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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.177, AUGUST 8TH, 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WOMAN: FASHION COLLECTION LAUNCHED IN AID OF CANCER SOCIETY TUESDAY HIGH 93FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune Established 1903 War of words on nance debt Turnquest and Cooper clash HOLIDAY weekend shootings left two men dead in the capital, one of whom was killed less than a month after he was released on bail. At the scene of the rst fatal shooting, Senior As sistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean TWO DEAD IN HOLIDAY SHOOTINGS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGE 11 FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest last night blasted his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) coun terpart for challenging whether the government had exaggerated the size of the countrys scal decit. His attack came af ter PLP Shadow Finance Minister I Chester Coop er seized on new Central Bank data which showed a decit much lower than the $500m gure Mr Turnquest reported in his budget ad dress. It was this half billion dollar number which the government has used to justify new borrowing of $722m. However, the Central Bank placed the decit at $284.7m in its latest report published on July 31. The gure represented data on the governments budgetary operations for the rst ten months of the scal year 2016-17, which is June 2016 to April 2017. In a statement yesterday, Mr Cooper, PLP MP for Exuma and Ragged Island, said the governments ear lier statements seem mis leading, and raised very serious questions he said Mr Turnquest and the Min nis administration should answer. BISHOP Neil C Ellis has lamented the inhuman ity shown to former Cabi net Minister Shane Gibson before his recent arraign ment, claiming that the for mer MPs treatment was in consistent with the concept of basic respect for human dignity. Bishop Ellis, in a pasto ral letter to members of the Mount Tabor Church, re gretted Gibson being made by police to hop up the steps of the Magistrates Court complex for his ar raignment despite suffering an injury which required the aid of crutches for sup port. Bishop Ellis letter was in reference to the former na tional insurance and labour ministers arraignment in a Magistrates Court last Thursday on 36 bribery and extortion-related charges. BISHOP ELLIS GIBSON SHOWN NO RESPECT 16 PAGES HOUSE HOME & A FORMER police ofc er is seeking to appeal the commissioner of polices recent decision to discharge him from the Royal Baha mas Police Force allegedly because of his unwilling ness to compromise a key component of his Muslim faith. Maria Daxon, attorney for former Constable Ber tram Bain, told The Trib une she has been instructed to le an injunction in the Supreme Court to stay the August 2 decision, which she alleged hinged on Mr Bains unwillingness to shave his beard in accord ance with the RBPFs grooming policies. Ms Daxon also claimed Mr Bains constitutional right to freely practice and/ or change his religious be liefs have been breached as a result of his dismissal add ing the police force should conform to the Constitution, not the Constitution con forming to the police force. She further questioned the circumstances sur rounding and leading up to Mr Bains termination, and also raised concerns SACKED FOR HAVING A BEARD EIGHT migrants were re leased from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre on Friday, including a Kenyan man who had been held for six years without charge. MIGRANTS: 8 MORE SET FREE By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE DANCERS during the traditional Emancipation Day celebrations at Fox Hill Park yesterday. See page two for more photographs. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE EIGHT DANCERS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT A1MAIN *The Promotion Period will start on July 1, 2017 and end at midnight on September 15, 2017. During the Promotion Period Special Rates will apply to Scotia Plan Loans. Further conditions apply. Subject to credit approval. Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence.Do the things you really want. Furnish her room Book a family cruise Send her to school Affordable rates and exible terms mean that you can borrow what you need to do the things you want, with easy monthly payments.Nows the time to get a Scotia Plan Loan.* Apply today! bs.scotiabank.com/planloan

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PAGE 2, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EMANCIPATION DAYIN FOX HILL YOUNGSTERS enjoying the Emancipation Day celebrations at Fox Hill Park yesterday which included performances, food stalls, games and more. Photos: Shawn Hanna/ Tribune Staff A2MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 8, 2017, PAGE 3 Immigration Director William Pratt conrmed the migrants were released, but declined further com ment on the matter. The Tribune understands the migrants are six Cuban men, a Nigerian man and a Kenyan man. According to sources close to the matter, the men released included migrants whose detention status were reported by The Trib une last week, including the stateless man of Cuban de scent who served in the US Navy and had been held for more than a decade in two periods. Another released mi grant was a Nigerian ampu tee who was held for three years. On Thursday, The Trib une toured the Carmichael Road compound with Su perintendent Peter Joseph, who addressed allega tions and criticisms lev eled against operations at the CRDC, specically the processing and treatment of migrants. The CRDC has a staff complement of 39 ofcers, according to Supt Joseph, who said the recent in crease of 16 ofcers to the minimum-security facility was satisfactory. Its very difcult, he said, we have increased our staff complement to try to attend to persons needs and we are also making some improvements in how we operate. We want to try and see if we can do a bet ter job of the way we do the food, how we provide the meals. Weve also ordered new bedding, going to re furbish all the dorms. All of these things are in pro gress, he said. Last month, the facility experienced severe over crowding due to back-toback apprehensions that saw the number of detain ees swell to over 400 per sons. There are four dorms at the facility with a maximum capacity of 80 persons; how ever, one dorm is currently being used as a temporary medical clinic. Two dorms are designated for men, and one dorm is reserved for women. Mothers and children are kept at a separate facility, which has been temporarily suspended due to a contrac tual dispute over the use of the building. Supt Joseph conrmed that there were no minors currently being held, add ing that the dispute should be resolved in a matter of days. Referring to critics of mass deportation exercises, he said: We had over 400 migrants, thats why we had to get those (deportation) ights out. If they come faster than we can get them out, there is nowhere else to put them. So, were damned if you do, damned if you dont. He added: You can hold a person indenitely on a deportation order, but we dont try to make that a practice because again its our objective to get you out as quickly as possible. So, its not our practice to want to serve a deportation order on you because thats an in denite situation. Since taking the post last year September, Supt Jo seph said he has been work ing to resolve the backlog of long-term detainees and enforce strict operating guidelines for both ofcers and detainees. A hallmark of his steps to increase accountability and transparency was said to be the installation of addition al CCTV monitoring. He pointed to major up grades underway, like the construction of a medical clinic and refusal dorms, and the refurbishment of existing dorms; and sched uled projects to create an exercise and recreational space; and to outt and reo pen the onsite kitchen. Refusal dorms are meant to accommodate persons that are denied entry into the country, but still have to be held overnight. Supt Joseph implored the public not to demonise the role of immigration ofc ers and operations at the CRDC as he spoke of plans for modernisation and ex pansion of the facility. I cant accommodate that and I wont stand for it (allegations of mistreat ment), he said. The director, when he appointed me to take over this facility, the one thing I could assure him was that I would take this to another level, and that is denitely what I intend to do. There is always going to be stories about the no soap, and the no toothpaste, so I dont know how Im sup posed to combat that. I can take you in the storeroom now and show you cases of soap, cases of toothpaste. Supt Joseph said: Were accustomed to it by now. Although Ive only been here for a short time, but Ive come to realise that is just something that we have to live with because of the perception that the public has of this facility. When he spoke to The Tribune on Thursday, Supt Joseph estimated there were between ten and 11 long term migrants current ly at the facility. He said: (The migrants), theyre the ones who are frustrating the process, theyre the ones who dont want to go home. They dont want to go back so theyll give you any story. Every time you interview them theres a different story. The stories are gonna change. They will give you different names, they dont give you information that will help you to help them. Especially when youre talking about persons from African continent, he said, when theyre trying to get to where they want to go. If they leave its not as if thats Jamaica or Haiti, theres no coming back (to) what theyve gone through to get this far. Its just too far and the cost is way too much. So that is not the route that they want to take, their route is forward no matter what the cost. He added: This small group that I had to deal with when I came here, that is in the process of being dealt with and will be dealt with, that aint ga happen again. I dont care what part of the world you come from, when you end up in here you aint ga be no longterm. Migrants: 8 more set free FOUR people are dead three of them from Grand Bahama following two separate recent trafc acci dents, police reported. The three Grand Baha ma victims died on Monday during an accident shortly after 1pm on East Sunrise Highway and Gedney Drive involving a 2006 GMC Si erra and a silver coloured Nissan Tilda. The occupants in the Nis san were all injured. One fe male passenger, 76, died at the scene while all other passengers were taken to the Rand Memorial Hospi tal where two other persons later died from their inju ries. The lone male driver in the 2006 GMC Sierra re ceived minor injuries and was taken to the Rand Me morial Hospital in a private vehicle. Meanwhile, Lashan da Percentie, the niece of former National Security Minister Cynthia Mother Pratt who was hospitalised following a tragic car acci dent last week, has died. Mrs Percentie, 36, was driving in her vehicle on Carmichael Road on July 31 when she lost control of her car and crashed into a concrete wall, according to police reports. Her condition was previ ously listed as critical, and doctors did not expect her to live. She died in hospital on Saturday, according to a police report. Mrs Percentie, an immi gration ofcer, lived with Mrs Pratt before her mar riage a year ago. Last week, someone hearing of a pending death in the family assumed it was Mrs Pratt and without checking, put the news out on social media that the for mer deputy prime minister was in fact dead. Mrs Pratt, alive and well, has since denied those erro neous reports. Police have urged motor ists to drive with care and attention, use seat belts and adhere to the speed limit. Investigations continue. FOUR DEAD AFTER TWO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net THE SCENE of the crash in Grand Bahama. from page one SUPERINTENDENT Peter Joseph pictured during his interview with Tribune chief reporter Ava Turnquest at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A3MAIN

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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, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. WHAT we are witness ing before our eyes today in The Bahamas regarding wealthy, prominent politi cians being hauled before the courts is without prec edent. It is usually the small man who bares the brunt of the law, while important people are exempted from penal liability. PM Dr Hubert Minnis has virtually changed the course of history since as suming high ofce approxi mately three months ago. At the current rate he is on, he will be considered a political reformer by histo rians in years to come. Minnis has exceeded ex pectations; and has demon strated a bravery which is simply unmatched by even former PM Hubert Ingra ham. When Ingraham became PM again in 2007, many FNMs were clamouring for investigations to be con ducted into the affairs of the rst Christie adminis tration. They were sorely disappointed, as no such investigations were carried out. There was a perception that certain persons con nected to the PLP govern ment were engaged in gross corruption, and had got ten away scot free. Some FNMs reasoned that it may have been due to Ingra hams close ties to Chris tie. Both of them were law partners and had served in the PLP Cabinet of Sir Lynden Pindling, the na tions rst PM. While Ingraham is a loyal FNM and has been since 1990, his political navel string is buried in the PLP. Any mention of the PLP might cause him to become sentimental, especially if he reects on his start in front line politics as PLP chair man in 1976. This is under standable. Ingraham was a good PM. The type of malfeasance which allegedly plagued the two Christie administra tions never occurred under his watch. However, his un willingness to investigate Christie hurt him. In fairness to Ingraham, his rst administration did hold a commission of in quiry into the Pindling gov ernment in 1994. But that process led to no criminal prosecutions. Bahamians were disappointed. Ingra ham simply did not go far enough. On May 10 of this year, an overwhelming major ity of Bahamians entrusted their country to Minnis in order to do what Ingraham failed to do: stomp out cor ruption once and for all. If Minnis succeeds in this regard, he will become a legendary icon. He will go down in political folklore as the greatest PM the coun try has ever had. Minnis is a courageous political re former. The small man loves him dearly. It is surely the peo ples time. Minnis must continue on the path he is on. We the people put him in ofce to do exactly what he is doing. THE WHISTLE BLOWER Nassau, August 7, 2017. THE Marsh Harbour Internation al Airport, renamed the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in 2014, is a national disgrace. Redevel oped at a cost of over $30m, its com pletion faced delay after delay. It was plagued by design aws and cost over runs, though portions of it were ahead of their time. While critics pointed out vast unused spaces that would have to be air-conditioned and maintained, propo nents of the design said it was built to satisfy future needs. So what if it were larger than it needed to be now, they said, when other airports were outgrow ing their space, Marsh Harbour would just be growing into its. The design is just one facet of a much greater problem. The Leonard M Thompson airport, the third busiest in The Bahamas, is so dirty and so poorly maintained that if the hero it was named after could see it, he would turn over in his grave, push up the dirt and call for a re-naming until it was cleaned up. Here, on a recent weekend, is what Tribune sources reported. Some of the report was accompanied by photo graphs. The main departure lounge for both international and domestic ights was lthy. Candy wrappers, food, empty cups, chips, used snack packaging was on the seats and the oor. There were so many wrappers and pieces of trash it would be difcult to believe the area had been cleaned even once on that particu lar day. Three or four large black trash bags lled to the brim sat tied near an exit door in plain view, waiting for some one to cart them away. There was an at tractive 700 Wines & Spirits display but apparently it had not opened yet so any one wanting to buy spirits to take home had to do so from the store on the other side of security clearance and the gentle man working in the store would walk the goods through and hand them to the in dividuals who, despite not being able to carry more than 3.4 ounces of shampoo or toothpaste, could then hand-carry the rum or Kalik on the plane. As for all the Bahamian stores that the airport pretended it would have, there was little more than promise offered. Yes, there was a shop that had a small selection of souvenirs, including Abaco Neem, the true pride of Abaco industry, along with Abaco ceramics. But most of the goods were the usual -water, soda, snack food and t-shirts. Hardly a shop ping mecca. For the most part, the airport was ee rily empty of enterprise. A few workers lounged in chairs in the ticketing area, their position best described as sprawl ing. Two airport employees, one male, the other female, sat at the bar drink ing. Though probably nished for the day and off-duty, they were still wearing their reective sleeveless vests, a sight that could have been disconcerting for the average traveller unaccustomed to seeing airport staff possibly in charge of their safety sucking back beer and liq uor. The very competent gentleman be hind the restaurant counter who han dled money and food with equal oppor tunity sans gloves also had control of the TV. On one screen was a reasonable show, on the other, still photos which he changed from time to time of scantily clad seductive females, one that stayed on for a long time with stockings, garter belt and little more -you get the picture. But the worst offence was the mens room. One urinal was covered with a black garbage bag, obviously out of order. The other was so backed up that had some one used it, the splash-back would have sent him reeling. In the toilet compart ment, water seeped onto the oor. The soap dispenser was empty and paper towel dispenser, designed to be handsfree, was loaded incorrectly and had to be cajoled into giving forth its gift of paper. There was even trash in the alcove with the draping, photo and dedication to Leonard Thompson, a son of the Abaco soil who ew 25 combat missions in World War II until his bomber was shot down and he was captured by Ger mans in 1944, later released by Russians and went on to become one of the rst aviation pioneers in The Bahamas. Poor, dirty conditions at the airport were in contrast to so much of the is lands of the Abacos from Treasure Cay to Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town on Elbow Cay where roads were beauti fully maintained and you could drive for miles without seeing evidence of litter ing except near the Green Turtle Cay dump which is another issue for another day. Abacos main airport is critical to the success of the Family Island in the north ern Bahamas that has provided so much satisfaction to so many visitors, many of whom return year after year. There is no excuse good enough to explain away the bad condition of this newly renovated facility. A design audit is in order start ing with the exterior where the drop-off area is too narrow. If a taxi unloading passengers and luggage fails to pull up as close as possible to the curb, a second vehicle cannot pass. The second oor where a new airport lounge has just opened is undergoing a re-design pro cess, including the possibility of adding restrooms. But why were plans approved without restrooms on an entire oor of the airport in the rst place? In February, the government signed a technical assistance agreement with Vantage, the Vancouver-based com pany that manages Lynden Pindling International Airport under the NAD umbrella. Perhaps the new Member of Parliament for the Abacos, the Hon Darren Heneld, another proud son of the Abaco soil, can address how Van tage or NAD can assist in cleaning up what is now a national disgrace and an international embarrassment. After all, Mr. Heneld is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and while the con dition of a mens room is not high on the list of foreign affairs issues, it can shape public opinion and ush busi ness we pay millions to attract right down the toilet. Minnis the reformer LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Which international airport in The Bahamas is a national disgrace?jrolle@tribunemedia.net EDITOR, The Tribune LISTENING to the pos turing of the attorneys for the erstwhile political sacred cows, I have to wonder if the maxim eve rybody is equal under the law was thrown out with the babys bath water. Acknowledging that it was unnecessary to shackle an injured Shane Gibson, where were these voices when our young men were led shackled and hand cuffed to court? Where were the cries of horror when the female civil servant spent time in Fox Hill while she awaited a Supreme Court bail hear ing and was led to court in handcuffs? But what really concerns me is the fact that these leaders of the Bar seem to be encouraging members of the public to diss the legitimate working of the judicial system in the form of police investigations and court proceedings In our crime-ridden so ciety only the police and the courts protect us from a system of anarchy. Yet we have senior members of the Bar adopting some of the worst aspects of Trumps America. We do not need to hear of witch hunts. We need to hear these persons who have been honoured by the Queen exhorting the popu lation to await the results of investigations and any fol lowing court proceedings. Then if the results follow a certain course other court proceedings can be contem plated and taken. JEANNE THOMPSON Nassau, August 7, 2017. Sacred cows EDITOR, The Tribune. I OWE a profound and abject apology to the Hon. Dionisio dAguilar (FNMFree Town), the erstwhile Minister of Tourism. Last week, without rst speaking to the Minister, as I should have done, I lambasted him in particular and the Minnis Administration in general for terminating nine per sons, not eleven as I wrongly stated in an editorial, from the Freeport ofce of the Ministry of Tourism. Recently, it was brought to my knowledge that those workers terminated had been hired by the former administration less than three weeks before the May 10th general elections. These hires would have cost the taxpayers at least B$750,000 per year. These hires were, clearly, an elec toral bribe and should not have happened so close to the elections. Our staff complement at MOT here at home and abroad exceeds 400. In Ja maica there are less than 150 personnel for that whole Island state. Jamaica has one marketing ofce in the entire USA. We had six with a staff complement of less than 60. Our USA staff complement was over 120. Tourism is a dynamic and ever evolving industry. Most travel arrangements are now made online or via other electronic platforms. The necessity for heavy body counts is now passe. Jamaica has more than 2.5 million stop over visitors. We have about 1.5 million and have not seen a measur able increase for decades. Generally stop-over visitors spend in excess of B$1,400 during their stay. Cruise ship visitors, for whom we are also thankful, tend to stay on board their ships and spend less than B$70.00 per trip. We need to grow our stop-over visitor total. It is as simple as that. I am more than persuad ed, now that I have had the benet of proper research and intense discussions with stakeholders, that Di onisio will bring something different to the industry. Already hes had several vital meetings with profes sionals in the so called Af rican-American travel and entertainment industry to host events and retreats in The Bahamas. The recep tion, I understand, has been fantastic, so far. The Hon Minister has his job cut out for him, but he will make us all proud once the political dust would have settled. To God then, in all things, be the glory. ORTLAND H. BODIE, JR Nassau, August 7, 2017. Apology to DAguilar A4MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 8, 2017, PAGE 5 JUSTICE Indra Charles on Friday found the Royal Bahamas Police Force liable for an incident in 2015 that culminated in the arrest of a civil servant at his home. Gilford Lloyd, a senior sheries ofcer at the De partment of Marine Re sources, brought a civil action against Chief Supt Theophilus Cunningham, Commissioner of Police El lison Greenslade and the attorney general concern ing an incident at his Yel low Elder Gardens home on January 9, 2015 when they searched for someone who did not live there. Mr Lloyd sought dam ages for unlawful entry, as sault, unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and punitive damages, in addition to oth er relief and declarations from the Supreme Court. Mr Lloyd testied that around 10pm on the date in question, police ofcers un der the command of Chief Supt Cunningham, kicked down the door of his home, identied themselves as police, placed a gun to his head and ordered him to get down on the oor. Mr Lloyd, in shock at the situation, wet himself, and asked to be able to use the restroom. After being allowed to do so, he was handcuffed and taken outside to one of seven police cars that were in the street, with his neigh bours looking on. After some 30 minutes, Chief Supt Cunningham reportedly looked him over and ordered his release. It was at this time that he no ticed the front door of his home had been damaged. He was able to determine the identity of the com manding ofcer because junior ofcers at the scene referred to the surname and rank of the senior ofcer, the court was told. After doing an online search, he learned the full name of the senior ofcer who was conducting the operation and ordered his eventual release. Mr Lloyd called a neigh bour, Nelson Strachan, to testify in his defence and Mr Strachan told the court that when the brigade of police cars had rst ar rived and ofcers indicated that they were looking for a Dominic, he told them that the individual they were looking for lived on the next street. However, the ofcers ignored him and barged into the home where they later brought Mr Lloyd out in cuffs. Chief Supt Cunningham, in his testimony before Jus tice Charles, denied he was ever present and therefore could not have ordered or conducted the operation that resulted in Mr Lloyds detention and duress. He further noted that for the period of October 2014 to March 2015, he was responsible for operations concerning the eastern dis tricts of New Providence and that Yellow Elder did not fall within that area. Justice Charles on Fri day said that she had the opportunity to observe the demeanor of the witnesses who gave evidence. It is always difcult for a judge to tell who is telling the truth when the evidence is divergent (but) I am for tied that I believe the evi dence of the plaintiff, the judge said. She also accepted the evidence of Mr Strachan, which she said corroborat ed what Mr Lloyd had said under oath. She found that the police were liable for the incident that occurred at Mr Lloyds home. The judge said the dam ages will be determined at a hearing on November 1 at which time the full judgment should be avail able. However, she added that this did not exclude the le gal parties from reaching an agreed sum on damages that should be awarded to Mr Lloyd. Christina Galanos and Bjorn Ferguson appeared for Mr Lloyd while Kenrah Newry appeared for the Crown. Fisheries ofcer sues after arrest By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net Before his arraignment, Gibson had voluntarily pre sented himself to the Cen tral Detective Unit (CDU) on Wednesday to assist of cers with an ongoing in vestigation. Gibsons attorney, An thony McKinney, QC, has reportedly said his client injured his foot during a recent boating trip and that his limping was not the re sult of any brutality. The next day, after he was taken to Magistrates Court, Gibson reportedly got out of a police car us ing crutches. He reportedly used those crutches to enter the nearby police station. A short time later, Gibson left the station in handcuffs and no crutches. With the assistance of ofcers, Gib son limped and hopped his way up the stairs to court. He was later seen using the walking aides while at the Supreme Court for his bail hearing. In his letter, Bishop El lis, senior pastor of Mount Tabor Church, noted it was painful to watch the ar raignment of a man he said is a faithful member of the Mount Tabor congrega tion. The politicians wife, Pas tor Jackie Gibson, is also an active member of Mount Tabor. Charging that the laws of man can only be just when they conform with the laws of God and are enforced with basic respect for human dignity, Bishop Ellis called on all relevant authorities to question whether the manner in which Mr Gibson was han dled was consistent with this principle. I am aware that Mr Gibson was called in for questioning by the police, Bishop Ellis said. I am ad vised that just prior to this he suffered an injury which required the aid of crutches for support. The videos I saw show that while being escorted by several ofc ers to his arraignment, Mr Gibson was made to aban don his crutches in order to be handcuffed behind his back. Observers report and video afrms that he limped along the street and literally hopped up the steps to the level of the court. Based on the totality of the circumstances . and Mr Gibsons long-standing service to multiple sectors of our community and the nation itself, I have struggled mightily to understand what risk was being pro tected against that required the measure of inhumanity shown to Mr Gibson, Bish op Ellis, who noted he was out of the country, wrote. We are well served to be guided always by the sim ple admonition of St Paul to the Galatians that we are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This simple concept is so powerful that it is cen tral to our shared values of civility. Any breach of this basic Christian principle, especially in the exercise of public duty, can result in se rious and long lasting nega tive consequences for our nation. Last week, Ofcial Op position Leader Philip Brave Davis expressed outrage at the circumstanc es surrounding Gibsons arraignment, and noted Progressive Liberal Party supporters will be asked to come together shortly to demonstrate our contempt for these inhumane ac tions. BISHOP ELLIS GIBSON SHOWN NO RESPECT from page one FORMER Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson during his court appearance. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN POSITION AVAILABLEProject Manager/Site SupervisorThe position is open to candidates with the following qualications: -Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Construction -Management or related studies. -Minimum of 5 years professional experience. -Must have some project management experience. -Procient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and AutoCAD. 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PAGE 6, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE DEPUTY Prime Min ister and Minister of Fi nance K Peter Turnquest yesterday pledged the gov ernments planned $166m rescue for Bank of The Bahamas will be fully de bated in Parliament. Mr Turnquest acknowl edged that a second bail out for the beleaguered bank tests the patience and condence of the public, but ultimately defended the move as the governments duty to act in the best inter est of its shareholders and the industry. We intend to go to Par liament to have the rescue fully debated which should have been done with the prior deal, he told The Tribune in an interview yes terday. He also committed him self to disclosing the details surrounding the rst Baha mas Resolve transaction, telling The Tribune to the extent that we can, I will. We fully appreciate that the publics patience and condence has been tested with this second effort, Mr Turnquest said, but we believe that the bank, oper ated without political inter ference and free of a book of bad loans that should have been addressed years ago, will pay off in the me dium term. The government of The Bahamas as the majority shareholder has an obliga tion to its depositors and minority shareholders to act in their best interest as well as the industry. We are condent that the action taken to secure the banks path to protability and re turn of shareholder value is the best option available. He continued: We are likewise condent in the newly elected board of di rectors and their plan to restructure and strengthen the banks governance and market position. Resolve is a state-owned and controlled company that was established in Oc tober 2014 to assume li ability for $100m of BOBs non-performing commer cial loans. The bail out came un der scrutiny on the general election campaign trail ear lier this year after former Prime Minister Hubert In graham questioned how the deal was authorised without the approval of Parliament. In early February, then Prime Minister Perry Christie said his adminis tration would soon make a full disclosure on the cur rent affairs of BOB and Resolve Bahamas. How ever, no such disclosure was made. According to Tribune Business, the new bail out is essentially a repeat of the rst Bahamas Re solve transaction, although the sums involved are much higher. The latest rescue will re move some $166m worth of toxic commercial loans from BOBs balance sheet and transfer them to the Bahamas Resolve special purpose vehicle (SPV). The loans, which are to be paid for at gross book value, will be exchanged for promissory notes (govern ment IOUs or bonds) that will be provided by Baha mas Resolve. While in opposition, the Free National Movement was critical of the Christie administrations actions re lating to BOB and Resolve Bahamas. In January 2015, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Min nis, leader of the Ofcial Opposition at the time, led about 100 supporters on a march to BOBs Shirley Street location. We have assembled here at the peoples bank to de clare with one loud voice that enough is enough, Dr Minnis said on the steps of the bank at the time. The government must act and they must act now. The use of government voting pow er to prop up failed leader ship in the bank is unaccep table, when the Bahamian taxpayers have been made to swallow a $100m in crease in the public debt load in order to prop up the same bank. The banks present lead ership must go and they must go now. At the time, Dr Minnis also called on the govern ment to cause for an im mediate forensic audit to be conducted of all decisions made by senior manage ment which contributed to the potential collapse of the bank, the need for intense Central Bank intervention and ultimately the need for a government bail out. Shortly after winning the May 10 general election, the government announced BOB, among other institu tions, would undergo a fo rensic audit. Bank of The Bahamas bailout to be debated by Parliament By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ tribunemedia.net Reacting to Mr Coopers statement on Monday, Mr Turnquest accused the PLP politician of being dis ingenuous at best or, at worst, obviously trying to mislead the Bahamian peo ple on the basic facts. Mr Turnquest said he expected better from Mr Cooper, adding the ac counting practices the latter is promoting is likely the reason why the countrys nances are in their current state. He stressed that the Min nis administration met a litany of unpaid bills when it assumed ofce on May 10, and those liabilities, as well as bill already paid, had to be accounted for in the budget debate. For his part, Mr Cooper said: With great fanfare, the current administra tion levelled a half-billiondollar decit at the feet of the Christie administration during its recent budget ex ercise, sending shockwaves throughout the Bahamas and the international in vestment and rating com munities. As the Christie ad ministration was voted out of ofce on May 10, one wonders how in even the most extreme circum stances, an administration could run up an additional $215m in decit spending in just 10 days, if, as the Free National Movement contends, it met the cup boards bare. As the decit is based on actual disbursements, Mr Turnquest needs to fully ex plain what the extra $215m was used to pay that does not seem to have been run up by the PLP. Mr Cooper added: What bills were encoun tered by the Minnis admin istration after the election, when the FNM was sup posedly tightly monitoring scal controls? Or was the estimated $500m an exaggeration? According to Tribune Business, more than $215m worth of decit spending had to be incurred during the nal two months of the 2016-2017 scal year to hit the Minnis administrations $500m projection. Based on previous Cen tral Bank reports, which pegged the end-March de cit at $265.9m, the former government added a rela tively modest $18.8m to it during April a far cry from the $500m worth of red ink that the Minnis administration is estimating for the 2016-2017 full-year, Tribune Business reported last week. The Central Bank data suggests either the Christie administration abandoned all spending controls dur ing its nal days in ofce; that previous spending commitments caught up with it; or the current gov ernments estimate may be excessive, it was previously reported. Yesterday, Mr Cooper explained that backlogged bills that had not yet been paid should not be factored in to the decit because government accounting is done on a cash basis. The decit represents actual spending and not what bills were left due or that the government wished to pay, as this is a natural consequence of all governments when control changes hands to meet some bills unpaid as was the case when the PLP took over from the Ingraham ad ministration in 2012. Indeed this scenario will occur at the end of each budget period. Cash man agement is key, he contin ued. After the show that was gleefully participated in by so many ministers of the Minnis administration as the PLP was castigated on the notion of unsus tainable deficit spending, it is incumbent on the minister of finance to ex plain what it spent the ex tra $215m on and why; or provide appropriate rec onciliation of its numbers versus that of the Central Bank of the Bahamas, Mr Cooper said. However Mr Turnquest castigated the political new comer for his reasoning. Having admonished his party to apologise to the Bahamian people for the mismanagement of the countrys scal affairs and as a nancial services pro fessional himself, I expect ed better from the shadow minister, Mr Turnquest told The Tribune. Cooper acknowledges that in a cash basis account ing system, bills are only recorded when paid. How ever, liabilities incurred must still be accounted for and provision made to pay them as they become due or demanded. The practice of deliberately holding over payments at year end to take advantage of the inher ent weakness of a cash basis system and under report ing liabilities incurred is misleading and dangerous. This practice likely con tributed to the massive na tional debt every Bahamian is now obligated to pay as successive governments fail to recognise past obliga tions in planning for future spending. On assuming ofce, the current administration was faced with millions of dollars in recorded pay ment in the treasury sys tem awaiting available cash and approval to disburse cheques. Many vendors would attest to the fact that they remained unpaid for months leading into the general election, including salaries for groups of work ers such as the job empow erment programme, more commonly known as the 52week workers I spoke about during my budget debate contribution and the police overtime pay. Pharmaceutical com panies were not paid and threatened to cut off supply, insurance premiums were not paid, vendors, including hurricane relief vendors, were not paid, service con tracts were not paid, and the list goes on. To be frank, I am ap palled at the suggestion that the bills incurred in the pe riod from May 10 to June 30 had much of anything to do with the current admin istration given the massive amount of bills discovered and those that were undis closed and popped up. The fact is that prudent cash management is an absolute must, given the lack of scal control exercise by the for mer administration. During the budget de bate my colleagues outlined line after line of scal abuse and waste, yet the shadow nance minister is una shamed to raise his head. I had hoped he would be different but I suppose the PLP message remains the same, unapologetic and shameless, Mr Turnquest said. He said the Ministry of Finance will continue its modernisation project which will prevent these distortions going forward and ensure true account ability and transparency in scal reporting practices. WAR OF WORDS ON FINANCE DEBT from page one DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest. A6MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 8, 2017, PAGE 7 EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Coop er has called the frequent power outages affecting Exuma, an untenable situation that is frustrating both residents and visitors. The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) member said Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has failed to keep the lights on in the height of summer and a peak busi ness season for tourism. The constant power out ages in Exuma are imped ing growth and investment on the island, stiing our tourism product and reduc ing the quality of life for residents of Exuma, Mr Cooper noted in a state ment released on Monday. Little Exuma, for exam ple, was without power from 10am Wednesday past well into the night. The situ ation is untenable, he said. I have so far been unable to get a clear explanation of why this is happening and a long-term plan by BPL to resolve the issue, nor a plan to resolve the chronic street light outages. This is simply unaccep table. I call on the manage ment and board of BPL to examine on an urgent basis the constant power outages with a view to bringing im mediate relief to our citi zens and guests. Further, I call on the government to articulate its national energy policy, inclusive of improving relia bility, reducing costs, creat ing incentives for renewable energy and reverse meter ing. His statement came days after BPL said a recent wave of power outages in Abaco were the result of a series of tests at BPLs Wilson City Power Station. BPL, in a statement on Friday, said it was neces sary to conduct the tests as it seeks to improve our reliability and system sta bility. BPL acknowledged those tests resulted in a number of repeated power outages on the island over the past ten days. The statement by BPL came just days after one ho telier told The Tribune that the repeated outages have turned potential Abaco vis itors away. Molly McIntosh, general manager of the Bluff House Beach Resort and Marina, said while the situation has become better since the July 7 holiday weekend, the power was still going off for an hour or so every other day. Additionally, one visi tor, after seeing The Trib unes articles online, con tacted this newspaper and complained that the outag es were the worst his fam ily had seen since visiting the Abacos from the early 1970s. BPL, in a statement last month, acknowledged it was having challenges with its generation and distri bution network in Abaco, adding that copper theft continues to be a signi cant problem responsible for a number of prolonged outages. The company said it was working constantly to re solve issues responsible for the recent periods of supply interruption. BPL sincerely apologis es to its customers for the inconvenience caused dur ing this time and remains committed to the continu ous improvement of service to the island, said BPLs statement on Friday. Last month, BPL blamed copper theft and distri bution challenges for the constant power outages that have plagued Abaco. At the time, Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard called the fre quent power outages in Abaco disgraceful and unacceptable. He urged BPL to overhaul the is lands protection system, which he claimed has not been upgraded in 25 years. Abaco residents also expressed their disgust on BPLs Facebook page, with some persons calling for a march to Parliament against the company. Earlier this summer, Works Minister Desmond Bannister said he has se rious concerns with BPLs ability to keep the lights on this summer. At the time, Mr Bannis ter said he is already look ing to nd new, alterna tive ways, including solar, to produce energy. Exuma, Abaco still blighted by power cuts By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net CHESTER COOPER To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 A7MAIN

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PAGE 8, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE that Commissioner Ellison Greenslade might have by passed the protocol for dis missals outlined in both the Police Service Commission Regulation and the Police Act (2009) before terminat ing her client. A copy of Mr Bains dis charge certicate obtained by The Tribune shows that on August 2, 2017, the of cer of 17 years was dis charged from the RBPF in accordance with Section 7 (c) of the Police Discipli nary Regulations No 1965 and Section 21 (1)(c) of the Police Force Act 2009. The discharge certicate noted that during his tenure with the RBPF, Mr Bains conduct and general char acter has been unsatisfacto ry. Mr Bain rst joined the RBPF in 2000, and convert ed to Islam sometime in 2011. However, Mr Bain, ac cording to court documents obtained by The Tribune claimed that his dismissal was the end result of his multiple attempts at having Commis sioner Greenslade acquiesce to his pleas to adhere to the Muslim practice of not shav ing ones beard while serving as a member of the RBPF. According to an afdavit led July 6, 2016, which lists Commissioner Greenslade as one of seven defendants, Mr Bain met with Com missioner Greenslade and/ or other senior ofcials no less than three times on the matter, dating as far back as early 2015. And each time the relevant parties met, Mr Bain informed all present of his Muslim faith, accord ing to the afdavit. In one such instance, on June 10, 2016, and in the pres ence of current and/or former members of the RBPFs sen ior executive leadership team and other RBPF ofcials, Mr Bain humbly requested the commissioner of police to as sist with come accommoda tion Muslim practices to wear a beard. In the afdavit, Mr Bain said he did so with humil ity and out of respect to consider awareness of my constitutional rights, and status as a police ofcer and as a Muslim. This represented an im mediate conict, Mr Bain acknowledged in his inter view with The Tribune on Friday, given the grooming policies of the RBPF and the reported Muslim practice of not shaving ones beards in reverence of Islam and its founding prophet, Muham mad. Rules A series of inquiries on the RBPFs grooming pol icy led to this newspaper being instructed by a sen ior police ofcer to refer to the grooming standards for RBPF cadets, which are published on the RBPFs ofcial website. The ofcer said those stipulations also apply to all police ofcers. According to those rules, male cadets are required to maintain a neat and clean appearance both in and out of uniform, regard less of location. Their hair must be of crew cut length (short) and must not touch the shirt collar at the back of the neck. Cadets may sport hair that is of sufcient thick ness to reect current hair styling, but shall not protrude over the ears, ac cording to the website. Trendy hairstyles are prohibited. Cadets must be clean-shaven, and no side burns or beards are allowed. According to the afda vit, Mr Bain reported to the maintenance section of po lice headquarters from early 2015 to mid-2016, an area he suggested to The Trib une on Friday was more ac commodating of his Muslim faith due to the back of the house nature of the job and it not requiring him to be in standard police uniform. However, on June 21, 2016, Mr Bain said he was instructed by Commissioner Greenslade to report to po lice headquarters, where he was informed by the police chief that he would be trans ferred from the maintenance section to the Elizabeth Es tates Police Station, and thus required to be in uniform. According to the afdavit, from that date up to June 23, 2016, Mr Bain was informed by three separate senior po lice ofcers that he had de faulted for either not com plying with a lawful order to shave his beard, or not shaving while in uniform. Two tribunals later, both of which he said he was found guilty for his refusal to shave his beard, Mr Bain said he was ofcially dis charged from the RBPF. I know without a doubt what happened to me was a travesty, was unlawful, however the greatest trav esty was not what happened to me, but its what is being happening to the Constitu tion of the commonwealth of the Bahamas, he said. When I know, and each and every Bahamian knows, that the sweat blood and tears that were shed by our forefathers to more or less seek this freedom for us, and leave it for us to maintain, and for us to allow any one person or one sect of people to destroy it, I think thats the greatest travesty of all. Attempts to contact Commissioner Greenslade yesterday for comment were unsuccessful. Nonetheless, in a letter addressed to Commissioner Greenslade dated August 3, 2017 and obtained by The Tribune Ms Daxon bemoaned the unconsti tutional decision to termi nate her client. In that letter, she said Mr Bains termina tion came the same day her law rm, Dulwich Law Chambers, led a notice of referral to case manage ment, and that her clients termination also occurred despite an originating sum mons led in 2016 for relat ed decisions made in June and July of that year. This gentleman is a good police ofcer, she told The Tribune on Friday. Always was a good police (ofcer). I used to work in (Central De tective Unit), he used to work in (Drug Enforcement Unit). Never had an issue. Other (ofcers-in-charge) were willing to work with him. He was allowed to do his prayer, they used to give him his lunchtime to go and do his prayer. But the commissioner of police, Mr Greenslade seems to have a problem with whats been going on, she claimed. Now we have to go back to the courts, ask the courts to put an injunction on the commissioner. This man has a family. He is the breadwinner, his wife is not working. Because this man decided to change his reli gion, that is a problem? It is unfair. There are many areas in the police force he could work in and maintain his religion. Sacked for having a beard from page one POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, who is a defendant named in an affadavit. A8MAIN I wish to express my profound gratitude to all those persons, who gave of their time and energy as well as sponsorship of my 90th Birthday Celebration. Special thanks to George & Linda Myers, Henry Wemyss & the WEMC O Family, Paul Farquharson, Former Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Eileen Carron, Mrs. Ann Marie Davis, Ivan Blackman and Gerrard Forrester, Former FBI Agent. Special anks to Commissioner of Police E llison Greenslade for his contribution and approval of the use of the Paul Farquharson Convention Center for the celebration and for the Police Pop Band. My respect, faith and admiration for the commissioner, his executive team and members of the force continues to be strengthened by their performance. e decoration of the room by my daughter Tracy was a display of art at its best. e preparation of food by Pepper & Spice, Claude Toppin, Corporals Wright and Brennen were delightfully tasty and the performance of support sta and protocol personnel exceeded expectations. To my former police colleagues, associates and friends from the Cricket Clubs, e Domino Groups and the Trinidad & Tobago Bahamian Society, I say thanks for attending. e presence of my children, their husbands and my grandchildren from here and overseas was greatly appreciated. anks to Janet, Diane, Racquel and Troy, Tracy, Judi and Rodney, O Brian and grandchildren: Anika, Darlene, Devonnia, Paul III, Anthony, Justyn, Brian, Danielle, Andrew, Andrea, Jasmine, Serena, Marco, Adrian, Christopher, Casey, Chase, Avant and the M.C. D Ondre. anks to all of you. Paul ompson Sr. 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 Tuesday, August 8, 2017, PAGE 9 A SOCIAL media cam paign detailing an alleged illegal charcoal venture near his home has gath ered widespread support for one Excellence Estates resident and could offer some resolution to a prob lem that has plagued his community for more than three years. In a video posted to Face book last week, homeown er Don Williams exposed a charcoal-production ven ture he alleges was allowed to take shape just yards from his front door. In the nearly ve-minute long video, Mr Williams, 31, while touring the site, gave an account of how the alleged illegal venture re sulted in increased medical and electrical costs for his family. The video has brought dozens of respons es and scores of reactions since its release. The post even featured a comment by We March founder, Sen ator Ranard Heneld, who offered some advice to the suffering homeowner. In an interview with The Tribune on Friday, Mr Wil liams said inaction over the course of two years, despite his complaints, allowed the venture to re-start on three separate occasions, each time, expanding its level of production. Despite my complaints to community ofcials, politicians and other gov ernment ofcials, these persons were allowed to start-up, get push out, re build, get ended by a hurri cane and rebuild. All with out being properly checked by law enforcement. All in the very same area, near my home, he claimed. Mr Williams, a resident of the Golden Isles constit uency said the operation, in its rst manifestation, ap peared in late 2014, some distance away from his home. I remember seeing smoke one day, it was a short distance from my home, and I paid it no mind. Not too long after that, what I thought was a one-off thing, was now a big deal, just outside my yard. I hired a bulldozer early last year and I had the oper ation pushed through. They then cleared the lot right next to me, and I had that mowed down too. They moved further back and then the hurricane came through and wiped that out. Guess what, they came back yet again. Now, they are operating a bigger, more dangerous operation, he claimed. Mr Williams said he opt ed to produce his video af ter having several incidents with the group, asking them to desist, and being brushed off as nothing more than an irritant. This was my last hope. I tried it all, he told The Tribune My daughter is out of the country. Shes on respiratory medication. My wife is also out of the coun try. My life is upside down because of this. All I wanted was help. Mr Williams said that help started to stream in after his video went viral last week. Thanks to the video we have gotten more traction in the last 24 hours than I had in the past two years, he said. Urban Renewal, the De partment of Forestry and the Ministry of Housing all have made contact and plans are underway to x this and I couldnt be hap pier. This is my home. I cant just pack up and leave. I am happy that this is close to being over and my life could get back to the way it once was. Calls placed to the De partment of Environmental Health Service (DEHS) on Friday were unsuccessful. DEHS Director Melanie McKenzie, via text message on Friday, said she was out of country, but indicated all queries on the matter would be directed to her of ce. RESIDENT WANTS ACTION OVER PURPORTED CHARCOAL BUSINESS STARTED NEAR HOMES By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter rwells@tribunemedia.net THE SMOKE rising from a reported charcoal venture near Excellence Estates as seen in a video online. A9MAIN The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is the independent regulator for the Electricity Sector in The Bahamas. This Public Consultation is mandated by the Electricity Act (EA) 2015. Under the EA, URCA is responsible for approving a set of standards proposed by Public Electricity Suppliers, for the protection of electricity consumers.UTILITIES REGULATION & COMPETITION AUTHORITY Frederick House, Frederick Street P.O. Box N-4860, Nassau, Bahamas Email: info@urcabahamas.bs www.urcabahamas.bsThe public is invited to attend a public discussion on theBAHAMAS POWER & LIGHT (BPL) CONSUMER PROTECTION PLAN Tuesday, 8 August at 6:30pm St. Josephs Parish Hall, Boyd Road Improving Lives Through Effective Utilities Regulation

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PAGE 10, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FUNERAL services for Bahamian politician and lawyer Sir Geoffrey John stone, who died in Doctors Hospital early Friday morn ing, will be held on Satur day, August 12, at 11am at St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk, Princes Street. Rev Bryn McPhail will ofciate. Sir Geoffrey, who would have been 90 next month, has been in failing health for some time. He was ad mitted to hospital last Tues day. Born in Nassau on Sep tember 19, 1927, he was the eldest son of Bruce Eric Johnstone and Wilhelmina Helena Aline Johnstone nee Kemp. He was graduated from Queens College in Nas sau in 1945, after which he worked for two years as an insurance agent for British American Insurance Com pany Ltd. In 1947, Sir Geoffrey studied law at the Inns of Court in London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Mid dle Temple in June 1950. In August of that year he was also called to the Ba hamas Bar and in the same year joined the law rm of Higgs & Johnson and was admitted into partnership in 1952. He later became the rms senior partner in 1968 and continued in that role until his retirement in 1999. Sir Geoffrey was elected to the House of Assembly for the Eastern District of New Providence in November 1962. He served as minister of road trafc and records in the United Bahamian Party (UBP) government from January 1964 to 1967. In January 1967, he was returned as member for the Montagu constituency where he served until Sep tember 1972. He also served as leader of the opposition from February 1970 to July 1971. He played an instrumen tal role in the creation of the Free National Move ment (FNM). Sir Geoffrey also served as Bahamas Bar Associa tion president from June 1973 to June 1975 and as vice-president from June 1975 to June 1976. On December 31, 1994, Sir Geoffrey was appointed a commander of the most distinguished order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queens Birthday Honours. Twelve years later he was made knight commander of the order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in a cer emony at Buckingham Pal ace. Prince Charles actually knighted me, he said at the time, as the Queen was away. Sir Geoffrey served as chairman of the Hotel Cor poration of the Bahamas in the early 1990s. He also served as deputy to the gov ernor general on several oc casions. Many ofcials paid trib ute to Sir Geoffrey in the wake of his death. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis priased the for mer Cabinet minister as a nation builder. In a statement, Dr Minn is extended condolences to Lady Johnstone and loved ones on behalf of himself, his wife, and the govern ment. Sir Geoffrey was a nation-builder, who loved his country and served the Bahamas in both public and private life, the Prime Minister said.I express gratitude for his service to the Bahamas and to the Free National Movement. Dr Minnis statement continued: He was a for mer Cabinet minister and served as a member of Par liament for 10 years. He briey served as leader of the opposition. He became a longstanding and dedi cated member of the Free National Movement. The statement added: He served as non-resident ambassador to Chile, Ar gentina and Uruguay. He also served as an elder at St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk beginning in 1962. Former Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham, also former leader of the FNM, hailed Sir Geoffrey as a gi ant of a man. Considered a prince by many in the establishment, Geoffrey Johnstone was an accomplished barrister who practised before the Baha mas Bar for more than 50 years, Mr Ingraham said on Friday. He served as both vicepresident and president of the Bahamas Bar. Sir Geof frey was one of the most un selsh politicians I have ever known. He was a true Ba hamian patriot, a national ist and a cornerstone of the Free National Movement. He served as a Cabinet minister in the last UBP-led government and later as the leader of that party. He gave up more politi cal capital than anyone else to create the Free National Movement, said Mr Ingra ham. In doing so he presided over the dissolution of his party; gave up his position as leader of the opposition and relinquished his safe parliamentary seat, Mon tagu, to facilitate the crea tion of the Free National Movement. Well respected and ad mired by his colleagues, Sir Geoffrey actively persuad ed many of his former col leagues to also give up their seats in the House of As sembly so as to ensure the successful development of a strong two-party system in our country. We owe him a tremendous debt of grati tude. As leader of the FNM, said Mr Ingraham, I ben etted greatly from Sir Geoffreys knowledge, ex perience, inuence and fundraising prowess. He opened many doors for me and for the FNM. I valued his counsel and advice in ofce and remain grateful for the support he lent. He served my govern ment as chairman of the Hotel Corporation. I was pleased to appoint him as non-resident Bahamian ambassador to Chile, Ar gentina and Uruguay. I was similarly happy to appoint him as deputy to the governor general and see him act as governor general on a number of oc casions. I was more than pleased, Mr Ingraham continued, to recommend him for the highest award of knighthood which a Ba hamian prime minister can make. It was an honour which I believe he treas ured. I remember fondly time spent with Sir Geoffrey, whether at his renowned Christmas parties or shing on his boat, Skylarking. Most recently Delores and I visited with him at his home late last year when he was already in declining health. Delores joins me in ex pressing sincerest condo lences to Lady Anne John stone and to the extended family on the passing of Sir Geoffrey, Mr Ingraham said. Sir Geoffrey is survived by his wife, Lady Anne Johnstone, his younger brother, Peter, and his wife, Joan Johnstone, his broth er-in-law, Godfrey Kelly and sister-in-law, Sonia Kelly. Also surviving him are his nieces and neph ews. His nieces are Heath er White (ne Raine), Deb orah Raine, Gloria Raine and Linda Eliza (nee Kelly) and Emma Johnstone. His nephews are Bruce Raine, Glenn and David Johnstone and David White. Instead of owers dona tions may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box N205, Nassau, or The Ba hamas Humane Society, P.O. Box N242, Nassau, in memory of Sir Geoffrey AD Johnstone, KCMG. Nation-builder and lawyer Sir Geoffrey Johnstone dies By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net FORMER Gover nor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, in paying trib ute to Sir Geoffrey John stone, described him as a great Bahamian who gave brilliant service to his country for many years and in many ways. Sir Geoffrey, 89, a distin guished politician and law yer, died in Doctors Hos pital in the early hours of Friday morning after a long illness. Sir Arthur said he got to know Sir Geoffrey in the political arena where he played a major role during that tumultuous period of the Sixties and Seventies. Sir Geoffrey was a very charming and polished gen tleman and a skillful and charismatic politician. I know because he and I were candidates on opposite sides in the same constitu ency in the 1962 general election. He won and I lost. But we became friends. At the time of the dra matic events which resulted in a major realignment of politics in the early Seven ties Sir Geoffrey was at the centre of things, said Sir Arthur. It was fortuitous that he had just become leader of the opposition and leader of the United Bahamian Party in 1970 during the political upheaval which began that year. Sir Geoffrey was one of the few among the leader ship in his party at the time who recognised that a new political era had come to the Bahamas and he was willing to play a positive part in the transition. It was largely because of his efforts that the UBP was disbanded making way for a new political party, the Free National Movement, to take over the role of the Ofcial Opposition. Sir Geoffrey and a few of his colleagues vowed at that time to retire from pol itics. He was one of those who kept that vow even though there was considera ble pressure exerted to have him stay on the frontline and he was relatively young and still popular. Sir Geoffrey was a prince of a man, a great Bahamian patriot and nation-builder who served his country pas sionately, nobly and honour ably. The nation owes him a great debt of gratitude. Joan and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Lady Johnstone, said Sir Arthur. SIR ARTHUR FOULKES PAYS HIS SIR GEOFFREY JOHNSTONE SIR GEOFFREY JOHNSTONE, who died on Friday morning. He would have been 90 years old next month. A10MAIN CIBC TRUST COMPANY (BAHAMAS) LIMITED is seeking the services of Investment Advisor Private Wealth Management, BahamasCIBCs Private Wealth Management (PWM) strategy is to provide superior relationship-based advisory sales, service and product solutions to the full spectrum of wealth building clients. The Investment Advisor (IA) is part of a team of investment and private banking professionals within CIBC Group of Companies and has responsibility for effectively managing and growing a portfolio of investment products which increases the overall prot contribution to PWM. The IA will contribute to the high net worth business by sourcing and originating high quality business opportunities and building a portfolio of high net worth clients whose needs are primarily investment-based. The IA will provide an excellent consultancy based approach at all client touch points in areas of investment, credit, banking solutions and wealth advisory services, in order to meet the high net worth clients expectations for service delivery and issue resolution. REQUIREMENTS & PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES Candidates must meet the following criteria: sector regionally and or internationally, with at least 4 years specic experience as an Investment Advisor with experience in successfully directing Investment Associates. knowledge of business/nance/economics acquired through the combination of a university degree within a related eld and/or related work experience. development processes. acceptance and anti-money laundering requirements as well as modern risk and control management in nancial services. to effectively network, prospect and build strong, positive and trusting client relationships. required to meet multiple/tight deadlines in a high-pressure environment. This role is a unique opportunity for results oriented individuals who want to take their nancial career to exciting new levels. professional growth. Compensation is 100% commission plus additional negotiable remuneration. CIBC is an equal opportunity employer and thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted. Qualied candidates only should email applications to: human.resources. bahamas@wi.cibc.com. NO PHONE CALLS OR FAXES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 8, 2017, PAGE 11 suggested shooting deaths were a trend concerning persons out on bail or elec tronically monitored. He criticised a hell bent criminal element that felt entitled to lawlessness. Police have not released the identities of the de ceased men; however The Tribune understands they are 21-year-old Terrence Rolle and 30-year-old Keno Hepburn. Rolle was charged with the murder of Troy Ghost Clarke and was released on bail on July 17. He was sitting in a parked car on Lily of the Valley Corner, off East Street when he and another pas senger were red on by two men in a charcoal gray coloured Honda sometime around 2.45pm Saturday. The gunmen reportedly drove up to the parked car, rolled the windows down and opened re on the oc cupants of the vehicle. Rolle received multiple gunshots to his torso, ac cording to police, and died at the scene. The other vic tim was taken to hospital by Emergency Medical Ser vices. On Saturday, Senior ACP Dean said: We can tell you that we have simi lar instances to this, the record has been plain, per sons who are released (on bail) dont want to abide by their conditions and so sometimes this is the end result. But from the polices perspective, that doesnt bar us from doing our du ties which is prevention, detection of crime, to arrest these offenders who contin ue to commit crime. Well continue to do that, thats why we have ramped up our strategies. We have increased patrols, police ofcers were in the nearby area, and were able to respond to the scene quickly. The second fatal shooting occurred outside a Cow pen Road nightclub shortly after 1.30am on Monday, Emancipation Day. According to police, Hepburn was involved in an argument with several other men before he was shot out side the club. He was pro nounced dead at the scene. Police also reported that ofcers are searching for two suspects responsible for a shooting and armed robbery that left a man in hospital on Sunday. Police were told that shortly be fore 4pm, two men were doing a transaction over the sale of a vehicle off Frank Watson Highway, when two men armed with handguns emerged from nearby bush es and robbed one of them of a large amount of cash, and shot the other man be fore eeing on foot. The injured man was taken to hospital where he is detained in stable condi tion. On Saturday, while speak ing generally about the state of crime, Senior ACP Dean appealed for the continued support of the public in the anti-crime ght, and gave assurances of increased sat uration patrols during the holiday period. There are some indi viduals who are hell bent on committing crimes, im material they believe that they have this right to com mit crime without being tracked down by the law, he said. They have no respect for law and order, no re spect for the communities they live in, no respect for the citizens. So, its obvi ous that they dont need to be in these communities. We have to bring them to justice and get them into prison where they belong. He added: We want to reassure the Bahamian public because this is the beginning of the holiday period, the public was say ing this is the beginning, wonder if this is a trend. We want to say to Baha mian people who are going to the beach, you can go to the beach. You going to the Family Island, you can do so. You having family func tions, you can do so. The police are out in full force, we have pulled out everybody from our senior command right down to the constable on the ground. They are out in full force. You know that we have a number of things going on, beach picnics out at Arawak Cay, Montagu and then we have the major festival in Fox Hill which is being heavily policed. Referring to the week end drug and weapons sei zures, Senior ACP Dean said: You can go to the Fox Hill festival. We are hav ing many successes on the street. Youre going to see more aggressive and com prehensive successes. Ofcers are out and about, he added, if one time you need to support your police, its right now. This is all you have now, we are the guardians of the community. Anyone with information on these killings is asked to call police at 919, 502-9991 or the Crime Stoppers hot line at 328-TIPS. Two dead in holiday shootings from page one A MAN out on bail for murder was shot and killed in front of a home on Lily of The Valley Corner on Saturday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A11MAIN

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PAGE 12, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the Free Na tional Movement has no moral authority to demand an apology from anyone, as he called on Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and the FNM to apologise on be half of the governing party for what he sees as various transgressions and mis deeds over the years. In a statement released on Monday, Mr Roberts among other things called on Dr Minnis to prac tise what he preaches and apologise for sitting around the Cabinet table when the Ingraham administration negotiated the re sale of the Bahamas Telecommu nications Company. Mr Roberts painted the assortment of characters that make up the Minnis team as being unsavory. The FNM will dig your eye out while denying any knowledge of the same, Mr Roberts claimed. They are the adulter ous woman King Solomon described in the book of Proverbs: Such is the way woman. She eateth, wipeth her mouth and says I have done no wickedness. They continue to prance around like peacocks telling the Bahamian people they are as pure as the driven snow while pointing the nger of accusation at everybody else. Minnis must deal hon estly with the (alleged) cor ruption within his ranks rst before pointing the n ger. If he says he is cleaning corruption in government, then he must act accord ingly. This political charade and PR stunt he is orches trating is nothing more than a corrupt abuse of state power to persecute his po litical opponents for purely political reasons, Mr Rob erts added. Minnis must also not be allowed to get away with this nonsense about the PLP should apologise. The FNM is in no moral posi tion to demand an apology from anybody. They should be busy atoning for their sins perpetrated on the Ba hamian people. The devil cannot get away with call ing everybody else a sinner while his sins go unchal lenged and unpunished. The devil is always in the details just as the devil is in fact a liar. Last week, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Brave Davis admitted his party made mistakes and lost the publics trust during its last term in ofce, but did not give an outright apology for the PLPs actions. In response, Dr Minnis said he was waiting on Mr Davis to say the words I am sorry for the decisions of the Christie administra tion. FNM cant ask for apology from anyone PLP chairman Bradley Roberts. A12MAIN FALL SEMESTER ORIENTATION 2017UB NORTH CAMPUS, GRAND BAHAMAParents Day Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 6:00 p.m. New Student Orientation Registration Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 9:30 a.m. Academic Unit-based Advisement Thursday, August 10th, 2017 Hours: 9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Online Registration Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 Friday, August 18th, 2017 Begins at 6:00 p.m. on August 15th, 2017 OAKES FIELD CAMPUS, NEW PROVIDENCEOn August 11th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., status letters will be distributed to applicants in the Performing Arts Centre, Oakes Field Campus, University of The Bahamas. Parents Day Performing Arts Centre (Faculty of Social and Educational Studies /Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences) Performing Arts Centre Thursday, August 10th, 2017 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Parents Day Performing Arts Centre (Faculty of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies / Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts / Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (CELEARN)) Performing Arts Centre Thursday, August 10th, 2017 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. New Student Orientation (A J) Performing Arts Centre Monday, August 14th, 2017 7:00 a.m. New Student Orientation Harry C. Moore Library & Information Centre Eastern Porch (K Z) Monday, August 14th, 2017 9:00 a.m. Family Island and International New Student Orientation Performing Arts Centre Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 9:00 a.m. Academic Unit-based New Student Orientation and Advisement Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 Hours: 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Academic Unit-based New Student Orientation and Advisement Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 Hours: 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Online Registration Tuesday, August 15th, 2017-Sunday, August 20th, 2017 (midnight) Begins at 6:00 p.m. on August 15th, 2017 www.ub.edu.bs

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 8, 2017, PAGE 13 CONFLICT Res olution is when two or more par ties nd a peace ful solution to a disagree ment amongst them. The need for resolution to conicts has risen in our schools, homes, work place and community. It is inevitable that conicts are going to happen whenever you have people with differ ent expectations, views and concerns. However, in order to re solve a conict we must accept our share of the re sponsibility and eliminate the concept of blame. In the school Children nd themselves in situations that often lead to escalated conicts with their peers. During adoles cence into the developing stages of puberty, many children act out their emo tions in the form of teasing, gossiping, and physical aggression. If left unchecked, these same behavioural patterns will transfer over to the teenage years. The school should include in its cur riculum, conict manage ment, to teach students how to resolve and prevent conicts. The school can also or ganise a workshop on this subject matter and get par ents involved. In the home Every family has disa greements, which keeps the communication chan nel open. However, the handling of those conicts will result in either a win/ win outcome or destructive situation. Most family conicts are because of poor communi cation skills, lack of family values, lack of respect, poor interpersonal skills, lack of effective role models/ poor parenting skills, sib ling rivalry, nancial prob lems, lack of trust, lack of accountability, and lack of Godliness. If God is out of the home, then the enemy will take charge and destroy the peaceful environment of the home. In the workplace When people work to gether, conicts are often unavoidable because of differences in work goals and personal style. Almost everyone encounters a dif cult person now and then in their personal and profes sional life. Handling and resolving conicts that arise in the work place is one of the biggest challenges managers and employees face. We often feel uncomfort able or dissatised with the result because no resolution has been achieved. Conicts in the work place are caused by poor communication, different values, different interests, personal clashes and poor performance. In the community How we handle con flicts within a community is important to the longterm success of a com munity. Conflicts in the community are caused by different beliefs, resourc es, preferences, needs and risk. Too many of our citizens are caught up in conicts that they do not know how to manage. Our community should come together and form a conict resolution forum so that the community can move forward in a positive direction. When faced with a con ict, agree to resolve it. 1. Use your brain and not your hands or a weapon 2. Talk about what is bothering you in a calm and respectful way 3. No name calling 4. Take turns talking without interrupting 5. Be willing to listen to the other person and be sure to understand how he or she feels and sees the problem 6. The less angry you are the easier it will be to re solve the problem 7. Think of positive op tions, how can you meet each others needs and be fair 8. If you still cant agree, ask someone else (an out sider) to help resolve the conict. It is important to con trol anger and settle dis putes peacefully because violence is becoming wor risome and threatening in our country because of the lack of knowledge on how to resolve conicts. By re solving conicts there will be fewer crimes, better relationships in the home, school, workplace and the community. For more informa tion, contact the National Crime Prevention Office on 302-8430, 3028431, 3028154 or visit our web site @ www.royalbaha maspolice.org. Conict resolution safety advice By SERGEANT 3150 NATHALIE RANGER Police advice Every family has disagreements, which keeps the communication channel open. However, the handling of those conicts will result in either a win/win outcome or destructive situation. A13MAIN Are you an energetic, enthusiastic person thrives in an innovative changing environment? Do you love the outdoors and interacting with people in a beautiful tropical setting? If your answer is yes, we invite you to apply to be a part of our exciting team. Openings exist for the following positions: REF#1 HOUSEKEEPING SUPERVISOR This individual is expected to supervise all cleaning personnel inclusive of scheduling and evaluations. Duties include but are not limited to inspection of areas for conformance to prescribed standards of cleanliness. Requirements: A minimum of Five (5) years working at a supervisory level in this capacity. Knowledge of sanitation procedures is a must. REF#2 LANDSCAPING SUPERVISOR This individual will supervise landscaping personnel including scheduling, training and evaluation. The supervisor will be responsible for an ongoing maintenance plan for Blue Lagoon Island to improve the aesthetic appearance of the island. Requirements: Five (5) years landscape maintenance and supervisory experience. REF#3 ELECTRICIAN This individual will be expected to install and maintain wiring and control all electrical systems. The electrician will inspect electrical components and identify electrical problems. Requirements: Voltage electricity. REF#4 SECURITY GUARDS These individuals will be responsible for securing the property, animals, guests and staff of Blue Lagoon Island. Duties to include report of suspicious activity, monitoring surveillance equipment, inspection of all areas and control of access to prohibited areas. Requirements: Diploma with Two (2) years experience as a and knowledge of surveillance equipment. REF#5 SOUND TECHNICIAN This individual will be responsible for managing and maintaining all audio equipment for Blue Lagoon Island. Responsibilities to include compiling playlists for International and Bahamian clients as well as recording special announcements. Requirements: A minimum experience of Three (3) to Five (5) years, in sound, audiovisual and DJ experience. REF#6 LEGAL DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR This individual will be responsible for managing and data within the organization including the processing of immigration document and waivers. Duties will include implementation of legal procedures and policies. The Coordinator will review and draft legal documents and forms. Requirements: Lawyer or advanced student of Law. A minimum of Three (3) years experience with knowledge of Corporate Law in addition advanced computer software skills REF#7 HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR This individual will provide administrative interviewing, creating and updating job descriptions, performance evaluations and employee incentive programs. Requirement: experience, knowledge of Labour Laws and a REF#8 LIFEGUARDS These individuals will be responsible for the safety of all Blue Lagoon guests both in and around the water. The lifeguard will respond quickly, intelligently, decisively and in accordance with established emergency and accident management procedures in the event of an emergency. Requirements: REF#9 VIP BEACH SERVICES AGENTS These individuals will be expected to provide top ensuring all their needs are met. These agents will be expected to carry out special requests, answer queries, welcome and escort guests upon arrival and look after all their needs during their visit to Blue Lagoon Island. Requirements: articulate, people-oriented and energetic, plus. REF#10 RESERVATIONS SUPERVISOR The individual will be expected to provide individual will assist with scheduling, training and performance evaluations of staff. duties will also include but not be limited to booking reservations and communicating daily counts with all Blue Lagoon Island departments. Requirements: A minimum of Five (5) years experience in a similar position at a supervisory oriented with exceptional customer service skills. REF#11 BEACH ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR This individual is expected to conduct beach activities including games, face painting and other forms of entertainment for Blue Lagoon Beach guests. It is expected that this individual enjoys interaction with people especially children and is very creative. Requirements: and creative with great customer service skills.

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PAGE 14, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE POLICE in Grand Ba hama seized more than $600,000 worth of drugs during separate incidents last week. According to a report from police, shortly after 11am on Thursday, August 3, Drug Enforcement Unit ofcers acting on informa tion went to a residence on Ponce de Leon Drive where a large quantity of suspect ed marijuana was discov ered. A 35-year-old woman was arrested. The amount of suspect ed marijuana found in the home is 50 pounds with an estimated street value of $50,000, police said. In the second incident, shortly before 4pm last Friday, Drug Enforcement Unit ofcers while on pa trol in the McLeans Town area, discovered a number of crocus type bags in bush es, which all contained sus pected marijuana and a tar looking substance suspect ed to be hash oil. No arrest was made in this matter. The estimated amount of suspected marijuana is 310lbs with an estimated street value of $310,000. The estimated weight of the hash oil is 56lbs with an estimated street value of $280,000. Meanwhile, police also arrested ten Haitian men following the seizure of a quantity of cocaine and marijuana during a joint law enforcement operation in Inagua on Sunday. According to a report from police, shortly after midnight, US Coast Guard ofcials handed a Haitian vessel that they intercepted in waters just off Inagua over to local police, immi gration and defence force ofcers. During a search of the vessel, two kilos of cocaine along with 15 pounds of marijuana were found. Ten Haitian crew members of the vessel were subsequent ly taken into custody. Investigations into these matters are continuing. MARIJUANA AND COCAINE WORTH $600,000 SEIZED BY POLICE IN GRAND BAHAMA A14MAIN PUBLIC NOTICETO ALL GOVERNMENT MONTHLY AND WEEKLY EMPLOYED PUBLIC OFFICERS SENATORS AND MEMBERS OF PARLAIMENT

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PAGE 16, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 THE TRIBUNE CAROLYN Nortelus, senior laboratory tech nologist at the Grand Bahama Health Services Laboratory, was named the June recipient of the Public Hospitals Author ity Unsung Heroes Award on Friday. Ms Nortelus is the rst award receipt from Grand Bahama and is being recognised for outstanding work to her area of service in hematology and the Rand Blood Bank. She joined GBHS Labo ratory in 1999 and gained the title of senior laboratory technologist by demonstrat ing excellent interpersonal skills with patients and staff. Ms Nortelus colleagues described her as a person who mirrors the mission of GBHS which is to provide timely and consistently ac curate reporting of infor mation to ensure the deliv ery of quality healthcare by caring professionals. For the last 18 years, Ms Nortelus has supervised the unit and mentored her staff to pursue excellence in service. She recently as sisted her peers and exter nal stakeholders in the es tablishment of the Blood Donor Society of Grand Bahama, an organisation formed to assist GBHS with meeting the recur ring demand for blood do nors. She told The Tribune this award does not only recognise her hard work, but it also sheds light on the great impact PHA is making on the public. I want to thank my col leagues, the Public Hospi tals Authority and the part nership with The Tribune for recognising the hard work of the whole entou rage of the PHA for deliv ering good health care ser vices, and for continuing to provide support and dedi cation to the patients that we serve, she said. PHA managing director Herbert Brown is proud of this programme because it touches the lives of those who deserve to be com memorated for their dedi cation to provide stellar ser vice to the public. This programme we call the PHA Unsung He roes Award is having a signicant impact, Mr Brown said. That does not suggest for one moment that we have reached where we need to be, because I believe there is still much work to be done, but clearly we are making a positive difference as a result of this programme. Mr Brown added that the Grand Bahama team has always demonstrated a level of commitment that is worth being recognised. I can say with condence that you [Ms Nortelus] are a part of the team who makes us so proud every day. The Unsung Heroes Award continues to high light outstanding employ ees in the public health care system through a partner ship with PHA, The Trib une Media Group and the Aidan Carron Childrens Foundation. Kevin Darville, The Trib une Media Groups special projects manager, pre sented Ms Nortelus with a certicate of recognition, a cash prize of $1,000, a dinner voucher for two at the Dune restaurant at the One&Only Ocean Club, and a pin to commemorate her selection as the sixth monthly winner. Ms Nortelus joins Ve ronica Ferguson, Patricia Laing, Una Bain, Glynis Armbrister and Zhivago McPhee as recipients of the monthly award. Grand Bahamian wins PHA award HER ES THE JUNE winner of the Public Hospitals Authority/Tribune Unsung Heroes Award, Carolyn Nortelus, a senior techologist at Grand Bahama Health Services Laboratory and the rst from Grand Bahama to be awarded, with Kevin Darville, Tribune Media Group Project Manager, and Herbert Brown, PHA managing director. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A16MAIN