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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper MONDAY HIGH 92FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 HURRICANE Irma is expected to be a major cat egory four or category ve hurricane as it moves closer to The Bahamas, accord ing to Accuweather mete orologist Evan Duffy, who said on the systems cur rent track the eye of Irma will likely cut very close to New Providence by Fri day bringing with it heavy rains, ooding and strong winds. In an interview with The Tribune on Sunday, Mr Duffy said Irma, currently a category three hurricane, poses an imminent risk to the entire Bahamas be cause the system is grow ing and is not expected to weaken before it moves into Bahamian waters. Kevin Nugent, a meteor ologist from Baron Weath er, a US agency, said Baha mians should prepare for the worst but hope for the best. Over the past 24 hours, the models have come to gether in better agreement and are predicating a hit for The Bahamas, Mr Nugent said. We are at the point now where Bahamians need to begin making prepara tions, he added. By late Friday, early Saturday, The Bahamas will experience the impact of this hurri cane. However, there is still time and a shift in track could make the difference between a direct hit and The Bahamas being spared. The hurricane will need to be monitored very close ly as model guidance has come into better agreement and has shifted the track much closer to The Baha mas over the past 24 hours. The ofcial NHC (National Hurricane Centre) fore cast extends to 7am Friday morning and at that time the hurricane is forecast to be a category four storm near the Turks and Caicos, Mr Nugent added. Irma has been uctuat ing in intensity over the past few days, but is ex pected to strengthen to a category four hurricane with sustained winds of 130-156mph on its closest approach to the islands. According to Accuweath er, the exact path of Irma beyond the middle of the week remains uncertain and will depend on a vari ety of factors. However, Mr Duffy said in all but one of the possible scenarios, The Bahamas will be greatly im pacted. SPORTS: $100K PRIZE FOR SHAUNAE AS SHE STORMS TO VICTORY Four days to get ready A 54-YEAR-OLD Long Island woman was hacked to death with a cutlass early Saturday morning during a domestic dispute that also left her elderly mother in the Intensive Care Unit at Princess Margaret Hospi tal. The horric murder of Eleanor Dean, a mother of eight, took place shortly after 2am on Saturday in the quiet community of Long Island. And as The Tribune went to press, another mur der took place in Nassau, bringing the countrys mur der count to 93 for the year. CUTLASS KILLER SUSPECT CAPTURED THE success of Satur days We Rise march against the Minnis administrations inaction in ofce, proves many of the promises made by the government on the campaign trail have gone unfullled, according to one of the groups lead or ganisers, Coderro Emanuel Armbrister. Maintaining the organi sation is apolitical of nature during an interview yester day, Mr Armbrister said the group is not focused on challenging the Minnis ad ministration, but rather, on holding the government to its promises. WE RISE: KEEP YOUR PROMISES By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter AS HURRICANE Irma approaches, the Na tional Emergency Manage ment Agency announced it plans to ship donated emergency supplies from the United States to the countrys Emergency Re lief Warehouse in Inagua. The emergency relief equipment was donated by the United States through its embassy in Nassau and the United States North ern Command. The items, which were delivered to The Bahamas via eight 40ft containers, are to equip the recently constructed Emergen cy Relief Warehouse in Mathew Town. EMERGENCY SUPPLIES SHIPPED TO INAGUA TWO Bahamian men were arrested Friday in connection with a major drug bust that has resulted in the seizure of some $2m worth of suspected cocaine on the island of Bimini. Assistant Superintendent of Police Terecita Pinder reported that DEU ofc ers intercepted a 26ft aqua BIMINI $2M COCAINE BUST By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter THE Minister of Tourism has slammed as reprehen-sible the threat by a ma-jor cruise line to terminate Bahamian tour operators contracts if they direct-sell to passengers without its permission. Dionisio DAguilar, pictured hit out af-ter Tribune Busi-ness obtained a copy of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) August 30 warning letter demanding that Bahamian shore ex-cursion providers discontinue this practice imme-diately. Pledging to confront the cruise lines, Mr DAguilar said he completely agrees that NCLs letter amounts to re-straint of trade and anti-com-petitive practices that have left Bahamian companies earn-ing mere crumbs for years. NCLs letter, signed by Steve Moeller, its vice-presi-dent of commercial develop-ment, warns the cruise lines partner Bahamian tour operators that selling their product direct to its passen-gers violates their Shore Excursion Agreement. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor ELEANOR DEAN SEE PAGE THREE By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS A1MAIN 16 PAGES HOUSE HOME &


PAGE 2, Monday, September 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE JOANNE van Sertima-Smith, wife of the late Larry Smith holds a portrait of her husband. Below, mourners and tributes to Mr Smith at his memorial service on Saturday at the Bahamas National Trust on Village Road. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff TRIBUTES AT MEMORIAL TO LARRY SMITH A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 4, 2017, PAGE 3 PAUL Maynard, presi dent of the Bahamas Elec trical Workers Union, has warned of potential ood ing at Bahamas Power and Lights Clifton Pier Power Plant after damage sus tained during Hurricane Matthew last October was never repaired. In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Mr May nard said BPL would be in trouble if the roof on the control room to the Clifton Pier Power Station is not repaired before Hurricane Irmas potential landing in The Bahamas this week. He said even if repairs began today, they would not be done by Friday, when Irma is expected to hit. The roof is a mess and it has been like that since the last hurricane. Back then, we were told it would cost $100,000 to x so I dont know what it would cost now, he said. At this point, even if they make attempts to repair the roof now, it wont be done before the hurricane comes. The best bet is to open up the other side and let the breeze blow through. They will have to make an at tempt to deal with this and place bricks over some plas tic to guard the equipment, thats what we will have to do. The repairs are urgent and we would be in trouble if this hurricane hits be cause we are still weak from the last hurricane. Mr Maynard said the damage to the roof is main ly over the administrative ofce, but if that ofce oods the water can dam age the engines. The equipment in the ofce is what we would have to worry about but the ma chines would not be ne if that ofce oods, he said. We have a bunch of pumps and we can pump the water out if we need to but honestly we just need to get rid of that power sta tion altogether. We need to change the engines. This is sue should have been dealt with a long time ago and now we are just coping. Last December, Mr May nard raised the alarm about conditions at Clifton Pier, when he threatened indus trial action if the govern ment did not immediately repair the damage to the plant caused by the passage of Hurricane Matthew in October. At the time, Mr May nard said the situation at Clifton required urgent attention and the environ ment was too dangerous for his members to continue to work. In December, he said the covering on the smoke stacks at the plant was peeling and falling to the ground. He said at any moment, one of the metal plates could hit one of the workers severely injuring them. Days later, BPL con rmed plans to repair the external structure of the damaged smoke stacks at the companys Clifton Pier plant. The engines at the Clift on Pier Plant have not been operating at full ca pacity for several months. BPL has been relying heavily on the engines from the Blue Hill Power Plant, which have caused a signicant increase in electricity bills. POWER PLANT STILL HAS A HOLE IN ITS ROOF FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter If and when this storm goes to The Bahamas, it will have a signicant im pact because the system is growing, the Accuweather ofcial said. It is already a category three and is not projected to weaken because there is not a lot of land mass between The Bahamas and this sys tem. So unless this tracks close to the Dominican Re public, The Bahamas will experience signicant rain, wind, storm surges, rough surf and rip currents. Honestly, we are still pretty far out but the mod els are coming together. Around Monday we expect the storm to turn to the north and west. This track will put Antigua and Bar buda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands in the path of the storm. Everyone in that area should be paying attention. After that is when things get confusing. We have some different tracks possible. The rst track goes west and passes the Antilles and if that were to occur, there would be signicant impact to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southern Bahamas including Inagua, Crooked Island, Ragged Island and Andros, Mr Duffy said. That has a low chance of happening. The other path means the system will move west northwest away from the Dominican Republic and directly over Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas as a major category three or four hurricane. Thats bad news because the track literally runs the entire Bahamas. The island will get a direct hit, this has a moderate chance of hap pening. In the other track, the storm will run along the eastern side of the Bahama Islands causing issues for Cat Island, Eleuthera and Abaco and the eye will cut very close to New Provi dence. This track also has a moderate chance of hap pening and will cause a lot of issues. Another scenario has the system turning north west after it leaves the Do minican Republic and then it will graze The Bahamas. However, the wind im pact would still be high, there will be plenty of rain and wind but the worst would be avoided, this also has a moderate chance of happening. Lastly, the storm could stay north and then move east and go somewhere be tween Bermuda and miss The Bahamas completely but that has a low chance of happening. The Baha mas will probably start see ing rough surf as early as tomorrow (Monday) and things will start picking up on Wednesday for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Local meteorologist Or son Nixon said Bahamians should be preparing for the worst. It is still a little far off but based on the models we use, most of them have the centre of Irma passing through the entire island chain or east of the island chain, Mr Nixon said. Bahamians should pre pare, the entire island chain needs to be ready. We have a few days to make arrange ments because even in the best scenario The Bahamas will get tropical storm force winds. Irma should be a category four or ve by the time it comes to The Baha mas. It is small now, but it is expected to expand in the next 72 hours, this will be bad for us, Mr Nixon said. As the storm approaches, ofcials have warned busi nesses against price gouging while urging residents to be gin hurricane preparations. Four days to get ready The warehouse, which was ofcially handed over to The Bahamas govern ment on June 22, is also a gift from the US govern ment, constructed at a cost of $1.8m. The equipment and sup plies valued at an estimated $600,000, includes among other items: 5kw and 10kw generators; berthing kits; cots; water containers; fuel containers; blankets; tools; power cords; pallet stacker; water purication tablets; radios and ashlights; tents; shower/shelter combo; wa ter canteens and eld toi lets. Captain Stephen Rus sell, director of NEMA, conrmed that the equip ment and supplies would be transported to the Ina gua warehouse within the coming days via HMBS Lawrence Major, the Royal Bahamas Defence Forces roll on/roll off ves sel. This vessel has made an invaluable contribution to the logistics and transpor tation efforts in support of the National Disaster Response and Recovery programme since its com missioning in 2015, imme diately in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. The equipment (and supplies) are earmarked for the islands of the south ern Bahamas, namely Ina gua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, and south ern Long Island. And is aimed at strengthening the preparedness and response capabilities of the commu nities in those island prior to, during and in the after math of any emergencies, Capt Russell said. The delivery of the equipment to the Mathew Town warehouse will fur ther strengthen NEMAs strategic emergency relief warehouse programme, with warehouses that are equipped in the northern, central and southern Baha mas. The aim is to ensure that emergency equipment are readily available, to provide a timely response in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster, Capt Russell said. A spokesperson from the US Embassy said: The co operation between the US and the Bahamas runs deep. The United States proudly donates over $600K in dis aster relief supplies to the Bahamas to ll the three US-donated disaster re lief warehouses in Nassau, Freeport, and Great Ina gua. These supplies will be used to assist the National Emergency Management Agency as they prepare for storms or other natural dis asters in The Bahamas and the region. Irma is expected to af fect The Bahamas by Fri day morning. EMERGENCY SUPPLIES SHIPPED TO INAGUA from page one from page one A CABINET meeting held last night to discuss the threat of the approaching Hurricane Irma. Photo: BIS A3MAIN


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Monday, September 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I WATCHED with a smile the launch of the can didacy of Glenys HannaMartin for the post of PLP leader. Glenys was among her supporters pledging to modernise her party if they pick her to be leader. I smiled because I know Glenys does not want to be PLP leader. The job would stress her too much. She is not suited to it. Those in the know in the PLP know what this is really about that is, the ambition of Obie Wilch combe. Glenys and Obie are close friends. Obie has al ways had as his dream lead ing the PLP. He has said it many times. Sir Lynden Pindling was his mentor. Obie lost his seat in the May 10 general election. In parliamentary systems like the one we have, it is best for party leaders to be in the elected chamber of parlia ment. Obie therefore really cant run for leader because PLPs would disqualify him from their thinking because he is seatless. Obie is smart very smart. He is also very am bitious. Since he cant run Glenys is his candidate. If she were to win, that would give Obie the ability to rule from behind the throne and rule he would. He would be PLP leader in all but name. Glenys is a good person, but PLPs should know what they are voting for if they elect her. You would be vot ing for Obie. Truth be told, it is unlike ly that Obie, Glenys or Phil ip Brave Davis could win a general election in 2022. People are tired of the same old PLP faces. They know nothing new will come from the past. The PLP needs to bring its young forward. Bold, en ergetic faces should be tak ing over the party. Young people not connected to the scandals of the past should be the voices carrying the new PLP message. The PLP is a hardheaded party. After it lost in 1992 the party ran Sir Lynden again. Everybody knew that was a bad idea. They still ran him. He lost worse in 1997 than he did in 1992. The PLP looks like it is going to try the same thing all over again. The party will send an unpopular leader to the people. That will lead to cut hip number two. If in 2027 the PLP still has not learned and sends another old, tired face, that would be cut hip number three. Bahamians will keep punishing the PLP until it changes. It sinned last term. It messed up the country. It must change before having any chance to be govern ment again. Anyway, back to Gle nys. Dont be bamboozled by her talk. Shes Obies horse. If you like him, how he leads, how he treats peo ple, vote for Glenys. Dont expect her to make any de cisions about the direction of the PLP if she comes leader. It would be the SS PLP with Captain Obie at the helm. MARTHA S GREENE Nassau, August 31, 2017. LAST WEEK, Foreign Affairs Min ister Darren Heneld announced Chi nas new restrictions on overseas invest ments. In so doing, he said that these restrictions could possibly affect new investments in The Bahamas, but not those already approved. Yet this is con trary to the very pronouncements of the President of China and many of Chinas largest companies have started selling their controversial real estate holdings. In fact, last week in London, a Chinese powerhouse pulled out of a deal that, like the sale of Baha Mar to CTF, had not closed. We hope no new Beijing invest ments are contemplated for The Ba hamas, especially after our experience with Baha Mar, the sordid details of which still remain a mystery, despite the soothing talk of Attorney General Carl Bethel. One of the planks in the FNMs elec tion platform was to open Pandoras Box on the Baha Mar agreement, and any corrupt dealings that might be related to it, between the PLP, China Export Import Bank (CEXIM), the lender, and presumably China Construction Ameri ca (CCA), without which as partner, the bank would not have entered into the loan agreement with Mr Izmirlian. At an early meeting of the House of Assembly after the May 10 election, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis an nounced that he had, as promised, laid the heads of agreement for the sale of Bah Mar on the table of the House. When questioned afterwards, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the unsealed documents contained nothing unusual that would prompt government to ques tion its terms. However, he said, there were other sensitive documents relat ing to the sale that remain under court seal. Yet we know that many of the sensitive documents, such as the sale from Perfect Luck to CTFE, and any agreement between CTF and the gov ernment are not sealed. Why have these not been made public? We call on the Prime Minister to honour his govern ments campaign obligations and release these documents. We now hear that many Bahamians are not accepting the explanation, some who seem to know more than the aver age Bahamian about the deal, are pro testing. Others are questioning the At torney Generals opinion. We said if there was anything unto ward or conicts of interest with these people we would renegotiate, Mr Bethel told a Tribune reporter. But there is nothing particularly unusual in the documents. It is true that the verdict is based on one lawyers opinion. We suggest that a few of the best brains in the legal profes sion sit down with the Attorney General and together go over all of the docu ments. It is only then, when their views are made public, if they all agree with the Attorney General, that the docu ments might gain credibility. If not, in the end, Baha Mar might yet bring the country down with investors convinced that The Bahamas is not a safe place in which to do business. Many Bahamians still cannot under stand how Sarkis Izmirlian, the largest single investor in the history of The Bahamas, who spent at least 15 years trying to create in The Bahamas the Caribbeans largest and most glamor ous resort, could have it snatched from him by the Chinese EXIM bank with the tacit support of the Christie gov ernment. Are these actions really now supported by Prime Minister Minnis? The irony of this whole tragedy starts in the days when former prime minister Perry Christie was a practising lawyer, and American Phil Rufn, a business partner of now US President Donald Trump, was his client. It was when Mr Rufn decided to sell his Cable Beach hotel that Mr Christie tried to interest Mr Izmirlian in its purchase. Apparently, Mr Izmirlian turned him down twice. On Mr Christies third try, Mr Izmirlian capitulated. But his vision was far larger than that of Mr Rufn. He decided to buy all three of the aging hotels on Cable Beach the Crys tal Palace and Cable Beach hotels were renovated and opened, while the Nassau Beach was closed. I saw a real opportunity to create something special here, a young Sarkis Izmirlian told a TV interviewer at the time. Cable Beach had a lot of poten tial, but it needed a big vision to create a great destination which would comple ment Atlantis and be big enough to com pete against places like Orlando. It was in 2005 that Mr Izmirlians newly formed Baha Mar Development Company made the purchase. By then, Mr Christie was the prime minister. Mr Izmirlian reached an agreement with the Christie government for a $1 billion plus development that would include hotels, casino, convention centre, retail village, enlarged golf course, beach and pool area. He then entered into a joint venture with Harrahs Entertainment of Las Vegas, and was given a deadline for the completion of the deal. But the Christie government, having signed the heads of agreement on April 6, 2005, did nothing to complete the agreement. Obviously, with an election looming, the PLP didnt want this to become an elec tion issue. The PLP lost the election. By that time, Mr Izmirlian had also lost the Harrahs agreement for non-compliance with the deadline. During that period Mr Izmirlian was forced to write a stiff letter to Mr Chris tie to try to get the contract signed to meet Harrahs deadline. I wish to be very clear, and very frank, he wrote. Unless your government delivers on the much advertised partnership be tween the government and Baha Mar, I am seriously considering whether in vesting billions of dollars in this country is the right decision Indeed in order to meet rm board commitments of the partners, these matters must be nalised no later than the rst week of February (2006). If the Christie government had lived up to its commitment and met the con tract deadline, the Harrahs group to day would have been the joint investor, Baha Mar would have been ourishing and there would have been no need for Standard & Poors credit rating agency to dismiss this countrys credit as junk and Harrahs to put The Bahamas on probation, maintaining its credit wor thiness at Baa3, but changing its credit outlook from stable to negative. One slip and we go down the junk drain. And all for the want of a signature from the PLP government by February 2006 we are now at the mercy of China Import Export Bank and the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. Also thanks to the construction deadlines, which China Construction America (CCA) set for themselves, but consistently failed to meet. This ended the magnicent Baha Mar dream. And now the irony of the tragic affair is that CCA, having agreed not to aban don Baha Mar for its own project at The Pointe until Baha Mar had been com pleted, upped tools and moved to The Pointe with Mr Christies approval and a heads of agreement allowing CCA to move Chinese workers and equipment from Baha Mar, boasting that at least that project would be completed on time because he, CAAs senior vice president Daniel Liu, owned it. Apparently, the difference was that Mr Liu did not own Baha Mar, which might indicate why it failed. Now Mr Liu knows what it feels like to swing in the wind of uncertainty as he pleads with the Minnis govern ment after being spooked by the Chi nese governments pronouncement on overseas investments for immediate assistance for The Pointes condomini um and marina construction approvals. Now that the tables are turned, Mr Dan iel Liu, might learn a much needed les son in integrity. In January, 2015, Mr Liu urged gov ernment that is the PLP government to quickly make a decision on the proposed masterplan to revitalize down town Nassau. He described Bay Street as an unfullled dream for 50 years that today had failed to move forward. We would like to remind Mr Liu that Bay Street is a Bahamian dream, which when it moves forward will have Baha mians at the helm with Bahamians as the work force. Remember this is our country that will control its own future. To be continued. Glenys a front for Obie The Chinese future in The EDITOR, The Tribune. LISTENING to former minister Zhivargo Laing yesterday on his radio talk show, I was amazed to hear him attempt to redene the projects of the Chinese in The Bahamas as simply, strategic investments, not unlike those controlled by US or other super power interests. I refuse to believe this former minister of nance is that naive, and I am much more relieved now that he is designated to a sub-par radio programme instead of making decisions on behalf of this country. The minister is either woefully ignorant of the numerous projects being undertaken by the Chinese in not only our country, but a multitude of others in the Caribbean and around the world, or he is opting to wear blinders much like the set that caused his rapid free fall from public service. I wish to be absolutely clear that no superpower, be they American or Chinese will invest in a country with out ulterior motives, and history has taught us that their motives never benet the inhabitants of the coun try. He would have us be lieve, one must assume, that our current economic state was caused by poor invest ment strategy by the powers that be, instead of pre-med itated sabotage and ma nipulation of a key project to gain a stronger foothold in this country. He would have us bury our heads in our aragonite rich ground than call out the Chinese for what they are, colonis ers. Plain and simple. They have colonised Af rican nations, other Carib bean nations, and now their lasers are focused on us, but this man would have us sit back and say, well, Amer ica did it too. Do us all a favour, sir, and go quietly into that good night where you were sent in 2012. RELIEVED CITIZEN Nassau, August 31, 2017. Empty barrels A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 4, 2017, PAGE 5 The latest murder took place shortly before mid night last night at Kims Crescent, off Blue Hill Road Corner, by Sids Bar. Police were at the scene late last night. In the incident in Long Island, police last night ar rested a suspect in the kill ing. They had been search ing for a male relative of the victims in connection with the killing, believed to be Philip Dean. The deceased, a janitress who worked in the local administrators of ce, was described by loved ones as kind and upbeat. In an emotional interview with The Tribune Stay cie Dean, Eleanors only daughter, said her mother was a phenomenal woman and the rock of the family. My mommy was a one of a kind mother with uncon ditional love for her fam ily. No matter the circum stance, mommy was there encouraging her children and telling us to always give it our best, Ms Dean said, speaking to The Tribune from overseas. She was always smil ing and telling jokes. Her laugh was contagious and no matter if youre having a bad day her presence would turn everything around, that was a gift from God. She loved to give a helping hand to others and words of wisdom to everyone, she was a true angel. She will be forever missed as a phenomenal woman and the rock of our family. Our family is mourning the loss of a great woman. According to police, Eleanor and her mother were in their Long Island home when a man, known to them, entered the house and chopped the two women with a cutlass, caus ing serious injuries. Eleanor died on the scene, however her elderly mother who recently had a stroke, was airlifted to New Providence. She is currently listed in serious condition. Delores Bowe, a long time friend and coworker of Eleanor, said the entire is land is mourning the death of the kindest woman I have ever met. We were friends for over 20 years and I dont think I ever heard her grumble, Mrs Bowe said. We worked together at the administrators ofce; I was the secretary and she was the janitor. Her death had a great impact on this community because eve ryone knew Eleanor, from the north to the south. She was the nicest person I ever met, she was helpful and pleasant and anything you wanted, if she could give it to you, she would. She did not deserve to die like that. She was a hardworking mother and wife. Everyone is trying to cope but it is so sad. Everyone is shaken up, no one can come to grips with it. These things just dont happen here. In a statement on Face book, member of Parliament for Long Island Adrian Gib son asked the public to pray for the community. Our island folk are over come with emotion and gripped with the sadness that accompanies such tragic occurrences, Mr Gibson wrote. Let us all pray for the family and ask Gods guidance. My deepest sym pathies are extended to the grieving family. May His peace be with you, he said. Let us also pray for the elderly lady who has been injured in this matter. She has left for Nassau via emer gency ight and we pray for her full recovery. As Baha mians, we must remember to be our brothers/sisters keep ers. Lets work hand in hand to restore the love, serenity, peacefulness and tranquility that once existed on our is lands and among ourselves. Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS. Cutlass killer suspect caught POLICE are investigat ing two trafc accidents that left two people dead one in Grand Bahama, the other from Eleuthera. In the rst incident, po lice said shortly after 4pm on Friday, ofcers were called to the Grand Baha ma Highway in the area of the domestic terminal. There, police found a sil ver coloured 2006 Audi A4 sedan in bushes with exten sive damage, with a man inside. The male driver, a resident of Grand Bahama, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second accident oc curred on Sunday, short ly after 4.15am in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Police said a man was driving a black Suzuki Grand Vitara on Queens Highway when he appar ently lost control of the car and ran into a tree. The cars front seat pas senger died at the scene. The driver and a rear pas senger were airlifted to New Providence in critical condition. Ofcers from the Trafc Department in New Provi dence are in Eleuthera helping with the investiga tion. Police have asked motor ists to wear their seat belts from page one ELEANOR DEAN POLICE are still search ing for the person responsi ble for a shooting incident that left one man dead late Friday night. The murder took place shortly after 11pm and was one of two killings that took place over the weekend, the other one was in Long Is land. They pushed the years murder count to 92, accord ing to The Tribunes records. Police said Fridays vic tim was walking in the area of the Bahamas Baptist Convention Ofce off Blue Hill Road when he was ap proached by a man who shot him multiple times. The victim died on the scene. Police have no sus pects in custody and no mo tive for the killing. Last month, in the face of rising homicides, National Security Minister Marvin Dames presented a num ber of crime ghting initia tives, highlighting plans to clamp down on persons out on bail, rearm trafckers, drug houses and enhancing senior command at the divi sional level of the force on a 24-hour basis. Mr Dames said effective immediately, the Royal Ba hamas Police Force (RBPF) will double down on its efforts to combat violent crimes across the country. Reecting on the coun trys latest murders, Mr Dames said at the time that police will be taking a more aggressive approach to handling drug peddling and shutting down drugs throughout the country, which he referred to as the source of many of the crime problems that exist. The Mount Moriah MP also indicated that police would be increasing intel ligence and operational ef forts to identify and disrupt gang activities. More speci cally, he said from an intelli gence perspective there will be an increased focus on re arm trafckers with a view to bringing them to justice. Mr Dames added that police intelligence has also revealed that a large per centage of recent homicides have occurred in what law enforcement refers to as hot spots, specifying the areas of Pinewood, Kemp Road, Bain Town, Yellow Elder, Fox Hill and Carmichael Road. Pointing to areas of con cern, Mr Dames said police will increase vehicle and foot patrols and will be using all the technology available to them, including increased monitoring of CCTV and all of their resources to curtail these violent crimes. Anyone with information on this incident or any other crime is asked to call police at 919, the Central Detec tive Unit at 502-9991 or the Crime Stoppers hotline anonymously at 328-TIPS. POLICE HUNT FOR SUSPECT AFTER LATE-NIGHT MURDER By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are looking for the suspects behind ve sep arate armed robberies that occurred over the weekend. In the rst incident, shortly after 3pm Friday, two employees were at a business at the Airport Industrial Park when two men, one with a handgun, entered and stole cash along with personal items. Then, shortly before 9pm Friday, a man had just ar rived at his home on Ham ster Road when two men, one with a handgun, robbed him of his white Honda Ac cord, licence plate AH0503. The other three incidents were car robberies that oc curred around 3am on Sat urday. Police said a man had just arrived at his Pyfrom Road home when three men with handguns approached and robbed him of his blue 2013 Honda Civic, licence plate AC9702. Another man was driving his black 2006 Honda Ac cord on West Bay Street in the area of Gambier, when the occupants of a white Ford Taurus forced him to stop. The men, who had hand guns, stole his car. The nal incident oc curred when a man and a woman were driving a red 2014 Kia Sportage, licence plate AC9643, on Fox Hill Road when they stopped to remove a tyre that was in the middle of the road. Police said the occupants of a black Honda Accord ap proached and two men with handguns got out of their car and robbed the other two of their Kia Sportage. SPATE OF ARMED ROBBERIES TWO KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AT WEEKEND ONLOOKERS at the scene of the crash in Grand Bahama. THE WRECKAGE from a fatal crash in Eleuthera yesterday. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Monday, September 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE However, a few wellknown Progressive Lib eral Party faces, including PLP Senator Fred Mitchell and Free Town candidate Wayne Munroe, QC, at tended the march. At one point Mr Mitchell spoke to the crowd on Saturday and chastised Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for lead ing a delegation to Atlanta, Georgia, while every day Bahamians were suffering. Meanwhile, Mr Arm brister said yesterday the success of Saturdays wellattended march, signals all Bahamians are listening and are prepared to stand up for what is right. Scores of protesters marched from the South ern Recreation Grounds in Bain Town on Saturday evening. They waved plac ards, some of which read Stop abuse of contract public ofcers, Min nis create jobs if you know how, and Minnis stop po litical rings. This was a great start, Mr Armbrister said. Sat urday was a good build up of momentum for our next step. We have to stand up because this government promised to look out for the small man all the way up to election and all weve got ten since then is moves for the rich man. The messages from the group are simple, they want to know where the commis sioner of police is? They wanted to know how come schools are not ready even though this government has had 100 days. He continued: They want to know how the gov ernment could go nearly 10 weeks without Parliament meeting, despite everything going on. Those that marched want to know what is the $720m the government bor rowed two weeks into of ce is being used for. VAT was not removed off breadbasket items as promised, but washers, dryers and air planes are getting breaks? How is that possible? Mr Armbrister said the Minnis administration pre sented itself as the party for the downtrodden and dis enfranchised. He said the government bragged and boasted of its policies based in transpar ency and accountability. However, Mr Armbrister said to date, the public has seen very little come to frui tion. The government prom ised immediate relief and comfort to the poor man. Do what you promised, is all we are asking. Take one step at a time and lighten our loads. We want to work along with the government, but we need to see some ef fort to x the things prom ised, he concluded. Observers have noted several similarities between We Rise and its protest ac tion, and the We March Ba hamas group. We March Bahamas gained prominence after more than 1,000 protest ers marched from Arawak Cay to Rawson Square in November 2016 to demon strate over the Christie ad ministrations performance. The group held several smaller protests after that. The leader of that move ment, Ranard Heneld, parlayed his success with the organisation into a Sen ate appointment by the Minnis administration ear lier this year. Some detractors have also labelled the new group as nothing more than the PLPs attempt to rally its base in opposition to the government. We Rise is being spear headed by Alex Dorsett, alongside Mr Armbrister. The group is planning an other event for October 6. We Rise: keep your promises and white Contender vessel in waters near Alice Town shortly before 8am. During a search, ofcers discovered two white coolers and two backpacks all con taining some packages of sus pected cocaine, with an esti mated street value of $2.3m. The two suspects on board who are residents of Bimini were taken into po lice custody and are expect ed to be arraigned in New Providence early this week. BIMINI $2M COCAINE BUST from page one THE SUSPECTED drugs seized near Alice Town. from page one WE Rise Bahamas held a protest/march on the Southern Recreation Grounds on Saturday under the theme Stand for Democracy. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff MARCHERS at the We Rise event on Saturday morning, in this photograph posted to Facebook. SOME of the participants in the We Rise event, in this photograph from Facebook. A6MAIN NOTICE THE PUBLIC I Mr. Gary R. Goodman, C.E.O. of GG Fire & Safety Services (Formerly G & G Fire Protection) do hereby give notice to the general public that Mrs. Yvette Simmons Goodman & Mr. Dwayne Leroy Cooper of Professional Fire & Safety Services has no aliation with GG Fire & Safety Services and are NOT Authorized to do any business on behalf of GG Fire and Safety Services or e Former G & G Fire Protection. Dwayne Leroy Cooper


EMAIL: INSIGHT MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 2017 PAGE 9 A VISIONARY and enlight ened approach to economic policy would focus on the pursuit of economic op portunity, not simply job opportunity. In my view, the proper role of the government is to foster a political and eco nomic environment that encourages Bahamian own ership in the economy, not simply the expectation of employment. The focus on simply cre ating jobs is an antiquated, paternalistic, colonial, plan tation-style hand-out cul ture and mentality. It devalues the worth of Bahamians and negates their potential entirely. Rather, the focus should be on creating a politi cal and investment model where Bahamians have an opportunity, rst and fore most, to be employers, own ers of businesses, investors in their own right. This should be the Baha mian political and econom ic Holy Grail. Key to achieving this is the institu tionalisation of democrat ic norms of governance scal re sponsibility, accountabil ity and trans parency in government. Govern ment must ght corrup tion and in still ethical expectations of political leaders. It should also: Invest heavily in educa tion Enact laws and pur sue policies that encourage foreign investors to openly partner with or make joint ventures with Bahamians Reform Immigration law to promote Bahamian economic empowerment with and through foreign investment and labor Remove nancial bar riers, such as Exchange Control laws that prevent Bahamians accessing cheap foreign venture capital, such as the trillions of US dollars sitting idle in over 700 international banks op erating in this country. This is not an overnight process. There are thou sands upon thousands who simply need jobs, because historically they have suf fered from under-educa tion, lack the necessary skills to compete globally, and exist within a political and economic foreign in vestment model that mili tates against ownership of the economy by Bahami ans. This FNM government has made ambitious prom ises and now has a unique mandate to adopt aggres sive policies, laws and measures that will help The Bahamas quickly transition to a model of long-term ownership and participa tion by Bahamians in our own nation and economy. Bahamians should be en couraged by their govern ment to aspire to become employers; to become own ers of businesses that em ploy, for instance, hundreds of foreign workers, instead of being content with work ing for a foreign investor who simply gives jobs to hundreds of Bahamians. Take myself as an exam ple. I am a Bahamian. I am the senior partner in the oldest and one of the most respected law rms in the Bahamas. Why should I be prevented, say, from em ploying ten expert foreign lawyers, to compete with the law rms in Bermuda, or the Cayman, or London, or New York, in providing national and international legal services? The laws in those other countries allow their own citizens to create such busi ness opportunities so they can compete effectively in the international market place. Yet I cannot do the same. Nor can any other law rm in The Bahamas. We have been sold on and have accepted the false idea that foreign professionals are the enemy because they take jobs away from Bahamians. In fact, the op posite is true foreign pro fessionals can create many exciting professional and ownership opportunities for Bahamians if we stra tegically harness their ex pertise and use it to expand and diversify the economy. We the citizens continue to tolerate a system of po litical governance that is counterproductive, eco nomically constricting and which decreases our com petitiveness in the global economy. Bahamians have been shooting themselves in the foot since 1969 with the advent of Bahamiani sation. The Bahamas has lost so many economic op portunities to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Cayman, Bermuda and other Carib bean juris dictions. Since 1969, the Baha mian politi cal elite has been allowed to luxuriate and corrupt ly prot in a paternalistic and increas ingly dictato rial model of governance. That is why, I be lieve, the FNM elec tion slogan, Its The Peoples Time, reso nated with the electorate so effectively. The Bahamas is tired of the old, outdated, corrupt and ineffective model of eco nomic and political govern ance. The old political guard view themselves as being entitled; they believe they know best and can tell Ba hamians who they should or should not get into busi ness with; they consider it their divine right to control Bahamian participation in the world economy with exchange control; they dic tate which foreigner gets to invest in The Bahamas, ensuring they can get their sticky ngers into the cook ie jar in the process. Why should they control policy, law and expecta tions? Why should they be allowed to relegate Ba hamians to collecting the lowest hanging fruit of eco nomic activity? Do they want our sons and daughters to only col lect garbage? Only toil and break their backs in the hard, rocky, no-soil lime stone in Andros? Only pick up towels on the beach for millions of tourists? Only clean hotels rooms? Only carry bags? Only labor un der the hot sun? Only work in oily, dirty and often un safe heavy industry? Dont get me wrong, there is no indignity in hard work. There is no job that is not worth having. But we must look at whats happening in other countries, particular ly the richer more afuent developed economies. Although regrettable, the reality is that in developed countries, the lower paid, more physically strenuous, less desirable jobs are gen erally left to immigrants. Citizens, meanwhile, as pire to, are educated for, and benet from political, nancial and economic in stitutions that support their engagement in top level professional and ownership opportunities. Our government should pass laws and pursue poli cies that encourage a simi lar scenario. We should aspire to be masters, not servants. Why, for instance, is it that the casinos, cruise ships, hotels, Container Port and shipyards in Free port should only be owned by foreigners? The irony is most of the big foreign investors in The Bahamas are companies that are publicly traded on international stock ex changes. Shares are owned by millions of foreigners, but in The Bahamas, not one Bahamian can own a single share in any of these companies that prot from our own daily toil and often blood, sweat and tears! Yet members of our po litical elite have seen noth ing wrong with forming their own joint ventures or partnerships with foreign investors; they have en sured their own sons and daughters are educated abroad thus obtaining the higher paying management jobs; and they have often corruptly proted from se cret deals in the nontrans parent, non-accountable and restrictive governance model that has suited their kleptocracy. Meanwhile, the older white oligarchy already has a settled and comfortable economic position, mean ing that regular Bahamians, both black and white, are left with little more to look forward to than getting a job inside the Massahs house and jealously guard ing it. They remain serv ants in the elds, enviously watching the fruit of their labor consumed by their Bahamian political mas ters and protected foreign white, and now also wealthy Asian investors. Until we can break this corrosive model, the nega tive cycle will continue. MPs will continue to suc cumb to those juicy offers to help some foreign interest. Projects that are bad for The Bahamas will continue to get sold to the citizenry as great bringers of jobs. I urge the new FNM to stay true to their campaign promises and dramatically transform the political and economic model of The Ba hamas so that all Bahami ans have the opportunity to become self-empowered. Prime Minister Minnis has announced spending cuts, but there has been no discussion of how to grow revenue into the future. How are we to prepare our young people to enhance the economy and generate new wealth both for them selves and for the country? Innovative educational reform is key to systemic change, but there seems to be no plan in this regard. Again, there is no need to reinvent the wheel; across the United States, for ex ample, thousands of urban youths from backgrounds very similar to our own Over-The-Hill communi ties have graduated college thanks to creative educa tional models and bold out of-the-box thinking. At the end of the day, a major overhaul of our eco nomic system will require a great deal of nesse and strategic thinking, educa tion reform, as well as a sound understanding of economic realities and trends. What is needed is a well thought out 20-year plan for the future similar in spirit, if not in content, to the kind of forward think ing and planning advocated by the late Sir Lynden Pin dling. It may be our rst prime minister had a better un derstanding of history, economics and policy than those who came after him. I urge The Peoples Time government to learn from his example and craft a long-term plan for creat ing an open, innovative, globally competitive econ omy for the benet of all Bahamians. Time for the government to foster opportunity YOUR SAY By Frederick R M Smith QC A SUPPORTER of the FNM holding up a sign declaring Its The Peoples Time but will the government bring economic opportunity to the people? Since 1969, the Bahamian political elite has been allowed to luxuriate and corruptly prot in a paternalistic and increasingly dictatorial model of governance. That is why, I believe, the FNM election slogan, Its The Peoples Time, resonated with the electorate so effectively. A9INSIGHT JOB OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE TOWER MANAGER AND BUY-OUT TOWER MANAGER HOUSEKEEPING DEPARTMENT Job Summary: Main Duties and Responsibilities: Requirements:


PAGE 10 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 2017 INSIGHT EMAIL: DOMESTIC abuse, wheth er verbal or physical, exists everywhere. No home is off limits, whether from Lyford Cay to Old Fort Bay or our more grassroots over the hill areas. Its a subject we know exists but one we of ten chose to ignore, happy its not something which encroaches on our own lives. For the victims the abuse can be life changing, destroying everything. It is only by understanding their stories that we can begin to educate the abusers and be gin to effect change. When Faye met Paul, he was a young aspiring profes sional whose dream was to start his own business and provide for his family. At the time Faye was a young daddys girl who lived a very happy life with close family. Paul fell in love with how family oriented she was and couldnt resist starting a re lationship with her. Faye never expected her life to turn out the way it did. Paul pursued her all the way to the aisle, a seemingly happy couple soon blessed with their rst child. When the baby came Paul insisted Faye stay at home, looking after the baby but at the same time helping him with managing his business. This was the plan, their way to nancial free dom but things just didnt seem to work out the way they envisioned, or perhaps as Paul wanted them to be. One afternoon, Paul asked Faye about a woman client, complaining she had been rude and how damaging this was to his business. No matter what she said he wouldnt listen, ears closed to her pleadings that she had been totally polite. He chose simply not to believe her, shouting abuse at what ever she said. He called her stupid, an idiot, insisting she was the reason his business was fail ingit was all her fault. Desperate to try and calm him, Faye said she was sorry for anything she had done which was when the rst blow came. Why, he said, apologise if as she said shed done nothing wrong? Liar. he punched her to the ground and left the room. Faye felt humiliated, de tached, shocked by his ac tions and felt less than a human being. Paul would never treated the dog the way he had just treated her. That night, she went to their bedroom to nd the door locked. That night she slept on the couch, wonder ing her fate and thought that Paul would make it up to her in the morning. The next morning, Paul said nothing, just dressed and went to work. Faye was once again humiliated, ashamed and confused. It was the beginning of the end. Paul began calling her names at every oppor tunity, persisting in his illu sion that she was trying to ruin him. She would insist she was sorry and he would simply respond, But you I thought you did nothing? Inevitably, each row, each volley of abuse would end in violence. Fayes only solace was that Paul was a good fa ther to their son. For a time things improved, his busi ness got better and she be came pregnant again. Faye was very happy and Paul was excited to be a dad for the second time. The violence drifted away for a time but it would not last. He came home one day and the old Paul was back. Again he was screaming she was trying to ruin his life, that she was a basket case, crazy woman who wanted him to have nothing. This time he totally lost control and the blows rained down. She reached out to her family for help but they simply took Pauls side. She had a beautiful home, kids, she should not be upsetting him. Not for the rst time, Faye felt alone, betrayed and completely humiliated. As Paul continued his abusive ways, using her as a punch bag anytime she did anything wrong, her self-es teem began to deteriorate. Faye began to feel like she was nothing to Paul, that he didnt want her to be a part of his family anymore. One night, he came straight out with it telling her she should leave be cause she was not a good wife, mother or employee. She refused and of course it just served to fuel his rage. Shed imagined things couldnt get any worse un til the night he told her he had a new woman in his life, he wanted to marry her and was moving her into their home. Somehow she still couldnt bring herself to leave and so suffered the abuse from both Paul and his mistress. When things got too bad, shed call the police whose only advice was to leave, try the Crisis Centre. Fam ily and friends didnt want to know, fearful Paul would turn on them too. The abuse was unbear able but she wouldnt leave. In the end it was her de ance, her contempt for Paul that made him leave the house but he took the chil dren with him. The violence was over, but she was left alone, struggling to make it on her own. She knew one thing though. She had survived, whatever it took shed make it, no matter what. by ROCHELLE DEAN The victims talePICTURE posed by model. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/ Tribune Staff A10INSIGHT


THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 4, 2017, PAGE 11 FORMER Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett was back in Magistrates Court on Friday for a sta tus hearing after he faced several criminal charges in July. At the time he was ar raigned on a single count of misconduct while in public ofce and four counts each of extortion and bribery to talling $120,000. Dorsett, who was ac companied by his wife and other relatives, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney, where he was asked to stand as the Crown presented a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI) in rela tion to the case. Once these documents were read and reviewed by the attorneys represent ing Dorsett, who included Damian Gomez, QC, and Wayne Munroe, QC, Magistrate McKinney asked whether the former MP un derstood the terms and con ditions of the VBI. Yes, he replied. Magistrate McKinney went on to explain that Dorsett would not be re quired to enter an alibi or produce evidence because he did not apply to so with the Ofce of the Attorney General. However, Mr Munroe in terjected raising questions over the level of difculty present in requiring his cli ent to present an alibi. He argued that the Crown alleged the criminal acts oc curred between March 1 to May 9 or a total of 70 days, adding the details provided were not specic to day, time, or location. Mr Munroe pointed out the charges only indicated the alleged acts happened on the island of New Provi dence. Its impossible for him to give notice of alibi, Mr Munroe said. Following this argument, Magistrate McKinney ex plained that Mr Dorsett had 21 days in which to pre sent an alibi or witnesses. The matter has been ad journed to September 15, when Dorsett will appear in the Supreme Court before Justice Bernard Turner. Magistrate McKinney said a failure to appear at this time would result in a bench warrant against Dorsett, who is currently out on bail. Dorsett given 21 days to present alibi By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts raised concern yesterday over the nonpayment of numerous civil servants last month, a mat ter Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest said oc curred due to a system coding issue with contract workers whose employment periods had ended. Mr Turnquest said the matter was being addressed and most if not all of the persons affected should be paid today. In statement to the press, Mr Roberts said that large numbers of civil servants did not have their salaries deposited to their accounts at various banks for the pay period of August, calling the issue highly unfortu nate and heartless on the part of prime minister. When contacted for re sponse, Mr Turnquest, who is also deputy prime min ister, said it was unfortu nate Mr Roberts did not apprise himself of all the facts, as he acknowledged that some 332 contract workers were not paid on time because their contract period had ended and the necessary system adjust ment was not made. Approximately 332 con tract workers from the Min istry of Education were not paid on time, due to the fact that their salaries had been coded, as their initial contract period had expired and the necessary adjust ment had not been made to the system, Mr Turnquest told The Tribune The matter has been addressed with the req uisite les sent to the re spective banks for posting on Friday afternoon. Most if not all of these persons should receive their sala ries today. Do note that the Min istry of Finance continues to work through a litany of unresolved nancial and human resource issues left behind by the former PLP administration so as to en sure that all legitimately en gaged persons receive their due compensation. The government will not be dis tracted by idle and duplici tous voices who when they had their time squandered the peoples money, and cared little about the actual well-being of Bahamians, Mr Turnquest added. Meanwhile, Mr Roberts said that many of those affected workers are par ents who were depending on those funds to properly prepare their children for school, which open across the country today. Mr Roberts said: While students and their parents suffer because of the terrible policies of Dr Hubert Min nis which created unneces sary uncertainty, hardship and misery for countless Bahamian families, the prime minister and his for eign minister violated their own self-imposed policy on foreign travel and are en joying cocktails in Atlanta at the expense of Baha mian taxpayers, hundreds of whom Minnis red since coming to ofce. He added: ...Numer ous persons spoken to have expressed extreme disap pointment in the Minnis government to date who appears strongly driven to place large numbers of civil servants on the unemploy ment lines. We ask again how in heavens name can the Min nis government justify giv ing away $10m in business licence rebate to the rich on the one hand and terminat ing long-serving civil serv ants in the name of politics while claiming the cup boards are bare? Bahami ans continue to ask, which peoples time is it anyway? The policies of the FNM are at odds with their cam paign slogan of change and its the peoples time. The PLP reminds the FNM government that Ba hamians are at the break ing point and there will be a time of reckoning sooner rather than later as the Ba hamian people did not vote for this arrogant and coldhearted betrayal of public trust and slap in the face, Mr Roberts said. The PLP chairman ended his statement Sunday by warning the prime minis ter not to trigger a revolt by civil servants through his actions. Political rivals dispute late payment of workers THE Ministry of Educa tion has advised that the opening of three schools will be delayed until later in September. The Early Childhood Centre on East Street South and Stephen Dillet Primary School will not open until Monday, September 11 for all students. The opening of the new preschool at Claridge Pri mary has been delayed un til Thursday, September 21. The only children to be affected by this will be pre school students. The public school system opens today for the new fall semester. OPENING OF THREE SCHOOLS IS DELAYED FORMER Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett outside court on Friday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 PLP chairman Bradley Roberts. A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Monday, September 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE governments plan to reintroduce the con troversial Interception of Communications Bill is tantamount to a politi cal suicide pill, according to Grand Bahama Human Rights Association Presi dent Fred Smith, QC, who called the legislation a rape of privacy. The prominent attorney told The Tribune he was surprised by how quickly the recently popularly elected government opted to unnecessarily court un popularity with its plan to bring the bill to Parliament. Meanwhile, in a separate interview, former Attorney General Allyson MaynardGibson called for the latest incarnation of the bill to be passed as soon as possible, but lamented how politics doomed her partys version of the legislation. Last week, Attorney General Carl Bethel told The Nassau Guardian that the Minnis administration intends to bring the bill to Parliament this term. The Tribune revealed exclu sively how the Christie ad ministration quietly tabled a similar bill in February. Public uproar over the bill and resistance from the Free National Movement led the former administra tion to shelve the controver sial piece of legislation. Mr Smith, highlighting the FNMs disapproval of the bill while in opposi tion, questioned what has changed since the party was elected in May. (This) makes no political or social sense, Mr Smith insisted. I have no objection to the police and other regu latory agencies hunting down criminals who they have rea sonable or probable cause to suspect are breaking the law. However, the Spy Bill, however it is to be drafted, turns the presumption of in nocence upside down and people are assumed to be guilty rather than presumed to be innocent. Mr Smith opposed the Interception of Communi cations Bill as proposed by the former administration. The Christie administration proposed the interception of material would be done in the interest of national security, which was dened as protecting the country from threats of sabotage, espionage, terrorist acts, terrorism or subversion. Mr Smith at the time ex pressed concern over what the term subversion could entail. He said subversion could be perceived as any simple form of political dissent, adding that this can be construed to mean anyone openly disagreeing with the government. Mr Smith added over the weekend: Everybody wants their privacy protect ed. The Spy Bill is a rape of everybodys privacy. The Constitution protects the right to privacy. Why is it so urgent to push it down the publics throat right after the election when the FNM was so opposed to it be fore the election? What has changed? Is the FNM a po litical party of hypocrites? Mr Smith argued that in a democracy, there is al ways a balance to be struck between the power of the state and the protection of the rights of the individual. He stated: I dont know what the intended bill con tains but it seems very odd that this government would bring such an unpopular bill to Parliament during the rst legislative assembly. One would have thought that they had better things to focus on. Yes, ghting crime is important. And it was de clared, pre-election to be a priority, but the govern ment has the necessary tools and it only needs the political will to ght crime effectively. Ravaging our right to privacy is not the solution to crime. No matter how many laws are passed, if the Cabi net ministers and the regu latory authorities created by Parliament do not have the nancial and human resources and the expertise put at their disposal to ef fectively ght the criminals, no matter how many laws are passed, crime will con tinue to escalate. Mr Smith urged the gov ernment to withdraw the bill from its rst parliamen tary session. He also recom mended the government put out a white paper explaining the rationale for the bill and for at least six months of public consultation. Subsequent to that, Mr Smith said a green paper should be released, fol lowed by a return to Parlia ment with something that can be rationalised. He warned if these steps arent taken, his organisa tion will ght this rape of our constitutional right to privacy to the bitter end. Mrs Maynard-Gibson became a lightning rod for criticism from activist groups and the FNM when she promoted the bill as a part of the Christie admin istrations agenda. Earlier this year, she announced that it had been shelved. Asked for her reaction to news the new administra tion intends to bring the bill back, she said: I believe that attorneys general since independence have done their best to exercise their discretion in the requisite quasi judicial fashion. Unfortunately, for po litical and other reasons we have and will continue to be victim of mischievous and unfounded criticismsthat is the nature of democracy. Today, as yesterday, the fact remains that 21st century methods must be used to combat transnational and gang related crime in the world. It is my hope the Ba hamas puts politics aside and embraces national building. Also, as the excellent OAG consultants and ad visors continue to say, The Bahamas cannot continue to ignore the clear advice of Her Majestys Privy Coun cil. The Interception Com munications Act is a neces sary crime ghting tool and I hope that it is passed ASAP. Smith: Spy bill is a suicide pill for FNM By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter ATTORNEY Fred Smith, QC, has called governments change of course discriminatory in its demand that churches, together with other nonprot organisations, submit their nancial information to the Registrar Generals Department in accordance with regulations. The outspoken lawyer called on Attorney Gen eral Carl Bethel to either disclose the parameters of the deal made between Bahamas Christian Coun cil (BCC) and his ofce, or extend the same arrange ment to all other non-prot organisation (NPOs). Last month, the govern ment and BCC resolved a dispute over a requirement that some churches submit their nancial information to the Registrar Generals Department in accord ance with NPO regula tions, granting churches the ability to self-regulate their nancials, accord ing to BCC President Del ton Fernander. However, the Minnis administration didnt soften its demands to have all other NPOs submit their nancial information directly to the Registrar Generals Department. In July, the department listed in newspapers hun dreds of NPOs that had to submit information that conrmed their purpose, objectives and activities, the source of their annual income, the identities of the people who own, con trol and direct them and annual nancial statements or other nancial records while also explaining their transactions in and outside The Bahamas. Failure to comply with the regulations may result in a ne up to $10,000 or a revocation of licences. Churches were given a 30-day extension on the time to submit such infor mation. Then last month, Bishop Fernander said some of the stringent re quirements of churches had been relaxed. This stinks to high-heav en of deal-making at its n est, contended Mr Smith. Through law, this govern ment made a demand and weeks later, circumvented that law by allowing one sub-group more privilege than all the others. Laws are not an order of deal making behind closed doors in dark corners. We are governed by the rule of law as an act by Par liament periodically; we are not governed by the arbi trary decisions, deal-mak ing of the executive mem bers of Cabinet. Whether it be through secret heads of agreements like Baha Mar or deals with religious NPOs, Mr Smith added. Mr Smith, a self-pro claimed advocate for the election of the Free Nation al Movement (FNM) be fore the 2017 general elec tion, said he was shocked at how quickly the Minnis administration picked up PLP tricks. I didnt support the FNM to see them become a repeat of the PLP. In this move, the FNM is behaving no differently from the PLP it campaigned against. If all churches have been des ignated, by law, as NPOs, how can you then sidestep the laws and say, everyone, except this small group, must follow this law? Mr Smith added: This makes this whole thing an arbitrary exercise because it shows that if you could cosy up to the government, well those high up, you too can go beyond the laws of this country. Mr Smith said he cur rently has two ongoing cas es against the government with respect to this issue. However, he suggested that many other NPOs are currently afraid to speak out on the demands of the regulations out of fear their operation could be black balled moving forward. Many of them often want the government to support their activities they dont have the resourc es to be ghting any cases. They could have their ac counts cancelled; most of them dont have any lawyer advising them and in this little dictatorship that we have a lot of pressure can be brought to bear from all kinds of directions, he told The Tribune This is turning the law upside down. NPOs are entitled to a level of protec tion under the constitution. Unless the government has probable cause to suspect a NPO is being funded by a terrorist organisation or some unscrupulous source, it cannot demand a disclo sure of their nances. This omnibus demands for condential nancial in formation is seizure of pri vate information. He continued: Why pick on NPOs? Why not ask the gaming boys as well? Why limit it at all? Whats the rationale? Why not ask all companies all lawyers, all accountants, all private trust companies, all banks? This underscores the arbitrary nature of this demand just from NPOs. They are not the only ones that handle money. And, if you think about it, most NPOs handle local money. It is all the other nancial institutions that receive for eign currency that would probably be more suspect for terrorist funding. Im pretty sure that not one NPO has been given permission by exchange control to have a foreign cur rency account. And so they cannot be involved in terror ist funding, because terrorist funding necessarily requires foreign currency to be sent out of The Bahamas. It was previously re ported that a paramount concern of the BCC had been the requirement that religious institutions submit nancial information about churches. Now were kinda going to self-regulate those nan cials, Bishop Fernander said last month. The nan cials will be checked by ac countants who will report to the ministry that it was done. If there are violations or something untoward shows up, we will gladly turn over the information. Well make notice to that church that its been requested and we will pass that information. Other wise, the nancial informa tion will remain in the pos session of the BCC. Bishop Fernander said the government has agreed to pay accountants to col lect the nancial data for churches that cant afford to do so themselves. This is more secure in the approach and is across the board, the bishop said. Its fair for every person and church that all are asked to do these same things. 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THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 4, 2017, PAGE 13 PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis travelled to Atlanta, Georgia, on the weekend, where he urged Bahamians overseas and other poten tial investors at a special reception to invest in this country, saying his admin istration is cutting the red tape and long wait times associated with getting pro jects approved. It marked Dr Minnis rst trip to the United States since being elected as prime minister in May. Dr Minnis also extended sympathies to those in the US who have experienced loss and devastation from Hurricane Harvey. He told those gathered that his administration has launched a programme of long-term economic growth, in order to reduce unemployment and to move the Bahamian economy to a more sustainable path. We are dedicated also to stabilising public nances, reforming government and addressing ofcial corrup tion, Dr Minnis said. Our programme of re form and transformation in cludes new thinking about the role of government, as we create new and innova tive partnerships for nation al development. He invited Bahamians overseas, those with Baha mian heritage or links to the country to consider new investment opportuni ties in the Bahamas in ar eas ranging from tourism, aquaculture to the mari time sector. The Bahamas has a highly favourable invest ment regime. We are cut ting the red tape and too often long waiting times for international investment projects to be vetted and approved. I invite you also to con sider lending your talent and resources in areas such as youth development and community service. ... During the run-up to the May general election and in my partys manifes to, we repeatedly pledged our commitment to utilis ing the gifts, and resource fulness of the Bahamian Diaspora around the world. The Bahamian Diaspo ra is a major talent and in vestment pool that The Ba hamas must tap into. Like other countries that have successfully done so, my government will cultivate and utilise the energy of the Bahamian Diaspora. Working with our for eign missions, we will create a database of Bahamians overseas who the country may tap into as potential in vestors and consultants. For example, if there is not a domestic Bahamian consultant available in a given area, the priority will be to locate a Bahamian overseas, instead of rst us ing a non-Bahamian con sultant. We are also giving consideration to an over seas council of the Baha mian Diaspora, which will utilise social media and a dedicated website that will help to produce a database and platform for communi cation of Bahamians over seas. Such an overseas coun cil may also promote invest ment and job opportunities for Bahamians wishing to return to and/or work in The Bahamas. The coun cil will also promote ways that Bahamians overseas can network and help with educational and communi ty-minded projects that will benet The Bahamas, es pecially young Bahamians. We intend to help create a global network of Bahami ans to help boost national development and to create 21st Century Bahamas. He said the government is also keen on targeting the African-American market, inclusive of the lucrative group tour market. Dr Minnis was accompa nied by his wife, Patricia, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld, Mrs Hen eld, and Acting Consul General Monique Vander pool. Minnis makes rst trip to US as PM PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Heneld pictured with their wives and consular staff in Atlanta, Georgia, during their visit. Photos: Yontalay Bowe A13MAIN JOB OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE LATENIGHT HOUSEMAN HOUSEKEEPING DEPARTMENTJob Summary: General cleaning of guestroom, hallways and linen rooms to the established standard and expediting guest requests. Main Duties and Responsibilities: at all times. Requirements: to apply for the position.


PAGE 14, Monday, September 4, 2017 THE TRIBUNE CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late Saturday, wrap ping up a record-breaking ight that catapulted her to rst place for US space en durance. Whitsons 665 days off the planet 288 days on this mission alone ex ceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide. She checked out of the International Space Sta tion just hours earlier, along with another American and a Russian. Their Soyuz cap sule landed in Kazakhstan shortly after sunrise Sun day Saturday night back in the US. RECORD-BREAKING ASTRONAUT COMES BACK TO EARTH CARACAS, Venezue la (AP) A prominent anti-government activist was barred from leaving Venezuela on Saturday for planned meetings with Eu ropean leaders, dealing a setback to opposition at tempts to rally international pressure on President Nico las Maduro. Lilian Tintori posted a photo on Twitter of herself at Caracas international airport holding a document signed by immigration of cials ordering the seizure of her passport as she was pre paring to board an afternoon ight. Tintori said she had a meeting planned for Monday in Paris with French Presi dent Emmanuel Macron. No explanation for the travel ban was given, but the move came a day after she was ordered to appear before a judge on Tuesday to answer questions about a large sum of cash found in her vehicle. Tintori, the wife of the nations most-prominent detained activist, Leopoldo Lopez, said she was also to meet with the leaders of Ger many, Spain and the UK. VENEZUELA BLOCKS TRAVEL BY ACTIVIST WASHINGTON Associated Press DEFENCE Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday shot back at North Koreas claimed test of a hydrogen bomb with a blunt threat, saying the US will answer any threat from the North with a massive military re sponse a response both effective and overwhelm ing. Earlier, President Donald Trump threatened to halt all trade with coun tries doing business with the North, a veiled warning to China, and faulted South Korea for its talk of ap peasement. The tough talk from Americas commander in chief and the retired Ma rine general he picked to oversee the Pentagon came as the Trump administra tion searched for a response to the escalating crisis. Kim Jong Uns regime on Sun day claimed perfect suc cess in an underground test of what it called a hy drogen bomb. It was the Norths sixth nuclear test since 2006 the rst since Trump took ofce in Janu ary and involved a de vice potentially vastly more powerful than a nuclear bomb. Trump, asked by a report er during a trip to church services if he would attack the North, said: Well see. No US military action ap peared imminent, and the immediate focus appeared to be on ratcheting up eco nomic penalties, which have had little effect thus far. The UN Security Coun cil scheduled an emergen cy meeting at the request of the US, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea. It would be the Security Councils second urgent session in under a week on the Norths weapons tests, which have continued in the face of a series of sanctions. Members of Congress expressed alarm at the Norths test and empha sized strengthening US missile defences. Leaders in Russia, China and Europe issued condemnations. In remarks after a White House meeting with Trump and other national security ofcials, Mattis told re porters that America does not seek the total anni hilation of the North, but then added somberly, We have many options to do so. The administration has emphasised its pursuit of diplomatic solutions, know ing the potentially hor ric costs of war with the North. But the decision to have Mattis deliver a public statement seemed to sug gest an escalating crisis. Mattis also said the in ternational community is unied in demanding the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and that Kim should know that Washingtons commitment to Japan and South Korea is unshakeable. The precise strength of the underground nuclear explosion had yet to be de termined. South Koreas weather agency said the ar ticial earthquake caused by the explosion was ve times to six times stronger than tremors generated by the Norths previous ve tests. US WARNS NORTH KOREA AFTER HYDROGEN BOMB TEST WASHINGTON Associated Press TEXAS Gov Greg Ab bott said Sunday he expects the Environmental Protec tion Agency to get on top of the threat of pos sible water contamination after an Associated Press report of highly toxic waste sites ooded in the Hou ston area. The EPA is monitor ing that. The EPA is going to get on top of that, said Abbott, when asked on Fox News Sunday wheth er toxic oodwaters could pose a continuing health threat to Texas residents. We are working with the EPA to make sure that we contain any of these chemicals harm ing anybody in the greater Houston area or any other place, he said. The Houston metro politan area is home to more than a dozen Super fund sites, designated by the EPA as being among Americas most intensely contaminated places. The AP surveyed seven of them and reported Saturday that all had been inundated with water, in some cases many feet deep, raising the concern that oodwaters may wash in pollution. An EPA statement later conrmed the APs reporting that the federal agency had not yet been able to physically visit the Houston-area sites, saying the sites had not been ac cessible by response per sonnel. EPA staff had checked on two Superfund sites in Corpus Christi on Thursday and found no sig nicant damage. On Sun day, Abbott said there will always be a threat of con taminated water whenever there is a ood situation. What people need to do is they just need to be very cautious in the way they respond, he said. Do things like wear gloves, wear a mask, wear cloth ing so that your skin is not going to brush up against what youre cleaning. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he was com fortable with the safety of Houstons drinking water, saying the Superfund sites were outside the city. Certainly, we would hope that the EPA would be on the ground now to take a look at those Su perfund sites, to make sure that contamination is contained and limited, he said. Toxins in the water a new threat to Texas WASHINGTON (AP) Mysterious incidents affect ing the health of American diplomats in Cuba contin ued as recently as August, the United States said Fri day, despite earlier US as sessments that the attacks had long stopped. The US increased its tally of gov ernment personnel affected to 19. The new US disclosures came the same day that the union representing Ameri can diplomats said mild traumatic brain injury was among the diagnoses given to diplomats victimised in the attacks. In the most de tailed account of the symp toms to date, the American Foreign Service Associa tion said permanent hear ing loss was another diag nosis, and that additional symptoms had included brain swelling, severe head aches, loss of balance and cognitive disruption. MORE DIPLOMATS IN CUBA SUFFER HEALTH ATTACKS TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Irans Arabic language TV station al-Alam is reporting that the countrys air de fense base sent two warn ings in the last six months to US spy aircraft that ap proached Iranian airspace. The TVs website quoted the countrys chief of air de fense, Brig Gen Farzad Es maili, as saying Iran warned a U2 reconnaissance air craft on March 21. He did not mention the location. He also said the coun trys air defense warned an American drone on Aug. 26. Gen Esmaili said: We do not allow such rabid aircrafts to enter our terri tory. A BARBED -wire fence encircles the Highlands Acid Pit that was ooded by water from the nearby San Jacinto River as a result from Hurricane Harvey in Highlands, Texas. Floodwaters have inundated at least ve highly contaminated toxic waste sites near Houston, raising concerns that the pollution there might spread. Photo: Jason Dearen/AP A14MAIN


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