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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper BUSINESS: AUTO INDUSTRY FEARS AFTER SALES SLUMP WEDNESDAY HIGH 90F LOW 77F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best! The Tribune THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 Established 1903 Yes, mommy, I love you too Eugenes last words in his mothers arms TIANO DHaiti was con victed by a Supreme Court jury yesterday after nd ing him unanimously guilty for the role he played in the October 2014 shooting death of Blair Estates resi dent Andre Cartwright. After over an hour of deliberation, the jury returned to Justice Renae McKays courtroom with a guilty verdict on the murder, attempted armed robbery and burglary charges with which DHaiti was faced. As the foreman announced the jurys ver dict pertaining to the three charges, various sighs of relief could be heard from the relatives and friends of Cartwright present in the courtroom, some who shed tears at the outcome. DHaiti is set to receive his sentence on December 6 at 2pm. By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter FOLLOWING the dev astation left behind by three major hurricanes in three years, Prime Minis ter Dr Hubert Minnis said the government will need to strengthen town-plan ning regulations and this may include enforcing nobuild zones. While the country has learned the hard way that communities and infrastructure cannot be built in the same manner as years ago, Dr Minnis said the Bahamas is commit ted to fully implementing technologies to improve the quality of planning for coastal zones. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has been surprised by the polaris ing responses Bahamians have had to his offer that Dominican students be allowed to attend school here, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday. The prime minister has also said the government will welcome other dis placed Dominicans who have relatives here. Dr Minnis is expected to make a comprehensive statement about the matter when the House of Assem bly resumes today. By 2pm yesterday when Mr Newbolds press confer ence took place, Cabinet ministers were said to still be working out the details of the matter. The prime minister has been surprised that an offer that was made to accom modate students for their education received that kind of reaction, Mr New bold said. Some Bahamians have argued the country lacks the resources to accommo date Dominican students. Public schools, critics have said, are overcrowded and the size of the classes is expected to increase following the Minnis By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter THE pregnant mother of the boy who was shot dead in his home by a stray bullet as he did his homework said she would have never imag ined having to bury her son as she prepares to give birth. Kendera Woodsides eight-year-old son Eugene died in hospital shortly after he was shot while study ing with his older sister at their Chippingham home Monday evening. In an interview with The Tribune moments after identifying her sons body at the Princess Marga ret Hospital morgue, Mrs Woodside described how she crawled on the oor as bullets penetrated her home, in a failed effort to shield her boy. Mrs Woodside, who is currently seven months pregnant with her third child, said the pain she feels losing her only son is indescribable and unim aginable. She said her only peace comes from know ing she was able to tell him I love you one last time before he closed his eyes for good. GRIEF-STRICKEN educators at Albury Sayle Primary School yester day mourned not only the tragic killing of third-grader Eugene Woodside, but crimes relentless attack on the hopes of inner-city youth. When The Tribune vis ited the school, Eugenes desk was decorated with a stuffed animal and hand written letters from his former classmates, many of whom did not seem to fully understand the situation. Ofcials said the eightyear-old left school on By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE THREE By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter SEE PAGE THREE EUGENE WOODSIDE, who was shot dead on Monday as he did his homework. SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE FIVE A1MAIN HURRICANE INSURANCE:Are you Covered?242.394.5555242.350.3500242.367 .4204r242.332.3211f242.336.2304 Covering The Bahamas for 40 years. www.InsuranceManagementBahamas.comNobody Does it Better! (BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTSINSURANCE MANAGEMENT


PAGE 2, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 THE TRIBUNE FELLOW pupils decorating Eugene Woodsides desk, above, in tribute, and prinicipal of Albury Sayle Primary Katherine Rose speaking to the media yesterday. Photos: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff A LETTER written in tribute to Eugene Woodside by a fellow student of Albury Sayle Primary. A COLLAGE of photographs of Eugene Woodside posted to Facebook by his mother. A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 27, 2017, PAGE 3 Eugene was shot once in the chest while practising his spelling words with his sister Monday evening. The third grade student at Albury Sales Primary was rushed to hospital in a private vehicle, but died a short time after his arrival. A man, the intended victim believed to be in his twenties, also died in hospital after the double shooting. He has been iden tied by a source as Dennis Moss. The brazen daytime attack in the densely popu lated area came after the shooter chased his intended target, running between houses in the Rosebud Street area as he red sev eral shots, one of which penetrated a wooden struc ture and its sheetrock, striking the child. The killings took the countrys murder count to105 for the year, accord ing to The Tribunes records. Mrs Woodside, a hair stylist, described her son as a quiet but loving and friendly child. She said she still cant believe that her son is gone and as she pre pares to give birth to one child, she has to prepare to bury another. He was in the room learning his words with his sister when we heard the shots ring out, Mrs Wood side recalled as tears rolled down her face. The next thing we knew, he was on the oor with a bullet in his chest that stopped in his back. Me, him, his sister and his dad was in the house at the time. I crept over to him when I heard the shots. He was sitting down and I saw him moving kind of funny then I noticed the blood coming from his chest and he screamed to my daughter help me. I held him and I said Baby, you know mommy loves you right? and he said Yes, mommy, I love you too and then he closed his eyes. We rushed him to the hospital but by the time we got there he had already stopped breathing. We couldnt get there in time, even with a trafc ofcer helping us get there. This isnt real. I am pregnant with one and just lose the next. He was my baby, he was my only son. Police have no motive for the shooting and no sus pects in custody. Newly elected Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte Mark Humes said crime in the area has got increasingly worse over the years and he plans to implement new initiatives to give the residents peace of mind. Anytime you have any sort of killing it is a concern in particular where inno cent persons fall victim like the eight year old, he said. Fort Charlotte is typi cally a peaceful area, we never had this type of vio lence in this area. It seems like all of a sudden in the past year and a half the crime got out of control. It is extremely concerning for the residents and for myself. So I have been meeting with community leaders to organise and reach out to young men in the area in an effort to assist them with issues that may be plaguing them. 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. Anyone with information on any of these homicides is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anony mously at 328-TIPS. Investigations continue. Yes, mommy, I love you too Monday holding an ice cream cone, and, with a friend, headed to a nearby takeaway to meet his grandmother. Eugene was shot by a stray bullet on Monday as a gunman chased his intended target, running between houses in the Rosebud Street area ring several shots. One of those shots penetrated the wooden sheet rock struc ture of Eugenes home, striking the youth as his sister helped him with his homework inside.The news of his last moments have magnied the pain felt by educators at Albury Sayle, according to school princi pal Katherine Rose, who said the affectionate, wellbehaved student was doing exactly what he should have been when tragedy struck. He was in the right place, Ms Rose said. He was doing his homework. He was well behaved, very affectionate. His grade three teacher is broken, very broken this morning. Eugenes teacher Telietha Strachan, an educator for nine years, said she would not wish this experience on any other teacher as she looked out at her bus tling classroom. He was an active partici pant in class, she said. I would always be able to call on him to answer a question. So I know now when I teach Im going to miss his input. This is something that I dont wish on any other teacher, my words will only permit me to express to a certain extent what that is. This is something if you dont have to experience it, you would not be missing out. Five additional school counsellors were deployed to Albury Sayle Primary School to assist with grief counselling yesterday, according to a Ministry of Education press statement. Psychological services are also being offered for those students in need, it stated. We need to continue with the counsellors, Ms Rose said. Some of the kids under stand, because one little boy said Ms Rose that was my best friend, and I walked him to Bamboo Shack where he had to wait for his grammy. As they grapple with their grief, the educa tors lamented the crime situation and its affect on impressionable minds. This is where they live and unfortunately they cant do anything better, said Ms Rose. If it was possible to move to another area, but to even think about it like that, there is crime wher ever you go. It needs to be a total change of the mindset and until that happens its dan gerous. When we grew up, we had a concern for the future, we looked for tomorrow, but these young people are saying every body has to die so we cant live forever. They have no hope, Ms Rose added. For her part, Ms Strachan criticised the inadequacy of the governments anti-crime strategies, telling The Trib une that policymakers were failing the children of the country, particularly in New Providence. Safety in this country is an issue, particularly here in the capital, she said, its an issue. These are the things that policymakers need to take into consideration, its insufcient for them to say that its an unfortunate event. She continued: What are they doing? What measures are being put in place to turn this society around. I think they are doing wrong by the children of the country. Senseless violence The pain shared among educators was echoed by Fort Charlotte MP Mark Humes, who also visited the school. He told The Tribune he had been assisting Dennis Moss, the man police believe was the shooters intended victim, who was killed as he ran from the bullets that terrorized Eugenes street and took the eight-year-olds life. Mr Humes said he also knew the victim of last weeks shoot ing death, Shannondoah Greene, and helped him with job hunting. He said: Its just trou bling for me to watch our young men just kill themselves, for whatever reasons theyre doing it. It just seems so pointless, so senseless. Both of the young men, with Dennis he was always talking about needing a job. We were trying to get their stuff together. Id just taken Shannondoahs stuff to a few businesses asking them to look out for him. Mr Humes said: You have to ask what it is that these young guys want out of life, if they want anything out of life, and how serious they are about going after it. And then you wonder how serious we are at pro tecting these young lives, and ensuring that they have the necessary things that would keep them from delinquency. Reecting on his heartwrenching time with Eugenes classmates, Mr Humes, a former lecturer at the University of the Baha mas, stressed the need for constructive opportunities for idle youth. The thing that killed me is these are third graders, he said, and as one child was talking to me there was another young guy on the side of him holding his hand. When he was done that young guy said could we pray? And I said you wanna pray, he said yes, and he prayed. This is a little eightyear-old boy, and Im saying where do we lose this? Where do we lose this thing here? Mr Humes continued: Its not until they reach middle school, what is it that were not doing for the middle to high school students to keep them engaged? Theyre engaged when theyre young. from page one from page one THE DESK of Eugene Woodside, a student of Albury Sayle Primary in grade three, decorated by his classmates with a note and teddy bear. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /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, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune SOME time ago, I read a rather intriguing book enti tled, The Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man. Not only was it intriguing, it was frightening. It was written by a man who had been called in by the Amer ican Government to form a group whose sole purpose, it appeared, would be to bankrupt countries making them economic colonies of the United States. This is unbelievable, but heres basically what the author explained. They would go to a country, big or small, nd a big-eyed John/Jane who wanted to look good with his/her con stituents and needed money to do so. They would nd, for example, that the Gov ernment needed money to build a two-lane highway but had none. They would move in and convince them that instead of a two-lane highway, they should get a four-lane one. Not to worry, theyd say. We will lend you the money. Being a big-eyed John/Jane, wanting to impress the constituents, and, of course, getting a little under the table for themselves, they would jump at the offer. They would then go to another country that wanted and needed a new hospital. The Government had been advised by the doctors that a small, ef cient structure that they could afford would be best. Now the hit men would hear about it and go to the other big-eyed John/Jane and say, Look man, you should build a big spacious hospital, with a beauti ful entrance and when its lights turn on at night your constituents would say, man thats beautiful, our Gov ernment is really great. Again theyd say, not to worry, well lend you the money. And once again, the big-eyed John/Jane, knowing that their constitu ents were gullible and there would probably be a little bit in it for themselves, or their friends, jumped at it. And now the hit men goes to another country that wants a new airport built in a distant area of their country but they need the money. The original plan was modest but would do the job efciently and economically. The hit men would say, No man, make it big and beautiful, your constituents would love it. Finally the airport is built, big, beautiful, not efcient and twice the cost that its worth. But its big and beautiful. The constituents love it. Another country wants and needs a new electrical plant and the hit men are there. Now they feel that they only have to pay off three people to get the con tract. The new plant is built. The equipment is not the best and is not the cheapest but it runs and they have achieved their end. This becomes a neverending story. Each country has been hoodwinked and now nds itself in the posi tion where they have to borrow money to pay the loan. The hit men have achieved their objective. They own you. Youre now an economic colony. They now call the shots. They no longer advise you to charge income tax, they tell you. They no longer suggest anything. They tell you what they want. Does it sound like the hit men may have visited The Bahamas? After all, the PLPs biggest argument for independence was that by being independent we could borrow money? I am told that in 1967 when the PLP took over, the UBP had left TENMILLION dollars in the Treasury. Today, the Treasury, it is said, owes something like SIX-BIL LION dollars. Its like the old saying: If you owe the bank money, dont get caught fooling with the bank managers wife. Yes my friends, were now economic slaves. The boss man says jump and all we say is, Yes, sir, boss, how high on the way up!! We have been taken. Are we now owned by the American and Chinese Governments? I hope that the Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis, knows this and can free us. PIERRE VL DUPUCH Nassau, September 25, 2017. THERE, but for the grace of God, go I! Let us never forget this saying as the negative head-wagging continues at Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis agreement to accommodate Domini can students whose schools have been destroyed and their education disrupted by the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Dominica was the rst in the Carib bean island chain to get the full strength of Maria, one of the most powerful cate gory 5 hurricanes on record. Maria also continued in a direct path over Puerto Rico, leaving its people pleading with the United States to rush in supplies for their survival. In Nassau, Bahamians prayed and held their collective breath as Maria moved in our direction leaving some of our more southerly islands badly dam aged. It was just by a hairs breadth that Maria swung away from Nassau. Although we missed the bullet this time no one should forget that the hurricane season is not yet over. One would have thought if only as a thank-offering for having been spared Bahamians would have gladly made the effort, no matter how difcult, to extend a helping hand to a sister island that has been left with hardly a building standing. According to reports, the full force of Hurricane Maria has left Dominica in a daze having cut it off from its Caribbean neighbours, having destroyed proper ties, silenced communication and cut power and running water. Even Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his family had to be rescued from their ooded home after their roof was torn off. Mr Skerrit visited Nassau to try to get help for his displaced students. Our government has agreed in principle and now awaits word from Dominica as to how many students are involved, their level of education and the length of time they might have to be here. Already, The Bahamas has an accom modation problem in its schools and is now hard pressed to urgently correct the ill-conceived decision of the PLP government to keep children mainly Haitians out of school because of their parents immigration problems. Despite this, an extra effort has to be made. So, even though Mr Skirrits request might be difcult to full at this time, it would be far easier to make the effort than to be in his position and have to go cap in hand to beg others to rescue us from what might be similar devastation. Nor must we forget the proud boast of Bahamians about their Christianity or are they just Sunday Christians? If they are truly what they claim to be, then they will have to walk that extra mile to co-operate with this effort to help our Dominican neighbours. This present generation of Bahami ans would not remember the war years when a British prep school moved to The Bahamas with its headmaster and students to escape the bombing of London. Belmont School, with its headmas ter, Mr Jeffries, arrived in Nassau in 1940. Belmont was a boys prep school in Sussex. When it was decided to send the boys here, it was agreed that fami lies should not be separated and so their sisters came with them as students. Mr Jeffries sister assisted him and teach ers in Nassau offered their services. One of the teachers was the mother of Sir Jimmy Goldsmith. Major Frank Gold smith, his wife, and two sons, Teddy and Jimmy, also settled in the Bahamas to escape the war. They were the years when the Duke and Duchess of Windsor occupied Government House. Sir Harry Oakes, who owned the fourstoried, verandah-encircled Clerihew House, located on the waterfront just east of the old Kellys Lumber Yard on Bay Street, made the building available to the school, and for at least four years that was where Britains Belmont School was located. Among the Bahamian stu dents who also attended were Richard Coulson, the late Norman Solomon, Peter Christie, David Donald, the late Niki Williamson and others. No one as yet knows what Dominica might need for the accommodation of its students. But perhaps there is a vacant building somewhere in New Providence, where Dominican students and teachers can be transferred until Dominica can rebuild its own schools. But whatever the needs, this is one occasion when The Bahamas has no choice but to extend a helping hand. Frightening tale of hit on economies LETTERS The Bahamas cannot refuse Dominica EDITOR, The Tribune. IMMIGRATION it seems indiscriminate issu ing of permits for foreign domestics and nannies is the FNM way. Location a gated com munity out west since May 10th... serious topic of con versation you know we have been able to get the Immigration permit for a Filipino that we have been waiting for and couldnt get under the PLP... The same goes for com ments from people, mostly Bahamians trying to get nannies. Well, I remember up and down the Eastern Road in the real hey day of the Eastern Road folk in Gov ernment that every family had a Bahamian, sorry a black Bahamian, cook nanny and maid. Check those who are still alive are almost reverenced by the Eastern Road off-springs who now have their own families. Why is Immigration granting Immigration per mits for any level of a simple domestic? Desperate for money against allowing a Baha mian to be employed? In the past under Fred, Immi gration revenue boomed to $40m annually. I see no reason that Government should be issuing immigration permits under these classi fications. BTVI should be training people if there is a shortage. If the Government disa grees please tells us! Why we should? So it is The Peoples time but not for domestics cooks nannies! Come on Doc! W THOMPSON Nassau, September 18, 2017. Are all permits truly needed? EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Time to tear up the rule book on immigration. The Tribune September 25, 2017. THE writer discusses timely regularisation of immigrant groups which would allow them to open bank accounts, complete their educa tion, buy property, open businesses, contribute to government revenue through taxes and NIB, and represent The Baha mas internationally in sports and academics. But why bother with the cost and effort required for such regularisation when all that really needs to be done is for the Police, Immigration & RBDF to hand out Bahamian pass ports on rst contact? ---only on weekdays and during daylight hours, of course. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 26, 2017. Pass the passports EDITOR, The Tribune. WAS it the power of The Tribune resulting from a letter writer that the new tourist attraction, Bahamas Jet Boat, has been required to discontinue speeding through the Harbour the approaches to the Narrows, Paradise island and west of Arawak Cay to Delaporte? One would have thought The Port Authority before issuing a license would have explained where no boat can exceed the very slow speed limit doesnt seem so in this case or the opera tor simply broke the law. It is dangerous to have boats exceeding the speed limit in the harbour and approaches from the east and west. Also this amenity brings with it quite a lot of noise. Thanks Tribune some ofcials are reading you and taking action which they should have done without any Letter to The Editor! What they saythe power of the pen? MARVIN MOSS Nassau, September 25, 2017. Power of the pen A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 27, 2017, PAGE 5 The verdict marks the end of a ve-week trial into the October 28, 2014 home invasion and murder. DHaiti stood trial along with Kevin Andrews of Montell Heights as the two accused in the matter, both having been initially arraigned on November 11, 2014. However, Andrews was acquitted by the jury last week on the instructions of Justice McKay after hear ing submissions from the Crown and the defence. Kendra Kelly and Destiny McKinney represented the Crown in the matter, while Jairam Mangra represents DHaiti. According to initial police reports, Cartwright, 44, was at his Blair Estates home around 1.40am with his mother, Emma Cart wright, and father, Glenn Cartwright, when men kicked in the front door of the house. When he heard the noise, Cartwright got his licensed shotgun and went to inves tigate, police reported. He encountered the three sus pects, one of whom was armed with a handgun. There was a brief exchange of gunre, which resulted in Cartwright being shot multiple times. He died at the scene. One of the suspects was also shot, however, he and the other men escaped in a silver col oured Honda Accord. During closing arguments on Monday, Mr Mangra submitted that as DHaiti had nothing to prove in the matter, the onus was on the Crown to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, something which he noted is a particularly high standard to attain. Mr Mangra further sub mitted that despite there being forensic and scientic analyses conducted into Cartwrights murder, the Crown had not produced anything to establish a nexus between DHaiti suf fering a gunshot wound to the left chest and the inci dent in question. Mr Mangra also ques tioned the circumstances surrounding the oral state ments DHaiti allegedly made to Detective Sergeant Sherwin Braynen on Octo ber 31, 2014 while in the Princess Margaret Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Previously, Sgt Braynen told the court how DHaiti 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 said he only went into the house after he heard the sound of gunshots. And, upon enter ing and noticing his former co-accused Kevin Andrews, he heard another shot ring out, consequently he ed with the others, and later realised he had been shot. Another ofcer, Corporal Santino Maycock, offered a similar testimony during the trial. However, Mr Mangra submitted on Monday that the 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. However, Ms Kelly stated that the Crown had pro vided enough circumstantial evidence throughout the trial, and that the jury could make reasonable inferences 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). Ms Kelly also high lighted 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. Jury nd Blair raid gunman guilty DESPITE more than 600 murders during the Progressive Liberal Partys last term in ofce, former Cabinet minister Glenys Hanna Martin criticised the Minnis administration yes terday saying the country cannot sustain the high rate of murders and violence. Following an eight-yearold boys death in hospital after being struck by a stray bullet while in his home, the shadow national secu rity minister criticised the government insisting the Ofcial Opposition would not accept this disturbing trend of children losing their lives to gun violence. While there have been 105 murders so far this year, 53 of these have occurred during the four months of the Minnis administration. Of this number, two chil dren including an infant and at least four teenage boys have been murdered. However, youngsters were the victims of homi cides under the Christie administration as well, many of them killed this year before the general election. In March, two teen boys one 13 the other 15 were found shot dead on a dirt road in the Yellow Elder Gardens area. In early February, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead while walking in the Peardale area. In response to the childs murder on Monday, the Englerston MP said: This is now the fourth child or youth in the last several days to be killed by gunre. On September 5, the Ofcial Opposition requested the Minister of National Security (Marvin Dames) to bring together all of the relevant stake holders in our country including the opposition to initiate dialogue in search of solutions to this deadly scourge in our country. The minister has yet to respond. This lack of response is beyond disap pointing. We are facing a very serious problem and it is impacting all of us. We must nd a resolution. Our country cannot sustain this high rate of homicide and violence. We will not accept this disturb ing trend of children, in this instance a primary school student, losing life through gun violence. The social fabric of our country is being damaged and our economic health undermined. We are losing our young men, her state ment yesterday continued. Again, we call on the minister of national security to move with great urgency to mobilise national stakeholders, including the opposition, to bring about a collective end to this ter rible violence. Last week in the House of Assembly, Mr Dames out lined the chronic challenges the country faces in its ght against crime, while noting murders were up 41 per cent compared to this time last year, but overall crime was down by 19 per cent. At the time, he said the crime problems are worsened by an ineffec tive electronic monitoring system where 13 people with ankle bracelets have been murdered and another wearing a device was recently charged with a killing. The minister said latest crime gures show 268 offenders are being moni tored. This includes 70 for murder, 18 for attempted murder, 102 for armed rob beries and 59 for rearm offences. Also contributing to chal lenges with serious crimes is the failing CCTV Moni toring Centre, the minister said. In 2012, the Christie administration spent $4.6m to establish a state of the art centre and installed 243 CCTV cameras mainly to the downtown Nassau areas and other crime hotspots throughout the island. However, Mr Dames said the system, one of the most vital in the ght against crime, was not being prop erly maintained and could not be expanded due to insufcient bandwidth, which is essential for pro ducing quality images. This impacted nearly half or 119 of the 243 cameras. In addition, hard drives and servers were not upgraded and stafng issues at the CCTV centre were far from adequate, he said. The ineffectiveness of both crime-ghting tools has contributed to the nations overall crime pic ture, Mr Dames suggested. Mr Dames said the gov ernment is now in the initial phases of its crime ghting strategy. These include conduct ing a manpower audit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, a zero-toler ance approach to crime, increased police visibility, targeting of hotspots and a focus on prolic offenders. Other strategies include strengthening of police and community partnerships, and the establishment of a guns and gangs unit, which was formed last week Tuesday. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter from page one TWO men in their early to mid-twenties were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in con nection with two separate murders, one of which occurred in 2015. Kyle Farrington, 25, of Doris Johnson Estates, and Lethario Davis, 23, of East Wood Apple Crest, stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes each facing one count of murder. Farrington is alleged to have murdered Frederico Ramsey on September 7 this year, while Davis is alleged to have murdered Alfred Delancy on July 26, 2015. Both murders were committed in New Providence. Neither man was required to plead. Their cases were adjourned to November 9 for service of a voluntary bill of indict ment to the Supreme Court. They were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services to await trial. TWO ACCUSED OF KILLINGS IN SEPARATE MURDER CASES LATHARIO Davis outside court. Photos: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff KYLE Farrington outside court yesterday. A5MAIN Dr. K. Neil Parker MBBS, MDRheumatologist and Internist Dr. Parker has relocated to The Oaktree Medical Center # 2 Fifth Terrace and Mount Royal Avenue(Formerly The Nassau Christion Bookshop) Phone: 322-1146/7 Fax: 322-1137 Dr. Parker can be consulted in 2 Locations 1. The Oaktree Medical Center (above) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 2. Family Medicine Center, Blake Road (702-9310) on Fridays Announcing the Relocation of the Practice of


PAGE 6, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 THE TRIBUNE administrations anticipated reversal of a Christie admin istration policy requiring foreigners to have a permit to attend school. Some have also criticised Dr Minnis for announcing his decision before nalis ing the details of the plan. Some questions raised are with merit and people have reason to ask the questions if they dont have the answers and thats what hell attempt to provide (Wednesday), Mr New bold said. There are a lot of questions. It was not an offer that necessarily needed details at the moment (when it was made). What is hap pening now is exactly how it should happen; youre in trouble, we want to help you. Well let your stu dents come go to school with us. There was never any intention not to let the Bahamian people know all of the details. On Sunday, Dr Minnis announced the intention to accommodate students from Dominica displaced by Hurricane Maria. He did so after speak ing with Dominicas Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who stopped here on his way to the US. Dominicas infrastructure was devastated by Hur ricane Maria earlier this month. PM SURPRISED BY DOMINICA CONCERN He was speaking during the Inter-American Development Banks (IDB) Caribbean Coastal Resilience forum at The Island House. The impact of the latest three hurricanes on our islands demonstrates this need for coastal plan ning, Dr Minnis said while addressing a small group gathered at the forum and referring to Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew and Irma. We will need to strengthen our regulations around town planning and zoning. This may include identifying and enforcing no-build zones within the islands in The Bahamas. We are going to have to deal with the issues around land tenure and land administration as we think about better zoning and the provision of new housing projects built for disaster resilience. We know that signicant work has already been com pleted on this issue through the IDBs Land Use Plan ning and Administration Project (LUPAP). We must now revive that work for implementation. Further, we must encourage and foster innovation in our archi tecture and engineering so that we can design and build infrastructure that is more resilient and sustainable. Last week, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said events like Irma prove humans are living through a period of climate change. He was a part of a contin gent which visited Ragged Island to observe the damage left behind by the monster storm. Earlier in his address the prime minister said: Already, our Ministry of Works has started to consider the potential benets of green infra structure solutions, such as mangrove restoration efforts, to enhance the level of protection com pared to that provided by traditional seawalls or revetments alone. Similarly, here on the island of New Provi dence, we are planning for a more sustainable future through Nassaus participation in the IDBs Emerging and Sustainable Cities Programme. An early deliverable of this project was a study on natural hazards and risks to the island, specically inland ooding, coastal ooding, and salt water intrusion into the freshwa ter lens. Hurricane Matthew unfortunately conrmed the accuracy of the coastal ooding models, as those communities along our southern shore found them selves inundated by storm surge. We have learned the hard way that we cannot continue to build our com munities and infrastructure in the same manner. These are the rst of many such island master plans within The Bahamas., Dr Minnis said. No-build zones to prevent disaster from page one from page one FROM left, Yuri Chakalall, senior sector specialist of natural disaster and risk management, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Pedro Martel, IDB division chief, Climate Change and Sustainable Develop ment Division; Florencia Attademo-Hirt, IDB country representative for The Bahamas; Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis; Therese Turner-Jones, IDB country representative for Jamaica and general manager, Caribbean Division; Annette Kilmer, senior operations advisor, IDB Climate Change and Sustainable Development Division and Michele Lemay, senior specialist, IDB Climate Change and Sustainability Division. A6MAIN


PAGE 8, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 THE TRIBUNE W HAT makes you think youre so smart? Maybe you got a few As and Bs on your national exams, maintained a decent GPA, got into your rst choice university, landed a great job with a fancy title, or get a lot of likes on your lengthy Facebook posts. Maybe your family members and friends pale in comparison with you. Youre a vessel of little-known tidbits, can recite excerpts of the clas sics, and play piano by ear. All of this could be true while you fail to effectively communicate because your emotional intelligence is undeveloped and, to be quite honest, youre not even trying. Emotional intelligence, according to Peter Sal ovey and John Mayer who coined the term, is a form of social intelligence that involves the ability of moni toring your feelings and emotions and those of other people, discriminating among them, and using this information to guide your thinking and actions. In her book E.Q. Lib rium, Bahamian EQ practitioner and execu tive coach Yvette Bethel points out that the deni tion makes a distinction between feelings and emotions, and its an inter esting one to explore. In short, Bethel explains feel ings happen anywhere in the body while emotion includes reaction to a stim ulus and often involves ego. In developing and practising emotional intelli gence, it is important for us to think about the ways we navigate feelings and emo tions, or the way they can affect the way we navigate the world. Our responses are informed by our own lived experiences, values, and beliefs and affected by our mental and emotional states at the time. Key to cultivating emo tional intelligence is empathy the ability to experience the emotions of another person. In order to communicate with emo tional intelligence, we have to be able to relate to the audiences conditions. This requires not only an under standing of who is in our audience, but how they feel. This knowledge has to be factored into our messaging for communication to be effective. In a video circulating on Facebook, a child is shown trying to jump a barrier as classmates look on. Again and again, he runs up to it, and gets his hands on the top, but doesnt quite make it over. With every attempt, his classmates cheer wildly. When he doesnt make it, they shout words of encouragement. By the penultimate attempt, he is in tears, but his classmates cheers are only getting louder. Before the last try, they encircle him, build ing his condence back up. When he makes it, it is a shared victory. Not only have the children in that video been taught the value of community, but to prac tice emotional intelligence. They know what failure feels like, and what people need to keep going, and to eventually succeed. They give that to the boy in the video without tiring, count ing cost, or changing their energy. It is their job to sup port him. Just weeks ago, scores of Bahamian people were evacuated from the south ern islands of The Bahamas under the threat of Hur ricane Irma. Some refused to leave and, upon receiv ing this information, many Bahamians lambasted them. They were called foolish and uneducated, and some people even wished the worst, suppos edly to teach them a lesson. This kind of response is quickly recognised as unchristian, but there is no need to connect it to reli gion. It is a character aw that leads to communica tion failure. It is evidence of the inability to manage ones own emotions like anger or frustration and the failure to consider the emotions of others. Maybe it is difcult to imagine living on a Family Island, vastly different from the capital, and content with what one has while happy to be without cer tain elements that come with development. Its easier to think of our par ents, grandparents, and great-grandparents who are reluctant to leave their homes. The people we offer to take on trips, host during renovations, or bring into our homes when they are not feeling well. They decline every time because they love their homes, their independence, and the little things around them that make them feel at peace. Somehow, even if we dont quite understand it, were able to respond with love to these people who will not even go a 20-minute drive away, but cant temper our frustration with people we think are foolishly, wil fully putting their lives at risk. We dont bother to see it their way, understanding the deep connections they have with their homes and the erce will to protect them, come what may. We are too busy making our own point. This week, the prime minister announced, with out much detail, plans to accommodate Dominican students affected by Hur ricane Maria as soon as possible. We have seen evi dence of the devastation in Dominica where even accessing clean water is a challenge. The response to this announcement, just two years after Family Island students needed to be relo cated to attend school, has been severely lacking in any kind of intelligence. People immediately asked where the money would come from, where the students would t, how many people would be coming, and how long they would be permit ted to stay? These are valid questions on the surface, but the tone is clear. Many are opposed to this move and choose to hide behind faux-intel ligence, prudence, and critical thinking. No one batted an eye when Dominica gave $100,000 to The Bahamas follow ing Hurricane Matthew in 2016. No one bothered to make a GDP comparison between countries. It was ne for Dominica to help us, but we are too poor and under-resourced to offer assistance now. Maybe we are rich in fear and poor in community spirit, no matter how we try to spin it. Minnis announcement seemed hasty, especially without having details of the plan to share, but there are better ways to pose questions and offer recommendations. We can have critical, constructive national dialogue without rejecting a plan we have not seen along with the people it is meant to help. To do that, we would have to acknowledge our own feelings and emotions, admitting to our fear of losing what we have. We are most concerned about job security and the national debt and subse quent increases in taxation. While these are valid con cerns, in the near future we will have to turn our atten tion to our shrinking land mass and rising sea levels, inability to save ourselves, and the need to build relationships with other countries who can lobby for and with us. We will be looking to other countries in this region to band together with us in the fight for developed nations to do their part to mitigate and respond to climate change. At the current rate, the next generation of Bahami ans will be climate refugees. If we held and understood this knowledge, perhaps it would trigger the empa thy we need to respond to Dominicas situation and our prime ministers com mitment with emotional intelligence. No one wants to need help, much less to receive a protested offer. We all have feelings, and experience emotions in response to our environ ment and experiences. We do not all practice the emo tional intelligence necessary for leadership, communitybuilding, advocacy, and critical dialogue. Communi cation is key to all of them, and dependent on our abil ity to reach our audience and be understood. If we are not considerate of others emotions, we risk our messages however articulate, factual, or rel evant being completely missed or ignored. If you nd yourself under re for comments, resist the urge to defend with what I meant was and spend time answering How was I per ceived, and why? Impact is more important than intent, and emotional intelligence goes a long way in bridging the gap between the two. Alicia Wallace is a womens rights activist and public educator. She produces The Culture RUSH a monthly news letter fusing pop culture, social justice and personal reection and tweets as @_ AliciaAudrey. Contact her at culturerush@aliciaawal The intelligence needed to care HOMES lay scattered after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Ro seau, the capital Dominica, on Saturday. A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 THE TRIBUNE STEPHEN Dillet Pri mary School is set to open for students on Monday, roughly four weeks after public schools across the country commenced the 2017-2018 academic year. Acting Education Min ister Dion Foulkes made the announcement Tues day, just before a Cabinet meeting got underway at the Ofce of the Prime Minister. Stephen Dillet was origi nally scheduled to open to teachers on September 4, and to students one week later on September 11. Nearly half of the more than $8m allocated to school repairs was spent at Stephen Dillet. In addition to general updates and repairs to the schools 29 classrooms and administrative ofces, additional restrooms, multimedia areas and musi cal rooms were added to the schools campus. Two pre-school class rooms were added to assist the Department of Educa tions universal pre-school programme. It is complete, Mr Foulkes said. (Workers at the property) are only doing clean-up work, minor work being done now. All of the major work is com pleted at Stephen Dillet. STEPHEN DILLET SCHOOL TO OPEN ON MONDAY By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter WHEN it comes to compliance of non-prot organisation regulations, the Ofce of the Attorney General is open to creating special arrangements with NPOs similar to what it has arranged for churches. The attorney general says the ofce is prepared to talk to non-prots on a case-by-case basis, Press secretary Anthony New bold said yesterday. Any non-prot who believes they have a case to present to the attorney gen eral for why they shouldnt be subjected to whatever those rules are, go on and see the attorney general or someone in the ofce and they will determine after consultations whether you indeed have a case. In July, the Registrar Generals Department listed hundreds of NPOs in newspapers that it said were required to submit infor mation explaining their purpose, objectives and activities, the source of their annual income, the identi ties of the people who own, control and direct them and annual nancial statements or other nancial records while also explaining their transactions in and outside The Bahamas. In an era of global concern about terrorism and terror ism-funding, such regulations are a way governments pro vide oversight of the NPOs, addressing their money laundering and terrorism nancing related risks. Churches, however, said the regulations are too intrusive. Their protest resulted in the government enter ing a special arrangement with the Bahamas Christian Council in which churches could, BCC President Bishop Delton Fernander has said, self-regulate their activities. Under the arrangement, the information that could be requested under the regu lations would be assessed by accountants who will report about them to the Registrar Generals Department. Only in suspicious cases would accountants directly turn the information over to the registrar general. Until now, it had been unclear whether this arrangement applied to non-church NPOs as well. Attorney Fred Smith, whose own organisations have been notied to comply with the regulations, has criticised the governments arrange ment with churches. We no longer live in the secret darkness of the PLP and this government has a mandate to transact government transparently and it should be no part of the attorney generals func tion to be making secret deals with individual NPOs so that every one of the thousands are treated dif ferently, he said yesterday. How on earth is the attorney generals depart ment going to function if it has to deal with thousands of different NPOs making a case by case submission? This is absurdly subjec tive regulations and is an extra unnecessary layer of bureaucratic red tape. Mr Smith, QC, believes the governments interpretation of the regulations is awed and that the registrar general cannot demand that NPOs submit private informa tion unless it suspects one of engaging in money launder ing or terrorist funding. In its July announcement, the Registrar Generals Department gave NPOs 14 days to comply with its noti cation. That date was later extended for churches. Its unclear if the department has enforced that timeline for other NPOs. WITH NON-PROFITS ON COMPLIANCE By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter GRAND Bahamas Alex ander Burrows Jr is running as a candidate for the posi tion of northern region area vice president of the Baha mas Public Services Union in its upcoming election. Mr Burrows, a customs ofcer who is aligned with Team Restoration, said the union is haemorrhaging, and has lost about half of the 6,000 members under two presidents. BPSU members will go the polls on Thursday, Sep tember 28. The BPSU is need of rescuing, said Mr Burrows. This election is most criti cal in our unions history. He said over the past three years there had not been one single audit, and union membership had declined from 6,000 to just under 3,000 today. We are haemorrhaging by the minute persons are leaving this unionbecause we dont have a plan to keep our members, said the concerned candidate. Mr Burrows indicated that under the presidency of John Pinder, there was an exodus of the Customs and Immigration Departments in 2010. And before him, the union lost members of the National Insurance Board and nurses under former president William McDonald. And so, it is safe to say that the BPSU is the fastest dying union in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, he stressed. Mr Burrows said Team Restoration is about bring ing transformative and transformational lead ership that will not only increase membership but also provide improved ben ets for its members. I am running for area vice president of the north ern region which comprises Grand Bahama, Abaco, and Bimini. It is not my rst time running; I ran three years ago. I am running because I cannot sit idly by and watch our union deteriorate into non-existence. We lost four crafts under two presi dents, he said. Team Restoration, he said, plans to enter nego tiations with the Grand Bahama Port Authority to build low-income houses for union members, and will seek to correct anoma lies in salaries, negotiate wage increase according to the cost of living index, implement a competitive contributory supplemen tary pension plan, and bring about more benets. The customs ofcer decided to remain with the BPSU, even though many of his colleagues in the Cus toms Department left the union, and established its union with the Immigration Department. I never left because I believe in the pure form of what trade unionism ought to be. I am the son of a unionist; my father was a devout trade unionist, and I watched him at as an ado lescent, and he always had the heart for the people. Other members of Team Restoration are Dwaine Stevens, an IT supervisor at the Registrar Generals Department who is running for president; Byron Mus grove of judiciary is running for the position of execu tive vice-president; Nicole B Oliver, of the Department of Agriculture, is the candidate running for vice president while Anita Fitzgerald, of the Gaming Board is run ning for secretary general. Devon Moss, of the Department of Lands and Surveys, is running for asst secretary-general; Rose lyn Miller is running for treasurer while Emerson Adderley of Princess Mar garet Hospital, Kemuel Knowles and Curtis Hanna are running for BPSU trustee. Burrows in union bid By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter ALEXANDER BURROWS, a candidate for the Bahamas Public Services Union election in Grand Bahama. A10MAIN WPC 1172 WENDERLEE MUNNINGS KING, 48 a resident of Price Street, Nassau Village & formerly of West End, Grand Baha ma, will be held at Church of God, Convention Centre, Joe Farrington Road, on Thurs day, 28th September, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Ofciating will be Bishop Rev. Dr. Vincent Smith, assisted by Fr. Stephen Davies, Bishop Gloria Fergu son, Pastor Elmond King & other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Wood lawn Gardens, Soldier Road. She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years Apostle The Rev. Dr. Prince Albert Munnings-King; one son: Diargo Stubbs; one daughter: Octavia King; one adopted daughter: Kenderia Charlot; two (2) brothers : Kranston and Zyndal Key; two (2) sisters: Katrina Key and Eldoria Sweeting. 17 Nephews: Deswood, Kranston Jr. Sean, Shannon, Kedero and Delkino Key, Mark and Trevano Rolle, Valentino Ferguson, P.C. 3304 ZShavargo Mackey, P.C.1340 Stephan King, P/Sgt. 1633 Bufort Anterrio King Jr., Sheldon King of North Dakota, United States of America, Floyd Miller, Stephen Mcphee, PJ Clarke, Vincent Williams Jr. and Paul Thompson. 15 Nieces: Shavon Dixon, Savannah Rolle and Kranstonae Key, Tanaz, Sylva, Sharell, Sharese and Sharonne, Beautisca and Shantel King, Indera Clarke, Latoya Bethel,Valencia Sands, Lashandria and Lakeisha Johnson, Zoe and Clarissa Demeritte and Donnella Williams. 5 Brothers-in-law: Bufort King Sr. Rev. Elmond King, Retired Cpl. 1319 Charles Vincent and Glen King, Tracey Charles Demeritte Sr. 7 Sisters-in-Law: Juliette Johnson, Jacqueline Demeritte, Averie Plumer Key, Beautiny and Deb orah King, Stephanie King-Lawrence, Michelle and Agatha King and Donnette Williams. 7 Grand Nephews : Jawan, Messiah, Jayden, Tashad Mackey of Exuma, Tracey Charles Zion Demeritte Jr., Riker King, Tyrie Johnson. 3 Grand nieces: Alia Paris and Angel, Taniqua Colebrooke. 18 Aunts: Erma Duncombe of Coopers Town, Abaco, Betty Strachan, Orita Munroe, Glencina Curry of Grand Bahama, Jenny Ferguson, Moreen and Patsy Johnson, Freedamae and Monica Mills of Abaco, Margaret Rolle Bennetts Harbor, Cat Island, Sylvia Munnings, Agnes and Ol ivia Farrington, Corrine and Beverly King, Daisy Rolle, Marie Major, Marjorie King all of New Providence. 10 Uncles: Talbot Johnson, Rev. Samuel Mills, Joy Duncombe, Rudolph Pinder, Bertram Ferguson and Hiram Munroe, James Farrington, Charles Austin Farrington, Retired Commissioner Charles Dormant King and Alvin King. Other relatives and friends including : Christine King, A.S.P. Sheria King, A.S.P. Vincent Williams, Elder Ishmael and Mother Cynthia Grant & family, Pentecos tal Temple C.O.G.I.C. family Elder Lavade Cooper & family, Bishop Dr. Vincent Smith and he Universal Village Mission Ministries Family, Dr. Stanley Ferguson and the New Free Community Holiness Baptist Church Family, The Truth and light Ministries and Apostle Erica Bain & family, Commissioner of Police Mr. Elison Greenslade and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Family, Dr. Patrick Cargill, Supervisor Sherry Whiteld, Mother Florence Moncur, Pastor Clint and Ellen Williams, Bishop Oral Rolle and Family, Rev. Winston Agaro, Shanique Adderley, Rose Barr, Rochelle Adderley, Trevor Thompson, Supt. ZShivargo Dames, staff of Police Control Room, staff of Doctors Hospital, The McIntosh, Mills, Johnson, Key, Farrington, Munnings, King and Stubbs Families. Friends may pay their last respects at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, Police Headquarters, from 12:00 -5:00 p.m. on Wednesday & at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Full Military Service for


THE TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 27, 2017, PAGE 11 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Women will be allowed to drive for the rst time next summer in Saudi Arabia, the ultra-conserv ative kingdom announced Tuesday, marking a signi cant expansion of womens rights in the only the coun try that barred them from getting behind the wheel. While women in other Muslim countries drove freely, the kingdoms blan ket ban attracted negative publicity for years. Nei ther Islamic law nor Saudi trafc law explicitly prohib ited women from driving, but they were not issued licenses and were detained if they attempted to drive. Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi Arabias ambassador to Washington and the kings son, said let ting women drive is a huge step forward and that society is ready. This is the right time to do the right thing, he told reporters in the US. Women will be allowed to obtain licenses without the permis sion of a male relative. The announcement came in the form of a royal decree that was reported late Tues day by the state-run Saudi Press Agency and state TV. SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW WOMEN TO DRIVE TORONTO (AP) Canada announced Friday it has imposed sanctions against key gures in the regime of Venezuelan Pres ident Nicolas Maduro in what the government said is a clear message that their anti-democratic behavior has consequences. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the targeted sanctions are aimed at 40 ofcials and individuals including Maduro him self who are helping to undermine the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions in Venezuela. The sanctions freeze any assets the individuals may have in Canada and bans Canadians from engaging them in business dealings. Canada will not stand by silently as the Govern ment of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights, Free land said in a statement. CANADA SANCTIONS ON TOP OFFICIALS IN VENEZUELA WASHINGTON Associated Press OBAMACARE lives on. Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly nal attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline. The repeal-and-replace bills authors promised to try again at a later date, while President Donald Trump railed against certain socalled Republicans who opposed the GOP effort. But for now, Trump and fellow Republicans who vowed for seven years to abolish President Barack Obamas law will leave it standing and turn their attention to overhauling the nations tax code instead. The GOPs predicament was summed up bluntly by Sen Bill Cas sidy of Louisiana, a lead author of the legislation: Through events that are under our control and not under our control, we dont have the votes. Am I disappointed? Abso lutely, he said after a GOP lunch attended by Vice President Mike Pence. Standing alongside Cassidy, Majority Leader Mitch McCo nnell said: We havent given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us. We do think its time to turn to our twin priority, reforming the tax code, McConnell said. There was much talk of returning to the repeal effort later, but not all Republican senators were putting on that brave face. Sen John Kennedy of Louisiana described the bill as dead as a doornail. The bill Cassidy co-authored with Sen Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would have unraveled the central elements of Obamas law, including the requirement for Americans to carry health insur ance or pay nes, and offered block grants to states to design their own systems with less federal control. Republicans are also strongly in agreement on a need for action on overhauling the loophole-ridden US tax code, and hope that if they also succeed in getting Americans a tax cut, their failure on health care will be forgiven. Yet they began the health care effort with unanimity, too, up until the devilish details began to emerge and divide them as they pursued a partisan effort against united Dem ocratic opposition. OBAMACARE SURVIVES LAST-GASP REPEAL ATTEMPT BY GOP WASHINGTON Associated Press SUDDENLY just about all President Donald Trump can talk about is Puerto Rico. After not mentioning hurricane-devastated island for days, Trump on Tuesday pushed back aggressively and repeatedly against criti cism that he had failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Marias destruction or give the US commonwealth the top-priority treatment he had bestowed on Texas, Louisiana and Florida after previous storms. Trump announced that he would visit Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands next week. He tweeted about Puerto Ricos needs. He talked about Puerto Rico during a meeting on tax cuts. He raised the sub ject at a Rose Garden news conference with the prime minister of Spain. And he attended a hur ricane brieng. He called a meeting of agency heads tasked with helping Puerto Rico recover, and sent top ofcials out to the White House driveway to talk to reporters. FEMA Adminis trator Brock Long delivered specics: 16 Navy and Coast Guard ships in the waters around Puerto Rico and ten more on the way. Throughout, Trump stressed that Puerto Ricos governor had praised the federal response, characterising Ricardo Ros sello as so thankful of the job were doing. Six days after Marie struck the island, condi tions in Puerto Rico remain dire, with 3.4 million people virtually without electrical power and short of food and water. Flights off the island are infrequent, com munications are spotty and roads are clogged with debris. Ofcials said electri cal power may not be fully restored for more than a month. Trump, who had pro posed visiting Puerto Rico earlier this month, said that next Tuesday was the earliest he could get there without disrupting recovery efforts. His public focus in recent days on other matters, particularly his extended commentary on NFL play ers who kneel during the National Anthem, gener ated criticism that he was giving Puerto Rico short shrift after devoting consid erable public attention to storm damage in Texas and Florida. Rep Nydia Velazquez, D-NY, said she had been concerned that Trumps continued tweets about NFL players showed he didnt grasp the severity of the crisis. She warned that if he didnt start taking it seriously, this is going to be your Katrina, referring to criticism of President George W Bush following the slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And it wasnt just Democrats. The crisis for these Americans needs more attention and more urgency from the execu tive branch, tweeted Republican Sen Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a frequent Trump critic. Florida GOP Sen Marco Rubio con curred, tweeting about San Juan, MUST get power crews in ASAP. We have a fundamental obligation to Puerto Rico to respond to a hurricane there the way we would anywhere in the country. #HurricaneMaria, Rubio tweeted Tuesday. Trump switches focus to Puerto Rico PEOPLE line up with gas cans to get fuel from a gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday. Photo: Gerald Herbert /AP A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 THE TRIBUNE RADIO House is ready to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month this Friday morning with its fourth annual Dunkin for Boobies fundrais ing event, which in the last four years has raised more than $13,000. The group is hoping to exceed that amount this year. Getting an early morning soak by being dunked in tank of water might on any other occasion be a little unpleas ant, but because in this case its to raise funds to promote breast cancer awareness, the DJs and personalities at Radio House dont mind. There will be live broad casts of the morning shows on 100 Jamz, Kiss 96 and Y98 from 6am until 10am right from the front of Radio House on Shirley Street, where passing motorists will be asked for donations in the ght against breast cancer. With a $300 donation, a person can nominate their boss, manager, co-worker, family member or anyone for that matter, to be dunked in the dunkin tank that will be set up in the front of Radio House. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cancer Society of The Baha mas. For more information, call 677-0950 or e-mail jjm TIME FOR DUNKIN FOR BOOBIES THE Minnis adminis tration is committed to introducing some form of local government to New Providence, Prime Minis ter Dr Hubert Minnis said Monday. Prime Minister Minnis said preliminary studies have already begun to assess the feasibility of introduc ing some form of municipal governance in New Provi dence. The preliminary studies were conducted through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)sponsored project. A number of public and private agencies have already been engaged in the exercise with addi tional public engagement scheduled for sometime in October. Dr Minnis also announced that sub-ofces of the Ofce of the Prime Minister will be established in Eleuthera, Andros and Exuma to better coordinate and improve the function ing of government. He said local govern ment boards will also be consulted on major projects under consideration by the central government and that it will review the budg ets of local district councils and where possible, increase funds for these groups. We will review the effec tiveness of local boards including those of road traf c, hotel licensing, the Town Planning Board and others. Consideration will also be given to the creation of local tourism development boards which will make recom mendations on the tourism project on each island as well as on marketing and other areas, Prime Minister Minnis added. Delivering the keynote address at the opening cer emony of the Department of Local Governments Leadership Training Con ference at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Dr Minnis said his administration will continue to strengthen the Department of Local Government so that your needs can be met in a more efcient manner and the work of the people can be better served. The central govern ment has high expectations of you. We will need your strong, leadership skills, creativity and resource fulness to bring about the transition and transforma tion of our Family Islands. I am keenly aware of the tremendous sacrice you make in the performance of your duties. I am also aware of the challenge you face in carrying out your duties and responsibilities. May I encourage you to not just point out the challenges you face, but also to accom pany them with suggestions, remedies and workable solutions, Prime Minister Minnis added. Local government was established in the Family Islands in 1996 as a means of devolving authority from the central government. It represents a deepen ing of democracy that is intended to bring govern ment closer to the people. It is further intended to empower the people in the governance of their communities. Local government coun cils are responsible for the general health and sanita tion of the communities they manage; street clean ing, maintenance of road verges and ditches; collec tion and removal of refuse from public places; upkeep, maintenance and estab lishment of monuments, cemeteries, childrens playgrounds, recreation grounds, parks, public gar dens, open spaces, beaches and sport, cultural and other leisure centres. Their areas of respon sibility also include: the maintenance of proper road signs and road markings; establishment and main tenance of pedestrian and parking areas; protection of school children in the vicinity of schools; naming and renaming of streets; upkeep and maintenance of public buildings, local ports, docks, harbours, wharfs and jetties. PM PERSISTS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANS ABOVE and below, participants in last years Dunkin For Boobies event to raise funds to ght breast cancer. A12MAIN