Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper WOMAN: HAIR SHOW IS A MATTER OF STYLE AND COLOUR TUESDAY HIGH 91F LOW 79F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best! The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 Established 1903 Rich men, poor men BPLs elite list just a privilege ...AS 40% OF USERS DISCONNECTED NOW HOOK UP ILLEGALLY TWO CHARGED IN 80K POST OFFICE SCAM DARNELL KEMO LIGHTBOURNE, 47, left, and Quinton Ewing, 49, outside court yesterday. Photos: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff WHEN gunshots go off in Fox Hill, as they do almost every night according to residents there, Lavern McPhee Grays heart ops. In those moments, she remembers her 18-year-old son Jarvis Roker who was killed in January. I left my son home sleeping in his bed when I went to go away, she recalled yesterday at a meeting in the Fox Hill community, remembering the unforgettable emotion she felt packing her bag during a Fort Lauderdale trip when she learned her child was shot. FOX HILL FAMILIES: WE NEED MORE HELP By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com HURRICANE Maria grew into a category ve storm as it barreled toward islands in the eastern Car ibbean yesterday with forecasters warning it was likely to grow even stronger before it impacts the Baha mas late Friday. In an interview with The Tribune AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kott lowski said according to the current models, Marias centre will move just to the MARIA RAMPS UP TO REACH CATEGORY 5 By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yester day the government is still trying to decide what it can afford to do regarding the homeless patients who are lodged at the Princess Mar garet Hospital. He said following an evaluation of the heart breaking problem several months ago, the govern ment now knows there are several options which include building a facility for the patients or subsidis ing existing facilities to care for them. This issue is one of great expense to the government, reaching a whopping $7m each year, Dr Sands has told The Tribune PATIENTS ARE TRAPPED BY LACK OF FUNDS By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com A FORMER female Post Ofce employee and a businessman were charged in Magistrates Court with defrauding the Bahamas government of over $80,000 in a six-month period. Darnell Kemp Lightbourne, 47, and Quinton Ewing, 49, both appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney, each facing six counts of fraud by false pretences and one count each of conspiracy to commit fraud. Regarding the six counts of fraud, it is alleged that the two, between Septem ber 30, 2016, and March 15, 2017, while at New Providence and being con cerned together, obtained a total of $84,449.41 from the government. Lightbourne was fur ther charged with seven counts of falsication of accounts. It is alleged that she, while serving as an accounting ofcer at the General Post Ofce, with the intent to commit fraud, falsied payment records in relation to ABC FORMER Bahamas Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yes terday there is nothing unusual about par liamentarians, top civil servants and churches being placed on a special do not disconnect list at Bahamas Power and Light. In fact, Mr Miller claimed the list has been around since the 1970s and remained in place through both the Free National Movement and Pro gressive Liberal Party governments. The Tribune under stands at least one serving FNM Cabinet minister and two former PLP Cabinet ministers currently owe BPL more than $10,000. NEARLY half of Bahamas Power and Lights disconnected cus tomers are reconnected illegally by paying bribes to employ ees, a problem ofcials are hoping to rectify by launching a new auto mated system within a year, BPL Chairwoman Darnell Osborne told The Tribune Ms Osborne said she could not quan tify the nancial loss By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SEE PAGE SIX By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SEE PAGE SEVEN SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SEVEN SEE PAGE TWO By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org SEE PAGE SIX A1MAIN
PAGE 2, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 THE TRIBUNE She said her deceased son was affectionate, the kind who would hug her when she was down, kiss her on the cheek and tell her he loved her. My oldest son is 30, she said. When I hear the gun shots, Im calling, wonder ing where he is. After the recent deaths of 17-year-old Mitchell Munroe and 16-year-old Jeffrey Wright, both Fox Hill residents, Mrs Gray appeared at an event with several other residents yesterday to call for more effort more from parents, more from the government and more from police. More effort, she said, to bring an end to the senseless killings. The event at Fox Hill Park was partly organised by the communitys former MP, Senator Fred Mitchell, who since his loss in the May 10 general election has frequently sounded the alarm over what he calls the communitys deteriorating security condition. Munroe, the most recent murder victim, died at a time when he was trying to turn his life around, his aunt Bridgette Neely said yesterday. He was trying to get his self back together, but it seems if you trying to get yourself on track and you dont do what the guys think you should do, that they set a hit out for you, that you cant get away from the pressure, she said. Im appealing to the powers that be to please come in Fox Hill to render some assistance for this situation. We want the gov ernment to do what it can to help us. To the residents yester day, the government has been lacking solutions and the police force does not have a large enough pres ence in their area. You cant just come around in response to a murder, Mrs Gray said. For politicians, however, solving the countrys violent crime problem has proven to be the hardest of challenges. Like his predecessors Tommy Turnquest and the late Dr Bernard Nottage, National Security Min ister Marvin Dames has faced pressure to x the crime problem. A former deputy commissioner of police admired by his former peers for his work ethic, he was touted by the Free National Move ment (FNM) as the ideal man for his job. Mr Mitch ell slammed him yesterday for his silence on crime matters compared to his outspokenness prior to the May election. Mr Mitchell also highlighted Police Commis sioner Ellison Greenslades absence from the national scene even as the murder rate outpaces last years rate by as much as 40 per cent. The Tribune has previ ously reported the Minnis administration wants to remove Commissioner Greenslade from his post. Legal experts say the Constitution prohibits any administration from forcing a commissioner out without cause. Although Commis sioner Greenslade was said to be heading to London for a high commissioner post, he and government ofcials have been tightlipped about his future. Meanwhile, at least seven people have been killed in Fox Hill so far this year. At least ve were killed last year, according to The Trib une s records. In one of the historic communitys darkest moments, four were killed in a drive-by shooting in Fox Hill in late 2013. Sev eral others were injured at the time. Fox Hill families: We need more help FOX Hill resident Madonna Cartwright speaking at yesterdays meeting in the community. Photos: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff BRIDGETTE NEELY, aunt of Mitchell Munroe, the teenager who was shot over the weekend in Fox Hill. LAVERNE MCPHEE-GRAY, mother of Jarvis Roker, who was murdered on January 4. PORTIA CURRY, resident of Fox Hill, alongside Shaniqua Brennen, mother of Jefferey Wright, the 16-year-old murdered last week on Tuesday at his home in Fox Hill. NEVILLE TAYLOR, a long-time resident of Fox Hill, speaking at last nights meeting. from page one A2MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 19, 2017, PAGE 3 WHILE Hurricane Irma has claimed more than 30 lives in the Caribbean, one Bimini resident is indeed grateful there was no loss of life on the tiny island in the northern Bahamas. Bimini was spared a direct hit from the category ve storm, but the island took a pounding from the powerful winds and expe rienced some ooding. A tornado associated with the storm also damaged some buildings and left residents shaken. Clean-up is underway, and power and telephone services have been restored on the island. Some resi dents are now trying to rebuild their homes and businesses. Patricia David, of Ebb ies and Pat Bone Fish Club, in Bailey Town, said she and her husband suf fered extensive damage at their business in Bailey Town. She said that their bar, dock, and boardwalk were destroyed. We had major damage our dock, our bar, and boardwalk all gone, she told The Tribune The couple had also lost all of their household appliances when seawater ooded their home. Mrs David said that their convenience store, which is built onto their house, is open for business. We were ooded out, and during the storm, we were able to move stuff from the bottom shelf; the kitchen and store room, oh man, the water was almost to my knee; it came from the sea and went straight out to the road, she recalled. The Davids are hoping to get the bar business and dock up and running, prob ably by Christmas. There is a lot of work to do back there, and my hus band is working on it now trying to restructure the dock, and then he plans to x the bar, she said. She estimates that about 50 per cent of their prop erty might have been damaged. The Davids rst opened a small convenience store on their property in 1983. They later built and opened a bar, which has been in operation for the past 16 to 17 years. What we had on the water the bar, dock, and boardwalk we have to do all of that completely over. Despite their loss, Mrs David has a positive outlook. Hey, I am looking on the bright side, there were no fatalities, so we could rebuild, she said. Browns Hardware, which is also in Bailey Town, also suffered extensive damage, according to a resident. Carren Brown, of Brown Food Supply, is open for business in Bailey Town. We did not have much damage to the food store, thank God, she said. We were open on Monday (after the storm) because we had a generator and we did have to close our doors. Ms Brown said that resi dents have been coming to purchase mostly drinks and water because it is hot. Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlan tic Ocean, left a path of destruction, starting in the Caribbean where it caused widespread devastation in Antigua and Barbuda, then in the Dominican Repub lic and Haiti, parts of the Bahamas and Cuba, and Florida, and in other parts of the US. When asked if she was scared during the passing of the storm, Mrs Brown said that she had faith in God. I was not afraid, to be honest. God is able, and I put my trust in Him, she said, reporting that she had fared well with only little roof damage. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis visited the islands of Bimini and Grand Bahama last Thurs day to assess hurricane and tornado damage. The Tribune contacted Island Administrator Kate Williamson, who said that clean-up is underway on the island. A town meeting with the islands residents was sched uled for last evening. Bimini starts to rebuild after Hurricane Irma By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com DAMAGE done in Bimini by Hurricane Irma. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff BIMINI police arrested three men after hear ing gunshots red near a business early Sunday morning. Assistant Superintendent of Police Terecita Pinder reported that shortly after midnight, police were on mobile patrol in North Bimini when they heard gunshots. She said the ofcers observed three males in the area of a business, who on seeing the ofcers pulled out a rearm, discharged the weapon and ran. Ofcers gave chase and were able to arrest the three suspects in the area of the marina. Ofcers also recovered a .45 pistol with a magazine contain ing two live rounds of .45 ammunition. The three men are expected to be formally arraigned in Magistrates Court this week. THREE ARRESTED AFTER GUNSHOTS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A3MAIN
The Tribune Limited NULLIUS 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 1972Published daily Monday to Friday Shirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information (242) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2394 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau fax (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama (242)-352-6608 Freeport fax (242) 352-9348 WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK www.tribune242.com @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. IN The Bahamas, we enjoy luxuries countries could only dream of. One such is the ability to travel throughout the United States of America without a need for a visa, as long as your criminal record is clean, of course. This brings us to my point of concern: the Police Record, which is simply a document that conveys your criminal his tory. It is issued by the Criminal Records Sec tion of the Royal Bahamas Police Force at a cost is $3 for Bahamians and $5 for foreign applicants. For many of us, we see this as just another admin istrative document needed to get things done. Obtain ing it is relatively easy also, thanks to the efcient ser vices provided by the ne ofcers within the Criminal Records Section. However, for many among us, this document signies more than just a pass for travel to North America, but also the determining factor between a job offer or job denial. In The Bahamas, when a person is convicted, their criminal record lists the conviction for up to 7 years, in some cases even longer. This begs the ques tion: Does this policy promote positive re-intro duction of ex-convicts into the community? Ask yourself this, How can we render punishment to offenders for crimes com mitted against society, yet, after their release, hold past acts against them? This practice, in my view, brings into question whether we truly believe ex-convicts have the ability to become law-abiding citi zens. If we are truthful with ourselves, we would admit many employers wouldnt entertain an individual with a criminal record. Espe cially when, for example, a record of an individual convicted of possessing of a marijuana joint says, Con victed of Possession of Dangerous Drugs. I have always maintained that the only employer in the world that hires daily, without reference, inter view, qualications or need for a clean police record, is crime and its many organi sations and departments. In my view, if more individuals are given an opportunity to change through proba tion and community service for certain offences, I am sure many would take cor rective measures to adjust their behaviour. This change would come directly after realising whats at stake if they didnt (ie loss of freedom and future opportunities). This approach would facilitate the ability to develop positive mentor ing similar to what we see in the Shock Treatment Programme, in addition to providing participants for the development of MUCH needed commu nity service initiatives. I think we can all agree both aspects are desper ately needed with the thousands of young Baha mians falling below the waistline. If we are serious about combating every facet of crime we must seri ously take a look at the ex-convict re-introduction process. Give them, a ght ing chance at succeeding, rather than setting them up to fail at the onset. After all, weve all made mistakes at one point or the other, imagine if yours were held against you for seven years. Where would you be today? CLIFFORD WILLIAMS Nassau, September 18, 2017. BRILLIANT That single word describes the plan outlined by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to turn Ragged Island in the southern Bahamas into a regional model, sustainable island capable of withstanding threats from increasingly powerful storms and providing for its own power and clean water through renewable sources. But brilliant plans are not always easy to digest for the very reason that they poke a sharp knife between what existed before and what is to come. So it is very important that as we look to the future, we do so without dismiss ing the past and engage that part of the past that made Ragged Islanders the proud, independent people they are. In short, the Ragged Island experiment which at the outset has bi-partisan approval is not a snap the ngers and guarantee success project. Careful steps must be taken to turn Ragged Island green without turning the people of Ragged Island against the idea. The rst step is to gain the support of those who call or once called Ragged Island home. The plan will not succeed if it appears that central government, no matter how well-meaning, is trying to force this in a noblesse oblige type of experi ment. No Ragged Islander will accept the equivalent of a genetically modied life style forced on them. But with adequate information and a public private partner ship (PPP) in which Ragged Islanders all have a stake, the experiment could spark a movement as contagious as a yawn on a train, inspiring other small, low-lying islands to follow suit. The rst question becomes how to gain support. We suggest that a straightforward, fact-based campaign be created and mounted. Images of Ragged Island in its heyday, the musicians, the liveliness. Images of Ragged Island in most recent years as population dwindled from 500 to fewer than 70. Image of a younger person or family packing, saying good bye, sadness lling the scene as families separate, younger moving to Nassau or Abaco to earn a living, parting with the older members of the family left behind. Then images of Ragged Island ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Images of what scientists predict for future hurri canes as a result of climate change with a few words from Al Gore. Introduc tion of opportunity that will not only restore Ragged Island to the quality of life it once enjoyed that gave rise to the proud spirit, but will give birth to a new Ragged Island, that same pioneer ing strength leading the way in a green and sustainable world. If Ragged Island becomes the rst totally green island in the region, the designation alone will make it an enticing eco-tourist destina tion, opening up economic opportunities for a revival of this island that was stead ily losing population before Hurricane Irma hit. Three other steps must take place as the plain facts campaign unfolds. The rst is developing what it will actually take to create a green island. Development of Requests for Proposal (rfp) with techni cal experts in the eld rather than monetary experts reviewing the requests to ensure they are asking for appropriate materi als and labour quotes. From solar energy design and installation to sea water desali nation and distribution, from coastal line construction methods based on a stringent code held to higher standards and specic to low-lying, hurricane-prone areas to dock location in historically safest lee spaces and construction, the components of the plan must be thorough, transparent and accessi ble to all. We would argue that in the case of the Ragged Green Island experiment, preference be given to contractors with known experience as opposed to whoever comes in at the lowest cost. For instance, in solar, the rfp may specify that a company must be able to prove that it has successfully installed a minimum of 2 megawatts and its installation survived 150mph winds of Hur ricane Matthew. The next step must be the funding. A public-private partnership should be created with a boutique resort compo nent. Ragged Island is only nine square miles. Its redevelopment must take place in a way that is sensitive to the fragile environment in which it exists. It must not follow the path of Bimini in which a high-rise resort dominates the otherwise quiet, laid-back island, gobbling electricity, sometimes leaving residents in the dark and overwhelming its surroundings rather than blending in. Land in Ragged Island must be assigned a value with that value being applied as shares in the PPP. Finally, the plan should be rolled out in a way that generates excitement. The development process can generate great press and provide real time education material for classes at every level from basic primary school to marine biology, environment and sustainable develop ment courses at UB where students could be involved in hands-on work and study as the plan takes on life. What led to Ragged Islands stature, posed for green island development, is a tragedy. But the devastation of nearly every structure on the island by Hurri cane Irma also opened the door to new possibilities. The future that lies ahead could become a model for the region and re-awaken the pioneering legacy that made rugged Ragged Island so spe cial and unique in the archipelago of The Bahamas. This is truly the opportu nity of a lifetime. Second chances LETTERS email@example.com Ragged Island experiment an opportunity of a lifetime firstname.lastname@example.org EDITOR, The Tribune. EVEN a blind and also a deaf person will recog nise we are getting far more regular challenges from hur ricanes and they are much larger and more intense? The Bahamas in its nature is an archipelagic island group ying time from the most northern island to the most southerly probably over two plus hours. We saw in recent inci dents, storms, how a CAT 5 can change the island totally and it costs millions to return it to a livable state Joaquin, Matthew are all good examples. The Caribbean Cata strophic Insurance is not the panacea that everyone is seeking look at what was the Jamaica experience with Matthew. This means that the rebuild cost has to come directly from donations and the Public Treasury. May I suggest to all churches you start a cata strophic emergency fund with your members......$1.00 a week...a church with say 10,000 members could collect $520,000.00 to be adminis tered to their members when there is an emergency like a hurricane. Surely all church members can afford a $1.00 every Sunday? DOPPLER RADAR ... were we not told that by March-April, 2017 the new unit at LPIA would be oper ational? Was it for IRMA? The next unit was to be built in Abaco -I would suggest Mayaguana or Long Island should come before Abaco as most storms enter The Bahamas in this quadrant ..... with Doppler working the Met people will have a far better and improved forecasting potential. If I was PM the Met Ofce would be a seri ous Agency ... state-of-the art equipment period no excuse.... built in a bunker with all the amenities. We are subject to hurricanes every year for six-months .... lt is as logical as it was to evacuate Ragged/Crooked and Inagua islands which I feel we are making too much politics about. During a storm they would broadcast live 24/7, a studio would be included ...... remember you do not need a television set everyone has a cell phone ..... when there is a threat of a tornado text the public through BTC and Aliv. Grand Bahama unfor tunately the Forecasting of Weather is a Bahamas Government responsibil ity immediately I would ask the GBPA Hutchinson Whampao (owners of the Airport) to buy a Doppler radar unit for Freeport. Is there a single reason not to do what I suggest? If we had a top ight fore casting service with Doppler possibly some nancial arrangement could be made with the excellent NOA and other US agencies. We all have to be most thankful to our Met forecast ers and those from the US! W THOMPSON Nassau, September 13, 2017. Hurricane threat EDITOR, The Tribune. PLEASE allow a few lines to voice this Ragged Islanders opinion. We, like our Bahamian brothers and sisters, are a proud people who can trace our inher itance on Ragged Island for the last few hundred years. The small settlement of Duncan Town, Ragged Island has produced the most lawyers, doctors, boat captains (check RBDF roster) nurses, business men, pilots, educators, musicians, shermen and other nation builders per island capita considering the fact that the popula tion of Ragged Island has NEVER been greater than 500 persons. Up to the 1950s, many boats sailed from Ragged Island to Haiti and Cuba supplying fruits, vegetables and meats to Bahamians from all walks of life via the market on Prince George Dock years ago. I listened with much interest and disgust to the Adrian Francis show, National Access on 104.5 Radio while driving today (September 12th, 2017). The Government of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is obligated to provide for each citizen equally. There is no policy of special treatment for one group of citizens to the det riment of another group. The last time I checked, Ragged Island was part of this great Commonwealth. Using Mr Francis logic, will the people of Masons Addition sit idly by with out basic infrastructure while the government pro vides infrastructure to the afuent areas on the East ern and Western end of New Providence. I think not and rightly so. Also, using his logic, islands like Abaco, North Eleuthera and Exuma should demand and get more from the cen tral government because taxes collected for the con solidated fund exceed what is spent on each of these islands. So Mr Francis, we as Bahamians should swim or sink together. We Ragged Islanders expect from the central government noth ing more and nothing less than any other Bahamian from Abaco in the north to Inagua in the south, basic Infrastructure, ie electricity, potable water, roads, cable, telephone, school, clinic and mailboat service. The rest we will provide for our selves through our sense of independence and positive work ethic. Ragged Island will always be our home and we will never allow depopula tion of our beloved island paradise, Duncan town, Ragged Island. MERCIANNA MOXEY, MD, MPH Nassau, September 14, 2017. Ragged Islanders response A4MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 19, 2017, PAGE 5 A HAITIAN mother is considering placing her 11-year-old special needs son in the care of the state after he was allegedly denied access to school for three consecutive years because of the countrys immigration policy. Activists are calling on the government to implement temporary measures to address the glaring gaps created by the November 2014 policy that affected access to public services, and effectively marginalised vulnerable communities. Jan Pierre, 36, told The Tribune that the grim pros pect for her son Watson was one of only two options at her disposal, having exhausted attempts to obtain the required docu mentation for her child because of her own status. The second would be to send him to Haiti to live with his father, a place hes never been and a set back that would drastically inhibit his ability to apply for Bahamian citizenship. The Tribune met with Ms Pierre, and activists Louby Georges and Stephanie St Fleur, in a shantytown off Carmichael Road. Mr Georges said: We can say to you that this is not just Nassau, weve received calls from Free port, Abaco. Were not talking about kids that are coming from somewhere else. These are kids that were already in the school system. Weve been at this for three years now, but now that there is a new govern ment were wondering if there will be any change. Its the same problem, they all know about the problem because while in opposition they said they would work to address it. Its a multi-ministry problem, (Ministries of) Immigration and Educa tion, but its still happening so at least put in place some temporary measures to help these kids while you discuss it at the Cabinet level. There are a lot of kids caught in this gray area and are being denied an education. Meanwhile, Ms Pierre explained that she has had irregular status since 2004, and at present was waiting for the renewal of her pass port. Since the November 2014 immigration policy, Ms Pierre has had dif culty getting an employer to assist her with obtaining a work permit. Her work permit rst expired in 2004. For her, her main con cern would be her sons development because he cant go to school, said Mr Georges, an executive member of Rights Baha mas, formerly the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association. Shes contemplating sending him to Haiti even though hes not from Haiti, he was born here, or giving him up to the (Department of) Social Services because however hard it may seem or sound as a parent shes really concerned about him having the best life. Rights Bahamas has repeatedly raised concerns over the harmful, dehu manising conditions created by the 2014 immigration policy, which they saw as an attempt to legitimise inhu mane state practices against unregularised or undocu mented persons. The policy mandates that every person living in the Bahamas has a pass port of their nationality with proof to legally reside in this country, among other restrictions, like the requirement for every for eign person enrolled in schools, including children born in The Bahamas to immigrants, to have a stu dent permit. Although the policy was introduced in Novem ber 2014, the restrictions did not come into effect until the Fall 2015 school semester. Then Immigration Minis ter Fred Mitchell explained that the school permit rule would help the government keep track of who works and lives in The Bahamas and who attends schools here. The annual school permit costs $25 with a $100 pro cessing fee. Mr Georges said: Watson was already reg istered at school, had been going to school. The policy kicked in and affected edu cation after the summer break of 2015. So Jan didnt know, she got him dressed for school and took him and then he was not accepted when they got there. When she got there, the principal spoke to her and asked her if the child had a permit. The principal told her without a permit they wont be able to accept the child. In 2015, while out of ofce, Brent Symonette warned that making it harder for children of immi grants to get an education could create a slippery slope that results in a myriad of long-term social prob lems for Bahamians. He was appointed minister of immigration after the 2017 general election, a post he held from 2007-2012. However, since taking ofce, activists lament the new government has been silent on this issue. You go to NIB and they send you to Immigra tion, Mr Georges said, when you get to Immigra tion, they say oh no you need the NIB card. When you go back they say no you need something from Immigration so you cant go to either place without something from the other one. So we want to know if theyre even meeting to try to x this thing. Ms St Fleur said: Since the new policy came in, there are kids born after independence right now there is a problem with them getting that identity card or Haitian passport. And if they do get the Hai tian passport and go to national insurance, they dont want to issue the NIB card so its like everywhere is putting a block. At the end of the day, she continued, myself and Louby, we were in the same situation these children are in today. My parents at one time had work permit, my parents at one time had to wait when their documents were up. Im straight, Louby is straight, every single person in my immediate family is straight but I have to think that these kids could be me. Ms St Fleur added: If I was denied an education during a time when my par ents didnt have their work permits, how could I contrib ute to this place? The only country I know as home? These young children are put in this same situation here, lack of education. How, in the next few years when they turn 18 and they apply for their citizen ship, tell me how can they contribute to the only place they know as home? What kind of policy keeps children out of school? By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ tribunemedia.net MARQUIS Whos Who, the premier authority on who makes a difference in the worlds of politics, law, science, art, business and community, has bestowed its highest honour on vision ary entrepreneur Michael D Dingman, naming him a 2017 Marquis Whos Who Lifetime Achiever. Mr Dingman, a busi nessman, international investor and philanthropist, is the rst Bahamian to have achieved the distinction. According to a statement issued by Marquis on Sep tember 16, Mr Dingman is being celebrated for his signicant achievements, leadership qualities and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his eld. Over more than six decades, Mr Dingmans intellectual curiosity, engi neering background and constantly inquiring mind have led him to historic rsts in practical science applications, corporate and national economic development in struggling economies and extended to founding the awardwinning Dingman Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. Reached shortly after he received news of the honour, Mr Dingman said he was taken by surprise. I am humbled by this honour, he said. There are so many people out there leading corporations, making important contri butions, uncovering cures for diseases or new ways to produce food, it is hum bling to think that someone like me who got his start long before the rst cell phone call was ever made is being remembered and honoured by the founders of Whos Who. I hope this inspires other Bahamians who believe they can make a difference. The current president and chief executive ofcer of Shipston Group Ltd, a private equity company based in Nassau, Bahamas, Mr Dingman began his career as a partner at Burnham and Company in 1964. In 1970, he became the president, chief execu tive ofcer, and member of the board of directors of the Wheelabrator-Frye Inc, where he served for more than ten years. Mr Dingman established Wheelabrator-Frye Inc by combining the Wheelabra tor industrial-cleaning and air-pollution-control units with Frye Copysystems, a manufacturer of printing inks. In 1983, Wheelabra tor was acquired by The Signal Companies, where Mr Dingman served as president and member of the board of directors until 1985. Allied Corporation and Signal Companies merged in 1985 to establish The Henley Group Inc, and Mr. Dingman maintained his position within the new cor poration as chief executive ofcer and chairman of the board. He was also chair man of the board of Fisher Science International Inc, from 1991 to 1998 and chair man of the board and chief executive ofcer of Abex Inc from 1992 to 1995. He served as a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company, Fisher Science International Inc, Time Warner, Inc, Mellon Finance Corporation, and Teekay Shipping Corp. He also served his community as a trustee of The John A Hartford Foundation. Mr Dingman received an Honourary Doctor ate of Science in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. Mr Dingman is an active member of the advanced board of IEEE. He is also a member of multiple clubs, including Links, the Yacht Club of New York City; Union Club in Boston; Cruising of America in Connecticut; the Bohemian in San Francisco; Lyford Cay in Nassau; La Jolla Country Club; and the San Diego Yacht Club. He has been featured in Whos Who in Finance and Busi ness, Whos Who in Finance and Industry, Whos Who in America, Whos Who in the East, Whos Who in the West, Whos Who in the World. In recognition of out standing contributions to his profession and the Marquis Whos Who com munity, Mr Dingman has been featured on the Mar quis Whos Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honour. DINGMAN GIVEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD MICHAEL DINGMAN JAN PIERRE, who says her son has been denied access to school for three years. A5MAIN
PAGE 6, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 THE TRIBUNE east of The Bahamas caus ing tropical storm force winds and rain. Mr Kottlowski said Baha mians should not let their guard down despite the current forecast because these things change by the minute. On Monday afternoon, Maria was hurling winds of 125mph as it closed in on the Caribbean and took aim at Puerto Rico. Thats nearly twice the hurricanes strength from just 24 hours earlier and Maria is expected to keep growing before slamming into the Leeward Islands Monday evening. Right now, as it stands, the latest computer infor mation keeps the centre just to the east of The Bahamas but again when you are in a situation like this I do not want people to let their guard down because when there is land interaction, it can have a major impact on the storms future track, Mr Kottlowski said. So right now, The Baha mas is forecast to get the western fringes of the storm and the west side is the better side. The informa tion suggests the storm will move close to the Turks and Caicos head northwest and track east of The Bahamas and if the current forecast information is correct The Bahamas will stay on the far west side which just means winds and showers and rough seas. I do want to say that people should not let their guard down because we are not sure what will happen on any given day. According to Accu weather, on Monday night the storm was projected to cut across the islands of Dominica, Martinique, French Guadeloupe and St Lucia, where hurricane warnings are in effect. It will also come close to and affect St Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat, also under hurricane warnings, but perhaps positioned far enough north of the storm to miss its brunt. The worst part of the storm is also likely to pass a good deal south of beleaguered Barbuda and Antigua, reeling from Hurri cane Irma, but the two-island nation may still get brushed by some strong wind gusts and heavy showers. On Tuesday, Maria is forecast to pass through a patch of the Caribbean free of islands before potentially closing in on St Croix, now under a hurricane warning, late in the day or at night. This island was one of the few US Virgin Islands that was spared Irmas wrath, but may well get hammered by Maria, according to CNN.com. By Thursday, the storm is likely to pass very close to or directly affect Puerto Rico from southeast to northwest. A hurricane has not made landfall in Puerto Rico since Georges in 1998. On Friday, the hurri cane may come close to the Turks and Caicos and southeast Bahamas, parts of which were ravaged by Irma. Beyond that point, Marias path becomes more uncertain, according to accuweather.com. Some models suggest it could nd an escape route out to sea, remaining off shore from the US East Coast, but it is way too early to sound the all-clear. Maria ramps up to reach category 5 The Tribune attempted to contact the men, but calls were not returned up to press time. In an interview with The Tribune Mr Miller claimed being on the list does not mean a person wont be disconnected. He said it simply ensures a cour tesy call will be placed to warn persons that their power is at risk of being disconnected. Mr Miller served as exec utive chairman of BEC, now called BPL, until late 2015. He was removed from his post at the govern ment owned utility provider shortly after the Christie administration announced a transition services agree ment had been signed with PowerSecure. Mr Miller, who has been previously disconnected for an unpaid light bill while chairman of the corpora tion, said he is currently not on BPLs special list and is still on a payment plan for Marios Bowling & Family Entertainment Palace. I am aware of the list and no I am not on the list. My things are in order, I have not gotten a letter from BPL, Mr Miller told The Tribune In 2014, it was revealed Mr Miller and one of his family-owned businesses owed BEC a total of $239,533.33. His family later paid $100,000 towards the bill by cashiers cheque. That list has been around since politics in this country began, he added. It was there when I was rst appointed chair man in 1989. It was there through the PLP and the FNM and everyone in government adhered to it. I have personally never seen it, I never asked for it but I know the list has top civil servants, churches, members of Parliament, senators and persons like that. As far as I know being on the list does not mean that you could not be turned off, it just means that someone would call you to make arrange ments and give you that courtesy. Like I said, this list has been around for decades and through all governments. Mr Miller said he doesnt think the list is unfair but said it is just a special privilege parliamentarians receive in The Bahamas. This isnt anything polit ical to be honest, this didnt even start with politicians, Mr Miller said. The list was started by senior civil servants. I am not saying it is right and I am not saying its wrong, but I can tell you the per sons always pay. If you dont want to follow it any more then dont. I mean the rst day I was appointed as chairman, I went home and my lights were off. So obviously parliamen tarians can get their lights cut off. I just dont feel like it is fair for people to con tinue to make public certain peoples light bills, in an effort to shame them. On Monday, The Tribune revealed that BPL gave pol iticians and government ofcials who were on the special do not disconnect list seven days to pay their outrageous bills or be shut off. BPL is owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by persons on this list, sev eral of whom are said to be active politicians, The Tribune was told. Govern ment House also owes BPL a hefty sum. The hardline directive came from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who was consulted by Minister of Works Desmond Bannister about the practice the latter found in place by the Chris tie administration, which allowed elite members of society to rack up electricity bills as high as $50,000 and not be disconnected. BPL issued the letters to the delinquent customers on Thursday. They will have the option to arrange a pay ment plan if they cannot pay in full. While the government is adamant about collect ing the unpaid utility bills from politically connected individuals, The Tribune understands Dr Minnis is also focused on going after companies with delinquent National Insurance Board (NIB) contributions and those who owe money to the Public Treasury. The Tribune understands the prime minister does not want to know who is on the do not disconnect list, but is resolute no one is above the law and those who cannot pay their bills should have their electricity shut off. BPLs elite list just a privilege to BPL from the illegal hook-ups, but said it is signicant. Forty per cent of dis connected customers at BPL are reconnected unau thorised (by) paying off people, she told The Trib une We are planning for this year, a software system called Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the AMI Project. What that will do is be a critical tool in terms of cracking down on the ability to have unauthor ised reconnections based on bribes for reconnections of that sort. She said based on the current system, employ ees performing the illegal connections are rarely caught by ofcials. Thus, the problem has been allowed to ourish. Sometimes (we catch them) but because the system is old and labour intensive, its not caught (frequently), she said. She said with automa tion and a more advanced system, it will be easier to track who is disconnected from the grid and if they are put back on the system ille gally and by whom. The proposed AMI system is a priority item on BPLs capital projects agenda. In September 2014, then Bahamas Electricity Cor poration (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller told the House of Assem bly the state-owned utility provider lost $5m to $7m per year due to illegal hook ups. BPL has grabbed head lines over the past few months after it was revealed police were investigating a theft of some $2m from the company. Ernst and Young was contracted to perform an audit into the scheme, initially said to be a vemonth long fraud. In 2016, the Christie administration signed a management services with American company Pow erSecure to manage the electricity provider. BPL then became a wholly owned subsidiary of BEC. 40% OF USERS DISCONNECTED NOW HOOK UP ILLEGALLY MARIA MARIA 8 PM SAT 8 AM SAT 8 AM FRI 8 AM THU 8 AM WED 8 AM TUE 8 PM MON Nassau Nassau San Juan San Juan Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince ST ORM DET AILS Day: Monday Date: 9/18/17 Time: 8 PM EDT Storm Name: Maria Storm Discussion: Maria is bearing down on Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe with a significant threat to life and property. Wind gusts of 60-80 mph are expected across much of the Leeward Islands with gusts to 160-180 mph over Dominica and southern Guadeloupe as Maria passes very close to or over the islands. Lat: 15.30 North, Lon: 60.90 West Movement: NNW at 9 mph Central Pressure: 929 mb Sustained Wind: (mph): 160 mph Peak Gust: (mph): 195 mph from page one from page one from page one FORMER Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller. A6MAIN
THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 19, 2017, PAGE 7 ATTORNEYS for two men accused of the 2014 murder of Blair Estates resident Andre Cart wright insisted yesterday the Crown has not pro vided sufcient evidence to link their clients to the crimes they are accused of committing. Murrio Ducille, repre senting Kevin Andrews of Montell Heights, submitted to Justice Renae McKay that the Crown has not produced one scintilla of evidence against his client, and that no evidence exists to substantiate any of the counts against him. Andrews is accused of murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary, while his co-accused, Tiano DHaiti, of Thompson Lane, is accused of murder and attempted armed robbery. Meanwhile, DHaitis attorney Jairam Mangra submitted that the pros ecution failed to establish any factual basis of which the jury can determine the guilt of his client in present ing its case. Additionally, Mr Mangra submitted that no evidence exists in the Crowns case from which the jury can infer that DHaiti is linked to the charges by virtue of joint enterprise. Mr Mangra further submitted there was no evidence from the forensic expert that established a nexus between the shooting that took place that night in 2014 and the injury sus tained by DHaiti. Crown witness Dr Devin Kemp, a senior house ofcer at PMH, had told the court DHaiti sustained a gunshot wound to his left lateral chest. And, Mr Mangra submit ted although Crown witness Richard Sweeting stated on the rst day of trial that he noticed two male sus pects eeing the scene of the crime, one taller than the other, Mr Sweeting did not specically identify DHaiti as one of them. Mr Mangra thus con cluded that in the absence of hard evidence against his client and his co-accused, the jury would be rele gated to speculating on the assertions and allegations contained in the Crowns case. In response, Crown prosecutor Kendra Kelly insisted that she and her colleague Destiny McKin ney had laid out a solid prima facie case against the two accused, adding that the strength of the Crowns case lies within the reliabil ity of its witnesses. Ms Kelly further sub mitted that with respect to DHaiti, the Crowns case was further strengthened by the fact that after being injured during the burglary attempt, he and whomever else was with him, in this case, Andrews, opted to involve an innocent third party in Shecoya Davis to carry him to the hospital as opposed to going there in the rst instance. Shifting her attention to Andrews specically, Ms Kelly noted Andrews, according to the testimo nies of both Ms Davis and Superintendent Roberto Goodman, was directly involved in DHaiti being taken to hospital. To that end, she also requested the court to nd a prima facie case against Andrews for being an accessory after the fact. She further submitted that Andrews decision not to accompany Ms Davis and DHaiti to the Princess Margaret Hospital, but to instead get off somewhere on Fox Hill Road, further bolsters the Crowns posi tion against him. The matter was subse quently adjourned to today at 10am. Yesterday marked the fourth week of trial for both DHaiti and Andrews in connection with Cartwrights murder, which occurred on October 28, 2014. According to initial reports from police, Andre Cartwright, 44, was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother and father on the morn ing in question, when men kicked in the door of the house. When he heard the noise, the deceased got his licensed shotgun and went to investigate, police reported. He encountered the suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, police told the court. There was a brief exchange of gunre, which resulted in the victim being 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 man escaped in a silver col oured Honda Accord. Lawyers: Not enough evidence to convict Blair raid suspects By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com Security Company, owned by Ewing, to indicate that it was entitled to a total of $83,895.05 between Sep tember 2016 and February 2017. Both Lightbourne and Ewing pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and were subsequently remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS). They return to court on November 9 for trial. They have a right to apply to the Supreme Court for bail before that date. TWO CHARGED IN 80K POST OFFICE SCAM from page one His comments came after The Tribune exclu sively revealed the plight of the long-term boarders, four of whom are children, who appear to have fallen through the cracks. There are 28 boarders presently at PMH costing the public hospital more than $15,000 a day. Repeated calls were made to Social Services Minister Lanisha Rolle, however she could not be reached for comment yesterday. However, when he was contacted, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold told The Tribune Mrs Rolle instructed the director of Social Services to look into the issue. Dr Sands said: What we have done is we have prop erly and objectively looked at the problem. When we did the evaluation a few months ago it was antici pated that these boarders cost us about $7m a year. Now in order to move them out of the hospi tal they would have to be moved to an appropriate facility that would provide them with the type of sup port that they would need. You cant just put them out on the street. Some of the nursing homes are not ade quate in terms of the skill sets they provide. So what we are trying to do is determine what it is that we can afford to do because either you would have to create your own facility and staff it with patient care technicians or some nursing staff or whatever or you would have to provide a subsidy to these other homes in order to provide the services that these people need because you dont want them bounc ing back and forth from the hospital because we dont have the level of nursing home care that we could just do it tomorrow. He continued: Nor do we have (a) line item in the budget that says we got three million that we can spend to provide that subsi dised care. The opportunity is there, but in order to benet from that opportunity you need the funds to do it and so what we are trying to do is identify where those funds are. But the impact on the ordinary Bahamian and the ordinary patient is huge. Because in addition to beds being occupied by boarders, we also have beds out of commission because of construction. So between the two of them, thats a hundred beds or as much as 20 per cent of the total beds of the hospital. This is a chronic prob lem. This is not a problem that just started last week or last month or last year. Its heart breaking, but it is a consequence of the chal lenges in our country. Several current boarders have been at the hospital for as long as ve years; however nursing staff pro vided several accounts of persons that were interned as infants and left as teenagers. It is a phenomenon that also calls into question the efcacy of state-run social services, which work closely with the hospital to manage cases, but are largely unsuccessful. This topic is a contro versial topic, Principal Nursing Ofcer Valerie Miller told The Tribune last week. Its not one that the public is keen on hear ing because it casts some aspersions on them to some extent, but PMH is really plagued by what we deem boarders. Boarders in our setting are those persons who would have come in to seek medical attention, and at the completion of their treatment the physician deemed it was t for them to return home. These persons would not have been collected and discharged and hence they remain with us and we refer to them as boarders. Many of them are not on treat ment and some of them are like many persons who take tablets at home every day so just taking medica tion is no indication to be in hospital. We have boarders ranging from one-monthold to 84 years. She added: This would be something thats in the society and the society has changed and some per sons truly have nowhere to go. We always do our assessment, a complete physical assessment and his tory taken on the patient, and sometimes you have your antennas going up at the very beginning that this is a potential problem. Nurse Miller spoke to The Tribune during its investiga tion into reports that there were several young children who were living at the hos pital indenitely. Presently there are four children: two infants, a ve-year-old, and an 11-year-old. Some 15 years ago, the hospital utilised a school bus to take school-aged boarders to and from school; nowadays, Nurse Miller said there is a trained teacher onsite to ensure that children are able to keep up with the cur riculum while receiving long-term treatment. However, she told The Tribune that there has been no change in how boarders are managed by the state since then. PATIENTS ARE TRAPPED BY LACK OF FUNDS THE Cabinet Ofce has advised the public to be on the alert about a cash grant scam involv ing fraudsters who are circulating erroneous infor mation they claim is from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis about a programme to help persons who are down on their luck. According to the Cabinet Ofce, fraudsters claim the programme will improve the standard of living for those persons paying bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, even helping to raise children. The Cabinet Ofce said Dr Minnis is not aware of any such programme nor has he recommended any person or group to receive benets from such a scheme. This information is with out foundation and patently false, the Cabinet Ofce said. The public should exercise extreme caution when sending personal information, and should not respond to such requests, which are unveried and bogus. This matter has been referred to law enforce ment authorities. CABINET ALERT OVER FAKE CASH GRANTS from page one NURSE Judy Johnson caring for one of the infants in the paediatric unit. Photo: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff A7MAIN
PAGE 8, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 THE TRIBUNE JEFFREY Forbes, one of his islands oldest living residents, has a message for Hurricane Irmas Acklins evacuees: Come home and clean up your yard. In the wake of Hur ricane Irma, the islands largest problem is neither ooding nor destroyed homes as some evacuees contend, but rather the debris that has washed up from storm surges, of cials maintain. The debris can only be cleaned up if residents return to look after their properties. Although the evacu ees, staying in a shelter here in New Providence, were expected to return to their island over the week end, only 13 of them did so. Some of those who remained complained that the island was no longer a t place to live. This is a place where people could live, coun tered Mr Forbes, 75, who missed the evacuation ight out of Acklins two weeks ago because he was late arriving at the airport. All it needs is clean ing up. I say to the people who left here they need to come back home and clean their yard and their house. You cant be in Nassau com plaining, you have to be where your house is. When told residents are concerned theyd have nothing to which to return in Acklins, he said: People will say anything. They will say all kinds of stories and if you believe them you just as bad as them. Although ooding was a problem for the island, that water has already dried up, Mr Forbes said. Acklins Island Admin istrator Chriseld Johnson also said while the island, particularly the hard-hit Salina Point area, is not as habitable as it was before Hurricane Irma, the big gest challenge left is debris which was scattered around the district from storm surges. Clean-up crews cannot enter peoples properties to clean up the debris, Mr Johnson said, meaning only residents can take care of the islands biggest remain ing challenge. My job is to make sure that whenever the residents return that at least we have done as much cleanup as possible to make the community safe, he said. It would be helpful if some of the people who are now stay ing in Nassau try to return as soon as possible. We are not allowed to go onto persons yards and remove debris and all kinds of things that can pose com munity problems. We can only ask them to please make sure that whatever rubbish, whatever debris, whatever things they want to dispose of, to please bring them to the road side as that would assist us. Because a lot of people who live here are still in Nassau, the storm surge means that a lot of stuff remains on their property. We dont know the extent of the debris because I advised the cleanup group not to go into anyones property to try and remove anything. If they were here they could speak to their own interest. Looking from the roadside we see there is debris in a number of yards that belong to people who are now still in Nassau. We would be in a better position to deter mine what is going on once we work with them by going in their homes to see the extent of the damage. Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) is trying to restore electricity to the island, beginning with Salina Point. BPL hasnt completed the workload but weve gotten to a point where a lot of people are comfort able with the fact that they now have electricity and water, Mr Johnson said. The evacuees have been moved from the New Provi dence Community Centre on Blake Road and are now at the Kendal Isaacs Gym. When The Tribune vis ited the gym yesterday, the residents, most of them children, were eating lunch in the foyer area. Many of the evacuees declined to talk. If I talk Ill only say hor rible things, one woman mumbled. Salome Gibson, assistant director at the Ministry of Social Services and man ager of the shelter, said 85 people remained, all but two of whom are from Acklins. Of the 85, 59 are children. Most of the adults left are women. A plane carrying 13 evac uees back to their island left New Providence yesterday, she said. Ofcials will wait until Wednesday to deter mine what to do next. If it appears that Hurricane Maria is heading Acklins way, the evacuees could have their stay at the gym extended. So far, ofcials have had no issue with resources for the evacuees as calls for donations have elicited an overwhelming response from the public. Time to come home to Acklins, administrator tells island evacuees By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org EVACUEES at the Kendal Isaac Gym shelter after Hurricane Irma. 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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 19, 2017, PAGE 9 THE news that Bahamas Power and Light had given politicians and government ofcials on a special do not disconnect list seven days to pay their outrageous bills or be disconnected, prompted a lively reaction on tribune242.com. TheMadHatter said: Well muddo. U mean tings ga get betta for real? Dis a new guvmint eh? Tell_it_like_it_is also thought it was a positive move: Well this is certainly a start. Too much crap has been going on in this coun try for far too long . That is exactly how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer (by giving ALL the breaks to the people who need it least). But TalRussell asked: Why is the prime ministers personal ngers all over if, whom and when to cut off the lights people and businesses who owe BPL monies? The common thread here has nothing to do with the much prom ised transparency but a new prime minister wear ing different colours t-shirt placing himself and his ministers in the same old political position of the pre vious Christie administration . where BPL was afraid to even think about cutting off the lights of the politically connected, without rst get ting the cutoff green light direct from the mouth of prime minister Minnis. Comrades, wash it any way you wants, but is this not direct and intentional political interference at BPL, by the very top red shirts heading the political governing machine? You tell me. Clamshell wondered: Honestly, is anybody here surprised? If youre sur prised, raise your hand. Justthefactsplease had this to say: This govern ment needs to decide if it is indeed going to BE transparent or if it is going to just TALK about being transparent. Transparency demands that you publish the list and not just say there is a list. So Mister Prime Minister, show us this transparency you talk about. Craig said: As a nonelite I can only imagine how deep this corruption rabbit hole goes. Those that benet from these corrupt practices prob ably think they are entitled somehow, more deserving in some way than the gen eral public. As one of the commentators stated, this practice probably exists in other government owned companies and government agencies such as NIB. As the president of the World Bank said corruption is Public Enemy Number One in developing coun tries. Lets root it out at all costs! ThisIsOurs had this suggestion: I think each minister should be given a phone, light and water allowance each month in the amounts of 150, 300, 100 respectively. There would then be zero excuses for not paying a bill because the country has afforded you what would be a reasonable monthly usage allowance. All of this is null and void if they get a salary increase. In The Tribune s current online poll, we asked read ers if they agreed with the IMFs suggestion that the Bahamas introduce a lowrate income tax. The majority of those voting 78 per cent were against the idea. Dont miss your chance to join the debate on trib une242.com. SUSTAINABLE freshwater projects in Andros and Exuma were said yes terday to be very critical during the ofcial cere mony of UNESCOs eighth Meeting of National Com mittees and Focal Points of Latin American and Carib bean for the International Hydrological Programme (IHP). Education Minister Jef fery Lloyd, who led the Bahamian delegation at the regional conference being held at the British Colonial Hilton, this week, revealed that the Andros and Exuma projects are being spearheaded by UNESCOs GRAPHIC programme and EcoHydrology Initiative. In his keynote address Monday, Mr Lloyd con tended the responsibilities associated with water conservation, water pollu tion, drought, energy and water, hydro-power and all related topics ought to be matters of national importance in The Baha mas due to its geographic and ecological make up. Mr Lloyd, the member of Parliament for South Beach, further insisted that as an island nation, The Bahamas topography doesnt permit sufcient water run-off and as such, limits ground-water. For us, ground water is a critical and a vital resource. And as a result of this, we therefore have to accept and understand that this resource is crucial to our social, economic and demo graphic reality, Mr Lloyd told those in attendance. He added: Ours is a country that is dependent on tourism and the point of this, the vitality of it, recog nition of its limited nature is an indispensable recogni tion of our part. Our increasing popu lation growth and future economic growth continues to put additional pressure on this limited resource. And that is why we pay most attention to climate changes in this region or global cli mate changes because they threaten our countrys sus tainability as far as water resources are concerned. As a part of our devel opmental goals in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, we pay very close attention and have applied critical and crucial strate gies to ensure the intelligent and proactive use of all of our natural resources, but more importantly and most importantly, water. This is why we have labelled fresh ground water resources as a strate gic national resource, he indicated. Mr Lloyd added that in The Bahamas, due to limita tions of fresh ground water, successive governments have worked to stream line seawater reverse osmosis techniques as a means of sustenance. Between 2015-2017, activities within the frame work of IHP have at the national level for the Baha mas have resulted in the establishment of the North Andros Water Resource Area (NAWRA) in Andros and the Lake Victorian Pro gramme (LVP) in Exuma. NAWRA, according to Mr Lloyd, is important to the Bahamas because it can help in promoting and advancing sustainable ground water management throughout our country and our region. He said the initiative will aid in the assessment and monitoring of the dynamic conditions of Andros fresh water lens largest repository of fresh water in the Baha mas, while working to understand the dynamic geometry of Andros lens, identify areas of greater sustainability for both resource protection and fresh water development and to forecast the impact of changing climate condi tions, sea-rise levels and storm surge and fresh water lens stability and longevity. UNESCOs GRAPHIC programme seeks to improve understanding of how groundwater interacts within the global water cycle, how it supports eco systems and humankind and, in turn, responds to complex and coupled pres sures of human activity and climate change. Additionally, LVP will look to set up a local man grove preserve which will sustain an appropriate buffer zone around the pond and nearby channels. UNESCO IHP is one of the primary events asso ciated with the United Nations intergovernmen tal programme devoted to water research, water resources management, and education and capacity building. During the rst 50-years of the UNESCO Hydro logical Programme important achievements in water and eco-system management have been addressed in Latin America and the Caribbean. UNESCO IHP is seek ing to address the issues of natural resources and disasters in our region and we hope that over the next few days, this eighth strategic plan will focus on several very important areas water disasters and hydrologi cal change, ground water in a changing environ ment, addressing water security and quality, water and human settlements of the future, eco-hydrology engineering harmony for a sustainable world and water education key for water-security. The conference will con tinue through Friday. Fresh water projects critical for islands By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE are searching for two men, sus pected of a shooting incident that sent a man to hospital on Sunday. Shortly before 6pm Sunday, two men were driving on Ida Street when their car was approached by two armed men in a grey Chrysler vehicle, who shot one of at them before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in seri ous condition. Police also said Drug Enforcement Unit ofcers took two men and two women into custody following the seizure of an illegal handgun on Sunday. Shortly after 5.30pm, DEU ofcers, acting on intelligence, exe cuted a search warrant on a home located at Collins Drive in Faith Gardens and uncov ered a Smith and Wesson Pistol containing a magazine with 11 rounds of ammunition. This seizure means that ve illegal re arms were removed from communities in a 24-hour period. Police also seized a small quantity of marijuana. Shortly before 3pm Sunday, a team of ofcers, assigned to the Selective Enforcement Team, acting on informa tion conducted a search of a bushy area off Foxdale, where they uncovered just over two pounds of marijuana. No one was arrested for this seizure. HUNT FOR SHOOTERS COMMONWEALTH Brewery Limited (CBL) presents the National Emer gency Management Agency (NEMA) and The Bahamas Red Cross with a donation of $20,000 each to assist with the agencys hurricane relief and restoration efforts. From left, Bahamas Red Cross deputy director Brenda Lee Rolle, corporate relations director, Commonwealth Brewery Limited, Dennis Hanna, and Red Cross director general Caroline Turnquest. From left, deputy permanent secretary NEMA, Chrystal R Glinton and cor porate relations director, Commonwealth Brewery Limited, Dennis Hanna. A9MAIN
PAGE 10, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 THE TRIBUNE COLUMBIA, SC Associated Press A WHITE suprema cist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to re his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian. In a handwritten request led Monday with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Vir ginia, Dylann Roof wrote that his attorneys back grounds are a barrier to effective communication. Given their ethnicities, Roof wrote, it is therefore quite literally impossible that they and I could have the same interests relating to my case. Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impos sible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies, he added. Roof, 23, has been on federal death row since earlier this year, after a jury convicted him of dozens of charges includ ing federal hate crimes and obstruction of the practice of religion in the shooting deaths of nine Bible study attendees at Charlestons Emanuel AME, one of the oldest black churches in the South. Roof told authorities he wanted to start a race war with the June 2015 massacre, and handwrit ten journals featuring symbols associated with Nazis and Roofs per sonal musings about the genetic supremacy of the white race were presented during his trial. A focal point of Roofs trial was his request to drop his defense team and represent himself. In Mondays ling, Roof also noted that David Isaac Bruck a noted death penalty lawyer who was his primary attorney during the federal trial was also Jewish, saying Brucks ethnicity was a constant source of conict even with my constant efforts to look past it. RACIST KILLER WANTS TO FIRE HIS JEWISH AND INDIAN LAWYERS PASADENA, TEXAS Associated Press THE US government received reports of three spills at one of Houstons dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey nally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the oods receded, ow ing through Vince Bayou and into the citys ship channel. The reported spills, which have been not pub licly detailed, occurred at US Oil Recovery, a former petroleum industry waste processing plant contami nated with a dangerous brew of cancer-causing chemicals. EVIDENCE OF SPILLS AT TOXIC SITE UNITED NATIONS Associated Press THE plight of Myanmars Rohingya Muslims that UN ofcials have described as ethnic cleansing is get ting early attention at the annual gathering of govern ment leaders at the world body. Britain on Monday presided over a meeting of several Western and Muslim-majority govern ments that are urging senior Myanmar ofcials to end the violence and allow humanitarian access. More than 400,000 Rohingya have ed from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past month amid a mili tary crackdown triggered by insurgent attacks on secu rity posts in late August. British Foreign Secre tary Boris Johnson said the violence is a stain on Myanmars reputation, and its vital that Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian govern ment make clear the abuses must stop. UN ATTENTION TO EXODUS OF ROHINGYA IRVINE, CALIFORNIA Associated Press SIX immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate stu dents and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a programme shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit led in federal court in San Francisco alleged the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the US government so they could participate in the programme. The consequences are poten tially catastrophic, said Jesse Gabriel, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. These people can very power fully and very clearly communicate the extent to which they organised their lives around this programme. The lawsuit joins others led over President Donald Trumps decision to end the Deferred Action for Child hood Arrivals programme which has allowed nearly 800,000 immigrants to obtain work permits and deportation protection since 2012. More than a dozen states from Maine to California have sued over the administrations decision to phase out the programme, alleging similar constitutional violations. So has the University of California system. The impact of Trumps decision directly weighs on plaintiffs per sonal lives and decisions they made to advance their careers in the US. Viridiana Chabolla, a 26-yearold law student at University of California Irvine, said she does not know how she would repay a loan she took out to cover living costs or how she would afford books or food if her protection from the pro gram known as DACA is rescinded. I imagined in the years to come Id be able to get a job and would be able to pay it back, said Chabolla, whose parents brought her illegally to the US from Mexico when she was two. I imagined Id at least have DACA. The lawsuit claimed that the administrations decision violates the immigrants rights to equal pro tection and due process. The plaintiffs who are from Mexico and Thailand include teachers, a medical student and 34-year-old lawyer Dulce Garcia, who recently signed a lease for an ofce and hired employees believ ing she could stay and work in the US under the program, said Gabriel, an attorney for the law rm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Trumps announcement on September 5 came after ten Repub lican attorneys general threatened to sue in an attempt to halt the pro gram. Under Trumps plan, those already enrolled remain covered until their two-year work permits expire, and some renewals are being allowed. But there will be no new applications. Department of Justice spokes man Devin OMalley blamed the Obama administration for starting the program and said the agency will defend Trumps decision. It was the previous administra tions arbitrary circumvention of Congress that got us to this point, he said. The Department of Jus tice looks forward to defending this Administrations position and restoring respect for the rule of law. Immigrant advocates praise the program for protecting immigrants who were raised and educated in the US despite their lack of legal immigration papers. The pro grammes opponents criticise it as too broad and said major changes to immigration laws need to go through Congress and cannot be enacted by the US president alone. US immigrants sue over Trumps end of deportation protection VIRIDIANA CHABOLLA, a 26-year-old law student at University of California, Irvine. Chabolla is one of six California plaintiffs suing the Trump administration over its decision to end a programme that protects them from deportation. Photo: Amy Taxin /AP JIRAYUT NEW LATTHIVONGSKORN, a fourth-year medical student at the Univer sity of California, San Francisco. Latthivongskorn was brought to the United States from Thailand when he was nine years old. A10MAIN Career OpportunityScotiabank (Bahamas) Limitedis seeking the services of aSenior Client Accounting Ofcer Bahamas Trust & WealthPosition Summary:The Senior Client Accounting Ofcer is responsible for the accurate and timely preparation and presentation of all assigned client accounts. Primarily this entails preparation of nancial statements for Trust clients, especially those of a complex nature, and also includes preparation of special reports for clients as necessary. Under the direction of the Assistant Manager Client Accounting, the ofcer will be responsible for assisting a team of account administrators through the performance of, and advice on, a wide variety of medium to complex accounting/record keeping tasks contributing to the overall efciency and effectiveness of the client accounting section.Key Accountabilities for this role: Ensure prompt and accurate preparation of nancial statements for trust, company and agency accounts. 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THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 19, 2017, PAGE 11 ON Saturday, 28 students from Lucaya Interna tional School (LIS) on Grand Bahama Island and six Earthcare volunteers arrived at Gold Rock Beach International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC) at Lucayan National Park. Gail Woon, zone captain for Gold Rock Beach, said she was very happy to have worked once again with the students and volunteers. A grand total of 822 pounds of marine debris was collected, recorded and bagged for collection for the Gold Rock Beach zone. All students took great satisfaction in seeing the beach cleaned up, collect ing some unusual items, a press release said. Litter is a major envi ronmental problem. Most of the marine debris col lected was as expected; fast food containers, bev erage bottles and plastic bags; none of which are biodegradable and all of which, with a little effort, could have been carried to an appropriate dump ing point. All students agree that the next step in their efforts to keep the beaches clean and pris tine must focus on a more powerful public awareness campaign to try and elimi nate what has become a serious blemish to our sea shores. The most unusual item found was a 300lb piece of rope belonging to a very large vessel, possibly a cruise ship. Matthew Lowe, whose group was part of the cleanup and helped to unearth the rope, said: We found a piece of rope that was buried and as we unearthed it, it got longer and longer. We were able to get as much as we could, then we had to cut it in order to move it. It is at least four inches thick and we estimate it weighs approximately 300lbs. Student Quincy Gordon said: This is my last year at LIS but I have been par ticipating in this clean-up with Ms Woon for the past three years and hope to continue if possible in years to come. Students participating from LIS included: Mat thew Lowe, Tamia Grey, Gerardo Cabasaa, Quincy Gordon, Jeremiah Jarret, Tom Paine, Devon Lubin, Nick Hulme, Nicolas Rulli, Jimmy Pierson, Alejan dro Cabassa, Chris Paul, Nichana Miller, Adjohnae Wildgoose, Timothy New bold, Ure Saunders, Uri Williams, Kariel Stuart, Brickelle Sands, Tyler Dav enport, Arekha Hall, Arzah Laing, Isabelle Law, Megan Roos, Abigail Lowery (sixyears-old), Zariah Knowles and Annabelle Purvis. Michael Lowery, head of high school at LIS, coordi nated the group. Earthcare volunteers Havana Gibson, Savanna Gibson, Candice Woon, Tyrie Moss and Michael Marshall also assisted. Coastal clean-up for Grand Bahama YOUNGSTERS taking part in the clean-up at Lucayan National Park. A11MAIN