N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.241FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 78F By SANCHESKA BROWN WITH more than three months to go, 2011 has already become the deadliest year inB ahamian history after a night of violence that left three men dead and another fighting for his life. The murders, the result of three separate shootings, take the count to 96 for the year two more than 2010, itself a record year. C ommenting on the dubious milestone, Assistant Commis sioner of Police Hulan Hanna said: As a country we still have to remain in the vanguard of the fight against crime. Crime can not be politicised, crime cannot be compartmentalised. It has to b e dealt with holistically. We need to take a look into the soul of this nation and see where we have gone wrong. And for those who remain we have to find a way to extricate them from their situation. The violence, bitterness and anger that have developed do not bode well, but the police remain committed to the task at hand, and will continue to deploy officers in communities and network with our partners and hopefully this will result in a decrease in crime. 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Keith Bell, attorney and vice-chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, said that By SANCHESKA BROWN A HIGH-SPEED boat chase and shoot-out over open water early yesterday led police to discover nearly $1million worth of sealed packets suspected of containing marijuana. The drama began shortly after midnight when police were told a suspicious vessel, with four men on board, had been spotted near Andros. As law enforcers went to investigate, a chase fol lowed with the boatmen shooting at officers. When gunfire was returned, one of the men was shot in the arm. Robert Young, com mander of the Drug Enforcement Unit, said: "Acting on this informa$1 MILLION OF suspected m arijuana is removed from the go-fast boat yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff SEE page two HIGH-SPEED B O A T CHASE, SHOO T-OUT ENDS IN SUSPECTED DRUG SEIZURE Triple homicide takes year s total so far to 96 18 WITNESSES EXECUTED IN THE P AST THREE YEARS S EE page nine By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com THERE are renewed calls for the government to ban smoking in all public places. Stakeholders in the fight against cancer said the evidence linking second-hand smoke to the onset of the deadly disease is indisputable. They said this should spur the government to quickly enact a ban on public smoking to protect the health of all citizens, especially the RENEWED CALLS FOR SMOKING BAN SEE page nine By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org CITY Market employees are demanding to be paid severance packages amidst mount ing concerns over their pension fund and rumours that more stores are set for closure. Union officials criticised the worsening communication between management and staff as the company effected tem porary closures at two locations in New Providence. Warfield Bain, president of the Bahamas Commercial Stores, Supermarket and Warehouse Workers Union, said the bargaining agent now plans to file a trade dispute with the Labour board. Some 50 employees from South Beach and Sea Grapes locations, which were said to employ some 150 persons, demonstrated outside City Market headquarters on East West Highway yesterday. Rosalie McKenzie, BCSSWWU administrator, said: "I feel like the company is using all of these tactics to discourage SEE page eight By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter email@example.com ANNOUNCING that he is in good physical health and ready for the upcoming battle, PLP leader Perry Christie said that his party is prepared to take back the governance of the Bahamas whenever the 2012 general election is called. Sitting down with The Tribune for an exclusive interview, Mr Christie also revealed that recent polling figures conducted by his party places the PLP well ahead of the FNM. Mr Christie did not reveal if or where the DNA or any other political party factored into this poll. The PLP is preparing itself not just to win the next general elec tion, but to govern efficiently and effectively. So we are running on a parallel course of preparing ourselves politically to win an election and doing all this is necessary to that end, but at the same time putting very, very strong emphasis CITY MARKET STAFF DEMAND SEVERANCE PACKAGES PLP LEADER HEAL THY READ Y FOR UPCOMING BATTLE SEE page nine EVIDENCE LINKINGSECOND-HANDSMOKETOCANCERINDISPUTABLE PARTYPREPAREDTOTAKEBACKGOVERNANCEOFTHEBAHAMAS PLP LEADER Perry Christie
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE tion, the US Coast Guard and DEA helicopters out of Exuma were dispatched andt hey were able to locate the vessel. As a result, we launched defence force and police f orce vessels to intercept the boat. At around 12:30 am the officers spotted t he go-fast boat in the Tongue of the Ocean near Andros, the commander said. Thes uspects tried to escape and fired shots at the officers. As a result officers returned fire and one of the suspects was shot in the arm. He was airlifted to hospital where he isr eceiving treatment. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The other sus pects were unharmed. The three remaining men on the vessel w ere brought to Nassau around noon yes terday. The men were scheduled to be brought in earlier, however one of thee ngines on the boat stopped working and t hen it ran out gas. N o money or guns were found on the vessel. Commander Young said this is typical as suspects usually throw weapons over-b oard when they are about to be caught to avoid longer sentences should they be conv icted. The drugs weighed approximately 954lbs with an estimated street value of $954,000. T here were more than 124 sealed packages. Commander Young said this is just one of the many drug busts in the capital in the past couple weeks. Certainly over the last few months we h ad a number of good seizures, he said. Back in April we apprehended around 1500lbs or $1.5 million in marijuana andt hen recently 588lbs or $588,000 worth. This is accredited to the good police work and joint efforts between the government agencies. P olice suspect the men were coming from J amaica with the drugs. All four of them are Bahamian. Investigations continue. FROM page one BLOODSTAINS could be seen yesterday in the go-fast boat. POLICE speak to the media after the chase yesterday. NEARLY $1MILLION worth of sealed packets suspected of containing marijuana was seized after the chase and shootout yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A GROUP of Current Islanders assembled in frontof the Department of Lands and Surveys yesterday to protest what they claim is the governments infringement of their property rights. The small North Eleuthera community of Current Island is made up of 40 people who say their ancestors have occu pied the island for more than four generations. They claim the government has recently started surveyingthe island which has always been regarded as commonage property in an attempt to parcel it off and label it Crown Land. According to Current Island Development Association (CIDA George Taylor, a formal application to register a common age on the island was denied. CIDA claims it was advised by the government that historical records and an early occupation survey of the area did not reveal any legally recognised commonage. Sadto say four decades later, we are still fighting for our sovereign rights, he said. Now that the government is surveying the land and referring to it as Crown Land,the locals are worried it will be sold and developed. Mr Taylor said: This is an infringement on the rights of those who have legitimate claims to the island. We are fully aware of the governments track record as it relates to the distribution ofCrown Land. CIDA is calling on the government to revisit their application for commonage land and grant their request for a full review of all historical documentation. The association questions the validity of these historical records on which decisions are being based, Mr Taylor said. He said the association has retained an attorney and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect the sov ereign rights of Current Islanders. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011, PAGE 3 By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com A VIDEO recording of an accused murderers statement to police could not be compared with written records because there was no sound on the tape. The recording, made in 2008, shows Edney Burrows, one of three men accused of killing Jason Smith on September 13 of that year, talking to a female constable and lead detective in the case Sgt 1298 Antoine Rahming. It was shown to Senior Justice Jon Isaacs and the jury yesterday. When questioned by Burrows lawyer Elliot Lockhart about the missing sound, which could have verified the authenticity of written statements read to the court and earlier testimony by Sgt Rahming, the detective said yesterday was the first time he had watched the original copy of the video. He also noted that he is not responsible for the technical aspect of recording interviews. Mr Lockhart asked who was responsible. Sgt Rahming named two police officers, but said they were not on duty at the time. The lawyer asked why, if he lacked technical help, the detective decided to proceed with the interview, which according to Sgt Rahmings testimony, took place around 3.40am September 14. Sgt Rahming said he had conducted interviews without technical assistance before, but that this was the first instance where a sound issue had arisen. During the morning session of yesterdays trial, Sgt Rahming read signed statements of interviews with Burrows and the two other men charged in connection with Smiths death Daryl Rolle and Andre Dieujuste. Christina Galanos, representing Dieujuste, also known as Pepsi, asked the witness if he had made attempts to get interviews with two witnesses present at the time of the altercation, based on Pepsis statement to police. Sgt Rahming said he had spoken to one of the men, but could not recall taking a statement. He said he could not find the other witness despite searching for three weeks. Some persons dont give a statement, he said. Ms Galanos suggested that the detectives investigation had been one-sided due to the officer only taking statements from Tamara Smith, her sibling and two of the victims relatives persons who were familiar with Smith and could not be counted upon as independent witnesses. That is totally incorrect, he said. The other witnesses produced yesterday by prosecutor Jillian Williams were: Accident and Emergency physician Dr Keir Miller; Inspector Frederick Taylor, the officer responsible for the identification parade that saw witnesses identify two of the three accused; and Dr Caryn Sands, a pathologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital present at the identification of the victim after an autopsy. Dr Miller told the court he performed surgery on Tamara Smith, who was stabbed in the left side of her back. He said the wound could have been life-threatening if not treated immediately, because the chest cavity had been penetrated and a lung had collapsed. Injuries The doctor said he also treated Burrows, who had multiple stab wounds on his back and hands. He said these injuries were superficial, and the accused was discharged immediately after treatment. When questioned by Mr Lockhart about the medical treatment of his client, D r Miller said Burrows wounds were cleaned, treated with antibiotics and dressed. He could not recall if the patient had received stitches, nor could he say if he was prescribed with medicine for his injuries. Prescriptions would be on medical records, however the hospital is unable to locate his records, he told the court. Edney Burrows then told his lawyer he was not treated by a male doctor, but by a woman. Mr Lockhart relayed this information to Dr Miller, who replied that he did not physically perform the treatment, but gave instructions to a nurse. He said he could not remember the gender of the nurse, but it is likely she was a woman as the nursing staff is 80 per cent female. Inspector Taylor told the court Daryl Rolle and Edney Burrows were successfully identified by witnesses in an ID parade. After being questioned by Ms Galanos, he confirmed that Dieujuste was not one of the 12 men on the parade. While Dr Sands did not perform the autopsy on Jason Smith, she was presented as a witness by the prosecution to explain the terms on a report by the pathologist who did, as the pathologist was unable to appear. Dr Sands said Smith died as a result of acute blood loss sustained from haemorrhagic shock, and the multiple stab wounds he had suffered. She could not say what object was used to make the wounds, but said based on their depth, they could have been caused by a cutlass or machete, or a sharp object. Rolles lawyer Terrel Butler asked if any of the injuries could have been caused by rocks or a block, as earlier witnesses had testified that Rolle had thrown rocks at the victim. Not necessarily, she said. The case resumes today at 10am. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Thieves made off with a number of valuable trinkets after smashing a glass display case at the Paradise Jewellery store in the International Bazaar. Shortly around noon on Tuesday, two armed men entered the store. One was carrying a handgun and the other a hammer. The sales clerks told police that the one with the hammer smashed the display case and grabbed several items. The suspects then fled the store on foot. Officers from the Central D etective Unit are investigating the matter. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Two F reeport men have been arraigned on drug charges in New Providence in connec-t ion with a cocaine seizure in the Lucaya area on Saturday. T heo McPhee and Pedro A nthony McKenzie were charged in Drug Court on Monday with possession ofd angerous drugs with the intent to supply. McPhee pleaded not g uilty and was remanded to p rison pending a bail hearing. McKenzie pleaded guilty a nd was sentenced to 40 months at Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL firstname.lastname@example.org YAMACRAW MP Melanie Griffin i s calling on the government to provide more resources to the Departmento f Social Services so it can help the many B ahamian students under finan-c ial hardship t o buy the uni forms and sup plies they n eed for school. J oined by her parliamentary col leagues, Elizabeth Estates MP Ryan P inder and Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson, the former Social Services m inister said yesterday that for many years, social workers have been extremely overworked and under-funde d. This, she said, is preventing them from completing assessments that w ould allow them to provide financ ial assistance to more hurting Bahamian families. I have had too many complaints f rom parents who have had to pull their children from school because they simply cant afford it or they have t o decide between buying uniforms and paying their utility bills. Some parents told me they have only been able to purchase one u niform for their children and must wash out that uniform every night so it can be clean for the n ext day. I have had parents tell me they h ave gone to Social Services only to be told that the assessments have been h eld up or not completed. Mrs Griffin said the already overwhelmed department has had to divert s taff to complete assessments on the islands ravaged by Hurricane Irene and this has further hindered its effec t iveness. T he former minister said that since 2007, she has been calling for an increase in staff and resources for thed epartment to take the pressure off the current employees and ensure that the needs of the public can be met in a t imely manner. Mrs Griffin added that Bahamians are extremely proud and rather than send their children to school without t he proper equipment, many will opt to keep them at home. But we need to ensure that these children return to school, she said. CURRENT ISLANDERS COME TO NASSAU FOR PROTEST RESIDENTS CLAIM GOVERNMENT INFRINGING PROPERTY RIGHTS ARMED ROBBERY OF JEWELLERY STORE TWO IN COURT ON DRUG CHARGES O SOUND ON VIDEO RECORDING OF ACCUSED MURDERER STATEMENT COURTNEWS CALL FOR MORE RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT Y AMACRAW MP M elanie Griffin
EDITOR, The Tribune. PLEASEallow me a little space in your fine newsp aper to express my opini on on Hurricane Irene. F irst of all I would like to give thanks to theA lmighty for sparing the Bahamas of any loss of life d uring the hurricane and w ould like to offer condol ences and prayers to the families of the people whod ied from the freak accid ents after the hurricane. In addition my prayers go out to my brothers and sisters in the Family Islands who were affected by the storm. We pray and hope you w ill get back a normal life r eal soon. I have over the last few d ays been appalled how c ertain politicians are using H urricane Irene to gain brownie points with the Bahamian public. It must come at a time when we move away from the bull crap of playing politics to building a better Bahamas. T he hurricane relief and recovery efforts should and must be managed and led b y the government and its v arious agencies. When p olitical parties try to do their own thing it amounts to grand standing. This wed ont need. If they have some things to give, they should go through the gov e rnment and can make a press statement, etc. What I find most dis turbing is the statement m ade by Fred Mitchell the M P for Fox Hill, calling for an audit of the countrys disaster preparedness pro-g ramme. Sometimes I think he only talks to hear himself, because many Bahamians dont take hims eriously. While I think NEMA and the other agencies did a great job preparing and responding to hurricane Irene, there isa need for improvement and a review of where wea re and if there is a great n eed for an overhaul it s hould be taken every year and after a disaster. This should be a policy not a demand from the opposi tion just to get in the papers. In comparison to the great USA we have done a fantastic job. In an Associated Press story by C hris Khan there are mill ions of homes throughout the East Coast of the Unite d States that will be out o f electricity for weeks and d amage is in the billions. M r Mitchell is upset b ecause less than 100 of his r esidents are without electricity, he is making all this noise to get in the paperst o gain political points its a shame. We have life and we should be trying to figure o ut how to help our brothers and sister in the Family Islands who have been deva stated by the storm. M y questions to Mr M itchell: Did you call for an audit by your PLP gov-e rnment after the Hurric anes of 2004? If not, why do you only come up with these ideas now? What have you done to ensure the people in Fox Hill were prepared for the hurricane? If Mr Mitchell and Mr McCartney think the politi cal grand standing they did t his week by using the misf ortune of our people to gain political points, theya re in for a big surprise. The next thing that got t o me was when the leader o f the opposition, Hon Perr y G Christie made a comment that the governmentn eeds to come up with a p rogramme for the many homes in his constituency that have leaky roofs. WOW, isnt this the same area that has always had a PLP representative and nothing has been done t o help them? M r Christie you get mon e y every year from the gove rnment to do projects in y our constituency, please a ccess the funds and be a good MP and help your people. VICTOR THOMAS Nassau, August, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 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 TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 IT would be a tragedy if this countrys escalating crime were to become an election football. Crime in the Bahamas has been steadily building from the politically violent sixties into the drug violent seventies and eighties until it is now hitting a crescendo in our time. The PLP believe that their Urban Renewal policy, which is still in existence in a new form, is the answer to all prayers. They are fooling themselves. The social deterioration in this society is so deep that it will take more than urban renewal to bring it back to health. The government must send a clear and strong message to criminals that they will be swiftly caught and swiftly punished and I am not satisfied that this is being done under this present government, Opposition Leader Perry Christie told a press conference, called yesterday to discuss the escalating crime. Maybe justice under this government is not swift enough for Mr Christie, but nor was it swift enough during Mr Christies administration when the backlog of court cases grew out of all manageable proportions. Under both governments PLP and FNM we have been complaining about the justice system. In our opinion it needs a com plete overhaul. So on this score, no fingerpointing can be justified. The problem on our streets is obvious most crimes are being committed by criminals killing criminals, all out on bail when they should be behind prison walls. And as the Commissioner of Police has often comment ed, the police cant be blamed. They do their part by arresting and taking the offenders to the bar of the court, where the lawyers with their crocodile tears bleat for their release, and the courts send them on their merry way to terrorise society. Witnesses could not be killed, if those who threaten them were in jail. We hope that when the House reconvenes after the summer recess legislation will be introduced to curb the courts in its release of persons who could be a danger to society. When that debate takes place there shouldnt be a squeak from the Opposition about interfering with a judges discretion. The only way to cut down on many of these murders is to keep these persons with long criminal records in prison until trial not only for societys sake, but, as has already been shown by the number of their bodies in the morgue, for their own sakes. And if judges will not exercise their discretion with this objective in mind, then legislation is the only solution. Society cannot have it both ways. The same analogy can be drawn by the rules that now have to be followed when one travels by air. No one likes to be searched it is demeaning and interferes with a persons rights and freedoms. However, for the sake of safety, travellers are willing to relinquish some of their freedoms. It is the same with the judiciary when one has to make a choice between the exercise of a magistrates discretion and the mayhem on the streets. We cant have criminals laughing at the courts. They must understand that if they do wrong they will be punished swiftly and severely. And until their date in court, they will be incarcerated, not out on the streets pushing up the murder count. In the meantime, this society has to be analysed as to what has gone wrong, what has caused us to move from a once courteous, decent people to what we see today. To find a cure, we need parents, teachers, psychiatrists and a whole gamut of professionals to work together to try to save the next generation. Persons complain that no one respects our institutions. That is true, and the reason is that many of the people who head them do not understand that in their positions they have to lead by example if they do not respect themselves, or their organisation, they cannot expect anyone else to have respect. Members of the House of Assembly should take note. The breakdown of family life is our great est tragedy no father in the home, the moth er out to work and the children left at home to join the village gang. In the old days when the mother was at work, the grandparents took care of the children. Today children are having illegitimate children, so that when the young mother is at work, the grandmother is still young enough to hold down a job and so is the great grand mother. As a result no one is at home to guide and correct little Suzy and Johnny. A great bur den is put on the schools, not only to teach these little ones their ABCs, but also their manners, to point out what is right and wrong, and to make them understand that for every right there is a corresponding duty, and when they break the code, there are consequences, and those consequences can be serious. Instead of pointing the finger of blame, these politicians should get back to basics. They should start with an examination of themselves, determined to lead by example, and then move on to helping society get back on course. Politicians using Hurricane Irene for brownie points LETTERS email@example.com Crime should not be used by politicians 3(7(5&+5,6723+(5)2*/,$ RI 3%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 I 52'(1&,$&251(,/RI+23( 7$%$&2%$+$0$6 EDITOR, The Tribune. THE CRIME RATE in this country has reached an u nacceptable level. We continue to blame every government in power at the time for this and nothing changes. The truth is that government alone will never be able toc ombat crime. There has to be a concerted effort on the p art of the government, the police, the church, social ser vices and the community. The government must amend the laws for stricter penal ties and refuse to grant bail if the crime involves any guno f any kind. The government should provide the police men with any resources they would need to combat crime. The current strategy the police are using is not working, t hey must find better ways to combat crime. Going into communities only after a crime is useless, they should be seen in the communities before and after a crime is com mitted. There should be walkabouts to find out the con c erns of the citizens. We have first world criminals and are u sing third world strategies to deal with them. The guns should be taken off the streets before the crime is commit ted. I t is time for the churches to stop complaining about the crime and give back to the communities. All self proclaimed titles of Bishop, Apostle, prophet, etc, should be set aside and they should adopt the churchs surrounding community. If every church would adopt the surrounding community and step down from the pulpit and open the church doors they could make a great difference. The churches are filled for the most part with persons who work and own a trade. The churches should hold free after school and summer trade classes. Most churches would have some members who are carpenters, mechanics, etc. These members can volunteer their time to hold trade classes so that the young men and women of this country would already have a trade or skill by the time they graduate and will be able to obtain employment before turning to crime. One does not have to be a lawyer or doctor to make a living. All churches should offer some type of sport activity to encourage young people to get involved instead of remaining idle. The church doors should be open at least three days a week to offer counseling classes by social services to anyone in the community that needs them. A drive should be implemented to encourage the young men and women to dont kill learn a skill or if you want to get paid learn a trade. There should be programmes such as cash for guns to assist the police at getting guns off the streets. Emotional intelligence should be taught in all schools. School teaches you give educational lessons, but nothing about life. The young men and women should be taught self esteem and how to deal with conflict or situations in the home. 60 per cent of mothers in this country are unwed and many young men lay down to make these babies and then get lost as soon as the child is born. This is unacceptable. The future generations should be taught that you dont have to make babies to feel like a woman or man. The number houses in this country should be audited once a year and taxed 40 per cent of their net profit before a renewal license is granted. This money can fund many programmes to assist in the fight against crime. Oh, par don me, I meant to say tax the asue draw companies because we all know no Bahamians buy numbers in this country. Last, but not least, we as citizens of this country can decide not to engage in any criminal acts so as to not add to the already unacceptable level now. MARSHA KNOWLES Nassau, September 12, 2011. Go vernment alone cannot combat crime
THE first phase of road works around the VillageR oad roundabout is set to b egin early next week, the Ministry of Works and Transport announced yesterday. Significant changes to this area, known as Corridor 16, will include improvedd rainage and the replacement o f the roundabout with a junction. This is the last corridor that is going to be worked on under the New Providence R oad Improvement and Infras tructure Project, said envir onmentalist Shenique Albury of the Project Execution Unit. We have lots of areas that we are working on now, but aso f next week when we get to Corridor 16 there will be no additional road work under t his particular project. T he corridor begins at the roundabout at Marathon and Wulff Roads, heads east on Wulff Road to the roundabouta t Village Road, then extends t o Parkgate Road. Junction signals will be synchronised with the signals at Parkgate Road to improve the traffic flow. The distance between the r oundabout and Parkgate R oad is known to be congested on a daily basis, so we are trying to relieve some of the congestion around the roundabout, said Ms Albury. D rivers were advised to use J erome Avenue, and Chesap eake and Kemp Roads as alternate routes. Ministry officials also announced that a new trafficm anagement scheme has been implemented on Market Street north of Wulff Road. M arket Street is presently c losed between Wulff Road and Fleming Street as construction progresses. Paving on Market Street f rom Wulff Road to Coconut G rove Avenue has been completed. Drivers are now allowed to use Wulff Road to Poinciana Avenue. It is expected that Coconut Grove Avenue to RobinsonR oad will be paved by the end o f next week, but due to continued works on Robinson Road, the junction with Market Street will remain closed. The ministry asked drivers t o use East, Second or Third S treet as an alternate route. M s Albury also announced that the installation of the 24inch water main on Prince Charles Drive between Col-l ege Gardens Drive and Winters Road has been completed. She described this as a significant milestone for the N PRIIP. This means that the entire l ength of 24-inch water main ( 3.8 miles) from Second Street on Robinson Road heading east, to the junction of Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive is complete. The contractor, in conjunction with the Water and Sewerage Corporation, willp roceed with testing the pipeline (pressure, chlorination and bacteriological tests) s o that the 24-inch main can b e commissioned, said Ms Albury. Once commissioned, the main will be the primary dist ribution line for eastern New P rovidence, and will assist in resolving the long-standing rusty water problem, she said. THE Democratic National Alliance is asking Bahamians not to be fooled by the gove rnments temporary employment programme. The new party urged the p ublic to begin demanding programmes that are economically sane and have thep otential to benefit everyone. In a statement issued yesterday, the DNA said: The Bahamas has received a negative economic outlook rating from Moodys, because of the governments excessivei ncrease in debt over the past decade and in particular the past two years and no plan for economic growth to repay t his debt or grow the econo my. Opportunities Alfred Poitier, a banker a nd the DNA candidate for Kennedy, said that while it is the governments job to pro-v ide opportunities for its citi z ens, it must be prudent with public funds. The current job prog ramme is a strain on the purse of the Bahamas and is based on uncalculated possi b ilities it is hoped that after you work for a year (and are paid by the government) and if you do a good job, the company that you were assigned to may hire you. Yes, in the short-term 3 ,000 people will get salaries and, according to the programme, some skills training. H owever, the reality is that these individuals have no guarantee after 52 weeks,e xcept the promise that they will be eligible for unemployment benefit should the company decide not to keep them on staff again, additional strain on the public purse, Mr Poitier said. H e suggested the pro gramme should be reclassified as a social assistance programme, as it has more poten t ial to produce social stability in the short term, than economic benefit through jobs timulation. Mr Poitier pointed out that there are several problemsw ith the public school system including overcrowding, outdated equipment and text books, and a lack of technol o gy. Likewise, he said, govern ment clinics and hospitals are unable to accommodate the large volume of people need ing medical attention due to s pace and personnel shorta ges. Mr Poitier said that instead of gambling $25 million on a temporary work programme, the governmentc ould have constructed four s chools in densely populated areas and insisted that the contractors hire apprentices f or on-the-job training. This way, he said, Bahamians would receive employ-m ent assistance, job experience and a physical asset the buildings. Incentiv es Mr Poitier added that the g overnment could then provide incentives for Bahamian students who are studying orc onsidering studying education locally and abroad, while bonding them for a minimal period to teach in our publics chool system. He said such a scheme would provide long term, g uaranteed jobs for a signifi cant number of Bahamians, not only in the teaching field,b ut also as janitors, clerical s taff and maintenance work ers. As for the medical aspect o f Mr Poitiers scenario, he said the government could have looked into creatings tate-of-the-art clinics with inpatient care facilities for non-life threatening conditions in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, initially. T he total cost of these facili ties should not exceed $4 million each, he said explaining that as with the schools, with p roper planning and co-ordi nation of materials and labour through a transparent tenderp rocess and a capable project manager, these projects should be within budget and completed on schedule. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011, PAGE 5 SHENIQUE ALBURY environmentalist in the Project Execution Unit of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, speaks at a news briefing on the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project as ASP Sturrup of the Police Traffic Division looks on. L etisha Henderson / BIS ROAD WORKS S ET TO BEGIN ON WULFF AND VILLAGE ROADS DNA SAYST BE FOOLED BY TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME PARTY URGES PUBLIC TO DEMAND ECONOMICALLY SANE PROGRAMMES
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE :DUHSOHDVHGWRDQQRXQFHWKDWHIIHFWLYH 0RQGD\ 6HSWHPEHU &DULEEHDQ%RWWOLQJ&RPSDQ\ ZLOOFRQGXFWRSHUDWLRQVIURPRXUQHZIDFLOLW\RQ 6 LULOR%XWOHU+LJKZD\RXWKf $VVXFKWKHRIFHDW7KRPSVRQ%OYGZLOO127 EHRSHQWRWUDQVDFWEXVLQHVV2XU7KRPSVRQ % RXOHYDUG'HSRWZLOOKRZHYHUUHPDLQRSHQIRU EXVLQHVV 3OHDVHQRWHWKDWRXUSKRQHQXPEHUDQGFRQWDFW LQIRUHPDLQWKHVDPH6KRXOG\RXKDYHDQ\IXUWKHU T XHULHVSOHDVHGRQRWKHVLWDWHWRFRQWDFWXV ) : )DPLO\,VODQG7 *HQHUDO,QTXLU\(PDLO FXVWRPHUVHUYLFHVFRNH#FEFEDKDPDVFRP :HDSSUHFLDWH\RXUFRQWLQXHGSDWURQDJH T HE National Emergency Management A gency accepted a donation of $500,000 from Kerzner International and $10,000 from Wallace and Krystal Rolle to help fund its Hurricane Irene relief efforts. D eputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette a nd NEMA director Captain Stephen Russ ell accepted the funds. Mr Symonette said: Kerzner is truly a friend of the Bahamas. When the need arises, such as the damage we had as a result of Hurricane Irene, or whether it is for the development of the Bahamas in general, they are true corp orate sponsors and citizens of the Bahamas. W allace Rolle said he was pleased and d elighted to make the donation to NEMA on behalf of those in Cat Island and Acklins whose homes and properties were damaged during the storm. My wife and I were on vacation during t he passage of the hurricane and we agreed t hat in some say we have to do something to relieve the suffering particularly on these two islands, he said. M r Rolle was born on Acklins and his wifes parents are from Cat Island. Captain Russell thanked Kerzner and the Wallace family for their generosity, noting t hat the money would help speed up relief efforts. KERZNER DONATES $500,000 TO HURRICANE IRENE RELIEF EFFORTS MOVECOMESAFTERIRENEDAMAGE PICTURED, FROM LEFT, ARE: NEMA director Captain Stephen Russell, Wallace Rolle, Krystal Rolle, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, Kerzner vice president J Barrie Farrington, NEMA accounts officer Deborah Hanna and Kerzner president and managing director George Markantonis. Letisha Henerson /BIS C AT ISLAND CODE RED HURRIC ANE RELIEF INITIA TIVE IS EXTENDED IN LIGHT of the difficult situation that persists on Cat Island following Hurricane Irene, the Bank of the Bahamas announced yesterday that it will extend the Cat Island Code RED initiative. Code RED (relief effort drive today, but the bank said it will now continue through the weekend. The bank has opened donation boxes at all New Providence BOB branches, created a cash account, and placed two large containers for food, water, baby and medical supplies at Phil's Food Services. "In Cat Island, time is literally divided into two zones before Hurricane Irene and after Hurricane Irene," said Michael Basden, BOB marketing man ager. "Hurricane Irene wiped out life as Cat Islanders knew it, leaving many families without a roof over their heads or a bed to sleep on or fresh drinking water. Every photograph you see, every story you hear, breaks your heart." According to Mr Basden, because BOB is the only bank with a presence on the island, the staff have developed strong ties with the community. "Launching Cat Island Code RED was an easy decision," said Mr Basden. "We're encouraging all Bahamians to step up and show support to our brothers and sisters who were affected by this storm and so far, the response has been excellent." The drive is being extended to Monday at 5pm to give weekend shoppers and Saturday bank customers an opportunity to contribute. Goods will be crated and boxed for shipment on Wednesday of next week. Cat Islanders need bottled water, juices, canned goods, baby care items, toiletries, linens/blankets and clothes. Cash donations will be accepted at all bank branches. "We're looking forward to delivering the donated goods and helping Cat Island get back on its feet, Mr Basden said.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011, PAGE 7 rr nfn By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT With an investment of $500,000, two young Bahamians have opened a seafood export company in West End, creating 20 permanent jobs for the quiet settlement. Boardwalk Seafood Distributors Limited has entered into a contract with a US seafood company, and exported its first 20-foot container containing 16,000 pounds of crawfish to South Florida yesterday. Kirt Neely and Craig Knowles are partners in the business. Mr Neely, who lives in West End, said it is the ideal place for such a venture because t here is an abundant supply of f ish and seafood just off shore. We have the seafood products here, whether its lobster, fish, or conch and people have the ability to get it, he said. Although crawfish is to be their main export, Mr Neely said they will look at exporting conch when the crawfish sea-son closes. It took a year to get this project off the ground, said Mr Knowles, who noted that t he company also has approval to export to the European market. It is really a historical event for West End and it is providing jobs for people in the community. We have 20 workers in the plant and we are thinking about hiring more persons when wee xpand, he said. The business is also giving work to 30 fishermen. It is good to know we are here in the community providing jobs to people so they can feed their families, Mr Neely said. There was a plant here in W est End in the 40s, but none since then and I am proud to be a part of something that is coming alive again in West End, Mr Knowles said. The company has been e stablished on the property of the former Harbour HotelR esort and Marina, which is o wned by Mr Neelys father. Businessman Artis Neely noted that several years ago he a ttempted to establish a seafood business, but hurricanes of 2004 destroyed all hise quipment. I couldnt find the funding to do it and last year I threw out a challenge to Kirt, he said. Obie Wilchcombe, MP for West End and Bimini, said the plant will benefit the West End economy. For a very long time most fishermen from Freeport and elsewhere came into West End to fish and take the economy out of West End. What you have now is a p lant that allows fishermen to b ring fish to the plant and for t hem to be paid. The product is then processed and sent abroad and it builds a brand for West End o utside of Grand Bahama and the Bahamas, he said. Obie Wilchcombe P ORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press AN INTERNATIONAL g roup of scientists says science and education are key to rebuilding Haiti from last year's cripplinge arthquake. The American Association for the Advancement of Science says in a report t hat science education should be provided both in and outside schools. The study also urges scientists from outs ide Haiti to lay out policies that can help promote science education in the Caribbean country. The panel will bring ideas to Port-auPrince on Monday when it meets with Haitian scientists, engineers and scholars. Its 35-p age report was released Thursday. H aitian authorities estimate 300,000 people died in the January 2010 earthquake. Many died because buildings were shoddilym ade. REPORT ARGUES SCIENCE KEY TO REBUILDING HAITI SEAFOOD PLANT OPENS IN WEST END
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE How to enter: 1. Buy 1 each of any flavor of Hunts Barbeque Sauce 21.6oz, 1 b ottle of Hunts Ketchup 35oz & 1 bottle of Wesson Oil 48oz. 2. Circle the eligible items on your store receipt dated between August 15th and September 30th, 2011. 3 Fill out the entry form correctly answer the skill question attached to the store receipt. 4. Bring your entry to The dAlbenas Agency in Palmdale to receive your free set of Barbeque utensils. Hunts is a registered trademark of ConAgra Foods. Name: Address: Telephone: How many ounces are in a bottle of Hunts BBQ Sauce? 2 _ oz workers so they can quit and they dont have to pay them. It's a move to discourage workers. C an you imagine workers coming from a five-day work week to working one day a week? Some getting paid only $10 a week after they had been working there for 35, 15, 25 years." "They helped build that company. For new owners to come in and treat them that way, it is u tmost disrespect. (The workers) don't feel comfortable working with the Finlayson group." The BCSSWWU represents some 300 employees at City Markets. Ms McKenzie said another key issue is the sudden cancellation of group healthi nsurance without any prior notification. City Markets principal Mark Finlayson did not return calls up to press time yesterday. A senior company spokeswoman said that the supermarket chain would not comment on the matter. I n a recent press statement, the temporary closure of South Beach and Sea Grapes locations in New Providence were said to be effective at midnight Wednesday. However, Ms McKenzie said that workers were told to report to work that night and also heard reports advising the s ame on the radio yesterday morning. Ms McKenzie said: "When (employees the doors were locked. Nobody communicated to them that the stores were closed. (On Wednes day night) they were told stores would remain open. Some of them heard on the news that (previous reports rumours and that the stores would remain open until further notice." Administration at the City Markets headquarters on East West Highway did not acknowledge the confused workers who turned up seeking answers, Ms McKenzie said. "(Staff would go to the head office to get answers, (the union panied them." "They just placed two papers on the doors, that's how they communicated to those workers (yesterday McKenzie said. According to the press statement issued by the supermarket, and the paper signs taped to the front door of its headquarters, South Beach staff are to report to the Cable Beach Store; and Sea Grapes staff to the Harbour Bay Store. Ms McKenzie said: "Right now, Lyford Cay (employees are at Cable Beach, Rosetta Street is at Harbour Bay. Now they're sending these employees to those two locations, most of whom are already only working one day a week." "It's a completely disrupting routine and most of them are working those 24-hour shifts." The company said that the slated renovations, which were described as a "complete overhaul", would not be completed this year. It said it would address "infrastructure issues and the many challenges that have plagued the refrigeration system and other equipment." Ms McKenzie said that most staff are unconvinced that any of Nassaus City Markets stores will be reopened. Last week, Mr Finlayson met with South Beach employees after media reports expressed numerous concerns about the store. Ms McKenzie said the meeting was the first time the City Markets principal had spoken with staff. "The staff told him in person that they would rather him pay them the money and let them go, that there was no way they would settle working for one day a week. (Finlayson to write down names and that he would pay (South Beach staff) out. She added: "Most (staff don't want to work for the company anymore. They don't feel comfortable or secure. They don't want the store to go under with all of their money, even their pension, no one knows anything about the pension fund. They just want what they deserve and to part with the company." City Markets also announced the permanent closure of two stores in Grand Bahama, the Downtown store in Freeport, and the Eight Mile Rock store. All staff will now report to the Lucaya store, which will be con verted into a 24-hour store. Ms McKenzie said that Grand Bahama workers were not a part of the BCSSWWU. The first of the nights shootings took place at around 3am on Thursday in West Street. Police received a call from a man who told them he was at home when someone opened his window, propped a chair against the wall, and called out his name. W hen the man went to the window, he was shot in the face. The victim was taken to hospital where he is listed in serious, but stable condition. About an hour and a half later, police received another report of a shooting, this time in Roland Street near Ridgeland Park. ACP Hanna said: When police arrived at the scene, around 4.45am, they saw a white 1996 Maxi ma license plate number 143450 parked in the middle of the road. Both the driver and the front seat passenger received gunshot injuries to the head. We still do not know the motive. We believe the men, who are said to be in their 30s, went to a residence in the area to pick up a female. One of them is believed to be a resident of Coral Harbour, the other lives in Westridge. Both men died at the scene. They have been identified as Clayton Rolle and Jermico Jones. The other shooting took place around 5am on Palmetto Avenue, west of Crooked Island Street. Police received reports of gunshots, and when they arrived they found the lifeless body of Leontis Louis lying in the road. He was wearing short blue pants with no shirt. He had multiple gunshot wounds in his upper body. ACP Hanna said Louis, 35, of Crooked Island Street, was leaving his girlfriends house when another man came running toward him. Louis was shot multiple times and died at the scene. Police do not have a clear motive in this case either. ACP Hanna said police are investigating all three matters. At this time, police do not believe there is a connection between the shootings. FROM page one KILLINGS SMASH MURDER RECORD FROM page one C ITY MARKET STAFF DEMAND SEVERANCE PACKAGES
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011, PAGE 9 young and elderly who are exposed to second-hand smoke at restaurants and in taxis. "They should start with the smoking room in Parliament if they are serious about cancer. The data has been out there for years, it's long overdue," said oncologist Dr John Lunn. Dr Lunn said he was part of an earlier campaign for a smoking ban, but the call was ignored by law makers. "I'm simply amazed that in a country like this, if we're serious about cancer, we can have people dying of other people's smoke. If you want to smoke, smoke in your car, your home, your space. If you want to kill yourself, don't kill other people," he added. A spokesman from the Cancer Society said inhaling second-hand smoke is deadlier than smoking a cigarette. She said: "I think the ban should be implemented right now. There should be a smoking ban in all public places especially r estaurants or places where there are children. Second-hand smoke is more dangerous than anything else. "As a health educator, I worked on antismoking campaigns with the Seventh-Day Adventists many times. Smoking is banned in so many countries, I don't know why we are always so late in doing things." A manager Van Bruegel's, a downtown restaurant, said he would also support a ban on smoking. Currently customers are allowed to smoke inside the restaurant, but only at the bar. "Yes I would support a ban. There is smoking at the bar only. In the restaurant we don't allow smoking within," said Lamonte Lynes. Some who oppose the policy have argued that enacting a smoking ban in nightclubs and restaurants will cut profits by driving away customers who smoke. Mr Lynes agreed that it may turn some customers away, but said the health of the public is more important. "It will, but then again we still care about the health of customers," he said. Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the government has a partial ban in place against smoking in certain places such as hospitals, schools and airports. Last year, Barbados' Ministry of Health clamped down on public smoking and put fines and regulations in place for those found breaking the law. Smokers found guilty of violating the ban face a $500 fine or one year in prison, or both. Business owners in Barbados found guilty of allowing people to smoke in a public place could be fined $5,000 or be jailed for one year, or both. According to cancer.org, sidestream or second-hand smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcino gens) than the mainstream smoke. "It contains smaller particles than mainstream smoke, which make their way into the body's cells more easily. "When non-smokers are exposed to second-hand smoke it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in second-hand smoke take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do. "The more second-hand smoke you are exposed to, the higher the level of these harmful chemicals in your body," said the website. In the United States, there are about 3,400 lung cancer deaths as a result of breathing second-hand smoke, according to cancer.org. Second-hand smoke has also been linked to breathing problems in non-smokers, increased asthma attacks for children, lung infections for children under 18 months and heart disease, said the website. during his tenure on the R oyal Bahamas Police F orce, he prepared a confid ential document that highlighted growing threats to witnesses in 2007. In that document it disclosed to the Bahamian people that if we did notc ontinue with the initiatives t hat were started under the former government, what we are witnessing today is just the tip of the iceberg. The government is in possession of informationi n writing, black and white, t elling them that if you do n ot address some issues t hat more witnesses would b e executed, that more pers ons would be killed, that m ore of our women and children would be execute d, that we would have a s tate of lawlessness in this c ountry, he said. A s a former superintendent of police, Mr Bell said he was the director of Intelligence and had responsibility for statistics, research a nd planning. Mr Bell said that the t hreat assessment was sent t o the Commissioner of Police who then forwardedthe report to the National Security minister, and the g overnment so they could b e properly informed of the state of the country. A t a PLP press conference to address the spate o f killings that pushed the years murder count to a record breaking high, Mr Bell accused the govern m ent of ignoring recom mendations to continue initiatives set by the party. This is a battle for the s oul of our nation, said Opposition Leader Perry Christie. I am not prepared to let an entire generation grow up in a nation w here violence and killing have become routine. The government must send a clear and strong message to criminals that they will be swiftly caught and swiftly punished and I am not satisfied that this is b eing done under this present government. The scourge of criminality must be boldly confronted with a sense of urgency. S enior police officials declined to comment on the existence of a threat assessment document; however, Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner ofp olice in charge of crime, said that police chiefs have a regular dialogue with the g overnment on the state of crime. National Security Mini ster Tommy Turnquest did n ot respond to Tribune calls up to press time. Mr Bell said most of the a ttacks against witnesses occurred in the Central district, and noted incidents inM ontel Heights and Toote Shop Corner this year. Witnesses are persons who would have seen a serious crime and would have come forward voluntarily to give evidence or as tatement. The victim would be the person whom the actual crime is perpetrated against. In murder cases, said Mr Bell, you would have a w itness. In other serious cases, such as armed robberies and attempted murder, thew itnesses would essential ly be the victims themselves. on programmes and initiatives that we will take as a new government, he said. M r Christie also added that h is party has virtually completed the selection of its candidates stressing that they know who their candidates will be but that the process itselfo f confirming them has yet to b e completed. We have a number of incumbents yet to be confirmed. We actually know and have encouraged them to be in the field preparing for then ext election. We have every r eason to feel good about our chances, both scientifically in terms of the effort we have made to determine where we stand nationwide and anecdotally when we look around and talk to people and go into con-s tituencies and consult with our colleagues. We have every reason to feel that the PLP is on the ascendancy and that t hough we will not take this m atter for granted, we feel g ood about where we are, he said. With campaign finances being a large factor in all gen-e ral elections, Mr Christie said t hat it was unfortunate that money would continue to impact the fairness of the electoral process. The PLP has invariably always been the party with fewer dollars, less money, than the FNM. So notwithstandingo ur confidence we recognize that it is important for us to work assiduously to strengthen our party from any interven-t ion of that kind, and that is n ationwide. We have worked very hard to bring in to public life a new generation of leaders, and I am very, very pleased that the PLP in the next general election will give the people of the Bahamas a very clear view oft he future of leadership in public life by the quality and diversity of talent of those who we will present in the next gener-a l election, he said. H ighlighting examples such as the partys candidate for North Eleuthera, 25-year-old Clay Sweeting and Elizabeth Member of Parliament Ryan Pinder, Mr Christie said he is excited to lead such a wonderful mix of persons into then ext general election. RENEWED CALLS FOR SMOKING BAN F ROM page one F ROM page one P LPLEADER P erry Christie (centre PLP LEADER HEALTHY, READY FOR UPCOMING BATTLE 18 WITNESSES EXECUTED IN THE PAST THREE YEARS FROM page one
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor O NE FALLS another seemingly soars. Robin Hood yesterday confirmedt o Tribune Business it was looking to re-open its Prince Charles store imminently to exploit City Markets cur r ent woes, a move its presid ent said could create 120125 jobs. Declining to give a firm d ate for the second Robin Hood outlets re-opening, Sandy Schaefer, the retailers president, said the clo s ure at least temporarily of City Markets Seagrapes Shopping Centre and South Beach stores had given his company renewed impetus to re-establish a physical presence in eastern New Providence. Barely two months removed from his own woes, and a potential deal to sell Robin Hoods food business to City Markets principal Mark Finlayson, Mr Schaefer said the company had received a substantial capital injection from an investor group led by Bahamian businessman Hubert Pinder. Again declining to go into specifics on that deal, which Tribune Business previously reported as involving a 48 per cent stake in Robin Hood, Mr Schaefer said the retailer was now on a much sounder financial footing, even though it was not even half-way to where Id like to be on business vol umes. When contacted by this newspaper, after well-placed sources informed it that Robin Hood was seeking to re-open the Prince Charles Drive site within the next three-four weeks, Mr Schaefer replied: Im not going to give you a timeline, but suffice to say its imminent. Certainly, after seeing City Markets close up near by, that gave us a renewed impetus to get the store going....... Theres an oppor tunity for us, and Im going to work 24/7 to make it happen. Theres a need for another supermarket out there, and we will do the best to serve our cus tomers. The Prince Charles outlet closed earlier this year, having suffered what Mr Schae fer described as an 80 per cent sales decline as a result of roadworks relating to the New Providence Road Improvement Project impeding customer access. I t also came at a time when t he retailers financial woes were mounting. Now, Mr Schaefer said, with a new partner on boarda nd two-way traffic and easy access on Prince Charles Drive, he was anxious to get business going again. Between the two stores, because again with a new partner and influx of moneya lso regenerating store num b er one, we could be looking at adding 120-125 people ata minimum, Mr Schaefer told Tribune Business, whena sked how many Bahamians he was likely to hire. Many observers are likely t o view his comments with $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.32 $5.38 $5.38 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor SCOTIABANK (Bahamas huge step in addressing telephone-related customer service issues, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with this weeks launch of a pilot designed to linki ts branches with Regional Contact Centres in Jamaica a nd Trinidad & Tobago. E xplaining that no job losses in the Bahamas w ould result from the move, a Scotiabanks pokesperson explained the m ove resulted from its B ahamian branches being overloaded by the high volume of customer phone c alls they were receiving, something that in turni mpacted customer service a nd experience. When Bahamian clients dial branch or head office main (general t hey will automatically be r edirected to the Regional Contact Centres. If cust omers know the direct numbers of Scotiabank personnel their calls will still go directly through to those staff, while the Contact C entres Jamaica will serve the Bahamas, with Trinidad a s back-up retain the ability to put clients back to staff at Scotiabank (Bahamas A Scotiabank (Bahamas spokesperson said: We are starting this on a pilot basis with a couple of smaller b ranches. Caves Village was the first, starting this week. Depending on how well this goes, before the end of the year it will be extended,n ot necessarily to all the branches but possibly one or two. Asked by Tribune Busi n ess to explain the ratio nale for the Contact Centre plan, the Scotiabank ( Bahamas) spokesperson said: The main one is enhanced customer service, because we have to admit r ight now that the volume of calls coming in to the branches is overloading them, so were not provid ing the service wed like. The spokesperson added that Scotiabank (Bahamas customers had expressed concerns about the level of telephone accessibility to its branches, and level of customer service. This is a huge step to address that and enhance the whole experience and customer service experience, they added. While Scotiabank will also realise efficiencies and economies of scale fromthe move, the spokesperson was at pains to pointout: This is not to say at some point in the future there will not be a Contact Centre in the Bahamas.s Scotiabanks Contact Centre in Jamaica recently placed second in its class at the 2011 ContactCenter World Awards The Glob al Association for Contact Center Best Practices & Networking. By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THE WATER & SEWERAGE CORPORATIONis hoping to successfully conclude negotiations over a $70$80 million loan package with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB either year-end 2011 or the 2012 first quarter, its general manager describing this as vital to stemming losses that have reached up to $25 million. Glen Laville said the financing was key to implementing the Corporations turnaround strategy, designed to make it financially and operationally sustainable, adding that every action contained in the plan needed to be effected if the ultimate goal was to be realised. Were still in discussions with the IDB to put together a programme for the Corporation, Mr Laville told Tribune Business yesterday. Everything depends on how that goes. That will determine how far well be able to move forward with the programme. Confirming that the loan sum under discussion was $70-$80 million, Mr Laville added that the original amount eyed had been around $30-$40 million, but in talks with the IDB weve gone beyond that now. Asked by Tribune Business when loan negotiations were likely to be completed, Mr Laville replied: I would love to say before the end of the year; I would love to say next month..... We are hoping we can get at least some sort of approval from the IDB, Board approval, hopefully before the end of the year, if not the first quarter in 2012. The Water & Sewerage Corporation had initially hoped to award a contract for non-revenue water reduction by endFebruary this year, a project designed to save it a minimum of $6 million per annum. Mr Laville, though, said the Corporation had held off on the award (despite getting bids from several private sector players) because dealing with non-revenue water water that is lost from its system due to leaks and such like before it reaches the end-user was part of the package under discussion with the IDB. The Corporation is still losing between 50-55 per cent of the water it produces as non-revenue water, Mr Laville conceding: It varies depending on the time of year, but the average of 50-55 per cent exists still. Acknowledging that the Corporations New Providence market share By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE WATER & SEWERAGE CORPORATION is hoping within the next one-and-a-half months to land a contract that will see it supply the $2.6 billion Baha Mar development with up to 1.7 million gallons per day, its general manager yes terday saying he believed a deal was very close. Glen Laville told Tribune Business that, in preparation for Cable Beachs transformation, the Corporation was also set pretty soon to go out to bid on a tender that would see the winning private sector bidder construct and operate B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HEBahamas would likely need to double its current $1.081 billion in foreignc urrency reserves before embarking on full exchange control liberalisation, a for mer finance minister warn ing yesterday that such a process would only be successful if accompanied by other structural economic r eforms. J ames Smith, also an-ex SEE page 2B DOUBLE RESERVES BEFORE EXCHANGE LIBERALISATION Ex-finance minister calls for gradual process to eliminate all capital account controls Touts benefits of reduced got control, greater productivity and economic/capital markets growth S EE page 5B J AMES S MITH WATER CORP EYES $70-$80M LOAN Hoping to conclude talks with IDB on vital financing by year-end/2012 Q1 GM says every action in plan must be done to get us over the hump and staunch $25m annual losses Tariff, non-revenue water, regulation and Corps e fficiency targeted SEE page 4B SCOTIABANKS HUGE STEP ON CLIENT SERVICE Hoping to close deal within next six weeks $8m investment eyed from private developer for Gladstone Road se werage treatment plant ROBIN HOOD EYES IMMINENT SECOND STORE RE-OPENING M ove could create 120-125 jobs as retailer moves to exploit City Markets woes Business not half-way to where Id like to be, sa ys president WATER CORP TARGETS 1.7 MILLION GALLON BAHA MAR SUPPLY DEAL SEE page 4B
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE &$5((5,7,(6 ',5(&7252))22't%(9(5$*( (GXFDWLRQtXDOLILFDWLRQV ([SHULHQFHZLWK.QRZOHGJHNLOOVDQG$ELOLWLHV +($'2)63$6(59,&(6 &DQGLGDWHVKRXOGSRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJPLQLPXPUHTXLUHPHQWV ([SHULHQFHZLWK.QRZOHGJHNLOOVDQG$ELOLWLHV 5HVXPHVVKRXOGEHIRUZDUGHGRQRUEHIRUHHSWHPEHU 7RDGV#JUDQGOXFD\DQFRP )UHHSRUW*UDQG%DKDPD B y SIMON COOPER R es Socius ALTHOUGHI went to Business School, I must admit that a great deal of business theory is simply the same old hype repacka ged. It is also true that s ome business consultants t hrive on making things sound more complicated than they really are. So this week I decided to write about the more o bvious things I know of. T hings that any businessman can do to help ride the rollercoaster thati s the worlds economy today. T urn off the Static Noise That means staying out of conversations that talk the economy down, and convince everybody the country is going nowhere. It also includes not listeni ng to endless patter by soc alled experts in the m edia, too. T here is no point in m ountaineers wasting b reath by mentioning that the goings getting tough. Instead, save your breath to breathe some extra life into your firm instead. C hase Down the Business Dont kid yourself t hat there are no sales to b e made any more. T here may be fewer opportunities right now, but that is still no reasonn ot to have a go at every one of them. So keep on going out there in your usual positive way. Confidence breeds success. People still have needs. Make s ure you are the one that s atisfies them. Watch the Cash Flow Far more businesses fail from a lack of cash than for any other reason, and usually it is because thec ustomers are not paying bills. Watch them like a hawk for any changes, and be prepared to get tough if necessary in order to survive. Manage your supply s ide by controlling inventories as tightly as you can. Resist the urge to roll your s uppliers through the results are usually deadly. T rim Down to What W orks Stick to your f avourite knitting patterns t hat you can do with your e yes closed, even if it m akes you deadly bored. Focus on your customers most pressing needs, and meet them with tried and tested solutions. A sale that becomes a return is not a sale. Maintain your Market Profile Customers in general are a fickle lot, a nd they can easily forget y ou are there. C utting back on marketing will soon see you cutting down on sales. Continue with an aggressive media presence while you work on strengtheningb usiness relationships. Fail to do this at your peril, because your competition also reads this column. Taken together, these five things will surely help your business to survive. C hances are that they c ould also help it grow and f lourish. When the economy kicks in again, as I keep on believing that it will, these ideas will also put you in a superbp osition to take on the extra business confidently. And confidence in business is the key. NB: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a business b rokerage authorised by the B ahamas Investment A uthority. He has extensive private and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive of a publicly traded investment company. He was awardeda n MBA with distinction by Liverpool University in 2005. Contact him on 6368831 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OBVIOUS SOLUTIONS S IMONCOOPER s ome scepticism, given Robin Hoods trav ails over the past year. Mr Schaefer freely admitted yesterday that he had been knocked on my ass, but added that everyt hing worked out in finding a new equity investor in the shape of Mr Pinder. So far its been a very good relationship; good for me, good for them. Im 55, but its only good to have a mentor in your life, the Robin Hood president added, describing Mr Pinder as successful in his many busin esses. M r Schaefer said it would require a nom inal investment by Robin Hood to re-open a t Prince Charles Drive, given that the e quipment and amenities it needed were already there. We need to repair some signage from the storm and do some parking lot work,b ut we want to start on construction of the 44,000 square foot shopping centre addition, he told Tribune Business. I viewed it with potential tenants today. Time is of the essence and we need to move forward aggressively. The planned shopping centre would lie b etween the Robin Hood store and the road, a nd previous tenants earmarked for the pro ject included a Scotiabank branch and Sbar ros restaurant. Were revisiting the plans now, going with a new architect, new designs and new ideas. We want to put shovels in the ground before the end of the year, Mr Schaefera dded. What takes three years I want to get done in one. What people will see with the re-opening of the new store will be far grander than t he first opening. Weve had time to mull over our mistakes, and will do it right. Speaking to this newspaper after just returning from an overseas buying trip, Mr Schaefer said Robin Hood would be buying f oods direct from China and India. Expressing sympathy for the plight of City Markets, Mr Finlayson, the minority i nvestors and employees, the Robin Hood p resident added: The retail world is e xtremely competitive, and we intend to seize the moment and make the most of it. Our sales currently are sufficient, but w ere rebuilding. Were not even half-way to where Id like to be, but in retail things happen extremely quickly success comes very quickly and disaster comes very quickly. Weve got to capitalise re-merchandise the s tore and create new departments. If Mr Schaefers plans do come to fruition, it would be a phoenix rising from the ashest ype of scenario, and a complete reversal of fortune when compared to City Markets. Describing himself as very excited, Mr Schaefer told Tribune Business he was going back to my roots by looking for close-outs and cut-price buying opportunities, even if such windows existed only for a week. It knocked us on our ass, closing that store, Mr Schaefer said of Prince Charles Drive. But were going to make shopping at reasure hunt, an adventure. Thats the kind o f energy and ingenuity were going to put into the retail side of the business again, and now have the funds we need. We went through a very difficult and e xtraordinarily trying time, but hope to employ a lot of Bahamians. Now we have a partner who is Bahamian, the company isB ahamian and no longer foreign. That stigma is removed, and the company is here to serve people. Customers are the ones to call the shots. Its a fight were in. We got knocked down, but what determines your character is when you get up, and were getting up. F ROM page one ROBIN HOOD EYES IMMINENT SECOND STORE RE-OPENING
remains between 35-40 per cent, the general manager told Tribune Business: Essentially, we have a plan. Now we have to get financing for the plan. If we can get the IDB programme going, that will advance the major aspects of the plan. Every action outlined in the actual plan is vital. Nothing can be taken away and the same result achieved. If youre talking about the financial and operational sustainability of the Corporation, you have to look at all parts of it. Among the recommended changes required to reduce the Corporations financial burdenon the Bahamian taxpayer are regulatory reform, with responsibility for supervision of the water industry transferred from the Government to an independent agency such as the Utilities Regulatory and Competition Authority (URCA Other targeted reforms include tackling the non-revenue water issue, looking at the organisation as a whole and what needs to be done to be more efficient, and the tariffs the Corporation levies on its customers. We have to deal with all, Mr Laville emphasised. Each one in isolation will bring some kind of benefit, but will not get us over the hump to be a viable Corporation. When it came to the Water & Sewerage Corporations financial situation, the general manager said that when it came to cash flow it was no better than we normally are. The economic downturn had exacerbated this, given the impact it was having on some consumers ability to pay bills either on time or not at all. Thats not to minimize investment in infrastructure that are going to improve customer service, but from a financial standpoint were not better off, Mr Laville added. Yet in certain operational areas there are signs of improvement, and there will continue to be improvement. With the Blue Hills reverse osmosis plants expansion by BISX-listed Consolidated Water, Mr Laville said the barging of water to New Providence from Andros would cease definitely before the end of the year. The Blue Hills expansion will save the Corporation the $3 million it would have otherwise have to invest in upgrading its Arawak Cay facilities. Mr Laville added that the Corporation had enhanced its Family Island water production and service quality capabilities. Apart from the new reverse osmosis plant at Tarpum Bay in Eleuthera, it was also aiming to finish the expansion of the desalination plant at Deadmans Cay in Long Island by the 2012 first quarter, the general manager conceding that this project had taken a little longer than it should. The Corporation was also assessing another potential desalination plant project for Long Island, this time at Salt Pond. Together with the com pleted Green Turtle Cay plant, Mr Laville said this would require a collective $4 million investment. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE an $8 million sewerage treatment plant on Gladstone Road. That plant will serve Baha Mar and surrounding real estate developments in western New Providence, Mr Laville adding that the Corporation also hoped to finalise an agreement with New Providence Development Company on a water supply tie-up, plus franchise area, before year-end. That agreement is key to the Corporations plans to supply Baha Mar, as much of the water supplied to the development will come from New Providence Development Companys plant. Explaining that both the Corporation and Water & Sewerage Corporation were conducting their own reviews of documents and the potential agreement, Mr Laville told Tribune Business: One of the big things were trying to secure now, the primary focus now, is securing that Baha Mar contract, and we seem to be very close to that. That will influence [future] production and development. Im hoping in the next one-anda-half months to have that contract, and hope to proceed. At full build-out, Baha Mar was seeking water supply of 1.7 million gallons per day, or close to two million as Mr Laville put it. While the price per gallon was still being worked out, the quantity of water Baha Mar would purchase ensured it would get some kind of discount. On the Corporations side, the contract with Baha Mar would be of the take or pay variety, with the developer paying for the water whether it used it or not. The Corporation would look to maximise supply efficiency to ensure its margins were as high as possible. As for the talks with New Providence Development Company, Mr Laville said he did not see any problem in getting things worked out before the end of the year. The Corporations general manager said one attraction of its bid for Baha Mar was that it could offer a guaranteed water supply through built-in redundancy in its system. Through Consolidated Waters expansion of the Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant, and the imminent agreement to buy water from New Providence Development Company, Mr Laville said the Corporation could acquire water from desalination plants in both parts of the island, ensuring supply continued if there was an issue at one plant. Meanwhile, Mr Laville said the Corporation had issued bid documents for the contract to build, own and operate a $4-$6 million waste water treatment facility in Pinewood Gardens, hoping the project will provide a public-private partnership model that can be applied to its other four sewerage treatment plants on New Providence. Confirming that bids were supposed to be in by mid-October 2011, Mr Laville said: Thats moving along well. Its behind schedule, but at least its got going. We will see how we can expand the model t o other treatment plants. There are another four, all on New Providence, and were looking at going out for one pretty soon on Gladstone Road to address the needs of Baha Mar and nearby developments. Mr Laville estimated the Gladstone Road facility would involve an $8 million invest ment by the successful private sector bidder, with the plant serving the likes of Westridge,S kyline Lakes and government subdivisions in the area. Similar investments were likely to be required at the other existing waste water treatment plants because theyre in such a state, Mr Laville conceded. F ROM page one WATER CORP EYES $70-$80M LOAN WATER CORP TARGETS 1.7 MILLION GALLON BAHA MAR SUPPLY DEAL FROM page one WORKTAKES place at Cable Beach as part of t he Baha Mar project.
Central Bank governor, acknowledged that there were upsides and downs ides to moving towards full l iberalisation, adding that the p rocess needed to be gradual and accompanied by reforms such as a reduction in the Governments existing $1.3-$1.4 billion foreign currency debt. Speaking to Tribune Busin ess prior to presentation to t he Society of Trust and E state Practitioners (STEP Bahamas branch yesterday, Mr Smith said full exchange control liberalisation especially on the capital account -w ould reduce government control of the Bahamian economy and provide a potential major boost for this nations capital markets and private sector. I also believe its not a once-off, the former minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christie administ ration told Tribune Business. It has to be done in conjunction with a boost up i n foreign reserves, reduction i n foreign currency debt and s trengthening the Central B ank of the Bahamas regulatory mandate. I f the Bahamas abandoned its one:one peg with the US d ollar and fixed exchange rate regime, Mr Smith said the Central Bank would be r equired to enforce a dirty floating exchange rate one w here it intervened periodically in the global currency markets, if necessary, toe ither support or reduce the Bahamian dollars value. The Central Bank would have to be given a kind of b and range in which it might w ant to defend the dollar, the former finance minister s aid. Parameters for this would need to be set, though,t o prevent the Central Bank f rom using up all its foreign currency reserves to defend the Bahamian dollar. Calling for a gradual p rocess that would prevent a run on the Bahamian dollar, Mr Smith said the Gov ernment needed to reduce i ts foreign currency debt to a minimum. This was because if, under a floating exchange rate, the Bahamian dollar depreciated against its US counterpart, debt servicing c osts could increase dramati cally. T he Bahamas also required sizeable foreign currency reserves, much more than we have now, b efore it took the plunge. Mr S mith said it needed reserves t o cover six months worth of import purchases, rather than the three months it hadn ow. And to prevent volatility should the capital account be liberalised, and preserve the v alue of Bahamian assets, the now-CFAL chairman suggested that Bahamians be a llowed to establish unit t rusts where 20 per cent of t heir assets could be held in f oreign currency. T he Ingraham administra t ion, in its 2007 election manifesto, committed to phasing out exchange controls overa 10-year period, something that never happened after the recession distracted the Government from much of i ts agenda. W hile emphasising that any exchange control reform n eeded to be gradual, Mr S mith said the Bahamas was being forced that way by trade liberalisation, and its moves towards World TradeO rganisation (WTO membership and participation in other trade agree m ents. Exchange controls are largely viewed as outdated relics, incompatible witht odays integrated, globalised e conomy, and most countries have removed them. Many i n the Bahamas, though, point to the stability fostered by the current fixed exchange rate regime, and the ability to determine foreign direct investment (FDI f lows and who comes into t his nation. B ut Mr Smith indicated to Tribune Business that by going the alternative route, while implementing accomp anying structural reforms, c apital account liberalisation w ould help to modernise the Bahamian economy and lay the foundations for privates ector growth. The first thing you lose is a lot of control of the economy by the Government, Mr S mith added. No longer would the administration be able to use exchange control a pproval as a hurdle to prev ent foreigners from acquir i ng, or buying shares in, B ahamian companies, somet hing the CFAL chairman d escribed as a huge constraint for the private sector. A floating exchange regime, Mr Smith added, would also enable the Bahamas to react better to e xternal economic shocks. T he blow would be absorbed in the exchange rate, rather t han the Governments fisc al position having to take t he majority of the punishment. An end to capital account c ontrols would also allow Bahamian entrepreneurs and companies access to foreigns avings and investments to help them grow, rather than being restricted to the cur rent shallow pool of domestic s avings. B ahamians would also be able to invest in internationa l stocks and debt instruments, such as bonds, deposits and loans, while foreigners could invest in stocks listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange ( BISX). T epid capital account r eforms have been made, with Bahamas-based broker/dealers allowed to accessa collective $25 million per y ear in foreign currency for t heir international investm ent funds. The National Insurance Board (NIB also been allowed to invest at he same annual amount of assets abroad. But, in proposing to go much further, Mr Smith said: There would be cross-listings in the rest of the Caribbean. Bahamian entit ies could list anywhere t here. The Bahamas has a very l ow savings rate, and these c ompanies would get access t o other peoples capital savings. For the stock market, there will be more listings, greater depth and price determination will be more market-based. As a rule of t humb, foreigners ought to b e allowed to acquire up to 10 per cent of any BISX-liste d company without having t o go through exchange cont rol. You ought to see increased investment inflows into companies on the e xchange. Bahamian-owned companies could approach European and US investors, Mr Smith said, adding that the Bahamas had been creepi ng towards it almost quietly i n terms of full exchange cont rol liberalisation. The economy will have to become much more efficient at all levels and more t ransparent, Mr Smith a dded. Its one [exchange control liberalisation] that ought to be examined very c arefully going forward, b ecause the economy is g oing into a whole new ball game. When you look at shortterm and medium term restructuring, and liberalisation, you need to look at thef reeing of the exchange rate as well as examining the tax structure for reform. Given that foreign investors would seek similar or greater returns than they earned at home from putting m oney into Bahamas-based c ompanies, Mr Smith said t his should stimulate greater productivity and growth. We want labour productivity up, reduced pilferage and that sort of thing. We would also have access tom odern management syst ems, he added. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011, PAGE 5B DOUBLE RESERVES BEFORE EXCHANGE LIBERALISATION FROM page one
TORONTO Associated Press SHARES OF RESEARCH IN MOTION p lummeted more than 18 percent after hours after the BlackBerry maker reported its net income and revenue declined sharply in its fiscal s econd quarter. The results show continued struggle to compete with the iPhone and smartphones running Google's A ndroid system and raise the pressure for the company's long-promised newphone software to be a hit. RIM said Thursday that its net income was 419 million, or 80 cents per share, in t he three months ended Aug. 27. That's down from $796.7 million, or $1.46 per share, a year ago. Analysts expected 90 cents per share, according to a survey by FactSet. The company, based in W aterloo, Ontario, said revenue fell 15 percent to $4.2 billion. "They are just not selling. T hey are not competitive," said Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies & Co. in New York. "They are gettingr eally hit hard by Android phones." M isek said RIM's future d epends on it releasing new B lackBerrys with the company's new QNX operating system, designed to compete with iPhones and Androidp hones. RIM has previously v owed to release phones with that software in early 2012. They need them out as s oon as possible. They need to be good, and they need to be well received by consumers," he said. "If they are not, they will be in a lot o f trouble. It will be very difficult to envision a turnaround if they do not get t hose out as soon as possible." R IM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis joined the analysts' conference calling following the release, the second time in as many quarters that he has participated after not doing so in r ecent memory. He said the company won't rush the QNX phones. He added that prototype phones will be out in the not-too-distant future and said RIM plans announcements about the phones at a conference in October. H e expects the higher-end QNX phones will be selling a year from now but said they won't represent them ajority of the phones the company sells because the cheaper BlackBerry 7 models will still be selling glob-a lly. "We understand that the p ast few quarters have been c hallenging," Lazaridis said. We are confident that we are on track to return to growth in Q3 and beyond." RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsill ie said the company shipped f ewer BlackBerrys than expected in the quarter because people awaited the l aunch of the new BlackB erry 7 smartphones, which didn't come out until the end of the quarter. The company said shipments of the BlackBerry 7 were "near the h igh end of our expectations" in three weeks on the market but didn't offer s pecifics. The BlackBerry 7 devices d on't have the QNX software. The Playbook tablet computer was a disappointment. RIM said it sold about 200,000 of them in the quarter. That was far short of w hat analysts had expected. Lazaridis acknowledged it was "well below where we would like it to be" but said ultimately it will be a success in a market that is in its infancy and rapidly growing. "We're planning to launch a major software upgrade f or PlayBook which will deliver highly anticipated new capabilities and applications which we expect tor einvigorate sales," Balsillie said. RIM's tablet, like many others, remains in the shad-o w of Apple's iPad. "Apple sells more iPads i n two days than RIM sells i n a whole quarter," BGC F inancial analyst Colin Gillis said. Gillis said RIM is too busy talking about their next gen-e ration phones when they s hould be trying to sell their current models. He said the gap is widening between R IM and their competitors a nd said it might be time to find new management. "There is just so much that seems so haphazard about the company right n ow," Gillis said. Shares fell $5.46, or 18.5 percent, to $24.08 in afterh ours trading. RIM's stock has lost almost half its value since January. RIM said in July it would cut 10 percent of its work force, about 2,000 jobs. A lthough BlackBerrys have dominated the corporate smartphone market, t heir popularity in the consumer market has been short-lived. U.S. consumers have moved on to phones with big touchscreens like Apple Inc.'s iPhone and var ious models that run Google Inc.'s Android operating system. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PHONE RIVALRY DRIVES DOWN RIM EARNINGS Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are m aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
L ONDON Associated Press FIVEof the world's top central banks acted jointly Thursday to provide unlimited dollar loans to banks, a move aimed at easing the growing tensions i n the eurozone's financial sector and shielding the global economy from its jitters. The European Central Bank said it will coordinate with the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and the Swiss National Bank to offer three-month dollar loans to banks through the end of this year. There was no sep-a rate statement from the Fed. The coordinated effort aims to prevent Europe's debt crisis from derailing the global economy's rebound from recession, a topic that will dominate talks between U.S. Treasury chief Timothy Geithner and his European counterparts at a meeting beginning Thursday night and running through Saturday in Poland. European banks have seen their shares sink and some have had trouble getting loans from each other recently because of possible huge losses from their holdings of troubled European government bonds. When a bank is rumored to b e in danger of suffering large l osses, other banks will stop lending to it for fear of not getting their money back a scenario that created the global credit crunch in 2008. Ultimately, the threat to the wider global economy is that banks will stop lending to businesses, stifling growth. Stocks, particularly banking shares, and the euro rallied Thursday on hopes the dollar loans will relieve the funding pressures. The program will likely prevent a panic for the next few months, but it's only a first step, said Mark McCormick, a cur rency strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman. You're warding off contagion and crisis, but it's not going to solve the problem, which is too much debt," McCormick said, but added it was smart for the central banks to address the problem early. Indicators of banking stress now are the worst they have been in three years, he said, but they remain better than t hey were before the U.S. investment firm Lehman Brothers failed exactly three years ago on Sept. 15, 2008 setting off a worldwide credit crunch. Financial markets have been hugely volatile for weeks on fears that Europe's debt crisis will spin out of control and threaten Europe's banking sect or. Moody's ratings agency this week downgraded two major French banks on those con cerns. McCormick said the longterm impact of Thursday's move was uncertain. "I think a lot of people took it as a red flag, but it's more ofa pre-emptive strike to get a head of the stresses that we h ad when Lehman failed," he said. Markets and the euro currency were buoyed by Thursday's news. The 17-nation euro currency surged to a daily high of $1.3934 before retreating slightly to $1.3858. Shares in French bank BNP Paribas jumped 13.4 percent while Societe Generale gained 5.4 p ercent. Traders had singled them out in recent days as being particularly exposed to Greece's bad debts. The markets needed the boost, because news out of Greece and Switzerland was particularly downbeat Thursday. The Greek finance minister warned that the country must b race for a fourth year of recession, and data showed unem ployment had hit a new high of 16.3 percent. As the government debated new public sector cuts to secure the cash life line protecting Greece from a chaotic bankruptcy, residents once again hit the streets of Athens to protest the austeritym easures. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE WORLD'S CENTRAL BANKS FLOOD MARKET WITH DOLLARS E FFORT TO PREVENT EUROPE DEBT CRISIS JEAN-CLAUDE Trichet, President of the European Central Bank and C hairman of the Global Economy Meeting, speaks at a press confere nce at the BIS's (Bank for International Settlements m eeting at a hotel in Basel, Switzerland, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. Trichet said central bankers agreed Monday they "have the weapon-r y to provide liquidity" to banks as needed worldwide, and on an u nlimited basis at fixed rates in the eurozone. (AP
B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter email@example.com T he height wasnt one that he anticipated butI AAF World Athletic Championships high jump bronze medallist T revor Barry has finally gotten a golden victory to close out his stellar performance on the Euro circuit. S ince his bronze-medal feat at the championships in South Korea, Barry claimed two second-place finish-e s then wrapped it up with a victory y esterday at a meet in Dubnica, Slov akia. At the 9th Athletics Bridge a gainst two of the finalists at the Worlds, including gold medallist Jesse Williams of the US, Barry gota well-deserved triumph to add to h is historic appearance in Daegu. Barry and Williams both finished with a clearance of 2.27 metres or 7feet, 5 1/4-inches. But on the count back, it was Barry who surpassed the height first on his seconda ttempt. Williams did it on his third and final try. They both failed their three attempts at 2.30m (7-6 1/2 Russian Ivan Ukhov, who tied for fifth place at the Worlds, was third at 2.24m (7-4 1/4 I didnt jump what I wanted to, b ut Im just glad to be done, said Barry about competing on the Euro pean circuit. He has been traveling f rom one country to another over t he past two weeks since he depart ed South Korea. Barry, 27, said hes just glad that hes done. Couldnt ask for a better finish, he said. It has been quite a long s eason. Although he was the lone Bahamian competing in the meet, Barry said he didnt have to worry a bout the competition because both Williams and Ukhov made it an interesting match-up. In fact, all of the media hype on the event was focused on the show down between Williams and Ukhov. B arry said he was just glad to step in as the spoiler. Were winding down our season, so nobody was really sharp for this one, he said. Thats been my story for the year. Ive been the under dog all year. I just go out there and d o what I have to do and the results h ave shown up. Right out of the blocks after Daegu, Barry went to Zurich,S witzerland, on September 9 where he got second behind Dimitrios Chondrokoukis of Greece, who was tied with Ukhov for fifth place at the Worlds. In the process, he beat out Ukhov and Williams, the third and fourth p lace finishers. Donald Thomas, who settled for 11th place in Daegu, had to settle for a two-way tie for 10th place. Two days later, they were in Berlin, Germany, where Williams regained his Worlds form to win.B arry had to settle for a close seco nd, while Thomas finished fourth. I think this stretch was pretty good, coming off the World Cham p ionships, Barry said. Without any training in between, it showed me conditioning going into the Worlds. I just hope that I can duplicate that next year. But its a good way to end this part of the season. Now all I can do is prepare for bigger and better t hings next year. Despite the fact that he suffered a slight injury on one of the toes on his left foot during the competition yesterday, Barry said hes still contem plating whether or not he will travel to the Pan American Games. T hose games are scheduled for O ctober 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mex ico. Id like to go to Pan Ams, Bar r y said. In the meantime, hes heading to the US today before he comes home for a celebration with his family and friends. The date for the latter has not been confirmed. But based on his performance this y ear, Barry said he knows that its going to be a grand affair. THETRIBUNE SECTIONEFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 INSIDE TRAK 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 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . FIREMAN: COACHES DIDNT TAKE MY ADVICE TO RUN DIFFERENT QUARTET AMERICANS HOLD OFF RUSSIA FOR RARE VICTORY EURO BASKET: FRANCE AND RUSSIA TO MEET IN THE SEMIFINALS NFL PREVIEWS: MICHAEL VICK RETURNS TO THE GEORGIA DOME T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . GOLDEN BOY BARRY By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org NEARLY two weeks into his major league career, local fans will have an opportunity to witness the latest addition to the list of Bahamian baseball icons live in action, with the help of the national flag carrier. Bahamasair, in conjunction with the Bahamas Baseball Federation, has created a package, including airfare, car and hotel arrangements for a chance to watch Antoan Richard son and the Atlanta Braves against the Florida Marlins in a three-game series. The purchase of the package would make one eligible for free game tickets during one of the trio of contests at SunLife Stadium next weekend September 19-21. Craig Kemp, president of the Bahamas Baseball Federation, offi cially congratulated Richardsons achievement and made an attempt to galvanize public support for Richardson during the three-game series in Florida. On behalf of the Bahamas Baseball Federation, our executives and member leagues, we would like to send congratulations to Antoan. He is a home boy, and we have all had the privilege to watch Antoan grow and mature from a young baseball player to the player he is today. We are very, very pleased and excited about what Bahamasair has done in this regard to help increase his exposure," he said. "We hope as many Bahamians as possible will take this opportunity and go to Florida and show Antoan that we truly appreciate the milestone he has made for this country in baseball. We want to extend our gratitude to Bahamasair, and to the Ministry for showing support for Antoan and we want the Bahamian people to support Antoan in every oppor MINISTRY ENDORSES PACKAGE FOR BAHAMIANS TO SEE ANTOAN AND BRAVES VS. MARLINS LIVE ANTOAN RICHARDSON and the Atlanta Braves are set to face the Florida Marlins in a three-game series at SunLife Stadium September 19-21. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E GOLDEN BOY: Trevor Barry clears the bar at the IAAF Worlds in Daegu, South Korea. Yesterday, he jumped for the gold at a meet in Dubnica, Slovakia.
tunity they have." Richardson was called up to the Major Leagues on September 3 and immediately saw action against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He singled in his first big league at bat, pinch hitting for pitcher Randall Delgado, when his line drive sailed above the outstretched glove of LA Dodgers second base man Justin Sellers. Richardson and the Braves rallied for a come-frombehind 4-3 win at home over the Dodgers at Turner Field. The Braves called up Richardson from Double-A Mississippi and added him to their group of six September call-ups. He was drafted in the 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 Major League Baseball drafts. The San Francisco Giants signed him after they took him in the 2005 draft, and he played in the Giants organi sation until he was released in 2009. He then signed with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern League. In May last year, he signed a six-year minor league free agent deal with the Atlanta Braves. Mike Sands, director of sales and marketing at Bahamasair, said the timing of Richardsons achievement and the proximity of Florida created a welcome opportunity which should entice a number of Bahamians. We saw this as an opportunity. Bahamasair has call markets in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, so it was only a natural fit for us. We sat our unit down at work and came up with this strategy, which we thought will make it attractive and economically feasible during this hard economic time. The package is for family and friends, in particular per sons wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to go on to Florida and support Antoan. It is an affordable package. Kemp called Richardson the first of a new generation of baseball players who will make their presence felt on the international scene at the Major League level. Truth be told, Ed Armbrister was one of our last Major League Baseball players. He actually made it into the Major Leagues at a time when baseball in the Bahamas was on the decline. We have a lot of good players who are in the pipelines. This is just the beginning for many young Bahamian players to be seen in the very near future. Albert Cartwright and Sean Albury are currently in the Minor League system with the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers organi sations respectively. "We have had tremendous success over the years in baseball. Bahamians have played in the professional leagues at a high level for decades now. We are very happy that we now have a young man who has come up through the system in the Bahamas," said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard. "We are trying to encourage Bahamians to go out and support our newest Bahamian sports icon and to show the world that we are proud of our athletes across the board. This partnership with Bahamasair and the Bahamas Baseball Federation is designed to celebrate a Bahamian athlete who has done what has not been done in a few decades." SPORTS PAGE 2E, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS MINISTRY ENDORSES PACKAGE FOR BAHAMIANS TO SEE ANTOAN AND BRAVES LIVE MIKE SANDS, director of sales and marketing at Bahamasair, speaks as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard (left looks on. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP N BA and its referees approved a new five-year deal Thursday, just two years after a contract dispute nearly caused the league to open thes eason with replacements. A person familiar with the n egotiations told The Associated Press that the referees voted on the deal last week. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymi-t y because those details were confidential. Owners ratified it at their meeting in Dallas on Thursday, and terms of the contract were not disclosed. The agreement heads off t he potential of two NBA lockouts. Players and owners s till are working on a deal to replace the one that expired J une 30. We did not get everything w e wanted, but given the curr ent economic climate and the continuing players' lockout, w e are satisfied that this deal was in the best interests of our members," National Bas-k etball Referees Association g eneral counsel Lee Seham s aid in a statement. The referees' contracts traditionally have been for five years, but they sought a twoyear deal in 2009, hoping theyc ould quickly renegotiate when the economy had improved. Those negotiations went poorly, with the league locking out the referees on Sept ember 18, a little more than t wo weeks after their contract had expired. Replacement referees were used duringp reseason games, to the criticism of many coaches and players, before the sides a greed to a deal in time for the regular season. These talks also had some rocky moments. N BRA executive board member Thomas Washington called them a "long and ardu-o us process." Seham said the referees' union intended to withdraw all pending contractg rievances and charges before the National Labor Relations Board. N N B B A A p p l l a a y y e e r r s s p p r r e e s s e e n n t t u u n n i i f f i i e e d d f f r r o o n n t t i i n n l l a a b b o o u u r r i i m m p p a a s s s s e e LAS VEGAS (AP NBA players will remain uni fied and calm in what could b e a lengthy pursuit of a l abour agreement, union president Derek Fisher vowed Thursday. About 40 players got an u pdate on collective bargaini ng talks from Fisher and e xecutive director Billy Hunter in what Fisher described as "a very colourful and engaging meeting" at a casino. NFLPA executived irector DeMaurice Smith a lso spoke to the players, who were mostly in town to play in an Impact Basketball academy league. "There is not the fracture and the separation amongst o ur group that in some ways h as been reported," said Fisher, the Los Angeles Lakers point guard. "We just want to continue to reiterate that point." The players echoed their l eaders' stance, promising they won't allow the union to s plinter when the players start missing paychecks in a few weeks. NBPA members haveb een educated for several years about the steps necessary to survive a long lockout, and Fisher said the union will continue to protect the rights of players who sign o verseas this fall. Union I've never seen this union as strong as we are collectively right now," said Boston C eltics center Jermaine O 'Neal, among the few remaining players who par ticipated in the 1998-99 labor d ispute. "A lot of our young guys are wide-eyed when they see the numbers at first, butn ow they're educated. We d on't need to make a temporary, emotional decision. We need to make a long-term d ecision for a bigger pur pose." Owners also met Thursday i n Dallas. Players discussed union decertification during their meeting, but Hunter empha-s ized the union believes such a drastic step isn't an immi nent strategy despite behind-t he-scenes calls for the move from several agents. NFL players dissolved their union to file an antitrust lawsuit a gainst the league earlier this year. The players met two days a fter a bargaining session between the union's execu tive committee and the own e rs' labour relations committee brought no progress after the league refused players' desire to keep the current salary cap system. "We've kind of dispelled the notion that the playersw ere not together and they w ere not in support of the u nion," Hunter said. "If the owners were looking for a break in the ranks ... I think that notion has been dispelled." F isher also rejected the n otion that the NBPA is waiting for a ruling on a charge filed with the National Labour Relations Board for unfair bargaining practices, although Hunter said he plans t o travel to Washington next w eek in hopes of getting an expedited ruling. "Sometimes it's implied that we're waiting, posturing, sitting on the sideline and waiting for something to happ en favourable for us with the NLRB," Fisher said. "That's j ust not the case. It's part of this process, but we're still taking action. We have ton egotiate a deal, and that's the only way we'll get what's fair for these guys." If NBA owners are searching for cracks in the players' unity, as Fisher and Hunter b elieve, the union attempted t o provide a visual answer. Over 30 players stood togeth er behind Fisher and Hunter a t a brief news conference, wearing identical gray T-shirts with one large word in yell ow: "STAND." All the agendas that might be pushed by different groups, they don't have a wayi n as long as we stand shoulder to shoulder," Fisher said. Fisher sent a letter to his m embership earlier this week u rging a similar unity and spirit. The letter, obtained Thursday by The Associated P ress, was first obtained by SI.com. "The turning point this past T uesday was not a disagreement between the players and the owners," Fisher wrote. "It was actually a fundamentald ivide between the owners internally. They could not agree with each other on spe c ific points of the deal and therefore it caused conflict within the league and its own ers. So it is our hope that ... at the owners meeting in Dallas that they work out their dif f erences, come up with a revenue sharing plan that will protect their teams and aret hen ready to come together and sign off on the agreement we as a smaller group deemed reasonable." NBA AND REFEREES AGREE ON FIVE-YEAR DEAL NBA referee Danny Crawford makes a call during a playoff game between Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers in Dallas. (AP
B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L F F A A L L C C O O N N S S D D O O M M I I N N A A T T E E THE visiting Seattle Pacific University Falcons com pleted a clean sweep of their three games against local teams as the Bahamas Bas ketball Federations Summer of Thunder Collegiate Scrimmages came to a close. In the final series of games played at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, the Falcons routed the Mailboat Cybots 93-51 on Wednesday night. In game two of their series, the Falcons knocked off the Real Deal Shockers 75-52 on Tues day. They opened the series with a 96-63 decision over the CI Gibson Rattlers team on Monday. In all of the 20 games the local teams played against the visiting teams, the Bahamas only managed to win once. T T R R A A C C K K F F E E R R G G U U S S O O N N M M C C K K E E N N Z Z I I E E T T O O C C O O M M P P E E T T E E WHEN the 2011 Samsung Diamond League takes place today at the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium, veteran sprinter Debbie FergusonMcKenzie will be the lone Bahamian on track. Although she was concen trating more on her specialty in the 200 metres this year, Ferguson-McKenzie has man aged to secure lane two in the womens 100 final. Also included in the race are American world champi on Carmelita Jeter (lane five Trinidad & Tobagos KellyAnn Baptiste (lane four Jamaican 200 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (lane six The meet will bring to a close another exciting track and field season on the European circuit. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B A A N N K K E E R R S S R R E E S S U U L L T T S S THE Bankers Softball League continued its regular season Wednesday at the park at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with British Ameri can out-slugging Citibank 2013. Tyrone Burrows got the win and Teddy Sweeting suffered the loss. Mike Adderley went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in and scored twice while Renaldo Knowles was also 2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored in the win. Lionel Ferguson was 2-for4 with three RBI and two runs, Kervan Culmer was 2for-3 with four RBI and James Clarke was 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored in the loss. Action is slated to resume Saturday with the following games on tap: S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y Noon CIBC vs Fidelity 1:30pm RBC vs BAF T T u u e e s s d d a a y y 6pm Fidelity vs CIBCF CIB Wednesday 6pm BAF vs RBC T T R R I I A A T T H H L L O O N N R R E E G G I I S S T T R R A A T T I I O O N N D D E E A A D D L L I I N N E E ALL persons who have not yet registered have until Wednesday, September 21, to sign up for the UWC Triathlon. Registration can be done online at www.paradisetri.com or in person at Bahama Republic, East Bay Street. The event is scheduled for 7:30am Sunday, September 25, starting at the Clifton Heritage Park. The sprint triathlon will comprise of a 750m swim, 20kilometre bike ride and a 5km run. C C O O N N C C H H M M A A N N R R E E G G I I S S T T R R A A T T I I O O N N U U N N D D E E R R W W A A Y Y THE 25th annual Conch man Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. It will comprise of a one-kilo metre swim, a 25k bike ride and a 5k run. Interested persons can reg ister by logging onto the Facebook Event Page, e-mail organiser Bert Bell at email@example.com or calling him at 727-5886 or 7275381. N N P P S S A A ( ( S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L ) ) S S C C H H E E D D U U L L E E Friday 7pm Pheonix vs Sigma Brackettes (L 8:30pm Dorsey Park Boyz vs Miller Rams (M Saturday 7pm Sigma Brackettes vs Wildcats (L 8:30pm Truckers vs Dorin United Hitmen (M B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L E E A A B B L L P P O O S S T T S S E E A A S S O O N N POSTSEASON action in the Ed Armbrister Baseball League is slated to continue at Windsor Park today when the Hawks (blue team the Eagles (green team 5pm in the Little League championship series (age 911). The Senior League cham pionship series between the Reds and Buttons Formal Wear is expected to start sometime next week. The Ed Armbrister Base ball League is named after Bahamian former Major League Baseball player Ed Armbrister who played five years for the Cincinnati Reds in the mid-1970s, winning two World Series titles. Ed Arm brister is one of five Bahami ans to play in the MLB. C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G N N P P C C A A S S E E R R I I E E S S THE New Providence Cycling Association is scheduled to hold a Road Race 8am Saturday that starts and finishes at the Clifton Heritage Park. Its a 32-mile race for all categories, including juniors, novice, seniors and masters. Special prizes will be presented to the top finishers. And starting 5:30pm Sun day, the NPCA is set to hold a Sunday Family Fun bike ride, starting at 5:30pm at the national cycling track. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L / / T T R R A A C C K K B B S S C C A A C C T T I I V V I I T T I I E E S S THE Baptist Sports Coun cil has announced the dates for the final two events on its sporting calendar. The 2011 Bishop Neil C. Ellis Softball Classic is scheduled to start on Saturday, October 1 at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. It will fea ture competition in the men, co-ed and 19-and-under divisions. And the Rev Enoch Back ford Track and Field Classic will follow on Saturday, October 22, at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. Persons interested in more details are asked to contact league president Brent Stubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or secretary Jonique Webb at email@example.com SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011, PAGE 3E SPORTS IN BRIEF By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org W hile he called his performance in the 400 m etres at the 13th IAAF World Athleti c Championships a rookie mist ake, Chris Fireman Brown said t here is no excuse for the 4 x 400 r elay team not advancing to the f inal. O ne day after the Bahamas Assoc iation of Athletic Associations broke its silence on the teams perf ormance in Daegu, South Korea, Brown said it was the coaches who didnt take his advice as team captain and run a different line-up. T he team of Ramon Miller, Avard M oncur, Andrae Williams and L aToy Williams ended up fourth in t heir heat and ninth overall, failing to make the cut of eight for the final. T he top three teams plus the two fastest times qualified. While the US advanced with a world-leading time, all of the other qualifiers either went in with a national record or seasons best. T he Bahamas, primed to be a medal contender, didnt have any initials behind its time after tailing Belgium, Russia and Kenya in their h eat. I was very disappointed, first of a ll with the 400 because I made a r ookie mistake and I didnt get into t he final, said Brown, who was sitt ing in the second automatic spot b ehind Grenadas Kirani James but w as edged out at the tape by British V irgin Islands Tabarie Henry to knock into third place. And in the relay, Im disappointed because I didnt over-ride the coaches decision, knowing that the line-up was not the best line-up for us to use to get into the final. The final decision on who was to run was made by the coaching staff. They submitted the relay card. During the meeting with the team at the Games Village before the heats of the relay, Brown said he advised the coaches: Lets take our best team out there. Tomorrow is never guaran teed to anyone. We saw how the wind was blowing out there for the games. A lot of the favourites were getting disappointed. Who thought that I would not have been in the final of the 400? It just happened. So I told them: Lets not make any mistakes. Lets just go for the kill. They decided that this was the tam they were going with. Yes, we had a team meeting, but before the meeting started and after the meeting, I tried to convince them to fix the relay team because we knew who we were up against. They didnt listen to me as the team captain. When the coaches Fritz Grant and Frank Pancho Rahming sug gested their line-up, Brown said he made his suggestion and they made a slight alteration. But he further advised them to run either him or Demetrius Pinder in the heats and they refused to do so. Change I told them that if they didnt c hange it, the whole country was g oing to go up in a roar and they are going to throw away a gold medal, he said. The outcome was exactly what I told them. Brown said he objected to the team that the coaches sent out and, even after the heat was finished, they had an emergency meeting and he was able to prove his point. But he said nobody was able to apologise to him for not believing in him as the team captain. Unlike the past championships that he has attended, Brown said he didnt feel the team unity going into Daegu and that spilled over into their entire stay in the Games Village. I felt we were very divided as a team when we went there, Brown said. We just didnt have that team unity and that is not just with the relay, but the team as a whole. It was very disappointing. Having failed to get a chance to compete for a medal or even earn some of the cash available for all finalists after he missed out in both the 400 and 1,600 relay, Brown said hes now completing his next move as far as the remainder of his season is concerned. Games W hile the Pan American Games is o n the agenda for October 14-30 in G uadalajara, Mexico, Brown said he will be making a decision on whether he will compete or just shut his season down. The Pan Am Games is coming so late and I have to get ready for the World Indoors where I have to defend my title, said Brown of the championships set for March 9-11 in Istanbul, Turkey. We also have the Olympic Games next year. So right now, Im just resting. I told one or two of the guys that I was going to go to the Pan Am Games. Im looking forward to going to the Pan Am Games, but my body can only handle so much. Unlike the World Championships ( outdoors) where he has failed to w in an individual medal, 33-yearo ld Brown has won a bronze twice i ndoors in 2006 in Moskva and again i n 2008 in Valencia, Spain, before he struck gold last year in Doha, Qatar. Either by the end of the week or early next week, Brown said he will make a definitive decision on whether or not he will travel to the Pan Ams where he was the defend ing champion in 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. IAAF WORLDS: FIREMAN SAYS THE COACHES DIDNT TAKE HIS ADVICE TO RUN DIFFERENT TEAM IN 4X400 Team captain Chris Brown admits rookie mistake but says there is no excuse for 4x400 relay team not reaching final B IG RELAY: A ndrae Williams ( far right in front) g ets ready to receive the baton from Avard Moncur ( far right on top) i n a preliminary heat of the 4x400 relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Team Bahamas failed to advance to the final. (AP