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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper MONDAY HIGH 91FLOW 77F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 INSIGHT: THE FNM HONEYMOON IS OVER PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis greeting supporters following the victory service at St Barnabas Anglican Church celebrating their 1992 General Election win. See page ve for more. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff Alert over China strategy switch IN the face of rising hom icides, National Security Minister Marvin Dames over the weekend present ed a number of crime ght ing initiatives, highlighting plans to clamp down on persons out on bail, rearm trafckers, drug houses and enhancing senior com mand at the divisional level of the force on a 24-hour basis. 0edia at a press confer ence Saturday evening at the Paul Farquharson Con ference Centre, Mr Dames said effective immediately, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) will double down on its efforts to com bat violent crimes across the country. TRIPLE MURDER TRIGGERS NEW CRACKDOWN By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SENATOR Ranard Hen eld said on Sunday he has not received a request from any of the sub-groups asso ciated with the We March Bahamas organisation to stage a protest against the Minnis administration for inaction during its rst 100 days. In May, Mr Heneld in his endorsement of the Free National Movement (FNM), presented a list of demands he wanted ad dressed within 100 days if the party was successfully elected. That list included jail for alleged corrupt politicians, lower cost of living, term limits for prime ministers, the removal of Crown land distribution from the Ofce of the Prime Minister and the distribution of such land to people, local government for New Providence, an in dependent director of pub lic prosecutions and the ap pointment of former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer as attorney general. Mr Heneld also called for a recall system for MPs, a xed date for elections, easier ways of doing busi nesses and easier ways of exporting items from The Bahamas. A failure to carry out these, along with the prom ises laid out by the FNM on the campaign trail, would prompt the organisation HENFIELD HAPPY ON FNM PROGRESS By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE Minnis administra tion plans to build at least one new school in south west New Providence this term, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd has revealed. Presenting details of the governments new public private partnership (PPP) education strategy, Mr Lloyd said plans are already in motion to build at least one well-equipped and well-resourced primary school, the rst in what he hopes will become an ex tensive overhaul of infra structure attached to the Ministry of Education. To keep it simple, the physical structures are old and require immediate up grades to service the qual ity of education this ad ministration aims to deliver to the country, Mr Lloyd stated. Being resourced challenged, we must look at options never consid ered, never explored. PRIVATE SECTOR KEY TO SCHOOL OVERHAUL THE re-engagement of global public relations rm Weber Shandwick will cost taxpayers $600,000, The Tribune has learned. A senior ofcial, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, yesterday con rmed the contracts value, and said that the contract period was around nine months. However, the ofcial not ed that there was a possibil ity it would be renewed for a longer period. Weber Shandwick was dropped in 2013 by the former Progressive Liberal Party administration after an 18-year long run with the Ministry of Tourism. TOURISM PR DEAL COST $600,000 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter THE CHINESE govern ments reported crackdown on irrational overseas investments may affect pro jects in the Bahamas with new restrictions on such projects in property, hotel and entertainment and a ban on gambling invest ments. Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) President-elect Gowon Bowe told The Tribune that while it was important to distinguish between the Chinese state and capital markets in Hong Kong, which has its own independent stock ex change, the recent codica tion of its policy highlights the critical need for the Ba hamas to strengthen its own economic planning unit. Baha Mar buyer Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE) and Grand Baha ma port developer Hutch ison Whampoa (HW) are on the Hong Kong stock exchange, and the Grand Lucayan currently up for sale is owned by HWs real estate arm Cheung Kong Property Holdings. However, The Pointe is owned by China Construc tion America (CCA), a sub sidiary of China State Con struction and Engineering Company (CSCEC). Chi na Harbour Engineering Company is also developing a port in North Abaco. Mr Bowe said: While China has signicant in uence over Hong Kong, Hong Kong has capital markets, effectively it has a stock exchange and the stock exchange doesnt have restrictions on who can invest in it. While there ECLIPSE SAFETY WARNING Miss this eclipse and the next is on August 12, 2045 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE 11 SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE 11 SEE PAGE THREE A1MAIN 16 PAGES HOUSE HOME &


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 21, 2017, PAGE 3 Reecting on the coun trys latest murders, Mr Dames revealed police will be taking a more aggres sive approach to handling drug peddling and shutting down drugs throughout the country, which he referred to as the source of many of the crime problems that exist. The Mount Moriah MP also indicated that police will be increasing intelli gence and operational ef forts to identify and disrupt gang activities. More spe cically, he said from an in telligence perspective there will be an increased focus on rearm trafckers with a view to bringing them to justice. Mr Dames said: The po lice have informed me that they have conducted a re view of persons on bail who are not in compliance with their bail conditions. Fur ther, they have discovered that more than 50 persons were not in compliance and they have already arrested a number of those persons and subsequently their bail was revoked. At present, there are 268 persons currently be ing monitored for various offences. Out of the 268 se rious offences committed there are 70 for homicides, 18 for attempted murders, 102 for armed robberies and 59 for rearm offenc es. He continued: I will like to send a warning out to all those persons who continue to live a life of crime moving forward we intend to make your life very uncomfortable. We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure that you are made to account for your wrongdoings. This is a promise. Mr Dames added police intelligence has also re vealed that a large percent age of recent homicides have occurred in what law enforcement refers to as hot spots, specifying the areas of Pinewood, Kemp Road, Bain Town, Yellow Elder, Fox Hill and Carmi chael Road. Flanked by several senior ofcers on hand for Satur days brieng, Mr Dames gave reporters a detailed look at crime gures, pre sented on an interactive map that highlighted the exact location of recent homicides. Pointing to areas of con cern, Mr Dames said po lice will increase vehicle and foot patrols and will be using all the technology available to them, includ ing increased monitoring of CCTV and all of their resources to curtail these violent crimes. Mr Dames said the ef forts of police have already yielded some results, but admitted that more must be done, primarily he said, to improve technology and build capacity. He later insisted that while efforts in tackling crime are static in many ways, strategies must also continue to be uid, as a means of addressing crime in all of its variations. To that end, he said the government will im mediately begin with the establishment of the Na tional Crime Prevention and Neighbourhood Watch Council to grow commu nity involvement in the ght against crime. The initiative is expect ed to be commanded by Senior Assistant Commis sioner Stephen Dean. Mr Dames said the coun cil will look to set up crime watch groups in every community and attempt to establish commonality and examine community prevention measures. Additionally, Mr Dames said the council will col laborate with multi-govern ment agencies and non-gov ernmental agencies. Moreover, the national security minister revealed the government will re view the establishment of the RBPF to determine the requisite number of ofcers at any division. Mr Dames said the gov ernment will also move to decentralise the Central Detective Unit (CDU), a move he suggested would place detectives at stations to readily respond to seri ous matters on a timely ba sis. This was a strategy re portedly shelved by the Christie administration. Mr Dames said the gov ernment intends to produce, very shortly, its legislative agenda which will have a number of crime preven tion bills, including legisla tion to establish a National Anti-Corruption Agency and an overhauled National Intelligence Agency, among others. Of the initiatives pre sented Saturday, Mr Dames said he doesnt expect an in crease in the base shifts of ofcers or increase in work load. This comes just days af ter the government was forced to back off plans to pay out the second in stalment of overtime wages owed to ofcers this month. Mr Dames said he is sure the senior command of the RBPF will be able to make adjustments to allow for these new initia tives to be effectively car ried out. He said despite limited resources, he is condent that police will be able to get the job done and, ef fectively, bring an end to many of the criminal ele ments plaguing the country. Saturdays conclave came on the heels of the countrys three latest homicides, all of which occurred over a 24hour period, in or around areas highlighted by police. Investigations into all three matters are continu ing. TRIPLE MURDER TRIGGERS NEW CRACKDOWN POLICE have launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspects responsible for three separate shootings that left three men dead on Friday. The latest killing took place shortly after 9pm on August 18. Police said a man was standing in front of his home off Kemp Road when the occupants of a silver coloured Honda Fit pulled up and shot him before speeding off. The man was taken to hospital where he later died. Earlier that day, police responded to two other fa tal shootings. According to ofcerin-charge of the Central Detective Unit, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander, resi dents in the Hospital Lane community reported hear ing gunshots around 10pm Thursday, however re sponding ofcers were un able to locate a scene. ACP Fernander said po lice then received reports Friday morning, shortly after 8am, that a body was discovered in the passen ger seat of a vehicle just off Hospital Lane. ACP Fernander said of cers established a perime tre around the scene, and investigators were called. The victim is believed to be in his mid-thirties, ac cording to police. In another incident, po lice discovered the body of a man believed to be in his early twenties, in bushes just south of Step Street in Fox Hill. ACP Fernander said resi dents reported sounds of gunshots around 3am Fri day, but a discovery wasnt made until 9am. Speaking to the press at the Fox Hill scene, ACP Fernander said the victim was identied as a resident of the area. ACP Fernander also conrmed that police had taken a man into custody on Friday for questioning in connection with that mat ter. We are appealing to members of the public, with respect to both mat ters, who would have been in the areas and would have heard, as we indicated gun shots were red so someone may have heard or seen something, to please come forth to assist with (these) investigations, ACP Fer nander said on Friday. We are also encouraging members of the public to, things like this where you would hear gunshots being red, please reach out to the police, reach out to your commanders. ACP Fernander, anked by several senior ofcers, added: Lets try to build relationships with your commanders so that inci dents like this, where you heard shots or any infor mation, to reach out to the commander so that they will be able to respond to these things. He concluded by insist ing that any information obtained by police from residents will be kept in the strictest condence to en sure the long-term safety of those persons. Anyone with informa tion on these incidents is asked to call police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328TIPS. The killings pushed the homicide count to 87 for the year according to The Trib unes records. Three killed in a single day By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter from page one OFFICIALS take the body away from the scene after a body was found in bushes just south of Step Street. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff POLICE at the scene of the murder in Hospital Lane. 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, Monday, August 21, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune IT IS oftentimes good to look at the past to see how far weve gone and what has happened along the way. When I was in my midteens, I was photographing players like Kendal Isaacs (later to become Sir Ken dal) at the Gym Tennis Club competing against a team from Jamaica. I was talk ing to Inspector of Police, Mr Albert Miller (later to become Sir Albert). He was telling me how Nassau was really going to the dogs. He went on to say that there was one murder in the Court system for the entire year! That was then. Now it seems we have several mur ders a day! Times change. But why? We all know Gussie Roberts, one of the great photographers of the then Development Board. Well Gussie had a father who was also called Gussie, but he was a policeman, an Inspector with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, who later became Assistant Commissioner of Police. One afternoon Inspector Roberts was on point duty with a number of young po licemen checking licenses on West Bay Street. One of the young Corporals came to Inspector Roberts and said, Sir, we have a prob lem in front. Inspector Roberts asked: Whats the problem young man? The young ofcer said, Well, sir, there is a woman up front who does not have a license. Inspector Roberts re plied: Book her. The young ofcer said, But, sir, you dont under stand, the young lady is your sister. Inspector Roberts re plied: Young man you dont understand, I said book her. That was Nassau many years ago when there was discipline, law and order. Lets fast forward to to day. Hundreds of young men and women are investigat ed, charged and brought to court. Some of the crimes are petty. But the offending parties are investigated, ar rested and if found guilty, go to jail. Apparently, it is now the standard that when a politi cian is investigated, charged and brought to court its a witch hunt. How come? As I remem ber, and granted Im getting old, theres not a PLP law, or an FNM law, or a white mans law, or a black mans law, or a poor mans law or a rich mans law, it is the law of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It applies to everybody. I was surprised to hear both a PLP and an FNM lawyer hurling threats at each other. If you dont watch out Ill tell on you, they shouted to each oth er. Two so-called lawyers! Dont they both know that it is against the law to withhold acts of criminal ity from the police? That, I believe, is called obstruc tion of justice. It is a crime. Thats jail talk. Furthermore, it is black mail. Again against the law. Again jail talk. And we want to know whats wrong with our so ciety? A friend who I have a tremendous amount of re spect for has suggested to Prime Minister Doctor Minnis that when he is digging one hole, he should dig two. I dont agree. Instead he should dig three because two may not hold all the crooks that seem to be run ning around! I read somewhere that a PLP has asked why Prime Minister Doctor Minnis does not investigate the sale of BaTelCo for just over two-hundred million dol lars. If my memory serves me right it was the PLP who promised the people that if elected they would inves tigate the sale of BaTelCo. They won and true to their promise the PLP appointed a committee that met, in vestigated and came to a conclusion. They never published their conclusion. It seems that they may have been covering it up. Now why? The only reason for an investigation was not to de termine whether or not it was a bad deal, or if it was sold for too much or too little, but rather, to deter mine whether or not there was some wrong doing? We were never told, or maybe I missed it. We were, however, told what the committee got from the deal. It was quite impressive, but unusual. As I recall, they got the buyer to give back a per centage of the sale, plus extra. Was that from the goodness of the buyers heart or had the buyer been involved in some shenani gans like buying off a poli tician? I dont know. The PLP committee knows. Why were the ndings not pub lished? Why ask Prime Minister Doctor Minnis to investigate? The PLP com mittee has already met, investigated and come to a conclusion. What was the conclusion? Publish it! Were entitled to know. It is time we take the fu ture of our children and our country seriously. Lets dig three holes and ll them with all crooked politicians, PLP and FNM! PIERRE V. L. DU PUCH Nassau, August 17, 2017 FIFTY years ago, the US was torn apart by racial unrest, rioting and social upheaval. Race relations, political as sassinations and an unpopular Vietnam War fuelled the tumult. Decades passed. There was healing, and progress. The rst black president was elected, and then he was re-elected. Golden anniversaries of landmark civil rights legislation were celebrated. The nation has not since the 1960s suffered the shock of an assassination of a major public gure of the stature of Martin Lu ther King or the Kennedys, though there have been attempts. And the US now ghts its wars with a volunteer military force and contract mercenaries and suffers relatively few casualties, so there is comparatively lit tle organised opposition. The military draft was abolished two generations ago. Then 2016 arrived. To the astonish ment of many, and apparently also him and his campaign, an obviously unpre pared Donald Trump was chosen to be the US president. He campaigned with at least a benign nod to white suprema cists, neo-Nazis and other fringe groups most associated with remote American territories beyond the reach, and con scious awareness, of mainstream voters who were rarely reminded of their ex istence. There would occasionally be a standoff in isolated eastern Oregon over public land use, or a deadly shootout on a dusty compound in Texas, or indeed the bombing of a large federal building in Oklahoma City, but this did not seem to be a major American social or politi cal phenomenon of signicance. Now and for the intermediate future, all of that is no longer true. Donald Trumps artless wafing and inability to nd an appropriate response to the recent tragic deaths in the leafy Vir ginia university town of Charlottesville has the US media, and many national politicians, in what has become their latest uproar. The large rally in Boston may foretell many more to come, with clashes, casualties and headlnes sure to follow. Trump is without caution and largely inept when called upon to respond to public crises. This may be partly be cause in his seven months as president, so many of those crises are of his own making. But the fact remains that he gave opponents reason to suspect that his real sympathies lie with the nativists, xenophobes and misanthropes who have clearly found their voice during his so far unsuccessful term in ofce. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Trump, who campaigned so hard against the Washington status quo, respects nei ther the presidency nor the professional politicians in the capital who strive to maintain that status quo and their privi leged part in it. Both American political parties now face what may be existential dilemmas. The Republican majorities in both the Senate and the House are visibly ummoxed. On the one hand, they are members of the party of which Trump is the titular head. They share with him many of the elements of the traditional GOP agenda, including reducing taxes. They are pro-business, with a strong be lief that less government and regulation can open the way for new business crea tion and, therefore, job growth. These policies are durable icons of Republican politics. On the other hand, Trump speaks and Twitters like an ignorant bigot at times. He is national embarrassment to many Americans, despite retaining the ob durate support of over one-third of his partys faithful. What are Republican ofcials to do? If they dare to oppose him, they face what for many is the greatest risk: A pri mary challenge from a passionate, mo tivated, likely well-funded core of their party that brooks no dissent from the new contemporary orthodoxy. If they stay in line in silent or muted support, they risk going down with what may be an already sinking Trump ship. All House members face re-election next year, as do a third of US Senators, and the president rarely misses an opportu nity to remind them of that fact. Meanwhile, the Democrats are not united in opposition. They remain riv en by the disagreements that surfaced last year between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Accounts of recent intraparty feuds in the Demo cratic strongholds of California and New York have revealed the current lack of a unifying party theme. The party that is quickest to unity should prevail next year. How many holes do we dig? The confused world of EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: your piece in the Business Section today (Thursday). Level the playing eld suggests that competition exists between the Airbnb Host and the hotels. This is patently untrue and sim ply shows that Mr Russell knows very little, if any thing, about the vacation rental business. The suggestion that by taxing the Airbnb business it will help address issues of parity, pertaining to cost of product and services is another unfounded state ment that further dem onstrates that Mr Russell knows nothing about this business. Since when has the Ministry of Tourism marketed to New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, UK, Sweden, Denmark, mid-west USA, West Coast USA? While our Governments have been paying millions of dollars in advertising, Airbnb has developed a very successful social me dia business for very little money. Our Tourism Minis ter is having the AGs ofce bring legislation to tax ap proximately 1,200, mostly Bahamian, Airbnb Hosts. Just because he thinks they are making money. Talk about a black crab syndrome! The Minister says and ensure those landlords are in full com pliance with local rules and regulations. Just when has any arm of government been successful in regulat ing anything? The huge success of Airbnb is that it is self-regulating on both the Host and the Guest. Each publishes a scorecard of their experience, and if something is not right for the Host or the Guest they will be kicked out. The re ferrals are public, so po tential guests can see what has happened with the host they are thinking of renting from, and the host can see what other hosts have expe rienced with the proposed guest. And no one needs the Ministry of Tourism at all. Sorry! Whenever you impose regulation, you open the door to corruption. We are seeing it every day now. You cant get a Physical Planning inspection with out waiting days and weeks on end, and nally you buy lunch for someone, and you get your certicate. I would like to invite Mr Russell to go on a tour with me of places that I would like to show him, that dont have re alarms and extinguishers and san itation records, and every thing else that is inspected once and never again. He must think that Bahami ans are really stupid and will buy anything you tell them. Just look what the regulation and so on did with Fyre Festival. That was not an Airbnb deal, my friend. Finally, Mr Russell notes that it is a thriving business. Yes it is, and it thrives with out yours, or anybody elses help. If the Government gets involved, it will be over for The Bahamas. And no, the Airbnb guest is not go ing to book at Atlantis or Bahama or Grand Lucayan or Pink Sands. They are a different kind of tourist and you meddle with them at your peril. They will just go elsewhere. And you will earn nothing and the for mer hosts will earn nothing. But the people will know who killed the goose. BRUCE G. RAINE Nassau, August 17, 2017. Dont kill the goose its still growing A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 21, 2017, PAGE 5 THE Free National Movement administra tion was yesterday given a strict charge to overhaul the countrys governance struc ture and implement an eth ics and human rights com mission. During the anniversary service of its 1992 election victory, Parish Rector at St Barnabas Anglican Church Canon Basil Tynes drew nu merous parallels between the present-day struggle of average Bahamians and the biblical portrayal of the Is raelites. He also suggested it was time to let Mother England go and start working on our own. There are too many of us that bow to the powers that be, a hangover from colonial days, he said, as he criticised the failure of religious leaders and union ists to use their platforms to pursue justice and good governance. I am not a politician nor do I want to engage in your public debates, but one thing I can tell you is that the situation in this country is extremely complex, far more than ancient Israel. Please we need help. I will tell you as a citi zen of this country as a par ish priest, as a leader in the church of God what I be lieve needs to take place at this particular time in our country, he said. My text for this after noon tells us that God in his word ought to be foremost in informing every facet of our lives, and while we talk about corruption and evil that surrounds us, these are the symptoms of an even greater issue. Canon Tynes added: We need to get to the root of the unchecked greed godless ness and wickedness of the people who use everything at their disposal to rape and plunder this country and they do it and dont give a hell about the rest of us. What Im about to say may be very controversial, but it needs to be said. We refuse to hire persons be cause they have relatives in particular ministries or in certain corporations, but we allow family and friends of those in public ofce access to inside informa tion and to public funds as though it were their per sonal slush fund. So that the few could keep on exploit ing the many. We tired of that, he said, its time to follow the money. We need to establish an ethics commission to put an end to the hypocritical practice of the few screwing the many. It is the peoples time, he said, invoking the FNMs election slogan. Canon Tynes called for a deliberate attempt on the part of the government, to stop domesticated slavery. The educational system is not just to prepare our children to be the maids and the domestics within the hotel industry, he said. It is time to expose our people to science, research, technology, business com merce in its diverse forms and open it up for many. Salute For his part, Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis sa luted his predecessor for mer Prime Minister and FNM Leader Hubert Ingra ham as he remarked on the parallels between the par tys 1992 and 2017 victories. He heralded the partys founders known as the Dissident Eight and spoke to the vigorous opposition the party maintained in its two decades-long struggle to governance. The Dissident Eight included Sir Cecil Wal lace Whiteld, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Warren Levarity, Maurice Moore, George Thompson, Dr Curtis Mc Millan, Jimmy Shephard and Dr Elwood Donaldson. Amidst the fear, the mass corruption, the as sault on democracy; amidst the brutal victimisation, the destruction of values and the cult of personality arose men and women of courage, who dedicated their lives to save the land and the peo ple they loved, Dr Minnis said. The Freedom Fight ers of the FNM, includ ing many of you, sacriced much to save our land. The sacrices were not for the sake of power, but for the sake of doing what was right even at great risk. Their courage is our legacy. Their legacy is our duty and guiding star. Deliverance has always been a rallying cry of the FNM. It remains a central theme today. Once again, Dr Min nis said, the Free National Movement has the awe some responsibility to res cue an economy that was on the brink of collapse. We must once again restore the good name, in ternational reputation and public nances of the Ba hamas. Once again, our task is to clean up the massive and pervasive corruption that was bankrupting our democracy and devastating the Public Treasury. Notwithstanding the sim ilarities, however, Dr Min nis reiterated his charge for the party, and its ofcials, to remain humble. Any arrogance shown to the people, including pub lic ofcers, is unacceptable and goes against the spirit of our victory. Dr Minnis added: The election is over but it is still the peoples time. We are stewards of the peoples business. We have not been elected to dominate. We have been elected to lead and to represent in a spirit of humility. The party commemo rated the 25th anniversary of its 1992 victory with a service at St Barnabas An glican Church, followed by a parade to its headquarters on Market Street. Its time for ethical government and to let England go By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter CANON Basil Tynes during his sermon at the FNMs service of reection and thanksgiving at St Barnabas Anglican Church marking the 25th anniversary of the partys 1992 General Election. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff THE CONGREGATION at St Barnabas Anglican Church yesterday. GENESIS Junkanoo band performing during the FNMs victory parade yesterday. FNM MP for Bain Town Travis Robinson dancing with a supporter during the victory parade. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Monday, August 21, 2017 THE TRIBUNE to take to the streets and march again. However, in an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Heneld said despite the impatient, intolerant and radical nature of his organisation, the group sees no need to march. We see progress on a number of our issues and appreciate that no admin istration can x ve years of plundering and misman agement in 100 days, he said. As long as we can see changes being made on our issues, the We March or ganisers can keep our black shirts on the hangers. Last Friday marked 100 days since the FNM was overwhelmingly elected to ofce, while Thursday Au gust 24 will mark 100 days since the Minnis adminis trations rst Cabinet meet ing. Friday, September 1, will mark 100 days since the Speech from the Throne, which marked the opening of the new session of Parlia ment. Mr Heneld added that the governments actions will determine whether We March Bahamas takes to the streets, and he said so far, the government is tak ing action on their issues. The outspoken senator also revealed that he has been privately called upon by senior members of the PLP to rise up against the Minnis administration, calls which he said, have gone answered. I am not sure which his tory books those persons read that said the abused returned to the aid of the abuser. I trust that Mrs Cheryl Bazard and Mr Chester Cooper will purge that party by years end, he added of the PLP. Reecting on the achievements of the FNM as it nears the mark of its rst 100 days in ofce, Mr Heneld said despite is sues with the environment, wildlife, ease of doing busi ness, leasing of taxi plates and natural resources, his organisation sees improve ments. He claimed that sections of the organisations that marched for local govern ment in New Providence are satised with the plan ning phases undertaken by the government, phases he noted We March has been intricately involved in, along with the Ofce of the Prime Minister and the International Development Bank. He added: We are ex cited to launch local gov ernment in New Providence once the necessary public consultation, Cabinet ap proval and proposed legis lation is passed. On the sections of the group that marched for au dits of the various govern ment departments and min istries, Mr Heneld said they are satised with the audit process announced after the election in May. He added: We marched for the government to cut spending and so far, we are satised to see that the PM has signicantly cut govern ment spending for every ministry, while cautious not to negatively impact essen tial services. Mr Heneld also praised Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest and Pub lic Service Minister Brensil Rolle for their roles in tight ening the belt of the public service; which he claimed has cost taxpayers nearly $700 million per annum. He continued: Persons like myself that marched to uproot the status quo in Parliament and those that have had our economy in a clenched st are comforted when we see the 25 plus new faces in Parliament. There has been a paradigm shift to servant leadership and the PM has repeatedly warned all parliamentarians to ad here to such. Those of us that marched to remind the government that Nassau is not the entire Bahamas are also comfort ed to see the high number of resident Family Island parliamentarians who are aggressively ghting for their next door neighbours in Abaco, Eleuthera, MI CAL, Andros and Grand Bahama. The We March groups that marched to unseal the Baha Mar deal are also sat ised that the same was un sealed within one month of the prime minister appoint ing the attorney general. The government has also met with Atlantis and welcomed Atlantis new approach to promote small and medium sized Bahami an owned businesses right in the Atlantis resort. It goes without say ing that while I appreciate that foreign direct invest ment is needed to boost our economy, I think we need to ensure that our heads of agreements benet small and medium sized business es immediately, in the short and long term. Mr Heneld insisted that the Minnis administration must start to negotiate from a position of strength and pride, asserting that it would be the only way to ensure that small and mediumsized business can ourish for decades to come. On national security matters, Mr Heneld said: Those of us at We March that marched to do away with the Spy Bill are also delighted to see the minis ter of national security go even further and scrap the spy agency that was a part of the RBPF under the PLP government. He also said he is hope ful that when Parliament returns in September, the government will introduce legislation that will protect whistle-blowers. In my opinion, should anyone, including a bank er or lawyer learn of any suspicious activity by any senator, member of Parlia ment, public servant and/ or their next of kin, legisla tion should be in place to protect those persons that blow the whistle from any civil or criminal action. We must protect those that want to point out and stand up to wrongdoings if we are serious about good govern ance, he said. Additionally, on culture Mr Heneld said: Person ally, I am still adamant that the government should can cel Junkanoo Carnival and promote 12 months of Ba hamian festivals inclusive of the return of Goombay to downtown. He added: While my wife is Trinidadian and I respect her country and culture, Trinidad does not invest millions in promot ing Bahamian music, artists or our cultural festivals and for the life of me, I dont see why Bahamian tax dollars should be used to promote soca or carnival and to y in, house and feed Trinidad ian artists while Bahamian artists are struggling to get a proper fee for their talent. I am in full support of KB and suspect hell have a lot more to add to this issue in due course should the gov ernment seem to further in sult Bahamian culture and artists in 2018. Mr Heneld also called for action on land reform; resolution on several envi ronmental matters, namely addressing the Blackbeards Cay court order and the Abaco y shing industry. He also called for more to be done for children born with autism. We March Bahamas gained prominence after more than 1,000 protesters marched from Arawak Cay to Rawson Square in No vember 2016 to protest the Christie administrations performance. As the group continued to put pressure on the polit ical class, Mr Heneld was accused by some detractors of being in partnership with the FNM. However, he has main tained that he is not a mem ber of the party, but rather an independent servant of the people. He was ap pointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Heneld happy on FNM progress To that end, Mr Lloyd said the government has looked into several PPP strategies to plan and con struct new schools, with a handful of them advancing to the concept stage of de velopment. Once nalised, the gov ernment will enter into 25year, lease to own agree ments with private entities for several proprieties. Of the arrangement, Mr Lloyd said the trade off of the government not hold ing ownership titles to these properties in the short-term is the concept of not having to directly keep up proper ties year to year. This offers the government a chance to focus on education and leave the unsustainable re pairs scheme to those solely focused on it. We want to remove the annual anxiety of annual re pairs, and the angst of dayto-day management, the South Beach MP told The Tribune We want to fo cus on what goes on in the classroom, manage how our kids work day-to-day, this al lows us that as our main focus. This will not only relieve the major issue of overcrowding at the primary and junior high levels, but ease us out of the legacy prob lems outdated buildings. Brand new schools are need ed in Inagua, Exuma, and Grand Bahama; here in New Providence, you need to re place R M Bailey, C I Gib son and Government High. Thats on top of the need for at least four primary schools with pre-school at tachments, two in the eastern and two in the southwestern districts; and two junior high schools, again one in the east and one in the south. The nancing has al ways been and continues to be the most impeding ele ment, with the PPP strat egy, I am of the belief that we have nally discovered a strategy that will yield the results we so desperately need, Mr Lloyd said. Last week, education of cials announced that there will be a slight delay for stu dents to start classes at Ste phen Dillet Primary School by one week as ofcials await the arrival of new fur niture and other equipment. The government has un dertaken an extensive $4m overhaul of the school, nearly half of the allocation for school repairs through out the country this year. When contacted for com ment on the allocation made to the Ministry of Educa tion, Deputy Prime Minis ter and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest said the government was in the pro cess of re-engineering the processes and tendering of contracts to ensure proce dures are in place that max imise value for dollars. Mr Turnquest added: We obviously recognise the limitations before us nancially however educa tion is one of those areas like health that you really cant skimp on. So while we try our best to econo mise, we will have to nd the means to fund the in frastructure, human capital and equipment needs of our educational professionals. He touted the PPP strat egy as an opportunity to delay immediate capital needs. Public schools are expected to resume for the 2017-2018 academic year on September 4. PRIVATE SECTOR KEY TO SCHOOL OVERHAUL from page one from page one RANARD HENFIELD, now a Senator, pictured during one of the We March protests. A6MAIN


By MALCOLM J. STRACHANON day 102 of the Minnis Ad ministrations tenure in gov ernance, there is a growing feeling of voter dissonance throughout the country. No longer are they seen as the rockstars some crowned them to be on May 10, after the dust settled on their eas ily won battle even though their win was secured be cause the Bahamian people desperately wanted the PLP gone. As the rst 100 days came and went this past Saturday, it did so with no real causes for celebration and no real policies of note. Some Ba hamians are now feeling the anxiety equivalent to what a consumer who is reconsid ering a purchase feels. Unfortunately, our elec toral system doesnt give warranties or allow us to make returns for full re funds of our votes. Typi cally, once a government is elected, that is for the long haul. The previous ve years under the PLP regime have been some of the longest, toughest years in our country. What made them so laborious may have been the disintegration of human hope that moment when we realized that the previ ous government was not who they said they were. Ironically, it came within the rst 100 days as cam paign promises by the Pro gressive Liberal Party fell at. Though, we are at a simi lar timestamp, the current government may have not arrived at that particular juncture as yet. Neverthe less, they are certainly treading on familiar foot ing. Bear in mind, setting aside the public disdain for the PLP, Prime Minister Minnis and his party mem bers took to the campaign stage and promised every thing under the sun. For a people so desperate for a symbol of hope, after feel ing bamboozled ve years earlier, we truly wanted to believe it is the peoples time. We still want to believe it. However, recent deci sions by the government leave us wondering if we are dealing with a same script, different cast scenario. VAT repeal on breadbas ket items was touted as a key relief measure for the longsuffering citizens living in the inner-cities. It has been 102 days, and this relief has yet to have been felt in their pockets. The familiar feel ings of disappointment as a result of broken promises come with such a gravita tional pull the second time around that disengagement with government will surely be a much swifter process. However, the government still afrms that it is in its plans to do so. The issue is, we arent even sure if such a plan exists at this point. Further, without a plan, how will the government propose to execute such a task with so many moving parts? Prior to the FNM win ning the election, and as day 1 became 100 in the prime ministers term in ofce, we are hard-pressed to believe that any real plans exist. This thought echoed in the back of our minds and even worse when it was con rmed by FNM Chairman, Sidney Collie, that there arent any policies or initia tives on the table. This is tough to accept. It is also startling to imagine that the Minnis Adminis tration took on this mam moth task of modernising The Bahamas without a real plan. This practice of parading former Parliamentarians before the courts will give this administration a much needed, but short-term boost of support. But how is our sovereign ty being secured? How will Bahamian lives be protect ed? How will our economy bounce back? What will be done to create jobs for our brothers, sisters and our children? As this chorus resounds the congregation is now singing loudly, What have you done for me lately? In response, the govern ment is asking us to be pa tient. However, patience is scarce for citizens that have endured what we have en dured for the last ve years under the PLP. The FNM was elected to x all that was broken. Politicking is not going to get the country back on track. We hope that justice will be served in the matters that are before the courts, but we need the govern ment to roll up its sleeves and seriously get to the peo ples business. Instead of implementing policies like solarization and initiatives that would increase the ease of doing business in the country, we are seeing Bahamians lose hope in the wake of costcutting austerity measures. While Minister of Tour ism, Dionisio DAguilar was closing different shops in the US and in Freeport, he has also reengaged a pre viously contracted foreign rm to support the minis trys public relations efforts. How can a Government xed on providing jobs for Bahamians continue to en gage foreign labour where Bahamians have shown that they can, and should do the work? It is manoeuvres like this that make many people who were supportive on day one take a more discerning look at the government it elected now. This scepticism, we should add is spreading quickly. Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President, Mrs Belinda Wilson, ex pressed a shared optimism in working with Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd, but also pointed out that the BUT expects to see re sults and to be treated as partners by the Ministry. With various school repairs taking place, millions of dollars in unpaid back pay and the continued inux of foreign teachers, it will be interesting to see how long the openness that exists be tween both sides lasts. It is quite evident that the goodwill the FNM govern ment received is just about gone. The government is now beginning to see chinks in its armour. People that were of the view that they would be the anti-PLP are beginning to see them as the same since the party colours are off. The government, like its predecessor, is desperately depending on Baha Mar to bring more inventory on stream. Remember, it was Prime Minister Dr Minnis that lacerated his predecessor, Perry Christie, for how soft he was on the Chinese, go ing so far as to infer that he was a puppet for his Chi nese allies. Now in ofce, it is not clear yet how the prime minister will move forward in our relations with the Chinese. The concerns associated with the inuence of the Chinese over the last ad ministration are certainly palpable. That being said, it will be most interesting to see if Prime Minister Minnis continues down the same path as his former especially when he was so critical of Perry Christie on the campaign trail. The rst 100 days in of ce have been met with a few missteps and no real triumphs. The government took its bride on May 10th amidst all the fanfare and excitement that a new day was on the horizon. It was certainly a memo rable day. Now, however, the honey moon has ofcially ended, and the real work of this marriage begins. Voter dissonance as the honeymoon ends PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis Jeff Lloyd, South Beach MP, and Reece Chipman, Centreville MP, leading their victory parade from St Barnabas Anglican Church to FNM Headquarters on Mackey Street. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A7INSIGHT


ON August 14 and 15, Paki stan and India, respectively, celebrated the 70th anni versary of their Independ ence from Britain, a coun try whose policies, as an occupier, fomented and then bequeathed to them the hostile communal ism that led to their parti tion and their continuing antagonism. Religious dis similarity, as Muslim and Hindu, proved more den ing and more divisive than common ethnicity, common culture, common foods and shared history. The invented notion that Muslims and Hindus were two distinct communities and that they rivalled each other for access to econom ic resources, social develop ment and domination, was deliberately promoted by the British colonial power to divide and rule the two groups. It was the only way that a small, foreign occu pying force could control a vast country and a huge population. As Muslims and Hindus set against each other, the British thrived on their disunity, transfer ring wealth that enriched Britain and impoverished India for almost two cen turies. This phenomenon could not have occurred if the people of India had re mained cohesive. Of course, except for Ma hatma Gandhi, who was assassinated by a Hindu for being too accommodat ing of Muslims, the local politicians stoked the re of communal rivalry for their own narrow political purpose. None more so than Muhammad Ali Jin nah whose political ambi tion drove his battle for partition and the creation of Pakistan. In accentuat ing that difference, Jinnah on the one hand, and Hindu nationalists on the other, let loose demons of violence that wounded their com munities so deeply that, 70 years later, the scars still evoke enmity and a refusal to confront the manipula tion to which they were and are victims. The progress of India and Pakistan has been retarded by the enormous resources each spends on defence from the other. These are resources that could have been expended on educa tion and health for people who still live on less than two dollars a day. Forty-seven years later, another leader this time from Africa who had suffered at the hands of a minority group of exploit ers, using race to subjugate a majority, observed that: No one is born hating an other person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his reli gion. That man was Nel son Mandela, who despite his own agony in apartheid South Africa, recognised that hate is not a natural condition. Hate, whether racial or religious, has to be taught, encouraged and engendered. And when it is taught, the process is usu ally for the prot of those who manipulate it, not for the benet of those who are its targets. Another 23 years later, yet another leader this time from the United States in voked Mandelas words in response to violence result ing from a white suprema cist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, just days before the 70th anniversary of In dias partition into Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India. That man was Barack Oba ma, the rst black President of the US. Like many other right-thinking Americans, he was alarmed at the intent of a rally of white suprema cists and the violence it pro voked. Under the banner of the so-called alt-right more than 700 white suprema cists invaded the city, call ing for Unite the Right. They were an intimidating group of militia, racists, and neo-Nazis chanting Nazi slogans; some openly car rying ries. The hate was palpable. And, the worst of it was the untimely and un necessary death of Heather Heyer, a young white wom an mowed down by a van hurtled into a crowd by a 20-year old self-avowed white supremacist. This racist communalism, long a feature of American history, is one that most Americans want eliminated from their reality. Those Americans found voice not only in Obama but in oth ers, such as Speaker of the US House of Representa tives, Paul Ryan, who said: We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambigu ity. Yet, as in India and Paki stan 70 years ago there are still those in the US who encourage and engen der communal hate and hostility for political pur poses. As no good came from such communalism in the past of the United States, in the partition of India, in ethnic cleansing in Rwanda and in Bosnia, or in racial conicts in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, no good can come from encouraging hate such as was experienced in Char lottesville. That is why in America as in India and Pakistan and elsewhere, in cluding in the Caribbean the teaching of Mandela has to be instilled into these so cieties by their leaders. In making the point that no one is born hating another person because of race or religion and that people learn to hate, Mandela also observed that if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. And that is the task of leaders in all parts of society if the world and the states within it are to enjoy peace and prosperity. Race loathing and re ligious hatred have been created, fostered and pro voked for the political and economic advantage of a few over the many. In the Caribbean in both Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago rst the British colonialists, and then the post-colonial local politicians, promoted racial communalism for their own advantage. Both countries struggle with that unpleasant and unproduc tive legacy today. It will only be overcome when all political and religious lead ers preach against it and practice what they preach. Communal divisions in race or religion should not be allowed to blossom and grow, for they can shatter a country however rich. Ap peasing racists and religious bigots by silence or tacit approval of strife for politi cal gain, comes at the high price of death and destruc tion, as history and recent events have shown. Great leaders should be unhesi tant in speaking out ercely against all acts of racial and religious bigotry. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sir The writer is Antigua and Barbudas Ambassa dor to the United States and the OAS. He is also a Sen ior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. 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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. Associated Press WHEN Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important ad vice for the college fresh man: Dont forget that you are a minority. She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned about that, always know her surroundings, just be cau tious, just be extremely cau tious, said Valentine, 57, who is African-American. A retired military ofcer, he now works at the De fense Department. As classes begin at col leges and universities across the country, some parents are questioning if their chil dren will be safe on campus in the wake of last week ends violent white nation alist protest here. School administrators, meanwhile, are grappling with how to balance students physical safety with free speech. Friday was move-in day at the University of Vir ginia, and students and their parents unloaded cars and carried suitcases, blan kets, lamps, fans and other belongings into freshmen dormitories. Student volun teers, wearing orange uni versity T-shirts, distributed water bottles and led fresh men on short tours of the university grounds. But along with the usual moving-in scene, there were signs of the tragic events of last weekend, when white nationalists staged a night time march through campus holding torches and shout ing racist slogans. Things got worse the following day, when a man said to harbor admiration for Nazis drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. Flags ew at half-staff outside the universitys Ro tunda, and a nearby statue of founder Thomas Jeffer son was stained with wax from a candlelight vigil by thousands of students and city residents in a bid to unite and heal. Some stu dent dormitories had signs on doors reading, No Home for Hate Here. In an address to students and families on Friday, UVA President Teresa Sullivan welcomed every person of every race, every gender, every national ori gin, every religious belief, every orientation and every other human variation. Afterward, parents asked university administrators tough questions about the gun policy on campus, white supremacists and the likelihood of similar vio lence in the future. For Valentine, of York town, Virginia, the unrest brought back painful mem ories of when, as a young boy, he couldnt enter gov ernment buildings or movie theaters through the front door because of racial dis crimination. Weve come a long way, but still a long way to go for equality, he said. His daughter Malia Val entine, an 18-year-old premed student, is more opti mistic. It was scary what hap pened, but I think that we as a community will stand together in unity and well be ne, she said. Christopher Dodd, 18, said he was shocked by the violence and initially won dered if it would be safe at UVA. Wow, I am going to be in this place, it looks like a war zone, Dodd, a cheer ful redhead, remembered thinking. But I do think that we are going to be all right, there is nothing they can do to intimidate us. I am not going to let them control my time here. Others feel less condent. Weston Gobar, presi dent of the Black Student Alliance at UVA, says hell warn incoming black students not to take their safety for granted. The message is to work through it and to recognize that the world isnt safe, that white supremacy is real, that we have to nd ways to deal with that, he said. Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the Ameri can Council on Education, said colleges are reassess ing their safety procedures. The possibility of violence will now be seen as much more real than it was a week ago and every institution has to be much more care ful. Such work is already un der way at UVA. In an interview with The Associated Press, Sullivan said the university will be revamping its emergency protocols, increasing the number of security ofc ers patrolling the grounds and hiring an outside safety consultant. This isnt a matter where we are going to spare ex pense, Sullivan said. Hartle said some univer sities may end up making the uneasy decision to limit protests and rallies on cam pus and not to invite con troversial speakers if they are likely to create protests. There is an overarching priority to protect the phys ical safety of students and the campus community, he said. Student body presidents from over 120 schools in 34 states and Washington, DC, signed a statement de nouncing the Charlottes ville violence and saying college campuses should be safe spaces free of violence and hate. Jordan Jomsky, a fresh man at the University of California, Berkeley, said his parents had advice he plans to follow: They told me to stay safe, and dont go to protests. I wish people would just leave this place alone. Its become this epicenter. Were just here to study, said Jomsky, an 18-year-old from a Los Angeles suburb. The school has become a target of far-right speakers and nationalist groups be cause of its reputation as a liberal bastion. In Septem ber, former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak on campus. Rightwing rebrand Milo Yian nopoulos has vowed to return for a Free Speech Week in response to vio lent protests that shut down his planned appearance last February. UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ told incom ing freshmen last week that Berkeleys Free Speech Movement in the 1960s was a product of liberals and conservatives working to gether to win the right to hold political protests on campus. Particularly now, it is critical for the Berkeley community to protect this right; it is who we are, Christ said. That protec tion involves not just de fending your right to speak, or the right of those you agree with, but also defend ing the right to speak by those you disagree with. Even of those whose views you nd abhorrent. We respond to hate speech with more speech, Christ said to loud ap plause. At the same time, though, she said, theres also an ob ligation to keep the campus safe. We now know we have to have a far higher number of police ofcers ready, she said. Concerns for safety are compounded for interna tional students, many of whom have spent months reading headlines about the tense US political situation and arrived wondering if their accents or the color of their skin will make them targets. It was scary taking the risk of coming here, said Turkish international stu dent Naz Dundar. Dundar, 18, who consid ered going to university in Canada but felt relief after attending orientation at Berkeley. So far, no one hated me for being not American. She plans to stay away from protests. Especial ly as a person of another race I dont want to get stoned, she said. Back to college in the face of hatred EMAIL: INSIGHT MONDAY, AUGUST 21 2017 PAGE 9 STUDENT Council President Sarah Kenny poses for a portrait by her room on the lawn of the Univer sity of Virginia campus, on Friday, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a week after a white nationalist rally took place on campus. Kenny is among the students who have since posted signs on their rooms denouncing hatred. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP A9INSIGHT


PAGE 10, Monday, August 21, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FORMER PLP Sena tor Frank Smiths extor tion and bribery trial will start in late November. Smith will face 15 crimi nal charges in a Magis trates Court concerning his alleged solicitation of $65,000 in bribes from a woman he is said to have assisted in getting a con tract. He is currently out on $50,000 bail. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt, in a sta tus hearing on Friday, said Smiths trial will be held on November 28, 29, 30, and again on December 11. He will remain on bail until then. Smiths lead lawyer, Damian Gomez, QC, ex pressed a desire to have the matter commence as soon as possible. Anthony Delaney, of the Ofce of the Attorney General, had initially said he would not be available to proceed until December. In the presence of Smiths wife, Sharlyn, his father, Richard, father-in-law, Sir Franklyn Wilson, and his uncle, former PLP Cabinet minister George Smith, the chief magistrate said it is her earnest expectation that both the Crown and lawyers for the accused do their part to help the matter see its conclusion as quickly as possible. The Chief Magistrate said the trial was of national signicance. Smith was initially ar raigned before the Chief Magistrate in July charged with 13 counts of extortion, and a count each of attempt ed extortion and bribery. The extortion and at tempted extortion charges were brought under Section 453(1) of the Penal Code while the bribery charge was brought under Sections 4(2)(a) and 10(b) of the Pre vention of Bribery Act. It is alleged that Smith, between April 2016 and April 2017, in respect of his duties as a public ofcer, demanded and obtained $5,000 per month from Bar bara Hanna, knowing he was not lawfully authorised to do so. He is also alleged to have attempted to extort another $5,000 from Ms Hanna in May 2017. Concerning the bribery charge, it is alleged that he solicited $5,000 a month from Ms Hanna for help ing her get a contract with the Public Hospitals Au thority (PHA). Smith is for mer chairman of the PHA. Smith pleaded not guilty to all of the allegations dur ing his arraignment. Within an hour of the arraignment, Mr Gomez, QC, and assisting lawyers, Glendon Rolle and Valen tine Grimes, appeared be fore Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs asking for Smith to be released from custody ahead of trial. By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter EIGHTY-SIX peo ple have been victims of fraud involving ATM skim ming devices in the last month, Debra Thompson, assistant superintendent in charge of the Business & Technology Crime Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force said Friday. Fraudsters have stolen $72,000 so far, an amount police expect to rise as more people check their nancial records. Complaints suggest the fraud has mostly in volved ATM machines in the downtown and Palm dale areas. All banks, how ever, are equally susceptible to the fraud as past cas es suggest fraudsters move from bank to bank over time, ASP Thompson said during a press conference at the Criminal Detective Unit. Fraudsters have been us ing one of two types of de vices to steal information: a fake overlay device or a deep insert skimming de vice. Both are used along with a hidden camera that captures pin numbers. Stolen information is then used to create duplicate cards with which money from a persons account can be drained. One device is a fake overlay where they create a fake overlay to put over the mouthpiece of the ATM with a card reader that cap tures the magnetic strip and information of customers using the machine, ASP Thompson said. She added that a deep insert skimming device is inserted deep in the ATM machine by the fraudsters. As people use their cards that device captures the data of their magnetic strip. The suspects in the crimes do not appear to be Bahamians, ASP Thomp son said. They have been caught on surveillance cameras installing devices on ma chines between 10pm and 3am. They are partly distin guished by their cloth ing, wearing hooded jack ets, baseball caps and sunglasses despite the sum mer weather. They often have multiple cards at ATM machines, a sign of probable criminal activity, ASP Thompson said. This isnt the rst time the country has been affect ed by skimming fraud. At least two suspects re main at large from cases that go back to 2014. Based on past experienc es, ASP Thompson said she expects fraudsters to use the stolen information to make transactions within a week after capturing the in formation. Their period of op eration is usually about a month. Fraudsters have been known to withdraw funds locally and in other jurisdictions. We want the public to be aware of their sur roundings when using ma chines, ASP Thompson said. Shake the mouth piece of the ATM. If its easily detached or rattled or appears to be tampered with, dont use the ma chine. Notify the bank and the police department. If suspicious people are lurk ing around a machine, be aware and dont use that machine. Protect your pin as you enter the code into the machines. Banks investigate sus pected fraud and victims could expect to get their money back, ASP Thomp son said. ATM skimmers steal $72,000 from 86 people in a month By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter A MINISTRY of Finance employee was arraigned in a Magistrates Court on Friday accused of defraud ing the ministry of over half a million dollars within a ve-month period. James Anwar Johnson, 27, of St Andrews Beach Estates, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Fergu son-Pratt facing 11 counts of falsication of accounts between December 2016 and April 2017. It is alleged that Johnson, an accounts clerk at the Ministry of Finance, falsi ed the payment records of VMMS Business Service from December 15, 2016, to April 5, 2017, purporting to show that VMMS Busi ness Service was entitled to receive payments totaling $530,377.67. Johnson was also charged with ten counts of steal ing by reason of employ ment. He is accused of being concerned with oth ers and stealing a total of $445,996.42 in cash from the Ministry between De cember 21, 2016, and March 31, 2017, which he had ac cess to by reason of employ ment. Johnson also faced one count of attempted stealing by reason of employment. It is alleged that he attempted to steal $41,115 from the Ministry on April 5, 2017. Johnson pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Given the nature of the charges, Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt could not consider bail and adjourned the matter to November 17 at 11am. Johnson was re manded to the Bahamas Department of Correction al Services until that time. However, Johnsons at torney, Devard Francis, told the court that he intend ed to apply to the Supreme Court for bail for his client. Before concluding John sons arraignment, however, the chief magistrate ex pressed her observation that Johnson was a fairly heavy set man, who seemed to be unduly uncomfortable with his hands being cuffed behind his back. A senior ofcer told her that two pairs of hand cuffs were used to alleviate any discomfort Johnson might have experienced. Nonetheless, the chief magistrate requested the senior ofcer to have John son handcuffed with his hands in front, while also expressing her desire not to interfere with the role the Royal Bahamas Police Force plays in providing security throughout the complex and safeguarding persons in custody. The senior ofcer grant ed her request. Mr Francis then rose to express his displeas ure that his client had to be paraded through the front doors of the court complex while leaving, particularly as he had gone through the same process when ofcers had escorted him to court for his arraignment. Mr Francis stressed that something had to be fun damentally wrong with that process. He also suggested it was even more concerning to him consid ering how some individuals in custody were taken into the courtroom through a side door in the courtroom itself rather than through the courts main entrance. However, the chief magistrate told Mr Francis that it is not her place to address matters of security, which would normally fall under the purview of the RBPF. Chief Magistrate Fer guson-Pratt subsequently allowed Johnsons family to briey speak with him before he was escorted from the courtroom by of cers. Despite his lawyers pro test, Johnson was escorted through the courts main door and down the build ings front steps. By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter FRANK Smith outside court on Friday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff JAMES JOHNSON, 27, outside court on Friday where he faced fraud-related charges. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A PINHOLE camera and fake overlay that can be placed on an ATM machine and a deep insert skimming device, above right. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/ Tribune Staff A10INSIGHT


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 21, 2017, PAGE 11 NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames over the weekend continued to downplay the notice able absence of Police Commis sioner Ellison Greenslade amid reports that he has been asked to step down from the post. Commissioner Greenslade was a no-show during a press brief ing at the Paul Farquharson Con ference Centre at police head quarters on Saturday, where Mr Dames, with the senior com mand of the Royal Bahamas Po lice Force presented several new crime strategies. Throughout the brieng, Mr Dames insinuated that Commis sioner Greenslade was present for the planning and review part of the conclave earlier in the day. However, at the time of the press brieng, he had already left the property. When asked about the absence, Mr Dames insisted that there was no reason for concern, add ing that Mr Greenslade continues to operate in the post of commis sioner on a day-to-day basis. When pressed by The Tribune on the matter, he responded: He (Commissioner Greenslade) was here this (Saturday) morning. He was here to my meeting and he participated. This was a sudden meeting, so sometimes people have commitments, but critical part of this happened earlier this morning. Mr Dames continued: I am satised now that after hav ing met with Commission er Greenslade and Deputy Com missioner (Anthony) Ferguson; the other executive team mem bers, as well as the divisional commanders. Often when we speak to these issues you dont hear from the divisional com manders. These are the criti cal individuals who command the police stations throughout New Providence. They have to be at the forefront. In mid-July, The Tribune re ported that plans are in place to promote Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ferguson to the top post, contingent on Commission er Greenslade accepting the post of high commissioner to London. It was also reported that Deputy Commissioner Emrick Seymour, now in charge of Freeport, will be transferred to Nassau as deputy commissioner. In the weeks since these re ports rst surfaced, Commission er Greenslade has remained out of the spotlight. Earlier this month, Mr Dames told reporters he was in the busi ness of governing, as he side stepped questions on Commis sioner Greenslades future. Commissioner Greenslade was appointed the sixth commissioner of police on January 4, 2010, after serving as the acting deputy com missioner of police from January 1, 2009, upon completion of a one year training initiative with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada. Mr Dames also took part in this training in Canada when he was a member of the RBPF. In January 2009, Mr Dames, then senior assistant commission er of police, was appointed com mander for Grand Bahama. Mr Dames was later promoted to deputy commissioner while Com missioner Greenslade ascended to the RBPFs top post. Mr Dames quit the RBPF in May 2011 to take up a post at the Baha Mar resort. He won the Mount Moriah seat in the House of Assembly in the May 10 general election. No problem, insists Dames but Greenslade out of sight By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter is the notion of inuence from China, (the Hong Kong stock exchange) is more free market economy as opposed to communist. But China itself has a tremendous amount of capital, it still controls its currency, and its investment policy, and controls what companies can and cannot do. Mr Bowe, former Cham ber of Commerce president, explained that the restric tions reinforce shifts taken by the Chinese govern ment to push its Belt and Road Policy, a transition in investment agenda that focuses on projects that in crease trade with long-term sustainability. His comments were sup ported by US news agency Bloomberg, which re ported that the National Development and Reform Commission, the top eco nomic planning body, has criticised irrational over seas investment in some sectors, while encouraging projects linked to the Belt and Road initiative. The NDRC reportedly cited problems with overseas investments, adding that some companies made rash decisions and sustained losses. In a statement on Fri day, Chinas State Council announced a ban on in vestments in core military technology, gambling, sex industry, and investments contrary to national secu rity. Investments in property, hotel, lm, entertainment, sports, obsolete equipment are restricted, along with investments that contra vene environmental stand ards. Investments that further the Belt and Road frame work, enhance Chinas technical standards, re search and development, oil and mining exploration, agriculture and shing are encouraged. According to Bloomb erg, Chinas outbound investment slumped 44.3 per cent in the rst seven months from a year earlier as policy makers imposed brakes on companies for eign acquisition following a record spending spree in 2016. The One Belt, One Road policy centred on trade, Mr Bowe said, looking at Chinas invest ment in other countries and investing in projects that would have the ability to ac tually increase trade. So the building of transshipment ports, roads, to increase the trading economy. Their focus on investment has moved to what they termed long-term sustainable type initiatives. He continued: The (Ba hamas) government has to strengthen its own econom ic planning unit to develop land policies, investment concession policy, and then overall investment policy to say what the government wants investment in. So we can ght re with re, Mr Bowe said, by having technically compe tent or experienced indi viduals directly employed or through consultancy, us ing the great minds in the Bahamas that have already done it. So that any gov ernment-owned enterprise or inuenced enterprise is treated no different than a private investor. Where we analyse sovereignty, and our ability to regulate the investment. He said the country has taken for granted that good foreign direct investment projects like Atlantis and Bakers Bay remain in our collective memories longer than negative outcomes like the failed Ginn sur Mer project in West End, Grand Bahama and the shuttered South Ocean re sort. Last month, Bloomberg reported on an escalated clamp down by the Chinese government on overseas investments, citing pres sures on Anbang Insurance Group Co to sell the Wal dorf Astoria hotel in New York. The Chinese insurers 2014 purchase of the iconic property for $1.95 billion signied the global rise of China Inc, jumpstarting an historic acquisition spree. Bloomberg reports that the landmark New York hotel now stands to symbolise corporate Chinas rap idly shrinking global ambi tions. Concerns have been raised over whether CTFE will also face state pres sures given that the Baha Mar asset will be held by China Export Import Bank until mid-2018. Yesterday, Mr Bowe ad vocated for the shift in the Bahamas governments agenda from investor to fa cilitator and regulator, and a concrete investment iden tity for the country. Too often weve had bespoke negations, where every single investor comes and sits down with a new playbook, Mr Bowe said. What do we want the identity of The Bahamas to be? What do we want to give up to develop that identity (concessions), and how do we obtain the tech nical expertise to ensure what we get back is what we intended when we gave it up? ALERT OVER CHINA STRATEGY SWITCH The PR rm was reportedly reengaged by the Ministry of Tour ism in recent weeks; however, Minister of Tourism Dionisio DAguilar has declined comment on the matter. The Weber Shandwick contract follows the termination of at least 27 employees from the Ministry of Tourism. On Friday, the Ministry of Tour ism conrmed that 16 employees were terminated 13 from New Providence, and three from Bimini. Redundancies in its Grand Ba hama ofce earlier this month af fected 11 persons. In July, 12 persons were re called to Nassau after the minis try amalgamated its Washington, DC, and Los Angeles ofces with New York and Houston. It was not made clear whether those persons were retained or terminated. Reacting to the reports on We ber Shandwick last week, former Tourism Minister Obie Wilch combe said it was unfortunate the Minnis administration would pre fer to spend millions creating em ployment overseas. He noted that the government saved $3.5m in agency fees and commissions in 2016. As he defended the capacity of the ministrys in-house public rela tions team, at the time, Mr Wilch combe underscored that the cadre of young professionals at the Min istry of Tourism must not be over looked or shunned. TOURISM PR DEAL COST $600,000 from page one from page one MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames on Saturday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Monday, August 21, 2017 THE TRIBUNE RAISING your children to be law-abiding citizens is one of your biggest respon sibilities as a parent. This will help you make sure your children dont follow the wrong path in life. As parents, we all want our children to grow up to be responsible citizens and good people. We want them to learn, feel, think and act with respect for themselves and for other people. We want them to pursue their own well-being, while also being considerate of the needs and feelings of oth ers. We want them to recognise and honour the princi ples upon which our coun try was founded. We want them to develop strong character. Encouraging our childrens character de velopment are enormous. Research has shown that children who grow up with strong, positive values are happier and do better in school. They are also bet ter able to balance their personal wants and needs against those of others and to make positive contribu tions to society. On the other hand, if children do not learn prop er values and behaviour when they are very young, problems can develop. These problems can mush room with serious conse quences as children grow older. Such as dropping out of school, drug use, teenage pregnancy, violent crime, the list goes on. The most important thing we can do for our children is to help them acquire val ues and skills that they can rely on throughout their lives. In doing so, they will have the best chance to live good lives as individu als and as citizens of their communities and in our country. Be an example to your children Children naturally imi tate what they see their par ents doing on a day-to-day basis. By following not just the laws, but rules wherever you go, your children will follow suit. Make sure you dont talk negatively about police, lawyers, or any other law enforcing person in front of them. You want them to have complete re spect for our law enforce ment. Dont bend the rules Those children are watching you more than you think. They pick up on the littlest things. Dont ever eat or drink something in a store or restaurant without paying for it rst. Always obey the trafc laws, especially speeding or using your cell phone while driving. Keep in mind that you will one day be watch ing them drive off, and they will have stored away all this information. Show respect Law-abiding citizens re spect authority as well as their elders. Teach your children that respect to wards teachers, parents, and all others in leadership roles are required at all times. Show them that they can disagree with a situa tion, but they still need to treat others kindly. Self-respect Teaching children to gain self-respect improves their skills to learn, love and be creative. Self-respect is closely related to happiness and success in life. Selfrespect is a combination of both good education and the love they get from their parents. Having a high degree of self-condence makes chil dren creative and loving individuals. Children need to believe that they are val ued. They also need to be happy in their own environ ment and with themselves. The way you develop your childs skills/talents will di rectly affect their future. Community respect Along with respecting authority gures, your chil dren need to learn how to respect their surroundings. Start small with showing them how to pick up trash and not litter themselves. Explain the benets of re cycling. Demonstrate how to be kind to plants, ani mals, and people, and, of course, let them know they should never damage other peoples belongings. Discipline Make it clear to your children that not following the rules will result in dis cipline. Children will un doubtedly make mistakes. As a parent, you need to enforce the rules. Teach them that they will be pun ished for bad behaviour. As adults, they will then make intelligent decisions and choices. They will know that crimes result in punish ments, while doing well is always rewarded in the end. Good judgment Children develop strong character by learning to think about and make sound judgments about what is right or wrong, good or bad. These are not al ways easy distinctions for adults to make, much less children. For example, it can be difcult for a child to rec ognise the difference be tween acting bravely and acting recklessly. As par ents, we can help by show ing, through what we do as well as what we say, that it is important in such situa tions to think carefully and honestly about what should be done, carefully weighing how others will be affected by what we do. Sometimes we get into trouble because we just didnt think. We let our emotions lead us to actions that we regret later. Making good judgments requires skills in monitoring impuls es, using reasoning to sort through feelings and facts, and thinking about the con sequences of our actions. Your childs ability to think and make sound judgments will improve as they mature. With age, however, it also may become easier for them to try to justify and make excuses for selsh or reckless behaviour. Howev er, if you have helped them develop strong habits of honesty, courage, responsi bility and self-respect, your child will have the ability to see the aws in their reason ing and be able to come to the right conclusion about what to do. Coach How you learned to drive or cook? You practised while someone coached you, reminding you what to do until you were able to coach yourself and then, eventually, do it automati cally. Children learn values much the same way. They practise different kinds of behaviour, while, you, as coach, help focus their attention on what is important and on ne-tun ing important skills. You support them with your praise, encouragement and gentle reminders. If you dont coach your child, they will nd coaches elsewhere and be guided by the val ues of the media, peers and anyone else who captures their interest. So, step up to the plate, dont be afraid and help your child learn how to be a good person, step by step. Media pressure Without doubt, media messages inuence the val ues that make up our char acter. The media: TV, radio, newspapers, social media, movies, songs, video games and advertising uses pow erful techniques to get our attention and to get their messages across in the most effective way. Taking charge of our use of the media re quires learning to say no to media images and mes sages. It takes practice for children to learn to do this. To help your child deal with media pressures, you should talk with your child about media pressures. Ex plain that the media can use subtle or clever messages about whom they should be, how they should look, how they should act, what should be the focus of their life, what they should do with their time, what kind of people they should value, what they should think of adults, and so on. Help your child identify the different kinds of pressure they face every day. Conclusion Raising your child to be a law-abiding citizen isnt that hard. All it takes is watch ing your step in front of them, and make sure they have been shown right from wrong. Be safe, Bahamas! For more information, contact the National Crime Prevention Ofce on 3028430, 3028431, 3028154 or visit www.royalbaha Raise your child to be a law-abiding citizen By SERGEANT 3150 NATHALIE RANGER Police advice DRUG Enforcement Unit ofcers took two men into custody following the seizure of a high-powered weapon and a quantity of drugs on Saturday. According to police, shortly before 10pm, a team of ofcers from the Drug Enforcement Unit acting on intelligence executed a search warrant on a home in Moncur Alley off Kemp Road, where they uncov ered an AK-47 assault weapon along with a quan tity of marijuana. Two male occupants of the home were subsequent ly taken into custody in con nection with this discovery. Police also reported that Selective Enforcement Team ofcers took three men into custody for drug possession in separate in cidents on Saturday. In the rst incident, shortly after 3pm, ofcers acting on information conducted a search of a stall on Pot ters Cay Dock where they uncovered a quantity of marijuana. Two male oc cupants of the stall were subsequently taken into custody. In the second incident, shortly before 8pm, Selec tive Enforcement Team of cers acting on information executed a search warrant at a home in Gleniston Gar dens, where they uncovered a quantity of marijuana and two live rounds of ammuni tion. A male occupant of the home was subsequently taken into custody in con nection with this nd. Investigations continue. TWO HELD AFTER GUN FIND 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 STEER your child the right way and away from crime. A12MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 21, 2017, PAGE 13 THE seawall project at Smiths Point in Grand Bahama has resumed and work is progressing well fol lowing the hiring of a new contractor two weeks ago. Work is expected to be nished in about 28 weeks at the cost of some $4.2m, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest who, along with Iram Lew is, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Works, visited the site on Friday and met with the contractor for an update on the pro ject. I am pleased to come and inspect (the project) today just to see how far we are progressing with the work. I am pleased to say we are now making positive progress with respect to this project, Mr Turnquest told reporters. Waugh Construction signed a contract with the government two weeks ago in Nassau after the previ ous contract was termi nated in June with Smiths Construction due to serious project delays and other is sues about the method of construction used. Smiths Construction was awarded a $4.8m contract under the former Christie administration on June 24, 2016, with a 26-week con struction schedule. The contractor failed to meet two project deadlines, leav ing the community vulner able to tidal surge, ofcials have said. Ministry of Works in spectors had issues with the materials and the method of construction used and the slow pace of work, which were enough grounds to terminate the contract. Mr Lewis, Central Grand Bahama MP, and an archi tect by profession was very happy with the work to date by the new contractor. I am extremely pleased where we are now as op posed to where we were then, he said. The con tractor we selected is working at full speed and we are happy with the time lines, he said. The whole idea is to protect this settlement. We are working as best we can to ensure the project is completed not only at a fast pace, but at a very high quality where we wont be concerned about washout moving forward. It is going to be a welldone project, and we are fully condent we picked the right team to do the job, and the community would be pleased with the prod uct, Mr Lewis said. Mr Turnquest, the MP for East Grand Bahama, said the government is also hap py that the contractor has agreed to offer employment to residents in the Smiths Point community. It is unfortunate that we had delays and as a result of issues already outlined. But again we are making positive steps now to get the project completed and are very excited about that, Mr Turnquest said. As you know, this is hurricane season, and that is a paramount concern for us at this stage. It is impor tant that we make the kind of progress as quickly as possible to secure and sta bilise the site if we do have a storm, Mr Turnquest said. We wanted to come and observe the progress and to get an update from the contractor as to where they are and the timeline before us. We are certainly pleased with what we have seen so far, he said. Mr Lewis said ofcials expect to meet with resi dents to give them an up date on the project. We came to do our factnding, and we will talk to them about the timeline. The residents are happy to see that activity has (re sumed) on the site, he said. Residents have had some concerns about safety dur ing the construction phase. But Mr Lewis indicated that the area is adequately secured in the day and at night. He stated that the new contractor has assured them that in addition to hiring se curity ofcers on site in the day, the site is secured by barriers and is well-lit in the evenings. Contractor Godfrey Waugh said workers en countered a lot of mess left at the site. Reinforcing steel bars (rebar) and other debris that was in the trench, and trees removed from the site by the previous contractor and left piled up on a resi dents property, boulders, and other excavation mate rials were cleaned up and removed. Mr Waugh stated that they had hired a subcon tractor to blast and treat the exposed rebar. We had a few challenges, but we are working through them. One challenge is that water intrusion in the trench is quite substantial and we have brought in sub mersible pumps, explained Mr Waugh. Mr Waugh is planning to employ ten additional work ers on the project and is re questing applications, but will be considering applica tions rst from residents in the Smiths Point area. Mr Turnquest noted that government would continue to update residents on the project as they have been doing previously through community meetings. We have a vision for this (project) when it is done, and we are talking to the contractor about making it a real promenade so that we can increase economic ac tivity to this area, he said. We are expecting and visioning a real transforma tion of this water-front such that it becomes not only useable for residents and provides a safety factor, but also gives the opportunity to spur economic activity in this area. We are looking at plans to see how we can alter it, but work within the budget. We dont have the luxury of growing the project, but we will look to see where we can adjust the plan already in place to take in a little bit more of a user-friendly product to do things we would like to do. When the previous gov ernment came up with the plan for this, that was one of the things I mentioned. I had hoped they would have created areas where we can create vending opportuni ties for small vendorsto bring diversity in products and opportunity for resi dents to create their own lit tle businesses. We will see how we can utilise this asset as best we can for the ben et of residents of Smiths Point, Mr Turnquest said. Work resumes on seawall after contractor change By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter NATIONAL Emergen cy Management Agency (NEMA) Director Capt Stephen Russell has urged residents throughout the country to nalise hurri cane preparations as the country enters the peak of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. On Friday, Capt Russell cautioned residents to rou tinely check local media and social media platforms for updates, pointing to the projected path of current system Invest 92L through The Bahamas. An invest is an area of disturbed weather that has been designated as a system of interest by the United States National Hurricane Centre (NHC) with poten tial of subtropical or tropi cal development. On Sunday, NHC fore casters said that conditions are expected to be unfa vorable for development of this system during the next couple of days, but they could become slightly more conducive for development by midweek when the sys tem is near the northwest ern Bahamas or Florida. Invest 92L has a 20 per cent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next ve days, the NHC said. Capt Russell said: You should all be aware at this time that there are a num ber of tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean, and one or two are projected to cross over, or come near The Bahamas during the upcoming week. Even though the sys tems have not been named, I would like to urge all resi dents throughout The Ba hamas to continue to moni tor these systems as we go into the weekend. He continued: We are all aware that in 2015, Trop ical Storm Joaquin, rapidly intensied and became a major hurricane, which im pacted islands in the central and southeast Bahamas. As long as the current system (Invest 92 L) is pro jected to pass through The Bahamas, I would like to urge all residents to make those nal preparations to protect homes, businesses, check your family disas ter plan, family emergency kits, and your communica tions plans. BE PREPARED, NEMA CHIEF WARNS AHEAD OF PEAK STORM SEASON DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest, second from left, and Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis toured the construction site of a sea wall in Smiths Point, Grand Bahama on Friday. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn/BIS A13MAIN


PAGE 14, Monday, August 21, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE ISLAND Luck Cares Foundation held a back to school fair on RM Bailey park on Saturday with activities for youngsters and giveaways. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/ Tribune Staff BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ISLAND LUCK A14MAIN BAHAMAS BRIDAL ASSOCIATIONIn conjunction with THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM Presents WEDDING-SET-GOSeptember 3, 2017 from 2:00 7:00 pm TRAVELLERS REST, WEST BAY STREET COME AND EXPERIENCE THE MANY BOOTHS where you will receive free make over cake sampling, wine/champagne tasting, oral demonstration GIVE AWAYS, DOOR-PRIZES (include Honeymoon get away, dinner for two and much more)SPEAKERS CORNER: featuring topics on Wedding Planning, Budgeting, Trends, consultation and much moreYOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT BE THERE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 21, 2017, PAGE 15 SINGAPORE (AP) A US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in wa ters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca, and at least ten sailors are missing. The Navy said ve others were hurt. The USS John S McCain sustained damage on its port side aft, or left rear, from the collision with the Alnic MC that happened at 5:24 a.m., the Navys 7th Fleet said. It wasnt immediately clear if the oil and chemi cal tanker sustained dam age or casualties in the col lision. The Navy said Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America were assisting. 10 SAILORS MISSING AS US SHIP HITS TANKER THE USS John S McCain. A15MAIN


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