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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: December 3, 2009
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Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux revealed
plans to make the Bahamas
completely independent of
fossil fuels within the next 15
years in an exclusive inter-
view with The Tribune yes-
As his mission is in a coun-
try nearly 100 per cent depen-
dent on fossil fuels, with the
third highest greenhouse gas
emissions of all sovereign
nations behind only Jamaica
and the Dominican Republic,
Mr Deveaux's is no small
Accepting the reality of
global warming, which could
have catastrophic effects for
the low-lying islands of the
Bahamas, Mr Deveaux has
developed a 'Path to an Ener-
gy Secure Bahamas' in the
face of great challenges.
Through extensive research

and careful planning, the Min-
ister has mapped out a way
to reduce the country's
dependence on oil and trans-
form the way the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation's
(BEC) produces electricity.
The government is current-
ly in negotiations with a com-
pany working to develop an
integrated grid and central
storage facility that will allow
BEC to draw on natural and
existing sources of energy
from wind, water, waves, sun
and waste to greatly reduce
our dependency on fossil fuels
and eventually eliminate it
This will enable BEC to
generate five per cent of pow-
er from waste to energy
sources within two years, and
by 2015 each BEC power
plant with less than a 20 MG
demand will have 50 per cent
of its power supplied by
renewable sources.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
A TEENAGER charged
with fatally stabbing a deaf
man was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yester-
The boy, 17, was
arraigned before Chief Mag-
istrate Roger Gomez in


Court One, Bank Lane, yes-
terday charged with the
murder of Rauol Bullard.
Mr Bullard, 23, was killed
last Friday. According to
police reports, it was around
3.30pm when Mr Bullard
was accosted by a gang of
teens, one of whom stabbed
him in his neck.
Reports suggest that a
short time earlier, the same

group of young men had
been embroiled in an alter-
cation outside the victim's
home on Peach Street. The
victim's mother had report-
edly scolded the boys for
their behaviour and asked
them to leave her property.
Police say Mr Bullard was
attacked while walking to a
SEE page 12

NIB rejects
claims of abuse

of public funds
Tribune Staff Reporter
ance Board executives
yesterday issued a
prompt response after
the prime minister
demanded that they
answer allegations lev-
elled by the Opposition
of serious abuse of pub-
lic funds at the board.
Just before press time
last night, NIB director
Algernon Cargill issued
a strong statement in
which he rejected the
assertions of two PLP
MPs and insisted the
board's policies are
"completely transparent
and defensible."
SEE page eight

Shane Gibson
claims 'vicious
attack' on him
is imminent
Shane Gibson yesterday
issued a cryptic warning to his
supporters to "brace" them-
selves for "the most vicious
attack" that he claimed is to
be imminently carried out
against him.
Mr Gibson, who stood to
speak during the debate on a
resolution to transfer land to
the National Insurance Board
from the Treasury, said the
attack would be the most
"vicious ever launched against
an MP in this Bahamas."
"I expect next year to be
the most challenging year in
SEE page 10

Tribune readers
back use of
foreign police
in crime fight
USING foreign police offi-
cers to help curb crime in The
Bahamas has been given the
thumbs up by Tribune read-
As crime levels and the fear
of crime rises, a Tribune242
poll showed that more than
half of our readers voted in
favour of recruiting officers
from abroad to assist the
RBPF in the fight against
However, retired Assistant
Commissioner of Police Paul
Thompson believes the RBPF
would benefit from the assis-
tance of international experts
in DNA and firearms analysis
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Rev Moss: The country has suffered a national shame

Anti-crime rally receives very little support

ACCORDING to anti-crime
crusader Rev CB Moss, the
Bahamas suffered a "national
shame" this past Sunday when
a rally organised by the group
Bahamas Against Crime in
Rawson Square received very
little support.
He said the rally, the latest in
a series of similar public events,
was designed to present resi-
dents with an opportunity to
make several powerful state-
ments, including:
* sending a message to the
the people of the
Bahamas will
not stand by idly
while they
destroy society
* sending a a
message to the
government that
Bahamians are
demanding a
strong, effective
and immediate
response to the
crime crisis
Prior to the event, Rev Moss
warned that a failure to demon-
strate firm commitment to the
fight against crime would
embolden criminals to "contin-
ue their carnage", while sending
the wrong message to the gov-
He said yesterday: "Unfor-
tunately, the rally was very
poorly attended and a very
powerful message was indeed
sent, albeit the opposite of the
message that should have been
sent. Bahamians by their
absence said that they were not
yet ready to take a stance
against the scourge of crime.
Indeed, the rally was a mirror
placed before the people,
reflecting their unbelievable
apathy, or worse, in the face of
this national crisis. We were


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REV. C.B. MOSS addresses an anti-crime rally held on
Sunday in Rawson Square. The event was organised by
Bahamas Against Crime, the organisation which he
heads, under the theme "Enough is enough".

Rev Moss said that while no
sector of society can escape
"this dreadful embarrassment",
leaders in the political and reli-
gious sectors should be most
ashamed, for they above all are
obligated to preserve the secu-
rity and well-being of the pub-
"With the exception of Paul
Moss and Rodney Moncur, no
other political personality saw it
fit to attend, while Reverends
William Cleare, Charles Lewis,
Wilfred Adderley, William
Thompson and CB Moss were
the only ministers in atten-
dance," he said.

Corporate, civic and other
leaders were all absent, how-
ever Rev Moss said the greatest
shame must be borne by mem-
bers of the public, "for the
brunt of the crime and mayhem
is being inflicted upon them and
their families".
"While it is true that many
persons were unable to attend
for very valid reasons, the
proverbial question, 'Where
were the others?', could be
asked. Where indeed were the
tens of thousands?"
Rev Moss, said that as has
been done in the past, Bahamas
Against Crime will give
Bahamians another opportuni-
ty in a few months to say
"enough is enough"
"We are only saddened that
another 30 or 40 murders, along
with hundreds of rapes, rob-
beries, assaults and other seri-
ous crimes would have been
endured by a people already
suffering immensely," he said.

Police probe two armed robberies in New Providence

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating
two separate armed robberies
that occurred in New Provi-
dence Tuesday morning - one
of which sent a man to hospital
with knife wounds.
The crimes are just the latest
in a string of armed robberies
throughout the capital in recent
weeks - a trend authorities
attribute to the looming holi-
day season.
At around 10 am on Tues-

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day, a man told police he had
just been robbed while in the
parking lot of Scotia Bank on
East Bay Street by a man armed
with a handgun.
Officers responded and spoke
with a man who claimed that
while in the bank's parking lot
he was approached by a tall,
dark man clad in a blue outfit
who robbed him of cash.

The suspect fled the area on
foot heading west, police said.
About two hours earlier,
police received information of
an alleged armed robbery at
Long Wharf Beach in Nassau.
Officers were told that a man
sitting on a wall at the eastern
end of Long Wharf was
approached by two dark men
armed with knives.
The bandits allegedly robbed
him of cash and stabbed him in
the left arm.

In other crime news, would-
be robbers were chased away
from a fast-food restaurant ear-
ly yesterday morning by an
employee who fired a shotgun
at them.
Press Liaison Officer
Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings
said police received a report of
an attempted armed robbery at
Keith's Chicken Shack on Flem-
ing Street around 2.45am yes-
An employee of the estab-
lishment told responding offi-
cers that two masked men
armed with handguns burst in
and demanded cash.
Instead of turning money
over, a male employee pro-
duced a shotgun and fired at
the men. Both suspects were
able to escape the restaurant
and it is unknown if either was
Police say their investigations
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Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN pleaded guilty in
Magistrates Court yesterday
to killing a woman and a one
year-old girl in the course of
dangerous driving.
Garelle Gabriel, 23, of
South Beach Drive also
pleaded guilty to driving
without a valid driver's
licence and driving while not
covered by third party risk
Court dockets alleged that
at about 4.20pm on Sunday,
September 20, Gabriel drove
a water truck south on
Marathon Road in the area
of the Marathon Mall in a
manner dangerous to the
public, thereby causing the
deaths of Lavonya Miller
and Rondea Dean.
Miller, 20, and her one
year old niece were report-
edly passengers in the water
truck driven by Gabriel
which was travelling on
Marathon Road when it
crashed into a maroon
Cadillac Seville, causing the
truck to flip over.
Both the woman and the
young child were thrown
from the vehicle and sus-
tained fatal injuries.
A remorseful Gabriel
pleaded guilty to all charges
during his arraignment
before Magistrate Ancella
Williams in Court Six, Par-
liament Street yesterday.
The magistrate ordered
that he receive grief coun-
selling and granted him bail
in the sum of $10,000 with
two sureties. Magistrate
Williams also requested a
probation report on Gabriel.
He is expected back in
court on February 8, 2010
for sentencing.

High School campus

"Police received information
of a stabbing at Government
High. Police responded and
spoke with a 17-year-old who
said that while on campus he
was attacked by another student
who stabbed him about the
body," she said.
A suspect has yet to be arrest-
ed in connection with the mat-
ter, and police say they have no
motive for the attack.
In other crime news, two
teenagers were taken to hospital

after being injured in two sepa-
rate incidents on Tuesday.
Police got wind of the first
incident around 3.44 pm when
an anonymous caller reported
that a student had been stabbed.
When police responded, they
spoke with a 16-year-old Gov-
ernment High School student
who claimed he was struck in
the head with an "unknown
object" after being attacked by
a group of men who accosted
him as he walked through Yel-

low Elder with his friends.
A short time later, around
4pm, police received informa-
tion of a stabbing on Tonique
Williams Darling Highway.
Responding officers spoke
with a 17-year-old boy who

THE start of another school
day was marred by violence
after a student was stabbed dur-
ing an attack at Government
High School yesterday.
The victim, a 17-year-old boy,
was taken to hospital where his
injuries where treated. He was
later discharged, police said.
According to Press Liaison
Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip-
pings, the incident took place
around 8.27am at the school's
Yellow Elder Gardens campus.

Ellison Greenslade 'should be

promoted to police commissioner'

Tribune Staff Reporter

A FORMER senior police officer believes act-
ing Deputy Commissioner Ellison Greenslade
should be promoted to the RBPF's top post once
Commissioner Reginald Ferguson retires next
Retired Assistant Commissioner Paul Thomp-
son said that of the two rumoured front-runners
for the post - the other is Senior Assistant Com-
missioner Marvin Dames - Mr Greenslade's
seniority and job history make him the best can-
didate for the job.
"I love both men very much I know them quite
well and I feel that in the interest of morale and
in the interest of justice the senior person, who is
well qualified, should be put in that position. Mr
Greenslade is the (acting) deputy commissioner
so he is senior... I think seniority has its place.
"You affect the morale of the force if you go
and jump a man - without good reason - for a
promotion," said Mr Thompson, who retired
from the force in 1981.
Last month, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
announced that due to provisions laid out in the
recently passed Police Force Act, the current
commissioner of police will be retiring on January
4, 2010.
Commissioner Reginald Ferguson, who is now
63, is past the new Act's stipulated retirement
age of 60.

Mr Greenslade, who has long been touted as
the successor to Mr Ferguson, completed the lat-
est of several training courses in Canada earlier
this year.
He participated in this course, which was paid
for by the government, along with Mr Dames,
who has responsibility for the northern Bahamas.
The responsibility of appointing a new com-
missioner is in the hands of the prime minister,
who is required to consult with the leader of the
opposition before the selection is made.
There has been no official word as yet on Mr
Ferguson's successor.

claimed that while on Tonique
Williams Highway, he was
attacked by a group of men who
stabbed him in the left hand
with a knife.
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Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Tears flowed
down the face of murder accused
Kevin Harvey as he apologised
to the parents of Philip Gaitor
Jr while giving an unsworn state-
ment in the Supreme Court
Harvey, 23, became very
emotional and stopped several
times to compose himself as he
recalled certain events that
occurred in December, 2006,
including the beating and fiery
death of Gaitor.
He is one of three men on tri-
al for the kidnapping and murder
of Mr Gaitor, and the attempted
extortion of Mr Gaitor's father,
Philip Gaitor Sr.
Co-accused Renaldo Arm-
brister, 22, and Renaldo Bonaby,
23, also gave unsworn statements
in their defence.
Alphege Turnquest, 23, who
was also initially charged with
Harvey, Bonaby, and Armbris-
ter, was granted a nolle prosequi
by the Attorney General's Office
for his testimony as a key wit-
ness for the prosecution.
In his statement, Harvey told
the court that he pleaded with
Bonaby to let "Little Phil" go,
but he refused.
He said Bonaby told him they
were going to call Phil's father
and ask him for $400,000 in ran-
Mr Gaitor, 19, was reported
missing on December 7, 2006.
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which was found burned in bush-
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The prosecution alleges that
on December 7, 2006, the
accused kidnapped Mr Gaitor
and some time between then and
December 15, intentionally
caused his death by means of
unlawful harm.
Harvey turned to face Mr and
Mrs Gaitor sitting the court and
said: "I am deeply sorry about
what happened."
He told jurors he was in "the
wrong place at the wrong time."
Harvey then recalled the
evening of December 2006 when
he received a call from Renaldo
Armbrister. Armbrister had
called him to take him some-
Harvey said they picked up
Alphege Turnquest and drove
over the bridge.
"We parked the car and we
waited in the bushes. I then saw a
white car pull up with Bonaby
and Little Phil," he recalled.
Harvey said Turnquest
jumped out of the bushes and
Renaldo told little Phil to get
He said Armbrister tied Little
Phil and they then put him in the
car. Harvey followed them in his
car to a canal near the Arawak
Hotel, where Bonaby and the
others beat Phil.

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Harvey said he tried to stop
them from hitting Phil by shield-
ing him.
"Little Phil asked Bonaby
why he was doing this to him,"
Harvey said, wiping away tears.
Harvey said Bonaby told them
that they were going to kill Little
Phil. He said they then drove to a
bushy area. He said he pleaded
with Bonaby to let Little Phil go,
but Bonaby threatened to throw
him in the car.
Harvey said Bonaby poured
gas all over the car. "I tried to
stop him. I heard Little Phil
screaming and Bonaby came
back laughing," Harvey said.
Renaldo Armbrister denied
participating in the kidnapping
and murder of Philip Gaitor Jr,
and the extortion of Mr Gaitor.
He claims police denied him
the right to see a lawyer following
his arrest.
"I told them that I wanted to
see my lawyer and they never
gave me a chance to see a lawyer.
They brought a paper and told
me after I sign it I will see my
lawyer," he said.
Renaldo Bonaby also told the
court he did not kidnap and mur-
der Mr Gaitor.
He claimed police beat him
and took him to the crime scene
where Mr Gaitor's body was
"I never took them to any
body; they took me to the body.

I never killed Little Phil," he said.
Bonaby's father told the court
that he saw his son on December
14 at Police Headquarters.
He said his son was limping
and complained that he had
been beaten by police officers.
Mr Bonaby said that his son
told him that officers put a black
garbage bag and yellow rain coat
over his head, stripped him
naked, and beat him with a cut-
Mr Bonaby said that he filed
a complaint with the Police
Complaints and Corruption
When asked by Prosecutor
Jillian Williams if he noticed any
bruises on his son, Bonaby's
father - a senior immigration
officer - said he did not see any
bruises on his son.
"Did you request that he see
a doctor?" she asked. "No," he
Ms Williams then asked
Bonaby's father if his son had
shown him a burn mark on his
leg. He said he did not.
The trial will resume today
when the prosecution and
defence will give final summa-
tions to the jury.
Murrio Ducille is represent-
ing Renaldo Armbrister, Carl-
son Shurland is representing
Renaldo Bonaby, and Donna
Major is representing Kevin

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Street of hope

By AVA TURNQUEST Small business optimism in

SMALL businesses located
in the Bay Street area are opti-
mistic about the future, confi-
dent that through specialised
products, ideal location, and
competitive pricing, they will
be able to survive their next fis-
cal year.
My Ocean, a boutique spe-
cialising in unique handmade
items like hand painted batik
dresses, limestone dominoes
and exotic soaps, has reduced
prices and increased its offering
of smaller affordable gift items.
Store manager Eduardo
Azevedo commented that this
year consumers are slowly
spending more, but very cau-
tiously, searching to get the
very most for their money.
"I think everyone is a lot
more optimistic," said Mr
Azevedo, "things are better
than they were a year ago and I
believe it will continue to
T-shirt Jungle, a veteran sou-
venir store with a predomi-
nantly tourist target market,
admitted that they have expe-
rienced a decline in purchases.
However manager Patrice Fer-
guson maintains that due to
their prominent location and
engaging staff, the business con-
tinues to meet its operational
"We are anticipating a
greater turnaround," added Ms
Ferguson, "especially with the
new cruise ship."
Meanwhile further east,
though rent is considerably
cheaper, the location remote
location is a disadvantage.
Stores like Adderley's Cre-

Nassau's main shopping area

nations, a variety store selling
clothing, jewellery and person-
al items, and Fred's Natural
Food Store are just two of
many small businesses discov-
ered only by the most adven-
turous consumer.
Fred's Employee Marckell
Barret accredited the closure
of many East Bay street shops
to the lull in consumer traffic
experienced by most entrepre-
neurs in the area.
However, she said staff inge-
nuity has kept them in business
for six years. "We are doing
well," said Ms Barret, "not
many people walk this far out
anymore due to a lot of the
stores moving elsewhere, but
I'm always outside on the side-
walk and I greet anyone that
walks by and encourage them
to check out our store."


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Institute and the Nanjing
University of Information Sci-
ence and Technology
Hu Dingxian, Ambassador
of the People's Republic of
China; President Li Lianshui
of the Nanjing University of
Information Science and
Technology; Professor Wang
Suchun, Dean of the School

of International Education;
and Professor Li Zhongming,
Dean of the School of Lan-
guage and Culture, travelled
thousands of miles for the
unveiling of the classroom
and the signing of the imple-
mentation agreement
between the two institutions.
Confucius Classrooms are
extensions of the larger Con-
fucius Institutes, which are
non-profit institutes funded
by the Chinese government
and aimed at promoting Chi-
nese language and culture.
The College's Internation-
al Languages and Cultures
Institute (ILCI) has been
teaching Mandarin for two
years. The Confucius Class-

room will further enhance the
teaching of Chinese in the
Bahamas and will inspire
innovative teaching and
learning techniques, the col-
lege said.
At a recent press confer-
ence for the special unveiling
of Confucius Classroom
plaque, COB executive vice
president Dr Ronda Chip-
man-Johnson greeted the del-
egates on behalf of college
president Janyne Hodder.
"We want to welcome our
delegates from China to the
College of the Bahamas, we
are delighted to have you
with us," said Dr Chipman-
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By MEGAN REYNOLDS The new plant will have the
Tribune Staff Reporter capacity and flexibility to burn a range of fuels to generate
power, from biodiesel to waste
DEVELOPMENT of the products, meaning Abaco could
Bunker C fuel power plant in be running on clean fuel in the
Abaco stirred up fierce opposi- not too distant future.
tion from those concerned
about the negative impact on Investm ent
the environment. But in an
exclusive interview with The
Tribune, Minister of Environ- The minister said power
ment Earl Deveaux defended plant was required in Abaco
construction of the $105 mil- where the current facility only
lion plant in Wilson City as it generates 27 megawatts of pow-
will have the capacity to burn er while the islands need 40mw.
cleaner fuels in the future. And while he accepts the
Bunker C, the heavy oil fuel proposition of investment in
controversially destined for the cleaner technology, he said the
plant in March 2010, will not cost of an exclusively renew-
be used a decade from now as it able energy plant is not yet
will not be available to buy and viable.
it will not make sense for the The minister said: "When
Bahamas to burn, Mr Deveaux they ask us why we didn't do
-A.; wind turbines or more renew-


able energy, they should really
be asking how much would it
cost to do wind turbines or
"We evaluated it and have
built the cleanest burning fuel
plant in Abaco, with the great-
est flexibility to convert to any
alternative use, and will look
to rationalise the tariff struc-
ture, but we are not going to
compromise on the stark reali-
ty of global climate change.
"In order for these things to
work we need to build the
plants with this flexibility.
"In Abaco the power plant
is being built with the capacity
to accommodate other alterna-
tives, and the plant will have
the capacity to clean up Bunker
C emissions."
In the development of an
integrated energy grid, power
sourced from wind, waves,

water and sun can boost the
island's power by feeding into a
central storage system, Mr
Deveaux said.
The minister also respond-
ed to criticism over a lack of
public consultation with the
assertion that the possibility of
building the plant at Snake Cay
had been explored and reject-
He said: "We didn't have a
town meeting but they knew,
and they told us to put it away
from Snake Cay. We didn't
come back and get them
together to say 'here's the site
plan for the power plant, here's
the EIA', they wanted a more
interactive and engaging
"I don't know if we could
have done any better than we
did, but we certainly could have
done it earlier than we did."

FROM page one
Mr Deveaux understands grow-
ing and aging populations cannot be
sustained if we continue to live in
the wasteful way we currently do,
and while countries such as India,
China and Brazil are calling for
allowances to be excused from glob-
al limits on carbon emissions to assist
their development, the Bahamian
Minister of Environment says they
have not got the time.
His vision of the future for the
Bahama islands is a cleaner one.
The Minister said: "The dominant
revenue generating source of the
Bahamas is tourism and therefore,
our environment is our most impor-
tant natural resource.
"Accordingly, we must develop
an energy plan based upon clean
energy that capitalises on our abun-
dant resources; wind, water, sun and
recyclable waste.
"The benefits of clean energy will
be tremendous in terms of preserv-
ing our most precious natural
resources, the environment, reducing
our exposure to volatile energy
prices, and simultaneously conserv-
ing our foreign exchange reserves."
Energy sources lie in our waste
products, garbage which can be con-
verted in new power plants, such as

Minister's plan for green energy future

the one being built in Wilson City,
Abaco, which has the capacity and
flexibility to generate power from a
range of sustainable products.
This power source can be supple-
mented with energy produced by
wind farms feeding into the grid on a
utility scale, and energy absorbed
from the sun in solar panels on our
homes, places of work and poten-
tially in every parking space, to be
fed into the central storage facility.
Not only would this mean fewer
carbon emissions, and therefore
cleaner air and seas, it would
decrease the cost of electricity and
make a profit for government.
BEC currently produces energy
at a cost of 25 cents per kilowatt
hour, while generating electricity
from wave, wind and waste energy,
would cut that price in half and give
the government more than $500,000
annually to meet social demands.
It would minimise landfill waste
as plastics, glass and garbage could
be fully recycled.
Mr Deveaux said he is very inter-
ested in a method that would clean-
ly convert garbage to energy by
means of a chemical process that
would prevent toxic emissions and

produce a waste by-product that
could be used to surface roads and
leave no waste.
He said: "This is the whole con-
cept of recycling in the broadest pos-
sible sense. Most things in the world
can be recycled and reused and it's
cheaper to recycle than to make it
"Our government, certainly at the
executive level is fundamentally
committed to pursuing these options.
"The cards dealt to us mean we
need to find the best way to find the
available technologies, particularly
with regard to energy, promote the
most sustainable development.
"Wind, wave, solar, waste energy
and biodiesel could give the
Bahamas, in the next 10 or 15 years,
complete independence from fossil
Further plans include equipping
all schools with solar panels for heat-
ing, cooling and lighting, and ensur-
ing new buildings are energy effi-
cient with sufficient insulation, solar
panels for water heating and power.
Mr Deveaux expects all houses
will be equipped with solar water
heaters and energy-saving light bulbs
by 2011 and required to have energy

efficient appliances.
Homes larger than 2,500 sq ft will
be equipped with rainwater tanks
and a sewerage collections system,
and be energy efficient in design by
2015, and all homes will be insulated
to ensure maximum energy efficien-
cy in the same year.
In addition to generating clean
energy, emissions will be controlled
by bringing in clean fuel to the coun-
try and implementing emissions tests
on vehicles through the Road Traffic
Department within the next year.
And emissions testing for BEC
plants will be initiated as power gen-
eration migrates to renewable
Mr Deveaux said: "The climate
change issue, the cost of energy and
the aging population of the world
will come together, so we make
smarter decisions in terms of how
we deal with quality of life issues.
"The agenda is big and the need is
strong. We have a huge mandate in
this country to do everything we do
in a sustainable way.
"We are a mix of rich and poor,
big and small in this society, and we
need to address environmental issues
at the individual and corporate level.
"Climate change is a fact and the
need for energy is also a fact. We
can start by recognizing that on a

household level and government lev-
el we have to do our part to lessen
the adverse effects of climate change
and make the most sensible deci-
sions in regard to acquiring the green
technology so we are not compro-
mising health or economic issues."
As government pushes ahead with
the plan to secure an energy-effi-
cient Bahamas, Mr Deveaux sug-
gested small methods people can
adopt now to reduce their energy
consumption and costs.
By using energy saving light bulbs,
choosing solar water heaters,
installing effective insulation, using
energy efficient air-conditioning and
appliances, households can reduce
energy consumption by 25 to 45 per
cent, the Minister said.
And if you are not doing it
already, you will be soon.
Mr Deveaux added: "There are
people who are smart enough to do
this on their own, but we want it to
be possible for people buying or
renting homes to have 'green'
homes. Right now that's difficult
because the decisions are sometimes
technically challenging, but we are
trying to make those decisions easi-
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ance Shane Gibson alleged
that NIB officials are "spend-
ing money like it's dropping
from the sky."
He claimed an "FNM
crony" was contracted by the
board at $24,100 a month to
provide "security" for a prop-

erty which contains only a
"dilapidated" building, and
when a senior NIB official

terminated the wasteful con-
tract, he was fired.
Meanwhile, Mr Gibson



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alleged that a lawyer is on
retainer for $5,000 a month to
provide legal services to NIB
which could be provided by
the board's in-house legal
team and a consultant trainer
was hired at a cost of $7,000 a
day to conduct 23 training ses-
sions that could have been
conducted by NIB's in-house
training officers.
"This is the greatest level
of abuse," said Mr Gibson.
After listening to this and
other allegations made by Mr
Gibson, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham got to his
feet to speak.
"I am not going to take the
bait of the member for Gold-
en Gates except to say this:
National Insurance Board
managers and directors will
be required and are hereby
directed to respond publicly
to each and every allegation
made by him.
"They don't need any place
of privilege to respond. What
they say, they say publicly. I
will listen to what they say,
and I will speak after that,"
he stated.
During his speech, Mr Gib-
son also accused authorities
at NIB of signing off on many
contracts for public works
without ever putting them out
to tender.
He said some of the con-
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often for over the actual value
of the work.
"There was a particular job
for which the average bid
received was $13,000. Of
course they gave it to one of
their cronies for over $60,000,"
said Mr Gibson.
And he charged that despite
economic tough times, NIB
had planned to take its execu-
tives on "an all expenses paid"
trip to the exclusive Winding

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Mr Gibson suggested the
tales of abuse of funds at NIB
were so numerous that he
would deal with them "over
the coming months."
In his statement, NIB direc-
tor Mr Cargill responded to
Mr Gibson point by point.
With regard to the allegation
that NIB is awarding contracts
without going to tender, he
said the board "has a very
defined policy" that governs
the award of contracts.
"Our tender process is com-
pletely transparent and defen-
sible. The 2009 document pre-
scribes what works must be
tendered out and what works
can be performed without ten-
der. I can say, without fear of
contradiction, that the policy is
followed in every instance
since its implementation and
any exceptions to the contract
would be properly document-
ed within NIB files and sup-
ported with business reasons."
As for the suggestion that
contracts were taken from
PLP supporters and given to
FNMs, Mr Cargill declared
that this has not happened
while he has been director."
We have awarded contracts
to Bahamians based on com-
petencies and capacity only,"
he said.
Mr Cargill said NIB is an a-
political organisation and that
he knows of "no instance"
where a contract was termi-
nated for political reasons.
He went on to say he knows
nothing about an item pur-
chased by NIB for more than
$60,000 where the average bid
was $13,000.
"I've never even heard of
this. It should be recognized
that through any tender or bid
process, the National Insur-
ance Board has to completely
review all quotations and/or
estimates received and com-
pare to ensure that the prod-
uct/service being delivered is
equal. There are instances
within the National Insurance
Board and/or any organisa-
tion where contracts are not
necessarily awarded to the
lowest bidder, but the ten-
der/bid that completely meets
the specifications of the prod-
uct or service being provid-
As for the security of the
property mentioned by Mr
Gibson, he said: "I don't know
about a security firm being
fired by NIB then rehired by
the minister. I can only speak
to the current situation as it
relates to security of the prop-
He said NIB bought the
property, which he identified
as the former site of the Bue-
na Vista hotel and restaurant,
under the PLP government.
"The building has stood
empty and unoccupied for
years, but it is not 'gutted'.
Because it's been unoccupied,
vandals and thieves have been
taking off with valuable cop-
per, windows, et cetera, and
vagrants have been squatting
"It is the plan of NIB to
renovate, restore and preserve
the historical building, and so,
to protect the asset of the
board, we have engaged a
security firm to safeguard the
property, and we have done
so at competitive rates cover-


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am each night. Since the
engagement of the security
firm, we have had no further
destruction of this historical
property," Mr Cargill said.
With regard to the charge
that NIB has a lawyer on
retainer for matters normally
dealt with by the in-house legal
department, he said that from
time to time, NIB has to hire
attorneys to provide addition-
al expertise and assistance to
its Legal Department.
"Our legal team comprises
one attorney, and while she is
competent, we do not have the
capacity to handle internally
every legal claim or industrial
relations related claim we face.
I am happy to say that we are
seeing an ever-increasing case-
load as we move forward with
our compliance initiatives, con-
sequently, rather than risk cer-
tain backlog, we have engaged
the services of an attorney to
help move cases through as
quickly as possible. Addition-
ally, we have also engaged on
an as-needed basis an attor-
ney to assist with industrial
and human resources issues."
Mr Cargill said this is not
unusual or unique to his
administration, as NIB has
always had the benefit of
industrial consultants.
As for the charge that NIB
paid out $7,000 per training
session, Mr Cargill responded
that NIB has always taken
advantage of the expertise of
external trainers.
"The training department
of the National Insurance
Board exists primarily to facil-
itate the training of its human
resources. This includes, of
course, finding the expertise,
wherever it exists, and securing
competitive prices. It is not
economically possible or even
desirable to have all of the
training experts resident in-
As for the "astronomical
sums" suggested by Mr Gib-
son, the director said he
knows of no-one who was
paid "anywhere near" this
much. He added that he
believes NIB got consider-
able value for money through
the engagement of an exter-
nal trainer and can already
see the benefits "as we con-
tinue to transform NIB into a
more customer friendly and
efficient organisation."
While Mr Cargill admitted
it is true that NIB scheduled
a two-day Executive Man-
agement Strategic Planning
Meeting, he added this is not
unlike similar initiatives held
for senior executives
throughout the history of the
"As for the imminent one
at Abaco, we have been suc-
cessful in negotiating rates
significantly below market
(less than $200 per day). I am
confident that the final costs
to the board will total less
than was spent on the last
two-day executive retreat
held at Emerald Palms
Resort, South Andros, in
He said that cost aside, "it
must be stressed that strate-
gic initiatives such as the one
planned are vital in that the
team is able to get away to
plan strategies for the coming
year, focus on the key busi-
ness drivers that we face, and
ensure team alignment to
meet the business objectives
and customer service strate-
After Mr Gibson levelled
his allegations in parliament
yesterday, Deputy PLP
leader Philip Davis men-
tioned his concerns about a
consultant who was hired by
NIB - allegedly to provide
services that a woman who
was already employed by the
board, but later terminated,
had provided.
"What is of concern to me
is that that person who may
have been hired .. . the same
person in advising National
Insurance on these matters
as to who may be hired to do
certain architectural or con-
struction work, has been get-
ting contracts himself.
"This person has given
himself several contracts,"
stated Mr Davis.
In his response, Mr Cargill
said: "I can only say, no
employee of NIB - perma-
nent or on contract - has
been awarded any contract

to perform any works in the
board's building division or
anywhere else in the organi-



claims of abuse of public funds

.............. .... I





Children of God I

puts the Bahamas

in the spotlight

THE Bahamian film Chil-
dren of God directed by
Kareem Mortimer and pre-
miering December 11 at the
Bahamas International Fes-
tival spotlights several
emerging actors of Bahami-
an heritage and descent,
many of whom are pursuing
an acting career abroad.
These individuals include
Van Brown, Margaret
Kemp and Craig Pinder.
"The opportunity to cre-
ate opportunities for cre-
ative persons to express
themselves on this level are
few and far between. As a

filmmaker it has been
tremendously gratifying to
work with some of the
brightest and emerging film
actors whose spirits are root-
ed in the Bahamas and to
have them bare their souls
for this film is truly a gift,"
Mr Mortimer said.
"Children of God" refers
to the religious concept that
human beings are regarded
by God as his children, and
is used by Christians to refer
to human divinity.
The film is the story of
two individuals who learn
that in order to live a truly

ON FRIDAY, December 4, the Hub will be
hosting a new and exciting one night only exhi-
bition - JUX-TIE-POSITION - works by artist
and activist Erin Greene.
The exhibition is a collaborative experiment of
junkanoo, art and social commentary, and an
exploration of art as activism.
The exhibited objects are neckties that have
been fringed via traditional Junkanoo methods.
Ms Greene explained that she uses a very
intentional selection of colours, patterns, sym-
bols and materials to represent particular ideas,
questions or comments that she hopes the audi-
ence will experience through the neckties.
"I love neckties and as a human rights activist
I am constantly aware of this symbol of western
male power. I am also a 'junkanoo-er' and mem-
ber of a local scrap group. In JUX-TIE-POSI-
TION I bring these two things I love together to
explore and examine our relationships to cul-
ture, religion, sexuality and capitalism, among
other issues. I invite participants at the exhibition
to voice and document their own ideas in this
space," she said. Ms Greene, who is known for
her human rights activism (specifically women's
rights and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender
rights), has begun in recent years to seriously
explore art forms such as junkanoo, poetry, film,
performance and political satire as an avenue to
create a larger discussion of the current social and
political climate.

happy life, you have to risk
speaking and acting accord-
ing to your true feelings.
It tells the story of Jon, a
white Bahamian artist who
faces losing his scholarship
at a local university, and
Lena a conservative reli-
gious woman who is strug-
gling with a crumbling mar-
Both escape city life in
Nassau to the dramatic
island of Eleuthera where
their worlds collide in a fash-
ion that will surprise audi-
"This film in my opinion

She noted that throughout art history there
have been many examples of art being used as
a way of pushing progressive social and politi-
cal ideas.
However, in the Bahamas we seldom use art
in the context of activism and almost never
with such specific intentions.
"I would like to create a space where we can
explore and discuss our relationships to
Bahamian culture symbolised by the use of
junkanoo fringing techniques, and the domi-
nant western culture symbolised by the use of
neckties; in particular I want to examine where
these cultures meet, where they become the
"I use simple art to bring people, objects and
ideas into one space to create something beau-
tiful," Ms Greene said.
The Hub encouraged all members of the pub-
lic to come out and experience this event, which
will take place on Friday from 7pm to 10pm.
For more information, email info@thehub-, call 322-4333 or visit the Face-
book event "JUX-TIE-POSITION".
The Hub is a collaborative space where ideas
and resources are shared across disciplines par-
ticularly but not exclusively in the arts.
The collective includes artists, performers,
groups and individuals concerned with the envi-
ronment and who support a sense of community
within the larger cultural context.

embodies the message that flicting views on life that is and produced by Richard
in order to fulfill your poten- sure to raise discussion" Lemay and Trevite Willis,
tial, you have to risk emo- Children of God is the film also stars US actors
tional vulnerability. Also, we Kareem Mortimer's first Stephen Tyrone Williams,
have these polar opposite narrative feature. Executive Johnny Ferro and Mark
leading characters with con- produced by Jay Gotlieb Richard Ford.


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after the close of the parlia-
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morning, Mr Gibson said he

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FROM page one
- areas that he believes
could use more personnel -
but argued that foreign police
would not be able to "walk
the beat" in areas like Bain
Town, in Nassau.
He also doubted that the
public would offer much assis-
tance to police officers they
considered outsiders.
"I feel that where we could
use foreign police is for exper-
tise, not police to walk the
beat. You can't take an Eng-
lishman to walk the beat in
Bain Town. But there are
areas in the force for example
technical areas like DNA and
firearms where I feel that we
need more foreign expertise,"
said Mr Thompson.
He said this would allow
the force's ballistics unit to
compare all newly-seized
firearms with bullets retrieved
from crime scenes and com-
pile a database that would
prove fruitful to future inves-
"We need people doing
that and it has to be done reg-
ularly. We don't have suffi-
cient people here to do it.
This is an area I feel we can
use some help from abroad,"
he said.
Mr Thompson, a native of
Trinidad who joined the force
in 1951 when Bahamians
weren't "interested" in police
work, said the RBPF is the
best force in the region.
He added that much of the
force's good work - like
hefty firearm and drug
seizures and a murder suspect
detection rate of an estimated
70 per cent - often go unno-
Tribune readers responded
to a poll question that asked:
"As crime escalates beyond
levels seen before, one sug-
gestion made by concerned
citizens is to bring in foreign
police officers to work along-
side the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. Do you think
this would help in the fight
against crime?"
In addition to casting their
votes, several readers left
comments explaining their
"Isn't it amazing how they
would bring in foreign con-
sultants for everything else
but the police force. I won-
der why. We need a core of
experienced foreign officers
that bring expertise in solv-
ing murder cases and serious
crimes. It is long overdue,"
said a voter who identified
herself as Merissa.
Another reader said: "The
RBPF is so corrupt from the
top to the bottom.
"Foreign police are the
Reader Rashad Amahad
commended the force for its
good work: "They (the police)
are doing a great job. Do you
change the nurses if people
keep getting sick. Come on
Bahamas let's learn to love
the ones we have and show
the appreciation - it seems
the solution is it must be for-
eign to be right. We have a
commonwealth, it is our peo-
ple, let us use this resource
and you will see the reduc-
tion in crime."
Of the 214 readers who vot-
ed in the online poll up to
press time, 140 of them voted
yes, 60 voted no while 14 vot-
ers were undecided.










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ma's escalation of the
Afghanistan war, even as the
president's chief military and
diplomatic advisers sought to
cool any expectations that the
war would end in two years,
according to Associated Press.
Leading Democrats said they
had serious misgivings about
the deployment of 30,000 more
troops but would not try to
block it - or the $30 billion it
will cost. Republicans said they
support the force increase even
as they doubted Obama's July
2011 deadline to start bringing
troops home.
The response was the best
Obama could have hoped for
from a Congress sharply divid-
ed on the war.
"It's not likely that there
would be any circumstances
where the president would lose
this battle this year" with law-
makers, said Rep. John Murtha,
a vocal war critic who oversees
military spending.
In House and Senate hear-
ings on Wednesday, Obama's
advisers insisted the stakes were
great. Defense Secretary
Robert Gates said losing the
war "would have severe conse-
quences for the United States
and the world," and warned of
a deadly "symbiotic" relation-
ship between the Taliban and
al-Qaida terrorists.
The testimony was aimed at
building support among war-
weary lawmakers for Obama's
dramatic expansion of the
Afghanistan war. By the end
of next summer, the president
plans to increase to 100,000 the
number of U.S. troops there,
marking the largest expansion
of the war since it began eight
years ago.
Much of the congressional
questioning focused on the July
2011 date when the surge
would begin to ebb.
Gates, Adm. Mike Mullen,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, and Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton all
sought to stress that the 18-
month timeline would not con-
strain the military or encour-
age the Taliban.
The U.S. military will still
have primary responsibility for
fighting in Afghanistan for that
period and perhaps far beyond.
The Pentagon will use Obama's
expansion of the U.S. fighting
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teacher and student in

the Southeastern District

BRASS & Leather has recognized the out-
standing teacher and student in the Southeastern
District as part of the company's Excellence in
Education awards programme.
On Friday, November 27 at Brass & Leather's
Mall-at-Marathon store, the company's man-
agement met with the award recipients - teacher
Ms Jasmine Bodie and student Ms Jerell Rah-
ming, both of RM Bailey Senior High School
which is headed by Principal Julian Anderson.
Ms Bodie is a hospitality and tourism studies
instructor and has been employed with the Min-
istry of Education for the past six years. She was
noted for being on the cutting edge of informa-
tion and technology in her lesson planning and
Ms Bodie was also recognized for being one of
the first teachers to enroll in the Promethean
Active Board Training scheme and the Bahamas
Education I Now Training (STI) course, enabling
her to become the resource person for both pro-
grammes at RM Bailey.
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Bahamahost Programme and has passed level
three of the American Hotel and Lodging Asso-
ciation qualifications, which will ultimately lead
to her becoming a Certified Hospitality Instruc-
In addition to excelling in the classroom, Ms
Bodie serves on almost every committee at her
school including of the Social Committee, Inter-
act Club and the Special Programmes Committee.
Jerell Rahming, a 12th grade student, was

described as a humble, ambitious and generous
individual. Among her peers, she is known to
be a motivator and a peace maker. The aspiring
music teacher lives by the motto, "Do unto oth-
ers as you would have them do unto you".
Jerell, a senior prefect, holds many leadership
positions at school including on the Praise and
Worship Team, the Girls' Ensemble and the
track and field team. She is a leader of the school
band and head vocalist in the choir.
Her involvement in church includes member-
ship in the Southwest Cathedral Youth Choir, the
Girls' Club, Militant Invaders, the drama team,
the church band and the dance group.
She visits different churches to perform and
spread the word of God to others. The versatile
student maintains a 3.30 grade point average in
addition to mentoring young girls at her school
and at church.
Brass & Leather, the popular leather goods
company, has partnered with the Ministry of
Education to highlight the achievements of teach-
ers and students in the public educational system.
The first awards were presented to Northwestern
District teacher Doreen Thompson and student
Julian Desir of TG Glover Primary School.
Managing director Peter Phillips said the objec-
tive of the programme is to recognize the achieve-
ments of teachers and students in public schools,
and for Brass & Leather to say thank you to
these outstanding individuals.
The awardees were presented with gifts from
the Brass & Leather Shop.



Vopak Terminal Bahamas management
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responding quickly and extinguishing a
small fire that occurred at the facility.
The fire was not substantial and there
were no injuries, management said in a
statement yesterday.
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team for the execution of safety and emer-
gency procedures, and by extension, our
entire on-duty staff members for following
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remain very sensitive to the safety and
well-being of all our employees and near-
by community residents.
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creation of a more effective emergency
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Pamela Bethel and
the Government
Secondary Schools
Sports Association
(GSSSA) senior girls basket-
ball champions continue to
roll and appear to be peaking
at the right time as they head
into the Father Marcian
Peters tournament.
Bethel (far right) scored a
game-high 25 points to lead
the Knights to a 45-14 win
over C I Gibson Rattlers at
the D W Davis Gymnasium
Arguably the most versa-
tile player in the Bahamas,
Bethel controlled the boards
on both ends of the floor,
blocked shots and stifled the
Rattlers' penetration, scoring
in the paint and from long
range - beyond the three-
point arch.
The Rattlers seemed poised
for an early upset with Robin
Gibson leading her team to
an early 5-2 lead. Finishing
with nine points to lead the
Rattlers, she was 3-4 from the
line in the half as C I Gibson
took an early lead.
With ball-hawking defence,
the Knights responded in usu-
al fashion, turning steals on
the defensive end into easy
baskets on the opposite end
of the floor.
The Knights' defence went
on a 9-0 run to take a 13-5
lead before Lornika Seraphin
stopped the run for the Rat-
tlers with a pair of free throws.
Bethel's second three-point-
er of the game gave the
Knights a 20-9 lead as they

headed into the half.
In the second half, the
Knights opened with a stifling
full-court trap which frustrat-
ed the Rattlers' ballhandlers
and made it virtually impossi-
ble for them to find any offen-
sive pace.
Theodora Bain, who fin-
ished with 11 points, capped
the Knights' run with a lay-
up that gave her team a 30-8
advantage. Bethel scored on
three consecutive possessions
to give the Knights their first
30-point lead (44-14) with
three minutes left to play.
Bain, the team's captain,
said her squad came out in
the second half with renewed
focus after a slow start.
"In the first half we did not
play aggressive enough espe-
cially on defence but in the
second half we really hustled
and were going after every
steal trying to attack their
ballhandlers," she said.
"This could be our biggest
competition but we don't
underestimate any team, we
just want to come out and
play our game."
As the defending champi-
ons, Bain said the team has
improvements to make but
are poised to successfully
defend their title. "We still
have a long way to go to get
back to where we were last
year," she said. "But we have
the team to do it."
For the Knights, Tameka
Martin finished with four
points, Leashea Grant added
three while Ke'edrah Hanna
and Toniquea Martin each
finished with two. Seraphin
and Silvia Colebrooke each
finished with two for the Rat-

C R WALKER KNIGHTS defeated the C I Gibson Lady Rattlers 45-14 (SEE NEXT PAGE) at the D W Davis
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THE Westminster College
Diplomats made a statement
to the rest of the BAISS
senior boys basketball squads
- taking the title from the
defending champions and pre-
venting a three peat will be a
monumental task.
The Diplomats outscored
the Nassau Christian Acade-
my Crusaders 121-51 for their
second consecutive lopsided
victory on the road.
Five Westminster players
reached double figures - two
finished with double doubles
- led by Marko Lundy's all-
round performance who fin-
ished just one assist shy of a
triple double.
Lundy finished with 29
points, 15 rebounds, nine
assists and six steals, while
Travis Rolle added 20 points,
11 assists and five rebounds.
Shaquille Bain finished with
16 points, Shaquille Fernan-
der added 15 and Brian Rose
finished with 14 points and
eight rebounds.
The Diplomats led 18-10
after the first quarter and 38-
25 at the half.

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- Allen Iverson is rejoining
A161the Philadelphia 76ers and is
expected to make his debut
Monday at home against the
Denver Nuggets.
. -. rIverson's brief retirement
is over after signing a free-
agent contract with Philadel-
phia on Wednesday, three
years after their acrimonious
split led to his trade and
seemingly ended any chance
of his return.
The Sixers needed a
replacement once they lost
starting point guard Lou
Williams, who's expected to
miss eight weeks after jaw
surgery. Williams, who aver-
aged 17.4 points and 5.1
assists, broke his jaw in a loss
to Washington on Nov. 24.
Iverson, his agent and busi-
ness manager met with team
president Ed Stefanski, coach
Eddie Jordan and two other
members of the organization
Monday to talk about return-
"Without really seeing him
on the floor, I would like to
compare him to Brett Favre,
a guy who people think is too
old to play and he's almost
.. NO. 100,having an MVP year," Jor-
dan said. "That's off the top
- of my head. When I woke up
this morning, I said, 'Maybe
he can be that.' It's not a big
maybe. I think he can be
The 34-year-old Iverson
.. "announced his retirement last
week after a stint with the
. Memphis Grizzlies. The 10-
� :.time All-Star was NBA MVP
in 2001, when he led the Six-
ers to the NBA finals.

' .F - . . Diplomats crush
Crusaders 121-51

.With the regular starters
back in the game for the sec-
ond half, the Diplomats blew
the game open as they
outscored the Crusaders 83-
26 over the final two periods.
Westminster won the third
quarter 35-13 and followed
with an even better fourth
quarter where they out-
matched the Crusaders 48-13.
Diplomats head coach
Geno Bullard said the per-
formance is one his team is
capable of on any given day
with the balance and depth of
the roster.
"It was a combined team
effort from the guys. I think it
is important to give the full
roster equal playing time at
this point in the season. It
helps our depth by giving our
bench more repetitions in
games which will payoff as the
, :season goes on because I
think the key to winning
another championship may
come down to depth," he said.
"We can not depend on just
three of four guys to carry the
load day in and day out so the
experience the whole team is
getting right now should make
us a force to be reckoned with
as the season goes on."
In other BAISS news, the
Queen's College Comets
pulled off a major upset as
.". they walked into the land of
. the Green Giants as under-
dogs and walked out with a
thrilling win in the game's
waning moments.
Devin Carey's game-win-
ning layup on a drive to the
basket with just one second
left to play gave the Comets a
65-64 win over the Giants.
George Zonicle led the
A Comets and all scorers with

22 points, Eleazor Johnson
added 20 while Carey finished

9 22 points, Eleazo Johso
with 12. Dwight Moss led the
Giants with 19.
.eThe Diplomats are sched-
uled to face the Faith Tem-
:ple Christian Academy War-
riors in their next contest as
the Crusaders and Giants try
to rebound against each other
and the Comets get set to
return home and face the St
g Anne's Blue Waves on
December 7.

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'It's up to Maynard to take up

the mantle and run with it'


Senior Sports Reporter

said farewell, Charles
Maynard was wel-
comed in as the new
Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham this week made his
second change in ministerial
positions at the ministry since
the Free National Movement
took over the government in
Byron Woodside initially
sat in the chair before he was
replaced by Bannister. Now
Maynard has taken over.
A long-time sporting enthu-
siast who now resides in New
York sent me an email asking
what I thought about the new
changes in the ministry. I did-
n't respond at the time
because I thought I would
wait until I had this opportu-
nity to do so.
Having had a chance to
work with both Bannister and
Maynard, who served previ-
ously as the Minister of State

for Culture, I really think that
the ministry will not really lose
anything because Maynard is
not stepping into a virgin ter-
Unlike in the past when
there is a change in portfolio,
Bannister was actually groom-
ing Maynard for a pending
take over. The two spent a lot
of time working together at
the ministry and so I think the
transition will be a smooth
However, I felt that Ban-
nister did a magnificent job
and although he had hinted at
leaving office long before the
shuffle to return to his legal
As he contemplated his
future, Bannister worked with
Maynard, who represented
the government at the Inter-
national Amateur Athletic
Federation's World Athletics
in Berlin, Germany in August.
At the championships, May-
nard got a chance to get his
feet wet as he strutted around
with the dignitaries and wit-
nessed the high-level perfor-
mances of our track and field
At the time, Maynard said
he was eager to make his con-
tribution to the ministry, once
he had returned home and

Ingraham had made the shuf-
It has been about three
months since the trip and
while Bannister declined to
make his exit from the cabi-
net, the shuffle eventually
Before taking up his new
position, Bannister had an
eventful week last week as he
opened the Thanksgiving
Senior Boys Basketball Tour-
nament in Grand Bahama and
he attended the commission-
ing of the reconstruction of
the Carl Oliver Track and
Field Stadium in Nicholls
Town, Andros.
Bannister's last official job
was on Saturday night as he
attended the Road Runners
Track Club's 10th annual
awards banquet at the Wynd-
ham Crystal Palace Reosrt.
At the time, Bannister indi-
cated how impressed he was
with what he saw in the club,
headed by Dexter Bodie. He
noted that they are definitely
the envy of all of the other
clubs because of the role they
play in the development of so
many young people.
Bannister also noted that
he felt pleased with the
progress track and field had
made and he was looking for-

ward to the future as the
development continued with
the construction of the new
national stadium by the Chi-
nese government and the ren-
ovations in Grand Bahama
and Andros.
It's just a pity that Bannister
won't be in office when the
facilities are completed. But
as he leaves, I'm sure he goes
with a lot of pride knowing
that that he did what he could
have done to cement the
Now it's up to Maynard to
take up the mantle and run
with it. But he has indicated
that before he does anything,
he will definitely consult with
the movers and shakers in the
sporting world to ensure that
he gets their input on the way
There's been some critical
changes in the local world of
sport this year that one can
only take a wait-and-see
approach to the future.
But as we wait, I'm sure
that those persons who have
assumed their responsibility
will make every effort to keep
sports in general in the fore-

It's not everyday that a
coach receives the praise
heaped upon Dexter Bodie
on Saturday night.
At the Road Runners
Track Club's 10th annual
awards presentation, Grand
Bahamian businessman Basil
Neymour had nothing but
praises for Bodie as the pres-
ident and head coach of the
Bodie is someone that is
very visible as he goes about
his chores. His club has
attracted more than 60 ath-
letes, who are primarily in the
high school age range.
At the awards presentation,
the club presented awards to
just about every member of
the team, both for their acad-
emic and athletic pursuits.
It is a noble gesture because
most of the clubs are just
interested in providing an
avenue for the athletes to
train and compete.
But Bodie and his club
have taken it a step further
where they honour the ath-
letes as well for their perfor-
mances in the classroom.
In today's society where so
much has been said about the
failing passing grades of our
students, it's tremendous to
see a club like the Road Run-


ners, who also highlight the
athletes for their academic
Bodie may not have pro-
duced too many of the top
athletes who go on to inter-
national prominence yet, but
I'm sure that there's a whole
lot more value in highlighting
them for their academic
prowess, which is far more
important than how fast they
can run or how high they
jump or how far they throw.
Congrats to Bodie and the
Road Runners for looking out
for athletes in their totality.

Woods' sponsors standing behind him

for now

AP National Writer
LONGTIME sponsors are
sticking with Tiger Woods -
for now.
But the world's most
famous athlete, who offered a
"profound apology" Wednes-
day following allegations of
infidelity, might find new
deals hard to come by, mar-
keting experts say, and the
loyalty of existing sponsors
could be tested by any addi-
tional tawdry stories or his
reluctance to address the
issue publicly.
"Unfortunately for Tiger,
the situation is not over," said
Bob Williams, CEO of Burns
Entertainment and Sports
Marketing, which represents
companies looking to hire
celebrities to sell their brands.
"The linchpin will be when
he addresses the public for
the first time," Williams said,

adding that will help compa-
nies determine how they feel
about him.
Woods' apology came in a
statement on his Web site,
after a cover story in Us
Weekly magazine reported
that a Los Angeles cocktail
waitress claimed to have had
a 31-month affair with the

world's No. 1 golfer. The
magazine also published what
it said was a voice mail -
provided by the waitress,
Jaimee Grubbs - that
Woods left on her phone on
Nov. 24, three days before his
middle-of-the-night car crash
outside his Florida home.
Woods did not offer details
of any alleged relationships
but said he had "not been
true to my values and the
behavior my family
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than 80 percent of that com-
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Gillette, Gatorade and
AT&T. Those are all long-
term relationships, Octagon
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sand dollars, 700 miles, seven
islands, two wheels and one
goal. This is the realisation of
a dream that real estate entre-
preneur Mario Carey has ignit-
ed to make a difference in the
lives of children with autism.
He has committed to cycle
through numerous Bahamian
islands to raise awareness and
money with every mile cov-
ered along the way.
For the past five years. Mr
Carey has been a champion
for children, parents and even
educators affected by autistic
spectrum disorders. On Satur-
day, November 21, he began
his new journey of support in
Long Island, starting at Gor-
don's, riding to the tip to Sey-
mours and finishing in Salt
Pond - a distance of 100 miles.
Mr Carey and his fellow rid-
ers Dr Mark Davies and
Simon Lowe, all finished the
ride in less than six hours. As
far as they know, they're the
first to bike from tip to tip,
which is officially 70.54 miles.
With 600 miles to go, every
mile completed increases fund-
ing for REACH (Resources
and Education for Autism and
Related Challenges), a non-
profit organisation that assists
those faced with the disorder.
"I can see why they call him
Super Mario, because it is
quite a physical undertaking,"
said DeCosta Bethel, presi-
dent of REACH. "I'm hoping
to join him on another island;
it's the least I can do. The
need to raise awareness has
escalated because the condi-
tion is so prevalent and inci-
dents are increasing at an
incredible pace. There's still
no cause or cure."
The condition has become
so pervasive that the United
Nations has declared April 2
"World Autism Awareness
Day." AIDS and cancer are
the only other illnesses to

receive such observation.
For Carey, the tour has
been a very personal trek.
His 12-year-old son Cole was
diagnosed at an early age
and Carey has been on a
path of understanding and
support ever since. Improv-
ing the quality of diagnosis
and treatment throughout
the Bahamas, while height-
ening the awareness of the
disability has become a life-
long goal. Carey has held
onto his commitment with
the same zeal used when
competing in triathlons.
"Autism really hits home
because I have two beauti-
ful children, one of whom is
autistic," said Carey. "There
are still so many unanswered
questions about what causes
autism and other develop-
mental disorders. So it is
vital that we continue to
research and educate our-
selves in the hopes that we
begin to understand the chal-
lenges that these children
and their families continue
to face. I would like to thank
all those persons who have
donated to this cause so far;
this give me confidence that
I can reach my goal of
San Salvador is the next
planned stop in his route as
it nears the end of Decem-
ber. His course for a cause
also includes Abaco, Cat
Island, Eleuthera, Exuma
and Grand Bahama. He
plans to complete the jour-
ney by May 2010, before it's
too hot. Carey encourages
more riders to put their ped-
als to the pavement and join
him. He continues to seek
sponsorships and recently
secured a major endorse-
ment from Nautilus Water.
Those interested in riding
can contact Mario directly at
Donations can be made out

to REACH and dropped off
at Mario Carey Realty, East
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cycled 100 miles so
far for a cause dear
to his heart - raising
money and aware-
ness for children
with autism. Autism
is one of the fastest-
growing develop-
mental disabilities
and it affects millions
of children. Carey's
son is one of them.
Pictured I-r: Simon
Lowe, Cole Carey,
Mario Carey and Dr
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concern that there "is
no commitment to ever
draft the central part"
of the Planning and
Subdivisions Bill, the Land Use Plan
for each Bahamian island, adding that
this should be the "cornerstone of a
national economic development plan".
In feedback submitted yesterday to
both Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Dr Earl Deveaux, minister of
the environment, which it hopes will
be included at the committee or third
reading of the proposed Bill in Par-
liament, the Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) recommended
that the Government first complete
and implement its proposed Land Use
Plan before proceeding to have Par-
liament pass the Planning and Subdi-
visions Bill into statute.
In feedback compiled from BREA's
members, the organisation said: "In
its current form, the Bill continuously
refers to the goals of the Land Use
Plan, while a Land Use Plan does not
"Since there is no stated commit-

ment in this Bill for the Government
to adopt a Land Use Plan, there is
general concern that if this Bill passes
in its current form, there will never
be a Land Use Plan.
"Section 45, Conformity to Land
Use Plan, states that nothing can be
approved without conforming to the
Land Use Plan, so this simply does
not make any sense."
Urging that Sections 35 to 41, deal-
ing with the Land Use Plan, be the
"foundation" of the Government's
proposed planning and land develop-
ment legislation, BREA said they
needed to be completed before the
Bill became an Act.

Accounts receivables

up 'across the board'

Tribune Business Editor
ACCOUNTS receivables
have risen "across the board"
in the Bahamian business
community as a result of the
recession, a leading accoun-
tant told Tribune Business
yesterday, something that had
caused "considerable strain"
for small businesses as com-
panies elected to retain staff
and hold-off on paying bills
as long as possible.
Raymond Winder, Deloitte
& Touche (Bahamas) man-
aging partner, said both gov-
ernment agencies and the pri-
vate sector had seen an
increase in accounts receiv-
ables - monies owed by cus-
tomers for products and ser-
vices rendered (taxes in the
Government's case).
Describing this as "a cycle",
where if Business A was
unable to pay Business B, the
latter would also be late or
unable to meet its accounts
payable, Mr Winder told Tri-
bune Business: "Across-the-
board there's been an
increase in accounts receiv-
"The fact that Bahamian
businesses are still holding on
to employees, and we're not
seeing massive lay-offs, shows

* Top accountant says
situation 'worrisome'
and causing 'considerable
strain' for Bahamian
small businesses
* Adds that companies
needed to 'put more
aside' several years ago
when economy doing well

that a lot of employers have
held off on paying receivables
and other bills as they come
"I think that for the most
part employers are struggling
along, holding on to their staff
rather than lay-offs, closing
shop and downsizing. The
cost of closing down may be
more than staying in business.
Most of them are planning
and waiting for things to turn-
around. Therein lies the rea-
son for the increase in receiv-
Given that well-qualified,
highly skilled employees are
in relatively short supply in
the Bahamian market, it
makes sense for employers to
hold on to their most valu-
able staff and pay them well,
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"In general, the Bill, as presently
drafted, introduces new policies and
requirements that add to the risk of
developing, building or owning real
estate in the Bahamas," BREA said.
"Policies like revocation and public
hearings bring a new requirement that
will affect the decisions of developers
and lending institutions because there
is greater potential for the property
value to be affected.
"The Land Use Plan is the central
part of this Bill, but it has not been
drafted and has no commitment to
ever be drafted. The Land Use Plan
can first protect the most valuable nat-
ural resources of the Bahamas, and



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IP Solutions International,
the $16 million Bahamian tele-
coms start-up, had projected it
would earn $26.5 million in rev-
enue during its first year in
operation, a figure that would
rise to $69 million by its fifth
year, according to a copy of its
business plan seen by Tribune
The company's private place-
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SEE page 6B

then develop zoning areas and policies
that build the foundation for economic
growth and jobs for Bahamians.
"BREA strongly recommends that
the Government first complete the
Land Use Plan, and then adopt a Bill
that has the Land Use Plan policies as
the cornerstone of a national eco-
nomic development plan."
BREA also urged the Government
to conduct a major public education
campaign to advise Bahamians of all
the changes the Planning and Subdi-
visions Bill was likely to introduce,
pointing to clauses such as the one
SEE page 10B

* Company has completed
first installation at Baker's
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capture 10% of Bahamian
residential market in
first year, rising to
70% in year five
* Letter of Intent signed
to lease bandwidth
and for ARCOS access
* IPO and BISX listing
eyed for third year


'Proper time'

for tax reform

* Ex-finance minister says
recession has sensitised
public to need for
restructuring and 'more
modern regime', due to
'lack of revenue buoyancy'
* Government can 'still ease
its way' out of fiscal crisis
if nothing worsens

Tribune Business Editor
A FORMER finance min-
ister yesterday said now was
"the proper time to seriously
consider" restructuring the
Bahamas' tax regime away
from its traditional import-
duty dependency, adding that
the Government could still
"kind of ease its way out of
the fiscal crisis" if the situation
did not worsen.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance in the for-
mer Christie administration,
said the recession, combined
with the Government's fiscal
woes, would have exposed
Bahamians to the need for a
"more modern tax regime",
providing the public support
such a major restructuring
would require for success.
"Now would be the proper
time to seriously consider
changing this tax regime," Mr
Smith told Tribune Business.
"We see a lack of buoyancy in

SEE page 10B

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So we've opened our Village Road
branch on Saturdays during the


* Realtors urge Land Use Plan to be drafted first, before Planning and
Subdivision Bill passes, but concerned no guarantee this will happen
* Say Land Use Plan should be 'cornerstone of national economic development'
* BREA urges that business licence and developer's licence
be condition of final subdivision/lot sale approvals
* Education needed on title deeds being 'null and
void' if subdivision not fully approved

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Superwash sees revenues

decline 10 per cent

Business Reporter
SUPERWASH has seen
revenues decline 10 per cent
for 2009 year-to-date, the fall
being 5 percentage points
more than 2008, its president
said yesterday.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, speak-
ing to a packed house at the
Visionary Business Leaders
Conference, said his sales
deteriorated "precipitously"
in August and are continuing
to decline.
According to Mr D'Aguilar,
2007 was a boom year for
Superwash. However, as the
financial crisis rippled across
the world he saw revenue
earnings drop by 5 per cent in

And with 2009 witnessing a
deepening global recession,
Superwash's sales fall by 10
per cent.
"We hoped the nightmare
might just go away and we
could return to the times of
feast, but we are definitely in a
period of famine," said Mr
He said that just like many
businesses, during the boom
period he gorged on equip-
ment upgrades and increased
staff levels, all of which have
now become a burden on a
declining business.
"There probably was a need
for additional stuff to meet
increased demand," said Mr
D'Aguilar. "Now, it's just not

He added that he had he
been more forward thinking
he may have expanded his
business while he had the
chance, in order to corner the
market in a certain area. Now,
he laments, competition has
moved into his area and is cut-
ting into business.
While Superwash has expe-
rienced some declines since
the onset of the global finan-
cial crisis, Mr D'Aguilar
assured his audience that
many businesses have not.
He cited accounting and
established security firms as
some businesses that may
have benefited from the
decline in the global econo-
Mr D'Aguilar advised those
business people who have not

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been able to grow their firms
during the recession to
become more creative in the
way that they market them-
selves and sell their products
and services.
"Selling products in the
same old way won't do," he
said. "You now have to appeal
to as many different needs as
Mr D'Aguilar added that
extending business hours, giv-
ing customers unfettered
access to yourself and expand-
ing locations may prove to
sustain firms in the long run
and during difficult economic
"You need creativity to stop
your sales declining," he said.


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Accounts receivables up 'across the board'

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"Another year or two of this
could be a considerable strain
on small businesses.
"This [accounts receivables]
is an issue for small business-
es, rather than larger firms,
because a lot of them were
able to invest profits from
previous years into their busi-
nesses, and have been able to
weather the increase in receiv-
"Small businesses are the
ones being really challenged
by this, and they don't have
many staff to lay-off. They
don't have the built-in profits
from previous periods to
weather the storm."
However, the Deloitte &
Touche (Bahamas) managing
partner said the rise in
accounts receivables was not
due to owners or directors

taking money out of their
businesses, via dividends or
otherwise, when they should
not be.
Still, he added of the cur-
rent accounts receivables
build-up: "It's an indication
that businesses should have
been a lot more prudent
three, four, five years ago and
put aside a lot more than they
"When they were doing
well, they did not put enough
aside to reinvest in the busi-
Mr Winder said the
accounts receivables situation
was further exacerbated by
the structural weaknesses in
the Bahamian economy,
namely the high cost of labour
and utilities, relatively low
productivity in relation to
salaries, and the increase in
employee and customer theft
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FROM page 1B
then simply ride out the reces-
sion and wait for better times
As a result, some compa-
nies, according to Mr Winder
have deferred payments to
suppliers, business partners
and others to cope with the
reduced top-line revenues, or
paid them later than usual,
leading to the increase in
accounts receivables at other
And while receivables (an
asset) have risen for many
companies, their liabilities are
also likely to have increased
due to growth in their
accounts payables.
Mr Winder said the
accounts receivables increase
throughout the Bahamian
economy provided evidence
of the extremely tight 'cash
flow/liquidity' situation many
companies found themselves


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Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposed design and development of the facility, the proponent's relative background and experience;
the proponent's ability to finance the capital investment and ongoing operations and their operating and marketing plans.

The successful proponent will be required to incorporate in The Bahamas.

Qualified and interested parties may pick upthe Request for Proposal package at NAD's office,Teninal 1 (Domestic/International}, 2nd floor, LPIA
between November 23rd, 2009 and January 4th, 2010. A mandatory pre-proposal briefing and site tour for those who have picked up packages
will be held in NAD's Arawak Lounge at the airport or. January 7th, 2010 at 10:00am.

) NOVF* 23 D-DE


in, but added that as the
recession ended and econom-
ic activity picked up, their
financial position would
"When you look at it from
a macroeconomic point of
view, if you can say that those
receivables are high because
one decided to retain employ-
ees, that's not a big, big issue,
but if you undertook down-
sizing and lay-offs and receiv-
ables are still high, it would
be a lot more worrisome," Mr
Winder said.
"We still have a ways to go.
If you have cut employees to
the bone and have these prob-
lems, that would be more
worrisome to me."
Many small businesses have
also allowed accounts
payables to rise sharply, and
cut back on inventory orders,
to survive the downturn, and
Mr Winder conceded:




Bahamas to host


onal summit

for accountants

THE Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants
(BICA) is preparing to host
the 28th annual Institute of
Chartered Accountants of the
Caribbean (ICAC) confer-
ence, having selected an exec-
utive in Doctor's Hospital's
finance department as the

conference chairperson.
Jasmine Davis will act as
chair for the conference that
is scheduled to be held on
June 24-26, 2010, under the
theme, Responding to
Change: Reshaping the
accounting profession in the
Caribbean. She will be assist-

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Equity Side
(In Liquidation)
(Chapter 279)
Rule 68 of the Companies (Winding-Up) Rules, 1975
NOTICE is hereby given that a second dividend is intended
to be declared in the above matter.
If you do not prove your claim to the satisfaction of the
Official Liquidator on or before the 4th day of January A.D.,
2010, your claim will be excluded, and the Official Liquidator
shall proceed to pay a second dividend without regard to
such claim.
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compliance with the said rule 68 of the Companies
(Winding-Up) Rules, 1975.
Dated this 23rd day of November, A.D., 2009
Mareva House
#4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
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Ministry Finance
RE: Real property tax Surcharae Waiver Notice
The general public is here by advised of the
provisions of the Real Property Tax Act.The
principal Act is amended by the insertion
immediately after section 21 of the following
new section 21 A and 21 B respectfully;
Section 21 A Waiver of surcharge.
Notwithstanding section 21, any surcharge
which has accumulated in respect of
* (a) owner-occupies property with a market
value of up to two hundred and fifty
thousand dollars ($250,000.00) shall be
* (b) owner-occupied property which exceeds
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars,
shall be waived if the outstanding real
property tax is paid on or before
December 31,2009: and
* (c) other property, shall be waived by fifty
per cent if the outstanding real property
tax is paid before December 31,2009.
Section 21 B Revival of Surcharge
If after December 31,2009 any real property
tax remains outstanding in respect of
* (a) owner-occupied property with a market
with a market value of up to two hundred
and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00)
* (b) owner-occupied property which exceeds
two hundred and fifty thousand.
(c) other property

The owner of such property, shall be liable to
pay a new surcharge of five per centum (5%)
of such tax tax per annum.

The Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) hereby notifies its
clients and the general public that

effective Wednesday,



2009 our main telephone

number will be #396-7800.

The current



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for any

inconvenience caused.

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The successful candidate should possess the
following qualifications:
* 7 or more years banking experience
* Must have retail banking experience in
* Minimum - Bachelor's Degree in Banking
or a related field
Responsibilities Include:
* Providing overall management by achievement
of team sales objectives, and related activities to
achieve a high standard of customer care,
optimal business retention, profitable growth
and productivity.
* Developing RBC Financial Group and
community relationships to capitalize on
business opportunities.
* Providing ongoing coaching and development
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commitment and capability through focused
sales/service management routines.
* Growing both the business and personal client
* Balancing the rewards of meeting business
objectives with the risk of loss to the customer,
employee and shareholder by following
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McDonald's offers excellent benefits!
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P. 0. Box SS-5925
Telephone: 325-4444
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Start-up eyeing $69m revenues

FROM page 1B

obtained by this newspaper,
showed that during its first
five years in existence, IP
Solutions International was
projecting a per annum oper-
ating margin ranging from
between 85.33 per cent in year
one to a low of 83.49 per cent

in year three.
The start-up's return on net
worth was forecast to range
from 64.4 per cent in the first
year down to 30 per cent by
year five, with return on assets
starting at 46.11 per cent in
the first year and standing at
29.04 per cent in year five.
As for the return on total
revenues, this was projected

to be 58.51 per cent in IP
Solutions International's first
year in operation, rising to
64.36 per cent by year four
and 69.13 per cent in the fifth
And, with 90,000 cable tele-
vision subscribers in the
Bahamas, and 50,000 Inter-
net subscribers, IP Solutions
International said it was con-

fident it would establish a
niche for itself.
"While the hotel market
appears as the most lucrative
place to begin operations, the
residential market will yield
a great return on investment,"
the private placement memo-
randum said.
"IP Solutions International
anticipates capturing as much

as 10 per cent or more of the
residential market in the first
year of operations, and as
much as 70 per cent or more
into year five."
As revealed by Tribune
Business yesterday, IP Solu-
tions International is in the
process of adjusting its busi-
ness plans after its $16 mil-
lion offering - seeking $8 mil-
lion in equity capital, $4 mil-
lion in preference shares and
$4 million in bank debt - was
"undersubscribed" by

Bahamian investors.
The company is now in
talks with a potential interna-
tional strategic/financing part-
ner, which has indicated its
willingness to invest capital in
IP Solutions International to
take it beyond the initial $16
million target.
However, Edison Sumner,
IP Solutions International's
president and chief executive,
told this newspaper that the

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NOTICE is hereby given that Fritzgerald Benoit of
Palm Beach St., P.O.Box CB 12627 is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 3rd day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that KAITIA ALCEUS of
# 71 Minnie St., P.O.Box N 10326 is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 3rd day of December, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that Lorry Nicolas of
525NW, 8th Street, Apt.10, Belle-Glade, Florida is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 3rd day of December,
2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Nassau Airport Development Company Limited [NAD] is seeking Proponents (individual Is,
consortium or joint venture that must include an experienced retail operator) to finance,
design, develop, operate and manage general Specially Retail stores in the new U.S.
Departures Terminal currently under construction at the Lynden Pindling International
Airport. Th ese stores will be world class in design a nd a ppea ra nce with a distinctive'sense of
place'and will offer products at competitive prices.

Two (possibly three) Inline stores have been Identified in the new terminal; the categories are
as follows:

1. T-shirts; golf shirts hats and related souvenirs and products
1 Other specialty rital

There wil I be additional Req uests for Proposak issued in early 2010 covering retail kiosks and

I. Proponents must be Bahamlan and incorporated in The Bahamas
ii. Proponents must have operated a retail facility within the last three !3) years.

(a) achieve a high standard of excellence a nd customer service;
(b) offer a mix of concepts that will help to enhance the image of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport as a wofid class airport;
(c) offer retail choices to passengers at reasonable prices;
(d) develop and design retail facilities that complement the qualities of the new termin al
while recognizing the distinctive spirit, character and'sense of place'of The Bahamas; and
(e) optimize revenue to NAD.



Qualified and interested parties may pick-up the Request or Proposal packageat NAD's
offices at the reception desk on the second floor Domestidc nteinational Terminal at Lynden
Pindling Internatiornal Airport between the hours of 9:00am and 4,00 . from November
23rd to Decmber 7th, 2009. A mandatory pre-propoal briefirg for those who have
picked up packages will be held at the New Providence Communhy Centre Blake Road
o0 n Wednesday, December 9th at 1 00am.


Nassau Airport
Development Company





by its fifth year

FROM page 6
company's launch may be
delayed by several months,
although it still hoped to
launch some of its Multi-Play
services by the 2010 first quar-
Out of the initial $16 mil-
lion capital that IP Solutions
International targeted, the
company's private placement
memorandum said some $10
million would be used for cap-
ital expenses such as infra-
structure, head-end and wire-
less tower construction, with
another $5 million earmarked
for operating expenses such
as salaries, rents and licence
"The company has already
completed its first technical
infrastructural installation at
the Baker's Bay development

in Great Guana Cay, Abaco,"
the memorandum said,
adding that it had signed a
Letter of Intent with Colum-
bus Networks to sub-lease
fibre optic bandwidth and
gain access to the ARCOS
cable system that runs
throughout the Caribbean
and Latin America.
IP Solutions said it had also
spoken to the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) about leasing fibre-
optic bandwidth from the
state-owned incumbent.
"The company anticipates
employing between 10-12
qualified Bahamians in the
first year, and will provide fur-
ther substantial employment
opportunities to Bahamians



To al Ordinary Shareholders of ABDAB

Please be advised rhat a meeting of the Shareholder of
th ae be company will be held cm WdajiLday,
D)L'Vc1mii1Lr 1r6th. 200') at 4:00 PM *A thLe IItIfLs i f
Rirn,. Houm, I 6 John F, KLrnnvdy Drive, N .,

Members may appoint a proxy to .arend and vote in
their stCad, the proxy necd not be a member.

Barry Ncwman
Company Sccretary
November 24hd, 2009

as it expands its services
through the country, the
Caribbean and Latin Ameri-
ca," the IP Solutions Interna-
tional offer document said.
"Certain services will be
outsourced to professional
Bahamian and international
companies, as the case may
be. Apart from the direct
employment the company will
offer, plans have also been
developed to encourage indi-
rect employment opportuni-
ties for budding and estab-
lished entrepreneurs through
partnerships as Value Added
Resellers of the company's
products and services."
In addition, IP Solutions
International's private place-
ment memorandum con-
firmed that the company
would make a recommenda-
tion to its Board of Directors

that it go public via an initial
public offering (IPO) and list-
ing on the Bahamas Interna-
tional Securities Exchange
This, it added, would
enable it to raise further cap-
ital for its expansion into
Latin America and the
Caribbean, and the develop-
ment of other products and
IP Solutions International
was hoping to attract 5,000
subscribers to its 'multiple-
play' product during its first
operational year. It is target-
ing Bahamian consumers with
a proposition of services
delivered via a wireless Inter-
net infrastructure. Among the
product offering will be news,
entertainment, movies, TV
and video-type games of a
non-casino variety.

of Garden Hill Estates #2 in the Southern District


of Garden Hill Estates #2 in the Southern District
of the Island of New Providence, Bahamas,
NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
claims or demands against the above-named
Estate are requested to send the same duly
certified to the undersigned on or before 30th
December 2009.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that at the
expiration of the time mentioned above, the assets
of the late ELKIN JOHNSON SR. will be distributed
among the persons entitled thereto having regard
only to the claims of which the Administrators of
the Estate shall then have had Notice.

Attorneys for the Executors
Attn: Attorney S. Smith
Sassoon House
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
P.O. Box N-272
Nassau, Bahamas.


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No commitment toBaham as

Bill's 'central part'

FROM page 1B alam s

that meant Title deeds issued for
land in non-approved subdivi-
sions would be "null and void" - a
major shock for those who might
think they had clean title.
In its recommendations,
BREA recommended a "phased
approach" to subdivision
approval, since giving a develop-
er full approval also gave them
permission to sell lots.
The organisation pointed out
that the Bill only required a
developer to complete 20 per
cent of road construction in his
subdivision in the first two years
to avoid having his approval
"BREA is concerned that this
policy does not protect the gen-
eral public's interest and would
spur the onset of a multiplicity
of issues related to land titles and
the recovery of funds invested in
infrastructural development," the
organisation said.
"Further, a decision to revoke
subdivision approval may
adversely affect the properties'
title, financial institutions, the val-
ues of the land, and the borrow-
er's ability to repay a mortgage."
BREA also asked the Govern-
ment to include it among the
agencies consulted on proposed
real estate developments, given
that it was responsible for licens-
ing realtors and developers under
the Real Estate (Brokers and
Salesmen) Act.
And it urged the Government
to mandate that a Developer's
Licence, issued by BREA, be
required by any investor prior to
final approval for lot sales in a
new subdivision. And it pointed
out that a business licence should
also be a requirement of final
"All developers hope to make
a profit from their development,
and this is potential revenue for
the Government and the people
of the Bahamas," BREA said.
"A business licence should be
required before any approval
would be granted by any ministry
for sales of lots or reservations
on lots prior to sale.
"The Government would be
missing potential revenue if a
business licence is not required
first. The business licence should
be issued specifically for a devel-
oper selling a project."
William Wong, BREA's presi-
dent, told Tribune Business yes-
terday: "The Bill has a great
future, and we hope the Govern-
ment looks at our comments."

debt ratio

'envy' of


Business Reporter

to Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) ratio is "the envy"
of most countries in this
region, the Ministry of
Finance's acting secretary to
the Treasury said yesterday,
insisting that this country
was in a better economic
position than most in the
Ehurd Cunningham, mak-
ing his keynote address at
the Visionary Business



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If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Leaders Conference, said
many governments have
been unable to develop a
national stimulus pro-
gramme to revive their econ-
omy and curb rising unem-
However, he said that
despite projections that the
Bahamas' debt to gross
domestic product (GDP)
ratio might increase to 50
per cent, it had been able to
seek funding for capital
works projects, creating jobs
and opportunities to stimu-
late other sectors of the
Mr Cunningham said the
Government's stimulus pro-
grammes are not designed
to provide immediate eco-
nomic relief, but create
meaningful opportunities for
individuals to contribute to
growth of the Bahamas'
With the onset of the
global economic crisis the
Government sought to
underpin the shrinking econ-
omy amid declining tourist
And capital works pro-
jects were thought to be the
best place to inject govern-
ment funding for the econo-
my's short-term stimulation
and long-term infrastructur-
al gain.
According to Mr Cun-
ningham, those projects
should create "substantial
economic benefit in the
short-term with training

He added that in order to
stimulate the economy fur-
ther, the Government has
introduced a temporary job
programme slated to begin
in mid-December. Almost
2,500 jobs are expected to
be created.
"Participants will hold
temporary jobs and assist
the government in projects,"
said Mr Cunningham.
"Some projects will be in
New Providence, and the
Family Islands will also see
employment stimulation."
Construction was a crucial
sector for the Bahamas' eco-
nomic revival, with Mr Cun-
ningham saying about 60 to
70 per cent of construciton
projects were residential,
while 10 per cent were
While the private sector
is in some way or another
wholly dependent on gov-
ernment stimulation during
economic crises, Mr Cun-
ningham argued that busi-
nesses are seldom satisfied
with the level of public sec-
tor involvement.
"It really is impossible to
recession proof a business,
but in any economy when
there is a disaster or down-
turn people look to the Gov-
ernment to lead and find
solutions to those prob-
lems," he said. "Whatever
action is undertaken by gov-
ernment, there is always
someone to criticise because
things do not fit into their
point of view."

Attorney pleads not

guilty in $ lbn fraud

c.2009 New York Times News Service

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A South Florida lawyer
accused of running a $1 billion Ponzi scheme pleaded not
guilty to federal racketeering charges on Tuesday.
The lawyer, Scott Rothstein, 47, is charged with several
counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit money launder-
ing in a scheme that involved selling legal settlements. He
faces up to 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Rothstein, who was known for his extravagant lifestyle
and his philanthropy, sat quietly and appeared calm while
the charges against him were read in the federal court-
room of Magistrate Judge Robin Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum granted the prosecution's request for pretrial
detention of Rothstein, based on its assertion that he was a
flight risk.
He had set up bank accounts in Morocco totaling an
estimated $15 million.
Rothstein, who was taken into custody shortly before 8
a.m. Tuesday, went to Morocco in late October as his busi-
ness began to unravel, though he returned to South Flori-
da last month.
Witnesses said that while Rothstein awaited his hearing
Tuesday morning, he was overheard providing legal advice
to others in his holding cell.
Prosecutors are charging Rothstein under the Racke-
teer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known
as RICO.
Last month, federal authorities filed court documents
seeking to seize Rothstein's 87-foot yacht, more than a
dozen properties and 20 luxury cars, including a 2009
Bugatti Veyron that sells for $1.5 million.
Rothstein's lawyer, Marc Nurik, said his client did not
provide any information to federal prosecutors about the
case, despite previous reports that Rothstein was cooper-
ating with the authorities and prosecutors by providing
details of his investment business.
In the meantime, Nurik said he would provide "limited
information to the government."
Latour Lafferty, a criminal defense lawyer and a for-
mer federal prosecutor, said federal authorities were like-
ly to try to make a deal with Rothstein for a reduced sen-
tence if he would identify co-conspirators in the case.

'Proper time' for tax reform

FROM page 1B

it, and need to keep step with
the international trade
arrangements that call for the
dismantling of customs tariff
regimes over time, so now
might be the time to do it.
"Now would also be more
publicly palatable, because
during a recession people
focus on changes in the econ-
omy and understand more
clearly why we need a more
modern tax regime."
Numerous studies conduct-
ed in recent years have called
for the Bahamas to ultimate-
ly introduce a sales or value-
added (VAT) tax to replace
the import/Stamp duty-
dependent system, arguing
that the present structure is
too heavily linked to interna-
tional trade and the global
economy, plus internal com-
mercial activity, for revenue
In addition, the Bahamas'
move to accede to full mem-
bership in the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) and its
decision to sign the Econom-
ic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) means that it will be
forced to restructure its tax
system, given that customs
duties/tariffs are seen as bar-
riers to trade and targeted for
elimination in a rules-based
trading set-up.
A major difficulty in shift-
ing to a sales or VAT tax is
that an entirely new collec-
tion system will be required.
While Bahamas-based com-
panies and importers may
benefit from the elimination
of customs duties through not
having such a large chunk of
revenues/cash flow consumed
in up-front tax payments, they
will be the ones the Govern-
ment will require to first col-
lect, then pass on, taxes to it.
And, while VAT may lead
to a broader tax base through
capturing services (the major
part of the Bahamian econo-
my) and the value added at
each stage of the production
chain, its implementation
would require a massive cul-
tural shift and changes to
many businesses' computer
The potential for fraud and
evasion/non-payment of VAT
would be a further concern,
and the business community
would be unlikely to welcome
the prospect of tax reform at
this time, given that their
companies are still grappling
with the recession's effects.
A study produced for the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce, on the EPA's chal-
lenges and benefits, noted
that the "i-' ,i issue" for
the Bahamas in relation to
this agreement was its impact
on government revenues and
the tax structure.
Currently, customs tariff
rates in the Bahamas ranged
from o per cent to 210 per
cent, with the average set at

around 35 per cent. Duty
rates have been amalgamat-
ed with stamp tax rates for
simplicity, but in the 2009-
2020 Budget, import duties
and the new Excise Tax were
due to account for $646.366
million - some 46.5 per cent
of the total anticipated $1.389
billion tax and non-tax
Under the EPA, the
Bahamas is required to elim-
inate customs duties on 85 per
cent of imports from the
European Union over a 25-
year period to 2033.
To cope with the adjust-
ment, the Government has
already moved to shift
imports attracting the highest
duty rates, such as cars and
luxury items, into the Excise
Tax bracket in a bid to avoid
the WTO's scrutiny.
And another Chamber
study, this time dealing with
the implications of WTO
accession, said that the
Bahamas' moves to join this
organisation "may need to be
accompanied by a shift in fis-
cal policy towards the adop-
tion of a sales tax or VAT to
make up for lost revenues".
Noting that the Govern-
ment's revenues were depen-
dent on taxes, as opposed to
the income earned by indi-
viduals and companies, the
Chamber study said:
"Because the shift to a VAT
or sales tax would have sig-
nificant political implications,
it would have to be
approached with care.
"The shift would mean
some advantage to importers,
since the new taxes would be
collected not in advance, but
on the sale of the goods.
"However, the administra-
tion changes required are sub-
stantial and would be costly.
A more decentralised system
of collection is entailed, and
great care would be needed
to avoid evasion."
Mr Smith told Tribune
Business that the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
and other international agen-
cies had been "pointing" the
Bahamas in the direction of
a VAT tax "for a decade or
more". Under his watch in the
Ministry of Finance, some
preliminary studies, including
one by UK-based Crown
Agents, were conducted on
alternative tax systems.
He conceded, though, that
because a tax regime restruc-
turing was "such a bold
move", the Government
would likely take its time
since it would be "concerned
about having all its ducks
lined up properly".
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said earlier during
his administration's watch
that the Government had no
plans to restructure or change
the Bahamas' tax system, pre-
ferring to leave decisions on
this issue to future adminis-



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SHOWN (1-r): Betty Ann Higgs Brooks, administrator at the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home; Tedra Nairn,
Scotiabank employee; Richard Desmangles, Scotiabank employee; Terry Farrington, Scotiabank employ-
ee; Wenzeal Sands, Elizabeth Estates representative; and Samantha Love, Scotiabank employee.

Scotiabank stages festive food drive

(Bahamas) management and
staff have hosted an internal
Thanksgiving food drive to
benefit the Elizabeth Estates
Children's Home.
All Scotiabank branches
and units in Nassau partici-
pated, with each employee
donating at least one food
item. The same took place at
Scotiabank's Family Island
branches, with donations
being made throughout island
Betty Ann Higgs Brooks,
administrator at the Elizabeth
Estates Children's Home,
said: "Scotiabank continues
to give back to the wider com-
munity, and the Elizabeth
Estates Children's Home in

In 2008, Scotiabank con-
tributed more than $43 mil-
lion worldwide to community
causes focused on health, edu-
cation, social services, arts and

In addition to Scotiabank's
corporate efforts, employees
at all levels volunteer their
time, skills and money, indi-
vidually and through team-
work, to support community


Ministry Of Agriculture And Marine Resources


The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas through the
Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources invites suitable contractors
to submit bids for the Management and Disposal of Conch Shells and
Waste from the Potter's Cay Dock, Dump Site. The description of works
is as follows:

(i) A daily cleaning of the immediate area of the Dump Site.

(ii) Pressure cleaning of the garbage collection site at least once
a week with the use of Eco - Friendly chemicals.

(iii) The proper management of the garbage collection site.

(iv) Collection and dumping of conch shells on a daily bases
including Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays.

(v) Placement of one (1) five cubic yard garbage receptacle bin.

(vi) Work closely with the Operations Manager to maintain a
cordially management relationship.

(vii) Ensuring that the Dump Site is always properly managed in
view of the Public and Management - (Ministry of Agriculture
& Marine Resources).

The Contractors will be required to provide a Business License along with
a detailed indication of their competence to carry out the intended scope
of work.

Interested parties may submit their sealed bids directly to The Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Third Floor,
Levy Building, East Bay Street Nassau, The Bahamas Monday through
Friday between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm deadlines is Monday, 14th
December, 2009. Mailed documents will NOT be accepted.

The Government of The Bahamas has the right to reject any or all


Treasury Department


The Treasurer of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas advises all pensioners,
Parliamentary, Judicial, Official, World War 1 Veterans & Widows, Bahamas
Widows & Orphans and Re-employed, whose pension payments are paid
directly into their bank accounts and have not yet verified during the July, 2009
verification exercise to do so immediately as failure to comply will result in
the disruption of pension payments directly into their bank accounts.

Pensioners' are further advised to visit the Pension Section of the Treasury
Department situated on the first floor of the British American Insurance House,
Marlborough St. and Navy Lion Road, Nassau, during the hours of 9:00am
and 4:00pm weekdays, bringing with them a valid form of identification such
as Passport, Voters card, National Insurance card or Drivers' license. Pensioners
unable to appear in person may submit the appropriate Life and Payment
Certificate duly signed by one of the persons designated on the said form
assuring that the signed date falls within the designated period.
The following Life and Payment Certificates are available at the Treasury
Department, Nassau, Treasury Department Freeport, and at Family Island
Administration offices:

* Parliamentary Pension Life & Payment Certificate - for retired

* Official Pension (Judicial) Life & Payment Certificate - for retired

* Official Pension Life & Payment Certificate - for retired Public

* World War 1 Veterans and Widows Life & Payment Certificate -
for Veterans & Widows of World War 1.

* Bahamas Widows' & Orphans' Pension Fund Certificate - for Widows
& Orphans.

Pensioners residing within The Bahamas should also note that submission of



A vacancy exists for an experienced handyman. Must be able to
speak Creole fluently.
Must have seven or more years experience as handyman/
houseman in a upscale five star resort... Must be able to work
long hours on evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.
Email resume to on or before December
7th, 2009.




Director Of Public Prosecutions

Office Of The Attorney General

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the post of Director
of Public Prosecutions in the Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Applicants must be a member of the English, Irish, Scottish or Bahamian Bar or the Bar of
a country of the Commonwealth to which a member of The Bahamas Bar is admitted without
examination. In addition, they must have at least ten (10) years standing at the Bar or have
enrolled and practiced as a Solicitor for at least ten (10) years in the above-mentioned
The duties of the post include:
i) general supervisory responsibility over the work of the Criminal Division of the
Office of the Attorney General;
ii) general supervisory responsibility over the counsel in the Criminal Divison of the
Office of the Attorney General;
iii) supervisory responsibility for the assignment of cases and prosecuting counsels in
the Criminal Division of the Office of the Attorney General;
iv) representing the Department of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General in
constitutional applications, extradition proceedings and forfeiture and restraint
v) prosecuting criminal matters in the Magistrates' Courts, the Supreme Court, the Court
of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council;
vi) general advice to the Police on the commencement and cessation of prosecutions;
vii) being able to organize and effectively provide legal assistance to other officers under
his/her command and control;
viii) advising the Attorney General on money laundering and terrorist financing matters;
ix) attendance at and involvement in local, regional and international organizations and
x) such other matters as may be assigned by the Attorney General.
Additionally, the successful applicant must have demonstrated leadership and administrative
ability and experience in the management of a law chamber or public prosecution office.
The appointment will be on permanent and pensionable or contractual terms if a citizen of
The Bahamas is appointed or on contractual terms if a non-Bahamian is appointed. In the
case of a contractual appointment of two years or more, a gratuity of fifteen percent (15%)
of the basic salary would be payable on the satisfactory completion of service.
The salary of the post is in Scale JL7 in a salary range of $64,750 x 1,000 to $73,750 per
annum. Benefits include a scarcity allowance of $15,000 per annum, a responsibility
allowance of $10,000 per annum, a vehicle (or a car allowance of $152.00 per month)
and family insurance coverage.
Serving officers should apply through their Heads of Departments.
Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana Hill,
Meeting and Augusta Streets, P.O. Box N-3915, Nassau, The Bahamas. They must be returned,
complete with original qualifications and documentary proof of relevant experience, to the
Secretary, Judicial & Legal Service Commission, Office of the Judiciary, 3rd Floor, Ansbacher
House, East Street & Bank Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas, not later than Friday, 11 December

Life and Payment certificates are no longer required on a monthly basis.
However, all pensioners are required to verify during January and July of each
year to avoid any inconvenience.

For further details please contact the Pension Section, Treasury Department
at telephone numbers (242) 302-0539, 302-0565 or 302-0524. Life and
Payment Certificates may be forwarded via facsimile to (242)323-1459.


The Tribune



Now to him who is able to do immeasurably
more than all we ask or imagine.according to
his power that is at work within us, to him be
glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
101.9 Amen.

o COUha e for e W ily. Ephesians 3:20-21





FESTIVITIES for the holi-
day season are already
underway all over the coun-
try, and this Saturday
Ebenezer Methodist Church
will host its Annual Christmas
Christmas music will ring out
throughout the grounds of Epworth
Hall on Shirley Street where fair-goers
will be able to enjoy a day of good food
and holiday cheer.
There will be various different stalls
offering everything from conch fritters
and chowder to hamburgers and hot
dogs, and even some homemade

Bahamian dishes.
And you won't have to neglect your
sweet tooth, as there will an array of
cakes, cookies and other treats.
"We will also have the famous home-
made coconut ice cream that everyone
seems to love. Some people come just
for the ice cream, so you want to come
out early to get that," Jennifer Carey at
Ebenezer Methodist Church told
Tribune Religion.
After enjoying the delicious food and
great games, persons can take a stroll to
the Creative Treasure to take a look at
the beautiful Christmas ornaments on
"At this stall people can stop to get
Christmas decorations, books or plants.
This will be a day of fun, and we encour-
age the families to come out and bring
their kids," Ms Carey said.

Under the theme "Joy", the
Ebenezer Methodist Church's music
department will also host its annual
Christmas concert on December 13 at
The Sanctuary Choir together with
singers from the wider community will
be accompanied by members of the
Bahamas National Symphony
Orchestra and the Ebenezer Concert
The annual Christmas Concert is the
climax of the year's music ministry
events that has been growing consistent-
ly both in participants and attendance.
Following these two major events, the
public is also invited to join in as
Ebenezer Church celebrates Christmas
with the Children's Choir and Youth
Group as they present "An Island
Christmas" on December 18 at 7pm.

New Life Community Church: 'Progressive and different'

Tribune Features Reporter

THERE is no typical Sunday service
at New Life Community Church, said
Jermaine Watkins, pastor of New Life
Community Church (NLCC) on John
F Kennedy Drive.
NLCC, a church that is said to be
"progressive and different," is a
church which aims to reach a younger
demographic of Bahamians "with a
Christ-centered ministry."
Last Sunday, Pastor Watkins and his
church held a special service honour-
ing persons with disabilities in obser-

vance of the ongoing Disability
Awareness Week.
Leon Taylor, former member of
popular 1960's group 'Leon Taylor and
the Roosters', singers of popular
gospel song 'Eternal Love', performed
at the service.
Mr Taylor is now a bus driver for the
Disability Affairs Division.
A young lady named Hannah
McPhee read from the scriptures in
Braille, which was a very special
moment during the service.
Braille, a system widely used by
blind people, is read by passing your
fingers over characters made up of an
arrangement of one to six embossed

Every year the support groups for
disabled persons in the Bahamas
choose a church to attend during
Disability Awareness Week, said Eyes
Wide Open president Maxcine Stubbs.
Iris Adderley, a psychologist and
consultant for the Disability Affairs
Division at Social Services, brought
greetings from Social Services
Minister Loretta Butler-Turner.
Close to 40 persons showed up and
about 25 of them had disabilities. Eyes
Wide Open and other support groups
for persons with disabilities were rep-

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The Tribune


Thursday, December 3, 2009 * PG 25

Bishop Ros Davis celebrates 37th pastoral anniversary

THE members of Golden Gates
Ministries, Carmichael Road, will come
together this coming Monday at
7.30pm to celebrate the 37th anniver-
sary of service in ministry of Bishop
Ros Davis and his wife Althea Davis.
Bishop Davis had just returned from
North Central Bible College,
Minneapolis in August of 1972 with his
wife Althea and two sons when he was
given the privilege to pastor the newly
formed outreach mission Golden Gates
Assembly of God Church by Dr Gary
Curry, then superintendent of the
Assemblies of God in the Bahamas.
With approximately eight people, led
by Rev Vernon Moses, Bishop Davis
started his work, and over the years the
congregation has grown to include
thousands of members.
"For this we say, 'To God Be the
Glory!," church members said in a
As a result of the Mission's effort,
Golden Gates has birthed many pastors
and ministries. Among them are:
Trinity "City of Praise"; Glad Tidings
Ministries; Orlando Florida; Rhema
Christian Chapel Assembly; Christian
Discipleship Ministries International;
Firetrail Assembly; Overcoming Power
Ministries; People Word Centre; Great
Commission Ministries International;
New Life Christian Centre, and
Breakthrough Ministries.
Bishop Davis has also commissioned
the following:
Victory Towers Discipleship Centre;
Bringing In the Sheep; New Destiny

People of Praise; Behind the Veil
Prayer; Healing and Deliverance
Ministry International; the Royal
Ambassador Ministries, Freeport;
Ambassador Chorale International;
Higher Ground Ministries; True
Worshippers Assembly, Charlotte,
North Carolina; Restoration of Life
Christian Centre, West Palm Beach,
Florida; Jesus in Action, Miami,
Florida, and Seed of Faith World
Outreach Ministries.
Bishop Davis hails from Mangrove
Cay, Andros where his father, Rev
Harry Davis lead the historic St James
Baptist Church for more than 55 years.
His siblings are both pastors in their
own right: Bishop Wenneth Davis of
the Zion South Beach Baptist Church
and Apostle Merilee Watson of the
Trinity City of Praise.
Bishop Davis was schooled at the All
Age Anglican Primary School; the
Mangrove Cay Public School; the
Government High Evening Institute;
the Assembly of God Bible College;
the North Central University; the
University of Miami; the Templeton
Theological College; the Oxford
Extension College, and has attended
numerous courses held by various disci-
plines all over the United States.
After serving as pastor of the local
church for 27 years, ten years ago
Bishop Davis was consecrated as
Bishop in the Lord's Church. He is
associated with the Coalition of
Pentecostal Bishops' worldwide
Apostolic body and is proud of his spir-

itual fathers Bishop Harold I Williams
and Archbishop Alfred Owens of the
Mount Calvary Holy Church of
America, Washington, DC. Bishop
Davis is the presiding prelate of the
Bahamas Network of New Apostolic
Churches (BNNAC).
This is a network of churches from
the Bahamas, the US, Africa,
Singapore, Malaysia, Haiti and India.
Bishop Davis has served the church-
es of the Bahamas in various capacities.
As president of the Bahamas
Christian Council (BCC), he headed
the clergy who lobbied the government
for a religious station, ZNS 11 FM, and
established branches of the BCC in San
Salvador, North Andros, South
Andros, Eleuthera, Abaco and Inagua.
Additionally, Bishop Davis was
among the charter group of pastors
who established the Bahamas
Pentecostal Fellowship Association in
which he later served as president.
Bishop Davis dream continues for
the Evangelisation and maturing of the
body in Kingdom mentality and the
development of the whole man.
To this end he has been responsible
for the development of several housing
estates, namely the Ros Davis Estates
and the Ros Davis Edition.
Civically, Bishop Davis was hon-
oured 15 years ago by Her Majesty the
Queen with the OBE and has received
his succession from the College of
Bishops Congress ten years ago.
Being a firm believer in social reli-
gion, Bishop Davis' leadership has pro-

duced from the Golden Gates Church,
street evangelism teams, a soup
kitchen, a clothing bank and coun-
selling services to help the poor, indi-
gent and marginalised of the communi-
ty. Under his watch, the church ministry
has expanded to catering to weddings,
funerals, receptions, conventions and
any special event that can be held on
the church campus.
Educationally, Bishop Davis has
established the award winning Golden
Gates Pre-School programme, where
classes are held on the subjects of music
theory, music ministry, drama and phys-
ical exercise.
"For our struggling youth, Bishop
has instituted the stellar award winning
Golden Gates Youth Band,
Community Bell Ensemble, the basket-
ball court, youth choir and dancers, and
other community incentives to keep
our young people occupied and spiritu-
ally engaged," his church members
A family man, Bishop Davis has
been married to Althea nee Wallace of
Ragged Island for the past 42 years and
is the proud father of five children,
Stan, Trent, Terez, Adrian and
The couple also have six grandchil-
"A life well spent in the service of the
King of Kings, we the people of Golden
Gates World Outreach Ministries
salute our leader as we recommit our-
selves to carrying out the vision he has
made plain," the church members said.

� EI T IO Ik

What time is it?

IN the national calendar of our next-
door neighbours, and hence for us to
some degree, we are in a time of
We do not share the same history,
but we use our harvest celebrations in
the church to remind us to join with
them in a general spirit of thanksgiving
at this time.
In the Anglican Church (and some
others), we have now entered a season
of Advent preparation.
This is when we remember the
Second and Final Coming of our Lord,
even as we engage in spiritual activities
in anticipation of His First Coming as a
babe in Bethlehem.
For some of us, this is a time to fast
and pray, and slow our pace down to
engage in more extended periods of


, PALA( . )I TIN

spiritual reflection in our new Church
Commercially, we can see the
Christmas spirit has been introduced
earlier than ever.
Christmas decorations are going up,
the outdoor lights are being strung,
and Christmas sales are being adver-
tised. The traffic is increasing, and
shopping at home and abroad has
begun with a vengeance, poinsettias

and others are now available, the
music is being played, all of which
remind us that Christmas is drawing
Social events are being planned to
draw persons together in the family,
workplace and other groups.
Menus are being finalised to share
with family members who will travel
home for the annual festivities.
For those who are facing the first
Christmas without a loved one, this is a
very different holiday.
Do we travel abroad to create new
memories, or do we continue the fami-
ly traditions in memory of the person?
If it has brought a major shift in the
family income, this will be reflected in
the material side of the occasion.
Similarly, for those who have been
hard hit by the recession (whether
unemployed or underemployed now),
a new joy will have to be found, a new
hope introduced and a new faith need-
ed to sustain them.

What time is it for you?
If this is a time to turn to the Lord,
then you will not be disappointed.
There is always a blessing to be
received from the Lord in some form -
answered prayer; inner healing, sud-
den peace, overwhelming joy, or
unconditional love.
The coming of a saviour is God's
remedy to our spiritual ailments,
before He comes again as judge.
What use are you making of the
present time?
Are you facing indescribable dis-
tress? Pray and seek the Lord in a
Christian community. Are you feeling
lost and hopeless?
Find a church of your choice and
worship the Lord.
Are you lonely and sad? Be gener-
ous and bless someone else.
May God bless you and strengthen
you as you face the end of this year and
look forward with courage to the year
that is to come.

PG 26 * Thursday, December 3, 2009


The Tribune

Is capital punishment mai

prohibited or permitted?

By Cephas Ferguson, ex-chaplain at
Her Majesty's Prison and Bishop at
the Church of God of Prophecy.

THOUSANDS of men and women
in the Caribbean and the Bahamas are
now on death row.
In a major change in public opinion
from 30 years ago, most Americans
and Caribbean people now favour cap-
ital punishment, although not dogmat-
When people are presented with
stringent alternatives such as life in
prison without parole, support for the
death penalty drops considerably.
Many Christians are typically divid-
ed on this issue, some sympathise with
the Old Testament, particularly the
books of the law.
Others focus on the words and
actions of Jesus, or on the absence of
explicit teaching on the subject in the
New Testament.
Still others explore practical issues
concerning the death penalty such as
deterrence or the possibility of erro-
neous conviction.
Each of these concerns is important.
But dialogue is sometimes frustrated
by the lack of a useful, common
The purpose of this article is to facil-
itate dialogue by raising three ques-
tions. Each question leads logically to
the next.
The questions are: 1. Does scripture
prohibit, mandate, or permit capital
If scripture prohibits it, the next
questions are irrelevant.
But if scripture mandates or permits
the death penalty, the second question
must be raised: According to scripture,
under what conditions may a state
exercise capital punishment?
After exploring these conditions,
those who hold that scripture merely
permits capital punishment must pro-
ceed to the third question: What prin-
ciples should guide the state in deter-
mining whether to exercise the death

Is capital punishment mandated,
prohibited or permitted? Lets sum-
marise the arguments for each posi-

"Scripture mandates capital punish-
ment. "
The principal argument is that
because life is sacred, those who
wrongfully take another human life
must lose their own; this is a form of
restitution, a matter of justice. The
state purging itself of those who shed
innocent blood.
Proponents of this position cite three
scriptural arguments for it - the
"Creation Mandate" of Genesis 9:6;
the Mosaic Law, which calls for the
execution of certain offenders; and the
New Testament passages that imply
the authority of the state to execute.

Genesis 9:6 says, 'Whoever sheds
the blood of a human, by a human shall
that person's blood be shed; for in his
own image God made human
This is part of a larger covenant that
God made with Noah after the flood.
It not only reflects the great value of
human life but also gives the reason for
that value: Human beings are made in
God's image. The absolute language of
Genesis 9:6 suggests that all those who
kill another human being must be
killed. And since this mandate was
given long before the Mosaic Law to
all who survived the flood, it apparent-
ly has universal application.

When God gave the law to the chil-
dren of Israel at Mount Sinai, He
included this provision. In fact, the law
ordained execution for several

* Murder, but not for accidental killings
(Exodus 21:12-14; Leviticus 24:17;
Numbers 35:16-28)
* Striking or cursing a parent
(Exodus 21:15; Leviticus 20:9)
* Kidnapping (Exodus 21:16;
Deuteronomy 24:7)
* Adultery (Leviticus 20:10;
Deuteronomy 22:22-24;)
* Incest (Leviticus 20:11-12,14)
* Bestiality (Exodus 22:19;
Leviticus 20:15-16)
* Sodomy or homosexuality
(Leviticus 20:13)


* Unchastity (Deuteronomy 22:20-21)
* Rape of a betrothed virgin
(Deuteronomy 22:25-27)
* Witchcraft (Exodus 22:18)
* Offering human sacrifices
(Leviticus 20:2)
* Incorrigible delinquency
(Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
* Blasphemy (Leviticus 24:11-16)
* Breaking the Sabbath (Exodus 35:2;
Numbers 15:32-36)
* Worshipping or enticing to worship
false gods (Exodus 22:20;
Deuteronomy 13:1-11)
* Refusing to abide by a court decision
(Deuteronomy 17:12)

While no New Testament passage
expressly mandates capital punish-
ment, several imply its appropriate-
For example, in Romans 13 Paul
calls his readers to submit to the
authority of civil government, remind-
ing them: "But if you do what is wrong,
you should be afraid, for the authority
does not bear the sword in vain."
In its ultimate use, the word sword
implies execution.

prohibits capital punishment.
Old Testament law clearly calls for
capital punishment. So those who
believe scripture prohibits capital pun-
ishment argue that the developments
of the New Testament era supercedes
Old Testament law. These develop-
ments include the dissolution of the
nation of Israel, the atonement of
Christ, and the teachings of Christ.

Israel was a theocracy, a nation ruled
directly by God. Therefore, its law was
unique. Provisions for executing false
teachers and those sacrificing to false
gods are examples of laws that sprang
from Israel's unique position as a
nation God called to be holy.
When Israel ceased to exist as a
nation its law was nullified.
Even the execution of murderers
stemmed, at least in part, from God's
special relationship to Israel.
Numbers 35 says that the blood of a
murder victim "pollutes the land," a
pollution that must be cleansed by the
death of the murderer. If the murderer
could not be found, an animal was to
be sacrificed to God to purge the com-
munity of guilt (Deuteronomy 21).
Christ's death on the cross ended the
need for blood recompense and blood
sacrifice. That is, the sacrifice of Jesus,
the Lamb of God, replaced animal sac-
rifice. The substitutionary death of
Jesus, the God-man, made it unneces-
sary to execute murderers to maintain
humankind's dignity and value
(Genesis 9:6).
The death of Christ forever estab-
lished humanity's value.
Hebrews 9:14 says: "How much
more, then, will the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself unblemished to God cleanse
our consciences from acts that lead to
death, so that we may serve the living
Christ's teaching emphasises for-
giveness and the willingness to suffer
evil rather than resist it by force. This
may not be definitive on the issue of
the state's authority to execute. But it
demonstrates a different response to
evil than that established on Mount
Sinai. Christ's example in not demand-
ing death for the adulteress supports
this argument (John 8).

permits capital punishment.
Those who argue that the Bible per-
mits capital punishment see strengths
in both the pro and con arguments.
However, they hold that God's deal-
ings with capital cases in both the Old
and New Testaments show that capital

SEE page 27

R F L I Cm"I Q N

The Tribune


Thursday, December 3, 2009 * PG 27

Rev John Woodcock, Anglican

The Gentleman's Magazine of 1852
contains the following obituary:
Died: Dec 9 (1851) at Eleuthera,
Bahamas, the Rev William John
Woodcock of Christ Church, Adelaide,
South Australia. Mr Woodcock was the
second son of the late Rev George
Woodcock, Rector of Caythorpe,
Lincolnshire, and grandson of the late
Sir William Walker. He was educated
for the law, and commenced practicing
as a solicitor, at Melton Mowbray, in
Very soon after his arrival in that
town, he exerted himself in improving
the public schools, and promoting and
fostering every institution which he
thought would aid the moral and reli-
gious progress of the inhabitants, and
particularly of the rising generation.
In November, 1845, his exertions
were stopped by a very severe and sud-
den pulmonary attack, from which he
was not expected to recover. His med-
ical attendants told him it would be
dangerous for him to attempt to reside
in England during the winter months.
Accordingly, in August, 1846, he
went to the island of Madeira, and,
after a sojourn there of about three
months, he preceded to Nassau, in the
island of New Providence, one of the

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Bahamas, where he had friends resid-
In his passage he met with a kindred
spirit in the Ven. Archdeacon Trew, a
resident in that place, and from unre-
served communications with him, and
observing the degraded state of the
African race residing in that island, Mr
Woodcock formed the benevolent idea
of doing his utmost good, with God's
permission, to elevate and teach them
the truths of Christianity.
He returned to England in the sum-
mer of 1847, and in the autumn visited
Malta, Rome, Damascus, the Dead
Sea, and Jerusalem, returning to
England in the spring of 1848, when he
wrote and published "Sites and Scenes
in Scripture Lands", a book which few
can read without admiring the keen
perception of its author, his varied tal-
ents, and deep religious feeling.
In the autumn of 1848, having

obtained from the Bishop of Jamaica a
promise of ordination, Mr Woodcock
left England for that purpose, and was
appointed to the curacy of St Agnes, in
Nassau, a parish chiefly occupied by a
coloured and neglected population.
He then commenced his duties; and
first, nearly at his own cost, renovated
the small church, that been allowed to
go to decay; purchased a piece of land,
on which he built three schools, for
boys, infants, with play-grounds.
According to the last report tools,
380 black children were educated
there. He also established a clothing
connection with these schools, by
which more than one hundred children
were decently clad.
As a parochial clergyman he was
most exemplary; but his great aim was
to train up youths who might ultimate-
ly go out as missionaries to their own
African race.
In November last, his old complaint
having returned, Mr Woodcock was
advised to leave, for a short time, his
curacy and schools, and seek renewed
health by a quiet residence in the island
of Eleuthera, about 70 miles distant
from Nassau, and on the 9th of Dec. he
died there, in the house of the Rev W
Stromborn, the clergyman of

Governor's Harbour.
His mortal remains were conveyed to
Nassau, and buried in his own church,
attended by Governor Gregory as chief
mourner, and with sincere lamentations
of the whole colony. Mr Woodcock was
A plaque on the wall of St Agnes
Church reads:
'He founded and endowed the
schools called The Bain's Town Free
Day School.'
The Bain's Town Free Day Schools
became the St Agnes Day School and
Woodcock School named in his honour,
situated in the northeast corner of the
site presently occupied by the
Woodcock Primary School.
After the death of Rev Woodcock,
the schools continued to operate and
teachers paid from the fund left by him.
By 1920, the fund was almost
exhausted and the Board of Education
took over and luckily, due to
Prohibition, the education grant was
increased and the school maintained.
However, the original building deterio-
rated with age and the Government
purchased the property and erected a
larger building on land acquired from
St Agnes Church, who used the money
to maintain the St Agnes Day School.

Is capital punishment mandated, prohibited or permitted?

FROM page 26

punishment is neither prohibited nor

As noted earlier, scripture includes
many provisions for capital punish-
ment, beginning with Genesis 9:6 and
continuing in the Mosaic Law.
The Law significantly limited the
scope of Genesis 9:6. For example, per-
sons guilty of manslaughter or of acci-
dentally causing another's death were

Jewish interpretation of the law
reflects a great reluctance to impose the
death penalty. For example, circumstan-
tial evidence was not admitted; eyewit-
nesses must have warned the accused
that he or she was about to commit a
capital crime; if the witnesses' testi-
monies differed, the accused was acquit-
ted; those presumed to lack compassion

could not rule on a capital case, and
delays in the execution were sought if
there was any chance of finding more
favourable evidence or more effective
arguments in defence.
Perhaps the most compelling argu-
ments against the view that capital pun-
ishment is mandated are the examples
of capital criminals who were not exe-
When God punished Cain for mur-
dering Abel, He not only spared his life
(he was punished through banishment)
but also marked him so others would
not kill him for his crime.
He promised to punish sevenfold any-
one who killed Cain (Genesis 4:10-16).
David committed adultery with
Bathsheba, then plotted to kill her hus-
band, Uriah. But God did not demand
David's death.
Instead, He took the life of David and
Bathsheba's first child.
In John 8, Christ was asked to support
the execution of a woman taken in adul-
tery. He not only refused to condemn

her but also suggested that only those
without sin were qualified to perform
the execution.
He also did not condemn His disciples
for doing unlawful work on the Sabbath
(Luke 6:1-5). Paul urged Philemon to
accept Onesimus back into his house-
hold even though runaway slaves were
subject to death under Roman law.
Of course, God can always set aside
His law. But in each of these examples
there is no indication that He was doing
so. Instead, it appears that the punish-
ment of death was a sanction that could
be imposed but was not required.

The New Testament references to
capital punishment are tangential. New
Testament passages clearly assume the
existence of the death penalty.
For example, when Pilate asked
Christ, "Don't you realise I have power
either to free you or to crucify you?"
Christ answered that all civil leaders
receive their authority from God.

One would not expect Christ at this
point in His trial to get into an argu-
ment over the death penalty.
Romans 13 probably comes closest
to addressing the state's authority to
execute. However, it refers to the state
as having the "authority of the sword"
- not the obligation to execute.
While this passage establishes the
state's power to punish wrong-doers
and exercise deadly force if necessary,
in administering justice it does not
require the state to execute murder-
Christ said He did not come to abol-
ish the law but to fulfill it.
He declined to enforce the death
penalty in the one capital case pre-
sented to Him, the woman taken in
So is capital punishment mandated,
prohibited, or permitted? Those who
believe it is prohibited need go no fur-
ther. But those who conclude it is
either mandated or permitted must
move to the second question.

PG 28 * Thursday, December 3, 2009


The Tribune

'Gospel Explosion' concert

to unite Bahamians and

Haitians under one God


THIS weekend's Gospel
Explosion Concert has
set itself several very
significant goals - event
organizers hope that the con-
cert will cultivate a spirit of
integration within the
Bahamian and Haitian com-
munities, while at the same
time raise money for two
worthy causes.
All proceeds from Gospel Explosion
will be donated to the efforts of the
Breathe Easy Campaign, launched to
raise $300,000 for ventilators to benefit
critically ill newborns at the Princess
Margaret Hospital, and the Haitian
Community Emergency Fund.
Under the theme "Two Nations
Under One God", Caribbean artists
will welcome the presence of God to
"light up de place" at the National
Centre for the Performing Arts on
Shirley Street.
So for those who don't have any
plans this Saturday and Sunday night
between 7pm and llpm, consider your
plans arranged.
Concert organizers told Tribune
Religion that the event will be a spiritu-
ally uplifting experience as various

Bahamian and Haitian gospel artists
will hit the stages.
The event will "combine the best of
both Bahamian and Haitian gospel
bands performing live on stage in a
spirit of unity for only two nights," said
Mark Desmangles, organiser and net-
work associate of the SakpaseBahamas
There will be performances by
Shaback; Landlord; Christian Massive;
Millennium; Benedict Lamartine;
Orchestre Benediction; Victory Choir;
VCCN Dancers; Queen of Peace
Choir; Bensax; the Poet Merlande, and
many more.
Because many Bahamians have
vague and distorted views of Haitians,
Mr Desmangles said he hopes that after
people see the unity between the
Bahamian and Haitian artists they will
begin to see the Haitian community in
a different light.
"With this concert people can under-
stand who Haitians are and what they
are about. Yes, obeah and voodoo are
cultural practices in Haiti, but I am
hoping people see that despite what
they have heard they will see there are
some Haitians who worship the same
God as Bahamian Christians," he said.
When the artists join in harmony
they will send the message that regard-
less or colour, creed, race or cultural
background, God sees everyone as
equal, and accepts all who proclaim
their belief in him, organizers said.
"The first impression people get is

THE EVENT will "combine the best of both Bahamian and Haitian gospel bands perform-
ing live on stage in a spirit of unity for only two nights

that they (Haitians) don't worship the
same God. Their melodies in music
might be a little different, but this con-
cert proves that Bahamian and
Haitians share the most important
thing in common, and that is they have
love for the same master (God)," Mr
Desmangles said.
The Haitian artists will perform their
songs in both English and Creole. This
is for people of the Haitian community
who do not understand English that
All of the performers said they are
excited about the event since this will
mark the first time artists from both the
Bahamian and Haitian communities
share one stage during a gospel concert.
And of course, organizers also hope
to raise money through ticket sales to
go to worthy causes.
"The Gospel Explosion Concert is
cultivating a spirit of unity by embrac-
ing a night of giving. It is a fundraising
event and we chose the Breathe Easy
Campaign and the Haitian Community
Emergency Fund because they are very

important initiatives. Incubators are
vital and it is important for us to be a
part of that initiative," Mr Desmangles
"As for the Haitian Emergency
Fund, they need assistance in alleviat-
ing the pressure on their limited
resources. Finding funds in times of a
crisis such as natural disasters or mass
burials of Haitians who drowned near
the shore is much more than one can
Mr Desmangles also said that the
cost of clothing, burial expenses, emer-
gency medical supplies, food and water,
disaster shelters, and other associated
materials pose a significant challenge.
Overall the event will be a "great
moment to bring in the holiday season
as we reflect on its true meaning by cel-
ebrating the Gospel Explosion
Concert", he said.
The public is encouraged to come out
and show support for this event.
Tickets can be purchased at Anna's
Fashion and the Twenty Dollar Shop
on East Street.

New Life Community Church

FROM page 24

Director of Social Development
Mellony Zonicle also attended the serv-
ice along with representatives of five dif-
ferent organizations of the Disability
Affairs Unit.
Pastor Watkins preached from John,
Chapter five.
The passage chronicles the life of a
man who had been an invalid at the pool
of Bethesda for 38 years. When Jesus
saw him stretched out by the pool, and
knew how long he had been there, he

said, "Do you want to get well?"
Pastor Watkins, who is a student of the
scriptures said, "it almost seems like a
strange question to ask a disabled per-
son, if they want to be (healed)."
Pastor Watkins said he believes that
Jesus' question referred to the man's
mental stance.
Reading from this passage, the pastor
attempted to empower persons with dis-
abilities at the service, to encourage
them to move forward despite their
physical or mental obstacles.
And Disabled persons found it rela-

tively easy to attend the service, as the
church has disability access. And all of
the restrooms are accessible for disabled
The NCLL, which rents a mini-audi-
torium in the Christian Life Centre on
John F Kennedy Drive, also has mem-
bers who are fluent in sign language.
"Our doors are open for all to experi-
ence New Life, despite what your cir-
cumstance may be," Pastor Watkins
Iris Adderley - who was featured in
Tribune Woman this week-was very
enthusiastic about what transpired on
Sunday at NCLL. It was her first time
attending a church service honouring
disabled persons.

"Pastor Jermaine's message was very
empowering," she said. "It wasn't pity-
ing, or that you have to be healed. But it
was take up your bed and walk.
"The message was that we have a
right to be like everyone else. Our dis-
ability should not be the determining
factor in our future."
"The pastor is a very dynamic young
man. He's geared toward that 18-45 age
group," she said.
Today is International Day for Persons
with Disabilities and the Disability
Affairs Division will hold a special
forum tonight at 6pm at the Holy Cross
Anglican Church to address the millen-
nium goals of primary education and
poverty and hunger.

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