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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE AND BEAUTY TAKE ON THE UNIVERSE SEE WOMAN TUESDAY HIGH 91FLOW 81F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 HEALTH and safety conditions on storm-stricken Ragged Island will only continue to deteriorate, Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday as he urged the 18 remaining residents on the island to evacuate in the after math of Hurricane Irma, which has reduced most structures there to piles of rubble and rendered the island unlivable. They cannot stay here, Dr Minnis said after he and a delegation saw for the rst time the damage left by Irma and days after the Category Five monster hurricane ripped through the small southern island. The islands physical condition, exacerbated by the smell of rotting animal carcasses and the destruction of all es sential services, led Dr Minnis to strongly urge those still on Ragged Island to leave until the small community can be restored. Ive spoken to the residents; Ragged Island has been devastated, Dr Minnis said following a walk through and discussion with those who remained on the island as Hurri cane Irma battered their homes last week. Every home has been destroyed. The health facility has been destroyed. The school has been destroyed. The teachers residence has been destroyed. There is no light. There is no water. As we walk about, you can smell the stench of dead carcasses, dead animals. The health conditions of the individuals will de teriorate and its essential that we get them off this island, Dr Minnis said. Many were understandably reluctant to leave the only place theyve ever known as home, expressing concern for personal belongings. They are concerned about the safety of their residences, whatever materials they may have left behind. We will have the Defence Force dispatch a vessel here and the Defence Force will try to commence the cleanup and at the same time ensure that there is security, Dr Minnis said. UNLIVEABLE SPECIAL REPORTWords: Khrisna Russell, Pictures: Terrel W Carey WIPEOUT: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis warns Ragged Island is so devastated it must be abandoned. SEE PAGE THREE A1MAIN

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PAGE 2, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A CLASSROOM in Ragged Island ripped apart by Hurricane Irma. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his team of ministers along with NEMA ofcials and members of the Opposition visited several islands yesterday to assess the damage done by the storm. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A WALL demolished by the force of Hurricane Irma in Ragged Island and, left and below, further damage to the island. A2MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 12, 2017, PAGE 3 Exuma and Ragged Is land MP Chester Cooper, who was part of the delega tion Dr Minnis led to as sess the southern Bahamas yesterday, suggested many of the residents had still not come to grips with the real ity the island was essentially unlivable. The government has ar ranged for a plane to evacu ate all those who will heed the prime ministers advice. It is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday at 1pm. We have spoken with residents, Dr Minnis said. They feel that they need at least 24 hours to get their belongings together, so we will have a ight here on Wednesday at least by 1 oclock to bring them to New Providence. Some may choose to move to Exuma where they have families (but) they cannot stay here. Health conditions and their safety will continue to deteriorate in the next 24 to 48 hours. Asked how long it was ex pected to take to restore the island to normalcy, Dr Min nis said: I am not a techno crat, I cannot answer that. The power is off. There is no health facility, no educa tional facility. I cannot give you a timeline. My concern at this particular time is the health and safety of the res idents. Thats the concern of the government and that we will do. We will make arrange ments to have a plane here on Wednesday at 1 oclock, the prime minister added. In response to questions over whether it was manda tory for residents to move, the prime minister said nothing is compulsory at this time, but it is the gov ernments advice as condi tions will only worsen. Speaking to reporters in Nassau after the tour, Dr Minnis said ofcials will remain in Ragged Island to ensure residents safety un til they are evacuated. While travelling back I have had discussions with Minister of National Se curity Marvin Dames who will make arrangements to ensure that one of his ves sels is in the vicinity to en sure the protection of the residents there. So, at Cabi net we will further discuss that but all in all we know that Ragged Island has been decimated. There are only about 18 of them. We had the police who would have gone door to door to speak to each and every individual and all of them have family members, if not in New Providence in Exuma, so that is not an is sue. The most important issue right now is getting them off that island . There are many shin gles, plywood, etc and mul tiple exposed nails you could imagine trying to walk about in a dark envi ronment with exposed nails and puncture yourself abso lutely no health facility, no doctor, no nurse then teta nus or some other problem sets in. If you speak to them after what they have gone through they will tell you that they dont want to go through that again and its a lesson to all Bahamians that when the government states that they think that area should be evacuated I feel going forward Bahami ans will heed that warning, Dr Minnis said. Yesterday, Mr Cooper reinforced the prime minis ters words. This is not a good en vironment to be in, Mr Cooper said. I encourage the residents of Ragged Is land to leave until we can get a better sense of how we can bring Ragged Island to normalcy. They are understand ably reluctant but I believe in time, give them another night to really absorb what has just happened and I believe they will adjust to it. The circumstances are unhealthy and unsafe and therefore I urge them to take up residence else where, Mr Cooper said. Last week, the govern ment offered emergency evacuations for residents in the MICAL constituency and Ragged Island. The evacuations were not man datory, although at the time Dr Minnis urged residents not to risk their lives and stay in harms way. Dr Minnis said yesterday his government plans to tour Grand Bahama, Bimi ni and Inagua at a later date to inspect hurricane dam age there. Unliveable from page one HURRICANE Irmas fury stripped Marjorie Wallace and her husband of the only home they shared for 35 years, reducing the structure in Duncan Town, located in a bay of shallow water on Ragged Island, to a heap of rubble. Speaking to reporters as a government delegation toured the decimated island yesterday, she said the ex tent of damage has left her at a loss for words, adding that she was unable to save anything from the home or from the souvenir shop she also owns. The Category Five hur ricane hit Ragged Island last Friday, packing 185mph winds. There were only about 18 persons still on the island when Irma hit. Other residents, including Mrs Wallace, made the decision to evacuate. It is completely gone, completely gone, she told reporters as she held back tears, standing in front of the pile of debris she once called home. I am lost for words. Had I been here I might have gotten hurt thinking that the bar would have been a place of shelter, but that is gone and then the cellar that is almost gone from the weight of all materials (that collapsed into the cellar). Mrs Wallace said she had no regrets about leaving the island ahead of Irmas land fall. She said the move may have prevented her from being seriously injured. Just up the road, sitting next to a running generator gazing into the horizon was 58-year-old Evan Lockhart. Despite the destruction all around him, Mr Lockhart was optimistic about the way forward. Mr Lockhart described Irma as a pretty rough experience, nothing hed ever gone through in his lifetime. He sought shelter at a local Anglican church and could see the damage throughout the settlement as he looked through the churchs windows. It started like that morn ing round 8.30, 9 oclock, he said. (Inside) that building it sounded like we were on the train tracks. I saw the damage from the inside. While Mr Lockhart said he had no regrets about staying on Ragged Island to ride out the storm, he said maybe next time, Ill leave. Twenty-seven-year-old Amal Smith shared the similar sentiments, saying the next time a storm hits he would consider leaving the country. He said despite warnings and calls to evacuate, he didnt want to leave my lil island. Before the storm hit, he thought Irma would have damaged New Providence much more than any other island. But when it did hit Ragged Island, the devastation was far worse than any oth er Family Island. Mr Smith was one of seven people in a home on the island, when an object being tossed around by Irmas winds struck one of the homes walls, causing it to crumble. He said: Boy, it was good in the beginning. But the last half was a nightmare. I hope to never see nothing like that again. Debris (was) ying, walls crumbling, ducking, dodging, boy it was just crazy. I had to run from my place. We were in there doing good. Then some thing slammed the side of the wall. The wall started crumbling. We had to make the decision to get out of the building as quick as possible. As he surveyed the dam age Irma left on Ragged Island yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Min nis said he had never seen anything like this before. Dr Minnis has said the island is not t for residents and a plane will be sent for the remaining islanders on Wednesday so they can evacuate. While each of the resi dents told reporters yester day they were heartbroken by the state of the island, they all agreed on one thing. That is it is now time to clean up, rebuild and move forward in the after math of Hurricane Irma. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter krussell@tribunemedia.net THE SHATTERED remnants of buildings in Ragged Island, above and below, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A3MAIN

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The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK www.tribune242.com @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. FIRSTLY, let me thank you for having this feature that encourages freelance writing of this sort. Free dom of the press is essential to societys maintenance. The recent business activ ity of certain individuals in society that promised Baha mians large sums of money for minuscule investments have somewhat deepened the economic black hole the country seems to have got ten itself into since the 2008 global recession. While I have neither created nor participated in this form of investment, I possess a great deal of sympathy for those continually swindled by this behaviour. It is my rm belief that the regulatory bodies of the Securities Commission of the Bahamas and the Bahamas Business License department should make these unregulated activities criminal offences. In fact, our neighbouring country, the United States, would agree with this position, seeing that it placed upon Bernie Madoff, a notori ous Ponzi scheme opera tor, a prison sentence that most people would not even match in age for the billions of dollars he stole from so ciety. While these looms may not have had the glorious run that Madoffs did, it still crippled a large num ber of Bahamians, espe cially those preparing their children during the back to school season, the un employed, and those with piles of nancial duress that simply saw no way to nancial freedom. There is no framework in any part of the world that can guaran tee an equal opportunity for every participant of a loom, and so it should be formerly outlawed in The Bahamas, just like it has been in other countries around the world. Furthermore, the rapid growth of these looms also signals a call for the Commission to lay the framework for intraday trading in The Bahamas, such as the famous Securi ties Exchange Commission of the United States has done with the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board of Options markets. These regulated, public trading schemes al low individuals to invest sums of money into pub licly traded companies at a faster pace than our local market currently allows, and the movement of the aggregate market paints a better picture of the respec tive economy. While this may take investment by the Bahamian government, the rewards of improving the BISX far outweigh any cost that the government and any public companies may incur to take its stock into the electronic age, as this move can create jobs, and improve the inequality ra tio, economically known as the gini coefcient, of The Bahamas. KHYLE HIGGS Nassau, August 29, 2017. A WEEK ago as massive Hurricane Irma was barreling toward The Ba hamas threatening life and limb, this newspaper, other media houses and the general public tore into Bahamas Power and Light for its lack of prepara tion. Where were the trucks that were supposed to be trimming trees ahead of the storm? Where had they been since the start of the hurricane season? With winds predicted at more than 150mph, fear of a strong storm surge and trees overhanging power lines from one end of the island to the next, we could be facing days, weeks, even months without power if heavy branches snapped and crushed supply lines. We were lucky. Most of The Bahamas dodged another bullet with Irma tak ing a turn for the west, heading to the Florida Keys and up the southwestern coast of Florida. Many Bahamians with family and friends in Florida will help in rescue efforts and well we should. Floridians have always been there for The Bahamas. And, of course we must be prepared to assist those in the south ern Bahamas who suffered damage and those in Grand Bahama who endured tornadoes in the midst of the storm. But as Hurricane Irma moved out, BPL trucks, at last, moved into action in New Providence. They were out in force on Sunday, making up for lost time and The Tribune wants to take this op portunity to acknowledge the company for nally, nally, beginning to act like a responsible power company. Bahami ans have been through enough and The Tribune has taken BPL to task time and again in editorials and in news coverage for its apparent lack of respect for the consumer, dishing out inconsistent and unreliable service at high cost, an unten able situation that no amount of apolo gies could make acceptable. We like what we see of the new in terim CEO, Mike Herreld, who actually has a background in electrical power op erations unlike his predecessor, Pamela Hill, whose background was nance. Mrs Hill was named CEO April 29, 2016 by PowerSecure, the company con tracted by the Bahamian government to manage BPL, though the public has never seen the contents of the contract. One year and four months after her ap pointment and just weeks after BPL ex ecutives awarded themselves a reported $1.1m in bonuses, Mrs Hill was shown the door, ousted without a word of ex planation. What we do know is her oust er came less than two weeks after three junior employees were red for alleged involvement in a $2m fraud scheme that included issuance of 44 cheques to 16 vendors over a ve-month period be ginning in December 2016. The alleged scheme was uncovered during a forensic audit conducted by the accounting rm of Ernst & Young. The Tribune we are sure, is not alone in asking for the entire truth to be laid bare in the management and operations of BPL. This requires cooperation of all units, particularly the determina tion of the Minister of Works the Hon Desmond Bannister. His desire to open the management contract and the socalled business plan for which the Ba hamian public paid, a fact we still can not fathom, must not be impeded in any way and should be encouraged. We fully believe Mr Bannister to have the best of intentions and we encourage him to pre sent the contract and the business plan without political comment, letting the facts speak for themselves. The political commentary may come later. We also encourage the anti-corruption unit and the Royal Bahamas Police Force to do their jobs without political interference. The investigation must be independent and thorough and the consequences for those convicted of participating must be grave, matching the severity of the deeds that deprived the public of its rights for the personal gain of a handful of people. This is a time for everyone with even the slightest temptation to commit fraud to recognise that it will no longer be tolerated. We are turning a page and while you do not wipe out a culture of corruption just by wishing it away, you can demonstrate that the price for get ting caught is not worth the risk of get ting involved. At the same time the dirty laundry is aired and hung out to dry, we wish Mr Herreld good fortune. If he lives up to his stated and ambitious goals robust growth, innovation and a return to nancial strength he will deserve to remain and should earn the respect of the men and women who work at BPL. We do not think that the former head of BEC, Kevin Basden, ever got the reward he deserved for decades of dedication and we hope he will be duly recognized. In the end, the only solution for BPL is renewable energy. It is the wave of the future and the way that The Bahamas, blessed with year-round sun, can show leadership and innovation. That is the only route to a nancially robust BPL and a steady supply of power. Once the house is fully cleaned, it will be time to let the sun shine in. Need more nancial options LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net BPL nally powering up, police probe must continuejrolle@tribunemedia.net EDITOR, The Tribune. WESTERN promenade, midday Monday, Septem ber 4th... shocked to hear and see a red powerboat speeding and making sharp moves in Nassau Harbour realising to my knowledge there is a very low speed limit for any type of water craft. Has the speed limit been raised and no one knows or as usual we do what we like until there is an accident, injuries and deaths? Where are the Harbour Police? The Police Station opposite Junkanoo beach surely sees and hears this boat or are they fast asleep on their job? Once on this the restric tion is for the full extent of Nassau Harbour easterly and westerly. Blow me down, sorry for the pun but suddenly there is a CAT, level in the Simp son Satire scale. You know Radio Talk Show Hosts must be punished and brought to heel when they talk total garbage. URCA what do you do? DG Tourism... we will guarantee our visitors ights out of the country if they feel threatened from hurricane Irma good for her she seemingly has re solved all our national problems with Bahamasair! Fools talk that is all that is. Once the wind speed gets to 40mph LPIA will close... Car wrecks being import ed from Florida thought these were banned years ago? What is the story? Road Trafc, Ft Char lotte/Clifford park now thats one contract some one needs to check. They created a parking lot with enough oodlights to have major US basketball! What was the cost of that con tract, Hon Glenys Hanna Martin? Stainless steel light poles going to bed! P MURPHY Nassau, September 4, 2017. Reckless powerboats and missing police EDITOR, The Tribune. I READ with great inter est Brave Davis promise to appoint a Constitutional Reform Committee to look into the deciencies of the PLPs constitution. Should Davis succeed in reforming the PLPs consti tution putting it on all fours with the Constitution of The Commonwealth then he would have done more for Democracy in The Ba hamas than his predecessor Perry Gladstone Christie. THE WATCHMAN Nassau, August, 2017. Brave and democracy EDITOR, The Tribune. CONTROLLING cor ruption does not create jobs and jobs-jobs-jobs is what the people who want jobs want to hear where are they, Mr Minnis? The Pointe Hotel a US$250m development (hate the design mind you ugly clashes with the coloni al style of the BC) however if this was started 300+ con struction workers get work. Okay, Mr Minister of Works no corners taken; no waivers but get the ap provals completed Chris tie and them told us this project was shovel ready wasnt it? Work at Baha Mar will soon be complete China State wants to take their workers from there to the BC add 300 Bahamians and eve ryone happy which we have not been since May 11th. Zhivago Laing on his ra dio show implied the new Carnival Cruise Port in East GB is not approved GB is screaming for jobs get the approvals completed unless the Minnis Govern ment wants to stall this one also? Government had better consult with Jamaica on Falmouth Port NCL built and the economic effect on the taxi and tour busi ness sector. The proposed Port will have its own retail, restaurants and activities so why do the cruise passen gers have to leave the com pound? Everything is there! Jobs, Mr Prime Minister, Jobs, Jobs.. Jobs only they put food on the table and bring some smiles, please! W THOMPSON Nassau, September 4, 2017. Time for jobs, Dr Minnis A4MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 12, 2017, PAGE 5 JEFFREY Forbes, 75, was reduced to tears yes terday as he spoke of the damage left behind by Hur ricane Irma in Salina Point, Acklins. Mr Forbes, a former light house keeper, said he hard ly wanted to look around the settlement because the sight was too devastating. If he had his way, neither he nor his wife, would have stayed during the monster hurricane. But Mr Forbes said they were just 15 min utes late in arriving at the airport where residents were being evacuated last Wednesday and unfortu nately they were left be hind. Faced with no choice, he said they rode the storm out in a nearby shelter in Spring Point, Acklins. But through the ordeal, which left them without electricity or running water, Mr Forbes said he still be lieves God is good. Diana Forbes, a mother of ten, who has lived on the island since 1978, said she believed it was Gods will for her to remain there as a shelter manager. Acklins faced hurricane force winds early Friday morning. She said: It was great be cause guess what? I know the hands of God (were) with us and (the wind) it blows and it blows and it blows, but while he was blowing we were on our bended knees giving God thanks. We said if we do not live, well be rested in the hands of Jesus and we ride the storm out. Inside the shelter were 15 adults and two children. Ms Forbes said had she not gone to the shelter, she has no doubt everything would have still turned out okay. I would have made it because its like the Lord had it in me not to move from this island and guess what? If I did move and he did want me to stay some thing else could have been happening. But I give God thanks this morning for his goodness and his mercy. My home is standing. Water went in it maybe through the doors because look like the wind was blowing off the door. If I did meet my house on the ground I would have lift my hands and say Lord I thank you. I was gonna tell him thank you for his mercy. Everyone is alive and well. The storm has passed and all we got to do is get to work and start cleaning up the community and get things together. We have no light, no water, everything is off but I still give God thanks because Im an island woman, Ms Forbes said. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis, a government delegation and the media toured Acklins, Ragged Island and Crooked Island yesterday to get a rsthand account of damage left be hind by Irma. Acklins resident in tears as he surveys damage By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter krussell@tribunemedia.net BAHAMASAIR has re sumed scheduled services throughout its entire do mestic network and will re sume routes into the United States this morning at sev eral airports. These include: Ft Lau derdale/Hollywood In ternational Airport; West Palm Beach (serviced from Marsh Harbour) and Or lando International Air port. Passengers scheduled to travel to Miami this morn ing are advised that the morning ights will be ser viced through Ft Lauderd ale. Service into Miami, Florida from Nassau is ex pected to resume Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, service be tween Nassau and Orlando will resume at noon today. All other international services will also resume this morning. These ser vices include: Jos Mart International Airport in Havana, Cuba; Hugo Chvez International Air port in Cap Haitian, Haiti; Toussaint LOuverture In ternational Airport in Portau-Prince, Haiti and Provi denciales International Airport in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Bahamasair will continue to inform the public of any schedule changes if neces sary. BAHAMASAIR RESUMES DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FLOODING in Salina Point, Acklins, yesterday in the wake of Hurricane Irma and, below, a demolished wall on the island. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff SOME of the damgae in Salina Point, Acklins, yesterday seen during a tour of the island by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and ofcials. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff Acklins, Salina Point suffered damages from hurricane Irma. Scenes from Salina Point yesterday during Prime Minis ter Minnis visit. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A UNITED front as politicians work together to examine the damage after the storm. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is pictured with PLP MP Glenys Hanna Martin. A5MAIN

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PAGE 6, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE process for the res toration of utilities, as well as certain infrastructure in Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Irma has started. In a two-hour press con ference at the Emergency Operation Centre, ofcials from the Grand Bahama Power Company and the Grand Bahama Utilities Company indicated they expect full services of elec tricity and water to be re stored to Grand Bahama by the end of the week, if not sooner. At the press conference, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson, ofcials and representa tives from all of the rel evant agencies revealed their respective plans for the restoration of Grand Bahama. Because Grand Bahama did not suffer the full im pact of Hurricane Irma on Sunday, it was revealed that restoration will not be as difcult and prolonged as it was following Hurricane Matthew last October. God is good, and we could all agree that Grand Bahama and most of the densely populated part of the country dodged a bullet this time, said Mr Turn quest. The memories of (Hur ricane) Matthew are fresh in our minds and so we certainly want to acknowl edge and give God thanks for having spared us from a devastating storm. According to ofcials, power, water and other utilities are expected to be restored within a short pe riod of time. Mr Turnquest pointed out that Grand Ba hama International Airport will re-open by today. However, because all of the power has not yet been restored to the airport, there will be no pre-clear ance services for anyone traveling from GBIA on US ights. All passengers will have to post-clear once they arrive within the United States. That (pre-clearance) will not happen for a day or two, because ofcers will need to return to Freeport and to get their systems up and going, explained Mr Turnquest. So, it will be a day or two before we have full operations at the US Pre-Clearance Terminal. Additionally, Freeport Harbour Company, as well as Freeport Container Port will re-open for normal ser vices on Tuesday, Septem ber 12. While jubilant about minor damage caused by Hurricane Irma to the island, Mr Turnquest said that his prayers were with those who did suffer signicant personal loss to their homes and property as a result of tornadoes that touched down in Grand Ba hama on Sunday. On Sunday night, of cials revealed that some 100 residents had been affected by tornados in Grand Bahama due to Irmas passage. The torna dic activity began around 12.45pm. Assessment teams were dispatched from NEMA and shortly before 6pm Sunday, it was reported that about 12 homes were struck and one business, Colina Insurance Company on the Mall Drive, received roof damage. The Lodge Hall on East Sunrise Highway was also affected with signicant roof destruction. Other affected areas included Alexis Drive in Imperial Park where eight homes were damaged three with signicant damage and ve with mi nor roof damage along with devastation of doors and windows. An eight-unit building on East Beach Drive had signicant roof loss; a resi dence on Tamarind Street had signicant roof damage and the rear bedroom was destroyed. Those affected were placed with family or friends. Mr Turnquest called for other residents to not only pray for those who suffered loss in Hurricane Irma, but that they also respect the privacy and dignity of those who may have lost so much. At the same time, he asked Grand Bahami ans to be their brothers keeper and lend a helping hand. You would have heard that Bimini suffered signicant damage and it may take a little longer to have full restoration there, said Mr Turnquest. There was also signicant damage in other islands like Ragged Island and in the southern islands like Mayaguana and Inagua. These Bahamians will require our assistance. As persons from around the country helped us when we were in need last year, we call on Bahamians here in Grand Bahama to lend their assistance to your brothers and sisters in those islands. The Ministry of Works removed shutters to the entrances of government buildings and schools to al low ofcials to go in and as sess their respective prop erties and ofces. Schools in Grand Bahama received minor damage and are ex pected to be re-opened lat er this week. We are in the process now of repatriating those individuals who were evac uated from the southern Bahamas and from other islands to Grand Bahama, said Minister Turnquest. And I want to thank the minister of state for Grand Bahama and all of the peo ple who worked along with him and with the Emergen cy Operations Centre, both here in Freeport, as well as in East End to help us get through Hurricane Irma with little devastation. Electricity and water restoration by end of week in Grand Bahama BIMINI residents were relieved yesterday to start the laborious, but bit tersweet process of resto ration with no casualties or injuries after hundreds were unable to evacuate before the devastation from the passage of Hurricane Irma. Bailey Town resident Pryia Russell-Ellis, 31, told The Tribune that the wind was so large and pow erful that she could see it forming and blowing out side her window in gusts that were incomparable to last years storm. The wind pounded homes on Bimini, she said, recounting sever al times when tiny bubbles of air and rain seeped in from her hurricane-proof windows. Last year was a joke compared to this, Mrs Russell-Ellis, a spa owner, said. At some point, I thought the roof would get blown off and the windows get sucked out, thats how much gusts were coming. When you looked outside you could see the gray and white mist or smoke like clouds, but not in the form of a tornado, but its such a big bulk. When I did get fright ened I went to Psalm 91. I felt the feeling (panic) that wanted to come but I con trolled it because I had to stay calm. I had to think clearly in case we did have an emergency. In Bailey Town, Mrs Rus sell-Ellis said that her home is located between two bod ies of water, the ocean on one side, and the bay on the other. The winds were howl ing, she continued. We have hurricane proof win dows but we still boarded them up. It started bubbling up through the cracks and we just spray whatever was coming through with foam ing spray. Island administrator Kate Williamson said residents were in a working mood after powerful wind gusts of 80mph, and other tropi cal storm conditions pum melled the island, downing lines and tearing at build ings and homes. Up to press time, power had only been restored to Bimini Bay. We had a lot of roof damage here, said Ms Wil liamson. Somebody lost their entire roof, a persons entire roof blew off, that is traumatic. But we have no casualties, no injuries. Our priority this (Mon day) morning was to make Queens Highway passable because that was the access to major businesses, the fuel station and ferry docks. That was our priority. For me, (Hurricane Irma) it was not as chal lenging after having experi enced Joaquin in my house in Lovely Bay, Ms Wil liamson continued. That experience sustained me. I was more consoling persons who were in fear at the command centre in the administrators ofce. Ms Williamson added: In Bimini, its a working mood. We will bounce back and were trying to help one another this is a very small island. The damage is ex tensive. On Thursday of last week, the government is sued an advisory of vol untary evacuation for the island which boasts a population of around 2,000 persons. Ms Williamson told The Tribune that while the gov ernment was only able to evacuate about 70 persons, some 700 persons had in dicated their desire to get off the island ahead of the monster storm. It really would have been a sad thing for me to leave and have all these people still here. We evacuated some 370 persons but the list of persons who wanted to leave was at about 700 persons. It wouldnt look right to leave the people my heart wouldnt allow me to go. Ms Williamson said: They were so scared. I had to constantly assure them that all would be well. But really, the whole Bahamas was cautious, if we run from Bimini, where we going? I prepared announcements and we had our communi cations person go through the streets with the mega phone giving updates. We just cleared the air port Monday so possibly to day they (evacuees) will be coming back home. We are trying to be self-sufcient here in Bimini, she added. The tiny island was given the all-clear by the National Emergency Management Agency on Monday, initiat ing partial power restora tion and island-wide assess ments. Up to press time, Baha mas Power and Light had not completed its assess ment; however, electricity had been restored in Bimini Bay with ofcials expected to restore Alice Town with in a few hours. While property damage is extensive, Ms Williamson said there were no current requests for shelter, adding that all three shelters on the island, in which 96 persons sought refuge, had been cleared. Most of the damage was sustained in the north of the island, she said. We have water back on in the north, she said. We have a lost line that connected north to south and as a result the south is out of water but the Water and Sewerage Corporation is assisting. The tanks are well protected and chlorin ated. Persons with wells will wait for electricity to be re stored. The Bahamas Telecom munications Company had restored service to 90 per cent of Alice Town, and 60 per cent of Bailey Town by 3pm yesterday, Ms William son said. Philomina Rolle, a 69-year-old resident of Bai ley Town, told The Trib une that she rode out the storm with her husband and 35-year-old son with lots of faith and no fear. For Ms Rolle, the wind picked up around 3am Saturday and lasted well into Sunday night. It was a lot of wind, gusty winds but I didnt have any fear of it, Ms Rolle said. Its a lot of damage. Were out of electricity but that doesnt matter because you got to learn how to be content with whatever state youre in. As long as you have life, the other stuff doesnt really matter. It was a long process with that gusty winds, some 30 hours or more. I slept, I was comfortable, I have God on my side so I didnt focus on the hurricane. Looking out Monday, roofs are gone, trees down across the road, power lines down, poles down. But its so amazing there was no loss of life, God deserves all the praise, Ms Rolle said. BIMINI STARTS TO REBUILD AFTER TERROR OF STORM By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ tribunemedia.net EROSION in Bimini in the wake of Hurricane Irmas impact. DAMAGE to the seafront in Bimini in the wake of the storm. A6MAIN

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 12, 2017, PAGE 7 DISPLACED by Hur ricane Irma, several Family Island residents yesterday expressed appre hension about returning home after receiving re ports of varying levels of devastation. Inundated with text mes sages and photos about ood waters and structural damage to property on Monday, evacuees still being housed at the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium and the New Providence Communi ty Centre (NPCC) said they are unsure of what awaits them once they get back to their respective islands. They sent me all. Every last picture taken in Ragged Island and I am sure the damage is much, much worse in person, said De mison Nesbitt, Ragged Islands chief councillor, when he spoke to The Trib une outside of the NPCC. Seventy-ve per cent of the homes devastated. The other 25 per cent roof gone, walls damaged. So much gone, he added sadly. According to Mr Nesbitt, most of Ragged Islands in frastructure was affected by Irma. Poles, the light poles, yes they snapped. Water, the entire reverse osmo sis plant, nished. Homes, schools, businesses, roads Ive received bad news since Sunday and I am too afraid to get back there, he said. Mr Nesbitt was one of the nearly 50 residents who evacuated the island before Irma. Exuma and Ragged Is land MP, Chester Cooper, on Sunday said it was mind blowing to have seen pho tographs of the ruin on the island left by Irma, as he lik ened the situation to a hor ric scene from television. Another island said to be ravaged by Irma was Maya guana. Ned Brooks, 61, another evacuee calling the NPCC home in the wake of Irma, said the horror stories hes heard from persons now in Mayaguana have left him uneasy and concerned. Boy, they say my house is in order, but my area is very damaged. My church, they say the roof (was) hit hard, problems (in) other places. But I cant say for certain until I see things for myself. Mr Brooks, who evacuat ed to New Providence with his elderly mother before Irma, added: I am worried because its difcult to go based on other peoples ac count. They could say this good and that good, but no one knows my house like me. I know how I left each shingle and nail I know how I left my home. In moments like this, and I dont want to sound ungrateful because Im truly impressed by what the government was able to do for us at this shelter. But in moments like this, your mind wonders because you can only imagine how bad it is when you dont know. Mr Brooks went on to detail the thousands of dol lars in belongings he could potentially lose in a worst case scenario. Im worried about my furniture. Im worried about my appliances. Im worried about so much, straight down to the hun dreds of dollars of meat in my freezer. His panic led him to ask The Tribune : How long you think meat could last in the freezer if no one is there to open it up? Oh my God, do you think it is still good? God, I hope some of it is still good. That level of concern was also present at the gymna sium when The Tribune spoke with Theofolis Dud ley Saunders Jr, a resident of Bimini who was evacu ated with his sick father last Thursday. However, his concern wasnt about supplies and food, but rather those in his local community who often depended on him daily for help. Me and my daddy was fortunate to get out when we did. But I know so much people who didnt and now I am hearing so much things about how bad it is up there, he said. Taking a break from a friendly game of basketball with a couple of young boys at the shelter on Monday, Mr Saunders Jr, 52, said his father, 75, has been con stantly asking him about the status of their home and friends since Saturday. However, Mr Saunders Jr said he has been too afraid to give the full de tails. He wants to know and I am hearing a lot, but I dont want worry him like that because he is sick. But Im worried because youre hearing about tornadoes, ooding and all sorts of stuff and youre like, I won der how Mrs So-and-So do ing and how Mr So-and-So holding up, he said. This is the tough part, the worry. But there are people here with me and I am going to do what I can for them until I can get back home to Bimini to do what I can there. Also in the gymnasium Monday was Gloria Scav ella, a resident of Inagua staying at the storm shelter with three generations of her family. She called her current predicament a blessing by God. Ms Scavella, holding hands with one of her greatgrand daughters during her interview with The Trib une said she had no need to dwell on the negative because God has given her a chance to sleep comfort able and eat good in dry, safe place during a storm. The government has taken care of us, and while I am somewhat scared of what home looks like, I am alive and my family is good. Life, we still have it and that is what truly matters, she added. Ahead of Irmas arrival last week, some residents of MICAL, Ragged Island and Bimini were evacuated into New Providence. A total of 1,223 persons arrived in New Providence on 15 ights Wednesday and three hurricane shel ters were earmarked for these residents. On Thursday, an ad ditional 21 people from Mathew Town, Inagua and about 300 others from Bi mini requested evacuation. The government is ex pected to announce this week when evacuees would be able to return to their re spective islands. Provisions are in place to help evacuees through the weekend, according to of cials. Evacuees nervous as they prepare to return home By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter rwells@tribunemedia.net CHIEF Councillor of Ragged Island Demison Nesbitt at New Providence Community Centre. THEOFOLIS Saunders at Kendal Isaac Gym. Photo: Donavan McIntosh HANDS for Hunger Truck at New Providence Community Centre. EVACUATES at the Kendal Isaac Gym Shelter. Photos: Donavan McIntosh A7MAIN

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PAGE 8, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 THE TRIBUNE AS government assess ments continue in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean Development Bank yesterday announced that just under $1m will be accessible through emer gency relief grants and loans. The funding support was extended to borrowing member countries (BMCs) affected by Hurricane Irma, and for regional coor dinator, the Caribbean Dis aster Emergency Manage ment Agency (CDEMA). In anticipation of Hurri cane Irmas track through the region, the bank ap proved a fast-tracked grant of USD$150,000 to CDE MA to assist with prepa rations for mobilising and coordinating disaster relief, according to a press release yesterday. The emergency re lief grants are valued at USD$200,000, and will be available for Anguilla, An tigua and Barbuda, the Ba hamas, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Immediate response loans will be of fered up to USD$750,000 to the affected countries. The grants will assist with costs associated with damage assessments and the provision and trans portation of emergency relief supplies, water and sanitation resources, roof ing materials for emergency shelters and community buildings, and temporary shelter for displaced per sons, said a press state ment yesterday. The loans, available on highly concessionary terms, are designed to support the clearing and cleaning of ar eas damaged by Hurricane Irma, and the emergency restoration of services. Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest said it was too early to say whether the government will be seeking relief as assess ments are in the early stages. Last week, Prime Minis ter Dr Hubert Minnis indi cated that the government had renewed the countrys policy with the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insur ance Facility (CCRIF) a reversal of the former ad ministrations decision to drop the policy in place of a national disaster fund. Dr Minnis told Parlia ment earlier this year that the former administrations action had resulted in the Bahamas losing out on a $32m insurance payout in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a category three/ four storm. According to the CDB statement, CCRIF an nounced last week that it will make payouts of USD$15.6m on their tropi cal cyclone policies to the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, and St Kitts and Nevis as a re sult of the passage of Hur ricane Irma. Additional payouts are expected in relation to wa ter damage from ooding and storm surges, the state ment said. Bank offers $1m in grants to help rebuild after hurricane By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net TWO local charities have started efforts to pro vide relief to the southern islands left devastated by Hurricane Irma and are en couraging persons with ex tra food or clothing items to donate to those in need. Gina Knowles, co-found er of the Head-Knowles Foundation, said her or ganisation, which put to gether widespread relief efforts following Hurricane Joaquin and Hurricane Matthew, has partnered with the Bahamas Red Cross to help those facing serious hardships, mainly in Ragged Island, Inagua and Acklins. Mrs Knowles said the organisation is working to provide money for gas, mail boat services, private char ters, underwear, hygiene kits, school supplies and other items to persons who need assistance. We are gearing up to be an immediate relief source which means we need cash to do this. We are directing all of our food, water and clothing to the Bahamas Red Cross, Mrs Knowles said. There are tons of adults and children with out clothes in Salina Point, Acklins and Ragged Island, just to begin with and as we get more information, we will let you know but we need all sized clothing please. We are also encour aging all those who bought extra hurricane stock for their own homes to donate those items they are not using. You can easily pack some of those up to show you are thankful that you didnt need them. We have to think about what would have been the outcome if we were hit like Barbuda. Lets be thankful. Red Cross Director Gen eral Caroline Turnquest said yesterday that the Red Cross has all the supplies they need for now but, she is awaiting the results of the governments assess ment to determine what the groups next move is. The rst thing we need is to get the information from the assessment to see which areas need us the most, Ms Turnquest said. However, in the mean time we are packaging food and supplies just in case. Right now, as it stands we are covered because our fo cus is on the Family Islands, we took care of New Provi dence before the hurricane. So, our focus is now nding out where there is the great er need and we will channel our resources there. On Sunday, Chester Cooper, MP for Exuma and Ragged Island, told The Tribune Hurricane Irma left Duncan Town, Ragged Island in a state of devas tation. He said it was mind blowing to have seen pho tographs of the ruin on the island left behind by Irma, as he likened the situa tion to a horric television scene. Kwasi Thompson, State Minister for Grand Ba hama, said on Sunday that about 100 people had been affected by tornadoes which touched down on the island, damaging homes and rip ping off roofs. Ofcials in Bimini also reported that a tornado hit that island on Sunday, causing some dam age to homes. No serious injuries were reported. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis and a delega tion toured affected islands in the south on Mon day. The trip, which had been planned for Sunday had to be postponed be cause of heavy wind in New Providence from the pas sage of Hurricane Irma. CHARITIES START UP EFFORTS TO BRING RELIEF TO ISLANDS By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter sdorsett@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis in Salina Point, Acklins, yesterday as the assessment of damage from Hurricane Irma began. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A8MAIN 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

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 12, 2017, PAGE 9 A 23-YEAR-OLD man was charged in the Magis trates Court yesterday with the murder of a man and the critical injury of a wom an who were trying to make a bank deposit in the Palm dale area earlier this month. Bernard Appolon, of Hillside Estates, stood be fore Chief Magistrate Joy ann Ferguson-Pratt facing one count each of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery in connec tion with the September 4 incident. It is alleged that Appo lon, while armed with a gun, murdered Frederick Rigby, and attempted to murder Alsharika Stuart, robbing her of $4,649, the property of the McDonalds restaurant franchise. In court yesterday, the accuseds lawyer alleged his client was suffocated with a bag over his head and was beaten so severely while in police custody that he uri nated blood. Mr Smith also claimed that Appolon was instructed to sign papers against his will. According to initial po lice reports, shortly after 10pm on the day in ques tion, a man and woman were about to make a de posit at a local bank on Ma deira Street when they were approached by two men armed with handguns, who shot and robbed them of a deposit bag before speed ing off in a dark coloured vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to hospi tal where her condition was last listed as critical. Appolon was not re quired to enter a plea to the charges. The case was ad journed to November 6 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment. However, before the ad journment, Nathan Smith, Appolons attorney, peti tioned the chief magistrate to have his client receive ur gent medical attention. He claimed his client had suf fered signicant physical abuse while in police cus tody. Mr Smith claimed that his client, who had been in custody since Tuesday, was allegedly beaten by inter viewing ofcers, and was punched in his back and side repeatedly by ofcers and also in the throat. Mr Smith also alleged that three ofcers stood on his clients body while he was lying on his back. He also claimed his client had a bag placed over his head, suffocating him. Mr Smith also claimed that his clients requests to seek medical attention were repeatedly ignored, even after Appolon informed of cers that he was urinating blood. The chief magistrate took note of the claims and of Mr Smiths request to have Appolon seek medical at tention. She said she would issue a note to accompany Appolons remand warrant to have him seen by a phy sician at the Bahamas De partment of Correctional Suspect faces court accused of double shooting at bank ATM By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net TWO men were ar raigned yesterday in con nection with an armed robbery that took place on September 7. Reginald Bridgewater Jr, 32, of Norfolk Avenue, Mackey Street, and Tor riano Smith, 27, of South Beach, were both charged before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on one count each of armed robbery. Bridgewater was charged with a separate count of re ceiving. It is alleged that on the day in question, both men robbed Mark Rolle of two silver Alcatel cell phones valued at $270 each; a black Toyota vehicle key valued at $150; a Bahamian drivers licence valued at $25; a Ba hamian National Insurance Board card valued at $10; two Scotiabank visa debit cards valued at $10 each; a Jamaican credit union card valued at $50, and $700 in cash. Bridgewater was fur ther charged with dishon estly receiving all of these items minus the two cell phones and the $700 in cash between September 7 and September 9. Neither man was re quired to enter a plea to any of the charges. The matter was adjourned to October 16 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment. TWO ACCUSED OF ROBBERY By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net A 26-YEAR-OLD MAN was arraigned in Magis trates Court yesterday on charges of robbing a sen ior woman police ofcer at gunpoint in the Mackey Street area last week. Garon Collie, of Nassau Village, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Fergu son-Pratt facing one count each of armed robbery and receiving in connection with the September 8 inci dent. He was also charged with one count of possession of an unlicensed rearm and one count of possession of ammunition. It is alleged that Collie, while armed with a black and silver rearm, robbed Assistant Superintendent Stacey Bowe-Curry of a burgundy coloured Land handbag worth $300, a black police warrant card worth $75 and $397 in cash. He is also alleged to have dishonestly received the same. It is also claimed that on the same day, he was found with a silver and black col oured Rosie .38 revolver, as well as one live round of .38 ammunition. According to police re ports, around 10.30am, a woman was standing in front of a business on Mackey Street when a man armed with a handgun ap proached and robbed her of her handbag before eeing on foot. Ofcers from the North western Division on patrol in the area immediately arrested the suspect and uncovered a handgun in his possession. The victims handbag was also recov ered, police said. Collie was not required to enter a plea and the mat ter was adjourned to Octo ber 2 at noon for service of a voluntary bill of indict ment. As for the rearms charges, The Tribune un derstands Collie will enter a plea when the matter is presented in the Supreme Court. SUSPECT CHARGED WITH ROBBERY AFTER POLICEWOMAN HELD UP AT GUNPOINT By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella@tribunemedia.net AS the government pre pares to reconvene Parlia ment this week, the Or ganisation for Responsible Governance (ORG), a notfor-prot civic foundation aimed at fostering better governance, has urges the Cabinet to prioritise enact ing the Freedom of Infor mation Bill. The legislation was passed in Parliament in the previ ous administration but has not yet been fully enacted. The group implored govern ment for the timely enact ment of the Freedom of In formation Act (FOIA) but also to take this opportunity to consider revisions that would strengthen the law. Prioritising the urgent roll-out of the FOIA would be a demonstration of non partisan commitment to the people and the development of the nation, said ORG communications coordina tor Chauntez Dillet-Wilson. We and a myriad of our civil society partners have worked tirelessly and are prepared to continue to ad vocate for the enactment of a true, and fair bill that gives power to the people and keeps the government hon est. We have seen FOIA fall to the wayside before in 2012 and dont wish to repeat it. Years of comprehensive re search and consultation have gone into the bill and civil societys recommendations, it is up to this administration to seize this opportunity. The group stressed that FOIA is a foundational step to more open, transparent, and fair governance and a rst step toward combatting corruption. In its rst few months, this administration has gone to great pains to demonstrate a commitment to combatting corruption. However, they must go above and beyond handcuffs. Systemic change is required to develop the culture of transparency and accountability that has been shown to discourage and re duce acts of malfeasance in public life, said Matt Aubry, executive director of ORG. FOIA is a derivative of freedom of speech a funda mental right and is a crucial step to creating that culture of trust and transparency. FOIA has been evidenced to improve public awareness of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; enhance government efciency and responsiveness; increase public participation in gov ernment affairs; boost public condence, and empower citizens to hold their ofcials and representatives account able. Ultimately it is shifting power to the people, which is at the heart of democracy. ORG is one of a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) and private industry groups representing over 100,000 Bahamians who comprised the central advo cacy engine that pressed for amendments to the Free dom of Information Bill. The group aimed to ensure that the bill empowered the people and held govern ment ofcials and depart ments accountable. The coalition was suc cessful in having seven of its amendments included in the nal bill draft, which passed both houses of Parliament in February of this year. However, the group states that three crucial recom mendations to the bill were not incorporated and urge that these be considered in any renewed FOIA effort. The bill does not provide sufcient access to infor mation about entities that receive substantial public funding, particularly nonstatutory bodies. They rec ommend the denition of public authorities within the bill be expanded to in clude all bodies owned, controlled or substantially nanced by the government from public funds such as the BEST Commission. The group also said time limits outlined in the bill favour the government and can act as deterrents for those seeking information. We recommend that wait time for responses and the 30-year period for in formation to be declassied be shortened, ORG noted. Records of government deliberative processes are not included in the bill. Opin ions, advice or recommenda tions ministers of Cabinet or committees therein use to make decisions should be fully disclosed. According to public statements by the former Minister of Education Je rome Fitzgerald, the legislation has been partially enacted, allowing for the appointment of the in formation commissioner and the repeal of the 2012 FOIA. ORG pledged to continue to support FOIA efforts and called on the new administration to see civil society as a resource and ally, the groups state ment noted. We think that it is im portant as the government moves forward on FOIA that they work in tandem with civil society, said Mr Aubry. Collectively, our groups have conducted a great amount of research, bench marking, and public consul tation on this topic and bring a wealth of knowledge and the peoples best interests to the table. As the bill is rolled out post enactment it will be a large undertaking, a great deal of public education will be required and we are pre FISHERIES ministers and ofcials from SubSaharan Africa, the Carib bean and the Pacic Islands will take place in The Baha mas on September 18-21. The meeting seeks to rein force commitments to boost aquaculture resources. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis will open the two-day 5th Meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture on September 20. FISHERIES MINISTERS TO MEET IN THE BAHAMAS BERNARD APPOLON, aged 23, outside court yesterday. Photo: Donavan McIntosh REGINALD BRIDGEWATER JR, left, and Torriano Smith, outside court. Photos: Donovan McIntosh A9MAIN CRESVAL WILSON, 68 affectionately called Colomboof Wilson Tract, will be held on Wednesday, Sep tember 13th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Mission Baptist Church, Hay and East Street Ofciating will be Pastor R. E. Cooper. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road. He was predeceased by his daughter: Angela Wal lace; Precious Memories will forever linger the hearts of all who came in contact with him, especially his Wife: Eleanor Wilson; daughters: Anya Ma jor, Simone Wilson and Shenique Wilson; son: Dax Wilson; son-in-law: Lenox Major Sr.; grandchildren: Demario, Darne trio, Santangelo, Mario, DeJuan, Jaden and Jordan Wilson, Angelica Wallace, Cindy Bannister, Kevin Wallace, Raynique Rigby, Nahjma Stuart, Naheeb Stuart, Reuben Stuart Jr., Jada McKenzie, Yanique Wilson, Marcus Wallace, Jodi Major, Kayden Major, Lenox Major Jr. and Nylah Peterson; great grandchildren: Keymara and Mariah; brothers: Charles Colebrooke II and Alfred Lockhart; sisters: Petrona Powell and Valeria Cooper; brothers-in-law: Vincent, Tyrone and Kendal McKenzie, Cleophas Cooper; sisters-in-law: Yvonne McKenzie, Marvia Cooper, Anita McKenzie, Francis Stuart, Marilyn McKen zie, Marilyn Colebrooke and Jerildean Lockhart; aunt: Sheila Wilson; uncle: Berthrum Thurston; nieces: Cleovandra Cooper, Philisa Colebrooke, Kayra Lockhart, Dalcie Lightbourne, Elsa Carey, Veronica McKenzie, April SandyStuart, Darlia Stuart, Charmaine Ferguson, Leotha Coleby; nephews: Shorn Lightfoot, Sidney Rolle, Charles Colebrook III, Cordero Cooper, Ceotti and Canaz Cooper, Bradley Stuart, Davin Stuart, Quedan Stuart, Omar Theophilus, Van McKenzie, Chauncy Thompson, Brent Deveaux, Christopher Penner man, Gregory Powell Jr. and Kayell Lockhart; Cousins: William Vase Brown, Charlzetta Allen, Helena Davis, Charles Saunders, Obie and Wybert Brown, Petrika Russell, Chantell, Chavall and Cutelle Higgs; a host of other relatives and friends including: Prince Bodie, Brave Davis, the Malcolm Road Community, Kennedy Sub Family, Teddy Charlow, Edna Bonaby, Eulamae Lockhart, Nowell Munroe, and many others too numerous to mention. Viewing will be held in the Celestial Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Road on Tuesday (TODAY) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until service time. Funeral Service for

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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 12, 2017, PAGE 11 RESIDENTS have been urged to closely monitor Hurricane Jose even as the rebuilding starts after the impact of Hurricane Irma. Jose is expected to con tinue weakening as it mean ders north-east of The Ba hamas for the next couple of days, the National Emer gency Management Agency (NEMA) said yesterday. Jose was last night mov ing north at about 12mph, and a turn towards the north-east was expected. The storm still had maxi mum sustained winds of near 100mph with higher gusts, despite its movement stalling in the Atlantic. NEMA advised residents to keep alert and watch for updates on the progress of the hurricane which still had the potential to affect some areas of The Baha mas. KEEP WATCH ON JOSE RAGGED Island was hard hit by Hurricane Irma pictured are locations around the island blasted by the storm. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A11MAIN MOBILEAPP Take us with you Everywhere you go! Take us with you Everywhere you go!

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PAGE 12, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 THE TRIBUNE DAMAGE in Crooked Island yesterday as seen during the visit by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff CROOKED Island resident Captain Robbie Gibson Sr and, below, a hug for Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis during his visit. RESIDENT of Crooked Island Willis McKinney. Crooked Island after the storm A12MAIN