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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper TUESDAY HIGH 92FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 WOMAN: THIRTY THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A MAN A SPATE of shootings in 24 hours have left two people dead and seven injured with the latest murder seeing a man killed and a woman left in critical condition after a double shooting at a First Caribbean ATM. The shooting took place shortly after 10pm in Madeira Street, and was the 94th murder for the year, according to The Trib unes records. Police said the victims were about to make a deposit when they were approached by two men with handguns, who robbed them be fore speeding off in a dark vehicle. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Police had earlier launched an islandwide manhunt for the suspects responsible for the fatal shooting of a man at Kims PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis urged Ba hamians yesterday to take Hurricane Irma very seri ously as the category four storm continues to gain strength and barrel toward The Bahamas, with weather ofcials warning the south ern islands are currently on track to take the brunt of the storm with a possible devastating impact. At a press conference with emergency manage ment ofcials at police headquarters on Monday, Dr Minnis said the govern ment will do all in its power to ensure the country is fully prepared, including organising rescue and re covery efforts if needed. He said depending on the track of the storm, persons may need to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in shelters. Local forecaster Jeffery Simmons said on Irmas current track, residents in the southern Bahamas could expect to begin feel ing effects of the storm by Thursday. However, he also stressed that the storms track could change any moment and the entire Ba hamas should be carefully monitoring the storm. In the path right now, the islands that are look ing to be affected would be Inagua, Mayaguana, Ack lins, Crooked Island and Ragged Island as it moves toward Cuba but like I said its a possibility because as we go further out that cone gets a bit wider which means that it can impact the other islands, Mr Simmons said. It can go further south as it was moving for the past 24 hours, as well as it can move back toward the north. Right now the di ameter of the storm means that the other islands will feel tropical storm force winds, so other islands up We ALL need to worry BRENSIL Rolle, state minister for Public Ser vice and National Insur ance, has assured public servants that there will be no mass rings by the Free National Movement administration as ofcials prepare to move into the second phase of the pub lic service verication ex ercise. Just over 15,000 per sons have participated in the Public Treas urys count in New Provi dence and Grand Baha ma, according to Deputy Treasurer Donna Delancy yesterday. A 34-YEAR-OLD for mer bank employee was arraigned Monday in a Magistrates Court for allegedly defrauding Ba hamas Power & Light of just over $1m within a ve-month period earlier this year. Reno Bethel, of Tropi cal Gardens in New Providence and Ot tawa, Canada, stood be fore Magistrate Andrew Forbes facing 23 counts of fraud by false pretences, 23 counts of receiving, and one count of conspir acy to commit fraud by false pretences. Police said the charges are in relation to the multi-million-dollar theft scheme at BPL uncovered earlier this year. It is alleged that Bethel, between January 27 and May 5, 2017, obtained a FOR ALL THE VERY LATEST ON IRMA, SEE INSIDE AND TRIBUNE242.COM ID AUDIT: BANKER CHARGED WITH BPL FRAUD SHOOTINGS LEAVE TWO DEAD, SEVEN INJURED AS Hurricane Irma takes aim at The Bahamas, emer gency management of cials yesterday expressed concern that some islands, including New Providence, may not be fully prepared for the potential impact of the category four storm. At a press conference at the Paul Farquharson Cen tre at the Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters, Local Government Direc tor Cephas Cooper said he understands Mayaguana and Crooked Island are experiencing a food and water shortage and Social Services Director Lillian Quant Forbes revealed that just 25 shelters have been identied for New Provi dence a number she said is not nearly enough. However, they both said everything humanly possible is being done to ensure their respective departments are prepared for the hurricane. $50M REPAIRS STILL NOT CARRIED OUT SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SEVEN By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter sdorsett@tribunemedia.net By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter krussell@tribunemedia.net By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE TWO THE BODY of a man is taken from the scene of a shooting on Madeira Street last night. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A1MAIN

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PAGE 2, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 THE TRIBUNE the chain in central Baha mas like Exuma, Long Is land, Cat Island, and Rum Cay can experience tropical storm force winds as well. However, we are still a good ways out and there is a possibility that the storm could change. We expect the southern islands to feel the effects Thursday going into Friday, Mr Simmons added. Dave Samuhel, senior meteorologist at Accu weather, had a similar fore cast. He said Irma currently poses the greatest threat to the southern Bahama is lands, adding that the core of the hurricane, or the eye, will likely pass over these islands as a major storm with devastating impact. For The Bahamas, the greatest threat is to the southern Bahamas, Mr Samuhel said. But, nearly everyone in the Bahamas will be looking at impacts. On the forecast track, the outer bands of Hurricane Irma will reach the south ern Bahamas late in the day Thursday. The core of the hurricane will pass over the or south of the southern Ba hamas as a major, perhaps category four hurricane with devastating impacts along the path of the eye. Great Inagua is most at risk for a direct hit. The centre of Irma will pass near the Columbus Bank and over the Bahama Bank south of Andros Island Friday night and Saturday. Over the weekend, it is ex pected to turn north. This will threaten the northern Bahamas with direct im pacts by Sunday. Irma is expected to be at least a category three hurricane at this time. In summary, the great est impacts will likely oc cur across the southern and western Bahamas. But, all of the islands will likely see at least tropical storm conditions. This is a longrange forecast, so it is very likely to change some as we get closer to the weekend, the Accuweather forecaster added. Kevin Nugent, meteor ologist at US-based Baron Weather, said even though Irma has moved slightly south, The Bahamas should not consider it was out of the woods yet. We can see in the sat ellite data a very distinct eye and a very symmetric storm, he said. Hurricane Irma is a powerful storm and has over the past 24 hours been increasing in size. Over the past 24 hours, model forecasts have con tinued with their shift to the south and west of pre vious tracks and the NHC forecast has also shifted to the south further. The NHC forecast which goes out to 7am Saturday now has the storm near the north coast of Cuba on Saturday morn ing as a Category 4 Hurri cane with 135mph sustained winds. The tropical model forecasts (spaghetti plots) have also shifted to the south and west when com pared to previous days. Even though there has been the shift to the south west it is only by 150 miles and could easily shift back northward again. It would be good to still prepare for the potential for major hur ricane conditions through out The Bahamas with the potential impact time be ing next Saturday-Sunday which is still 5-6 days away. Preparation As he spoke about hurri cane preparation yesterday, Dr Minnis also revealed the country is once again in sured under the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insur ance Facility (CCRIF). The CCRIF is a regional disaster fund for Caribbean governments to quickly ac cess nancing to limit the nancial impact of devas tating hurricanes and earth quakes. In June, the prime min ister told parliamentar ians the former government missed out on a more than $31m insurance payout, after Hurricanes Matthew and Joaquin, because it opt ed not to pay the countrys premium to CCRIF. Dr Minnis said regardless of the storms current path, residents throughout the country need to monitor the location and proximity of Irma to the island or cay on which they live. Maritime trafc, sh ermen and boaters should take all necessary precau tions as Hurricane Irma ap proaches The Bahamas, he said. As I stated previously, the threat of Irma must be taken seriously. While property must be secured, material possessions can be replaced. The priority is to take precautions to save lives and to minimise the risk of harm and injury, Dr Minnis said. Depending on the track of the storm, there may need to be evacuations to shelters or other secure lo cations. Life is precious. We must make every effort to preserve and protect life, including the elderly, the in digent and other vulnerable individuals. Various agen cies will continue to provide the necessary preparedness updates and information. Bahamians and residents throughout the country should ensure that they have the necessary supplies in the event of Hurricane Irma affecting various ar eas of the country. This includes gathering supplies such as food, water, medi cine, gasoline, ashlights, radios, batteries and any other necessary supplies. According to weather. com, Irma is moving westsouthwest at 14 miles an hour. Forecasters said a west-northwestward turn was expected on Tuesday. Tropical storm-force winds could arrive in the eastern Caribbean late Tuesday, and in the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by early Wednesday. The Bahamas and Cuba could see Irma arrive as a dangerous major hurricane later this week, according to the National Hurricane Centre, who also said Irma could strengthen then re main a powerful hurricane over the next ve days. Hurricane-force winds of at least 74mph extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre and tropi cal storm-force winds of 39mph extend outward up to 140 miles. We all need to worry PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaking at the NEMA press conference yesterday ahead of Hurricane Irma. Photos: Terrel W. 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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 5, 2017, PAGE 3 Meanwhile, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ofcials said the agency needs $50m to nish repairs and recon struction on areas damaged by Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew, which hit parts of the country in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Everything is being done by our local govern ment to safeguard against loss of life and minimise damage to property, Mr Cooper said. Final checks are being made to ensure drainage systems are working and satellite communications systems are functioning. Government buildings and shelters are being se cured and are in place and residents are being encour aged to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property. It is hoped that mail boat services are provided to the islands particularly southern Bahamas, speci cally Crooked Island and Mayaguana, where we un derstand that there may be a shortage of food and wa ter supplies at this time and so I have been in touch with all of the administrators over the course of the last 24 hours and I am assured everything humanly pos sible is being done to en sure we are prepared, Mr Cooper added. Meanwhile Mrs Quant Forbes appealed for per sons with buildings that can be used as shelters in New Providence to assist the Department of Social Ser vices. So 25 shelters have been identied in New Provi dence. Grand Bahama has nine and the Family Islands have 87. Ladies and gen tlemen let me say this, 25 shelters in New Providence (are) not sufcient and so we call on our partners out there to assist us as best as they can, she said. One of the things too is that churches and their congregations bunkered together during their time of disaster, but again you have to understand we need additional shelters but the rst thing I always say to persons is you need to iden tify family and friends who can host you and who can accommodate you for a pe riod of time. Slow recovery NEMA director Captain Stephen Russell also ad mitted that the repair and reconstruction programme started after the passage of Hurricanes Matthew and Joaquin has slowed down signicantly, leaving per sons in Grand Bahama and Andros more vulnerable to the passage of Irma. In August, The Tribune reported that the govern ment does not yet have a timeline of when repairs will be completed on homes damaged as a result of the hurricanes, which ravaged part of the country in Octo ber 2015 and 2016. According to Press Sec retary Anthony Newbold, while it is certain the homes must be repaired, there will be no hurricane czar as was the case during the Christie administration. He previously said NEMA and the Ministry of Works will oversee these efforts. The repair and recon struction programme in North Andros, New Provi dence and Grand Bahama is progressing very slowly, Captain Russell said on Monday. Immediately after the election, we had to make an adjustment and do an evalu ation on how the funds were expended and as soon as we are happy with the state on how funds would have been spent we hope to go ahead with the repair and recon struction programme. We have the numbers and we have some assistance we have some estimate cost to carry out the programme which could run into excess of $50m. There is a need for funding and once we have a channel or a source of fund ing we hope to continue with the programme as best we can. Last year, the Christie administration moved a resolution for a loan of up to $150m to defray the costs of this countrys recovery and reconstruction efforts as a result of Hurricanes Matthew and Joaquin. According to former Prime Minister Perry Chris tie, the damage caused by Matthew was estimated at $600m, while Joaquin im posed costs estimated at around $200m. $50M REPAIRS STILL NOT CARRIED OUT HARDWARE stores were buzzing with activ ity as Grand Bahamians wasted no time shopping for hurricane supplies as Irma continued on a west, southwest path towards the Caribbean on Monday. Although the power ful storm was some 1,700 miles away from the island of Grand Bahama around noon, residents were not waiting for the last minute to purchase much-needed storm supplies. The parking lots at Dolly Madison Home Centre and Kellys Freeport were lled. The Tribune spoke with James Rolle, general man ager of Dolly Madison Home Centre, who said cus tomers were coming to the store to purchase necessary items. There is a steady ow of customers who seem to be responding to news about the hurricane, he said. They are buying batteries, radios, ash lights, tarps, and one or two are buying generators. We are buzzing a little bit, said Mr Rolle. Kellys Freeport was also abuzz with shoppers. All of our registers are full it is very busy today, Lewis Alman, a store oor manager, said. They are purchasing everything that ran short during Matthew; everybody is making sure they are well prepared. Mr Alman said that cus tomers are purchasing bat teries, ashlights, portable gas stoves, portable fans, and generators, as well as building materials and sup plies. They are getting tarps and that sort of stuff, he added. When asked if residents appeared to be panicked, Mr Lewis said people were calm and purchased what they needed. On Monday afternoon, the hurricane was mov ing at 14mph with winds of 120mph. The storm is ex pected to affect The Baha mas later this week. This position is some 1,700 miles away from Grand Bahama, and it is too far away to really make a close call on what it is going to do, said Grand Bahama forecaster Kirk James. The latest track now has the system coming more towards the south of us instead of east of us as of (Sunday) evening. Although there has a been a shift toward the south to the central Carib bean and Cuba, Mr James noted that while it is some what good news, they are keeping a close watch. Residents need to be busy preparing, not pan icking, the forecaster said. They should be stocking up on hurricane supplies replenishing it or main taining it, and making sure the house is sturdy and the drains cleared. There is time for that, but not much time. Mr James said the island could expect at the week end advisory level winds between 20 to 40 knots. Grand Bahamians can not soon forget the on slaught brought by Hurri cane Matthew last October. The category four storm devastated the island, signicantly affecting the ar eas tourism industry. The island is still recov ering from Matthew, with a major three-hotel strip in Lucaya still closed and some homes still being re paired in West Grand Ba hama. The $6.5m Fishing Hole Road project and the $4.8m seawall project at Smiths Point were delayed due to Hurricane Matthew. Both capital works pro jects have been resumed, but the threat of a storm could postpone work again and would leave those areas vulnerable to tidal surge and ooding. GRAND BAHAMIANS STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES AHEAD OF STORM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net AS Hurricane Irma approaches, Bahamasair has ad vised the public that passengers who have booked travel from September 4 to September 14 will not incur any change in fees for adjustments made to travel itineraries during this period. All services will operate as scheduled as Bahamasair continues to monitor the movement of Hurricane Irma, the national airline announced on Monday. The airline said ofcials will provide a further update on its operations on Wednesday as more information be comes available. The Bahamas is expected to feel effects from the storm which was upgraded to a category four storm last night early on Friday. BAHAMASAIR NOTICE ON TRAVEL THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has announced that all vacation leave for the force has been cancelled because of Hurricane Irma. All non-duty personnel have been asked to report to the Coral Harbour Base at 8.40am Tuesday. This includes ofcers and marines in New Providence who are on study leave and persons who are not on duty at various outposts such as Harbour Patrol Unit, Port Security Unit, the Air Wing Base, secondment, as well as military police and the Force Protection Unit. The RBDF said persons should be prepared to be deployed to the Family Islands. Persons exempt from the brieng at the base include those who are on duty at various outposts on Tuesday and those on mandatory retirement leave. RBDF VACATION LEAVE CANCELLED from page one PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaking to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames at yesterdays NEMA press conference. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A3MAIN

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The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK www.tribune242.com @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. EVER since men started to evolve into societies we have been plagued with crime and the violence of ten associated with it. Indeed, Cain way back in the day slayed his brother Abel in a t of jealously and resentment. Nothing much, alas, has changed since then. No, do not get me wrong about the whole con cept of crime and the utter destruction which it wrecks on collective society but, the question which begs an answer is whether or not we, again collectively, are serious about confronting it. Successive administra tions have appointed con sultative commissions and committees on crime as if they were going out of style. There are numerous re ports and studies which have been submitted to the power that be at any given time. The old PLP used to go that route. The Hubert Ingraham administration went the same way. Despite all of these so-called re ports and studies, crime continues unabated. I am not one to subscribe to the bogus view that crime will ever be solved because of human nature to simply sin, but it can and must be reduced to the irreducible minimum. I do not believe that the run of the mill politicians who infest our public life have the political will pow er to seriously address the triple issues of crime; pun ishment and rehabilitation. It is very seldom that right-thinking members of Bahamian society will, off the bat, commit a crime, except for one of sudden passion. We are aware of the criminal consequences and banishment from regu lar society. The rest of you all, especially the ones who may have dropped out of school and have no market able job skills, are relegated to a perpetual life of crime an my hem. Our criminal justice sys tem is a complete joke and is geared towards, seem ingly, the victims more than the perpetrators. Sentencing, where one is found guilty is often a mere slap on the wrist and the beat goes on and on ad nauseum. Persons who are charged with homicides are often granted bail with condi tions. It is unfortunate that many of them so admitted to bail and are supposed to be monitored are themselves gunned down like zero. The incidents recently in volving the shooting death of an infant and the wound ing of the parents coupled with the armed robberies of an Anglican church and the hold up and robbery of a prominent Bishops chil dren and their chauffeur, have alarmed the general populace. We should not be alarmed because we, as a people, have yet to get se rious. You will recall that a few short months ago, prominent Evangelist Rex Major and his family en dured a brutal and shocking home invasion. It will only get worse while you all wring your hands and shed onion in duced fake tears. The Apocalypse of crime will kill us all in one way or the other. As I said ear lier, we do not seem to care about the punishment stage. If one takes a life without legal justication, our laws are clear....he or she forfeits his/her own life it is as simple as that. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has our hands tied. Get rid of this archaic judicial cum human rights nuisance and we could resume executions once all other judicial ap peals are completed. Rehabilitation and the smooth re-entry of offend ers back into society must also be urgently addressed. It is no use for an convict to be sent to The Bahamas Correctional Centre only to come out worse than when he/she went in. Job training and sustain able vocational skills must be taught to those willing to learn or train as an induce ment for time off. It is to be hoped that such individuals would be able to reintegrate into their communities and move on in a positive way with their lives. The Apocalypse might appear to be upon us but, may I suggest, that we are merely going through knee jerk reactions and the fable seventh day news event. In short order, almost like watching a reality show on the tube, we will wait with baited breath for the next sensational crime event. To God then, in all things, even the Apocalypse, be the glory. ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr Nassau, September 2, 2017. IN his statement last week on Chi-nas new restrictions on overseas in-vestments by its nationals, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Heneld, in reply to a Tribune reporters question, said he had not mentioned the position of Baha Mar in his press release be-cause it is sold and (in the process of completion). However, that is not what we under-stood when this question was raised before the change of government. Our understanding then was that the Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, the Cheng fam-ilys large Hong Kong based business, would not conclude the sale until the Baha Mar development had been completed. In other words, we pre-sumed that seeing what had happened to Mr Izmirlian, they were determined not to be caught in the same complex web of deception. In another report in connection with the PLPs former education minister Jerome Fitzgeralds business dealings with Baha Mar on behalf of his family, it was claimed that a secret deal was made through the Cheng family with Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. It is also claimed that this circuitous route was taken because Mr Izmirlian had sent the Fitzgerald request for business to his manager Sandy Sands with instructions that such contracts were to be awarded on merit. It is also claimed that this information was sealed by the Supreme Court. Has the Attorney General seen this alleged deal, or does he even know of its possible existence? The question was also asked as to whether former prime minister Christie knew of his cabinet ministers business dealings with Baha Mar, and if so, when did he know. All the Attorney General has told the public is that he has seen the Baha Mar contract, which contains noth-ing to lose sleep over. However, at the same time he admitted that there are other sensitive documents relating to the sale that remain sealed by the Supreme Court. Apparently, these are the very documents that the public should see and those documents are not sealed. Now we have a better understand-ing of why Mr Izmirlian, the original developer, who has offered to repur-chase Baha Mar on multiple occa-sions, complete it with Bahamian workers and get it open, has not been allowed even to bid on his own de-velopment, and yet, according to Mr Izmirlian, the Baha Mar purchaser has been found outside of the receiv-ers process. We also now fully understand Mr Fitzgeralds statement in Septem-ber, 2016, when Mr Izmirlians bid to purchase was refused. The Govern-ment of the Bahamas is not working on words when it comes to this mat-ter, declared Mr Fitzgerald. We are working on money, where it is located, where we can specify it and where we can see it. Unfortunately, Mr Izmirlian has never, ever done that. Never. Re-ally, Mr Fitzgerald, your brazenness is just too much. We also now understand why the government sided with EXIM Bank and CCA to avoid putting the $3.5 billion project into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. We can only imagine what transactions are be-ing hidden. In the bankruptcy court in Delaware it would have all been laid bare as Mr Izmirlian was hop-ing. There was no need for the Christie government to enter a dispute between the developer and his contractor. They should have been left alone to sort it out themselves. Mr Izmirlian had complained to Mr Christie that the repeated delays and work practices of CCA were putting the development in nancial jeopardy. He also ew to Beijing to complain to the Export-Import Bank (CEXIM). The attitude of the bank was that whatever its contractor did met with its approval. He ew back to the Ba-hamas where the dispute with CCA worsened. To save Baha Mar, its creditors and employees already on staff being trained for the opening which had by then been delayed at least three times by CCA, running up bills and bleeding the company Mr Izmirlian quietly took the only sensible action open to him. He led for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in the courts of Del-aware. Mr Christie was hurt that Mr Izmirlian had not informed him before the action was taken. We are amazed at Mr Christies surprise. We are also told that while Mr Izmirlian did not refer to the Chapter 11 specically, he told Mr Christie very clearly that Baha Mar was running out of funding and that he would not be putting in more money without an assurances from CCA that they would complete Baha Mar. Being a lawyer, Mr Christie knows the importance of the element of sur-prise in actions of bankruptcy. After his experience with Mr Christie, Mr Izmirlian must by then have lost con-dence in him, and judged that to take him into his condence, was tanta-mount to including the Chinese. So he did it alone. Former Prime Minister Hubert In-graham advised Mr Christie that he was making a wrong move in fact he told Mr Christie that what his govern-ment was doing was dead wrong. He said that the Christie govern-ment had tilted in favour of the Chinese interests associated with the project. He wrote Mr Christie two letters to try to dissuade him from objecting to the Delaware Chapter 11 proceedings. The PLP government made a mock-ery of our sovereignty when they tried to hide their corruption and se-cret arrangements behind that noble word. The Bahamian people saw the truth and threw them out in the last election. Indeed the Delaware court, although admitting that Chapter 11 was the best route to take for the Baha Mar situation, threw the case out be-cause the Government of The Baha-mas had made it clear that it would not cooperate with the US court be-cause to do so would be a breach of our sovereignty. In short the Dela-ware courts decision would not be recognised. The irony of the matter was that Mr Raymond Winder, managing partner of Deloitte & Touche, end-ed up as the receiver for the $3.5 billion project when it was trans-ferred to our Supreme Court, hav-ing earlier expressed the opinion that the best hope for protecting the financial viability of a billion dollar joint venture project was to refer the matter to the US courts via Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceed-ings. In fact, Mr Winder pointed out that Resorts International had been purchased by Sol Kerzner out of Chapter 11 proceedings and later reopened under the Atlantis name. Therefore, in the past our courts had recognised Americas Chapter 11. But suddenly to pla-cate the Chinese, sovereignty had crawled out of the woodwork to spook us all. At one point during this scandalous destruction of a ne development, Mr Christie had said: We have a devel-oper who has spent a lot of money. Mr Izmirlian says he has put $600 million of his familys money in this and we have to, therefore, be aware that it is important for us in good faith to give him an opportunity to complete his property. It was the Christie governments siding with the Chinese instead of guarding Bahamian interests that destroyed Baha Mar. Mr Izmirlian has every reason to be bitter despite Fred Mitchells infantile remark that he is a spoil sport to complain. And so, Mr Attorney General, we have pointed in the direction in which you can look to right the wrong. If you are not up to it, then consider stepping aside to allow someone else to do the job. Apocalypse of crime LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net The nal destruction of Baha Marjrolle@tribunemedia.net EDITOR, The Tribune. IF we are to believe the OPM spokesman, the PM is concentrating on corrup tion whilst the country, in every single Constituency, are screaming for jobs, jobs, jobs! Surely the AG and the Minister of State Justice can deal with corruption and the PM get to work? Government commit ting to international con ferences I see we some how got to committed to a FAO/Food & Agriculture organisation conference next year all we are doing is lling beds civil serv ants and persons who at tend these meetings do not spend Minister wake up even if it might be embar rassing owing to our dire nancial position cancel the darn meeting and any other the PLP committed to. Unless the Treasury is assured they will make money we corporately should not be committing to these meetings. Precisely the same goes for those crazy so-called Tourism events which really were events for us locals if they dont make money cancel. Financial Secretary I have to ask for an explana tion from the Prime Min ister how he justies the appointment of the new Financial Secretary? The People want to know and it is the Peoples business. The PM as a doctor of medicine would not ap point a medical sales per son as the Head of Surgery at PMH, surely? So 75 red in GB...Min ister says not the dockyard whats the difference. W THOMPSON Nassau, August 31, 2017. We need jobs A4MAIN

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PAGE 6, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 THE TRIBUNE There will not be a mass ring, Mr Rolle recently told The Tribune you have to take it from the perspec tive that hundreds of persons were en gaged by the previous government. Some of these persons did not have a letter to authorise them to work, they didnt have any documentation, and thats just the rst group. Theres another group whose contracts have expired or are about to expire, he continued, there are persons that have had contracts for two years and also those without contracts who were working for two years. So were trying to regularise and weve been very reasonable and sensi tive to these issues. He added: We are focusing pri marily on how we can deal with per sons who are receiving a salary and a pension having regards for many per sons unemployed who need jobs. Mrs Delancy told The Tribune yesterday that the department is still waiting on verication forms from overseas and Family Island centres to conclude the ofcial count. She said that an editing team has been assembled, and will be respon sible for verifying the ofcial veri cation numbers and extracting those employees that will be interrupted for the September 2017 payroll. Verication ended on Thursday, August 31. In terms of the data on persons, Mrs Delancy said, were legitimis ing it, also making sure that the data we put for persons are correct. Weve had verications in the past, no mat ter who the government is the Public Treasury usually tries to get this done at least once per term. She continued: We try to ensure the National Insurance number, date of birth and their names are correct. Some persons get married, get divorced, drop the name, and the adjustments may be missed. It manifests itself at our pension section, when they die as an employee or when people come to get their benets or go to NIB to claim. The total unofcial count of per sons veried at the ve New Provi dence centres, and the staff at the Ministry of Grand Bahama, is 15,044. Of that number 14,431 persons are paid monthly, and 613 persons are paid weekly. The governments employee count as of July 31 was: 21,593. The gure represents 20,916 monthly and 677 weekly employees. The July payroll represents the count of persons who should have participated in the verication exer cise throughout The Bahamas and overseas. Verication centres were estab lished at public schools in New Provi dence and at government ofces in Grand Bahama and the Family Is lands since the process began on Tues day, August 8. The ve verication centres in New Providence, now closed, were H O Nash High School, T A Thompson Junior High School, C C Sweeting High School, C R Walker High School and Doris Johnson High School. Public ofcers who are assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism overseas of ces, were expected to verify at their respective locations. Persons who fail to present them selves to be veried will have their salaries interrupted not ceased be ginning this month until they comply with the verication and reinstate ment process. According to ofcials, allowances have been made for public service em ployees on vacation within and out side of The Bahamas. Those travelling outside of the country were allowed to verify at any Bahamas Tourist Of ce (BTO) or foreign affairs mission abroad, while those within The Baha mas were able to verify at the admin istrators ofce in any Family Island, along with the Public Treasury in Central Abaco and Freeport, Grand Bahama. from page one Crescent off Baillou Hill Road South on Sunday night. In that incident, shortly before 11pm, a man was walking on Kims Crescent when two men in a passing car shot him. Three more people were injured in two separate inci dents last night. Shortly after 9pm, there was a double shooting at Abner Street, Fox Hill. A dark vehicle pulled up and opened re, shooting a man and a woman, before speeding off. The victims were taken to hospital, where they were reported to be in stable condition. Then, shortly before 11pm, there was a shooting at Croton Street, Pinewood Gardens. A dark vehicle pulled up and the occupants opened re on a man as he pulled up to his home. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, police reported at the time of going to press. Investigators were also searching for the suspects responsible for three other shootings in New Provi dence. Police said the rst inci dent happened shortly be fore noon on Sunday in the area of Peardale Road. Two men were driving in the area, when the oc cupants of a Honda vehi cle red four shots into the vehicle, resulting in one of the men being shot, police said. The victim was then taken to hospital where he is listed in stable condition. In the second incident, police said a man and woman were about to enter their vehicle in the area of Gambier Village when a man armed with a handgun approached and shot both of them. The incident hap pened shortly before 1am Monday. Both victims were taken to the hospital where they are listed in serious condi tion. The third incident hap pened on Minnie Street at around 1.30am Monday as a man was leaving a night club. A ght broke out and shots were red resulting in him being shot in his body, police said. He was taken to hospital and is listed in stable condi tion. Police are appealing to members of the public to anonymously contact them with any information at 919, the Crime Stoppers hotline at 328-8557 in New Provi dence, or 1-242-300-8476 in the Family Islands. from page one POLICE at the scene of Sunday nights shooting. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A BULLET hole in the window of the First Caribbean branch in Palmdale after last nights murder and robbery. 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

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 5, 2017, PAGE 7 total of $1,034,483.40 from BPLs account held at Sco tiabank by means of false pretences while at CIBC FirstCaribbean Interna tional Bank (FCIB) at John F Kennedy Drive. It is also alleged that the former FCIB employee dishonestly received some $1,426,021.55 during the same time period. Bethel pleaded not guilty to all 47 of the charges. It has been previously reported that a $2m fraud scheme was recently uncov ered that involved cheques paid out to various vendors from December 16, 2016, to May 9. This prompted a wide-ranging audit by Ernst and Young of the electricity provider. Magistrate Forbes set a date of November 8 and 9 for Bethels trial, and re manded the accused to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) until that time. Despite the magistrate not having the jurisdiction to grant bail, Bethel was in formed of his right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail ahead of his trial. BANKER CHARGED WITH BPL FRAUD THREE men were arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday in con nection with three separate murders that took place within the last two months. Edlin Severe, 25, of Fritz Lane, and Andreaz Evans, 18, of Alexandria Boulevard, both stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt fac ing one count of murder each for two separate incidents that occurred in July and August, respectively. Another individual, Wilfred McKin ney, 22, of Quarry Mission Road, was arraigned before Magistrate Subusola Swain on one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an incident that took place on July 21. According to police reports, shortly before 4pm on July 21, two women and a man had just left a fast food eatery near the Oakes Field roundabout, when two men armed with handguns ap proached their vehicle and red several shots before eeing on foot. The victim, Ashanton Akeem New bold, was pronounced dead on the scene. Police conrmed at the time that the victim was on bail for a serious offence and was being electronically monitored. Police subsequently arrested two men in connection with the incident. Rico Taylot, 24, of Flemming and West Streets, was arraigned in connection with the incident in question in the lat ter part of July. It is alleged that Evans on July 22 murdered Everette Rolle Jr. According to reports, shortly before 6pm on the day in question, a man was cleaning a vehicle on Silk Cotton Street off But tonwood Avenue, Pinewood Gardens, when two men in a Suzuki Swift car, armed with handguns, approached and shot him before speeding off. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. As for Severe, it is alleged that on August 18, he murdered Marco Neely. According to initial reports, around 8am on the day in question, police re ceived a report of a man found dead on Hospital Lane. Responding ofcers ar rived on the scene and found the life less body of a man who had been shot. None of the three men was required to plead to the charges. McKinneys matter was adjourned to October 31 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI), while Evans and Severes matters were adjourned to October 19 and 20 respectively also for service. They were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) in the interim. TWO men were ar raigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday in connec tion with a major drug sei zure of some $2m worth of suspected cocaine near the island of Bimini over the weekend. Valdez Edgecombe, 38, of South Bimini, and 31-year-old Michael Rob erts Jr, aka Suge of Al ice Town, Bimini, stood before Magistrate Andrew Forbes faced with one count each of possession of dangerous drugs with in tent to supply. According to initial po lice reports, Drug Enforce ment Unit (DEU) ofcers intercepted a 26ft aqua and white Contender vessel in waters near Alice Town, Bimini shortly before 8am on Friday. During a search, ofc ers discovered two white coolers and two backpacks all containing packages of suspected cocaine, with an estimated street value of $2.3m. The two suspects on board were subsequently taken into custody. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges. The matter was subse quently adjourned to No vember 6 and 7 for trial. The two men were remand ed to the Bahamas Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices (BDCS) until that time. PAIR ACCUSED OVER $2M COCAINE SEIZURE By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net AN Abaco man was ar raigned on more than a dozen charges in the Magis trates Court on that island on Monday. Chris Tyrone Ferguson, 31, of The Mud, appeared before Magistrate Ancella Evans on seven counts of shopbreaking, seven counts of stealing from a shop, and one count of stealing from a vehicle. He pleaded guilty to all of the offences and was sentenced to three years on each count of shopbreaking, nine months on each count of stealing from a shop, and six months for stealing from a vehicle. The sentences are to run concurrently. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net from page one RENO BETHEL, pictured outside court yesterday. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff Suspects face court over recent murders on island By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net THEFT CHARGES FOR ABACO MAN MICHAEL ROBERTS, left, and Valdez Edgecombe outside court. ANDREAZ EVANS EDLIN SEVERE A7MAIN

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PAGE 8, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 THE TRIBUNE PROGRESSIVE Lib eral Party Leader Philip Brave Davis and Exu ma MP I Chester Cooper toured Family Islands on the weekend, courting del egates for support as an ap parent team ahead of the organisations October con vention. In a recent post on Mr Da vis Facebook page, a photo caption referred to support for a Davis-Cooper team as leader and deputy leader respectively. While Mr Cooper has not made a formal announce ment about vying for dep uty leader on a ticket with Mr Davis, insiders told The Tribune yesterday there are many who support the move. Mr Cooper has previ ously said he would run for a leadership position at the PLPs convention but did not specify which post. Meanwhile, Mr Davis and Mr Cooper visited San Salvador and Rum Cay along with PLP Senator JoBeth Davis-Coleby and party Vice-Chairman Obie Roberts. PLP frontline youth ful female Senator backs Davis-Cooper team, Mr Davis Facebook post read. San Salvador the youngest woman in in the Upper House, PLP Senator JoBeth Coleby-Davis has thrown her support behind PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis and Chester Cooper for the top posts of the party. It continued: ColebyDavis represents the new talent now lling the top in side the party who will bring lasting transformation to the opposition. The female senator called on millenni als to work with and stand by the partys leadership team to ready the organisa tion for victory at the next general election. The PLP will hold its National Convention at the Melia Nassau Beach hotel on October 22 25. Former Cabinet minister George Smith is one PLP supporter who believes a Davis-Cooper team is the right move for the opposi tion party. They would make an excellent team and have what it takes to restore the partys image, he said dur ing an interview with The Tribune yesterday. I think once people get to know Philip Brave Da vis on a one-on-one or faceto-face basis they would nd out that he has a talent that a lot of politicians lack. He listens and he con templates and people many times just want you to listen to them. Also, his legal success in the courts suggests that he has a very good brain and I think that he is committed to the well-being of the Ba hamian people and I really dont believe he is egotistical. I think Chester brings freshness and intelligence to politics and to the party. I was greatly impressed with the campaign he con ducted in Exuma. He was very one-on-one, listened to and interacted with peo ple and he got to know the people of Exuma on a very close level. He understands the problems, particularly the nancial problems, and understands the concept of business. I think he would be able to play a very im portant role in what must become outside of the natu ral things to deal with like crime and the other imme diate pressing problems the country faces, Mr Smith continued. Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin is the only PLP member so far to an nounce her intent to chal lenge Mr Davis for the PLPs top post in October. Last month, Mr Davis told The Nassau Guardian he doesnt discourage ambi tion as he spoke about lead ership races in the party. The PLP convention will come ve months after the partys devastating defeat in the May general election and nine months after its January convention. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter krussell@tribunemedia.net THE Grand Bahama En vironmental Association will nally have an oppor tunity to meet with repre sentatives of the two rms that conducted independ ent studies of the Pinders Point/Lewis Yard areas and surrounding communities near the Grand Bahama In dustrial Park. The association com mended State Minister for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson for inviting them to meetings with the Antea Group and Common Invent, which respectively carried out a safety risk assessment study and elec tronic monitoring reports. The environmental group believes that the studies conducted under the for mer Christie government are awed. GBEA President Berth ram Pinder and Shuffel Hepburn Sr met with Mr Thompson, and Iram Lew is, MP for Central Grand Bahama, on Monday, Au gust 28. While the meeting was very tense, it was produc tive, and the GBEA is look ing forward to signicant results in the long term, said the groups press re lease. According to the GBEA, Senator Thomp son has committed to meet with the association on a monthly basis. Of course, this is some thing that has never hap pened in the history of the GBEA or the Pinders Point Lewis Yard Commit tees 40-year struggle. The GBEA takes its hat off to the Minister for making this commitment, the state ment said. Further, the minister committed to inviting the GBEA to meetings with The Antea Group as well as Common Invent. These are the rms that produced the safety assessment and the electronic monitoring reports that were passed on to the industry partners, the GBPA and the GBEA in early June. The GBEA is hopeful that the meetings will allow the association to be instru mental in causing some se rious scientic concerns to be addressed and hopefully corrected. Chemical emissions from nearby industrial plants have plagued residents in the affected communities for more than 30 years. They believe the environ mental pollution has re sulted in some illnesses and deaths in their communi ties. An e-nose study done in the area involved the instal lation of 22 odour detectors that were put up on existing light poles in the affect ed communities. GBEA claims that the detectors are not measuring the ac tual air breathed by the residents and are installed too high. The GBEA reluctantly committed to having a sci entic expert produce a critique of the three stud ies commissioned by the former government. The GBEAs reluctance was due to the unavailabil ity of funds to support such an analysis. However, we committed to having a re port done, outlining con cerns about the perceived inconsistencies and short comings of the three stud ies, the statement said. The GBEA for the past 13 months has been con ducting a revved up cam paign in the media and oth erwise to draw attention to the cries of the residents. It has been a very costly process, with no funding from the residents, many of whom are still trying to re cover from Hurricane Mat thew, said the group. The group reported that the campaign had cost more than $30,000 just this year alone. The GBEA is looking forward to the unfolding of the ministers commitments in the months ahead, yet re serves its right to return to demonstrating against the government, the GBPA, and the industrial compa nies should the progress to ward relocation and com pensation of the residents be less than satisfactory, the statement said. ACTIVISTS TO MEET WITH POLLUTION SURVEY FIRMS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net Davis-Cooper dream team for PLP? Corporate Packages for Ranfurlyrfntnnnb Silver $1,500 Gold $4,999 Platinum $5,000+ For more information visit: www.ranfurlyhome.org Please Like us on Facebook Ranfurly Home for Children on Mackey Street 242-393-3115 P.O. Box 1413 Nassau, Bahamas Your donation to Ranfurly impacts Bahamian lives. A child in need that comes to Ranfurly increases their chances of staying in school, becoming a successful adult and ultimately a contributing member of Bahamian society. PARTNER WITH RANFURLY WITH CIRCLE OF FRIENDS 4x7_RanfurlyAd.indd 3 1/25/17 11:54 AM SHUFFEL Hepburn pictured at a previous meeting. A8MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 5, 2017, PAGE 9 THE National Training Agency (NTA) completed a four-week training pro gramme, helping more than 200 young Bahamians. The agencys Mandatory Workforce Preparation Training scheme, a series of sessions to develop skills and help understand work place dynamics, was com pleted on August 24. More than 200 Baha mians between the ages of 16 and 26 are enrolled, and will continue on to ten weeks of skills training as of yesterday. Trainees are divided into 11 disciplines which include: allied health care, butler services, food & bev erage service, housekeep ing, food preparation, Mi crosoft Ofce, auto-body repair, customer service, ofce procedures, noninstructional teachers aide and QuickBooks account ing. All areas of training run for 14 weeks, with the exception of allied health care, which runs for 16 weeks. The graduation for cohort eight is scheduled for early 2018. The NTAs new executive director, Gadville McDonald, and board of directors are committed to building upon the foundation of the agency; but more importantly, new strategies are being devel oped to achieve the greater objectives of the NTA. The objectives include, among many: improving quality of instruction by de livering competency-based training through a more responsive and exible de livery and assessment sys tem; producing booklets, brochures, programmes, media advertising and other promotional materials to enhance the image of com petency-based vocational training and certication as the catalyst for build ing a productivity-focused, service-driven workforce; designing and developing a tracking and monitoring sys tem to measure the results of the agencys activities. To date, the NTA, which was legislated in 2013, has trained over 4,000 young Bahamians in New Provi dence, Grand Bahama, Ex uma and Eleuthera. 200 trainees complete scheme NATIONAL Training Agency students pictured during workforce preparation. Photos: NTA SOME of those taking part in training from the National Training Agency. Y O U R C H O I C E F O R T H E F A M I L Y W W W F A C E B O O K C O M / J O Y F M 1 0 1 9 A9MAIN UTILITIES REGULATION & COMPETITION AUTHORITY Frederick House, Frederick Street P.O. Box N-4860, Nassau, Bahamas Phone: 242 393 0234 Hotline: 242 393 0263 Toll Free: 242 300 URCA (8722) Fax: 242 393 0237 Email: info@urcabahamas.bs www.urcabahamas.bsNOTICEResidents of Bimini are advised that the public discussion on the BAHAMAS POWER & LIGHT (BPL) CONSUMER PROTECTION PLAN previously scheduled for Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 at 6:30pm, at the Louise McDonald High School has been postponed until further notice due to the approach of Hurricane Irma. Improving Lives Through Effective Utilities Regulation

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 5, 2017, PAGE 11 THOUSANDS of stu dents returned to their classrooms on Monday, and police ofcers were out in full force at the various schools and streets to en sure a safe rst day back to school. In Grand Bahama, Dep uty Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour and other senior ofcers were at the St Georges High School around 8.15am. Police ofcers were sta tioned at every school dis tributing road safety yers to motorists and making sure that they adhered to the speed limit in the school zones and pedestrian cross walks. Road safety is a primary concern especially in school zones during the morning hours of 8am to 9am and at 3pm to 4pm. Ministry of Education ofcials have reported a smooth opening at the schools in the eastern and western districts. Yvonne Ward, the dis trict superintendent of East Grand Bahama, said: Eve rything seems to be running smoothly, there was nothing serious reported. Mrs Ward said a teach er shortage in the public school system is being ad dressed. We are discussing that today, and we should have persons in place shortly, she said. Mrs Ward oversees some nine schools, including the Grand Cay All Age School, Sweetings Cay All Age, Jack Hayward Junior and Jack Hayward Senior High Schools, Maurice Moore Primary, Freeport Primary, East End Junior High, East End Primary and East End Preschool. With a storm approach ing the region, the superin tendent said ofcials plan to proceed with the second day of orientation on Tues day. We will get an update on the storm on Monday afternoon. They have al ready identied the school gymnasiums that are shel ters, and so when we get an update we will be able to determine how we will proceed for the rest of the week, said Mrs Ward. Ivan Butler, district su perintendent for the west, reported a nearly full staff attendance at the school in his district. Our rst day went well; I visited the schools, starting with West End Primary and worked my way into Free port. All of the primary schools were ready, and we had a 95 per cent comple ment of staff in place, and the principals welcomed their teachers. It got off to a good start this year, and we had no ma jor incidents or hindrances to prevent us from opening schools. Mr Butler said that there was a police presence at the schools and on the streets. We saw not only consta bles but high-ranking ofc ers in khaki out in the west ern district, he reported. Mr Butler has responsi bility for some ten schools, including the West End Pri mary, Holmes Rock Prima ry, Martin Town Primary, Bartlett Hill Primary, Eight Mile Rock High, Lewis Yard Primary, as well as the Bimini All Age. I have spoken to the principal in Bimini, and he is reporting that all went well there too and they are ready to go, he said. Bahamas Union of Teach ers area vice president Quinton Laroda could not be reached for comments regarding the rst day of school in Grand Bahama. STUDENTS RETURN TO CLASSROOMS IN GRAND BAHAMA By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net THE second annual back to school drive host ed by Sun Oil Ltd, a subsid iary of FOCOL Holdings Ltd, brought great excite ment to the Abaco commu nity. Students and their fami lies enjoyed a day lled with entertainment, food, school supply giveaways, and lots of fun. As a part of the initia tive, boys and girls received complimentary haircuts and hair braiding, prepar ing them to look their best for the rst day of school. Rufus Johnson II, Sun Oil marketing manager, and his team were delighted to help the youth, as the Abaco community has been a con tinuous supporter of Sun Oil. Sun Oil is just proud to be doing an initiative like this. One of our mantras is that we continuously try to contribute and give back to the communities that support us year-round, and Abaco has denitely been a community that has been supporting us for many years, so were just happy to be able to give back, said Mr Johnson. We sponsor several summer camps throughout Nassau and the Family Is lands, however this particu lar initiative was started last year, and the feedback has been tremendous. According to the market ing manager, the company realises the importance of contributing and giving back to the communities in which we reside and oper ate. Abaco has denitely been a community that has been supporting us for many years, so were just happy to be able to give back, said Mr Johnson. BACK TO SCHOOL WITH HELP FROM SUN OIL To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 IT was the rst day of school for many new and returning students and for teachers after a long summer vacation yesterday including for students at Carlton E Francis and Sybil Strachan Primary, pictured. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff Back to school A11MAIN