N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.226MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNWITH T-STORM HIGH 92F LOW 81F By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m firstname.lastname@example.org A WHIRLWIND tour of F amily Islands severely i mpacted by the destructive powers of last week's hurricane marked the first stepsof a co-ordinated effort to r ebuild communities suffer ing in Irene's wake. Fly-in visits to Cat Island, A cklins, Inagua and Long I sland gave cabinet ministers, senior government officials and members of the national disaster management committee an opportunity to see the wreckage first-hand and meet locals who weathered the category three storm. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham met the delegation of around 40 people in Arthur's Town, Cat Island, where he touched down in a helicopter on Saturday morning, before going off to see his constituents in Grand Cay, Abaco. In Cat Island, people have been living without power since Irene hit on Wednes d ay night, and general man ager of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC Kevin Basden said he doesn ot know when it will be r estored. Mr Ingraham said 47 electricity poles were knockedd own in the hurricane force winds, which reached 160mph as Irene tore through the family ofi slands, knocking down trees that tripped power and tele phone lines as they fell. In Cat Island, homes along the coast were soaked by cascading surf, and knocked down the walls of Leslie Bannister's home near Orange Creek, ripping out the kitchen and soaking everything inside. Doreen Farrington, Mr Bannister's girlfriend, said she was in the house when Irene hit. "It was very bad," she said. "We had to move upstairs to the balcony upstairs while it took some of the roof off Government tour visits Family Islands impacted by storm TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HURRICANE IRENE BAHAMAS DAMAGE IN PICTURES S EEPAGES 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Hit hardest by Hurricane Irene SEE page 12 By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter email@example.com E DUCATION Minister D esmond Bannister i nformed The Tribune yesterday that his Ministry is stilli n the process of determini ng which, if any, schools affected by Hurricane Irene will be unable to open on time for the beginning of this academic year. Having had an opportunity to visit a number of Family S EE page 10 MINISTRY ASSESSES CONDITION OF SCHOOLS AFTER HURRICANE IRENE E THEL MCPHEE of Deadman's C ay, Long Island, lost banana trees in the storm that will take years to grow back. DOREEN FARRINGTON was in a coastal dwelling in The Lot in Orange Creek as Irene passed over and tore apart her kitchen, portions of the roof and upstairs bedrooms. SEE PAGE SEVEN MARIO VIRGIL'S new house in Lovely Bay, Acklins was flattened in the hurricane. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Strong rip currents proved deadly for a 14-year-old girl who was pulled under the water while swimming with relatives on Friday afternoon. According to police reports, the body of the miss ing teen, whose identity is being withheld by police washed ashore at Xanadu Beach on Saturday morning. Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said an autopsy and official identification will be performed on Monday. The teen was swimming with relatives in waters at Xanadu Beach sometime around 4pm when she appeared to be experiencing problems and then disappeared under the water. Ms Mackey said police received a report on Friday afternoon that a 14-year-old girl was missing at sea. It is believed that strong rip tides were in the Grand Bahama area due to the after effects of Hurricane Irene, a category three storm. Police and BASRA officials were dispatched to the area. Con cerned residents on jet skis By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FLIGHT services in and out of the Bahamas are returning to normal following Hurricane Irene. Flights were temporarily suspended this weekend following a power outage at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA According to airport offi cials the airfield, including all runways, taxiways and approach lights lost power on Saturday. As a result Air Traffic Control temporarily suspended service for all nighttime flights into and out of LPIA. A press statement released by Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD airport had been running on a back-up generator since Thursday after losing commercial power during Hurricane Irene. According to the statement maintenance teams at the airport worked with BEC to restore normal power to LPIAs airfield lighting system Saturday SEE page 11 SEE page 11 1 4YEAR-OLD GIRL DIES IN DEADLY RIP CURRENTS AIRPORT POWER OUTAGE HITS WEEKEND FLIGHTS SER VICESRETURNINGTONORMAL
E DITOR, The Tribune. Read your article on Newsletter Weekly and felt compelled to voice this concern and suggestion. Itw as very disconcerting to h ave to listen to radio a nnouncers yesterday begg ing and pleading with citizens of N. P. to stay indoors and wait for the all clear to leave homes, etc. After so many hurricanes, it is unfathombale that so many people have not reali zed the awesome dangers p resented during tropical storms and hurricanes. M any countries, including the U.S., declare a state o f emergency prior to an impending natural disaster and it is retained until o rganziations like NEMA and FEMA have conf irmed that it is safe to resume normalcy. North Carolina and New Jersey have already declared a state of emer-g ency in their states. This is common at the state leve l in response to natural d isasters. The storm has not even a rrived there as yet. We copy everything A merican. Why can't we copy that? A state of emergency a llows the police, the defence force, NEMA, etc,t he freedom to do other t hings than to keep residents off the streets. Once a state of emergency has been declared,a nyone without authoriza tion found on the streets is arrested. I t prevents the criminal elements from venturing outside to loot and carry on criminal activities whilet he nation is confined i ndoors. Case in point the guy who crashed his car into the ESSO service station.A state of emergency would have prevented residents from compromisingB ECs valiant efforts to r estore power during the storm. It would have prevented the Shell owner on West Bay from opening, it would have prevented the tourists from having a birthday party on Saunders Beach during the storm and it would have prevente d Centreville Food Store from opening at 1 p.m. yesterday encouraging resid ents to leave their homes. Y esterday during the h eight of the storm (I live i n a cul-de sac area off S hirley Street) an u nknown young man was seen walking through our area going where we don't know. So instead of being worried about Irene my husband and I had to worry if h e was going to try to break in. A state of emergency is imperative as we go forward, especialy since the crime stiuation is worsen-i ng. P lease can someone v oice this concern, raise t his issue with the powers that be PLEASE! Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hoping that the next time (God forbid taken seriously. A SUPER CONCERNED C ITIZEN Nassau, A ugust 26, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama HELLISHEIDI, Iceland Sometime next month, on the steaming fringes of an Icelandic volcano, an international team of scientists will begin pumping "seltzer water" into a deep hole, producing a brew that will lock away car-bon dioxide forever. Chemically disposing of CO2, the chief greenhouse gas blamed for global warming, is a kind of 21st-century alchemy that researchers and governments have hoped for to slow or halt climate change. The American and Icelandic designers of the "CarbFix" experiment will be capitalizing on a feature of the basalt rock underpinning 90per cent of Iceland: It is a highly reactive material that will combine its calcium with a carbon dioxide solution to form limestone permanent, harmless limestone. The researchers caution that their upcoming 6-to-12-month test could fall short of expectations, and warn against looking for a climate "fix" from CarbFix any year soon. In fact, one of the objectives of the project, whose main sponsors are Reykjavik's cityowned utility and U.S. and Icelandic universities, is to train young scientists for years of work to come. A scientific overseer of CarbFix the man, as it happens, who also is credited with coining the term "global warming" four decades ago says the world's failure to heed those early warnings, to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from coal, gasoline and other fossil fuels, is driving scientists to drastic approaches. "Whether we do it in the next 50 years, or the 50 years after that, we're going to have to store carbon dioxide," Columbia University's Wallace S. Broecker said in an interview in New York. The world is already storing some carbon dioxide. As a byproduct of Norway's naturalgas production, for example, it is being pumped into a sandstone reservoir beneath the North Sea. But people worry that such stowed-away gas could someday escape, while carbon diox ide transformed into stone would not. The experimental transformation will take place below the dramatic landscape of this place 18 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. On an undulating, mossy moor and surrounding volcanic hills, where the last eruption occurred 2,000 years ago, Reykjavik Energy operates a huge, 5-year-old geothermal power plant, drawing on 30 wells tapping into the superheated steam below, steam laden with carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. CarbFix will first separate out those two gases, and the CO2 will be piped 2 miles to the injection well, to combine with water pumped from elsewhere. That carbonated water seltzer will be injected down the well, where the pressure of the pumped water, by a depth of 500 meters will completely dissolve the CO2 bubbles, forming carbonic acid. "The acid's very corrosive, so it starts to attack the rocks," explained University of Iceland geologist Sigurdur Reynir Gislason, CarbFix's chief scientist. The basalt rock ancient lava flows is porous, up to 30 per cent open space filled with water. The carbonic acid will be pushed out into those pores, and over time will react with the basalt's calcium to form calcium carbonate, or limestone. CarbFix's designers, in effect, are radically speeding up the natural process called weathering, in which weak carbonic acid in rainwater transforms rock minerals over geologic time scales. The CarbFix team, beginning work in 2007, had to overcome engineering challenges, particularly in the inventive design and operation of the gas separation plant. They have applied for U.S. and Icelandic patents for that and for the injection well technique. They plan to inject up to 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide over six to 12 months and then follow how far the solution is spreading via tracer elements and monitoring wells. Eventually they plan to drill into the rock to take a core sampling. "It will take months and years to test how well it has spread," Reykjavik Energy's Bergur Sigfusson, project technical manager, said as he guided two AP journalists through the step-bystep process over the rolling green terrain of the Hengill volcano. The team's greatest concern is that carbon "mineralization" may happen too quickly. "If it reacts too fast, then that will clog up the system," Sigfusson explained. Quick formation of calcium carbonate would block too many paths through the basalt for the solution to spread. If it works on a large scale, scientists say, car bon mineralization has a limitless potential, since huge basalt deposits are common in Siberia, India, Brazil and elsewhere. One formation lies beneath the U.S. northwest, where the U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory plans an experiment similar to CarbFix. The long-term challenge then becomes capturing the carbon dioxide, and building the infrastructure to deliver it to the right places. At a basic level, the CarbFix process might at least allow geothermal plants worldwide to neutralize their carbon emissions. At another level, "you'd line up the coal-fired power plants where the basalt is," said Gislason. Their CO2 then could be locked away permanently as rock, rather than stored in underground cavities as now generally conceived. But ultimately "my vision for carbon cap ture and storage is offshore, below the sea. The whole ocean floor is basalt below the sed iments," said Swiss geochemist and CarbFix manager Juerg Matter, who works with Broecker at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "In 10, 20, 30 years' time, if climate change gets very drastic, then we are going to need solutions like this," he said of CarbFix. "We are going to need solutions 'yesterday.'" Reykjavik Energy has supplied almost half the $10 million spent thus far on CarbFix. Other funding comes from the two universities, France's National Centre of Scientific Research, the U.S. Energy Department, the European Union and Scandinavian sources. (Written by Charles J. Hanley, AP Special Correspondent). A state of emergency is imperative LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org That CO2 solution lock it in a rock EDITOR, The Tribune. M EMBERSof the Church of England, known in the B ahamas as Anglicans, as a rule do not respond to smut, b ut Kenneth Six Francis, from sick bed at PMH has demand a response be given to the attack, in print andt alk radio, by talk show host Ortland H Bodie Jr on his f riend the most Reverend Drexel Gomez, retired prelate of the province of the West Indies. Archbishop Gomez was invited by Mr Wendal Jones to appear on his TV programme to share his views on various topics. On this occasion, the Bishop was asked to opine on the DNA Partys view on illegal immigrantas. Archbishop Gomez gave his candid view, which apparent-l y raised holy hell in talk show Bodies head. He engaged his poison pen and wrote a ten page letter and copied it to all dailies! This was not enough he thence further spewed his venom on his two-hour talk show, going as far as toe xclaim he hopes the Bishop has served his God as well as he serves his king! Those of us, including Archbishop Gomez, who have prayed and continue to pray for our fellow man, OrtlandH Bodie Jr, during his continued rehabilitations, are truly disappointed! Those who are given second chances and are endowed w ith the opportunities to share their jaundiced and somet imes cock-eyed views on radio and in print, ought to be more responsible. Let me quickly say Mr Bodie is entitled to his views. But, for those of us who perform within earshot of the y outh, we ought to be careful not to mislead them into thinking bashing and ridiculing our leaders is a cool thing to do. W e should revere and respect our leaders and have the gumption to know when to keep our traps shut! Mr Bodie must repent ..... Continuing to lament his continuous follies will not bring him back in good graces and certainly not earn him an interview with his grace! TONY FERGUSON Nassau, August 8, 2011. Privileged poor taste! EDITOR, The Tribune Re: George Lamming: On Race The Tribune, August 8, 2011 No disrespect is intended, but this highfalutin pseudointellectual drivel is straight from an academic ebony tower. It may come as a surprise, sir, but many people have moved beyond Race 101 and are now advancing on their own terms in the real world. Frankly, except for some politicians and their supporters, they no longer give a damn and thats exactly as it should be. KEN W KNOWLES, MD (Mostly white Nassau, August 10, 2011. Reponse to George Lamming
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BEAUTY QUEEN: Miss Bahamas Anastagia Pierre looks at the c amera during a visit to a samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on F riday. The 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant is scheduled for September 12 from Sao Paulo. Last year's winner was Mexico's Jimena Navarrete. (AP MISS BAHAMAS VISITS SAMBA SCHOOL IN BRAZIL As a result of Hurricane Irene many four way intersections are without functional traffic lights. Police are encouraging all drivers to proceed with extreme caution at these intersections and are also advising motorist to f ollow the F OUR WAY STOP RULES: Slow your vehicle when approaching a 4 way stop. Stop your vehicle completely (this means your tyres are completely stopped and not rolling). The first vehicle that is brought to a stop is allowed to leave first. The remaining vehicles leave in the same order in w hich they arrived. Never block an intersection as it constitutes the offence of obstruction POST STORM TRAFFIC LIGHT ISSUES
T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 B y SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) F OR those governments that had been courting Muammar Gaddafi for the money that he handed o ut to spread his influence around the world, his fall from p ower in Libya is bad news. And, the news is unlikely to get better whatever regime replaces him. A s this commentary is being written, Gaddafi is beings ought in and near Tripoli. If h e is still in the country, it is o nly a matter of time before h e is caught. His treatment, if he is captured alive, will d epend on who catches him. In any event, his almost 42year rule as leader of Libya,w hich began when he seized power in a military coup in 1969, is at an end. Despite the recognition by several Western governments o f the Libya's National Trans itionalCouncil (NTC b y no means certain that as events unfold in the coming months, the Council or thep ersons who constitute it, will remain in charge. Indeed,c onfusion and chaos are likel y to reign for some months t o come. There are now large groups of people throughout Libya w ho are armed with heavy weapons and who feel that, having confronted the Gaddafi power machine, they a re entitled to share in the spoils. They are unlikely to go quietly into the night. P erhaps it is in acknowl edgement of this reality, that Western governments and commentators have been call-i ng for no recriminations (except against Gaddafi and his sons) and to maintain in office the military and public service that served Gaddafi. They recognise that they made an error in Iraq by get-t ing rid of the military establishment, police and public servants. There was no one in place, except the Americans and the British to take charge and they had little or no experience of Iraq. They also had to train a complete policef orce and rebuild a military c apability. In the meantime, lawlessness was rampant e verywhere. O ne thing is for sure, whether it is the NTC or some other body, Libya now needs a government urgently so as to b ring order after months of chaos. And, whatever governm ent it is, it will be a long time t o come before it starts seeking influence and allies by spreading abroad the revenues f rom Libyas oil. The focus of a ny new government will have t o be on rebuilding Libyas damaged physical infrastruct ure and in building a democ ratic society. Building such a democratic society will bem uch more challenging than r eplacing physical infrastruct ure. Libya is not short of money now. Nor will it be in the future. The immediate problem confronting the NTC,w hich will seek to run the country, is that more than $150 billion of Libyas assets a re locked up abroad, much of it frozen as part of sanctions applied against Gaddafi. No doubt the countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATOt he uprising against Gaddafi w ill want to release some of t hat money to NTC to allow it t o assert its authority in the country. Other countries, such as S outh Africa, where Libyan assets are also lodged, will want to be more cautiousa bout to whom the funds are released. They will want to be sure that there is a de facto government in place. South Africa President Jacob Zuma i s on record as saying he wants t o see a government in place i n Libya and his government has criticised Nigeria for recognising the NTC evenb efore Gaddafi is officially no longer in any kind of authori-t y. A t the moment, many gove rnment salaries have gone u npaid, including the police and the army. The NTC will o nly persuade these people to work if they are assured of being paid, and they see ane arly sign of it. The NATO countries, themselves, are unlikely to release all of the frozen funds t o the NTC at once. The Unit ed States, Canada and the European Union countriesw ill be keen to see swift attempts at drafting a constitution for Libya and no doubt w ill expect to see it in the model of constitutions governing Western countries. They will also want plans to be put in place for general e lections by which the people can choose a government f rom contending political parties. The latter will not happen overnight. A country with no history o f political parties and general elections will require a great d eal of information and traini ng simply to put the necessary institutions in place. Forming political parties will be even more difficult b ecause they are bound to be f ashioned first on narrow political and regional interests b efore those interests can be merged into bodies with a n ational reach, if that can be a chieved. It can also be taken for granted that the NATO coun t ries will be pulling strings behind the scenes and openly. The NTC will clearly do business with the countries and agencies that helped them to t opple Gaddafi. Those countries that remained supportive of Gaddafi or assumed a neutral stance will hardly get a look-in. The only two except ions to that rule would be China and Russia with whom L ibya would want to continue sensible relations for strategic reasons related to security. The experts claim that Libya has Africas highest oil r eserves. But, its national production h as been reduced to virtually n othing because of the conflict over the last few months. They also claim that it will take at least a year before prod uction reaches the level it w as before the conflict. All the more reason why Libya w ill not be opening a cheque book to governments around t he world any time soon. T he spoils of oil are already well and truly in the hands of French, British and Italianc ompanies and the US can be assured of supplies to meet its demands in the coming years. What is more the price of oil is showing signs of going down. T he UN Security Council in giving NATO a chit to help save lives in Libya by protecting those, who rebelled against Gaddafi from his warplanes a nd bombs, also unintentionally provided a license for h elping with regime change. Many will rightly ponder how to guard against a similar occurrence in the future. It appears that the majority o f people inside Libya are pleased to see the back of M uammar Gaddafi and his r eign of terror both inside and outside of the country, but the vacuum he has left needs to be filled. No one should e xpect Libya to be stable and w ell-ordered for some time to come NATO countries had a role in the war; they must now play a significant role in e nsuring the peace. I n the meantime, Libyas cheque book diplomacy is also at an end. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com Libya: A rough road ahead WORLDVIEW S IR RONALD SANDERS LIBYANS CELEBRATE the liberation of their district of Qasr Bin Ghashir in Tripoli, LIbya, Saturday. (AP
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 11 e vening. John Terpstra, NADs Vice President of Operations, said some 10 flights were affected by the service disruption. He said: By the time we r estored normal power at L PIA, many of our evening f lights were cancelled. Mr Terpstra apologised for any passenger inconvenience and assured the public that his team is working around the clock to ensuret hat services at LPIA return t o pre-hurricane levels in short order. The United States preclearance at LPIA will reopen today following its five day closure as a result of Hurricane Irene. In a press statement issued yesterday NAD announced the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP pared to provide pre-cleara nce services at LPIA with n ew operating hours until f urther notice. I t said: USCBP has just a dvised that they will now p rovide full preclearance services beginning at 5.15am Monday for all scheduled flights to the US. This means that all Bahamians in possession of valid passports and current police records may travel as usual. NAD advises that those persons whose scheduled f light times are before 9am m ust have a US visa to clear p ost-clearance upon arrival to the United States. USCBP will restore normal multi-shift pre-clearance services as soon as their staff level returns to normal saidt he statement. Freeport residents were r eported to be stranded at F t. Lauderdale airport after a flight into Grand Bahama w as unexpectedly cancelled. A ccording to one frustrated Freeport resident, confirmed passengers of Flight 102 scheduled to l eave Ft. Lauderdale in Freeport on Saturday was cancelled without notice to i ts customers. P assengers said there was n o communication to them a bout the cancelled flight a nd their questions went unanswered by management staff. The source said passengers were told they must purchase new tickets into N assau with no compensat ion for their flight or any a ttempt to place them on a new flight into Freeport. Bahamians are trying to get into Freeport from Ft. Lauderdale need assistance like yesterday they are sleeping at the Ft Lauderdale Airport because they have nowhere else to go and n o assistance from Bahamas A ir or the Government! s aid a source. Bahamasair management team could not be reached for comment. and boats also assisted in the search. T hey were unable to locate the missing teen and suspended the search at 8pm due to night fall. When the search resumedo n Saturday morning the lifeless body of a young girl was r ecovered around 7.30am from the water, near the shoreline at X anadu. M s Mackey said police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report. I n the meantime, she said officers of the Central Detective U nit are continuing their investigation into the incident. FROM page one 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL DIES IN DEADLY RIP CURRENTS AIRPORT POWER OUTAGE HITS WEEKEND FLIGHTS FROM page one
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 13 AFTER IRENE SCENES OF DAMAGE FROM AROUND THE BAHAMAS PHOTOS/JOANNMCPIKE JAMES CISTERN, ELEUTHERA: Hurricane Irenes winds tipped over and moved this vegetable store two blocks down the street. GOVERNORS HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA: This plane had a hard landing after not being tied down by steel cables during the passage of Hurricane Irene. H ATCHET BAY, ELEUTHERA: T he local cemetery m anaged to escape relatively unscathed. JAMES CISTERN, ELEUTHERA: Toppled light poles and tonnes of rotting seaweed litter made this main road difficult to traverse. JAMES CISTERN, ELEUTHERA: Tabby II was pushed into the graveyard by storm surge. GOVERNORS HARBOUR, ELEUTHERA : BTCs main transmission tower lies broken in two by the winds. This has affected communications into North Eleuthera.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 THE TRIBUNE AFTER IRENE SCENES OF DAMAGE FROM AROUND THE BAHAMAS P HOTOS/JOANNMCPIKE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATOR Ivan Ferguson and his team show Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Minister of Works Neko Grant more damage to the d ilapidated Central George Town roll on / roll off dock in t he middle of Georgetown Harbour. The dock was under r epair at the time of the hurricane. GEORGETOWN, EXUMA: Local Government Administrator Ivan Ferguson greets Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Minister of Works Neko Grant upon their arrival at Georgetown airport via helicopter from South Cat Island. G EORGETOWN, EXUMA: R ebar lies exposed just before concrete was set to be poured on the main Georgetown dock. Further deterioration from the storm as well as undetected previous damage has result ed in the project needing to be reviewed. GEORGETOWN, EXUMA: Prime Minister Ingraham and local government officials view a banana farm that was completely destroyed during Hurricane Irene. While Exuma was extremely lucky and escaped relatively unscathed, its agriculture industry suffered devastating losses. Bennie, pigeon peas, bananas, plantain, sugar cane and avocados have been essentially 100 per cent destroyed for this season. Banana production is not expected to return for next 18 months according to local officials.
T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 15 AFTER IRENE SCENES OF DAMAGE FROM AROUND THE BAHAMAS PHOTOS/DOROTHYMALONE S ERIOUS b each erosion at Elbow Cay. ONE OF MANY fences damaged by the hurricane. THIS COCONUT TREE snapped and fell on local restaurant Mackey's Takeaway, crushing the roof. BOATS were damaged and sunk in Hope Town Harbour. WAVES BREAKING over the beach.
LOCALNEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 THE TRIBUNE AFTER IRENE SCENES OF DAMAGE FROM AROUND THE BAHAMAS P HOTOS/JOANNMCPIKE PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham inspects Knowles Road, part of which was washed away. GREENWOODBEACHRESORT inPort Howe was badly damaged. DAMAGEto the government mail boat dock at Smiths Bay. S MITHSCEMETERY w as destroyed by Hurricane Irene. DOWNED light poles after the storm
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.55 $5.43 $5.55 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comMONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B ETWEEN 3,500-4,000 stopover visitors ended their Bahamian vacations early due to Hurricane Irene, the minister of tourism and aviation hasr evealed, potentially costing this nation up to $4.4 million in lost tourism revenues. The Category Three hurricane also disrupted the r elatively high occupancy levels that were being enjoyed by many Nassau/Paradise Island-based resorts, Tribune Business understands, with rates running at between 65-85 per cent for most properties. S till, despite the short-term disruption, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace (pictured minister of tourism and aviation, told this newspaper that the Bahamas most 3,500-4,000 TOURISTS FLED IRENES WRATH B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor WHILEthe cost of Hurricane Irene repairs will eat into the Bahamas E lectricity Corporations (BEC projection for the financ ial year ending on Sept ember 30, its chairman e xpressed hope that it would still end the periodi n the black. W hile still awaiting hard data from the BEC assessment teams and repair crews that have fanned out through the hard-hit central and southern Bahamas, Michael Moss B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Kerzner International e xecutives told Tribune B usiness that Hurricane Irene had minimal impact on operations at its ParadiseI sland resorts, with more t han 6,000 guests staying at Atlantis during the storm. Ed Fields, Kerzners senior vice-president of pub lic affairs, told thios newspaper: We had over 6,000 g uests at the resort during the storm who were extremely well taken care of by over 750 volunteer e mployees. It is too early to fully understand the impact on b ookings, especially in light of the storm's impact on oth er areas and airports. A tlantis, however, is open for business. Clean-up efforts at Atlantis have been o ngoing since early Friday m orning. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B AHAMIAN GENERAL INSURERSare breathing a sigh of relief given that the collective val u e of Hurricane Irene-related claims looks likely to be considerably less than Frances and Jeanne, with the fate of Abacos$ 800 million to $1 billion sums i nsured key to the final outcome. Steve Watson, RoyalStar Assurances managing director, told Tri bune Business that the Category Three storm was not nearly as bad as we expected, given that it failed to score a direct hit on bothN ew Providence and Grand B ahama, the two main population centres. As a result, RoyalStar on Friday was looking at reducing the num ber of foreign loss adjusters it By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Work on Baha Mars $2.6 billion Cable Beach project restarted on Friday after suffering a 48-hour delay due to Hurricane Irenes passage, a senior executive with the resort develop er/owner adding that from that evening onwards visitors would be hard pressed to think the storm hit the area. Describing Hurricane Irene as having had no impact at all on the construction project, Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president of external and government affairs, told Tribune Business: We were totally prepared. The only damage to the project was to the landscaping that went in. There was no damage to property, equipment and the project compound. The only real damage we had was downed trees in terms of new landscaping unable to catch root at this time. We are very, very happy. Our delay on the project may have been 48 hours, and we are back to work today. Some 600 rooms at Baha Mars existing Sheraton and Wyndham resorts were occupied by guests and locals riding out the storm, and Mr Sands said both properties were back to full operations by Friday. The Crystal Palace casino reopened at 4pm on the same day. All amenities are operational, Mr Sands confirmed. We had some clean-up, due mainly to landscaping issues. Cer tainly, by the end of Friday, if you were to visit the destination, certainly Cable Beach, youd be hardpressed to think Irene visited. All in all, weve been very fortunate, and it was a very good result. Were not seeing any major or immediate cancellations at the moment. However, Mr Sands said Baha Mar, like the rest of the industry, was closely watching Hurricane Irenes progress up the US east coast, and its impact on the major populations there. Early departures could have cost $3.85m-$4.4m Storm hits Nassau/PI resort sectors 65085% occupancies But minister says industry fared far better than could have hoped for SEE page 6B INSURANCE CLAIMS MUCH LESS THAN HURRIC ANES FRAN CES AND JEANNE I renes impact on $800m-$1bn Abaco sums insured key to outcome for Bahamian insurance sector But industry breathing sigh of relief, as storm not nearly as bad as we expected Multi-million hit likely but not several hundred million seen in 2004 SEE page 4B O IMPACT FOR $2.6BN PROJECT AT CABLE BEACH Baha Mar re-starts construction work on Friday, losing only 48 hours Says visitors would now be hard pressed to think storm ever visited Concer n over Irenes impact on US east coast airlift, with Labour Day holiday appr oac hing SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THEBahamian economy would have been reeling for months from a blow worth hundreds of millions of dollars had Hurricane Irene scored a direct hit on Nassau, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confedera tions (BCCEC Weve dodged a bullet. Although the Category Three storm has still inflicted a multi-million dollar Chamber chairman says B ahamian economy dodged a bullet by Irene missing Nassau Says that would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars Minister says too early to tell damage cost, or impact on Budget/national debt SEE page 6B S TORMDAMAGE: E leutherafelt the force of Hurricane Irene last week.Photo/ J oann McPike IRENE TO EAT INT BECS $7M TARGET Chairman hopeful repair costs will not totally erode projection* 95% of New Providence customers restored* Calls for assistance from J amaica, Caribbean ATLANTIS: 6,000 GUESTS IN IRENE SEE page 2B SEE page 7B
B y SIMON COOPER R es Socius ACCORDINGto John Wayne and the American movie industry, at least, prospectors used phrases s uch as: Theres gold in t hem thar hills, when describing opportunities in places like Sierra Nevada and the Klondike. And there was plenty of gold there at the time, too, although some prospectors w alked away with nothing w hen the seams ran out. T he allure of gold has been with us for as long as records have been kept, and it has been the cause of f ierce conflict over the ages. I n olden times the wealthy t urned their gold into jewe llery and ornaments to cons picuously display their w ealth. These days you are more likely to find most of the worlds gold hidden deep in bank vaults. More recently, the price of gold has been in the ascendancy once again, and t his is reinforcing the wisdom of using it as a store of wealth. This is because its r elative scarcity gives it i ntrinsic value, especially when compared to the floating value of currency. And thats really what investment is all about for those of us with few reserves to risk. Finding somewhere r eliable to store the wealth w e have accumulated, and w here moths and rust do not c orrupt it either. If youll f orgive a punt from your local business broker at this point in time, like a reliable business venture, for examp le? B ut we need to be wise stewards of our business investments, too, and especially while business activity is still down. Here a few ideas to squeeze more of the g ood stuff from your investm ent, in order to compens ate for lower high street sales. Think Laterally How else could you diversify your business logically? Horizon-t al diversification means foll owing the lead of a motor d ealer who starts selling a udio equipment, or a r estaurant that introduces takeaways. Vertical Diversification, on the other hand,i s about extending up and down the supply chain, such as a farmer who sells directly to the public, or a wholes aler who opens up a retail store in the next door town. Get on the Internet I c ontinue to be amazed at the number of people I encounter who still havent figured out that the Internet is the worlds greatest f ree advertising opportunity. M odern business is no longer place-bound the way it used to be, and affiliate marketing means one can now sell almost anything anywhere. Recycle Surplus Busin ess Space Business space is not productive when it is not wisely used, and the trick is to find a complementary use for any surplus. The list of opportunities Ih ave heard about seems e ndless. Think hardware s tores with coffee shops, and m otor dealers with outdoor s kateboard parks. Anything that brings feet inside, or puts bums on seats, is worthc onsidering. I hardly made a dent on my subject this time round, b efore I ran out of space. My message today is simple. Theres wealth out there available in many different g uises. The trick is not knowing all the answers, but posing some of the right questions. You could be sitting on a gold mine. N B: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a business brokerage authorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority. He has extensive private and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive of a p ublicly traded investment c ompany. He was awarded an MBA with distinction by Liverpool University in 2005. Contact him on 6368831 or write to email@example.com. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 THE TRIBUNE KPMG Appoints Director of Accounting Advisory ServicesMrs. Karen Williams-Bartlett KPMG is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Karen Williams-Bartlett as the Director, Accounting Advisory Services. 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Kerzner International said the One and Only Ocean Club sustained slightly more disruption to the landscaping and grounds than Atlantis, and. clean-up was expected to last through the weekend. O ther resort properties on New Providence also reported little to no structural damage, with landscaping being mostly impacted by the hurricane. Resort properties such as San d als Royal Bahamian, Cable Beach, also told Tribune Business that clean-up efforts were underway to fix landscapingd amaged by Hurricane Irene. FROM page one A TL ANTIS: 6,000 GUES T S IN IRENE By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MORTON Salt says its Inagua-based plant has suffered no significant damage from Hurricane Irene, and its operations are back up with employees havin returned to work on Friday. Morton executives did not comment on what impact, if any, t he storm would have on staffing levels going forward, given t hat 100 of its 140-strong workforce had already been temporarily laid-off prior to the passage of Hurricane Irene due to h eavier-than-normal rainfall during the first seven months of 2011. If anything, the hurricanes passage might prolong the layoffs, as the rain associated with the storm was likely to further d ilute the salt in the pans. H owever, Mortons spokesperson, Denise Lauer, confirmed to Tribune Business that the company plant was back in oper a tion on Friday. She told Tribune Business: Our facility re-opened today (Friday) with a limited number of staff and production employees. It is too early to assess the impact of Irene on our Inagua operations, but the storm did not damage our facility. At this t ime we will continue to operate according to our current agreement with the union 40 or so production employees w orking a five-day week every third week through mid-Sept ember. Morton Salt relies on the arid weather conditions of Inagua to produce salt by allowing the salt water in ponds to evaporate, w hich in turn stimulates the formation of salt crystals at the bott om of the pond. R ain reverses this process, and dissolves the salt crystals in the ponds, leaving the facility without a product to harvest. Earlie r this month, the company announced lay-offs to begin on August 8, affecting two-thirds of employees. The company said that it would be monitoring the weather and salt ponds inI nagua, and will resume production as soon as conditions allow. MORTON: NO MAJOR DAMAGE Inagua-based salt plant back in operation
B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter email@example.com SANDALS executives hope that clean-up efforts at t he chains Emerald Bay R esort will not significantly impact bookings, with the E xuma-based property e xpected to be fully open today. Yasmina Cherquaoui, Sandals group public rela t ions manager for the northe rn Caribbean, told Tribune Business, Its a little early to say what impact it has hado n bookings. We are very adamant in getting the word out there that we have no structural damage, its all landscaping. We have had teams w orking around the clock s ince the hurricane died down. We have been clean-i ng and working on the lands caping. Thats the message were putting out on the market. We are hoping that it wont be affecting business significantly. She added: We have got arrivals coming in next week. We know we haveh ad some queries from guests due to arrive, and we have spoken to them ande xplained the situation, and w e should still be receiving them. Hopefully, it wont put too many people off. Weve been very lucky with b oth properties. Both resorts [Sabdals R oyal Bahamian and Emerald Bay] have guests inh ouse, so essentially they are o perational and functioning. With regards to the Emerald Bay property, which employs some 300 staff, Ms Cherquaoui said: Sandals Emerald Bay may stop tak ing guests just for the next c ouple of days, but by next week will be taking guests again and be fully opened. We were very lucky we h ad time to prepare and plan, and to evacuate some guests. With Sandals Royal Bahamian we have just over 2 00 guests, and with Sand als Emerald Bay it was just u nder 50. We will be fully operational by Monday. Wed ont want to turn anyone a way if theyre adamant on coming, but just as long as they are fully aware of the situation. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A LEADINGBahamiano wned airline has estimated i t lost probably well over $100,000 as a result of losing three days of operations due to Hurricane Irene. Captain Randy Butler, p resident and chief executive o f Sky Bahamas, told Tribune B usiness: I havent had a chance to quantify it, but we lost almost three days of operations. Weve probably lost well over $100,000. W hen he was contacted by this newspaper, in the middle of a relief flight to Cat Island on Friday, Captain Butler said Sky Bahamas was then back to a 50-60 per cent route capacity, due to the unknownc ondition of Family Island airports it serviced. He added that the airline hoped to be back at 100 per cent route capacity by yester-d ay. Sky Bahamas had brought all its aircraft back home by Friday morning and recomm enced its routes between Nassau and Fort Lauderdale, although passengers heading to the US had to post-clear since US pre-clearance facilities at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIAy et to re-open. Captain Butler praised the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD in getting LPIA reopened fol-l owing Irenes passage, but said there was still room for improvement in communications between NAD, the Civi l Aviation Department and the airlines. Meanwhile, Khaalis Rolle, Bahamas Ferries chief marketing officer, said initial reports indicated there was no impact to the inter-islandf erry transportation providers routes to Abaco and Eleuthera as a result of Irene. Weve had a number of requests already for supplies t o be sent over on the Bo Hengy, Mr Rolle said. Obviously its not a cargo ferry, but were going to accommodate people as much as possible, and stretch ourl imits to help out as much as possible because we understand the impact the devastation has had. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 3B AIRLINE PREDICTING WELL OVER $100K STORM LOSS By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org THE manager of Esso gas station o n Blue Hill Road and Tonique W illiams-Darling Highway is claiming thousands of dollars in damages after a driver apparently swerved out of control and crashed into his station on Thursday night. Paul Hepburn, the stations manager could not give Tribune Busin ess a figure on the amount of dama ges, but said: Its thousands of dol l ars. Ive also had to pay for labour to p ut up sheets of plywood. I had to call in security guards early to be able to man the place. The police came, looked at the p remises and took some photos. Im getting a DVD of the event. Mr Hepburn added: We got the l icense plate of the vehicle, and we g ot the video tape of this white van d riving into the premises. It looked like they were coming o ff the roundabout, swung and lost c ontrol and came straight up from the roundabout, on to the sidewalk, on to the property, just missed the pumps and went straight into the f ront glass display. It cleared out the front glass display. In a matter of seconds, the person reversed and went on his way. Its quite a lot of damage. Three to four panes of front glass was destroyed. These are glass that shatter into s mall pieces. Ive lost some product. Ive lost some shutters. Ive had some dam-a ge to my ice cream machines. No p roduct was taken. Police are actively investigating the matter. GAS STATION SUFFERS LOSS OF THOUSANDS SANDALS WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK ON EMERALD BAY By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter email@example.com NASSAU-BASED food stores are confident their busi nesses still have enough inventory left in the wake of Hurri cane Irene, which led thousands of Bahamians to stock up on perishable and non-perishable items. Gavin Watchorn, president and chief executive of BISXlisted AML Foods, the Solomons SuperCentre and Cost Right owners, told Tri bune Business: We are fairly comfortable on dry products. We have a lot of dry containers, so we are not concerned about that side. In terms of perishables, we have trailers either in Miami waiting to ship or on the water. Were hoping to get some products Saturday morning, some milk and produce that we are a little low on. So by mid-morn ing Saturday we hope to be in stock with those perishable products. Super Value president Rupert Roberts told Tribune Business: We were replenishing the shelves as they would move it, except at times they couldnt replace it fast enough. We have a $6 million gro cery warehouse inventory, which would take two-and-ahalf weeks to exhaust if we stopped importing and, of course, perishables are constantly coming in. We had fresh perishables in Tuesday morning and they are going to have to run us through the weekend because the coast guard wouldnt let the freighters out of port that had planned to leave Friday night and arrive Saturday morning. Mr Roberts said he expects to have more shipments come in today and tomorrow morning. Benita Rahming, City Markets chief executive, told Tri bune Business: As far as the inventory, I visited a couple of the stores today and they still look very good. We are also getting some deliveries today, so we should be all right with inventory. We have three of our Nassau stores open right now. Our South Beach store, we are still having some electrical issues so just to be on the safe side were are not going to open that as yet. FOOD STORES CONFIDENT OVER INVENTORY LEVELS CAPTAIN RANDY BUTLER
BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 THE TRIBUNE r equired from 40 to about 15, a 62 per cent reduction on initial estimates. Having estimated that the Bahamian property and casualty industry could have been looking at several h undred million dollars w orth of claims and dama ge prior to Irenes passage, Mr Watson pointed out that sums insured on the hardest hit Bahamian islands those in the southeastern and central Bahamas werec onsiderably less than in N assau and Freeport. The Bahamian general insurance industry received several hundred million dollars worth of claims resulting from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Both those storms, though, hit Freeport the former getting stuck over it for many hours. But many residences and businesses in the southern B ahamas are either not i nsured or underinsured w hen it comes to catastrop he coverage, thus making f inancing of their recons truction process much more difficult. However, Irenes track towards the heavily populated US east coast meant Bahamian insurers endureda nervous weekend, as high l evels of damage and insurance claims there would have a knock-on effect on B ahamian property and c asualty premiums in 2012, d ue to the level of reinsurance bought by Bahamasb ased carriers. Based on init ial reports, it appears the US east coast avoided the worst. When asked about the likely total value and volu me of claims submitted as a result of Irene, Mr Watson t old Tribune Business: I wouldnt like to say, because weve not talked to anyone from Abaco or Eleuthera weve not been a ble to contact our guys in A baco. But it was a lot less than expected. It was a powerful storm, and more powerful than hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, but the claims look likely to be cons iderably less than Frances a nd Jeanne. It was not nearly as bad as expected. Were downsizing the n umber of loss adjusters we r equire. Were going to bring in less. Were still talking about it, but it might be1 0-15, when we were initially looking at around 40. Its b etter to go from 40 to 1015, rather than to try to go up to 40, he added. Abaco would have the largest value of sums i nsured, of the islands directly impacted, no doubt a bout it. You have the local p opulation, and a significant number of second homeowners. Theyll have the highest exposure, no doubt about it. T he level of damage to A bacos homes, businesses a nd boats, and general physical infrastructure, will thus be key to the final Irene outcome for the Bahamian general insurance industry. I n terms of the sectors t otal risk exposure to Abaco, Mr Watson said a decent guess was that sums insured on the island totalled between $800 million to $1 billion. Most of that is covered by reinsure rs, given that the relatively t hin capital base of Bahamian general insurers requires t hem to buy huge sums of r einsurance. Nassau definitely dodged a bullet, the RoyalStar managing director added. Cat Island and Crooked Island did not dodge the b ullet; they were hit squarely on the nose. Abaco seems to have b een hit pretty hard, but the information to date suggests i ts not as bad as Floyd in 1999, or Frances and J eanne. It was a very dry s torm, with no rain here. I guess its not just the wind speed, but the track and moisture you have to watch, too. We dont have a lot of b usiness in the southern i slands, Mr Watson added. The further south you go, the less insurance coverage there is. In Abaco, the percentage insured is very high. G o to Eleuthera, its slightl y less, in Long Island its less than that, and so on. The RoyalStar managing director was backed by Timothy Ingraham, president of Summit Insurance Company, who also told Tribune B usiness that initial reports s uggested the level of damage on Abaco and E leuthera and therefore t he likely value and volume o f claims was not as bad as feared. Right now its difficult t o say, because communications have not been very g ood with Abaco and Eleuthera, and theyre the two that seem to have beenh it hardest, Mr Ingraham said. Initial reports are not extremely bad, and indicate t hey came through it pretty w ell, but there are no official reports from our agents and brokers there. Its definitely going to be Abaco that determines how b ad it is. Were just waiting t o get word from the, and t hen well know where we stand. Initial reports are that the island fared better than expected, given that it was a Category Three hurricane c oming at them, Mr Ingrah am added. So were keeping our fingers-crossed that its not a huge event, we will get the claims dealt with as quickly as possible, and people can move on with their lives. B oth he and Mr Watson, a long with the rest of the Bahamian general insurance i ndustry, spent a nervous w eekend monitoring Hurric ane Irenes passage up the US east coast. To date, initial reports suggest worstd amage fears may not have been realised. The reinsurers have had their worst ever start to the first six months of a yearw ith all the catastrophe losses, earthquakes and tornad os, so theyre already comp laining about the volume a nd level of claims, Mr Watson told Tribune Business. If this was a $30-$40 billion event [Irene on the US e ast coast], premium rates w ill go up considerably. If its a $4-$5 billion event, there will still be a rate increase because of what happened in the first six months of the year but it will be a lot lower. C urrently, the damage i nflicted upon the US east c oast by Irene appears to be more on the $4-$5 billion scale. Mr Ingraham, too, acknowledged that there were serious concerns over Irenes potential impact. That, for reinsurers, is c oming on top of a year where theyve exhausted their catastrophe budget byt he end of April, the Summit president said. Its piling on a little more at this point. That could definitely be o ne of the things that provokes reinsurers to want h igher rates next year. Its n ot a good scenario, and w ere at the beginning of the peak of hurricane sea-s on, so no one knows what t he rest of it will bring. Mr Watson echoed this, saying that with around six weeks to two months of peak hurricane season left, a lot can happen in terms of further storms and insura nce claims throughout the U S, Caribbean and Central A merican region. INSURANCE CLAIMS MUCH LESS THAN FRANCES, JEANNE FROM page one
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 5B THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsSenior Administrative V acancies Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following positions: V ice President, Operations, responsible for ensuring that cost effective operations a nd infrastructure are in place to support all internal constituents; creating opportunities for investment and strategic partnerships that will support the continued growth of The College of The Bahamas and establishing and managing the appropriate operational, administrative and financial priorities and objectives for all unitsu nder his/her portfolio. Applicants should possess a Master of Business Administration degree or the equivalent with a minimum of ten (10 experience in management. Chief Internal Auditor (CIA ing a risk based audit plan to assess and recommend improvements in key operational and financial activities and internal controls. Applicants should possess a Bachelors degree in accounting or related finance field and must be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Preference will be given to candidates with a masters degree in Business Administration or Accountancy, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFEmation Systems Auditor (CISA Dean, School of Business, responsible for the recruitment and retention of talented faculty and students; the development and monitoring of academic programmes at the undergraduate level; the development of new graduate programmes and ensuring high quality research and outreach performance in the School. Applicants should possess a doctoral degree in Business from an AACSB accredited university; significant hands on experience with AACSB International accreditation, quality assurance and academic programme review. Dean, Faculty of Social and Educational Studies, responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards among faculty and students; ensuring faculty fulfill their professional responsibilities to The College, students and the wider community; facilitating the timely completion of programmes of study by students; establishing an atmospherein which teaching and learning, research, creative activity and service can flourish. Successful candidates must have an earned doctoral degree from an accredited university, hold the rank of associate professor or higher, have a minimum of six years tertiary-level teaching experience as well as administrative and programme development experience. Executive Director, Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute, responsible for providing vision, leadership, management and advocacy for tourism, hospitality and culinaryarts, its programmes, faculty and staff within The College of The Bahamas. Successful candidates must have a masters degree in one of the disciplines of tourism, hospitality, management or a related field, although a doctorate degree is strongly preferred, a minimum of five (5 the level of department chair or above or ten (10 tive level within the hospitality industryor an appropriate combination of academic qualification and training, industry and academic employment. Bahamians only need apply.For detailed job descriptions, visit www .cob.edu.bs/hrapply .Interested candidates should submit the following to Associate Vice President, H.R., Human Resources Department, The College of The Bahamas or email: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 : Acover letter of interest College of The Bahamas Application Form (available online at www.cob.edu.bs/hrprofile ) Acurr ent detailed curriculum vitae Statement of Teaching Philosophy (for Faculty positions only Proof of teaching excellence (for Faculty positions only Copies of all transcripts (original transcripts r equired upon employment) The names and contact information for three professional references B ISX-listed Consolidated Water said it expected no material impact on revenues as a result of Hurricane Irenes effects on the Bahamas and its Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant. "Our initial assessment following passage of Category 3 Hurricane Irene to the east of Nassau indicates that our facilities on New Providence island suffered only minor damage to certain buildings," said Rick McTagg art, chief executive of Consolidated Water. In order to secure the site in preparation for the hurricane, we ceased construction work on the expansion of the Blue Hill plant on Monday. Construction activities are expected to resume [Friday]. All water production equipment continued to operate at normal production levels throughout the storm and afterwards. We do not expect this event to materiall y impact revenues generated from our Bahamas operat ions." CONSOLIDATED SAYS NO MATERIAL IRENE IMPACT By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Both the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC B ahamas told Tribune Business their i nfrastructure had weathered Irene well, although they were unable to yet estimate the total repair bill. W hile BTC assessment teams were still conducting inspections throughout the Bahamas, particularly in the harder hits outhern and central islands, Marlon Johns on, its sales and marketing vice-president, said: The plant held up well in most cases. We had some tower collapses, one in Acklins and one in Eleuthera, which will involve cases of repair and clean-up, butw e feel confident based on the initial assessments that the plant weathered the storm as well as can be expected. He added that on some of the harder h it Family Islands, such as Acklins, Eleuthera and south Abaco, BTC had e xperienced some telecommunications c hallenges. In many cases, Mr Johnson said BTC was waiting on the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BECd owned power lines and poles, and restore electricity supplies. We feel confident that we can readily r estore telecommunications in a lot of these areas, and restore them fairly quickly, he added. The cell phone plant held up fairly w ell, particularly in New Providence, and some people were able to get calls out in the Family Islands. Residential services h eld up extremely well, which goes to years of building the network infrastructure. M r Johnson said that even when electricity went out, battery back-ups and such like ensured residential landline services continued to function. We have some built-in resiliency that i s testimony to many years of investment in plant, he added. In terms of the repair c osts facing BTC, Mr Johnson said it was much too early to tell. It was a similar story at Cable Bahamas, where Anthony Butler, its president and c hief executive, told Tribune Business: Our core system never went down. There were areas of New Providence that had power throughout the storm, and they had our services all the time. Our estimation is that we were under a good 11 hours of tropical storm and hurricane force winds, which is a longer duration than we experienced during the l ast storm in New Providence. Our outside plant was subjected to a 11 hours of solid buffeting, which takes at oll. The last time we experienced anyt hing like that as Frances in 2004, when the poles in Grand Bahama failed. It was pretty intense for the plant to take that d uration. Mr Butler said the main impact to Cable Bahamas New Providence infra-s tructure had come from trees falling on power lines and poles. His company shares these facilities with BTC and BEC, using them as overhead plant. Given that New Providence was the m ost densely-populated island, Mr Butler said the volume of work was greater than o n a Family Island. He added that Grand Bahama had fared very well, Cable Bahamas having rebuilt its infrastructure there five to six years ago as a result of the d amage done by hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Assessments, Mr Butler said, were still being done by Cable Bahamas on Eleuthera and Abaco. He praised the work being done by the repair crews ofC able Bahamas, BTC and BEC. BTC, CABLE BAHAMAS WEATHER STORM WELL HURRICANEIRENE hit New Providence on Thursday morning. Felip Major /Tribune staff
said last night that electric i ty supply had been r estored to some 95 per cent of the Corporations New Providence customers. And he confirmed that BEC had reached out to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS I LEC, the Caribbean assoc iation that represents all electrical utilities in the region, for assistance in restoring supplies in devas tated Family Islands, espe cially Cat Island. Asked by Tribune Business about the impact repair and restoration costs would have on BECs $7 million profit forecast forits current financial year, Mr Moss replied: At this stage Im feeling confident that it will not totally erode the projections we have. It will eat into it, but not totally erode it. I know its going to eat into it. Some of the more southerly islands that had a direct impact, the costs are going to be substantial. Its going to have an impact, but the magnitude of that impact is difficult to say at this point. Mr Moss confirmed to Tribune Business that BEC had reached out to both JPS, its electrical utility counterpart in Jamaica, and to CARILEC for help in restoring electricity supplies in some Family Islands. This, too, would create extra costs for BEC, in terms of housing personnel from CARILEC members and providing them with meals. He said: We have established contact with JPS in Jamaica and with CAR ILEC because were going to need some assistance get ting supplies restored in some of the Family Islands, particularly Cat Island, which has been very badly hit. In terms of New Provi dence restoration, things have gone very well, and weve got close to 95 per cent of customers back on the system. We still have some pockets in New Providence without service. Putting this in context, and possibly responding to critics who have alleged that BEC has been too slow in its restoration efforts, Mr Moss compared its efforts in the aftermath of Irene at Category Three strength with its impact on the US east coast as a Category One. While BEC had restored about 95 per cent of New Providence customers, some five million US cus tomers were without elec tricity, and media reports were suggesting it might take several weeks to reconnect them. Many of the impacted cities, such as New York, Boston, Baltimore, Charlotte and Washington repr esent the core markets f rom which the Bahamian t ourism industry draws much of its visitors, andw ith 8,300 flights to and f rom those cities cancelled at the weekend, accessing this nation for both tourista rrivals and departures w as impacted. With near-term bookings facing a potential negativei mpact, Mr Sands said: The concern has less to do with Irene, but more to do with where Irenes going,a nd thats a situation were going to have to monitor. This is something we h ave to monitor very, very carefully, and begin to strategise on, especially giv-e n that areas like New York City, Charlotte, are the main hubs coming out of the north-east. Thats where the majority of our airlift comes from. We have to be very vigi lant and monitor this e xtremely carefully, and t hen begin to think about putting in place possiblea lternative routes. The airl ines will be doing similar thinking, re-routing peo ple. It appears that Irenes i mpact on the core US east coast tourism markets has been less than predicted,a lthough it is unclear how quickly those cities and t heir airports will get opera tions back to normal. There is still likely to be some minor disruption tot he Bahamian tourism industry in terms of accessibility. To ensure the market knew Bahamian tourism remained open for business, and that the major resort p roperties on New Provid ence had not been affected b y Irene, Mr Sands said the Ministry of Tourism andB ahamas Hotel Association ( BHA) had jointly been issuing regular updates. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, hadp layed a pivotal 24-hour role in this effort. We have not been negli g ent in terms of not paying attention to this, Mr Sands s aid, adding that it was i mportant for the Bahamian tourism industry to prepare for this comingw eekends US Labour Day holiday. Weve been very proactive in keeping the marketplace aware and up-to-date, particularly as the international media paint the B ahamas as one geographi cal area rather than indiv idual islands. Social media was helpful in getting thew ord out to all, not just p eople coming to the Bahamas, but those consid ering coming to the Bahamas. One of the most impor tant vacation days in the US is Labour Day a week Mon d ay, so its important the Bahamas is ready to receive t hose guests this coming w eekend. Mr Sands, meanwhile, praised the performance oft he Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC Cable Bahamas services d uring Hurricane Irene. B aha Mars resorts, he said, had power for 95 per cent of the storms duration,B EC quickly restoring it when it was knocked out. BTC and Cable Bahamas maintained service without interruption. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 7B BahamasPropertyFundLimitedherebynotiesits shareholdersthattheBoardofDirectorshasdeclared adividendoftwentycents(20perClassAOrdinary SharetobepaidSeptember15,2011toall shareholdersofrecordasofSeptember8,2011. BAHAMAS PROPERTYFUND LIMITED F ROM page one O IMPACT FOR $2.6BN PROJECT AT CABLE BEACH IRENE T O EAT INT BECS $7M T AR GET FROM page one THEBEACHAT THESHERATON HOTEL, AFTERHURRICANE IRENE: Robert Sands said, We had some clean-up, due mainly to landscaping issues. Certainly, by the end of Friday, if you w ere to visit the destination, certainly Cable Beach, youd be h ard-pressed to think Irene visited.
INSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 9B w hich, other than thetower in Eleuthera, appears tohave suffered no damage. Are we being plunged back into the stone age to communicate by carrier pigeon all for the sake of a f ew generators? T he most important less on as a country that has t o be faced is that global warming, increasing violent hurricane seasons and other variables outside of our control will be a part of our future. In otherw ords we have to accept t hat some of our commun ities are geographically u nsustainable in terms of protection. The FNM andP LP also need to start a n ational political discussion without the usual bickering on the sustainability of having such far flung settlements inhabited by so few people, with declining populations i nstead of building one or t wo super settlements in v arious islands. We as a c ountry must accept the f act that we can no longer a fford to invest millions of dollars for capital projects for 72 people in any settlement. when the demands of our young and increas-i ng population and other social infrastructure i mprovements go unchecked. The media also has to p lay its role.It is not fair to report fiction, or to create p ublic panic by innuendo. As the publisher of this newspaper always insists: When in doubt, leave out! And as the PrimeM inister stated: The clini c of Smiths Bay was not completely destroyed as reported, although it did lose all the shingles on itsr oof. In fact, upon enteri ng the facility the drop c eiling had been cleaned u p and this clinic would be in good shape in a mattero f days. T he Bahamian people and our media can take great reassurance from a recent article in Business w eek magazine,written by Jeff McMahon, that showed that Bahamians are nowhere near the bot-t om of the pile. Hurricane Irene is s wirling around me right n ow, he wrote, slamming gates, lashing shutters withw ind and rain, bending c oconut palms, and sweeping from these low, sandy islands anything thats not been tied down. In the hours leading to this moment, two distinct kinds of humans could be observed here: panickedA mericans and calm B ahamians. American tourists c rowded hotel reception desks and taxi stands yes-t erday, rushing to escape t o the more besieged airport, while Bahamians took in stride the necessity of additional work: screw i ng plywood over windows, stacking deck chairs and tossing them into hotel pools to keep them fromb ecoming airborne in the c oming winds. Why such a difference i n attitude between Bahamians and Ameri-c ans? Heres what one n ative Bahamian told me: I have lived through many hurricanes in the Bahamas. You just need a place tos tay out of the rain and relax until its over. Meanwhile, the Ameri can news channels, CNN a nd The Weather Channel, h ave been hawking danger a nd devastation for these i slands and for 55 million people on the AmericanE ast Coast. You need to h ave a survival kit! one televised expert insisted. After 9-11 people found themselves without gogglesa nd gas masks. How will a gas mask help in this hurricane? Lets hope lessons learnedb eget lives saved. LESSONS LEARNED FROM HURRICANE IRENE FROM page 10B P hoto/ J oann McPike
By R OBERT CARRON T HERE is no doubt that T he Bahamas was facing a threat of devastating proportions as Category 4 Hur ricane Irene with winds of135 mph, storm surges of immense proportions and torrential rain prepared top low its way up through the entire length of our archi pelago. Miraculously we w ere spared such a fate and s uffered minimal damage with no reported loss of life. Having had the opportunity to travel with the Prime Minister and members of his government as they assessed the damage from Hurricane Irene first hand in various Family Island communities over the last three days what immediately was apparent was Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was there to make decisions. There was going to be no sending out of assessment teams before anything was done as in the past. The Family Island Administrators had made their reports by satellite phones, updated the various Ministers about what need-ed to be done. Mr Ingraham was there firsthand to learn, apply his vast knowledge and experience and make decisions to ensure that his government was accountable to the people it served. While not wanting to minimise any damage suf fered by any fellow Bahami ans as trivial, because any loss no matter how small, is devastating, however con trary to reports in another daily newspaper Eleuthera was not devastated in the sense in which that word was being used. In fact, hav ing been there after four hurricanes since Andrew in 1992, given the strength of the Hurricane Irene we were amazed to see how well the islands, people and communities withstood its onslaught compared to Andrew, Floyd and Jeanne. Of course, there were homes that suffered great damage, communities such as Arthurs Town, James Cis tern, Green Turtle Cay, Knowles, Governors Harboursouthern Cat Island, Chesters and Lovely Baythat also suffered (see our photos), but there was nothing to suggest that there was devastation and between those areas in some cases there was no sign of a storm. As the Prime Minister clearly told the press, the words relieved or spared could have been so much better. In 1992 and again with Hurricane Floyd, the Current, for example, suffered extensive damage so much so that only two structures were left standing. On Friday from the helicopter hovering at 100ft, no structure was destroyed and no roofs were completely damaged. In fact it appeared that the residents immediate needs were shingles and plywood. Valentines dock, another usual fatality that anyone would be a fool to go into a web shop to bet that it would survive, beat the odds. There, standing proud with only a few pieces of wood missing on its outer docks, was Valentines dock. We were all amazed. The seawalls that had beeni nstalled in 1992 and 1999 w ere in all cases from Eleuthera to Exuma to Cat Island a tremendous suc cess and a good investment of the peoples taxes. Not a single road that was protected by these walls hadb een washed away, nor were they in need of anything buta few very minor cosmetic r epairs. Roads that were not p rotected such as in Knowles or Smiths Bay were washed away. So what have we learned for the future should we be faced with another storm? Well three things: First and foremost BEC needs to be managed and held accountable to a much higher standard. The light poles 48 of them that we counted on our tour of Cat Island were down, not because of hurricane force winds, but because of shoddy installation and lack of planning. In all cases had the poles been drilled to the accurate depth and/or inspected afterwards perhaps the communities would not be without power today and having to wait, we are told, two to three weeks to have these poles replaced. That the power plant in Bluff, Eleuthera, a lovely modern showpiece, is without fuel to produce power is baffling. The key ingredi ent of a power plant for gen erators is oil. We understand that the government was told that the plant hade nough oil to last to Sep t ember 6th. We have learned that the oilis on the island, but not at the plant. BEC needs to be account able and a public investiga tion needs to be initiated. If BTC is to have the t remendous privilege of holding an exclusive cellu lar service within our Com m onwealth then with that i mmense gift comes fiduciary responsibilities that the government will have to enforce. That BTC cell sites do not have their own generation facilities is shortsighted. Marlon Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing, made a statement to the press that the communications failure is not our fault this time as BEC is off. Well, yes, it is! BTC should not have to rely on the unreliable power of BEC because then they are only as reliable as something in which they have no vested interest and over which they have no control. Further more, having been given an exclusive cellular service in 2011 how on earth are people supposed to communi cate in such dire circumstances when BECs policy is to turn off the grid before the storm to protect its equipment and peoples lives? BTC must install gen erators at key cell sites T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , A A U U G G U U S S T T 2 2 9 9 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 8 DOWNED l ight poles were spotted on the tour of Cat Island. Had the poles been drilled to the accurate depth and/or inspected afterwards perhaps the communities would not be without power today. Photo/ Joann McPike SEE page 9B PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham was present in Family Island communities to make decisions. Photo/ JoannMcPike
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONE MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 $JHQWVt%URNHUVf/WG0$56+&RUUHVSRQGHQW INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . GRIFFITH DISQUALIFIED FOR FALSE START STUART ENDS UP 17TH OVERALL IN THE LONG JUMP BOL T IS OUT AFTER JUMPING GUN IN 100 FINALS SHENIQUA FERGUSON MAKES IT TO SEMIS T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com DAEGU, South Korea The media focus was on Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner." But Chris 'Fireman' Brown kept his composure and was able to hold off the Republic of South African using prosthesis for his legs to lead the Bahamas three-man charge in the semifinal of the men's 400 metres. Brown, running on the inside in lane two, surged from behind on the home stretch to pull off the victory in 45.29 in the last of five first round heats at the Daegu Stadium Sunday where the crowd cheered for Pistorius as he finished third in 45.39 behind Great Britain's Rooney Martyn (45.30 "These are the championships and you can't take anyone for grant ed," said Brown about all of the hype surrounding the race. "I'm just coming into these games to do my best. It looked close at the end, but I still won. "I got the win and that's all matters. I want to set myself up for a good lane in the semifinal where you got to step it up." Brown's win and his time, which placed him 11th overall in a field of 36 competitors, has earned him lane three in the second of three heats in today's semifinal. He will run alongside former world leader Kirani James in lane four. Virgin Island's Tabari Henry is in seven. Ramon Miller, who posted the 13th best time with a season's best of 45.31 when he placed third in heat four in the preliminaries, will be in lane seven next to new world leader and defending champion American LaShawn Merritt in six. Trinidad & Tobago's Renny Quow is in five. And Grand Bahamian national champion Demetrius Pinder will have to run out of lane one in heat three against Grenada's Rondell Bartholomew, Jamaica's Jermaine Gonzales and Pistorius after he got fourth in heat one of the prelims in 45.53. The first two in each heat and the next two fastest finishers will advance to the final that completes the action for Tuesday. Brown, the veteran of the crew at age 32, said he's here for one mis sion and that is to get on the podium and finally receive a medal at the championships that has eluded him since he made his first appearance in Edmonton, Canada, with a fourth place. "It's still open up for anyone. The guy false started in my race and he was out," Brown said. "Anything could happen. So I'm just going to go out there and give it my best." Having had a chance to compete against Pistorius before, Brown said with the stretch of all the media Fireman burns up track to win heat RACE DAY: Chris Brown (third from right of the Bahamas competes against Tony McQuay of the US, Britain's Martyn Rooney, Qatar's Femi Ogunode, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, and Costa Rica's Nery Brenes in a 400m heat at the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships Sunday. (AP RAMON MILLER DEMETRIUS PINDER S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 E E
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DAEGU, South Korea One of the newest rules instituted by the IAAF has cut sprinter Adrian Griffith's appearance short at the 13th World Championships. Competing in the first round of the men's 100 metres at the colourful Daegu Stadium on day one of the week-long championships on Saturday, Griffith was disqualified for a false start. The amended rule by the IAAF indicates that rather than the first false start charged to the field, the athlete committing the infracture will be disqualified. A visibly upset Griffith, who was the first member of the Bahamas' 18-member team to compete on the track, said he was highly disappointed because he didn't feel as if he committed the offence. "I don't believe I false started," he told The Tribune in the mixed zone after he came off the track. Griffith, the men's national champion who was hoping to advance further than his fifth place in the quarter-finals at the last championships in 2009 in Berlin, Germany, was stunned when the official approached his lane, raised the red flag and escorted him off the track when the race was called back. The guy on the side of me flicked. He stand on the next guy's lane first, they come and called me," said Griffith, referring to Peter Emelieze of Nigeria, who was in lane six. The 26-year-old Griffith, who was running out of lane five, said "there's no problem. You see the false start," when asked what happened. However, St Kitts and Nevis' veteran Kim Collins, who ran out of lane four to secure the win in 10.13 when the race was finally over, said while he was happy that "the old man" was still about to pull off a decade win, he saw what happened blind-sided. "As you see, I didn't move," he said. "It's not because the gunc aught me off guard, but I saw when he moved. And trust me, my thing was, hey man, don't move. Just hold your breath and don't move.' I saw in the corner of my eye when he moved. I'm really sorry about that, but it happened." With his elimination, there was only speculations left as to whether or not Griffith would have advanced. The next two automatic qualifiers were American Trell Knowles in 10.32 and Trinidad & Tobago's Richard Thompson in 10.34. Griffith went in with a season's best of 10.28. He was anticipating running even faster here. That will only be a mystery as G riffith was done before he got started. SPORTS PAGE 2E, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS DAEGU, Korea For sprinter Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson, who is mak ing her second appearance, the conditions in the Games Village at the 13th IAAF World Championships are great. "But the food isn't good," Ferguson told The Tribune after com peting in the heats of the women's 100 metres. "They have the same food over and over again and it's cold. Even if you go there early, it's cold. Everybody is complaining. Me and even Debbie (FergusonMcKenzie). But coach (Henry Rolle) told me that I have to eat it because you don't want to come this far and starve. But it's really hard." Other than the food, Ferguson said everything else is okay, especially having the track to train right on site. Quarter-miler Chris 'Fireman' Brown said there is no change in the menu which makes it difficult. "But everybody has to eat it, so we're making the best of it," Brown told The Tribune after winning his heat of the men's 400 metres. As for the men's 4 x 400 relay team that is waiting to compete, Brown said: The guys are all looking good and they have to remember that although the Bahamas are the silver medallists from Beijing, they can't just expect for the teams to roll over and play dead. "We didn't get a medal in 2009 because of a disqualification in 2009 and we didn't medal in 2010, so a lot of teams feel as though they can compete with us and against us," he said. "But we feel we have a good chance to go out there and bring home the gold because the US is not as strong as they usually are. We just have to come out and put our best foot forward." Brown said despite the fact that Grand Bahamian Michael Mathieu could be running the 200 final if he qualifies after the start of the relay Saturday night, they still have suffi cient athletes in the relay pool to get the job done. But he admitted that he is confident that their chances would be that much better if Mathieu was included and not excluded. ATHLETES SHARE GAMES VILLAGE EXPERIENCE Adrian Griffith disqualified for false start under new IAAF rule 13th IAAF World Championships DISQUALIFIED: Adrian Griffith (far right shown in action at the IAAF World Championships in 2009 in Berlin, Germany, was disqualified for a false start at this years meet in Korea. ADRIAN GRIFFITH But the food isn t good...They have the same food over and over again and it's cold. Even if you go there early it's cold. Everybody is complaining. Me and even Debbie (Ferguson-McKenzieHenry Rolle that I have to eat it because you don't want to come this far and starve. But it's really hard." Sheniqua Ferguson
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 3E D D A A Y Y T T H H R R E E E E M M O O N N D D A A Y Y Women's 100 metres semifinals Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson, heat two, lane 7 at 6:38am EST Men's 400 semifinals Ramon Miller, heat one, lane 7 at 7am EST Chris Brown, heat two, lane 3 at 7:08am EST Demetrius Pinder, heat three, lane one at 7:16am EST Women's 100 final If qualified, Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson at 8:45am EST IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE 13th IAAF World Championships B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com DAEGU, South Korea If she could, Bianca 'BB' Stuart would have preferred tot ake back her first two openi ng attempts in the qualifying round of the women's long jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships. The first one she scratched and the second she could only muster an effort of 3.96 metres or 13-feet, 0-inch (yes, you read it correct). By the time she got it all together on the third attempt, her leap of 6.44m (21-1 1/2 good enough to propel her from the bottom of the field of 18 competitors to eighth place in Group A at the Daegu Stadium on Saturday. But when the final results from Group A and Group B (with another 18 competitors were combined, Stuart ended up 17th overall. "It was a great experience. I didn't have a good day. I was having problems with my approach, but I still tried," said Stuart, who was making her debut at the championships. While only four competitors two in each group achieved the automatic qualifying mark of 6.75m (2213/4), Stuart missed out on the final cut of the best 12 to contest the final. The top qualifier in her group was American Brittany Reese with the best mark of the day with 6.79m (22-31/2 qualifier was American Janay DeLoach with 6.51m (2141/4). But looking back at her performance, Stuart admitted that "the first jump was actually good, but I fouled. The run-way was extremely fast. I was having a lot of issues. After those two faults, your mind was playing with you. So I tried to stay focus and get a good one in." Despite not getting in, Stuart said she was still happy to have been able to maintain her top 20 position in thew orld. T he new Bahamian nation al record holder, who erased the previous mark of 6.80m (22-33/4 Shonel Ferguson and Jackie Edwards with her 6.81m (2241/4) gold medal performance at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico in July, said the competition was pretty stiff and she definitely felt the pressure bug as she tried to make her adjustment to the highest level of competition in the sport. "You always have nerves. I was trying to mask it out, but I was nervous," said Stuart. "Because the run way was so fast, my coach (Henry Rolle told me to move back two and when I moved back two, my left foot actually hit the board, so I was off. I jumped off my right foot, so that really threw me off. I had to adjust again on the third jump and I always fouled that, but I said let me just try to make a safe jump." Stuart, a 23-year-old graduate of Southern Illinois now doing her post-grad studies at Auburn University, said she saw flashes of deja vu from her first professional meet when she scratched all of her jumps at the Herculis Diamond League Meet in Monaco on July 22. "I was just saying to myself that I need to get this jump in so that I can just qualify for the next round," she said. "But a lot of the girls were jumping 6.4s, so it was very close." Although she fell short of her ultimate goal of making the final in her debut, Stuart said the experience is one that she will have to write off and make the necessary adjustments. Thats if she is entered in t he final two Grand Prix m eets next month or closes out at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14-30. Stuart, however, said her goal is to make up for her appearance here by contend ing for a medal at the Olympic Games in London, England, next year. BB Stuart ends up 17th overall GOOD EFFORT: Bianca Stuart (file photo ended up 17th overall in the long jump at the 1 3th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. BIANCA STUART AMERIC AN REESE WINS LONG JUMP GOLDEN JUMP: Brittney Reese of the US competes on her way to winning the final of the long jump at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Sunday. (AP
SPORTS PAGE 4E, MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 13th IAAF World Championships By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DAEGU, South Korea ( AP) Still fuming from his f alse start that knocked him from the 100 meter final, Usain Bolt crouched on the line and waited. Then he zipped off the blocks into the darkness of a deserted prac tice track. T here, only a short hike f rom the main stadium, he didn't have to worry about jumping the gun. Bolt missed out on defend ing his 100-meter title Sunday when he jumped from the blocks early at the world championships. He was disqualified by a highly debated zero-tolerance false start rule enacted last year. "He's human, isn't he? I always knew he was human," said his coach, Glen Mills. "He will pick himself up. He's a champion." Just not on this night. Bolt knew instantly it was his error, too. Soon after the gun went off, soon after taking a few steps out of the blocks, another gun blasted the knot-in-your-stomach sound for any sprinter. Bolt's eyes grew big. He pulled his shirt over his face, then ripped it off and whipped it around in his hand. Grudgingly, Bolt left the stage he has dominated since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Instead, it was left to another Jamaican to wrap himself in the country's flag Yohan Blake, a 21-year-old up-andcomer that former Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene predicted to win. Blake finished in a modest time of 9.92 seconds, 0.16 seconds ahead of American rival Walter Dix. Kim Collins of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the 2003 world champion and now an aging 35-year-old veteran, was third. "Definitely, I wasn't focus ing on beating Usain," Blake said. "I was just focusing on finishing in the top three." This was also a day that Oscar Pistorius, the doubleamputee sprinter known as the "Blade Runner," showed he indeed belongs on the same track with able-bodied athletes at big meets. Springing along on his carbon-fiber blades, Pistorius advanced to the semifinals of the 400. "A big sense of relief," he said. On the track, it was a big show for the Americans. Defending champion Trey Hardee and Ashton Eaton gave the U.S. its first 1-2 decathlon finish at the worlds. Brittney Reese defended her long jump title, and Allyson Felix breezed into the finals of the 400 with an easy win in her heat. This entire competition was setting up as a stroll for Bolt. Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell withdrew just before the event began because of a groin injury, and American rival Tyson Gay was out with a hip injury. As if to under score how easy this might be, Bolt cruised through his previous two rounds. Then he false started. It wasn't even close. He's 6-foot5 and it's clear when he stands up in the blocks too soon. His night done, Bolt gathered his stuff, slung his back pack over his shoulder and headed down the tunnel that leads out of the stadium. He wouldn't talk, glaring at any one who got too close or tried to ask any sort of question as he walked up a path. He went through a fenced gate that leads to the warmup track, typically off limits to all but the competitors. Once there, he joined a group of friends and coaches, throwing down his backpack, taking a swig of water, dump ing some on his head and tossing the bottle aside. He sat down briefly before jumping up and heading onto the track. B olt lined up in Lane 6 one spot from his lane assign ment in the final waited a second to compose his thoughts and took off down the runway. He traveled about 100 meters, turned around, jogged back and went again. Four times he repeated that. Four times he paused at the starting line. He was getting back on the horse again. After his cool-down and a quick massage, Bolt trudged across a grass field to catch a ride. Before he could reach the safety of his car, though, he was met by a few reporters. "Looking for tears? Not going to happen," said Bolt, his agitation beginning to subside. "I'm OK." Enough to run the 200 meters? "You'll see on Friday," he said, referring to the start date of the race. Change the false-start rule? Silence. And then the car ushered him away. "I didn't really think they were going to kick him out," Dix said. "How can you kick Usain out of the race?" This is typically Bolt's stage, but the world-record holder had a little company Sunday in Pistorius and Hardee. Oth er winners were Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia (10,000 Valeriy Borchin of Russia (20-kilometer walk Yanfeng of China (discus Still, Bolt found a way to steal the spotlight from Pistorius and everyone else. This 100 will be known not so much for Blake's crowning achievement but the one in which Bolt jumped the gun. "I didn't expect that from him," Blake said. "I had to just keep my head, keep the focus and get the job done for BOLT OUT AFTER JUMPING GUN IN 100 FINALS S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 E E DISQUALIFIED: Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes off his shirt (top right as he is disqualified for a false s tart in the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday. (AP FALSE START: JamaicasUsain Bolt (fourth from bottom (AP
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 5E By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DAEGU, South Korea On her return to the IAAF World Championships, a clean start and smooth acceleration throughout the race helped to propel Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson into todays semifinals of the women's 100 metres. A seventh place finisher in the quarterfinal of her debut in Berlin, Germany, Ferguson earned her berth by clocking 11.36 seconds to trail American world leader Carmelita Jeter (11.21 first of event heats in the first round. This year, the IAAF eliminated a round for the 100 by creating the preliminaries for athletes who didn't qualify. "It was a good race. I was hoping to go a little faster, but first time on the track, first time getting a feel of it, so it's what I asked for," she said. "I watched the race and my start was pretty good, so I'm happy with that. All year, me and my coach (Henry Rolle) was working on my s tart, so I'm really glad that I d id what he asked me to do." Ferguson, a 21-year-old former standout at Auburn University, posted the 23rd fastest qualifying time out of the field of 55 competitors.S he will now run out of the second of three heats in today's semis in lane seven next to Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown in six. Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is in lane three and Trinidad & Tobago's SemoyH ackett is in lane two. The first two plus the next two fastest times will advanceto the final that will close out tonight's programme. "Next round (semifinal I'm just looking to go 11.1 or better and I'd be happy," said Ferguson, who admitted that it won't be an easy task. As the lone competitor of three Bahamians who had qualified to compete in the event, Ferguson said she was thrilled to have set the tone for the female competitorson the track. "I know Debbie (Ferguson-McKenzie) was supposed to run, but she didn't," said Ferguson of the Bahamian double national championwho opted to concentrate on the 200 and the 4 x 100 relay. "Coming up with the 200, I just hope everybody will go o ut there and go off my momentum." Looking back at her race, Ferguson admitted that when she first realized that she drew the same heat with Jeter, she was a bit disap pointed. But running with her and looking at the race and I noticed that I was actually there with her, even though I knew she wasn't running, it was really good," Ferguson said. "I got to work on my start because I'm not a good s tarter. I was nervous at first, but I got over it." As she moves into the semis, Ferguson said she's hoping that her performance would enable her to advance to the final. "I was nervous coming h ere because this was my first race as a professional having done with college, so I just wanted to see how it goes," she said. "Now we will just see how it goes from here." As one of the rising young stars, Ferguson said she's e ven looking forward to the women's 4 x 100 relay team getting a chance to contest once again for a medal in the4 x 100 relay that will have the semifinal on Saturday and the final Sunday. Q Ferguson into 100 semis 13th IAAF World Championships INTO SEMIS: Sheniqua Ferguson (left in action at the IAAF World Championships in 2009 in Berlin, Germany. attention that was out there, he just had to remain focused, especially considering that there was so much at stake for him and the rest of the Bahamian men. "I'm just happy to get the bugs out because the first one is usually the most crucial one for me," he said. "So I'm looking to come out here tomorrow and all three of us can get into the final. It would be real good for us and the country and I'm wishing everyone well." The 24-year-old Miller, whose heat was just before Brown's, admitted that he came out and stayed within himself and even though he came off the final curve tied with James, he faded going to the finish line. "I'm saving for each round. Hopefully next round, I can go to the final. That's my main goal," said Miller, who did his personal best of 44.99 when he got fifth in the semifinal at the last worlds in Berlin. Having done a season's best in the heats, Miller said the only thing left him for him to do in the semis is to "attack more" and he is confident that he can live up to his end of the bargain of having all three Bahamians in the final. Pinder, now on the pro circuit after completing his eligibility at the University of Texas, didn't perform as he anticipated. He made up the stagger on the runner ahead of him coming off the first curve. But by the time he got on the home stretch, he couldn't hold on as Marcin Marcinszyn of Poland surged past him for third place in 45.51. Gonzalez took the win in 45.12 and American Jamaal Torrance was second in 45.44. "I got out, tried to get comfortable, but I couldn't estimate what was going on because the lane in front of me was empty," Pinder said. "This is just the heat. Going into the semifinal and try to do better." Pinder, 21, said he's hoping that he too can give the Bahamian public what they are anticipating three Bahamians in the final. "I feel good," said Pinder, who spotted a style having trimmed off a lot of his hair to give himself a "new professional look." CHRIS FIREMAN BROWN BURNS UP TRACK TO WIN 400M HEAT F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E SOUTH AFRICAS Oscar Pistorius (far left (right of the US compete in a 400m heat Sunday. (AP
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011, PAGE 7E 13th IAAF World Championships BOLT OUT AFTER JUMPING GUN IN 100 FINALS Jamaica." Leading to the worlds, Dix, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist, said he was in the kind of shape to possibly upset Bolt. Only he didn't count on Blake, or being so hesitant following the ousting of Bolt. "You kind of wanted to sit in the blocks and not move," Dix said. "I definitely thought I could have been more competitive than running from the back. It was great to put the U.S. back on the medal stand." As did Hardee and Reese, who defended their world titles, along with Eaton, who used a fast 1,500 in the final event of the decathlon to move into second place. A smooth-running Felix had no trouble moving on to the final of the 400, while teammate and defending champion Sanya Richards-Ross had all sorts of anxiety. Richards-Ross fought back tears as she watched the final heat of the semifinals. She had a tenuous grip on the last ticket to t he final after a shaky perform ance. Only when her spot was s ecure did Richards-Ross deeply exhale. "That was more than close," she said. "Got to shake it off." Felix is chasing a double in Daegu in the 200 and 400. She has been trying to conserve energy and not push the pace. Yet even when she's trying to hold back she's difficult to beat. Bolt used to be impossible to beat at major championships. But that was before he jumped the gun. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 4 4 E E BIG RACE: Jamaica's Yohan Blake (far left crosses the finish line to win the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday. From left, Blake, USA's Walter Dix, silver, Saint Kitts and Nevis' Kim Collins, bronze, Antigua's Daniel Bailey and France's Jimmy Vicaut. (AP