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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper BUSINESS: KARAWAN LEAVES ROLE AS ATLANTIS CEO WEDNESDAY HIGH 92F LOW 78F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best! The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 Established 1903 The privileged ARNOLD FORBES $62,023 LESLIE MILLER $42,219 DR PERRY GOMEZ $24,498 DR DANIEL JOHNSON $24,413 RENWARD WELLS $12,980 DION SMITH $9,275 CLEOLA HAMILTON $6,118 Revealed: Names on the elite list and what they owed OH, AND ELITE WATER WITH the fore cast for Hurricane Maria projecting the storm to pass near the Southeast Baha mas Friday morning, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is urging residents of those islands to be vigilant and prepared. During a live national address from his ofce last night, Dr Minnis said: Hurricane Maria is another potentially dev astating hurricane that we must carefully monitor. He added: Though most of the Bahamas was spared ON MARIA ALERT ACTING Commissioner of Police Anthony Fergu son announced yesterday the establishment of two separate Royal Bahamas Police Force anti-crime units aimed at eliminating gang activity in the coun try, reducing the number of homicides as well as safe guarding the residents of Fox Hill. During a walkabout in Fox Hill on Tuesday, Acting Commissioner Ferguson said the Anti-Gang and Firearms Tracing and Inves tigation Unit will operate out of the Central Detec tive Unit (CDU) while the OBIE WILCHCOMBE $4,911 DAMIAN GOMEZ $3,413 NINE individuals named on the BPL do not disconnect list and the amount they owed at the end of July. The sums do not include any payments made or further debt incurred since that date. WATER and Sewerage Corporation Chairman Adrian Gibson yesterday conrmed the existence of a do not disconnect list populated by scores of elites at the govern ment owned utility provider as he pledged to initiate a crackdown on delinquent accounts. Mr Gibson told The Tribune the condential list held 221accounts, with a combined total of $175,000 for the period ending June 2017. He said that he plans to direct the corpora tion to notify all persons owing excessive arrears to resolve debts or face disconnection. There is a list con dential list, the Long Island MP said. In fact, I would think that all the corporations over the last year or two, and more particularly in May of this year, there has been close atten tion paid to that list by the management with a view to changing the way those lists usually operate. As it stands, this con dential list has a number of persons on it, and really and truly its being used to notify persons by courtesy call or letters. I can say too that as the chairman of the corpora tion I am going to direct that all persons owing excessive arrears who are By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter SEE PAGE EIGHT FOUR former Progres sive Liberal Party Cabinet ministers owed more than $20,000 each at Bahamas Power and Light, with one former minister in arrears for some $60,000 as of July, according to a list obtained by The Tribune The Credit and Collec tions Department listing of MPs, senators and board members for the period ending July 31, revealed that former State Minister in the Ministry of Works Arnold Forbes owed BPL $62,023.14. The list obtained by The Tribune contains delin quent accounts of six former PLP Cabinet minis ters, two former PLP MPs, two private entities, and one sitting Cabinet min ister: Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells. Mr Wells, who owed $9,277.07 and $3,703.96 at two separate locations $12,981.03 in total did not want to comment yester day, and the other former ofcials could not be reached up to press time. According to sources close to the matter, as of Monday Mr Wells has since paid $9,000 on his accounts with an outstanding bal ance of some $8,600. The source also said as of Monday Mr Forbes was in talks with the company to settle the balance over a three-month period. Mr Forbes, former PLP Mount Moriah MP, was appointed to Cabinet in January 2015, and previously served as the chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation. Others on the do not disconnect list are: former Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez, former Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller, former Minister of Youth Dr Danny Johnson, former Nassau Village MP Dion Smith, former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe, former South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton and former Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez. By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE 11 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE TWO SEE PAGE EIGHT By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BAHAMAS Power & Lights (BPL) board will hold a crunch meeting with PowerSecure today, with the outcome likely crit ical in deciding whether the latter remains as manager. Multiple Tribune Busi ness sources yesterday conrmed that the US utility operator is quite will ing to walk away from it maximum $25m, ve-year BPL management contract if the board and Minnis administration wish it to go. The meeting, which will be attended by PowerSecure executives and their attorneys from the US, is viewed as key to determining whether the two sides will kiss and make up or separate. 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PAGE 2, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 THE TRIBUNE the devastation of Hur ricane Irma, it is essential that the country remains vigilant and prepared. We cannot let our guard down. Dr Minnis had a message for critics who found the countrys Hurricane Irma preparations excessive: be grateful. Those who are inclined to complain should visit Ragged Island and other areas destroyed by Hurri cane Irma, he said. I believe they will come away with a sense of gratitude and a better understanding of the need for precaution and to be prepared. A heart lled with gratitude has no place for complaining. The gov ernment of the Bahamas would be negligent if it did not warn in advance and in a timely manner of the threat of hurricanes to our archipelago, including potentially catastrophic superstorms. Dr Minnis, who as oppo sition leader was at times critical of the former Christie administrations management of govern ment agencies as the country faced hurricane threats, has strived to keep on top of such matters, winning praise last week even from current Ofcial Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis for the governments response to Hurricane Irma. As the hurricane season continues, Dr Minnis said yesterday, I advise Baha mians and residents to keep shutters in a convenient place; ensure that impor tant documents are in a secure place, and properly packaged, in the event you are required to move quickly; and to keep an overnight bag with cloth ing and toiletries in the event an evacuation order is issued. I also advise that you continue to trim trees and remove all debris which may become a hazard due to heavy winds. Those living in coastal areas should be prepared to relocate and take extra pre-cautionary measures. The Department of Meteorology has issued a hurricane watch for the Southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, as the dangerous Hur ricane Maria eyes those islands, which were already impacted by Hurricane Irma less than two weeks ago. This means that residents in those islands Inagua, Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Long Cay, Samana Cay and the Turks And Caicos can expect hurricane conditions within 48 hours from Hurricane Maria, forecast to remain a category four or ve storm over the next two days. A hurricane watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 74 mph or higher poses a possible threat, gener ally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge and coastal ooding. Maria has already devastated the island of Dominica and was barrel ling towards Puerto Rico last night. South islands put on Maria alert from page one PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis making a national address yesterday with other Cabinet ministers to encourage Bahamians on every island to prepare for Hurricane Maria. Photos: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff HURRICANE AIMS AT PUERTO RICO AFTER SLAMMING DOMINICA SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Associated Press HURRICANE Maria barreled toward Puerto Rico on Tuesday night after wreaking widespread devastation on Dominica and leaving the small Car ibbean island virtually incommunicado. As rains began to lash Puerto Rico, Gov Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit with a force and violence that we havent seen for several generations. Were going to lose a lot of infrastructure in Puerto Rico, Rossello said, adding that a likely island wide power outage and communication blackout could last for days. Were going to have to rebuild. Authorities warned that people in wooden or imsy homes should nd safe shelter before the storms expected arrival Wednesday. You have to evacuate. Otherwise, youre going to die, said Hector Pesquera, the islands public safety commissioner. I dont know how to make this any clearer. By Tuesday night, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Marias winds had intensied to 175mph (280kph) and additional strengthening was possi ble. At 11pm EST, Maria was centred about 30 miles (45km) south-southeast of St Croix. Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit sent out a series of dramatic posts on his Facebook page as the storm blew over that tiny country late Monday but then stopped suddenly as phone and internet connections with the country were cut. The winds are merci less! We shall survive by the grace of God, Skerrit wrote before communications went down. A few minutes later, he messaged he could hear the sound of galvanised steel roong tearing off houses on the small rugged island. He said that even his own roof had blown away. In the last message before falling silent, he appealed for international aid: We will need help, my friends, we will need help of all kinds. The storm knocked out communications for the entire country, leaving anyone outside Dominica struggling to determine the extent of damage, though it was clearly widespread. A BOAT lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, yesterday, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. Photo: Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte /AP A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 20, 2017, PAGE 3 THE countrys sh ing industry sustained catastrophic losses this hurricane season, with operators fearing that a direct hit by Hur ricane Maria could sink international markets dominated by Bahamian exports, according to Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance President Adrian LaRoda. Mr LaRoda sug gested damage sustained throughout the southern Bahamas could render for eign markets under-serviced throughout the fall due to Hurricane Irma. He also said concerns are now mounting over what effects, if any, Hurri cane Maria could have if it makes landfall anywhere in The Bahamas. On Sunday, Mr LaRoda told Tribune Business that Irma dealt a big blow to the crawsh season and projected that it was going to be a very tough Christmas if the industry couldnt recover. Mr LaRoda said Irmas passage came just weeks into the 2017-2018 crawsh season. Asked for an update Tuesday, Mr LaRoda said all status reports obtained this week continue to paint a bleak picture. He said while a large per centage of vessels avoided damage, the destruction of traps and condos were massive and could cost shermen tens of millions. There is denitely concern, he said. The big gest loss was to traps and condos, and anyone that knows the business would tell you, once you lose those assets, its hard to spring back into action. Mr LaRoda said the months of preparation and planning were lost in a mere matter of hours during Irmas passage and has left many in the indus try incapable of fullling international demands. The domestic economy is normally served by dayshermen who go out on short runs, but when you talk about export numbers and international purchas ers, that is where those traps and condos come into play because they give the guys with the quantity they need. The southern Bahamas really took a serious blow. Added to that, we are still working to effectively com municate with everyone in the north, so a complete picture is hard to come up with at this time. It would have been easier to absorb the Irma blow if we were able to get out immediately. That could have offset the loses to an extent, but with Maria out there, things are way up in the air now, he said. Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica on Monday night and is pro jected to run through the rest of the Caribbean and the southern Bahamas this weekend. Maria was reported as a tropical storm Monday morning before growing into a category ve storm over a ten-hour timeframe. Mr LaRoda added: The tropics has been so unpre dictable this season. It seems like we are having a major storm every weekend and that makes it hard for guys to get out and make sure that things are in order and earn a living. We were already in recovery mode, now we are just waiting to see what is what, waiting on another storm. It is going to be rough for a couple of months. I pray we can pull things together as soon as possible. Hope fully we recover in the shortest possible time, he said. Crawsh season opened on August 1. Fears for shing industry after catastrophic losses from Irma By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE Grand Bahama Christian Council hopes to raise $50,000 to help those Bahamians who were severely affected by Hurri cane Irma. The group, which is host ing a special service of prayer, praise and thanks giving on Thursday evening, is requesting all churches on the island to give $500. Residents are also invited to attend and give to the cause. The service will be held at the Community at Heart Tabernacle Church on Coral Road at 7pm. Rev Peter Pinder, presi dent of the GBCC, said: As we give thanks we will demonstrate our support for our sisters and brothers affected by the tornadoes in Grand Bahama and Bimini as well as those in the southern Bahamas whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Irma. He added: We set a target of $50,000 as our goal; churches are requested to give $500. Pastor Robert Lockhart, GBCC executive member, said the country is at the height of the hurricane season and Bahamians must continue to thank God for His protection. We are located in the hurricane belt and as a result storms will always be a part of life in the country. We are going to face hurricanes probably for the next couple months, and I think every year we will face hurricanes. And as they come, we will continue to pray, and as God answers our prayers, we will contin ually give him thanks. Apostle Anthony Grant said that Rev Pinder had called for prayer on Wednesday before the hurricane. This is a time of celebra tion and thanksgiving for having spared us and for us to continue to pray for those affected in The Baha mas, he said. Bahamians are brac ing again as Hurricane Maria moves towards the Bahamas. The category ve storm is expected to affect parts of The Baha mas by the weekend. Hurricane Irma affected the southern islands of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama, and Bimini. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter A 42-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital after being shot multiple times by a masked gunman this week in Free port, Grand Bahama. The incident occurred shortly before 11pm on Monday at a business on Coral Road, where a gunman wearing a mask opened re on a group of men who were standing outside. One of the men was hit and transported by private vehicle to the Rand Memo rial Hospital. Asst Supt Terecita Pinder said the victim sustained seri ous injuries and is listed in serious condition at hospital. She said police are inves tigating matter and are appealing to anyone with information that can assist the police to call 350-3107 through 12, 911, 919 or call the nearest police station. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter AS category ve Hurri cane Maria approaches The Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the government is faced with a gut wrenching decision regarding if it should ask residents of the southern islands to evacuate ahead of the storm. Maria has already dev astated the island of Dominica. It is expected to approach the southern Bahamas by the weekend. Many Bahamians in those southern islands have just returned to their com munities after evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma, a monster storm that left dev astation in its wake earlier this month. Clean-up has begun on some southern islands hit by Irma, as local ofcials keep an eye on the direc tion of Maria. After Irma, Ragged Island was considered unt for residents while those still in shelters in New Prov idence from Salina Point, Acklins have said their hometown is not ready for their return because of the storm. Dr Sands said real ising the need for healthcare personnel on these islands, a team is now working on an offsite out post approach where personnel from nearby islands will visit several times a week to care for medical needs. He said: I think there has already been some heavy equipment dis patched from Nassau to Ragged Island to begin the process of cleaning up. We have had the Pan American Health Organisa tion teams down to assess the issues with water and the potential risk of dis eases, etc. Right now this is a very uid problem because we have this other crazy system in the Atlantic, which may or may not impact the southern Bahamas and I think every single eye is on that system to determine when do we move. This is gut wrenching because (we are faced with the decision) do you allow people to go back into that environment only to say on Thursday or Friday now we need to pull you back out? So we will discuss again probably in the course of the day the timing of vari ous agency responses to Irma. We are still trying to put together the specic plan. He said it was also dif cult to say at this time when nurses would be re-assigned to the islands devastated by Irma. It is difcult to put any body on an island which is uninhabitable. Its one thing to say to a marine of the (Royal Bahamas) Defence Force that you are going to live in a hut or cot under a tent. Its a far cry different to say to typically a young woman you (are) supposed to be providing healthcare services (on the island). How do you do that when you dont have basic sanita tion, electricity or potable water, etc? And so on Friday gone my team began to create a plan for an off-site out post approach to caring for the people in Ragged Island and we are seeking to deploy people either from Exuma, Long Island or one of the other islands and then moving them in several times per week by boat to examine any body that happens to be working on the island and anybody who might get injured. But the idea that you are going to have some body staying on that island right now is untenable, Dr Sands said. A hurricane alert was issued for the southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos on Tuesday. This covers Inagua, Acklins, Crooked Island, Maya guana, Long Cay and Samana Cay. A hurricane alert means hurricane conditions are expected in these areas within 60 hours. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter SOME of the damage in Ragged Island following Hurricane Irma but while the focus has very much been on damage on shore, sher men are facing catastrophic damage to their trade. Photo: Terrel W. 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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 @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR. The Tribune CHESTER Coopers headline story in The Nassau Guardian on September 18, 2017, Gov ernment wasted money, is concerning. In a nutshell, Mr. Cooper is quoted as saying that an egregious and expensive error was made when gov ernment decided to renew the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) policy that the former administration dropped. Cooper said because the government will only receive a payout of $234,000 after paying an annual premium of $2.6m, The Bahamas will lose out. Lets put aside for now that he is an elected Member of Parliament and focus on the fact that he is an Insurance Company Executive. In either role, he should understand the basic principles of insur ance; a mitigating control to guard against risk. If Insur ers and/or the insured can determine with any prox imity when there will be a loss, they will only purchase insurance for this period as to pay for any other period would be an unwise invest ment. The facts are that, except for God, no one, including the best mete orologists, and as seen with Hurricane Irma, has the foresight to determine week or months in advance exactly when and/or where a Hurricane loss will happen and/or the magni tude of the loss. What they can predict several days is with a relative degree of certainty, the areas that fall within a cone and the coun tries likely to be impacted and when, and closer to the actual event, the areas likely to be impacted. Mr. Coopers comments suggest that given the mag nitude of the loss, that the Bahamas Governments decision to safeguard against the risk of hurricanes was not a wise spend of scarce resources. Every citizen and/ or business that purchases insurance in advance and does not experience a loss may probably feel this way; however, the very nature of insurance is to safeguard against potential risks and charge a premium for the likelihood that this event will happen. If it is known with any absolute certainty that an event will happen result ing in a risk, the insurers will likely apply a premium of at least the projected loss plus their spread. Doing nothing or not purchasing insurance, whether by Government or private sector is not a good risk management strategy. It is not a responsible com ment and the navet of the comment indicates a focus on politics and not busi ness, let alone the business Mr. Cooper is in selling insurance. CONCERNED Nassau, September 18, 2017. IT IS, paradoxically, so easy to over look and diminish Donald Trump, despite his ubiquitous presence in the news media worldwide. It seems natu ral to underestimate and dismiss as a temporary phenomenon this fatuous blowhard who seems so sensationally self-absorbed and disloyal that it is a wonder he has any political allies or even business associates. Trump has proven to be a headline hog who has so debased the ofce of president of the United States that pundits and casual observers alike still bet privately and occasionally publicly that he will not complete his rst term in ofce. And yet his support among Republi cans and various political fringe dwellers stays solid. In the face of the startling departure from conventional two-party US politics that he uniquely represents, neither traditional American political party has been able to gather itself so far to present a credible alternative. In the November 2018 by-elections, Democrats in the Senate are far more vulnerable than they collectively were last year when the GOP nonetheless retained control of the upper cham ber. This is because in 2016, Republican senators were seeking re-election in states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that were deemed reliably Democratic. Trumps success in those and other Democratic strongholds made sev eral Senate Republicans look better to voters, and they were returned to ofce as part of a triumphant GOP election night. The entire House of Representatives will stand for re-election in 14 months, but talk of Democrats regaining a major ity there now may be empty blather. Much can and will change before next November, but there is a growing feel ing that Trump may be slowly, painfully gaining his footing in ofce. There is a recognition in Washington and elsewhere that for all his myriad shortcomings, Trump has an appeal that seems durable, at least to a solid minor ity of voters. His appeal lies in his personication of the repudiation of traditional twoparty American politics. Trump has remained slavishly loyal to his campaign promises, no matter how absurd or impractical they sounded to many. And now, eight months into his rst term in ofce, he has appeared to turn away from his Republican majori ties in both houses of Congress to irt instead with the Democratic opposition on a budget deal and maybe more. There is something undeniably appealing about this presidents persis tent refusal to do political business in the way that has characterised Washing ton since the early part of the Clinton administration, 25 years ago. He retains an ill-informed and potentially dan gerous misunderstanding of Americas role in the world, and there may yet be dire consequences from his stubborn ignorance. But he is different than the rest, and that counts for a lot in a nation made cynical and disillusioned by the political practice of its elected ofcials. In Washington, erstwhile and future rivals have been busy trying to present themselves as alternatives. Their effort has been largely fruitless and unsuccess ful so far. On the Republican side, one-time party establishment darling Marco Rubio, the junior senator from Flor ida, reneged on his 2016 pledge not to run for re-election and won re-election nonetheless. He is not often seen or quoted in the media. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, another vigorous Trump rival from last year, has been quieter than John McCain or Rand Paul or Lindsey Graham. Ohio governor John Kasich continues to attempt to become the GOPs anti-Trump. He has not gained much traction. They all seem somehow small com pared to the president. Democrats are struggling for party unity. They are not so far succeed ing. Hillary Clinton is now making the media rounds touting her new book, still unable to concede that a candidate with less baggage might well have dispatched Trump in 2016. Bernie Sanders remains in the Senate, and represents a litmus test for prospective Democratic pro spective candidates. Sanders is proposing a single-payer, Medicare for all health care system for the US. His rivals and contestants for the favour of the liberal wing of the Democratic party have all jumped in to endorse his plan. The US may well be heading for a British-style health system with extra benets for those who can afford them. It looks premature to try to run on this issue now. Cause for concern LETTERS Bets on Trump not completing his rst term EDITOR, The Tribune. I have many differences with the Minnis led admin istration but he and his crew are to be congratu lated on a job well done with the recent hurricanes, especially Irma. Never before in this era has the central government ever seen t to actually evacuate many of The Family Islands that historically have borne the brunt of any hurricane. Thousands of grateful Bahamians were brought to New Providence for safety, at the expense of the public, as it should have been. We are waiting to see the same sort of bold and peremptory leadership by the doctor with the econ omy; health care; education and, of course, unemploy ment. Minnis is able to do it if he has the political will power needed. I am not a supporter of the FNM but I like Minnis as an indi vidual and believe that he means all of us well. I do not believe that he sought the ofce of the PM just to slunk and play deluded when it comes to the dreams of the unwashed masses. While the honeymoon goes on, Bahamians are becoming impatient to see actual plans and public policy initiatives by Minnis & Company. Our Lucayan remains shut tered in Freeport when it was hoped that it would have been refurbished and reopened for this Winter Season. It may still happen but it looks more doubt ful by the day. National Health Care remains a work in progress, as it should be, but Dr Sands (FNM-Elizabeth), Min ister of Health, has gone dead quiet of late. No new infrastructural plans have been announced by the Minister of Works, the Hon Desmond Ban nister (FNM-Carmichael) The glaring absences of concrete plans and agendas are troubling and could lead to an uncertain populace and potential investors, local and international. Apart from the above, the PM and crew and, surprisingly, the Ofcial Opposition led by the Hon Philip Brave Davis (PLP-Cat Island) showed political maturity and unity. Congratulations to all con cerned, especially ordinary Bahamians who did not panic; behaved orderly and came to each others assis tance where necessary. ORTLAND H BODIE, Jr Nassau, Job well done EDITOR, The Tribune. Hurricane ( huracan : Taino / Arawak for evil spirit ) Hurricane, worry cane, whats your biff? Do you intend to hurt us? Have we misused the Masters trust? Cant you abnegate our thiefdom? Or will your stiff-broom sentence sweep Wrath-wrest us willy nilly Toil servant, banker, mother, saint Along with ingrate, thug, ever blas cheat? Our isles devolved as user ones Folk tending to connivance Baiting any business sh For true or tainted dollars These secret shores devoid of wars Loot-loving archipelago Wide open arms built its charms For visitors and what they throw. Waiting is the worriest thing Especially for home dwellers Will a whirling wash of people Suffer one same furious fate? Will bits of bible, photographs Our roof and treasures from next door Be picked up, gone or borne aloft To drop, perhaps off-shore? We face a mighty rmament Which gathers no distinction Fisherman, pauper, pedlar, priest Whatever rank or station If you cheated now is time To bend compliant fore it reach Promise to reform yourself Tend ill-fated others each to each. Next time Storm Con gress Council meet To plan the Carib season Can chiefs of Wind and Swell agree To target more corruption? The humble let go free Smite wrongdoers one and all Undo sly schemes of demons To ee the Punish Pall. JOHN SHIRES Nassau, September 4, 2017. e evil spirits of the hurricanes EDITOR, The Tribune. ISNT it more rational for the PLP and its lead ership to wait until hurricane season is over before determin ing whether or not the government wasted money on the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insur ance Facility? Two additional potential hurricanes in the Atlantic at this time would seem to suggest so! JB Nassau, September 18, 2017. Risk costs A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 20, 2017, PAGE 5 TWO months past the governments self-imposed deadline for prosecuting delinquent public ofcials under the Public Disclosure Act, the Public Disclosure Commission has yet to hold its rst meeting. PDC chairman Myles Laroda conrmed yester day that while the group has been fully appointed, it has not met because one of the three members was out of the country. Mr Laroda said he could not provide an update on compliance until after members have met to dis cuss the way forward. There was a July 3 time line set by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for the les on delinquent dis closures to be sent to the Ofce of the Attorney General. Since then, the rst annual deadline for newly elected members of Par liament and senators to submit their full disclosures has passed. In the case of persons appointed or elected after the annual March 1 dead line, the Public Disclosure Act states that disclosures must be led within three months from the date effectively, August 10 for MPs and August 22 for senators. Yesterday, Lemarque Campbell, chairperson of Citizens for a Better Bahamas (CBB), reiter ated his concern over the stalled pace of the commission. I think this raises a lot of concerns given the timeline for the rst disclosures have now passed, Mr Campbell said. With it conrmed that the board hasnt met yet, we dont know what work has been done. This should have actu ally set the tone for this administration going for ward, how they handled this rst deadline, and we havent heard anything about it. Its concerning, he said, we can only lobby them, at the end of the day its up to the government to ensure that the work of the Public Disclosure Com mission is actually carried out. Two months after disclosures deadline and commission hasnt even met By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ WHILE the Minnis administration fell short of its pledge to begin holding the elected of cials accountable who have failed to comply with the Public Disclosure Act, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said Tuesday Bahamians can be assured the administra tion will get rid of Bahamas Power & Lights do not dis connect list for elites who owe substantial arrears. This special list came to the publics attention not just when this administra tion took over, this list came to the publics attention before that, Mr Newbold said. It is being dealt with now...the same way that list came to the publics atten tion, if it is not dealt with, if it remains in place, the public will be aware of that as well. I dont know that this prime minister and his government intends to be beaten with that stick and so you can have all con dence that those people (will be dealt with like everyone else). Mr Newbold sought to explain why there has been no movement in terms of giving out punishment to ofcials who missed the dis closure deadline. The public disclosure, one challenge was with the make-up of the (Public Disclosure) committee, Mr Newbold said yester day. I know that has been handled. If you call the chairman I know he would be happy to talk about that. In fact, when contacted yesterday, Mr Laroda said the commission, though fully constituted, has yet to have its rst meeting. In June, Mr Newbold announced that the admin istration set June 30 as the deadline for former and sitting parliamentarians to either le their disclosures or face prosecution. People who breach the disclosures law could be ned $10,000 or face two years in prison or both or have their land cons cated if land is involved. At the time, Mr Newbold said the deadline affected more than 20 MPs. Although the deadline has long passed, no clear indication of the degree of compliance with the law has been given. During his press brief ing yesterday, Mr Newbold also said the Mandatory Evacuation Bill, which Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis originally said would be tabled in Par liament last week, is still facing Cabinet level discus sion and has not been sent for consultation. Furthermore, although the administrations early pledge to conduct foren sic audits into various government ministries and departments never took off, Mr Newbold said the Ofce of the Auditor General has been conducting inter views with principals of and looking into the accounts of public parks and public beaches and the carnivals. He said: They are going into the Ministry of Housing. In Freeport, they are looking into Urban Renewal and all hurricane related matters. Theyve also gone into the Ministry of Works where some work was done about a month ago but they are revisiting some areas there. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter WOMENS rights advo cate and consultant to the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson was among more than 100 re-engaged pensioners who were notied by the Minnis administration their services were no longer needed. Dr Dean-Patterson and consultant Leila Greene, who were given special projects at the ministry, received the letters nearly two weeks ago, The Tribune was told. Sources close to the matter claimed no advance notice had been given to either woman that the move was being considered by the government. However, last month Public Service and National Insurance Minis ter Brensil Rolle told The Nassau Guardian the gov ernment was assessing 126 pensioners with a view to disengaging them. While he would not go specically into the gov ernment severing ties with these consultants, Mr Rolle said yesterday the letters were issued with a view to providing an opportunity for the next generation of Bahamians who want to work in the public sector. He said the majority of these pensioners fell in the salary range of $80,000 to $150,000. He is expected to make a communication in Par liament today on the governments proposed changes to the public sector. What I can conrm is a number of re-engaged pensioners have received letters of notication that the government has piv oted away from re-engaging pensioners, Mr Rolle told reporters outside the Sir Cecil Wallace Whiteld building on West Bay Street before Cabinets Tuesday meeting. (This is) to pro vide some opportunity for the next generation of Bahamians and deserving individuals in the service to be promoted to do these tasks. Asked whether addi tional persons will be disengaged in the coming weeks the minister said he could not comment. What I can say is that our policy on re-engagement is very simple. If you have served the Commonwealth of the Bahamas for 30 or 40 years and you are receiving a pension and your pension is substantially high, we are providing some opportuni ties in this tough time for other individuals to work for the government and we are taking the position that there are many qualied persons in the service who can do the job. He continued: We are looking for skills. We are looking to improve our skill sets. We are trying to encourage Bahamians who are outside of the country to come back home and we know we can do some things to make it attrac tive for them to serve this country. Many of them want to do that and we will provide them with that opportunity. In August, Mr Rolle told The Nassau Guardian of plans to cut back on con sultants who are pensioners. We are dealing with per sons who are retired and are receiving hefty pen sions, he said at the time. We are talking about individuals who at least were making approximately from a range of $60,000 to $140,000 a year. Thats the grouping that we are dealing with in terms of reassessing and all of the persons that we have given notice to so far in the public service have been individu als who are now receiving an active pension from the government. So in addition to their pension, which could be handsomethey are receiving a salary of at least $60,000 a year. These pensioners were re-engaged at the highest level of the public service, he said last month. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter ANTHONY NEWBOLD A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 THE TRIBUNE ATTORNEYS for former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson are seeking to add several persons to their clients application for constitutional relief on the basis that a magistrates lack of jurisdiction to grant bail according to the Bail Act is unconstitutional. Should the application prove successful, Wayne Munroe QC said it could result in a substantial liability of the state that could potentially cause the government to pay mil lions of dollars in damages to those persons affected. Mr Munroe, appeara ing before Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson during a mention hearing in con nection with Gibsons 36 bribery and extortion related charges, told the court of his intention to add at least four persons to Gibsons initial notice of motion for constitutional relief. Those persons, Mr Munroe said, would have been remanded for different periods of time and would not have had the luxury of having such an application led on their behalf like Gibson, who was granted $40,000 bail by Justice Grant-Thompson in August. Gibson was not present during yesterdays hearing. When asked to justify his belief that the govern ment may have to give out millions of dollars, Mr Munroe said after the hear ing: From as far back as I think when I acted as a judge in 2012, in the short two and a half months that I sat as a judge, I must have had at least 50 to 100 people come before me with the no objection to bail. The persons (were) only remanded because of the Bail Act. And so if you think that you have ten courts sitting and on aver age you have 100 people thats a whole lot of people who were remanded for short periods of time a week, two weeks, three weeks for no good reason. Were not talking about the people who the Crown objected to bail for, were talking about the people who there was never any objection to them getting bail. The matter was ultimately adjourned to October 12 at 9.30am. However, on Sep tember 26, Mr Munroe will add the various persons to the notice of motion for constitutional relief. The Crown will submit its af davit in connection with that motion on October 2. On October 6, Mr Munroe and his team will submit their skeleton arguments, followed by the Crown submitting their skeleton arguments on October 9. On August 3, Gibson was arraigned in a Magistrates Court on 36 bribery and extortion related charges: one count of misconduct in public ofce, 16 counts of bribery, two counts of con spiracy to commit bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion and 15 counts of extortion all of these concerned with Jona than Ash. About an hour after his arraignment, Justice Grant-Thompson granted Gibson $40,000 bail with two sureties and on the con dition he does not reoffend and attends his trial. She did not impose any travel restrictions on Gibson, and neither was he required to surrender his travel docu ments or check into any police station. Shortly after Gibson was granted bail, Mr Munroe stated his intent to report ers to challenge the constitutionality of Section 4 3A of the Bail Act which removes the jurisdiction of magistrates to grant bail in those circumstances. Weve asked leave to add persons who actually were remanded for differ ent periods of time and if we are correct that the law is unconstitutional and they were remanded because of that, there is a case that indicates that the persons who were remanded might be entitled to damages, he said yesterday. And so you may have hundreds of persons who were remanded to custody when they ought not to have been, if we are right. Last summers amend ment to the Bail Act made charges of intentional libel, assault, stealing and a number of other previ ously bailable offenses non-bailable in Magistrates Court which resulted in an increase in the number of persons being remanded to the Department of Correc tional Services and having to apply for a bond in the Supreme Court. Additionally, the amend ment did not return the power of magistrates to grant bail for the offenses of drug possession with intent to supply, certain rearms matters, rape, housebreak ing, attempted murder and threats of death. Gibson legal challenge could cost the government millions By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter A 38-YEAR-OLD man was arraigned in a Magis trates Court yesterday in connection with the shoot ing death of another man in the Pinewood area earlier this month. Edward Butler, of Catherine Avenue, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes charged with one count of murder in connec tion with the September 4 death. It is alleged that on Sep tember 4, Butler murdered Elton Hanna. According to initial police reports, shortly before 11pm on September 4, a man had just pulled up to his home on Croton Street, Pinewood Gardens, when the occu pants of a dark coloured vehicle pulled up and shot him before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital in critical con dition. He later died, according to police. Butler was not required to plead to the charge. Instead he was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS). The case was adjourned to November 3 at 10am for service of a vol untary bill of indictment to go before the Supreme Court. MAN ACCUSED OVER PINEWOOD KILLING By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter SEVERAL persons were charged in the Free port Magistrates Court on Tuesday with a number of shop-breaking and stealing incidents. In the rst matter, Justin Zonicle, 25, and Kizzy Thompson, 38, of Emerald Drive were charged before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in court three on ve counts of shop-breaking and steal ing from a shop and two counts of receiving. Zonicle pleaded guilty to all charges and Thompson pleaded not guilty. Thompsons matters were adjourned to Novem ber 28 and the accused was remanded in custody until that time. In a separate matter, Akeemio Johnson, 23, of Gladstone Terrace; Clarissa Collie, 19, of Grasmere Terrace, Denny Rolle, 22, of Pioneers Loop; and a 17-year-old juvenile were arraigned in court one before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson. They pleaded not guilty to one count of shopbreaking and stealing and one count of receiving, and were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services until February 5 for trial. SHOPBREAKING SUSPECTS IN COURT By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter JUSTIN Zonicle outside court yesterday. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn A6MAIN


PAGE 8, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 THE TRIBUNE Mr Miller, former exec utive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Cor poration, owed $34,909.61, and 7,310.07 or $42,219.68 at two separate locations. Mr Miller served as the minister of trade and indus try during the rst Christie administration in 2002. He revealed earlier this week that he has a payment plan with BPL for his outstand ing bills. Dr Gomez, former North Andros MP, owed $24,498.02, and Dr John son, former Carmichael MP, owed $24,413.16 for the same period. Former West End and Bimini MP Mr Wilch combe owed $4,911.04 and Mr Gomez, former South Eleuthera MP, owed $3,413.40. Mr Smith, former BAIC executive chairman, owed $5,440.98 and $3,835.87 a total of $9,276.85 at separate locations; and Ms Hamilton, former parlia mentary secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cleola Hamilton, owed $3,546.79 and $2,572.94 $6,119.73 in total at sepa rate locations. The partial list obtained by The Tribune also con tained two companies: one which owed $15,028.56 and another which owed $3,272.24. It is unclear who owns these entities. The revelations follow The Tribune s reporting into the existence of a special do not disconnect list for parlia mentarians, top civil servants and churches at BPL. One member of the spe cial list yesterday pushed back against the assertions that elite members of soci ety are allowed to skip out on paying electricity bills indenitely. That person, who asked not to be identied, said inclusion on the list was an automatic and historic courtesy and not a benet that politicians personally advocated for. The member insisted that membership did not mean that persons were not shut off for non payment, only that the threshold was signicantly higher. The member acknowl edged that some of the account arrears were egregious. I believe once you get elected they put you on that list, its automatic, the member said. Every member of Parliament is on that same list. Even though youre on that list they still shut you off, so its the wrong perception, you have a grace period but youre still getting shut off. Its more of a courtesy where they will try and work it out with you. For some of those persons, like $68,000, thats abuse but at the end of the day when you look at it in totality in terms of just the list, its just a courtesy, he said. On Monday, The Tribune revealed BPL issued let ters on Thursday to persons on the list noting they had seven days to pay the bal ance, arrange a payment plan or face disconnection. The Tribune understands Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has called for the special list to be abolished and for an end to special treatment for ofcials. Revealed: Names on the elite list and what they owed on that list be notied of said arrears and they be told to put their house in order or risk being disconnected. Mr Gibson was contacted by The Tribune after this newspapers reporting into a special do not discon nect list at Bahamas Power and Light revealed that similar lists existed at sev eral government entities. He explained that inclu sion on the condential list did not mean the per sons in question owed a substantial amount, as sev eral accounts maintained a zero balance. Mr Gibson said: In June the total balance was $175,000, that included 221 accounts of various entities or persons, some of which are inactive. I understand the reason for having a condential list, because not everyone should have access to that, so that these major entities and persons who have attained status in society are not embar rassed and to serve as a courtesy. I also appreciate the concern of the general public, Mr Gibson said. Having been appointed in recent times and having this brought to my attention this is certainly something I will look into, and once accounts are in unacceptable arrears, bills must be paid. The corpora tion must have revenue to operate. With respect to delin quent accounts, Mr Gibson said the corpora tion has 16,000 inactive accounts that have been delinquent for more than a year. He noted that those accounts should have been disconnected, specifically with meters taken out and service lines removed. He said there were less than 10,000 active delin quent accounts. from page one from page one AN EMAIL dated September 18 showing recent payments or promise of payment by Renward Wells and Arnold Forbes. FIGURES showing amount owed by people on the list of MPs, senators and board members as of July. A negative number in the movement column indicates a payment. A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 THE TRIBUNE W HEN we talk about climate change, it is often in limited, abstract ways. Climate change is not just about the temperature, land mass, or sea levels. The effects of climate change include economic loss, changes in atmos pheric concentration, and cultural loss. The Bahamas, being an archipelagic nation and a small island developing state, must acknowledge climate change as a real and present threat not one that may materialise in a century. This hurricane season has turned up the volume on conversations about climate change, though the focus has been more on adaptation than mitigation. Most people are think ing about ways we can build differently so we better withstand hurricanes, but we also need to think about the ways we contribute to the problem as well as changes in policy and per sonal practices we need to make. For us to take cli mate change seriously, we need to know exactly what it is and how it affects us. What is climate change? Climate change does not refer to weather conditions. Weather changes from day to day and place to place while climate is the usual weather of a place. Climate can change according to seasons. Climate change, then, is the change in the usual weather of a place. This change could be tem perature in a particular season, the amount of rain fall over a period of time, or the frequency and intensity of storms. Global average tempera ture is currently around fteen degrees celsius, and we know it has been higher and lower before. The problem is the rapid increase we are experienc ing. Research shows that temperature has increased by 0.8 degrees celsius from the late 19th century to now, and seventy-ve per cent of that increase was only in the last 30 years. This exponential increase that can only be attributed to human activity. What causes climate change? Climate can change due to changes in the sun, or the ocean, but we also affect climate through our daily activities like driving and burning coal. When we burn fossil fuels, which emit carbon dioxide, gases are released that heat the air. The problem here is that only so much carbon dioxide can be naturally absorbed. We complicate it further when we clear land, getting rid of trees that are one of the best carbonabsorbing resources. Not only are we releasing more of this gas, but were deplet ing the earth of its natural x. While industrialized countries are the main pro ducers of greenhouse gases, Caribbean countries con sume the largest amounts of fossil fuels in the region for the production of electric ity. Here is our reality: our countries are at the great est risk and are least able to adapt to climate change. How does it affect The Bahamas? We can see the effect of climate change, from beach erosion to coral reef bleaching. In the name of development, we have given up much of our protection in the form of mangroves. We have paid little attention to food secu rity, believing our proximity to the US will feed us for ever. We have not been realistic, or thought about the impact of our deci sions on our existence as a country. Climate change means more than unbearably hot summers and higher elec tricity bills because air conditioning feels like a necessity. As the earths temperature rises, we will experience more than warmer weather (while other places may get colder or experience other weather changes), but other things happen that we do not see from here. Ice will melt, resulting in rising sea levels. Eighty percent of The Bahamas is less than one meter above sea level. To put this in perspective, if the Greenland Ice Sheet melts, sea levels will rise by six meters. In a 2002 report, The Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Global Climate Change Project named increases in the number and intensity of storms, heavy rainfall in the north and drought in the south, and land loss due to rising sea level as major concerns for The Bahamas. The 2017 hurricane season has already shown us that we are not prepared for the effects. Unless we intend to be climate refu gees, we need to listen to scientic facts, use technol ogy, and build innovative systems for mitigation and adaptation in response to climate change. What can we do? Though it may not be our favourite thing to think about, discuss, or act on, we all know a little something about the environment and how we impact it. We need to do a better job of using what we have. One of our greatest resources, and one we tend to think about in terms of tourism only, is the sun. We can signicantly reduce the amount of fossil fuels we burn by switching to solar power. This, of course, comes with other benets like reduced cost (over time) of power generation and less frequent interruption of power. In his contribution to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City in September 2014, former Prime Minister Perry Chris tie called on developed nations to honour their commitments to climate nance support to assist vulnerable countries like The Bahamas. We need to familiarise ourselves with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which The Baha mas ratied in August 2016 and consider the effect of the US withdrawing from the agreement. In its Manifesto, the Free National Move ment referenced climate change and the vulnerabil ity of these islands. The party promised, among other things, creation of a Ministry of the Environ ment, implementation of a Waste-to-Energy pro gramme, phasing out of plastic bags by 2020, and properly testing emissions. Has there been discus sion about any of these commitments since May 10, 2017? When should we expect work to begin? Are we doing our duty, as citi zens of The Bahamas, to remind this administration of its commitments and demand that they are met? Are we paying attention to our representatives partici pation in global meetings and agreements, and creat ing an environment where consultation with the Baha mian people and reports on these meetings are the norm? What are we doing to hold our representatives to account? In his address at the COP 22 conference, former Min ister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell said, Cli mate change is not an esoteric matter but an exis tential one. Indeed, climate change is a threat to our existence, and we must treat it as such. Lets not forget our respon sibility to govern our own behaviour. Lets not relax and wait for our representa tives to do what must be done. Be mindful in use of energy and water, reduce waste by being a more conscious consumer, learn more about climate change and its effects, and call on our representatives to full the commitments made in the FNM Manifestos sec tion on the environment. The climate change threat we cannot afford to ignore WAVES crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Florida, as Hurricane Irma passes by in Miami. Rising sea levels and erce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along US coasts in recent years. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bulls-eyes on two of the countrys fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida. Photo: Wilfredo Lee /AP To advertise in The Tribune, contact 502-2394 A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 20, 2017, PAGE 11 Rapid Response Unit will be stationed in Fox Hill. Acting Commis sioner Ferguson said he is certain these new units, as well as new strategies the RBPF has developed over the past few days, will reduce the number of vio lent crimes in Fox Hill. His comments came one day after Fox Hill residents called for more effort on the part of the RBPF. In the span of less than a week, two teenage boys, 17-yearold Mitchell Munroe and 16-year-old Jeffrey Wright, both Fox Hill residents, were murdered near their homes. In late August, a man was shot and killed following an argument between a group of men in the area. The deceased, who The Tribune was told is Rahajgio Wright, was shot several times and died on the scene. Two weeks earlier, a 32-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed during a drive-by shoot ing in front of his home on Johnson Terrace in Fox Hill. Police said the victim was getting out of his car shortly after arriving home when persons in a vehicle opened re on him before speeding off in an unknown direction. A week before that ofc ers conducted a walk-about in the community gathering information and giving resi dents safety tips. Fox Hill has been described by police as one of the major crime hotspots on New Providence. Recognising the recent murders that have been taking place in the Fox Hill community my senior team and I decided that we should come into the Fox Hill area along with other members of the oper ational team to assure the residents that the police are up and about and we are cog nisant of what is going on and the police are in the commu nity, Acting Commissioner Ferguson said. We want to assure mem bers of the community that we will be here and con tinue to make sure this area is safe for persons to visit and play. I also want to take this opportunity to say to members of the public that effective immediately we instituted a unit in the CDU, working out of CDU, which is the Anti-Gang and Firearms Tracing and Inves tigation Unit. We recognise that a lot of these persons who are moving about are involved in gang activity so we instituted this unit because we believe we need to bring some focus to these criminal elements that are running around here. We have also instituted a unit known as the Rapid Response Unit and as you see these are the ofcers that are all geared up in the fatigues. That unit will bring focus to what we intend to do. It will really be inserted into the heart of the crimi nal element, whenever they assemble we will clear the area to make sure the crimi nal element is not present anymore. So as of today, (Tuesday) that unit will be operating here in Fox Hill, we intend to really prevent persons from using this area from selling drugs, from moving around with drugs from shooting persons. That unit, in our view, will do exactly what it is intended to do and there are other units that I will not talk about but they are there. The communitys former MP, Senator Fred Mitchell, has frequently sounded the alarm over what he calls the communitys deteriorating security condition. In one of the historic com munitys darkest moments, four were killed in a drive by shooting in Fox Hill in late 2013. Several others were injured at the time. Mr Mitchell was then the areas representative. Police launch Fox Hill offensive from page one THE ROYAL Bahamas Police Force Acting Commissioner, Anthony Ferguson, along with the senior command of the RBPF, launched a major crime suppression operation in the Fox Hill community for the safety of its residents. Photos: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff OFFICERS talking to members of the community during the walkabout. POLICE ofcers during yesterdays walkabout. A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 THE TRIBUNE ENVIRONMENT activ ists say they are condent Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will ensure Styro foam collected from waters in Bimini after Hurricane Irma destroyed Resorts World Biminis oating docks will be disposed of properly. In separate interviews with The Tribune on Tues day, spokespersons for two environmental groups, Heather Carey of Raising Awareness about the Baha mas Landll (RABL), and Jenny Cook, of Save Our Home, noted Dr Minnis efforts to have the issue adequately resolved. According to both women, Dr Minnis has accepted daily briefs on how clean-up efforts in Bimini have progressed and how recovered Styro foam should be disposed. Communication with Prime Minister (Minnis) has been constant, Ms Carey said. Hes indicated that hes going see this through and that is clear in his actions. The RABL spokesperson added: Every point that we have raised during the pro cess is being addressed by him and he has listened to what weve said. There was talk about disposing the Styrofoam in Bimini, or Nassau or Grand Bahama; we thought those options were bad ideas because none of these islands are equipped with facilities to properly dis pose of the Styrofoam. We presented that argument to the prime minister and now hes communicating with the resort on the best options moving forward. Styrofoam, due to its properties, is non-biode gradable. When ingested by animals, it often blocks their digestive tracts, causes starvation, and ultimately death. Of those disposal options being discussed, Ms Cook added: Weve been notied by the prime minister that he is indeed on top of this. He is aware now of the issues with recovered Styrofoam being bagged and dumped at the landll in Bimini. She added: I think the government is now on the resort to make sure that whatever it is doing, is done decently and in order. The Styrofoam will have to be handled in an environ mentally safe manner and the prime minister is ensur ing that is done. With respect to ongoing clean-up efforts, Ms Cook said residents in Bimini in the days following Hurri cane Irma, launched their own clean-up campaign, about two days before the resort. Weve been working everyday on our homes and our communities; and what we have left we put that into our environment because it is important to us, she added. We did our most recent clean-up Saturday, just as quick as we pulled mounds of the Styrofoam from the water, almost immediately after that, more started to oat in. By Monday, our shorelines were covered in the stuff again. Ms Cook said shes been informed that engineers will be on the ground in Bimini this week to exam ine the oating dock and how the resort should move forward. In a release Tues day, Resorts World Bimini insisted that clean-up efforts at the resort were progressing well, and that was still on track for a Sep tember 27 reopening. The release noted: Our team has successfully removed debris from the water and from the sur rounding landscape that was cause for concern. It added: Resorts World management is currently reviewing damage with the marina owner and will be working towards submit ting a claim to the insurance carrier. Activists hopeful that styrofoam will be disposed of properly By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter STYROFOAM on the shore in Bimini. RESIDENTS have been voicing concern over styrofoam oating in the ocean in Bimini. Photos: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff A12MAIN