Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper WOMAN: CHANGING ABUSERS BEHAVIOUR TO TACKLE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TUESDAY HIGH 91FLOW 80F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 BPLs $1.5m payout on eve of election Gibsons order eight days before poll CEO sacked as rm chases fraud money Management deal may collapse INTERMITTENT pub lic service rings stand to create a snowball effect of fear and pandemonium, according to Bahamas In stitute of Chartered Ac countants (BICA) Presi dent Gowon Bowe, who has urged the Public Ser vice Commission to take a centralised approach to the governments stated re structuring efforts. Mr Bowe said the private sector was keenly eyeing re ports of terminations in the public service, adding that the rings will only shift the governments burden from one pocket to another un less economic initiatives are fully espoused and imple mented. SACKED WORKERS NEED JOB OPTIONS EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd yesterday un derscored the low enroll ment numbers for public preschools as he stressed the governments efforts to legislate early childhood learning. More than half of the countrys preschoolers are not enrolled in school be fore grade one, with only 550 pre-schoolers currently registered in the public sys tem, he said. Mr Lloyd spoke of educa tion challenges and the gov ernments plan for a course correction at the National Public Schools Adminis trators conclave at the Me lia hotel. Major reform initiatives PRE-SCHOOL ENROLMENT BELOW 50% THE Minnis administra tion is considering treating Bahamas Junkanoo Carni val like any other event, one where Bahamians in terested in hosting it can ap proach the government and perhaps secure some kind of subvention or assistance to do so, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Michael Pintard said yesterday. We would evaluate all proposals inclusive of those that might end up having carriage of carnival, he told The Tribune on Mon day. PLAN UNDER STUDY THE SOLAR eclipse around 3:46pm yesterday over The Bahamas. See page two for more photographs from The Bahamas as the solar event took place in the skies. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SHANE Gibson ordered Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) to pay a collective $1.44m lump sum bonus to all its staff just eight days before the May 10 general election, Tribune Business can reveal. E-mails obtained by this newspaper show that the then-minister of labour and national insurance direct ed top BPL executives and the former Board to make the payments by May 5, 2017, so that the energy mo nopolys unions maintained parity with their public sector counterparts. The documents show that the payments were rapidly calculated, authorised and paid within a four-day pe riod following Mr Gibsons directive. A May 2, 2017, email from now-terminated BPL chief executive, Pamela Hill, to a senior human resources executive, stated: I have been advised that the Min ister of Labour has directed BPL to provide a one-time lump sum payment, equal to an increment, payable to all staff in both unions. SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE EIGHT By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor email@example.com SEE PAGE FIVE A1MAIN
PAGE 2, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 THE TRIBUNE GAZING AT THE CRESCENT SUN BAHAMIANS looked to the sky yesterday as a partial eclipse of the sun took place over the is lands. Tribune photographer Terrel W. Carey, pictured above, captured the main image on this page of the eclipse at about 3.46pm yesterday. Meanwhile, fellow Tribune photographer Shawn Hanna joined youngsters Judith and Jeremy Marshall, below, as they made pinhole viewers to watch the eclipse, before watching from the top of Lagoon Court in Sandyport (top and bottom right). A2MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 22, 2017, PAGE 3 WE Rise, a new group established to do some thing, has scheduled its rst protest for Saturday, September 2, aiming to highlight what it sees as the governments lack of pro gress in areas of national importance. Detractors have labelled the new group as nothing more than the Progressive Liberal Partys (PLP) at tempt to rally its base in opposition to the govern ment. While the PLP has not publicly endorsed the group, PLP Senator and former Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell was pictured meet ing with members of the group at PLP headquarters last week. However, in a statement released to the press on Monday, the group insist ed it didnt belong to any political organisation, but rather is composed of Ba hamians who simply want to ensure that our govern ment acts in the interest of all Bahamians. The group appears to be trying to emulate We March Bahamas, another protest group that gained prominence after more than 1,000 protesters marched from Arawak Cay to Rawson Square in November 2016 to dem onstrate over the Christie administrations perfor mance. The leader of that movement, Ranard Henfield, parlayed his success with the or ganisation into a Senate appointment by the Min nis administration ear lier this year. As 100 days since this current administration as sumed ofce has come and passed us by, we have yet to see progress, or hear of concrete plans for the way forward, as it relates to tackling unemployment and crime, which are rising steadily, and threatening the way of life that we have come to enjoy, We Rises statement noted. Hence, we invite the government to sit and hear our concerns; and to also act responsibly in the gov ernance of our sovereign nation. We are inviting Baha mians, who wish to see our country and people move forward, upward, on ward, together, to join us Saturday, September 2 ,as We Rise takes the streets across every island of the Bahamas, and voices our collective concerns about the current state of our na tion. We ask for the public to stay tuned for further de tails, as we work effortlessly to organise this revolution ary event. We will rise and march against the injustices, against wrongful termina tions, against violent crime, and for democracy, free dom and the rights of every Bahamian. The statement concluded: We must all rise; not only for ourselves, but for future generations. The time is now to put on the full armour of God, and get ready to protest peacefully. We Rise is being spear headed by Alex Dorsett and Coderro Emanuel Armbrister. We Rise group to protest govts lack of progress By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE are asking the public to come forward with any information that might assist in locating a suspect responsible for a shooting incident that occurred early Monday. Shortly after 2.30am, a man was walking through a track road near his home located in Garden Hills #2, when another man armed with a shot gun shot him before flee ing on foot. The victim is in hospital in stable con dition. Investigations are continuing. Police also said that of cers from the Selective Enforcement Team arrest ed a murder suspect after 11.30pm on Sunday. The man was arrested at his home in Chippingham. Anyone with information on these incidents or any crime is asked to call police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. SEARCH FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT TWO gunmen robbed a man of a bank deposit bag outside of a church on Sun day morning, one of three armed robberies that oc curred between Sunday and early Monday. Shortly after 11.30am on Sunday, a man was stand ing outside of a church lo cated on Montrose Avenue, when two men armed with handguns approached and robbed him of a deposit bag containing an undeter mined amount of cash be fore eeing on foot, police said. Then shortly before 3pm on Sunday, a man was sit ting in his truck parked in front of a business on Prince Charles Drive, when two men armed with handguns approached and robbed him of cash, a gold chain, and a Rolex watch before speeding off in a sil ver coloured Jeep Cherokee driven by another man. Then shortly after 2.30am on Monday, a man and a woman were walking north on Blue Hill Road, when two men armed with handguns approached and robbed them of cash and a cell phone before eeing on foot. Anyone with informa tion on these incidents is asked to call police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328TIPS. DEPOSIT BAG TAKEN IN ARMED ROBBERY OUTSIDE CHURCH TWO men were arrested shortly after they allegedly abducted a woman and threw her in the trunk of a car. According to police, of cers are investigating the incident surrounding an alleged abduction which was captured on cell phone video and widely shared on social media. Shortly after 7pm on Sun day, police received a report of an alleged abduction of a woman by two men in a Honda Accord on Taylor Street. Mobile Division of cers on routine patrol were immediately dispatched to the area, where they inter cepted the vehicle at the corner of East and Taylor Streets. The two male occu pants were approached and taken into custody. During a search of the ve hicle, police said they found a woman hidden in the trunk in good health. Investigations are con tinuing. MEMBERS of the We Rise group with Senator Fred Mitchell during a visit to PLP headquarters. WE Rise T-shirts on show ahead of the groups planned protest on Septermber 2. 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 www.tribune242.com @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Bahamas now has a total of 87 murders for the rst eight months of 2017. That is an average of a little over ten murders per month. At this rate, the country will once again reach the mark of 120 murders. The FNM government and Na tional Security Minister Marvin Dames have stated that they will use every thing on the law books, in cluding capital punishment, to make The Bahamas safe for law-abiding citizens. Ba hamians want a safe coun try. They are tired of the wanton bloodshed on the streets of New Providence and Grand Bahama. During the last Progres sive Liberal Party govern ment of former Prime Min ister Perry Christie, the country recorded approxi mately 600 murders. Under former Prime Minister Hu bert Ingrahams adminis tration of 2007-2012, there were about 490 killings. Eleven hundred murders in a mere decade. This country has devel oped an unsavory reputa tion in the international community of being extremely dangerous like Jamaica. In a Facebook de bate I had with an Australi an atheist in 2016, he point ed out to me (much to my embarrassment) The Ba hamas high violent crime rate, including murder. Small wonder many stopo ver visitors are no longer coming to our country. The Minnis government must not pander to the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), as it pushes ahead in enforc ing capital punishment. The GBHRA was totally insensitive towards the families of murder victims when in its press release to The Tribune it stated that even murderers have an in alienable and sacred right to life. Each time the govern ment brings up the matter of capital punishment, antideath penalty lobbyists such as the GBHRA are quick to express their opposition. Mentioning the fact that US states which have retained the death penalty having a higher murder rate than the states which have abolished it will not sway the minds of Bahamians who are at their wits end with the bloody carnage. That line of argument rings hollow, considering the fact that successive gov ernments have acquiesced to the position of anti-death penalty lobbyists over the past 17 years -a timeframe which has been the most vi olent in modern Bahamian history. My point is this: the powers-that-be has pan dered to anti-death penalty advocates by not executing convicted murderers. Yet the country is extremely violent. The position of the GBHRA and other antideath penalty lobbyists has not worked at all. It has failed miserably. If it had worked, maybe their argu ment would have had a leg to stand on. The Bahamas is touted as being a sovereign nation. Yet its highest court is the United Kingdoms based Privy Council a court which has hamstrung the government in its ability to strike fear into the hearts of violent criminal enterprises which are terrorising Nas sau. With all due respect to Privy Council Lords Johna than Mance, Brian Francis Kerr, David Neuberger, Matthew Clarke, Nicholas Wilson, Johnathan Sump tion, Robert John Reed, Robert Carnwath, Anthony Hughes, Patrick Hodge and Lady Brenda Hale, they live in an elitist bubble in a rst world country, and are therefore woefully un able to empathise with the masses from the Over-theHill communities which have borne the brunt of the 1,100 plus murders in the past decade. The Justices of that high court are out of touch and hold to views on the death penalty which are irrele vant to this country. If a ref erendum to decide the way forward with regards to the Privy Council is held, 90 per cent of Bahamian vot ers would vote to drop that high court without hesita tion. Bahamians want the death penalty enforced. KEVIN EVANS Nassau, August 20, 2017. PHOENIX (AP) Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when he came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger mo ment in his campaign than most people realised at the time. Trump savaged his critics and the me dia, vowed to ne Mexico $100,000 for each immigrant entering the country illegally, talked tough on trade, prom ised to return America to its winning ways and borrowed a line from Richard Nixon in declaring, The silent majority is back. The packed crowd ate it up the raucous enthusiasm an early sign of the overwhelming support among Trumps base that would help carry him to the presidency. As Trump returns to Arizona on Tuesday in need of another big moment, he will nd a place where his agenda and unconventional leadership style have consumed the political landscape and elevated the states status in the national ght for control of power in Washington in 2018. It was Arizona senator John McCain who cast the vote that derailed Trumps effort to repeal the health care law. The other Arizona senator, Jeff Flake, has become the poster child for Republicans who buck the presidents agenda and feel his wrath on Twitter. The president is almost certain to back a GOP chal lenger to Flake in 2018, complicating Republican efforts to maintain control of the Senate. Trump has also revived the immigra tion debate and infuriated Latinos here with his talk of pardoning former Sher iff Joe Arpaio over his recent conviction for breaking the law with his signature immigration patrols. The controversy over Civil War monuments has even spilled into Arizona, where the gov ernor has faced repeated calls to take down a handful of Confederate memo rials in the state. And an overlooked item in Trumps agenda, school choice, has made education a hot campaign is sue in Arizona. With the strong sup port of Education Secretary Besty DeVos, Arizona passed the nations most ambitious expansion of vouch ers this year, and public school ad vocates recently submitted more than 100,000 signatures in a petition drive to get the law wiped out on the 2018 ballot. If that isnt enough fuel for a politi cal bonre, Trumps visit to Arizona will be his rst political event since the race-driven violence in Virginia and his divisive comments in the af termath of the protests. That created a dilemma for Republicans like Gov. Doug Ducey on whether to take the stage at the Trump rally while running for re-election. Doing so would subject him to attacks from moderates and the left by appearing with the president so soon after Charlottesville and possibly at the same time as the president par dons Arpaio and throws his endorse ment behind Flakes challenger. But avoiding the stage could hurt him with the base. Duceys plan is to greet the president on the airport tarmac and skip the rally, saying he wants to oversee the law en forcement response to protests. The governor supported Trump and ap peared on stage at one of his rallies last year in Arizona. Trump would be hard-pressed to find a state where his Republican base is as faithful and vocal as in Arizona, which is a big reason why he came to the state seven times during his campaign and refers to the special place it holds for him. The fierce, non-conformist political spirit evident at Trump rallies here traces its roots to the frontier days and allows hardfisted politicians like him and Arpaio to thrive. The Republican primary base in Ari zona is highly partisan, semi-libertarian in the sense that its against the swamp, said longtime Republican political strat egist Chuck Coughlin. Were the 48th state to join. Were still acting like a ju venile. We still act like were the last one invited to the party which is sort of what Donald Trump is. The biggest consequence of Trumps unorthodox governing style may be seen in Flakes re-election effort. Flake has been outspoken in his criticism of Trump, taking him to task in pointed jabs in a recent book. Trump has been sending out Tweets signaling his support for far-right former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who is running against Flake in the primary. Other Re publicans with less baggage than Ward could also enter the race and complicate things further, making it harder for Re publicans to keep the seat in the general election. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is consid ered the top threat on the Democratic side. If the president himself is supporting a challenger to Jeff, its a serious prob lem, said Coughlin, who has been poll ing voters about the intra-party turmoil that has unsettled the race. Voters like Julie Brown are indica tive of the GOP struggle in the Trump administration between the base and establishment. She attended a Trump rally last year and remains steadfast in her support of the president, even after Charlottesville. Hes not totally polished and eve ryone tears apart his words, but youll never have to guess what hes thinking and I like that much better than a poli tician who just gets up there and buoy antly lies and is bought by lobbyists, Brown said. Hes just straightforward, and like I said, it rocks the boat but we need it. Enforce the death penalty LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Trump returns to Arizona and a chaotic political email@example.com EDITOR, The Tribune. LISTENING to the Hon Minister of Tourism chirp ing on about parity for the hotel owner and the vaca tion home rental owner fol lowing the execution of an agreement with Air BNB, apart from the payment of taxes I wonder where is the level playing eld? Also what about home owners who rent without being af liated with Air BNB. Hotels benet from the Hotels Encouragement Act and as a result obtain conces sions for the building, etc. The Ministry of Tourism also pro motes the hotels on its pro motion trips abroad and also with its marketing personnel. Will the vacation home rental persons be given con cessions if they rebuild or renovate? Will their prop erties be promoted by the Ministry or is this the prov ince of Air BNB? We all admit that the va cation home rentals have great potential and are ex tremely popular, especially to Europeans and Cana dians. However, will too much regulation result in stiing this market which is proving a boon to winter residents as well as pension ers and others who nd they have space in their homes and need more income? It is noted that legislation is being planned, and a very pertinent question is, what input will vacation home rental owners have in fram ing this legislation. Have they been consulted? JEANNE I THOMPSON Nassau, August 17, 2017. Consult the owners EDITOR, The Tribune. IF the daily dose of Talk Shows continue as they splurt out daily inaccuracies I suggest the station owners should seriously consider cutting all. The Show Producers have to know when they must press the button and stop the constant ow of in accuracies. Yesterday morning the issue of the Albany com ment of their GM came up the host instead of taking his usual extreme ly cautious position took what was being fed to him without qualification. Did the GM at Albany say what the host alleges he said? I heard the News that night after the Cabinet vis ited and my ears did not hear what this host stated and allowed his callers to masticate thereafter. The irrational callers saying: well if they said that then Albany needs to be closed down there are hundreds of inves tors waiting over the bar! Remember the late Sir Kendal Isaacs saying simi lar words and we are still waiting for those persons to put a single dime in in vestment. Listen carefully to what the GM. Albany said or certainly implied Prime Minister in the immediate past with the previous Gov ernment (the Christie Gov ernment) we have enjoyed a non involvement position which has played to the suc cess of Albany we hope this atmosphere will contin ue to the betterment of all. Not word-to-word but para phrasing. Different to what the Host said and allowed from his callers to say. Lets be horribly care ful not to run-off all po tential investors! Loose words hurt. JESSICA MORRIS Nassau, August 15, 2017. Loose lips scare investors A4MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 22, 2017, PAGE 5 That same evening, Don na Smith, BPLs then vicechair, obtained conrmation from Mr Gibson that his instructions were correct, while also revealing that for mer deputy prime minister, Philip Davis, who had minis terial responsibility for BPL, has no objection to the payment being made. Ms Smith wrote that it would appear that we are obliged in the circumstanc es to make the payment, and added: I am asking DPM and Minister of La bour to conrm knowledge of, and agreement with, above matters so that pay ments may be made without further delay. Mr Gibson provided his conrmation two hours later. Neither Mr Gibson nor Mr Davis could be con tacted for comment yester day, and the latter did not respond to Tribune Busi ness e-mails. Many observers are likely to interpret the BPL pay ment and its timing as a vote-grabbing bid by the former Christie admin istration. However, Paul Maynard, the Bahamas Electrical Workers Unions (BEWU) president, yester day told Tribune Business there was nothing sinister about the one-time pay ment, and denied it was po litically motivated. He explained that the one-off lump sum pay ments, which were as high as $1,500 for some BPL staff, were part of what he negotiated on the BEWU unions behalf in 2014. Mr Maynard said its in dustrial agreement stipu lated that if any other public service union was to receive more favourable payments and benets, then the BEWU would receive the same by May 2017. He added that the BE WUs Most Favoured Na tion clause kicked-in when the Water & Sewerage Cor poration union received a lump sum equal to one in crement, requiring that his members receive the same treatment. I asked for it and I got it, Mr Maynard told Trib une Business of the May 5 payment to BPL staff. As soon as they [the Water Corp union] got it, I asked for it. I said: You owe me that because you gave it to them. As soon as they got that extra, I went and told the Deputy Prime Minister and Shane: You gave them that; youve got to give me that. They said: No problem; well do it. They promised it to me, and they delivered. Mr Maynard suggested the timing so close to the May 10 general election was a coincidence, since he had asked for the payment to be made around the end of the unions contract year on April 30. It just happened that there was a general election on May 10, he told Tribune Business. There was noth ing sinister about it. Asked whether the pay ment may have been politi cally motivated, Mr May nard replied: No, it wasnt. Elections are over; its time to get on with it. They promised it to me; they gave it to me. That was that. The BPL resolution drafted to authorise the one-off lump sum pay ment states that it is de signed to maintain par ity among the government corporations, and that Mr Gibson agreed in March 2015 that if any other pub lic sector union obtained a better industrial agreement then the BPL unions would receive the same. Tribune les show that the industrial agreement with the Water & Sewer age Corporations line staff, triggering the BPL union payment, was signed in Au gust 2015 almost two years before the May 5 payment. However, Mr Maynard said the payments to Wa ter & Sewerage Corpora tion staff which took them above their BPL counter parts were only made at the beginning of 2017. The documents obtained by Tribune Business show that no formal BPL Board meeting was called to dis cuss the payment. Illustrat ing the rushed nature of the payment, Lenise Flowers, BPLs corporate secretary, informed directors by email on May 4: Your ur gent approval, or otherwise, is requested. Should you not provide a response by 12 noon to day, it will be deemed that you have no objection to the following resolution authorising the $1.439m payment. BPLs then-chairman, Nathaniel Beneby, and fel low directors Andrew Rogers; Patricia Hermanns; and Deepak Bhatnagar all gave their approval via e-mail, despite the latter revealing he had only just seen it be cause he was in a plane. The original payment resolution was also amend ed by Mr Beneby to say that BPLs manager, Pow erSecure, had agreed to the payment. The nal draft included the words the management company has considered and agreed to honour the said promise, although there is nothing to suggest its director on the Board, Ronnie Brannen, had approved it. Marisa Mason-Smith, BPLs assistant general man ager of training and human resources, warned Ms Hill in a May 3, 2017, midnight email that the payment would run afoul of BPL internal audit procedures without ofcial approval from the Board or herself. Failure may result in hu man resources getting an infraction regarding noncompliance, she said. I am in the process of work ing on this assignment now, and will do my best to meet the deadline, but would be very grateful for your con rmation and/or directions. Employees have been beating me and my team to the ground that this payment is due on Friday. Overtime will be included if my team gets this out by Friday. Relationship with Pow erSecure in meltdown see Business. BPLs $1.5m payout on eve of election from page one PAMELA HILL, CEO of BPL. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff THE removal of Pamela Hill as CEO of Bahamas Power & Light was con rmed by a press state ment from chairwoman Darnell Osborne. At a news conference later in the day, Ms Os borne suggested the move was made as a means of accountability, as specied in the manage ment services agreement (MSA) signed between the government and Pow erSecure, BPLs manage ment company. In a surprising step on Monday, the board also in structed its legal counsel to demand reimbursement from PowerSecure of all funds gone missing due to the vendor fraud scheme. Additionally, the board called on PowerSecure to cure all deciencies and/or breaches set out under the MSA within 30 days. Ms Osbornes statement said the board has ad dressed further critical performance issues with PowerSecure and awaits its response within the con tractually required time frame. Three junior employ ees were red in connec tion with the scheme last Wednesday. Both the government and the BPL board have received copies of an audit conducted by Ernst and Young into the discovery of a ve-month-long scheme thaat involved approxi mately 44 cheques paid out to 16 vendors from Decem ber 16, 2016 to May 9, 2017. According to staff at the company, employees in the department in ques tion are required to, with any transaction, process claims under the guidance of senior personnel. This means that all transactions would have to go through an authorisation process, checked and approved by a manager, further processed by the employees and then nally signed off by that su pervising manager. Furthermore, all cheques used would have had to have been made out to a vendor recognised and sanctioned by BPL, and if any issues are raised, the audit department would step in, it was claimed. Ms Osborne on Monday also conrmed that rings at the company will con tinue as the investigation into the scheme is still on going. She said the company has communicated with both the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) and the Bahamas Electrical Managers Union (BEMU) on the rings, and has re ceived the full support of both groups. Sources have indicated that several managers at the company are expected to be reprimanded, in some form, in connection with the scheme. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE LETTER from Shane Gibson requesting the payout to BPL employees ahead of the election. A5MAIN
PAGE 6, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Thats why we have been looking at the option of pri vatising it. Carnival might well become something signicant in The Bahamas over time but that certainly will not be because the gov ernment is investing the kinds of resources our pre decessors did. Mr Pintard was respond ing to questions about the status of the Bahamas Na tional Festival Commission (BNFC), which has organ ised and managed carnival in past years. Contracts for members of the BNFC expired re cently, Mr Pintard con rmed, though he said the commission has not been disbanded. The Tribune understands that no more than about ve people had contracts through the com mission. The government has not repopulated the commis sion and is instead conduct ing an audit of its affairs to determine how best to use it moving forward. While the commission has been known mostly for its responsibility for carni val, the Minnis administra tion, Mr Pintard said, wants it to administer all festi vals. Presently, as the public is aware, as the prime min ister has mandated, an audit of all government minis tries and quasi-government agencies is being done, in cluding of the commission, he said. The second thing that is happening is an audit of the inventory held by the com mission. Consultations are going on with persons who have been involved with the commission in the past. Those will continue over the next couple of weeks. We are dening the role of the commission going forward. One of the long standing objectives of the FNM has been a desire to develop and promote The Bahamas as a place of fes tivals and to put together a master list of all festivals throughout the country. The commission might turn out to be the appropriate vehicle to oversee and ad ministrate this process of developing The Bahamas as a place of festivals. Based on what we have seen, we intend for the commission to function differently from what it has been. It wouldve been im prudent for us to disband the commission on day one when the people have invested what we believe amounts to more than $25m through it. We are obligated to see if there are ways to recuperate funds invested. In opposition, the Free National Movement re peatedly criticised the Christie administrations investments in carnival, stressing that the resources could have been directed elsewhere, especially to Junkanoo the countrys premier festival that occurs on Boxing Day and New Years Day. However, carnival has been popular with many Bahamians, attracting large crowds since its inception. Privatised carnival plan under study Mr Bowe said: It cre ates a snowball effect of fear and pandemonium. If all the ministries are doing a survey of their needs as sessment, there should be a central statement saying we see the need to disengage however many persons, and these are the reasons why, and these are the initiatives or opportunities so theres a calming effect. There should be a con clusive statement so were very clear on how many were disengaging over a period of years, and stating this is how we do so to en sure impact is minimal. This way we achieve both aims of right-sizing but also ensuring that they dont negatively impact the average persons reliance on a paycheck, he told The Tribune. Mr Bowe underscored the need to develop and positively reinforce a cul ture of saving in the coun try as many Bahamians were living paycheck to paycheck. Its either on the pay roll or Social Service ben ets. Shifting the problem from one pocket to the next doesnt solve it. If you dont stimulate activity for the private sec tor to absorb them, youre going to pick up that ex pense somewhere else. The culling or trimming down has to be done in the mind set where certainly the jobs that are not warranted, those should be terminated and if they were only done for short-term political gain they should be looked at. But more importantly how is the government stimulating short term and long term economic activ ity? What are the low hanging fruit that you can go after, like helping small to medium businesses so that as you have the right-sizing and restructuring of the civ il service, that the impact or the blow is minimised by the private sectors ability to absorb them. What needs to be care fully laid out is how they plan to do this, he said. Mr Bowes comments fol low the termination of at least 27 employees from the Ministry of Tourism this month. Last Friday, the Minis try of Tourism conrmed that 16 employees were terminated 13 from New Providence, and three from Bimini. Redundancies in its Grand Bahama ofce ear lier this month affected 11 persons. Fifteen persons were let go from the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation last week. An ofcial in the Minnis ad ministration said the work ers were pre-election hires and were sent home be cause their contracts were up. Mr Bowe said the inter mittent nature of the rings create fear and an oppor tunity for the matter to be used as a political football to distract from the govern ments agenda. He added: It may be wiser for the Public Service Commission to lay out that these are the submissions from the various ministries, this is the total were go ing to be disengaging, and these are the programmes we put in place, whether its resume writing, apprentice ship programmes, to soften the blow of the necessary move. Its not benecial to do it piecemeal. SACKED WORKERS NEED JOB OPTIONS from page one from page one THE CROWD at the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. The government is considering options for the future of the event. A6MAIN Funeral ServiceESTHER ANNE WILLIAMS, 80of Mount Vernon, will be held on Thursday, 24th August, 2017 10:30am at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street Ofciating will be The Very Rever end Patrick L. Adderley, Dean of Nassau, assisted by The Most Reverend Drexel W. Gomez and The Right Reverend Gilbert A. Thompson. Inter ment will follow in Christ Church Cathedral Columbarium, George Street. Esther will always be missed and lovingly remembered by her husband: Edward Patrick I; Two Sons : Edward Patrick II & Peter Neil; Two daughters: Celeste Antoinette & Karen Jacinta; three Grandchildren : Nicholas Alexander, Falon Patricia Angela-Anne, Gerald Au gustus; daughter-in-law: Elizabeth Anne and her adopted: Ryka. Her siblings include : Ayres Neely, Weston, Lowell, Philip & Joan Mortimer and Ann Whitehead. In-laws include: Gloria, Delores, Elaine & Linda Mortimer and Tracey Whitehead; Carleton & Katherina Williams, Iva Williams, Jacquelyn Smith, Shirley Francis, and Rod ney & Frances Williams. Numerous Nieces, Nephews, family and friends. In Lieu of owers those who wish may donate to The Altar Guild of Christ Church Cathedral, P.O. Box N-6538, Nassau, The Bahamas.
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 22, 2017, PAGE 7 A MAN was charged in a Magistrates Court yes terday in connection with the murder of a man on bail and attempted murder of another individual three weeks ago. Edison McQueen, 30, of Faith Gardens, stood before Magistrate Subusola Swain facing one count of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with an incident that occurred on August 5. It is alleged that Mc Queen, being concerned with another, murdered Terrence Darling, also known as Terrence Rolle. It is also alleged that McQueen, being con cerned with another, at tempted to murder Cameo Bain. According to police reports, shortly after 2.30pm, two men were sit ting in a parked vehicle on Lily of the Valley Corner off East Street, when the occupants of a dark col oured car pulled up and shot them. One of the men was pro nounced dead on the scene. The other was rushed to hospital where he remains in serious condition. Police have conrmed that the deceased was on bail for murder and was being elec tronically monitored prior to his death. McQueen was not re quired to enter a plea to the charges and was remanded to the Bahamas Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices. Prior to the closure of his arraignment, McQueens attorney told Magistrate Swain that his client was beaten while in custody at the Central Detective Unit and suffered bodily bruises, which required him to see a doctor. The magistrate noted the attorneys claims, but ulti mately adjourned the mat ter to October 3 at 10am for service of a voluntary bill of indictment. Suspect accused of killing man who was out on bail By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A TENTATIVE date of October 4 has been set for mention of a matter con cerning two men accused of being involved in the Oc tober 2014 murder of Blair resident Andre Cartwright. The trial will be heard before Supreme Court Jus tice Deborah Frasier. Tiano DHaiti, of Thompson Lane, is ac cused of murder and at tempted armed robbery, while Kevin Andrews, of Montell Heights, is ac cused of murder, attempt ed armed robbery and bur glary and in connection with the October 28, 2014 incident. According to police, Cartwright was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother and father on the morning in question, when three men kicked in the front door of the house. When he heard the noise, Cartwright got his licensed shotgun and went to inves tigate, police initially re ported. He encountered the three suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun. There was a brief ex change of gunre, which resulted in Cartwright be ing shot multiple times. He died at the scene. One of the suspects was also shot, however, he and the other men escaped in a silver col oured Honda Accord, ac cording to initial reports. DHaiti previously faced a count of burglary stem ming from the incident in question. Andrews was pre viously charged with being an accessory after the fact. Prosecutors had alleged that Andrews, knowing that DHaiti had committed murder, helped him evade the law. OCTOBER DATE SET FOR BLAIR MURDER TRIAL By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A 35-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to four years at the Bahamas Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices yesterday in connec tion with the seizure of a high-powered weapon and a quantity of dangerous drugs over the weekend. Franklyn Stubbs, of Moncur Alley, stood be fore Magistrate Subusola Swain facing one count of possession of an unlicensed rearm, one count of pos session of ammunition, and another count of possession of dangerous drugs with in tent to supply. It is alleged that on Sat urday, August 19, Stubbs was found with a rusty, black and brown AK-47 ri e with the serial number destroyed, as well as 10 live rounds of 7.62 ammunition. It is also alleged that Stubbs was found in posses sion of a quantity of danger ous drugs Indian hemp with intent to supply to another. According to police re ports, shortly before 10pm on the day in question, a team of ofcers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), acting on intel ligence executed a search warrant on a home locat ed at Moncur Avenue off Kemp Road, where they uncovered an AK-47 as sault weapon along with a quantity of marijuana. Two male occupants of the home were subsequent ly taken into custody in con nection with that discovery. Stubbs pleaded guilty to all of the charges. Prior to his sentencing, Stubbs told the magistrate that he has a son and de pendents. However, the judge noted that Stubbs is a repeat offender, having had several sentences imposed on him before yesterday. She ultimately sentenced him to four years for each count, with each sentence to run concurrently. Meanwhile, one of three men arraigned on rearms and ammunition charges was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Alton Adderley, 24, of Hepburn Alley, along with a 20-year-old man and a minor, stood before Mag istrate Swain, each facing one count of possession of an unlicensed rearm and one count of possession of ammunition. However, the prosecution withdrew its charges against the 20-yearold and the juvenile, result ing in their acquittal. Prior to the withdrawal, it was alleged that on Sun day, August 13, all three were found in possession of a black and brown 45mm Smith and Wesson pis tol with the serial number erased. It was also alleged that all three were in possession of seven unred rounds of .45mm ammunition. Adderley was ultimately sentenced to 18 months in prison for count one and 18 months for count two with out a ne, set to run concur rently. FOUR YEARS IN JAIL OVER GUNS AND DRUGS By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A FORMER Ministry of Finance employee accused of defrauding the ministry of over half a million dollars has been granted bail by a Supreme Court judge ahead of his November trial. James Anwar John son, 27, of St Andrews Beach Estates, was granted $30,000 bail with two sure ties on Friday by Justice Greg Hilton, and must also report to the Elizabeth Es tates police station every Monday and Friday. The Tribune also under stands Johnson, a former accounts clerk at the Min istry of Finance, has been terminated in view of the allegations. It is alleged that Johnson, while serving as an accounts clerk at the ministry, 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 stealing by reason of employment. He is accused of being con cerned with others and steal ing a total of $445,996.42 in cash from the ministry be tween December 21, 2016, and March 31, 2017, which he had access to by virtue of his employment. Johnson also faced one count of attempted stealing by reason of employment for allegedly attempting to steal $41,115 from the min istry on April 5, 2017. Johnson pleaded not guilty to all of the charges on Friday. The matter was ad journed to November 17 at 11am. EX-MINISTRY OF FINANCE WORKER GRANTED BAIL IN FRAUD CASE By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org EDISON MCQUEEN, 30. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff ALTON ADDERLEY, 24, outside court on Monday. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff FRANKLYN STUBBS, 35, outside court yesterday. A7MAIN
PAGE 8, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 THE TRIBUNE PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts has lam basted the Minnis adminis tration for its rst 100 days in ofce, saying the new government has not kept its key election promises. The Progressive Liberal Party members comments came hours after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Min nis and the Free National Movement celebrated the anniversary of the FNMs 1992 general election vic tory. I am loath to respond to any speech or public commentary attributed to Prime Minister Minnis be cause he is a stranger to the truth and Bahamians have no legitimate reason to be lieve anything he has to say, Mr Roberts noted. As for the FNMs Au gust 1992 election victory, they have a right to cel ebrate that anniversary but their social policies over the years have led to mass social dislocation and a pre cipitous rise in crime and general social decay. Min nis could blame crime on the 1980s drug trade all he wants but the vast major ity of the perpetrators and victims of crime are young black males in their twen ties who were born dur ing the 1990s. One of the most glaring failures of the FNM is their social policy that continues to cause this country great harm. He said in the rst 100 days, Bahamas Agricultur al and Industrial Corpora tion employees have been wrongfully arrested and detained while some civil servants have been red based purely on politics. Mr Roberts added: None of the promises he made to the poor were kept: not on VAT elimination and not on tax exemptions for inner city communities to facilitate the develop ment of those vulnerable areas. He has no policy on Baha Mar, Grand Bahama, the unacceptably high lev els of crime, environmental protection, energy sector reform or the economy. He continues to talk down the Bahamian economy locally and internationally while injuring this countrys inter national reputation through ill-advised commentary. Mr Roberts said the FNM has moved to put in place measures which he believes will help big busi nesses and party donors, citing a reduction in busi ness license fees as placing millions of dollars into the pockets of companies gen erating $50m per year or more. He also said: Absolutely nothing the FNM said dur ing the election campaign was true and they have been walking back, back ped dling and climbing down . ever since May 10. Minnis must abandon with his public relations stunts as he buys time, the pointless photo opportuni ties, the public deceit, the sleight of hands and mis leading the Bahamian peo ple and start addressing the issues that really matter to the Bahamian people. Bahamians are worse off under this Minnis led FNM government. ROBERTS SAYS FNM HAS FAILED TO KEEP PROMISES include legislation to man date that all children be tween two and a half years old and three must be en rolled in a government ap proved programme; a twoyear review of the national curriculum; and a two-year project to increase primary school access to technology and digital resources. In addition to earmark ing $2m for a pilot project in two New Providence pre schools, the Department of Educations comprehensive review of existing curricu lum, inclusive of pre-school through high school, will start in the upcoming 20172018 academic year. Core curriculum compo nents desired were said to be: Bahamian history, civics and culture; multi-lingual and numeracy competence; information technology competence (ITC); entre preneurship; and personal nancial planning. One of the many exciting new curriculum ventures will be the Ministry of Edu cations partnership with the Securities Commission of The Bahamas to launch a nancial literacy education pilot project in two junior high schools, he said. Ten primary schools throughout New Providence and the Family Islands will be expected to participate in the Profoturos Digital Mobile Classroom Project, he said. The two-year Pro foturos project is expected to improve the quality of education in the Bahamas by providing increasing ac cess to technology and digi tal resources. It is expected that in ad dition to the development of digital resources to sup port the curriculum, teach ers knowledge and skills will be enhanced through effective integration of ITC, he said. Let me reiterate that this government is com mitted to doing what we can to equip you and your schools to be able to draw out the best results from your teachers and students, relative to their own ability but without undue stress in the process. We must do what we can to raise the aspirations of all students this is the objective of the government of the Com monwealth of The Baha mas. In order to truly move our country forward we need your commitment to the achievement of the endeavours spoken about today. We need your con structive criticism, your unwavering support, we need your passion and your dedication. I cannot promise that the road and year ahead will be without curves, speed bumps, stop signs and even pot holes, but the destination will make the journey worth the ride. Pre-school enrolment below 50% from page one MINISTER of Education Jeff Lloyd speaking to the media. A8MAIN Temple Christian School Teaching Positions 2017-2018 Temple Christian School invites applications from qualied Christians for the following positions at the Elementary/High School for the 2017-2018 school year: Elementary Teacher/Aide Religious Studies Teacher (Grades 7 9) Business Studies Teacher (Grades 10 12) Female Physical Education Teacher (Grades 7 12) The applicant must: A) be a practicing born again Christian who is willing to subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian School. B) In the case of an elementary teacher/aide, have a Bachelors Degree and Teachers Certicate. Persons with an Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and relevant work experience will be considered. A valid teachers certicate is encouraged. C) In the case of a high school teacher, have a Bachelors Degree or higher in the relevant eld and/or Teachers Certicate/ Diploma from an accredited/recognized College or University. D) In the case of a high school teacher, be able to prepare students for BJC and BGCSE Examinations. E) have a minimum of two (2) years of teaching experience in the relevant subject area. F) be willing to participate in the schools extra-curricular programmes. The Application for a Teaching Position is available on the schools website www.templechristianbahamas.com and at the Administrators Ofce, 4th Terrace East Collins Avenue (directly behind the New Evangelistic Temple). A detailed job description is also available at the Ofce of the Administrator. Applications are to be submitted to: Dr. Samuel L. Rutherford Administrator Temple Christian School 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue P.O. Box N-1566 Nassau, Bahamas Ph: 325-1095The deadline for applications is Friday, August 25, 2017.
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 22, 2017, PAGE 9 THE rst Industrial Plant Residents Day in Grand Bahama was held at the grounds of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lewis Yard on Saturday. The event, sponsored by Subway restaurant, was or ganised by the Grand Ba hama Environmental As sociation. It featured a mini health conference, health screening, cook-out and fun activities for children. Iram Lewis, MP for Cen tral Grand Bahama, who represents constituents living in the communities surrounding the industrial park, attended and spoke briey. Residents of Pinders Point, Seaco Town, Lewis Yard, Hawksbill, have been plagued by pollution in their communities, particu larly chemical emissions believed to be emanating from the nearby industrial plants. They have complained of various health-related is sues over the past 30 years. The GBEAs goal is to raise awareness of their plight and advocate for the reloca tion of residents. I thought it was a suc cess, it was well attended, and we gained valuable in formation about environ mental pollution from vari ous featured speakers, said resident Lorna Williams. Many people came out and spent the entire day with their kids; it was a great experience. We had a chance to sit and talk about what we are going through in our communities and also about our past experi ences, she said. Resident Lowell Pinder said that the community support was very encouraging. Dr Andrew Moxey and Dr Darlene Cargill of the University of the Bahamas and Samuel Bevans, who holds a masters degree in analytical chemistry, were invited to address residents at a mini-conference, giving them some vital informa tion about the impact of en vironmental pollution. Rand Memorial Hospital personnel provided health screening to residents who had their glucose, choles terol, and blood pressure levels checked. And some 100 bags of school supplies were distributed to the chil dren, who also enjoyed fun activities such as a bounc ing castle. Some 33 persons were screened for cholesterol, glucose and high blood pressure at the event. Shuffel Hepburn of GBEA said that they are happy about the success of the rst event on Saturday, and a church service held on Sunday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Hawks bill. We are thankful to the community and the entire team that made this day a success. We thank the Church of the Good Shep herd for providing its fa cilities for our use, also the Rand Memorial Hospital and all who played a part, he said. The GBEA is commit ted to ghting for the re location of the residents living around the indus trial plants. In the process, we are committed to aid them in the ght for their health and their very lives. Mr Hepburn said the GBEA continues to call on former Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Dar ville to prove that cost of the environmental studies commissioned during his term. He claims that the studies undertaken were faulty. We reassert our strong condemnation of these studies and insist that they are bad science and can not stand firm in a court of law. We put our attor neys on notice to chal lenge the veracity of these documents if they are put before them in court, said the activist who has family ties in the Pinders Point community. The studies that Mr Hep burn referred to are the environmental health risk assessment study con ducted by the Pan Ameri can Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) between Novem ber 2014 and December 2015; the e-nose study which monitors air quality in the affected communi ties, and the safety risk as sessment conducted by the Antea Group last year. He criticised the powers that be in Grand Bahama claiming they have neglect ed the cries of residents over the years and have chosen big industry over the small man. Mr Hepburn noted that while a few schools have been relocated, no effort was made to move the residents who spend more hours enduring alleged polluted air, water and soil. They have turned a blind eye to the mounting cases of illnesses among the residents. If the stu dents and teachers have been made sick and needed to be moved, then the resi dents are made sicker still, and should have been long gone, he said. Industrial plants neighbours gather for Residents Day By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com GRAND Bahama police are investigating an armed robbery involving a car jacking in Freeport over the weekend. According to reports, a male victim reported to po lice that around 3am on Sat urday while at a business on East Sunrise Highway, he was held up by three men, one of whom was brandish ing a rearm and robbed him of his black Chevy Im pala vehicle and other per sonal items. Inspector Terecita Pin der said police are con tinuing their investigation into the matter and are appealing for anyone with information that can assist the police to call 242-3503107 through 12, 911, 919 or call the nearest police station. ARMED ROBBERY IN FREEPORT PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis met with ofcials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) last Thursday during a visit at the BG GAs headquarters located Marcus Bethel Way and West Bay Street. The BGGA is a nonprot, voluntary organi sation for girls and young women. Dr Minnis was accom panied by Joshua Sears, senior policy advisor in the Ofce of the Prime Minister. The Girl Guides movement has been in ex istence in The Bahamas for 102 years. Prime Minister Minnis lauded the organisation for the outstanding work its members have done, and continue to do, in training and developing thousands of Bahamian girls and young women into produc tive, responsible and con tributing members of soci ety. The leadership of the BGGA has managed to keep guiding relevant in The Bahamas over the many years despite the many social, cultural and other changes that compete for the attention of girls and young women since the movement rst hit our shores 102 years ago. This programme re mains relevant because it is predicated on the premise of the girls learning social and survival skills, through a number of activities in cluding camping, hiking, sports, community service, songs, fun and games, guiding ofcials said. Not only are these ac tivities fun, but embedded in them also are opportu nities for the girls to learn through the patrol system for the girls to develop lead ership skills and responsi ble citizenship at an early age. Guiding in The Baha mas has produced many outstanding women who have risen to the top of the Bahamian society in areas such as religion, education, administration, politics, public service, the judiciary, the legal profession, bank ing and nance, sports, business and industry and culture. The list reads like a whos who in Bahamian history and includes Dame Ivy Dumont, the rst fe male governor general of The Bahamas; retired Chief Justice Dame Jus tice Joan Sawyer; Anita Bernard; Marjorie Davis; Janet Bostwick; Dr Gail Saunders; Clarice Granger, Wendy Craig; retired justice Claire L Hepburn; Elma Garraway and Con stance Miller among many others. Guiding ofcials say the principles and values that are taught and adhered to, have made an indelible im pact in positively inuenc ing lives and moulding the characters of thousands of girls and young women, not only in the Bahamas, but in deed worldwide. The BGGA promotes a wide range of skills and interests through educa tion, games, outdoor activi ties, survival skills training, healthcare, arts, crafts and culture. Fundamental objectives of the association are to provide girls and young women opportunities for self-training and discipline in the development of good character through service to God, country and fellow man, and to foster and pro mote a full sense of citizen ship through community service and international goodwill. The Girl Guides move ment was started in The Bahamas in 1915 and was incorporated as the Baha mas Girl Guides Associa tion by an act of Parliament on May 4, 1975. PM praises Girl Guides movement By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard applauded the ex change of about 20 books by Bahamian authors with New York States Cornell University and called the initiative powerful. To the extent that we can have more Bahamian publications placed in li braries around the world, it would increase the appre ciation that persons have for The Bahamas that we are more than sand, sun and sea, Mr Pintard said at the ofcial ceremony marking the exchange, held at the National Art Gallery on August 16. According to a release by the ministry, Dr Car ole Boyce-Davies, distin guished professor of Af rican Studies and English at the African Studies Re search Centre at Cornell University presented and donated an encyclopedia of the African Diaspora to Dr Rita Pratt of The Bahamas Heritage Cultural Institute & African Bahamian Mu seum/Research Centre at the ceremony held that day. In exchange, the Depart ment of Culture, in con junction with Dr Rita Pratt, donated 20 books by Baha mian authors to the Cornell University Library of Afri can Studies and Research Centre. Dr Pratt has been doing cultural research in The Bahamas for more than 30 years and has a museum lo cated off Kemp Road, the release stated. Dr Pratt is a gem, Mr Pintard said. Her seless spirit is something that the country needs to look more closely at what she is doing and certainly I, as minis ter, will be taking a keener interest in what she is doing and nd ways we could con tribute to her efforts. The Department of Culture is pleased to or ganise this exchange of books which will greatly benet the cultural re search capabilities of per sons in The Bahamas and Cornell University and provide students from The Bahamas in particular and others interested in the eld with a nice range of materials with which they can do further research, Assistant Director of Cul ture Dereka DeleveauxGrant said. The donation of the Bahamian books will mark the rst opportu nity for Bahamian authors to be at the Cornell Uni versity library and provides the opportunity for mil lions of persons to research and learn more about The Bahamas. Among the exchanged books were works by Pa tricia Glinton-Meicholas, RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel, Obediah Michael Smith, Sir Randol Fawkes, Rev Dr Philip Rahming, as well as a number of publica tions from the National Art Gallery on artists such as Max Taylor, Amos Fergu son, R Brent Malone and Kendal Hanna. We are a people with a powerful cultural his tory and heritage, and, of course, an intellectual her itage; so this is a very im portant step forward and we are appreciative of the contribution that Dr Davis is making her attachment to the region in general; but to The Bahamas in particu lar, Mr Pintard added. We are appreciative of it and we are going to build on those relationships. EXCHANGE SEES BAHAMIAN BOOKS GIVEN TO CORNELL UNIVERSITY MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard, culture stakeholders, Bahamian writers and their representatives were photographed on August 16 with Dr Carole Boyce-Davies, professor of African Studies and English at the African Studies Research Centre at Cornell University, during the ofcial ceremony for the exchange of Bahamian books with that university held at the National Art Gallery. Pictured from left are Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Director of Culture Rowena Sutherland, Dr Boyce-Davies, Minister Pintard, Dr Rita Pratt, Rev Dr Philip Rahming, Dr Jacinta Higgs, RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel, Mia Smith-Johnson (representing her father, Bahamian poet Obediah Michael Smith) and Sandra Clarke. Photo: Eric Rose/BIS PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis meets with ofcials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association during his visit on Thursday, August 17. Prime Minister Minnis was accompanied by Joshua Sears, senior policy advisor, Ofce of the Prime Minister. Photo: Yontalay Bowe/OPM Media Services A9MAIN
PAGE 10, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE CARIBBEAN Broadcasting Union held its 48th Annual General Assembly Opening Ceremony and Hall of Fame Induction at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel yesterday evening. Pictured is Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling; Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, Caribbean Broadcasting Union ofcials and CBU 2017 Hall of Fame recipient Victor Torress Crespo. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff CBU 2017 Hall of Fame recipient Victor Torress Crespo and his daughter. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnisduring his keynote address. GARY ALLEN, President of The Caribbean Broadcasting Union. THE ROYAL Bahamas Police Force Pop Band performing yesterday. BEVERLY CURRY, co-chair of the AGA 2017 Local Organising Committee. PAKESIA PARKER EDGECOMBE, Parliamentary Secretary Ofce of the Prime Minister. THE ROYAL Bahamas Police Force Pop Band performing. MICHAEL SMITH, executive chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, speaking yesterday. ROSE WILLOCK, 2015 Hall of Fame Awardee. ATTENDEES at the Caribbean Broadcasting Unions 48th Annual General Assembly opening cer emony and Hall of Fame induction at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Honouring broadcasters A10MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 22, 2017, PAGE 11 ILLEGAL dumping found near Bahamas Waste through a dirt road of Gladstone Road. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff The Bahamas deserves better A11MAIN
PAGE 12, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THIS Saturday, Solo mons Super Centre is help ing parents and students get in gear for the new school year with a trade show and community outreach initia tive. Beginning at noon, more than 15 clubs and after school programmes will showcase activities for students heading into the fall semester. Vendors will also be on hand sampling healthy snack options to ll lunch boxes and offer ing tips for hair, skin and dental care. During the event, shoppers will have a chance to support the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas After School Programme by donating new uniforms, clothing, school supplies and food to the non-prot initiative spearheaded by the Zonta Club of Nassau. Its already August and before we know it, our chil dren will be back to school. Each year, we put on the trade show to help par ents plan for the upcom ing semester. Its a way for them to nd reputable after school activities for their kids. We also use it as an opportunity to extend sav ings during a time when most parents are looking to stretch their dollars, said event organiser and Solomons brand manager Monalisa Sweeting. As always, we are excit ed to team up with the Zon ta Club of Nassau for the uniform and supply drive to assist the AIDS Founda tion of the Bahamas After School Programme. This is our third year partnering with them to provide muchneeded supplies for the stu dents who benet from this programme and we hope that our customers will ex tend the same generosity this year as they have in the past. On Saturday, sports clubs from judo, soccer, track and eld and swimming will be showcasing their organisa tions. Dance and musical instructors as well as bi lingual instructors will be on hand to share informa tion on their after school and weekend programmes. Representatives from the Governor Generals Youth Award (GGYA) are also expected to attend to an swer questions about the character-building pro gramme. Health and wellness nu tritionists are set to offer tips for staying t and incor porating a well-balanced diet throughout the school year. Learning and devel opment coaches will also be available to share informa tion on setting up successful study habits. Shoppers can enter to win a free club membership, certicates and giveaways from participating vendors. The trade show will take place at Solomons Super Centre Nassau on the East West Highway on Saturday from noon to 4pm. Resi dents in Grand Bahama can also participate at a similar event being held at Solo mons Freeport on Queens Highway. Back to school in style with Solomons initiative PARTICIPANTS at a recent event hosted by Solomons Super Centre. CHRISTIE CELEBRATES 74TH BIRTHDAY FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie celebrated his 74th birthday yesterday. In a post to Facebook, he is seen with a piece of cake and his wife, Bernadette, to mark the occasion. A12MAIN