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Well-known activist and for-
mer Bahamas Democratic
Movement parliamentary, can-
didate Omar Archer was shot
in the stomach and rushed to
hospital with serious injuries
A relative of Mr Archer told
The Tribune last night the fam-
ily did not have many details
about the incident biut had
* learned Mr Archer was shot in
the abdomen and his bowels
Police could not confirm any
details of the incident before
The Tribune went to press.
Press liaison officer Walter
Evans did not confirm this
information but said a man in
his thirties was shot in the stom-
ach in Nassau Village at around
9.30pm on Thursday, without
revealing the identity of the vic-
Shots were fired from a pass-
ing Nissan Maxima at two men
standing in the street, and the
injured man was rushed to hos-
pital in a private vehicle.
His condition is described as
serious and police investigations
Mr Archer is former secre-
tary general, of the Bahamas
THE tenure of Supreme
Court Justice Rubie Ann Not-
tage is expected to come to an
end next month as an extension
of her tenure is expected to not
be granted by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, The Tribune
With Mrs Nottage- reaching
the age of 65 in October, the
constitution of the Bahamas
states that she can only sit for an
additional two years on the
bench if an extension is granted
by Prime Minister Ingraham.
Democratic Movement and was
a parliamentary candidate for
After the last election, Mr
Archer joined the PLP and ran
unsuccessfully for the position
of party chairman.
Mr Archer has gained a rep-
utation as an activist with a
desire to expose corruption in
government and business.
Another shooting was report-
ed in Nassau soon after the inci-
dent in Nassau Village.
SEE page 9
Emergency water supplies sent out
0 By TANEKA
Tribune Staff Reporter
EMERGENCY water supplies were sent to residents of
Mayaguana and San Salvador yesterday in the wake of Tropical
Storm Hanna and to prepare them for the threat of dangerous
Hurricane Ike, which is expected to rip through the south-eastern
islands by Sunday.
Yesterday, the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) flew much-needed water and basic food supplies donat-
SEE page 9
PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham being intreviewed by the international
media after yesterday's NEMA-press conference.
to prepare for Ike
However, as previously
reported in The Tribune, Prime
Minister Ingraham has said he
will allow the law to "take its
SEE page 9
Wife accused of throwing 'corrosive' solvent
* By NATARIO McKENZIE
A WIFE accused of inflicting
grievous harm to her husband
by means of a "corrosive sub-
stance" was arraigned in a Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday.
Glenice Miller, 30, of Sunset
Park, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez at
Court One, Bank Lane, charged
with use of deadly means of
It is alleged that on Monday,
September 1, Miller intention-
ally inflicted grievous harm to
Howard Miller by throwing ace-
tone on him.
Miller4 who was not repre-
sented by an attorney, entered a
plea of not guilty from the dock.
SEE page 9
* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
BAHAMIANS across the
country should prepare for Hur-
ricane Ike today as it could hit
the southern Bahamas on Sun-
day and move through the
island chain throughout the
Winds up to 150 mph, storm
surges up to 23 feet and heavy
rains can be expected in any of
the islands as the catastrophic
hurricane draws nearer.
Addressing the nation from
the National Emergency Man-
agement Agency headquarters
in downtown Nassau yesterday,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said everyone should use
today to prepare.
He said: "Ike is a very serious
hurricane and all Bahamians
ought to take it very, very seri-
"We expect Bahamians
everywhere to take this very
SEE page 9
PM: k may
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brought by Hurricane Ike will
add to the infrastructural decay
not yet repaired after previous
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said the costly dam-
age caused by hurricanes is
something The Bahamas has
grown accustomed to, and there
is adequate funding to pay the
price of repairs.
He said: "The government
has had to reorder its spending
priorities, we have access to a
catastrophic insurance scheme
put in place by the World Bank
that we are policy holders of,
so when damage reaches a cer-
tain point we are able to make a
claim, and we are able to access
funding from the Inter-Ameri-
can Development Bank."
However, restoring damage
from hurricanes and tropical
storms is a constant battle.
"We have still not. completed
all the restoration work from
the last set of hurricanes in the
Bahamas," Mr Ingraham said,
"so this will add to the incom-
plete infrastructural work."
Power cuts brought by Hur-
ricane Ike will also force the
government to pay the cost of
running generators at poten-
tially all 157 public medical clin-
ics throughout the islands, as
well as other government build-
Mr Ingraham said: "While
we are rather well-off compared
to many other islands, it is also
an expensive business .to oper-
ate and manage."
By DENISE MAYCOCK
communities in Pinder's
Point and Eight Mile Rock
experienced severe flooding
when Tropical Storm Hanna
passed just east of Grand
Bahama early Friday morn-
According to reports,
flood waters rose three to
four feet in the settlements
of Seco Town at Pinder's
Point. There were also
reports that sea water had
crossed over Bayshore Road
in the area of Martin Town,
Eight Mile Rock.
Despite the flooding in
those areas, residents were
in no immediate danger of
water entering their homes.
Kirk Russell, of Pinder's
SEE page 9
We are ready for
PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham said all systems are
ready for the onslaught of Hur-
A window of fair weather
between the passing of tropical
storm Hanna and arrival of
Hurricane Ike in the Bahamas
has given government the
opportunity to prepare.
A major programme to
improve drains in New Provi-
dence, and particularly in low-
lying areas such as Pinewood
Gardens and downtown Nas-
SEE page 9
PAGE 3: Downtown
PAGE 3: Orphanages,
senior homes spared
PAGE 3: Flights may be
PAGE 3: 'Don't delay
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BAHAMAS ON ALERT: HURRICANE /KE/TROPICAL STORM HANNA
0 In brief
Don't delay Ike
cern that many
until the last minute.
"The National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA)
has been very active and people
have been responsive so far, but
there are always some people
who are last-minute people," he
said. Regarding the evacuation
of tourists should Hurricane Ike
pose a major threat to the
Bahamas, Mr Ingraham said
that he is satisfied that the coun-
try's visitors will be safe.
"A good number of tourists
are staying and we would pro-
vide all the safety they require,"
he said. Prime Minister Ingra-
ham reported yesterday that
first assessments show that
there was no major damage
from Tropical Storm Hanna.
"The Bahamas has a high
building code, and barring any
unforeseen catastrophic event,
our preparations, our buildings
and our ability to move people
to safe locations should min-
imise any fatality in the
Bahamas," he said.
The Tribune reported yester-
day that many Bahamians in
vulnerable inner-city communi-
ties seem unconcerned by the
possible impact of Hurricane
Ike. Despite the fact that Ike
may by a category four by the
time it reaches the Bahamas,
residents of flood-prone New
Providence communities are
taking a "wait and see" stance
and said they are confident that
their homes will withstand the
PRIME M. lster Hubert
Ingrahafi',a:'Kon Friday that
most areasorn'the island of Aba-.
co were not significantly impact-
ed by Tropical Storm Hanna
with the exception of North
"Tropical Storm Hanna has
just passed and from all reports,
damage has not been significant,
except in North Abaco where
communities of Sandbank are
flooded and persons have had to
move out, and that didn't hap-
pen until this morning so the
public school in Treasure Cay is
completely flooded and is likely
to be closed for a while," Mr
Ingraham, MP for North Abaco
said on Friday.
"'What happened to the resi-
dents of Sandbank in Abaco
and the school in Treasure Cay
is an example of what can hap-
pen with just a tropical storm
hits," he said.
"Ike is a very serious hurri-
cane and all Bahamas ought to
take it very, very seriously," Mr
rapped for closing
* By LLOYD ALLEN
SOME Nassau businesses are
being criticised for closing dur-
ing Tropical Storm Hanna.
As the storm made its way
through central and the north-
eastern Bahamas on Thursday,
virtually all private businesses
throughout the nation's capital
Nassau Tourism Development
board chairman Charles Klonaris
told The Tribune yesterday that
he does not think downtown
stores should have been closed.
"The city should have been
wide open, and I see no reason
why most of the businesses should
have been closed when Hanna
came through," he said.
He said this was especially the
case as the storm had a negative
affect on business, "due to the
absence of cruise ships that were
obviously diverted due to the
However Diamonds Interna-
tional Marketing manager Antho-
ny Smith said that the decision to
close their doors on Thursday was
the right call to make for his com-
Mr Smith said: "Prevention is
always better than cure."
He feels that due to the
extreme gusts which are normal-
ly expected in the area during
rough storms, removing employ-
ees from possibly hazardous con-
ditions was a necessary step.
Mr Smith said that because of
various hurricanes and tropical
storms travelling trough the
Caribbean and Atlantic in the
past few weeks, cruise ship pas-
sengers and companies have dra-
matically reduced their arrival to
our shores, resulting in a drop in
THIS Bay Street store is battened down with plywood as Tropical .
Storm Hanna approached-.
sales for many downtown busi-
However the decision for com-
panies to close their doors tem-
porarily due to the storm, he feels
is something that was done in the
best interest of not only employ-
ees, but also customers.
Trevor Basden, senior deputy
director at the Department of
Meteorology, said: "With a sys-
tem so close to New Providence,
and with the high winds and rain
.experienced Thursday night, if
that storm had sped up just- a lit-
tle, people could have been
caught up in that weather."
He said that although it was
not the call of the Department of
Meteorology to instruct busi-
nesses to close on Thursday, he
feel it'was a good choice to do
so. Quantum Duty Free Jewellery
store was among a handful of pri-
vate establishments in the down-
town area open for business on
' Though the store was open for
the entire day, employees say that
there was "zero business", which
they attribute to Hanna..
Other businesses open on
Thursday included Colombian
Emeralds, two liquor stores and a
souvenir store all located near the
Orphanages and senior homes
spared Tropical Storm Hanna
* By LLOYD ALLEN
In $pipnse to the possible
impadt* Iurricane Ike on Mon-
"day, -ns are being warned
,to take precautions to ensure the
protection of home, property, and
* When it comes to members of
our society that are under the
care of the state such as those in
orphanages, senior homes, or
statutory homes like the Wille-
mae Pratt and Simpson Penn
Centres preparedness is a mat-
ter of great importance not only
for officials, but also for adminis-
Nakita Smith, administrative
assistant at the Children's Emer-
gency Hostel, said the facility
hardly felt any effects from Trop-
ical Storm Hanna, but staff are
fully prepared for Hurricane Ike,
which is expected to affect areas
of central and southern Bahamas
as early as Monday.
Ms Smith said: "Once the gen-
erator comes on and the lights
come on, we are good."
She noted that for the 33 chil-
dren living at the home, adequate
staffing during a storm is an issue
Now attention turns to Hurricane Ike
"Oice the gener-
ator comes on and
the lights come
on, we are good."
that has always been arranged
prior to impact.
She-said that apart from per-
sons working at the centre during
normal conditions, there are six
staff members that are spepifical-
ly rostered to be stationed at the
centre should a storm come our
way. Ms Smith said though ade-
quate food and water has already
been acquired for the children,
the centre cdn always use addi-
tional supplies. Director for the
Department of Social Services
Mellany Zonicle told The Tribune
that requests for additional food,
water, and personnel for govern-
ment sponsored facilities have
already been approved.
Mrs Zonicle added that fol-
lowing a request by her office,
the Ministry ofWO'rks has been,
on call assistijipwith'.shutt.ter
installation, sand bag placement;
and other measures aimed at
securing structural integrity of the
"If the hurricane is very severe,
and we feel that the buildings are
compromised, persons will be
moved to shelters," said Mrs Zon-
icle. Mrs Zonicle says now that
Hanna is no longer a threat to
the Bahamas, her officers have
done an assessment of homes in
the various islands, but are also
preparing for the Hurricane Ike,
which is the 9th named storm for
the 2008 hurricane season.
Mrs Zonicle said she spoke
with Cat Island social. worker
Shantell Culmer-Deveaux who
confirmed that the children's cen-
tre on the island had not suffered
any damage from Hanna.
She added that the seniors'
home in North Andros and others
in Grand Bahama were all con-
tacted, and administrators con-
firmed that they were spared by
Tropical Storm Hanna.
OFFICIALS at the Lynden Pindling International Airport
announced yesterday that they may have to suspend air traffic
late on Sunday as Hurricane Ike approaches.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Nassau Airport Develop-
ment Company (NAD) noted that the latest weather informa-
tion obtained from the MET office showed Ike entering the
southeast Bahamas with tropical storm force winds in the early
morning on Sunday.
It is then predicted to reach hurricane strength around noon
on Sunday and progress through the Bahamas, bringing tropical
storm force winds to the New Providence area in the early morn-
ing on Monday.
NAD said its Air Traffic Services will continue to monitor the
information provided by the MET Office.
The company said that it does not foresee having to suspend
flights before late evening on Sunday, and is therefore projecting
normal operations at LPIA throughout the weekend.
NAD said yesterday's statement is only intended to provide
information as a guideline, and that the company's actions will
be directed on an ongoing basis by the progress of Hurricane
It said that new information on the operational status of the
airport will be provided as it becomes, available.
-- Bahamasair to offer extra flights -
BAHAMASAIR will offer some additional flights this weekend
to clear the backlog of passengers.
Due to the delays and cancellations caused by Tropical Storm
Hanna earlier this week, the national flag carrier has made some
changes to its flight schedule for today and tomorrow.
Today, all flights will operate as scheduled, with Bahamasair
providing one extra service to Crooked Island and one to Provo,
Turks and Caicos.
"These extra sections (flights) are intended to clear any backlog
of passengers who were unable to return to Nassau on their sched-
uled flights as a result of Tropical Storm Hanna," Bahamasair said
yesterday in a press statement.
The additional seivice'frgm nasau to Crooked Island will depart
at 6.30am. The retuti flight willtbe at 8aim.
The extra flight to Provo w depart from Nassau at 9.15am, and
depart from Provo, and return to Nassau at 11.30am.
Stephen Russell named NEMA director
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham dropped the 'interim' from
Commander Stephen Russell's title to name him director of NEMA
at a live press conference about Hurricane Ike yesterday.
Former Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officer Commander
Russell was appointed by the cabinet to lead the National Emer-
gency Management Agency (NEMA) in May, when former direc-
tor Carl Smith took up a posting as Consul General in New York.
Commander Russell was on loan from the RBDF and had been
deputy co-ordinator of the cabinet office Disaster Relief and
.Recovery Unit from 1992.to 2001, pyering the devastation caused
b y Hurricane Andrew in hort Etfitera.
.During that period, ,C9 ander.-Russell also served on. the
board o ithe Caribbean IERster jergency Response A'gncdy
(CDERA). : 'k
MIRRORS c 1105 3:25 NIA 6:05 8:20 10:40
THE DARK KNIGHT T A1: 4-:00 N 700 10:10
THE MUMMY: DRAGON EMPEROR T 1:00 3:30 N/WA 6:00 8:20 1045
SD ARK G RESRV TIC ETS AT L80.3649 )R W.AL !E !
BABYLON AD NEW 1:20 3:40 NIA 6:15 8:25 10:30
SWING VOTE NEW 1:30 3:35 N/A 6:00 8:35 10:35
DEATH RACE T. 1:00 3:30 N/A 6:10 8:40 10:45
THE LONGSHOTS c 1:10 3:25 N/A 620 8:30 10.35
THE ROCKER C N/A N/A N/A WA 8:35 10-45
TROPIC THUNDER A 1:10 3:45 NA 6:10 /A NA
MIRRORS T 1:15 3:50 N/A 6:05 830 10:40
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PICTURED (I-r) WILLIAMS Mills, past president of the Rotary Club of
Nassau Sunrise and Marcquel Bethel.
MARCQUEL Bethel spoke
on the topic "achieving weight
loss through medical interven-
tion" at a meeting of the Rotary
Club of Nassau Sunrise in hopes
of inspiring others with weight-
From his earliest recollections
Mr Bethel had been overweight
and his life was held hostage
because of it.
In 2005, he tipped the scale at
over 520 lbs and experienced
numerous health complications
as a result of it.
The turning point came in 2006,
after medical consultation and
being told that at 35 years old he
may not see 40. This was a hard
pill to swallow. He had to do
something if he wanted to live
and live a rewarding and fulfilled
Mr Bethel opted for gastric
bypass surgery (stomach reduc-
tion) and the rest is history.
Today, he has lost more than
2501bs through the combination
of surgery, diet and exercise.
Many sacrifices had to be
made, such as his love of coke
soda and Bahamian food, for a
better life a life with a future
and now a purpose.
As a member of Rotary, "giv-
ing above self" is a motto that he
Telling his story is his way of
"giving of self." He hopes to
reach out to those who may be
going through extreme weight
Persons with any questions, can
e-mail Mr Bethel at marcquel-
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Evangelicals flock to McCain-Palin
JOHN McCain is, in some ways, an acci-
Talk to delegates at the Republican
National Convention this week, and many
will admit that McCain was not their first
choice for president.
Some will even concede that he was not
their second or even third choice.
. Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred
Thompson all outpolled him in the months
leading up to the primaries.
Then in January, Mike Huckabee scored
a stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses
with the support of evangelical Christians.
Going back to the Reagan revolution
and, before it, the Roe decision, Christian
conservatives have filled the grassroots*
ranks of the Republican Party. In the 2004
presidential election, the Pew Research
Centre found they were the largest single
demographic group among voters for
George W. Bush, constituting 35 per cent
of his total.
In 2004, white evangelicals supported
President Bush over John Kerry 69 to 26
per cent, a slight increase over Bush's large
margins over Al Gore in 2000, and enough
to help deliver GOP majorities in crucial
battleground states like Iowa and Ohio.
Until recently, polls had been showing
McCain lagging behind Bush's levels of
support among Christian conservatives in
both 2004 and 2000.
But an August Pew survey showed
McCain had solidified his lead over Barack
Obama among this group by 68 to 24 per
That was before last month's Saddle-
back Civil Forum on the Presidency with
Pastor Rick Warren, where McCain for
the first time seriously engaged evangelical
voters. And it'was before he galvanized
their support by selecting Sarah Palin as his
One bellwether was James Dobson, pres-
ident of Focus on-the Family.
The influential evangelical leader said
in February that he could not vote for
McCain as a matter of conscience.
After McCain's selection of Palmin last
week, Dobson told talk radio host Dennis
Prager, "I would pull that lever."
McCain may be the presidential nomi-
nee, but the buzz this week was about
Palin. Far from dampening enthusiasm for
the Alaska governor, news that her 17-
year-old daughter was pregnant and the
perception that the media were piling on
her family only seemed to heighten her
David Barton, a former vice chairman
of the Republican Party of Texas and
leader of a national evangelical organiza-
tion, says, "When the announcement was
made, my e-mail immediately lit up with
adjectives I haven't seen in a long time
among evangelicals, Christians and con-
servatives." He says the level of enthusiasm
is greater than in 2004.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst provid-
ed another anecdotal tale. At a breakfast
with Texas delegates Monday morning, he
spoke about a discussion he had with an
evangelical pastor who was on his flight to
St. Paul. The pastor predicted 3 million to
5 million more Christian conservative vot-
ers would turn out for McCain because of
In the end, however, it was McCain's
show in St. Paul.
With the crescendo building all week
from Thompson to Huckabee to Giuliani to
Palin, the question remained: Could
McCain seal the deal.- not only with
Christian conservatives, but also with a
larger audience of Republican and inde-
The old warrior laid out a plan Thursday
night to reform his own party, battle Wash-
ington corruption and keep the nation
secure. It wasn't a traditional partisan cam-
MqCain was least convincing rambling
through political talking points. He was
inspiring when making his pledge for
reform, retelling his American elegy and
especially when issuing his allegorical call to
One year ago, McCain's campaign was
close to being vanquished.
With two months to go until the general
election, he has a fighting chance.
(This article was written by Jonathan Gur-
San Antonio Express-News c.2008).
are at work
EDITOR, The Tribune.
ONE of the biggest reasons
why The Bahamas seems to
be in an economic and spiri-
tual morass, in my humble
submission, is due to the fact
that over the past two decades
a genre of so-called "men and
-women of the cloth" have
emerged in this nation with a
vengeance. I make no. apolo-
gies for this bold and funda-
From the days of recon-
struction back in the great
USA, shortly after the fratri-
cidal Civil War, most Ameri-
can blacks from the Southern
States went directly into the
church and the pulpit.
This was seen as the fastest
avenue by which a poor, une-
ducated black man or woman
could advance socially and
economically. In fact, this
trend was so strong that we
witnessed the phenomenon of
the rise (and fall) of outlandish
"Father Divine", "Daddy
Grace" and, of course, the
Mohammed (The Messenger
of Allah). Here in our own
country, the law, the church
and politics have developed
into virtual "growth" indus-
tries. Back in the 1950's when
few black Bahamians could
read or write, menial labour,
subsistence farming, fishing
and the hospitality industry
were the normal outlet for the
creative energies of a majority
- black and conchy joe.
With the advent of democ-
racy on the micro level dur-
ing the -1960's the law and the
church became popular roads
for those to travel who had
economic and social ambi-
We saw the development of
pulpiteers like the late H W
Brown; Reverend Leroy Cole-
brooke; Dr Charles Saunders,
et al. On the political front
people like Lynden Oscar Pin-
dling; Cecil Wallace-Whitfield;
Arthur Foulkest Ortland H
Bodie Sr; Randol Fawkes and
Clarence Bain were making
their respective marks.
Economically, few black
Bahamians were prepared or
able to challenge the suprema-
Please note that Mr. Marcellin
Marcellin Ariscar of Washington
Street, #86 P.O.Box N.P. 10326 are
one in the same person.
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cy of the white Bahamian and
his foreign allies. It was only
during the early 1980's that
the embryonic black and
conchy joe Bahamian business
person started to come into
Today, in this blessed year
of Our Lord and Saviour two
thousand and eight, the pul-
pit has taken over as the
fastest route to fortune and
fame. As a result, everyone-
his sister and his brother -
are apostles, bishops, pastors,
reverend doctors, revelators
and, of course, evangelists
(with a word from God, no
less). The problem, I submit, is
that far too many of these
individuals would not know
Jehovah if He was to be seat-
ed right up in their faces. In
fact, too many of them have
absolutely no knowledge of
Who God is and really could
So long as they minister and
lord over a "big" church, drive
the best vehicles and are able
to seduce and beguile nubile
young girls, doe-eyed boys,
low down and dirty, rusty men
and, of course, the starry-eyed
Once recognizedd" as a man
or woman of the cloth, the sky
then becomes the limit for
some of them in terms of their
abilities to raise funds, bam-
boozle the corporate world
and to link "up, bogusly, with
the politicians of the day. The
innocents are caught up in the
middle and we end up'getting
just what Daffy Duck got.
They raise funds for this
cause and this event with no
measurable achievement; no
accountability and a stark
reluctance to share or divide
the income. Another favourite
vehicle which is utilised by
many clergy is to find a
"cause" be it crime, societal
unrest or some sort of outcry
about sexual immorality and
run with it. People like Jesse
Jackson and the Reverend Al
Sharpton have finessed this
ability to the max. In the USA
Jackson and his Rainbow
Alliance were able to bam-
boozle and intimidate large
companies because they did
not meet racial quotas or did
no invest enough in black
areas. It is reputed that sev-
eral of his sons now own and
operate the largest beer dis-
tributorship in Chicago.
Al Sharpton with his
National Action Committee
has done the same then and
each year corporations
"donate" tens of millions of
dollars to his "causes", or are
subjected to his tirades and
threatened boycotts. It would
be interesting to know how
many of these "donations"
ever reach the "cause or ben-
efit individuals who are not
connected to the man or
woman of God.
The same problem exists
here in The Bahamas. Crime
is now the whipping boy or
girl of society and its seems
that many are looking for a
way to raise some easy money
to 'fight' crime. Mind you,
crime is supposed to be within
the purview of the police and
the elected government of the
day. Yet, we see the special
cle of crime fighting organic
nations and committees rising
up out of the societal ashes
like so many phoenix. They
are to be seen receiving dona-
tions and sponsoring special
community events but, at the
end of the day, what has real-
ly been accomplished of a last-
ing value? You be the judge!
Yes, there are layers o
duplicity which conceals the
lack of accountability and/or
responsibilities. You will heai
about a board of directors
which, coincidentally I am
sure, is comprised of political
and social allies of the chair-,
man or executive directors of
the so-called crime commit-
tee. The sad thing about this is
some of them actually get
away with fooling many
Bahamians into believing that
they are about the business of
The Master and that they
actually are concerned with
the well-being and welfare of
the small man and woman,
The Devil, I submit, is still a
liar and his minions are at
work-in The Bahamas.
They love to sit up at the
headtable and to be publicly
recognized as a good man pr
woman all the while they are
just like their father Diablo.
If 50 per cent of these corpo-
rate donations to "crime fight-
ing groups" were to be donat-
ed directly to social pro-
grammes, without the middle
man or woman, much more
would and could be achieved.
Until then, however, 'he char-
latans, .tin gods and bogug
community transformers will
continue to prey on gullible
individuals and corporate cit-
izens who merely wish to salve
their collective consciousness.
Many of them, for political
reasons and biasness, will lam-
baste those whom they
oppose. Once the party they
would have supported is in
power, some of them are
appointed to all sorts of gov-
ernment boards and corpora-
tions.at inflated and often
unknown stipends and hono-
rariums. They will speak, pub-
licly, on the radio and in the
newspapers on issues which
have absolutely nothing to do
with spiritual salvation.
To God then, Who will pull
down the walls of a false Jeri-
cho, in all things, be the glory.
ORTLAND H BODIE Jr
June 10, 2008.
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0 In brief
THE youth arm of the Free
National Movement, the Torch-
bearers, congratulated the Minis-
ter of Education Carl Bethel and
other ministry officials for the
improvement in the overall
national examination results.
"Not only did the grades improve
in the Bahamas General Certifi-
cate of Education (BGCSE)
examinations but they also did in
the Bahamas Junior Certificate
"More than 60 per cent of the
grades awarded for the BGCSE
examinations were between "A"
and "D", according to informa-
tion released by the Ministry of
Education on Wednesday.
This year there were 6,294
BGCSE candidates and 7,577
candidates for the BJC examina-
tions.The Torchbearers said thou-
sands of candidates who took the
Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC)
examinations improved this year's
results and also improved the
overall national average..
105 students inducted into the
Technical Cadet Corps Programme
The Ministry of Educatidn's
Technical Cadet Corps Pro-
gramme held its induction cere-
mony, welcoming 105 students
from both the public and private
schools to the programme.
In attendance and bringing the
keynote address was the Minis-
ter of Education Carl Bethel, who
expressed that he felt inspired by
the young inductees whom he
applauded for making the bold
decision to enter the TCCP.
The minister praised the pro-
gramme, which was established
in September of 1990, and
through its mission seeks to:
"provide opportunities for stu-
dents interested in technology to
acquire skills necessary for suc-
cess in a technologically advanc-
ing society, and to assist in nation-
He welcomed the programme's
partnership with stakeholders
such as: the Water and Sewerage
Corporation; the Bahamas
Broadcasting Corporation; the.
Bahamas Electrical Corporation;
and the Bahamas Telecommuni-
Mr Bethel urged the students
to have open minds, as this will
help them to grow personally, and
enrich their education.
He told the students they had
made 'the right choice, as those
who enter the programme
become more disciplined in their.
approach to studying, mature
more rapidly in their thinking,
and are generally better students.
This he attributed to the varied
opportunities provided to young
people to discover new interests,
learn.new technical skills, rein-
force knowledge gained in class-
rooms, and further their educa-
tion after the programme. "The
Ministry of Education shares with
the TCCP, the belief that all stu-
dents have abilities.
"That is why we encourage
young people such as the
inductees to pursue the highly
specialised body of knowledge
that a career in the technical and
vocational fields can give" said
The students participating in
-the programme came from the
following schools: Doris Johnson
Senior High School, Galilee
Academy, Government High
School, Jordan Prince William,
Kingsway Academy, Mt Carmel,
Nassau Christian Academy,
Queen's College, RM Bailey
Senior High School, St Andrew's
High School, St Anne's High
School, St Augustine College, St
John's College, Anatol Rodger's
High School, Temple Christian
and Westminster College.
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A LACK of proper ventilation
at the General Post Office is forc-
ing some sections to close three
hours early and slowing down the
delivery of mail by about two
Employees of the letter sort-
ing, parcel post and Customs sec-
tions of the General Post Office
on East Hill Street are reportedly
working half-day shifts, leaving
work hours before knock-off time
due to "unbearable" conditions.
The air-conditioning unit for
the ground floor area is not func-
tioning and has been broken for
weeks. According to Postmaster
General Godfrey Clark a private
company was contracted by the
Ministry of Works to install the
unit however the problem is still
"The Ministry of Works has
contracted a (private) company
who is installing some air condi-
tioning units in the parcel post
and letter processing area. The
contractors are in and out
attempting to correct the prob-
lem," he said.
Until then, employees in those
sections have been allowed to
leave work early to escape the sti-
"I wish I could say exactly
(when the a/c will be installed) I
hope it can be done today. .
because they (employees) are
leaving early around 2.30 or 3pm
instead of five. I know it's not the
most ideal situation, working in
an area in an enclosed building
with no air conditioning but we
are working as hard as we can to
get the problem solved".
Mr Clark admitted that the
faulty air-conditioning unit is hin-
dering mail processing but did not
specify how much impact the
shorter workdays will have on the
country's postal service.
"Obviously there will be some
slowing of the process," he said.
President of the Bahamas Pub-
lic Service Union John Pinder
placed the blame for the slow
repairs on the private company
which the job was out-sourced to.
He said his members are not
advocating for industrial action,
but would like to see the matter
"They were awaiting some part
to connect some compressors, that
has been at least four weeks.
What happens is, any time a gov-
ernment agency has a problem
with the air conditioning system
and the a/c malfunctions and they
take a long time to get it correct-
ed, we have kind of a verbal
agreement, whereas they'll allow
those persons to work shifts so
some will work in the morning,
or some will work in the evening
because once the heat becomes
unbearable they'll have to leave.
The post office workers have
decided rather than having a split
shift, to allow everybody to work
half-days and then go," said Mr
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
"I vex because I have to pay my water bill every
time it comes and some people using up all the
water and don't pay a dime. I am tired of seeing
people just take as much water as they want from
them government pumps just because they don't
have to pay for it. They putting a burden on tax-
payers who already pay a regular water bill.
"It is about time that.Water and Sewage checks
to see how much water is being used and abused at
the (community) pumps on a daily basis. I bet it's in
the hundreds of thousands of dollars!"
Concerned about natural resources.
"I am vex that so many residents of New Provi-
dence don't seem worried about this hurricane
bearing down on us. Yes we have been lucky and
blessed over the last few seasoris, but how many of
our friends in the family islands have been devas-
tated by the damage a storm can bring.
"I think it's time that we wake up and realise we
can't control Mother Nature but we surely can pre-
pare ourselves and not lose lives and belongings due
to carelessness." 1
Worried about the weather.
"I vex because I live out east and the traffic this
week was already too unbearable. I try leaving my
house 6.30 to get to work for nine and I get stuck
behind a trail of cars for almost two hours. I try
leaving 7.30, same thing a bunch of cars in the
middle of the road like ants with nowhere to go!
"Finally I try leaving out 8.30 and I reach to
work on time. Ain't that some mess? We really
need some sort of more organised public transit so
all these parents ain' have to be on the road drop-
ping one child to the same place everyone else
going. Save me some time and save yaself some
Advocate for car-pooling in Nassau.
"I vex over how much of my lunch hour I spend
in the bank to do simple transactions. It don't make
sense that banks that been here for decades and
decades don't realise that Friday is a busy day, so
they should know they
need more than two
tellers on staff cashing
C, people cheques.
"And I don't think
'they should be allowed
to take a lunch break
during the peak hours
between 12 and two, I
S.r mean das when most
normal people come in
j ._' the bank to do'transac-
i ') tions. Or better yet, why
S' don't they hire more
"' tellers?! The economy
slow, give someone a job so I don't have to spend
al day standing on a teller line."
Fed up with the bank.
"I am vex at how wanton and slack Bahamians
are. It is evident in every part of our society and I
saw it most recently in how careless people over
here is cross the road. I mean a car could be com-
ing barrelling down the street and one big hip
woman would just be tippin' cross the road like
she have bumper on her back.
"I could understand why a senseless potcake
would run cross the road when it full of cars, but
people with sense? And let me don't talk about the
silly children who is jump out of nowhere running
like their pants on fire in traffic. When I was in
school, they taught us how to cross the road and not
act like fools. I wonder what these children learn-
"I vex at the sign hanging in the US Customs hall
at the airport. It says "the use of all cell phones are,
prohibited." You know how bad that.looks? It
should be "the use of all cell phones is prohibited."
It makes all Bahamians look like we can't write
properly. Locals and visitors must believe that we
don't know our grammar. It's ok to sometimes not
talk proper, but you gotta at least write proper."
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PICTURED (From left to right) Tim Johnson, architect employed with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, informs the delegation of 'govern-
ment officials who toured the Festival Place Also pictured are Public Works and Transport Minister Neko C. Grant, Leopold Wright, Festival Place Floor
Manager, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Charles Maynard, Tourism and Aviation Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace. Pictured in photo, but partially hidden, Calvin Balfour, Under Secretary, Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Treasurer of the Junkanoo
Corporation of New Providence Ltd.
Government Ministers tour
Festival Place Welcome Centre
* By KATHRYN
MINISTERS Neko Grant,
and Charles Maynard with
Public Works and Tourism
officials toured the Festival
Place Welcome Centre at
Prince George Dock Wednes-
The tour was in keeping
with government's plans to
expand the Festival Place.
Plans include the addition of a
Junkanoo Museum to address
the congestion that presently
exists at the Festival Place,
and the conversion of the for-
mer Customs Building at
Prince George Dock into an
Authentic Bahamian Craft
The Market is intended to
provide a venue for Bahami-
ans interested in selling indige- ,
nous Bahamian foods and
craft and also to serve as an
informational centre for visi-
tors. Architects from the Min-
istry of Works were present
to review conceptual drawings
for the proposed Authentic
The Market will provide
stalls for several hundred ven-'
dors and offer Bahamian
The design for the Market is
intended to create an "open"
"We are satisfied that with
the number of vendors that
are producing quality goods
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GOVERNMENT ministers and ministry representatives see drawings for the Authentic Bahamian Craft Market
Wednesday. From left to right: Carla Stuart, Ministry of Tourism's Director of Cruise Development, Tourism and
Aviation Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Leslie Johnson, architect and Chairman of the Junkanoo Cor-
poration of New Providence Ltd., Tim Johnson, architect, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Public
Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant and Marcian Cooper, general manager, Festival Place.
we would have no problem
filling the market. Those per-
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who would wish to sell only
authentic Bahamian products
will be'given the option of
moving there," said Minister
Grant. "We wish to spend
approximately $2 million for
the re-development of the
Authentic Bahamian Craft
Market. Work will begin as
soon as plans are finalized, but
it is under very active consid-
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on the cost'factor," he added.
Minister Grant said Govern-
ment seeks to improve the
experience of visitors to Fes-
tival Place Welcome Centre
by allowing them to flow
through as conveniently as
flyby of Steins
* DARMSTADT, Germany
The Rosetta deep space probe
successfully passed close to an
asteroid 250 million miles from
Earth, the European Space
Agency said Friday night.
In a mission that may bring
man closer to solving the mys-
tery of the solar system's birth,
the craft completed, its flyby of
the Steins asteroid, also known
as Asteroid 2867 now in the
asteroid belt between the orbits
of Mars and Jupite# at
around 3:15 p.m. EDT.
As planned, the spacecraft's
signal was lost for about 90 min-
utes as engineers turned it away
from the sun and because the
craft was moving too fast for its
antennas to transmit.
The resumption of the craft's
signal transmission was greet-
ed with cheers from ESA engi-
neers and technicians.
"We're extremely happy that
it worked," mission manager
Gerhard Schwehm said, sipping
a glass of champagne after the
announcement from the control
room. "It's a big relief. People
can relax a bit now and every-
thing seems fine."
Schwehm said the agency
would work to get images and
other data collected by the
probe processed as soon as pos-
sible. He said the first images
should be released to the public
"The operation went very
well," Paolo Ferri, the head of
the solar and planetary missions
division and Rosetta flight oper-
ations director, said in a short
speech after the announcement.
"The spacecraft is in exactly
the condition we expected,
which is good. All indications
are that everything was super
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NEW CHURCH YEAR
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE EVENTS
October 3-4, 2008 BCMC Focus Event, Queen's College Primary
School Hall, 6:00 p.m.
October 4, 2008 An Evening of Tribute. A Banquet to honor the
persons demlitting office on August 31, 2008. Wyndham Cable
Beach Resort, 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $90.00
October 5, 2008 BCMC Annual Pulpit Exchange In all churches
in the Conference.
October 5, 2008 Service of Consecration, Installation and Induction
at Ebenezer Methodist Church, Shirley Street 7:00 p.m.
PAGE 8, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008 THE TRIBUNE
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TURNS FROM PAGE 1
Bahamians urged to get
ready for Hurricane Ike
FROM page one
seriously and we ask them not to wait until
Sunday or Monday to look for items of
food or building materials, but to do so
now and as a matter of urgency."
As Tropical Storm Hanna passed out of
the northern Bahamas, flooding Sandbank
and Treasure Cay in Abaco on Thursday
night, Hurricane Ike edged closer to the
archipelago and a watch was issued for the
Ike was 460 miles east-northeast of
Mayaguana and Turks and Caicos at lati-
tude22.9 degrees north and longitude 64.1
degrees west yesterday evening.
The category three storm, with winds of
around 115mph, was moving west-south-
west at 15mph yesterday, and expected to
continue on this course before it turns back
to the west on Sunday, and hitting
Mayaguana, Inagua, Acklins, Crooked
Island and Rum Cay.
Although the storm was a catastrophic
category three yesterday, Arthur Rolle,
director of the Bahamas Department of
Meteorology, said Ike is expected to
strengthen to category four when it takes a
turn through the central Bahamas on Tues-
He said: "Hurricane Ike is a very dan-
gerous storm. Just stretch your imagina-
tion to what an average of 140mph winds
"It would make sense for people to start
now, to complete whatever preparations
they need to do."
The prime minister recalled the devas-
tation caused by category two hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne in 2004, and Hurricane
Andrew which battered North Eleuthera
in 1992 with 155 mph winds and .23-foot
The Department of Meteorology will
issue an advisory at 2pm today, expected to
be the first hurricane watch for the south-
When a watch is issued residents can
expect hurricane conditions, and winds
above 75mph within 36 hours.
Mr Ingraham said government agencies
are prepared for emergency operations,
drains throughout New Providence have
been upgraded, and local governments
throughout the islands have co-operated.
Residents throughout the Bahamas are
urged to watch tomorrow's update live on
ZNS and listen to regular updates on ZNS.
Commander Stephen Russell, director of
NEMA, said: "I can assure you at NEMA
we are constantly on watch, and will remain
to be activated while this hurricane is on
"We will continue to monitor Hurricane
Ike as it comes through and until it exits the
Bahamas sometime next week."
To track the storm online log on to the
United States National Hurricane Centre
Emergency water supplies sent out
FROM page one
ed by the Red Cross, along with
Defence Force units to both
"A flight did go out this
morning and we were able to
get 20 cases of water on that
flight for Mayaguana, along
with some supply kits from the
Red Cross. A unit of Defence
Force marines went down to
assist them. Similarly, the same
thing was done with San Sal-
vador. Water and some basic
supplies were sent down there
to help prepare them for the
approach of the next storm,"
interim director of NEMA
Commander Stephen Russell
told The Tribune.
NEMA has been able to
make contact with island
administrators who highlighted
their immediate needs. Weath-
er permitting, another flight
today or Saturday may be
arranged to send more supplies,
Commander Russell said.
Mayaguana ran low on water
because of an overdue visit
from the mailboat, chief coun-
cillor for the island Earnel
"We haven't had a mailboat
service in quite a while so that
really has contributed to the
problem but we are getting by.
We didn't have a scheduled stop
prior to the storm and since
then because of the weather the
mailboat hasn't been able to
He added that the mailboat is
scheduled to make weekly stops
at the island but can sometimes
take up to three weeks to bring
Mr Brown said he is worried
about how long supplies will last
after Hurricane Ike, a strong
category four storm, rips
through the island.
"That really is a major con-
cern because if we have (heavy)
flooding and we lose electrical
power, we will be in a situation
that could be uncomfortable."
According to Mr Brown, oth-
er than a two-day power out-
age, Mayaguana recorded no
major damage from the storm.
Officer-in-charge of San Sal-
vador and Rum Cay Inspector
Derrick Ferguson said while the
islands under his watch fared as
Hanna churned through the
country necessities like fuel may
run low as they await supplies
from the mailboat.
"We're doing just fine. We
have no major damage to build-
ings or flooding or loss of prop-
erty (to report) we only experi-
enced strong winds and swelling
of the ocean near the coastal
lines which was very minimal."
He said residents were not at
a "point of desperation" but
needed extra supplies to meet
the high demand for water and
As Ike approaches, Inspec-
tor Ferguson believes San Sal-
vador and Rum Cay are ready.
"The residents here in San
Salavador, first of all they're no
strangers to storms, due to,our
location. Nevertheless, I believe
that they are not taking any-
thing lightly as it relates to Ike.
We're all familiar to the damage
that storms can do. They still
have their various properties
battened up...and we at the
police department intend to
intensify our patrols and to
make sure we are in.constant
communication with the local
The three shelters on San Sal-
vador and one shelter on Rum
Cay will be remain open to
accommodate persons needing
shelter from Ike. '
Acklins, Crooked Island and
Inagua also received basic sup-
plies from NEMA in the wake
of Tropical Storm Hanna.
Rubie Nottage tenure set to end
FROM page one
When asked yesterday for
any additional comment on the
matter, the prime minister
Likewise, an invitation was
extended to Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall, who refused to
comment directly, stating only
that he could not speak on the
matter "at this time".
Calls to Justice Nottage and
the president of the Bar Asso-
ciation Wayne Munroe were
not returned up to press time
Appointed in April, Justice
Nottage will turn 65 the age
justices are constitutionally
required to retire in October.
According to the Constitu-
tion, a justice's term can be
extended until his or her 67th
birthday by the governor gen-
eral, if the prime minister makes
such a recommendation after
consultation with the leader of
Additionally, an extension
can also be granted allowing
time for the conclusion of all
live cases before a justice who is
due for retirement.
The wife of former PLP Cab-
inet minister and MP Kendal
Nottage, Justice Nottage's
appointment by the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission was
met with both criticism and sup-
port from a cross-section of the
Mrs Rubie Nottage was men-
tioned in the 1984 Commission
of Inquiry into drug trafficking
in the Bahamas and almost 20
years ago she was indicted in
the US on drug money-laun-
dering charges. However, US
authorities have never acted on
While some believed that she
should not have been appointed
until a court indictment against
her in the United States from
the 1980s had been cleared up,
others felt she was eminently
qualified for the position.
Justice Nottage has 38 years
of legal experience behind her,
having served as general coun-
sel to the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and chancellor and
legal adviser to the Anglican
Diocese of the Bahamas and
the Turks and Caicos.
Wife accused of throwing 'corrosive' solvent Archer shot
FROM page one
The accused is a nail techni-
cian by profession, and it is
alleged that she threw the ace-
tone a solvent used to remove
artificial nails and nail polish -
in her husband's face and on his
back during a domestic dispute.
Sgt Sean Thurston said the
prosecution had no objection
to bail. reports indicated that he would
He did, however, note the need continuous medical treat-
seriousness of the alleged ment.
offence, saying it carried a max-
imum penalty of 20 years in Noting that the prosecution
prison, did not object to bail, Magis-
A'ccording to the prosecutor, trate Gomez set bail in the sum
the accused and victim live of $10,000 with one surety.
together and have children. Th uredto
He also told the court that The case was adjourned to
the victim had been released September 24 and transferred
from hospital, but medical to Court 10, Nassau Street.
FROM page one
A young man was shot in
Major Road, Yellow Elder, at
around llpm on Thursday,
when a man in a black hooded
jacket holding a handgun
approached with another man
and fired shots at a 17-year-old
boy, hitting him in the left leg.
He is in stable condition in hos-
airport also remained closed.
Mr Williams said Grand Bahama residents should continue to
pay close attention to weather reports on Hurricane Ike.
"We are now going to have to gear up and bracing ourselves for
that system," he said.
Meteorologist Duncombe said that conditions will be good for
the weekend and advised residents to prepare for Ike. "Although
the system is 1,000 miles away, it doesn't mean that we should
not be concerned," she said.
As forecast models predict that Ike may pass over southern
Andros. Ms Duncombe said Grand Bahama can expect to receive
some tropical storm conditions by late Monday evening and Tues-
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008, PAGE 9
We are ready for
FROM page one
sau, i being completed today.
Government departments also used yesterday and today to
check generators supplying power to medical clinics are opera-
tional, food and water supplies are adequate and the Department
of Public Works completes all essential jobs.
Mr Ingraham said: "Hurricane Ike is a serious storm and must be
taken very seriously in the Bahamas.
"The various agencies of the Government are prepared to go into
"The department of public health, ministry of education, and pub-
*lic works now has the opportunity to complete things before the
/ "We are also very pleased with the co-operation and assistance
of local government authorities in the Family Islands."
A total of 130 shelters will open throughout the Family Islands
in case of emergency, and 26 shelters will open for vulnerable res-
idents of New ProvideRnce.
The largest shelter in Nassau is the Church of God in Joe Far-
rington Road with a capacity to hold over 400 people.
Residents of low-lying areas prone to flooding such as Pinewood
Gardens, Bain Town and parts of the inner-city are encouraged to
seek shelter, as well as people whose houses are unlikely to with-
stand the force of category four hurricane winds.
A special shelter will also open in Nassau to accommodate up to
50 people with physical disabilities at the Bahamas Association for
the Physically Disabled in Dolphin Drive.
Officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Red
Cross will manage the shelters, and RBDF officers will be deployed
RBDF Commander Clifford Scavella said: "We want to ensure
the Bahamian people that their families will be secured and the
RBDF will offer and do whatever is necessary to ensure that all
Bahamians have comfort as we assist the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) in their undertakings."
As Hurricane Ike headed for the south-eastern Bahamas yes-
terday, Mr Ingraham warned:."Residents of the southern Bahamas,
Inagua, Mayaguana, Rum Cay and Acklins should take seriously
the warnings issued by the Department of Meteorology and com-
plete their preparations forthwith.
"Other areas of the Bahamas should be on alert for other alerts
issued by the department to carry out their preparations today."
FROM page one
Point, blamed the ineffective drainage system in Seco Town sit-
uated west of Pinder's Point as the reason for the flooding in the
"The flap that drains the water out was broken and drains in the
area are blocked and we have a lot of standing water that has set-
tled in the street," he said during an official island update at the
Administrator's .Office in Freeport.
Various members of the Grand Bahama Disaster Consultative
Committee were present.
Rufus Johnson, administrator for West Grand Bahama, report-
ed that sea water from the bayside came across Bayshore Road.
"We had about eight to 10 foot seas on the southern side of
Bayshore Road, but the water on the road had cleared -up in the
afternoon," he said.
There was no flooding at Fishing Hole Road, he said.
Mr Johnson reported that only 14 persons sought shelter at the
Eight Mile Rock High School gymnasium.
Island administrator Alexander Williams reported that Hanna
did not cause any major damage on the island and no injuries
were reported as a result of the.storm.
I "I am able to report that there was nothing out of the ordinary,
only some localised flooding in areas but nothing to displace any-
one, and from all indications the roads are still passable," he told
In addition to the flooding, strong winds were responsible for
some downed powerlines and trees in Freeport, and East Grand
Freeport meteorologist Donna Duncombe reported that winds
reached a high of 47 knots or 55 mph on Grand Bahama.
Weather officials also reported that 2.3 inches of rainfall was
recorded at Grand Bahama International Airport.
Although Hanna had left the Bahamas around noon, Ms Dun-
combe said Grand Bahama remained under tropical storm warning
until 3pm when it would be discontinued during the next advisory
from the Bahamas Meteorology Department.
In Freeport, wind brought down a few tree branches and there
was minor flooding in some streets.
Residents of Queen's Cove reported no major flooding in that
area, which is vulnerable to flooding from the north shore during
hurricanes. Only two shelters were opened in Freeport. There
were reports that seven persons turned up at the Special Needs shel-
ter at Christ the King Church Hall in Freeport.
Lillian Quant-Forbes, assistant director of social services in
Freeport, said the Maurice Moore Primary School shelter, desig-
nated for residents of East End, did not receive any persons up until
1.30am on Friday and was closed.
Flooding was also reported in the east, where East End residents
experienced more intense conditions as Hanna passed east of them
around 2am on Friday.
Lawrence Laing, local government chief councillor for the area,
reported very strong winds and rough seas.
Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell, MP for High Rock, also
reported that there were downed powerlines near the graveyard in
East End, as well as on Sweeting's Cay.
He noted that, despite minor flooding of the road between Pel-
ican Point and McCLean' s Town, everything was fine.
Government offices opened for normal business, but public
and private schools remained closed on Friday. The Grand Bahama
PAGE10 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008
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USE SOME COOK 1S AN' IOOT ER."
Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to
8 9 3
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6 1 3 1
3 1 6
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Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to
fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to itsleft,,and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Mooday to Sunday.
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7 6 6 3
HAGAR THE HORRIBLE
Im TARGE ]
HOW many words of four letters
. or more can you make from the
letters shdwn here? In maldng a
word, each letter may be used once
only. Each must'contaln the centre
letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 15: very good 23; excellent 30
(or more). Solution tomorrow.
chic chin chine chloric chlorine
choc choice choir choler choleric
chollne chore chronic
CHR(ONICLE cinch clench cliche
clinch clincher cloche conch
echo echoic enrich heir hero
heroic heroin heron hire hole
holier hone horn inch lech
lichen loch niche oche ochre
orchil rhino rich
1 Amazed, and
so is the
8 Clear the area (5)
9 Agreement for
a tail-less supersonic air-
10 Scholar of French in a
spectacular trick (7)
11 Stand a rough sea and a
bit of a swell (5)
12 Hamlet has to
for her (6)
14 A ship holds fixed
17 The prospects for battered
19 A shade of grievance (7)
21 They're not often miscast
in Westerns (7)
22 It enables one to turn
one's hand to many things
but brainy? (10)
Yesterday's Cryptic Solutio
Across: 1 Enigma, 4 Afloat, 9
Magical, 10 Rider, 11 Title, 12
Waylaid, 13 Fashionable, 18 Curran
20 Omaha, 22 Loony, 23 Outlook, 2
Satins, 25 Berber.
Down: 1 Enmity, 2 Ingot, 3 Macbeth
5 Foray, 6 Oddball, 7 Tirade, 8 Slow
foxtrot, 14 Airport, 15 Apostle, 16
Scales, 17 Backer, 19 Aryan, 21 A-
2 Height of a piece of sculp-
ture is about right (7)
3 Cat required there are
quite a few in the pound
4 Encourage a sound loca-
tion for a pub (6)
5 He turns, scattering the
6 Declines to have minor
operations under a doctor
7 Rise includes unemploy-
ment benefit for a young-
8 Perhaps pity is love, really
13 Mother hides a blemish
with make-up (7)
15 Such subterfuge may be
so naive (7)
16 Patient caretakers (6)
18 Ground for a broken heart
20 Shady place for one on the w
fiddle? (5) [,
>n Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Remedy, 4 Belief, 9
Caribou, 10 Utter, 11 Polio, 12
it, Expunge, 13 Close-fisted, 18
4 Towpath, 20 Flair, 22 Alone, 23
Mercury, 24 Donate, 25 Endear.
i, Down: 1 Recipe, 2 Mural, 3
v Dubious, 5 Equip, 6 Intense, 7
Forger, 8 Rule of thumb, 14
Lowdown, 15 Saffron, 16 At hand,
17 Prayer, 19 Alert, 21 Acute.
12 13 1415
17 19 20
21 22 ^
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1 Tensely exciting (4-6)
8 Power (5)
Full of mischief (7)
State of freezing cold
11 The Muslim world (5)
12 Urge strongly (6)
14 Messenger of Greek
17 Criminal (5)
22 To lament (5)
23 Carefully chosen (4-
3 Supple (5)
4 A customs
5 Slope (7)
6 Question harassingly
7 Sign of disapproval
Military force (6,4)
To stagger (5)
by Steve Becker
It's So Easy When You Know How
South West North East
2 ** Pass 2 I Pass
3 + Pass 3 V Pass
4 NT Pass 5 Pass
* Strong and artificial
Opening lead ten of spades.
It would be wonderful to always
be able to see the defenders' hands
when you become declarer. In that
case, you'd presumably get every
possible trick you were entitled to.
But, alas, bridge isn't played that
way, and you must do the best you
can without seeing the adverse cards.
This doesn't necessarily mean you'll
suffer because your vision is
restricted. On the contrary, on most
hands your results should parallel
what you could accomplish if you
saw all 52 cards.
Take this case where you are in six
notrump. East wins the spade lead
and returns a spade to your king,
bringing you to 11 sure winners.
There are ,two suits that might
provide you with the all-important
12th trick. One is clubs, where cash-
ing the A-K might drop the queen
and make dummy's jack a trick. The
other is diamonds, where you might
pick up the queen either via a finesse
or by cashing the A-K.
Note that in the actual hand both
approaches would fail. But note also
that correct play makes the slam. The
proper approach is to thoroughly
investigate the opposing distribution
before committing yourself in the
key suit, diamonds.
Accordingly, you cash the queen
of spades, ace of diamonds, A-K of
clubs and five heart tricks, reducing
your hand to just the K-J of dia-
As these tricks are being cashed,
you learn that West started with two
spades, one heart, seven clubs and,
therefore, three diamonds. At the
point where dummy's last heart is
played, you know for a fact that West
must discard from a holding consist-
ing of two diamonds and the queen
of clubs. Since he cannot spare the
club queen, he discards a diamond.
You thereupon lead a diamond to
the king, knowing fill well that,
come what may, one opponent or the
other will produce the queen on this
trick and give you the slam.
Tomorrow: Bidding quiz.
SATURDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 6, 2008
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Two-time champ Serena
* By HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Tennis Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Sere-
na Williams wound up and
smacked a shot directly at
Dinara Safina early in the sec-
ond set of their U.S. Open semi-
The ball hit Safina near her
shoulder, ending the point, and
she quickly turned her back to
the net, muttering as she walked
away, ignoring Williams'
attempts to apologize.
Not much later Friday,
Williams tried again to say "Sor-
ry," except this time both play-
ers were standing at the net
after the American wrapped up
a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Now Williams
can take aim at a third champi-
onship at Flushing Meadows
and ninth Grand Slam title
Hard to believe her very first
major title came in 1999 at the
"I just am excited to obvi-
ously still be here," Williams
said, "and, 10 years later, still
putting up a major fight."
It's her first U.S. Open final
since 2002, when she beat older
sister Venus. This time, they
met in the quarterfinals, and
Venus offered advice about fac-
ing Safina, then sat in the stands
Friday, cheering. The siblings'
parents, who also serve as their
coaches, were there, too, after
skipping the all-Williams match.
"I was thinking to myself,
'OK, if you're going to beat
your sister, you have to go all
the way,"' said their mother,
Next up for Williams: Jelena
"Overall, she's, I think, the
strongest player on the tour,
together with her sister," said
the second-seeded Jankovic.
"Nobody has the power that
theythave. We cannot com-
Jankovic eliminated Olympic
gold medalist Elena Dementie-
va 6-4, 6-4. It will be Williams'
12th Grand Slam final, and
Jankovic's first, and in addition
to the silver trophy at stake, the
winner will rise to No. 1 in the
rankings next week.
The final is scheduled for Sat-
urday night, but forecasts calling
for rain much of the day
prompted tournament organiz-
ers to announce contingency
plans that could include post-
poning the match until Sunday.
"I'm ready to play tomorrow.
Hopefully we can," Williams
said. "If not, I'll be ready for
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday -
She got off to a shaky start
against Safina, the younger siS-
ter of 2000 U.S. Open men's
champion Marat Safin. Broken
in her first service game,
Williams fell behind 2-0, but she
won seven of the next eight
games, eventually doing a much
better job than Safina of dealing
with wind that gusted at over
Safina wound up with 41
unforced errors, and she repeat-
edly rolled her eyes or shook
her head or shouted at herself in
English or Russian, much the
way her brother does. A few
points after being pelted by the
ball, Safina hit her fifth double-
fault of the match and yelled,
"I hate the wind!" Two points
after that, Safina pushed a back-
hand long and Williams broke
to lead 2-1 in the second set.
"I was behaving like a really
spoiled girl," Safina said.
The whipping air played hav-
oc with serve tosses the
women combined for 11 dou-
ble-faults and all manner of
other strokes. The U.S. flag
above the video board at one
. end of Arthur Ashe Stadium
rippled so loudly that Safina
turned to glare at it before one
"I thought, 'OK, if it's so
windy, then I'm not going to go
for so many winners," said
Williams, who didn't produce
her first winning forehand until
the match was 30 minutes old.
Still, she was gritting her
teeth, pumping her fists and hol-
lering, showing the will to win
her mother described as
"Everything," Price said, "is
supposed to be hers."
Down 2-1, Williams broke
Safina, but needed three break
points in that game to do it. On
the second, Safina tried a drop
shot that Williams charged, hit-
ting a ball toward her foe's face.
Safina ducked and the ball went
long. Eventually, a missed fore-
hand by Safina made it 2-2
US Open final
Williams broke to a 5-3 lead
when Safina put a forehand into
the net. and a similar miscue
ended the set in the next game.
Safina'didn't go quietly,
breaking at love to tie the sec-
ond at 1-all. It was in the next
game, though, that Safina could-
n't get out of the way after try-
ing another drop shot that
Williams sent back at her body.
Safina said that upset her. but
she also acknowledged, "It's all
in the rules. I can only be angry
with myself for hitting a bad
When they spoke after the
match, Williams said: "I didn't
mean it. OK?"
-I was. you know, nearly
mortified that I hit her,"
Williams said later.
Janko ic, meanwhile, lost
eight of the first nine points and
fell behind 2-0 and 4-2. But as
Dementlieva became more ten-
tative and more erratic.
Jankovic reeled otf tive consec-
utive games to claim the first
set and a 1-0 edge in the sec-
Janko ic also trailed by a
break at 3-2 in the second set,
before coming back again. She
got plenty of help 42 of the
66 points Jankovic won came
from unforced errors by the
Jankovic entered the match
with an 0-4 record in major
semifinals. including losses at
this year's Austrahan Open and
French Open. But she kept
tracking down balls, running
along the baseline and stretch-
ing her racket, extending points
until Demenlieva missed.
Several times. Jankovic
wound up doing the splits at the
end of a point. She sometimes
would bend over to catch her
breath between points, or stop
to chat with spectators. When
she got to set point in the first
with Dementieva serving,
Jankovic drew a time violation
warning from chair umpire
Lynn Welch for pausing to wipe
away sweat with a towel.
The turning point might have
come a little earlier, with
Dementieta up 4-2 and love-30
on Jankovic's ser'e Two more
points, and Dementieva would
have served for the opening set.
Instead, this is how things
went: Dementieva missed three
service returns, and Jankovic's
backhand winner ended a 21-
stroke point and the game.
Dementieva began the next
game by double-faulting, and
eventually was broken when a
67 mph serve put her on the
N"Mentall%. I feel I'm a lot
stronger, because I really
beheve in m.self. I really want
to do this. and it's about time
for me to make that step for-
ward to break that barrier."
Jankovic said "I want to win a
Grand Slam, and this is whI 1
That's why Williams came.
too, of course.
"'She has a lot of pressure to
win her first Grand Slam."
Williams said, -and I'm just
enjoying every moment."
THE TRIBUNE PAGE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008 ""
'Golden GirP' Debbie takes
top Spot golng into final
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
printer Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie took a slight
lead for the top spot in the
women's 200 metres going
into the final stretch for
the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athlet-
ics Final in Stuttgart, Germany, next
But at the Memorial Van Damme
Golden League athletic games in
Brussels, Belgium yesterday, Fergu-
son-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup
helped to give a good farewell to Kim
Gevaert, the Belgium and Euro-
pean triple sprint champion who has
announced that she will retire at the
end of the year, won the 100 in 11.25
seconds in chilly conditions.
The 30-year-old didn't make any of
the individual finals at the Olympic
Games, but anchored Belgium to
their first medal with a silver in the 4
x 100 metre relay at the Bird's Nest in
Ferguson-McKenzie, a double
finalist in the 100 and 200, was second
in the century in 11.32 with Sturrup
coming in fourth in 11.40. American.
Me'Lisa Barber was third in 11.37.
While she admitted that it was too
cold for sprinting, but she was "hap-
py to be part of Kim Gevaert's last
race. Before Stuttgart, I will run
another race but I'm hoping for bet-
ter weather than this."
After the race, Sturrup held onto
fifth place in the century standing
with 52 points from five races. The
top eight competitors will qualify for
the World Athletics Final in Sturrup
on September 14.
Ferguson-McKenzie and Gavaert
are both tied for ninth place with 47,
just two behind American Carmelita
Jeter, ho sits in eighth with 47.
Jamaican Olympic champion Sheri-
Ann Brooks tops the list with 58.
The 3z-year-old Ferguson-McKeh-
zie, who plans to at least run through
the IAAF World Championships
next year in Berlin, came back for a
third place in the 200 in 22.79.
DEBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE placed second in the century with a time of 11.32 and CHANDFRA STURRUP (right) finished in fourth place in 11.40s...
DEBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE placed second in the century with a time of 11.32 and CHANDRA STURRUP (right) finished in fourth place in 11.40s..
With her 12 points in the race, Fer-
guson-McKenzie improved to first
place in the standings with 58 points
from five meets, just two ahead of
Frenchwoman Muriel Hurtis-Houairi
American Marshevet Hooker won
the half-lapper in 22.62, followed by
Jamaican Kerron Stewart in 22.76.
BELGIUM'S KIM GEVAERT jubilates as she crosses the finish line to take first place during the 100m event at the Golden League athletic games yesterday in Brussels.:.
Stewart was a double Olympic
bronze medalist in the 100 and 200.
Also competing in the meet yes-
terday was Grand Bahamian quar-
ter-miler Michael Mathieu. He fin-
ished ninth in the 400 in a sub-par
The 24-year-old Olympic 400 semi-
finalist ran the second leg on the
men's 4 x 400 relay team that
clinched the Bahamas' silver medal in
Beijing. It was the first medal ever
won by a relay team at the games.
American Jeremy Wariner, who
continue his post-Olympic success
after being dethroned by compatriot
Lashawn Merritt, won the race in
Wariner has widened his lead in
the standings with 100, while Mer-
ritt trail in second with 88. Great
Britain's Martyn Rooney is third with
Two points behind in fourth place
is Chris 'Bay' Brown with 74. Brown
opted not to compete in the race yes-
Also not competing in Brussels,
but still in contention for Stuttgart
are Leevan 'Superman' Sands, Der-
rick Atkins and Donald Thomas.
Sands, the Olympic bronze medal-
ist, is ranked at number three in the
triple jump with 58; Atkins, last
year's silver medalist at the World
Championships in Osaka, Japan, is
fourth in the 100 with 68 and
Thomas, the world champion, is sit-
ting in eighth place in the high jump
Atkins, however, has indicated that
after failing to make the history final
in Beijing, he has decided to shut
down his season and will take some
time off before he start preparing for
the World's next year.
Next up on the calendar is the
Rieti 2008 in Rieti, Italy on Sunday.
That will be followed by the Zagreb
2008 in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday.
Then it's the World Athletics Final
in Stuttgart next Sunday.
PAGE 14. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008
JERMAINE 'CHOO CHOO' MACKEY and MEACHER 'PAIN MAJOR' are getting ready to fight on September 20...
'Choo Choo' Mackey and Major
'Pain' to headline First Class card
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE-the B1 inian public gets
ready for Hurricane Ike, First Class
Promotions is preparing to host a dou-
ble whammy on its next professional
On Saturday, September 20 at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, First Class
Promotions have announced that
Meacher 'Pain' Major and Jermaine
'Choo Coo' Mackey, the country's top
two pugilists, will headline the card
being dubbed: "No Stopping Us
For Major, who will be featured in
the 10-round main event, his bout will
be an eliminator-for his shot at the
British Commonwealth lightweight
Mackey, on the other hand, will be
in the eight-round co-main event in
theaftermath of claiming the British
Commonwealth title in his last bout.
The 26-year-old Major, who cur-
rently have a 15-3 win-loss record, said
he's been inspired by the performance
of Mackey and intend to make good
on his bid to join him as a Common-
"I'm grateful for the opportunity
and I want to thank the Lord almighty
and First Class Promotions for get-
ting the fight for us so that we can
move to the next level," Major stated.
After pulling off an eight round
decision over Luis Bolano in his last
fight on May 25, Major said he's been
training extensively. But he noted that
he got caught in the rain a couple
mornings this week.
"I'm just staying focused and keep-
ing my eyes on the prize. I'm not try-
ing to look back on the previous fights
that I had. I just try to learn from
those fights and improve on the mis-
takes that I made," he stated.
Known for his quick and furious
action in the ring, Major said he is
going to promise the Bahamian public
that it will be a show that they will
not want to miss.
"This is to get me to the Common-
wealth fight; so I'm not taking 'this
fight lightly," he insisted. "I'm going
out there real focused and hopefully
at the end I will be victorious.
"If I see where I can stop him and
take him out, then that's what it's
going to be. I don't know much about
him. But I know his trainer and all of
his fighters are real smart and good
defenders. So I just have to go out
there and pick him apart."
Once he's is successful against the
Dominican, Major said he intend to
travel to Florida to get the necessary
sparring sessions that he will need to
prepare him for the British title fight.
"After watching Jermaine fight for
his title, I saw how tough his oppo-
nent was," Major said. "I don't want to
put myself in that predicament.
"It was a good fight and I really
want to congratulate him. It just give
me the desire to go out there and try
to win the British Commonwealth title
IN THIS file photo, the referee (not seen) holds up Jermaine "Choo Choo" Mackey's hand after he won a fight against Puerto Rican
IN THIS file photo, Meacher "Pain" Major gets ready to punch Puerto Rican Celestino Rodriquez. Major stopped Rodriquez
in the first round...
As the World Boxing Association's
FedeCaribe and Bahamas lightweight
champion Major said heswould like to
add the British title to his resume.
"This is another stepping stone for
me to get another title," he pointed
out. "After the Commonwealth title,
hopefully I can get a chance to fight
for one of those world titles or conti-
nental titles in the US that can prepare
me for a world title shot."
Despite getting caught in the rain,
Major said it has hampered his train-
ing because he have his own equip-
ment at home and he can still work-
He thanked his coaches Gregory
Storr, Ray Minus Jr and Delvin 'Blue'
Scott for getting him ready.
Coming off his successful bid to win
the British title fight over African
Michael Gbenga in a grueling 12-
round encounter on July 19, Mackey
said he's stayed in the gym training.
"As everyone know, it was a tough
fight, but it has prepared me even fur-
ther in boxing," he charged. "I'm
ready and eager to go out there with
that same hungriness to win."
Admitting that he suffered some
deficiencies that hurt him against
Gbenga, the 28-year-old Mackey said
he's looking forward to improving on
what he did against his new opponent.
"The last fight I had too much
offense. I think I overworked myself
and my opponent wasn't tired.because
I had too much offense," stressed
Mackey, who is 17-3.
"It was a good thing and it was a
bad thing. I just hope to improve on
that. I just want to go out there and
put on a good fight."
To the Bahamas as Hurricane Ike
looms, Major advised everyone to "get
your shutters and make sure that you
have all of your supplies. I also wish
everybody peace and hope that we
can all get together and look out for
our neighbors and live as one."
Mackey, likewise, stated: "I've been
getting the calls to batten up houses,
so it's a long waiting list. We tend to
wait too late. If we do it early, we will
be much more ready for the hurri-
canes when they come."
As for the impending inclement
weather, Mackey said rain or not, he
will be training.
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NASSAU EVENTS CAPTURED ON CAMERA
MOUNT Tabor Full
Gospel Baptist Church was
transformed into a "Garden
of Eden" on the occasion of
the renewal of wedding vows
by Bishop Neil C Ellis and
his wife of 25 years; Patrice
Ellis, on September 3.
The church was filled with
family, friends and well-wish-
ers for the service, which was
presided over by Reverend
Dr Charles W Saunders.
The charge was given by
Anglican Archbishop Drexel
Following the service, a
reception was held on the
grounds of the church. Fol-
lowing the reception, a pri-
vate dinner party was held
at the Sandals Royal
Bahamian Resort, which was
the site of the reception for
the original exchange of
vows 25 years ago.
Sharlyn Smith, a foster sis-
ter of Bishop Ellis, was a
junior bndesmaid at ihe first
wedding ceremony and now
her daughter was the flower
girl at the renewal of vows.
Mrs Smith's daughter was
escorted by Jonathan Ellis,
son of the bride and groom.
A quote from one clergy.
person helped to sum up the
occasion. He described the
event as "love in silver."
"At a time when the con-
cept of a Christian marriage
and the institution of the
family is under virtual attack,
it is not only admirable but
also helpful to the society for
Bishop Ellis to publicly re,
proclaim that he loves his
wife as Christ loved the
church and for Patrice to
publicly re-affirm her love
for her husband," the cler-
Patrice Ellis,, a
tered nurse, in a
by Yoly Munoz
Couture of Palm
the charm and
are her trade-
marks. The full-
by silver sequins
ruffles. A bolero
jacket with a
pleted the outfit.
BISHOP Neil Ellis and Patrice Ellis on the occasion of the renewal of
their wedding vows. Bishop Ellis spoke glowingly of the support and
faithfulness of his'wife.
POWERFUL ROLE MODELS: Bishop Neil Ellis and his wife' Patrice
acknowledge their role models- Deacon Clarence Ellis ancLDeaconess
Elva Ellis, parents of Bishop Ellis..The Deacon and Deaconess were
themselves saluted for having completed 60 years of marital bliss. The
couple hail from Bailey Town, Bimini, and have nine children together
- five of which are preachers.
REV Dr Earle Francis, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Coconut Grove and Bishop Ellis' pas-
tor, provided the nuptial blessing, just as he did 25 years ago. Here he poses with his own
bride, Majorie Francis, whom he affectionately calls "my sweet potato." Rev Francis is the
brother of the deceased Carlton E Francis, the first black Bahamian Minister of Finance.
FOREIGN visitors and dignitaries: Dozens of visi-
tors flew in from overseas to be a part of the joy-
ous occasion. Guests included Bishop George
Brooks, Bishop of Administration for the Full
Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International,
and Edna Brooks.
PROUD MOTHER AND FRIENDS: Sybil Johnson, proud mother of
the bride, is shown with Bishop Roston Davis, senior pastor of the
Golden Gates Assembly, and Althea Davis. Bishop Davis gave the
toast at the reception.
and his wife Najah
enjoy the occasion
with Shelly Wilson,
manager at Sunshine
Insurance, and Dr
at the Princess Mar-
FATHER AND SONS: Bishop Ellis shares the occasion with his fos-
ter father, Franklyn R Wilson, CMG, and his foster brother Franon Wil-
son, president of Arawak Homes Limited.
NEHEMIAH Hield, formerly the lead singer for BahaMen and now the
managing director of the Kingdom Glory Music Label, enjoys the occasion
with Nedene Moss, director of praise and worship at Mount Tabor, and her
husband Alvin Moss, pastor of media at Mount Tabor.
ANGLICAN Archbishop Drexel Gomez with some prominent Anglicans
- leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister Perry Christie, his
wife Bernadette Christie, an attorney and chartered accountarN, and
Sharon Wilson, foster mother of Bishop Ellis-and principal at theaw firm
of Sharon Wilson and Co.
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LOif IS SILVER Bishop Nell Ellis and Patrice Ellis renew vows
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