Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper MONDAY HIGH 92FLOW 80F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 INSIGHT: THE STORIES BEHIND MURDERS ON OUR STREETS THE Progressive Liberal Party embraced the newly released Labour Force sur vey results over the week end, using the numbers that showed a slight decrease in unemployment to defend the legacy of the Christie administration. These gures represent further empirical evidence that the PLP did the heavy lifting and laid a rm and strong foundation of pro gress on which to build, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said in a statement on the newest job gures. The labour force survey results show the unemploy ment rate dipping below ten per cent for the rst time since the Great Recession in 2008, falling by 1.7 per centage points from 11.6 per cent to 9.9 per cent in April compared to the re sults in October 2016 when the survey was previously done. The results show that no sector experienced a great er boost in employment than the civil service, which experienced a 29.2 per cent increase. The Minnis ad ministration has pledged to take a more conservative Roberts says party did heavy lifting on the economy EXUMA & Ragged Is land MP Chester Cooper called out the Free Na tional Movement yesterday for marching recklessly against the establishment of Bahamas Resolve in 2015 only to now embrace the special purpose vehi cle as part of a plan to turn around the troubled Bank of the Bahamas. His comments came after Wayne Aranha, chairman of the bank, said $166m in bad loans at the bank will be transferred to the SPV, removing the loans from BOBs balance sheet. The move, former Resolve Chairman James Smith has said, will likely put Bahami ans on the hook for much of the interest and principal payments related to this, not least because the SPV has so far struggled in its mandate to go after the loans. FROM MARCHING TO BAILOUT COOPER BLASTS FNM U-TURN A PEDESTRIAN died after being hit by a rolling propane gas truck that was delivering gas to a nearby home, police reported. Ofcers from the Police Trafc Division are inves tigating the incident on Sat urday. According to reports, shortly after 3pm, the man was walking on Cowpen Road near Summerset Es tates, when the rolling pro pane gas truck struck him. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. ROLLING GAS TRUCK KILLS PEDESTRIAN MORE than 150 Haitian migrants were apprehended in waters off Ragged Island last week, according to law enforcement ofcials. According to a statement released by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Public Relations Department on Sun day, some 151 Haitian migrants were apprehended in two separate incidents between August 9 and 11 in waters of the southern Bahamas. This brings the number of appre hended Haitian migrants to more than 640 for the year, ofcials added. On August 9, the US Coast Guard vessel with a defence force ship rider on board apprehended 73 Haitian mi grants aboard a freighter, the state ment said. Under the Comprehensive Mari time Agreement between the US and The Bahamas, defence force person nel are permitted to conduct tours of duty aboard US Coast Guard vessels and to arrest persons engaged in illicit activities in Bahamian waters. A Coast Guard vessel also appre hended a second group of 78 persons on August 11 in waters north of Ragged Island. All migrants apprehended in both incidents were subsequently transferred to the defence force patrol vessel, HMBS Arthur D Hanna, un der the command of Lieutenant Com mander Berne Wright for transport to New Providence. This latest group brings the total Haitian migrant count apprehended in Bahamian waters for the year to over 640 as a result of (the) defence force conducting its own patrol opera tions, as well as RBDF joint opera tions with the Bahamas immigration and US Coast Guard authorities, the RBDF said. 151 MIGRANTS CAUGHT BY RBDF By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICERS in Abaco are investigating the death of a 41-year-old resident of Hope Town, Abaco who died on Saturday in what po lice suspect to be a suicide. Shortly before 10am, police were called to the Hope Town Light House where the lifeless body of a man was found unre sponsive on the premises. The body was taken to the Marsh Harbour Clinic where the man pronounced dead by a doctor. Foul play is not suspected at this time. An autopsy will be per formed to determine the exact cause of death. SUICIDE SUSPECTED AS BODY FOUND IN HOPE TOWN Jobs gures vindicate PLP SEE PAGE SIX By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX UNDOCUMENTED migrants at Coral Harbour Base waiting to be escorted to holding area for processing by Immigration ofcials. Photo: Marine Seaman Michael Turner II/RBDF A1MAIN 2Pc. Thigh & Leg 2 Spicy Strips Coleslaw Individual Fries Biscuit 22oz. Pepsi 16 PAGES HOUSE HOME &
PAGE 2, Monday, August 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE TRIBUNE Deputy Chief Reporter Khrisna Virgil was married on Saturday to Dwayne Russell and leading political gures were also in attendance. Pictured with the happy couple above are Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and the brides father, Alton Virgil, while below the couple is pictured with Leader of the Opposition Philip Brave Davis and his wife, Anne-Marie. TRIBUNE REPORTER MARRIED IN STYLE THE University of The Bahamas (UB) has an nounced the appointment of Dr Ian Strachan as vice president of UB-North, for merly the Northern Baha mas Campus. Dr Strachan is a profes sor of English at UB. He holds an associate of arts degree in English and lit erature from the College of The Bahamas (1988); a teachers certicate from the University of the West Indies (1988); a bachelor of arts degree in English from Morehouse College (1990); and a master of arts (1993) and doctor of philosophy (1995) in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former research fel low at the Carter G Wood son Institute at the Univer sity of Virginia (1998-1999) and a former assistant pro fessor of English at the Uni versity of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1999-2001). Dr Strachan served as chair of the School of English Stud ies at COB (2004-2007) and as the colleges vice presi dent of advancement (20132015). A poet, playwright, nov elist and lmmaker, Dr Strachan is an editor of Poitier Revisited with Mia Mask and Violence in The Bahamas with William Fielding and Virginia Bal lance. He has written and directed a number of plays, including No Seeds in Bab ylon (1991) which appears in the anthology Contem porary Drama for the Car ibbean (2001) and Diary of Souls (1999). In 1996, he founded the Track Road Theatre Foundation and served as its director until 2006. In 2007, his poetry was included in the anthol ogy New Caribbean Poetry (Carcanet 2007). He is the writer, producer and direc tor of the television series, Gippies Kingdom and he wrote and directed his rst lm, Show Me Your Mo tion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas in 2006. STRACHAN GIVEN UNIVERSITY POST DR IAN STRACHAN A2MAIN Family is a Big Deal
THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 14, 2017, PAGE 3 THE Progressive Liberal Party can become a much stronger force if it returns to its roots of being a com munity, one of its senators told supporters over the weekend. Fred Mitchell, former parliamentarian for Fox Hill, was updating PLP supporters on Saturday at a PLP branch meeting held in Dundas Town, Abaco on efforts to strengthen the political organisation. He stressed that installing structure to the existing or ganisation as well hosting annual party conventions would go a long way in mak ing the party stronger over the long-term. You know, after a loss like this, its important for us together because its the community that makes us stronger and causes our hearts to burn within us and so thats what the vice chair is doing, thats what all of us are doing is to go back to all the communi ties that supported us and to say were still here, our life is going on, and I tell the people in Fox Hill that 2,400 people voted for me in Fox Hill, Mr Mitchell said. My opponent got 200 more than I did but 2,400 voted for me and so all those people continue to have a voice in Fox Hill. For me to step away from that would not be the right thing to do. And so thats what the party has to do, it has to remember that there are people who still voted for us, who still trust us and who still want us to speak for them. If you pay attention to the current attitudes in the country, they want you to shut up, to be quiet, to say nothing even if you see wrong being done, just go into a, whats the mans name (Dionisio) DAguilar, the minister of tourism said we must go back in our hole and crawl back from where we came, thats his advice to us. And it gets worse be cause when Shane Gibson was taken to court, and (al legedly) mistreated by the police (before) his arraign ment, two pastors, one is the former archbishop, another is a current bishop, spoke up not about guilt or inno cence, but about whether he was treated properly during the arraignment. And what do you have, you have a (former) judge of the court, someone who is responsible for administering justice, who comes out and says sit down and shut up, sit down and shut up. Thats what they want you to do is sit down and shut up, so tonight, I want to tell you that Fred Mitchell is not going to sit down and shut up. Now they could, I dont know, whatever they want to do, as they say that aint going to happen be cause as long as you have whatever you have, if your voice is all you have, you use your voice. So, if its no, its no. If you agree with some things, ne. But if you disagree, dont be afraid to disagree. The PLP was wiped out of ofce on May 10, only securing four out of 39 seats in the House of As sembly. Many veteran PLPs lost seats considered party strongholds and only one MP, Glenys Hanna Martin, won a seat in New Provi dence. The opposition party secured 37 per cent of the nearly 160,000 votes that were cast on Election Day compared to the 57 per cent won by the Free National Movement. Since then, the party has seen the resignation of former Prime Minster and PLP Leader Perry Chris tie, and the arraignment of three former parliamentar ians: Ken Dorsett, Frank Smith, and Shane Gibson concerning various allega tions of extortion, bribery and misconduct in public ofce. Mr Mitchell on Saturday expressed hope that there would be a convention be fore the end of the year. The vice-chair said theres going to be a conven tion in late October and Im hoping theres a convention but as part of what were doing, the rebuilding effort, is to try and get back to the old way of doing things, to put some structure in the way that the PLP operates and that there is an actual party organisation that you can depend on a regular ba sis throughout the years. The senator reminded the party that it needs to view itself like a church. On Sundays, you go to church, every week you meet, you sing from the same hymn sheet, you read from the Bible, repeat the creed, you see all the people who are Christians like you and you talk about all of the things that have happened over the past days, and you then say what we are the body of Christ, we are one body, by the spirit we are all baptised, one body. Political parties there fore have a similar message and thats what were trying to get back to. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson @ tribunemedia.net SENATOR Fred Mitch ell is urging a group of re called diplomats to take legal action against the gov ernment in pursuit of mon ey allegedly owed to them. Mr Mitchell said all re called diplomats are likely affected, though it is not clear how much money would be allegedly owed to them or for what purpose. Mr Mitchell said he met with some of the recalled diplomats recently and was told of their difculties getting payments owed to them. There are disputes over various clauses in their con tracts about what is owed and what is not owed, the former Progressive Liberal Party Fox Hill MP told The Tribune. Theres the slow ness of the process even when payments are agreed and theres the disrespect or indifference showed to them in response to their inquiries. To some extent this is a systemic problem. I had to intervene several times when I came into of ce and former diplomats were recalled. However, when contact ed on the claims, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Heneld said yesterday no complaints about this issue have been brought to his at tention. Mr Mitchell, nonetheless, said he has encouraged the former diplomats to get legal advice on the matter. The PLP has taken the position that both Damian Gomez and Wayne Munroe are heading up a legal team for all people who have been adversely affected by decisions of this adminis tration, Mr Mitchell said. If they have specic com plaints, legal issues will be sent to that team and they will give appropri ate advice. Normally one wouldnt resort to this kind of thing, but these people are particularly nasty. Mr Gomez and Mr Mun roe are representing several PLP politicians who face prosecution in bribery and extortion probes. 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The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK www.tribune242.com @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Monday, August 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. MANY moons ago when I was a freshman study ing economics at St Johns University my professor, Fr Martin, walked into the classroom and said, Open your books and write this down. The denition of Economics is the alloca tion of scarce resources among competing needs and wants. Over the past sixty years, I have seen successive gov ernments run this country contrary to the basic rule of economics, the alloca tion of scarce resources among competing needs and wants. In 1982, Sir Kendal Isaacs appointed me the Shadow Minister of Health in the House of Assembly. From there for ten years I watched the then Govern ment whittle away scarce money with no rhyme or reason. Since then I have seen successive govern ments do the same thing in the health care system waste public funds. I suggested then that the Government should buy well-equipped ambulances for each Family Island. This would make health care mobile, far less expensive and more efcient. So if a person in South Eleuthera had a chest pain, the ambu lance would go there, hook the person up electronically and transmit the patients vital signs to the main hos pital in Nassau. This information would be interpreted by a special ist who would instruct the operator how to treat the patient. If it showed indi gestion, the patient would be told to take two Tums and go home. If, however, it indicated a pending heart attack, the specialist would instruct the operator what to do to stabilize the patient and y him/her to Nassau for fur ther treatment. In those days, the most difcult part of this opera tion would have been elec tronic transmission. I said then that I was sure the Americans who had bases throughout the islands would be glad to cooperate and lend their facilities. With the invention of cell phones, transmission is no longer a problem. The problem is the lack of com mon sense. X-Ray machines are now manufactured to fold up and t in the back of a car; medical information and scans can be recorded on machines that look like a cell phone. Why are we investing in all of these in operative, expensive and inefcient monuments that look great, and serve as photo opportunities for the politicians? This is not rocket science. It is done every day in the United States. An ambu lance is called to the scene, the patients vital signs are immediately transmitted to the emergency room of a nearby hospital and a spe cialist gives the operator in structions as to how to treat the patient. Some time ago I visited one of these state-of-theart hospitals, which had recently been built on a Family Island. It was beautiful. It looked like a hotel. The most expen sive lights were used for its vast parking lot. The entrance would make Baha Mar look sick. The operating room was grand with state-of-the-art equipment in it. The x-ray equipment was the best money could buy. There were at least two-dozen beds. There were desks and telephones on at least twelve administrative desks. There was at least one-thousand square feet for expansion. Sounds great! Looks great! Great photo op! But how much did it cost and how effective is it? There was no x-ray technician to operate the state-of-the art x-ray machine. There were no surgeons to operate. The patients beds were empty. A small room was crowded with patients getting medi cations. Allocation of scarce re sources or show? This cost millions of dollars of the peoples money. To operate it takes at least four persons: the sur geon, the anesthesiologist, and at least two nurses. This is a minimum. Was the Government planning to y these people in from Nassau? Did the Govern ment expect these highly qualied people to stay on the small island where their skills are seldom needed? Or would it make more sense to y the pa tient to Nassau where he/ she would be treated by highly competent special ists? For an operation the question is simple, y four qualied persons to use the state of the art facility on the island or y one patient here? Which choice would be the allocation of scarce resources? It does not take a rocket scientist to gure that one out! The choice is yours. A well-equipped ambu lance, which is essentially a mobile medical facility with the back-up services of specialists in Nassau or an expensive, beauti ful, non-operative hospi tal? My advice is to follow the denition of economics and you will not go wrong. Note: Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis appears to be doing a great job. Keep it up. But some recent ap pointments show that the present government may inadvertently nd itself in some conict of interest situations, which they will live to regret. PIERRE DUPUCH, Former MP Nassau, August 11, 2017. ABOUT 30 years ago a confused young man asked to see us. Why, he asked, do I have to go to prison, and he doesnt? What can one answer when Lady Jus tice is supposed to be blind and each per son brought before her is meant to be judged equally by the same law? At that time, this young man was a petty drug pusher. In those days, he was pushing for someone in government. He had had several brushes with the law. On one occasion, we had to bail him out. But his handler continued in his protective cocoon immune from the law because of his position. In the meantime this confused little man shufed back and forth from the jail cell to the court, hands safely cuffed behind his back all the while wondering why he alone had to answer for a crime that two were com mitting. How does one answer such a ques tion? There was no answer, except that in the Bahamas Justice was unjust. It all depended upon who you were. Over the years, this question was nev er answered. But in the hearts of long suffering Bahamians the anger at the unfairness grew, until on May 10 they quietly went to the polls and marked their ballots. They had had enough. The large and small deals reportedly going on behind closed doors were, in the end, being openly talked on the streets. And these were the deals that put an extra burden on the backs of the people. This was the PLPs undoing. Former deputy prime minister Brave Davis one of four PLP MPs to save their House seats when the people pronounced their verdict has apolo gised, but has not really apologised in the eyes of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, whose government has put the blindfold back on the eyes of Justice and vowed that illegality will not be tol erated at any level it will no longer be a matter of who you are or who you might think you are. Investigating law lessness has been left in the hands of the police and the court. No longer will any intervention by a friend in govern ment be tolerated. Prime Minister Minnis has said that while he appreciates Mr Davis admit ting the PLP made mistakes while in government, he is still waiting to hear a real apology. Unfortunately, Mr Davis seems unable to give the apology that is due, because, neither he nor persons like Senator Fred Mitchell seem to under stand the underlying cause of the peo ples anger. Over the years, Bahamians rubbed against two levels of justice and they resented it. They made it clear after the May 10 election that they were not going to let the new government forget their promise that the blindfold is now to return to the eyes of Justice and every person entering a court room in The Ba hamas is to have equal treatment before the law. Also that no matter who they are or what elevated position they once held, break the law, and they too will do the Bank Lane shufe. If the position now is that former gov ernment ministers should not be hand cuffed on their way to court out of re spect for their former position, then a decision has to be made. If this is so, then the common labourer, who has no criminal record, nor is a ight risk, would also have to be shown the same respect. To do otherwise would suggest that Justice is already peeping from behind her blindfold. And the idea of entitlement because, of course, as you know, God gave this country to the PLP is still well entrenched. Today there are many accused in cuffs and ankle chains who make the Bank Lane shufe to court, but who pose no risk to anyone. If this is so let the police decide who can be escorted to court uncuffed and those who have violent records and could be dangerous would not only have to be cuffed, but also chained. But dont let that decision be made on who they are, but rather on what public danger they pose in the short shufe to court., Whether cuffed or not every per son being escorted to that court room is presumed to be innocent until the court makes the nal decision. And until that moment they are entitled to the benet of the doubt. What is this issue about being sorry and what is the sorry about? Mr Da vis asked of the Prime Minister. We are all human and we are subject to er rors and mistakes. So why do I have to say sorry? Because we did nothing deliberate to harm anyone, we did not do anything that we thought was not in the best interest of the Bahamian people. However, many Bahamians be lieved otherwise. The results at the polls showed that they believed too many de cisions were being made in the interest of the PLP government and its friends, and that the people and the country were not even being left the crumbs. If Mr Davis cannot understand the ir reparable damage that his government has done to this country, we would suggest that he and his colleagues go into retreat to examine their consciences and try to understand why they lost touch with the people, rather than planning to destroy the country even further by urging a demonstration. They should heed the wise decision of the late Sir Kendal Isaacs who vowed that he would never lead a demonstra tion because he would not want to be held responsible for the consequenc es should it get out of control. Economic lesson on resources LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Who should take the Bank Lane shufe in handcuffs? EDITOR, The Tribune. IF there was one thing we heard over and over from Dr Hon Hubert Minnis in the campaign was that an FNM administration would change how business of Government was car ried out and integrity would be a guiding light. The appointment of the hundreds of Boards raises alarm that either the Min nis Government has a very short memory or they are suffering from amnesia as some of the nominations are certainly not in compli ance with the FNM mani festo. Why was a Chairman of a very important Board appointed back to a Board he was previously Chair man of when over the past years he was engaged to carry-out collection ser vices for a Government entity and failed to collect what could be described as a reasonable amount of debts? He was paid a handsome retainer. This same person was to be a candidate of the FNM then suddenly removed himself I wonder if the two were connected? Two others whose names not so many years ago were front and centre on all our newspapers with all kinds of allegations in the insur ance eld but look where they are trusted today? Another Board which covers The Bahamas sure ly there is a blatant conict of interest? It is not a laughing mat ter that this new Adminis tration actually nominated two deceased persons this shows the lack of thorough ness.....worrying? The BBC issue on the land Press Secretary got the story wrong! Any statutory position like a PS when they go on vacation and someone sub stitutes doesnt that tempo rary appointment have to be Gazetted? A ALBURY Nassau, August 3, 2017. Worrying board email@example.com A4MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 14, 2017, PAGE 5 THE Court of Appeal has ruled there were no prospects of success for an attorneys application to appeal an order for exten sion of time for $263,000 in legal costs to be paid that stemmed from a recusal ap plication where he accused a Supreme Court judge of bias. Justice Rhonda Bain had been asked by environmen tal group Save The Bays (STB) to give Keod Smith additional time to pay the costs awarded to the group in December 2014 when the judge had found the lawyer guilty of contempt for the scandalising afdavits he had led which undermined the integrity of the judge and the judicial system. Mr Smith had been given a ten-week deadline that ended on February 1, 2015. The ruling on costs was never appealed. On April 20, 2016, the registrar conrmed the costs at $263,500 from the day the order was made by Justice Bain and a certi cate of taxation veried the same and authorised an ex tension. However, Mr Smith sub sequently sought an injunc tion against the effect of the order citing prejudice. He led an afdavit ar guing that he should not be made to pay funds to a nominal plaintiff whose company had no known assets and would not be in a position to refund costs paid to them if the court lat er ruled he was not a proper party to the proceedings. He also alleged he would suffer damage to his profes sional reputation. Justice Bain, in a ruling handed down November 9, 2016, stressed that Mr Smith had not appealed the order for costs and had, in fact, participated in the tax ing of the costs, and is not able at this stage to object to the order for costs. The court ruled that Mr Smith would pay the costs on/or before December 12, 2016. A week after the Novem ber 9 decision, Mr Smith sought leave from Justice Bain to appeal the order to the Court of Appeal in a notice of motion led No vember 16, 2016. In January of this year, Justice Bain rejected his re quest which prompted Mr Smith to apply to the appel late court. In March, appellate Justices Dame Anita Al len, Jon Isaacs and Stella Crane-Scott unanimously agreed to reject the applica tion and indicated that writ ten reasons would follow at a later date. In an 11-page judgment handed down last week, the judges explained their reasons for doing so. The applicant seeks leave to challenge ruling no 11 which only goes to, in ter alia, extending the time for the applicant to pay costs, the court said. Thus, all other issues or matters raised in the grounds of appeal not aris ing out of that ruling may be discounted and ignored for the purposes of this application in as much as they are not relevant to the decision we have to make. Unfortunately, the ap plicant did not appeal rul ing no 11 within the ap propriate time. Further he participated, without objec tion, in the taxation of the costs. By doing so, he may be said to have accepted his liability to pay the respond ents costs. It was not now competent for him to raise in his grounds of appeal, is sues which he did not argue before the learned judge and to seek to canvass mat ters which, in any event, are not of any consequence to the ruling appealed against. The test on a leave ap plication is whether the proposed appeal has realis tic prospects of success or whether it raises an issue that should in the public interest be examined by the court or whether the law requires clarifying. We were satised that there was no prospect of success disclosed in any of the grounds raised by the applicant, the Court of Appeal noted. This was not an instance of a weak case being ad vanced by an appellant, this case is stillborn. It was for these reasons that we dis missed the applicants ap plication for leave to appeal out of time. Ineluctably, the application for a stay was denied inasmuch as the dis missal of the leave applica tion removed the basis for a stay. The full ruling is now available on the appellate courts website. No extra time for Keod Smith to pay up $263,000 legal costs By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MAN awaiting trial on a murder charge said he would submit an alibi to the Ofce of the Attorney Gen eral within 21 days. Kevin Ramsey, 24, ap peared in Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon for a voluntary bill of in dictment (VBI) presenta tion that would fast track his case to the Supreme Court to answer to charges of murder and attempted murder that were allegedly committed on April 21. He was supposed to have appeared a day earlier for the presentation, but had not been brought down with his three co-accused Christakis Tucker, 22, Kel vin Clarke, 23, and Wilson Capita, 26. Chief Magistrate Joann Ferguson-Pratt explained to Ramsey the contents of the VBI and his right to en ter an alibi in court or in 21 days to the Ofce of the At torney General. As his three co-accused indicated a day earlier, Ramsey said he would sub mit his alibi in 21 days. All four are now sched uled to appear in the Su preme Court before Justice Bernard Turner on August 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 Acanthi 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 pos session of a black .45 XD45ACP 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 MURDER ACCUSED TO SUBMIT ALIBI IN 21 DAYS By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FOUR men are in police custody in connection with the seizure of a quantity of marijuana early Thursday morning. The drug bust happened shortly after 9.30am off Blue Hill Road. According to reports, Mobile Division ofcers, acting on information, con ducted a search of a home on Blue Hill Road, where they uncovered a quan tity of marijuana. The lone male occupant of the home was arrested and three oth er males were subsequently taken into custody in con nection with the discovery. Police also reported that they seized two illegal guns in separate incidents on Saturday, August 12. In the rst incident, shortly after 7pm, Selective Enforcement Team ofcers acting on information went to an area in Yellow Elder, where they found a Brown ing pistol with four rounds of ammunition hidden in an old stove. No one was arrested. Then shortly before 9pm, Selective Enforcement Team ofcers were on routine pa trol on Augusta Street near Bola Alley, when they saw two suspicious looking men in an unnished building. The two men, on seeing the ofcers, ed on foot. The ofcers gave chase but were unable to catch them. The ofcers conducted a search of the building and found a 9mm handgun with two rounds of ammunition. FOUR HELD AFTER MARIJUANA BUST By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE are searching for several men responsible for an armed robbery that occurred on Friday. According to reports, shortly after 8.30pm, a man was on Miami Street in his 2000 champagne coloured Honda Accord, car li cence plate AJ5381, when a group of men attacked and stabbed him. The men robbed the vic tim of his car before speed ing away, police said. The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in stable condition. Police are also on the hunt for two men respon sible for an armed robbery that occurred on Thursday night. According to reports, shortly before 9pm, a man pulled up to his home in his white Honda Accord off Bernard Road, when two men armed with handguns approached and robbed him of his vehicle before speeding off. Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anony mously at 328-TIPS. HUNT FOR ARMED ROBBERS WHO STABBED MAN AND STOLE CAR KEOD SMITH, pictured at a previous court appearance. A5MAIN
PAGE 6, Monday, August 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE approach to public sector hiring than its predecessor, placing a freeze on hiring in the civil service and ex pressing a willingness to re some contract workers they deem burdensome. The PLP has been critical of this approach, expressing concerns that dismissing public service workers will cause the economy to con tract and possibly result in a recession. Mr Roberts said the em ployment numbers show that 39,505 jobs were added to the economy between May 2012 and May 2017, 7,770 of which were added in the last six months of the Christie administration. This is the largest jobs expansion by any govern ment administration in any ve-year term, he said. The daunting challenge facing the FNM adminis tration is to continue this positive pro-growth trend. It is unfortunate that the incoming FNM adminis tration has started off on a losing wicket with its mass ring exercises while blam ing it all on the PLP. The PLP accepts that more must be done for our people. We note that with an un employment rate of 9.9 per cent just prior to the 2017 general elections, there are still some 20,000 unem ployed people with more than 5,000 students gradu ating this year and joining the labour force. The FNM government has its work cut out for it. The Minnis administra tion did not react to the labour force survey results before press time yesterday, though an ofcial said a re sponse would come today. The labour force survey was conducted between April 24 and April 30. According to the survey, the unemployment rate in New Providence was 10.4 per cent; in Grand Bahama, it was 12.4 per cent and in Abaco it was 7.8 per cent. The private sector ab sorbed most of the new jobs since November 2016, Senior Statistician Cypri anna Winters said Friday. However, when examined by industry, the community, school and personal service industry which includes the civil service, police service and the domestic services posted a 29.1 (per cent) in crease in employment; ho tels and restaurants posted a 26.2 per cent increase and construction posted 20 per cent increase. The unemployment rate among youth (ages 15-24) remained considerably higher than any other age group, Ms Winters said, though there was a slight decline in the rate from 25.1 per cent in November 2016 to 24.1 per cent. The statisticians intro duced a new category for public consumption in this years survey: the vulner able employment category. These workers as de ned by the (International Labour Organisation) are less likely to have formal work arrangements, and more likely to lack decent working conditions and are often characterised by inad equate earnings and ben ets, Ms Winters said. This category includes people who have contracts allowing them to work for limited durations. According to the statisti cians, 8.2 per cent of em ployed people in The Baha mas fall into this category. During the period 2012 to 2017, the share of work ers in vulnerable employ ment was fairly stable and ranged from 7.0 per cent to 9.2 per cent of the employed labour force, Ms Winters said. The percentage of men in this category was higher, although the per centage points differences between men and women were fairly small. The inclusion of this cat egory comes after critics have for years complained that the surveys, typically done twice a year, are in ated by the inclusion of temporary job holders. In recent years the surveys have coincided with the presence of the carnival fes tival and hurricane cleanup efforts, events that often lead to temporary employ ment. The statistics show that 16,370 people are con sidered vulnerable in this years survey, the most for a May survey conducted over the past ve years. The latest survey also shows that discouraged workers, people who did not look for work because they believed no jobs were available, have declined by 8.8 per cent. Jobs gures vindicate PLP from page one Expressing support of the Minnis administrations de cision to transfer bad loans to Resolve, Mr Cooper said in a statement released to the press: BOB has been in deep trouble because of what has happened over sev eral administrations. There is no getting around it. The government and ultimately the taxpayers will still be on the hook for servicing the $166m to be transferred and the $100m transferred under the previ ous administration through letters of comfort and promissory notes. Financial services is a condence business. In that regard, the PLP plans to work with the Bahamas Financial Services Board and the Ministry of Finan cial Services to continue to strengthen and advance the Bahamas as one of the worlds top-tier nancial services centres. However, let me be crystal clear: The contin ued bailout of the Bank of The Bahamas by the gov ernment on the backs of the taxpayer is untenable in the long-term. Now that there is bi-partisan support for the notion that BOB is sufciently important to the national well-being that strong support from the government is warranted; condence in the bank it self will hopefully be re stored such that no further intervention is required. An additional step to bolster condence is for the government to be resolute that the board and its pro fessional management team will autonomously run the bank. I also look forward to the promised debate in Parliament over this lat est proposed transfer, as articulated by the deputy prime minister, to better understand the current po sition of the bank, whose failure must be prevented at all reasonable costs. We also look forward to the ar ticulation by BOBs profes sional management of the banks turnaround strategy and path to protability, including assessing its foot print and product offerings, innovative partnering, cost rationalisation, delivery systems to enhance cus tomer service, improving its relationship with regulators and enhancing manage ment if/where necessary. FROM MARCHING TO BAILOUT COOPER BLASTS FNM U-TURN from page one The 151 undocumented migrants arrived earlier this morning (Sunday) at Coral Harbour and are currently under the supervision of Immigration ofcials for further processing, the RBDF added. Just last month, on July 30, the RBDF, assisted by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Dept of Im migration, apprehended 57 undocumented Haitian migrants onboard a 30ft wooden sloop off Hum ming Bird Cay near main land Exuma. Then on July 25, 120 Hai tian migrants were appre hended off Long Island. On July 3, a Haitian sloop was intercepted on the Great Bahama Bank west of the Exuma chain by Her Majestys Bahami an Ship Lignum Vitae un der the command of Sen ior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg around 2am. The vessel was subsequently boarded and searched re sulting in 69 migrants (58 males, ten females and a child) being apprehend ed. The wooden vessel was initially sighted by a RBDF surveillance aircraft pilot ed by Chief Petty Ofcer Gregory Storr earlier that day when HMBS Lignum Vitae, which was on routine patrol at the time, was di rected to intercept. The migrants were taken to New Providence and turned over to immigration ofcials for further process ing. According to statistics, the Department of Immi gration arrested 7,357 per sons in 2016. Of that gure, 6,869 persons were deport ed and 488 foreign nation als were released. In 2015, 4,957 persons were arrested, 3,730 were repatriated and 571 were released. Haitian nationals were the highest number of re patriations with 5,241 for 2016. The gure represents a 65 per cent increase over 2015s total of 3,183 per sons. Repatriations of Chinese nationals increased by 16 per cent in 2016 with just 10 more persons repatriated over 2015s total of 63. Repatriations of Jamai can nationals decreased by 35 per cent in 2016, with 217 nationals, over the 2015 gure of 333 nationals. 151 MIGRANTS CAUGHT BY RBDF from page one CORAL Habour Duty Watch assisting in processing of undocumented migrants. 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EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org INSIGHT MONDAY, AUGUST 14 2017 PAGE 9 By MALCOLM STRACHAN FROM the time when most of us were young, we learned the value of having to work for a tting reward. If you got an A in school, your parents would take you for ice cream, a happy meal, or some other treat to reinforce how well you were doing. Similarly, we also knew if we did poorly in our studies, our best bet was to pretend to be invisible and work our hardest to get our grades up. It can simply be summed up that children do not learn when they are reward ed for sub-par behaviour. In fact, negatively reinforc ing a childs poor behav iour does just the opposite. It can foster an attitude of entitlement in that child, preventing them from ever reaching their maximum potential. To that end, it is quite alarming for the nations power company, Bahamas Power & Light (BPL), to re ceive a $1.1m bonus based on, above all things, its per formance. This has certain ly not sat well with many households across the coun try who have had to endure some extremely difcult days when the power goes off and stays off for hours. Families that have had their lives disrupted and incon venienced who still have to cough up hundreds of dollars for poor service on their power bill nd it very hard to believe that such service is rewarded with $1 million big ones. Bahamas Power & Light CEO Pamela Hill pledged that the embattled util ity provider aims to achieve two key things: One of them is to im prove the efciency of our plants so they are able to burn less diesel and less heavy fuel oil. You do that by going in early, doing the preventative maintenance, looking at everything asso ciated with the plant and es sentially getting more miles per gallon. She continued, We are looking out for our custom ers and looking to nd a product where we can have less ups and downs so that 10 per cent, maybe 20 per cent or 50 per cent of their fuel price is stable or xed. We may have heard it all when it comes to overthe-top public relations when it comes to BPL. In fact, BPL is a number of things. Among them, words like efcient and inex pensive or affordable do not come to mind. In a country where we experi ence such a limited quality of life, it is a slap in the face of all consumers to consist ently receive underrated service and have promises made to them ad nauseam, claiming that the sun will shine again tomorrow. We demand better than that, and we certainly dont agree to paying an extra $1.1m in bonuses for it. Ms Hill insists that the bonus is justied, as she claims there have been some im provements in service reli ability. She also seems to be requesting that frustrated citizens remain patient, stating that nothing can be resolved in a very overnight fashion. However, the continued discontent were experienc ing with our utility provider did not just begin yesterday. Moreover, when PowerSe cure was initially brought in to manage the power com pany it had a specic man date. The particulars were quite clear to bring energy reform to The Bahamas, reduce the costs of electric ity and improve customer service and reliability. Fur ther, the aforementioned key performance indicators (KPIs) detailed the spe cic criteria for which BPL would be able to obtain any if not all of the additional $3m performance based compensation. While the nation is in a well-warranted uproar over this issue, the question is now what exactly were those performance goals that led the former gov ernment to practically give away $1.1m from the public purse? Whats worse is BPLs CEO God bless her heart actually believes the bonus is justied. Imagine youre paying for your leaky roof to be repaired and after a year of renovations, your property manager goes ahead with out consulting you and pays full price, and a bonus for the service, all while your roof is still leaking. Its ex tremely doubtful that prop erty manager and contrac tor would be able to get a referral from you, much less a bonus. BPL is an abject failure. The cost hasnt gone down for consumers who already live in a country of approxi mately 400,000 people that brandishes the title of being the seventh most expensive place to live in the world, per MoveHub. Deputy Prime Minis ter Peter Turnquest, who also cosigned this study earlier this year, expressed his own contempt with the performance bonus issued by the previous government last month. He admitted that there is not much that the government can do in this regard, as all terms were agreed upon by its predecessor. However, he acknowledged that some in-house conversations will have to take place within government, as I am sure he knows that the public will be expecting the govern ment to protect the interest of the people, and not BPL. Energy reform was a campaign promise of the Minnis administration, and certainly is a crucial part of its mandate to the people. BPL also indicated as much, but we have yet to see the business plan to gain an understanding of where decreased costs and more reliable service stand in their timeline. How are we expected to be patient, and for how much longer? Tragically, we cannot af ford the luxury of buying dreams of old adages about the sun coming out again tomorrow. Rather, we are quite condent that it will. We can feel its intensity as we endure the sweltering heat and pray 1.1 million Hail Marys for our appli ances to still be in working order whenever the power is restored. As we are entering the most active time of this dreaded hurricane season, ashbacks of the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew are enough to give a person with the most stable hands PTSD. Many are fearful of reliving that nightmare and having it topped off with ex tended power outages being met by high light bills Undoubtedly, we will be asked again to have more patience and trust in a pow er provider that has been nothing short of a gigantic disappointment. PAMELA HILL, CEO of BPL. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A Meritless Reward 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 A9INSIGHT
PAGE 10 MONDAY, AUGUST 14 2017 INSIGHT EMAIL: email@example.com CONTINUING conict in Ven ezuela between the government of President Nicolas Madu ro and opposition political parties will not be resolved by external forces taking sides. In this regard, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government were right at their August 8 meeting to reject sugges tions that they should adopt pre-conditions for the fa cilitating role they want to play between the protago nists in Venezuela. The role of a genuine fa cilitator is to enable groups of people to achieve their own purpose in their own way. It is not to set the pa rameters of a dialogue or to take sides or to appear to do so. Any hint of a predetermined approach to facilitation of a meaningful dialogue would kill it be fore it starts. When parties to a conict are emboldened by external elements, they continue antagonist behaviour in the belief that the force of external pressure will ul timately cause their rivals to succumb. They have no incentive to engage in a dia logue that requires compro mise by all sides to be suc cessful. Those countries or groups of countries that have boldly issued state ments of condemnation of the Venezuelan govern ment, as has been done by some members states of the Organisation of American States (OAS), acting on their own, have not helped to create a climate for genu ine dialogue between the rival groups in Venezuela. Neither have the members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) which have consistently defended every action by the Ven ezuelan government. The role of governments and hemispheric institu tions, recognising that the situation in Venezuela is a contest for power between political parties should have been constructive in pro moting dialogue within a democratic framework long before the economic cir cumstances of the country declined as a consequence of the dramatic fall in the price of oil. The economic deterioration is the main contributor to the shortage of food and medicines that plague the country. But altruism and ethics do not drive the foreign pol icy of governments. Other considerations, such as ide ology, economic self-inter est, and, in some instances, control, are the real motors of external policies and ac tions of governments. All of these elements have been at play with regard to Vene zuela. As part of their arse nal, powerful governments on both sides of the divide in Venezuela have not been above pressuring others to line-up with them. CARI COM governments have not escaped that pressure. Fortunately, and admit tedly, not without robust debate, CARICOM gov ernments have managed to maintain a commitment to their declared collective desire to play a facilitating role between the parties in Venezuela. However, the stated neutrality of the group is undermined by the participation of some of its member governments in the public declarations of ALBA on the one hand, and a disparate group of countries within the OAS on the other. If CARI COM, as a collective, is to play a neutral and facilitat ing role in Venezuela, its individual member states have to adhere to that posi tion and refuse to be drawn into the positions of other groups of countries. There is, of course, no guarantee that CARI COMs offer of facilita tion will be accepted by all the Venezuelan par ties. The offer is to facili tate a renewed dialogue and negotiation leading to a comprehensive political agreement with established timetables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the nation. So far, there have been two positive responses one from the Government and another from one of the Opposition parties to the offer made on behalf of CARICOM by its cur rent Chairperson, Dr Keith Mitchell, the Prime Minis ter of Grenada. A third re sponse, while not rejecting the offer, appears to require further clarication. Until the response to the CARICOM offer is clear, and assuming that it is ac cepted, no CARICOM country should agree to join declarations of other groups of countries that would serve to impair the neutrality and facilitating role of CARICOM as a whole, however great the pressure. In this context, it was prudent of four CARI COM governments Gre nada, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia not to associate themselves with a declara tion issued in Lima on Au gust 8, by 12 member-states of the OAS that gathered (with the CARICOM four) of their own volition in Peru. Amongst many state ments couched in strangely non-diplomatic language, the foreign ministers of 11 Latin American states and Canada called for, among other things, the postpone ment of a meeting sched uled for October between the European Union (EU) and the 33-member Com munity of Latin Ameri can and Caribbean states (CELAC). What the 11 Latin American states and Canada (which is not a member of CELAC) be lieve gives them the right to call for the postponement of a meeting that affects 22 other Latin American and Caribbean countries is bafing. But, it is a meas ure of how unbalanced and unhelpful the attitude to events in Venezuela has become amid the scenes of violence, arrests of political gures, food shortages and excessive behaviour by both demonstrators and police. Wisely and probably tactically, the US govern ment did not attend the Lima meeting and was not party to the August 8 Dec laration although it has applied sanctions against leading personalities in Venezuela, including Ma duro, over the election of a Constituent Assembly to re-write the countrys con stitution. However, the US did not apply sanctions to the Venezuelan oil indus try ostensibly because of harm that banning Ven ezuelan oil imports would do to 525,000 rening-re lated jobs and 9 reneries in the US. Six Republican congressmen from Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana wrote a July 28 letter to President Donald Trump expressing fear that po tential sanctions will harm the U.S. economy, impair the global competitiveness of our energy business and raise costs to consumers. For its part, the CARI COM region has an abiding interest in Venezuela avoid ing a massive outow ow of refugees; curbing vio lence that could do irrepa rable damage to the econ omy and to the capacity of the society to restore its cohesion; and rebuilding a vibrant economy that once played a part in Caribbean economic development and social welfare, and could do so again. And, in regard to the Venezuelan contention with Guyana over the 1899 Arbitral award that settled their border dispute, Vene zuela needs a stable govern ment that can follow a path, in keeping with internation al law and practice, to end the issue. Even while recognising that it might fail in its ef forts to facilitate a genuine dialogue between the Ven ezuelan parties to decide the future of their country, CARICOM must continue to avoid being drawn into the purposes of others. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sir ronaldsanders.com The writer is Antigua and Barbudas Ambassador to the United States and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Stud ies, University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own. Playing a role in Venezuelan crisis By SIR RONALD SANDERS World View ANTI-government demonstrator holds a Venezuelan ag dur ing clashes against Venezuelan Bolivar ian National guards ofcers at a protest against Venezuelas President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on Satur day. Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP A10INSIGHT
THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 14, 2017, PAGE 11 THREE men were re manded to prison on Friday afternoon following their initial Magistrates Court appearance concerning a recent multi-million dollar marijuana seizure on the Emancipation Day holiday. Brandon Adderley, 25, Devon Culmer, 37 and Perry Miller, 46, stood be fore Chief Magistrate Joy ann Ferguson-Pratt facing eight drug related charges two counts each of pos session of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, im portation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy to im port dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dan gerous drugs with intent to supply stemming from an arrest on August 7 in Andros. It is alleged that the trio, being concerned together, plotted to import danger ous into the Bahamas and were found with a quantity of dangerous drugs Indian hemp. All three accused men pleaded not guilty to the al legations. According to initial po lice reports, around 4.30pm on Emancipation Day, a team of ofcers from the North Andros Division went to an area in Fresh Creek, where they saw a gofast boat that appeared to have run aground. The ofcers conducted a search of the nearby bush es, where they uncovered 78 large packages contain ing nearly 3,202 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value for the drugs is $3.2m. Three men were arrested in connection with the nd. Allen Emmanuel, de fence attorney for Miller, asked that a status hearing be xed to allow the pros ecution to review the case as he claimed his client was innocent. Hes a sherman and he broke down in Fresh Creek. His crew is not here. He has nothing to do with this mat ter and I dont know why hes before this court. He doesnt even know these other gentlemen, the law yer stressed. Police prosecutor Insp Claudette McKenzie and the court agreed to a sta tus hearing for August 17 at noon for a report on the complaint made by the at torney. In the interim, Miller and the remaining accused were remanded to the Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices. Adderley and Culmer have retained attorney Nathan Smith to defend them. Trio face court over $3m holiday drug bust By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MINISTER of Trans port and Local Govern ment Frankie Campbell was recently given a pro posal on a proposed trafc public safety system for the Bahamas which company representatives say aims to reduce vehicular accidents, injuries, death and property damage. The proposal by Bahami an company Intelligent En forcement (IntelEnforce) came after Mr Campbell held a press brieng in late July where he announced statistics for road trafc ac cidents and deaths. Donavan Paul, CEO of IntelEnforce, who pro posed the new trafc public safety system to the minis ter, senior members of the Ministry of Transport and Local Government and the Road Safety Committee, and the Royal Bahamas Po lice Force, said the system could become an essential part of the Road Trafc De partments modernisation started in October 2016. This modern trafc pub lic safety system will deter trafc violators through computerising and auto mating trafc enforcement, adding to the governments public safety initiatives, he said. The company is propos ing a digital surveillance camera-based system to improve road safety. The proposed system would re cord the speed of a vehicle per lane, provide a video re cording of the entire scene and take two still pictures. The system can also offer an electronic ticket, based on the offence. Mr Paul pointed out that while many of the positive effects of automating trafc enforcement are anecdotal, it cant be denied that the awareness that there might be cameras on any given roadway tracking speed, tends to affect the psychol ogy of many drivers. Motorists who would otherwise not be cautious tend to think twice about speeding, especially in urban areas and school zones, Mr Paul said. Few er accidents reduces the strain on our already over taxed societal infrastruc ture including hospitals, clinics, our blood bank, rel atives, employment, emer gency and social services, and the cost of insurance. Mr Paul said that the pro posal calls for a public pri vate partnership (PPP) and would alleviate the govern ment of expected high up front costs. The most successful im plementations to date for this type of initiative are established through pub lic private partnerships. In this case government would make a small initial com mitment, and the bulk cost is initially covered by the private sector and then re turned before both share in the responsibility and returns going forward. Dur ing a recent month-long test period, our computerised records recorded $1.2 mil lion dollars of road misde meanours on just one of our roads. As a PPP, revenue from offenders tickets is split 50-50 with the govern ment, said Mr Paul. Considering the revenue projections attached to the one-month pilot test we did on one stretch of road near our ofce in central New Providence, we believe the government could recover any initial stake or invest ment in about a year and garner an immediate effect on the public safety on the roads of New Providence without having to worry about management costs or hardware expansion. IntelEnforce operates as a local Infrastructure man agement and service pro vider delivering industry security standards to their installations. TRAFFIC SAFETY SYSTEM AIMS TOO REDUCE CASUALTIES A PROPOSAL to bring improved safety and law and order enforcement to our roads was presented to Minister of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell, (seated) recently. Present were senior members of his ministry, the Road Safety Committee and the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Donavan Paul CEO of IntelEnforce proposed the trafc public safety system. Pictured from left are Italia Cartwright, IntelEnforce legal ofcer; Michael Arteaga, IntelEnforce chief information technology ofcer; Mr Paul, IntelEnforce CEO; Lorraine Symonette-Armbrister, ministry permanent secretary; Felecia Bazard-Boyle, IntelEnforce chief nancial ofcer; and Chief Superintendent Craig Stubbs, Royal Bahamas Police Force. 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PAGE 12, Monday, August 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE PRIME Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis, other dignitar ies and relatives paid tribute to Sir Geoffrey Johnstone at the former politician and lawyers funeral on Satur day. Sir Geoffrey died in Doc tors Hospital on Friday, August 4. He would have turned 90 years old next month. A life-long member of St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk, Sir Geoffrey served as an elder in the church and in celebration of the Kirks 200th anniversary, received an award for outstanding service. After the service at the Kirk, family members at tended his interment at the Garden of Remembrance at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street. Sir Geoffrey was elected to the House of Assembly for the Eastern District of New Providence in No vember 1962. He served as minister of road traffic and records in the United Bahamian Party govern ment from January 1964 to 1967. In January 1967, he was returned as member for the Montagu constituency where he served until Sep tember 1972. He also served as leader of the opposition from February 1970 to July 1971. He also played an instru mental role in the creation of the Free National Move ment. Sir Geoffrey served as Bahamas Bar Association president from June 1973 to June 1975 and as vicepresident from June 1975 to June 1976. On December 31, 1994, Sir Geoffrey was appointed a commander of the most distinguished order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queens Birthday Honours. Twelve years later he was made knight commander of the order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in a cer emony at Buckingham Pal ace. Sir Geoffrey is survived by his wife, Lady Anne Johnstone, his younger brother, Peter, and his wife, Joan Johnstone, his broth er-in-law, Godfrey Kelly and sister-in-law, Sonia Kelly. Also surviving him are his nieces and neph ews. His nieces are Heather White (ne Raine), Debo rah Raine, Gloria Raine and Linda Eliza (nee Kelly) and Emma Johnstone. His nephews are Bruce Raine, Glenn and David Johnstone and David White. Sir Geoffrey Johnstone remembered GOVERNOR General Dame Marguerite Pindling greets the family of Sir Geoffrey Johnstone at his funeral on Saturday. Photos: Peter Ramsay/BIS PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis greets the family of the late Sir Geoffrey Johnstone. FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, right, is pictured sitting next to former Governor General Sir Arthur D Hanna, former Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest and others. A12MAIN Verification of Employees (Permanent/Temporary/Contract/Pensioners/Sessional Workers/Re Employed) IMPORTANT NOTICE The Public Hospitals Authority will commence the VERIFICATION PROCESS OF ALL EMPLOYEES including persons on approved leave, Monday 14 th August, 2017 Thursday 31 st August, 2017 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. (Monday Friday) at the designated verification locations indicated below. Institution Venue Date Princess Margaret Hospital Old Administrative Block Chapel August 14 th August 31 st Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Cafeteria Extension Geriatric Hospital August 21 st August 25 th Grand Bahama Health Services Training Room, Main Hospital August 14 th August 18 th Corporate Office and Agencies Training Room 1 August 14 th August 18 th WHAT YOU WILL NEED: PHA Identification Card National Insurance Smart Card One of the following Valid government issued photo identification: Passport, Bahamian Drivers License OR Voters Card Please be advised, that if you fail to be verified, your salary will be stopped/coded with effect from September, 2017 until you would have complied with the verification requirements to complete the process. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR FULL COOPERATION
THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 14, 2017, PAGE 13 ACCIDENTS can be pre vented by keeping work place safety tips in mind on the job. No matter what industry you work in, apply ing safety tips can prevent accidents. Tips for Avoiding Slips and Falls Falls are the leading cause of injury in the work place. Keep these tips in mind to avoid an injury: As you walk, keep an eye on the oor in front of you for spills. If you see a spill, never just walk by it. Always clean it up or call someone to clean it up. Wear non-skid shoes when you work in kitchens, outdoors, or any other place where you will commonly be walking on slippery sur faces. Never climb on shelving units or storage units to get things. Use only approved ladders. Never lean on railings, even if they look solid. They could be improperly secured, and you could fall. Always use safety har nesses when working at heights. Tips for Lifting Properly You may work with pa tients who need help getting around or at a factory where youre lifting boxes on a continual basis. No matter who or what you may be lifting, there are some key points to consider: If you are approaching a box and dont know whats in it, try moving it a little with your foot rst to see how easily it moves. This will help you gauge how heavy is the box. Always wear non-skid shoes when you are lifting potentially heavy objects. Never bend at the waist and lift the box up with your back. Keep your upper body straight and parallel with your lower legs. Grab the item and push up with your legs, not with your back. Never jerk your body around when lifting. You may feel ne after doing this once, but repeated oc currences can easily lead to injury in even the healthiest workers. Fire Safety Tips Some jobs carry an in creased risk of re, but understanding re safety is important for any occu pation. Keep these tips in mind: Have a re plan in place for your worksite, and make sure your employees under stand it fully. Having a re drill every now and again is a good way for employees to keep escape routes, meet ing spots, and procedures in mind. Avoid the use of socalled power strips when ever possible. They are of ten prone to overuse and can start a re if too many appliances are plugged into them. Keep cleaning chemicals and other work chemicals in a well-ventilated room. Many chemicals emit va pour that are highly am mable and which can be set off with something as small as a spark from a faulty wire. Know where all the re extinguishers are through out your workplace and know how to use them. Remember that grease res cannot be fought by dousing them with water. Oil is hydrophobic and also is the fuel source in grease res. Water will simply splash the oil around and spread the re even further. Smoke alarms: a neces sity, not an option Invest in smoke detectors for every room or ofce. Test your smoke detec tors (and sprinkling system) once a month. Replace the batteries at least once a year Never disable a smoke alarm. Consider smoke alarms for the disabled. Audible alarms (pauses between the siren wail al low for auditory commu nication) are available for the visually imaired; visual alarms (with a ashing light or vibrating pad) are availa ble for the hearing impaired Planning for a safe workplace Falls, lifting injuries, and res are dangerous and common in the workplace, but thats just the begin ning. There are many pos sible safety issues that can occur at your ofce or fac tory. Sometimes the best workplace safety arises out of simple good planning and smart thinking. Every workplace should have a safety committee and safety plan in place. If you dont have safety com mittees at your workplace, then propose one. If you work at home, you are the safety committee. Working at home or for a very small business is not a reason to get out of safety planning. If you dont have a safety plan in place yet, follow these steps when you rec ognize a workplace safety issue: Make sure that everyone else in your workplace is aware of the problem. Notify your supervisor. File any reports or docu ments about the problem. Follow up. Telling some one theres a problem is not a guarantee that the prob lem will be resolved satis factorily. Report it and later follow up to make sure the problem was addressed. Crime prevention during business hours Dial 911 immediately if you notice suspicious stran gers loitering in or near your place of business. Take particular notice of people who loiter during the open ing and closing times of your business. Employees in charge of making bank deposits should always be alert for strangers lingering at the bank. If in doubt, do not make the deposit while a suspicious person is in the area. Never block the view into your store by lling win dows with multiple displays. Robbers do not want to be seen, and they are less like ly to attack your business if a passer-by can see what is going on inside. Minimise the amount of cash you keep on the prem ises. Make frequent pick-ups of money from registers and make regular bank de posits. Try not to work alone. Studies have indicated that the presence of more em ployees may reduce the incidence of an armed rob bery. Install quality locks on doors and windows. Also invest in a monitored alarm system. Alarms are the best defense against property crime and knowing you have a system could be enough to deter criminals. Always use interior and exterior lighting. Lighting may prevent an intruder from concealing his illegal activities. Installing and us ing motion sensor lighting is an inexpensive way to deter crime at your business. In the end, workplace safety is the responsibil ity of everyone at your job. Everyone has a part to play in keeping the workplace safe and free from unneces sary dangers and risks. By keeping these tips in mind and sharing them with oth ers, you will be doing your part in keeping injuries, possibly deaths and robbery from happening on the job. For more information, contact the National Crime Prevention Ofce on 3028430, 302-8431, 302-8154 or visit www.royalbahamas police.org. How you can keep safe in the workplace By SERGEANT 3150 NATHALIE RANGER Police advice A13MAIN
PAGE 14, Monday, August 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA Associated Press THREE people died in Charlottesville over a weekend in which white supremacists gathered and marched including one woman who was struck by a car driven into a crowd by a man who had attended the rally. The woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia was described as a true American hero who died doing what she loved standing up for people. Two state troopers also died when their helicopter crashed in a wooded area while deployed as part of a large-scale police effort to contain Saturdays violence. They were remembered for their commitment and love of their jobs. Heather Heyer, 32, was among the hundreds of protesters who had gath ered in Charlottesville to decry what was believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a dec ade including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members who de scended on the city to rally against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Felicia Correa, a longtime friend of Heyer, said the slain woman died standing up for people of color and called her a true American hero. She said she spoke with Heyers mother, who is struggling with the loss. She said, Heather died doing what she loved standing up for people, said Correa, who by early Sunday afternoon had raised about $125,000 for Heyers family through an online fundraising drive. Heyer grew up in Greene County and worked as a le gal assistant at a law rm. Her boss, Larry Miller, said the young woman was ac tive in the rms bankrupt cy practice and had a big heart. She cares about the peo ple we take care of. Just a great person, he said. Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe said he was touched by the deaths of the two troopers, Lt H Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M M Bates, whom he knew personally. McAuliffe frequently uses state police aircraft to travel the state and said Cullen, 48, had been one of his regular pi lots. Before joining the avia tion unit, Bates has been a member of the state trooper team that guards the gover nor and his family. It was personal to me, McAuliffe said Sunday morning at a church ser vice. We were very close. Cullen was a 23-year vet eran of the department and head of the aviation unit. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Berke joined the department in 2004, and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Both of them were great guys who loved what they were doing, said Perry Benshoof, a retired trooper who worked with both. Craig Bates said his younger brother had always wanted to serve others and to y. The younger Bates, who died one day short of his 41st birthday, worked for years as a trooper, rst in Florida and then in Vir ginia. Hed recently gotten his pilots license so that he could apply to work for the departments aviation unit. He got his wish, and joined the unit only last month. It was the culmination of a lot of dreams come true, Craig Bates said. This is something that he truly wanted to do. It was much too short but Im grateful for the fact that he was able to do that. The helicopter crashed in a wooded area outside Charlottesville around 5 p.m. Saturday. Police said the cause of the crash is still under investigation but there was no indication of foul play. State police identied the driver in the car crash that killed Heyer as 20-yearold James Alex Fields Jr. He has been charged with second-degree murder and other counts. A former teacher of the man accused of plowing his car into counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia says the sus pect had a keen interest in military history, Hitler and Nazi, Germany. Derek Weimer on Sun day said that he taught so cial studies to 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. dur ing his junior and senior years in Kentucky, calling him an average student. Weimer recalled that school ofcials had singled out Fields in 9th grade for his political beliefs and that he had made comments that alerted his social stud ies teacher at the time to deeply-held, radical con victions on race and Na zism. Weimer said Fields was a big Trump supporter be cause of what he believed to be Trumps views on race. Trumps proposal to build a border wall was particularly appealing to Fields, We imer said. Fields was photographed on the morning of the at tack at the rally holding a shield with the emblem of a white supremacist group. Vanguard America denies that James Alex Fields Jr is a member of its group and says it handed out shields to anyone in attendance who wanted them. The Anti-Defama tion League says Vanguard America believes the US is an exclusively white na tion, and uses propaganda to recruit young white men online and on college cam puses. Vanguard America conrmed via Twitter ac count that members were in Charlottesville on Satur day morning, part of whats believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a dec ade, to rally against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds of others came to protest against the racism. In the photo, taken by the New York Daily News, Fields stands with a hand ful of men, all dressed simi larly in the usual Vanguard America uniform of khakis and white polo shirts. The men hold white shields with a black-and-white logo of two axes. Terror in Charlottesville A VEHICLE drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. The nationalists were holding the rally to protest plans by the city of Charlottesville to remove a statue of Confederate Gen Robert E Lee. There were several hundred protesters marching in a long line when the car drove into a group of them. Photo: The Daily Progress/AP A MAKESHIFT memorial of owers and a photo of victim, Heather Heyer, in Charlottesville, Virginia. TROOPER-Pilot Berke M M Bates, left, and Lt H Jay Cullen. A14MAIN
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