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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper CLASSIFIEDS TRADER: CARS, CARS, CARS AND TECH! HIGH 93FLOW 78F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune $1 Established 1903 OBITS OFFICIAL SOURCE THURSDAY ALLEGED baby killer Anthon Anthony Davis, 19, outside court yesterday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff Facing justice Baby suspect, 19, appears in court A 19-YEAR-OLD man appeared teary-eyed after he was arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with the killing of an eight-month-old baby boy and the hospitalisation of both of his parents fol lowing a tragic triple shoot ing incident earlier this week. Anthon Anthony Davis, aka Bigga of Fleming Street, stood before Mag istrate Jeanine WeechGomez faced with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with Mon days incident, which police initially said they suspected was an act of retaliation to wards the babys father. Davis is accused of mur dering eight-month-old Shelton Tinker Jr on the day in question. He is further accused of attempting to murder both Shelton Tinker Sr and Jeffrina Sweeting. The shooting took place shortly after 3am on Mon day and took the countrys murder count to 90 for the year, according to The Trib unes records. It was also the second murder in less than 48 hours in the capital. PRESIDENT of the Ba hamas Christian Council, Bishop Delton Fernander yesterday urged the govern ment to develop short-term and long-term measures to reduce crime days after the violent slaughter of an innocent child rocked the nation. In a press statement, Bishop Fernander also noted the armed robbery of a church and the family of Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd are among numerous unconscionable acts that have occurred in the past few weeks in the capital. BISHOP CONDEMNS TEACHER Andre Birbal has won his appeal against his conviction and sentence for sex offences against a boy at his Grand Bahama school. But in a ruling released yesterday, the Court of Ap peal ordered Birbal to now stand trial for a third time to allow a new jury to de cide his guilt or innocence. Birbal was rst convict ed in 2011 on eight counts of unlawful sexual inter sex with two boys and was jailed for a total of 35 years. He appealed the convic tion and at a retrial in 2014 when he faced charges against just one of the boys he was again found guilty and jailed for 28 years. In 2015, he began the appeal process again and in their ruling yesterday Court of Appeal justices Dame Anita Allen, Stel la Crane-Scott and Jon Isaacs upheld his case on the grounds that at his last trial the judge hearing the By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter IN the wake of a $72,000 ATM skimming scheme un covered earlier this month, Central Bank Governor John Rolle said yester day commercial banks are working to make their elec tronic platforms safer. Noting an increase in schemes predicated on tak ing advantage of persons using card based systems, the governor said the Cen tral Bank is also putting in place a stronger regulatory framework for the conduct of those providing banking and related services. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin yes terday admitted that the Progressive Liberal Party is no longer dynamic or rele vant however she said with her as leader, the party can win the hearts of the people once again. In an interview on a ZSR 103.5 radio show with Spence Finlayson, Mrs Hanna Martin said she feels she is the best person to become leader of the PLP because she is real and speaks her mind, no matter the cost. On Monday night, Mrs Hanna Martin ofcial ly launched her bid to be come leader of the PLP at the partys convention in October. 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. 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. I feel very grateful and I am energised to continue to stand up for what I believe in. A lot of people dont do that anymore and it is im portant to stand up for what you believe in no matter what. I feel happy that I have principles and I will continue to advocate and stand up for (those) prin ciples, Mrs Hanna Martin said. By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE NINE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE THREE By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE NINEINSIDE A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN a combined effort be tween the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Department of Immi gration, some 53 Haitian migrants were apprehended on Tilloo Cay, Abaco, on Wednesday. Around 6.30 am, the RBDF patrol craft HMBS Kamalamee, commanded by Senior Lieutenant Val entino Rolle, discovered the migrants while on pa trol. The group included 44 men, six women and three minors, who all appeared to be in good health when discovered. The patrol vessel arrived at HMBS Coral Harbour at approximately 5.30pm yesterday where there were processed and handed over to the proper authorities for further processing. 53 Haitian migrants detained ABOVE and below, some of the Haitian migrants detained by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in a joint operation with police and the Department of Immigration. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 31, 2017, PAGE 3 For the PLP to be suc cessful again, I think that it will require the moderni sation of the party. It is not the dynamic, relevant 21st century vehicle it was and needs to be. Dont get me wrong, it has strength nationwide and it is still a powerful organisation but there are certain things and initia tives I think that need to be introduced that are essen tial to putting the party in the best position to be the government again and that includes technology. We have to improve communication, we have not had a convention in eight years before the one in January and that is not good. I am one of them who believe that a convention brings together your mem bers. Your members are not just people who vote for you, these are the people who believe in your ide ology, they are your foot soldiers and they also have thoughts on what is happen ing in the country and how the party should move for ward. On Tuesday, PLP Chair man Bradley Roberts said he expects several more persons to run for the leader of the party during its October convention, adding that the competi tion will only make the PLP stronger. As a result of the May 10 landslide defeat at the hands of the Free National Movement, former Prime Minister Perry Christie re signed as leader of the PLP days later. Mr Davis, former PLP deputy leader, was imme diately elevated to party leader, as mandated in the PLPs constitution. The PLP held its last con vention on January 24-26. At the close of the threeday event, Mr Christie won with 1,264 votes to 169 for Alfred Sears in a leadership race. When contacted last week, Mr Sears, former at torney general, said he was mulling his options now that it was clear a conven tion is happening. Mr Sears, who also un successfully ran in Fort Charlotte in May, added that with all things consid ered, he would weigh all the options ahead of him, as he remains solely and completely dedicated to im proving the PLP. Glenys: PLP lost relevance OPPOSITION Leader Philip Brave Davis is uninspiring to Bahamians, some Progressive Liberal Party stalwart council lors said yesterday as they prepare to vote for En glerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin at Octobers con vention. Davis doesnt impress me at all, Vincent Moss, of Golden Gates, one of the randomly chosen stal wart councillors contacted by The Tribune yesterday, said. Mrs Hanna is more a person I would want to vote for. Shes an outspoken woman and she spoke out from day one. Brave Davis dont know what it takes to be a leader. Almost all the people The Tribune spoke with sup ported former Prime Min ister Perry Christie over the years for leadership of the PLP. There was remarkable consistency in their views, with most of them describ ing Mrs Hanna Martin as outspoken, a quality they dont see in Mr Davis. Leo Newton of Andros said: Both are good peo ple but I prefer her. Shes an outspoken woman. Said Bishop Martin Al len of Eleuthera: I would go with Glenys. I think she is more outspoken. Brave is a good fella but I would go with her. Louise Adderley, of Nas sau Village, said Mrs Han na Martin has guts. She could speak out more, she said. Brave is all right. He may have more of the roots of the PLP, but hes not a speaker. Roland Albury, from Eleuthera, said while he would support Mrs Hanna Martin if he attends the convention, his nancial situation may prohibit him from participating. Davis is not a good speaker, he said. I wouldnt support him. He got plenty money and he could buy what he wants to, but Hanna Martin is a bet ter speaker than him, and thats (Arthur D) Hannas daughter. Arthur D Hanna is a for mer governor general. He was also deputy prime min ister during the Pindling administration. I like everything about her, Mr Albury added. I cant promise I will come to the convention though. I dont work and Im an old pensioner. Im only in Nas sau right now looking after my wife whos getting an operation. As the convention nears, the role gender will play in inuencing peoples vote will be topical. One stalwart councillor yesterday, Glenroy Oliver of Pinewood, said he will support Mr Davis because hes a man, a qualied man. His wife, Elizabeth, only said shell support Mr Da vis after asking her husband which person should get her vote. Wycliffe Albury of St Annes said hes support ing Mr Davis because hes known him for at least 30 years. An undecided stalwart councillor, Patricia Thomas of Centreville, said she be lieves both leadership can didates have strengths and weaknesses. However, she prefers Senator Michael Darville for PLP leader. The PLP lost ve seats in Grand Bahama and I just thought somebody like him who has experience and whos not a part of the old guard might be a better per son to lead the party right now, she said. Exuma MP Chester Cooper told The Nassau Guardian this week that he will run for a senior po sition, although he did not say which. Stalwart councillors yes terday either didnt know enough about Mr Cooper to give an opinion or they said they would support him for deputy leader, the post some say he is eyeing. Several of them said hes too new to be leader. He has to immerse him self in the history of the PLP, said Ms Thomas. Chester has never worked for government, never served as a senator. He just went right in. That might be a drawback, but I like him. Bishop Allen, however, said the party should give Mr Cooper a chance be cause hes young blood. The October convention will be the PLPs rst since its historic loss in May. The party held a convention in January, the rst since 2009. Mr Christie retained the reins of the party at that convention, beating challenger Alfred Sears by a wide margin. Mr Christie quit as PLP leader in May after the PLPs devastating election loss. Some councillors yester day said the convention will be important because the party has not been a force ful enough presence since the election. They arent doing any thing as far as Im con cerned, Mr Moss said. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter from page one ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin at the launch of her PLP leadership bid. 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The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. AMERICAN comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory passed away re cently. A few years ago, he was asked about the cam paign for civil rights in the US. Mr Gregory replied that extending civil rights to black Americans had unex pected positive consequenc es up and down the Ameri can social spectrum. By asserting that all people are equal, the Civil Rights Act opened doors of oppor tunity that had previously been closed to women of all colours, to the handicapped of every stripe and even to white senior citizens. It even provided refuge for Jews and Catholics, two of the most maligned denominations in the US at that time. Perhaps the obstinate Pastor Cedric Moss has a real fear of what doors may be ung open when we ex tend the basic human right of equal treatment before the law to our gay brothers, lesbian sisters and transgen dered cousins. Could many of our discriminatory laws against women be struck down next? Pastor Moss seems inca pable of grasping the the sis of the moral argument which is to keep church and state separated as the con stitution commands. All Bahamians should vigorously defend his right and that of all other persons of faith to practice their re ligion without fear or fa vour. If the pastor doesnt believe in same-sex mar riages or civil unions then he should ban them in his church. Case closed. He must not, however, seek to impose his particu lar religious beliefs on per sons of other faiths or of no faith at all. What could be clearer than that? Pastor Moss seems inca pable of showing any com passion or love towards those same gender loving people he considers to be immoral. He thinks being gay is an immoral perversion despite scientic evidence that people dont choose their sexual orientation it is in their nature to prefer relationships with members of the same sex, members of the opposite sex or both. Anything that doesnt comport with his denition of morality or his religions teaching is therefore im moral. Thankfully, we are a commonwealth of different people united around the principle that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with cer tain rights. We organise a government to protect and expand those rights. Pastor Moss curious ref erences to polygamy and incest notwithstanding, the issue of marriage equality must be addressed on the level of principle, and not sidetracked by pastoral de viations that have nothing to do with equality. The point bears repeat ing to the Pastor that a wed ding ceremony in a church or a synagogue or a mosque is a faith-based celebration of a legal contract. All reli gions must enjoy the right to decide who they let in to partake in that celebration. But they do not get a right to decide for the entire country who gets to enter into a legal contract. Pastor Moss contends that either parliament, by passing a law to codify dis crimination against people he nds objectionable, or the people via a popularity contest called a referendum, should decide who gets pro tected by the constitutions human rights umbrella and who gets rained upon. Unwittingly he hit on the crux of the matter. Human rights are non-negotiable principles which should en joy entrenched status in our constitution. For this rea son, we have an independ ent judiciary, immune from inuence of the executive and sworn to protect the rights of all, especially the least among us. An MP who is going to stand for re-election might place political survival above morality or con science. A judge with secu rity of tenure is presumed to be free to forgo popular ity and uphold the law. The court is a counter-majori tarian institution. It has been suggested that an ambitious young lawyer may challenge the court on marriage equality. I ex pect our judges to exercise the John F. Kennedy doc trine. In a speech 57 years ago, the Catholic presiden tial candidate said: I be lieve in a President whose religious views are his own private affair, neither im posed by him upon the na tion or imposed by the na tion on him as a condition to holding that ofce. Judges live in the real word and they see evolution all around. They have gay family and friends. They see that long-held views on gay people have been debunked around the world and they have come to see the mar riage equality debate in terms of human rights, not religious ideology. Despite what Pastor Moss may think, the pub lics attitude towards gays has evolved. Bahamians are more tolerant of each other today than the pastor would have us believe. On gay issues, The Bahamas is more progressive and ac cepting than many of our Caribbean sister states. In a 2013 case in the US Supreme Court, United States v. Windsor, the Court gave an instructive clue to how their judges were in lockstep with changing mores: For marriage between a man and a woman no doubt had been thought of by most people as essen tial to the very denition of that term and to its role and function throughout the history of civilisation. That belief, for many who long have held it, be came even more urgent, more cherished when chal lenged. For others, how ever, came the beginnings of a new perspective, a new insight. The limitation of lawful marriage to hetero sexual couples, which for centuries had been deemed both necessary and funda mental, came to be seen as an unjust exclusion. Pastor Moss seems inca pable of grasping the fact that while he may reside on solid religious ground, his argument against marriage equality is built on legal quick-sand. Pastor Moss and others of his mindset may choose to look the other way as the locomotive of justice rolls on, but they can never again say that they did not know what was coming. I refer Pastor Moss to a quote from a noted Ba hamian philosopher and scholar who used Latin to close out debate back in the day: Fini disputationem (end of discussion). THE GRADUATE Nassau, August 27, 2017 TOKYO (AP) Conventional wis dom says if North Korea were ever to use its nuclear weapons, it would be an act of suicide. But brace yourself for what deterrence experts call the theory of victory. To many who have studied how nu clear strategies actually work, its con ceivable North Korea could escalate to a nuclear war and still survive. Tuesdays missile test suggests once again it may be racing to prepare itself to do just that but only if forced into a corner. Every missile North Korean leader Kim Jong Un launches comes at a high cost. North Korea doesnt have an un limited supply, and they arent easy or cheap to build. So when Kim orders his strategic forces to launch, its safe to assume its a move calculated to achieve maximum political, technical and training value. Tuesdays launch of a ballistic missile over Japan and into the open Pacic Ocean, once again blowing past warn ings from the United States and its al lies, is a prime example. There is a solid strategy hidden in each launch. From Kims perspective, heres what it looks like. How the North could survive North Korea has never suggested it would use its nuclear weapons to attack the United States or its allies completely out of the blue. But, like Washington, it has stated quite explicitly that if it is either at tacked or has reason to believe an attack is imminent, it has the right to launch a retaliatory or even a pre-emptive rst strike. The trigger for North Korea could be unusual troop movements in South Korea, suspicious activity at US bases in Japan or as the North has recently warned ights near its airspace by US Air Force B-1B bombers out of their home base on the island of Guam. If Kim deemed any of those an im minent attack, one North Korean strat egy would be to immediately target US bases in Japan. A more violent move would be to attack a Japanese city, such as Tokyo, though that would probably be unnecessary since at this point the objective would be to weaken the US militarys command and control. Going nuclear would send the strongest mes sage, but chemical weapons would be an alternative. North Koreas ability to next hit the US mainland with nuclear-tipped mis siles is the key to how it would survive in this scenario. And thats why Kim has been rushing to perfect and show them off to the world. The whole reason they developed the ICBM was to deter American nu clear retaliation because if you can hold an American city or cities at risk the American calculation always changes, said Vipin Narang, an as sociate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Tech nology and a nuclear strategy special ist. Are we really willing to risk Los An geles or Chicago in retaliation for an attack on a US military base in the re gion? he asks. Probably not. That, right there, is Kims big wager. If no actually is the answer, then North Korea has a chance though slim and risky of staving off a fullscale conventional attack by the United States to survive another day. Use em or lose em Kim isnt paranoid. He has good reason to fear an attack by the United States. Its highly unlikely Washington would unilaterally start a war. But if it did, North Korea would face a far stronger and better equipped enemy able to literally bring the fight right to Kims front door. A success ful US first strike could within hours or days take out North Koreas lead ership, or at least seriously disrupt its chain of command, and destroy a good portion of the countrys fighting power. So North Korea has a very strong in centive to escalate fast, before all is lost. Under Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il Kims grandfather and father North Korea relied on conventional artillery just north of the Demilitarized Zone to keep Washington at bay, gur ing the US wouldnt make any moves that might risk an attack on South Ko reas capital, Seoul, and the tremendous casualties and destruction that would bring. Kim, fearing decapitation strikes, has brought missiles and nukes into the mix for an added layer of protection. His strategy is to neutralise Washingtons military option by holding both Seoul and an American city hostage while building up his own ability to withstand a rst strike or a massive wave of retaliation. To do that, North Korea is developing an array of missiles that can be launched by land or from submarines and easily hidden and transported to re mote, hard-to-detect sites. Reasonably enough, countries with big arsenals are generally considered less likely to feel the need to use them or lose them. North Korea is believed to have an ar senal of perhaps several dozen nuclear weapons, growing by maybe a dozen or so each year. Thats a lot, but some ana lysts believe it may take a few hundred to cure Kim of the itchy trigger nger syndrome. The Madman Strategy In deterrence circles, ambiguity is considered a must. But confusion can be deadly. In any confrontation, its best that an opponent knows better than to cross the line but not to know exactly where that line is. That fosters caution. Con fusion, on the other hand, creates the incentive to make a move either out of frightened self-defence or condent op portunism. Thats what North Korea appears to be doing now, though its not clear whether the motive is fear or arro gance. Over the past several weeks, President Donald Trump has promised re, fury and power like the world has never seen should North Korea issue even a vocal threat which it did almost immediate ly, with no major consequences. Trumps Cabinet members walked that back, but in the process set or seemed to erase red lines of their own. Some have suggested this is a deliber ate madman strategy. Inspired by the writings of Machi avelli, President Richard Nixon gave this ploy a go against Vietnam in the late 1960s. His idea was to make the Vi etnamese and their Communist allies think Nixon would do anything, includ ing use his nuclear weapons, to end the war. But if Trump is doing the same, he isnt doing it very well, Narang said. While Kims government speaks with one voice and maintains consist ency, which is what gives the madman approach its credibility, its really hard for Trump to make these crazy statements and not have them walked back by someone in his administra tion. At some point, Narang said, the blurriness goes away and we just look incoherent. This article is by Eric Talmadge of the Associated Press Principle over pastoral Nuclear brinkmanship with N EDITOR, The Tribune. WITH the all too early and untimely passing of analytical columnist Lar ry Smith, the Bahamian public has its own Tough Call. Who do we turn to when we want the sound, rea soned, well thought-out and perfectly expressed expla nation for the craziness that is our everyday world? DIANE PHILLIPS Nassau, August 30, 2017 Now our Tough Call A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 31, 2017, PAGE 5 A POLICE ofcer tes tied yesterday how one of two men accused of the 2014 murder of Blair resi dent Andre Cartwright presented himself to the ac cident and emergency room suffering from an injury shortly after the incident in question. Police ofcer Dawkins, taking the witness stand be fore Justice Renae McKay, said Tiano DHaiti alleged ly showed up at the hospital in a silver coloured Honda vehicle on October 28, 2014, the same day Cart wright was shot and killed by home invaders. Ofcer Dawkins, one of three ofcers who testi ed in day two of the trial, said the vehicle, driven by a woman, pulled up at the hospital, and DHaiti jumped out, bareback, and told him he was stabbed. The ofcer said he did not actually see the wound be cause DHaiti had his hand covering the injury, which he claimed was on the left lower side of DHaitis tor so. Nonetheless, he said DHaiti was rushed inside by nurses and taken to the emergency room. The ofc er said he later saw DHaiti in the emergency room, and cautioned and arrested him. The female driver was also later cautioned and ar rested, he said. However, defense at torney Jairam Mangra challenged the ofcers testimony, charging that there were inconsistencies in what he was telling the court and the police report he wrote at the time of the incident. Mr Mangra fur ther suggested that Ofcer Dawkins never spoke with DHaiti. The matter was ad journed to today at 11am. Yesterday marked the second day of trial for DHaiti, of Thompson Lane, and Kevin Andrews, of Montell Heights, in con nection with Cartwrights murder which occurred on October 28, 2014. DHaiti, represented by Mr Mangra, is accused of murder and attempted armed robbery, while An drews, represented by Mur rio Ducille, is accused of murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary. According to initial re ports from police, Andre Cartwright, 44, was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother and father on the morning in question, when men kicked in the door of the house. When he heard the noise, the deceased got his li censed shotgun and went to investigate, police re ported. He encountered the suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, po lice said. There was a brief ex change of gunre, which resulted in the victim be ing shot multiple times. He died at the scene. One of the suspects was also shot, however, initial reports from police said he and the other men escaped in a sil ver Honda Accord. Injured suspect went to hospital By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter THE COURT of Appeal yesterday ordered a retrial for a man accused of a 2014 murder after an appeal was lodged by the Ofce of the Attorney General. Michelet Auguste, ap peared before Justice Vera Watkins in 2015, accused of the murder of Charles Pandy. Mr Pandy was in the area of his residence off Malcolm Road east, when he was shot several times. He was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital where he later died of his injuries. On February 1, 2015, Au guste pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and a trial began. According to the ruling, during the trial the prosecution relied heavily on the testimony of an anonymous witness identied as only Alpha. Alpha testied that on the night in question, while looking through a window of her home, she saw the individual who shot the de ceased eeing the area with a gun in his hand. Alpha identied that individual as American, someone she had known for a year pre viously and who she would see every day as the person would pass her house daily. Alpha provided the police with a description of the in dividual, attended an iden tication parade at which she identied the respond ent and at the trial, she identied the respondent as American. After the prosecution had closed its case, counsel for Mr Auguste made a no case to answer submission claiming that the prosecu tions evidence was of a ten uous nature. On March 6, 2015, Jus tice Watkins found that the evidence was vague and inherently weak and ruled that a jury, properly direct ed, could not safely con vict upon it. Consequently, Justice Watkins directed the jury to return a unani mous verdict of not guilty. The jury did as directed and, thereafter, the judge ordered the release of the respondent from prison. On March 6, 2016, the AGs Ofce led an appeal on two grounds. Firstly, that the decision of the trial judge was erroneous in the point of law and that the justice erred when she found that an essential el ement of the Crowns case was missing and secondly that the justice usurped the function of the jury when she withdrew the case from them on the basis that there was a difculty in regard to the issue of iden tication of the person responsible for the shoot ing. In a 13-page ruling, the Court of Appeal found that there is a crucial dis tinction between a judge stopping a case where there has been no evidence to prove an essential element in the alleged offence and a judge stopping a case due to his evaluation as to the reliability of a prosecution witness. The former sce nario is permissible but the latter is not. The ruling also said: In the present case the trial judge descended too mi nutely into the evidence of witness Alpha and there fore ventured beyond mat ters of quality of the evi dence. As such, the judge entered the impermissible realm that is the domain of the jury. In so doing, the learned judge usurped the function of the jury and she erred in nding that the Crown had failed to show the respondent was responsible for the death of Mr Pandy. The matter has now been turned over to the Supreme Court for retrial and a warrant of arrest has been issued for Auguste. RETRIAL ORDERED OF MAN FOUND By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter TIANO DHaiti (centre), of Thompson Lane, is accused of murder and attempted armed robbery, while Kevin Andrews, of Montell Heights, is accused of murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary and in connection with the October 28, 2014, incident. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Davis was told at yesterdays arraignment that he would not be required to enter a plea and that the matter would be adjourned to October 26 for the service of a voluntary bill of indictment. Davis was remanded to the Ba hamas Department of Correc tional Services until that time. However, Davis, who appeared emotional as he was led out of court, has the right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail. According to initial police re ports, the babys father was about to enter his home off Rupert Dean Lane when he was forced into the residence by a gunman he knew. The suspect subsequently red a number of shots resulting in three persons being shot, police said on Monday. The infant died on the scene, while the babys father and moth er were taken to hospital by am bulance and were said to be in serious condition. Facing justice case should have directed the jury to Birbals previous good character and absence of any criminal convictions. In her judgment yester day, Justice Crane-Scott noted: The appellant elected not to give evidence in his defence at the trial and relied on the denials contained in his pre-trial statements to police. This was therefore a case which involved... the classic clash of credibility between the prosecution and the de fendant in the sense that the truthfulness and honesty of the witnesses on either side was directly in issue and where the need for a good character direction was acute. ...The judge correctly told the jury that the central issue in the case was (the boys) credibility and that the question for them was whether they accepted him as a witness of truth. The judge further reminded the jury that it was the burden of the prosecution to prove the case so that they felt sure of the appellants guilt and that the accused had no obligation to prove any thing. Even though the appel lant elected not to testify and relied on his pre-trial statements to police, had the jury been told that the appellant had no previous convictions and that he must be regarded on that account as being more readily to be believed than a person who has been previously con victed, due to the nature of the case, it is impossible to say whether the jury would inevitably have reached the same verdict. In considering whether Birbal should now be freed or face a third trial for the same offences, the Court of Appeal judgment said: Having determined that this appeal should be al lowed and the appellants convictions quashed, we are required... to balance the relevant factors and the competing interests and to exercise judgment in deter mining... whether the inter ests of justice require a new trial to be ordered. In this jurisdiction, the offences for which the ap pellant was charged and convicted are undoubtedly very serious offences. The abhorrence with which Bahamians view the act of sexual intercourse between an adult male and another male who is a minor is re ected in the... Sexual Of fences and Domestic Vio lence Act, which stipulates that the maximum punish ment for such an offence is life imprisonment. An added feature of the evidence in this par ticular case was the fact that the appellant taught at the childs school and held a position of trust and authority over the young persons in his charge. The Bahamian public, accord ingly have an interest in be ing assured that the justice system works and that those persons who.... are guilty of such crimes do not escape justice merely because of some technicality or other error which occurred dur ing the trial. As to the strength of the case... While not in any way discounting the evidence of the complainant, it must be said that the Crowns case against the appellant was not an overwhelmingly strong one. Nonetheless, as the trial judge found, it was sufcient to be placed be fore the jury. It is obvious from his testimony... that even in 2014 (some 11 or 12 years later) the complainant still gave a vivid and emo tional account about what the appellant allegedly did to him so many years be fore. The complainants in terest in seeking justice and in telling his story to a jury once again on a re-trial can not be ignored in arriving at our decision. . I am mindful of the fact that if a new trial were ordered the appellant will be condemned to undergo in due course the ordeal of a third trial. However, given the nature of this particular case... it is in the appellants interest to have the clash of credibility between himself and the complainant, nal ly determined, as the law demands, by a jury of his peers. The decision was sup ported by Dame Anita and Justice Isaacs. The case will now go to the Supreme Court for re trial. JUDGES ORDER BIRBAL RETRIAL from page one ANDRE Birbal at a previous court appearance. from page one ALLEGED baby killer Anthon Anthony Davis, 19, outside court yesterday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 31, 2017, PAGE 7 A FREEPORT labour consultant is accusing two establishments in Bimini of wrongful termination and has already led a labour dispute on behalf of one individual with the Depart ment of Labour in Grand Bahama. Lionel Morley is repre senting Teneil Culmer, a former cage supervisor at Resorts World Bimini who was red after four years of employment. He claims that the moth er of two was wrongfully terminated following policy changes that she was not privy to or aware of at the time. Mr Morley also intends to le a similar dispute against Bimini Big Game Fishing after the establishment al legedly terminated a threeyear employee. In the matter of Ms Cul mer, a dispute was led on Tuesday morning at the La bour Department in Free port which was conrmed by a labour representative. According to Mr Mor ley, Ms Culmer was a good employee and had been promoted from cashier to cage supervisor within her rst month of employment at the casino, a position she held until her termina tion. She had a few days off in May when management decided it would change its policy and its rule, he claimed. Ms Culmer re turned to work and followed the usual protocol that was established over the past four years, and was termi nated the following day for failing to follow procedure she was not made aware of or had been subjected to. The labour activist and consultant claims that Ms Culmer was wrongly ter minated as there was no communication with the employee as it relates to the change of policies. He said that it was after Ms Culmers termination, that letters were given out about the changes. This means they (man agement) were never convinced they executed changes formally and cor rectly. They could not if they needed to write further and more communication to say what the changes were and we feel they rushed the ter mination of Ms Culmer, Mr Morley claimed. In a separate matter, Shadwick Steward, a waiter at Bimini Big Game Fish ing, was also allegedly ter minated without reason, Mr Morley claimed. Mr Steward had been employed three years as a waiter/server. Mr Morley said he intends to le a dis pute on his behalf soon. In this case, manage ment decided to part ways with him without any warn ing slips or anything to suggest he should be terminat ed. And this appears to be the norm in Bimini, said Mr Morley. The Tribune contacted Resorts World Bimini for comment, but no one was available to take the call. Mr Morley said that Ms Culmer wants to be rein stated and paid for the days she was off. He claims: They (man agement) did not follow the tenets of their policy regarding what should hap pen in these circumstances if there is a shortage or a policy breach on how to go about it. Management failed to follow their very policies. Mr Morley said that more attention needs to be paid to labour issues on Family Islands such, as Bimini and Abaco. I believe its time that the Trade Union Congress and the National Congress of Trade Unions along with the government need to place specic and more focused attention on these areas because these islands are left to fend for them selves, and the only people who suffer are the work ers, he said. It is one thing to boast of having investors, but if they do not care about our laws and our people it begs an other question. BIMINI BUSINESSES ACCUSED IN EMPLOYMENT ROW By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter TEVAUGHN Miller, one of the former Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) em ployees who was red two weeks ago, said in an afda vit that BPL ofcials never gave him an opportunity to be heard or (to) respond to (the)allegations made against him. Consequently, the com pany contravened the In dustrial Agreement signed between it and the Baha mas Electrical Workers Un ion, he said in the document led in the Supreme Court yesterday. His afdavit was led along with ones for DYanndra Curry and Ka tonia Neely who were also red. He is represented by Wayne Munroe. Mr Miller said he was a ling and records clerk. At the time he was red, his duties included stamping in invoices, logging cheques, taking the cheques to the executive wing for signature and l ing away paperwork, he said. An exhibit in the afdavit included a letter from BPL to Mr Miller informing him of his ring. We advise that at the conclusion of this investi gation (regarding vendor fraud), the company has determined that you have committed major breaches including gross miscon duct and dishonesty. Fur ther, based on the ndings of the investigation, the company has a reason able and honest suspicion and belief that you were complicit in committing a fraud against the company resulting in substantial nancial loses. We consider your ac tions to be repugnant to the fundamental interest of this company and there fore, in accordance with Clause 16.12.1(a) of the BEC/BEWU Industrial Agreement, and Section 33 of the Employment Act you are hereby summarily dismissed effective imme diately without notice of payment in lieu of notice. Assistant Commissioner Paul Rolle, head of the Roy al Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Anti-Corruption Unit, has said that ofcers are investigating the fraud case. 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PAGE 8, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE RAYETTE McDonald, an elementary school teach er and youth mentor, has been selected to participate in the International Visi tor Leadership Programme (IVLP) entitled, Advanc ing and Sustaining Civic Engagement which will take place September 11-29 in the United States. On August 18, Ms Mc Donald visited the US Em bassy and met with Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Public Affairs Ofcer Penny Rechkemmer to dis cuss her participation in the programme. The IVLP is a prestigious worldwide programme, fully funded by the US De partment of State and pro vides rising professionals in all elds the opportunity to travel to the United States to network with their pro fessional counterparts, as well as learn more about the United States and its policies. This three-week project will examine US and international initia tives to promote civic en gagement; explore the legislative framework and administrative organisa tion necessary to support civic engagement; observe organisations that moni tor, inuence, and advocate for civic engagement at the local, state, national, and international levels in the United States; and provide insight into how the US en gages youth in civic partici pation. The itinerary includes Washington, DC; Iowa City, Iowa; Salt Lake City, Utah; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms McDon ald will be among a group of 22 professionals from around the world selected to participate in the pro gramme that will explore the American experience of expanding equal opportu nities through political and social engagement. It will survey key movements such as womens, civil and im migrant rights. Participants will also be introduced to a wide range of advocacy or ganisations and be able to explore the methods used to develop their missions through outreach, market ing, social media, technol ogy, training and volunteer recruitment. BAHAMIAN TEACHER CHOSEN FOR US STATE DEPARTMENT SCHEME ACTING Deputy Chief of Mission Penny Rechkemmer with Rayette McDonald IVLP professional exchange participant. THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban De velopment revealed that it has started the process of providing assistance to the family of Shelton Delano Tinker, the eight-month-old who was shot dead in his home on Monday. A statement from the ministry said ofcials are ensuring the needs of the immediate family are met through counselling and emotional support. The infants mother and father were also injured during the shooting and were taken to hospital. The ministry added that the circumstances of this situation are being thor oughly assessed through the Department of Social Services Child Protection Unit. It was noted that the de partment also provides in tervention and assistance to families experiencing domestic violence and oth er personal crises, through its Domestic Violence and Counselling Unit, which is located upstairs of Galleria Cinemas in the RND Plaza. Although the Depart ment of Social Services traditionally sets aside the month of April to focus on the nations attention on matters related to child pro tection, we have begun a new initiative to assertively coor dinate our efforts with our civil and social partners to eradicate the abuse and ne glect of children year-round. We take this opportuni ty to appeal to the public to report any cases where they suspect that a child is being, or appears to be abused, neglected or abandoned, the statement said. Please be assured that those who report can remain anony mous. They do not need proof of these matters, since it is the job of the police and the Department of Social Services to prove cases. The National Hotline is a 24-hour service operated by the ministry to address matters of abuse for chil dren and adults. The National Hotline can be reached at 322-2763 or 422-276 while the Domes tic Violence Unit can be reached at 323-0171. Social services offers help to family after babys death A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 31, 2017, PAGE 9 He said the country can ill afford to lose more of its citizens, especially young men, to death, criminality or prison. On behalf of the Baha mas Christian Council, I condemn these acts of vio lence and call on the perpe trators of such acts to cease and think before ruining their lives and the lives of others, the bishops state ment said. The governments mis sion to uproot corruption is a prerequisite for growth, peace and prosperity. The raging levels of crime, the increasing numbers of murders, our embattled economy, the weakness of our education system, social ills and the increas ing and deepening levels of emotional pain must be reversed. We are a resilient people. We can successfully tackle the issue of crime and criminality. The bar riers of denomination, po litical persuasion and the growth of selshness that is undermining the strength of the otherwise generous business and professional communities can only be stamped out by love, uni ty, the restoration of our moral values, and a vision and comprehensive plan to economically empower the people of the Bahamas. Bishop Fernander said as a nation, the country must recognise that crime is not solely the responsibility of the government. Over the years succes sive governments have in stituted programmes yet somehow after decades we are still saddled with the is sue of crime, the statement said. The government along with civil society, the church and the citizens of this nation must resolve to ensure that those who would commit such acts and try to hold our nation hostage with fear under stand that we have no tol erance for crime, period. We must develop short and long-term measures to bring crime to an irreduc ible level, fully restore law and order to our country and allow citizens to live freely without the fear of violent crime. Our country can ill af ford to lose more of its citi zens, especially young men, to death, criminality or prison. We need all hands on deck to further the posi tive development of the Ba hamas. On Monday, eightmonth-old Shelton Delano Tinker died after he was shot in his home in what police believe was an act of retaliation toward the tod dlers father. The boys mother and fa ther were also shot during the incident. The mother has since been released from hospital The Tribune understands, but the father is still listed in serious con dition. On Tuesday, Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis met with the attorney general and Royal Bahamas Police Force ofcials to reinforce the governments zero tol erance approach to crime, stressing his commitment to provide the support police need to ght the problem. Bishop condemns raging crime level In a presentation at the Rotary Club of Southeast Nassau on Wednesday, Mr Rolle indicated that all the Clearing Banks As sociation (CBA) members are moving to introduce more secure EMV chipbased credit and debit cards for point of sale transactions, as means to guard against the potential for credit and debit card fraud. He added that CBA mem bers are also installing more automated banking ma chines (ABMs) with built-in protection against tamper ing. Earlier this month, 86 persons became victims of fraud involving ATM skim ming devices around New Providence. Fraudsters stole $72,000, an amount police said they expected to rise as more people checked their nan cial records. It was also reported that fraudsters were using one of two types of devices to steal information: a fake over lay device or a deep insert skimming device. Both are used along with a hidden camera that captures pin numbers. Stolen informa tion was then used to create duplicate cards with which money from a persons ac count can be drained. In response on Wednes day, Mr Rolle, a strong proponent for the advance ment of a cashless soci ety, implored commercial banks to pick up the pace with respect to its security advances. He also urged custom ers to do their parts in pro tecting their nances. Of consumers, he stated: We encourage banking con sumers to regularly moni tor their accounts for unu sual activities. This is best done by: signing up for online banking services, limiting the number of accounts to which debit cards have automatic access, and the amount of funds kept in those accounts, he added. Mr Rolle continued: Understand that going digital, or using a debit or credit card, is still safer than cash. Banks will reimburse customers for losses perpe trated through card fraud. Once lost, cash is much more difcult to recover. The Central Bank is cur rently spearheading a na tional nancial literacy campaign aimed at educat ing consumers in the areas of nancial matters, nan cial inclusion, nancial con sumer protection, and how these concepts relate to na tional circumstances. Mr Rolle said the literacy campaign is intended to better educate consumers about certain basic nan cial products, empowering them to query their nan cial institution when they have service level concerns. He said the Central Bank also intends to develop and publish useful measures of fee comparison for the typical customer across all commercial banks. The campaign also aims to establish a national cred it bureau and a nancial ombudsman. Of the credit bu reau Mr Rolle said: It would provide transpar ency around credit history and current debt levels, al lowing prospective lenders to know whether it is a good or risky decision to grant a loan. He continued: Those considered higher risk would be charged higher interest rates, and in more cases, they would be re fused credit. Loan appli cants that pose lesser risk would benet from lower rates and easier access to credit. I cannot emphasise this enough: if nancial institu tions are able to avoid the adverse effects of high lev els of bad debt, the pres sure to make up lost income through fees or higher inter est rates would subside. The government has indicated that passage of the credit bureau legislation is a high priority. Therefore, we look forward to this outcome in the very near term. On the point of a poten tial nancial ombudsman, Mr Rolle stated: In keep ing with the high-level prin ciples for nancial consum er protection promoted by OECD countries, the Cen tral Bank is seeking to pro mote stronger independent support mechanisms for consumer complaints han dling and redress mecha nisms. Mr Rolle said the Cen tral Bank will recommend, and directly support if nec essary, the creation of the Ofce of the Financial Om budsman (OFO). He continued: This of ce would be tasked with ensuring that consumers of nancial products and services have adequate av enues to resolve disputes through an open and trans parent process. It would be indepen dently operated, potentially with budgetary support by the regulators, the sector and government, but man dated to provide independ ent, impartial handling of disputes and complaints about domestic nancial services. Mr Rolle said to be most effective, such an ofce would require legislative terms of reference. However, he added the Central Bank anticipates that it can serve a strong advocacy role; even in ad vance of any changes to the current legal framework. The OFO would have an important role in iden tifying systemic issues and serious misconduct, and es calating these issues to the nancial service providers and regulators for resolu tion. In the Bahamas, we foresee the need for such an ofce to address consumer issues in sectors covered by the Central Bank, Insur ance Commission of The Bahamas (ICB) and the Se curities Commission of The Bahamas (SCB). As such, we will work closely with these other regulators to promote this initiative. In any event, we will provide recommenda tions to the government on a more elaborated legal framework for consumer nancial protection in the near term. BANKS BATTLE ATM CHEATS from page one from page one BISHOP DELTON FERNANDER, President of the Christian Council. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDUCATION Min ister Jeff Lloyd toured schools on Grand Bahama and delivered a powerful and inspirational address to hundreds of teachers as they prepare to return to their classrooms next Mon day. At the Ministry of Edu cations annual Teachers Enrichment Day at the Jack Hayward High School gymnasium on Wednesday morning, Mr Lloyd did not mince his words and told educators they cant afford to rest on their laurels while the national exam results remain at a D average. For the last ten years or more, the BGCSE results have shown not (any) im provement; we started out with a D, we are still at a D something is wrong, said Mr Lloyd. There is no way to cam ouage it; there is no way to excuse it; something is wrong, and we must x it. Mr Lloyd stressed that the only way to x the prob lem is to go back to the be ginning and start with the pre-schoolers. We will start over we are going back to the in fants, he said. Referring to a study by the Inter-American Devel opment Bank, the educa tion minister noted that the report indicated that preschoolers in Latin Ameri can and the Caribbean regions know fewer words and have less cognitive abil ity than their peers in the developed nations. The IDB released the agship study in 2017 which stated that the aver age Latin American and Caribbean student is more than one year behind what is expected based on the re gions level of economic de velopment, even though the region spends on average about the same percentage of GDP on education and skills development as more developed nations. Mr Lloyd said that it was further reported that the re gion invests far less on preschool education (about $500 per child), in compari son (to $3,500 per child) in primary school education. We are failing our so ciety, said the education minister, who added that this year great emphasis will be placed on two-anda-half and three-year-olds. Reporting that less than half of the nations preschoolers are in an ap propriate programme, the minister said: We are set ting up ourselves for cata strophic failure if we do not address that. He assured them that when resources permit, the Ministry of Education is go ing to mandate that all twoand-a half and three-yearolds must be in a ministry approved school. In the area of curricu lum development, Minister Lloyd stressed the impor tance of playtime, and ac tivities such as art, music, and drama. Our curriculum does not speak to life. Weve taken art, music, and dra ma out of our curriculum. They are supposed to be es sential subjects in the cur riculum. The minister told edu cators: When it comes to two-and-a -half-year-olds, we are going to emphasise numeracy, literacy, ora tion, but more importantly cognitive skills, and so cial skills, and emotional skills. He also stressed the im portance of technology in education delivery. During his visit to a pri mary school in Grand Ba hama, Mr Lloyd was sur prised to learn that there was no Wi-Fi available at the campus. I just came from Mau rice Moore (Primary), and I asked the principal if there was Wi-Fi. She told me no. No Wi-Fi? It will be addressed; there will be technology in our education delivery throughout our country, he said. There were also new ap pointments at the Ministry of Education. Mary Rus sell has been appointed district superintendent; former principal of Jack Hayward High School Yvonne Ward was ap pointed district superin tendent of schools in the east, and former Eight Mile Rock High School principal Ivan Butler was appointed district super intendent of schools in the west. Ms Mary Cooper, who has served as district superintendent at Ministry of Education in Freeport for many years, is retiring and was recognised. Lloyd: No resting on laurels while nation has D average By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis said he is concerned about the lack of transparency, clarity and consistency in the Minnis administrations strategy for rejuvenating Grand Ba hamas economy. The current adminis tration is becoming accus tomed to having its Cabi net ministers make public statements that send mixed signals and provokes scep ticism around their poli cies, he said in a press statement. The minister of state for Grand Bahama indi cated that a deal was im minent, running a narra tive which was contrary to the position of the Wynn Investment Group who revealed the group has pulled out of the purchase for the Grand Lucayan complex. Prior to the general elec tions, the Christie adminis tration acted post-haste in a trilateral effort to bring all parties together to reach a meaningful resolution in the best interest of Grand Bahamians. The plausibility of the government unraveling the deal left on the table that materialised in good faith between all parties is unwise. The governments decision to act unilaterally and discontinue its com munication with the Wynn Investment Group creates an escalatory dynamic which can delay any eco nomic relief to Grand Ba hama. We hope the govern ment can offer an opti mistic note that can hold water. The prime ministers ad-hoc approach to resolv ing the negotiations has raised some issues that can lead to an adversarial situ ation with an investor who is committed to improving a dire situation in the nations second city. The prime minister is in no position for foot-drag ging on a matter that can ar rest the economic malaise in Grand Bahama. The governments ac tions in light of Mr Wynns comments may prolong eco nomic hardship in Grand Bahama by derailing a fa vourable agreement. The uncertainty of the Grand Lucayan properties remains cause for grave concern. There must be a sustained level of disclosure on the negotiations not lip service on openness and transparency. The recovery of Grand Bahamas economy is not a partisan issue; there must be a collaborative approach that fosters an environment for economic growth. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter JEFF LLOYD, Minister of Education. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff OPPOSITION leader Philip Brave Davis. 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.


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 31, 2017, PAGE 11 LACREASHA Thomp son, a lab technologist at the Rand Memorial Hospi tal in Grand Bahama, be came the July winner of the Public Hospitals Author itys (PHA) Unsung Heroes Award yesterday. Ms Thompson has en joyed a ten-year career with the PHA and has developed a strong reputation with her supervisors, colleagues and the public for humility, teamwork and excellence, health ofcials said. Her co-workers describe her as hardworking and ef cient, honest and precise, and reliable and encouraging. Im honoured to be given this opportunity and to receive this award, espe cially being a lab person nel, we tend to be behind the scenes, so its good to be recognised and I will continue to excel and offer good services to the pub lic, Ms Thompson said at a brief ceremony at the PHA yesterday. The awards programme was launched earlier this year to recognise and re ward excellence, care and compassion in The Baha mas healthcare system as part of a ground-breaking public-private partnership between the PHA, the Trib une Media Group and the Aiden Roger Carron Foun dation. The Unsung Heroes Awards identies and pub licly honours those PHA employees who have gone beyond the call of duty in providing levels of care and compassion throughout the islands, in the author itys two hospitals (Princess Margaret and Rand Me morial), Sandilands Reha bilitation Centre and its 108 clinics and agencies. Yesterday, PHA manag ing director Herbert Brown expressed profound grati tude to the Aiden Roger Carron Foundation for its help. It is through this founda tion that we have been able to provide the resources re quired to make this one of perhaps the most prestig ious award that we have in our public healthcare sys tem, Mr Brown said. It is a very important award be cause at the end of the day, this is not about the Public Hospitals Authority, this is not about the managing director or the foundation, this is about those persons who will go to our institu tion and when they leave our institutions they would be able to say I was provid ed with quality healthcare. He said the millions the government invests in pub lic healthcare would go to waste if patients cannot say they have received quality care from these institutions. Kevin Darville, Tribune Media Groups special pro jects co-ordinator, said Ms Thompson was deserving of yesterdays recognition. She has clearly gone above and beyond the call of duty and is very de serving of this prestigious award. Keep up the good work, Mr Darville said. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the other nominees for the month of July and I hope they continue to do a great job. Ms Thompson joins pre vious award winners Ve ronica Ferguson, Patricia Laing, Una Bain and Glynis Armbrister and Zhivago McPhee. From behind the scenes and into the spotlight HER ES THE PRESENTATION to the July winner of the PHA/Unsung Heroes Award, Lacreasha Thompson. She is pictured accepting her award with Kevin Darville, Tribune Media Group projects co-ordinator; and Dr Herbert Brown, PHA managing director. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE AFTER Education Min ister Jeffery Lloyd told The Tribune more than 300 peo ple with delinquent Edu cational Loan Authority accounts will face prose cution and may have assets seized, readers had their say on BahamaDude had this to say: It is very sad that people will take out loans totaling over $156 million, then default at the hefty rate of 75%. Whether they are employed in the Baha mas, or abroad, has nothing to do with the repayment of the loan . The payments are supposed to be made, regardless of WHERE IN THE WORLD THEY LIVE AND WORK . and for almost 15 years of owing these loans, I will be willing to bet that the matu rity date on most of those loans has already passed. From 2001 to now, a span of 16 years is a very long time, and many of those loans should have now been fully repaid. Some persons may not be working/ employed now, but what about the prior years when they may have worked, but just were dishonest and did not repay? There should be no excuse, and they should be dealt with strictly under the law. Gbgal said: Problem relates to the attitude that the people have: govern ment owes them the mon ey so if they get anything, they dont have to pay it back. The people have be come used to handouts . look at the social services system! DillyTree had this suggestion: When student loans are handed out, they should include a con tract that states that if the loans arent paid back on the stated date, that their wages and/or assets will be garnished/seized. Tying up the court system with more cases and expense makes no sense. When will people stop looking for handouts and take responsibility? So much a Bahamian mental ity these days by so many it has to stop! To which TigerB respond ed with: Agreed Dilly, its a bad habit Bahamians have. Borrowing and not pay ing back. Then others now crying out for them, but if you cant pay back dont borrow, its not political, its criminal!! This week also saw En glerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin launch her bid to be come leader of the Progres sive Liberal Party. TalRus sell posted this comment: Based on the two publicly announced MPs contesting for the PLPs leadership if their track records encom passing the years 2012-2017 are all they have to run on they both needs nd an other line of work. But CatIslandBoy offers this: While Mrs Hanna Martin does owe the Ba hamian electorate some ex plaining, I do consider her almost a breath of fresh air for the PLP. Dont miss your chance to join the debate on trib READERS REACT TO STUDENT LOAN PROSECUTIONS MARATHON constituents gathered for the grand opening of area MP Romauld Ferreiras new headquarters in the Edmi ras Plaza on Soldier Road north. During the brief ceremony, held Satur day, the minister of environment and hous ing expressed heartfelt thanks to Marathon residents for their support, outlined plans for the future of the area and revealed de tails about a nationwide clean-up campaign to be launched under his ministry. Mr Ferreira made the move to a new constituency ofce space to create a more conducive environment for community ac tivities and after school programmes. The new headquarters will be open Mon Sat, 9am 5pm. Plans are in place to create a computer lab at the new space, which is expected to be open to community kids Mon Fri, during after school hours, 4pm 6pm. Patricia Mortimer, Marathon resi dent, will be working along with Mr Fer reira to co-ordinate after school activities and noted that a second location is being explored to accommodate more Marathon kids. Mr Ferreira announced that the Ministry of Environment and Housing is planning to launch a country-wide clean-up campaign late September, which will include commu nity clean-ups and derelict vehicle removal. This initiative will directly benet commu nities and neighbourhoods all across Mara thon. Immediately following the ceremony, a party was held with food, a bouncing castle, free haircuts and distribution of hundreds of backpack gift packs for community kids heading back to school. Mr Ferreira invited Marathon residents to attend the next town hall meeting, to be held Tuesday Sept 19, at C I Gibson High School. Constituents who wish to volunteer in the community or address immediate concerns can call the community hotline at 601-3009. Getting set for back to school A CHILD getting a haircut at an event put on by Marathon MP Romauld Ferreira. MARATHON MP Romauld Ferreira presenting Britney Dolce, Xavier Cooper, Regan Williams and Aaliyah Cooper with backpack gift packs as Marathon residents look on. MARATHON residents at a community event put on by area MP Romauld Ferreira. A12MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, August 31, 2017, PAGE 13 A BACK to school jamboree held by Nassau Flight Services on Stapledon Park. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff FULL SPEED AHEAD TO NEW TERM A13MAIN BAHAMAS BRIDAL ASSOCIATIONIn conjunction with THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM Presents WEDDING-SET-GOSeptember 3, 2017 from 2:00 7:00 pm TRAVELLERS REST, WEST BAY STREET COME AND EXPERIENCE THE MANY BOOTHS where you will receive free make over cake sampling, wine/champagne tasting, oral demonstration GIVE AWAYS, DOOR-PRIZES (include Honeymoon get away, dinner for two and much more)SPEAKERS CORNER: featuring topics on Wedding Planning, Budgeting, Trends, consultation and much moreYOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EVENT BE THERE TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church, a historic, well-established congregation is seeking a full-time ordained Methodist Minister. Prole: mandate to the Nation Priorities: and young adults residentsDeadline for submission Sept 1, 2017PASTORAL APPOINTMENT


PAGE 14, Thursday, August 31, 2017 THE TRIBUNE LONDON Associated Press THE shock came late on a summer evening: After an idyllic Mediterranean holiday, Princess Diana had been in a car crash in Paris. Her boyfriend was dead; she was hospitalised, condi tion unclear. She died a few hours later on August 31, 1997, plunging Britain into grief that lingers to this day. Twenty years later, the memory of Diana a youthful mother cut down, leaving two chil dren behind remains vi tal, her inuence still felt. Time has blurred the memories, but people around the world still re member Diana as a young bride, so taken with Prince Charles, and as a glamor ous trendsetter dancing at the White House with John Travolta. She was the funloving mom taking her two boys on amusement park rides, and the tireless char ity worker who reached out to AIDS patients when they were shunned by much of society. The sons Diana left be hind Prince William, now 35, and Prince Harry, 32 are playing increas ingly important roles in Britains national life as the public focuses on the next generation of royals, some times at the expense of Wil liam and Harrys father, Prince Charles. Her essential legacy is her children and the fact is that they have become known more as her children than as his, in the sense that the charity work they are doing resonates with what she was doing difcult is sues like mental health, just like she took on AIDS, Diana biographer Andrew Morton said. So she has a living legacy. Mortons 1992 book about Diana revealed the depth of her despair: her struggle with a serious eat ing disorder, attempts at self-harm, and what he calls the deep unhappiness of her union with Charles, which ended in a bitter di vorce in 1996. It was supposed to be so different. Charles was heir to the throne, and Dianas entry into the royal family meant she was likely to be come queen one day. Theirs was perhaps a common story of indel ity and broken vows, but played out on an uncom monly public stage. Each used TV interviews and books by favored authors as megaphones in their bids for public sympathy. Charles, with his some what stiff demeanor and unapproachable public per sona, could never compete with Dianas doe-eyed ap peal, especially when she famously complained there had always been three peo ple in this marriage an arch reference to Camilla Parker Bowles, who would marry Charles eight years after Dianas sudden death. Many saw Diana as a young mother wronged by a privileged older hus bands refusal to give up his lifelong mistress even though the princess admit ted to affairs of her own. Refusing to t the Wind sor mold, she sought new ways to cope with fabulous wealth, worldwide fame, and sky-high expectations. She reached out and ac tually touched AIDS pa tients a taboo at the time and travelled to former combat zones to highlight the dangers land mines posed to civilians. Many felt they could relate to her when she re counted her own battles with bulimia and talked openly of her disappoint ment and loneliness. Some remember her for bringing a refreshing in formality to the royal fam ily for example, taking young William and Harry in 1993 to Thorpe Park, a popular amusement center near London where they squealed and screamed along with everyone else on the water rides. Carol Meredith, a nurse who recently visited the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park with her husband, said that in the past senior royals would have had the amusement park cleared so they could enjoy it without mingling with the public. Today, she said, the roy als arent like that. Diana changed that, she said. When she used to take her kids to Thorpe Park, she enjoyed being with everybody else and do ing the same as everybody else. She changed what you think of the royal family. Merediths husband, An drew, said Diana was differ ent from other royals. They were a little bit staid, he said. They were a little bit, you know, We are the royalty, here to be seen but not to be spoken to or touched. At least with Diana, you felt as if she was touchable. She was within reach. The difference between the two approaches and the depth of the publics af fection for Diana crystal lised in the days after her death, when tens of thou sands of mourners paid tribute to Diana by placing owers outside Londons Kensington Palace, where she had lived. Queen Elizabeth II was on vacation in Scotland at the time of the accident, and she remained there for several days. She declined to lower the ag atop Buck ingham Palace to half-staff, citing protocol, as rare pub lic anger mounted against the monarch. Elizabeth seemed, pub licly at least, unmoved by Dianas death, even as the prime minister mediasavvy Tony Blair coined a memorable phrase in de scribing Diana as the peo ples princess. The queen eventually re lented and came to London to pay her respects. The royal family then took steps to regain public favor, in part by adopting the more people-friendly approach Diana had used. Chloe Dyson, a second ary school teacher also vis iting Hyde Park, said Diana remains an inspirational gure two decades after her death. She still obviously has a strong image in the British psyche, Dyson said, add ing that Dianas accessible approach brought her clos er to the British people than other royals. People felt they could identify with her, Dyson said, remembering the im pact of Dianas charitable endeavors, including visits to hospitals and homeless shelters. She was doing good work. Princess Dianas inuence endures 20 years after death LONDON Associated Press PRINCES William and Harry on Wednesday visit ed a memorial garden dedi cated to Princess Diana to pay tribute to their mothers charity work on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death. The royals, accompa nied by Williams wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, huddled under umbrel las in the pouring rain as they strolled through the Sunken Garden, which is planted with white owers and dedicated to the prin cess at her former home, where she once would stroll by and ask the gardeners about their ever-changing displays. William and Harry, who have both promised to car ry on their mothers charity work, chatted animatedly with representatives from groups that Diana support ed. The princes then left the palace grounds to meet with members of the pub lic, who braved the rain for hours for a chance to share memories of Diana with her sons. The weeks before the anniversary of Dianas death have been met with reection in Britain as the public remembers the peoples princess and considers her contribu tions to the country and the monarchy. Many brought owers, which the princes gathered and laid in front of the black and gold gates of Kensington Palace. The owers added to a fast-growing collection of items, including ags, burning candles and pho tographs, hanging on the gates to remember Diana. I still get upset, I cant even watch the funeral, it just brings it all back. It re ally upsets us and no, the feelings havent diminished and shes too much of an important person to forget about, said Maria Scott, 46, who was among those waiting for the princes at the palace gates. Fans from as far as Aus tralia have posted home made signs with messages one read Her work car ries on through her loving sons, while another said 20 years on and we still miss you. William and Harry stopped to admire the publics makeshift memo rial, smiling while pointing at photos of their mother and reading fans messages from around the world. The 36-year-old princess died in the early hours of August 31, 1997. PRINCES PAY TRIBUTE TO BRITAINS PRINCE WILLIAM, left, and Prince Harry look at oral and pictorial tributes to their late mother Princess Diana placed on the gates of Kensington Palace, in London, yesterday. Photo: Alastair Grant/AP PRINCESS DIANA, Princess of Wales, pictured in 1987. Photo: Herman Knippertz/AP A14MAIN NASSAU PAWN & GB TRADING POST September Layaway Madness SALETAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR NEW LAYAWAY PLAN 10% DOWN & 6 MONTHS TO PAY OFF YOUR GIFTSEVERY SATURDAY for the month of September you can layaway an item in the store for just $10. GET YOUR SHOPPING DONE WITH US!


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