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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper WOMAN: HOW TO COPE WITH HIM DURING THE NFL SEASON TUESDAY HIGH 91F LOW 78F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best! The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 Established 1903 Killed doing homework AN eight-year-old boy, believed to be doing his homework, died in hospital after a stray bullet ripped through his wooden home in Chipping ham, Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Dean said. A man, the intended victim believed to be in his twen ties, also died in hospital after the double shooting. The brazen daytime attack in the densely populated area came after the shooter chased his intended target, run ning between houses in the Rosebud Street area as he red several shots, one of which penetrated a wooden structure and its sheetrock, striking the child. Both victims were rushed to the Princess Margaret Hospital in critical condi tion where they died shortly after 6pm. Their deaths mean the country has recorded 105 murders so far this year. The boys family was so distraught that Snr ACP Dean said it was too early to say how many chil dren were in the vicinity of the shooting. However, he said people saw a silver coloured van speeding away after the crime. We noticed this is a densely populated area, he said, adding police believe someone knows who the shooters are. Boy, 8, dies as bullet tears into home Man eeing gunman also shot dead BAHAMAS Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander said Monday he fully supports the Minnis administra tions plans to accommodate students from Dominica displaced by Hurricane Maria, but said the details of how it will be done are very crucial. In an interview with The Tribune Bishop Fernander also said he hopes the people in Ragged Island and Acklins, whose communities were devastated by Hurri cane Irma, are afforded the same opportunities as the Dominican students. The Minnis adminis tration has already said students from Ragged Island will be accommo dated in schools in New Providence and Exuma since the communitys only school was destroyed. In a press brieng fol lowing the departure of Dominicas Prime Minis ter Roosevelt Skerrit from Jet Aviation on Sunday, Dr Minnis declared that what ever needs to be done will be done as quickly as possible to accommodate as many of the countrys students displaced by the storm here in The Bahamas in both the public and private school systems. Hurricane Maria, which made landfall in Dominica on September 18 as a mas sive category ve storm, ripped through that island nation completely destroy ing communications, infrastructure and critical facilities. FORMER Prime Min ister Perry Christie was absolutely amazed to learn he owed the Water and Sewerage Corpora tion more than $23,000, telling The Tribune yes terday he was never informed of such arrears and wondered how it was possible to accumulate this debt. While he questioned the legitimacy of the claim which he said he only found out about through The Tribune s reporting Mr Christie said he could pay it if it is found he owes the money. Meanwhile, WSC has expressed disappoint ment that details about the alleged outstanding bills of its customers were published in The Tribune adding those found responsible for the illegal leak of customers private infor mation will be dealt with severely once found. CHRISTIE OFFICE BILL IS WRONG By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter DAVIS & Co, the law rm headed by Pro gressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Brave Davis, yesterday dis puted an exorbitant bill of $22,603.33 from the Water and Sewerage Corporation insisting there has been a long and continued attempt to determine accurate bill ing of their account from the water provider. The law rm called the report that it owned more than $20,000 fool ishness. Meanwhile, in a personal statement, Mr Davis categorically denied owing the cor poration $2,334.21 for his Westridge residence, saying he knew nothing of such a debt with the water provider. While Mr Davis maintains he currently has no per sonal balance at WSC, The Tribune s reporting showed according to the government entity he owed the amount as of April 5, when an $800 payment was made. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SEVEN SEE PAGE FIVE By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE THREE EUGENE WOODSIDE, who was shot dead as he did his homework. DENNIS MOSS, who was pursued by a gunman and shot dead. A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FROM left, Jamori Emmanuel, Teneal Emmanuel and Jermaine Emmanuel pictured as Acklins resi dents packed up to return home after being evacuated because of Hurricane Irma. Photos: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff MORE than a week after refusing to return home to begin clean-up efforts, those remaining Acklins evacuees still in the Nassau were sent back following a tense ten-day period at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gym. Most visibly frustrated, 84 of the 92 remaining evac uees boarded ights to an island many referred to as problematic. I going home, no place better than home, one evacuee told The Tribune when asked for comment about nally returning to Acklins following the pas sage of Hurricane Irma more than two weeks ago. The evacuee, who did not want to be named, added: They made us look like the problem, home never did me nothing wrong. I going home. He was referring to cir cumstances that led to many of the evacuees being relocated from the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) to the gym earlier this month. The NPCC had initially committed itself to acting as a shelter for residents for a specied period of time. Once that time-frame expired, residents still being housed at the shelter refused to leave but were later moved to the gym. Once at the gym, some of the residents took issues with conditions there. The majority of those still being housed at the shel ter were from Salina Point, Acklins. The ordeal led Jeffery Forbes, one of his islands oldest living residents, to urge evacuees to come home and do their part to clean up the island post hurricane. However, many of those evacuated shrugged off the comments and main tained that Salina Point was uninhabitable. On Monday, Island Administrator Chriseld Johns, present at the airport to see evacuees off, insisted the government, through his ofce, has done all it could do to clean up the island. Mr Johns, assisted by both the islands chief councillor and deputy chief councillor on Monday, said the only way things could be completely restored would be for residents to return home. The focus that the gov ernment has given me was to clean up Salina Point, to make that community, to put it back in a state of readiness so when the people returned, at least the children would be safe in that community, he said. Today is the day when the remaining settlements are going to be ready to receive them. Mr Johns said he was aware that some residents were not happy to be returning home so soon, but called it essential for them to do so. He stressed: I believe that some of them are happy to go back because they realise that in order for them to protect their home, in order to ensure that their yards are cleaned, to make sure that the necessary repairs that are essential to putting their house back in order, they have to be there to oversee that. Mr Johns later added: The government is pre pared to take whatever action necessary to make them as comfortable as possible with respect to transitioning them to a place where they can have a place to stay, have some thing to eat, give them all the basic amenities avail able to them while this transitional phase is taking place. I believe many of them want to go back, there may be a few who are resistant to that, but the fact remains that there are a lot of people in Acklins right now who welcome them back and believe that this is where they should be. Deputy Chief Council lor Marvin Campbell, for his part, insisted the island was in a position to receive returning residents this week. He said he, along with general workers on the island, have worked tire lessly to ensure that the island was properly cleaned. We checked all the graveyard sites, we checked the seashores for fallen debris and stuff like that. We also checked wells and stuff, he said. Mr Campbell added: We have gone through 75 per cent, and I am happy that the government is working with us to get it together and hopefully, in a short order, it will be back perfect. TIME TO GO HOME By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter NEMA organised ights yesterday with Bahamasair and Flamingo Air returning Acklins residents home after their evacuation to Nassau because of Hurricane Irma. A youngster from the Wil liams family is pictured heading to the plane. ACKLINS residents preparting to return home after being evacu ated to Nassau because of Hurricane Irma. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 26, 2017, PAGE 3 We have to nd these killers, he said. As they conducted their investigations yesterday, police took a man into custody. Snr ACP Dean suggested the man may not have been involved with the shooting, but may be able to assist the police. He was taken from the scene in handcuffs. A police source said the adult victim is Dennis Moss while the dead child is said to be Eugene Woodside, however these names have not been ofcially released by police. Residents in the area said they called the adult victim DJ. He was known to clean cars in the area. Everybody around here is basically family and friends, a female resident of the area, who wanted to be anonymous, said. If anything happen, it has to be outsiders (who do it). She said she went to school with the adult victim and knew him all her life. Its a lot to take in, she said. Not even friends, but like family, to hear some thing like that happen and you dont know why? She said the elder victims brother had also been killed in an earlier, but separate incident. As for the boy and his family, one woman said they had just moved into the area. The boys death comes more than a month after an eight-month-old boy was killed in his Bain and Grants Town home. His mother and father were also shot during that attack but survived the incident. As the murder rate for this year continues to out pace last years rate up to this point by a signicant margin, Snr ACP Dean said yesterdays shooting was preceded by a success ful weekend for police in which they arrested over 50 people. Police are all over the streets, he said. KILLED DOING HOMEWORK BAHAMAS Air Trafc Controllers Union Presi dent Hinsey McKenzie yesterday implored Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to follow through on prom ises he made while in opposition, and see to it that members of his union are paid what they are owed. In a press statement on Monday, Mr McKen zie insisted many of the issues that existed under the Christie administra tion are unresolved, despite Dr Minnis assurance to have them addressed once coming to ofce. Another issue laid out by Mr McKenzie is the governments handling of the transition of air trafc services from the Depart ment of Civil Aviation to the Bahamas Air Navi gation Services Division (BANSD). The union said BATCU ofcials and members were completely dissatised by the pace of the move and the lack of clarication sur rounding it. The transition period will come to an end on Monday, October 2, 2017, the unions statement noted. However, there are numerous management positions that have not been advertised and control lers have not been given, up to this point, an offer to remain in the authority. It continued: Those that have made written request s to stay in the public ser vice have not received a response or any notication of transfer. Nobody knows what is going to happen because nobody is ready as the chairman of the board Mrs (Wendy) Craigg had admitted. There seems to be no vision for the future and the same unproductive manag ers that have kept the Civil Aviation Department stag nant for two decades have been returned to manage BANSD to which ATC has been deployed. The whole process is lacking transpar ency. The statement claimed controllers have been left in limbo for nearly a year with little to no information about BANSD, its organi sational chart, the process for training to ll pertinent positions, salary and assess ment BATCU also claimed attempts for meetings with management to commence contract negotiations have been futile. It is very interesting that the majority of middle man agers have an average of almost 40 years in the ser vice and dont know what the future holds for them as only two positions had been made available for them. Additionally, BANSD has failed to provide training to employees for any of the positions. We have controllers that are still waiting for promo tions. They have completed the requisite training and are working diligently and taking on responsibilities for which they are not being paid. Exuma ofcers who stay behind after their regu lar shift to accommodate late scheduled and medivac ights from the island have still not been paid their overtime. Majority of the approach controllers are eligible for retirement, we are already understaffed by about fty per cent. Air Trafc Control in the next two years will be in a crisis if the training and the hiring of new employees are not addressed immediately. The government is talk ing about taking over the airspace but they have not hired anyone in the past two years. It is estimated that we would need about 150 more air trafc controllers for this operation. Training is ridiculous at this time, I do not see how they are going to accomplish train ing that number of people in the next few years. We have security issues that are not being addressed and the balance of the outstanding holiday funds owed to us. These issues need to be settled prior to the end of the tran sition period. BATCU also referred to comments made by Dr Minnis in April, a month before the general election, after air trafc control lers engaged in a sick out at LPIA. Today we were given another instance of failed PLP leadership, Dr Minnis said at the time. This trend is unacceptable. Weve learned that Air Trafc Control has had a work slowdown, forcing 40 planes to a one hour ground hold. This is a direct result of the PLP governments failure to ensure that government employees are paid what they are owed, when they are owed it. The lack of leadership is highlighted every day. To have people work ing for you and then not to pay them is simply wrong. It follows the PLPs trend ing neglect and lack of care for the constituents they indebted to help. The mem bers of the government get paid on time. Why do they not treat all Bahamians with the same integrity? Under the leadership of the FNM people will be paid what they are owed. No question asked, it doesnt matter if you are a customs employee, an immigration employee, an air traf c controller or any other government employee. We will pay for the service pro vided, Dr Minnis said. BATCU said it is still waiting on Dr Minnis to make good on these words. The April sick-out came amid ongoing labour disputes. At the time, Director of Labour Robert Farquharson told Tribune Business that a lengthy meeting between union representatives and the Department of Civil Avia tion was held to put to rest many of the issues. He said 19 outstanding issues were addressed, and added: I can tell you that we addressed all of the long-standing issues. I am extremely condent that as a result of the meeting all industrial issues with the airport trafc controllers have been resolved. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE Tribune would like to clarify the particulars of a news story published on Friday, September 22 under the headline Man Cleared In Blair Raid Case. While the jury did in fact acquit Kevin Andrews of all of his charges, namely murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary, this newspaper has been asked to point out that the acquittal was done on the instructions of the judge after hearing submissions from both the prosecution and lawyers for the accused. from page one THE SCENE in Rosebud Street, Chippingham, where a man and young child were shot yesterday. ACP Clayton Fernander points to a bullet hole in the home where a young child was killed after a gunshot passed through the wall and struck him. Photos: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff 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 @tribune242 tribune news network PAGE 4, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. I WRITE to speak of a matter of immense con cern to me. It is often said that the law is an honour able profession. That the attorney plays a leading role in our society. This is reected in the don ning of the wig and gown, the pomp and ceremony, the annual celebration of the commencement of the legal year where law yers and judges take to the street, closing down the main thoroughfares of Bay and Shirley Streets accom panied by police escort, monopolise Christ Church Cathedral for a service attended by the Bishops and priests of all religions, which service is followed by an address by the Chief Justice upon completing his inspection of the Police Guard. The purpose of all this is not to boast that law yers are a privileged elitist bunch! It is to instil in law yers the solemnness of the role they have been del egated in our society, to be servants of the Courts, to ensure that justice is avail able to all including the meek and downtrodden and that all citizens will have their rights protected before the courts. Lawyers have a duty to ensure and maintain the profession, its dignity, its integrity and its compe tence. I write to address the last The public needs to have condence that if someone is allowed to hold him self out as a counsel and attorney, that person under stands the law and is able to give them good advice. Yes, there will be dif ferences between counsel, with some perhaps being better than others at some things or maybe even everything, that some will charge more than others. That is the position in all professions. How ever, the assurance they must have is that once someone is allowed to hold themselves out as a counsel and attorney, member of our ancient and honourable Bar, that they are competent. The role in helping to ensure this is a burden assumed by the Government, the Bar Council and the Bar Association. In recent years, I have come to realise that we are all failing. We have some competent lawyers and we have brilliant lawyers, how ever we also have lawyers of questionable compe tence. Yes, there is a right for the profession to be open to all and I have no objection. However, there is a duty that is vested in the Bar Council and all members of the Bar to protect the public. We have lawyers who do not understand basic con cepts of the law. Who are allowed to carry on prac tices but do not know how to draft documents or even bring a proper case before the Court. I have witnessed law yers who appear unable to give their clients sound advice. Who bring or defend actions doomed to fail, not only because the clients have no case, but because the lawyer was not adequately represent ing them. Often, they cause their clients unnecessary loss of liberty or money. I am sure that the judges see this almost every day but acknowledge, quite rightly, that the duty to pre vent this rests with the Bar and not with them. Never theless, our judges perform the yeomans task of trying to ensure as far as they can that the clients of these incompetent attorneys receive justice. Many a judge, because a case has been inadequately argued by one or both counsel, has to do his or her own research. I have practiced for 38 years and over time I have noted a steady dete rioration in the quality of attorneys before the Bar. The time has long come for us to carry out our duty. Steps have to be taken to ensure that per sons called to the Bar and admitted to practice have received proper train ing, a grounding in, and understanding of, the law, ethics, integrity and competence. Most lawyers are pain fully aware of this truth but fail to act because they fear being branded protection ist or elitist. Perhaps they also fear that if they criti cise, they themselves may be criticised. Perhaps some are silent because it makes their work easier dealing with attorneys who cannot properly challenge them. Steps have to be taken to ensure that lawyers are competent when they are admitted to the Bar and that they represent their cli ents with integrity, honesty and competence. LUTHER H McDONALD Nassau, September 21, 2017. ON Sunday, politics dominated the football eld in America, displaying a deep divide that is not unlike a quiet storm we are facing in The Bahamas. In the US, what moved from the racially war-torn streets of Detroit onto the manicured elds of professional football had its roots in racism. There is nothing new about racism in football, historically one of the last bastions of white suprem acy. The New York Times reminded us Monday that it wasnt until 1970, nearly seven years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, that Paul Bear Bryant signed his rst black player to the Uni versity of Alabamas Crimson Tide, and then only when he was being sued by civil rights attorneys. By now, nearly everyone knows what sparked Sundays overwhelming display. Even those who cant remember how it all started have an opinion. In brief, former San Francisco ers quarter back Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem in protest. Black Lives Matter, he said in 2016. Then it was Seattle Seahawks Defensive Line man Michael Bennett quietly protested after he was singled out by police, hand cuffed with a gun pointed at his head as he and others ed what sounded like gunshots at a Las Vegas casino the night of the Mayweather-McGregor ght. Their protests may have been viewed as singular expressions had it not been for President Divisive Trump calling them names like sons of bitches, using language that a few years ago even an actor could not say on TV. Trump saw the actions as an affront to the American ag rather than the pleading of humans who had been harmed or who had wit nessed police violence using a public platform to urge reform. In the midst of an unrelated speech, the president of the United States shocked the world, ordering NFL owners to Fire them all. Trump kept up the rant, repeating his demand that NFL owners re players who were, factually speaking, exercising their Constitutional right to non-violent freedom of speech. The restorm that followed united rich white team owners with players and audiences of every hue. In 14 games, post after post, tweet after tweet, the public sided with players. Unity grew as if on steroids. Teams knelt, locked arms and some even stayed in the locker room. Racism exists and who was this president who thought he could tell the NFL to tell their players Youre red for expressing their opinion? What happened on those football elds across America on Sunday is a lesson The Bahamas needs to heed. Refusing to recognise racism in all its ugly forms does not make it vanish. It can only be stied for so long. One day, the kindling is lit, the spark ignites and the re spreads. Here it will be in the distrust of the white man and it could impact local business and any hope of economic revi talisation. Bahamians mixed feelings about outsiders will make economic residence policy a political football when it should be viewed for what it is, an important part of a broader eco nomic growth plan. Just like Americans once turned their backs on the value of the black man and were shown to be wrong, a largely black Bahamas fears the white man born elsewhere. Understanding the issue is important. Today someone seeking expedited consideration of residency in The Baha mas, even without right to work, may do so with a minimum investment of $500,000. The investment usually takes the form of a purchase of a residence, though other options are permitted. That $500,000 is comparable or higher than nearly every competitor jurisdic tion in the world. In one document we saw, The Bahamas is already more expensive than 17 of 18 desirable coun tries or jurisdictions. Yet, unbelievably, the government, or some part of the government, is consid ering increasing the amount of minimum investment for residency rights, not citi zenship, just the right to live and spend money in The Bahamas. Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turn quest, we suspect, would not want to discourage foreign investment. In fact, he addressed the subject at Eleuthera Business Outlook last week, declaring the need for strategic foreign invest ment. In order to maintain and sustain living standards at the levels we have become accustomed, we need to not only attract a certain amount of foreign direct investment, we must do so on an annual basis and in competition with the rest of the Caribbean and Latin Ameri can region as well as with many states, municipalities, cities and towns within the United States, Mr Turnquest said. The Bahamas economy has been anaemic for far too long. With shallow growth and burdensome debt, foreign direct investment is a critical compo nent in development. Foreign direct investment must be courted, encour aged and expedited, not as it has in the past for massive projects but in ways that broaden the overall economy. People who have created success abroad can bring ideas, innovation, expertise and dollars to boost local business and diversication. Just as you do not revitalise a city without bringing in people who did not live there before, you do not revital ise a struggling economy without new blood. It is time to overcome the fear of for eign. It is time to welcome the right kind of direct investment, including migra tion residence, as the DPM suggested, strategically. There is no reason why an interested investor could not participate in a fund or a partnership. Even an off shore bank could manage a fund that provides nancing that local banks are reluctant to provide, seeding Bahamian businesses with much-needed capital. In such cases, the investors participation may be able to take that business farther than it would have been able to go on its own. Our borders must not be walls pushing the world out, but gates letting the right investment in, and as Mr. Turnquest said, recognising that our competition for dollars looking for a safe place to land and a friendly place to live is the US, the Caribbean and beyond. It was not until Alabama welcomed the outsider that it began the journey to becoming the #1 team it is today, continuing to prove in game after game why it is just about unbeatable. Competence in the legal profession LETTERS What US football can teach The Bahamas EDITOR, The Tribune. CLEARLY the new Government of Dr The Hon Hubert Minnis intends to ush out all misbehaviour and where appropriate ensure that all billings/accounts that might be over due are paid in full kudos. May I suggest that there has to be also a declara tion as to whether a Board member is in a compro mised position because either they have or their husband or they have an investment Company that might hold shares in a provider to any Govern ment Corporation Agency or Authority. This declaration must be publicly available at all times and updated. We have to be excep tionally careful where Ministers in privileged positions throw around allegations against a private person or where a Corpo rate name is named as a party who was interested in certain business only to nd that the person sitting on the Government Board is a shareholder of that Company who sought to do business with the same entity. Our islands are small we almost know the inner thoughts of everyone anyway lets try to avoid these obvious conicts of interest and compromise by disclosing fully and publicly. If you dont wish to then resign, your choice. T J RAHMING Nassau, September 22, 2017. Avoid conicts EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Income tax is NOT ruled out. The Tribune, September 15, 2017. APPARENTLY, our gov ernment may consider the IMF advice to be optional. But why worry? Wouldnt payment of income tax, just like our other taxes, also be optional anyway -except of course for the middle class? KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 17, 2017. Income tax A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 26, 2017, PAGE 5 The announcement has been met with erce criti cism from nationalists who believe the public school system is already over-bur dened while others have praised the government for the humanitarian move. Just from the casual knowledge of what I know about the policy, what I heard on the radio and read in the news, it is the good Christian thing to do, Bishop Fernander said. We want the same in return so we have to be good brothers and sisters. The BCC will wait to see how this will be done; the details are crucial. We support the effort and we are cognisant to mention that we hope the govern ment provides the same level of support to those in Ragged Island who will have to have their students moved to new locations and also if that is happening in Acklins. We need to treat everyone the same. Bishop Fernander said he hopes the same oppor tunities are also offered to Haitian parents, some of whom have recently com plained that their children are being blocked from Bahamian schools due to a policy created in 2014 by the Christie administration. The Christian Council has spoken out on this issue in the past and it seems as though we treat some persons in the diaspora dif ferent from others, Bishop Fernander said. We need to be careful of the message we are sending there are no special group of people and everyone should be treated the same. Education should be avail able to all. It would only be fair, anything otherwise would appear we favour one over the other. On Sunday, Immigration Minister Brent Symon ette said no child should be denied education because of their status. He implored all school administrators to admit students and contact his ofce for any needed clarication. Mr Symonette also said no government should prohibit any student from maintaining their education due to an apparent immi gration issue. Last week, The Tribune reported about a Haitian mother who said she was 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. The 2014 policy man dates that every person living in The Bahamas has a passport of their nationality with proof to legally reside in this country, among other restrictions. In early 2015 it was widened with the requirement that every foreign person enrolled in schools, including children born in The Bahamas to immigrants, have a student permit. from page one IMMIGRATION Min ister Brent Symonette said yesterday the government was still working out the details concerning Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis commitment to accom modate displaced students from Dominica. Mr Symonette told The Tribune deliberations hinged on a needs assess ment from Dominica, which would outline the number of affected students and their education level. Were working on the process, he said. The prime minister of Domi nica will have to make his recommendations, they will come up to us and they havent come up yet, so were in a state of limbo on that. We need to ascertain the numbers of persons involved, their level of edu cation whether its primary or secondary school, the length of time they need to be here, etc. Once we work out that then well be in a better position to advise the Baha mian people. On Sunday, Dr Minnis announced that the country will immediately mobilise resources to accommodate as many of the countrys students displaced by Hurricane Maria in the Bahamas. Dr Minnis suggested the displaced students will be placed in both the public and private school systems, adding that it was the rst step in a series of moves to provide aid to the devas tated island nation. He stressed that Domi nica and other Caribbean nations were instrumental in the Bahamas development as a edgling nation after gaining independence. The move was met with scepticism on social media, with some taking to various platforms to give their opin ion on the overcrowded education system, and exist ing immigration challenges while others appealed for empathy. Meanwhile Senator Fred Mitchell, spokesman on foreign affairs for the Pro gressive Liberal Party, said he could not rush to judg ment as all the details on the plan are not known. The devil is in the details, the former min ister of immigration and foreign affairs said on Monday. The PLP was not consulted on national efforts to assist people in other nations on hurricane relief. The party is there fore not in a position to say anything about the prime ministers plans for relief for citizens of Dominica. It is likely that the PLP will raise the matter when Par liament next meets so that we and the nation might know what the govern ments full proposals are. Right now the country is in the dark on this matter. Hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica as a massive category ve storm on September 18, completely destroying com munications, infrastructure and critical facilities. That night, Dominicas prime minister, in a Face book post said even he had to be rescued from his ofcial residence after the powerful storm ripped the roof off his home. Less than two weeks before the storms passage, Hurricane Irma hit Ragged Island on September 8, packing 185mph winds and rendering the tiny island unlivable in its wake. Govt is working out plan for aid By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ THE Democratic National Alliance wants the Minnis administration to articulate a more detailed plan for accepting Domini cans in the wake of that countrys devastation from Hurricane Maria. Any policy position taken on providing relief must be organised, well thought out and articu lated to the Bahamian people to ensure the best possible outcome without further worsening socio economic conditions within our nation or negatively impacting persons that are meant to benet from such a policy, Arinthia Komo lafe, the DNAs former candidate for Killarney, said in a statement. Accord ing to reports, the minister of education had not been initially briefed on the prime ministers commit ment to the prime minister of Dominica, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit to determine in con junction with the minister of immigration (who had been briefed) on the logis tics or details of the prime ministers commitment. In this regard, we pro pose that every effort to provide relief to our regional brothers and sis ters is outlined in a detailed proposal including: the duration of the proposal, place/islands of accom modation and the schools under consideration to facil itate the administrations proposal. Additionally, the DNA would like Prime Minister Minnis to include the number of individuals that will be accommodated, the timeline for delivery of the list of persons to be accommodated, the process for screening the persons on the list and provision of the requisite details to the public on the policy regarding the bypass of our nations immigration laws and standing policies. Mrs Komolafe noted the party wants to know if any monetary contribution will be made to accommo date this temporary policy and which line item of the national budget will be impacted as a result. Mrs Komolafe said the DNA would support any reasonable and realistic proposal the government makes that aims to assist Caribbean neighbours dev astated by natural disasters. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announce ment Sunday that the country will accommodate students from Dominica who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria has gar nered mixed reactions from Bahamians. There would have been a lot of children that were displaced and therefore we are opening our school system to accommodate them, Dr Minnis said. Our immigration minister will deal with that matter so that they can be placed within our school system and, of course, I plead to Bahamians, especially with Dominican roots and Baha mians in general, to assist, and even accommodate these individuals in the pri vate schools. Dr Minnis added: I am not sure, (but I think) we have a lot of individuals out there who will assist in accommodating these indi viduals, both nancially and otherwise. After all, we are a caring nation and this is our time to display and show that. Then there are a lot of Dominicans here who would also have families there, and, therefore, we will accommodate those individuals also. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter ROOSEVELT SKERRIT, Prime Minister of Dominica, which was recently ravaged by Hurricane Maria, in Nassau on Sunday at Jet Aviation with Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis; Minister of Financial Services Trade & Industry and Immigration Brent Symonette and Minister of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell. Photo: Peter Ramsay /BIS A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 THE TRIBUNE As prime minister from 2012 to 2017, the former Centreville MP explained there were staff members who handled paying his utilities and they would at times query water usage because of leaking toi lets. In these instances, Mr Christie suggested $23,432.51 in water bills had not come up for discussion. The former prime min ister said during his time in ofce, he was required to disclose his debts, sug gesting had he known, this would have been declared in his nancial disclosures. He questioned whether the bill in question was connected to Davis & Co, the law rm he once prac tised with but left in 2002. Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Brave Davis now heads the rm. Both the rm and Mr Daviss Westridge home were included on WSCs condential list with bills of $22,603.33 as of March 31 and $2,334.21 as of April 5 respectively. Mr Christie tops this condential list at WSC, which allowed politicians and elites to accumulate arrears and not be disconnected. There were two accounts in his name. The document, dated June 13, shows that a pay ment of $57 was made on July 25, 2014 on a West Bay Street account in Mr Christies name, leaving a balance of $23,432.51. It is unclear if other payments were made on the account after that. Another West Bay Street account in the former Centreville MPs name, which he shared with his wife Bernadette, had a balance of $514.55 as of May 1. I was absolutely amazed, the retired politi cian said. Initially I said it had something to do with the law rm that I left in 2002. As prime minister, the bills were paid by my staff. Utilities and all of that (was handled). And from time to time you have queries for use of water through leaking toilets. But to have a bill of $23,000 or whatever that amount is? I called a gentleman who is involved in customer relations and he said he will move immediately and then I called Mr (Glen) Laville, the general man ager of the corporation, to ask him how is it possible for me to owe that money (and) nobody write me about it (or) nobody talk to me about it. Im required to dis close my debts. I have not disclosed any such debt because I know of no such debt. How do you put me in a position like that to nd out in a newspaper that this is the situation that the water corporation is maintaining? That is the sum total of my knowledge of it I must say. He continued: And so it is something obviously if I owe it I could pay it, its not a question of that. I have just never been told about it at all and so therefore during the course of the day I would be told what its about. Asked to respond to criti cisms lists like this that give the perception that elites and politicians are exempt from paying their bills while the poor struggle, Mr Christie said: I am out of it right now. Quite frankly, my job is to ensure separation from public life and I have been trying to do that by staying out of sight, staying out of comments, with the view to ensure that things could go on normally. So to be confronted by this now requires a public explana tion and I am in the process of trying to determine what it is really to the extent to which there is legitimacy to this claim. I dont know how you build up a water bill of $23,000. If its commercial, then I knew I had an association with a law rm and if its ten (or) 20 years ago, however long it started. I have no idea. Therefore Im liable. I have no idea, none whatso ever, Mr Christie said. For its part, WSC noted the list obtained by The Tribune was neither of cially nor formally released by the corporation. WSC said it will not comment on the integrity of the information nor on their clients accounts publicly. WSC General Man ager Glen Laville added: We take very seriously the release of customers information to the public. Those responsible for ille gal disclosure of private records to the media will be dealt with severely once found. This action does not reect the values of our organisation or our com mitment to our clients. We sincerely apologise to our valued customers and assure them that this is not a practice that WSC engages in. As a matter of courtesy, we employ a number of methods to contact our cus tomers about outstanding balances. We do not have a no disconnect list. However last week, WSC Chairman Adrian Gibson conrmed the existence of a special list for the well-con nected, saying it held 221 accounts, with a combined total of $175,000 for the period ending June 2017. Christie amazed by debt SEVERAL former Pro gressive Liberal Party members of Parliament yes terday denied knowledge of being on a do not dis connect list at the Water and Sewerage Corporation, with one former Cabinet minister telling The Tribune his high water bill was the result of a broken pipe and a misunderstanding. In an interview with The Tribune former Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources V Alfred Gray said he has not used city water in over 20 years and racked up a huge bill at WSC because he had a leaking pipe that the corporation refused to acknowledge. According to the con dential list obtained by The Tribune Mr Gray had a balance for a residence at Culberts Hill of $7,051.43 as of June 7, after making a payment of $100. I am not on city water and havent been for 22 years, he said on Monday. I have a meter that belongs to the government and a pipe burst. When the pipe got broken, I told Water and Sewerage and they told me I was still responsible even after I got a plumber to give them a report, they told me I have to still pay and I could not get a discount. So, I have been paying $100 a month for the past ve to seven years. I dont know anything about a list, never knew I was ever on a list. I am not on city water and I have never been on city water. So that is not a water bill that I used. The bill was a result of a broken pipe, so lets make that clear. According to the list, South Andros MP Picewell Forbes owed $3,270.51 after making a $500 payment in February. Mr Forbes told The Trib une yesterday he did not know he was on the list but said he will deal with the bill when he returns to the capital from Exuma today. Former National Security Minister in the rst Chris tie administration Cynthia Mother Pratt was also on the list and owed just over $1,800 as of April. She contacted The Trib une yesterday to explain the circumstances by which her bill had reached more than $1,000, placing the blame on a leak. I had a leak in my house for years and I did not know and the water bill was extremely high because of it, she told this newspaper. Each month I go down and I pay on the payment plan and the bill is down. It was thousands of dollars because of the leak. That had nothing to do with the water bill. I paid my water bill sep arately. The bill was very high and I had two sepa rate leaks. They cut the bill because thats what they do in such circumstances, they give discounts. (The) plumber wrote them letting them know I had a leak. I wasnt aware until I discov ered it cleaning my house that there was a leak under my house. Two different payment plans were made; one over my house and one over the apartment. I nished with the one by my house. Every month I go and pay down on that. They dont give a xed amount to pay for it. Whatever my little money do, I do that. The fact that the bill was $1,800, the bill was far bigger than that. Theyre looking for somebody to taint their name, always looking for everyone to be crooked except them and By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter from page one FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 26, 2017, PAGE 7 Both accounts were a part of a condential list at the corporation, obtained exclusively by The Tribune which allowed politicians and elites to accumulate arrears and not be disconnected. Former Prime Minis ter Perry Christie topped the list with one of two accounts in his name owing more than $20,000 as of July 2014. The balance attributed to Davis & Co was the second largest amount as of March 31 of this year when a payment of $5,000 was made. The facts are very simple and could have been veri ed by us or independently with the management of Water & Sewerage, Davis & Co said in a statement. There exists a genuine commercial dispute with regards to the exorbitant bills charged to Davis & Co. The rm has written several times to the corpo ration and its lawyers with regards to the matter and in fact there have been several meetings with all parties with the intent of agreeing what is rightfully owed. The letters are there and can be easily veried. The technocrats and profession als can conrm a long and continued attempt to get an accurate billing of the account. They can also con rm considerable amounts paid despite other queries over the past few years. The fact that the matter remains under dispute, has involved the corporations attorneys and has still not yet been resolved is very clear evidence that no special treatment or consideration was ever given to Davis & Co, the rm also said. In fact, we assumed a signicant portion of a bill even though we thought that particular bill was inaccurate. We have been waiting for Water & Sew erage to reply to our latest written request for a fair and proper adjustment for several months. It appears that some at the corpora tion are more interested in political stories than com mercial resolution. Perhaps now they will take this opportunity to provide us with a reply to our request. Our almost 40 years relationship with Water and Sewerage Corporation demonstrates our satisfac tory business relationship. Davis & Co added: In fact, just several weeks ago we also received an inquiry with regards to a signicant bill for a building on Victo ria Avenue which the rm has not occupied since 2005, at which time all bills were paid in full. Since that time, it has been occupied by the family of a very senior former FNM politician. For his part, Mr Davis insisted the exposure of his personal WSC account information was a part of a dangerous and vexatious political exercise by the government. He said: I categorically deny the statements pub lished by The Tribune this morning that suggest that a water bill allegedly for my residence indicates there is an outstanding amount due. I know nothing of such a debt with the corporation. Indeed, this article is a nothing but a continua tion of what has become a dangerous and vexatious political exercise by those opposite who fail to gather the true facts, while perpet uating a continued breach of condentiality against citizens. I can produce a full payment for my residence that was made earlier this month, Mr Davis also said. Members of the Free National Movement are also on the condential list, however on average they did not have high balances. For instance, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson owed nearly $900 as of April 18. Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is also on the list, with a balance of $576.63 in April for an address in Coopers Town, Abaco. Former Minister of Works Neko Grant had a negative balance of $46.60 as of April, suggesting he was owed money by WSC. Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette did not owe any money, and Attor ney General Carl Bethel owed less than $200, among others. In a statement released last night, WSC said it was disappointed to see The Tribune s report detailing the alleged outstanding bills of its customers. The corporation said it takes client privacy seriously, adding those responsible for the illegal leak of pri vate records to the media will be dealt with severely once found. Last week, WSC Corpo ration Chairman Adrian Gibson conrmed the existence of a special list populated by scores of elites at the government owned utility provider as he pledged to initiate a crackdown on delinquent accounts. At the time, Mr Gibson told The Tribune the con dential list held 221 accounts, with a combined total of $175,000 for the period ending June 2017. The Tribune understands WSC has written to persons holding these delinquent accounts giving them 14 days to pay their debts or arrange a suitable payment plan or face disconnection. This revelation comes after The Tribune reported last week about a simi lar list at Bahamas Power and Light. Persons in this category owed the cash-strapped electricity provider thousands of dol lars, with many owing more than $10,000. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has ordered ofcials to end the list and stop giving special treatment. PAID UP OFFICE BILL IS WRONG I take grave exception to that. My monthly bill was different from the payment plan, Mrs Pratt said. Her former Urban Renewal co-chair, Alger non Allen, also on the list, objected to the assertion that he received special treatment because he is a former politician. He said the WSC account in ques tion is for his home that he shares with his wife, Dame Anita Allen, Court of Appeal president. The list showed his account had a balance of $3,586.56 in April 10, 2014 after a pay ment of just over $200. He explained that as a result of benets his wife receives as a senior judge, it is the governments obliga tion to pay her utility bills. That my dear is the home of the president of the Court of Appeal, my wife and I. That bill, by the statute law of The Baha mas, (under) the Judges Remuneration and Pen sions Act, is statutorily paid by the government of The Bahamas, Mr Allen said. That list has nothing to do with myself as a former MP. That list has to do with the legal obligation of the government to pay the utili ties in accordance with the statute law of The Baha mas for the president of the Court of Appeal. I am responsible for about nine properties for which utilities and other taxes (are) attached and I try and genuinely succeed in meeting the commit ment in relation to all of them. There may be an oversight here or there but I often make up for that in the next payment, Mr Allen said. His comments about the payments of Dame Anitas utility bills were corrobo rated by Ingrid Brooks, an ofcial in the Court of Appeal. What happens is the government of The Baha mas pays the utility bills as part of Dame Anitas con tract, given by the Judges Remuneration and Pen sions Act, Chapter 45. Thats mandated by the act that her utility allowances are paid by the government. Up to 2014, end of 20142015 the Court of Appeal was responsible for making those payments, after that point the Ministry of Finance took it on for pay ment of all utility bills for the government across the board. The bill may be in arrears but its not a bill that they pay personally, Ms Brooks said. Former Labour Minister Shane Gibson, who was on the list as owing $1,046.50 after making a payment in December 2015, told The Tribune on Monday he currently owes WSC only $200. WERE ON WATER LIST from page one PHILIP DAVIS, leader of the PLP, in the House of Assembly Photo: Shawn Hanna / Tribune Staff A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE Commonwealth War Graves Commission on Friday toured and com mended the state of the much-improved Nassau War Cemetery following a multi-year restoration effort at the site. CWGC secretary gen eral, retired Brigadier General David Kettle, who led a group from the CWGCs Canadian agency, in an interview with The Tribune said he was abun dantly pleased by the state of the property, formerly known as the Royal Air Force Cemetery. The property, which con tains the graves of 46 British and ve Canadian airmen and the Nassau Memorial, a monument that commemorates the lives of seven British and two Canadian servicemen, has been under the care and maintenance of the CWGC since 1973 follow ing a post-independence agreement between the Bahamian and British governments. Ret Brigadier Kettle told The Tribune that efforts by regional exten sions of the CWGC and local stakeholders were critical in improving the state of the signicant site. The Nassau War Cem etery, located between Farrington Road and Maxwell Lane, is the only Commonwealth War Grave site in the Ameri cas operated exclusively by the CWGC. According to the organi sations records, there are 2,100 veteran grave plots across North, Central and South America. Those plots are located in either public or private cemeteries; meaning all maintenance is handled by private compa nies or public operators. The site here in Nassau is completely the respon sibility of the CWGC, Ret Brigadier Kettle said. Weve invested maybe $30,000 on improving the property here. Ret Brigadier Kettle, a second-generation veteran, also revealed a sentimen tal connection to the New Providence gravesite. My dad during the Second World War ew out of Nassau and many of his friends are buried in Nassau War Cemetery, he added. So for me, there is an added level of responsi bility. I want to ensure that the best we have to offer is on display here because it is such an important site, personally and for the organisation. The cemetery has been under the care and main tenance of the CWGC since 1973 following a postindependence agreement between The Bahamas and British governments. Despite the agreement, however, the cemetery had been neglected in recent years and had fallen into disrepair. How ever, with new funding from the CWGC, a major renovation project was completed in 2014. A local rm, the Installers Com pany, co-owned by Peter Bates and Greg Curtis, has the maintenance contract. Responsibility for the Nassau War Cem etery was transferred from the CWGC head ofce in Maidenhead, near London, to its Canadian agency in Ottawa ve years ago. The CWGC on Friday, in addition to meet ing with the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) met with the Minister of Works Desmond Bannister and Ministry of Works Perma nent Secretary Colin Higgs. The group also met with representatives of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and British Legion respectively. Ret Brigadier Kettle added: So our connection to The Bahamas isnt new. Our work here is ongo ing and continuous, and is inclusive of countless min istries and departments. So when I say its not just us, I mean exactly that. Its the (Ministry) of Works who has helped us with trees and garbage on the outside of the cemetery. We need the AMMC for its approval of our portico repair at this very moment. The important thing for me today (Friday), was to lay the groundwork for a progressive partnership. We dont have funding issues, but in the event of a natural disaster or some cata strophic event, we would need the government to aid us in repairs. Based on what we heard today, it is safe to say the Bahamian government is more than willing to aid where neces sary and thats great. Were still waiting on the approval from AMMC, but I am condent that were going to come to an agreement and have the portico repaired. So it is all about building stronger and lasting relationships, Ret Brigadier Kettle said. Honorary supervisor for the CWGC and former British High Commissioner to The Bahamas Peter Young joined the group on Friday. In May 2016, Mr Young reached out to the Chris tie administration in hopes of having the Nassau War Cemetery ofcially pre served as a heritage site. Mr Young, at the time of his recommendation, said any move by the gov ernment to declare the cemetery a heritage site would likely have implica tions on the nancing for the sites maintenance, as well as obligatory implica tions on the CWGC. Inspection team delighted with care for war cemetery By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE NASSAU War Cemetery. Photos: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff FROM left, Heather Bain, general manager of The Installers Limited; Joe Sipos, technical inspecting ofcer at The Installers Limited; Gregory Curtis, president of The Commonwealth War Graves Com mission; Peter Young, Former British High Commissioner; David Kettle, Secretary General of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Peter Bates. ABOVE and below, the Nassau War Cemetery. A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 26, 2017, PAGE 9 SUPREME Court jurors yesterday heard submis sions from both Crown prosecutors and defense counsel as to why Tiano DHaiti should or should not be convicted and sen tenced for the October 2014 murder of Blair Estates res ident Andre Cartwright. Jairam Mangra, attorney for the accused, submitted to jurors in week ve of the murder trial that the Crown had failed to establish any denitive link between DHaiti and the incident in question, much less the murder and attempted armed robbery with which he is charged. Mr Mangra submitted that as DHaiti had noth ing to prove in the matter, the onus was on the Crown to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, some thing which he noted is a particularly high stand ard to attain. Mr Mangra further sub mitted that despite there being forensic and scien tic analyses conducted into Cartwrights murder, there was nothing present, and the Crown had not pro duced anything to establish a nexus between DHaiti suffering a gunshot wound to the left chest and the incident in question. Mr Mangra said the jury was thus left to assume DHaiti was shot whilst in the Cartwrights residence on the morning in ques tion, and that the Crown was asking the jury to defy reason, common sense, and logic by guessing how DHaiti would have received the injury in question. Mr Mangra further questioned the circum stances surrounding the oral statements DHaiti allegedly made to Detective Sergeant Sherwin Braynen on October 31, 2014 while in the Princess Margaret Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Previously, Sgt Braynen told the court how DHaiti allegedly told him from his hospital bed that while he was one of ve men who visited Cartwrights home on the night in question, he stayed in the car while the other four forced their way into the home. According to Sgt Braynen, DHaiti allegedly said he only went into the house after he heard the sound of gunshots. And, upon entering and notic ing his former co-accused Kevin Andrews, he heard another shot ring out, con sequently he ed with the others, and later realised he had been shot. Another ofcer, Corporal Santino Maycock, offered a similar testimony that day. However, Mr Mangra submitted yesterday that all of the aforementioned ofcers gave conicting evidence about DHaitis alleged confession, and that they allegedly colluded to concoct the story. At best, Mr Mangra charged, DHaitis alleged statements to Sgt Braynen only place him at the scene of the crime, and after the fact at that. Ultimately, Mr Mangra submitted to the jury that the Crown provided the court with a plethora of evidence that is not at the level needed to prove his clients guilt beyond a rea sonable doubt. However, Crown pros ecutor Kendra Kelly, aided by Destiny McKinney, charged that the Crown had provided enough cir cumstantial evidence throughout the ve-week long trial, and that the jury can make reasonable infer ences about DHaitis guilt from the evidence led. Ms Kelly said examples of circumstantial evidence rel evant to the matter include, but are not limited to the gunshot wound he suffered to his left lateral chest, allegedly as a result of the home invasion, as well as the period of time between the shooting and DHaitis arrival at Accident and Emergency (A&E). Noting that circum stantial evidence can also include a persons alleged behaviour following a crime, however, Ms Kelly further submitted that DHaitis decision to lie on multiple occasions after the incident in question is enough circumstantial evi dence of his guilt. She pointed to when DHaiti allegedly instructed Shecoya Davis, the woman who took him to the hospi tal after suffering the injury, to say she picked him up from Carmichael Road if questioned by police. She also noted how DHaiti allegedly told a police ofcer present at the hos pital shortly afterwards that he was stabbed. Ms Kelly also referred to what she said was DHaitis attempt to minimise his involvement in the matter by allegedly confessing to Sgt Braynen that he only served as a driver for the four suspects the day the incident occurred. Ms Kelly also highlighted DHaitis decision to remain silent when called upon to answer the Crowns case against him. She noted that while it was his right to remain silent, it also meant there was nothing on his behalf to contradict the Crowns case against him. She further submitted that his decision to remain silent suggests he does not have an alibi, charging that if he had a reasonable explanation about the cir cumstances surrounding his injury, he was at liberty to do so from as far back as November 2014, when both he and Mr Mangra were allegedly present at a police interview at the Central Detective Unit (CDU). Regarding DHaitis injury specically, and in line with her previous submissions about his deci sion to remain silent, Ms Kelly questioned the lack of evidence to show that DHaiti was shot elsewhere. Ms Kelly further pointed out the signicance of the circumstances behind DHaitis attempted armed robbery charge, charging that Cartwright shooting his gun in defense and wounded DHaiti likely foiled what could have been an armed robbery. If he had not been shot, he might have gotten away with it, she said. After hearing submis sions from both parties, Justice Renae McKay adjourned the matter to 11am today, at which time she will summarise the matter and put DHaiti in the jurys charge. Kevin Andrews, DHaitis former co-accused, was acquitted by the jury on Justice McKays instruc tions last week. According to initial reports from police, Cartwright, 44, was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother, Emma Cartwright, his father, Glenn Cartwright on the morning 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 said. 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, however, initial reports from police said he and the other men escaped in a silver Honda Accord. Jury hears nal arguments in Blair home raid case By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter STUDENTS blocked from school registration due to their parents legal status could be back in school by the end of the week, according to ofcials. Immigration Minister Brent Symonette told The Tribune that Cabinet is expected to address the matter today. Education director Lionel Sands said he has not yet received a new mandate but requirements are expected to revert to a previous policy that only required an immunisation card and birth certicate for student registration. Those who are not in school, based on the pre vious policy, when the Cabinet circular goes out to the schools, once the new policy is changed then principals and administra tors can start. It could take shape today, Mr Sands said. As soon as we have the policy from the Cabinet Ofce or from the ofce of Immigration minister then the policy will be put into force. We take children in school everyday so we dont have to wait until next term, Mr Sands said. It is unclear how many children were being affected by the policy due to the lack of computerised systems in the Department of Immigration. Last Thursday, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd pointed to a decided drop in school enrolment over the last three years. Mr Lloyd stressed that the impact of the countrys immigration policy had the potential of creating fatal consequences, and a seri ous threat to the countrys national security. He was speaking as a guest on Guardian radio talk show Real Talk Live with host Carlton Smith. The November 2014 policy mandates that every person living in The Bahamas have a passport of their nationality with proof to legally reside in this country, among other restrictions. In early 2015 it was widened to include the requirement for every foreign person enrolled in schools, including children born in The Bahamas to immigrants, to have a stu dent permit. The student restrictions did not come into effect until the Fall 2015 school semester. Then Immigration Minister Fred Mitch ell explained the policy would help the govern ment keep track of who works and lives in The Bahamas and who attends schools here. On Sunday, Mr Symon ette said the Minnis administration was work ing to address several key aspects of the policy behind the scenes. However, he indicated that in the interim, no child should be forced outside of the system. CABINET TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION EDUCATION POLICY TODAY By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ TIANO DHAITI, of Thompson Lane, who is accused of murder and attempted armed robbery. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff A9MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Tuesday, September 26, 2017, PAGE 11 BAHAMIANS impacted by Hurricane Irma will ben et from a recent donation by AML Foods Limited to the Bahamas Red Cross. The company gave $10,000 to assist with con tinued relief efforts in the southern Bahamas. In early September, Hur ricane Irma made landfall in the MICAL constituency and on Ragged Island as a category ve storm caus ing catastrophic damage on some of those islands and forcing many residents to evacuate. As the islands rebuild, organisations like the Bahamas Red Cross continue to provide vital support throughout the country. AML President and CEO Gavin Watchorn said the donation to the Bahamas Red Cross will help resi dents on the long road to recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. As the islands con tinue to recover, we want to commend the Bahamas Red Cross for leading the restoration efforts after this devastating storm. We know that rebuilding will require tremendous support and as a com pany, we are committed to backing their initia tives to serve the people of The Bahamas, Mr Watchorn said. For more than 50 years, the Bahamas Red Cross Society has worked to improve communities through its humanitarian goals including the col lection and distribution of supplies after natu ral disasters. Brendalee Rolle, deputy director general at the Bahamas Red Cross, thanked AML for its generous dona tion. The financial boost will be used to mobilise critical supplies to areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. This is the third con secutive year that AML Foods Limited has part nered with the Bahamas Red Cross to support hurricane relief efforts. In addition to monetary donations and food and water supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin and Hurricane Matthew, the company also used its storefronts in Grand Bahama and New Providence as collec tion points for Bahamians seeking to donate to the Bahamas Red Cross. For more information on ongoing hurricane relief efforts, visit the Bahamas Red Cross on www.baha, nd them on Facebook or call 242-323-7370. AML aids hurricane relief THE Junkanoo commu nity in Grand Bahama is saddened over the death of Junkanoo leader Kenneth Motorboat Ferguson, who died last Wednesday following an illness. Mr Ferguson was the leader of the New Life Clas sic Dancers Junkanoo group. The Grand Bahama Jun kanoo Committee and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture have planned events to celebrate Fergusons life, who has been described as a Junkanoo legend and icon, and sports enthusiast. Peter Adderley, a member of the GBJC, said a memorial service, unity rush out and homegoing celebration will be held on Grand Bahama. The memorial will be held at the New Life Wor ship Centre off Coral Road at 7pm on Thursday; the rush out will occur in downtown Freeport from 7pm to 11pm on Friday; and the funeral service will be held at 11am at Church of God on Coral Road, near Walter Parker School eld. We are grieving, we are mourning, and we are celebrating the joy of his contributions, said Mr Adderley. We are so excited that those leaders out of New Providence and around The Bahamas have been calling and say they will here to celebrate his life. Ferguson was also deputy director of Road Trafc Department in Freeport and a minister of the gospel. He is a teacher, mentor, and counsellor, and his mark on Junkanoo will live forever, said Mr Adderley. Attorney Kevin Russell said: We are saddened by the death of Ken Motor boat Ferguson, an icon in this community I know he was a Junkanoo icon and a man who always spoke his mind. He was always particular about his craft. Veteran educator and former Ministry of Edu cation director Cecil Thompson said: He cer tainly has been an inspiration to Junior Junkanoo which rst started at the Inter national Bazaar with two schools, and now Junior Jun kanoo has grown. During that period, Ken had been very effective as a mentor and had given signicant support and encouragement to young junkanooers. Mr Thompson extended condolences to the family on behalf of school adminis trators, principals, students and teachers. Mr Adderley said that his widow Emma Dawkins Ferguson had received an outpouring of love and sup port from Junkanoo leaders. He thanked Marco City MP Michael Pintard, where Ferguson, a PLP member, has resided for the past 20 years, and Monique Leary, who heads the ministry, for their support. TRIBUTES PAID TO JUNKANOO LEADER FERGUSON By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter BRENDALEE ROLLE, deputy director general at the Bahamas Red Cross, accepts a hurricane relief donation from Gavin Watchorn, president and CEO of AML Foods Limited. Photo: BML Photography. A11MAIN Can you imagine a career which will take you to the worlds most fascinating ports and far ung destinations? A Maritime career could take you there. Do you have 5 BGCSE passes, including Math, Physics or Chemistry, and English Language at Grade C or above? Have you obtained a combined SAT score of at least 1500? Are you physically t? Are you between the age of 16 and 20 years? If you have answered YES to the above questions, then please read on. The Bahamas Maritime Authority is once again offering a scholarship to a young Bahamian, who is keen to train for an exciting and challenging career in the Maritime Industry. The scholarship is inclusive of tuition, course materials, accommodation and travel. 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PAGE 12, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 THE TRIBUNE MRS Lillian Humes celebrated a landmark yesterday her 102nd birthday. She marked the occasion with a visit from Governor General Dame Margue rite Pindling as well as birthday cake and the comapny of her family and friends. Photos: Shawn Hanna / Tribune Staff 102 years strong A12MAIN