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WEDNESDAY i’m lovin’ it!HIGH90ºF LOW81ºFThe Tribune Established 190324/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!VOLUME:116 No.159, AUGUST 14TH,…
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WEDNESDAY i’m lovin’ it!HIGH90ºF LOW81ºFThe Tribune Established 190324/7 BREAKING NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM Biggest And Best!VOLUME:116 No.159, AUGUST 14TH, 2019 THE PEOPLE’S PAPER: $1INSIDE TODAY: YOUR ESSENTIAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL GUIDEPlastics ban to include $2,000 balloons fineDon’t let go By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.netTHE upcoming ban on single-use plastics will also outlaw the release of balloons, according to draft legislation that details fines up to $3,000. The plastic ban legislation outlines up to six months imprisonment for people who assault, resist, impede, or make false statements to an inspection officer. However, businesses will be able to possess and sell prohibited plastics to customers up to June 30, 2020 for a fee. If convicted under the proposed legislation, a first time offender faces a fine not exceeding $2,000, and in the case of a continuing offence, $500 for each day the offence continues. A second or subsequent offence will be met with afine not exceeding $3,000, and further fine of $700 for each day it continues. If passed, the Environmental Protection (Control of Plastic Pollution) Bill, 2019 will prohibit single-use plastic foodware and non-biodegradable, oxo-biodegradable and biodegradable single-use plastic bags; prohibit the release of balloons; and regulate the use of compostable single-use plastic bags. Single-use plastic foodware outlined in the bill include: Styrofoam cups, plates and other similar Styrofoam foodware used to contain food; plastic knives, forks, spoons and straws. Businesses will be allowed to sell compostable single-use plastic bags for 25 cents to $1, excluding VAT. SEE PAGE TWOA CABINET minister and Grand Lucayan Board members will today visit Miami to view an updated blueprint for Royal Caribbean’s multi-million transformation of the resort and nearby harbour. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, confirmed to Tribune Business that he and other members of the delegation have asked the cruise line and its ITM Group partnerfor a new look at their “vision and plan” for the resort and surrounding area. Voicing optimism that “a deal will be struck” to sell the Grand Lucayan to the joint venture as part of a wider development to overhaul Freeport into a destination product, Mr D’Aguilar said he hoped to conclude an agreement with ITM Group/Royal Caribbean “certainly by the end of the year”. “We’ve asked them to update us on their vision and plan,” he said. FULL STORY - SEE BUSINESSLET US KNOW WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE GOING OFFSEE PAGE EIGHTONE FATALITY, TWO INJURED IN SHOOTINGBy RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter rrolle@tribunemedia.netTHREE people were shot, one fatally, on Amos Ferguson Street off Palmetto Avenue yesterday. This is the 55th murder for the year, according to this newspaper’s records. Assistant Superintendent of Police Shanta Knowles said two people armed with firearms approached a group of men sitting in a yard and discharged their weapons in their direction. She said two of the victims were transported to hospital where they were in stable condition.  SEE PAGE TWOBEE SWARM STINGS MAN TO DEATHDELEGATION TO SEE NEW BLUEPRINT FOR LUCAYANBy NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor nhartnell@tribunemedia.netALICIA WALLACEBAGS TO SCHOOL THOUSANDS of children will be heading back to school with a smile thanks to Bahamas Striping Group of Companies and Rotary Bahamas who have got together to donate over 10,000 backpacks filled with notebooks and accessories. Pictured above is nine-year-old Roger Smith with some of the backpacks. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune StaffINQUIRY ORDERED INTO JAIL ‘BEATING’ By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.netTHE mother of a man jailed for armed robbery yesterday pleaded for her son’s safety as officials investigate claims he was severely beaten on the weekend. Photos of a bloodied and bruised man, identified by relatives as 28-year-old Cordero Bethel, with a stitched gash on his head were circulated on socialTHE BRUISED MAN media yesterday. Several online forums alleged the injuries were sustainedBy DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net AN 82-YEAR-OLD man was stung to death when a swarm of bees attacked him as he was doing yard work at his Freeport home last week. Keith Finley died in hospital on Friday - two days after Wednesday’s attack at his home on Dolphin and Drumfish Street, Caravel Beach. His wife, Pamela, said she “screamed in horror” as her husband sat helplessly at the front door SEE PAGE FIVETECHNOLOGYafter Bethel was ganged by inmates; however, Commissioner Charles Murphy did not provide any details when asked by The Tribune. There are also allegations he was attacked by correctional officers. “I got the same information,” Mr Murphy said, when asked about claims Bethel was beaten by prison officers. “I saw the picture on social media and an investigation is launched.SAMSUNG PUTS HEADPHONE JACK IN TRASHSEE PAGE THREESEE PAGE NINE Nassau & Bahama Islands’ Leading NewspaperPAGE 2, Wednesday, August 14, 2019THE TRIBUNEPLASTICS BAN TO INCLUDE $2,000 BALLOONS FINE from page oneBusiness will not be able to sell these bags to customers at the point of sale, and if they do, the sale of the bag must be separately stated on the receipt and identified as a “checkout bag fee”. Business will be allowed to keep the fees collected for the sale of these bags; however, a record must be kept of the number of bags supplied during the reporting year, along with the gross and net proceeds ofthe sale. Failure to keep a record is an offence with a fine up to $2,000, and failure to supply a copy of the record to the ministry carries a fine up to $1,000. Compostable single-use plastic bags will be exempt from the ban along with a number of others based on their intended use like party bags, dry cleaning, food and hardware storage, newspaper deliveries and trash. “A bag intended to be used solely to contain wholly or partly unwrapped food for human consumption, including fruits,vegetables, nuts, ground coffee, grains, or candies; a bag intended to be used solely to contain uncooked fish or fish products, meat or meat products, or poultry or poultry products; a bag intended to be used solely to contain wholly or partly unwrapped loose seeds, bulbs, corns, rhizomes, flowers, or goods contaminated by soil; a bag used for pharmaceutical dispensing or any other medical use,” the bill notes. The exempt list continues: “A bag intended to be used solely to contain liveaquatic creatures in water; a bag intended to be used solely for the transport or storage of agricultural products; a bag with a thickness of at least 3 mils thick that is intended to be used solely to package hardware items; a bag that is an integral part of the packaging in which a good is sealed prior to its delivery to a point of sale; and a bag intended to be used solely to contain ice for retail.” The law will not apply to plastic manufactured locally for export. Draft bills for theMinistry of Environment Bill 2019 and the Environmental Planning and Protection Bill 2019 were also released for public consultation. The MOE Bill seeks to establish the Ministry of the Environment to oversee the integrity of the environment and to establish the Environmental Administration Fund and the Environmental Trust Fund. The planning bill seeks to establish the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection, to provide for the preventionor control of pollution, the regulation of activities, and the administration, conservation and sustainable use of the environment. It provides for the establishment of an integrated environmental management system, providing a legal framework for the protection, enhancement and conservation of the environment, and for the sustainable management, use, development and enjoyment of the environment. Editorial View - Page 4One man dead, two injured in shootingsfrom page oneTHREE people were shot, one fatally, on Amos Ferguson Street off Palmetto Avenue yesterday. Photos: Terrel W Carey Sr/Tribune StaffASP Knowles said one of the victims was known to police. “We are very early with this investigation,” she added. “We know that in the cool of the afternoon persons would have been outside and we’re asking anyone who has information that might assist us with this investigation to please give us a call. Use the Crime Stoppers line, 328-TIPS. We have a P3 system. Go to your (Google) Play Store, download the P3 application, click on country Bahamas and of course fill out the information. There is no need to put in an email address, your name,telephone, nothing, just give us the information.” ASP Knowles said there were no reports that children were around when the shooting happened. “In the cool of the afternoon, there may have been children out but we don’t have information that they were present at the time,” she said. This is the fifth murder this month. In 2018, there were five murders in the entire month of August. Overall, murders are down ten percent compared to this time last year. Yesterday’s incident was the first murder since an unidentified man was found with gunshot woulds outside a building off Blue Hill Road on Tuesday, August 6.THE TRIBUNEWednesday, August 14, 2019, PAGE 3Inquiry ordered into claims armed robber was ‘severely beaten’from page one We are awaiting the results of that,” Mr Murphy added. However, Christine McPhee, his 49-year-old mother, told The Tribune the incident is the third time her son has been attacked at the prison. She claims the weekend incident involved both inmates and prison officers. She said a formal complaint was never filed for any of the incidents for fear of reprisal, insisting she has been contacted personally by prison officers who told her Bethel would be killed by inmates if she made a report. Ms McPhee said the latest incident has prompted her to take action as she could no longer remain silent about allegationsof abuse. “I think they just taking advantage of him,” she said, “this the third time. They keep beating him. The first two times, the first time it was inmates and the second time it was guards. I left it alone, he said ‘mommy leave it’ because they going to just come to him again. “These gangs are on the inside and outside,” Ms McPhee continued. “He says ‘mommy I’m not in no gang.’ They were plotting, they were going to kill him because he told them he ain’t going in a gang. A prison officer call me himself and he say if you report this, they will go after him to try kill him.” Bethel was sentenced in 2016 before Justice Vera Watkins after accepting a plea deal with Crown prosecutors for a doublegunpoint robbery in 2013. He robbed a man of his 2007 Honda Accord and an iPhone, and a woman of her Samsung Galaxy S4 device. Bethel was sentenced to seven years on each count to take effect from the date he was taken into custody, March 3, 2014. The sentences will run concurrently. Upon his release from the Department of Correctional Services, Bethel will be placed on two years’ probation. Ms McPhee described her son as outspoken, adding she suspects this trait often put him at odds with correctional officers. Ms McPhee said: “It’s been five years and they always bothering with him. If he go outside, other prisoners go in his cell and take all his things, and when heCOMMISSIONER Charles Murphy speak out they don’t do nothing about it. I told him leave it alone, I told him I’ll put money on his account to buy his stuff back.“This happen now and it just getting worse,” she said. “If they serving their time and being mistreated, then what else? He’s serving his time. They need to do a thorough check on officers they are employing. “I’m tired of them beating my child in his head. Is this a correctional centre? How y’all could be beating up on him, hitting him in his head? They always knocking him in his head. I know my child mouth little hard but all of y’all gonna gang him…y’all prison officers? “This time it really hit me because if you see the pictures with his head open up - no man. They could have killed my child. I’m going to press charges,” she added. Police chief warns officers: No photos By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter rrolle@tribunemedia.net DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle has warned police officers that photographing innocent people during routine traffic stops could result in disciplinary action. He made the warning in an email to RBPF commanders and department heads which was leaked to the press yesterday. He reminded senior officers that photos of people against whom criminal proceedings are not instituted must, by law, be destroyed. He wrote in his email: “With immediate effect, you are to ensure that the practice of photographing persons during routine traffic stops and stop and search is to cease. Officers wishing to take photographs of stop and search should avoid taking persons faces, who have not been arrested. In the recent past, the commissioner of police has received an unacceptablelevel of complaints from members of the public regarding the conduct of police officers during traffic stops. Kindly speak to your officers regarding this practice as we will all have no other recourse than to take disciplinary action should the practice persist.” A woman whose identity has been withheld spoke to The Tribune yesterday about her recent experience with officers who took a photo of her after she was stopped for a broken headlight. She said the experience felt disturbing and invasive. She said: “The practice of photographing people at traffic stops absolutely needs to be stopped. It is extremely invasive, disturbing, and unnecessary - especially when the officers refuse to explain the context for the photo or where your image will be going. My photo was taken when I was recently stopped by police. The officers took the photo after looking me up and down. It exacerbated what was already acompletely unprofessional experience with a group of officers who were extremely aggressive and rude. What should have been a simple traffic stop ended up feeling like a sick power play.” In recent times, the RBPF has also drawn criticism when photos of arrested people are circulated on social media before they are charged with a crime. In some cases, no charges have been made against the people. Some legal observers say the habit of releasing photos before a person is charged is defamatory.DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Paul RollePAGE 4, Wednesday, August 14, 2019THE TRIBUNEThe Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI “Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master” LEON E. H. DUPUCH, SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, jamaaltheartist@gmail.comPublisher/Editor 1903-1914 Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt . Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972-Published daily Monday to FridayShirley & Deveaux Streets, Nassau, Bahamas N3207 TELEPHONES News & General Information Advertising Manager Circulation Department Nassau fax Freeport, Grand Bahama Freeport fax (242) 322-1986 (242) 502-2394 (242) 502-2386 (242) 328-2398 (242)-352-6608 (242) 352-9348WEBSITE, TWITTER & FACEBOOK www.tribune242.com@tribune242tribune news networkPlastics law to have teeth - now enforce it WHEN the ban on single-use plastics was first proposed, we warmly welcomed it in this column – with one caveat: It has to be enforced. Well, now we know what teeth the law has. A series of fines have been revealed – with up to $2,000 for a first offence, and $500 for each day the offence continues. That’s a high price to pay for not following the new law – and a sharp reminder to people to fall in line. For those who don’t learn their lesson the first time, the fine goes up to $3,000 and $700 per day. As for those who try to obstruct inspectors or lie to them, that can land them in jail for up to six months. There are exemptions – with businesses able to sell compostable single-use bags for up to $1 plus VAT – but out go the styrofoam cups and plates, away go the plastic knives, forks, spoons and straws. Balloon releases too are banned – so scrap that from the birthday celebrations or corporate events. The reason for all of this is clear – too much plastic debris finds its way into the environment in ways that are harmful. Plastic finds its way into the oceans, where it kills fish, seabirds and other forms of marine life. For a nation soproud of its waters, it is only right that we take action to eliminate such garbage, and make a real difference to the ocean around us. Take a swim off our shores and too often you will see plastic bags in the sea, or cast aside cups floating by. It is time for that to stop. We hope that people see for themselves the need to change this kind of behaviour, this pouring of harmful waste into our environment. But for those among us who do not wish to change, these penalties will make them think more than twice. That leaves just one more task – there is no point making laws such as these if we don’t enforce them. The inspectors charged with stopping the flow of plastic waste must be given the proper funding, and they must operate without fear or favour. Anyone still supplying prohibited plastics must be punished equally, whether it’s the smallest bush cafe or a business run by a government minister. The expectation must be that people won’t get away with avoiding the rules. After all, we are proud of the waters that surround us – it’s only fair that we do all we can to help them to shine.Time to cast off our taboos THE government intends to review the school curriculum to bring it up to date – including in the area of sexual education. It’s about time. We often report in the pages of The Tribune on the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases, and the regular HIV testing sessions that are held around the country in an effort to reduce the spread of such infections. When we send our children to school, we want to equip them with the knowledge they need to deal with the world they are growing up into. It is onlysensible then to prepare them for a world where sexual diseases exist, and prepare them with what they need to know to guard against such. It can of course be a touchy subject – a taboo that lingers still across the world – but we hope we can have a mature discussion about what our children need. This is for their knowledge, and their safety, and to shy away from the discussion would do them a disservice. There is another prize too – a future Bahamas run by our children where perhaps, at last, such taboos can be forgotten.A shock to travel along Bay Street EDITOR, The Tribune IT IS not often that I get an opportunity to travel the Bay Street and downtown areas. On Monday, 12th instant, I had to take my family somewhere in those environments. I was appalled and deeply shocked by the absolutely deplorable and unkempt conditions from the East Street intersection and beyond travelling east on Bay Street! A few years ago it was terrible, but now it is even worse than before. Successive administrations have long talked about the revitalization of the downtown area with little if any results on the ground. Brother Edward ‘Ed’ Fields, et al, have been labouring for years and years, through no fault of their own. At the rate the work is unfolding it is not likely that we will see any appreciable improvements anytime soon. Re-election for the FNM is not a given. There are several issues which are of vital concern to the average resident here in New Providence and, indeed, Bahamians across thenation. The ongoing saga with Bahamas Power & Light is the biggest threat to the FNM’s re-election. It was ‘bad’ under Brother Christie and my good friend Brave, but never this ‘bad’. While the FNM has done some great work on some of the main roads here in New Providence, many major roads like East Street from North of Wu
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