DAYS after Ragged Is land was ravaged by Hur ricane Irma and deemed not t for residents by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, he announced the governments intention to transform it into the rst fully green island in the region. The prime minister ex plained renewable energy and smart technology from solar energy and sustain able water purication sys tems will be utilised for this effort with the help of resi dents and descendants of the island. To further support these efforts, Dr Minnis said the government will seek not only the assistance of Baha mians, but look to interna tional counterparts. However, he did not re veal a cost to be associated with this undertaking, add ing Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest would of fer details at a later date on the price tag of Hurricane Irmas related costs. On Monday, Dr Min nis urged the remaining 18 residents on the island to evacuate as he warned health and safety condi tions there would worsen in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Rotting animal carcasses 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. Despite this, residents of the island said Tuesday they were determined to go back home immediately and re build despite the decima tion left by Irma. I assure the wonderful people of Ragged Island that their island will be re built, Dr Minnis told Par liament yesterday during his communication on the governments preparation and restoration in the after math of the monster hurri cane. Earlier in his address Dr Minnis said: Tragically, Hurricane Irma essentially destroyed Ragged Island. Most homes are de stroyed or severely dam aged. Power lines are down. Utilities are non-function ing. Public buildings includ ing the government oper ated school, the clinic and other public facilities are severely damaged. Ragged Island will have to be rebuilt through a com pilation of private and pub lic efforts. I am pleased that Ragged Islanders through out The Bahamas have come forward to offer their assistance for recovery and rebuilding. The government will evacuate the remaining residents from Ragged Is land, (for) those who want to leave by Thursday of this week. Those who evacuated previously have the oppor tunity to briey return in order to retrieve any valu ables and other items not destroyed by the hurricane. An environmental team will be sent in to dispose and to engage in a major cleanup of Ragged Island. Only then can additional recovery efforts begin. Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper CLASSIFIEDS TRADER: CARS, CARS, CARS AND TECH! HIGH 91FLOW 78F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER:$1 Established 1903 OBITSINSIDE OFFICIAL SOURCE THURSDAY Ruined Ragged will rise again AN 11th grade Govern ment High School student was shot multiple times and killed late Tuesday night while hanging out with per sons in the back of his Fox Hill home. The killing took place shortly before midnight and would have been the 99th for the year according to The Tribune s records. However, a high rank ing Royal Bahamas Police Force source said some out standing cases have recently been classied by police as murders, taking the murder count to 101 for the year. FOX HILL STUDENT, 16, SHOT DEAD By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A SERIES of separate au dits looking into the opera tions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs embassies, consu late general ofces and a per manent mission, has pointed to apparent loose protocols where there is excessive overtime pay, exorbitant spending and thousands in uncollected revenue among other shortfalls. At the Bahamas Embas sy in Washington, DC, the ambassadors chauffeur was paid $46,883.13 in overtime during a three-year period from 2014 to 2016, while at the Bahamas Consulate Generals ofce in DC, the messenger/driver received overtime amounting to $21,534.92. Auditors said at the em bassy in DC, ofcials paid a company $22,484 for an event, but the entity did not perform the duties which were agreed upon. During our review, we noted that the Embassy of the Bahamas, Washington, DC, executed an agreement for service to be provided by an entity, Auditor Gen eral Terrance Bastian said in an audit conducted for the period January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016. The re ports were tabled by House Speaker Halson Moultrie in Parliament yesterday. EMBASSY DRIVER PAID $46K OVERTIME By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AVIATION authori ties conrmed yesterday investigations are con tinuing, following a re at the Lynden Pindling In ternational Airport which resulted in the destruction of a Golden Wings Charter Britten-Norman Islander. Aviation Authority Gen eral Manager Milo But ler III, in an interview with The Tribune on BLAZE GUTS CHARTER JET By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis greets a youngster during his tour of Inagua yesterday along with ofcials as the government continued to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE TEN SEE PAGE TEN SEE PAGE EIGHT By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor nhartnell @ tribuneme dia.net THE International Mon etary Fund (IMF) last night demanded that the Govern ment take decisive scal consolidation measures, including the introduction of a low-rate income tax. The Fund, in a statement on its Article IV review of The Bahamas, urged the Minnis administration to develop detailed policy measures for achieving its targeted reductions in the annual scal decit to 1.1 per cent of GDP in 20192020. It suggested that The Ba hamas introduce an income tax to replace revenue that will be lost as the Bahamas reduces import duties to full its trade agreement obligations, and urged the Government to develop a savings buffer against natural disasters such as hurricanes. BAHAMAS MUST HAVE INCOME TAX, SAYS IMF By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor email@example.com SEE PAGE 11 A1MAIN MEAL SANDWICH WWW.BURGERKING.BS /BURGERKINGNASSAU
PAGE 2, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE SOME of the damage in Inagua caused by Hurricane Irma, above and below. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff DAMAGE in Inagua from Hurricane Irma. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. along with his team of ministers and NEMA ofcials, arriving in Inagua. To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 INSPECTION BEGINS OF DAMAGE IN INAGUA A2MAIN 8 PIECES OF CHICKEN $20 (INCL. VAT) D EA L D E A L Fresh Prepared, In-store, Daily. #WICKEDGENIUS Are You Maximizing Your Investment Returns? SECURE BALANCED FUND PRIME INCOME FUND2.89% 10.03% 4.57% 4.96%April 2017
THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 3 In partnership with the residents of Ragged Island, my government proposes to transform Ragged Island into the rst fully green is land in the region. Utilising renewable en ergy and smart technologies from solar energy through sustainable water purica tion systems. To do this we seek all Ba hamians and international assistance of all friends of Ragged Island and friends of The Bahamas. Out of the devastation and destruction, a new Ragged Island will emerge including stronger build ing codes, improved zoning and strategies to mitigate against climate change and rising sea levels. Ragged Island can emerge as a new model for sustainable communities throughout The Bahamas and the region, Dr Minnis also told parliamentarians yesterday. The prime minister said as a low lying, small island developing country, The Bahamas must create new mindsets and protocols in this era of super storms. Toward this end the government will convene a panel of experts to study, advise and report on efforts The Bahamas must take in response to the threat posed by the frequent and more severe hurricanes some of which may be mon ster storms. We must be better pre pared for hurricanes which affect the entire archipela go and multiple islands in our island chain. Mr Speaker over the past several years it is becoming clearer and clearer to us that in far too many cases build ings in The Bahamas have been and are still being ap proved for construction that are not up to code. We need buildings that can withstand an Irma. We cannot be in the business of saving money over saving lives. Unfortunately, there are also some buildings that are built and owned by the gov ernment of The Bahamas that have been found want ing in regard to code stand ard. In light of the increas ing power and frequency of hurricanes, I am there fore asking the Minister of Works (Desmond Bannis ter) to review our building codes and to ensure that building code enforcement becomes a much greater fo cus of our administration. NEMAs task in be tween every hurricane sea son will be to provide the Cabinet with recommenda tions regarding how New Providence and Grand Ba hama can survive a direct hit from a hurricane the size and force of Irma with no to little loss of life and with decreasing property damage. That is the kind of resilience we must develop throughout The Bahamas, Dr Minnis also said. He said at an appropri ate time, NEMA would be instructed to conduct a full scale after action re port to look at what systems and protocols worked and which ones either failed or were not up to par. Ruined Ragged will rise again FOLLOWING the mas sive devastation on Ragged Island, descendant of the community who live in Grand Bahama are organis ing a hurricane relief effort to get essential items, as well as building materials to those persons on the tiny southern island ravaged by Hurricane Irma. They plan to send their rst shipment, consisting of care packages of food, by Friday. Elkenny Lockhart, presi dent of the Ragged Island Cultural and Heritage As sociation (RICHA), said it is important that they assist their fellow Ragged Island ers during this very tragic times in their lives. He compared the de struction to an incident he said occurred 57 years ago when Hurricane Donna hit the island and caused seri ous damage. It was a difcult time back then, and I was about 13 years old, Mr Lockhart recalled. We cant thank God enough for his bless ings that there was no loss of life or injuries. We give God thanks for his wonder ful mercies that He has kept us all, particularly our fami lies in Ragged Island. Of the 60 to 70 people who lived on Ragged Is land, about 18-21 persons stayed behind to ride out the storm while others had been evacuated to New Providence. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis saw the dam age rst hand on Monday and said that all remaining residents should have to leave due to the massive de struction and health risks, while the government plans to rebuild the island. Descendants of Duncan Town gathered for a spe cial meeting in Freeport on Tuesday evening to organ ise assistance for those resi dents who are determined to stay and rebuild. Mr Lockhart said the as sociations members have decided to immediately send out care packages of food and toiletries by Fri day. Next week, RICHA plans to send bulk items on pallets on a barge which is scheduled to arrive some time next week to pick up BTCs utility poles. So, we are also solicit ing donations from Rag ged Islanders and friends of Ragged Islanders to as sist us in helping our family members get them over this tough and stressful time. Our appeal is to every one out here in the Grand Bahama community to come forth and give us a hand, whether a monetary donation or donation of building supplies, he said. Whatever you give will be thankfully received and applied to the efforts to re build Duncan Town, Ragged Island. Mr Lockhart said that the group is also liaising and working with its sister asso ciation in New Providence which will be forming a spe cial rebuild committee. He said the group has committed to the rebuild ing efforts for some ve years. He said he has lots of re spect for his cousin Edward Lockhart who, according to reports, managed to sur vive all alone on one of the Ragged Island cays he has called home. He is in good spirits, but anybody who knows Edward knows that he is always in good spirits. He is 77 years old, and I have a lot of respect for him, and I wish I could do that my self. Mr Lockhart is condent that Ragged Island will be rebuilt and become once again the jewel of the south. I will spend a lot of time visiting, and hopefully my brothers and I will get our homestead rebuild so we can share in the beauty of Ragged Island, which has some of the most beautiful beaches in The Bahamas, he said. RAGGED ISLANDERS ON GRAND BAHAMA LAUNCH RELIEF EFFORT FOR THEIR HOME By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org from page one SHOES piled up to dry on a truck in Ragged Island after Hurricane Irma. ONE of the damaged properties in Ragged Island after Hurricane Irma. Photo: Terrel W. 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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, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune THE recent murder of an eight-month-old infant has horried and incensed many of us. But I wonder if we as a nation are sufcient ly horried and incensed to ensure that all convicted murderers receive the just and tting punishment for their crime, which is swift execution by the state. From the looks of things, it does not appear so. Therefore, the carnage will continue because we con tinue to send the message to murderers that they can take the life of others and the state will spare theirs. Recently, while speaking about our nations exces sively high crime rate, the Minister of National Securi ty, the Hon Marvin Dames, said, We are proponents of the death penalty, our lead er talked about it during the campaign trail and we have not changed our position on that. We will do what we promised we will do. I pray that those words will be put into action very soon, but I wonder what else needs to happen before they are. Im eagerly waiting to see if, when, and how Prime Minister Minnis and his government will seek to enforce the death penalty. And if they do anything short of giving Bahamian voters the opportunity to amend the constitution in such a way to ensure that convicted murderers are swiftly executed by the state, I and others will know they are not serious and are merely engaging in BTNA (ie, big talk, no action). The reality is that as long as we have a so-called sys tem of justice where people can take a persons life and then be rewarded by hav ing theirs spared (by being sentenced to prison), we will continue to match and break our record rates of murder, year after year. Yes, even when convicted murderers are given a sen tence of life in prison, it is more like a reward, because the just and proper sen tence for murder is death. And what is worse is that some convicted murderers are given less than life sen tences. No doubt, some will chide me for calling for capital punishment. But the reality is that even though it has been more than seven teen years since the Baha mian state has executed a convicted murderer, we still have capital punishment. Its just not in the states hands; its in private hands. And we will continue to have an ever-increasing murder rate and the contin uation of privatised capital punishment if the govern ment refuses to do its job and carry out state-sanc tioned capital punishment. To be clear, I do not sup port the death penalty as a reaction to our high rate of murder (even though I rmly believe that swift and consistent execution of convicted murderers will reduce our high rate of murder). I support the death penalty because it is the only just and tting punishment for the crime of murder. PASTOR CEDRIC MOSS Nassau, WASHINGTON (AP) Irma, which attened some Caribbean islands and enveloped nearly all of Florida in its fury, no longer exists. The open Atlan tics most powerful hurricane on record nally sputtered out as an ordinary rain storm over Ohio and Indiana. Irmas conrmed death toll is 61 and still rising, 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the United States. In the US alone, nearly 7 million people were told to evacuate, and 13 million Floridians were left without power in hot steamy weather. This storm grew so immensely power ful over warmer-than-normal Atlantic water that it devastated the rst islands in its path. Its gargantuan size two Hurricane Andrews could t inside it spread so much fear that people all over the Florida peninsula upended their lives to ee. This was a large, extremely dan gerous catastrophic hurricane, Na tional Hurricane Centre spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said Wednesday, when he said the storm was over. Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach put it simpler: Irma was a beast. Irma generated as much accumulated energy in a dozen days as an entire sixmonth hurricane season would in an av erage year, Klotzbach calculated. Just 30 hours after it became a tropi cal storm on August 30, Irma was a major Category 3 hurricane. By Sept. 4 it had intensied into a Category 4, with 130 mph winds, and it wasnt near done. It became a Category 5 storm the next day with top winds of 185 mph, the high est ever recorded in the open Atlantic. Only one storm whirled faster Hur ricane Allen reached 190 mph in 1980 over the normally warm Gulf of Mexi co but Irma held its ferociously high speeds for 37 hours, a new global record for tropical cyclones. It beat Typhoon Haiyan, which also reached 185 mph before killing more than 6,000 people in the Philippines. Irma ultimately spent 78 hours as a Category 5, the longest in 85 years for Atlantic hurricanes. Irmas entire path, from its birth off Africa to its death over the Ohio Valley, stayed within the cone of the probable track forecast by the National Hurricane Centre. Irma claimed its rst victim when it was still far off, sending a monster wave to drown a teen-aged surfer in Barbados. Then it hit the Leeward Is lands in full fury, sweeping a 2-year-old boy to his death after tearing the roof from his home. Irma bullied through much of the Car ibbean Antigua, St Martin, St Barts, Anguilla, the US and British Virgin Is lands, Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas. It narrowly skirted Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It turned lush tropical playgrounds into blastedout landscapes, littered with splintered lumber, crumpled sheet metal and shat tered lives. In St Martin, 15 people were killed. Irma was still a Category 5 when it raked Cubas coast, the rst hurricane that size to hit the storm-prone island since 1924. At least 10 people died there, despite massive evacuations. And by moving briey over land, it may have spared Florida a tougher punch. More importantly, the system slowed, delaying its turn north and steering its centre over Floridas west coast, which is less populated and less densely devel oped than the east. It also allowed dry air and high winds from the southwest to ow into Irma, taking a bite out of the storm and even tearing the southwest eyewall apart for a while. Irma was more vulnerable, but by no means weak. A Category 4 storm with 130 winds when it slammed into Cud joe Key, it tied for historys seventh strongest hurricane to make US land fall, based on its central pressure. With Harveys swamping of Texas, this is the rst year two Category 4 storms hit the United States. The Keys were devastated. Federal ofcials estimated that a quarter of the homes were destroyed, and hardly any escaped damage. Roofs seemed peeled off by can-openers; power poles were nowhere to be seen. Irma was back over water as it closed in on mainland Florida, weakening still but spreading much wider to more than 400 miles in girth whipping the entire peninsula with winds of 39 mph or more. It pushed its highest storm surge, 10 feet, onto Floridas southwestern coast, while causing some of its worst ooding in northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, far from Irmas centre. Irmas second US landfall was on Marco Island, near where Wilma hit in 2005. By then, Irma was a still-major Category 3, with 115 mph winds, but weakening fast. The worst of its fury somehow missed the Tampa Bay area, where homes were not nearly as ooded as those in faraway Jacksonville. Irma then sloshed through Georgia and Ala bama as a tropical storm, blowing down tall trees and power lines, before dis sipating Tuesday over Tennessee and Ohio. This article is by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press Restore the death penalty LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Irmas life and email@example.com EDITOR, The Tribune. IN an article posted in the Tribune by journalist, Neil Hartnell, dated August 30th, 2017, Neil recounts a report issued by liquidators of the Baha Mar resort. In the report, Bahamian accountant Ed Rahming comes to a bafing conclu sion stating that the current outcome of the Baha Mar resort was a success and implies that this was the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Is he se rious? He goes on to qualify his conclusion by stating that CCA did not have to pro vide the $101m that was used to partially cover out standing debts to contrac tors and employees of the resort. I find this to be most disingenuous, or down right ignorant as anyone that has been following this story is quite aware that there was a better deal on the table from the original developer, Sarkis Izmirlian, who not only offered to cover all debts in totality, but to complete the resort with Bahamian labour. It is shameful to me, that individuals we deem profes sionals would opt to spin a story for what I can only assume for personal rea sons despite glaring facts and truth. The only success so far in regards to the Baha Mar resort has been the oust ing of a world class inves tor from a project he was begged to do by the former Prime Minister, buffeted left right and centre by greedy politicians, and dis carded by foreign economic colonisers. Ed Rahming ought to apologise to the collective intelligence of this country, and in a better world that shell of a hotel would be placed back into the hands of those who know what to do with it. SHEEP RUNNER Nassau, August 30, 2017. Dene success at Baha Mar EDITOR, The Tribune. THE two tracking sys tems the US/GFS and the European equivalent are two essential tools to know precisely where a storm is travelling the potential wind eld (speed of the winds) when it will arrive at any island, etc. We at home on our cellslaptops-computers have ac cess to these sophisticated programmes. Were we not to have in stalled by March-April, 2017 the initial Doppler ra dar unit at LPIA? Is it working? When will it be working? Why is it not working now some ve-months late to be op erational as the Director of Met then advised. It is late so have the supplier been ned for late delivery? I recall the next unit was to be installed in Abaco I disagree it should be either Mayaguana or Long Island as most storms come into The Bahamas from the At lantic in that direction. Can the Minister of Transport advise the status of this programme and ex plain why there are delays? W THOMPSON Nassau, September 11, 20l7. Did we learn from Irma? 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THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 5 ACCOMPANIED by a senior government delega tion, returning residents of Inagua yesterday found an island that had withstood Hurricane Irmas blows, the hurricane only down ing several lamp poles and causing roof damage to some structures. None of the more than 900 residents of the island will be displaced because of the damage. And accord ing to MICAL MP Miriam Emmanuel, efforts to re store electricity to the en tire island will begin today when a team from Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) is ex pected to arrive, although residents in the northern part of the island were said to have had their electricity restored already. The Morton Salt facility sustained signicant roof damage to its mechanic shops where it repairs mo bile equipment. There was concern on social media over the weekend about the condition of the facility. However, ofcials there werent alarmed, saying salt production would resume as soon as possible with minimal disruptiongood news, they said, for the com panys 145 full-time employ ees and the island whose economy depends on it. Hurricane Irma cannot destroy the unstoppable spirit of Inagua and Morton Bahamas, Jean-Baptiste Dromer, senior director of mining and manufacturing at the company, said. Ofcials couldnt say how much repairing the dam age will cost because as sessments of the facility are continuing. We are taking all serious steps to meet our customer needs, said Mr Dromer. Prime Minister Dr Hu bert Minnis said: Ive been assured by the executives that they will be working aggressively to get it back functioning at 100 per cent capacity but at the mean time the staff has not been compromised so that is good news for The Baha mas. On the state of the island generally, he said: The homes sustained minimal damage and the community has worked together to do whats necessary. The government del egation, which included Dr Minnis and a number of Cabinet ministers and other senior ofcials, also visited Mayaguana yesterday even ing. That island sustained minimal damage from Irma. Some residents of MICAL evacuated their communities ahead of Ir mas landfall. The delegation will today visit Bimini and Grand Ba hama to continue its assess ments. Damage in Inagua but no residents displaced by storm By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SOME of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Inagua, as seen during yesterdays tour by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff JEAN BAPTISTE DROMER, senior director of Morton Salt Bahamas. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was shown the RBDF base on Inagua. PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pictured during his visit to Inagua. A5MAIN
PAGE 6, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Minnis administra tion paid a $2.8m premium to the Caribbean Catastro phe Risk Insurance Facil ity to renew its tropical cyclone policy, The Tribune has learned. While the former policy had an annual $900,000 premium, The Tribune was told that the cost has since increased. The countrys policy was reportedly dropped by the former Christie administra tion after the country was denied a claim made fol lowing the passage of Hur ricane Joaquin in 2015. However, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has since claimed the former admin istrations action resulted in the Bahamas losing out on a $32m insurance payout in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, a category three/ four storm, last year. The matter was again raised in the Lower House yesterday when Dr Minnis reiterated that the former administration cancelled the policy as he gave a sta tus update on the passage of Hurricane Irma. In his later contribution, Ofcial Opposition Lead er Phillip Brave Davis questioned the cost of the premium and its benets, and whether the passage of Hurricane Irma had trig gered any of those benets. He maintained that the former administration made the decision after prudent consideration and advice from experts. Mr Davis began his con tribution by expressing the oppositions satisfaction with the governments con duct before, during, and after the storms passage as led by Dr Minnis. He shared in the com mendation of efforts un dertaken by the various ministries, and applauded Dr Minnis for involving the opposition side in those ef forts. Mr Davis indicated that his side stood ready to con tinue their assistance and collaboration in returning the country to a state of normalcy. Rising on a point of or der, Dr Minnis said he planned to table evidence of the policy cancellation next week. He added: We are a gov ernment of transparency, you will get your answers. CCRIF announced on Tuesday that it would make a total of US$29.6 million to six Caribbean governments affected by Hurricane Irma under their TC policies, with The Bahamas and Haiti receiving payments as a result of a new feature. The new feature, Aggregate Deductible Cover (ADC), was introduced in this policy year as a means to help members when mod elled losses do not trigger a payout despite observed losses on the ground, the statement explained. According to CCRIF, the Bahamas will receive US$234,000. $2.8m cost of renewing catastrophic insurance By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ tribunemedia.net SCOTIABANK is do nating $500,000 to charita ble organisations assisting with the rescue and relief efforts in the many Carib bean countries impacted by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts continue to be with the people of the affected regions as they demonstrate strength and resilience following the devastation, the bank said in a press release. The Canadian Red Cross will receive $250,000 of Scotiabanks donation, with the remainder being directed to initiatives sup porting young people in the affected communities. Red Cross societies are already active, mobilising volun teers to the possible affect ed areas and relaying public awareness messages. Relief supplies are on standby in Panama and the Domini can Republic to ensure an immediate response. The Canadian Red Cross has a presence in the area and is coordinating with the Inter national Federation of the Red Cross and supporting the mobilization of regional Red Cross teams. Brian Porter, president and chief executive ofc er, said: The devastation caused in the countries im pacted by Hurricane Irma is heartbreaking. Scoti abank has been part of the affected communities for decades. We are committed to the region, and will sup port our customers and em ployees during these chal lenging times. SCOTIABANK GIVES $500,000 TO HURRICANE EFFORT MAJOR HOTELS OFFER SUPPORT TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY IRMA BOTH Atlantis and Baha Mar have been rallying to the aid of those affected by Hurricane Irma. Residents forced to take shelter, above, were treated to a hot meal from Atlantis staff, while, below, Baha Mar staff and associates prepared care packages for those living in shelters in New Providence. A6MAIN CAVES VILLAGEPremium Oce Space for Lease1,409 sq.. 5 oces, conference room, reception, kitchen, bathroom with shower, IT/ling room. $5,459.88 pm inc. CAM +VAT 572 sq.. open plan with conference room, kitchenette, bathroom, IT closet. $2,216.50 pm inc. CAM +VAT Contact Mr. Simon Chappell on 327 1575 or 477-7610 Email: email@example.com
THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 7 DESPITE assurances legislation to establish man datory evacuation proce dures would be tabled this week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told Parlia ment yesterday the govern ment has decided against this and will instead under take public consultations on the proposed bill. The legislation, Dr Min nis said, will also be circu lated to the Ofcial Oppo sition. As he wrapped up his summation of the govern ments preparation and work in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and how the country fared during this storm, Dr Minnis said: I know that we had prom ised to bring an evacuation bill to Parliament at this time. (But) after a lengthy discussion last night, we decided that such a bill should be circulated to the public and the opposition in keeping with transpar ency and accountability, after which we will bring such a bill here to this Par liament. On Sunday, Dr Minnis told reporters it was his in tention to table the bill when the House resumed following its summer re cess. Yesterday was Parlia ments rst meeting after this break. At the time, he said: Ive spoken to the attorney gen eral and they are drafting it. I think its essential we have mandatory evacua tion. Not only that but we must now have a manual for evacuation so we have guidelines; guidelines for category one, for category two which may not require evacuations. A requirement may be category four or ve; thats things that have to be dis cussed. Weve learned quite a bit from this proce dure therefore our manual will tell us exactly how in dividuals are dispatched, how people are collected, how facilities are set up, etc. Ahead of the category ve storm making landfall last week, 365 people were voluntarily evacuated from Bimini, 40 out of Ragged Island, 163 from Maya guana, 106 from Crooked Island and 318 people from Acklins. Scores of others remained on their respective islands and were at risk of serious harm or death, particularly those who stayed in Ragged Island, which was decimat ed as a result of Hurricane Irma. Despite damage to homes and infrastructure, there were no deaths or se rious injuries. Ofcial Opposition Leader Philip Brave Da vis said on Sunday he sup ports legislating mandatory evacuation procedures, but added that it was unneces sary to evacuate Bahamians from danger zones ahead of Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew when the Progres sive Liberal Party was in power, as the Minnis ad ministration did prior to Irmas arrival. In 2015, Hurricane Joaquin in particular dev astated some of the same southern islands from which people were evacuat ed before Irma, with many residents complaining two years ago that they were un prepared for the storm. That year, former Prime Minister Perry Christie said the Ofce of the Attorney General had drafted an or der empowering the direc tor of the National Emer gency Management Agency to declare a state of emer gency and instruct manda tory evacuations. The idea resurfaced in 2016 after some residents in southern New Providence resisted calls to evacuate ood zones, prompting ofcials to perform emergency res cues once Matthew hit. Joaquin and Matthew were not as dangerous as this hurricane, Mr Davis told reporters Sunday. What one has to look at in each category is the esti mate of what kinds of dam age may happen. In catego ry one certain damage may be sustained; in category two or four (other kinds) of damage may be sustained so it depends on the cat egory and the level thats coming. No doubt the deci sion to evacuate (this time around) was not made by the prime minister alone. That information wouldve been gathered from the technical people. No such recommendation was made from the technical experts with respect to Joaquin and Matthew. Had it been made the decision wouldve been supported. During mandatory evac uation procedures, law en forcement ofcers will be empowered to physically remove people, Mr Davis said. People could also be expected to be charged with an offence. Change of mind for govt over mandatory evacuation By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AN Exigency Order has been put into effect for 180 days to allow for the dutyfree import of goods for hurricane relief. The goods covered in the order include: build ing materials; electrical and plumbing xtures and materials; household furni ture, furnishing and appli ances and generators. Bot tled water is also included in the order however it will only be covered under the Exigency Order for 60 days. Persons looking to take advantage of the order must have their applica tions/claims certied by the director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The Exigency Order also allows for the waiver of departure tax for noncommercial ights bringing in relief goods and customs processing fees on imports. The order applies to the following islands: Acklins, North and South Bimini, Crooked Island, Grand Ba hama, Great and Little Ina gua, Long Cay, Mayaguana, Ragged Island and South Andros. This waiver will be in effect for three months. Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest also an nounced that customs duty and value added tax ex emption will be granted on donations to registered charities on acquisition by individuals whose loss by Hurricane Irma has been veried by NEMA. All other authorised do nations will be deemed a gift to the government and will be received and distrib uted by NEMA. The Exigency Order took effect on September 11. 180-DAY EXIGENCY ORDER ISSUED ON RELIEF GOODS PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaks with the media after his return to Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday after visiting the Family Islands. Photos: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff CAPTAIN Stephen Russell inspecting the NEMA warehouse on the RBDF base in Mathew Town yesterday. A7MAIN
PAGE 8, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Wednesday afternoon, said authorities received infor mation earlier in the day of a re at the Golden Wings maintenance bay, to which response units were dis patched. He said while particulars were not conrmed up to the time of the interview, he understood that the re occurred during routine maintenance and was ad dressed virtually immedi ately. Mr Butler added: The re was extinguished using foam no injuries or fatali ties were reported on the ground. Videos of the incident were circulated on social media Wednesday, with some speculation over whether responding re, crash and rescue units were properly equipped to battle the blaze, which eventually destroyed both the plane and the mainte nance bay. In the footage, a re ten der could be seen in attend ance but two remen are seen close to the burning aircraft for several minutes doing nothing. A witness can be heard saying they cant get no pressure indi cating why they were not at tempting to put the re out. The remen also seemed oblivious to the danger of an explosion from the fuel tanks in the burning air craft. However, Aviation Au thority ofcials insisted that adequate resources were in place to prevent a more dire ordeal. Sam Clark, of the Fire, Crash and Rescue Unit dis pelled the notion that units were ill-equipped, insist ing the preparedness of re sponders ended a serious situation before it got out of hand. Full reports on the blaze are expected to be concluded in the com ing days, with Bahamas Civil Aviation Author ity (BCAA) personnel con rming the release of the re port by the end of the week. Meanwhile, owner and operator of Golden Wings Charters, Cameron Roach, yesterday said the charter service was going through the internal process of de termining what caused the unexpected re. He told The Tribune the plane was in for its sched uled maintenance when the fuel tank ignited without warning. We are looking into it and expect to have some clear answers soon. The insurers and manufactur ers are expected in town to aid us in this regard, so we would be able to say more at that point, Mr Roach stated. Blaze guts charter jet from page one FIREFIGHTERS standing by to tackle the blaze yesterday as a Golden Wings Charter airplane goes up in ames at Lynden Pindling International Airport, in this image taken from video. THE FIRE engine on scene yesterday. A8MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 9 AN October 2 date has been set for the commence ment of the Supreme Court trial of three men allegedly involved in a murder plot that was carried out in June last year, The Tribune un derstands. The matter involving Daran Neely, Jahmaro Edgecombe and Sean Brown, set to open before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs, was delisted by that judge after encountering on two consecutive occa sions issues with the em panelment of the jury. At the time, the court had only managed to impanel some 28 jury members, not nearly enough given the number of accused men on trial. Both Neely and Edge combe are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder while Brown is charged with ac cessory after the fact. It is alleged that Neely, on June 16, at New Providence, being concerned with oth ers, plotted to murder Ken yari Lightbourne. On June 21, Lightbourne was shot multiple times while walking through his neighbourhood of Woods Alley, off Market Street. He died at the scene of the shooting. Neely is represented by Geoffrey Farquharson and Jomo Campbell, Edge combe is represented by Ian Cargill and Brown is repre sented by Nathan Smith. Trio to face murder plot trial next month By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com TWO men and a minor were charged in Magis trates Court yesterday ac cused of breaking into and stealing from Essos Blue Hill Road and Tonique Wil liams-Darling service sta tion while New Providence was under a hurricane watch. Leonardo Collie, 24, of Market Street, Dieunovile Henriquez, 28, of Minnie Street, and a 17-year-old boy stood before Magis trate Ambrose Armbris ter facing one count each of shopbreaking, stealing, and receiving in connection with the September 9 inci dent. It is alleged that the trio broke into the Esso service station on the day in ques tion, and subsequently stole 13 packs of wine-avoured Black and Mild cigars worth $5.81 each and six packs of Grabba Leaves (tobacco) worth $6.05 each. It is also alleged that the three dishonestly received the same. All three defendants pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, and subse quently elected to have the matter heard in the Magis trates Court. The case was subse quently adjourned to Oc tober 23. The three ac cused were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS). They have a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail. New Providence was braced for possible hurri cane force winds and tropi cal storm conditions late Friday, September 8 and early Saturday, September 9 as Irma barreled over parts of the country. THREE IN COURT OVER THEFT AT GAS STATION DURING IRMA By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE trial of a man facing a dozen child pornography charges will start before the chief magistrate on Novem ber 6 and 7. On those dates, Sharran Burrows, 41, of Pinewood Gardens, will be tried in connection with 12 counts of possession of child por nography. The charges are brought under Section 16(A) (2)(b) of the Sexual Offences Act. It is alleged that between April 2015 and April 2017, he had in his possession lewd images of a female under the age of 18, or de picted as being under 18, performing sexual acts. The images were allegedly on a mobile phone. Burrows previously elect ed to stand trial in the Magistrates Court and pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt in July. SUSPECT ACCUSED OVER CHILD PORNOGRAPHY By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com GRAND Bahama po lice discovered suspected marijuana in an unnished building in the Freeport area on Tuesday, police re ported. According to reports, shortly after 1am, Drug Enforcement Unit ofcers acting on information went to an area in Royal Ba hamia Estates where they found three clear plastic bags, containing a quantity of suspected marijuana, in a building under construc tion. Assistant Superintendent Terecita Pinder said no ar rest was made in the matter and police are continuing to investigate. SUSPECTED MARIJUANA FOUND By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org 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 A9MAIN rfntfbr br Isnt Your Health Worth It? rrfntfbfrb ttbtrfnntfbrtntftnnr ftfrtr frbbbrtntnbtftfn rrbbrrtrnrbtr ttrtbttbbnrfnntfbtff rtfnn rrfnfbrbtnftftftrntbr rrnfbfffrnbtbfrb ttbbnrtfftfbbtftbtftfn fbrnr ttbbnrrfbbrfbtnfbnrbt rrfbnftbtnfftfbrrnft ttbbnntfrrfrfbffrrr bnftfttnfrbnfr rnrrrtftffrtbbtnftbbr tfnftnbr nrrrtrfr fntrftfbbn tftfrbtbtnfrrr ttnfrr r tbbbffntbbfbb tbrbtfrbbbbf rfntbbfbb
PAGE 10, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE The event was sched uled to take place on Au gust 3, 2013. Retainer fees in the amount $22,484 was paid. The entity did not per form the duties as agreed; hence a demand letter was raised in 2013 seeking a re fund. At the time of the re view, the matter was unre solved and remained out standing. Mr Bastian recommend ed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refer the matter to the Ofce of the Attorney General in order to pursue legal options. The audit further noted the approval of $68,6000 to pay educational allowance to an ofcer. While at the time of the review, the cheque had al ready been issued to the ofcer, Mr Bastian said re ceipts conrming payment of school fees were not pro vided. It also noted a security de posit for a residential rental for an ofcer of $3,800 had not been returned, despite the ofcer executing a new lease on a residence in the amount of $4,250 monthly. And at the Permanent Mission to the United Na tions in New York, over a period of two year July 2014 to June 2015 and July 2015 to June 2016 a total of $28,291.34 was spent to ac commodate the hosting of diplomatic and promotional events, including receptions to colleges and universities attended by Bahamians. Auditors also had chal lenges conrming whether long distance phone calls at this permanent mission were ofcial or private. They made the same observation regarding tel ephone calls for phones attached to the Bahamas Consulate Generals Of ce in New York, those at the embassies in Port-auPrince, Haiti and in Ha vana, Cuba. A review of loan les at the Haitian embassy re vealed a request was made for a loan without the am bassadors approval. Mr Bastian said loans were also granted without letters of request and/or approval. He recommended the loan les be updated with request letters and approv als from the ambassador and the le be maintained showing payment of loans. When the auditor re viewed the Bahamas Em bassy in Beijing, China for the period January 1, 2014 to May 31, 2016, it was found there remained an outstanding balance of $29,700.20. It is recommended that deliberate steps be taken to collect all outstanding amounts due to the embassy (in) Beijing, China as a high level of receivables have the potential to negatively im pact the operational cash ow. The audit also notes: During our scrutiny we noted that a total of US $10,920 was expended by the embassy for storage of furniture and insurance fees. We were told that a contract did not exist and amounts were disbursed every six months. The amounts spent were too exorbitant and can lead to a drain of the operational funds. Mr Bastian recommend ed arrangements be made for storage of furniture be reviewed. He further rec ommended management seek to have the furniture sold or disposed of. He highlighted additional wastage by the embassy in China, saying $624.95 was spent on the purchase and set up of accounting soft ware, but it was not acces sible to Embassy staff. EMBASSY DRIVER PAID $46K OVERTIME AN audit of the revenue and expenditure accounts of the Registrar Generals Department has revealed nearly $400,000 worth of dishonoured cheques, out standing utility bills and a register cluttered with hun dreds of delinquent IBCs (international business companies). The audit report also pointed to a hefty over time bill of $162,305.55 for the period of April 2015 to July 2016, which was paid to staff who worked beyond the 40-hour week to pro cess payments, letters of good standing, preparation for the e-service launch, and update les. The audit recommended that management seriously consider whether it was fea sible to continue footing the overtime bill or introduce a shift system to accommo date excess workload. Inadequate stafng and storage space to secure les featured high among con cerns itemised in the report, which stressed that every effort be made to properly secure highly sensitive re cords, company les, deeds and other records. The audit examination was conducted for the pe riod of July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016 by interviews, observations and exami nations of the accounting documents. The report stated that during the examination pe riod, dishonoured cheques totaled $69,993; however, a listing provided by the de partment indicated an accu mulated total of $392,976.49 up to July 31,2016. It was recommended that several measures be taken to mitigate or minimise the number of dishonoured cheques: instruct cashiers to scrutinise cheques for common oversights; ob tain and secure an identi fying departmental stamp and stamp each cheque for deposit; accept certi ed cheques or cash only when settling dishonoured cheques, and once settled, to forward information ex peditiously so that entries can be cleared. An outstanding electric ity bill for September 2016 amounted to $13,457.98, ac cording to the report, which also outlined outstanding fees owed to Dell secu rity of $13,975. The report noted that the inability to maintain current vendor accounts could lead to over payment or incorrect pay ments. As for the delinquent IBCs, there were 2,228 delinquent accounts with outstanding company fees. A ten per cent fee is levied on delinquent accounts during the months of April to October; however, a 50 per cent fee is charged from November to Decem ber. At the time of review, the report stated that it could not be determined the amount of monies owed by these companies, and it was recommended that a sec tion be formed to focus on delinquent accounts. Stafng shortages were said to be the reason for the accumulation of $12,150 in stale-dated cheques, ac cording to the report, which noted the untimely process ing of company registration fee payments. Highly sensitive records were not adequately stored, due to shortage of storage space, the report read. Companies les were stored in cabinets that were not re proof. It continued: Deeds and other records are stored on top of ling cabinets or wherever space can be found. The deeds contained irreplaceable records going for decades. The audit report was submitted to the Attorney Generals Ofce in July, and requested a response on whether action had been taken or proposed on each of its recommendations by September 11. It was not clear up to press time whether a re sponse was given. While a large number of companies routinely left cheques with the cashier to be processed, the audit report noted that a cheque register was not consistent ly maintained and cheques were kept in an unlocked ling cabinet. It further suggested man agement implement such a register to record the collec tion of company cheques, and that a safe or re-proof ling cabinet be obtained to secure the cheques. As for payroll, it was recommended that man agement initiate efforts to recover funds after it was revealed a terminated em ployee was overpaid by $503.26. It also noted that several employees have been al lowed to exceed the 75 per cent limit on salary deduc tions. The report under scored that net take home pay for employees should not fall below 25 per cent of gross salary unless ap proval was obtained by the relevant authority. The report raised con cerns over the storage of birth certicates and mar riage licences, recommend ing that all documents be copied onto a hard drive and duplicates secured in a re proof cabinet. There were 4,313 new births registered in the 2014/2015 period, and 4,022 new births during the 2015/2016 period. As for marriages, there were 3,890 new licenses in 2014/2015, and 3,663 the following year period. However, the report not ed that internal controls have been strengthened: the ofcial Registrar General seals which au thenticates documents are properly secured; employ ees change their passwords every three months; and voids are being approved by the accounts supervi sor. It further noted that con trols had been implemented to mitigate fraudulent activ ities as it related to search cards. Birth verication letters are now requested through the Department of Public Health for Family Island clients, the report read. Clients in Nassau can ascertain search cards once they collect a conr mation letter to conrm that the child was born at a medical facility in The Bahamas, accompanied with one other supporting document. DISHONOURED CHEQUES AND OUTSTANDING BILLS AMONG PROBLEMS AT REGISTRAR GENERAL DEPT By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter email@example.com Police said they received reports that gunshots were heard in the Brice Street area off Fox Hill Road around 11.30pm. When of cers arrived on the scene, they found the lifeless body of a male lying on the ground with multiple gun shot wounds. When we got there, there was a young chap with apparent gunshot wounds about the body and at this time we do not know the motive, said Chief Super intendent Solomon Cash, ofcer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit. The only thing we can say is that relatives heard the shots to the rear of their house. When the gun shots stopped, they looked outside and saw one of their relatives was shot. We are still investigating to determine what hap pened and why this young man was the subject of that homicide. Police have not ofcially identied the victim but The Tribune understands he is 16-year-old Jeffery Wright, of Brice Street. Meanwhile, police are still on the hunt for the per son responsible for an early morning shooting on Friday that left one man dead and another man in hospital. The shooting took place shortly after 7am off South Street. According to police, two men were standing in front of an abandoned house near Hospital Lane, when a man armed with a handgun approached them and red several shots at them before eeing the area on foot in an unknown direction. One of the men died on the scene, the other was tak en to hospital where he re mains in serious, but stable condition. Police have not identied the deceased vic tim, but The Tribune under stands he is Delano Frazer. Anyone with information on any of these homicides is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anony mously at 328-TIPS. FOX HILL STUDENT, 16, SHOT DEAD from page one from page one AUDITOR General Terrance Bastian. A10MAIN Career OpportunityScotiabank (Bahamas) Limitedis seeking the services of aReal Estate Manager North CaribbeanPosition Summary:The Real Estate Manager is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed in accordance with the Banks plans and requirements within approved budgets and established schedules, as well as for developing and applying facilities management services for the Banks premises. He/she will be required to work closely with Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Landlords, Developers, Authorities having Jurisdiction, Legal Counsel, Real Estate Brokers and Appraisers, Asset and/or Property Managers, Local/Regional and Executive Ofces, Business Support and Branch Management. He/she will be required to source, cultivate and manage a network of internal/external contacts to determine industry trends in order to provide timely information and recommendations to senior management. This role is based in The Bahamas but requires travel to other assigned countries.Key Accountabilities for this role: At least 5 years of real estate experience. Strong construction management knowledge and experience. Demonstrated expertise in project management for real estate projects. Strong facilities management knowledge. Engineering or architectural background would be considered an asset. A Bachelors degree in a related eld.Functional Competencies: In-depth knowledge of construction and design, facilities management, leasing/purchasing procedures. Working knowledge of software relating to spreadsheets, project management, cost/budget reporting, construction scheduling and building design. Ability to write reports and/or correspondence. Forward thinking and innovative skills. Strong communication and writing skills. Strong negotiating and networking skills. Strong human relations/ people management skills are essential. Strong organizational ability. Availability to travel. Qualied candidates should submit C.V. via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before September 22, 2017. Please note: Only candidates short-listed will be contacted.Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable).
THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 11 LONG-STANDING tensions between Resorts World Bimini and the resi dents on that island were brought to the fore this week after mounds of Sty rofoam were seen oating in the ocean, suspected to be part of damage Hurricane Irma brought to the luxury hotels oating docks. Irate residents are now demanding the government step in. Videos and photos of the huge mounds of Sty rofoam oating atop open waters have been circulat ed across social media sites this week, most with users urging the immediate resto ration of the often-debated, critical marine habitat. Denver Stuart, a life-long resident of Bimini, inter viewed by The Tribune on Wednesday, insisted things on the island were set to go from bad to worse following Hurricane Irma. He told The Tribune : This has been a problem for days now. Ive seen it since Sunday. As soon as you get out on the water, you see the pieces of foam just oating around. This is not good because the birds are eating it, the sh are eat ing it and even the turtles are eating the Styrofoam. Mr Stuart said the people of Bimini have long been an environmentally con scious society that treat their surroundings as an ex tension of their homes. Theyre supposed to lay out a silk curtain to catch it from day one, but they didnt, Mr Stuart claimed. Now, its oating every where and its causing a big issue. This is an important marine area. In July, residents pro tested RAV Bahamas/ OPAC and its partner the Genting Group, which have invested heavily in the island, mainly through Resorts World Bimini, for their alleged inaction in protecting the islands ma rine ecosystem. In a letter from Bimini residents to Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis, residents complained that nothing has been done to protect Biminis marine habitats. The resort has created an inux of visitors to the island, but at the expense of the people, the letter not ed. The number of visitors to Bimini is greater than the island can handle sus tainably, creating negative impact on the local natural resource. The vacuous promises laid out in the mitigation measures dating back to phase one of this develop ment are still unfullled. The residents said they want clarication on how much Crown land Gerardo Capo has received and what would be the legal implica tions for his development of land on the North Bimini Marine Reserve and the East Wells area if a marine protected area (MPA) is ap proved. Mr Stuart yesterday in dicated that if the ordeal isnt addressed soon, things could again take a turn for the worse as residents will not sit back and allow all this foolishness to take place. Resorts World Bimini (RWB) released a state ment in response to ques tions from The Tribune on the concerns yesterday. The hotel did not spe cically address the oating Styrofoam, but noted that it was aware of the issue. The island of Bimini was hit by Hurricane Irma with widespread damage across the island, including the marina located at Resorts World Bimini. After evacu ating our employees early to allow locals the ability to evacuate during the latter part of the week, Resorts World offered space in the Hilton hotel for refuge dur ing the storm for all those that chose to stay, the ho tel said. Damage assessments and cleanup efforts were mobilised as soon as the is land became accessible and are ongoing as additional team members are being asked to return and assist. An announcement will be made when resort opera tions are able to resume. Attempts to contact En vironment Minister Ro mauld Ferreira were also unsuccessful Wednesday. Styrofoam tide swamps beaches in Bimini By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com To bring the public nances under control, the IMF called for the Govern ment to impose a perma nent ceiling on its annual scal decits and a cap on its xed-cost spending that includes wages and rents. The Funds statement said the Governments di rect debt, as a percentage of Bahamian economic output or GDP, had increased by 28 percentage points in just six years as a result of per sistent decits. Sharp increases in pub lic debt call for decisive s cal consolidation efforts to ensure that debt remains sustainable and external buffers are strengthened, the IMF said. The sharp increase in the decit in s cal year 2017 to 5.7 per cent of GDP pushed central gov ernment debt to an estimat ed 73 per cent of GDP (up from 45 per cent of GDP in scal year 2011). Many Bahamians are likely to go pale at the mere mention of income tax, but the IMF called for its intro duction on the basis that it will be a fairer tax linked to a persons ability to pay. Over the medium term, introducing a low-rate in come tax as import duties are further reduced should make the tax system more progressive and help pro tect infrastructure and so cial spending, it argued. However, the IMF frowned at the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme left behind by the former Christie ad ministration, describing expanded coverage as not affordable without new rev enues (taxes) to fund it. Backing the Minnis ad ministrations plan to intro duce Fiscal Responsibility legislation, it added: This legislation should include as key elements a simple s cal rule with a permanent ceiling on the decit and a cap on current expenditure growth, consistent with a downward trajectory for the public debt-to-GDP ratio; the requirement to incorpo rate into the Budget process medium-term scal projec tions with their underlying assumptions; an assessment of relevant scal risks, par ticularly those associated with natural disasters, and mitigating policies; excep tional circumstances claus es, triggered only after signicant negative shocks. The IMF said the Gov ernments scal targets would achieve the desired consolidation, but warned they could only be achieved by reversing the sharp in creases in the wage bill resulting from the former Christie administrations pre-election spending binge. It added that public cor porations and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) needed to be restructured to im prove their efciency, while fees for their services need ed to allow full cost recov ery. The new administra tion has pledged a strong commitment to restore s cal sustainability, the IMF said. Its rst Budget envis ages a reduction in the de cit to 3.5 per cent of GDP in scal year 2018, and sets decit targets of 2.3 per cent and 1.1 per cent of GDP for the two subsequent scal years. However, detailed poli cy measures to meet these targets still need to be de veloped........ If properly designed and implemented, these initiatives should sup port scal consolidation and strengthen scal disci pline, accountability, and transparency over the me dium term. The IMF also called for Bahamian civil servants to start contributing towards their own pensions, with benets matching contribu tions, in a bid to tackle the unfunded $1.5 billion pub lic pension liability. In a nod to The Baha mas vulnerability to hur ricanes, the IMF also urged the Government to buildin Budget savings to pro vide an additional buffer against the fall-out from natural disasters. Incentivising the use of private natural disaster in surance, including through targeted subsidies to im prove affordability for lowincome households, and making sure that building regulation, land use and zoning guidelines are ade quate and reviewed and up dated frequently, would en hance economic resilience and reduce scal contingent liabilities, the IMF said. It added that energy re forms were vital to reducing power costs, and improving reliability. Moving ahead with the planned issuance of the rate reduction bond by the electricity company is a critical step in this di rection, the IMF said, referring to the nancing mechanism both govern ments have been reluctant to initiate. The Fund also called for improvements in The Ba hamas ease of doing busi ness and the creation of a Credit Bureau recommen dations that have frequently been made by the private sector. The credibility of The Bahamas one:one ex change rate with the US dollar will be enhanced by reducing the Central Banks holdings of govern ment bonds, the IMF add ed, while also calling for an intensied effort by com mercial banks to restruc ture their delinquent loans. Commercial banks re main liquid and well-capi talised but reluctant to lend in an environment of low growth, the IMF said. As of March 2017, the average capital adequacy ratio stood at 27.8 per cent, well above the regulatory requirement of 17 per cent, and liquid assets represented 25.6 per cent of total assets..... Despite ample capital and liquidity for the sec tor as a whole, the stock of commercial bank credit to the private sector has re mained at. The Bahamian economy remained in recession dur ing 2016, contracting by 0.25 per cent due to the im pact of Hurricane Matthew. Real GDP growth is projected to pick up to 1.75 per cent in 2017 and 2.5 per cent in 2018, and to stabi lise at around 1.5 per cent over the medium term, the IMF said. The baseline scenario is predicated on an expected acceleration in US growth in 2017, the phased opening of Baha Mar, and related construction activ ity. However, it added that The Bahamas faced numer ous downside risks, with the current account and external reserves weaker than suggested by funda mentals and desirable poli cy settings. Over the medium term, the current account decit is projected to narrow to 7.1 per cent of GDP but would still be above the level con sistent with fundamentals and desirable policy set tings, the Fund said. At an estimated 2.4 months of next years im ports of goods and services, reserve coverage remains below traditional adequacy benchmarks. Summing up, the IMF said: The Bahamas has been struggling with a stagnant economy since 2012. Natural disasters, interrup tions in the completion of the mega resort Baha Mar, and eroding competitive ness have resulted in declin ing real GDP and income relative to other Caribbean economies. Weak economic activ ity, compounded with high scal decits, have led to a sharp increase in the pub lic debt burden, and has complicated the resolu tion of banks high levels of non-performing loans (NPLs). BAHAMAS MUST HAVE INCOME TAX, SAYS IMF from page one STYROFOAM in Bimini, as seen in a picture posted to social media. A11MAIN SAUSAGE, EGG & CHEESE CROISSANWICH FULLY LOADED CROISSANWICH MEAL BIG FISH SANDWICH MEAL ORIGINAL CHICKEN CLUB MEALSBIG KINGTM MEALS 10-PC CHICKEN NUGGET MEALSBK STACKER MEALS CHICKEN BIG KINGTM MEALS CRISPY CHICKEN JR. 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PAGE 12, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE IN the wake of Hurricane Irma, volunteers through out the country are pre paring to take part in the Ocean Conservancys 32nd anniversary of Internation al Coastal Cleanup on Sat urday, September 16. Volunteers from all over the world have gathered every year along coastlines and waterways to partici pate in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Many walk, others set out on boats and thousands more don scuba gear to seek trash below the waters surface. Last year, 791,336 people from 91 countries picked up more than 18 million pounds of trash along 25,188 miles of coastline. This year celebrates 32 years of volunteerism for a healthier ocean. As such, it makes a pow erful statement about glob al concern for the environ ment and empowers local communities to do some thing about pollution. Hurricane Irma will make this clean up even more important as there will be more debris in her wake. The Bahamas has partici pated for many years in the Ocean Conservancys ICC and we will again this year to make difference to our marine environment, said Annette Dempsey, director of education for Dolphin Encounters on Blue Lagoon Island and co-ordinator of ICC in New Providence. This year, we return to South Beach (poolside) from 8am to 10am and en courage members of the public to join us. The South Beach area is lled with mangroves that are critical to our marine life. There will be free bus transportation available every 30 minutes starting at 7.30am from the Marathon Mall and Southwest Plaza. Volunteers are advised to please wear closed in shoes, sunscreen and gardening gloves. Email Annette Dempsey at education@dolphinen counters.com for more in formation or to volunteer. To learn more about Interna tional Coastal Cleanup, visit www.oceanconservancy.org. Cleaning the coast after the storm STUDENT volunteers at a previous coastal clean-up. TRASH collected at a previous coastal clean-up. A12MAIN Career OpportunityScotiabank (Bahamas) Limitedis seeking the services of aRelationship Manager, Bahamas Trust & Wealth Caribbean North DistrictPosition Summary:The Relationship Manager is responsible for the development of all aspects of the Human Resources strategy that supports the International Wealth strategy. He/she will contribute to the building of a skilled and motivated workforce committed to and capable of delivering on business strategies as well as to develop, implement and manage the Trust and Wealth specic and all-Bank Human Resource programs, policies and initiatives. The incumbent will also be responsible for creating, coordinating effective employee communications including development of protocols to support communication of the Group strategies, initiatives including change management. He/she will be required to develop a comprehensive Leadership Resource Plan that establishes and maintains bench strength for key jobs within the Group, promotes crossfunctional moves and leadership capability in support of future proong the business through talent management and succession planning. He/she will be responsible for ensuring competitive compensation analysis is in line with business objectives and effectively recommending any required changes. He/She will also support the business in the management of local, district or regional reward and recognition programs and benets programs.Key Accountabilities for this role: Have at least 5 years of Human Resource Management experience. Possess Strong oral and written communications and presentation skills. Possess strong Strategic thinking and Business Partner RM skills Possess strong executing and delivery skills Possess strong diagnostic skills and proven ability to evaluate options/ alternatives. Proven ability to foster and develop a strong team environment. Strong ability to be proactive with ability to anticipate and overcome obstacles through Perseverance and creative thinking. Possess a high degree of inuencing skills in order to drive change initiatives. Strong Ability to write reports and/or correspondence. Be forward thinking with strong innovative skills. Possess strong negotiating and networking skills. Possess strong organizational skillsEducational Requirements: A Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management.Qualied candidates should submit C.V. via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before September 22, 2017. Please note: Only candidates short-listed will be contacted.Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable).
THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 13 EDUCATORS came to gether to attend workshops on several Bahamian is lands to participate in the countrys second Character Day Training Workshop. The event took place on New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama and was geared toward inform ing educators about the importance of the devel opment and improvement of character for not only themselves, but also their students. Character Day is an in ternational project intro duced four years ago by a San Francisco-based lm studio, Let It Ripple. The PACE Foundation, Baha mas AIDS Foundation, Ly ford Cay Foundations FO CUS, Sandals Foundation, Commonwealth Bank and the FTBL Charitable Foun dation all partnered to kick off this years event. Sonia Brown, the woman at the core of Character Day in the Bahamas, explained just how and why she intro duced the initiative. When we became aware of Character Day, we thought, Well why dont we bring this to everybody in the Bahamas if we can, specically focusing on students who are in school because we have a captive audience, Ms Brown said. The workshops co-ordi nator, Charlene Carey, re minded the audience of the their roles to bring out the best in their students. You have students that are sitting in your class rooms, that are sitting in your groups, that have these talents that they are sitting on and we need to give them opportunities to shine, she said. On the second day of the seminar, Dr Niambi HallCampbell, one of the events board members and an edu cator herself, reminded the teachers that Character Day is not only about molding students, but also serves as a way to reect on themselves with self-care and mindful moments through taking deep breaths. If we can just start to take just 60 seconds to cen tre ourselves and connect to the life force of our own breaths, it will really en hance us, she said. Over the course of the seminar, educators took part in a number of activi ties including a speed-net working exercise that gave everyone the opportunity to become acquainted and connected. At the close of the workshops, teachers did not walk away empty hand ed. They received Char acter Day bags lled with wristbands, folders, a bag of treats and t-shirts. On September 13, the Bahamas will celebrate Character Day along with over 109 countries around the world. During that time, participating organisations and persons will highlight the importance of core character strengths: resil ience, grit, empathy, cour age and kindness. Building character to build the future EDUCATORS take part in the recent Character Day Training Workshop. PARTICIPANTS at the recent Character Day Training Workshop engage in speed networking. SONIA Brown speaks at a recent Character Day Training Workshop for educators. A13MAIN A DYNAMIC LANDSCAPING COMPANY HAS A VACANCY FOR ANACCOUNTANTSummary Individual participates in the preparation of monthly accounts, account payments, receivables, and monthly prot and loss statements. Also includes maintenance of balance sheets, subsidiary ledgers and leading nancial projects. Prepares journal entries, monthly closing and accounting analysis and supports management in carrying out responsibilities in the accounts department. Essential Duties The essential duties and responsibilities are listed below. Balance Sheet expenses recommendations to management with payment, reporting and other tax requirements budgets bills are paid on time accounts audit and creation of nancial statements out on a timely basis matters costs and increasing revenue and prot and identifying investment opportunities requirements Qualications/Skills email@example.com. Deadline Friday September 29, 2017.
PAGE 14, Thursday, September 14, 2017 THE TRIBUNE COXS BAZAR, Bang ladesh (AP) Facing glob al condemnation for weeks of violence that has driven minority Rohingya to ee a crisis UN ofcials have described as ethnic cleans ing Myanmars leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, pulled out of this months UN Gen eral Assembly meetings. The presidents ofce said Wednesday that Suu Kyi would miss the assem blys ministerial session, from Sept 19-25, to address domestic security issues. The UN Security Coun cil condemned the vio lence that has driven some 380,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims to ee to safety in neighboring Bangladesh. UN Secretary-General An tonio Guterres told report ers that ethnic cleansing was taking place against Rohingya in Myanmars Rakhine state. The term ethnic cleans ing is dened as an effort to rid an area of an unwant ed ethnic group. MYANMAR LEADER SKIPS UN MEETING WASHINGTON (AP) The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednes day they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger im migrants from deportation and fund some border se curity enhancements not including Trumps longsought border wall. The agreement, the latest instance of Trump ditch ing his own party to make common cause with the op position, was announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner that Repub lican lawmakers werent invited to attend. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immi grants brought illegally to this country as kids who had beneted from former President Barack Obamas Deferred Action for Child hood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which provided temporary work permits and shielded recipients from deportation. Trump ended the pro gramme earlier this month and gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative x before the statuses of the so-called Dreamers begin to ex pire. DACA DEAL DONE, SAY DEMOCRATS KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Associated Press A FIRE killed 24 people, mostly teenagers, trapped behind barred windows and a blocked exit in an Islamic school dormitory on the outskirts of Malaysias capital early Thursday, ofcials said. Fireghters rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call at 5.41 a.m. and took an hour to put out the blaze, which started on the top oor of the three-story building, Kuala Lumpur police chief Amar Singh said. He said there were at least 24 charred bodies, 22 of them boys be tween 13 and 17, and two teachers. Singh said 14 other students and four teachers were rescued, with six of them hospitalised in critical con dition. We believe (they died of) suf focation...the bodies were totally burnt, he said. The re broke out near the door of the boys dormitory, trapping the victims as it was the only entrance and the windows are grilled, re department senior ofcial Abu Obaidat Mohamad Saithalimat said. He said the cause was believed to be an electrical short-circuit. Another re department of cial Soiman Jahid said reghters heard shouts for help when they arrived at the school. He said they found 13 bodies huddled in a pile on the right corner of the dorm, an other eight on the left corner of the dorm and one in the middle near the staircase. Soiman said initial investigations showed the school had just submit ted an application to the city coun cil for building safety approval but couldnt give further details. A re department ofcial who declined to be named because he wasnt authorised to give a state ment said the bodies were piled on top of each other, indicating a pos sible stampede as people tried to ee the re. The ofcial had earlier said 25 bodies were found, but the more recent tally of dead and in jured matches the number of peo ple thought to have resided there. Singh said police were still nal ising the details and investigating the cause. Local media showed pictures of blackened bunk beds frames in the burned dormitory. A resident, Nurhayati Abdul Halim, told local media that she saw the boys crying and screaming for help when the re broke. I saw their little hands out of the grilled windows; crying for help....I heard their screams and cries but I could not do anything. The re was too strong for me to do anything, she said, adding that the school had been operating in the area for the past year. The Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah is a private Islamic center, known as a tahz school, for Muslim chil dren, mainly boys, to study and memorise the Quran. Many such schools are exempt from state in spections. The Star newspaper said there were 519 tahz schools registered nationwide as of April, but many more are believed to be unregis tered. The newspaper said the re de partment had recorded 211 res in such private Islamic centers since 2015. In August, 16 people ed a re at a tahz school in northern Kedah state. Another tahz school was destroyed by a re in May but no one was hurt. The worst fire disaster occurred in 1989 when 27 female students at a private Islamic school in Ke dah state died when fire gutted the school and eight wooden hos tels. School blaze kills 24 ROCKFORD, WASHINGTON Associated Press A STUDENT who opened re in a hallway at a Washington state high school killed a class mate who confronted him Wednesday and wounded three others before being stopped by a custodian, au thorities said. The suspect, who a class mate described as being ob sessed with previous school shootings, was taken into custody. The wounded vic tims were seriously injured but expected to survive, of cials said. The shooter brought two weapons to Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, but the rst one he tried to re jammed, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told re porters. He went to his next weapon, Knezovich said. A student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot. That stu dent did not survive. The sheriff said the shooter red more rounds down the hallway, striking the other students, before a school custodian ap proached the shooter and ordered him to surrender, Knezovich said. Knezovich called it a cou rageous act that prevented further bloodshed. The sheriff said a deputy who works as a school re source ofcer arrived short ly thereafter and took the shooter into custody. Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old freshman, told The Associ ated Press that she saw one male student shot in the head who janitors covered with a cloth and another female student wounded in the back. Michael Harper, a 15-year-old sophomore, said the suspect had brought notes in the beginning of the school year, saying he was going to do something stupid and might get killed or jailed. Some students alerted counselors, the teen told AP, but it wasnt clear what school ofcials did in response. A call to the school was not immediately returned. Harper said the shooter had many friends and was not bullied, calling him nice and funny and weird and a huge fan of the TV show Breaking Bad. STUDENT KILLED TRYING TO STOP HIGH SCHOOL MASS SHOOTER POLICE and rescue personnel work at an Islamic religious school cordoned off after a re on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Photo: AP A14MAIN NASSAU PAWN & GB TRADING POST September Layaway Madness SALETAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR NEW LAYAWAY PLAN 10% DOWN & 6 MONTHS TO PAY OFF YOUR GIFTSEVERY SATURDAY for the month of September you can layaway an item in the store for just $10. GET YOUR SHOPPING DONE WITH US!
THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 14, 2017, PAGE 15 THE president of the Bahamas Technical and Vo cational Institute (BTVI), Dr Robert Robinson and the senior executive team recently paid a courtesy call on Minister of Labour Senator Dion Foulkes. Senator Foulkes, Dr Robinson and executives dis cussed various training programmes being offered by BTVI and courses being considered for BTVI students in New Providence and Grand Bahama. Pictured from left are Shavonne Symonette, ad ministration ofcer in the Ministry of Labour; Alicia Thompson, associate vice president of fund develop ment at BTVI; Mr Foulkes; Dr Robinson; Raquel Bethel, dean of students at BTVI; Alexander Dar ville, dean of construction at BTVI and Morgan Graham, assistant director of labour, Ministry of Labour. BTVI TEAM VISITS LABOUR MINISTER To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 A15MAIN rrfrntrrbfr rfrffnfrfnrrfr rrfrfrrffnbbbffrfr nrfrfrbbfrrfffrfrn rfntb rf nntbfnf nff For Reservations Call: 323.7770 www.lucianosnassau.com Join Us for Brunch EVERY SUNDAY 11:00am 3:30pmrfrnntnb Join Us for Brunch rfrnntnb Join Us for Brunch Smoked Salmon Benedict