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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper CHILDREN & PREGNANT WOMEN TUESDAY HIGH 92FLOW 81F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 WOMAN: AUTHOR REVEALS SECRET LIFE OF PIRATE ANNE BONNY EVERY Progressive Liberal Party candidate re jected by voters on Election Day should be barred from contesting leadership posts at the partys October con vention, former PLP mem ber of Parliament Philip Galanis said Monday. Mr Galanis told The Tribune the move would ensure that the party is in the best position to return to the people. None of them, those that lost, should be allowed to challenge for any (lead ership) post, Mr Galanis said. It would send the message to the Bahami an public that we havent learned a thing. Those that lost, lost for a reason. We have to show voters that we get it; that we understand. PLP leader Philip Brave Davis told The Nassau Guardian on Sun day that the party will hold a convention in October. He also announced that former Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis would serve as chairman for the convention. Mr Halkitis has said the event is sched uled for October 22-25. Mr Galanis on Mon day said he was hopeful the party would emerge from its convention with a Davis-Cooper leader ship team, supported by a Sears chairmanship. He was referring to Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper and former Attor ney General Alfred Sears. MINISTER of Labour Dion Foulkes has down played the slight dip in the unemployment rate, say ing yesterday many of the jobs from the sample pe riod came from temporary employment and it is likely these workers are now on the unemployment line. Mr Foulkes comments came in a statement re acting to the latest labour force study released by the Department of Statistics on Friday, which showed the unemployment rate is now pegged at 9.9 per cent a 1.7 per cent decrease from the results of Octobers sur vey. He was not the only one to downplay the new job gures. Veteran trade union ist John Pinder yesterday expressed doubt that the Progressive Liberal Party created over 39,000 sus tainable jobs while in TRUTH BEHIND FALL IN JOBLESS NUMBER A SUSPECT is in police custody and assisting ofc ers with their investigation into a stabbing incident over the weekend that has left a man dead. According to police, shortly after 2pm on Sun day, a man was involved in an argument with another man on Munson Village Road that led to him being stabbed. The victim was rushed to hospital in serious con dition where he later died from his injuries. Police later took a man into cus tody in connection with the incident. MURDER TOLL RISES TO 84 By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter Galanis: Ditch the PLP losers AN employee of the Na tional Insurance Board was remanded to prison yester day afternoon after her ini tial Magistrates Court ap pearance on extortion and bribery allegations. Selena Sweeting, 56, was handcuffed and anked by police ofcers as she was taken into the Nassau and South Streets court com plex to stand before Chief Magistrate Joyann Fergu son-Pratt charged with a count each of extortion and bribery. It is alleged that Sweet ing, between January 27, 2017 and July 14, 2017, in respect of her duties as a public servant, demand ed and solicited $5,000 from Marvin Shawn Rah ming for assisting him in NIB MANAGER DENIES CORRUPTION CHARGES By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Ministry of Tour ism has re-engaged the services of global public relations rm Weber Shan dwick to provide commu nications support in the US and Canada, according to an industry newswire. The announcement was made by the rm on Au gust 9, and distributed via PRNewswire, which report ed that the ministry did not issue a request for propos als (RFP) for the job and that budget information was not disclosed. Weber Shandwick was dropped in 2013 by the former Progressive Liberal Party administration after an 18-year long run with the ministry. PR FIRM HIRED IN WAKE OF CUTBACKS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter FIFTEEN workers who were hired on a threemonth contract at the Ba hamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation were let go yesterday after their contracts expired, The Tribune understands. According to a wellplaced source in the Minnis administration, the workers were Progressive Liberal Party operatives all hired just before the May 10 gen eral election. BAIC CUTS 15 SHORT-TERM WORKERS By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune News Editor SELENA SWEETING, 56, arraigned before a magistrates court yesterday for bribery and extortion. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE NINE A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE owner of Flos Fruit Stand on West Bay Street is trying to put the pieces of her business back together after a re on Saturday de stroyed her produce stall and stored items. Despite the tragedy, Florence Miller, who has operated the popular fruit and vegetable stand near Arawak Cay for about 35 years, has returned to the site to sell her wares us ing two large umbrellas to shield her goods. Ms Miller said the re began after 9pm Saturday, a little over an hour after she left the area. She said police told her the incident may have been the result of arson which started from a nearby area and spread to her stall. I dont really know what happened because I wasnt here, she told The Trib une I had just left about eight oclock and it was 9.30pm someone called me and said come now cause my place on re. The blaze also damaged a van where Ms Miller stored vegetables, fruits, herbs and other items. Ms Miller told The Trib une she could not put a dol lar value on the items lost. FLORENCE CARRIES ON AFTER STALL BLAZE THE FRUIT stand on the corner of Chippingham Road opposite Arawak Cay which burned down on Saturday evening. Owner Florence Miller also lost a number of items she had stored in a van. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff BACK in business already, Florence Miller selling produce next to the site of the re. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 15, 2017, PAGE 3 A ROYAL Bahamas Police Force ofcer was re cently engaged in a scufe with a civilian near Christ Church Cathedral on George Street as he tried to handcuff the unruly man. The incident was cap tured on cell phone video which was widely shared on social media yesterday. The short clip shows the ofcer entangled in a tense struggle with another man in the middle of George Street. During much of the incident, the man and the ofcer are seen rolling on the ground and as the civil ian attempts to stand up, the ofcer pulls his pants and underwear down ex posing the mans buttocks in an attempt to keep hold of him. At one point in the video the civilian had the ofcer pinned to the ground on his back. The ofcer is seen ght ing to maintain his grasp on the civilian while on the ground before a nearby se curity guard steps in to as sist. The security guard en courages the ofcer to maintain his grasp on the man, while subsequently or dering the civilian to stay down. The male civilian responds by loudly exclaim ing: I aint do nothing though! In the brief moment it took for the security guard to secure the ofcers hel met and night stick from another male observer, and while the civilians atten tion is focused on the secu rity guard, the police ofcer managed to lift the civilian and body slam him onto the sidewalk. The ofcer seemingly re alised that he misplaced his handcuffs in the commo tion, and told the security ofcer and others nearby, Yall hold him for me, before racing off to retrieve them. Throughout the incident the man loudly protested his circumstances, shout ing: I aint do nothing, boss. The security guard, in response, continued to tell the man to stay down. The unruly mans bare but tocks were still visible as the security ofcer had him pinned to the ground. Attempts to contact vari ous senior police ofcials for clarication on the mat ter, such as what led to the incident, and if any charges would be brought against the man, were unsuccessful up to press time. However, The Tribune re ceived several photos of the police ofcer and the male civilian, claimed to have been taken after the alter cation. According to those pic tures, the ofcer appeared to have two abrasions ob the wrist area of one of his arms, and another four abrasions on the elbow area of his other arm. Viral video shows police ofcer in street scufe By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter A POLICE ofcer pictured after a reported scufe. POLICE are seeking the publics help in locating sev eral male suspects responsi ble for two separate armed robberies that occurred on Sunday. In the rst incident, shortly after noon a man was about to make a depos it at a local bank in west ern New Providence, when three males in a stolen gold Honda CRV, license plate number AK6511, armed with handguns pulled up. The gunmen robbed him of a deposit bag containing a large amount of cash be fore speeding off. The sto len vehicle was later located abandoned in the West Bay Street area. In the second incident, shortly before 9pm a man had just pulled up in his Hyundai Tucson at his home located in Imperial Park, when two males with handguns approached and robbed him of his vehicle containing a small amount of cash before speeding off. The stolen vehicle was later located abandoned in the Redland Acres area. Anyone with information on these incidents or any crime is asked to contact police at 919 or the Crime Stoppers hotline anony mously at 328-TIPS. DEPOSIT BAG OF CASH STOLEN A TEENAGER from Grand Bahama was ar rested on Monday for drug possession. The 18-year-old youth of Gold Rock Creek was ar rested after he was found with a quantity of marijua na shortly after 8am. Police were on routine patrol at the McCleans Town government dock, where the suspect was ob served acting suspiciously. He was searched and found in possession of 4.5 lbs of suspected marijuana with an estimated street value of $4,500, police said. The investigation continues. TEEN HELD AFTER MARIJUANA FIND I dont plan to play any role in the convention, other than my role as a del egate. But my support is fully behind Philip Brave Davis and I am hopeful the party can rally itself behind Chester Cooper for deputy leader, said Mr Galanis. I am also hopeful that we are able to nd a young and vibrant person for the role of chairman. Asked to clarify what he meant, Mr Galanis said: The party needs to do all it can to (improve) the pub lic perception surrounding it. When I say young and vibrant, we need an inux of persons that are forward thinking and connected to the various communities around the country. Persons like (Alfred) Sears, persons like (Ray nard) Rigby. Persons that have spent much of their lives promoting the devel opment and advancement of The Bahamas. These are men that have been in our party and offered so much. When contacted for com ment, Mr Rigby said he had no plans to offer himself for chairman, a post he has pre viously held. Meanwhile, Mr Sears, who was beaten by for mer Prime Minister Perry Christie in January in the race for party leader, said he was mulling his options now that it was clear a con vention is happening later this year. Mr Sears, who also unsuc cessfully ran in Fort Char lotte in May, indicated that he was expecting a resolu tion to be brought to the partys National General Council (NGC) before con vention plans were made public this week. He later added that with all things considered, he would weigh all the op tions ahead of him, as he remains solely and com pletely dedicated (to) im proving the PLP. In the wake of the partys devastating election loss, much has been made of how the party would look to construct itself in the postChristie era. In the weeks that followed the May 10 general election, former Christie-era stand outs such as former Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell and for mer West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe have indicated their plans to help the party rebuild. Mr Wilchcombe, who previously declared his in tentions to bid for the chair man post, when contacted yesterday said he would publicly address his plans later this week, urging The Tribune to keep in touch in the coming days. Meanwhile, Mr Mitchell, leader of opposition busi ness in the Senate, refused to comment on his plans for the upcoming convention. However, one party source suggested that he, along with several other legacy members are ex pected to jump in for con sideration for some post. According to the PLPs constitution, the party shall hold a general meeting of the party every year in the month of October or No vember, or otherwise deter mined by the NGC. The party last held a con vention in January. Prior to the 2017 convention, the party last held a convention in 2009. GALANIS: DITCH THE PLP LOSERS from page one PHILIP GALANIS, left, pictured with then Prime Minister Perry Christie, right, and former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes in 2015. A3MAIN


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, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. IN politics, as in every day life, all human beings, and some animals, are ca pable of shedding their known persona and put ting on a facial mask. this is done in the majority of cases to attempt to conceal or hide the true characteris tics and intent of the wearer at any particular time. The wearing of masks, I submit, has become a perfected art form in our wonderful na tion. In local politics, those who don a mask or multiple ones often succeed in se curing elective or appoin tive ofce. This is a phenomenon throughout the recorded history of mankind which has been practised by many in all spheres of society, be it civilised or otherwise. In ancient times, ordinary in dividuals discovered that they could wield political and communal clout, es pecially in the area of reli gion, by encouraging others to not see them as they are but as they are perceived to be. The Shaman or witch doctor controlled villagers and cave dwellers by his/ her costume and/or facial mask. This was perfected as an art form over in Africa and other continents, Aus tralia included. Here in The Bahamas, our politicians, especially the successful ones, are now adroit at donning as sorted masks depending on the particular circumstanc es of any given case. The re cent defeat of the Progres sive Liberal Party (PLP) came partially as a result of the mask being removed from the face of that par ty when we witnessed, in broad daylight, the former PM, God bless him too, stated, with absolutely no shame or compunction that he, Christie, had the power to grant things that even God could not do! He also gave us the bird, big time, and called it a sign of agape love. It is not to be forgotten that one legal crow, Wayne Munroe, QC, slapped his wide load posterior and stated that when they go low, we go lower..... It is unfortunate that so many Bahamians, myself included, followed the siren call of the PLP and Chris tie & Company for so long with no tangible achieve ments in sight. Yes, little ts and starts, but nothing of value, save for the National Training Agency. NEMA, under the failed leadership of Captain Stephen Russell and the then Minister for National Reconstruction (Shane Gibson), did a poor job in bringing relief, even to this very day, to thou sands of Bahamians who looked with great expecta tions to the government of PGC for hope and help. The mask was brutally torn off by Matthew and Joaquin. The rest of the Emperors clothing, such as they were (because he was naked for eons), were blown away into posterity. Christie, with all due re spect, often portrays him self in a totally different manner from reality. He often appeared to be be nign; christian like and, for sure, compassionate. I submit that he was none of these things, at least not to an appreciable level. If he hated you, politically, you could not even expect a single crumb to fall from his banquet table. While giving you an appointment Christie must have known that either he had no inten tions of keeping the same or was merely posturing. The mask fell off on the 10th May, 2017 and what most of you all are seeing now is dis turbing and mentally mind boggling. Unmasking is not a good thing in some cases. The PLP and its then leadership cadre failed the unwashed masses of Ba hamians. They destroyed, literally, the dreams and aspirations of countless thousands of ordinary Ba hamians, without demon strating an ounce of shame. Now they and some of their geriatric and befuddled al lies and sycophants say that there is a witch hunt going on and that the PM and the FNM are out to get them? Millions of dollars were wasted by the Christie ad ministration and, allegedly, tens of more millions went straight down the toilet, with out ushing. The masks of the pretenders; clowns and jokers within the now defunct PLP have been removed and the resulting exposed faces remind me of Boo Boo Day! Ugly to the core. All of the ministers in Christies cabinet, save and except for Philip Brave Da vis (PLP-Cat Island), Lead er of the rump PLP, and Shaye Gibson had grown too comfortable in the masks which they were wearing to the point where they actu ally believed what they saw reected in the mirror. The masks, fellow Bahamians, fell away and in the glare of the sunshine the unmasked ones had to run towards the hills, possibly to escape prosecution. The mask of power was fatal, politically, to the PLP in May. Is it pos sible for the PLP to rise from the ashes (keep Johnathan Ash as far away as possible please) of defeat? Yes. Brave Davis is in a unique position, even if he does not yet realise it. He is the only credible member for that party, at this junc ture, capable of the gravitas; experience; leadership ca pabilities and access, allegedly, to the massive funding sources which the PLP will need to tap as it seeks to rise from the ashes of defeat. He must also sideline politically toxic individuals who con tinue to talk shaving cream while ranting; raving; pick ing their noses and walking like bow legged ducks. As a political observer, it is clear that the FNM and our Prime Minister are now walking back from many of the electoral promises made during the campaign. There is, at this stage, no real cause for alarm as Dr Minnis and the rest of the people them are still wear ing their mask, even if they want to take them off right now. Id admonish them to keep their masks on be cause if they are unmasked any time soon, the shaving cream would hit the fan sooner than expected. Brave must be for real. Brave must embrace agents of change. Brave must reor ganise the PLP headquar ters and offer separation packages to the current staffers. Seniors have their places but in todays world, the millenniums will gener ate the raw and social en ergy which the PLP must embrace going forward. He must not, at no time, take off his own mask. To God then, in all things, be the glory. ORTLAND H. BODIE JR Nassau, August 12, 2017. THE shocking events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend stunned a modern world that wanted to believe racism was a thing of the past or reserved for over zealous police in troubled cities. Suddenly, rac ism was alive, re-asserting its demonic vehemence when white supremacists led by the KKK staged the Unite the Right rally protesting the removal of a statue of confederate Gen Robert E Lee and were met by counter protestors. Scenes of violence and hatred explod ed like the lava of an erupting volcano. Millions watched online and on TV as hatred spewed forth its efuent. Brawls broke out. Cops met angry protestors with shields, tear gas and pepper spray. Two policemen monitoring the violence from overhead were killed instantly when their helicopter crashed. A car driven by a 20-year-old man described as disillusioned, misguided and a supporter of the neo-Nazi white suprem acist movement plowed into a crowd of counter protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal who devoted her life to the ght for human rights and justice. In all, 34 people were wounded, 19 suffering serious injuries. It took the state of Virginia years to reach the decision to remove the statue at the heart of the anger and conict, a statue that symbolised the Souths de ant defense of a slave economy. The de bate over its presence or removal raged in full view of the public. In the end, right won out. Historys evil must be remembered lest it be re peated, but it need not assume a place of honour in a state capital that is home to its agship university, one designed by the framer of the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson. What happened in Charlottesville and American President Donald Trumps refusal to lambast the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists shook a sleeping public accustomed to so much protec tion for equal rights that the underly ing need for that protection had slipped out of mind and sight. If it re-awakened the reality of racism in its most heinous form in the United States, it also sent a message to The Bahamas. In The Bahamas, the evil of racism is much more insidious. Rarely openly displayed, its existence is caught in the glare of an eye when a black Bahamian does not realise a white Bahamian sees. It shows up in unpredictable places where instead of a wave or greeting there is an unexpected icy stare. Some vow it is alive in pricing, the same goods or ser vices sold at different prices depending on the consumer or the community. In The Bahamas, where whites make up less than 15% of the population, was it anti-white racism when the Bahamian ag was designed with the aquamarine, black and gold? Here, in the govern ments own words, is the description of the symbolism: Black, a strong colour, represents the vigour and force of a unit ed people The omission of white as a colour on the ag has long sparked con troversy and the late Norman Solomon excused it by saying that the white welt ing holding it together represented the minority segment of the population. Mr Solomon, a former UBP politician and progressive leader recognising the need for majority rule, refused to be insulted by the ags design but for others it has remained a sore spot for more than 40 years. If the hate and bitterness that spilled over in Charlottesville by people who felt displaced was misplaced, it touched a sensitive nerve that triggered 24-hour coverage of an issue so painful and raw it refuses to hide its ugly head. In The Bahamas, while this weekends events were a reminder, there have been improvements but we still have a short way to go. Most Bahamians work, live and play together without issue. They show the respect they should to people with whom they interact. Many would not even remember if the last person they spoke to or did business with was black, brown or white. Fortunately, we are far ahead of our neighbour to the north. Bahamians are largely colour blind in the best sense. But we must not ignore the undercur rent that inuences decisions, makes immigration issues tougher and builds resentment. In addition to time mend ing and blending all, there is only one strategy to make certain that someday there will truly be One Bahamas. That solution is to treat each person as if you could not see colour. If the young man accused of stealing a pack of cigarettes has to be shackled going to court, so should the former Cabinet minister ac cused of extorting thousands of dollars. If a developer snubs his nose at the government and tells it to leave the project alone, that developer should be apprised of the rules and should he not wish to abide by those rules that eve ryone else has to abide, he should be invited to do business elsewhere. The clerk who steals must be prosecuted in the same way his boss must be if there is a Customs violation. Racism will never vanish until we vanquish the differences with which we treat people. Eradicate the difference in treatment and the resentment that breeds racism will, nally, be a lesson for history classes. This is one evil that we can put to rest and say Sleep well and for a very long time. Brave must rebuild Hidden faces of racism in The EDITOR, The Tribune. FROM the Constable on Patrol up the the Commis sioner of Police (they are both COP) there is a need to maintain clarity of pur pose. This is best done by appointing and leaving well alone. Confusion arises on the part of all parties when interference comes from the political side of our sys tem of governance. Our system allows for a changing of the guard from time to time and this works for both the politician and the policeman. The way this is done differs due to the na ture of each. In the case of the politician it is the elec torate that chooses every 5 years or so, who they want for the making of policy. In the case of the police their changing of the guard fol lows on a broader need for condence in their capac ity to do their duty. For the sake of greater stability and lesser petulance the system has a built in guard against easy change. When deemed necessary changes are pos sible but need to be done on a manner that does not erode the general con dence in the force by overly including political inuence as opposed to policy inu ence. It is well documented that our present COP ob tained the post following some opposition by others who wished to ll the post. Now that those persons nd their sunrise brightening there seems to be an effort underfoot to revisit those earlier decisions. My prob lem is I do not see this as being necessitated by any salient professional short comings on the part of the present structure of the po lice force. It appears to me more as a ploy to inuence the directorate of the police force by those who failed to do so earlier. I accept that politicians in power are expected to execute policy. I only wish they would understand that they do this for my benet and that of the electorate and the population at large and therefore should make every effort to ensure that there is transparency, clar ity if you will, in how this is done. There needs to be a case presented for any change and comment from the public needs to be invit ed. I should not have to suf fer sip sip to gure what is going on with public pol icy. I ask those in authority of our policy to please let me and my fellow citizens know clearly what it is that necessitates this confusion regarding the COP. SIMON RODEHN Nassau, August 14, 2017. Clarify position over police chief A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 15, 2017, PAGE 5 A MAN appeared in Magistrates Court yester day accused of being the culprit behind a homicide that occurred on the recent Emancipation Day holiday. Franklyn Johnson, 30, of Kemp Road stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt facing a murder charge concerning the August 7 shooting death of Keno Hepburn. However, there ap peared to be confusion at the arraignment as he and 36-year-old Stephen Robinson, also of Kemp Road, were charged with causing grievous harm to the same victim on the same date. After an hours recess was granted to the police prosecutor to verify if this was the case, the charge re mained and both Robinson and Johnson pleaded not guilty to causing grievous harm. They are scheduled to return to the Magistrates Court on September 13 for a xture hearing concern ing the matter. As for Johnson, however, the murder charge he faces concerning Johnsons kill ing will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court on Oc tober 11 through the pres entation of a voluntary bill of indictment. Before the two were re manded to the Department of Correctional Services to await trial, Robinson and Johnsons respective law yers, Calvin Seymour and Domek Rolle raised com plaints concerning an al leged incident while their clients were in police cus tody. The defence attorneys claimed that sometime between August 11 and 12 at the Wulff Road po lice station, their clients were in holding cells when they observed two civilian women, accompanied by police officers, who ap peared to be looking at them. Realising what was happening, the women were taken away, Mr Sey mour said, claiming this took place before an of ficial identification pa rade. The lawyers both raised the matter indicating that it would become an issue at trial. The chief magistrate made a note of their con cerns before remanding the two men into custody. Suspect is charged with Emancipation Day murder By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after he was arraigned in Magis trates Court in connection with two recent gunpoint robberies. Adrian Robinson, 39, stood before Chief Mag istrate Joyann FergusonPratt facing two counts of armed robbery and a single count of attempted armed robbery. Concerning the latter charge, it is alleged that he, on August 10, while armed with a handgun, attempted to rob Troy Clarke of cash. Concerning the actual armed robberies, it is al leged that he, on July 27, while armed with a hand gun, robbed Talitha Wal lace of $5 cash and an iPhone and Shervone Knowles of $3 cash and an LG cellular phone. Robinson was not re quired to enter a plea to any of the charges and was informed that both matters will be transferred to the Supreme Court through the presentation of a voluntary bill of indictment scheduled for October 11. Given the nature of the allegations, he was denied bail and remanded to the Department of Correction al Services to await trial. However, he can apply for bail in the Supreme Court. MAN IN COURT OVER GUNPOINT ROBBERIES By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter TWO Bahamian men were taken into custody by the US Coast Guard last week in connection with an alleged illegal human smuggling operation involving a group of Haitians near Bi mini, an immigration of cial reported. Immigration ofcer Napthali Cooper on Grand Bahama reported that the USCG Cutter Margaret Norvell brought six Hai tians to Grand Bahama on August 9 after they were in tercepted at sea off Bimini on August 5. The Haitians two men, two women, and two chil dren were turned over to immigration authorities. According to Mr Coop er, the six individuals were a part of a group of 12 Haitians who were heading to the US when they were intercepted at sea. They told Bahamian authorities that they left Bimini sometime on Au gust 5 and were heading to Florida. They were own to New Providence where they are being detained at the De tention Centre to await re patriation. Mr Cooper said that US authorities took the two Ba hamians into custody and kept some of the Haitians for further investigations into the matter. TWO BAHAMIANS HELD OVER ALLEGED HUMAN SMUGGLING By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter The killing is the 84th murder for the year, ac cording to The Tribunes re cords, which also show that as of August 11, 2016 there was 65 murders. This represents about a 29 per cent increase. About a week ago, two men were killed in the capi tal, one of whom was mur dered less than a month af ter he was released on bail. Police have not released the identities of the deceased men; however The Trib une understands they are 21-year-old Terrence Rolle and 30-year-old Keno Hep burn. Rolle was charged with the murder of Troy Ghost Clarke and was released on bail on July 17. He was sitting in a parked car on Lily of the Valley Corner, off East Street when he and another pas senger were red on by two men in a charcoal gray coloured Honda sometime around 2.45pm on Satur day, August 5. The gunmen reportedly drove up to the parked car and opened re on the oc cupants of the vehicle. Rolle received multiple gunshots to his torso, ac cording to police, and died at the scene. The other vic tim was taken to hospital by Emergency Medical Servic es (EMS). The second fatal shooting occurred outside a Cowpen Road nightclub shortly af ter 1.30am on Emancipa tion Day. According to police, Hepburn was involved in an argument with several other men before he was shot out side the club on August 7. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information on these inci dents is asked to call police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. MURDER TOLL RISES TO 84 from page one FRANKLYN JOHNSON, 30, outside court yesterday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 THE TRIBUNE ofce, charging that the vast majority of those jobs were temporary in nature and nothing people could make a career out of. Mr Pinder, Bahamas Pub lic Services Union (BPSU) president, said he believes no more than 25 per cent of the 39,505 jobs added to the economy by the former ad ministration between May 2012 and May 2017 are vi able ones, and that the rest were the result of various government sponsored pro grammes or initiatives. The Ministry of Labour is pleased that the level of unemployment in the coun try has declined particular ly on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, two of our more populated is lands, Mr Foulkes said on Monday. We are, however, mind ful of the fact that the sur vey was conducted during the period April 24-30, 2017, just a few weeks prior to the recent general elec tions. Encouraged by the statistics gathered during the sampling period, which is reective of the tempo rary and short (term) jobs associated with the carni val and general elections, many of these employees, sadly, have since reverted to unemployed status and are seeking new opportunities in the labour market. The senator said the Min nis administration is plan ning an expansion of the National Training Agency and is in discussions with the Inter-American Devel opment Bank to nalise the implementation of the Na tional Apprenticeship Pro gramme as a way to better train young people to enter the job market. He said the opening of more hotels at Baha Mar in Winter 2018, the reopening of the Grand Lucayan Re sort in Grand Bahama and an increase in new busi nesses as a result of gov ernment condence will all increase job opportunities. The bold and innovative policies of the Minnis ad ministration are designed to provide permanent and sustainable employment for our citizens. I am condent that during the next Labour Force Survey, the results of our policies will cause the unemployment rate to be further reduced, Mr Foulkes said. Doubt Meanwhile, Mr Pinder said Urban Renewal, the Christie administrations Yes Bahamas campaign for the 2016 referendum on gender equality, and em ployment in the construc tion sector after Hurricane Matthew are examples of these short-term oppor tunities that likely boosted job gures. Mr Pinder said while the statistics showed a 29.2 per cent boost in civil service employment the great est increase in any sector, the bulk of those hirings were likely those made throughout the various law enforcement agencies. Mr Pinders comments were in response to the re cent jubilation expressed by PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts over the countrys unemployment rate dipping below 10 per cent for the rst time since the great re cession. The labour survey was conducted between April 24 and April 30 by the De partment of Statistics. According to the survey, the unemployment rate in New Providence was 10.4 per cent; 12.4 per cent in Grand Bahama and 7.8 in Abaco. The results listed employ ment increases in the civil service, tourism industry and construction sector as contributing factors for the decrease. However, no sec tor experienced a greater increase in employment than the civil service. In a statement Friday, Mr Roberts said the employ ment numbers show that 39,505 jobs were added to the economy between May 2012 and May 2017, and that 7,770 of that total were added in the last six months of the Christie administra tion. Mr Roberts said those gures represent further empirical evidence that the PLP did the heavy lifting and laid a rm and strong foundation of progress on which to build. Out of those 39,000 jobs they (claimed) may have produced or cut the unem ployment rate, I will bet you no more than about 25 per cent of them are sus tainable jobs where people can workand reach the point where they are able to receive a pension or even qualify to lending institu tion for mortgages or any long-term lending, Mr Pin der said. So based on that, they would have hired over the last ve years, hundreds of police ofcers, hundreds of defense force ofcers, hundreds of customs and immigration ofcers. I be lieve the bulk of hiring was in the uniformed branches and the disciplined forces. But honestly the persons who were hired under Ur ban Renewal, and round here to clean the street and the contract workers, I dont call them job crea tion. The hurricane created some jobs because you got to cleanup, and theres a cleanup effort after that. During the referendum, they had people all over the streets handing out iers, Urban Renewal would have created some short-term jobs that relates to them cleaning up properties and trying to refurbish old peo ples homes and stuff like that. I want them to be able to create jobs that people could make a career out of. Mr Pinder said the sta tistics were more curious given Grand Bahamas high unemployment issues, a problem he thinks is graver than the statistics suggest. I would jump off a bridge if you could really tell me that the unemploy ment rate in Grand Ba hama is 12.5 per cent, he added, referring to Grand Bahamas statistics. Are you kidding me? Im in Freeport two, three times a month. Freeport is a ghost town. Aint no employment in Freeport, unless the peo ple have all moved to New Providence or Bimini and stopped looking for jobs. But dont tell me the unem ployment rate in Freeport is 12.4 per cent. I dont believe that. Truth behind fall in jobless number from page one receiving business from NIB. She was asked whether she wished to be tried in Magistrates Court or Su preme Court. The 56 year old elected the Magis trates court and pleaded not guilty to both allegations. She is scheduled to return to the Magistrates Court on November 1 and 2 for her trial. The court does not have jurisdiction to consider bail, therefore you are re manded to the Department of Correc tional Services, the chief magistrate told the accused. Sweeting was allowed a brief mo ment with relatives who were in court before being taken away from the courtroom. She has retained attorney Devard Francis to represent her against the al legations. According to her LinkedIn page, Sweeting is a project manager at the gov ernment agency. NIB MANAGER DENIES CORRUPTION CHARGES from page one Alice Diaz, EVP of We bers travel and lifestyle practice, told PR Week that ties were severed in 2013 due to budget restructur ing issues. Attempts to reach Tour ism Minister Dionisio DAguilar for comment were unsuccessful up to press time. The partnership follows redundancies in the Min istry of Tourisms Grand Bahama ofce earlier this month that affected 11 per sons. In July, 12 persons were recalled to Nassau after the ministry amalgamated its Washington, DC and Los Angeles ofces with New York and Houston. Mr DAguilar had previ ously said that move would save around $1m a year. According to the release, Weber Shandwick will also assist with project work in the UK and Latin Ameri ca. In May of this year, Hon Dionisio James DAguilar was named minister of tour ism, taking charge of one of the most crucial portfolios in the Bahamas, the re lease read. Together with We ber Shandwick, his team takes on the challenge of effectively promoting the 16 islands, which com prise a uniquely varied vacation option for trav ellers. Weber Shandwick will work with the Ministry of Tourism team on a com prehensive strategic pro gramme to market the islands. In addition to ben etting from the agencys previous 18 years of work for the destination, the Bahamas programme will centre on an integrated ap proach enabling the desti nation to reach consumers with greater efciency and effectiveness. The Ministry of Tour ism actively promotes the distinctive beauty, culture and character of 16 of our 700 islands for tourism. This array of choice is a complex marketing chal lenge that drives us to de liver creative storytelling, said the release. Joy Jibrilu, director gen eral at the Ministry of Tour ism, was also quoted in the article and expressed opti mism for the partnership. She credited the rms ex perience with the destina tion, creativity and indus try-leading expertise. The Bahamas pro gramme will be led by We ber Shandwicks Travel & Lifestyle practice, accord ing to the release, which noted the rms achieve ments, including Bronze Anvils, Big Apple awards and HSMAI Platinum awards for past Bahamas Ministry of Tourism pro grammes. Yesterday, a former tour ism ofcial heralded the move as a commonsense decision based on industry standards. The idea that an organi sation such as the Ministry of Tourism would not have a PR agency is something that is so extraordinary, the former tourism of cial said. The justica tion doesnt make sense. General Motors has a PR agency. Microsoft has a PR agency. They are huge companies with the capac ity to hire the best to do it all internally, but they have PR agencies. It is just a professional requirement and the large reason very simple. This is somebody also saying something good about you. If youre dealing with Tribune, NY Times, you want people to return your call. These relation ships have been established for decades. If youre truly interested in building tal ent, you get people associ ated with those that have knowledge and capacity. If they dont do that, were all out to sea, the ofcial said. Go and nd those countries adding people to ofces overseas, go nd them, they dont exist. Ei ther youre a genius and you just know something that nobody else can see or you recognize the world has changed. Digital technol ogy is taking over a lot of work that people used to do manually. You can choose not to do that, but you can waste a lot of money doing so. PR FIRM HIRED IN WAKE OF CUTBACKS from page one HANDCUFFS on Selena Sweeting, 56, as she appears at court yesterday accused of bribery and extortion. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A6MAIN JUDO SUMMER CAMPDeveloping motor skills Age 4 years to 16 years from the 15th 25th August 2017. 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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 15, 2017, PAGE 7 THE Grand Bahama En vironmental Association will hold its rst Industrial Plant Residents Day on the grounds of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lewis Yard on Saturday, August 19. Bertram Pinder, presi dent of the GBEA, said the event would bring resi dents of the communities surrounding the industrial plants together in solidarity for a day of food, education, health screenings, and fun and games. A mini-conference on health and environmental safety will take place from 10am-12.30pm and those attending will hear from an environmental scientist and health professional. Iram Lewis, the MP for Central Grand Bahama, is also expected to speak, and the association has extend ed an invitation to Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands. This event will give the residents a time of fellow ship, to share information on their health and safety, and for the children to have some fun, said Mr Pinder. Health screening for blood pressure, diabe tes and cholesterol will take place from 12.30pm2.30pm by personnel from Grand Bahama Health Ser vices. There will be a cookout from 12.30pm3pm and tickets are available at all Subway stores. The entire Grand Ba hama community is invited to attend and support the event. Mr Pinder stressed that the association would con tinue to pursue its goal, which is the relocation of residents of the areas that surround the industrial plants. We continue to suffer from the pollution from the industrial plants, he said. The GBEA/Pinders Point/Lewis Yard Environ mental Committee believes that the chemical emissions from the nearby industrial facilities have affected the health of residents for over 30 years. Three schools have been relocated from the area. There have been com plaints of respiratory prob lems, skin, eyes and nose irritations, and nausea and vomiting. It is also believed the al leged pollution is the cause of the high incidents of cancer among residents in those areas. Former ambassador to the United States Maurice Moore, a resident of Pin ders Point, recently an nounced that he has cancer and believes prolonged ex posure to industrial pollu tion may be the cause. In December 2015, a year-long environmental and health risk assessment study was completed by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisa tion (WHO) of the affected communities. The study, which was undertaken by the Christie administration, concluded that there were no health risks to the resi dent living near the indus trial plants. The study also recom mended the installation of e-noses in the affected communities to monitor air quality and that a safety risk assessment is conducted. THE GBEA and the resi dents have rejected the nd ings by PAHO and WHO. They were not happy with the results of the nal draft of the safety risk assess ment, conducted by the Antea Group of the Neth erlands, and e-nose studies that were also completed last year. Shuffel Hepburn, a GBEA member, claims that the studies do not ad equately address the actual extent of the safety risks and the dangers to residents posed by the nearby indus trial businesses, and a pos sible catastrophic event. They claim that e-nose devices are installed too high and are not monitor ing the actual air breathed by the residents. The affected commu nities are Pinders Point, Seaco Town, Lewis Yard, Hawksbill, Wellington Pin der Heights Subdivision, Hunters, and Mack Town. Event to unite residents of homes near industrial plants By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter GRAND Bahama busi nesswoman Ginger Moxey has been appointed country representative for the Baha mas and regional represent ative for the Caribbean for Sister Cities International. Ms Moxey, president and CEO of Immerse Bahamas, was approved for her new role by the board of direc tors of Sister Cities Inter national during its 61st an nual conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 14. Country and regional representatives are highly distinguished leaders of Sis ter Cities International who help connect the organi sation with communities abroad. The organisation believes that Ms Moxey is highly suited to take on the role of Caribbean representative due to her vast national and international network and previous work developing sister city partnerships in the Bahamas. Chairman Tim Quigley said: In her new role, she serves as an integral part of Sister Cities Internationals diplomatic and partnership outreach and will help pro mote the mission of Sister Cities: to promote peace through mutual respect, co operation, and understand ingone individual, one community at a time. Ms Moxey stated that the opportunities and benets of Sister Cities Internation al need to be fully explored throughout the Caribbean. There are many worth while initiatives that can be executed to bring about sustained development, she said. These initiatives will cover a broad range of topics that fall under four categories: youth and edu cation; arts and culture; business and trade; and community development. Ms Moxey hopes to es tablish an annual regional conference in 2018 that will specically cater to reinvigorating existing relation ships between the Carib bean and US cities. Sister Cities Internation al said that it looks forward to working with Ms Moxey in her new role and is con dent that her experience and network will be ben ecial to all partnerships in the Caribbean. Sister Cities Internation al was founded by President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1956. Sister Cities Interna tional serves as the national membership organisation for over 500-member com munities with relationships in over 2,000 communities in 145 countries. The network unites tens of thousands of citizen dip lomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote peace and understanding through programmes and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and edu cation, economic and sus tainable development, and humanitarian assistance. Cities in the Caribbean region interested in devel oping or renewing a sister city relationship can con tact Ms Moxey at gmoxey@ MOXEY TO REACH OUT TO SISTER CITIES AFTER BOARD APPOINTMENT By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter GINGER MOXEY SHUFFEL HEPBURN, pictured at a public meeting in Grand Bahama previously. To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 A7MAIN The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is the independent regulator for the Electricity Sector in The Bahamas. This Public Consultation is mandated by the Electricity Act (EA) 2015. Under the EA, URCA is responsible for approving a set of standards proposed by Public Electricity Suppliers, for the protection of electricity consumers.UTILITIES REGULATION & COMPETITION AUTHORITY Frederick House, Frederick Street P.O. Box N-4860, Nassau, Bahamas Email: www.urcabahamas.bsThe public is invited to attend a public discussion on theBAHAMAS POWER & LIGHT (BPL) CONSUMER PROTECTION PLAN Tuesday, 15 August at 6:30 pm Doris Johnson Senior High School, Prince Charles Drive Improving Lives Through Effective Utilities Regulation


PAGE 8, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 THE TRIBUNE AFTER 20 years of es tablishing diplomatic rela tions with China, The Ba hamas continues to expand its cultural inuence inter nationally through promot ing diversity, building peo ple-to-people friendships, and establishing sister city relationships through SinoBahamian expressions of mutual respect. There have been many exchanges of high-level delegations between our two countries as we deep ened and strengthened our knowledge, understanding and appreciation of one an others cultures, priorities, commitments and needs, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld. To be sure, much has happened between us. It is the people-to-people exchanges that have dem onstrated to us the face of the relationship, and which helps to provide mutual benets and understand ing. Mr Heneld presented his remarks at the 20th an niversary celebration of the Bahamas establishment of diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China at a ceremony on August 11 at the British Co lonial Hilton. Ofcial bilateral re lations between our two countries were established on May 23, 1997. As two member-states of the Unit ed Nations, we have been able to develop a mutually respectful and benecial relationship in the twenty years since. Ours has been a particu larly harmonious relation ship that has been guided and solidied, in the rst instance, through the will and effort of our two na tions to develop that rela tionship into a friendship. So, Ambassador Huang, we welcome this opportunity to share this evening with you to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements reached between The Ba hamas and China in those 20 years. Mr Heneld pointed out that the international re lationship has introduced The Bahamas to the ap pointments of eight Chi nese ambassadors to The Bahamas and three Ba hamian ambassadors to China, as the immediate and ofcial link between our two governments... to facilitate the communica tion, planning and imple mentation needed to real ise our common aims and goals. Both countries have agreed upon the long-term goal of establishing a quali fying academic environ ment, comfortable for both Bahamian and Chinese stu dents to choose the Univer sity of The Bahamas as an eminent educational insti tution for higher learning, research, and earning their academic degrees. The Bahamas has been fortunate with the envoys who have been appointed to represent China in our country, Mr Heneld added. You and your pre decessors had a keen un derstanding of our common goals and aspirations, and the passion and commit ment to move towards at tainment of the same. Some of the notable dip lomatic accomplishments over the last 20 years that Bahamians have witnessed emerging from the relation ship between The Bahamas and China are construction of the Airport Corridor and the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium, the Baha Mar resort complex, and The Pointe resort. They also include the in frastructural developments to help buttress local coast lines against the ravages of sea-level rise, and the port developments in Grand Bahama and Abaco, along with the renewable energy endeavours. Modern diplomacy is built on a multitude of ex periences and realities of different people, which allows them to co-exist peacefully in this shrinking world of ours. The ideals for which we are striving can not happen unless we come together, meet each other and commit to work side by side, said Mr Heneld. Respect for the sover eignty of nations, the pro motion and advancement of the socio-economic and sustainable development agendas, urban and rural development, the protec tion of the environment and human rights, capacity building, and the quest for peace take place when, col lectively, we combine our efforts. Bahamians also enjoy the mutual support for inter national candidacies, visafree travel to China, natural disaster relief assistance, as well as the dialogues en gendered and arrangements agreed at the national, re gional and hemispheric lev els. All contribute to a strong and mutually benecial re lationship, just to mention a few, said Mr Heneld. China has proven to be a good friend and develop ment partner to the people of The Bahamas. To this end, my government will do its utmost to maintain and promote Sino-Bahamian relations through ongoing dialogue between our capi tals, and our business and cultural communities, for the benet of both our na tions and our peoples. 20 years of friendship By GENA GIBBS Bahamas Information Services MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld, at centre right, shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador Huang Qinguo, in a group photo with Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel including Permanent Secretary Sheila Carey, in front row, fourth from right. Photos: Raymond A Bethel Sr/BIS. MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld speaks at a ceremony to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bahamas establishment of diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China on August 11, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. A8MAIN who died on Thurs day, 10th August, 2017, will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Nassau, N.P., The Ba hamas, on Saturday, 19th August, 2017 at 10:00am. The Very Reverend Patrick L. Adderley, Dean of Nassau will ofciate. Interment will be made in The Garden of Remembrance, Christ Church Cathe dral, George Street. Mrs. Thomas was predeceased by her husband, Brian B. Thomas; parents, Benjamin P. and Emile Malone; brothers, Kenneth and Harcourt Malone. She is survived by her son, Godfrey Brian Thom as and his wife, Victoria Thomas and her son Kenneth Yowell; her daughter, Monica and Jim Cornwell; great-grandchildren, Austin and Haley Hunt; sister, Anne Craig; sister-in-law, Carolyn Malone; nephews, Stephen Malone, Geoffrey and Connie Malone, their children, Jennifer Baldespino, Jason, Matthew and Michael Malone, An drew and Laura Lone, Colin Craig and his son Braden and Neil Craig; nieces, Sandra and David Morton, Valerie and Mark Klauss, Susan Malone Guthier and her daughter, Cheryle Mignone, Catherine and Shane Davis and their children Caleb and Sara Davis; great-great nieces and nephews, Juliette, Victoria and Isabella Mignone and Jacob and Jonah Baldespino; cousins, Lilly Lightbourn, Lorraine Lightbourn, Bradley Lightbourn, Desmond Lightbourn and other family and friends. In Lieu of owers donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box N. 205, Nassau or to a charity of your choice in memory of Mrs. Jean C. Thomas. Arrangements Kemps Funeral Home Limited.Funeral Service Jean Caroline Thomas, M.B.E. ne Malone, 94


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 15, 2017, PAGE 9 The source said the work ers were not red, but the Minnis administration de cided to let them go once their contracts ended. The Tribune was told some of the workers were upset and were seen crying at the property. BAIC Executive Chair man Miriam Emmanuel did not comment when con tacted yesterday. This is not the rst-time workers hired by the former government have been let go, as the Minnis adminis tration is focused on reduc ing recurrent expenditure and unnecessary costs. In early August, the Min istry of Tourism made 11 workers in Grand Bahama redundant. About two weeks earlier the ministry reduced its staff count of employees abroad by 12 as part of a restructuring ex ercise. And in late June, Min ister of Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle said 21 workers at the National Insurance Board (NIB) would be termi nated, as their contractual agreements were set to ex pire in the following days. At the time, he said the group was a part of the former Christie adminis trations pre-election hires, adding that they were en gaged about eight to 12 months ahead of the May 10 election. He also revealed in June that ofcials were looking into the les of 1,700 per sons who were on contract. Last month, Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest told this newspaper the public sector has been bur dened with people with legitimate expectations, adding the Minnis adminis tration will unfortunately have to address the prob lem. Our hope is to regular ise as many of the contract workers as we can into the system, he said at the time. Its unfair for them to be hanging out there with no real safety and security as to their employment going forward. By the same token, we recognise that we will have to rationalise the public service. We cannot burden the Bahamian people with resources that we already have and that we may not need. Thats all part of this process we are going through, (nding the) right size of government. We have to gure out how we can reallocate some of that human resource. To the ex tent that we have excess ca pacity then we are going to have to deal with that, Mr Turnquest said. BAIC cuts jobs of 15 short-term workers from page one THE Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is pleased to announce that Dr Caro line Burnett-Garraway has been appointed medi cal chief of staff for the Princess Margaret Hospi tal, which takes effect this month. With more than two and half decades as a physician in the public health sec tor, Dr Burnett-Garraway brings a wealth of training and experience to her new position. A graduate of the University of the West In dies Faculty of Medical Sci ences undergraduate and graduate programmes in Jamaica and Barbados, she began her medical career at the Princess Margaret Hospital in 1990 as a house ofcer. Starting in 1999, Dr Bur nett-Garraway served as senior registrar/assistant medical director in the Ac cident and Emergency De partment, eventually serv ing as consultant, medical director and ultimately as chief of service for the de partment from 2014 to 2017. She also held the position of deputy medical chief of staff for the hospital from 2010 to 2013. In 2004, Dr BurnettGarraway completed the Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centres programme at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. She has formerly held the position of chairman of the external disaster committee at PMH and served on the ambulatory care department management committee from 1994 1995. She sat on the continuing medical edu cation committee at PMH from 1999 2000 and she continues to sit on the Ac cident and Emergency De partment clinical manage ment committee. She is also serving on the medical man agement/advisory commit tee at PMH for the second time, with her current term on the committee beginning in 2010 until the present. In addition to her clinical and administrative experi ence, Dr Burnett-Garraway is a respected medical lec turer, and holds the post of associate lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine & Re search programme located at the Princess Margaret Hospital. As medical chief of staff, Dr Burnett-Garraway is a member of the executive management committee, the administrative body re sponsible for efcient and effective management of the day-to-day operations of the nations largest hos pital. In addition to direct patient care and on-call re sponsibilities as a consult ant physician, in her new position she will also have oversight responsibility for the physician and allied health services of the hos pital. She is an accomplished musician having played vio lin with the Bahamas Na tional Symphony Orches tra, the Bahamas National Chamber Ensemble, and the ever popular Strings n Tings Quartet. She is mar ried and has one daughter. CHIEF OF STAFF IS NAMED FOR HOSPITAL DR Caroline Burnett-Garraway. 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 A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 THE TRIBUNE CARACAS, VENEZUELA Associated Press PRESIDENT Nicolas Maduro asked the progovernment constitutional assembly Monday to inves tigate the opposition for al legedly supporting Donald Trumps remarks on using military action to resolve Venezuelas political crisis. Addressing a rally of government supporters, Maduro said Trumps com ments were prompted by the failure of the opposi tions campaign to oust him after months of destabilis ing protests. Calling for justice, he said the truth commission set up by the constitutional assembly should investi gate opposition leaders as traitors for not speaking out clearly against the US president. Opponents who dont co-operate in the in vestigation will face arrest, he warned. If they dont show up on their own, well go looking for them with handcuffs, he told a few thousand gov ernment supporters, many of them state workers, gath ered at the presidential pal ace. The main opposition al liance rejected the use of military threats to resolve Venezuelas crisis. But its statement Sunday didnt mention Trump by name, instead blaming Maduro for converting Venezuela into a threat to regional stability and accusing him of ceding the countrys sovereignty and oil wealth to Cuba and other foreign powers. Maduro also ordered two days of civilian-military ex ercises to dissuade a US at tack. As Maduro and other senior ofcials sought to rally opposition to Trump, US Vice President Mike Pence found himself do ing damage control for the Republican leader in a pre viously scheduled visit to Latin America. Seeking to highlight the worsening plight in Ven ezuela, he met Monday in Cartagena, Colombia, with a small group of Venezue lans who have ed their homeland. He described their stories as heartbreak ing and before leaving he and his wife, Karen Pence, grasped hands with the group in a prayer circle as she prayed for comfort to the Venezuelan refugees. Trumps remarks last week that he wouldnt rule out a military option for Venezuela shocked even al lies in Latin America who thought the US had turned its back on decades of bigstick diplomacy in the re gion. Pences last stop on the four-nation tour will take him to Panama, which saw the last US military in vasion in Latin America, the 1989 Operation Just Cause to remove military dictator Manuel Noriega. The phantom of mili tary interventions in Latin America disappeared a long time ago and we dont want it to return, Colom bian President Juan Manuel Santos, the staunchest US ally in the region, said Sun day at a news conference alongside Pence. Pence said Monday that Trumps remarks were in tended to put Maduro on notice that we will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship and that a failed state in Venezuela threatens the se curity and prosperity of our entire hemispheres and the people of the United States. Venezuelans are used to hearing Maduro accuse the US of plotting his over throw and even some gov ernment loyalists attending Mondays rally didnt take Trumps threat literally. But others held up his com ments as proof that the US has been working handin-glove over the past four months of violent protests to oust Maduro, something the US has denied. Bento dos Santos didnt attend Mondays rally but watched the throngs le past him as he stood in line at a public notary on behalf of a client who pays him the equivalent of $1 to stand in line all day to certify docu ments. The 60-year-old said he needs the extra cash to supplement the paltry $20 a month he receives in a dis ability pension. Although he blames Ma duro for destroying the oilrich economy, he still re veres the late Hugo Chavez and has no faith an opposi tion-led government would improve his welfare. If these guys are bad, the others are much worse, he said. Many in the opposition fear Trumps remarks could give the government the perfect excuse to go after its opponents more than it already has. In the past three weeks, a half dozen opposition may ors have been removed or arrested while the new con stitutional assembly has re moved the outspoken chief prosecutor and threatened to target the oppositioncontrolled congress. Maduro wants truth commission after military threat by Trump GOVERNMENT supporters perform a parody involving a Venezuelan militia up against Uncle Sam, a personication of the USgovernment, during an anti-imperialist march to denounce Trumps talk of a military option for resolving the countrys political crisis, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP NEW YORK Associated Press ONE of the social media posts re sembled a wanted poster or a missingpersons yer: Photographs of men were arranged in rows, seeking their names and employers. But the Facebook post wasnt circu lated by law enforcement in the search for a suspect or by relatives looking for a missing loved one. It was an example of ordinary people trying to harness the power of social media to identify and shame the white nationalists who attended last weekends violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A Twitter account dedicated to call ing out racism identied people who attended the rally using photos culled from the news and social media and listed their places of employment and other information. Im a white Jewish man. So I strongly believe that white people in particular have a responsibility to stand up against bigotry because bigotry thrives on silence, the creator of the account, Logan Smith of Raleigh, North Carolina, told The Associated Press. Using the handle YesYoure Racist, his account grew from around 64,000 followers on Saturday to more than 300,000 by Monday afternoon. A website created Sunday dedi cated itself to collecting the names, social media proles, colleges and employers of people photographed at the rally. At least one person has lost his job as a result. Together, the efforts showed that angry online groups can be used to renounce racism as well as promote it. The goal with online shaming is very short term and driven by peoples desire to feel as if they are ghting back and having an impact, said Brian Reich, whos written several books on digital communications, behavior and political inuence. They are afraid, appalled and they want to stop it. But is it helpful? Reich said the peo ple behind these efforts are arguably fanning the ames, giving attention to a group white supremacists that feeds on attention. Nicholas Brody, professor of com munications at the University of Puget Sound, said the events show that in the age of social media, nothing is really anonymous anymore. People attending a white suprema cist rally decades ago may have had the comfort of knowing that their schools, employers and disapproving family members probably wouldnt nd out about their activity. These days, not only can informa tion be quickly and widely shared, but a lot of data is available about people on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Image searches and facial-recognition technology, meanwhile, can make it relatively easy to identify people on line. Smith said he called out the peo ple pictured in photos from the rally through a combination of tips from former classmates and others and on line sleuthing. But the method isnt foolproof. In 2013, users of Twitter and the website Reddit wrongly accused a man of be ing a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. Reddit later apologised Peter Cvjetanovic, a 20-year-old college student, was photographed shouting with a group of torch-wield ing protesters Friday during a march through the University of Virginia campus. Cvjetanovic said in a televi sion interview that he didnt expect the photo to spread as widely as it did. But spread it did. And thousands of people signed an online petition to have him kicked out of school. Cvjetanovic told a local TV station that he is not the angry racist they see in that photo, but a white nationalist who cares for all people. The University of Nevada in Reno conrmed Monday that Cvjetanovic is a student there. Spokeswoman Ker ri Garcia said the university is still monitoring the situation and review ing information. Meanwhile, Top Dog, a hot dog company in the San Francisco area, said one of its employees resigned af ter being confronted by management about participating in the rally. The practice of publishing private or identifying information such as an address or phone number about people online in an attempt to hurt, shame or abuse them is known as doxing. In the 1990s, anti-abortion hackers infamously exposed abortion provid ers home addresses, photos and other information on a website. Names that were greyed out indicated people who had been wounded. A strikethrough meant they had been killed. SOCIAL MEDIA HARNESSED TO EXPOSE WHITE NATIONALISTS WHITE nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. People are using social media to identify and shame white nationalists who attended this past weekends gather ing in Charlottesville. At least one person has reportedly been red as a result, showing that the power of angry online mobs can go both ways. Photo: Steve Helber/AP WASHINGTON Associated Press BOWING to pressure from right and left, Presi dent Donald Trump con demned white supremacist groups by name on Mon day, declaring racism is evil after two days of pub lic equivocation and inter nal White House debate over the deadly race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a hastily arranged statement at the White House, Trump branded members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white su premacists who take part in violence as criminals and thugs. The groups are repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans, he said. In his initial remarks on the violence Saturday, Trump did not single out the groups and instead be moaned violence on many sides. Those remarks prompted stern criticism from fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, who urged him to seize the mor al authority of his ofce to condemn hate groups. Trumps softer statement on Saturday had come as graphic images of a car plowing into a crowd in Charlottesville were play ing continually on televi sion. White nationalists had assembled in the city to protest plans to take down a statue of Confederate Gen Robert E Lee, and counterprotesters gathered in op position. Fights broke out, and then a man drove into the opponents of the white supremacists. One woman was killed and many more badly hurt. Twenty-yearold James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio is charged with second-degree murder and other counts. Loath to appear to be ad mitting a mistake, Trump was reluctant to adjust his remarks. The president had indi cated to advisers before his initial statement Saturday that he wanted to stress a need for law and order, which he did. He later ex pressed anger to those close to him about what he per ceived as the medias unfair assessment of his remarks, believing he had effectively denounced all forms of bigotry, according to outside advisers and White House ofcials. Several of Trumps sen ior advisers, including new chief of staff John Kelly, had urged him to make a more specic condemna tion, warning that the nega tive story would not go away and that the rising tide of criticism from fellow Re publicans on Capitol Hill could endanger his legisla tive agenda, according to two White House ofcials. Aides were dispatched to Sunday talk shows but struggled to explain the presidents position. A stronger statement was re leased but attributed only to an unnamed spokes person. Tougher condemnations began Sunday night with Vice President Mike Pence, traveling in South America, declaring that these dan gerous fringe groups have no place in American pub lic life. President Trump says he may grant a pardon to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio following his recent con viction in federal court for contempt after his immigra tion patrols racially proled Latinos, prompting outrage among critics who say the move would amount to an endorsement of racism. US PRESIDENT DENOUNCES HATE GROUPS AFTER PRESSURE A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 15, 2017, PAGE 11 ONE lucky student has a shot of running away with an Apple iPad Mini. Custom Computers, an authorised distributor for Apple products, has do nated an iPad Mini to the Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure event. The device, which has pink accessories, will be rafed off to a youngster who is registered for the 8th annual Komen Bahamas event. All students 18 and under will be automatically en tered into the drawing after they register to take part in the race in January. Custom Computers owner Pia Farmer said her company was happy to get involved. Custom Com puters is proud to support Susan G Komen Bahamas. This donation is just a small token of our companys commitment to the commu nity at large and to young people, said Ms Farmer. The opportunity to re ward a youngster who not only wants to help, but goes as far as to register for an event of this magnitude, speaks volumes to their character and we couldnt be happier to take part. Sunshine Insurance mar keting co-ordinator Rogan Smith thanked Custom Computers for the dona tion. Its so good to work with a company that believes in giving back to the commu nity in which they operate, said Ms Smith. The iPad Mini is a great learning tool and we know that one spe cial boy or girl will appreci ate it. This is just one of many gifts that Susan G Komen plans to rafe off in the coming weeks that we hope will get Bahamians eager to get registered. As a nation, we tend to wait until the last minute, but hopefully this, and the other gifts to come, will incentivise the public to register sooner. Susan G Komen is the rst event in the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend series, which also includes Sunshine Insurance Mara thon Bahamas. Each year, thousands of breast cancer ghters, survivors and participants ood the Montagu fore shore for the race, which aims to raise awareness and money for several cancer charities. Race organisers encour age schools, churches, civic organisations, families and friends to form teams of 10 or more people and com pete for prizes on race day. This year, we are focus ing heavily on primary and high school children. Its im portant that we educate the youths from an early age so that they are aware of the dis ease and understand the im portance of not just engaging in healthy practices, but be ing their brothers and sisters keeper, said Ms Smith. The 5k (3.1 miles) event begins at Montagu Beach and ends east of the old Paradise Island Bridge next to the police station. Until December 9, chil dren under the age of 12 pay a rate of $15. The price for adults is $30. Each par ticipant will get a nishers medal. To register online, visit www.komenbahamas. org. Online registration closes January 11, 2018 at midnight. To register in person, visit the Sunshine Insurance ofce on Shirley Street or Baillou Hill Road. Run away with an iPad Mini CUSTOM Computers Limited Sales Manager Tammie Thompson, left, presents an Apple iPad Mini to Sunshine Insurance Marketing Coordinator Rogan Smith for the Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure 5K event. Photo: Chakita Archer A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 THE TRIBUNE ON Friday, Kellys House & Home made the dream of going on a shopping spree come true for one lucky Kellys shopper, Shakiah Godet. For the second year, the company decided to give back to its valued custom ers by adding a new twist to its annual back to school prizes. Customers purchasing $50 worth of school sup plies were eligible to ll out an entry form to participate in a shopping spree and also have a chance to win one of two bicycles or a laptop with bag or a fully loaded back to school basket. At 8.30am, Ms Godet had a few minutes to map out a strategy to capture as many school supplies from the store as she could. When the clock started, Ms Godet stacked her cart high with multiple items during her one minute and ten second long shop ping spree. She managed to stuff that cart with over $793 worth of school sup plies. Winners of other prizes will be announced on Fri day, September 1. TROLLEY DASH PRIZE FOR LUCKY SHOPPER KELLYs shoppert Shakiah Godet, above and below, after her trolley dash in the store for back to school prizes. A12MAIN