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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.195, SEPTEMBER 1ST 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WEEKEND: BAHAMIANS DANCING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP WeekendFriday, September 1, 2017 Dancers excel in US competition Entertainment, page 10 Flying high KATSUYA OPENSPage 7 W1WEEKEND Weekend FRIDAY HIGH 93FLOW 79F it! The Tribune THE THEN Tropical Storm Irma pictured by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. It has now developed into a Category Three hurricane, but it is too early to say what impact it might have on The Bahamas. Photo: NASA/NOAA/Goddard Rapid Response Team Results expose failing schools Say a prayer Irmas coming A DAY after Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said something is wrong with the countrys educational system, ofcials withheld an ofcial subject letter grade breakdown for the Bahamas General Certi cate of Secondary Educa tion examination results, which also show that of 6,692 students who sat the national tests this year, only 521 or 7.8 per cent, scored a C or above in mathemat ics, English and a science subject. This is about a nine per cent decrease compared to last year. This lack of detailed BGCSE statistics raises questions over how students fared in individual test sub jects and highlights chal lenges this country faces regarding the readiness of youth to adjust to life after high school where they are expected to transition into the work force or college. However, sources within the Ministry of Education told The Tribune this years test scores did not depart greatly from the dismal grade trends seen in both 2015 and 2016. On Wednesday Mr Lloyd told educators during an event in Grand Bahama that they could not continue to rest on their laurels while the national exam results remain at a D average. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter FOREIGN Affairs Min ister Darren Heneld said Chinas recently announced restrictions on overseas in vestments will possibly im pact new investments in the Bahamas but not those that have already been ap proved, such as The Pointe or Baha Mar. The directive from the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party announced last month re stricted investment in real estate, hotels and entertain ment while encouraging in vestment in technology and agriculture, among others. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the recent ly promulgated Chinese over seas investment policy and the discussions surrounding it in local media, a statement from the Ministry of For eign Affairs said yesterday. These new rules laid out by China and revealed in midAugust are aimed at govern ing overseas investments; specically, what China has called the irrational acqui sitions of assets in industries ranging from real estate to hotels and entertainment. GOVT CONFIDENT ON POINTE PROGRESS By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter HURRICANE Irma has rapidly developed into a Category Three hurricane and is forecast to become an extremely dangerous Category Four storm by next week as it moves closer to The Bahamas. US Accuweather fore caster Dan Kottlowski, in an interview with The Tribune said Irma has the potential to become the strongest hurricane of the season. Right now, Irma is 1,900 miles east of the Southern Leeward Islands and is a strong category two which is expected to develop into a category three by this af ternoon or tonight (Thurs day). Irma also has the potential to develop into a category four storm by Tuesday, Mr Kottlowski said. By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe is considering run ning for chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party when it holds its October convention. I am being urged to do so, he told The Tribune yesterday. Persons from all levels of the party are encouraging me. I am con sidering the option. He said he has not been asked to be a part of any ones slate of candidates. In my considered opin ion the concept of a slate in these party elections would not be helpful, he said. He said he will consider whether (his) schedule permits (him) to devote the time the position would re quire. MUNROE CONSIDERS BID FOR PLP CHAIRMANSHIP By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter FORMER Cabinet min ister Kenred Dorsett is due to reappear in Magistrates Court today in connection with allegations that he used his former ministerial position to extort and so licit $120,000 in bribes from Jonathan Ash. DORSETT FACES NEW HEARING By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE SIX A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Friday, September 1, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FOLLOW THEWEEKEND NEWSON YOUR MOBILE-FRIENDLY TRIBUNE242.COMDont miss breaking news throughout the weekend and a video review of the weeks most important stories with e Tribunes Top 5. And, on Monday, start the week as e Tribune returns to newsstands with a round-up of all the weekend news, business and sport. Plus Insight news, analysis and comment on the big issues of the day. Check out the latest properties for sale and rent in the Home Buyers Guide. And e Tribunes Classieds Trader the best guide to cars for sale, real estate, help wanted and more. TODAY marks the 200th anniversary of one of the countrys most famed and historic landmarks, the Nassau lighthouse. Although nothing was planned to recognise the event, ofcials said yesterday plans are being considered to restore, develop and mar ket dozens of sites in the coming years under a publicprivate partnership scheme. The iconic and historic Nassau lighthouse has un dergone years of misman agement and disrepair. The monument has, in the past two years, become a point of contention for many historians due to the state it has been kept in. In 2015, The Tribune pub lished an article that high lighted ongoing issues at the historic property. That initial article prompted a series of re pairs, responses by govern mental bodies and a litany of promises. However, there was no mention by ofcials of the landmarks 200th an niversary this week. In an interview with The Tribune on Thursday, Michael Pateman, sen ior archaeologist at the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corpora tion (AMMC), revealed the government was now considering several publicprivate partnerships (PPPs) to restore, manage and de velop sites like the Nassau lighthouse into paid sites. Heritage tourism is the push, Dr Pateman stated. What that means is simple, sites like the Nassau light house, historic sites, will take on prominent roles in a tourism product. He added: We are al ready in discussion with a company with respect to the Nassau lighthouse, and while it doesnt help with plans for this year, the view is to, moving forward, en sure that the proper due is given to these types of sites. PPPs, I think, offers a chance for historic sites to be restored and serve greater purpose, Dr Pate man said. Under the Christie ad ministration, responsibility for the general upkeep of the site was under the pur view of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, through the Ministry of National Secu rity. The Port Department, through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, is responsible for the human resources management with regard to the lighthouse keepers. The AMMC, through the Ofce of the Prime Minister, is respon sible for the overall main tenance of the 12 historic lighthouses in the Bahamas. The former adminis tration was rumoured to be creating a national plan that would prioritise the historic lighthouses around the country. A sub-committee was es tablished by former Trans port and Aviation Minis ter Glenys Hanna Martin in 2013 or 2014, after the auto mation of the Inagua light house in 2012. That committee was formed to enhance the way historical lighthouses are treated. It is unclear exactly how responsibilities for such sites will be divided under the new FNM government. Centreville MP Reece Chipman has been appoint ed chairman of the Antiqui ties Monuments and Muse um Corporation (AMMC) board of directors. A beacon of light for 200 years By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE 200TH anniversary of the lighthouse near Arawak Cay. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A2MAIN NOTICEPlease be advised that MR. GEORGE PINDER is no longer engaged as an Insurance Advisor/Salesper son by Colina Insurance Limited and is no longer authorized to conduct business on behalf of the company. Should you have questions concerning business placed with Mr. Pinder, please contact Colina at 356-8326 or 356-8441. Colina and the Colina Globe are Registered Trademarks of Colina Insurance LimitedDear Valued Clients, RE: GEORGE PINDER


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 1, 2017, PAGE 3 POLICE issued several critical warnings yesterday to parents and the motor ing public before the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, with senior command of the Royal Bahamas Po lice Force pleading for an incident free period. During a press confer ence held at the Paul Far quharson Command Cen tre, Officer in Charge of the Uniform Division As sistant Commissioner of Police Ashton Greenslade said police will take to the streets Monday, aiming to ensure our children get to and from school safely. Despite somewhat of a staggered opening for school over the past two weeks, Monday marks the general opening of all schools across the country. The start of the academic year usually comes with extreme trafc issues and major concern for schoolbased violence, both issues ACP Greenslade said po lice will look to address aggressively. The commissioner has asked all of our com manders to meet with the various principals (in their areas) to discuss the way forward in keeping our chil dren safe this school year, he said. ACP Greenslade added: I want to say to the stu dents that your parents dont send you to school to be victims of violence or become gang recruits. They send you to get a good, de cent education to become good, productive citizens of this country and the police are here to assist. We live in a rapidly changing and challenging world where the young peo ple face far more difcult choices than those of previ ous generations. As police ofcers, we re alise the continued success of the Bahamas is in recognising young people as our countrys greatest assets and best hope for the fu ture. As a senior police of cer, every time I put on my uniform I am reminded of this. Ofcials announced plans to post at least one ofcer at every school; and in some cases where neces sary, two. Further to that, division cars on patrol are man dated to make periodic stops at the school in their vicinity, offering more as sistance where the need ex ists. With respect to trafc, ACP Greenslade added: I am now sending a plea to parents to leave home early on Monday to get your chil dren to school safe and on time. Im also asking the motoring public to drive with care and pay attention to the trafc rules. Those of you who nd yourself in breach will be ticketed. You are again reminded to please leave home early. If you live out east, you (cant) expect to leave home at 8.30am and arrive to school, on the other end of the island, on time. So again, please leave home early. Expanding on the po lices trafc plan, Assis tant Superintendent Craig Stubbs, ofcer-in-charge of the Trafc Division, said ofcers have already re worked their initiatives of past years to better address current dilemmas. ASP Stubbs warned all rules and regulations will be enforced, with a focus being placed on jitney driv ers and persons traversing in high trafc areas. He stated: To our pub lic service operators, jitney buses; you dont need to be speeding from one corridor to the next corridor trying to collect passengers. We need you to obey the rules and regulations. (Laws) will be enforced. ASP Stubbs continued: Also, vehicles (that are) driving in excess of the school zones, school zones clearly state for all the mo torist, ve-miles per hour in those school zones. Weve noticed the peak time of travel along those major corridors, Gladstone Road, Sir Milo Butler High way, Tonique Williams Highway, Joe Farrington Road, and the Prince Charles corridors; we are asking motorist to be more cautious again. Once you reach those ar eas which are controlled by trafc signals, that is the lights, do not block the in tersection. Allow, if you cannot proceed ahead, re main stationary to allow the vehicles from the other directions to have easy ow once the trafc light changes. We are encouraging you. If you are in breach, we will be enforcing those aspects of the Road Trafc rules and regulations. According to police re cords, some 20,000 motor ists have been ticketed this year for various trafc of fences. ASP Stubbs said po lice will remain vigilant on all fronts. He continued: In those areas where we have the higher volume of trafc owing, from the western corridors of Gladstone Road, Sir Milo Butler; eastern corridors, Joe Far rington Road, you are go ing to see a high volume of police presence there. We are going to ticket those persons who fail to keep left; who see t to ride on the opposite side of those corridors; drive ahead of trafc. (Trafc rules) will be enforced for those mornings. There will be a zero-tolerance policy, so you should see a steady ow. Additionally, ASP Stubbs said there is growing con cern over the practice of parents allowing their chil dren to get out of vehicles in or near oncoming trafc. He implored parents to pull to the side where there is a space available or into the school premises where they can gain access; to have those kids disem bark. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter ATTORNEY Sherita Forbes has accused the Roy al Bahamas Defence Force of falsely arresting, detain ing and intimidating her at the RBDFs Coral Harbour base as she attempted to counsel a marine who re quested representation af ter he was relieved of duties and taken into custody be fore the forces Intelligence Unit. She also alleges her cli ents constitutional rights were breached because he was not allowed representa tion. In a letter to RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethell, National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Captain Samuel Evans, Ms Forbes said as a result she is seek ing compensation for false imprisonment, the denial of her clients rights and $800, which was forfeited because she was prevented from ren dering services to her client. The claims spark from a series of events, which took place on August 14 and August 18 involving Ms Forbes client, who is a leading seaman. On August 14, my client was summoned to the Intel ligence Unit of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for questioning for matters which were unrelated to the said force, Ms Forbes wrote in the letter dated August 21. I am instructed that in the said meeting, the intel ligence ofcers (allegedly) threatened and intimidated my client to cease and de sist his pursuing a criminal action directly linked to a civil matter which he cur rently has before the courts for money stolen from him due to mortgage fraud. Ms Forbes alleged her client was threatened that should he not drop his ac tion, he would be charged with libel. Several days later on Au gust 18, Ms Forbes claimed two ofcers from the Intel ligence Unit of the RBDF again visited her client, re lieving him of his rearm and duties. He was also tak en into custody to appear before the unit for ques tioning at the RBDF base. He called me once he was informed that he was being detained and request ed legal representation. Ms Forbes said after wait ing for a period of about ve minutes at the RBDF base, she and her client were in formed that instructions were given for her removal from the area. At the same time, a highranking ofcer questioned the client as to why Ms Forbes was on base, add ing that he was not under arrest. The attorney said she went on to question wheth er her client was being de tained, but claimed she was told by a high-ranking RBDF ofcer the matter was one for the force. He added that an armed guard would escort her from the premises. I insisted that the mat ter of questioning was one that involved a civil matter that I had carriage of. He again stated that this is the Defence Force base, its a Defence Force matter and I was to be removed imme diately. I then turned to my cli ent and instructed him that he did not need to answer any questions without his attorney present and that he had the right to counsel pursuant to the Constitu tion of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Ms Forbes said as she en tered her car to leave she was prevented from doing so by the high-ranking of cer who stood in the path of the door to her car, hin dering her from closing it. He questioned me about my name and a card which I did not have as I had come from my Saturday (routine) to the base and again (he) insisted that this is the De fence Force base and there is no civil jurisdiction there. I had to insist three times for him to allow me to leave. Only after informing him that as soon as he told me to leave if I remained on the base after the invitation had been revoked then I am con sidered to be trespassing. At the time, he removed himself from the door and I was able to close it and leave the premises. Ms Forbes claimed the high-ranking ofcer forced her to remain beyond his instruction and beyond her willingness to leave. Then his demeanour was that if I hit him with the car door I would have been assaulting an ofcer. He, himself physically detained me by false imprisonment. The attorney said she was informed her client was in terviewed on matters which she was directly involved in as his attorney and that he was also cautioned the matter was recorded in a similar way as are criminal investigations. As a result, Ms Forbes said she is of the view that her clients constitutional right to have legal counsel was breached by the RBDF. Ms Forbes further said she expected a response to these matters within seven days. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter LAWYER ACCUSES RBDF OF FALSE ARREST AND INTIMIDATION Drivers and public urged to be safe for start of new term POLICE on duty for the rst day of term at CI Gibson school last year. Ofcers have urged caution and safety as families return to the morning school routine. A3MAIN QUOTE OF THE DAYDistributed ByBAY STREET GARAGEDowdeswell Street"Buy 1 gallon of 'Castrol' CRB PLUS 15W40 Multigrade motor oil and get a FREE 'GUNK DIESEL FUEL CONDITIONER"!Available at Bay Street Garage and selected auto parts outlets.505Friday, 1st September 2017


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Friday, September 1, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I WANT to publicly thank and applaud Antho nique Sawyer who works at Bamboo Shack (South west Plaza). I was in there on Wednesday (August 30th) and she gave the most amazing service. This young lady had the brightest smile you could imagine and was so incred ibly helpful. Not only was she great with the custom ers, but she was also a very good salesperson. I told her I didnt want bread with my chicken snack, but that didnt stop her. She jumped right in and started stressing the unique selling points of Bamboo Shacks bread. She later attempted to up sell me on a number of items. Even though I didnt want to buy anything else, she did make me stop and think about it for a few min utes. The entire exchange made me chuckle and I re ally appreciated her effort. Shes a natural salesper son who showed pride in her work and attempted to make even more money for her organisation. I love when members of our workforce go out of their way to wow the cus tomer, and that she did. I told her I would tell her boss what a great job she did, but I think her positive attitude and great work ethic deserves to be pub licly commended. Great job and keep up the fantas tic work! Ill try the bread next time. ROGAN SMITH Nassau, August 31, 2017. WASHINGTON (AP) Two weeks before Harveys ood waters engulfed much of Houston, President Donald Trump quietly rolled back an order by his predecessor that would have made it easier for storm-ravaged communities to use federal emergency aid to rebuild bridges, roads and other structures so they can better withstand future disas ters. Now, with much of the nations fourthlargest city underwater, Trumps move has new resonance. Critics note the presidents order could force Houston and other cities to rebuild hospitals and highways in the same way and in the same ood-prone areas. Rebuilding while ignoring future ood events is like treating someone for lung cancer and then giving him a carton of cigarettes on the way out the door, said Michael Gerrard, a professor of en vironmental and climate change law at Columbia University. If youre going to rebuild after a bad event, you dont want to expose yourself to the same thing all over again. Trumps action is one of several ways the president, who has called climate change a hoax, has tried to wipe away former President Barack Obamas ef forts to make the United States more re silient to threats posed by the changing climate. The order Trump revoked would have permitted the rebuilding to take into account climate scientists predictions of stronger storms and more frequent ooding. Bridges and highways, for example, could be rebuilt higher, or with better drainage. The foundation of a new re station or hospital might be elevated an extra 3 feet (about 1 metre). While scientists caution against blam ing specic weather events like Har vey on climate change, warmer air and warmer water linked to global warming have long been projected to make such storms wetter and more intense. Hou ston, for example, has experienced three oods in three years that statistically were once considered 1-in-500-year events. The government was still in the pro cess of implementing Obamas 2015 or der when it was rescinded. That means the old standard rebuilding stormravaged facilities in the same way they had been built before is still in place. Trump revoked Obamas order as part of an executive order of his own that he touted at an August 15 news conference at Trump Tower. That news conference was supposed to focus on infrastructure, but it was dominated by Trumps com ments on the previous weekends vio lence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump didnt specically mention the revocation, but he said he was making the federal permitting process for the construction of transportation and other infrastructure projects faster and more cost-efcient without harming the envi ronment. Its going to be quick, its going to be a very streamlined process, Trump said. Asked about the revocation, the White House said in a statement that Obamas order didnt consider potential impacts on the economy and was ap plied broadly to the whole country, leav ing little room or exibility for design ers to exercise professional judgment or incorporate the particular context of a projects location. Obamas now-defunct order also revamped Federal Flood Risk Man agement Standards, calling for tighter restrictions on new construction in ood-prone areas. Republicans, includ ing Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, opposed the measure, saying it would impede land development and economic growth. Revoking that order was only the lat est step by Trump to undo Obamas ac tions on climate change. In March, Trump rescinded a 2013 order that directed federal agencies to encourage states and local communities to build new infrastructure and facilities smarter and stronger in anticipation of more frequent extreme weather. Trump revoked a 2015 Obama memo directing agencies developing national security policies to consider the poten tial impact of climate change. Obamas 2015 order was prompted in part by concerns raised by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper after severe ooding in his state two years earlier. Hickenlooper was dismayed to learn that federal disaster aid rules were pre venting state ofcials from rebuilding better and smarter than what we had built before. The requirements essentially said you had to build it back exactly the way it was, that you couldnt take into con sideration improvements in resiliency, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said Tues day. We want to be more prepared for the next event, not less prepared. Bud Wright, the Federal Highway Ad ministrations executive director during George W. Bushs administration, said this has long been a concern of federal ofcials. He recalled a South Dakota road that was almost perpetually ooded but was repeatedly rebuilt to the same standard using federal aid because the state didnt have the extra money to pay for enhancements. It seemed a little ridiculous that we kept doing that, said Wright, now the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Ofcials executive director. But Kirk Steudle, director of Michi gans Department of Transportation, said states can build more resilient in frastructure than what they had before a disaster by using state or non-emer gency federal funds to make up the cost difference. That makes sense, otherwise FEMA would be the big checkbook, he said, re ferring to the Federal Emergency Man agement Agency. Everybody would be hoping for some disaster so FEMA could come in and build them a brand new road to the 2020 standard instead of the 1970 standard. This article is by Michael Bieseck er and Joan Lowy of the Associated Press Praise for Bamboo Shack Trump rolling back the ood EDITOR, The Tribune. I BORROWED a copy of the Punch from a friend of mine yesterday, to read an article by Nicki Kelly on what seems to have become a subject of signicant na tional importance now. To tax or not to tax Airbnb Hosts in the Baha mas. All twelve-hundred of them! Ms Kelly certainly emptied her encyclopedia of Bahamian law on the subject, and many others I have no doubt, have spent countless hours masticat ing and regurgitating this most signicant issue of the day. I understand that even our Cabinet has lent some consideration to this very weighty topic. But having slept on Ms Kellys observations and awakened this morning to a copy of The Tribune and the excellent article by Richard Coulson, on the very real, and very signi cant issues facing Dr Min nis and his Government of the nearly four hundred thousand people, living on these seven hundred islands, rocks and cays, (as BTC would say), and whether they tax Airbnb or not, it will have very lit tle impact on the quality of life in The Bahamas, nor the nancial credibility of the country. I think that we should salivate on more im portant matters. BRUCE G. RAINE Nassau, August 30, 2017 Airbnb tax a minor issue EDITOR, The Tribune. Showing respect to The Ofce of The GovernorGeneral dress code INDEPENDENCE 2017 saw a considerable lack of decorum as to how per sons invited to Government House dressed we saw Ministers wearing shirts, outside of pants, which were really beach or lounging shirts many top of cials not wearing ties, which is the accepted dress code for Government House. I see on BIS web site a Parliamentary Secretary paying a goodwill call on Her Excellency tie-less. Before this gets totally out of hand surely there should be an Ofcial Re lease from Government House as to the appropri ate dress code when visiting Her Excellency? Everything else we turned sloppy and totally undisciplined surely we can keep one area disciplined and respectful to the Of ce? What are all these cour tesy calls associations one has never heard of seem ingly wasting Ministers time when they need to be at work about The Peoples Business. Editor Government House is the House of the representative of our Head of State at the least we must show respect to the Ofce and the person who holds that Ofce. It might be the Peoples time but.....decorum and re spect must be shown. W THOMPSON Nassau, August 30, 2017. Dress the proper way EDITOR, The Tribune. DECRIMINALIZ ING possession of small amounts of drugs is in fact legalising drugs, the pos session, whatever amount you might have no less no more. Someone has to have the supply who provides the consumer. Be careful these advo cates what you propose you cant have the possession of drugs illegal and possession of small amounts legal. MARSHA MEADOWS Nassau, August 26, 2017. Legalising drugs A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 1, 2017, PAGE 5 THE former environ ment and housing minister was originally scheduled to appear before Magis trate Samuel McKinney on Thursday, however, The Tribune understands the matter was adjourned to today. Todays hearing is to de termine if the bribery and misconduct charges Dorsett is faced with will proceed directly to the Supreme Court through the presen tation of a voluntary bill of indictment or a preliminary inquiry, in which a hearing would take place to deter mine if there is sufcient evidence for the case to be heard in the higher court. Dorsett was initially ar raigned in July before Magistrate McKinney concern ing nine criminal charges: a single count of misconduct in public ofce and four counts each of extortion and bribery. The allegations concern the purported exchange of funds in connection with work done by a heavy equipment operator to move debris from the New Providence Landll follow ing a massive re at the site in March. The extortion charges were brought contrary to Section 453 (1) of the Pe nal Code, Chapter 84 while the bribery charges were brought under Section 3(2) (a) of the Prevention of Bribery Act Chapter 88. The misconduct in pub lic ofce was brought un der common law. It is alleged that Dorsett, while a public ofcial be tween March 1 and May 9 of this year, demanded and obtained two payments of $10,000 and two payments of $50,000 from Mr Ash knowing he was not law fully authorised to demand the payments. Dorsett pleaded not guilty to the allegations. For the bribery and mis conduct in public ofce al legations, Dorsett was not allowed to enter a plea to the charges as they are indictable. Dorsett was initially re manded into custody until August 31, however, he was released from custody by the Supreme Court the day after his arraignment, when he was granted $50,000 bail with two sureties. As a condition of his bond, he was required to surrender his travel docu ments to the court and cannot leave the jurisdic tion without the Supreme Courts permission. Dorsett faces new hearing TWO men were arrested and accused of drug posses sion in separate incidents on Wednesday by Mobile Division ofcers. In the rst incident, shortly before 9.30pm, of cers were on routine patrol in the area of Cyprus Court in Elizabeth Estates, where they saw a male acting sus piciously. On searching the man ofcers uncovered 37 foil wrappings of mari juana and a small amount of cash. He was taken into custody and is expected to be charged. Then, shortly before 10pm, ofcers from the Mobile Division, while on routine patrol in Kennedy Subdivision, observed a man acting suspiciously. After searching the man, ofcers uncovered 19 brown paper wrappings of cocaine and a plastic bag with mari juana and a small amount of cash. He was taken into custody and is expected to be charged. Police also said ofcers seized an illegal rearm Wednesday night. Shortly after 10pm, of cers from the Selective Enforcement Team were on routine patrol on Lewis Street off Market Street, when they saw a man acting suspiciously. TWO HELD AFTER DRUG FINDS POLICE are search ing for several suspects who committed two recent armed robberies. Shortly after 10pm on Wednesday, a man had just arrived at his home in Marathon Estates when two men, one armed with a handgun, approached him. The man was robbed of cash and his cellphone be fore the thieves ed on foot. Then, shortly after 3am on Thursday, police said a man had just arrived at his home on Lee Street in the subdivision of Nassau Vil lage when three men, two who had handguns, robbed him of cash. The thieves also ed on foot. However, police were able to catch one suspect who allegedly stole a wom ans handbag on Thursday morning. Shortly after 6am, a wom an was walking in the area of Sunlight Cottage when a man approached, pushed her to the ground and stole her handbag, police said. The man ran away, but ofcers from the Mobile Division responded and ar rested a suspect in the area who was found with the bag. Investigations are con tinuing. ROBBERY SUSPECTS HUNTED FIVE men, ranging in age from 23 to 42, were ar raigned in a Magistrates Court on various drug re lated charges in connection with the recent seizure of just over $3m worth of mar ijuana in waters off Exuma. Ricardo Cooper, of West End, Grand Bahama; Ev erette Burrows of Murphy Town, Abaco; and Travis Sears of George Town, Exuma, all stood before Magistrate Jeanine WeechGomez facing one count each of possession of dan gerous drugs with intent to supply, as well as one count each of importation of dan gerous drugs. Cooper, Burrows, Sears, along with Keith Thompson and Randy Munnings, both of Williams Town, Exuma, were further charged with one count each of conspir acy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply and one count each of con spiracy to import danger ous drugs. The ve men were ar raigned in connection with a drug seizure that took place on Saturday, August 26. According to police re ports, around 7am on Sat urday, authorities went to waters off Williams Town, Exuma and intercepted a go-fast vessel. A total of 65 bales of suspected marijua na, weighing 3,201 pounds and with a street value of $3.2m, were discovered. Only Cooper pleaded guilty to all four charges when they were read by the magistrate yesterday. The other four men pleaded not guilty. Magistrate WeechGomez adjourned the mat ter to November 6, when Burrows, Sears, Thompson and Munnings will return to court for trial. They were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correction al Services (BDCS) until that time. They have the right to ap ply to the Supreme Court for bail. With regards to Coop er, however, Magistrate Weech-Gomez stood the matter down until Monday, by which time the matter would have been trans ferred to Magistrate An drew Forbes, who she said will have full carriage of the trial. Cooper was remanded to the BDCS until then, and will be brought back to the Magistrates Court complex by an order of attendance. By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter from page one FIVE ACCUSED OVER MASSIVE $3M MARIJUANA HAUL SEIZURE FIVE men appeared before the magistrate court yesterday in connection the recent drug bust in Exuma of just over three million dollars worth of marijuana. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff RANDY MUNNINGS, 24. TRAVIS SEARS, 34. RICARDO COOPER, 42. EVERETTE BURROWS, 23. KEITH THOMPSON, 24. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Friday, September 1, 2017 THE TRIBUNE 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, the minister said during the Ministry of Educations annual Teachers Enrich ment Day. The event was held at the Jack Hayward High School gymnasium on Wednesday. He continued: There is no way to camouage it; there is no way to excuse it; something is wrong and we must x it. He went on to stress the only way the issue could be corrected was to go back to the beginning and start with preschoolers. In 2015, core subjects of mathematics and English averaged an E and D+ re spectively. In 2016, the min istry did not release letter grades per subject, but then Minister of Education Je rome Fitzgerald conrmed at the time that the grades were not much different from those of 2015. Prior to 2015, subject let ter grades were released with the ofcial BGCSE and Bahamas Junior Cer ticate (BJC) exam tests scores. The following year, the ministry broke away from its traditional analysis, only giving a general over view and percentage cal culations per letter grade. This year, the Ministry of Education also did not hold its usual press conference to ofcially release the results, this time opting to dissemi nate the details of the tests by email. Results In 2017, a total of 521 candidates received at least a grade C or better in mathematics, English language and a science, the press release accom panying the 2017 results noted. This represents a decrease of 9.23 per cent when compared to 2016 which had a total of 574 candidates. There were 570 candidates in 2015; 588 in 2014 and 561 candidates in 2013. According to the new re sults, there were 2,141 As; 3,000 Bs; 7,065 Cs; 5,569 Ds; 3,496 Es; 1,936 Fs; 1,184 Gs and 710 Us for the BGCSE exams. Regarding the number of students who sat these tests, there were 6,692, or a 3.95 per cent increase compared to the 6,438 test takers in 2016. A further breakdown of the results showed in 2017, a total of 1,493 candidates obtained a minimum grade of D in at least ve subjects. This represents an increase of 2.33 per cent from 2016, which had a total of 1,459 candidates. There were also 1,534 candidates achieving this mark in 2015; 1,545 in 2014 and 1,626 in 2013. In addition, a total of 880 candidates received at least grade C in ve or more sub jects in 2017 compared with 903 candidates in 2016. This represents a de crease of 2.55 per cent. There were 961 candidates in 2015; 922 candidates in 2014 and 996 in 2013 in this category. The Bahamas Junior Certicate (BJC) exami nation results were not much different when com pared with the BGCSE test scores. Of the 12,120 students who took the tests in 2017, only 1,326 or 10.94 per cent of candidates achieved at least a C in mathematics, English and a science. This represents a 14.67 per cent decrease when compared with 2016, which had a total of 1,554 candidates. There were 1,479 candidates in 2015; 1,651 candidates in 2014 and 1,302 candidates in 2013, the Ministry of Education said in its press release. The BJC results also show there were 3,831 As; 7,033 Bs; 9,395 Cs; 8,036 Ds; 6,036 Es; 4,508 Fs; 2,954 Gs and 2,565 Us. When compared with 2016, there is a percentage decrease noted at grades A, C, E and U and increases at B, D, F and G. It is interest ing to note that this is the second consecutive year the percentage at U has de creased. Overall, the percent age of candidates achieving grades A D decreased this year when compared with last year, the Ministry of Education said. Results expose failing schools from page one The authorities have set out three categories banned, restricted and en couraged. Outlawed are in vestments in gambling and the sex industry. Property, hotel, lm, entertainment and sports investments will now be subject to re strictions. The elements highlighted this year were already part of the ofcial China policy, but were only brought together in a single space. With specic reference to investments in The Ba hamas, such as The Pointe project, the government is of the view that the new policy will have no impact as such investments were approved developments. The Bahamas is condent that its ongoing excellent relations with China will continue and be further strengthened in the years to come, and that any future investments will continue to meet the standards deemed acceptable to all. Baha Mar was not men tioned in the governments statement because, Mr Heneld said when con tacted by The Tribune it is sold and (in the process of completion). The Tribune revealed this week that Daniel Liu, head of the China Construc tion America (CCA) entity behind the $250m Pointe project, wrote a letter to the Minnis administra tion four days after Chinas policy announcement seek ing immediate assistance from the government for The Pointes condominium and marina construction approvals. Ground breaking for The Pointes latest devel opment phase took place in early March 2017 under the former Christie admin istration. Once approved, it will include a 100-room, eight story condominium complex with oceanfront residences, originally due to open in September 2018. A 150-room branded resort and spa with busi ness centre, dining and retail amenities was sched uled to open in November 2018. Once completed, The Pointe will include a ma rina and yacht club, 50,000 square feet of retail and ofce space, restaurants, upscale shopping and en tertainment venues, such as a performing arts centre, movie theatre, nightclub and roof top bar. GOVT CONFIDENT ON POINTE PROGRESS It is too early to see the impact it will have on The Bahamas at this point but we will know once it moves into the Lesser Antilles. At this point you do not have to worry through the weekend, if it does impact The Bahamas it will be sometime next week, we will watch and see how it is moving but no doubt this will be a very pow erful hurricane and the strongest of the season. It is possible this storm will develop into category ve, this storm has ramped up quickly and is intensifying quickly. Just as Kottlowski pre dicted late yesterday after noon Irma was categorised Category Three. Local forecaster Jeffery Greene told The Tribune yesterday it is still too early to predict Irmas direct path but said current models have the storm coming near the country. Mr Greene said by next week, the De partment of Meteorology will be able to say whether or not The Bahamas will be in Irmas path. The US National Hur ricane Centre said Thurs day that Irma will likely become an extremely dangerous category four hurricane over the next several days. From what we are see ing, Irma is not an imme diate threat but it will be a strong potential threat by next week, Mr Greene said. It is already a category two storm and will become a major hurricane by (next) Friday possibly by Thurs day. By Monday, we would know exactly what is hap pening. Some models have it going west toward Jamai ca and curving toward us, some have it heading into the Caribbean Sea, so we arent sure right now what will happen but we are ac tively following this hurri cane. Satellite imagery showed Irma with a pronounced eye Thursday, and maxi mum sustained winds had increased from 50 mph to 100 mph in just 24 hours ending late Thursday morning. For the next ve days, Irma will move westward and then turn west-south west on the south side of a ridge of high pressure called the Bermuda high, which is centred in the cen tral Atlantic. Irma will move through a portion of the Atlantic Ocean where upper-level winds are favourable for intensication the next few days, according to This is the rst time the name Irma has been used for an Atlantic tropical storm or hurricane. Irma replaced the name Irene after it was retired for the damage it caused in The Bahamas and the US dur ing the 2011 hurricane sea son. from page one from page one Todays technology and what I have learned about analysis and personnel management might balance the time aspect of it, he said. As a rst time candidate for the PLP in the May gen eral election, Mr Munroe won 34 per cent of the vote in Free Town, losing to the Free National Movements Dionisio DAguilar. Former Tourism Minis ter Obie Wilchcombe is the only person to ofcially an nounce an intention to run for chairman of the PLP. Former State Legal Affairs Minister Damian Gomez is also considering running for the position. Exuma & Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper has said he will run for one of the senior positions at the convention, though he has not said which. Some stalwart council lors in the PLP told The Tribune Wednesday they would vote for Mr Cooper as deputy leader, describ ing him as new blood and a member of the new guard. Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin announced this week that she will run for leader. She will chal lenge Cat Island, San Sal vador and Rum Cay MP Philip Brave Davis for the position. Everyone seeking a lead ership position has so far declined to endorse candi dates in other positions. Octobers convention will be critical for the party at a time when public opin ion remains against it. The party has not been active on the national scene since the election, much to the cha grin of some councillors who spoke to The Tribune The party hopes the con vention will clear the way for it to improve its per formance as an opposition party. MUNROE CONSIDERS BID FOR PLP CHAIRMANSHIP from page one ATTORNEY WAYNE MUNROE, QC. STALLED progress at The Pointe recently. A6MAIN 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 Friday, September 1, 2017, PAGE 7 BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson is happy that Educa tion Minister Jeff Lloyd will create a centre for profes sional institute training for teachers on Grand Bahama. During a visit to Grand Bahama on Wednesday, Mr Lloyd told educators that a similar facility as the Mable Walker Institute (MWI) in Nassau would be imple mented on the island to as sist in the ongoing training of teachers. He also said the minis try will look into providing scholarships and grants so that teachers can get their masters degrees and PhDs. I feel very good about that, Ms Wilson told The Tribune on Wednesday fol lowing the ministers ad dress at the annual Minis try of Education Teachers Enrichment Day held at the Jack Hayward High School gymnasium. Hundreds of teachers at tended the event, which is held every year so teachers can fellowship with each other and get motivated as they return to the classrooms from the summer break. Ms Wilson said she was happy that the minister mentioned that the govern ment would be expanding the Mable Walker Institute to the Grand Bahama area, and offering scholarships and grants to teachers for professional upgrading. I guess, we will have more discussions on what it (the institute) would be named, where it would be located, and how it is going to function, she stated. Ms Wilson indicated that the BUT has been over the years pushing and agitating for more funds to be allo cated for teachers to have scholarships and grants, and also for sabbaticals which have been a part of their agreement for the past seven years. If teachers are to remain on the cutting edge and pro vide quality education to students, she said then there must be ongoing upgrading. He (the minister) men tioned about there not be ing a Mable Walker Insti tute here. Actually, in New Providence we agreed even in the last administration that the MWI in the Big Pond area, if you would re call teachers and students went to TG Glover and oth er schools in the surround ing area of New Providence, so we agreed that the MWI would be specically for on going professional develop ment and training and con tinuing education for our teachers, Ms Wilson said. The BUT president agreed with Mr Lloyd that the educational system needs xing. During his keynote ad dress this week to educators in Freeport, he emphasised the need for an improvement in curriculum and technol ogy delivery in schools. The minister stressed that there has been no im provement in national exam results of the BGCSEs, which remains at a D aver age. And he said they have to start over at the begin ning with the pre-schoolers, and noted that the ministry will soon mandate that all two-and-a-half and threeyear-olds attend a Ministry of Education approved preschool. He reported that less than 50 per cent of preschoolers in the country are in an appropriate approved preschool programme. In response to that Ms Wilson said: He made a poignant point because as he said we have to start from the little ones and there is a Bahamian say ing, bend the tree while it is young. So if we are able to begin the education of our students from two-anda-half to three years thats where we are able to mould them. And he spoke about cognitive ability and critical thinking all of that begins at a young age. I must say thanks to the church schools and also the private preschools. I was glad he spoke about ap proval of those institutions through the Ministry of Ed ucation, but I also hope it is not just approval and regis tration, but I hope it is also going to be where we can assist them with mentoring, and that professional devel opment and training could be extended to those pri vate school operators. Speaking on the issue of teacher shortages, the BUT president said that her team and ministers team had discussions two weeks ago about addressing that issue. That is a major chal lenge for us this week, she said. And we have already discussed how we are going to address the shortage in the short, medium and long terms. She noted that in the pri mary area they are going to re-engage some of primary teachers who just retired this week for re-engage ment of maybe two or three years. Ms Wilson hopes that within that time they will be able to have a Teachers Ca det programme extended to Grand Bahama. With such a programme, she explained that they will be able to know prior to the opening of school two or three years in advance who is coming out, what degree they are coming out with so we will be able to address the shortage in a more timely and organised manner. She said the physical plants of schools are anoth er challenge. Today we will be doing a tour of schools with the minister and I hoping that going forward there can be some sort of public-private partnership. I hope we can address the condition now so we have a safe learning environment for teachers and students, she said. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter MORE than 40 students from the Bahamas Techni cal & Vocational Institute (BTVI) paid a courtesy call on Commodore Tellis Bethel, commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), at the RBDF Coral Harbour Base on Monday. Using the opportunity to deposit positive nuggets into the lives of the young persons, Commodore Bethel personally met with them and candidly shared some of his life experi ences with the group, relat ing with their struggles and challenges. He admonished the stu dents to train themselves to react as persons who see challenges as a platform to showcase their problem solving skills and to inten tionally approach every problem as an opportunity for self-development and experience gathering. He went on to warn them to be careful how they chose to navigate life, and assured them problems will arise and if not approached correctly, their reaction will deter them from being the best version of themselves. He also spoke about per fecting the right mindset in order to realise their dreams despite their indi vidual circumstances. While on board, the stu dents, who represented a diverse cross section of BT VIs course options, toured the base, including some of the RBDFs vessels and had an opportunity to witness RBDF ofcers and marines at work. Many of them saw how their skills could be useful within the Royal Ba hamas Defence Force as it seeks to continue to prepare itself to be self-sustaining. COMMODORE Tellis Bethel speaking at BTVI. COMMODORE Tellis Bethel stands with 42 of the young men from BTVI along with the leadership team. Photos: Able Seaman Huden Johnson/RBDF Union happy with training plan COMMODORE: BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU NAVIGATE LIFE A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Friday, September 1, 2017 THE TRIBUNE MR. EMMANUEL REX GRANT, 61 of #28 Dunmow Lane, Freeport, Grand Baha ma and formerly of Porgy Bay, Bimini, will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, East Sunrise Highway, Freeport, Grand Ba hama. Ofciating will be Father David Coo per, assisted by Father Oswald Ferguson and Deacon Nixon Lindor. Cremation will follow. Left to cherish his fond and precious memories are his wife: Kitty Grant; mother: Esther Rolle; daughter: Angela Grant; sons: Quillon and Quincy Grant; daughter-in-law: Nyoka Grant; granddaughters: Chastity Ricketts, Quimora and Nyla Grant; grandson: Kijan Marshall; brothers: Allan Sox and Rody Grant, Terry and David Rolle; sisters: Paulette, Donna and Penny Grant, Shelia and Verlease Rolle, Stephanie Dottin and Ailene Wilson; aunts: Emma and Roxy Rolle and Willamae Sawyer; uncles: William Pinder Sr. and Wally Bain; nieces: Phillippa Thompson, Dana Grant, Ashley, Andrea, and Alaina Grant, Chenique Pinder, Jonnia Whymms, Moesha Davis, Chamel St. Louis, and Davette Rolle; nephews: Dr. Kevin Simmons, Ashley Grant, Quincy Newton, Lavardo Sherman, Camaro Dottin, Terrance and Tyler Rolle, Jamal and Javaro Davis, Eltaro and Ahmad Hanna, and Davon Rolle; grandnieces: offsprings of Phillippa Thomp son, Dana Grant, Chenique Pinder and Chamel St. Louis, offsprings of Quincy Newton, offsprings of Dr. Kevin Simmons, grandnephews: Lavardo Sherman, Jamal and Javaro Davis and Eltaro Hanna; sisters-in-law: Patricia Grant, Lau rice and Marsha Rolle; nieces-in-law: Kaylisa Smith and Sharon Sherman; nephew-in-law: Clyde Pinder; adopted sisters: Eleanor Munroe, Charlice El lis; Cousins: Benjamin, Jeff and Peter Francis and children, Stanley Stuart Sr. and children, Howard Stuart, Rodney and Darrell Dottin and children, Insley Ellon Sr., Patrick Pinder and children, Cardinal and Fabian Bain and children, Fred, Isaiah, Garth, Quint and children, Alex Levarity and children, Ben Junior and children, Orland, Gareld George and children, offsprings of the late Zack Smith, offsprings of the late Hillary Cargill Jr., Elizabeth Francis and chil dren, offsrings of the late Oralee, Lisa Brennen and children, Deaconess Dolly Stuart, Shirley Levarity and children, Fran, Cheryl, Stella, Pearline, Birdie and children, Indera and child, Lafronia Rolle, Rose Stuart and children, Eunamae Smith and children Juliette Dottin and children, Jeanine and Lily Pinder and children, Norine Francis and Corvell and Pamela Bain and children, Gloria Stuart, Cyrene Pinder and family, Avarelle Pinder and family, offsprings of the late Jacqueline Levarity, offsprings of the late Sabrina Dean, offspring of the late William Pinder Jr., offsprings of the late Reverend Earl Francis, offsprings of the late Nathaniel Saundersy, offsprings of the late Howard Saunders, off springs of the late Janet Cox, Ansil Saunders and family, Ashley Saunders, Phyllis Alexander and family, offsprings of the late Cyril Saunders and Reverend Austin Saunders, Offsprings of the late Edith Davis, offsprings of the late Doris Major, offsprings of the late Monica Bullard, offsprings of the late Sonny Saunders, Offsprings of the late Grace Rolley, offsprings of the late Mu riel Marshall, offsprings of the late Agnes McPhee, offsprings of the late Eula Francis, offsprings of the late Prudence McPhee, offsprings of the late Elsie Rolle, offsprings of the late Noel Roberts, offsprings of the late Inez Stuart, Minnie Davis and family offsprings of the late Mary Pritchard family, Tommie Saunders and family; friends from childhood: Ebbie David, Micah Roberts, Van Roberts, Lawrence Rolle and Michael Baker and a host of other relatives and friends including : Simon and Janice, Mr. and Mrs. Chico Russell and fam ily, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Parker, Naaman Ellis, Velma Russell, Daphne McKin ney, Staff at Kittys Boutique, Staff at Aliv Brand Store (Bimini), Honour able Pakeisha Parker Edgecombe and the Constituents of West End Grand Bahama and Bimini, Deacon Clarence Ellis and family, Mr. and Mrs. Oriel Rolle and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Rolle and family, offsprings of the Late Mae Rolle, offsprings of the Late Robert Ellis, offsprings of the Late Pedro Romer, offsprings of the Late Aris Rolle, Diane Robins and family, Monsignor Simeon Roberts, Father David Cooper, Father Oswald Ferguson, Father Kev in McDonald, Deacon Michael Checkley and Deacon Dennis Mackey, Parish Families at Holy Name and Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Church, Sisters of St. Martins Monastery, BTC family: Executive Management Staff & Retirees including; Naaman Ellis, Eldri Mackey, Val Wallace, Lehinza Curtis, Dominique Storr, Merrill Williams, Maria Tate, Lena Basden, Colene Parker, Hansel Collie, Stephen Cefort, Daphne McKinney, Milton Grant, Norma Davis, Ken Turner, Michael Laing, Loney Wilkinson, Miranda Russell, CTO Staff which He Loved Dearly (His Children) Junior Achievement Grand Bahama Think BigSee Far Advisors for Batelco Company C.L.I.P.S.E; friend and banker: Creswell R. Gardiner; Free National Movement Party; entire Porgy Bay and Bimini community. If anyones name was left off inadvertently, sincerest apolo gies from the family. Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Limited, #11-A Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be No Viewing at the church on Saturday.DEATH NOTICEMR. CARRINGTON ERIC SMITH, 24of #5 Yorkshire Drive, South Bahamia, Free port, Grand Bahama and formerly Ft. Lauder dale, Florida died on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. He is survived by his mother: Miriam Smith; father: Ricardo Rolle; step mother : Sarah Rolle; step father: Mark Francis; sister: Sydney Rolle; brothers: Nicholas Rolle and Tyler Smith; aunts: Rachel and Beatrice Smith; uncles: Harvey Smith and Jean Rico Smith and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements for the service are being nalized and details will be announced at a later date. Funeral Service for OVER the past few days, we (barely) avoid ed another downgrade by the ratings agency Moodys (though they did rate our outlook as negative). Thats good news. Still, there have been re ports this week that the new Free National Movement has placed its Interception of Communications Bill, 2017 high on the agenda for the next term. Thats bad news. Spy Bill, 2.0 Months back, before it became The Peoples Time, I wrote extensively on my objection to what then Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis coined the Spy Billthe original Interception of Communi cations Bill that was intro duced by the last Christie Administration. Back in February of this year, many opposed to the Bill decried the timing so close to a general election and claimed the point of the legislation was that it would be used as a tool to target the private and personal information of political op ponents. Well, fast forward a mere few months into a new re gime and suddenly the Spy Bill is a top priority once again? As they say, something stinks in Denmark. Or, Nassau, as the case may be. How is it that Dr Minnis (now Prime Minister Min nis) has gone from decry ing this so-called Spy Bill to his new attorney general, Carl Bethel, claiming this rehashed version has the appropriate checks and bal ances. Bethel also spoke of buffers that will prevent the suggestion of abuse of power. To be blunt, mouth could say anything. We know how the last ad ministration came up with their bill by copying the Americans. What we dont know is whether the new Minnis Administration has made sufcient changes to make any legislation that will give the govern ment the power to spy on our phone conversations, emails, Facebook accounts and (God forbid) Snapchat posts palatable. Spying on Bahamians is (to most Bahamians) dis tasteful. We know that we live in an ever-changing, danger ous world. We know that law enforcement needs cer tain tools to keep up with the ingenious ways todays Master Criminal can seek to do us harm. But by legally opening doors to our literal and gurative homes, some times would-be friends do more harm than good. I welcome a decent con sultation process and vigorous debate on any legislation introduced by the government that will help protect Bahamians. What is unwelcome, then and now, is legislation being rammed through parliament. Espe cially by a supermajority given power by the people by saying one thing and now seemingly trying to do something else. In the words of every Ba hamian giving fair warning, Dont do it! Remember, its still The Peoples Time. Leader of the Pack As the PLP enters their next phase, this November will mark a signicant turn ing point. Since its founding in 1953 by William Cartwright, Cyril Stevenson and Hen ry Milton Taylor (later Sir Henry), the party has held the reigns of government for some 35 years: 19671992 by the late Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling; and 20022007 and again 2012-2017 by Perry Gladstone Chris tie. All these years and only two party leaders. Two party leaders who both held onto the baton so long it had to be physically yucked from their clenched sts in stunning and humiliating fashion. Over the years, few chal lengers have tried to grasp control of the PLP but al ways (always!) the task was insurmountable. Because of the partys system of electing its leader, whomever controls the Stal wart Councillors controls the PLP. This band of party loyal ists, whose numbers have ballooned under the lead ership of Christie, have been the weapon used to beat back other young, old, smart, savvy and even cun ning persons who wanted to grab said baton. Recently (and perhaps always), they have not been the deliberative, sensible, wise body Im sure was envisaged by the original founders and members. No, in recent years the Stalwart Councillors have operated as a pack, with groupthink the rst and last sin. They didnt remove Christie (or Pindling, for that matter) when they had the chance. Their votes have been a forgone con clusion, a joke in some re spects, since time immemo rial. But now (now!) they have the opportunity to elect their next ofcial leader. If they are serious, the slate will be clean. All the old allegiances will have fallen away and those per sons offering themselves this time will start on equal footing and be judged ac cording to the merits. Who knows? They say its hard to teach an old dog new tricks. If the PLP ever wants to see a third Prime Minister rise from their ranks, they will need to learn a few tricks. And a few more. And a few more, still. Minnis playing I Spy PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 1, 2017, PAGE 9 TWO hundred children from three to 16-years-old are returning to school in the coming days with back packs, supplies and a little more to think about. Theyre the fortunate students who got a return to school send-off at St An drews Presbyterian Kirk on August 22, complete with lunch, practical giveaways and words of wisdom from Pastor Bryn MacPhail. Just as we are express ing our love for you by these gestures today, we want you to extend your love to those around you when you return to school, Pastor MacPhail told students, admonish ing them to pay attention to their studies, as well as hu man kindness and decency. It was the seventh year that the 217-year-old church in the heart of town hosted the back-to-school lunch and supplies event for youngsters from neighbour ing Bain and Grants Town, one of the inner citys most densely populated areas. No matter how many times we do this, I never fail to be impressed by how ex cited and eager these young people are, particularly the little ones, said Earla Bethel, clerk of session in the church. Just seeing the light in their eyes and their smiles is reassuring that the future is in good hands. We hope that these students take Pastor MacPhails words to heart and if they see someone being treated unkindly or an older stu dent is trying to bully a younger one, they will re member the lesson about the love being shown to them today and extend that to others. We want them to believe in themselves and to know that they can make a difference in others lives. Mrs Bethel, who holds the McDonalds franchise for New Providence, has ensured that the popular restaurant chain partici pates in every years back to school event. These youngsters are very fashion savvy, she chuckled. So we actually have backpacks designed for the event that the kids will be proud to carry. We expect them to have respect for one another so we have to show them the respect they deserve. Then we pack them with pens, pencils, and rulers, all the supplies they need to get a good start for the school year and we seal it with love. Cycling Club Bahamas. The club would like to support Rotary Club Of Nassau Sunrise on this Sat urdays Ride. We would like to meet at Harbour Bay at 5:15am and leave at 5:30am to congre gate at Goodmans Bay. We will start at Good mans Bay (6am) and com plete our regular ride and return to Goodmans Bay for a short time of fellow ship and cycle back to Har bour Bay nish. This is a very worthy cause (Children with Au tism) and your participation is appreciated. The entry fee is $20 (which includes a T-shirt). We have one registration form to include all who want to participate. Weekend rides Satur day leaving 6am sharp from Harbour Bay Shopping Centre in front of First Car ibbean Bank (Starbucks), 43 miles headed west. Leav ing P/I Bridges optional at the end. The pace will range from 1720+mph, 3-hour duration. Sundays leaving 6:00am Sharp from Harbour Bay Shopping Centre in front of First Caribbean Bank (Starbucks) 40 50 miles headed East. This ride is not recommended if you have not cycled recently or rst timers!**P/I Bridges optional at the end!!! The pace will range from 17mph 20+mph, @3 3.5 hour du ration (cyclists are invited to join in anywhere along the route). Weekday rides, east Morning, Tuesday & Thurs day leaving 5am sharp from Sea Grapes Shopping Cen tre, East Prince Charles Drive. This ride is a 17-mile loop to the Northbound Paradise Island Bridge and back again (both bridges are sometimes incorporat ed depending on available time). Open to riders capa ble of 18 mph + for 1 hour. Lights are essential. Weekday rides, morn ing Wednesdays & Fri days leaving 4:45am sharp from Fidelity Bank Parking Lot (opposite Cable Beach Police Station), West Bay St. This ride is a 20-mile loop. The route is varied. Open to riders capable of 18 mph + for 1 hr. Lights are essential. Contact Shantell 557-3635 to conrm your attendance. Afternoon Tuesdays & Thursdays leaving 5:30pm sharp from Old Fort Shop ping Center east of Solo mons Fresh Market. Inter mediate riders 17-22mph see Spyda This ride is 18miles (faster group leaves North Side Lyford Cay roundabout recommended for strong riders capable of 20mph+ for 1-1.5hrs. (@23 miles) Lights are essential. September 3 2017 NPCA Road Race, start 7:15am/nish Saunders Beach, 35 miles. September 10 The Powerade Potcakeman Su persprint Sprint Team Re lay RaceTriathlon at Jaws Beach, 6:30am. September 23 The Pow erade Potcakeman Triath lon at Jaws Beach, 7:30am November 4 31st Annu al Conchman Triathlon on Grand Bahama. Register at www.conchmantriathlon. com. Kiwanis Club of Over The Hill. The Kiwanis Club of Over the Hill con tinues to invest in the edu cation of todays youth by making a $2,000 scholar ship donation to a future BTVI student. The re cipient of this scholarship will be an Old Bight High School graduate and active Key Club member in Cat Island. The funds to support this scholarship were derived from an annual project the club hosts, which aims to mainly assist Family Island students with schooling. BTVI president Dr Rob ert W Robertson is grateful for organisations that con tinue to support and give back to students. It is contributions from clubs, such as this, that give BTVI added exposure and allow us to continue to pro vide scholarship opportuni ties to deserving students, said Dr Robertson. Rotary Club of West Nassau. Citi Bahamas cosponsored the Rotary Club of West Nassaus 3rd Annual Back-to-School Jamboree for the community of Gam bier Village, last Saturday. This year, the Rotary Club of Old Fort sponsored the event as well. Through this initia tive, these organisations to gether helped approximately 150 children with their backto-school preparation for the upcoming school year. During the jamboree, school children received a back-to-school kit which included a new backpack, composition books, pens, pencils and other school supplies. Boys also received fresh haircuts and all of the children got free health and dental screenings. The funlled day was capped off with music, burgers, hotdogs and drinks, as well as hours of fun in the bouncing castles. Citi is pleased to part ner with the Rotary Club of West Nassau for the 3rd consecutive year on its Back to School Jamboree, said Margaret Butler, Citi Coun try Ofcer for The Bahamas. We believe that the key to success in life is to have a solid educational base, so we are committed to advancing this initiative which supports children in the Gambier community and creates ex citement about going back to school. Citi believes in engaging the communities that we are a part of, and our staff is eager to get involved in activities that enhance the lives of our youth. Citi builds enduring re lationships with the com munity through events such as these with Gambier Vil lage and the Annual Global Community Day, which they sponsor every June, the last one being in partner ship with the Bahamas Cri sis Center, earlier this year. The President of the Ro tary Club of West Nassau, Chris Dorsett, shared why his club collaborated with the nancial institution. The Rotary Club of West Nassau has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with Citi for the past three years, which has allowed us to assist the Gambier com munity over that period of time. This is in line with our clubs theme for this year Inspiring our youth, build ing our future. It gave me great joy to see the faces of the children, as they en joyed the activities and re ceived their gifts of school supplies from us. This year, we also had the pleasure of working with the club we sponsored 3 years ago, the Rotary Club of Old Fort. As always, we wish to thank the Gambier Village Association for the oppor tunity to work along with them in identifying children within their community who needed the assistance. The Rotary Club of West Nassau is committed to serving the communities in the western district of the island and this is a tangible way of giving back to our young people, as we con tinue to grow stronger and serve better. Deidree Bain, president of the Rotary Club of Old Fort, said: The members of the Rotary Club of Old Fort recognise that through collaboration with likeminded organisations such as the Rotary Club of West Nassau, and corporate part ners like Citi, our commu nity service initiatives can be far reaching. Todays activities prove that part nerships forged between private sector and civil so cieties have a lasting impact on our communities. To day we have prepared these bright young minds for the next school year and had fun while doing it! THE ROTARY Club Back-to-School Jamboree sponsored by Citi Bahamas OUR Clubs and Socie-ties page is a chance for you to share your groups activities with our readers. To feature on our Clubs and Societies page, submit your report to, with Clubs Page written in the sub-ject line. For more information about the page, contact Stephen Hunt on 502-2373 or 447-3565. JOIN THE CLUB Cycling Club Bahamas FROM left, Kiwanis Club of Over the Hill director William Poitier; Kiwanis Club of Over the Hill distinguished president Charles Isaacs; BTVI president Dr Robert W Robertson and Kiwanis Club of Over the Hill Lieutenant Governor of Sunshine Division 22 Benjamin Whyte and BTVIs associate vice-president, fund development, Alicia Thompson. Kiwanis Club of Over The Hill Rotary Club of West Nassau Church and McDonalds team up for new term Youngsters with some of the supplies provided by St Andrews Presbyterian Kirk in association with McDonalds. A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Friday, September 1, 2017 THE TRIBUNE AKRON, Ohio (AP) Ofcials say an Ohio police chief was forced to resign in part because of his use of a racial slur in a private con versation. Akron ofcials had pre viously announced that former Chief James Nice was accused of potential misconduct involving an in vestigation into his nephew, having a sexual relationship with a member of the police force and making deroga tory remarks. He resigned Sunday. The citys mayor and its provisional police chief told the Akron Beacon Journal on Thursday the ex-chief, who is white, used a slur against African-Ameri cans. They said no other of cers were involved in the conversation. Nices attorney would not conrm a slur was used but says Nice regrets the entire incident. POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS AFTER RACIAL SLUR COXS BAZAR, Bang ladesh (AP) Three boats carrying ethnic Rohingya eeing violence in Myan mar capsized in Bangladesh and 26 bodies of women and children have been recovered, ofcials said Thursday. Bangladesh border guard commander Lt Col S M Ari ful Islam said at least three boats carrying an unknown number of Rohingya Mus lims sank in the Naf River at Teknaf in Coxs Bazar on Wednesday. He said the bodies of 15 children and 11 women were recovered, and it was unclear whether any one was still missing. The top government of cial in Coxs Bazar, Mo hammad Ali Hossain, said the bodies would be buried because no one had claimed them. Last week, Rohingya in surgents attacked at least two dozen police posts in Myanmars Rakhine state, triggering ghting with se curity forces that left more than 100 people dead and forced at least 18,000 Roh ingya to ee into neighbor ing Bangladesh. Hundreds of people have been stranded in a no mans land at the countries bor der, the International Or ganization for Migration said. 26 DEAD AS BOATS SINK IN BANGLADESH NEW MEXICO (AP) Alexis Molina took a bullet to the chest, just above her heart, and was shot once in each leg as a gunman opened re inside a public library in New Mexico. But trauma surgeons at the Tex as hospital where she is re covering said Thursday that all she could think about was making sure her little brother was safe. The doctors told report ers that Molina, 20, is ex pected to make a full re covery, and they described her and fellow library pa tron Howard Jones as he roes. Jones, who was at the li brary with his granddaugh ter, was shot in the arm. The bullet traveled from his forearm along his radial nerve before lodging in the back of his arm, the doctors said. Dr Sharmila Dissanaike, assistant medical director of the trauma center at Lub bocks University Medical Center, said she was able to talk with both Molina and Jones after they were sta bilized. They were not wor ried about their own futures but more about their loved ones making it to safety, she said. They really are heroes. They both saved the lives of other young people who were in that library, Dis sanaike said, without going into detail. Gunre erupted inside the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Monday. Two library workers were killed as parents, children and others hid under tables or behind closed doors. In addition to Molina and Jones, another li brary worker was shot in the arm and Molinas 10-year-old brother was injured. The doctors said all four were expected to recover. Alexis Molina still has a bullet lodged in her leg and the trajectory of the bullet that nearly missed her heart caused other injuries, the doctors said. Its a miracle that shes alive, Dissanaike said. The suspect, 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett, was or dered to remain in custody during a detention hearing Thursday. Prosecutors ar gued that he posed a threat to himself and others. Jouetts lawyer, Jennifer Birmingham, did not op pose the request. Jouett has been charged with rst-degree murder, assault, aggravated battery and child abuse stemming from the shooting at the library in Clovis, a rural community near the Texas state line. Prosecutors said sui cide notes were found at the teens home, and the youths pastor also has said Jouett contemplated suicide several months earlier. Prosecutors say they will seek to have Jouett, a school sophomore, tried as an adult. They planned to le paperwork formalising the request Friday. Jouett told investigators he had been thinking bad things for some time and initially planned to target his school because he was angry, court documents said. HEROES OF LIBRARY SHOOTING HAILED AS SHOOTER CHARGED By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press PORT Arthurs major roads were swamped by rising waters brought by Harvey, and there were few im ages showing the devastation that virtually cut off the East Texas city. So as the sun rose Thursday, thats where Associated Press pho tographer Gerald Herbert took his plane rst. We heard Port Arthur got hit the worst, Herbert said, a few hours after taking a more than 200mile aerial journey over Port Ar thur, Beaumont and other commu nities near the Texas and Louisiana coasts. It seemed like no one could get there. Herbert, who joined the AP in Washington in 2002 and has worked in the APs New Orleans bureau since 2010, got his pilots li cense four years ago. I fell in love with a woman in Shreveport, and I found a better way to get there, he said. The two are now engaged. While he was nishing his ight training, Herbert bought a Cessna 172, a four-seater single-engine airplane. Thats the plane that his friend and fellow pilot Juan As turias ew on Wednesday, meet ing Herbert around dusk in Lake Charles, Louisiana. They spent the evening plan ning their ight and were wheels up around 7 a.m., with Asturias at the controls so Herbert could safely shoot pictures. Port Arthur sits on the Louisi ana line 90 miles east of Houston, and the two found large parts of it underwater. Herbert thought the pictures were too important to hold until they got back on the ground. He transmitted them immediately from the air. We just kind of circled over Port Arthur while we had a good cell signal, he said. That done, they went off to check out other communities, including Beaumont and Orange, Texas, as well as Sabine Lake, where they again found neighborhoods, busi nesses and roads under water. In Louisiana, they found that Holly Beach and Cameron had escaped the ooding. I was trying to be eyes and ears as a second navigator, as a co-pilot, for Juan as well, because there was a lot of helicopter trafc in the area, he said. National Guard, Coast Guard, there were a lot of rescue helicopters ying in and out. Going up in his airplane gave Herbert the chance to put his many skills to work: shooting video and still photographs, using pilot skills and looking out for trafc. Its a mark of pride to be able to get rst light and be able to get pic tures no one ese could get because of my added skill set of being a pilot with access to a plane, he said. But he said his on-the-ground work during Harvey is what will stick with him. Herbert has been working since Sunday to cover the storm, and has been traveling with professional res cue teams as they work to get peo ple out. On Wednesday, he joined members of the Louisiana Depart ment of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva tion Commission and the Louisiana National Guard in Orange, Texas, for a joint rescue of eight elderly people in an assisted living home. What I saw was strength and ability meeting frailty and need, he said. It was something Ill never forget. Texas oods from the air MEMBERS of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Louisiana National Guard help rescue with elderly people from the Golden Years Assisted Living home, which was ooded from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas. FLOODWATERS from Tropical Storm Harvey surround homes in Port Arthur, Texas, yesterday. Photos: Gerald Herbert/AP A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 1, 2017, PAGE 11 CAMPERS all over the world ride horses, swim and eat smores by an open re, but at one camp in Grand Bahama youngsters got to hang out with sh, man groves, reef balls and sting rays. They were the dozen lucky enough to take part in the second session of Camp Eco-Explorer. Sponsored and run by Save The Bays in partner ship with Waterkeepers Bahamas along with volun teers like Elfsworth Weirm, Grand Bahama Park war den at Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Keith and Linda Cooper of West End Ecology Tours, and Barry Smith at Paradise Cove, the week-long Eco-Explorer camp allowed children ages 7-11 to study and feed sting rays, explore mangroves, wetlands and pine forests and learn about deforesta tion from salt water intru sion caused by hurricanes and storm surges. We went where most kids on Grand Bahama will never go, to The Gap, said camp co-director Rashema Ingraham, referring to an expanse of wetlands inter twined with fresh water tributaries and ats, home to tarp and bonesh and waters so clear you can read the date on a coin on the bottom. The area, a cornu copia of tropical wonders, has been identied as a national park and is main tained by the Bahamas Na tional Trust. For Tafari Fountain, a fth grader at Freeport Gospel Chapel School, no number of smores could begin to compare with feed ing stingrays. We went on many ad ventures but my favour ite was at Paradise Cove, where we got to snorkel and get a close look at the beautiful sh in our waters. The most memorable activ ity was learning how to hold pilchards when feeding stingrays, she said. Everywhere we went, the campers brought a youthful curiosity that was such a joy to see, said Ms Ingraham, executive di rector of Waterkeepers Bahamas. You could see that when they rst saw an animal or a sh of any size, there would be a little bit of fear and then as they swam with them or got to learn more about the animal the fear would be transformed into wonder. This is the second year Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays partnered to host the camps, the rst week for older campers, the second for younger ones. Sixth grader Edissa Bain says she will always cherish her initial introduction to the world of stingrays. I was allowed to feed and touch a stingray for the rst time, she said. Their skin is soft and slimy like oil. Mr Keith Cooper, our tour guide, explained that we should not be afraid of these creatures, if we have an encounter with one while swimming not to get alarmed, instead quietly walk away or stand still until it swims away. Mr Cooper also mentioned that stingrays are not harmful and will only attack if they feel threatened. AIDEN Bain enjoys the snorkel experience during Camp Eco-Explorer in Grand Bahama. JOE Darville with summer campers. A summer of exploration A11MAIN