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AN 18-month-old baby is dead after he was shot in his home early Monday morning in what police believe was an act of retaliation toward the toddlers father. The boys mother and fa ther were also shot during the incident. They are both listed in serious condition in hospital. Shortly after the tragic killing, police said they wanted to speak with 19-yearold Anthon Stevens, AKA Bigga for help with the inves tigation. Stevens later turned him self in to the Central De tective Unit with his lawyer around 4.05pm in connec tion with the investigation, police said. The shooting took place shortly after 3am on Monday and took the countrys mur der count to 90 for the year, according to The Tribunes records. It was also the sec ond murder in less than 48 hours in the capital. Police have not identied the baby but The Tribune understands he is Shelton Tinker Jr. Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander said the adult male victim, the father of the toddler, was about to enter his home off Rupert Dean Lane when he was forced into the residence by a gunman who he knew. The adult male just got home and he was about to enter his home, north of Dunmore Street when he was approached by a gun man known to him, who lives in this general area. The gunman forced him into the home, ACP Fer nander said. The home is a single structure home, where the victim lived with his girl friend and their 18-monthold baby boy. The individ ual red a number of shots resulting in three persons being shot. The male vic tim, his girlfriend and the baby were shot to the body. The infant died on the scene, the male and the fe male were transported to hospital by ambulance and they are listed in serious condition. The man is in more serious condition than the woman. ACP Fernander said the male victim and the sus pected gunman had an ar gument the night before, which police believe led to the shooting. The only information we have is that there was an altercation earlier with the suspect and so this could have been retaliation as a result of the altercation, ACP Fernander said. We are appealing to res idents in this area, there are a number of houses in this yard, where the victim lived and the residents are famil iar with the suspect and so we are appealing to resi dents to assist us. He (the suspect) should not be al lowed, to be moving about in this community. Please work with us and get this in dividual off the street. Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper WOMAN: BESTSELLING AUTHOR READY TO RELEASE 18TH NOVEL TUESDAY HIGH 92FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 Beyond tears THE BODY of an 18-month-old boy is taken from the scene after he was shot dead early yesterday morning. Police were investigating after an early morning shootout saw the toddler killed. Photo: Terrel W Carey/Tribune Staff ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin launched her bid to become leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) yester day as she called for trans formation in education, a renewed ght against pov erty and efforts to combat the deteriorating health of Bahamians, an issue she said was nearly a crisis. She is the rst person to publicly announce an inten tion to challenge Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip Brave Davis for leader at the partys Oc tober convention. She is seeking to become the rst woman to lead a major political party, hav ing been elected as the rst woman chairman of a party in 2008. One of the most critical institutions in this regard is our educational system but over the years it has be come more and more com plex with layers upon layers of initiatives and layers and layers upon layers of poli cies, she said last night at her constituency headquar ters on Balfour Avenue. GLENYS THROWS HAT INTO THE RING By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter TODDLER DIES IN SHOOTING PARENTS GUNNED DOWN ALL Bahamas Construc tion Co Ltd has not re ceived any money from the government in the past 12 months for the work it has done to date on the Fishing Hole Road Bridge project, which should have been completed by January of this year. A $6.5m contract was signed under the Christie administration in Decem ber 2015, with a completion timeline of 61 weeks. The budget has now increased to $7m. BUILDERS DEMAND: OUR MONEY? By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter THE Securities Com mission of The Baha mas yesterday referred its ndings on the Pineapple Express Asue Holders dif culties to police, ofcially classifying the self-pro claimed asue business as an alleged Ponzi or pyramid scheme. A spokesperson for the Securities Commission of The Bahamas (SCB), in an email to The Tribune on Monday, said despite not receiving any formal complaints with respect to Pineapple Express, it could, from information obtained, conclude that the scheme t typologies of a pyramid or Ponzi scheme. Hundreds of Bahami ans were left in limbo after Pineapple Express tempo rarily closed its doors fol lowing a meeting with gov ernment ofcials last week. Last Friday, police were called as chaos followed at the companys Zion Boule vard ofce, with scores of customers storming the fa cility with hopes of recoup ing funds invested. The Tribune understands only a small number of people were refunded on Friday and others were told to re turn on Monday. PINEAPPLE SCAM: POLICE CALLED IN By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE TWO SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE FEWER TOURISTS IN GRAND BAHAMA THAN IN 1977SEE BUSINESS A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE On Monday, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson, and Iram Lewis, parliamentary sec retary in the Ministry of Works, met with the con tractor Wolfgang Geiger for an update on the project. A team from the Ministry of Works was also present to assess the work. Mr Geiger informed Senator Thompson that his company had not been paid any funds from the govern ment over the past year and hoped that the matter could be resolved to get the pro ject completed as quickly as possible. The bridge is nished in bits and pieces, we are assembling the bridge and putting it on, but still I put it back on the government to transfer funds because we have been a year without getting paid, he told Mr Thompson. Work is moving slowly, and there are ten work ers on site assembling the bridge. Mr Geiger took Mr Thompson, Ministry of Works ofcials, and the press on a tour of the site. Although the cultural village is nearly complete, there is still tremendous work to do on the instal lation of the bridge. The cultural village is com prised of booths for ven dors, a restroom facility, and a sh cleaning station. Mr Geiger indicated that some adjustments are re quired and need to be ap proved by the government, including the necessity of a proper entrance road for vendors while construc tion is underway, and a location for the disposal of conch shells, among other things. The contractor indicat ed that light xtures had not been installed in the bathrooms due to previous thefts at the site. Mr Thompson was satis ed with the progress made so far and noted that the government would work with the contractor to ad dress the concerns and look at putting in additional items at the site. He told us his concerns and will we do our best to address those concerns, but we would like for him to in crease the staff and get the job done in the shortest pe riod of time, Mr Thomp son said. Once the concerns are addressed, Mr Thompson stated that the contrac tor has indicated that they should be nished early next year, possibly by Janu ary 2018. We visited what is sup posed to be a cultural vil lage, and seen up close the bridge as it is going up, and so we are satised it is pro gressing. We will work with (the contractor) to ensure it is completed in the short est period of time, Mr Thompson said. Mr Iram Lewis stated that the Ministry of Works is satised that all techni cal requirements are being met, and been assured that ofcials conduct inspec tions on a regular basis. There will be some ad justments along the way. We expect (the cost) to go up, but we will be able to justify whatever (changes) we will make to the con tract. As you are aware, there are some additional concerns we must address, he said. With regards to safety concerns, Mr Thompson is advising the public to pro ceed with caution while driving in the area. We also want to address some of the safety concerns that have been raised. This is a construction site, and it is very important that the public is reminded they are entering a construction site, he warned. He said persons need to pay attention to the safety signage that has been in stalled, trafc cones, and the designated speed limit in the area. We want to reiterate to the public to obey all of the safety signs. Just in a short period of time, we wit nessed the speed on which motorists drive along the temporary road. We wit nessed persons overtaking on the road, and we want to send a strong message to the public that this is a construction site and we want them to obey the traf c signs. There are signs as you enter the area and there is a speed limit of 13mph, he said. Mr Geiger stated that the project cost is around $7m and he expects to remain on budget. We can assure the public that we will do everything in our power to get the project nished as quickly as possible if we have resolved the issues we have, he said. Mr Geiger reported that 50 persons were initially employed at the site, but that number has dropped to ten people. At the moment, we are just assembling until the government can decide on how we move on to the cul tural village, then we will have more people on site. At the moment it is not nec essary, he said. The contractor also ex pressed his concerns about the safety in the area and warned that an incident could be catastrophic. The public has to be aware of the construction site here and to drive slower because people are work ing next to the road, and if a truck was to hit the con crete barrier, it could be a catastrophic event. The Fishing Hole Road is a narrow causeway con necting Freeport and West Grand Bahama. It runs through to Hawksbill Creek and is prone to tidal ood ing, especially during hur ricanes. Two lives have been lost in the past when persons at tempted to cross the ood ed causeway. The issue of ooding at FHR was rst raised by young civic activist Caleb Outten, of Eight Mile Rock, who started the PUMP organisation in the early 1990s and initiated public protests and town meetings to bring awareness to the ooding problem at Hawks bill Creek. Mr Outten called on the government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority to build a bridge, after bringing in engineers from the US to assess the area. Both the Free National Move ment and Progressive Lib eral Party administrations had promised to address the issue. Builders demand: Wheres our money? OFFICIALS visit the Fishing Hole Road bridge construction project in Grand Bahama on Monday. Photos: Vandyke Hepburn/BIS A CLOSER look at the bridge construction project on Fishing Hole Road. from page one A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 29, 2017, PAGE 3 POWERSECURE told the new interim CEO of Bahamas Power & Light to stay clear of on going disputes between it self and the board of BPL and focus squarely on such service priorities as keep ing the lights on and raising money for equip ment improvements, Car son Harreld said during his introductory press confer ence yesterday. The disputes, which have made some suspect Power Secures days as the man agement company of BPL are numbered, will be handled by attorneys on both sides and others, Mr Harreld, the companys in terim CEO, said at BPLs headquarters. Thats not my remit. Im here to keep the business going and to work with the board on what they want to do to get the best electricity in the Bahamas. With 40 years of experi ence in the sector, Mr Har reld replaces Pamela Hill whose rocky tenure ended last week when BPLs board red her. However, its not clear what process will determine whether Mr Harreld or someone else becomes the substantive CEO of BPL. The management ser vices agreement (MSA) be tween the government and PowerSecure, negotiated and signed by the former Christie administration, has never been released to the public. And Darnell Osbourne, chairwoman of BPLs board, reiterated yesterday that the much sought-after audit report into BPL will not be released to the public while police conduct inves tigations into its allegations of theft and fraud. Mr Harreld said yester day that its too early to say whether his plans for BPL will differ from his predecessor but stressed he is sensitive to the cost of electricity. We are very dependent here in the Bahamas on the price of oil and diesel, he said. Weve had some is sues this past year that even though the price went down some, we were working on many of our units to im prove them so we couldnt burn the lowest cost fuel at times. We had to rely more on the Blue Hills power plant which is a higher cost of fuel. In the short-run, even though cost has been down in general our fuel rates have been higher than wed like. Were aware of that and were working on it. Well be doing an RFP process to work to get even better prices from our ven dors. Mr Harreld said he was in the Bahamas recently for about 10 weeks as a consultant. He said he was previously based in Atlanta where he worked for 40 years. BPLs board has called for PowerSecure to cure all de ciencies and/or breaches un der the MSA within 30 days. As it relates to a probe into a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme at the compa ny, BPL has demanded that PowerSecure reimburse the funds. Mr Harreld said yester day he has ideas for how to prevent such theft. (Its an area thats) near and dear to my heart and one I have a lot of experi ence in, he said. There are some things that we could do to help improve that. If a group of people get together and decided to cheat, its hard in the short run to catch it. New BPL CEO: My job is to keep the lights on By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are looking for two men responsible for a shooting that left a man in hospital on Sunday. Shortly after 10.30pm, a man was standing outside his home on Lily of the Valley Corner when two men with handguns ap proached. The victim was shot before the gunmen ed on foot. The man is in stable con dition in hospital. SHOOTING VICTIM IN HOSPITAL POLICE are actively investigating the circum stances surrounding an apparent armed robbery at the Rubis gas station on West Bay Street on Sunday, one of three armed robber ies reported in western New Providence over a 24-hour period. Security footage of the robbery has since gone viral across social media. In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Assis tant Commissioner of Po lice Clayton Fernander said police are following up based on the footage. In the 38-second clip being circulated, a man wearing a bright red jack et, black pants, a straw hat and sunglasses, is seen walking into the service station and heading to ward the rear of the estab lishment. A short time later, an em ployee is seen approaching the cashiers counter, where he communicates with the cashier just before hand ing over what appears to be cash. Also in that moment, an armed assailant, sporting a black jacket, black trousers, a ski-cap and sunglasses walks into the establish ment and instructs both the cashier and the employee to get down. Meanwhile, the man in the red jacket is seen walk ing back to the front of the service station and ap pears to take on a look-out role. The armed assailant is seen instructing the two employees to hand over all valuables, the money in the cash register and a few oth er items from the cashiers counter. Once done, both assail ants are seen leaving the service station. It is unclear how much the thieves made off with or how they left the scene. Police also reported that Starbucks on West Bay Street was targeted by an armed man shortly before 6am Monday. The suspect robbed em ployees of cash before ee ing on foot, police said. Earlier Monday, a wom an was parked in the area of Go Slow Bend on West Bay Street around 2am when four men inside a Honda pulled up. Two of the men got out of the car, one armed with a handgun, and stole the womans car and cell phone, police said. Anyone with information on these incidents or any crime is asked to call police at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. ARMED ROBBERY AT GAS STATION AN IMAGE from security footage of the armed robbery. ONE of the suspects caught on camera during the raid. BAHAMAS Power and Light Companys new interim chief executive ofcer, Carson Harreld, speaking to the media yesterday. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A3MAIN


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN many signicant ways, the new administration is off to a good start. Its anti-corruption stance, strong warn ing to those who would commit violent crimes, making good on long-sought af ter promises for Crown Land, decision not to fund Carnival all verbalize a side of governance that the public is eager to hear. It has been a message of We will get the bad guys, deter future bad guys before they act and reward the good guys. That message is ne and good. But unless the administration gets serious about curtailing government spending and takes action to stimulate the econ omy the words will be little more than a public relations exercise and the honey moon will soon be over. What happens next is critical. We suggest that government look at how it can stop the bleeding of the public purse and re up the engine that runs the private sector or, in other words, take the shack les off business and consider arresting its own bad habits. Government should prepare and pre sent an austerity plan. The initial step, we suggest, is to announce a deadline by which all government ministries, de partments and divisions present their plan, ways they can cut down whether on salaries through hiring freeze and expedited attrition or other expenses with the exception of leases which they do not control. The second step is gov ernment announcing it is reviewing all submissions received and the third step is to present the plan for public review. The public should also be invited and incentivized to submit suggestions. As the austerity plan is imposed, the gov ernment would do well to demonstrate the savings or the re-assignment of freed up funds. We cannot take a government seriously when it says cut all ministries expenses by 10% across the board, there is no follow-up and one new minister is on the road for weeks, including a trip to Africa and London. The nal part of the austerity plan is an independent audit of all leases along with a spreadsheet that includes data such as comparable per square foot and CAM charges and penalties for can cellation or reducing term of lease if unfavorable. Leases have always been used as spoils of victory. To the victors friends and supporters go the hundreds of thousands of dollars from the public purse to the private pocket as a thank you. The new audit must be apolitical as well as independent and should be re viewed by an independent ad hoc board that includes respected real estate, nance and accounting rm executives. We have every reason to believe that some of the greatest wastage in gov ernment is in the form of leases and if you were to salvage that wastage and condense business into a major hub on one large property with spokes extend ing outward for various departments and green space in between with parks, cafes, child care, tness, walkways, you could create a government business cen tre that is an absolute showpiece. In a digital age, you have every oppor tunity to condense government so long as branches talk to each other and share information. It is insane that pensioners still have to go to NIB ofces all over the islands every six months to show they are alive when a sele with a date or an electronic ngerprint could be used. If the fear is people collecting for the dead, why wouldnt the people who record deaths post them so National Insurance and others can see? We have too many excuses about why we dont do things the modern way and too few reasons not to. Even more important than what we do to stop the public coffers bleeding and run a modern efcient, trimmed down government is to re up the economy. A combination of lack of incentives, bu reaucratic red tape and public service disinterest have sucked the air out of the capital expenditure markets. Who are todays greatest success stories? Not the grocer or the designer or the retailer or the builder. Its the handful of owners who control the numbers houses and the offshoots of those businesses, including real estate development. Why? Because they are allowed to do business their way, no shackles, no waiting for some one to issue a permit who sends a letter by way of the post ofce to ask for an other piece of paper. Like it or not, they operate a modern business in a modern way. Developers and businesspeople who were hoping for a breath of fresh busi ness air are already starting to whisper disappointment with the new adminis tration, the sole exception being Min ister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio DAguilar who has been singled out as business savvy, eager and quick to rec ognize what has the capacity to jolt a stagnant economy into action. It is important for the Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis and his team, to not just pay lip service to but to respect busi ness and to make it easy and pleasurable to do business in The Bahamas for both Bahamians and legitimate foreigners. If the honeymoon with the Minnis administration ends on a disappointed note, it will be tougher for the current administration to get public support to move its agenda forward. That means we will be in the same place we were before but with new characters in the same old roles. It will be governance by Cabinet and cronies will get the spoils. That is not what the Bahamian public voted for on May 10 when they swept an old gov ernment out with an historic farewell, electing it to a bare 10 per cent of Parlia mentary seats. Two thrusts will transform this nation. Stop government bleeding and create an environment that encourages sustain able business development and econom ic diversication. The recent tonguelashing by Moodys was a siren call. The Bahamas narrowly escaped another downgrade because of grave concern at the continuing lack of economic growth. Turning this country around should not be as difcult as those in government often make it out to be. We are starting with a country that is among the most desirable in the world. Just this month, Forbes magazine said of all the worlds real estate hotspots, The Bahamas was hands down the best place to buy. Now we need a government that ap preciates the important message that sends, creates a Land Registry and adopt a land use plan, shedding the stagnation of the past for a future that holds so much promise if only the right actions are taken before it is too late. The clock is ticking. Two pathways to Bahamas recovery Government austerity, economic EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Hon Philip Brave Davis (PLP-Cat Island), Leader of the ofcial Op position, is in a unique and most precarious political and, most importantly, his torical and constitutional position of modern times. Brave is extremely popular with the rank and le of the PLP. He is not loved as much by the inner sanctum and the relics of the Chris tie administration. He is even less loved, if that were possible, by the individu als who once called them selves, however reluctantly, his cabinet colleagues. Brave is the only sea soned front line survivor of the Wednesday massa cre on the May 10th, 2017 which saw the once mighty PLP reduced, almost, to ashes. He has long sought the leadership of the PLP. Now, whether or not he is up to the task ahead (I believe that he is) he must re-enter the public arena with some thing new; bold and progres sive. This is what must drive the agenda of The New PLP under his leadership. Brave is well aware that he has one last shot, so to speak, at be coming Prime Minister of our wonderful nation. He will not be able to do so, however, in my consid ered opinion, if he continues to allow political baggage to attach themselves to him and his leadership. I have al ready stated my views on rel ics within the PLP so there is no need to do so now. The Leader of the PLP, for now, is Brave. He has earned his stripes and deserves a genu ine shot at the ultimate prize, PLP speaking. Glenys Han na Marin (PLP-Englerston) is irrelevant. Alfred Sears is in a class where no sensible and right thinking Bahami ans are able to understand what the hell he is always ponticating on. Glenys has yet to ac count for the apparent s cal mismanagement within her portfolio ie Road Traf c Department and The Post Ofce Savings Bank (millions they say) but she wants to project the image that she would bring some thing of value to the politi cal table for the PLP? It is well written in the Bible that: one should never al low himself/herself to be deceived or deluded. She has run her political race and did not, with all due re spect, run it well. Alfred Marion Sears, QC, is a long time friend. I never, however, subscribe to what I have always seen as his self serving and patently bogus public policy proposed ini tiates. High sounding and seemingly benign but he has yet to esh out a single pro posal. He says that he should become leader of the rump PLP but by what real cre dentials? It is claimed that almost B$750,000.00 was paid out to Sears and At torney Desmond Edwards to stage a musical festival. The festival never happened and the money has yet to be returned. The Minister of Tourism, my good friend and benefactor, appears to be slunking, big time on this simple matter. The return of that mon ey could have keep some of those same innocent Bahamians who were en gaged in the last days of the Christie Administra tion. That, however, is not the point. The Minister of Tourism is not a trained lawyer but, as a Chartered Accountant cum Certied Financial Planner, the Hon Dionisio DAguilar (FNMFree Town), is duty bound to go after the return of that money. I want no excuses or soft talk on this issue. Under Obies watch millions went into The Festival Place. As to Brave and the up coming PLP convention, the second one in less than a year, he must stand and deliver to the base of the party. He will have to hank Christie, et all, for their nebulous contributions over the years, but he will have to distance himself and the New PLP from the ones who jacked us right up. We who are partisans of Brave have long said that he was shackled by PGC. Well, within a few short weeks, he will be shackled no more. Where will he take the New PLP in particular and the nation generally as we prepare to go into 2018? It cannot be the same old same old, Brave. And so, Brave is at the political cross roads. He can do what the PLP has always done, retreat into talking nonsense, or move forward to attract and solidify that vital millennial based vot ing block. There is a lot of political baggage which Brave will have to drop im mediately he becomes de facto and de jure Leader of the party. He will also have to do a cosmetic make over along with a strict weight and exercise regime. To morrows voters will expect to see a youthful looking leader with a plausible plan for the future. Brave is able to transform himself but he will have to get rid of the sycophants; tin gods; mas culine goddesses; akes and political hacks who now in fest his inner sanctum. Brave has one shot to the top. If he fumbles or drops the ball, he will no longer be relevant in the grand scheme of things. His rise will be conditional upon many diverse factors but none more important than to commence the rebuild ing and complete rebrand ing of the message and original mission statement. I wish to make it clear that while I voted for the Hon Marvin Dames (FNMMount Moriah), the Minis ter of National Security and fully endorsed and cam paigned for the Hon Dioni sio DAguilar (FNM-Free Town), our hardest working member of the Minnis cabi net, bar none, I am not an FNM. I have, of course, distanced myself from the regular PLP drivel as eschewed by the likes of Bradley Passe Roberts and Freddie the PLP will remain on the ropes. What are Braves plans for the way forward? Will he tote the political rejects and scandalised towards the starting line of the 2022 general elections or will he seize the golden oppor tunity which has been pre sented to him on a golden; silver and diamond encrust ed tray? Be a man, Brave, and rise to the occasion, if only for the sake of democ racy and the long neglected dream and vision of the late great and deeply lamented, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling. ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr Nassau, August 27, 2017. e rise of Brave Davis EDITOR, The Tribune. CANT believe the mind set of the Anglican clergy pertaining to the Shane Gibson case. One wise guy wants to tell the new FNM government how to run the show even though he al most caused a schism in the Church several years ago. The second wise guy thinks Dame Joan Saw yer is talking foolishness even though he has already stated Bahamian women are breeders. I guess he wants Dame Joan to go back to the kitchen and stay out of mens work. What the Anglican Church needs is an Arch bishop of Canterbury in tervention because these jokers running the Church obviously dont know what they are doing. No wonder so many Anglicans are be coming Rastas, Muslims and atheists. Then there is that cult of personality in Pinewood, a PLP stronghold looking for FNM handouts. Why is this church allowed to be open? Time for the government to start shutting down these cult churches. Christianity is supposed to uplift The Bahamas. Instead it is hold ing us back. KIRK CATALANO Nassau, August 28, 2017. Wise guys A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 29, 2017, PAGE 5 TRIBUTES have poured in for Larry Smith, the wellknown columnist who died on Sunday, as his family announced his funeral will be held this Saturday at the Bahamas National Trusts Retreat on Village Road. Former Tribune manag ing editor John Marquis said the news of Mr Smiths death stunned him, add ing that a void has now been left in Bahamian journal ism. We were in touch only a few weeks back when I con gratulated him on one of his columns, Mr Marquis, who served as Tribune manag ing editor from 1999-2009, noted. In my view, Larry was the best Bahamian journal ist of his generation, a man whose forthright and fear less approach to his work was matched only by his formidable word power. I always rated Larry and P Anthony White as the in tellectual powerhouses of Nassau journalism, twin beacons of light among the post-war generation. They covered an era when the political class sank to its lowest and jour nalistic integrity was re quired more than ever be fore. Unlike those who took the Pindling shilling, Larry and Anthony like all out standing journalists kept the light of freedom burn ing when lesser types were all too ready to fall into step with the nations dodgy leaders. His death leaves a huge hole in Bahamian journal ism and punditry which is going to be hard to ll. There are few very few who can write clear, aw less prose backed up with the erudition, wisdom and judgment Larry possessed. He was a genuine oneoff who made a huge con tribution not only to Baha mian journalism, but also Bahamian literature, be cause in addition to writing well, he ran his successful publishing and distribution business, which made good books available in every corner of The Bahamas. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family, Mr Marquis said. Ed Fields, a talk show host and a hotel execu tive, said Mr Smith never stopped caring or seeking the truth. Larry Smith and his pen are no longer with us, Mr Fields posted on Facebook. Larry and I spoke on Wednesday. He wanted to know why we are still kept in the dark about things. He never stopped seek ing the truth. The Bahamas has lost a champion for the truth. You can nally put your pen down and rest my friend, Mr Fields added. Others on social media remembered Mr Smith as a prolic writer and inspira tion. Mr Smith, 67, died sud denly at his High Vista home on Sunday of compli cations from chronic heart failure. From 2004, he wrote the regular column, Tough Call, in The Tribune He was also a contributor to the website Bahama Pundit. Mr Smith wrote the text for Portrait of The Baha mas, a 2004 publication of Michael Toogoods pho tography, and Bahamas Sketchbook, a 2013 collec tion of water colour paint ings by Graham Byeld. In 2003, he spent a year as head of a transition man agement team at The Nas sau Guardian, after the paper was acquired by local investors. He was born in Nassau in 1950 to Roy and Bar bara Smith. His father was a Royal Air Force service man from Watford, England and his mother was the daughter of out island com missioner Ronald Malone. He attended Queens College before attending the University of Miami on a government scholarship to study political science and journalism. He worked for the Bahamas News Bu reau before starting Media Enterprises in 1984. He was married to Joanne Smith, daughter of Mr Jus tice van Sertima, and they have two daughters, Aliya Carey and Casey Smith. The funeral begins at 10am. TRIBUTES PAID TO LARRY SMITH In spite of the earnest efforts of successive ad ministrations, our children emerge out of the system experiencing great chal lenges with basic literacy and numeracy skills which negatively impact their communication skills and this is a very serious out come. I believe we are now compelled to look at our educational system with new eyes and cause for an analysis of how our children learn and give them ac cess to knowledge through methodologies which are effective in that learning process. Our goals in the delivery of education must broaden and deepen so as to stimulate in our children creative thinking and foster analytical thought and fa cilitate innovation. Access to tertiary education must be liberalised to ensure that our gifted children all over The Bahamas are not shut out simply because their economic status does not allow it. In this way, our young people can begin the journey of reaching their full potential and in turn contribute in cutting edge fashion to our economic and social life. As for the health of Ba hamians, she said: In the mission to assure the thriv ing of our human capital understanding its impor tance to our viability as a people, we must have grave concerns that our national state of health is deterio rating before our very eyes. Despite the investment over the years of billions of dol lars in health infrastructure and pharmaceuticals and in training and engagement of health professionals, we are watching what is fast be coming a frightening health crisis in our country and which appears to be grow ing unabated and placing tremendous pressures on our scarce resources. It is therefore of utmost urgency that we address the state of health of our people. Just as we have the careful surveillance and the aggressive public education for communicable diseases, we should be embarking on similar strategies to counter chronic non-communicable diseases because we are in deed experiencing a deadly epidemic. Mrs Hanna Martin said she would lead the party into an era of aggressive modernisation as PLP lead er, embracing technological advancements while ensur ing greater dialogue be tween members and party leadership. Former Financial Servic es Minister Hope Strachan and former Social Services Minister Melanie Grifn threw their support around her during yesterdays launch. They declared Mrs Hanna Martin the next PLP leader and the next prime minister of the country. Theres no more tting a person for what we about to do, Mrs Strachan said. Both former PLP Cabi net ministers struck femi nist tones as they voiced support for the Englerston MP. Mrs Strachan asked men to look beyond the fact that its a woman run ning for leader and to look at her accomplishments instead. As minister of transport and aviation in the last Christie administration, Mrs Hanna Martin steered reform of the Road Trafc Department and led efforts to help The Bahamas gain control over its airspace. She was rst elected to Parliament in 2002 and served in the rst Christie Cabinet. Glenys throws hat into the ring LARRY SMITH, who has died, aged 67. FORMER Tribune managing editor John Marquis. from page one MP for Englerston Glenys Hanna Martin on stage cheering with Reneika Knowles as the song Fight Song plays. Mrs Hanna Martin has declared she will bid to become PLP leader. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff ATTENDEES at the launch of Glenys Hanna Martins leadership bid for the Progressive Liberal Party. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Hours later, the suspect handed himself in to police. ACP Fernander said po lice are not ruling out a pos sible connection with Mon days triple shooting and a homicide that occurred on Saturday. We are not ruling out the latest homicide on Sat urday, there could also be a connection, we are work ing both matters together based on our intel, ACP Fernander said. Shortly after 9.30pm on Saturday, police said a man was walking on Dumpus Way between Dumping Ground Corner and Fin layson Street, when another man armed with a handgun approached and shot him before eeing on foot. The victim died on the scene. Emotional When The Tribune ar rived in the neighbourhood shortly after 10am, rela tives of the victims were too emotional to speak with the media. However, a neighbour, who did not want to be identied because she feared for her life, said little Shelton was the apple of his fathers eye. Its just so sad that this would happen, but we have a lot of shooting through here so when we heard the shots, no one was re ally scared or shocked, she said. But they were a nor mal loving family, the baby didnt even have an oppor tunity to grow up and be a man. Everyone knows what has been happening in this area as it relates to crime but no one wants to be a snitch. So, no one is going to the police because snitches die and that is a fact. It is just sad that the baby had to be involved. His dad loved him and his mom did her best with him, I know they will not be the same after this. In an interview with The Tribune executive direc tor of Bahamas Against Crime Rev C B Moss said he is angry and sad at the same time because he basi cally grew up the man who was shot and the man who allegedly did the shooting, adding that he knew them as children. I am deeply saddened about this, the community activist told The Tribune I am not surprised unfortu nately because things have been brewing in this area for years. These crimes have been years in the making and no one seems to be interested in helping this community the way they need to be helped, Rev Moss said. I know the young man police are looking for and I am angry because over the past three weeks this is the 5th homicide that has happened in the Bain and Grants Town area and the sad part about it is, it is not going to stop. The young man that was killed Saturday evening, I watched him grow up too and I heard that this lat est shooting is in retalia tion for that shooting. The man who was shot early this morning (Monday), I buried his son a few years ago, he had another baby that died of natural causes and now he has to bury another baby. I know the suspects and the victims and this is a sad situation. We need help, this com munity needs help, Rev Moss said. Anyone with information on any of these homicides is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anony mously at 328-TIPS. Investigations continue. Beyond tears However, despite their best efforts, scores of peo ple were not reimbursed up to press time Monday. When The Tribune visited the companys ofce, no one was on site. The commission, in its email to The Tribune yes terday, wrote: Based on a referral from the Business Licence Department, as well as investigations into the activities of the opera tion, representatives from the commission met with the principal of Pineap ple Express Asue Holders on August 21. The SCB added: Due to concerns raised at this meeting, the commission saw t to issue a public warning and did so on Au gust 22. The commission also wrote to the princi pal regarding its concerns and advised that the mat ter was being referred to the police. The commis sion subsequently wrote to the police to refer the mat ter. When asked if the com mission was able to levy a ne or some other form of punishment on the compa ny or its operators, the SCB indicated that because the operation known as Pine apple Express Asue Hold ers is not a licensee of the commission, it could not exact administrative penal ties in this matter. The commission said it took the appropriate course of action by referring the matter to the police on Monday. Pineapple Express, ac cording to its Facebook page, is an asue holders company dedicated to helping persons thrive nancially. In order to join the scheme, 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 membership fee. Per sons were also required to pay a $25 processing fee each time they rejoined for a payout. After sign ing up, persons were told they would receive a pay out in around 14 business days. Operators of Pineapple Express have not spoken to the press and have only of fered comment on their dif culties through statements posted its social media ac counts. When contacted Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Fer nander said he had not yet received the formal brief on the matter. PINEAPPLE SCAM: POLICE CALLED IN from page one from page one POLICE at the scene of Monday mornings shooting, which saw two adults injured and an 18-month-old infant killed. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, August 29, 2017, PAGE 7 AT least one Bahamian woman was displaced from her home due to ooding in Texas from Hurricane Har vey, Minister of Foreign Af fairs Darren Heneld said yesterday. He added ofcials in the capital have been no tied that all Bahamians, reported to be in Houston during the passage of Hur ricane Harvey, are safe and accounted for. As a massive categoryfour storm, Harvey made landfall in southern Texas on Friday night, slam ming the states coastal ar eas with 15 to 25 inches of rainfall, and up to 50 inches further inland. Up to press time on Mon day, at least ve deaths and more than a dozen inju ries were reported in the af termath of the weather sys tem, which is now a tropical storm. Mr Heneld told The Tribune that he had been in contact with Lynden Rose, honorary counsel in Hou ston, throughout the week end and received reports that all 100 students in the city during Harvey are do ing well after the storm. We have received the best news possible, he stat ed. Weve heard from our students here, from Texas Southern, the University of Houston and Prairie View (A&M University), and all is well. One Bahamian fe male was displaced and is now being looked after by her family and friends, all, weve been told, Bahami an. Mr Heneld continued: Our prayers and thoughts are with the people of the Houston area and all of America, in this, a time of natural disaster. According to reports in the Texas area, the effects associated with Harvey are unprecedented, and be yond anything experienced. USA Today yesterday re ported that more than 5,500 persons are expected to seek refuge in Houstons convention centre as a re sult of Harveys fury. The US Federal Emer gency Management Agency (FEMA) has also suggested that the number could grow to as many as 30,000 per sons if rainfall associated with the storm doesnt re lent in the coming days. Harvey is the fth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season. Bahamian forced from home by Hurricane Harvey By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter FOURTEEN Bahami ans were awarded scholar ships to study in various provinces in China during a ceremony held at the Chi nese Embassy on Friday. The scholarships, which will become effective in the fall, enable the recipients to pursue higher education in a cross-section of disci plines. Ambassador of the Peo ples Republic of China to The Bahamas Huang Qin guo said it was a great pleas ure to be able to assist Ba hamians in furthering their education. The Bahamas and Chi na have enjoyed diplomatic relations for the past 20 years and this is one way that we show our support of that relationship, he said. He encouraged the schol arship recipients to take ad vantage of the opportunity to deepen their understand ing of Chinese culture in or der to make a contribution to the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock was in attendance. She thanked the Chinese am bassador on behalf of the Bahamian people and said that the scholarships repre sented a profound oppor tunity for Bahamians. I am very happy to see that this is a good mix of men and women in this group of scholarship recipients, said Ms Brennen-Haylock. She noted that the recipi ents join over 100 persons who have already received scholarships to study in China. CHINESE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 14 BAHAMIANS By BETTY VEDRINE Bahamas Information Services CHINESE Ambassador Huang Qinguo, second right, looks on as Bahamas Director General of For eign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock, left, addresses the ceremony. Photos: Derek Smith/BIS CHINESE Ambassador Huang Qinguo, centre, Bahamas Director General of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock, centre left, students and ofcials. RESCUE boats ll a ooded street as ood victims are evacuated as oodwaters rise in Houston yesterday. Photo: David J. Phillip/AP A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A 30-YEAR-OLD man was charged with the mur der of an Eight Mile Rock woman who was found stabbed to death on Valen tines Day. Dwayne Belizaire, of Seagrape, Eight Mile Rock, was arraigned in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court on Monday before Magistrate Gwen Claude. Belizaire is accused of murdering Margaret Smith, 49, of Seagrape, who was rushed to the Rand Memo rial Hospital on February 14 with stab wounds to the body. She later died of her in juries. Her death was the third murder for 2017 on Grand Bahama. A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse on Monday around 10am. Si rens were heard as three white unmarked police ve hicles arrived with the ac cused, who was under heavy police guard and wearing a bullet proof vest. The small courtroom was lled with onlookers. The family of the deceased woman and relatives of the accused were both present. The arraignment was too much for a young lady, be lieved to be the mother of the accuseds child, who left the courtroom in tears. Belizaire stood up in the prisoners dock as the mur der charge was read. He was not represented by counsel and was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge, which is an indict able offence. The police prosecutor indicated that the matter would proceed by voluntary bill of indictment. The case was adjourned to November 15 for trial in the Supreme Court. Belizaire was remanded to the Baha mas Department of Correc tional Services until trial. In other court news, a 23-year-old Freeport man was charged in connection with multiple armed rob beries in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Monday. Andy Taylor, also known as Andy Smith, of Gam bier Drive, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in court one on four counts of armed robbery and one count of causing grievous harm. Magistrate Ferguson adjourned the matter to Wednesday, August 30. Suspect faces court over Valentines Day stabbing By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter DWAYNE BELIZAIRE, of Seagrape, Eight Mile Rock, who is accused of murder. Photos: Vandyke Hepburn ANDY TAYLOR, who is accused of multiple armed robberies. THE Supreme Court trial of three men allegedly involved in a murder plot that was executed in June of last year will start today be fore Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs. The matter involving Daran Neely, Jahamaro Edgecombe and Sean Brown was adjourned yes terday due to issues with the empaneling of the jury. Both Neely and Edge combe are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder while Brown is charged with ac cessory after the fact. It is alleged that Neely, on June 16, at New Providence being concerned with oth ers, plotted to murder Ken yari Lightbourne. On June 21, Lightbourne was shot multiple times while walking through his neighbourhood of Woods Alley, off Market Street. He died at the scene of the shooting. Two months later at an arraignment in August, Edgecombe was charged with Lightbournes murder. Neely and Edgecombe are alleged to have plotted the killing days before the fatal shooting occurred. Neely is represented by Geoffrey Farquharson and Jomo Campbell, Edge combe is represented by Ian Cargill, and Brown is repre sented by Nathan Smith. MURDER PLOT TRIAL STARTS AT SUPREME COURT TODAY By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter TWO men in their early twenties were arraigned in a Magistrates Court yester day on several charges ranging from armed robbery to possession of an unlicensed rearm. Braymond Jones, 21, of Big Pond, and Patrick Car ey, 23, of Emerald Coast Subdivision, stood be fore Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis faced with one count each of armed robbery, receiving, pos session of an unlicensed rearm, possession of am munition and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. Regarding the armed robbery charge, it is alleged that the two, on August 22, and armed with a handgun, robbed Kendrick Sweeting of approximately $9,000 cash. It is also alleged that on the same date, the two dishonestly received $8,521, the property of Mr Sweet ing, knowing the same to have been obtained or ap propriated by an offence. Regarding the rearms charges, it is also alleged that both Jones and Carey were found in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40 pistol with the serial num ber erased on August 23. It is also alleged that the pair were found in possession of ve live rounds of .40 am munition. It is also alleged that the two, on August 22 were found with a quantity of marijuana with intent to supply. Jones and Carey were not required to enter a plea for the rst four charges. How ever, they both pleaded not guilty to the drug-related charge. The matter was ultimate ly adjourned to November 14 and 15, at which time a voluntary bill of indict ment will be served in con nection with the rst four charges. TWO ACCUSED OVER ARMED ROBBERY By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter THE trial of a Jamaican woman facing allegations of human trafcking was yesterday adjourned for a little over a month after the chief magistrate requested an adjournment due to un foreseen personal circum stances. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt adjourned 20-year-old Abigail Wil sons trial to October 10 at 1.30pm, and October 12 at 10.30am. At that time, the court will hear the testimony of both the complainant and a senior police ofcer. Wilson had previously appeared before the chief magistrate in July for what was expected to be the start of her case on four counts of trafcking in persons al legedly committed between March and May of this year. The charges were brought under Section 3(1)(a) of the Trafcking in Persons Pre vention and Suppression Act Chapter 106. It is alleged that Wilson recruited, received, har boured and transported a woman to and within the Bahamas for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Wilson has pleaded not guilty to all of the allegations. Wilson was expected to stand trial on July 12 and 13. However, the case was adjourned for 24 hours be cause the court complex had to be closed at 1pm due to a malfunctioning airconditioning unit. Before the latest delay in the case, the chief magistrate explained to Wilson that the matter would have to be adjourned to August 15, 16 and 17, HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE DELAY By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter Y O U R C H O I C E F O R T H E F A M I L Y W W W F A C E B O O K C O M / J O Y F M 1 0 1 9 A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE MP for Bain and Grants Town Travis Robinson held a back to school giveaway and concert for residents in community at the Southern Recreation Grounds. There were lots of activities, prizes, games and fun for the children. Mr Robinson is pictured greeting youngsters at the event. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis with Bain and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson at the back to school event. BAHAMAS Power & Light Chairwoman Darnell Osbourne announced yes terday that its agship tech nical training programme will begin on November 10. It will partner with the Bahamas Technical and Vo cational Institute (BTVI) and the University of the Bahamas. The partnership is about providing technical support of class instruction, labs, on the job experience, men toring and coaching to the overall development of the apprentices, a press state ment from BPL said. The programme is a ve year in-house technical training programme that focuses on three distinct employment designations: craft, technician, linesman. To participate in the pro gramme, one must have a minimum of ve BJCs/ BGCSEs, including math, English language and gen eral science with C or bet ter. One must also have any other equivalent techni cal certication or relevant training diploma. One must be between 1825 and must successfully complete an in-house ex amination of math, English and general science with a minimum passing grade. BPL TEAMS UP FOR TRAINING By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 Time for school A10MAIN The Tribune is looking for a highly motivated The successful candidate will: Work well as part of a team Have excellent written skills Be computer literate with experience of Mac operating system an advantage Have excellent communication skills Have discretion and a fondness for dealing with the public Be able to work to deadlines Resums and a cover letter should be sent to: by close of business on Friday, 1st September. Funeral ServiceRetired Senior Nursing Ofcer ERNESTINE JUANITA DOUGLAS, 74 of Golden Gates #2 and formerly of Rum Cay, will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11am at St. Georges Anglican Church, Montrose Avenue. Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles and other clergy will ofciate. Interment will follow in Eastern Cemetery, East Shirley Street. Ernestine will be remembered by her Son: Ronald C.A Douglas; Brothers: James McQueen and Donald Douglas of Miami Florida; Sister: Brenda Archer; Sister in Law : Grace Douglas; Nieces: Willisie Outten, Indira Rolle (Adrian), Gizelle and Glendina Douglas, Andree Archer, Erica and Tanya Robinson, Suzette Sands, Madlyn Scott, Yvonne Evans, Dr Sheena and Felicia Scott; Nephews: Randolph Strachan (Iris), Sean Tynes Sr; Adrian and Anthony Archer (Nicolette), Cyril Roby and Scott Robinson, Jasiel and Reco Scott and Lamont Douglas; Grand Nieces and Nephews : Sean Tynes Jr, Aadyn and Ari Rolle, Hanchell Collie, Ramon Pinder, Quetelle Deveaux, Brittany Mortimer, Adrian (CJ) Mortimer, Joshua McQueen, Shakera, Kenya and Rishanda Strachan and Shuranda Hall. Godchildren: Valencia Robinson, Stacy, Tammy and Marc Williams, Jillian Dames; Dimarcia Bethell; Dania Saunders, Ian and Deanne Penn. Other Relatives including: Kinsley Robinson and Family; Nakeisha Hanna, Fam ily of the late Jane Hanna, Family of the late Merlene Gordon, Rosa and Cheryl Dorsette, Family of the late Ismae Coleby, Clarice Bain and Family, Althea Connoly, Shirley Strachan and Family, Madrick Strachan and Family, Family of the late Canon N.W Dudley Strachan, Lease Strachan and Family, Gwendolyn Moncur and Family, Family of the late Irmath Munroe, Family of the late Anzlo Strachan, Fam ily of the late Nathaniel Strachan, Susan Hunt and Family, Family of the late Pearl DouglasRufn, Family of the late Hosea Douglas, Family of the late Eardley Strachan, Dorphany Simmons, Bishop Gloria Ferguson, Yvonne Sherman, Lor raine and Jefferson Turnquest, Andil Laroda, Miriam Rolle and Family, Orian Williams, Gertrude Kelly, Almeita Thurston, Algier Cartwright and Family, Kirland and Judymae Knowles, DeShavonne Emmanuel, Karen Bullard Jordan, Ola Rah ming and Family, Sir Arlington Butler and Family, Zelda Pearson and Family, The Pratt Family, The Mortimer Family, The Davis Family, Nurse Geneve Scavella, Archdeacon G. Kingsley Knowles and Family, Michelle Knowles, Linda Lockhart and Family, Andrew Williams and Family, Kevin Almace, Irva Lockhart, Stephanie Brice, Judith Cooper, Antoine Miller, Ursula White and Family, Elvis Collie, Leron Hanna, Sean Christie, Tyran Mackey, Marc Brown, Mervin Smith, Sharon Saun ders-Smith, Duane Newbold, Marsha Rolle and Family, Tanya Huyler, Val Ma jor and Family, Sapphire Mortimer, Damien Turner, Christopher Knowles, David Francis, Keno Gaitor, Desmond Saunders, DeAngelo Higgs, Billy Munnings, Em ily Swann, Juliette McPhee, Sherlene Wood, Shirley Brennen, Jacqueline Campbell, Noel Berley, Dr. Rhonda Chipman Johnson, Jean Isaacs, Vernita Cleare, Viola Sweeting Butler, Sarahs Drugs, Members of the Bahamas Nurses Association, The Retired Nurses Guild, The University of the Bahamas, The Rum Cay Social Club, The St. Georges Parish Family, The Innite Works Ministry, Members of the Dance, Exercise and Relax Exercise Group, The Golden Gates #2 Community, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 6:00pm and on Thursday at the church from 10:00 am to service time.