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Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper CLASSIFIEDS TRADER: CARS, CARS, CARS AND TECH! HIGH 90F LOW 78F it! 24/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best! THE PEOPLES PAPER:$1 Established 1903 OBITS INSIDE OFFICIAL SOURCE THURSDAY The Tribune Tearful PM dees Dominica critics PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis gives an emotional presentation in the House of Assembly yester day as he spoke about the devastation left by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Dominica. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff A CANADIAN-based developer with $500m in assets has emerged as the potential buyer for the form Ginn Sur Mer project in Grand Bahamas West End, Tribune Business can reveal. Multiple contacts con rmed that Skyline Investments, a Torontobased real estate investor/ developer, with a focus on hotel and resort develop ment, has been negotiating with the $4.9bn Ginn pro jects two owners for several months. Skyline and its senior executives are under stood to have given a three-hour presentation to Cabinet on Tuesday. CANADIAN FIRM EYES $4.9BN GB PROJECT By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor POLICE believe they have found the getaway vehicle used by the person responsible for the sense less daylight shooting that left two persons dead, including eight-year-old Eugene Woodside, accord ing to Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean. The silver coloured Nissan minivan, Senior ACP Dean said, was found early Wednesday morning in bushes on Boyd Road, near a cemetery. However, police still have no motive for the shooting and no sus pects in custody. POLICE BEG: GIVE UP KILLER By SANCHESKA DORSETT Tribune Staff Reporter THE Minnis administra tion tabled an Interception of Communication Bill and legislation to create legal framework for the disbanded National Intelli gence Agency in the House of Assembly yesterday. Both matters were con troversial under the former Christie administration. NEW SPY BILL TABLED By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter WORKS Minister Des mond Bannister yesterday denied defaming Jerome Fitzgerald while insisting yesterday the former edu cation minister launched an attack on the Carmi chael MPs parliamentary privilege. As he denied any wrong doing, Mr Bannister told the House of Assembly a person can only be defamed when they have a good reputation. The matter stems from revelations Mr Bannister made last Wednesday in the House of Assembly regard ing a forensic audit, which he said found glaring infrac tions in the Bahamas Power and Light tender process under the former Christie administration. According to Mr Bannis ter, the Ernst & Young audit said a company owned by Mr Fitzgeralds father was awarded a contract for brokerage work despite no participation in the tender process and a recommenda tion another entity should be given approval. In one instance the audit said Bahamas Courier & Logistics (BCL) was awarded a contract over Pinders Customs Broker age, a company with the best bid. BANNISTER DARES FITZGERALD TO SUE By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter PINERIDGE MP Rev Fredrick McAlpine criti cised his own partys plan to accommodate Dominicans following the destruction Hurricane Maria wrought on Dominica, recommend ing that wealthy Cabinet ministers take money from their own pockets to con tribute to the islands restoration efforts rather than give Dominican people safe haven here. Also attacking his partys policy for Grand Bahamas development, his state ment marked the rst time this term the Free National Movement has received pointed criticism from one of its own in a public forum. And in what appeared to be a swipe at Prime Min ister Dr Hubert Minnis, who wiped tears from his eyes earlier in the day as he spoke of the destruction in Dominica and the harsh reactions some have had ...BUT FNM MP ASKS WILL REFUGEES GO BACK HOME? AMID criticism of gov ernments intention to relax immigration restrictions for some citizens of Dominica, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was brought to tears as he shed light on how this process will work and outlined three categories by which Dominicans will be granted access to The Bahamas. Giving an impassioned contribution at Parliament yesterday morning where he repeatedly wiped tears from his eyes, Dr Minnis, his voice at times trembling, spoke of the decimation in the island nation as he made a case regarding the governments reasoning to assist that country. Domi nica suffered widespread destruction from both Hur ricanes Irma and Maria. He questioned the fate of The Bahamas and its citi zens had this country had the full brunt of these natu ral disasters. In view of this, the prime minister rebuked critics and defended his decision to assist the devastated island nation, reminding Bahamians this country has received aid and assistance from many overseas part ners in its time of need. He said if Bahamians expressions of gratitude do not translate into gener osity toward those in dire need because of these killer storms, our gratitude to God is supercial at best. However, Ofcial Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis rejected this, saying he did not think Bahamians were ungrateful to God or that the criticism of the proposal was due to xenophobia. He said there appeared to have been uproar because there was uncertainty of the details regarding how the plan to accept Dominicans would work. He said had there been better communica tion on the issue, it may not have caused controversy. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter SEE PAGE SIX SEE PAGE TEN SEE PAGE NINE SEE PAGE THREE SEE PAGE SEVEN By RASHAD ROLLE and DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Staff Reporters FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS A1MAIN Get the most cash back ever with Scotiabank Gold MasterCard.Apply today and get a bonus of up to $50.*Call 242 356 1560, visit your nearest branch or go to NOW UP TO *Conditions apply. Subject to change without notice. Subject to credit approval. Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. #SayYesToMore ENHANCED CHIP SECURITY Say yes to even more cash back $30,000IN CASH TO GIVE AWAY!10WINNERSPER WEEKSEPT 18TH OCT 29THPurchase ANY combo to enter. No upgrade required. /BURGERKINGNASSAU Visit for details


PAGE 2, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE HONOURING A LEGEND AS HE NEARS HIS CENTURY To mark the approaching 100th birthday of Sir Dur ward Knowles, the oldest living Olympic champion in the world, members of the the One Bahamas Planning and Production Commit tee paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday. Sir Durward reaches his 100th birthday on Novem ber 2. He won the rst Olympic gold medal for The Bahamas. Photos: Yontalay Bowe A2MAIN GLOBAL COFFEE DAYSEPTEMBER 29 @dunkinbahamas FREE MEDIUM HOT COFFEE WHEN YOU BUY A MEDIUM OR LARGER HOT COFFEE For Reservations Call: 323.7770 Join Us for Brunch EVERY SUNDAY 11:00am 3:30pmrfrnntnb Join Us for Brunch rfrnntnb Join Us for Brunch Shrimp & Grits


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 28, 2017, PAGE 3 POLICE are asking for the publics help in locat ing the person responsible for an armed robbery at a local eatery Wednesday afternoon. The incident took place shortly after 2.30pm at Crave Deli on Dowdeswell Street. Police say the lone masked suspect walked into the deli and pointed his gun at the cashier demanding cash. He also robbed one of the patrons of the estab lishment before eeing the area on foot. No one was hurt during the robbery. Anyone with informa tion is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stop pers anonymously at 328-TIPS. Investigations continue. ARMED ROBBER RAIDS DELI The third grader along with another man sources identied as Dennis Moss were shot in Chippingham on Monday. The brazen daytime attack in the densely pop ulated area came after the gunman chased Moss, running between houses in the Rosebud Street area as he red several shots, one of which penetrated a wooden structure, striking the child with a stray bullet. 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. Senior ACP Dean made an impassioned plea to persons who are hiding or shielding these cold killers to turn them into police immediately. We cannot let this just be another day for us as a com munity, we need to together and nd these killers an innocent eight-year-old is dead. This is a very egre gious act one that should never have happened, Snr ACP Dean said. The thing is this little boy is an example of what we preach to our kids every day, he was doing his homework, studying, doing the right thing and he was killed, innocently shot. We are making a plea to these killers, have a conscience, turn yourself in, surrender. We are calling on all Baha mians, rather than being critical, come together, put politics to the side and lets focus on our country because we are losing our young children. We cannot afford for this to keep hap pening. Do you know how much worse this could have been? There were chil dren running about and these sick persons were indiscriminately shooting. We have to turn this killer in. This is a heavy appeal; the public has been very cooperative in the past. This killer is sleeping in someones home tonight, someone knows something, we cannot forget this. In an interview with The Tribune on Tuesday, Eugenes mother Kendera 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. Eugene was shot once in the chest while practising his spelling words with his sister Monday afternoon. 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. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anony mously at 328-TIPS. This killer is sleeping in someones home tonight, someone knows something, we cannot forget this COSTS incurred by the government following the passage of Hurricane Irma has tipped $1.5m, The Trib une has learned. The sum covers air trans port and shelters; however, The Tribune was told a nal costing was not yet avail able as the gure was still rising. The government has said restoration efforts follow ing Hurricane Irma will cost the country tens of millions. Last Friday, National Emergency Management Agency head Captain Ste phen Russell reported that half-a-million dollars had been spent on evacuation and repatriation exer cises so far this hurricane season. Capt Russell said the agency had conducted some 23 ight commissions, with about 1,400 people evacu ated by the government. He estimated that about 1,000 of them have been repat riated by the government to their island, with some using their own expenses to return to their home. On Friday, Captain Rus sell said restoration efforts that involve rebuilding peoples homes is unsus tainable, and it may be time to nd a new formula. Over the past three consecutive years, weve had three major hurricanes (and) its costly, he said at the time. Is it sustainable for the government after every hurricane to dish out funds for reconstruction? Its a very expensive operation. I think The Bahamas is one of the only countries in the Caribbean jurisdiction that really reconstructs houses for persons. Capt Russell said: Its not sustainable every year to rebuild homes for people whose homes were destroyed. We have to look at some other formula to provide assistance. A one bedroom house is $71,000. A three-bedroom house can go up to almost $115,000. If you have to rebuild over 100 homes in any island thats almost $10m. Its a cycle. $1.5M SPENT AFTER IRMA EUGENE WOODSIDE from page one POLICE at the scene in Rosebud Street after the double murder. 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, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. RIGHTS Bahamas is appalled by reports that Immigration and Defence Force ofcers are continu ing the unlawful practice of stopping civilians in the street and demanding proof of their right to be in the country. Such oppressive tactics were closely associated with the dangerous immi gration policy put in place by former minister Fred Mitchell. RB is deeply dis appointed to learn that so far, they have been contin ued under this new FNM administration. To be clear, there is noth ing in the Immigration Act which allows Immigration or Defence Force ofcers to stop people in the street, grill them concerning their status, or insist that they produce documentation. In fact, this is a bla tant violation of the right to freedom of movement enshrined in the Bahamas Constitution and is there fore illegal. Further, the practice of accosting people and demanding papers is most closely associated with repressive regimes which use fear as a tactic to control civilian populations and terrorize minorities in particular. Targeting people based on how they look or dress is discrimination. Such behaviour has no place in a democracy based on equal rights and the rule of law. Rights Bahamas calls on Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette to imme diately bring an end to this deplorable practice and make it clear to his ofcers that they must at all times act within the connes of the law. RIGHTS BAHAMAS Formerly the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association YES mommy, I love you too. If these simple words from the lips of a handsome little eight-year-old boy as he lay dying in his pregnant mothers arms did not bring tears to every eye that read The Tribune s front pages on May 26 and 27, then The Bahamas indeed has a major crime problem. While politicians were busy criticising each other for not being able to solve this countrys escalating crime, little Eugene Woodside, a student at Albury Sayles Primary School, became an inno cent victim in the crossre. Eugene left school on Monday with a friend and an ice cream cone in his hand. He was on his way to meet his grandmother at a nearby takeaway. The next we hear of Eugene he is at his home on Rose Bud Street in Chippingham being assisted by an older sister with his spelling home work. Suddenly, shots were red into the home, little Eugene crumbled forward as his shocked mother rushed to pro tect him with her body. A quiet family scene inside the little house with a little boy not hanging out on the blocks, but quietly inside his home concentrat ing on his schoolwork. Suddenly, an unintended bullet red by a gun-toting criminal outside hit the family home and penetrated the wooden walls. A pre cious little boy, inside the safety of his home, killed by a stray bullet from out side. The criminal running wildly in the crowded street, chasing a young man, who was eventually killed by one of the many bullets. The search is now on for the criminal, a desperate man who prob ably has a troubled background, but, unlike Eugene, had no home to go to as a child and learned his trade by hanging out on the blocks. About a week earlier, former PLP Cabinet Minister Glenys Hanna Martin was criticising the Minnis government only six months in ofce for not having reduced crime. She should have been ashamed to have even brought up the subject when her party had won the 2012 election by promising a country, tired of crime, that if elected her party had the solution to eliminate it. The PLP were elected, instead of solving anything, crime grew and spread like a forest re. Urban Renewal was meant to have been the cure. It was tried. It failed. It was a good idea, but the crime problem, being an even more complex issue, needed more than Urban Renewal as the cure. Last week, the Catholic Churchs Mens Association came forward with another brilliant idea an idea that will go a long way in helping to reha bilitate the criminal, but without other assistance, it will not be the complete cure to reduce crime. The Association launched its Hope campaign aimed at rehabilitating prison inmates by provid ing them with mentorship, legal aid and jobs during and after their release from prison. All of these programmes are needed, but crime will not be beaten until soci ety all of society realises that it is their problem, and only when every member of society joins the battle will crime be controlled. Firstly, Bahamians can start with assisting the police with information so that they can get to these troubled persons before they commit the crime. Many Bahamians live with some of these troubled souls, hear their talk, know what they are thinking and plan ning. These are the members of society, who should quietly tip the police off so that the criminals plans can be crushed before they can be implemented. Societys problems started in the drug years, when the youth of that era were corrupted by the popular idea that suc cess meant money money no matter how earned. All the old Christian prin ciples that made a person have second thoughts when tempted to do wrong were abandoned. Each generation, with examples from some of their elders were being corrupted and made to believe that ill-gotten wealth was smart. Drug peddling destroyed our society, and knocked our old fashioned Chris tian principles off their pedestal. However, our problems begin in the home. Children coming home after school with no parent at home and one knows the consequences of idle hands. We shall never forget the com ment several years ago by a very troubled young gynaecologist. You know, he said, I am daily working in a factory that is producing the future problems that are going to destroy this country. He was, of course, referring to chil dren giving birth to illegitimate children none of the mothers old enough to take care of themselves, let alone their precious offspring. Many of these child mothers were regular visitors to the delivery room, all pregnant for dif ferent men, few of whom they would identify. The horror of it was that this was the time that AIDS was the dread disease. It was claimed at the time that young girls were being taken advantage of because it was believed that they were still too young to have contracted HIV to pass it on. The tragedy was that they were the prey of older men. It was a horrifying scandal being hidden behind sealed doors. As some of these children grew, they joined gangs because without a caring home, they needed friends, they needed to be wanted and needed. The gang became their home for many of them their prison. We vividly recall one day, looking up from our desk at The Tribune and seeing a frightened young man looking down at us. He said he had come to surrender himself to us. The police were looking for him. He would only feel secure if we would take him to the station and turn him in. We telephoned the Commis sioner of Police, told him the situation. He said we should wait and he would send an ofcer to us immediately. That was our rst meeting with now Commis sioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. The three of us went to a small con ference room, closed the door and sat down. The frightened youngster poured out his heart. All he saw in his waking hours was being stalked by a gun. He desperately wanted to get out of the gang, start his life over, but his gang members were stalking him. He couldnt leave because they would kill him. On the other side, he was wanted by the police. He was in hiding, not knowing which gun would take his life the police or his gang. That was the day that he looked up at The Tribune and decided to put his life in our hands. He was indeed a tragic gure, and Mr Greenslade rose magnicently to the occasion. He talked to the young man like a father, and with his arm around his shoulders escorted him from our ofces. In our opinion, the police will have to concentrate on breaking up the gangs, and get the peddling of drugs and guns under control. We can all play our part by helping in various areas. However, crime will never be brought under control unless the whole society gets involved and quietly assists the police with information. Those who have information can start today by delivering up the killer of dear, innocent little Eugene, whose last words were his love for his mother. No power to stop in the street LETTERS Society must co-operate in defeating crime EDITOR, The Tribune. I WAS quite surprised when the row broke out at the NPCC when the offered refugee week was up, and the people were expected to leave. I thought at the time that we really must be quite unprepared in terms of sheltering people in times of misfortune. Now we have the Dominica people being offered sanctuary, but the hunt will soon be on for accommodation. When we have so much video coverage of refugees in Turkey, Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries and also The Muslim Hajj in Mecca where all of these millions of people exist comfortably in modern day tents. Some even with Air Conditioning. At the time of Irma I remember think ing that at least a thousand or more people could comfortably be sheltered on Fort Charlotte sports ground. Obviously one would need more than just tents, but how come NEMA doesnt have these to hand. Instead of Grenades being given to us, maybe it could have been Chinese manu factured tents. There would need to be proper sanitation, and showers for bathing, as well as some sort of com munal cooking facility, but it seems to me that this is the sort of thing we need both in the Capitol, as well as the Islands. The United Nations have their own branded tents and maybe they give these out to Member Countries. Just a thought. BRUCE G RAINE Nassau, Refugees EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Whats all the fuss about? Davis defends PLP gifting contracts to PLP faithful. The Tribune, September 22, 2017. AND therein lies the problem. It seems some ethically decient politicians just instinctively choose to do the wrong thing. For them, anything other than a later justication would be an admission of mis conduct an admission that might require growing a pair! KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 23, 2017. Davis sees no wrong EDITOR, The Tribune. THE prime min isters plan to offer Dominican students refuge in The Bahamas in the face of a humanitarian crisis is the right and decent thing to do. For a so-called Chris tian nation, it is the Christian thing to do. It will provide a wonder ful opportunity to teach our children about another country, both in terms of culture and geography, and to instil in them a spirit of kindness and compassion (so needed in the battle against crime). It is a way to stimulate an interest in learning, forge new friendships and make contacts. It is also only right and just that children born in the Bahamas of Haitian parents attend school here, especially those children who have never lived any where else. To deny this latter group of children access to learn ing is not only a violation of their human rights, it will deter them from growing into productive residents and contributing to the tax base of the country, thus robbing the countrys poten tial for economic growth. What is the alternative? To allow a large underclass of people to develop in a dark and sinister under world, forced to resort to a life of crime to survive and perhaps risk future insurgency? The outcry against schooling these unfortu nate people is sad, but not surprising considering that even in their own coun try, women do not enjoy the full rights of Bahamian citizenship. Thats half the population. ATHENA DAMIANOS Nassau, September 27, 2017 e Christian thing A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 28, 2017, PAGE 5 HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has explained why the government was not able to carry out full roof repairs at Princess Margaret Hospital ahead of Hurricane Irma, saying the health sector has many high priority infrastruc ture issues that need to be addressed but has funding challenges due to previous reckless spending. He also said due to the state of vulnerability brought on by a series of decisions by the previous administration, his current tenure as health minister has been rife with tough choices. His comments were in response to questions on the governments decision to carry out minor repairs to PMHs roof, despite the need for a complete overhaul. The Elizabeth MP con tended that his ministry has at least $20m in needed repairs that have to be addressed. Difcult choices were made to restore medi cal supplies and services, restart stalled ward renovations, etcetera, Dr Sands said. Roof repairs followed in order of priority. The Public Hospitals Authority Managing Direc tor Herbert Brown had written to former Financial Secretary Simon Wilson on May 26 warning that out standing repairs at health facilities throughout the country needed nancing. He reminded government of a previous letter, dated November 30, 2016, regard ing Hurricane Matthew claims totaling $920,733.70 of which $642,567.70 related to critical capital works including urgent roof repairs for the Princess Mar garet Hospital and the Rand Memorial Hospital. Mr Brown, in an email exchange with The Tribune this week, acknowledged that the cost of repairing PMHs roof was $556,100. A quote he identied as the lowest of the bids received. He added that in the interim, in preparation for hurricane season and in the absence of funding, PHAs Capital Development Unit was able to carry out some repairs so as to avoid leaks in the event of any rains. However, he wouldnt disclose how much was spent on the project. Presented with the claims yesterday, Dr Sands said: The approach of Hurri cane Irma mandated that the incomplete roof repairs be fast-tracked to ensure the integrity of PMH. Fund ing challenges identied in May 2017 included needs for major repairs after Hurricane Matthew. He added: It is unfor tunate that the health care system was placed in such a state of vulnerability by a series of governmental decisions for spending that were intemperate and at times even reckless. Dr Sands said the sys temic challenges facing the healthcare sector is some thing his ministry attempts to address daily. In the face of the perplex ing issues, Dr Sands said he was weighing all options. In July, Dr Sands said ooding from a broken pipe took the CAT scan and ultrasound machines out of commission causing signicant delays to those needing diagnostics. In addition, he said there were no available beds on the female medical ward and unfortunately some patients had to sleep in cots in the hallways because there was just no room. Dr Sands, at the time, said the perfect storm was caused by years of dumb and inappropri ate decisions and he is honestly not sure when a solution to the mess will be found. Hospital roof repairs hit by funding crisis By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter AFTER being named as one of several high-pro le people who were on a condential list at Water and Sewerage said to allow persons not to face discon nection, Julian Francis was adamant that he had no knowledge of such a list and did not benet from special treatment from any public entity. Mr Francis, a former Central Bank governor who also previously served as executive chairman of BTC, took issue with the sugges tion that because his name and account information appeared on the corpora tions list, he beneted from some payment deferment by WSC. As the details of any account maintained in my name at WSC are a private matter between that entity and myself, I do not intend to comment on whether or not the information is factual and accurate, he wrote in a letter sent to The Tribune I, however, assure the public that any such account which remained unsettled after the normal period allowed for pay ment would, as far as the writer is concerned, have been the result of some bona de unresolved matter, he wrote. He also said: For the record, I have never, to my knowledge benetted from any special forbearance by a public entity. I have never been aware that my name is included on a special treatment list and would probably have declined to be so included if I had been consulted. On Monday, The Trib une exclusively reported about high-prole persons and politicians who were on the condential list, which was dated June of this year and obtained by this newspaper. Many persons who appeared on the list have expressed surprise and said they did not know about the matter. 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 confidential list held 221 accounts, with a com bined total of $175,000 for the period ending June 2017. SOME of the roof damage at Princess Marga ret Hospital. A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE My government pro poses to temporarily relax the immigration rules for a number of school children from Dominica who wish to continue their educa tion in The Bahamas, Dr Minnis told Parliament yesterday. Permits to reside will be issued to students from Dominica, who, with the approval of parents, wish to study in The Bahamas. There are three catego ries of students who may apply: children who have relatives in The Bahamas, and who can nd lodging and support from family members; college students who may wish to study at the University of The Bahamas, and who seek boarding at UB; children of parents employed in companies, banks, etc, which have ofces in The Bahamas, temporary employment transfers can be arranged with these institutions. The government will continue to apprise the general public on other details related to assisting children and young people from Dominica. I will lead a team to Dominica on Monday, October 2. The purpose of the visit is to survey the damage for myself, and for others to see the level of devastation, Dr Minnis also said earlier in his address yesterday. He said he has invited Mr Davis, the head of the Bahamas Teachers Union, the leader of the Christian Council and others on the tour. Given what we already know, the government proposes to deploy HMBS Lawrence Major land ing craft to Dominica, he said. The Lawrence Major is a 198 feet land ing craft in length with 19 ofcers, and a carrying capacity of approximately 14 x 40 foot containers or 28 x 20 foot containers of equipment and supplies. The vessel can also trans port 50,000 gallons of potable water and 22,000 gallons of fuel. We will provide a further brief ing on the deployment of HMBS Lawrence Major. What further targeted assistance can we offer Dominica at this time? Children are among those who are most affected by natural disaster and hurri canes. Such psychological scars and mental scars often last a lifetime, Dr Minnis said. The sooner children are allowed to return to a state of normalcy the better it is for their long-term development. As a physician, I know all too well the effects of trauma, such as from hur ricanes on the minds of the young, especially when all is gone, and when parents are distraught, and have nowhere to turn. In clear disapproval of the negativity stemming from the governments offer of generosity, Dr Minnis said Bahamians should ll their hearts with grati tude and thanksgiving in hindsight. He said: Let us remem ber that Dominica was hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Maria went from a tropical storm to a category ve hurricane within hours. I hope that most Baha mians now understand why the government quickly sounded the alarm about both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Those who con tinue to complain about the preparations they had to make before Hur ricane Irma should look to the devastation in the Caribbean and the United States. Those who are prone to complaining and whin ing should ll their hearts instead with gratitude and thanksgiving. He also said: Imagine if 80 per cent of the build ings on New Providence were destroyed. Imagine if our electrical and tel ecommunications grids were destroyed. Imagine if most of the roads in New Providence were uprooted and if PMH was without power. Imagine if every single government-operated school was destroyed, and most police stations, clin ics and government ofces were destroyed. Imagine if most people on Grand Bahama or New Provi dence became homeless overnight. So how should we respond to our Caribbean neighbour and CARI COM partner? We should respond the way we would want others to respond if we were in such dire need and desperation. As Caribbean neigh bours, we share a similar history of overcoming colo nialism and slavery. And we share a common destiny, now also shaped by the reality of climate change and global warming. How should we respond? The character of our nation and our values are riding on how we respond, Dr Minnis said. from page one PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis wiping away a tear in the House of Assembly yesterday. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff Tearful PM dees Dominica critics AN emotional Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday defended his decision to allow students from hurricane-hit Domi nica to attend school in the Bahamas. Readers gave their reaction on trib Well_mudda_take_sic wasnt impressed: There are many Bahamians suffering a horrible existence in our country today, Mr Minnis . make sure you keep some of your tears for the plight of our own people as they struggle on a daily basis to get food, water and shelter, much less an education! Nor was Reality_Check: Is this crying wimp for real? We thought we had elected a new leader with the strength and vision to effect much needed change for the thou sands of Bahamians who can no longer make ends meet and who daily go without food, water, shelter and medi cines that they so desperately need. Why has Minnis never openly shed any tears for his own people?! Spare us the tearful theatrics, Minnis we want and need a strong leader! We have thousands of struggling Bahamian fami lies and street people who feel as if they are living daily in the aftermath of a major hurricane. We have innocent children being killed on a regular basis by unchecked crime. Wake up Minnis! We dont need your tears . we need your good judgment and leadership. For Petes sake, please just resign if youre now not up to the task of the ofce you ran for!!! Proudloudandfnm asked: He ever cried for Free port???? I like whats being done for Dominica but damn man! When yall ga do something about Freeport!?!? Weve been suffering longer than Dominica . DO SOMETHING!!!! But there was this from Dawes: Well at least we can see that this is no longer a Christian nation. Yes there are people who are in need in this country, but there are also people in desperate need in our neighbouring countries. One hopes that other people feel the same when we next get hit by a storm. Going by the logic displayed here, Why should people in the US help the Bahamas, when there are Americans who are in need? Or maybe even why should people in Nassau help the southern islands when there are people in Nassau who are in need? Of course should the shoe be on the other foot these same people will be the rst crying and damning others for not helping them. In The Tribune s latest online poll, we asked read ers if they agreed with the Prime Ministers decision. At the time of going to press, 86 per cent of those voting backed Dr Minnis on the issue. READERS RESPOND TO PLANS TO SUPPORT DOMINICA A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 28, 2017, PAGE 7 to his plans to help citizens there, Mr McAlpine said he is crying for his own people. Pinewood MP Reuben Rahming, the speaker who followed Mr McAlp ine during the afternoon sitting of the House of Assembly, rebuked his colleagues comments. Other FNM parliamen tarians beat their desk in support of Mr Rahmings remarks at times while Mr McAlpine sat silently. Before you question my (Christianity), let me remind everyone and those watching by television, nobody in this country got a heaven to put me in or a hell to keep me out of, Mr McAlpine said appearing agitated. I dont want you to think that I dont think we should assist the people of Domi nica, but the route we are taking may cost us more in the long run. I under stand emphatically well that during our dilemma, during Hurricane Matthew, (Dom inica) contributed $100,000 to assist us. Were grateful. Well, my view is, the time has come that we should assist them. But my view, how? They gave us $100,000 maybe we should give them $200,000. Now I hear the story bout ain no money, but I know the Cabinet and since we talking about (Christian ity) theres something called seed time and (sow time), and theres enough folks in the Cabinet who could underwrite that and not miss it. So, if we cant afford it, do it on our behalf. Mr McAlpine suggested that once Dominicans expe rience a better standard of living in The Bahamas once they get here, they may not be inclined to return to their country. And let me also bring to your attention another reality; we could have our problem but here is the harsh reality, when we have our problem Bahamians dont run to the south, they run to the north because of our standard of living. So when you bring folks from south up here to another standard of living, lets see if they will be in a hurry to go back from whence they came, the MP said. Children are coming, are they all immunised? he asked. Do we know their conditions? They may be coming from (the) south but which one of you in this House would send your minor child to another country not accompanied by you? Who is coming with these children? How long are they are going to be here? Assist, but dont put us in a deeper quandary. It may cost us more going the route were going. During his blistering attack on his partys plans, he also said progress for Grand Bahama has been moving painfully slow. And although he is chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Baha mas, he said he has no dealings in the negotia tions of what takes place on the Lucayan strip referring to negotiations over the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort because he has not been involved in the process despite wanting to be. There seems to be a lack of cohesiveness as to what direction the island is going in or the harsh reality that its just not going, he said, adding that economic con ditions had left some Grand Bahamians homeless and sleeping in cars. Mr Rahming responded to Mr McAlpine by re-read ing parts of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speech from earlier yesterday in which he explained how Dominicans will be helped. Pinewood sees no way this interferes with the governments ability to love, care, support, defend, return this country back on its good foot in any way character matters, he said of the administrations plan. One of the hallmarks of leadership is listening. I am grateful that we can still stand here and ght the issues of Bahamian culture and still extend the hand abroad and help somebody else. Whatever it takes, I have a duty to leave my ego at the door and when my opinion conicts with the national good I check that at the door, Mr Rahming added. If you have a question as it relates to those who down south as being our family members, just go back a few hundred years. The same way the mail boat dropped off cargo along the way to our southern islands, the same way our family, brothers and sisters were dropped off down the same Caribbean chain and I chal lenge any Bahamian person whos kicking up and get ting beside themselves, go check your DNA and I guarantee you four out of ve Bahamian people have blood linkages all through out the Caribbean chain so we must check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. Were not high because were better, were high because of the grace of God and our location, Mr Rah ming said. FNM MP ASKS WILL REFUGEES GO BACK HOME? from page one FREDRICK MCALPINE MP HOMES lay scattered after the passing of Hurricane Maria in Roseau, the capital Dominica, on Saturday. Photo: Carlisle Jno Baptiste /AP A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE GLENDON Rolle, an attorney who ran as the Progressive Liberal Partys candidate in Long Island in the general election, announced yesterday he will run for chairman of the party at its October convention. While most high pro le PLP members have refused to criticise the party in public despite its humbling May 10 loss, Mr Rolle yesterday said to recover from that defeat, PLP supporters must admit that we have lost trust in our people. He also said party of cials should acknowledge that many have been overlooked and neglected and that many have been taken for granted. He said many of the PLPs very own were neglected, including stalwart councillors, adding that our youth have not been valued sufciently and effectively utilised. However, he said despite the PLPs shortcomings the party is focused on making things right. As we look around and see whats happening in our country every Bahamian can now admit that the Pro gressive Liberal Party is the best party in the Common wealth of The Bahamas. We have been knocked down, but not knocked out. We must not stick to the status quo, he also said at his campaign launch at the Cancer Society last night. We must break the strong barriers that have held this party stagnated for many years. He added: We all want to see the Progressive Lib eral Party returned as the government of this great country; and that can only be done, if we work hard to rebuilding, reshaping and reconnecting with all. A change is needed. I am part of that change. A revolutionary change that will bridge a noticeable gap, with our Family Islands, members and supporters, who are discouraged after a crushing defeat at the polls on May 10, 2017. It is my strong belief and conviction that when one Bahamian hurts, we all hurt. When one suffers, we all suffer. My goal is to ensure that every Bahamian under stands who we are as an organisation. As your next national chairman, I will assure that there is no divi sion across the board; that every island is counted, lis tened to and not ignored for we all are vital and equally important. Thus far, only former West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Obie Wilch combe has announced he will run for chairman of the party. Attorneys Wayne Munroe, QC, and Damian Gomez, QC, have said they are considering running for the post. Rolle aims to become PLP chairman By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter GLENDON ROLLE, former PLP candidate for Long Island, launched his campaign yesterday evening for the PLP chairmanship in the conference room at The Cancer Society. Photo: Shawn Hanna /Tribune Staff A8MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 28, 2017, PAGE 9 AS he outlined the eco nomic despair of Long Island, area MP Adrian Gibson lamented the cancer gambling houses had become in the small community, saying gaming addictions had deepened the islands socio-economic challenges. Speaking in the House of Assembly on Wednes day afternoon, the Water and Sewerage Corporation chairman told his colleagues how residents gaming addictions robbed students of lunch money and left some households without funds to buy groceries. In the face of this, he said, the island is in an economic decline and still has not recovered from Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. Mr Speaker, the prolif eration of numbers houses has become a cancer in our communities, Mr Gibson said. The economy is already hardly existent; not many people can be considered to have dis posable income, but the number houses are always full. There are persons who are addicted to gambling. This has deepened the socio-economic challenges we face. Of late, persons have been referred to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre for treatment of their addictions, but, where is the addiction and rehab programme that number houses were supposed to launch? There are children who are attending school without lunch; there are households that are without food and basic amenities due to gam bling addictions. Some people gamble their entire pay cheque at a numbers house. Many gamble with hope of being lucky and bettering their faith. He said it is estimated locally that about $200,000 leaves the island each month, repatriated by gambling houses to head quarters in Nassau. There are between 15 to 20 numbers houses in Long Island an island that has some 3,000 inhabit ants. How can that possibly be explained? The number houses are killing busi nesses. The number houses are killing the islands economy. We must address their impact in small island communities. He said some specu late that the Royal Bank of Canada may pull out of Long Island, leaving resi dents more vulnerable to gambling as they use the facilities as banks. As it stands, many islanders avoid bank transaction fees by send ing/receiving money via number houses. As one Long Islander told me, if you send $20, the person on the receiving end receives $20. The number houses are engaged in bankingbut where is the Central Bank in all of this? He also implored the gov ernment not to forget Long Island, an island plagued by unemployment and a brain drain. Year over year, our stu dents graduate and leave to pursue a better life elsewhere. Many to never return. . . We are hurting and, in terms of development, feel as though we are the forgotten outsider in this island chain. He called on the govern ment to give the island a proper international airport to boost tourist arrivals, saying the current Dead mans Cay terminal is smaller than some chicken coops. He urged the government to consider a public-private partnership or a public offering like the Arawak Port Development to fund a new airport. The desperation of Long Islanders for the long promised international air port has led persons who love Long Island, such as contractor Wade Knowles, to speak about building a terminal free of charge if given labour, Mr Gibson said. In addition to the air port, direct marketing of our island would help us to reach our full potential. Mr Gibson also told his constituents he would seek support of the prime min ister to expand water mains construction on the island, where most residents do not have access to running city water and instead have to construct their own water holding tanks. Gibson warns over web shops The Progressive Liberal Partys version of the inter ception bill was criticised as unconstitutional, and it was withdrawn by the former administration from the House of Assembly for fur ther consultation before the general election. The previous legisla tion was abandoned amid outcry from activists as well as the Free National Movement, in opposition at the time, expressing fear the PLP would use the socalled Spy Bill against opponents. Compared to the original Bill, the Minnis administra tions version has not been signicantly altered. Proponents of the legisla tion say it is a modern crime ghting tool, one that gives the Supreme Court some oversight of interception activities, a power the court doesnt have under the Lis tening Devices Act which it would repeal. The legislation broadens the communication ser vices and networks from which law enforcement ofcers could intercept data, and it allows ofcers to obtain entry warrants from the Supreme Court so they could secretly enter institutions to set up interception devices. It forces people who work for postal or communi cations services, be they public or private networks, to assist in the execution of an interception or entry warrant. Unlike the original bill, the new bill gives the minister responsible for national security the power to authorise cer tain people to use listening devices for no more than 30 days so long as the min ister is satised that the interests of the defence or the internal security of The Bahamas so require that it be done. The Interception of Com munication Bill also gives the commissioner of police, after consultation with the attorney general, similar powers to authorise a police ofcer to use a listening device for no longer than 14 days. Meanwhile, the NIA Bill comes after the former Christie administration spent years promising, but ultimately failing, to bring the version of the Bill it said was prepared. Despite no legal framework being in place, the NIA oper ated under the Christie administration until it was disbanded by the Free National Movement shortly after the May general election. The Bill, which aims to coordinate intelligence gathering among law enforcement agencies and government departments, is striking for its emphasis on secrecy. Although the director of the agency is expected to maintain a public pro le, the agents of the NIA are expected to have their identities kept secret. The agents will not be public ofcers, the Bill said, and it would be an offence to disclose their identity unless authorised by the prime minister or director. A review committee of parliamentarians and sena tors will have oversight over the NIA. This committee will consist of three par liamentarians and two senators selected by the prime minister, and one parliamentarian and senator selected by the leader of the Official Opposition. Although the review committee can consider any particular operational matter of the NIA, this power can be limited by the prime minister, according to the Bill. The review committees access to information can also be limited. The relevant minis ter could decide that any information the review committee seeks should not be disclosed to it. The committee would be required to make annual reports to Parlia ment on the discharge of its functions, but only if the prime minister believes its reported material wouldnt be prejudicial to the func tions of the agency. The review commit tee would be responsible for investigating com plaints against the NIA and could summon and enforce the appearance of anyone to give evi dence under oath during an investigation. State Minister for Legal Affairs Elsworth John son, who tabled both bills, said the administra tion will allow a period of public consultations to take place before debate on the tabled bills takes place in Parliament. NEW SPY BILL TABLED from page one ADRIAN Gibson MP pictured in Long Island during the election campaign. He spoke in the House of Assembly yesterday on a number of matters including the need to develop an interna tional airport in Long Island. 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PAGE 10, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE A FORMER police ofcer has applied for leave to apply for judicial review of the commissioner of polices decision to dis charge him from the Royal Bahamas Police Force allegedly because of his unwillingness to compro mise a key component of his Muslim faith. Former Constable Bertram Bain, in court documents seen by The Tribune submitted the application on the basis that Commissioner Elli son Greenslades decision to dismiss him from the RBPF without giving him the opportunity to respond was unconstitutional, unreasonable, unlawful, null and of no legal effect. Mr Bain further sub mits in his application that Commissioner Greenslade irrationally exercised his powers when he failed to promptly allow the appli cant the opportunity to appeal his decision before he was dismissed. Mr Bain is also chal lenging the legality of his dismissal, alleging in his application that Commis sioner Greenslade illegally exercised his powers when he either by deliberate and/or by neglect failed to ensure that the applicants benets payment be sus pended, withheld or denied before the applicant had the opportunity to exhaust the appeal process. To that end, Mr Bain is also seeking an order of certiorari to quash the deci sion of the commissioner and/or his servants to dis miss him without giving him an opportunity to respond, as well as to quash the commissioners decision to recommend that Mr Bains benets payment be sus pended, withheld or denied before the applicant had the opportunity to exhaust the appeal process. He is also seeking an order of mandamus to direct the commissioner to update, adjust and correct the applicants benets, and to restore and pay to Mr Bain all benets awards due and payable to him, as at the date of his discharge until the comple tion of the appeal process. In addition, Mr Bain is seeking six declarations, which include, but are not limited to, that Com missioner Greenslades decision to terminate Mr Bain was so manifestly unreasonable that no reasonable authority or tribunal, entrusted with its powers, could reasonably have come to that deci sion in all circumstances of this case, and that Com missioner Greenslade has acted unfairly, unlawful, unreasonable, arbitrarily, capriciously and abusive towards the applicant. As such, Mr Bain is seek ing damages, interest, costs, and other compensation as the court deems just. The Tribune also received a copy of the summons for Commissioner Greenslade to appear before Justice Indra Charles for a hearing into the matter on Tues day. However, The Tribune understands the matter was ultimately adjourned to December. In August, Mr Bains attorney Maria Daxon told The Tribune of her intent to le an injunction in the Supreme Court to stay the August 2 decision to dismiss Mr Bain, which she alleged hinged on Mr Bains unwillingness to shave his beard in accord ance with the RBPFs grooming policies. Mr Bain rst joined the RBPF in 2000, and con verted to Islam sometime in 2011. A copy of Mr Bains dis charge certicate obtained by The Tribune showed that on August 2, the ofcer of 17 years was discharged from the RBPF in accord ance with Section 7(c) of the Police Disciplinary Regulations No 1965 and Section 21 (1)(c) of the Police Force Act 2009. The discharge certi cate noted that during his tenure with the RBPF, Mr Bains conduct and gen eral character has been unsatisfactory. However, Mr Bain, according to court docu ments obtained by The Tribune claimed that his dismissal was the end result of his multiple attempts at having Commissioner Greenslade acquiesce to his pleas to adhere to the Muslim practice of not shaving ones beard while serving as a member of the RBPF. Fired because I am Muslim By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter In response, Mr Fitzger ald accused Mr Bannister of defamatory statements and insisted he did not ben et from a BPL brokerage contract awarded to BCL. He said the ministers ref erence to him in Parliament last week was gratuitous and not protected by the privileges of the House of Assembly. Mr Fitzgerald further threatened to bring legal action for defamation in reference to newspaper headlines and skillfully misleading information in the publications regarding the matter. Mr Speaker, I wish to announce publicly that if Mr Fitzgerald les a law suit against me based on a claim that I defamed him when I spoke in this place on September 20, 2017, I will waive my parliamen tary privilege in relation to that occasion. I shall do so, sir, on the condition that Mr Fitzgerald provides two simple undertakings, Mr Bannister said on a point of privilege in Parliament yes terday during the morning session. The rst is that he will proceed quickly with the action, and will not with draw it until the court issues its judgment. Sir, this rst condition is in Mr Fitzger alds best interest since he would not wish to withdraw an action that he les in order to vindicate himself. The second undertak ing is that Mr Fitzgerald will agree to pay me any damages or costs that the court determines ought to be paid to me within 30 days of the judgment. I nd this condition nec essary, sir, because I am reliably informed that in the year and a half since the Supreme Court issued its ruling against him, Mr Fitzgerald has not paid the $150,000 ne, and indeed may be relying on the gov ernment to pay it for him as well as his legal costs which may amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was referring to a Supreme Court decision and resulting ne after it was ruled last year Mr Fitzgerald was not legally justied when he tabled the private emails of environ mental action group Save The Bays in Parliament, and therefore could not be protected by parliamentary privilege. Finally, Mr Speaker, again in contrast to Mr Fitzgerald, I publicly under take that should he le his lawsuit, I will retain at my own expense attorneys from the private Bar to rep resent me. I am different from him, and will not rely on the government to defend me in court at the expense of the Bahamian people, Mr Bannister said. The one good thing that has emerged from Mr Fitzgeralds recent rants is the indication of his new found condence that the courts that he vilied are indeed independent and impartial, and will fairly adjudicate his case against me. I do not wish to hinder or prejudice Mr Fitzgeralds quest to litigate this matter, and accordingly I shall not be asking for a ruling on this attack on my privilege in his honourable House. Earlier in his address to colleagues, Mr Bannister had said: Respect is some thing that I carry with me every time I enter this his toric building, and often I pause to reect upon the tradition of integrity that so many past members brought to this place. That is why I so care fully check, double check and triple check every word that I utter in this place. I want the people of Carmi chael who elected me and the people of the Baha mas to appreciate that we are here to do their busi ness, and we will do it in a manner that respects the honour, dignity and tradi tions of Parliament. He also said: He (Mr Fitzgerald) abused the privilege of this honourable House and ought to have been condemned for bla tantly misusing this forum that the Bahamian people have entrusted to us. His mean-spirited and churlish conduct was offensive to right thinking people. His tory will not remember him kindly. I deny defaming Mr Fitzgerald. In any event, I am advised that one may only defame someone who has a good reputation. Responding to this, Mr Fitzgerald in a statement yesterday said when it comes to his reputation, his accomplishments under the former government will be recorded on the right side of history. He also said it is ironic Mr Bannister seemed not to know the difference between a caution and a threat to le suit, while maintaining he never gave himself a government contract while he was in Cabinet. For his part on the courts ruling on Save The Bays, Mr Fitzgerald said: Save the Bays cleverly sued me in my capacity as a minister of the government and not my personal capacity and as such they effectively sued the government. Had they sued me in my personal capacity obviously I would have had to bear the cost but I would have also been obligated to reveal every thing I had in my possession and knew to the courts and Save the Bays on discovery would have done the same. I want to make it abso lutely clear that when the government withdrew the appeal in the Save the Bays matter they did not con sult me nor did they have to as I was not a party to the matter in my personal capacity. In fact, the Court of Appeal made it clear at the hearing that I was personally liable for any cost or the $150,000 ne. That was the cost to the government for withdraw ing the appeal. Mr Bannisters remarks in the House sparked a back and forth argu ment between him and Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin. She argued he further attacked Mr Fitzgerald, suggesting he was a private citizen. Her constant attempts to make arguments in this regard led House Speaker Halson Moultrie to threaten she would be named and suspended in the House if these attempts did not cease. He viewed the attempts as disrespect to the chair. Later when the House returned from its afternoon break, PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis chimed in on the matter. He said the former MP is a private citizen and it is not proper or appropri ate for us to speak to him or to his character in any demeaning way. In response, Mr Ban nister said he was very deliberate in what he said in Parliament. 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THE TRIBUNE Thursday, September 28, 2017, PAGE 11 POLITICAL foes in the Pinewood constituency launched a collaborative effort on Wednesday to establish the Pinewood Foundation and that com munitys rst festival event. Reuben Rahming, who secured more than half the votes cast in Pinewood during the May 10 gen eral election, called the foundations strategy a sustainable one, adding that it will engage the community in its own selfdevelopment as it looks to bring awareness to the plight of residents. We do this for the good of Pinewood, the Free National Movement MP said during a press conference in the House of Assemblys Majority Room. Together we can do all things, but divided we cannot live a sustainable life. The foundation is the brainchild of former inde pendent candidate Alecia Hart; former Democratic National Alliance can didate Lincoln Bain and former Peoples Movement candidate Glen Rolle. It has received the backing and support of Mr Rahming and former area MP Khaalis Rolle. Mr Rahming said he viewed the establish ment of a foundation as an opportunity to tap into the greatness of every can didate that vied for the constituency of Pinewood. He suggested that those who are playing integral roles in the constituency, through the foundation, would become examples to youth in the area, who he said were becoming victims of violence at an alarming rate. Mr Rahming added that unity among the one-time political foes, could bring together the striving community. We have more in common than what we have apart. And if we can accentuate positive, we can denitely eliminate the negative; from crime, poverty, vice, divisiveness, and we can nd the things that make us our brothers keepers and make the dif ference here today, he said. So, I am glad and I am pleased that we are wholeheartedly linked and focused, not only as an example in Pinewood, but as an example to our nation that we can come together. We will come together and through the forma tion of this foundation and through the establishment of a perpetual festival where we celebrate ourselves, you will begin to see the marked difference which we seek in our society today, Mr Rah ming added. Meanwhile, Mr Bain called yesterdays launch evidence of political matu rity in the Bahamas, adding that each candidate has shown a great level of love and respect for the area. Now you can see the genuineness of all our polit ical campaigns, he said. They were not to be just members of Parliament. It was not to be in politics. It was for Pinewood. All of us said that in our cam paigns and now you see that we are showing that by our actions. By their fruits, you will know them. Mr Bain is one of three former candidates who reside in the Pinewood constituency. He said the unity now on display in the area can go a long way to turning things around for residents. Because Pinewood is united, nothing will be impossible for us. They say it is impossible to x a ooding problem, now that Pinewood is united, nothing will be impossible for us. The ooding problem can be xed now that Pinewood is united, Mr Bain said. They say there is a crime problem in Pinewood, now nothing is impossible for us. There are no politi cal enemies in Pinewood. Pinewood is united. Politics is over, it is time for us to assist our community and that is the purpose we are here today. This is true leadership. This is historic leadership. And we call on all commu nities, all communities; all constituencies in The Baha mas to follow this model, to follow this leadership and do the same. We have a country to save. Stop sitting back and criticising and throwing jeers at your political ene mies. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Lets get to work together and lets save our communities. We will do it one community at a time. We are going to start in Pinewood Gardens and we ask you to follow us, Mr Bain added. For her part, Ms Hart called it a joy to partner with the former candidates to ensure the best for the community. Ms Hart, dubbed the soul of the project, said there was an urgent need for funding in Pinewood. However, she said current community models were not effectively working to aid in the progression and development of the area. The establishment of the foundation ensures that we have structure in place. It ensures that there is a government or body that handles funding, called a development board. Ms Hart added: We, all ve of us, will not have access and decision-mak ing powers. The board will basically be in charge. So as it pertains to the foundation, it is our desire to encourage not only local persons or local businesses to contribute, or indi viduals; but we encourage international foundations around the globe to give us grants, to give us funding because in Pinewood we need it. In addition to its rst community meeting sched uled for November 18 on the community park, the Pinewood Foundation aims to increase community involvement through vol unteerism, networking and participation. The foundation has already announced a part nership with Fourteenth Clubs Golf Academy, which is headed by Bahamian golf standout Georgette Rolle. By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE PRESS conference held by Pinewood MP Reuben Rahming to announce plans for the Pine wood Foundation. Photos: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff MEMBER of Parliament for Pinewood Reuben Rahming. Opponents join forces to work for a better Pinewood A11MAIN CAVES VILLAGEPremium Oce Space for Lease1,409 sq.. 5 oces, conference room, reception, kitchen, bathroom with shower, IT/ling room. $5,459.88 pm inc. CAM +VAT 572 sq.. open plan with conference room, kitchenette, bathroom, IT closet. $2,216.50 pm inc. CAM +VAT Contact Mr. Simon Chappell on 327 1575 or 477-7610 Email: NOTICE! 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PAGE 12, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE THE 45th annual Conch Cracking Festival in McLeans Town is expected to attract hundreds to East Grand Bahama on Monday, October 9. The Ministry of Tourism and the McLeans Town Conch Cracking Associa tion have announced plans to hold the rst National Conch Cracking Cham pionship, which is being sponsored by BTC. The cultural festival will be held at the McLeans Town School grounds from 11am to 8pm and will fea ture lots of conch themed dishes, and other native food and drinks. Last years festival was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew. Elaine Smith, senior manager of cultural festi vals, said such events are an integral part of the islands tourism product. We recognise the impor tance of these celebrations that tell the story of our past and highlight the rich value of our Bahamian his tory, she said. Ms Smith said visitors and residents could par ticipate in the plaiting of the maypole, kayak racing, and the unique conch frit ters and spoon race. She said there would be lots of fresh seafood available by local shermen, as well as live entertainment and per formances by Deep South Island Boys, Royal Baha mas Police Pop Band, and the East End School. The ministry will facili tate the transportation of guests from hotels in the Freeport area. Latesha Lord, marketing and public relations ofcer at BTC, said the com pany has committed up to $10,000 in cash to ensure a successful festival. We are pleased that the committee has asked us to once again partner with them, she said. Ms Lord said BTC would be providing free wifor patrons. The company will also have a booth at the fes tival grounds. Belinda Russell, assistant chairman of the McLeans Town Conch Cracking Association, thanked BTC and fellow sponsor Burns House. Ms Russell said that the national Conch Cracking Championship is an open event and persons are invited to represent their island to determine which island of The Bahamas has the fastest conch cracker in the country. She said there are cash prizes of $700, $500, and $300 for rst, second, and third place nishers, respec tively. She said the winner would also receive a high end cellular phone from BTC, and be the rst listed winner of the BTC oating trophy. There will also be conch cracking competitions for visitors, businesses, and juniors. Businesses on the island are encouraged to have one or more per sons from their company to enter. Applications are available, or individuals can call chairman Kendal Lea then at 443-9678. Ms Russell said the reg istration fee this year has been waived. The public can be assured of a fun-lled day for the whole family with the hospitality of the people of McLeans Town and East Grand Bahama, she said. The McLeans Town Conch Cracking Festival rst started in 1972 under the inspiration of English teacher Jeffery Morgan. Even though Hurri cane Matthew caused the cancellation of the festival last year, it has inspired the committee to work to make up for last year. We are looking greater partici pation to make this years event a success, which will help us contribute to the improvement of the com munity of McLeans Town, he said. Conch fest back after hurricane By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter THE newly formed Blood Donors Society of Grand Bahama plans to create an island-wide donors register to enlist more voluntary blood donations and to increase blood supply on the island. The organisation was launched on Tuesday in the foyer of the Rand Memorial Hospital, and its president, Lededra Marche, said rep resentatives want to raise public awareness of the need for voluntary blood donors. She said the blood supply is always at a chronically low level, and that the current pool of donors is sometimes strained. Blood donors are the key players as they donate life-saving gifts to persons in need, she said. While we have cham pion donors who voluntarily and regularly donate blood, to whom we are genuinely grateful, there is still the need to enlist more, as that pool is sometimes strained. Our blood supply has been dependent on replace ment or direct blood donors, which, according to our health consultants, is always at a chronically low level. The organisation is made up of health profession als, civic communities and members of the public. The creation of a donors list and registry is a top priority. We have all heard the calls at some point in time for members of the public to come forward and give blood. We all know someone who has needed blood, and some of us may even have been on the receiving end of that call, Mrs Marche said. We are grateful for the partnerships that have been forged with the Grand Bahama Health Services, The Red Cross, and other civic organisations and will be coming to your church, organisation, agency, school and business houses to join us in the ght to save lives, she said. Other executive mem bers are Dr Catherine Adderley, vice-president; Claudia Glinton, treasurer; Meritta Strachan, outreach co-ordinator; Maria McI ntosh, event co-ordinator; Davina Rutherford, PR assistant; Valeria Burrows, PR assistant; Patricia Burton, procurement; Dr Mandi Ped ican, medical advisor to the group, Heidi McPhee, Dixie Jones, and Lydia Heneld. Physician and internist Dr Pamela Etuk and Rand Memorial Hospital Admin istrator Sharon Williams also spoke to the group. Ms Williams was pleased to see that another important health initiative was launched in Grand Bahama through the collaborative efforts of members of the community and corporate citizens. Our dedicated labo ratory staff has felt the challenge of providing health services 24/7 for the entire community, leaving little time for aggressive planning and maintenance of a blood donor pro gramme that supports the needs of all emergencies and health incidences in a timely manner, she said. The members of this society launched today have committed to the organi sation and management of a robust programme of awareness and procure ment under the guidance of qualied clinical advisors and laboratory profession als from the health services. These concerned pri vate citizens thought it best to collaborate rather than criticise, to cooperate rather than tear down and to unite rather than breakdown or destroy, with tongues of a national blood bank pro gramme; we express our thanks for your interim solu tion to our local concerns, administrator Williams said. She stressed that Grand Bahama Health Services is cognizant of the importance of building relationships with people, the commu nity, public and private organisations, and corpo rations. She pledged their professional support and assistance to the Blood Donors Society of Grand Bahama. BLOOD DONOR REGISTER FOR GRAND BAHAMA By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FROM left: Rudy Sawyer, committee member of the McLeans Town Conch Cracking Committee; Belinda Russell, assistant chairman of MTCCC; Elaine Smith, senior manager of festivals at Ministry of Tourism; Latesha Lord, marketing and public rela tions at BTC, Jeffrey Pinder, senior manager of sustainable tour ism at Ministry of Tourism. A12MAIN


PAGE 14, Thursday, September 28, 2017 THE TRIBUNE LOS ANGELES (AP) Playboy magazine founder and sexual revolution symbol Hugh Hefner has died. He was 91. The magazine released a statement saying Hefner died at his home of natural causes on Wednesday night surrounded by family. Founding the magazine in 1953, Hefner built a brand that dened the sexual cul ture of the second half of the 20th century. Playboys buxom models were the objects of millions of mens fantasies as Hefner challenged what he derided as Americas Puritanical attitudes toward sex. For decades, he was the pipe-smoking, silk-pajamawearing center of a constant fantasy party at Playboy mansions in Chicago and then in Los Angeles. PLAYBOY FOUNDER DIES, AGED 91 TOKYO (AP) Japa nese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament Thurs day, paving the way for a snap election that is expected to be held October 22. The speaker of the house, Tadamori Oshima, read the statement of dissolution. Abe is widely seen as trying to reconsolidate his grip on power within the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party, so he can extend the term of his premiership next year. The dissolution of the more powerful of Japans two-chamber par liament comes more than a year before required by law. The ruling party, though, faces a growing challenge from a new party launched by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike this week. The Party of Hope has energized some voters, and is gaining renegade lawmakers from the main opposition party. EARLY VOTE IN JAPAN HUGH HEFNER, pictured in 2006. The Playboy founder has died, aged 91. MONTEBELLO, PUERTO RICO Associated Press RELATIVES helped Maribel Valentin Espino nd shelter when Hurri cane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico. Neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain roads after the storm had passed. Now, friends and a local cattle ranch provide the water they need to survive in the tropical heat. Valentin and her hus band say they have not seen anyone from the Puerto Rican government, much less the Federal Emergency Management Agency, since the storm tore up the island Sept. 20, killing at least 16 people and leaving nearly all 3.4 million people in Puerto Rico without power and most without water. People say FEMA is going to help us, Valentin said Tuesday as she showed Associated Press journalists around the sodden wreck age of her home. Were waiting. Many others are also waiting for help from anyone from the federal or Puerto Rican govern ment. But the scope of the devastation is so broad, and the relief effort so con centrated in San Juan, that many people from outside the capital say they have received little to no help. Valentin, her husband and teenage son live in one such area, Montebello, a 20-minute drive into what used to be lushly forested mountains near the north ern coastal municipality of Manati. Hurricane Marias Category 4 winds stripped the trees bare and scattered them like matchsticks. It seemed like a monster, she recalled. The roads are passable now but the community is still isolated. Nobody has visited, not from the government, not from the city, no one, said Antonio Velez, a 64-year-old who has lived there his entire life. In the central town of Morovis, Manolo Gonzalez built a makeshift raft out of a plastic pallet buoyed by soda bottles to help neigh bors ferry food, gasoline and other basic supplies across a river where the bridge was destroyed. Someone had already strung a cable over the 100-yard stretch of river so people could hold on as they crossed in search of supplies. Theres no food over there, Gonzalez said. We have to help each other because thats all we have. The same complaint echoed throughout the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa, the rst town Maria hit as it barreled across the island with 155 mph winds. Nothing, nothing, noth ing, said 58-year-old retiree Angel Luis Rodri guez. Ive lost everything, and no one has shown up to see if anyone lives here. At a nearby river, dozens of people gathered to bathe and wash clothes as they grumbled about the lack of aid. Theres been no help from the mayor or from the federal government, said 64-year-old retiree Maria Rodriguez as she held a coconut in her right hand and took sips from it. After Georges hit us (in 1998), they responded quickly. But now? Nothing. We need water and food. Nearby, one girl engaged in a thumb war with a friend as she lled an empty water bottle with her other hand. Downstream, a woman sat cross-legged in the water behind a friend and helped wash her hair. The recovery in the rst week since the storm has largely been a do-it-yourself affair. People collect water from wells and streams, clear roads and repair their own homes when they are not waiting in daylong lines for gasoline and diesel. For most, the only visible sign of authority are police ofcers directing trafc, a critical service because traf c lights are out across the island. I have seen a lot of helicopters go by. I assume those are people from FEMA, said Jesus Argi lagos, who lives in Manati and works at a grocery store that is only open part of the day because of the power crisis. People get pissed off because they see them going back and forth and not doing anything. There are several thou sand US federal employees in Puerto Rico helping with the recovery effort. They are most visible in San Juan, where ofcials with FEMA, Homeland Secu rity, Customs and Border Protection have a presence at hotels that before the storm served tourists in the Condado neighborhood or at the convention center that has become a staging ground for relief efforts. Federal workers sup plied diesel to generators at hospitals and delivered desperately needed food and water to hard-hit com munities across the island. They have repaired the air trafc control systems and power at the airport, which is far from normal operations with only about a dozen commercial ights per day. US agents have also provided security across the island and the Coast Guard has worked with local authorities to restore the sea ports, a vital link because Puerto Rico is almost completely depend ent on imports. In addition, teams from the Army Corps of Engi neers are helping to repair the electricity grid and to inspect and look for ways to avert the collapse of a dam near the western town of Quebradillas that has developed a crack and that ofcials have said could potentially fail. And personnel from Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs have provided care and helped evacuate people from Puerto Rico with chronic medical conditions. A US Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, whose staff can perform surger ies, also is scheduled to arrive in the coming days, said Resident Commis sioner Jennifer Gonzalez, the islands representative in Congress. Federal teams also were scheduled to visit the cen tral mountain town of Aibonito, which was cut off from the rest of the island for ve days. Many people began rationing their food and water supplies as they dwindled, unclear of when they would have contact with the outside world. We thought somebody was going to stop by, said Ana Lidia Mendoza, a 48-year-old cook at a barbe cue restaurant who lost part of her roof. They told us that we had to stay calm. Gov Ricardo Rossello and Gonzalez have said they intend to seek more than a billion dollars in federal assistance and they have praised the response to the disaster by President Donald Trump, who plans to visit Puerto Rico next week, as well as FEMA Administrator Brock Long. Nothing, nothing residents left without aid in Puerto Rico RUBY RODRIGUEZ, eight, looks back at her mother as she wades across the San Lorenzo Morovis river with her family, since the bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria, in Morovis, Puerto Rico, yesterday. They were returning to their home after visiting family on the other side. Photo: Gerald Herbert /AP A14MAIN


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