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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper CLASSIFIEDS TRADER: CARS, CARS, CARS AND TECH! HIGH 92FLOW 81F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune $1 Established 1903 OBITSINSIDE OFFICIAL SOURCE THURSDAY SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo nishing in fourth as the USAs Phyllis Francis takes gold in the womens 400m nal. See Sports for the full story. Photo: Kermit Taylor/Bahamas Athletics BPL boss insists its getting better TOURISM Minister Di onisio DAguilar said yes terday there will be one or two more layoffs at the Ministry of Tourism in the near future, but he does not expect it to be anything signicant, as he defended re cent cost-cutting measures. Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of an ori entation exercise for par liamentarians at Baha Mar, Mr DAguilar said while he understands that people need jobs the government cannot continue to hire per sons that are not needed. Last week, 11 persons from the Ministry of Tour isms Grand Bahama ofce were made redundant. TOURISM CUTS HIT NEW HIRES By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter BAHAMAS Power & Light CEO Pamela Hill yesterday defended the companys $1.1m perfor mance bonus under the former Christie adminis tration, pointing to step by step improvements and higher reliability of BPLs services as justication for the controversial incentive. Ms Hill, in an interview with reporters, suggested although the million-dol lar bonus does seem like a strange animal consider ing BPLs ongoing struggles to consistently keep the lights on, the utility pro vider has worked to make sure that there have been improvements in the com pany over the past year. Ms Hill acknowledged that while the company has been experiencing some maintenance issues lately, which have affected multi ple islands in the country inclusive of Abaco, Bimini, Exuma and New Provi dence, BPL ofcials are working very diligently in order to be able to resolve them. And when asked if she were concerned if the Min nis administration would not seek to renew PowerSe cures contract to manage the government-owned util ity provider due to its per formance to date, Ms Hill said: We are not focused on any such thing. She added: My focus en tirely is on the three things that I know our customers are focused on, and thats around improving the reli ability, the affordability and the customer service aspect of our product. And every thing else is really not core to our mission, to our mis sion here at the company. When asked about the matter of the bonus yester day, Ms Hill insisted that while none of BPLs issues PRIME Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis encouraged ministers not to overly politicise their ministries yesterday as a seminar for Cabinet, parliamentary and senior public ofcials kicked off. He also revealed a new policy whereby some sen ior civil servants will be required to spend up to six months working in the pri vate sector as a way of gain ing knowledge and learning new skills. He drew applause from senior civil servants when he emphasised an intent to take a different approach to managing the public sector, saying whether people are PLP, FNM, DNA or nonafliated, those who in tend to be loyal to the gov ernment of the day should be allowed to do their work and receive promotions. MINNIS UNVEILS MAJOR CIVIL SERVICE REFORMS LEGISLATION is being drawn up to regulate the vacation home sector which will include taxing rental income, Tourism Minis ter Dionisio DAguilar re vealed yesterday. Speaking at a press con ference for the signing of a Memorandum of Under standing (MOU) between the Ministry of Tourism and Airbnb, Mr DAguilar said there is ample evi dence that the vacation home rental market is one which is poised for growth. We see evidence of this in the increase in the number of online book ing agents, such as Airbnb, and a growing preference among leisure travellers away from traditional ho tels, said Mr DAguilar. NEW TAX TO HIT HOLIDAY RENTALS By NATARIO MCKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter SCORES of patients are being forced to sleep on gurneys in the hallways at the Princess Margaret Hos pital, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who told The Tribune yes terday the hospital is con tinuing to have signicant challenges with overcrowd ing and a shortage of beds. Dr Sands said the situ ation is embarrassing and it is sad people have to stay in the hallways for up to three to four days be cause there is just nowhere to put them. BEDS CRISIS LEAVES SICK IN HALLWAYS By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE 13 FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE TEN SEE PAGE SIX A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE BARRY Rassin, a mem ber of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, has been ap pointed as president of Ro tary International for 20182019, the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas announced. The local Rotary chapter extended congratulations to Mr Rassin on his appoint ment. We are extremely proud of Rotarian Barrys accom plishments and stand ready to serve and assist where needed, a press release said. Mr Rassin is the selection of the nominating commit tee for president of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on Sep tember 1 if no challenging candidates have been suggested. As president, Mr Rassin aims to strengthen Rotarys public image and its use of digital tools to maximise the organisations reach. Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must nd new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate, Mr Rassin said in a press release. With Rotary more in the public eye, we will at tract more individuals who want to be part of and sup port a membership organi sation that accomplishes so much good around the world. Mr Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospi tal administration from the University of Florida and is the rst fellow of the Amer ican College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doc tors Hospital Health Sys tem, where he continues to serve as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Asso ciation and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Educa tion Council, and Employ ers Confederation. A Rotarian since 1980, Mr Rassin has served Ro tary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foun dation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training lead er and the aide to 2015-2016 RI President K R Ravin dran. Mr Rassin received Ro tarys highest honour, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humani tarian awards for his work leading Rotarys relief ef forts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are major donors and benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. Mr Rassins nomina tion follows Sam F Oworis death in July, just two weeks into his term as Rotary In ternational president-elect. Barry Rassin appointed to lead Rotary International BARRY RASSIN, who has now been appointed the president of Rotary International. Y O U R C H O I C E F O R T H E F A M I L Y W W W F A C E B O O K C O M / J O Y F M 1 0 1 9 A2MAIN rfnftr rfnftr b rfrfnttbnf Reservations Required Call: 323-7770 |


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 10, 2017, PAGE 3 THE Citizen Security and Justice Programme, funded to the tune of $20m from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has been put on hold as the Minnis administration reviews the project with a view toward tweaking what the former government had established, National Secu rity Minister Marvin Davis has said. As people clamour for details about the admin istrations crime ght ing plans, the programme should occupy a central role in its agenda, Mr Dames said, adding its important to be able to measure the success or failure of such a programme. One of the things we havent been doing or been good at as a country is we introduce programmes and there is never a measure ment of whether the pro gramme is successful or not, he said. We tout its success, but how can we measure that? Thats one of the things we are very mindful of. Its one of those pro grammes were currently re viewing. There is a need to make adjustments to ensure that its serving the need it was intended to. One of the things with a programme such as that is we need to ensure that we identify persons who can perform the functions related to the objectives of that particular programme. The review and tweak ing of the programme is unlikely to involve request ing more money from the IDB, Mr Dames said, add ing: Money isnt an issue. The project, launched un der the Christie administra tion, aims to tackle violence through conict resolution, address the high unemploy ment rates among youth, address high recidivism rates and solve the limited capacity of the criminal justice system to deal with crime and violence. Under the former ad ministration, the govern ment began a high-prole effort to introduce a parole system at the Department of Correctional Servic es through the programme. This, Mr Dames said, is one of the programmes that if we can kind of focus on the objectives it was in tended to serve it can work. But we have a lot of work to do and were committed to making it work. Its a pro gramme with a tremendous amount of promise. It was just started recently. The objectives are good. We just need now to make cer tain that we have the proper framework in place with persons who can serve the needs of the community but who can also understand clearly the roles and respon sibilities of the programme. To start it, we have cen tres already open in Fox Hill and Quakoo Street, but we have to build more structures around it to ef fectively serve the need for what it is intended to do. We are still assessing, but I feel condent that within this month we should be on our way, he told The Tribune Citizen Security scheme on hold amid review By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter Dr Sands said the prob lem will require deliberate structural change, which will not happen in the short-term. To make matters worse, Dr Sands said there are about 30 long-term patients who no longer need emer gency medical services but have been using much need ed beds for years. However, he said because there are no long-term facilities to transfer the persons to, they have to stay in the hospital despite not needing the care at a cost of more than $7m a year. We are still seriously challenged, as much as 25 per cent beds of our beds are out of circulation and when you put that together with the signicant chal lenges of overcrowding in (the) Emergency Room, you have patients remain ing on emergency virtual wards for days. This is a problem that will re quire deliberate structural change, none of which will happen in the immediate or short-term, Dr Sands said. In the meantime, its a day-to-day struggle because we have tried to decompress the hospital by augment ing services to community clinics but patients have to be admitted unlike other countries, where you have y by and when the hospi tal is full to capacity you are no longer allowed to take patients, but the Rand Me morial (in Grand Bahama) and PMH do not have that luxury, we have to take pa tients as they come. This means that persons are in the hallways for days, sometimes on ambulance trolleys, sometimes operat ing room gurneys and this interferes with the function of the ambulance services and operating room. When you look at the reality of the hospital and the im plications of the decisions made and not made, it has had a very real impact on the publics perception on how much you care as a country, the Elizabeth MP said. When you take your grammy to the emergency room and she ends up in the hallways for three or four days, people think you do not care but it is not that, it is the nal consequence of many different decisions made over time. Speaking about longterm patients ofcials hope to phase out of the hospi tal into another facility, Dr Sands told The Tribune : So we have 67 beds out of commission plus these 30 or so beds. So we have these 30 plus chronic patients in there be cause there is no long-term or chronic care facility to put them in and when we look at cost, its in excess of $7m a year for these long-term chronic patients. What we now have to do is establish or enter into part nership with a long-term facility to provide the level of care to these patients because they cant go into a regular nursing home be cause some of them have psychical and mental chal lenges but they dont re ally require in patient care and are using beds for the wrong reasons. Dr Sands said in order to x the problems, health ofcials have to complete the renovations at PMH, in crease the hospitals capac ity, get patients in and out faster and take non-essen tial services out of PMH. Last month, the Acci dent and Emergency De partment at PMH experi enced a series of challenges, forcing some patients to be relocated to the South Beach Clinic and others to wait for more than 24 hours in some cases. At the time, Dr Sands the perfect storm was caused by years of dumb and inap propriate decisions and he is honestly not sure when a solution to the mess will be found. BEDS CRISIS LEAVES SICK IN HALLWAYS from page one MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands during a previous tour of Princess Margaret Hospital. Photo: Terrel W. 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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 @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I HAVE absolutely no doubt that the defunct Pro gressive Liberal Party will not return to high ofce anytime soon. This is a sad assessment for many but the truth will always set one free. The national address by the Hon Leader of the Rump Opposition, my life long friend, benefactor, and for many years, until re cently, my political leader, was stale, visionless and more of the same song and dance which came to be the trade marks of that van quished party. He did not offer a sincere apology to the wonderful people of our nation for the way the Christie admin istration jacked all of you right up with no apparent shame! It is truly a new day in the nation when one is able to see rejected parties and politicians talking about digging graves when they themselves were the ones who politically and eco nomically slaughtered the dreams and aspirations of tens of thousands of un washed Bahamians. They were the very ones who did not do due dili gence on all sorts of con tracts that were allegedly entered into without the proper legal documentation and, in at least one case the Christie bandwagon, failed or refused to pay The Sev enth-Day Adventists them some monies for the use of its Wulff Road site. It has been revealed that some eight million dollars have been injected into that property despite the Chris tie & Wrecking Crew, polit ically speaking, cant point to the approved scope of actual work on the ground; certied permits and de signs approved by the Min istry of Works or, some say, who the contractors were/ are, to this very day. Some suggest that many have ran to the hills in an ef fort to avoid the Bank Lane shufe. Now, the Leader of the rump, says that the PLP invested in education? University of The Baha mas, in many ways, can be credited to the PLP but it must never be forgotten that it was under regimes of former Prime Minister, Hubert A Ingraham, that serious work started down there for the emergence to university status. Under the PLP, of which Brave was an integral part, we saw the emergence of The National Training Cen tre which is a great concept and which could, along with a ramp up and expanded BTVI go a long way in in creasing education and instruction in vocational skills and disciplines. There is good money to be earned in these areas but the PLP was too busy doing whatever they were doing that they did not or could not see the city for the smoke, literally, coming from Harrold Road. Questionable contracts were, allegedly, awarded like candy by the Minis try of Education under the watch of Brave and Fitzger ald dem. Now, Brave, says he saw nothing in the PMs address to deal with edu cation? The PLP played us like a House of Cards with no real structure or foundation. In less than 18 months they collected and borrowed al most two billion dollars and hundreds of millions more (yet to be publicly account ed for) and Brave said that the PM presented no policy initiative to jump start the morbid bound economy! Shades of Tin Gods & Iron Men 3.00! The problem which faces Dr Minnis, et al, is that we have been in a national de cline, across the board since the return of the ill-fated PLP in 2012. In short, that party, led by Brave and Christie, make no mistake about it, jacked you all right up to the point where there is now turbu lence. The economy which the FNM inherited is not working for the unwashed masses. A House of Cards, con taining all sorts of Jok ers; Clowns; Queens and Knaves, readily portrays the now rejected PLP. I nd it almost laughable to have read the remarks attributed to Brave, my beloved friend and brother. I was even more as tounded to read remarks attributed to Obediah Her cules Wilchcombe, former cabinet minister with Brave and Christie dem, found his voice to suggest that the PLP was a big tent. I won der when he came to this conceptualisation in his im agination? Raynard Moon Beam Rigby responded with a nonsense lled ti rade. The Hon Chester Cooper (PLP) Exuma was slapped down to size by Brave, po litically speaking, at a pub lic branch meeting. Bradley Roberts says take to the barricades. Another one says that he will strike the PM right in his mouth, pub licly. The PLP has fallen down and, like a House of Cards, many pieces of which have been blown away, literally, by the winds of change, it will be almost impossible to regroup under this motley crew. I had hopes for Brave right up until last week when he distributed his let ter to the PM via the me dia, even if unintentionally. The House of Cards is no more. Minnis and crew must prove and appear to be dif ferent than Christie, Davis & Company. I wish them all well, but, as always, in all things, to God be the glory. ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr Nassau, August 1, 2017. THE passing of Sir Geoffrey John stone is a time of great sadness for his family, former colleagues in the legal world and his wide circle of friends. His loss is also of considerable signicance in the history of The Bahamas because of the important role he played in the public and political life of the nation. We have fond memories of shared school days so many years ago and have always admired his myriad achieve ments during an adult life dedicated not only to his profession as an accom plished lawyer but also to the service of his country. Tributes have been pouring in for someone who was respected and loved in equal measure by so many a person who was at ease with kings and paupers alike. At both the personal and profes sional level, he was universally regarded as a true gentleman of sterling charac ter with a charismatic personality and exceptional all-round ability. His com bination of wit and charm and an ur bane exterior also masked an inner steel which accounted for his success in so many elds. Sir Geoffreys strong contribution to the legal profession as senior partner of Higgs & Johnson for many years, to gether with his period as president of the Bahamas Bar Association, has been widely recognised. Held in high regard by his peers for his professional ability and integrity, he enjoyed years of suc cess as a dedicated and distinguished lawyer. Against this background of accom plishment, his involvement in public life should be seen as all the more meritori ous. Successfully applying his skills and attributes to politics, he soon ourished in this new eld and became leader of the United Bahamian Party in 1970. This was a time of political upheaval in The Bahamas arising from a split in the ruling Progressive Liberal Party and the decline of the UBP after its crushing de feat in the 1968 election which resulted in the emergence of the Free National Movement as a new party. We can think of no better testament to the hugely signicant role played by Sir Geoffrey during this period than the ac colades, published in this newspaper on Tuesday and which we heartily endorse, from former Governor General Sir Ar thur Foulkes and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, both of whom are in a better position than anyone else to know the value of his contribution to public life. Both described him in glowing terms and paid tribute to his exceptional ser vice to his country, as they recognised the importance of his role in disband ing the UBP and helping to create the new FNM which absorbed the remnants of his party and became the ofcial op position in a two-party state. Sir Arthur described him as a great Bahamian who gave brilliant service to his coun try, and Mr Ingraham hailed him as a giant of a man. So many years later, it may be hard fully to understand the circumstances of the time and appreciate the signi cance of the decision in the early 1970s by Sir Geoffrey and his parliamentary colleagues to accept that support for the UBP was beginning to slump after the momentous election of 1967 which led to its failure at the polls a year later. They came to realise that there was a need for change and that the time had come to recognise the tide of history and the on set demanded by heightened political and social consciousness of majority rule. If the remnants of the UBP had sought to hang on to power, the situa tion could have turned ugly. But, presci ently and wisely, those concerned read the runes correctly and potential con ict and violence were avoided. In Mr Ingrahams words, Sir Geoffrey himself gave up more political capital than an yone else to create the FNM... and, in doing so, presided over the dissolution of his party. He later stuck to his guns and became a longstanding and loyal member of the FNM and continued his public service by becoming deputy to the Governor General, chairman of the Hotel Corporation and non-resident ambassador to Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. We salute Sir Geoffrey Johnstones patriotism and seless and dedicated contribution to the development of our young nation. While we mourn him, we should also celebrate his long, produc tive and exemplary life. He was a person of varied talents and qualities truly a man for all seasons who was loved and appreciated by so many and will now be missed by people from all walks of life. We offer deepest condolences to his dear wife, Lady Anne, and to his ex tended family. May his soul rest in eter nal peace. e House of Cards A renowned Bahamian EDITOR, The Tribune. THIS past week was an interesting one on to all ac counts. A morning talk show host who comes on at 9am who I now nick-name Mr Apps as he believes an App can make you grow hair on a bald head landscape let alone get a woman over 50 pregnant! With all this, is The Bahamas more ef cient? Hell No! There is an insert at the opening of his show which runs down persons over 50 when persons over 50 are the life-blood of our econ omy and society. Oops was it a slip of the tongue or an insert for a promotional purpose ab solutely No to the Nassau Speed week concept let alone the building of a Rac ing Circuit. It will cost mil lions it will lose thousands and will not attract the visi tors who will be essential to the viability. Fortunately, the PLP stalled the project although they were talking about building a Racing Circuit God help us if they did that. What was good then is no longer viable... that would have been another one of those million losses! The talk show host mid dle of the day who got oh so hot under the cover over the verication exercise. He called the Union Leaders names and interesting in todays newspaper he esti mates that as much as $80 million a year could be ef fectively saved through this process. Didnt we have to verify for the new NIB smart card? Come off it. The nal host partly prenoon and after who got hot because ofcials have to swear allegiance to the Queen of The Bahamas. If the public truly knew Constitutional Civics there would be no need to get so up tight. Prime Ministers Press Spokesperson oops he re ally put his foot in the issue with the Bahamas Chris tian Council guy all they were trying to do is nd the lot they were to be granted back when Rev C B Moss was president what some 12-15 years ago. They didnt ask for land, sir. PM we should not be giving them land anyway for what? Albany and BEC/BP&L was there a RFP to supply new generators or plant or was it a private BP&L RFP only open to a select group of people? If Albany sent their re sponse to the OPM, then PM Christie ma brother that seems to have been the wrong place to deliver the proposal. Cost of Electricity this summer it seems BP&L will be charging us the max fuel surcharge as they are us ing the stand-by generators which use diesel thanks BP&L! W THOMPSON Nassau, August 4, 2017. Not an Appy listener... A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 10, 2017, PAGE 5 CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman is facing a $2,500 lawsuit stemming from alleged unpaid wages to a campaign worker. Sean Maycock, in a claim led August 2 in Magis trates Court, alleged that from mid-February up to the May 10 general elec tion, there was a verbal agreement he would pro vide various services to the campaign efforts of Mr Chipman in exchange for a weekly wage of $200. Mr Maycock insisted a written contract was pro posed, but the opportunity never came for a document to be signed. According to the claim ant, over the course of the nearly three months he was employed by Mr Chipman, he allegedly acted as a poll worker, landscaper, general cleaner, lead organiser and general campaign worker. Assurances were given that all would be taken care of, he told The Trib une We were all told the same thing. A number of us received the same assur ances. Mr Maycock added: The sad thing about this ordeal is I didnt want it to come to this because (Mr Chipman) and his success in May rep resents change. Too bad he is just more of the same. In the claim presented to The Tribune Mr Maycock is seeking $2,400 in unpaid wages and $100 to offset the cost of ling his claim. When contacted for com ment on the matter, Mr Chipman who was re cently appointed chairman of the Antiquities Monu ments and Museum Corpo ration (AMMC) board of directors initially denied knowing Mr Maycock, but later suggested the claimant was known to his campaign. Mr Chipman told The Tribune his campaign team did not offer paid positions in the buildup to the gener al election and only offered help where they could. There was no commit ment in terms of a payroll. During the campaign, you dont make promises to pay, you say if you need help with something. What we try to do is, we may, if we can, provide assistance, Mr Chipman said. We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner in some in stances, which he was a part of, he insisted. The matter is expected to be heard on August 17. Chipman sued over unpaid wages for campaign worker By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are searching for two men responsible for a shooting on Tuesday that has left another man in hos pital. According to reports, shortly before 9pm, a man was standing in front of his business place located on Zion Boulevard, when two men on a Trail motorbike, armed with handguns, ap proached and shot him be fore speeding off. The man was taken to hospital where he is detained in stable con dition. Police also reported they are searching for three men responsible for an armed robbery. Shortly af ter midnight on Wednes day, a man and a woman had just pulled up to their home located at Linkford Street off Soldier Road in their black Colorado truck, licence plate number AK3808, when three men, armed with rearms, ap proached and forced them into their home. The suspects then robbed the pair of a large amount of cash, their truck and a brown Buick Lacrosse car before speeding off. Investigations into these incidents are continuing. POLICE HUNT FOR TWO AFTER SHOOTING PROSECUTORS pro duced a written directive from the Attorney Gen erals Ofce requesting that proceedings be discontin ued against a man accused of a fatal shooting that oc curred more than three years ago. Edlin Severe, 24, was on trial before Senior Justice Vera Watkins on a murder charge concerning the Jan uary 2, 2014 shooting death of Deon Brown. Prosecutor Denard Brown presented the nolle prosequi (no prosecution order) yesterday. While Severe was dis charged, he was informed that the Attorney Gener als Ofce could bring the case against him again at any time in the Supreme Court. Brown and other men were gathered in the park ing lot of Salem Union Bap tist Church, when a cham pagne-coloured car pulled up and the two rear seat passengers opened re on the crowd. Prosecutors alleged that Severe was the driver of the car. Severe stood accused of being concerned with the gunmen but they were not before the court when the case commenced last Tues day. The jury had been ex cused for legal discussions shortly after the prosecu tions opening address. Eleanor Albury repre sented Severe who had been on remand since 2014. CROWN DISCONTINUES PROSECUTION IN DRIVE-BY MURDER CASE By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter MEMBER of Parliament for Centreville Reece Chipman. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE will be resolved in an over night fashion, there have been overall improve ments in BPLs reliability and efciency to date. She pointed to the ac quisition of an additional 40 megawatts of rental power generation in New Providence and new gen eration on some Family Is lands as initiatives that have helped to improve our reli ability. As we think about how generation works and the entire value proposition that our customers see when it comes to what it is that theyre expecting, they expect reliability, they expect affordability, they expect customer services, she said, on the sidelines of a Rotary Club of East Nas sau event. We have seen higher reliability. I know thats always tough to have something to compare it against because really the ultimate comparison is no outages, not anywhere, not anytime, not more than a second if they occur. And of course, we have outages that are longer than that. So by that metric it does seem as a strange animal, as it were. However, when we think about the overall improve ments, the step by step im provements that have been made to the company, I think that the value propo sition has been there for our customers and we look forward to having earnest dialogue around hard top ics like rate adjustment so that we are able to pursue even more on behalf of our customers. BPL has come under re for its performance bonus of $1.1m under the last PLP regime, despite a wide spread feeling of dissatis faction amongst Bahamian consumers with the compa nys performance thus far. Sources familiar with the initial talks between the former government and PowerSecure previously told Tribune Business that the latters compensation for managing BPL had been capped at $5m per annum. They added that $2m was guaranteed, with the remaining $3m contingent on the US energy services provider hitting a series of performance related goals, such as reliability, efciency and protability. Since taking the helm, however, PowerSecures ef forts at restructuring the cash-strapped utility pro vider has been marred by island-wide power outages in the capital, and on some Family Islands. Light bills have also increased under PowerSecures manage ment. As a result, both Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest and former Ba hamas Electricity Corpo ration (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller have spoken out against the reported bonus, with the former calling it inconsist ent with the desire for im proved results in electric ity service for Bahamian consumers. Ms Hill also addressed the recent wave of power outages that have plagued several islands in the coun try, some of which have ad versely affected the tourism product in those areas. Recently, Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper called the frequent power outages affecting Exuma an untenable situ ation that is frustrating both residents and visitors. We are having some maintenance issues and working very diligently in order to be able to resolve them, she said. Bimini and the issue that we had is essentially the subma rine cable that services the customers that are in Alice Town as well as the Hilton resort. So we had our folks really working around the clock in order to diagnose the problem, to identify precisely where along the cable the fault was occur ring, to bring in the neces sary materials and then to make the repairs. So thats something that we are keenly aware of and focused on. Around Exu ma and Abaco the outages have been not related to the submarine side since that is not as much an issue there, but really around the major maintenance of the units and the need for making improvements in how those are essentially structured. And so we are working diligently as we have those outages sometimes theyre related to a car thats hit a pole, other times theyre re lated to a (transmission and distribution) outage that triggers the generator to trip. But we have our folks in Nassau who have been ying over to Abaco as well as to the Exumas to lend support. In March, Ms Hill ex pressed optimism that the company will be able to meet generation demands heading into the summer peak season. At the time, Ms Hill said she felt very good about the level of work that our employees have conducted and our ability to be ready for the summer. from page one BPL CEO Pamela Hill. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A6MAIN CAVES V ILLAGEPremium Oce Space for LeaseL arge 2,225 sq.. 6 oces, conference room, reception, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, IT/ling room. $8,723.20 pm inc. CAM + VA T 1,409 sq.. 5 oces, conference room, reception, kitchen, bathroom with shower, IT/ling room. $5,459.88 pm inc. CAM +VA T 572 sq.. open plan with conference room, kitchenette, bathroom, IT closet. $2,216.50 pm inc. CAM +VA T Contact Mr. S imon Chappell on 327 1575 or 477-7610 Email:


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 10, 2017, PAGE 7 A MAN will learn his punishment next week for the fatal stabbing of a bank er he claimed had made a sexual pass at him. Lamar Albury, 26, ap peared before Senior Jus tice Vera Watkins for the penalty phase of his trial yesterday concerning the December 2015 manslaugh ter of Devince Smith after two delays in the sentenc ing hearings of May 31 and June 21 due to outstanding probation and psychiatric reports, which had been requested by Alburys de fence lawyer for the courts consideration. There were no further delays yesterday as attor ney Michael Hanna and prosecutor Cordell Frazier both conrmed they had re ceived the requested docu ments. The contents of the docu ments were not read into the record. Mr Hanna, in his mitiga tion plea, expressed con dence that whatever time hes given, when he returns to society, he will have sup port from his family. Hes unlikely to reof fend once release, the at torney said. Mr Hanna acknowledged the sentencing range for manslaughter by provoca tion as being 18 to 35 years and said in the circum stances of his clients case, a punishment at the lower end was warranted. Lamar is repentant for his sin and very contrite. I plead for mercy and beg that you consider all of the circumstances of his case, consider his daughter and consider his family. Hes a young man and he still has a life ahead of him, the law yer stressed. Ms Frazier acknowledged that there were some miti gating factors in Alburys favour in that he admit ted to the killing, turned himself into police and ex pressed remorse for the loss of life. However, she said that the court must also con sider the seriousness and prevalence of the offence, the number of injuries in icted on Smith and that an offensive instrument was used. The prosecutor referred to the case authority of Lar ry Raymond Jones in which the court of appeal outlines 18-35 years as being the ap propriate range for sentenc ing in case of manslaughter when considering the char acter of the individual and the circumstances of the case. She also referred to the Court of Appeal case of Andy Francis in which Francis initial conviction for murder was substituted for manslaughter but the 25-year sentence was up held. The court must deter mine, in this case, whether a reasonable person, having been put in the same situa tion, would have done what he did, the prosecutor said. Ms Frazier contended that Alburys reaction to the alleged sexual pass was disproportionate to the ac tions of the victim in the case based on the evidence. She recommended the court impose a sentence between 25 and 30 years at the Department of Correc tional Services. The judge deferred her decision on his sentence un til Wednesday, August 16 at 1pm. Alburys remand contin ues. He had denied the mur der charge against him dur ing his trial, which began on February 20 and concluded on March 8. Smiths partially de composed body was found shortly after 2.30pm on De cember 21, 2015, at his St Albans Drive apartment. Smith was a sports coach and was employed at Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd. He was also a former president of the New Providence Volley ball Association. On the rst day of trial, the jury heard that Albury allegedly had confessed to his relatives that he had fatally stabbed the banker, who had hired him to do a paint job at his apartment for an upcoming holiday gathering when the victim had made a sexual advance to him. The second day of trial, Smiths housekeeper testi ed that in the three months she had known Albury, the accused had been to Smiths apartment on three occa sions and on two other oc casions, the accused and Smith were seen in the vic tims Jeep drinking. The prosecutions nal witness was forensic pathol ogist Dr Caryn Sands, who testied that the wounds to the victim, which included a slit throat, were unlikely to have been caused by a painting knife as Albury had told police when inter viewed in custody 14 days after the incident. At the close of the pros ecutions case, Albury was asked by Senior Justice Watkins to indicate wheth er he would remain silent at his trial or elect to give tes timony under oath. Albury elected to take the stand and spoke of how his accepting a compliments to the season Hennessey drink from Smith when he arrived at the apartment before he started the job, spiralled into a scufe and stabbing after the banker allegedly made a sexual ad vance at him. When cross-examined, it was suggested to Albury that in his voluntary record of interview in police cus tody, he made no claim that Smith had made a pass at him. Albury said it was shame ful to speak about the al leged action, so he withheld the information. The con vict also denied that Smith was running away from him. However, he conceded that Smith had no weapon. Albury was asked why the chairs in the living room were overturned if the scuf e had occurred upstairs and Smith had collapsed at the foot of the stairs. The accused said when he left Smith there, he could not say that he was still alive and that Smith might have overturned the chairs. Albury conceded that he turned himself in with a lawyer 14 days after the incident. However, he claimed that he told his relatives what happened the day after and not December 29/30 as the jury heard. Albury also conceded that he burned the clothes he wore on that day. Man to be sentenced next week for stabbing banker he said irted with him By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter LAMAR ALBURY, 25, at a previous court appearance. A7MAIN looking forHEAD CHEFMust be a team player and very comunitive Accommodation supplied. No transportEMAIL. 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PAGE 8, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE country ofce of the Pan American Health Organisation and World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) for The Ba hamas and Turks and Cai cos along with the Ministry of Health co-hosted a brief ing meeting for newly elect ed government ministers on the impact of public policies on population health. In attendance were At torney General Carl Bethel; Minister of Education Jef frey Lloyd; Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands; Environment Minister Ro mauld Ferreira, Minister of Social Services Lani sha Rolle and Minister of State for Legal Affairs Els worth Johnson and other senior governmental of cials. In her address, Dr Es ther de Gourville (PAHO/ WHO country representa tive) stated that PAHO/ WHO began its collabora tion with The Bahamas on health development in 1974. The Bahamas has achieved impressive gains in population life expec tancy and reduced the mor tality rate, decreased the incidence and prevalence of communicable disease, including many vaccine pre ventable diseases and HIV/ AIDS. In recent years, however, there has been an alarming increase in the number of Bahamians succumbing to disease, disability or death from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as di abetes, hypertension, heart disease, certain cancers, lung disease and kidney failure. Dr de Gourville used the example of trends in NCDs to advocate for a Health in all Policies or whole of government approach to policy development and im plementation. NCDs now account for more than sev en out of every ten deaths and are the major drivers of escalating health care costs in The Bahamas. A survey conducted in The Bahamas in 2012 showed that over 95 per cent of young adults between the ages of 25 and 45 had one or more of the risk factors for NCDs, PAHO noted in a press release. The preva lence of childhood obe sity, a major risk factor for the development of NCDs is also a serious concern. Unless these trends are re versed, there will be a dra matic negative impact on productivity due to disease and disability, unafford able increases in health care costs, and signicant increases in the number of avoidable deaths. The risk of acquiring NCDs can be considerably reduced through individual lifestyle choices. NCDs risk can be re duced through increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol and tobacco use and increasing consump tion of nutritious foods that are low in sugar, fats and salt. Through effective multi sectoral and inter-ministe rial action the government can seek to adopt a coher ent public policy agenda to decrease the incidence of NCDs. Fiscal, legislative, nutri tional and development policies can have a signi cant impact on the choices people make in their per sonal lives. Effective public polices can help Bahamians to make the healthy choice the easier choice, PAHO noted. Dr Sands mentioned the signicant challenges in planning for health services in The Bahamas that includes population growth, aging population, population distributed over several islands, unequal wealth distribution, service delivery model, emerging disease threats, techno logical advancements, the expectations of patients and expectations of service providers. He referenced measures taken by the Ministry of Health over the past two to three years which led to the development of a strategic plan entitled Wellness in the Nation and the estab lishment of The Healthy Bahamas Coalition which convenes multi-stakeholder consultations and actions to improve the health of Baha mians. Meeting participants en dorsed the benets of the Health in All Policies ap proach that is advocated by PAHO/WHO and will seek to ensure that public poli cies have a better impact on the health of Bahamians. New ministers briefed on impact of policies on health ENVIRONMENT Minister Romauld Ferreira, who was among those at the PAHO/WHO brieng. A8MAIN 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: www.urcabahamas.bsThe public is invited to attend a public discussion on theBAHAMAS POWER & LIGHT (BPL) CONSUMER PROTECTION PLAN Tuesday, 15 August at 6:30 pm Doris Johnson Senior High School, Prince Charles Drive Improving Lives Through Effective Utilities Regulation


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 10, 2017, PAGE 9 Suicide doesnt kill peo ple, sadness kills people.THE darkness begins as ripples which gradually build to become regular waves; I can still push back a little. Then it builds up to a full tsunami and I begin to welcome the darkness and will do any thing to escape, just to get away from the suffering. I do not believe that this is markedly different from many other causes of death, the time eventually comes when it is time to slip away, whether it is heart disease, cancer or the horrendous wounds caused by gun shots, the time arrives for us to leave. Death brings us face to face with our own mortal ity, no wonder we grasp at brittle straws: It cant hap pen to me, I eat well and exercise regularly, I see my doctor for regular check ups. In violent deaths it is even worse, society seems content to blame victims of murder for their own deaths, this is of course eas ier than actually making ef forts to harness the scourge of crime. The worst example of victim blaming however seems to be saved for the poor people who die from suicide. The person suffer ing so much that they can see no way to continue are criminalised. In The Bahamas, it is still illegal to commit suicide, to attempt suicide and to abet the commission of suicide by any person (helping can leave you liable to life im prisonment). It may seem rather pointless to have a crime when the person is already deceased but in medieval times the punish ment included desecration of the corpse and consca tion of all assets. This left the bereaved family not just in anguish but also paupers. The Christian church has held similar views with the threat of excommunication for suicide and attempts at suicide. This led to refusal of burial in consecrated ground, a practice which some pastors still continue. There have been other views of suicide over the centuries, it has been seen as an act of valor or even heroism; the suicide bomb ers of our present day are viewed as martyrs by some, though not all clerics agree, there are those that even en courage the practice. The illustrious bard William Shakespeare who understood the times he lived in, por trayed suicide in his plays, at times as an hon ourable deed to be admired and at times as a sin to be feared. Psychiatrists have long struggled with the concept, many believe that if some one is determined to kill themselves they eventually will and there has been stigma against those that try. A belief that they are somehow manipulative and difcult to help. The sad truth is that death by suicide is the morbid ity of psychiatry, the night mares that stay with us for life. The aim should be for a zero number of deaths and our programmes should re ect this. At present even the statistics world wide are inaccurate, many mas querade as trafc accidents, drownings and other acci dents. The coroner is often re luctant to nd a verdict of death by suicide as the family are then left with stigma and guilt and even a lost life insurance. The gures both for death by suicide and attempted sui cide have risen in The Bahamas and in the Unit ed Kingdom over 6,000 peo ple are recored as suicides each year. In the United States, the picture is equally alarm ing where there are on average over 120 suicides per day. The suicide rate among soldiers who have returned from war zones is often higher than the com bat mortalities reecting the psychological trauma of war. The rst thing that I be lieve we must do is stop talking about people com mitting suicide, death by suicide would be less condemning. It should be viewed as all other deaths are; tragic, sad and in need of research and the develop ment of programmes to pre vent a cause of death, that is just as deserving of our ef forts, as any other cause of death in the country. This will require an out cry for mental health re sources in the country; maybe a difcult task as we see health budgets being cut in the UK and the USA, can The Bahamas see its way to help mental health services long seen as the Cinderella of all health needs? The World Health Or ganisation reports over 800,000 deaths from suicide per year around the globe a staggering gure; they pro duce strategies and toolkits to help countries to develop resources. There can be no question that our health systems have many chal lenges but that is no reason to ignore the mental health of the nation. Dr Mike Neville is a forensic psychiatrist who has practised for more than 40 years in The Bahamas, working at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, the prison and in private practice. Comments and responses to mneville@ Shaking off the stigma of suicide Death brings us face to face with our own mortality, no wonder we grasp at brittle straws. A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE I do not want competent public ofcials sidelined or transferred just because they may not be a member of the governing party, he said. I intend to be a dif ferent prime minister. Meri tocracy and performance will be the order of the day. He added: I will also not tolerate anyone trying to obstruct the governments agenda because of certain party politics. Dr Minnis comments came even as reports have trickled in in recent months that since the elec tion a number of people across the civil service have been transferred or side lined for what the PLP in sists have been politically motivated reasons. For ex ample, following the death of Dr Baldwin Carey, a former senior ofcial at the National Insurance Board (NIB), PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said his ouster was an example of the governments victimi sation. Dr Carey was one of four executives at NIB who were asked to take vacation leave ahead of an audit into the government agency. Dr Minnis, whose ad ministration in embarking on an ambitious effort to reform the public sector, ac knowledged the challenge in doing so, saying: The public service has a neces sary restraining role. But too often that restraining role becomes bureaucratic inertia. Sometimes there is resistance to innovation and change because of the excuse: We have always (done) it this way. We must ever be mindful of the silo mentality and temptation toward efdoms by min isters and public ofcers, which thwart collaboration, innovation and ongoing re form in government. As part of his adminis trations reform efforts, Dr Minnis said more exposure of public ofcers to busi ness practices and nancial management will be de manded. In fact, commencing from FAS upward, those individuals will be required to rotate through the pri vate sector, be it the bank ing sector or otherwise, for about three to six months to expose them to private sector and so private sec tor would learn more about government, he said. During this rotation, you would be paid by the gov ernment. This will be a winwin for both the private sec tor and the government. Its our belief that government should be a training ground for the private sector. For your exposure, we would hope that the world perma nent in front of secretary would be removed so you would become CEOs and managers within the private sector. Though he mostly struck a tone of encouragement while speaking to the senior public ofcials, he also ex pressed disappointment that during the opening of a seminar for Public Finance Monitoring and Public Monitoring Performance project last month, only one senior ofcer in the public sector attended the event. That reform project is funded by a $33m loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and will attempt to dramati cally change a public sec tor culture long resistant to change. MINNIS UNVEILS MAJOR CIVIL SERVICE REFORMS from page one PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis speaking to public service staff yesterday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A10MAIN CLASS A CAPTAINS LICENSECOURSE REGISTRATION GOING ON NOW FOR PERSONS INTERESTED IN THEIR Class A BOATMASTERS LICENSE. COURSE COMMENCES AUGUST 14TH, 2017. Topics covered include: *ADVANCED CHART PLOTTING *BOAT HANDLING *TIDES AND CURRENTS *BOUY SYSTEM *RULES OF THE ROAD *MARINE WEATHERFOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL or call 698-6283. Ship Mate Ltd


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 10, 2017, PAGE 11 WASHINGTON Associated Press NORTH Korea on Wednesday ofcially dis missed President Donald Trumps threats of re and fury, declaring the Ameri can leader bereft of rea son and warning ominous ly, Only absolute force can work on him. In a statement carried by state media, General Kim Rak Gyom, who heads North Koreas rocket com mand, also said his country was about to take mili tary action near the US. Pa cic territory of Guam. He said the North would nal ize a plan by mid-August to re four mid-range missiles hitting waters 30 to 40 kilo meters (19 to 25 miles) away from the island. The plan will then go to the commander in chief of North Koreas nuclear force and wait for his order, Kim was quoted by KCNA as saying. He called it a historic enveloping re at Guam. The statement only served to escalate tensions further in a week that has seen a barrage of threats from both sides. While nuclear confrontation still seems incredibly re mote, the comments have sparked deep unease in the United States, Asia and be yond. A day after evoking the use of overwhelming US military might, Trump touted Americas atomic supremacy. From the New Jersey golf resort where hes vacationing, he tweeted that his rst order as president was to renovate and mod ernize an arsenal that is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. It was a rare public ex ing of Americas nuclear might. And Trumps boast ing only added to the con fusion over his administra tions approach to dealing with North Koreas expand ing nuclear capabilities on a day when his top national security aides wavered be tween messages of alarm and reassurance. If Trumps goal with two days of tough talk was to scare North Korea, Kim, the commander, put that idea quickly to rest. He called Trumps rhetoric a load of nonsense that was aggravating a grave situa tion. Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him, the KNCA report quoted him saying. Kim said the Guam ac tion would be an effective remedy for restraining the frantic moves of the US in the southern part of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity. Guam lies about 2,100 miles (3,400 kilometers) from the Korean Peninsula, and its extremely unlikely Kims government would risk annihilation with a preemptive attack on US citi zens. Its also unclear how reliable North Koreas mis siles would be against such a distant target, but no one was writing off the danger completely. N Korea dismisses Trump DONALD TRUMP, who threatened re and fury for North Korea, but leaders there have called Trumps threat a load of nonsense. A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A TEAM of scientists re cently completed the Baha mas National Trusts (BNT) annual survey of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. The team assessed the health and biodiversity of reefs, mangroves and sea grass beds at 10 sites within the park and two outside. Most of the sites have been monitored periodically for 15 years. Led by the BNTs resi dent scientist, Dr Craig Dahlgren of the Perry In stitute for Marine Science, the monitoring programme was funded by the Global Environment Facility, a partnership of United Na tions agencies, multilateral development banks, and non-governmental groups. Dr Dahlgren is a marine ecologist who studies pro tected areas and sheries. The overall goal of the Exu ma project is to develop bet ter management and sus tainable funding of marine reserves like the Exuma park, while training BNT staff in scientic methods. Ecological monitoring is essential for the adaptive management of protected areas, Dr Dahlgren said. This allows managers to make decisions using the best available information, as new threats and issues emerge. Other members of the team included BNT science ofcers Lindy Knowles and Agnessa Lundy, Brook Gin tert of the University of Mi ami, Allanah Vellacott of the Perry Institute for Marine Science, Shane Gross and Tanya Kamerman of Nova Southeastern University. It is worth pointing out that sh populations in the Exuma park are healthier than elsewhere, said Lindy Knowles. They are found in more numbers and in larger sizes especially key predators like groupers and snappers than in nearly all the areas we survey. The annual monitoring is designed to assess threats to key habitats within park, identify critical resource thresholds, and measure the impacts of climate change on the natural environment. Surveys of coral preda tors were completed at sev eral sites, and images were collected for photomosaics of permanent monitoring plots at 10 sites. Telemetry receivers tracking Nassau grouper spawning migrations in the area were checked and re placed if necessary. The re ceivers are part of Bahami an marine biologist Krista Shermans research in col laboration with Chicagos Shedd Aquarium. During the survey, Dr Dahlgren was interviewed by US-based documentary lmmaker Colin Ruggerio, who is producing a lm on the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. The team also met with divers and archaeologists from Texas A&M Universi ty who are excavating a 16th century Spanish wreck near Highbourne Cay. It is one of the only early shipwrecks in the New World to have hull structure still intact. In addition to learning about their project we dis cussed ways of removing and relocating corals from the reef that has grown on the wreck for the past 500 years, Dr Dahlgren said. Often, corals are de stroyed when excavating wrecks like this. The wreck was discov ered in 1965 and has been salvaged several times. The ships identity is unknown, but artefacts have dated it to between 1500 and 1570. Support for the Exuma park survey was provided by the Disney Conservation Fund, Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, and Allstar Liveaboards. The BNT is a non-gov ernmental, non-prot, membership organisation working to protect Baha mian natural resources by building a network of na tional parks and promoting environmental stewardship. Scientists survey Exuma by land and sea THE SURVEY team underwater in the Exuma Cays. 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. 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THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 10, 2017, PAGE 13 In July, 12 persons were recalled to Nassau after the ministry amalgamated its Washington, DC and Los Angeles ofces with New York and Houston. Mr DAguilar had previ ously said that move would save around $1m a year. Speaking of recent lay offs, he said on Wednes day: What we did in the restructuring exercise was look at those people, these were only people who were employed within 20 days of the general election and there were 22 people who were employed within 20 to 30 days of the general elec tion. And we said, can we absorb them or is it more ju dicious to apply the funds, and it was going to cost the treasury $750,000 to pay these people, was it more judicious to claw back that money and reallocate to marketing the destination, trying to grow our overall foreign visitors to the coun try. When asked if this was the end of layoffs in his ministry, Mr DAguilar said: I am sure there are one or two more to go but nothing terribly signicant. But we are very, very, very mindful of the fact, and I dont want to come across as too severe, but we are mindful of the fact that people need jobs but we also must be mindful of the fact that the core mission of the Ministry of Tourism is to grow the overall visitor count or the total number of stopover visitors to our country and therefore they bring signicant spend to the country and create eco nomic opportunities. You dont grow employment by the government hiring more people, you want the private sector to grow and thereby hire more people, thats the route you need to take. Mr DAguilar said his main focus is on increasing stop over business, which has not improved in 20 years. In an earlier interview with Tribune Business, Mr DAguilar warned that there will be some casual ties and Bahamians will have to suffer some pain before gain as the Minnis administration tries to com bat the growing scal crisis. He said the government has no choice but to right size the ship following the Christie administrations orgy of spending prior to the May 10 general election. According to Mr DAguilar, there were 260 employees when former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe assumed of ce in 2012 and 403 when he left. Mr Wilchcombe has defended his decision to increase the size of the ministrys staff by 55 per cent under his tenure. He told Tribune Business ear lier this week he was proud of the fact he had created opportunities for Baha mian professionals to be employed within his de partment, a move he said that was done within the ministrys budgetary con straints. Tourism cuts hit new hires TOURISM Minister Dionisio DAguilar. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff from page one PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday blasted tabloid reports that have suggested the opposition party is connected to al leged threats against senior government ofcials, call ing the claims rubbish conjured up by the media. On Wednesday, the out spoken chairman criticised members of the press for providing coverage to a matter he suggested had no merit. The report claimed Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, National Security Minister Marvin Dames, Attorney General Carl Bethel and Minister of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson have all tightened secu rity amid alleged threats to their lives. The threats were alleged ly made in response to the recent arrests and prosecu tion of three former PLP members of Parliament. In response yesterday, an irate Mr Roberts said: This is foolishness made up in the mind of (the press). (The reports) have (reporters) trotting back to the politician. He added: If you all want to be a part of the pa rade, sir, I will not be a part of it. It is nonsense. When asked about the tabloids claims, National Security Minister Marvin Dames earlier this week vowed the government would not bow to threats as it strives to wipe out corrup tion. However, he would not conrm or deny the verac ity of the alleged threats when asked. In a separate interview, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold told reporters he knew of no credible threats to the prime minis ter or anyone else. Mr Newbold also denied claims that security details had been beefed up. Police have also indicated that they have not received information regarding the alleged death threats. ROBERTS: DEATH THREAT CLAIM IS RUBBISH By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter A13MAIN


PAGE 14, Thursday, August 10, 2017 THE TRIBUNE To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 CLOCKWISE from left, bug season under way, a deep drop wrecksh and in the land of the giant bugs. ABOVE, Lorenzo with a huge pompano caught off the shore of South Eleuthera and, below, Spencer and Gabriella on the bugs. A14MAIN 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.