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DIAMOND DELIGHT FOR SHAUNAE Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.190, AUGUST 25TH, 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WEEKEND: A STORMY FINALE TO MODEL SEARCH CONTEST WeekendFri day, Augu s t 25, 2017 Clash in contest conclusion Competition, pages 14 & 15 Battle of the beauties EAT FRESHPages 8 & 9 W1WEEKEND Weekend FRIDAY HIGH 91FLOW 78F it! The Tribune SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo celebrates after winning the womens 200m during the Weltklasse IAAF Diamond League international athletics meeting in the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday. See Sports for the full story. Photo: Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP Scam warning GRAND Bahama re corded its eighth murder for the year late Wednesday evening when a man was discovered shot dead in a vehicle in the South Baha mia area. BODY OF MAN FOUND IN CAR By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter A HANDFUL of young Bahamians are hoping to turn their social media trac tion into a political move ment for the decriminalisa tion of marijuana. Marijuana Bahamas spokesperson Renaldo Cartwright told The Trib une his group hopes to overcome the local stigma surrounding the illegal drug to allow for informed debate over potential eco nomic, social and medical benets. Mr Cartwright, 23, stressed the groups aim was not to promote drug use but lobby for a modern approach to shifting global attitudes. The group is looking to launch a public relations campaign to raise aware ness, and plans to host a march early next year. When I started re searching the reasons why it was illegal, he said, and the health and social bene ts of the drug as compared to alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, I was like let me see how Bahamians feel about the issue. I put up the group in De cember 2016, there were oth er groups out there but there was not much activity. I said let me try my hand at it. CALL TO DECRIMINALISE MARIJUANA By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter POLICE are urging members of the public to re port instances of suspected fraud after several alleged asue companies have been accused of scamming persons out of thousands of dollars. In an interview with The Tribune Assistant Com missioner of Police Clayton Fernander said as far as he knows, the Central Detec tive Unit (CDU) has not received any ofcial com plaints regarding theft and fraud despite seeing several accusations on social me dia. His comments came as nearly a dozen persons contacted The Tribune on Thursday over concerns about a company called Golden Chess Asue Holders. The calls came one day after this newspaper re ported a warning from the Securities Commis sion advising the public that local asue business Pineapple Express Asue Holders should be viewed as unsafe and very high risk. The commission also advised members of the public to exercise extreme caution when considering to engage with this entity or persons soliciting member ship. The commission said the methods used by Pineapple Express is structured like a pyramid or Ponzi scheme where promoters claim they can turn a small investment into large prots within a short period of time. The statement urged anyone with concerns about the company to contact police. Police alert as second scheme fails By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SCHOOL bus drivers in Cat Island have been waiting for two months for salaries owed to them af ter money the Ministry of Education sent for them was paid out to the wrong people. Island administrator Don Cornish conrmed this yes terday, telling The Tribune : The money was not paid to contracted persons. Its unclear how much money is owed overall to the drivers, but Miriam Storr, one of the drivers, said she and the other ve havent been paid for May or June. They were last paid in April. She said they are typi cally paid $86 per day. She said she worked 22 days in May and 10 days in June. When The Tribune in formed her that the money owed was paid to the wrong people, she said this was the rst she had heard of it. SALARIES FOR BUS DRIVERS SENT TO THE WRONG PEOPLE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX THE case of two broth ers who were arraigned in connection with the alleged abduction of a woman was adjourned for two weeks yesterday after the com plainant informed the chief magistrate of her desire to withdraw the charges against the accused. Khalilah Farrington, the woman who was seen thrown in the trunk of a car in a cell phone video that spread on social me dia, told Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt that it was my fault and that she wished to withdraw the one count of causing harm against the two men. Both brothers, 27-yearold Travis Knowles of Ross Corner and 29-year-old Valentino Knowles had pleaded not guilty to the charge just moments before. They are both represented by attorney Ian Cargill. In response to Ms Far ringtons statements, the prosecutor told the court that he would need at least a week to receive instructions from the Ofce of the Attorney General on how to proceed. CAR BOOT VICTIM BEGS: DROP CHARGES By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE SIX HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yester day he fully supports a recently launched petition urging the government to increase the number of beds and improve the service at the Rand Memorial Hospi tal in Grand Bahama. HOSPITAL BED PETITION WINS By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SEVEN A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Friday, August 25, 2017 THE TRIBUNE MEMBERS of The Fam ily Group Therapy Pro ject (The Family: People Helping People) organised a surprise birthday party on Wednesday for noted psy chiatrist Dr David Allen. This party was intended to give many people whom he has helped secretly over the years through his free counseling programme the opportunity to honour him and say thanks. The event was held at the East Street Gospel Chapel. The group therapy pro ject helps people with re covery from trauma, grief, violent crime, domestic abuse, etc. The group works free of charge in the prison, juvenile detention centres, public schools and other organisations. It also offers adolescent and adult thera py to the general public. Dr Allen, who founded the Renascence Institute in Nassau, is renowned for his work in the 1980s about crack-cocaine addiction. He was awarded the Ben nett Commonwealth Prize in 1987 for his work. In 2008, Dr Allen, 74, founded The Family: Peo ple Helping People pro gramme. FOUNDER and principal director of The Family Group Therapy Project Dr David Allen surprised as he arrives at a birthday party thrown for him by members of The Family. Dr Allen was joined by his wife, Dr Victorial Allen; daughter, Dr Marie Carroll and other members of his family. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff SURPRISE PARTY HONOURS PSYCHIATRIST DR David Allen relaxing at his birthday celebration. LEVITA THURSTON, mother of a murder victim is pictured giving a tribute to Dr David Allen at his surprise birthday party held at East Street Gospel Chapel. PATRICE Johnson giving a tribute to Dr David Allen. A2MAIN KFC is giving 50 lucky customers FREE KFC BIG DEAL MEALS for 50 WEEKS. Show us your BIG DEAL LOVE by making a qualifying purchase at any KFC Nassau location, ll out the entry form printed on your receipt and enter to WIN BIG! One BIG DEAL Winner will be chosen from each of our 8 locations every week for 6 weeks. Youre a BIG DEAL so come BIG IT UP WITH KFC! conditions. See store or go to or facebook for details.


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 25, 2017, PAGE 3 THE Downtown Nassau Partnership, consisting of key private sector stake holders in the downtown area, asserted Thursday they have been fully en gaged and at the table without interruption, as development talks for the tourist hub continue to take shape. DNP managing director Ed Fields, in a statement to The Tribune said the group has long-held the belief that to succeed with plans, both sides of the equation the government and the DNP have to be committed to bring about change. His statement came in response to comments made by Tourism director general Joy Jibrilu, who on Wednesday insinuated that talks had slowed down between the two sides, and private sector shareholders were now being encour aged to return to negotia tions. Mrs Jibrilu, specify ing the section of down town Nassau east of East Street, said it is nothing short of disheartening to see the state of an area that could, if revamped, play a vital role in the countrys tourism product. Mrs Jibrilu said ide as were on the table for some time and now is the time for them to move from ideas to action. I think it has to be a time when we say, collectively, enough is enough, lets do something, she said. Asked to clarify what held up potential develop ment in the past, Mrs Ji brilu added: The fact that you are dealing with stake holders. However, Mr Fields told The Tribune yesterday that for years DNP stake holders, specically those east of East Street, have engaged with government to advance redevelopment plans. He added that other plans that have been forwarded include improvement of the downtown transporta tion system, parking logis tics and the cleaning up of Woodes Rogers Wharf. He stated: I am happy to report that we have had sev eral extremely productive meetings with the relevant ministries and we antici pate the implementation of many of these ideas over the next 12 months. Mr Fields added: The DNP recently convened a board/stakeholders meeting and has been restructured so as to more efciently activate the initiatives re quired for the redevelop ment of downtown to com mence in earnest and we are condent that we have the full support of the gov ernment. Earlier this summer, Financial Services and Immigration Minister Brent Symonette, owner of a property in the downtown area, indicated that prop erty owners have provided the government with vari ous options for a proposed boardwalk. However, he warned that downtown Nassaus major property owners, his fam ily among them, would not invest in the redevelopment of their landholdings until the government gave them the rules of the game. Additionally, China Con struction America, follow ing its acquisition of the British Colonial Hilton, submitted to the govern ment a master-plan for the wider redevelopment of downtown Nassau from Arawak Cay to Potters Cay. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter A RESIDENT of cen tral New Providence com plained that he and his neighbours suffered with out electricity for nearly ten hours yesterday, as he lashed out at Bahamas Power and Light workers for reportedly not moving fast enough to address the problem. The resident said the ar eas of Shirlea Park, Buen Retiro and Sears Road all off Shirley Street were without power from 6.30am Thursday. The is sue was still not corrected by 4.30pm, he said. He claimed when he complained to BPL, a rep resentative from the utility provider said the company did not realise the areas were off and that work ers had just xed issues in a nearby community. He said a truck was promised to come at 12.30, but he was still waiting after 4pm. What kind of engineers they have on these jobs? Ive been home all day, ice is melting in my freezer, the angry resident said, adding that he had called BPL a few times to com plain, but with no success. ANGER OVER POWER OUTAGE ABACO residents are looking for Dillon Albury, a 15-year-old resident of the island who they said fell off a boat around 8.30pm Wednesday. He was in the Marsh Harbour point area near Pelican Shores in a 17-foot whaler, according to reports from residents. The boat was later found with a bro ken steering wheel. Yesterday, residents were asking people with boats to help search for him. Chief Superintendent Kevin Mortimer said the police, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, US Coast Guard and residents were searching for the boy and will continue to do so for at least another couple of days. RESIDENTS HUNT FOR BOY WHO FELL FROM BOAT By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter DILLON ALBURY, who is missing after falling from a boat off Abaco. IN DOWNTOWN TALKS A3MAIN QUOTE OF THE DAYDistributed ByBAY STREET GARAGEDowdeswell Street"Buy 1 gallon of 'Castrol' CRB PLUS 15W40 Multigrade motor oil and get a FREE 'GUNK DIESEL FUEL CONDITIONER"!Available at Bay Street Garage and selected auto parts outlets.505Friday, 25th August 2017 ELSIE JANE THOMPSON, 96of #112 Lincoln Boulevard, off Balfour Avenue and for merly of Millerton, Long Is land, died at her daughters residence on Thursday, August 17th, 2017. She is survived by her Sons: Don Amechie, Jeffery and Nathaniel Thompson; Daughters : Judy Russell and Mary Marva Conyers; Grandchildren: Keith, Divii, Terrance, Garrat, Mechie, Donika, Candy, Sherry, Chad, Gerrard, Jerrica, Laverne, Taffari, Neviile Jr., Mandy Megan, Amanda, Betty Anna, Rebecca, Lisa, Jeremy, Tarinda, Taria, Carlos (Tykie), Mara. Yolanda, Dominic; Numerous Great Grandchildren including: Isiah, Aalyiah, Mose, Ishmael, Joshua, Marcus, Keilan, Justin, Rihanna, Clevinique, Peyton, Carlos Jr. Dominic Jr. Trinity, Rhozeah, Shiloh, Tafari Jr. Tiara and Tafarah and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Death Notice for


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Friday, August 25, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. IN long-winded discus sions, one can easily forget the core issue being dis cussed. I think this is what happened to The Gradu ate in his public discussion with me on civil unions and homosexual marriage. He seems to have forgotten the core issue. Please allow me space to remind The Grad uate of the core issue and to point further to his selec tive morality. The Graduate writes: The core of the argument was (is) that marriage and civil unions are legal con structs, and any application for relief must be settled by the judiciary, not the clergy. This is yet another example of The Graduates less than faithful response to what I actually wrote. Ive never proposed that the clergy settle anything pertaining to marriage and civil unions. And frankly, I dont know anyone who has. From the very outset, this was the core issue: If mar riage is to be redened in The Bahamas, who should determine its redenition? In that regard, I asked these specic questions: Should it be determined by a ma jority of our 39 members of parliament? Should it be determined by our courts? Or should it be decided by voters in a referendum? I then stated the follow ing: For something as far reaching as the redenition of marriage, I believe the best option is for voters to decide, not elected politi cians or appointed judges. The Graduate believes the courts should be al lowed to redene marriage to extend it to homosexuals. He is entitled to that view. Again, I disagree. I believe we should settle the issue in a referendum, as was done in Ireland. Ireland is the only country to approve ho mosexual marriage by the voters. In all other coun tries where homosexual marriage is legal, it was im posed on them by elected politicians or appointed judges. The Graduate writes: The State presently allows marriage between a man and a woman who are not related, and who are not already in connubial habi tation with someone else. Justiably, it rules out in cest and polygamists. Jus tiably? I ask The Gradu ate: Other than the fact that incest and polygamy are immoral, what is the justi cation for ruling out such marriages (especially bear ing in mind that you sup port homosexual marriage, which is also immoral)? Please tell us. As one who believes the Bible is Gods word, I be lieve in biblical marriage. Biblical marriage is an ex clusive marital union com prised of two persons (the number requirement), one person must be a man and the other a woman (the gen der requirement), and the parties must not be related by blood (the blood re quirement). Any marriage conguration that violates any of these requirements is not a biblical marriage. It is an immoral marriage. Currently in The Baha mas, civil marriage is ex actly the same as biblical marriage: It consists of the same number requirement (two persons), the same gender requirement (one person must be a man and the other a woman), and the same blood require ment (the parties must not be related by blood). This is not the case in some other countries, like the United States, where the require ments of biblical marriage and civil marriage are no longer the same. The Graduate believes that civil marriage in The Bahamas should cease to mirror biblical marriage. In particular, he opposes the gender requirement and be lieves it should be expanded to allow a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman. On the other hand, there are people who wish to change the number require ment. They wish to enter into marriage contracts with multiple consenting adults (polygamy), and they believe it is unfair not to allow them to pursue their happiness in polygamous marriage in the same way that The Graduate is advo cating for homosexuals to pursue their happiness in homosexual marriage. But The Graduate opposes po lygamous marriage. Then there are those who wish to change the blood requirement. They wish to enter into marriage contracts with blood rela tives (all consenting adults, of course). In the case of heterosexual incestuous marriage, they are aware of the possibility of having children with birth defects. Therefore, they propose the requirement that one or both parties are steri lised before a marriage li cense can be issued for a heterosexual incestuous marriage. Birth defects are not a problem for homo sexual incestuous marriage because such unions cant produce children. But even though none of these pro posed incestuous marriages can produce children, The Graduate still opposes them all. And those wish ing to change the blood requirement, just as The Graduate wishes to change the gender requirement, be lieve he is being unfair and undemocratic. Now why is this? How is The Graduate able to sup port changing one require ment of civil marriage (the gender requirement), while at the same time opposing any change to the other two (the number and blood re quirements)? Simple. The Graduate engages in selec tive morality. He selectively supports one form of im moral marriage (homo sexual) while selectively opposing other forms of immoral marriages (po lygamous and incestuous). And The Graduate is una ble to provide any coherent argument for supporting one form of immoral mar riage while opposing two other immoral forms. So he resorts to ad hominem responses. The Graduate berates me for supporting our current denition of civil marriage that excludes all persons who do not wish to enter an exclusive marital union with one person of the opposite sex, and to whom they are not related by blood. Yet he fails to see that he is like wise supporting a new de nition of marriage that will continue to prohibit some of these same currently ex cluded persons from marry ing. Im forced to wonder if The Graduate does not see his inconsistency, or if he simply refuses to admit it. If we in The Bahamas change one requirement of civil marriage (the gender requirement) to expand it to one group of currently excluded persons (homo sexuals) then true civil mar riage equality dictates that we should change the other requirements (the number and blood requirements) to expand it to other groups of excluded persons as well (like polygamists and in cestuous persons). But The Graduate opposes this. He invokes selective morality against some. And he still accuses me of being like a theocrat living in a country like Iran rather than some one committed to democ racy. The unvarnished truth is that once civil marriage is no longer xed between a man and a woman, it be gins to oat into whatever immoral congurations consenting adults choose and states allow. And what you do for one excluded group (eg, homosexuals), you should, in fairness, do for other excluded groups (eg, polygamists and inces tuous persons). The his tory of the redenition of marriage around the world bears this out: What you do for one, you will eventually do for all. And the result is a quagmire of immoral civil marriages. I pray to God that we in The Bahamas will not go down into the abyss of im moral civil marriages, and I will use my voice and my vote to do all that I can to prevent it. And I encourage all those who believe in bibli cal marriage to do the same. PASTOR CEDRIC MOSS Nassau, August 21, 2017. WITH the US presidency stumbling from one crisis to another during the last few months, those who want it to fail are now scenting blood in the aftermath of the furore over the drama at Char lottesville and the latest in a string of high prole departures from the White House. But what does this mean for Americas position in the world? Inevitably, the current political tur moil continues to take centre stage. This is fuelled by the sense of instability and even dismay and despair engendered by a president who many now feel he has not only shown a lack of judgment and competence in ofce exacerbated by inammatory and ill-conceived com ments and tweets but is not to be trusted to make the right choices as commander in chief with the awesome responsibility of having a nger on the nuclear button. Even Republican colleagues are now questioning Mr Trumps tness for the job and whether he has the self-disci pline and basic temperament to govern successfully. Furthermore, with his com bative and threatening approach there is now doubt whether he will be able to push through his legislative agenda. Such domestic disunity and division has induced concern about possible damage in the longer term to the economy and welfare of the most powerful nation on earth. This is also of particular importance to neighbouring countries like The Bahamas, dependent as we are on our giant neighbour for our security and economic welfare, not least as a sup plier of the countrys needs for goods and services and also as a major source of tourists. What is equally troubling to Americas friends and allies is that, while the USA should be a symbol of justice, liberty and democratic governance, a weakened presidency may be unable to provide the sensible, rational and reliable leadership which is needed in the face of global ten sions and conict. The isolationism of the 1930s was abruptly reversed by the USs crucial role in the Second World War, following which it has remained heavily involved in world affairs. In opposition to the USSR during the Cold War, it called the shots globally in the struggle against communism, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s Amer icas role in an increasingly dangerous world has become even more demand ing and inuential. The special quality of American exceptionalism as an expression of a uniquely free country based on demo cratic ideas and values has gradually become less signicant following the decline of communism, though it has helped to foster national identity. But the populism which brought Mr Trump to power was based perhaps more on patriotism than nationalism. The for mer, as a love of country and its values, beliefs and way of life, can be differen tiated from nationalism which is rooted in rivalry and a sense of superiority to gether with a desire to advance ones countrys interests even at the expense of those of other countries. The found ing principle of the European Union was that war is precipitated by nation alism which has become almost a pejo rative term. But it is not clear whether such distinctions may be in the forefront of the Presidents thinking. So far, he seems to have performed more successfully on the world stage than at home. Apart from withdraw al from the landmark Paris climate agreement and from the Trans-Pacic Partnership, he has shown a readiness to become engaged far and wide, in cluding visits to Europe and the Mid dle East and major policy speeches in Poland and Saudi Arabia. He has also vigorously confronted the regime in North Korea over its nuclear weapons threat and, this week, has delivered a sober and thoughtful analysis of Amer icas future involvement in Afghani stan. Such engagement will be welcomed by many in the West. It might not t with the disentanglement from the world ex pected by some of his nationalistic sup porters, but it was notable in his speech about Afghanistan that the declared ob jective was to eliminate terrorists rather than become involved in nation building and the imposition of democracy. To many people, the danger lies in the sort of bluster and strong rhetoric used in relation to North Korea which raises the stakes and could incite avoid able disaster. It is therefore seen as an ill-advised substitute for quiet but tough diplomacy. With many dangerous hotspots, it is essential for the one superpower to be fully involved in international relations and continue to work actively for global peace. But the prospect of an impetuous president taking precipitate action with out proper consultation and exercise of traditional checks and balances remains unnerving. The western world, in particular, can only look on with deep concern and hope that wise heads will intervene where necessary to ensure that calm, order and sound judgment will prevail wherever possible in the future conduct of Americas foreign policy. Graduates selective morality Fears about US world leadership Jamaal Rolle will return on Monday EDITOR, The Tribune. WHAT are we coming to here in The Bahamas when we have private businesses complaining about Baha mians trying to save them selves some money by pur chasing reasonably priced, good condition, well-run ning vehicles for themselves and their children to get around instead of having to pay high monthly payments to a bank that has no con cern for you. These complaints are coming from a selsh point of view with no concern about how we spend our money as long as we are spending it with them. I for one dont want the auto repair industry nor the new car sales industry feigning any concern for me because the last time they pretended to show con cern the donkey cow PM at the time passed into law the banning of all vehicles over ten years old and now I cant afford a 2007 dump truck that I need for my small business. Help! FRANCIO SMITH Nassau, August 22, 2017. Car prices EDITOR, The Tribune. TENDERS-RFPs for providing services or alike to Government? There is a requirement under Law that any item over $50,000.00 must go to a published ten der why didnt Tourism send the marketing contract to public tender? To the past Minister: all those awards that you say were won meant nothing to Visitor Arrivals, stay-overs we were at zero percent! Music Festival asco big plans, stage set-up in Raw son Square blocked off Bay Street and zelgist except Tourism had advanced I believe $700,000.00 to the promoters. Changes in the company might have taken Alfred Sears out of the target but this $700,000.00 is the peo ples money you know what you have to do, Mr Minister of Tourism. Disclosure Commission hmm declarations that have been presented to the Commission as far back as 2014 seemingly are being analysed! So the 2017 dec larations will be processed when? Surely this simply makes total fun of the process? Abolish it, Mr PM. Why not a Declaration of Debts (what the MP owes)? PLP convention to me a non-event if through dire stupidity the old guard, the Christie-ites will push their candidates nomina tions when the public re jected them all except for four! Every piece of rope has an end every candle can only burn so long then it dies it is dying time for the oldie guard of the PLP that is if you wish to have any future. This rubbish of trying to raise the old PLP is totally out of whack with today. Those old things no longer resonate in fact the raising of them weakens the PLP. Adios, the oldie guard. Please hurry up and leave and then keep your comments quiet! W THOMPSON Nassau, August 17, 2017. Tasks for Tourism A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 25, 2017, PAGE 5 The matter was ultimate ly adjourned to September 7 at 10am. The brothers were remanded to the Ba hamas Department of Cor rectional Services (BDCS) until that time. Before the adjournment, however, Travis Knowles informed the chief magis trate that he needed medi cal attention to have stitches removed from his back, the result of previously being stabbed multiple times in that area. The chief magis trate noted his submissions and said the matter would be brought to the attention of the relevant medical of cer at the BDCS. Both brothers were ar raigned in connection with an alleged abduction on August 20 that has been widely publicised on social media. Shortly after 7pm on the day in question, police received a report of an al leged abduction of a wom an by two men in a Honda Accord on Taylor Street. Mobile Division ofcers on routine patrol were im mediately dispatched to the area, where they intercept ed the vehicle at the corner of East and Taylor Streets. During a search of the ve hicle, police said they found a woman hidden in the trunk in good health. The two male occupants of the vehicle were subsequently taken into custody. Meanwhile, a 32-year-old man was arraigned in con nection with the attempted rape of a 49-year-old wom an last year. William Penn, aka Penn Boy of East Street, stood before Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt facing one count of attempted rape for the incident that allegedly occurred on October 28, 2016. Penn was not required to enter a plea and was re manded to the Bahamas Department of Correction al Services until October 11, when a voluntary bill of indictment will be served. CAR BOOT VICTIM BEGS: DROP CHARGES A 30-YEAR-OLD man was arraigned in Magis trates Court yesterday in connection with the stab bing death of another man in the Munson Village area last week. Stephen Burrows, of Smith Street, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on crutches facing one count of murder for allegedly killing Ricardo Frazier on August 13. According to police re ports, shortly after 2pm on the day in question, a man was involved in an argu ment with another man on Munson Village Road that led to him being stabbed. The victim was rushed to hospital in serious con dition where he later died from his injuries. Police lat er took an adult male into custody in connection with the incident. Burrows was not required to enter a plea and was re manded to the Bahamas Department of Correction al Services (BDCS) until October 11, when a volun tary bill of indictment will be served. Before the conclusion of his arraignment, however, Burrows asked the court to have him readmitted to hos pital because he feared he might have popped some of the stitches and/or staples in his left knee. Burrows told the chief magistrate that he broke his left knee in three dif ferent places before being taken into police custody, which resulted in him re ceiving some 36 stitches and two dozen staples. He said at some point in time, he aggravated or popped some of the stitches or staples, and consequent ly felt what seemed like pus or blood draining down his leg beneath his cast. Chief Magistrate Fer guson-Pratt made a note for Burrows to be seen by medical staff at the BDCS, whom she said will ulti mately make the decision on whether or not he should be readmitted to hospital. SUSPECT CHARGED IN STABBING MURDER CASE By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter A 31-YEAR-OLD man was charged in the Magis trates Court with attempt ing to break into another mans house earlier this year. Andrew Cooper, of Devonshire Street, stood before Chief Magistrate Joy ann Ferguson-Pratt charged with attempting to break into the house of Herman Coston Jr at Cambridge Av enue on January 22 intend ing to commit a felony. After electing to have his matter tried in the Magistrates Court, Cooper pleaded not guilty to the one charge of attempted housebreaking. The chief magistrate sub sequently adjourned and transferred the matter to Court 10 on September 20 at 10am for xture. Cooper was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) until that time. He has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail. MAN CHARGED WITH HOUSEBREAKING By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter THE government and the Bahamas Christian Council have resolved a dispute over a requirement that some churches submit their nancial information to the Registrar Generals Department in accordance with non-prot organisa tion regulations, BCC Pres ident Delton Fernander said yesterday. The BCC had been con cerned that not all denomi nations were required to submit such information. But everyone will now be asked to do the same thing, Bishop Fernander said yesterday. ...Some of the stringent requirements have been relaxed. In July, the Registrar Generals Department list ed in newspapers hundreds of NPOs, including such organisations as the Baha mas Historical Society and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, that had to submit information that show their purpose, ob jectives and activities, the source of their annual in come, the identities of the people who own, control and direct them and an nual nancial statements or other nancial records while also explaining their transactions in and outside the Bahamas. Churches were given a 30-day extension on the time to submit such infor mation. A paramount concern of the BCC had been the requirement that churches submit nancial informa tion about churches. Now were kinda going to self-regulate those nan cials, Bishop Fernander said. The nancials will be checked by account ants who will report to the ministry that it was done. If there are violations or something untoward shows up, we will gladly turn over the information. Well make notice to that church that its been requested and we will pass that information. Other wise, the nancial informa tion will remain in the pos session of the BCC. Its unclear if this same process applies to other types of NPOs. Bishop Fernander said the government has agreed to pay accountants to col lect the nancial data for churches that cant afford to do so themselves. This is more secure in the approach and is across the board, the bishop said. Its fair for every person and church that all are asked to do these same things. Deal done with churches on reporting of nances By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter from page one WILLIAM PENN, 32, accused of rape. STEPHEN BURROWS, 30, arraigned on murder charges. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff TRAVIS KNOWLES, 27 (above), and Valentino Knowles, 29 (below), outside court yesterday. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Friday, August 25, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Golden Chess, similar to Pineapple Express, prom ised persons a big payout for a small investment. In order to join, per sons were required to pay a one-time fee of $85 and receive $800 or pay $170 and receive $1,500. Persons were also required to pay a $20 membership fee. After signing up, a member was supposed to receive a pay out in about 14 business days. However, The Tribune understands after collect ing money from persons interested in the scheme, Golden Chess allegedly shut down without paying anyone the money prom ised or without issuing re funds. On the companys Face book page, representatives from Golden Chess claimed that two persons stole the money and as a conse quence they were unable to continue business. The post claimed that the alleged theft was reported to CDU and the persons responsible were being sought by police in connection with stealing by reason of employment. However, ACP Fer nander said CDU never re ceived a report from Gold en Chess in reference to theft and police are not cur rently searching for anyone in reference to the matter. In an interview with The Tribune a former employ ee of Golden Chess, who asked not to be named, al leged she was scammed by the company twice, once when she invested her mon ey into the company and then when she agreed to work for them and allegedly never got paid. I went to carry my money to a house on Car michael Road with some members of my family and there was a lady there who said they needed drivers. At the time, I was pregnant and said I could work for them for a few weeks to get some extra money, the for mer employee said. On my rst day, I worked from 7am to almost midnight collecting money for the company and hav ing people ll out the forms that day I collected nearly $5,000. When I got home, the persons came to the house and got the money from me. I never had it overnight. The next day on Monday, I went back on the road and collected some more money but that was the day every thing fell apart and so I was able to return the money I collected from persons that day but the persons who gave the money to me on Sunday, it was already gone. I just want persons to know that it wasnt me that (took the cash), I got ripped off too, she claimed. I was just an employee. Thats it. I really thought this was a real job and straight forward and le git. They asked me for my passport and my NIB card and everything. I never got paid. I went to CDU to re port what happened and they told us that it was a civil matter and they did not even take my statement, the former employee said. Another woman, who claims she was also scammed but wanted to re main anonymous, shared a similar story. So about two Saturdays ago I went to a house on Carmichael Road and paid my money and signed up. They told me to come back the following Monday to get a membership card and in 14 days I would receive my pay ment of $1,500, she said. So on Monday, when I was going to get the card I saw online they posted a thing about these per sons running away with the money and so they said they cant pay out any funds. Turns out these people nev er went to the police and reported any stolen money, its like they just took our money and shut down. One girl started giving people a portion of their money back out of her pocket but most people got noth ing. This cannot be right. I didnt know it was an (al leged) scam, I felt con dent in the fact that it was a new company and I trusted they would not steal peo ples hard-earned money because people are getting killed in Nassau for less. ACP Fernander is urging members of the public who feel they were scammed to speak with the police. Currently we dont have any complaints so there is nothing we can do if people do not come forward, ACP Fernander said. If these people come to us we will investigate and see if there is anything there we can do with re spect to the law. If they have a complaint, come lets sit down and talk and we will determine whether it is a civil matter or not. I would rather people come to us than to take matters into their own hands. Scam warning from page one Education Director Li onel Sands conrmed to The Tribune yesterday that money was sent to their islands administrator for the bus drivers. Those persons money was sent to be paid by the administration from the Department of Education, he said. Not all the money was sent because we had a shortfall but all shouldve been sent by now. We have proof that the money was sent. The money usually goes to the island adminis trator to be distributed. For his part, Mr Cornish said: Money was not avail able on the account when I arrived but they shouldve been paid to the contracted persons. He would not say to whom the money was paid. The director of local gov ernment, Cephas Cooper, said he had no comment on the matter when contacted yesterday. Mr Cornish had referred this newspaper to him. Ms Storr said: We are owed hundreds of dollars. We usually get a cheque from the administrators ofce. Its been challenging without getting paid. Were getting impatient. Its never happened this long where we havent got our money. School resumes Septem ber 4. Ms Storr said shell need money to buy diesel for her bus. She and the other bus drivers pick up students from settlements on the is land and take them to the primary and high school. SALARIES FOR BUS DRIVERS SENT TO THE WRONG PEOPLE from page one According to initial po lice reports, ofcers re ceived a report shortly be fore 10pm about a shooting at Yorkshire Drive. On ar rival, ofcers saw a parked vehicle at a residence with a man inside with gunshot injuries to his body. Inspector Terecita Pinder reported that EMS person nel were called to the scene, but the victim showed no signs of life. Police have not identi ed the man, however loved ones on social media said he is Carrington Smith. He is believed to be in his 20s. The killing came days after National Security Minister Marvin Dames presented a number of initiatives to tackle violent crime, highlighting plans to clamp down on persons out on bail, rearm trafckers, drug houses and enhancing senior command at the divi sional level of the force on a 24-hour basis. At a press conference Saturday evening at the Paul Farquharson Confer ence Centre, Mr Dames said effective immediately, the Royal Bahamas Police Force will double down on its efforts to combat vio lent crimes across the coun try. Reecting on the coun trys latest murders, Mr Dames revealed police will be taking a more aggressive approach to handling drug peddling and shutting down drugs throughout the coun try, which he referred to as the source of many of the crime problems that exist. The Mount Moriah MP also indicated that police will be increasing intelli gence and operational ef forts to identify and disrupt gang activities. More spe cically, he said from an in telligence perspective there will be an increased focus on rearm trafckers with a view to bringing them to justice. Wednesdays killing was the 88th homicide for the year, according to The Trib unes records. Yesterday Inspector Pin der said investigations are continuing into the matter and police are appealing to the public to assist with the case. Anyone with informa tion, no matter how small or insignicant the infor mation may seem, should call the Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama at 350-3107 through 12, 911, 919 or the nearest police station. BODY OF MAN FOUND IN CAR Mr Cartwright said re sponse to the page was slow at rst, but has started to pick up with an average of 100 likes per week. He at tributed the uptick in activ ity to his recent appearance on a radio talk show with Senator Ranard Heneld. Mr Cartwright said he has met with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on the issue in April, when he was still in opposition, and is trying to set up a meeting with the Christian Council. The response has been very good, he said, Ba hamian people now they scared of the issue itself, the taboo of it all. We have people that say we support it, but dont put my name. Weve been getting support for a lot of people in the Out Islands, where its so taboo you cant talk about it. We also get a lot of tourists who are trying to nd out what the laws are about it. We have ve people on board now. Its so taboo people have to watch out for their job. Mr Cartwright contin ued: But I feel like the climate is just right now to push a marijuana move ment. How this govern ment changed, Bahamians feel like we could make a change, this is a group of young people saying if we push for something we could make it happen. This isnt just about marijuana itself, its about the whole concept if you want something done dont just talk about it. Get a group together, organise, and get it done. Dont just complain about it, we al ways have people complain ing about all these young boys getting lock up. Its a whole social issue, not just the marijuana. The medicinal marijuana industry is estimated to be worth billions of dollars, and the drug is regulated for medicinal use in more than 20 US states. In July, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands made it clear that the Min nis administration was not currently considering the decriminalisation of mari juana or legalisation of the drug for medicinal or rec reational purposes. Dr Sands explained that while the government will be objective and open minded on the issue, it does not think that the Bahamas should lead the world in this particular ex ercise. In 2015, Jamaica amend ed its Dangerous Drugs Act to create the framework for the decriminalisation of of fence under the law, and to make it a ticketable offence to possess two ounces or less of marijuana. It also created the framework for the development of legal medical marijuana, hemp and nutraceutical indus tries. In April, St Kitts and Nevis announced the es tablishment of a National Commission on Marijuana/ Cannabis saliva. It follows an announcement by SKN Prime Minister Dr Timo thy Harris, who stated that his government is ready for open dialogue with the rel evant stakeholders on the issue of the decriminalisa tion of marijuana. In May, CARICOMs Regional Marijuana Com mission hosted national consultation in Antigua and Barbuda. Mr Cartwright said: Were building awareness right now. Were trying to ght for decriminalisation with provision for medi cal marijuana. My grammy right now suffering from opioid addiction where she been on pills for so long. The doctor put her on these pills, and now she has to take them just to sleep and be calm. We have a lot of chronic dis eases that could be better treated. The group will host its rst meet and greet at Gold en House in Caves Village on Saturday, August 26. Up to press time, the Fa cebook page had more than 4,300 likes. Come out just to under stand where were coming from, he said, were not a drug group, were not trying to get everyone to smoke marijuana. Were trying to gure out how to get the drug dealers off the street, stop these young boys from getting lock up for petty stuff. CALL TO DECRIMINALISE MARIJUANA from page one from page one ACP Clayton Fernander. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 25, 2017, PAGE 7 The petition, which was launched by Chishna Bowe, has received nearly 1,500 signatures. In the petition, which is addressed to Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis, Ms Bowe said for several years the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport has been plagued with the prob lem of insufcient beds for its patients. She claimed that sick and weak pa tients are forced to sleep in chairs for up to 48 hours because there is no room for the patients on any of the wards. When asked for com ment, Dr Sands said he is aware of the problem at RMH, adding the govern ment is currently working to x the issues. The hospital has a num ber of challenges. Some are infrastructural, some are service related and others related to scope and vi sion, Dr Sands said. We intend to modernise the delivery of healthcare through the Bahamas and we are working to x all the issues. It will take some time but I certainly support the goal of this petition. In the petition, which has a goal of 1,500 signatures, Ms Bowe said: For sev eral years the Rand Memo rial Hospital in Freeport has been plagued with the problem of insufcient beds for its patients. Sick, weak, painful, Bahamian citizens come to the Accident and Emergency Department for medical care and in many cases, need to be admitted to the ward for medical su pervision. Unfortunately, they are often told that there are in sufcient beds and as a re sult are subjected to being conned to the Emergency Room. This has no re stroom facility; the hospital is not able to provide proper medical attention from the doctors and nurses as they are swamped dealing with the incoming emergency patients coming in by am bulance. To make matters worse, when those beds run out then patients are given a chair! Thats right, you are gravely ill, or weak, or pain ful and you have to actually sit in a chair for 10, 24, 48 hours or even longer. This is unacceptable and inhu mane and we have all been victims ourselves or have family and friends who have been victims of the no beds asco. I have been a victim myself and it was a horrify ing experience. Please, lets provide the basic neces sity for our people and re spectable and comfortable healthcare. Earlier this month, Dr Sands told The Tribune scores of patients are be ing forced to sleep on gur neys in the hallways at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau because of chal lenges with overcrowding and a shortage of beds. Dr Sands said the situ ation is embarrassing and it is sad people have to stay in the hallways for up to three to four days be cause there is just nowhere to put them. Dr Sands said the prob lem will require deliberate structural change, which will not happen in the short-term. Hospital bed petition wins Sands support from page one KWASI Thomp son, State Minister for Grand Bahama, conrmed that discussions for the sale of the Grand Lucayan Re sort are continuing with relevant parties, amid pub lic statements made by the Wynn Group the former prospective buyer. Mr Thompson did not say much, indicating that of cials do not want to jeop ardise the governments position. In a statement issued on Thursday, he said: The government is aware of the public statements attrib uted to Paul Wynn. Our position was articulated by the prime minister in his national address. We conrm and assure the people of Grand Ba hama that our discussions with the relevant parties are continuing. We would not want to say more at this stage to jeopardise the governments position. We remain determined to complete our discussions and see the (Grand Lu cayan) hotel opened in the shortest time possible. A deal for the sale of the hotel property in Lucaya is critical to the survival of Grand Bahamas economy, which has been struggling since last October when the three resort hotel property closed following signicant hurricane damage. About 1,000 Bahamian hotel and casino workers are unemployed, and many of the merchants at the nearby Port Lucaya Marketplace that relied on visitor trafc from the resort are experi encing nancial challenges with paying rent and keep ing their stores open. The closure of hotels has resulted in the loss of 1,200 rooms, a 40 per cent de crease in room inventory on the island. On Thursday, the Nas sau Guardian reported that Paul Wynn, CEO of the Wynn Group of Canada, had pulled out of the deal to purchase the Grand Lu cayan Resort on the Lucaya Strip, and was seeking to get his refundable deposit back from Hutchison Whampoa, the owners. Tribune Business has re ported that the government is focused on curing the underlying structural prob lems that have undermined the resort and Grand Ba hamas wider tourism/hotel product, both to ensure it can rapidly exit its tempo rary ownership and ensure it does not face another quagmire in ve years. A strategy involves cre ating a destination product along the lines of an Atlan tis and Baha Mar, combin ing hotel, retail, cruise, ma rina and other associated resort amenities and attrac tions into one. Tribune Business has reported that government potential equity partners include the Port Lucaya Marketplaces owner, Peter Hunt, and his fellow inves tors. Sunwing and its Mem ories hotel brand afliate, which departed Freeport in February following a dispute with Cheung Kong (CK) Property Holdings, the Grand Lucayans own er, over Hurricane Matthew repairs have also been po tentially lined up to return. In late July, Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis re vealed during a national address the government is negotiating to become tem porary joint owners of the Grand Lucayan Resort in a bid to boost the hotel until it can sell off its equity. At the time, he said all signs point to the beginning of renovations at the resort sometime this month, with the facility ready for busi ness for the winter season. TALKS STILL UNDER WAY OVER GRAND LUCAYA SALE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter CHAIRMAN of Sun shine Holdings Ltd Sir Franklyn Wilson and Lady Sharon Wilson have made a $35,000 contribution in support of endowed student scholarships at the Univer sity of The Bahamas, af rming the crucial role that the institution plays in na tional development. On Wednesday, August 23, UB President Dr Rod ney Smith announced that the Wilsons have become royal donors to the Presi dents Gala Soiree, sched uled for November 11. Billed as an elegant even ing of entertainment and celebration, the soiree is a grand fundraiser for en dowed student scholarships and will also commemorate the rst anniversary of the charter of the University of The Bahamas. Representative of Sun shine Holdings Ltd, Chak ita Archer, expressed the Wilsons resolve to help build an institution with the capacity to make an endur ing international impact. The decision to support this initiative as individu als and via businesses such as Sunshine Holdings Ltd, of which Sir Franklyn is the chairman, and Sharon Wilson and Co, of which Lady Sharon Wilson is the named partner, reects the conscious view that it is important for each of us, regardless of our circum stance, to help build the University of The Bahamas to become what it must be come for the full and proper development of the country we love, said Mrs Archer. As the university takes giant steps in deepening its footing in the global aca demic paradigm, it is our resolve that the world sees this institution as one that will attract people from all over the world, she added. Dr Smith asserted that for the university to be in the position to grow in a consequential way, it must forge lasting public-private partnerships. This fundraiser will help to raise a signicant amount for our student scholarship endowment, in particular, giving opportunities to rst generation university stu dents, said Dr Smith. We are excited to have Sunshine Holdings Ltd, a community leader, support our efforts by partnering with us. With this level of sponsorship, Sunshine Hold ings demonstrates its com mitment to higher education in the Bahamas, and in par ticular its continued partner ship with the University of The Bahamas, he added. Endowments are typical ly used to fund scholarships in perpetuity. Over the years, Sir Frank lyn and Lady Wilson have demonstrated unwavering support for higher educa tion and UB through their philanthropy. A royal donor is the high est level of sponsorship for the Presidents Gala Soi ree and there are only two remaining donor packages at this level. UB is inviting corporate Bahamas to con tinue to collaborate with the institution in its quest to ex tend access to higher learn ing to even more scholars. WILSON FAMILY GIVES $35,000 FOR UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS MINISTER OF HEALTH DR DUANE SANDS A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Friday, August 25, 2017 THE TRIBUNE K iwanis Club. Kiwan is Lieutenant Governor Designate 2017-2018 Gar nell Kemp held the clubs annual Club Leadership Training Conference for Presidents and Secretar ies. In attendance were clubs from Nassau and the Fam ily Islands, namely Berry Island and Eight Mile Rock. Training for the other Family Island clubs in South Eleuthera, Freeport and Central Abaco is ten tatively set for October and November. Speakers at the train ing were Kiwanis Division 22 regional trustee Edwin Thompson and Governor Elect Melford Clarke and President Designate An ithra Cartwright. Training was done by Ki wanis certied trainer Hen ry Gibson. The new Kiwanis Year begins October 1, 2017. The club also extended special thanks to Super Value for allowing the Ak tion club once again to use its premises for a bake sale and as always the gen eral public and super value shoppers for purchasing treats for Saturday after noon snack or Sunday de serts. Aktion Club is for adults with disabilities. Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. The Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. made a donation to BreAnn Fergu son. BreAnn is the founder of BreAnns Care Closet. The care closet was created to assist less fortunate chil dren within the community with uniforms for the new school year. BreAnn continues to have a passion to serve and the club wishes BreAnn continued success. Kiwanis Club Our Clubs and Socie ties page is a chance for you to share your groups activities with our read ers. To feature on our Clubs and Societies page, sub mit your report to clubs@, with Clubs Page written in the subject line. For more information about the page, contact Stephen Hunt on 5022373 or 447-3565. JOIN THE CLUB ROTARIANS around the world have pledged to plant 1.2 million plus trees before April 22, Earth Day, next year. Ian Riseley, President of Rotary International, re quested all Rotary clubs to plant at least one tree for each member in order to work towards environmen tal sustainability. The Rotary Club of New Providence (RCNP) part nered with the Rotary Club of East Nassau (RCEN) on Saturday, August 19, to cre ate a Peace Garden at the CC Sweeting School. The Bahamas Forestry Unit also teamed up with the clubs and donated 15 fruits trees. Rotarians and Rotarac tors planted trees and ow ers to assist with protecting the environment. Benches were also repaired and trash bins were donated by RCNP and painted. A total of 90 plants have been planted by RCNP and 120 by RCEN. The initiative represents phase one of a series where Rotarians will plant trees to aid in creating a more ecofriendly environment. The project is designed to have a large impact on the com munity. The trees will remove carbon dioxide and con taminants from the air, which slows down global warming and feed a number of persons. Mr Riseley, in giving his mandate to Rotary Clubs, said: It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the en vironmental benet that those 1.2 million new trees will bring I believe the greater result will be a Ro tary that recognises our re sponsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself. Rotary aims to plant 1.2m trees MEMBERS of Rotary Club of New Providence, Rotary Club of East Nassau and The Bahamas For estry Unit. CERTIFIED Trainer Henry Gibson presented with a plaque as a token of appreciation by members of the Kiwanis Club. He is pictured with secretary designate Aldeka Thompson, left, and Lieutenant Governor designate Garnell Kemp. Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. A CHEQUE is donated to BreAnn Ferguson by the Kiwanis Club of Nassau A.M. A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Friday, August 25, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN the spirit of fair play a certain subject must be addressed. Previously in this column, I gave some insight to my younger Bahamian brethren as to what women really mean when they say certain things. If I do say so myself, as I recall, it turned out to be a good read. Despite the raised eye brows I received from my female co-workers and threats from two of my sis ter in laws to be shared out of Christmas diner in two house holds. Ouch! Fast forward the tape to Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Im standing on line at BPL trying to pay my gar gantuan power bill before a blackout strikes or an other BPL executive is red or arrested. In front of me were two women deep in conversa tion, the television on the wall which is usually on was off, so the womens conversation in front of me would have to serve as entertainment. As I tuned in I could hear the jist of the conversation. One of the women was monologuing about how her husband really understands her after all these years. Random Woman: Girl I feel so sorry for my sweet ie. He so lost without real football games. The NFL still practicing games. (Major laughs on my part at this juncture.) He tell me he so hate dem practice game before the season start, he decided to renovate the guest bath room. Girl I been on him like white on rice for years to do that. He got a nish date too, August 23rd. Thats means in one week I will have a new brand bathroom. He loves me. (More laughs from me at this point.) Ah, the naivete. Being a woman, her natural instinct was to assume that this was some love offering from her loyal, devoted, loving hus band. NOT! What her husband really meant: I cant wait til the NFL Preseason is ofcially over. My team ga be carrying on this year. So since the vibes done set, I will renovate the guest bathroom so you will have nothing to nag me about and run on with during football season. The week timeframe will keep me focused and save me from having to watch the Oprah Network or another Lifetime origi nal movie, because if I have to stomach another one, Ill take my chances jumping of the bridge. So when the season starts remember this gift and dont ask me to do anything non football re lated until after the Super Bowl. Right there and then, in BPL the light bulb went on in my head. I had to think quick, after all I was in BPL a black out could strike at any mo ment. Ladies, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander, so with apolo gies to my homies. Ladies here is what we men really mean. HE SAYS: Im going sh ing! HE MEANS: Im going to get dead drunk sitting on my boys dinghy. Beer in one hand shing line in the next as the sh swim com pletely undisturbed. HE SAYS: Its a guy thing! HE MEANS: There is no rational thought process connected to it. You will make nothing logical out of it. HE SAYS: Can I help with dinner? HE MEANS: Well mud does my food aint ready yet? I dead hungry, I should have stopped at KFC. HE SAYS: My wife doesnt understand me. HE MEANS: Shes sick of my B.S. HE SAYS: Take a break, honey. Youre work ing too hard. HE MEANS: Why you decide to clean and run that vacuum cleaner while the game on is beyond me. HE SAYS: Were going to be late. HE MEANS: Buckle up now, I have a reason to drive like a bat out of hell. HE SAYS: Ive read all the classics. HE MEANS: Ive been looking at Playboy since I was ve. HE SAYS: I got a lot done! HE MEANS: I got the high score on Candy Crush three times today on my I Phone. And nally if HE SAYS : Thats interesting dear. HE MEANS: Are you still talking? Well there you go, I hope it makes decoding what your man says a lit tle more fun in the future, ladies. I, on the other hand, have to go. My wife calls, I wonder what I have to do now. I can never seem to catch a break, its so unfair. I was just off to the den to relax and read a classic. What men really mean 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 CAROLINA Panthers wide receiver Kaelin Clay catches a pass for a twopoint conversion in front of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerbacks... oh, what the heck, its only a pre-season game. Time for men to get household jobs out of the way so theres no interruptions when the real action begins. A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, August 25, 2017, PAGE 11 SENIOR government of cials and executives of the Bahamas Girl Guides Asso ciation (BGGA) reached a mutually agreeable conclu sion on the lease of prop erty located at their Fort Charlotte headquarters on Wednesday, ending a 20year ordeal. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis said the govern ment will grant all conces sions provided by law and public policy to the associa tion to assist with the con struction, and equipping, of the expanded facility. Dr Minnis also promised to review at an appropri ate time the level of sub ventions provided to the as sociation. The lease agreement was signed Wednesday in the boardroom of the Ofce of the Prime Minister by Eugenia Cartwright, rep resenting the government, and Sonia Adderley, repre senting the BGGA. Dr Minnis said the agree ment was signicant as it ended a longstanding re quest from the association. In reviewing the history of the associations applica tion, I note that approval to renew the lease for the Fort Charlotte land was granted, then subsequently revoked on at least two occasions, but be assured there will be no more revoking, Prime Minister Minnis said. This was a longstanding request that took over 20 years to fulll. It took suc cessive governments over two decades to bring this matter to a mutually agree able conclusion. Dr Minnis said the asso ciation was offered land on Dolphin Drive in the past, but that it was deemed un suitable by the association as there was no access road to the property and that such a move would have separated the headquarters facilities from its opera tions. Dr Minnis said the ex pansion of the national headquarters will be one of the most exciting and signicant developments in the history of guiding in the Bahamas. The signing of this lease agreement will remove the frustration and uncertainty which you have experi enced over the many years. You will be able to con dently move ahead with your plans, Prime Minis ter Minnis told guiding of cials. Lease deal for Girl Guides HQ PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis addressing Wednesdays signing of the lease agreement between the government and the Bahamas Girl Guides Association. Also pictured (from left) are: Eugenia Cartwright, treasurer, Commonwealth of the Bahamas and (at right) Dr Gail Saunders, Bahamas Girl Guides Association. Photo: Derek Smith/BIS. To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 A11MAIN COMMONWEALTH BANK RemembersJ. Rupert Roberts May 6, 1955 August 11, 2017 The Management and Staff of Commonwealth Bank are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague J. Rupert Roberts. Mr. Roberts joined Commonwealth Bank on March 1, 1987 and served in various Management roles including Branch Manager, Marsh Harbour Branch and Sr. Branch Manager, Freeport Main Branch until his retirement on May 31, 2015. This focused and driven man of honour was devoted and hardworking, contributing to the growth and development of the Bank. We will remember his sense of humor and commitment to Commonwealth Banks values. We will greatly miss this remarkable man who has left an indelible impression on the hearts of all those who knew him.We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.| Leader in Personal Banking Services