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Watch the lm every agonising, wrenching, awful second. Then give up Eugenes killer Nassau & Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper Volume:114 No.215, SEPTEMBER 29TH 2017 THE PEOPLES PAPER: $1 WEEKEND: A JOURNEY WHICH FULFILLED A MANS DREAMS WeekendFriday, September 29, 2017 From Andros to the boardroom Interview, pages 4&5 Living the dream RACE FOR THE CUREPage 21 Weekend FRIDAY HIGH 91F LOW 80F it! The Tribune THE hugs and comforting words of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and his wife Patricia Minnis couldnt answer the questions that consumed Kendera Woodside yesterday as she grieved for her son, eightyear-old Eugene, who was killed four days ago. Why these people aint tell ing me they bringing my son right now? she cried between screams as Dr Minnis tried to console the family at their Rose bud Road home where Eugene was shot by a stray bullet on Monday as he did his homework. Three days after the murder that pushed the countrys struggle with violent crime into the national spotlight yet again, her pain remained acute. He aint even live a life, my God, Mrs Woodside cried. Hes a baby. I could give my breath right now just for my baby to be right here. They take my heart out my body. This my only son. They almost shoot my daughter too and they inside (the house) with me. What they do to my family? What they do to us? Why they ain carry me? I live 29 years, Hes a baby. Tonio Woodside, Eugenes father, consoled his wife even as he struggled to maintain composure. Dr Minnis said he felt the fam ilys pain. What makes me feel even worse is that most of those we see in the yard, I, during my years as a medical doctor, wouldve delivered most of them so they are closer to me knowing they are my former patients, Dr Minnis, a gynaecologist by pro fession, said. The message we must send to the entire Bahamas is the police cant ght this alone. Each citizen has a responsibility and whatever information one has we must bring that forward. These criminals live among us. Mrs Minnis, who emphasised to the family that her appear ance before them was not a political move, called on women to wear black one day this week in mourning for murder victims. As a mother, Im calling upon all mothers because I really believe mothers can stop this, said Mrs Minnis, who was tearful at times. We have our sons who we cradle from birth and as they become men we are still with them. We have to speak with them. I think all women should wear black one day this week and mourn whats happening in our countries. Yes I feel for this mother more than I can say. Dr Minnis said he will ensure medical attention is provided to Mrs Woodside, who is pregnant. You can see the grieving and pain shes going through, he said. I assured her that some time today (Friday) we will have medical personnel come to look after her because shes preg nant. I have to make sure that her and her unborn infant are both well and we will also make arrangements to make sure the necessary medical personnel look after her and see her on a regular basis to ensure the safety of her and her unborn infant. THE Attorney Gen eral yesterday slammed deciencies in the nations anti-money laundering regime as entirely unac ceptable, warning they had put The Bahamas in great danger. Carl Bethel told Trib une Business he had been so alarmed by the Carib bean Financial Action Task Forces (CFATF) draft report on The Bahamas that he instructed his staff to begin work on addressing the aws from early June. Mr Bethel blasted the former Christie adminis tration for failing to tackle known weaknesses with the necessary urgency. AG WARNS ECONOMY BRENSIL Rolle, min ister of public services and National Insurance, said between December 2016 and May 2017, the public purse ballooned by $16,532,738 because of the Christie administrations hiring of new public service workers during that period. In June, he told Par liament the cost to Bahamians of such increases was $10,149,738. The revision comes after he included more than 1,700 workers that were not in his original count. Amid the Progressive Liberal Partys criticism of the Minnis administra tion because of its rings PLP CASUAL HIRES COST EXTRA $10M VIDEO OF PMS VISIT ONLINE AT TRIBUNE242.COM PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Min nis meeting Kendera Woodside, the mother of murdered Eugene Woodside. Photo: Yontalay Bowe By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter SEE PAGE TWO SEE PAGE SIX By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor FULL STORY SEE BUSINESS A1MAIN


PAGE 2, Friday, September 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE On Wednesday, police said they had found the get away vehicle they believe was used by the person responsible for the sense less daylight shooting that left Eugene and a man dead. The other victim was the gunmans intended target, police have said. The silver coloured Nissan minivan was found early Wednesday morning in bushes on Boyd Road, near a cemetery. 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. Investigations continue. WATCH THE FILM EVERY AGONISING, WRENCHING, from page one FOLLOW THEWEEKEND NEWSON YOUR MOBILE-FRIENDLY TRIBUNE242.COMDont miss breaking news throughout the weekend and a video review of the weeks most important stories with e Tribunes Top 5. And, on Monday, start the week as e Tribune returns to newsstands with a round-up of all the weekend news, business and sport. Plus Insight news, analysis and comment on the big issues of the day. Check out the latest properties for sale and rent in the Home Buyers Guide. And e Tribunes Classieds Trader the best guide to cars for sale, real estate, help wanted and more. A 23-YEAR-OLD man, of West Grand Bahama, was fatally injured in a trafc accident on Queens Highway in the Bootle Bay area on Wednesday night. This latest incident brings the trafc fatality count on the island to six for 2017. According to police, the victim was driving in a grey Honda Accord sedan when he reportedly lost con trol and crashed into the bushes sometime around 8pm. Asst Supt Terecita Pinder said ofcers responded to reports of a trafc accident in the Bootle Bay area, and on arrival ASP Pinder saw that a man had died. She said police are investigating the accident, and are appealing to motorists to slow down, obey the speed limit, and to wear their seat belts. Grand Bahama recorded its rst trafc fatality on August 4 when Carl Stubbs died as a result of an accident on Settlers Way. On August 7, three Italian visitors died in a two-car collision on East Sunrise Highway and Gedney Drive, involving a GMC Sierra Truck and a silver coloured Nissan Tilda. Hospital employee Deangelo Sturrup died on September 1 when his car crashed on Grand Bahama Highway, near the domes tic section of the Grand Bahama International Airport. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis comforting the family of Eugene Woodside yesterday after the eight-year-old was killed as he did his homework. Photos: Yontalay Bowe A2MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 29, 2017, PAGE 3 POLICE made two gun seizures on Wednesday. In the rst incident, around 5pm, ofcers from the Firearm Tracing and Gang Investigations Unit were conducting an opera tion at Dorsett Street in Fox Hill, when they saw a man who aroused their suspicion. The man, on seeing the ofcers, red a shot at them with a handgun, police said. The ofcers returned re and the male ed on foot, dropping his rearm to the ground. The ofcers gave chase but were unable to catch the male. The re arm was retrieved from the ground and found to be a Smith and Wesson pistol containing three rounds of ammunition. In the second incident, shortly before midnight, ofcers from the Fire arm Tracing and Gang Investigations Unit were conducting an operation at the Saunders Lane area off Rock Crusher Road, when they saw three men who aroused they suspicion. The males ran after seeing police. The ofcers gave chase but did not catch the men. The ofcers conducted a search of the area where the males were standing and found a Micro Draco AK-47 Assault Rie with a magazine containing 21 rounds of ammunition. HANDGUN AND AK-47 SEIZED OFFICERS from the Drug Enforcement Unit took a woman into custody after they seized a quantity of dangerous drugs from a home on Wednesday. Police said shortly after 11am, DEU ofcers exe cuted a search warrant on a home located at Clifton Street, where they uncov ered ve pounds of marijuana. A woman living in the home was taken into custody. Meanwhile, two men were arrested by Mobile Division ofcers in two separate incidents on Wednesday for drug possession. In the rst incident, shortly after 6pm, Mobile Division ofcers were on routine patrol on Tyler Street, when they saw a man walking in the area acting suspiciously. The man was stopped, searched and two plastic bags con taining a large amount of foil wraps in which mari juana was found. The man was taken into custody. Then shortly before 7pm, Mobile Division ofc ers were on routine patrol on Dorsett Street, Fox Hill when they saw a man walking in the area acting suspiciously. The man was searched and a quantity of marijuana was found in his possession. He was taken into custody. Investigations continue. DRUGS DISCOVERED BY POLICE THE mother of an eightyear-old boy diagnosed with a rare hereditary condition is again appealing to the public for help in securing the life-saving medication needed to treat her son. Fearing the next attack could come at any point over the next three months, Angelica Miller said she is in a race against time to raise $4,000 within the next four weeks. Angelicas son, Tarique, is often described as a typi cal third grader. That is until his hereditary angi oedema (HAE) ares up, at which point, every living second is precious, accord ing to his mother. In an interview with The Tribune on Thursday, Ms Miller said while she is grateful for all the aid provided to her son over the course of the last ve years, the monthly water drives, countless pleas to corporate Bahamas and cookouts have not yielded the nearly $8,000 needed to buy at least two vials of the medicine Berinert that is needed each year. Doctors have mandated that either the family or local health ofcials keep at least two vials of the medication on island every year. In cases where the drug is not available, Ms Miller is required to raise roughly $4,000 needed to buy each dose, ofcially request it from suppliers in the United States, board a plane, physically pick it up and then deliver it to doc tors in The Bahamas. Clearly ustered by the possibilities that her son could face in the coming weeks, Ms Miller said her only option is to raise the money needed. There is no plan B, there is no do-overs in this situa tion, she said. If his next attack comes and we dont have the medicine here, I dont want to face that reality. HAE is caused by a low level or improper function of a protein called the C1 inhibitor. With HAE, the blood vessels are affected. An HAE attack can result in rapid swelling of the hands, feet, limbs, face, intestinal tract, larynx (voice-box), or trachea (windpipe). During are-ups, the body experiences major swelling, particularly in the chest cavity, result ing in restricted breathing. Patients suffering with the condition are unable to pro duce the necessary protein needed to reduce swelling and uid retention in the body. Attacks of swelling can become more severe in late childhood and adolescence. Recalling an ordeal from last year when she had to rush her son to the hospi tal at 3am, check-in for a departing ight at 5am and sit through several delayed returning ights that even ing, Ms Miller said she is terried by what may come. Its not a pride thing for me, its all about Tarique. God will never put more on you than you can bear, and in this case, I know if I do my part the Lord will meet me along the way, she said. I just cant go through what I went through last year because for the rst time in a long time, I feared that I could lose my baby. Of that attack last year, she said: Tarique was rushed to the emergency room, it was around 3am. We were already waiting on one vial and it just so hap pened, in this case, I was already scheduled to travel for it. I had to pick between leaving my child in the emergency room and jump ing on a plane to Florida to pick up the medicine needed to save his life. She continued: I got to the airport in panic, got on the plane, and once in Fort Lauderdale I rushed straight to the hospital there to get the medicine. I had to ll out all sorts of forms and I could feel the devil pulling at me. After some time and some issues, I got the medicine and was able to head back to the airport to come home. But everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I was told that the ight was closed. Meanwhile, my phone was ringing nonstop. Everyone wanted to know how far out I was because his condition was getting worse. I pleaded with the desk agents there, explained what the situation was. I was horried. Ms Miller added: Even tually I got on, and had to sit through a couple of delays. Like I said, the devil was busy. In the middle of the airport in Fort Laud erdale, I let out a scream. Everyone looked at me as if I was crazy. I didnt get back in Nassau until late that night. As if it wasnt already bad, I got off the plane and customs and immigra tion (ofcers) were trying to hold me up. The only thing I had on me was a small bag, tossed over my shoulder, my passport in my hand and a small cooler with Tariques medicine. I gave those people a look, told them what the issue was; and got to the hospital as quickly as I could. She told The Tribune: I cant face that reality of having my sons life dan gling like that. Not again, I cant. I cant do that to him again. Tarique was formally diagnosed by doctors at the Joe DiMaggio Hospital in Florida in November of 2014. Those who wish to give assistance can do so by contacting Ms Miller at 8121615 for more information on ways to help. Mothers race against time to raise funds for medicine By RICARDO WELLS Tribune Staff Reporter TARIQUE MILLER, who faces huge costs for the medication he needs to tackle his rare hereditary condition. 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, Friday, September 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE EDITOR, The Tribune. Mayaguana: A Forgotten Island IF you ask Bahamians to state something they know about Mayaguana, most will respond by asking, what or where is Maya guana? This southern island is often treated as the step child of The Bahamas. Due to the constant neglect by successive Governments, the islands development has been a slow and pain ful process throughout the years causing its residents to gradually abandon their home one by one. (Pop. About 160) For years, complaints have been made about the mailboat system and ser vice which is supposed to deliver food and supplies weekly. However, these operators seem to be lacka daisical about the entire ordeal as they sail when ever they deem necessary. In April 2017, the locals waited an entire month before the Lady Mathilda showed up; with most of the goods spoiled or rotted by the time they arrived. Moreover, these residents were not compensated for items lost. After Hurricane Irma passed through the south ern islands, Mayaguanas already defective dock was completely destroyed. The Prime Minister vis ited the island soon after and while being taken to see the damages done by Irma, he decided that he simply did not have the time. Since then, locals have band together to remove whatever debris they could, but how long will it take before someone is sent to assess the dam ages and have the dock repaired? Furthermore, when will proper hurricane shelters be built to house the people of Mayaguana lest we are unable to evacu ate again? We applaud the current Government for rapidly reacting in the wake of Hurricane Irma, but it is just not enough! While in the Lynden Pindling International Air port awaiting his ight to the MICAL constituency, The Prime Minister invited persons to address him personally. However, when approached by an inhab itant of Mayaguana, The Prime Minister brushed him aside and met with the residents of Inagua instead. Even more repre hensible, when addressing the Bahamas on the recent Hurricane Maria, The Hon. Hubert Minnis forgot to mention Mayaguana as a part of the islands that would be impacted rst. If this is the peoples time, then it must not extend to the inhabitants of our little island. Mayaguanas medical facilities include one clinic with a Registered Nurse and a Clinically Trained Nurse. There are no doctors and no major equipments should an emergency arise. In fact, in the case of a medical emergency, an Air Ambulance (which can rack up fees in the thou sands) has to be called in. Locals are left to pay these exorbitant fees, whereas in New Providence, public ground ambulance service is a meager twenty dollars! Due to the lack of jobs, residents arent equipped to pay for such services. In addition, there are also no banks, just a post ofce that requires payment when funds are being sent to or out of the island. Just recently, the decision was made to close the doors of The National Insurance Boards Mayaguana ofce. This department was previ ously run by an employee from Nassau who was asked to return home. The ofce would be closed for three weeks out of the month. The last week of the month, another employee will be own into Mayaguana to handle the Depart ments affairs. Is it wrong to question why the Gov ernment, after providing an employee with a salary, rent and utilities, hardship and a Government owned vehicle for almost a year suddenly decides to close its Department doors only to have to y someone in for just one week when it would be so much easier to hire and train a local to do the same job? This is called empowerment! Another issue that no one seems to want to address is the inexcusable condi tion of The Abrahams Bay High School. The school consists of four rooms. One being the teachers quarters shared with the Principals ofce. How do we expect our children to learn when teachers are frustrated because they have to sit in their vehicles while waiting to teach their next class? Mayaguana, at one time, was known for farming. Nevertheless, this is some thing that cannot be fully pinned on the Government of The Bahamas. It pains me to see the younger gen eration neglect a trade that our ancestors took pride in while the few remaining elders labor in the hot sun to produce fruits and veg etables to either barter or sell for an income outside of pension. With the help of the government, a small program such as BAMSI would be benecial to Mayaguanas dying farm ing industry. The island is rich in soil and land simply needs attending to. It is my belief that locals may nd it intimidating or difcult to start on their own. Perhaps this can also be the gov ernments way of handing out jobs. Subsequently, the produce that is cultivated can be exported either throughout The Bahamas or Florida and revenue can be made, but, here again, we will require a reliable mailboat service. The roads are in desper ate need of repaving, yet the government contracts the same company repeat edly to correct a problem that has never really been fully corrected! In 2013 a fatal airplane crash involved the deaths of three residents. This event initiated the construction of a new airport runway, lights included. However, the air port terminal has long been falling apart. These digni taries should be ashamed to visit the island and see the condition of the islands only airport and be okay with it! We are not asking for a state of the art airport, just a building that doesnt leak when it rains or creaks when the slightest wind blows. Is it going to take another detrimental event to get things going? There is one hotel. No activities save for bone sh ing, lounging on the powder white beaches, maybe kay aking or bird watching, if you like that type of stuff. There are no beachfront restaurants or propane gas stations. Bahamas Air agents are still communicating via a dinosaur radio and are still stamping the same tickets used since I was a child. They dont even own a computer! There are a lot of things needed in Mayaguana: A bank for starters; hotels, a new dock, an ambu lance and a new mailboat if this particular company isnt willing to get their act together. While we realise that everything isnt the gov ernments responsibility, the inhabitants of Mayaguana want to be taken seriously! As it stands, we have no choice but to ght for our future generations. We cannot solely rely on the few shermen that go out to sea every day to earn a living, nor the bars or one single hotel to keep our island aoat. We are as much a part of The Bahamas as Exuma, Abaco and Bimini. It is our right to question our countrys stance on the growth of an economy, espe cially our own. We are not bashing the Government of The Bahamas or the previous Administration. Nor are we looking for handouts. We are not an ungrate ful people, we are simply overlooked. ONE MAYAGUANA Mayaguana, Bahamas September 28, 2017. THE resumption of Parliament at Westminster following the long summer break, together with another round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels, has ensured that the issue of Britains withdrawal from the European Union is once again at the forefront of the nations political and economic agenda. Two other factors the recent State of the Union address by European Com mission president Jean-Claude Juncker calling for even greater EU integra tion and the surprise outcome of last weekends federal elections in Ger many have also now put the future of Europe back once more onto the centre stage of world politics. Having secured parliamentary approval, the United Kingdom govern ment invoked last March Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which provides the mechanism for an EU member state to leave the bloc within a two-year period. The withdrawal negotia tions that began soon after in Brussels were said gradually to have stalled. But in an effort to break the stale mate Prime Minister Theresa May has now called for a two-year transition or implementation period immediately fol lowing Britains departure no later than the end of March, 2019, during which it should continue to have, in particular, access to the single market including free movement of people while the nal negotiations covering the detailed terms of the UKs withdrawal may also run on. The EU has welcomed this as a constructive proposal and Mrs. May apparently hoped that it would kick start the so-called divorce talks. The British approach appears to be to link any nancial settlement to the establishment of a free-trade deal of benet to all. So far, the signs have been that Brussels has continued to adopt a tough stance, not least as a deterrent to other member states thinking of quitting the bloc. However, the latest and fourth round of talks have just ended on a posi tive and optimistic note with both sides acknowledging that progress has been made though serious differences remain. The next few months will be critical as the negotiations gather momentum. Mr. Junckers proposals for the EU to take a signicant leap forward in pur suit of ever closer union with a view to becoming a federal state more power transferred to Brussels from the nation states, a strengthened common cur rency for the entire bloc, extension of the Schengen agreement on removal of borders and a fully edged Euro pean Defence Union will surely only increase Britains determination to leave with as good a deal as it can obtain. This blueprint for the future of the EU was predictable given that its reac tion to any setback to its long term plans is simply more Europe. But the result of Germanys elections represents a new and potentially threatening dimension. Even though Angela Merkel won a fourth consecutive term as Chancel lor, the rise of the AfD (Alternative for Germany), a nationalistic and euroscep tic right-wing party which won some 13 per cent of the vote and more than 90 seats in parliament, and the decline of her Christian Democratic Union with only about 30 per cent of the national vote and which will now have to build a new coalition, will herald a period of prolonged domestic uncertainty and could even include a changed approach to the EU. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the European Com missions negotiating stance in the short term in relation to Brexit. Britain has made it clear that, liberated from the constraints of the EU it wants to be a free-trading, sovereign nation in charge of its borders again and making its own laws which should be justiciable in its own courts. It is prepared to meet its nancial obligations and honour its commitments already entered into as an EU member, but in many ways it is bar gaining from a position of strength. So, with two heavyweights ghting it out, the Brexit negotiations already under way to forge a new relationship acrossthe-board between the UK and EU countries, which involve an unravelling of the complexities and technicalities of the EUs institutions, will continue to be an enormous challenge to both sides during the coming months and beyond. The conjunction of Brexit and the emergence of the far-right in Germany, the richest and most inuential nation in Europe together with a surge of nationalism in countries like Poland and Hungary which runs counter to Mr Junckers bold vision for greater EU integration looks to the outsider to constitute perhaps the greatest chal lenge and threat to the bloc during the course of its nearly sixty years of existence. There will surely be a period of extreme uncertainty across Europe and only the foolhardy would dare to predict how events may unfold. Mayaguana LETTERS Renewed focus on future of Europe EDITOR, The Tribune. IT is extremely unfor tunate that the Prime Minister received the blow back that he did from the Bahamian people concern ing how he decided to assist post-hurricane Domini can students, however all of the criticism he received was self inicted. He obviously committed to an idea without think ing of the ramications of it rst. He could have tested the waters by advising the Bahamian people that he was considering such a move. I suspect he does not understand that this move establishes a precedent that is unsustainable. As I read the dailies regarding comments made by some of those in support of Dr Minniss idea, I could not help but notice that many of the names of those who commented were not Bahamian. Many of their comments reeked of a sense of entitle ment and ingratitude; that is exactly why many Baha mians have a problem with this decision. Many, not all, immigrants lack the expected grati tude they should have for their host country. Aver age Bahamians watch immigrants come into our country and do all sorts of things to eke out a living for themselves. Many are com peting with Bahamians for jobs. Far too many Baha mians feel marginalised in their own country. This is a problem! It is disingenuous to say that those opposed to Dr Minniss idea are being unChristian. They are not opposed to helping those in distress, but the manner in which the help is being given. Many of those who now speak of what is and is not the Christian thing to do would eagerly sup port gay marriage or the LGBTQ agenda. Some of these same politicians were red for unchristian conicts of interest in the past. I hope that all politicians in gov ernment at this time will remember that that nepo tism is also unchristian. There are a million and one ways our country could help other countries affected by hurricanes. No one is suggesting that we should not be our brothers keeper. This is not a situation that requires high emo tions, but a rational mind, that understands that the only reason our coun try stays aoat is because we borrow substantial amounts of money. We need wisdom and common sense in making decisions, not outbursts of emotion. Bahamians are some of the most generous, kindhearted people in the Caribbean, but our patience and generosity has limits. Our leaders should take note (ask Perry Christie). JB Nassau, September 28, 2017. Minnis testing our patience A4MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 29, 2017, PAGE 5 WHILE insisting he is neither xenophobic nor racist, Pineridge MP Rev Fredrick McAlpine said he has no regrets about comments he made criticis ing his own partys plan to accommodate Dominicans following the destruction Hurricane Maria caused in Dominica. Despite criticism sparked by his remarks, the back bench MP said he saw nothing wrong with asking critical questions, which he said should not be mis taken as him being at odds with the Free National Movement. On Wednesday, in a blistering attack on the governments plan, Mr McAlpine said once Dominicans experience a better standard of living in The Bahamas, they may not be inclined to return to their country. He further recommended wealthy Cabinet ministers take money from their own pockets to contribute to the islands restoration efforts rather than give Domini cans safe haven here. Mr McAlpine also appeared to take a swipe at Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who cried as he spoke of the decimation in Dominica, saying he is crying for his own people. Yesterday, he continued on the same track as he did on Wednesday and sug gested the government give a nancial gift to the county in addition to sending some Bahamians there to rebuild Dominica and paying them to do it. This he indicated should be done instead of allow ing Dominican students and others into the country. What was so wrong or asinine about the com ment? Me saying that I think the Commonwealth of The Bahamas should assist those people in Dom inica but we should take a view as to how we will assist them? he told reporters yesterday in the foyer of the House of Assembly. You are asking me to let people into the country. I want to know how many people are going to be let into the country? Are these people healthy? Whos coming with these people? How much money is it going to cost the Bahamian people? Will Bahamian jobs be at stake as a result of these people coming in? Those are commonsen sical questions that should demand straight forward answers. I am not xenophobic neither am I a racist. I am a nationalist. The Baha mas is for Bahamians and at the end of the day while we appreciate that in order to build this country we are going to need people out side the country coming to assist us, but The Bahamas was built for Bahamians. Thats not being xenopho bic. I am just a person who loves The Bahamas and believes that Bahamians should be rst priority in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Mr McAlpine also said. Asked whether he was concerned his comments would be seen by some as him standing opposed to his party, Mr McAlpine rejected this perception. My party boasts about being liberal to the point that theyre able to allow its members of Parliament to be free. The Free National Movement was built upon democracy and being able to speak ones mind and convictions. I support the Free National Movement. Listen, lets just get practical. People live in one house and have different opinions. But does it mean that they hate each other or theyre against each other? We live in a time where people have the right to critical thinking. I am just being critical of my thoughts and trying to be protective of the coun try God has placed me in. I wasnt born in Trinidad (or) in Dominica. I wasnt born in Haiti or Turks and Caicos. God allowed me to be born here on November 20, 1965. The Bahamas is all I know. This is where I was born. Am I wrong because I am saying, hey we can help folks, but how are we going to help these folks? Id also add. My sug gestion has always been monetarily, why not give them nancially and allow some of our Bahamian people to go down there and work and if you going to pay anybody pay our Bahamian people to go down there and work and they still have the money and its still in the Baha mian economy? He also said: I hate to bring this up but lets look at it. We are talking about perhaps bringing students from Dominica here. What about the people whove been here and cant get their children in school and we are making it so rigid even for them to get in school and they are here. So, I think we have to be fair we have to be balanced, all I am trying to do is strike a balance, Mr McAlpine said. McAlpine denies prejudice in Dominica comments By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter WHILE he empathised with the economic depres sion faced by Grand Bahamians, former Cabinet minister Tennyson Wells yesterday disagreed with Pineridge MP Fredrick McAlpines position against the governments decision to accommodate storm-dis placed Dominicans. Mr Wells insisted that humanitarian aid ren dered by the country did not negate or distract from local issues and the need for government action. I can understand how an MP looking at that every day, or every week, could feel how he feels. I can understand that most of those people in the Family Islands, particularly in West End and Eight Mile Rock, I can tell you (the former) government did nothing for those people. So from that perspective I under stand how he feels but that does not negate the coun try helping the neighbour on humanitarian basis, that has nothing to do with it. You may have problems in your home but if your next door neighbour dont have anything to eat and you have two pork chops, you give them one and you still have one. I think Minnis is absolutely correct in what hes doing. The former Free National Movement MP continued: I support what the gov ernment did, I think they should assist, its the natu ral thing to do. If McAlpine is opposed to that I dont agree with him, if we were in the same position all those countries would chip in and help. I didnt get the impres sion he was opposed, he was very nuanced in the language he used. But the principle is if we can help, we should help, and I think we can help. When Bahamians have a mortgage to pay that doesnt stop them from putting tithes in church. I think Mr McAlpine, if hes opposed, Id say hes out of order. In the House of Assem bly on Wednesday, Mr McAlpine criticised his own partys plan to accom modate Dominicans following the destructive wake of Hurricane Maria. He recommended that wealthy Cabinet minis ters instead take money from their own pockets to contribute to the islands restoration efforts rather than give Dominican people safe haven here. He also attacked his partys policy for Grand Bahamas development, his statement marked the rst time this term the Free National Movement has received pointed criticism from one of its own in a public forum. In what appeared to be a swipe at Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who wiped tears from his eyes earlier in the day as he spoke of the destruction in Domi nica and the harsh reactions some have had to his plans to help citizens there, Mr McAlpine said he is crying for his own people. A source close to the party yesterday were of the opinion that Mr McAlpines comments belied his dissat isfaction after not receiving a substantial post in the Minnis administration. Mr McAlpine is chairman of the Hotel Corporation. Meanwhile, yesterday Mr Wells said Grand Baha mas economy is suffering: If you go down in Grand Bahama, I went to West End, this was a month or two before the election. I spent half a day in West End just looking around talking to people and if you see the destruction from (Hurricane) Matthew I could see how people from Grand Bahama and I understand that most of those places are still like that today. This new government, he continued, they should try to be cohesive and have unity but when you have an opinion and you feel youre correct in what youre saying I think he should be allowed to say it. Hes just one in 35 and some others may be feeling the same way. WELLS: MINNIS DOING THE RIGHT THING By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest @ FREDRICK McALPINE MP HANDS for Hunger is putting the nishing touches on preparations for this years Paradise Plates, the organisations signature annual fund raiser that has quickly become known as one of the islands most antici pated charity events. Scheduled for this Sat urday at 7pm at Atlantis Grand Ballroom, this years Paradise Plates will not only feature a lavish array of delicious fare and drinks from the countrys top chefs and beverage purveyors, but a line-up of exciting entertainment too. Willis and the Illest Reggae Band will perform live, and on the turntables will be DJ Ignite. A Jun kanoo rush out will cap off the evening. Paradise Plates will also feature a travel-themed rafe drawing for amazing prizes including JetBlue and SkyBahamas tickets, and an exciting art and lei sure silent auction. Guests can also expect to experi ence the craft of culinary celebrities like the 2017 Stoli Cocktail Master mixologist, Marv Cunning ham; winner of Iron Chef Thailand Pastry Edition, Jason Licker; and mem bers of the silver medalist 2017 Bahamas Culinary Team. This years indoor food festival will feature 40 restaurants and beverage purveyors, including some of the newest and hottest restaurants in Nassau. Guests will have the opportunity to sample signature dishes from rst-time Paradise Plates culinary partners: Atlantis Sun & Ice; Biggity Bistro & Boutique; The Bearded Clam; Grand Hyatt at Baha Mars Caf Madeleine and 3 Tides; Pink Octopus; Jason Licker; Pulpy Arti san Style Frozen Desserts; Wild Thyme; Aquare Bar & Grill; Taj Mahal and Yummy Sky Juice. Hands For Hunger has also brought back some of the most popular par ticipants from previous years, including Atlantis Nobu and Olives; Dunkin Donuts; Jimmys Wines & Spirits; Le Petit Gourmet; Pirate Republic Brew ery; One & Only Ocean Club; Louis & Steens New Orleans Coffeehouse; Graycliff Chocolatier; Aquapure; Old Fort Bay Club; Youngs Fine Wine, Lucianos of Chicago; Bristol Wines & Spirits; Drifters at the Fish Fry; Sands Beer; Sapodilla Fine Dining; 700 Wines & Spirits; Athena Cafe & Bar; Caribbean Bot tling Company; Black Angus; Summer Palace; John Watlings Distill ery; Pop Stop; The Island Houses Mahogany House and Shima; and 1648 Bar & Grille, French Leave Resort, Eleuthera. This years event is once again presented by ALIV, IL Cares Foundation and JetBlue. PARADISE PLATES SERVES UP A TREAT A5MAIN


PAGE 6, Friday, September 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE of public service workers, Mr Rolle painted a picture yesterday of a public ser vice where longstanding hiring rules were ignored or abused, especially in the lead-up to the general election. People who thought they were hired never received formal indications of this, he said, causing them to suffer the humiliation of not knowing the status of their employment. Mr Rolle said he missed the extra 1,700 people in his original count because these are people who were sent to work but were not given a letter, were not told where they ought to go or what they ought to do. When the (member for Englerston) asked earlier whether we had terminated these contracts, as I said to her in a previous meeting, when you issue a contract for three months and its May, April, June, at the end of June there is a legitimate expectation that those contracts wouldve come to an end. If you have the power to issue contracts and you only issued them for three months and you realised how important those three months are to your personal existence in the political arena it lays the impression that you are only issuing contracts to secure votes and after the votes you go about your way, you are gone. These individuals sat around the Cabinet table. They couldve conrmed these individuals, couldve given them a one year con tract. They chose to give them a three-months con tract and now they come here and are pretending they dont know what hap pened to these individuals. That is disgraceful; that is dishonest. When he talked in June about the increase in public service workers over the past ve years, Mr Rolle did not, he said, include many immigration and customs ofcers. He said yesterday that the former administration was not rigorous in choos ing who could join these sensitive agencies. I did not include the 151 immigration workers in that account, neither did I include the 123 customs ofcers that were hired, he said. A responsible gov ernment would not take individuals off the street and place them in a space that is extremely sensitive as customs and immigration is, without having regard for a check, a simple vet ting. I am told by the professionals in the service that they advised the gov ernment not to take this course but the class started for customs the Monday morning and persons were advised up to Sunday night, you are in that class, go in that class. The result of that was that some of the indi viduals who were placed in that programme, even though they had success fully completed the course, could not be recognised as customs or immigra tion ofcers; theyre called casual workers. Mr Rolle said the Chris tie administrations actions lead him to believe that it embarked on a mission to perhaps destroy the public service by creating a paral lel public service. This parallel system was created through the wide spread use of hiring persons on contract at all levels notwithstanding the policy that people are hired on contract where their skills and experience cannot be found in the service, he said. This includes but cer tainly is not limited to the return of public ofcers who are paid their salaries which were more than their retiring salaries, plus a pen sion and a gratuity at the end of their pension. Imag ine a retired permanent secretary who retired from the service making $70,000 a year. If they served for 30 years their pension would be $70k and they receive for example a two-year con tract from the government. At the end of the contract they must receive a gratuity of 15 per cent. When I see members coming here jump ing up saying we dont care about the civil service, I just remind them that in 2008 the government of The Baha mas decided that you just cannot have both; you either had pension or gratuity, but you cant have both. PLP casual hires cost extra $10m from page one OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said before the gov ernment decided to allow Dominicans into the coun try, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis should have engaged in discussions on the move and offered Baha mians the concrete details. In an interview with reporters yesterday, Mr Davis seemed apprehen sive to reveal whether the Progressive Liberal Party was fully on board with the governments plan to relax immigration restrictions to allow some Dominicans into the country in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. However, he said, once it does not require a strain on the public purse, it might be something Bahamians can rally around. The Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP said he would await further details as promised by the prime minister before the PLP took a denitive position. Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Darren Heneld defended the prime ministers decision, saying Dominica remains in dire straits. What I could say is he ought to have engaged in more discussions and appre ciate what he was saying before he said what he did, Mr Davis said yesterday, and when he said it he ought to have come with the details as opposed to just a blanket offer as he did. He also said: Generally there is a standard policy of assistance to our CARI COM sisters in the time of disaster or need and the policy has always been that we would give at least $100,000 as an immediate gift and that is nothing new. Youll nd that most coun tries have what they call a standard relief package that they award immediately to countries in need in circum stances such as these. For example the Chinese (and) the Americans they all will just give an imme diate sum to bring some instant relief and thereafter they would consider what further relief or assistance they will give and that will come of course after con sultation and understanding specically the needs of the country aficted. And so insofar as the PLP is concerned, we embrace that policy of granting imme diate assistance as has been the norm where they imme diately do a grant to these countries. Now insofar as any further assistance over and beyond that it requires a dis cussion and that discussion then determines what the country is able to do. He continued: The unfor tunate fact here is that the xenophobic ames that have been fanned by the lack of details that we put into the public domain has caused everyone to pause to look and to seek more details before they jump to any conclusion to support or otherwise. For his part, Mr Heneld said the prime ministers decision was a part of a com prehensive position taken in the region, adding that the offer from the prime minis ter was reasonable. He said: I was in the United Nations General Assembly. I was the third speaker after Prime Minis ter (Roosevelt) Skerrit from Dominica and I could sense a very palpable presence in the assembly when he said his country had been basi cally decimated from what he called a war zone as a result of climate change. His country is in dire straits. I think as a fellow Caribbean country as a member of CARICOM I think there is an obligation between CARICOM states to do all in their power to help and assist a fellow state in trouble to recover. I think what we offered was quite reasonable. I think the prime minister very clearly elucidated his plan how it will be done. I know as the foreign minister with the cognisance of CARI COM and the secretary general of Guyana these determinations will not be made independently of anyone or by The Bahamas. Weve been struck in the past and people have come to our assistance, Mr Hen eld said. On Wednesday, Dr Minnis was brought to tears as he shed light on how this pro cess will work and outlined three categories by which Dominicans will be granted access to The Bahamas. Giving an impassioned contribution in Parliament where he repeatedly wiped tears from his eyes, Dr Minnis, his voice at times trembling, spoke of the dec imation in the island nation as he made a case regarding the governments reasoning to assist that country. Dom inica suffered widespread destruction from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. At the time he said: My government proposes to tem porarily relax the immigration rules for a number of school children from Dominica who wish to continue their educa tion in The Bahamas. 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 categories of students who may apply: children who have relatives in The Bahamas, and who can nd lodging and support from family members; col lege students who may wish to study at the University of The Bahamas, and who seek boarding at UB; children of parents employed in compa nies, banks, etc, which have ofces in The Bahamas, tem porary employment transfers can be arranged with these institutions. Dr Minnis will lead a team to Dominica on Monday, October 2, to assess damage there. By KHRISNA RUSSELL Deputy Chief Reporter OF the $50m spent by the Grand Bahama Ship yard in its rst eight months this year, only $18m or 36 per cent of that stayed in The Bahamas, according to the companys CEO Dave Skentelbery. Many persons packed the Delphine Room of the Pelican Bay Resort on Thursday for the Grand Bahama Business to Busi ness Expo 2017, to learn of the various business oppor tunities that exist within the industrial sector. Mr Skentelbery said many service opportunities exist at the shipyard, includ ing services for the recycling of hazardous materials and for equipment supply, as well as travel agency and laundry services, among others. He reported that the company spent more than half a million dollars on welding consumables that were own in from Florida. We y in from Flor ida, fasteners, nuts, bolts, screws, nails, tape, plywood and welding consumables. Last year, we brought in welding rods and wires probably more than half a million dollars spent at the shipyard, he said. Mr Skentelbery said the company also purchases things such as electrical tape, masking tape, gloves, boots, overalls, installation material, and duct tape. We buy things we cannot buy on the island and in large quantities. If you are interested in doing that come and talk to us; it is not going to make your business, it will be a part of your business. But if your cost is competitive, then do it, he told participants. There are other oppor tunities too that exist, including the need for local transportation and a local supplier of life rafts and life-saving equipment, tank cleaning and tank blasting services. Mr Skentelbery was one of two featured presenters at the expo. A representa tive of Buckeye also spoke about some of the oppor tunities at the oil storage terminal. The expo was the rst in a series of such events hosted by the Ofce of the Prime Minister, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority. Kim Miller, senior man ager of group corporate affairs, announced that the GBPA had allocated some $80,000 in capital for the start-up of four new busi nesses and the expansion of four existing businesses in Freeport. Businesses will have to square off in a Shark Tank scenario to sell their business idea and why they should be given the money. Minister of Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson called on anchor businesses and companies in Grand Bahama to engage the ser vices of local businesses where possible to improve the economy by spending and keeping some of their millions here on the island. All of the industrial companies we want them to full their role by ensuring that they engage and use businesses that are in this room, he said. If a Grand Bahama business or entre preneur can provide the service at a reasonable price give them the contract. He indicated that the business-to-business expo is expected to generate muchneeded growth in the local economy. Grand Bahama is called the industrial capital of The Bahamas. We cannot forget we have one of the largest shipyards in the world right in our backyard. So the purpose of this expo is to cause as much of their millions of dollars to remain here in Grand Bahama. We want to ensure that businesses are able to take advantage of every opportunity that exists here in Grand Bahama, he said. We must ensure that local businesses and entre preneurs are in a position to provide ancillary services to our anchor companies in the industrial sector. We are learning a pain ful lesson of why we must diversify our economy. Tourism alone is not enough, Mr Thompson said. The minister of state also indicated that the Ofce of the Prime Minister remains focused on the economic revitalisation of the island. The government has a focus strategy to improve our economy here in Grand Bahama. We are painfully aware of the present state of affairs in Grand Bahama. It does not make sense to sugarcoat it, he said. It will require a focus on the opening and redevelop ment of the Lucayan Strip, focusing on iconic proper ties like Xanadu Resort and Royal Oasis. You should be assured that these are being aggressively pursued, he said. Mr Thompson noted that improving the ease of doing business must also be addressed in Grand Bahama. He stated that there is need to actively market Grand Bahama as a place to do business in the technology industry. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter A6MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 29, 2017, PAGE 7 FREDDIE Solomon Ramsey is due to re-appear before a Supreme Court judge in a weeks time in connection with the judges orders last year for him to repay more than $200,000 to the Bahamas Electric ity Corporation stemming from the Alstom SA/BEC bribery scandal, The Trib une understands. Court ofcials conrmed to The Tribune yesterday that the former insurance executive will appear before Justice Bernard Turner on October 5 in connection with that judges orders that BEC be repaid the entire $221,457.81 he allegedly received from French com pany Alstom SA. In July 2016, Justice Turner imposed a $14,000 ne on Ramsey as opposed to a prison sentence in connection with evidence alleging that Alstom SA paid more than $300,000 to a BEC board member to inuence the awarding of the New Providence Phase Two and Three contracts between 1999 and 2003. Justice Turner said Ramsey had two months to pay off the ne or face six months in prison. In addition to the ne, the judge said he saw no reason why he should not order the entire $221,457.81 Ramsey allegedly received from Alstom as a result of the scandal be repaid, which he said should be paid to BEC or any successor of BEC within nine months. Failure to pay off the amount within that time, Justice Turner said, would result in that sum being applied to Ramseys real property tax and/or him facing a separate term of six months imprisonment. Justice Turner also said that sum should be paid to the countrys consolidated fund should BEC no longer be considered a public body. Before that, Ramsey was acquitted of two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery concerning the Phase Two contract. How ever, he was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and 12 counts of bribery con cerning the Phase Three contract. The 18 charges against Ramsey four of conspiracy to commit bribery and 14 of bribery concerned the New Providence Expan sion Phase Two and Three contracts. It is alleged that Ramsey, being concerned with others, did conspire to solicit, or accept any advantages as an induce ment to, or reward for, or used inuence in procur ing for ABB Generacion and Alstom SA in the New Providence Expansion Phase Two contract with BEC between 1999 and 2003. Ramsey is a former emeritus Free National Movement Council member and former parlia mentary candidate for Fox Hill. He is also a former insurance executive. Ramsey back in court over payments on bribery ne By NICO SCAVELLA Tribune Staff Reporter nscavella @ TWO men and a teenager accused of the controversial 2015 murder of former Queens College elemen tary teacher Joyelle McIntosh will return before a Supreme Court judge in about three weeks for a trial date xture. Armando Sargeant, Johnny Mackey and a boy who cannot be named because he was charged as a minor, will appear before Jus tice Bernard Turner on October 18 concerning the November 11, 2015 attempted armed robbery and murder of the private school teacher. It is alleged that the teenager, who was 17 at the time of the inci dent, along with Sargeant of Kemp Road and Mackey of Bonaby Alley, attempted to rob Mrs McIntosh, at gunpoint, of her 2009 silver coloured Toyota Corolla worth $6,000. It is alleged that during the failed carjacking, the victim was shot mul tiple times in her head and body. She later crashed into a wall at the intersection of Parkgate and Village Roads. All three accused have denied the allegations. THREE ACCUSED OF THE family of John McPhee wants Bahamians to know that a hero has passed. The 85-year-old veteran participated in the Second World War. His death over two weeks ago means only 13 members of the British Legion Bahamas Branch are still alive. Mr McPhee signed up in 1942 and served in the Bahamas Battalion. He was a pillar of his community, his family said. In an interview with The Tribune nearly four years ago he reminisced about serving in the war after train ing in Jamaican and Africa. Fortunately for him and other Bahamian soldiers, the war ended before they could go into battle. Sandena Neely, his grand niece, told The Tribune this week: He would almost never miss a moment to let us know about his life as a veteran and we also cherished the fact that he took his role very seriously. He served in recent years as the chaplain of the British Legion and also as the ag bearer at ofcial ceremonies like Remembrance Day. This year, even though he was ill, there were a number of per sons who passed away and he carried on his role as vicechairman even though he was ill which was a true tes tament to the fact that when youre an old soldier you remain true to your calling. Mr McPhees wife, Nellie McPhee, was married to him for 62 years. They served as a beacon in this country for the insti tution of marriage and as a hallmark for members of our family as they displayed their love one to another through all the changing scenes of life, even to the very end, Ms Neely said. During an interview with this newspaper in late 2013, Mr McPhee recalled his time of service. They took us out of school because we had nothing to do and they put us on a sailing boat and sent us to camp, Mr McPhee, who was raised in Exuma, said as he recalled the moment he dropped out of school to enlist in the Brit ish Army. Our parents didnt know where we were so they came looking for us in the army. They wanted to take us back, he said. For Mr McPhee, whose prospects were furthering his education, or joining the army, the choice was easy. We couldve gone to school and learned a trade but we didnt accept that. We wanted adventure. With six other young men, he left Rolleville AllAge School in Exuma for New Providence with no shoes and a little paper bag with pants and shirts in them. In those days money was short, he said in 2013. We cut a car tyre, put a string between the toe and used that as a shoe. His funeral will be held at 11am on Saturday at Kemp Road Ministries. By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter AN exigency order will be issued as soon as possible to assist Bahamian sher men negatively affected by Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said Wednesday. The order will allow for the purchase of traps and shing materials, and equipment destroyed as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Prime Minister Minnis said his administration is well aware of the fact that Irma affected a number of Bahamian shing commu nities in the midst of the vital crawsh season. An application for assis tance must be led to the National Emergency Man agement Agency (NEMA) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources. Dr Minnis also said the government is commit ted to providing relief to the nations farmers once the assessments have been completed. Meanwhile, speaking in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Dr Minnis said Bahamas Power and Light had informed the govern ment that repairs have been completed in Ack lins, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Andros and Bimini while ofcials at the Baha mas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are report ing that broadband services throughout The Bahamas have been restored with some exceptions. Broadband services have been restored at Mortim ers, Long Island, except for intermittent degraded services. Replacement equipment has already been shipped to Long Island with full restoration scheduled. Mobile services have been restored to Long Island and fully restored on Ragged Island. 3G Ser vice is being optimised on Ragged Island and will be completed by months end. Fixed services have been restored on Bimini. Power issues are responsi ble for some degradation in service, however. On Acklins, 53 per cent of mobile services have been restored. Teams are currently working on full restoration. Fifteen cus tomers are waiting for restoration of their mobile services on Long Cay. The optimisation of ser vices in Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay (MICAL) is continuing, ofcials report. Meanwhile, ofcials at the Water and Sewerage Corporation report that the only major damage to its assets in the storm-affected areas was to the Ragged Island Desalination Plant. A temporary plant was installed on Monday. The permanent plant is being refurbished and is sched uled to be in operation by the end of October. Several key govern ment agencies have been engaged in the large-scale, clean-up of Ragged Island including the disposal of dead animals, which could have posed signicant public health hazards for residents on the island. By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services FRED Ramsey at a previous court appearance. ELDER John McPhee with his wife, Nellie. A7MAIN


PAGE 8, Friday, September 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE O N Sunday, while intran sit to the US, Dominicas Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, paid a visit to PM Dr Hubert Minnis here in Nassau. After the meeting, and hearing rst hand of Dominicas obliterated infrastructure, and despite not having an ofcial plan of action in place, Dr Minnis announced the Bahamas would accom modate students from Dominica displaced by Hurricane Maria. I agree with Dr Minnis, we should help our Domini can brothers and sisters in need. There but for the grace of God go you or I. However, I also agree with my Bahamian brothers and sisters, that are asking for details on how this is all going to work. AND THEN IT STARTED The politicos, reporters, talk show hosts, bloggers, social media personalities and most of the Bahamian populace had an opinion on the matter. It seems that not everyone is Rockin with Doc on this one. The sentiments, both pro and con, spread like wild re. So much so, that PM Minnis had to send in the Bahamian Sean Spicer Press Secretary Anthony Newbold, to speak to the matter, reassure the general public. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has been surprised by the polarising responses Bahamians have had to his offer that Domin ican students be allowed to attend school here. The prime minister has also said the government will welcome other dis placed Dominicans who have relatives here. said Newbold. Mr. Newbold further stated The prime minis ter has been surprised that an offer that was made to accommodate students for their education received that kind of reaction. Hold up, wait a minute. Wasnt accountability and transparency a major portion of the good doctors election campaign? So why be surprised, when the voting populace holds you to it Dr Minnis? Yes, we elected you to make decisions, decisions to benet all Bahamians, it didnt mean we would remain silent and not ask pertinent questions regard ing issues of national importance. What I nd ironic in all of this, while Mr New bolds press Conference was taking place, Cabinet Min isters were allegedly trying to work out all the particu lars and nal details. The FNM appears to be eerily similar to the previ ous administration, whom they criticised vehemently for making knee jerk deci sions that affected all Bahamians without having a proper plan in place nor consulting or informing the general public. Dr Minnis has come under re from some, for announcing his decision before nalising the details of the plan. Mr Newbold tried to quell the mounting situa tion with these remarks: 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. There are a lot of questions. It was not an offer that necessarily needed details at the moment (when it was made). What is happening now is exactly how it should happen; youre in trouble, we want to help you. Well let your students come go to school with us. There was never any intention not to let the Bahamian people know all of the details. Im quite sure the Baha mian populace want those details, sooner rather than later. CRY ME A RIVER To satisfy the general public, Dr Minnis took to the HOA on Wednesday, delivering a compassionate contribution in Parliament. Wiping tears from his eyes, Dr Minnis, made a passionate case for the Bahamas to assist Domi nica, and gave a brief view of the plan in place, to facil itate his decision. My government pro poses to temporarily relax the immigration rules for a number of school children from Dominica who wish to continue their education 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 Baha mas, 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 gen eral 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 said I see a myriad of new questions coming out of this. However I will give the PM the benet of the doubt, lets see what he has to offer us upon his return from Dominica. Whats really piqu ing my interest is, did Dr Minnis cry for Acklins and Ragged Island? Did he cry for eight-year-old EJ killed by a stray bullet? It didnt appear so on the video thats circulating all over social media. Or what about the other eight children murdered this year, did he shed a tear for them? How about the 43,000 Bahami ans living below the poverty level, and are hungry daily? Where are the tears for that ? Charity begins at home, then extends outward. Yes, it is a good idea that the PM has agreed to help the innocent Dominicans. But as in everything from now on, Bahamians demand sensible plans, policies and answers to pertinent questions. So I support the PMs efforts with the condition that details are forthcoming. It is good that you have decided we will be our brothers keeper. But please remember, The Bahamas is watching you Doc. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU The famous English nov elist George Orwell was gifted with prescient insight on modern societies. His book (which was written around 1948) fore told of the world to come. As a child growing up in the time actually referenced in the book who was forced by strict English teachers to read and dissect every para graph, even I doubted we would ever really come to such a dystopian nightmare where governments spy on their own citizens with impunity. This week, however, the Minnis Administration tabled what is generally known as the Spy Bill in the House of Assembly. Many regular readers of this column know that I have written extensively (and voiced my objec tion strongly) when the previous Christie Admin istration attempted to introduce their version of this so-called Interception of Communication bill. Fast forward a mere few months later and here we are with a tabled bill that I honestly cannot say is as bad as the Progressive Liberal Partys proposal. Because that would be a lie. In truth, this new Free National Movement bill is worse! I wont belabour the point by listing the myriad of objections I have with this new Spy Bill. Instead, Ill just point out that its become pain fully obvious that past and previous administrations seem resigned to legalise a programme that many, many Bahamians object to. Never mind that once upon a time Prime Minister Minnis (then Opposition Leader) was one of the biggest critics of this Bill. Never mind that Bahami ans far and wide, as well as civic organisations, consti tutional lawyers, political pundits and social media mavens voiced their oppo sition to that Bill. Never mind all of that. I will just say that now that we are faced with swal lowing this Interception of Communication Bill as the elders would say by hook or by crookit would be a bitter pill indeed if we had to take it in its current form. The most signicant change in language between this new bill and its previ ous incarnation is that it takes the power to author ize secret surveillance of citizens out of the hand of the judiciary and places it into the hands of the minis ter of national security. Seriously? So out of the frying pan and into the political re then? No matter how much Bahamians may like or trust the current holder of that ofce (or the Com missioner of Police, for that matter) it is a politi cal appointment. And by removing judges from the process the FNM has done a complete about-face on this issue in a most con temptuous way. They have made it tens times worse than anything the former government tried to pull on us, and thats really saying something. Bottom line; this cannot and should not be. As much as I detest even entertaining it, the gov ernment must amend the Interception of Commu nication Bill to have the judiciary play the role it does in other countries with similar laws. That should be the rst step before we even begin to have conversations and debates about the pro posed legislation. Barring that (and Im sorry to mix Orwellian met aphors), we have gone from Four legs good, two legs bad to Four legs good, two legs better! faster than even perceptive George could have predicted. Dominica and the tears of Minnis PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis wiping away a tear in the House of Assembly. Photo: Terrel W. Carey /Tribune Staff A8MAIN


PAGE 10, Friday, September 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE WASHINGTON (AP) Chris Wray was formally installed as the new FBI director on Thursday in a ceremony notable for the absence of the man who appointed him: President Donald Trump. The ceremony in a court yard at FBI headquarters was largely a formality since Wray has been on the job for about two months. But in a reection of the unu sual circumstances of the event, it took place without Trump. And Wrays two direct predecessors as FBI director, James Comey and Robert Mueller, were also absent, avoiding potentially uncomfortable encounters amid an investigation that touches the White House. Trumps absence was all the more striking given that President Barack Obama attended the most recent FBI director installation ceremony, for Comey in 2013, and spoke warmly about him. WRAY INSTALLED AS FBI DIRECTOR MADRID (AP) Authorities in Catalonia intend to ensure that a disputed referendum on independence from Spain will take place peacefully on Sunday despite a crack down on the vote by the national government, the regions interior chief said Thursday. Minister Joaquin Forn said that Catalan ofcials are determined to proceed with Sundays vote for the region of 7.5 million people in northeastern Spain even though the central gov ernment in Madrid says referendum is illegal and cant happen. The (Catalan) govern ments commitment is very clear: people will be able to vote, Forn told reporters in Barcelona, the main city in Catalonia. Forn met with regional and national security of cials to defuse mounting tensions ahead of the ballot. SECESSION VOTE FOR CATALANS BALI, INDONESIA Associated Press MORE than 130,000 people have ed the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fear ing it will soon erupt. The disaster mitigation agencys command post in Bali said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 134,200 by Thursday evening. Thats more than double the estimated popu lation within the immediate danger zone, but people farther from the mountain are leaving too. Those who have ed are scattered in more than 500 locations across the island famed for its beaches, lush green interior and elegant Hindu culture, taking shelter in temporary camps, sports centers and other public buildings. The volcano has been at its highest alert level for a week, sparking the exodus. Thousands of cows were left behind in the rural com munities where farming is an important livelihood, but local animal husbandry of cials were arranging trucks to remove them. The exclusion zone around the mountain extends as far as 12 kilom eters (7.5 miles) from the crater in places. The local observatory reported a small plume most likely of water vapor after daybreak Friday, but no ash cloud. I was very worried about the situation said Nyoman Suarta, who was leaving a village a few kilometers outside the ofcial no-go radius. So I decided to get out to save myself with my stuff and my pet, he said, carrying a cage housing a bird. Agung, which domi nates the landscape in the northeast of the island, last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people. It remained active for about a year. Volcanologists say the past weeks dramatic esca lation in tremors indicates an eruption is more likely than not, but they cant say with certainty when it will happen. I would denitely be fol lowing the advice to stay outside the exclusion zone, said Heather Handley, an assistant Earth sciences professor at Sydneys Mac quarie University. The increase in tremors suggests an eruption is imminent, she said. Its eruptions in 1963 produced deadly clouds of searing hot ash, gases and rock fragments that trave led down its slopes at great speed. Lava spread for sev eral kilometers and people were also killed by lahars rivers of water and volcanic debris. Ofcials this week installed warning sirens in several townships. 130,000 FLEE REGION AS VOLCANO THREATENS TO ERUPT NEW YORK Associated Press THE NFL says the message play ers and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political restorm. The issues have been overtaken by political forces, NFL spokes man Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trumps criti cism of the league, team owners and players for kneeling during the national anthem. More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the ag. One of the impacts is to distort the views of the NFL and particu larly our players, Lockhart said. Trump said NFL owners fear their players, and he renewed calls for action against those who kneel during the anthem. I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think its disgraceful, he said in an interview that aired Thursday on Fox and Friends. He says most people agree with him. The players knelt last week end in response to social injustice. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem. Three teams Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tennes see did not take the eld until after the anthem. They are under attack now and the (original) lesson has been forgotten, Lockhart said. It is important for everyone to under stand what they are talking about, to not see everything in terms of who is up or down politically. The NFL players are men of character, many of whom are lead ers in their community. They are patriotic, support the military. ... They understand their platform can be used to make the country a better place. Lockhart insisted there will be no leaguewide directive for future demonstrations. This is an issue that should involve the owners of the 32 clubs, the coaches and players to work out together, he said. There is very regular dialogue going on between the players, coaches and owners. This is an issue that has sort of gripped the headlines. We all care very deeply about this. All of our owners dont always agree with even each other, and the players often have a position at odds with the league, and we work hard to resolve those, he added. We have been united on this issue. They are all pulling in the same direction, but we understand each locker room is different. On Thursday, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he told fans not to come to games if they felt disre spected by NFL players protests. The Pro Bowl tight end shared the heartbreaking threats in a social media post. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric, Walker wrote. These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to differ ent community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue. Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence said on Twitter earlier Thursday that his father, a contractor, was denied a job on a house because of his protest. MESSAGE LOST IN NFL PROTEST FIRESTORM THE CLEVELAND Browns staging a protest by taking a knee during the game against the Indianapolis Colts. A10MAIN


THE TRIBUNE Friday, September 29, 2017, PAGE 11 B ahamas Screen and Stage Association. Tonight, Bahamas Screen and Stage Association (BaSSA) will be having its rst Meet & Greet. There will be a special presenta tion, along with a question & answer segment with lmmaker Lavado Stubbs of Conchboy Films. Writers, producers, lm makers, theatre enthusiasts or those aspiring to work in the industry are asked to bring your business cards. If you have a project you are interested in produc ing, come prepared to pitch during our pitching session. In your pitch, kindly be prepared to tell the title of your concept, demograph ics it is geared towards, genre, a brief synopsis and what you need to complete project (writer, money, pro duction crew, marketing, etc). Aim to be no more than 90 seconds. Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau. The Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassaus Car olyn Deleveaux has been crowned as an ambassa dor of Pilot International Founders Fund (PIFF) for 2017-18. The honour was bestowed at the clubs meeting at British Colonial Hilton on Tuesday, Septem ber 19. The PIFF provides funds for disaster victims, in addition to grants and scholarships, for qualied applicants. The Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau is afliated with Pilot International, a worldwide organisation of volunteers, who take an active part in helping communities to be a better place to live. Pilot Inter national was founded in Macon, Georgia in 1921, and has been active in The Bahamas since 1974. There are ve Pilot clubs in The Bahamas. THE debate over the Prime Minister allowing students of hurricane-hit Dominica to come to school in the Bahamas has contin ued online at tribune242. com DonAnthony asked: Where to begin? Who cares if he cried, matters not one bit, what is he doing? That is what matters. And I support this effort 100 per cent. We have wonder ful attributes as a people but we have some nasty, disgusting traits as well. Too much of our people are selsh hypocrites who love to play the victim and blame foreigners for our own failings. And to say we are a Christian nation, what a laughable joke . What if this eye had passed over Nassau instead of Domi nica? These same selsh people would be begging on their knees for international help. It could have easily happened, just a slight shift in the high pressure system. It was not this year but our day is coming, if we do not help in this small way, who will help us? Franklyn said: Leader ship! We the people of the Bahamas and (Leaders in our Caribbean Community of Island States) do stand ready to help those who have found themselves vic tims of the latest hurricane disaster. And we the Baha mian people stand ready to help the people and survi vors from our Sister State of Dominica. It makes me proud, as a Bahamian, the leadership role that our Government and our Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis, has taken by stepping for ward in this time of need and humanitarian goodwill. It is this example that the Bahamas and the Baha mian people are known globally, not only as a smil ing face but a nation of caring souls. It is this same spirit that led many Baha mians to ght in the World War I, again it was not our war but the true spirit of the Bahamian soul stood tall to the call then and that same true spirit stands tall today. True Bahamians standing to the call of HELP. Grouper also backed helping the people of Dom inica: Instead of asking why Bahamians should help the students of Domi nica students we should be asking how could we not help them. Even when we struggle there is great joy in helping others. In doing so it also lifts us up. Perhaps if we all focused on help ing others we could all be dancing on the table. Referring to those who were against the Prime Ministers deci sion, DEDDIE said: The negative comments here go hand in hand with the state of the mindset of our country. Crime and a lack of care for our fellow man are the same symp toms from one common disease. I could remem ber a time when equally poor people would share the little they had with each other. My mother would cook a big pot of corn beef and white rice to share with others. And there was this from TigerB: We always get help from our neighbours, the USA, its our time now, thats how it works. We were really fortunate not to encounter that woman IRMA. We in Freeport cringed, then rejoiced when she turned south west of us and messed up Key West, Florida . Hats off to the PM, But Puerto Rico Is a mess as well and so are the other small neighbouring Caribbean nations, maybe a Barba dos, or Trinidad will do what we did here in help ing the others. Its called helping one another, no political gimmicks. Dont miss your chance to join the conversation on READERS HAVE THEIR SAY ON DOMINICA PROPOSALS Bahamas Screen and Stage Association OUR Clubs and Socie ties page is a chance for you to share your groups activities with our readers. To feature on our Clubs and Societies page, submit your report to clubs@trib, with Clubs Page written in the sub ject line. For more information about the page, contact Stephen Hunt on 502-2373 or 447-3565. JOIN THE CLUB Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau FROM left, president elect Jaychelle Hanna, Carolyn Deleveaux, crowned the Ambassador of Pilot International Founders Fund (PIFF), for 2017-2018, and Cecelia Christie, membership co-ordinator. A11MAIN


PAGE 12, Friday, September 29, 2017 THE TRIBUNE MINISTER of Environ ment & Housing Romauld Ferreira announced in the House of Assembly recently that his ministry is launching a National CleanUp Day in October. It will be launched in New Providence rst then extend to the Family Islands. During a recent speech in the House of Assembly, he said: Mr Speaker, I grew up on a clapboard house at the foot of Kemp Road. We had a broom for sweeping the yard, in fact all of the neighbours did; and every Saturday we did sweep the yard. Today we live in a Baha mas where we have become accustomed to waste. Whether derelict vehicles, fridges, stoves, or bulk waste, there is garbage eve rywhere. This problem did not happen overnight nor will the x be overnight, but it is a journey we must all take together. Mr Ferreira said the theme of the clean-up cam paign will be Keep Our Bahamas Beautiful. The theme implores cleanli ness in our communities by reminding our people to Be A Hero And Put It In The Can Man. The campaign will be executed in a ve-phase approach with the goal to fully clean New Providence and maintain its cleanliness, and improve the general aesthetics. New Providence has been divided into ve zones and each zone corre lates with a phase, said Mr Ferreira. He explained that each phase will encompasses the constituencies or zones as follows: Phase one (Bain Town, Grants Town, St Barnabas, Englerston and Centreville); phase two (Bamboo Town, Pine wood, Nassau Village, South Beach, Sea Breeze, and Fox Hill); phase three (Marathon, Freetown, St Annes, Fox Hill, and Eliz abeth); phase four (Fort Charlotte, Mount Moriah and Killarney) and phase ve (Golden Isles, Southern Shores, Tall Pines, Garden Hills, Bamboo Town, Golden Gates, Carmichael and South Beach). The clean-up campaign will require the full com mitment and involvement of communities and stake holders, the Marathon MP said. It will include the removal of garbage, appli ances, furniture, derelict vehicles, rodents, and veg etation from lots and lot clearances. Additionally, the ministry anticipates that the success of the initiative will translate into the speedy and effective removal of waste; efcient monitoring; ongoing public awareness and education; and enforcement. The min istry will partner with the media to get the message out. And there also will be school outreach in hopes that educating the children will mean they will educate the adults with whom they live at home. To brand our messages, the project will employ the use of a mascot, which will signal to Bahamians the source of the mes sage disseminated, and the expected environmen tal content. Posters for billboards will feature eve ryday people and celebrities and will be strategically placed at selected rounda bouts throughout New Providence, said Mr Ferreira. The secret of an effec tive clean-up campaign is a good enforcement pro gramme. Appreciating this fact, there will be col laboration with the Health Inspectorate Division of the Department of Envi ronmental Health Services, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Agriculture, and community leaders who we expect to eventu ally take the lead in keeping their communities clean, green, and pristine. We also expect to receive corporate sponsorship and buy-in. PREPARING FOR OCTOBER CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN By GENA GIBBS Bahamas Information Services ALIV, the Bahamas newest mobile network, has partnered with the One Bahamas Foundation in a three-year commitment. The organisation was formed in 1992 and its man date is to educate as well as promote unity and same ness across all sectors and across the country. The goal of the foundation is to dem onstrate this unity through its annual community walk. ALIV has come on board as the ofcial tel ecommunications provider for the foundation. Ofcials from the mobile network have said the com pany is committed to the betterment of people in the Bahamas, which the foun dation promotes. ALIV PARTNERS WITH ONE BAHAMAS OFFICIALS from Aliv and the One Bahamas Foundation announce how the mobile network plans to assist the group. A12MAIN