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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper SPORTS: GOLFERS TEE OFF IN TOP REGIONAL TOURNAMENT WEDNESDAY HIGH 95FLOW 83F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 PLP rejected $700m power rescue plan Albany offer also covered landll crisis PRIME Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis has committed to awarding the Bahamas Christian Council Crown land to build a proper headquarters following a meeting with the organisa tion last week, Press Secre tary Anthony Newbold an nounced yesterday. CHRISTIAN COUNCIL TO BE GIVEN LAND By KHRISNA VIRGIL Deputy Chief Reporter IN the face of the coun trys growing homicide list, Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Fer guson said the Royal Ba hamas Police Force has launched an aggressive approach to apprehend prolic offenders and in crease police visibility. He warned criminals to cease breaking the law or face the stiffest law en forcement resistance. Acting Commission er Ferguson said every homicide recorded sends shock waves across the country and should be ad dressed in kind. However he sidestepped questions about the actual homicide count for the year thus far. So, I try not to worry about the (homicide) count, he told report ers summoned to police headquarters for a press conference in response to the spate of homicides, in cluding one that occurred Tuesday morning. He added: As a Baha mian, I want to be able to prevent anybody from be ing killed and I encourage all Bahamians to think about the life. Dont think about the count.POLICE CHIEF WARNS LAY DOWN YOUR GUNS AS KILLERS STRIKE AGAIN By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter HELD for years with out charge at the Carmi chael Road Detention Centre, refugees yesterday described the facility as a prison that operated with no regard for human rights, international conventions, or the law. If you stay in one place and you have no rights, how do you feel? asked one refugee yesterday as he ex plained that you feel like a piece of stone, like an animal, you have no rights. To whom can you say some thing if nobody hearing you? I was suffering inside, there (was) too much stress, I almost get de pressed. Sometimes I had to go to the doctor to get pills for the depression. I dont like to get too much pills, but sometimes I had to do. REFUGEES REVEAL ORDEAL OF YEARS IN DETENTION ALBANYS Manag ing Partner Christopher Anand revealed yester day that Joe Lewis and his Tavistock Group, the prin cipal developers of the $1.4 billion project, offered the former Progressive Liberal Party government $700m to x the issues at the former Bahamas Electric ity Corporation and the city landll. However, Mr Anand said, for some reason the offer was never accepted. During a tour of the lux ury resort community, with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and members of his Cabinet, Mr Anand in an impassioned speech railed against what he described as two and a half years of banging our heads against the wall. He urged the Minnis ad ministration to work with them to solve the prob lems plaguing the electric ity company as well as the consistent burning at the New Providence Landll. In response, Dr Minis told reporters: We look for the best deal possible that is in the best interest of the Bahamian people. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yester day while he appreciates Progressive Liberal Par ty Leader Philip Brave Davis admitting the oppo sition party made mistakes during its last term in ofce, he is still waiting to hear a real apology. In an interview with re porters after a tour of the luxury resort community Albany, Dr Minnis said he listened attentively to Mr Davis address to the na tion and said he noticed the words I am sorry were missing. However, he said he un derstands that Mr Davis is ghting for his own sur vival and may have simply forgotten. On Monday night, Mr Davis admitted the former government was not per fect, made serious mis takes and lost the trust of Bahamians, but offered no outright apology for the missteps of the previous Christie administration. Instead he sought to jus tify the former governing partys actions saying that during its last term in ofce the Christie administration was always thinking of the people affected by its poli cies. Despite conceding his partys mistakes, Mr Davis also castigated Dr Minnis saying his national address last week left the Ofcial Opposition perplexed and offered no vision, con crete policies or credible plans for taking the country forward. He (Mr Davis) said that they have made mistakes, they made big mistakes. I listened and if you made mistakes and you know you made mistakes, I was listen ing for the apology, there was no such apology, Dr Minnis said. 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PAGE 2, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 THE TRIBUNE During his speech, Mr Anand said to the govern ment delegation: The electricity problem is ri diculous, let me tell you the havoc it causes is unbeliev able. We may have genera tors but let me tell you the people back there, they do not have it, so their milk goes bad, their kids go ba nanas, like it sucks. What can we do about it guys? Hey Joe (Lewis), how do you feel about putting $700m up to rebuild the power infrastructure in The Bahamas? Oh, we can get rid of the smoke stacks, we can stop putting oil into the sea and we can actually put more money in every ones pocket and we can in vest in the country. What a great idea. So why dont you spend two and half years, working with the Bahamian government and BEC to re structure their debt put an offer on the table and let us know how it goes. Our guy Jim, spent two and a half years and ten minutes later, someone else has it.... I am making a point we have spent many, many years, this man with a com mitment to spend hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars in this country and honestly, it feels like we have been jerked around. Now you dont have to take our $700m if there is someone else who wants to give you $700m to make everything better, take it, for Gods sake take it, but what are you doing? I mean it is unbelievable. Mr Anand said a part of the $700m offered would also have gone to x the issues at the landll. He urged the government to work with them, or anyone, to nd a resolution as soon as possible. .... And the dump, we cant even talk about that, in fact we are all still cough ing up the crap out of our lungs to even form a sen tence on that subject. Lets talk about the dump, guess what, as part of our $700 million, we were going to x the dump. The point is this, we have been a will ing counterpart to invest a lot of money to help x the problems, we are part of the solution, not part of the problem, Mr Anand said. We have spent two and half years, banging our heads against the wall and Joe is a little fed up because not everyone has $700m kicking around waiting for something to do. The Ministry of Finance would know that. You have a will ing counterpart willing to solve problems, but lets get on with it, because we will make this country great together and it is time that you understand we are here and we are ready to help but we need to feel love back because this whole thing felt like something wasnt right. Dr Minnis told reporters after the tour the BPL is sues and the landll are at the top of the governments lists of priorities. I live in the west, the prime minister said. That is a plea made to me and my constituency and a plea made by every Bahamian in The Bahamas. They have been screaming about the dump and the dump res, especially those who live in the close vicinity. It causes health prob lems and health issues in the immediate as well as long term, you and I may not necessarily be around to see what long term effects may occur. Therefore as govern ment it is our job to improve the quality of life, not only to Bahamians but also to our visitors and guests and therefore when we came into power, we said that we would improve the quality of life for Bahamians, we know that the electricity is compromising the qual ity of life, we know that the dump site is compromising the quality of life in The Ba hamas and therefore those must be priority issues. American company Pow erSecure was contracted to take over management at the government-owned util ity provider in early 2016, which was renamed Baha mas Power and Light. The new management deal was promoted by the Christie administration as being the answer to sub-par electricity service and high electricity bills. However, the country has still been plagued with repeated power outages, especially in the summer months. The city dump has been plagued with recurring res for a number of years. Re new Bahamas was engaged by the government in 2014 to manage the landll and help address the matter, however the company sus pended its services and eventually walked away in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. PLP rejected $700m power rescue plan PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaking to the press during yesterdays tour of Albany. Photos: Yontalay Bowe from page one PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis during the tour of Albany yesterday. THE FNM delegation at Albany yesterday. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 2, 2017, PAGE 3 THE government does not yet have a timeline of when repairs will be com pleted on homes damaged as a result of Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew, which ravaged part of the country in 2015 and 2016. According to press sec retary Anthony Newbold, while it is certain the homes must be repaired there will be no hurricane czar as was the case during the Christie administration. He said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Ministry of Works will oversee these efforts. During a press brieng yesterday, Mr Newbold said as each member of Parlia ment has received their $100,000 capital grants, the public should see some re pairs to homes shortly. (We) dont have a time line yet, Mr Newbold said. We just got budgets and ministers can start to get to work. I imagine we will see some of that happening now. For example, as I said the constituency allowances are now available (and) the parks and beaches board has now been constituted. I spoke to the minister of the environment and he says listen we are ready to go with this thing. The next thing they are going to be addressing (is) the dump. As I said the prime minister convened a ministerial committee to deal with the dump. Again its taken time for these things to happen, but they are happening. Regarding the capital al lowances, Mr Newbold said checks and balances are in place to ensure these public funds are spent properly. All MPs should now be in possession of their con stituency capital grants. The act came into force on July 1. So there should be some work starting soon in a lot of these constituen cies. These grants are for development in the various constituencies. Those de velopments could include the maintenance of roads and parks, beautication or anything else to do with development, education or culture. This annual grant is in the amount of $100,000. Its not to be used for anything political. Like political meetings, fundraising, pay ments, maintenance, up keep, salaries or any other expenses related to a con stituency ofce. He continued: For each development from a mem ber of Parliament a propos al must be advanced with quotations, any required approvals and permits and, of course, a tax compliance certicate for the person who is carrying out the pro ject. The minister of nance, the deputy prime minister is the only person who can authorise such a payment and proper accounts must be kept because a report must be prepared for the Auditor General at the end of each scal year. Last week, NEMA direc tor Captain Stephen Rus sell said nearly 2,000 homes have still not been repaired. No word on completion of repairs after hurricanes By KHRISNA VIRGIL Deputy Chief Reporter DESPITE weeks of short ened shifts and chaos in its sorting system, the govern ment still has not provided a timeline for the relocation of staff and operations from the General Post Ofce, ac cording to Bahamas Public Services Union President John Pinder. Extending a plea for the government to come to some resolution, Mr Pin der said plans have been in place since 2015 to have operations relocated from East Hill Street to the Town Centre Mall, but have not been carried out for various reasons. Mr Pinder told The Trib une he has remained in contact with ofcials at the post ofce, receiving daily updates on the situation. Weve been waiting for some time, he said. And while we wait, the workers have tried everything they can to keep things running as smoothly as they can. But, I dont know how much longer these small makeshift systems can sustain an operation this big. Following a recent ood at the General Post Ofce, ofcials introduced fourhours shifts for employees. However, those shifts were further reduced to three hours due to a broken air-conditioning system. Since then, Mr Pinder himself has called on insti tutions that depend on the General Post Ofce to is sue important or time sen sitive documents to clients, to work directly with the post ofces sub stations to ensure that those important documents are delivered on time. In addition to this strat egy, Mr Pinder has also been working with post of ce and airport ofcials to have a group of sorters per manently stationed at the airport, to properly sort international packages and mail as they come in, with the view to have them de livered directly to the substations. Last year, Mr Pinder threatened industrial action if the Christie administra tion did not immediately move employees from the unsanitary East Hill Street location. At the time, he said his members were forced to work in a mouldinfested building with rats and termites and a leaking ceiling. Mr Pinder maintains that since that time, issues at the facility havent improved, but have got worse. The former Christie ad ministration had started efforts to have the main post ofce relocated to a new building off Tonique Williams Darling High way by the end of May, however, according to Mr Pinder, the Free National Movement administration stopped those plans and is considering moving the post ofce to the Town Centre Mall. The Minnis administra tion hasnt ofcially ad dressed the status of the General Post ofce since being elected on May 10. DETAILS STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED OVER RELOCATION OF GENERAL POST OFFICE By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter PRESS Secretary An thony Newbold said ad justments will be made to the list of statutory board appointments and commit tees, adding that despite there being errors inclusive of at least two deceased appointees, he could ab solutely give no assur ance that these blunders wont recur. However, he said, the only assurance he could give is that both Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and the secretary of Cabi net are going to be vigilant over what comes out of the Cabinet Ofce in the fu ture. He was yesterday unable to give answers on how er roneous information was in cluded in the published list last week, suggesting it was human error despite there being an application pro cess in addition to lengthy Cabinet meetings over the appointments. There are some adjust ments that need to be made to the boards, Mr New bold said yesterday during a press brieng at the Ofce of the Prime Minister. (There were) some over sights. The Tribune conrmed last week that Mildred Wil liamson, of Mayaguana, was listed as having been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Cooperative Development; however, it was conrmed that she died in 2015. Brian Gibson, who was appointed to the National Junkanoo Committee, is also deceased, The Tribune was told. Another discrepancy highlighted was the listed appointment of Charley Reubin to the Anti-Dop ing Commission. This newspaper was ad vised that the correct name for the appointee is Charles Robbins. Errors were also said to include repeated names from the previous year, according to a govern ment ofcial who did not have authorisation to com ment on the matter. Mr Newbold also said on Tuesday: We want to be as good as we possibly can. From the prime ministers standpoint he would like perfect, but what he prom ised was effective and so whatever boards we have they better be effective and thats his ultimate aim for these boards that were ap pointed to be effective. (The oversights) were brought to his attention right away and I assure you because I had a conversa tion with him, the secretary to the Cabinet and the PS (permanent secretary) in his ofce and those are be ing addressed. Asked to explain how deceased persons were ap pointed in view of applica tions needing to be sub mitted, Mr Newbold said: They probably couldnt have gotten an application and that is one of those boards that you have to look at and say What hap pened with this board? There were individual ap plications. Were they all looked at or did they look at this board and say this board looks good, reap point them? They can slip through them because they are hu man. We wouldnt want it to happen again, but it can happen as it obviously did, he further explained. There is absolutely no assurance that anyone can give you that it wont hap pen again. I can give you an assurance with it happen ing the one time the prime minister and the secretary of Cabinet are going to be very vigilant with what eventually comes out to the Cabinet, he added. As for remuneration, Mr Newbold said respective ministers have some over sight over this, adding that not all board appointees receive a stipend for partici pation. ADJUSTMENTS TO BE MADE TO BOARD APPOINTMENTS By KHRISNA VIRGIL Deputy Chief Reporter CYNTHIA Mother Pratt, speaking from her Coconut Grove home last night, wanted to assure the public that she is alive and well. And, like members of the public, she too would like to know when she died. Circulating on social me dia yesterday was a report that Mother Pratt was dead. However, although Mother Pratt is in excel lent health, there has been a tragedy in the family. Her 36-year-old niece, Lashan da Percentie, who was in a trafc accident early Mon day morning, is critically ill in hospital. Doctors do not expect her to live. Mrs Percentie is an Immi gration ofcer who was on her way to work at the Im migration Department on Hawkins Hill when shortly after 5am her car crashed into a wall near Bamboo Shack and a police station. Last night her condition was critical. Death was ex pected momentarily. Mrs Percentie lived with Mother Pratt before her marriage a year ago. Some one hearing of a pending death in the family, as sumed it was Mother Pratt and without check ing, put the news out on so cial media that Mother Pratt was in fact dead. At her home last night Moth er Pratt was taking calls to assure her friends that she was still with them. No truth, said a healthy Mother Pratt late last night. I am in good health and would re ally like someone to tell me when and where I died. PRATT WELL DESPITE SOCIAL MEDIA RUMOURS THE ENTRANCE to the General Post Ofce building. ANTHONY NEWBOLD A3MAIN QUOTE OF THE DAYDistributed ByBAY STREET GARAGEDowdeswell Street"CRAWFISH SEASON IS HERE! Come on in and pick up your 'CASTROL SUPER OUTBOARD PLUS and get a FREE CASTROL T-SHIRT & CAP when you buy 7 cases of quarts!"497Wednesday, 2nd August 2017


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS 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.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. AN Ofcial Opposition (PLP) member has ex posed his partys Achilles heel when expressing con tempt for the newly elected Prime Ministers national address. The spokesmans com ments that follow conrm the last government lived in an alternate universe. PLP Comment: What concerned me about the speech is why do they keep talking down this econo my? Response: Providing an honest assessment of the state of the economy is not talking it down. Those of us that live in reality under stand how long the econo my has been on a downward trend and this must be re versed. The policies of the former government were compounding the economic problems. PLP Comment This is a rich country. This is not a poor country. Response: Yes, by many standards this is a rich country, but was being made poorer each passing year by government spend ing more than it takes from the taxpayer all the while expecting investors (both local and foreign), busi nesses and the taxpayer to support the leviathan that has been created. PLP Comment: But eve rything that comes out of their mouths is woe is me... doom and gloom. Response: It is obvious now that living at the ex pense of the taxpayer insu lates one from the reality of the economy. PLP Comment: I was surprised when I was min ister of immigration the extent to which major busi nesses depend on govern ment spending. Response: This shows a complete lack of under standing and is the oppo site of how the economy should be structured. The smaller the government is in relation to the economy the better it is for economic growth and job creation. PLP Comment: And now you say youre going to take 10 per cent off government spending and in addition youre laying off staff in an economy which is consumer driven. Custom duties depend on consumers spending money. VAT is a consumer tax so the more people buy the more governments coffers increase. So now youre going to take measures to suck life out of the economy and now on top of that youre talking down on the economy? Response: The burden of excessive government spending has placed the current administration in this position as a result of spending beyond the taxa tion capacity. These meas ures, government spending within its means, are long overdue. PLP Comment: So every investor who is looking out will say Oh My God. We cant go to The Bahamas, things are terrible there. Its falling apart. The government said its not going to happen and so on and so forth. Response: Lets ponder this. Investors are happy in vesting in a country where governments increase de cits and debt and imple ment unfriendly business policies as the PLP were doing? Not to mention the allegations of corruption by government ofcials that have surfaced since the PLP lost the election. Once again, the PLP spokesper son shows an obvious lack of economic understand ing. PLP Comment: Theres a reason they said when you put a mora torium on hiring, you de velop a skills gap. So when I came back to the foreign ministry in 2012, you had senior ofc ers on top, junior ofcers down at the bottom but no body in the middle. So you dont have the experience, you dont have the institutional knowledge so what you try to do is you get some from every birth cohort every year. So even if you cant hire six, you should hire three. Response: Here again, this issue has been known for at least a couple dec ades. Why wasnt this xed in their last term? Or even the term before that? Pack ing government payroll with the unemployed is not a solution to unemploy ment or economic growth. Rather, creating an envi ronment where people are willing to invest to create jobs and economic growth is the idea. What would be useful, since the Opposition con sider themselves so learned, is offering some ideas that might improve the econo my. This rhetoric only con rms why the economy is in the state its in. But keep talking. It ex poses the shallowness of your policies when your party was the government. I am no fan of politics nor big government for that matter, but I must give the new government some credit at this point for at least mouthing that they will attempt to rationalise spending. The taxpayer cannot bear any more of what took place during the last administration. RICK LOWE www.weblogbahamas. com June 30, 2017. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Teams of heavily armed security agents seized two of Venezuelas top opposition leaders from their homes in the middle of the night Tuesday, dragging one into the street in his pyjamas as President Nicolas Maduros government deed US sanctions and international condem nation of a plan to assume nearly unlim ited powers. Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Le dezma were being held at the Ramo Verde military prison south of the capi tal, accused by the government-allied Supreme Court of violating the terms of their house arrest by plotting to escape and releasing video statements criticiz ing Maduro. Both mens allies denied the charges and vowed to continue to try to push the ruling party from power. But they gave lit tle indication of how they planned to do that, and the capital was unusually quiet after months of sometimes violent pro tests. While the United States and some Latin American allies condemned the arrests, many other nations and interna tional organizations were silent or limited themselves to expressions of concern. Lopezs supporters released a video he taped last week saying he expected to be imprisoned again soon, and calling on Venezuelans to be rm in resisting Maduro. If you are looking at this video now, its precisely because that occurred, be cause they came and they illegally im prisoned me again unjustly, a prisoner of consciousness, a prisoner for my ideas, a prisoner for wanting a better Venezue la, the 46-year-old Lopez said. He also said that his wife, Lilian Tin tori, is pregnant, touching her belly and saying he has one more reason to ght for Venezuela. He called the pregnancy the best news Ive received in the last 3 1/2 years the time he spent behind bars before being released to house ar rest last month. The couple had been al lowed some conjugal visits. Maduro appeared undeterred in his plans to seat a special assembly this week with powers to rewrite the coun trys constitution and override any other branch of the Venezuelan government. He has threatened to use those powers to go after his opponents and the arrests Tuesday appeared to show he was will ing to proceed with full force. Maduro appears to have the full sup port of the countrys most important in stitutions. Venezuelas powerful vice president, whom the US has accused of drug traf cking, said the newly elected constitu ent assembly would be convening with in hours. In remarks aired on Venezuelas state television, Tareck El Aissami said that results from Sundays election have been reviewed and the 545 assembly members would soon take the reins of the nations government. He didnt give a specic time. Venezuelas defense minister, Gen. Vladimir Padrino Lopez, also appeared on television Tuesday to afrm his loy alty to Maduro. We ask for respect for our democra cy, for the way in which we have decided to take the road that we deserve to take in peace, in democracy, with tolerance, without violence and without heading toward a coup, Padrino said. Lopez was released from the Ramo Verde prison on July 8 after serving three years of a 13-year sentence on charges of inciting violence at opposi tion rallies. Many human rights groups considered him a political prisoner. Ledezma, 62, was also detained in 2015 and has been under house arrest. Like Lopez, he also recently posted a video denouncing Sundays vote. Shortly after midnight, black-clad members of Venezuelas state security force forced Ledezma from his east Ca racas home in his blue pajamas, yank ing him out into the night as a woman screamed for help. Theyre taking Ledezma! the wom an can be heard crying on a cell-phone video released by Ledezmas allies. Its a dictatorship! Lopezs wife posted security-camera video of him being taken from their home and bundled into a waiting car. Theyve just taken Leopoldo from the house, Tintori wrote on Twitter. We dont know where he is or where theyre taking him. Attorney Juan Carlos Gutierrez said the governments decision to return Lopez to prison was completely arbi trary and said Lopez had obeyed the conditions imposed on his house arrest and never had plans to ee. Tensions escalated in Venezuela after government-allied electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted Sunday and the turnout was disputed by the opposition and independent analysts and condemned by many nations in the region and beyond. On Monday, the Trump administra tion added Maduro to a growing list of high-ranking Venezuelan ofcials tar geted by nancial sanctions. For now, the Trump administration has not deliv ered on threats to sanction Venezuelas oil industry, which could undermine Maduros government but also raise US gas prices and deepen the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Maduro said Monday evening he had no intention of deviating from his plans to rewrite the constitution and go after a string of enemies, from independent Venezuelan news channels to gunmen he claimed were sent by neighbouring Colombia to disrupt the vote as part of an international conspiracy led by the man he calls Emperor Donald Trump. Maduro has also said he would use the assemblys powers to bar opposition candidates from running in gubernato rial elections in December unless they sit with his party to negotiate an end to hostilities that have generated four months of protests, leaving at least 120 dead and nearly 2,000 wounded. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the Trump adminis tration was evaluating all of our policy options as to what can we do to create a change of conditions where either Ma duro decides he doesnt have a future, and wants to leave of his own accord, or we can return the government processes back to their constitution. Panamanian and Argentine ofcials and the Organization of American States condemned Tuesdays arrests, though other nations in the region were silent. A spokesman for UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres said he has taken note of the jailings and was send ing an overall message of concern for the increase in political tensions and the country moving away from a path to nding a peaceful solution. The French, British, Spanish and Mexi can ambassadors to Venezuela visited the opposition-controlled National Assembly on Tuesday and met with legislators as a show of support. After they left, mem bers of pro-government motorcycle gangs surrounded the building and some threw rocks and tomatoes at a legislator and another person as they left the building. Three legislators said they were breaking with the pro-government Great Patriotic Pole party and forming a new faction op posed to rewriting the constitution. Maduro called the vote for the consti tutional assembly in May after weeks of protests against his government, which has overseen Venezuelas descent into a devastating crisis during its four years in power. Due to plunging oil prices and widespread corruption and mismanage ment, Venezuelas ination and homi cide rates are among the worlds highest, and widespread shortages of food and medicine have left citizens dying of pre ventable illnesses and rooting through trash to feed themselves. Achilles heel of the PLP Venezuelas president threatens to rewrite Constitution EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Gunmen Murder Bailed Teenager. The Tribune, 31 July, 2017. Bail can be very detri mental to ones health. It should be prescribed in small doses with much cau tion, and without any re peats KEN. W. KNOWLES, M.D. Nassau, 31 July, 2017 Bails bad for your A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 2, 2017, PAGE 5 The refugees, who were released last month, re counted a demoralising ex perience of subsisting with inadequate food, hygiene and housing while struggling to understand their status with no clear expla nation of their fate. The allegations raise seri ous questions about the regulatory framework, or lack thereof, guiding operations at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre (CRDC), specically as it relates to the medical treatment and mental health of detainees. In the three years Ive been there, one refugee said, they dont give me no toothbrush, no toothpaste, no deodorant, and the soap you have to almost have to ght with them to give it to you. The last time they gave soap before I left, one of the immigration ladies she came with a bag of soap and she said with the words these are not for Cubans. The refugee continued: In any place you can nd good people and bad peo ple. The majority of (ofc ers) when you ask some thing to them as simple as that its like youre talking to the wall. Every country have their own culture and laws, but if they want to charge me with something they have to talk to me since the beginning and explain whats going on, not keep me so long like that because I have family too. My family dont know nothing about me, my fam ily is suffering that too. The Tribune was asked not to identify the refugees by legal counsel due to the sensitive nature of their re settlement. An Eritrean man and three Cuban men, who pe titioned the courts over the lawfulness of their deten tion, were released on July 13. Their times ranged from two years, to up to four years and four months in the case of the Eritrean. In separate cases, the men claimed that they were never questioned by im migration ofcers during processing, and highlighted their refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). The Bahamas acceded to the 1951 Convention relat ing to the Status of Refu gees, and its 1967 Protocol, in 1993. In one case, a refugee said he was not formally processed until there was a change in management at the facility and he was questioned concerning his status. The refugee said he often begged for deportation in desperation to be free from the facility. Every day only sleep, wake up, and sit down thats it. No TV, no nothing, no (books) nothing. They dont allow anything even news papers they dont allow. So sleep, wake up, sit down, talk with someone, your friends thats nish. Sometimes I say even if I go back (to my home country) its better for me. Even if I go back there I was thinking its better because they lock me here and dont tell me anything. After his second year in detention, the refugee said he began to agitate to be formally charged and sent to the Bahamas Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices. I see they take some one to Fox Hill prison, he get two years and serve 18 months and come back, and Im still in here. So I say even if I go and they say ve years, ten years, you do your time and be nished. Somebody in the detention centre now for eight years and hes still there. The refugee added: So when I see all that I say bet ter that they give me time and let me nish the time. Its prison (at CRDC) be cause you cant do anything, you cant come outside. Its jail, another refu gee said, its the same like jail because they take us to Fox Hill. I see the same thing how they count us is how they count in jail. If you stay for long maybe you will get the bed to sleep, but if you rst come you have to be sleeping on the oor un til when they deport plenty Haitians or plenty Cubans. The men were represent ed by Martin Lundy, of Cal lenders & Co. Refugees reveal ordeal of years in detention ATTORNEY Mar tin Lundy yesterday con demned the failure of suc cessive governments to adhere to international conventions concerning the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, or its own law in the processing of il legal migrants. Mr Lundy said the gov ernment was obligated to follow the law or amend it as he spoke out about the injustices and human rights violations that occur due to the blatant disregard of ex isting legislation. He argued that an ir regular system allowed for human lives to slip through the cracks, and suggested the establishment of an immigration court, which would function solely to process migrants. Before any individual is deported there must be a deportation order, Mr Lundy said, they must be taken to court, they must be tried. None of that hap pens, or it rarely happens. I personally havent been involved in a matter where that was the case. We need an immigra tion court just like we have a civil court and a criminal court, we need an immigra tion court. It can be by the deten tion centre or near to the detention centre and you have a judge that only hears immigration matters, charge the individuals, get the requisite orders and then deport on the basis of that order. That is the only way to respect the laws that we currently have, he said. If thats not what were seek ing to do then we need to amend the law altogether. Mr Lundy spoke to The Tribune against the back drop of the release of his clients, four refugees who had been held at the Carmi chael Road Detention Cen tre without charge for more than two years. In an interview with The Tribune one of the refu gees said: The quality of life is very low because peo ple sleeping by the ground, people sleeping outside. The meals, they give you whenever time that they want to give it to you. I get the breakfast al most 11am, sometimes lunch at 4pm in the after noon and then 7pm you get the dinner. So, until the next day at 11am you dont get nothing else. Most of the times the food is com ing in cold, and sometimes its spoiled, especially the dinner sometimes. One of the men had been in detention since 2013. From the international standpoint with respect to refugees, Mr Lundy said, there is a fundamental difference between a refu gee and a regular migrant. From a humane standpoint, how do you expect to treat someone who has come and said to you Im being perse cuted in my home country, if I return to my home coun try I will be killed? How do you respond to that with oh Ill lock you up forever and when asked your only re sponse is to just wait. Mr Lundy added: Two years, three years, one year is too long when youre dealing with human be ings. How many birthdays did they miss, Valentines, Christmases, New Years? Can you imagine a per son saying Id rather be in jail than be held here? Someone begging to be imprisoned only so that they can have some clarity on their situ ation? Its about how were perceived internationally, its about integrity. Why sign on to something if youre not going to abide by it? Im not casting blame on any one government, because weve had several administrations since 1993. The issue I have is were now in 2017. Its time for us to get our act together, get it together because were dealing with human beings, Mr Lundy told The Tribune LAWYER BLASTS FAILURES TO FOLLOW CONVENTIONS ON MIGRANTS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter from page one DETAINEES at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. PHOTOS showing the interior of the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Tuesdays homicide, which occurred in the Arm brister Street section of Fox Hill around 10.45am, marked the ninth homicide in the past two weeks. Addressing these homi cides, Acting Commission er Ferguson stated: While other crimes continue to trend down, we recognise that the killing of a human being by another human being sends shock waves throughout the island, es pecially when the circum stances is criminally moti vated. He continued: Theres been a total of nine kill ings within sections of New Providence over the past two weeks. Despite this alarming fact, however, Acting Com missioner Ferguson moved to quell public concerns, warning that these killings are predominately re stricted (to) a small group of persons, most of whom he insisted are involved in a life of crime. He said: Police have identied most of them. Some of whom have already been charged with murder before. In an effort to further ensure a safer Bahamas, we have embarked upon an aggressive approach to prevent and bring to justice those persons who believe that they cant be caught. The public can be as sured of high visibility of police presence in the com munities going forward, as of today. I now speak directly to the criminal element, that as of today, you must dis continue your criminal be haviour because you will be met with the stiffest law enforcement resistance. Mothers, I encourage you to speak to your sons, fathers, I encourage you to speak to your sons, so that all issues could be resolved peacefully. Tuesdays murder was the third fatal shooting in the eastern district of New Providence over the last month. Police are working to determine if these kill ings are connected. I can assure you that based on the intelligence that we have gathered so far, particularly as it relates to this matter this morning, our detectives are doing some things as we speak, he added. Police have said they want to speak with a man named Deon Hatchet Demeritte for help in their investigation into the Arm brister Street homicide. Also, Acting Commission er Ferguson revealed plans to roll out several new initia tives later this week. He suggested these new initiatives will revolve around increased police visibility and commu nication with communities where crime is prevalent. You can expect to see increased visibility. We have the visibility now, but we will continue to increase that to be able to reduce the criminal element from run ning up and down the street and we want the public to assist us in providing infor mation on that, he said. What people have to un derstand, policing is a part nership. All of us are from different communities and if you want to make your community safe, members of the public are urged to continue to support police and provide information. Again, you dont have to give your name, all you have to do is provide the infor mation and we will nd the way of presenting the evi dence excluding you from having to stand in front of the criminal element. We are getting informa tion from the tip line. We are very happy because we are getting information from persons in various communities who are in touch with detectives, are in touch with various police ofcers; so, they are coming forward and passing those information on to police, which is very, very effec tive. Asked if the RBPF was in need of any resources that could aid in its crime ght ing strategies, he stated: I would say we need the Ba hamian people. A lot of in formation lies in those same communities (we spoke of). A lot of information that will prevent crime and pre vent these criminals from running about the streets with guns, lie within the communities. I want to appeal particu larly to those persons who know those persons who are running around with guns, those guns kill, dont wait until you are injured by those guns. Now is the time to turn those people in. Acting Commissioner Ferguson also sidestepped questions over the status of Police Commissioner El lison Greenslade, who has been out of the public spot light since reports indicated that he was offered the post of high commissioner to London. The Tribune understands that Acting Commissioner Ferguson, who is deputy commissioner of the force, would assume the post of commissioner. POLICE CHIEF WARNS LAY DOWN YOUR GUNS AS KILLERS STRIKE AGAIN A SHOOTING follow ing an argument between a group of men in Fox Hill on Tuesday morning ended with the country record ing its ninth murder in two weeks. According to ofcer-incharge of the Central De tective Unit, Chief Super intendent Solomon Cash, the scene was played out on Armbrister Street as the deceased, and another man, got out of a blue 2007 Hon da Accord just outside of an apartment complex on the western side of the street. CSP Cash said the two men were then attacked by a group of men gathered on the block, with one of those men producing a rearm. The deceased, who The Tribune was told is Rahaj gio Wright, 21, was shot several times in his body. He died on the scene. Shortly after ofcers cleared the area on Tues day, the victims loved ones, some of them over come by grief, were sobbing on the ground. One of them, dressed in a blue top and black slacks, knelt near the spot where the deceaseds body had fallen, rubbed her palms in the dirt where his blood was still fresh, and cried out. When she stood up, she embraced others around her, all of whom had looks of despair. Many residents stood in disbelief Tuesday as the vic tims lifeless body was car ried from the scene. CSP Cash said police are currently following several signicant leads related to the homicide, but were still appealing to members of the public to come forward with any in formation that could lead to the arrest of those involved. Police have said they want to speak with a man named Deon Hatchet Demeritte for help in their investiga tions into the Armbrister Street shooting. Armbrister Street was one of several streets toured by a team of ofc ers about four weeks ago as the Royal Bahamas Police Force conducted a walka-bout in the community, gathering information and giving residents safety tips. Senior Assistant Com missioner of Police Stephen Dean at the time said the walkabout was the rst of many ofcers plan to con duct in the area known to police as a crime hotspot. Also, Police Chief Super intendent Maxine Rolle, ofcer-in-charge of the East ern Division, appointed to the post in June, also indicat ed that she would canvass the area at least twice a month. Residents on the scene told The Tribune that police have kept to their prom ises to come around, how ever many said these efforts by police are not enough. Anyone with information about this shooting or any other crime should contact police at 919, 502-9991 or the Crime Stoppers hotline anonymously at 328-TIPS. Ninth murder in two weeks as man killed after argument By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter He could not reveal the size of the land to be given to the group of clergymen or a timeline when this would be done. However, Mr Newbold said the BCC would have to do some things before getting back to the government with more specics to their re quest for land. He told the press yester day: (The) prime minister is constantly meeting with various groupings. I know he met with Citibank yes terday. He met with the Baha mas Christian Council last week. The prime minister committed to providing some land for the Christian Council so that they could build the proper headquar ters. (The) prime minister says its a group for which he has the highest respect and admiration. He re spects them as the earthly representatives of God. Hes not going to judge them as some people do. He has no problems work ing with them. I know the ministers have been in the news re cently. He says he wont judge them. He will leave that to God. The Christian Council, they probably have to do some things themselves be fore they come back to the government and say this is the amount of land we need or this is where we would like to have the land if pos sible. And the prime minister again has said he is commit ted to working with them hand in hand, Mr New bold explained when he was asked about a timeline for this transaction. Mr Newbold said the only way the BCC will be given the go ahead for the Crown land was for them to provide assurances the land will be used for its headquarters and no other purpose. Its the only way. The prime minister again speaking about land and he said it, if I nd that there is some land that was allo cated for a certain purpose and is not being used for that I am going to take it back and put it in the land bank for the Bahamian people. He added the prime min ister is a church man so it was not a stretch for him to consider the BCCs re quest. In June, the prime min ister pledged to take back Crown land from people who are using it for pur poses outside the original intent, particularly those hoarding it for future in vestment. After touring the De partment of Lands and Sur veys, Dr Minnis said: Peo ple will not be receiving the peoples land just to sit on it, believing that they can use it as investment later, just hoarding the land for speculation. That wont happen, so those who got land and are not utilising it and doing what they are sup posed to, I will take it and put it in the bank of the people so it can be given fairly, Dr Minnis said previously. The leasing and granting of Crown land has been a notoriously non-transpar ent process. Dr Minnis vowed that as the minister responsi ble for Crown land he will ensure both transparency and that land is placed in the hands of the people and used for what it is supposed to. CHRISTIAN COUNCIL TO BE GIVEN LAND from page one I was hoping that he would say yes we have made mistakes and so go ing forward we would like to see these type of mis takes never occur again and I am sorry for what happened and I would like to enter into discus sions with not only the prime minister but the at torney general so that we can deal with the mistakes we made to ensure we put systems in place and deal with those who were wrong or who did wrong so it never, ever happens again and be it FNM, PLP, Bahamians whatever, we deal with it. It has nothing to do with seniority, political aflia tion or nancial status we just want it eradicated and that is the approach the op position should take, Dr Minnis said. On Monday, law yer Wayne Munroe, QC, told The Tribune he has completed his list of alleged corrupt members of the Free National Movement, but wont send it to the po lice just yet because he doesnt trust the Royal Ba hamas Police Forces AntiCorruption Unit. Mr Munroe said he has a list of eight FNM members six current and two for mer members of Parliament who he believes t the current governments de nition of being corrupt. While he did not directly respond to Mr Munroe, Dr Minnis said he is not afraid to go before the Anti-Cor ruption Unit because he has nothing to hide. And If they feel like I did wrong, I have no objec tion to the attorney general and the Anti-Corruption Unit calling me forward and interviewing me, Dr Minnis said. And I hope that he too has no objection. from page one from page one FAMILY members grieve at the murder scene in Fox Hill. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff TEARS at the scene of yesterdays shooting in Fox Hill. A6MAIN LESLIE ELAINE GRANGER KINCAID, 71 and a resident of Lucayan Towers North, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday 3rd, August 2017 at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King, East Atlantic Drive and Pioneers Way, Freeport. Ofciating will be Rev. Marie Roache Hepburn. Leslie is survived by children : Michelle Major (Mark), Kelly Lemmers (Peer), Chad Kincaid (Khristina); stepmother: Eugena Granger; sisters : Patricia Isaacs, Michelle Hep burn (Philip); stepsister: Natalie Clarke; stepbrother: Noel Clarke (Britton); grandchildren: Alexis Kincaid, Myles and Morgan Major, Annika Lemmers, Chad Kincaid Jr., Kayci Kincaid; nieces and nephews Kar en Elsdon, Edmund Nettell, Gillian Thompson, Aynda Gibson, Kel Isaacs, Meaghan Jolly, Jordan Hepburn, Nathan Hepburn, Elliot Hepburn; grandnephews: Joshua and Matthew Thompson, Sam Gibson, Fi del and Isiah Jolly; grandnieces Hannah Thompson, Salene and Saleste Gibson, Gabrielle Jolly; other family members and friends The Albury Family: Mi chael, Gary, Stephen, Edward, Robert, Anthony, Carl, Andrew, Vaughn, Charles, Keith, Carla, Anthony, Adrienne, Carol, Douglas, Sterling, Angela, Charles, Ken, Brian. The Monroe family: Noel, Philip, Dyhann, Cecielle, Donna, Terry-Jeanne; Hillary Deveaux. The Armbrister family: Blanche, Kathy, Peter, Patricia, Edward Butch Barrett. The Major family: Wilbur, Brenda, Brigitte and Brianna; other friends, including the staff at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center in Denver Colorado who provided dedicated service and came during her treatment. The entire staff of Callenders and Co in Freeport and Nassau with a special thank you to Fred Smith. The book of condolences may be signed at the church from 11:00am until service time.Memorial Service for


PAGE 8, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A FEW years ago, my company Media Enter prises published a new edition of Race and Politics in The Bahamas, under li cence from the author and the University of Queens land in Australia. Originally published in 1981 and long out of print, Race and Politics was a groundbreaking book be cause it offered a straight forward examination of the racial polarisation of the day. It was written by a Ba hamian-born British-Aus tralian lawyer and academic named Colin Hughes, who liked to describe himself as a Welsh Conch. Mr Hughes was born here in 1930 because his Welsh father, John Aneld Hughes, was a colonial civil servant. He was educated in Britain and the United States, married an Austral ian woman, and made a name for himself as a po litical scientist in Australia, where he died in June at the age of 87. In a 2011 online inter view he describes his back ground as slightly com plicated. His grandfather was a coal miner. His father applied for a teaching job in The Bahamas, and later became chief out island commissioner and head of immigration and labour matters in the colony. John Hughes helped run the contract, a scheme which provided migrant labour to American farms during World War II. He was posted to the West In dies Labour Organisation in Washington, DC. At the end of the war, Colin joined his parents in Washington as a high school student. His father then got a job at the United Nations consolidating labour re ports, but later returned to The Bahamas and went into business. After completing his PhD in London, Colin passed the bar exam before returning to Nassau in 1954. He practised in the law rm of McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes for a couple of years, before marrying an Australian woman and tak ing a job at the University of Queensland. I was interested in poli tics but was on the wrong side of white opinion in Nassau, he said. I was concerned with starting a reform party that was nei ther white nor black, and even thought of myself as a possible candidate in a byeelection on Eleuthera at the time. That project was the short-lived Bahamas Dem ocratic League, started by Tribune Publisher/Editor Sir Etienne Dupuch in 1955. According to Sir Etiennes daughter, Eileen Carron, My father and Colins fa ther were very close friends, and dad was close to Colin because the latter was keen on politics and political sys tems. If Colin had remained the party might have lived, but as dad was not a politi cal animal, the BDL even tually died a quiet death. As a political scientist, Colin Hughes was deep ly interested in electoral politics both here and in Australia, where he was in charge of the Electoral Commission for a time. In the mid-fties, he was secretary of the Bahamas Democratic League, which started out as a sort of multi-racial reform society, more concerned with poli cies than ofce. However, the crescendo of attacks from Bay Street on the one hand and the newly formed Progressive Liberal Party on the other led to a deci sion to contest the 1956 gen eral election as a party. Under the chairmanship of Sir Etienne, the BDL initially focused on issues like opening gateways in the Collins Wall (that sepa rated the black population of western Nassau from the mostly white residents of the east), ending racial dis crimination in hotels, and redistributing seats in the House of Assembly. The PLP ran 14 candi dates in the 1956 general election, while the BDL hoped to retain the seats of Sir Etienne and his halfbrother, Eugene Dupuch, and perhaps pick up a third. Meanwhile, the ruling Bay Street group presented it self as the backbone of the country. In the event, Sir Etienne and PLP Leader Henry Tay lor were both defeated. The all-white Bay Street group took 21 seats, while the PLP won eight, although the votes were divided almost evenly between the two groups. Crooked Island candi date, Eugene Dupuch, was the only BDL member of the House. And the result made it clear that reform efforts would now be led by the PLP, which had under gone a transition of its own from the original moder ate leadership to the more radical (in the context of the times) leadership of men like Lynden Pindling, Milo Butler and Randol Fawkes. Signicantly as histo rians Michael Craton and Gail Saunders pointed out the 1956 election marked the rst time that an organ ised party the PLP began acting as a coherent parlia mentary opposition. This led the ruling Bay Street merchant-lawyer group to organise itself as the United Bahamian Party two years later. Party politics had been born. But despite this historic development, the 1956 elec tion produced little change in the colonys social and economic relationships. In fact, as Colin Hughes not ed, the roles that one might have expected of the UBP and PLP at this time were ironically reversed. It was the governing UBP that wanted constitutional advancement and freedom from interference by the governor and the Colonial Ofce in London. The PLP, meanwhile, wanted British support for the electoral re forms that were necessary for the Bahamas to become a functioning democracy. Colin Hughes gives an excellent account of Ba hamian electoral politics and the racial polarisation that prevailed through the 1970s. His concluding chap ter sums up Doris Johnsons quiet revolution as the transfer of power from the colonial power and its local allies, the Bay Street Boys, to an independent black government. He writes that race was always more signicant than class in shaping politi cal conict and party com petition in The Bahamas. And he was proven cor rect in saying in 1981 that it is quite possible that (the PLPs) combination of middle class leadership and working class electoral support can survive another decade or so. He ends with the obser vation that most Bahami ans will nd their place in the modern world through identication with the man who fought and won the racial battle, which was the (countrys) most signicant chapter in (a) long story. But he was writing before the full extent of the Pin dling governments collu sion with foreign drug gangsters became known. And at least a decade before the regime was displaced in an other major political trans formation. Colin Hughes was pro fessor of political science at the University of Queens land, and the rst Australi an Electoral Commissioner in the 1980s. What do you think? Send comments to lsmith@ or www. The history of race and politics in The Bahamas Coming together is a be ginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford Honesty is the rst step to wisdom and truth. THE Bahamian people have spoken loudly and un ambiguously. Their verdict was deci sive, as was their rejection of the former government. Their voice thundered across the archipelago. An yone who did not hear them is either deaf or in serious denial. The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) secured 37 per cent of the vote, the lowest in the post-independence Bahamas. The Free Na tional Movement (FNM) received 57 per cent of the vote. However, there is good news for the PLP in the FNM results 54 per cent of the persons who voted FNM did so to be rid of the former government. They want the PLP to re turn to its original core val ues and its commitment to ordinary Bahamians. They want the leaders of the par ty to show humility and to listen to them. I have previously said that it is my rm belief that the PLP has always been a populist party and hence, the natural party to govern The Bahamas. For most of the last 64 years, the PLP was at the heart of and at tuned to the peoples struggles, including the right for all Bahamians to vote, for Majority Rule, for in dependence, for workers rights, for better health care, for educational op portunities, for the aged, for the inrm and most im portantly for the youth of our land. The former government made many mistakes. They ignored sound advice from well-intended persons. They disregarded the views of Bahamian profession als over foreign consultants and they took the voter for granted. To their credit, the for mer government achieved many laudable mile stones. They advanced programmes for economic growth, national health insurance and border secu rity. They negotiated and facilitated the opening of Baha Mar and the transi tion of the College of The Bahamas to the University of The Bahamas. The control of Bahamian air space was negotiated by the former government and during its tenure, great pro gress was made in sports. All of these are noteworthy accomplishments. Admittedly the PLPs brand is injured and we all know why. The party is hurting, but it is not dead. It is down, but it is not out. A noble idea like the PLP, with its rich history and its incomparable legacy, must not be permitted to die. It must recover and continue to do many great things for the benet of all Bahami ans. It is the responsibility of Philip Davis to take the lead in bringing us togeth er, to heal the wounds, so that we could restructure the party. It falls to him to be the undisputed voice of the party, to articulate a vi sionary course and to craft a unifying agenda. He must reassure the partys base that the PLP remains viable and still represents the best hope to full the dreams and aspirations of Bahamians who are too often left behind. He must reach out to those who vot ed for the FNM just to be rid of the former govern ment. Philip Davis is expected to restructure and reorgan ise the PLP to be responsive to the diverse ideas, talents, energy and fully engage our young people. Since it was a PLP gov ernment that established the University of The Baha mas, it would be farsighted to embrace the ideas of the brilliant minds at the uni versity in formulating plans to realise the immense wealth that is contained in and under our 100,000 square miles of sea. I think of the expansion by Baha mians of our shing indus try, the development of the aragonite industry and the realisation of the benets of our oil deposits. It must be clearly understood that all Bahamians must be share holders in the entity that owns the aragonite and oil industries. The PLP must progres sively proclaim a message of economic empowerment of the average citizen and clearly demonstrate how such empowerment will be achieved. I encourage the leader and all PLPs to remain resolute and to stand rm. If we accomplish the work that is necessary, always seeking Gods guidance, we will succeed. George Smith is a for mer Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet minister and former member of Parlia ment for Exuma. He is one of the surviving delegates of the 1972 London Constitu tional Conference. Davis must reach out to those who deserted PLP YOUR SAY By GEORGE A SMITH SIR Lynden Pindlings leadership of the PLP saw him set against the Bay Street group, that became organised as the United Bahamian Party. Party politics were born in The Bahamas. A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Court of Appeal quashed the convictions and has not ordered a re trial for a Bulgarian man a Supreme Court jury had convicted in a $51,000 mon ey laundering case. Kostadin Karchav, 40, re turned to New Providence for his scheduled substan tive hearing in June after his lawyer Stanley Rolle, in November, indicated in Karchavs absence that his client still wished to pur sue his appeal against the conviction which was led before his October 30, 2016 release from the Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices. At two hearings in June and July, Karchav ap peared in the Claughton House courtroom where the Crown conceded to the appellants argument raised that the attorney general was wrong in law to move the case to the Supreme Court through a voluntary bill of indictment. Karchav and his attorney relied on the Judicial Com mittee of the Privy Coun cils judgment, which up held the Court of Appeals decision to quash the hu man trafcking convictions of Chevanese Hall. However, there was an issue of contention be tween the appellant and the Crown as to whether there should be a new trial. Crown respondent Am brose Armbrister argued for the court to issue a writ of venire de novo which al lows the appellate court to annul the entire trial pro cess, rather than quash the conviction. Mr Rolle argued that this was not raised, nor asked for by the Crown in the Hall case, nor at the Privy Coun cil level and that his client was seeking the court not to order a new trial. In a 14-page judgment published on Tuesday, Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Scott and Roy Jones did not believe it was in the interest of justice for Kar chav, having completed a sentence, to undergo anoth er trial process. Mr Armbrister pre sented a formidable argu ment for the proposition that we have the jurisdic tion to issue writs of veni re de novo in limited cir cumstances, but he faced a more daunting task of convincing us that this would be a proper case for the court to exercise that jurisdiction, the presid ing judges noted. His argument for its im plementation in the present case relied solely, in our view, on the outrage any right-thinking person must feel if the appellant was al lowed to retain a portion of his obviously ill-gotten gains. Those persons must be reminded, however, that once the convictions are overturned, the appellant returns to the status quo ante, that is to say, he is again covered by the mantle of the presumption of inno cence. The court further noted that the respondent con ceded the appeal on the appellants rst ground of appeal, namely, that the attorney general had no right/power to prefer a vol untary bill of indictment against the appellant, based on the authority of Che vaneese Sasha Gaye Hall (CSGH). As was the case in CSGH, the appellant was not a person charged be fore a Magistrates Court with an indictable offence and therefore the filing of the VBI was done without jurisdiction and unlawful. As such, since the VBI was issued unlawfully, the purported commit tal of the appellant to the Supreme Court could not validly occur. Therefore the appellants trial and conviction before the Su preme Court amount to a nullity. Having conceded the appeal, the respondent ar gued that the proper course for the court to take would be to issue a writ venire de novo to set aside the con victions and annul them, rather than quash them and remit the matter to the Magistrates Court for pro ceedings to resume at the point where the error oc curred. Section 13 of the Court of Appeal Act gives the court the power to either quash a conviction and or der a retrial or, if the jus tice of the case so merits, not order a retrial. In the premises, there was no need to have regard to a writ of venire de novo; the only is sue before the court was whether the justice of the case required the appellant to undergo a retrial. As the appellant has al ready served the entirety of his sentence, the court de termined that the public in terests would not be served by the order of a new trial, the ruling concluded. Karchav stood trial be fore Justice Bernard Turn er in April 2016 on three counts of money laun dering concerning nearly $51,000 found in his Royal Bank of Canada account and the purchase of a Su zuki Swift and an iPhone 6 from the alleged proceeds of crime. The Crown alleged that Karchav gave an oral con fession to the crimes prior to a record of interview that was done in the presence of his then lawyer Roger Gomez II. Sergeant Donovan Mar tin of the Central Detec tive Unit testied of a conversation with Karchav under caution in the pres ence of Inspector Deborah Thompson on February 15, 2015. Karchav allegedly told police he had been in the country since 2014 and was a part of a credit card group in Bulgaria. It was alleged that he told ofcers he used his time in The Bahamas to obtain information about the models of the ATM machines he observed. His accomplices replied in kind with information on credit and debit cards, which he uploaded to gift cards he had brought with him when he travelled to The Baha mas. He allegedly told Sgt Martin that all of the funds seized by police during his arrest were proceeds from the machines, some of which were deposited to his RBC account. He also stat ed that he purchased a 2005 Suzuki Swift with some of the funds obtained from the bank. A record of interview was held following this conver sation later on that after noon. Karchav, who elected to remain silent to allega tions, called Mr Gomez II as a witness in his defence where the latter conrmed to defence attorney, Stanley Rolle that he sat in on a re cord of interview, but it was not on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Mr Armbrister asked the lawyer if Karchav had made any complaints when he went to see him. Mr Gomez said his then clients com plaint only concerned the cell and food. The jury, following Jus tice Turners summation of the brief case, deliberated for two hours before re turning 7-2 guilty verdicts on money laundering with respect to the funds found in the RBC account and the purchase of the Suzuki Swift. The jury returned a unanimous not guilty ver dict on the count concern ing the cell phone, of which Justice Turner said he was discharged. On April 21, 2016, Kar chav was sentenced to 24 months on the two counts to run concurrently from the date of his arrest, Feb ruary 14, 2015. The judge also ordered that the funds in bank ac count as well as the Suzuki Swift be forfeited to the Crown. He ordered that the iP hone 6 be returned to Kar chav at the completion of his sentence. Appeal Court squashes conviction in $51,000 money laundering case By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter A FORMER marine ac cused of being the culprit behind a gunpoint robbery had his case transferred to the Supreme Court yester day. Lloyd Carl Johnson, 24, was originally due to ap pear in Magistrates Court on Monday for the presen tation of a voluntary bill of indictment nearly a month after he was arranged on an armed robbery charge on July 5. However, Johnson was not brought down from the Department of Correction al Services, resulting in an adjournment of the matter to Tuesday, August 1. In yesterdays proceed ings, Magistrate Jeanine Weech-Gomez explained to Johnson that the VBI contained the Crowns case against him and would facil itate the transfer of the case from the Magistrates Court to the Supreme Court. She further informed the accused that he could not offer an alibi at trial if he did not enter one at the VBI presentation or within 21 days to the Ofce of the Attorney General. After consulting with his lawyer Tai Pinder, Johnson chose the latter and is now scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court before Jus tice Bernard Turner on Au gust 18 to receive a date for trial. It is there that he will be allowed to enter a plea to the armed robbery charge at his Supreme Court ap pearance. It is alleged that he, on June 22, while armed with a silver coloured handgun, robbed Chinique Gray of a 2012 Honda Accord valued at $19,000, a $600 iPhone and a blue leather bag containing identica tion. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE on Bimini ar rested a 25-year-old man on Monday who is suspected of rearm and ammunition possession. Inspector Terecita Pinder reported that police were on mobile patrol in Alice Town shortly after 2am on Monday when they saw a suspicious-looking vehicle parked in the middle of the road. She said that a man got out of the vehicle and ran, prompting ofcers to give chase. The suspect was caught and during a search of the area, ofcers discov ered a black .380 automatic pistol with six rounds of ammunition. Insp Pinder also reported that a short time later, ofc ers acting on information, discovered a .380 pistol with four rounds of ammu nition while in the area of Bailey Town. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter Corporate Packages for Ranfurlyrfntnnnb Silver $1,500 Gold $4,999 Platinum $5,000+ For more information visit: Please Like us on Facebook Ranfurly Home for Children on Mackey Street 242-393-3115 P.O. Box 1413 Nassau, Bahamas Your donation to Ranfurly impacts Bahamian lives. A child in need that comes to Ranfurly increases their chances of staying in school, becoming a successful adult and ultimately a contributing member of Bahamian society. PARTNER WITH RANFURLY WITH CIRCLE OF FRIENDS 4x7_RanfurlyAd.indd 3 1/25/17 11:54 AM KOSTADIN Karchave at a previous court appearance. A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 2, 2017, PAGE 11 THE PUBLIC School Scholars Programme Awards Ceremony held at The Courtyard Marriott. Mark Humes, Fort Charlotte MP and Lionel Sands, Director of Education, are pictured as they present awards to the scholars. More pictures from the event will feature in The Tribunes Back To School supplement in coming weeks. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff Celebrating the best A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 THE TRIBUNE MISS World Bahamas Geena Thompson during her visit to The Tribune yesterday after her victory in the beauty pageant. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff KWASI Thompson, Min ister of State for Grand Bahama, announced plans for the implementation of A Taste of Port Lucaya to boost and stimulate eco nomic activity at Port Lu caya Marketplace. The announcement was made on Sunday afternoon, in conjunction with other major stakeholders on the island, including the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, and the Bahamas Telecommunications Com pany. Merchants and vendors at Port Lucaya Marketplace have been severely affect ed by the 10-month closure of the Grand Lucayan Re sort properties, which sus tained signicant hurricane damage last year. The government is also involved in negotiations for the sale of the resort. Some time last week, Mr Thomp son announced the gov ernment would help Port Lucaya Marketplace. A Taste of Port Lucaya will start on Thursday, Au gust 3, and will showcase the Bahamian musical and entertainment talents at the Count Basie Square. Mr Thompson said: In an effort to bring economic boost to the area the gov ernment has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and a number other stakeholders to bring economic activity to this area. We are happy that we are launching A Taste of Port Lucaya and we are happy that one of our celeb rity MCs is well-known per sonality Sawyer Boy from Nassau, he said. Some of the Bahamian artists who will be perform ing are Stileet, Wilfred Sol omon, the Police Pop Band, Rhythm Band and other entertainers. Mr Thompson also said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis plans to visit Grand Bahama every month. The prime minister has indicated that the third Friday of every month he would be in Ofce of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama to deal with Grand Bahama matters, he said. Port Lucaya event lined up to boost marketplace By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is partner ing with Leonard Thomp son International Airport (LTIA) to promote na tional parks and raise funds for nature conservation on Abaco. The islands six national parks protect a range of ecosystems from the north to the south, as well as the plants and animals that de pend on these habitats for food and shelter. The BNT has a compre hensive corporate partner ship programme to build relationships that will help protect the environment. The Inter-American De velopment Bank recently costed the BNTs statutory mandate to manage the na tional park system at $10m a year. Currently, corpo rate donations to the BNT nationwide total just over a million a year. In 2016, the BNT had a total income of just over $3.8m. This amount was made up of a government grant, project support funds from other non-govern mental organisations, in vestment income, proceeds from special events, and private donations. Airport Manager Viv ian Miller has allocated the BNT a key space in the Marsh Harbour terminal for the promotion of Baha mian biodiversity. A cash donation box also encour ages visitors to leave their leftover local currency to help support Abacos na tional parks. The travelers who pass through the airport all ben et from the use of our nat ural resources in one way or another, and have a shared responsibility to diminish negative impacts on the environment, said BNT Chief Park Warden David Knowles. The corporate leader ship demonstrated by LTIA helps us to raise public awareness as well as mon ey in support of important conservation goals that benet everyone. The islands protected areas range from the twoacre Black Sound Reserve on Green Turtle Cay to the 20,500-acre Abaco Na tional Park on the southeast portion of Abaco. Others include Tilloo Cay National Reserve, Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, Fowl Cays National Park and Walkers Cay National Park. The BNT is a non-govern mental, non-prot, mem bership organisation work ing to protect Bahamian natural resources through a network of national parks and by promoting environ mental stewardship. BNT TEAMS UP WITH AIRPORT FOR ENVIRONMENT WORK IN ABACO KWASI THOMPSON A12MAIN