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WEDNESDAY HIGH 91FLOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1Established 1903 BUSINESS: WARNING OF SIGNIFICANT RISK IF ECONOMY NOT TURNED AROUND ONE man is dead and another is in hospital fol lowing a shooting in the Freeport area on Monday morning. According to police re ports, ofcers received a call around midnight of gunshots being red in the Garden Villas area and ofcers were dis patched to investigate. ASP Terecita Pinder said ofcers discovered two men with gunshot injuries to the body. She said one of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital where he is listed in serious con dition. WHILE various govern ment agencies have already started to assess Hurricane Irmas damage in the south ern Bahamas, it is still too early to put a price tag on the devastation caused by the monster storm, National Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell said. Capt Russell told The Tribune yesterday that NEMAs rst priority has been to return persons who were evacuated back to their homes and ensure that they have basic supplies. This is outside of Ragged Island, which has been deemed uninhabitable at this time. NEMA will also execute plans to get teams from util ity companies into islands where there are no essential utilities, he said on Monday. A nation of keyboard gangstersAlicia Wallace page 8 Ragged families want to rebuild RESIDENTS of Ragged Island are determined to go back home immediately and rebuild despite the dec imation left from Hurricane Irma, with the communitys chief councillor saying it is foolishness for anyone to consider the island unin habitable. Ragged Island natives have said they have no where else to go and do not want to remain in New Providence, an island rife with crime and violence. Some residents believe they can safely stay on the island in the structures that were not destroyed and want to start reconstruction as soon as possible. Chief councillor Demi son Nesbitt, who has been staying at a shelter in Nas sau since last week, said he doubts any of the residents still on the island would choose to evacuate rather than rebuild the area. He told The Tribune : Its foolishness. We have decid ed we are going back home to rebuild. Ragged Island is not a bunch of unknown people. If the prime minister dont want them there, them people aint gonna leave because thats their home. A little bit of clean ing up and other stuff what may seem like a lot, Ragged Island people will handle it. Ragged Island people been through this before and we will get it together, Mr Nesbitt said. Attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, has also criticised Dr Minnis call for residents of Duncan Town to evacuate in the aftermath of Hurri cane Irma as he questioned the conditions which led the government to deem Ragged Island uninhabitable. Mr Munroe, who was born on the island, took is sue with this, adding he and a group of Ragged Island natives are also organis ing clean up and rebuild ing efforts despite any pro nouncements made about A GRAND Bahama native sentenced to life in prison for killing a police ofcer approximately 25 years ago may nally get to appeal his sentence when he returns to the appellate court in early November. Alexander Williams, 48, of Freeport, will re turn to the Court of Ap peal on November 7 for a status hearing into the appeal he is seeking to have heard concerning the 1992 murder of Con stable Truman Cooper. Williams is seeking an extension of time appli cation to le his notice of appeal, after having DELUGE AFTER experiencing almost no rain during Hurricane Irma, Nassau was hit by a torrential downpour yester day. Heavy ooding caused chaos on the roads, with drivers struggling to navigate the rising water. SEE PAGE 12 FOR MORE PHOTOS Photo: Jamie JTrain Peterson TOURISM Minister Di onisio DAguilar suggest ed yesterday the industry could take a hit in the wake of Hurricane Irma if it cant shake the destruc tion in the Caribbean image being presented to various North American markets. Expressing a level of concern on Tuesday, Mr DAguilar in an inter view outside Cabinet said very little damage was inicted on the Bahamas major tourist destina tions as he declared were open for business. The Free Town MP said it is now the primary function of the Ministry of Tourism to promote the message that the islands weathered Irma well and remain capa ble of servicing the holiday needs of guests. Everyone is hearing destruction in the Car ibbean, hurricane went through the Bahamas and thinking the entire na tion was affected. They dont realise that we are an island nation and some islands were affected and some islands were not, Mr DAguilar said. Hopefully and thank fully our major population destination emerged from this relatively unscathed. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter SEE PAGE SIX By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE 11 By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE FIVE SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX A1MAIN HURRICANE INSURANCE:Are you Covered?242.394.5555242.350.3500242.367 .4204r242.332.3211f242.336.2304 Covering The Bahamas for 40 years. www.InsuranceManagementBahamas.comNobody Does it Better! (BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTSINSURANCE MANAGEMENT


PAGE 2, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Tornado sounded like a freight FORECASTERS are keeping a close watch on Hurricane Jose which could pose a threat to the eastern Bahamas late this week, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Kott lowski. Mr Kottlowski said there are several paths Jose can take this weekend and over the following days. How close Jose passes to the Turks and Caicos and eastern Bahamas late this week will determine whether its outer bands of rain and wind impact these areas. Jose, currently a category one hurricane, is churning hundreds of miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos and is expected to maintain hur ricane status through the week. Jose could remain at sea and pose no direct threat to land. Other possibilities in clude direct impacts to the mid-Atlantic, New England or Atlantic Canada, he said. Anyone from Bermuda to The Bahamas, US East Coast and Atlantic Canada should continue to monitor the system. In a statement, the De partment of Meteorology in the Bahamas said the US National Hurricane Centre is advising that based on its latest models, when Hurri cane Jose completes it loop on Friday, it will be pointed more towards the Carolinas and Virginia, USA. However the Met Depart ment said local ofcials will continue to monitor Jose as the hurricane is still too close to The Bahamas. This suggests that Hur ricane Jose will pose much less of a threat to The Ba hamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands this coming weekend or early next week. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology will, howev er, continue to monitor the movement of Jose, because looping hurricanes have, in the past, not conformed to the suggested forecast tracks and Jose is still too close in proximity to The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to not be of a concern, the statement said. The centre of the storm was located about 435 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island. It is moving to wards the east near six mph and this motion is expected to continue (Tuesday), a turn towards the southeast is expected followed by a turn towards the southwest by Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds have de creased to near 75mph with higher gusts. Some addi tional weakening is possible during the next day or so and Jose could weaken to a tropical storm later today. There are no coastal watches or warnings in ef fect for Jose. Jose is the fourth threat ening hurricane to form over the Atlantic in the past few weeks. Hurricane Harvey un leashed extensive damage in southern Texas and parts of Louisiana as it brought excessive rainfall and cata strophic ooding, killing at least 74 people. Katia killed at least two people in Mexi co after it made landfall last week right after a power ful earthquake killed 64 others, according to CNN. Six deaths in Florida have been blamed on Hurricane Irma so far, along with three in Georgia and one in South Carolina and at least 38 people were killed in the Caribbean. HURRICANE JOSE BEARS WATCHING AS PATH IS UNCERTAIN By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter JOSE JOSE 8 PM SUN 8 AM SUN 8 PM SAT 8 AM SAT 8 AM FRI 8 AM THU 8 AM WED 10 PM TUE Nassau Miami Miami Nassau San Juan San Juan Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince Havana Havana ST ORM DET AILS Day: Tuesday Date: 9/12/2017 Time: 9 PM EDT Storm Name: Jose Storm Discussion: Satellite imagery indicates that Jose appears to be picking up speed as it moves to the southeast between Bermuda and the southern Bahamas, undergoing strong wind shear as it struggles to maintain hurricane strength. Jose will continue moving generally to the south through tomorrow and then westerly tomorrow night. Lat: 27.14 North, Lon: 66.81 West Movement: SE at 8 mph Central Pressure: 987 mb Sustained Wind: (mph): 75 mph Peak Gust: (mph): 90 mph THE HOME of the Roberts family in Grand Bahama which was damaged by a tornado on Sunday. Photo: Denise Maycock A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 13, 2017, PAGE 3 GRAND Bahama resi dent Peter Roberts said it sounded like a freight train ran through his home on Sunday when a tornado passed through, the force of the twister so strong the wind picked him up and threw him to the ground as he and his wife tried to get to safety. Mr Roberts and his wife received minor injuries from the tornado. They are two of several residents of Grand Bahama who have been left trauma tised after tornados ripped roofs off homes and struc tures in Freeport on Sunday as Hurricane Irma churned by, heading towards Flori da. When The Tribune visit ed their area this week, Mr Roberts and his wife were removing furniture and other personal possessions from their house which had extensive roof damage. Despite this, the two are just grateful to be alive. After being treated and discharged from the hos pital after the tornado hit their home, the Roberts re turned to clean up and save whatever they could. We did not know what to do, Mr Roberts said. It hit us, and in seconds the roof was gone. It sounded like a freight train. My stepson saw it (com ing), and we try to go to the bathroom. But by the time we get halfway there, it hit and knock us on the ground, and my wife hurt her leg. It happened so fast. Holding a crystal framed wedding photo, his wife told The Tribune : I lived here 14 years, and I am grateful to Jehovah because mate rial things you could always get back, but I am grateful to be still alive and family still here with me. You could get the house back; I cannot get my son and husband back once you die, youre gone. Mrs Roberts hurt her leg and was struck in her head and back with debris when the tornado threw them to the ground. When my son told us the tornado was coming we tried to get in the bathroom, but the wind sucked the door, and when we reach in the bedroom the wind picked us up and threw us back into the bathroom, she recalled. Mrs Roberts said that she tried to stand up but couldnt because her leg was so painful. She said they went out side and saw the extent of the damage. We noticed the roof was severely damaged and the tornado was still in the backyard. We were going to go over to the neighbours, and we saw her house was damaged too. A lot of peo ple was in the road scream ing and hollering. I looked around and said, thank God for life. The couple is staying with a friend post-Irma. They said ofcials from the De partment of Social Services stopped by and offered some help. On a nearby street in the Imperial Park area, Tanya Ferguson, who is four months pregnant, said it was the second time her house has been hit by a tor nado within a year. It was an absolutely hor rible experience, she said. This is the second tornado that hit my house a torna do hit us during Hurricane Matthew (in October 2016) and now again. Ms Ferguson was lying on her bed when her nephew came running inside after seeing a tornado coming to ward their house. My mother said the front door is blowing in, and she and my nephew were standing at the door trying to stench it close. It sounded like a big truck was driving by, and the house started to shake, recalled Ms Ferguson. The house just shook; the whole experience was like two seconds. Ms Ferguson looked up and realised that her roof was gone. I could see the sunlight coming in the house, and I said, we lose our roof, and a panic came over me and I started crying, she said. When Ms Ferguson went outside to assess her home further, she realised that another house behind hers had also been destroyed. When Irma struck, she was in the process of com pleting roof repairs from Hurricane Matthew. It rained (on Monday) and what was not destroyed in the tornado is now de stroyed because of the rain the two bedrooms and liv ing are destroyed, she said. In addition to being trau matised, those affected are also having to deal with the prying stares of curious pas sersby. Ms Ferguson said that it is very uncomfortable hav ing to deal with persons driving by all day staring and taking photographs of their damage and posting them on social media. She said that when her friend was taking her to the hospital to be checked, an other woman blocked the road and would not let them pass just to take a photo graph. People are so just uncar ing, she said. (Sunday) was horrible, but (Monday) was worse because we were catching water in here and people just driving past tak ing pictures and pictures. Hurricane after the hur ricane, I refuse to go riding around looking at peoples damage. It is heartbreak ing. Out of all of this, what hurts the most is the stares of people riding by and looking, Ms Ferguson said. However, she was very grateful to those who are lending them a hand with repairs and the kindness of a complete stranger who brought them some tarp to protect the house from the rain. She said that a family friend brought some ply wood for the homes roof. I am also thankful to the gentleman that drove past, I have no idea what he looks like, but it was raining, and he gave us a couple of tarps; out of the many cars that drove through, he was the only person that helped, said Ms Ferguson who be came very emotional. Ms Ferguson said that representatives from Na tional Emergency Manage ment Agency, the Depart ment of Social Services, and Iram Lewis, the MP for Central Grand Bahama, also stopped by and prom ised some assistance. The island experienced tornadic activity associ ated with Hurricane Irma on Sunday which caused extensive damage to some buildings and property. Five residences in the Im perial Park Subdivision and the Masonic Lodge on East Sunrise Highway have been classied as unsafe due to signicant damage. The Imperial Gardens Apart ment Building, and ten businesses, which also sus tained damage in the Free port area, were classied as having restrictive use. About 28 persons have been displaced as a result of the tornado, according to ofcials at the Department of Social Services. Meanwhile, as work crews continue to restore electricity, power ofcials are reporting that the sys tem held up pretty well. Grand Bahama Interna tional Airport opened for business on Tuesday morn ing following the restora tion of power to 70 per cent of the island. Power crews expect to have 80 per cent to 90 per cent of customers back on line, including the major industrial companies in the Freeport Industrial Park, and the Eight Mile Rock and West End communities. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter AS the government con tinues its post Irma relief and rebuild efforts, educa tion ofcials are consid ering its options to relo cate Ragged Island students and teachers displaced by the storm. In an interview with re porters outside of the Of ce of the Prime Minister on Tuesday, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd re vealed that consideration is being given to the idea of enrolling the estimated 11 Ragged Island students in schools either in New Prov idence or Exuma, depend ing on which is more feasi ble to the immediate family of the students. According to the South Beach MP, similar con sideration was given to the teachers from Rag ged Island, with the nal decision being made to post them to Exuma. Ragged Island, Duncan Town devastation, Mr Lloyd told reporters Tues day, one day after he and several of his Cabinet col leagues, along with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Min nis, toured southern islands pounded by Hurricane Irma last week. There is nothing else that you can use as a word to describe, but devasta tion. And that is a complete rebuild for the country of that particular settlement. The school, the all-age school, in Duncan Town is gone, completely gone. We have work for us in order to restore those schools in that community back to their original condi tion or even better so that they could withstand hur ricanes in the future. But, those 10 or 11 stu dents out of Ragged Is land will be placed either in Exuma, if they can be ac commodated there because parents would be there, or in New Providence where their parents would be eas ily accommodated. The teachers of Ragged Island would be accom modated on the Exuma Is lands. During that tour on Mon day, Dr Minnis urged the 18 remaining residents of Rag ged Island to evacuate the is land, which has been left un inhabitable at the moment. When asked about any planned repair work to the school, Mr Lloyd said: It is not a matter of repair, those are replacements and so that is going to be a deci sion by the government as to how our resources per mit us to tackle those and have those concluded. Additionally, Mr Lloyd on Tuesday revealed that education ofcials are cur rently considering several options to recover the aca demic hours lost in districts across the country due to Irma. He told reporters the professionalism of teachers led many of them to con sider evening classes, and in some cases, weekend class es to make up the lost hours of instruction. Mr Lloyd said: Teachers are professionals and they know what they need to do to make ground up as it were, and they will do that, that is not a problem. The dedication of our teachers, Ive seen this over the years and Ive seen it now as the minister of edu cation, is beyond descrip tion. These are real profes sionals who have dedicated their lives to our children, and if that means after school class or Saturday classes or even Sunday classes, I am very happy and proud to say the teach ers are prepared to do it and have been doing it. It is just remarkable, the kind of commitment we see demonstrated by our education profession als across the board in the Family Islands and here in New Providence and Grand Bahama. When asked directly if the Minnis administration was considering forgoing the upcoming fall mid-term period, an option used by the former Christie admin istration after the passage of hurricanes, Mr Lloyd said it was a consideration that had to be confronted. That might be neces sary, or at least a short ened term of it. The same thing goes for the Easter break because we have to complete the syllabus, Mr Lloyd insisted. WHAT NEXT FOR RAGGED ISLAND STUDENTS? By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter train running through our home A HOME in Grand Bahama covered in tarp, seemingly still awaiting repair from Hurricane Matthew. Photos: Denise Maycock A SIGN says Go away Irma on a door in Grand Bahama. 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, Wednesday, September 13, 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 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 prepara tions 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 Defence 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 as cribed anointed and deluded prayer warriors did an effec tive and credible job in mak ing supplications to the great I Am That I Am to steer the destructive 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 automat ic qualication for leader ship. 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, refrains 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 feel 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 po litical names. today, Wells is a cabinet minister around Minnis banquet table, liv ing 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 clue less moon beam FNM ad ministration. 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 sound 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, espe cially, Family Islanders, as possible were safe and in possession of all necessities. Dr Minnis was ok but, that is what we would have ex pected, and more. The PLP has no time for playing doll house and we have no time for siting back passively while clue less people continue to shove it down our throats just like Christie them did. As I have said, ad nausea, before, I do not like Fred Mitchell at all. He is on a different run than most Ba hamians. He is also a man with severe 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 excellent National Chairman for the New PLP. He has nothing much to do and he appears to have plenty energy so he would be vital in restructur ing and rebuilding constitu ency 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 remise 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 Triumvirate of Brave; Chester and Mitchell, the lat ter who I will reluctantly en dorse for the post of National Chairman of the New PLP, will be the catalyst that se cures the return to ofce by The New PLP. A triumvirate does not, mind you, of neces sity, mean a rule by three but rater an amalgamation where the best three branches of the New PLP will be brought together. Brave is and will be primus inter pares, or for those of you who know no Latin, rst amongst equals. ORTLAND H BODIE Jr Nassau, September 8, 2017 NORTH Koreas nuclear march. US ofcials showed Congress satellite im ages of illicit trade to highlight the chal lenge of getting China and Russia to cut off commerce with the rogue nation. The UN Security Councils new re strictions could further bite into North Koreas meager economy after what Kim Jong Uns authoritarian govern ment says was a hydrogen bomb test September 3. The world body on Mon day banned North Korean textile ex ports, an important source of hard cur rency, and capped its imports of crude oil. The measures fell short of Washingtons goals: a potentially crippling ban on oil imports and freezing the inter national assets of Kim and his govern ment. We think its just another very small step not a big deal, Trump said as he met with Malaysias prime minister at the White House. But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ulti mately will have to happen. He did not elaborate. Despite its limited economic impact, the new sanctions succeed in adding further pressure on Pyongyang without alienating Moscow and Beijing. The US needs the support of both of its geopo litical rivals for its current strategy of us ing economic pressure and diplomacy and not military options for getting North Korea to halt its testing of nuclear bombs and the missiles for delivering them. Trump said it was nice to get a 15-0 vote at the UN. But underscoring the big questions about Chinese and Russian compli ance, senior US ofcials told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that effective enforcement by both of the Norths neighbours and trading partners will be the acid test of whether sanctions work. The UN has adopted multiple reso lutions against North Korea since its first nuclear test explosion in 2006, banning it from arms trading and curbing exports of commodities it heavily relies on for revenue. That has failed to stop its progress toward de veloping a nuclear-tipped missile that could soon range the American main land. Brieng the US lawmakers, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Fi nancing Marshall Billingslea displayed satellite photos to demonstrate North Koreas deceptive shipping practices. He focused in particular on how it masks exports of coal that were banned in August after the North tested two in tercontinental ballistic missiles. In one example, a North Korean ship registered in St Kitts and Nevis was said to have sailed from China to North Ko rea, turning off its transponder to con ceal its location as it loaded coal. The ship then docked in Vladivostok, Rus sia, before nally going to China to pre sumably unload its cargo. China accounts for 90 per cent of North Koreas external trade. The success of the pressure strategy will depend on cooperation from inter national partners, especially Beijing, said Susan Thornton, Americas top diplomat for East Asia. We have also made clear that if China and Russia do not act, we will use the tools we have at our disposal. Those tools include more sanctions. In June, the US designated the Bank of Dandong, a regional Chinese bank, as a primary money laundering concern over its alleged help to North Korea in accessing the US and international nancial systems. Billingsea described the action as a very clear warning shot that the Chinese understood. He said North Korean bank repre sentatives still operate in Russia in a grant disregard of UN resolutions that Moscow voted for. This summer, the US targeted two Russian companies with penalties for supporting North Korean missile procurement. Lawmakers who spoke Tuesday sup ported the US pressure tactics, while voicing scepticism that North Korea could be forced to abandon nuclear weapons it regards as a guarantee of sur vival for the Kim dynasty. Republican Rep Ed Royce, the com mittee chairman, said US and allied ef forts should be super-charged. Describing the Norths access to hard currency as its Achilles heel, he urged the administration to target more enti ties dealing with North Korea, particu larly Chinese banks. He singled out the China Merchants Bank and the Agricul tural Bank of China. Rep Eliot Engel, the committees topranking Democrat, also supported the pressure campaign. But he criticised Trumps commentary on the North Ko rean crisis, which he said was making matters worse. Playing on Trumps re and fury threat of a month ago, Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly said Trumps policy looks more like fecklessness and fail ure. Connolly protested that Trump had branded South Koreas leader, a sup porter of diplomacy with North Korea, as an appeaser. The State Departments Thornton said Seoul had come around very nice ly and appeasement was not South Ko reas policy. This article is by Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press Triumvirate Trump: North Korea small steps warns of EDITOR, The Tribune. MANY will argue and emphatically state: It was prayer and the will of God that spared Nassau and the majority of the central, eastern and northern Ba hamas but quite honestly if you had been tracking the storm on GF5 and the reliable European forecast pre-Thursday they both agreed.... New Providence winds no stronger than 50mph. Correctly or not after Matthew, Nassuvians were frightened and rightly so af ter the hit on Barbuda An quilla St Martin and the Leewards all estimates suggested Nassau watch out. We have to say a whopping thank you to all the workers in the food stores, hardware stores and Law Enforce ment. IRMA was a no-show and there is a serious prob lem for the future will the residents get prepared like they did this time for the next storm which could be JOSE already out there a CAT 4 which could head our way by Thursday-Fri day of this week? We must always be over cautious better over pre pared than under. The Ministry of Works needs to conrm or oth erwise that the Baha Mar Resort was built to with stand anticipated hurri cane force winds that this region has to anticipate and expect? Can Baha Mar structurally withstand a CAT 5 storm? Are their windows up to that stand ard or.....? It was totally unprec edented that Baha Mar closed its doors shut up shop and stayed closed. Faithful Atlantis was open looked after their guests and certain residents as they usually do every one safe and sound. Minister Desmond Ban nister you need to make an ofcial statement on this is sue on Baha Mar? Bahamians there is al ready a further storm out there JOSE......dont let your guard down, stay over prepared and stay safe. W THOMPSON Nassau, September 10, 2017. Nassau and the storm A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 13, 2017, PAGE 5 TOURISM Minister Di onisio DAguilar yesterday suggested that Baha Mar will have to reconsider its hurricane strategy after the $3.5bn mega hotel was forced to evacuate guests ahead of Hurricane Irma. When they built Baha Mar, he said, they didnt consider getting people from the hotel to the con vention centre without go ing outside. So the only way to get from the hotel to the convention centre is to go outside and that is dan gerous in a storm and that creates liability issues for them. To close the hotel and not be faced with liability of moving people from the hotel to the convention cen tre is what motivated that decision. So if you dont know that, you would think well they should never have made that decision, but they have a point and they need to address that issue mov ing forward. Youre in a hurricane belt, you need to move peo ple from your hotel to your convention centre during a hurricane, you cant pos sibly think of putting them in a shelter thats just not gonna work. So they need to think through that and I think for this hurricane, blissfully they were at a very low occupancy, bliss fully we didnt get hit. So I think it wasnt really a ma jor issue. It was not neces sarily a PR victory for them but I think they will now focus on this issue and ad dress it. On Saturday, president and managing director of the Atlantis resort Howard Karawan has said it is un acceptable and surpris ing that Baha Mar would close its doors to custom ers and the community during the passage of a ma jor hurricane. 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 more than 20 people and leaving thousands home less. However, the storm brought signicant dam age to Ragged Island in the southern Bahamas, as well as Grand Bahama in the north. Mr DAguilar told re porters on the sidelines of Cabinet yesterday that his team was working hard to get the message out that the countrys major tourist des tinations were all open for business in the wake of the monster storm. Tourism is a mercenary business, Mr DAguilar said, so where some of the touristic destinations which were wiped out it creates an opportunity. As sad as that may seem it creates oppor tunity for us. ...Its important for us and our marketing edge to let people know that we are open for business and our major tourist destina tions are available so please come, thats the main mes sage, he added. Get the word out that nothing really happened to New Providence, our other islands Exuma, Eleuthera, Abaco, so please come. Baha Mar must reconsider strategy over hurricanes He continued: Obvi ously, everybody that had their holiday booked dur ing the days of the hurri cane, I think the airlines are hopefully, forcing them to re-book and I know from personal experience that they are calling people to nd out how they want to reschedule. So we may not get, for lack of a better word, we may not get the money now, but I think it is just going to be shifted further down; which is ne, September is a relatively slow month ei ther way. Hopefully those people will just shift their holidays one, possibly two weeks further down the calendar and those people will show up anyway. So I am hopeful that people will come once they learn that The Baha mas is back and open for business, they will simply just re-book and come later. In addition to The Ba hamas, major hurricanes have hammered sections of North America over the past two weeks. Among those areas hardest hit, were Houston, Texas and parts of Florida, two communities that con tribute huge numbers to The Bahamas tourism product. Asked if this could nega tively impact The Baha mas in the coming months, Mr DAguilar said no doubt about it. Houston is a major mar ket for us and that got hit hard by Harvey. Florida, clearly, especially the boat ing market, they are always popping over to Bimini and Abaco and coming through our cays. So when you see on television boats thrown across roads, marinas de stroyed in Key West and South Florida, yes, that is going to have an affect on us, he said. Mr DAguilar added: But, hopefully, they will rebound. I dont think Florida was hit as hard as they initially thought, so hopefully the effect will not be as signicant. Mr DAguilar said the tourism industry is a mer cenary business, insisting that whichever Caribbean destination could rebound the quickest post Irma, would more than likely command a great share of the market this period. He stated: So, where some of the tourism des tinations may have been wiped out, as sad as it may seem, it creates opportuni ties for us. Just on American Air lines (website) this morn ing you see Mexico with banners going across the booking engines, saying were open for business and we didnt get hit so come here. So it is important for us, as people decide I want to go on a holiday anyway and yes I dont want to go where I was originally thinking, it is important for us and our marketing en gine to let people know that we are opened for business and our major tourist des tinations are available, so please come. To this end, Mr DAguilar said he has already implored his staff to get the word out: Noth ing really happened to New Providence, Nassau and our other islands, Exuma, Eleuthera (and) Abaco, so please come. HURRICANE HIT WILL COST US FOR NOW CIBC is donating US$450,000 to support organisations providing humanitarian relief to ar eas impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funds, which include a donation through CIBC FirstCaribbeans ComTrust Foundation, will be distrib uted through the Red Cross and other local relief agen cies. Hurricane Irma has had a devastating impact on the islands in the northern Caribbean, particularly the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, Anguilla, and Grand Turk, said Gary Brown, CEO of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. We stand by our colleagues and clients dur ing this difcult time, and are committed to working closely with our clients, col leagues, and communities to recover and rebuild. The road to recovery in some of the hardest hit areas will be long, but we will help each other through it. In total, seven islands where CIBC FirstCaribbean has operations the British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, and St. Kitts and Nevis were affected by the storm. Operations have re started in all but two of the islands, St Maarten and An guilla, and the bank is work ing closely with its employ ees and clients as recovery efforts begin. CIBC FirstCaribbean has approximately 3,000 employees in 17 countries in the Caribbean. The Pri vateBank and CIBC At lantic Trust Private Wealth Management also have of ces in Florida, which have been impacted. $450,000 DONATED BY CIBC FOR RELIEF BTC has launched a na tional text-to-donate cam paign drive allowing all Bahamians to participate in fundraising efforts to assist those most affected by Hur ricane Irma. The campaign, Each One, Reach One, will allow customers to make a dona tion to the relief efforts. The process is simple and cus tomers can give $1 by tex ting the word DONATE to the number 5115. Cus tomers can donate as many times as they wish. Proceeds will go to the National Emergency Man agement Agency (NEMA). Interim CEO Dexter Cart wright said: BTC is known to be a big brother in the community, and we are al ways willing to help wherever we can. Starting (Tuesday), our entire customer base will be able to make a donation to assist those in need. BTC will match every dollar do nated and all proceeds will go to NEMA to assist our fellow Bahamians most im pacted by Hurricane Irma. In BTCs last text to donate drive in 2015, the public contributed nearly $10,000. In turn, BTC along with its partners tripled the amount, donating $30,000 to disaster recovery ef forts following Hurricane Joaquin. In addition to this initiative, BTC is also work ing with community part ners throughout the coun try to organise other relief efforts and initiatives. The Each One, Reach One donation drive will end on September 30. HELP HURRICANE VICTIMS BY TEXT from page one HURRICANE damage in Salina Point, Acklins. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 THE TRIBUNE The victims identity has not been released by po lice and investigations are continuing into the islands ninth homicide. The killing marked the 98th murder for the year, according to The Tribunes records. Police are appealing to anyone with information who can assist with their in vestigation to call 242-3503107 through 12, 911/919 or call the nearest police sta tion. DOUBLE SHOOTING LEAVES GRAND BAHAMA MAN DEAD the islands condition by the government. These efforts will begin as early as Thursday when the rst group of people ar rive by mail boat to begin cleanup. Ed Curling, a local business owner, told The Tribune yesterday he will ensure his heavy equipment eet aids in these efforts. On Monday, after see ing the decimation for the rst time since Irma bat tered the nine-square-mile island, the prime minister said health and safety con ditions will only continue to deteriorate. The islands physical con dition, exacerbated by the smell of rotting animal car casses and the destruction of all essential services, led Dr Minnis to strongly urge those still on Ragged Is land to leave until the small community can be restored. Yesterday, Mr Munroe questioned the logic of ask ing people to leave the is land. To give you some con text, the whole island of Ragged Island is nine square miles three miles by three miles, so its not very big, Mr Munroe told The Tribune. The settle ment itself is in an area that would t probably into Arawak Cay and Long Wharf to the Hilton Hotel. Thats not very big. How long does it take you to get that area liveable? It must be liveable be cause people are living there and more people went up there today (Tuesday) to resume living there and more people ew up there today to resume living there and more people are going up on the weekend to re sume living there. While you dont have running water, you have to go to the well to tote water, but before I left Ragged Island I used to tote water and we had outside toilet al though I am understanding that the toilet at the old An glican church is functioning and even if its not, the old pits are there. When you dont have electricity, you have a gen erator and they have gener ators so I dont understand whats unlivable about it, Mr Munroe said. If animals are dead you collect them up (and) you either bury them, burn them or put quick lime on them. Animals die after every storm so I do not quite un derstand what is unlivable about Ragged Island. They say no police is there. We dont need police because we dont be mur dering one another. I am trying to nd out what in this small area of settlement makes it unlivable. After Hurricane Mat thew hit, the Marshall Road area (in New Providence) was hit hard, was anyone evacuated or they lived there while power was re stored? When Joaquin hit Long Island some people came up when their homes were destroyed, but they were not evacuated. I am just at a lost as to what makes Ragged Island different, Mr Munroe said. Another Ragged Island resident currently in New Providence said yesterday she had no desire to live in New Providence, pointing to high crime numbers in the capital. We dont have to deal with killing and stealing at home, she said. In Nas sau we have to worry about something happening to me or my family. Meanwhile, Mr Curling told The Tribune yesterday he and other descendants of Ragged Island were commit ted to rebuilding the island. Mr Curlings business is based in New Providence. He said: Ragged Island ers are going to clean up Ragged Island and with the governments help we are going to rebuild. The prime minister is right when he said unlivable because of the environ ment. You have no doctor, no nurse, the scent of dead animals and there is water contamination. We dont want to risk lives to the en vironment when we dont have the proper health care, Mr Curling added. So the government will spearhead an effort. After they move who wants to be moved and the others stay at their own risk, we will do what we have to do. I hope with Gods help that the prime minister will help us to build Ragged Island to be a little city to be admired in the whole world, Mr Curling said. An estimated 60 to 70 people live on Ragged Is land and most of them evac uated ahead of the category ve storm. About 18 people re mained on the island as Irma barreled through. The government is send ing a plane today to evacu ate the remaining residents. Ragged families want to rebuild THE government, in con junction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), is contin uing the return of residents who were evacuated into New Providence last week ahead of Hurricane Irmas passage to their original is lands. The schedule for Wednes day, September 13 is: Baha masair ights into Inagua 8.30am; 1pm and 2pm Sky Bahamas into Crooked Island 10.30am and 1:00pm Residents who received a call from NEMA will know of their ight times, num ber and point of departure. They are required to report to Lynden Pindling Inter national Airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for check-in, in accordance with standard airport secu rity rules. All other evacuees will be notied of their return ights. For more information, call 323-1373; 323-1388; 323-1398 or the Family Is land Toll Free Line: 242300-0144. FLIGHTS TO RETURN RESIDENTS ANNOUNCED THE Bahamas Depart ment of Correctional Ser vices has announced that the following services will resume their normal oper ating hours at 8am today: visits, intake of property, and deposits to inmates ac counts. The services had been temporarily suspended due to Hurricane Irma. CORRECTIONAL SERVICES RESUME To do this, Capt Russell said of cials may have to set up a tent city for various agencies to work free of concern for living accommoda tions. Asked whether ofcials had placed a gure on the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Capt Russell said: Absolutely not. The rst order was we are go ing to get some people back to the islands tomorrow (Wednesday) and we hope to take those persons back with some care packages, Capt Russell said. We have already started sending supplies to Inagua and the other is lands from NEMAs stock. So the process started. So well just get people back into the islands and then the supplies will come. Those who were evacuated they want to get back so they can see the condition of their homes and then we can go from there. The aircraft that are going down we hope to take some basic care packages with them. We are working in tandem with the Bahamas Red Cross, he con tinued. So we are going to make sure that they have some basic food sup plies. Other things are in motion right now to get supplies in to the areas that are necessary. I dont want to send the stuff there and the people are still on New Providence. So we are trying to get items to go with them as they go, he said on Tuesday. In an interview with reporters Monday night, Capt Russell said after the initial assessments, Baha mas Power & Light as well as Water and Sewerage would be mapping out their respective plans to begin restoration. But from NEMAs stand point we are going to see how we can sent up a tent city for the various agen cies working in tandem with the Royal Bahamas Police Force with their container city so corporations can come in and go about their busi ness and not worry about a place to stay. If the Defence Forces con tainer city goes into the area, they can provide for the basic needs, he said. The work of the initial damage assessment teams is critical in dis aster management, as their assess ments will be used to help provide government planners with a road map towards determining the ap propriate course of action to be taken on the path to recovery, a press release from Bahamas Infor mation Services (BIS) said yester day. While Acklins and Crooked Is land received some damage from Irma last week, Ragged Island was decimated by the hurricane. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minn is and a team of ofcials on Monday visited each of these islands and for the rst time saw the devastation. Ragged Island was the nal leg of the journey for the delegation. It was clear to see from the air upon approach, that the islandcommunity, had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma, BIS said. Downed power lines and poles snapped in half by hurricane-force winds still littered the community Monday as the prime minister and his delegation toured the island to assess and evaluate the damage brought on by Hurricane Irma. Government buildings (school, police station, clinic, post ofce), homes and businesses were either attened by the storm or severely damaged. Many of those that were left standing were only a shell, hav ing had doors and concrete walls torn out; roofs torn off, and win dows blown out. Communications are also out due to the extensive damage caused to the islands infrastructure. Navigating the community on foot and in the few vehicles that survived Irmas wrath, proved a bit tricky as assessment teams and members of the delegation had to manoeuvre around large electricity poles and wires that blocked path ways. After his walkthrough of Dun can Town on Monday, Dr Minnis said health and safety conditions on the storm-stricken island will only continue to deteriorate, as he urged the 18 remaining residents on the island to evacuate in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. A ight will be sent for the Ragged Island residents today to bring them to New Providence. NEMA organised a ight into Salina Point, Acklins on Tuesday, which took men from the local community to the island to help with the necessary clean-up. Ragged Island will receive heavyduty tarps to help to preserve what is left of standing structures and to salvage any remaining valuables. The Caribbean Development Bank has given $200,000 to aid in these recoveries. Also, teams from the United States Agency for International De velopment/Ofce of Foreign Disas ter Assistance (USAID/OFDA) have offered assistance in heeding NEMAs requests for additional heavy-duty tarps, water contain ers, blankets, and other essentials. NEMA will also receive assistance from the Chinese Embassy and US Northern Command. from page one from page one CAPTAIN Stephen Russell. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff from page one SOME of the damage in Ragged Island following Hurricane Irma. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A6MAIN


PAGE 8, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE past week has been hectic and panic-lled as the country prepared for Hurricane Irma which we expected to impact more islands and people than it did. We rushed to stores to buy food, water, ice, ply wood, and all of the other supplies demanded by this active hurricane season. For as long as we had electricity and internet, we tracked the storm like meteorologists-in-training, checked on family members and friends, and monitored social media closely. It was the latter that inspired us to activate one of our most popular, prized team sports national outrage. We have no shortage of reasons to be angry. Our educational system has been failing for years and continues to go without crit ical review and transforma tion. Crime and the fear of crime inspire no innovation in prevention techniques or programming. The poverty rate is over ten per cent and succes sive government adminis trations continue to play numbers games with unem ployment by creating tem porary jobs as opposed to developing new industries, helping people to up-skill, or encouraging entrepre neurship. The Disabilities Act has been passed, but the ablebodied continue to park in parking spaces designated for differently-abled peo ple. The abuse of children is so commonplace and normalised that we agree to call it discipline. All of this and more, but what really gets us going? People on the internet who make negative posts and com ments. These inspire more nationalism than anything else. From Nellie Day who wrote about the small beach shacks and huts, she claimed we live in to the people who complained about Shaunae Millers dive to the nish in the 400m at the Rio Olympics, Ba hamians are keen to teach non-Bahamians not to mess with The Bahamas. We, as Bahamians, can complain about poverty, crime, and environmental hazards, but no one else can. Our issues with this coun try, the way it is run, and the way its people behave are valid. Our responses to these issues, however in ammatory, insulting, and unproductive, are valid. Its similar to sibling re lationships. We can bully our brothers and sisters at home, but no one at school can even look at them the wrong way without having to deal with us. We dont recognise our own be haviour as violent or counterpro ductive, but when others behave the same way, we read it as violence. How do we respond? With more violence, of course. In the blink of an eye, we go from a Chris tian nation a praying nation to a band of keyboard gangsters. We forget about love, forgiveness, and divine in tervention because some one callously wished ill on these blessed and highly favoured islands. We com bine our powers and, for as long as the power company and internet service provid ers allow, hurl insults lled with vulgarity at our new enemies. This becomes the na tional priority of the mo ment and is when we reveal our true selves. Maybe we are not the Christians we pretend to be on Sundays, during referenda, and when some not all of our islands are spared a hur ricane. Every ounce of mi sogyny rises to the top as we associate our adversar ies with the worst things we can think of femininity and vaginas. #CYC has become the ul timate Bahamian clapback. It took off in the summer of 2016 when we ercely defended Shaunae Miller, her athleticism, and the deservedness of our collec tive win. It is troubling that our support of a Bahamian woman spurred the misogy nistic carry your [vulgar term for vagina] response. This statement suggests that we have a problem with femininity and/or feminine bodies. It is used against both men and women, stripping the former of their mascu linity and reminding the latter that they are seen as little more than their reproduc tive organs. Many of us use these words and phrases with little thought, not intending to belittle or harm women and girls, but words have meanings. Why is the wrath of the Baha mian people cloaked in misogyny? And why do we, when challenged, try to defend ourselves and our choice of words instead of recognis ing the issues and commit ting to better behaviour? What would our comeback be if our opponents called us on our misogyny, and that became the new way of seeing The Bahamas? Would we care then? There are better uses of our time and energy as Bahamians who care about this country and impacting its trajectory. Thousands of tweets at people who think we did not deserve a gold medal we will always have do not shift it. Bullying and doxxing people who make foolish statements about us do not improve our circumstance. We are constantly proving our creativity, but only oc casionally show our dedi cation to our country, our people, and our future. How can we use our time, energy, and creativity to turn our love of country into commitment to a collec tive vision for this nation? Can you secure a space for a reading programme? Do you have vacant property that can become a commu nity garden? Can you teach the children in your neigh bourhood to swim? Do you have access to resources a non-prot organisation can use to benet its commu nity? Think about what you have tangible and in tangible and how it can be used to benet others. #CYC is just a term and the internet. We, as a peo ple, have more than that, and we should be using it to improve our circumstances, across all islands and cays. Today, many Bahamians feel like winners. We made people wish they never said anything negative about The Bahamas, and then we prayed a hurricane away (even if it was after it hit our southern islands). Still, our greatest battle has not yet been fought. We have numerous issues to address as a nation, and one of them is the safety and comfort of those evacu ated and displaced because of Hurricane Irma. They will need long-term shelter, food, clothing, toiletries, and various forms of sup port. It takes more effort than angrily replying to people on social media, but we have the time, creativity, and motivation to help our fellow Bahamians. Instead of complaining about the extra food we bought, donate it to those in need. When shopping, pick up a few extra toiletries. A number of organisations are assisting in hurricane relief efforts and will need our support. Equality Bahamas vol unteers will be at Lignum Vitae, 11 Meeting Street, on weekdays from Thurs day to Tuesday, 4-7pm and at the farmers mar ket at Doongalik on Vil lage Road with Seasonal Sunshine Bahamas on Saturday, 9am to 1pm. Were collecting toiletries (especially pads and tam pons), underwear, and new clothes. Even if youre not able to donate, you can volunteer with one of the many organisations doing this work and share posts on social media to help in crease reach. We need to construct a positive nar rative of the Bahamian people and our collective power. Let this be a start. Nationalism and collective energy In the blink of an eye, we go from a Christian nation a praying nation to a band of keyboard gangsters. We forget about love, forgiveness, and divine intervention because someone callously wished ill on these blessed and highly favoured islands. THE DESTRUCTION at Ragged Island Police Station after Hurricane Irmas impact. As Bahamians put their energy into defending the nation in vulgar terms against its critics, might it not be more useful to put that energy into rebuilding the nation? Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 THE TRIBUNE SIR Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbudas am bassador to Washington, DC, has said the two-island nation is prepared to face the challenges of rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurri cane Irma if it does not get outside aid for relief and re construction. Rebuilding is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. In an interview published on on Tues day, Sir Ronald said: At the end of the day, it is our country, we have to try our best to keep it going as best we can. He also said: I suspect at some point we will have to organise a conference of donors at which well lay out a sustainable development plan for Barbuda and invite countries to participate in the rebuilding process. According to VOA News, if international assistance is not forthcoming, Sir Ron ald said Antigua and Bar buda will marshal the re sources it has. The reason I want to stress that is I dont want the idea created that Anti gua is closed down because tourism is what we live by, and the best way people can help us get over the crisis is to help Antigua to con tinue to earn, because An tigua needs to earn in order to help Barbuda rebuild. The worst thing that can happen is for people to con fuse the devastation on Bar buda with whats going on in Antigua, he said. An tigua is now the sole bread winner for both islands, we need our tourists to contin ue to come. TIME magazine has re ported that the cost of re building Barbuda could be as much as $300 million. We require probably about $250-300 million, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told the magazine in an interview in Antigua on Tuesday. The extent of the damage is beyond the means of these islands ... Global human cooperation is an absolute necessity. Antigua and Barbuda was one of the rst places in the Caribbean where Hurricane Irma made land fall with winds of up to 185 mph. According to reports, more than 90 per cent of the structures on Barbuda have been damaged or destroyed by Irmas fury. Its infrastructure is in pieces and its population of 1,800 are now home less and scattered around a number of shelters across Antigua, which escaped the worst of the storms im pact, TIME magazine re ported. Rebuilding homes and infrastructure could take at least six months, of cials said. Antigua and Barbuda prepared for challenge of rebuilding By the Associated Press THE scope and scale of misery caused by Irma continues to grow, includ ing its human toll. Irma, at one point the most power ful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic, has claimed the lives of dozens of people across the Car ibbean and southeastern United States. Victims include two women in Havana who died when a balcony fell on a bus in which they were riding. A Florida jailhouse guard and sheriffs deputy died after their vehicles collided. A two-year-old child on Bar buda died when his body was swept away after his homes roof ripped off and the structure lled with wa ter. A Barbados teen died while surng as the massive hurricane was hundreds of miles away. Here are brief portraits of some of Irmas victims: UNITED STATES David Boatswain, 65, Miami Authorities suspect Boat swain died of carbon mon oxide poisoning from a gen erator running inside his home. A neighbour discovered Boatswain in his home Monday morning after he didnt answer his phone, Miami-Dade Police Of ficer Robin Pinkard said Tuesday. A medical ex aminer is investigating, but emergency respond ers said the home tested positive for carbon mon oxide. Remember weve always been saying, when youre operating a generator, make sure you run it in an open space, not an enclosed space, Miami-Dade Coun ty Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. Unfortunately in this case, the generator was run inside the house and the individual died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Joseph Ossman, 53, Se bring Julie Bridges, 42, Wau chula Ossman, a sergeant with the Hardee Correctional Institute, was headed to work Sunday morning and Bridges, a Hardee County sheriffs deputy, was going home after the night shift when their vehicles col lided head-on, according to a Florida Highway Patrol release. Ossmans car ended up on a grass shoulder, while Bridges patrol car came to a rest in a nearby inter section. It wasnt immedi ately clear which vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane. Lt Gregory Bueno con rmed the area was affect ed by rain and other hurri cane-related conditions at the time of the crash, but its ofcial cause remains un der investigation. Brian Buwalda, 51, Win ter Park Buwalda died Monday after apparently being elec trocuted by a downed pow er line, police said. Winter Park ofcers re sponded to reports of a man lying in the roadway and determined Buwalda was dead at the scene. A medi cal examiner will determine an ofcial cause of death, but police say it appears to be accidental. Heidi Zehner, 50, Or lando Zehner was driving on a state highway near Or lando on Sunday evening, when she lost control and crashed. Her SUV struck a guard rail. The cause of death was under investigation. The accident came a cou ple hours after Irma made landfall 200 miles (320 kilometers) to the south on Marco Island. Wilfredo Hernandez, 55, Tampa Hernandez died when the chainsaw he was using to clear trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma became entangled in a branch, caus ing it to kick up and cut his carotid artery. Hillsborough County Sheriffs spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said in a news release that Hernandez was clearing trees in Tampa on Monday afternoon when the accident occurred. Nunez said deputies used a harness to lower the man from the tree, but he died at the scene. Nancy Eason, 67, For syth County, Georgia Eason, a retired court re porter, died Monday after a large tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, sheriffs ofcials said. The fallen tree trapped Eason and her husband, Mike Eason, who suffered minor injuries. Nancy Eason worked for the Forsyth and Cherokee county judicial systems for many years. Mike Eason is a retired Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agent and served as chief of the Cumming Police Depart ment from 2005 to 2009. Charles Saxon, 57, Cal houn Falls, South Carolina Saxon died Monday af ter being struck by a tree limb as he was cleaning up limbs and debris outside his home, according to Abbev ille County Coroner Ron nie Ashley. An autopsy is planned for Saxon, who died at the scene. William McBride, 54, Sumter County McBride was pronounced dead Tuesday after he was found lifeless at his mobile home, where a generator was running inside, accord ing to Sumter County Coro ner Robert Baker Jr. Baker says McBride died from carbon monox ide poisoning. McBrides sons found him at the home Tuesday morning, and the coroner said he had several appliances plugged into the generator, with only a single window cracked for ventila tion. Zhen Tain, 21 Tain died Monday after noon in a car crash on a wet and windy Interstate 77 east of the capital, Columbia, as Irma moved past, according to state Public Safety Direc tor Leroy Smith. Troopers said Tain crashed into another car and his Ford Mustang ipped, trapping him in side. Authorities say the second driver was taken to the hospital. Her condition was not known. Smith said Tain was driv ing too fast for conditions, losing control on the wet road and hitting the other vehicle. Arthur Strudwick, 48, Columbia Strudwick, a city Public Works Department em ployee, was on his way to help with a downed tree Monday night when he crashed his vehicle, accord ing to Columbia City Man ager Teresa Wilson. Police said it appears Strudwick lost control of his pickup truck and went off the road, striking a tree during windy and rainy con ditions. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Wilson said the citys ags will be lowered to hon or Strudwick, who worked for the departments forest ry division. BARBADOS Zander Venezia, 16 Venezia, a professional surfer, died last Tuesday while surfing large swells generated by the hur ricane. He was surfing on the islands east coast when he drowned with the storm several hundred miles (kilometers) away, according to family friend and surfing instructor Alan Burke. Witnesses said Venezia was caught up in a monster wave that pushed and held him under water. Burke said it was a freak accident that occurred under blue skies and ideal surng con ditions. In August, Venezia won North Carolinas Rip Curl Grom Search surng com petition for his age group. BARBUDA Carl Junior Francis, 2 Carl, who had just turned 2 on Aug. 17, was swept to his death after the storm ripped the roof off the fam ilys house and water came in. The childs mother, Ste vet Jeremiah, ed with her husband and Carls 4-yearold brother but was unable to save the toddler. Where they were stay ing, the roof (was) blown off from the house and then water started getting in the house, said Sgt. James Thomas, second in com mand at the Barbuda police station. They were trying to get out of the house when apparently the child got loose and got trapped in the water. CUBA Maria del Carmen Arre goitia Cardona, 27, Bauta Yolendis Castillo Mar tinez, 27, Santiago de Cuba The women were riding in a bus in Havana that was crushed when a fourth-oor balcony collapsed onto the vehicle, according to an of cial statement released by the Cuban government. Osvaldo Abreu Barroso, 71, Havana Barroso was electrocuted while trying to take down his television antenna. He fell and came in contact with a live wire, according to the government state ment. Alberto Francisco Flores Garcia, 77, Havana Garcia was struck by an electric pole toppled by the wind as he walked down a street, according to the gov ernment statement. Roydis Valdes Perez, 54, Havana Walfrido Antonio Valdes Perez, 51, Granma The brothers were killed when the home of Roydis Valdes Perez partially col lapsed in the storm, accord ing to the government state ment. Nieves Martinez Bur galeta, 89, Plaza de la Rev olucion Burgaleta was found oating in ood waters in front of his inundated apartment building, accord ing to the government state ment. Alberto Manzano Mar tinez, 65, Matanzas Orlando Torres Cruz, 53, Bolivia Edilberto Cabrera Rod rguez, 64, Esmeralda Camaguey Government ofcials said the homes of all three men collapsed, and added they did not observe the norms of conduct by refusing evacuation. IRMA CLAIMS DOZENS OF LIVES ACROSS THE REGION DAMAGE left after Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda. Photo: Anika E. Kentish/AP THE WRECKAGE of a truck wrapped around a tree near 98th Street and Highway 1 in Marathon, in the Florida Keys on Saturday. Authorities say they are investigating whether Hurricane Irma contributed to the fatal crash. Photo: Monroe County Sheriffs Ofce A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 13, 2017, PAGE 11 missed the 21-day deadline to do so after sentencing. The Tribune understands his most recent notice of appeal was led in late 2014. He was re-sentenced to life in prison in 2011. Williams, and his attor ney, Stanley Rolle, were both present before Court of Appeal Justices Dame Anita Allen, Jon Isaacs and Roy Jones yesterday, however, Mr Rolle told the court there were some issues concerning the Crowns receipt of both the original extension of time summons and the supple mental afdavit, which is essentially the basis of his appeal. Dame Anita subsequent ly adjourned the matter to November 7, informing Mr Rolle and his client that the appellate court will deal with Williams substantive matter depending on the outcome of the status hear ing. In 1993, Williams was convicted of murder and armed robbery and sen tenced to death in connec tion with Constable Coop ers murder. Williams was in his early twenties at the time. In 1998, when he was due to be hanged, his execution was stayed. On February 3, 2011, Jus tice Isaacs, then a Supreme Court judge, re-sentenced Williams to life in prison. COP KILLER BIDS TO CHALLENGE SENTENCE STATE Minister for Le gal Affairs Elsworth John son said yesterday he is optimistic the Minnis ad ministration would carry out the promises it gave to the judiciary prior to the general election. Responding to questions by the press outside of Cab inet on Tuesday, Mr John son also said he was of the belief that the matters ad dressed by the government as it relates to the judici ary in its Speech from the Throne would be adhered to this term. Noting the legacy ail ments of the judiciary, Mr Johnson, an attorney by profession, insisted that the shortcomings could not go on and needed to be ad dressed immediately. Over the summer, several cases were adjourned due to a malfunctioning air-condi tioning unit at the Magis trates Court complex. At one point, the wait ing areas of the court com plex had to be constantly mopped due to condensa tion from the faulty aircon ditioning system. Commenting Tuesday, Mr Johnson said the ex ecutive branch of govern ment has a responsibility to the judiciary to ensure that efcient and adequate fa cilities are provided, to pro tect the stability of the country. He stated: So far as the state of affairs exist, there is an obligation on the part of the government to directly address and see how best we can handle these issues. I recall when I recently prac tised, it rained, it was hot, mould, there were a number of things. We have to look at those things objectively. Mr Johnson added: That is one of the reasons why I joined the Free National Movement, the direct inter ference in the judiciary and the promise to deal with those things. I know that my prime minister is proactive and that is the most I would like to say about that. Complaints of structural issues at the various courts are not new and have been documented over the years. In late October 2013, there was a plumbing issue that caused sewage back up for two days at the multimillion-dollar South Street and Nassau Street court complex that was ofcially opened in January 2012. Cases were ad journed due to the par tial ooding in the foyer and cellblock of the com pound that produced an un bearable stench. On November 5, 2013, in the Supreme Court, Senior Justice Vera Watkins ad journed matters because of a malfunctioning air-condi tioning unit and plumbing problems in the court. In 2014, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, then leader of the Ofcial Op position, said he stopped by the Public Prosecutions Of ce at the time only to dis cover that the new facility was still lthy, disorgan ised and uninhabitable. At the time, he also said prosecutors had been work ing out of their cars since 2013 and the former admin istration refused to improve their working conditions. In January 2016, Chief Justice Sir Hartman Longley stressed that a number of the existing structural issues with court build ings continue to interfere with the administration of justice and that the ju diciary would be more ef cient if it received addition al funding and had control of its own nances. Speaking at the open ing of the 2016 legal year, Sir Hartman stressed that a number of the existing structural issues with court buildings continued, up to that point, to interfere with the administration of justice. To date, many of those is sues are still unresolved. In the Speech from the Throne read by Governor General Dame Margue rite Pindling in May, the government noted it will modernise and increase the efciency of the judicial system to give wider access to justice. Optimism over judicial reform By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter SUPREME Court jurors heard yesterday how one of the accused men in the 2014 shooting death of Blair Es tates resident Andre Cart wright was arrested by police in a hotel room on Paradise Island the day af ter the incident in question. Police Superintendent Roberto Goodman, taking the witness stand before Justice Renae McKay, said Kevin Andrews, two wom en roommates, and another man were all found in room 211 of Sunshine Paradise Suites in October 29, 2014. Cartwright was murdered in the early morning hours of October 28. At the time of the arrest, Supt Goodman claimed Andrews told him he was only seeking to give an un named individual a ride to the hospital after noticing blood on that person. According to Supt Good man, Andrews said he asked his girlfriend to carry that unnamed person to hospital. Upon taking the witness stand, Supt Goodman said on October 29, 2014, and as a result of information received, he, along with a police inspector, a sergeant, and a team of Drug Enforce ment Unit (DEU) ofcers, went to Sunshine Paradise Suites, where the team of ofcers were instructed to surround the premises. Supt Goodman said he subsequently went to the front desk and spoke with a woman manager, from whom he received certain information before exiting the front desk area and re turning outside. While outside, he said he observed two young women exiting room 211. He identi ed himself to them, ques tioned them about which room they were staying in, and subsequently took a set of keys from one of the women. The ofcer said he took both women and the other ofcers to room 211, and used the keys he obtained to open the door. Upon en tering, Supt Goodman said he saw two men seated on a bed in the room, one of whom was Andrews. Supt Goodman claimed that after Andrews alleged ly told him about him asking his girlfriend to carry the unnamed, injured person to the hospital, the room was subsequently searched for anything illegal, a process which proved fruitless. The four were taken into custody and transported to the Paradise Island police station and booked. They were later transferred to the Central Detective Unit for further investigation. Yesterdays proceedings also had testimony from Dr Caryn Sands, a forensic pathologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), who said Cartwrights cause of death was due to gunshot wounds. She said Cartwright was shot two times, one to the back and the left shoulder. The matter was ad journed to Thursday at 10am. Yesterdays proceedings mark the third week of trial for Andrews, of Montell Heights, and Tiano DHaiti, of Thompson Lane, in con nection with Cartwrights murder. DHaiti, represented by Jairam Mangra, is accused of murder and attempted armed robbery, while An drews, represented by Mur rio Ducille, is accused of murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary. According to initial re ports from police, Cart wright, 44, was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother and father on the morning in question, when men kicked in the door of the house. When he heard the noise, the deceased got his li censed shotgun and went to investigate, police re ported. He encountered the suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, po lice said. There was a brief ex change of gunre, which resulted in the victim be ing shot multiple times. He died at the scene. One of the suspects was also shot, how ever, initial reports from police said he and the other men escaped in a silver col oured Honda Accord. BLAIR RAID SUSPECT ARRESTED IN PARADISE ISLAND HOTEL By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter from page one To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 ELSWORTH JOHNSON A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FLOODING on the streets yesterday, above and below. Photos: Jamie JTrain Peterson A DRIVER making his way through ooding in Palmdale yesterday. Photo: Donovan McIntosh A PEDESTRIAN picking through ooding in Palmdale yesterday and, above right, drivers in oodwaters off Bay Street. Photos: Donovan McIntosh A12MAIN