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_ @ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

A YOUNG mother was sleep-
ing in fear last night as masked
* gunmen who brutally murdered
. her partner at close range on Sat-
. urday night, and forced her to
plead for her own life, may still
have the keys to her home.
Joseph Jacques, the man she
called her "husband", although
they were not officially married,
was shot in the chest by a partial-
ly masked man shortly after 10pm
in a senseless attack that has left
her and their two-year-old son,

Man dies by
electrocution

B By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter _

A MAN died by electrocu-
tion on Saturday after machin-
ery he was using to dig a well
is thought to have made con-
tact with a high tension elec-
tricity cable.

The freak accident occurred
-at around 10am after the man
was called to Seabreeze Lane
to carry out work at a resi-
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According to police press
liaison officer, Walter Evans,
sparks were seen flying short-
ly before the victim collapsed
to the ground.

BEC were called in to
switch off power, but medics
called to the scene pro-
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her husband had been swooped
on by three gunmen as they drew
up to their apartment building
late Saturday night.

"I saw three guys, one in the
back of the car, one come on my
side, the next one come on his
side. I just turn and look at my
husband, I see one long gun on

the glass to the car. At the same °

time I hear they shoot one time,
another person who's on my side,
they just pull me out," she
explained.

The men had attempted to
open the door on her husband's
side of the car but, finding it
locked, shot through the glass,
hitting him in the chest.

Simultaneously, Ms Predelus

was dragged out of the passen- -

ger seat of the car by the second
gunman, and threatened with
another weapon.

"Then I said I will give you
everything I have and then my
purse was on me, they took it
from me and then they run. When
I get back to the car I said, ‘Jo!
Jo! Come on, Jo!’ - the car was
still running...he must (have had)
his foot still on the gas," she said
quietly.

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National Geographic
claims marine area
— protection plans
were put off in
the Bahamas after

change of government |

: and determined to fight crime in the
: Bahamas, chairman Raynard Rigby

By PAUL G
TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter i

NATIONAL Geographic :
reports in its March edition that, ;
due to a change in government in ;
2002, plans which were in motion : C0!
to set aside five marine areas to ; Prison from a penal colony to a cor-

“preserve the economic and eco- ; Tectional institution”.

logical lifeblood of the Bahamas”, ;
were put off and since then there’s : t
‘been “no movement toward pro- ; Human Rights Report - a later ver-

tection, despite angry prodding :
: ae : : Foreign Affairs Minister Fred

and accusations of corruption”.

“Instead”, the article adds, :

“giant resorts such as the one ; ¢rally without scrutiny - Mr Rigby

being built on Bimini have grown : said the report confirms the govern-

up on several outer islands...con- | Ment’s commitment to human rights.
dos, a marina, and a casino are :
already underway, and plans call :
for a waterside golf course. Local }
Bahamians are worried about :
their shrinking access to fishing :
grounds as the seafloor is d.edged :
and the land locked up in gated }

communities.”

The article, which focused main-
ly on the clear blue waters of the :

SEE page 11

PLP ‘determined to fight
crime in the Bahamas’

i Ml By PAUL G TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP government is focused

said yesterday.

Mr Rigby, an attorney, issued this
statement yesterday commending
the government on behalf of the PLP
for its “compassion and vision as it
continues to reform Her Majesty’s

Citing an excerpt from the 2005
United States Department of State’s
sion of the same annual report that

Mitchell complained is taken too lit-

“This report confirms the gov-
ernment’s commitment to human

rights and clearly indicates that the
Bahamas, under the PLP, has one

administration,” he said.

The report reads that the govern-
ment “attempted” to improve con- : dc which the :
ditions at Fox Hill and appointed : Re) en ie Eee ae
the chairman of the Prison Reform :

Commission as prison superinten- :

dent, Dr Elliston Rahming.

SEE page 11

Final day of voter registration

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FNM criticises
govt’s anchor
project scheme

of the best human rights records MBy PAUL G TURNQUEST

among the more than 180 countries :
surveyed. While conditions at Her :
Majesty’s Prison are not perfect, :
there has been tremendous improve- :
ment since 2002 which is in stark :
contrast to the deplorable state the :
prison was left in by the inept FNM:

THE governing PLP’s anchor
project scheme was criticised by
the FNM yesterday as one of the
most “regressive and short-sight-
ed” development policies pursued
by any government in a post-inde-
pendent Bahamas.

This multi-island investment

touted as a landmark scheme to
not only revitalise, but repopulate
the Family Islands, has garnered

; . : much criticism in recent mo
“There were improvements in : Ss

prisoner intake, cell assignments, :
and educational opportunities for :
prisoners. Unlike in past years, new :
prisoners were not automatically :
placed in maximum security, but :

from political and environmental
groups.

The FNM, in its weekly com-
mentary, said the Bahamas, known
to be one of the more “unspoiled
natural beauty spots” on the plan-

: et,may not be able to boast such a
: claim “for much longer”.

“We're not just losing our par-
adise; we're giving it away cheap
and, at the same time. our natural
resources are being plundered. Not

. : : ; ‘ surprisingly, this PLP government
LONG lines formed at parliamentary registration stations Pia oa ie yen

is the lead agent in this land erab-

J , : environmental destruction tragic
: Today marks the final day before the voter register closes. How- i ~
; €ver, political sources said persons can still register until the House :
: of Assembly is prorogued. :

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A NEW state-of-the-art

million was opened on Friday
at Police Headquarters to
great fanfare by the commis-
sioner, prime minister and
deputy.prime minister...
During the ceremony the
commissioner revealed that
promotions for officers, many
of whom attended the open-
ing, were "almost ready".
~ “The commissioner said he
had been informed by the sec-
retary to the Cabinet of the
impending promotions, joking
with officers that "anytime it
reaches the Secretary to the

the bank."

The new building is on what
was previously the site of what
Mr Farquharson described as
a "cramped and antiquated"
senior officers mess hall, built
in the 1960s.

Standing in stark contrast
to that facility, the conference
centre - which took four and a
half vears to build - is modern
and expansive.

It contains seating for up to
500 persons, and includes hi-
tech computer technology that
will allow officers in Nassau
to communicate via video link
with stations in Grand
Bahama, Exuma and Abaco,
and more once they, too, are
set up with the necessary
equipment.

The centre will act as a
"control centre" in. times of
-national.emergency, said Mrs
Pratt.

Also inside the building,
senior officers will find a
"well-deserved oasis" away
from the stresses of the job,
she said.

The well-appointed facility
will not only provide a much-
needed space for police con-

ferencing, but will also be

available to other government
agencies - and the public, at a
fee - cutting down on costs for
those agencies that normally
have to hire space in hotels.
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emphasised the commission-
er.

Its construction represent-
ed a feat of thriftiness by the
police, as: it was built by labour
entirely made up of the police
maintenance crew and inmates
from Fox Hill prison.

The commissioner stressed

_that the building, although the _

government now has a 25 per



cent stake in it, was not fund- -

- ed from the public purse.

It is owned primarily by the

_ police and the community, as

it was they who provided the

funds partly through fund-rais-
ing activities and monthly
donations, and by generous
offers from members of the
business community, includ-

given by construction boss,
George Mosko.

Atmos phere

While the afternoon on the
whole had a celebratory
atmosphere, Mr Christie took
the opportunity to speak in a
cautionary tone about the new
crime challenges that police

‘have to be ready to face.

"The challenge for you,
commissioner, and the chal-
lenge for you, RBPF, and the
challenge for you, madam

deputy prime.minister...is. to

recognise the social symptoms
that exist in this country that
have led to this extraordinary
degree of violent behaviour
that gives us cause to believe
that the young men of our
country...seem to have devel-

~~ oped a- wanton disregard-for-

their own lives and not to talk
about the lives of others," he
said.

However, he praised the
commissioner for realising
during his tenure that in many
cases police officers need to
become "part social worker"

-to fully. understand.and-deal.

with the kinds of crimes that
are being committed.

The opening was marked
with the release of 167 bal-
loons to mark the 167th
anniversary of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, which
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Accusations
of rape ‘did
not lead to
charges’

SOME rape accusations
brought by foreign victims in
the Bahamas last year did not
result in formal charges, the US
State Department has revealed.

However, the report did not
elaborate on how many cases it
was referring to or the reasons
why charges were never
brought.

The Tribune tried to contact
Director of Public Prosecutions
Bernard Turner for an expla-
nation, but calls were not
returned up to press time.

Assistant Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said that
when reports of rape or any
other crime fail to result in
charges, it suggests that no sus-
pects could be named or that
there was insufficient evidence.

He denied that there was any
attempt to stifle such investiga-
tions — noting that police con-
tact the US Embassy as a mat-
ter of policy when an attack of
any kind on an American citi-
zen is reported.

Mr Ferguson said police also
work closely with US authori-
ties to identify next of kin after
attacks on Americans.

Gun found
as part of
Operation
Quiet Storm

POLICE recovered a 0.38mm
gun from a man fleeing on a
bicycle as part of Operation
Quiet Storm at around lam on
Saturday.

Police patrolling on Rupert
Dean Lane saw the dark male,
wearing a black jacket and blue
trousers, riding his bike on the
street.

As they approached he tried
to escape, but in the process
dropped an object.

This later turned out to be
the 0.38mm handgun. The man
was not caught.

This occurred during a week-
end when there were 13 war-
rants of arrest and seven traffic
citations resulting from Opera-
tion Quiet Storm.

Guyana to
pass bills for
World Cup
security

GUYANA
Georgetown

GUYANA’S Parliament is
expected to quickly pass three
bills to boost security for the
cricket World Cup, including one
giving foreign security agents
special protection under local
laws, an official said Saturday,
according to Associated Press.

Interior Minister Clement
Rohee was expected to pilot the
bills through the 65-seat parlia-
ment when it meets Tuesday as
the South American country
moves to complete special secu-
rity requirements as one of nine
host nations for the sport’s
biggest event.

The so-called “visiting forces
bill” will give foreign officers
working alongside law enforcers

in Guyana the “same powers.

that local officers enjoy during
the period,” Rohee said.

Some of the officers will be
following specific teams from

_ venue to venue.

India is sending two bomb
disposal squads from the
National Security Guards to
work in the Caribbean during
the tournament, and most of
the top eight teams travel with
security staff.

The World Cup starts Tues-
day and finishes with a final at
Barbados on April 28.

Another bill would clear
Guyana to accept special help
to minimise international
crimes, including terrorism,
from international agencies like
the FBI and Scotland Yard,
while another would legalise
special visa requirements dur-
ing the tournament to ensure
hassle-free travel.

All Caribbean host countries
are required to pass similar leg-
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A FATHER-OF-TWO told
last night how he made an
unsuccessful bid to save the
life of a Haitian worker after a
boat sank off Abaco on Fri-
day.

Troy Albury, 36, of G Guana
Cay, dived into 15 feet of water
in a bid to save 46-year-old
Achille Joussaint, a Haitian
from The Mud settlement,
when the 20-foot open boat
capsized off Marsh Harbour.

Though he managed to get
the man to the surface, and
tried to resuscitate him, he was
beyond help, Mr Albury said.

“He was about 60 feet away
from the boat and I think he
had been in the water for
about an hour by the time |
got to him,” he added.

“Four other persons who
had been in the boat had

already been accounted for.
We did a search pattern round
the sunken boat and eventu-
ally managed to locate the
missing man.”

Unconscious

It is believed the Haitian was
either a non-swimmer or was
struck on the head and
knocked unconscious as the
boat overturned.

The five men were return-
ing to Marsh Harbour at
around 1.35pm from working
on one of the cays when the
tragedy happened. Mr Albury
said construction tools were
found on the seabed round the
boat.

“There were no life-jackets
on the boat and none floating

LOCAL NEWS

in the water,” said Mr Albury.
“It looks like they had been
doing construction work some-
where and were coming back
to Marsh Harbour for the
weekend.”

It was not until around
2.55pm that a passing boat
spotted the four men from the
sunken vessel and radioed for
assistance.

A second boat dispatched
from Conch Inn Marina with
police officers aboard went to
the scene.

Following the rescue, the
men told police that the seas
were very rough and cold, and
it was raining very hard when
the vessel went down.

Two of the survivors -
Anglade Gustave, 24, and Carl
Henry St Jacques, 26, also of
The Mud - were airlifted to

Mitchell offers condolences to
ambassador after death of Haitians

FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell met the Haitian
ambassador yesterday to
express condolences over the
tragic death at sea of 10
Haitians in Exuma last Thurs-
day. Nine men and a woman
drowned.

Police say they were alerted
at George Town police station
that Haitians were wandering
in bushes on the southern side
of Bahama Sound, just south
of the old George Town Inter-
national Airport.

Seventeen men were appre-
hended and the bodies of ten
other persons were discovered
floating in waters nearby. It is
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An inquest was opened at
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island administrator Bradley
Armbrister with a jury selected
from the community. The local
Criminal Detective Unit
(CDU) provided support for
the inquest, which concluded
that the deaths were consistent
with drowning.

Afterwards, the bodies were
interred in a Christian burial
at Rolletown public cemetery.

At the request of the Hait-
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is being reviewed by Bahamas
police. The 17 men who sur-
vived are in custody in Exu-
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The Tribune Limited

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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MANY businesses had to halt their oper-
ations last Wednesday when Customs offi-
cers, complaining of years of government
neglect, walked off the job.

Shipping companies closed their opera-
tions as there were no Customs officers to
clear merchants’ goods. Supplies to many of
the island’s major restaurants could not be
delivered, nor could essential supplies to food
stores. Construction firms, awaiting the arrival
of building materials, were hampered in their
operations, and visitor arrivals to and from
the Bahamas were slowed as students on
Spring Break flocked in — one of the busiest
periods in the tourist year.

The walk-out quickly brought Public Ser-
vice Minister Fred Mitchell to the table and
by afternoon Customs staff were back at their
posts with a promise of salary increases and
equal treatment within the service. Why did
it take government so long to come to some
arrangement?

The problem within the civil service has
been simmering for so long that one won-
ders where Mr Mitchell has been and why he
couldn’t have dealt with their complaints
sooner. As one civil servant asked: Why do
we have to make a public protest before. gov-
ernment will pay attention to us?

As the election nears, industrial unrest is
increasing. The teachers union and govern-
ment have been at odds for some time. The
nurses union threatened industrial action if
they did not get an industrial agreement.
About 15 officers, including inspectors and
clerical staff, took to their beds at the Road
Traffic Department to make government
aware of their existence. It was claimed that
staff had numerous labour concerns, includ-
ing the question of promotions.

In February, Eastern division police offi-

cers were stationed outside the prison, while
visiting rights from outside were cancelled.
Although the prison administration said that
everything was normal, outside mothers, who
wanted to see their wayward sons, loudly
voiced their objections to what they described
as a “lock-down.”

Prison Officer Clive Rolle’s complaint that
prison staff did not feel that “the adminis-
tration assists us when it comes to talking to
our issues” was described by Prison Super-
intendent Elliston Rahming as a “non-issue.”

Mr Rolle complained that government
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The announcement that Defence Force
officers would get pay increases in February
seemed to have sparked the unrest. The Tri-
bune was told that Mr Mitchell had assured
prison officers that there would be no pay
increases for disciplinary officers until gov-
ernment’s compensation study had been com-
pleted. If that were so, then, why, they want-
ed to know, was the Defence Force singled
out for special mention, and allowed to jump
the queue?

It seems that government having allowed
grievances to build and spread throughout
the service is now — with a union gun to its
head and an election at its back — being
forced into action with hurried decisions.

Several among the FNM saw these last
minute industrial agreements as a means to
win votes with little thought as to whether the
fiscal health of the Public Treasury could
afford the terms. In short they were accusing
government of buying votes.

Something that Mr Christie had himself
bitterly opposed when the 2002 election
neared.

A month before the 2002 election Mr
Christie had accused the FNM government of
trying to buy that election by initiating pub-
lic works improvements on Family Islands
and giving salary increases to police and
defence force officers.

“It’s a shame that this government would
just before the election, try to buy people in
such a crude way,” Mr Christie told a Grand
Bahama audience on April 25, 2002.

“The time has come in the Bahamas when
all those crude and transparent things are
pushed aside,” Mr Christie continued. “You
should have a government that is focused
and prepared to enter into development pro-
jects in the best interest of the people long
before a general election.”

And he continued: “We in the Bahamas
have reached the point where we tell the
world we are not for sale. And, anybody who
tries to buy you out, could sell you out.”

The Christie government is now faced
with having to enter into many industrial
agreements.

Are they going to wait for the completion
of the compensation study, or is an election
going to push them over the edge?

And if so what is Mr Christie’s position
now that he is wearing the election boots,
and will have to deal with the perception of
































EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ministerial responsibility

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under the Westminster system

EDITOR, The Tribune

AS A General Election
approaches, it is important for
the voting public to be
informed about the Westmin-
ster System of government
which applies in the Bahamas.
For it is against these rules that
the electorate should judge the
conduct of government minis-
ters during nearly five years in
power.

Westminster System
This is so-called because it
describes the democratic par-

* liamentary system used in the

Palace of Westminster in Lon-
don which is the location of the
United Kingdom parliament. It
is also used in many Common-
wealth countries.

Its main characteristic is that
Her Majesty The Queen as
head of state is the nominal or

' de jure source of executive

power while the de facto head
of the executive is the prime
minister. Historically, the prime
minister was seen as primus
inter pares (first among equals)
but in modern times leads a
cabinet of ministers which exer-
cises executive authority on
behalf of the head of state.
Thus, the sovereign, who reigns
but does not rule, is the focal
point for the nation while the
prime minister and his col-
leagues undertake executive
decisions.

In the UK, this system of
government originated with
parliamentary conventions,
practices and precedents but
has never been formally laid
out in a written constitution;
though it is also contended that
some of the British unwritten
constitution is in fact in writ-
ten form in the shape of, for
example, Magna Carta, the Bill
of Rights and the Act of Set-
tlement amongst others.

In the Bahamas, the system |

was codified in the Constitu-
tion of 1973 which states that
executive authority should be
exercised by the Governor
General on behalf of The
Queen who remains formally
head of state. Thus, in common
with Jamaica and Barbados, for
example, the Bahamas is a
realm rather than a republic.
While, in theory, the Governor
General appoints the prime
minister, in practice modern
day executive authority lies
with the latter.

Tenure of Ministers

There is provision in the
Constitution for the prime min-
ister to be removed from office
by a vote of no confidence in
the House of Assembly by a
majority of all its members,
while other ministers can only
remain in office for as long as
they retain the confidence of
the prime minister.

Ministerial Responsibility

This is another key charac-
teristic of the Westminster Sys-
tem. It is a constitutional con-
vention in governments using
the system that cabinet minis-
ters bear the ultimate responsi-

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bility for the actions of their
ministries. This is different from
cabinet collective responsibility
which states that members of
the cabinet must approve pub-
licly of its shared decisions —
normally reached by consensus
following collegiate discussion —
or resign. Even if a minister is
unaware of misdeeds or misbe-
haviour, he or she, as the elect-
ed official, is responsible and
answerable for every action of
his or her department. Equally
important is the need for min-
isters to conduct themselves,
both officially and privately, in
a manner which inspires public
trust.

The traditional example in
the UK of official ministerial
responsibility was the Crichel

-Down affair in 1954 when the

Minister of Agriculture
resigned despite the fact that
all mistakes were made by civ-
il servants without his knowl-
edge. Later, new guidelines
were formulated compelling
ministers to defend civil ser-
vants who acted properly in
accordance with policies set out
by the ministers themselves.
But it was no longer considered
to be an issue of resignation if
actions by civil servants over
whom a minister had no direct
control were not in accordance
with policy decisions.

Earlier, on a broader front,
Winston Churchill took respon-
sibility as First Lord of the
Admiralty for the failed Dard-
anelles campaign in 1915 and
not only resigned but then
served in the army on the West-
ern front.

Another example was the
dignified resignation of Lord
Carrington who was Britain’s
foreign secretary at the time of
Argentina’s invasion of the
Falkland Islands in 1982. In his
memoirs published in 1988, he
explained that, even though the
subsequent Franks Report laid
no blame on him or the two
other Foreign Office ministers
who resigned with him, he took
the painful decision to resign
because British territory had,
without warning, been invaded
and the whole of the country
felt angry and humiliated. Peo-
ple accused the government of
mismanagement and someone
had to be blamed. In the cir-
cumstances there had to be a
resignation and his departure
would put a stop to the search
for a scapegoat.

This principle of ministerial
responsibility has been pro-
gressively eroded over the
years, particularly in some
Commonwealth countries, and
standards have declined; but it
remains a cornerstone of the
Westminster System.

Prime Minister’s Powers

Since ministerial responsi-
bility also applies to individual
conduct, financial misbehaviour
or personal misdemeanour,
ministers are accountable to the
prime minister for their per-
sonal and private actions that
may or may not affect their offi-
cial responsibilities.

There have been many
instances of impropriety in
British public life. One of the
most notorious was the Profu-
mo scandal in 1963 which near-
ly precipitated the fall of the
government of prime minister
Harold Macmillan. John Pro-
fumo was a junior defence min-
ister, who had an affair with a
call girl who was also seeing a
naval attaché from the Soviet
embassy, and’he was forced to
resign for lying about it in a
statement to the House of
Commons. In his memoirs,

_ Macmillan observed : “That a

minister should be found
incompetent was pardonable.
That he should deceive his
leader, his colleagues and his

fellow members was a wound -

to the whole body politic.”
Another prime minister,
John Major, took a puritanical
view of financial misbehaviour
but a tolerant view of personal
impropriety. Liké all British
political leaders he was pre-
pared to sack ministers whose
conduct in office breached the
established rules, but his gov-
ernment was ultimately brought
down by “sleaze” which stuck,
despite many achievements,
because the conduct of a hand-
ful of his MPs dismayed a large
number of people, including
many Conservative supporters.
The political realities of min-
isterial performance mean that
it is for a prime minister alone
to judge whether their behav-
iour is fitting or appropriate.
The prime minister has the
power to set terms and condi-
tions of conduct in order to

establish confidence in the -

operation of government - and,
in so doing, he should give due
weight to ministers’ account-
ability to parliament and to the
people, especially the need to
retain public trust.

Conclusion

Convention and tradition
demand that ministers who
transgress and then resign —
both of their own accord or at
the request of the prime minis-
ter — publicly acknowledge
their wrongdoing as a matter
of honour and do not place
blame on others. In particular,
this is considered a prerequi-
site for those seeking subse-
quent political rehabilitation.

The powers of a prime min-
ister under the Westminster
System are far-reaching
through long established con-
vention and practice. As they
relate to the control of cabinet
ministers, they are especially
significant in a small country
where government intrudes
into every walk of life and the
actions of its leaders come
under close scrutiny.

Indecisiveness, allied to a
reluctance to exercise those
powers, leads to disorder, pub-
lic distrust and a lack of cohe-
sion in the decision-making
process.

This inhibits good gover-
nance and can damage a coun-
try in a variety of ways.

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March 6, 2007



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Two arrested
after copper
wire stolen
from BTC

in Freeport Magistrate Court
on Friday in connection with
the theft of a large quantity of
copper cable wire belonging
to Bahamas Telecommunica-
tion Corporation.

Appearing before Magis-
trate Helen Jones were
Howard Bevans, 47, of 4
Churchill Drive, and Junior
Joseph, a 25-year-old Haitian
who lives at the Chicken
Farm on Grand Bahama
Highway.

It is alleged that between
February 6 and March 2,
2007, the accused men
together stole 1,255 ft of insu-
lated copper cable valued at
$10,078, the property of BTC.
The men were also charged
with receiving the cable wire.

Bevans and Joseph were
represented by lawyer Carl-
son Shurland. They pleaded
not guilty and were remanded
in custody at Fox Hill Prison
until April 24, 2007, for trial.

Man arrested
for taking
money from
men’s store

FREEPORT - Grand
Bahama Police responding to
a store alarm early Saturday
morning arrested a 24-year-
old local man.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said around 3.15am police
went to Esquire Men’s Store
in downtown Freeport to
investigate an alarm that had
been activated.

On arrival, officers noticed
that the showcase glass had

_ been smashed. They also saw
a man suddenly leave the
store and run from the scene.
He was caught by officers.

The man, from Oleander
Street, Freeport, was alleged-

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He was taken into custody
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m By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

TO assist in helping to curb
the increase in violent crime,
Senator C B Moss announced
yesterday the official opening
of the Conflict Resolution
Centre in Bain and Grants
Town.

The centre will host a new
hotline for persons to call - 328-
8984 - from 6am to 6pm, seven
days a week. After hours an
answering machine will handle
calls, which will be checked
periodically.

Senator Moss said the:centre
has been operating for a few
years in the Bain and Grants
Town area, but that an official
announcement had not been
made to alert the larger public
to that fact.

He said the centre has inter-
vened in many instances where
there were conflicts, whether it

was in the family, in the neigh-
bourhood, or in the wider com-
munity.

However, in these instances,
it was only if persons called
them, or if they happened to
know or hear that something
was “going on”.

“T had always planned to for-
malise this, but I was waiting
for a nice building, a nice
staffing with executive director
and financial support and all
that. But a few weeks ago I
attended a conference in St
Lucia dealing with strengthen-
ing communities and I sawa
similar organisation operating
in a rural area of Jamaica,” he
said.

Senator Moss said that com-
munity leaders in that area had
a similar operation as the one in
Bain and Grants Town, despite
having far fewer resources. This,
combined with the upward spi-
ral in violent crime in recent

weeks, encouraged him to start
without having all the necessary
infrastructure.

“The idea is for individuals,
when it is apparent a situation
could escalate, to call that num-
ber. And we are using trained
persons from the religious com-
munity and hopefully we will
bring the social services min-
istry into play to assist us with
volunteers. But even if we can-
not access a situation - maybe
the risk to personal safety is too
great - we could at least call the
police,” he said.

Senator Moss said that while
the programme was mainly for
Bain and Grants Town, it is a
service that can be utilised by
anyone. He said the least the
service could provide is a source
of counselling for those in need,
or it can be used to get persons
in touch with a religious affiliate
within their respective commu-
nities.

$5 million missing from Nigeria
traced to Bahamas bank account

THE Economic and Finan-
cial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) has traced $5 million
to an account in the Bahamas of
a former governor of Nigeria
who is contesting the April elec-
tions in that country.

According to international
reports, the commission’s chair-
man Nuhu Ribadu said that
authorities in the Bahamas
alerted the EFCC to the exis-
tence of the funds.

Ribadu, who refused to dis-
close the identity of the gover-
nor, said the case was already in

court and that he could not |

comment further.

At a pre-convocation lecture
of the University of Abuja, cap-
ital of Nigeria, Ribadu said that
“the case is in court and that is

why I will not mention names.

“The reason why I mention
this is to show you what our

elites are doing to our econo-
my. This latest development is
on our request. We identify such
monies all over the world and
make the request and freeze
them after getting restraining
order(s) against such monies.
When the whole process is com-
plete then the monies will be
returned to Nigeria.”

Ribadu advised public offi-
cers who may want to steal from
the public treasury to desist
because EFCC would track

them down anywhere in,the,

world.

He said: “The laws have
made it possible to trail and fol-
low all illicit wealth. No such
wealth can be hidden again
today. It will be traced and
recovered and the EFCC has
the capacity and is in a position
to trace all financial transactions
locally and internationally. It is

FNM lieutenant warns
supporters to stay alert

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - David
Thompson, FNM election cam-
paign co-ordinator for the
northern Bahamas, is urging
FNM supporters to remain
focused in the countdown to the
general election.

He said supporters should not
allow distractions to deter them
or the party from attaining vic-
tory in 2007.

He said these are crucial
times in the affairs of the nation,
in which the Bahamian people
are faced with a choice between
the Free National Movement
and the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty.
Mr Thompson, who serves as
election co-ordinator for Grand
Bahama, Bimini, and Abaco,
said the FNM is focused on
securing for the people of the
Bahamas a people’s victory.

He said: “The party expects
all FNM members, supporters

and affiliates to give their,

utmost focus to winning the
next general election for the

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“I therefore urge all FNMs,
and all who wish to see better
governance, to support and
work hard in giving the victory
to the FNM and its candidates
who have been nominated by
the party,” Mr Thompson said.

He urged the public to sup-
port the FNM in its efforts to
win the government so that
quality of life for Bahamians is
improved.

During the PLP’s term in

office, there has been industri-
al unrest among civil servants,
including teachers, customs
officers, prison officers and
nurses. There have also been
several scandals, involving var-
ious members of the PLP cab-
inet. .
Mr Thompson said Bahami-
ans should give 100 per cent
support to the party leader
Hubert Ingraham and to all
FNM candidates in the con-
stituencies in the Bahamas.

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therefore fruitless to attempt to
hide assets. ‘The EFCC interna-
tional networks are also far-
reaching.”

Ribadu said those accusing
EFCC of targeting those in the
opposition political parties are
mischievous, as, he said, “we
have not targeted General
Muhammadu Buhari or Chief
Sunday Awoniyi.”

Ribadu said that it took the
establishment of EFCC to give
hope and succour to defence-
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of fact that has to be dealt with

@ By Sir Ronald Sanders



(The writer is a business exec-
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diplomat)

A new study commis-
sioned by the

Caribbean Hotels Association
(CHA) has re-emphasised the
important role that tourism
plays in the economies of many
Caribbean countries, and has
pointed to opportunities for
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Informed decision-making
about tourism by both govern-
ments and the private sector in
the Caribbean has suffered
from insufficient information
based on hard evidence.

This is the second study that
the CHA has commissioned
recently on the Caribbean
tourism industry in an effort to
guide decisions on the basis of
knowledge rather than hunch.
An earlier study conducted by
the World Travel and Tourism
Council in 2004, established the
considerable contribution (an
average of 65 per cent) that
tourism is making to the GDP
of the region.

The ten countries covered by
the new study are: Antigua and
Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados,
Dominican Republic, Domini-
ca, Jamaica, St Lucia, St. Kitts
& Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago

and the US Virgin Islands.

[ve point of the study
was to quantify what a
sampling of the hotels (small
and large) in the 10 countries
spends on an annual basis on
locally and regionally produced
goods and services, and their
contribution to the revenues of
governments.

Only 54 of the 604 hotels in
the ten countries responded. Of
these the properties in the
USVI and Trinidad and Tobago
were reported to be outstanding
in their cooperation.

This reticence in providing
information indicates two
things: the intensely competi-
tive character of the hotel busi-
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own decision-making. It is an
area in which CHA will have
to work continuously in the
future to educate its members.

In any event despite the fact
that only 8.9 per cent of the
properties responded, the study
concluded that “the sample size
overall was sufficiently large to
make generalizations with a lev-
el of precision of plus or minus
5 per cent at a 95 per cent level
of accuracy”.

S of the findings are
as follows:

e 93 per cent of the utilities,
i.e., electricity, water and
telecommunications purchased
by hotels comes from the local
economy;

e 84 per cent of services
required by the hotel sector are
being purchased locally.

e 74 per cent of vegetable



There is need
for Caribbean
countries to
develop
agricultural
production and
marketing plans,
and to dismantle
barriers to the
importation of
fish, fruit and
eggs from
regional
neighbours.

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used by the hotel sector are pro-
duced locally;

e 67 per cent of dairy prod-
ucts are sourced locally;

e 63 per cent of meats are
sourced locally;

e the hotel sector provides
employment at the average rate



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of 2.3 employees per room,
spending $61.1 per room per
day in payroll and related costs
in 2005;

e The hotel sector provides
direct entrepreneurial opportu-

nities in at least 14 areas identi-

fied in the survey e.g. taxi con-
cessions, water sports, spas and
beauty salon, gift and craft
shops and restaurants.

But, there are areas in which
the hotels could do better and
which provide opportunities for
local and regional businesspeo-
ple, including fishermen, inte-
rior designers and construction
firms.

FR: example in a region
whose waters are abun-
dant with fish, only 20 per cent
of hotel needs is purchased
locally. The share of the local
market for fresh fruit and eggs
is even worse at 16 per cent and
10 per cent respectively.

The hotels claim that “fac-
tors beyond their control influ-
ence their ability to procure
locally, such as local supply
chain elements -e.g. availability,
quality, price, reliability, and
logistics and convenience, as
well as intra-regional shipment
issues On a regional scale”.

This points, once again, to

‘and regional economy.

the urgent need for a regional
transportation policy for the
efficient and swift movement of
goods within the region, and the
opportunity for reliable ship-
ping to fill an obvious void.
Equally, there is need for
Caribbean countries to devel-
op agricultural production and
marketing plans, and to dis-
mantle barriers to the importa-
tion of fish, fruit and eggs from
regional neighbours.

Were such arrangements in
place, Guyana, Dominica, St
Vincent, St Lucia and Belize
could provide much of the fish,
fruit and other agricultural
products still being imported by
the hotel sector in the region.

The study also revealed that
less than one-half (47 per cent)
of requirements for light manu-
facturing is sourced locally even
though some items are higher
than the average. For example
bakery has an 80 per cent share

of the market, non-alcoholic -

beverages 66 per cent, uniforms
60 per cent, and printing and
stationery 56 per cent.
Expenditures on construc-
tion and fitting out of hotel
plant are extremely low with
market share at 39 per cent
locally and 8 per cent regional-

y.

CHA should be congratulat-
ed for its effort to raise the basis
of decision-making about the
tourism industry from hunch to
research.

Now governments and the
private sector should join them



CHA should
be congratulated
for its effort to
raise the basis of
decision-making |
about the
tourism industry. -
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research. |

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gists continue to correctly iden-
tify the cultural inability of many
Bahamians to deal with con-
frontation as the root of most of
the violence in our society.

This subject deserves even
more national attention, as there
is no reason why it should be
beyond correction, even at this
point, and even through the lim-
ited institutions of social inter-
yention that we have.

: When you examine the statis-
tics, and note that about a half of
all murders in The Bahamas are
related to domestic violence and
disputes between acquaintances,
it illustrates the extent of bad or
- non-existing parenting out there.
' It also tells us that more legis-
lation geared specifically toward
protecting the integrity of the fam-
ily as an institution (such as the
present bills addressing abusive
relationships) should have some
effect, as will beefed up interven-
tion on the part of Social Services.

I: view of its essential char-
acteristics, it is hard not to
view the fight against crime in The
Bahamas as a job for the social
scientists. It stems from dysfunc-
tionality and inadequate sociali-
sation, and so there we must
address it if we are to do any bet-
ter than mere damage control.

But make no mistake about it:
the traditional methods of law
and order have their place too
and now more than ever. When
it comes to policing, there is per-
haps no more urgent matter than
removing the totally unaccept-
able number of guns now appar-
ently circulating with ease among
the criminally-minded.

Of course, we all know that
guns alone are inoffensive
objects and that the basic prob-
lem lies with people. But the
inescapable fact of the matter is
that no worse mix exists than
guns and stupid people. As stu-
pid people seem unlikely to face
extinction anytime soon, it stands
to reason that making illegal
guns as rare a thing as possible
would benefit a society where
the two seem to interact with far
too much frequency.

Granted, many of our most
serious crimes of violence involve
knives and all sorts of other
implements. But criminal acts
involving a gun are so much
more likely to escalate into mur-
der because guns depersonalise
the violent act. To pull a trigger is
just so easy, like in the movies
and videogames.

M: own involvement as
a witness to the

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last year drove home that point

for me. To witness the ease with

which a dumb young hood peels
off shots from a Colt automatic
just to make a point is chilling.
Worse, it suggests the casual-
ness with which some of last
year’s more senseless murders
were committed, in some cases

as the perpetrators left the scene -

of a successful robbery., Appar-
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There is perhaps
no more urgent
matter than
removing the .
totally unaccept-
able number of
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‘with ease among

the criminally-
minded.



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shot, illustrating the very stupidi-
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much higher, as is the likelihood
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of investigation) that led to the

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choice of lifestyle in the first place,
In the short-term, no amount
of social work will sufficiently

’ address the prevalence of vio-

lent criminality in our commu-
nities unless something is done to
reverse a fundamental and unac-
ceptable reality: that guns, most-
ly illegal ones, are so numerous
on the streets of our country that
they are now a normal part of
life for many young Bahamians.

It is also clear that the pre-
sent approach of having period-
ic amnesties and low-key stop
and search exercises is not
enough. Investigative policing is
needed to uncover the networks
that obviously exist for bringing
guns into the country, as they are
not manufactured here.

As importantly, the laws gov-
erning sentencing need to be
used to ensure that criminal acts
involving illegal guns are treated
in a way that reflects the over-
whelming public interest in see-
ing to their eradication. For those
who use guns for criminal acts, it
is frankly difficult to justify a sen-
tence that does not basically
amount to life in the sense that
their criminally productive years
are spent behind bars.

This island will not return to
sanity until the sight of an illegal
firearm (much less the procure-
ment of one for the commission
of an illegal act) is made a real
rarity.

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Tribune Staff Reporter for the first time ever had os
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AS the 26th annual West on both sides." .
Indian Literature Conference For Bahamian literature
drew to a close on Saturday at lovers also, new "commonali-
the College of the Bahamas, ties" with their West Indian rat's
several commentators agreed counterparts were discovered. 218
that a new era of wider critical According to Callaghan, this
consideration for Bahamian lit- blossoming mutual appreciation Wek
erature may well have been ush- is timely. sou
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Previously set adrift in the lit- ly in this era of globalisation - a 234
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intrinsic to discussions of West identity, as we need a stronger ony
Indian literature, and neither _s pe x oT = regional political identity." oes
able to consistently find recep- ] LELAWATEE Manoo-Rahming, a Guyanese-born Bahami- = MARK McWatt, a Guyanese poet, novelist and professor of Dr Michael Bucknor, from ae
tive audiences in North Ameri- _ an resident, writer and engineer, makes her presentation West Indian literature, takes to the stand UWE, Mona, said that he was es
can circles, Bahamian literary "very happy to be in the oe
offerings have in many ways been considered...more a part on...what needs to be done in school of English studies at pleased Dr Strachan, himself an Bahamas for the first time" and oat
been treading water in the — of the north American circuit order to. get Bahamian writers COB, agreed that the under- author of several novels, said _ praised the choice of theme for tre.
Northern Caribbean, struggling than a part of the Caribbean _ to, well, consider their craft representation of Bahamian lit- that his department.are "going __ the conference, "Horizons." ee
to achieve the feedback acade- circuit, and I think that it’s cru- — more seriously, and also being — erature in Caribbean research — to jump at that opportunity to ' "It’s areal appropriate place sees
mics agree is necessary for lit- cial and bringing all of us here able to interest the rest of the — and scholarship was a serious get more exposure for Bahami- __ to have this thinking through of ac
erary movements to grow. proved it, that they’re very world...and the rest of the — hindrance. an writers." horizons and Caribbean culture, is
Yesterday, however, on the — much Caribbean,” said Profes- © Caribbean, in reviewing and In this respect, a significant “When major Caribbean Caribbean literature and sp
last day of the three-day event, sor Evelyn O’Callaghan from reading and critiquing their development for Bahamian — scholars start to really write | Caribbean criticism...because al
academics from across the West the University of West Indies — work,” said Prof Callaghan. authors came in the form ofan about Bahamian writers, that’s | almost everywhere I’ve been so Wate
Indies agreed that a new light (UWE), Caves Hill, Barbados. The professor, who teaches offer, made during the round when we know that we’ve _ far the horizons are right there mad
had been shone on the Bahami- Several visitors agreed that | West Indian literature, said that table session, from the edit’ r arrived,” he said, adding that and so it becomes a kind of both IN,
an literary scene in the wake of | one of the most eye-opening _ it is this international feedback — of West Indian online journal — finding a publisher has for a material as well as conceptual ane
the conference sessions at the three-day event _ that is crucial to improvement, who offered to have a whole _ long time, and still is, consid- _ reference," he said. ° aebly
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= BAHAMIAN poet Marion Bethel captivates the conference during a reading of her work

Audience appreciative of
standard of conference

§ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

YOUNG English students
and writers were pleased to be
able to gain exposure to a high
level of academic scholarship,
as well as receive encourage-
ment and inspiration for their
own creative efforts during the
West Indian Literature confer-
ence, hosted at the College of
the Bahamas.

Jasmine, an English BA can-
didate, said she hopes this is not
the last interaction she will have
with the Bahamian authors she
met during the conference.

"l’m just hoping that after-
wards the Bahamian writers will
return to our younger writers
such as myself and others in my
class and continue to encour-
age us and even mentor some of
us...so that the writing of
Bahamian people doesn’t go
away or fade away," she said.

Mass communications major,
Kamihl Gibson, who takes
classes in English, agreed that
there needs to be more involve-
ment.

"Bahamian authors (must)
look to the younger generation
and inspire them, that there
should be a comfortable space
for them to express themselves
in whatever way shape or
form," she said.

Kamihl said she feels her gen-
eration has become "too depen-
dent on other cultures", specif-

ically American culture, and.

praised the conference for pro-





Hi OBEDIAH Michael Smith
reads some of his work

viding young Bahamians with
"something that is Caribbean,
that's strictly ours, so they can
get in touch with their own her-
itage, their own past."

Patrick, another English
major, said he was very “excited
and impressed by the speakers
and the papers" presented dur-
ing the three-day literary extrav-
aganza.

Dr Ian Strachan, chair of the
school of English studies, said
he felt the students, who were
also working voluntarily at the
conference, had "really bene-
fited" from the event.

"Just being able to talk at a
higher level about literature and
culture and those types of
things. I think it’s been a huge
success from that standpoint,"
he said.

Saturday saw presentations

SANDRA Pacquet-Pouchet, editor of the online journal
Anthurium, and her husband stand next to award-winning

novelist Earl Lovelace



i VISITING professors Sandra Pacquet-Pouchet, Caroline

Cooper and Kvelyn O’Callaghan



HM PRESENTERS (back row)Christian Campbell, Patricia
Glinton-Meicholas, Obediah Michael Smith and Mark McWatt
(front row) Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming, Nicolette Bethel,
Marion Bethel and Angelique Nixon

on topics ranging from
Jamaican political ideology, the

idea of "the folk", the role of

dancehall music in Jamaican
culture, and the Caribbean
influence on the Salem witch
trials.

Dr Kim Robinson-Walcott,
from UWE, Mona, discussed
the rise of political disillusion-
ment in Jamaica post-indepen-
dence, and its representation
and exploration i in novels such
as Orlando Patterson's "Chil-
dren of Sisyphus", and Errol
Mcdonald's "Legitimate Resis-
tance."

Bahamian PhD candidate
Christian Campbell gave a pre-
sentation entitled ‘Dis We
Tings. Folk, Romance, Nation”
in which he argued for a re-

examination of the concept of

“the folk” in the Caribbean.

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and reductive notion of tradi-
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the region, according to Associ-
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| Speaking for over an hour to
‘a packed gymnasium in E] Alto
- a poor, indigenous city on a
cliff above the capital La Paz —
‘Chavez also taunted Bush and
repeated accusations that the
US was trying to assassinate
him and close ally Bolivian
President Evo Morales, allega-
tions the US has denied.

“The Empire is in counterat-
tack, with the head of the
émpire himself leading the
attack,” Chavez said. “And
why? Because they realise that
the popular Latin American
offensive is for real. Fifteen
years ago, the American empire
thought they had won the final
battle when the Soviet Union

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fell. They let out their tri-
umphant cry: ‘Here is Super-
man!’”

He said now was the time for
Latin America’s newly social-
ist countries to fight back.

“We have resisted for a long
time. But no one wins a battle
always staying on the defen-
sive,” he said. “This is no longer
a time for defence. This is a
time for attack. Let loose the
charging cavalry!”

Chavez said the US
embassies in Venezuela and
Bolivia were conspiring to over-
throw him and Morales, citing
as precedent the US-backed
1973 coup in Chile that toppled
socialist President Salvador
Allende.

“Alert: The embassy, the
embassies of the United States,
continue developing plans for
assassinations and coups in our
countries,” Chavez said.

He also said spies who once
infiltrated his government had
tried to halt his socialist revolu-
tion by not passing along phone
messages from Cuban President
Fidel Castro.



Donning a_ traditional
Andean poncho and a wreath
of coca leaves, Chavez tried on
a Bolivian miner’s helmet and a
traditional Quechua hat looped
in neon thread while professing
his love for the country named
after his idol, the 19th-century
South American revolutionary
Simon Bolivar.

Agreements

He and Morales signed a series
of agreements strengthening ties
between the already close
nations, pledging closer integra-
tion of Bolivia and Venezuela’s
petroleum industries and offi-
cially naming Bolivia a member
of Banco Sur, a South American
development bank Chavez sees
as an alternative to the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund.

Chavez appears intent on
spoiling Bush’s tour of Latin
America, holding an anti-Bush
rally in a soccer stadium Friday
in the Argentine capital, then
heading to flood-ravaged
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Bogota on Sunday.

While Bush has declined to
even mention Chavez’s name
during appearances this week
in Brazil and Uruguay, Chavez
has peppered his lengthy
speeches with jibes at his ideo-
logical rival to the north. Sun-

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havez vows socialist opposition
to US ‘Superman’ in Bolivia visit

day’s appearance in El Alto -
13,100 feet above sea level —
was no different.

Bush’s plane. “doesn’t dare”
fly over the Andean city,
Chavez said, “because here we
are so high up he might think
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incapable, of enforcmg our laws and regulations fo)! ou rd ist (he PI
our enviranment,” the PNM said : : m1 a

tion asunny the

maint thereby the ovei

coment which in
yotural enayvimonment larg y Il hay DOS effect on the

tratepic me. And t! nians one of the
hy the Bahamian people will
th the government again alter

elections.” he said

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ide- 1 } | “We can measure the econo
provide for him now her hus Fit CARER HO IAv RT EIB
band is gone. Bahamas and its allure to sharks.) ey Wall am bh ieenen Enon Leth et
He had worked in construc- also featured the large economic ine RIneSnGt
: : 3 : western side of Crooked tslanda the economy produces jobs of dig-
tion, primarily steelwork and thrust throughout the archipelago - . : ‘ jity over the STs a
; Heh ij tt f 1g one of the most fabulous contin nity over the long term and pre-
‘ , . TAG 1 Lot or . 2 ® ‘ ;
OLE eee and its resulting ¢ fect on marine uous runs of pure white sand serves our community assets.

life.

Mr Jacques’ death brings the
homicide count up to 15 for the
year. At the end of February,
the murder of a Haitian pastor
and well-known community
builder, Reverend Nabal Louis,
left a community in ‘deep
shock" and caused police and
his family to question if any-
one is safe from violence.

Other Haitians have been

From this standpoint, the FNM,
which was credited in the NG issue
with the environmental initiative
lo preserve ecologic al areas said

‘that “the government is selling ofl

this environment, cheap.”

“In Mayaguana, the PLP just.

about gave away 10,000 acres of
prime crown land for a second gat-
ed community for non Bahami-

beach facing pure white sand-bot
tomed turquoise water we've seen
in the islands
swimmuino beach: Phat t

It has not vet dawned on the

PLP that crown land can be grant-

ed to Bahamians who may have
the viston. resources and national
interest needed to develop ow
islands in as rd with our owt

Batloabout pertect:

“Or we can do what the pol-
luters are urging us to do: Treat
the plantt as if it were a business in
md convert our nat-
ural resources into casb as quickly
as possible. I his is pollution-based
prosperity, Ttecreates the Tlusion of
a prosperous economy, but our
children will pay for our joyride.”

tHe PNM continued: “Bahami-
ans cannot trust the PLP with their

iquidatior

Please be advised that Katherine Mackey

is no longer employed by
Custom Computers Ltd.

vision. Bahamians not only want

murdered in the laSt six weeks. inianecce ds

Yesterday, police press liaison

ans who will outnumber the 300
residents of that scemie island

publicly-owned land and with their
\t the upcoming

loons ta tourism
*n Wonment

tees . 2 s : oO iW yew lerest

officer Walter Evans said police Even after the fierce outery over ')"! ; 1 0

: : ; spetis ’ ry also w d deserve more election we are confident that the j j
are looking at all angles in their this giveaway, the PLP govern sat a viti nand zi : Rahamian people will put an end and is not authorised to transact
. . by . = . x eps ait By ~ b fee y ‘Me thir t wn and opera 1 t pie | c a a
nee Hes Hon ito Mr ee ae is ae preertealitg PS st H resort properties, especially in the io the PLP’s liquidation of our any business on our behalf.

m Ww t , ar at re sale , apes : s 5
thefe ioe Sahai san lies a Ae ee ape Sn oe Family Islands. The FNM will — heritage and our natural resources.

y in paradise. - next door o1 encourage such ownership.” th Then an PNM government led

between his death and those of
other recently killed Haitians.
~No’arrests*have yet been
made in connection with the
brutal attack. Police investiga-
tions are continuing.

Island Traders Building, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
T: (242) 322-2115 © (242) 396-1100
www.customcomputers.bs

Crooked Island. They are consid-
ering the sale of nearly 300 acres at
French Wells for another residen-
tial development.

“The third edition of the
Bahamas Cruising Guide describes

by Aubert Ingraham will set about
again fo repair PLP damage
and save our paradise - which is in
danger of being lost — for ourselves
and for future generations of
Bahamians.”

party said.

The FNM said that the
development pohcy may be best
described in the words of a noted
environmentalist who recently
spoke of the intimate link between

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BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

P.O. BOX N-7509
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BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE

ALL RISKS (BUILDINGS & CONTENTS, PLANT, MACHINERY &
EQUIPMENT INCLUDING SUB-STATION SITES

TENDER NO. 597/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m. —
and addressed as follows:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Marked: Tender No. 597/06
“GENERAL INSURANCE — BUILDINGS, PLANT & MACHINERY”
The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.
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BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION. me

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE

PUBLIC & EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY, PERSONALACCIDENT,
PRIVATE CAR & COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

TENDER NO. 398/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 598/06

“GENERAL INSURANCE — PUBLIC & EMPLOYERS’
LIABILITY AND MOTOR VEHICLES”

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TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
MONEY & FIDELITY

TENDER NO. 599/06

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provision of general] insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages. from
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at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Marked: Tender No. 599/06

“GENERAL INSURANCE — MONEY & FIDELITY”
The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

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TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
MARINE INSURANCE

TENDER NO. 600/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 600/06
“GENERAL INSURANCE = MARINE INSURANCE”
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_ TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY (DIRECTORS & OFFICERS)

TENDER NO. 610/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
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Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 601/06

“GENERAL INSURANCE - PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY
DIRECTORS & OFFICERS”

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

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TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS

TENDER NO. 602/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager _
ve'Bhue Hill & Tucker Rosds
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Marked: Tender No. 602/06
“GENERAL INSURANCE — ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS”
The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

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together locals and winter residents in a festival of culture and

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RBC Royal Bank of Canada is pleased to announce the
appointment of Bahamian banker, Mr. Toure Holder as
Country Head for RBC’s operations in St. Kitts. In this role,
Mr. Holder will oversee RBC’s two branches and an
operations centre in St. Kitts.

“Toure has shown tremendous leadership within RBC’s
Bahamas branch network. His promotion reflects
RBC’s commitment to identifying local talent to serve
as leaders throughout the Caribbean and where
possible, globally,” said Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr. Vice
President and Country Head, Bahamas. “This exposure
will give Toure tremendous opportunity to broaden
his banking knowledge and experience, which will
undoubtedly enhance his banking career,” Mr. Beneby
further stated. .

“| look forward to serving our clients in St. Kitts and to
providing high quality products and services to meet their

~ banking and financial neéds,” Mr- Holder said. “I greatly

appreciate this opportunity.”
Mr. Holder has served RBC in The Bahamas in

‘- numerous capacities during his 15-year tenure with
_ the bank. He joined the bank as a teller at RBC’s
JFK Branch, Nassau, Bahamas in 1991, serving in a

number of key positions, including Personal Banking
Representative, Branch Manager, Assistant Manager of
Loans, and most recently, Manager at Royal Bank’s
Freeport Branch in Grand Bahama.

Mr. Holder is a Rotarian and has served as a Director
of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. He is
currently RBC’s Representative to the Eastern Caribbean
Central Bank and its representative at the Eastern
Caribbean Institute of Bankers.

Mr, Holder is married to the former Ruth Johnson and has
two children.



Lester Cox Accepts Assignment
in Toronto ar

RBC Royal Bank of Canada is pleased to announce that
Bahamian banker Mr. Lester K.A. Cox has rejoined the
organization as a Senior Account Manager located in
Toronto, where he will gain experience in Real Estate and
Project Financing. Mr. Cox is scheduled to return to Nassau
when his training is completed.

“Lester will have the opportunity to develop a broad
perspective of best banking practices in the real estate
and hospitality industries. His training in Toronto will
make him a valuable resource to RBC’s Bahamas and
Caribbean operations. Lester’s insights and experience
will be particularly helpful with the rapid increase
in major tourism developments and the second home
market in The Bahamas and other parts of the region,”
said Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Vice President and Country
Head, Bahamas.

Mr. Cox’s banking career started with RBC 27 years ago.
Moving to another financial institution, he served as
Retail Banking Director for the Windward Islands, Country
Head for St. Lucia and had various management
assignments in Barbados and The Bahamas. Mr. Cox
rejoined RBC in 2006.

Lester has undergraduate and graduate degrees and
certificates from the University of North Texas,
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Francais. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian

Bankers. He is married to Joan Cox.

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Doctors Hospitial is an integrated system of excellence dedicated to \providing quality,
compassionate health cave. Otir annual atoards| provide us an opportunity to recognize
and reward our outstanding Associates who are contnitted to excellence and the delivery
of quality service. Doctors Hospital would like to\acknotoledye all of its Associates and
thank them for their commitment, support and leadership venlized during the year.



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A YEAR of contentious
talks on the future status of
Kosovo ended Saturday in a
bitter deadlock over a U.N.
plan that would set the dis-
puted Serbian province on
the road to independence,
according to Associated Press.

Serbia’s nationalist prime
minister, Vojislav Kostunica,

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dence including its own army,
flag, anthem and constitution,

could encourage other inde-

pendence-minded regions
around the world to break
away. Serbian President Boris
Tadic said he found the idea
of parting with the province
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- protectorate since 1999, when

NATO airstrikes on Belgrade
ended a Serbian crackdown
on ethnic Albanian sepa-
ratists in the southern
province.

Dispute

The U.N. plan is an attempt
to resolve the final major dis-
pute remaining after
Yugoslavia’s bloody 1990s

_breakup.

Kosovo President Fatmir
Sejdiu made it clear that his

ethnic Albanian majority sees
eventual independence as the
only acceptable outcome.

“Independence is the alpha
and omega — the beginning
and end of our position,”
Sejdiu said, adding that ethnic
Albanians “lock forward to
one day joining the family of
free nations.”

U.N. special envoy Martti
Ahtisaari conceded that last-
ditch efforts to get the rival
sides to agree on his proposal

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ends in bitter deadlock on UN plan

“No amount of additional .
negotiations will change
that,” an exasperated Ahti-
saari told reporters, adding:
“Tt is my firm conclusion that
the potential of negotiations
is exhausted.”

The former Finnish presi-
dent said he would now deliv-
er the package to the Securi-
ty Council by the end of the
month.

An agreement was not
required for the plan to go
up for.a Security Council.
vote, but it would have
helped prevent a possible
diplomatic showdown there:
Although the United States
and the European Union sup-
port the plan, it has drawn
criticism from Russia, an ally
of Serbia that wields veto
power at the United Nations.

Ultranationalists in Serbia
have threatened to stage an
uprising if Kosovo is granted
independence, but Tadic
made clear Saturday that his
government “has refrained so
far, and will refrain in the
future, from the use of force.”

Kosovo Prime Minister
Agim Ceku played down dis-
appointment among some
ethnic Albanians that the
plan would not provide full
and immediate statehood.

Proposal |

“This proposal for sure will
give Kosovo independence,”
he said, urging a speedy Secu-
rity Council resolution abol-
ishing Serbia’s sovereignty
over the province.

Sejdiu, however, acknowl-
edged that Kosovo’s leaders
made “very painful compro-
mises” by agreeing to give the
dwindling Serbian minority
broad rights in running their
daily affairs.

Serb displeasure ran deep-
er.
Inside Saturday’s closed-
door talks at Vienna’s ornate
former imperial Hofburg
Palace, Kostunica said he was
outraged that Serbia could
end up losing 15 percent of
its territory, requiring “new
redrawing of borders and
endanger the foundation on
which international order is
based.”

Western officials fear that
impatience is growing among
Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians,
who have pressed for inde-
pendence since the early

‘1990s, and that tensions could

plunge the turbulent region

.. back into.violence.

Some ethnic Albanians
have already staged bloody
street protests, saying the
plan offers too many conces-
sions to the Serbs and stops
short of granting Kosovo full
independence. And the Serb-
dominated north has vowed
to secede if the province gains
statehood.









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visits Aighanistan to
check on handling
of detained suspects:

TORONTO
CANADA'S defence min-
ister traveied to Afghanistan
on Sunday.to meet with
Afghan human rights offi-
cials to ensure that Taliban
detainees handed over to the
government by Canadian,
troops are properly treated,
according to Associated
Press.

Gordon O'Conner's trip
comes as he has come under
fire over Ottawa's policy
regarding the handover of -
detainees — criticism which
was further fueled after two
human rights groups said
prisoners were handed over
on numerous occasions by
Canadian troops knowing
they would be abused.

Gordon said he wanted .
confirmation that the state~
sponsored Afghanistan Inde-
pendent Human Rights
Commission would "do what
they say they are going to
do" and inform Canada of
any abuses.

On March 4, O'Conor said
the International Committee
of the Red Cross monitored
the treatment of the
detainees, but the ICRC has
said that is not the case.

Last month, Canada
signed a deal with the
ATHRC to undertake such
monitoring. Under the mew
deal, Canada must notify the
ECRC as well as the commis-
sion when if transfers a pris-
oner to Afghan custody. =~

O'Connor said that during
his surprise visit he wants to
go over the terms of the
agreement to ensure it
works.

"In addition to talking
with the human rights orga-
nization here, f am also
going to go through the
entire process here on the
ground. The staff are going
to explain to me the entire
process — how it happens,"
he told The Canadian Press
in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The investigations by
Canada's Military Police
Complaints Commission into
the allegations that troops
handed over prisoners know-

‘ing they would be abused

were spuried launched after
Amnesty International
Canada and the British
Columbia Civil Liberties
Association lodged com-
plaints.

There are also at least
three investigations going on
into the alleged beating of
three captured Taliban who ,
were picked up near the vil-
lage Dukah, 50 kilometers
(30 miles) west of Kandahar.
on April 7, 2006.

According to prisoner-
transfer logs obtained and
released to the media by an
Ottawa law professor, the
prisoners suffered lacera-
tions and contusions.

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POPE Benedict XVI's meeting next
week with President Vladimir Putin
will benefit the small Catholic com-
munity in Russia, the pontiff's envoy
in Moscow said ‘Saturday, but he
declined to say whether he expected

an invitation for Benedict to go to.

Moscow, according to Associated
Press.
Benedict's talks with Putin at the



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property disputes between the church-
es have also put both sides at odds.
Putin's predecessors, Mikhail Gor-
bachev and Boris Yeltsin, invited John
Paul to Russia. Putin, in two mect-
ings at the Vatican with John Paul,
did not issue any such invitation.
Mennini, who is the apostolic nun-
cio in Moscow, was asked in a separate
interview, published Saturday in the
Catholic daily Avvenire, if Putin
would hold talks at the Vatican

Vatican on Tuesday "certainly willbe without extending an invitation |o
a portent of good fruits in further rela- | Russia. The envoy sidesiepp od
tions between the Holy See and the question.

Russian Federation, to the advantage
as well of the Catholic Church in Rus-
sia," Monsignor Antonio Mennini told
Vatican Radio.

Benedict and Putin will be holding
the highest-level Kremlin- Vatican
talks in more than three years, and it
will be the first meeting between the
pope and the Russian leader.

The late John Paul II's dream of
going to Moscow was thwarted by ten-
sions between Catholic and Ortho-
dox Christians following the fall of

Tuesday's meeting |
be a significant event" wilh coume i
cal effects, the envoy told the da
which is published by the ltalian bi
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@ MADRID, Spain

SPAIN unveiled a towering
monument on Sunday to those
killed three years ago in the
bombings that ripped apart
rush-hour commuter trains —
a glass oval containing messages
of condolence written in the
aftermath of Europe’s worst
Islamic terror attack, according
to Associated Press.

King Juan Carlos, Queen
Sofia, senior government offi-
cials and an invitation-only
crowd of several hundred peo-
ple observed three minutes of

silence at a solemn anniversary
ceremony in memory of the 191
people killed and more than
1,800 wounded in the attacks of
March 11, 2004.

Under glorious sunshine,
a lone cellist played the
mournful strains of “Song of the
Birds” by Pablo Casals, a com-
position meant to be a call
for peace. There were no
speeches.

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away tears at the ceremony out-
side Atocha rail station, one of
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Accompanied by guards
wearing old-style plumed hel-
mets, the king placed a laurel
wreath at the foot of the monu-
ment: a 35-foot-tall glass cylin-
der with a transparent inner
membrane bearing messages of
condolence that Spaniards and
other people left at Atocha after
the attacks — on notes left at
makeshift memorials of flowers
and candles, or on a computer
terminal set up for them to
record their thoughts.

These messages, in Spanish
and other languages, are only
visible from an underground
viewing chamber beneath the
hollow, slightly oval-shaped
monument.

“We are still here and we do
not forget. Together forever,”
one message in Spanish reads.
Another, in English, said,
“Words are not enough.”

The monument’s designers
say different phrases will stand
out more clearly over the course
of a day as the light shifts. At
night, they are illuminated.

The Spanish monument’s
construction moved consider-
ably more quickly than work in
New York on a comprehensive
memorial to the 2,973 victims
of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Construction in Manhattan
began a year ago; since then, it
has been redesigned to trim a
construction budget that was
approaching $1 billion. Debate
continues about security issues
for an underground portion of
the memorial, and many family
members feel that their loved
ones should be listed in a dif-
ferent planned order around the
memorial, and with more infor-
mation next to their names.

The current design for New
York includes twin reflecting
pools in place of the towers that
fell, along with a tree-lined
plaza and museum. Lynn Rasic,
spokeswoman for the World
Trade Center Memorial Foun-
dation, said construction at the
eight-acre site is set to be com-
pleted by September 2009.

The Spanish bombings were
claimed by Muslim militants
who said they were acting on
behalf of al-Qaida to avenge the
presence of Spanish troops in
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attacks had sent 1,300 peace-
keepers to Iraq and initially
blamed the Basque separatist
group ETA, maintaining this
argument even as evidence

emerged of the involvement of
Islamic extremists.
That led to allegations of a

cover-up to divert attention’

from its unpopular support of
the war in Iraq, and in elections
three days after the attacks the
conservatives were voted out of
power. Victorious Socialists led
by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapa-
tero, now the prime minister,
quickly brought home Spain’s

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troops from Iraq.

The attacks left Spain deeply
divided. Conservatives question
the Socialist government’s legit-
imacy, saying it took power
through tragedy and unfairly
refuses to resume a probe into a
possible ETA link.

The Socialists say the
conservatives made Spain a
terror target by backing the
war.





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m& BAGHDAD

A SUICIDE car bomber bar-
reled into a flatbed truck packed
with Shiite pilgrims Sunday,
touching off a giant fireball that
left charred bodies strewn
through a street in the heart of
Baghdad. At least 32 people
were killed, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The ambush-style attack
showed suspected Sunni insur-
gents again taking aim at the
millions of worshippers who
traveled to the holy city of Kar-
bala and are now heading home.

It also displayed the limita-
tions of U.S.-led crackdown
seeking to restore order in the
capital, where bombers still
strike with deadly efficiency
against mostly Shiite targets in
an apparent bid to ignite an full-
scale civil war.

Blasts killed at least 15 others
in Baghdad a day after Iraqi
officials warned an internation-
al conference that Iraq’s sectar-
ian violence could spread across
the Middle East if not quelled.

But Iraqi security officials
often find themselves outgunned
and outwitted by insurgents
when asked to handle protec-
tion without close American
backup.

Hundreds of Shiite pilgrims
were killed last week trying to
reach the rituals in Karbala,
about 50 miles south of Bagh-
dad. The exodus faces the same
risks.

The pilgrims riding back in

the truck — about 70 men and ©

boys — passed through the most
dangerous stretch of Sunni-dom-
inated territory. They were cel-
ebrating their good fortune as
they moved into heavy traffic at
a place known as Embassy
Intersection because the Ger-
man diplomatic compound occu-
pies one corner.

One of the pilgrims, Mustafa
Moussawi, noticed a car racing
far too fast coming toward them
from behind.

“Then the car bomber
slammed us,” said Moussawi, a
31-year-old vegetable store own-
er who suffered slight injuries
when he was thrown to the
street by the force of the blast.

He was among the luckiest.
Most others were swallowed by
instant flames. Another sur-
vivor, Nasir Sultan, a 38-year-
old Transportation Ministry

-worker, said he watched people
thrash helplessly i in the inferno.

Police and hospital officials
said at least 32 people died and
24 were injured.

‘. “I blame the government,”

said Moussawi. “They didn’t
provide a safe route for us even
though they knew we were tar-
gets for attack.”

In the past two years, the Shi-
ite militia Mahdi Army provided
security for the pilgrimage —
marking the end of 40 days
mourning for the 7th century

Other blasts
kill at least 15



battlefield death of the Prophet
Muhammad’s grandson. Shiites
consider him the rightful heir of
Islam’s leadership, which help
cement the rift with Sunni Mus-
lims.

This year, however, the Mah-
di militiamen has been sent to
the wings under a deal between
its leader, radical cleric Muqta-
da al-Sadr, and the government
to ease the way for the Bagh-
dad security sweeps.

The pact has apparently led
to a decrease in execution-style
slayings blamed on Shiite death
squads. It also ntade the pilgrims
easier prey.

Shortly before the truck was
attacked, a bomb-rigged car in
central Baghdad killed at least
five pilgrims and injured six. In
another part of the city, a sui-
cide bomber detonated a belt
packed with metal fragments
inside a minibus heading to a
mostly Shiite area, killing at
least 10 people and wounding
five.

Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard, who
commands U.S. units training
Iraqi forces, said nearly 80 per-
cent of Iraqi military divisions
are under full local control, but
getting the forces fully outfitted
with “logistical support” — such
as communications and state-of-
the art equipment — “is going
to take much more time.”

He also encouraged Iraqi gov-
ernment efforts to bring back
some former military and secu-
rity personnel from Saddam
Hussein’s regime — who were
part of wholesale dismissals to
clear away members of his
Baath party. .

“It’s what a person’s talents
and experience can bring to the
situation,” said Pittard, who not-
ed complaints that the past
Baath purges “went way, way
too far.”

On Saturday, irae Ss prime
minister, Nouri al-Maliki,
opened a conference of neigh-
boring nations and world pow-
ers with a warning that Iraq’s
sectarian strife could spread
across the region.

The one-day meeting was
highlighted by rare direct
exchanges between Iran and the
United States — which report-
edly grew testy in the closed-
door session with other envoys.

Iran pressed for a timetable
for a withdrawal of U.S.-led
forces from Iraq, and the U.S.
delegation reasserted claims that
Shiite militia receive weapons
and aid from Iranian sources.

But the gathering also ended
with both sides leaving open the



possibility of further contacts to
discuss Iraq._— where they share
interests as Baghdad’s top allies.
The U.S. and Iranian statements
were carefully framed in cau-
tious diplomatic language, but
they were seen by some possibly
significant steps toward easing
their nearly 28-year-old diplo-
matic freeze.

Iraq’s foreign minister, Hosh-
yar Zebari, called the confer-
ence “an icebreaking attempt to
provide an atmosphere for some
discussions.”

Zebari also repeated the fears
that Iraq could be the breeding
ground for a wider Mideast
meltdown.

“No country will be immune
from Iraq’s failure and the con-
sequences that they will suffer,”
he told CNN.

A senior member of Iraq’s
biggest Shiite political bloc —
which maintains very close ties
to Iran — applauded the inter-
action between Iran and the
United States.

“We hope that this confer-
ence would represent a good
start to establish a kind of
understanding between Ameri-
can and Iran regarding the accu-
sations and counteraccusations
about Iraq,” said Humman
Hamoudi, who heads the
group’s external affairs com-
mittee.

But, say some analysts, any
changes in relations will be like-
ly a slow evolution.

“The superpower is like a
trolley bus and not like a car. A
car can turn around on a nar-
row road,” said Imad Fawzi
Shueibi, Damascus-based polit-
ical researcher.

“The trolley has to make a
wide, slow turn. This is what you
are seeing now. The superpower —
trolley beginning to turn in
Iraq.”

In the northern city of Mosul,
a suicide bomber attacked the
offices of the largest Sunni polit-
ical group, said Mohammed
Shakir al-Ghanam, a member of
the Iraqi Islamic Party. Three
guards were killed and two
wounded, he said.

The reason for the attack was
not immediately clear. The par-
ty is the only Sunni political
movement with a national base.

Mosul, about 225 miles north-
west of Baghdad, also has wit-
nessed a rise in suspected Sunni
insurgent attacks. Iraqi troops
detained 12 suspected militants
in the Mosul area in raids since
Saturday, said an Iraqi com-
mander, Brig. Gen. Mutaa al-
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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez visits
Bolivia on counter-Bush tour

@ TRINIDAD, Bolivia

VENEZUELAN President
Hugo Chavez visited flood-
ravaged Bolivia on Saturday
to show off the fact that his
country has pledged 10 times
more aid than the Bush
administration. But local lead-
ers gave him a cool reception,
accusing him of meddling in
Bolivian politics, according to
Associated Press.

Bolivia was the latest stop
on a Chavez tour intended to
upstage President Bush’s own
trip through Latin America.
While Bush visited Brazil on
Friday, Chavez packed a soc-
cer stadium in neighboring
Argentina, telling a crowd of
20,000 leftist supporters that
Bush’s tour was a cynical
attempt to divide the region.

Thousands of Bolivians,
joined by Venezuelan aid
workers, greeted Chavez at
the airport in Trinidad, a city
in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands
where a rainy season super-
charged by El Nino has killed
51 people, driven thousands
from their homes and trig-
gered an outbreak of dengue
fever.

Chavez, wearing an
untucked red shirt in the blaz-
ing heat, kissed a Bolivian flag
held by sailors in dress whites.
He has pledged $15 million in
aid for flood victims, includ-
ing a squadron of helicopters
to deliver food to remote vil-
lages, dwarfing the $1.5 mil-
lion sent by the U.S.

“Those who want to go
directly to hell, they can follow
capitalism,” Chavez told the
crowd of some 2,000 Bolivian
flood victims and Venezuelan
and Cuban aid workers gath-
ered on the steaming airport
runway. “And those of us who
want to build heaven here on
Earth, we will follow social-
ism.”

However, not everyone wel-
comed Chavez. Bolivia’s cat-
tle-ranching state of Beni is a
stronghold of opposition to
President Evo Morales, a
Chavez ally who has pledged
to redistribute large tracts of
land to the poor. Local leaders
see Chavez’s generosity as
political opportunism and
resent his influence in Bolivia.

The Beni governor and the
mayor of Trinidad have
refused to receive Chavez,
complaining that Venezuelan
aid workers have ignored their
authority.

“We are grateful for the
assistance of the Venezuelan
people, but we’re bothered by
the intervention of Chavez in
Bolivia,” Mayor Moises
Shiriqui told The Associated
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Still, Chavez and Morales
could capitalize on public com-
plaints that the governor’s
office has been slow to dis-
tribute foreign aid to the city
of 90,000 residents, surround-
ed for a month by, miles of
black water.

One family living under a
tarp — stamped with the logo
of the U.S. Agency for Inter-
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petroleum projects, communi-
ty radio stations and a factory
to make tea from coca leaves.
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trade deal.

The dueling tours continue
Sunday, with Bush moving on
from Uruguay to U.S.-friendly
Colombia, while Chavez vis-
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cuss sending aid.

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MARCH 12 ©

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20 © ,
Have you been waiting for some
good luck to come your way, Aries?
Well, this is the week it just may
arrive in the form of an overdue
check. Spend wisely, but have fun.

TAURUS -— Apr 21/May 21
Although it is still a month or.two
away, Start thinking about your
birthday plans, Taurus. This year
you are sure to throw a bash.that
will be remembered by all. :

GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21

A trip to the doctor gives you news
that you didn’t expect. You may
have to mend some of your
unhealthy habits. It’s never too’ late
to make resolutions.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You may have been pondering start-
ing a new business, Cancer. Being
self-employed has its benefits: but
also several downfalls — consider
both sides carefully. 7

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

A better mood keeps you lively
this week, Leo. When you’re on a
roll, it’s hard to match your work
ethic. Make sure the boss seés all
of youn hard work.

VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22:
You’ve decided to get that pesky

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completed this week, Virgo. It
will be such a weight off of your
shoulders once itis done. ~

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 *;
Too many road trips have left “your
car worse for the wear, Libra. ‘You
just made the investment, so take it
easy for a while. Tuesday is a*good
day for relaxation.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Have you been feeling lonely,
Scorpio? It might be time to invite
over some friends to help beat the
blues. Thursday is a good day for a
late dinner or movie night. °

SAGITTARIUS — Noy 23/Dee 21
It seems. you’ve gotten yourself
into another work bind, Sagittarius.
You just can’t seem to find a place
that holds your attention. Keep
looking and don’t settle.

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Capricorn, and this week might be the
worst of all. But rest assured that‘once
this blows over you’ll be back on
your feet.

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Wednesday, Aquarius. However,
you may be too busy to see it com-
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Tribune Business Editor

The administrator for a “col-
lapsed” $448 million Bahamas-
registered investment fund has
told liquidators that he cannot
provide them with key records
because they were destroyed
by a storage company due to
non-payment of fees, a devel-
opment likely to enrage
investors who are likely to only
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cent of their original principal
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investors to acquire
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SEXISTING shareholders in

BSL Holdings, which pur-

chased the 78 per cent majori-.

ty stake in Bahamas Super-
markets from Winn-Dixie last
year, have a 30-day period in
which to acquire Abaco Mar-
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buyout group, the latter having
confirmed Tribune Business’s
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Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
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‘Tribune Business Editor

THE estate of the late
Edward St George has rejected
- two separate offers by Sir Jack

Hayward to acquire its stake

in Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (ICD), the hold-
ing company that owns the
-Grand Bahama Port Authori-
‘ty (GBPA) and Port Group
Ltd, saying a negotiated set-
tlement was impossible until
Sir Jack either abandoned or a
court ruled against his claim
to 75 per cent ICD ownership.
In a letter to Gregory Moss,
of Moss & Associates, and
John Wilson, of McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes, who had
conveyed the separate offers,
Fred Smith, the Callenders &
Co attorney acting for the St
George estate, said his clients
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In correspondence on March
6, 2007, Mr Smith said the
Government was also likely to
oppose the buyout of one side
by the other, making the two
_offers “impractical”.
He said: “We should add
further that the Government

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practical, viable’ solution

has given a very clear indica-
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to the buying out by one share-

holder of the other, thus leav- _

ing the GBPA and its associ-
ated companies under the sole
majority control of the Hay-
ward or St George interests.

“Given the recent history of
these companies, this position
is hardly surprising.” What has
been suggested in both letter is,
therefore, not only inequitable
but also impractical, since it is
clear the relevant government
approval would not be forth-
coming.”

Mr Smith added: “Indeed,
in light of the above, the estate
considers it likely that the only
appropriate approach once the
issue of beneficial ownership
has been determined will be
for ICD and its subsidiaries to
be placed under new and
appropriate management and
prepared for a public offering,

SEE page 9B

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funds with these entities, man-
aged by Canada-based Nor-
shield.

In his report to the Ontario
courts, Raymond Massi of
RSM Richter, who is working
on the Olympus Univest and
Mosaic Composite liquidations
with Bahamian accountant

Clifford Culmer, of BDO
Mann Judd, said the former’s
fund administrator until it shut
down in October, 2004, had
been Nassau-based Cardinal
International.

Cardinal International had
also provided accounting ser-
vices to Mosaic Composite,

and Mr Massi said Stephen

Hancock, Cardinal’s president,
had provided the liquidators
with “limited books and
records” on the two entities
prior to an examination under
oath.

Mr Massi alleged that Mr
Hancock told them that before

Cardinal International’s clo-
sure, he had sent a copy of ©
Olympus Univest’s accounting
records in electronic form to
the former controller and
information technology admin-

SEE page 8B



BISX firm ‘refuses’ to pay $1.1m to ‘collapsed’ fund

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
_ Tribune Business Editor .
TRUSTEES of a BISX-listed company
are allegedly “refusing” to turn over to
the liquidators of a “collapsed” $448 mil-
lion Bahamian-registered investment fund
some $1.1 million in dividends that the
fund is owed.

No explanation was given in the sixth
report by the receiver for the Olympus
Univest fund as to why the trustees for
Premier Real Estate Investment Corpo-
ration, in which the fund holds a 49 per
cent stake, were not remitting the divi-

Transactions involving Bahamian entities

dends to the liquidators.
Raymond Massi, of Canada-based
RSM Richter, who is working with
Bahamian accountant Clifford Culmer, of
BDO Mann Judd, on the liquidation, said
they had determined that Mosaic Com-
posite, the counter party for Olympus Uni-
vest, held the 49 per cent stake in Pre-
mier, which is a real estate investment
trust - set up as a mutual fund - to own
Bahamas-based property.

“In addition to its holdings in this

‘artificially inflated’ Olympus Univest values

income trust, Mosaic is currently owed
approximately $1.1 million in unpaid dis-
tributions from Premier,” Mr Massi’s
report to the Ontario courts said.

“To date, the trustees of Premier have
refused to remit the unpaid distributions to
the Mosaic joint official liquidators [him-
self and Clifford Culmer], and efforts are
continuing to realise on both the trust

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Volume leader for the week

Colina Holdings
(CHL) with 8,075
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was
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accounting for 19-1 percent of ~

the total shares traded,

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week was Bahamas Waste
(BWL), up $0.05 or 2.56 per
cent to end the week at $2.
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at $0.85. On the down side,
Consolidated Water Compa-

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Employment growth the pri-
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March 9, 2007, to all shareholders of record date March 2,

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2007.

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that net income for its fiscal
year ended on December 31,

- 2006; rose-by-60-per_cent. to___services in analog. As a result, -_

$18.1 million, compared to
$11.309 million the previous
year, on the back of healthy
revenue rises, cost containment
and the absence of a non-
recurring one-time $2.36 mil-
lion write down in 2005.

The cable television, Inter-
net service provider and data
business company said gross
revenues rose by 15.6 per cent
in 2006, growing to $65.95 mil-
lion from $57.051 million,
translating into a net revenue
tise of 15.7 per cent to $63.234
million. This was up from
_ $54. 634 million in 2005.

“Expenses were well-con= mary

tained, increasing at a lower
rate — 9 per cent — from $27.905
million in fiscal 2005 to $30.245
million in 2006. This helped
generate a 22.7 per cent Oper-—
ating income increase to
$32.809 million for the past fis-
cal year, compared to $26.729
million the year before.

Results

Cable Bahamas 2006 results
also benefited because it did
not have to incur the 2005
write down. This was connect-
ed to the conversion of its
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61.4 per cent from 2005's $0.57
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@ Trying to get out of a twoyear
cellphone contract is no eay
feat, if not impossible. Butit can
be done through negotiating or
with people who want toassume
' the contract.

* .BY DAMON DARLIN
New York Times News Service

The two-year contrat. It is the
. bane of a cellphone ovner’s exis-
-” tence, especially one wio must have
the latest hot phone ata discounted
price.

Two years is a lon; time, and few
other marketers carget away with
demanding it, much.ess adding to it.



Taves of Despair —

AS THE FLOOD OF E-MAIL BUILDS, MANAGING THE MONSTER
HAS BECOME ESSENTIAL TO BOTH PRODUCTIVITY AND PEACE OF MIND



ast Monday morning my
L e-mail shut down, crashed,

kaput. I deleted and deleted,
but jt wasn’t enough to make a dif-
ference. As the day went on, my
blood pressure shot up. The cause
of thecrash was in-box overload.

Being forced to function about
36 hours without being able to
send or receive e-mail turned me
into a crazed woman.

I confess, I am one of the many
Americans with a surplus of mes-
sages that I have accumulated over
the years. Managing e-mail con-
sumes hours of my day and often
overwhelms me. But it also allows
me to communicate with more
people in less time. /

As one HR director pointed cut
to me, e-mail went from being <
casual way to communicate toa
business essential. And most of us
never received training.

It is no wonder then, thatousi-
nesses are realizing that e-nail
overload is draining productivity
in their workplaces. Some -ompa-
nies, such as Capital One, Ameri-
can Express and HewlettPackard



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Every time you walk back into the
cellphone store or call the customer
service operators, it seems, the con-
tract is extended. Lose the phone or
ask for a replacement, and the con-
tract is extended. Sign up for a family
plan, same thing.

But try getting out of a contract
early? You can do it, but you will
have to pay an early termination fee
of as much as $240.

Cellphone companies do not make
it easy to break two-year contracts.
But it can be done through shrewd
negotiating or by turning to the inno-
vators on the Internet who match
contract sellers with people who



are hiring experts
to teach employ-

ees how ta better
manage e-mail.





; Last year, 42 per-
\ A cent of compa-
YiAd ob! nies conducted
CINDY KRISCHER e-mail training,
GOODMAN up from 24 per-
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cent five years
earlier, according
to an ePolicy Institute survey.

The way I see it, who couldn’t
use a better system for organizing
e-mail and learning more about
options their e-mail program
offers?

Mike Song, author of The Ham-
ster Revolution: How to Manage
Your E-mail Before It Manages
You, discovered most workers
spend 40 percent of their day noo-
dling around with e-mail. To com-
bat overload, Song suggests we
learn how to send better messages
and find a system for sorting
incoming ones.

“It starts with setting up logical
folder systems that are easy to pop
information into,” Song said.

MiamiHerald.com

want to assume the contract.

Early termination fees are
intended to compensate phone com-
panies for the discount they gave on
the phone upfront. Most mobile
phone companies charge the full fee
no matter when the contract is sched-
uled to expire. Verizon Wireless
recently decided to prorate the fee,
and some of the other companies do
that in certain cities.

The companies will waive the
early termination fee if you die. Pre-
tending to be dead, however, does
not work well as a way to break a
contract. Sprint Nextel, Verizon and
Cingular, for example, may ask for a

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Paula Musto, communications
director for Miami-Dade County,
organizes her e-mail into 50 fold-
ers. The county requires her to
save most e-mail messages
because they are public records.
She finds having 200 in her in-box
is her threshold. To maintain that,
she spends off-the-clock time in
the early morning and late evening
tackling messages.

Musto says the county wantsto
curb e-mail overload for workers
by creating anintranet,aninternal |
bulletin board to post information |
rather than delivering it through
e-mail. “There’s a recognition that
we all are dealing with a tremen-
dous amount of e-mail, and it’s
something we’ve got to figure out,”
she says.

How we manage our e-mail
depends upon our personalities |
and the volume we deal with each
day, Song explains. Users must
decide their personal threshold for
how many e-mails in their in-box
are tolerable and what they con-

* TURN TO BALANCING ACT

“chicken; beef and’sugar;



death certificate. T-Mobile says it
does not. “They want to take people
at their word,” said Graham Crow, a
spokesman for the company.

Joining the military can sometimes
work to break a contract if you are
going to be stationed overseas. Some-
times, though, the company will sus-
pend the service for the duration of
active duty, which is not a great deal.
Upon returning home, you would
still be stuck with the remaining
period of the contract and a much
older phone. Buying a new phone
would only extend the contract fur-
ther.

Next to death, moving to a place

VENEZUELA

where your phone company does not
have service may not seem so draco-
nian. Each company provides maps
on its website or at its stores that
show the general service area, so you
can easily figure that out. But compa-
nies will ask for proof of the new
address. The T-Mobile spokesman
warns that it has to be a legitimate
address, and post office boxes will
not work.

There is an intriguing escape
clause in contracts with phone com-
panies that offer “roaming” services,
though it is intended to give the car-

°* TURN TO CONTRACT

Rising inflation —
leads to fixed prices

@l Vendors in Venezuela must find
a way to make a living as the
government asks them to sell
their products below cost.

BY STEVEN DUDLEY
sdudley@MiamiHerald.com
CARACAS — At the Coche

wholesale food market in southwest-
ern Caracas, business is topsy-turvy:
Vendors say they have nothing to
sell.

“Our suppliers are saying, ‘No, we
had an accident at the plant,’” said
José Branco, manager of a dairy store
in Coche, the Venezuelan capital’s
largest open market. “So we have to
limit the amount of product we sell to
each customer.”

The tale is being repeated
throughout this country of 26 million.
The reason: Inflation is now so high
that the. government, has. put pri
controls. .on..basic.. goods: isi

dors in search of an escape-hatehinc

Some vendors have refused to sell,
arguing they’ll go out of business if
they continue to buy from producers
who aren’t following the mandated
pricing structure.

The government has responded by
threatening to shut down or national-
ize everything from supermarkets to
meatpackers. It has even placed ads
in newspapers with pictures of hand-
cuffs and warnings that “hoarders”
and “speculators” would be sen-
tenced to between two and six years.

Others continue to sell at above
the mandated prices, keeping stocks
hidden from government eyes but

VINTAGE SUFFRAGE






risking harsh measures by the
increasingly vigilant authorities who
regularly pass through their busi-
nesses. Last.month, the government
confiscated several tons of “contra-
band” sugar from a market in central
Caracas. No one, as of yet, has been
jailed.

The majority of vendors seem to
be selling at government prices, *but
they are wondering aloud how long
they can last.

“They should leave the prices
alone,” said César Varela, a meat ven-
dor at the Coche market. “They will
fix themselves.”

The inflation rate in Venezuela
has now hit 20.4 percent, the highest
in the Western Hemisphere, amid the
widespread changes instituted by
President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez, a self-professed enemy of
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home. But the increase in govern-
ment spending, which was 60 percent
higher last year than in 2005, has
resulted in inflation not seen in a dec-
ade.

Chavez’s response has been to
control prices and blame “hoarding”
and “speculators.” But Venezuelan
governments, which have tradition-
ally struggled with spending sprees
following spikes in oil revenue, have
never had much success with price
control.

On several occasions in recent

° TURN TO INFLATION

Women to judge
wine competition

i The National Women’s Wine
Competition has drawn about
1,800 entries and for the first
time will be judged entirely by
women.

BY MICHELLE LOCKE
Associated Press

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Women
buy much of the wine purchased in
the United States, and they make
quite a bit of it, too. But it’s mostly
male critics who proclaim what’s
prime and what’s plonk.

Enter the National Women’s Wine
Competition being held this month in
Northern California. The event,
judged entirely by women, boldly
sports the slogan “Wine Women
Want.” There’s even a separate cate-
gory of entries from women wine-
makers to add an extra fillip of vin-
tage suffrage.

. The competition runs March 13-15
in Santa Rosa, and interest in being a
single-gender contender has been
keen. Wineries from across the coun-
try responded and about 1,800 entries
have come in, more than double
expectations.

“We seem to have hit a nerve,”
said organizer Lea Pierce.

Having an all-woman panel is a
departure for the wine industry,
where judging remains largely a
man’s world, something Pierce and
others attribute more to slowly
changing trends in the wine industry
than overt discrimination.

Organizers believe this is the first
contest judged by an all-woman
panel in the United States. An inter-

SATS ET TH

national competition to be judged by
women is. planned in April in
Monaco.

“Women want to be recognized.
They want to have their own venue,”
said Pierce. “I do think it’s very
important, long-term, to raise up a
new set of women critics.”

The competition began as a “bolt
from the blue,” during a conversation
about wine contests in general a few
years ago, said Pierce, co-owner of an
advertising agency and member of a
networking group called Women for
WineSense.

“At that point, I’d been in the wine
industry for a couple of years, I was
really aware of how many women are
involved in wine and how it was
growing. It was just sort of this
insight that it would be a good thing
to showcase women,” she said.

Months of organizing followed.

“The phone calls have just been
fabulous,” said Pierce. “Big wineries,
little wineries. One woman called,
she said, ’I’m so psyched about this.
My mom has been making wines for
30 years, and it’s about time she got
some recognition.”

Co-chairs of the competition are
Margrit Mondavi, a longtime.force in
wine country and wife of pioneering
vintner Robert Mondavi, and Kath-
ryn Hall, a former ambassador to
Austria and a Napa Valley vintner.

Contestants include Marcia Mona-
han, winemaker at Pelton House, a
new winery in the Knight’s Valley
region of Sonoma County. She’s

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION: _

MianiHerald.com | THE MIAMI HERALD,

Inflation results in prices being fixed

° INFLATION

years, price controls have
failed to reign in costs. And
the release of the controls has
often unleashed more chaos:
In 1989, a rapid increase in
bus fares following fiscal
adjustments led to riots that
left hundreds dead through-
out the country.

Chavez says comparisons
with past measures are unfair
because inflation — which
was closer to 50 percent 10
years ago — and unemploy-
ment are lower now, and the
minimum wage and economic
growth are higher. Chavez
also has at least $37 billion in
reserves that he appears
ready to use to supplement
lagging supplies with food
imports.

“This kind of nee ee

ends badly,” said Miguel
Rodriguez, a former finance
minister who worked on simi-
lar issues while he was part of
President Carlos Andres
Pérez’s government in the
early 1990s.

“But [Chavez] has a tool
the others didn’t: the reserves.
He has a lot of margin to play
with.”

At the Coche wholesale
market, meat seller Varela
says the prices have left him
in a quandary.

“I could sell the meat
secretly, because there’s
demand, or I could not sell
because the price isn’t any
good, or I could change pro-

fessions,” he said caustically. *

Varela says these days he
has about half the stock that,
he normally does. Others say
oe have less.

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omen up on
cellphone deal

* CONTRACT

rier a way out. When a cell-
phone is used outside the pro-
vider’s. network, calls are
routed through another com-
pany’s network. The con-
sumer pays.a monthly fee for
this service, which the carrier
uses to pay the other phone
companies to handle those
calls. é

Roam too much and your
phone company starts losing
money. Find a place where
your phone goes into roaming
mode and make at least half
your calls from there. Every
carrier said they would cancel
the contract, though it might
take them a month or two to
notice.

A more practical approach
has been bandied about on a
number of blogs since Octo-

raised the price of text mes-

saging. They pointed out a::

clause in contracts that says if —
changes adversely affect your
rates or service, the consumer
‘has the right to end the con-
tract early without paying a
penalty.

It was not that easy. Some
companies, like Cingular, now
AT&T, refused to budge,
according to its spokesman.
Sprint was more accommo-
dating, though a spokes-
woman said Sprint
approached early termination
requests on case by case. That
means the consumer has to
argue with customer service.

PRICES GO UP

Sprint says a customer will
be released from a contract if
a price change has a “material
adverse effect” on the cus-
tomer. In other words, prices
have to go up, not down. The
customer has to be actually
using the service in which the
price changed. How much
they are using it is the critical
factor. The spokeswoman
said Sprint’s “customer care
representatives” have guide-
lines, but she was not going to
reveal them.

Though the contract. says
customers have 30 days after
a price change to get out of
the contract, Sprint may be
more generous. “They can
always call customer care and
see if there is a way to recon-
cile,” said Emmy Anderson,

BALANCING ACT

Avoid angst by conquering

* BALANCING ACT

sider reasonable intervals for
checking new messages. A
huge distraction-buster is
turning off the bing that
announces each new message.

Song turned off his bing
and checks his e-mail about
every half hour. He finds that
makes him more effective
than clicking over to his in-
box every five minutes. Yet it
also prevents a message from
lingering if it needs a quick
response. Song says 42 is the
number of messages he’s
comfortable having in his in-
box. “When I go over 42, I
schedule additional time to
clean it out.”

5 Loo, Daceaneey ody os
ber, when many carriers” ’ness,”

Early termination fees
are intended to
compensate phone
companies for the
discount they gave on
the phone upfront.

the Sprint spokeswoman.

Liza Tremblay, a 26-year-
old owner of Bay Burger in
Sag Harbor, N.Y., gave it a
shot to get out of her contract
with Verizon and avoid pay-
ing $175. (She wanted to use
Cingular because colleagues
told her the reception was
better.) She followed a script
she found on Consumer-
ist.com. “I used a lot of big
words, and I think I got across
the idea that I meant but
‘she said. ~

CURVE BALL

But then the Verizon ser-
vice representative threw her
a curve ball. They wanted her
to fax her contract so they

could see the clause she was__

referring to. She dug through
her papers and found an old
one — she had been with Ver-
izon almost 10 years — and
after a few more transfers to
call center supervisors, they
let her out. “Obviously, they
had a copy of the contract,”
Tremblay said.

More often than not, the
company will steer the cus-
tomer into a new calling plan
rather than breaking the con-
tract. “Typically, a customer
calling up is not dissatisfied
with the service, they are dis-
satisfied with their plan,” said
Brenda Rainey, a Verizon
spokeswoman. Nonetheless,
she said, Verizon demands to
see that a price increase has a
significant impact on the con-
sumer. “We are going to look
at usage patterns to see if it is
material,” she said.

In other words, after a lot
of machination and arguing,
you may not win in the end.

The solution might be, as it
so often is these days, in the
power of the Internet. All of
the companies allow a con-
tract to be signed over to
someone else. So a number of
entrepreneurs have created a

Wilson Rangel, who runs a
meatpacking plant in the
Baruta municipality along the
southern edge of Caracas, said
he used to get 120 cows a
week.

But last week, he said, he
received 20 because it’s not
profitable to slaughter cows
at such low prices.

“There are five sJaughter-
houses around here, but the
cows aren’t coming,” he said.

Cheese, sugar and chicken
supplies have also dwindled.

Blocks of cheese can cost
distributors more than double

what they sell it for, they said; ’

sugar supplies have slowed.
The government says it’s
protecting consumers, but the
first casualty of the measures
may be the workers. Rangel,
Branco and other managers
say that if this continues they

known are Celltradeusa.com
and Cellswapper.com. For a
fee, $20 at Celltradeusa and
$15 at Cellswapper, these
companies will match a con-
tract holder to a buyer. The
contract buyers pay no fee,
providing them a way to save
on a phone and on activation
fees.

The’ sites have search
engines so you can find a plan
length, minutes and price that
you like. Once the match is
made, the cellphone company
arranges the transfer.

The risk is that you may
not find a buyer; Cellswapper,

new online business in trad-***However, does not charge a

ing those contracts. The best

Productivity expert Peggy
Duncan believes you should
set aside a special time of the
day to “have a meeting with
your in-box.” She believes
you should deal with each
message as you open it: delete
it, forward it, schedule it,
respond to it or file it. “E-mail
is too important not to give it
your full attention.”

Duncan says too many peo-
ple, like me, use their in-box
as a database. She advises
clicking on messages to create
contacts, dragging them into
your tasks or calendar, for-
warding them with follow-up
reminders or possibly even
moving them to folders and
subfolders. “You’ve got to use

fee until a match is made.

the best software and learn
the ins and outs of it.”
Duncan urges me start
using my in-box for tempo-
rary storage only and to limit

messages to one screen. ‘If

you can’t see what’s in there,
you don’t know what’s fallen
through the cracks.”

A colleague drove home
that point. Mid-massage last
week, she says, she remem-
bered an e-mail from her boss
asking her to bill a customer
for $20,000. When her in-box
grew in length, she over-
looked it.

The experts say a huge in-
box-clogging culprit is outgo-
ing messages. Some e-mails
just beg for clarification and

will have to cut their own per-
sonnel.

“This is a complete tailure
of the government's inflation-
ary policy,” said José Guerra,
a former central bank official
and professor of economics at
the Central University in
Caracas.

“The government is com-
mitting hari-kari ... getting
trapped by its own policy.”

Last week the president
strengthened the state con-
trolled subsidized supermar-
kets, known as mercales, with
an injection of $250 million to
buy food basics.

Plan B: Chavez will cut

three zeroes from the cur-

rency beginning next year and
announced that the govern-
ment would reformulate how
it calculates inflation.



Adam Korb], the chief execu-
tive of Cellswapper, said his
service makes about 100
matches a week and currently
has 350 plans listed.

Be careful if you want to
keep your phone number
when you trade your account,
which you are allowed to do.
Some of the phone companies
use this as a pressure point for
keeping you on board, so
make sure you arrange with
the carrier to keep the num-
ber before you transfer the
contract.

Derek C.F. Pegritz, an Eng-
lish composition instructor at
Waynesburg College in west-
ern Pennsylvania, wants to



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NO EASY TASK: Cellphone companies do not make it easy to break two-year contracts.

More often than not, the companies will steer customers into a new calling plan patner
than breaking the contract.

switch cellphone carriers
because of dropped calls, but
he isn’t sure how he’ll do it.

“J’m shelling out $90 a
month for a phone that basi-
cally sits there and collects
dust,” he said.

But getting out of his con-
tract will cost him $170.
Pegritz has tried to explore
other ways to’ be released
from the remaining year of his
contract, but the best he
hopes for is a compromise by
Cellular One.

“?m looking forward to
that about as much as I’m
looking forward to getting
several teeth pulled next
week,” he said.

VINTAGE SUFFRAGE

Women
to judge
wine

contest

entering a 2004 cabernet sau-

vignon and 2004 merlot in

three categories, including
the women winemaker’s chal-
lenge division. “It’s fabulous
that women are getting
together to evaluate and judge
wine,” she said.

Is there a difference
between male and female pal-
ates?

Linda Bisson, a’professor in
the wine department of the
University of California,
Davis, hasn’t seen much of a

gender gap in her years of pants
teaching, although she liked “’

‘the idea of bringing more
women to the judging table.

Leslie Sbrocco, author of
Wine for Women, doesn’t
think there’s a “male” or
“female” palate, but that
doe:n’t mean there’s no dis-
tinction.

“Its not about the female
palate being different. It’s
about the female perspective
being dfferent,” said Sbrocco.

Wilfied Wong, cellar mas-
ter for Leverages & More, a
Californk retail liquor chain,
remembe:s when wine con-
tests wer the province of
“codgers aid good old boys.”

- That startel to change in the

90s with the judging becom-
ing much more competitive
and the emphasis shifting to
using professionals, including
some of the incieasing num-
bers of women naking and
critiquing wine, he said.

Having an all-weman judg-
ing panel is intrigiing, said
Wong, although hy’s wary
about drawing too muny con-
clusions from the resuts. -

Pierce agreed and siid the
point of the competitin is to
demonstrate ‘‘what these
women think is good. It’s
really about a bunch of
women with great palates iec-
ommending wine to other
women.” Women want to ve
recognized, said Pierce. Ani,
she added, “people want to
know what wine women
want. Especially men.”

the monster of e-mail

add to the cyber traffic.

At Capital One Financial
Services, the bulk of the
e-mail Matt Koch receives is
internal. Koch, an HR direc-
tor, says his company has
trained more than 3,000 asso-
ciates how to send better
e-mail.

The workshop encourages
using strong subject lines and
sculpting the body of a mes-
sage using bullet points,
underlining and bolding.

“We found by’sending bet-
ter e-mails, you get fewer in
return,” Koch says.

By deleting and archiving,
I’ve cleared my in-box —
somewhat. That 36-hour
reprieve made that once-an-

noying bing a welcomed
sound once again.
That $20,000-bill/ruined-
massage story has scared me.
With these tips, I plan to

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Bahamian contractors
gain 92% of Ginn work

m@ By BRENT DEAN

ahamian contractors,
B directly or indirectly,
have accounted for 92
per cent of the $140 million
spent so far on the multi-bil-
lion dollar Ginn Clubs &
Resorts development in West
End, Grand Bahama, accord-
ing to Vincent Peet, minister
of financial services and invest-
ments.
Despite being unable to

‘specifically cite the current

length of time for application
approvals, Mr Peet said the
Government was attempting
to better coordinate the vari-
ous agencies that are involved
in the application and approval
process, with the goal of reduc-
ing the waiting time for
Bahamian investors.

The Government, he said,
aimed to streamline the
process so that investors will
have a response from the Gov-
ernment on their proposals
within 21 to 35 days.

Currently, Mr Peet said
there are almost 50 Bahamian
investment projects that are at
various stages of development
and implementation, which
have come through the
Domestic Investment Board.
The majority of these projects
are restaurants and tourist-
related projects.

Providing further evidence
of Bahamian involvement in
major anchor projects, Mr Peet
said that within Kerzner Inter-
national's Phase IiI expansion,
35 per cent of the construction
work was awarded to Bahami-
an contractors, while another
11 per cent went to local joint
venture partners, totalling $310
million.

A further $68 million was
awarded to Bahamian con-
tractors for other projects in
Atlantis, including renovations
to phases one and two of the
hotel, with $50 million in con-
tracts being awarded to local
and foreign joint-venture part-
nerships. There are 15 such
partnerships involved in
Atlantis Phase III work.

Regarding Baha Mar, the
minister said that more than
$75 million in contracts has
already been awarded to more
than 100 Bahamian contrac-
tors.

Mr Peet said a new 200-acre
agriculture iraining farm has
been created in North Andros,
which will be managed by the
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
and the Office of the Prime
Minister.

The Government is also
selling property in the Soldier

Government aims to reduce approvals time for Bahamian investors
to 21-35 days, with 50 projects before Domestic Investment Board



HB VINCENT PEET, minister of financial services and investments

Road Industrial Park to some
of the long-standing tenants.
the minister revealed. Agree-
ments have already been
finalised, and companies such
as Holiday Ice and Chelsea's
Choice are expected to
become property owners in the
park.

Mr Peet made _ these
announcements on Friday dur-
ing a press conference to offi-
cially launch the Domestic
Investment Month.

Mr Peet said the month of
activities will highlight the
work the Domestic Investment
Board is doing to ensure
Bahamians benefit from the
economic growth the country is
currently experiencing.

Citing figures from 2002 to

the present, Mr Peet said that
overall, there has been more
than $20 billion in investment
applications submitted to the
Government. Some $13 billion
of these investments are at var-
ious stages of development and
implementation around the
Bahamas.

The Domestic Investment
Board was launched in 2006
with the goal of reducing the
red tape that has historically
burdened Bahamian invest-
ment initiatives, and to help
link these entrepreneurs with
major foreign projects.

As part of the effort to edu-
cate Bahamian investors, the
Domestic Investment Board
has prepared an information
guide that will be publicly cir-

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BISX firm ‘refuses’ to pay
S1.1m to ‘collapsed’ fund

FROM page 1B

units and unpaid distributions.”
Mosaic’s stake in Premier
has been valued at about $7.2
million, as has long been iden-
tified as one of the best sources
for recovery available to
investors in Norshield, the
Canadian money-manager that
managed both Olympus Uni-
vest and Mosaic Composite.
Premier owns both the

Freeport Commercial Centre
and the three Caribbean Bot-
tling properties in Nassau and
Grand Bahama.

It was set up by Hannes
Babak, a former major share-
holder in the First Commer-
cial Centre, and the man who
has been ousted (at least tem-
porarily) from his position as
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty chairman due to the current
shareholder dispute. Mr Babak
is also chairman of Freeport
Concrete.

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NICOLE TELUS OF
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Among Premier’s founding
directors, although he is no
longer on the board, was
Stephen Hancock, president
and chief executive of Cardinal
International, the fund admin-
istrator for Olympus Univest
and a number of other entities
in the Norshield investment
structure.

A former shareholder in
Caribbean Bottling, Carleton
Williams, is Mr Hancock’s
father-in-law. Caribbean Bot-
tling has since been sold to a
new investor group, headed by
former Commonwealth Bank
executive Walter Wells, which
has no connection to Premier
or Olympus Univest.

Meanwhile, Mr Massi’s:

report said neither he nor Mr
Culmer found any assets in
Mosaic’s bank accounts when
they were appointed as joint
official liquidators. However,
it has received $1.1 million as
the result of the liquidation of
two other Bahamas-registered
entities.

The report said his and Mr
Culmer’s investigations
appeared to have uncovered
evidence of “possible fraudu-
lent/and or wrongful activities”
inside the Norshield invest-
ment structure, with net asset
values (NAVs) at all levels
inflated; transactions designed

to artificially inflate asset val-
ues; and transactions that
diverted investor funds away
from the structure.

Mosaic’s financial state-
ments as at September 30,
2003, showed that it held some
$770 million in assets, including
hedged assets worth $388 mil-
lion and non-hedged assets
worth $307 million.

Assets

The non-hedged assets con-
sisted primarily of investments
in a series of Bahamian-incor-
porated private investment
funds, incorporated in the late
1990s and early 21st century.

However, the documents
used to support the carrying
value of Mosaic’s investments
in the Channel Entities showed
these were “grossly overstat-
ed”.

Mr Massi wrote: “The
receiver has concluded that the
asset values carried on the
audited financial statements of
the Channel Entities were
overstated by at least $200 mil-
lion for fiscal 2002, increasing
to at least $300 million for fis-
cal 2003.

“As a result, the value of
the Channel Entities’ assets
was overstated by about 88 per
cent on their fiscal 2003 finan-

NOTICE

NOTICE

is hereby given

that ERIC JOSPEH OF

CHIPPINGHAM, ALBURY STREET, P.O. BOX N-849,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day of

cial statements.”

Mr Massi described two
transactions used to inflate
Mosaic assets, the first involv-
ing assets owned by Norshield
principal, John Xanthoudakis,
optioned through Norshield to
the Channel Entities and a
trust called the Liberty Trust.

The Liberty Trust was cre-
ated in July, 1999, and had as
its settler former Bahamas-
based Norshield executive
Tom Muir, with the beneficia-
ry a company represented by
the former president of Nor-
shield’s Barbados-based bank.

The beneficiary was a
Bahamian-registered compa-
ny called Comprehensive
Investor Services (CIS), whose
shareholders are unknown but
which received “unexplained
payments” of $40.9 million
from the Barbados-based bank
and $38.4 million from Mosaic.

Mr Massi said there was no
evidence that any of the
options were exercised, or that
the strike price was paid by
Liberty Trust or the Channel
Entities. The end result was
that the Channel Entities’ val-
ue was artificially inflated, he
alleged.

Then there was the Channel
Entities’ interest in Emerald
Key Management, believed to
be a Bahamian firm, which had
a carrying. value of $40.2 mil-

lion as at September 30, 2002..

Mr Massi said he had seen
no documents to support this
valuation, yet on July 29, 2003,
this stake in Emerald Key was
sold to Bahamian-registered
Bice International for $148 mil-
lion with no cash down, and
payable over a six-year peri-
od. A promissory note was
secured on Emerald Key’s
shares, and this deal gave the
Channel Entities an immedi-

And on the same day, Bice
International sold its rights to
manage and the incentive fee
revenue stream of Olympus
Univest, which Emerald Key
held, to Norshield’s Barbados
bank for $225 million.

Mr Massi wrote: “No satis-
factory explanation has been
provided to the receiver for
the significant increase in the
value of Emerald Key from
$40.2 million to $148 million
and, on the same day, to at
least $225 million.”

This artificially inflated
Emerald Key’s value on the
Channel Entities’ financial
statements as a result of the
Bice International deal, and
did the same for the NAVs of
Mosaic and Olympus Univest.

Payments

As for unexplained pay-
ments, Mr Massi said some
$57.6 million went to two enti-
ties, Globe-X Management
and Globe-X Canadiana, and
affiliates who figures promi-
nently in a separate contro-
versy involving Canadian ani-
mation firm, Cinar. That com-
pany had alleged that some
$122 million of its assets had
been improperly invested by
its former owners and execu-
tives with the Globe-X enti-
ties, allegations that Norshield,
which managed them, denied.

Apart from the Compre-
hensive Investor Services pay-
ments, some $4.2 million was
paid to Emerald Key Manage-
ment, and another $15.6 mil-
lion went to Olympus Bank for
Liberty Trust.

Olympus Bank, Norshield’s
Barbadian bank, made unex-
plained payments of $9.6 mil-
lion to Cardinal International,
while $5.1 million went to Bice

March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. International.

ate gain of $107.8 million.

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Property Size: 8,807 sq. ft.

Building Size ; 4,151 sq. ft.
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following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot of Land
being Lot ‘B’ Unison West Subdivision, situated in the South
Western District on the island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated

thereon is a Single Family Residence, consisting of 2
Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms.

Property Size: 5,202 sq. ft.

Building Size : 904 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained
in a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF
BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writtingin a sealed
enevelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections
Centre, P.O. N-7549, Nassau Bahamas and marked “Tender
2333”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 16th March, 2007.



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IN THE ESTATE OF EVERETTE ARCHER a.k.a
RICHARD EVERETTE ARCHER a.k.a EDWARD

EVERETTE ARCHER a.k.a EVERETTE RICHARD
ARCHER late of Dundas Town, Abaco, The Bahamas
deceased ,

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against or interest in the above Estate should
send same daily certified in writing to the undersigned on
or before 26th March, 2007 after which date the Executrix
will proceed to distribute the assets of the Estate having
regard only to the claims, demands or interests of which
she shall then have notice AND all persons indebted to the
above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or before

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RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:
“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot of Land
being Condo Unit #1, Seabeach Subdivison situated in the
Western District on the island of New Providence one of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Condo
Unit consisting of 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bathrooms.

.Building Size : 4,800 sq. ft.

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writtingin a sealed enevelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. N-7549, Nassau Bahamas and marked “Tender 8477”.
All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m.,
Friday 16th March, 2007.

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RUSSELL, (a.k.a. BEATRICE ANN
RUSSELL) late of 114 Hesketh Street, Chevy
Chase, Montgomery, Maryland, U.S.A.,
deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in wmiting to
the undersigned on or before 28" March, 2007 after
which date the Executor will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only to the
claims, demands or interests of which she shall then
have had notice AND all persons indebted to the
above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 28th March, 2007.

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attomeys for the Executnix

P.O. Box AB-20405

Bay Street, Marsh Harbour

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THE TRIBUNE

‘Collapsed’ $448m Bahamas
fund was Ponzi scheme

FROM page 1B

investment manager.

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and struck
off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by

the Registrar G ons on the 23rd day of Fi ebruary, A.D., 2007
Dated the 9th day of March, A.D., 2007.
Janice K. Goodwin

Liquidator of
} EXXONMOBIL FAR EAST HOLDINGS LTD.



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

1995
IN THE SUPREME COURT No.16
Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF ALL that tract’ of land.
containing 20-60 18.32 acres being a portion of an Eighty-five
(85) acre tract of land known as “Marshall” and situated on the
South and North side of Prince Charles Drive near Boy's Industrial
School in the Eastern District of the sland of New Providence.

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act,1959

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Bahamas Variety 1989...
Company Limited .
AND
Equity Side INTHE MATTER of the Application of - hen
Thomas Bertie Davis and Willard Clarke .-
Soe No.72
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Applichlion of, - 1987
Easthill Limited a 1

‘No.18



THE AMENDED PETITION OF BAHAMAS VARIETY 1989
COMPANY LIMITED in respect of:-

“All those piece parcels or tracts of land containing Fwenty-and 5;

Six-Hundrec-and-Nine-Fhotrsandths-(20-609) Eighteen and Thirty
Two Hundredths (18.32) acres being a portion of: a Eighty-five.

(85) acre tract of land known as Marshalls and situate on the
south and north side of Prince Charles Drive in the Eastern Dis-
trict of the Island of New Providence and being. bounded as fol-
lows: North by land partly the property of Henry Ferguson, Moses
Finlayson, Vincent D. Roberts and partly by land now or formerly
the property of Bahamas Harvest Church East by. land. now. or
formerly the property of K.S. Darling South by land the property of
the Boy’s Industrial School and West by land now or formerly the
property of Julius

BAHAMAS. VARIETY 1989 COMPANY LIMITED
claim to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the land
hereinbefore described and has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under
Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act,1959 to have its
title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Amended Petition and Amended Pian of the said land

istrator at Norshield, the

C. Rahming, W.A. Weeks and James J. Shepherd. 5

“The receiver has demanded
that these records be returned,
but the individuals in question

“deny having possession of

those electronic files,” Mr Mas-
si said in his report.
“Furthermore, Mr Hancock
stated that Cardinal did not
retain any back-up of the elec-
tronic files of Olympus Uni-
vest and Mosaic, and any

remaining hard copies of the:

books and records were placed
in storage. He believes that
they were destroyed by the
warehouse company because
outstanding storage fees
remained unpaid.”

The absence of these records

‘will further hamper the liq-

uidators’. task of maximising
recoveries for investors who
placed money into Olympus
Univest and other structures
within the Norshield strategy.

A reading of Mr Massi’s
report shows that the Nor-
shield investment structure
appears to have been nothing
more than a complex, multi-
jurisdictional and multi-layered
Ponzi scheme, in which net
asset values (NAVs) for invest-
ments at every level were rad-
ically over-inflated and old

investor redemptions paid
from new investor subscrip-
tions.

Mr Massi’s report also
recorded that “significant dis-
sipation of investor funds
occurred at each level” of Nor-
shield’s investment structure
as a result of redemptions at
inflated NAV values and
“unexplained third party pay-
ments”.

These third-party payments
saw some $156.6 million flow
out of Mosaic Composite, and

another $60.7 million disbursed.

by Olympus Bank in Barba-
dos, the entity through which
most investor funds entered
Olympus Univest, for a total
of $217.3 million.

Mr Massi said he had
uncovered no “satisfactory
explanation” for these dis-
bursements. While there was

no evidence uncovered yet to’

suggest that Norshield princi-
pals John Xanthoudakis and
Dale Smith had benefited per-
sonally from these payments,
the beneficiaries appeared to
have been companies closely
connected to Mr Xan-
thoudakis, Norshield, Olym-
pus Univest and Mosaic, or

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entities where Mr Xan-
thoudakis influenced invest-
ment decision.

Mr Massi added that he was
still determining if some third-
party payment recipients had
received funds for their own
accounts or were “mere con-
duits” for the funds to be sent
to others.

His report said: “The prin-
cipals of the Norshield Com-
panies, Olympus Univest and
Mosaic attempted to camou-
flage the dissipation of investor
funds by artificially inflating
not only the underlying value
of the assets purportedly held
by each entity within the Nor-
shield investment structure, but
also by artificially inflating the

‘ NAVs presented to the

investors in each entity within
the investment structure.
“Not only was the underly-
ing value of the assets held by
the entities within the invest-
ment structure inflated, but.a
significant portion of those
assets were also illiquid. Con-
sequently, in the months lead-
ing up to the receiver’s
appointment, subscriptions to
Olympus Funds and Olympus

Univest were entirely used to _

fund redemptions.

“The Norshield Companies,
Olympus Univest and Mosaic
collapsed due to the enormous
disparity between the real val-
ue of the underlying assets
within the Norshield invest-
ment structure and the NAVs
reported to investors, as well as
the illiquid nature of the
assets.”

Mr Massi.said Mr Xan-
thoudakis and Mr Smith had
told him that the use of new
investor subscriptions to pay
redemption requests was nor-
mal industry practice.

An analysis done by the
receiver showed that, since
2001, an increasing proportion
of new investor funds were
used to meet redemption
requests and did not flow down
through the investment struc-
ture. Of $265 million in new
investor funds raised between
2001 and 2005, only $131 mil-
lion went into Olympus Bank.

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Norshield structure through
Olympus Funds in Canada.
From there, most flowed into
Olympus Bank and Trust in
Barbados, then into Bahamas-
based Olympus Univest and
its Bahamian counterpart,
Mosaic Composite.

Mosaic’s investments were
divided into hedged and non-
hedged assets, and most of the
latter involved placing funds
into private entities known as
the Channel Funds.

All the Channel Funds were
incorporated in the Bahamas
in the late 1990s and early
2000s, with Mosaic Composite

_the largest shareholder in

Channel Fixed Income Fund
Ltd, the parent for three other
Channel entities.

Between 2002-2003, Mr
Hancock was a director for
each of the Channel entities,
and Cardinal acted as the fund
administrator for many of the
companies in the Norshield
investment structure. :

Mr Massi said he was now
consulting on whether it would
benefit: recoveries for investors
by taking legal action against
Mr Xanthoudakis, Mr Smith

and other directors and offi-'

cers of entities involved in the
Norshield investment structure
for breaching their fiduciary
duties to investors, helping oth-
ers to breach their fiduciary
duties, and allowing assets to
be diverted away from the
scheme.

The Olympus Univest
scheme is shaping up to be a
major ‘black eye’ for the
Bahamas and its reputation as
a top international financial
services centre, especially giv-
en the involvement of Mr Han-
cock and Cardinal, which was
chiefly responsible for calcu-
lating those inflated NAVs.

Mr Massi and Mr Culmer
have currently either obtained

\ or identified $31 million in

assets left in the Norshield
investment structure, the bulk
of these — some $16.039 mil-
lion — being held at the Mosa-
ic Composite level. Olympus
Univest’s only remaining assets
were its investments in Mosaic
Composite.

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Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

may be inspected une normal office hours | in'the following places:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East § Street North; i in the City
of Nassau, Bahamas; ad

2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, 135 Buen ‘Ratso Road, off
Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas. i

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to
dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized:in the Amended
Petition shall on or before April 12, 2007, file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his claim
in the prescribed form verified by an af fidavit to be.filed therewith.

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim Bahamas Supermarkets
RND’'Holdings

on or before April 12, 2007 shall operate as bar to such claims.

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Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the hearing = of

this matter has been adjourned to Tuesday the 20th March 2.3312

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Court Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas before Mohammed _ J.
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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007, PAGE 9B



30-day period for BSL investors to acquire Abaco Markets stake

FROM page 1B

been struggling to return to profit
since incurring a $25 million loss in fis-
cal 2003 is making positive steps for-
ward.

The Abaco Markets president
declined to detail the nature of the
company’s performance for the three
months to January 31, 2007, although
his comments will create expectations
that the company might be showing a
profit, or at least an operating one
from continuing operations.

Abaco Markets’ Board of Direc-
tors will meet this week to decide a
price and formerly ratify the decision
to sell the BSL Holdings stake, Mr

ST GEORGES, from Page 1B

Watchorn saying that the divestment
decision was taken “in the last couple
of weeks”.

He explained that the decision was
taken because Abaco Markets felt
the perceived benefits and synergies
from the BSL Holdings investment,
namely the greater purchasing power
and ability to extract greater discounts
and cheaper prices from suppliers by
combining its resources with Bahamas
Supermarkets, would not come
through as early as hoped.

“City Markets has been in that tran-
sition since the change of ownership,
and we couldn’t expect the benefits to
arise immediately because of that,”
Mr Watchorn told The Tribune.
“We have our own issues at Abaco
Markets to work on, too. Our own



circumstances have changed, and we
feel we can do a far better job of that
on our own. Our prospects have
improved since then, and vendors are
looking at us more favourably.”

He added that BSL Holdings itself
had the first opportunity to acquire
Abaco Markets’ stake, but it had
passed this on to the other share-
holders. These include Craig Symon-
ette, Franklyn Butler and the hotel
pension funds.

“They have a 30-day period in
which to exercise that option,” Mr
Watchorn said. “I would expect the
existing shareholders to take that up.
I don’t think there’ll be any difficulty.
We expect to complete it by the end
of the month. I don’t expect any chal-
lenges.”

Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn said
Abaco Markets “discussions are
ongoing with an interested party in
Turks & Caicos, and we hope to bring
it to a conclusion shortly” in regard to
the disposal of its Cost Right store.

That sale, and a solution for Cost
Right Abaco, are the next phases in
Abaco Markets? ‘core market’ strate-
gy, which is seeing the group focus
on the markets of New Providence
and Grand Bahama, and its
Solomon’s SuperCentre and Cost
Right brands.

“Cost Right Abaco remains. We
have a business plan that manage-
ment has to submit to the Board on
Wednesday, and at that point we will
make a decision on the future of the
Cost Right Abaco business,” Mr

Watchorn said.

“Generally, we’re pleased with the
progress we’re making. We feel we’re
moving in the right direction. We’ve a
lot of things we need to do, but gen-
erally we’re pleased with the
progress.”

Mr Watchorn revealed that Abaco

‘Markets’ utilities costs, especially elec-

tricity, were likely to have been
$750,000 ahead of the previous year
for the fiscal year ended on January
31, 2007.

He acknowledged that cost increas-â„¢
es such as this made it difficult to
maintain margins and placed pres-
sure on prices, adding: “Utility bills
have had a major impact on us,
there’s no doubt about that. Every-
one’s in the same boat as ourselves.”





“so as to ensure both that the

damage inflicted on the com-
panies is properly repaired,
and to obtain the maximum
value for the shares. We con-
sider it likely that this will be
the only equitable way to
resolve the present impasse.

*’Such an approach accords
with the express desire of the
Government to promote the
diversification of ownership of
the Port Authority and its asso-
ciated companies, and provide
an opportunity for stakehold-
ers (such as licensees) and oth-
ers in the local community to
obtain an equity interest in the
companies.

“Thus, not only is this an
equitable solution to the pre-
sent situation, but it is also like-
ly to be the only practically
viable one.”

Mr Smith said Mr Moss’s
offer on behalf of Sir Jack,
which was to purchase the
estate’s beneficial interest of

499 shares in Fiduciary Man-
agement Services (FMS), the
Cayman-domiciled company

at the heart of the dispute-was- ~

premised on Sir Jack’s contin-

ued claim to own 7S-per cent-of» ~~

the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd.

This is being heavily disput-
ed by the St George estate,
which is alleging that the ICD
shares registered in FMS’s
name were held on trust for
the late Mr St George, and are
beneficially owned by the
estate. The offer conveyed by

' Mr Moss was for almost half

the ICD shares held by FMS,
implying that Sir Jack owned
75 per cent of ICD.

Mr Smith also said that the.
offer submitted by Mr Wilson,

on behalf of Sir Jack’s wholly-
owned company Seashells
Investments, contained terms

similar to that offered by Mr.

Moss, albeit with the provision
that if the courts upheld Sir

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Jack’s ownership claim, the St
George estate would have to
repay half the purchase price

paid for the. FMS-held.ICD. .

shares.

-Mr Smith said this proviso
was “wholly unworkable”, as
the authorities relied on in
both letters dealt with cases
involving majority shareholder
offers to buyout minorities.

as the St Gestse estate
claimed a 50 per cent interest,

‘making it an equal partner.

Mr Smith also alleged that
his clients had been excluded
from participating in the man-
agement of the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd, and in a ref-
erence to the dispute involv-
ing the Island Bay Phase III
Condominium Association,

said ICD’s value had been
reduced.

This, he argued, was not the
case with the GBPA dispute,

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FEDNA PETIT-BEAU OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS _ is

applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a_ citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
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IN THE ESTATE OF JULES D. GRIFFING, late of
the City of Rutland, Vermont U.S.A., deceased

; "90

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before 28" March, 2007
after which date the Administratrix will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only

§ to the claims. demands or interests of which she shall

| then have had notice AND all persons indebted to

the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 28th March, 2007.

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~~ Attorneys for the Executrix
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NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) KAVANAUGH INVESTMENTS LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March 9, 2007 when its
Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 12th day of April, 2007 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
March 12, 2007
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



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NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GESUND INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March 9, 2007 when its
Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 12th day of April, 2007 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
March 12, 2007
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

NOTICE

THE ESTATE OF ORIGEN
TINKER late of 28-Oxford Drive, South Beach
Estates in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Deceased.

IN EDWARD

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against the above-

{named Estate are requested to send the same duly

certified to the undersigned on or _ before
Thursday the 22nd day of March 2007 after
which the Personal Representative will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Deceased among the
persons entitled thereto having regard only to the
claims of which the Personal Representative shall
then have had notice.

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

hereinbefore mentioned.

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BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

CABINET is still awaiting

word from its Washington-
based consultants on whether
the multi-million dollar LNG
terminal proposed for Ocean
Cay, the man-made island near

Bimini, should proceed, the
minister of energy, utilities and
the environment said.
Senator Dr Marcus Bethel
had earlier this year, told The

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Tribune that the Cabinet had
hoped to possess draft regula-
tions for the LNG industry,
drafted by ICF Consulting, by
the end of February.
However, he said Cabinet

was still awaiting the report

before it can proceed with any
decision on whether to
approve the LNG terminal and
pipeline taking the gas to Flori-
da, which has been proposed
by the AES Corporation.

Dr Bethel said he did have
any new timeline on when a
decision could possibly be
made.

_ AES earlier this year had to
apply to the Federal Energy
Regulatory . Commission
(FERC) for a four-year exten-

_ sion to the deadline for com-

pleting its Ocean Cay LNG

project, arguing that “unantic- . —

ipated delays” in securing
approval from the Bahamian
government meant it would be
unable to meet its initial com-
pletion date of January 29,
2007.
AES had wanted the Feder-
al Energy Regulatory Com-
mission (FERC) to extend the
deadline for when its Ocean
Express project would become
operational to January 29,

». 2011, but was instead granted a

two-year extension to January

4: 29, 2009. :

The AES LNG terminal on
Ocean Cay would regas LNG
brought by ship to the island in
liquid form. A 95-mile pipeline
would then take some 842,000
dekatherms of LNG to Fiorida
per day, where it will supply
the state’s electricity needs.

Aaron: Samson, project
director for AES Ocean
Express, earlier this year said
the company and its two equi-
ty partners in the venture were

“optimistic we’re almost there”

in terms of regulations and an
environmental management

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@ SENATOR DR MARCUS BETHEL

plan to govern the project
being completed, the “final
step” towards signing a Heads
of Agreement.

Since 2001, he said AES and
its group had spent $65 million
on the project, including the
initial acquisition of Ocean Cay
and the mining operations
there, and an environmental
clean-up, which cost around
$4.5 million.

Mr Samson said AES had
incurred further costs in main-
taining Ocean Cay over the
past five years, especially the
port, which had to remain
compliant with the Interna-
tional Shipping and Port Secu-
rity (ISPS) code. Fees had
been incurred in keeping
approvals and permits current,
insurance; reserving real estate
and paying employees. :

The Heads of Agreement
would include all the regula-
tions, including AES’s obliga-
tions to impose all the neces-
sary controls and pay for the

- hiring of outside consultants

to monitor the development.
It lays out stipulations govern-
ing on-site construction, plus
fines for violations.

(FILE photo)

Leslie Miller, minister of
agriculture and fisheries, has
previously said the Bahamas
could earn $1.2 billion in rev-
enue over the lifetime of the
AES project.

The major benefits from the
AES Ocean Express project
are likely to come from rev-
enues paid by the company to
the Public Treasury. Apart
from annual business licence
fees and sums paid to lease the
sea bed and land on Ocean

_Cay, AES Ocean Express
would also pay a throughput
fee linked to the Henry Hub
natural gas index.

When the price of LNG
pumped to Florida by AES
exceeds the Henry Hub index,
the Government would gain a
percentage of the additional
revenues.

The Tribune understands
that last in 2005, this would

have generated an extra $40-

$50 million for the Govern- .
ment.

Such money, although
unbudgeted, could be used to
defray the costs of unantici-
pated spending in other areas,
such as BEC's fuel imports. .

Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
Prime Minister

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WHEREAS my Government outlined, in “ The Speech From The
Throne ” in February 2006, The creation of the Domestic Investment
Board, to administer and coordinate all matters as it pertains to
Domestic Investments.

AND WHEREAS the Domestic Investment Board, in its first year of
operation, seeks to empower Bahamian investors to benefit from the
tremendous opportunities created by Foreign Direct Investments.



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to launch this initiative and celebrate the successes of local investors,
the Domestic Investment Board will highlight a number of programs
designed to attract and support Bahamian entrepreneurs, including:
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter

THE New Providence
Women’s Basketball
Association will kick off
its best-of-three playoffs
on Tuesday night at the
DW Davis Gymnasium.

And based on the way
things turned out in the
regular season, it should
be a very competitive
session between the four
teams participating.

The College of the
Bahamas Lady Caribs,
winners of the pennant
with an impressive 13-2
win- loss record, will
attempt to become just
the third team to win the
league championship
title.

They will play the Sun-
shine Auto Lady Chee-
tahs, the fourth place fin-
ishers at 7-8, in the first
game of the playoffs at 7

p.m.
That will be followed
by the defending champi-
ons Johnson Lady Truck-

ers facing the former
three-time champions
Cleaning Center Lady
Angels, who were third
at 11-4.

-” Both teams finished at
11-4, but the Lady
Truckers got the second
spot by virtue of beating
the Lady Angels two out
of three times in their
head-to-head match-up.

The Lady Caribs’ only
losses were to the Lady
Angels.

“We expect it to be
exciting,” was how presi-
dent Antionette Knowles
projected the playoffs
will be. “We can’t pin-
point anybody who will
beat who.

“It’s just a matter of
who comes to the game
with a bigger heart
because the Cheetahs
beat the Angels during
the regular season, but
the Truckers didn’t beat
COB anytime, but they
beat the Angels twice.”

Knowles said all of the
team have been practis-
ing with their eyes on the
prize.

However, both the

Lady Truckers andthe :

Lady Angels will have to
work their strategies
without the services of a
couple players they were
hoping to rely on.

In the case of the Lady
Truckers, they won’t be
able to use Latoya Rolle,
while the Lady Angels
will have to play without
Roberta Quant and
Kizzie Gray.

Knowles, who plays for
the Lady Truckers, indi-
cated that their constitu-
tion call for all players to
play in 50 perfect of
their games, or at least
7-8 games, in order to
be eligible for the play-
offs.

Rolle, who recently
returned home from col-
lege, only played in one
game for the Lady
Truckers, while Quant
played just two and Gray
four for the Lady
Angels.

“That’s a part of our
constitution,” Knowles
stressed. “You must play
50 per cent of the games
in order to play in the
playoffs.”

The NPWBA regular
season came to a close
on Saturday night with
COB defeating the
Junior All-Stars — the
Defence Force Lady
Bluewaves didn’t show
up to play the Lady
Truckers.

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@ TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

DONALD Thomas, the for-
mer basketball player who
rose to international promi-
nence last year jumping in his
sneakers at the Common-
wealth Games, can now add
the NCAA and All-American
titles to his ledger.

The Auburn University
Tigers’ senior soared 7-feet, 7
3/4-inches on Saturday at the
NCAA Division One Indoor
Championships at the Randal
Tyson Track Center to win
the men’s high jump.

He was joined by two other
Bahamians, who earned All-
American status at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas in Fayet-
teville, Arkansas.

But both Thomas’ team-
mate Shamar Sands and Oral
Roberts University’s quarter-
miler Andretti Bain had to
settle for eighth place.

Also at the meet, Southern
Illinois’ sophomore Bianca
Stuart could do no better than
14th in the women’s long
jump and the University of
Alabama’s senior Aymara
Albury was 16th in the wom-
en’s shot put.

Thomas, fast becoming the
next great high jumper to take
over from national record
holder Troy Kemp, easily
cleared all of his jumps on his
first attempt until he tried to
take the bar to 7-9 1/4.

Had he cleared it, he would
have tied both the collegiate
and meet records held by
American Hollis Conway and
erased Kemp’s national record
of 7-9 that he set back in 1994.

Record

Thomas, however, evened
the Tyson stadium record that
was set by American Mark
Boswell from Texas in 2000.

For Thomas, a cramp he
suffered late in the competi-
tion, played a factor in him
not going any higher.

“T was still pleased with the
performance,” he admitted.
“Tt was a fun meet. I’m just
going to enjoy it. It hasn’t
sunk in yet that I won it. It
just feels like any other meet.”

Auburn’s assistant coach
Henry Rolle said Thomas
lived up to his advanced
billing.

“Everything worked in his
favour. Like J told him, if you
do well at this stage, you set
yourself up for the next
stage,” Rolle stressed. “This
will definitely get it done for
him.

“Like I told him, 2.37 will
definitely put him where he
needs to be at the world class
level and I think he will get
that outdoors because he had
some good attempts. But 2.37
will definitely put him right
up there.”

Rolle said the false start
that Shamar Sands suffered in
the final of the men’s 60
metres, has certainly left a bad
taste in his mouth, but he
knows that he can bounce
back outdoors.

Both Thomas and Sands are
not expected to begin their
outdoor season until April.
But for Sands, it will give him
a chance to redeem himself.

“It was very, very disap-
pointing. I’m still trying to get
over it,” Sands stressed. “I
don’t know. It wasn’t that I
was nervous or anything. I
guess it’s one of those things.”

Sands, second in the last of
three heats in 7.75 seconds,
went into the final with the
eighth fastest time and the last
qualifier.

However, in the final, his

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false start didn’t enable him
to complete the race that won
by Michigan’s senior Jeff
Porter in 7.64.

Oral Roberts University’s
senior Andretti Bain easily
won the first of four heats in
46.80 to qualify with the sev-
enth fastest time in the final.

But in the final, Bain strug-
gled from the break and was
out of contention as he ended
up in eighth place in the final
in 46.70. The race was won by
Florida State’s junior Ricar-
do Chambers in 45.65.

“T want to thank God for

‘ allowing me to become All-

American, but I was looking
forward to placing in the top
three and possibly running 45
seconds. That was my goal,”
Bain stated.

“I was disappointed. I just
have to try now and make that
happen outdoors in the hur-
dles. I think I messed up the
most in the first two hundred

where I wasn’t aggressive. If I
did, it would have helped me’

out a lot coming home.”

As he head to the outdoor
season, Bain said he will prob-
ably only run the 400 twice,
but he intends to concentrate
a lot more on his speciality in
the 400 hurdles. He’s due to
compete in his first outdoor
meet on March 24 in Tulsa.

In the women’s long jump,
Bianca Stuart cleared 5.96
metres on her first attempt
and fouled the next two, leav-
ing her in seventh in flight one
and 14th overall.

And in the women’s shot
put, Aymara Albury got her
only legal mark of 14.49
metres on her first attempt,
fouling her next two for eighth
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FOOTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports

Reporter

THE Bombers waited for
the last regular season game
to pull off their first victory
on the field in the Com-
monwealth American Foot-
ball League.

In a gut-wreching perfor-
mance with just 15 players
in uniform and one ejected
for fighting, the Bombers
held off the Stingrays 16-14
yesterday at the DW Davis
playing field.

Brandon Ingraham, who
played both ends of the
field, scored a pair of touch-
downs, including a fourth
quarter 50-yard punt return
that broke up an 8-8 tie to
put the Bombers ahead for
good.

“I saw I had daylight on
the bend side, so I took it,”
said Ingraham after he ran
past a couple of defenders
and was untouched in scor-
ing his final TD.

Ingraham said it was a
great performance, consid-
ering the fact that they were
short of players.

“Today was a fight
because in the end, that’s
when the legs really give
out,” he stated. “But we
preserved with it. It was
long overdue.”

With the win, the
Bombers improved to 3-4
(their other two victoiics
coming by default), but
they will remain in fourth
place going into the play-
offs where they will play the
undefeated Orry J. Sands
Pros.

The Stingrays, on the oth-
er hand, dropped to 4-4 for
third place and they will
play the second place Jets,
who finished at 5-3.

It’s not certain yet when
the playoffs will get under--
way.

But on Saturday, the Pros
wrapped up their perfect 8-
0 season with a 26-16 win
over the Jets, who feil to 5.
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had that much success this
year, coach Dwayne Ellis
said he was pleased with the
way his Bombers came
around yesterday.

“Finally, the offence

started to come around and
the defence picked up,” he
stated. “The guys just came
out today and stepped up
offensively and defensively
at the plate.”

Going into the playoffs.
Ellis said any win is good
for a team and he’s hoping
that “we can ride this” and
eventually “come out with
the championship.”

Ellis said what is good for
them is that they will have a
chance to get some of the
veteran players, who were
not out yesterday, to come
out for the playoffs and
allow those players with
injuries to get healed up a
bit.

Both of Ingraham’s TDs
came as the Bombers ral-
lied back.

The first one came in the
second quarter when he
caught a 60-yard pass from
rookie quarterback Justin
Campbell for an 8-6 deficit.

Full-back Jemico Stuart
then scored the extra two
point conversion for an 8-8
tie.

After Ingraham raced
back for his second TD on
the punt return, Stuart
added the extra two points
ahead to put the Bombers
up 16-14.

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Lucien scored the first TD
of the game and Aaron Sar-
gent got the extra two point
conversion for a 8-0 lead.

Then in the fourth quar-
ter, trailing 16-8, Henry
Wallace scored on a 70-yard
TD run for the Stingrays’
16-14 deficit.

The Stingrays attempted
the extra two point conver-
sion, but was called for a
penalty. The Bombers
declined it and they
received the ball.

Stingrays’ coach Tyrone
Rolle said they have a
young team and they are
trying their best to hold
their own in the league.

“We need to do a little bit
better on the blocking,” he
admitted. “We had a
makeshift line-up, but
hopefully coming into the
playoffs, we will get it
together.”

Despite the loss, Rolle

said his team is still a very
disciplined one and he’s
confident that they will
bounce back and gear
themselves up for the play-
offs. .
Pros 26, Jets 16: Running
back Charlie Edwards
scored a pair of touch
downs and Alec Rolle
added another to lead Orry
J..Sands to another victory
on Saturday.

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Stingrays yesterday. The
Bombers won 16-14.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter _

THE winning tradition continuca for
Bahaanan athictes at the NATA tndoor Track
and Field Chaiipionships,

This time, it was sophomore Ramon Miller,
who took the spotlight m the men’s 400 metre
final at the Memorial Center in Johnson City,
Lennessee, clocking 46.95 seconds.

And Laneice Clarke turned in a pair of
third place finishers for McKendree College
on the ladies’ side.

Behind his winning performance. Miller's
team-mate. freshman Jameson Strachan was
fourth im 48.44.

They both won their heats with Miller
clocking the fastest time of 48.78 in the first of
two heats and Strachan took the second heat
in 48.81 for the second fastest time.

Dickinson State, however, ended up third
overall in the men’s team standings.

Miller and Strachan also ran on the sec-
ond and the anchor leg respectively for Dick-
inson State as they posted a ume of 3:10.17 tor
second in the 4.x 400 relay final behind St.
Gregory's University. who clocked 3:09.40.

Senior Rosevelt Curry came in Ved tor fifth
in the men’s long jump with a leap of 23-feet,
5 1/2-inches with King College’s Josh Cloyd.
His best mark came on his third attempt.
They were both tied for second in the first of
two flights,

Jamuary Hariis of Missourt Baptist won
the tithe with a leap of 23-11 1/2.

Also on the men’s side, freshman Jamal
Forbes was fourth in the final of the 60 in
6.91, The race was won by Mike Rodgers,

Oklahoma Baptist senior, in 6.69.

In the semifinal, Forbes got second in the
first ol two heats in 6.80, Rodgers took first
piace in 6.65. Forbes won the fourth of six
heats in the pieliminaries in 6.91.

Durrell Williams, a sophomore at Okla-
boma Baptist ' niversity ran 2:26.34 for fourth
in the men’s 1.000. The trace was won by
Julius Rono a junior at Roberts Wes in
2:23.91.

Williams also anchored Oklahoma Baptist
University to a fourth place finish in the first
of two heats in the 4 x 800 relay in 7:44.51.
Chey came back in the final and with Williams
on the second leg, won in 7:35.55.

And Kenton Taylor, a junior at Missouri
Baptist, ran 8.75 for fifth place in the second
of six heats in the 60 heats. But he didn’t
advance to the final.

On the ladies’ side, McKendree College’s
sophomore Laniece Clarke placed third in
the 60 final in 7.63. Missouri Baptist’s junior
Nickesha Anderson won the race in 7.48.

in the semis. Clarke placed second in the
first of two heats in 7.67 and she won the
third of six heats in the preliminaries in 7.67.

Clarke also got third in the final of the 200
in 24.73 behind Lindenwood’s sophomore
Anna-Kay Campbell, who won in 24.55.
Clarke was second in the last of five heats in
25.05.

Clarke also ran on the second leg of McK-
endree College’s 4 x 4 relay team that fin-
ished fourth in 3:50.32. Wayland Baptist Uni:
versity won in 3:42.95,

McKendree won the second of four heats in
3:51.91.

They ended up 14th overall in the team

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STAYING CLOSE: The Heat’s Antoine
Walker closely guards the
Wizards Darius Songaila on
Sunday in Miami.

Seesaw battle
allows Heat to
shrink the gap

BY TIM REYNOLDS
Associated Press

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem’s 10-
footer in the lane with 0.3 seconds left
capped a wild back-and-forth game
and gave the Miami Heat a 106-104
victory over the Washington Wizards
on Sunday night.

The Heat blew a 16-point first-half
lead, then rallied from a 12-point sec-
ond-half deficit to win their sixth
straight overall and 12th straight at
home — plus get within one game of
Washington in the Southeast Divi-
sion.

Eddie Jones had 18 points and Gary
Payton added a season-high 17 for the
Heat, who had all eight players in
their rotation score in double figures.

Gilbert Arenas scored 33 for the
Wizards, including three free throws
with 3.1 seconds left that tied the
game. Antawn Jamison had a 26-point,

15-rebound effort for Washington, —

which lost at the buzzer for the sec-
ond straight night when Haslem went
to his right and scored the game-win-
ner.

Washington, which was out of
timeouts, never got a desperation shot
off before the final horn.

Alonzo Mourning had 15 points and
Shaquille O’Neal — limited to 17 min-
utes by foul trouble — had 12 points
for the Heat, while Haslem had 11
points and 10 rebounds. Jason Wil-
liams and Antoine Walker each had Il
points and James Posey added 10 for
Miami, which hadn’t had eight players
reach double figures since Feb. 14,
1991.

“You can’t ask for more balance
than that,” Heat coach Pat Riley said.

Brendan Haywood had 12 points
for the Wizards.

Miami went up 104-101 with 4.1 sec-
onds left, when Williams hit the first
of two free throws. He missed the sec-
ond — the Heat went 10-for-25 from
the line — and that gave Washington
a chance.

The Wizards, naturally, went to
Arenas, who was fouled by Payton in
the right corner with 3.1 seconds left.
Arenas hit all three, tying the game,
but giving Miami more than enough
time.

The Heat went to Haslem, and the
Miami native came through to keep
the Heat’s resurgence going.

“We just wanted to get a look at it,”
Riley said. “And Udonis got a look at
it. He made a Dwyane Wade shot ...
just a great shot.”

Washington misfired on earlier
last-second opportunities. Caron But-
ler was called for setting an illegal
screen on Payton with 4.9 seconds left
— taking the ball out of Arenas’
hands.

With 38.6 seconds left, Arenas —
who was 12-for-12 at the line before-
hand — missed the first of two free
throws and only brought Washington
within 103-101. ‘

Miami led 28-14 after the opening
quarter, forcing Washington into 10
straight missed shots over a six-min-
ute stretch — and building that edge
despite O’Neal being limited to only
two minutes because of foul trouble.

Payton hit his first four shots,
including a 3-pointer with 10:01 left in
the half to stake Miami to a 33-18 lead.
The margin hit 56-40 when Walker
connected on a 3-pointer with 32 sec-
onds left.

But Arenas jumped past Dorell
Wright and hit a running 3-pointer at
the horn, cutting Miami’s lead to 13 at
the break — and breathing life into
the Wizards, who lost on a buzzer-
beating 3-pointer by the New York
Knicks’ Steve Francis on Saturday
night.

That shot started what became a
40-12 run by Washington, which shot
72 percent in the third quarter while
holding the Heat to a 30 percent clip
in that period. Butler’s dunk with 2:13
left in the third put the Wizards up
80-68, but Miami clawed its way back.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL | NCAA TOURNAMENT

Florida, UNC, Ohio St., Kansas the 4 tops

BY MICHAEL MAROT
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Defending. champion
Florida, Ohio State, Kansas and North Carolina
drew No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men’s basketball
tournament, earning those spots Sunday by
winning their conference championships.

The 65-team tournament begins Tuesday
night in Dayton, Ohio, with a play-in game
between Florida A&M and Niagara, the two
lowest-ranked teams.

Starting Thursday afternoon, it’s wall-to-wall
action on the court — and in the nation’s big-
gest office pool.

Syracuse fans won't be able to pick their
team. The Orange, the 2003 champions, were
among the more surprising omissions from the
field. Drexel, Kansas State, Air Force and West
Virginia also were sure to be disappointed after
being left out.

“We actually had 104 teams that had won 20
or more games, and that was more than the pre-
vious record of 78,” NCAA selection chairman
Gary Walters said.

A year after George Mason became the
nation’s favorite underdog, mid-majors won’t

get a great chance for another run. Only six of
them — down a couple of spots from last season
— were included in a field dominated by the
power conferences. George Mason, which lost
to Virginia Commonwealth in the Colonial Ath-
letic Association championship, was not among
them.

“We still believe we'll have great representa-
tion as it relates to mid-majors,” Walters said.

He added that the committee chose Old
Dominion over Drexel because of the Monarchs
had a better inter-conference record by a signif-
icant margin. George Mason beat Old Dominion
in the Colonial tournament.

The Atlantic Coast Conference sent seven
teams in the tournament, up from four last year,
highlighted by former national champions
Duke, North Carélina and Maryland. The Big
East, Big Ten and Pac-10 sent six.

Going by the top seeds, the East is the tough-
est of the regionals with North Carolina and
Georgetown, the regular season and tourna-
ment champions of the ACC and Big East, as the
top two seeds. Washington State, the regular
season runner-up in the Pac-10, is the No. 3 and

’ Texas, which lost in overtime to Kansas in‘the



ROB CARR/AP

AT THE TOP: Florida players surround head
coach Billy Donovan after receiving the
Southeastern Conference tournament
championship trophy in Atlanta on
Sunday. The Gators defeated Arkansas
77-56 and earned the NCAA
tournament’s top seed.

Big 12 title game on Sunday, is the best of the
No. 4s.

*TURN TO TOURNAMENT

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT | NO. 2 KANSAS 88, NO. 15 TEXAS 84 (OT)







RONALD MARTINEZ/AP



FORWARD CENTERED: Forward Darnell Jackson of the Kansas Jayhawks, center, moves
the ball against D.J. Augustin, left, ancl Connor Atchley of the Texas Longhorns during
the finals of the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. Kansas won in OT 88-84.

Collins scores 20
as Jayhawks rally
from 22 points down

BY JEFF LATZKE
Associated Press

' OKLAHOMA CITY — Sherron Collins
scored 20 points and No. 2 Kansas rallied after
another stellar start by Texas’ Kevin Durant to
beat the 15th-ranked Longhorns 88-84 in over-
time Sunday and claim its second consecutive

. Big 12 title.

Durant, the Big 12 player of the year, matched
his career high with 37 points but took only two
shots in overtime and did not score.

Russell Robinson hit a jumper from the left
wing to put Kansas (30-4) on top 83-81 with 2:19
left in the extra period, and Julian Wright added
a free throw to push the lead to three. DJ.
Augustin had a 3-point attempt and a runner in
the lane blocked on consecutive Texas posses-
sions, and Darnell Jackson’s two free throws
extended Kansas’ lead to 86-81 with 13.2 seconds
left.

AJ. Abrams hit a 3-pointer from the right
wing to give Texas (24-9) one last chance, but
Robinson hit two foul shots with 5.3 seconds left
to seal the win. Durant’s final shot — a 3-pointer
from the right wing — caromed away with 2
seconds left.

“That’s one of the best games I’ve ever been a
part of. That comeback in Lawrence paled in
comparison,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose
team trailed by 22 points in the first half — a
week after erasing a 16-point deficit to beat
Texas.

Wright and Brandon Rush each added 19
points, and Mario Chalmers — who hit the tying
3-pointer to force overtime — scored 17 for Kan-
sas, which has won five Big 12 tournament titles.
The Jayhawks enter the NCAA tournament on a
season-best ll-game winning streak and as a No.
1 seed.

Abrams added 19 points for Texas. Two days
after rallying from 20 points down against Bay-
lor in the biggest comeback in Big 12 tournament
history, the Longhorns gave up an even bigger
lead.

Like he did in the teams’ regular-season
meeting a week earlier, Durant got off to a hot
start and pushed the Longhorns to a huge lead

°TURN TO BIG 12

BIG 10 TOURNAMENT | No. 1 OHIO STATE 66, No. 3 WISCONSIN 49

Buckeyes get best of the Badgers

BY ANDREW SELIGMAN
Associated Press

CHICAGO — No. 1 Ohio State
captured the Big Ten tournament

‘championship. Now, it can focus

on the big prize.

Mike Conley scored 18 points,
Ron Lewis added 17, and the Buck-
eyes beat No. 3 Wisconsin 66-49
Sunday to capture their second
tournament title.

Greg Oden finished with 12
points and 10 rebounds after play-
ing just 6 minutes in the first half,
but Conley and Lewis did enough
to lift Ohio State (30-3) to its 17th
straight victory. Conley had eight
assists and six rebounds, and Lewis
was 6-for-12, including 2-for-4 on

3->ointers.

Big Ten player of the year
Alando Tucker missed his first six
shots for Wisconsin and finished
with 10 points. He was 4-of-13 from
the field. Kammron Taylor scored
15, but went just 6-for-18. The Bad-
gers (29-5) never found their
stroke, going 2]-for-57 overall and
4-for-23 on 3-pointers. They also
committed 17 turnovers.

The drama ended in this game
with about 6!) minutes remaining.

With the score 48-40, Ohio
State’s Jamar Butler retrieved a
loose ball near midcourt after hav-
ing it knocked away and buried a
3-pointer from beyond NBA range
with about 3 seconds left on the

shot clock and 6:35 remaining in
the game. Ron Lewis all but punc-
tuated the victory 2 minutes later
with a breakaway dunk after catch-
ing a long pass from Conley that
made it 57-45.

The Badgers were unable to
sustain a run.

Down 34-23 early in the second
half, Wisconsin scored six straight.
Taylor’s pull-up jumper drew a
loud reaction from the large con-
tingent of Badgers fans, and the
volume increased when Marcus
Landry dunked in transition to cut
it to 34-29. Ohio State called time,
and the Wisconsin faithful
chanted, “Let’s go red!”

Instead, they stalled.



JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES

OVER THE FRAY: Ohio State’s
Jamar Butler, top, fights for a
loose ball with Wisconsin’s
Brian Bohannon during the
championship game of the Big
Ten tournament in Chicago.

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go get this surgery done.

_ FANTASY VS. REALITY.



CHRIS WEBBER, PISTONS

e Fantasy: The season began with Webber
as a major fantasy bust, as the 76ers refused
to play him despite putting up strong num-
bers in the second half of last season. But
once he signed with the Pistons, Webber
became a serviceable forward, tossing some
assists with his usual double-figure.scoring
efforts and handful of rebounds. He has been
steady since becoming a Piston but will rarely
give you the huge fantasy nights because of
the balance of the Detroit starting five.

© Reality: The Pistons became the clear
favorites in the East when Webber and his
offensive instincts joined an already danger-
ous starting lineup. But in the past couple
weeks, there has been reason for concern.
Most notable is the lack of interior defense a
lineup with Webber in the middle provides.
One of his best games as a Piston came
against the Cavaliers this week when he had
20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. But
the Pistons still lost, in large part because
LeBron James had his way against the Detroit

defense.
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first double-digit:
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began to catch fire.
Coming off the
bench, the shoot-
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three 30-point
games and a 40-
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SUNS AT MAVERICKS, 9, WEDNESDAY, ESPN

As thoroughly as the Mavericks have dominated the league,
they aren't heavy favorites to get out of the Western
Conference. The Spurs are part of the reason, because of
their postseason experience and steady defense. But the
Suns might be an even bigger threat. When healthy, this
Suns team is better than the one that lost to the Mavericks
in six games in last season’s conference finals.

Playoff fates to unfold

he final month of the sea-
son should see some sig-
nificant movement among
playoff standings.
And not every team is going to
like where it ends up.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

e Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers are somehow cling-
ing to the eighth
seed in the
Western Con-
ference, if only
because no one
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from getting anything going con-
sistently.

Predicted finish: 10th in West,
out of playoffs.

e Sacramento Kings: Sacra-
mento is finally figuring out that
defense, even with Ron Artest, is
not its specialty. With Kevin
Martin getting a lot more looks at
the basket, the Kings have been -
competitive with everyone they
play. But Artest’s indefinite
absence will still hurt when Mar-
tin and Mike Bibby are strug-
gling.

Predicted finish: Ninth in
West, out of playoffs.

e New Orleans-Oklahoma
City Hornets: An especially
tough schedule will make life dif-
ficult for a team that is most
deserving of a playoff position.
But with the talents of Chris Paul,
David West and Tyson Chandler,
the Hornets can beat good teams.
All it will take is one decent win-
ning streak for the Hornets to
solidify a playoff spot.

Predicted finish: Eighth in
West.

e Los Angeles Lakers:
Lamar Odom’s latest shoulder
injury combined with the
extended absence of Luke Wal-
ton has the Lakers reeling. Kobe
Bryant can only do so much, and
the Lakers will try to count on
their once-healthy cushion to
hold off the Nuggets for sixth
place, who figure to get it going
at some point.

Predicted finish: Seventh in
West.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

e@ Orlando Magic: The Mag-
ic’s road woes have defined its
second half of the season after it
appeared the team was a lock for
the playoffs. Now Orlando has to
fight off the Nets and Knicks just
to reach the postseason. Grant
Hill’s foot injury and the incon-
sistencies of big man Dwight
Howard will keep the Magic
from putting together any signifi-
cant win streak.

Predicted finish: Ninth in East,
out of playoffs.

e New Jersey Nets: The
Nets are getting a monster sea-
son from Jason Kidd, but it
appears the 33-year-old is start-
ing to feel some fatigue, and New
Jersey is struggling as a result.
The team is on a late West Coast

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The Knicks, taking advantage of a New Jersey slide, are very
much alive in the race for the eighth and final Eastern
Conference playoff spot, despite Jamal Crawford’s



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SCORING STRENGTH: In their push to make a serious run at the
playoffs, the Nets can rely on Vince Carter to provide the
huge offensive game to carry the team for a while.

swing that won’t make it easier,
but Vince Carter can always pro-
vide the huge offensive game that
can carry the Nets for a while.
The Nets have too much experi-
ence and pride not to make a
serious run at the playoffs.

Predicted finish: Eighth in
East.

@ Washington Wizards:
The Wizards are just getting
healthy after missing Antawn
Jamison for an extended period
and Caron Butler for a few games
with a bad back. Gilbert Arenas,
though, will have to rediscover
his early-season magic if the
Wizards are going to hold on to
their thinning lead in the South-
east Division. Arenas has particu-
larly struggled from three-point
range, part of the reason he has

WHO HAS THE EDGE?

dropped off the MVP radar.

Predicted finish: Sixth in East,
second in Southeast Division.

e@ Heat: The Heat has unex-
pectedly surged in the absence of
Dwyane Wade, thanks to a reju-
venated Shaquille O’Neal and a
much-improved defense. But the
run started with the Heat below
.500 and not in good standing in
the playoff race. The Wizards,
however, have kept Miami in
position to steal the Southeast
Division, and the Wizards and
Heat still have two games against
each other, both in Miami. As
long as no one else gets hurt, the
Heat has the favorable schedule
and the personnel to claim a top-
four seed.

Predicted finish: Third in East,
first in Southeast Division.

WHICH O’NEAL IS CARRYING MORE WEIGHT, JERMAINE OR SHAQUILLE?

Jermaine O’Neal has had a trying season as the centerpiece of a Pacers squad that was

expected to do much more after the offseason signing of Al Harrington. After a poor start, the
Pacers made a major trade that forced Jermaine to adjust to four new teammates. What he
has done throughout is average a career-best 2.9 blocks for a team with inconsistent offen-

sive play, average 10-plus rebounds and score nearly 20 points a game.

Shaquille O’Neal has been placed in this weight-bearing position only since Dwyane Wade
was injured more than two weeks ago. But his responsibilities were made all the more
weighty because the Heat was threatening to slide out of playoff position. What Shaquille has
done since is prove he’s more than capable of carrying a franchise. Shaquille, who has been
the No. 2 option since teaming with Wade, has had a 32-point game, a 15-rebound game, an
eight-assist game and a three-block game since the Wade injury. Oh, and Shaquille is doing all
this following in-season knee surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

@ The edge: Jermaine has had to do it the entire season, but Shaq has more pressure to

carry his franchise under potentially dire circumstances.

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despite an opportunity to move as high as No. 7 in the West.
Chris Paul vs. Stephon Marbury provides a contrast of styles at
point guard, as do centers Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry.

EASTERN
CONFERENCE



The Nets are in the middle of a
six-game road trip that could
end up deciding their playoff
fate. It ends with games in San
Antonio, Memphis and Okla-
homa City. Regardless of the

“record, the Nets. might get
good news regarding Richard
Jefferson, who’s with the
team on the trip and is nearly
ready to contribute after
ankle surgery. ... Probably no
coincidence that Steve Fran-
cis returned to the Knicks
after Jamal Crawford went
down for the season with a
stress fracture in his right
ankle. Francis was supposedly
considering retirement
because of a bad knee, but
suddenly the guard returns to
play 41 minutes and score 41
points in an overtime win
against Atlanta. Stephon Mar-
bury seems to have benefited
from Crawford’s absence as
well, scoring 34, 38 and 40 in
consecutive games.
Dwight Howard has displayed
a penchant for committing
turnovers this season, includ-
ing an 11-turnover game last
week against the Bulls. Magic
coach Brian Hill, however, is
quick to remind folks that
Shaquille O’Neal led the
league with 307 turnovers his
rookie season.

WESTERN
CONFERENCE





The Rockets were playing
so well without Yao Ming that
the center got alittle “hyper-
sensitive” about the issue
while he sat out, according to
his coach. Jeff Van Gundy
would prefer his center didn’t
concern himself with that, but
Yao might just play harder to
make sure the Rockets don’t
struggle with him back....
Among the teams said to be
in the mix to acquire Chaun-
cey Billups when he, as
expected, opts out of his con-
tract at the end of this season
is the Memphis Grizzlies. Bil-
lups, who has admitted he is
thinking about his future, said
he knows the Grizzlies will
have plenty of money to
spend. They'll be at least
$10 million under the salary
cap....Last week Don Nelson
said his Warriors were out of
the playoff race. Now the
coach says the No. 8 spot is
“like the plague” because no
one seems to want it. So he’s
declaring his team back
among the contenders... .
Rasheed Wallace is leading
the league in technical fouls,
which is a surprise to no one.
But it might be something of a
surprise to note that second
on that list is Suns center
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NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

SOUTHEAST W L_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 34 28 548 - 3-7 L-3 24-9 10-19 22-16
Miami 33 29 532 1 7-3 W-6 21-10 12-19 19-16
Orlando 29 35 453 6 2-8 L-2 19-13 10-22 17-21
Atlanta 25 39 391 10 4-6 W-3 13-18 12-21 13-24
Charlotte 22 41 .34912% 2-8 L-8 13-17 9-24 14-21
ATLANTIC W eL_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Toroiito 34 29 540 - 5-5 W-2 22-9 12-20 22-14
New York 29 34 «4.460 5 6-4 W-1 17-14 12-20 18-21
New Jersey 28 35 «4.444 «+6 3-7 LS 17-15 11-20 21-16
Philadelphia 25 38 .397 9 8-2 W-7 16-15 9-23 15-20
Boston 18 44 .29015% 5-5 L- 8-23 10-21 11-25
CENTRAL WL _ Pet. GB 10 Str. Home Away Conf
Detroit 39 22 639 .- 7-3 W-2 19-12 20-10 26-12
Cleveland 38 25 603 2 7-3 W-5 24-8 14-17 23-16
Chicago 37 28 569 4 7-3 W-2 24-8 13-20 26-13
Indiana 29 33 .46810% 1-9 L-9 18-13 11-20 20-16
Milwaukee 23 40 365 17 4-6 L-1 14-14 9-26 11-27
WESTERN CONFERENCE
SOUTHWEST WL Pet, GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
x-Dallas 52 9 852 - 10-0 W-17 30-3 22-6 33-6
San Antonio 45 18 .714 8 10-0 W-12) 21-8 24-10 27-11
Houston 39 24 .619 14 5-5 W-3 22-10 17-14 20-18
New Orleans 28 35 .444 25 3-7 L-5 19-12 9-23 16-23
Memphis 16 48 .25037% 2-8 W-1 11-20 5-28 9-29
NORTHWEST WL Pct. GB 110 Str. Home Away Conf
Utah 43 19 694 - 8-2 W-6 25-7 18-12 25-12
Denver 30 31 .49212% 4-6 W-1 16-17 14-14 14-22
Minnesota 27 35 «4.435 «16 2-8 L-2 18-13 9-22 16-22
Portland 26 36 «4.419 17 4-6 W-1 15-17 11-19 16-21
Seattle 25 38 .397 18% 4-6 L-3 18-13 7-25 12-23
PACIFIC = WL Pet. GB 110 Str. Home Away Conf
Phoenix 48 14 .774 - 9-1 W-4 25-6 23-8 23-10
L.A. Lakers 33 31 516 16 3-7 L-6 20-11 13-20 19-15
L.A. Clippers 29 33 .468 19 4-6 L-3 21-12 8-21 16-21
Sacramento 28 34 .452 20 5-5 L-2 18-14 10-20 14-23
Golden State 29 36 .44620% 3-7, L-1 22-10 7-26 16-20

x-clinched playoff spot

RESULTS AND SCHEDULES
Sunday’s results Tonight’s games Saturday’s results

Miami 106, Was. 104 Orl. at Char., 7 Atl. 99, Min. 93
Tor. 120, Sea. 119 (OT) Tor. at Mil., 8 NY 90, Was. 89
Det. 98, L.A.C. 80 N.J. at Memphis, 8 Phi. 100, Ind. 96
Den. 113, Sac. 101 Hou. at Phx., 10 Mem. 115, Cha. 107
Chi. 94, Bos. 78 Dallas at G.S., 10:30 S.A. 93, N.J. 77

Cle. 99, Ind. 88 Cle. 94, Mil. 92

Hou. 103, Orl. 92
Por. 106, G.S. 87
Dal. 108, L.A.L. 72

Utah 96, N.O. 86

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IN THE TUNDRA: Martin Buser drives his dog
team across the tundra a few miles outside of
the Unalakleet, Alaska, on Sunday.

King leads going
into Unalakleet

BY MARY PEMBERTON
Associated Press

UNALAKLEET, Alaska — Defending champion
Jeff King kept the lead Sunday in the Iditarod Trail
Sled Dog Race, with three other teams close behind
entering the final leg of the longest sled dog race in
the world.

More than 100 people, many of them bundled in
bulky parkas with large fur ruffs, stood out in below-
zero weather with icy wind whipping the. coastal vil-
lage of Unalakleet to await the first musher into the
checkpoint 261 miles from the finish line in Nome.

King, a four-time winner, arrived at 3:35 p.m., fol-
lowed less than an hour later by Lance Mackey of
Fairbanks, who is trying to prove that a musher can
win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled
Dog Race and the 1,100-mile Iditarod in the same
year. That’s the equivalent of racing a team from
New York City to Miami.

Four-time winner Martin Buser was third into
Unalakleet just 2 minutes later. He was followed by
Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof, the third-place finisher; last
year.

“Why wouldn’t we want to push the pace in the
biggest dog race in the world?” said King, when
asked about his dogs going 150 miles on the Yukon
River into a brutally cold headwind with just 5 hours
rest.

_ King said the runs are long and the rest is minimal
but his dogs have been trained to handle a fast-paced
Iditarod.

_ “Iam not asking more than what I trained,” King
said. “I think they’re tough.”

An upbeat Lance Mackey, who passed Mackey
and Gebhardt on his way to Unalakleet, knelt down
and hugged his lead dog after arriving in the check-
point.

“They are starting to get fired up,” Mackey said.
“They know if they perform well the next race they
won't have to worry about getting there. They'll be
driving in a new truck. ...I can almost smell that
new truck smell.”

The winner will get about $69,000 in prize money
and a new quad-cab pickup truck worth more than
$60,000. Mackey drives a 14-year-old truck.

Mackey — who is trying to join his father, Dick,
and brother, Rick, in becoming an Iditarod champion
— said he didn’t expect to even see Buser, never
mind pass him.

“I knew when we got on the hard, fast trail we
would pick up some time,” he said.

But Mackey said there’s still a lot of racing to do
before the finish line and he needs to be patient.
Even so, as tired as he was, Mackey found it hard to
contain his excitement.

“Never before have I been so close,” he said.

Eighty-two teams started the race in Willow last
Sunday. Nineteen have scratched in a race that is
notable so far for a tough trail that has mushers with-
drawing with broken bones and busted sleds. The
winner is expected to arrive in Nome on Tuesday or
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Nuggets snap losing streak in Sacramento

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Allen Iverson
had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds
to spoil Ron Artest’s return to the Kings’
lineup, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a
20-game losing streak in Sacramento with a
113-101 victory Sunday.

Carmelo Anthony added 29 points and six
rebounds and Marcus Camby had 16 points,
10 boards and six assists as the Nuggets
ended a five-game skid to the Kings and
pulled off a key win in the playoff chase.

Denver hadn’t beaten the Kings in Sacra-
mento since Jan. 7, 1997 — the longest active
losing streak in the league.

Artest had 17 points, eight rebounds and
three assists in his return following his arrest
on suspicion of domestic violence. Mike
Bibby scored 34 points, but Sacramento
failed to gain ground on the Clippers in the
standings. Los Angeles still leads the Kings
by one game for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference after losing
at Detroit.

e Pistons 98, Clippers 80: In Los
Angeles — Richard Hamilton scored 15 of his
23 points in the first quarter and Detroit beat
the Clippers while Rasheed Wallace sat out a
one-game suspension for accumulating 16
technical fouls.

Hamilton made his first eight shots and
Corey Maggette scored 19 points for the
Clippers. Elton Brand, who didn’t play in the
team’s 92-74 loss to the Pistons on Feb. 2
because of back spasms, had 11 points and 12

‘rebounds on his 28th birthday.

e Raptors 120, SuperSonics 119 (OT):
In Toronto, TJ. Ford scored nine points in
overtime and Toronto overcame a 36-point
effort by Ray Allen to beat Seattle.





STEVE YEATER/AP
BALL SWATTER: Nuggets center Marcus
Camby, right, swats the ball away from
Kings forward Ron Artest under the
basket in the second half of Denver’
113-101 victory in Sacramento, Calif.

Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 27 points
while Ford added 24 points and 13 assists.
Rookie Andrea Bargnani added 19 points for
Toronto.

Rashard Lewis had 26 points and 13
rebounds and Johan Petro had 13 points and
13 rebounds for the Sonics (25-38), who lost
their third straight.

@ Rockets 103, Magic 92: In Houston,

BASEBALL | SPRING TRAINING

Yao Ming had 37 points and four blocked
shots in his biggest game since returning to
the lineup, leading Houston over Orlando.

Yao, who also had seven rebounds, was
playing his fourth game since returning from
a broken right leg that caused him to miss 32
games.

e Cavaliers 99, Pacers 88: In Cleve-
land, LeBron James scored 26 points — his.
lowest total in 11 games — but Cleveland
won its fifth straight and handed wilting
Indiana its ninth consecutive loss.

Larry Hughes added 23 points and Drew
Gooden 19 for the Cavaliers, who let the Pac-
ers trim a 23-point, fourth-quarter deficit to
nine before putting them away to continue
their push to catch first-place Detroit in the
Central Division. :

e Bulls 94, Celtics 78: In Boston, Kirk
Hinrich scored 26 points and Ben Gordon
had 21 to lead surging Chicago over Boston.

Luol Deng added 17 points and Ben Wal-
lace had 10 points and 14 rebounds to help
Chicago finish its road trip 3-1 and improve
to 8-3 since the All-Star break. At 37-28, the
Bulls have their best record after 65 games
since starting 48-17 in 1997-98, Michael Jor-
dan’s final season with Chicago.

LATE SATURDAY

e Cavaliers 94, Bucks 92: In Milwau-
kee, LeBron James had 32 points and nine
assists, the last one to Anderson Varejao for
the winning layup, and Cleveland rallied to
beat Milwaukee.

e Jazz 96, Hornets 86: In Salt Lake
City, Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13
rebounds, and Deron Williams added 13
assists to lead Utah to its sixth straight vic-

tory.

Matsuzaka touched up in second start

Associated Press

Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay were
in top form Sunday. Daisuke Matsuzaka
could hardly say the same.

Boston’s $103 million pitcher with the
winning smile allowed homers to two non-
roster players, struggled with his control and
even threw away a potential double-play
grounder in his home debut against a Major
league team.

Matsuzaka’s splendid spring training hit
its first bump, and Baltimore beat the Red
Sox 5-3 in Fort Myers, Fla. The Japanese star
gave up four runs — three earned — and six
hits in four innings, but shrugged off the
results with his usual poise and won plaudits
from his manager as well as Orioles players.

“It’s not something that I’m terribly
worked up about,” Matsuzaka said through a
translator. “There’s going to be times where
I get hit, where they will score runs against
me.” ,

The right-hander gave up homers to Jon
Knott and Jason DuBois. After each batter
swung, Matsuzaka turned around and stayed
expressionless as he watched the ball fly
over the fence.

“Judging from what I experienced, throw-
ing high fastballs and high sliders can tend to
be a little bit dangerous,” he said with a grin.

Still, the Orioles were impressed. Melvin
Mora, who struck out twice, said Matsuzaka
“is not from this planet. He’s coming fron.
somewhere else. He’s awesome.”

Carpenter looked pretty awesome him-
self. The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace allowed two
hits in 4% scoreless innings during a 6-3 loss
to the Atlanta Braves in Jupiter, Fla.

Using his complete repertoire for the first
time in three spring training starts, Carpen-
ter got 14 groundball outs and did not walk a
batter. He threw 36 of his 54 pitches for
strikes.

“As the game went along I got more com-
fortable, more in rhythm,” he said. “My tim-
ing was better and I definitely felt good. So it
was nice.” :

At Dunedin, Fla., Halladay pitched four
perfect innings for the Toronto Blue Jays in
an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The
right-hander struck out two and threw only
36 pitches. He allowed just one ball to be hit
out of the infield.

“My location was better with my fastball
and changeup,” Halladay said. “Then getting
my curveball going, maybe four or so. I feel
like it’s another step at getting everything
back.”

The Cleveland Indians won't get Cliff Lee

.back until after opening day. The left-hander

will start the season on the disabled list with
an abdominal strain and is expected to be out
until mid-or-late April.

Lee went 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA last season
and is 46-24 since 2004. His status will be re-
evaluated in seven to 10 days.

“It’s frustrating to watch everybody get-
ting ready and I’m left behind a little bit,”
Lee said. “If this was late in the season, I’d
probably try to keep pitching through it.
There’s no sense in doing something that
could make this worse and really miss a lot
of time.”

Fausto Carmona, likely to replace Lee in
the rotation, allowed one hit over three
scoreless innings in Cleveland’s 4-3 victory
over the New York Yankees at Tampa, Fla.

In other games:

e Marlins 5, Mets (ss) 5 (11): In Port St.
Lucie, Fla., Tom Glavine pitched four solid
innings and New York got home runs from
Carlos Beltran and David Wright.

6 Mets (ss) 4, Tigers (ss) 2: In Lake-



land, Fla., Mike Maroth, who just needs to
prove he’s healthy to be Detroit’s fifth
starter, gave up seven hits and three runs in
four innings but said he continues to pitch
with no discomfort.

® Tigers (ss) 5, Phillies 3: In Clearwa-
ter, Fla., Jamie Moyer was so efficient he
completed his outing before reaching his
pitch count. The Philadelphia left-hander
was scheduled to throw 70-75 pitches, but
needed just 59 to cruise through five shutout
innings.

e Astros 5, Devil Rays 3: In St. Peters-
burg, Fla., Houston starter Brian Moehler
allowed one hit and a walk in four shutout
innings.

e Reds 9, Pirates 8: In Sarasota, Fla.,
Eric Milton gave up four runs and seven hits
in 374 innings for Cincinnati.

® Dodgers 10, Nationals 9: In Vero
Beach, Fla., Brad Penny struggled through
three innings, but Los Angeles rallied for
three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Penny
gave up four runs, nine hits and two walks
without striking out a batter. Jeff Kent hit a
two-run homer.

e Diamondbacks 10, Padres 7: In Tuc-
son, Ariz., Eric Byrnes went 3-for-3 with an
opposite-field home run, boosting his spring
training batting average to .450.

e Rockies 5, Royals 4: In Tucson, Ariz.,
Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was
relieved when X-rays showed his right wrist
is bruised — not broken. Kansas City’s Billy
Butler hit a two-run homer off Danny
Graves. Todd Helton, back in the lineup tor
the first time since Tuesday because of right
knee inflammation, went O-for-3

o White Sox 12, Mariners (ss) 7: In
Peoria, Ariz., Seattle starter Horacio Ramirez

OFF THE
MOUND:
Cardinals’ |
starter —
Chris
Carpenter
watches his
pitch as it
heads to
the plate
anda
Braves
batter in
the first
inning of a
spring
training
baseball
game at in
Jupiter, Fla.,
on Sunday.

JAMESFINLEY/AP

pitched four shutout innings, extending his
impressive spring. Ramirez has thrown
seven scoreless innings and allowed only
one hit in two outings. Mariners slugger
Richie Sexson went 0-for-4 and is hitless in
18 at-bats this spring.

e Giants (ss) 8, Mariners (ss) 3: In
Scottsdale, Ariz., San Francisco closer
Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless inning
in his first outing of spring training. Barry
Bonds went 0-for-2 as the designated hitter
after homering the previous two days. Giants
pitching phenom Tim Lincecum threw three
scoreless innings.

e Athletics (ss) 3, Giants (ss) 2: In
Phoenix, Joe Blanton allowed two runs and
five hits over 3 2-3 innings for Oakland.

e Athletics (ss) 7, Angels (ss) 6: In
Tempe, Ariz., Eric Chavez hit his first homer
of the spring off Los Angeles lefty Joe Saun-
ders. Nick Swisher, who drove the bail
almost 500 feet, and Daric Barton also hom-
ered for Oakland. Gary Matthews Jr. singled
and scored for the Angels.

@ Angels (ss) 2, Rangers O: In Sur-
prise, Ariz., Jamey Wright, one of six candi-
dates for the fifth spot in Texas’ rotation,
retired all nine batters he faced. Sammy Sosa
went 1-for-3 with a solid single while playing
six innings in right field. He is 10-for-21 (.476)
in seven games this spring, with two homers
and four RBIs.

o Cubs 6, Brewers 3: In Mesa, Ariz.,
Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double and Jason
Marquis had another strong outing for Chi-
cago. In his third Cactus League start, Mar-
quis allowed one run and six hits in four
innings. His ERA ts 2.00 this spring. Kerry
Wood worked a scoreless inning of reliet for
the Cubs.





6E | MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007

INTERNATIONAL EDITION



NO REPEAT
PERFORMANCES

Florida is trying to become the first repeat
champion in men’s college basketball since
Duke won titles in 1991 and 1992. A recap of
the NCAA tournaments that followed
Duke’s repeat championships:

1993

UNC 77, MICHIGAN 71

e Previous champion: Duke never came
close to a three-peat, losing 82-77 to
California in the second round.

1994

ARKANSAS 76, DUKE 72

e Previous champion: Despite not having a
starter taller than 6-7, Boston College
defeated North Carolina 75-72 in the second
round. Afterward, North Carolina freshman
Jerry Stackhouse said, “They took some
cheap shots at us.”

1995

UCLA 89, ARKANSAS 78

e Previous champion: Arkansas returned
five starters from its title team, but lost in the
championship game to a UCLA team that
played most of the final without point guard
Tyus Edney.

1996

KENTUCKY 76, SYRACUSE 67

e Previous champion: In one of the biggest
college basketball upsets of the 90s,
defending champion UCLA lost to
13th-seeded Princeton 43-41 in the first
round. :

1997

ARIZONA 84, KENTUCKY 79 (OT)

e Previous champion: Kentucky’s repeat
bid fell a victory short, despite a team that
featured Ron Mercer, Scott Padgett and
Jamaal Magloire (who attempted only one
shot in the title game).

1998

KENTUCKY 78, UTAH 69

e Previous champion: With five starters





back from its title team, Arizona finished the 1... .B

regular season 30-5, but was upset 76-51 by
Andre.Miller and Utah in the Elite Eight.”

T 999 eS a Ne

UCONN 77, DUKE 74

e@ Previous champion: Despite taking a 17-4
lead, Kentucky’s repeat bid ended in the Elite -
Eight with a 73-66 loss to Michigan State.

2000

MICHIGAN STATE 89, FLORIDA 76

e@ Previous champion: With team leader
Khalid El-Amin on the bench with aninjury, |
Connecticut lost 65-61 to Tennessee in the
second round.

2001

DUKE 82, ARIZONA 72

e Previous champion: Michigan State’s
repeat bid fell short in the Final Four with an
80-61 loss to an emotionally charged Arizona
team playing in honor of Bobbi Olson, the
late wife of coach Lute Olson.

2002

MARYLAND 64, KANSAS 52

@ Previous champion: Indiana offered
college basketball fans one of the biggest
upsets of the tournament when it upset Duke
74-73 in a South Regional semifinal game.

2003

SYRACUSE 81, KANSAS 78

@ Previous champion: With underclassman
Chris Wilcox lost to the NBA, point guard

Steve Blake and Maryland suffered an upset
against Michigan State 60-58 in the |
Sweet 16.

2004 —

UCONN 82, GEORGIA TECH 73

e Previous champion: Losing Carmelo
Anthony to the 2003 NBA Draft proved to be
too great to overcome for Syracuse.
Alabama, a No. 8 seed, upset guard Gerry
McNamara and Syracuse 80-71 in the

Sweet 16.

2005

UNC 75, ILLINOIS 70

e Previous champion: In one of the biggest
upsets of the tournament, No. 2 seed
Connecticut lost to No. 10 seed North
Carolina State 65-62 in the second

round.

2006

FLORIDA 73, UCLA 57 |

e Previous champion: After losing its top
seven scorers from its 2005 title team, North
Carolina lost to George Mason 65-60 in the
second round.









- JOSEPH GOODMAN

SPORTS FOCUS | NCAA TOUR





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NAMENT

FLORIDA



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PATRICK SCHNEIDER/MCT

WHAT A FEELING: Celebrating their 73-57 victory over UCLA in last year’s national championship game are, clockwise from top,
Florida’s Adrian Moss and teammates, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah and Al Horford.

Gators try to master a lost art: repeating

@ Florida is fighting history as
it attempts to become the first
to win back-to-back titles in
15 years, and the first with the
same starters.

BY JOSEPH GOODMAN
jgoodman@MiamiHerald.com

ATLANTA — If winning the
NCAA Tournament is historic
and repeating is divine, then John
Wooden sits alone at the pinnacle
of college basketball, passing
down his wisdom.

Wooden, who won 10 champi-

_onships — including seven in a

row — as coach at UCLA, says

he’ll be watching the University:

of Florida this month with almost
the same level of interest that he
devotes to his beloved Bruins.

“I wouldn’t pick against them’

... at this point,” Wooden, 96,
said this week by phone. “I would
be surprised if they didn’t win it.”

There has not been a repeat
champion in men’s college basket-
ball since Duke in 1991 and 1992.
Florida, which returns all five
starters from last season’s cham-
pionship team, will have the best
chance of any team in years at
repeating after the tournament
selections are announced tonight.
Moreover, the Gators can do
something no repeat champion,
not even one of Wooden’s, has
accomplished: win back-to-back
titles with the same starters.

“We're all about setting
records,” Florida forward Joakim
Noah said.

The chance at winning another
title is what kept Noah, Al Hor-
ford and Corey Brewer, who were
projected as first-round draft
picks after the 2006 title run, in
Gainesville.

A similar'show of school spirit
hasn’t occurred in men’s college
basketball in a decade. And when
it did, the 1998 Arizona Wildcats

‘Repeating is just a question of the coach’s ability to keep them focused and not rely on the past.
You learn from the past, but you can't live the past. You've got to keep focused every day.’

— aclear favorite to win the tour-
nament — did not reach the Final
Four.

‘CAN’T LIVE THE PAST’

“Repeating is just a question of
the coach’s ability to keep them
focused and not rely on the past,”
Wooden said. “You learn from the
past, but you can’t live the past.
You’ve got to keep focused every
day.”

Arizona beat Kentucky 84-79
in overtime of the 1997 champion-
ship game. The Wildcats had five
returning starters in 1998 — Mike
Bibby, A.J. Bramlett, Bennett Dav-
ison, Eugene Edgerson and Don-
nell Harris — but they were out-
played by Andre Miller and Utah
in the West Regional.

In 1995, Arkansas returned five
starters from its 1994 title run. In
their repeat bid, the Razorbacks
fell to UCLA, despite their fre-
netic defensive pace.

Since the successes of Duke,
Arizona and Arkansas in the
1990s, the college basketball land-
scape has changed drastically.
The current trend of underclass-

‘men jumping to the NBA hasn’t

necessarily leveled the playing
field, but it has made building a
men’s dynasty extremely difficult.

“It’s hard. You have players
who have the opportunity to leave
early,” Florida junior point guard
Taurean Green said. “You just
want to try and find players that
want to develop and stay for all
four years.”

With the heat of professional
contracts and shoe deals blinding
today’s college basketball elite,
four years and a degree have
become less and less likely. This
group of Gators might just be the
next best thing.

“In the recruiting battles and
wars, when you get a guy like
[T'exas freshman] Kevin Durant

or [Ohio State freshman] Greg
Oden, 20 years ago, those guys
would be in college for four
years,” Gators coach Billy Dono-
van said. “The environment and
the landscape of college basket-
ball has changed, and the turnover
is so drastic that it is very, very
difficult to maintain and stay up at
a very, very high level when
you’ve had turnover like that.”

Today’s Ohio State — Oden
and the nation’s top freshman
class — is yesterday’s Syracuse,
with Carmelo Anthony.

Like Anthony before him,
Oden, the Buckeyes’ freshman
center, is expected to enter the
NBA Draft after the NCAA Tour-
nament. Many thought Noah
would follow a similar path last
year, but the Final Four MVP sur-
prised many and stayed in school.

Doing so meant passing on a
possible No. 1 selection in the
NBA Draft. Whether you consider
it honorable or idiotic, snubbing
millions for another year of col-
lege life is undeniably romantic.

“It’s a positive thing,” Wooden
said. “Athletes should come back
to make the effort to do better,
and not necessarily to win the
national championship.”

And if that wispy-eyed ideol-
ogy is too naive to stomach, then
at least this much is unmistakably
true: No team in the history of
men’s college basketball has won
back-to-back national champion-
ships with the same starters.

UCLA’S FEAT

Only one team — the 1968
UCLA Bruins — has returned five
starters from a championship sea-
son and successfully defended a
title, but Wooden relegated one of
the returners, Kenny Heitz, to a
reserve role.

Kentucky’s championship
teams of 1948 and 1949 featured

- JOHN WOODEN, Hall of Fame coach who won 10 championships - including seven in a row ~ at UCLA.

the same players, but one starter
on the 1949 team, Ralph Beard,
came off the bench for Adolph
Rupp in 1948. The University of
San Francisco won titles in 1955
and 1956 with different starters.
Cincinnati’s 1961 championship .
team returned three of five start-
ers for a repeat performance.
Duke repeated in 1992 with four
starters from ‘its 1991 champion-
ship.

Glance upward and those
teams are the guiding constella-
tions of the college basketball
heavens. Florida now has a
chance to dot the sky with one of
the brightest stellar blueprints of
all.
“They’re different from any
team I remember since guys have
started to leave early,” said Mary-
land coach Gary Williams, who
led the Terrapins to the 2002 title.
“I think they have a very good
chance because they’ve been
through it.”

The Gators began their quest
for immortality Sunday when the
NCAA announced that they were
the tournament’s top seed and
sent them to the Midwest. UCLA,
which UF defeated to win the title
last season, as a No. 1 seed in the
West, is the No. 2 seed in the
West this year behind Kansas. A
rematch of last year’s champion-
ship game between UF and UCLA
would occur in the semifinals this
year, if both teams advance that
far.

For Wooden, its makes the
Gators easy to enjoy. For college
basketball fans, it offers a nostal-
gic twist to March Madness —
one that might not be seen again
for quite some time.

Miami Herald sportswriter
Manny Navarro and Miami Her-
ald writer Louis Anastasis contrib-
uted to this report.





THE MIAMI HERALD | MiamiHerald.com

WOMEN’S GAMES



Mike Roemer/AP

TITLE CLINCHERS: Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Rachel Porath,
second from left, and Nicole Soulis, center, begin the
celebration after winning the Horizon League
tournamei.it on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis.

No. 22 Phoenix
overruns Butler

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. —

Nicole Soulis scored 21
points and Amanda Popp
added 18 to help No. 22 Wis-
_ consin-Green Bay cruise by
Butler 91-64 on Sunday in the
Horizon League champion-
ship game.

The Phoenix (28-3) have
won 25 straight games and
have made the NCAA tour-
nament for the eighth time in
10 seasons.

Wisconsin-Green Bay
took an early 13-0 lead en
route to its season-high point
total and never looked back.
The Bulldogs (16-15), who
played in the ieague champi-
. onship game for the first
time since 1997-98, have lost
22 straight games to the
Phoenix since 1999.

The Phoenix shot 67 per-
cent (16-for-24) from the
field in the first haif, includ-
ing © of 8 (50 percent) from
behind vite ais, to take a
49-36 iead. Wisconsin-Green
Bay finished the game by
making i5 of 29 3-pointers
(51.7 percent). one shy of the
tournament cecord ‘har it set
ii a 2005 quarces tinal game
against Cleveland State, aud
shot 57.4 percent from the
field.

.Soulis scored 16 o+ her
points in the decisive first
half and was named the tour-
nament’s most valuable
player. Kayla Groh added 11
points and Erin Templin 10
for the Phoenix.

Jackie Closser led Butler
with 23 points, including
seven 3~pointers, tying a

tournament record set by

Wisconsin- Milwaukee's Jes-
sica Wilhite in 2001. Candace
Jones added 13 points.

Popp had two of Wiscon-
sin-Green Bay’s three
3-pointers in the first 3:22 of
the game. Rachel .Porath’s
three-point play with 12:57
left in the first half stretched
the Phoenix lead to 23-5.

Closser scored nine of her
14 first-half points on
3-pointers in the final 5:19 in

that half, and the Bulldogs
cut the deficit to 49-36. But-
ler never got closer than 13
points in the second half.

e Old Dominion 78,
James Madison 70: In
Newark, Del., T.J. Jordan
scored 17 points and Tiffany
Green added 16 to help Old
Dominion beat James Madi-
son and capture its 16th con-
secutive’ Colonial Athletic
Association championship
on Sunday.

The Monarchs (24-8) will
make the program’s 24th
appearance in the NCAA
Tourndment. The second-
seeded Dukes lost in the
CAA finals for the second
straight year.

‘The top-seeded Monarchs
are now 47-0 in CAA tourna-
ment games since they
joined the league in the
1991-92 season.

e Drake 65, Creighton
64 (OT): In Des Moines,
Iowa, Kelsey Keizer hit a
3-pointer with 55 seconds left
in overtime and Drake beat
Creighton 65-64 on Sunday
in the Missouri Valley Con-
ference title game.

Lindsay Whorton an
Monique Jones each had 17
for eighth-seeded Drake
(14-18), which became the
second team this season to
make th. NCAA tournament
with a losing record. Holy
Cross (15-17) won the Patriot
League.

@ UMBC 48, Hartford
46: In Vestal, N.Y., Carlee
Cassidy scored 14 points to
help seventh-seeded UMBC
stun top-seed Hartford 48-46
on Sunday night in the 2007
America East championship
game and,earn the Retriev-
ers’ first trip to the NCAA
tournament.

LATE SATURDAY

® Idaho St. 84, N. Ari-
zona 78: In Missoula, Mont.,

’ Natalie Doma had 24 points

and 16 rebounds to lead
Idaho State (17-13) in the Big
Sky Conference champion-
ship and into the NCAA
tournament.

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

Kansas does it again

“BiG 12

before Kansas came back.

Durant got his first shot
swatted but bounced back
by scoring eight consecutive
points — including a pair of
3-pointers — to get Texas
started on a 19-2 run. He fol-
lowed a jumper in the lane
with another falling away on
the left side to give the
Longhorns a 21-6 edge.

He had seven more
points, the last on a
3-pointer from NBA range,
before Augustin carved his
way under the basket to
make it 32-10.

That didn’t mean the infi-
nitely deep Jayhawks were
out of it, though. Only a
week earlier, Kansas wiped
out a 12-point halftime defi-
cit in five minutes and in a
90-86 win over Texas to
claim the Big 12 regular-sea-
son title outright.

Rush nailed a 3-pointer to
get Kansas on track after a
4-for-18 start, and Wright

beat Durant for a dunk anda
layup as the fayhawks
started picking up steam.

Rush added two more
3-pointers, and Durant
appeared rattled as the Jay-
hawks outscored Texas 24-7
to close within 39-34 at the
half.

Collins hit a 3-pointer and
a jumper to cut the deficit to
55-54 with 11'2 minutes let,
but then had his driving
layup for the lead blocked by
Durant. The Jayhawks
finally completed their
comeback when Chalmers
hit two foul shots during a
9-0 run that gave Kansas a
65-60 lead.

Durant erased that deficit
with a basket off an offen-
sive rebound. Craig Wind-
er’s layup off a fast-break
miss gave Texas a 73-71 lead.

After Winder missed one
of two free throws to open
the door for Kansas, Chal-
mers hit a 3-pointer from the
right wing with 15 seconds
left to tie the game at 78.





COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Associated Press

ATLANTA — For all those
who thought Florida looked
vulnerable at the end of the
regular season, the Gators sent
an emphatic message in the
Southeastern Conference
tournament: The defending
national champions are doing
just fine.

The sixth-ranked Gators
finished off three routs in
three days, beating Arkansas
77-56 Sunday to claim their
third straight SEC tournament
championship and perhaps
lock up a No. 1 seed in the
NCAA tournament.

Again, it was a devastating
team effort by Florida (29-5),
which lost three of its last five
regular-season games but
showed no weaknesses at the
Georgia Dome. The Gators
ripped through their oppo-
nents with an average winning
margin of 19.7 points.

Arkansas, which was play-
ing in the title game for the
first time since 2000, stayed
close for a while — which was
more than Florida’s other two
opponents, Georgia and Mis-
sissippi, could say. But the
Razorbacks (21-13) never
really had a chance.

Florida had too much of,
well, everything.

Up front, Al Horford scored
18 points and grabbed 12
rebounds. Joakim Noah had 17
points, eight rebounds and
four assists. On the perimeter,
Taurean Green and Lee Hum-
phrey each made a couple of
3-pointers. The swingman,
Corey Brewer, chipped in with
9 points, five rebounds and
three assists. Walter Hodge
and Chris Richard combined
for 17 points off the bench.

__ INTERNATIONAL EDITIO

MEN’S GAMES

No. 6 Florida sends a message

e No. 8 North Carolina
89, N.C. State 80: In Tampa,
Fla., North Carolina’s depth
proved to be too much for
North Carolina State’s deter-
mination.

Shrugging off nine years of
frustration in the Atlantic
Coast Conference tournament,
the eighth-ranked Tar Heels
beat their Tobacco Road rivals
89-80 Sunday for their first
league title since 1998.

Brandan Wright and
Wayne Ellington scored 16
apiece, Tyler Hansbrough
went ll-for-l1 from the foul
line to finish with 15, and
Reyshawn Terry and Ty Law-
son added 13 each to give Roy
Williams about the only thing
that was missing from his
resume as a head coach.

In winning their 16th ACC
tournament title, tied with
Duke for the most in confer-
ence, the Tar Heels (28-6)
likely also nailed down a No. 1
seed in the NCAA tourna-
ment.

North Carolina State (18-15)
reached the title game with an
improbable run that included
upsets of second-seeded Vir-
ginia, third-seeded Virginia
Tech and defending champion
Duke, which had won seven of
the previous eight ACC titles.

But winning four games in —

four days was too much to ask
of the 10th-seeded Wolfpack,
especially against a team as
deep and balanced as top-
seeded North Carolina.
Williams used 11 players,
substituting as many as five at
a time, while building a 16-
point lead. Brandon Costner,
Gavin Grant and Courtney
Fells led a 29-14 run that
trimmed N.C. State’s deficit to

70-69 but the Wolfpack ran
out of gas in the last five min-
utes,

Terry scored eight straight
for North Carolina, then the
Tar Heels made nine of 10 free
throws in the final 1:14 to stay
ahead.

Costner led N.C. State with
28 points. Fells had 18 and
Grant finished with 10.

e Texas A&M-Corpus
Christeri 81, Northwestern
State 78: In Houston, Chris
Daniels scored 19 points as
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
won the Southland Confer-
ence tournament champion-
ship and its first berth in the
NCAA tournament.

LATE SATURDAY .

e No. 9 Georgetown 65,
No. 13 Pittsburgh 42: In
New York, Roy Hibbert
scored 14 of his 18 points in
Georgetown’s big first half and
the Hoyas cruised past Pitts-
burgh to win the Big East
championship.

Jeff Green, the tourna-
ment’s Most Outstanding
Player, added 21 points for top-
seeded Georgetown (26-6),
which won its conference-re-
cord seventh title and first
since 1989.

Sam -Young scored 10
points for third-seeded Pitts-
burgh (27-7), which was in the
final for the sixth time in seven
years but has just one title in
that span. The Panthers fin-
ished 16-of-61 — 26.2 percent
— from the field.

Center Aaron Gray was
1-of-13 and finished with a sea-
son-low three points while
being defended by Hibbert.

e George Washington
78, Rhode Island 69: In

MONDAY, MARCH iz, 2007 | 7E

Atlantic City, N.J.. Gar] Elliott
scored 17 points to help the
Colonials (23-8) win the Atlan-
tic 10 tournament and earn
their third consecutive NCAA
bid.

e Albany 60, Vermont
59: In Burlington, Vt., Jamar
Wilson scored 22 points, Jason
Siggers added 14 and the Great
Danes (23-9) won the America
East conference champion-
ship.

e Florida A&M 58, Dela-
ware State 56: In Raleigh,
N.C., Brian Greene’s buzzer-
beating layup lifted the Rat-
tlers (21-13) to the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference title.

e Jackson St. 81, Missis-
sippi Valley St. 71: In Bir-
mingham, Ala., Trey Johnson
scored 33 points to lead the
Tigers (21-13) in the South-
western Athletic Conference
final.

e Miami (Ohio) 53,
Akron 52: In Cleveland, Doug |
Penno made a controversial
3-pointer off the glass as the
horn sounded to give Miami
(18-14) a stunning win over
Akron in the Mid-American
Conference championship.

e New Mexico State 72,
Utah State 70: In Las Cruces,
N.M., Justin Hawkins scored
20 points and Elijah Ingram
had 18 points, including four
3-pointers, to lead New Mex-
ico State (25-8) to a berth in
the NCAAs.

e Long Beach State 94,
Cal Poly 83: In Anaheim,
Calif., Aaron Nixon had 29
points and a career-high 11
rebounds to lead the 49ers
(24-7) to the Big West Confer-
ence tournament champion-
ship and its first trip to the
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* TOURNAMENT

Joakim Noah and the
Gators (29-5) hope to become
the first repeat champions
since Duke in 1992. Florida,
which won the football cham-
pionship in January, will
begin its bid for another bas-
ketball title in the Midwest
region with a game Friday
against 16th-seeded Jackson
State in New Orleans.

The Gators, who return all
five starters from last season’s
national championship team,
emphatically won the South-
eastern Conference tourna-
ment, routing Arkansas 77-56,
recovering from a late season
slump.

Wisconsin got the No. 2
seed in the Midwest and will
play No. 15 Texas A&M-Cor-
pus Christi. Other games in
the region are: No. 3 Oregon
vs. No. 14 Miami of Ohio, No.
4 Maryland vs. Davidson, No.
5 Butler vs. No. 12 Old Domin-
ion and No. 6 Notre Dame vs.
No. 11 Winthrop, which has an
18-game winning streak and
No. 7 UNLV vs. No. 10 Geor-
gia Tech, and No. 8 Arizona
vs. No. 9 Purdue.

Arizona coach Lute Olson
will make his 23rd straight

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

Men’s tournament set to begin on Tuesday

appearance, tying former
North Carolina coach Dean
Smith.

In the West, Big 12 cham-
pion Kansas (30-4) opens
against the play-in winner Fri-
day in Chicago.

UCLA, with the most
NCAA men’s basketball titles
in history, became a No. 2
seed after losing its first game
in the Pac-10 tournament to
California. The Bruins, who
reached the title game last
season, were ranked No. 1 for
six weeks this season, more
than any other team. UCLA
(26-5), coming off consecutive
losses to Washington and Cal,
will play Weber State.

Also in the West bracket, it
will be: No. 3 Pittsburgh vs.
No. 14 Wright State, No. 4
Southern Illinois vs. No. 13
Holy Cross and No. 5 Virginia
Tech vs. No. 12 Illinois.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski
and Duke got the No. 6 seed
after losing to North Carolina
State in the first round of the
ACC tournament. The Blue
Devils will play No. ll Vir-
ginia Commonwealth. No. 7
Indiana plays No. 10 Gonzaga,
and No. 8 Kentucky faces No.
9 Villanova.

North Carolina (28-6)

drew the top seed in the East
by defeating N.C. State for the
ACC title. Coach Roy Wil-
liams, mask-wearing center
Tyler Hansbrough and the
rest of the Tar Heels, a deep
young team that plays at a fast
pace, will make the short trip
to Winston-Salem to play
Eastern Kentucky on Thurs-
day.

Big East champion George-
town, with John Thompson
III as its coach and Patrick
Ewing Jr. coming ‘off the
bench, is the No. 2 seed and
takes on No. 15 Belmont. Also
in the East, it’s No. 3 Washing-
ton State vs. No. 14 Oral Rob-
erts; No. 4 Texas and star
Kevin Durant against No. 12
New Mexico State; No. 5
Southern California vs. No. 12
Arkansas; No. 6 Vanderbilt vs.
No. 11 George Washington,
No. 7 Boston College vs.
coach Bobby Knight’s 10th-
seeded Texas Tech, and No. 8
Marquette vs. No. 9 Michigan
State.

Ohio State (30-3) beat Wis-
consin to win the Big 10 tour-
nament and its No. 1 seed in
the South. The Buckeyes play
No. 16 Central Connecticut
State on Thursday in Lexing-
ton, Ky.

h Carolina won 89-80.

Ohio State’s oniy tosses
were on the road io Norih
Carolina, Florida and W ist on-
sin. Star freshman Grey Uden
missed the first seven gastics
of the season recoveriig from
offseason wrist suigery but
he has been one vi the imost
dominant playeis in the coun-
try since.

Other games in the South
include coach John Calipari
and No. Z Memphis against
No. i5 North Texas, miaking
its first NCAA iournament
appearance since i985, No 3
Texas A&M vs. No i4 Penn-
sylvania; No. 4 Viryiuia vs.
No. 13 Albany, NY; No 5
Tennessee vs. No. 12 Long
Beach State; No. 6 Louisville

7

vs. No. ii Stantord; No 7

Nevada vs. No. 10 Creighton
and No. 8 BYU vs. No 9
Xavier.

Coach Rick Pitino atid Lou-
isville are NCAA perennials,
and the Cardinais drew a con-
venient setting this year.
They'll be right up the road in
Rupp Arena, home of rival
Kentucky, 1 Lexington.

That likely wil] not sii weil
with No. 3 seed lexas AXM,
which would play Louisville if
both teams win their opening
games.

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:
Win keeps title-holders

First Baptist undefeated

@ BASKETBALL

DEFENDING champions
First Baptist have served notice
that if anybody wants to take
their Baptist Sports Council's
19-and-under basketball title
away from them, they will have
to earn it.

First Baptist soared to anoth-
er impressive victory as they
remained undefeated in the
president's division of the Rev.
Tyrone Knowles Basketball
Classic with a 60-19 rout over
New Bethlehem.

In other games played, Mace-
donia ladies’ knocked off St.
Paul's Fox Hill 21-15; Faith
United pounded Ebenezer 15-
and-under 48-4; St. Paul's Fox
Hill won over New Bethlehem
15-and-under 39-30; St. Paul's
Fox Hill defeated Ebenezer 19-
and-under 53-32; Golden Gates
stopped Everlasting Life Min-
istries 29-18 and Faith United
knocked off Bethel 19-and-

- under 43-13.

¢ Here's a summary of the
games played:

First Baptist 60, New Bethle-
hem 19 (19): Eugene Bain had
another monster game with a
number of dunks and Marcus
Griffin helped out in the win.
Justin Campbell led the way for
the losers.

Macedonia 21, St. Paul's 15
(L): Juliet Taylor scored a game
high 15 points and Kim Harris
added four and Antionette
Gardiner had two in the win
for Macedonia. Randell Coop-
er had 10 and Dvonnya Brown
added five in the loss.

Faith United 43, Bethel 13
(19): Gaylen Gray scored a
game high 19‘and Theo Woods
added seven as Faith United
won big. Aaron Rolle scored
six in the loss.

St. Paul's 53, Ebenezer 32
(19): Ricardo Hepburn scored
10 and Lajunte Stuart chipped
in with eight to lead St. Paul's.
Jarvis Delancy scored a game
high 24 in the loss.

Golden Gates 29, Everlast-
ing Life Ministries 18 (19):

_Kavone Anderson scored eight

to lead Golden Gates’ balanced
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A fight erupted after the
game between players from

Golden Gates. The league is |

expected to issue some suspen-
sions for the players involved.
Faith United 48, Ebenezer 4
(15): Lamar Albury scored a
game high 18 and Shinreo
Parks added 10 in the win for

Faith United. Leonardo Collie -

and Simon Miller scored the
two baskets for the losers.

St. Paul's 39, New Bethlehem
30 (15): Jarvis Delancy scored
13, Patrick Brice had 12 and
Kendal Simmons and Michael
Ferguson both added six as St.
Paul's won. Jeffery Woodside
had a game high 16 in the loss.

e During the week, the men
played with St. Paul's Fox Hill
crushing Golden Gates 37-22;
New Bethlehem won over Cal-
vary Bible 36-31; First Baptist
routed Golden Gates 52-28;
Evangelistic Centre won over
Bahamas Harvest 35-29; Kemp
Road Union won over Mt.
Tabor 42-34; Evangelistic Cen-
tre over New Bethlehem 29-23
and New St. Paul's Bias Street
over Macedonia 34-27.

°-Here's a summary of their
games:

First Baptist 52, Golden
Gates 28 (M): Eugene Bain
scored 11 and Jamal Rose
scored 10 in First Baptist win.
Lesbott Claude scored 11 and
Lavance Rodgers had eight in

the loss.

New Bethlehem 36, Calvary
Bible 31: Terrell Duncombe
scored 12 and Kendrick Wilson
added seven in the win. Khuno
Deveaux had 10 in the loss.

St. Paul's Fox Hill 37, Golden
Gates 22: Dino Flowers, Edwin
White and Kenton Rolle all
scored eight in the win. JaRoy
Cooper had eight in the loss.

New St. Paul's BS 34, Mace-
donia 27 (M): Ricardo Smith
scored a game high 15 and
Leron 'Preacher' Colebrooke
added four in the win. Hender-
son Curry scored nine and
Vandyke Taylor had eight in
the loss.

Evangelistic Centre 29, New

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Bethlehem 23 (M): Tyee
Sands scored a game high 143
and Kathon Hanna added six
in the win: Dominic Duncombe
scored 12 in the loss.

Kemp Road Ministries 42,
Mt. Tabor 34 (M): Dennison
Johnson scored a game high 14
and Cinzo Storr added 10 in the
win. Spurgeon Johnson had
eight and Antonio Saunders
seven in the loss.

Evangelistic Centre 35,

Bahamas Harvest 29 (M): Lam-
ont Bain scored a game high 20
and Tyrone Sands added nine
in the win. Adrian Forbes
scored seven and Travis Sands
added six in the loss.

e Here's a week at this?”
week's schedule at Baillou Hills:’ -

Tuesday
Court One - 7 p.m. First Bap-
tist vs Temple Fellowship (M);

8 p.m. St. Paul's Fox Hill vs Mt...

Tabor (M).

Court Two -7 p.m. Macedo- (sg

nia vs New Bethlehem (M); 8
p.m. Bahamas Harvest vs Cal-
vary Bible (M).
Thursday ae
Court One - 7 p.m. St. Paul 'S
Fox Hill vs Kemp Road Min-
istries (M); 8 p.m. Golden |

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Gates vs Mt. Tabor (M). Court; -
Two - 7 p.m. Evangelistic Cen- -‘-
tre vs Church of the Nazarene’ . ’

(M); 8 p.m. Bahamas Harvest
vs Calvary Bible (M).
Saturday's schedule

Court One -'10 aan: Faith".

United vs New Bethlehem (15); |
11 a.m. Evangelistic Centre vs
Lord's House of Faith (M);
Noon St. Paul's Fox Hill vs
Ebenezer (15); 1 p.m. Ebenez-
er vs Everlasting Life Ministries
(19); 2 p.m. Golden Gates vs
St. Paul's (19); 3 p.m. Macedo-
nia vs Lord's House of Faith
(M); 4 p.m. Temple Fellowship
vs Mt. Tabor (M).

Court Two - 10 a.m. Trans-
figuration vs New Covenant
(15); 11 a.m. Golden Gates vs
Mt. Tabor (15); Noon Bethel
vs Church of the Nazarene (19);
1 p.m. Faith United vs New
Covenant (19); 2 p.m. Church
of the Nazarene vs Bahamas
Harvest (M); 3 p.m. Evangelis-
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A YOUNG mother was sleep-
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. her partner at close range on Sat-
. urday night, and forced her to
plead for her own life, may still
have the keys to her home.
Joseph Jacques, the man she
called her "husband", although
they were not officially married,
was shot in the chest by a partial-
ly masked man shortly after 10pm
in a senseless attack that has left
her and their two-year-old son,

Man dies by
electrocution

B By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter _

A MAN died by electrocu-
tion on Saturday after machin-
ery he was using to dig a well
is thought to have made con-
tact with a high tension elec-
tricity cable.

The freak accident occurred
-at around 10am after the man
was called to Seabreeze Lane
to carry out work at a resi-
dence there.

According to police press
liaison officer, Walter Evans,
sparks were seen flying short-
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her husband had been swooped
on by three gunmen as they drew
up to their apartment building
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husband, I see one long gun on

the glass to the car. At the same °

time I hear they shoot one time,
another person who's on my side,
they just pull me out," she
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The men had attempted to
open the door on her husband's
side of the car but, finding it
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hitting him in the chest.

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National Geographic
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— protection plans
were put off in
the Bahamas after

change of government |

: and determined to fight crime in the
: Bahamas, chairman Raynard Rigby

By PAUL G
TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter i

NATIONAL Geographic :
reports in its March edition that, ;
due to a change in government in ;
2002, plans which were in motion : C0!
to set aside five marine areas to ; Prison from a penal colony to a cor-

“preserve the economic and eco- ; Tectional institution”.

logical lifeblood of the Bahamas”, ;
were put off and since then there’s : t
‘been “no movement toward pro- ; Human Rights Report - a later ver-

tection, despite angry prodding :
: ae : : Foreign Affairs Minister Fred

and accusations of corruption”.

“Instead”, the article adds, :

“giant resorts such as the one ; ¢rally without scrutiny - Mr Rigby

being built on Bimini have grown : said the report confirms the govern-

up on several outer islands...con- | Ment’s commitment to human rights.
dos, a marina, and a casino are :
already underway, and plans call :
for a waterside golf course. Local }
Bahamians are worried about :
their shrinking access to fishing :
grounds as the seafloor is d.edged :
and the land locked up in gated }

communities.”

The article, which focused main-
ly on the clear blue waters of the :

SEE page 11

PLP ‘determined to fight
crime in the Bahamas’

i Ml By PAUL G TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP government is focused

said yesterday.

Mr Rigby, an attorney, issued this
statement yesterday commending
the government on behalf of the PLP
for its “compassion and vision as it
continues to reform Her Majesty’s

Citing an excerpt from the 2005
United States Department of State’s
sion of the same annual report that

Mitchell complained is taken too lit-

“This report confirms the gov-
ernment’s commitment to human

rights and clearly indicates that the
Bahamas, under the PLP, has one

administration,” he said.

The report reads that the govern-
ment “attempted” to improve con- : dc which the :
ditions at Fox Hill and appointed : Re) en ie Eee ae
the chairman of the Prison Reform :

Commission as prison superinten- :

dent, Dr Elliston Rahming.

SEE page 11

Final day of voter registration

throughout Nassau over the weekend as election fever mounted.





FNM criticises
govt’s anchor
project scheme

of the best human rights records MBy PAUL G TURNQUEST

among the more than 180 countries :
surveyed. While conditions at Her :
Majesty’s Prison are not perfect, :
there has been tremendous improve- :
ment since 2002 which is in stark :
contrast to the deplorable state the :
prison was left in by the inept FNM:

THE governing PLP’s anchor
project scheme was criticised by
the FNM yesterday as one of the
most “regressive and short-sight-
ed” development policies pursued
by any government in a post-inde-
pendent Bahamas.

This multi-island investment

touted as a landmark scheme to
not only revitalise, but repopulate
the Family Islands, has garnered

; . : much criticism in recent mo
“There were improvements in : Ss

prisoner intake, cell assignments, :
and educational opportunities for :
prisoners. Unlike in past years, new :
prisoners were not automatically :
placed in maximum security, but :

from political and environmental
groups.

The FNM, in its weekly com-
mentary, said the Bahamas, known
to be one of the more “unspoiled
natural beauty spots” on the plan-

: et,may not be able to boast such a
: claim “for much longer”.

“We're not just losing our par-
adise; we're giving it away cheap
and, at the same time. our natural
resources are being plundered. Not

. : : ; ‘ surprisingly, this PLP government
LONG lines formed at parliamentary registration stations Pia oa ie yen

is the lead agent in this land erab-

J , : environmental destruction tragic
: Today marks the final day before the voter register closes. How- i ~
; €ver, political sources said persons can still register until the House :
: of Assembly is prorogued. :

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Tribune Staff Reporter

A NEW state-of-the-art

million was opened on Friday
at Police Headquarters to
great fanfare by the commis-
sioner, prime minister and
deputy.prime minister...
During the ceremony the
commissioner revealed that
promotions for officers, many
of whom attended the open-
ing, were "almost ready".
~ “The commissioner said he
had been informed by the sec-
retary to the Cabinet of the
impending promotions, joking
with officers that "anytime it
reaches the Secretary to the

the bank."

The new building is on what
was previously the site of what
Mr Farquharson described as
a "cramped and antiquated"
senior officers mess hall, built
in the 1960s.

Standing in stark contrast
to that facility, the conference
centre - which took four and a
half vears to build - is modern
and expansive.

It contains seating for up to
500 persons, and includes hi-
tech computer technology that
will allow officers in Nassau
to communicate via video link
with stations in Grand
Bahama, Exuma and Abaco,
and more once they, too, are
set up with the necessary
equipment.

The centre will act as a
"control centre" in. times of
-national.emergency, said Mrs
Pratt.

Also inside the building,
senior officers will find a
"well-deserved oasis" away
from the stresses of the job,
she said.

The well-appointed facility
will not only provide a much-
needed space for police con-

ferencing, but will also be

available to other government
agencies - and the public, at a
fee - cutting down on costs for
those agencies that normally
have to hire space in hotels.
And this is not the only way
in which the centre has been
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emphasised the commission-
er.

Its construction represent-
ed a feat of thriftiness by the
police, as: it was built by labour
entirely made up of the police
maintenance crew and inmates
from Fox Hill prison.

The commissioner stressed

_that the building, although the _

government now has a 25 per



cent stake in it, was not fund- -

- ed from the public purse.

It is owned primarily by the

_ police and the community, as

it was they who provided the

funds partly through fund-rais-
ing activities and monthly
donations, and by generous
offers from members of the
business community, includ-

given by construction boss,
George Mosko.

Atmos phere

While the afternoon on the
whole had a celebratory
atmosphere, Mr Christie took
the opportunity to speak in a
cautionary tone about the new
crime challenges that police

‘have to be ready to face.

"The challenge for you,
commissioner, and the chal-
lenge for you, RBPF, and the
challenge for you, madam

deputy prime.minister...is. to

recognise the social symptoms
that exist in this country that
have led to this extraordinary
degree of violent behaviour
that gives us cause to believe
that the young men of our
country...seem to have devel-

~~ oped a- wanton disregard-for-

their own lives and not to talk
about the lives of others," he
said.

However, he praised the
commissioner for realising
during his tenure that in many
cases police officers need to
become "part social worker"

-to fully. understand.and-deal.

with the kinds of crimes that
are being committed.

The opening was marked
with the release of 167 bal-
loons to mark the 167th
anniversary of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, which
was on March 1.









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Accusations
of rape ‘did
not lead to
charges’

SOME rape accusations
brought by foreign victims in
the Bahamas last year did not
result in formal charges, the US
State Department has revealed.

However, the report did not
elaborate on how many cases it
was referring to or the reasons
why charges were never
brought.

The Tribune tried to contact
Director of Public Prosecutions
Bernard Turner for an expla-
nation, but calls were not
returned up to press time.

Assistant Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said that
when reports of rape or any
other crime fail to result in
charges, it suggests that no sus-
pects could be named or that
there was insufficient evidence.

He denied that there was any
attempt to stifle such investiga-
tions — noting that police con-
tact the US Embassy as a mat-
ter of policy when an attack of
any kind on an American citi-
zen is reported.

Mr Ferguson said police also
work closely with US authori-
ties to identify next of kin after
attacks on Americans.

Gun found
as part of
Operation
Quiet Storm

POLICE recovered a 0.38mm
gun from a man fleeing on a
bicycle as part of Operation
Quiet Storm at around lam on
Saturday.

Police patrolling on Rupert
Dean Lane saw the dark male,
wearing a black jacket and blue
trousers, riding his bike on the
street.

As they approached he tried
to escape, but in the process
dropped an object.

This later turned out to be
the 0.38mm handgun. The man
was not caught.

This occurred during a week-
end when there were 13 war-
rants of arrest and seven traffic
citations resulting from Opera-
tion Quiet Storm.

Guyana to
pass bills for
World Cup
security

GUYANA
Georgetown

GUYANA’S Parliament is
expected to quickly pass three
bills to boost security for the
cricket World Cup, including one
giving foreign security agents
special protection under local
laws, an official said Saturday,
according to Associated Press.

Interior Minister Clement
Rohee was expected to pilot the
bills through the 65-seat parlia-
ment when it meets Tuesday as
the South American country
moves to complete special secu-
rity requirements as one of nine
host nations for the sport’s
biggest event.

The so-called “visiting forces
bill” will give foreign officers
working alongside law enforcers

in Guyana the “same powers.

that local officers enjoy during
the period,” Rohee said.

Some of the officers will be
following specific teams from

_ venue to venue.

India is sending two bomb
disposal squads from the
National Security Guards to
work in the Caribbean during
the tournament, and most of
the top eight teams travel with
security staff.

The World Cup starts Tues-
day and finishes with a final at
Barbados on April 28.

Another bill would clear
Guyana to accept special help
to minimise international
crimes, including terrorism,
from international agencies like
the FBI and Scotland Yard,
while another would legalise
special visa requirements dur-
ing the tournament to ensure
hassle-free travel.

All Caribbean host countries
are required to pass similar leg-
islation for the six-week tour-
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A FATHER-OF-TWO told
last night how he made an
unsuccessful bid to save the
life of a Haitian worker after a
boat sank off Abaco on Fri-
day.

Troy Albury, 36, of G Guana
Cay, dived into 15 feet of water
in a bid to save 46-year-old
Achille Joussaint, a Haitian
from The Mud settlement,
when the 20-foot open boat
capsized off Marsh Harbour.

Though he managed to get
the man to the surface, and
tried to resuscitate him, he was
beyond help, Mr Albury said.

“He was about 60 feet away
from the boat and I think he
had been in the water for
about an hour by the time |
got to him,” he added.

“Four other persons who
had been in the boat had

already been accounted for.
We did a search pattern round
the sunken boat and eventu-
ally managed to locate the
missing man.”

Unconscious

It is believed the Haitian was
either a non-swimmer or was
struck on the head and
knocked unconscious as the
boat overturned.

The five men were return-
ing to Marsh Harbour at
around 1.35pm from working
on one of the cays when the
tragedy happened. Mr Albury
said construction tools were
found on the seabed round the
boat.

“There were no life-jackets
on the boat and none floating

LOCAL NEWS

in the water,” said Mr Albury.
“It looks like they had been
doing construction work some-
where and were coming back
to Marsh Harbour for the
weekend.”

It was not until around
2.55pm that a passing boat
spotted the four men from the
sunken vessel and radioed for
assistance.

A second boat dispatched
from Conch Inn Marina with
police officers aboard went to
the scene.

Following the rescue, the
men told police that the seas
were very rough and cold, and
it was raining very hard when
the vessel went down.

Two of the survivors -
Anglade Gustave, 24, and Carl
Henry St Jacques, 26, also of
The Mud - were airlifted to

Mitchell offers condolences to
ambassador after death of Haitians

FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell met the Haitian
ambassador yesterday to
express condolences over the
tragic death at sea of 10
Haitians in Exuma last Thurs-
day. Nine men and a woman
drowned.

Police say they were alerted
at George Town police station
that Haitians were wandering
in bushes on the southern side
of Bahama Sound, just south
of the old George Town Inter-
national Airport.

Seventeen men were appre-
hended and the bodies of ten
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An inquest was opened at
Exuma on Friday by deputy
island administrator Bradley
Armbrister with a jury selected
from the community. The local
Criminal Detective Unit
(CDU) provided support for
the inquest, which concluded
that the deaths were consistent
with drowning.

Afterwards, the bodies were
interred in a Christian burial
at Rolletown public cemetery.

At the request of the Hait-
ian government, the incident
is being reviewed by Bahamas
police. The 17 men who sur-
vived are in custody in Exu-
ma.

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MANY businesses had to halt their oper-
ations last Wednesday when Customs offi-
cers, complaining of years of government
neglect, walked off the job.

Shipping companies closed their opera-
tions as there were no Customs officers to
clear merchants’ goods. Supplies to many of
the island’s major restaurants could not be
delivered, nor could essential supplies to food
stores. Construction firms, awaiting the arrival
of building materials, were hampered in their
operations, and visitor arrivals to and from
the Bahamas were slowed as students on
Spring Break flocked in — one of the busiest
periods in the tourist year.

The walk-out quickly brought Public Ser-
vice Minister Fred Mitchell to the table and
by afternoon Customs staff were back at their
posts with a promise of salary increases and
equal treatment within the service. Why did
it take government so long to come to some
arrangement?

The problem within the civil service has
been simmering for so long that one won-
ders where Mr Mitchell has been and why he
couldn’t have dealt with their complaints
sooner. As one civil servant asked: Why do
we have to make a public protest before. gov-
ernment will pay attention to us?

As the election nears, industrial unrest is
increasing. The teachers union and govern-
ment have been at odds for some time. The
nurses union threatened industrial action if
they did not get an industrial agreement.
About 15 officers, including inspectors and
clerical staff, took to their beds at the Road
Traffic Department to make government
aware of their existence. It was claimed that
staff had numerous labour concerns, includ-
ing the question of promotions.

In February, Eastern division police offi-

cers were stationed outside the prison, while
visiting rights from outside were cancelled.
Although the prison administration said that
everything was normal, outside mothers, who
wanted to see their wayward sons, loudly
voiced their objections to what they described
as a “lock-down.”

Prison Officer Clive Rolle’s complaint that
prison staff did not feel that “the adminis-
tration assists us when it comes to talking to
our issues” was described by Prison Super-
intendent Elliston Rahming as a “non-issue.”

Mr Rolle complained that government
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The announcement that Defence Force
officers would get pay increases in February
seemed to have sparked the unrest. The Tri-
bune was told that Mr Mitchell had assured
prison officers that there would be no pay
increases for disciplinary officers until gov-
ernment’s compensation study had been com-
pleted. If that were so, then, why, they want-
ed to know, was the Defence Force singled
out for special mention, and allowed to jump
the queue?

It seems that government having allowed
grievances to build and spread throughout
the service is now — with a union gun to its
head and an election at its back — being
forced into action with hurried decisions.

Several among the FNM saw these last
minute industrial agreements as a means to
win votes with little thought as to whether the
fiscal health of the Public Treasury could
afford the terms. In short they were accusing
government of buying votes.

Something that Mr Christie had himself
bitterly opposed when the 2002 election
neared.

A month before the 2002 election Mr
Christie had accused the FNM government of
trying to buy that election by initiating pub-
lic works improvements on Family Islands
and giving salary increases to police and
defence force officers.

“It’s a shame that this government would
just before the election, try to buy people in
such a crude way,” Mr Christie told a Grand
Bahama audience on April 25, 2002.

“The time has come in the Bahamas when
all those crude and transparent things are
pushed aside,” Mr Christie continued. “You
should have a government that is focused
and prepared to enter into development pro-
jects in the best interest of the people long
before a general election.”

And he continued: “We in the Bahamas
have reached the point where we tell the
world we are not for sale. And, anybody who
tries to buy you out, could sell you out.”

The Christie government is now faced
with having to enter into many industrial
agreements.

Are they going to wait for the completion
of the compensation study, or is an election
going to push them over the edge?

And if so what is Mr Christie’s position
now that he is wearing the election boots,
and will have to deal with the perception of
































EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Ministerial responsibility

THE TRIBUNE







under the Westminster system

EDITOR, The Tribune

AS A General Election
approaches, it is important for
the voting public to be
informed about the Westmin-
ster System of government
which applies in the Bahamas.
For it is against these rules that
the electorate should judge the
conduct of government minis-
ters during nearly five years in
power.

Westminster System
This is so-called because it
describes the democratic par-

* liamentary system used in the

Palace of Westminster in Lon-
don which is the location of the
United Kingdom parliament. It
is also used in many Common-
wealth countries.

Its main characteristic is that
Her Majesty The Queen as
head of state is the nominal or

' de jure source of executive

power while the de facto head
of the executive is the prime
minister. Historically, the prime
minister was seen as primus
inter pares (first among equals)
but in modern times leads a
cabinet of ministers which exer-
cises executive authority on
behalf of the head of state.
Thus, the sovereign, who reigns
but does not rule, is the focal
point for the nation while the
prime minister and his col-
leagues undertake executive
decisions.

In the UK, this system of
government originated with
parliamentary conventions,
practices and precedents but
has never been formally laid
out in a written constitution;
though it is also contended that
some of the British unwritten
constitution is in fact in writ-
ten form in the shape of, for
example, Magna Carta, the Bill
of Rights and the Act of Set-
tlement amongst others.

In the Bahamas, the system |

was codified in the Constitu-
tion of 1973 which states that
executive authority should be
exercised by the Governor
General on behalf of The
Queen who remains formally
head of state. Thus, in common
with Jamaica and Barbados, for
example, the Bahamas is a
realm rather than a republic.
While, in theory, the Governor
General appoints the prime
minister, in practice modern
day executive authority lies
with the latter.

Tenure of Ministers

There is provision in the
Constitution for the prime min-
ister to be removed from office
by a vote of no confidence in
the House of Assembly by a
majority of all its members,
while other ministers can only
remain in office for as long as
they retain the confidence of
the prime minister.

Ministerial Responsibility

This is another key charac-
teristic of the Westminster Sys-
tem. It is a constitutional con-
vention in governments using
the system that cabinet minis-
ters bear the ultimate responsi-

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bility for the actions of their
ministries. This is different from
cabinet collective responsibility
which states that members of
the cabinet must approve pub-
licly of its shared decisions —
normally reached by consensus
following collegiate discussion —
or resign. Even if a minister is
unaware of misdeeds or misbe-
haviour, he or she, as the elect-
ed official, is responsible and
answerable for every action of
his or her department. Equally
important is the need for min-
isters to conduct themselves,
both officially and privately, in
a manner which inspires public
trust.

The traditional example in
the UK of official ministerial
responsibility was the Crichel

-Down affair in 1954 when the

Minister of Agriculture
resigned despite the fact that
all mistakes were made by civ-
il servants without his knowl-
edge. Later, new guidelines
were formulated compelling
ministers to defend civil ser-
vants who acted properly in
accordance with policies set out
by the ministers themselves.
But it was no longer considered
to be an issue of resignation if
actions by civil servants over
whom a minister had no direct
control were not in accordance
with policy decisions.

Earlier, on a broader front,
Winston Churchill took respon-
sibility as First Lord of the
Admiralty for the failed Dard-
anelles campaign in 1915 and
not only resigned but then
served in the army on the West-
ern front.

Another example was the
dignified resignation of Lord
Carrington who was Britain’s
foreign secretary at the time of
Argentina’s invasion of the
Falkland Islands in 1982. In his
memoirs published in 1988, he
explained that, even though the
subsequent Franks Report laid
no blame on him or the two
other Foreign Office ministers
who resigned with him, he took
the painful decision to resign
because British territory had,
without warning, been invaded
and the whole of the country
felt angry and humiliated. Peo-
ple accused the government of
mismanagement and someone
had to be blamed. In the cir-
cumstances there had to be a
resignation and his departure
would put a stop to the search
for a scapegoat.

This principle of ministerial
responsibility has been pro-
gressively eroded over the
years, particularly in some
Commonwealth countries, and
standards have declined; but it
remains a cornerstone of the
Westminster System.

Prime Minister’s Powers

Since ministerial responsi-
bility also applies to individual
conduct, financial misbehaviour
or personal misdemeanour,
ministers are accountable to the
prime minister for their per-
sonal and private actions that
may or may not affect their offi-
cial responsibilities.

There have been many
instances of impropriety in
British public life. One of the
most notorious was the Profu-
mo scandal in 1963 which near-
ly precipitated the fall of the
government of prime minister
Harold Macmillan. John Pro-
fumo was a junior defence min-
ister, who had an affair with a
call girl who was also seeing a
naval attaché from the Soviet
embassy, and’he was forced to
resign for lying about it in a
statement to the House of
Commons. In his memoirs,

_ Macmillan observed : “That a

minister should be found
incompetent was pardonable.
That he should deceive his
leader, his colleagues and his

fellow members was a wound -

to the whole body politic.”
Another prime minister,
John Major, took a puritanical
view of financial misbehaviour
but a tolerant view of personal
impropriety. Liké all British
political leaders he was pre-
pared to sack ministers whose
conduct in office breached the
established rules, but his gov-
ernment was ultimately brought
down by “sleaze” which stuck,
despite many achievements,
because the conduct of a hand-
ful of his MPs dismayed a large
number of people, including
many Conservative supporters.
The political realities of min-
isterial performance mean that
it is for a prime minister alone
to judge whether their behav-
iour is fitting or appropriate.
The prime minister has the
power to set terms and condi-
tions of conduct in order to

establish confidence in the -

operation of government - and,
in so doing, he should give due
weight to ministers’ account-
ability to parliament and to the
people, especially the need to
retain public trust.

Conclusion

Convention and tradition
demand that ministers who
transgress and then resign —
both of their own accord or at
the request of the prime minis-
ter — publicly acknowledge
their wrongdoing as a matter
of honour and do not place
blame on others. In particular,
this is considered a prerequi-
site for those seeking subse-
quent political rehabilitation.

The powers of a prime min-
ister under the Westminster
System are far-reaching
through long established con-
vention and practice. As they
relate to the control of cabinet
ministers, they are especially
significant in a small country
where government intrudes
into every walk of life and the
actions of its leaders come
under close scrutiny.

Indecisiveness, allied to a
reluctance to exercise those
powers, leads to disorder, pub-
lic distrust and a lack of cohe-
sion in the decision-making
process.

This inhibits good gover-
nance and can damage a coun-
try in a variety of ways.

THE NASSAU INSTITUTE
www.nassauinstitute.org

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March 6, 2007



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Two arrested
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in Freeport Magistrate Court
on Friday in connection with
the theft of a large quantity of
copper cable wire belonging
to Bahamas Telecommunica-
tion Corporation.

Appearing before Magis-
trate Helen Jones were
Howard Bevans, 47, of 4
Churchill Drive, and Junior
Joseph, a 25-year-old Haitian
who lives at the Chicken
Farm on Grand Bahama
Highway.

It is alleged that between
February 6 and March 2,
2007, the accused men
together stole 1,255 ft of insu-
lated copper cable valued at
$10,078, the property of BTC.
The men were also charged
with receiving the cable wire.

Bevans and Joseph were
represented by lawyer Carl-
son Shurland. They pleaded
not guilty and were remanded
in custody at Fox Hill Prison
until April 24, 2007, for trial.

Man arrested
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men’s store

FREEPORT - Grand
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morning arrested a 24-year-
old local man.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said around 3.15am police
went to Esquire Men’s Store
in downtown Freeport to
investigate an alarm that had
been activated.

On arrival, officers noticed
that the showcase glass had

_ been smashed. They also saw
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TO assist in helping to curb
the increase in violent crime,
Senator C B Moss announced
yesterday the official opening
of the Conflict Resolution
Centre in Bain and Grants
Town.

The centre will host a new
hotline for persons to call - 328-
8984 - from 6am to 6pm, seven
days a week. After hours an
answering machine will handle
calls, which will be checked
periodically.

Senator Moss said the:centre
has been operating for a few
years in the Bain and Grants
Town area, but that an official
announcement had not been
made to alert the larger public
to that fact.

He said the centre has inter-
vened in many instances where
there were conflicts, whether it

was in the family, in the neigh-
bourhood, or in the wider com-
munity.

However, in these instances,
it was only if persons called
them, or if they happened to
know or hear that something
was “going on”.

“T had always planned to for-
malise this, but I was waiting
for a nice building, a nice
staffing with executive director
and financial support and all
that. But a few weeks ago I
attended a conference in St
Lucia dealing with strengthen-
ing communities and I sawa
similar organisation operating
in a rural area of Jamaica,” he
said.

Senator Moss said that com-
munity leaders in that area had
a similar operation as the one in
Bain and Grants Town, despite
having far fewer resources. This,
combined with the upward spi-
ral in violent crime in recent

weeks, encouraged him to start
without having all the necessary
infrastructure.

“The idea is for individuals,
when it is apparent a situation
could escalate, to call that num-
ber. And we are using trained
persons from the religious com-
munity and hopefully we will
bring the social services min-
istry into play to assist us with
volunteers. But even if we can-
not access a situation - maybe
the risk to personal safety is too
great - we could at least call the
police,” he said.

Senator Moss said that while
the programme was mainly for
Bain and Grants Town, it is a
service that can be utilised by
anyone. He said the least the
service could provide is a source
of counselling for those in need,
or it can be used to get persons
in touch with a religious affiliate
within their respective commu-
nities.

$5 million missing from Nigeria
traced to Bahamas bank account

THE Economic and Finan-
cial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) has traced $5 million
to an account in the Bahamas of
a former governor of Nigeria
who is contesting the April elec-
tions in that country.

According to international
reports, the commission’s chair-
man Nuhu Ribadu said that
authorities in the Bahamas
alerted the EFCC to the exis-
tence of the funds.

Ribadu, who refused to dis-
close the identity of the gover-
nor, said the case was already in

court and that he could not |

comment further.

At a pre-convocation lecture
of the University of Abuja, cap-
ital of Nigeria, Ribadu said that
“the case is in court and that is

why I will not mention names.

“The reason why I mention
this is to show you what our

elites are doing to our econo-
my. This latest development is
on our request. We identify such
monies all over the world and
make the request and freeze
them after getting restraining
order(s) against such monies.
When the whole process is com-
plete then the monies will be
returned to Nigeria.”

Ribadu advised public offi-
cers who may want to steal from
the public treasury to desist
because EFCC would track

them down anywhere in,the,

world.

He said: “The laws have
made it possible to trail and fol-
low all illicit wealth. No such
wealth can be hidden again
today. It will be traced and
recovered and the EFCC has
the capacity and is in a position
to trace all financial transactions
locally and internationally. It is

FNM lieutenant warns
supporters to stay alert

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - David
Thompson, FNM election cam-
paign co-ordinator for the
northern Bahamas, is urging
FNM supporters to remain
focused in the countdown to the
general election.

He said supporters should not
allow distractions to deter them
or the party from attaining vic-
tory in 2007.

He said these are crucial
times in the affairs of the nation,
in which the Bahamian people
are faced with a choice between
the Free National Movement
and the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty.
Mr Thompson, who serves as
election co-ordinator for Grand
Bahama, Bimini, and Abaco,
said the FNM is focused on
securing for the people of the
Bahamas a people’s victory.

He said: “The party expects
all FNM members, supporters

and affiliates to give their,

utmost focus to winning the
next general election for the

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“I therefore urge all FNMs,
and all who wish to see better
governance, to support and
work hard in giving the victory
to the FNM and its candidates
who have been nominated by
the party,” Mr Thompson said.

He urged the public to sup-
port the FNM in its efforts to
win the government so that
quality of life for Bahamians is
improved.

During the PLP’s term in

office, there has been industri-
al unrest among civil servants,
including teachers, customs
officers, prison officers and
nurses. There have also been
several scandals, involving var-
ious members of the PLP cab-
inet. .
Mr Thompson said Bahami-
ans should give 100 per cent
support to the party leader
Hubert Ingraham and to all
FNM candidates in the con-
stituencies in the Bahamas.

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therefore fruitless to attempt to
hide assets. ‘The EFCC interna-
tional networks are also far-
reaching.”

Ribadu said those accusing
EFCC of targeting those in the
opposition political parties are
mischievous, as, he said, “we
have not targeted General
Muhammadu Buhari or Chief
Sunday Awoniyi.”

Ribadu said that it took the
establishment of EFCC to give
hope and succour to defence-
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of fact that has to be dealt with

@ By Sir Ronald Sanders



(The writer is a business exec-
utive and former Caribbean
diplomat)

A new study commis-
sioned by the

Caribbean Hotels Association
(CHA) has re-emphasised the
important role that tourism
plays in the economies of many
Caribbean countries, and has
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Informed decision-making
about tourism by both govern-
ments and the private sector in
the Caribbean has suffered
from insufficient information
based on hard evidence.

This is the second study that
the CHA has commissioned
recently on the Caribbean
tourism industry in an effort to
guide decisions on the basis of
knowledge rather than hunch.
An earlier study conducted by
the World Travel and Tourism
Council in 2004, established the
considerable contribution (an
average of 65 per cent) that
tourism is making to the GDP
of the region.

The ten countries covered by
the new study are: Antigua and
Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados,
Dominican Republic, Domini-
ca, Jamaica, St Lucia, St. Kitts
& Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago

and the US Virgin Islands.

[ve point of the study
was to quantify what a
sampling of the hotels (small
and large) in the 10 countries
spends on an annual basis on
locally and regionally produced
goods and services, and their
contribution to the revenues of
governments.

Only 54 of the 604 hotels in
the ten countries responded. Of
these the properties in the
USVI and Trinidad and Tobago
were reported to be outstanding
in their cooperation.

This reticence in providing
information indicates two
things: the intensely competi-
tive character of the hotel busi-
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own decision-making. It is an
area in which CHA will have
to work continuously in the
future to educate its members.

In any event despite the fact
that only 8.9 per cent of the
properties responded, the study
concluded that “the sample size
overall was sufficiently large to
make generalizations with a lev-
el of precision of plus or minus
5 per cent at a 95 per cent level
of accuracy”.

S of the findings are
as follows:

e 93 per cent of the utilities,
i.e., electricity, water and
telecommunications purchased
by hotels comes from the local
economy;

e 84 per cent of services
required by the hotel sector are
being purchased locally.

e 74 per cent of vegetable



There is need
for Caribbean
countries to
develop
agricultural
production and
marketing plans,
and to dismantle
barriers to the
importation of
fish, fruit and
eggs from
regional
neighbours.

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used by the hotel sector are pro-
duced locally;

e 67 per cent of dairy prod-
ucts are sourced locally;

e 63 per cent of meats are
sourced locally;

e the hotel sector provides
employment at the average rate



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of 2.3 employees per room,
spending $61.1 per room per
day in payroll and related costs
in 2005;

e The hotel sector provides
direct entrepreneurial opportu-

nities in at least 14 areas identi-

fied in the survey e.g. taxi con-
cessions, water sports, spas and
beauty salon, gift and craft
shops and restaurants.

But, there are areas in which
the hotels could do better and
which provide opportunities for
local and regional businesspeo-
ple, including fishermen, inte-
rior designers and construction
firms.

FR: example in a region
whose waters are abun-
dant with fish, only 20 per cent
of hotel needs is purchased
locally. The share of the local
market for fresh fruit and eggs
is even worse at 16 per cent and
10 per cent respectively.

The hotels claim that “fac-
tors beyond their control influ-
ence their ability to procure
locally, such as local supply
chain elements -e.g. availability,
quality, price, reliability, and
logistics and convenience, as
well as intra-regional shipment
issues On a regional scale”.

This points, once again, to

‘and regional economy.

the urgent need for a regional
transportation policy for the
efficient and swift movement of
goods within the region, and the
opportunity for reliable ship-
ping to fill an obvious void.
Equally, there is need for
Caribbean countries to devel-
op agricultural production and
marketing plans, and to dis-
mantle barriers to the importa-
tion of fish, fruit and eggs from
regional neighbours.

Were such arrangements in
place, Guyana, Dominica, St
Vincent, St Lucia and Belize
could provide much of the fish,
fruit and other agricultural
products still being imported by
the hotel sector in the region.

The study also revealed that
less than one-half (47 per cent)
of requirements for light manu-
facturing is sourced locally even
though some items are higher
than the average. For example
bakery has an 80 per cent share

of the market, non-alcoholic -

beverages 66 per cent, uniforms
60 per cent, and printing and
stationery 56 per cent.
Expenditures on construc-
tion and fitting out of hotel
plant are extremely low with
market share at 39 per cent
locally and 8 per cent regional-

y.

CHA should be congratulat-
ed for its effort to raise the basis
of decision-making about the
tourism industry from hunch to
research.

Now governments and the
private sector should join them



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Tackle the roots of




crime — but don’t
neglect the branch

Freee with some com-
pelling statistics this
week, government has been right
to focus on the root causes of
crime, most of them predictably
relating to-the social conse-
“quences-of ‘dysfunctional par-
enting.

Criminologists and psycholo-
gists continue to correctly iden-
tify the cultural inability of many
Bahamians to deal with con-
frontation as the root of most of
the violence in our society.

This subject deserves even
more national attention, as there
is no reason why it should be
beyond correction, even at this
point, and even through the lim-
ited institutions of social inter-
yention that we have.

: When you examine the statis-
tics, and note that about a half of
all murders in The Bahamas are
related to domestic violence and
disputes between acquaintances,
it illustrates the extent of bad or
- non-existing parenting out there.
' It also tells us that more legis-
lation geared specifically toward
protecting the integrity of the fam-
ily as an institution (such as the
present bills addressing abusive
relationships) should have some
effect, as will beefed up interven-
tion on the part of Social Services.

I: view of its essential char-
acteristics, it is hard not to
view the fight against crime in The
Bahamas as a job for the social
scientists. It stems from dysfunc-
tionality and inadequate sociali-
sation, and so there we must
address it if we are to do any bet-
ter than mere damage control.

But make no mistake about it:
the traditional methods of law
and order have their place too
and now more than ever. When
it comes to policing, there is per-
haps no more urgent matter than
removing the totally unaccept-
able number of guns now appar-
ently circulating with ease among
the criminally-minded.

Of course, we all know that
guns alone are inoffensive
objects and that the basic prob-
lem lies with people. But the
inescapable fact of the matter is
that no worse mix exists than
guns and stupid people. As stu-
pid people seem unlikely to face
extinction anytime soon, it stands
to reason that making illegal
guns as rare a thing as possible
would benefit a society where
the two seem to interact with far
too much frequency.

Granted, many of our most
serious crimes of violence involve
knives and all sorts of other
implements. But criminal acts
involving a gun are so much
more likely to escalate into mur-
der because guns depersonalise
the violent act. To pull a trigger is
just so easy, like in the movies
and videogames.

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a witness to the

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armed robbery of a foodstore
last year drove home that point

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choice of lifestyle in the first place,
In the short-term, no amount
of social work will sufficiently

’ address the prevalence of vio-

lent criminality in our commu-
nities unless something is done to
reverse a fundamental and unac-
ceptable reality: that guns, most-
ly illegal ones, are so numerous
on the streets of our country that
they are now a normal part of
life for many young Bahamians.

It is also clear that the pre-
sent approach of having period-
ic amnesties and low-key stop
and search exercises is not
enough. Investigative policing is
needed to uncover the networks
that obviously exist for bringing
guns into the country, as they are
not manufactured here.

As importantly, the laws gov-
erning sentencing need to be
used to ensure that criminal acts
involving illegal guns are treated
in a way that reflects the over-
whelming public interest in see-
ing to their eradication. For those
who use guns for criminal acts, it
is frankly difficult to justify a sen-
tence that does not basically
amount to life in the sense that
their criminally productive years
are spent behind bars.

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sanity until the sight of an illegal
firearm (much less the procure-
ment of one for the commission
of an illegal act) is made a real
rarity.

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= BAHAMIAN poet Marion Bethel captivates the conference during a reading of her work

Audience appreciative of
standard of conference

§ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

YOUNG English students
and writers were pleased to be
able to gain exposure to a high
level of academic scholarship,
as well as receive encourage-
ment and inspiration for their
own creative efforts during the
West Indian Literature confer-
ence, hosted at the College of
the Bahamas.

Jasmine, an English BA can-
didate, said she hopes this is not
the last interaction she will have
with the Bahamian authors she
met during the conference.

"l’m just hoping that after-
wards the Bahamian writers will
return to our younger writers
such as myself and others in my
class and continue to encour-
age us and even mentor some of
us...so that the writing of
Bahamian people doesn’t go
away or fade away," she said.

Mass communications major,
Kamihl Gibson, who takes
classes in English, agreed that
there needs to be more involve-
ment.

"Bahamian authors (must)
look to the younger generation
and inspire them, that there
should be a comfortable space
for them to express themselves
in whatever way shape or
form," she said.

Kamihl said she feels her gen-
eration has become "too depen-
dent on other cultures", specif-

ically American culture, and.

praised the conference for pro-





Hi OBEDIAH Michael Smith
reads some of his work

viding young Bahamians with
"something that is Caribbean,
that's strictly ours, so they can
get in touch with their own her-
itage, their own past."

Patrick, another English
major, said he was very “excited
and impressed by the speakers
and the papers" presented dur-
ing the three-day literary extrav-
aganza.

Dr Ian Strachan, chair of the
school of English studies, said
he felt the students, who were
also working voluntarily at the
conference, had "really bene-
fited" from the event.

"Just being able to talk at a
higher level about literature and
culture and those types of
things. I think it’s been a huge
success from that standpoint,"
he said.

Saturday saw presentations

SANDRA Pacquet-Pouchet, editor of the online journal
Anthurium, and her husband stand next to award-winning

novelist Earl Lovelace



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Jamaican political ideology, the

idea of "the folk", the role of

dancehall music in Jamaican
culture, and the Caribbean
influence on the Salem witch
trials.

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the rise of political disillusion-
ment in Jamaica post-indepen-
dence, and its representation
and exploration i in novels such
as Orlando Patterson's "Chil-
dren of Sisyphus", and Errol
Mcdonald's "Legitimate Resis-
tance."

Bahamian PhD candidate
Christian Campbell gave a pre-
sentation entitled ‘Dis We
Tings. Folk, Romance, Nation”
in which he argued for a re-

examination of the concept of

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term suggests a romanticised
and reductive notion of tradi-
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Bolivia were conspiring to over-
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as precedent the US-backed
1973 coup in Chile that toppled
socialist President Salvador
Allende.

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embassies of the United States,
continue developing plans for
assassinations and coups in our
countries,” Chavez said.

He also said spies who once
infiltrated his government had
tried to halt his socialist revolu-
tion by not passing along phone
messages from Cuban President
Fidel Castro.



Donning a_ traditional
Andean poncho and a wreath
of coca leaves, Chavez tried on
a Bolivian miner’s helmet and a
traditional Quechua hat looped
in neon thread while professing
his love for the country named
after his idol, the 19th-century
South American revolutionary
Simon Bolivar.

Agreements

He and Morales signed a series
of agreements strengthening ties
between the already close
nations, pledging closer integra-
tion of Bolivia and Venezuela’s
petroleum industries and offi-
cially naming Bolivia a member
of Banco Sur, a South American
development bank Chavez sees
as an alternative to the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund.

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rally in a soccer stadium Friday
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with conservative Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe, his

strongest ally in the region, in
Bogota on Sunday.

While Bush has declined to
even mention Chavez’s name
during appearances this week
in Brazil and Uruguay, Chavez
has peppered his lengthy
speeches with jibes at his ideo-
logical rival to the north. Sun-

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to US ‘Superman’ in Bolivia visit

day’s appearance in El Alto -
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Bush’s plane. “doesn’t dare”
fly over the Andean city,
Chavez said, “because here we
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Murder FNM criticises PLP ‘determined’
FROM page one FROM page one FROM page one
her house, and escaped across

the yard of Jordan Prince
William Primary School.

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were processed through an intake centre and
assigned to cells based upon an analysis of risk

saga. If they are allowed to continue they could very well
availvbility, Inmates reported

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The following morning. one extension of the speculative real estate market o! South Mlori- continued improvement in food service opera- 6 AY |
of her neighbours found het a8 > l I 1 tall I ing the OLD ONE
purse empty but for some bits ‘It the PLP contimue in olfice they plat i wy th } king it howe hr some unsany

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he
However, no keys were to be these will be

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adopted new use-o!-force guidelines to address

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Describing her husband as “So far their plan is being proposed to inclide extenst: past concerns over prisoner treatment. Prison

waVOLy nice person with anv parts of New Providence and Cirand Bahan Bimin officials al tablished an voternal affairs unit to Worn-Qut Bathtubs

body". Ms Predelus said she Mayaguana and Rum Cay. But there s more to come, the pat Lo investigate complaints against guards. Accord-




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only hopes that police will be ; A ;
More alarming, the party claims that the government is con

swift in their investigations, but







added that she harbours some sidering a proposal to sell off 100 square miles of land in-Grand NOS Heport read
doubts. Bahama to foreign investors at only $2,800 per acre. This However. the 2006 issue is a much more * Shower Base Liners to go over existing Shower bases
"T want them to get that report, which the FNM claims the government has yet to deny jamming report which outlined a number of * Cultured Marble Vanity Tops and Sinks
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husband was a nice person. |
don't want them to sleep on
that, because | know some
times when something happens
to the Haitians they just let
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minister has admitted that the government is looking at sucha Prison. th uptry's only prison, improved
proposal. [t was not reported that he said anything about the :— slightly but remained harsh for the vast majori-
developers’ claim thal they know the date of the next general ; allegations of abuse
election. [s it possible that the PLP leaders are coniidiag mor
in foreigners than in their own people about our political
affairs? j

“Or is this just a ruse to get the deal done so Prime Minister
Perry Christie can do what he does best - sign another heads of : pat
agreement before the election? Clearly, the time has come to ‘yr claims and photogiaplic evidence notwith
put a stop to this giveaway of public land and to bring some tanding. there were no unlawlul beatings ol





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attempt thal resulted in the death ot
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up to five years, are allowed to order to the further disposition of Bahamian jand the com he escaped inma
“¢ » ae ‘ 5 ¢
attend his funerai mentary read. — Howe vad continuing to cite the 2005 >
"They haven't seen him for a The f NM said thal once they regan the go LINING Ul, as a ; report Mi Rigby said that there were majoi relephone AL b
couple years, almost more than maiter-of policy, they will develop a comprehensive land pot improvements to the prison services under the (242) 393-8501 « i Xs
icy in consultation with Bahamian ealions, local governments, | PLES watel. He said that, as a party in gov ‘Authorized Dealer’



five years. I-really need them to
come to help me this time. This
is his last day...no-one is going
to see him (again), so T want
them to come to the funeral.’
she said, pleading with The 771i
bune to help aid her in this final
effort for the father of hes
young son.

As the boy. clearly too young
to comprehend his loss, stood
wide-eyed by his prostrate
mother's side, Dejanette said
she does not know how she will

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duction of the recidi
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environmentalists and the public.
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ensure that sufficient land is available at (a) reasonable cost
Bahamians for settlement expansion homes. reereation. com rh t one-of the
inerce. industry and agriculture. [is also maperahve that guid nd | he PL]
lines be set out for the protection yf oun
*Alarmingly, when itcomes to the ck
some developers this government has proven unwilling. 91 ‘ellar reason
incapable, of enforcmg our laws and regulations fo)! ou rd ist (he PI
our enviranment,” the PNM said : : m1 a

tion asunny the

maint thereby the ovei

coment which in
yotural enayvimonment larg y Il hay DOS effect on the

tratepic me. And t! nians one of the
hy the Bahamian people will
th the government again alter

elections.” he said

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: : 3 : western side of Crooked tslanda the economy produces jobs of dig-
tion, primarily steelwork and thrust throughout the archipelago - . : ‘ jity over the STs a
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life.

Mr Jacques’ death brings the
homicide count up to 15 for the
year. At the end of February,
the murder of a Haitian pastor
and well-known community
builder, Reverend Nabal Louis,
left a community in ‘deep
shock" and caused police and
his family to question if any-
one is safe from violence.

Other Haitians have been

From this standpoint, the FNM,
which was credited in the NG issue
with the environmental initiative
lo preserve ecologic al areas said

‘that “the government is selling ofl

this environment, cheap.”

“In Mayaguana, the PLP just.

about gave away 10,000 acres of
prime crown land for a second gat-
ed community for non Bahami-

beach facing pure white sand-bot
tomed turquoise water we've seen
in the islands
swimmuino beach: Phat t

It has not vet dawned on the

PLP that crown land can be grant-

ed to Bahamians who may have
the viston. resources and national
interest needed to develop ow
islands in as rd with our owt

Batloabout pertect:

“Or we can do what the pol-
luters are urging us to do: Treat
the plantt as if it were a business in
md convert our nat-
ural resources into casb as quickly
as possible. I his is pollution-based
prosperity, Ttecreates the Tlusion of
a prosperous economy, but our
children will pay for our joyride.”

tHe PNM continued: “Bahami-
ans cannot trust the PLP with their

iquidatior

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vision. Bahamians not only want

murdered in the laSt six weeks. inianecce ds

Yesterday, police press liaison

ans who will outnumber the 300
residents of that scemie island

publicly-owned land and with their
\t the upcoming

loons ta tourism
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tees . 2 s : oO iW yew lerest

officer Walter Evans said police Even after the fierce outery over ')"! ; 1 0

: : ; spetis ’ ry also w d deserve more election we are confident that the j j
are looking at all angles in their this giveaway, the PLP govern sat a viti nand zi : Rahamian people will put an end and is not authorised to transact
. . by . = . x eps ait By ~ b fee y ‘Me thir t wn and opera 1 t pie | c a a
nee Hes Hon ito Mr ee ae is ae preertealitg PS st H resort properties, especially in the io the PLP’s liquidation of our any business on our behalf.

m Ww t , ar at re sale , apes : s 5
thefe ioe Sahai san lies a Ae ee ape Sn oe Family Islands. The FNM will — heritage and our natural resources.

y in paradise. - next door o1 encourage such ownership.” th Then an PNM government led

between his death and those of
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“The third edition of the
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Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 598/06

“GENERAL INSURANCE — PUBLIC & EMPLOYERS’
LIABILITY AND MOTOR VEHICLES”

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.
RC PE ES SS
BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
MONEY & FIDELITY

TENDER NO. 599/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general] insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages. from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Marked: Tender No. 599/06

“GENERAL INSURANCE — MONEY & FIDELITY”
The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

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BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
MARINE INSURANCE

TENDER NO. 600/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 600/06
“GENERAL INSURANCE = MARINE INSURANCE”
The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

SL
BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

_ TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY (DIRECTORS & OFFICERS)

TENDER NO. 610/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 601/06

“GENERAL INSURANCE - PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY
DIRECTORS & OFFICERS”

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS

TENDER NO. 602/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

at the Administration Office,
Blue Hill and Tucker Road.

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2007 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:
The General Manager _
ve'Bhue Hill & Tucker Rosds
Nassau, Bahamas
Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Marked: Tender No. 602/06
“GENERAL INSURANCE — ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS”
The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.

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Budd of Newton, New Jersey pose with Diane Knoll of Pleasant °
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and MP for North Andros and the Berry Islands Vincent Peet
speaks at the ceremony

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Andros International Square Reunion ceremony in Nicholl’s
Town, North Andros on Friday. The annual event brings
together locals and winter residents in a festival of culture and

entertainment.



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the North Andros International Square Reunion ceremony. The

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Toure Holder Named Country Head
RBC Royal Bank of Canada, St. Kitts

RBC Royal Bank of Canada is pleased to announce the
appointment of Bahamian banker, Mr. Toure Holder as
Country Head for RBC’s operations in St. Kitts. In this role,
Mr. Holder will oversee RBC’s two branches and an
operations centre in St. Kitts.

“Toure has shown tremendous leadership within RBC’s
Bahamas branch network. His promotion reflects
RBC’s commitment to identifying local talent to serve
as leaders throughout the Caribbean and where
possible, globally,” said Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr. Vice
President and Country Head, Bahamas. “This exposure
will give Toure tremendous opportunity to broaden
his banking knowledge and experience, which will
undoubtedly enhance his banking career,” Mr. Beneby
further stated. .

“| look forward to serving our clients in St. Kitts and to
providing high quality products and services to meet their

~ banking and financial neéds,” Mr- Holder said. “I greatly

appreciate this opportunity.”
Mr. Holder has served RBC in The Bahamas in

‘- numerous capacities during his 15-year tenure with
_ the bank. He joined the bank as a teller at RBC’s
JFK Branch, Nassau, Bahamas in 1991, serving in a

number of key positions, including Personal Banking
Representative, Branch Manager, Assistant Manager of
Loans, and most recently, Manager at Royal Bank’s
Freeport Branch in Grand Bahama.

Mr. Holder is a Rotarian and has served as a Director
of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. He is
currently RBC’s Representative to the Eastern Caribbean
Central Bank and its representative at the Eastern
Caribbean Institute of Bankers.

Mr, Holder is married to the former Ruth Johnson and has
two children.



Lester Cox Accepts Assignment
in Toronto ar

RBC Royal Bank of Canada is pleased to announce that
Bahamian banker Mr. Lester K.A. Cox has rejoined the
organization as a Senior Account Manager located in
Toronto, where he will gain experience in Real Estate and
Project Financing. Mr. Cox is scheduled to return to Nassau
when his training is completed.

“Lester will have the opportunity to develop a broad
perspective of best banking practices in the real estate
and hospitality industries. His training in Toronto will
make him a valuable resource to RBC’s Bahamas and
Caribbean operations. Lester’s insights and experience
will be particularly helpful with the rapid increase
in major tourism developments and the second home
market in The Bahamas and other parts of the region,”
said Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Vice President and Country
Head, Bahamas.

Mr. Cox’s banking career started with RBC 27 years ago.
Moving to another financial institution, he served as
Retail Banking Director for the Windward Islands, Country
Head for St. Lucia and had various management
assignments in Barbados and The Bahamas. Mr. Cox
rejoined RBC in 2006.

Lester has undergraduate and graduate degrees and
certificates from the University of North Texas,
Institute of Internal Auditors, Japan-America Institute of
Management Science, and EF Ecole Internationale de

Francais. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian

Bankers. He is married to Joan Cox.

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Royal Bank of Canada has a longstanding presence in
the Bahamas, with operations first established in
1908. Today, it serves its Bahamian and off-shore clients
through a retail network of 23 branches throughout
New Providence and the Family Islands, a Commercial
Banking business centre, 37 automated banking machines
and a Global Private Banking office.

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compassionate health cave. Otir annual atoards| provide us an opportunity to recognize
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Red Cross: More
than 100,000 people
displaced in east
Sri Lankan district
after heavy fighting

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THE number of refugees in
eastern Sri Lanka went past
100,000, after heavy fighting in
rebel-held parts of the island has
forced 15,000 civilians to flee their
homes in the past two days, the
Red Cross said on Saturday,
according to Associated Press.

Battles have escalated in recent
days between government troops
and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in
parts of the country’s rebel strong-
holds, after a few weeks’ lull.

International Committee of the
Red Cross official Davide Vignati
said that since November about
105,000 displaced people have fled
to, government-controlled refugee
camps in the eastern district of Bat-
ticaloa — the largest number of
displaced persons in one district.

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A YEAR of contentious
talks on the future status of
Kosovo ended Saturday in a
bitter deadlock over a U.N.
plan that would set the dis-
puted Serbian province on
the road to independence,
according to Associated Press.

Serbia’s nationalist prime
minister, Vojislav Kostunica,

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flag, anthem and constitution,

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pendence-minded regions
around the world to break
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Tadic said he found the idea
of parting with the province
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NATO airstrikes on Belgrade
ended a Serbian crackdown
on ethnic Albanian sepa-
ratists in the southern
province.

Dispute

The U.N. plan is an attempt
to resolve the final major dis-
pute remaining after
Yugoslavia’s bloody 1990s

_breakup.

Kosovo President Fatmir
Sejdiu made it clear that his

ethnic Albanian majority sees
eventual independence as the
only acceptable outcome.

“Independence is the alpha
and omega — the beginning
and end of our position,”
Sejdiu said, adding that ethnic
Albanians “lock forward to
one day joining the family of
free nations.”

U.N. special envoy Martti
Ahtisaari conceded that last-
ditch efforts to get the rival
sides to agree on his proposal

- fell apart after they failed to.

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ends in bitter deadlock on UN plan

“No amount of additional .
negotiations will change
that,” an exasperated Ahti-
saari told reporters, adding:
“Tt is my firm conclusion that
the potential of negotiations
is exhausted.”

The former Finnish presi-
dent said he would now deliv-
er the package to the Securi-
ty Council by the end of the
month.

An agreement was not
required for the plan to go
up for.a Security Council.
vote, but it would have
helped prevent a possible
diplomatic showdown there:
Although the United States
and the European Union sup-
port the plan, it has drawn
criticism from Russia, an ally
of Serbia that wields veto
power at the United Nations.

Ultranationalists in Serbia
have threatened to stage an
uprising if Kosovo is granted
independence, but Tadic
made clear Saturday that his
government “has refrained so
far, and will refrain in the
future, from the use of force.”

Kosovo Prime Minister
Agim Ceku played down dis-
appointment among some
ethnic Albanians that the
plan would not provide full
and immediate statehood.

Proposal |

“This proposal for sure will
give Kosovo independence,”
he said, urging a speedy Secu-
rity Council resolution abol-
ishing Serbia’s sovereignty
over the province.

Sejdiu, however, acknowl-
edged that Kosovo’s leaders
made “very painful compro-
mises” by agreeing to give the
dwindling Serbian minority
broad rights in running their
daily affairs.

Serb displeasure ran deep-
er.
Inside Saturday’s closed-
door talks at Vienna’s ornate
former imperial Hofburg
Palace, Kostunica said he was
outraged that Serbia could
end up losing 15 percent of
its territory, requiring “new
redrawing of borders and
endanger the foundation on
which international order is
based.”

Western officials fear that
impatience is growing among
Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians,
who have pressed for inde-
pendence since the early

‘1990s, and that tensions could

plunge the turbulent region

.. back into.violence.

Some ethnic Albanians
have already staged bloody
street protests, saying the
plan offers too many conces-
sions to the Serbs and stops
short of granting Kosovo full
independence. And the Serb-
dominated north has vowed
to secede if the province gains
statehood.









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Defence minister

visits Aighanistan to
check on handling
of detained suspects:

TORONTO
CANADA'S defence min-
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on Sunday.to meet with
Afghan human rights offi-
cials to ensure that Taliban
detainees handed over to the
government by Canadian,
troops are properly treated,
according to Associated
Press.

Gordon O'Conner's trip
comes as he has come under
fire over Ottawa's policy
regarding the handover of -
detainees — criticism which
was further fueled after two
human rights groups said
prisoners were handed over
on numerous occasions by
Canadian troops knowing
they would be abused.

Gordon said he wanted .
confirmation that the state~
sponsored Afghanistan Inde-
pendent Human Rights
Commission would "do what
they say they are going to
do" and inform Canada of
any abuses.

On March 4, O'Conor said
the International Committee
of the Red Cross monitored
the treatment of the
detainees, but the ICRC has
said that is not the case.

Last month, Canada
signed a deal with the
ATHRC to undertake such
monitoring. Under the mew
deal, Canada must notify the
ECRC as well as the commis-
sion when if transfers a pris-
oner to Afghan custody. =~

O'Connor said that during
his surprise visit he wants to
go over the terms of the
agreement to ensure it
works.

"In addition to talking
with the human rights orga-
nization here, f am also
going to go through the
entire process here on the
ground. The staff are going
to explain to me the entire
process — how it happens,"
he told The Canadian Press
in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The investigations by
Canada's Military Police
Complaints Commission into
the allegations that troops
handed over prisoners know-

‘ing they would be abused

were spuried launched after
Amnesty International
Canada and the British
Columbia Civil Liberties
Association lodged com-
plaints.

There are also at least
three investigations going on
into the alleged beating of
three captured Taliban who ,
were picked up near the vil-
lage Dukah, 50 kilometers
(30 miles) west of Kandahar.
on April 7, 2006.

According to prisoner-
transfer logs obtained and
released to the media by an
Ottawa law professor, the
prisoners suffered lacera-
tions and contusions.

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VATICAN CITY



POPE Benedict XVI's meeting next
week with President Vladimir Putin
will benefit the small Catholic com-
munity in Russia, the pontiff's envoy
in Moscow said ‘Saturday, but he
declined to say whether he expected

an invitation for Benedict to go to.

Moscow, according to Associated
Press.
Benedict's talks with Putin at the



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property disputes between the church-
es have also put both sides at odds.
Putin's predecessors, Mikhail Gor-
bachev and Boris Yeltsin, invited John
Paul to Russia. Putin, in two mect-
ings at the Vatican with John Paul,
did not issue any such invitation.
Mennini, who is the apostolic nun-
cio in Moscow, was asked in a separate
interview, published Saturday in the
Catholic daily Avvenire, if Putin
would hold talks at the Vatican

Vatican on Tuesday "certainly willbe without extending an invitation |o
a portent of good fruits in further rela- | Russia. The envoy sidesiepp od
tions between the Holy See and the question.

Russian Federation, to the advantage
as well of the Catholic Church in Rus-
sia," Monsignor Antonio Mennini told
Vatican Radio.

Benedict and Putin will be holding
the highest-level Kremlin- Vatican
talks in more than three years, and it
will be the first meeting between the
pope and the Russian leader.

The late John Paul II's dream of
going to Moscow was thwarted by ten-
sions between Catholic and Ortho-
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@ MADRID, Spain

SPAIN unveiled a towering
monument on Sunday to those
killed three years ago in the
bombings that ripped apart
rush-hour commuter trains —
a glass oval containing messages
of condolence written in the
aftermath of Europe’s worst
Islamic terror attack, according
to Associated Press.

King Juan Carlos, Queen
Sofia, senior government offi-
cials and an invitation-only
crowd of several hundred peo-
ple observed three minutes of

silence at a solemn anniversary
ceremony in memory of the 191
people killed and more than
1,800 wounded in the attacks of
March 11, 2004.

Under glorious sunshine,
a lone cellist played the
mournful strains of “Song of the
Birds” by Pablo Casals, a com-
position meant to be a call
for peace. There were no
speeches.

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away tears at the ceremony out-
side Atocha rail station, one of
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Accompanied by guards
wearing old-style plumed hel-
mets, the king placed a laurel
wreath at the foot of the monu-
ment: a 35-foot-tall glass cylin-
der with a transparent inner
membrane bearing messages of
condolence that Spaniards and
other people left at Atocha after
the attacks — on notes left at
makeshift memorials of flowers
and candles, or on a computer
terminal set up for them to
record their thoughts.

These messages, in Spanish
and other languages, are only
visible from an underground
viewing chamber beneath the
hollow, slightly oval-shaped
monument.

“We are still here and we do
not forget. Together forever,”
one message in Spanish reads.
Another, in English, said,
“Words are not enough.”

The monument’s designers
say different phrases will stand
out more clearly over the course
of a day as the light shifts. At
night, they are illuminated.

The Spanish monument’s
construction moved consider-
ably more quickly than work in
New York on a comprehensive
memorial to the 2,973 victims
of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Construction in Manhattan
began a year ago; since then, it
has been redesigned to trim a
construction budget that was
approaching $1 billion. Debate
continues about security issues
for an underground portion of
the memorial, and many family
members feel that their loved
ones should be listed in a dif-
ferent planned order around the
memorial, and with more infor-
mation next to their names.

The current design for New
York includes twin reflecting
pools in place of the towers that
fell, along with a tree-lined
plaza and museum. Lynn Rasic,
spokeswoman for the World
Trade Center Memorial Foun-
dation, said construction at the
eight-acre site is set to be com-
pleted by September 2009.

The Spanish bombings were
claimed by Muslim militants
who said they were acting on
behalf of al-Qaida to avenge the
presence of Spanish troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Spanish
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attacks had sent 1,300 peace-
keepers to Iraq and initially
blamed the Basque separatist
group ETA, maintaining this
argument even as evidence

emerged of the involvement of
Islamic extremists.
That led to allegations of a

cover-up to divert attention’

from its unpopular support of
the war in Iraq, and in elections
three days after the attacks the
conservatives were voted out of
power. Victorious Socialists led
by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapa-
tero, now the prime minister,
quickly brought home Spain’s

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divided. Conservatives question
the Socialist government’s legit-
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through tragedy and unfairly
refuses to resume a probe into a
possible ETA link.

The Socialists say the
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m& BAGHDAD

A SUICIDE car bomber bar-
reled into a flatbed truck packed
with Shiite pilgrims Sunday,
touching off a giant fireball that
left charred bodies strewn
through a street in the heart of
Baghdad. At least 32 people
were killed, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The ambush-style attack
showed suspected Sunni insur-
gents again taking aim at the
millions of worshippers who
traveled to the holy city of Kar-
bala and are now heading home.

It also displayed the limita-
tions of U.S.-led crackdown
seeking to restore order in the
capital, where bombers still
strike with deadly efficiency
against mostly Shiite targets in
an apparent bid to ignite an full-
scale civil war.

Blasts killed at least 15 others
in Baghdad a day after Iraqi
officials warned an internation-
al conference that Iraq’s sectar-
ian violence could spread across
the Middle East if not quelled.

But Iraqi security officials
often find themselves outgunned
and outwitted by insurgents
when asked to handle protec-
tion without close American
backup.

Hundreds of Shiite pilgrims
were killed last week trying to
reach the rituals in Karbala,
about 50 miles south of Bagh-
dad. The exodus faces the same
risks.

The pilgrims riding back in

the truck — about 70 men and ©

boys — passed through the most
dangerous stretch of Sunni-dom-
inated territory. They were cel-
ebrating their good fortune as
they moved into heavy traffic at
a place known as Embassy
Intersection because the Ger-
man diplomatic compound occu-
pies one corner.

One of the pilgrims, Mustafa
Moussawi, noticed a car racing
far too fast coming toward them
from behind.

“Then the car bomber
slammed us,” said Moussawi, a
31-year-old vegetable store own-
er who suffered slight injuries
when he was thrown to the
street by the force of the blast.

He was among the luckiest.
Most others were swallowed by
instant flames. Another sur-
vivor, Nasir Sultan, a 38-year-
old Transportation Ministry

-worker, said he watched people
thrash helplessly i in the inferno.

Police and hospital officials
said at least 32 people died and
24 were injured.

‘. “I blame the government,”

said Moussawi. “They didn’t
provide a safe route for us even
though they knew we were tar-
gets for attack.”

In the past two years, the Shi-
ite militia Mahdi Army provided
security for the pilgrimage —
marking the end of 40 days
mourning for the 7th century

Other blasts
kill at least 15



battlefield death of the Prophet
Muhammad’s grandson. Shiites
consider him the rightful heir of
Islam’s leadership, which help
cement the rift with Sunni Mus-
lims.

This year, however, the Mah-
di militiamen has been sent to
the wings under a deal between
its leader, radical cleric Muqta-
da al-Sadr, and the government
to ease the way for the Bagh-
dad security sweeps.

The pact has apparently led
to a decrease in execution-style
slayings blamed on Shiite death
squads. It also ntade the pilgrims
easier prey.

Shortly before the truck was
attacked, a bomb-rigged car in
central Baghdad killed at least
five pilgrims and injured six. In
another part of the city, a sui-
cide bomber detonated a belt
packed with metal fragments
inside a minibus heading to a
mostly Shiite area, killing at
least 10 people and wounding
five.

Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard, who
commands U.S. units training
Iraqi forces, said nearly 80 per-
cent of Iraqi military divisions
are under full local control, but
getting the forces fully outfitted
with “logistical support” — such
as communications and state-of-
the art equipment — “is going
to take much more time.”

He also encouraged Iraqi gov-
ernment efforts to bring back
some former military and secu-
rity personnel from Saddam
Hussein’s regime — who were
part of wholesale dismissals to
clear away members of his
Baath party. .

“It’s what a person’s talents
and experience can bring to the
situation,” said Pittard, who not-
ed complaints that the past
Baath purges “went way, way
too far.”

On Saturday, irae Ss prime
minister, Nouri al-Maliki,
opened a conference of neigh-
boring nations and world pow-
ers with a warning that Iraq’s
sectarian strife could spread
across the region.

The one-day meeting was
highlighted by rare direct
exchanges between Iran and the
United States — which report-
edly grew testy in the closed-
door session with other envoys.

Iran pressed for a timetable
for a withdrawal of U.S.-led
forces from Iraq, and the U.S.
delegation reasserted claims that
Shiite militia receive weapons
and aid from Iranian sources.

But the gathering also ended
with both sides leaving open the



possibility of further contacts to
discuss Iraq._— where they share
interests as Baghdad’s top allies.
The U.S. and Iranian statements
were carefully framed in cau-
tious diplomatic language, but
they were seen by some possibly
significant steps toward easing
their nearly 28-year-old diplo-
matic freeze.

Iraq’s foreign minister, Hosh-
yar Zebari, called the confer-
ence “an icebreaking attempt to
provide an atmosphere for some
discussions.”

Zebari also repeated the fears
that Iraq could be the breeding
ground for a wider Mideast
meltdown.

“No country will be immune
from Iraq’s failure and the con-
sequences that they will suffer,”
he told CNN.

A senior member of Iraq’s
biggest Shiite political bloc —
which maintains very close ties
to Iran — applauded the inter-
action between Iran and the
United States.

“We hope that this confer-
ence would represent a good
start to establish a kind of
understanding between Ameri-
can and Iran regarding the accu-
sations and counteraccusations
about Iraq,” said Humman
Hamoudi, who heads the
group’s external affairs com-
mittee.

But, say some analysts, any
changes in relations will be like-
ly a slow evolution.

“The superpower is like a
trolley bus and not like a car. A
car can turn around on a nar-
row road,” said Imad Fawzi
Shueibi, Damascus-based polit-
ical researcher.

“The trolley has to make a
wide, slow turn. This is what you
are seeing now. The superpower —
trolley beginning to turn in
Iraq.”

In the northern city of Mosul,
a suicide bomber attacked the
offices of the largest Sunni polit-
ical group, said Mohammed
Shakir al-Ghanam, a member of
the Iraqi Islamic Party. Three
guards were killed and two
wounded, he said.

The reason for the attack was
not immediately clear. The par-
ty is the only Sunni political
movement with a national base.

Mosul, about 225 miles north-
west of Baghdad, also has wit-
nessed a rise in suspected Sunni
insurgent attacks. Iraqi troops
detained 12 suspected militants
in the Mosul area in raids since
Saturday, said an Iraqi com-
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Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez visits
Bolivia on counter-Bush tour

@ TRINIDAD, Bolivia

VENEZUELAN President
Hugo Chavez visited flood-
ravaged Bolivia on Saturday
to show off the fact that his
country has pledged 10 times
more aid than the Bush
administration. But local lead-
ers gave him a cool reception,
accusing him of meddling in
Bolivian politics, according to
Associated Press.

Bolivia was the latest stop
on a Chavez tour intended to
upstage President Bush’s own
trip through Latin America.
While Bush visited Brazil on
Friday, Chavez packed a soc-
cer stadium in neighboring
Argentina, telling a crowd of
20,000 leftist supporters that
Bush’s tour was a cynical
attempt to divide the region.

Thousands of Bolivians,
joined by Venezuelan aid
workers, greeted Chavez at
the airport in Trinidad, a city
in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands
where a rainy season super-
charged by El Nino has killed
51 people, driven thousands
from their homes and trig-
gered an outbreak of dengue
fever.

Chavez, wearing an
untucked red shirt in the blaz-
ing heat, kissed a Bolivian flag
held by sailors in dress whites.
He has pledged $15 million in
aid for flood victims, includ-
ing a squadron of helicopters
to deliver food to remote vil-
lages, dwarfing the $1.5 mil-
lion sent by the U.S.

“Those who want to go
directly to hell, they can follow
capitalism,” Chavez told the
crowd of some 2,000 Bolivian
flood victims and Venezuelan
and Cuban aid workers gath-
ered on the steaming airport
runway. “And those of us who
want to build heaven here on
Earth, we will follow social-
ism.”

However, not everyone wel-
comed Chavez. Bolivia’s cat-
tle-ranching state of Beni is a
stronghold of opposition to
President Evo Morales, a
Chavez ally who has pledged
to redistribute large tracts of
land to the poor. Local leaders
see Chavez’s generosity as
political opportunism and
resent his influence in Bolivia.

The Beni governor and the
mayor of Trinidad have
refused to receive Chavez,
complaining that Venezuelan
aid workers have ignored their
authority.

“We are grateful for the
assistance of the Venezuelan
people, but we’re bothered by
the intervention of Chavez in
Bolivia,” Mayor Moises
Shiriqui told The Associated
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could capitalize on public com-
plaints that the governor’s
office has been slow to dis-
tribute foreign aid to the city
of 90,000 residents, surround-
ed for a month by, miles of
black water.

One family living under a
tarp — stamped with the logo
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to make tea from coca leaves.
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Bolivia for failing to deal with
increased coca production
under Morales, though ties
have recently improved with
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trade deal.

The dueling tours continue
Sunday, with Bush moving on
from Uruguay to U.S.-friendly
Colombia, while Chavez vis-
its impoverished Haiti to dis-
cuss sending aid.

Bush’s Latin America tour
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MARCH 12 ©

ARIES — Mar 21/Apr 20 © ,
Have you been waiting for some
good luck to come your way, Aries?
Well, this is the week it just may
arrive in the form of an overdue
check. Spend wisely, but have fun.

TAURUS -— Apr 21/May 21
Although it is still a month or.two
away, Start thinking about your
birthday plans, Taurus. This year
you are sure to throw a bash.that
will be remembered by all. :

GEMINI —- May 22/Jun 21

A trip to the doctor gives you news
that you didn’t expect. You may
have to mend some of your
unhealthy habits. It’s never too’ late
to make resolutions.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22
You may have been pondering start-
ing a new business, Cancer. Being
self-employed has its benefits: but
also several downfalls — consider
both sides carefully. 7

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

A better mood keeps you lively
this week, Leo. When you’re on a
roll, it’s hard to match your work
ethic. Make sure the boss seés all
of youn hard work.

VIRGO — Aug 24/Sept 22:
You’ve decided to get that pesky

-Jtask that has been haunting you

completed this week, Virgo. It
will be such a weight off of your
shoulders once itis done. ~

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 *;
Too many road trips have left “your
car worse for the wear, Libra. ‘You
just made the investment, so take it
easy for a while. Tuesday is a*good
day for relaxation.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Have you been feeling lonely,
Scorpio? It might be time to invite
over some friends to help beat the
blues. Thursday is a good day for a
late dinner or movie night. °

SAGITTARIUS — Noy 23/Dee 21
It seems. you’ve gotten yourself
into another work bind, Sagittarius.
You just can’t seem to find a place
that holds your attention. Keep
looking and don’t settle.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20
You haven’t been feeling your best,
Capricorn, and this week might be the
worst of all. But rest assured that‘once
this blows over you’ll be back on
your feet.

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A great opportunity arises, on
Wednesday, Aquarius. However,
you may be too busy to see it com-
ing. Take the day off to make. the
most of this deal. :

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Pisces, but you seem to be ignoring all
of the warnings. A coworker {gets
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f fone accord (4) Language in agitated > 19 ine (5) 13 Mistake (5) Nf3 Nc6 3 BbS Nd44.Nxd4 exd4 and can you spot why the other :
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ths om9F 25, SH 27, Dig 28, Sadf 28, Teacher 30, Ryder | 27, Heart 28, Curry 2, Erratum 30, Osaka 31, Bist Bdi 10 Goa Bn Gna ae nea
fe rd As-! Beret least rook for bishop.

Mensa quiz: Productive.
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pore, pope, pipe, pips, LIPS.

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16, Style 18, Dates 19, Sumatra 21, Bicaps 22, Resume
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ar $448m Bahamas
- fund was Ponzi scheme

i By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The administrator for a “col-
lapsed” $448 million Bahamas-
registered investment fund has
told liquidators that he cannot
provide them with key records
because they were destroyed
by a storage company due to
non-payment of fees, a devel-
opment likely to enrage
investors who are likely to only
recover between six to nine per
cent of their original principal
investment.

_The sixth report by the joint

30-day period for BSL

Cardinal chief says warehouse destroyed Olympus Univest records due to non-payment of storage fees
* Investors likely to get 6-9% of funds back
* Over $217m flowed out of Norshield structure in ‘unexplained’ third-party payments

liquidator for the Olympus
Univest fund and its previous-
ly Bahamian-domiciled coun-
terpart, Mosaic Composite,
painted a grim picture for 1,900
mostly-Canadian retail
investors, eplus institutional
investors and financial services
providers, who had placed

investors to acquire
Abaco Markets stake

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
‘Tribune Business Editor

SEXISTING shareholders in

BSL Holdings, which pur-

chased the 78 per cent majori-.

ty stake in Bahamas Super-
markets from Winn-Dixie last
year, have a 30-day period in
which to acquire Abaco Mar-
kets’$2.5 million stake in the
buyout group, the latter having
confirmed Tribune Business’s
exclusive revelation that it
. plans to sell its investment.
Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets president, said he
expected to complete the BSL
Holdings’ stake divestment “by
the end of this month”, as the
BISX-listed retailer moves to
redeploy that capital and keep

St Georges

Watchorn

Company confirms Tribune

revelation, as fourth quarter

results set to show progress

open a line
of credit to
enhance its
own opera-
tions.

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said the
“fourth
quarter
results will.
show that”
the retailer,
which has # WATCHORN

SEE page 9B

aed (OLE

Hayward offers



@ By NEIL HARTNELL
‘Tribune Business Editor

THE estate of the late
Edward St George has rejected
- two separate offers by Sir Jack

Hayward to acquire its stake

in Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (ICD), the hold-
ing company that owns the
-Grand Bahama Port Authori-
‘ty (GBPA) and Port Group
Ltd, saying a negotiated set-
tlement was impossible until
Sir Jack either abandoned or a
court ruled against his claim
to 75 per cent ICD ownership.
In a letter to Gregory Moss,
of Moss & Associates, and
John Wilson, of McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes, who had
conveyed the separate offers,
Fred Smith, the Callenders &
Co attorney acting for the St
George estate, said his clients
_ were turning down both offers.
In correspondence on March
6, 2007, Mr Smith said the
Government was also likely to
oppose the buyout of one side
by the other, making the two
_offers “impractical”.
He said: “We should add
further that the Government

7

Public offering ‘the only
practical, viable’ solution

has given a very clear indica-
tion that it would be opposed
to the buying out by one share-

holder of the other, thus leav- _

ing the GBPA and its associ-
ated companies under the sole
majority control of the Hay-
ward or St George interests.

“Given the recent history of
these companies, this position
is hardly surprising.” What has
been suggested in both letter is,
therefore, not only inequitable
but also impractical, since it is
clear the relevant government
approval would not be forth-
coming.”

Mr Smith added: “Indeed,
in light of the above, the estate
considers it likely that the only
appropriate approach once the
issue of beneficial ownership
has been determined will be
for ICD and its subsidiaries to
be placed under new and
appropriate management and
prepared for a public offering,

SEE page 9B

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not just for our ir large selection of

COPIERS & PRINTERS?

funds with these entities, man-
aged by Canada-based Nor-
shield.

In his report to the Ontario
courts, Raymond Massi of
RSM Richter, who is working
on the Olympus Univest and
Mosaic Composite liquidations
with Bahamian accountant

Clifford Culmer, of BDO
Mann Judd, said the former’s
fund administrator until it shut
down in October, 2004, had
been Nassau-based Cardinal
International.

Cardinal International had
also provided accounting ser-
vices to Mosaic Composite,

and Mr Massi said Stephen

Hancock, Cardinal’s president,
had provided the liquidators
with “limited books and
records” on the two entities
prior to an examination under
oath.

Mr Massi alleged that Mr
Hancock told them that before

Cardinal International’s clo-
sure, he had sent a copy of ©
Olympus Univest’s accounting
records in electronic form to
the former controller and
information technology admin-

SEE page 8B



BISX firm ‘refuses’ to pay $1.1m to ‘collapsed’ fund

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
_ Tribune Business Editor .
TRUSTEES of a BISX-listed company
are allegedly “refusing” to turn over to
the liquidators of a “collapsed” $448 mil-
lion Bahamian-registered investment fund
some $1.1 million in dividends that the
fund is owed.

No explanation was given in the sixth
report by the receiver for the Olympus
Univest fund as to why the trustees for
Premier Real Estate Investment Corpo-
ration, in which the fund holds a 49 per
cent stake, were not remitting the divi-

Transactions involving Bahamian entities

dends to the liquidators.
Raymond Massi, of Canada-based
RSM Richter, who is working with
Bahamian accountant Clifford Culmer, of
BDO Mann Judd, on the liquidation, said
they had determined that Mosaic Com-
posite, the counter party for Olympus Uni-
vest, held the 49 per cent stake in Pre-
mier, which is a real estate investment
trust - set up as a mutual fund - to own
Bahamas-based property.

“In addition to its holdings in this

‘artificially inflated’ Olympus Univest values

income trust, Mosaic is currently owed
approximately $1.1 million in unpaid dis-
tributions from Premier,” Mr Massi’s
report to the Ontario courts said.

“To date, the trustees of Premier have
refused to remit the unpaid distributions to
the Mosaic joint official liquidators [him-
self and Clifford Culmer], and efforts are
continuing to realise on both the trust

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week, as 42,317 shares changed
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which six advanced; one”
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Volume leader for the week

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The big advancer for the
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cent to end the week at $2.
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FINDEX 783.74 YTD 5.61% —

BISX CLOSING . CHANGE
SYMBOL PRICE
AML SORT Sis REY ae
BAB $1.26 - $0.01
BBL $0.85 $0.02
BOB wi GR 500 Se
BPF $11 25 aoe
BSL $14.60 $-
BWL $2.00 $0.05
CAB $10.03 $-
CBL $14.00 $0.11
CHL $2.10 $-
CIB $14.60 $-
CWCB $5.10 $-0.24
| DHS---~-—$2,46.-.—... -
FAM $5.94 $0.09
FCC $0.50 - §$-
FCL $16.71 $-
FIN $12.30 $-
ICD $7.25 $-
ISJ $9.05 $
PRE $10.00 $
DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES: ~

2007.

2007.



The Bahamian Stock Market

oe

e FIN has declared dividends of $0.13 per share, payable on
March 9, 2007, to all shareholders of record date March 2,

e ICD has declared dividends of $0.10 per share, payable on
March 30, 2007, to all shareholders of record date March 12:

2007.

a ee deelared-dividends.of $0.12 per. share, payable. .
March 30, 2007, to all shareholders of record date March 15; "|"

¢ CBL has declared an extraordinary dividend of $0.12 per
share, payable on April 30, 2007, to all shareholders of record
|. date. April 13,2007. -----—
¢ FINCO will hold its ‘Annual iGenceal Mesting on March
15, 2007, at 6.30 pm at SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street,
Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

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CHANGE
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8000 11.84%
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Cable Bahamas reported
that net income for its fiscal
year ended on December 31,

- 2006; rose-by-60-per_cent. to___services in analog. As a result, -_

$18.1 million, compared to
$11.309 million the previous
year, on the back of healthy
revenue rises, cost containment
and the absence of a non-
recurring one-time $2.36 mil-
lion write down in 2005.

The cable television, Inter-
net service provider and data
business company said gross
revenues rose by 15.6 per cent
in 2006, growing to $65.95 mil-
lion from $57.051 million,
translating into a net revenue
tise of 15.7 per cent to $63.234
million. This was up from
_ $54. 634 million in 2005.

“Expenses were well-con= mary

tained, increasing at a lower
rate — 9 per cent — from $27.905
million in fiscal 2005 to $30.245
million in 2006. This helped
generate a 22.7 per cent Oper-—
ating income increase to
$32.809 million for the past fis-
cal year, compared to $26.729
million the year before.

Results

Cable Bahamas 2006 results
also benefited because it did
not have to incur the 2005
write down. This was connect-
ed to the conversion of its
cable television platform from



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@ Trying to get out of a twoyear
cellphone contract is no eay
feat, if not impossible. Butit can
be done through negotiating or
with people who want toassume
' the contract.

* .BY DAMON DARLIN
New York Times News Service

The two-year contrat. It is the
. bane of a cellphone ovner’s exis-
-” tence, especially one wio must have
the latest hot phone ata discounted
price.

Two years is a lon; time, and few
other marketers carget away with
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AS THE FLOOD OF E-MAIL BUILDS, MANAGING THE MONSTER
HAS BECOME ESSENTIAL TO BOTH PRODUCTIVITY AND PEACE OF MIND



ast Monday morning my
L e-mail shut down, crashed,

kaput. I deleted and deleted,
but jt wasn’t enough to make a dif-
ference. As the day went on, my
blood pressure shot up. The cause
of thecrash was in-box overload.

Being forced to function about
36 hours without being able to
send or receive e-mail turned me
into a crazed woman.

I confess, I am one of the many
Americans with a surplus of mes-
sages that I have accumulated over
the years. Managing e-mail con-
sumes hours of my day and often
overwhelms me. But it also allows
me to communicate with more
people in less time. /

As one HR director pointed cut
to me, e-mail went from being <
casual way to communicate toa
business essential. And most of us
never received training.

It is no wonder then, thatousi-
nesses are realizing that e-nail
overload is draining productivity
in their workplaces. Some -ompa-
nies, such as Capital One, Ameri-
can Express and HewlettPackard



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Every time you walk back into the
cellphone store or call the customer
service operators, it seems, the con-
tract is extended. Lose the phone or
ask for a replacement, and the con-
tract is extended. Sign up for a family
plan, same thing.

But try getting out of a contract
early? You can do it, but you will
have to pay an early termination fee
of as much as $240.

Cellphone companies do not make
it easy to break two-year contracts.
But it can be done through shrewd
negotiating or by turning to the inno-
vators on the Internet who match
contract sellers with people who



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cent five years
earlier, according
to an ePolicy Institute survey.

The way I see it, who couldn’t
use a better system for organizing
e-mail and learning more about
options their e-mail program
offers?

Mike Song, author of The Ham-
ster Revolution: How to Manage
Your E-mail Before It Manages
You, discovered most workers
spend 40 percent of their day noo-
dling around with e-mail. To com-
bat overload, Song suggests we
learn how to send better messages
and find a system for sorting
incoming ones.

“It starts with setting up logical
folder systems that are easy to pop
information into,” Song said.

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want to assume the contract.

Early termination fees are
intended to compensate phone com-
panies for the discount they gave on
the phone upfront. Most mobile
phone companies charge the full fee
no matter when the contract is sched-
uled to expire. Verizon Wireless
recently decided to prorate the fee,
and some of the other companies do
that in certain cities.

The companies will waive the
early termination fee if you die. Pre-
tending to be dead, however, does
not work well as a way to break a
contract. Sprint Nextel, Verizon and
Cingular, for example, may ask for a

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Paula Musto, communications
director for Miami-Dade County,
organizes her e-mail into 50 fold-
ers. The county requires her to
save most e-mail messages
because they are public records.
She finds having 200 in her in-box
is her threshold. To maintain that,
she spends off-the-clock time in
the early morning and late evening
tackling messages.

Musto says the county wantsto
curb e-mail overload for workers
by creating anintranet,aninternal |
bulletin board to post information |
rather than delivering it through
e-mail. “There’s a recognition that
we all are dealing with a tremen-
dous amount of e-mail, and it’s
something we’ve got to figure out,”
she says.

How we manage our e-mail
depends upon our personalities |
and the volume we deal with each
day, Song explains. Users must
decide their personal threshold for
how many e-mails in their in-box
are tolerable and what they con-

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death certificate. T-Mobile says it
does not. “They want to take people
at their word,” said Graham Crow, a
spokesman for the company.

Joining the military can sometimes
work to break a contract if you are
going to be stationed overseas. Some-
times, though, the company will sus-
pend the service for the duration of
active duty, which is not a great deal.
Upon returning home, you would
still be stuck with the remaining
period of the contract and a much
older phone. Buying a new phone
would only extend the contract fur-
ther.

Next to death, moving to a place

VENEZUELA

where your phone company does not
have service may not seem so draco-
nian. Each company provides maps
on its website or at its stores that
show the general service area, so you
can easily figure that out. But compa-
nies will ask for proof of the new
address. The T-Mobile spokesman
warns that it has to be a legitimate
address, and post office boxes will
not work.

There is an intriguing escape
clause in contracts with phone com-
panies that offer “roaming” services,
though it is intended to give the car-

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Rising inflation —
leads to fixed prices

@l Vendors in Venezuela must find
a way to make a living as the
government asks them to sell
their products below cost.

BY STEVEN DUDLEY
sdudley@MiamiHerald.com
CARACAS — At the Coche

wholesale food market in southwest-
ern Caracas, business is topsy-turvy:
Vendors say they have nothing to
sell.

“Our suppliers are saying, ‘No, we
had an accident at the plant,’” said
José Branco, manager of a dairy store
in Coche, the Venezuelan capital’s
largest open market. “So we have to
limit the amount of product we sell to
each customer.”

The tale is being repeated
throughout this country of 26 million.
The reason: Inflation is now so high
that the. government, has. put pri
controls. .on..basic.. goods: isi

dors in search of an escape-hatehinc

Some vendors have refused to sell,
arguing they’ll go out of business if
they continue to buy from producers
who aren’t following the mandated
pricing structure.

The government has responded by
threatening to shut down or national-
ize everything from supermarkets to
meatpackers. It has even placed ads
in newspapers with pictures of hand-
cuffs and warnings that “hoarders”
and “speculators” would be sen-
tenced to between two and six years.

Others continue to sell at above
the mandated prices, keeping stocks
hidden from government eyes but

VINTAGE SUFFRAGE






risking harsh measures by the
increasingly vigilant authorities who
regularly pass through their busi-
nesses. Last.month, the government
confiscated several tons of “contra-
band” sugar from a market in central
Caracas. No one, as of yet, has been
jailed.

The majority of vendors seem to
be selling at government prices, *but
they are wondering aloud how long
they can last.

“They should leave the prices
alone,” said César Varela, a meat ven-
dor at the Coche market. “They will
fix themselves.”

The inflation rate in Venezuela
has now hit 20.4 percent, the highest
in the Western Hemisphere, amid the
widespread changes instituted by
President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez, a self-professed enemy of
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home. But the increase in govern-
ment spending, which was 60 percent
higher last year than in 2005, has
resulted in inflation not seen in a dec-
ade.

Chavez’s response has been to
control prices and blame “hoarding”
and “speculators.” But Venezuelan
governments, which have tradition-
ally struggled with spending sprees
following spikes in oil revenue, have
never had much success with price
control.

On several occasions in recent

° TURN TO INFLATION

Women to judge
wine competition

i The National Women’s Wine
Competition has drawn about
1,800 entries and for the first
time will be judged entirely by
women.

BY MICHELLE LOCKE
Associated Press

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Women
buy much of the wine purchased in
the United States, and they make
quite a bit of it, too. But it’s mostly
male critics who proclaim what’s
prime and what’s plonk.

Enter the National Women’s Wine
Competition being held this month in
Northern California. The event,
judged entirely by women, boldly
sports the slogan “Wine Women
Want.” There’s even a separate cate-
gory of entries from women wine-
makers to add an extra fillip of vin-
tage suffrage.

. The competition runs March 13-15
in Santa Rosa, and interest in being a
single-gender contender has been
keen. Wineries from across the coun-
try responded and about 1,800 entries
have come in, more than double
expectations.

“We seem to have hit a nerve,”
said organizer Lea Pierce.

Having an all-woman panel is a
departure for the wine industry,
where judging remains largely a
man’s world, something Pierce and
others attribute more to slowly
changing trends in the wine industry
than overt discrimination.

Organizers believe this is the first
contest judged by an all-woman
panel in the United States. An inter-

SATS ET TH

national competition to be judged by
women is. planned in April in
Monaco.

“Women want to be recognized.
They want to have their own venue,”
said Pierce. “I do think it’s very
important, long-term, to raise up a
new set of women critics.”

The competition began as a “bolt
from the blue,” during a conversation
about wine contests in general a few
years ago, said Pierce, co-owner of an
advertising agency and member of a
networking group called Women for
WineSense.

“At that point, I’d been in the wine
industry for a couple of years, I was
really aware of how many women are
involved in wine and how it was
growing. It was just sort of this
insight that it would be a good thing
to showcase women,” she said.

Months of organizing followed.

“The phone calls have just been
fabulous,” said Pierce. “Big wineries,
little wineries. One woman called,
she said, ’I’m so psyched about this.
My mom has been making wines for
30 years, and it’s about time she got
some recognition.”

Co-chairs of the competition are
Margrit Mondavi, a longtime.force in
wine country and wife of pioneering
vintner Robert Mondavi, and Kath-
ryn Hall, a former ambassador to
Austria and a Napa Valley vintner.

Contestants include Marcia Mona-
han, winemaker at Pelton House, a
new winery in the Knight’s Valley
region of Sonoma County. She’s

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Inflation results in prices being fixed

° INFLATION

years, price controls have
failed to reign in costs. And
the release of the controls has
often unleashed more chaos:
In 1989, a rapid increase in
bus fares following fiscal
adjustments led to riots that
left hundreds dead through-
out the country.

Chavez says comparisons
with past measures are unfair
because inflation — which
was closer to 50 percent 10
years ago — and unemploy-
ment are lower now, and the
minimum wage and economic
growth are higher. Chavez
also has at least $37 billion in
reserves that he appears
ready to use to supplement
lagging supplies with food
imports.

“This kind of nee ee

ends badly,” said Miguel
Rodriguez, a former finance
minister who worked on simi-
lar issues while he was part of
President Carlos Andres
Pérez’s government in the
early 1990s.

“But [Chavez] has a tool
the others didn’t: the reserves.
He has a lot of margin to play
with.”

At the Coche wholesale
market, meat seller Varela
says the prices have left him
in a quandary.

“I could sell the meat
secretly, because there’s
demand, or I could not sell
because the price isn’t any
good, or I could change pro-

fessions,” he said caustically. *

Varela says these days he
has about half the stock that,
he normally does. Others say
oe have less.

WIRELESS CONTRACTS

omen up on
cellphone deal

* CONTRACT

rier a way out. When a cell-
phone is used outside the pro-
vider’s. network, calls are
routed through another com-
pany’s network. The con-
sumer pays.a monthly fee for
this service, which the carrier
uses to pay the other phone
companies to handle those
calls. é

Roam too much and your
phone company starts losing
money. Find a place where
your phone goes into roaming
mode and make at least half
your calls from there. Every
carrier said they would cancel
the contract, though it might
take them a month or two to
notice.

A more practical approach
has been bandied about on a
number of blogs since Octo-

raised the price of text mes-

saging. They pointed out a::

clause in contracts that says if —
changes adversely affect your
rates or service, the consumer
‘has the right to end the con-
tract early without paying a
penalty.

It was not that easy. Some
companies, like Cingular, now
AT&T, refused to budge,
according to its spokesman.
Sprint was more accommo-
dating, though a spokes-
woman said Sprint
approached early termination
requests on case by case. That
means the consumer has to
argue with customer service.

PRICES GO UP

Sprint says a customer will
be released from a contract if
a price change has a “material
adverse effect” on the cus-
tomer. In other words, prices
have to go up, not down. The
customer has to be actually
using the service in which the
price changed. How much
they are using it is the critical
factor. The spokeswoman
said Sprint’s “customer care
representatives” have guide-
lines, but she was not going to
reveal them.

Though the contract. says
customers have 30 days after
a price change to get out of
the contract, Sprint may be
more generous. “They can
always call customer care and
see if there is a way to recon-
cile,” said Emmy Anderson,

BALANCING ACT

Avoid angst by conquering

* BALANCING ACT

sider reasonable intervals for
checking new messages. A
huge distraction-buster is
turning off the bing that
announces each new message.

Song turned off his bing
and checks his e-mail about
every half hour. He finds that
makes him more effective
than clicking over to his in-
box every five minutes. Yet it
also prevents a message from
lingering if it needs a quick
response. Song says 42 is the
number of messages he’s
comfortable having in his in-
box. “When I go over 42, I
schedule additional time to
clean it out.”

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ber, when many carriers” ’ness,”

Early termination fees
are intended to
compensate phone
companies for the
discount they gave on
the phone upfront.

the Sprint spokeswoman.

Liza Tremblay, a 26-year-
old owner of Bay Burger in
Sag Harbor, N.Y., gave it a
shot to get out of her contract
with Verizon and avoid pay-
ing $175. (She wanted to use
Cingular because colleagues
told her the reception was
better.) She followed a script
she found on Consumer-
ist.com. “I used a lot of big
words, and I think I got across
the idea that I meant but
‘she said. ~

CURVE BALL

But then the Verizon ser-
vice representative threw her
a curve ball. They wanted her
to fax her contract so they

could see the clause she was__

referring to. She dug through
her papers and found an old
one — she had been with Ver-
izon almost 10 years — and
after a few more transfers to
call center supervisors, they
let her out. “Obviously, they
had a copy of the contract,”
Tremblay said.

More often than not, the
company will steer the cus-
tomer into a new calling plan
rather than breaking the con-
tract. “Typically, a customer
calling up is not dissatisfied
with the service, they are dis-
satisfied with their plan,” said
Brenda Rainey, a Verizon
spokeswoman. Nonetheless,
she said, Verizon demands to
see that a price increase has a
significant impact on the con-
sumer. “We are going to look
at usage patterns to see if it is
material,” she said.

In other words, after a lot
of machination and arguing,
you may not win in the end.

The solution might be, as it
so often is these days, in the
power of the Internet. All of
the companies allow a con-
tract to be signed over to
someone else. So a number of
entrepreneurs have created a

Wilson Rangel, who runs a
meatpacking plant in the
Baruta municipality along the
southern edge of Caracas, said
he used to get 120 cows a
week.

But last week, he said, he
received 20 because it’s not
profitable to slaughter cows
at such low prices.

“There are five sJaughter-
houses around here, but the
cows aren’t coming,” he said.

Cheese, sugar and chicken
supplies have also dwindled.

Blocks of cheese can cost
distributors more than double

what they sell it for, they said; ’

sugar supplies have slowed.
The government says it’s
protecting consumers, but the
first casualty of the measures
may be the workers. Rangel,
Branco and other managers
say that if this continues they

known are Celltradeusa.com
and Cellswapper.com. For a
fee, $20 at Celltradeusa and
$15 at Cellswapper, these
companies will match a con-
tract holder to a buyer. The
contract buyers pay no fee,
providing them a way to save
on a phone and on activation
fees.

The’ sites have search
engines so you can find a plan
length, minutes and price that
you like. Once the match is
made, the cellphone company
arranges the transfer.

The risk is that you may
not find a buyer; Cellswapper,

new online business in trad-***However, does not charge a

ing those contracts. The best

Productivity expert Peggy
Duncan believes you should
set aside a special time of the
day to “have a meeting with
your in-box.” She believes
you should deal with each
message as you open it: delete
it, forward it, schedule it,
respond to it or file it. “E-mail
is too important not to give it
your full attention.”

Duncan says too many peo-
ple, like me, use their in-box
as a database. She advises
clicking on messages to create
contacts, dragging them into
your tasks or calendar, for-
warding them with follow-up
reminders or possibly even
moving them to folders and
subfolders. “You’ve got to use

fee until a match is made.

the best software and learn
the ins and outs of it.”
Duncan urges me start
using my in-box for tempo-
rary storage only and to limit

messages to one screen. ‘If

you can’t see what’s in there,
you don’t know what’s fallen
through the cracks.”

A colleague drove home
that point. Mid-massage last
week, she says, she remem-
bered an e-mail from her boss
asking her to bill a customer
for $20,000. When her in-box
grew in length, she over-
looked it.

The experts say a huge in-
box-clogging culprit is outgo-
ing messages. Some e-mails
just beg for clarification and

will have to cut their own per-
sonnel.

“This is a complete tailure
of the government's inflation-
ary policy,” said José Guerra,
a former central bank official
and professor of economics at
the Central University in
Caracas.

“The government is com-
mitting hari-kari ... getting
trapped by its own policy.”

Last week the president
strengthened the state con-
trolled subsidized supermar-
kets, known as mercales, with
an injection of $250 million to
buy food basics.

Plan B: Chavez will cut

three zeroes from the cur-

rency beginning next year and
announced that the govern-
ment would reformulate how
it calculates inflation.



Adam Korb], the chief execu-
tive of Cellswapper, said his
service makes about 100
matches a week and currently
has 350 plans listed.

Be careful if you want to
keep your phone number
when you trade your account,
which you are allowed to do.
Some of the phone companies
use this as a pressure point for
keeping you on board, so
make sure you arrange with
the carrier to keep the num-
ber before you transfer the
contract.

Derek C.F. Pegritz, an Eng-
lish composition instructor at
Waynesburg College in west-
ern Pennsylvania, wants to



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government-sponsored grocery store. Venoudane: are
seeing government-mandated prices on chitken, beef

and sugar. .

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NO EASY TASK: Cellphone companies do not make it easy to break two-year contracts.

More often than not, the companies will steer customers into a new calling plan patner
than breaking the contract.

switch cellphone carriers
because of dropped calls, but
he isn’t sure how he’ll do it.

“J’m shelling out $90 a
month for a phone that basi-
cally sits there and collects
dust,” he said.

But getting out of his con-
tract will cost him $170.
Pegritz has tried to explore
other ways to’ be released
from the remaining year of his
contract, but the best he
hopes for is a compromise by
Cellular One.

“?m looking forward to
that about as much as I’m
looking forward to getting
several teeth pulled next
week,” he said.

VINTAGE SUFFRAGE

Women
to judge
wine

contest

entering a 2004 cabernet sau-

vignon and 2004 merlot in

three categories, including
the women winemaker’s chal-
lenge division. “It’s fabulous
that women are getting
together to evaluate and judge
wine,” she said.

Is there a difference
between male and female pal-
ates?

Linda Bisson, a’professor in
the wine department of the
University of California,
Davis, hasn’t seen much of a

gender gap in her years of pants
teaching, although she liked “’

‘the idea of bringing more
women to the judging table.

Leslie Sbrocco, author of
Wine for Women, doesn’t
think there’s a “male” or
“female” palate, but that
doe:n’t mean there’s no dis-
tinction.

“Its not about the female
palate being different. It’s
about the female perspective
being dfferent,” said Sbrocco.

Wilfied Wong, cellar mas-
ter for Leverages & More, a
Californk retail liquor chain,
remembe:s when wine con-
tests wer the province of
“codgers aid good old boys.”

- That startel to change in the

90s with the judging becom-
ing much more competitive
and the emphasis shifting to
using professionals, including
some of the incieasing num-
bers of women naking and
critiquing wine, he said.

Having an all-weman judg-
ing panel is intrigiing, said
Wong, although hy’s wary
about drawing too muny con-
clusions from the resuts. -

Pierce agreed and siid the
point of the competitin is to
demonstrate ‘‘what these
women think is good. It’s
really about a bunch of
women with great palates iec-
ommending wine to other
women.” Women want to ve
recognized, said Pierce. Ani,
she added, “people want to
know what wine women
want. Especially men.”

the monster of e-mail

add to the cyber traffic.

At Capital One Financial
Services, the bulk of the
e-mail Matt Koch receives is
internal. Koch, an HR direc-
tor, says his company has
trained more than 3,000 asso-
ciates how to send better
e-mail.

The workshop encourages
using strong subject lines and
sculpting the body of a mes-
sage using bullet points,
underlining and bolding.

“We found by’sending bet-
ter e-mails, you get fewer in
return,” Koch says.

By deleting and archiving,
I’ve cleared my in-box —
somewhat. That 36-hour
reprieve made that once-an-

noying bing a welcomed
sound once again.
That $20,000-bill/ruined-
massage story has scared me.
With these tips, I plan to

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gain 92% of Ginn work

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ahamian contractors,
B directly or indirectly,
have accounted for 92
per cent of the $140 million
spent so far on the multi-bil-
lion dollar Ginn Clubs &
Resorts development in West
End, Grand Bahama, accord-
ing to Vincent Peet, minister
of financial services and invest-
ments.
Despite being unable to

‘specifically cite the current

length of time for application
approvals, Mr Peet said the
Government was attempting
to better coordinate the vari-
ous agencies that are involved
in the application and approval
process, with the goal of reduc-
ing the waiting time for
Bahamian investors.

The Government, he said,
aimed to streamline the
process so that investors will
have a response from the Gov-
ernment on their proposals
within 21 to 35 days.

Currently, Mr Peet said
there are almost 50 Bahamian
investment projects that are at
various stages of development
and implementation, which
have come through the
Domestic Investment Board.
The majority of these projects
are restaurants and tourist-
related projects.

Providing further evidence
of Bahamian involvement in
major anchor projects, Mr Peet
said that within Kerzner Inter-
national's Phase IiI expansion,
35 per cent of the construction
work was awarded to Bahami-
an contractors, while another
11 per cent went to local joint
venture partners, totalling $310
million.

A further $68 million was
awarded to Bahamian con-
tractors for other projects in
Atlantis, including renovations
to phases one and two of the
hotel, with $50 million in con-
tracts being awarded to local
and foreign joint-venture part-
nerships. There are 15 such
partnerships involved in
Atlantis Phase III work.

Regarding Baha Mar, the
minister said that more than
$75 million in contracts has
already been awarded to more
than 100 Bahamian contrac-
tors.

Mr Peet said a new 200-acre
agriculture iraining farm has
been created in North Andros,
which will be managed by the
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC)
and the Office of the Prime
Minister.

The Government is also
selling property in the Soldier

Government aims to reduce approvals time for Bahamian investors
to 21-35 days, with 50 projects before Domestic Investment Board



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Road Industrial Park to some
of the long-standing tenants.
the minister revealed. Agree-
ments have already been
finalised, and companies such
as Holiday Ice and Chelsea's
Choice are expected to
become property owners in the
park.

Mr Peet made _ these
announcements on Friday dur-
ing a press conference to offi-
cially launch the Domestic
Investment Month.

Mr Peet said the month of
activities will highlight the
work the Domestic Investment
Board is doing to ensure
Bahamians benefit from the
economic growth the country is
currently experiencing.

Citing figures from 2002 to

the present, Mr Peet said that
overall, there has been more
than $20 billion in investment
applications submitted to the
Government. Some $13 billion
of these investments are at var-
ious stages of development and
implementation around the
Bahamas.

The Domestic Investment
Board was launched in 2006
with the goal of reducing the
red tape that has historically
burdened Bahamian invest-
ment initiatives, and to help
link these entrepreneurs with
major foreign projects.

As part of the effort to edu-
cate Bahamian investors, the
Domestic Investment Board
has prepared an information
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BISX firm ‘refuses’ to pay
S1.1m to ‘collapsed’ fund

FROM page 1B

units and unpaid distributions.”
Mosaic’s stake in Premier
has been valued at about $7.2
million, as has long been iden-
tified as one of the best sources
for recovery available to
investors in Norshield, the
Canadian money-manager that
managed both Olympus Uni-
vest and Mosaic Composite.
Premier owns both the

Freeport Commercial Centre
and the three Caribbean Bot-
tling properties in Nassau and
Grand Bahama.

It was set up by Hannes
Babak, a former major share-
holder in the First Commer-
cial Centre, and the man who
has been ousted (at least tem-
porarily) from his position as
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty chairman due to the current
shareholder dispute. Mr Babak
is also chairman of Freeport
Concrete.

INSIGHT

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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NICOLE TELUS OF
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Among Premier’s founding
directors, although he is no
longer on the board, was
Stephen Hancock, president
and chief executive of Cardinal
International, the fund admin-
istrator for Olympus Univest
and a number of other entities
in the Norshield investment
structure.

A former shareholder in
Caribbean Bottling, Carleton
Williams, is Mr Hancock’s
father-in-law. Caribbean Bot-
tling has since been sold to a
new investor group, headed by
former Commonwealth Bank
executive Walter Wells, which
has no connection to Premier
or Olympus Univest.

Meanwhile, Mr Massi’s:

report said neither he nor Mr
Culmer found any assets in
Mosaic’s bank accounts when
they were appointed as joint
official liquidators. However,
it has received $1.1 million as
the result of the liquidation of
two other Bahamas-registered
entities.

The report said his and Mr
Culmer’s investigations
appeared to have uncovered
evidence of “possible fraudu-
lent/and or wrongful activities”
inside the Norshield invest-
ment structure, with net asset
values (NAVs) at all levels
inflated; transactions designed

to artificially inflate asset val-
ues; and transactions that
diverted investor funds away
from the structure.

Mosaic’s financial state-
ments as at September 30,
2003, showed that it held some
$770 million in assets, including
hedged assets worth $388 mil-
lion and non-hedged assets
worth $307 million.

Assets

The non-hedged assets con-
sisted primarily of investments
in a series of Bahamian-incor-
porated private investment
funds, incorporated in the late
1990s and early 21st century.

However, the documents
used to support the carrying
value of Mosaic’s investments
in the Channel Entities showed
these were “grossly overstat-
ed”.

Mr Massi wrote: “The
receiver has concluded that the
asset values carried on the
audited financial statements of
the Channel Entities were
overstated by at least $200 mil-
lion for fiscal 2002, increasing
to at least $300 million for fis-
cal 2003.

“As a result, the value of
the Channel Entities’ assets
was overstated by about 88 per
cent on their fiscal 2003 finan-

NOTICE

NOTICE

is hereby given

that ERIC JOSPEH OF

CHIPPINGHAM, ALBURY STREET, P.O. BOX N-849,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day of

cial statements.”

Mr Massi described two
transactions used to inflate
Mosaic assets, the first involv-
ing assets owned by Norshield
principal, John Xanthoudakis,
optioned through Norshield to
the Channel Entities and a
trust called the Liberty Trust.

The Liberty Trust was cre-
ated in July, 1999, and had as
its settler former Bahamas-
based Norshield executive
Tom Muir, with the beneficia-
ry a company represented by
the former president of Nor-
shield’s Barbados-based bank.

The beneficiary was a
Bahamian-registered compa-
ny called Comprehensive
Investor Services (CIS), whose
shareholders are unknown but
which received “unexplained
payments” of $40.9 million
from the Barbados-based bank
and $38.4 million from Mosaic.

Mr Massi said there was no
evidence that any of the
options were exercised, or that
the strike price was paid by
Liberty Trust or the Channel
Entities. The end result was
that the Channel Entities’ val-
ue was artificially inflated, he
alleged.

Then there was the Channel
Entities’ interest in Emerald
Key Management, believed to
be a Bahamian firm, which had
a carrying. value of $40.2 mil-

lion as at September 30, 2002..

Mr Massi said he had seen
no documents to support this
valuation, yet on July 29, 2003,
this stake in Emerald Key was
sold to Bahamian-registered
Bice International for $148 mil-
lion with no cash down, and
payable over a six-year peri-
od. A promissory note was
secured on Emerald Key’s
shares, and this deal gave the
Channel Entities an immedi-

And on the same day, Bice
International sold its rights to
manage and the incentive fee
revenue stream of Olympus
Univest, which Emerald Key
held, to Norshield’s Barbados
bank for $225 million.

Mr Massi wrote: “No satis-
factory explanation has been
provided to the receiver for
the significant increase in the
value of Emerald Key from
$40.2 million to $148 million
and, on the same day, to at
least $225 million.”

This artificially inflated
Emerald Key’s value on the
Channel Entities’ financial
statements as a result of the
Bice International deal, and
did the same for the NAVs of
Mosaic and Olympus Univest.

Payments

As for unexplained pay-
ments, Mr Massi said some
$57.6 million went to two enti-
ties, Globe-X Management
and Globe-X Canadiana, and
affiliates who figures promi-
nently in a separate contro-
versy involving Canadian ani-
mation firm, Cinar. That com-
pany had alleged that some
$122 million of its assets had
been improperly invested by
its former owners and execu-
tives with the Globe-X enti-
ties, allegations that Norshield,
which managed them, denied.

Apart from the Compre-
hensive Investor Services pay-
ments, some $4.2 million was
paid to Emerald Key Manage-
ment, and another $15.6 mil-
lion went to Olympus Bank for
Liberty Trust.

Olympus Bank, Norshield’s
Barbadian bank, made unex-
plained payments of $9.6 mil-
lion to Cardinal International,
while $5.1 million went to Bice

March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas. International.

ate gain of $107.8 million.

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2 Bathrooms, and 2 -2 Bedrooms 1-Bathroom.

Property Size: 8,807 sq. ft.

Building Size ; 4,151 sq. ft.
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a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS

LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writtingin a sealed enevelope,
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RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the
following:

“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot of Land
being Lot ‘B’ Unison West Subdivision, situated in the South
Western District on the island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated

thereon is a Single Family Residence, consisting of 2
Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms.

Property Size: 5,202 sq. ft.

Building Size : 904 sq. ft.
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained
in a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF
BAHAMAS LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writtingin a sealed
enevelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections
Centre, P.O. N-7549, Nassau Bahamas and marked “Tender
2333”. All offers must be received by the close of business
4:00 p.m., Friday 16th March, 2007.



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IN THE ESTATE OF EVERETTE ARCHER a.k.a
RICHARD EVERETTE ARCHER a.k.a EDWARD

EVERETTE ARCHER a.k.a EVERETTE RICHARD
ARCHER late of Dundas Town, Abaco, The Bahamas
deceased ,

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim
or demand against or interest in the above Estate should
send same daily certified in writing to the undersigned on
or before 26th March, 2007 after which date the Executrix
will proceed to distribute the assets of the Estate having
regard only to the claims, demands or interests of which
she shall then have notice AND all persons indebted to the
above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or before

26th March, 2007:

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RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of the following:
“ALL THAT” piece parcel or lot of land being Lot of Land
being Condo Unit #1, Seabeach Subdivison situated in the
Western District on the island of New Providence one of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a Condo
Unit consisting of 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bathrooms.

.Building Size : 4,800 sq. ft.

This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in
a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS
LIMITED.

All offers should be forwarded in writtingin a sealed enevelope,
addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Collections Centre,
P.O. N-7549, Nassau Bahamas and marked “Tender 8477”.
All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m.,
Friday 16th March, 2007.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF BEATRICE A.
RUSSELL, (a.k.a. BEATRICE ANN
RUSSELL) late of 114 Hesketh Street, Chevy
Chase, Montgomery, Maryland, U.S.A.,
deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in wmiting to
the undersigned on or before 28" March, 2007 after
which date the Executor will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only to the
claims, demands or interests of which she shall then
have had notice AND all persons indebted to the
above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 28th March, 2007.

FREDERIK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attomeys for the Executnix

P.O. Box AB-20405

Bay Street, Marsh Harbour

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‘Collapsed’ $448m Bahamas
fund was Ponzi scheme

FROM page 1B

investment manager.

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, notice is hereby
given that the above-named Company has been dissolved and struck
off the Register pursuant to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by

the Registrar G ons on the 23rd day of Fi ebruary, A.D., 2007
Dated the 9th day of March, A.D., 2007.
Janice K. Goodwin

Liquidator of
} EXXONMOBIL FAR EAST HOLDINGS LTD.



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

1995
IN THE SUPREME COURT No.16
Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF ALL that tract’ of land.
containing 20-60 18.32 acres being a portion of an Eighty-five
(85) acre tract of land known as “Marshall” and situated on the
South and North side of Prince Charles Drive near Boy's Industrial
School in the Eastern District of the sland of New Providence.

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act,1959

AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Bahamas Variety 1989...
Company Limited .
AND
Equity Side INTHE MATTER of the Application of - hen
Thomas Bertie Davis and Willard Clarke .-
Soe No.72
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Applichlion of, - 1987
Easthill Limited a 1

‘No.18



THE AMENDED PETITION OF BAHAMAS VARIETY 1989
COMPANY LIMITED in respect of:-

“All those piece parcels or tracts of land containing Fwenty-and 5;

Six-Hundrec-and-Nine-Fhotrsandths-(20-609) Eighteen and Thirty
Two Hundredths (18.32) acres being a portion of: a Eighty-five.

(85) acre tract of land known as Marshalls and situate on the
south and north side of Prince Charles Drive in the Eastern Dis-
trict of the Island of New Providence and being. bounded as fol-
lows: North by land partly the property of Henry Ferguson, Moses
Finlayson, Vincent D. Roberts and partly by land now or formerly
the property of Bahamas Harvest Church East by. land. now. or
formerly the property of K.S. Darling South by land the property of
the Boy’s Industrial School and West by land now or formerly the
property of Julius

BAHAMAS. VARIETY 1989 COMPANY LIMITED
claim to be the owner in fee simple in possession of the land
hereinbefore described and has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas under
Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act,1959 to have its
title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted
by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Amended Petition and Amended Pian of the said land

istrator at Norshield, the

C. Rahming, W.A. Weeks and James J. Shepherd. 5

“The receiver has demanded
that these records be returned,
but the individuals in question

“deny having possession of

those electronic files,” Mr Mas-
si said in his report.
“Furthermore, Mr Hancock
stated that Cardinal did not
retain any back-up of the elec-
tronic files of Olympus Uni-
vest and Mosaic, and any

remaining hard copies of the:

books and records were placed
in storage. He believes that
they were destroyed by the
warehouse company because
outstanding storage fees
remained unpaid.”

The absence of these records

‘will further hamper the liq-

uidators’. task of maximising
recoveries for investors who
placed money into Olympus
Univest and other structures
within the Norshield strategy.

A reading of Mr Massi’s
report shows that the Nor-
shield investment structure
appears to have been nothing
more than a complex, multi-
jurisdictional and multi-layered
Ponzi scheme, in which net
asset values (NAVs) for invest-
ments at every level were rad-
ically over-inflated and old

investor redemptions paid
from new investor subscrip-
tions.

Mr Massi’s report also
recorded that “significant dis-
sipation of investor funds
occurred at each level” of Nor-
shield’s investment structure
as a result of redemptions at
inflated NAV values and
“unexplained third party pay-
ments”.

These third-party payments
saw some $156.6 million flow
out of Mosaic Composite, and

another $60.7 million disbursed.

by Olympus Bank in Barba-
dos, the entity through which
most investor funds entered
Olympus Univest, for a total
of $217.3 million.

Mr Massi said he had
uncovered no “satisfactory
explanation” for these dis-
bursements. While there was

no evidence uncovered yet to’

suggest that Norshield princi-
pals John Xanthoudakis and
Dale Smith had benefited per-
sonally from these payments,
the beneficiaries appeared to
have been companies closely
connected to Mr Xan-
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entities where Mr Xan-
thoudakis influenced invest-
ment decision.

Mr Massi added that he was
still determining if some third-
party payment recipients had
received funds for their own
accounts or were “mere con-
duits” for the funds to be sent
to others.

His report said: “The prin-
cipals of the Norshield Com-
panies, Olympus Univest and
Mosaic attempted to camou-
flage the dissipation of investor
funds by artificially inflating
not only the underlying value
of the assets purportedly held
by each entity within the Nor-
shield investment structure, but
also by artificially inflating the

‘ NAVs presented to the

investors in each entity within
the investment structure.
“Not only was the underly-
ing value of the assets held by
the entities within the invest-
ment structure inflated, but.a
significant portion of those
assets were also illiquid. Con-
sequently, in the months lead-
ing up to the receiver’s
appointment, subscriptions to
Olympus Funds and Olympus

Univest were entirely used to _

fund redemptions.

“The Norshield Companies,
Olympus Univest and Mosaic
collapsed due to the enormous
disparity between the real val-
ue of the underlying assets
within the Norshield invest-
ment structure and the NAVs
reported to investors, as well as
the illiquid nature of the
assets.”

Mr Massi.said Mr Xan-
thoudakis and Mr Smith had
told him that the use of new
investor subscriptions to pay
redemption requests was nor-
mal industry practice.

An analysis done by the
receiver showed that, since
2001, an increasing proportion
of new investor funds were
used to meet redemption
requests and did not flow down
through the investment struc-
ture. Of $265 million in new
investor funds raised between
2001 and 2005, only $131 mil-
lion went into Olympus Bank.

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Olympus Funds in Canada.
From there, most flowed into
Olympus Bank and Trust in
Barbados, then into Bahamas-
based Olympus Univest and
its Bahamian counterpart,
Mosaic Composite.

Mosaic’s investments were
divided into hedged and non-
hedged assets, and most of the
latter involved placing funds
into private entities known as
the Channel Funds.

All the Channel Funds were
incorporated in the Bahamas
in the late 1990s and early
2000s, with Mosaic Composite

_the largest shareholder in

Channel Fixed Income Fund
Ltd, the parent for three other
Channel entities.

Between 2002-2003, Mr
Hancock was a director for
each of the Channel entities,
and Cardinal acted as the fund
administrator for many of the
companies in the Norshield
investment structure. :

Mr Massi said he was now
consulting on whether it would
benefit: recoveries for investors
by taking legal action against
Mr Xanthoudakis, Mr Smith

and other directors and offi-'

cers of entities involved in the
Norshield investment structure
for breaching their fiduciary
duties to investors, helping oth-
ers to breach their fiduciary
duties, and allowing assets to
be diverted away from the
scheme.

The Olympus Univest
scheme is shaping up to be a
major ‘black eye’ for the
Bahamas and its reputation as
a top international financial
services centre, especially giv-
en the involvement of Mr Han-
cock and Cardinal, which was
chiefly responsible for calcu-
lating those inflated NAVs.

Mr Massi and Mr Culmer
have currently either obtained

\ or identified $31 million in

assets left in the Norshield
investment structure, the bulk
of these — some $16.039 mil-
lion — being held at the Mosa-
ic Composite level. Olympus
Univest’s only remaining assets
were its investments in Mosaic
Composite.

March 2007

Gotton Bay Estates & Villas, located.in Eleuthera, offers fully furnished
one, two and three bedroom villa residences with breathtaking views
of turquoise ocean water and pink sand beaches.

Each residence features natural stone flooring, stainless steel kitchen
appllances, granite countertops and vaulted wood ceilings. Custom
designed fold-away glass doors lead onto the large covered veranda
with hot tub. The development also has estate lots with beach frontage
or hiltop with views. of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, for

‘ those who want to bulld their dream home from the ground up.

Whether you buy a villa or an estate site, each resident has the
| privilege of mernbership in the private clubhouse which boasts an
infinity swimming pool, dining, shopping, tennis and much more.

Villas range from $850,000 fer a 1 bed to $2.5M fora 3 bedroom
beachfront residence. Ocean View estate lots start at $650,000 and
Beachfront home sites start at $1,000,000.



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Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol

Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

may be inspected une normal office hours | in'the following places:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East § Street North; i in the City
of Nassau, Bahamas; ad

2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, 135 Buen ‘Ratso Road, off
Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas. i

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to
dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized:in the Amended
Petition shall on or before April 12, 2007, file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his claim
in the prescribed form verified by an af fidavit to be.filed therewith.

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim Bahamas Supermarkets
RND’'Holdings

on or before April 12, 2007 shall operate as bar to such claims.

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Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the hearing = of

this matter has been adjourned to Tuesday the 20th March 2.3312

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LOCKHART & MUNROE 52wk-Low - Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity * - 2 March 2007
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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007, PAGE 9B



30-day period for BSL investors to acquire Abaco Markets stake

FROM page 1B

been struggling to return to profit
since incurring a $25 million loss in fis-
cal 2003 is making positive steps for-
ward.

The Abaco Markets president
declined to detail the nature of the
company’s performance for the three
months to January 31, 2007, although
his comments will create expectations
that the company might be showing a
profit, or at least an operating one
from continuing operations.

Abaco Markets’ Board of Direc-
tors will meet this week to decide a
price and formerly ratify the decision
to sell the BSL Holdings stake, Mr

ST GEORGES, from Page 1B

Watchorn saying that the divestment
decision was taken “in the last couple
of weeks”.

He explained that the decision was
taken because Abaco Markets felt
the perceived benefits and synergies
from the BSL Holdings investment,
namely the greater purchasing power
and ability to extract greater discounts
and cheaper prices from suppliers by
combining its resources with Bahamas
Supermarkets, would not come
through as early as hoped.

“City Markets has been in that tran-
sition since the change of ownership,
and we couldn’t expect the benefits to
arise immediately because of that,”
Mr Watchorn told The Tribune.
“We have our own issues at Abaco
Markets to work on, too. Our own



circumstances have changed, and we
feel we can do a far better job of that
on our own. Our prospects have
improved since then, and vendors are
looking at us more favourably.”

He added that BSL Holdings itself
had the first opportunity to acquire
Abaco Markets’ stake, but it had
passed this on to the other share-
holders. These include Craig Symon-
ette, Franklyn Butler and the hotel
pension funds.

“They have a 30-day period in
which to exercise that option,” Mr
Watchorn said. “I would expect the
existing shareholders to take that up.
I don’t think there’ll be any difficulty.
We expect to complete it by the end
of the month. I don’t expect any chal-
lenges.”

Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn said
Abaco Markets “discussions are
ongoing with an interested party in
Turks & Caicos, and we hope to bring
it to a conclusion shortly” in regard to
the disposal of its Cost Right store.

That sale, and a solution for Cost
Right Abaco, are the next phases in
Abaco Markets? ‘core market’ strate-
gy, which is seeing the group focus
on the markets of New Providence
and Grand Bahama, and its
Solomon’s SuperCentre and Cost
Right brands.

“Cost Right Abaco remains. We
have a business plan that manage-
ment has to submit to the Board on
Wednesday, and at that point we will
make a decision on the future of the
Cost Right Abaco business,” Mr

Watchorn said.

“Generally, we’re pleased with the
progress we’re making. We feel we’re
moving in the right direction. We’ve a
lot of things we need to do, but gen-
erally we’re pleased with the
progress.”

Mr Watchorn revealed that Abaco

‘Markets’ utilities costs, especially elec-

tricity, were likely to have been
$750,000 ahead of the previous year
for the fiscal year ended on January
31, 2007.

He acknowledged that cost increas-â„¢
es such as this made it difficult to
maintain margins and placed pres-
sure on prices, adding: “Utility bills
have had a major impact on us,
there’s no doubt about that. Every-
one’s in the same boat as ourselves.”





“so as to ensure both that the

damage inflicted on the com-
panies is properly repaired,
and to obtain the maximum
value for the shares. We con-
sider it likely that this will be
the only equitable way to
resolve the present impasse.

*’Such an approach accords
with the express desire of the
Government to promote the
diversification of ownership of
the Port Authority and its asso-
ciated companies, and provide
an opportunity for stakehold-
ers (such as licensees) and oth-
ers in the local community to
obtain an equity interest in the
companies.

“Thus, not only is this an
equitable solution to the pre-
sent situation, but it is also like-
ly to be the only practically
viable one.”

Mr Smith said Mr Moss’s
offer on behalf of Sir Jack,
which was to purchase the
estate’s beneficial interest of

499 shares in Fiduciary Man-
agement Services (FMS), the
Cayman-domiciled company

at the heart of the dispute-was- ~

premised on Sir Jack’s contin-

ued claim to own 7S-per cent-of» ~~

the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd.

This is being heavily disput-
ed by the St George estate,
which is alleging that the ICD
shares registered in FMS’s
name were held on trust for
the late Mr St George, and are
beneficially owned by the
estate. The offer conveyed by

' Mr Moss was for almost half

the ICD shares held by FMS,
implying that Sir Jack owned
75 per cent of ICD.

Mr Smith also said that the.
offer submitted by Mr Wilson,

on behalf of Sir Jack’s wholly-
owned company Seashells
Investments, contained terms

similar to that offered by Mr.

Moss, albeit with the provision
that if the courts upheld Sir

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Jack’s ownership claim, the St
George estate would have to
repay half the purchase price

paid for the. FMS-held.ICD. .

shares.

-Mr Smith said this proviso
was “wholly unworkable”, as
the authorities relied on in
both letters dealt with cases
involving majority shareholder
offers to buyout minorities.

as the St Gestse estate
claimed a 50 per cent interest,

‘making it an equal partner.

Mr Smith also alleged that
his clients had been excluded
from participating in the man-
agement of the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd, and in a ref-
erence to the dispute involv-
ing the Island Bay Phase III
Condominium Association,

said ICD’s value had been
reduced.

This, he argued, was not the
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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FEDNA PETIT-BEAU OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS _ is

applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a_ citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day of
March, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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the City of Rutland, Vermont U.S.A., deceased

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NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before 28" March, 2007
after which date the Administratrix will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only

§ to the claims. demands or interests of which she shall

| then have had notice AND all persons indebted to

the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 28th March, 2007.

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Legal Notice
NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) KAVANAUGH INVESTMENTS LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March 9, 2007 when its
Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 12th day of April, 2007 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
March 12, 2007
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LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY



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NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GESUND INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March 9, 2007 when its
Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 12th day of April, 2007 to send their names and
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the
company or, in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such debts are proved.
March 12, 2007
LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

NOTICE

THE ESTATE OF ORIGEN
TINKER late of 28-Oxford Drive, South Beach
Estates in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Deceased.

IN EDWARD

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against the above-

{named Estate are requested to send the same duly

certified to the undersigned on or _ before
Thursday the 22nd day of March 2007 after
which the Personal Representative will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Deceased among the
persons entitled thereto having regard only to the
claims of which the Personal Representative shall
then have had notice.

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

hereinbefore mentioned.

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CABINET is still awaiting

word from its Washington-
based consultants on whether
the multi-million dollar LNG
terminal proposed for Ocean
Cay, the man-made island near

Bimini, should proceed, the
minister of energy, utilities and
the environment said.
Senator Dr Marcus Bethel
had earlier this year, told The

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Tribune that the Cabinet had
hoped to possess draft regula-
tions for the LNG industry,
drafted by ICF Consulting, by
the end of February.
However, he said Cabinet

was still awaiting the report

before it can proceed with any
decision on whether to
approve the LNG terminal and
pipeline taking the gas to Flori-
da, which has been proposed
by the AES Corporation.

Dr Bethel said he did have
any new timeline on when a
decision could possibly be
made.

_ AES earlier this year had to
apply to the Federal Energy
Regulatory . Commission
(FERC) for a four-year exten-

_ sion to the deadline for com-

pleting its Ocean Cay LNG

project, arguing that “unantic- . —

ipated delays” in securing
approval from the Bahamian
government meant it would be
unable to meet its initial com-
pletion date of January 29,
2007.
AES had wanted the Feder-
al Energy Regulatory Com-
mission (FERC) to extend the
deadline for when its Ocean
Express project would become
operational to January 29,

». 2011, but was instead granted a

two-year extension to January

4: 29, 2009. :

The AES LNG terminal on
Ocean Cay would regas LNG
brought by ship to the island in
liquid form. A 95-mile pipeline
would then take some 842,000
dekatherms of LNG to Fiorida
per day, where it will supply
the state’s electricity needs.

Aaron: Samson, project
director for AES Ocean
Express, earlier this year said
the company and its two equi-
ty partners in the venture were

“optimistic we’re almost there”

in terms of regulations and an
environmental management

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@ SENATOR DR MARCUS BETHEL

plan to govern the project
being completed, the “final
step” towards signing a Heads
of Agreement.

Since 2001, he said AES and
its group had spent $65 million
on the project, including the
initial acquisition of Ocean Cay
and the mining operations
there, and an environmental
clean-up, which cost around
$4.5 million.

Mr Samson said AES had
incurred further costs in main-
taining Ocean Cay over the
past five years, especially the
port, which had to remain
compliant with the Interna-
tional Shipping and Port Secu-
rity (ISPS) code. Fees had
been incurred in keeping
approvals and permits current,
insurance; reserving real estate
and paying employees. :

The Heads of Agreement
would include all the regula-
tions, including AES’s obliga-
tions to impose all the neces-
sary controls and pay for the

- hiring of outside consultants

to monitor the development.
It lays out stipulations govern-
ing on-site construction, plus
fines for violations.

(FILE photo)

Leslie Miller, minister of
agriculture and fisheries, has
previously said the Bahamas
could earn $1.2 billion in rev-
enue over the lifetime of the
AES project.

The major benefits from the
AES Ocean Express project
are likely to come from rev-
enues paid by the company to
the Public Treasury. Apart
from annual business licence
fees and sums paid to lease the
sea bed and land on Ocean

_Cay, AES Ocean Express
would also pay a throughput
fee linked to the Henry Hub
natural gas index.

When the price of LNG
pumped to Florida by AES
exceeds the Henry Hub index,
the Government would gain a
percentage of the additional
revenues.

The Tribune understands
that last in 2005, this would

have generated an extra $40-

$50 million for the Govern- .
ment.

Such money, although
unbudgeted, could be used to
defray the costs of unantici-
pated spending in other areas,
such as BEC's fuel imports. .

Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
Prime Minister

THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND FINANCIAL

SERVICES



PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS my Government outlined, in “ The Speech From The
Throne ” in February 2006, The creation of the Domestic Investment
Board, to administer and coordinate all matters as it pertains to
Domestic Investments.

AND WHEREAS the Domestic Investment Board, in its first year of
operation, seeks to empower Bahamian investors to benefit from the
tremendous opportunities created by Foreign Direct Investments.



| appointment of Mr. Keith L Majo,
the position of Vice President & Head of |

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In making the announcement Mr. |. Chester Cooper, President & CEO said “Mr Major is a distinguished
industry veteran and a consummate professional. { am confident that he will tring his depth of
knowledge, wealth of experience and motivational energy to this shallenging role’.

AND WHEREAS the Domestic Investment Board is committed
-to identifying and creating new and innovative entrepreneurial
Uther ae Bahamian Investors, the Domestic Investment Board,
_ after a year of preparatory work, now invites the Bahamian Public to
contribute and to share in its vision.

AND WHEREAS many events are planned for the month of March
to launch this initiative and celebrate the successes of local investors,
the Domestic Investment Board will highlight a number of programs
designed to attract and support Bahamian entrepreneurs, including:
a Business Survival Seminar; a Six part Domestic Investment
television.series to be aired on ZNS and cable; a Domestic Investment
Board Planning Retreat; a C.O.B. eleven week lecture series; and an
Inter-American Development Bank sponsored small business
seminar.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the month
of March, 2007 as “DOMESTIC INVESTMENT MONTH.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF | have hereunto set my hand and seal this

We welcome Keith to the British American Family,
: 1* Day of March, 2007

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Reporter

THE New Providence
Women’s Basketball
Association will kick off
its best-of-three playoffs
on Tuesday night at the
DW Davis Gymnasium.

And based on the way
things turned out in the
regular season, it should
be a very competitive
session between the four
teams participating.

The College of the
Bahamas Lady Caribs,
winners of the pennant
with an impressive 13-2
win- loss record, will
attempt to become just
the third team to win the
league championship
title.

They will play the Sun-
shine Auto Lady Chee-
tahs, the fourth place fin-
ishers at 7-8, in the first
game of the playoffs at 7

p.m.
That will be followed
by the defending champi-
ons Johnson Lady Truck-

ers facing the former
three-time champions
Cleaning Center Lady
Angels, who were third
at 11-4.

-” Both teams finished at
11-4, but the Lady
Truckers got the second
spot by virtue of beating
the Lady Angels two out
of three times in their
head-to-head match-up.

The Lady Caribs’ only
losses were to the Lady
Angels.

“We expect it to be
exciting,” was how presi-
dent Antionette Knowles
projected the playoffs
will be. “We can’t pin-
point anybody who will
beat who.

“It’s just a matter of
who comes to the game
with a bigger heart
because the Cheetahs
beat the Angels during
the regular season, but
the Truckers didn’t beat
COB anytime, but they
beat the Angels twice.”

Knowles said all of the
team have been practis-
ing with their eyes on the
prize.

However, both the

Lady Truckers andthe :

Lady Angels will have to
work their strategies
without the services of a
couple players they were
hoping to rely on.

In the case of the Lady
Truckers, they won’t be
able to use Latoya Rolle,
while the Lady Angels
will have to play without
Roberta Quant and
Kizzie Gray.

Knowles, who plays for
the Lady Truckers, indi-
cated that their constitu-
tion call for all players to
play in 50 perfect of
their games, or at least
7-8 games, in order to
be eligible for the play-
offs.

Rolle, who recently
returned home from col-
lege, only played in one
game for the Lady
Truckers, while Quant
played just two and Gray
four for the Lady
Angels.

“That’s a part of our
constitution,” Knowles
stressed. “You must play
50 per cent of the games
in order to play in the
playoffs.”

The NPWBA regular
season came to a close
on Saturday night with
COB defeating the
Junior All-Stars — the
Defence Force Lady
Bluewaves didn’t show
up to play the Lady
Truckers.

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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

DONALD Thomas, the for-
mer basketball player who
rose to international promi-
nence last year jumping in his
sneakers at the Common-
wealth Games, can now add
the NCAA and All-American
titles to his ledger.

The Auburn University
Tigers’ senior soared 7-feet, 7
3/4-inches on Saturday at the
NCAA Division One Indoor
Championships at the Randal
Tyson Track Center to win
the men’s high jump.

He was joined by two other
Bahamians, who earned All-
American status at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas in Fayet-
teville, Arkansas.

But both Thomas’ team-
mate Shamar Sands and Oral
Roberts University’s quarter-
miler Andretti Bain had to
settle for eighth place.

Also at the meet, Southern
Illinois’ sophomore Bianca
Stuart could do no better than
14th in the women’s long
jump and the University of
Alabama’s senior Aymara
Albury was 16th in the wom-
en’s shot put.

Thomas, fast becoming the
next great high jumper to take
over from national record
holder Troy Kemp, easily
cleared all of his jumps on his
first attempt until he tried to
take the bar to 7-9 1/4.

Had he cleared it, he would
have tied both the collegiate
and meet records held by
American Hollis Conway and
erased Kemp’s national record
of 7-9 that he set back in 1994.

Record

Thomas, however, evened
the Tyson stadium record that
was set by American Mark
Boswell from Texas in 2000.

For Thomas, a cramp he
suffered late in the competi-
tion, played a factor in him
not going any higher.

“T was still pleased with the
performance,” he admitted.
“Tt was a fun meet. I’m just
going to enjoy it. It hasn’t
sunk in yet that I won it. It
just feels like any other meet.”

Auburn’s assistant coach
Henry Rolle said Thomas
lived up to his advanced
billing.

“Everything worked in his
favour. Like J told him, if you
do well at this stage, you set
yourself up for the next
stage,” Rolle stressed. “This
will definitely get it done for
him.

“Like I told him, 2.37 will
definitely put him where he
needs to be at the world class
level and I think he will get
that outdoors because he had
some good attempts. But 2.37
will definitely put him right
up there.”

Rolle said the false start
that Shamar Sands suffered in
the final of the men’s 60
metres, has certainly left a bad
taste in his mouth, but he
knows that he can bounce
back outdoors.

Both Thomas and Sands are
not expected to begin their
outdoor season until April.
But for Sands, it will give him
a chance to redeem himself.

“It was very, very disap-
pointing. I’m still trying to get
over it,” Sands stressed. “I
don’t know. It wasn’t that I
was nervous or anything. I
guess it’s one of those things.”

Sands, second in the last of
three heats in 7.75 seconds,
went into the final with the
eighth fastest time and the last
qualifier.

However, in the final, his

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false start didn’t enable him
to complete the race that won
by Michigan’s senior Jeff
Porter in 7.64.

Oral Roberts University’s
senior Andretti Bain easily
won the first of four heats in
46.80 to qualify with the sev-
enth fastest time in the final.

But in the final, Bain strug-
gled from the break and was
out of contention as he ended
up in eighth place in the final
in 46.70. The race was won by
Florida State’s junior Ricar-
do Chambers in 45.65.

“T want to thank God for

‘ allowing me to become All-

American, but I was looking
forward to placing in the top
three and possibly running 45
seconds. That was my goal,”
Bain stated.

“I was disappointed. I just
have to try now and make that
happen outdoors in the hur-
dles. I think I messed up the
most in the first two hundred

where I wasn’t aggressive. If I
did, it would have helped me’

out a lot coming home.”

As he head to the outdoor
season, Bain said he will prob-
ably only run the 400 twice,
but he intends to concentrate
a lot more on his speciality in
the 400 hurdles. He’s due to
compete in his first outdoor
meet on March 24 in Tulsa.

In the women’s long jump,
Bianca Stuart cleared 5.96
metres on her first attempt
and fouled the next two, leav-
ing her in seventh in flight one
and 14th overall.

And in the women’s shot
put, Aymara Albury got her
only legal mark of 14.49
metres on her first attempt,
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FOOTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports

Reporter

THE Bombers waited for
the last regular season game
to pull off their first victory
on the field in the Com-
monwealth American Foot-
ball League.

In a gut-wreching perfor-
mance with just 15 players
in uniform and one ejected
for fighting, the Bombers
held off the Stingrays 16-14
yesterday at the DW Davis
playing field.

Brandon Ingraham, who
played both ends of the
field, scored a pair of touch-
downs, including a fourth
quarter 50-yard punt return
that broke up an 8-8 tie to
put the Bombers ahead for
good.

“I saw I had daylight on
the bend side, so I took it,”
said Ingraham after he ran
past a couple of defenders
and was untouched in scor-
ing his final TD.

Ingraham said it was a
great performance, consid-
ering the fact that they were
short of players.

“Today was a fight
because in the end, that’s
when the legs really give
out,” he stated. “But we
preserved with it. It was
long overdue.”

With the win, the
Bombers improved to 3-4
(their other two victoiics
coming by default), but
they will remain in fourth
place going into the play-
offs where they will play the
undefeated Orry J. Sands
Pros.

The Stingrays, on the oth-
er hand, dropped to 4-4 for
third place and they will
play the second place Jets,
who finished at 5-3.

It’s not certain yet when
the playoffs will get under--
way.

But on Saturday, the Pros
wrapped up their perfect 8-
0 season with a 26-16 win
over the Jets, who feil to 5.
3

“Even though they haven't ©

had that much success this
year, coach Dwayne Ellis
said he was pleased with the
way his Bombers came
around yesterday.

“Finally, the offence

started to come around and
the defence picked up,” he
stated. “The guys just came
out today and stepped up
offensively and defensively
at the plate.”

Going into the playoffs.
Ellis said any win is good
for a team and he’s hoping
that “we can ride this” and
eventually “come out with
the championship.”

Ellis said what is good for
them is that they will have a
chance to get some of the
veteran players, who were
not out yesterday, to come
out for the playoffs and
allow those players with
injuries to get healed up a
bit.

Both of Ingraham’s TDs
came as the Bombers ral-
lied back.

The first one came in the
second quarter when he
caught a 60-yard pass from
rookie quarterback Justin
Campbell for an 8-6 deficit.

Full-back Jemico Stuart
then scored the extra two
point conversion for an 8-8
tie.

After Ingraham raced
back for his second TD on
the punt return, Stuart
added the extra two points
ahead to put the Bombers
up 16-14.

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of the game and Aaron Sar-
gent got the extra two point
conversion for a 8-0 lead.

Then in the fourth quar-
ter, trailing 16-8, Henry
Wallace scored on a 70-yard
TD run for the Stingrays’
16-14 deficit.

The Stingrays attempted
the extra two point conver-
sion, but was called for a
penalty. The Bombers
declined it and they
received the ball.

Stingrays’ coach Tyrone
Rolle said they have a
young team and they are
trying their best to hold
their own in the league.

“We need to do a little bit
better on the blocking,” he
admitted. “We had a
makeshift line-up, but
hopefully coming into the
playoffs, we will get it
together.”

Despite the loss, Rolle

said his team is still a very
disciplined one and he’s
confident that they will
bounce back and gear
themselves up for the play-
offs. .
Pros 26, Jets 16: Running
back Charlie Edwards
scored a pair of touch
downs and Alec Rolle
added another to lead Orry
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on Saturday.

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Senior Sports Reporter _

THE winning tradition continuca for
Bahaanan athictes at the NATA tndoor Track
and Field Chaiipionships,

This time, it was sophomore Ramon Miller,
who took the spotlight m the men’s 400 metre
final at the Memorial Center in Johnson City,
Lennessee, clocking 46.95 seconds.

And Laneice Clarke turned in a pair of
third place finishers for McKendree College
on the ladies’ side.

Behind his winning performance. Miller's
team-mate. freshman Jameson Strachan was
fourth im 48.44.

They both won their heats with Miller
clocking the fastest time of 48.78 in the first of
two heats and Strachan took the second heat
in 48.81 for the second fastest time.

Dickinson State, however, ended up third
overall in the men’s team standings.

Miller and Strachan also ran on the sec-
ond and the anchor leg respectively for Dick-
inson State as they posted a ume of 3:10.17 tor
second in the 4.x 400 relay final behind St.
Gregory's University. who clocked 3:09.40.

Senior Rosevelt Curry came in Ved tor fifth
in the men’s long jump with a leap of 23-feet,
5 1/2-inches with King College’s Josh Cloyd.
His best mark came on his third attempt.
They were both tied for second in the first of
two flights,

Jamuary Hariis of Missourt Baptist won
the tithe with a leap of 23-11 1/2.

Also on the men’s side, freshman Jamal
Forbes was fourth in the final of the 60 in
6.91, The race was won by Mike Rodgers,

Oklahoma Baptist senior, in 6.69.

In the semifinal, Forbes got second in the
first ol two heats in 6.80, Rodgers took first
piace in 6.65. Forbes won the fourth of six
heats in the pieliminaries in 6.91.

Durrell Williams, a sophomore at Okla-
boma Baptist ' niversity ran 2:26.34 for fourth
in the men’s 1.000. The trace was won by
Julius Rono a junior at Roberts Wes in
2:23.91.

Williams also anchored Oklahoma Baptist
University to a fourth place finish in the first
of two heats in the 4 x 800 relay in 7:44.51.
Chey came back in the final and with Williams
on the second leg, won in 7:35.55.

And Kenton Taylor, a junior at Missouri
Baptist, ran 8.75 for fifth place in the second
of six heats in the 60 heats. But he didn’t
advance to the final.

On the ladies’ side, McKendree College’s
sophomore Laniece Clarke placed third in
the 60 final in 7.63. Missouri Baptist’s junior
Nickesha Anderson won the race in 7.48.

in the semis. Clarke placed second in the
first of two heats in 7.67 and she won the
third of six heats in the preliminaries in 7.67.

Clarke also got third in the final of the 200
in 24.73 behind Lindenwood’s sophomore
Anna-Kay Campbell, who won in 24.55.
Clarke was second in the last of five heats in
25.05.

Clarke also ran on the second leg of McK-
endree College’s 4 x 4 relay team that fin-
ished fourth in 3:50.32. Wayland Baptist Uni:
versity won in 3:42.95,

McKendree won the second of four heats in
3:51.91.

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STAYING CLOSE: The Heat’s Antoine
Walker closely guards the
Wizards Darius Songaila on
Sunday in Miami.

Seesaw battle
allows Heat to
shrink the gap

BY TIM REYNOLDS
Associated Press

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem’s 10-
footer in the lane with 0.3 seconds left
capped a wild back-and-forth game
and gave the Miami Heat a 106-104
victory over the Washington Wizards
on Sunday night.

The Heat blew a 16-point first-half
lead, then rallied from a 12-point sec-
ond-half deficit to win their sixth
straight overall and 12th straight at
home — plus get within one game of
Washington in the Southeast Divi-
sion.

Eddie Jones had 18 points and Gary
Payton added a season-high 17 for the
Heat, who had all eight players in
their rotation score in double figures.

Gilbert Arenas scored 33 for the
Wizards, including three free throws
with 3.1 seconds left that tied the
game. Antawn Jamison had a 26-point,

15-rebound effort for Washington, —

which lost at the buzzer for the sec-
ond straight night when Haslem went
to his right and scored the game-win-
ner.

Washington, which was out of
timeouts, never got a desperation shot
off before the final horn.

Alonzo Mourning had 15 points and
Shaquille O’Neal — limited to 17 min-
utes by foul trouble — had 12 points
for the Heat, while Haslem had 11
points and 10 rebounds. Jason Wil-
liams and Antoine Walker each had Il
points and James Posey added 10 for
Miami, which hadn’t had eight players
reach double figures since Feb. 14,
1991.

“You can’t ask for more balance
than that,” Heat coach Pat Riley said.

Brendan Haywood had 12 points
for the Wizards.

Miami went up 104-101 with 4.1 sec-
onds left, when Williams hit the first
of two free throws. He missed the sec-
ond — the Heat went 10-for-25 from
the line — and that gave Washington
a chance.

The Wizards, naturally, went to
Arenas, who was fouled by Payton in
the right corner with 3.1 seconds left.
Arenas hit all three, tying the game,
but giving Miami more than enough
time.

The Heat went to Haslem, and the
Miami native came through to keep
the Heat’s resurgence going.

“We just wanted to get a look at it,”
Riley said. “And Udonis got a look at
it. He made a Dwyane Wade shot ...
just a great shot.”

Washington misfired on earlier
last-second opportunities. Caron But-
ler was called for setting an illegal
screen on Payton with 4.9 seconds left
— taking the ball out of Arenas’
hands.

With 38.6 seconds left, Arenas —
who was 12-for-12 at the line before-
hand — missed the first of two free
throws and only brought Washington
within 103-101. ‘

Miami led 28-14 after the opening
quarter, forcing Washington into 10
straight missed shots over a six-min-
ute stretch — and building that edge
despite O’Neal being limited to only
two minutes because of foul trouble.

Payton hit his first four shots,
including a 3-pointer with 10:01 left in
the half to stake Miami to a 33-18 lead.
The margin hit 56-40 when Walker
connected on a 3-pointer with 32 sec-
onds left.

But Arenas jumped past Dorell
Wright and hit a running 3-pointer at
the horn, cutting Miami’s lead to 13 at
the break — and breathing life into
the Wizards, who lost on a buzzer-
beating 3-pointer by the New York
Knicks’ Steve Francis on Saturday
night.

That shot started what became a
40-12 run by Washington, which shot
72 percent in the third quarter while
holding the Heat to a 30 percent clip
in that period. Butler’s dunk with 2:13
left in the third put the Wizards up
80-68, but Miami clawed its way back.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL | NCAA TOURNAMENT

Florida, UNC, Ohio St., Kansas the 4 tops

BY MICHAEL MAROT
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Defending. champion
Florida, Ohio State, Kansas and North Carolina
drew No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men’s basketball
tournament, earning those spots Sunday by
winning their conference championships.

The 65-team tournament begins Tuesday
night in Dayton, Ohio, with a play-in game
between Florida A&M and Niagara, the two
lowest-ranked teams.

Starting Thursday afternoon, it’s wall-to-wall
action on the court — and in the nation’s big-
gest office pool.

Syracuse fans won't be able to pick their
team. The Orange, the 2003 champions, were
among the more surprising omissions from the
field. Drexel, Kansas State, Air Force and West
Virginia also were sure to be disappointed after
being left out.

“We actually had 104 teams that had won 20
or more games, and that was more than the pre-
vious record of 78,” NCAA selection chairman
Gary Walters said.

A year after George Mason became the
nation’s favorite underdog, mid-majors won’t

get a great chance for another run. Only six of
them — down a couple of spots from last season
— were included in a field dominated by the
power conferences. George Mason, which lost
to Virginia Commonwealth in the Colonial Ath-
letic Association championship, was not among
them.

“We still believe we'll have great representa-
tion as it relates to mid-majors,” Walters said.

He added that the committee chose Old
Dominion over Drexel because of the Monarchs
had a better inter-conference record by a signif-
icant margin. George Mason beat Old Dominion
in the Colonial tournament.

The Atlantic Coast Conference sent seven
teams in the tournament, up from four last year,
highlighted by former national champions
Duke, North Carélina and Maryland. The Big
East, Big Ten and Pac-10 sent six.

Going by the top seeds, the East is the tough-
est of the regionals with North Carolina and
Georgetown, the regular season and tourna-
ment champions of the ACC and Big East, as the
top two seeds. Washington State, the regular
season runner-up in the Pac-10, is the No. 3 and

’ Texas, which lost in overtime to Kansas in‘the



ROB CARR/AP

AT THE TOP: Florida players surround head
coach Billy Donovan after receiving the
Southeastern Conference tournament
championship trophy in Atlanta on
Sunday. The Gators defeated Arkansas
77-56 and earned the NCAA
tournament’s top seed.

Big 12 title game on Sunday, is the best of the
No. 4s.

*TURN TO TOURNAMENT

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT | NO. 2 KANSAS 88, NO. 15 TEXAS 84 (OT)







RONALD MARTINEZ/AP



FORWARD CENTERED: Forward Darnell Jackson of the Kansas Jayhawks, center, moves
the ball against D.J. Augustin, left, ancl Connor Atchley of the Texas Longhorns during
the finals of the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. Kansas won in OT 88-84.

Collins scores 20
as Jayhawks rally
from 22 points down

BY JEFF LATZKE
Associated Press

' OKLAHOMA CITY — Sherron Collins
scored 20 points and No. 2 Kansas rallied after
another stellar start by Texas’ Kevin Durant to
beat the 15th-ranked Longhorns 88-84 in over-
time Sunday and claim its second consecutive

. Big 12 title.

Durant, the Big 12 player of the year, matched
his career high with 37 points but took only two
shots in overtime and did not score.

Russell Robinson hit a jumper from the left
wing to put Kansas (30-4) on top 83-81 with 2:19
left in the extra period, and Julian Wright added
a free throw to push the lead to three. DJ.
Augustin had a 3-point attempt and a runner in
the lane blocked on consecutive Texas posses-
sions, and Darnell Jackson’s two free throws
extended Kansas’ lead to 86-81 with 13.2 seconds
left.

AJ. Abrams hit a 3-pointer from the right
wing to give Texas (24-9) one last chance, but
Robinson hit two foul shots with 5.3 seconds left
to seal the win. Durant’s final shot — a 3-pointer
from the right wing — caromed away with 2
seconds left.

“That’s one of the best games I’ve ever been a
part of. That comeback in Lawrence paled in
comparison,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose
team trailed by 22 points in the first half — a
week after erasing a 16-point deficit to beat
Texas.

Wright and Brandon Rush each added 19
points, and Mario Chalmers — who hit the tying
3-pointer to force overtime — scored 17 for Kan-
sas, which has won five Big 12 tournament titles.
The Jayhawks enter the NCAA tournament on a
season-best ll-game winning streak and as a No.
1 seed.

Abrams added 19 points for Texas. Two days
after rallying from 20 points down against Bay-
lor in the biggest comeback in Big 12 tournament
history, the Longhorns gave up an even bigger
lead.

Like he did in the teams’ regular-season
meeting a week earlier, Durant got off to a hot
start and pushed the Longhorns to a huge lead

°TURN TO BIG 12

BIG 10 TOURNAMENT | No. 1 OHIO STATE 66, No. 3 WISCONSIN 49

Buckeyes get best of the Badgers

BY ANDREW SELIGMAN
Associated Press

CHICAGO — No. 1 Ohio State
captured the Big Ten tournament

‘championship. Now, it can focus

on the big prize.

Mike Conley scored 18 points,
Ron Lewis added 17, and the Buck-
eyes beat No. 3 Wisconsin 66-49
Sunday to capture their second
tournament title.

Greg Oden finished with 12
points and 10 rebounds after play-
ing just 6 minutes in the first half,
but Conley and Lewis did enough
to lift Ohio State (30-3) to its 17th
straight victory. Conley had eight
assists and six rebounds, and Lewis
was 6-for-12, including 2-for-4 on

3->ointers.

Big Ten player of the year
Alando Tucker missed his first six
shots for Wisconsin and finished
with 10 points. He was 4-of-13 from
the field. Kammron Taylor scored
15, but went just 6-for-18. The Bad-
gers (29-5) never found their
stroke, going 2]-for-57 overall and
4-for-23 on 3-pointers. They also
committed 17 turnovers.

The drama ended in this game
with about 6!) minutes remaining.

With the score 48-40, Ohio
State’s Jamar Butler retrieved a
loose ball near midcourt after hav-
ing it knocked away and buried a
3-pointer from beyond NBA range
with about 3 seconds left on the

shot clock and 6:35 remaining in
the game. Ron Lewis all but punc-
tuated the victory 2 minutes later
with a breakaway dunk after catch-
ing a long pass from Conley that
made it 57-45.

The Badgers were unable to
sustain a run.

Down 34-23 early in the second
half, Wisconsin scored six straight.
Taylor’s pull-up jumper drew a
loud reaction from the large con-
tingent of Badgers fans, and the
volume increased when Marcus
Landry dunked in transition to cut
it to 34-29. Ohio State called time,
and the Wisconsin faithful
chanted, “Let’s go red!”

Instead, they stalled.



JONATHAN DANIEL/GETTY IMAGES

OVER THE FRAY: Ohio State’s
Jamar Butler, top, fights for a
loose ball with Wisconsin’s
Brian Bohannon during the
championship game of the Big
Ten tournament in Chicago.

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As thoroughly as the Mavericks have dominated the league,
they aren't heavy favorites to get out of the Western
Conference. The Spurs are part of the reason, because of
their postseason experience and steady defense. But the
Suns might be an even bigger threat. When healthy, this
Suns team is better than the one that lost to the Mavericks
in six games in last season’s conference finals.

Playoff fates to unfold

he final month of the sea-
son should see some sig-
nificant movement among
playoff standings.
And not every team is going to
like where it ends up.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

e Los Angeles Clippers:
The Clippers are somehow cling-
ing to the eighth
seed in the
Western Con-
ference, if only
because no one
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sistently.

Predicted finish: 10th in West,
out of playoffs.

e Sacramento Kings: Sacra-
mento is finally figuring out that
defense, even with Ron Artest, is
not its specialty. With Kevin
Martin getting a lot more looks at
the basket, the Kings have been -
competitive with everyone they
play. But Artest’s indefinite
absence will still hurt when Mar-
tin and Mike Bibby are strug-
gling.

Predicted finish: Ninth in
West, out of playoffs.

e New Orleans-Oklahoma
City Hornets: An especially
tough schedule will make life dif-
ficult for a team that is most
deserving of a playoff position.
But with the talents of Chris Paul,
David West and Tyson Chandler,
the Hornets can beat good teams.
All it will take is one decent win-
ning streak for the Hornets to
solidify a playoff spot.

Predicted finish: Eighth in
West.

e Los Angeles Lakers:
Lamar Odom’s latest shoulder
injury combined with the
extended absence of Luke Wal-
ton has the Lakers reeling. Kobe
Bryant can only do so much, and
the Lakers will try to count on
their once-healthy cushion to
hold off the Nuggets for sixth
place, who figure to get it going
at some point.

Predicted finish: Seventh in
West.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

e@ Orlando Magic: The Mag-
ic’s road woes have defined its
second half of the season after it
appeared the team was a lock for
the playoffs. Now Orlando has to
fight off the Nets and Knicks just
to reach the postseason. Grant
Hill’s foot injury and the incon-
sistencies of big man Dwight
Howard will keep the Magic
from putting together any signifi-
cant win streak.

Predicted finish: Ninth in East,
out of playoffs.

e New Jersey Nets: The
Nets are getting a monster sea-
son from Jason Kidd, but it
appears the 33-year-old is start-
ing to feel some fatigue, and New
Jersey is struggling as a result.
The team is on a late West Coast

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The Knicks, taking advantage of a New Jersey slide, are very
much alive in the race for the eighth and final Eastern
Conference playoff spot, despite Jamal Crawford’s



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SCORING STRENGTH: In their push to make a serious run at the
playoffs, the Nets can rely on Vince Carter to provide the
huge offensive game to carry the team for a while.

swing that won’t make it easier,
but Vince Carter can always pro-
vide the huge offensive game that
can carry the Nets for a while.
The Nets have too much experi-
ence and pride not to make a
serious run at the playoffs.

Predicted finish: Eighth in
East.

@ Washington Wizards:
The Wizards are just getting
healthy after missing Antawn
Jamison for an extended period
and Caron Butler for a few games
with a bad back. Gilbert Arenas,
though, will have to rediscover
his early-season magic if the
Wizards are going to hold on to
their thinning lead in the South-
east Division. Arenas has particu-
larly struggled from three-point
range, part of the reason he has

WHO HAS THE EDGE?

dropped off the MVP radar.

Predicted finish: Sixth in East,
second in Southeast Division.

e@ Heat: The Heat has unex-
pectedly surged in the absence of
Dwyane Wade, thanks to a reju-
venated Shaquille O’Neal and a
much-improved defense. But the
run started with the Heat below
.500 and not in good standing in
the playoff race. The Wizards,
however, have kept Miami in
position to steal the Southeast
Division, and the Wizards and
Heat still have two games against
each other, both in Miami. As
long as no one else gets hurt, the
Heat has the favorable schedule
and the personnel to claim a top-
four seed.

Predicted finish: Third in East,
first in Southeast Division.

WHICH O’NEAL IS CARRYING MORE WEIGHT, JERMAINE OR SHAQUILLE?

Jermaine O’Neal has had a trying season as the centerpiece of a Pacers squad that was

expected to do much more after the offseason signing of Al Harrington. After a poor start, the
Pacers made a major trade that forced Jermaine to adjust to four new teammates. What he
has done throughout is average a career-best 2.9 blocks for a team with inconsistent offen-

sive play, average 10-plus rebounds and score nearly 20 points a game.

Shaquille O’Neal has been placed in this weight-bearing position only since Dwyane Wade
was injured more than two weeks ago. But his responsibilities were made all the more
weighty because the Heat was threatening to slide out of playoff position. What Shaquille has
done since is prove he’s more than capable of carrying a franchise. Shaquille, who has been
the No. 2 option since teaming with Wade, has had a 32-point game, a 15-rebound game, an
eight-assist game and a three-block game since the Wade injury. Oh, and Shaquille is doing all
this following in-season knee surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

@ The edge: Jermaine has had to do it the entire season, but Shaq has more pressure to

carry his franchise under potentially dire circumstances.

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season-ending ankle injury. The Hornets have struggled lately,
despite an opportunity to move as high as No. 7 in the West.
Chris Paul vs. Stephon Marbury provides a contrast of styles at
point guard, as do centers Tyson Chandler and Eddy Curry.

EASTERN
CONFERENCE



The Nets are in the middle of a
six-game road trip that could
end up deciding their playoff
fate. It ends with games in San
Antonio, Memphis and Okla-
homa City. Regardless of the

“record, the Nets. might get
good news regarding Richard
Jefferson, who’s with the
team on the trip and is nearly
ready to contribute after
ankle surgery. ... Probably no
coincidence that Steve Fran-
cis returned to the Knicks
after Jamal Crawford went
down for the season with a
stress fracture in his right
ankle. Francis was supposedly
considering retirement
because of a bad knee, but
suddenly the guard returns to
play 41 minutes and score 41
points in an overtime win
against Atlanta. Stephon Mar-
bury seems to have benefited
from Crawford’s absence as
well, scoring 34, 38 and 40 in
consecutive games.
Dwight Howard has displayed
a penchant for committing
turnovers this season, includ-
ing an 11-turnover game last
week against the Bulls. Magic
coach Brian Hill, however, is
quick to remind folks that
Shaquille O’Neal led the
league with 307 turnovers his
rookie season.

WESTERN
CONFERENCE





The Rockets were playing
so well without Yao Ming that
the center got alittle “hyper-
sensitive” about the issue
while he sat out, according to
his coach. Jeff Van Gundy
would prefer his center didn’t
concern himself with that, but
Yao might just play harder to
make sure the Rockets don’t
struggle with him back....
Among the teams said to be
in the mix to acquire Chaun-
cey Billups when he, as
expected, opts out of his con-
tract at the end of this season
is the Memphis Grizzlies. Bil-
lups, who has admitted he is
thinking about his future, said
he knows the Grizzlies will
have plenty of money to
spend. They'll be at least
$10 million under the salary
cap....Last week Don Nelson
said his Warriors were out of
the playoff race. Now the
coach says the No. 8 spot is
“like the plague” because no
one seems to want it. So he’s
declaring his team back
among the contenders... .
Rasheed Wallace is leading
the league in technical fouls,
which is a surprise to no one.
But it might be something of a
surprise to note that second
on that list is Suns center
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NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

SOUTHEAST W L_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Washington 34 28 548 - 3-7 L-3 24-9 10-19 22-16
Miami 33 29 532 1 7-3 W-6 21-10 12-19 19-16
Orlando 29 35 453 6 2-8 L-2 19-13 10-22 17-21
Atlanta 25 39 391 10 4-6 W-3 13-18 12-21 13-24
Charlotte 22 41 .34912% 2-8 L-8 13-17 9-24 14-21
ATLANTIC W eL_ Pct. GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
Toroiito 34 29 540 - 5-5 W-2 22-9 12-20 22-14
New York 29 34 «4.460 5 6-4 W-1 17-14 12-20 18-21
New Jersey 28 35 «4.444 «+6 3-7 LS 17-15 11-20 21-16
Philadelphia 25 38 .397 9 8-2 W-7 16-15 9-23 15-20
Boston 18 44 .29015% 5-5 L- 8-23 10-21 11-25
CENTRAL WL _ Pet. GB 10 Str. Home Away Conf
Detroit 39 22 639 .- 7-3 W-2 19-12 20-10 26-12
Cleveland 38 25 603 2 7-3 W-5 24-8 14-17 23-16
Chicago 37 28 569 4 7-3 W-2 24-8 13-20 26-13
Indiana 29 33 .46810% 1-9 L-9 18-13 11-20 20-16
Milwaukee 23 40 365 17 4-6 L-1 14-14 9-26 11-27
WESTERN CONFERENCE
SOUTHWEST WL Pet, GB L10 Str. Home Away Conf
x-Dallas 52 9 852 - 10-0 W-17 30-3 22-6 33-6
San Antonio 45 18 .714 8 10-0 W-12) 21-8 24-10 27-11
Houston 39 24 .619 14 5-5 W-3 22-10 17-14 20-18
New Orleans 28 35 .444 25 3-7 L-5 19-12 9-23 16-23
Memphis 16 48 .25037% 2-8 W-1 11-20 5-28 9-29
NORTHWEST WL Pct. GB 110 Str. Home Away Conf
Utah 43 19 694 - 8-2 W-6 25-7 18-12 25-12
Denver 30 31 .49212% 4-6 W-1 16-17 14-14 14-22
Minnesota 27 35 «4.435 «16 2-8 L-2 18-13 9-22 16-22
Portland 26 36 «4.419 17 4-6 W-1 15-17 11-19 16-21
Seattle 25 38 .397 18% 4-6 L-3 18-13 7-25 12-23
PACIFIC = WL Pet. GB 110 Str. Home Away Conf
Phoenix 48 14 .774 - 9-1 W-4 25-6 23-8 23-10
L.A. Lakers 33 31 516 16 3-7 L-6 20-11 13-20 19-15
L.A. Clippers 29 33 .468 19 4-6 L-3 21-12 8-21 16-21
Sacramento 28 34 .452 20 5-5 L-2 18-14 10-20 14-23
Golden State 29 36 .44620% 3-7, L-1 22-10 7-26 16-20

x-clinched playoff spot

RESULTS AND SCHEDULES
Sunday’s results Tonight’s games Saturday’s results

Miami 106, Was. 104 Orl. at Char., 7 Atl. 99, Min. 93
Tor. 120, Sea. 119 (OT) Tor. at Mil., 8 NY 90, Was. 89
Det. 98, L.A.C. 80 N.J. at Memphis, 8 Phi. 100, Ind. 96
Den. 113, Sac. 101 Hou. at Phx., 10 Mem. 115, Cha. 107
Chi. 94, Bos. 78 Dallas at G.S., 10:30 S.A. 93, N.J. 77

Cle. 99, Ind. 88 Cle. 94, Mil. 92

Hou. 103, Orl. 92
Por. 106, G.S. 87
Dal. 108, L.A.L. 72

Utah 96, N.O. 86

IDITAROD



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IN THE TUNDRA: Martin Buser drives his dog
team across the tundra a few miles outside of
the Unalakleet, Alaska, on Sunday.

King leads going
into Unalakleet

BY MARY PEMBERTON
Associated Press

UNALAKLEET, Alaska — Defending champion
Jeff King kept the lead Sunday in the Iditarod Trail
Sled Dog Race, with three other teams close behind
entering the final leg of the longest sled dog race in
the world.

More than 100 people, many of them bundled in
bulky parkas with large fur ruffs, stood out in below-
zero weather with icy wind whipping the. coastal vil-
lage of Unalakleet to await the first musher into the
checkpoint 261 miles from the finish line in Nome.

King, a four-time winner, arrived at 3:35 p.m., fol-
lowed less than an hour later by Lance Mackey of
Fairbanks, who is trying to prove that a musher can
win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled
Dog Race and the 1,100-mile Iditarod in the same
year. That’s the equivalent of racing a team from
New York City to Miami.

Four-time winner Martin Buser was third into
Unalakleet just 2 minutes later. He was followed by
Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof, the third-place finisher; last
year.

“Why wouldn’t we want to push the pace in the
biggest dog race in the world?” said King, when
asked about his dogs going 150 miles on the Yukon
River into a brutally cold headwind with just 5 hours
rest.

_ King said the runs are long and the rest is minimal
but his dogs have been trained to handle a fast-paced
Iditarod.

_ “Iam not asking more than what I trained,” King
said. “I think they’re tough.”

An upbeat Lance Mackey, who passed Mackey
and Gebhardt on his way to Unalakleet, knelt down
and hugged his lead dog after arriving in the check-
point.

“They are starting to get fired up,” Mackey said.
“They know if they perform well the next race they
won't have to worry about getting there. They'll be
driving in a new truck. ...I can almost smell that
new truck smell.”

The winner will get about $69,000 in prize money
and a new quad-cab pickup truck worth more than
$60,000. Mackey drives a 14-year-old truck.

Mackey — who is trying to join his father, Dick,
and brother, Rick, in becoming an Iditarod champion
— said he didn’t expect to even see Buser, never
mind pass him.

“I knew when we got on the hard, fast trail we
would pick up some time,” he said.

But Mackey said there’s still a lot of racing to do
before the finish line and he needs to be patient.
Even so, as tired as he was, Mackey found it hard to
contain his excitement.

“Never before have I been so close,” he said.

Eighty-two teams started the race in Willow last
Sunday. Nineteen have scratched in a race that is
notable so far for a tough trail that has mushers with-
drawing with broken bones and busted sleds. The
winner is expected to arrive in Nome on Tuesday or
jater.





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Nuggets snap losing streak in Sacramento

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Allen Iverson
had 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds
to spoil Ron Artest’s return to the Kings’
lineup, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a
20-game losing streak in Sacramento with a
113-101 victory Sunday.

Carmelo Anthony added 29 points and six
rebounds and Marcus Camby had 16 points,
10 boards and six assists as the Nuggets
ended a five-game skid to the Kings and
pulled off a key win in the playoff chase.

Denver hadn’t beaten the Kings in Sacra-
mento since Jan. 7, 1997 — the longest active
losing streak in the league.

Artest had 17 points, eight rebounds and
three assists in his return following his arrest
on suspicion of domestic violence. Mike
Bibby scored 34 points, but Sacramento
failed to gain ground on the Clippers in the
standings. Los Angeles still leads the Kings
by one game for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the Western Conference after losing
at Detroit.

e Pistons 98, Clippers 80: In Los
Angeles — Richard Hamilton scored 15 of his
23 points in the first quarter and Detroit beat
the Clippers while Rasheed Wallace sat out a
one-game suspension for accumulating 16
technical fouls.

Hamilton made his first eight shots and
Corey Maggette scored 19 points for the
Clippers. Elton Brand, who didn’t play in the
team’s 92-74 loss to the Pistons on Feb. 2
because of back spasms, had 11 points and 12

‘rebounds on his 28th birthday.

e Raptors 120, SuperSonics 119 (OT):
In Toronto, TJ. Ford scored nine points in
overtime and Toronto overcame a 36-point
effort by Ray Allen to beat Seattle.





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BALL SWATTER: Nuggets center Marcus
Camby, right, swats the ball away from
Kings forward Ron Artest under the
basket in the second half of Denver’
113-101 victory in Sacramento, Calif.

Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 27 points
while Ford added 24 points and 13 assists.
Rookie Andrea Bargnani added 19 points for
Toronto.

Rashard Lewis had 26 points and 13
rebounds and Johan Petro had 13 points and
13 rebounds for the Sonics (25-38), who lost
their third straight.

@ Rockets 103, Magic 92: In Houston,

BASEBALL | SPRING TRAINING

Yao Ming had 37 points and four blocked
shots in his biggest game since returning to
the lineup, leading Houston over Orlando.

Yao, who also had seven rebounds, was
playing his fourth game since returning from
a broken right leg that caused him to miss 32
games.

e Cavaliers 99, Pacers 88: In Cleve-
land, LeBron James scored 26 points — his.
lowest total in 11 games — but Cleveland
won its fifth straight and handed wilting
Indiana its ninth consecutive loss.

Larry Hughes added 23 points and Drew
Gooden 19 for the Cavaliers, who let the Pac-
ers trim a 23-point, fourth-quarter deficit to
nine before putting them away to continue
their push to catch first-place Detroit in the
Central Division. :

e Bulls 94, Celtics 78: In Boston, Kirk
Hinrich scored 26 points and Ben Gordon
had 21 to lead surging Chicago over Boston.

Luol Deng added 17 points and Ben Wal-
lace had 10 points and 14 rebounds to help
Chicago finish its road trip 3-1 and improve
to 8-3 since the All-Star break. At 37-28, the
Bulls have their best record after 65 games
since starting 48-17 in 1997-98, Michael Jor-
dan’s final season with Chicago.

LATE SATURDAY

e Cavaliers 94, Bucks 92: In Milwau-
kee, LeBron James had 32 points and nine
assists, the last one to Anderson Varejao for
the winning layup, and Cleveland rallied to
beat Milwaukee.

e Jazz 96, Hornets 86: In Salt Lake
City, Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13
rebounds, and Deron Williams added 13
assists to lead Utah to its sixth straight vic-

tory.

Matsuzaka touched up in second start

Associated Press

Chris Carpenter and Roy Halladay were
in top form Sunday. Daisuke Matsuzaka
could hardly say the same.

Boston’s $103 million pitcher with the
winning smile allowed homers to two non-
roster players, struggled with his control and
even threw away a potential double-play
grounder in his home debut against a Major
league team.

Matsuzaka’s splendid spring training hit
its first bump, and Baltimore beat the Red
Sox 5-3 in Fort Myers, Fla. The Japanese star
gave up four runs — three earned — and six
hits in four innings, but shrugged off the
results with his usual poise and won plaudits
from his manager as well as Orioles players.

“It’s not something that I’m terribly
worked up about,” Matsuzaka said through a
translator. “There’s going to be times where
I get hit, where they will score runs against
me.” ,

The right-hander gave up homers to Jon
Knott and Jason DuBois. After each batter
swung, Matsuzaka turned around and stayed
expressionless as he watched the ball fly
over the fence.

“Judging from what I experienced, throw-
ing high fastballs and high sliders can tend to
be a little bit dangerous,” he said with a grin.

Still, the Orioles were impressed. Melvin
Mora, who struck out twice, said Matsuzaka
“is not from this planet. He’s coming fron.
somewhere else. He’s awesome.”

Carpenter looked pretty awesome him-
self. The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace allowed two
hits in 4% scoreless innings during a 6-3 loss
to the Atlanta Braves in Jupiter, Fla.

Using his complete repertoire for the first
time in three spring training starts, Carpen-
ter got 14 groundball outs and did not walk a
batter. He threw 36 of his 54 pitches for
strikes.

“As the game went along I got more com-
fortable, more in rhythm,” he said. “My tim-
ing was better and I definitely felt good. So it
was nice.” :

At Dunedin, Fla., Halladay pitched four
perfect innings for the Toronto Blue Jays in
an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The
right-hander struck out two and threw only
36 pitches. He allowed just one ball to be hit
out of the infield.

“My location was better with my fastball
and changeup,” Halladay said. “Then getting
my curveball going, maybe four or so. I feel
like it’s another step at getting everything
back.”

The Cleveland Indians won't get Cliff Lee

.back until after opening day. The left-hander

will start the season on the disabled list with
an abdominal strain and is expected to be out
until mid-or-late April.

Lee went 14-11 with a 4.40 ERA last season
and is 46-24 since 2004. His status will be re-
evaluated in seven to 10 days.

“It’s frustrating to watch everybody get-
ting ready and I’m left behind a little bit,”
Lee said. “If this was late in the season, I’d
probably try to keep pitching through it.
There’s no sense in doing something that
could make this worse and really miss a lot
of time.”

Fausto Carmona, likely to replace Lee in
the rotation, allowed one hit over three
scoreless innings in Cleveland’s 4-3 victory
over the New York Yankees at Tampa, Fla.

In other games:

e Marlins 5, Mets (ss) 5 (11): In Port St.
Lucie, Fla., Tom Glavine pitched four solid
innings and New York got home runs from
Carlos Beltran and David Wright.

6 Mets (ss) 4, Tigers (ss) 2: In Lake-



land, Fla., Mike Maroth, who just needs to
prove he’s healthy to be Detroit’s fifth
starter, gave up seven hits and three runs in
four innings but said he continues to pitch
with no discomfort.

® Tigers (ss) 5, Phillies 3: In Clearwa-
ter, Fla., Jamie Moyer was so efficient he
completed his outing before reaching his
pitch count. The Philadelphia left-hander
was scheduled to throw 70-75 pitches, but
needed just 59 to cruise through five shutout
innings.

e Astros 5, Devil Rays 3: In St. Peters-
burg, Fla., Houston starter Brian Moehler
allowed one hit and a walk in four shutout
innings.

e Reds 9, Pirates 8: In Sarasota, Fla.,
Eric Milton gave up four runs and seven hits
in 374 innings for Cincinnati.

® Dodgers 10, Nationals 9: In Vero
Beach, Fla., Brad Penny struggled through
three innings, but Los Angeles rallied for
three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Penny
gave up four runs, nine hits and two walks
without striking out a batter. Jeff Kent hit a
two-run homer.

e Diamondbacks 10, Padres 7: In Tuc-
son, Ariz., Eric Byrnes went 3-for-3 with an
opposite-field home run, boosting his spring
training batting average to .450.

e Rockies 5, Royals 4: In Tucson, Ariz.,
Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was
relieved when X-rays showed his right wrist
is bruised — not broken. Kansas City’s Billy
Butler hit a two-run homer off Danny
Graves. Todd Helton, back in the lineup tor
the first time since Tuesday because of right
knee inflammation, went O-for-3

o White Sox 12, Mariners (ss) 7: In
Peoria, Ariz., Seattle starter Horacio Ramirez

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MOUND:
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starter —
Chris
Carpenter
watches his
pitch as it
heads to
the plate
anda
Braves
batter in
the first
inning of a
spring
training
baseball
game at in
Jupiter, Fla.,
on Sunday.

JAMESFINLEY/AP

pitched four shutout innings, extending his
impressive spring. Ramirez has thrown
seven scoreless innings and allowed only
one hit in two outings. Mariners slugger
Richie Sexson went 0-for-4 and is hitless in
18 at-bats this spring.

e Giants (ss) 8, Mariners (ss) 3: In
Scottsdale, Ariz., San Francisco closer
Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless inning
in his first outing of spring training. Barry
Bonds went 0-for-2 as the designated hitter
after homering the previous two days. Giants
pitching phenom Tim Lincecum threw three
scoreless innings.

e Athletics (ss) 3, Giants (ss) 2: In
Phoenix, Joe Blanton allowed two runs and
five hits over 3 2-3 innings for Oakland.

e Athletics (ss) 7, Angels (ss) 6: In
Tempe, Ariz., Eric Chavez hit his first homer
of the spring off Los Angeles lefty Joe Saun-
ders. Nick Swisher, who drove the bail
almost 500 feet, and Daric Barton also hom-
ered for Oakland. Gary Matthews Jr. singled
and scored for the Angels.

@ Angels (ss) 2, Rangers O: In Sur-
prise, Ariz., Jamey Wright, one of six candi-
dates for the fifth spot in Texas’ rotation,
retired all nine batters he faced. Sammy Sosa
went 1-for-3 with a solid single while playing
six innings in right field. He is 10-for-21 (.476)
in seven games this spring, with two homers
and four RBIs.

o Cubs 6, Brewers 3: In Mesa, Ariz.,
Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double and Jason
Marquis had another strong outing for Chi-
cago. In his third Cactus League start, Mar-
quis allowed one run and six hits in four
innings. His ERA ts 2.00 this spring. Kerry
Wood worked a scoreless inning of reliet for
the Cubs.


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INTERNATIONAL EDITION



NO REPEAT
PERFORMANCES

Florida is trying to become the first repeat
champion in men’s college basketball since
Duke won titles in 1991 and 1992. A recap of
the NCAA tournaments that followed
Duke’s repeat championships:

1993

UNC 77, MICHIGAN 71

e Previous champion: Duke never came
close to a three-peat, losing 82-77 to
California in the second round.

1994

ARKANSAS 76, DUKE 72

e Previous champion: Despite not having a
starter taller than 6-7, Boston College
defeated North Carolina 75-72 in the second
round. Afterward, North Carolina freshman
Jerry Stackhouse said, “They took some
cheap shots at us.”

1995

UCLA 89, ARKANSAS 78

e Previous champion: Arkansas returned
five starters from its title team, but lost in the
championship game to a UCLA team that
played most of the final without point guard
Tyus Edney.

1996

KENTUCKY 76, SYRACUSE 67

e Previous champion: In one of the biggest
college basketball upsets of the 90s,
defending champion UCLA lost to
13th-seeded Princeton 43-41 in the first
round. :

1997

ARIZONA 84, KENTUCKY 79 (OT)

e Previous champion: Kentucky’s repeat
bid fell a victory short, despite a team that
featured Ron Mercer, Scott Padgett and
Jamaal Magloire (who attempted only one
shot in the title game).

1998

KENTUCKY 78, UTAH 69

e Previous champion: With five starters





back from its title team, Arizona finished the 1... .B

regular season 30-5, but was upset 76-51 by
Andre.Miller and Utah in the Elite Eight.”

T 999 eS a Ne

UCONN 77, DUKE 74

e@ Previous champion: Despite taking a 17-4
lead, Kentucky’s repeat bid ended in the Elite -
Eight with a 73-66 loss to Michigan State.

2000

MICHIGAN STATE 89, FLORIDA 76

e@ Previous champion: With team leader
Khalid El-Amin on the bench with aninjury, |
Connecticut lost 65-61 to Tennessee in the
second round.

2001

DUKE 82, ARIZONA 72

e Previous champion: Michigan State’s
repeat bid fell short in the Final Four with an
80-61 loss to an emotionally charged Arizona
team playing in honor of Bobbi Olson, the
late wife of coach Lute Olson.

2002

MARYLAND 64, KANSAS 52

@ Previous champion: Indiana offered
college basketball fans one of the biggest
upsets of the tournament when it upset Duke
74-73 in a South Regional semifinal game.

2003

SYRACUSE 81, KANSAS 78

@ Previous champion: With underclassman
Chris Wilcox lost to the NBA, point guard

Steve Blake and Maryland suffered an upset
against Michigan State 60-58 in the |
Sweet 16.

2004 —

UCONN 82, GEORGIA TECH 73

e Previous champion: Losing Carmelo
Anthony to the 2003 NBA Draft proved to be
too great to overcome for Syracuse.
Alabama, a No. 8 seed, upset guard Gerry
McNamara and Syracuse 80-71 in the

Sweet 16.

2005

UNC 75, ILLINOIS 70

e Previous champion: In one of the biggest
upsets of the tournament, No. 2 seed
Connecticut lost to No. 10 seed North
Carolina State 65-62 in the second

round.

2006

FLORIDA 73, UCLA 57 |

e Previous champion: After losing its top
seven scorers from its 2005 title team, North
Carolina lost to George Mason 65-60 in the
second round.









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WHAT A FEELING: Celebrating their 73-57 victory over UCLA in last year’s national championship game are, clockwise from top,
Florida’s Adrian Moss and teammates, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah and Al Horford.

Gators try to master a lost art: repeating

@ Florida is fighting history as
it attempts to become the first
to win back-to-back titles in
15 years, and the first with the
same starters.

BY JOSEPH GOODMAN
jgoodman@MiamiHerald.com

ATLANTA — If winning the
NCAA Tournament is historic
and repeating is divine, then John
Wooden sits alone at the pinnacle
of college basketball, passing
down his wisdom.

Wooden, who won 10 champi-

_onships — including seven in a

row — as coach at UCLA, says

he’ll be watching the University:

of Florida this month with almost
the same level of interest that he
devotes to his beloved Bruins.

“I wouldn’t pick against them’

... at this point,” Wooden, 96,
said this week by phone. “I would
be surprised if they didn’t win it.”

There has not been a repeat
champion in men’s college basket-
ball since Duke in 1991 and 1992.
Florida, which returns all five
starters from last season’s cham-
pionship team, will have the best
chance of any team in years at
repeating after the tournament
selections are announced tonight.
Moreover, the Gators can do
something no repeat champion,
not even one of Wooden’s, has
accomplished: win back-to-back
titles with the same starters.

“We're all about setting
records,” Florida forward Joakim
Noah said.

The chance at winning another
title is what kept Noah, Al Hor-
ford and Corey Brewer, who were
projected as first-round draft
picks after the 2006 title run, in
Gainesville.

A similar'show of school spirit
hasn’t occurred in men’s college
basketball in a decade. And when
it did, the 1998 Arizona Wildcats

‘Repeating is just a question of the coach’s ability to keep them focused and not rely on the past.
You learn from the past, but you can't live the past. You've got to keep focused every day.’

— aclear favorite to win the tour-
nament — did not reach the Final
Four.

‘CAN’T LIVE THE PAST’

“Repeating is just a question of
the coach’s ability to keep them
focused and not rely on the past,”
Wooden said. “You learn from the
past, but you can’t live the past.
You’ve got to keep focused every
day.”

Arizona beat Kentucky 84-79
in overtime of the 1997 champion-
ship game. The Wildcats had five
returning starters in 1998 — Mike
Bibby, A.J. Bramlett, Bennett Dav-
ison, Eugene Edgerson and Don-
nell Harris — but they were out-
played by Andre Miller and Utah
in the West Regional.

In 1995, Arkansas returned five
starters from its 1994 title run. In
their repeat bid, the Razorbacks
fell to UCLA, despite their fre-
netic defensive pace.

Since the successes of Duke,
Arizona and Arkansas in the
1990s, the college basketball land-
scape has changed drastically.
The current trend of underclass-

‘men jumping to the NBA hasn’t

necessarily leveled the playing
field, but it has made building a
men’s dynasty extremely difficult.

“It’s hard. You have players
who have the opportunity to leave
early,” Florida junior point guard
Taurean Green said. “You just
want to try and find players that
want to develop and stay for all
four years.”

With the heat of professional
contracts and shoe deals blinding
today’s college basketball elite,
four years and a degree have
become less and less likely. This
group of Gators might just be the
next best thing.

“In the recruiting battles and
wars, when you get a guy like
[T'exas freshman] Kevin Durant

or [Ohio State freshman] Greg
Oden, 20 years ago, those guys
would be in college for four
years,” Gators coach Billy Dono-
van said. “The environment and
the landscape of college basket-
ball has changed, and the turnover
is so drastic that it is very, very
difficult to maintain and stay up at
a very, very high level when
you’ve had turnover like that.”

Today’s Ohio State — Oden
and the nation’s top freshman
class — is yesterday’s Syracuse,
with Carmelo Anthony.

Like Anthony before him,
Oden, the Buckeyes’ freshman
center, is expected to enter the
NBA Draft after the NCAA Tour-
nament. Many thought Noah
would follow a similar path last
year, but the Final Four MVP sur-
prised many and stayed in school.

Doing so meant passing on a
possible No. 1 selection in the
NBA Draft. Whether you consider
it honorable or idiotic, snubbing
millions for another year of col-
lege life is undeniably romantic.

“It’s a positive thing,” Wooden
said. “Athletes should come back
to make the effort to do better,
and not necessarily to win the
national championship.”

And if that wispy-eyed ideol-
ogy is too naive to stomach, then
at least this much is unmistakably
true: No team in the history of
men’s college basketball has won
back-to-back national champion-
ships with the same starters.

UCLA’S FEAT

Only one team — the 1968
UCLA Bruins — has returned five
starters from a championship sea-
son and successfully defended a
title, but Wooden relegated one of
the returners, Kenny Heitz, to a
reserve role.

Kentucky’s championship
teams of 1948 and 1949 featured

- JOHN WOODEN, Hall of Fame coach who won 10 championships - including seven in a row ~ at UCLA.

the same players, but one starter
on the 1949 team, Ralph Beard,
came off the bench for Adolph
Rupp in 1948. The University of
San Francisco won titles in 1955
and 1956 with different starters.
Cincinnati’s 1961 championship .
team returned three of five start-
ers for a repeat performance.
Duke repeated in 1992 with four
starters from ‘its 1991 champion-
ship.

Glance upward and those
teams are the guiding constella-
tions of the college basketball
heavens. Florida now has a
chance to dot the sky with one of
the brightest stellar blueprints of
all.
“They’re different from any
team I remember since guys have
started to leave early,” said Mary-
land coach Gary Williams, who
led the Terrapins to the 2002 title.
“I think they have a very good
chance because they’ve been
through it.”

The Gators began their quest
for immortality Sunday when the
NCAA announced that they were
the tournament’s top seed and
sent them to the Midwest. UCLA,
which UF defeated to win the title
last season, as a No. 1 seed in the
West, is the No. 2 seed in the
West this year behind Kansas. A
rematch of last year’s champion-
ship game between UF and UCLA
would occur in the semifinals this
year, if both teams advance that
far.

For Wooden, its makes the
Gators easy to enjoy. For college
basketball fans, it offers a nostal-
gic twist to March Madness —
one that might not be seen again
for quite some time.

Miami Herald sportswriter
Manny Navarro and Miami Her-
ald writer Louis Anastasis contrib-
uted to this report.


THE MIAMI HERALD | MiamiHerald.com

WOMEN’S GAMES



Mike Roemer/AP

TITLE CLINCHERS: Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Rachel Porath,
second from left, and Nicole Soulis, center, begin the
celebration after winning the Horizon League
tournamei.it on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis.

No. 22 Phoenix
overruns Butler

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. —

Nicole Soulis scored 21
points and Amanda Popp
added 18 to help No. 22 Wis-
_ consin-Green Bay cruise by
Butler 91-64 on Sunday in the
Horizon League champion-
ship game.

The Phoenix (28-3) have
won 25 straight games and
have made the NCAA tour-
nament for the eighth time in
10 seasons.

Wisconsin-Green Bay
took an early 13-0 lead en
route to its season-high point
total and never looked back.
The Bulldogs (16-15), who
played in the ieague champi-
. onship game for the first
time since 1997-98, have lost
22 straight games to the
Phoenix since 1999.

The Phoenix shot 67 per-
cent (16-for-24) from the
field in the first haif, includ-
ing © of 8 (50 percent) from
behind vite ais, to take a
49-36 iead. Wisconsin-Green
Bay finished the game by
making i5 of 29 3-pointers
(51.7 percent). one shy of the
tournament cecord ‘har it set
ii a 2005 quarces tinal game
against Cleveland State, aud
shot 57.4 percent from the
field.

.Soulis scored 16 o+ her
points in the decisive first
half and was named the tour-
nament’s most valuable
player. Kayla Groh added 11
points and Erin Templin 10
for the Phoenix.

Jackie Closser led Butler
with 23 points, including
seven 3~pointers, tying a

tournament record set by

Wisconsin- Milwaukee's Jes-
sica Wilhite in 2001. Candace
Jones added 13 points.

Popp had two of Wiscon-
sin-Green Bay’s three
3-pointers in the first 3:22 of
the game. Rachel .Porath’s
three-point play with 12:57
left in the first half stretched
the Phoenix lead to 23-5.

Closser scored nine of her
14 first-half points on
3-pointers in the final 5:19 in

that half, and the Bulldogs
cut the deficit to 49-36. But-
ler never got closer than 13
points in the second half.

e Old Dominion 78,
James Madison 70: In
Newark, Del., T.J. Jordan
scored 17 points and Tiffany
Green added 16 to help Old
Dominion beat James Madi-
son and capture its 16th con-
secutive’ Colonial Athletic
Association championship
on Sunday.

The Monarchs (24-8) will
make the program’s 24th
appearance in the NCAA
Tourndment. The second-
seeded Dukes lost in the
CAA finals for the second
straight year.

‘The top-seeded Monarchs
are now 47-0 in CAA tourna-
ment games since they
joined the league in the
1991-92 season.

e Drake 65, Creighton
64 (OT): In Des Moines,
Iowa, Kelsey Keizer hit a
3-pointer with 55 seconds left
in overtime and Drake beat
Creighton 65-64 on Sunday
in the Missouri Valley Con-
ference title game.

Lindsay Whorton an
Monique Jones each had 17
for eighth-seeded Drake
(14-18), which became the
second team this season to
make th. NCAA tournament
with a losing record. Holy
Cross (15-17) won the Patriot
League.

@ UMBC 48, Hartford
46: In Vestal, N.Y., Carlee
Cassidy scored 14 points to
help seventh-seeded UMBC
stun top-seed Hartford 48-46
on Sunday night in the 2007
America East championship
game and,earn the Retriev-
ers’ first trip to the NCAA
tournament.

LATE SATURDAY

® Idaho St. 84, N. Ari-
zona 78: In Missoula, Mont.,

’ Natalie Doma had 24 points

and 16 rebounds to lead
Idaho State (17-13) in the Big
Sky Conference champion-
ship and into the NCAA
tournament.

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

Kansas does it again

“BiG 12

before Kansas came back.

Durant got his first shot
swatted but bounced back
by scoring eight consecutive
points — including a pair of
3-pointers — to get Texas
started on a 19-2 run. He fol-
lowed a jumper in the lane
with another falling away on
the left side to give the
Longhorns a 21-6 edge.

He had seven more
points, the last on a
3-pointer from NBA range,
before Augustin carved his
way under the basket to
make it 32-10.

That didn’t mean the infi-
nitely deep Jayhawks were
out of it, though. Only a
week earlier, Kansas wiped
out a 12-point halftime defi-
cit in five minutes and in a
90-86 win over Texas to
claim the Big 12 regular-sea-
son title outright.

Rush nailed a 3-pointer to
get Kansas on track after a
4-for-18 start, and Wright

beat Durant for a dunk anda
layup as the fayhawks
started picking up steam.

Rush added two more
3-pointers, and Durant
appeared rattled as the Jay-
hawks outscored Texas 24-7
to close within 39-34 at the
half.

Collins hit a 3-pointer and
a jumper to cut the deficit to
55-54 with 11'2 minutes let,
but then had his driving
layup for the lead blocked by
Durant. The Jayhawks
finally completed their
comeback when Chalmers
hit two foul shots during a
9-0 run that gave Kansas a
65-60 lead.

Durant erased that deficit
with a basket off an offen-
sive rebound. Craig Wind-
er’s layup off a fast-break
miss gave Texas a 73-71 lead.

After Winder missed one
of two free throws to open
the door for Kansas, Chal-
mers hit a 3-pointer from the
right wing with 15 seconds
left to tie the game at 78.





COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Associated Press

ATLANTA — For all those
who thought Florida looked
vulnerable at the end of the
regular season, the Gators sent
an emphatic message in the
Southeastern Conference
tournament: The defending
national champions are doing
just fine.

The sixth-ranked Gators
finished off three routs in
three days, beating Arkansas
77-56 Sunday to claim their
third straight SEC tournament
championship and perhaps
lock up a No. 1 seed in the
NCAA tournament.

Again, it was a devastating
team effort by Florida (29-5),
which lost three of its last five
regular-season games but
showed no weaknesses at the
Georgia Dome. The Gators
ripped through their oppo-
nents with an average winning
margin of 19.7 points.

Arkansas, which was play-
ing in the title game for the
first time since 2000, stayed
close for a while — which was
more than Florida’s other two
opponents, Georgia and Mis-
sissippi, could say. But the
Razorbacks (21-13) never
really had a chance.

Florida had too much of,
well, everything.

Up front, Al Horford scored
18 points and grabbed 12
rebounds. Joakim Noah had 17
points, eight rebounds and
four assists. On the perimeter,
Taurean Green and Lee Hum-
phrey each made a couple of
3-pointers. The swingman,
Corey Brewer, chipped in with
9 points, five rebounds and
three assists. Walter Hodge
and Chris Richard combined
for 17 points off the bench.

__ INTERNATIONAL EDITIO

MEN’S GAMES

No. 6 Florida sends a message

e No. 8 North Carolina
89, N.C. State 80: In Tampa,
Fla., North Carolina’s depth
proved to be too much for
North Carolina State’s deter-
mination.

Shrugging off nine years of
frustration in the Atlantic
Coast Conference tournament,
the eighth-ranked Tar Heels
beat their Tobacco Road rivals
89-80 Sunday for their first
league title since 1998.

Brandan Wright and
Wayne Ellington scored 16
apiece, Tyler Hansbrough
went ll-for-l1 from the foul
line to finish with 15, and
Reyshawn Terry and Ty Law-
son added 13 each to give Roy
Williams about the only thing
that was missing from his
resume as a head coach.

In winning their 16th ACC
tournament title, tied with
Duke for the most in confer-
ence, the Tar Heels (28-6)
likely also nailed down a No. 1
seed in the NCAA tourna-
ment.

North Carolina State (18-15)
reached the title game with an
improbable run that included
upsets of second-seeded Vir-
ginia, third-seeded Virginia
Tech and defending champion
Duke, which had won seven of
the previous eight ACC titles.

But winning four games in —

four days was too much to ask
of the 10th-seeded Wolfpack,
especially against a team as
deep and balanced as top-
seeded North Carolina.
Williams used 11 players,
substituting as many as five at
a time, while building a 16-
point lead. Brandon Costner,
Gavin Grant and Courtney
Fells led a 29-14 run that
trimmed N.C. State’s deficit to

70-69 but the Wolfpack ran
out of gas in the last five min-
utes,

Terry scored eight straight
for North Carolina, then the
Tar Heels made nine of 10 free
throws in the final 1:14 to stay
ahead.

Costner led N.C. State with
28 points. Fells had 18 and
Grant finished with 10.

e Texas A&M-Corpus
Christeri 81, Northwestern
State 78: In Houston, Chris
Daniels scored 19 points as
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
won the Southland Confer-
ence tournament champion-
ship and its first berth in the
NCAA tournament.

LATE SATURDAY .

e No. 9 Georgetown 65,
No. 13 Pittsburgh 42: In
New York, Roy Hibbert
scored 14 of his 18 points in
Georgetown’s big first half and
the Hoyas cruised past Pitts-
burgh to win the Big East
championship.

Jeff Green, the tourna-
ment’s Most Outstanding
Player, added 21 points for top-
seeded Georgetown (26-6),
which won its conference-re-
cord seventh title and first
since 1989.

Sam -Young scored 10
points for third-seeded Pitts-
burgh (27-7), which was in the
final for the sixth time in seven
years but has just one title in
that span. The Panthers fin-
ished 16-of-61 — 26.2 percent
— from the field.

Center Aaron Gray was
1-of-13 and finished with a sea-
son-low three points while
being defended by Hibbert.

e George Washington
78, Rhode Island 69: In

MONDAY, MARCH iz, 2007 | 7E

Atlantic City, N.J.. Gar] Elliott
scored 17 points to help the
Colonials (23-8) win the Atlan-
tic 10 tournament and earn
their third consecutive NCAA
bid.

e Albany 60, Vermont
59: In Burlington, Vt., Jamar
Wilson scored 22 points, Jason
Siggers added 14 and the Great
Danes (23-9) won the America
East conference champion-
ship.

e Florida A&M 58, Dela-
ware State 56: In Raleigh,
N.C., Brian Greene’s buzzer-
beating layup lifted the Rat-
tlers (21-13) to the Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference title.

e Jackson St. 81, Missis-
sippi Valley St. 71: In Bir-
mingham, Ala., Trey Johnson
scored 33 points to lead the
Tigers (21-13) in the South-
western Athletic Conference
final.

e Miami (Ohio) 53,
Akron 52: In Cleveland, Doug |
Penno made a controversial
3-pointer off the glass as the
horn sounded to give Miami
(18-14) a stunning win over
Akron in the Mid-American
Conference championship.

e New Mexico State 72,
Utah State 70: In Las Cruces,
N.M., Justin Hawkins scored
20 points and Elijah Ingram
had 18 points, including four
3-pointers, to lead New Mex-
ico State (25-8) to a berth in
the NCAAs.

e Long Beach State 94,
Cal Poly 83: In Anaheim,
Calif., Aaron Nixon had 29
points and a career-high 11
rebounds to lead the 49ers
(24-7) to the Big West Confer-
ence tournament champion-
ship and its first trip to the
NCAA tournament since 1995.



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KEEPING HIM BACK: Tournament MVP Brandan Wright of UNC, in front, holds off Ben McCauley of N.C. State |

ACC Tournament Championship game on Sunday in Tampa, Fla. Nort

* TOURNAMENT

Joakim Noah and the
Gators (29-5) hope to become
the first repeat champions
since Duke in 1992. Florida,
which won the football cham-
pionship in January, will
begin its bid for another bas-
ketball title in the Midwest
region with a game Friday
against 16th-seeded Jackson
State in New Orleans.

The Gators, who return all
five starters from last season’s
national championship team,
emphatically won the South-
eastern Conference tourna-
ment, routing Arkansas 77-56,
recovering from a late season
slump.

Wisconsin got the No. 2
seed in the Midwest and will
play No. 15 Texas A&M-Cor-
pus Christi. Other games in
the region are: No. 3 Oregon
vs. No. 14 Miami of Ohio, No.
4 Maryland vs. Davidson, No.
5 Butler vs. No. 12 Old Domin-
ion and No. 6 Notre Dame vs.
No. 11 Winthrop, which has an
18-game winning streak and
No. 7 UNLV vs. No. 10 Geor-
gia Tech, and No. 8 Arizona
vs. No. 9 Purdue.

Arizona coach Lute Olson
will make his 23rd straight

FROM THE SPORTS FRONT

Men’s tournament set to begin on Tuesday

appearance, tying former
North Carolina coach Dean
Smith.

In the West, Big 12 cham-
pion Kansas (30-4) opens
against the play-in winner Fri-
day in Chicago.

UCLA, with the most
NCAA men’s basketball titles
in history, became a No. 2
seed after losing its first game
in the Pac-10 tournament to
California. The Bruins, who
reached the title game last
season, were ranked No. 1 for
six weeks this season, more
than any other team. UCLA
(26-5), coming off consecutive
losses to Washington and Cal,
will play Weber State.

Also in the West bracket, it
will be: No. 3 Pittsburgh vs.
No. 14 Wright State, No. 4
Southern Illinois vs. No. 13
Holy Cross and No. 5 Virginia
Tech vs. No. 12 Illinois.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski
and Duke got the No. 6 seed
after losing to North Carolina
State in the first round of the
ACC tournament. The Blue
Devils will play No. ll Vir-
ginia Commonwealth. No. 7
Indiana plays No. 10 Gonzaga,
and No. 8 Kentucky faces No.
9 Villanova.

North Carolina (28-6)

drew the top seed in the East
by defeating N.C. State for the
ACC title. Coach Roy Wil-
liams, mask-wearing center
Tyler Hansbrough and the
rest of the Tar Heels, a deep
young team that plays at a fast
pace, will make the short trip
to Winston-Salem to play
Eastern Kentucky on Thurs-
day.

Big East champion George-
town, with John Thompson
III as its coach and Patrick
Ewing Jr. coming ‘off the
bench, is the No. 2 seed and
takes on No. 15 Belmont. Also
in the East, it’s No. 3 Washing-
ton State vs. No. 14 Oral Rob-
erts; No. 4 Texas and star
Kevin Durant against No. 12
New Mexico State; No. 5
Southern California vs. No. 12
Arkansas; No. 6 Vanderbilt vs.
No. 11 George Washington,
No. 7 Boston College vs.
coach Bobby Knight’s 10th-
seeded Texas Tech, and No. 8
Marquette vs. No. 9 Michigan
State.

Ohio State (30-3) beat Wis-
consin to win the Big 10 tour-
nament and its No. 1 seed in
the South. The Buckeyes play
No. 16 Central Connecticut
State on Thursday in Lexing-
ton, Ky.

h Carolina won 89-80.

Ohio State’s oniy tosses
were on the road io Norih
Carolina, Florida and W ist on-
sin. Star freshman Grey Uden
missed the first seven gastics
of the season recoveriig from
offseason wrist suigery but
he has been one vi the imost
dominant playeis in the coun-
try since.

Other games in the South
include coach John Calipari
and No. Z Memphis against
No. i5 North Texas, miaking
its first NCAA iournament
appearance since i985, No 3
Texas A&M vs. No i4 Penn-
sylvania; No. 4 Viryiuia vs.
No. 13 Albany, NY; No 5
Tennessee vs. No. 12 Long
Beach State; No. 6 Louisville

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Nevada vs. No. 10 Creighton
and No. 8 BYU vs. No 9
Xavier.

Coach Rick Pitino atid Lou-
isville are NCAA perennials,
and the Cardinais drew a con-
venient setting this year.
They'll be right up the road in
Rupp Arena, home of rival
Kentucky, 1 Lexington.

That likely wil] not sii weil
with No. 3 seed lexas AXM,
which would play Louisville if
both teams win their opening
games.

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PAGE 8E, MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2007

TRIBUNE SPORTS



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Win keeps title-holders

First Baptist undefeated

@ BASKETBALL

DEFENDING champions
First Baptist have served notice
that if anybody wants to take
their Baptist Sports Council's
19-and-under basketball title
away from them, they will have
to earn it.

First Baptist soared to anoth-
er impressive victory as they
remained undefeated in the
president's division of the Rev.
Tyrone Knowles Basketball
Classic with a 60-19 rout over
New Bethlehem.

In other games played, Mace-
donia ladies’ knocked off St.
Paul's Fox Hill 21-15; Faith
United pounded Ebenezer 15-
and-under 48-4; St. Paul's Fox
Hill won over New Bethlehem
15-and-under 39-30; St. Paul's
Fox Hill defeated Ebenezer 19-
and-under 53-32; Golden Gates
stopped Everlasting Life Min-
istries 29-18 and Faith United
knocked off Bethel 19-and-

- under 43-13.

¢ Here's a summary of the
games played:

First Baptist 60, New Bethle-
hem 19 (19): Eugene Bain had
another monster game with a
number of dunks and Marcus
Griffin helped out in the win.
Justin Campbell led the way for
the losers.

Macedonia 21, St. Paul's 15
(L): Juliet Taylor scored a game
high 15 points and Kim Harris
added four and Antionette
Gardiner had two in the win
for Macedonia. Randell Coop-
er had 10 and Dvonnya Brown
added five in the loss.

Faith United 43, Bethel 13
(19): Gaylen Gray scored a
game high 19‘and Theo Woods
added seven as Faith United
won big. Aaron Rolle scored
six in the loss.

St. Paul's 53, Ebenezer 32
(19): Ricardo Hepburn scored
10 and Lajunte Stuart chipped
in with eight to lead St. Paul's.
Jarvis Delancy scored a game
high 24 in the loss.

Golden Gates 29, Everlast-
ing Life Ministries 18 (19):

_Kavone Anderson scored eight

to lead Golden Gates’ balanced
scoring attack in the win. Dean-





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gelo Williams, Jarrod Darling
and Keno Saunders all scored
four in the loss.

A fight erupted after the
game between players from

Golden Gates. The league is |

expected to issue some suspen-
sions for the players involved.
Faith United 48, Ebenezer 4
(15): Lamar Albury scored a
game high 18 and Shinreo
Parks added 10 in the win for

Faith United. Leonardo Collie -

and Simon Miller scored the
two baskets for the losers.

St. Paul's 39, New Bethlehem
30 (15): Jarvis Delancy scored
13, Patrick Brice had 12 and
Kendal Simmons and Michael
Ferguson both added six as St.
Paul's won. Jeffery Woodside
had a game high 16 in the loss.

e During the week, the men
played with St. Paul's Fox Hill
crushing Golden Gates 37-22;
New Bethlehem won over Cal-
vary Bible 36-31; First Baptist
routed Golden Gates 52-28;
Evangelistic Centre won over
Bahamas Harvest 35-29; Kemp
Road Union won over Mt.
Tabor 42-34; Evangelistic Cen-
tre over New Bethlehem 29-23
and New St. Paul's Bias Street
over Macedonia 34-27.

°-Here's a summary of their
games:

First Baptist 52, Golden
Gates 28 (M): Eugene Bain
scored 11 and Jamal Rose
scored 10 in First Baptist win.
Lesbott Claude scored 11 and
Lavance Rodgers had eight in

the loss.

New Bethlehem 36, Calvary
Bible 31: Terrell Duncombe
scored 12 and Kendrick Wilson
added seven in the win. Khuno
Deveaux had 10 in the loss.

St. Paul's Fox Hill 37, Golden
Gates 22: Dino Flowers, Edwin
White and Kenton Rolle all
scored eight in the win. JaRoy
Cooper had eight in the loss.

New St. Paul's BS 34, Mace-
donia 27 (M): Ricardo Smith
scored a game high 15 and
Leron 'Preacher' Colebrooke
added four in the win. Hender-
son Curry scored nine and
Vandyke Taylor had eight in
the loss.

Evangelistic Centre 29, New

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Bethlehem 23 (M): Tyee
Sands scored a game high 143
and Kathon Hanna added six
in the win: Dominic Duncombe
scored 12 in the loss.

Kemp Road Ministries 42,
Mt. Tabor 34 (M): Dennison
Johnson scored a game high 14
and Cinzo Storr added 10 in the
win. Spurgeon Johnson had
eight and Antonio Saunders
seven in the loss.

Evangelistic Centre 35,

Bahamas Harvest 29 (M): Lam-
ont Bain scored a game high 20
and Tyrone Sands added nine
in the win. Adrian Forbes
scored seven and Travis Sands
added six in the loss.

e Here's a week at this?”
week's schedule at Baillou Hills:’ -

Tuesday
Court One - 7 p.m. First Bap-
tist vs Temple Fellowship (M);

8 p.m. St. Paul's Fox Hill vs Mt...

Tabor (M).

Court Two -7 p.m. Macedo- (sg

nia vs New Bethlehem (M); 8
p.m. Bahamas Harvest vs Cal-
vary Bible (M).
Thursday ae
Court One - 7 p.m. St. Paul 'S
Fox Hill vs Kemp Road Min-
istries (M); 8 p.m. Golden |

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Gates vs Mt. Tabor (M). Court; -
Two - 7 p.m. Evangelistic Cen- -‘-
tre vs Church of the Nazarene’ . ’

(M); 8 p.m. Bahamas Harvest
vs Calvary Bible (M).
Saturday's schedule

Court One -'10 aan: Faith".

United vs New Bethlehem (15); |
11 a.m. Evangelistic Centre vs
Lord's House of Faith (M);
Noon St. Paul's Fox Hill vs
Ebenezer (15); 1 p.m. Ebenez-
er vs Everlasting Life Ministries
(19); 2 p.m. Golden Gates vs
St. Paul's (19); 3 p.m. Macedo-
nia vs Lord's House of Faith
(M); 4 p.m. Temple Fellowship
vs Mt. Tabor (M).

Court Two - 10 a.m. Trans-
figuration vs New Covenant
(15); 11 a.m. Golden Gates vs
Mt. Tabor (15); Noon Bethel
vs Church of the Nazarene (19);
1 p.m. Faith United vs New
Covenant (19); 2 p.m. Church
of the Nazarene vs Bahamas
Harvest (M); 3 p.m. Evangelis-
tic Centre vs Calvary Bible (M).



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