degree burns
and dehydration, Dr Maria Bel-
liard said.

Eight passengers were found
dead in the Atlantic Ocean.

Authorities did not know
when the blaze occurred, when
the ship set sail or what caused
the fire.

Bena said a helicopter, two
airplanes and a Coast Guard
cutter were involved in the
search for survivors. A Domini-
can Navy ship assisted in res-
cue efforts Wednesday.

Thousands of Haitians take

to the sea on flimsy boats each
year, heading north toward
Florida to escape grinding
poverty and frequent political
turmoil in the Western Hemi-
sphere’s poorest country. Near-
ly all are intercepted and repa-
triated to their homeland,
where the vast majority of the
nation’s 8 million people lives
on less than US$1 a day.

’ The number of boat migrants
increased after a 2004 revolt
toppled then-president Jean-
Bertrand Aristide, sending the
economy into a tailspin and
touching off a bloody wave of
street violence.

investigate alleged sale of
fake passports to African nationals

Haitian Senator Anacacis
Jean Hector alleged this week
in local media that passports
were being sold from the Paris
embassy for as much as
US$7,926 each, raising ques-
tions about the impoverished
Caribbean nation’s security.

Hector, a member of Presi-
dent Rene Preval’s Lespwa par-

ty, said some of the fake docu-
ments were sold to African
nationals, although he refused
to offer evidence. He did not
say how learned of the alleged
sales or provide further infor-
mation.

Appearing before legislators
Wednesday, Foreign Minister
Jean Reynald Clerisme

promised to investigate but said
he doubted the charge was true
since passports aren’t produced
at the Paris embassy. .

This is the latest corruption
allegation against Haitian diplo-
mats. Last year, the consul in
Barahona, Dominican Repub-
lic, was fired for selling entry
visas.

This’ is‘ what biSifesses Rad”

been awaiting for months,” Luis
Nunez, a business association
president in the central city of
Santiago, told the online news-
paper Clave Digital. as

Critics of the agreement said
they would be closely monitor-
ing wages, the country’s textile
sector and public access to med-
icine as the new rules take
effect.

“The countries that are
already under those CAFTA
rules have been losing jobs and
losing their US exports,” said
Todd Tucker, research director

for Public Citizen’s Global »
Trade Watch in Washington.
“The early results aren’t
promising.”

Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and El Salvador pre-
viously entered the agreement,
part of a US push to boost US
exports worldwide.

But resistance to the accord
has continued in Costa Rica,
where tens of thousands
marched on Monday through
the capital San Jose to
denounce the agreement as
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together as BIC showed
their appreciation for
partnerships since 2001.
BTC-licensed
wholesalers are located
all over the Bahamas.
This event was organised
by the distribution
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â„¢ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

Nid

* rounds for the first time, Elke-
na ‘the Punisher’ Saunders is
thinking hard about the -chal-
- lenge of taking on Jermaine
‘Choo Choo’ Mackey for his
Bahamas super middleweight
title.

In a gut-wrenching perfor-
mance on Thursday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium,

*<; AFTER going a full ten

Saunders had to hang on for his
life as he traded punches round
for round against Jamaican
Anthony Osbourne.

After the First Class Promo-
tions’ co-main event bout, Saun-
ders said he did exactly what he
had planned to do.

“I think I did quite well in
that fight. Everything went as
planned. I tried not to waste too
many shots,” he stated. “I tried
to take sensible shots and not
waste them.

off due to blood
pressure of opponent

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

JERMAINE ‘Choo Choo’
Mackey watched as his child-
hood friend and former spar-
ring partner Elkena ‘Punisher’
Saunders proved a point. But
when it was his opportunity, the
Bahamas super middleweight
‘champion was left standing all
alone in the ring.

American Rodriquez Moun-

go never made it out of the

dressing room at the Kendal
Isaacs Isaacs Gymnasium for
the First Class Promotions’
main event bout, leaving many
fans disgusted as Mackey wait-
ed patiently.

After a lengthy delay, reports
from the organisers and the
Bahamas Boxing Commission
" revealed that Moungo was suf-
fering from high blood pressure,
which was elevated from
Wednesday when he arrived in
town.

“We have to look out for the
safety of the boxers,” said First
Class promoter Michelle Minus.
“The physicians said before he
stepped in the ring, they wanted
to check his pressure again for
precautionary measures.

“T believe in the physicians.
They are the medical persons

‘

and they should know better.
His blood pressure was 173 over

143. So they would not allow .

him to step in the ring with his
blood pressure elevated that
much.”

Minus apologized to the fans,
many of whom voiced their
anger and called for First Class.
to refund their tickets, saying
they had been “tricked” into a
match that was “never going to
come off”.

Mackey said he eagerly wait-
ed for the verdict from the doc-
tors because he was just as con-
cerned about Moungo’s safety.

“I don’t know what happened
to him, but boxing is a very seri-
ous business,” Mackey said . “I
don’t know if he got scared, I
can’t say.

“But the doctors told me that
his pressure was very high and
they needed to monitor it
before they make a decision. I
was prepared for whatever deci-
sion they make.”

As he waited for his chance
to get in the ring, Mackey was
seen near the locker room
watching Saunders as he pulled
off a hard-fought 10-round deci-
sion over Jamaican Anthony
Osbourne in the co-main event.

SEE page

“I wanted and needed to go

ten rounds to impress the judges

and the fans to let them know if
I’m going to be able to chal-
lenge Jermaine Mackey, I had
to go ten rounds.”

Winded throughout the fight
- his first scheduled past six
rounds - Saunders gave a lot of
credit to his corner, inclusive of
Ray and Renaldo Minus and
Sonny Boy Rahming, for push-
ing him to the limit.

challenge against Mackey,.
Saunders admitted that ‘it is a
“big step upmiiicorny svi
“Osbourne was a great fight-
er, I’m not going to take. any-

thing away from him, but Choo

Choo is a much more active
fighter and he keep coming,”.
Mackey pointed out.

“Choo Choo: keep coming
and throwing: punches repeat-
edly, so that’s something I have
to work on, being able to make
him miss and counter-punch



him. Choo Choo is a great fight-

er and if First-Class Promotions i;
‘and the Bahamas Boxing Com-

mission allows it, it will be a
great fight.” ,

First Class Promotions’ pro-
moter Michelle Minus has indi-
cated that Saunders did what
he had to do. He went out and
proved that he can fight ten
rounds. ey’

She also noted that they
would be happy to. promote the
fight, but the final decision rest



in the hands of the Bahamas
Boxing Commission, which will
have to sanction it.

Commission chairman Dr
Norman Gay said: ‘He’s gone
ten rounds, which teaches him
that he can do ten rounds. But
he now have to work on taking
his man out.” ,

He declined to say whether
or not they would approve the
fight between Saunders and
Mackey for the Bahamas super
middleweight crown.

Bahamians prevail in boxing

_ Show against Jamaicans

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

CLIFTON ‘the Hanger’
Lewis probably wished he had
not come to the Bahamas to
take on Damian ‘the Blade’
Tinker. He will definitely have
a lot to reminisce on during the
long flight back to Jamaica.

Tinker was a thorn on
Lewis’ side as he bruised and
battered him for one and a half
rounds, before he had no other
choice but to call it quits two
minutes and 24 seconds in the
second round.

On the undercard of First
Class Promotion’s professional
boxing show on Thursday night
at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um, Tinker said he was confi-
dent of another victim even
before he stepped in the ring.

“Before we stepped out
there, I could see the fright in
his face,” Tinker reflected. “I
know | was going to stop him.
He wasn’t ready when he came
out.

“T was really trying to put
him to sleep, but he was really
strong.” a

Tinker was quick to the draw
as he threw a series of combi-
nations that had Lewis duck-

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ing and dodging for most of the
first round. At the end of the
round, Lewis got saved by the
bell with another flurry.

But in the second round,

. Lewis still visibly shaken up
from the blows he received
from the first, caught a couple
more vicious body shots from
Tinker.

This time, Tinker turned his
back on Lewis, who was gasp-
ing for air as the fight was halt-
ed.

“I knew that was it,” Lewis
said. “He couldn’t take it any-
more.”

In another Bahamas versus
Jamaica match-up, Ryan ‘Big
Youth’ McKenzie used his
height to out-punch Patrick
‘the Cutlass’ Taylor for a four-
round unanimous decision.

Both fighters traded blows
throughout the match, but
McKenzie landed more accu-
rate shots which had Taylor
staggering a couple of times
and holding on as he went on
to secure the win.

“Because of my job, I wasn’t
able to train that much,”
McKenzie said. “I just decid-
ed to give it my best every
time. But he was a good fight-
er. | just wasn’t on my best.

“T was frustrated with him -

holding me so much. This is
boxing. Let’s box. Let's just
show the skills. But it was still a
good fight. The next time you'll
see me, I will be a whole lot
better.”

McKenzie said he was
pleased to get in his first inter-
national fight, but he has
vowed to be successful in more
of his fights in the future.

Also on the undercard, Wil-
son ‘Kid Wonder’ Theophile
took his frustration out of his
last loss on his comeback trail
by stopping Anthony ‘the Kid’
Drummit in three rounds.

Theophile, back in action
this year after he suffered a
broken jaw against Jerome ‘the
Bahamian Bronze Bomber’
Ellis three years ago, had a
chance to put Drummit down
from the first round.

“I just wanted to put in the
work. I was training in the gym
and I’m in good shape,”
Theophile stated. “I could have
stopped him in the first round,
but I just went out there to put
in the work.

“T hurt him in the first round
with a body shot and that took
his nerve. He didn’t want to
continue anymore. I’m just

\
‘

glad that he didn’t want to con-
tinue to fight.”

Drummit, who has lost three
of his four fights, was com-
plaining of a shoulder injury
from the first round and never
really mounted any challenge
for Theophile.

In fact, in the second round,
he took a series of blows from
Theophile, knelt on one knee,
took an eight-count and reluc-
tantly continued to fight.

At the break, his cornerman
Stevie ‘the Heat’ Larrimore
urged him to “go one more
round,” but it was obviously
that Drummit was not pre-
pared.

After absorbing another
series of blows, Drummit knelt
again, took the eight count, but
this time he didn’t get up to
fight as referee Matthew Rolle
called it off one minute and 45
seconds in the round.

Theophile was scheduled to
take on Aplachino ‘the Banger’
Allen, but Allen was a “no
show.” Asked if he was disap-
pointed, Theophile said yes,
but he was also glad because
“IT needed to get in some more
work.”

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“ODORS



TENNIS

KNOWLES/NESTOR OUSTED

MARK Knowles and Daniel Nestor were ousted in the semi-
final of the Dubai Men’s Open Tennis Tournament yesterday.
The top seeded team tumbled to the No 3 seeded team of F San-
toro and Nemad Zimonjic 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. It was the third tour-
nament for the year that Knowles and Nestor got knocked out in
the semis. The previous two were at the Australian Open and
Doha. Knowles and Nestor also played in the final of Sydney and
Marseille.

TENNIS

WORLD JR/JR. DAVIS CUP TEAMS

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has announced the
names of the players selected to represent the Bahamas in both
the World Junior and the Junior Davis Cup teams this month.

The World Jr team will compete in Guatamela. The team
coached by John Antonas, will comprise of the following: Boys
- Johnathan Taylor, Kevin Major Jr and Brezille Hamilton. Girls
- Simone Pratt, Danielle Thompson and Chelsea Russell.

The Junior Davis Cup team, coached by Kim Cartwright, will;
play in El Salvador. The team will comprise of Rodney Carey, }
Justin Lunn, Ricardo Demeritte, Kerri Cartwright, Kalotina
Klonaris and Elanqua Griffin. i

Today, from 9.30am-—Spm, the BLTA will have a fun day at the , }
National Tennis Centre. The event will serve a a fundraiser for . |
the teams’ expenses. :

TRACK

CARIFTA TRIALS DEADLINE

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Association will hold its
Carifta trials from March 23-24 at the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium, starting at Spm and 11am respective-
ly. The entry deadline is set for Friday, March 9 at 4pm. For fur-
ther information and registration, persons are urged to contact
325-4433 or 323-5863.

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the Coke Explorers will take on the Millennium Jammers andin
the 8.15pm feature contest, the Commonwealth Bank Giants ;
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automatically for

Alana Dillette has become
the first Bahamian woman in
swimming to achieve an ‘A’
automatic qualifying time for

the US National Collegiate’

. Athletics Association (NCAA)
individual championships.
Alana, a 19-year-old sopho-
more student at Auburn Uni-
versity, swam personal best
times at the James E Martin
Qualifier Meet at the James E
Martin Aquatic Center, Auburn
University on Saturday Febru-
ary 24, making the NCAA ‘A’
time in the 100m backstroke in
52.1 seconds and the ‘B’ time
in the 100m freestyle in 50.4 sec-
onds.
The Bahamian swimming
standout’s ‘A’ time in the 100m
backstroke is an automatic qual-

ifying time for the NCAA
Women’s Swimming Champi-
onships scheduled for March
8-10 in Minneapolis, Minneso-

ta.

The Bishop Michael Eldon
Anglican High and St
Andrew’s School alumnus is
now ranked at number 10 for
100m backstroke in the entire
NCAA Division 1. Presently
she is ranked as second in the

50m back, third in the 100m.
’ back, fifth in the 50m free and

fourth in the 100m free on the
Auburn University women’s
swim team.

She said: “I have worked real-
ly hard this season to concen-
trate on both my academics and
breaking through to-the times
that Bahamas swimming is

going to need to compete at the
Olympic level and I am just
really excited about making
these times and I’m really look-
ing forward to the Pan Ams this,
summer and swimming next
year with Auburn.”

‘Alana’s local coach, Andy

Knowles, said: “We’re all so

pleased for Alana. She has
been consistently swimming
personal best times all season
competing for Auburn Univer-
sity. And now this. break-
through means she is right on
track to qualify for Beijing in
2008. Way to go, Alana!”
Alana was a member of the

Championship Auburn Swim °

Team at the SEC Swimming
Championships held recently in
Lexington, Kentucky. At this

college championships

meet she swam best times in the
100m and 200m backstrokes, as
well as the 100m and 200m
freestyle.

Auburn University swim
team is the defending NCAA
Women and Men’s Champions
and will be defending their titles
at the upcoming NCAA cham-
pionships.

Alana balances her swimming
with her studies towards a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Hotel and Tourism Manage-
ment.

Following the NCAA swim-
ming season she will continue
to focus her training towards
the upcoming Pan Am Games
in July and qualifying for the
Beijing Olympics in her selected
events.

CR Walker Knights clear up at championships

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE CR Walker Knights
polished off the Government
Secondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation’s Senior High trophy
that they will display for the
next year as the champions of
the 14th year of the meet.

The Knights outshone six
other schools to clinch the title
by 149 points as they dominated
the two-day. meet at the
Thomas A Robinson Track and
Field Stadium; winning an
unprecedented four divisions in
the process.

“It was outstanding,” was

Hunay
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how CR Walker’s coach Floyd
Armbrister summed up their
four-straight feat. “The majori-
ty of our athletes were made up
of junior athletes.

“So it says a lot about our
programme and it says a lot
about the coaches that. have
helped to make this a vibrant
programme in track and field.”

Armbrister admitted that
while the principal, staff and
teachers made ‘their contribu-
tion, he have to tip his hat off to
the many coaches outside of
theifSchool system who made a
significant impact on their ath-
letesiisu :

“Tt says a lot for our school
and our programme,” Armbris-
ter said.

There were so many ways in
which the Knights managed to
outshine their rivals as they won
in each of the four categories
by a considerable margin.

When CR Walker didn’t win
an event, they were either sec-
ond or third. But they made
sure that they had at least two
athletes in nearly every event,
scoring points when some of the
other schools failed to enter an
athlete.

CR Walker even picked up
one of the two records posted
on the final day of competition.

Their record breaker was
Lashae Bailey in the interme-
diate girls’ triple jump. She
soared 11.14 metres to surpass
the previous mark of 10.86 that
was set by Krystal Ellis.

The other record perfor-
mance came from CC Sweet-
ing’s Vernal McIntosh in the
senior boys’ pole vault. He
cleared 3.05 metres to replace



BS

SS
MSKYE Collie from CR
Walker winning the 100m
finals Soe.

Roosevelt McKinney’s old
mark of 3.05.

Track

No records were established
on the track, but CR Walker
made their presence felt there.

In the intermediate girls divi-
sion, Antonya Knowles (26.27)
turned the tables on 100 metre
champion Skye Collie (26.29)
to post a 1-2 finish for the
Knights in the 200.

CR Walker completed a
sweep of all of the sprints and
the short middle distance races
as Glendia Dean posted the vic-
tory in the 800m in 2:23.33.

They also claimed the 300m
hurdles as Ivanique Kemp
clocked 48.30 to beat out her
team-mate Audra Johnson, who
did 50.70 for second.

In the senior girls division,
Government High’s Iesha
White emerged as the fastest
competitor as she doubled up
in the 200m in 25.53 over her
team-mate Alicia Rahming
(26.29).

CR Walker, however, cap-
tured the 800m as Ashley Han-
na ran 2:39.06. for the win.

CC Sweeting’s Andrea
Bethel was the winner of the
400m hurdles.in 1:06.69... .

In the intermediate boys divi-
sion, CR Walker’s Omar Moss
avenged his loss in the 100 by
winning the 200m in 23.10 over
Dame Doris Johnson’s Dentri
Moss (23.36).

CR Walker also took the
800m with Renaldo Gibson win-
ning in 2:09.49. Gibson also
posted a.double as he ran the
3,000m in 10:22.68.

CC Sweeting’s Jonas Anestal
stopped the Knights’ reign by
running 1:02.45 in the 400m hur-
dles.

And in the senior boys divi-
sion, Samuel Key (22.74) of Cl
Gibson out-ran CV Bethel’s
Sherman Ferguson (22.90), the
century champion, in the 200m.

But CR Walker’s Kenard
Thomas was the toast of the day
as he won the 800m in 2:08.94
and the 5,000m in 18:35.25.

Dame Doris Johnson also got
some of the spotlight as Dadron
Wilson captured the 400 hur-
dles in 58.65 and Wadner Blaise
took the 3,000m steplechase in
11:45.08.

Here’s a look at the results of the Government Secondary Schools Sports
Association’s 14th Senior High Schools Track and Field Championships that
was concluded yesterday at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

Overall Winners.

Schools
CR Walker Knights

Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins .

CC Sweeting Cobras

RM Bailey Pacers

Cl Gibson Rattlers

CV Bethel Stingrays
Government High Magics

Intermediate Girls Division
CR Walker Knights

CC Sweeting Cobras

RM Bailey Pacers

Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 71

Cl-Gibson Rattlers
Government High Magics
CV Bethel Stingrays

Senior Girls Division

CR Walker Knights
Government High Magics

FROM page one

The show didn’t go without a comedy bout and
it came between Hensley ‘the Bruiser’ Strachan
and Anthony ‘Psycho’ Woods. In the end, Strachan

was awarded the decision.

Throughout the four rounds, Woods was the
aggressor, but the flat footed and shorter Stra-
chan eventually caught up with him and he landed
a number of shots that rocked Woods.

They eventually tangled in a couple of brawls,

but Strachan got the edge.

“Tt was good. He was a good fighter,” said Stra-
chan, who thanked God for the opportunity to
get in the fight. “I thought he was going to throw
a lot more fights, but he didn’t hurt me.”

Strachan, who celebrated his 22 nd birthday,
said he now want to avenge his only loss to Tinker.

i

CC Sweeting Cobras
CV Bethel Stingrays

124
70.50

Points Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 61
665.50 RM Bailey Pacers 55.50
420.50 Cl Gibson Rattlers 44
410
327 Intermediate Boys Division
320 CR Walker Knights 159.5
296 Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 144
292 RM Bailey Pacers : 111.50
Cl Gibson Rattlers 106
CV Bethel Stingrays 84
183 CC Sweeting Cobras 69
135 Government High Magics 13
90
Senior Boys Division
71 CR Walker Knights 165
52 Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 144.50
44 Cl Gibson Rattlers 99
CV Bethel Stingrays 97.50
CC Sweeting Cobras 82
158 Government High Magics 73
154 RM Bailey Pacers 70

FROM page one

At the same time, Jerome ‘the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber’ Ellis, the Bahamas junior mid-
dleweight champion, was issuing a challenge to

fight Mackey for both his super middleweight

and World Boxing Council’s CABOFE cham-
pionship titles.

“I'm not going to back down from any fighter
who wants to fight me,” Mackey said. “I know
we have a full schedule for this year alone, so just

to take somebody and push them in there just

title.”

because they are running their mouth off, I don’t
know if that can happen. I have a schedule and
I'm going to stick with it.”

Mackey said he had a lot of respect for Ellis,
but “if he come in my way, I will defend my





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COMMENTARY

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BIGGER THAN TEXAS: Kevin Durant
ales NBA teams ready to pounce.

‘Kevin Durant,
just a freshman,
stuns the world

BY TIM COWLISHAW
~The Dallas Morning News x

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_ day night, Durant was ordinary.

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ashe has been almost every night of

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ics executive. Danny Ainge was sitting.
. behind press row at the Erwin Center, .
“and it wasn’t to bid Texas guard Craig —

’ ‘Winder goodbye on Senior Night.

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ics once he finishés tearing them to
the ground, : a process that appear fe
- be nearing completion.

_ Depending upon how the iovery
balls pounce, Durant could be the cor-
-nerstone for the restoration of the -

_ NBA’s greatest franchise.

Although Durant was content to let

freshman teammates DJ. Augustin

_and Damion James share much of the ©

spotlight, he still finished with 30 _
/ points and 16 rebounds in the Long- _
horns’ biggest victory of the season.

_ There are all kinds of superlatives —

"you can toss in the direction ofa —

ay who is averaging 24.9 points

a 1L5 rebounds per game.

‘Here is the primary one:

‘Inthe past 25 years, only eight
(es have ranked in the nation’s
_ top five in scoring and rebounding, as
Durant currently does.

Most came from small confer-
ences. None was a sophomore, let

"alone a freshman.

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TVhe last freshman to earn first-
“team All-America honors was Louisi-
ana State’s Chris Jackson, 18 years _
ago. The guard who would later
_ become known as Mahmoud Abdul-

_ Rauf was a scoring. machine.

2 “Durant i is a scoring and rebound-

ing machine, and he’s not a bad ball-






handler or passer for someone who is

o feet 9 and 225 pounds.
No freshman ever has been named

- national Player of the Year. Durant, at

the very least, is in the hunt.

He has put up phenomenal num- »

bers despite playing a game that com-

plements his Longhorns teammates.
Heis, in fact, more unselfish than he
has areason to be..

In addition, Texas coach Rick
- Barnes almost goes out of his way not
_to get Durant the ball. Why does

_ Durant spend so much time down in
the post, where double teams can take
him out of the offense?

In Big 12 play, Durant is a 48 per-
cent shooter. From 3-point range.

Get him the ball 22 feet from the
basket, and then clear out. Or run the
screen-and-roll. with Augustin, the tal-
ented freshman point guard.

Those are the simplest methods to
get Durant to pile up the numbers and
get Texas to pile up the victories, and
Barnes has the Longhorns (22-7)
doing a whole lot of neither one.

‘When Texas had the final shot of
the first overtime, Durant never even
touched the ball before A.J. Abrams
threw up a wild, running shot.

_ Maybe Barnes is trying to hold
down Durant’s numbers to keep him
around for another year.

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| SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007

BY PAT GRAHAM
Associated Press
DENVER — Quarterback Jake
Plummer’s status with the Denver
Broncos was in limbo on Friday.
Plummer, who lost his starting
job last season, reportedly would
rather retire than accept a trade to
Tampa Bay, the NFL Network and
other media sources
reported Friday afternoon.
The Broncos and the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
reportedly had worked out
an agreement that would
send Plummer to the Buccaneers
for a middle-round NFL Draft pick.
But Plummer, who has three
years left on his contract and is due
$5.3 million in 2007, reportedly is
balking at the possible trade.
Plummer, who is 32, and his
agent, David Dunn, didn’t return

SHAQ TO THE RESCUE: Heat center Shaquille O’Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds Friday
against the Pistons, and his go-ahead dunk in the final minute capped a furious finish.













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Plummer balks at talk of trade

phone calls placed by The Associ-
ated Press. Broncos spokesman Jim
Saccomano said he couldn’t con-
firm that a possible deal for Plum-
mer was in place.

“We'll make the announcement
as promptly as we can once we
receive word,” he said. ~

Had: Plummer accepted the
trade, he would have chal-
lenged Tampa Bay’s Chris
Simms for' the starting job.

Plummer struggled all
last season, finally losing his
starting job to rookie Jay

Cutler with five games left to play.

It was a fast fall for Plummer, who
led the team to the AFC Champi-
onship Game in 2005, when he
threw for 3,366 yards, 18 touch-
downs and just seven interceptions
while making the.Pro Bowl. He
reverted back to his old ways last



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THANKS, BUT NO: Jake Plummer
doesn’t want to join the Bucs.

season, throwing J3 interceptions |

to go with 11 touchdown passes.
Plummer posted a record of

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40-18 as Denver’s starter, including
a 1-3 mark in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Broncos lost
free-agent defensive end Patrick
Chukwurah to Tampa Bay, as he
agreed to a five-year, $5.5 million
deal. Chukwurah will be paired
again with Larry Coyer, who was
fired as Denver’s defensive coordi-
nator in January and then hired as
Tampa Bay’s defensive-line coach.
. “It’s a comfort level for him,”
Chukwurah’s agent, Ron. Slavin,
said. “He’s excited to go there.”

The Broncos reportedly were
close to a deal with tight end Dan-
iel Graham, who played for the
New England Patriots last season.
But Graham’s agent, Jack Mills,
said that was not the case.

“He still has visits with Oakland
and Seattle,” Mills said.

e NFL REPORT

PRO BASKETBALL | MIAMI 85, DETROIT 82

One great escape



Ahead by 22 points,
Heat barely survives
a Pistons comeback

BY STEVEN WINE
Associated Press

MIAMI — Shaquille O’Neal helped the
Miami Heat build a 22-point lead. And when
they blew it, he delivered the go-ahead dunk in -
the final minute to beat the Detroit Pistons.

O’Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds, both
season highs, and the Heat earned their most
impressive victory yet since los-
ing Dwyane Wade, edging
Detroit 85-82 on Friday night.

The Pistons rallied from a
50-28 deficit to take their first
lead with 3:14 left. But O’Neal’s
dunk with 36 seconds to go put
the Heat ahead to stay, 82-80.

Detroit missed three 3-point
attempts in the final 20 seconds
that would have tied the game.
One of those shots was by Chauncey Billups,
who finished just 2-for-14 from the field. Billups
missed ll consecutive shots before scoring his
first basket with 5 minutes left.

_ Antoine Walker scored 22 points for the
Heat. Tayshaun Prince had 22 and Richard
Hamilton added 20 for the Pistons, who failed to
overcome a season-low 31 points in the first half.

The Heat improved to 3-2 since Wade was
sidelined with a dislocated left shoulder.
Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace missed the game
with a sprained left foot.

By taking the rematch of last year’s Eastern
Conference finals, the Heat extended their sea-
son-high home winning streak to eight games.

Jason Kapono went 1-for-7 from the field for
the Heat. He missed twice late in the fourth
quarter, and the Pistons answered each time.
The second basket was a fast-break layup by
Prince to give the Pistons their first lead, 74-73.

Antonio McDyess made two free throws for
the Pistons with 56 seconds left to play, knotting
the score at 80. Walker then drove through the
lane, and, when his left-handed hook missed,
O’Neal was there with his dunk follow.





Associated Press

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Clem
Labine, a standout relief pitcher
and part-time starter for two
World Series championship teams
with the Dodgers in the 1950s, died

’ Friday. He was 80.

Labine had been in a coma for
more than a week after brain sur-
gery to explore a mass in his head.

“I always thought Clem would
have had a great career as a start-
ing pitcher,” former teammate Carl
Erskine said. “But he told me, ‘I
didn’t want to start. I liked the
pressure of coming into the game
with everything on the line.’ ”

Born Aug. 6, 1926, in Lincoln,
R.I., Labine spent 13 seasons in the
major leagues, mostly as a bullpen
specialist with the Dodgers — first
in Brooklyn and then in Los Ange-
les. He also pitched for the Detroit

BASEBALL | CLEM LABINE: 1926 - 2007

Former Dodgers great Clem Labine dies at 80

Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates,
and briefly for the New York Mets.
Labine’s best season was with
Brooklyn in 1955, when he led the
league with 60 appearances and
went 13-5, with 10 victories and
11 saves out of the bullpen. The
Dodgers captured their first World
Series title that year, with Labine
winning Game 4 with 41 innings
of relief and coming back the next
day to pitch three more innings
and save Game 5. That season,
Labine went 3-for-31 at bat, and all
three of his hits were home runs.
Labine led the league in saves
each of the next two seasons, with
19 in 1956 and 17 in 1957, making the
All-Star team both years. Relying
on wicked curveballs and sinkers,
he had uncanny success against
Stan Musial, retiring the Hall of
Famer 49 consecutive times.



Series in 1959. He was dealt to the
Tigers and then on to Pittsburgh in
1960 and went 3-0, with a 1.48 ERA,
for the world champion Pirates.
After one more season with the
Pirates, Labine was drafted by the
expansion Mets in 1962. He
appeared in just three games
before retiring and returning to
Rhode Island as‘a partner in a com-
pany that manufactured golf
clothes and other sportswear.
Labine was a central character
in The Boys of Summer, Roger
Kahn’s book of reminiscences with
the old Dodgers. The book told of

APFILEPHOTO,1958 how Labine’s son Jay lost a leg
A CHAMP RELIEVER: Clem Labine. when he stepped on a land mine

during the Vietnam War.

Labine accompanied the Dodg-
ers on the move from Brooklyn to
Los Angeles in 1958 and was with
the team when it won the World

Labine: won 77 games and lost
56 in his 13 seasons (1950-62), sav-
ing 96 and posting an ERA of 4.04.





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SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007 | 4B

Expanding the field won't solve the problems

BY BOBBI ROQUEMORE
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The idea of expanding the
NCAA Tournament was rejected so
profoundly by the men’s basketball .
committee last summer that it’s a

: wonder why it was suggested in the
first place.

The two proposals, one featuring a
gargantuan, 128-team field anda
modest offer of adding fewer than
eight teams for the play-in level, were
voted down because of the NCAA’s
interest in “sustaining the quality of
the tournament.”

Yet the quality of potential tourna-
ment teams is rising quicker than
expected. The NBA’s new policy sent
an influx of talent back to the college
game, strengthening more of the
high-major programs. Mid-majors, '
already upgrading their schedules as

a method of gaining more postseason ©

invitations, also will begin to see
recruits in the bottom of the first tier
now choosing their schools and have
their value enhanced, too.

So tough decisions regarding who
gets in the tournament and who
doesn’t are only going to get tougher.



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TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED: Thad Matta and his Ohio State team are
preparing for the annual onslaught of those upset-minded upstarts.

work, and it needs to be revised.
Yet there is a chorus is just as

going too far to solve what he sees as
a limited problem.

And the howling from the coaches

and the pundits will begin right

around Selection Sunday and con-

tinue through the Final Four.

The system, they'll say, doesn’t



COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Southern Hlinois oaks
12th victory in a row;
Penn clinches first bid

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Rather than worry about
the NCAA Tournament selec-

tion process, Southern Illinois

sticks to what it can control.

Jamaal Tatum and Matt
Shaw had 19 points apiece Fri-
day afternoon, and the No. ll
Salukis won their 12th game in
a row, 71-59 over Drake in the

* quarterfinals of the Missouri
Valley Conference tourna-
ment, played in St. Louis. That
gives them another chance to
build their résumé.

“We're talking about who
we’re playing tomorrow,”
Salukis coach Chris Lowery
said. “We have to focus and
not allow ourselves to panic.

“Once you [panic], you
start tightening up, worrying
about where you’re going to
be seeded instead of winning
the game.”

Shaw was 10-for-ll from the

. line and Tony Young had 17
points and four assists for the
top-seeded Salukis (26-5), who
beat Drake (17-15) for the third
time this season and the 17th
consecutive time in the series.
The Bulldogs committed a
season-high 22 turnovers.

“They don’t stop coming at
you — they’re always there,”
Drake’s Klayton Korver said.
“You might get an open shot,
but you’re so used to having a
guy right there that at times
you rush it a little bit.”

Southern Illinois will play
Bradley (21-11) today in the
semifinals. Bradley beat
Northern Iowa 51-48.

The Salukis are fifth in the
latest RPI rankings, leading to
speculation about a possible
No. 2 NCAA seed. But Drake
coach Tom Davis said he
doubted that it would be that
high because of the confer-
ence’s lower profile.

“I don’t think there’s any
question — you can sense the
media’s skepticism of leagues
like the Valley,” Davis said.
“So you’re going to sense that
same thing when you're talk-
ing about the seeding. I don’t
think they should even worry
about it, to be honest.”

Korver had 14 points and
Ajay Calvin 12 for Drake,
which wrapped up its first
winning season in 20 years.

Southern Illinois led by as
much as 17 points in the sec-
ond half against a team it beat
by five points on the road and
10 at home. Drake narrowed
the gap to nine with 3:29
remaining after five points in a
row from Korver, then closed
to eight points with 1:05 left,
but the Salukis held on, going

17-for-21 from the free-throw |

line in the final 5'2 minutes.

Lowery didn’t want. his’
players getting comfortable,
a) @Â¥iticizing them for attempting

13 3-pointers in the first half.
Southern Illinois finished
5-for-16 from long range.

Drake was held to 40 per-
cent shooting a day after beat-
ing Evansville 101-96 in over-
time in a play-in game. Josh
Young, who had 23 points on
Thursday, was held to nine on

2-for-9 shoo'ing Friday.

“It’s hard to adjust,” Calvin
said. “You want to get there
and go, but Southern’s defense
is so good, \»\u just can’t.”

Tatum, the Missouri Valley
Player of the Year, had two of
Southern Illinois’ five 3-point-
ers while directing the team’s
high-tempo offense. He also

led the team with six assists .

and had four rebounds.

A pair of streaks at the start
and finish of the first half
helped Southern Illinois sur-
vive a lull in the middle. |

The Salukis hit six of their
first eight shots to take a 14-4
lead, holding Drake to a 1-for-7
start with four turnovers.
Drake narrowed the gap to
one point with a 9-0 run —
Southern Illinois missed 10
consecutive shots with mostly
reserves on the floor, but the
starters restored control for a
30-19 lead at the break.

IVY LEAGUE CHAMPS

e Pennsylvania 86, Yale
58: Mark Zoller had 22 points,
17 rebounds and six assists,
and the host Quakers won the
Ivy League championship and
became the first team to
secure a berth in the NCAA
Tournament.

Ibrahim Jaaber had. 13
points and seven assists and
Steve Danley had 11 points for
the Quakers (20-8, 11-1), who
won their eighth consecutive
game and claimed the Ivy
League title for the fourth time
in five years.

“We had to treat this like a

championship game, and we

had confidence in ourselves,”
Zoller said. “We thought we
were the best team in the
league, and we wanted to
prove it.”

Eric Flato and Ross Morin
each had 11 points for Yale
(13-13, 9-4), which had dealt
Penn its only Ivy League loss,
77-68 on Feb. 3.

The Quakers hit seven of
their first eight shots and
opened the game with a 24-2
run. Zoller hit a 3-pointer to
give Penn a 31-9 lead midway

vocal about why expansion should
remain a dead issue for now.
As far as the proposal for doubling
the size of the tournament, ESPN
: ae jay Bilas says that nee be

through the first half.

“We got on them early and
played terrific defense,” Zoller
said. “We got some fast-break

‘baskets, and it seemed like

everybody was making shots
and making plays.”

' The Bulldogs closed to
40-27, but Penn countered
with a 9-2 run and held a 49-29
lead at halftime.

Yale never got closer than
15 points in the second half.’

Penn took its biggest lead at
77-46 with 6:56 left.

Zoller, Jaaber and Danley
are seniors who have won

three consecutive Ivy crowns ©

and are looking forward to the
NCAA Tournament.

“This is our senior year, so I
would say that this one is so
much sweeter,” Zoller said.

The title is the Quakers’
first under coach Glen Miller.
He replaced longtime Penn
coach Fran Dunphy this sea-
son, and Dunphy now coaches
crosstown-rival Temple.

WOLFPACK STAR DIES

Former North Carolina
State forward Bobby Speight
has died after a battle with
cancer.

Speight, who led Everett
Case’s Wolfpack team to con-
secutive Southern Conference
championships in 1951 and ’52,
died Thursday night in Rich-
mond, Va. He was 76.

Speight, a native of Raleigh,
N.C., finished his college
career with 1,430 points and
1,057 rebounds from 1950-53.
His rebounding total ranks
fourth in school history, and
his No. 80 jersey hangs from
the RBC Center rafters:

‘Tt didn’t matter how tough
things were going or what
kind of season we were hav-
ing, he always had some words
of encouragement for our staff
and our players,’ Wolfpack
Club executive director Bobby
Purcell said. “He was a true
man of his word.

“If Bobby Speight told you
that he would do something, it
would get done.”

On Jan. 26, Speight was
awarded the Ronnie Shavlik
Award of Merit, which is given
each year to the former
Wolfpack athlete, manager,
coach, administrator or staff
member for contributions of
leadership, time and money to
the university.

Speight’s daughter Eliza-
beth was the first woman
given an athletic scholarship
to North Carolina State, where
she played basketball for Hall
of Fame coach Kay Yow.

In the first place, only a handful of
the 330-plus Division I teams are
realistically on the so-called “bub-
ble.” Bringing those teams in, and
another 60 to boot, doesn’t do justice

for the teams that have earned the
right to play for a national title.
“Making it a seven-game champi-

-onship would be wrong,” Bilas said.

“J don’t like that idea, just putting

. teams in that we don’t think are capa-

ble of winning it.

“If we’re protecting the best teams
and the highest seeds, why would we
want to make them play again? It’s
like putting extra hurdles in the way
of a sprinter.”

After all, having more potential
Cinderellas gunning for the top-
seeded teams in the first round is

_ much more appealing -than watching

the stepsisters with 12-loss records

- who couldn’t even finish in the top

half.of their high-major conference or
who couldn’t get out of the first two
rounds of their mid-major confer-
ence tournament. :

“Everybody has the same opportu-
nity to win their league title,” Bilas
said. “It doesn’t seem to me a difficult
thing to understand that you’re going
to take the 34 best teams, irrespective
of conference affiliation, after that.

“If you’re not one of the 34 best
teams after the automatic bids are
determined, how many teams can lay
claim to, ‘We’re No. 34, and we got
robbed?’ Football is always arguing
over who’s No. 3; we’re arguing over
who’s No. 34.”

Then there is the idea for smaller
expansion, which called for adding
more play-in games.

Low-major conferences such as
the Southwestern Athletic (SWAC)
and the Northeast have found them-
selves in the Tuesday game of No. 64
vs. No. 65.

It has several effects, some trivial,
such as when everyday folks have to
push up the timing of their office-
pool brackets, to some heavy ones,
such as having to play the biggest
game of the season on less than 48
hours’ notice.

“The turnaround time has been
our challenge,” SWAC Commis-
sioner Robert Vowels said. “If our
tournament ends on Saturday, we’ve

' got to hustle back to campus Sunday

to get back on the road Monday for
the game Tuesday, It really is a disad-
vantage for anybody because you
really can’t study or prepare for the
team that you’re playing.”

* The SWAC’s conference RPI is
among the worst, which usually is
why its representative can end up in
the play-in game.

Expanding the NCAA field doesn’t
solve its problems, Vowels said.

“We just have to get better, and
we are doing that within the system.”

Getting better sure beats getting
bigger in the NCAA Tournament.



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SALUKIS ROARING: Matt Shaw of No. 11 Southern Illinois bate. as he dunks the ball during
a 71-59 victory.over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference tour nament quarterfinals.



The lobby of N.C. State’s
basketball practice complex
bears Bobby Speight’s name.

A private funeral has been
scheduled for Monday.

LATE THURSDAY

e No. 2 UCLA 53, No. 13
Washington State 45: Arron
Afflalo scored 14 points, lead-
ing the Bruins over the host
Cougars in a showdown of the
top two teams in the Pac-10.

UCLA (26-3, 15-2) wrapped
up a second consecutive con-
ference title with the victory.
The Bruins already had
clinched at least a tie with the

Cougars and the top seed in
the Pac-10 tournament.

Kyle Weaver scored 14
points for Washington State
(23-6, 12-5), which saw its
hopes for the first Pac-10 title
in its history end.

After trailing by one points
at the half, the Bruins made 11
of their first 14 shots to open
the second half and pulled
away from the Cougars in a
game matching the top two
defenses in the conference.

e Washington 85, No.

23 Southern California 70:
Ryan Appleby scored 22
points, hitting five 3-pointers,

and the Huskies, playing at
home, snapped a four-game
losing streak.

Appleby and point guard
Justin Dentmon combined for
24 first-half points, including
seven 3-pointers. -

The Huskies (17-12, 7-10
Pac-10) hit nine 3-pointers in
the first half — more than
their game totals in all but
three contests this season —
and finished with 10.

Nick Young led USC (21-9,
11-6) with 26 points and hit ll
of 15 shots, but the Trojans lost
for the sixth time in their past
seven against Washington.

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5B | SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007 INTERNATIONAL EDITION. ___

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Real Betis will play its next
three home games away from
its stadium-as punishment for
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos
being knocked unconscious by
a bottle thrown from fans.

The Spanish federation
ruled that Betis will next week
have to play Zaragoza, Villar-
real on April 1 and Real Socie-
dad on April 15 at other stadi-
ums. It is not clear whether
fans will be allowed to attend.

Ramos was hit in the head
during the second half of
Wednesday’s Copa del Rey

quarterfinal second leg at,

Betis’ Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
stadium, with Sevilla leading
1-0, forcing the match to be
abandoned.

“The has

committee

decided unanimously to close’

the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
stadium for three matches, as
we consider the incidents that
occurred as very serious,”
Antiviolence Committee pres-
ident Alfredo Florez said Fri-
day.
_' The remaining 33 minutes
will be played in Getafe’s Coli-
seum Alfonso Perez stadium
on March 20 and fans won’t be
allowed to attend.
The federation also said
that presidents Pepe Leon of
_ Betis and Jose Maria del
‘Nido of Sevilla are to face fur-
ther disciplinary action.
Spanish sports minister
Jaime Lissavetzky had urged
the federation to act against
the violent incident with “the
greatest rigor.”
- -Ramos was hit by the bottle
after Sevilla had taken a 1-0
lead on a 59th-minute goal by
Frederic Kanoute. The
coach, who stumbled before
falling to the ground, was car-
ried off to a hospital on a
stretcher but regained con-

SOCCER | P

SOCCER

Betis gets 3-game home ban



MARTIN RICKETT/AP

AND ANOTHER THING: Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger
is still upset at the referees
over last Sunday’s match.

sciousness later.
' Referee Alberto Undiano
Mallenco abandoned the
game soon afterward. Some
Betis fans threw objects at an
ambulance which entered the
stadium for Ramos, resulting
in riot police being deployed.
Ramos attended the team’s
training session Thursday
morning after being released
from the hospital, though doc-

tors had recommended he rest -

for 48 hours.

ELSEWHERE

e England: Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger could
be in more trouble with the
Football Association after
repeating his claim that a
linesman had lied and the ref-
eree was wrong to send off
striker Emmanuel Adebayor
after the League Cup final
brawl. ;

Arsenal and Chelsea play-



SPORTS ROUNDUP

Pats release

Colts

cut Stokley

From Miami Herald Wire Services

The New England Patriots
‘released running back Corey
Dillon on Friday, cutting ties
with the top active runner in
the NFL on the first day of free
agency.

Dillon, 32, split duties with
rookie Laurence Maroney
last season and has said he was

considering retirement.
’ . Dillon, who spent his first
seven NFL seasons with Cin-
cinnati, is the top active run-
ner in the NFL ‘with 11,241
career yards in 10 seasons.

He had three years remain-
ing on his current contract and
was scheduled to count $4.4
million against the salary cap
in 2007.

The Patriots also re-signed
running back Heath Evans
and guard Billy Yates on Fri-
day. Terms of the agreements
were not disclosed.

e Elsewhere: Wide
receiver Brandon Stokley
‘ and defensive tackle Montae

Reagor, who both missed
muuch of the 2006 seasons with
‘ injuries, were cut by the India-
napolis Colts. ... The Detroit
Lions acquired another selec-
tion in April’s draft, sending
_' defensive end James Hall to
the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-
round pick. The Lions also
made official the trade of cor-
nerback Dre’ Bly and a sixth-
round pick to the Denver
Broncos for running back
Tatum Bell, offensive tackle
George Foster and a fifth-
round pick. ... Linebacker
‘London Fletcher agreed toa
five-year, $25 million contract
with the Washington Red-
_ skins. ... The Philadelphia
Eagles re-signed free-agent
defensive end Juqua Thomas
to a five-year contract... .Cor-
nerback Phillip Buchanon re-

signed with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers... .. The Pittsburgh
Steelers decided not to pursue
a free agent running back to
complement Willie Parker,
choosing instead to re-sign

- Najeh Davenport to a two-

year, $2 million contract. ...
The New York Jets released
seldom-used backup quarter-
back Patrick Ramsey. ... The
Tennessee Titans agreed to
terms with three of their own
players who had become unre-
stricted free agents, including
defensive tackle Rien Long.
They also agreed to terms
with offensive tackle Seth
Wand and linebacker LeVar
Woods. ... The Jacksonville
Jaguars added a new starter on
the opening day of free agency
for the third consecutive year,
signing right tackle Tony
Pashos to a five-year con-
tract. The team also agreed to

-a five-year deal with place-

kicker Josh Scobee, a
restricted free agent.

Defensive end Kevin Carter
and guard Jeno James were
released by the Miami Dol-
phins. ... The Oakland Raid-
ers opened the free-agency
season by contacting repre-
sentatives for quarterback
Jeff Garcia, who has
expressed an interest in
returning to the Bay Area.
Also, the Raiders re-signed
defensive tackle Tommy
Kelly to a one-year, $1.85 mil-
lion contract, a person within.
the league said on condition of
anonymity because the deal
has not been announced. The
team also waived defensive
back Tyrone Poole and
restructured the contract of
offensive tackle Barry Sims to
reduce his salary-cap hit....
The San Francisco 49ers
signed cornerback Nate

ers fought during injury time
of the Gunners’ 2-1 loss at the

Millennium Stadium, with

Adebayor and Kolo Toure of
Arsenal and Chelsea’s John
Obi Mikel being given red
cards.

After Sunday’s game, a
linesman who said that Adeba-
yor had punched Chelsea’s
Frank Lampard was accused
by Wenger of lying. The FA
has asked the Arsenal manager
to explain his remarks.

At Friday’s news confer-
ence one day ahead of Arse-
nal’s league game against
Reading, Wenger didn’t back
down.

“The referee and the lines-
man made a big mistake and I

am able to prove it,” Wenger -

said. “Adebayor did not punch
Lampard and did not intend to
— and we can prove it. It is not
the truth. We do not accept
that. I will defend that to the
FA. It was a lie.”... West Ham
was charged with breaking
Premier League rules over its
signing of Argentina stars
Carlos Tevez and Javier
Mascherano. If the relega-
tion-threatened Hammers are
found guilty, they could have
points deducted, pushing them
closer to demotion from the
Premier League. ... Liverpool
striker Craig Bellamy said he
“lost control” before confront-
ing teammate John Arne
Riise during the team’s train-
ing break in Portugal.

The Wales international
told The Daily Mirror that
Riise was upset when Bellamy
and other teammates tried to
make him sing karaoke. Bel-
lamy said he was not upset
until Riise “let me know” that
he was upset.

“I went and confronted
‘Ginger’ and I said to him:
‘Don’t be doing that in front of

the players again,” Bellamy
told The Daily Mirror.

Bellamy said the two
trained the next day and there
is no problem now.

e Germany: Hamburger
SV extended Schalke’s winless
streak to three games, beating
the Bundesliga leader 2-0 to
give Stuttgart an opportunity
to close within a point of the
front runner.

Rafael van der Vaart
scored in his fourth consecu-
tive game, giving him six this
season and helping Hamburg
to its fourth victory in a row.
Hamburg’s winning streak
under new coach Huub Ste-
vens comes after a 12-match
winless skid and has moved
the club from last place to
10th.

Conversely, a draw and two
consecutive losses at home
has made Schalke’s seven-
point lead dwindle to four,
with Stuttgart, Werder Bre-
men and Bayern Munich in

- position to close further with

victories today. Stuttgart is at
Leverkusen, Bayern travels to

face Hertha Berlin, and Bre-

men hosts Bochum.

e Africa: Chelsea striker
Didier Drogba was crowned
African Player of the Year for
2006, edging out Barcelona’s
Samuel Eto’o. The Ivory
Coast forward, who is the top
scorer in the English Premier
League with 17 goals this sea-
son, also beat out Chelsea
teammate and Ghana interna-
tional Michael Essien.

e Scotland: Hearts
named sporting director Ana-
toly Korobochka as _ its
interim head coach in the
absence of manager Valdas
Ivanauskas. Hearts said Ivan-
auskas “is away on football
business on behalf of the
club.”



STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP

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A SPECIAL GIFT

Former NEL football players Ron Springs, left, and
Everson Walls greet each other Friday before a news
conference after their successful organ transplant

in Dallas. Walls donated a kidney to Springs.

Irvin helps youth football

Michael Irvin visited the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Friday to discuss his plans to
help build youth football fields in Broward and Miami-Dade
counties through his foundation: Michael Irvin PlayMaker
Charities & Foundation.

On May 18 and 19, Irvin’s foundation will produce three
celebrity charity events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino — a poker tournament at 6 p.m. EST on May 18; the
semifinal and championship rounds of a flag football tourna-
ment on May 19 (along with a celebrity flag football game);
and a poolside celebration on May 19. ‘

“Tt’s always good to be home,” said Irvin, who grew up in
Fort Lauderdale and was recently named to the Pro Football
Hall of Fame. “Right here, I played high school football, and
then I got a chance to tear it up at the University of Miami.
It’s a blessing. Football has been good to me and that’s why
I’m able to stand here today. I think it’s important to give kids
that chance to get out and have good equipment and enjoy
the game and have fun.

“I am here to ask South Florida’s corporations and any
individuals to step in and help me with this,” Irvin said.
“There are more youth football players than there are in col-
lege, pros and high school together. So, there are a lot of kids
that need a lot of help — right here inSouth Florida”

For more information, go to www.PlayMakercharity.com.

— SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Back on track

Greek sprinter Katerina
Thanou is back in interna-
tional competition for the
first time since being
embroiled in a drug-testing
scandal at the 2004 Athens
Olympics.

Thanou is competing in
the women’s 60 meters at
the European indoor cham-
pionships in Birmingham,

Live from New York

Super Bowl XLI MVP
Peyton Manning’s acting
credits will move beyond his |
numerous commercialsina |
few weeks when he'll be the |
host for NBC’s Saturday
Night Live.

Manning, a quarterback
for the Colts, said he would

‘ appear.on the show.on
March 24, which happens to

be his 3lst birthday: England.

“T figure this is my one “T don’t have anything to
shot to be asked,” Manning prove to anyone,” Thanou,
said. “I’m sort of looking for- 33, said.
ward to it, but Iam a little “T already have an envi-
bit nervous.” able medals collection.

Manning has most What’s important for me is

‘famously poked fun of him- that I'll be taking part in this
self in an ad for cellphone track meet.”
company Sprint Nextel Thanou won the Euro-

pean 60-meter title in 1996
and 2000, and was a silver
medalist in the 100 at the

Corp., where he dons a fake
mustache and toupee to
“disguise” himself while

LOOKING FOR WORK: Corey Dillon, who was released by
the New England Patriots on Friday, is the top active
runner in the NFL, with 11,241 career yards in 10 seasons.

rooting for the Colts.

2000 Sydney Olympics.

Clements and safety Michael
Lewis. Also, the 49ers waived
troubled receiver Antonio
Bryant late Thursday, just one
season after signing him to a

lucrative four-year, free-agent ,

contract.

ETC.

e Tennis: Roger Federer
beat Tommy Haas in straight
sets to reach his fifth consecu-
tive Dubai Open final in the
United Arab Emirates. The
top-ranked Federer, who
dropped sets in earlier rounds
against Kristian Pless and
Novak Djokovic, never lost
his serve in defeating the fifth-
seeded German 6-4, 7-5. It was
the Swiss star’s 40th consecu-
tive victory, putting him six
victories away from Gui-
llermo Vilas’ all-time record
of 46 in a row, set in 1977. Fed-
erer will next face Mikhail
Youzhny, who reached his
second consecutive tourna-
ment final by beating Swe-
den’s Robin Soderling 7-5,
6-2.... Emilie Loit advanced
to the finals of the Mexican
Open in Acapulco with a 0-6,
6-2, 6-1 victory over Julie
Schruff. Fifth-seeded Flavia
Pennetta ousted Sara Errani
6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
... Top-seeded James Blake

‘was removed from the quar-

terfinals of the Tennis Chan-

nel Open in Las Vegas after
ATP Tour officials reversed a
ruling that had allowed him to
advance due to a competitor’s
withdrawal during round-
robin play. Evgeny Korolev

- took Blake’s place in the quar-

terfinals and won 6-4, 6-4 over
Sam Querrey, and ATP offi-
cials released a statement
blaming the confusion on “an
incorrect variation of ATP
rules.”... Top-seeded Justine
Henin rallied to beat fourth-
seeded Jelena Jankovic of
Serbia 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4 and
advance to the final of the
Qatar Open in Doha.

e College football: Ten-
nessee coach Phillip Fulmer
signed a two-year contract
extension but received no
raise, keeping him at the uni-
versity until 2013 at his current
salary of $2.05 million.

e Golf: Oliver Wilson
had two eagles on his way toa
6-under 66, taking the lead
after two rounds of the John-
nie Walker.Classic in Phuket,
Thailand. Wilson eagled the
lith and 15th holes to move one
shot ahead of Anton Haig,
who produced the day’s most
stunning performance, an
8-under 64 at the Blue Canyon
Country Club. Australian
James Nitties finished with a
67, sharing third place with
Retief Goosen.



‘There is just nothing right with
our game right now. We have to
find a way to be better than that.
The starting point is to eliminate
the five-star bonehead blunders.’

- CRAIG MacTAVISH, Edmonton Oilers
coach, after his team lost to the Minnesota
Wild 5-O on Thursday night.



‘FLASHBACK



On this day in history:

1920 — The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record for
most goals in a game with a 16-3 rout of the Quebec Bulldogs.

1951 — In college basketball, Temple’s Bill Mikvy scores
an NCAA-record 73 points in a 99-69 rout over Wilkes.

1968 — Montreal’s Jean Beliveau becomes the second
NHL player to score 1,000 career points with a goal in a 5-2
loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

1984 — Peter Ueberroth, president of the Los Angeles
Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of
baseball by major league team owners. :

1987 — In boxing, Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavy-
weight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a unani-
mous, 12-round decision over James “Bonecrusher” Smith
in Las Vegas.

2001 — Maurice Greene equals his world record in the
60-meter dash, running 6.39 seconds in a semifinal heat at the
USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta. Greene matches the
time he set Feb. 9, 1998, in Madrid, Spain.

2001 — In boxing, a bloodied John Ruiz becomes the
first Hispanic heavyweight champion by knocking Evander
Holyfield down with a huge right hand in the lth round to
capture a unanimous 12-round decision for the WBA heavy-
weight title. :





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the jack. West returned a heart, won
by South with the ten.

Aware that the trumps were
stacked against her, Mrs. Hayden
now led a low diamond from her
hand. West won with the ten but was
endplayed! Whatever he returned, he
had to give away a trick. :

Hoping to find East with the king
of clubs, West played the A-10 of
that suit. Mrs. Hayden won with the
king and returned the five of dia-
monds, again putting West in a losing
position. :

If he took the jack and exited with
a club, declarer would ruff and play
the ace and another trump to force
West to play a heart to the K-Q. And
if he ducked the diamond, hoping
East could win the trick, West would
lose one of his trump tricks, and the
outcome would be the same. West
was thoroughly licked, and he knew
it. In practice he ducked, and Mrs.
Hayden made two diamonds dou-
bled. ;
Later that day, Rixi Markus, Eng-
land’s top woman player, approached
Becker and said West had asked her:
“Who is that tall, attractive English
woman who is such a good player?”

Mrs. Marcus, recognizing from
the description that it was Mrs. Hay-
den, answered: “If she’s attractive
and English, she’s not a good player;
if she’s English and a good player,
she’s not attractive; and if she’s
attractive and a good player, she’s
not English!”

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(e.g. inkjet in inkjet printer).

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expert. The diagram 5
looked good for Haslinger, who
is a pawn up with 7
pieces and, most Important, 6
three united queen's side
passers. His simplest plan Is 5
c6-c5 followed by advancing the 4
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pieces induding the king. White
could hardly avoid being
crushed by this space invaders,
style plan, but Black instead
went 1...d3+ and both players
perked up. Each calculated the
sequence 2 Nxd3 Rxd3 3 Bxg7
Rxd1 and thought it favourable.
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MARCH4 °°

ARIES — March 21/April 20.” .
Preparation is key this week, Aries.
Be ready to hit the ground running
when new opportunities arrive: that
allow you to-showcase your talents.

TAURUS - April 21/May 21 :
Although it seems like ‘you're facing .
a tough decision, if you think about
it logically, the answer is clear: Do-
only what feels right to you, Taurus.
You are the master of your own fate:

GEMINI — May 22/June 2i

If you feel like your life has lacked a
certain sparkle recently, Gemini, °
now’s the time to prepare for a
change. A new romance is on.the |:
horizon, but you must act quickly'to’ . '
take advantage’ of the opportunity.! |’

CANCER - June 22/July 22
This is a week to assess where you are
in life, Cancer. Are you doing all you
can to succeed? Make time to nurture

a new romance. Of course you’ré
busy, but the results are worth it. 1 | |

LEO — July 23/August 23 |
Events are important this week,
Leo, but not nearly as important as
your attitude. The tide is beginning
to turn in your favor, so stop whin-
ing and have a little fun.

VIRGO = Aug 24/Sept 22-.. |
Don’t be too hard on yourself when _

something doesn’t go quite as’ you
planned it, Virgo. Focus your efforts
on moving on to new success.
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 ° :
You’ll be especially alert to patterns’
and similarities in those around you,
Libra. Try to use this information to.
your advantage. On Friday, an_old”
flame stops by to chit-chat. ‘'., °

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22.: |
Success .is all about timing. this,
week, Scorpio. You may be full of.
big ideas, but it’s best to not do any-:
thing about them just yet. Do what
you can to help a family member.
with a personal problem on Tuesday.:
SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dee 21 !
The fears and doubts of the vast few.
weeks are starting to fade. Aihough-
you may feel that you can take on
the world, don’t get too cocky —
that’s asking for trouble. er

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
Money matters come to the fore this: ’
week. Now’s the time to give some
thought to why your finances.are ,
not as good as you’d like them to be.
and what you can do aboutit. ©, ||:
AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 °
This week, you’ll use what you
know to persuade others to go along
with your plans. Failure is just not
in your vocabulary this week. |,”
PISCES — Feb 19/March 20
Things have been going great for.
you, Pisces. Be careful not to take
this for granted. Remember the peo-
ple who helped you get to where you ,
are today. cu

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@ By MARK HUMES

DESPITE a last ditch effort
yesterday by Virgie Arthur to
prevent her daughter’s body
from being buried in the
Bahamas, Anna Nicole Smith

- returned to the last place she

called home and was laid to rest

along side the’son'she tragically ~

lost and pined over for six
months.

For a few hours yesterday,
family and interested parties in
the Anna Nicole Smith saga
appeared to put aside their per-
sonal differences to give the for-
mer American model a send off
that one onlooker characterised
as “historical and bizarre.”

With the Sandy Port parking
lot outside the Mount Horeb
Baptist Church besieged by the
media and curious onlookers,
Howard K Stern, Larry Birk-
head, and Mrs Arthur, the prin-
cipal players in the drama,
arrived at the church to a mix-
ture of cheers and boos..

Expressing their disapproval
of Mr Stern and Mrs Arthur,
the Bahamian public who
packed the parking lot for yes-
terday’s service loudly booed
both, with some chanting “fake
daddy” in reference to Mr
- Stern.

But the crowd’s reaction to
Mr Birkhead, the man claiming

to be the father of Anna
Nicole’s baby daughtér Dan-
nielynn, was resoundingly dif-
ferent. They cheered and
clapped loudly when he got out
of his vehicle for the service.
Once inside, however, the
mood was said to be very dif-
ferent from the circus going on
outside, with everyone paying

‘solemn tribute to. the-late..-

celebrity.

According to one Bahamian
friend of Ms Smith, Mrs Ruby
Anne Darling, “the service was
a typical Baptist service where
before the eulogy there were
tributes and condolences. Virgie.
was first, Larry was second, and
Howard was third.

“Each spoke from their expe-
rience with her, and everyone

was in wrapped attention to |

hear what each would say,” said
Mrs Darling.

But it was what Mr Stern is
alleged to-have said during his
tributes that caught the atten-
tion of some in the church,
prompting one MSNBC
reporter to chara¢terise his
comments as.“‘inappropriate.”

“Many of us who were in the
church felt that it was inappro-
priate. We were very surprised,”
Rita Cosby said in one of her
daily updates with the Ameri-
can news organization.

SEE page eight

Gibson absent from
funeral of ‘family
friend’ Anna Nicole

lm By MARK HUMES

WHILE many of his family
members were present for the
funeral service of Anna Nicole
Smith, former Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson, a man
who was not afraid to risk his
political career for a woman he
called a “friend,” was notice-
ably absent from her final send
off.

The decision by Mr Gibson
to stay away from Ms Smith’s
funeral was seen by some as
strange, especially after he had
spent months defending his
friendship with the now
deceased model.

Some of Mr Gibson’s family,
who spoke with the media after
the service, however, defended
his absence and said there was
nothing strange about his not
being at the service of a family
“friend.”

Not wanting to have their
names mentioned, one of the
family said that if she were Mr
Gibson, she would not have
come either.

Mrs Ruby Ann Darling, how-

ever, put Mr Gibson’s absence
into perspective, saying: “I think
in some cases, common sense
must prevail.”

Noting that there were so
many mixed emotions in the
country about Mr Gibson’s
friendship with Ms Smith, Mrs
Darling said: “There are some
things that we can avoid, and I
think, not that he is not sensitive
to what is going on, sensitive to
Anna Nicole’s death, I think in
the best interest of all parties
concerned, in the best interest
of national concern, your space
is more valued than your pres-
ence.”

It was not until after the
death of Daniel Smith, Ms
Smith’s son, some six months
ago, that the Bahamian pub-
lic became aware of Mr Gib-
son’s friendship with Ms
Smith.

When it was reported that he
had Ms Smith’s application for
Bahamian permanent residency
approved within three weeks,
Mr Gibson came under fire

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Howard K Stern ‘stands to benefit
from seven insurance policies’

HOWARD K STERN
stands to benefit from seven
life insurance policies following
Anna Nicole Smith’s death, a

. lawyer has claimed.

Premiums on all the policies
were fully paid-up, according

_ toJohn O’Quinn, attorney for

Anna Nicole’s mother, Virgie
Arthur.

All the policies were origi-
nally drawn up to pay out to
Anna Nicole’s son, Daniel, in
the event of her death. But he

died at Doctors Hospital, Nas-
sau, last September, five
months before his mother’s
death in Florida.

Stern, the cover girl’s lawyer-
companion, is next in line to
benefit from the policies, said
Mr O’Quinn.

His disclosure came on
CNN’s Nancy. Grace show in
response to a viewer’s ques-
tion. It was the first. time life
insurance had ever been taised
in TV discussions about the

Anna Nicole saga.

Stern
Bahamas birth certificate as
father of Anna Nicole’s daugh-

_ter, Dannielynn.

. The baby will be the direct
beneficiary if the American
courts eventually settle part of
oil tycoon Howard Marshall’s
billion dollar fortune on Anna
Nicole’s estate on the basis of
their 13-month marriage.

This could be as much as
$475 million.

Wisdom has

meeting
with angry —
residents

@ By BRENT DEAN

ANGRY residents of Pride }
Estates met with Housing :
Minister Neville Wisdom }
Thursday night to express }
their outrage about repairs }
still to be done on their homes }
— after the subdivision was ;
opened more than five }

months ago.

Sources claim that nearly ;
70 residents attended the }
meeting, which was held at }
Golden Gates Assembly }

church.

SEE page seven

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investor
killed in
accident.

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Canadian }
: less like human beings and

investor Will Lea Harlinton,

a long time resident of }
Freeport, was killed in a traffic :
accident Thursday evening in }

the Lucaya area. He was 65.

Mr Harlinton, part owner }
of the Qual-Fast Construction

Company, was trapped in the

wreckage of his Mercedes
Benz, which caught fire after it :

collided with another vehicle
on Midshipman Road.

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FEMALE inmates of Her i

Majesty’s Prison are treated

more like “sardines” packed
in a can, it was claimed.

These allegations were
brought to the attention of The
Tribune by a relative of a
female inmate.

According to this relative,
who spoke on the condition of
anonymity, a female prisoner
told her the grievances for
them to be made public.

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Man appears
in court to
face stabbing
death charge

A 30-year-old Augusta Street

_ mInan appeared before a magis-

trate yesterday afternoon to be
charged with the stabbing death
of a man at a local takeaway
earlier this week.

France Louis, 30, appeared
before Chief Magistrate Roger

‘Gomez in Court One, Bank

Lane, yesterday on the murder
charge.
It was alleged that on Tues-

day, February 27, Louis caused _

the death of Michelet Pierre.
According to reports, Pierre
was stabbed to death on Boyd
Road while leaving DNC Take-
away around 6 pm. He was pro-
nounced dead at the scene.
The accused was not repre- -

sented by counsel at yesterday’s -
arraignment and was not
required to plead to the charge.
He was remanded to Fox Hill
Prison.

The case was adjourned to
March 19 and transferred to
Court 10, Nassau Street.

Complaints
against ZNS
bias from
viewers
increase

COMPLAINTS are mount-
ing against ZNS television from
viewers who say its political bias
is no longer acceptable.

Talk show host Steve McK-
inney was yesterday branded a
“national disgrace” for alleged
spin doctoring on behalf of the
government.

And one viewer asked: “Are
taxpayers really. paying this
man’s salary? He needs to be
shown the door.”

Growing disquiet over McK-
inney — known as the Fat Con-
troller to his critics — is based
on the fact that ZNS is a gov-
ernment-controlled station paid
for by public money.

While political bias is disliked,
but accepted, from privately-
owned media, it was described
as “wholly inappropriate from a
publicly-funded station” by
ZNS detractors yesterday.

McKinney has been accused
of blocking anti-government
callers to his show, Zmmediate
Response, and encouraging the
views of pro-PLP factions.

SEE page seven








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Minister for Works Bradley
Roberts executed the contract
on behalf of the client — the
Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology.

Education Minister Alfred

Sears was also on hand for the

signing.

Mr Roberts said: “Over the
past several years, the Ministry
of Education, Science and Tech-
nology realising that the high
schools in the Port Area were
grossly overcrowded, began dia-
logue with the Grand Bahama
Port Authority with the view of
having a junior high school con-
structed in the Freeport area to
alleviate this problem.”

He said former Grand

‘Bahama Port Authority presi-

dent the late Edward St George
pledged $3 million as the
GBPA’s contribution to the
project’s construction cost,
because he felt that. the total
cost of the project should not
exceed $6 million.

“However, the Ministry of

Education felt that the school

would cost significantly more
to construct which has been
proven to be the case as evi-
dence in the tender process,”
Mr Roberts said.

He said that after much dis-
cussion, it was finally agreed
that the GBPA would give’con-
sideration to the upward adjust-
ment of its contribution after
the completion of the project.

The GBPA had also arranged
for.an architect ‘from Grand
Bahama to design the school at
a cost of $140,000.

The project, according to Mr
Roberts, was projected to start
ayear ago.

“Unfortunately, due to
unforeseen difficulties the archi-
tect experienced, the drawings
had to be completed by the
technical officers of my min-
istry,” he said.

Last year, the government
was criticised by the opposition
for failing to construct a single

new school during its first four °

years in office.
The new school will be con-

structed on more than 15 acres
in one of the newest and most
modern housing subdivisions on
Grand Bahama.

Mr Roberts noted that the
school will be a state-of-the-art
structure when completed and
users will be adequately accom-
modated. —

It will have more than 76,000
square feet of enclosed build-
ing space and will provide for
about 900 students in 3 class-
rooms.

There will be a Wages of
special classrooms, including a
food laboratory, a needle crafts
centre, an agriculture centre, a

_ wood workshop, a technical

drawing classroom, two com-
puter laboratories, three gener-
al science areas, three music lab-
oratories, three art rooms, a
library, a gymnasium, a student
sick bay, a student. tuck-shop
and covered landscaped court-
yards and walkways.

There also will be outdoor
sports facilities for track and
field, softball and tennis. :

Hilton group reverses
ban on Cuban guests

aw By ALEXANDRIO MORLEY
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Hilton resort group has
reversed its ban on Cuban del-
egations staying at its hotels in
Europe.

The action came after unions
and parliamentary groups in
Europe announced plans to
boycott the hotel company after
a Cuban trade delegation was
banned from a Hilton hotel in
Oslo in January. and excluded
from the group’s hotels
throughout Europe.

Last month, The Tribune con-
tacted the British Colonial
Hilton in Nassau to find out
whether the ban — an ‘effort to
conform to the US’s embargo
against Cuba — would be
enforced on Cuban delegates
travelling to the Bahamas.

Karla Visconti, Hilton’s direc-
tor of communications for the
Caribbean and Latin America,
said: “Hilton finds itself in a
regrettable position in that, as
an organisation, we do not
believe in discrimination of any
kind. We are, of course, com-
mitted to complying with the
laws of the countries in which
we operate, but in this situation
we are facing conflicting laws.”

At the time, the hotel said it
had not reached a decision on
the issue yet.

This week, the Hilton Hotel
Corporation sent a letter to the
British prime minister and for-
eign secretary, and the US state
department in ere to the
ban.

The letter reads: "As a US-
based company, we face a legal
dilemma, with a strict ban on
trading with Cuba imposed by
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making it illegal to discriminate
on the grounds of nationality."

Linda Bain, a spokeswoman
for the Hilton group, said US
sanctions, administered by the
Office of Foreign Assets Con-
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panies and their subsidiaries
from engaging in any transac-
tion with Cuba.

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Installation
of software

puts GIS
on track

THE Bahamas National
Geographic Information Sys-
tems Centre successfully
installed the ArcGIS Server

9.2 software, accomplishing:

another “milestone” in its
trek towards making the cen-
tre the government’s focal
point for geospatial informa-
tion in the Bahamas.

The server, which was first
introduced into the market
in November, 2006, will pro-
vide the centre with an
opportunity to publish and
promote their work in the
form of shared maps, globes,
processes and functions over
the Internet.

Carolann Albury, director
of the BNGIS Centre, said
the first phase of the plan will
focus on making information
accessible across the organi-
sational level and then to
strategic GIS partners such
as members of the govern-
ment’s Geospatial Advisory
Committee (GAC).

She said once the adminis-
trative procedures and pro-
tocols have been fully devel-
oped and adopted, the data

-will be made available to
both the public and private
sectors.

“Tmagine having access to
maps of roads, buildings,
water bodies, parcels or sub-
division information, build-
ing structures, land use and
an endless range of data lay-
ers to manipulate, display,
query and. analyse right at
your fingertips and in a web
environment,” Ms Albury
said.

“The phased approach in
building an integrated GIS
for the Bahamas will mean a
number of things,” she
explained. “It will mean
acquiring the necessary soft-
ware solutions:such as ArcS-
DE_technotogyy #which.

encompasses web GIS tech-

nology and comprehensive
data management technolo-
gy; having GIS data readily
available and the transfer of

technology through training,
“i. civil engineer said yesterday.

training and more training.”

The initial aspect of the
transfer of technology
through training began last
week when the centre hosted
a five-day course for officials
of the Bahamas Electricity
Corporation, Department of
Lands and Surveys and the
Data Processing Unit, along
with technical staff members
of the Centre.

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

ENVIRONMENT Minister
Dr Marcus Bethel has denied
that his ministry holds any
responsibility for creating
vehicular emissions controls —
despite claims to the contrary
by other senior government
officials. .

Dr Bethel’s declaration that

his ministry has no responsi- °

bility for this matter is bound
to set back progress on vital
controls, and shows that he
"does not have a comprehen-

_ sive view of what the environ-

ment means", one environ-
mentalist said.

His rejection of the sugges-
tion that the implementation
of emissions testing falls with-
in his ministry's portfolio came
on Wednesday at the presen-
tation of the first year report of
the Ministry of Energy and the
Environment.

It directly contradicts state-
ments by the Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Services as
well as the minister of trans-
port and her permanent secre-
tary.

At the meeting, Dr Bethel
spoke at length about progress
made by his ministry in a num-
ber of areas, but failed to men-
tion the issue of emissions con-
trols.

Asked when progress would
be seen in that area, Dr Bethel
said: "First of all I'd like to say
emissions is a Ministry of
Transportation regulatory
function."’

However, Director of Envi-
ronmental Health Services
Ron Pinder, who is an officer

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@ MARCUS Bethel

of Dr Bethel’s ministry, has
made numerous statements
relating to the issue over the
past five years — including
updating the press on discus-
sions held between the min-
istry and the road traffic
department, and progress of
efforts to acquire testing equip-
ment. ; :
_ When asked about this, Dr
Bethel simply responded that
"Mr Pinder is an elected mem-
ber of parliament — he can
speak on anything."

"He wasn't speaking on
emissions as the director, he
can only speak on what is in
the ministry and I’m telling you
as the minister what's in the
ministry," said Dr Bethel.

Yesterday however, Trans-
port Minister Glenys Hanna
Martin, stated that initiating
emissions controls is the

Traffic
Thompson confirmed that his
department is currently in
receipt of a draft regulatory
document.



responsibility of "two min-
istries — this ministry and the
Ministry of the Environment."

And when asked about the

progress of efforts to imple-
ment emissions testing, Archie
Nairn, permanent secretary at
the Ministry of Transport, said
he would have to consult with
his "counterpart in the Min-
istry of the Environment, the
permanent secretary (Camille
Johnson)” before he could pro-
vide an update.

Later, Mr Nairn said Road
Controller Jack

Mr Thompson's technical

team is reviewing the details
of that document, said Mr
Nairn.

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Civil engineer: government should work
with insurance companies on housing

lm By ALISON LOWE.
Tribune Staff.Reporter

THE Ministry: of Housing
and insurance companies should
work together to ensure that
government-built low cost
homes are constructed to the
high standards of the Bahamas
building code, an experienced

The engineer also questioned
the competency of Ministry of
Housing inspectors in view of
his personal experience, and
news reports of obviously shod-
dy construction on such homes.

"If the Bahamas Building
Code were followed there
would be no complaints from
high end of low end construc-
tion nation-wide. However in
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He said that in his experience
the Bahamian building code is

. one of the best in North America.

"Granted we do ngt.have
good natural materials available
in general but sound-adherence
to the building code would
assure the home buyer of a
sound and safe structure to live
in," he said, explaining that the
code takes into consideration the
quality of materials available.

The engineer of 40 years
experience suggested that the
Ministry of Housing "set up an
education programme for their
inspectors”, adding that the min-
istry should be held accountable
for poor workmanship.

The engineer outlined the
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had termites in it."

The engineer claimed that an
evaluation of all the homes he
had been called in to assess
revealed that 72 per cent of the
damage he found was in homes
that did not meet the standards
set in the code.

For this reason, another fac-
tor in the solution could be a
joint effort between insurance
companies and the ministry.

"The buyer (and) the insur-
ance companies would (bene-
fit) by participating in an inspec-
tion programme to assure that
the building is safe and their
investment protected from
unnecessary damage caused by
poor workmanship.”

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have regulations in place
requiring automobile owners
to submit their vehicles to reg-
ular emissions testing in order
to be certified as eligible to be
on the road.

If vehicles fail the test, they
must undergo repairs, and be
submitted again, before being
allowed to take to the streets.

Actual progress on emissions
controls in the Bahamas has
been a long time in coming
according to environmentalists
— despite assertions made by
several government officers as
to the importance of bringing
in such regulations.

In December 2004, Mr Pin-
der said emissions testing
equipment should be arriving
into the country by mid-2005.
In December 2006, an "early
2006" deadline was given.

Later, in May 2006, the
director promised equipment
would be ordered before the
end of that budget cycle — June
30 — however, in August he
admitted that no order had
been placed.

In May, he pointed to
involved discussions between
the Department of Environ-
mental Health Services and the
Road Traffic Department
about the matter and research
into the necessary equipment
specifications as factors that
had stalled advances.

Yesterday, Mr Nairn said he
was not aware of whether or
not the equipment had yet
been ordered.

Meanwhile, thick black
smoke — particularly from car-
go trucks — continues to be a

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A SENIOR government offi-
cial has blamed the Ministry of
Works for delays in address-
ing "severely abnormal" work-
ing conditions at the Produce
Exchange.

Frustration over the state of
that facility led an unconfirmed
number of employees to fail to
show for work yesterday, Agri-
culture Minister Leslie Miller
said. y
He spoke on the issue after a
customer contacted The Tribune
to report unusually long lines.

Mr Miller admitted the build- -
ing is in a “bad state of disre-
pair” — with bathrooms unus-
able and the second floor in
some places “dropping
through”.

He said he is personally frus-
trated with the length of time
it has taken for the Ministry of
Works to award the contract for
the renovation of the building.

"It's been months since we
have sent the documents there
to go to bid. It's just a very slow
and tedious process. It's diffi-
cult to meet with those people ©
responsible," said Mr Miller.

He apologised for the incon-
venience and sought to assure
staff that the process of rede-
velopment will get underway
soon, as the “over half-a-mil-
lion dollar" contract should be
out to bid in a matter of weeks.

"The. facility will be some-
thing that all Bahamians can be
proud of once it is completed,"
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WHILE miscalculation by the United States
has turned Iraq into a “devil’s playground,“
Islamic fascism poses a mortal threat on which
there is “no escape from U.S. leadership,” in
the words of a pre-eminent papal scholar.

George Weigel was once a scholarly non-
conformist in a town that was extending the
olive branch to Soviets and Sandinistas, and
picking as its political leaders activists who
grew up in the 1960s and never really left.

A senior fellow at the Ethics and Public
Policy Centre in Washington, D.C., and author
of the massive “Witness to Hope“ biography
of Pope John Paul II, Weigel returns every
couple of years to uphold Catholic tradition
and challenge Seattle’s political orthodoxy.

At Seattle Pacific University on Wednesday
night, Weigel argued that Islamic jihadism
has declared war on the West and its values of
pluralism, civility, democracy and diversity.

“The war is now being fought on multiple
interconnected fronts,” said Weigel, from
guerrilla wars in Russia’s Caucasus to bomb
plots in Indonesia and the Philippines.

And, he added, the 21st-century West has
not steeled itself to the challenge.

“We don’t know who we are,“ he argued.
“We don’t know the issues. We don’t know
the enemy. And not knowing is lethal.”

The enemy knows exactly what it is about.
Weigel borrowed a holy war description from

writer-scholar Father Richard John Neuhaus: .
“Jihadism is the religion-inspired ideology —

that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to
employ all means necessary to secure the sub-
mission of the world.”

Once a critic of the Vietnam War, in days
when he was a Lutheran minister, Neuhaus
sees jihadism as bent on world dominion and
as a multifront foe.

A pause to answer a question on some read-
ers’ minds: Why is a war critic, liberal, “green”
columnist giving ink to guys like Weigel and
Neuhaus?

Seattle needs to throw open its windows
and let in outside breezes to stir the air.

The town. has fallen into a kind of stagna-
tion, with one-party rule, anti-war politics and
contempt for the president. The prevailing
mood gets little challenge, at least not at Town
Hall forums at which celebrity liberals share
the stage with academic liberals.

Orthodoxy breeds excess. The political left
tends to blame America for the world’s prob-
lems, and bash Israel for maelstroms in the

_ Middle East.

In reaction, local conservatism has taken
on bitterness that can be a byproduct of iso-
lation.

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conservative and a relentless optimist. Pope
John Paul I, Weigel’s lodestar, rejected a
bunker mentality for his church and travelled
the world as an apostle to a dynamic, values-
driven orthodoxy.

The Catholic Weigel found an appropriate
forum at a university with Free Methodist
roots. He was guest at Seattle Pacific’s presi-
dent’s symposium, titled “Knowing and
Understanding Our World: A Christian
Response to the 21st Century.”

Urging spine stiffening by the West, he
quoted Tony Blair: “Until we shake ourselves
free from the wretched propaganda of the
enemy, that we are responsible, we will not
prevail.”

“Western media acquiescence to complaints
of Islamophobia must cease,” said Weigel.
“The Western press should call things by their
right names. Suicide bombers are homicide
bombers. Murderers in Iraq are murderers
and terrorists, not ‘insurgents.””’

One battlefield against jihadism has not
gone well. Weigel faults the United States for
underestimating what a mess Iraq would be
following the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The result, in Weigel’s view, is that the U.S.
finds itself trying to rein in anarchy, battling
remnants of Saddam’s Baathist regime, fight-
ing a war with jihadists, and in the midst of a
sectarian struggle between Sunni Muslims and
Shiites.

Nonetheless, he argues, a precipitous U.S.
withdrawal would be viewed as a “catastro-
phe” in the larger war against jihadism and as
an example of the “fecklessness” of the U.S.
. Weigel does, however, put a soft focus on
the administration responsible for multiple
disasters on the Iraq front in the war against
jihadism.

At SPU on Wednesday, Weigel estimated
that $2 trillion has been transferred to Islam-
ic countries as a result of dependence on Mid-
dle East oil. Saudi Arabia has used the money
to seed schools preaching an exclusivist Islam
and values totally alien to the 21st-century
West.

“A nation that created the Manhattan Pro-
ject and the Apollo Project moon landing can
defund jihadism by creating alternatives to
petroleum dependence,” Weigel argued.

It is, however, an argument that ought to cir- _

culate at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. every
bit as much as the Upper Gwinn Commons at
Seattle Pacific. The White House, too, is a
place where the windows need to be thrown
open.

(This article was written by Joel Connelly of
the Seattle Post-Intelligencer- ¢c.2007).

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ECTION

In response
o Rastafarian
movement

EDITOR, The Tribune

IN response to the article
entitled “Rastafarians Protest
for Equal Justice,” I feel like
some points desperately need
to be made. I find it, as a white
Bahamian, quite interesting that
this Dion Hanna participant in
the Rastafarian march feels that
successive governments have
not done enough to empower
black people in the Bahamas.
How could this possibly be true
when looking solely at the ratio
of blacks to whites paints an

' entirely different picture. A

majority cannot be a majority
without having adequate rights.

If this is not the case, I ask the
questions: “What exactly would
the ‘appropriate amount of
rights’ or the ‘adequate amount
of empowerment’ be”? Would
total domination by one race, not
mentioning which, be adequate?

If there were a little white ’.

Rasta child, he or she would be
equally denied the right to enter
these private Christian schools.

b {
EDITOR, The Tribune

WHEN the Progressive Lib-
eral Party members were elect-
ed to parliament in 1956 in the
persons who would be known
as Sir Milo B Butler, Sir Lynden
Pindling, Sir Randol F Fawkes,
Mr Samuel L Isaacs, Mr
Clarence A Bain, and Mr Cyril
St John Stevenson, they were
referred to as the “Magnificent

Six”: At'that time if Sir Gerald .

Cash had'been a member of the
Progressive Liberal Party, they
would have been referred to as
the “magnificent seven”.

Sir Gerald Cash was elected

’ as an independent and junior

member to Sir Milo Butler for
the western district; destiny
would have it that Sir Milo
would become our first gover-
nor general, and Sir Gerald
would be the second.

In the early days, members
of parliament received no salary

for their service which seemed’

to be noble; but eventually it
became apparent that members
were accepting alms under the
table from business operations
in the form of consultants fees.
Maybe that was the reason for
the implementation of a salary
structure early into the Pro-
gressive Liberal party adminis-
tration in 1967. :

In 1967 a commission of

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This brings me to another point
— that all of the Christian-belief
private schools would deny
entry to a young Rastafarian
child strikes me as extreme. I
actually attended one of these
private Christian schools and
remember that although prayer
was carried out at various times
throughout the day, if I didn’t
want to participate, I didn’t
have to. Could:the Rastafarian
children not behave as the non-
Christians in the same predica-
ment?

The article actually went on
to get even more interesting.
Koed Smith, of the PLP — no
surprise — decided to march
with the Rastafarians. Does
being an African now equal
being a Rasta? As far as I know,
it doesn’t. Why would Mr Smith
feel the overwhelming urge to

istory 0

inquiry was appointed to inves-
tigate the operation of casino
gambling in the Bahamas as
there was a concern about the
credibility of their operators;
particularly in Grand Bahama
as there were widespread
reports of influence peddling
involving public officials.

The commissioners were
amazed that the list bearing the
names of individuals on the
immigration stop list such as
Dino Cellini, George Sadlo,
Roy Bell, Howard L Kamm, Al
Jacoks, and Anthony Tabasso,
never reached the proper
authority, but was found in

storage during their investiga-

tions.

Investigations insinuated that
certain employees, particularly
at the Monte Carlo Casino in
the persons of Geiger, Kamm,
Courtney, Ritter and Brudner,
had ties to organised crime; the
name Myer Lansky, and Mike
McLaney were mentioned also
in that circle. .

Although that was forty years
near; this writer who was pre-
sent from the opening to the
closing act, the memory is fresh

‘in his mind, this was in the Gal-

lahad-room at the Kings Inn
Hotel, which became known
later as Bahamas Princess, and
now as Royal Oasis. -

The commissioners were Sir

march with the Rastafarians
here in Nassau?

There are obvious answers
that I see — none of them good.
Number one, Mr Smith desper-
ately wants to help win votes
for himself and the PLP in gen-
eral by winning over this small

_ demographic, or he wants to try

and play the famous “race card”
that everyone is raving about.
Mr Smith marching with the
Rastas is like me being in Africa
and marching with a Bahami-
an Baptist movement and I am
not Baptist. I wouldn’t do it. |

Lastly, Prime Minister Perry
Christie accepting the petition
graciously and staying to listen
to the music leads me back to
the same reasons that his MP
Koed Smith put on his African
native dress and hopped into
the Rastafarian march.

Long live Bahamian Baptists!

DISGRUNTLED
BAHAMIAN
Nassau

March 1 2007

CASINOS

Ranulph Bacon, K T Mr Alger-
non Wharton, QC, and Mr
Robin Auld, PhD, counsel 'to
the commission was Mr Gor-
don Bryce, QC, Attorney Gen-
eral and Mr J Henry Bostwick;
other lawyers were Mr Eugene
Dupuch, QC, and.Mr Cyril
Fountain.

There were numerous high
profile witnesses two were Mr
Ron Gowlding and Mr Keith
Gonsalves, President and Vice
President, respectively of the
Bahamas Amusement Ltd,
operators of Monte Carlo, and
El Casino Freeport Grand
Bahamas.

Another witness of interest
was Gadwell (Scaboo) New-
ton; he was questioned exten-
sively by the commissioners
about his relationship with Sir
Stafford Sands. It was suggest-
ed that he was a bodyguard to
Sir Stafford Sands, which he
denied, but admitted that he
was an assistant masseur; he
also gave the name of the
masseur. As a result of 1967
commission there was a high
profile resignation in 1968, it
was parallel to the resignation
in 1963, after the 1962 com-
mission.

PRINCE G SMITH
Freeport, Grand Bahama
February 28 2007

BTVI and the issue of
part-time employees

EDITOR, The Tribune

PLEASE allow me to use
your esteemed paper to bring
to the government’s attention,
yet again, an issue | am sure
they must have forgotten as, in
spite of promises, nothing has
changed.

Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute Nassau and
Grand Bahama (Freeport) has
persons working weekly (part-
time) some for more than 10
years with promises of confir-
mation.

We have heard it all: “We are
working on it”; “We sent it up”;
“Do not call the ministry they
will direct you back”; “You
have to follow protocol” the
Human Resource Department
at BTVI says. We have been
hearing these same statements
for years. At the ministry, the
persons to whom BTVI files are
assigned always, without fail,
says you have to speak with
your HR Department. This
turn-around and red tape has
been and continues to go on as








the red tape thickens.

So how long should we
believe “we are working on it”?
The government announced
“1,200 full time jobs to be giv-
en”. These are pensionable, full
time positions. At BTVI we
remain waiting in the wings, no
confirmations, no pensions, and
no full time job.

We are the ones responsible
for the technical education of
the Bahamas, not just the young
as many are now changing to
work in the technical fields. We
are the ones holding the insti-
tution together, the administra-
tive team where the majority, I
might add are part time work-
ers. We are the ones that keep
the wheels of BTVI turning, still
no full time jobs for us.

Mr Fred Mitchell, Minister of
Public Service, also Minister of
Labour of whose department
BTVI falls, please do not for-
get us.

WAITING & WAITING
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THE Roots junkanoo
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its members that they are
invited to attend a very
important group meeting on
Sunday, March 4.

The meeting will take
place at 3pm at the Govern-
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The group’s leadership
asked that all members arrive
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Chavez said Thursday night
that he has spoken to Argen-
tine President Nestor Kirchn-
er about the idea of forming ~
“a kind of organisation of gas
exporting and producing
countries in South America.”

Chavez proposed naming
it “Opegas Sur,” or the Orga-
nization of Gas Producing
and Exporting Countries of
South America. He said it
would be limited at first to
Venezuela, Bolivia and
Argentina, but could later be
expanded.

Venezuela was one of the
five founding members of the
Organization of Oil Exporting
Countries, or OPEC, in 1960.
It has the largest oil reserves
outside of the Middle East
and the largest natural gas
reserves on the continent.

Chavez has promoted oth-
er ambitious plans for region-
al integration, including a

continental gas pipeline anda,

“Bank of the South” to fund
" joint infrastructure and social
projects.

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Expatriate British volunteer 1S

jailed under new regulation

A NEW immigration row has
erupted after a British woman
volunteer worker was jailed for
two days under new govern-
ment restrictions.

The expatriate worker was
arrested and detained by Immi-
gration officers in a move which
has led to new rules on volun-
teer workers, including those
engaged in charity pursuits.

Last night, Freeport attorney
Fred Smith expressed outrage,
declaring volunteers to be a

vital part of Bahamian society.

He said many organisations
would find it hard to function
without unpaid help from expa-
triates.

The dispute was sparked by
the arrest of a worker in Grand
Bahama who Immigration offi-
cials felt was ‘more than’ a val-
unteer.

Now they are asking volun-
teers to register their intentions,
along with references and spon-
sors, before taking up any kind

of voluntary work.

The matter was first raised in
Grand Bahama Info, a weekly
online community newsletter
which considers volunteers a
“vital” part of the community.

“Many expatriates become
involved in local theatre,
church, community support pro-
grammes, sports, fund-raising
efforts for education, libraries
and school extra-curricular
activities,” says the newsletter.

They also worked for the
National Trust, the Grand
Bahama Children’s Home and
Ranfurly Homes for Children,
the newsletter adds.

“We speculate that this vol-
unteer ‘workforce’ numbers in
the thousands. What would
happen to our society if these
helping hands were paralysed
and made stagnant?”

The newsletter: says it
believes the Immigration
department’s move was dan-
gerous with “potentially crip-

pling ramifications” for the
Bahamas.

_ It could, it adds, hit society
at both ends — in blocking assis-
tance for the arts, and help for
the less fortunate.

The pool of voluntary work-
ers in the Bahamas is large
because of the nature of the
society. :

“Spouses of skilled and essen-
tial workers who are in the
country for a year or more on
permits often seek voluntary
work to stave off boredom.

With no work permits of their

own, they prefer to help com- |

munity bodies rather sit at
home all day.

Now, anyone wishing to
undertake such work will have
to apply for a letter of permis-
sion, according to Mr Smith,
who is firmly against the new
restrictions.

“Many of these workers are
wives of men whose skills are
needed here,” he said, “They

make an important contribu-
tion to society by working free
of charge.”

Programme

The Project Read programme
at Fox Hill Prison is one exam-
ple of a community project in
which expatriates get involved.
And Rotary and Kiwanis are
also among several organisa-
tions involved in community
work.

The Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association noted “with
alarm” the new immigration
“policy”, saying there was no
provision for it in the Immigra-
tion Act.

Volunteer workers are not
paid and therefore are not
engaged in “gainful employ-
ment,” the association said.

It said the Immigration
Department was a “dictatorial”
branch of government which

promoted a racist and discrimi-
natory approach.

The association called for
reform of the Immigration Act
and challenged both major par-
ties to make immigration a
election issue. :

An Immigration Department
statement said any non-Bahami-
an wanting to do volunteer
work in the Bahamas would
require a sponsor, charitable
group or organisation to write
to the department seeking per-
mission.

The request must specify the
terms and type of work being
done, and would be reviewed
by immigration officials before
permission was given.

Attempts to contact the Ran-
furly Home, the Bahamas
National Trust, Project Read
and other organisations that

’ benefit from the help of volun-

teers were unsuccessful.
Calls to the Department of
Immigration were unanswered.

HUNDREDS flocked to the

. Annual Heart Ball to raise

funds for. children with heart
disease and to remember cul-
tural icon Kayla Lockhart
Edwards, a former heart patient
who benefited from the Sir Vic-
tor Sassoon Bahamas Heart
Foundation’s generosity.

“Once again, we gather to
have fun, to dance to music that
meant so much to our friend
and former patient,” founda-
tion chairman Mr R E Barnes
told patrons, “Your presence
here tonighi will help the foun-
dation continue to assist chil-
dren to grow to fulfill their
dreams — dreams that we must
ensure to continue to have the
opportunity to be lived. Thank
you for your continued support
of dreams and those who wish
to dream, like Kayla Lockhart
Edwards.”

He explained that Kayla was
quoted in the programme for
the 1965 inaugural Heart Ball
as saying she always wanted to
sing but was not allowed to
because it was “too much of a
strain” on her physical condi-
tion.

Kayla had been diagnosed
with a hole in her heart at a
heart clinic in 1963 and a year
later underwent a successful
surgery.

“Those words from an 18-
year-old Kayla,” said Mr
Barnes, “marked a turning
point in her life. It also marked
a turning point for a person who
was to become a Bahamian cul-
tural icon.

“After successful surgery in
November 1964, Kayla was able
to do all of the things she had
been unable to do during her
life. How different things might
have been for her and all
Bahamians without the aid of
the Sassoon Heart Foundation.
Her dreams became a gift to
the Bahamas and we honor her

tonight by dedicating this ball

to her memory,” he said. ~
The committee for the Heart

~ Ball, held on February 17, had

promised a spectacular evening
and guests thoroughly enjoyed
the 43rd annual event. The
Heart Ball is the principal
fundraiser for the Sassoon
Heart Foundation.

Symone’s Basket of Happi- .

ness Florists transformed the
Crown Ballroom into an ele-
gant and romantic setting with
cascading bouquets of red and
white roses and baby’s breath
atop tall oversized candelabras.
Red hearts of varying sizes
adorned the ballroom and
reams of red and white silk
complemented the tables
draped in red, and, white.

The rhythmic sounds of the
Ed Brice Orchestra, the Soulful
Groovers and the Police Pop
Band had patrons flocking to
the dance floor.

During the ball there were
three special presentations. Mr
Marquinn Edwards, son of Mrs
Lockhart Edwards received a
plaque from the Foundation in
honor of his mother.

Mrs Frances Ledee, the first
professional Bahamian social
worker and present administra-
tor of the Persis Rodgers Home
for the Aged received the pres-
tigious Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award. Ball co-chairper-
son Lady Butler received a bou-
quet for long and dedicated
work with the committee for
the Heart Ball.

Patrons also enjoyed a raffle
and a lively Silent Auction fea-
turing a seven-night stay for two



Raffle. His prizes included two roundtrip British Airways World
Traveler tickets to London’ one night’s accommodation at the
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel; a gold, emerald and
diamond tennis bracelet from Colombian Emeralds
International, an original underwater on canvas original from
Aitken Imaging and Frame Art and a Waterford vase which
was donated anonymously. Shown from left are: Rosemarie
Thompson, ball committee member; Michaelangelo Baccelli,
ball committee member; raffle winner Mr Ferguson; Adrian
Barton, British Airways district manager and Maria Symonette,

ball committee member.

i JULIE Hooper (centre) won the seventh raffle

prize at the annual Heart Ball. Among her prizes.

were a gift certificate from Sunshine Insurance
Agents and Brokers, a 30-inch General Electric gas
range from Robin Hood and a 44-inch fresh water
Mother of Pearl necklace donated by Brenda Wert.
Heart ball members Rosemarie Thompson and
Michaelangelo Baccelli presented the gifts.

at Echo Valley Resort in Van-
couver Canada.
Dr Duane Sands won this

vacation — described as a ‘“‘lit-

tle bit of heaven” which was
donated by owners Norm and
Nan Dove for the fourth con-
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a eee
Eating comes before education for the poor

LL human beings

have certain basic
needs—food, shelter, love and
affection, respect, trust, knowl-
edge and truth (Abraham
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human
Needs, 1943).

Without question, if basic
needs are not met, schoolchild-
ren are liable to display dis-
ruptive behaviour.

For instance, if children come
to school hungry or are lack-
ing affection at home, possibly
from an absentee or abusive
parent, they are more likely to
be disruptive in schools and
have a series of failed relation-
ships as adults.

Poverty—described by Web-
ster’s dictionary as the lack of
money and/or material posses-
sions—is a major reason why
many Bahamian students are
performing so poorly academi-
cally.

In the Bahamas, poverty is a
serious problem that we must
contend with in our public
schools, as many students are
so poor that they live well
below the poverty line.

Even though several public
schools have implemented
lunch programmes to feed poor
students, many of them are so
burdened by problems at home
that their grades are often not
up to scratch.

I have discovered that many
poverty-stricken children come
from dysfunctional homes,
where their parents are usually
unemployed, penniless and are

themselves poorly educated.

In many cases, students that
come from single parent and/or
abusive homes are often men-
tally and financially incapable
of handling the responsibility
of schooling.

In more extreme cases, some
children are orphaned and
most likely must hold a mini-
mum wage job to fend for
themselves and in some
instances, their siblings.



Poverty is a
serious problem
that we must
contend with in
our public
schools, as many —
students are so
poor that they
live well below
the poverty line



To the casual observer, there
are many examples of under-
privileged children throughout
Nassau—on the sidewalks
(sometimes selling fruit), at the
malls and in tourist areas such
as Prince George Wharf where
these youngsters can usually be
seen hustling visitors disem-
barking cruise ships for a dollar
or a quarter. Yes, this is a sad



YOUNG MAN’S VIEW

ADRIAN
reality in our present-day
Bahamas!

At the onset, the disadvan-
tageous impact that poverty has
on school performance can be
seen as children whose parents
are poor are unable to buy
school uniforms, books and
other paraphernalia, lunch and
other amenities, and are there-
by placed in an unfavourable
position when compared to
their more fortunate class-
mates.

ot having food to eat

on a daily basis caus-
es the students to lose interest
in school/education, as they are
many times pondering ways of
satisfying their greatest con-
cern—ie attaining a meal—and
possibly suffering from severe
hunger pains (gas). A hungry,
mentally disturbed and improp-
erly clothed student’s last inter-
est is school!

Indeed, many countries are
plagued by widespread poverty.
Although the number of people
living below the poverty line is
not high in the Bahamas, recent
statistics are troubling as they
show that nearly 10 per cent of
our population live below the

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poverty line and that one in five
persons between the ages of 15
and 24 presently lives in pover-
ty.
Around the world, particu-
larly in impoverished countries
such as Bangladesh, a large
proportion of these populations
are illiterate and economically
hampered by poverty - eg:
many persons in these coun-
tries work in clothing sweat-
shops for an average of 17 cents
per week. Astonishingly, two-
thirds of all children in Latin
America reportedly leave
school before finishing the fifth
grade!

In the Bahamas, although a
student is only legally allowed
to quit school at 16, | have been
told that many students, for
various reasons, drop out much
earlier.

Indeed, I have personally
discovered in the classroom
that students affected by pover-
ty lack the motivation to com-
plete their schoolwork, hardly
attend school, are anti-social
and sometimes violent.

Also, I’ve found that these
students may alienate them-
selves from their guardians and
teachers, are usually ill-pre-
pared for class, display poor

language and reading skills and
are usually suffering from mal-
nutrition.

na Tribune article pub-
lished a few years ago,
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia ‘Mother’ Pratt claimed that
government schools in the



Recent statistics
are troubling as
they show that
nearly 10 per
cent of our
population live
below the |
poverty line and
that one in five
persons between
the ages of 15
and 24 presently
lives in poverty.



Bahamas are becoming too
expensive for poor students.
According to Mother Pratt, if
school costs continued to
increase, poor people would
not be able to afford a good
education for their children.
She said that although Social

Services renders assistance to

poor parents in helping them
prepare their children for
school, Social Services can only
do so much.

The DPM stated that it costs
$350 to $400 for each govern-
ment junior/senior high school
student to be re-admitted for
a new school year-—-and:she felt
that many parents were inca-
pable of this! I concur!

However, if Social Services
are limited in their capacity to
assist, what other avenues,
besides the few Christian-based
feeding programmes, are avail-
able to poor Bahamians seek-
ing help?

Poverty greatly hinders
school performance. Unfortu-
nately, the unequal distribution
of wealth and resources around
the world plays a major role in
the illiteracy rate of people
across the globe, even in this
the 21st century!

Although education is an
important facet to living in
today’s world, in families
and/or societies that are strick-
en by poverty, gaining an edu-
cation is not a priority since
bettering themselves financial-
ly and having food to eat is at
the centre of their attention.

In the Bahamas, a country
where education consumes
much of our annual national
budgets, we must seriously seek
to address the reality of pover-
ty that confronts so many
Bahamians.

ajbahama@hotmail.com



- MI SDP leader Norman Solomon (centre) and deputy Keith Duncombe (left) meet
with disgruntled BEC workers outside the Big Pond Power Station after the work-



ers were told they would not be paid.



j




@ 1980 —- SDP deputy leader Keith Duncombe (left) and leader Norman Solomon talk.
with one of Mr Duncombe’s Shirlea constituents during the party’s house-to-house poll



This week, In Days
Gone By looks back at
the now defunct Social
Democratic Party -
which was for a time the
official opposition in
the Bahamas - and the
activities of then party —
leader, businessman
Norman Solomon.



Hi SDP Leader Norman Solomon (centre).shown
with members of his party touring the southern

- district today to find out what,the PLP’s social
revolution has accomplished so far. SDP Senator
—___ Dr David Sands (in hat) and SDP deputy leader
(second right) are shown in the walkabout.

RE







@ DELEGATES from Long Island included Felix Car
Clifton Deveaux of Dunmore’s (far right). They are pictured with














WS

@ 1980 — The Leadership of the Social Democratic Party are seen here resigning their posts
sition during a brief meeting with Governor General Sir Gerald Cash at Government House. Pictured from
left in front of Government House are former Opposition Senate leader Jeanne Thompson, SDP leader

Norman Solomon and:SDP deputy leader Keith Duncombe.



SSS SSIS

as official oppo-



Solomon (far left) and MP Jimmy Knowles.

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SMA

s SS NG
man’s Cay (second from left) and
then opposition leader Norman





THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007, PAGE 7






@ THE scene of the crash



Canadian investor killed in accident

FROM page one

The accident occurred around
8.10pm on Thursday at the
intersection of Midshipman
Road and Victoria Place.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said Mr Harlinton was driving a
white Mercedes 380 SL licensed
- 36336 east on Midshipman
Road.

He made a right turn
attempting to enter Victoria
Place when he crossed the path
of a green Toyota 4-Runner
Jeep, driven by Dr Michael
Parkinson, 50, who was travel-
ling west on Midshipman.

Mr Rahming said the Mercedes
burst into flames on impact. :

Several persons at the scene,

including Freeport lawyer Fred
Smith, rushed to the car to try
to free the victim from the burn-
ing wreckage.

Mr Smith told The Tribune
that he and two other persons
could not free the man, who
was unconscious and pinned by
his legs inside the vehicle.

“We could not pull him from
the wreckage because he was
pinned by his legs, and the
flames started to rise, and gas
was pouring from the car, and
we feared that the vehicle
would explode at any minute,”
he said.

Mr Smith drove to Cooper
Services Station nearby, and
returned with a fire extinguish-
er and managed to extinguish

the flames, which had com-
pletely engulfed the vehicle.

“It was very terrifying
because you know at any
minute the car could blow up,
but we did not want him to burn
up in the wreckage,” he said.

When police arrived Mr Har-
linton was dead at the scene,
Mr Rahming said.

Dr Parkinson was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he was treated for his
injuries and later discharged.

Mr Rahming said Mr Harlin-
ton was a longtime resident of
Freeport, and lived at Harbour
House Towers Condominiums
on Bell Channel. His death is
the first traffic fatality for the
year in Grand Bahama.

‘Wisdom meets

with residents

over housing

FROM page one

Residents complained about
the poor quality of material
used on their homes, and the
fact that so many deficiencies
exist, despite there being an
inspection process within the
ministry.

Some specific concerns resi-
dents reported were: cheap
and cracked tiles, numerous
cracks in walls and old wood
that was used in various parts
of their houses.

Some residents told The Tri-
bune that they are very upset
at what they suggest was a
“dismissive tone” by the min-

ister to some of the com-
plainants.

One resident said she thinks
the minister is “powerless” in
his ministry -- suggesting that
senior bureaucrats run the
‘show instead.

According to a witness at
the meeting, one resident told
a horror story of having to
sleep in a car some nights, as a
result of the insect infestation
in that particular home.

Some residents suggest that
the insect problems may
result from doors not being
properly installed, leaving
large gaps for insects to enter.
Additionally, the areas

‘ around interior doors,

and
walls, they said,-were not
sealed — which creates places
for insects to hide.

The meeting was said to
-have lasted for nearly three
hours because of the many
complaints.

This latest controversy with
the Pride Estates homeown-
ers is a part of a wave of con-
troversy surrounding the
administration of, and prac-
tices within, the ministry of
housing. :

Currently there is a police
investigation surrounding alle-
gations of theft and bribery
within the ministry.

ZNS criticised for political bias

A Johnson Road viewer
told The Tribune: “We can
no longer tolerate a man
paid for out of government
funds being so blatantly
biased on the airwaves.”

And a viewer wishing to
be known only as Eric said:
“McKinney is the dim light
of Bahamas journalism. I lis-

Prisoners treated like ‘sardines’ - relative

FROM page one

The female prisoners claim
they are being kept inside dor-
mitories for months at a time
and that twenty-eight women
are “crammed” into one dor-
mitory, with one toilet and one
shower.

The women claim that the
prison’s food is not cooked
properly, and that inmates only
receive medical attention when
there is an emergency.

They claim they are forced to
buy bottled water, which is sold
at $8 per case, because there is
no purified water, only tap
water.

The female prisoners claim
that incarcerated foreigners
have to drink the “bad food and
tap water” because they have
no access to US or Bahamian
currency. —

And the women say that
fighting and violence is com-
monplace amongst the prison-
ers, because their actions are
“borne out of frustration and
humiliation.”

But this is not the first time
that Her Majesty’s Prison has
been criticised for undermining
the human rights of prisoners.

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2002 with prison reform expert
Professor Rod Morgan.

The UK based human rights
group reported that one in
every 200 Bahamians is in
prison and that the rate of
imprisonment in the Bahamas,
478 per 100,000, is the eighth
highest in the world and four
times that of the UK and Cana-
da.

The key findings arising from
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e Substantial numbers of pris-
oners, including minors, are
awaiting trial for unacceptably
long periods: 78 pre-trial pris-
oners had been detained for
more than two years. They are
becoming "lost in the system"
through lack of legal represen-
tation.

e Unacceptably overcrowd-
ed accommodation was evi-
denced in all prison units, seri-
ously affecting the living con-
ditions for inmates and the
working conditions for staff.

e Many prisoners are still sub-
ject to the degrading practice
of slopping out while the prison
still has an inadequate plumbing
and drainage system.

_ © With at least one death
reportedly resulting from inad-
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prison, access to physical and
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confinement. Physical and men-
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ed. Sufficient attention to
women prisoner's. particular
specialist: rights and néeds is
lacking and specialists in wom-
en’s health care are allegedly
unavailable.

e There have been repeated,
unconfirmed, serious allegations
of sexual abuse and rape which
do not appear to have been ade-

quately investigated by the

authorities.
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this from the PM as the drums
beat louder and louder.”

Another viewer from the
Johnson Road area even
blamed McKinney’s alleged bias
for inflaming racial feelings.

“The talk is getting increas-
ingly racial - and ZNS has to be
blamed for that,” said the source.

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complaints yesterday, Mr McK-
inney declined to comment on
the matter. He added only that
anything he had to say would
be said on his show.


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Last respects paid
to Anna Nicole

Smith at funeral

THE TRIBUNE





# HOWARD Stern is shown crying outside of the church

yesterday



church yesterday





Howard K
Stern under
fire for his

comments |
at funeral

_ FROM page one

“When Howard K Stern got
up and used that opportunity
and sort of (inaudible) so-
called family members, look-
ing right at Virgie Arthur, lies
out there, and sort of looking
around the room, everybody
knew who he was talking
about. He didn’t have to men-
tion any name. And it was a
very awkward moment. and a
very surprising moment,” con-
cluded Ms Cosby.

Asked by Ms Cosby about
the appropriateness of Mr
Stern’s comments, Mr Birkhead
sought to avoid leveling any
criticism against Mr Stern say-
ing: “I wouldn’t have used my
time that way, and J didn’t. But
I don’t want to comment on
how he used his time.”

When he was pressed by Ms
Cosby, Mr Birkhead said: “It

Anscon’t make nacthing het

And by all indications, Mr
Birkhead is seeking to make
things better between him and
Mr Stern, who still has posses-
sion of the daughter he seeks
to claim.

Inside the church, Mr Birk-
head, who was strongly sup-
ported by Mrs Arthur in his
efforts to prove paternity, was
said to be seated in the pew
behind Mr Stern, while Mrs
Arthur sat in a pew on the
opposite side.

When. they lefi the church,
Mr Stern and Mi Birkhead
stood nexi to each other, sepa-
rated only by an attorney, while
Mrs Arthur and her family
stood facing the duo on the oth-
er side of the exit.

The procession left the
church for a brief graveside ser-
vice at the Lakeview Memorial
Cemetery, and after a brief, but
tumultuous life, Ms Smith was
finallv laid f- rest.

@ THE medical examiner

Joshua Perper is seen going
into the church yesterday at
Auna Nicole Smith’s funeral

@ LEFT to right: Larry Birkhead, his attorney Debra Opri, and Howard Stern outside of the










@ THE coffin is carried out of the church





@ LARRY Birkhead outside the church yesterday











@ THE mother of Anna Nicole Smith, Virgie Arthur, is seen
leaving the church yesterday after the funeral

(Photos:Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

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‘

uneral overshadowed

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007, PAGE 9



in court to have burial stopped

§ By NATARIO McKENZIE

AS Anna Nicole Smith was
set to be buried yesterday the
controversy surrounding the
former playmate continued to
unfold in local courts — as sepa-
rate requests were made to have
her burial stopped and the
remains of her son Daniel
exhumed,

The Tribune learned yester-
day that a request to have the
remains of Daniel exhumed was
made to Chief magistrate Roger
Gomez on Thursday by Billy
Smith of Limestone Texas, the
father of Daniel Smith. Daniel
Smith died at the age of 20 at
Doctors' Hospital in Septem-
ber, just days after his mother
gave birth to a daughter, Dan-
nielynn.

A Coroner's Inquest into
Daniel Smith's death has been
set for March 26. A private
examiner concluded that he
had died from a lethal combi-
nation of methadone and two
antidepressants. Daniel Smith
was buried at Lake View ceme-
tery.

According to Mr Gomez, the
request was not only to have
the body exhumed but also to
have it sent to Texas.

“The courts are generally
reluctant to have a person’s
body exhumed. It's possible but
not something that can be done
easily. There has to be substan-
tial grounds," Chief Magistrate
Gomez said.

He noted that in any event,
exhumation would not take
place until after the Coroner's
Inquest has been completed as
there may be a need for further
examination on the young
man's remains.

The Tribune also learned that
a petition was filed by Debo-
rah Rose the attorney for
Smith's estranged mother Vir-
gie Arthur, to have Smith's bur-
ial stayed. This motion was filed
before Senior Justice Anita
Allen. That motion however
was denied.

Mrs Arthur had requested to
have Smith's body buried in
Texas along with her grandson
Daniel. Smith's longtime com-
panion, Howard K Stern want-
ed her buried in the Bahamas
next to Daniel and won a deci-
sion in a Florida court which
granted him custody of Smith's
body last week.

Smith died February 8 at age
39. She was buried in New
Providence yesterday.





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Gibson absent from funeral
of ‘family friend’ Anna Nicole

FROM page one

locally, but boldly stated: “If
it could have been done in a
day, then I would have done it
in a day.”

It was then that Mr Gibson
revealed that Ms Smith was a
personal friend of his. Shortly
afterwards, many began to
question whether his fast-track-
ing her residence permit was a

conflict of interest. ,

For months Mr Gibson
sought to downplay the friend-
ship he shared with Ms Smith
until photographs of him and
Ms Smith appeared on the front
page of The Tribune .

The pictures, which showed
Mr Gibson posing with the for-
mer playboy model in her bed-
room, set off a national and
international firestorm that saw

Mr Gibson resigning his post a
few weeks later.

In the wake of Mr Gibson’s
resignation, the Progressive
Liberal Party began a public
relations campaign hoping to
put a positive spin on the
embarrassing issue, blaming
the media and the opposition
Free National Movement for
what it called Mr Gibson’s
lapse of judgment.

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Yet, even in his resignation,
Mr Gibson never renounced
his friendship with Ms Smith,
leaving another spectator to
comment: “If there was a
time that he should have
shown up, it should have
been today. He should not
be hiding. He already said
she was his friend, so he
should come out and support
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onto Cat Island

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Services

BENNETT’S HARBOUR,
Cat Island — Pompey Rock
Beach Villas is one of a number
of small hotels that are ready
to rock the Cat Island tourism
market.

“T built Pompey Rock (in
Bennett's Harbour) a few years
ago and I am quite proud of it,”
said proprietor Michael Stubbs.

After travelling through the
Bahamas, he returned to his
roots as the owner of a con-
struction company. “I was born
here and I decided to come
back home and do something
for the local people, some sort
of employment,” he said.

Pompey Rock is comprised
of seven villas and a number of
rooms below the observatory-
style clubhouse.

It is featured on websites such
as expedia.com, caribbean.com
and hotelcarib.com, as well as
the Ministry of Tourism’s

Bahamas.com.

“Cat Island is a super place
and I like being here,” said Mr
Stubbs. “I have no problems
being here.”

“T built it the way I wanted to
so that I could enjoy it, even if

nobody else could,” he added

with a laugh.

Even though his other busi-
ness ventures have him head-
quartered in New Providence,
Stubbs said he returns every

two weeks or so, sometimes to .

talk to investors or entrepre-
neurs who are interested in
starting businesses in Cat Island.

Infrastructure is needed, but
Stubbs said he accepts that
"nothing happens instanta-
neously”.

“It will happen and it will

happen in time and I will be

right here and I will help it to
happen because my investment
is strong and I intend to do
more.”

He added that the new dock
being built nearby is a “super”

development, as far as his busi-
ness is concerned.

“All of our groceries and
shipments that come in for the
property, we have to go 30-odd
miles away to bring them back.
When the dock is finished, they
will be right in our doorstep.”

“The boats will be coming
here in short order and that will
save us a lot, if only on gas."

Stubbs said there are many
aspects of Cat Island that could
attract Bahamian visitors and
he especially encouraged Cat
Islanders who migrated to New
Providence to come back and

see what the island now has to

offer.

“We have a good thing going
here,” he said. “We have regat-
ta, we have rake-n-scrape and
we have other things.

“And every time they come
back home, some of them want
to do something. Some of them
have land, some of them have
old houses and the parents
might have died and they want

Hi OWNER of Pompey Rock Beach Villas owner Michael Stubs, on the balcony of the property" s

clubhouse in Bennett’s Harbour, Cat Island.

to fix them up. That’s the kind
of thing that is going on here."
Stubbs said he intends to

expand the property for future
influx of visitors.
“Right now, we are still in the

(Photo: BIS/Patrick Hanna)’ -

growing stage,” he said. “This is’ "
just phase one; so we are a

right.”



Guyana welcomes Chavez despite border

& GUYANA
Georgetown

ONCE vilified in Guyana for
renewing a century-old border
dispute, Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez will be received

as a “very welcome guest” dur- ©

ing a rare visit this weekend for
a summit of Latin American
leaders, according to Associated
Press.

Warmer relations owe part-
ly to a shift in Chavez’s
provocative rhetoric. Since vow-
ing to press Venezuela’s claim
to more than half its smaller
neighbor’s territory, he has

moved on to bigger fights as a.

self-styled leader of regional
opposition to US influence.

Guyana, the only English-
speaking country in South
America, meanwhile has pur-
sued closer ties with Venezuela
and other continental heavy-
weights — a new development
strategy for the former British
colony linked more closely to
the Caribbean by language and
history.

If the feud over Guyana’s
mineral-rich Essequibo region
comes up as the heads of state
meet Saturday for the Rio
Group summit, it will be han-

dled in a spirit of co-operation,
said Guyanese Foreign Minis-
ter Rudy Insanally.

"What we are hoping is with
the new climate, so to speak,
where we are talking about a
community of South American
nations, that maybe we will be
able to transcend these difficul-
ties,” Insanally told The Asso-
ciated Press.

Heads

Nine heads of state are
expected to attend the one-day
summit, including Chavez, Mex-

ico’s Felipe Calderon, Brazil’s
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and
Chile’s Michelle Bachelet, said
Elisabeth Harper, directer gen-
eral of Guyana’s Foreign Min-
istry.

Harper said most of the lead-
ers were expected to attend a
cultural event and ceremonial
dinner with Guyanese President
Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday.

Guyanese President Bharrat
Jagdeo, a Moscow-trained econ-
omist, has “a level of cordiality”
with Chavez and considers him
a “very welcome guest",
Insanally said.

Such kinship marks a turn-

around from Chavez’s first
months in office in 1999, when
he promised to seek redress for
the “injustice” of an 1899 accord
that took away the 61,000-
square mile Essequibo region,
an/area larger than Greece that
is rich in timber, gold and dia-
monds.

A commission of representa-
tives from Venezuela, Britain,
the United States and Russia
drew the boundary of what was
then British Guyana, but
Venezuela says the Americans
and Europeans conspired to
cheat them out of land.

Border skirmishes. have

declined over the last eight
years, but the dispute — cur-



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not forgotten. The uncertainty .
raised by the Venezuelan claim.
hurts Guyana by discouraging
oil companies and others from ..
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THEY call it “Plan B.”

As Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez further tightens
control of the South American
country’s economy, wealthy
Venezuelans who once thought
they could live with his socialist
edicts are turning to their back-
up plan — flight to the United
States, particularly Florida,
according to Associated Press.

Venezuelans have long gob-
bled up condos and pre-con-
struction deals in Florida as



investments, but the latest buy-.
’ ers want homes where they can

live and business properties that
will help them earn a green card.

“First the people who come are
the businessmen in the highest
circles, then the losing politicians,
then the military and then the
professionals,” said Miami-based
immigration attorney Oscar
Levin. “You’re beginning to see
the (Venezuelan) professionals.”

This latest and largest poten-
tial group of emigrants say they
fear the effect Chavez’s socialist
policies will have on the econo-
my and on proposed education-

al reforms that could mirror the
ideologically imbued education
of Chavez ally and mentor,
Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

“There is so much insecurity,
political insecurity, economic
insecurity,” said Venezuelan
Miguel Medina, a business exec-
utive who moved to the Miami
in August. “You don’t know if a
contract you signed today will
be honoured by the government
in the future... This was defi-
nitely. my plan B, but it was time
to do the plan B.”

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the number of Venezuelans liv-
ing in the US doubled to about
160,000, according to the latest
US Census numbers. Nearly half
live in Florida,

But those numbers are decep-
tive.

In 2005, 10,645 Venezuelans
received their green cards allow-
ing them to live in the United
States, almost doubling the 6,222
who received them in 2004,
according to the latest Depart-
ment of Homeland Security sta-
tistics. And another 400,000
Venezuelans came to the United
States in 2005 on business and
tourism visas. It is unclear how
many stayed.

Colombia, with nearly twice
Venezuela’s roughly 27 million
residents, sent the same num-
ber that year.

Anecdotal evidence suggests
even more are seeking to come
here since Chavez’s recent nation-
alization of Venezuela’s largest

telecommunications company

and the electricity sector. The
Venezuelan Congress also recent-
ly gave him special powers to
decree laws for 18 months, and
Chavez is threatening to expro-

_priate supermarkets, stores and

other businesses caught hoarding
food or speculating on prices.

Medina said six family mem-
bers visited him in the last two
months seeking ways to relocate
to the US Unlike previous
cycles, those seeking to leave
and bring their money to the US
now are coming from around
Venezuela, not just from Cara-
cas, said Medina, an account
executive for the credit group
ExpoCredit.

Meanwhile Ralph Gomez,
who heads the Miami area Tow-
er Investments group and has
long specialised in real estate
for South American clients, said
he’s received more than two
dozen calls since the year began
from people interested in com-
ing to the US. Other agents
report a similar spike.

Upper-class Venezuelans and

~ their money flowed out of the

country after Chavez was elected
in 1998 and again when he
quashed an unsuccessful coup
against his government in 2002,
but many professionals still hoped
the climate would remain friend-
ly to business. Then came the lat-
est nationalizations. Chavez still
pledges to maintain a business-

4

MARBELLA Font, left, sits with her daughters, Maria Vales-
ka Nieto, 8, center, and Maria Victoria Nieto, 13, in their home
in Doral, Florida

friendly climate, and analysts say
the government has paid fair mar-
ket prices to nationalize the elec-
tric and phone companies.

Yet, with 17 per cent inflation
pushing the Bolivar to more
than 4,000 per dollar on the
black market, compared to the
official rate of 2,150 Bolivars
per dollar, many Venezuelans
are looking to move their busi-
nesses to the US or to set up a
new one here.

Those who can afford it often
opt for business visas that
require a minimum of a
$500,000 investment in a com-
pany that creates jobs in an
underdeveloped area in the US.

About 33,000 Venezuelans
received some kind of work visa
to come to the US in 2005 -
nearly a quarter of all such visas
for South Americans — com-
pared to about 17,000 in 1999.

Those who come are received
with open arms in Miami, where
their money is welcome and the
Cuban exile community views
Chavez as the next Fidel Cas-
tro. As of 2004, Venezuelans
tied with Germans and Canadi-
ans as the second biggest group
of foreigners purchasing homes
in Florida, according to the
National Association of Real-
tors. Only the British bought
more Florida homes.

But moving to the US, even
for the wealthy, isn’t simple.
Medina moved his family to the
Miami three years ago, but it
took him until last summer to

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

tie up financial ends, obtain a
visa and a job in Florida.

“T would travel back and forth
when I could,” he said. “It was
hard, but I know Iam among ,
the lucky ones.’

And while Venezuelan emi-
grants cite the political and eco-
nomic instability of the country
as their main reasons for leav-



ing, many also talk of rampant |:

and random violence. '

Marbelia Font, 47, and her".

husband landed in Miami in
September from Caracas. to
close on a newly built invest-
ment property. They thought
their two daughters would enjoy '
the brief vacation.

But when two friends were

fatally shot back home.in .
Venezuela, Marbelia and her 13- .

and 8-year-old daughters stayed.
Her husband returned to
Venezuela, hoping to earn a visa
by moving his manufacturing and
construction business to the US.
Font said he has struggled to
obtain necessary legal documents
from the Chavez government.

She now lives in the half-fur-
nished home they’d planned to
rent in Doral, just west of Miam}.
It is decorated only with a pic-
ture of her husband and the girls.
She and her daughters struggle
with loneliness, and she is unable
to work as she waits for the fan
ily’s s visas to come through.

“It is so hard because the girls
were very close to their father,
and now they only see him once
every three months,” she said.
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ennel Club prepares

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THE public has been invited
to-join the Bahamas Kennel
Qlub on Saturday, March 17
aid Sunday March 18 at the
ace Botanical Gardens for
the club’s All Breed Dog Show.

' The annual breed and obedi-
ence show will feature dogs in
the working, sporting, non-
sporting, terrier, toy and herd-
ing*groups.

‘Dogs from the United States,
Cahada and the Bahamas will
be competing for Best in Breed
aiid then Best in Show.

Fhe club said in a statement
that the show is “an excellent
opportunity to meet many
breeds of dogs and learn from
theexperts just what dog might
be best for you and your fami-
viet

“he show is sponsored by
Pedigree Dog Food, and the
club.said Pedigree will be on
hand to provide information on
their. products and explain how
tHis¥:can help dog owners main-
taiirthe health of their pets.

The statement outlined the
characteristics of the various
groups:

°* Dogs in the sporting class
are naturally active and alert.
Sppxting dogs make likeable,
wahl-rounded companions.
Members of the group include
pointers, retrievers, setters and
spaniels. Remarkable for their





instincts in water and woods,
many of these breeds actively
continue to participate in hunt-
ing and other field activities.
Potential owners of sporting
dogs need to realise that most
require regular, invigorating
exercise.

e Most hounds share the
common ancestral trait of being
used for hunting. Some use
acute scenting powers to follow
a trail. Others demonstrate a
phenomenal gift of stamina as
they relentlessly run down quar-
ry. Beyond this, however, gen-
eralisations about hounds are
hard to come by, since the
group encompasses quite a
diverse lot. There are Pharaoh
Hounds, Norwegian Elkhounds,
Afghans and Beagles, among
others. Some hounds share the
distinct ability to produce a
unique sound known as baying.
You'd best sample this sound
before you decide to get a
hound of your own to be sure
it's your cup of tea.

e Dogs in the working group
were bred to perform such jobs
as guarding property, pulling
sleds and performing water res-
cues. “They have been invalu-
able assets to man throughout
the ages. The Doberman Pin-
scher, Siberian Husky and
Great Dane are included in this
group, to name just a few.

Quick to learn, these intelligent,
capable animals make solid
companions. Their considerable
dimensions and strength alone,
however, make many working
dogs unsuitable as'pets for aver-
age families. And again, by
virtue of their size alone, these
dogs must be properly trained.

e Terriers are feisty, energetic
dogs whose sizes range from
fairly small, as in the Norfolk,
Cairn or West Highland White
Terrier, to the grand Airedale
Terrier. Terriers typically have
little tolerance for other ani-
mals, including other dogs.
Their ancestors were bred to
hunt and kill vermin. Many con-
tinue to project the attitude that
they're always eager for a spir-
ited argument. Most terriers
have wiry coats that require spe-
cial grooming known as strip-
ping in order to maintain a char-
acteristic appearance. In gener-
al, they make engaging pets, but
require owners with the deter-
mination to match their dogs'
lively characters.

e The diminutive size and
winsome expressions of toy
dogs illustrate the main func-
tion of this group: to embody
sheer delight. Don't let their
tiny stature fool you, though —
many toys are tough as‘nails. If
you haven't yet experienced the
barking of an angry Chihuahua,

for annual dog show

for example, well, just wait. Toy
dogs will always be popular with
city dwellers and people without
much living space. They make
ideal apartment dogs and ter-
rific lap warmers on nippy
nights.

e Non-sporting dogs are a
diverse group — sturdy animals
with as different personalities
and appearances as the Chow
Chow, Dalmatian, French Bull-
dog, and Keeshond. “Talk
about differences in size, coat,
and visage! Some, like the
Schipperke and Tibetan Spaniel
are uncommon sights in the
average neighborhood. Others,
however, like the Poodle and
Lhasa Apso, have quite a large
following. The statement said
breeds in the non-sporting
group are a varied collection in
terms of size, coat, personality
and overall appearance.

e The herding group, creat-
ed in 1983, is the newest AKC
classification; its members were
formerly members of the work-
ing group. All breeds share the
fabulous ability to control the
movement of other animals. A
remarkable example is the low-
set Corgi, perhaps one foot tall
at the shoulders, that can drive
a herd of cows many times its
size to pasture by leaping and
nipping at their heels. The vast
majority of herding dogs, as

es

B WHYLE Coyote CD RN, owned





by Amanda Meyers, is

entered in the Bahamas Kennel Club's 26th International Dog
Show and Obedience Trials. The show will be held on Saturday,
March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Whyle is entered in open obe-
dience trial and the special class for spayed and neutered dogs,
which will be on both days this year. Entry forms can be picked
up at your local vet. Catalog entries close February 28. The club
invited interested members of the public to contact June Hall at
393-1360 (evenings). There will be free handling classes on Sun-.
day March 4 Sunday March 11 at 3pm in the Botanical Gardens.
The classes are highly recommended for anyone thinking of

entering their dog in the show.

household pets, never cross
paths with a farm animal. Nev-
ertheless, pure instinct prompts
many of these dogs to gently
herd their owners, especially the
children of the family. In gen-
eral, these intelligent dogs make

enters long-delayed trade

excellent companions and
respond beautifully to training
exercises.

e The Tribune will be run-
ning a series of articles in the
build-up to the dog show

deal with United States

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trade agreement with United States during a meeting at the pres-
idéntial palace in Santo Domingo on Thursday

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Santo Domingo

~ THE Dominican Republic
made its long-awaited entry into
a trade accord with the United
States and Central American
nations, leaving Costa Rica as
the only signatory country
where the deal has not taken
effect, according to Associated
Press.
Thursday’s:announcement
came 14 months after the
Central American Free Trade
Act, or CAFTA-DR, was sup-
‘posed to take effect in this
Caribbean country of 9 mil-
lion. The Dominican Repub-
lic’s entry was held up while
lawmakers revised intellectu-
al property laws governing
the pharmaceutical industry
and handled disagreements
over fuel transportation
rights.
“One must remember that 85
per cent of our exports today
go to the US market,” Domini-

can President Leonel Fernan-

palace meeting with US
Ambassador Hans Hertell. “If
we had not become a benefi-
ciary state with preferential
access to this great market ... it
would inhibit the growth of the
free-trade zones we have in our
country.”

Facing increased competition
from China and Vietnam, those
zones have shed about 40,000
jobs — 20 per cent of the total -
in the last three years. The
Dominican Association of Free-
Trade Zones has called the
accord essential to the sector’s
survival, allowing manufacturers
to buy cheaper raw materials

and enjoy expanded access to -

the US market.

Dominicans also hope the
agreement will lower prices on
consumer goods such as food
and make the country more
attractive to foreign investors
looking for access to the US
market.

“We should have had a holi-
day across the country today.

“ 8 Haitians die, 44 missing after boat
catches on fire off Dominican Republic

@.DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo
eo
A-US Coast Guard cutter,

iwc'airplanes and a helicopter

weré searching the waters off
ihe Dominican Republic for
survivors after a boat carrying

Haitian migrants caught fire,

kifling at least eight passengers

and leaving 44 missing, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

The boat was traveling from
the northern Haitian town of
Cap-Haitien to the Turks and
Caicos when it caught fire about
23.rniles north of the Dominican
Republic, U.S. Coast Guard
spokesman Petty Officer Bar-

Haiti to

a -HAITI
P6rt-au-Prince

WAITI’S government will
investigate whether diplomats
at"the country’s embassy in
France are selling fake or forged
passports to African nationals,
theforeign minister said,
ucterding to Associated Press.

'

ry Bena said Thursday.

Two migrants were pulled
from the water Wednesday and
brought to a hospital in Monte-
cristi on the Dominican Repub-
lic’s north coast.

It appeared the migrants had
been in the water for at least a
day when they were spotted by
a US yacht cruising from Pana-
ma, said Capt. Jose Antonio
Carrero, commander of the
Dominican Navy’s northern
operations.

"They found just the two peo-
ple, not the boat, not anything,”
Carrero said.

The rescued pair — a 27-year-
old man named Kenson

Loucien and a 23-year-old
woman whose name was
unknown — were being treated
Thursday for first-degree burns
and dehydration, Dr Maria Bel-
liard said.

Eight passengers were found
dead in the Atlantic Ocean.

Authorities did not know
when the blaze occurred, when
the ship set sail or what caused
the fire.

Bena said a helicopter, two
airplanes and a Coast Guard
cutter were involved in the
search for survivors. A Domini-
can Navy ship assisted in res-
cue efforts Wednesday.

Thousands of Haitians take

to the sea on flimsy boats each
year, heading north toward
Florida to escape grinding
poverty and frequent political
turmoil in the Western Hemi-
sphere’s poorest country. Near-
ly all are intercepted and repa-
triated to their homeland,
where the vast majority of the
nation’s 8 million people lives
on less than US$1 a day.

’ The number of boat migrants
increased after a 2004 revolt
toppled then-president Jean-
Bertrand Aristide, sending the
economy into a tailspin and
touching off a bloody wave of
street violence.

investigate alleged sale of
fake passports to African nationals

Haitian Senator Anacacis
Jean Hector alleged this week
in local media that passports
were being sold from the Paris
embassy for as much as
US$7,926 each, raising ques-
tions about the impoverished
Caribbean nation’s security.

Hector, a member of Presi-
dent Rene Preval’s Lespwa par-

ty, said some of the fake docu-
ments were sold to African
nationals, although he refused
to offer evidence. He did not
say how learned of the alleged
sales or provide further infor-
mation.

Appearing before legislators
Wednesday, Foreign Minister
Jean Reynald Clerisme

promised to investigate but said
he doubted the charge was true
since passports aren’t produced
at the Paris embassy. .

This is the latest corruption
allegation against Haitian diplo-
mats. Last year, the consul in
Barahona, Dominican Repub-
lic, was fired for selling entry
visas.

This’ is‘ what biSifesses Rad”

been awaiting for months,” Luis
Nunez, a business association
president in the central city of
Santiago, told the online news-
paper Clave Digital. as

Critics of the agreement said
they would be closely monitor-
ing wages, the country’s textile
sector and public access to med-
icine as the new rules take
effect.

“The countries that are
already under those CAFTA
rules have been losing jobs and
losing their US exports,” said
Todd Tucker, research director

for Public Citizen’s Global »
Trade Watch in Washington.
“The early results aren’t
promising.”

Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and El Salvador pre-
viously entered the agreement,
part of a US push to boost US
exports worldwide.

But resistance to the accord
has continued in Costa Rica,
where tens of thousands
marched on Monday through
the capital San Jose to
denounce the agreement as
harmful to local businesses and
farmers.

















Pinder’s Funeral Home

“Service Beyond Measure”

PALMDALE AVENUE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
PHONE: 322-4570/ 393-1351 ¢ CELL: 357-3617

RANNIE PINDER President
aU Te ea ee CLS

DAVID GEORGE

of Doweswell St.
will be held at the
Grave
Bb: fe) Ze Fr
Cemetery, Shirley
Street on Monday,
March 5th, 2007 at 4pm. Rev Charles
Sweeting Officiating.

He is survived by his two brothers,
Basil and Jack Russell; three sisters,
Betty Roberts, Pamela Nut and Vicky
Sweeting; one aunt; Louise Albury;
numerous nieces and nephews,
cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being
handled by Pinder’s Funeral Home,
Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale.

RUSSELL, 66




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NASSAU

Dinner for BTC wholesaler

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Hi BTC Wholesaler’s
Dinner Party was held on
Friday, February 23 at
the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel.
Wholesalers from
Bimini, Grand Bahama,
Abaco, and Exuma came
together as BIC showed
their appreciation for
partnerships since 2001.
BTC-licensed
wholesalers are located
all over the Bahamas.
This event was organised
by the distribution
channel of the marketing
department of BTC,
which is led by Jenny
Curry (aka Flora). She
says that.the distribution
channel team is the
“engine that fuels BTC.”
The Pyfrom Quads — the
first and the only
quadruplets on record in
the Bahamas — welcomed
the guests as they arrived
at the dinner party. From
left to right are:
Christina, Jodi, BTC.
president and CEO Leon
Williams, Janelle and
Catherine.



1. BTC wholesaler from Bimini Sue Dun-
combe receiving an award from Marlon
Johnson, recently appointed vice-presi-
dent of marketing and sales at BTC.



2. Felicity Johnson, vice-president of
legal affairs, and Kenny Knowles of BTC
marketing doing their thing

3. Traves Johnson, representing
wholesaler Edmund Ellis from Bimini,
and Michael Bethel receiving a gift as
Wholesaler of the Year, 2006.





9, Sharon Symonette of
Computer General, a BTC
wholesaler, receiving her gift
from Mr Alex Reckley, a BTC
board member.

10. BIC staff from Grand





Bahama Latesha Lord and
Lynette Turnquest along with
Tera McKenzie and Kesha
Franks from the BTC Abaco
office.

11. BITC wholesalers from





. Mrs-Norma and Mr Stephen

4. BTC’s Central Telegraph
Office (CTO) staff: Elizabeth
Darville, Fox Hill Station;
Charmine Curling, Shirley
Street CTO; Karen Marsh,
Marathon Mall; Janet Cooper,
Shirley Street; and Portia
Cooper, Marathon Mall CTO.

5. BTC characters: Earl] and
Flora. Earl making a
statement as he is unable to
find Flora

6. Picture shows Joanne
Pyfrom, mother of the Pyfrom
Quads; Rose Mui, her brother
Joe Mui and their mother Mrs
Chen Yuelan Mui, owners of
Lucky Food Store Number
Two on Market Street.

7. Jenny (Flora) Curry,
responsible for the
distribution channel and

this event is seen here giving
the vote of thanks. Ms Curry
is speaking about her boss
Ms Janet Brown, who

with her team was responsible
for the recent marketing

job at BTC. Ms Curry
described Ms Brown as

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New Providence wholesaler

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-B ANTHONY ‘Determined’ Osbourne (left) takes on Elkena ‘Punisher’ Saunders

â„¢ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

Nid

* rounds for the first time, Elke-
na ‘the Punisher’ Saunders is
thinking hard about the -chal-
- lenge of taking on Jermaine
‘Choo Choo’ Mackey for his
Bahamas super middleweight
title.

In a gut-wrenching perfor-
mance on Thursday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium,

*<; AFTER going a full ten

Saunders had to hang on for his
life as he traded punches round
for round against Jamaican
Anthony Osbourne.

After the First Class Promo-
tions’ co-main event bout, Saun-
ders said he did exactly what he
had planned to do.

“I think I did quite well in
that fight. Everything went as
planned. I tried not to waste too
many shots,” he stated. “I tried
to take sensible shots and not
waste them.

off due to blood
pressure of opponent

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

JERMAINE ‘Choo Choo’
Mackey watched as his child-
hood friend and former spar-
ring partner Elkena ‘Punisher’
Saunders proved a point. But
when it was his opportunity, the
Bahamas super middleweight
‘champion was left standing all
alone in the ring.

American Rodriquez Moun-

go never made it out of the

dressing room at the Kendal
Isaacs Isaacs Gymnasium for
the First Class Promotions’
main event bout, leaving many
fans disgusted as Mackey wait-
ed patiently.

After a lengthy delay, reports
from the organisers and the
Bahamas Boxing Commission
" revealed that Moungo was suf-
fering from high blood pressure,
which was elevated from
Wednesday when he arrived in
town.

“We have to look out for the
safety of the boxers,” said First
Class promoter Michelle Minus.
“The physicians said before he
stepped in the ring, they wanted
to check his pressure again for
precautionary measures.

“T believe in the physicians.
They are the medical persons

‘

and they should know better.
His blood pressure was 173 over

143. So they would not allow .

him to step in the ring with his
blood pressure elevated that
much.”

Minus apologized to the fans,
many of whom voiced their
anger and called for First Class.
to refund their tickets, saying
they had been “tricked” into a
match that was “never going to
come off”.

Mackey said he eagerly wait-
ed for the verdict from the doc-
tors because he was just as con-
cerned about Moungo’s safety.

“I don’t know what happened
to him, but boxing is a very seri-
ous business,” Mackey said . “I
don’t know if he got scared, I
can’t say.

“But the doctors told me that
his pressure was very high and
they needed to monitor it
before they make a decision. I
was prepared for whatever deci-
sion they make.”

As he waited for his chance
to get in the ring, Mackey was
seen near the locker room
watching Saunders as he pulled
off a hard-fought 10-round deci-
sion over Jamaican Anthony
Osbourne in the co-main event.

SEE page

“I wanted and needed to go

ten rounds to impress the judges

and the fans to let them know if
I’m going to be able to chal-
lenge Jermaine Mackey, I had
to go ten rounds.”

Winded throughout the fight
- his first scheduled past six
rounds - Saunders gave a lot of
credit to his corner, inclusive of
Ray and Renaldo Minus and
Sonny Boy Rahming, for push-
ing him to the limit.

challenge against Mackey,.
Saunders admitted that ‘it is a
“big step upmiiicorny svi
“Osbourne was a great fight-
er, I’m not going to take. any-

thing away from him, but Choo

Choo is a much more active
fighter and he keep coming,”.
Mackey pointed out.

“Choo Choo: keep coming
and throwing: punches repeat-
edly, so that’s something I have
to work on, being able to make
him miss and counter-punch



him. Choo Choo is a great fight-

er and if First-Class Promotions i;
‘and the Bahamas Boxing Com-

mission allows it, it will be a
great fight.” ,

First Class Promotions’ pro-
moter Michelle Minus has indi-
cated that Saunders did what
he had to do. He went out and
proved that he can fight ten
rounds. ey’

She also noted that they
would be happy to. promote the
fight, but the final decision rest



in the hands of the Bahamas
Boxing Commission, which will
have to sanction it.

Commission chairman Dr
Norman Gay said: ‘He’s gone
ten rounds, which teaches him
that he can do ten rounds. But
he now have to work on taking
his man out.” ,

He declined to say whether
or not they would approve the
fight between Saunders and
Mackey for the Bahamas super
middleweight crown.

Bahamians prevail in boxing

_ Show against Jamaicans

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

CLIFTON ‘the Hanger’
Lewis probably wished he had
not come to the Bahamas to
take on Damian ‘the Blade’
Tinker. He will definitely have
a lot to reminisce on during the
long flight back to Jamaica.

Tinker was a thorn on
Lewis’ side as he bruised and
battered him for one and a half
rounds, before he had no other
choice but to call it quits two
minutes and 24 seconds in the
second round.

On the undercard of First
Class Promotion’s professional
boxing show on Thursday night
at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um, Tinker said he was confi-
dent of another victim even
before he stepped in the ring.

“Before we stepped out
there, I could see the fright in
his face,” Tinker reflected. “I
know | was going to stop him.
He wasn’t ready when he came
out.

“T was really trying to put
him to sleep, but he was really
strong.” a

Tinker was quick to the draw
as he threw a series of combi-
nations that had Lewis duck-

(
\

ing and dodging for most of the
first round. At the end of the
round, Lewis got saved by the
bell with another flurry.

But in the second round,

. Lewis still visibly shaken up
from the blows he received
from the first, caught a couple
more vicious body shots from
Tinker.

This time, Tinker turned his
back on Lewis, who was gasp-
ing for air as the fight was halt-
ed.

“I knew that was it,” Lewis
said. “He couldn’t take it any-
more.”

In another Bahamas versus
Jamaica match-up, Ryan ‘Big
Youth’ McKenzie used his
height to out-punch Patrick
‘the Cutlass’ Taylor for a four-
round unanimous decision.

Both fighters traded blows
throughout the match, but
McKenzie landed more accu-
rate shots which had Taylor
staggering a couple of times
and holding on as he went on
to secure the win.

“Because of my job, I wasn’t
able to train that much,”
McKenzie said. “I just decid-
ed to give it my best every
time. But he was a good fight-
er. | just wasn’t on my best.

“T was frustrated with him -

holding me so much. This is
boxing. Let’s box. Let's just
show the skills. But it was still a
good fight. The next time you'll
see me, I will be a whole lot
better.”

McKenzie said he was
pleased to get in his first inter-
national fight, but he has
vowed to be successful in more
of his fights in the future.

Also on the undercard, Wil-
son ‘Kid Wonder’ Theophile
took his frustration out of his
last loss on his comeback trail
by stopping Anthony ‘the Kid’
Drummit in three rounds.

Theophile, back in action
this year after he suffered a
broken jaw against Jerome ‘the
Bahamian Bronze Bomber’
Ellis three years ago, had a
chance to put Drummit down
from the first round.

“I just wanted to put in the
work. I was training in the gym
and I’m in good shape,”
Theophile stated. “I could have
stopped him in the first round,
but I just went out there to put
in the work.

“T hurt him in the first round
with a body shot and that took
his nerve. He didn’t want to
continue anymore. I’m just

\
‘

glad that he didn’t want to con-
tinue to fight.”

Drummit, who has lost three
of his four fights, was com-
plaining of a shoulder injury
from the first round and never
really mounted any challenge
for Theophile.

In fact, in the second round,
he took a series of blows from
Theophile, knelt on one knee,
took an eight-count and reluc-
tantly continued to fight.

At the break, his cornerman
Stevie ‘the Heat’ Larrimore
urged him to “go one more
round,” but it was obviously
that Drummit was not pre-
pared.

After absorbing another
series of blows, Drummit knelt
again, took the eight count, but
this time he didn’t get up to
fight as referee Matthew Rolle
called it off one minute and 45
seconds in the round.

Theophile was scheduled to
take on Aplachino ‘the Banger’
Allen, but Allen was a “no
show.” Asked if he was disap-
pointed, Theophile said yes,
but he was also glad because
“IT needed to get in some more
work.”

See page 2B


~-

PAGE 2B, SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007 __

“ODORS



TENNIS

KNOWLES/NESTOR OUSTED

MARK Knowles and Daniel Nestor were ousted in the semi-
final of the Dubai Men’s Open Tennis Tournament yesterday.
The top seeded team tumbled to the No 3 seeded team of F San-
toro and Nemad Zimonjic 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. It was the third tour-
nament for the year that Knowles and Nestor got knocked out in
the semis. The previous two were at the Australian Open and
Doha. Knowles and Nestor also played in the final of Sydney and
Marseille.

TENNIS

WORLD JR/JR. DAVIS CUP TEAMS

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has announced the
names of the players selected to represent the Bahamas in both
the World Junior and the Junior Davis Cup teams this month.

The World Jr team will compete in Guatamela. The team
coached by John Antonas, will comprise of the following: Boys
- Johnathan Taylor, Kevin Major Jr and Brezille Hamilton. Girls
- Simone Pratt, Danielle Thompson and Chelsea Russell.

The Junior Davis Cup team, coached by Kim Cartwright, will;
play in El Salvador. The team will comprise of Rodney Carey, }
Justin Lunn, Ricardo Demeritte, Kerri Cartwright, Kalotina
Klonaris and Elanqua Griffin. i

Today, from 9.30am-—Spm, the BLTA will have a fun day at the , }
National Tennis Centre. The event will serve a a fundraiser for . |
the teams’ expenses. :

TRACK

CARIFTA TRIALS DEADLINE

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Association will hold its
Carifta trials from March 23-24 at the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium, starting at Spm and 11am respective-
ly. The entry deadline is set for Friday, March 9 at 4pm. For fur-
ther information and registration, persons are urged to contact
325-4433 or 323-5863.

BASKETBALL

NPBA ACTION ; ;

The New Providence Basketball Association will play a dou-
ble header at the CI Gibson Gymnasium tonight. In the opener, :
the Coke Explorers will take on the Millennium Jammers andin
the 8.15pm feature contest, the Commonwealth Bank Giants ;
will battle the Sunshine Auto Ruffryders.

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automatically for

Alana Dillette has become
the first Bahamian woman in
swimming to achieve an ‘A’
automatic qualifying time for

the US National Collegiate’

. Athletics Association (NCAA)
individual championships.
Alana, a 19-year-old sopho-
more student at Auburn Uni-
versity, swam personal best
times at the James E Martin
Qualifier Meet at the James E
Martin Aquatic Center, Auburn
University on Saturday Febru-
ary 24, making the NCAA ‘A’
time in the 100m backstroke in
52.1 seconds and the ‘B’ time
in the 100m freestyle in 50.4 sec-
onds.
The Bahamian swimming
standout’s ‘A’ time in the 100m
backstroke is an automatic qual-

ifying time for the NCAA
Women’s Swimming Champi-
onships scheduled for March
8-10 in Minneapolis, Minneso-

ta.

The Bishop Michael Eldon
Anglican High and St
Andrew’s School alumnus is
now ranked at number 10 for
100m backstroke in the entire
NCAA Division 1. Presently
she is ranked as second in the

50m back, third in the 100m.
’ back, fifth in the 50m free and

fourth in the 100m free on the
Auburn University women’s
swim team.

She said: “I have worked real-
ly hard this season to concen-
trate on both my academics and
breaking through to-the times
that Bahamas swimming is

going to need to compete at the
Olympic level and I am just
really excited about making
these times and I’m really look-
ing forward to the Pan Ams this,
summer and swimming next
year with Auburn.”

‘Alana’s local coach, Andy

Knowles, said: “We’re all so

pleased for Alana. She has
been consistently swimming
personal best times all season
competing for Auburn Univer-
sity. And now this. break-
through means she is right on
track to qualify for Beijing in
2008. Way to go, Alana!”
Alana was a member of the

Championship Auburn Swim °

Team at the SEC Swimming
Championships held recently in
Lexington, Kentucky. At this

college championships

meet she swam best times in the
100m and 200m backstrokes, as
well as the 100m and 200m
freestyle.

Auburn University swim
team is the defending NCAA
Women and Men’s Champions
and will be defending their titles
at the upcoming NCAA cham-
pionships.

Alana balances her swimming
with her studies towards a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Hotel and Tourism Manage-
ment.

Following the NCAA swim-
ming season she will continue
to focus her training towards
the upcoming Pan Am Games
in July and qualifying for the
Beijing Olympics in her selected
events.

CR Walker Knights clear up at championships

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE CR Walker Knights
polished off the Government
Secondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation’s Senior High trophy
that they will display for the
next year as the champions of
the 14th year of the meet.

The Knights outshone six
other schools to clinch the title
by 149 points as they dominated
the two-day. meet at the
Thomas A Robinson Track and
Field Stadium; winning an
unprecedented four divisions in
the process.

“It was outstanding,” was

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how CR Walker’s coach Floyd
Armbrister summed up their
four-straight feat. “The majori-
ty of our athletes were made up
of junior athletes.

“So it says a lot about our
programme and it says a lot
about the coaches that. have
helped to make this a vibrant
programme in track and field.”

Armbrister admitted that
while the principal, staff and
teachers made ‘their contribu-
tion, he have to tip his hat off to
the many coaches outside of
theifSchool system who made a
significant impact on their ath-
letesiisu :

“Tt says a lot for our school
and our programme,” Armbris-
ter said.

There were so many ways in
which the Knights managed to
outshine their rivals as they won
in each of the four categories
by a considerable margin.

When CR Walker didn’t win
an event, they were either sec-
ond or third. But they made
sure that they had at least two
athletes in nearly every event,
scoring points when some of the
other schools failed to enter an
athlete.

CR Walker even picked up
one of the two records posted
on the final day of competition.

Their record breaker was
Lashae Bailey in the interme-
diate girls’ triple jump. She
soared 11.14 metres to surpass
the previous mark of 10.86 that
was set by Krystal Ellis.

The other record perfor-
mance came from CC Sweet-
ing’s Vernal McIntosh in the
senior boys’ pole vault. He
cleared 3.05 metres to replace



BS

SS
MSKYE Collie from CR
Walker winning the 100m
finals Soe.

Roosevelt McKinney’s old
mark of 3.05.

Track

No records were established
on the track, but CR Walker
made their presence felt there.

In the intermediate girls divi-
sion, Antonya Knowles (26.27)
turned the tables on 100 metre
champion Skye Collie (26.29)
to post a 1-2 finish for the
Knights in the 200.

CR Walker completed a
sweep of all of the sprints and
the short middle distance races
as Glendia Dean posted the vic-
tory in the 800m in 2:23.33.

They also claimed the 300m
hurdles as Ivanique Kemp
clocked 48.30 to beat out her
team-mate Audra Johnson, who
did 50.70 for second.

In the senior girls division,
Government High’s Iesha
White emerged as the fastest
competitor as she doubled up
in the 200m in 25.53 over her
team-mate Alicia Rahming
(26.29).

CR Walker, however, cap-
tured the 800m as Ashley Han-
na ran 2:39.06. for the win.

CC Sweeting’s Andrea
Bethel was the winner of the
400m hurdles.in 1:06.69... .

In the intermediate boys divi-
sion, CR Walker’s Omar Moss
avenged his loss in the 100 by
winning the 200m in 23.10 over
Dame Doris Johnson’s Dentri
Moss (23.36).

CR Walker also took the
800m with Renaldo Gibson win-
ning in 2:09.49. Gibson also
posted a.double as he ran the
3,000m in 10:22.68.

CC Sweeting’s Jonas Anestal
stopped the Knights’ reign by
running 1:02.45 in the 400m hur-
dles.

And in the senior boys divi-
sion, Samuel Key (22.74) of Cl
Gibson out-ran CV Bethel’s
Sherman Ferguson (22.90), the
century champion, in the 200m.

But CR Walker’s Kenard
Thomas was the toast of the day
as he won the 800m in 2:08.94
and the 5,000m in 18:35.25.

Dame Doris Johnson also got
some of the spotlight as Dadron
Wilson captured the 400 hur-
dles in 58.65 and Wadner Blaise
took the 3,000m steplechase in
11:45.08.

Here’s a look at the results of the Government Secondary Schools Sports
Association’s 14th Senior High Schools Track and Field Championships that
was concluded yesterday at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

Overall Winners.

Schools
CR Walker Knights

Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins .

CC Sweeting Cobras

RM Bailey Pacers

Cl Gibson Rattlers

CV Bethel Stingrays
Government High Magics

Intermediate Girls Division
CR Walker Knights

CC Sweeting Cobras

RM Bailey Pacers

Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 71

Cl-Gibson Rattlers
Government High Magics
CV Bethel Stingrays

Senior Girls Division

CR Walker Knights
Government High Magics

FROM page one

The show didn’t go without a comedy bout and
it came between Hensley ‘the Bruiser’ Strachan
and Anthony ‘Psycho’ Woods. In the end, Strachan

was awarded the decision.

Throughout the four rounds, Woods was the
aggressor, but the flat footed and shorter Stra-
chan eventually caught up with him and he landed
a number of shots that rocked Woods.

They eventually tangled in a couple of brawls,

but Strachan got the edge.

“Tt was good. He was a good fighter,” said Stra-
chan, who thanked God for the opportunity to
get in the fight. “I thought he was going to throw
a lot more fights, but he didn’t hurt me.”

Strachan, who celebrated his 22 nd birthday,
said he now want to avenge his only loss to Tinker.

i

CC Sweeting Cobras
CV Bethel Stingrays

124
70.50

Points Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 61
665.50 RM Bailey Pacers 55.50
420.50 Cl Gibson Rattlers 44
410
327 Intermediate Boys Division
320 CR Walker Knights 159.5
296 Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 144
292 RM Bailey Pacers : 111.50
Cl Gibson Rattlers 106
CV Bethel Stingrays 84
183 CC Sweeting Cobras 69
135 Government High Magics 13
90
Senior Boys Division
71 CR Walker Knights 165
52 Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins 144.50
44 Cl Gibson Rattlers 99
CV Bethel Stingrays 97.50
CC Sweeting Cobras 82
158 Government High Magics 73
154 RM Bailey Pacers 70

FROM page one

At the same time, Jerome ‘the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber’ Ellis, the Bahamas junior mid-
dleweight champion, was issuing a challenge to

fight Mackey for both his super middleweight

and World Boxing Council’s CABOFE cham-
pionship titles.

“I'm not going to back down from any fighter
who wants to fight me,” Mackey said. “I know
we have a full schedule for this year alone, so just

to take somebody and push them in there just

title.”

because they are running their mouth off, I don’t
know if that can happen. I have a schedule and
I'm going to stick with it.”

Mackey said he had a lot of respect for Ellis,
but “if he come in my way, I will defend my


COLLEGE BASKETBALL
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BIGGER THAN TEXAS: Kevin Durant
ales NBA teams ready to pounce.

‘Kevin Durant,
just a freshman,
stuns the world

BY TIM COWLISHAW
~The Dallas Morning News x

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. behind press row at the Erwin Center, .
“and it wasn’t to bid Texas guard Craig —

’ ‘Winder goodbye on Senior Night.

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ics once he finishés tearing them to
the ground, : a process that appear fe
- be nearing completion.

_ Depending upon how the iovery
balls pounce, Durant could be the cor-
-nerstone for the restoration of the -

_ NBA’s greatest franchise.

Although Durant was content to let

freshman teammates DJ. Augustin

_and Damion James share much of the ©

spotlight, he still finished with 30 _
/ points and 16 rebounds in the Long- _
horns’ biggest victory of the season.

_ There are all kinds of superlatives —

"you can toss in the direction ofa —

ay who is averaging 24.9 points

a 1L5 rebounds per game.

‘Here is the primary one:

‘Inthe past 25 years, only eight
(es have ranked in the nation’s
_ top five in scoring and rebounding, as
Durant currently does.

Most came from small confer-
ences. None was a sophomore, let

"alone a freshman.

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“team All-America honors was Louisi-
ana State’s Chris Jackson, 18 years _
ago. The guard who would later
_ become known as Mahmoud Abdul-

_ Rauf was a scoring. machine.

2 “Durant i is a scoring and rebound-

ing machine, and he’s not a bad ball-






handler or passer for someone who is

o feet 9 and 225 pounds.
No freshman ever has been named

- national Player of the Year. Durant, at

the very least, is in the hunt.

He has put up phenomenal num- »

bers despite playing a game that com-

plements his Longhorns teammates.
Heis, in fact, more unselfish than he
has areason to be..

In addition, Texas coach Rick
- Barnes almost goes out of his way not
_to get Durant the ball. Why does

_ Durant spend so much time down in
the post, where double teams can take
him out of the offense?

In Big 12 play, Durant is a 48 per-
cent shooter. From 3-point range.

Get him the ball 22 feet from the
basket, and then clear out. Or run the
screen-and-roll. with Augustin, the tal-
ented freshman point guard.

Those are the simplest methods to
get Durant to pile up the numbers and
get Texas to pile up the victories, and
Barnes has the Longhorns (22-7)
doing a whole lot of neither one.

‘When Texas had the final shot of
the first overtime, Durant never even
touched the ball before A.J. Abrams
threw up a wild, running shot.

_ Maybe Barnes is trying to hold
down Durant’s numbers to keep him
around for another year.

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| SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007

BY PAT GRAHAM
Associated Press
DENVER — Quarterback Jake
Plummer’s status with the Denver
Broncos was in limbo on Friday.
Plummer, who lost his starting
job last season, reportedly would
rather retire than accept a trade to
Tampa Bay, the NFL Network and
other media sources
reported Friday afternoon.
The Broncos and the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
reportedly had worked out
an agreement that would
send Plummer to the Buccaneers
for a middle-round NFL Draft pick.
But Plummer, who has three
years left on his contract and is due
$5.3 million in 2007, reportedly is
balking at the possible trade.
Plummer, who is 32, and his
agent, David Dunn, didn’t return

SHAQ TO THE RESCUE: Heat center Shaquille O’Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds Friday
against the Pistons, and his go-ahead dunk in the final minute capped a furious finish.













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Plummer balks at talk of trade

phone calls placed by The Associ-
ated Press. Broncos spokesman Jim
Saccomano said he couldn’t con-
firm that a possible deal for Plum-
mer was in place.

“We'll make the announcement
as promptly as we can once we
receive word,” he said. ~

Had: Plummer accepted the
trade, he would have chal-
lenged Tampa Bay’s Chris
Simms for' the starting job.

Plummer struggled all
last season, finally losing his
starting job to rookie Jay

Cutler with five games left to play.

It was a fast fall for Plummer, who
led the team to the AFC Champi-
onship Game in 2005, when he
threw for 3,366 yards, 18 touch-
downs and just seven interceptions
while making the.Pro Bowl. He
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Plummer posted a record of

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40-18 as Denver’s starter, including
a 1-3 mark in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Broncos lost
free-agent defensive end Patrick
Chukwurah to Tampa Bay, as he
agreed to a five-year, $5.5 million
deal. Chukwurah will be paired
again with Larry Coyer, who was
fired as Denver’s defensive coordi-
nator in January and then hired as
Tampa Bay’s defensive-line coach.
. “It’s a comfort level for him,”
Chukwurah’s agent, Ron. Slavin,
said. “He’s excited to go there.”

The Broncos reportedly were
close to a deal with tight end Dan-
iel Graham, who played for the
New England Patriots last season.
But Graham’s agent, Jack Mills,
said that was not the case.

“He still has visits with Oakland
and Seattle,” Mills said.

e NFL REPORT

PRO BASKETBALL | MIAMI 85, DETROIT 82

One great escape



Ahead by 22 points,
Heat barely survives
a Pistons comeback

BY STEVEN WINE
Associated Press

MIAMI — Shaquille O’Neal helped the
Miami Heat build a 22-point lead. And when
they blew it, he delivered the go-ahead dunk in -
the final minute to beat the Detroit Pistons.

O’Neal had 31 points and 15 rebounds, both
season highs, and the Heat earned their most
impressive victory yet since los-
ing Dwyane Wade, edging
Detroit 85-82 on Friday night.

The Pistons rallied from a
50-28 deficit to take their first
lead with 3:14 left. But O’Neal’s
dunk with 36 seconds to go put
the Heat ahead to stay, 82-80.

Detroit missed three 3-point
attempts in the final 20 seconds
that would have tied the game.
One of those shots was by Chauncey Billups,
who finished just 2-for-14 from the field. Billups
missed ll consecutive shots before scoring his
first basket with 5 minutes left.

_ Antoine Walker scored 22 points for the
Heat. Tayshaun Prince had 22 and Richard
Hamilton added 20 for the Pistons, who failed to
overcome a season-low 31 points in the first half.

The Heat improved to 3-2 since Wade was
sidelined with a dislocated left shoulder.
Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace missed the game
with a sprained left foot.

By taking the rematch of last year’s Eastern
Conference finals, the Heat extended their sea-
son-high home winning streak to eight games.

Jason Kapono went 1-for-7 from the field for
the Heat. He missed twice late in the fourth
quarter, and the Pistons answered each time.
The second basket was a fast-break layup by
Prince to give the Pistons their first lead, 74-73.

Antonio McDyess made two free throws for
the Pistons with 56 seconds left to play, knotting
the score at 80. Walker then drove through the
lane, and, when his left-handed hook missed,
O’Neal was there with his dunk follow.





Associated Press

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Clem
Labine, a standout relief pitcher
and part-time starter for two
World Series championship teams
with the Dodgers in the 1950s, died

’ Friday. He was 80.

Labine had been in a coma for
more than a week after brain sur-
gery to explore a mass in his head.

“I always thought Clem would
have had a great career as a start-
ing pitcher,” former teammate Carl
Erskine said. “But he told me, ‘I
didn’t want to start. I liked the
pressure of coming into the game
with everything on the line.’ ”

Born Aug. 6, 1926, in Lincoln,
R.I., Labine spent 13 seasons in the
major leagues, mostly as a bullpen
specialist with the Dodgers — first
in Brooklyn and then in Los Ange-
les. He also pitched for the Detroit

BASEBALL | CLEM LABINE: 1926 - 2007

Former Dodgers great Clem Labine dies at 80

Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates,
and briefly for the New York Mets.
Labine’s best season was with
Brooklyn in 1955, when he led the
league with 60 appearances and
went 13-5, with 10 victories and
11 saves out of the bullpen. The
Dodgers captured their first World
Series title that year, with Labine
winning Game 4 with 41 innings
of relief and coming back the next
day to pitch three more innings
and save Game 5. That season,
Labine went 3-for-31 at bat, and all
three of his hits were home runs.
Labine led the league in saves
each of the next two seasons, with
19 in 1956 and 17 in 1957, making the
All-Star team both years. Relying
on wicked curveballs and sinkers,
he had uncanny success against
Stan Musial, retiring the Hall of
Famer 49 consecutive times.



Series in 1959. He was dealt to the
Tigers and then on to Pittsburgh in
1960 and went 3-0, with a 1.48 ERA,
for the world champion Pirates.
After one more season with the
Pirates, Labine was drafted by the
expansion Mets in 1962. He
appeared in just three games
before retiring and returning to
Rhode Island as‘a partner in a com-
pany that manufactured golf
clothes and other sportswear.
Labine was a central character
in The Boys of Summer, Roger
Kahn’s book of reminiscences with
the old Dodgers. The book told of

APFILEPHOTO,1958 how Labine’s son Jay lost a leg
A CHAMP RELIEVER: Clem Labine. when he stepped on a land mine

during the Vietnam War.

Labine accompanied the Dodg-
ers on the move from Brooklyn to
Los Angeles in 1958 and was with
the team when it won the World

Labine: won 77 games and lost
56 in his 13 seasons (1950-62), sav-
ing 96 and posting an ERA of 4.04.


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Expanding the field won't solve the problems

BY BOBBI ROQUEMORE
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The idea of expanding the
NCAA Tournament was rejected so
profoundly by the men’s basketball .
committee last summer that it’s a

: wonder why it was suggested in the
first place.

The two proposals, one featuring a
gargantuan, 128-team field anda
modest offer of adding fewer than
eight teams for the play-in level, were
voted down because of the NCAA’s
interest in “sustaining the quality of
the tournament.”

Yet the quality of potential tourna-
ment teams is rising quicker than
expected. The NBA’s new policy sent
an influx of talent back to the college
game, strengthening more of the
high-major programs. Mid-majors, '
already upgrading their schedules as

a method of gaining more postseason ©

invitations, also will begin to see
recruits in the bottom of the first tier
now choosing their schools and have
their value enhanced, too.

So tough decisions regarding who
gets in the tournament and who
doesn’t are only going to get tougher.



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TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED: Thad Matta and his Ohio State team are
preparing for the annual onslaught of those upset-minded upstarts.

work, and it needs to be revised.
Yet there is a chorus is just as

going too far to solve what he sees as
a limited problem.

And the howling from the coaches

and the pundits will begin right

around Selection Sunday and con-

tinue through the Final Four.

The system, they'll say, doesn’t



COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Southern Hlinois oaks
12th victory in a row;
Penn clinches first bid

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Rather than worry about
the NCAA Tournament selec-

tion process, Southern Illinois

sticks to what it can control.

Jamaal Tatum and Matt
Shaw had 19 points apiece Fri-
day afternoon, and the No. ll
Salukis won their 12th game in
a row, 71-59 over Drake in the

* quarterfinals of the Missouri
Valley Conference tourna-
ment, played in St. Louis. That
gives them another chance to
build their résumé.

“We're talking about who
we’re playing tomorrow,”
Salukis coach Chris Lowery
said. “We have to focus and
not allow ourselves to panic.

“Once you [panic], you
start tightening up, worrying
about where you’re going to
be seeded instead of winning
the game.”

Shaw was 10-for-ll from the

. line and Tony Young had 17
points and four assists for the
top-seeded Salukis (26-5), who
beat Drake (17-15) for the third
time this season and the 17th
consecutive time in the series.
The Bulldogs committed a
season-high 22 turnovers.

“They don’t stop coming at
you — they’re always there,”
Drake’s Klayton Korver said.
“You might get an open shot,
but you’re so used to having a
guy right there that at times
you rush it a little bit.”

Southern Illinois will play
Bradley (21-11) today in the
semifinals. Bradley beat
Northern Iowa 51-48.

The Salukis are fifth in the
latest RPI rankings, leading to
speculation about a possible
No. 2 NCAA seed. But Drake
coach Tom Davis said he
doubted that it would be that
high because of the confer-
ence’s lower profile.

“I don’t think there’s any
question — you can sense the
media’s skepticism of leagues
like the Valley,” Davis said.
“So you’re going to sense that
same thing when you're talk-
ing about the seeding. I don’t
think they should even worry
about it, to be honest.”

Korver had 14 points and
Ajay Calvin 12 for Drake,
which wrapped up its first
winning season in 20 years.

Southern Illinois led by as
much as 17 points in the sec-
ond half against a team it beat
by five points on the road and
10 at home. Drake narrowed
the gap to nine with 3:29
remaining after five points in a
row from Korver, then closed
to eight points with 1:05 left,
but the Salukis held on, going

17-for-21 from the free-throw |

line in the final 5'2 minutes.

Lowery didn’t want. his’
players getting comfortable,
a) @Â¥iticizing them for attempting

13 3-pointers in the first half.
Southern Illinois finished
5-for-16 from long range.

Drake was held to 40 per-
cent shooting a day after beat-
ing Evansville 101-96 in over-
time in a play-in game. Josh
Young, who had 23 points on
Thursday, was held to nine on

2-for-9 shoo'ing Friday.

“It’s hard to adjust,” Calvin
said. “You want to get there
and go, but Southern’s defense
is so good, \»\u just can’t.”

Tatum, the Missouri Valley
Player of the Year, had two of
Southern Illinois’ five 3-point-
ers while directing the team’s
high-tempo offense. He also

led the team with six assists .

and had four rebounds.

A pair of streaks at the start
and finish of the first half
helped Southern Illinois sur-
vive a lull in the middle. |

The Salukis hit six of their
first eight shots to take a 14-4
lead, holding Drake to a 1-for-7
start with four turnovers.
Drake narrowed the gap to
one point with a 9-0 run —
Southern Illinois missed 10
consecutive shots with mostly
reserves on the floor, but the
starters restored control for a
30-19 lead at the break.

IVY LEAGUE CHAMPS

e Pennsylvania 86, Yale
58: Mark Zoller had 22 points,
17 rebounds and six assists,
and the host Quakers won the
Ivy League championship and
became the first team to
secure a berth in the NCAA
Tournament.

Ibrahim Jaaber had. 13
points and seven assists and
Steve Danley had 11 points for
the Quakers (20-8, 11-1), who
won their eighth consecutive
game and claimed the Ivy
League title for the fourth time
in five years.

“We had to treat this like a

championship game, and we

had confidence in ourselves,”
Zoller said. “We thought we
were the best team in the
league, and we wanted to
prove it.”

Eric Flato and Ross Morin
each had 11 points for Yale
(13-13, 9-4), which had dealt
Penn its only Ivy League loss,
77-68 on Feb. 3.

The Quakers hit seven of
their first eight shots and
opened the game with a 24-2
run. Zoller hit a 3-pointer to
give Penn a 31-9 lead midway

vocal about why expansion should
remain a dead issue for now.
As far as the proposal for doubling
the size of the tournament, ESPN
: ae jay Bilas says that nee be

through the first half.

“We got on them early and
played terrific defense,” Zoller
said. “We got some fast-break

‘baskets, and it seemed like

everybody was making shots
and making plays.”

' The Bulldogs closed to
40-27, but Penn countered
with a 9-2 run and held a 49-29
lead at halftime.

Yale never got closer than
15 points in the second half.’

Penn took its biggest lead at
77-46 with 6:56 left.

Zoller, Jaaber and Danley
are seniors who have won

three consecutive Ivy crowns ©

and are looking forward to the
NCAA Tournament.

“This is our senior year, so I
would say that this one is so
much sweeter,” Zoller said.

The title is the Quakers’
first under coach Glen Miller.
He replaced longtime Penn
coach Fran Dunphy this sea-
son, and Dunphy now coaches
crosstown-rival Temple.

WOLFPACK STAR DIES

Former North Carolina
State forward Bobby Speight
has died after a battle with
cancer.

Speight, who led Everett
Case’s Wolfpack team to con-
secutive Southern Conference
championships in 1951 and ’52,
died Thursday night in Rich-
mond, Va. He was 76.

Speight, a native of Raleigh,
N.C., finished his college
career with 1,430 points and
1,057 rebounds from 1950-53.
His rebounding total ranks
fourth in school history, and
his No. 80 jersey hangs from
the RBC Center rafters:

‘Tt didn’t matter how tough
things were going or what
kind of season we were hav-
ing, he always had some words
of encouragement for our staff
and our players,’ Wolfpack
Club executive director Bobby
Purcell said. “He was a true
man of his word.

“If Bobby Speight told you
that he would do something, it
would get done.”

On Jan. 26, Speight was
awarded the Ronnie Shavlik
Award of Merit, which is given
each year to the former
Wolfpack athlete, manager,
coach, administrator or staff
member for contributions of
leadership, time and money to
the university.

Speight’s daughter Eliza-
beth was the first woman
given an athletic scholarship
to North Carolina State, where
she played basketball for Hall
of Fame coach Kay Yow.

In the first place, only a handful of
the 330-plus Division I teams are
realistically on the so-called “bub-
ble.” Bringing those teams in, and
another 60 to boot, doesn’t do justice

for the teams that have earned the
right to play for a national title.
“Making it a seven-game champi-

-onship would be wrong,” Bilas said.

“J don’t like that idea, just putting

. teams in that we don’t think are capa-

ble of winning it.

“If we’re protecting the best teams
and the highest seeds, why would we
want to make them play again? It’s
like putting extra hurdles in the way
of a sprinter.”

After all, having more potential
Cinderellas gunning for the top-
seeded teams in the first round is

_ much more appealing -than watching

the stepsisters with 12-loss records

- who couldn’t even finish in the top

half.of their high-major conference or
who couldn’t get out of the first two
rounds of their mid-major confer-
ence tournament. :

“Everybody has the same opportu-
nity to win their league title,” Bilas
said. “It doesn’t seem to me a difficult
thing to understand that you’re going
to take the 34 best teams, irrespective
of conference affiliation, after that.

“If you’re not one of the 34 best
teams after the automatic bids are
determined, how many teams can lay
claim to, ‘We’re No. 34, and we got
robbed?’ Football is always arguing
over who’s No. 3; we’re arguing over
who’s No. 34.”

Then there is the idea for smaller
expansion, which called for adding
more play-in games.

Low-major conferences such as
the Southwestern Athletic (SWAC)
and the Northeast have found them-
selves in the Tuesday game of No. 64
vs. No. 65.

It has several effects, some trivial,
such as when everyday folks have to
push up the timing of their office-
pool brackets, to some heavy ones,
such as having to play the biggest
game of the season on less than 48
hours’ notice.

“The turnaround time has been
our challenge,” SWAC Commis-
sioner Robert Vowels said. “If our
tournament ends on Saturday, we’ve

' got to hustle back to campus Sunday

to get back on the road Monday for
the game Tuesday, It really is a disad-
vantage for anybody because you
really can’t study or prepare for the
team that you’re playing.”

* The SWAC’s conference RPI is
among the worst, which usually is
why its representative can end up in
the play-in game.

Expanding the NCAA field doesn’t
solve its problems, Vowels said.

“We just have to get better, and
we are doing that within the system.”

Getting better sure beats getting
bigger in the NCAA Tournament.



JEFF ROBERSON/AE

SALUKIS ROARING: Matt Shaw of No. 11 Southern Illinois bate. as he dunks the ball during
a 71-59 victory.over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference tour nament quarterfinals.



The lobby of N.C. State’s
basketball practice complex
bears Bobby Speight’s name.

A private funeral has been
scheduled for Monday.

LATE THURSDAY

e No. 2 UCLA 53, No. 13
Washington State 45: Arron
Afflalo scored 14 points, lead-
ing the Bruins over the host
Cougars in a showdown of the
top two teams in the Pac-10.

UCLA (26-3, 15-2) wrapped
up a second consecutive con-
ference title with the victory.
The Bruins already had
clinched at least a tie with the

Cougars and the top seed in
the Pac-10 tournament.

Kyle Weaver scored 14
points for Washington State
(23-6, 12-5), which saw its
hopes for the first Pac-10 title
in its history end.

After trailing by one points
at the half, the Bruins made 11
of their first 14 shots to open
the second half and pulled
away from the Cougars in a
game matching the top two
defenses in the conference.

e Washington 85, No.

23 Southern California 70:
Ryan Appleby scored 22
points, hitting five 3-pointers,

and the Huskies, playing at
home, snapped a four-game
losing streak.

Appleby and point guard
Justin Dentmon combined for
24 first-half points, including
seven 3-pointers. -

The Huskies (17-12, 7-10
Pac-10) hit nine 3-pointers in
the first half — more than
their game totals in all but
three contests this season —
and finished with 10.

Nick Young led USC (21-9,
11-6) with 26 points and hit ll
of 15 shots, but the Trojans lost
for the sixth time in their past
seven against Washington.

+4

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5B | SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007 INTERNATIONAL EDITION. ___

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Real Betis will play its next
three home games away from
its stadium-as punishment for
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos
being knocked unconscious by
a bottle thrown from fans.

The Spanish federation
ruled that Betis will next week
have to play Zaragoza, Villar-
real on April 1 and Real Socie-
dad on April 15 at other stadi-
ums. It is not clear whether
fans will be allowed to attend.

Ramos was hit in the head
during the second half of
Wednesday’s Copa del Rey

quarterfinal second leg at,

Betis’ Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
stadium, with Sevilla leading
1-0, forcing the match to be
abandoned.

“The has

committee

decided unanimously to close’

the Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
stadium for three matches, as
we consider the incidents that
occurred as very serious,”
Antiviolence Committee pres-
ident Alfredo Florez said Fri-
day.
_' The remaining 33 minutes
will be played in Getafe’s Coli-
seum Alfonso Perez stadium
on March 20 and fans won’t be
allowed to attend.
The federation also said
that presidents Pepe Leon of
_ Betis and Jose Maria del
‘Nido of Sevilla are to face fur-
ther disciplinary action.
Spanish sports minister
Jaime Lissavetzky had urged
the federation to act against
the violent incident with “the
greatest rigor.”
- -Ramos was hit by the bottle
after Sevilla had taken a 1-0
lead on a 59th-minute goal by
Frederic Kanoute. The
coach, who stumbled before
falling to the ground, was car-
ried off to a hospital on a
stretcher but regained con-

SOCCER | P

SOCCER

Betis gets 3-game home ban



MARTIN RICKETT/AP

AND ANOTHER THING: Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger
is still upset at the referees
over last Sunday’s match.

sciousness later.
' Referee Alberto Undiano
Mallenco abandoned the
game soon afterward. Some
Betis fans threw objects at an
ambulance which entered the
stadium for Ramos, resulting
in riot police being deployed.
Ramos attended the team’s
training session Thursday
morning after being released
from the hospital, though doc-

tors had recommended he rest -

for 48 hours.

ELSEWHERE

e England: Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger could
be in more trouble with the
Football Association after
repeating his claim that a
linesman had lied and the ref-
eree was wrong to send off
striker Emmanuel Adebayor
after the League Cup final
brawl. ;

Arsenal and Chelsea play-



SPORTS ROUNDUP

Pats release

Colts

cut Stokley

From Miami Herald Wire Services

The New England Patriots
‘released running back Corey
Dillon on Friday, cutting ties
with the top active runner in
the NFL on the first day of free
agency.

Dillon, 32, split duties with
rookie Laurence Maroney
last season and has said he was

considering retirement.
’ . Dillon, who spent his first
seven NFL seasons with Cin-
cinnati, is the top active run-
ner in the NFL ‘with 11,241
career yards in 10 seasons.

He had three years remain-
ing on his current contract and
was scheduled to count $4.4
million against the salary cap
in 2007.

The Patriots also re-signed
running back Heath Evans
and guard Billy Yates on Fri-
day. Terms of the agreements
were not disclosed.

e Elsewhere: Wide
receiver Brandon Stokley
‘ and defensive tackle Montae

Reagor, who both missed
muuch of the 2006 seasons with
‘ injuries, were cut by the India-
napolis Colts. ... The Detroit
Lions acquired another selec-
tion in April’s draft, sending
_' defensive end James Hall to
the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-
round pick. The Lions also
made official the trade of cor-
nerback Dre’ Bly and a sixth-
round pick to the Denver
Broncos for running back
Tatum Bell, offensive tackle
George Foster and a fifth-
round pick. ... Linebacker
‘London Fletcher agreed toa
five-year, $25 million contract
with the Washington Red-
_ skins. ... The Philadelphia
Eagles re-signed free-agent
defensive end Juqua Thomas
to a five-year contract... .Cor-
nerback Phillip Buchanon re-

signed with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers... .. The Pittsburgh
Steelers decided not to pursue
a free agent running back to
complement Willie Parker,
choosing instead to re-sign

- Najeh Davenport to a two-

year, $2 million contract. ...
The New York Jets released
seldom-used backup quarter-
back Patrick Ramsey. ... The
Tennessee Titans agreed to
terms with three of their own
players who had become unre-
stricted free agents, including
defensive tackle Rien Long.
They also agreed to terms
with offensive tackle Seth
Wand and linebacker LeVar
Woods. ... The Jacksonville
Jaguars added a new starter on
the opening day of free agency
for the third consecutive year,
signing right tackle Tony
Pashos to a five-year con-
tract. The team also agreed to

-a five-year deal with place-

kicker Josh Scobee, a
restricted free agent.

Defensive end Kevin Carter
and guard Jeno James were
released by the Miami Dol-
phins. ... The Oakland Raid-
ers opened the free-agency
season by contacting repre-
sentatives for quarterback
Jeff Garcia, who has
expressed an interest in
returning to the Bay Area.
Also, the Raiders re-signed
defensive tackle Tommy
Kelly to a one-year, $1.85 mil-
lion contract, a person within.
the league said on condition of
anonymity because the deal
has not been announced. The
team also waived defensive
back Tyrone Poole and
restructured the contract of
offensive tackle Barry Sims to
reduce his salary-cap hit....
The San Francisco 49ers
signed cornerback Nate

ers fought during injury time
of the Gunners’ 2-1 loss at the

Millennium Stadium, with

Adebayor and Kolo Toure of
Arsenal and Chelsea’s John
Obi Mikel being given red
cards.

After Sunday’s game, a
linesman who said that Adeba-
yor had punched Chelsea’s
Frank Lampard was accused
by Wenger of lying. The FA
has asked the Arsenal manager
to explain his remarks.

At Friday’s news confer-
ence one day ahead of Arse-
nal’s league game against
Reading, Wenger didn’t back
down.

“The referee and the lines-
man made a big mistake and I

am able to prove it,” Wenger -

said. “Adebayor did not punch
Lampard and did not intend to
— and we can prove it. It is not
the truth. We do not accept
that. I will defend that to the
FA. It was a lie.”... West Ham
was charged with breaking
Premier League rules over its
signing of Argentina stars
Carlos Tevez and Javier
Mascherano. If the relega-
tion-threatened Hammers are
found guilty, they could have
points deducted, pushing them
closer to demotion from the
Premier League. ... Liverpool
striker Craig Bellamy said he
“lost control” before confront-
ing teammate John Arne
Riise during the team’s train-
ing break in Portugal.

The Wales international
told The Daily Mirror that
Riise was upset when Bellamy
and other teammates tried to
make him sing karaoke. Bel-
lamy said he was not upset
until Riise “let me know” that
he was upset.

“I went and confronted
‘Ginger’ and I said to him:
‘Don’t be doing that in front of

the players again,” Bellamy
told The Daily Mirror.

Bellamy said the two
trained the next day and there
is no problem now.

e Germany: Hamburger
SV extended Schalke’s winless
streak to three games, beating
the Bundesliga leader 2-0 to
give Stuttgart an opportunity
to close within a point of the
front runner.

Rafael van der Vaart
scored in his fourth consecu-
tive game, giving him six this
season and helping Hamburg
to its fourth victory in a row.
Hamburg’s winning streak
under new coach Huub Ste-
vens comes after a 12-match
winless skid and has moved
the club from last place to
10th.

Conversely, a draw and two
consecutive losses at home
has made Schalke’s seven-
point lead dwindle to four,
with Stuttgart, Werder Bre-
men and Bayern Munich in

- position to close further with

victories today. Stuttgart is at
Leverkusen, Bayern travels to

face Hertha Berlin, and Bre-

men hosts Bochum.

e Africa: Chelsea striker
Didier Drogba was crowned
African Player of the Year for
2006, edging out Barcelona’s
Samuel Eto’o. The Ivory
Coast forward, who is the top
scorer in the English Premier
League with 17 goals this sea-
son, also beat out Chelsea
teammate and Ghana interna-
tional Michael Essien.

e Scotland: Hearts
named sporting director Ana-
toly Korobochka as _ its
interim head coach in the
absence of manager Valdas
Ivanauskas. Hearts said Ivan-
auskas “is away on football
business on behalf of the
club.”



STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP

FOOTBALL | ETC.

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LM OTERO/AP

A SPECIAL GIFT

Former NEL football players Ron Springs, left, and
Everson Walls greet each other Friday before a news
conference after their successful organ transplant

in Dallas. Walls donated a kidney to Springs.

Irvin helps youth football

Michael Irvin visited the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino in Hollywood, Fla., on Friday to discuss his plans to
help build youth football fields in Broward and Miami-Dade
counties through his foundation: Michael Irvin PlayMaker
Charities & Foundation.

On May 18 and 19, Irvin’s foundation will produce three
celebrity charity events at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino — a poker tournament at 6 p.m. EST on May 18; the
semifinal and championship rounds of a flag football tourna-
ment on May 19 (along with a celebrity flag football game);
and a poolside celebration on May 19. ‘

“Tt’s always good to be home,” said Irvin, who grew up in
Fort Lauderdale and was recently named to the Pro Football
Hall of Fame. “Right here, I played high school football, and
then I got a chance to tear it up at the University of Miami.
It’s a blessing. Football has been good to me and that’s why
I’m able to stand here today. I think it’s important to give kids
that chance to get out and have good equipment and enjoy
the game and have fun.

“I am here to ask South Florida’s corporations and any
individuals to step in and help me with this,” Irvin said.
“There are more youth football players than there are in col-
lege, pros and high school together. So, there are a lot of kids
that need a lot of help — right here inSouth Florida”

For more information, go to www.PlayMakercharity.com.

— SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Back on track

Greek sprinter Katerina
Thanou is back in interna-
tional competition for the
first time since being
embroiled in a drug-testing
scandal at the 2004 Athens
Olympics.

Thanou is competing in
the women’s 60 meters at
the European indoor cham-
pionships in Birmingham,

Live from New York

Super Bowl XLI MVP
Peyton Manning’s acting
credits will move beyond his |
numerous commercialsina |
few weeks when he'll be the |
host for NBC’s Saturday
Night Live.

Manning, a quarterback
for the Colts, said he would

‘ appear.on the show.on
March 24, which happens to

be his 3lst birthday: England.

“T figure this is my one “T don’t have anything to
shot to be asked,” Manning prove to anyone,” Thanou,
said. “I’m sort of looking for- 33, said.
ward to it, but Iam a little “T already have an envi-
bit nervous.” able medals collection.

Manning has most What’s important for me is

‘famously poked fun of him- that I'll be taking part in this
self in an ad for cellphone track meet.”
company Sprint Nextel Thanou won the Euro-

pean 60-meter title in 1996
and 2000, and was a silver
medalist in the 100 at the

Corp., where he dons a fake
mustache and toupee to
“disguise” himself while

LOOKING FOR WORK: Corey Dillon, who was released by
the New England Patriots on Friday, is the top active
runner in the NFL, with 11,241 career yards in 10 seasons.

rooting for the Colts.

2000 Sydney Olympics.

Clements and safety Michael
Lewis. Also, the 49ers waived
troubled receiver Antonio
Bryant late Thursday, just one
season after signing him to a

lucrative four-year, free-agent ,

contract.

ETC.

e Tennis: Roger Federer
beat Tommy Haas in straight
sets to reach his fifth consecu-
tive Dubai Open final in the
United Arab Emirates. The
top-ranked Federer, who
dropped sets in earlier rounds
against Kristian Pless and
Novak Djokovic, never lost
his serve in defeating the fifth-
seeded German 6-4, 7-5. It was
the Swiss star’s 40th consecu-
tive victory, putting him six
victories away from Gui-
llermo Vilas’ all-time record
of 46 in a row, set in 1977. Fed-
erer will next face Mikhail
Youzhny, who reached his
second consecutive tourna-
ment final by beating Swe-
den’s Robin Soderling 7-5,
6-2.... Emilie Loit advanced
to the finals of the Mexican
Open in Acapulco with a 0-6,
6-2, 6-1 victory over Julie
Schruff. Fifth-seeded Flavia
Pennetta ousted Sara Errani
6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
... Top-seeded James Blake

‘was removed from the quar-

terfinals of the Tennis Chan-

nel Open in Las Vegas after
ATP Tour officials reversed a
ruling that had allowed him to
advance due to a competitor’s
withdrawal during round-
robin play. Evgeny Korolev

- took Blake’s place in the quar-

terfinals and won 6-4, 6-4 over
Sam Querrey, and ATP offi-
cials released a statement
blaming the confusion on “an
incorrect variation of ATP
rules.”... Top-seeded Justine
Henin rallied to beat fourth-
seeded Jelena Jankovic of
Serbia 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-4 and
advance to the final of the
Qatar Open in Doha.

e College football: Ten-
nessee coach Phillip Fulmer
signed a two-year contract
extension but received no
raise, keeping him at the uni-
versity until 2013 at his current
salary of $2.05 million.

e Golf: Oliver Wilson
had two eagles on his way toa
6-under 66, taking the lead
after two rounds of the John-
nie Walker.Classic in Phuket,
Thailand. Wilson eagled the
lith and 15th holes to move one
shot ahead of Anton Haig,
who produced the day’s most
stunning performance, an
8-under 64 at the Blue Canyon
Country Club. Australian
James Nitties finished with a
67, sharing third place with
Retief Goosen.



‘There is just nothing right with
our game right now. We have to
find a way to be better than that.
The starting point is to eliminate
the five-star bonehead blunders.’

- CRAIG MacTAVISH, Edmonton Oilers
coach, after his team lost to the Minnesota
Wild 5-O on Thursday night.



‘FLASHBACK



On this day in history:

1920 — The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record for
most goals in a game with a 16-3 rout of the Quebec Bulldogs.

1951 — In college basketball, Temple’s Bill Mikvy scores
an NCAA-record 73 points in a 99-69 rout over Wilkes.

1968 — Montreal’s Jean Beliveau becomes the second
NHL player to score 1,000 career points with a goal in a 5-2
loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

1984 — Peter Ueberroth, president of the Los Angeles
Olympic Organizing Committee, is elected commissioner of
baseball by major league team owners. :

1987 — In boxing, Mike Tyson adds the WBA heavy-
weight crown to his WBC heavyweight crown with a unani-
mous, 12-round decision over James “Bonecrusher” Smith
in Las Vegas.

2001 — Maurice Greene equals his world record in the
60-meter dash, running 6.39 seconds in a semifinal heat at the
USA Indoor Championships in Atlanta. Greene matches the
time he set Feb. 9, 1998, in Madrid, Spain.

2001 — In boxing, a bloodied John Ruiz becomes the
first Hispanic heavyweight champion by knocking Evander
Holyfield down with a huge right hand in the lth round to
capture a unanimous 12-round decision for the WBA heavy-
weight title. :


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Pins, France, when this deal arose.
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and their East-West opponents were
two Frenchmen they had never seen
before. West doubled two diamonds,
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the jack. West returned a heart, won
by South with the ten.

Aware that the trumps were
stacked against her, Mrs. Hayden
now led a low diamond from her
hand. West won with the ten but was
endplayed! Whatever he returned, he
had to give away a trick. :

Hoping to find East with the king
of clubs, West played the A-10 of
that suit. Mrs. Hayden won with the
king and returned the five of dia-
monds, again putting West in a losing
position. :

If he took the jack and exited with
a club, declarer would ruff and play
the ace and another trump to force
West to play a heart to the K-Q. And
if he ducked the diamond, hoping
East could win the trick, West would
lose one of his trump tricks, and the
outcome would be the same. West
was thoroughly licked, and he knew
it. In practice he ducked, and Mrs.
Hayden made two diamonds dou-
bled. ;
Later that day, Rixi Markus, Eng-
land’s top woman player, approached
Becker and said West had asked her:
“Who is that tall, attractive English
woman who is such a good player?”

Mrs. Marcus, recognizing from
the description that it was Mrs. Hay-
den, answered: “If she’s attractive
and English, she’s not a good player;
if she’s English and a good player,
she’s not attractive; and if she’s
attractive and a good player, she’s
not English!”

| TARGET |

HOW many words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only. Each ’
must contain the centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word. No plurals or verb
forms ending in “s”, no words with initial capitals
and no words with a hyphen or apostrophe |
permitted. The first word of a phrase is permitted
(e.g. inkjet in inkjet printer).

Good 19; very good 28; excellent 38 (or more).

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Haslinger, British championship,
Swansea 2006. White was a
veteran grandmaster, Black (to
move) a rising young

expert. The diagram 5
looked good for Haslinger, who
is a pawn up with 7
pieces and, most Important, 6
three united queen's side
passers. His simplest plan Is 5
c6-c5 followed by advancing the 4
pawn trio supported by Black's,
pieces induding the king. White
could hardly avoid being
crushed by this space invaders,
style plan, but Black instead
went 1...d3+ and both players
perked up. Each calculated the
sequence 2 Nxd3 Rxd3 3 Bxg7
Rxd1 and thought it favourable.
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Preparation is key this week, Aries.
Be ready to hit the ground running
when new opportunities arrive: that
allow you to-showcase your talents.

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Although it seems like ‘you're facing .
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it logically, the answer is clear: Do-
only what feels right to you, Taurus.
You are the master of your own fate:

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If you feel like your life has lacked a
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something doesn’t go quite as’ you
planned it, Virgo. Focus your efforts
on moving on to new success.
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big ideas, but it’s best to not do any-:
thing about them just yet. Do what
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with a personal problem on Tuesday.:
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The fears and doubts of the vast few.
weeks are starting to fade. Aihough-
you may feel that you can take on
the world, don’t get too cocky —
that’s asking for trouble. er

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
Money matters come to the fore this: ’
week. Now’s the time to give some
thought to why your finances.are ,
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and what you can do aboutit. ©, ||:
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this for granted. Remember the peo-
ple who helped you get to where you ,
are today. cu

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