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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper HURRICANE GUIDE: 24-PAGE SUPPLEMENT TO HELP YOU PREPARE! WEDNESDAY HIGH 92FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 A20MAIN The Tribunes June, 2017 HURRICANE GUIDE I1H URR ICA NE September, 2017 GET OUT NOW MICAL/RAGGED ISLAND FACING MASSIVE DEVASTATION PRIME MINISTER ORDERS IMMEDIATE EVACUATION FAMILIES WARNED: STAY AT YOUR OWN RISK POLICE AND DEFENCE LEAVE SUSPENDED OTHER ISLANDS STILL AT RISK FROM MONSTER STORM SOME RESIDENTS SAY IRMA IRMA 2 PM WED 8 AM THU 8 AM SUN 8 AM SAT 8 AM FRI 10 PM TUE Nassau Miami Miami Nassau San Juan San Juan Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince Havana Havana ST ORM DET AILS Day: Tuesday Date: 09/05/17 Time: 10 PM EDT Storm Name: Irma Storm Discussion: Irma, tied for the second most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin in terms of sustained winds, is bearing down on the Leeward Islands and will bring devastating winds and flooding rainfall to the islands tonight onto Wednesday. Lat: 17.40 North, Lon: 60.90 West Movement: W at 15 mph Central Pressure: 916 mb Sustained Wind: (mph): 185 mph Peak Gust: (mph): 225 mph ACTING Commissioner Anthony Ferguson yesterday announced the establish ment of a 24-hour incident room at the Central Detec tive Unit as police revamp crime strategies following another spate of shootings. Two men were killed and three others, including two women, are in hospital after three separate shootings on Monday. The deaths of the men pushed the countrys homi cide count to 95 for the year, according to The Tribunes records. POLICE BEG PUBLIC: NAME THE SHOOTERS NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames rebuffed critics of the governments actions on crime, telling reporters the Free National Movement came to ofce with crime at alarming levels and the problem could not be solved in three months. However, he said, the government is determined to solve the problem and is constantly discussing ways to do so. He spoke to reporters the same day Shadow Minister of National Security Glenys QUICK FIX ON KILLINGS DELIVERING the strongest plea possible, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis appealed to residents of Maya guana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island to evacuate their respective areas, stressing emergen cy personnel and assistance will not be available during the immediate impact of potentially catastrophic Hurricane Irma. During a national address last night, the prime minister, pictured warned southern island residents not (to) be foolish and try to brave out this monster storm, adding the price for not evacuat ing may be a life or serious physical harm. As the country faces what could be the most severe natural disaster in the mod ern history of The Bahamas, Dr Minnis said because of the possible loss of life associated with the category ve storm, a voluntary evacuation of vulnerable com munities has been put in place. This is the largest evacuation in the his tory of the country, Dr Minnis said. Irma, according to US Ac cuweather forecaster Dan Kottlowski, now has winds of 185mph, making it a solid category ve storm. Ofcials have said the southern islands will be gin to feel Irmas impact by Thursday evening continu ing into Friday. The central and north ern Baha mas will also like ly expe rience effects of the storm as it churns through the country into the weekend. We are advising in the strongest possible terms that the resi dents of MICAL and Ragged Island comply with the evacu ation from their respective is lands, Dr Minnis said, anked by members of Cabinet and other government of cials at his ofce on West Bay Street. Let me be very clear: those who refuse to evacuate, place them selves in potentially great danger from this monster hurricane, including from dangerously strong and high storm surges, which is one of the greatest threats from a hurricane. Emergency personnel and assistance will be unavailable during the immedi ate impact of the hurricane for those in MICAL and Ragged Island who do not evacuate. Furthermore, rescue and recovery may take an extended period of time for those who did not evacuate. He continued: Let me again make the strongest plea possible to the residents of MICAL and Ragged Island to evacuate their respective areas. Do not put your life and those of your loved ones at unnecessary risk. Do not be foolish and try to brave out this mon ster storm. The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life or serious physical harm. Mr Kottlowski told The Tribune yes terday the southern islands will likely feel the worst of the storm on Friday. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter krussell@tribunemedia.net SEE PAGE THREE IRMA IRMA 2 PM WED 8 AM THU 8 AM SUN 8 AM SAT 8 AM FRI 10 PM TUE Nassau Miami Miami Nassau San Juan San Juan Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince Havana Havana ST ORM DET AILS Day: Tuesday Date: 09/05/17 Time: 10 PM EDT Storm Name: Irma Storm Discussion: Irma, tied for the second most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin in terms of sustained winds, is bearing down on the Leeward Islands and will bring devastating winds and flooding rainfall to the islands tonight onto Wednesday. 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PAGE 2, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 THE TRIBUNE LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday discour aged opportunistic mer chants from price gouging as the country braces for Hurricane Irma. Mr Foulkes agged possi ble penalties for lawbreakers like an $8,000 ne or the rev ocation of a business licence, and urged persons to contact the Price Commissions hot line to report any concerns of increased prices. He also advised there was no possibility of a fuel shortage as major gasoline and diesel suppliers are ful ly stocked. Normally leading up to national disasters such as this hurricane, he said, we have had past experi ences of merchants increas ing the prices of hurricane related items, particularly at hardware stores and food stores. We would like to ad vise all merchants that it is an offence under the Price Control Act and the Con sumer Protection Act. The total ne if you combine both acts is about $8,000 penalty for that, also there is a risk of los ing the business licence. So we would like to encourage merchants generally not to take advantage from an il legal point of view but also from a moral point of view of the Bahamian consumers during this period. Mr Foulkes said he could not speak to anecdotal ac counts of price gouging dur ing previous storms, adding his ministry was committed to ensuring the regulations are enforced with the help of the police and Ofce of the Attorney General. The Price Commissions hotline numbers are 3761507 and 376-5125 which are operational from 9am to 9pm and will remain ac tive until a week after the passage of the storm. We want to encourage The Bahamas to call us because we have about 60 inspectors throughout the country from Inagua to Grand Cay that will be en forcing these regulations. He continued: I also want to inform that all of the three major suppliers of gasoline and diesel have ad vised us that they are fully stocked and there is no pos sibility of them running out. So if you hear anything on social media dont believe it, you dont have to panic and run to the gas stations. In a later press statement, Mr Foulkes said there were some serious issues concern ing consumer affairs in the country and that the Price Commission and the Con sumer Protection Commis sion must readily address them. Among these concerns he noted were the newly in troduced charges by some banks on various banking transactions along with other vexing consumer issues. Traders warned over price gouging By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ tribunemedia.net IN preparation for Hurricane Irma, Bahamians have been stocking up on a large quantity of water to supply them through the storm. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff WATER supplies have been a focus of many consumers attention. A NUMBER of Bahamians have started to block up windows ahead of the storm. A2MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 6, 2017, PAGE 3 He warned Bahamians to continue preparing for a pretty strong situation. Right now, Irma is mov ing on a west at 14 mph and has winds of 185mph which makes it a solid category ve hurricane, Mr Kott lowski said. It ties as the second strongest hurricane in the Atlantic so it will continue to track over the northern portion of the Leeward Is lands tonight (Tuesday) and early tomorrow (Wednes day) and pass very close to the Virgin Islands (Wednes day) and north of Puerto Rico (today) and (tonight). It will start to impact the Turks and Caicos as we head into Thursday with tropical storm force winds. Its now looking like the centre of Irma is probably going to pass just south of the Turks and Caicos Thursday night and Friday. However, they are still going to be on the north and east side of the hurricane, which is where typically the strongest winds are, so they can still expect to see hurricane conditions and very, very heavy rainfall. This again is going to start to happen late Thursday or Thursday night and the worst conditions in the Turks and Caicos and the southern Bahamas will generally be centred on Friday. He continued: Now looks like the storm is go ing to track probably Friday night and Saturday but it will still bring high winds and very rough surf and very heavy rainfall into the central Bahamas Friday night into Saturday and those hurricane conditions will then potentially spread into the northern Bahamas Saturday night into Sunday morning. Right now, the way we are looking at it right now it does look like the centre of the storm will pass south and west of The Bahamas. So The Bahamas will be on the eastern portion of the hurri cane, which again is the side that has the strongest winds and again can create the ter rible surf and so forth. So just because the cen tre of the storm is not going to track right over The Ba hamas it doesnt mean that we need to let our guard down because again condi tions are going to be pretty bad especially over south ern Bahamas during Friday. Central and northern Baha mas again are going to have sustained winds of 39mph to 70mph with wind gusts over 74mph during Satur day growing and building into Sunday. So people should still prepare for a pretty strong situation, he said. Evacuations Evacuations from the southern islands will begin early Wednesday morning and are expected to be com plete by this evening. The prime minister said those who agree to evacu ate should secure and bring identication with them, including passports, NIB and voters cards along with medication, clothing and toiletries sufcient for sev eral days. He said those who agree to evacuate should contact relatives, friends and church fellowships to accommo date them during their stay in New Providence. For anyone without these kinds of accommodations, Dr Minnis said the Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasi um will be used as a major shelter for those evacuated from MICAL and Ragged Island. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese has also gen erously agreed to the use of Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road as a major shelter, he said. These centres will be adequately staffed by vari ous personnel, and will be secured by the Royal Baha mas Police Force. We are working to en sure that the evacuations are completed as efciently and as orderly as possible given the circumstances at hand and the possibility of the hurricane taking a dif ferent path than currently forecast. We are receiving con stant updates on the loca tion and the potential im pact of Hurricane Irma. We are also closely monitoring Tropical Storm Jose, which may develop into a hurri cane by Friday. The prime minister said this is now the time for na tional unity. In this spirit, I have briefed the Leader of the Opposition (Philip Brave Davis) on Hurricane Irma. I have also invited the leader of the opposition to join me at the Ofce of the Prime Minister during the prepa ration for Hurricane Irma, and to offer his advice as the country faces the threat posed by this monster hur ricane, including during the rescue and recovery stages after the storm passes. While extending prayers, best wishes and solidar ity to Bahamians and the countrys CARICOM part ners, Dr Minnis called on the generosity of Bahami ans, at home and abroad, and residents, to offer whatever they can in terms of volunteerism, monetary and other resources to help those affected by Hurri cane Irma. He also appealed to Ba hamians to refrain from resending social media posts which appear questionable or false. Get out now from page one NEARLY 1,000 Baha mians have already volun teered to evacuate their homes in the southern is lands and temporarily re locate in New Providence as Hurricane Irma churns its way toward the country. According to Captain Stephen Russell, director of the National Emergen cy Management Agency (NEMA), 82 people will leave Acklins, 55 from Crooked Island, 155 from Mayaguana, 55 from Ragged Island and more than 600 persons will leave Great Inagua on Wednes day. Anyone who refuses to leave will have to weather the storm in shelters avail able on their respective is lands. He said the Royal Ba hamas Defence Force will also station advance teams of three to six marines who will ride out the storm one way or the other. He said Tuesday night: If there is an opportunity to get out of a potentially disaster stricken area, I would urge persons to come out and not take a chance and risk their lives. Homes, furniture and appliances we can replace, but there is no way in the world we can replace a life. If you are seriously injured as a result of the storm it can be a nag for you for the rest of your life not just physically but mentally be cause you had the oppor tunity to leave and refused to leave. Bahamasair, Pineapple Air and Sky Bahamas are assisting the government in this exercise. The ights will begin at various times from as early as 7am in Inagua. Additional ights from Inagua will leave at 11am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 5.15pm. For Ragged Island, Cap tain Russell said Sky Ba hamas will begin shuttling people out by 11.30am and 4.30pm. Bahamasairs ights are expected to arrive in New Providence beginning at 9.45am and ending at 5.15pm. 1,000 VOLUNTEER TO EVACUATE PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis addressing the nation last night as he announced plans to evacuate the southern Bahamas. Photo: Yontalay Bowe THE local distributors of Esso and Shell branded gasoline have as sured residents they are and will be adequately supplied with fuel during Hurricane Irmas passage over the Bahamas. SOL Petroleum Bahamas Ltd, ex clusive licenced distributor of Esso brand fuels in the Bahamas, has as sured its retail service station and commercial customers in New Provi dence and the Family Islands that it has multiple contingencies in place to respond to potential impacts from Hurricane Irma. The company said Sol is now, and will be, adequately supplied throughout the duration of the storms passage. A statement from the company said per sons should follow its Facebook for dai ly updates until the threat has passed. Meanwhile Sun Oil Limited, the Shell licensee for the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands, said its Clift on Pier terminal is well-stocked with over 45 days worth of fuel inventory on hand for customers needs. Our facilities have undergone ad ditional strengthening in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, reinforcing our capacity to resume fuel import and distribution operations immediately after the passage of the storm, the company said on Tuesday. We have observed and interpreted increased activity at our service sta tion sites as signs that customers have begun their preparations for Hurri cane Irma. As you do so, we encour age you to act responsibly and safely. Fuel should only be dispensed from the service stations into your vehicles fuel tank or approved fuel storage containers. Gasoline and diesel are highly ammable liquids. The risk of re or explosion is very high when these products are stored indoors where there are many igni tion sources and is further amplied if the fuel is stored in containers not designed for this purpose. PLENTY OF FUEL SO NO NEED TO PANIC, SAY SUPPLIERS BAHAMAS Power and Light has warned custom ers in New Providence that they may have service inter rupted by planned outages as crews carry out emergen cy tree trimming exercises ahead of Hurricane Irmas approach. BPL said if these areas are not addressed, BPLs system could be serious ly damaged during the storm. These areas include: transmission lines that would affect a large number of customers if impacted and high risk and high den sity areas. These include areas where the infrastruc ture exists behind proper ties, or are otherwise dif cult to access and lines in routes to vital areas includ ing airports, hospitals and shelters. Once such critical sites have been addressed, if time allows, BPL teams will begin targeting different communities and individual customers. BPL has also advised the public that it has initiated its emergency response plan in preparation of Hurricane Irma. BPLs hurricane prepar edness began earlier in the year and included tree trim ming exercises and the pro curement of critical parts that may be damaged in the event of a storm, the com pany said in a statement issued Tuesday. As such, spare parts have been dis tributed in both New Provi dence and the Family Is lands. Additionally, capital projects and maintenance activities during the last 12 months placed a great deal of emphasis on making certain that BPL is better prepared to withstand se vere weather and to assist in faster service restoration following a storm. While much uncertainty remains regarding the exact path of Hurricane Irma, BPL has assembled teams that will be deployed to as sist local teams on impacted islands, as well as contacted the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corpora tion (CARILEC) to secure additional support, if need ed. After the storm, BPL said local teams on affected islands will immediately be gin clearing and clean-up work in advance of the ad ditional resources reaching those areas. Moreover, shipping ven dors have been secured to transport supplies and oth er resources; including ma chinery and vehicles, into any affected island to expe dite restoration, the com panys statement said. BPL ofcials in New Providence and the Family Islands will continue to closely monitor and prepare for Hurricane Irma. We encourage all customers to pay attention to BPLs Facebook page as well as local radio and tel evision programming as we will regularly provide peri odic updates with respect to the impact of Hurricane Irma on The Bahamas. TRIMMING EXERCISES MAY MEAN OUTAGES TRIMMING trees ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Irma. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff NEW Providence residents stocking up on water and putting up window shutters yesterday. 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, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I RECENTLY became an ambassador in the tour ism industry. The experi ence so far has been breath taking. I have worked in many elds during the course of my professional career ranging from being a Royal Bahamas Defence Force Ofcer, a senior bank man ager and a grocery store manager just to name a few. I have worn many hats. I always believed in pro viding excellent customer service while in these pro fessions and the tourism industry for me is no differ ent. But for some reason I feel a deeper sense of pride. Everything seems to be so natural. The tourism indus try has given me a totally different perspective on life and servitude. I vividly remember in 1998 when I fell in love with the woman of my dreams. We are now married and have a beautiful teen age daughter. Like most cou ples, our journey has been a storied one, but we are still together and she is still the one. I knew even back then that she was the one when we met. I know now that The Bahamas is my new love and the tourism industry will be one chan nel that I use to express this passion. Working directly in the tourism industry for only ve weeks has made me think about when I met my rst love. Do you know what goose bumps are? These are what I get when I learn something new about The Bahamas. Do you know what it is to lose sleep at night? This has been happening to me ever since I started the Ministry of Tourisms Tour Guide Course several weeks ago. Do you know how it feels to wake up on a Sunday morning and go on You Tube to listen to Ronnie Butlers songs like Shot Gun Wedding, Burma Road and Bungy on Fire? Or to listen to KB s Cocoo Soup? Or to listen to Gino Ds Drunk Again? Or the Brilanders Party in the Backyard? And to do all of this before getting out of bed. Do you know the feeling when you are now looking at the same buildings that you once passed everyday of your life with a renewed sense of pride and then searching on Google and local sources to become better informed about their history? Scott Kelly, an American astronaut who spent one year in space said, The Ba hamas is the most beautiful place from space. I believe we are the most beauti ful country on earth and we have a storied and rich history that all Bahamians need to explore more. At 43 years old, I have suddenly acquired an in satiable desire to learn more about my country. I want to now know the full story, the true story. I want to learn about the grave site that is now covered by the basketball court near Reeves Street in Fox Hill. I want to learn about the inhabitants who I am told were in The Bahamas as early as 600 AD. I want to learn more about the Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera. I need to visit Cat Island, Mayaguana and Rum Cay. I will continue to learn more about The Bahamas. I will treat her right and take good care of her be cause she is mine. I will not allow anything bad to hap pen to her; no, not under my watch. I am in love again and this time its with my coun try, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, September 3, 2017 ON MONDAY, as Hurricane Irma swirled in the Atlantic gathering strength on what appears to be a direct path for the southeastern Bahamas, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and ofcials from various ministries and departments held a press conference at Police Headquarters. The purpose of the press conference was ostensibly to advise individuals how to prepare for the oncoming storm and to persuade the same public that government was doing all it needed to do and could do to pro tect life and property. There was another purpose for the press conference. With an overwhelm ing gathering and show of high-ranking ofcials from every nook and cranny of the public sector, government wanted to send a clear message that it was not go ing to be caught with its pants down this time as the former government was in Hurricane Joaquin two years ago. While we heard one ofcial after an other at the press conference discuss plans, most of which sounded thorough, what we did not see on the streets is what we had expected to see. Where were the BPL bucket trucks that should have been clearing tree branches from power lines? We tra versed the island, from Gambier to Ad elaide, Albany to Sea Breeze over the past few days, from the time that Irma rst became a threat, and there was a complete absence of physical prepara tion by BPL. How much more is the Bahamian pub lic supposed to accept from this com pany that cannot keep power on during calm and tranquil days and is making no show of stepping it up for a hurricane that is barreling towards us with winds and rain that will certainly down power lines? How much more are we supposed to take from a company that must know inaction will wreak far worse havoc be cause heavy tree branches are overhanging power lines throughout the island of New Providence? BPL must re up its trucks and clear away branches fast, even if it means engaging other compa nies that have the equipment and man power to assist. The press conference reected an appropriate, even impressive, sense of urgency. It is good that there are com mand centres set up on various islands and the Ministry of Health has its plans in place as do Tourism and Environmen tal Health. It is acceptable that Police promise to prosecute anyone who attempts price gouging or, following the storm, is found breaking the law, including looting. We commend the Royal Bahamas Defence Force which said 150 people were en gaged, another 100 persons ready to go, ships positioned to serve as relief cen tres and they are taking responsibility for managing shelters throughout New Providence. It appears that the Defence Force has emerged as the prime model for hurricane preparedness, assistance, rescue and recovery with its ships ready to set up in affected locations, making and storing water, providing medical care and serving as the oating cen tres of sustenance for those impacted by the storm. Its mobile base city can produce up to 33,000 gallons of water a day. Its landing craft was in Inagua Monday ofoading supplies donated by the American government to NEMAs newly constructed warehouse. We wish the Defence Force were in charge of the distribution. But the information it pre sented and has presented before are the straightforward facts we need to know. Nassau as a whole responded differ ently to the threat of the storm. We saw people and businesses preparing farther in advance than we have ever seen even though Irma was expected to graze New Providence, saving her most powerful blow for the southern Bahamas. Cash registers were ringing as plywood, nails, tuna, canned goods and batteries ew off the shelves and cars lled up with fuel. The trafc on the road was remi niscent of last minute holiday shopping. Long lines formed at water depots. Our hearts go out to those in the southern Bahamas, many of whom are still reeling and recovering from Hurri cane Joaquin. We do not know how they will nd the strength to bear the brunt of another brutal storm. Rebuilding the church in Acklins, a labour of love, is still ongoing nearly two years later as the Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund works to transform the structure into a beautiful community centre with historic architectural integrity and con temporary amenities that make it useful as a shelter as well as a place to worship. In Crooked Island, of the houses that are left, several still have tarpaulins for roofs. Rebuild Bahamas, the recovery effort between the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confed eration and Rotary, and the Restoration Fund continue to work in the area. The wrath of a storm makes news and fades as other news replaces it, leav ing those impacted to struggle as they rebuild their lives. While we pray for our brothers and sisters in the southern Bahamas, again we ask: Where are the BPL bucket trucks that should be clear ing New Providence to keep the damage from high winds to a minimum? We wait with baited breath for the day Minister of Works Desmond Bannister lays bare the management contract with Power Secure and the mysterious business plan that the Bahamian people paid for that to date has remained a secret. As we await the storm, we issue one last plea to BPL, please, tackle the job at hand. There are people in Adelaide who still do not have power, 11 months after Hurricane Matthew. Much rests on your shoulders and nothing will demonstrate your lack of love for The Bahamas more than your actions that so far tell us you think it is business as usual when it is an ything but. The cost and unreliability of consistent energy is the second greatest obstacle to doing business in The Baha mas. This is one chance for BPL to show its stuff if it actually wants to remain in The Bahamas post-Irma. If not, the Bahamian people will very likely sup port a government that says: Enough is enough and we are just not going to take it anymore. The days ahead may be stormy for the country but they will be even stormier for the management con tract for the company called BPL if it fails to perform in an emergency. EDITORS NOTE: The Tribune received a statement from BPL yesterday in which the com pany says it has initiated its emergency response plan and had started its tree trimming exercise earlier in the year. Our eyes reveal that if there was indeed a plan it fell far short of what it should have been. We saw heavy tree branches overhanging power lines throughout New Providence. Further, The Tribune conrmed that the tree trimming is the responsibility of BPL and not the Minis try of Works. If this is a wake-up call, we hope it serves the purpose and that BPL will quickly call in all assistance to minimise damage and widespread loss of power. ( See page 3 for BPL state ment). In love with e Bahamas LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Ready or not, here she comesjrolle@tribunemedia.net EDITOR, The Tribune. HURRICANE Irma is a category four storm. It is a life-threatening storm and it is getting closer to The Bahamas. We Bahamians should make sure we are prepared on all islands. Weve been hit consecutive years. We all see the potential dam age. Many people havent recovered yet from Joaquin and Matthew. Make sure you do all of your preparations. Watch the reports from the De partment of Meteorology here in The Bahamas and the Weather Channel out of the US. Not being prepared and being slack could cause you your life. Devastating storms can kill. Remem ber that Bahamians died in Hurricane Andrew. As hot as it is and as warm as the water is I wouldnt be surprised if this storm strengthens more. If you need to stay in a shelter, do so. Prepare now to do so. We all hope the storm passes us, but hope doesnt affect the direction of storms. Be ready. DARWIN R LUTHER Nassau, September 2, 2017. Lets be ready EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Emergency Supplies Shipped To Inagua. The Tribune, September 4, 2017. NEMA will reportedly send emergency relief sup plies, donated by The USA, to Inagua. The plan appears to be to ship the items sometime this hurricane season so that the supplies can be prepositioned and stored in the Emergency Relief Warehouse (also funded by the US) at Mathew Town. However, NEMA should ensure that the warehouse is big enough to hold all the additional emergency supplies our Chinese comrades will undoubtedly donate, as usual. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 4, 2017. Be prepared... A4MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 6, 2017, PAGE 5 HOURS before Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pleaded with residents of MICAL and Ragged Island to evacuate ahead of po tentially catastrophic Hur ricane Irma, many residents in those communities told The Tribune yesterday they had no intention of leaving their homes, although Irma is now a category ve storm and packs winds of 185mph. Despite having survived the devastation left behind in the southern islands by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, many residents in Crooked Island, Inagua and Ragged Island were apprehensive about leaving their homes before the storm, which will start to affect the southern Family Islands by Thursday evening. Last night, Dr Minnis announced ight arrange ments to evacuate residents from the southern islands to New Providence. The voluntary evacua tion will begin at 8am and is expected to end at 6pm Wednesday. Daphne Cunningham, of Crooked Island, was one resident who said she be lieved her house would be safe and sturdy enough to withstand Irma. Im living on a hill so I think we should be straight, she told The Tribune on Tuesday af ternoon, before Dr Min nis announcement. So I am going to stay right here at home and ride out the storm. We are right now trying to do the necessary prepa rations, stocking up on gro cery items, and battening up, she continued. Asked if her experience with Hurricane Joaquin would in any way shape her decision in bracing for Irma, Mrs Cunningham said: No one is really pan icking. We are all just hop ing for the best. Another Crooked Island resident, who did not want to be named, said despite his home being severely ooded by sea water during Hurricane Joaquin, his only decision was to seek shelter at a nearby church, located on a hill. He said he did not consider evacuating the is land and seeking shelter in New Providence or anoth er Family Island. If I evacuate, I will go to the Church of God in Cripple Hill, about four miles from where my house is now. Thats the nearest shelter, he said. Everyone is clearing loose debris and old wood. We are securing every thing that could be secured, stocking up on gas and getting foodstuff. We are monitoring the storm to de termine if we are going to move to higher ground, but thats about it. Last time I was in Land rail Point and we got unbe lievable ooding. The water owed where it could have. Resident Gerald Cun ningham added: Crooked Island is ready. Everybody is ready. Some people are planning to go to Nassau to morrow (Wednesday), but I dont plan to evacuate. I live on a hill so no water can do me anything. Florence Ferguson had different sentiments. Ms Ferguson, a retired teacher now living in Ma jors Cay, Crooked Island said she was in the process of packing up her car with personal items in prepara tion to take the mail boat to New Providence. She said: I already pre pared for everything and now I am just trying to lift my things to higher ground and pack up my small car. I live in a T11 house. Its wooden and its small. I am leaning towards putting my car on the mail boat and getting into Nassau. The boat is getting in at 8pm and I plan to be there at 5.30 waiting. My children in Nassau are calling for me to come, so I think I will go. Earlier on Tuesday, of cials placed the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands under a hur ricane watch. This includes the islands of Inagua, Ack lins and Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Long Cay, Sa mana Cay which all make up the MICAL constitu ency as well as Ragged Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands. This means these areas could feel the impact of Hurricane Irma within 48 hours. In Duncan Town, Ragged Island, Granville Hep burn said he didnt see the need to evacuate. Duncan Town is the only settlement on the island. He said: The only thing we could do is get prepared. (We are) preparing houses getting prepared for Irma. Everyone is just about done battening up. Many of us on the is land dont see the need to go anywhere, because the island is high. I dont think we would ood. However, he said at a meeting scheduled for lat er in the afternoon some were expected to decide on whether they would leave the island. I guess if there is a way to get out, people will take it. I havent made up my mind, but I dont think Im going anywhere, Mr Hep burn said. Residents in Inagua who spoke with The Tribune seemed for the most part unbothered by the impend ing dangerous storm. Marquis Rolle, 20, said it is what it is when he was asked whether there were any fears over the storm. I mean we are doing eve rything we could and are trying our best to get every thing together and trying to help neighbours and other people secure their homes and belongings, he told The Tribune Yeah, a lot of people are battening up, but the storm is coming. It is what it is. We cant really do anything ex cept for hope and pray for the best. He said he was still unde cided on whether he would evacuate the island. Another resident, el derly Delores Symonette, said she was not prepared to leave the island, but she would seek shelter at her sons house. Some residents vowing to ride out the hurricane By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter kvirgil@tribunemedia.net KWASI THOMP SON, State Minister for Grand Bahama, has warned Grand Bahamians to take Hurricane Irma se riously. This is a very strong storm; it is an historic storm, and all Grand Bahamians must take this storm seri ously, he said of Hurricane Irma. We want to encour age all residents to continue to monitor the storm. Senator Thompson noted that while Grand Bahama is not in the direct path of the storm it could take a change to the north and affect the island. I am encouraging all Grand Bahamians to be prepared, do not panic, but be prepared. He is urging residents to secure their premises and purchase sufcient food and water, and pay atten tion to updates on the storm on the various news outlets. He said that all of the relevant agencies are ready and further meetings will be held on Wednesday. Mr Thompson has called on Bahamians to assist each other, and for churches and civic organisations to help residents during this time. At a town meeting in West End on Monday, West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker Edge combe said central govern ment ofcials will be assist ing local government and making tarp available to homeowners whose houses have still not been repaired since Hurricane Matthew last year. She also apolo gised for the delay in home repairs due to the change in government. I want to extend our sincere apology that there was a delay, but the names have been given and we are aware work has to be done on your house, but our apol ogy for the delay, she said. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net THE Nassau Airport Development Company has announced that operations at the Lynden Pindling In ternational Airport are likely to cease on Friday evening with a potential resumption a day later, de pending on the damage Hurricane Irma brings. In a statement released on Tuesday, NAD said it held its rst hurricane meeting with the LPIA community to review the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season projec tions, lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew last year, and any updates to each agencys standard op erating procedures for hur ricanes. As a result of that meet ing and based on the Me teorological Departments forecast, NAD said: On its current forecasted track and given its size, New Providence should start feeling the impacts of Hur ricane Irma as early as Fri day evening, around (9pm). The time and date are sub ject to change based upon the change in forward speed of the storm. If the storm remains on the current track still subject to change New Providence may experi ence tropical storm force winds. However, we are unable to provide more denitive information at this time, as the cone of uncertainty remains large over the Northwest Baha mas and Florida. We do not anticipate a cessation in airport operations until Friday evening, with a po tential resumption in busi ness Saturday evening, de pending on the aftermath of the storm. NAD said it has activat ed its hurricane response plan and will continue to closely monitor the hur ricane, and will meet with all stakeholders as re quired. Another meeting is scheduled with the Met Department and the air port community Wednes day morning at 11.30, and it is envisaged that more dened decisions can be made then based upon new updates and a more de ned cone of uncertainty, NAD said. THE KENDAL Isaacs Gymnasium, which will serve as a shelter for residents evacuated from the southern Bahamas. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff MAKNG preparations at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium yesterday. BAHAMIANS stocking up on wood to protect windows. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN NOTICE TO 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. Should you have any questions please contact Mr. Gary Goodman at 3933473 Dwayne Leroy Cooper

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PAGE 6, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Mr Ferguson declined to conrm the total number of homicides for the year at yesterdays press confer ence, instead adding that he felt the public was more concerned with preventing killings rather than count ing them. As a result of the re cent overnight shootings in the capital that resulted in two deaths, Acting Com missioner Ferguson said, we have revised our op erational strategy effective immediately. Realising that crime is dynamic it becomes necessary from time to time to review current strategies because the criminal ele ment is nding innovative ways to commit crime. Therefore, a 24-hour incident room has been set up at the Central Detective Unit. This unit will receive calls from members of the public who may have in formation, and this infor mation will be managed so that the matters can be ef fectively and efciently in vestigated. The acting commissioner said while he will not pro vide further details, the im pact of the revised strategy will be felt and seen. In the rst shooting on Monday, a man and woman were sitting in a yard on Ab ner Street, Fox Hill around 9pm when the occupants of a dark coloured vehicle shot at them before speeding off. The victims were said to be in stable condition at hospi tal, according to police. The second shooting took place an hour later in Palm dale. A man and woman were approached by two men armed with handguns as they were about to make a deposit at a bank on Ma deira Street. The gunmen shot and robbed them of a deposit bag before speed ing off in a dark coloured vehicle. The man, said to be a security guard, was pro nounced dead at the scene, and the woman was listed in critical condition at hospital. Police have not ofcially identied the deceased, however, The Tribune un derstands that he is Freder ick Rigby, 44. Yesterday, Acting Com missioner Ferguson said police had two men in cus tody in connection with the Palmdale shooting incident. The nal shooting oc curred an hour later, shortly before 11pm, in Pinewood Gardens. According to po lice, a man pulled into the driveway of his home on Croton Street when the oc cupants of a dark-coloured vehicle shot him before speeding off. He later died in hospital. The victim has been identied as 24-yearold Elton Hanna. We feel very good in re spect to where we are with our investigations, Acting Commissioner Ferguson said at yesterdays press conference, but there are far too many people mov ing around this island with illegal and deadly weapons. You, the wider public, know exactly who they are so we are depending on you to provide this information to us before you or your fami lies are affected. However the RBPF will continue to do its part, we will remain vigilant and fo cused therefore lawlessness and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. Mr Ferguson urged the public to be vigilant and aware of their surround ings, particularly persons coming home late at night. Persons can reach the 24-hour incident room at 502-9969, 502-9971, or 5029904. CDUs main line is 502-9991. POLICE BEG PUBLIC: NAME THE SHOOTERS Hanna Martin and Sena tor Fred Mitchell called for more action from the FNM on crime. His comments also came on the heels of a spate of shootings in the capital. Two men were killed and three others, including two women, are in hospital after three separate shootings on Monday. The deaths of the men pushed the countrys homicide count to 95 for the year, according to The Tribunes records. These shootings and homicides didnt just start on May 10 and for anyone to even look at that and say the crime strategies are failing, weve been at this for three months, we came into ofce with high murder rates, Mr Dames said. The question is, what do we do to begin to work with the community to bring numbers down? I cant get involved in the politics of this situation, the elections are over were all Bahami ans now. We must work to gather collectively to nd solutions to these problems and I can assure you that as a govern ment day-in and day-out we are looking at ways to work towards mitigating this problem and were deter mined to do so. He added: Im not con cerned with people being critical, thats ok. This is not a quick x these prob lems have manifested in this country for decades, we cant get in for three months and expect this problem to arrest itself. Mr Dames pointed to the recent formation of a Cabinet committee to take a holistic, multi-agency ap proach to crime challenges, and the establishment of the National Crime Preven tion Council. Mrs Hanna Martin, En glerston MP, yesterday un derscored the destabilising effect of violent crime in the country as she called on the government to urgently collaborate with national stakeholders. She said the Ofcial Op position stood ready to collaborate with the gov ernment in this national emergency. Taking aim at Mr Dames pre-election campaign ad vertisements, Mrs HannaMartin said she was re minded of the trite irony of his attractive political com mercial. She questioned where was Mr Dames smug guarantee that Ba hamians will feel safe in their homes under the Free National Movement admin istration. She spoke of the three homicides that occurred last week, including the shooting death of an eightmonth-old infant. Within the last four months alone, we have had more than 40 murders. This horrifying rate of killing and bloodshed combined with what appears to be an alarming rise in armed rob beries have escalated levels of fear and created a sicken ing unease in our commu nity. She continued: This rate of violence is unsustain able to the wellbeing of our country. It is eroding public safety and harming public condence; it is threaten ing our social and economic stability as a nation. Meanwhile, Mr Mitch ell yesterday questioned the level of government resources deployed to his constituency. Two of Mon days shooting victims were accosted in Fox Hill. Mr Mitchell said he wrote to Police Commissioner El lison Greenslade request ing additional resources citing community fears of a tit-for-tat drug war. Last night residents of Fox Hill called me when the sound of eight gunshots rang out in the vicinity of Abner Street, the former Fox Hill MP said. As they spoke to me, they were crouching in their home for the second time in as many days; the night before the same thing had occurred. I wrote the commis sioner of police complain ing that the swimming pool with children in it had to close its access and send the children home because in the middle of a Sunday afternoon shots rang out in the same vicinity. He continued: I pleaded for additional resources. I made a public statement in similar terms on August 31. I said that the community feared that an ongoing titfor-tat drug war was going on and that additional re sources needed to be placed in the area to deal with it. I copied the national security minister. To this day and to the best of my knowledge, information and belief, nothing has been done. Mr Mitchell said: ... How much more is this commu nity going to be asked to take of this? What resources of the government can be called upon and supplied in their aid and comfort or is it be cause its Fox Hill that the government refuses to act? In her statement yester day, Mrs Hanna Martin also said: It must be clear to all that this worrying dilemma of violence in our country is not the subject of some prideful political stance. It is both destructive and complex at the same time; it impinges on multiple fac tors, including the appar ent ease of availability of guns, the severe economic pressures bearing down on many people, the substand ard physical conditions peo ple are forced to live in and the deprivation suffered by many of our children. This epidemic of vio lence requires the govern ment to go to another level; they must on an emergency basis collaborate with all relevant stakeholders in our country to develop a com prehensive plan that will yield results, both in the im mediate short term and in the long term, she said. QUICK FIX ON KILLINGS from page one To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 from page one TWO police ofcers tes tied yesterday how one of two men accused of the 2014 murder of Blair resident Andre Cartwright alleg edly told one of them that he was not directly involved in Cartwrights murder, but had served as a driver for the four suspects the day the incident occurred. Police Detective Ser geant Sherwin Braynen, taking the witness stand before Justice Renae Mc Kay, said Tiano DHaiti al legedly told him that while he was one of ve men who visited Cartwrights home on October 28, 2014, he stayed in the car while the other four, inclusive of coaccused Kevin Andrews, forced their way into the Cartwright residence. According to Det Sgt Braynen, who was attached to the homicide division of the Central Detective Unit (CDU) at the time of the inci dent, DHaiti allegedly made his statements on October 31, 2014 while in the Princess Margaret Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Det Sgt Braynen said he, along with two other ofc ers, went to the hospital with a court order to draw DHaitis blood. Only an other ofcer, Police Corpo ral Santino Maycock, was present in the room, serving as DHaitis police guard, as well as the doctor who with drew the blood, Det Sgt Braynen said. He added DHaiti al legedly told him that An drews, along with Andrews younger brother and two other men picked him up in a white Astro van on Oc tober 28, 2014 and drove around for a while before arriving in the Blair Estates area sometime after 1am. At the time of their arrival in Blair, DHaiti said he was driving the vehicle, according to Det Sgt Braynen. Upon arriving in the area, DHaiti said he parked the van near a wall while the other suspects proceeded on foot to the Cartwrights residence. Det Sgt Braynen said DHaiti told him that he only went into the house after he heard the sound of gunshots. Upon enter ing, DHaiti allegedly saw Andrews and his younger brother before proceeding towards the homes inner door, which separates the bedrooms from the rest of the house. The ofcer said upon ar riving at the inner door, the accused heard another shot ring out, prompting him and the others to ee the residence. It was then that DHaiti said he realised he was shot, Det Sgt Braynen claimed. The ofcer said he was told the van sped off and ultimately ended up at the residence of Andrews girl friend, whose roommate then drove DHaiti to the Accident and Emergency section of PMH. Det Sgt Braynen said he relayed the information he received from DHaiti to an Ofcer Evans, whom he said was the lead ofcer that day, before ling a written report later that day. Cpl Maycock, who took the witness stand just mo ments before Det Sgt Braynen, offered a similar testimony of the statements made by DHaiti to Det Sgt Braynen. Cpl Maycock said he later led a report of what he heard that day. Subsequent to Det Sgt Braynens testimony, DHaitis attorney, Jairam Mangra submitted that the written reports of both of cers were almost identical, and questioned if the two had colluded to produce the documents in question. Det Sgt Braynen denied this, stating that he never saw Cpl Maycocks report. Mr Mangra subsequent ly requested to have Det Sgt Braynen presented with both reports for com parisons sake, a request that was contested by the Crown. This and the legal issues that subsequently arose ul timately led to Justice Mc Kay discharging the jury and adjourning the matter to today at 11am. Yesterdays proceedings mark the second week of trial for DHaiti, of Thomp son Lane, and Andrews, of Montell Heights, in connec tion with Cartwrights mur der in 2014. DHaiti, represented by Mr Mangra, is accused of murder and attempted armed robbery, while An drews, represented by Mur rio Ducille, is accused of murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary. According to initial re ports from police, Cart wright, 44, was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother and father on the morning in question, when men kicked in the door of the house. When he heard the noise, the deceased got his licensed shotgun and went to investi gate, police reported. He en countered the suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, police said. There was a brief ex change of gunre, which resulted in the victim be ing shot multiple times. He died at the scene. One of the suspects was also shot, how ever, initial reports from police said he and the other men escaped in a silver col oured Honda Accord. Blair raid suspect said he was just driving By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net THE BODY of a man killed in a shooting at a bank in Madeira Street is taken from the scene on Monday. A6MAIN Funeral ServiceAnnamaria Smith, ne Adderley, 60of #26 Sun Set Ridge, San Souci, will be held on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 at 11am at Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church, Bail lou Hill Road and Chapel Street Ofciating will be Rev. L. Carla R. Culmer and Rev Charles A. Carey. Interment will follow in Lakeview Me morial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive. Annamarias memory will forever be cher ished by:Husband : Bradley Arthward Smith; Children: BriAnna Blaire and Sebastian Ovett Carey, Jarrod Bradley Ryan Smith; Grand children: Ethan Samuel Ovett and Arielle Alesha Blaire Carey and Jayda Blaire Smith, Mother: Jane Adeila Adderley; Siblings: Vernelle Lo retta and Charles Carey, Patricia Alore and Ter rance Fountain, Sonjia Jane and Bruno Roberts, Vernal Alfred Brian and Cassandra Adderley and Elise Delancy; Nieces and Nephews : Alexis, Justin and Savannah Roberts, T. Crystal and Jeffery Fountain, Vernal Brian, Anthony and Caleb Adderley, Charles Leo Vernal Carey, Miyoshi Cadena, Peter and Trent Jules, Ray, RayGail, Reo, Romel and Regan Smith, Totcina Allen, Euphemia and Krystal Knowles (god-daughter), Donovan Thompson, Samara Johnson, Geano and Shandia Beneby, Ester, Anthony, Lisa, Joel and Ricardo Moxey and Quinton and Theodore Glover. Uncle: Willard Gibson (Hilda); Aunts: Lois Richardson, Joyce Burgzorg, Maureen Rahming, Astrid Brookes and Valerie Clarke; In-laws: Marsha Knowles, Rev. Patricia and Edmundo Moxey, Mary Thompson, Wayde Smith, Vitzel and Arnette Cooper, Louis and Michal Cooper, Arthward and Evelyn Cooper, Patsy Lyles, Carolyn Smith, Maria King, Gary and Marie Cooper, Sandra McKenzie, Kayla Culmer, Valerie Storr, Lithera Smith, Sandy and Gilda Cooper, Tamita Butler, Regieta Minnis, Gordon and Ingrid Musgrove, Deborah Bethel, Raymond and Theresa Antonio, Kingsley Rah ming, Derek, Shawn, Monty and Melita Barr, Ricky, Jane, Tony and Laverne Lyles, The Venerable Archdeacon Father & Mrs. Kingsley Knowles, Rudy, Charles, Tony and Judith Cooper, Linda Collie, Stephanie Pinder, Anita Johnson, Don, Lana, Melanie and Cardy King, Frank, Craig, Bert and Huey Smith and Carol Ritchie; God-Children: Bradley Forbes, Brandon Dames, Logan Hanna, Leslie Bryan Smith; God-brothers: Carver, Frederick, Trevor, Ian Burgzorg, Cranston Rutherford; God-sisters: Lena Dot tin, Carol Morley, Joan Fountain, Philippa & Shelly Collymore, Trevor McKinney; Relatives: Lillith Major, Elizabeth Cartwright, Shirley Farrington, Helen-Michelle An derson, Jacqueline Pinder, Ovid, Spencer, Rodney, Okell, Edison and Plato Thompson, The Family of Landis Thompson, Vernal & Alfred Adderley, The Very Reverend Dean Patrick Adderley, Dominic Deveaux, Leroy and Cyril Gibson, Francis & Ambrose Adderley, Kenneth & Wallace Adderley, Emma Adderley, Ruth Smith, Emmie Adderley, Naomi Smith, Prudence Bain, Sidney Buster, Prince, Uriel, Sgt.1533 Ronald Albury, Eleanor Barry of Eleuthera; Helen Pratt, Kathleen Higgs, Angela Major, Elizabeth Rolle, Pauline Cooper, Paula Steel, Gaynor Simms and Shorn Gibson; Eleanor Adder ley, Angeline Smith, Bessie Sweeting, Sylvia Knowles, Winifred Brennen, Agnes Ad derley, The Adderleys of West End. Ronald and Edward Pratt, Coralie Pratt-Odoms, Vernelle Davis; Carol Johnson, Lawrence Buddy and Robert Smith, Timothy PIn der, Sheila Francis, Verdell Johnson, Suzanne Hall, Christine Docemo, Deborah Bai ley, Adina, Vanessa, Oscar and Garth Munroe, Paula and Tom Darcy, Maxwell and Eve Poitier, Rev. Manette and Nicholas Cripps, Ida and Kenneth Turnquest, Spencer Poitier, Wendyi Albury, Flora and Senator Dwight Sawyer, Eric Poitier, Marie and Ter rance Smith, Brandford and Vera Chase, Eliese, Arthur and Gail Chase, Hugh and Primrose Chase, Haldane and Darlene Chase, Renee and Colyn Chase, Sharon and Mi chael Poitier, Marcian and Valerie Mortimer, Lorna and Gerard Mortimer, Alfred and Daphane Richardson, Iris Richardson, Anthony and Hazel Richardson, Dr. Kenneth and Avis Richardson, Katherine Richardson, Ralph and Sherry Richardson, Selwyn and Dellarese Richardson, Drs. Osmond and Kimberly Richardson, Steven and Jen nifer Richardson, Roosevelt and Diane Rahming, Earl and Clare Rahming, Monique Wright, Charisse and Alexander Brown, Claudia and Vaughn Glinton, Joyanne and Daniel Ferguson, Cheryl and Dr. Homer Bloomeld, Daphne and Dr, Graeme Fraser Bell, Eugene and Peggy Culmer & Family, The Family of Elma Maycock, The Family of Arthur Maycock, Ida Culmer & Family, Godfrey Culmer, Kermit Culmer & Family, and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from 11 am to 6pm. There will be no viewing at the church.

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PAGE 8, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction and sentence of a man pre viously found guilty of con spiring to rob John Bulls agship store due to preju dicial evidence produced during trial and the judges permission of an unsafe out-of-court statement against the appellant. Court of Appeal Justices Dame Anita Allen, Jon Isaacs and Stella CraneScott, in a recent ruling, quashed Jonathan Arm bristers 25-year sentence, referring to a confession made by the co-accused outside of court proceed ings, as well as evidence of Armbristers bad charac ter being blurted out by a police witness. Armbrister was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment on November 7, 2012 af ter a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the role he allegedly played in the brazen May 22, 2011, armed robbery of John Bulls agship store on Bay Street. The perpetrators smashed the stores show case with a hammer and stole a number of Rolex watches. The hammer was left behind at the scene. According to the rul ing, Armbristers appeal, led just days after his sen tencing on November 20, 2012, asserts that during the summing-up, the trial judge directed the jury that in relation to Armbristers conspiracy count, the con fession statement of Arm bristers co-accused was admissible against Arm brister. According to quotes from the trials transcript outlined in the Court of Appeal ruling, the trial judge referred to a confes sion which one of Arm bristers co-accused, Da vid Collins, gave to police which implicated Armbris ter as the mastermind be hind the armed robbery. The ruling further notes how the trial judge directed the jury to view Collins statement, advising them that according to the rule of law, an out-of-court statement made by one de fendant in this case made during an interview and/ or confession to police is not evidence against any other defendant. Justice Isaacs noted that the judges directions up to that point were unobjec tionable, and that had the judge stopped at that point no complaint could have been made about her di rections to the jury on this ground. However, the Court of Appeal ruling noted how the judge went on to say how the normal rule she referred to is subject to an exception, which she said in the circumstances was one of conspiracy. She said the law as it stands, is that evidence which implicates one of the defendants, can be used against the other, but there must be some other independent evidence coming from other witness es. However, Justice Isaacs noted that two factors must be present to the court be fore the out of court state ment of one co-accused can be regarded as evidence against another: evidence proving the existence of the conspiracy must be rst ad duced; and the statement must have been made in furtherance of the common design. The second factor iden tied above is absent in the present appeal, Justice Isaacs noted. Collins al leged confession does not fall within the category of a statement made in pursu ance or furtherance of the conspiracy. At the time of its making, the conspiracy had already concluded. In the premises, we nd favour with this ground. The ruling further noted that while the COA judges are unable to say whether the jury acted on the judges direction, they are satis ed its mention renders this conviction unsafe. The COA ruling also said there is some merit to the submission that evidence of Armbristers bad character, which was blurted out by police witness Superinten dent Fernander, ought to have led the judge to dis charge the jury. According to the ruling, the ofcers evidence was that while leaving the Tyler Street residence where the stolen Rolex watches said to have been stolen were found, Armbristers cousin shouted: Jonathan, you on your own. You get yourself in problems again. The COA ruling noted that it was unfortunate that the cousins words were heard by the jury, particu larly in circumstances where they may have been uttered by Superintendent Fernander purposely, in view of the scrupulous care taken during the voir dire (to determine whether or not statements allegedly made by the appellant and his co-accused were ob tained voluntarily) to avoid them being mentioned. His decision to reveal the cousins utterance may be viewed as deliberate in the circumstances, the rul ing continued. In the face of this it was incumbent on the learned trial judge to discharge the jury. Failure to do so was a material er ror; as such this ground, too must succeed. The COA ruling also noted Armbristers appel late submissions that his trial was invalidated by the preferment of a newly led indictment meant to reect certain amendments grant ed by the judge. Just before the close of the Crowns case, an ap plication was made by the Crown to amend the in formation in the VBI to reect that Jasper Curry, one of the co-accused, was no longer a defendant, as well as to correct the name of the virtual complainant from Marshall to John Bull. Despite objections by the defense to the proposed amendments, the judge granted the request. The trial thus continued against Armbrister and Collins on the basis of the amended information in the VBI and the jury ultimately rendered its verdicts based on that information. However, Armbrister, via his attorney Jerone Rob erts, took the position that the trial judge was required to endorse the amendments on the existing indictment, pursuant to section 150(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) and that she failed to do so. Thus, Armbristers sub mission was that as there was no endorsement on the amended indictment, there was no valid VBI before the jury and the trial, and that in the circumstances the trial was a nullity. However, the COA ruling found no merit in that sub mission, stating that there was a valid information in existence and it was not rendered invalid by the lack of an endorsement of the amendment order. John Bull raid conviction quashed By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net EXECUTIVES and members of the BahamasChina Friendship Asso ciation paid a courtesy call on Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday. The Bahamas-China Friendship Association was founded on September 29, 2004, to deepen and expand the people-to-people rela tionship with the Peoples Republic of China. The founding ofcers of the association included: President Joseph Curry; Vice President Sir Arthur Foulkes; Secretary Philip Simon; Treasurer Anthony McKinney; Assistant Treas urer Marlon Johnson; Pub lic Relations Director An thony Capron; and Trustees Brian Wong, Lowell Mor timer and Carey Leonard. A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs served as an ex-ofcio of the executive body in the per son of Philip Miller, under secretary in that ministry. Gershan Major, the current president of the association said: As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic rela tions between the Peoples Re public of China and the Com monwealth of The Bahamas, the objectives of the associa tion remain as relevant today, as from when they were rst penned, and some may submit even more so. The association was founded to promote, fos ter and encourage good relationship, goodwill and people-to-people contact between the people of the Bahamas and the people of China and to afford them the means of and the oppor tunity for social intercourse, mutual helpfulness and assis tance, moral improvement, friendly collaboration and rational recreation; promote good understanding of the cultures of the people of the Bahamas and China through cultural exchanges and to facilitate the study of the lan guage, culture and history of both countries; advance eco nomic and trade opportuni ties through entrepreneurial development and participa tion in trade fairs and invest ment tours; provide relief and assistance to the people of the Bahamas in anyway whatsoever and especially in cases of emergency and likewise, to make donations to the people of China from time to time in respect of relief or social enhancement and assist in the improve ment of the general social, economic, spiritual and ma terial welfare of the peoples of The Bahamas and China. Mr Major explained that the association, under its newly elected ofcers, is excited about how it will continue to build on its objectives to improve the educational exchanges, af fording more Bahamian students the access to be able to study in China and for Chinese students, to now study at The University of The Bahamas, particu larly, the subject of English. We will continue to work closely with academia as we have in the past. We will continue to promote and en courage an increase in twoway trade and commerce with the Business commu nity including the nancial services and tourism sectors, we will aid in the increase of cultural exchanges through the arts, music, dance, fash ion and food, he said. BAHAMAS-CHINA FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION WELCOMED BY GOVERNOR GENERAL THE executive team and members of the Bahamas-China Friendship Association presented Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling with a certicate that designates her ofce as honorary president of the association, per the bylaws. The presentation was made during a courtesy call at Government House on Wednesday, August 30. Pictured from left are Dr Denothrah Archer, association member; Gershan Major, president; Dame Marguerite; Joseph Curry, founding president & president emeritus; Llonella Gilbert, public relations director and Sherrell Storr, assistant secretary. Photo: Azaleta Ishmael-Newry THE country could see a systematic cutback of do mestic ight service by Ba hamasair, as the national ag-carrier continues to refocus its international metrics, according to the airlines managing director, Tracy Cooper. Speaking on the side lines of ceremony held to mark the relaunch of the airlines service into Cape Haitien, Haiti, on Tuesday, Mr Cooper said with plans to launch services into Houston, Texas in its nal stages, and plans for ser vice into Chicago, Illinois, steadily progressing, of cials are working to rea lign local offerings. While stressing the suc cesses of both the Port-auPrince route, launched back in January, and the Cape Haitien route, relaunched Tuesday after a nearly 20year hiatus, Mr Cooper insisted that opportunities to grow the Bahamasair brand are available if the airline were willing to take the necessary steps to take advantage of them. He said discussions are underway between the gov ernment, Bahamasair and other industry partners, to ensure domestic routes are not left unattended. Mr Cooper stated: Ob viously we cant leave our own folks out. So, our intent is that we are going to have to nd a good balance that will provide suitable servic es into the (Family) Islands, as well as expansion into our international routes. Back in May, Tourism and Aviation Minister Di onisio DAguilar hinted at the possibility of Bahama sair vacating the domestic market in favour of expand ing its role as the national ag-carrier on more inter national routes. At that time, the Free Town MP claimed the na ture of the industry had placed Bahamasair in a predicament in which it was beholden to local routes that yielded very little prof its, unable to service major international routes in a timely and properly struc tured manner. Mr DAguilar, a respect ed businessman, said the government had to nd a way to encourage and de velop the domestic avia tion industry, all while it worked to end its presence in it. In addition to the Cape Haitien route, which Mr Cooper on Tuesday pre sented as a common sense move for a country with more than 90,000 residents of Haitian decent, Bahama sair has looked to, in recent years, tighten its grip on di rect routes into several oth er leading tourism destina tions across the Caribbean. Additionally, the cash strapped airline, through its acquisition of a more ad vanced eet, has doubleddown on its efforts to ser vice American cities that Bahamians regularly trav el to New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and New Orleans. Mr Cooper added: The international routes are less volatile than the domestic routes and we dont have to worry about the highs and low, we will be able to provide the international routes with more stability for the airline. Also present for Tues days relaunch was Baha masair Chairman Tommy Turnquest; Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Don Saunders; various Ba hamasair board members; local representative from the Bahamian-Haitian As sociation and Haitis Tour ism Minister Emile Jessy Menos. Flight 291, piloted by Captain Allison Rolle, de parted Lynden Pindling International Airports at 6.10am and arrived in Cape Haitien shortly after 8am. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter rwells@tribunemedia.net A8MAIN

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PAGE 10, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EVERY year around this time, the en tire country is frustrated by the BJC and BGCSE results. The na tional average becomes a measure of our worth and indicator of success, both present and future. For the past decade, this national average based on national examination results has been a D, and we have come to casually dene ourselves as D-av erage. It is the rst thing that comes to mind when someone runs a red light, an MP makes a nonsensi cal statement, a neighbour fails to sufciently prepare for a hurricane, or people lose money in looms. Were quick to say, Theres the D-average again. We dont consider lack of respect for law and order, or the quickness of a lie as op posed to time and energy it takes to tell the whole truth. We dont think about the scarcity of resources neces sary to complete tasks, or the desperation of people who need a way out of poverty. The D-average is the nation al scapegoat, and every sum mer we are reminded every thing can be blamed on it. Resist the urge to make sweeping generalisations about lazy students, poor parenting, and underpaid, overworked teachers. We know we will not be able to solve a problem until we dene it. Is the under performance of students in national examinations the problem? Could the problem be the exams themselves? Should we be thinking about the way we prepare students for these exams? With over fty per cent of students sitting the national exams getting un der a C, the problem cannot be the students. The exist ing system is not working. For emphasis, our stu dents are not the problem. They are not, year after year, failing us. We are fail ing to properly serve them. Missing the Basics Social promotion is still practised in our schools. Stu dents who do not meet the minimum standard for one grade are pushed through to the next. They fall further and further behind, unable to catch up because a level of knowledge and under standing is assumed, and the students are often too em barrassed to admit they have not acquired them. This can manifest in a number ways, from the appearance of dis interest to poor behaviour. Teachers can often identify these issues, but are limited in what they can do in a class of dozens of students with limited resources, minimal involvement of parents/ guardians, and an unchang ing educational system. Home Life In pre-school and primary school, learning cannot stop in the classroom. Homework and grade level-appropriate project help to bring con text to new knowledge, and give students the opportu nity to practice what theyve learned and test their under standing of material. This, more often than not, requires parent/guarding participation. Someone in the home needs pay atten tion to what is being taught and how the student is pro gressing by assisting with homework, reviewing tests, and meeting regularly with the teacher. Some parents/ guardians are willing and able to do these things, but others are either ill-equipped or unavailable for this level of involvement. Multiple jobs, shift work, and low literacy are among the barriers to greater involvement in their childrens education. Beyond help at home, nu trition and rest are critical to student performance. In 2014, it was reported that 19.3% of ve to 14-yearolds were living in poverty. We often hear stories about students going to school hungry, and not having money or anything packed for lunch. How can we ex pect them to learn under these conditions? Some students work after school and on weekends to help ends meet, and some have to help in other ways like taking care of elderly relatives or children younger than themselves. With these responsibilities, and concerns about their homes and families, it is not hard to understand why students are struggling in school. Add to this the lasting effects of hur ricanes like Hurricane Mat thew, from missing school to untreated PTSD. Learning and Teaching Styles In many ways, we have not built schools and educational programmes that accommo date our students. One style of teaching does not work for every student. Learning styles are typically broken down into four categories: visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. Do teachers cater to all of these learning styles? Are they trained to identify stu dents learning styles and adapt lesson plans to suit their needs? Do we need to start using learning styles to com pose classes similar to the way we rank them by grade? Even the best lesson plan will not produce results if it seems like it is in a foreign language. As director of education Lionel Sands said on a radio talk show this week, we need to prepare school for our students, not students for schools. How can we make the shift from teaching (and learning) toward the goal of succeeding in an exam to encouraging curiosity, crea tivity, and critical thinking, practising new skills, and exploring ideas with newfound knowledge? Students learn in envi ronments of dread because they anticipate exams to come. This helps to feed anxiety and forces memo risation and regurgitation rather than real engagement with and understanding of the material. Classrooms need to be student-centred, not test-centred. Testing and Evaluation Every student is not good at taking tests. Test-taking is a specic skill. Some stu dents perform well on mul tiple choice questions while others excel in short answer and essay questions. In many cases, results speak to a students ability to strategise and navigate a specic type of test rather than knowledge. How can we evaluate stu dents and test their under standing of material in ways that yield real results? How can we prepare students for test-taking, outside of teach ing the material? These are the things we need to con sider when we expect to use exam results as the ultimate measurement tool. The national average should not be used as a col lective insult. It is not a rea son for us to feel bad about ourselves, or fear for the fu ture of this nation. The D-average is a call to action. The results are abysmal, and that a reec tion of the system, not the students. As citizens of this coun try, it is on us to call on the Ministry of Education, edu cators at all levels, parents, and students to address this national issue. We cannot afford to forget about this until its a handy weapon in an argument. We need a national action plan for the improvement of our educational system, and we must be prepared to do our part churches offering student breakfasts, civic organisations operat ing homework help centres, education experts providing ongoing training to teach ers, and communities sup porting parents. The D-average is our problem to solve, and whether or not we get rid of BJCs and BGCSEs, our work is cut out for us. What are you prepared to do? How can you contrib ute to the effort? Email me, and lets get to work. Alicia Wallace is a womens rights activist and public educator. She pro duces The Culture RUSH a monthly newsletter fus ing pop culture, social jus tice and personal reection and tweets as @_AliciaA udrey. Contact her at cul turerush@aliciaawalace. com. She writes every week in The Tribune. D-average students arent the problem its us who are failing them BACKPACKS provided by Nassau Flight Services back to school jamboree on Stapledon Park recently but in the classroom, are we making the right preparations to help children succeed? A10MAIN

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PAGE 16, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 THE TRIBUNE By ANDREW SELSKY and JOSH HOFFNER Associated Press THEY grew up in America and are working or going to school here. Some are building businesses or raising families of their own. Many have no memory of the country where they were born. Now, almost 800,000 young im migrants who were brought to the US illegally as children or over stayed their visas could see their lives upended after the Trump ad ministration announced Tuesday it is ending the Obama-era program that protected them from deporta tion. We are Americans in heart, mind and soul. We just dont have the correct documentation that states were American, said Jose Rivas, 27, who is studying for a mas ters in counseling at the University of Wyoming. The news that the government is phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, was met with shock, anger and a sense of betrayal by its beneciaries, often called Dreamers. For opponents, many said they were pleased the Trump administration had put an end to President Barack Obamas DACA program, calling it an unconstitu tional abuse of executive power. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who made Tuesdays announce ment, said DACA was an over reach that could not be defended by the Justice Department. The Trump administration and other DACA opponents argue that it is up to Congress to decide how to deal with such immigrants. Late Tuesday night, Trump tweeted, however, that he might get involved in the issue if Congress does not come up with legislation. The president tweeted: Con gress now has 6 months to legalise DACA (something the Obama Ad ministration was unable to do). If they cant, I will revisit this issue! Demonstrations broke out Tues day in New York City, where po lice handcuffed and removed over a dozen immigration activists who briey blocked Trump Tower, and in other cities, including Salt Lake City, Denver, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. Students walked out of class in protest in several cit ies, including Phoenix and Albu querque. Attorneys general for several states threatened to sue to protect the DACA beneciaries. We stand ready to take all appropriate legal action to protect Oregons Dream ers, Oregon Attorney General El len Rosenblum tweeted. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a Republican and an early Trump supporter, said the presi dent has every right to end DACA, which was started by Obama in 2012. But he added that it would be unconscionable to deport those who beneted from the program. These children grew up believ ing they are American, and so many of them have lived lives of which America can be proud, Reyes said. At a Los Angeles rally, handy man John Willis carried a sign say ing American lives matter and criticised the DACA program as an unlawful tyrannical executive order that our previous president thrust upon us. I dont wish these kids to be sent back to Mexico or anything like that. But I dont believe we should have two sets of laws, he said. We have one set of laws, we should fol low them. Congress needs to get up off the pot and enact some legisla tion to take care of this mess. Trumps action received harsh re views among those in Houston who have been helping immigrants navi gate disaster relief amid fears of ramped-up deportations in the new administration. The city is home to more than a half-million immi grants in the country illegally, and one DACA recipient described at a news conference how her family lost everything in the storm. Another Houston DACA ben eciary, Ricardo Ortiz, who was brought to the US from Monterrey, Mexico, at age 3, has been volun teering at the downtown conven tion center that sheltered thousands of storm victims. Its crazy that people really think that we dont belong here when weve been here all of our lives, said Ortiz, a 21-year-old stu dent at the University of Houston. Carla Chavarria, 24, is a Phoenix entrepreneur who owns a digital marketing rm and a tness ap parel line. She came to the US from Mexico when she was 7. Her permit expires in November, and she is waiting for her renewal to be processed. She is set to close on the purchase of a home later this month. Its hard being a business owner as it is, especially with being young and being a woman and someone whos an immigrant. Its already hard as it is. Now having DACA be ing taken away, she said. Immigrants betrayed by Trump DACA supporters march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement ofce to protest after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcement. Photo: Matt York/AP BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Pope Francis is heading to Colombia on Wednesday to try to help heal the wounds of Latin Americas longest-running conict, bolstered by a new cease-re with a holdout re bel group but fully aware of the fragility of the countrys peace process. During a deeply sym bolic ve-day visit starting Wednesday, Francis is ex pected to press Colombian leaders to address the social and economic disparities that fueled ve decades of armed rebellion, while en couraging ordinary Colom bians to balance their need for justice with forgiveness. POPE TO VISIT COLOMBIA KUTUPALONG, Bang ladesh (AP) Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is blaming fake news and a misinformation campaign for fueling a crisis that the UN says has now pushed more than 125,000 minor ity Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh. According to a statement, Suu Kyi told Turkish Presi dent Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call that her gov ernment is defending all the people in western Ra khine state. She told Erdogan that his deputy prime minister was a victim of fake news when he posted photos purport edly showing dead Roh ingya that were not related to the crisis. The photos on Mehmet Simseks Twit ter account had been taken down. She says such misinfor mation helps promote the interests of terrorists, a reference to Rohingya insurgents whose attacks Aug. 25 triggered the lat est military crackdown and streams of refugees. EXODUS A16MAIN