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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.185, AUGUST 18TH, 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WEEKEND: ICE CREAM PARLOUR A COOL NEW ADDITION AT ATLANTIS WeekendFriday, August 18, 2017 ISLAND OASISPages 20&21 W1WEEKEND Weekend FRIDAY HIGH 93FLOW 78F it! The Tribune NICOLE AKOELA, a 23-year-old from Suriname, at court yesterday where she is accused of smuggling cocaine. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff Sands steps in on nurses owed $1m THE latest installment of the budgeted $5.6m for po lice overtime pay has been shelved due to a lack of public funds, according to an ofcial from the Police Staff Association. PSA Executive Chair man, Sergeant Sonny Mill er, yesterday conrmed that ofcers still owed for over time hours worked at sepa rate periods in 2013 and 2014 will have to wait until September for their next payout, or possibly longer. His comments came yes terday evening after a text message from the PSA ex ecutive to members of the association was leaked to the press. The text message indi cated that after recent com munications with National Security Minister Marvin Dames, it was conrmed that the latest instalment of the payment would be post poned, despite a serious push by the Mount Moriah MP. The message read in full: Good evening members of the Police Staff Associa tion. I would like to inform you that after speaking with our minister of national se curity it is conrmed that as hard as he was pushing to have us paid (the) next por tion of our overtime money for the end of August, it wont happen. ...But police pay backlog delayed GAMING Board Sec retary Verdant Scott was this week directed to take a vacation as the regula tory body prepares to issue a request for proposals for a forensic audit, The Tribune has learned. A senior executive, who spoke on the condition of FORENSIC AUDIT FOR GAMING BOARD PAYOUTS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter ABOUT 45 nurses were working for months without the salary and benets fulltime government employ ees expect, a predicament Health Minister Dr Duane Sands found heartbreak ing and said he has moved to remedy. Maria Butler, a 32-yearold mother-of-two, told this newspaper of troubles involved in affording even basic necessities while living off the $475 monthly stipend the government gave her and her peers during those monthsa stipend that was often giv en well behind schedule. The majority of us have children, she told The Tribune yesterday. Part of becoming a nurse was weve been trying to build ourselves for our families. Its been a struggle being on the mercies of people who wonder how we are going to work if we arent being paid. They have been shocked and cant believe it. I would send my kids to school and a relative there would assist them because I had such problems. When contacted by The Tribune Dr Sands ex plained the ordeal the nurs es faced. Its 45 (nurses) in total (that have had this issue), the Elizabeth MP said. One group is a group of 18. They passed exams, some in December, some in April, some in May. They gradu ated with a certicate in DRUG MULES JAILED AFTER LENIENCY PLEA A SURINAMESE woman yester day told a judge that she only attempt ed to smuggle cocaine into the coun try as a way to secure funding to house her displaced grandmother after their South American home burned down. Nonetheless, Magistrate Jean ine Weech-Gomez told 23-year-old Nicole Akoela that her agrant lack of respect for this countrys laws on drugs warranted two years imprison ment and/or a $10,000 ne. The same applied to Guyanese na tional Iesha Graham, who referred to the recent death of her mother and consequent duty to raise her teenage brother and sister as her reasons for attempting to smuggle drugs into the Bahamas. Both Akoela and Graham were ar raigned and subsequently sentenced in connection with the seizure of a quantity of cocaine in separate inci dents on Tuesday. ENVIRONMENTAL Health is reviewing bids for a new security rm to guard the New Providence Land ll, according to Director of Environmental Health Ser vices Melanie McKenzie, who revealed that the pre vious rms contract ended with the last budget cycle. 100 A DAY LANDFILL SCAVENGERS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter POLICE could con clude their probe into that multi-million-dollar theft scheme at Bahamas Power and Light as early as today, with sources in the power company suggesting that at least two managers could be terminated by this even ing. Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle, the of cer in-charge of the Royal Bahamas Police Forces Anti-Corruption Unit, yes terday when contacted for comment on the status of the investigation conrmed a conclusion could be ex pected pretty soon. ACP Rolle, appointed to the post in June, also told The Tribune that once his ofce has concluded its probe, he would be in a po sition to update the press on the extent of its ndings. Moreover, sources have told The Tribune that two managers are expected to be terminated at the com pany today. However, those sources could not conrm if those rings were in connection with the more than $2m de frauded from the company as a part of that ve-month long scheme uncovered ear lier this year. The scheme, which in volved approximately 44 cheques paid out to 16 vendors from December 16, 2016 to May 9, 2017, re sulted in the termination of three junior employees Wednesday. The scheme prompted a wide-ranging audit by Ernst and Young of the electricity provider. POLICE SET TO MOVE ON BPL FRAUD By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter A1MAIN rfntnnnnbbb


PAGE 2, Friday, August 18, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FOLLOW THEWEEKEND NEWSON YOUR MOBILE-FRIENDLY TRIBUNE242.COMDont miss breaking news throughout the weekend and a video review of the weeks most important stories with e Tribunes Top 5. And, on Monday, start the week as e Tribune returns to newsstands with a round-up of all the weekend news, business and sport. Plus Insight news, analysis and comment on the big issues of the day. Check out the latest properties for sale and rent in the Home Buyers Guide. And e Tribunes Classieds Trader the best guide to cars for sale, real estate, help wanted and more. MINISTER of Educa tion Jeffrey Lloyd told near ly 400 scholarship winners of the National Bursary Scholarship to the Universi ty of The Bahamas (UB) at a ceremony on Wednesday to invest in their country. The event took place at St Josephs Church Hall, Boyd Road. The National Bursary Scholarship to UB is award ed for receiving either ve or more Bahamas General Certicates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) in clusive of mathematics and English language, or main taining a grade point aver age (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for a minimum of one year at UB. Among them, 288 schol ars received the National Bursary Award which cov ers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $2,500, and 101 scholars received a limited scholarship in the amount of $1,875 per se mester for one year. A total of 27 high school seniors who had taken BGCSEs in grade 10 and 11 and had obtained the necessary passes also prequalied. To maintain the scholar ship, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to keep the award. Mr Lloyd indicated that the Ministry of Education has afforded over 1,000 grants and scholarships to students this year of which 60 per cent was afforded to students from government schools. An atmosphere of im mense gratitude was cre ated when 2017 Bursary Scholar from St Augustines College, Ariel Kirlew said: I may not be as rich as my friends, classmates, or neighbours but I do believe that I deserve the same op portunities. I am truly grateful for this bursary award. She will be pursuing a bachelors degree in ac counting. A 2017 Outstanding Bur sary Scholar from Nassau Christian Academy, Chris tina Small also expressed how necessary the scholar ship is to her. The word scholarship was slipped into almost eve ry conversation involving college, she said. She will be pursuing a career in medicine. Both scholars thanked the Min istry of Education and their parents for such great support and the opportu nity afforded for their hard work. Dr Rodney Smith, presi dent of UB, contributed many wise words of encour agement to the audience. He said he was also a re cipient of the bursary schol arship. His father passed away when he was six years old and he was raised by a single mother of four who worked as a waitress to sup port them all. The scholar ship allowed him to be the rst in his family to attend college and allowed him to become what he is today. He said this to show the scholars how important it is to work hard because you dont know what you are destined to be you are the future builders and owners of the UB. He also gave insight into what UB has to offer in its upcoming semester, such as new 2-5 bedroom suites along University Com mons in Nassau and Grand Bahama, along with many other improvements that he hopes will make UB the most beautiful campus in the entire world. This concept is especially signicant because UB is said to be the only univer sity that considers the entire country to be its campus. The university is also working on study abroad programmes so that by the end of their junior year, all students will be afforded the opportunity to study abroad, he said. He also announced his Thursday open-door poli cy from 3-5 pm for both stu dents and parents. Scholars hailed at ceremony By SYDNEI ISAACS Bahamas Information Services THE National Bursary Scholarship Award ceremony at St Josephs Hall on August 16. Photos: Raymond A Bethel Sr/BIS MINISTER of Education Jeffrey Lloyd to students at the National Bursary Scholarship Award ceremony at St Josephs Hall. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 18, 2017, PAGE 3 Mrs McKenzie under scored security as a major concern for ofcials as the unlit 225 acre site was fre quented daily by more than 100 scavengers, who look for scrap and burn wires that can potentially spark dump res. She also pointed to the accumulation of more than 300,000 tyres on the site as she spoke during a town hall meeting at Garvin Tynes Primary School or ganised by Tall Pines MP Don Saunders on Wednes day night. The meeting was attend ed by some 100 area resi dents, who voiced concerns about their proximity to the landll and its manage ment, and responsibility for health issues arising from the massive res at the site earlier this year and in re cent years. As you know the landll is not closed off, Mrs Mc Kenzie said. So you can access the landll by foot from Fire Trail Road, from Milo Butler Highway, from Harrold Road and many people do. Every single day that we go there we have on a daily basis at least 100 people were running, every day. And they never leave, so youre doing this con stantly. She continued: We had engaged a private rm, and, of course, the budget ended and we could not retain them any longer. The gov ernment has given approval for us to retain a private rm from 6pm to 6am in the morning. Those tenders have been put out, we have done evaluation but we have not yet selected. In June, an environmen tal activist raised concerns over the alleged stoppage of the compacting of waste material deposited at the New Providence Landll, charging that such inaction leaves the site vulnerable to yet another massive re. However, Mrs McKenzie maintained this week that compacting continues at the Harrold Road site. Our major initiative is the active face (at the land ll) it is where everything happens, she said. Its where you nd your scavengers, people dispos ing of what they ought not dispose. Its where we con centrate all manpower. We try very hard to compact every day. 100 a day landll scavengers from page one COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade is still reviewing the le on the two ofcers caught drinking on video while riding in a police squad car, The Tribune was told. In the video, which went viral last month, one ofcer is seen holding a bottle of Kalik while they appeared to ignore a call from the Po lice Control Room. The ofcers were sus pended and given 14 days to show cause letters. Yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said: They had 14 days in which to reply, and then it has to be reviewed. So, the com missioner is still reviewing that. In the video, the ofcers appeared to drive without seatbelts on and they ignored a call from the con trol room because as one said, they were f****** getting drunk. The video appeared to be recorded by the driver on his cellphone who said in the expletive laden record ing: Dont send this video out you know. It was viewed and shared thousands of times on Fa cebook, prompting wide spread condemnation and calls for the men to be red. Key details, such as when the video was recorded, were still not known up to press time. CASE OF OFFICERS SEEN DRINKING ON VIDEO STILL UNDER REVIEW By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ POLICE are seeking the publics help in solving two separate armed robberies that occurred on Wednes day. In the first incident, shortly after 1.30pm, two men armed with hand guns robbed a business lo cated on West Bay Street of cash before fleeing on foot. Then shortly after 3.30pm, a gunman robbed a business located on Deans Lane of cash before eeing on foot. Investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 328TIPS. POLICE HUNTING MEN AFTER ARMED ROBBERIES Several employees were initially suspended on May 15 in connection with the scheme. The group included man agers and line staff. Howev er, all managers suspended were allowed to return to work Tuesday. Bahamas Electrical Workers Union Secretary General Astrid Bodie, in an interview with The Tribune outside of the companys Blue Hill Road headquar ters Wednesday, demanded clarication on the process that had led to the rings. She took issue with treat ment of junior employees, as compared to the man agers implicated in the scheme. When contacted Thurs day, she contended if ru mours were correct, the managers expected to be terminated today are not the ones implicated, rather managers caught in other alleged egregious acts dis covered as a result of the probe into more than $2m defrauded from BPL. BPL Chairwoman Dar nell Osbourne has main tained that more rings are on the way as the investiga tion continues and will in clude those who are higher up in the company if found culpable. In a statement that came hours after the initial r ings, Ms Osbourne said the company takes the matter surrounding the missing funds very seriously and intends to go through the necessary channels to re claim all money lost, adding that BPL will follow up with police to ensure jus tice and guard against simi lar actions in the future. When contacted by The Tribune on Thursday on the latest developments, Ms Osbourne offered no com ment. In May police announced that an investigation was launched into the alleged theft of a large amount of money at BPL. POLICE SET TO MOVE ON BPL FRAUD from page one BAHAMAS Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) members from left Deron Adderley, assistant secretary general; Astrid Bodie, secretary general; Selvin Rolle, trustee; Norma Fernander, trustee; and Antonio Dean, chief shop steward. Photo: Ava Turnquest/Tribune Chief Reporter TALL Pines MP Don Saunders hosted a town hall meeting at Garvin Tynes Primary School to hear from constituents impacted by landll res. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff TALL Pines MP Don Saunders addressing the town hall meeting at Garvin Tynes Primary School. 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, Friday, August 18, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. THE most venerable Pastor Cedric Moss threw down a gauntlet in his pass crusade to deny rights to some Bahamians. His cru sade is drenched in intoler ance, obstinacy and biblical irony. First year law students are allowed to prattle on as they attempt to impress their professors with their intellect. At the end of their soliloquy they are brought crashing back to earth by a simple question: Wheres the legal argument? Pastor Moss latest mis sive is proselytising dis guised as a legal argu ment. His argument does not pass muster in a democ racy. Pastor Moss seems more like a theocrat living in a country like Iran rather than like someone commit ted to democracy. He could have made a textual argument that current practice supports his civil union blockade. I doubt he canvassed the framers of our constitu tion to see what their intent was back in 1972. But even the most belligerent in that bunch would have evolved on many issues, including marriage equality. The core of the argument was (is) that marriage and civil unions are legal con structs and any application for relief must be settled by the judiciary not the clergy. We were treated instead to an argumentum ad popu lum. In Pastor Moss world his anti-civil union proposi tion is justied because it is what many people, maybe even a majority of Bahami ans believe. But civil rights must never to subjected to a popularity contest. And it certainly wont be judicial activism, as the Pastor be lieves, should a judge even tually extend equal pro tection rights to same-sex couples wishing to marry. When it comes to equal rights our courts are legally bound not to infringe the rights of minorities in society. This point is completely lost on the pastor. He me andered into a circular logic implying that marriage equality opens the door to polygamy and incest. He completely missed the point that same-sex couples are being denied access to marriage while it is avail able to everyone else. Polygamy and incest are banned for straight peo ple and therefore the very precept of equal protection under the law would ban same-sex couples from par taking in either. It boggles the mind how the good pastor cant appre ciate the very foundation of human rights. All persons are equal before the law and have the right to enjoy its protection without dis crimination. The reference to a ban on marriage by minors was this writers, who never meant to put those wor shippers in Pastor Moss mouth. Hes got enough there to chew on, most of which he has great difcul ty digesting. The intent of the reference was merely to show that the law is proac tive in its zealous protection of our children. Pastor Moss knows that our laws do not allow a fa ther to marry his daughter or a mother to marry her own son. Why then would he expect that civil unions would give consent to a fa ther marrying his son or a mother her own daughter? Equal protection before the law is about leveling the playing eld for all citizens. If one citizen is allowed to do something (marry), then all must be afforded this privilege. If any citizen is prohibited from doing something then that prohi bition must apply to all. The state presently al lows marriage between a man and a woman who are not related and who are not already in connubial habitation with someone else. Justiably, it rules out incestors and polygamists. Sadly, it also rules out same-sex couples. The problem for the pastor is that his reasoning seems to equate being gay with incest and polygamy. His is an il logical, unloving, prejudicial mindset which seeks to de monize fellow human beings as being less equal to him self. This is the same inhu mane ground tread by those who do not support racial or gender equality. Pastor Moss twisted the words of the learned Presi dent of the Court of Ap peals who observed in a lucid legal presentation that a courageous and astute ad vocate might someday argue for marriage equality here. Where else but in the fertile mind of a crotchety curate can that harmless observation be interpreted as legal jujitsu? Her words are reminiscent of the late US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the 96th person and rst black man on that Court. Mr Marshall was a courageous and astute 32-year-old lawyer when he successfully argued against the practice of busing black students over great dis tances to keep them in segregated schools. His case, Brown vs Board of Educa tion said that separating black children from white kids didnt make them all equal before the law. If that is what Pastor Moss sees as judicial activ ism then my prayer is for a young ofcer of the court to show us similar courage and tenacity in this mod ern-day equality challenge. The pastor might ponder a quote from Nelson Man dela who was a staunch advocate for marriage equality: For to be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. It is sad that Pastor Moss is unable to say amen to equality for all Gods chil dren, whether straight or LGBT, who are equally and wonderfully made in the image of their Creator and equally protected by our democratic constitution. THE GRADUATE Nassau, August 16, 2017 IN JUNE, we called in these col-umns for a major reassessment of the governments tourism policy and promotion in the face of growing competition from our Caribbean ri-vals, including Cuba. We were inspired to urge such ac-tion by the appointment of a new Minister of Tourism with a reputation for a vigorous and down-to-earth ap-proach. We were also encouraged by the Prime Ministers welcome call in an address to the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association for diversica-tion of the countrys tourism to cover more of our history and culture. The tourism sector of the economy employs thousands of Bahamians and brings in much of the foreign ex-change needed to import the goods and services on which we rely for our way of life. As such, the government should provide appropriate ofcial support to the sector. It follows that the work of the Ministry of Tourism its objec-tives, priorities and stafng should be under constant scrutiny. Its activi-ties need to be reassessed regularly to enable it to keep up with the competi-tion from other countries that are for-ever changing and developing their tourism product. It appears that Mr DAguilars principal concerns are about visi-tor safety and the importance of increasing expenditure by tourists. Although our overall visitor lev-els are up, our level of spending is down so there is a need to attract more stopover visitors who will spend more money than cruise ship passengers. In addition, as an indication of his willingness to consider fresh ideas and reform, he was reported to have told tourism stakeholders during an address last week that a radically different approach to tourism devel-opment was required. The primary role of his ministry must be to promote The Bahamas as a desirable destination for visitors. It makes sense to re-engage the experi-enced global public relations agency which has already been successful in gaining extensive exposure for the country in sophisticated tourism markets like the USA and which has won international recognition for its work. As before, we hope that a Min-istry of Tourism communications team will be able to work alongside them. To assist them, one innovative and low-cost idea which may be worth considering would be to develop a small cadre of resident expatriates from European countries who might be willing to become involved. Based on their own rst-hand experience of local life, they would be well po-sitioned to help to explain credibly and convincingly to tour operators and others in their country of origin the merits of our nation as a leading tourist destination. While fears about crime and the safety of our visitors are justied to some extent, the dangers should be kept in proportion. Travel advi-sories by foreign governments tend to be unnecessarily alarming about local conditions and can be mislead-ing. For example, description of the criminal threat level in New Provi-dence as critical looks to be an ex-aggeration, as is the listing of The Bahamas on an international travel website as the sixth out of ten most dangerous places for unaccompanied women to visit. Those of us who live here know that overall, apart from drugs or gangrelated crime and domestic violence, the threat of serious lawlessness in the form of personal assault is low while crime generally in the Family Islands is relatively rare. People can walk down Bay Street without feeling threatened. But, as in most countries, venturing out in the early hours of the morning would be unwise. Mercifully, here at home we have so far escaped the scourge of terrorism whereas there is a real threat of con-tinuing ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in major cities like London, Paris and Brussels. We agree with the minister about fears of a major tragic event locally in whatever form that might take, but it is fair to say that the threat of a se-rious incident involving terrorism is much greater in European capitals than in the relative safety of New Providence. An important issue that should be addressed is the low numbers of visi-tors from Europe compared to the USA and Canada from where most of the annual total of some six mil-lion come. Jamaicas Minister of Tourism was reported recently to be seeking to in-crease last years total of 210,000 visi-tors from the United Kingdom to his country which is marginally less than the number of British tourists who visit Barbados annually. By comparison, a Google search reveals that the number of such visi-tors coming to The Bahamas is only about 30,000. From what we hear about Britain, the general view seems to be that, while considered a high class and desirable destination, The Bahamas is too expensive and predominantly a playground for wealthy Americans rather than for the average Briton who prefers Jamaica and Barbados or the Dominican Republic. With the burgeoning vacation home rental sector here, perhaps costs will come down and percep-tions change. But we suggest that more attention should be given to this potentially lucrative UK mar-ket, particularly in relation to pack-age tours. After a nine-hour ight, visitors from Europe are likely to stay longer and spend more money than shortterm stopover visitors from the US. Moreover, if the demand is created, the airlift will follow as airlines or charter companies look for new and protable routes. The quality and variety of our tour-ism product is of a high standard. In addition to the top of the range Ocean Club, Atlantis with its own famous brand name, and Baha Mar soon to come fully on stream, the country has so much to offer in the way of good hotels, varied facilities and myriad at-tractions for visitors. What is surely needed now is to build on existing practice by devel-oping a more imaginative and active approach to marketing in particu-lar, further aeld in Europe rather than concentrating on North Amer-ica. We have a good story to tell about an interesting, safe and desirable des-tination providing an exceptional ex-perience and increasingly good value for money, not just for the rich and famous but for all. The aim must be for visitors to go away genuinely believing that it really is better in The Bahamas. But rst the ministry needs to attract greater numbers of stopover visitors to our shores. Equality in e Bahamas Time for a new approach to tourism A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 18, 2017, PAGE 5 CHAROME Green, a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on August 12, has been found, Police Superintendent Chanta Knowles said yesterday. The ofcer-in-charge of missing and exploited per sons said police are still searching for a number of other missing people, however, including siblings Faylisha Louis and Orien Knowles, 14-year-olds who were last seen in the West Bay Street area last week. We denitely have a lot of concern for these two, Supt Knowles said. Its unusual to have brother and sister reported missing at the same time. Another child, 12-yearold Dominique Johnson of Farrington Road, was last seen on August 11 when she left home wearing a leopard print dress. We are encouraging parents of young children to build relationships with your kids especially during summer, Easter, Christ mas times when they are away from school to struc ture activities so we would know where they are at all times, Supt Knowles said. Were asking parents to get to know friends of your children, know where they live, have telephone con tact so in cases where they may come up missing we would have some place to start. Police are also looking for a pair of senior citizens. These include 60-yearold Derrick Mackey who was reported missing on August 4 after he was last seen in the Mall at Mara thon area and 89-year-old Charles Lightbourn report ed missing last August. The family of Mr Lightbourn is offering a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to his return. Mr Lightbourn has a medical condition that has left him partially disabled. Assistant Commission er of Police Clayton Fer nander said Mr Lightbourn lived on acres of land. We organised a big search team, he said. The family assisted with K9s and we had drones. We ew over and got excellent pho tos from the top to assist us with the search. Supt Knowles also said: We are asking persons who have family members who are elderly who are sick, have failing health or memory loss to pay atten tion to them especially if they are not staying in the same home, know their doctor visits, know their medication so if they too go missing we can possibly have direction. Police are also searching for a pair of missing Family Island residents. Brian Burrows was re ported missing on July 1. He was last seen between Fiddle Cay and Little Hog Cay, Abaco. And the family of Nath aniel Higgs, of Eleuthera, who was reported missing three years ago seek an update from police every month on his whereabouts, Supt Knowles said. Police call for public help in search for missing people By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter 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 SUPERINTENDENT SHANTEL KNOWLES, of the Missing and Exploited persons division, updating the media of the latest information surrounding the missing persons bulletin issued by police. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff CHARLES THEODORE LIGHTBOURN, aka Teddy. BRIAN Burrows. DOMINIQUE Carol Johnson. NATHANIEL Higgs. ORIEN Knowles and Faylisha Louis. CHAROME Green. DEREK Mackey. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Friday, August 18, 2017 THE TRIBUNE nursing. The total due to them from the time they graduated, inclusive of budgetary allowances, is $426,161. Another group of 25 nurses are owed $567,239 in salaries and uniform al lowances. That includes arrears and budgetary al lowances for this scal year. The problem is there was no budgetary allocation for these individuals or arrears from the time they com pleted their examinations despite the fact that they wouldve been assigned to various clinics. Dr Sands said he has had to give assurances to some of the landlords and credi tors of the women after they began to doubt the employ ment statuses of the nurses. The hardships these people have faced will break you up because this is not an issue with someone getting a contract to build a sidewalk to nowhere, he said. These are people who were trained by the government and assured they had a job. They were being told the Department of Personal Records in the Ministry of Public Services didnt have a record of them. They were told by the nursing hierar chy to keep working, well make sure you get straight. Yet other people rolled up, no paper work but were get ting paid. Dr Sands said the prob lem the nurses faced is not out of the ordinary for the public sector. I wish I could say this was unusual but these kinds of human resource chal lenges are typical of the civil service. Its unusual only in the sense that you have thousands of Bahami ans beginning to be added to the payroll without any references to dotting Is and Ts but these people no one could suggest are not essen tial have had such troubles. Despite the hardship, Ms Butler said the nurses love what they do and their mo rale for their jobs has not suffered. We still believe in pro viding quality healthcare but we are taking care and looking after the public while we are putting our children and our families on hold, she said. Its not been easy. I literally have only seven more years to have a signicant impact or impression on my son. Without being paid, my kids have had to sacrice vacation and meaningful outings because I couldnt afford it. They often asked me, mommy when you start to get your salary can we? The nurses included clin ical and registered nurses. Dr Sands said they will receive their arrears in por tions, a process that should start in a few weeks. Sands steps in on nurses owed $1m from page one They each faced one count of possession of dan gerous drugs with intent to supply and one count of importation of dangerous drugs. They each plead ed guilty to both charges against them, though in forming the court of their desire to offer an explana tion for their actions. According to police re ports, shortly after 2pm on Tuesday, Drug Enforce ment Unit (DEU) ofcers on duty at the Lynden Pin dling International Airport (LPIA), conducted a search of a suitcase owned by a woman from Suriname, who had just arrived on a Caribbean airline. During the search, the of cers uncovered just over nine pounds of cocaine. The woman was subse quently taken into custody. Then, shortly before 4pm, DEU ofcers acting on information, conducted a search of a hotel room located in the downtown area, where they uncovered just over nine pounds of co caine hidden in a suitcase. A woman from Guyana who had arrived earlier on a Caribbean airline was subsequently taken into custody. Before being sentenced, Akoela, with the assistance of a translator, told Magis trate Weech-Gomez that she smuggled the drugs in an attempt to make some money following the de struction of her grandmoth ers place approximately six months ago. The Surinamese mother of two told the court that despite being employed as an administrator in a casino where she lives, things were still tight nancially she said she even considered sleeping with men and oth er things as ways to make ends meet. In her attempts at secur ing more money, Akoela said she eventually met with an individual named Alvin, who allegedly told her that if she smuggled the cocaine he would provide a new place to stay for her 83-year-old grandmother. Akoela admitted to knowing the potential ramications of commit ting such a crime, but did so not only as a quick way to acquire the funds she needed, but also because she was assured by Alvin that she would encounter no problems in her attempts at smuggling the drugs. However, Magistrate Weech-Gomez said while she has the greatest of sympathy for Akoela, her children, grandmother and general circumstances, she found it very difcult to accept Akoelas actions. She shared similar senti ments with Graham, stat ing that while she acknowl edged Grahams plea for lenience and the mitigating factors of the matter, her dire circumstances should have further compelled her to walk the straight and narrow. They were both sentenced to two years at the Bahamas Department of Correction al Services (BDCS) and a ne of $10,000 for posses sion of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. Fail ure to pay the ne would result in an additional year at the BDCS. They were also ned $10,000 each or two years at the BDCS for the second charge. Both of their respective sentences are to run con currently, the magistrate said. Upon completion of their respective sentenc es both women are to be turned over to the Depart ment of Immigration. DRUG MULES JAILED AFTER LENIENCY PLEA from page one It continued: He has assured us that they are honouring the court ruling and by September payday, we should be getting some thing. With that said, again I say thank you to the hard working ofcers who con tinue to make this our be loved country safe. If there is any concerns or sugges tions, please feel free to contact Sgt Sonny Miller. When contacted by The Tribune Sgt Miller stressed that he has been in constant communication with Mr Dames on the matter. He also conrmed that a follow-up meeting is sched uled for later today, to pin-down September as a sure thing. Sgt Miller said he was un sure how the message was made public, adding that despite the tone of the mes sage, the government has remained open and up front with the process and has given the PSA all in dications that a conclusion was imminent. When things took a turn, we knew. The min ister has kept us informed and we are working to gether on a resolution, he told The Tribune After the rst payment, we gave the government two months to come up with a date for the second payout, within that time, it was agreed that August would be it. Things happened and we are work ing on the next best date. Sgt Miller said he was told that limited nances made the expected August payout impossible. The Tribune understands that as many as 1,799 ofc ers are eligible for the over time benets. This does not include reservists and retirees, nor does it include ofcers who have since died and whose estate is entitled to collect the cheques. People who fall into those categories are reportedly being dealt with separately. The PSA took the former administration to court in 2015 over the overtime is sue, ultimately winning its case and forcing a payout by the government. However the Christie administration stalled on making the pay ments. Former Prime Minister Perry Christie at a rally on April 27, days before of cers voted in the May 3 advanced poll, announced that the government would nally pay RBPF ofcers for working 12-hour shifts, with the rst payment of the outstanding sum to be issued on May 29. The Minnis administra tion honoured that promise after being elected. POLICE PAY BACKLOG DELAYED from page one anonymity, conrmed that Mr Scott received the direc tive on Monday. Deputy Secretary Bridg ette Outten was designated as acting secretary, the ex ecutive conrmed. [Mr Scott] had a lot of vacation time, so it was de cided that he use those days while the audit is carried out, the executive said. The pending audit will also investigate the boards decision to award bonuses and increase salaries. One reported bonus was award ed as a result of the comple tion of Baha Mars casino license. Gaming Board Chairman Kenyatta Gibson declined comment when contacted yesterday. He told The Tribune last month that an audit of the boards nances and a sta tus review of the gaming house industry were rst on the new panels agenda. Mr Gibson, at the time, said these things would need to be done before any potential recommendations from the board are given to the government of The Ba hamas. It was also revealed this week that at least ve em ployees of the Ofce of the Attorney General have been let go, according to an internal email released Wednesday and seen by the media. They included two peo ple engaged in case man agement, a consultant in the Attorney Generals Of ce and two consultants in the Registrar Generals De partment. Asked about the matter earlier this week, Attorney General Carl Bethel said: We conducted a needs as sessment and also looked at duplication of staff doing the same things. The Minnis administra tion has pledged a con servative approach to the size of the public sector, proposing a freeze on hir ing while looking for ways to reduce the size as a way of cutting back on expendi ture. On Monday, 15 people were let go from the Baha mas Agriculture & Indus trial Corporation (BAIC). They had been hired days ahead of the general elec tion in May. Their ring followed similar exercises in the Ministry of Tourism recently. FORENSIC AUDIT FOR GAMING BOARD PAYOUTS from page one IESHA GRAHAM, a 24-year-old from Guyana, outside court yesterday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 18, 2017, PAGE 7 THE prayers of the Grand Bahama Childrens Home were answered when a local nancial institution donated a much-needed power generator valued at more than $30,000 to the facility on Thursday. The home, which was in dire need of a generator fol lowing Hurricane Matthew, was presented with a 240kw Caterpillar generator capa ble of generating power to its entire facility on Jobson Avenue where the facil ity cares for some 27 chil dren. Fidelity Bank President Gregory Bethel was in Free port for the presentation and said that another cor porate citizen, Mechanical and Engineering (M&E), has agreed to maintain the generator at no cost to the home. Sheila Smith Johnson, executive director of the GBCH, was overjoyed when she learned that Fi delity Bank was donating a generator, which she had just prayed for a week ear lier. The GBCH, which is cel ebrating its 40th anniver sary this year, depends on donations from the com munity and corporate citi zens to keep the home run ning. The facility has cared for some 4,000 children since its founding. Board member Leslie Baptista thanked the group of vol unteers who throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew lent them genera tors and supplied gas. To not have power and have up to 30 children run ning around scared, hungry and tired it was a tremen dous village effort. And this day is a wonderful day, she said. Willie Moss, the co-chair of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations Committee, said the home had been a haven for some 4,000 children over the past four decades. Its been a place of safe ty, not just during the time of hurricanes, but for those who are neglected, abused, or nd themselves on hard times, Ms Moss said. Its been a place of care, not just a roof over the heads of the children who come here, but a place for them to receive the kind of care, attention, and love that they perhaps could not get where they were, and so they were brought here. Its been a shelter in the time of the storms which wreaked havoc in the lives of those who are most vul nerable in our society and who through no fault of their own nd themselves in dire need. The GBCH, Ms Moss said, is still operating to day because of donations received from Fidelity and countless others who have over the years made charity the focus of their lives. So the GBCH is here today because of love, and love of countless persons who found it in their hearts to give to those in need. And it will only continue through the generosity of those who are continuing to support the work that is done here, she said. Ms Moss announced that a gala event is planned for November 4 to commemo rate the 40th anniversary of the childrens home, as well as other fundraising events leading up to it. The home needs assis tance and the support of every person in this com munity to carry on the work that it is doing. No amount is too small; we need hun dreds of thousands one dol lar bills to make the home work, she said. Mr Bethel noted that Fidelity established a do nation committee that has an annual budget which is a percentage of their prof its. We have a charity that we assist every month. The donation committee is out there looking for people who need help. I want to pay tribute to my colleagues who do all the work to gen erate the prots and the do nation committee that give us the opportunity to share those blessings, he said. Mr Bethel said that Fidel ity had grown signicantly in Nassau and Freeport, de spite the nancial crisis that caused the Great Recession nearly ten years ago. This August marks the anniversary of the begin ning of the nancial crisis that caused the great reces sion that has impacted just about every life around the world, and we are still seek ing to recover from that nancial crisis and the great recession. But through the Grace of God and some awesome colleagues, even through that 10 year period Fidelity has gone from strength to strength, and has grown tre mendously during that time whether in the size of the balance sheet, the number of customers, the prots, and the staff, he stated. We are really delighted to be here in Freeport I am in Freeport every month, and people say that the Grand Bahama and Freeport community has been especially hard hit, but even in Freeport, we have had tremendous growth. In fact, we are expanding our branch and renovating and expanding as we speak. The bank has hired ten people in the last year and is still looking to employ ad ditional people, Mr Bethel said. Mr Bethel, who believes in giving to others, is not one for publicity but felt the importance to do so at this time to encourage oth ers also to come forward and give. I never do this, he said. I do this even though I do not like the publicity; I accept publicity for this reason to say to those who will watch this account of what is taking place that the children at the GBCH need you. It is not one do nor, it really takes all of us to touch lives. And this is how you store treasures in heaven, by reaching out to the most vulnerable in our community and helping them. Generator donated to aid Childrens Home in GB By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter A SWISS woman tourist was or dered to make a near $1,000 donation to two local institutions after being caught with a small amount of cocaine yesterday morning. According to a police prosecutor, Anita Wenger, 31, of Switzerland, was found with half a gram of cocaine shortly after 8.30am when ofcers on foot patrol in the Bay Street area searched a car she was in. She was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of possession of dangerous drugs. Wenger told the court that she re ceived the cocaine from someone on the beach as a birthday gift. She claimed she was very drunk at the time and simply accepted it and placed it in her purse. Magistrate Jeanine Weech-Gomez ultimately ordered Wenger to make a $750 donation: $375 is to be made out to the Ranfurly Home for Children while another $375 is to be made out to the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged. Failure to do so would result in six months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. $1,000 FINE FOR SWISS WOMAN CAUGHT WITH COCAINE By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter GRAND Bahama Childrens Home. A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Friday, August 18, 2017 THE TRIBUNE WHEN Baha mas Power & Light CEO Pamela Hill defended the companys $1.1m performance bonus under the former Christie administration, I couldnt control the hysterical t of laughter, her comments put me under. When Mrs. Hill noted that BPLs service and pow er provision showed step by step improvements and higher reliability of BPLs services, to justify the unde served $1m incentive. Ms. Hills statements only added fuel to the bouts of laughter I was combating. Higher reliability? Of what, more blackouts? In an interview in Thurs days Tribune Ms Hill con ceded that the questionable million dollar bonus award ed to BPL does seem like a strange animal consid ering BPLs ongoing struggles to consistently keep the lights on, BPL has worked to make sure that there have been improvements in the company over the past year. Improvements ? Where? Acknowledging that while the company has been experiencing some maintenance issues, lately, which have affected multi ple islands in the country inclusive of Abaco, Bimini, Exuma and New Provi dence, BPL ofcials are working diligently in order to be able to resolve them. Ms Hill also reminded all concerned that, BPL is not in a position to be able to resolve the issues of the affected areas immediately. When asked if a contract renewal was still an option, Ms Hill said: We are not focused on any such thing. My focus entirely is on the three things that I know our customers are focused on, and thats around im proving the reliability, the affordability and the cus tomer service aspect of our product. And everything else is really not core to our mission, to our mission here at the company. Translated into Baha manees: We aint check ing for dat, we aint on that run right now, we just get burst with a million dollar bub, cause we doing what we posed to do. So Minnis dem, could do whatever. Ms Hill can be quite ip pant it seems, I see now why both Deputy Prime Minis ter K Peter Turnquest and former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Execu tive Chairman Leslie Miller have spoken out boisterous ly against the reported bo nus, with Miller saying that BPL Is inconsistent with the desire for improved re sults in electricity service for Bahamian consumers. Ah, I miss the Potcake, you knew when he was go ing to make you sweat. Note to self: Stock up on batteries, water and ice, keep the coolers full and ready. Whats really dumb founding, is that according to the dailies and social media, allegedly Ms.Hill ies out of town on Thurs day night, only to return on Monday. Coincidentally, did any one take note when the bulk of the blackouts occur? You guessed it, on the weekends!MITCHELL STILL A PLP Senator Fred Mitch ell is no stranger to this col umn, his antics make my job very easy as a comedian, and his role reoccurring. From his time as Minis ter of Foreign Affairs, in the former government.(Or Minister of Affairs in For eign as I referred to him as, because it often seemed he was abroad more than not). Mitchell was infamous for suffering from reoccurring cases of hoof in mouth. In one of his more famous outbreaks, Mitchell got all Shakespearean and said that the former Foreign Af fairs minister Brent Symon ette should go hide under the rock from whence he came. Mitchell was a bitter Puck then, and remains so to this day. His latest target, Dame Joan Sawyer! For all of his scholastic pedigree Mitchell comes off like an educated fool more times than not. Why Dame Joan Sawyer? (of whom I am a huge fan of by the way) You should know in all your intelligen cia Mr. Mitchell, that she is the wrong re for you to play with Scarecrow Fred. In his latest soire into lunacy, Mitchell, Leader of the Opposition in the Sen ate, in an interview with the Guardian said that former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer was outrageous to accuse two prominent clergymen of at tempting to divide the coun try, when they expressed concern over what they deemed to be inhumane treatment of a former PLP Cabinet minister during his recent arraignment. You have to be judicious in your statements and not outrageous. So, it appears to me it is an attempt to remain rel evant. [She is] irrelevant. At this point Im amazed Mitchells incisors didnt completely sever his tongue, after those statements. FYI Mr Mitchell, your senti ments regarding Dame Joan, are exactly how the majority of the voting pop ulous in this country feels about you! Ah, irony is such a hu morous thing! (Is Mitchell playing the role of the pot or ket tle in this one?) This is a lady who got to the highest levels of gov ernment in the country and then did not support gender equality, so from that point of view she is out of step with the times, and there fore not relevant. Simply, you just need to ignore her opinion. Translated into Baha manees: Well mudoes, I been hot with dis old gal, ever since she didnt support me on my gender vibe. And now she running out, dont penny her, aint nobody on her run, her time done. Yes, its seems like Mr Mitchell is all in his feelings, when it comes to Dame Joan Sawyer for not sup porting his stance for gen der equality. It also seems that jealousy has reared its ugly head in this equation also, despite his attempts to paint Dame Joan as obso lete, she remains more intel ligent than Mitchell, more dignied, better versed and vastly more popular. Harness that inner mi sogynist, Mr Mitchell, and accept the fact shes a GOOD woman, and focus more on being judicious rather than outrageous as you try to remain relevant yourself. BPL in the dark BPL CEO Pamela Hill. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff SENATOR FRED MITCHELL A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 18, 2017, PAGE 9 BARCELONA, SPAIN Associated Press A VAN veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destina tion into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terrorist attack. Two people have been ar rested but the van driver, who ed on foot, remains at large. Early Friday morn ing, police killed ve sus pects engaged in an attack that injured six people in a seaside resort town. Police suspect the attacks are re lated. The late afternoon attack in the citys Las Ramblas district left victims sprawled in the historic street, spat tered with blood or writh ing in pain from broken limbs. Others were ushered inside shops by ofcers with their guns drawn or ed in panic, screaming and carry ing young children in their arms. It was clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible, Josep Lluis Trapero, a sen ior police ofcial for Spains Catalonia region told re porters late Thursday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, say ing in a statement on its Aamaq news agency that the attack was carried out by soldiers of the Islamic State in response to the extremist groups calls for followers to target countries participating in the coali tion trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq. Early Friday, Catalan police said they shot and killed ve suspects in re sponse to a terrorist attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils, south of Barce lona. They said the suspects carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Media reports said a car crashed into a police vehi cle and nearby civilians and police shot the attackers, one brandishing a knife. Police did not immediately say how the attack was be ing carried out. A police of cer and ve civilians were injured and two were in se rious condition. Police are working on the theory that the Cambrils and Barcelo na attacks are connected, as well as a Wednesday night explosion in the town of Al canar in which one person was killed. The Catalan regional government said citizens from 24 countries were among the people killed and injured during the Bar celona van attack. Authorities said the dead included a Belgian and a Greek woman was among the injured. Australia con rmed three of its citizens were injured; two others were Taiwanese and one was from Hong Kong, ac cording to their govern ments. Germany was inves tigating whether its citizens were among the dead or injured. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the killings a savage terrorist at tack and said Spaniards are not just united in mourning, but especially in the rm determination to beat those who want to rob us of our val ues and our way of life. After the afternoon at tack, Las Ramblas went into lockdown. Swarms of ofcers brandishing hand guns and automatic weap ons launched a manhunt in the downtown district, ordering stores and cafes and public transport to shut down. Several hours later, au thorities reported two ar rests, one a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish-run Mediterranean seafront en clave in North Africa, and the other a Moroccan. They declined to identify them. Trapero said neither of them was the vans driver, who remained at large af ter abandoning the van and eeing on foot. The arrests took place in the northern Catalan town of Ripoll and in Alcanar, where a gas ex plosion in a house is being investigated for a possible connection. Spanish public broadcast er RTVE and other news outlets named one of the detained as Driss Oukabir, a French citizen of Moroc can origin. RTVE reported said Oukabir went to police in Ripoll to report that his identity documents had been stolen. Various Span ish media said the IDs with his name were found in the attack van and that he claimed his brother might have stolen them. Media outlets ran photo graphs of Oukabir they said police had issued to identify one of the suspects. The regional police told the As sociated Press that they had not distributed the photo graph. They refused to say if he was one of the two de tained. Barcelona is the latest European city where at tackers used a vehicle as a weapon of terror against a popular tourist destination, after other deadly attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and Britain. London, Brussels, Paris and some other European cities have had the same experience. Its been Bar celonas turn today, Carles Puigdemont, president of Catalonias government. Thursdays bloodshed was Spains deadliest attack since 2004, when al-Qaidainspired bombers killed 192 people in coordinated as saults on Madrids commut er trains. In the years since, Spanish authorities have arrested nearly 200 jihad ists. The only deadly attacks were bombings claimed by the Basque separatist group ETA that killed ve people over the past decade but it declared a cease-re in 2011. Unfortunately, Span iards know the absurd and irrational pain that terror ism causes. We have re ceived blows like this in re cent years, but we also that terrorists can be beaten, Rajoy said. During the search for the perpetrators, troopers shot and killed a man who was in a vehicle that hit two ofc ers at a trafc blockade on the outskirts of Barcelona. But Trapero said the driv ers actions were not linked to the van attack. Las Ramblas cuts through the center of Barcelona and is one of the citys top tour ist destinations. It is a wide avenue of stalls and shops with a pedestrian-only walkway in the center while cars can travel on either side. A taxi driver who wit nessed the attack, Oscar Cano, said the white van suddenly jumped the curb and sped down the central pedestrian area at a high speed for about 500 yards (457 meters), veering from side to side as it targeted people. I heard a lot of people screaming and then I saw the van going down the boulevard, another wit ness, Miguel Angel Rizo, told The Associated Press. You could see all the bod ies lying through Las Ram blas. It was brutal. A very tough image to see. Jordi Laparra, a 55-yearold physical education teacher and Barcelona resi dent, said it initially looked like a terrible trafc acci dent. At rst I thought it was an accident, as the van crashed into ten people or so and seemed to get stuck. But then he maneuvered left and accelerated full speed down the Ramblas and I realised it was a ter rorist attack, Laparra said. He zigzagged from side to side into the kiosks, pinning as many people as he could, so they had no escape. Carol Augustin, a man ager at La Palau Moja, an 18th-century former palace on Las Ramblas that now houses ofces and a tourism center, said the van passed in front of the building. People started scream ing and running into the ofce. It was such a chaotic situation. There were fami lies with children, she said. Dutch visitor Tamara Ju rgen said she and a friend were inside a clothing store steps from the scene and were kept inside until it was safe to leave. We were downstairs when it happened and eve ryone was screaming and running. We had to run up to the roof and throw our bags over a wall, Jurgen said. We were all together along this wall and we were scared we were going to have to jump. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau announced a minute of silence to be held Friday in Barcelonas main square to show that we are not scared. The prime minis ter announced three days of national mourning. Leaders around the world offered their support and condolences to Barcelona after the attack. President Donald Trump tweeted that the US con demned the attack and will do whatever is neces sary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you! British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK stands with Spain against terror while French Presi dent Emmanuel Macron tweeted: All my thoughts and solidarity from France for the victims of the tragic attack in Barcelona. We will remain united and de termined. Spain has been on a secu rity alert one step below the maximum since June 2015 following attacks elsewhere in Europe and Africa. Cars, trucks and vans have been the weapon of choice in multiple extremist attacks in Europe in the last year. The deadliest targeted Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, in July 2016, killing 86 people. In De cember 2016, 12 people died after a driver used a hi jacked truck to drive into a Christmas market in Berlin. Multiple attacks occurred in London this year. A man in a rented SUV plowed into pedestrians on West minster Bridge, killing four people before he ran onto the grounds of Parliament and stabbed an unarmed police ofcer to death in March. Four other men drove onto the sidewalk of Lon don Bridge, unleashing a rampage with knives that killed eight people in June. Another man also drove into pedestrians leaving a London mosque later in June. 13 dead in Barcelona van attack INJURED people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. Photos: Oriol Duran/AP AN INJURED person is treated in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday after the attack with a van. A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Friday, August 18, 2017 THE TRIBUNE READERS on trib have been giv ing their views on the sto ries making the news this week. After Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said classes at Stephen Dillet Primary School are likely to be de layed by one week as of cials await the arrival of furniture and other equip ment, Tell_it_like_it_is said: Oh boy, here we go again! Can we ever get this right? Sheeprunner12 asked: What purpose do school boards serve if the Minister has to supervise the pro jects????? Birdiestrachan had this to say: These fellows have nothing to do or even better they do not know what to do so they run around hav ing Kodak moments. Former Minister Obie Wilchcombe criticised the Ministry of Tourisms rehiring of global PR rm Weber Shandwick, prompt ing Regardless to respond with: The new minister should have put the PR contract out for bids so all interested parties, includ ing Bahamians, could par ticipate. BahamasForBahamians said: While Obie is very unpopular at the moment and shouldve allowed this statement to be released by someone who has more public reception, the outgo ing minister is correct. How can you rationalise making Bahamians redundant, re gardless of political persua sion, but on the back end contract a foreign rm. Are Bahamians not ca pable of marketing The Bahamas, is this the mes sage DAguilar is sending? Do Bahamians not de serve the opportunity to at minimum submit a pro posal to do the same? Wow DAguilar, continue to lose popularity by the day. And 10 months after Hurricane Matthew, major rebuilding work still needs done in the West End, Grand Bahama community. DDK7 had this to say: It is so hard to see what hap pens to folks who have no building and contents in surance. It is even harder to pay for homeowners insurance. Yet how can Government be expected to pay for all those who re ceive damage during natu ral disasters who have no insurance? Our Govern ment does not even seem able to insure The Peoples edices. Is there not some form of blanket insurance policy that can be imple mented in order to assist in some measure when neces sary? Some of the proceeds from a national lottery would go a long way to selfinsuring. Dont miss your chance to join the debate on trib READERS RESPOND TO ISSUES OF THE DAY THE Ministry of For eign Affairs has announced for public information that the new address of The Ba hamas High Commission in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, is now: 99 Bank Street Suite 415, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A spokesperson for the ministry said that the high commission had outgrown its previous location and needed space to allow staff to function effectively. In addition to additional space this new location offers greater security. Acting High Commis sioner Roselyn DorsettHorton noted that the move should be seamless for Bahamians and others using the services of the high commission because the telephone (613-2321724) and fax (613-2320097) numbers remain the same. The high commission is HIGH COMMISSION MOVE Rotary Club of West Nassau. The Rotary Club of West Nassau held its weekly luncheon on August 10. The guest speaker was Tonya Adderley, project manager for the $30m Pub lic Financial Management and Performance Monitor ing (PFM/PMR) Project, a comprehensive public sec tor reform effort initiated by the Bahamian Govern ment funded by the InterAmerican Development Bank. Ms Adderleys presenta tion was engaging and in formative, particularly for small business entrepre neurs. OUR Clubs and Socie-ties page is a chance for you to share your groups activities with our readers. To feature on our Clubs and Societies page, submit your report to, with Clubs Page written in the sub-ject line. For more information about the page, contact Stephen Hunt on 502-2373 or 447-3565. JOIN THE CLUB Bahamas Cycling Club FROM left, Rotarian Christiaan Sawyer, Tonya Adderley and club president Chris Dorsett. THE RBDF Pop Band is pictured performing at the farewell reception yesterday for Haitian Ambassador Jean Victor Geneus hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff FORMER Haitian Ambassador Jean Victor Geneus yesterday evening at his farewell reception. FORMER Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas Jean Victor Geneus at his farewell reception at Lucianos. FROM left, Darren Heneld, Minister of Foreign Affairs and his wife, Diedre; Jean Victor Geneus, former Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas; Patricia Minnis, and her husband, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. FROM left, Claudy Blaise, Pierre Felix, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Beauplan Maurange. Farewell to Haitian ambassador A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 18, 2017, PAGE 11 See the eclipse but be safe NEVER look at the sun directly your mom may have told you more than once. And she was right. This is also true during the longanticipated total or partial solar eclipse that will take place Monday, August 21. Anyone within the path of totality will see a total solar eclipse. This path is where the moon will com pletely block the sun. Many individuals should experi ence a partial solar eclipse thats about a 75 per cent effect. The last contiguous eclipse, meaning that it was visible across the United States, was February 26, 1979. After August 21, this type of event wont happen again until October 14, 2023, according to the National Aero nautics and Space Administration (NASA). In the Bahamas, the partial solar eclipse will begin at about 1.30pm and end about three hours later. The maximum eclipse should be visible around 3.05pm. NASA has stressed that its never safe to look di rectly at the suns rays even if the sun is partly ob scured. NASA recommends the use of solar lter eclipse glasses or pin hole projectors if you wish to watch the partial eclipse. The American Astronomical Society offers a list of reputable vendors of solar lters and viewers. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method, NASA recommends on its website. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked. During the short time when the moon completely obscures the sun known as the period of totality it is safe to look directly at the star, but its crucial that you know when to take off and put back on your glasses. An eclipse is a rare event, but protecting your eyes from the sun should be a daily occurrence, said Dr Keith Skolnick, an ophthalmologist with the Baptist Eye Surgery Centre in Florida. Solar retinopathy refers to eye damage which has been caused by looking directly at the sun, at any time or during an eclipse. The retina is made up of delicate tissue that is sensitive to light. Harmful radiation from the sun can reach the eye and damage the retina. This burns the retina and destroys the cells that enable you to see. The retinas cells are sensitive to light, which helps form visual images via the optic nerve. With the eclipse, if you look directly at the sun that can lead to permanent damage of the macular, the cen tre and most important part of the retina, explained Dr Skolnick. Its basically a sunburn of the macula. Baptist Health South Florida said people should al ways protect their eyes from the suns ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is also a major risk for skin cancers. Sunlight is the main source of UV rays, which is why ophthalmologists urge all patients to wear sunglasses with UV protection when outside, the group noted. Sunlight reected off sand and water can cause pho tokeratitis, the condition responsible for snow blind ness, so beach and pool goers should exercise caution by wearing sunglasses with UV protection. I tell my patients that the colour of sunglasses doesnt matter, nor does how dark the lens is, said Dr Skolnick. The important thing is for your glasses to have UV radiation protection. And cost shouldnt be a factor. You dont have to spend a lot of money for glasses that protect your eyes. See Weekend for more A safe way to view the solar eclipse With your back facing the sun, raise a paper plate with a small hole punched in it. Aim the beam from the hole onto another piece of cardboard. AP The farther away you hold your pinhole, the bigger the projected image will be.Pinhole projectorSOURCE: NASA A11MAIN