February 16, 2010
DICK FRANCIS , 89 Best-selling British mystery writer Dick Francis, a champion steeplechase jockey who became a best-selling British mystery writer, died of natural causes Sunday at his home in the Cayman Islands. He wrote 42 novels, many featuring racing as a theme, after retiring from racing in 1957. "I haven't suffered the same injuries as my characters, but I have suffered pain and I know it," he told the Los Angeles Times during a visit to Southern California in 1981.
August 20, 2007
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Immense and dangerous Hurricane Dean slammed into Jamaica's southern shore yesterday evening, ripping roofs from buildings, flattening trees and flooding coastal areas. Although there were no early reports of deaths, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said she was "very concerned" about the storm's impact, especially about the eastern parish of St. Thomas, with which the national disaster preparedness office lost contact. The hurricane, the most powerful Caribbean storm this season, remained on a course that could take it to Mexico's busiest tourist zone, the Yucatan Peninsula, by late today or early tomorrow.
August 1, 2002
WASHINGTON - The White House acknowledged yesterday that while President Bush was serving on the board of Harken Energy Corp. in 1989, the company created an offshore subsidiary, which could have helped it avoid paying U.S. taxes. The revelation comes as Congress is engaged in debate over how to crack down on companies that move offices abroad to avoid corporate taxes or to skirt U.S. regulations. What Harken did was legal and is common practice for international corporations, analysts say. And it is not clear whether Bush was involved in the decision to create the overseas subsidiary.
May 23, 1993
New York--Psssst. Wanna buy some indium? It's today's fanciest investment (um, what's the word? Oh yes . . .) scam. Gullible Americans are taking the bait from boiler rooms clustered in Toronto and the Cayman Islands, beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. law.If they get you on the phone, these "yakkers" will say that Detroit plans to use indium on all car and truck windows. They'll say the defense industry is snapping it up. They'll call back a week later and say you've already made money (they saved you some indium at last week's price, but can't hold it indefinitely . . .)
September 12, 2004
NATIONAL Grief and remembrance for 9/11 On the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans paused yesterday to remember and mourn. Relatives of those who were killed read out their names at Ground Zero in New York. President Bush and his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Kerry, also paid quiet tribute to the victims. [Page 3a] Clinton spurs surge in checkups Former President Bill Clinton's highly publicized bypass surgery has caused worried, middle-aged men across the country with similar symptoms to rush to hospitals for checkups.
July 24, 2005
LOOKING FORWARD MONDAY One year after the release of the Sept. 11 commission report recommending an overhaul of the U.S. security and intelligence apparatus, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled "The Secretary's Second-Stage Review: Re-thinking the Department of Homeland Security's Organization and Policy Direction." The House Small Business Committee will hear testimony on the government's compelling pharmacists to dispense drugs to which they are morally opposed.
April 14, 2002
WHEN the owners of the Bibelot book chain absolutely, positively had to shield $17 million from the Bank of America and the U.S. legal system, they didn't mess around with Bermuda, the Bahamas or Liechtenstein. They sent the money straight to the Cook Islands, the tightest ship in the "asset protection" business. A gorgeous, palmy archipelago in the boundless blue between Australia and Chile, the Cook Islands cooked up a new set of incorporation and trust laws in the 1980s with the help of a Denver lawyer.
November 4, 2002
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua - When John Allen Muhammad snatched his three young children in Tacoma, Wash., and fled a custody order 4,000 miles to the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, he landed on an atoll in flux. The year was 2000, and the U.S. Treasury Department had just lifted an advisory that warned Americans to take precautions when investing there, even as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development called the former British colony a tax haven on the order of the Cayman Islands, Panama and Lebanon.
July 20, 1997
Steve LeePos.: FullbackHeight: 6-0Weight: 265Age: 23Season: RookieHighlights: Used primarily as a blocker, he paved the way for Indiana RB Alex Smith's two 1,000-yard seasons. Started every game last season for the Hoosiers. Academic All-American and All-Big Ten Conference selection in 1995. All-state, all-conference and all-county pick as a linebacker and fullback at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis.Favorite restaurant: Yonker's Steakhouse in IndianapolisFavorite TV show: "SportsCenter"Leisure activities: Weight training, boatingFavorite vacation spot: Cayman IslandsPub Date: 7/20/97
September 22, 2006
All the jumpy, hopscotch-style editing in the world can't save Haven, a blow- and weed-scented drama written and directed by young Cayman Islands native Frank E. Flowers. It's one of those fragmented narratives, the curse of the success of Pulp Fiction and Crash, wherein we see in passing somebody throwing up on a lawn, and then a half-hour later in flashback it's revealed who the puker is and why he's upchucking. I don't know about you, but when I see someone hurling I want immediate identification.