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CLASSIFIEDS TRADER: CARS, CARS, CARS AND TECH! Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper HIGH 93FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune $1 Established 1903 OBITSINSIDE OFFICIAL SOURCE THURSDAY UNION SOUNDS ALARM OVER TEACHER CRISIS BPL fraud: More staff face sack A SUPREME Court judge yesterday sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a banker he claimed had made a sexual pass at him in late 2015. However, Senior Justice Vera Watkins said one year and three months would be deducted from 26-year-old Lamar Alburys sentence for the time he has already spent in custody. The sentence starts from the date of Alburys convic tion on March 8, 2017, Sen ior Justice Watkins said. On that date, a jury returned a 10-2 guilty verdict for manslaughter by provoca tion concerning the 33 stab wounds Albury inicted on Devince Smith. Albury had denied the murder charge against him. However, thirty seconds after the jury forewomans announcement that the Chippingham resident was found not guilty of Smiths KILLER GETS 20 YEARS By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter BAHAMAS Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) Secretary General Astrid Bodie expresses anger over the ring of three employees from Bahamas Power and Light amid an ongoing theft probe. Photo: Ava Turnquest/Tribune Staff AFTER three employ ees were red from Baha mas Power and Light on Wednesday in connection with a probe into a $2m theft, a senior ofcial at the utility provider has warned that more rings are on the way as the investigation continues and will include those who are higher up in the company if found cul pable. The statement from BPL Chairwoman Darnell Os bourne came hours after the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) spoke out in protest over the rings of the three em ployees. BEWU Secretary Gener al Astrid Bodie, in an inter view with The Tribune out side of the companys Blue Hill Road headquarters, demanded clarication on the process that had led to the rings, alleging yes terday that managers who should be held accountable were allowed to return to work Tuesday, while all jun ior employees under inves tigation were terminated. Both the government and the BPL board have received copies of an audit conducted by Ernst and Young into the discovery of a ve-month long scheme, which involved approxi mately 44 cheques paid out to 16 vendors from Decem ber 16, 2016 to May 9, 2017. The workers, all from one department, were suspend ed on May 15. Ms Osbourne conrmed yesterday that more than $2m was missing as a result of the scheme. First three red over $2m sting OPPOSITION Senator Dr Michael Darville yester day condemned attempts to vilify his wife after a cell phone video of her having a heated discussion with a Department of Customs ofcial was circulated on social media with negative connotations. Dr Darville explained that his wifes shipment of imported goods was sub jected to additional checks by the Customs Depart ment due to a procedural error with a new broker. While the matter was re solved and the shipment re leased, he said the exchange was recorded by a bystand er and posted online with SENATOR ATTACKS RAID FILM By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter AUSTERITY measures announced by the govern ment will not affect the De partment of Immigration, according to Immigration Minister Brent Symonette, pictured who yesterday pointed to the high volume of permit applications as the greatest challenge faced by ofcials. Mr Symonette explained the inundated system is further exacerbated by out dated manual pro cessing, and limited physical capacity at the aging rented complex on Hawk ins Hill. Targeting the de partments ex tensive backlog and increasing processing turn around as his primary ob jective this term, Mr Sy monette spoke of plans for infrastructure upgrades and policy reform during an in terview and tour of the department with The Tribune He pitched the idea of introducing ceilings on per mits for domestic jobs, and other industries; however, he admitted he did not ex pect the suggestion to be favourably received. As you came in the building, weve just had to have new windows put into this building, the elevator didnt work, and the bath rooms have been out of or der for months. So when you talk about backlog, thats some of my problems, Mr IMMIGRATION IMMUNE FROM DEFICIT CUTBACKS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE NINE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE NINE SEE PAGE SEVEN THE recruitment of Cuban teachers before the new school term doesnt satisfy the worrying short age the country faces, Ba hamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said yesterday. Her statement came a day after the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas (NCTUB) released a statement seek ing clarity from the Min nis administration about a number of its plans and policies, including the teachers. Cuban teachers have been recruited for many years now in our system and they would mostly be in the technical area, Mrs Wilson said. SEE PAGE SIX By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE DIRECTOR of Education Lionel Sands speaking to the media. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis during yesterdays tour. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister of Education Jeff Lloyd and other government ofcials touring Stephen Dillet Primary School yesterday during its renovation. Livingston Forbes, chief architect at Ministry of Works, is pictured leading the tour. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A2MAIN For Reservations Call: 323.7770 Join Us for Dinner rfntb Join Us for Dinner tb Join Us for Dinner Linguine with Shrimp Special KFC is giving 50 lucky customers FREE KFC BIG DEAL MEALS for 50 WEEKS. Show us your BIG DEAL LOVE by making a qualifying purchase at any KFC Nassau location, ll out the entry form printed on your receipt and enter to WIN BIG! One BIG DEAL Winner will be chosen from each of our 8 locations every week for 6 weeks. Youre a BIG DEAL so come BIG IT UP WITH KFC! conditions. See store or go to or facebook for details.


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 3 THERE will likely be a slight delay for students to start classes at Stephen Dil let Primary School by one week as ofcials await the arrival of new furniture and other equipment, Educa tion Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday. However, delayed pay ments for contractors ren ovating the school wont affect the timeline of the schools opening for the fall semester. The school, which has had problems for years, is undergoing a complete overhaul. The Tribune understands that workers have been up set about delayed payments and have threatened to walk off the job. Mr Lloyd, a source claimed last week, was an noyed by the delayed pay ments that, among other things, forced the contrac tor to pay for supplies out of his own pocket. Nonetheless, the educa tion minister who toured the school with Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis yes terday said the school will be ready. Weve just been advised by the contractor that there might be a delay for one week for the students to arrive and that is primar ily not because the school will not itself be nished in terms of construction work, but rather because there is new furniture, supplies that will be installed to supple ment some older equipment that will be returned, he said. We expect teachers to return on September 4 when school ordinarily would open and then the students would come the following week, September 11. Mr Lloyd, who has said such schools as Stephen Dillet and Carlton Fran cis Primary fail to meet the requirements of staff and students, however, Ste phen Dillet has been trans formed. Weve compartmental ised and segmented these spaces to allow more ef cient delivery of information with 29 classrooms in addi tion to administrative of ces, additional restrooms, multimedia areas, musical rooms, etc, he said. In ad dition, we are also going to have two pre-school class rooms that will accommo date 40 students. The space is going to be 100 per cent Wi-Fi to facilitate the gov ernments intention to in troduce iPads to pre-school students. We will have an expanded lunch pavilion area and will introduce a new tuck shop area. Dr Minnis, who remi nisced about selling lunch alongside his mother at the school when he was younger, toured the school yester day while numerous men worked, leaving no area un touched. The school, which is simi lar to Uriah McPhee Prima ry School on Kemp Road, is the only one of the two experiencing such extensive renovations this year, with Uriah expected to be simi larly renovated at another time. The upgrades to Stephen Dillet will cost about $4 million, Mr Lloyd said. He has said repairs to schools in the country will easily exceed $8m. Im happy theres a Ba hamian main contractor and great deal of Bahamian subcontractors who are em ployed and will nish this project in record time. It would ordinarily take six to seven months, but will happen in four months, he said. The school has 821 stu dents. We will build more schools and classrooms to deal with overpopulation in the classrooms, Mr Lloyd said. In many cases, infra structure is failing, is old and needs to be replaced. Stephen Dillet Primary to open one week late By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter MINISTER of Education Jeff Lloyd speaking to the media yesterday. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis shaking hands with a worker during yesterdays tour. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis during yesterdays tour. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis with Belinda Wilson during the tour of Stephen Dillet Primary School. A3MAIN The M a ll-at-M a r athon B O X OFFICE OPENS A T 10:00 A M DAIL YGalleria CinemasEFFECTIVE A UGUST 24TH, 2007 The M a ll-at-M a r athon B O X OFFICE OPENS A T 10:00 A M DAIL YGalleria Cinemas EFFECTIVE AUGUST 18TH, 2017380-FLIXUse y our e-card to reser v e tickets at 380-3549 or visit us at www THE HIT MAN'S BODYGUARD KIDNAP ANNABELLE CREATION THE DARK TOWER EMOJI MOVIE GIRLS TRIP WAR FOR THE PLANETNEW NEW T T A C T 1:00 1:10 1:05 1:15 1:15 1:00 1:00 3:20 3:30 3:35 3:45 3:35 3:25 3:30 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 6:00 6:10 6:05 6:15 6:15 6:00 6:00 8:20 8:20 8:25 8:45 8:30 8:20 8:50 10:40 10:50 10:45 10:50 10:35 10:45 10:45


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I WANT to know who writes the editorial section of The Tribune I am ask ing because the unattrib uted section of the paper has been on a roll since the senseless violence in Char lottesville, Virginia and by on a roll I mean like off a cliff. On August 15, 2017, the editorial used the events the horrifying events of Charlottesville to ex hume the apparition of so-called anti-white rac ism in The Bahamas the unexpected icy glare, being over-charged at cash out, the absence of the col our white in our ag where black represents the vigor and force of a united peo ple. Im still uncertain why vigor and unity of a peo ple, nouns that come with no colour scheme, cant be represented by the colour black for all of us. I use the word appari tion here with intent be cause anti-white racism doesnt actually existnot in The Bahamas and not an ywhere that comes to mind. White Bahamians may at times feel prejudice or discriminated against in their interaction with their black counterparts, but rac ism as an ideology, as a so cial phenomenon, is driven by the belief that humans are naturally divided into distinct groups (based on physical traits, social be haviour, cognitive ability, etc) and that those groups can be ranked as inferior or superior. I am happy to step out on a limb and say that I dont think black Bahamians think white Bahamians are inferior to them. I would also advance the theory that if white Bahamians do in fact experience a cut eye or two, and feel like they are being overcharged every once in a while, it is likely a reaction to what black people experience every day a system of economic and social op pression structured through and within the context of actual colonial and neoco lonial racism. While racial discrimina tion can be the result of rac ism; discrimination is not racism. That anyone would venture to compare dirty looks, the cost of a few extra dollars and a missing colour on a ag to a history of ra cial segregation and racist colonialist socio-economic exclusion speaks directly to the kind self-centredness and fragility that might just lead one to pick up a tiki-torch, citronella wick ablaze, to shout, We will not be replaced! But, the editorial section did not stop there. In the August 16th, 2017 Tribune Leader of the Opposition, Philip Brave Davis, was then compared to Topsy, the delightful little slave girl in (the book) Uncle Toms Cabin because of what the editorial calls an unthinking and stupid statement. Let us put politics aside for a moment. Let us even assume, hypothetically, that Davis statement is dis ingenuous, prima facie. Of all the analogies, imagery and metaphors that litera ture, lm and everyday life provides, in what world is it the correct editorial choice to compare Davis to a de lightful little slave girl from a book called Uncle Toms Cabin? This isnt just a question of racism; it is a question of judgment. What is Simon Lagrees ex tension in the news room is he the one pushing out these editorials? The juxtaposition of Tribune editorials on the 15th and the 16th is, in no uncertain terms, problem atic. Given that I know and have worked closely with the journalists at The Trib une who I deeply respect, as an avid reader I expect bet ter. As a national paper and given the historical moment with which we are currently faced a resurgence of fascism, white supremacy and the politics of preju dice, not just in our back yard but across the globe the country deserves better. Taken in its totality, I can only return to my opening line: I want to know who writes the editorial section of The Tribune because we need to have a talk. JOEY GASKINS Nassau, August 16, 2017. FRED MITCHELL, appointed to the Senate after being rejected by the Fox Hill people he had represented in the House of Assembly for 15 years, re cently made his political position very clear in a bitter statement. I cant speak for the Progressive Lib eral Party, Mr Mitchell told a branch meeting in Bimini on August 2, but let me tell you what my personal position is: hell not get no apology from me, except this one. I want to apologise to Lynden Pindling for allowing this coun try to be turned over to a set of gangsters dressed up in white gowns calling themselves a legitimate government of the Bahamas thats what I want to apologise for. Mr Mitchell quickly made his position clear after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, invited the PLP to apologise to the Bahamian people for their mis management of their country for the past ve years. An angry and typically bitter Fred Mitchell, whose lifes ambi tion was one day to be the prime minis ter of the Bahamas, was now reserving his apologies for a man he had, at one time, dismissed as irrelevant to the fu ture of this country. It is time, he had said in 1990, after burning the Constitu tion and forming his own political party, that the Bahamian people consign him (Sir Lynden) to the scrap heap of his tory. This was the same Lynden Pindling to whom he now wants to apologise. The PLP of that era dismissed Mr Mitchell with the bitterest of rebukes, condemning him for his unjustiable and scathing attack on Sir Lynden, their prime minister. Mr Mitchell, they said, has been acting like a spoilt brat in recent months and as such he de serves a serious spanking. The PLP Council of that day remind ed Mr Mitchell that the PLP had given him every opportunity to come to the forefront in this country. The party, it stated, put the utmost condence in Mr Mitchell in a num ber of tangible ways, including letting him handle the Broadcasting Corpora tion of the Bahamas, Bahamas Infor mation Services and editing the partys newspaper. No less a person than the Prime Minister himself, said the PLP Coun cil of 1990, took Mr Mitchell into his full condence. But what was Mr Mitch ells response? A complete right about face. Desertion in the face of the en emy. Mr Mitchell was given a sound scold ing for burning the constitution in the public square and sending its ashes to Sir Lynden. Nothing, said the PLP Coun cil, in the line of secular documents can be more sacred than the countrys constitution. Mr Mitchell advocated destroying it. Clearly by extension he is promoting anarchy and national up heaval. The Council then dismissed him as a little fellow who should be watched very closely and avoided like the plague. Over the years, Mr Mitchell has worn many faces. In 1983 as an independ ent senator, having split with the PLP, then irting with the FNM, he suggest ed that to solve the Haitian immigration problem, the Bahamas should mount a military attack on Haiti to remove its unstable government, and replace it with one friendly to Bahamian inter ests. He made his pitch in a speech to the Rotary Club of South East Nassau. Of course, no one took such a reckless adventure seriously. And now he is confused. He believes that the PLP are at risk of reversing themselves to a pre-1967 period. So thats the fear I have, he added. So I apologise to the man who has gone on above because we have some work to do to get back to where we were. We wonder what Mr Mitchell means by wanting to get back to where we were when his record makes it clear that where we were was a most un comfortable time for him. During that period he was climbing the wall, form ing his party and burning the constitu tion to get out. In his ambition to become prime minister, he has taken a most circuitous route with decisions that have complete ly defeated his objective and sidelined him. In a press release yesterday, addressed to Dame Joan Sawyer, the rst woman to become Chief Justice of the Bahamas and President of the Court of Appeal, who dismissed him this week as be neath her contempt, he brushed her aside as not relevant to the times. He recommended that she go gently into that good night. Your services, he concluded, are no longer needed now. Is it not time for Mr Mitchell to take his own advise and bid the world of poli tics adieu? Bahamians today are quite capable of charting their own future without his bitter interference. Tribune editorials on a roll Is it now time for Mitchell to also go gently into the night? EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Whistleblower came across a Nassau Guardian article which says that the PLP is consider ing holding a demonstra tion and a march to the mausoleum of Sir Lynden O Pindling on August 26. Pindling died on August 26, 2000. From what the Whistleblower was able to gather from the article, the PLP will assemble in order to protest the recent arrests and alleged bad treatment of three former PLP parlia mentarians. All three prominent PLPs were treated no dif ferent than NIB manager Selena Sweeting. Will the PLP be protesting on her behalf too? The fact that the opposition is thinking about marching to Pin dlings gravesite is a clear indication that PLP Senator Fred Mitchells ngerprints are all over this latest po litical charade. Along with Dame Marguerite Pindling, Mitchell has visited Pin dlings mausoleum on sev eral occasions, which were his well designed publicity stunts in order to gain fur ther political mileage with in the PLP. Mitchell contin ues to overstate his fandom for Pindling, as if this is somehow a penance for the shoddy way he treated the Father of the Nation during the 1980s and early 1990s. After the former Peoples Democratic Force leader participated in the burning a copy of the Con stitution near the Supreme Court, he sent the ashes to then Prime Minister Pin dling. Mitchell remarked in December 1990 that Pindling was irrelevant to The Bahamas. Mitchell also stated at the time that Bahamians should consign Pindling to the scrap heap of history. Had Pindling been alive and leading the PLP today, Mitchell would have never received a nomination to run for the PLP. The Whistleblower is unaware of Mitchell ever issuing a public apology for the burning of the Consti tution a sacred document in which no doubt Pindling played a pivotal role in helping to frame. He is also unaware of Mitchell ever publicly apologising for railing at the Father of the Nation. Yet he wants to continue using Pindlings name in order to climb up higher on the political ladder. The PLP made a disastrous move in appointing Mitch ell to the Senate. The ten tative march to Pindlings gravesite is further evidence that the former Fox Hill MP is a power broker in the PLP a party which des perately needs to rebrand its tattered image. Mitchell is dragging the PLP down with him. THE WHISTLEBLOW ER Nassau, August 14, 2017. Mitchell must stop using Pindlings name EDITOR, The Tribune. THE US Senate Foreign Relations hearing, for the designate US Ambassador Doug Manchester, very clearly exposed much want ing in the US policy to The Bahamas, although I did like the gentlemans com ment, that he would encour age US investment. Why would there be a US Ambassador, if The Ba hamas was not a sovereign country? Surely, the gentleman should have been briefed on OPBAT probably the most signicant area of cooperation, between the US and The Bahamas and the single issue, which annually the US State Department chastises us about, although there is a very small amount of cocaine use. Further bad brieng over the Chinese Fishing project the then Prime Minister Christie, made it empatheti cally clear that there was ab solutely no possible way, for any foreign entity to obtain a shing License in our wa ters. Was this a brieng slip up from the Queens Street? For sure we hope this next Ambassador, if ratied, will not be all talk, but will bring substantive US inves tors to The Bahamas like the Chinese have. We are no doubt the playground for the US. Numerous Senators and Congress people visit the islands to y sh some own property and bring their families. We look forward to a far more economically pro ductive period of the good gentlemans assignment. Not a lot of talk and the usual criticism, but real action. The US have to take own ership of a lot of the social mess we have. The graba lish appetite of the US for cocaine, not grown or pro cessed in the Bahamas has been and continues to be a serious social destablish er. The US must take the blame for that. Interesting his profes sional background is ho tels. The Bahamas urgently needs hotel developers for the islands. It would be a great testament to the Am bassador, if he could cause that. Sorry, Mr. Manchester, we are not a US State, or a territory but a small proud little Nation right next door to you. W. THOMPSON Nassau, August 3, 2017. Poorly briefed A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 5 HARCOURT Brown, undersecretary in the Of ce of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama, said the governments hurricane relief programme has not been halted and continues in West Grand Bahama. Mr Browns comments came in response to a story published in The Tribune on Wednesday about the slow pace of hurricane repair and rebuilding in West End. The Tribune went into the West End community and spoke with some resi dents who claimed that re pair work had been halted or been slow following the general election. In a statement issued by Mr Brown, he explained that immediately following the May 10 election, the new administration instructed the area administrators as representatives of NEMA to meet with residents to ensure that the government began to address those who had not been assisted. He noted that this includ ed West Grand Bahama. The governments hur ricane relief programme has not been halted, but continues in West Grand Bahama, the statement noted. The new adminis tration met in place various contracts to repair homes which are being adjusted to ensure that there is proper value for money. The new administration has, since coming to ofce, continued the voucher pro gramme by ensuring vendors were paid and distributed ad ditional vouchers, he said. Mr Brown reported that some $274,175 worth of cou pons have been issued to the residents from the Eight Mile Rock and West End communities alone, repre senting 481 households. He noted that additional coupons were turned over to the Administrators Of ce for West Grand Baha ma on August 15, and that distribution has already be gun and is continuing. The undersecretary fur ther stated that a town meeting was held on Fri day, August 11, at the Zion Baptist Church in Eight Mile Rock by the West End member of Parliament Pa kesia Parker Edgecombe, where a complete update of the repair efforts were ex plained to residents by gov ernment representatives. He stated that since com ing to ofce, the FNM gov ernment has issued new contracts totalling in excess of $200,000 for Grand Ba hama, and that contractors have been put on the ground and have already completed repairs to some 15 houses, with ve additional new con tracts about to be nalised for home repairs in West Grand Bahama. He said that the Ofce of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama wishes to assure all affected residents of the island that every ef fort is being made to ad dress their concerns as it relates to hurricane repairs. Ofcial says relief work in Grand Bahama not halted By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter POLICE are seeking the publics assistance in locat ing four missing persons, including two teenage girls in the capital, one man in Eleuthera and another in Abaco. In the rst case, accord ing to Superintendent Shan ta Knowles, 13-year-old Dominique Carol Johnson left her Farrington Road area home on Friday, Au gust 11, wearing a yellow and brown leopard-print, sleeveless dress. She added the teen, de scribed as having a slim build, 52 to 54 in height, with a medium brown com plexion, was last seen wear ing braids. In the second case, 15-year-old Charome Green was reported to have left home on August 7, wearing a black and white striped dress. The Joans Heights resi dent, described as a dark brown female with heavy build, between 52 and 54, was reported miss ing by family members on Tuesday, August 8. She was also last seen sporting braids. Police are also seek ing the publics assistance in locating 33-year-old Nathaniel Higgs of Up per Bogue, Eleuthera and 41-year-old Brian Bur rows of Little Hog Cay, Abaco. Mr Higgs is described as a brown male, with slim build and about 511 in height. Meanwhile, Mr Bur rows is described as a light brown male, with a slim build, standing about 62 in height. Anyone with information of the whereabouts of these persons is asked to call po lice at 911/919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or the nearest police sta tion. TEENAGE GIRLS AMONG FOUR MISSING PERSONS By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter TEENAGE girls Charome Green, left, and Dominique Carol Johnson, who are both reported missing. THANKS to joint efforts of the Royal Bahamas De fence Force and local sh ermen, two shermen are grateful to be alive today af ter being missing for several hours when their 17-foot white Boston whaler devel oped engine problems. The men left to go shing Tuesday, but didnt return home overnight as planned. The authorities were in formed Wednesday morn ing and the RBDF mounted a search to locate them. The search involved other part ners from Operation Ba hamas and Turks & Caicos (OPBAT), Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), and the police force covering an extensive area. The collaborative efforts of the group along with shermen from the local community resulted in the RBDFs Fast Patrol Vessel, EF 126 coxswained by Pet ty Ofcer Brian Anderson, discovering the shermen alive and in apparent good health. They were given water and taken to another shing vessel where they were escorted safely to Lowes Sound. The RBDF urges sher men and boaters to have a plan in place informing their family members and loved ones of the name, type, length, and colour of their vessels. They should also inform them of who will be travel ling with them, where they are going, which route they will be taking and when they are expected to re turn, in addition to taking lifesaving equipment and additional food and water supplies. The Royal Bahamas De fence Force remains com mitted to monitoring Ba hamian waters and keeping them safe. FISHERMEN RESCUED AT SEA AFTER ENGINE PROBLEMS ALSO missing are Nathaniel Higgs, left, and Brian Burrows. THE DAMAGED Star Club in West End. Photo: Denise Maycock A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE commentary that suggested the in teraction was linked to corruption. Dr Darville, former Progressive Liberal Party minister of Grand Bahama, vowed to have the matter thoroughly investigated to the fullest extent of the law in a press statement yesterday. I wish to voice my concern about this irresponsible and vindictive be haviour; and the attempt to vilify my wife, the statement said. My wife Susie, is a minister of the gospel, a law-abiding citizen and an in dividual who has been doing business in the Grand Bahama community for two decades, prior to my entrance into front line politics. It is extremely distasteful that citi zens of our country are being targeted and vilied, primarily based on af liation with the Progressive Liberal Party, or in my wifes case, because she is a family member of a former member of the Cabinet. I remind Bahamians far and wide, that despite our political afliation, we should all be our brothers keep ers, and should seek to lift each other up, rather than tear each other down, SENATOR ATTACKS RAID FILM Again this year there is a group of Cuban teachers that will be hired. Im really concerned about the teach er shortage and how the rapid pace in which teach ers are retiring is not (being met with a similarly rapid pace of new) hiring or re cruiting or even producing of teachers. We just came out of a three-hour meeting with the (Minister of Educa tion Jeff Lloyd) and so one of the things we wouldve discussed is how is it that were going to tap into high school students to steer them in the direction for the teaching career path. Were talking about English and math and science. What we recommend ed is the expansion of the teacher cadet programme and then we need to iden tify our teachers from ear lier on to steer them into the path of teaching. We discussed the possibility of them being bonded like we used to do though it seems the ministry has moved away from that. Mrs Wilson, who has had an infamously thorny relationship with previous administrations, described Mr Lloyd as open yester day and seemed optimistic about her unions relation ship with the Minnis ad ministration. He was open with us (in our meeting), she said. We were frank in our dis cussions and the union has agreed that we will work together. If there is a chal lenge, we expect him and his team to inform us and hes asked us to do the same. Prior to the meeting today with (him), I was just hear ing little bits of pieces about what their vision is. After a three-hour meeting were able to now understand that yes we want to complete the school repairs, yes we want to make sure the teach ers get their pay, yes we want our $1,000 (payment) in September, we want to make sure all the millions in back pay that Ive been talking about for 12 years is paid to the teachers. Despite the optimistic tone, she warned: We ain never scared and the work has to be done and what ever words (they) wouldve spoken to us has to be backed up with actions. We are hopeful but we expect things to happen. We want it to happen in a systematic way where we are consulted and we are real partners with (the administration). Union sounds alarm over teacher crisis from page one from page one BELINDA WILSON, BUT president, speaking to the media during the tour of renovations at Stephen Dillet Primary School yesterday. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 7 Symonette said. When people talk about it being a slow process, its a slow process. Inside his ofce on the fourth oor, boxes lled with les littered the oor. Pointing to one cluster, he told The Tribune it rep resented a collection of work permit applications of Haitian nationals that have been living and working lawfully in the country for the past decade. He said he planned to fast track those les in a bid to reduce a backlog that grew incrementally by the thou sands each month. They would normal ly have to get enrolled, scanned, put on an agenda, have a board meeting, so to get rid of the backlog I will sign these off without all of that happening, he said. Theres always consid eration being given to speed up the process but there are several different problems, and this applies to all per mits. Quite often the full requisite number of docu ments are not sent in, so theyre missing something. Sometimes when theyre sent in, they cant nd the le. There are at least, prob ably a 1,000 applications minimum per week in this building, of all types. We probably do about 5,000 applications a month, thats coming in. We fall behind on the best of my estimation about a 1,000 a month that we just cannot process because of restrictions, so Im going backwards every month. From 9am until around noon, the department is lled to capacity with ap plicants in a line that spills out the door and oftentimes down the street. At present, there is no capacity to lter incoming persons and their requests for citizenship, permanent residence, residency, spous al permits, annual visitor and work permits. You will see every oor is ooded with people, so we have some serious prob lems, Mr Symonette said. All of it is not our fault, a lot of it is, but a lot of peo ple come here and their delivery postal address is general post ofce. They dont have minutes on their phone, they switch their phone or they see a number come up they dont want to take the call. So we have let ters waiting to be collected that we have no way of get ting to these people, and theyve been approved. You dont send in your birth certicate or it gets lost, and we do tend to lose a lot of documents, thats a common complaint. Our registry where we keep all the les is too small. If I had it my way and money was no object Id move certain sec tions of the Department of Immigration out of here to free up other sections but we have to live with it. The government has rent ed the Hawkins Hill build ing for more than 30 years, according to Mr Symonette, who noted that the previous administration renewed the lease for another seven years last term. Since taking up the post, Mr Symonette said hes re instated a few policies im plemented under the last Free National Movement administration like the ex tension of work permits to two or three years, and is looking to reinstate his au thority to issue permanent residency for spouses. Mr Symonette said hes also es tablished an agreement with the Registrar Generals Of ce that will allow immigra tion ofcials to look at birth registers to determine inde pendently whether some one has a Bahamian birth certicate. This will drasti cally reduce waiting times for document verication at the Carmichael Road De tention Centre. Progress Mr Symonette told The Tribune that signicant progress could be achieved without introducing addi tional legislation but policy changes. The department is in the midst of transition ing to a new computer sys tem, and the updated pro gramme promises to both modernise and expedite services. However, he maintained that the high volume of permits was bolstered by an insatiable demand for foreign domestic labour. There is an insatiable demand by people who live in this country to have peo ple work in their houses and gardens. You would be sur prised. A lot of Bahamians dont want to work in those positions, (but) theyll work at a hotel. I tried it the last time I was in here, to stop issuing permits for gardeners and some of the people were al most ready to kill me. Mr Symonette continued: The main problem here that people dont recognise is volume, just pure volume and there is a lot of corrup tion involved. People who have false birth certicates. Digitisation will do a lot of things well be able to track applications. You can track an application down to who last touched it (at the Passport Ofce), so if we can do that here there will be no excuse for losing les. Where it is, what has come in, and the le just moves electronically as opposed to what you see here of boxes moving up and down oors. You take a picture in the morning there are people lined up on the sides, each oor is full of people just trying to get something done. During his national ad dress last month, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced a variety of con servative scal measures, including a ten per cent cut in spending in all govern ment ministries and no new public sector hiring. Yesterday, Mr Symon ette said: Austerity has not really hit immigration, we were able to increase in this years budget by about $400,000 the amount of money to be spent on repatriation of illegal im migrants, so we have more money in that area. Were potentially ready to en gage a number of recruits so youll see if you look at my budget, the emoluments side has gone up by some $4m because of some new trainees that are coming in. Its a huge number, an overinated number at one time, but we will reduce the amount of overtime. Immi gration has a tremendous, overtime bill because of the airports, the various islands we have to cover. So hope fully the new recruits will reduce the overtime bill so there will be a savings that can be transferred over. The department spends more than $200,000 a month on overtime pay, he said. As for the out of order bathrooms, Mr Symonette said they are coming back into service gradually. Immigration immune from decit cutbacks from page one MINISTER of Immigration Brent Symonette pictured during his discussion with Tribune Chief Reporter Ava Turnquest. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A7MAIN CAVES V ILLAGEPremium Oce Space for LeaseL arge 2,225 sq.. 6 oces, conference room, reception, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, IT/ling room. $8,723.20 pm inc. CAM + VA T 1,409 sq.. 5 oces, conference room, reception, kitchen, bathroom with shower, IT/ling room. $5,459.88 pm inc. 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PAGE 8, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE PUBLIC schools on Grand Bahama did not require major repairs this year because of previous re pair work that was done fol lowing Hurricane Matthew, according to ofcials on the island. Quinton Laroda, area vice-president of the Baha mas Union of Teachers, vis ited a few schools this week and is expected to tour some others on Thursday and Friday. I looked at a few schools today (Wednesday), and work is underway, but ma jor repairs had been done after the hurricane around November and December, and so I suspect there wont be as much (repair) work needed as in the previous years, he said. The schools visited by Mr Laroda were the Jack Hay ward Senior and Jack Hay ward Junior High Schools in Freeport, and the Bart lett Hill Primary School in Eight Mile Rock. He said workers were on site at the Jack Hayward Junior High campus on Set tlers Way. I also spoke with one or two principals and the superintendent, and there are no major concerns. But, I will do an ofcial tour of the schools tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. Last October, several government schools on Grand Bahama had sus tained severe storm dam age, especially the Bartlett Hill Primary, Martin Town Primary and the Eight Mile Rock High Schools in Eight Mile Rock, and the Lewis Yard Primary School in Hunters, as well as schools in Freeport, including St Georges High. However, major hurricane repairs had been completed at all the schools. The Tribune contacted Harcourt Brown, under secretary in the Ofce of the Prime Minister, who conrmed that contractors have been mobilised and are in the schools effect ing the necessary repairs to schools in Grand Bahama and Bimini. He believes that school repairs will be completed in time for the reopening of schools on Grand Bahama in September. There is going to be in spections carried out in a few days... and one or two contractors have already re ported that they are pretty close to completion. And so, we are optimistic they will get it done within the timeframe allotted, he said. Repairs were going on in the schools post-Matthew which was a separate set of repairs, and so the repairs they are engaged in now would have been just your usual wear and tear, and some bathrooms need to be re-outtted and upgraded. Mr Brown stated that all the scopes were done in accordance with the prin cipals of each school fol lowing assessments by the Ministry of Education. When asked the cost of school repairs this year, the undersecretary said he did not know the gure off hand. No major repairs needed to Grand Bahama schools By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter A FORMER Bahama sair pilot was yesterday giv en an absolute discharge by the chief magistrate despite pleading guilty to striking his friend over the head with a beer bottle and dam aging his eyeglasses follow ing a heated bar argument and scufe last month. Richard Marshall, 65, stood before Chief Mag istrate Joyann FergusonPratt facing one charge of assault with a dangerous weapon and one charge of causing damage concerning his July 1 argument with his friend, Godfrey Fernander, at a liquor store on Meadow Street. During the argument, Marshall struck Mr Fer nander over the head with a Bud Light beer bottle, and also damaged his eye glasses worth $639.63, ac cording to a summary of facts presented by the pros ecution. According to the pros ecution, both Marshall and Mr Fernander were at the bar/liquor store in ques tion around 3.30pm on July 1 when Mr Fernander, the virtual complainant in the matter, spoke to Marshall about getting a bag of ice for him. Marshall sharply retorted by telling Mr Fernander to suck his a**, according to the prosecution. A physical altercation fol lowed, and at some point, Marshall approached Mr Fernander brandishing a beer bottle. Mr Fernander extended an arm to keep Marshall at bay. Nonethe less, Mr Fernander was struck on his head with the bottle. A struggle followed, re sulting in Marshall falling down. Mr Fernander con sequently held his friend down, adamantly telling him to stop doing what he was doing. Mr Fernander eventu ally released Marshall, who then attempted to secure another bottle to attack him, according to the pros ecutor. It was at this time that Mr Fernander left to notify the authorities. The matter was reported and Marshall was subse quently arrested and in terviewed, and ultimately charged. While in police custody, Marshall admitted he was involved in an argument with Mr Fernander and that they were all drinking and being loud. Marshall agreed with the summary of facts read by the prosecutor yesterday. As the summary of the facts were read to Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt, however, she mentioned that the entire situation was very disappointing and that she did not expect such actions from a senior man. Marshalls attorney, Jomo Campbell, in plead ing to the chief magistrate to exercise her lenience, said the scufe was the re sult of a heated discussion about certain sensitive top ics between the two, com pounded by both men being merry at the time of the incident. Mr Campbell noted that his client, a resident of Sea breeze Drive, is a father of two and a grandfather with a clean police record and zero pending matters in any jurisdiction. Mr Campbell said his client is extremely embar rassed by the situation, and requested that the court be as lenient as possi ble considering the circum stances. Nonetheless, Chief Mag istrate Ferguson-Pratt said she was lost for words in trying to understand how, at this age and stage, a man who has been both a model citizen and Ba hamasair pilot could have been involved in such a matter. She also stated her view that Marshall should not drink unadvisedly. Marshall would has been ordered to pay for the full repair of Mr Fernanders glasses, however, the court was informed that he had already submitted a pay ment to Palmdale Optical for Mr Fernander to have his glasses repaired. The chief magistrate ulti mately stated that it would not be expedient to inict any punishment on Mar shall in view of the circum stances, and discharged the former pilot absolutely. Marshall consequently thanked the chief magis trate for her lenience and promised her that he would never do it again before leaving the court with fam ily and friends in tow. FORMER PILOT ADMITS HITTING FRIEND WITH BOTTLE AFTER ARGUMENT AT BAR By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 9 She said the company takes the matter surround ing the missing funds very seriously and intends to go through the necessary channels to reclaim all money lost, adding that BPL will follow up with police to ensure justice and guard against similar actions in the future. BEWU ofcials said yes terday that they have not been ofcially presented with a copy of the ndings, and have been left to put the pieces together with the little things disclosed in letters given to the termi nated employees. Today, all the managers involved have returned to work. Three managers in volved . they are back at work today and we are (left) awaiting the fate of our members, Mrs Bodie said. She maintained the em ployees terminated were acting under directives and never carried out a transaction that was not sanctioned, approved, signed-off and nalised by management at BPL. According staff at the company, employees in the department in question are required to, with any trans action, process claims un der the guidance of senior personnel. This means that all transactions would have to go through an authorisa tion process, checked and approved by a manager, further processed by the employees and then nally signed off by that supervis ing manager. Furthermore, all cheques used would have had to have been made out to a vendor recognised and sanctioned by BPL, and if any issues are raised, the audit depart ment would step in, it was claimed. To this end, Mrs Bodie said the scheme was fos tered through blatant mis management and errors on the part of general workers and management alike. There were 44 cheques cut fraudulently for 16 dif ferent companies, she told The Tribune. (They) were instructed and did exactly that. They didnt come up with these transactions and made these arrangements, they were instructed by their bosses, she claimed. But today, these employ ees, now former, are being (brought) out as if they were the minds and muscle be hind this well-thought out scheme, the union repre sentative said. This is wrong. This is awful. There is no way this should happen like this. No, the union isnt condoning theft in any way, our point is dont railroad the em ployees in a scheme created and carried out by persons in management and give the impression that only they were a part of it. Yesterday, Ms Osbourne called on union ofcials to exercise patience as the in vestigation continues. The public should know that this investigation is not completed as yet, she said in a statement sent to The Tribune Over the ensuing weeks based on the evidence there will be further termina tions as management prop erly considers the evidence gathered. Persons terminated to day are not the only ones in volved in the scheme. Any individuals who may be higher up in the organisa tion and found to be culpa ble will also be terminated. The employees union should have condence in management and the board that everyone who actively conspired to defraud BPL will be terminated, irre spective of who they are, the chairwoman said. The union should be encouraged to exercise pa tience and await the full im plementation of the investi gative report. Aftermath In a tearful interview Wednesday, one of the ter minated employees who agreed to speak with The Tribune if kept anonymous, said she was left devastated by the ordeal. The employee said she couldnt put into words how she could be used and thrown to the side after more than ve years with the company, for doing things she did every day. This is something I cant explain or even put into words because its still hard for me to understand. School is opening in a cou ple of weeks and I am out of a job because, according to this letter, there is suspicion that I was involved in (a) fraudulent scheme. With tears in her eyes she added: I did what I was told; nothing new, nothing strange. The same thing I did every day; I was here. I checked off what I need to check off and I followed all the guidelines as presented to me on day one. Now to day, I am being pushed out with my name tied to theft and fraud. One cheque. I was tied to one cheque that I saw no issues with. I was told put together the invoice left on the desk of a temporary employee and put it in for vetting. I did that, she told this newspaper. Now I am left to deal with this. I am a single mother. I have to get my kids ready for school. I have so much to do and now this. There is no way to put how I feel into words, she said. Police in May announced that an investigation was launched into the alleged theft of a large amount of money at BPL. In the months since, the scope of the scheme has been uncovered to be larger and costlier than initially suspected. Ofcials have said it is likely people will be pros ecuted in relation to the in vestigation. When contacted this week for comment on au dit reports ndings, Works Minister Desmond Ban nister promised that the government will be fully transparent with the infor mation presented once it is reviewed. In May, BEWU President Paul Maynard contended there will be hell to pay, if his union members re mained on suspension while managers at the power com pany go unscathed. At the time, he insist ed employees were being accused of sending in in voices from fake compa nies, getting a cheque for the amount and then using someone in a local bank to cash the cheques. Mr Maynard added then that the scheme was elabo rate and could not work if only junior staff were in volved. BPL fraud: More staff face sack from page one ONE of the workers red from Bahamas Power and Light, who said she did not want her face shown, told The Tribune she is upset to be out of a job and does not know how she will make ends meet. Photo: Ava Turnquest/Tribune Staff murder, but was criminally liable on the lesser charge of manslaughter, Albury said: F*** dread. Smiths partially de composed body was found shortly after 2.30pm on De cember 21, 2015, at his St Albans Drive apartment. Smith was a sports coach and was employed at Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd. He was also a former president of the New Providence Volley ball Association. On the rst day of trial, the jury heard that Albury allegedly had confessed to his relatives that he had fatally stabbed the banker, who had hired him to do a paint job at his apartment for an upcoming holiday gathering when the victim had made a sexual advance towards him. The second day of trial, Smiths housekeeper testi ed that in the three months she had known Albury, the accused had been to Smiths apartment on three occa sions and on two other oc casions, the accused and Smith were seen in the vic tims vehicle drinking. The prosecutions nal witness was forensic pathol ogist Dr Caryn Sands, who testied that the wounds to the victim, which included a slit throat, were unlikely to have been caused by a painting knife as Albury had told police when inter viewed in custody 14 days after the incident. At the close of the pros ecutions case, Albury was asked by Senior Justice Watkins to indicate wheth er he would remain silent at his trial or elect to give tes timony under oath. Albury elected to take the stand and spoke of how his accepting a compliments to the season Hennessey drink from Smith when he arrived at the apartment be fore he started the job, spi raled into a scufe and stab bing after the banker made a sexual advance at him. When cross-examined, it was suggested to Albury that in his voluntary record of interview in police cus tody, he made no claim that Smith had made a pass at him. Albury said it was shame ful to speak about the al leged action, so he withheld the information. The con vict also denied that Smith was running away from him. However, he conceded that Smith had no weapon. Albury was asked why the chairs in the living room were overturned if the scuf e had occurred upstairs and Smith had collapsed at the foot of the stairs. The accused said when he left Smith there, he could not say that he was still alive and that Smith might have overturned the chairs. Albury conceded that he turned himself in with a lawyer 14 days after the incident. However, he claimed that he told his relatives what happened the day after and not December 29/30 as the jury heard. Albury also conceded that he burned the clothes he wore on that day. from page one To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Happiness is not the ab sence of problems, it is the ability to deal with them.THOSE of us that can sleep, wake up each day to some really beautiful mornings, they are truly blessed; it is still cool that early, the birds are singing and the world seems at peace. I am fond of breakfast corn beef and grits or boil sh with Johnny cake is an excellent way to start; occa sionally an Irish breakfast with eggs, sausages, toma toes, mushrooms, black and white puddings and soda bread. A start like that should surely herald in a great day, but all too often it is shouting at the kids and rushing out the door with nothing to eat, late for work and school. The morning drive. A blissful start? More stress? I live in the east and ac tually savour the trafc; the Eastern Road is strad dled by some of the most gorgeous trees that I have ever seen. If you are driv ing fast, you y by without a thought, but stuck in trafc the Pink Poui tree covers the side of the road with its pink blossoms, the golden shower tree is as descriptive as it looks with a profusion of yellow blooms, the col ours of the bougainvillea must leave us all speechless, the red and yellow poin ciana and my personal fa vourite the Shaving Brush Tree with its purple bris tles reminding me to shave. Sadly my guided imagery therapy is soon interrupted by some idiot hooting and cutting past me racing to nowhere and then with its fearsome sirens and racing buses our protectors The Police force me off the road and back into anxi ety as they race past taking prisoners to court. Most of them are simply going down to have their remand ex tended, which they enjoy as they can see people and try to get contraband. Surely a video-link would save the mad bus ride and allow me to enjoy the beauty of the trees on the Eastern Road! Work is where we spend most of our days, it should be a place where we are en ergised and empowered to be our best; a place where satisfaction and rewards are created. That is not always the case, humiliation and even sexual harassment do occur and some have be come so cynical and fed up that they have reversed the sexual harassment and are sleeping their way up the corporate ladder. This particular tactic whilst very protable for some is of course really upsetting the rest of the work force. Perhaps your lunch hour could provide some solace, there are certainly many places where a peaceful meal with friends can be pleasant. The problem oc curs if you have some oth er jobs to do; the endless queues in the bank, or bills to be paid. Some of our fel low travellers are polite and professional, others make our blood boil with their ar rogance and rudeness send ing us back to work with a sour taste in our mouths. This makes it a challenge for us to be polite to our customers. Time to go home, back to the trafc, the road rage, and the effort to avoid the jitney juggernauts. There are no owering trees now, just cars, trucks and pollu tion from multiple exhausts. It becomes tempting to stop for a drink, this could make me feel better but all my family at home feel a lot worse. The anger increases when the police stop cars to check the vehicle registra tion, I understand the need for law and order, but I am tired I am just going home, the thoughts turn to ques tions. Why me? Why not search for thieves and killers? It is so critical that we work with the police why erode that trust by yuk king up my vexation on my way home in the ever slow ing trafc. Lets hope everyone is returning home to a lov ing, happy family, it is a dream that we all aspire to; but if home is harping and hateful your mental state will continue to spi ral downwards. There are, of course, many strategies for deal ing with the chaos of nor mal life exercise, positive thinking, a bit of good luck, social support, prayer and spiritual help and of course even mental health pro fessionals can assist with changing thought patterns and talk therapy. When I am away in other countries and admit to be ing a psychiatrist, I often hear the refrain: There must be no work for you in The Bahamas, it is a para dise. It could be, it should be but right now there are so many mental health issues facing the nation that a whole psychiatric conven tion would struggle to know where to begin, let alone the few trained mental health professionals available. Not to worry the day is over it is time for bed. I really hope we can all sleep well. Dr Mike Neville is a forensic psychiatrist who has practised for more than 40 years in The Bahamas, working at Sandilands, the prison and in private practice. Comments and responses to mneville @ trib To sleep, perchance to dream of a world with less stress A POLICE trafc stop downtown as new police ofcers learn the ropes of one of those things that adds stress to the day. A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 11 THE University of The Bahamas recently an nounced several key ad ministrative appointments at the Oakes Field and UBNorth campuses. Dr Vikneswaran Nair, PhD, is dean of graduate studies and research in the Ofce of the Provost. In his post, Dr Nair will recommend a structure for the Ofce of Graduate Studies and Research to evolve into a graduate col lege. He will manage and supervise the ofce and, in collaboration with the Of ce of the Provost, identify strategic partners for the development of dual and joint graduate programmes and research initiatives. UB also announced the appointment of Dr Peter McWilliam as the dean of faculty at UB-North, for merly the Northern Baha mas Campus. Prior to his appointment, Dr McWilliam served as the head of the Department for Secondary Programmes (2009-2012) in the School of Education. In this posi tion, he was responsible for overseeing a number of ini tiatives such as undergradu ate and graduate level cur riculum development. Dr McWilliam has taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels both na tionally and internationally. He has been a faculty mem ber in education since 2004, teaching primary and sec ondary mathematics edu cation courses. He has also served as a faculty member in the academic units of mathematics, physics and technology and business and hospitality manage ment at the Oakes Field Campus and UB-North. Dr McWilliam has writ ten and published math ematics text books for the primary and secondary school levels. He has also presented his research nd ings at many national and international conferences and seminars. J Desmond Keefe has taken the post of executive director of culinary arts and tourism studies. Mr Keefe has over 20 years experience in the eld of culinary and hospitality education. He has focused on professional development and scholarly activity and has extensive experience as a culinary educator and administrator. These have been as a direct result of his expertise in culinary and hospitality education and his commitment to personal and professional excellence as illustrated by published textbooks and other writings and presentations. Mr Keefe has a master of education degree with a concentration in nutrition from Cambridge College and an undergraduate de gree from Johnson & Wales University. UB also announced the appointment of Dr Danny Davis as the assistant vice president of institutional strengthening and accredi tation, Ofce of the Provost. Dr Davis joined UB in 2002 and taught chemistry for a number of years be fore serving as registrar. As registrar, he spearheaded transition of many manual legacy processes to the PowerCampus student data system, most notably the move to online registration and online grade submis sion. Dr Davis also served as project manager for The College of The Bahamas transformation to univer sity project that was funded by the Caribbean Develop ment Bank (CDB). The consummate scien tist, Dr Davis, is leading an air quality monitoring programme focused on par ticulate matter emissions associated with landll res in New Providence. Dr Pandora Johnson has been announced as the stra tegic partnerships and ini tiatives liaison in the Ofce of the Provost. In the post, Dr Johnson coordinates strategic aca demic affairs partnerships and initiatives, leveraging both existing and new strategic partnerships to advance and grow UBs teaching, research, scholar ship, creative activities and outreach agenda. In con junction with the Ofce of the Institutional Strength ening and Accreditation, she assists with gathering information for quarterly key performance indicators on such partnerships and initiatives. UB also announced that Dr Davidson Hepburn is the founding executive di rector of the Government and Public Policy Institute (GPPI). In this post, Dr Hepburn will collaborate with the Of ce of the Provost to over see the drafting of policies and procedures to guide the operation of the Insti tute and determine stafng requirements for effective programme delivery. In this role, he will build and maintain linkages with local, regional, hemispheric and international agencies to facilitate policy research, consultancies, conferences, seminars and workshops; solidify collaborative ar rangements with the minis tries responsible for educa tion, the public service and foreign affairs; and max imise opportunities for re search funding. University reveals appointments CLOCKWISE from top left, Dr Pandora Johnson, Dr Peter McWilliam, Dr Davidson Hepburn, Dr Danny Davis, Desmond Keefe and Dr Vik Nair. A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE government has won its appeal of a Supreme Court judges ruling that called for its disclosure of all relevant documents re lating to its immigration policy. Justice Rhonda Bain or dered the discovery while presiding over an ongo ing judicial review action brought by an alleged vic tim of the governments immigration reform policy that was implemented on November 1, 2014. The judicial review con cerns Widlyne Melidor, 21, who alleged that she was re peatedly denied access to a local clinic and that her son was not allowed to attend school in The Bahamas be cause to the new immigra tion policy. Fred Smith, QC, Dawson Malone and Martin Lundy II represent Ms Melidor and her son in the judicial review. The respondents in this legal action former Min ister of Immigration Fred Mitchell, former Minis ter of Education Jerome Fitzgerald, the Columbus Primary School Board, for mer Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez and the ad ministrator of the Fleming Street Community Clinic were given until December 2, 2015, to comply with the courts order for disclosure of the documents. In her judgment handed down on August 14, Court of Appeal President Dame Anita Allen set aside the judges orders of discov ery made on November 11, 2015, and said the costs of the appeal shall be the ap pellants to be taxed, if not agreed. She ruled that the judge hearing the case did not critically examine the re quest to determine speci cally what documents were included in the category; whether they existed or had been in the possession custody or power of the ap pellant; whether they were relevant and, whether they were necessary to assist the court in fairly disposing of the issues in the proceed ings. Dame Anita forecast that a rehearing of the discovery application will result in the ling of more paper, the waste of judicial time, further delay and more expense, but noted that remittal of the matter was unavoidable. Clearly, the judgment read, the learned judge simply adopted the re spondents submission, and decided the issue on the ba sis that they had applied for discovery of particular doc uments. She did not criti cally examine the request to determine specically what documents were included in the category; whether they existed; whether they were, or had been in the posses sion custody or power of the appellant; whether they were relevant; and, as pro vided by rule 13(1), whether they were necessary to as sist the court in fairly dis posing of the issues in the proceedings. It continued: It is in cumbent on a judge hear ing such an application, to consider all the relevant facts and circumstances. Regrettably, the judge simply regurgitated the evidence, the submissions, and the authorities, but did no analysis of the particu lar circumstances of the case before determining that the requested docu ments were necessary to assist in fairly disposing of the issues. Inexorably, none of the procedural missteps allud ed to above were identied in the notice of appeal, or challenged by counsel for the appellants in this court, however, that does not pre vent this court from taking such matters into account when disposing of an ap peal. Ms Melidor seeks judicial review of the Immigration Departments policy re quirement for persons born in the Bahamas to carry identity papers proving their right to reside in the country; and the decision to refuse consideration of her citizenship application until she is able to produce a Hai tian passport, special resi dency or Belongers permit. She is seeking relief in the form of a declaration that the decisions were ul tra vires, or without legal authority; a declaration that the minister of immigration is in breach of his duty to determine her citizenship in a timely manner; and orders of certiorari to quash each of the decisions. She has also requested orders of mandamus: to require the minister of im migration to consider her citizenship application ac cording to law and within a reasonable time; to require the minister of education and the Columbus Primary School Board to register her son, Petroun; and to re quire the minister of health and the administrator of the Fleming Street Community Clinic to provide access to medical care for herself and her dependents. At the time of the appli cation, Ms Melidor was 39 weeks pregnant with her fourth child. She has since given birth. Dame Anitas judgment continued: In as much as the learned judge failed to take into account the cir cumstances of the case in determining the necessity of the requested documents to the fair disposition of the matter, remittal of this mat ter is unavoidable. In the premises, I would allow the appeal and remit the matter to the Supreme Court for the application to be properly considered, and disposed of, and I would further order the costs of this appeal and in the Court below to be the appellants to be taxed if not agreed. Govt wins appeal over challenge on documents for immigration By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ NEW YORK Associated Press WITH corporate chief tains eeing, President Donald Trump abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils Wednesday an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combat ive comments on racially charged violence in Char lottesville, Virginia. Trump announced the action via tweet, although only after one of the pan els had already agreed to disband earlier in the day. A growing number of busi ness leaders on the councils had openly criticized his re marks laying blame for the violence at a white suprem acists rally on both sides. Rather than putting pressure on the business people of the Manufactur ing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am end ing both. Thank you all! Trump tweeted from New York. The decision came as the White House tried to man age the repercussions from Trumps deant remarks a day earlier. Presidential ad visers hunkered down, offer ing no public defense while privately expressing frustra tion with his comments. Some Republicans and scores of Democrats de nounced Trumps state ments as putting white su premacists on equal moral footing with counter-pro testers in Charlottesville and called for an apology. Most of those Republicans, including congressional leaders, did not specically criticise the president. Leaders of the four major branches of the military who typically avoid politi cal debate have all issued statements decrying racism and extremism. Trump himself stayed out of sight, tweeting occa sionally about a primary in Alabama, the stock market and, once, his campaign slogan. Midday, he traveled from New York to his golf club in New Jersey for the night. The president told asso ciates he was pleased with how his press conference went, saying he believed he had effectively stood up to the media, according to three people familiar with the conversations who de manded anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly about them. Business leaders felt dif ferently. Denise Morrison, chief executive of Campbell Soup, declared she was leaving Trumps manufac turing council, saying, The president should have been and still needs to be unambiguous in denounc ing white supremacists. CEOs had begun ten dering their resignations from White House panels after Trumps initial com ments following the Satur day violence. The rst to step down, Kenneth Frazier of Merck, drew a Twitter tongue-lashing from the president. Later, Trump called those who were leav ing grandstanders and insisted many others were eager to take their places. On Wednesday, he ap peared to be pre-empting the CEOs own decision to disband. Members of the Strategy and Policy group, led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, concluded af ter a 45-minute conference call in the morning that they would end the council and announce their deci sion in a statement, accord ing to two people familiar with the discussions. They insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversa tions. 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THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 13 I WENT by West Hill Street last week and was very encouraged to see the developments being carried on by Graycliffs owners on the properties adjoining and across the road from the original restaurant. The restaurant has evolved, over the years, from an excellent eatery into a comprehensive tour ist attraction which includes a boutique hotel, winery, cigar store and chocolatier. Graycliff is now a hotel, res taurant, manufacturer and retailer. Who knows what is in their future plans. This all grew out of a house built in 1740 and now includes, among other prop erties, a disused church building and convent which were across the street. Why do I bring this up now? Well, there are two reasons. Firstly, I had not been by there for some years and was surprised and happy to see the crea tivity and growth which has contributed and continues to contribute so much to the Nassau tourism product and the livelihood of many Bahamians. Secondly, this is a living example of what can be done with the redevelop ment of downtown Nassau about which there has been a lot of discussion for the last decade. This redevelopment was recently put on top of the to do list by the Minister of Tourism. I hope that the plans will include not only new and exciting structures and open spaces but also in clude the preservation and creative development of historic buildings. If this is done, Nassau will be an exciting mix of old and new which will ap peal to a broad spectrum of travellers. Exciting times at Graycliff ERIKA Davis showing a machine at Graycliffs Chocolate Factory in 2012. The property is presently in the process of developing surrounding properties as it expands its operations. A13MAIN


PAGE 14, Thursday, August 17, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN the midst of the fun and revelry of last Satur days CIBC FirstCarib beans Soca Party for the Cure cancer fundraiser, two sisters recounted the story of losing their sibling to cancer earlier this year. Standing side-by-side, Jan Minnis and Nell Nairn remembered their sister Vernique Nairn and ex plained why they felt the need to support the event, which was organised to help raise money in support of the 6th annual CIBC First Caribbean Walk for the Cure campaign. We just wanted to be able to help somebody else, and at the same time have fun. And I thought, What better way to celebrate my birthday than remembering my sister? Last year was the last birthday I celebrated with her, so coming to this [event] is just a way to stay connected and remember her and her ght, Nell said. Hosted by The Natural Empress and featuring mu sic played by popular local DJs AI, Ming, and Bravo, scores of supporters showed up to demonstrate their sup port for cancer awareness. For these three sisters, however, it was more than just a night of fun. On May 11, Vernique lost her battle with colon-gastric cancer, leaving two children, ages 5 and 17. She was unable to be diagnosed properly, so we never had a real opportu nity to ght for her, Doro thy said. She went to do a medical [exam] for a new job she got, and during that time she had some compli cations. One thing led to another until she ended up with a blockage and then they found out she had can cer. When it was time for her to receive chemo, we didnt know what stage she was in. So she took 12 rounds and after that she went back to work, just hoping that all would have been caught. It was a guessing game. Lack of awareness leads many people to suffer the harsh effects of cancer un prepared. Andrea Sweet ing, president of Sister Sis ter Breast Cancer Support Group, had this to say at a recent press conference to announce the launch of this years Walk for the Cure campaign: One of the big things we have to think about is not just the walk itself in October, but the awareness that the walk raises. It gets people thinking, Okay, its time for me to get tested, to get screened. I think that all too of ten people arent getting screened early enough, and so part of this campaign is educating people about what cancer is all about, what you may or may not be susceptible to, and then working with the organi sations that are providing screenings, etc. Dorothy echoed these sentiments. Things like your mam mogram and your pap smear those are very im portant. If someone who had cancer was able to get those tests and get diagnosed early I dont know, but maybe theyd have a better chance than [my sister] did. Because if she hadnt been sent for her medical, she may not have known until even later. So getting your regular checkup should help. Through the 6th annual Walk for the Cure cam paign, the team at CIBC FirstCaribbean aims to raise $100,000 this year. All funds collected will be donated to various cancer awareness and support or ganisations in the Bahamas. The company has re ceived support from many sponsors, including the British Colonial Hilton Ho tel, whose team donated the event space for the soca party. The main Walk for the Cure fun run/walk will be held on October 1 in New Providence and Sep tember 30 in Grand Baha ma, Eleuthera, and Abaco. Members of the public can participate in the walk by completing a registration form at any CIBC FirstCar ibbean branch. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $12 for chil dren (ages 13 and under). Anyone interested in becoming a part of these events can visit their near est CIBC FirstCaribbean branch or contact Maya Nottage at (1-242) 302-6063 for more information. Were ghting for the cure our sister couldnt receive SISTERS Jenell Nairn, left, and Janice Minnis, who lost their sister, Vernique Nairn to cancer in May, show their support at the CIBC FirstCaribbean Soca Party for the Cure. EARLY birds soak up the event atmosphere. FROM left, Radio personality Big L; DJs Bravo and AI. CIBC FirstCaribbean Marketing Manager Maya Nottage and British Colonial Hilton Hotel Marketing & Leisure Manager Rakel Dean smile for the camera during Saturdays festivities in support of cancer awareness and the Walk for the Cure. ATTENDEES clear the way for this guest to show his skills on the danceoor. A14MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 17, 2017, PAGE 15 ALICIA with some locally caught lobster tails, left, and David with a deep drop misty grouper in Abaco. Photos: Alicia Ann & Mr Rees A15MAIN