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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper CLASSIFIEDS TRADER: CARS, CARS, CARS AND TECH! HIGH 93FLOW 82F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER:$1 Established 1903 OBITSINSIDE OFFICIAL SOURCE THURSDAY PREPARE FOR THE WORST EVACUEES from MICAL and Ragged Island arriving in Nassau yesterday. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff FEARS OF MATTHEWTYPE HIT ON OTHER ISLANDS TOURISTS TOLD TO LEAVE GRAND BAHAMA BIMINI/ FREEPORT LIKELY TO BE STRUCK SUNDAY EVACUEES FLY IN TO NASSAU EMERGENCY SHELTERS THE EYE of Hurricane Irma is projected to pass directly over the north ern tip of Andros Friday night, according to US Ac cuweather forecaster Dan Kottlowski, who said the most dangerous side of the category ve storm will pass over New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini and the Berry Islands. In an interview with The Tribune Mr Kottlowski said on its current path, Irma is predicted to cause massive destruction to The Bahamas similar to Hurricane Matthews im pact in 2016. He said while most of the country will not get hit directly, the storm will be so close that all the islands will be highly impacted with strong winds, high water levels and massive sea surges. The US National Hur ricane Centre warned yesterday that Irma, tied for the second-strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, is capable of catastrophic damage. Mr Kottlowski said resi dents in New Providence can expect strong 70mph to 80pmh winds begin ning late Friday, while the southern islands will ex perience the full brunt of Irmas 185mph winds be ginning late Thursday. Inagua will be the rst island to get hit, then Turks and Caicos, followed by Acklins, Crooked Island, Samana Cay and Inagua. Those islands will get the full brunt of the storm. This is a very serious storm and there are two features that are going to control how Irma moves over the next two days, Mr Kott lowski said. TRIBUNE HURRICANE ALERT By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE FIVE A1MAIN MEAL SANDWICH WWW.BURGERKING.BS /BURGERKINGNASSAU


PAGE 2, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EVACUEES from MICAL and Ragged Island arriving in Nassau yesterday. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A LINE of buses ready to take evacuees from MICAL and Ragged Island from Lynden Pindling International Airport to shelter. A HELPING hand for some of the evacuees from MICAL and Ragged Island. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 3 THE costs associated with the largest hurricane evacuation in the coun trys history is immate rial when lives are to be preserved, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yes terday as Hurricane Irma draws closer to the southern islands. The prime minister, who was at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) with Of cial Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis and other government ofcials to greet the rst group of evacuees from Inagua said, You dont put money on lives. He was asked to com ment on the cost to taxpay ers to evacuate residents from Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Is land. On Tuesday night, Dr Minnis called these evacua tions the largest ever seen in this country. Money is immaterial when it comes to lives. You dont put money on lives, he said in response to a question from The Trib une National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) ofcials said yes terday as many as 15 ights from the southern islands were expected. This is something Dr Minnis applauded. What weve witnessed to today is history, he told reporters at LPIA yester day where he personally greeted evacuees from Ina gua. We have a monster storm coming through The Bahamas from the south ern areas. Weve sent out a warning to our residents and as you can see they accepted and most would have volunteered to come out. We have organised vari ous planes to evacuate indi viduals from the southern island, including Ragged Island. He added: We have great assistance also from the leader of the opposition and I think all of our hic cups are cleared so I want to thank the opposition leader for offering his support also because this is not a politi cal event. This is a national event. it shows the maturity as we move forward. Both po litical parties get together for one common purpose and that is to save lives and show the Bahamian people that we are one family and continue to work as a uni ed group. Mr Davis, who gave input into the evacuation process, agreed. He said: Certainly, there are things that are not to divide us. An impending national disaster, threats to our nations security, threats to our safety and health are not matters that you could approach along party lines. While the coopera tion across party lines was commended, Mr Da vis said he still had con cerns. Well I am concerned that they have not heeded that warning. As I said its better to be safe rather than sorry. This hurricane is a monster. It is packing 185mph winds and Lord knows what devastation will ac company that. So if you are still not heeding please take ad vantage of the efforts now being engaged by the gov ernment to bring you to safety and please adhere to the warning and please ac cept the olive branch being handed to you to make sure that you are safe, Mr Davis said. Dr Minnis said because it was possible Mr Davis could be the next prime minister, succession plan ning and co-operation in times like this were need ed. Irma, according to weath er ofcials has winds of 185mph, making it a solid category ve storm. Although many residents heeded the emergency evacuation, not everyone left those islands. How ever, ofcials could not say yesterday how many stayed behind. Ofcials have said the southern islands will begin to feel Irmas impact by this evening continuing into Fri day. The central and northern Bahamas will also likely experience effects of the storm as it churns through the country into the week end. PM: Lives are more important than cost By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter THE Public Hospitals Authority has advised that all public out-patient and specialty clinics will be closed as of Friday due to Hurricane Irma. All elective surgery cases will also be discontinued as of Friday due to the storm. Normal operations will re sume following the all clear from the National Emer gency Management Agency (NEMA). Once the storm has passed and the all clear has been given, public an nouncements will be dis seminated via the media regarding the resumption of services, PHA said. Patients are asked to con tact the relevant clinics to conrm new appointment dates once the all clear has been given. Persons requiring advice or assistance during the storm should call 322-2861, 328-6243 or 326-0714. All services at the Sandi lands Rehabilitation Centre will suspend today at noon due to Hurricane Irma. In Grand Bahama, all elective surgeries have been cancelled at the Rand Memorial Hospital until further notice. Due to the impending hurricane, all clinics (including Sweetings Cay and Grand Cay) and out-patient specialty clin ics at the Rand Memorial Hospital, Pearce Plaza and the Freeport General Prac tice Clinic will be closed on Friday until the all clear is given. The Eight Mile Rock Community Clinic will be open to receive emergencies only as of Friday. The public will be advised of any fur ther developments as soon as they become available. A special needs shelter at the Foster B Pestaina Cen tre, Pro-Cathedral of Christ The King in Grand Bahama will be activated upon ad visement by NEMA. Persons with special needs or critical medical conditions such as renal failure, tracheotomies, un controlled diabetes and hypertension, and chronic dressings that may require support should go to this shelter once it is activated. All maternity patients who are near term, that is seven months gestation and over, are to report to the special needs shelter once it has been activated. Patients are asked to bring all medication, bed ding, and food supplies. If clarication is needed on who should go to the spe cial needs shelter, please call 351-8056, 351-8057 or 351-8058. During the storm, hos pital visitation will be sus pended. OUTPATIENT, SPECIALTY CLINICS CLOSE FRIDAY PRIME Minister Perry Christie greeting evacuees from MICAL and Ragged Island as they arrived in Nassau yesterday. 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The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Free National ad ministration and its erst while leader, Dr Hubert A Minnis (FNM-Killarney) are about to be baptised by the waters of Irma. The Chris tie administration, as well as those of Hubert A Ingra ham, both individuals who, mercifully, no longer hold sway over our wonderful na tion, were incapable of han dling the ravages of assorted hurricanes and storms. Un der Ingrahams watch, Free port and the entire island of Grand Bahama have yet to recover from storms of the 1990s. Joaquin and Matthew, in no small measure sealed the death blow, politically, to Christie and crew. The FNM campaigned on what now is fast looking like a bogus promise that it was the people dem time. That party and its leaders shouted that they had the plans to x the mess which the PLP and Christie had inicted and imposed upon the unwashed masses. Well, with the harrowing and rapid approach of Irma, Minnis and the FNM ad ministration are about to be baptised by water. It is now their time to rise to the challenges poised by this category 4 and soon to be increased to a category ve hurricane. Irma is no joke but the response by Minnis and NEMA, headed by an incompetent director in the form of Capt Stephen Russell, et al, has been dis mal and pathetic at best. The FNM never had any real plans in place to start governing from day one. Minnis is still being script ed by his handlers and it is clear that he does not have a hands on approach to gov ernance and preparing for natural disasters. His administration, so far, has proven to be clue less on so many national issues that it is becoming alarming. The FNM gov ernment, clearly, has no economic stimulation plan; they have no plan for tack ling crime; they have no plan for the infrastructure here in New Providence and the major populated Family Islands; they have no plan for education; they have no plan for national health care and for sure, they are not transparent and have shown absolutely no empathy, so far, for a single Bahamian, except the friends and cronies. It is unfortunate that our nation is in the usual hurri cane path and has been so from time immemorial. We all know when the season starts but successive admin istrations and lousy NEMA always respond at the very last minute. No regular re leases were issued. No an nounced location of shel ters throughout the nation. More than 4,000 homes and businesses are still awaiting repairs that were promised by the Christie administration and lousy NEMA, headed, for too long I submit, by Captain Ste phen Russell. It is profound that our major churches are ready to roll with Irma, if necessary. Pastor Melvin Lewis of Hillside SeventhDay Adventist Church and his team up there are to be congratulated for their pro active measures. The PM and his adminis tration are about to be bap tised by water and except a modern day John The Bap tist emerges, they may not resurface. Nor will there be, I postulate, an opening of the clouds and a Dove is to be seen coming down to rest over their collective heads. There will also not be the utterance: This is my be loved son in whom I am well pleased if they fail to carry us through Irma successful ly. Hot coals and brimstones will also be heaped upon them if recovery efforts and immediate relief following Madam Irma. When one thinks about it, however, hurricanes, de spite their destructive pow ers, brings out the very best in most of us. Of course, a handful of greedy; thief ing and ungodly Bahami ans, especially here in New Providence, are the natural sons and daughters of Per dition. Gouging and corrupt prac tices also abound during this particular season. House breaking and stealing always seems to spike upwards dur ing times when home owners and tenants are away from their properties due to se vere ooding and/or the loss of electrical power. The Police and Defence Forces do an excellent job but they too are challenged with real resources to man age natural disasters. Bap tism by water is the unen viable fate of Dr Minnis and his crew. The ship will weather Irma if all hands are on deck; we all pray to God, by whatever name you choose; lighten up the bal last and tack to the right. The Opposition, led by the next de facto and de jure leader, has an opportu nity to demonstrate leader ship and empathy on the ground in its constituencies and those that they hope to recapture. Brave is the man and he must rise to the oc casion by taking the lead and seizing the initiative. He and The New PLP must also provide necessi ties, of good quality, and sol ace to as many Bahamians as possible. It is good that bap tism may be of one or it may be of many, especially where The Holy Spirit is invoked. Yes, we unwashed and God abandoning Bahamians, will emerge in one piece, again. To God then, The Great I Am That I Am, in all things, even Irma, be the glory. ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr Nassau, September 6, 2017. WASHINGTON (AP) Since the day he launched his presidential cam paign, Donald Trump has talked tough on immigration, promising to take the kind of decisive action he accused other politicians of avoiding. This week, he wafed. Trump passed off responsibility for the fate of the 800,000 young immi grants brought to the United States ille gally as children to a Congress that has shown little ability to tackle politically fraught issues. He gave lawmakers six months to act, then said in a Tuesday night tweet that he would revisit this issue if they didnt. He sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions out to be the face of the controversial policy, effectively ceding one of the central roles of the presidency: explaining difcult deci sions to the American people. Trump addressed the move only brief ly during a tax policy event at the White House, saying he had a great heart for the folks were talking about, a great love. It was the path of least resistance for a president who promised bold action and decisive leadership. And it pleased almost no one. Democrats including former Presi dent Barack Obama, who instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arriv als programme in 2012 by executive at and immigration advocates slammed Trump as cruel and heartless. Some Re publican lawmakers said the decision was counter to American values and bristled at Trumps decision to foist the problem on Congress at the start of a fall legislative session already packed with high-stakes issues. Conservatives who pinned their hopes on Trump and his hard-line immigration policies during the campaign includ ing an unfullled pledge to build a wall along the southern border and have Mexico pay for it accused him of breaking his promises. Ann Coulter, the far-right commen tator who informally advised Trump on immigration issues during the cam paign, said Trumps sudden eagerness for immigration legislation that ad dressed the fate of DACA recipients and other issues was exactly what he used to denounce. Ofcials offered few details about what the president wants Congress to do, beyond providing legal status for young people brought to the US ille gally as children. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president wanted Congress to include those protections in a broader immigration package, but did not spell out what else Trump wanted in a bill. Previous efforts to pass comprehensive immigration re form have included roadmaps to legal status for people living in the country illegally, a step Trump has panned as amnesty. Republicans made clear they werent ready to go down that road again with out clear markers from the president. It is important that the White House clearly outline what kind of legislation the president is willing to sign, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said. We have no time to waste on ideas that do not have the votes to pass or that the president wont sign. In punting to Congress, Trump is tak ing a page out of the playbook of pre decessors. Presidents often try to pass the burden for difcult decisions on to Congress. Obama tried for years to get Congress to take up sweeping immi gration legislation, and ultimately took executive action to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation when it became clear law makers wouldnt act on that front ahead of his re-election campaign. But rarely do presidents hang the kind of legislative albatross on their own party in the way Trump did. The six-month timeframe he set for law makers to act before pulling work per mits from the Dreamers extends into a midterm election year, when Congress is less likely to take up a politically sen sitive issue. Republicans, who have spent years struggling with the partys positioning on immigration, have no appetite for taking up legislation this year. While some GOP leaders complained of ex ecutive overreach when Obama enacted DACA, many are sympathetic to the young immigrants brought to the US il legally as children and were willing to let the programme stand. I strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know, said Sen John McCain, R-Ariz, who called Trumps move the wrong approach. The presidents decision underscored his own uneasiness with the future of the programme. As a candidate, Trump vowed to end the deportation protec tions for young immigrants. But as president, he assured the dreamers they could rest easy. In private meetings with aides, he often tried to skirt the issue and delay a decision on the pro grammes future. Ultimately, Trump left many ques tions unanswered. Among them: what happens in March if Congress hasnt passed legislation to clarify the status of the young immigrants? The presidents Tuesday night tweet appeared to leave open the possibility that he could follow Obamas lead and use his executive power to continue protecting the Dreamers from depor tation. But in another indication of the president trying to have it both ways, the guidance the White House sent to mem bers of Congress included an ominous warning. The Department of Homeland Se curity urges DACA recipients to use the time remaining on their work authorisa tions to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United States, the guidance read. This article is by Julie Pace of the Associated Press Baptism by water After tough talk on immigration, Trump EDITOR, The Tribune. PLEASE allow me to ex press myself as a very con cerned citizen of this belov ed Bahamas In todays headline dated September 5th in The Trib une reads, We All Need To Worry! It was, I guess, the senti ments of the Prime Minis ter with regards to Hurri cane Irma. This disturbed me, not as an FNM, but as Bahamian that my Prime Minister, if in fact he used the word WORRY, not only puts panic and un ease among citizens whom already are broken from the surge of crime, but it alludes to the fact that this government has no plans for anything other than cor ruption. To my Prime Minister its time to get on with the things that matter most crime and the economy. The impact of a hurri cane will be disastrous, not only in physical infrastruc ture but the way of life for many Bahamians, including yourself maybe succumb to crime as the economic im pact will be devastating. I call on Marvin Dames to make a public address with the approval from Cabinet to make a Zero Tolerance address on all the electronic media and print media alerting all culprits with illegal rearms that the police has been given authorisation to use deadly force on persons with re arms in their possession. Hurricane Irma will pass, Mr Prime Minister, but the undesirables in our coun try who are preying on the good citizens of this coun try are here to stay and if you want to worry its with this high crime element. I call on the government to make a national address with regards to this Hurri cane called Crime! CRIME WORRIED CITIZEN Nassau, Crime worry Re:insurers warn of 2025% rate increase EDITOR, The Tribune. DO insurers ever warn of 20-25% insurance rate de creases if hurricanes do not hit? In fact, do insurance rates ever decrease? JB Nassau, September 6, 2017. Ever upwards A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 5 In any event, Irma has picked up speed and is mov ing faster but The Bahamas is now more in harms way. This storm will cause massive destruction and unfortunately it looks like it will be a monster when it gets to The Baha mas. The bottom line is it doesnt matter where you are or where the centre of this hurricane goes, people should prepare as if it was Hurricane Matthew. The centre of Irma is expected to move over the northern tip of Andros which means New Provi dence and Grand Bahama will be in the eastern part of the eye which is the most dangerous part of the eye. People should prepare as if they are preparing for Hur ricane Matthew. Local meteorologist Mary Butler said through out its passage through the Bahamas, Hurricane Irma is expected to remain a ma jor storm. The eye will move closer to the tip of Andros and the western portion of Grand Bahama. Originally in the earlier projections we thought the eye was go ing across the Florida Keys but as it stands in this new projection the eye is moving along the northern part of Andros, she said. In any event the most dangerous portion of the storm will be over Grand Bahama, the Berry Islands, New Providence, and An dros. We will be in the most dangerous part in the capital and we will experience high tropical storm force winds or hurricane force winds. The entire island chain would be on the worst side of this storm and it is a large storm but it doesnt matter if we dont have a direct hit from the eye, we will all feel this storm. At least two people have died and two others have been seriously injured in the French islands of St Barts and St Martin follow ing Hurricane Irma accord ing to CNN. On Wednesday, the erce storm hit the northeastern Caribbean islands, mov ing through Barbuda and St Martin. The New York Times reported widespread damage to property, homes, and infrastructure on these and other islands. Commu nication to Barbuda, a tiny island with a population of 1,600, has been cut off since the storm began, CNN re ports. On Thursday, Irma is ex pected to graze by the Do minican Republic. By late Thursday, it will be near Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas. Prepare for the worst from page one PROGRESSIVE Lib eral Party Leader Philip Brave Davis has urged Bahamians not to take any thing for granted as Hurri cane Irma approaches and to nalise storm prepara tions. I want to encourage all residents of the Bahamas to please give your full at tention to all ofcial notices provided on the develop ments of Hurricane Irma, Mr Davis said in a state ment released yesterday. Take nothing for grant ed as you make the neces sary preparations to ensure your personal safety and se cure your properties. We stand ready to assist in any way as this is a criti cal national undertaking requiring all hands-on deck and demanding that we be our brothers and sisters keepers. Today begins a volun tary evacuation exercise for the residents of the Southeastern Bahamas chain who will be the rst to be impacted by this cat egory ve Hurricane Irma, a monster storm with sus tained winds of 185 miles per hour, the largest storm of record in the North At lantic Ocean. I urge all residents in these affected areas to please take full advantage of this exercise and take every opportunity to get to safety and out of harms way. Today I join Bahami ans across the length and breadth of this country in prayers for our nation and for the security and safety of each and every one of us who call The Bahamas our home. I extend special thanks and words of en couragement to those frontline workers, first re sponders and other public officials who are and will continue to work around the clock to secure this country and protect our health and safety through this ordeal. We fully sup port your efforts, Mr Davis said. DAVIS: PAY ATTENTION TO NOTICES ON HURRICANE AS of 5pm Wednesday, all government offices ex cept for essential services will be closed and remain closed until further notice due to Hurricane Irma, the Cabinet office an nounced. The government depart ment urged residents to heed warnings issued by the National Emergency Man agement Agency and the Department of Meteorol ogy and stay tuned for fur ther updates. GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 AS Hurricane Irma approaches, evacuees from MICAL and Ragged Island were own to Nassau yesterday. Welcoming Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was on hand to greet islanders, along with Leader of the Opposition Philip Brave Davis, MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador; Miriam Emmanuel, MICAL MP and Chester Cooper, MP for Exuma and Ragged Island. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN preparation for Hurricane Irma, Moskos United Construction is pictured putting up shutters in Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff STOCKING up on food supplies in Solomons Fresh Market yesterday. TINNED goods ready for shoppers in Solomons Fresh Market. THE SHUTTERS going up in Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza. BAHAMIANS stocking up on hurricane supplies yesterday. Getting ready for the storm A6MAIN Available at these ne stores677-2100 326-4121393-816526 X 26 $120.0037 X 38 3/8 $150.0037 X 50 5/8 $170.0038 3/8 MULLION $10.0050 5/8 MULLION $16.001-year limited warranty ~ Same day collection or delivery 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


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 7 GRAND Bahama will be signicantly impacted by Hurricane Irma, and residents are being urged to evacuate all coastal and low-lying areas prone to ooding. The 700-plus visitors on the island are also advised to make arrangements to leave as soon as possible as both airport and harbour operations will cease on Friday. During a press confer ence at the Ofce of the Prime Minister on Wednes day, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson warned: This is a very serious storm and all residents must take the nec essary precautions. Mr Thompson stated that as a result of the lat est projections, the storm is expected to signicantly impact the island, with weather conditions dete riorating by late Friday and continuing until Monday. The worst of the weather, he said, is expected on Sun day. All residents in ood zones should prepare them selves now to evacuate those areas, said Mr Thompson. If you live near the coast line you should begin to prepare to move further in land as there would be signicant ooding and storm surge is predicted. Residents of West End, Hunters, Pinders Point, and the surrounding areas should evacuate and make plans to move further in land staying with family and friends or at the 11 designat ed shelters on the island. A shelter has also been designated for all visitors remain ing on the island. Shelters will open on Thursday afternoon and all evacuations should be com pleted by Friday afternoon. They are: The Foster B Pestaina Centre at the Pro Cathedral of Christ of the King for special needs individuals; First Bap tist Church Hall; Central Church of God; Jack Hay ward High School; Mau rice Moore Primary School for East End residents; St Georges High School; the Cancer Association, Eight Mile Rock High School residents of West Grand Bahama; Church of God of Prophecy Seagrape EMR; A Social Affair, Grace Bi ble Church, and the Free port Seventh-Day Advent ist Church. Paula Marshall, assistant director of the Department of Social Services, said they are also looking at other shelters. She stated that persons going to a shelter should take a change of clothing for themselves and their children, blanket, food, water, toiletries, and other essential items, including medication. Mrs Marshall also ad vised residents to secure important documents in a sealed plastic bag. She said residents should go to sleep in clothing prepared for an emergency. It is unfortunate that the people of Grand Bahama have to face the onslaught of another hurricane, 11 months after dealing with the devastation of Hurri cane Matthew in October 2016, she said. Mr Thompson stressed that people should not panic, but to prepare them selves and pray. Deputy Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour said police are in height ened state of alert. We have already seen some of the devastation caused to the Leeward Is lands and we are beginning to see the seriousness of this monster storm, he said. All policing protocols, he said, have been activated in Grand Bahama, Abaco and Bimini. GB is no stranger to hurricanes. We have seen the devastation wrought by hurricanes, but this particu lar one is going to be worse than any we experienced in recent history. We want everyone in GB, Abaco, and Bimini not to take this hurricane lightly. We cannot put ofc ers lives at risk and other emergency personnel lives to come in the middle of the hurricane to rescue per sons, he said, appealing to residents in the southern coastal settlements to heed the call to evacuate. Island Administrator Preston Cunningham stat ed that the Emergency Op eration Command (EOC) Centre is in the Harold De Gregory Complex and will be activated on Thursday morning. The telephone number is 351-4902-4. He too has warned resi dents not to wait until the last minute to prepare their homes or to evacuate. This hurricane is so powerful, extremely power ful. Make sure that you are ready, he said. Ensure that your homes are prop erly secured, do not wait for the last minute, secure it now. If homes are not sound structurally make sure you make provision im mediately to go to a family member or go to the shelter. Those of you who live on the shoreline and low-ly ing areas please do not wait until the storm is bearing down. Prepare to get out without delay. Any delay can be extremely dangerous and we do not want to put rescuers lives at risk, said the administrator. Meanwhile, Mr Thomp son said that all government assets are being secured. Grand Bahama residents told to evacuate the coastline By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter AS the island prepares for category ve storm Irma, ofcials at the Min istry of Tourism in Grand Bahama appealed to the hundreds of visitors here on the island to return home as soon as possible. Betty Bethel, director of tourism in Freeport, report ed that there are currently 700-plus visitors in Grand Bahama. We are strongly encour aging tourists on the island to return back home, she said. We do appeal to you to make arrangements as quickly as possible to leave our island as we are expect ed to be severely impacted by category ve Hurricane Irma. Ms Bethel stressed that their primary objective is the safety and security of guests on the island. However, I must appeal to all guests and industry partners that it is imperative and urgent that you make plans to depart Grand Ba hama as quickly as possible. Guests should be com municating with their air lines and travel agencies to assist them with returning to their respective home. On Wednesday, Hutch ison Ports Bahamas an nounced that the Grand Bahama Airport Company will cease operations at noon on Friday, and har bour operations will close at 6pm on Thursday. The company will also suspend full operations at the Freeport Container Port at 3pm on Thursday. Ms Bethel said that the Balearia Cruise has already ceased its operations to Freeport, and the Grand Celebration Cruise out of West Palm Beach will make its last call on Thursday. We do not want any guest to suffer any discom fort and that is why I am urgently appealing to all guests who have not begun to prepare to depart Grand Bahama to please do so at this time. That is the only way we can keep our guests safe by asking them to please to depart as quickly as possible, she said. She said that those guests who remain on island will be referred to a shelter des ignated for visitors, but they must also prepare them selves for staying in a shel ter by purchasing food, wa ter, and any other essential items, like medicine. The tourism executive gave an assurance that a team will be in place to monitor the industry by communicating with hotels and will be available to as sist with guests where nec essary. MINISTRY URGES ISLAND TOURISTS TO GO BACK HOME By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter THE STAR Club in Grand Bahama was among the buildings badly hit by Hurricane Matthew and now facing further possible damage from Hurricane Irma. A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IVA Nixon, 79, breathed a sigh of relief as she stepped off a Bahamasair jet and onto the tarmac at the Lynden Pindling In ternational Airport yes terday, telling reporters no one should be thinking about material things amid evacuations from Maya guana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island ahead of monster storm Hurricane Irmas arrival to the coun try. Trailing behind Ms Nix on was Sydney Delancy, a father who was cradling his four-month-old son. Ac companying him were eight relatives, including his two toddler children. Mr Delancy told The Tribune the mere thought of his experiences with both Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew were enough motivation for him and his family to ee their home for safer ground. He said they were in transit to Grand Bahama. Ms Nixon and Mr Delan cy were among 120 Baha mians aboard the rst ight of evacuees from Inagua yesterday. Many of them said this would be their rst time evacuating because of a hurricane. Most of Inagua is in the low-lying area and some times it gets ooding, Ms Nixon, a resident of the is land for the last 56 years, said. At rst I didnt want to leave, but after everybody keep on calling and say come I decided to leave. I dont think about mate rial things, but I still have someone in Inagua to think about, my son Michael Nix on. His reason for staying is he is the general manager of Morton (Salt). I am worried about him and will be pray ing for him. It wasnt a good expe rience with Matthew and Joaquin, Mr Delancy add ed, It was the aftermath of both storms that made us not want to stay. (So leav ing) is the only right thing to do. A category ve (with) babies? Gotta go. There to greet them was a familiar face, Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis ac companied by Opposition Leader Philip Brave Da vis and other government ofcials. Dr Minnis could be seen assisting many of the el derly and physically chal lenged down the planes steps and on to the concrete where some of them shout ed thank you Jesus and thank you prime minister for assisting them in reach ing the capital. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Cap tain Stephen Russell said the evacuation exercise could possibly see around 1,500 people on about 15 ights evacuated from their homes, which are in the direct path of Hurricane Irma. As the islanders arrived, buses were lined up on the outside to shuttle those without their own accom modations in New Provi dence to three shelters, including New Providence Community Centre, Loyola Hall and the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium. Capt Russell said: We are working towards 1,500 persons from the islands mentioned earlier and I am quite sure as the day winds down and last flights you are going to still find the numbers changing and we have a team at NEMAs office crunching the numbers in contact with the island administrators to see how the figures are changing. Another team at NEMA is in contact with various airline operators to see if they can put out addition al flights for us because you know the numbers are going to change. I wouldnt be surprised if we push close to the 1,800 mark and persons try to get out before sunset today. But we are going to have to end the evacuations denitely by sunset. I think as of Thursday denitely through Friday the southern Bahamas is going to start feeling the impacts of the outer edges, the tropical storm force winds of the storm. He added: So in terms of our ights we may try and get a ight into Ragged Island, thats further up the chain. (So) we can sneak a ight in there and get out before they start being im pacted by tropical storm force winds. The diameter of the tropical storm force winds extends almost 300 miles, Captain Russell said. These are characteristics of hurricanes, which Pastor Kenrick Major said are un settling for him. He and his nine family members were among those yesterday who evacuated the southern is lands. He said: I experienced Matthew and I experienced Ike. Its the breeze, the wind, the noise. You feel like the roof is about to tear off and you pray that every lil noise you hear that the roof dont come off over your head. I think its a wise deci sion and a safe decision. At rst I didnt really want to go and leave my home and leave my properties. Then the administrators gave me some advice and said how powerful the storm was and I saw the advertisement from NEMA, he added. Arriving on an earlier ight from Ragged Island was Demison Nesbitt. I came down here be cause I dont think those houses on Ragged Island could withstand this, he said seated in his wheel chair. Mr Nesbitt described his sentiments about having to leave home to weather the storm in the capital as a funny feeling, adding that as soon as was possible, he would be returning to sur vey the damage brought by Hurricane Irma. While each of these evac uees said they will not need to rely on any of the three shelters available to them, the government expects many others to utilise the various facilities. Captain Russell has said there will be adequate ac commodations for persons to ride out the storm in New Providence. We are watching in New Providence to see how we will be impacted by this hurricane when it makes its turn sometime during the remainder of the week and if Nassau is somewhere in the hurricane force zone of that hurricane that raises some other concerns in terms of additional shelter ing. But Thursday or Friday we will activate the remain ing number of our shelters and make sure the managers for those shelters are in position and standing by to receive persons. He reiterated that no shel ter is a plush Holiday Inn and everyone is expected to bring the basic essentials needed to make their stays comfortable along with important documentation they might need. Relief for southern evacuees By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter IVA NIXON, who was evacuated from the southern Bahamas yesterday, with Ofcial Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis and Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis behind her. Photo: Khrisna Russell/Tribune Staff DEMISON NESBIT A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 9 THE Nassau Airport Development Company has announced that operations will continue as normal at Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport until the end of Thursday. All stakeholders are en couraged to complete the securing of their premises and vehicles in order to have the best possible out come, NAD said. The public is reminded to check with their indi vidual airline regarding any changes in ight times, or cancellations, NADs statement added. Airport operations will resume only when the all clear is given by the Met Department/National Emergency Management Agency, after which all air port employees will be ex pected to safely report for duty to assess any damage, clean up and restore prem ises to normal condition, for the ordinary resumption of operations. A statement will be issued by NAD to advise the travelling public as to when the airport will resume full operations. The public is requested to listen carefully to the media for updates regarding both cessation and resumption of airport operations as there might be changes in the forward movement of Hurricane Irma requiring adjustments to the opera tions timelines. INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OPEN UNTIL END OF TODAY BAHAMAS Power & Light employees in the southern islands affected by the emergency evacuation order have been ordered to shut down operations, se cure equipment, and head to the capital, according to Darnell Osbourne, chair woman of BPLs board. Mrs Osbourne told re porters that electricity sup ply would be shut down in Mayaguana, Ragged Island, Acklins, and Crooked Is land by today, and will not resume until assessments are made after the all clear is given. Ofcials conrmed the electricity companys readi ness and hurricane pre paredness as the country braces for record-breaking hurricane Irma at a press conference staged at BPLs Clifton Pier Plant yester day. Several buildings at Clift on were damaged last year due to Hurricane Matthew, and Mrs Osbourne yester day said the board was as tounded and disappointed that repairs had not been completed. She said that the new board discovered that an RFP process for repairs had not yet started, and have since completed that process and initiated both temporary and permanent measures. However, interim CEO Mike Harreld said the damage from a few leaks in the roof was not sub stantial enough to impact storm readiness. The plant is ok, he said, its running well to day and will continue to run. Obviously were try ing to x those leaks, we just had a discussion about some other things we can do to address them and we feel condent. You never know for sure but were going to do some things to ensure that the leaks are maintained at the lowest possible level. Hopefully no leaks but you never know when a storm hits like Irma, she will nd ways in that we didnt think were possible. But we think were in as good a shape as we can be to provide electricity. Mr Harreld underscored that the Clifton plant was the workhorse of its generation eet in terms of cost-efciency and pro duction, and the company would do everything in its power to ensure that it was protected. He said the company would work to keep the lights on in the capital for as long as possible during the passage of the storm, with a view to getting electricity back on in the shortest pos sible time. We understand peo ple want the lights on, Mr Harreld said, at the same time we dont want to hurt our equipment or get peo ple hurt. Well keep it on as long as its practical. This is the workhorse for the Ba hamas and well get it on as soon as we can. I am disappointed that we dont have some things done but thats the real world, and so what we plan to do is go forth and do the very best job possible for the Bahamas. He continued: The plant is ready to go, if the storm gets bad enough then were going to have to shut it down during the storm but get it going again as soon as practical after wards. I feel condent and I think our management team in total believes were ok. Mrs Osbourne told the media that the evacuation of BPLs employees and their families were manda tory. All of BPLs employees will be evacuated from the southern islands, Mrs Os bourne said. They will be the last to leave, securing equipment and taking down the grids, and will be the rst to go back to the island once the all clear is given. We urge all residents to heed the prime minis ters evacuation order. We urge clinics and residents to secure all medicines, es pecially those that require refrigeration. For our employees it is mandatory that they evacu ate and the corporation will house them in hotels, and their families as well. They must leave not only to pro tect their lives but to protect our equipment as well. For those islands there will be no power and thats the message that needs to resonate, she said, until were able to assess the situ ation and be able to come back. BPL said it will shut down power in Mayaguana at 11am today, Ragged Island at 11.30am and in Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Cay at 5pm. BPL TO SHUT DOWN OPERATIONS IN SOUTHERN ISLANDS By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ THE Ministry of Edu cation has announced that all public schools in the country would close at 3pm Wednesday and remain closed until further notice due to Hurricane Irma. The ministry advised the public to monitor updates on its ofcial website, (min istryofeducationbahamas. com) along with its social media platforms. These should be your rst points of reference as it may prove difcult to place radio announcements in a timely fashion, the ministry said, adding that the public should disregard supposed notices from un ofcial sources. Meanwhile, the Catholic Board of Education also announced that its schools were closing on Thursday and will stay closed until further notice. The CBE said parents will be updates through email messages, local ra dio stations and its website, ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHUT BAHAMAS Humane Society Shelter Manager Percy Grant said yester day the rescue organisa tions shelter facilities have reached maximum capacity as the country braces for the effects of Hurricane Irma. Mr Grant urged the pub lic not to tie down their pets if they are unable to keep them indoors during the passage of Hurricane Irma. We have no more space, he said. We cant take anymore animals but we advise peo ple if they cannot bring their pets inside, they can not tie them outside. Set them free so that they can try and seek shel ter. If you are bringing them inside, remember newspa pers, dry food, and medica tion from vets. Please con tact your vet to discuss the hurricane as they may be able to house pets. Mr Grant said the shel ter normally houses about 300 animals, and has also opened its doors to the pets of evacuees from the south ern islands. In addition to shelter ani mals, he said the organisa tion has bookings for some 80 to 100 other animals. I really wish we had a hurricane dorm, Mr Grant said. Were part of NEMA now and theyve involved us a lot. The outcry in the past was that animals were never included in emergency con tingency plans. We love that people are trying to take care of their pets. At least people are at least calling to nd out. Mr Grant said the BHS has a volunteer team that will ride out the storm at the facility to take care of the animals. He said that more volunteers were needed, as well as assistance with food and supplies for volunteers and animals. The BHS has also ad vised people to ensure their pets have collars and iden tication. It has also asked farmers to nd a way to mark livestock. FULL HOUSE AT HUMANE SOCIETY By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ EVACUEES from MICAL and Ragged Island arriving at Lynden Pindling International Airport. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff LYNDEN Pindling International Airport yesterday. THE BAHAMAS Humane Society is full to capacity. A9MAIN


PAGE 10, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE 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 The Bahamas own street philosopher BEDS in place at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium for evacuees seeking shelter. Photos: Shawn Hanna/Triubne Staff GIFTS for evacuees, who found books for them to read as they take shelter having arrived from MICAL and Ragged Island yesterday. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaking to the media as evacuees arrived. Shelter from the storm A10MAIN Announcement on CLOSURE of Banks during Hurricane IrmaDue to Hurricane Irma, all commercial banks in New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama will close at 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 7, 2017, until further notice. We encourage all residents to remain vigilant and take the necessary hurricane precautions to be safe during the passage of this dangerous hurricane. ATM service will be maintained for as long as the hurricane and system conditions permit. Reopening hours will be announced once damage assessment can be safely carried out after the passing of the hurricane. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 11 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Associated Press HURRICANE Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds late Wednesday, leav ing nearly 900,000 people without power as authori ties struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Florida rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Cat egory ve storm with poten tially catastrophic 185 mph winds. Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of the storm passed almost directly overhead early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the islands roughly 1,400 people were left homeless, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told The Associated Press. Either they were to tally demolished or they would have lost their roof, Browne said after return ing to Antigua from a plane trip to the neighboring is land. It is just really a hor rendous situation. He said roads and tel ecommunications systems were destroyed and recov ery will take months, if not years. A two-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm, Browne told the AP. As the storm moved west, it tore up the small islands in its path. On St Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands, Lau ra Strickling spent 12 hours hunkered down with her husband and one-year-old daughter in a boarded-up basement apartment with no power as the storm raged outside. They emerged to nd the lush island in tat ters, with many of their neighbors homes damaged and the once-dense vegeta tion largely gone. There are no leaves. It is crazy. One of the things we loved about St. Thomas is that it was so green. And its gone, said Strickling, who moved to the island with her husband three years ago from Washington, DC. It will take years for this community to get back on its feet. Signicant effects were also reported on St Mar tin, an island split between French and Dutch control. Photos and video circulat ing on social media showed major damage to the air port in Philipsburg and the coastal village of Marigot heavily ooded. France sent emergency food and water rations there and to the French island of St. Barts, where Irma ripped off roofs and knocked out all electricity. Dutch ma rines who ew to St Martin and two other Dutch islands hammered by Irma report ed extensive damage but no deaths or injuries. By late Wednesday, the centre of the storm was about 85 miles (135 kilom eters) north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and heading west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). More than half the island of Puerto Rico was without power and nearly 50,000 without water, the US ter ritorys emergency manage ment agency said. Fourteen hospitals were using gen erators after losing power, and trees and light poles were strewn across roads. The tiny island of Cule bra reported sustained winds of 88mph and wind gusts of 110mph. The US National Weath er Service said Puerto Rico had not seen a hurricane of Irmas magnitude since Hurricane San Felipe in 1928, which killed a total of 2,748 people in Gua deloupe, Puerto Rico and Florida. Puerto Ricos public pow er company has cut back on staff and maintenance amid a decade-long economic crisis and the agencys di rector warned that some ar eas could be without power from four to six months because the infrastructure has already deteriorated so badly. Devastation in Barbuda as Irma lashes Caribbean MOTORISTS head north of Key Largo, Florida, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Photo: Alan Diaz/AP A MAN drives through rain and strong winds during the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP HIGH winds and rain sweep through the streets of the Matelnillo community during the passage of hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, yesterday. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP PEOPLE recover broken parts of the dock after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St Johns, Antigua and Barbuda, yesterday. Photo: Johnny Jno-Baptiste/AP A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A MAN was shot dead by police in the Pinders Point area of Grand Bahama on Tuesday evening, police re ported on Wednesday. Assistant Superintendent of Police Terecita Pinder said that shortly before 8pm on Tuesday, ofcers were called to Pinders Point where a man was reportedly brandishing a machete. She said that ofcers re sponded and attempted to disarm the man, who re portedly inicted injuries to himself and threatened family members with the machete. ASP Pinder said that fur ther attempts were made to disarm the man, who charged at the ofcers and injured an ofcer. She said the ofcers were in fear of their lives and dis charged their police service revolver, fatally wound ing the man, who was pro nounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the matter. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter A 61-YEAR-OLD Long Island man was arraigned in a Magistrates Court yes terday in connection with a cutlass attack on that is land last week that left his wife dead and her mother in serious condition in hos pital. Phillip Coleman Dean, of Taits, Long Island, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt fac ing one count each of mur der and attempted murder in connection with the Sep tember 2 incident. It is alleged that Dean murdered 54-year-old El eanor Dean on the day in question, and also attempt ed to murder Hilda Taylor, her mother. According to initial police reports, Eleanor Dean, a mother of eight, and her mother were in their Long Island home on the day in question when a man known to them entered the house and chopped the two women with a cutlass, causing se rious injuries. The younger victim died on the scene, while her el derly mother who recently had a stroke, was airlifted to New Providence, and was listed in serious condi tion, according to initial re ports. Police, who had been searching for a male rela tive of the victims in con nection with the killing, ar rested Dean a day later. Dean was not required to enter a plea and the matter was adjourned to October 16 for service of a volun tary bill of indictment. He was remanded to the Ba hamas Department of Cor rectional Services in the interim. Man accused of killing wife in Long Island cutlass attack By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter AN Abaco man was ar raigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connec tion with the recent seizure of just over $3m worth of marijuana in waters off Ex uma last month. Brannon Strachan, 33, of Central Pines, Abaco, stood before Magistrate Andrew Forbes facing one count each of conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to import dan gerous drugs. It is alleged that on Au gust 26, at Williams Town, Exuma, and being con cerned with others, Stra chan conspired to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply. It is also al leged that between August 21 to August 26, Strachan, being concerned with oth ers, also conspired to im port dangerous drugs. According to initial re ports, at about 7am on Au gust 26, the Royal Baha mas Police Forces (RBPF) Marine Support Unit, in a joint operation with the RBPFs Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), went to waters off Williams Town, Exuma, and inter cepted a go-fast vessel. A total of 65 bales of sus pected marijuana, weigh ing 3,201 pounds and with a street value of $3.2m, was discovered. Two suspects were taken into custody in connection with the inci dent. Strachan pleaded not guilty to both charges. The magistrate subsequently ad journed the matter to No vember 6 for trial. Strachan was denied bail and remanded to the Ba hamas Department of Cor rectional Services in the interim. He can apply to the Supreme Court for bail ahead of his trial. According to police, Stra chan was one of three men who were wanted by po lice in connection with the Exuma drug bust. He was arrested on Tuesday, police said. Last week, ve men, ranging in age from 23 to 42, were arraigned on vari ous drug related charges in connection with the drug seizure. By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter PHILLIP Coleman Dean outside court yesterday to be arraigned for the murder in Long Island last weekend. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff A12MAIN NASSAU PAWN & GB TRADING POST September Layaway Madness SALETAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR NEW LAYAWAY PLAN 10% DOWN & 6 MONTHS TO PAY OFF YOUR GIFTSEVERY SATURDAY for the month of September you can layaway an item in the store for just $10. GET YOUR SHOPPING DONE WITH US!


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 13 MUCH-needed bath towels were recently donated to the Eliza beth Estates Childrens Home thanks to a team of helping hands at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). Instructors of the con struction trades depart ment made monetary donations to purchase the assortment of 40 bath towels. Organised by BTVIs construction and me chanical trades depart ment, the community project is the beginning of a give-back programme the department wishes to continue with various or ganisations. Their aim is to be more involved in the communi ty, which falls in line with one of BTVIs strategic plan goals: community en gagement. During the presenta tion, Elizabeth Estates Childrens Home Assis tant Administrator An drea Johnson shared the urgency for basic items at the home. As such, she and the children were very grateful for the do nation. PHOTO: BTVI Head of Construction Trades, Gustavus Ferguson and Elizabeth Estates Childrens Home Assistant Administrator, Andrea Johnson. Picture by Shantique Longley VAN Oord has reached a major achievement in en vironmentally responsible maritime infrastructure de velopment with the formal delivery and handover of the rst coral engine in The Bahamas. The in-house developed innovation is groundbreaking in the maritime industry, the company said in its press release. A coral engine is an un derwater coral nursery that contains both locally sourced coral fragments and sexually produced cor al juveniles of varying ages. As the corals grow, the coral engine provides a con tinuous source of outplace able corals with which lo cal stakeholders can create and, if necessary, rehabili tate their coral reefs. On August 28, in the presence of 150 guests in cluding Desmond Bannis ter, minister of works, the maintenance of the coral engine was handed over to local partners Stuart Coves Dive Bahamas, Bahamas Reef Environment Educa tion Foundation and Royal Bahamas Defence Force. They will maintain the nursery and encour age conservation groups, schools, members of the public and tourists to visit the site and become active ly involved with its contin ued development and the subsequent outplacement activities. Over the past few years, Van Oord has been involved in several dredg ing and marine works around New Providence, Bahamas. Various measures to protect the vulnerable sur rounding corals were taken. Corals that were located in the footprint of the access channel were relocated to a recipient site nearby to ensure their preservation. In addition to the reloca tion, Van Oord was actively involved in the breeding of coral. We shipped our mobile coral breeding facility Reef Guard to The Bahamas and produced thousands of sexual recruits obtained from local spawning events on our preconditioned set tlement substrates with the help of local volunteers. The sexually produced coral recruits of various ages have been combined with a number of coral fragments to form a coral engine, said Mark van Koningsveld, Van Oords manager of research & de velopment engineering. In 2014, the government of The Bahamas, Van Oord and DAMEN Ship yards signed an agreement for a rigorous upgrade of the naval bases on three islands and the delivery of a fleet of new patrol ves sels. Our scope in the Sandy Bottom project includes dredging, constructing sev eral breakwaters and quay walls and corresponding civil engineering works, said Van Oords area direc tor Mark Roelofs. The work is spread out over sites up to 700 km apart. We expect to nish the construction works by the end of September this year. When working in vul nerable areas like this, we take into account the inter ests of the environment and our stakeholders. Van Oords delivery of the coral engine and asso ciated deployment of the ReefGuard are good exam ples of this. This also proves the outstanding engineer ing capabilities of our col leagues involved and are showcases of our marine ingenuity. Rebuilding the coral reefs A13MAIN


PAGE 14, Thursday, September 7, 2017 THE TRIBUNE NEW YORK Associated Press FIFTEEN states and the District of Columbia sued the US government Wednesday to block Presi dent Donald Trumps plan to end protection against deportation for young im migrants, saying it was mo tivated by prejudice against Mexicans. Legal experts, however, say the evidence of bias is not strong in the case in volving the Deferred Ac tion for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. It might be able to muck up the works, maybe push off the effective date of the repeal, but I dont see litiga tion being successful in the same way as the travel ban, Kari Hong, an immigration expert at Boston College Law School, said, referring to the lawsuit earlier this year that limited the Trump ban involving predominant ly Muslim nations. As indications of Trumps bias, the suit led Wednesday cited his previ ous statements referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and his decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt for ignoring a federal court order to stop trafc patrols that targeted immigrants. Ending DACA, whose participants are mostly of Mexican origin, is a cul mination of Presidents Trumps oft-stated commit ments whether person ally held, stated to appease some portion of his con stituency, or some combi nation thereof to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots, the law suit led in federal court in Brooklyn said. In its ght against the travel ban, Hawaii argued that it was illegally moti vated by religious discrimi nation against Muslims and used statements Trump made as a candidate to sup port that claim. A federal judge agreed and blocked the ban, though the US Supreme Court later allowed a ver sion to move forward. The attorneys general who brought the DACA lawsuit all Democrats repre sent states where the popula tion of DACA participants ranges from hundreds to tens of thousands. Known as dreamers, they were brought to the US illegally as children or came with fami lies who overstayed visas. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday the program will end in six months so Congress can have time to nd a legisla tive solution for people in the program. Opponents of the pro gram called DACA an un constitutional abuse of ex ecutive power. Supporters of the DACA program disagreed. New York Attorney Gen eral Eric T Schneiderman said Trumps plan is cruel, shortsighted, inhumane and driven by a personal bias against Mexicans and Latinos. He said the 42,000 New Yorkers with protected sta tus under the program are largely model citizens. They are the best of America, Schneiderman said. Dreamers play by the rules. Dreamers work hard. Dreamers pay taxes. For most of them, America is the only home theyve ever known. And they deserve to stay here, he said. Devin M. OMalley, a Justice Department spokes man, said the agency looks forward to defending the administrations position. Pratheepan Gulasekaram, who teaches immigration and constitutional law at San ta Clara University School of Law, agreed that the bias claim will be hard to win. As a general matter, showing animus is not easy especially showing animus on the basis of nebulous statements that dont neces sarily reference this group, he said. Holly Cooper, co-direc tor of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California Davis School of Law, disagreed, saying: Given his past history, pretty explicit statements against people of color and immigrants and people of certain religions, you have a lot of evidence to work with to make this case. Under Trumps plan, people already enrolled in DACA remain covered un til their permits expire. If that happens before March 5, they are eligible to renew them for another two years as long as they apply by Oct. 5. But the program isnt ac cepting new applications. Trump on Tuesday said he had love for those who beneted from DACA and said he hoped Congress would help them. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include New York, Ha waii, Washington, Mas sachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Caro lina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. A half-dozen beneciar ies of DACA young adults from Mexico, Ven ezuela, Peru and elsewhere, including some now work ing at law rms or for the state Legislature anked Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both Democrats, at a news conference in Seat tle announcing the lawsuit. Its outrageous, its not right, an emotional Fergu son said. As attorney gen eral for the state of Wash ington, I have a hammer, its the law. CLOSURE Please be advised that as a result of the threat of Hurricane Irma, ALL University of The Bahamas campuses are closed until further notice This includes the Oakes Field Campus including Chapter One Bookstore and the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre; the Grosvenor Close Centre on Shirley Street; University of The BahamasNorth in Grand Bahama and the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador. Following the passage of Hurricane Irma, and after NEMA has issued the ofcial all clear, a thorough assessment will be conducted of all University facilities and a subsequent notice will be issued regarding the resumption of operations and classes at the respective campuses. LAS VEGAS Associated Press SEATTLE Seahawks defensive end Michael Ben nett accused Las Vegas police on Wednesday of racially motivated excessive force, saying he was threat ened at gunpoint and hand cuffed following a report of gunshots at an after-hours club at a casino-hotel. Police said theyre inves tigating, but that Bennett failed to stop for ofcers searching a crowded casino for what they believed to be an active shooter just hours after the August 26 box ing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. I believe this case will become completely clear as all the available video is reviewed for evidentiary purposes, Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMa hill told reporters. Well see very, very clearly ex actly what happened on this incident. Bennett said on a Twit ter message titled Dear World, that police singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing noth ing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. McMahill aired a lengthy video clip taken from a po lice sergeants body cam era during a search of the Cromwell casino after a re port of gunre at the Drais nightclub. But he said at least one ofcer who en countered Bennett didnt have his body camera on at the time. Bennett isnt seen until the very end of the clip being handcuffed as he lies prone in a trafc lane on Las Vegas Boulevard. McMahill said that with an internal affairs investi gation just beginning, he saw no evidence that race played any role in this inci dent. Police and casino ofcials later attributed the report of gunre to the sharp sound of velvet rope stands being knocked to a tile oor. Bennett, during a brief appearance Wednesday at the Seahawks practice fa cility in Renton, Washington, described the incident as traumatic but declined to go into specics about it. Its a traumatic experi ence for me, my family and it sucks that the country that we live in now some times you get proled for the color of your skin, Bennett said. Do I think every police ofcer is bad? No, I dont believe that. Do I believe there are some people out there that judge people by the color of their skin? I do believe that. Im just trying to focus on the game, focus on the task at hand and let every thing take care of itself, Bennett said. But like I said this is a tragic situation for me, I hate to be up here at this moment. There is a lot of people who experi enced what I experienced at that point, at that moment and theyre not here to tell their story. Bennett, a 6-foot-4 de fensive end who has been a leader of the national anthem protests started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he was among several hundred people running away. In his Twitter message, Bennett said he was hand cuffed face-down on the ground after an ofcer held a gun to his head saying he would blow his head off if he moved. All I could think of was Im going to die for no oth er reason than I am black and my skin color is some how a threat, he wrote. He said he thought of his wife and children. Bennett said he was tak en to the back of a police car until they apparently realized I was not a thug, common criminal or ordi nary black man but Michael Bennett a famous profes sional football player. He was released without charg es. Las Vegas police Ofcer Jacinto Rivera said police were checking for casino and police body camera video and written reports. SEAHAWKS PLAYER SAYS HE FEARED POLICE WERE GOING TO KILL HIM Fighting for the Dreamers HOUSE Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi accompanied by members of the House and Senate Democrats, gestures during a news confer ence on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday. House and Senate Democrats gather to call for Congressional Republicans to stand up to President Trumps decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by bringing the DREAM Act for a vote on the House and Senate Floor. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP A14MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 7, 2017, PAGE 15 To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 DAVID Nason found the Wahoo biting near Memory Rock, Grand Bahama. Photo: David Nason BRI Palaniuk with a Bimini Wahoo at the weekend. Photo: Bri Palaniuk CATCHING bugs on camera undersea. Photo: Errol Thurston A HOGFISH caught on Saturday. Photo: Blood_Sweat_ and_Spears (IG) A15MAIN