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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper SPORTS: GARDINER SAYS ITS HIS BEST YEAR YET MONDAY HIGH 92FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 Moodys: Decit could hit $636m POLICE have launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspect responsible for the shooting death of a man that occurred in the Bain Town area over the week end. According to reports, shortly after 9.30pm on Sat urday, a man was walking on Dumpus Way between Dumping Ground Corner and Finlayson Street, when another man armed with a handgun approached and shot him before eeing on foot. The victim died on the scene. Yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander said police currently have no motive for the shooting, but said ofcers are on the ground trying to put the pieces together in their at tempts to resolve the matter. MANHUNT AFTER NEW STREET SLAYING By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin is expected to announce her intention to run for leader of the Progressive Liberal Party at a press conference today. In so doing, she will chal lenge Cat Island, San Salva dor & Rum Cay MP Philip Brave Davis at the partys convention. The press conference will be held at Mrs Hanna Mar tins constituency ofce and a yer advertising the event invited all PLP ofcials, members, stalwart council lors and supporters to at tend. Despite the nature of the Bahamian electorate, which has not re-elected an incumbent government since 1997, the convention comes at a critical time for the PLP following the par tys historic loss in the May 10 election. The PLPs convention is set for October 22-25. GLENYS SIGNALS BID FOR LEADERSHIP By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter SHOCK REPORT LIFTS LID ON CRIMESEE INSIGHT ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe said yesterday he is going to seek redress through the Supreme Court for the three Bahamas Pow er & Light employees who were red in connection with a fraud probe. Hes concerned, he said, that proper procedures were not followed in dis missing the employees and claimed that the accounting system BPL had in place makes it nearly impossible to know who was responsi ble for committing fraud. He wants his action to be considered concurrently with the one Trade Union Congress President Obie Ferguson is said to have launched some time ago. Mr Ferguson could not be reached for comment yes terday, but Mr Munroe said Mr Fergusons action, scheduled for September 4, involved three employees of BPL who were previously red in connection with the same probe. Mr Munroe said two of those employees were rehired after Mr Fer guson made lings in the Supreme Court but one of those people remains un employed. SACKED BPL STAFF THE Government net ted almost $96m in the rst six months of its crackdown on corporate and high net worth tax cheats, it has been revealed. Moodys said the initia tive launched in November 2016 under the former Christie administration had generated additional tax revenues equivalent to 1.1 per cent of GDP (gross do mestic product). On the revenue side, the Government will maintain various revenue-enhance ment measures that were introduced by the previous administration in the 20162017 rst half, Moodys conrmed. The tax and Customs enforcement unit, which focused on property tax compliance and cus toms (air and sea freight) fees, is expected to contrib ute to a signicant uplift in revenues. Through the rst six months of this process, additional revenues collect ed by this unit were $95.5m (1.1 per cent of GDP). Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest hailed the crackdowns success, and pledged that the Minnis ad ministration would further intensify its efforts to go af ter businesses and high-end property owners deemed not to be paying their fair share in taxes. CORPORATE TAX CHEATS PAY UP $96M By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor MARIJUANA MOUNTAIN THE Bahamas 20162017 scal decit could rise as high as $636m or seven per cent of GDP, Moodys has warned, due to the Christie administra tions pre-election spending binge. The rating agency, in an August 25 credit opin ion that accompanied its decision not to downgrade The Bahamas to junk status, suggested that the red ink could amount to $136m more than the Gov ernments own $500m esti mate a difference equiva lent to 1.5 percentage points of gross domestic product (GDP). Moodys estimate is al most double the former Christie administrations own $350m forecast, with the rating agency disclosing that the 2016-2017 decit had been inated by an ac counting method switch. The Deputy Prime Min ister, K Peter Turnquest, defended this move, tell ing Tribune Business: The best policy is to be up front and honest. He said Moodys decision to leave The Bahamas with an investment grade credit rating was vindication of the Minnis administrations sudden switch to accrualbased accounting for the 2016-2017 scal year. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor SEE PAGE SIX FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX JUST over $3m worth of marijuana was seized by the Royal Bahamas Police Forces Marine Support Unit in waters off Exuma in a joint operation with the RBPFs Drug Enforcement Unit, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. At about 7am on Saturday, the three teams went to waters off Williams Town, Exuma, and intercepted a go-fast vessel. A total of 65 bales of suspected marijuana, weighing 3,201 pounds and with a street value of $3.2m, was discovered. Two suspects are in custody. Photo: RBPF FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS A1MAIN 2Pc. Thigh & Leg 2 Spicy Strips Coleslaw Individual Fries Biscuit 22oz. Pepsi 16 PAGES HOUSE HOME &


PAGE 2, Monday, August 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE This week in The Tribune TODAY TOMORROW WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY INSIGHT OUTLOOK& HEALTH OBITUARIES RELIGION WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT 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 Monday, August 28, 2017, PAGE 3 KIKIVARAKIS and Company, a local nan cial advisory rm, remains contracted with the gov ernment to go after real property tax arrears, Dep uty Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest conrmed yes terday. The rm was contracted by the Christie administra tion in 2014 to go after an es timated $557m in outstand ing real property taxes. Its still here, Mr Turn quest said when contacted Sunday. Were reviewing all options, whether we want to continue contract ing out that service or bring that in-house is something we are determining. In its statement Fri day conrming the coun trys Baa3 credit rating, Moodys cited strength ening tax enforcement, particularly in property tax collections where eva sion is relatively high, as one reason it declined to downgrade the countrys credit rating. The agency also cited prospects for debt stabilisation from the governments scal consol idation programme, credit metrics that remain in line with its Baa3 peers and a contained liquidity risk as factors that inuenced its decision. Its not clear whether the Minnis administration has taken new steps to go after real property tax arrears. The cost of the countrys contract with Kikivarakis and Company was never re vealed, nor have the terms of the contract or its suc cess rate been made public to date. The companys selection in 2014 was the rst time the government outsourced the collection of real prop erty tax to the private sec tor. According to draft esti mates of revenue and ex penditure for 2017-2018, property tax revenue was forecast to be $153,500,000 for 2016-2017, a 48 per cent increase from 20152016. Property tax revenue projections for 2017-2018 have revenue dropping to $143,500,000. In 2013, the Christie ad ministration launched a real property tax amnesty programme to give own ers a chance to have their property assessed without penalty. It allowed peo ple to bring their accounts current purportedly with a chance to secure signicant savings. Company kept on to chase down property tax debts By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter SEARCH and rescue teams in Abaco continued their search over the week end for missing teenager Dillion Albury, who re portedly fell off a boat last Wednesday. Up to press time, his body had not been found but friends fear the worst and expressed sympathies and condolences for the teen on Facebook over the week end. The 15-year-old 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 broken steering wheel. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING BOY IN ABACO POLICE are searching for the suspects responsible for ve separate armed rob beries that occurred Thurs day night. According to a police crime report, three busi nesses were robbed after men armed with handguns robbed cashiers of an unde termined amount of cash. Then in two separate in cidents, armed men robbed two people as they arrived home. Police did not provide further details on the inci dents. HUNT AFTER FIVE ARMED ROBBERIES THE retired Commo dore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Clifford Butch Scavella, report edly suffered a suspected stroke yesterday. In a statement issued by the Leader of the Opposi tion, Philip Brave Davis, it was reported that Scav ella had been admitted to the Accident and Emergen cy department of Princess Margaret Hospital. The statement added: He is undergoing obser vations for a suspected stroke. His wife, Sharon, and family are with him. He is conscious, ambula tory and stable. I visited him this even ing and spoke to him. Doc tors have advised that he is to remain in hospital for further observations. We extend prayerful support to him and his family. RETIRED COMMODORE IN HOSPITAL DPM PETER TURNQUEST MOODYS decision not to down grade the countrys credit rating is clear and unambiguous evidence of the unmistakable condence in the economic policies of the Minnis ad ministration, Free National Move ment Chairman Sidney Collie said yesterday. Although Moodys changed the countrys credit outlook from stable to negative, its conrmation of its Baa3 rating appears to be one of the rst signicant victories for the new administration, as a downgrade would have been costly for The Bahamas. The conrmation of the credit rat ing also demonstrates that (the) signicant steps that the administration has taken in three short months are gradually returning the economy of The Bahamas to sound nancial foot ing, the FNM said. After ve years of disastrous PLP mismanagement, fraud, a series of downgrades, and the consequential economic turmoil, this country was left not only with a crisis of condence but also with major economic struc tural challenges, the party added. The PLP and its naysayers are now forced to accept that Prime Minister Minnis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest and his Cabinet colleagues have in deed been working day and night around the clock since taking over the reins of government to demonstrate to Moodys and others, that this admin istration will leave no stones unturned by taking the necessary actions to get the economy and the country out of the scal crisis left by the PLP. It has been previously reported that Moodys cited the potential for debt stabilisation because of the governments scal consolidation pro gramme as a reason for its decision. It also considered that the countrys credit metrics remain in line with Baa3 peers and the governments li quidity risk remains contained. The negative outlook, however, re ects potential downside risks to the scal consolidation process posed by weaker-than-expected growth, expo sure to climate-related shocks in the form of hurricanes, and implementa tion risks associated with measures to rein in expenditure growth and enhance revenues, the agency said. Absent successful scal consolida tion, The Bahamas scal and credit prole would likely weaken. Last year, Standard & Poors down graded this countrys credit rating to junk status. After Moodys initiated a review of this countrys credit rating follow ing the Minnis administrations rev elations about the governments scal condition during the budget debate earlier this year, experts predicted it would be a huge challenge for the country to avoid another downgrade. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter DILLON ALBURY, who is missing after falling from a boat off Abaco. 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.502Monday, 28th August 2017


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Monday, August 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I assume Bishop Nei Ellis has a thorough knowledge of the 10 commandments specically for this let ter the 8th Thou Shalt Not Steal. If a young man from his congregation held up a lo cal bank, got caught and the young mans mother came to the good bishop for help she would get I suspect little sympathy. You can almost hear the sermon he broke the sacred 8th com mandment, he brought it upon himself, etc. The likelihood of the boy being defended by an overseas QC charging up to $1000 per hour are nonexistent. The boy would be shackled, taken to court and defended by a lawyer way down the chain from a QC. The lawyer would not use in the boys defence that he is being victimsed or there is a witch hunt perpetrated by the bank upon his client. Yes absurd no defence at all. The boy would spend 20 years plus at Fox Hill and we society at large would be pleased as justice was done. A cabinet minister in The Bahamas earns $88,000 per year or $1615 per week. This whilst being a large sum for the average Ba hamian its certainly not enough to own multi-mil lion dollar homes in gated communities either here or overseas. Its not enough to y in QCs should you require defending in a cor ruption case. A good de fence by a team of four QCs would run anywhere from $500,000 to a million. The maths for a cabinet minister do not add up. Yet we all pretty much know some PLP ministers from the woefully corrupt pre vious administration ap peared to live outside their legitimate salaries and those ministers charged with corruption will have the best legal help money can buy. My questions for some of these Ministers are where does all this money come? How can you live like a King on $1,615 per week? For the good Bishop can he please explain to us mere mortals if the 8th commandment applies to all members of our soci ety or is it a selective com mandment? THE REALIST Nassau, August 8, 2017. PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Rob erts and his sidekick, PLP Senator Fred Mitchell, have gone out of their way to criticise the FNM government for at last telling the unvarnished truth at least as far as the FNM knew it at the time about the critical state of the economy. They laid it out in their rst budget debate in parliament in June giving notice that the new govern ment would have to borrow $323m to cover the decit for the 2017-2018 scal year and an additional $400m to cover the scal overhang for 2016-2017. In our parliamentary debates, the leader of the opposition, our MPs and senators tried to warn the FNM, stop talking down this economy, said Mr Mitchell. We thought it reckless to borrow nearly a billion in their rst week in ofce. We said the only reason for the less than promised scal perfor mance (by the PLP) was Hurricane Mat thew. Moodys afrms those facts. This is not true Moody did not afrm those facts if they ever did they are certainly not standing by them now. The Christie administration probably tried to blame all of the countrys nan cial woes on Hurricane Matthew, but the hurricane only added to this coun trys problems. It did not cause them. In its latest report, Moodys clearly stated: The Bahamas economy has performed poorly over the past ve years. It is true that Moodys called neither governments name, as Mr Mitchell af rms, but in this statement only the slow-witted would think that over the past ve years had anything to do with the FNM. The PLP government was the only government around in the last ve years, and so Moodys was clearly talking about the performance of the PLP. As for Hurricane Matthew being the cause of all of the problems, we must recall that Matthew was not lurking around for ve years the years that the PLP government was playing cat-and-mouse and hiding the truth from Bahamians. Hurricane Matthew hit The Bahamas on October 6, 2016 only seven months before Bahamians went to the polls and gave the PLP government the order of the boot. The Christie government assured Moodys that all it had to do was get Baha Mar open and the economy would eventually turnaround. True to its word a section of Baha Mar opened to many invited ofcials and non-paying guests just 19 days before the election not in enough time to to have any affect on the economy. It still has had no af fect. Stop talking down the economy, begged the Christie government, or else Moodys will reassess its Baa3 credit rat ing. Standard and Poors Christmas pre sent to The Bahamas was to downgrade this countrys credit rating to junk. All they needed now was for Moodys to get wind of what was being said by the FNM to attract their attention. And so Mr Mitchell was criticising the FNM for not buttoning their lips. In other words, to put it in the vernacular, the PLP were reminding the FNM that shut mouth catch no ies! But the FNM refused to shut their mouths, instead they spoke the truth, earned respect for the country and much-needed help. This should be a lesson to the PLP lying, especially to the people, has its consequences. Moodys has reviewed this countrys status, heard its nan cial problems, studied its plans for a s cal rescue, and decided to hold the sta tus at Baa3. Although Moodys changed the coun trys credit outlook from stable to nega tive, its conrmation of its Baa3 rating appears to be one of the rst signicant victories for the new administration, as a downgrade would have been costly for The Bahamas, said a statement from government. The statement added that government is also resolved to bringing greater accountability, transparency and sound scal management principles to bear on the countrys nances. Im provements in scal management and policy outcomes are being promoted through the planned introduction of Fiscal Responsibility legislation, which will target, inter alia, the achievement of an annual GFS balanced budget de cit that would allow for a more sustain able evolution of the debt to GDP ratio. IMF Technical resources are already on board to assist the Government in en suring a well-designed legislative and operational framework, which should be nalised prior to the next budget year. The FNM government has been in of ce a little over 100 days and opposition voices are already crying that they have done nothing. To borrow the words of Alexander Pope: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. The nancial situation of this country is so precari ous today that it cannot survive fools rushing in with quick xes to impress an impatient people. This government has to be given time to assess a very bad far worse than we ever imagined situ ation and have sober heads come to the rescue. This time the people will have to have patience, because any nonsense now could rock and sink an already list ing Ship of State. When the FNM presented its rst budget to parliament members had only had time to have a cursory look at the books. After that supercial search par liament was given an estimate of how much government would have to bor row to stabilise the nances. However, as time has passed and even more un savoury truths and dumb political de cisions are being uncovered do not be surprised if government has not under estimated its debts and will have to go back for even more nancial support. True patriots would not be calling for demonstrations at this time. Those who are now trying to stir up trouble are re ally showing their true colours. They are proving what we have known of them for some time their political careers come before the good of their coun try. They are not true patriots. Bishop Neil Ellis and his sermon Only fools rush in where angels fear to EDITOR, The Tribune. THE recent revelation regarding BPLs $1.5m dol lar payout as authorised by Shane Gibson and former DPM Philip Brave Da vis reiterates the need for reformation of the elector al process. We know that both of these men and indeed their political party are above reproach and no one should question the cir cumstances under which this payout was made, but few could argue that we must change the way we do things in this country. We must insist that legisla tion creates clear bounda ries to ensure the gov erning party cannot use its position to create an advantage for itself going into an election. Transpar ency in financial contribu tions to political parties, limits in pre-election hir ings, granting of contracts and payment of public service bonuses might significantly reduce the abil ity of corrupt politicians manipulating the system for their advantage. While I am sure that our politicians can always be trusted to do the right thing and the BPL payout was above board, as a coun try we cannot afford to go down this road again. JB Nassau, August 22, 2017. Electoral reform EDITOR, The Tribune. I THINK it is very ri diculous that I have spent 30 minutes of my morning (9am-9:30am) calling the National Insurance Board to ask one question and I cant get the phone an swered. How is it possible for a building of at least 300+ people and no one an swers the phone? I literally selected every option and got no one! I went online and, of course, there are more numbers and again no answer! So I must now resort to an email that you probably wont respond to. This is so unprofessional and very irritating! It is now 9:38am and be fore I send this email I am listening to this voice re cording lying and talking about its a pleasure yet again and no one is answer ing. Oh wait someone an swered and hung up on me when I started talking. Oh I wish I got her name. TONIA Nassau, August 16, 2017. Bad service at NIB EDITOR, The Tribune. SO are the Ministers of The Peoples Government travelling Peoples Class or First Class? Delegation of PM-Minis ters for Foreign Affairs and Education off almost im mediately after May 10th to CARICOM Heads meeting what class did they y? Minister of Foreign Af fairs soon after was known to take two other trips, what class did he y? Minister of Transport to London for IMO meeting with the Deputy Speaker what class did they y? Still cant fathom out why the Deputy Speaker went to an IMO/Maritime meet ing? Now Minister of travelMinister of Youth and ..... London for IAAF7 now off to deepest Africa for Com monwealth Youth Minis ters Prime Minister it was from your lips you said your Ministers will stop wast ing travel money we The People want a full report .... now, not in two-three months. Whilst you are having au dits there are two particular CHOGM trips of the past Prime Minister and entou rage-delegation the cost of which has never been re ported please nd the ac counts and publish them. We want to know how they wasted the peoples money, hundreds of thousands, I fear. You see, we dont believe what they say it is as simple as that...a Prime Minister, a Minister y Peoples Class you will never see it! W THOMPSON Nassau, August 19, 2017. First Class or Peoples Class? A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 28, 2017, PAGE 5 CHAOS erupted at Pine apple Express Asue Hold ers ofce off Cowpen Road early Friday morning after hundreds of angry persons stormed the building in an attempt to collect money owed to them. When The Tribune ar rived on the scene shortly after 8am, scores of persons had already gathered out side the ofce, which was still closed. Nearly a dozen Royal Ba hamas Police Force ofc ers attached to the Central Detective Unit and the K-9 Unit attempted to organise the crowd but their efforts were in vain. Those gathered at the headquarters were told by police shortly after 10am that no one was coming to issue refunds and the own er of the business complex where Pineapple Express had rented ofce space wanted the crowd off his premises. In fact, the owner began towing vehicles off the side walks and from parking spots in the plaza in order to free up space for cus tomers in the surrounding shops. Despite being asked to leave, the crowd refused to disperse. Shortly af ter 11am, ofcers told the group that a representative from the company was on the way but everyone had to get in one line. Payouts began around 11.30am and several per sons told The Tribune that they were fully reim bursed. Raquel Bowe, 34, said she joined the scheme be cause she is unemployed and needed money. Despite not being able to receive the payout she was prom ised, Ms Bowe said she would join a scheme like this again. I really thought this was going to work, the lady seemed sincere. After she couldnt pay, she called a meeting and in the meeting, she said she overwhelmed herself by collecting too many applicants each day and because of that she is going to have to restruc ture, Ms Bowe said. I believe this is ridicu lous today, I didnt have to go through this to give them my money but I have to wait with all these people to get my money. People are hurt ing and we invested our money with plans to get the money they promised. Ms Bowe added: I am not employed and I need my funds. As a matter of fact, I already purchased a plane ticket with the an ticipation of getting this money to go away. I have a friend that has children that she wanted to get ready for school for Monday but now she cant do that, next time I will join sooner. Shanika Longley, 42, said she received one draw several weeks ago and paid another $300 for another draw which she hasnt received. She also said she would join this type of scheme again. I put $300 and I got $1,590 and I reinvested $300 and they are telling me persons who reinvested wont get their money back. I dont think this was a scam, her intentions were very good, she just got over whelmed, Mrs Longley said. When it initially started, it was a good process but everyone caught on to it and she kept taking and taking and it was hard to pay peo ple back. I dont think these people will get their money back, she just doesnt have it and taking it to court dont make no sense. I would do this again, Mrs Longley said, I ben etted. Persons gambling and losing money, every thing in life you do is a gam ble. On Wednesday, the Secu rities Commission warned the public the local asue business should be viewed as unsafe and very high risk and advised members of the public to exercise extreme caution when con sidering to engage with this entity or persons soliciting membership. The commission said the methods used by Pineap ple Express are structured like a pyramid or Ponzi scheme where promoters claim they can turn a small investment into large prof its within a short period of time. The statement urged any one with concerns about the company to contact police. On Monday, the com pany, after being unable to pay out several hands or disbursements to customers was called into a meeting with the Securities Com mission. In order to join the asue, persons were re quired to pay a one-time fee of $200 and receive $1,050 or pay $100 and receive $540. Participants were also required to pay a $25 mem bership fee. Persons are also required to pay a $25 processing fee each time they rejoin for a payout. After signing up, persons receive a payout in around 14 business days. On Monday, Pineapple Express executives met with members at the Breez es Resort to discuss the way forward. Hours before the meet ing, the company posted that they would be closed on Monday, August 21, and reopen for business on Tuesday, August 22. However, on Tuesday, they remained closed and asked anyone with ques tions or concerns to send them a message on Face book. Shortly before midnight, the company issued a state ment saying government ofcials and authorities have asked them not to open and that they would issue refunds to customers between 10am and 1pm on Friday. Many persons have de scribed the business as a pyramid scheme, similar to the loom phenom enon, which became popu lar in The Bahamas several months ago. In January, the Securities Commission announced that looms are fraudulent pyramid schemes. In the loom scheme, persons were asked to join groups and contribute small sums of money to get a larger payout, for instance $100 with the promise of getting $800. People have been told to return to the company to day to receive their refunds. Pineapple pandemonium as investors demand money By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter AFTER a brieng with Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld, Honorary Consul to Houston Lynden Rose reported Saturday that all Bahamians he had been in contact with have relayed to him that they are safe and secure in the wake of the onslaught of Hurri cane Harvey across Texas. According to the US National Weather Service, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Texas Friday night as a category four storm. As of press time, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm, however, it has the potential to pro duce 15-25 inches of rain over the state and dump as much as 40 inches of rain over isolated areas of Tex as, bringing the possibility of life-threatening ood ing. American news agency CNN reported that more than 1,000 people were rescued overnight Saturday from record ooding in the area. At least two people are conrmed dead and of cials expect that number to rise. Mr Rose said that he will continue to brief Mr Heneld and the ministry throughout the upcoming days, in order to report on any impact to Bahamians in Texas and nearby states. He also urged others who may nd themselves in need of assistance or distress in the upcoming days to make contact with him through the avenues he has already provided them. BAHAMIANS REPORTED SAFE AS HURRICANE HITS TEXAS HUNDREDS gather outside Pineapple Express on Friday morning. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALSUniversity of The Bahamas Alumni MagazineThe University of The Bahamas Ofce of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs invites competitive proposals from suitably qualied vendors for the high quality graphic design and layout of the University of The Bahamas Alumni Magazine Issues 1 and 2 for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 respectively. The magazine will be produced as a full-colour, quality design that presents compelling narratives of UBs happenings, developments, milestones and achievements and showcases how faculty, staff, alumni, students and supporters are helping UB to achieve its mission of advancing and expanding access to higher education, promote academic freedom, drive national development and build character through teaching, learning, research, scholarship and service. The complete RFP is accessible online at SUBMISSIONSSealed copies of the RFP must be hand-delivered in triplicate to the Ofce of the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs addressed as follows: Ms. Davinia Blair Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs Top Floor, Keva M. Bethel Building, University of The Bahamas University Drive P.O. Box N-4912 Nassau, The Bahamas For further information contact: 302-4301 or 302-4366.DEADLINEThe deadline for proposal submissions is: 4:00 p.m. EST Friday, 8th September 2017.


PAGE 6, Monday, August 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE In a statement released yesterday, the party said: During this years high ly anticipated convention the party will undergo an extensive assessment and begin the process of strategising the way for ward. As party ofcials and supporters collectively analyse the post-election results and begin the pro cess of strategic develop ment, it is the convention committees aim to fo cus on engaging discus sions about rebuilding, strengthening our core values and forging the way ahead for the Pro gressive Liberal Party. The party will modify and reform as necessary internal policies to en sure it remains relevant and reects the desires of a changing elector ate. At convention, sup porters throughout The Bahamas will uplift the promotion of ideas and beliefs that will govern a holistic approach to our countrys national devel opment, the statement said. There is shared con dence in the partys capabilities to produce progressive leaders who will foster common in terest around core issues that are near and dear to the hearts of many Bahamians. This years convention translates into our organisations ability to build an envi ronment for emerging leaders who will lead in the best interest of the future development of this nation and the Ba hamian people. Former Tourism Min ister Obie Wilchcombe has said he will run for chairman of the party. Former State Minister for Legal Affairs Dami an Gomez has also said he is considering run ning for that position as well. Insiders have put Exu ma MP Chester Coopers name forward as a con tender for the deputy leader post, a position held by Mr Davis until former Prime Minister Perry Christie quit as PLP leader in May. Mr Cooper has not publicly said if he will vie for the post. Glenys signals bid for leadership from page one Saturdays murder pushed the countrys mur der count to 89 for the year, according to The Tribunes records. Police also reported that a man is in hospital after he was shot after 7.30am Friday while at Armbrister Street in Fox Hill. The man was sitting outside his home when occupants of a silver car passed by and shot him. The victim is said to be in stable condition. On Wednesday, in Grand Bahama, police were called to the York shire Drive area in South Bahamia shortly before 10pm, where they saw a vehicle parked in front of a residence with a man in side suffering from a gun shot wound in his body. EMS personnel were called to the scene and re ported no signs of life. About a week ago, police launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspects responsible for three sepa rate shootings that left three men dead on Friday, August 18. In the rst incident, around 8am, police re ceived a report of a man found dead in Hospital Lane. Responding ofcers arrived at the scene where they found the lifeless body of a man who had been shot. Then shortly after 8am, police received a report of a man found dead in bushes off Step Street, Fox Hill. Responding ofcers arrived on the scene where they saw the lifeless body of a man who had been shot. Later that same evening, shortly after 9pm, a man was standing in front of his home on Kemp Road, when the occupants of a sil ver coloured Honda Fit car pulled up and shot him be fore speeding off. The man was taken to hospital where he later died from his inju ries. Investigations continue. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call police at 919, 502-9991, the nearest police station or the Crime Stop pers hotline at 328-TIPS. MANHUNT AFTER NEW STREET SLAYING from page one Im in the process of l ing actions in the Supreme Court similar to Obie Fer gusons actions concerning the rst three persons that were terminated, Mr Mun roe said, describing his case against BPL as straight forward. The (employees) were not given a chance to be heard, he said. No al legations were ever put to them. No information was put to them like this sup posed audit report so they could say, We are accus ing you based on this, what do you say in response? They have a right to that in their industrial agreement. If BPL didnt comply with the procedure, the industri al agreement says the peo ple should be reinstated. The Minnis adminis tration has kept a tight leash on the audit report into BPL prepared by Ernst & Young, which few people have seen. The position we put is they cannot have complied with the industrial agree ment if they didnt show the report to our clients, Mr Munroe said. Our position is you didnt follow proce dure, so these people should be reinstated. If they think they could show these peo ple had something to do with what happened, do it prop erly; come and say we sus pect you of falsifying invoic es and ask the workers what they have to say about it. The fact that nobody has the audit means BPL could not have complied with the in dustrial agreement. Aside from concerns about procedure, Mr Mun roe said there are other sub stantive concerns about the ring process. The allegation is that fraudulent invoices were processed for payments, he noted. However, they had no system in place to show how the fraudulent in voices came to be in the de partment (in question). The messenger couldve brought those invoices, but no sys tem was in place to record that; the managers could have done so but no system was in place to record that. It could have been created in the department (in ques tion) but youd only know that if you had a system in place to show that. There was a failure to put in place procedures to track poten tial dishonesty. People may always steal and someone may forge a signature on an invoice. The question is, how do we know who did it? If invoices come in to the department (in ques tion), you would have to ask, who brought every in voice into the department? Those are the sort of proce dures that managers put in place, not line workers who follow any procedure that falls into place. The Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWC) has been critical of the fact that line-staff have been red but managers have not. Echoing this complaint, Mr Munroe said: Ive been made to understand the dif ference between managers and line staff is in political afliation. BEWU leaders also chalk up the difference in treatment between the two groups to familial ties, linking managers to elected ofcials. Nearly two weeks ago BPL red three employees from the department in question. Last week, two managers were suspended from the company. 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PAGE 8 MONDAY, AUGUST 28 2017 INSIGHT EMAIL: GEOFFREY Boycott is a BBC cricket commenta tor. He was an England cricketer for 24 years. Over that period, he scored 8,114 runs in 108 Test matches for England and was the rst England cricketer to pass 8,000 Test runs. For this ac complishment, he received the award of Ofcer of the Order of the British Em pire (OBE) from Her Maj esty The Queen, through the UK National Honours Committee. But, he clearly felt that the award was not of a sufciently high rank and he merited more. It is not a secret that Boy cott hankers after a Knight hood and he has publicly expressed his disappoint ment that, though nomi nated twice, he has been rejected. His sense of dis satisfaction is understanda ble, given his intense yearn ing for the award. However, to have re marked that he would have a better chance of being knighted if he blacked up was inexcusably stupid, deeply offensive and racist. In a question and answer session (for which the audi ence was charged a hefty sum in order to pay him), Boycott said that knight hoods were handed out like confetti to West Indian cricketers, including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Gareld Sobers and Sir Curtly Am brose. He added Mines been turned down twice. Id better black me face. The West Indian crick eters, who have been knighted by the two ter ritories from which they originate Antigua and Barbados, were outstand ing cricketers. They con tributed enormously to the thrill and excitement of the game. It might be argued that, in terms of service to cricket, each of them con tributed much more than Mr Boycott. However, the award of their knighthoods did not derive only from their excellent contribution to cricket; it stemmed much more from the unmatchable pride and world standing that they gave to the small states in which they were born. Since cricket is the leading sport in both An tigua and Barbados even now in the era of poor performances by the West Indies Cricket Team it is natural that their higher awards should be bestowed upon their exceptional cricketers. Further, the West Indians were awarded the dignity of knighthood by the honours committees of their coun tries; not by the Honours Committee of the United Kingdom which is the body that would determine Mr Boycotts worthiness in their own context. In the United Kingdom, there are many more sport ing disciplines from which choices have to be made for the award of knight hood. Ten cricketers have been knighted by England; four more than by Barba dos and six more than by Antigua. If volume is the measure of knighthoods be ing handed out like confet ti, Mr Boycott should have directed his objection to the National Honours Com mittee of the United Kingdom which, incidentally, is blameless in all this. What is more, unlike England, no country in the West Indies had granted knighthoods in any other sport. Britain on the other hand, has granted another 60 12 for Rugby, 12 for Athletics, 9 for yacht ing, 7 for motor-racing, 7 for football, 4 for Rowing, 4 for Mountaineering, 2 for Equestrians, and I each for boxing, Squash and Fenc ing each of them judged to be fully merited by the UK Honours Committee. Mr Boycott should have reserved his anger for the British National Honours Committee that has re jected him. Turning his ire on the West Indies and its cricketers by suggest ing that hed better black his face, demonstrates that racism is not very far from Mr Boycotts judgment. Further, he misses the point that it is not only exceptional cricketing abili ties, and service to cricket, that led to the knighting of Vivian Richards, Gareld Sobers and others; it is the sense of dignity, of excel lence and of strength that they gave to the people of the West Indies, who, until the emergence and ascen sion of these players, were marginal to the rest of the world. Only the more re cent glorious athletic per formance of Usain Bolt has occasioned the sense of pride, distinction and pure joy that these cricket ers gave to the people of the West Indies. Bolt too de serves to be knighted. Mr Boycotts comment has led many sports com mentators, including Carib bean icon, Joseph Reds Perreira, to suggest that the BBC should remove him from its commentary team for the second test match between England and the West Indies. Lamentably, that will not happen. A BBC spokesperson said: He has rightly apologized unreservedly for these clearly unacceptable com ments. He will be part of the team for the West Indies Tests. The BBC position shows a lack of sensitivity equal to the ignorance displayed by Mr Boycott. Common decency should have advised the BBC to drop Mr Boycott for his offensive and unin formed remarks, particu larly as his apology was given on Twitter and not at an event equivalent to the venue of his original com ment where the media was in full attendance. But Mr Boycotts pres ence in the BBC commen tary team on the EnglandWest Indies test matches changes nothing. He re mains Mr Boycott, de nied a knighthood by his own countrys National Honours Committee for coming up short when measured for his suitability for the award. In the mean time, the pantheon of West Indian cricketers sparkles brightly with men who were not knighted because their faces were black, but because their prowess was magnicent and their contribution to the West Indian peoples sense of self-worth was great. From Barbados: Gareld Sobers, Frank Worrell, Clyde Wal cott, Everton Weeks, Con rad Hunte and Wesley Hall; and from Antigua: Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose and Ritch ie Richardson. They will forever be Sir honoured by their people and richly deserved. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sir The writer is Antigua and Barbudas Ambassador to the United States. He is also a senior fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey Col lege in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own. Boycotted for a Knighthood GEOFFREY BOYCOTT, whose comments about having a better chance of being knighted if he blacked up have caused widespread offence. By SIR RONALD SANDERS World View 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 A8INSIGHT


EMAIL: INSIGHT MONDAY, AUGUST 28 2017 PAGE 9 A DAMNING new re port paints The Bahamas as one off the most violent crime-ridden nations in the Caribbean. The report coming on the weekend another man was shot dead in Nassau shows the country is second only to Jamaica in some in stances of crime and worse in other categories. Alarmingly, researchers determined that not only does crime cost the region 3 per cent in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but the Ba hamas is more affected by nancial loss because of crime than any other country. To contextualise the cost, the report said, three per cent of GDP is about on par with the av erage Latin American and the Caribbean is roughly equal to the income of the poorest 30 per cent of the population in the region. In other words, if crime were to be extinguished com pletely, the income of the poorest 30 per cent of indi viduals could be doubled. More than 15 per cent of people in The Bahamas and nearly 20 per cent of people in New Providence reported being victims of one of ve types of crime in a 12-month period ve hicle theft, theft, robbery, burglary, or assaults and threats, according to the report by the Inter-Amer ican Development Bank (IDB) in a paper: Restor ing Paradise in the Carib bean: Combatting violence with numbers. The rates for this in New Providence were higher than the rates for any the other city of the Caribbean that was analysed. Other countries exam ined included Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. New Providence and Kingston stand out with the highest levels of assault and threat, the report said. In New Providence and Port of Spain, the level of rob bery is comparatively high, as is the number of victims seeking medical care after experiencing robbery or assault. The report said there were more reports of as sault, threat and theft in New Providence than in any of the other cities ex amined. Under the Christie Ad ministration, the IDB loaned $20m to tackle violent crime by concentrating on conict resolution, address high un employment rates among youth, high recidivism rates and by solving the limited capacity of the criminal justice system to deal with crime and violence. The last administrations most high-prole effort as part of this programme was the introduction of a parole system at the Department of Correctional service. National Security Min ister Marvin Dames told The Tribune earlier this month that the Minnis Ad ministration has put the programme on hold as it reviews the project with a view toward tweaked what had been established. One of the things we havent been doing or been good at as a country is we introduce programmes and there is never a measure ment of whether the pro gramme is successful or not, he said. A nation hit bycrime VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDRENBEYOND being a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and children, experiencing or witnessing violence in the home at an early age has been established as a strong risk factor linked to later perpetration of violence and delinquency. Women and children are more likely to be victim ized by family or intimate partner violence, which is not well captured in police statistics or crime vic timization surveys. The study found one in three (34 percent) Carib bean adults approve or understand wife beating if she is unfaithful, which is signicantly higher than the Latin American average or the United States. The majority (66 percent) of Caribbean respondents also say it is necessary to physically discipline a child who misbehaves. GANGSEven though their prevalence and power vary by country, gangs are responsible for much of the crime and violence in the Caribbean. Gang presence was highest in the capital metro areas of the countries with the highest rates of vio lent crime (homicide and assault and threat): Port of Spain (49 percent), New Providence (39 percent), and Kingston (32 percent). Among respondents with gangs in their neigh bourhood, more than half said that gangs interfere with everyday activities.Victims of crime were about 1.6 times as likely to report a gang presence in their neighbourhood (42 percent) compared with nonvic tims (26 percent). Gang neighbourhoods are also associated with sta tistically lower levels of social cohesion (trust among neighbours) and higher levels of physical disorder. GUNSFirearms are involved in the majority of homi cides, including in The Bahamas (82.4 percent), Ja maica (73.4 percent), and Trinidad and Tobago (72.6 percent). However, the use of knives in homicides has been more or equally as common in Barbados and Suri name, where homicide is lower. Guns are also used about twice as often in robbery and three times as often in assault in the Caribbean compared with the global average. Handgun ownership is relatively high (on par with the average for Latin America and below the aver age for Africa, but above all other regions). The most common reason reported for owning a gun is for protection (52.2 percent). The best predictor of gun ownership is the belief that having a gun makes one safer, over and above experiences of actual household burglary (in the past ve years), fear (be ing afraid to walk alone in ones neighbourhood), neighbourhood conditions, and lack of trust in the police, none of which were signicant predictors. YOUTH VIOLENCEVICTIMISATION data show that youth (ages 1824) and young adults (ages 2530) are overrepre sented among victims and those arrested and impris oned for crime, when compared with their propor tion of the population. Adolescents under 18 years old are a small per centage of victims and perpetrators of serious vio lent crimes (i.e., homicide); however, early problem behaviours are often linked to later perpetration of violence and offending. The prevalence of ve prob lem behavioursearly sexual intercourse, drinking, drug use, ghting, and getting in trouble after drink ingamong adolescents ages 1317 were found to be generally higher in Caribbean countries than in Latin American countries. Engaged parenting appears to be one of the most important and signicant protective factors for both reducing early problem behaviours and victimiza tion from bullying. POLICE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMTHE police-to-population ratios in the Caribbean are relatively high by international comparison, but police capacity to respond quickly to citizens and investigate and identify perpetrators of the most severe violent crimes is low. A cursory look at the prison population reveals that most offenders are imprisoned for nonviolent crimes, specically drug offences and theft. One in four Caribbean residents considered police harassment to be a problem, with signicant interregional variation and greater con cern expressed in neighbourhoods with a gang pres ence. About 7 percent of individuals reported being asked by police to pay a bribe in the past year, which is low compared with Latin America, but high com pared with Canada, Chile, the United States, and Uruguay. Caribbean residents trust in the police varies widely by country, with high levels of trust in The Bahamas and Suriname and low levels in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Increasing police effectiveness and efciency, while maintaining integrity and respect for citizens rights, is the best way to increase trust in the police. The report suggested a number of ways progress could be made to bring the crime numbers down but in conclusion it noted many governments were nan cially constrained. The size of the violence problem in the Carib bean merits an equally robust response, and from other sectors beyond criminal justice alone. These measures require nancial and political support in the face of restricted budgets, said the report. However, in many cases we do not clearly under stand how existing budgets actually contribute to violence reduction. By focusing on select evidencebased, targeted, and evaluated initiatives, govern ments can more easily determine what is working and where scarce resources should continue to be allocated. Although the challenge is great, the Caribbean can restore paradise by combatting violence intelli gently and strategically. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter LIFETIME PREVALENCE OF LOSING SOMEONE CLOSE TO VIOLENCE, FIVE CARIBBEAN CAPITAL CITY METROPOLITAN AREAS VICTIMS OF ASSAULT AND THREAT VICTIMS OF THEFT A9INSIGHT


PAGE 10, Monday, August 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A 23-YEAR-OLD man broke down and cried in a Magistrates Court just moments before being sen tenced to two years at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services in connection with nearly a dozen charges ranging from threats of death to assault ing a police ofcer. The tearful display came after Gabriel St Remy, of Butlers Way, was ques tioned by Magistrate Subu sola Swain about accusa tions that he stole $3,375 worth of items ranging from a refrigerator to a broom after breaking into a womans Marshall Road home on August 11. St Remy, who had plead ed guilty to all nine charges, tearfully told the judge he was homeless and had nowhere to stay. St Remy also said he did what he did primarily to secure school items for his daughter, who is preparing to start her ed ucation at primary school. However, Magistrate Swain sentenced him to two years each for the one count of housebreaking and one count of stealing. The sen tences are to run concurrent ly. However, she disregarded the tenth count of receiving. St Remy was also ar raigned on two counts of threats of death, one count of assaulting a police ofc er, one count of resisting ar rest, one count of disorderly conduct in a police station, and one count of disorderly behaviour. St Remy was sentenced to three months each for the two counts of threats of death, one count of assaulting a police ofcer and one count of resisting arrest, and 30 days each for disorderly conduct in a police station, disorderly behaviour, and obscene lan guage. Those sentences are to run concurrently with his original two-year sentence. MAN CRIES IN COURT AS HE IS JAILED FOR TWO YEARS By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter POWERSECURE has selected subcontractor Mike Harreld to assume the role of interim CEO of Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) effective today, as the companys board pre pares to implement sys tems to track and elimi nate fraud and nancial abuses. BPLs board, in a state ment obtained by The Trib une, also announced that it is in the nal stages of separating from the com pany, the last of the employ ees identied in the fo rensic audit report into the multi-million theft scheme at BPL. However, the board said it is not at liberty to release the report as the matter is still under police investiga tion. The boards announce ment comes just days after former BPL CEO Pamela Hill was terminated. Mrs Hills termination came less than a week after the company red three junior employees in connection with the more than $2m fraud scheme uncovered earlier this year. The ve-month long scheme involved approxi mately 44 cheques paid out to 16 vendors from Decem ber 16, 2016 to May 9, and prompted a wide-ranging audit by Ernst and Young of the electricity provider. The boards statement, however, stressed yesterday that Mrs Hills termination was in the best interest of BPL, and not a conse quence of the ongoing fraud investigations in BPL. The statement also said company is prepared to leverage its leadership and current business assets and platforms to execute what it sees as enormous growth opportunities on which BPL can capitalise. It added BPL can and will return to a path of robust growth, renewed nancial strength and an in novation leader in the in dustry, and that the board is committed to exploring and evaluating possibilities and opportunities that will put BPL on a trajectory for revitalisation and deliver value to shareholders. The statement further said the board is resolved to pursue a steady course of action towards the at tainment of all of the com panys human and capital resources functioning at optimal levels of efciency and capability. That plan, the board said, includes the imple mentation of systems to track and eliminate fraud and nancial abuses; the engagement of local pro fessionals and talents to help enhance BPLs man agement and core staff units; treating with re spect both the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) and the Bahamas Electrical Managers Union (BEMU) as well as the ex ecutive team, and ensuring BPLs customers receive top quality of service at a reasonable rate. Once these objectives can be achieved the com pany will emerge as a more productive, efcient and protable exercise, the statement added. Enormous growth op portunities exist on which BPL can capitalise, the boards statement contin ued. We fully intend to lev erage the companys leader ship and current business assets and platforms to exe cute against these opportu nities. We have the support of our talented teams and tremendous resources. This company can and shall return to a path of robust growth, renewed nancial strength and an innovation leader in the industry. This board is committed to exploring and evaluating possibilities and opportunities that will put BPL on a trajectory for revitalisation and deliver value to shareholders. The board has addressed various performance issues with PowerSecure, and is anticipating that these are rectied in a specied time frame. Our success depends on all stakeholders uniting behind our common goal of building for better and it will call for mutual respect, patience, trust and a unied approach. It is our duty to serve at the highest levels to ensure that our better becomes best. Mrs Hill was named CEO in May 2016. She replaced Jeff Wallace, who resigned citing personal reasons weeks after the government nalised its deal with BPLs management company Pow erSecure. PowerSecures ve-year management services agree ment (MSA), 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. In a surprising move last week, however, BPLs board instructed its legal counsel to demand reim bursement from Power Secure of all funds gone missing due to the vendor fraud scheme. Addition ally, the board called on PowerSecure to cure all deciencies and/or breach es set out under the MSA within 30 days. POWERSECURE CHOOSES INTERIM BPL CHIEF By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter LARRY Smith, 67, well-known columnist, died suddenly at his High Vista home on Sunday of complica tions from heart failure. From 2004, he wrote the week ly column, Tough Call, in The Tribune Larry Andrew Smith was born in Nassau in 1950 to Roy and Barbara Smith. He attended Queens Col lege before attending the Universi ty of Miami on a government schol arship to study political science and journalism. He worked for the Ba hamas News Bureau before starting Media Enterprises in 1984. He was married to Joanne Smith, daughter of Mr Justice van Sertima, and they have two daughters, Aliya Carey and Casey Smith. Funeral services will be an nounced later. LARRY SMITH, who has died, aged 67. TRIBUNE WRITER LARRY SMITH DIES, AGED 67 A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 28, 2017, PAGE 11 DURING his rst day in ofce in Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis engaged in fruitful talks with representatives from Hutchison Whampoa regarding the Grand Lucay an Resort, which has been closed for nearly a year. However, he would not reveal any details discussed or progress reached dur ing his meeting with them at the Ofce of the Prime Minister on Friday. He said: We continue meaningful discussions to wards the forward move ment of the Lucayan hotel strip. I dont want to go into specics to derail or preju dice the investment mov ing forward, but we would continue discussions, and we will continue to work as much as is necessary to try and bring back the Lucayan strip. There are too many people here in Grand Ba hama suffering, and this has happened not as a result of the recession, but Grand Bahama has been in pain even before the recession. 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. 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. In late July, Dr Minnis revealed 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. On Friday, Dr Minnis said he intends to keep his commitment to come to the Ofce of the Prime Min ister (OPM) in Grand Ba hama once a month to deal with matters. Friday was the rst of those visits. While in ofce, he re viewed ongoing projects and new initiatives with the team in Grand Baha ma, made up of Minister of State in the Ofce of the Prime Minister Kwasi Thompson, Pakesia Parker Edgecombe, parliamentary secretary for communica tions in the Ofce of the Prime Minister, Iram Lew is, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Works, and Rev Fredrick McAlp ine, chairman of the Hotel Corporation and Senator Jasmin Darius. I am pleased to have spent my rst day in ofce today here in Grand Ba hama, he told reporters at a press conference at OPM in the Harold DeGregory Complex in Freeport. Dr Minnis also met with the principals of Harcourt Development concerning the revitalisation of the for mer Royal Oasis property, which was acquired by the developers a decade ago. I expressed in clear terms that the status quo as it exists today is unaccepta ble. This ofce will take an active role in ensuring this property is revitalised, Dr Minnis said Friday. I am happy to report that these meetings were very productive and that the government is focused on its commitment to Grand Bahama. The economic revitali sation to Grand Bahama is critical to the team and me here in Grand Bahama. All efforts are being made to ensure Grand Bahama can touch and feel the impact of economic opportuni ties, Prime Minister Min nis said. I am committed to Grand Bahama, and my commitment is evident through this ofce. I will continue to be in ofce one day a month to serve this community. I promise that I will be back to experi ence a Taste of Port Lu caya which I encourage all Grand Bahamians to sup port, he said. The initiative was launched early this month to help boost and spur eco nomic activity at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which has suffered tremendously following the closure of the three-hotel strip. Dr Minnis also gave an update on the hurricane re lief programme on Grand Bahama. I have instructed of cials to review the pro gramme with a view to bringing assistance to the people of Grand Bahama in a more expeditious man ner, he said. The programme may be of a voucher system; one ex ists today, but there can be an advancement on it, he explained. But I want Grand Ba hama to know; it is impos sible for the government to rebuild every home in Grand Bahama. It is impos sible for this government or any government after the hurricane to rebuild every home in Grand Bahama or any island in the Bahamas. However, it is governments responsibility to improve the quality of life of every citizen and to give them all fair opportunity. We have limited rev enue. If I was to spend $150,000 in every home, what will happen is that many in Grand Bahama will be left out or marginal ised, but I can improve the quality of life for all, and thats what we will concen trate on, he said. Fruitful talks on future of Grand Lucayan Resort By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter PRIME Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis said that the Ofce of the Prime Min ister would soon launch an apiary entrepreneur pro gramme, and put at least 20 persons in business on Grand Bahama. An apiary is a place where bees are kept. Dr Minnis was in Free port on Friday. It was his rst day in ofce at the Of ce of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Grand Bahama. He said the rst mandate of the ofce is the economic revitalisation of Grand Ba hama. He noted that the Of ce of the Prime Minister is actively engaged in the establishment of a Grand Bahama Investment Unit, a one stop shop for investors to improve the ease of do ing business. Ultimately, this unit will be the place for Grand Ba hamas specic application processing. This will mean a faster turnaround in in vestment applications, thus putting persons to work sooner, he said. The prime minister also discussed the establish ment of the Grand Ba hama Promotions Board to drive Foreign Direct Investments to Grand Ba hama, creating greater op portunities. He noted that that the OPM will soon host the Grand Bahama Tech Sum mit with leading local and international technology companies to expose en trepreneurs to the global market. Grand Bahama will be on the way to becoming a tech hub of the Bahamas, he added. The prime minister said the tech sector has a great opportunity for advance ment and offers high-end salaries. When asked about invest ments outside of Freeport, Dr Minnis indicated that his government is in discus sions with a particular in vestment group concerning West End. We made a commit ment not to talk about the project as it is an ongoing process, but as we continue to advance I am sure you will hear more about it, he said. With respect to the en tire Grand Bahama, we will utilise all its resources available, and that is with respect to eco-tourism, we (will) push that further. ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter DESPITE the Free Na tional Movements land slide victory and its ve seats in Parliament for Grand Bahama, there is still no hope or help for the devastated island, said Democratic National Alli ance Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer. Mr Mortimer also said withdrawal of the Wynn group from negotiations on the sale of the Grand Lu cayan Resort in Grand Ba hama and the governments relative silence on the mat ter beg many questions. Mr Mortimer said the Minnis administration, which ran on a promise of transparency in govern ance, missed an opportu nity last week to openly and honestly discuss the matter. The withdrawal of the Wynn group from the ongo ing talks is telling in many ways and raises some very important questions, in cluding one obvious one: Why would the front runner for the purchase suddenly abandon the negotiations in which it has invested so much time and money into over the past many months? Equally troubling has been the governments response. When specula tion about the viability of the talks broke last week, the Minnis administration, whose entire campaign was run on transparency, missed an opportunity to frankly and honestly address the situation. Instead, they at tempted to deect from the ensuing complications by promising an announcement soon, Mr Mortimer noted in a statement released Sunday. These empty, open-end ed promises harken back to the previous administration that while promising help and hope did nothing but ignore Grand Bahama and its residents. During the last elec toral cycle, Grand Bahama showed overwhelming sup port for the Free National Movement sending all ve of its nominated candidates to Parliament. It is the re sponsibility of these ve in dividuals to do everything in their power to protect the interests of the men and women who voted for them. Now, more than ever, Grand Bahamians deserves honest, transparent com munication. They deserve a road map detailing the governments plans to res cue Grand Bahama from the precipice of economic decline. They deserve real help and hope and not just more empty promises, Mr Mortimer said. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaking at a press conference in Grand Bahama. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn/Tribune Staff A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Monday, August 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN a world of fast-paced, high tech talk and expecta tions, a ritual plays out eve ry week in a modest house in an even more modest neighbourhood that re minds us of what humanity is all about. The building where it takes place is called Moss eff House. Donated by the Davis family who never for got their humble beginnings in the Fox Hill community, the little yellow structure next to the Fox Hill Police Station comes alive every Thursday and Sunday pre paring food for the hungry. Volunteers clean, chop, marinate and cook over 500 pounds of chicken a week. They grate cabbage for coleslaw, stir massive pots of peas n rice, wash and tear enough lettuce to lay out a regulation football eld. And every movement, every stirring with a super sized spoon or plating and packaging in individual containers is accompanied by a smile and inspired by compassion. Hunger is a horrible thing to endure, but togeth er we can wipe it out, said Philip Smith, who has been feeding the hungry for more than a decade, these days as executive director of the Bahamas Feeding Network. What we see out there breaks your heart. Some of the people in the com munity who come to col lect their meal may not eat another hot meal until the next time they come to the door which could be three or four days away. We are a rich nation and yet there are people hunting for scraps in dumpsters. Founded in 2013, the Ba hamas Feeding Network is the brainchild of its patron Frank Crothers, ambassa dor of the order of Rhodes & Malta. Since its launch, the network has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in food coupons and supplies to help ease the pain of hunger. It has do nated food or cooked meals for over 120 soup kitchens, churches with feeding pro grammes, childrens homes and senior centres through out the Bahamas. Its vans crisscross the island meet ing up with church or feed ing centre representatives or feeding centres, its pack ages are routinely shipped to Family Islands. The Feeding Networks board of directors reads like a whos who of the Bahamas Felix Stubbs, chairman, Bamboo Shack and Sapo dilla entrepreneur Elaine Pinder, nancial services executives Shayne Davis and Patricia Hermanns, Osprey Development and Gunite Pools chairman Peter White head, tireless community ser vice worker Robin Symon ette, McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes Partner Sean Moree, Pastor Timothy Stewart. Nearly every major food retailer or wholesaler has gifted food or sold it at re duced prices for the cause. Their donations are es sential, said Mr Smith. We could not do it without our sponsors. But all the supplies, the 40-lb bags of chickens, the 50-lb sacks of rice, the hun dredfold high stacks of Sty rofoam containers would be inanimate promises of hope without the hands and hearts of volunteers like Skully and Solomon. Their dedication is un believable, said Mr Croth ers. I dont know how they do what they do and do it with such love. Skully, short for Recina Ferguson, hauls hundreds of pounds of chicken. It may be 1am Saturday morning when she unlocks the door at Mosseff House to begin prepping for Sunday. While others are sound asleep, she is cleaning, chopping, sea soning. A retired teacher and tutor, shes been known to work 18 hours straight. And never a pennys pay. This is my heart, she said. On Sunday, her male counterpart, Solomon, a tall, wiry and t man, hoists a huge steaming tub of peas n rice, running with the burning hot pan to replace the one that volunteers like Wendy Deveaux have just nished dishing out. With as many as 30 vol unteers, often buoyed by organisations like Rotary, Kiwanis and Rotaract that swell the numbers even higher, the cooking and preparation of contain ers can take as little as ve hours or as much as nine. A week ago, people from the Fox Hill community col lected 300 meals before the distribution with vans even began or church and feed ing centre representatives showed up to collect the distribution trays. These meals are going to help people who largely fall below the poverty level which the government pegs at $11.74 a day. And the governments own statis tics show that one in every seven to eight people falls into that category. When we cook, plate, package and donate meals to the hungry, everything is carefully ac counted for but what we can never measure is the love that goes into each one, said Mr Smith. You have to be there, to hear the singing, watch the camaraderie and feel the spirit. Then you will understand. A small house with a very large mission. The little kitchen that could By DIANE PHILLIPS BAHAMAS Feeding Network board members such as Robin Symonette, centre, work alongside mother and daughter volunteers Alicia Pugh and Lisa Pugh to help plate and package up to 1500 meals every Sunday at Mosseff House, Fox Hill Road. GOVERNMENT statistics put the level of hunger in The Bahamas at one in every 7-8 people of just over 12% of the population. A12MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, August 28, 2017, PAGE 13 THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the establishment of tempo rary measures regard ing the visa process at its embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, due to technical constraints. While the temporary measure may initially result in minor delays, noted a ministry statement released on Friday, the ministry wishes to assure the pub lic that every effort will be made to process applica tions in a timely manner. All other functions of the embassy will continue uninterrupted, it contin ued. The ministry will ad vise the public in due course when the embassy resumes its normal visa issuing function. The Ministry of Foreign Af fairs apologises for any in convenience caused. When contacted by The Tribune for clarication, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Heneld insisted the Bahamian government has been steadfast in its at tempts to resolve this mat ter, adding that persons in Port-au-Prince needing a visa can still go through the process. Mr Heneld said: We arent ending the service there. We have simply re patriated the service to New Providence, adding, at most, two to three days to the process. The system itself hasnt changed, you go into our ofce there, submit your application; once that is done, we will review at our ofces here, make a ruling, and forward that informa tion back to our ofces there, he added. In 2014, concerns were raised over a possible visa scam in Haiti after on line reports alleged that the Bahamian Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued thousands of fraudulent Bahamian entry visas to Haitians. The report further al leged that the scam had been operational over a sixmonth period, with some entry visas having been sold to persons in Haiti for as much as $1,000. In December 2014, then Foreign Affairs and Im migration Minister Fred Mitchell conrmed all visas issued over a three-month period prior to the matter going public were cancelled by the Bahamas govern ment. Mr Mitchell, at the time, said the matter was still under investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. FOREIGN MINISTRY MOVES HAITIAN VISA SERVICE By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban Devel opments RISE programme reportedly suffered sub stantial challenges and is under review to determine whether the pilot project will be adopted, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold. Mr Newbold, in a state ment on Friday, said the natural conclusion ex plained that those challenges negatively affected the project units ability to meet targeted goals. However, he noted successful elements such as the production of a data management system to document and monitor client benets, and the inte gration of a pre-paid auto mated card system. The project was facilitat ed by a ve-year loan con tract with the Inter-Amer ican Development Bank, and its conclusion is not expected to hinder or inter rupt the delivery or quality of services, he said. Mr Newbold was re sponding to questions sent by The Tribune to Social Services Minister Lanisha Rolle, who has repeatedly declined press inquiries. The general aims of the pilot were to test the follow ing initiatives, the state ment read, programmes designed to provide sup port to households in need; approaches indicative of institutional strengthening; and a software system de signed to monitor and eval uate services delivered to clients. The programme has reached its natural conclu sion, and the ministry is at the stage of nal assess ment of the pilot as per the contract. To this end, the IDB has communicated its assessment and the govern ment of The Bahamas in tends to review the contents of its report. It continued: Though a well-intentioned initia tive, it would appear, how ever, that the project suf fered substantial challenges that negatively impacted the units ability to meet its targeted goals. Notwithstanding the challenges, to date, how ever, the pilot has produced a data management system to document and monitor client benets in addition to the integration of a prepaid automated card system which allowed for greater efciency and an enhanced quality of service. The contract period was from August 2012 to Au gust 2017; however, The Tribune was told that the project has been suspended for at least two months. It was managed as a joint effort between the IDB and the ministry, with the lat ter serving as the executing agency. The press statement read: At this juncture, the gov ernment of The Bahamas will have to consider the nal reports of the IDB and the existing project team with a view to as sessing the programmes overall performance and to make its determination as to whether or not it is feasible to extend the Pilot or adopt and integrate any portion/s of the programme for the benet of Social Ser vices existing and potential clients. It added: In due course, the ministry will promptly inform the public of the governments nal decision in relation to the RISE Pro gramme which will be made in the best interest of the Bahamian people. RISE scheme under review By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter ANTHONY NEWBOLD A MAN who police want ed to question in connec tion with a murder that took place at a bar on Quintine Alley and Wulff Road ear lier this year was found by Haitian authorities in that country after he skipped town, senior police ofcials conrmed yesterday. Assistant Commission er of Police Clayton Fer nander conrmed that the suspect was found in Haiti by Haitian law enforcement ofcials about two weeks ago. ACP Fernander told The Tribune that the Royal Ba hamas Police Force (RBPF) is currently doing the nec essary paperwork to have the suspect returned to the Bahamas to be questioned by local police. It is conrmed and we are just doing the necessary paperwork to get him back here, ACP Fernander told The Tribune An all-points bulletin was previously put out by the RBPF for the suspect following a shooting inci dent that left a man dead and another detained in hospital on March 25. According to reports, shortly after 1.30am on the day in question, two men were at a club located on Quintine Alley and Wulff Road when they were shot. The two men were taken to hospital where one of them later died. The other man was said to be in sta ble condition. The victim, said to be 32-year-old John Hutchenson, was report edly killed just two days be fore his birthday. MURDER CASE SUSPECT FOUND IN HAITI By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A13MAIN


PAGE 14, Monday, August 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE CHILDREN are on their way back to school so let us make back to school safety a top prior ity. Every day thousands of children take to the streets to get to and from school. Many children may not un derstand or be able to use safety rules. Children do not have the same frame of reference for safety as adults. They may not look before they leap, which is why it is so important for families to supervise chil dren and practice safety skills with their children to make certain they really know and understand. The tips noted below will help prepare for a safer school year. Drivers Be alert, slow down and avoid any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Do not talk or text while driving. Make sure everyone in the car buckles his or her seatbelt. Not only will it keep you safe, it is also the law. Exercise extra caution as you head out to work and be on the lookout for school children. Pay special attention to the speed limit in school zones. Familiarise yourself with trafc laws. Do not park on side walks and obstruct visibil ity for both pedestrians and motorists. Do not drink and drive. When driving in the rain Slow down, take your time, turn your lights on and give other vehicles space. Driving in conditions that involve strong or heavy wind and rain may not seem like the most pressing safety concern for many drivers, but know that driving in any type of severe weather can signicantly increase your risk for a dangerous situa tion for you, your family and other drivers. Remember that severe weather demands your undivided attention, so be sure to reduce any pos sible distractions by turning the radio down or turning off your phone to keep your attention fully on the road. Tips for parents and guardians Instruct your children to, always stay in well-lit are as, never take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas. Teach them to stay aware of their surround ings and observe all trafc rules in place to more safely share the roads and side walks with others. If anyone bothers your children or makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused, while going to or from school, teach your chil dren to trust their feelings, immediately get away from that person, and tell you or another trusted adult. If an adult approaches your children for help or di rections, remember grown ups needing help should not ask children; they should ask other adults. Instruct your children to never accept money or gifts from anyone unless you have told them it is OK to accept in each instance. Always provide supervi sion for your young children to help ensure their safe ar rival to and from school. Show your chil dren which way to walk to and from school. Teach your children about the tricks someone may try to use to confuse them or engage them in conversation. Ensure current and ac curate emergency contact information is on le for your children at their school. If you, or another trust ed family member or friend, need to pick up your chil dren, make sure to follow the schools departure pro cedures. These procedures need to include the schools conrmation of your chil drens departure with only those you authorize to pick them up. Teach your children if anyone tries to take them somewhere they should quickly get away and yell, This person is trying to take me away or This person is not my father/ mother/guardian. Teach your children if anyone follows them on foot to get away from that person as quickly as possi ble. If anyone follows them in a vehicle they should turn around, go in the other di rection, and try to quickly get to a spot where a trusted adult may help them. Ad vise them to be sure to tell you or another trusted adult what happened. Instruct your children to tell a trusted adult if they notice anyone they do not know or feel comfortable with hanging around them. In the event your chil dren may be lost or injured, make sure they carry a con tact card with your name and telephone numbers such as work and cellular. This card should be hidden from plain view. Talk to your chil dren about the kind of friends they keep. Teach them how to deal with con icts if faced with them. Attend (PTA) meet ings. Get to know all of your childrens teachers. Back to school safety tips for children If walking to school, use sidewalks where available. In areas where there are no sidewalks, walk along the side of the road facing trafc. Avoid using head phones or other electronic devices that will distract you from trafc. While at your bus stop: do not run into trafc. Arrive to your bus stop early. Never walk behind the bus. Make sure you know which bus to catch. Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to enter or exit the bus. When crossing the street observe trafc, watch for the signal from drivers to cross.. Say no if anyone you do not know or a person who makes you feel scared, un comfortable, or confused offers a ride. Do not accept a ride from anyone unless your parents have told you it is OK to do so in each in stance. Quickly get away and yell, THIS PERSON IS NOT MY MOTHER/FA THER/GUARDIAN if anyone tries to take you somewhere or is following you. If anyone tries to grab you, make a scene and every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting. Never leave school grounds before the regular school day ends. Always check with the ofce before leaving school early. Never take shortcuts or walk through alleys to get to or from school faster. Let your parents know about activities you partici pate in that may cause you to leave earlier or arrive home later. Remember to call your parents once you arrive home. While at school most teachers have their own rules for what goes on in their classroom but here are a few other things you should remember when you are in class: If another student, even a friend asks you to do something you do not want to do, do not do it. If you get into an argu ment, talk it out, ghting will hurt you and probably get you in trouble. It may even give you a reputation as a bully. If anything bothers you or makes you feel weird, like a ght with a friend, a runin with a bully, or anything, talk to an adult you trust. Do not carry a gun, a knife, illegal drugs or any weapon to school. Pos session of these items will lead to arrest and criminal charges. Tips for teachers Greet your students as they enter your class room. Introduce yourself and make it a point to cre ate small talk with your students over the rst few weeks. This establishes trust and students often go the extra mile for teachers they trust. Establish and review classroom routines. Take some time to reect on the previous school year and any changes that may need to take place within your classroom. Reect on what worked and what did not, as well as why it did or did not work. You do not have to revamp it all, just polish it every year. Then model your expectations, starting on the rst day. Students crave structure whether they will admit it or not! Focus on ways to create a safe environment for your students. This can be done through morning meet ings where teachers and students greet each other and take time to share their thoughts as well as review a run-down of the days events. Create activities that promote students to take risks, and have a safe place for them to fall. Af ter all, we often learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes. Use colleagues as a sounding board to get ad vice. Professional support is an important part of the learning process that will ensure success. Remember to use your planning time to complete your to-do list. If you notice any of your students return to school with a different behaviour and it seems as if something is going on with them. Do not ignore the signs. Talk with that student and get help immediately. To all citizens and residents Let us all do our part in making this a safer school year. If you see a child in danger or away from school during school hours and you feel that something is not right. Contact the rele vant authorities right away. It takes a village to raise a child, meaning it takes an entire community to raise a child. A child has the best ability to become a healthy adult if the entire commu nity takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child. For more information, contact the National Crime Prevention Ofce on 3028430, 3028431, 3028154 or visit our website www.roy Back to school safety advice By SERGEANT 3150 NATHALIE RANGER Police advice A14MAIN