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THE missteps of the Christie administra tion should not spoil Philip Brave Davis leadership ambitions, former parliamentar ians Philip Galanis and George Smith said, telling The Tribune yesterday Mr Davis was out of the loop in the administra tion after former Prime Minister Perry Christie became insecure over his leadership threat and began undermining him be cause of this. Mr Christie, they said, removed pro grammes that would typically remain in the remit of the Ministry of Works in or der to wound Mr Davis ambitions while showing favouritism toward less senior Cabinet ministers. Their statements come as Mr Davis seeks to cement his leadership of the party at its convention in October de spite calls from some for the old guard of the Progressive Lib eral Party to make way for politicians untainted by Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper BACK TO SCHOOL: SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT INSIDE TODAY WEDNESDAY HIGH 90FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 SIDELINED MPs reveal Christie turned against Davis GRAND Bahama Hu man Rights Association President Fred Smith yes terday condemned the Car michael Road Detention Centre as an illegal facility with no basis in law as he railed against the coun trys militaristic and inhu mane approach to irregu lar migration. Mr Smith, QC, urged legislators to instead con sider the implementation of a parole system, which he believes could save millions and cut down on the depart ments costs shouldered by taxpayers. He was responding to a series of articles published by The Tribune on the pro cessing of migrants at the Carmichael Road Deten tion Centre.(CRDC.) The whole approach to immigration in The Baha mas needs to change so that its not a military and crimi nal exercise, he said. The migration of hu man beings from country to country, unless its human trafcking, is not criminal in nature. Its driven by so cial, economic and political considerations as we very well know with the Cubans and the Haitians, and oth ers that come through The Bahamas. Unfortunately we have adopted this aggressive mil itaristic approach and youll MIGRATION POLICY By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE Bank of The Baha mas opened a branch in Bi mini on Monday restoring banking services to that is land for the rst time since the Royal Bank of Canada pulled out on August 2. There was a long line of residents at the bank in Al ice Town to do their bank ing. Residents are happy and relieved to have servic es restored. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net THE Department of So cial Services Conditional Cash Transfer project has been suspended for at least two months, The Tribune has learned. A senior ofcial yes terday conrmed that the project was suspended; however, it is not clear how this affects existing pro grammes as the CCT was intended to consolidate existing initiatives that PAMELA HILL being red as the CEO of Baha mas Power and Light was long overdue and neces sary, according to the electricity companys for mer Executive Chairman Leslie Miller, who claimed that Ms Hill did not know what the hell she was do ing. In an interview with The Tribune Mr Miller praised BPLs new board executives for doing the right thing and said he hopes they take it a step further and termi nate PowerSecures man agement contract of BPL. Mr Miller served as ex ecutive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Cor poration (BEC), now called BPL, until late 2015. He was removed from his post at the utility provider shortly after the government announced that a transition services agreement had been signed with PowerSecure. Since taking over the management aspects of BPL, PowerSecure has grappled with technical is sues resulting in several ex tended blackouts. By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter sdorsett@tribunemedia.net THE two ofcers caught drinking on video while riding in a police squad car were demoted, according to an order obtained by The Tribune yesterday. The Royal Bahamas Po lice Force order was signed by Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade on Au gust 22, and said to have taken effect the same day. One ofcer, a corporal, was demoted to the rank of constable while the other ofcer who held the rank of constable was also reduced in seniority. The demotions were conrmed by police in a press release yesterday. The video in ques tion went viral last month. In the video, one ofcer is seen holding a bottle of Kalik while they appeared to ignore a call from the Po lice Control Room. The ofcers were sus pended and given 14 days to show cause letters. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ tribunemedia.net PAMELA HILL, who was red as CEO of BPL. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter rrolle@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net A1MAIN HURRICANE INSURANCE:Are you Covered?242.394.5555242.350.3500242.367 .4204r242.332.3211f242.336.2304 Covering The Bahamas for 40 years. www.InsuranceManagementBahamas.comNobody Does it Better! (BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTSINSURANCE MANAGEMENT

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PAGE 2, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Cabinet Ofce has announced the formation of various Cabinet commit tees to facilitate the work of the government, including groups to focus on crime and public sector reform. Recognising that gov ernment works best when each ministry plays its role and that the many challenges facing the Bahamas are multi-faceted, the Cabinet is intent on fostering and/ or deepening inter-minis terial collaboration and co operation, a statement re leased Tuesday night noted. This has been done through the composition of Cabinet committees to ad dress such issues as public sector reform and the vexa tions problem of crime. The statement noted that Cabinet ministers will renew and address the rel evance of government poli cies and processes that gov ern the delivery of public services. This will include the legislation, skills analysis, use of information technology, management of human re sources, rewards for excel lence, consequences for in fractions and promotion of innovation. With regard to the is sue of crime, the Cabinet committee will conduct research and must focus its attention on the youth em ployment and positive so cial and civic activities, the environment, strengthening literacy skills and consoli dating the various appren ticeship programmes, the statement said. Each committee will be mandated to report within a specied period of time. As education is also of paramount importance, ministers and members of Parliament generally, have been encouraged to assist schools regularly to remain conversant with the status of school repairs to ensure that schools open on time. With this said, there must be the recognition that some repairs are effecting much needed transforma tion of schools that should not only assist in the deliv ery of education but protect the health of teachers and students alike, the state ment noted. The Cabinet Ofce also announced the following movements of senior ofc ers in the public service. The Secretary to the Cabinet Camille Johnson is currently on leave and Elise Delancy, permanent secre tary in the Ministry of the Public Service and National Insurance, has been ap pointed to act in her place for the period of leave. It was also announced that there will be several appointments to acting permanent secretary to ll posts created by retirement. These appointments will become effective Septem ber 1. Further, in accordance with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announce ment at the swearing-in of ministers, several perma nent secretaries will also be redeployed as of the same date. In addition, the move ment of other senior ofc ers will take effect on Sep tember 11. These movements are all intended to strengthen ministries for greater effec tiveness in the delivery of services, the Cabinet Of ce said. Again, to ll the posts left vacant by promotion and retirements, there will be promotions to the post of rst assistant secretary. Cabinet committees set up to tackle crime and reform MEMBERS of the Cabinet meeting. Photos: Yontalay Bowe/OPM Media Services A2MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 23, 2017, PAGE 3 In the video, the ofcers appeared to ride without seatbelts on and they ignored a call from the con trol room because as one said, they were (expletive) getting drunk. The video appeared to be recorded by the driver on his cellphone who said in the expletive laden record ing: Dont send this video out you know. It was viewed and shared thousands of times on Fa cebook, prompting wide spread condemnation and calls for the men to be red. Key details, such as when the video was recorded, were still not known up to press time. Shortly after the video surfaced in July, Minister of National Security Mar vin Dames described it as disgusting, and not what anyone should expect from police ofcers. We need our law en forcement ofcers, and I can continue to say this, to be upright, to be role mod els, to be respectable, to come with the highest level of integrity, Mr Dames told The Nassau Guardian last month. These are the expecta tions which are not very low. I make no apologies about it, we are seeking to clean up our law enforce ment agencies and the good, hard-working, de cent ofcers in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Defense Force, corrections department and other are as, expect that. They dont want to be impacted by the few bad apples. They dont want the perception to be oh they are all that way. So we have our work cut out for us, Mr Dames had said. DRINK VIDEO COPS DEMOTED THE assertions from some critics that police probes into alleged corrup tion on the part of public of cials are witch hunts are nothing more than baseless attempts to quell intensive investigations, according to former Royal Bahamas Po lice Force Assistant Com missioner Paul Thompson. In a letter submitted to The Tribune Tuesday, Mr Thompson said it was quite clear the actions taken and the stances mounted by nay sayers in recent weeks have been nothing more than a ploy to slow down the ef forts of law enforcement to address alleged corruption. The 90-year-old suggested instead of yielding to the calls of those opposing arrests and prosecution of those suspected of alleged corruption, RBPF ofcials should increase the staff complement now allotted to Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle at the recently established AntiCorruption Unit. The police are under at tack by attorneys and oth ers for what appears to be efcient and effective prob ing being done and the ar rests of persons allegedly involved, he wrote. Following the arrest and arraignment of three prominent PLP members, Ofcial Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis in sisted that there are plans to le civil lawsuits against the government over the in vestigations. Mr Davis said the party has received calls from people in the region who have voiced concerns over whether The Bahamas has been reduced to a banana republic. His comments came one day after Bishop Neil C El lis lamented the inhuman ity shown to former Cabi net minister Shane Gibson before his recent arraign ment, claiming that the for mer MPs treatment as he was led into court was in consistent with the concept of basic respect for human dignity. Mr Gibson, who had hurt his foot in an ear lier boating accident, was handcuffed as he walked into court, and was seen hopping up the courts steps without his crutches. Yesterday, Mr Thompson defended the police force and their methods. As a police, I was trained by experts such as Mr Sala thiel Thompson, Sir Albert Miller and Mr Stanley Moir; I had the opportunity to at tend many institutions over seas for training, he wrote. I have read the Bahamas Constitution, the Criminal Procedure Code and other laws of The Bahamas. A provision of the Con stitution that is relevant is where the police ofcer has reasonable grounds for be lieving that the persons ar rested have committed crime or about to commit crime. The detention of such persons would occur if the ofcer has reasonable grounds for believing that the persons arrested will interfere with or harm the evidence connected with the offence or interfere with or cause injury to oth er persons, has reasonable grounds to believe that the persons arrested will alert other persons suspected of being involved in the same crimes, who are yet to be arrested or has reasonable grounds that the persons arrested will hinder the re covery of property obtained as a result of the crime. Mr Thompson added that the Constitution provides for the denial by police to permit an attorney to inter view an accused person if the investigating ofcer is satised that such a meet ing would interfere with the investigation. He also noted that police can detain an accused per son for up to 48 hours prior to making a formal arrest, with an option to increase that window on application to a magistrate. He continued: Our po lice force has been involved in investigations of politi cal gures in the past. A government minister, UBP, was arrested and charged with election bribery . two MPs were arrested for stealing and fraud at gov ernment institutions and an MP was arrested and charged for attempting to bribe a magistrate. Mr Thompson added: I recall in the latter case, Cabinet ministers, party leaders and bishops attend ing the Magistrates Court. Their presence did not in uence the custodial sen tence imposed by the magistrate. Mr Thompson ended his letter by imploring police to be honest, fair and work to preserve the legacy of the force. Witch hunt talk a bid to prevent investigations By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter rwells@tribunemedia.net A MAN was ordered yes terday to pay a $500 ne or face three months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services for threatening to kill his for mer girlfriend over three months ago. However, Barry McPhee, 28, of Lexington Avenue, told Magistrate Subusola Swain that he was the one that had his life threatened by the complainants cur rent boyfriend on April 13, and not the other way around. McPhee stood before Magistrate Swain facing one count of threats of death for threatening Stan delka Ramsey on April 13. He pleaded guilty to the charge. It is alleged that around 7pm on the day in ques tion, the complainant was standing on Andros Av enue talking to her current boyfriend, when McPhee approached the two and threatened to kill her. According to the prosecu tion, McPhee also lifted his shirt, revealing a chrome ob ject in his waist area which the complainant perceived to be a rearm, prompting her to notify the police. However, McPhee told a different version of the story when prompted by the magistrate. McPhee claimed that while walking home from work after being dropped off on Market Street, his ex-girlfriends boyfriend al legedly pulled a gun on him from his car and demanded that McPhee leave the area. McPhee said he ran in fear of his own life to his mothers house and told her about the incident. He said his mother advised him to go to the po lice. However, McPhee said out of fear of not wanting to be labeled a snitch, he decided not to report the matter to the police as his mother had advised. However, Magistrate Swain still ordered him to pay $500 or face three months in prison. She also ordered that McPhees con viction be recorded. $500 FINE FOR MAN WHO THREATENED TO KILL EX-GIRLFRIEND By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net A 27-YEAR-OLD Free port man was charged with rearm and ammunition possession in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Mon day. Emmanuel Fox, of Am berjack Street, appeared in court two before Magistrate Charlton Smith charged with possession of a rearm and ammunition. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remand ed to the Bahamas Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices until December 4. SUSPECT ACCUSED AFTER GUN DISCOVERY By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FORMER Assistant Commissioner Paul Thompson. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff THE TRIBUNE Monday, July 24, 2017, PAGE 3 IN Fridays edition of The Tribune it was errone ously reported in a headline on page ve that Dino Nix on was arraigned in Magistrates Court for a recent killing in Fox Hill. The Tribune would like to clarify that Nixon, 20, was arraigned last Thurs day for the murder of Kalif Adderley, which occurred in the area of Third Street in Coconut Grove and not in Fox Hill. The Tribune apologises for this error.COURT CASE CORRECTION At 11am this morning (Sunday) Commissioner Greenslade suspended both officers from duty and restricted their privi leges. Both officers were given 14 days to show cause letters. This allows due process and natural justice. Police Commis sioner Greenslade will make a final decision on both officers once he re ceivers their written re sponses in hand. Over the weekend the video, which was viewed and shared thousands of times on Facebook, prompted widespread con demnation and calls for the men to be red. Key details, such as when the video was recorded, were not known up to press time. However, the video appeared to be recorded by the driver on his cellphone who said in the expletive laden recording: Dont send this video out you know. For many observers, the video and what it cap tures was the latest incident to cast some law enforce ment ofcers in a negative light. In recent weeks, several prison and defence force ofcers have been arrested and have faced drugs and weapons related charges before the courts. On Saturday, Commis sioner Greenslade, who is said to be on vacation, re sponded to a posting of the video on Twitter, saying: This is being investigated as I text. Meanwhile, a man on Fa cebook claimed the video was part of an incom plete movie he is creat ing. However when asked about this claim, police did not comment and referred The Tribune to the RBPFs earlier press release on the matter. Commissioner Greenslade has, in the past, spoken about dismissing of cers from the force. Earlier this year he said during a press confer ence that he red 13 police ofcers in 2016 for miscon duct and betrayal of the publics trust. Again this year I had to send home what I call a signicant number of rogue police ofcers, and I make no apologies for that, he said at the time. Thirteen ofcers who were frauds in my view wore our uniform under false pretenses with crimi nal ideas, behaved in an unethical fashion, ceased to become efcient po lice ofcers and betrayed my trust and the publics trust. Ofcers suspended over booze video Police said the victim was cleaning a car when two male occupants of a Su zuki Swift car, armed with handguns, approached and shot him before leaving the scene. The victims identica tion has been withheld by police pending identica tion of next of kin. However, loved ones on social media have identied him as Everette Lil Lloyd Rolle. This one hit home to night, a friend wrote on Facebook. Well miss you so much Lil Lloyd. One thing I can say is that you were always sweet and re spectful. From we were kids you always had people enticed by your smile. This one really hit home. Saturdays incident oc curred a day after police were called to the scene of a fatal shooting near the Oakes Field roundabout. According to police re ports, shortly before 4pm Friday, two women and a man had just left a fast food eatery near the Oakes Field roundabout, when two men armed with handguns ap proached their vehicle and red several shots before eeing on foot. Alert police ofcers on routine patrol nearby gave chase after the two suspects, but were un able to catch them. The driver of the vehicle was able to drive to Boyd Road where the victim was pronounced dead. Police conrmed that the victim was on bail and was being electronically moni tored. Chief Supt Cash also told this newspaper yesterday the police do have a person of interest in custody assist ing the investigation, but said it was too early to de termine if and when charges could be led. Police also said a man is in hospital after he was shot around 1am Sunday. He was attending a party at a home in Pride Estates when a gunman shot him and ed the area on foot. The victim is in stable condition. Meanwhile, on Friday, a woman was shot while driving on Blue Hill Road south. According to reports, shortly after 7.30pm, the woman was driving in her Toyota car, when a man red several shots at an other man whom he was chasing. The woman was hit in the incident and taken to hospital for medical treat ment. Investigations into all three incidents are continu ing and anyone with infor mation is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stop pers anonymously at 328TIPS. POLICE SWAMPING STREETS TO STAMP OUT KILLINGSfrom page one from page one THE BODY is taken from the scene at Boyd Road. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff IN these screenshots taken from a cellphone video, ofcers are seen driving with a bottle of Kalik and seemingly ignoring a call from the control room. A3MAIN from page one HOW The Tribune reported the video when it was rst revealed. A3MAIN

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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, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. STOP I understand the govern ment needs revenue, but it must stop for a moment to get a clear understanding of the vacation rental industry. The industry regulates and polices itself through a very sophisticated global software programme that invites guests to review the property they stay in. Consistent good rat ings mean bookings. Poor ratings mean no-one will book. Theres no one to pay off to get licensed and so no possibility of corruption. Unlike the hotels, the money stays at home as far as Bahamian owned rentals are concerned. Cleaners, gardeners, maintenance workers, cooks, car rent als, taxis, super markets, art and craft stores, liquor stores and local restaurants benet from vacation rent als. The typical Airbnb guest wants an affordable, au thentic vacation and will not stay in a hotel. They are keen to patronize local ven dors and local excursions as opposed to holing up in an articial hotel environ ment. The typical Airbnb host does not intrude on his or her guests, but makes it clear they are available should the guest need help with anything or if the guest just wants to have a chat over a nice piece of guava duff or rum cake! In doing so, most guests forge a fantastic connection with the Bahamas and be come ambassadors for the country, recommending the Bahamas as a holiday place and even returning them selves. The biggest DANGER to the Airbnb industry is CRIME. A number of guests have been followed to vacation rentals in respectable areas and robbed at gun point, although these incidents dont seem to make the pa pers. These incidents are then reported in the reviews which rate a property. Pres to, no-one will book that property anymore and a small, but important source of revenue for the property owner and those people who work with the owner to deliver a superior product has disappeared. Before taxing and intro ducing the nightmare of bureaucracy to this Mom and Pop industry, the gov ernment must deal with the vexing crime problem. M. JOHNSON Nassau, August 22, 2017. ON Monday, August 21, shaken by the third murder in two days, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames convened a meeting of senior police of cers, including the current but report edly soon to be erstwhile Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. He asked them to reveal their strategy for ghting violent crime and the criminal activity that ends in murder or attempted mur der. We have no doubt that the senior police ofcers in that room gave the Na tional Security Minister the best brief ing they had to offer. Mr Dames, a former high-ranking and extremely well-educated ofcer himself, listened intently and acted. Without hesitation, he instructed them to redou ble their efforts. He also ordered 24hour senior command attention. A 24/7 scourge cannot be treated by a 9-5 job clock. When Mr Dames emerged from the internal meeting, he addressed me dia and announced a stepped up effort by police and a crackdown on crime, pledging that he would make it very uncomfortable for anyone engaged in a life of criminality. He chose his words carefully, sending 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, he said. We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure that you are made to account for your wrongdoings. This is a promise. It is a very provocative promise and a very tall order. But if Minister of Nation al Security Marvin Dames performs on the promise he made, he will be remem bered in history as No-Games Dames. More importantly, he could change the future of The Bahamas. This is serious business and we believe that if anyone can succeed, Dames is the right man for the job but what a task he has ahead of him. He can put the fear of God into many, but how will he change the under lying culture of crime that pervades The Bahamas like a cancer that rejects the treatment that could cure it. The country is riddled with crime. From the petty thief who walks out with candy in his pocket to the Cabinet min ister who extorts cash to award a con tract, from the 11-year-old on the block who readily accepts a few dollars for de livering a package of what he knows is marijuana to the man who has Armani suits in his closet and runs a series of houses where prostitution, drugs and parties are weekend regulars, crime is everywhere. Crime knows no geograph ic or socio-economic borders. Its impact is felt in every community, its fear or its reality touching nearly every single per son living in The Bahamas. Mr Dames has no recourse but to identify, blame and shame offenders, many of whom are going to be in the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Reports come to this newspaper on a regular ba sis of police-involved parties with pros titutes. Witnesses and neighbours are afraid to report the activities for fear of retribution so they continue unabated in otherwise respectable neighbourhoods like Skyline Drive, Eastern Road, Win ton where suspicious activities are not suspected. Police are reluctant to rat on their own and they may not even know who is present at these sordid events with undocumented women largely from Jamaica, Cuba and Dominica of their own accord, or who is raking in some of the money and who is their undercover. Rooting out corruption within the de partment is going to require outside eyes and assistance. The life of any ofcer who points a nger at another will be in jeopardy and so long as that is the case, there will be little or no whistleblowers in blue, white or khaki. Mr Dames is the rst and most criti cal step in ridding the country of the crime culture. The Justice system under the Attorney Generals ofce and the anti-corruption unit is of equal impor tance. While no one revels in the sight of a former Cabinet minister in hand cuffs, the law must be allowed to take its full course without political interfer ence of any kind. We hope that in the cases where there is a conviction, the guilty will be made to pay retribution and required to do community service that involves physical labour and public soul-searching. A once high-ying hot shot who is now dressed in overalls on his knees, digging holes in the ground, assisting with a farming programme at a school will be a warning to others who might have considered bribery or extor tion as a way to do government business. We will not be so presumptuous as to suggest whether the courts should dole out prison sentences to those who once governed but we do believe that, if con victed, they should be publicly and re peatedly shamed. Photos of those who learned the hard way now doing time as repentance or penance will send a powerful message. Their lessons of greed must not be buried or forgotten because they are embarrassing. They must become part of Bahamian history, taught in schools and preached from pulpits. It is one thing to make a promise and another to deliver. It all starts with you, Mr Dames. No-Games Dames, a lot is resting on your shoulders. We wish you every success and the strength it will take to change this nation so that ran dom killings and drug-infested shacks begin to disappear, replaced daily by random acts of kindness. We know that most Bahamians are good in heart and soul and this country is begging for a re covery from the cancer of crime. Stop this tax plan on rentals LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Dames not playing games EDITOR, The Tribune. TOTALLY supportive of a capitalistic economy, but I am against a free lunch which is what it seems, users of AirBnB Home Away from Home seem to wish. What next Government to give them a tax incentive? This comment prompts the obvious if payment in full of Real Property Tax, would be a qualier for the tax exemption how many of the property own ers could qualify? I am sort of long in tooth. In other words over 60 and I recall that rental property for years, required registration and the payment of annual fee at the Ministry of Tour ismSo why change? We have to be excep tionally careful! Are these properties all up to a rea sonable standard? How many rooms are they rent ing, how many beds are they renting to the ratio of bathroom space? Check one enterprising person off Village Road, they are renting the grass in front of their home, for a pop-tent for $20.00 plus per night. Are there sanitary fa cilities I very much doubt the Property Covenants allow for this. Should we care? Of course, because just like operating a hotel, a negative incident the whole Bahamas Tourism is hurt. How many of the cur rent renters are paying, or charging VAT (might be they charge and pocket it)? Yes, this extremely posi tive service has saved many, who had very large mort gage payments coming out of 2008, and have been saved but they need to consider the other side of he coin and pay something to the National Economy. Free lunch no a sensible tax base and required registration and inspection the minimum. W. THOMPSON. Nassau, August 22, 2017 eres no free lunch EDITOR, The Tribune. WE Rise is nothing more than a PLP idea to piggy back on Senator Ranard Heinelds We March Ba hamas an organisation which was a thorn in the Christie administrations side. This fact alone reveals that the PLP lacks innova tion. Whoever the organis ers are, they are copycatting Senator Heineld. We Rises insistence that it is not afliated with any party is one more glaring example of the PLP tak ing the Bahamian people for fools. If We Rise is not PLP, why did group mem bers visit the PLP head quarters of all places last week? Why did the group pose for a photo with PLP Senator Fred Mitchell, who is by far the most vocifer ous anti-FNM in The Ba hamas? What role, if any, does Mitchell have with the organisation? Had the PLP won the May 10 general election, would We Rise have been in existence to day? Or was the organisa tion formed solely to pro test the FNM? And why is the PLPs ofcial colour of yellow featured prominent ly on the black T-shirts of the organisation? We Rise has done every thing possible to display its political persuasion to the Bahamian, while telling the media otherwise. The groups planned Septem ber 2nd protest against the newly formed Minnis ad ministration is ill-timed. The FNM has only been in ofce for three months. Yet this PLP offshoot wants to raise hell as if PM Dr Hubert Minnis and co have been in ofce for four plus years. We Rise organisers did not utter one peep re garding the many scandals to have rocked the Christie government, yet now they want to give the government a hard time which is only in its rudimentary stage? Are these PLPs serious? The Whistleblower is hoping that the We Rise planned protest is a mas sive op. PM Minnis must continue his good job of steering this country away from the precipice of dis aster that We Rises parent group, the PLP, led us to. We Rise is nothing more than a distraction. Its exist ence is utterly meaningless. THE WHISTLEBLOWER Nassau, August 22, 2017. We Rise just a PLP responsejrolle@tribunemedia.net A4MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 23, 2017, PAGE 5 address social assistance, inclusive of housing grants, grocery allowance and edu cational help. Minister of Social Ser vices Lanisha Rolle could not be reached up to press time, and her permanent secretary did not respond to The Tribunes inquiries yesterday. The ministrys RISE public relations campaign, and the CCT project, was launched in June 2015. Dialogue for the crea tion of the project com menced in 2004 after an Inter-American Develop ment Bank (IDB) study re vealed that social assistance programmes in the country operated with little social safety nets to prevent abuse and misappropriation. An agreement was reached between the gov ernment and the IDB in August 2012 resulting in the implementation of a $7.5m social safety-net re form project or the Renew ing, Inspiring, Sustaining, Empowering (RISE) initia tive. As a part of the RISE initiative, families with children attending primary school must make certain that the child attends at least 90 per cent of pre scribed school days and keeps up a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Families with children in secondary high school must meet these same conditions and ensure their child grad uates. If these conditions are not met, the child has to take part in one of a num ber of remedial courses in order for the grant to be maintained. At its 2015 launch, of cials from the Department of Social Services indicated that more than 1,000 ben eciaries had registered at the departments Wulff Road centre. The RISE programme followed the introduction of the pre-paid debit card in conjunction with Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) in November 2014. At the CCT launch, more than 4,000 residents of New Providence were said to be part of the Department of Social Services modern ised food assistance pro gramme. NEW BENEFIT PROGRAMME SUSPENDED see the immigration ofc ers wear battle fatigues, they carry machine guns, they at times shoot people and the whole approach is to intimidate and treat the immigrant almost as a non-person presumed to be guilty as opposed to being innocent, Mr Smith added. This is reected in the continued existence of the CRDC. It is an illegal fa cility, there is no law which provides for its existence, it does not fall under the new act which replaced the Pris on Act. It is not governed by any law. In recent weeks, 12 mi grants who were held in long-term detention at the CRDC were released. Of those men, detention times ranged from two to eight years. The facility also expe rienced severe overcrowding in July due to back-to-back apprehensions that saw the number of detainees swell to over 400 persons double the maximum capacity. Mr Smith argued that the implementation of a parole system would allow for mi grants to get bail and instead be interned at the expense of family or friends. He hit out at the routine apprehen sion exercises and raids un dertaken by ofcials which prole persons based on their physical appearance. There are yellow buses and smaller ones that just drive around on routine ex ercises and raids, just stop ping and picking up people because they look or sound different, or because when challenged they dont have some satisfactory identi cation. Often the people taken into custody, within a few days get their family or friends to bring papers and are released. The whole process of it being acceptable in our country, that immigration buses stop, search and ques tion people, and arbitrarily arrest them and put them in these camps is completely contrary to the rule of law. I urge the new FNM gov ernment to stop this. Prime Minister (Hubert) Minnis said at his inauguration that his administration was go ing to be a government that was going to abide and re spect the rule of law. In seeking to emphasise the experience of migrants detained at the CRDC, Mr Smith drew parallels to his torical internment camps like those undertaken by the United States for Japa nese Americans during World War II. The [CRDC] is only de signed for a small number of people, he said, but at times it has 400 to 700 people in overcrowded and degrading inhumane con ditions. It also degrades defence force and immigra tion ofcers that have to work in those conditions. He said: If we can con vert from criminal activ ity to social issue, focus on humane treatment, there would be no need to illegal ly incarcerate people. We create criminals without even giving them due process. The Immigra tion Act only allows deten tion for a short period for the purpose of deportation. Many judges have repeated ly said indenite detention is illegal, that is why there have been a lot of habeas corpus where people have been released. Why subject them for years to inhumane and de grading positions without due process and subject the Bahamian taxpayer to foot the bill? Migration policy must be changed from page one from page one THE CARMICHAEL Road Detention Centre. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A5MAIN 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.

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PAGE 6, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 THE TRIBUNE its recent history. Though allies of Mr Christie pushed back against their characteri sation of the relationship between Mr Davis and Mr Christie yesterday, it was backed by at least one for mer Cabinet minister in the Christie administration who spoke to The Tribune on the condition of ano nymity. (Mr Christie) did stuff to prevent projects from start ing and in essence thats one of the reasons we lost the election, the former Cabinet minister told The Tribune Everything had been postponed to the last minute. Davis was minister of works and almost all of these things wouldve been a bad reection on him be cause people wouldnt say the Ministry of Finance held up the money, they would say Brave didnt do his job. It was a concerted effort to discredit him. It started to happen probably in the second year, and the closer we got to the date for Christie to (expectedly) retire the worse it got. If he had allowed Davis to do his job, the unpopularity of that government wouldve been assuaged. During his contribution to the budget debate in May, Works Minister Des mond Bannister hinted that Mr Davis was undermined as minister of works. While criticising the for mer administrations man agement of public private partnerships, Mr Bannis ter said: (The member for) Cat Island (Mr Davis) cant help us to unravel this puzzle. They stripped him naked starting in 2015. His own people started tak ing power away from him. Took all the roadside and park contracts. Didnt let him know about the public private partnerships. Cat Island has got to be feeling good that hes back here while the fella who stripped him is gone. I know I wont hear a point of order on that. Meanwhile, Mr Smiths comments came after he told The Tribune he doesnt support Obie Wilchcombe for chairman of the PLP because hes a part of the old guard. Asked how he could then support Mr Davis for party leader, the former Exuma MP said: Davis gets a pass in terms of being blamed because they kept him out of the loop. Yes theres a concept of collective re sponsibility and every one should shoulder some blame. But in terms of be ing active, Mr Davis wasnt that. Christie felt insecure and he gave the impression that he was uncomfort able with Davis ambitions. Thats how he ran his Cabi net. Ryan Pinder resigned because he didnt like the way it was being operated. Damian Gomez got out be cause he also didnt like the way it was operated, Mr Smith said. For his part, Mr Galanis, a former senator, said: Mr Christie was so insecure in his position as leader that because Brave decided to challenge him he decided to ostracise him. He had a fear that he may not win and Im happy that kind of leadership is gone. It began around September 2015 when I came out very much in support of Brave to be leader to take us in the next election. So Mr Christie be gan not sharing information and sometimes even became belligerent with persons who suggested they would sup port others and not him. Mr Christie, sources said, believed the Ministry of Works allowed Mr Davis to develop relationships with many people seeking con tracts and opportunities, relationships that could have proven politically ben ecial. By stripping him of his powers in that ministry, the people who have con tracts with the government would otherwise not meet Brave, the former Cabi net minister said. Latrae Rahming, a former press aide to Mr Christie, disagreed with such charac terisations of Mr Christies relationship with Mr Davis yesterday. I think it is disingenuous to suggest that the former prime minister would iso late Brave from key gov ernmental decisions, he said. Brave was a part of Christies kitchen Cabinet and often chaired Christies Cabinet in his absence. He was always consulted and the then prime minister al ways admired his counsel. The conclusion to remove items outside Braves portfolio was grounded in the fact that the substan tive ministry was large and roads and parks were re moved to a newly created Beaches and Parks Author ity under the Ministry of Environment. The public private partnership oper ated outside of the Ministry of Finance given the nature of the process and the Min istry of Works was consult ed for engineering work. Among the Christie ad ministration policies for which Mr Davis had re sponsibility were the con struction of the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Sci ence Institute (BAMSI) and oversaw the selection of PowerSecure to manage Bahamas Power & Light (BPL). PowerSecure is off to a rocky start with the Min nis administration, with BPLs board demanding this week that the company cure all deciencies and/ or breaches of its agree ment with the government at a time when Bahamians have been displeased with the companys service. W/R P.C. 900 MICHELLE CLARKE-CAMPBELL, 53of Golden Gates #2, off Baillou Hill Road, will be held on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Annex Baptist Church, Wullf Road Of-ciating will be Rev. Willard Cunningham. In-terment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gar-dens & Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road. Loving memories will always be lled in the hearts of her loving Husband: Lenworth Den-nis Campbell; Stepson: Dane Lenworth Camp-bell; Stepdaughter: Lashan Clarke; Sisters: Princess Storr, Rose-Marie Bain, Marva Cleare, Monique Sweeting, Marcia Neymour and Linda Roker; Brothers: Prince Clarke, Charles Rodgers and George Rodgers; Mother-in-law: Marjorie Brown; Fatherin-law: Sydney Campbell; Sisters-in-law: Carolyn and Tawana Rodgers, and Mar-cia Loney, Sharline Campbell, Amaril Campbell-Moyston, and Katika Campbell of Jamaica; Brothers-in-law: Cedric Storr, Francis Bain, Anthony Cleare, Kevin Sweeting and Cleveland Neymour; Nieces: Ladeedra Ceasar of Orlando, Fl., Pa-trice Clarke of Boca Raton, Fl., Dana Lockhart, Sophie Parker, Lashann and Dara Clarke, Laurice Cash, Varel Davis, Veronique Gibson, Nadia Cambridge, Nia Thompson, Karissma Robinson, Sasha Bain, Alyssa, Marissa and Anthonyse Cookie Cleare, Emma Sweeting, Ashlee Neymour, Indera Clarke, Donella Kelly Rodgers, Janice Bowleg, Keisha Rodgers, Lisanda, Coramae, and Mo-nique Taylor, Rose Richards, Sandra, Paula and Dedrie Rodgers, Cheryl Brown, Charmaine Rodgers and Charlise Rodgers, Deborah Dorsette; Nephews: Otis, Tamiko and Pedro Clarke Jr., George, Vacaro, Garrison, Prince Jr., and Lazaral Clarke, Cedric Jr. and Antoine Storr, Francesco and Lazal Bain, Travis Clarke, Seth Sweeting, Ashton Neymour, Dwayne Rodgers, Shervin, Kenwood, Glenroy and Justin Kerr, Kermit Strachan, Darin Rodgers, Jason and Edmond Rodgers, Marvin Richards, Carl Jr., Gregory, Darren and Perez Rodgers and Hartman Brown Jr., Andrew Dorsett; Aunt: Melva Bastian, Vincent, Frederick and Trevor Harris: Cousins: Whitney, Larry, Dennis, Delroy, Derrick, and Kenny Bastian, Brenda, Harriet of Fl.,Christine and Marilyn Bastian of Freeport, GB., Barba-ra Stewart of Pembroke Pines, Fl, Cora, Lynden, Ted, Theo, Paul, and Gerard Bastian, Rita King, John Green, Minister Priscilla Dean, Orman, Marie, James and John Bastian, Elvina Bastian, Lorraine Jones, Rev Ronald Bastian, Rev. Francinna Bethel, Judy Symonette, Ruthiemae, Essiemae and Kermit Bastian; A Host of other relatives and friends including Martina Munchie Barrymore of Jamaica (whom she cared for like her own daughter), the Rodgers family, numerous grand nieces and nephews, 14 godchildren including Melissa Williams, the Campbell family of Jamaica including Neville Brown, Mizpah Davis, Paula of Jamaica, Trevor Clarke and family, Mavis Pratt, Lillian Clarke, Doralyn Stu-art, Karen McKinney and family, Holliday Thompson, Crystal Stewart, Erica Douglas, Sophia Rolle-Seymour, Charlene and Kelvin Rowe, Michaela Whylly, Michelle and Marley, Asst Sup. Fernander, Sgt. Green, staff of the Criminal De-tective Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, RBPF Police Reserve, staff of the East Street South Police Station, Glenva Evans and Don Hanna, Jermaine Kennedy, Maxine Brown, Camille Watkins, Danise Christie, Mr. Townsend, Stef-fanie and Clyde, Yvonne Moss, Ruby Morley and family, Danette Edgecombe and family, The Shirley Club family including, Audley Hanna, the Seymour fam-ily, the Annex Baptist Cathedral family, A. F. Adderley Class of 1981, Jeffery Gardiner and family, the community of Golden Gates #1, the Tigers Den Family, the Farmers Market Crew, the Saint Mary High School Past Student Associa-tion, USA, the Switchboard Department of the Rand Memorial Hospital and others too numerous to mention. Viewing will be held in the Foyer of The Paul H. Farquharson Conference Cen-tre, Police Headquarters, East Street from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24th, 2017, and at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Semi-Military Funeral Service for Sidelined: MPs reveal Christie turned on Davis On Monday, Ms Hill was given notice of her termina tion with immediate effect. The announcement came less than a week after the company red three junior employees in connection with a more than $2m fraud scheme uncovered earlier this year. Please, someone show me tangibly what Ms Hill and that company did for BEC, Mr Miller said. When the old board left, electricity was 31 cents per kilowatt hour and now it is 43 cents. When we left, Clifton was running at full capac ity and now it is operat ing at less than half. Lets be honest, Ms Hill never had the capacity to run that company and they put her there because she was black and PowerSecure was dealing with black people. She was their to ken black person. This woman had little to no experience, they sent her here and she did not know what the hell she was do ing, he claimed. Mr Miller congratulated the new board and said, so far they (are) on the right track. I want to thank them for their efforts and what they are attempting to do and hopefully they will imple ment a new generating sys tem and they can get the light bills lower, Mr Miller said. Now I just need them to get rid of PowerSecure. Why would you keep a company that allowed BEC to get ripped off? Okay, so the senior person is gone but why keep the com pany? All of them should have gone one time. Should they not suffer the same fate? They need to send everyone packing. Good riddance to Ms Hill, the sooner all of them get on a ight, the better The Baha mas will be. Ms Hill was named chief executive ofcer in May 2016. She replaced Jeff Wal lace, who resigned citing personal reasons weeks after the government nal ised its deal with PowerSe cure. PowerSecures veyear management services agreement, reportedly worth as much as $25m, was promoted by the former Christie administration as being the answer to sub-par electricity service and high electricity bills. MILLER: HILL DESERVED TO BE FIRED FROM BPL We are happy there is a bank here, said a resident who identied herself as Shanny. I have not been in yet, but I understand that the line was crazy out there yesterday (Monday). Residents were disap pointed and concerned when they learned that RBC, which had operated on the island for some 50 years, was closing its branch there. The nancial institution notied its clients and cus tomers that it was merging its Bimini branch with its RBC Freeport branch in Grand Bahama, leaving residents, businesses, and visitors without access to banking services. When The Tribune spoke with Ashley Saunders of the Dolphin House on July 4, he described the pullout by RBC as the biggest let down for the island of Bi mini. He stressed that resi dents were very disgruntled over it. When this newspa per spoke with Mr Saunders on Tuesday, he said said he was pleased BOB stepped in to offer banking services. It opened yesterday (Monday) for the rst time, and it is going pretty good, he told The Tribune Peo ple are in and out; people are very pleased to have a bank back in operation here again. We are relieved and back to normal, thanks to Bank of The Bahamas. It has been very busy with people going in and out, and especially on a day like to today (Tuesday) which is National Insurance day, he said referring to pension payouts. Mr Saunders said residents are very appreciative and happy to have BOB there. Sue Duncombe, of Sue & Joys Variety Store, was also very grateful even though bank cards and debit ma chines were not in opera tion yesterday. I was there Monday, but I was only able to get my account number. The cards and debit machine are not working. But I think they will have us sorted out by the end of the week. We needed a bank so badly, and the way Royal Bank pull out on us we have to be grateful, she said. West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia ParkerEdgecombe had indicated earlier that she and the gov ernment were committed to bringing resolve for her constituents in Bimini. I will stop at nothing to have my government at tract a viable and suitable option, she had said in July. BOB OPENS FOR BUSINESS IN BIMINI from page one from page one from page one FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie with his then deputy, Philip Brave Davis, now leader of the Opposition after the PLPs defeat in the general election. A6MAIN

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PAGE 8, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Minnis adminis tration gave the Bahamas Christian Council a 30-day extension on the obligation for churches to produce their nancial records in accordance with non-prot organisation regulations, The Tribune was told. It is not clear if this ex tension was given to all none-prot organisations (NPOs), not just churches. BCC President Bishop Delton Fernander told The Tribune yesterday his or ganisation met with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and discussed the matter with him. He suggested Dr Minnis sympathised with his concerns. He kind of agreed that some churches were called and others were not, that the list was a bit biased, he said, referring to the fact that a notice published in newspa pers demanding that nonprot organisations comply with the regulations listed only some churches and not others from certain denomi nations. Bishop Fernander said the BCC will meet with At torney General Carl Bethel on Thursday to get an up date on how the administra tion will handle its concerns about bias. Some churches were given state status through acts of Parliament and so it means they are not answer able to this legislation, he said. Thats whats being said to us. But we need to create a level playing eld because you have a few de nominations that dont have an act of Parliament. How do we remedy this? In April, the Registrar Generals Department said the planned review of all non-prots on the registry is important to ensure that we are in compliance with our international obliga tions, preventing the use of non-prots in The Bahamas as vehicles for international criminal activity, including terrorism, and protecting our nancial industry which is vital to our national de velopment. Then in July, the depart ment listed in newspapers hundreds of NPOs, in cluding such organisations as the Bahamas Historical Society and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confedera tion, that must submit in formation that show their purpose, objectives and ac tivities, the source of their annual income, the identi ties of the people who own, control and direct them and annual nancial statements or other nancial records that show while also ex plaining their transactions in and outside The Baha mas. The notice is not in tended to allege that any or all NPOs in The Bahamas are engaged in any form of terrorism nancing, the Registrar General Depart ment said. Nonetheless, Bishop Fer nander said at the time that other mechanisms already exist that provide oversight of church nances, adding that the government has no need to see the nancial records of churches that do not accept money from the state. The church has to work with the state but the church will not allow the state to dictate what the church will do, he said. In this case, its clearly crossing the line. Usually the state is able to ask for nancial records when it takes state fund ing. If you do not take state funding I dont see how the state should be asking for nancial records. Extra 30 days to submit records By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter rrolle@tribunemedia.net PINERIDGE MP Rev Frederick McAlpine vis ited all of the public schools in his constituency to in spect the progress of school repairs ahead of the new school year. There are ve schools in the Pineridge constituency and contractors are on site at those schools to carry out the scope of works. Rev McAlpine is con dent that the schools will be ready in time for the open ing of the new school year. During his visit, he said he was happy about the work that has been done, but that the schools lawns required some manicur ing. Today as I am taking a view of the schools they are not fully manicured. I will take into account that my government is so re sponsible enough to know it would be properly mani cured and that the grass is cut before school begins, Rev McAlpine said. He thought that all MPs should visit the respective schools in their constituen cies to ensure that they are properly repaired. As the MP, I am taking the initiative in doing it for myself; no one is going to call me and say this was not done. I see for myself, and I think that is what every MP should be do ing, he said. The Pineridge MP was also pleased that contracts for school repairs were awarded to both young and veteran contractors. I am happy we have been able to strike a balance; we had contractors very young, and some contractors set tled, he told ZNS. Often times, people say we need to get rid of all the old folks and bring in the young. No, we need youth, and we need experience, and that strikes a balance. Young contractor Franco Miller, of Freeport Con struction, was pleased that he was given a chance and awarded the contracts for Hugh Campbell Primary, Jack Hayward High, and the Beacon School. According to Mr Miller, school repairs are about 95 per cent completed at the schools. He said: Hugh Camp bell was more difcult because there were roof ing repairs needed, tiling, cabinetry work, repairs to doors, locks, and a lot of painting. We also did a lot of extra work because we saw the school needed it. I think it is good they give us a chance to prove we can do the work, it feels good, he said. MP INSPECTS SCHOOLS AHEAD OF START OF THE NEW TERM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net 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 A8MAIN

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PAGE 10, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Bahamas saw a change in administration in May 2017 with the landslide victory of the Free National Movement, and Bahamians had high expectations. As expected, citizens have relaxed, believing the FNM-led government will full its promises and all will be well. Most of the fo cus seems to be on anti-cor ruption the buzzword of the year but what about everything else? Do we remember what the FNM promised us? Were there specic, measurable, timebound goals that can be used to assess government performance to date? The FNM Manifesto is hardly helpful, full of rhetoric and generalisations, light on actionable items. Lets take a look at some of the promises. In his national address of January 2017, Leader of the FNM and now Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis said the government would get our credit rating back to in vestment grade in short or der. This promise, he said, could be taken to the bank. He did not say how the government intends to im prove the credit rating, nor did he propose a timeline. The government has a veyear term, and we have no indication of when we can expect the turnaround, or the measures being taken to guarantee it. Most of this administra tions attention is on cur tailing spending and ght ing corruption, evidently in ways that create a public spectacle and distract from other pressing issues. A Fis cal Responsibility Act was referenced in the national address. In April 2017, Dionisio DAguilar stated at a re gional candidate launch that a Fiscal Responsibility Act and Freedom of Infor mation Act would be a day one initiative for the FNM government. It is disap pointing that we have heard little more about them and their implementation. We were treated to a Fa cebook live feed of Minnis walk through the Ofce of the Prime Minister to meet staff, but still have no infor mation about the day one initiatives. There have been no efforts to consult with the Bahamian people, pro vide opportunities to learn about them, or timelines for implementation. We are not only past day one, past the hundredth day, and it is about time we get answers about timing. Other notable initiatives mentioned in the national address include the Build ing Bahamian Entrepre neurs programmes, job cre ation, and land ownership. A commitment was made to expedite all Crown land applications, yet the only new information on this is Minnis agreement to give Crown land to the Baha mas Christian Council for its headquarters. The ad dress repeated the promise to introduce legislation on a two-term limit for Prime Ministers, recall system for Members of Parliament, and local government in New Providence among other items. These were key components of the FNM campaign ahead of the 2017 election, and plans to action then should be made and shared with the Bahamian people. Regarding the brain drain and inequitable ac cess to education, Min nis said all Family Island students would receive as sistance with accommoda tions as well as stipends to attend University of The Bahamas. Has this been offered to students for the 2017-2018 academic year? There have been no re ports on government assis tance for students moving from the Family Islands to attend University of The Bahamas. What progress has been made toward of fering free education at University of The Bahamas to qualied Bahamian stu dents? Crime is always a frontof-mind issue in The Ba hamas. It has been politi cised by all political parties, yet no administration has solved the problem, nor has any Opposition presented potential solutions. In his January 2017 ad dress, Minnis said, We will attack crime at its roots. In collaboration with parents, church leaders, educators, social workers and commu nity leaders, we will seek to arrest this menace by work ing together to make sure that our children grow up knowing the difference be tween right and wrong. He said special pro grammes would be intro duced for at-risk youth. An efcient crime ghting machine that could pre vent, detect, and prosecute was promised over seven months ago, before the cur rent government was elect ed. In July 2017, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said the grand plan to reduce violent crime was enforcement of the death penalty. While this should be no surprise to anyone who read the FNM Manifesto which focused on a zerotolerance approach, it is certainly indicative of a misguided view and lack of understanding of the differ ence between prevention and punishment. Whether or not we have a party or colour of choice, we need to be able to look critically at the state of our country. Even if we have short memories, it is im perative that we look back at news reports, national addresses, and campaign material to properly assess any administration. Are they delivering what they promised? Do we un derstand what they have promised? Can we see what they are doing to ensure their promises are kept? Are we doing our job, as employers, to hold them ac countable and remind them of their jobs, constituents, and commitments? The past few months have been a long, hard lesson in civics and governance. We realized our individual and collective power in many ways, and activated it on several occasions, including election day. Now is not the time to re lax. It is time to be vigilant. To be demanding. To get in volved. If this government is going to grow the economy, create jobs, reduce public debt, reduce poverty, cre ate a safer country, and in crease access to education, it will not and should not be without us. If it is truly the peoples time, we cant wait for the government to do what we expect. We cant let an other 100 days go by. We cant wait for a march to be organised. We cant keep giving them more time be cause they just got here. They fought for their win, and said they were ready. When we hear great ide as, we must not get caught up in the imagine future. We have to ask the dif cult questions. How will we achieve this? What will this cost? Who needs to be a part of the process? How long will it take? What, if anything, will we lose? Where do we begin? What is the role of elected of cials, and what is the role of the people? We cant continue to ac cept the same old rhetoric. We have to demand a plan and insist that we are a part of it. We have to create the country we want and deserve, and that requires work. That takes more than listening to what they say and watching to see what they do. Its time for us, as a people, to change the way we think about governance and the role we play in it. The people we elected are not our leaders. They are our representatives and our employees. Most of us have been misinterpreting the peoples time all along. Its our time to participate, challenge, and assess from the beginning to the end of this administrations term. There is no vacation from citizenship, and if there was a post-election honey moon, its time to declare it over. Time for the FNM to live up to their promises Corporate Packages for Ranfurlyrfntnnnb Silver $1,500 Gold $4,999 Platinum $5,000+ For more information visit: www.ranfurlyhome.org Please Like us on Facebook Ranfurly Home for Children on Mackey Street 242-393-3115 P.O. Box 1413 Nassau, Bahamas Your donation to Ranfurly impacts Bahamian lives. A child in need that comes to Ranfurly increases their chances of staying in school, becoming a successful adult and ultimately a contributing member of Bahamian society. PARTNER WITH RANFURLY WITH CIRCLE OF FRIENDS 4x7_RanfurlyAd.indd 3 1/25/17 11:54 AM To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis with Jeff Lloyd, South Beach MP, during the FNM parade from St Barnabas Anglican Church to the partys headquarters. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A10MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 23, 2017, PAGE 11 GRAND Bahamas Ken isha Bethel was crowned as an ambassador for the Elite Global Earth Pageant and will travel with the organi sation to Las Vegas, Ne vada, to join its team there. Ms Bethel was awarded the title by executives of the pageant franchise, who came to Freeport with more than a dozen of its beauty queens on board the Car nival Ecstasy on Friday for a fun-lled day in Grand Bahama. Ms Bethel, a guest servic es representative with the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, had organised the day-trip for the Elite Glob al Earth Pageant and its 15 beauty queens not knowing that she too would be rec ognised for her hard work. According to the ministry, the trip was presented as a gift from the organisation to its reigning queens for their success in the franchises most recent pageants. Present to welcome the group on their arrival at Freeport Harbour on Au gust 18 were several local beauty queens, as well as representatives of the Minis try of Tourism and Aviation. After a brief welcome reception, the group was taken on a tour of the island and enjoyed an afternoon on the beach at Manta Ray Beach Club. In addition to their visit to Grand Bahama, the group came with the inten tion of crowning Ms Bethel as their newest Elite Global Earth ambassador. Pageant executives com mended Ms Bethel for her hard work, dedication, organisational skills, and warm spirit. Surprised by the gesture, Ms Bethel said: For me, I wasnt expecting this, it was a really, really good surprise; they got me good. I enjoy doing what I do and helping people, so Im grateful that theyve recognised me for all the work that Ive been doing. The Elite Global Earth Pageant was created to cel ebrate the success a wom an has achieved as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and community advocate. The pageant allows both married and non-married contestants, with or without children. The age group is from 14-70 years old. Ms Bethel said that she is grateful for the opportunity to work in close collabora tion with the organisation. She said she looks forward to promoting the sister hood of pageantry, aware ness for special causes, and the preservation of our Mother Earth, which is mandated by the Elite Global Earth Pageant. Ambassador for beauty By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net BEAUTY queens taking part in the Elite Global Earth pageant during their visit to Freeport and, below right, Kenisha Bethel who is ambassador for the event. A11MAIN

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PAGE 12, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 THE TRIBUNE WITH all the negative news surrounding the state of young men in the Baha mas, The Boys Brigade is committed to its mission of developing boys into Chris tian men who are upstand ing citizens. This past July, a Bahamas contingent travelled to the organisations Caribbean International Camp in An tigua. More than 14 Carib bean countries were repre sented, as well as Zambia and Denmark. The twoweek camp was lled with sporting activities, arts and crafts and outdoor pursuits. Twelve-year-old, Shane Oliver, a student at St Au gustines College and Boys Brigade member for the past four years was a par ticipant. Boys Brigade can take you across the world, he said. I met people from Denmark and Trinidad and Montserrat. About the various ac tivities, the youngster said: We went hiking and ziplining, visited stingray city, a nature park and the beach. There were drills and group competitions and training in rst aid, nutrition and outdoor survival skills. Additionally, Bahamian Boys Brigade captains Ekron Pratt and Fernley Palmer were honoured for their long service to the or ganisation. Captain Henry Curry, chairman of the West ern Caribbean Regional Fellowship and leader of 23rd Company based at St Barnabas Anglican Church, said: Its impor tant for our boys to travel and connect with the wider Boys Brigade community. Activities like these allow for both the boys and the ofcers to better under stand how the organisation is making a difference in the lives of so many across the world. In addition to the re gional camp, Boys Brigade had a busy summer. The New Providence Battal ion held its annual Men & Boys Conference in June. Captains and ofcers of the New Providence battalion companies participated in the Ministry of Youth lead ers certication course, and boys from different compa nies within the New Provi dence battalion participat ed in the Commonwealth Youth Games opening cer emony. A number of boys have also been recognised for their academic and sports accomplishments this past year. Boys Brigade serves the community as a guide to young men on how to grow up to be well-rounded citizens, said Captain Jam icko Forde, long-time Bri gade member. As the only interdenom inational organisation fo cused on the mentoring of boys across the Bahamas, Boys Brigade offers a safe, structured environment, balancing strong leader ship, life skills, Christian principles and fun, said Captain Forde. This men toring is exactly what the Bahamas needs. Boys Brigade begins its registration for the upcom ing school year in Septem ber. Interested parents can contact the various com panies: 1st Wesley Meth odist, 4th St Agnes, 13th St Johns Native Baptist, 14th Zion East Street, 15th Bethel Baptist, 21st Mt Mo riah, 23rd St Barnabas, 30th Abundant Life, 50th New Destiny Baptist and 55th First Baptist. Boys Brigade companies are also located on Grand Bahama, Hatchet Bay Eleuthera and Inagua. Application fees and dues are nominal and vary by company. A BOYS Brigade member zip lining. MEMBERS of the Boys Brigade at a summer camp in Antigua recently. Antigua mission for Boys Brigade A12MAIN