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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper MONDAY HIGH 92FLOW 81F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 HURRICANE Irma left Duncan Town, Ragged Island in a state of devas tation, member of Parlia ment for the island Chester Cooper said yesterday, tell ing The Tribune the after math had left him heart broken. Mr Cooper, Exuma and Ragged Island MP, said it was mind blowing to have seen photographs of the ruin on the island left be hind by Irma, as he likened the situation to a horric scene from television. Out of the 60 or 70 peo ple who reside on Ragged Island, 21 stayed behind to ride out the storm, Captain Stephen Russell, National Emergency Management Agency director, told re porters on Saturday. While the island fared much worse when com pared with the remaining southern islands, no lives were lost and no one was in jured, Mr Cooper said. I am absolutely heart broken by what I see be cause all of the structures are very familiar, Mr Cooper said. These are areas where Ive spent quite a bit of time. But its an indication of dev astation on the island, but this is like the heart of the town and these buildings are very well-constructed the school, the clinic, the Ponderosa Resort and if this happened to those buildings, I can only imagine what the residences on the island look like. It is mindblowing. Its the kind of devastation you only see on TV. It reminds me of Joaquin in 2015 in the southeastern Bahamas. He added: But in a nut shell, I am going there to morrow (today). The winds were too strong today. If the winds subside hopefully I will be able to get in there tomorrow (today) to do a rsthand inspection and go to take some hurricane sup plies for the residents who stayed and those who are very anxious about what they left. So they are going to go in tomorrow on my ight. Meanwhile, Capt Russell said based on various re ports, he was encouraged by how well the southern islands fared during the hurricane. Inagua Apart from extensive damage to the Morton Salt compound in Inagua, island administrator Julita Ingra ham said God was really good to the island. However, Inagua re mained without electricity yesterday. She said: What they have been able to do since the hurricane, because pri or to the hurricane Morton Salt had put the machinery on the ground for us so the Defence Force ofcers and the Police ofcers they were HURRICANE COVERAGE ON PAGES 1-11 INSIDE DESTRUCTION in Ragged Island as seen in this photograph circulated on social media. Devastation left in Irmas wake WEATHER forecasters said yesterday Hurricane Jose does not currently pose an imminent threat to The Bahamas. Speaking to The Trib une yesterday, local Me teorology Department forecaster Ian McKenzie said Joses three-day cone has it located to the east of The Bahamas in a pro jected looping motion. Even outside of this mo tion, Mr McKenzie said there is no expectation Jose will follow the same path as Hurricane Irma, which was now moving across the United States, causing ooding and tornadoes. AccuWeather forecaster Dave Samuel added Hur ricane Jose is something to watch, but not worth any panic. Regards to Jose, most of the concern would be mainly the mariners, Mr McKenzie told The Trib une OKAY JOSE STAY AWAY By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter RAGGED ISLAND HIT HARDEST TORNADOES LASH GRAND BAHAMA LAW TO ENFORCE EVACUATIONS SEE PAGE SIX By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter SEE PAGE THREE A1MAIN 16 PAGES HOUSE HOME &


THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 11, 2017, PAGE 3 able to clear the runway and the road, which is Gregory Street, the main street of Inagua they are able to clear that. They were also able to get the generator for the community clinic up and started and they were able to assess the various dam age within the community. Inagua sustained just minimal damage. Ms Ingraham said resi dents of the island are in need of several items, which include: rakes, shingles, ice, water, plywood, nails, chainsaws, wheelbarrow and food. There was mini mal damage to the Inagua airport, but the Bahamasair ofce sustained damage, she said. Mayaguana/ Crooked Island In Mayaguana, island administrator Earl Camp bell said of the islands 163 residents, 156 of them were evacuated. The remaining persons were left under the watch of three police ofcers. Some government buildings have roof dam age (but) the high school in Abrahams Bay and Pirates Well (there is) no serious damage, he said. Mayaguana Airport runway was free of any large debris and there was no ooding nor the area where the ramp is (had ooding). Power lines (are) down in three major settlements: Betsy Bay, Abrahams Bay and also Pirates Well. The sea wall in Pirates Well also had some dam age. He said the roadways to all docks and all settle ments were blocked from debris from the sea, adding most of the light ooding in areas were receding. The Abrahams Bay Po lice Station received roof damage and its communi cations tower is leaning, Mr Campbell said. He added there were per sons who are responsible for electricity and water who were evacuated last Wednesday and are now anxious to return home. Telecommunications on the island is also in working condition. Regarding Crooked Is land and Long Cay, island administrator Leonard Dames Jr said there are numerous homes without shingles, which were blown off by Irmas strong winds. Apart from this, the air port remains in good con dition, one utility pole is down and there is roof dam age to the school in Colonel Hill, Crooked Island. Devastation left in Irmas wake from page one PUBLIC schools will reopen for students on is lands given the all clear from Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, with the exception of those on islands where evacuations have taken place, the Ministry of Edu cation said. Administrators and teachers on islands given the all clear by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are asked to report to work today, except for those on islands with evacuations. Hurricane warnings were still in effect for the islands of Grand Ba hama and Bimini up to press time yesterday, thus schools will remain closed on those islands until fur ther notice. All teachers and staff of Bahamas Academy are also asked to report to work on Monday at the usual time. The campus will reopen for students on Tuesday. Additionally, all govern ment ofces will reopen today at usual hours of op eration except for those in islands that have had evacu ations as well as those in Andros, Bimini and Grand Bahama. Further announcements on ofces in those islands will be given at a later date. FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REOPEN TOMORROW DAMAGE in Ragged Island following the impact of Hurricane Irma, in a picture posted to social media. DESTRUCTION on Ragged Island after Hurricane Irma. RAGGED ISLAND A ROOF ripped off on Ragged Island. A3MAIN


The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Monday, September 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. NOW that Irma has passed through the country, we who are alive and above ground have much to be thankful for. Material damage can be corrected. Lives lost can not be replaced. The Minnis Administration along with the Ofcial Opposition, led by the Hon Philip Brave Davis (PLP-Cat Island) both rose to the challenges in a mature and unied manner. The PM and Brave, et al, are to be congratulated on a job well done. The initial prepa rations were in ts and starts but better late than never at all. NEMA needs an urgent make over and possibly a change in managerial per sonnel. The hurricane season is just beginning in earnest and I would hope that measures are in place to ensure that supplies and essential items are made available and de livered, where possible, by Bahamians and others who might be in need. The mem bers of The Royal Bahamas Police Force and The Royal Bahamas Defense Force are to be complimented on their state of preparedness and assorted plans to assist with rapid and safe evacuation where necessary. Commodore Tellis Bethel Jr, nally the substantive holder of that ofce, is a no nonsense individual who has long been preparing himself and his team to do what they do best: protect our borders and, of course, disaster relief and search and rescue ef forts. Acting Commissioner of Police, Anthony Fergu son, is an untested quality but I am certain that he is the man for the progressive evolvement of the force. It is so distressing, however, to see that a man like Elliston Greenslade seems to have been pushed aside ever since the election of the FNM. Sad. The FNM promised transparency and account ability but, clearly, they were bogus electoral mantras. In any event, we survived, again. We must now get on with the real business of the people. Hurricanes come and go, just like the run of the mill politicians. Yahweh has, again, seen t to bring us through. Minnis and his peo ple them have been baptised by water. If they fail to be saved or accept political sal vation, they will be baptized by re next time around. I am more than persuaded that the prayers of the ascribed anointed and deluded prayer warriors did an effective and credible job in making sup plications to the great I AM THAT I AM to steer the de structive forces of Irma away from The Bahamas. Now we should get back to the real business of the people. The Ofcial Op position is about to go into yet another convention. The Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin (PLP-Englerston) is a mere distraction and on an ego trip to become leader of the NEW PLP. Heritage is just that but not an automatic qualication for leadership. What will she or could she bring to the NEW PLP? The FNM sung its way into power but the songs now have the same, or so it seems, refrain of the songs sung by the now defunct Christie led PLP. Glenys, with all due respect, is being selsh and petty, in my view. She was incapable of run ning Road Trafc and some other agencies which fell un der her watch. Millions went missing, allegedly, from the Post Ofce Savings Banks. Some other millions went missing, so they say, from a safe at Road Trafc on a weekend. No repercussions or ministerial acknowledge ment? Yes, Brave had some unfortunate challenges at BAMSI but, I submit, the Permanent Secretary, my good friend, Collin Higgs, et al, should have suffered administrative consequenc es. There were none. The now Minister of Agriculture signed an agreement or let ter or whatever when he was creased up with Christie them. Minnis cussed him out and called him many political names. today, Wells is a cabi net minister around Minn is banquet table, living large and, so they say, in charge. Only in The Bahamas. And so, the Ofcial Op position will be challenged to formulate and present a sen sible alternative to the fake agenda, so far of the clueless moon beam FNM adminis tration. I still hold out high hopes for Minnis dem, but I am fast losing hope that they know what the hell they are doing. Brave has his job cut out for him and THE NEW PLP. I support him for leader. I support Chester Cooper for Deputy. I will hold my nose and support Fred Mitchell for National Chairman. These three per sons will form the core of the block that should and must be cemented to lay the cor ner stone and foundation of THE NEW PLP. During the approach and passage of Irma, Brave, showed just as much leader ship capabilities and empa thy as the PM, with all due respect, and more, in many instances. Brave, with lim ited resources and without the purse strings of the state, was all over The Bahamas with his team ensuring that as many Bahamians, especially, Family Islanders, as possible were safe and in possession of all necessities. Dr Minnis was ok but, that is what we would have expected, and more. The PLP has no time for playing doll house and we have no time for sitting back passively while clueless people continue to shove it down our throats just like Christie them did. As I have said, ad nau sea, before, I do not like Fred Mitchell at all. He is on a dif ferent run than most Bahami ans. He is also a man with se vere failed political ambitions. Not only does he have a lean and hungry look but, he too, if Brave is not careful, could emerge as et tu Brutus....? He would, however, make an ex cellent National Chairman for the NEW PLP. He has noth ing much to do and he appears to have plenty energy so he would be vital in restructuring and rebuilding constituency branches, one on one. Brave, while not a natural orator, is possessed of com mon sense and has a degree, often submerged, of empa thy for regular people. it is a regret of epic proportions that we as a people have come to look to smooth talking politicians as our Great God In the Sky when they are mere mortals, just like you all. This is his last and only chance to become de facto and de jure leader of the NEW PLP. I would be grossly remiss if I did not thank the Lord God for having once again spared us the ravages of a major hurricane. Truly, His mercies and goodness endureth forever. Prayers have been answered as nev er before. Are the hands of The Lord too short to save? The Triumverate of Brave; Chester and Mitchell, the latter who I will reluctant ly endorse for the post of National Chairman of the new PLP, will be the cata lyst that secures the return to ofce by the new PLP. A triumvirate does not, mind you, of necessity, mean a rule by three but rater an amalgamation where the best three branches of the NEW PLP will be bought together. Brave is and will be primus inter pares, for those of you who know no Latin, rst amongst equals. ORTLAND H BODIE JR Nassau, September 8, 2017 DURING the FNMs rst Budget de bate shortly after being elected this year, Cat island MP Philip Brave Davis was on his feet in the House of Assembly to defend his defeated governments deci sion to award $11m in contracts to build three clinics in his Cat Island constitu ency. In fact it was signicant that the contracts were awarded just before the May 10 election. In addition to clin ics for Cat Island, contracts were also awarded for a clinic in Rum Cay and one for San Salvador, bringing the total cost to just under $14m for Mr Davis entire constituency. This $14m was the cost of construction alone. It did not include the additional cost of providing the necessary medical equipment, doctors, nurses of which there is now a serious shortage or jani torial staff. All this, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands pointed out, threatened to consume funds urgently needed to im prove the Princess Margaret Hospital and other New Providence based clin ics. He admitted that he had a hard time justifying the $14m expenditure when he had real needs that affected thousands of Bahamians. Needs, he said, that he cannot solve for lack of funds. Mr Davis took offence to Dr Sands questioning the spending of $14m on clinics for his district. All Bahamians have the same rights as those in New Providence to medical care, Mr Davis declared. The 80 people in Rum Cay, 72 in Ragged Island or the 700 in the Berry Islands all have the same rights as those in New Providence. They are all citi zens. None has priority over the other, Mr Davis declared, speaking like the true politician with one eye on the next election, thus failing to understand the broader picture for the good of the na tion. However, Dr Sands with no funds to spare, has to decide between spend ing millions for Cat Island clinics which on average would see only six patients a day or going without funds needed, for example, to repair a leaking roof in the Coconut Grove clinic that sees over 12,000 patients a year. They do an amazing job and have to do so with a roof that is leaking buckets every day, said Dr Sands. But there are no spare funds to make the necessary repairs. We agree with Mr Davis that the people of the Family Islands are enti tled to the same medical care as those in Nassau, but if scarce funds are spent so foolishly on the show that Mr Davis proposes, then there will be no rst class medical services for anyone in The Ba hamas. In growing up did Mr Davis elders ever advise him that to manage his af fairs wisely he had to learn to cut his coat according to his cloth? Well the cloth that Bahamians have been given is a coral-based archipelago of about 700 islands and islets and more than 2,000 cays or coral reefs. About 30 of these islands are inhabited. If it could have been one land mass, we would not be having this discussion, because the nation would be able to afford at least one rst class, well equipped central medical compound to take care of the whole island. But Bahamians do not have that luxury, and instead of hav ing politicians with one eye focused on their election advantage we need sound statesmen who will use our limited funds wisely and plan for the next generation. Lets just take Mr Davis for a walk down the halls of the Princess Margaret Hospital. To put it mildly, if some very sound decisions are not soon made this hospital is a major accident just waiting to happen. It was a blessing that Hur ricane Irma passed us by because our hospital is not equipped to handle any major catastrophe. The hospitals halls are lined with patients, in varying stages of medical needs. They lie on gurneys no beds available in the entire hospital the numbers range from 15 to 30 patients on any given day. Then there are about 30 permanent residents who have been abandoned at the hospital because they have no one to take care of them. Young children also have been abandoned no one willing to give them shelter. One has been there a year, another ve years and yet another for nine years. They dont need hospital care, they need parenting. Then there is the Corey Newbold Ward, which looks like an abandoned building site ceiling torn down, dust and rubble everywhere. Its reconstruc tion having been suspended because funds allocated to it were probably di verted to some dumb political venture to impress the public. The male surgical, paediatrics and maternity wards all in need of urgent structural attention but money committed to do the recon struction also has been diverted to other ventures. In all, 67 beds have been out of commission for many months. And then there is the step down clinic in the Critical Care block, at the end of which is a comfortable board room with a magnicent view of the town below and a large cruise ship in port. This section is indeed the PLPs folly. This area was designed as a step down clinic for at least 20 beds. In fact, it was for urgently needed beds that the new Critical Care Unit was built. The unit was nearing completion when the Christie govern ment was elected and the much needed space for these beds was recongured into plush ofces. This decision alone should have stirred the wrath of the Ba hamian people against PLP politicians. But the truth was again hidden from the public. However, there is one very impressive looking section the Neonatal Inten sive Care unit. We understand that tech nically it can match, if not be regarded as superior to anything in the Caribbe an. But even here there is a problem a shortage of nurses. What our archipelagic land needs is a rst class, well endowed hospital in Nas sau with satellite clinics throughout the islands clinics that can provide prima ry care for a patient, backed up by a well equipped and staffed Princess Marga ret Hospital in Nassau to which more serious cases can be own. Also what is needed are leaders to take the initiative not politicians but statesmen who are dedicated to making the right decisions for what they believe to be best for the country and its people, and not for what they hope will secure their own political future. After the hurricane Politics has been put before patients at EDITOR, The Tribune. CANT believe Ms Glenys Hanna-Martin launched her bid to be lead er of the PLP using trans formation in education as part of her platform. Hasnt transformation in educa tion been a part of the PLP manifesto propaganda ma chine since it was founded in 1953? Thats sixty-four years of no-can-do. No news there. A renewed ght against poverty? Tell that to the former constituents of what used to be Anns Town. Tell that to the many Ba hamian men and women suffering in Fox Hill prison. Tell that to the disenfran chised youth contemplat ing suicide because there is no way out. Tell that to the teeming masses who just vot ed against PLP lies and con games. Tell that to the many PLPs still waiting for the re turn of the Black Moses not withstanding the fact that he returned 10 May, 2017! An effort to combat the deteriorating health of Ba hamians? I think this FNM government pretty much has that under control. Cant the persons inter ested in leading the PLP come up with something progressive AND liberal? Poly marriage. Tax breaks for atheists. Legalised abortion. Legalised prostitution. Legalised marijuana use. A moratorium on church es being built in the Baha mas. Making it illegal for the government to seek or take advice from persons of reli gion. The same ole same ole just wont do. KIRK CATALANO Nassau, September 3, 2017. PLP leadership A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 11, 2017, PAGE 5 ABOUT 100 people in Grand Bahama were affected by surprise tor nadoes yesterday, some who completely lost their homes after the funnel clouds ripped roofs off structures as the island ex perienced tropical storm conditions from Hurricane Irma, according to Minis ter of State for Grand Ba hama Kwasi Thompson. East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest said on Twitter there was tornado damage at Tamarind Street where 33 persons were af fected, but said there were no injuries. Ian McKenzie, forecaster with the Department of Me teorology, conrmed that several tornadoes touched down on the island on Sun day afternoon. There were also reports of a tornado in Bimini. An ofcial from that island said local representatives were called about a tornado shortly before 5pm in Bai ley Town and upon investi gation, found roof damage in the area. In Grand Bahama, a funnel cloud was spotted around 1pm in the Imperial Park area, where it report edly ripped off the roofs off three houses before making its way to the East Sunrise Highway area and caused severe roof damage to the Masonic Lodge Hall. The tornado travelled in a northward direction along the Mall Drive where sever al structures, including the Imperial Gardens Apart ments and the Colina Im perial Building sustained damage. Tornadic activity was also reported at Garden Villas, causing some persons to seek shelter at the Central Church of God. A ZNS news team was preparing to leave the Har old DeGregory Complex on the Mall Drive to gather news footage when they saw a tornado approaching and had to run back inside for cover. We watched it coming towards us, said ZNS re porter Kimberly Munnings. It broke up over the First Caribbean building before hitting the Harold DeGregory Complex. One Grand Bahama resi dent explained her surprise after seeing a tornado. My oldest son came home running and said there was a tornado coming, I thought he was exaggerat ing, the woman told ZNS Northern Service, adding that she later saw the funnel cloud for herself. . . As it got closer we all ran inside the house. I felt the house actually (shake), after it shook, I heard a big boom, I thought that was it. Some Bahamians ex pressed concern that the tornados caught people by surprise and questioned why there was no prior warning from weather of cials. However, Trevor Basden, director of meteorology, noted that his department released an advisory Satur day warning that there was a tornado risk for Grand Bahama and Bimini. There is risk for water spouts and strong to severe thunderstorms in our area, the advisory said. When it hits land, a wa terspout is known as a tor nado, Mr Basden said. An assessment of the damage in Grand Bahama will have to be done to de termine the scope of the tornado, Mr Thompson said. Mr Thompson said after the tornadic activity there were reports of minor inju ries, though everyone was accounted for and no one suffered life-threatening in juries. The police and defence force ofcers immediately responded (to reports of the tornado), as well as NEMA and a social services team, Mr Thompson told The Tribune They are continuing those rapid assessments. A number of persons have completely lost their homes. A number have re ceived minor damage. They were given tarp temporarily to save what materials they are able to save. At a later press confer ence broadcast live on ZNS Sunday night, Mr Thomp son added: We were sit ting here at the (Emergency Centre) when we witnessed tornado activity right on the outside of the building. Quite honestly, it shook up a number of us here and by the time we were able to run outside to see what sounded like a freight train, we saw the tornado in the distance. He said that was followed by a number of calls from persons who received major damage to homes from the tornado. He said approximately 100 persons, including chil dren, senior citizens and disabled persons were af fected. He said a number of them had to be relocated, some with family and friends. There are some whose entire roof just been lifted off, leaving the house un inhabitable. We will do our best to ensure that those persons are taken care of to the best of our ability here in Grand Bahama, Mr Thompson said. Danger Despite the dangerous weather, many people in Grand Bahama were seen on the streets yesterday morning and afternoon. Power lines were down in Freeport, leaving some ar eas without electricity. There was also a house re in the Ridge area of Freeport. Deputy Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour said there was no ooding at the Fishing Hole Road as of 1pm when police went to assess the area, which is prone to ooding. He also conrmed torna dic activity in Freeport. It started in the area of Imperial Park Subdivision where several homes were damaged. It made its way across to Lodge Hall on East Sunrise Highway and then into the downtown area where several busi nesses were damaged. We know these activities can occur during this time during this weather. The deputy commis sioner said police were con cerned about the number of people roaming the streets and noticed some business es were open. He said police shut down those businesses. Tornadoes hit Grand Bahama By RASHAD ROLLE and DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Staff Reporters AS Hurricane Irma bar reled into Florida, the nearby island of Bimini experienced tropical storm conditions on Sunday with wind gusts of about 80mph, heavy ooding and reports of a tornado tearing roofs off homes. The storm downed trees and uprooted vegetation, and left the island without power and telephone ser vice up to press time. Administrator Kate Wil liamson said at least two homes were damaged by a reported tornado on Sun day afternoon. At about 4.55pm, we were called regarding what is believed to be a tornado that touched down, Ms Williamson told The Trib une Our superintendent, Wendell Smith, along with the team went to inves tigate the matter in the Bailey Town area and the observation was severe damage in the Bunkers Hill area. They noticed there was roof damage, they checked and made sure there were no injuries but the initial call regarding a tornado, upon arrival the roof was blown off and three persons who occupied that house had already taken shelter to the neighbour and they were found shaken up, but there were no injuries. Then east of that struc ture, in Bailey Town about 200 feet away, the roof of an elderly gentleman was com promised and he was taken to (a shelter). Ms Williamson said weather conditions began to deteriorate on the island around 8.40am Sunday. We are experiencing sustained winds of 40 mph to 60 mph with gusts of 80 mph, and we are seeing 20ft waves, Ms Williamson told The Tribune We have lots of ood ing, especially on the lower level which is the Kings Highway, large trees thats blown down. All the small vegetation has been dis turbed, the road in Alice Town area, some part is carpeted with seaweed, so we experienced some se vere damage, power lines, BPL as well as BTC down. We do not have any light or phone lines. Despite the poor condi tions, while out doing as sessments of the island on Sunday morning, she said ofcials saw a man walking on the road with a bicycle and the water had already reached his calf According to reports, some 1,500 residents are on the island, and about 100 persons are in a shelter. A number of Bimini residents were evacuated to New Providence last week ahead of the storm. Ten individuals, who had remained on Cat Cay to ride out the storm, were well and accounted for up to 1pm on Sunday. Chief Superintendent of Police Wendell Smith said that Kings Highway was inundated with water as a result of spring tides being pushed onto the road by strong winds. Thats not associated with the surge, it is a spring tide, and the winds are pushing the water on the road, he explained. He stated that trees had been blown down, as well as power and telephone lines. We have no reports of any injuries, and when I last spoke to the manager on Cat Cay, they were all well and accounted for. Mr Smith said that the manager and a small skel eton crew had remained on the cay to ride out the storm. Administrator William son stated that residents are faring well despite the dete riorating conditions. People are safe and quite content in the shel ter, she said. But, there are some elderly residents who have called us to say that they are afraid of the sound of winds and we are trying to encourage them and keep them calm by tell ing them that God is in the storm with us. Bimini and Grand Ba hama were both under a tropical storm warning Sun day, as Irma lashed parts of Florida. DOWNED TREES AND BIMINI LEFT WITHOUT POWER By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter MORTON Salt, the largest employer in Inagua, sustained extensive roof damage as a result of Hur ricane Irmas powerful winds. Inagua was among the southern islands in The Ba hamas rst affected by Irma last Thursday. At the time, the hurricane was a catego ry ve, registering 185mph winds. While Royal Bahamas Defence Force marines and Royal Bahamas Po lice Force officers were unable to gain access to the property to assess the damage, island admin istrator Julita Ingraham confirmed yesterday the roof of Mortons facilities on the island was seriously damaged. Ms Ingraham declined further comment until she is able to return home and assess the damage with Morton Salt ofcials. On Friday, it was suggest ed that many homes in Ina gua sustained some degree of roof damage. This was conrmed by Police Super intendent James Moss. Supt Moss said based on his initial tour of the island Friday evening, roofs were lost and the Inagua All-Age School had severe damage. He told The Tribune on Friday: Several structures, including the school, have lost sections of their roof. The issue at the school is of major concern. Based on what I could see, the admin istration block and several of the classrooms have sus tained extensive roof dam age. There is some concerns at other places, mainly Morton Salt, but we are un able to clarify what exactly happened or the extent of it. MORTON SALT FACILITIES ON INAGUA DAMAGED TORNADOES forming in Grand Bahama during Hurricane Irma. DAMAGE in Grand Bahama after Irmas passage. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Monday, September 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Minnis administra tion will table legislation establishing mandatory evacuation procedures for natural disasters when Par liament resumes this week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis conrmed yester day. Ive spoken to the at torney general and they are drafting it, he said. I think its essential we have mandatory evacuation. Not only that but we must now have a manual for evacua tion so we have guidelines; guidelines for category one, for category two which may not require evacua tions. A requirement may be category four or ve; thats things that have to be discussed. Weve learned quite a bit from this proce dure therefore our manual will tell us exactly how in dividuals are dispatched, how people are collected, how facilities are set up, etc. Ofcial Opposi tion Leader Philip Brave Davis said he supports legislating mandatory evacua tion procedures, but added that it was unnecessary to evacuate Bahamians from danger zones ahead of Hur ricanes Joaquin and Mat thew when the Progressive Liberal Party was in power, as the Minnis administra tion did prior to Irmas ar rival. In 2015, Hurricane Joaquin in particular dev astated some of the same southern islands from which people were evacuat ed before Irma, with many residents complaining two years ago that they were un prepared for the storm. That year, former Prime Minister Perry Christie said the Office of the At torney General had draft ed an order empowering the director of NEMA to declare a state of emer gency and instruct man datory evacuations. The idea resurfaced in 2016 after some residents in southern New Providence resisted calls to evacuate flood zones, prompting officials to perform emer gency rescues once Mat thew hit. Joaquin and Matthew were not as dangerous as this hurricane, Mr Davis told reporters yesterday. What one has to look at in each category is the estimate of what kinds of damage may happen. In category one certain dam age may be sustained; in category two or four (other kinds) of damage may be sustained so it depends on the category and the level thats coming. No doubt the decision to evacuate (this time around) was not made by the prime minis ter alone. That information wouldve been gathered from the technical people. No such recommendation was made from the tech nical experts with respect to Joaquin and Matthew. Had it been made the de cision wouldve been sup ported. During mandatory evac uation procedures, law en forcement ofcers will be empowered to physically remove people, Mr Davis said. People could also be expected to be charged with an offence. Meanwhile, Health Min ister Dr Duane Sands said several people in the Fam ily Islands were injured before Hurricane Irmas arrival but could not be air lifted to New Providence until NEMA gave the all clear. There were accident victims in Exuma, some with very serious fractures and head injuries that we could not evacuate, he said. When we got the all clear yesterday (Saturday) we were able to mobilise aircraft shortly after 4pm and they were able to re trieve patients from three islands, Exuma, Eleuthera and Abaco and the pa tients were safely admin istered to PMH. In Exuma we had three victims of a vehicle collision. At the time of the accident air ports in Exuma and LPIA were closed. The medical team in Exuma did the best they could. Dr Sands said there will likely be more effort in the future to remove medical professionals from the path way of a dangerous storm as was done this time around when they were evacuated from MICAL and Ragged Island. I think theres a differ ence between police, de fence force and health pro fessionals, he said. Those are all essential services. However, the police and de fence force have a different approach, different training for surviving these kinds of circumstances. At this time, the position of the minister of health is not to maintain staff in a situation where their safety is at risk. Obvi ously as we draft the policy for mandatory evacuations, the specics will have to be determined. For his part, Dr Minnis said hell refrain from giv ing a denitive statement on how the country fared from Hurricane Irma until he sees some of the harder hit islands for himself and gets a proper assessment of them. Plans for him and a gov ernment delegation to visit the southern islands yester day were scratched amid high winds in New Provi dence. A delegation is ex pected to visit the islands today. A leader is only as great as his team, Dr Minnis said in response to a question about how the government and its agencies responded to his first major test as prime minister. I had a very, very good team. The team worked, they were on point. Once the team con tinues to do the work then I think were in good hands. Legislation to be brought to allow mandatory evacuations By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter BAHAMAS Power and Light Company Ltd (BPL) said yesterday its teams are continuing efforts to restore supply on New Providence and the Family Islands as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma. On the Family Islands, supply has been fully re stored to Abaco and its cays, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Exuma and its Cays, Eleuthera and Long Island. BPL said due to strong gusts of wind in Bimini and South Andros, a controlled shutdown of supply was executed on those islands to prevent damage to its network. BPL reminded its customers that a particular vulnerability exists with overhead power lines and supply will be restored once it is safe to do so. Response teams have been formed and will be traveling to Acklins, Maya guana, Ragged Island and Inagua to address electric ity concerns and begin re storing supplies as soon as it is practicable. BPL teams will continue to respond to power related emergencies in New Provi dence and customers can contact 302-1800 if they have a power related con cern. Further updates will be provided on BPLs Face book page. BPL TEAMS IN ACTION TO RESTORE POWER SUPPLY PHOTOS and cell phone video of the shoreline in Long Island receding be cause of Hurricane Irma went viral on the weekend, with the phenomenon being reported by multiple international news outlets. There were also reports that the water was sucked away from the shoreline in Exuma and Acklins as well during the passage of the monster storm. Local meteorologist Wayne Neely ex plained that the phenomenon was not normal, but had occurred decades ago during hurricane season. Why (has) the water receded during Hurricane Irma on Long Island, Acklins, and Exuma? A hurricane is a low-pressure area and at the centre of the hurricane, you have a buildup or the piling up a bulging ef fect of water called the storm surge, Mr Neely posted to Facebook yesterday. At the centre of the hurricane in this case Hurricane Irma the water builds up at 10 to 15 feet above the normal high tide. That water must come from some where else and for this case, it came from the outskirts or the outer boundaries of Hurricane Irma and which for us it came from the islands of Long Island, Exuma, and Acklins which were on the bounda ries of Irma. Basically, there is a surplus of water at the centre of the storm and a decit of water around the outer bounda ries of the hurricane. Mr Neely said this has happened be fore, specically during hurricane #5 in 1936 on Acklins, when he said persons went out and collected conch and shes that were stranded on dry land when the water receded out of the harbour near The Bight. Mr Neely added: In fact, in my book called The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1929, I interviewed the former Governor General of the Bahamas Arthur D Han na, who recalled growing up as a child on the island of Acklins and experienced a hurricane in 1936, where early that morn ing the water receded out of the harbour in The Bight, leaving all the boats strand ed on dry land for several hours and by midday it came rushing back in. Others recalled going out on the newly exposed dry land and collecting shes and conch, which were left stranded. Twitter user @Kaydi_K posted the vid eo on Saturday, saying: I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!! Thats as far as they see #HurricaneIrma. The video showed people walking along a stretch of the receded shoreline, with conch shells exposed. It has been retweeted more than 130,000 times and viewed millions of times on Facebook. The receded water has since returned to the affected shorelines. THE SEA GOES MISSING AT LONG ISLAND Within the next 72 hours we would get a better pic ture of Jose in terms of pos ing any immediate threat to the country at this time. The three-day cone still has it to the east of us mov ing parallel. Even with the loop now beyond the pro jected loop that has every one in hysteria that remains the question right now. Even outside the loop it wont be the same path as Hurricane Irma. Because Irma moved towards the west and then across Cuba and then across Key West and (also) Irma didnt do a loop. So there is no duplica tion in track. Mr McKenzie continued: The loop stops midway in the southwest Atlantic. It doesnt continue to pen etrate through the island chain as some persons are suggesting. Thats why be yond the 72 hours we would get a better picture in terms of a more accurate or a bet ter condence in terms of the path of Jose. We will continue to monitor the system closely. When and if the need aris es, we will then go with the watch and warnings if nec essary. OKAY JOSE STAY AWAY from page one AN IMAGE from a video after the sea receded at Long Island. A6MAIN Education makes a difference in life. It gives the answers to puzzles, and shapes the world with all of the necessary requirements it needs to control it. ~ Betty Taylor ~Original Author


A BAHAMIAN mother and her two sons claimed they ed to Canada last week to escape possible devastation to the country by Hurricane Irma. According to CTV News Barrie, Desiree Johnson and her sons arrived at Pearson In ternational Airport in Ontario, Canada around 10.30pm last Thursday, the same day the south ern islands began to ex perience adverse weather conditions from Hurri cane Irma. Although they have no relatives or friends in Can ada, the family reportedly said they know the coun try is one with a caring reputation. It was said they left The Bahamas without a plan and their decision, made on impulse, came be cause they felt there was no other choice. CTV News Barrie re ported they do not know what tomorrow will bring, but they have already reached out to several community agencies in Canada looking for help. CTV Barrie said the fam ily is now planning on ask ing the federal government to remain in Canada, add ing that Ms Johnson wants an opportunity for two of her three sons to start a new life. Her third son was said to have been left behind in The Bahamas, as the family didnt have enough money to escape all together, CTV Barrie reported. John Gargis, associ ate pastor of Evangelism at Fountain City United Methodist Church, estab lished a GoFundMe page to raise funds to cover the cost of plane tickets, hotel accommodations and food for the family. We charged tickets to allow Desiree and her two sons to leave Nassau before the hurricane. We then sent money for food and hotel in Toronto. One hundred per cent of these funds go to help cover these expenses, Mr Gar gis said on the fundraiser website. Up to press time, 159 people raised $8,147. While the move attracted ridicule on Facebook from some Bahamians, there were others who offered the family words of support on GoFundMe. My family came to Canada 30 years with noth ing and Canada has done nothing but love us. I hope and pray the same for your family. Would love to know how things turn out for you, said one user, Mitxay Phanvongsa. Another user, Pete Grys chuk, said: Sad to hear you had to leave your home. But I hope Canada provides a warm welcome. Lisa Grubesic also said: I hope the Johnson family get their chance to stay in Canada. God bless you all! Would love to know how you make out and if I can be of any assistance please email me! Desiree, I wish you and your family the best for the future. Welcome to Cana da, Emilia Moon-de Kemp added. New Providence escaped Irmas wrath without dam age, however there were re ports of structural damage in the southern Bahamas, such as Ragged Island, as well as in Grand Bahama in the north. It has been claimed that the Johnson family lived in New Providence. BAHAMIAN FAMILY FLEES TO CANADA TO ESCAPE IRMA By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 11, 2017, PAGE 7 PRESIDENT and man aging director of the Atlan tis resort Howard Karawan has said it is unacceptable and surprising that Baha Mar would close its doors to customers and the com munity during the passage of a major category four hurricane. In an interview with The Tribune on the weekend, Mr Karawan said the only reason a hotel should close because of a hurricane is if the hotel was not built up to standard. He said when you operate a major hotel on an island you have a moral obliga tion to provide shelter to guests and to support the community. In preparation for Hur ricane Irma that was pro jected to hit the capital as a category four storm, Baha Mars guests were told to seek alternative local shel ter if they were unable to leave The Bahamas, as the resort was temporarily clos ing its doors until after the passage of Irma. On Thursday, Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president of govern ment and external affairs, told Tribune Business the hotel had already arranged the early departure of al most 100 per cent of guests ahead of the super storms potential strike. New Providence was spared the brunt of Hurri cane Irma that caused cata strophic damage in several Caribbean islands, killing at least 27 people and leav ing thousands homeless. However, the storm brought signicant dam age to Ragged Island in the southern Bahamas, as well as Grand Bahama in the north. Mr Sands conrmed that Baha Mar was suspending services at end of busi ness on Thursday because of Irmas strength and size, describing the storm as an unprecedented event that had never been witnessed before in The Bahamas. As an island resort, we see it as our moral respon sibility to shelter our guests and be there to support the community as best we can, not to close our doors on them, Mr Karawan told The Tribune We were prepared to keep our guests safe during the storms passage and the hotel was fully operational. I do not believe you should ever close your doors, you have to support the com munity and we will help whenever we can. I dont know why a newly built ho tel would close. The only time a hotel would close is if it was not built up to stand ards or the building was not made to sustain potentially bad weather. It is unacceptable and surprising to hear that the hotel closed its doors to cus tomers and to the commu nity during a storm, he told The Tribune when asked about Baha Mars closure. Mr Karawan said the At lantis resort housed nearly 1,200 guests and 100 em ployees during the hur ricane. He also said there is no damage to any of the resorts hotels. On Sunday, Graeme Da vis, president of Baha Mar said he is thankful to report all Baha Mar guests were safely evacuated off the island and Baha Mar sus tained no damage as a re sult of Hurricane Irma. Our team did an excep tional job of preparing Baha Mar for the storm, Mr Da vis said in a statement. I am personally grateful for their tremendous efforts in executing our emergency response plan, and in ensur ing the safety of our guests and associates. Now, with the passage of the storm through the Caribbean, we are ready to resume full hotel, casino and retail operations and look forward to welcoming guests back to Baha Mar on Tuesday, September 12. The island of New Provi dence was spared during this storm, but we know that some of our Family Islands were less fortunate. We are working with gov ernment authorities as well as local aid organisations to provide nancial and other assistance to support those communities in need and to aid our community here in New Providence. Last year, thousands of guests at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island were evacuated from their hotel rooms in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Matthew. The 2,100 visitors and residents, who were evacu ated from the Coral Tow ers, Beach Towers, Harbor side, Ocean Club and The Cove, spent nearly two days in the Imperial Ballroom, which had been sectioned off into dozens of sleeping quarters. At the time, executives at the hotel said the move was just a precaution to en sure that people were safe during the category three storm. Guests were provided with pillows, blankets and sleeping mats as well as a complimentary meal and water last year. Guests were also not charged for the two days of Matthews passage and all meals on those days were also free of charge. Unacceptable that Baha Mar closed doors to guests in storm By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter THE Bahamas govern ment is footing the costs associated with returning all evacuees from Maya guana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island to their respective homes, National Emergency Management Agency director Captain Stephen Russell has said. We brought them here and well get them back to their islands, Capt Russell said at a press conference on Saturday amid some concerns regarding the evacuees return to their re spective islands. However, their return home is hinged on how soon ofcials are able to carry out initial damage assessments and the return to the country of various aircraft, including Bahama sair planes. Bahamasairs planes in particular were temporarily housed in Ja maica while Irma made its way through The Bahamas, Captain Russell said dur ing a press conference at NEMA on Saturday. The national ag carrier resumed limited operations on Sunday. Capt Russell said: Here in The Bahamas we know we brought a number of persons here that were evacuated from their re spective islands and the aim now is how soon can we get those persons back to their respective islands. The government will re turn them to their islands. There are some concerns as to who will pay for what, we brought them here and well get them back to their islands. He also said: As soon as we are comfortable that persons are able to go to those districts we will ar range a series of ights. We dont want to go transporting persons into the islands if the islands are not in the condition to re ceive them as it should be. So thats one of our rst or ders of priority. In the event that their homes are not up to the state where we can return them we are looking at some alternative here in New Providence where we can house persons separate and apart from the gymna siums. There was some talk about one of the hotel tow ers not necessarily Baha Mar but one of the adjacent towers, The Wyndham. (We are) looking at one of those towers to house a sec tion of those persons who are in the gymnasiums. Ahead of Irmas arrival, some residents of MICAL, Ragged Island and Bimini residents were evacuated into New Providence. Some areas of Grand Bahama were also evacuated into in land communities. A total of 1,223 persons arrived in New Providence on 15 ights Wednesday and three hurricane shel ters were earmarked for these residents. Capt Rus sell said only 10 per cent of them needed to use these facilities. On Thursday, an ad ditional 21 people from Mathew Town, Inagua and about 300 others from Bi mini requested evacuation. A total of eight planes two to Inagua and six to Bimini were sent for the evacua tions. At the time, Capt Russell told The Tribune ofcials were working with a small window of opportunity lim iting the number of aircraft that could be sent to Bimini. Capt Russell said many of those evacuated from Bimini seniors, disabled, women and children were expected to be housed at the Sir Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium, but that de cision was placed on hold after the majority of the evacuees were able to take up residency with family and friends in New Provi dence. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis with some of the youngsters sheltering at the New Providence Community Centre from the storm. Photo: BIS A7INSIGHT


PAGE 8, Monday, September 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE ST STRUNG like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and beautiful, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world. The wild isolation that made St Barts, St Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands vacation paradises has turned them into cut off, chaotic nightmares in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which left 22 people dead, mostly in the Lee ward Islands. Looting and lawlessness were reported Saturday by both French and Dutch authorities, who were sending in extra troops to restore order. The Category 5 storm snapped the islands fragile links to the outside world with a direct hit early Wednesday, pounding their small airports, decapitat ing cellphone towers, lling harbors with overturned, crushed boats and leaving thousands of tourists and locals desperate to escape. The situation worsened Saturday with the passage of Category 4 Hurricane Jose, which shuttered air ports and halted emergency boat trafc through the weekend. Looting, gunshots and a lack of clean drinking wa ter were reported on the French Caribbean territory of St Martin, home to vestar resorts and a multimil lion estate owned by Presi dent Donald Trump. Federal ofcials deployed C-130s to evacuate US citi zens from the French Car ibbean island of St Martin to Puerto Rico. Nearly 160 were evacuated on Friday and approximately 700 more on Saturday. The amphibious assault USS Wasp evacuated hospi tal patients from St Thomas in the Virgin Islands to St Croix and Puerto Rico. The Norwegian Cruise Line turned a cruise ship into an ad-hoc rescue boat, sending a ship with ten restaurants, a spa and a casino to evacu ate 2,000 tourists from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The Norwegian Sky cruise ship was due to arrive Tuesday and take its charges to Miami. More than 1,100 police, military ofcials and others were deployed to St Mar tin and the nearby French Caribbean territory of St Barts, where they used heli copters to identify the cars of people looting stores and homes. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Saturday night that France would be send ing more Foreign Legion troops, paratroopers and other reinforcements to St Martin starting Sunday. Philippe said the several hundred gendarmes, sol diers and other security forces there were working in difcult conditions and needed help. The government told all residents to stay inside and put the island and St Barts on its highest alert level as Hurricane Jose rolled through the area. The island is divided be tween French St Martin and Dutch St Maarten, where the Dutch government es timated Saturday that 70 percent of houses were bad ly damaged or destroyed, leaving much of the 40,000 population in public shel ters as they braced for the arrival of Jose. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the situ ation remained grim on the island where wide spread looting had broken out and a state of emergen cy was in force. Rutte said some 230 Dutch troops and police were patrolling St Maarten to maintain order and de liver aid and a further 200 would arrive in coming days. The government evac uated 65 dialysis patients from St Maartens hospital, which also was hard hit by Irma. The islands woes in creased as the airport on St Barts was closed, and those in Anguilla and St Mar tin were open only to the military, rescue crews and aid organisations. Others, including St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, banned yovers. Late Saturday, St Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin said about 1,600 tourists had been evacuated and efforts are being made to move 1,200 more. Marlin said many coun tries and people have of fered help to St Maarten, but authorities are waiting on the weather conditions to see how this can be coor dinated. Before the hurricanes, St Maartens Princess Juliana International Airport was one of the former Dutch colonys major tourist draws thanks to a runway that end ed just a few meters (yards) from the sandy crescent of Maho Beach, where people could stand and watch as arriving jets skimmed low over their heads. After Irma, aerial foot age shot by Dutch marines showed that Maho Beachs sands had washed away and the airport was badly dam aged. The Dutch military are using the runway, which was inundated by high tides during the hurricane, to ferry in aid supplies but say its not yet open to civil ian ights as there are no runway lights or air trafc control. The Canadian lowcost airline and tour agency Sunwing evacuated some Canadian tourists from St Maarten to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Saturday. Ports in St John, St Thomas and elsewhere re mained closed. As Jose neared, the last airplane ew in to St Mar tins battered Grande-Case airport Friday carrying workers to help re-establish the islands water supply and electricity. French au thorities said some 1,105 recovery workers were de ployed on St Martin and St Barts. A tanker with 350 tons of fresh water was also on its way. By Saturday, damage was estimated to have already reached 1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion). France said it hoped to allow commercial boats to go to and from St Martin and nearby Guadeloupe on Monday, when waters are expected to calm. French President Emma nuel Macron came under criticism for his govern ments handling of the cri sis. Once known for pink sandy beaches that attract ed celebrities and royalty, the island of Barbuda is now a disaster zone. Virtu ally all of its 1,500 residents left for the sister island of Antigua, a 1.5-hour boat ride away, ahead of Jose with assistance from The biggest problem in Barbuda now is the fact that you have so many dead animals in the water and so on, that there is a threat of disease. You could put all the people back in Barbu da today ... but then youll have a medical crisis on your hand, Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Fernan dez said. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced a package of 42 million pounds (about $55m) for the relief effort in the Brit ish overseas territories of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos The UK government is doing everything it possibly can to help those affected by the hurricane, he said. But Anguillas former attorney general, Rupert Jones, criticised Britains response to the disaster. It is an insufcient drop in the Caribbean ocean for islands subject to devasta tion and inhabited by its own citizens, he wrote in an email. The rebuilding effort is bound to cost a vast amount more and it is hard to see this making a real difference to the three islands. Meanwhile, in Cuba, Irma collapsed buildings with deafening winds and relentless rain on Satur day. Across a swath of Cuba, utility poles were toppled, trees uprooted and roads blocked. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ru ins. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed. There were no immediate reports of casualties. As Irma rolled in, Cu ban soldiers went through coastal towns to force peo ple to evacuate, taking peo ple to shelters at govern ment buildings and schools and even caves. Video images from northern and eastern Cuba showed uprooted util ity poles and signs, many downed trees and extensive damage to roofs. Eastern Cuba, a major sugarcane-growing area and home to many poor, rural communities, faced a staggering recovery, with its economy in tatters even before the storm hit due to years of neglect and lack of investment. Civil Defence ofcial Gergorio Torres said au thorities were trying to tally the extent of the damage, which appeared concen trated in banana-growing areas. More than 5,000 tourists were evacuated from the keys off Cubas north-cen tral coast, where the gov ernment has built dozens of all-inclusive resorts in recent years. In Caibarien, a small coastal city about 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Ha vana, winds downed power lines and a three-block area was under water. Many resi dents stayed put, hoping to ride out the storm. The Turks and Caicos Islands were battered early on Friday, with waves as high as 20 feet (six metres) expected. Irma rolled past the Do minican Republic and Hai ti on Thursday and spun along the northern coast of Cuba on Friday morning. Caribbean hit hard by Irma PEOPLE move through ooded streets in Havana after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cuba, yesterday. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP ASSILIA JOSEPH, right, and her son Wisner Jean Baptiste, carry their belongings after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Fort-Liberte, Haiti, on Friday. Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP RESCUE staff from the Municipal Emergency Management Agency investigate an empty ooded car during the passage of Hur ricane Irma through the northeastern part of the island in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP STORM damage in St Maarten. Photo: Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP A8INSIGHT Congratulationsto Mr. Christopher E.A. Klass, husband of Marva S. Klass (ne Bowe) who was granted the State New Year Annual Award 2017 in e Military Division by Her Majority Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, England. Christopher is the son of Mrs. Carlotta Z. Klass


THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 11, 2017, PAGE 9 THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 11, 2017, PAGE 9 BAHAMIANS in Flor ida braced for Hurricane Irma yesterday, a hurricane described by forecasters as the most dangerous storm to hit the state since the cat egory ve Hurricane An drew did so in 1992. Although Irma had been weakened from its im pact on northern Cuba over the weekend, it brought storm surges and category two and three winds to Florida. Dr Donald McCartney, a long-time Bahamian educa tor and professor at Barry University in Florida, was among the Bahamians in Florida affected by the storm. He said he spent 24 hours travelling with his wife from his home in Co conut Creek, Florida to Stone Mountain, Georgia where his daughter lives. We left Florida on Thursday once we thought we would get a direct hit, he said. We left because we gured that even with a slight blow there would be some impact. It took 24 hours to travel from Coco nut Creek. We had to come out. Fort Lauderdale was right in the storms path. Were north of Miami and it looks like you need to take a boat to move along Brickell Avenue. Were not too far from the beach ei ther. Anything thats near to the beach I suspect will feel some affects of the hur ricane. Although by 6.30pm in dications were that at least the area near Coconut Creek experienced little more than some ooding and fallen trees, Dr McCa rtney said it was up in the air when he would return home. I hope by Thursday the latest, he said. That will depend on the condition of the roads. In these places, even though they are get ting the remnants of the hurricane, they tend to have a lot of trees down. Dr McCartney didnt re gret not taking more items with him on the trip. I treat material things as they ought to be treated: if I lose it, I replace them, he said. One part of the experi ence he would not want to do again: waiting in line for gas. The night before we left we got in a tremendously long line at a gas station, he said. Every service station in the parameters where we live was out of gas. We found this one that I usually go to but left be cause the line was long. We had to go back to that one. It took half an hour before we actually reached the pumps. But I think we did the sensible thing by simply coming out. Dr McCartney said his wife, who rode out two hurricanes by herself here in The Bahamas, didnt want to repeat the experi ence again so she headed to Florida before Irma struck this country. Bahamians in Florida brace for impact of storm By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter TAMPA, FLORIDA Associated Press TWO manatees were stranded after Hurricane Irma sucked water out of Sarasota Bay, in Floridas Manatee County. Several people posted photos Sunday of the mam mals on Facebook, hoping rescue workers or wildlife ofcials would respond. Michael Sechler posted that the animals were far too massive to be lifted, so the rescuers gave them water. Marcelo Clavijo posted that a group of people even tually loaded the manatees onto tarps and were able to drag them to deeper water. MANATEES STRANDED AS IRMA SUCKS WATER FROM SARASOTA BAY MIAMI Associated Press HURRICANE Irma gave Florida a coast-tocoast pummeling with winds up to 130 mph yester day, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. The 400-mile-wide (640-kilometer-wide) storm blew ashore in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then marched up its western coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side. Irma was nearing the heavily populated TampaSt Petersburg area late yes terday, though in a muchweakened state. While it arrived in Florida a Catego ry 4 hurricane, by nightfall it was down to a Category 2 with winds of 100 mph (160 kph). Meanwhile, more than 160,000 people wait ed in shelters statewide as Irma headed up the coast. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Florida. In the Caribbean, at least 24 were people were killed during Irmas destructive trek. Bryan Koon, Floridas emergency management director, said last night that authorities had only scat tered information about the storms toll, but he re mained hopeful. Ive not heard of cata strophic damage. It doesnt mean it doesnt exist. It means it hasnt gotten to us yet, Koon said. In the low-lying Keys, where a storm surge of over ten feet (three metres) was recorded, appliances and furniture were seen oating away, and Monroe Coun ty spokeswoman Cammy Clark said the ocean waters were lled with navigation hazards, including sunken boats. But the full extent of Irmas wrath there was not clear. The county administrator, Roman Gastesi, said crews would begin house-to-house searches Monday to check on survivors. And an airborne relief mission, led by C-130 military cargo planes, was gearing up to bring emergen cy supplies to the Keys. Storm surge was a big concern. The National Hur ricane Center said a federal tide gauge in Naples report ed a 7-foot (more than 2-me ter) rise in water levels in just 90 minutes. Many streets were ood ed in downtown Miami and other cities. POWER OUT AND HOMES SWAMPED IN FLORIDA A STRANDED manatee in Manatee County, Florida, yesterday. The mammal was stranded after waters receded from the Florida bay as Hurricane Irma approached. Photo: Michael Sechler/AP A CRANE atop a high-rise under construction in downtown Miami collapsed yesterday amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma. Photo: Gideon J. Ape/AP SAILBOATS moored near Watson Island ride out the winds and waves as Hurricane Irma passes by in Miami Beach, Florida, yesterday. 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PAGE 10, Monday, September 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE POLICE are still on the hunt for the person respon sible for an early morning shooting on Friday that left one man dead and another man in hospital. The shooting took place shortly after 7am off South Street and brought the countrys murder count to 97 for the year, according to The Tribunes records. According to police, two men were standing in front of an abandoned house near Hospital Lane, when a man armed with a handgun approached them and red several shots at them before eeing the area on foot in an unknown direction. One of the men died on the scene, the other was taken to hospital where he remains in serious, but sta ble condition. Police have not identied the victim, but The Tribune under stands he is Delano Frazer. The murder came less than 24 hours after a man was found shot to death in the passengers seat of a sto len vehicle that was parked in the driveway of a home in the Mackey Street area early Thursday morning. According to Chief Su perintendent Solomon Cash, ofcer in charge of the Central Detective Unit (CDU), sometime around 8.30am, police received re ports of a man left in a vehi cle on Hillside Street/Ben ico Road with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Police have not released an identity of the victim, but The Tribune under stands he is Marvin Woods. Chief Supt Cash said the car, a black Honda Stream, had been stolen sometime after 6am Thursday. Anyone with information on any of these homicides is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anony mously at 328-TIPS. Shot dead in front of abandoned home By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are seeking the publics help in locating the suspects responsible for a shooting and armed rob bery that left a man in hos pital on Sunday. Police were told that shortly after midnight, a man was at his home on Cowpen Road west of Faith Avenue, when ve men armed with rearms ap proached and robbed him of cash. The man attempted to run, but was shot. The suspects then ed on foot. The victim was taken to hospital where his condi tion is listed as stable. Police also said a suspect on bail for armed robbery was arrested after he was found with an illegal hand gun. He was arrested shortly after 1.30pm on Sunday. Ofcers assigned to the Mobile Division were on routine patrol in the area of Buttonwood Avenue in Pinewood Gardens when they saw a man who aroused their suspicion. Police searched the man and found a Smith and Wes son pistol with 17 rounds of ammunition. The man was also being electronically monitored at the time of his arrest. Police also arrested a man after seizing marijuana from a home in Yellow Elder. Around 10am on Sun day, ofcers assigned to the Mobile Division acting on information conducted a search of a mans home on Derby Road where they uncovered a quantity of marijuana. The man was subsequently taken into cus tody. Additionally, Mobile Division ofcers took 11 other persons into custody over the past 24 hours for rearms, murder and out standing criminal warrants. Investigations into these incidents continue. ARMED ROBBERS SHOOT VICTIM AS HE RUNS AWAY THE BODY of a man is taken from the scene after Fridays fatal shooting. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter AN associate pastor at New Destiny Baptist Cathe dral died yesterday while trimming trees in his yard, The Tribune understands. Contrary to social me dia reports, Rev Clarence Knowles did not fall off of a ladder to his death. An ofcial at his church in Nassau said the cause of his death is not yet known. ASSOCIATE PASTOR DIES WHILE TRIMMING TREES 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 A10INSIGHT


EMAIL: INSIGHT MONDAY,SEPTEMBER 11 2017 PAGE 13 BAHAMIANS, like the citizens of young devel oping nations, place emphasis on the idea of national sovereignty. Gaining independence in 1973 remains a source of pride and our tourism in dustry continues to boast it is Better in The Bahamas. But, all is not well in paradise. The country may possess incredible natural beauty and vast economic potential, but half a cen tury after achieving politi cal autonomy, the citizens nd themselves relegated to the status of ECONOMIC PARASITES, subsist ing on the periphery of a system that negates their chances of nancial success and rules out any notion of meaningful ownership of the economy. Due to an excessive, op pressive and prejudicial regulatory regime, Baha mians are prohibited from owning any stake in the large-scale tourism projects that underpin the national economy yet any individ ual, group or entity based outside The Bahamas can own shares in resort devel opments located here. For example, the Atlantis Resort, the largest employ er after the government, is owned by a publicly traded Canadian company with some $159 billion in assets. The shareholders of Brook eld prot from the resorts success but not a single one of them is Bahamian. It is nothing short of per verse that we continue to maintain a legal framework which prevents Bahami ans from owning a piece of their own economic pie. Likewise, trillions of dol lars in offshore banks are headquartered in this coun try, yet Bahami ans have been condemned to an alternate reality where the concept of abundant af fordable capital simply does not exist. Meanwhile, the develop ment strategy adopted by suc cessive govern ments, the socalled Anchor Project Model, destroys lo cal industry while siphoning off the prots to other juris dictions. This has a huge impact, especially on Fam ily Islands which already struggle under a regressive tax regime that redirects all revenue to Nassau. Over the years, there have been rare moments when the enormous economic po tential of this country could be glimpsed. For example, Freeport, the nations second city, which boomed from 1955 until the rst PLP govern ment broke its back in 1969. In the heyday of Free port, every resident, every licensee, every land owner could buy shares in the parent company, Intercon tinental Diversied traded on the NY Stock Exchange. The economic climate was open and participatory. Believe it or not, there was a time when a foreign per son did not have to get ap proval from the Ofce of the Prime Minister to do business in the Bahamas, particularly in Freeport. The local economy thrived and Bahamians benetted as a result. The people who worked and lived in Freeport both local and foreign had a real stake, a real interest in seeing this ambitious pro ject succeed. But beginning in the late 1960s, the central govern ment illegally seized the administrative and regula tory powers reposed in the GBPA under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, negat ing Freeports attractiveness as a free trade zone and creat ing a mass exo dus of entre preneurs and capital. Ironically, after Baha mianisation, the GBPA was allowed to con vert into a pri vate company, perversely de priving every Bahamian of the opportunity of owning shares. Almost overnight, Free port devolved from a thriv ing, outward looking inter national trade zone into a crippled, stagnant, semideserted trading post with no prospects for meaningful growth. Dont get me wrong, Freeport is still home to an international economy. A Chinese company owns the Harbour; American com panies own the Shipyard; a Canadian company owns Freeport Power; a French outt controls Sanitation Services and, of course, the English still own the GBPA and so on. But now, none of the prot goes to Bahamians; instead, it is drained from the pockets of Bahamians, then shipped overseas to the benet of others. Freeport is in this sense, a microcosm of what has happened across The Ba hamas: citizens have been pushed to the fringes, with all the real prot enjoyed by foreign interests along with their friends in local poli tics who are always eager to lend a hand in return for a handout. The result of this depress ing scenario has been social and economic alienation; a sense of isolation, detach ment and antagonism among regular Bahamians. Citizens do not feel they are bene ciaries of the economy, and rightfully so. They feel cut off and used, mere cogs in someone elses machine. Some very big companies and banks are headquar tered in this little country, making it a huge prot cen tre, just not for Bahamians. Yet other countries with far less per capita wealth than the Bahamas actually pave the way for their citizens to benet from foreign invest ment. Indonesia has set initial capital expenditure at $1m for any foreign entity, un less it takes on local part ners. A similar law exists in Ghana, where the investor must also commit to hir ing a minimum number of skilled local workers. In Hungary, efforts have been made to increase the publics share in the value added by large foreign in vestments, by giving con cessions and technical assis tance to local suppliers and encouraging large foreign businesses to rely on them. In the Philippines, cer tain enterprises whose capital is at least 60% Fili pino-owned are entitled to special services such as a streamlined business reg istration, credit nancing and capacity building pro grammes. In most countries, citi zens are simply allowed to invest in whatever they want, anywhere in the world. The Bahamas joins a handful of Middle Eastern, African and Eastern Euro pean states that still adhere to the outdated model of ex change control. Then, we bend over back wards for the foreign inves tor, grant him millions of dollars in concessions, even as Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, Russians, Mexicans, Brazilians, Mon golians literally anyone, provided they are not Baha mian buy shares and prot from the companies operat ing in The Bahamas. In other countries, casino taxes represent a huge rev enue stream for the local and state governments. For example, in 2014, more than $2 billion in taxes and fees were paid by Nevada hotelcasino operators. Gener ally, Nevada hotel casinos account for nearly half of state revenue more than any other industry. Closer to home, that same year, Jamaica reported an increase in casino tax rev enue from J$2.9 billion last year to J$4.1 billion. Recent studies show that casino tax is becoming a stronger gen erator of government rev enue across the region. Yet in The Bahamas, ca sino tax goes to central gov ernment and/or is waived, or we dont bother to col lect. Family Islands where casinos operate do not benet. Only the for eign investor benets and ex ports the prot abroad. This is the evil of the An chor Project model, which holds that at tracting foreign developers and making them happy is the sin gle most impor tant economic factor. Every thing else the local environ ment, culture, the well-being of the com munity is a distant second, if considered at all. So, we give away Crown land for free or next to nothing, grant exemptions on Customs duties, ca sino tax, real property tax, stamp tax, business license tax, VAT and so on. Consider what has hap pened to Bimini. A massive presence on such a tiny is land, Resorts World oper ates like an alien entity, to tally disconnected from the Bimini community; a gated plantation where hundreds of foreigners occupy luxury homes and Bahamians en ter only to work mostly me nial jobs. When their shift is done, they leave and the gates close behind them. Inside, huge prots are generated for a Malaysian conglomerate and its part ners in Miami who have benetted from double casino tax break as The Tribune termed it, under the Christie administration. This effectively meant that in addition to waiving a signicant part of the taxes the developer owed, the public also paid for upgrades to the airport and island infra structure which the resort was originally supposed to cover. What little the resort does pay in taxes goes to central government in Nassau, and does not benet the people of Bimini in the slightest. Nor can they own shares in the company and thereby claim some of the prot. Meanwhile, their marine and terrestrial environment have been de stroyed, the bone shing ats ruined and whole reef sys tems torn up by the developers, meaning that shing guides, dive instructors and shermen homegrown, self-employed entrepre neurs are out of work. They have no choice but to go and apply for modest wages on the Resorts World plantation, but the irony is there are already so many foreign workers that few jobs for Bahamians exist! Meanwhile, just 90 miles away in south Florida, tour ism, housing and urban de velopment schemes all pay city, state and federal taxes to be used for infrastruc ture, public services, medi cal care, schools, police, re and rescue, education entertainment and cultural activities. Those who live and work in the area can invest in these companies if they are publicly traded, and thereby have a stake in the success of these de velopments and the overall community. We simply must change our investment and eco nomic model so that Baha mians can own a piece of their own country, a piece of every development, a piece of their own and their childrens future. If The Bahamas is to make the most of its in credible economic po tential, nothing less than a total paradigm shift in the countrys approach to investment, taxation and economic empowerment is required. In an inclusive, univer sally benecial economic model, unions and hotels would not have to con stantly be at odds over what amount to scraps for the workers a bit more holi day, slightly shorter hours, minuscule raises. Workers could own a piece of the action, as could union funds and co-opera tive credit institutions; and all could work together to wards making the hotel a success. The same goes for industrial harbours, ship yards, power and harbour companies, factories, brew eries and virtually any oth er business likely to attract foreign ownership. In Freeport, the 1965 HCA Amendment provid ed for transfer of all infra structural and local govern ment assets to the residents and licensees so everybody would have a political, so cial, economic and cultural vested interest in working together for the success of a collective venture. What we have instead, in Grand Bahama and across the country, is a negative, antagonistic, suspicious at mosphere, where everyone is at odds with each other and only concerned with scraping together what crumbs they can for them selves. Bahamians are relegated to the status of parasites in our own paradise. But the Minnis admin istration has an amazing opportunity to convert this toxic atmosphere into a positive, thriving, oppor tunistic investment envi ronment. To do so, it must make dramatic legal and policy changes that send a clear message to Bahami ans that there is economic freedom and hope on the horizon for each of them personally. The government should repeal exchange control; make developers pay taxes to local communities; nd creative and inclusive al ternatives to the Anchor Project model and evolve other policies from the abundant international ex amples to help The Baha mas become a place where we can work together to make tourism, business, in dustry and commerce, suc ceed and grow for the good of all, foreign investor and Bahamians! Parasites in Paradise By FREDERICK SMITH QC THE ENTRANCE to Atlantis the countrys largest private employer and owned by a Canadian company, with not a single Brookeld shareholder being Bahamian. It is nothing short of perverse that we continue to maintain a legal framework which prevents Bahamians from owning a piece of their own economic pie. We simply must change our investment and economic model so that Bahamians can own a piece of their own country, a piece of every development, a piece of their own and their childrens future. A13MAIN


PAGE 14 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 2017 INSIGHT EMAIL: ONE of the hap piest months of the year for Ba hamian parents is September for it means back to school. Its the month when hous es and neighborhoods go quiet for most of the day and the refrigerators can stay lled longer. Its also the month we are most like ly to be affected by a hur ricane and most of us know a lot of families who are still recovering from Matthew and Joaquin. With some government schools not being open to accept students last week due to ongoing repairs and Hurricane Irma posing a threat to even more school buildings, things were not as we would have hoped them to be. But for many children in our beloved nation, their reason for not being able to attend school last week had nothing to do with Irma or over-running school re pairs. While I personally ap plaud every business, civic organisation and private citizen that has headed a back-to-school drive which assisted hundreds of stu dents, they have not been able to reach everyone who needs their help. Unfortunately, not every child will be making it to school when classes resume this week simply because their family cannot afford the basic necessities that are needed. But one Farm Road/Cen treville resident and a group of her friends have been doing all they can to assist those in need. Stephanie St Fleur along with CA Newry, Maletie Etienne and Keslaine Fran coeur sent out a social me dia appeal on her Facebook page, zoebah, asking eve ryone on her Facebook ac count and all of her What sapp contacts to assist in anyway they can by donat ing $20 or the equivalent sum in school uniforms, shoes and other supplies. Stephanie knew of one family which was only able to send one of their four children to school and another that was unable to send any of their four chil dren to classes. In the week running up to the new school year, Steph anie and her team went to homes in the Carmichael and Joe Farrington Road areas visiting families and nding out what their indi vidual needs were. As she moved into the Farm Road community, her mission be came more personal as this was where she grew up, the families she was calling on friends and neighbours. What I nd disturbing is that not all of the constitu ency ofces gave the sup port they could have, in deed much more is left to be desired Its discouraging that even with a seless effort to assist the less fortunate, donations can be judged on political afliations or sup port. Every child who resides in any country has the right to an education. They should all be equipped with what they need to compete with the best and brightest anywhere around the world. Basic education is a ne cessity of every child not a chosen luxury. A national D average will not contribute to the world class status we are aspiring towards as a nation. Jeffrey Butler, 33, grew up in the Kemp Road area, where he now runs a daiquiri stand, and is writing regularly in The Tribune about life in the in ner city. Share your stories by emailing to disenfran Back to school but sadly not for all our children WALKING is a healthy activity, but you need to know the rules of pedes trian safety. Especially if you are walking in an area where there are no side walks or paths separated from the road. To stay safe while walking, please ad here to the following safety rules. 1. Walk facing trafc when walking on the side of the road If there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the side of the road, choose the side where you are facing oncoming trafc. This gives you the best chance to see trafc approaching near to you. 2. Cross safely Look both ways before crossing any street. Make eye contact with all drivers who may be turning. Give them a wave. Make sure they see you. 3. Walk single le when not separated from the road Unless you are on a side walk separated from the road or you are in a wide pedestrian lane, you should always walk in single le. This is especially important on a road with curves and where trafc has only a split second chance of seeing you before colliding with you. 4. Stay aware of bikes and runners Share the road and paths with bikes and runners. Bike riders should alert you when approaching from be hind with a bike bell. Listen for them, and move to walk single le, allowing them to pass safely. Runners should also call out for passing. 5. Be visible Wear bright coloUrs when walking in daytime. When walking at night, wear light-coloured cloth ing and reective clothing or a reective vest to be vis ible. Drivers are often not expecting walkers to be out after dark, and you need to give them every chance to see you. Be just as cautious at dawn or twilight, as driv ers still have limited visibil ity or may even have the set ting or rising sun directly in their eyes. 6. Be predictable Make a practice of stay ing on one side of the path while walking rather than weaving randomly from side to side. Watch your arm motions, or you may end up giving a black eye to a silently passing walker, runner, or biker. 7. Keep the volume down Dont drown out your en vironment when listening to your headphones. Keep the volume at a level where you can still hear warnings from other walkers, bikers and runners. 8. Hang up and eyes up Chatting, texting, or playing games on a mobile device while you walk is as dangerous as doing those things while driving. You are distracted and not as aware of your surround ings. You are less likely to recognise trafc danger, passing joggers and bikers or tripping hazards. Po tential criminals see you as a distracted easy tar get. Adopt habits that can keep your phone in your pocket, or at least stop in a safe place to complete your phone tasks before moving on. 9. Walk dogs on short leashes It is terrifying and tragic to witness dogs running out into trafc or getting into a fatal dog ght, whether on leash or off leash. But there is also a danger when walking your dog on a long leash that you will trip other walkers or bikers. 10. Know when to stop walking Heat sickness, dehydra tion, heart attack or stroke can strike walkers of any age. Learn the symptoms of medical emergencies and carry a cell phone to dial 919 or 911 11. Be aware of stranger danger Choose your walking route for paths frequented by other walkers, joggers, and bikers. If you see some one suspicious, be prepared to alter your course or go into a store or public build ing to avoid them. Acting alert and aware can con vince bad guys to choose an easier target. For more information, contact the National Crime Prevention Ofce on 3028430, 3028431, 3028154 or visit www.royalbahamaspo Safety tips for pedestrians By SERGEANT 3150 NATHALIE RANGER Police advice A14MAIN


PAGE 16, Monday, September 11, 2017 THE TRIBUNE CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA Associated Press POPE Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip Sun day by honoring a fellow Jesuit who ministered to African slaves and urging Colombians today to fol low his lead in working for a more peaceful future. Francis visit to Carta gena got off to a rocky start when he bonked his head on his popemobile when it stopped short amid swarms of well-wishers. Francis, who had only a hip-high bar to hold onto, lost his bal ance and suffered a bruised, black left eye and a cut on his eyebrow that dripped blood onto his white cas sock. The cut was quickly bandaged with a buttery patch and Francis carried on without incident with his program, sporting a shiner that got increasingly dark as the day wore on. The highlight of the day was a very personal stop for the Jesuit pope: He prayed at the tomb of St Pe ter Claver, the 17th century missionary who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who were brought through Carta genas port during Spanish colonial times to be sold. Francis, known for his own simple and austere style, said Claver was aus tere and charitable to the point of heroism. Claver, the self-described slave of the slaves forever, has been revered by Jesu its, popes and human rights campaigners for centuries for having insisted on rec ognising the inherent digni ty of slaves, treating them as children of God when oth ers considered them mere merchandise to be bought and sold. Francis said the legacy of the Spanish priest should serve as a model for the Catholic Church today to promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafcking. A BLACK EYE FOR THE POPE A BRUISED Pope Francis visits the Sanctuary of St Peter Claver, in Cartagena, Colombia, yesterday. A16MAIN IS BACK! IS BACK! IS BACK! IS BACK! IS BACK! PRICES INCLUDE VAT SPICY SHRIMP & CHICKEN COMBO $10 SPICY SHRIMP COMBO $899