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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.180, AUGUST 1 1TH, 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WEEKEND: PILATES BY THE POOL TO BUILD UP YOUR ABS WeekendFriday, August 11, 2017 THE CURRENTPages 12&13 W1WEEKEND Weekend FRIDAY HIGH 92FLOW 80F it! The Tribune Tourism in fear over crime risk TOURISM Minister Dionisio DAguilar said because crime is such an enormous problem in New Providence, his ministry is deathly afraid every day that a tragic event will hap pen and the United States will issue another travel ad visory. Addressing tourism stakeholders recently at the Hilton, Mr DAguilar said visitor safety is a critical concern and the Ministry of Tourism will work with ho tels and the Royal Bahamas Police Force to improve interaction and provide a safer environment. Safety is a major con cern of the tourism sector and we are deathly scared every day of some tragic event happening and the United States putting out a travel advisory, Mr DAguilar said. We in the Ministry of Tourism are going to inter act with hotels especially at the particular facilities so that we can improve inter action with the police force. Ministry deathly afraid that tragic event will happen FORMER Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation Leslie Miller has said there is no tangible evidence of improvements at Baha mas Power and Light, as he called CEO Pamela Hills comments on the matter an insult to every Bahamian paying a light bill. Contending that a spade should be called a spade, the former Tall Pines MP said the country is out mil lions and all it has to show for it is a long list of things we could have achieved all by ourselves. Mr Miller lost his post at BEC in 2015 after the gov ernment signed a transition services agreement with American company Power Secure for management of BEC, now called BPL. He asserted on Thurs day that the current execu tives are constantly hiding behind past failures and continue to avoid provid ing tangible evidence of their so-called successes. HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the planned renovation for the Maternity Ward at the Prin cess Margaret Hospital is not good enough and he is pushing for a new ward to be built rather than at tempting to upgrade the old existing building. In an interview with The By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SENATOR Ranard Heneld, leader of the We March protest movement, wants the government to disclose the list of jobs and positions for which work permits have been issued to non-Bahamians to per form. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter TRANSFERRING more toxic Bank of the Ba hamas loans to Bahamas Resolve will tremendous ly increase this countrys public debt, former Central Bank Governor and Ba hamas Resolve Chairman James Smith said yesterday. By doing this you would free up the balance sheet and make it compliant with the Central Bank, he said. The downside is youve in creased tremendously your public debt. Theres no win ning in that situation but clearly if you want the bank to have a head-start you have to deal with the terri ble loan book. Mr Smith said he recom mended months ago to the previous administration that to turn BOB around, it should remove all of the banks toxic loans from its books, not just a part of it as the Christie Administra tion had done. Meanwhile yesterday, former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Saw yer criticised the new ad ministrations decision to follow in the footsteps of the PLP and transfer BOBs toxic loans to a special pur pose vehicle (SPV). By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter RHODE Island Rams Basketball Team held a basketball camp for youths in Fox Hill. See page two for more photographs. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE THREE By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX EYES ON THE FUTURE A1MAIN rfntnnnnbbb SHOP AND WIN PRIZES THE WHOLE MONTH OF AUGUST!


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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 11, 2017, PAGE 3 A MAN was sentenced to prison for three years and six months for stealing a car out of a sports bars parking lot. Chino Milord, 20, ap peared before Chief Magis trate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday for the opening of his stealing and receiving trial for an incident that oc curred on August 14, 2016. He had initially been ar raigned in November when he pleaded not guilty to al legations that he stole and/ or dishonestly received a 2012 Kia Soul valued at $25,000, the property of Ri cardo Davis. However, in yester days proceedings, Milord changed his plea and ad mitted guilt to the stealing charge. According to the pros ecutions case, Milord stole the car from the Shut up and Shake It parking lot af ter removing Davis keys off a pool table. The chief magistrate told Milord that his actions were most unfortunate. You absolutely had no intentions of returning the car to him. But when you break the rules you must be prepared to pay the conse quences, the judge added before imposing a 42-month sentence at the Department of Correctional Services. Police prosecutor Insp Edna Pratt withdrew the lesser charge of receiving given his guilty plea to the more serious offence. The chief magistrate said the sentence takes effect from the date of conviction. THREE YEARS IN JAIL FOR STEALING CAR By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter THREE of four men ac cused of having a role in a fatal shooting that occurred in an inner-city community four months ago had their case transferred to the Su preme Court yesterday. Christavio Tucker, 22, Kelvin Clarke, 23, Kevin Ramsey, 24, and Wilson Capita, 26, were supposed to be presented with a vol untary bill of indictment concerning murder and at tempted murder charges that were allegedly commit ted on April 21. However, the presenta tion of the Crowns case against them was adjourned to yesterday though only Tucker, Clarke and Capita were brought to court. Ramsey is scheduled to receive his Voluntary Bill (VIB) of Indictment to the Supreme Court on Friday, August 11. Nevertheless, Chief Mag istrate Joyann FergusonPratt explained to the trio that the VBI contained the Crowns case against them and would facilitate the transfer of the case from the Magistrates Court to the Supreme Court. She further informed the accused that they could not offer an alibi at trial if they did not enter one at the VBI presentation or within 21 days to the Ofce of the At torney General. All three accused chose the latter and are now scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court before Jus tice Bernard Turner on Au gust 18 to receive a date for trial. It is there that they will be allowed to enter a plea to the allegations at their Su preme Court appearance. Concerning the murder charge, it is alleged that the quartet, being concerned with others, intentionally caused the death of Patrick Axanthio Thompson. They are also alleged to have attempted to cause the death of Terrance Rigby and PC 3825 Hall and are accused of being in possession of a black .45 XD-45ACP pistol and a HK submachine pistol. According to initial re ports from police, shortly after 4pm, a group of men were standing in front of a car wash on Market Street, near Palm Tree Av enue, when the occupants of a dark coloured vehicle pulled up and red several shots at them before speed ing off. Thompson was hit and died of his injuries at the scene while Rigby was tak en to hospital for treatment. Police said ofcers chased the suspects into the Ridgeland Park area, where the three men ed on foot from the getaway vehicle. Police said they eventually caught them near a bushy area. Police also discovered a tech 9 automatic rearm and a .45 pistol. They will be allowed to enter a plea to the allega tions at their formal ar raignment. Trio accused of murder have case transferred to Supreme Court By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson @ A WOMAN, who was struck in an hit-and-run ac cident on Sunday, July 30, died in hospital on Wednes day. According to reports, shortly before 9am on July 30, the woman was walk ing on Wulff Road near Mt Royal Avenue, when a ve hicle that failed to stop hit her. The woman was taken to hospital, however she died from her injuries this week. Investigations are con tinuing. WOMAN KILLED IN HIT AND RUN POLICE in Grand Ba hama are looking for two men who were reported missing. The missing men are Em manuel Sandokan Pitty Miller, 39, of Cadney Drive in Freeport and Kevin Al drovendi Bethel, 34, of Cor al Reef Loop in Freeport. Mr Miller was last seen on Thursday, August 3, around 3pm on Midshipmen Road in Freeport. He frequents the areas of Garden Villas and Weddell Avenue. Mr Bethel was also last seen on Thursday, August 3, sometime around 3pm, on Midshipmen Road. He also frequents the areas of Garden Villas and Weddell Avenue. Anyone with informa tion on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama at 350-3107 through 12, 911/919 or call your nearest police station. HUNT FOR MISSING MEN POLICE are searching for two men responsible for a shooting that left a man in hospital on Wednesday. Shortly after 10pm, a man was sitting in front of his home located on Moore Avenue and Palm Beach Street when two men armed with handguns approached and shot him before eeing on foot. The man was taken to hospital where he is de tained in stable condition. Police also said they ar rested four men after seiz ing a quantity of dangerous drugs on Wednesday. Shortly after 12.30pm, Mobile Division ofcers acting on information con ducted a search of a home located on Infant View Road, where they uncov ered just over one pound of marijuana, police said. Four male occupants of the home were subse quently taken into custody in connection with this discovery. Additionally, Mobile Di vision ofcers arrested 13 other persons during the past 24 hours for causing harm and other outstanding court warrants. TWO HUNTED AFTER MAN HOSPITALISED IN SHOOTING Tribune Dr Sands said the hospital needs to move into the 21st century and while the new plan for the Mater nity Ward is reasonable, we can do better. Last year, the former Pro gressive Liberal Party gov ernment signed a $14.9m contract for the renovations of the Maternity and Male Surgical Wards at PMH. In opposition at the time, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis advocated heavily for the upgrades to be de layed as he felt the timing of renovations would nega tively impact patient care. However, then Prime Minister Perry Christie said at the time the Maternity Ward has not been reno vated for over 50 years and women should not be forced to give birth in undesirable circumstances because pre vious governments did not have the will or the nances to upgrade the facility. During a tour of PMH shortly after winning the election, Dr Minnis prom ised a new maternity wing. While he was short on details, he stressed that Bahamian women and chil dren deserved the best and declared that the new wing would be on par or greater than the multi-million-dol lar Critical Care Block. There are things we need to do to get the ward up to standard, having beds is one of them so women dont have to be discharged from the hospital as quickly as they are and we will be at an ac cepted standard with the rest of the world, Dr Sands said. Right now, parents can not stay in the hospital with their sick babies, with their sick children, except on the private ward. In Doctors Hospital, the rule is that you have to stay with your child, right next door they can do that but parents in PMH do not have that comfort. We are xing that in the renova tion but to be candid I dont believe that the planned de velopment goes far enough, it just is not good enough. What we need to do is to move our care into the 21st century. The original plan was reasonable but I am not convinced its good enough. Dr Sands said he is push ing towards a new materni ty wing, not just renovating the existing space. The issue is how to get the money and how to do the ward in a scally re sponsible fashion. Now that the new board is empaneled and these ideas will be de veloped in earnest and we will esh out these plans. There is an awful lot to be done. I spoke with the prime minister about mov ing on some of these issues in health. There are a lot of demands and the peo ples perception on qual ity of life hinders on the level of health care we are able to provide. We have to be creative and get it done and because certainly what exists now is unacceptable. It is the best we can do now, but what we are saying is acceptable for the people is nothing short of embarrass ing. MATERNITY PLANS NOT GOOD ENOUGH from page one To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 EMMANUEL MILLER KEVIN BETHEL MINISTER OF HEALTH DR DUANE SANDS A3MAIN QUOTE OF THE DAYDistributed ByBAY STREET GARAGEDowdeswell Street"CRAWFISH SPECIAL OF THE WEEK" BUY 'CASTROL SUPER OUTBOARD PLUS':2 cases get a pen & keychain 3 to 5 cases get a 'Castrol' t-shirt 6 cases get a 'Castrol' t-shirt & cap 7 cases get 2 'Castrol' t-shirts"Special price on 'Castrol' Brake Fluid too!"*While Supplies Last*505Friday, 11th August 2017


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Friday, August 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE issue of slavery, as an abhorrent exploitation of human beings, will al ways arouse strong emotions. We mark the ending of this iniquitous system in The Bahamas by celebrating Emancipa tion Day each year with events appro priate to the occasion and last Monday the usual festivities duly took place, with the best known held in Fox Hill. It is important to maintain this tradi tion because, with a short history as an independent nation, we need to know our past in order to understand our selves as a people. But we wonder how many of the younger generation fully re alized what they were actually celebrat ing earlier this week. In modern times, the idea of slavery, in which people were forcibly transport ed from Africa to British colonies in the West Indies, including The Bahamas, and treated as chattels or possessions, is so repellent as to be almost unbeliev able. Whatever historians may say about the gradual improvement of the local conditions of slaves, which was achieved under pressure from public opinion in England in favour of abolition, they were held in perpetual bondage. The plantation system depended on slave labour and became the foundation of a colonys wealth and economy. So, as the emancipation movement in England gradually gained sway in the late 18th cen tury, slave owners in each colony resisted pressure to free their slaves as unaccepta ble interference in their way of life. Despite the considerable opposition, however, it was becoming increasingly clear that it was only a matter of time before the British government would be able successfully to bring the practice of slavery to an end throughout the British Empire; even though, of course, it con tinued elsewhere, notably in America. Bahamians who have not studied the history of their own country are often unaware that it was largely the strength of this emancipation movement in fara way England that persuaded its own gov ernment to take decisive action on the issue. The rst step was the ending of the Atlantic slave trade in 1807, with the Royal Navy forcibly preventing ships from carrying slaves from West Africa. Abolitionists were determined that this should be followed by a complete ban on slavery within the empire and this was nally achieved through the Eman cipation Act which came into force in 1834 and was followed by payment of substantial compensation by the British government to plantation slave owners. All this is a vital part of our nations history, the ramications of which affect us in various ways to this day, but other aspects of our past are similarly impor tant in so far as they are linked to the future. Some people, determined to live exclusively in the present, have been known to cite the view of Henry Ford, who, it is claimed, famously declared that history is bunk. Perhaps he meant that, in relation to the manufacture of vehicles, tradition should not be allowed to obscure the need for constant innova tion. But none can seriously refute the notion that, in the broader context of life, what happened in the past can be inuential in determining how to handle the problems of the present. The received wisdom in relation to history that has almost become a cli ch is that, if we ignore the lessons and experience of the past, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. While such a proposition surely makes good sense, the need for awareness of history goes deeper. Knowledge and understand ing of the past, particularly in a young country like ours still in the process of nation-building, make us aware of our identity as a people and our place in the world. Most people want to know about their roots and origin in order better to understand who they are. History also provides a collective memory and a sense of connection within a community which serves to ex tend peoples horizons beyond the nar row limits of family and friends and it should at the same time induce national pride and an appreciation of a countrys culture. We believe that the teaching of history in our schools should be made a high priority. Children should be encouraged to look beyond themselves and learn about their countrys past. They should also study and celebrate the lives and achievements of those who have contrib uted in one way or another to the build ing and development of our nation not only prominent political leaders, but also individuals in many other elds. Moreo ver, our institutions like museums, art galleries and the admirable Department of Archives should be cherished and pro moted as places of excellence which are available to everybody seeking to learn about our country and its history and na tional achievements. Let us hope that young people can be made increasingly aware of our his tory, including the system of slavery as a harsh blot on the past, so that they them selves will be better placed to contribute to the future of their country. The importance of Bahamian history EDITOR, The Tribune. CLASSISM is alive and well in The Bahamas! This display of outrage by certain sectors of society only after well connected members of the political class are hauled before the courts is sickening! Classism is alive and well in The Bahamas! Countless young men (and women) have been paraded before the courts (many innocent) no differ ently from the recent former politicians for decades... Where were the religious leaders? Where were the threats of lawsuits and policy change? Where were the Face book advocates for humane and fair treatment? Where were the calls for protests? Where was the outcry? Oh wait... Those were just average Bahamians... They dont count. Aint no body on their run. I mussie forget this coun try was set up by the elite for the elite. And as usual the rest of us non-elites play right into it not realizing that it is US that perpetuate this vicious cycle that only benet a small group while the rest suffer. Lets cry for all Bahami ans mistreated by the jus tice system... Not just three! Lets protest for all Bahami ans to be treated humanely and fairly until proven guilty... Not just three! All Bahamian lives mat ter. FARRELL GOFF Nassau, August 9, 2017 Selective outrage EDITOR, The Tribune. YOUR story on page two Investors to be encour aged to submit proposals for landll begs certainly a question to the good Min ister responsible for the En vironment and Housing in your life prior to May 10th you were a professional consultant in this area and known to be probably con nected to some of the local or even foreign companies that sought this concession. Will this possible RFP for the concession for the management of the landll be the rst challenge of the promised openness integrity and totally uncompro mised management of Gov ernment business by the Minnis Government in The Peoples Time? There are actually two Ministers who, in my opin ion, should abstain in the process totally the Min ister of the Environment and naturally the Minister of Agriculture owing to his link to the infamous Stellar Waste $100m proposal. I hope the press are watch ing I know the People are as this is important to ensure the Peoples business is car ried out with total uncom promised transparency. If both Ministers do not declare they have advised the Prime Minister that they have to abstain then we know the rest of the story business, oh, so regrettably, is obviously as usual.. those pious words pre-May 10th meant nothing! W THOMPSON Nassau August 9, 2017. What next at the landll? EDITOR, The Tribune. LAST week, Mr Doug Manchester, the nominated Ambassador to The Ba hamas, made remarks to the USA Senate Commit tee vetting his selection by the Hon. President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Manchester referred to The Bahamas as a protectorate of the United States of America. Members of the committee, as many Bahamians, were taken aback by that inno cent description. The reac tions, both in the USA and here in our nation (not pro tectorate) were swift and al most brutal. I do not know the Am bassador Designate but, from what I have been able to google and research about Mr Manchester, he is an astute businessman; hus band and father. He earned his multi-million dollar portfolio the hard way..... he worked for it. There is no hint of public scandal at tached to his name and he is pro business. Hes never been the rank and le poli tician and, as far as I am aware, he is not a trained lawyer or legislator. Doug Papa Manchester referred to our nation as a protectorate, innocently and with no known ulterior motives, to my knowledge. The Bahamas, as we all know, is not an actual pro tectorate, in the ordinary sense of the word. If one were to closely examine the relationship between our two wonderful nations, it would readily be agreed that the USA is, in fact, our protector. That does not, strictly speaking from a constitutional point, makes us a protectorate. It is also to be agreed that the USA is, like it or lump it, our big brother and literal protec tor. Decades ago, when Cu ban MiG jets attacked our Defence Force, the USA was the rst country to come to our defence. Way back in the 1930s during the Great Depression the USA offered our people, especially the low income persons, an opportunity to travel to the now fable Contract where those se lected were able to live and work in the USA while re mitting funds back to The Bahamas. The vast major ity of our university gradu ates would have gone to one in the USA. Today, tens of thousands of Bahamas, ille gally and legally, reside and work in the USA seeking a better way of life for them selves and family. Our second home indus try is dominated by citizens of the USA. Grand Bahama was conceptualized; de veloped and built by Wal lace Groves, a citizen of the USA. Paradise Island (a/k/a Hog Island ) before it became Atlantis was also rolled out, big time by USA investors. The USA also is intimately involved with The Bahamas on many bi lateral matters; inclusive of illegal migration; drug interdiction; human smuggling and, of course, mili tary and defense coopera tion (OBAT); Coast Guard protection and availabil ity during natural disasters. The USA has always been our protector in more ways than one. I for one, hope that Mr. Manchester is approved and sworn in as the USAs Ambassador to The Baha mas. We have been without a continuous ambassador for a long time. This man has already laid out some of his plans to improve and enhance relationships be tween our countries. All of the displeasure over Papas description is much to do about nothing. Lets pray that he is con rmed and that he, who by the way has the ear of Presi dent Trump, will assist us in ushering in a new golden and pro business relation ship. God knows that we need all of the foreign in vestment and nancial as sistance that we are able to get. While I love the Chi nese people and their food, Id prefer for the USA to remain our big brother and, of course, our protector. ORTLAND H. BODIE, JR Nassau, August 4, 2017 Much ado about nothing EDITOR, The Tribune. I HAVE learned to ex pect very little from the PLP party leadership, but the ramblings of Freddy and Brave, although comi cal at times, have become bewildering to say the least. One could make the argu ment that they are trying to appeal to their party base, but that would be an insult to a considerable cross sec tion of the electorate. Sure ly the PLP base is not as asi nine as these two leaders would have us believe. I cannot say that I have ever respected either of these two men, but the fact that they are relevant in any way, shape or form in our country is the true tragedy in our current political arena. Free speech, often a shield for lunatics, has its place in a free society, but enough is enough. The PLP has many bridges to cross in the years to come, and hopefully one of them will be back into reality. Rac ist, fear mongering, sub version of the truth, and blatant corruption have no place in a country seeking to move forward. It is my hope that we shake off the clammy grip of ignorance that these two men spew daily, and press on, steady sunward. SHEEPRUNNER Nassau, August 9, 2017. Have they no shame? A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 11, 2017, PAGE 5 THE government will inject almost $20m into the capital development of the countrys 39 constituen cies over the next ve years through its Constituency Capital Grant Programme. The Constituency Capital Grant Bill 2017 came into force on July 1 and provides for the allocation of con stituency capital grants in the amount of $100,000 per annum for each of the 39 constituencies to facilitate development and for con nected purposes. That amounts to $3.9m annually and $19.5m over a ve-year period. Administration ofcials say all grants payable under the act will be paid out of the Consolidated Fund. Grants allocated under the programme must be used for authorised capital development projects ap proved by the minister of nance only, and includes any works carried out for the overall or partial devel opment of a constituency; the maintenance of any roads, parks or other public facility within a constituen cy; the beautication of the environment within a con stituency or any other work as the member of Parlia ment considers appropriate for the development, edu cational or cultural endeav ou0rs of his constituency, as approved by the minister of nance. No member of Parliament shall utilise any portion or part thereof of a grant for any political meeting or fo rum; any fundraising activ ity for any political party or the payment, maintenance, upkeep, salaries and other expenses in respect of the constituency ofce. Constituency capital grants are not to be con fused with the constituency allowances members of Parliament currently receive for the payment, maintenance, upkeep, sala ries and other expenses in respect of their constitu ency ofces. Additionally, no MP shall award a contract for a capital development project to a member of his family or to any business or company for which the ben ecial owners of that com pany are family members of the MP. Anthony Newbold, press secretary in the Ofce of the Prime Minister, said in order to obtain authorisa tion for payment for any project, the MP must sub mit a proposal for the capi tal development project to be carried out to the min ister of nance who bears sole responsibility for au thorisation of payments. Such proposal shall contain a declaration by the member of Parliament stating his intention to have such project carried out as specied therein, Mr New bold said. For each devel opment, a proposal must be advanced with quotations, any required approvals and permits and of course a tax compliance certicate for the person carrying out the project. The minister of nance is the only person who can authorise such a payment. This is not the end though, proper accounts must be kept and a report prepared for the auditor general at the end of each scal year, Mr Newbold added. $20m for constituencies in govt capital grant plans By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services AFTER a successful exercise to facilitate the collection of new e-pass ports at a special collec tion centre, the Passport Ofce has announced that the passport collection/is suance centre returns to the regular headquarters on Thompson Boulevard/ University Drive, effec tive Monday. Chief Passport Ofcer Superintendent Clarence Russell said: The special collection exercise dur ing the month of July and the rst two weeks of Au gust at the Anatol Rodgers Gymnasium has been an unqualied success, hav ing issued well in excess of 3,000 e-passports to to days date. We were able to signi cantly reduce the number of uncollected passports that had already been pro cessed and the Passport Ofce staff worked hard to accommodate the gen eral publics summer travel plans. We are now satised that Bahamians who need ed to upgrade to the new epassports along with those who had special travel plans for the summer holidays or otherwise have now been accommodated in the most efcient fashion. Mr Russell thanked Min ister of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld for his as sistance in publicising the special collection exercise through his appeal to the public. For those few who still have passports awaiting collection, the ministrys Passport Ofce on Thomp son Boulevard is open from 9am to 4pm, Mon day through Friday, Mr Russel said. We additionally take this opportunity to express ly thank the Hon Minister of Education (Jeff Lloyd), Mr Russell continued, as well as his management and staff of the Anatol Rodgers School, for the privilege of utilising their facilities. We likewise thank the minister of national secu rity for the security provid ed daily by both the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defence Force details, throughout our operations. We commend the public for their patience and sup port in this endeavour, Mr Russell said. PASSPORT COLLECTION RETURNS TO HEADQUARTERS ON MONDAY 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 In a Facebook post this week he noted: Im urging the government to indicate how long these positions/ persons have been on work permits. Upon production of this report, Bahamians would know which upper and middle management jobs will be available at the end of that 12-month suc cess plan period. Asked about this, a gov ernment minister granted anonymity to discuss a mat ter not ofcially reviewed by the government, ex pressed openness to it but added that any such matter would have to be consid ered by Cabinet before a position is taken. I have always been dis turbed by resorts putting Bahamian staff on two to three-day work weeks after receiving millions of dollars in concessions, Mr Hen eld wrote. Not to men tion the fact that shares in these resorts had not been sold to Bahamian staff. I have always been disturbed by resorts and expat-owned business closing for months while staff dont receive salaries during the closure. Some of these businesses have been skipped over, never to return while staff are waiting to be paid. Post-Emancipation Day, The Bahamas should no longer allow Bahamian workers to be exploited by investors and hoteliers, Mr Heneld said. For starters, at least 60 per cent of upper and mid dle management of every resort/hotel should, by law come August 2018, imple ment a 12-month succession plan to replace the large amount of non-Bahamian workers with Bahamian workers, he wrote. We have too many of our peo ple with the qualications in hotel management that are unemployed or under employed while expats are raking in tens of thousands of dollars each year. In May, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has directed government of cials to ensure that no foreign er should get a work permit where there are qualied Ba hamians to ll that position. Speaking about the Free National Movements posi tion on the issue at the time, Mr Foulkes said the Minnis administration is committed to maximising Bahamian employment where possible adding that the government is in talks with the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) for a $20m loan for apprenticeship and workforce training. Senator Foulkes said since assuming his post af ter the May 10 election, he has been very strict in ap proving labour certicates for work permits and has denied or deferred many of them. The prime minister has given me directions to en sure that no foreigner gets a permit where there is a Ba hamian available to do the job, he said at the time. from page one RANARD Heneld with Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at his swearing-in as senator. A5MAIN


So the FNM has fol lowed the PLPs nonsense, Dame Joan said on the Nahaja Black Show. They have gone down the train even further than the PLP in that regard. The comments came af ter Wayne Aranaha, chair man of BOB, revealed that $166m in toxic BOB loans will be transferred to Ba hamas Resolve, the SPV the Christie administration created in 2015 to clean up BOBs balance sheet and go after loans the bank was un able to recover. The $166m is on top of the $100m in bad loans the previous administration transferred to the SPV. Bahamas Resolve has faced signicant headwinds going after the bad loans, leading Mr Smith to warn earlier this year that tax payers will have to pay the interest and principal relat ed to much of those loans. The yearly interest to the bank is about two to three million dollars, Mr Smith has said. Bahamas Resolve has so far only been able to sell two of the properties from its original portfolio. Its recoveries were sup posed to nance the inter est payments to BOB. The banks isnt clean in all of this, Mr Smith, who served as minister of state for nance in the rst Christie administration, said yesterday. There are legal challenges before the courts on the amount of interest they were charging and agreements they didnt keep. That helps explain why they couldnt go after so much of the bad loans. Mr Smith said the Christie administration decided not to transfer the loans of po litically exposed persons like members of the govern ment to the SPV, a fact he believes meant efforts to clean up the banks balance sheet did not go far enough. Its not clear if the new administration will place a similar restriction on what loans can be transferred to the SPV. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Pe ter Turnquest has said the $166m transfer is the banks best shot for recovery, adding the previous admin istration tried to protect certain borrowers, result ing in the bank having to carry provisions it didnt need to. Nonetheless, Bahami ans will pay quite a lot for this, Mr Smith said. The banking system had over $1b in non-performing loans, working through that during the last four years. One bank had to discount to take them off the books. Similarly, we will have to eat it someway down the road and that process starts immediately. First you have to recognise the debt; $100m in promissory notes were given from the former administration to BOB in exchange for the bad loans. Now I presume another $160m notes will be ex changed. Its a liability of the government for which they must pay back interest and principal over time. Mr Turnquest has said the governments rescue of BOB will be debated in Parliament. In 2015 Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, then the leader of the Ofcial Opposition, led about 100 supporters on a march to BOBs headquarters on Shirley Street to protest the leadership of the bank. We have assembled here at the peoples bank to de clare with one loud voice that enough is enough, he said speaking from the banks steps at the time. The government must act and they must act now. The use of government vot ing power to prop up failed leadership in the bank is un acceptable, when the Baha mian taxpayers have been made to swallow a $100m increase in the public debt load in order to prop up the same bank. PAGE 6, Friday, August 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Death Notice Fora resident of Chur chill Subdivision, died at home on Sunday, August 6th, 2017. He is survived by a host of relatives and friends includ ing Corene Francis, Raymond Francis, Charles Brown and Calvin Brown. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.Brandon Leroy Brooks, 60 The Ministry of Tour ism has a lot of events and I noticed that even though the ministry is paying for them, they are basically turning into great big par ties for Bahamians and not turning into exponential events for our visitors. One of the things we have to do is ask ourselves why the ho tels are not sending them there and one of the ques tions they are going to ask is Is it safe for our guests? We have to ensure that it is a safe and fun environment for our visitors. It is a con cern. Crime and safety is an enormous social problem here and it affects every thing that we do. Last week, an interna tional travel site listed The Bahamas as the sixth out of ten most dangerous places for unaccompanied women travellers to visit., in a recent sur vey, listed the Bahamas just behind Peru and ahead of Colombia on its Least Safe Countries for Solo Female Travellers. The story was picked up by popular international business magazine Forbes and published on its website The Forbes report also used information from a re cent US State Department warning over New Provi dences crime rate. In that report, the US State Department lists the criminal threat level for New Providence as criti cal, while also acknowl edging an increase in criminal activity in Grand Bahama this past year. In June, responding to a controversial video circulat ing on social media encour aging prospective visitors to avoid New Providence to preserve their own safe ty, Mr DAguilar said his ministry will redouble its marketing efforts to coun ter the false information contained in the video. Still, at the time Mr DAguilar admitted that New Providence is not something that we should be proud of, adding that he is unimpressed with the experience cruise visitors have when they arrive at the Port of Nassau. Mr DAguilar, in regret ting the current state of affairs in New Providence, stressed that our tour ist product needs some work. There have been a spike of homicides over the past few weeks, with the most recent involving two men who were killed over the holiday weekend, one of whom was killed less than a month after he was re leased on bail. Tourism in fear over crime risk On Wednesday, BPL CEO Pamela Hill defended PowerSecures $1.1m per formance 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 insisted that while none of BPLs issues will be resolved in an over night fashion, there have been overall improve ments in BPLs reliability and efciency to date. She subsequently pointed to the acquisition of an ad ditional 40 megawatts of rental power generation in New Providence and new generation on some Fam ily Islands as initiatives that have helped to improve our reliability. In response, Mr Miller called her assertions ri diculous. How in the hell can you say this [expletive]. She knows damn well that her group has done nothing to improve the state of elec tricity in this country, Mr Miller said. Where is the tangible evidence of what she is say ing? All the damn things she pointed to, are things we are spending a ridicu lous amount of money on. And we arent getting any value for the [expletive]. According to Mr Miller, before the PowerSecure deal, consumers in the Ba hamas paid 31 cents per megawatt-hour. He said that gure has now been increased to 43 cents per megawatt-hour. Their involvement was supposed to x things? Tell me what theyve xed since coming here. Electricity costs have doubled since they came on board. Where is the long-term fuel deal? Where are the improvements to Clifton? Where is the reduction in cost? Youve got to be [exple tive] me. Stop it. Seriously, stop it. We had Clifton op erating at peak capacity. Clifton is key to power in this country. Theyve failed miserably. Theyre still renting equipment at Blue Hill and arent doing anything to correct that situation be cause they know regardless of how much they spend and lose, theyre getting paid, he contended. PowerSecures veyear management services agreement, reportedly worth as much as $25m, was promoted by the former Christie administration as being the answer to subpar electricity service and high electricity bills. It was signed in early 2016. When contacted for com ment about Ms Hills re marks yesterday, Bahamas Electrical Workers Unions (BEWU) President Paul Maynard urged consumers to, in their haste to question PowerSecures performance bonus, not overlook the life of luxury and comfort being provided to many of the companys executives. Mr Maynard said while BPL has had some suc cess, more needs to be done to improve the companys day-to-day quality. Weve seen some failures since theyve been here, he said. BPL came in here and met this place in a mess. Sys tems needed to be improved and corrected and theyve attempted to do that. But the fact remains, the contract signed man dated they be paid. There is no way around that. With all that said, many of these executive board members, their salaries and bonuses need a second look. He added: Hundreds of thousands of dollars, lux ury cars, all the perks and they arent worth it. That is where we need to start with getting value. Look at those contracts and demand value for what they get. I am not afraid to say what needs to be said in this instance. Mr (Deep ak) Bhatnagar, how is he still here eating up money and providing nothing? Mr Bhatnagar, BPL ex ecutive director, along with former Minister of Works Philip Brave Da vis steered the task force appointed by the Chris tie administration to look at various proposals for a generation plant which would have assisted in deal ing with the challenges at the utility provider. Mr Maynard continued: This man has been here and is still here eating up money. He tells these stories and the people in charge be lieve it. He messed up on a number of initiatives and is still working the clock, earning $200,000 and driv ing a $70,000 luxury car. This is where the coun try is losing out, people like him. So while we in a rush to jump all over BPL, the company, lets take a hard look at these people buried in the system, ndings ways to live the life off of us, Mr Maynard concluded. from page one from page one from page one PAMELA Hill CEO of BPL. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A6MAIN 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


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 11, 2017, PAGE 7 FORT Charlotte Camp Believe, sponsored by the Fort Charlotte Community Development Association and Alfred Sears, QC, re cently concluded another summer session lled with fun and activities. The camp celebrated its 16th year in existence and held an exuberant ceremo ny at St Michaels Methodist Church for the 80 campers who successfully completed four weeks of civics, arts & craft, sewing, Junkanoo arts, English, health, music and dance. At the closing ceremo ny, moderated by trained teacher Earnestine Sears, the campers displayed their talents by performing skits, songs, dances and poems for an appreciative audi ence of parents and friends. Each year, the Fort Char lotte Community Centre hosts a free four-week sum mer camp for children liv ing in the Fort Charlotte community ranging from ages 5 to 15. During these weeks, the campers are provided with a hot lunch, drinks, snacks and sup plies for their activities. The camp is the brainchild of former Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears who reestablished the community centre in 2001. During the summer camp, the campers experi enced a myriad of activities that developed each camp er creatively, intellectually and culturally. The campers engaged in jewelry making, sewing, baking and dance classes. They also brushed up on their mathematics, reading comprehension and essay writing skills. A fa vourite activity for campers was the cultural eld trip to the Junkanoo World Mu seum, located in Fort Char lotte. Its founder, Quinton Barabbas Woodside, gave the campers a lecture on the importance of pre serving Bahamian heritage and sponsored a workshop for the campers on creat ing Junkanoo costumes and craft-work. In addition, the campers engaged in con versations with three guest speakers. Dr Reynaldo Scavella spoke about health, wellness and hygiene; moti vational speaker Duquesa Dean encouraged campers to dene and pursue their goals and Mr Sears shared his childhood stories to mo tivate the campers to dream larger than their current cir cumstances. The camp was led by In zolet Woodside, a teacher at Tiny Tot. She was support ed by four other trained teachers and 14 young fa cilitators, some of whom had been campers them selves, and numerous vol unteers from the commu nity. Rev Dr Philip Stubbs, in partnership with the Fort Charlotte Development As sociation, allowed the clos ing ceremony to be held at St Michaels Methodist Church again this year. Camp Believe is a won derful example of what can be accomplished when members of the commu nity come together, pool resources, time, effort and skills in an effort to contrib ute to the development of our youth. THEY swam, snorkeled, recorded, reported and studied the marine environ ment and by the end of the week, 12 teens from Grand Bahama had a new respect for the waters around them and the critical role water plays in sustaining life on the planet. The students were the dedicated dozen who quali ed for Camp Eco-Explor er. It was the second year that environmental advoca cy organisations Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Ba hamas offered the camp. This years rst session, held under the theme Eve rything Water, was ear marked for children 11 to 15, with this week welcom ing younger students. Both focus on the connectivity of elements that together cre ate life-giving ecosystems. This was the best camp experience ever, said Wa terkeepers Bahamas Ex ecutive Director Rashema Ingraham. We embraced camp activities like teambuilding, information-gath ering and eld trips and placed them against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking waters in the world. Campers snorkeled on coral reefs alive with vi brant colours and teeming with tropical sh. They ex amined reefs for damage, debris and detritus. They studied mangroves and learned the importance of wetlands as nurseries for immature sh, conch and crawsh as well as buff ers protecting shorelines against storm surges. They visited Owls Blue Hole, learned about the mythi cal creature Lusca, went to Bens Cave and the Burial Mound at the Lucayan National Park to observe marine life in a freshwa ter setting. They examined how man-made structures on shore impact marine life and studied the differences between fresh, salt and brackish water. They kay aked from mangroves to tip of the ocean. This was the kind of camp experience that hap pens once in a lifetime and creates memories that last a lifetime, said Joe Darville, Save The Bays chairman. The kids had a ball. More importantly they came away with such profound feelings about how important it is to protect our waters and the marine life they support. Days began in a class room and ended with pro duction of a poster sum ming up lessons learned during hands-on experi ences. Kellon Albury and Anaiya Armbrister were honored with most out standing boy and girl camp ers. Local yoga instructor LaKrista Strachan led stu dents in yoga and breathing exercises, reinforcing the connectivity theme. I shared with them how important Mother Earth is to us. The trees give us oxygen and we reciprocate with carbon dioxide., said Ms Strachan. Once they started to tune in to the sounds around them such as the waves crashing on the shore, or the birds singing in the trees they were able to relax. You could see the pro gress of their thoughts, said Ms Ingraham, as the quality of their posters with action messages got better every day. We now have 12 more ambassadors for the marine environment who, we hope, will inspire others to protect the beauty of our Bahamian waters and treas ure the memories of their Camp Eco-Explorer expe riences. Diving in to summer on the water SAVE The Bays Chairman and Grand Bahama Waterkeeper Joe Darville (arms outstretched) takes a dozen campers from Camp Eco-Explorer out to monitor the waters off Fortune Beach, Grand Bahama. It was the second year Save The Bays and Waterkeeper Bahamas partnered to put on the camp. CAMP Eco-Explor er campers look over Owls Blue Hole in Lucayan National Park. A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Friday, August 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IF Bahamians really want to understand whats happening in our country, The Tribunes Business Section is where the action is at. So I noticed, with great inter est, an article in yesterdays Tribune outlining how the Ministry of Tourism and the government is drafting legislation to tax the home rental sector. By now, we all know the countrys nances was left in shambles by the last administration. We also know, due to the shambolic state of our nances, that the current government is looking under every nook, cranny and couch cushion to nd more money to put in the countrys coffers. While the move to come to agreement with Airbnb, on the surface, looks like one that will only affect da rich people dem, the truth is that many Bahamians are now engaged in the busi ness of renting rooms to tourists. This industry, which is mainly an online venture, has seen dollars (and Euros) move from the purses of guests wanting to experience an authentic Bahamas experience to the purses of entrepreneurs as far as from Lyford Cay to Over da Hill. Its the latter group Im more concerned with. I can tell you, from per sonal experience, that rent ing property, to locals as well as tourists, is a ckle adventure these days. There are so many considerations to take into account, includ ing the cost of electricity, the cost of cable services, the cost of telephone ser vices and the cost of real property taxes. Now, bear in mind, that all of these costs already have VAT slapped on them like an old-fashioned Ba hamian parent would disci pline a wayward child with a taped-up switch. In oth er words, these taxes hurt. When I read statements on the countrys $100,000 ceiling and the fact that Airbnb likes taxes that are clean and easy and easy to collect it makes me nerv ous. Has the government, with their new best friends (Airbinb) done the research to understand how many Bahamians surpassed this $100,000 threshold? If so, have the headlines that have been generated worth all this fuss or is the Ministry of Tourism simply looking at the industry as a whole? The Tribunes article had some great stats: 1,200 ac tive hosts and 1,900 active listings. I know that the previ ous administration had im plored Bahamians to regis ter with the Hotel Licensing Department. (And like true Bahamians, on Baha mian time, most probably didnt.) I also know that, on average, most of the people who rent out a room or two most likely do not meet that $100,000 threshold. Yet, there goes our Minister of Tourism smiling while agreeing to... something. I told you, in a previous column, that scal responsi bility will hurt. Hearing that VAT will most likely be lev ied on this type of venture that even the little man has gotten savvy to only reaf rms my beliefs. And that clean taxation means that the powers that be are look ing at 7.5 to be rounded up instead of down. Get ready Mama Over da Hill looking to make a few dollars renting out a room in the hood. The government is onto you now. And just like Mr Rainy Day in the summer, the taxman cometh! You may need an aspirin or two.THE HITMAN COMETHIt takes a lot to shock me, however I must admit this week I was actually shocked. When I heard little Nas sau had become eerily simi lar to a scene from Nar cos. And social media only compounded it. Is this where we are as a nation? With rumours awash of hitmen coming to town, with their targets being the PM, Dr Hubert Minnis, the Minister of National Secu rity, Marvin Dames, AG Carl Bethel and his Min ister for Legal Affairs in the AGs, ofce Ellsworth Johnson? National Security Minis ter Marvin Dames said that he remained un wavered. And that the government would not bow to threats as it continues its ght to eradicate corruption in our nation. Just let me say this, no amount of threats is going to intimidate this govern ment. I have been at this before and so we are not going to be distracted by persons believing or feeling as if they can intimidate. I am not concerned. I am not prepared to speak on that in any other way, but I will say this, we are a govern ment and we govern by laws and all of those who are in contravention to those laws will be made account. No amount of intimidation, no amount of threats will change that, thats reality. Its as simple as that. What I nd commend able, is that Dames has de nitely been one of the shin ing members of the PMs Cabinet thus far, talking the talk and walking the walk. Prepared to protect and serve his country and Prime Minister, and ensure law and order remains intact. Let me hurry to the next paragraph, a Silver Honda has been outside my house for the last hour, Im won dering if Ive made the hit list also, and now they are coming to whack me as well? What I nd laughable, is Press Secretary Anthony Newbold told reporters that he knows of no credible threats to the prime minis ter or anyone else. Mr Newbold also said the security detail has not been beefed up and re mains the same. I watch enough CSI and the First 48 to know that you dont put critical, strate gic security details out there to the masses, especially if intelligence conrms that there could potentially be hitmen in our midsts. Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander seemed to endorse Mr. Newbolds statements, tell ing The Tribune that he has no information regarding the alleged death threats, he also said if it were true police would take the mat ter very seriously and act accordingly. So for now Im just going to keep an eye open and an ear out and lay low. THE WARMONGER COMETHIts hard to live in this new global economy and not take note of whats hap pening in the world around us. This week, US President Donald J Trump set tongues wagging and Twitter Fin gers a twittering when he said, North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. He went on to say that if they did, they will be met with re and fury like the world has never seen. Now, on the surface, this appears very dangerous. Bush 41 never spoke like this. Clinton never spoke like this. Bush 43 never spoke like this. And Obama (#44)nev er spoke like this. Now the world ( and the solar system, and the galaxy) has Trump. Lest you forgot, Trump is different. After hearing the Ameri can President react to them, North Korea actually put out a statement saying that Trumps statement was a load of nonsense. In other words, they are shook. North Koreas Great Leader, Kim Jun Un, has never had to deal with a world leader (correction; the world leader) as belli cose and bumptious as him self. Trumps press release might as well have read, You think youre crazy? Ill show you crazy! So, in their ofcial re sponse to Trump, the North Koreans revealed they know they are dealing with an unknown known. Sure, they threatened to bomb Guam (which they have threatened for decades) but they also acknowledged (unwittingly or not) that the status quo had changed. North Korea has been building up its arsenal for more than a generation and pufng up its chest to the rest of the world. Now, they are attempting to cross a threshold most coun tries have determined they should not be allowed to cross. And the only thing standing in their way is a total narcissist who a) never served in the armed forces b) has as tough a rhetoric as they do and c) hates to lose. I may not agree with him on 99.9% of the things he does ( or says) but my mon ey is on Trump in this war of words. Kim Jung Un Crazy meet Donald J Trump Cra zier. And may God be with us all! The Taxman Cometh TOURISM Minister Dionisio DAguilar. Photo: Terrel W. 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THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 11, 2017, PAGE 9 CARACAS, VENEZUELA Associated Press VENEZUELAN leader Nicolas Maduro said Thurs day he wants a meeting with President Donald Trump the same man he ridicules as a crass imperial magnate and blasts for US sanctions against ofcials in his so cialist administration. In a lengthy address to the 545 members of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly, Maduro instruct ed Venezuelas foreign min ister to approach the United States about arranging a telephone conversation or meeting with Trump. Mr Donald Trump, here is my hand, the socialist president said, adding that he wants as strong a rela tionship with the US as he has with Russia. The remarks came short ly after Maduro forcefully warned the US president that Venezuela will never give in. The Trump administra tion has called Maduro a dictator and issued sanc tions against him and more than two dozen other for mer and current ofcials, accusing Maduros govern ment of violating human rights and undermining the countrys democracy amid an escalating political and nancial crisis. On Thursday, Credit Sui sse bank banned the trad ing and use of Venezuelan bonds, citing recent devel opments and the political climate in the country. The bank will no longer trade, nor accept as collat eral, two specic types of Venezuelan securities as well as any bonds the coun try issued from June 1 go ing forward, according to a company spokeswoman who was not authorized to give her name. Further, any businesses who wish to do business with Venezuela and deal in any assets there will have to go through ad ditional screening. Venezuela is facing mounting international criticism over a crackdown on opponents and moves to consolidate power, in cluding the selection of the all-powerful assembly con trolled by Maduro. It is also in the midst of a severe economic downturn caused by low oil prices and poor government policies. The countrys bonds are one of the few ways the cur rent government is able to raise money to support its collapsing economy. But as the countrys polit ical crisis has worsened, the bonds issued by the govern ment as well as the stateowned oil company PDV SA have become a point of contention and concern for investors who increasingly worry they are supporting an oppressive regime as well as a country that is a great risk of defaulting on its debts. Goldman Sachs came under political pres sure earlier this year for buying a reported $2.8 bil lion in Venezuelan bonds on the open market at a signicant discount. National Assembly Presi dent Julio Borges, leader of the countrys opposition, has sent more than a dozen letters to leading global banks warning them of the risk to their reputations and bottom line if they throw a lifeline to Maduro. On Wednesday, a fth opposition mayor in Vene zuela was removed from his post, part of what the oppo sition is calling a campaign to illegally remove anti-gov ernment mayors from their elected posts. A small group of young people set up barricades of strewn metal objects in the eastern Caracas district of El Hatillo on Thursday to protest the Supreme Court decision to order Mayor David Smolansky impris oned for 15 months for not obeying orders to shut down the protests. We cant allow the dic tatorship to hunt down, im prison and treat our mayors like criminals, said Andres Paez, a lawyer who joined the protest. Smolansky issued a video from an undisclosed loca tion in which he called on residents of the El Hatillo to take to the streets to uphold their right to representa tion against what he called the governments political ring squad. My commit ment to restoring freedom in Venezuela remains in tact, Smolansky said. His arrest was ordered by the government-stacked Supreme Court less than 48 hours after it levied a simi lar sentence against Ramon Muchacho, another Cara cas-area mayor. Opposition leaders de cried both rulings. Accord ing to their gures, about a third of the nations opposi tion mayors have been re moved from ofce or jailed or are under threat of ar rest. Gerardo Blyde, an op position mayor of Baruta, a city of more than 350,000 near the capital, equated it to a sort of Russian rou lette. This is a continued coup against municipal public au thority, he said. Maduro: Mr Trump, here is my hand VENEZUELAs President Nicolas Maduro, centre, with his wife Cilia Flores, left, and Constitutional Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez wave as they arrive to the National Assembly building for a session with the Constitutional Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday. Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP WASHINGTON Associated Press THE Canadian govern ment said Thursday that at least one Canadian diplo mat in Cuba also has been treated for hearing loss following disclosures that a group of American dip lomats in Havana suffered severe hearing loss that US ofcials believe was caused by an advanced sonic de vice. Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman Brianne Maxwell said Canadian of cials are aware of unusu al symptoms affecting Ca nadian and US diplomatic personnel and their fami lies in Havana. The govern ment is actively working including with US and Cuban authorities to as certain the cause. Maxwell added that of cials dont have any reason to believe Canadian tour ists and other visitors could be affected. Canada helped broker talks between Cuba and the United States that led to re stored diplomatic relations. In the fall of 2016, a series of US diplomats began suf fering unexplained losses of hearing, according to of cials with knowledge of the investigation into the case. Several of the diplomats were recent arrivals at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of President Barack Obamas reestab lishment of diplomatic rela tions with Cuba. Some of the US diplo mats symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tours early and return to the United States, ofcials said. After months of investigation, US ofcials concluded that the diplomats had been at tacked with an advanced sonic weapon that operated outside the range of audible sound and had been de ployed either inside or out side their residences. It was not immediately clear if the device was a weapon used in a deliberate attack, or had some other purpose. CANADIAN AND AMERICAN DIPLOMATS IN CUBA A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Friday, August 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foun dation. The Bahamas Pri mary School Student of the Year Foundation has con rmed the appointments of Dave M Forbes; Linda Wal lace and Michael Wilson as new members of The Board of Directors following vot ing at its June 29th Extraor dinary General Meeting. Vandyke Pratt, chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation in announc ing the new appointments noted that they each bring deep expertise in their re spective elds and collec tively a wealth of leadership experience, knowledge and insights. The foundation is ex cited that we have joining our team, some strong and effective directors to assist with the good governance and to assist us in our ef forts to expand and further promote academic excel lence through the Baha mas Primary School Stu dent of the Year Awards Program. With these appoint ments, the Bahamas Pri mary School Student of the Year Foundation Board of Directors stands at 14 members. Mr Forbes is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fra ternity Incorporated. He is a Life Member and also a Past President of the Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter in Nassau, Bahamas. Mr Forbes holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Ad ministration and studied at both Florida International University and the (for mer) College of the Baha mas. Additionally, he holds various certications in the Information Technol ogy eld achieved over the past 18+ years ranging from network administration and engineering to datacenter virtualization. He attends St. Matthews An glican Church, is married to Michaella Forbes and has two children Daylan and Dnae Forbes. Ms Wallace is a mem ber of Zeta Phi Beta So rority, Incorporated. She She holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor or Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Omega College. Ms Wallace holds a Teachers Certicate with seventeen plus years of actual in class teaching experience, both in the private and pub lic sector. Shes presently a third year educator at Ridgeland Primary School. She is an executive board member of the Genesis Junkanoo Organization. She is a member of Church of God Temple Coconut Grove. She is the last child of Bishop Lindo Sr and Rev Olga Wallace. Mr Wilson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fra ternity, Incorporated. He is the current President of the Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter (Nassau, Baha mas) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science De gree in Accounting with Honours from BethuneCookman University. He attended university on a full football and academic scholarship. He is a Certi ed Public Accountant, with over 20 year Banking and Accountant experienc es with Credit Suisse. He is married to the Gillian Wil son and they are the proud parents of four (4) children: Zara; Hayley; Michael and Ryan. Mr Pratt also expressed his appreciation to three directors who recently stepped down from the board: Jaydian Miller (Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.); Colette Knowles (Member, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.) and Cy Hanna (Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Frater nity, Inc.). Also, Geovanie Rodgers (Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) and Harrison Lockhart (Presi dent, Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council and Member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.) who will stepping down from The Board in September 2017. The Foundation beneted from their combined lead ership. Rotaract Club of East Nassau. This month is Membership Month at Ro taract a great opportunity to invite guests & encour age fellow Rotaractors to give back. Project Read Bahamas Painting Project. the Ro taract crew really chipped in to paint the BAPD last time. There will be beer and pizza on the Friday evening. Dates: Friday 11th, 6pm9pm & Saturday 12th, 8am12/1pm. Place: Project Read, Pro ject Read, Village Road, between QC and Blair wood Academy, Second oor, south end, up spiral staircase The club also took part in a blood donations drive hosted by the Rotary Club of South East Nassau on August 5 at Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza. Rotary Club of New Providence. The Rotary Club of New Providence inducted three new mem bers on Tuesday, August 1. The new inductees are Dr Bridgette Johnson, Del lareese Bethel and Erin Gay. The trio extends RCNPs membership to 49. The new inductees are excited to be a part of RCNPs membership and look forward to serving the community. Dr Bridgette Johnson is the daughter of Dr John and Leona Johnson. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Vet erinary Medicine where she majored in animal sci ence. Bridgette is the owner of Purrfect Pets Veteri nary Clinic located Prince Charles Drive. She is also a member of the Veterinary Medical Association and has also serve in various ca pacities. Dellaresse Bethel is the daughter of Frederick and Hilda Douglas. She is the proud mother of Arlicia and Anwar Bethel. Del laresse is a graduate of the College of The Baha mas, the University of the West Indies and Kent State University. Dellaresse has served as a teacher at various schools throughout The Bahamas. Dellaresse presently serves as the President of The Bahamas School Counsellors Asso ciation. Erin Gay is a former participant in the 2002 Miss Universe Bahamas Pageant and the 2003 Miss Tourism World Ba hamas, where she placed 1st runner up. Erin is a medical coder and holds the job title of Manager of Medical Billing and Accounts Receivables for Open MRI of The Baha mas. RCNPs newest induct ees bring a wealth of expe rience and a range of skills and will no doubt enhance the clubs membership and bring positive change. Membership in Rotary improves personal and professional development through leadership, team building, organization and planning, public speaking and communication. This list is by no means exhaus tive. The club meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Poop Deck West. Persons inter ested in Rotary are invited to visit the clubs page at or like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to view our activities and up coming events. Sister Sister. Sister Sis ter Breast Cancer Support Group, in conjunction with BAF nancial, celebrates its 13th Annual Prayer Break fast under the Theme: Sister Stay in the Race. Ecc. Ch 9 vs 21-16. Venue: Melia Nas sau Resort, Cable Beach on September 9. Doors open at 7:30am. Donation $45. Email Andrea Sweeting on sweeting54@coralwave. com for more information. OUR Clubs and Socie-ties page is a chance for you to share your groups activities with our readers. To feature on our Clubs and Societies page, submit your report to, with Clubs Page written in the sub-ject line. For more information about the page, contact Stephen Hunt on 502-2373 or 447-3565. JOIN THE CLUB Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation MICHAEL WILSON, Linda Wallace and Dave Forbes. FROM left, President Inga Bostwick, Dr Bridgette Johnson, Dellaresse Bethel and Erin Gay. Rotaract Club of East Nassau Rotary Club of New Providence Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support A10MAIN


PAGE 12, Friday, August 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FROM SeaFest in East End to the annual Homecoming Festival in Sea Grape Eight Mile Rock, and at every community event in between, BTC lent its support to countless initiatives over the August Monday Holiday Weekend. We are proud supporters of our cul ture and our love of sports, said North ern VP Eldri Ferguson Mackey. BTC has worked hard to cement our reputa tion as one of Grand Bahamas leading corporate sponsors. BTC participated in: The 2nd An nual Pirates Cove Poker Run, The West Side Basketball Splash Tournament, the Grand Bahama Tennis Doubles Tour nament, The Pathnder Youth Band Concert, The 11th Annual High Rock SeaFest and The SeaGrape Homecom ing Festival.BTC BACKS WEEKEND OF FUN IN GRAND BAHAMA THIS Junior Tennis pro teams up with her senior partner in a doubles match. MEMBERS of the Pathnders Youth Organization Pose outside of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on GB following youth band concert. A12MAIN