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FORMER Labour and National Insurance Min ister Shane Gibson was granted $40,000 bail with two sureties in the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon, less than one hour after he was arraigned in Magistrates Court on 36 brib ery and extortion related charges. It is alleged that Gibson solicited some $250,000 in bribes. The former Golden Gates MP was greeted by chants of PLP all the way from a crowd of supporters as he limped while hand cuffed towards the Nassau and South Streets court complex. Ofcers assisted him as he hopped up the steps. Gibson, dressed in white pants and blue checkered shirt, had a noticeable leg injury his attorney said was caused by a boating acci dent prior to his arrest on Wednesday. He did not have crutches when he headed into Mag istrates Court to be ar raigned, but was later seen using the walking aides while at the Supreme Court for his bail hearing. Gibson was charged in Magistrates Court shortly after 1pm with one count of misconduct in public of ce, 16 counts of bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion and 15 counts of extortion all of these Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.176, AUGUST 4TH, 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WEEKEND: ARTIST CAPTURES EVERYDAY LIFE IN NEW EXHIBITION WeekendFriday, August 4, 2017 Art, pages 10&11 KING OF THE CONCHPage 12 W1WEEKEND Weekend FRIDAY HIGH 95FLOW 81F it! The Tribune FORMER Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson outside court yesterday. He was later granted bail. Family members and PLP supporters gathered outside court for his appearance. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff Gibson facing $250k charges DONNA Vasyli, who is scheduled to be retried in January 2018 concerning the fatal stabbing of her millionaire podiatrist hus band, was granted $250,000 bail by a Supreme Court judge on Thursday. The 57-year-old Austral ian widow and her lawyers Murrio Ducille and Elliot Lockhart, QC, appeared before Justice Bernard Turner on Wednesday af ternoon seeking a bond for the Australian a week after the Court of Appeal over turned a Supreme Court VASYLI RELEASED FOR JANUARY TRIAL By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor nhartnell@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Public Services Unions president yesterday suggested the Governments employee verication exercise could slash recurrent spending by around $80m. John Pinder told Tribune Business he backed the ef fort to weed out phantom workers in the public sector. By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter sdorsett@tribunemedia.net By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGES TWO & THREE SEE PAGE THREE THE NEXT EDITION OF THE TRIBUNE IS ON TUESDAY AFTER THE HOLIDAY FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS A1MAIN

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PAGE 2, Friday, August 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FORMER Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson being led into Magistrates Court yesterday. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff RODNEY Moncur outside court yesterday at Shane Gibsons ar raignment. JERMONE Fitzgerald outside court yesterday. ATTORNEY Damien Gomez outside court. HANDCUFFS on Shane Gibson as he is led into court yesterday. FORMER NAD and Airport Authority Chairman Anthony McKinney. A2MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 4, 2017, PAGE 3 concerned with Johnathan Ash. It is alleged Gibson, be tween January 2 and April 30, 2017, concerned with another, extorted $250,000 from Mr Ash. As it relates to the brib ery challenges, it is alleged Gibson solicited more than $250,000 from Mr Ash between February 2 and March 30, 2017. Gibson was also charged with conspiracy to extort $250,000 from Mr Ash be tween January 2 and April 30, 2017. A short time later, Su preme Court Justice Cheryl Grant Bethel heard the bail application and did not im pose any travel restrictions on Gibson. He was also not required to surrender his travel documents or check in to any police station. Gibson is represented by Damian Gomez, QC, Wayne Munroe, QC and Anthony McKinney, QC, and Alex Dorsett. After Gibsons bail hear ing, Mr Munroe said he will return to court in Sep tember for a constitutional challenge to the Bail Act. It did not start out as a bail application, we are challenging the constitu tionality of Section 4 3A of the Bail Act which removes the jurisdiction of magis trates to grant bail in these circumstances, in my view, its long overdue, it has not come to pass and the date for that for mention is set in September and we will set a date for that motion, he told reporters. Gibsons bail was granted with two sureties on the condition he does not reof fend and attends his trial. Former Progressive Lib eral Party Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald, former Yamacraw MP Melanie Grifn and former Sena tor Keith Bell were among those seen supporting Gib son outside the courtroom yesterday. Gibsons matter was ad journed until October 3 but he will return to court on September 19 for a status hearing. Gibson facing $250k charges jurys verdict concerning the March 24, 2015 murder of Phillip Vasyli, who is also Australian. In the hearing that was held in chambers, Crown prosecutors Algernon Al len II and Destiny McKin ney opposed the applica tion on the basis that the resident of Old Fort Bay was a ight risk. However, her lawyers contended this was not the case given her substantial connection to the com munity, her being on bail prior to her initial convic tion which has seen been quashed, and her adherence to the conditions of her pre vious bail bond. In handing down his rul ing on the application yes terday morning, Justice Turner noted counsel for the applicants (also) re minded the court that there is precedent for a non-na tional of The Bahamas be ing granted bail for the of fence of murder. In response, the Crown which had also led an af davit in opposition to bail submitted that there has been a material change in circumstances since the applicant has since had last been placed on bail. In that the applicant has had a trial, the judge contin ued. They contended that now that the applicant had been convicted and spent one year and nine months at the Bahamas Department of Correc tional Services as a con victed prisoner, although that conviction has been set aside and a retrial or dered, it demonstrated the cogency of the evidence ar rayed against her and is a powerful incentive for her not to appear for her trial. That retrial date, xed by this court at the conclusion of the bail application, it is the 29th of January, 2018. He continued: The af davit in opposition and the submissions also referred to the nationality and re sources of the applicant as making it easier for her to ee the jurisdiction, spe cic reference being made to the gated community in which the applicant lived and the presence of waterways with direct access to the sea. Counsel for the crown also submitted that the decision of the Attorney General v Mendez and Ayo is distinguishable as a criti cal feature in that decision was the apparent lack of co gency in the evidence. I am constrained to concur with that submission. Indeed, the Court of Appeal in the rst Vasyli appeal had in dicated as much when the learned president stated at the end of paragraph 16 and I quote The case of AG v Mendez & Ayo were the ap pellants who were visitors to The Bahamas who were granted bail on the charge of murdering a man who had robbed them as he was eeing and two, on the face of the evidence, appeared to have some justication for killing the deceased, a case clearly distinguishable from this one. Indeed, I note that the criminal charges against the defendants in that matter never came to trial and were brought to an end by the entry of a nolle prosequi by the attorney general. That case there fore stands very much on its own facts and provides very little precedence to apply to other factors or scenarios. The judge continued: I have considered this application and all of the submissions therein (and) I find that there is some force to the submissions of the Crown in respect of the cogency of the evi dence, as evidenced by the majority decision of the Court of Appeal in ordering a retrial, and the concerns expressed to the heightened incentive to flee. However, the general issue as to the incentive of the applicant to ee would have been previously con sidered by a judge of the Supreme Court, and the decision was made to grant the applicant bail. The issue of the applicants resources and the access to the sea of the community in which her residence is located were all considered and it was de termined that the applicant should have been released on bail. This is a separate and pre-standing bail appli cation and the potential for the applicants ight from her trial has not signicant ly changed even with the conviction and the order of a retrial. I accept that the order of a new trial does mean that the court had judicially con sidered there was a case to answer, though the Court of Appeal ordered that the conviction be quashed, con sidered that there was suf cient evidence on which a retrial, in the circumstanc es, be ordered. However, with the quashing of the convic tion, the applicant returns to the status of a person on remand for an allegation of murder. As a matter, the presumption of innocence again attaches to such a person. The most that can be said about the evidence, without making any actual determination about it at all, since this is merely a bail application, is that, as already stated, the court of appeal has ordered a retrial on the same, Justice Turn er noted. The applicant has now, in effect, spent several years in custody in respect of this charge of murder. In these circumstances, that is to say: (1) the applicant is a 57-year-old non-Bahamian, from a Commonwealth country, ie an Australian citizen who is a permanent resident of The Bahamas; (2) (She is) a mother of two grown children who also reside in The Bahamas; (3) a person who appears to have substantial ties to The Bahamas inclusive of real property; (4) a person who has already spent several years in custody in respect of this allegation in respect of the murder of her hus band and (5) a person who was previously on bail for this offence having abided by all of the terms of that bail inclusive of appearing for her trial. The applicant has dem onstrated that this is in deed the proper case of the exercise of my discretion to grant her bail, Justice Turner said, prompting Vasyli to utter Oh my God from the prisoners dock. I am satised that not withstanding the previous conviction and order for a retrial, which may come to ward an increased risk for the applicant not appearing for her trial, that conditions can be imposed to ensure that the applicant will re main and appear for her trial in a little less than six months time. In these par ticular circumstances and notwithstanding the serious allegations against the ap plicant, I have determined that she should be granted bail with stringent condi tions, the judge continued. Bail is therefore granted upon the following condi tions: (1) bail in the sum of $250,000 with two sureties; (2) the applicant has to be electronically monitored and is required to comply with the regulations for the use of such device; (3) the applicant is required to sign-in at the Lyford Cay Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before 6pm; (4) the appli cant is required to reside at an identied residence Lily Pond Drive and is required to remain within 100 ft of that residence between the hours of 10pm and 6am daily; (5) the applicant is required to surrender all travel documents in the event they are no longer in the possession of the court until completion of the re trial; (6) the applicant is not to seek to divest herself of any real or substantial per sonal property of her or her late husbands estate without bringing the same to the attention of the court and (7) in breach of any of these conditions renders the applicant liable to fur ther remand. Vasyli was initially con victed in October 2015 of the stabbing death of her husband at their home in the exclusive gated commu nity of Old Fort Bay. She was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison. Last Tuesday, the appel late court handed down a 71-page judgment in which they quashed the convic tion and remitted the case back to Supreme Court for retrial. Court of Appeal Presi dent Justice Dame Anita Allen was of the view that the jury was possibly left with the impression, as suggested by counsel for the prosecution in its closing address, that the appel lant lied about her cloth ing and the functionality of the cameras to conceal the murder of her husband. This, she said, resulted in a clear danger that the jury might regard the lies of the appellant as probative of her guilt and warranted the judge to give a Lucas direc tion on the signicance of lies. Justice Jon Isaacs ex pressed concern that man slaughter by provocation was not left to the jury as an option while Justice Stella Crane-Scott dissented on the necessity of a retrial en tirely given the inconclusive state of the circumstantial evidence. However, her colleagues believed a retrial was in the interest of justice. VASYLI RELEASED FOR JANUARY TRIAL from page one DONNA Vasyli during her return appearance before Justice Bernard Turner for a bail hearing yesterday. Vasyli was granted bail with a $250K surety. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff from page one SHANE Gibson after his bail hearing. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff ATTORNEY WAYNE MUNROE, QC, outside court yesterday. A3MAIN QUOTE OF THE DAYDistributed ByBAY STREET GARAGEDowdeswell Street"Whether taking a ride out on the open seas just for the day or going out for crawfish season, be sure to stop in and pick up the 'CASTROL SUPER OUTBOARD PLUS'. Get a FREE CASTROL CAP & T-SHIRT with the purchase of 7 cases of quarts."501Friday, 4th August 2017

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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 www.tribune242.com @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Friday, August 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I ENJOY what I do as the number one rated (or so some say) talk show host in the nation. As host of The Real Deal, I have been presented with a huge elec tronic platform to promote nation building public pol icy initiatives and to make a difference in the lives of many Bahamians. No, I am not bragging, it is simply what it is. Most Bahami ans know that I have been a life long supporter of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). I was in the trenches when that party secured its rst electoral victory in 1967. I was there when the Union Jack came down for the last time in our country. In short, I have been bless ed to witness most of the exercises in our evolution as a sovereign nation. The PLP, however, lost its way during the last term in ofce. It had come to be hated by a large num ber of Bahamians and was, clearly, out of touch with reality. The people, inclu sive of me, spoke loud and clear on May 10, 2017. I, for one, despite my support for the party in 2012, could no longer tolerate the blatant mismanagement; overt cro nyism and tragic, almost criminal, wastage of public funds. The now permanent ly deposed former Prime Minister Christie, almost single handedly, dragged the PLP down to its politi cal death. It may be resur rected one day, but, I sub mit, not until the cow jumps over the Moon. I voted FNM over in Mount Moriah and have no regrets, so far, save for one or two salient concerns. The scal affairs of the nation must be cleaned up and reor ganised on a sustainable ba sis. Protocols must be estab lished and put in place so as to avoid a repeat of the gross errors and deliberate acts of malfeasance perpetuated by the PLP and its hoggish in ner sanctum. No problem here. The problem that I have is witnessing the whole sale termination of staffers with the Ministry of Tourism in Freeport. They say that 10 Bahamians were let go in an act of reconciliation and right sizing. Is this, beloved reader, the beginning of the end, so soon, for the FNM? Minister of Tourism Di onisio DAgular (FNMFree town) was one of the few FNM candidates whom I supported for many months leading up to the general elections of this year. Marvin Dames (FNMMt. Moriah) and Elsworth Johnson (FNM-Yamacraw) were others whom I sup ported and campaigned for. Dionisio, a friend and benefactor, was born with a golden spoon plump in his mouth, just like me. He does not know what it is to live from pay cheque to pay cheque like the vast major ity of Bahamians. For him and the Minnis Administra tion, at this crucial time of the year, to just terminate those ten or more individu als is akin to cruelty of the highest order and I cry shame on them. Please do not misinter pret what I am saying. Yes, there are times when per sonnel have to be let go, but timing, I contend, is every thing. Schools are about to reopen here and abroad. Parents and guardians are in search of every dollar to pay tuition fees; buy uni forms and other supplies for their children, etc. The Christmas Season is just around the corner. The FNM and Dionisio now say go home and make ends meet the best you are able!! Those workers in Freeport should have been kept on until the end of this year or be paid cash in lieu of such a period. This is cruelty of the highest order and will come back to haunt the FNM. It is impossible to gauge the emotional and nancial pain inicted on the terminated workers. It has long been accepted by all and sundry that there are too many employees and consultants at Bahama sair. There are hundreds of non essential workers down there that could be down sized, with the appropriate compensation packages but the cowards in the MOT and the Minnis Administration do not have the Chinese co conuts to dare try this exer cise. The union down there would shut down the LPIA within hours as well as our cruise ports. Chaos would result and Moody along with Standard & Poor (what an apt name) would downgrade our economy within nano seconds! Dionisio, my sec ond favourite FNM, should be ashamed of himself. He is a rst generation Bahamian who is now sending third and fourth generation real Bahamians home? How sad. (Dionisio (deGregory) DAguilar is not a rst generation Bahamian he is at least of the third or fourth generation. Ed). Another thing which is causing me a great deal of concern is the fact for many ears the FNM was very vocal about transparency and consultation with the people of The Bahamas. In opposition, they stated that they would release all contracts into the public do main upon assuming ofce. We have yet to see the Baha Mar contracts; we have yet to see the Power Secure Agreement and we have yet to see a single public policy initiative relative to the economy. Yes, its only been about three months but, it is obvious, that the FNM was not prepared to govern from day one. The PLP fumbled the ball bad ly, while jacking all of you, fright up! The FNM won by default and the overt lousy behaviour of the PLP. The FNM is right to re view all contracts and posi tions but, My God, 10 Baha mian workers at the MOT in Freeport, at this time, where the economy has been de pressed for decades? This is pure and unadulterated cruelty with shades of vic timisation. Shame on you Dionisio and Dr Minnis. It was announced with much ourish by the PM that there would be a 10% cut across the board, but he never indicated a 10% cut in ministerial salaries? Peter K Turnquest (FNM-Pineridge), Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance, along with Mi chael Moon Beam Pin tard (FNM-Marco City), Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture and the other two Grand Bahama MPs are, obviously, politically tone deaf and Scrooge like in behaviour. Was this what people in Grand Bahama voted for? To God then, in all of these things, be the glory. ORTLAND H BOD IE, JR Nassau, August 3, 2017. IN these columns earlier this week, we condemned the refusal of leading gures in the Progressive Liberal Party, in particular the former Member of Parlia ment for Fox Hill, to accept the reality of a failing economy as a result of mis management and alleged malfeasance during the past ve years of the Christie government. We also drew attention to the requirement for stern action to re store the nations economic fortunes. Today, we reect further on this and on Mr Mitchells distorted view about the conduct of foreign affairs. We also look at the pressing need, following its crushing defeat in Mays election, for the PLP to re-establish itself in opposi tion with fresh leadership and policies in order to be able to keep the new Free National Movement government under constant parliamentary scrutiny. Despite the refusal by Messrs Davis, Roberts and Mitchell to recognise the serious scal position left by the out going PLP government leading to an unprecedented level of debt and down grading by the ratings agencies the partys interim leader has nally con ceded that major mistakes were made resulting in a loss of public trust. He has at the same time admitted that the election result was a clear message to the PLP that it now needed to change, though his attempt to justify his and his colleagues actions while in government on the grounds that they always put the peoples interests rst will be seen as lame and unconvincing. It is therefore welcome news that Mr Davis and other PLP leaders have al ready started a period of reection and listening to the people. A strong opposi tion is vital for our nations democracy as a constraint on potential excesses and abuse of power by the sitting govern ment. The original ideals and mission of the PLP were laudable, but the party has sadly lost its way as a result of recent weak leadership together with greed, dishonesty, alleged corrupt practices and poor governance overall. In order to regroup and reinvent itself as a force to be reckoned with, the party must accept the reality of what has happened on its watch and why the voters turned against it. It must also rid itself of the failed old guard and listen to newcomers like Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper who seems to talk much sense and could lead the way with innovative thinking untainted by previous awed attitudes and actions. The FNM government has reacted sensibly and responsibly to the serious ness of the nations economic situation by cutting public expenditure in an at tempt to balance the budget and start reducing debt together with the cost of debt servicing. Reliant as we are on the tourism and nancial services sectors, this country depends on the sale of ser vices to create foreign currency earn ings that provide the means to import the goods and services not produced in the Bahamas which are essential to our way of life. We hope that, in addition to imposing scal discipline, the govern ment will look for ways of diversifying the economy. But at present it is vital to ensure that our country remains a userfriendly place to both tourists and busi nessmen, and our top priority must be to make it attractive for inward direct foreign investment. In addition to Mr Mitchells ill-judged views on the economy, his criticism of the FNMs decision to make savings by reducing the number of Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff overseas is equally misguided. His reportedly grandiose ideas about enlarging the footprint of the Bahamas throughout the world seems to be based on personal aggran disement and on a need to justify his cavorting around the globe at public expense on spurious missions of little, if any, benet to the Bahamas. Moreo ver, his attack on the Baha Mar projects founder and original investor, threaten ing him with deportation, sent exactly the wrong message to foreign investors. With cleverer and wiser people now at the helm, we hope there will be a review of the nations foreign policy in our cur rent straitened economic circumstances. Instead of trying to grandstand on a world stage, there should be greater em phasis on events nearer to home. First, we need above all to maintain a harmonious and productive relationship with the USA as our giant neighbour and remain a reliable partner on issues like drug interdiction, counterterrorism and human trafcking. We should also seek to persuade the US to play a full role in dealing with climate change, the effects of which could be devastating for us as a small island state, and we should be active in the United Nations commit tees in New York. While our bilateral relations should be mutually benecial, as a small nation we also look to the US for protection, to the extent possible, of our own interests. It is noteworthy that, with an ambassador-designate now go ing through the conrmation process in Washington, the Bahamas is under the spotlight with US Senators expressing concern about Chinas growing involve ment in our economy. Secondly, we should seek to play as full a role as possible in CARICOM consistent with our size, wealth and in uence as a leading country in the re gion; and, thirdly, it is in our interests to address anew the issue of illegal Haitian immigration, not least because one as pect of statecraft is to identify incipient threats and take action to prevent them from developing into major ones. It is worth reiterating that this news paper does not favour one political party over another. Our aim, on behalf of the people, is to help to ensure good and effective governance in accordance with the established democratic prin ciples and practices of our nation. In order to try to full this aspiration, we shall continue to hold the political class to account and we trust that the PLP will successfully regroup as a party in order to provide a viable parliamentary opposition. Shame on DAguilar LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net PLP should regroup for sake of democracyjrolle@tribunemedia.net EDITOR, The Tribune. JOHN ISSAS comments on the generally accepted fear of a hotel price war are interesting if not signi cant. The Bahamas is fortu nate we have a number of air carriers that serve us daily, with an efcient but costly service. Some of the daily rates to y here and return are without doubt excessive. Which indicates that there is a high demand and the US-based airlines are taking full advantage. Have beds will air carri ers increase service? Baha Mar will add a minimum of 300,000 beds annually. An average jet ying to Nassau has a com plement passengers, of say 180 so that covers to an in crease of 1,666 planes per year. I would expect most of the existing carriers, would be willing to take up that opportunity, but the use of larger equipment means additional landing fees longer turn-arounds and no certainty that the passenger load level will be as high as it is now, Thursday through Sunday. Is LPIA able to service this projected new level? Let us not be stupid, LPIA is far from an easy airport, to get in and out of within less than an hour plus or more. Is there the ground transportation? Hotels are being chal lenged by the self-serve res idential short rental sector, the world of AirBnB and Home Away from Home... price competitive and very attractive for those seek ing a low cost vacation, and serving the larger family group or group of friends to clearly the disadvantage of the hotels. Those guests do cause considerable business in the supermarkets, liquor stores and restaurants, which are not appreciated from guests in the hotels, them being all-inclusive, prepaid. D. J. HUMES Nassau, August 1, 2017. Price war A4MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 4, 2017, PAGE 5 IF the Free National Movement loses the next general election, National Security Minister Marvin Dames will understand what tit-for-tat means, Senator Fred Mitchell has said, adding the governing party is slave shaming the opposition Progressive Liberal Party by charging former PLP politicians in court. Mr Mitchell insisted the FNM is setting a danger ous precedent in how it is now handling the political affairs of the country. He suggested the gov erning party has turned on its opponents and is attempting to use the state to imprison, bad mouth and create a bad image of them across the country. While the former Fox Hill MP encouraged supporters to move forward despite the government allegedly cre ating political prisoners, Mr Mitchell said the party will hold a national conven tion in October. However, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts would not conrm whether the party plans to have its conven tion in two months. He said when this is set in stone, the organisation would make a formal announcement. Poor Marvin Dames who is the minister of na tional security and appears to be conducting this witch hunt against the PLP from his ofce in Nassau went to the newspaper a couple of days ago last week and said he didnt understand the notion of tit-for-tat, Mr Mitchell said to the small group of supporters gath ered Wednesday night in Bailey Town, Bimini dur ing a PLP branch meeting. He says because this isnt tit-for-tat. The police are actually doing their inves tigations and he doesnt un derstand it. Well I tell you what. I bet you (certain PLP politi cians) children understand what tit-for-tat means. And when they lose in ve years, I think Marvin Dames will understand what tit-for-tat means because if this now is the precedent for how you conduct the political affairs of The Bahamas you are set ting a dangerous precedent. Because it means now that every little faux pas and every exercise of judgment and every little man agement issue youre in volved in suddenly becomes criminal and you then turn on your political oppo nents and use the state to imprison them and to bad mouth them and to create a bad image of these people across the country. So thats the precedent. So you cant be surprised if PLP supporters, upon win ning again, say thats the road that we are going to go down. So if . whoever sur vives the FNM government is seen in handcuffs being paraded before the court because of some decision that he made while he is in government, nobody can feel sorry for them in ve years. We have to be very careful. What is happening here is they are slave shaming us. Emancipation Day is com ing up on the 6th of Au gust. Regarding the PLPs con vention, Mr Mitchell said he remains hopeful PLP Leader Philip Brave Da vis will retain the post. I told him what Im try ing to do, I actually want him to succeed as leader of this party. I am actually concretis ing where we are in building on a solid base and putting together an organisation that is like the one I remem ber during the glory days of the PLP where branch es met on a regular basis and existed, where being a branch chairman was an important thing to be in a community, where people knew who the leaders of the PLP are and where younger people were engaged in the dialogue of the forward progress of the party. So I am trying to search myself for some kind of for mal role to be able to do that. So Id like to work and talk to him about what that role could be. I think it is important not to abandon ship. I know the current fash ion is that everybody who is in quotes old must go be cause everybody is held re sponsible for the loss. He continued: Let me put it this way, the last leader of the PLP was Perry Christie. He gave a speech (and) he indicated that he accepted fully the responsi bility for the loss. That puts a red line under this matter, there needs to be no discussion or debate about it. Its done. Stop wringing your hands. Let us move forward. The FNM has a mandate for ve years. Thats 60 months. Three have gone. Thats 57 to go, next month four will be gone and 56 to go. Now thats the same time period that we have to get a victory wagon going and the more we sit around ringing our hands and say ing oh dear God we lost and they are locking up this one and the next one get up on your hind quar ters and lets go and move. Lets move forward. The party has a great legacy (and) there is nothing to be ashamed of. The only apol ogy that we have to give is for allowing this country to be turned over to these peo ple, Mr Mitchell said. Mitchell warns of tit-for-tat response to PLP arrests By KHRISNA VIRGIL Deputy Chief Reporter kvirgil@tribunemedia.net IN the wake of calls from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for the Progres sive Liberal Party to say sorry for the actions of the Christie administration, PLP Senator Fred Mitchell is adamant the only apolo gy he will offer is to former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling for allowing the country to be turned over to a set of gangsters and crooks dressed up in white gowns calling themselves the government of The Ba hamas. While the former Fox Hill MP said he could not speak for the former gov erning party, Mr Mitchell said the prime minister will get no apology from me. His comments came while speaking to PLP sup porters at a branch meeting in Bailey Town, Bimini on Wednesday night. A day earlier, Dr Minnis told reporters that while he appreciated PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis ad mission the opposition par ty made mistakes during its last term in ofce, he was still waiting to hear a real apology. Dr Minnis said he lis tened attentively to Mr Davis address to the nation on Monday night and said he noticed the words I am sorry were missing. I saw some headlines saying that the prime min ister wants an apology from the Progressive Liberal Party, Mr Mitchell said Wednesday night. Now I cant speak for the Progressive Liberal Party, but let me tell you what my personal posi tion is: hell get no apol ogy from me except this one. I want to apologise to Lynden Pindling for allowing this country to be turned over to a set of gangsters and crooks dressed up in white gowns calling themselves a legiti mate government of The Bahamas. Thats what I want to apologise for. I dont know how we let it happen. We shouldnt have let it happen and we have to work to overturn this because if we are not careful, and some people have already to pronounced this, if we are not careful we have reversed ourselves (and) all of the progress that has been made from 67 to the present. We are at risk of revers ing ourselves to a pre-1967 period. So thats the fear I have. So I apologise to the man who has gone on above because we have some work to do to get back to where we were. In his national address Monday night, Mr Davis admitted the former gov ernment was not perfect, made serious mistakes and lost the trust of Ba hamians, 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. At the time, Mr Davis said: Our previous admin istration was not perfect. We made mistakes, in cluding some serious ones. But we were always espe cially mindful of the people impacted by our policies we did not and do not think in terms of statistics, but in terms of individuals, peo ple, families, neighbours, friends. We know the peo ple who will be helped when the government does good, or harmed by an illconsidered government slash-and-burn policy. In considering the hu man impact of government policy, we have always been steadfast. The frustration and sense of hopelessness amongst our poorly-guided young men will only grow if the government cuts off their educational, eco nomic and social lifelines, and its expression through criminal activity will only increase, he said, refer ring to the governments announced austerity meas ures. By KHRISNA VIRGIL Deputy Chief Reporter kvirgil@tribunemedia.net FIVE individuals are counting their blessings af ter they were rescued from their sunken vessel Thurs day morning. While on routine patrol, Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft P-128 un der coxswain Petty Ofcer Bernard Cash came upon a 30-ft craft approximately 18 miles south of New Provi dence. The vessel was already lled with water with ve men sitting on top. The quick-thinking marines res cued the men moments be fore their vessel sank. The men were grateful and thanked the coxswain and crew of P-128 and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for saving their lives, according to a statement from the law enforcement agency. SENATOR FRED MITCHELL, of the PLP. A5MAIN

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PAGE 6, Friday, August 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Associa tion said it is shocked and appalled by the cynical pos turing of the Progressive Liberal Party in the face of ongoing police anti-corrup tion probes. The group also respond ed to attorney and former PLP candidate Wayne Munroe, QC, who recently said he had a list of alleged corrupt FNM members he would not yet turn over to police because he does not trust the Anti-Corruption Unit. If PLP attorney Wayne Monroe has information regarding alleged FNM corruption, he should turn it over to the police im mediately and let the chips fall where they may, the GBHRA said. In true PLP form, how ever, Munroe now says he must keep his list secret. Suddenly, and quite con veniently, it seems the po lice cannot be trusted. This is nothing more than rank PLP hypoc risy. The GBHRA said while the PLP was in ofce, the party saw the police as trustworthy and impartial even when threats of vio lence against the environ mentalists of Save The Bays (STB) who the PLP just happened to view as oppo nents were repeatedly ignored. The group added: Only when those same envi ronmentalists appealed to the international commu nity for help did the police take action aggressively seeking to interrogate the victims rather than arrest their politically connected attackers. Supporting the police at every turn, the PLP ac cused environmentalists of defaming the country and delivering a grievous insult to the professional ism of the ofcers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, who have always and continue to carry out their public duties without regard to the personalities or politics. Yet now, when the shoe is on the other foot, the po lice are politically motivat ed. This is the very deni tion of duplicity and double standards. The GBHRA said the PLP did not speak out when the Christie administration implemented an abusive and unconstitutional immi gration policy in 2014 tar geting individuals based on ethnicity and obstructing childrens access to school based on their parents na tionality. The statement ended with an offer to protect any member of the PLP who had a legitimate human rights complaint. Otherwise, they should remain quiet, cooperate with police and allow the law to run its course, the GBHRA noted. FOX Hill MP Shonel Fer guson yesterday expressed concern about the recent wave of gun-related vio lence in her constituency, as she pledged to eradicate the stigma of Fox Hill be ing labelled a crime hotbed by Bahamian society. Ms Ferguson, in an in terview with The Tribune said her constituents are enraged over the stigma of violence attached to the area, saying much of what has happened in Fox Hill has also occurred in other areas in New Providence. She pledged to eliminate the negative connotations associated with the com munity by pushing the positive things about the area. Ms Fergusons comments come after weeks of police reported gun violence in the eastern New Providence community. Just on Tuesday, a man was shot and killed follow ing an argument between a group of men in the area. The deceased, who The Tribune was told is Rahaj gio Wright, was shot sev eral times and died on the scene. That murder was the ninth to occur in the coun try in two weeks. Two weeks earlier, a 32-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed during a drive by shoot ing in front of his home on Johnson Terrace in Fox Hill. Police said the victim was getting out of his car shortly after arriving home when persons in a vehicle opened re on him before speeding off in an unknown direction. A week before that ofc ers conducted a walk-about in the community, gather ing information and giving residents safety tips. At the time, Senior Assis tant Commissioner of Po lice Stephen Dean said the walk-about was the rst of many ofcers plan to con duct in the area, known to police as a crime hotspot. Additionally, Chief Su perintendent of Police Maxine Rolle, ofcer-incharge of the Eastern Divi sion, said she plans to can vass the area at least twice a month. When questioned on the state of affairs in her constituency, Ms Fergu son said while there are so many wonderful things that are happening in Fox Hill, the recent wave of police reported violence in the community is some thing that we are paying at tention to. The Fox Hill MP said she and the Minnis administra tion are currently looking at ways to implement various youth programmes and en forcing positive initiatives that will keep children on a path that takes them to a fullling life rather than to a life of crime. If you look at the little children, if I go to Sandilands School, if I walk through the village Im surrounded by chil dren, they grab me, they hug me, she said. And then something changes after junior school for some of them, and those are the ones we are very concerned about, and we will have programmes to pull them in to show them that life can be different. She added: When you think about whats come out of Fox Hill, you look at people like Antonius Rob erts, (former) Central Bank Governor Julian Francis out of Fox Hill, Daniel Fer guson (Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants) out of Fox Hill, the national pledge that children recite every day at school, (came from) Philip Rahming out of Fox Hill. And theres so many good things out of Fox Hill, and this is what we will push, this is what I will push over these ve years and beyond, that Fox Hill is the cradle of so much thats good in this Bahamas, and we refuse to be dened by forces outside of Fox Hill. We will write our story, and that story will be a good story. Still, Ms Ferguson suggested that her constituency has unfairly received a bad reputation for its crime is sues over the years, arguing that the same thing could happen in Pinewood, Kemp Road, Nassau Village, and it doesnt seem to garner the same national attention that happens in Fox Hill. I dont see Fox Hill as being any different from some of the areas that I mentioned before, but theres something about the mystique that causes Fox Hill to stand out, whether its for good or for bad, she said. I remember as a child many years ago they used to call us crazy Fox Hill people, and I dont know if it emanates from way back then, but we have to have a programme that is in tentional to work on xing that, and we will x it. Well x it in the nation al consciousness, because its there, and just like The Bahamas, you see some people who have thrown out some negative stuff about The Bahamas and our tourist product. And we are all enraged as Bahami ans when it happens. In Fox Hill, we are en raged when it happens, because The Bahamas as a tourist destination is not very different from many other tourist destinations. But usually when they throw something at The Ba hamas it seems like its the end of the world, or when something happens in Fox Hill its the end of the world. All these things are x able. We will do as much as we can to change that per ception. Ferguson wants to remove crime label from Fox Hill By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net AFTER several meet ings, Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira nalised on Mon day a planning team with public and private partners to organise an island-wide New Providence clean-up campaign. The Keeping OUR Ba hamas Beautiful initia tive will be launched on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 9 and will encompass a phased clean-up approach with the island being divid ed into five zones. The scope of the clean-up will involve removal of derelict vehicles, lot clearances, removal of white waste which are household appliances, and will also incorporate rodent control. We are determined to educate our people, enforce our laws, and constantly monitor our communities to bring about sustained change in the way our sur roundings are maintained, said Mr Ferreira. The cleanup of New Providence will be super vised by inspectorate and solid waste management staff of the Department of Environmental Health Ser vices. We understand that the aesthetics of litter free communities, clean green spaces and the like will not occur overnight but we are unwavering in our efforts to make a forceful impact and in vite all residents to part ner with us in keeping our Bahamas beautiful, he said. The Ministry of the En vironment and Housing in the coming weeks will announce the plans for the launch of the Keeping OUR Bahamas Beautiful campaign. 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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 4, 2017, PAGE 7 ASSISTANT Commis sioner of Police Samuel Butler yesterday promised to ensure public safety at the upcoming Fox Hill Day/ Emancipation Day celebra tions, warning potential troublemakers that police will tolerate nothing other than proper behaviour. ACP Butler, during a press conference at the Fox Hill Park, invited all and sundry to attend this years festivities without fear, vowing that attendees who do not behave them selves will be immediate ly removed by members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. ACP Butler also said po lice, who will be present at the events in very large numbers, have already strategically reviewed and canvassed the Fox Hill community and are satis ed that all of their various mechanisms to combat potential incidents are in place. ACP Butlers comments come after a spate of vio lence in the eastern New Providence community. Two men have been shot and killed in Fox Hill since July 5, and senior police of cials have already pledged to conduct a walkabout in the area at least twice a month in response to shootings in the eastern New Providence commu nity. We are satised that we have strategically reviewed and canvassed the com munity, we looked at all of our arteries, and we want to assure the public that you will be safe coming to this event, ACP Butler said yesterday. We invite fami lies to come out, police will be out in very large num bers. We will have our pro fessional hats on. We will tolerate nothing other than proper behaviour. And so while we invite families and other individu als throughout our com munities to come out and join the community of Fox Hill, we also send a strong message out to persons who seek not to behave them selves, you will not be a part of this event, we will be in place to remove you im mediately. But we invite all and sundry to come out and be a part of it. We are pleased that all of our mechanisms are in place, our lighting, well have proper barricades, and well be properly directed to the artery to enter this event and we simply just want to let you know that its going to be a very safe event, and the police will be here in support of this event. According to Maurice Tynes, chairman of the Fox Hill Day Committee, this years celebrations, which start today and end on Tues day, will feature a youth seminar, a tour of the Fox Hill community for kids, a concert, steak-out, and Jun kanoo rush-out featuring participation from all of the major Junkanoo groups. The festivities will also feature an ecumenical ser vice that will be attended by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, as well as a luncheon for the elderly at the Fox Hill Com munity Centre. On Tues day, which is Fox Hill Day, church services will be held at the constituencies vari ous Baptist churches. There will also be all-day activi ties held at the Fox Hill Park on that day. Shonel Ferguson, MP for Fox Hill, urged the public to attend. Its an exciting time for us here in the village and the surrounding areas of Fox Hill, she said. We are moving more and more towards culture and herit age, and bringing in more of those elements that made Fox Hill such a signature and important part of the Commonwealth. Fox Hill is the cradle of so many excit ing and wonderful things. The Emancipation Day holiday is Monday, August 7. Zero tolerance approach by police for Emancipation Day By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net A 22-YEAR-OLD sus pect in the recent shooting death of a man on Armbris ter Street in Fox Hill turned himself into police yester day. Police said the suspect turned himself into detec tives at the Central Detec tive Unit around 10.30am Thursday. The statement added that police also recovered a handgun from the suspect. According to police, 21-year-old Rahajgio Wright was shot several times on Tuesday following an argument with a group of men. The shooting happened shortly after the deceased and another man got out of a blue 2007 Honda Ac cord just outside an apart ment complex on the west ern side of the street. Police said the two men were then accosted by a group of men gathered on the block, with one of them producing a fire arm. The homicide marked the ninth killing in the past two weeks. Shortly after ofcers cleared the area on Tues day, the victims loved ones, some of them overcome by grief, had fallen to the ground sobbing One relative, dressed in a blue top and black slacks, knelt near the spot where the deceaseds body had fallen, rubbed the palms of her hands in the dirt where his blood was still fresh, and screamed. When she stood up, she embraced others around her, all of whom had looks of despair. Anyone with informa tion about this shooting or any other crime should contact police at 919, 5029991 or the Crime Stop pers hotline anonymously at 328-TIPS. MAN WANTED IN FOX HILL SHOOTING HANDS HIMSELF IN By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter rwells@tribunemedia.net A WOMAN awaiting tri al on allegations related to human trafcking had her bail application rejected in the Supreme Court yester day. Abigail Wilson, 20, and her lawyer Bernard Fergu son appeared before Justice Bernard Turner seeking pre-trial release ahead of Wilsons August 15 trial be fore Chief Magistrate Joy ann Ferguson-Pratt on four counts of trafcking in per sons allegedly committed between March and May 26 of this year. The charges were brought under Section 3 (1)(a) of the Trafcking in Persons Pre vention and Suppression Act Chapter 106. It is alleged that the Ja maican, being concerned with others, recruited, received, harboured and transported a woman to and within the Bahamas for the purpose of sexual ex ploitation. She pleaded not guilty to all of the allegations at her May 30 arraignment and was expected to stand trial on July 13. Three weeks before the date, Wilson applied for bail before Justice Turner on June 26. The applica tion was rejected after the judge considered the seri ousness of the allegations, Wilsons lack of substan tial ties to the jurisdiction, and of her being a potential ight risk. However, the court had indicated she could reapply for bail in the event her trial did not start as scheduled. On July 13, the case was adjourned by 24 hours be cause the court complex had to be closed at 1pm due to a malfunctioning airconditioning unit. It was expected the mat ter would be resolved by the following day when Wilson and her lawyer re appeared for the case. However, the chief magistrate explained to her that the matter would have to be adjourned again to August 15, 16 and 17. In yesterdays proceed ings, Justice Turner said he would not grant bail at this time given the close prox imity of her trial. He re jected her application. However, he scheduled a status hearing for August 31 concerning an update. HUMAN TRAFFICKING SUSPECT DENIED BAIL A SECOND TIME By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net POLICE are searching for several suspects respon sible for three separate shootings on Wednesday that have left three men in hospital. In the rst incident, a man was standing in front of his home located on Key West Street around 11pm when four men in a black Honda, armed with handguns, pulled up shot him, then sped off. The man was taken to hospital where he is detained in seri ous condition. In the second incident, shortly after 11pm, a man was standing near a Kemp Road nightclub when he was shot. The man was taken to hospital where he is detained in stable condi tion. Then shortly before mid night, a man was sitting on his front porch on Tucker Road when he was shot. The man was taken to hos pital where he is detained in stable condition. Police also reported that two high powered weapons were taken off the streets. Shortly after 9pm Wednesday, Eastern Di vision ofcers, acting on information, conducted a search of an abandoned ve hicle in an area off Kemp Road, where they found an MP-5 automatic machine gun with seven rounds of ammunition. In the second incident, around 11am on Thursday, ofcers assigned to the Selective Enforce ment Team, acting on infor mation, conducted a search of a well in front of a home off Sea Breeze Lane, where they uncovered an AK 47 assault rie. No one was ar rested in these incidents. THREE HURT IN SHOOTINGS EMANCIPATION Day celebrations in Fox Hill last year. PICTURED is the scene on Armbrister Street in Fox Hill where a man was shot to death. 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PAGE 8, Friday, August 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE BAHAMAS Power and Light (BPL) chairperson Darnell Osborne has plead ed for patience from con sumers while the new BPL Board, will work on a loose timeline of a few months to spark (no pun intended) long-needed improvements within the company. Osborne also mentioned that the board is seeking to revolutionise and improve the sector in order to pro vide electricity at a reduced rate to consumers. Since being formed July 1st, 2017, the new board has ofcially had meetings, with Osborne offering the following in regards to the outcome of those meetings. We have met a few times, we had introductory meetings with the minister and then with stakeholders in an effort to be proactive in addressing the challenges that have accumulated over the years. Translated into Baha manese this is what Im getting Yinna take ya time, we dont know how the war set. Dem other brothers be fore us, leave the vibe sour. Until we know whats really gern on, we cant ex. Once we could gure out what is what, and who is who, then could deal with the vibe. Right now tings mash up, so ain nutin hap penin Until then, sit small til we gure out how da ting ga go, and how we ga work the vibe moving forward. The more things change the more they stay the same, as the old adage goes, especially when it comes to BPL, and BEC before it. Sadly Mrs Osborne, through no fault of her own, has a job to do after all, and while in the line of duty, seems to be reciting past political rhetoric regarding the nations power provider. The same rhetoric spewed by past incarnations of the FNM and PLP, which left Bahamians paying way too much for electricity, and its less than desirable provi sion, at the end of the day. Nothing has changed for years when it comes to the cost of electricity and its provision in this country. Why are we still using fuel is beyond me, but we are, so brace yourselves for the usual summer spike on your power bills this sum mer. (Rosary beads in hand as I type) Mrs Osborne had this to say in relation to billing, and the summer spike. The management team is responsible for the dayto-day operations. We as a board have met and we just ask that the public is patient as we revolutionise and im prove the sector in order to keep the cost of electricity down for individuals and for businesses. Based on each of our backgrounds, I think most of us are business owners and also just residential customers and we really un derstand and are working towards the governments mandate of lowering the cost of energy in the coun try and also providing other alternative forms of energy for the country. Again, translated into Bahamanese this is what Im getting Ain I just ask yinna to be patient? We tryin to set the vibe right, so yinna could get cheap electricity and stop burnin candle, das what we into. Yinna better go see the manager dem bout ya bill and put some thing on it. And they want us all to be patient? Maybe if Mrs Osborne came out being proactive, rather than reactive, stating a clear plan forward, how the plan will be executed, existing problems corrected and the long term benets of the changes, before ask ing Bahamians to be pa tient, Im convinced Ba hamians would have been patient moving forward, because they were given a clear concise explanation and a solution to the exist ing problems. However, vague projections based on loose timelines are a recipe for disaster for both government and consumers alike. Now Im not one to criti cise, without offering a suggestion that may lead to positive change in the long run. So may I offer two suggestions: 1. Commission John Bostwick to set up, imple ment operations and intro duce the Floating Power Plant to Bahamian consum ers. The original idea was put forward to the general public by John Bostwick, its his brainchild, hes a young visionary Bahamian that will ensure the Floating Power Plant succeeds from start to nish, with Baha mians reaping the benets. Sorry Victor Kozeny and Tennyson Wells. (Whats the obsession with wealthy old men, running with al leged suspect Russians these days, when did that become en vogue?) 2. Solar Power, and all its long-term benets, environ mentally, economically and socially. Until then, I guess I just have to be patient and continue to sweat.POWER STRUGGLE It was also interesting to note that in Thursdays Tribune Albanys Managing Partner Christopher Anand revealed that Joe Lewis and his Tavistock Group, the principal de velopers of the $1.4 billion project, offered the former Progressive Liberal Party government $700m to x the issues at the former Bahamas Electricity Cor poration and the city land ll. Mr Anand also said, for some reason the offer was never accepted. While hosting PM Dr. Minnis to a tour of the en tire luxurious property, Anand also suggested to the present administration, to work with them to solve the problems plaguing the electricity company as well as the consistent burn ing at the New Providence Landll. PM Minnis offered this in response after completion of the tour, We look for the best deal possible that is in the best interest of the Bahamian people. In my opinion, if it means its the best deal possible for all Bahamians, not just inuential paper Baha mians then it should be re searched thoroughly, with a view to its feasibility and implementation. Could this be the reason the BPL Board is asking Bahamians to be patient? My real question with all of this, if the $700M Albany offer was so sweet, why didnt the former PLP government accept it in a heartbeat? They were never known to look a gift horse in the mouth. What was so wrong with the offer that they didnt accept? In any case Ive got my Jack Daniels and popcorn ready, this is better than re ality TV! Patience for power DARNELL OSBORNE PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis during his tour of Albany this week could Albanys proposal for BPL be behind the pleas for patience over the Bahamian power supply? A8MAIN SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING FOR NOMINATION OF OFFICERS TO SERVE FOR 2017-2020 The Bahamas Public Services Union in accordance with Article 21-(i) of the Unions Constitution will hold a Special General meeting, for the nomination of ofcers to serve for the year 2017 2020 on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 beginning at 6:00pm at the Bahamas Communication and Public Ofcers Union located Farrington Road, Nassau Bahamas. Nomination forms may be collected at the Unions Administration Ofce, Wulff Road between the hours of 9:30am to 4:40pm Monday through Friday commencing Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 Candidates for all positions are urged to collect and return the completed forms to the Secretary General on or before 5:00pm Wednesday, 15th August 2017. e Bahamas Public Services Union

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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 4, 2017, PAGE 9 DESPITE misstate ments made during his conrmation hearing be fore a United States Senate committee this week, For eign Affairs Minister Dar ren Heneld said yesterday he is still enthused by the opportunity to work with the nominee for United States ambassador to The Bahamas, Doug Manches ter. In an interview with The Tribune on Thurs day, Mr Heneld called for understanding and reasoning in the wake of Mr Manchesters contro versial comments when he called The Bahamas a protectorate of the US earlier this week. Mr Heneld insisted that while he was caught off guard by the comments, he opted to look at the full specs during Mr Manches ters extended Senate hear ing Wednesday. Responding to questions by New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Com mittee, Mr Manchester suggested that the United States views The Bahamas, for all intents and purpos es as a protectorate. Those comments re ceived immediate push back from former Foreign Affairs Minister and cur rent Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate Fred Mitchell, who slammed them as patently offen sive. Senator Mitchell, in a statement Wednesday even ing, demanded Mr Hen eld address the comments and clarify whether the FNM minister accepted the claims as a part of the Min nis administrations foreign policy. A protectorate is an in strument of colonialism, the former Fox Hill MP afrmed. Is this now the intention of the United States? We have a moral right to exist and the right to our way of life and to self-de termination. Our size and lack of world power does not negative those rights, he added. However, in response Thursday, Mr Heneld said while he expected reaction to Mr Manchesters hear ing, he was somewhat puz zled by the range of Mr Mitchells reaction. I truly dont know what inuenced his mind or thought process. We have a good relationship with the United States and I expect that to continue. Misstatements, I didnt see it as nothing more or nothing less. I didnt see it as an attack or as disrespect to the sovereignty of our nation and I didnt think it required such push back as he offered, Mr Heneld said. Look at the work done between our two countries over the years. I dont think the ambassador designate is coming here with the in tention of infringing on our rights as a nation. Lets all settle down and look at everything else he brought up in his hearing. When you look at the full specs of what he said with a level of understanding and reasoning, you would con clude very quickly that this is a man who has respect for the values and achievement of this great country. I am enthused by that, he added. I am looking forward to his conrma tion because I think we will work well together and push the US-Bahamas rela tionship to the next level. In addition to his pro tectorate comments, Mr Manchester urged more US investment is needed in The Bahamas, noting that it would be the only way to limit Chinese investment. He also praised existing links between the two coun tries. Heneld plays down comments by US ambassadorial nominee By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter rwells@tribunemedia.net FIFTY Dominicans, who were charged and held in custody for illegally sh ing in Bahamian waters last year, were released on Wednesday and turned over to Dominican ofcials to be sent home. According to a press re lease from the Royal Baha mas Defence Force, HMBS Madeira captured two Do minican vessels and arrest ed both of their captains and crew members for il legally shing in Bahamian waters in November 2016. During the incident one of the Dominican vessels rammed the defence force vessel in a failed attempt to escape, the RBDF noted. The two Dominican vessels, Sheyla and John niel, were caught with ap proximately 68,000 pounds of sh and crawsh aboard. Altogether, 51 Dominicans were arrested. Fifty of the poachers were subsequently charged with illegal shing and sen tenced to six months in pris on or a ne of $20,000 each. The captain of one of the vessels was charged with endangering a vessel and subsequently sentenced to 16 months in prison. After serving their sen tences at the Department of Correctional Services, the 50 Dominican shermen were handed over to De partment of Immigration authorities in care of the Carmichael Road Deten tion Centre for deportation, the RBDF said. Nine months after the incident, the 50 Domini cans were subsequently re leased yesterday (Wednes day) from the Carmichael Road Detention (Centre) and transported to Prince George Wharf where they were handed over to the Dominican naval vessel, Almirante Didiez Burgos, to begin their journey home. The Dominican naval vessel was escorted in and out of Bahamian waters by a de fence force patrol craft. The RBDF said the captain of the Domini can poaching vessel that rammed the RBDF patrol craft, Victor Diaz, will re main in custody at the De partment of Correctional Services until 2018. He pleaded guilty to an additional charge of eight counts of causing the safety of HMBS Madeira to be endangered with intent to cause danger or harm and one count of damage, the RBDF said. He was, therefore, sen tenced to an additional 16 months at the Department of Correctional Services. DOMINICANS DETAINED BY RBDF ARE RELEASED AND SENT HOME SHIPS seized by the RBDF. DOMINICAN shermen headed home after being released. Photos: Royal Bahamas Defence Force A9MAIN

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PAGE 10, Friday, August 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Antique Auto Club. The Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas is very pleased to announce the holding of its rst Charity fund-raising rafe, in con tinuation of its 30th. anni versary celebrations. Drawing of the rafe will be held in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach, Annual Antique Auto Show and Steak-out on Saturday, August 12, at the Cultural Centre on Arawak Cay. The proceeds continue in aid of the Zion Childrens Home on Current Island and continues the Auto Clubs efforts to help un derprivileged children in our Bahamaland. Books of ten rafe tickets for $10 are available from club members over the next two weeks and, of course, will be on sale at the show on the 12th. There are excellent priz es for the lucky winners, including: A three night, 4 day stay at Sandals Emer ald Bay, Exuma valued at in excess of $2,000; A 50 at screen Smart Televi sion; Round trip tickets for two on Bahamasair; A digi tal Camera from John Bull; A ceiling fan from Nassau Glass Company and many other beautiful prizes. Peter Armstrong, direc tor of public relations, said: Do come out to the show and enjoy a great day look ing at many beautiful old cars, trucks and motorcy cles and wonderful food, tickets for which are just $12 and can be obtained from members of the Ki wanis Club of Cable Beach or just arrive and buy on site. Boys Brigade. The Boys Brigade is holding its 10th annual summer day camp from August 7-18. The camp runs from 9am-4pm and is open to boys aged six to 18. It will be held at St Johns Baptist Church, Meeting Street. Camp registration will be on Monday, August 7, and will include a fun day and grill out. For more information, contact 393-4132. The camp aims to bring back Christian-based dis cipline to boys by training in sports and the arts, pre paring them to cope with the challenge of teenage years. It will include adven ture hikes, arts and crafts, bowling, lectures, read ing, a speech and poetry competition, sports, so cial studies and cooking, tours, daily meals, daily devotion and Bible study, and more. CIBC FirstCaribbean launched its 6th annual Walk for the Cure cam paign this week with a press conference at their Shirley Street headquarters. The popular fundraising event held during cancer awareness month each year is set for Sunday, October 1, at Goodmans Bay Corpo rate Centre. With activities scheduled from August to October, this years events com mence with a soca Battle of the DJs party on Satur day, August 12, at the Brit ish Colonial Hilton Hotel. Soca fans, dance enthusi asts and campaign support ers can enjoy erce, rhyth mic beats and fun music from 7pm until 10pm. Tick ets are $25 each and can be purchased at any CIBC FirstCaribbean branch in Nassau. The ofcial walk is set for October 1 in New Provi dence and September 30 in Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Abaco. The public is invited to buy tickets, priced at $20 for adults and $15 for children, ages 12 and under. Additionally, donations can be made to any CIBC FirstCaribbean branch. Bank managing director Trevor Torzsas expressed enthusiasm for the antici pated turnout. We look forward to growing the event here in The Bahamas. We had over 700 people last year. Its a lot of fun. Its a Sun day morning and everyone gets togethertheres food, theres a prayer service, theres music, and its re ally a great event. And its not just for the adults its for the kids, too. So its re ally becoming a true family event in the Caribbean, and here in The Bahamas, he said. The 2016 Walk for the Cure campaign attracted 42 corporate sponsors, more than 700 walkers over four islands, and raised $73,000. This year, the bank has a target of over $100,000 and hopes to attract even more support. Mr Torzsas is posi tive about the outlook for their goal. We havent even [of cially] started our fund raising and weve raised over $10,000, so the skys the limit and together we can really make a differ ence. Proceeds go to the Sister, Sister Breast Cancer Sup port Group and the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. Diane Bingham, a repre sentative from the Cancer Society, appealed to the public for support. The cost involved in [caring for patients] is fully supported through dona tions from institutions such as [CIBC FirstCaribbean] and personal donations from the general public. This is why we continue to say thank you so much to CIBC for supporting the efforts of the Cancer Soci ety, and to individuals that continue to donate to the efforts of the Society. Those interested in be coming a part of any of these events can also visit their nearest FirstCarib bean branch. Each year, the Walk for the Cure October event is held to coincide with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations CIBC Run for the Cure, sponsored by the banks parent company, CIBC. CIBC has been support ing this event for more than 20 years, donating millions to breast cancer research in Canada and now cancer awareness and patient sup port in The Bahamas. Walk for the Cure campaign sets sights on $100,000 target Antique Auto Club OUR Clubs and Socie ties page is a chance for you to share your groups activities with our read ers. To feature on our Clubs and Societies page, sub mit your report to clubs@ tribunemedia.net, with Clubs Page written in the subject line. For more information about the page, contact Stephen Hunt on 5022373 or 447-3565. JOIN THE CLUB The Boys Brigade CIBC FirstCaribbean staff and Walk for the Cure beneciaries are all smiles as they anticipate exceptional turnout, support, and loads of fun with this years Walk for the Cure campaign. From left: Diane Bingham from the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Andrea Sweeting from Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director Trevor Torzsas, and CIBC FirstCaribbean Marketing Manager Maya Nottage. A10MAIN of Eastern Road, Nas sau, The Bahamas, passed away peacefully at her residence, in the early morning of Satur day, 29th July, 2017, will be held at Bible Truth Fellowship, West Avenue, Centreville, Nassau, on Saturday, 12th August, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Brother Charles Carter and Brothers of the Bible Truth Fellowship will of ciate and interment will follow in Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau. Mr. Roberts was predeceased by her husband, Charles Harry Roberts Jr., grandson, Christopher Curtis Roberts; parents, Curtis Osbourne Pinder and Esther Whilelmina Pinder. She is survived by her sons, Colyn Brent Rob erts and Craig Dwayne Roberts; daughter, Donna Heather Davis; grandsons, Jared Davis, Neil Rob erts, Brett Davis, Brendan Roberts, Sean Davis and Scott Roberts; great grandsons, Noah and Jaden Davis, Coby Davis, Tai Davis, Luke Davis, Calvin Roberts and Beckett Roberts; sister, Joan Amelia Hoel; son-in-law, Robert Davis; daughters-in-law, Janet (Scheidecker) Robert and Diana (Cuevas) Roberts and many nieces, nephews and cousins, who called her Auntie Angela and cared for her greatly. The many who affectionately knew her as Nan. The Bible Truth Fellowship congregation, to whom she was Sister Angela. Friends and family far and near here in Nassau, Abaco, Spanish Wells, Palmet to Point, Minnesota, Iowa and elsewhere. Special thanks to Marylow Silva who has been constant and consistently at her side for the last seven years and to Dr. Ian Kelly for his sound advice, sup port and care. In lieu of owers the family request that donations be sent The Cancer Society of The Bahamas, P.O. Box S.S. 6539, Nassau or to the Bible Truth Fellowship Sunday School, P.O. Box N-551, Nassau, in memory of Mrs. Angela Marguerite Roberts. Arrangements Kemps Funeral Home Limited.Funeral Service Angela Marguerite Roberts ne Pinder, 89 Passionate, Team Player, Ability To Work In A High Pressure Environment, Driven To Succeed If you possess these qualities, we invite you to apply for the position of:ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE August 18th, 2017 to: HUMAN RESOURCES Re: Compensations & Benefits Administrator careers@fidelitybahamas.comDuties and Responsibilities Includes: Managing weekly and monthly payroll process for the Group. Preparing terminations and employee nal settlement letters as requested. Maintaining staff attendance records. Processing health insurance and pension enrollments. Preparation of quarterly and annual Human Resources reports.Requirements/Qualications: Bachelors degree or Human Resources Certications Minimum 4 years experience in a Human Resources /Compensation & Benets Analytical with excellent report writing skills Display competence in the execution of compensation and benets matters Highly Condential A competitive compensation package will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualification.COMPENSATIONS & BENEFITS ADMINISTRATOR Job Summary:TheCompensation & Benets Administrator,is a critical contributor to the Human Resources team.The role requires expertise in all aspects of Compensations and Benets, Labour Laws, entering data, and generating reports from the Companys payroll system, currently ABRA.Time management, organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, multi-tasking, high prociency in Excel, and effective communication are critical to the success of this role. This position reports to the Group HR Director.

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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 4, 2017, PAGE 11 THE Royal Bank of Can ada closed its operations in Bimini on Wednesday, ending more than 50 years of banking services on that island. Residents stood in long queues outside the bank from 8am waiting for it to open at 9am to withdraw their money and close out their accounts. The Tribune understands that some customers went to the bank on Thursday to access the ATM, but it had already been removed and taken out of service. The pull-out by RBC leaves many concerned, in particular for the elderly customers and visitors as well as businesses on the island. Man, everyone is pan icking because Friday is supposed to be payday, and so we will have to see how this will play out come Friday, said Pat David of Ebbies and Pat Bonesh Club in Bailey Town. Ms David said that some businesses paid their staff on Thursday, but there are still many persons who have not yet been paid. It is understood that Bank of the Bahamas is expected to ll the void and that bank applications are already available on that island, ac cording to residents. Pakesia Parker-Edge combe, MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, told The Tribune when con tacted Thursday that bank ing services are expected to commence on the island by mid-August. While the government was not successful in having RBC remain on island and service that community, the state-run Bank of the Ba hamas will take over where RBC left off, she said. She stated that Deputy Prime Minister and Min ister of Finance K Peter Turnquest and his team have worked feverishly to ensure that the island of Bi mini is not without a nan cial institution. RBC was the only bank on the island for many dec ades, and the institution informed its customers in July by public notice that it was closing the branch in Bimini and the bank would be merging the branch with the RBC Freeport branch on August 2. Robbie Smith, local gov ernment councillor, de scribed the closure as a sad day for Bimini residents. He reported people were lined up from around 8am at the bank to get their money out. The lines were ridicu lous. It is a sad day that RBC has closed, he told a ZNS reporter. Mr Smith said that many tourists used the ATM. The machine is gone, and everyone is stranded. What are we to doget on a plane and y to Freeport or Nassau for banking? He expressed concern for the islands senior citizens and also felt that people and businesses will be at risk. This is a trying time (for us), and I think security will be tightened up here, he said. Charles Ellis, a 90-yearold resident of Bailey Town, felt it was terrible of the bank to close its operation to its loyal customers. Some people still went to the bank on Thursday to use the ATM to get some thing, and all they saw was a big hole, they done take the machine out, he said. Mr Ellis said he was a customer of the bank since it opened 50 years ago. I was banking with them for 50 years. It was terrible, to me, the way how it was done. They did not give suf cient time for residents, especially the elderly. He recalled the days when customers used a bank book. We are not use to the machinery and the online (banking). You used to go down there with your book, he said. He remembered when the banking services were rst introduced to the island. Two guys started coming down here with the box and money from Nassau in the morning, and there was a little shack in town where they would meet and do business, and around about 3pm they were on their way back to Nassau thats how they started, he said. Mr Ellis said the banks absence is an inconvenience for residents. If you have someone to do something for you and you give them a cheque there is no place at the moment they can cash it. And so right now, its a difcult situation for people in general, but moreso for the elderly. Mr Ellis, who celebrated his 90th birthday just this week, said: For the bank to do us like it was done, was terrible. As of now, we are at a standstill. He said that bank appli cations for the Bank of the Bahamas are now available on the island. Mrs Edgecombe said she was indeed thankful to Mr Turnquest and his team. She stated that BOB has already visited the commu nity of Bimini to begin the process and that residents of the island have been able to sign up for accounts. We do believe that BOB will service the community of Bimini well and continue to encourage businesses as well as residents to take ad vantage of those services, she said. Residents line up to take out money as RBC quits Bimini By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net BRADFORD Marines yacht repair facility in Grand Bahama is getting a lot of local commercial work during the slow yacht repair season. Dan Romence, general manager at Bradfords ship yard in Freeport, reported that 2015 and 2016 were relatively good years for the company because it was able to pull a lot of work from various markets. The shipyards primary markets are mega yachts and recreation cruisers, but they are also doing repairs and maintenance for mail boats, ferry companies, freighters, and commercial vessels, as well as storage services. Bradford Marine is head quartered in Fort Lauderd ale and is one of the worlds largest yacht repair, ret and service shipyards. The company employs 65 fulltime employees at its ship yard in Freeport. Over the last two years, we had some challenges as most businesses in the US and the Bahama locally over the periods between 2012 and 2014. But we are utilising a marketing company trying to get company information out to the different markets because we do a lot of work on not only big yachts and on recreation cruisers, but also a lot of commercial work, said Mr Romence. The company is currently completing work on some Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels and Bahamas Fast Ferries Bohengy III is also there. Our customer base is very dynamic. Our compa ny needs to be able to main tain a good level of business to be protable, he said. The yacht business has become more competitive specically in our region, and one of the reasons that our company came over to Freeport is to start operating much higher tonnage lift, Mr Romence explained. Bradford Freeport has a dry dock with a lift capac ity of 1,200 tonnes, which in 2001, far exceeded the lift capacity of most shipyards in South Florida. According to the ship yard executive, this helped to establish a good amount of business, but since that time other shipyards have also increased their lift ca pacity to 1,200 tonnes mak ing the yacht repair busi ness very competitive. More boats are around now and require such ton nage lift, but they are going over to three or four places now as opposed to one or two before, he said. Mr Romence indicated that their challenge is to try to stabilise the amount of incoming business. At the 42acre shipyard there are about three or four current boat repair jobs underway, and another three or four more that have work ongoing over the next period of days or weeks. Sometimes, if the yard gets a real labour intensive boat, it can employ almost the entire yard on it, de pending on the nature of the work, Mr Romence said. Many of the cruise yachts operate in summer months in the Mediterranean and the northeast US, and in the Caribbean during the winter months. During this slow season, Bradford has managed to secure some big contracts for repairs and mainte nance work of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force launchers. The company also got some commercial work and work from private individual boat owners. Mr Romence stated that Bradford also does a lot of storage for cruise vessels, sailboats, and powerboats at the yard. Some boat owners want their boats to be out of wa ter in the hurricane season because they dont want to have to worry about the boat and it provides the boat protection from the storm, he said. Mr Romence said Brad ford Marine has been in business for 50 years and has changed its logo. The company has provided outstanding service in the yachting industry and to mark the special occasion, decided to premiere a new look, he said. LOCAL REPAIRS KEEPS YACHT REPAIR FACILITY TICKING OVER DURING SLOW SEASON By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net BOATS at the Bradford Marine yacht repair facility. Photos: Denise Maycock/Tribune Staff THE BRADFORD Marine repair facility. A11MAIN

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PAGE 12, Friday, August 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE SUMMER camp came to a close for over 700 campers who participated in a three-week programme put on by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The camp of cially closed during a ceremony at Loyola Hall, July 31. Children from 5 to 15 years engaged in wholesome activities including nee dlework, ceramic painting, sports, li turgical dance, eld trips, decorative arts and more at nine Urban Renewal centres throughout New Providence. The theme for the camp was Its a Bahamian Thing. The closing ceremony was attended by Minister of Social Services and Ur ban Development Lanisha Rolle, Par liamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Devel opment Vaughn Miller and members of Parliament, camp facilitators and parents. The inner-city urban campers rep resented their centres and performed songs, cultural dances, dramatisation, and choral speaking during the threehour event. In her address, Mrs Rolle empha sised the importance of working to gether. More than anything I want all of you to take from this experience the fact that the only thing that is going to make us stronger and better as a com munity is team work, she said. She informed the campers that the government is here to provide op portunities for them to realise their dreams and help to develop the coun try. An exhibition highlighting the work of the campers followed the ceremony. URBAN RENEWAL SUMMER CAMP ENDS WITH A CELEBRATION YOUNGSTERS pictured during the closing ceremony for the Urban Renewal Summer Camp. Photos: Patrick Hanna/ BIS A12MAIN