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school teacher

Tribune Staff Reporter
NEW sexual abuse allega-
tions at Family Island schools
were investigated by Ministry
of Education officials this
week to ensure the safety of
A Family Island resident,
who did not want to be
named, told The Tribune how
a school teacher in Andros is
alleged to have taken advan-
tage of children in his care by
forcing them to touch him
The source claimed gov-
ernment officials travelled to
Andros yesterday to interview
staff and pupils for a fresh
Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister would
not confirm whether an inves-
tigation had been launched at
the Andros school yesterday.

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However, the department
does have an investigation
team in place to look into
claims of sexual abuse or any
other type of abuse in schools.
The investigator, attorney
and school psychologist are
understood to have visited the
Andros school and another
school in the Family Islands
this week.
A source within the educa-
tion department said: "It's
composed in a way to be fair
to everybody to ensure that
they listen to the young peo-
ple and investigate fully and
that the ratified teachers are
"We want children to feel
safe and comfortable enough
to report incidents of abuse,
to ensure the children are
When abuse is suspected,
police and social services are
called to assist and step up
SEE page 15

Two men wanted for

attacks on women
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SERIES of attacks on women returning to their homes
in eastern and western New Providence have been attributed
to two men wanted by police.
Superintendent Stephen Dean, Director of the National
Crime Prevention Office, and Assistant Superintendent
Clayton Leroy Fernander, who is in charge of the Armed
Robbery division, have warned the public to beware of the
"dangerous" pair who target women who are alone and rob
them at gunpoint.
Police say they are closing in on the two perpetrators
who work together in stolen Honda Accords and Nissan
Sentras with shifting licence plates.
Assistant Superintendent Fernander and his team inter-
SEE page 19

CONSTRUCTION is taking place on bleachers at the finish line of this weekend's Marathon Bahamas. The race, which starts at 6am on Sun-
day, sets off from Fort Montagu before heading out west, then returns to Arawak Cay for the big finish.

TWO police officers
could soon stand trial fol-
lowing the death of a 28-
year-old man who was
allegedly beaten at the
Grove Police Station in
Father-of six Desmond
Key died in hospital on
January 19, 2008, from
injuries claimed to have
SEE page 15

Christie claims temporary job
offers made in exchange for votes
WITH only a few more days to go before the
Elizabeth by-election and the race heating up
for all candidates, PLP leader Perry Christie
- Ialleged that persons are being given temporary
job offers and promised improvements in the
community, all in exchange for their vote in five
days time.
"In Elizabeth today there is evidence of unfair
SEE page 14
The PLP denies making Haitian
citizenship opportunity promises

THE PLP has denied that it
held a rally at which Haitians
born in the Bahamas were
promised a larger window of
opportunity to apply for citi-
zenship if the government

changes hands in 2012.
Reports that such an event
ever took place were dismissed
as "hogwash" by the party's
SEE page 14

Prospects slim for
private carriers to
take up Nassau to
Kingston route
Tribune Staff Reporter
PROSPECTS are look-
ing slim for private air car-
riers to take up the Nassau
to Kingston route which is
being dropped by Air
Jamaica in April.
Sky Bahamas chief exec-
utive officer, Randy Butler,
said the airline is looking at
data to make an assessment
but at this time the num-

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my first journal,
there was a seri-
ous need for
affordable housing in Haiti
before the seismique (earth-
quake). The need now is even
The current trend is for
those that have been dislo-
cated to travel back to the
provinces and move in with
family and friends. This is
placing a burden on the
already crowded resources in
some areas and is something
non-profits and government
agencies are monitoring close-
Some feel that because
Haiti's commerce is so cen-
tralised in Port au Prince, the
trend will reverse and people
will move back to the city
once people realise there are
very few jobs available in the
If jobs are not created out-
side of Port au Prince, the
people will not stay. The big
question now is, Where
should the rebuilding of tem-
porary and long term shelter
be concentrated - next to or
away from the city?
The past two days have
been spent with Mr Barthele-
my Louis Mary Leon - also
known as Bart or Lou Lou -
the National Co-ordinator of
the Building and Training
Centre (BTC) project for
Habitat for Humanity in Haiti
(HFHH). (Habitat for
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in the world). Bart, like so
many of the patriotic Haitians
I have encountered here, is
not about to leave Haiti. He
has sent his wife to the US
with two of their five children
and he remains in Haiti to
help build a stronger society.
We travelled for about 30
minutes north out of Port au
Prince to the town of Cabaret,
where HFHH has been pro-
viding clients with affordable
housing for 20 years. To date
they have been able to assist
187 families in this area with
homes. The current goal is
207. They are well on the way
to achieving this goal in the
next few months.
Bart is optimistic that com-
munities like Cabaret, which
enjoys the support of Habi-
tat and the local municipality,
which is providing land and
before the seismique was
building a healthcare clinic,
can be the new model for
absorbing the displaced peo-
ple from Port au Prince. Right
next to the town is an orphan-
age with the potential for
expansion. This can be an
answer for a few dozen of the
precious children that have
been made orphans.

I asked Bart about the the-
ory that the people will not
stay in the provinces. He is
adamant that power needs to
be decentralised from Port au
Prince. For any government
business, one has to go into
the city.
Bart thinks the time has
come to give more autonomy
to the local provinces, and
points out that Habitat has
actually been considering peo-
ple not staying and realises
that they need to provide jobs
for residents. However, he
sees the need for a step before
jobs - training - which is why
Habitat has begun a new BTC
initiative in Haiti.
Recently, a Cuban engineer
was bought in by Habitat to
show locals how to build seis-
mique resistant pre-fab roofs
with light weight concrete. A
central location has already
been identified and a steel
frame structure erected with a
mould in place to begin fabri-
cating roofing panels for the
next phase of building in
Cabaret. (See photo). The
challenge, Bart points out, is
that they do not have the
funds as yet to complete the
setting up process. He esti-
mates that an investment of
$50,000 will be needed to pur-
chase a generator, inverter,
batteries, cement mixer, and
hire staff for each of the
BTCs. His enthusiasm is in
conflict with his frustration,
as he states that with this sim-
ple investment, Habitat's
capacity can be increased
Later in the day, we trav-
elled further north to the
SEE page 12




'Brave' criticises

FNM candidate for

debate absence

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PLP Deputy Leader
Philip "Brave" Davis yes-
terday criticised FNM can-
didate Dr Duane Sands for
not attending the nationally-
televised debate on Tuesday
He told a PLP rally at the
Elizabeth constituency: "If
the FNM truly cares about
the people of Elizabeth,
where was Duane Sands last
night? The people of Eliza-
beth wanted to hear from
Duane. He, however, was
nowhere in sight. Elizabeth
wants to hear Duane debate
the issues. He and his party
do not care what you went
through. And they say they
are never scared? Yeah
right! Duane when are you
going to stand on your own
two feet?
"Be a man. I cannot
believe that you would leave
your noble profession to be
played like a puppet. I know
you. You are from good
stock. Indeed, I expected
better of you and so do the

A MAN convicted of
the murders of two men
in South Andros in
October 2006 will have
to wait at least another
week before he is sen-
Frank Alphonso Pin-
der was convicted last
November of the mur-
ders of Glenwood Neely
Jr and James Mitchell
Smith Jr.
The two men were
reported missing almost
two weeks before their
bodies were discovered
in a remote area of The
Bluff, South Andros, in
an advanced state of
The prosecution pre-
sented DNA evidence
at the trial proving that
the remains found in
the bushes were those
of the missing men. Pin-
der denied having any
involvement in their
His sentencing hear-
ing before Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen was
adjourned to February
Pinder's attorney Ian
Cargill indicated yester-
day that he had not seen
his client's psychiatric
report. Attorney Lorna
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The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story

people of Elizabeth."
The PLP chief congratu-
lated Ryan Pinder for being
present at the debate and
for making the PLP
"Real men face the music
and stand up when called
upon. If Duane is ducking
the good people of Eliza-
beth now, then we already
know what to expect should
he ever be elected. Don't
say we did not warn you,"
he said.
He accused Dr Sands of
not stating yet what he as an
MP would do for the peo-
ple of Elizabeth.
"Do you have a plan, my
brother? What is your plat-
form for Elizabeth? Don't
tell us that you will do the
basic things that the Gov-
ernment should be doing in
every constituency. The peo-
ple of Elizabeth deserve bet-
ter and that is why they are
trying Ryan," Mr Davis said.
The PLP deputy leader
said that the FNM has been
encouraging doctors and
nurses to "walk Elizabeth".
"Never happened before.
Talk about politricks! This
from the same people who
have not seen it fit to have
the clinic opened on the



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weekends or in the
evenings? All of a sudden
they care. Yeah right! The
FNM is making all of you
into potcakes! They only
know you when they need
you," he said.
PLP candidate Ryan Pin-
der, who spoke later in the
night, said he has been run-
ning on a platform founded
on peace, love and prosper-
ity with the creation of small
businesses and jobs his
"number one focus".
"I know that stimulation
of the local economy in Eliz-
abeth, by the residents of
Elizabeth, will lead directly
to the reduction of crime,
and the increase of the
tenets of good community,"
he said. "In short, Elizabeth,
I have been trying to lay out
a workable plan to your

empowerment so that there
can be less dependence on
the empty promises of some
of our Government officials
and a greater reliance on the
partnering with each other
to lift each other up."
Mr Pinder criticised the
government, claiming the
FNM had orchestrated the
by-election "to distract from
their depressing perfor-
"I can't wait until this dis-
traction is over to remind
them of their failures as I sit
in the House of Assembly
as your new Member of Par-
liament," he said. "And I'm
not just going to point out
their failures, I'm going to
advance ideas toward lifting
us out of this dark hole the
FNM Government has
thrown us in."

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The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., PO. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

WEBSITE - updated daily at 2pm

Unfair electoral practices complaint

OPPOSITION Leader Perry Christie
gave us a good laugh last night when he told
the Elizabeth constituents at a PLP rally not
to let the FNM play them for fools. He
accused the FNM of "unfair electoral prac-
"The people of Elizabeth are witnessing
and experiencing offers of temporary jobs,
paving of roads and even track roads, instal-
lation of street lights, fancy promises about
taking care of them," he said. This was in
exchange for a vote for the FNM, he claimed.
Good grief, has Mr Christie's memory
gone for a walk? As we recall it was his own
party under his own "Father of the Nation"
who perfected these electoral tricks to fool
the people - especially those on the Family
Islands. Surely, Mr Christie, you remember
when the light polls were taken to South
Andros for one election by the PLP on the
promise of lights in return for votes, only to
be abandoned until the next election - five
years later! If our memory serves us right it
was the FNM that in the end took electricity
to Andros and other out island communi-
ties. It was promised by the PLP just before
an election, but never delivered.
And then there was the late Basil Kelly's
Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay by-elec-
tion when to buy that election the PLP sent
barrels of tar to repair the roads. No roads
were tarred, and the barrels were left to rust
on the side of the road after the election.
Mr Christie, we advise you to pause and
recall your own party's history and who per-
fected all these "unfair electoral" practices.
Remember, we lived through this period that
debased our people's morality, and as long as
we are around, we shan't let any of you for-
get the disgrace.

Sign needed
on Shirley Street
A YOUNG Bahamian had a good chuck-
le when he rounded the Eastern Road oppo-
site the Royal Nassau Sailing Club to enter
Shirley Street. Facing him was a new sign
post that announced that he was now on
Shirley Street.
"How stupid!" he exclaimed, "as if I don't
know I am on Shirley Street!"
Government is to be commended for its
signposting programme, especially of
unmarked streets the names of which only
Bahamians know. Bahamians must remem-
ber that this country lives off tourism and
any help that can be given to the tourist on
his scooter, map in hand, trying to find his
way around Nassau and to the nearest beach,
is a plus that will make his stay more enjoy-
And so the young Bahamian might know
when he is on Shirley Street, but the tourist
does not, and any sign post to help him on his
tour of the island is always welcome.

We mention this because of a conversation
we had with a doctor yesterday. He said that
for about a year he has called every rele-
vant government department without results
to have a Shirley Street sign erected at Mack-
ey and Shirley Streets to assist tourists com-
ing over the bridge from Paradise Island.
The visitors are directed to turn right on
Shirley Street to get down to the town centre,
he said, but there is no Shirley Street sign to
alert them of its location and so they invari-
ably miss Shirley Street.
And so what happens, said the doctor, is
that from the Paradise Island resorts they
are directed to keep to the right, go straight
over the bridge onto Mackey Street and then
on to Shirley Street, where they are to turn
right and continue in a westerly direction
down Shirley Street. They follow instruc-
tions. They go up and over the bridge, cross
East Bay Street into Mackey Street. How-
ever, instead of turning right down Shirley
Street, they are still following directions to go
"straight." There is no sign to inform them
that they have not only arrived at Shirley
Street, but have crossed over it and are con-
tinuing south into the heart of traffic-con-
gested Palmdale.
"We often see them over here," said the
doctor. "They are completely lost, looking for
the nearest beach, looking for Shirley Street,
looking for the tourist areas. I feel sorry for
them. And yet I have tried to have a Shirley
Street sign put up, but nothing happens."
The lost tourists continue to wander in areas
that are out of bounds.
Often, he said, he has seen them driving
aimlessly on their little motor scooters on
Wulff Road, and, obviously into the more
unattractive and run-down areas of New
Providence - hardly areas that would rec-
ommend this island as a tourist's paradise. He
has even seen them in the Marathon area
when really the only place that they want to
be is at the nearest beach.
Once, said the doctor, he saw a group as
far south as the Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway. They were desperate, he said, and
they were running out of time. They should
have been at Prince George Wharf to board
their departing cruise ship. Instead they were
on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, com-
pletely lost. Sign posting of streets - even
streets well known to Bahamians - is impor-
tant because we must remember that we
share our island with visitors who would like
to see its beauty spots without getting lost.
So, whichever government department is
responsible, please hurry and erect a Shirley
Street sign at Shirley and Mackey Streets.
And place it in such a strategic position that
persons coming off Paradise Island bridge
and going "straight" will see it and turn right.
Not only with tourists appreciate it, but a
concerned doctor will at last have peace of

What can the

Bahamas do about

the Haitians

in our midst?

EDITOR, The Tribune.


Few of us around today -
had any influence on public
policy when Haitian's started
illegally migrating here for a
better way of life, but the vast self-selected on the basis on
majority of the middle class motivation, risk taking, work
and above hire Haitian ethic, and other attributes ben-
labourers, both legal and ille- eficial to a nation. (2) They
gal and this has been going tend to come to the Bahamas
on since I can remember. during their prime working
This so-called "problem" years thetat .v... age is 28),
with Haitians has been and they contribute to the
mounting because our found- workforce and make huge net
ing fathers and forebears contributions to old-age enti-
chose to ignore it, as we have tlement programmes, primar-
done many other things, like ily Social Security. (3) Immi-
the Montagu Ramp for exam- grants tend to fill niches in the
ple. And for the past twenty labour market where demand
years of our modern history is highest relative to supply,
we have also turned a blind complementing rather than
eye. directly competing with
Why do you think this is? Bahamian workers. (4) Many
I submit that it is because immigrants arrive with
of numerous reasons, not the extremely high skill levels, and
least of which is many of us virtually all, regardless of skill
benefit by ignoring the fact level, bring a strong desire to
that they are actually here. work. (5) Their children tend
But there are more signifi- to reach high levels of achieve-
cant reasons that I've stum- ment in Bahamian schools
bled on at the Cato Institute and in society at large."
regarding the American Besides the part about con-
Immigration "problem". tributing to Social Security,
I've substituted the word and having higher skill levels,
Bahamian or Bahamas where it's pretty much the same
they had American or United here. In the US they are refer-
States in an excerpt from a ring to legal immigrants, but I
Cato article below: would bet the same would
"The , .,, ,1,.: impact of would bet the same would
immTheigrants is to impact ... apply if we provided some
and enrich Bahamian culture, form of status for many of the
increase the total output of the illegal Haitian's here.
economy, and raise the stan- So what should wedo?
dard of ; ;,,. of Bahamian Well, Bahamians filled an
citizens. Immigrants are important role, and benefit-
aid.. itai,'tcouy to the Bahamas ed, in the US when many of
for several reasons: (1) Since the older generations worked
they are willing to take a there on "The Contract", so
chance in a new land, they are why can't we consider some-

Policeman should be stationed at

thing similar?
Maybe a policy of giving
work permits to all the
Haitian's in the country for a
limited period of say three
years? That way, many of the
illegal immigrants can con-
tribute taxes instead of being
a drain on the public services?
Once the illegal immi-
grants are regularised, they
will be more easily identified,
the officials would know
where they live in the event
they need to find them, and
they would make a more
meaningful contribution to
Other than giving them a
couple of the uninhabited
islands in the South to make a
new country, the longer we
ignore this "problem" the
more difficult it will become.
We must also make every
effort to prevent more vessels
arriving here with more and
more illegal immigrants.
As citizens we must
attempt to find a reasonable
public policy response to this
issue that has been a festering
sore for far too long. Ignor-
ing it and treating people as if
they are less than human are
no longer available options.
In closing, I would highly
recommend a visit
to to read their
thoughts on immigration and
Dr. Julian L. Simon's, The
Economic Consequences of
Immigration, to help shed
some light on a very serious
February, 2010.

intersection of

Grace Avenue Robinson Road and Infant View Road

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this letter to the:
Commissioner of Police,
Police Headquarters,
East Street.
Dear Commissioner of Police:
I am writing with respect to the traffic problem
at the intersection of Grace Avenue Robinson
Road and Infant View Road.
On Friday last at approximately 8.15am, I was
travelling west along Prince Charles Drive just
crossing the light at the intersection of Soldier
Road/Prince Charles Drive/Robinson Road. It
took me 35 minutes from that light to reach the
Mall at Marathon. I think a police officer should
be stationed at the intersection of Grace
Avenue/Robinson Road/Infant View Road.
There is a service station on the corner of
Infant View Road and cars drive through the

service station (sometimes four) at different
places to gain access to Robinson Road. Cars
coming from Grace Avenue drive through a
parking lot on the corner to the middle of the
street trying to get out of the corner and therefore
at most times you have cars coming from each
direction in the middle of the road and nobody
can move. At one time there was a traffic light at
that intersection and cars still ended up (sta-
tionery) in the middle of the road. I think the only
solution would be to have a police officer direct-
ing traffic between the hours of 8am to say,
9.30am on weekdays. Hopefully, this will elimi-
nate the problem of traffic flow in that area.
Your kind consideration to this matter would
be greatly appreciated.
A frustrated driver
February, 2010.

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and listed their demands in an orderly fash-
Tribune Staff Reporter

WORKERS at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport converged on the
airport parking lot yesterday to hold a
The protest was connected to the con-
tinuing dispute over the leadership of
the Airport, Airline and Allied Work-

ers Union (AAAWU), a matter which is
currently before the courts.


Former AAAWU president, Nelerine
Harding, joined about 50 workers from
Bahamasair, Nassau Flight Services, Air
Canada and other entities. According to
airport police, the demonstrators prayed,

sang "Bind us Together" and listed their
demands in an orderly fashion.
Many of the workers were uniformed
and returned to work after the demon-
stration. Office staff at the AAAWU
said the union did not know anything
about the demonstration, and those par-
ticipating were not speaking in any offi-
cial capacity for the union. Interim pres-
ident Anthony Bain did not participate in
the demonstration.

Embassy to be closed for Chinese New Year

Shutdown planned for February 15-17

THE Embassy of the Peo-
ple's Republic of China in
Nassau will be closed from
February 15-17 on the occa-
sion of the Chinese New
According to Chinese
Zodiac, 2010 is the "Year of
the Tiger" which lasts from
February 14, 2010 to Febru-
ary 2, 2011.
The Chinese New Year
(Lunar New Year) does not
begin on January 1, but on a
date that corresponds with
the second new moon after
the winter equinox, so it
varies from year to year.
The years progress in
cycles of 12 and each year
is represented by an animal.
The Year of the Ox is the
third one in the 12-year
The cycle of 12 repeats
five times to form a large
cycle of 60 years, and in each
of the 12-year cycles, the

animals are ascribed an ele-
ment (wood, fire, earth, met-
al, or water) with Yin or
Yang characteristics, which
determines their characters.
The 60 years' circle is also
called the Stem-Branch sys-
The Chinese calendar has
been in continuous use for
centuries, and predates the
international calendar,
which is based on the Gre-
gorian Calendar.

The oldest and most
important festival in China is
the Chinese New Year,
which marks the first day of
the lunar calendar and usu-
ally falls somewhere
between late January and
early February of the Gre-
gorian calendar.
Like all Chinese tradi-
tional festivals, the date of

the New Year is determined
by the Chinese lunar calen-
Besides celebrating the
earth coming back to life
and the start of plowing and
sowing, this traditional fes-
tival is also one of reunions.
No matter how far people
are from their homes they
will try their best to come
back home for the reunion
Although the climax of
the Spring Festival usually
lasts three to five days,
including New Year's Eve,
the New Year season
extends from the Laba Fes-
tival (mid-12th month) of
the previous year to the
Lantern Festival (middle of
the first month of the lunar
new year).
The Lantern Festival
marks the end of the New
Year season and life
becomes routine again.


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THE Bahamas will host for the first time ever, a portion of the
World Harmony Run, bringing together youth, sports and civic
groups in a display of unity for peace.
Ceremonies and various celebrations for the event begin this
coming Tuesday and the actual torch run takes place the week-
end after next. According to its website, the World Harmony
Run is a global relay that seeks to promote international friend-
ship and understanding.
As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, pass-
ing it from hand to hand, travelling over 100 nations around the
globe. The World Harmony Run's website added that it does
not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but sim-
ply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations.
The Department of Sports in the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture announced that in the Bahamas the event will
begin with a presentation of the torch to Governor-General
Arthur Hanna, at Government House on Tuesday.
The entire Bahamas leg of World Harmony Run will also be
under the Governor-General's patronage.
Then on Wednesday, World Harmony Torch committee
members and Bahamian stakeholders will visit schools in New
Providence and have special assemblies highlighting the impor-
tance of peace and conflict resolution.
On Thursday, the torch travels to Grand Bahama for a torch
run and ceremonies there. Also that day, there will be cele-
brations at the College of the Bahamas scheduled for 2.30pm.
The torch travels to Exuma on Friday for torch run and har-
mony ceremonies, while a special assembly is slated for Temple
Christian's Track and Field Meet at the Queen Elizabeth Sports
Centre in Nassau. On Saturday, January 20, at 9am, the New
Providence Torch Run begins and ends with a cultural display
and rally at Arawak Cay. The New Providence Torch Run will
be 24 miles long and will bring together government and private
schools, police cadets, Defence Force officers and civic stake-
holders. The route will be as follows: Starting from the airport
round- about, travelling east onto John F Kennedy Drive, east
onto Tonique Darling Highway, continuing east along the Inde-
pendence Highway, north onto East Street, east onto Robinson
Road and north onto Marathon Road.
The run will then continue west onto Wulff Road, north
onto East Street, west onto Shirley Street, north onto Baillou
Hill Road, and west onto West Bay Street, where it will continue
west to the entrance of the Arawak Cay Fish Fry and onto the
cultural site there. Before arriving at Arawak Cay Fish Fry, run-
ners will be joined by the Special Olympics Council for Disabled
Athletes, Ministers and Cabinet Ministers, school principals,
presidents of sporting federations and the general public for a
march of unity, leaving from the area near the Flowers Building
on West Bay Street.

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THE Rotary Clubs of The
Bahamas (District 7020) have
worked diligently to raise funds
to assist Haiti after the devas-
tating earthquake struck the
country on January 12 affect-
ing up to three million people.
The 17 Rotary clubs in Haiti
with a membership of about
350 and the nine Rotary clubs
in The Bahamas with about 400
Rotarians have worked jointly
to ensure that the supplies and
donations provided are prop-
erly distributed.
In the first three weeks since
the earthquake, apart from oth-
er forms of donations, over
$500,000 was raised which
included over $250,000 from
the various Bahamas Rotary
clubs as well as the Telethon.
The four-hour "Help us help
Haiti Telethon" organized by
Rotary and the Chamber of
Commerce with help from a
number of other supporters
held on January 25 and 26,
raised more than $250,000.
The response from the public
has been impressive and is con-
tinuing. An example includes
an $8,000 donation from the
Rotary Club of Grand Bahama
Although not a part of Dis-
trict 7020, this Rotary club
assisted the Bahamas' efforts
with a cheque presentation by
president-elect Joe Thompson
who was in Nassau to receive a
Queen's Honour for his out-
standing work in Grand
Bahama in the areas of busi-
ness, sports and community

"Our Club came together
with a strong sense of team-
work. The earthquake has test-
ed all of us and the long reach-
ing arms of Rotary has been
significant in assisting," Mr
Thompson said during the
cheque presentation.
ADG Felix accepted the
donation on behalf of the
Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
stating that "we are pleased
that your club has shared their
generosity with the Rotary
Clubs of The Bahamas which
includes New Providence, Aba-
co, Cat Island and Eleuthera as
part of their fundraising, mak-
ing us better able to assist
Other Rotary Clubs that cel-
ebrated successful fundraising
efforts include the Rotary Club
of East Nassau with $112,000
and the Rotary Club of South-
east Nassau with $54,000.
"Even after 20 years in
Rotary I am continually
impressed with the generosity
of its members," said Lindsey
Cancino, District 7020 Foun-
dation Chair and Past President
of the Rotary Club of East Nas-
sau. "Now that the initial emer-
gency rescue relief is done, we
are moving on to general health
and restoration. Rotary has no
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and will be there for the long
haul; we will need support
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Every Rotary Club in The
Bahamas has contributed sig-
nificantly to the half a million

dollars raised as well as other
types of donations, manpower,
expertise and more. President
Shaun Ingraham of the Rotary
Club of Eleuthera who is a dis-
aster relief specialist is on the
ground in Haiti working with
Rotary and Methodist Habitat.
People like Past District Gov-
ernor, Richard McCombe and
his wife Past President Carla,
ADG Felix Stubbs and his wife
President Carla Stubbs, Past
Presidents Peter Bates and
Charles Sealy as well as Past
Rotary International Director
Barry Rassin and his wife
Esther are all working tireless-
ly for Rotary the people of
There are many more proud
Rotarians and their families
and friends who have assisted
and Rotary would like to thank
the public for its generosity.
Further donations can be made
to the "Rotary Clubs of The
Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund"
or by contacting Felix Stubbs
at or at
Rotary is an international
organisation of business and
professional leaders united
worldwide, who provide
humanitarian service, encour-
age high ethical standards in all
vocations, and help build good-
will and peace in the
world. They have been work-
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have significantly contributed
to the recovery efforts. More
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coveted Crystal Stiletto Award

THE Bahamas Consul General to
Atlanta Katherine Smith was honoured
with the prestigious "Crystal Stiletto
Award" by the Trumpet Awards Foun-
dation in recognition of the success she
has achieved in her field over the years.
Ms Smith was presented the award
during the annual Trumpet weekend
series of events that culminated with the
prestigious awards ceremony in Atlanta,
The Foundation, now in its 19th year,
recognizes the contributions and accom-
plishments of black women and men who
have achieved success against all odds.
The Trumpet Awards were established
in 1993. It is one of the most prestigious,
national awards ceremonies highlighting

African-American accomplishments and
Initiated by Turner Broadcasting, the
Trumpet Awards have been televised
annually and distributed internationally
to over 185 countries.
In addition, the Trumpet Awards
Foundation also hosts an annual "High
Heels in High Places" awards, saluting
women in leadership positions in both
the corporate and non-profit worlds.
This year, the High Tea with High
Heels Awards Ceremony was held at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown
Hundreds of persons attended the
event on January 28.
At the award ceremony, over two
dozen of the country's most accom-
plished female entrepreneurs and cor-
porate leaders were honoured. Annual-

ly, the highest award presented at the
ceremony is the coveted "Crystal Stilet-
to Award."
This year's "Crystal Stiletto Award"
recipient was the Bahamas' Consul Gen-
eral Katherine Smith.
The award received by Consul Gener-
al Smith is presented to individuals who,
through consistency and longevity, have
achieved success in their industries and
who are regarded not only for what they
have individually accomplished but also
for the achievement they inspire in others.
Xernona Clayton, creator and execu-
tive producer of the Trumpet Awards,
noted, "We often hear about successful
people, but the honourees for High Tea
with High Heels are women whose
accomplishments in the business sector
are unknown to most, yet are nothing
short of extraordinary."

BAHAMAS Consul General Katherine Smith receives the presti-
gious "Crystal Stiletto Award" during the High Tea with High Heels
Awards Ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown
Atlanta on January 28.

Road Traffic Department conducts bus passenger origin/destination survey

WITH the aim of reducing
traffic congestion on the streets
of New Providence, particular-
ly Bay Street, the Road Traffic
Department is conducting a bus
passenger origin and destina-
tion survey.
"The main objective of the
survey is to quantify the num-
ber of bus passengers whose
destination is the Bay Street
area and the number of bus
passengers who only use Bay
Street to transfer from one bus
to another," said Marc Ingra-
ham of the Transportation
Planning and Policy Unit.
Twenty-one students from
the College of the Bahamas and
the Bahamas Baptist College
have been employed as enu-
merators to conduct the three-
day survey. The Road Traffic
Department held an orienta-
tion for the students on Febru-
ary 4.
Mr Ingraham explained that
the information received will
be used to determine the per-

quality of service offered by bus
transportation," Mr Ingraham
He noted that the survey
results will also provide a
greater understanding of bus
passenger needs, including trav-
el patterns.
"The needs could lead to

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students employed by the Road Traffic Department to conduct a Bus Passen
Also shown standing at far back (left) is Albie Hope, consultant and Margo A

centage of bus passengers
whose destination is the Bay
Street area and the percentage
of those who do not need to
pass through Bay Street to get

to their final destination.
"Should the higher percent-
age of passengers fall into the
transit category, in collabora-
tion with bus passengers, it will

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ger Origin/Destination Survey.
dderley, administrator.
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SOME of the Bahamas'
environmental programmes
recently got close inspection
and support from leading
Representatives from the
Foundation for the Environ-
ment Education (FEE) trav-
elled to the Bahamas for site
visits of two Blue Flag mari-
nas and a school involved
with the FEE eco-school pro-
gramme. Blue Flag marinas
and eco-schools are two of
the five environment educa-
tion programmes adminis-
tered by FEE, a non-govern-
mental organisation.
The site visits covered
Atlantis and Cape Eleuthera
marinas, two of the three
Blue Flag marinas in the
country. The Blue Flag is a
label given only to beaches
and marinas that have under-
taken the highest possible
commitments to sustainable
The representatives also
toured Deep Creek Middle
School in Eleuthera, which
has taken up the environmen-
tal management and sustain-
able development education
curriculum of the eco-school


Organizations join

forces to celebrate

World Wetlands Day


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Telephone: 394-7660

THE Bahamas National
Trust (BNT), the Bahamas
Reef Environment Education
Foundation (BREEF) and the
National Wetlands Committee
joined forces this year to cele-
brate World Wetlands Day.
The theme for this year's
event was "Caring for Wet-
lands: An answer to climate
change", which embraces the
pressing need for international
action against global warming
and the threat of sea level rise.
Bahamas National Trust
(BNT) hosted a special event
for World Wetlands Day last
weekend at Bonefish Pond
National Park, one of the more
recent national parks to be
established on New Providence.
New public access infra-
structure in the form of a
boardwalk and viewing plat-
form have recently been
installed as part of a govern-
ment stimulus package grant-
ed to the BNT to provide
greater access to Bonefish Pond
National Park, the Primeval
Forest National Park and Har-
rold and Wilsons Ponds Nation-
al Park.
Bonefish Pond was designat-
ed a National Park in 2002, and
at that time presented many
challenges including illegal
dumping and squatting.
Several clean-up events, the
creation of a boardwalk and
pavilion as well as the major
road improvements, have
helped establish Bonefish Pond
as one the BNT's most popular
school field trip sites on New
Providence. According to edu-
cation officer Shelley Cant,
"over 200 students have expe-
rienced the marine environ-

ment at Bonefish Pond as part
of BNT's schools education
The park lies on the southern
coast of New Providence and
is a very important healthy
coastal wetland. Bonefish Pond
provides a safe haven for many
young marine organisms which
spend their vulnerable years
sheltered amongst the roots of
the Red Mangroves until they
are old enough to venture to
the deeper waters.
These wetlands are also a
vital first line defence against
major storm waves as seen dur-
ing hurricanes. Despite these
demonstrated benefits to the
environment, wetlands are one
of the most threatened ecosys-
tems both in the Bahamas. His-
torically they have been used
in the Bahamas as places to
dump garbage and are often
targeted for housing and resort
development projects.
In response to the decline
and degradation of wetlands
worldwide, several govern-
mental and non-governmental
agencies met together in the
Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971
in order to gain national action
and international co-operation
for the conservation and wise-
use of wetlands and their
resources. The meeting resulted
in an international conserva-
tion treaty which is known as
the Ramsar Convention on
Wetlands of International
Importance. The Bahamas
signed onto the convention in
1997 and signaled to the global
community its commitment to
protect one of the most valu-
able and vulnerable ecosystems
in the country.


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Lambert, executive director of Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation and Earlston McPhee,
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FROM LEFT: Rock Morris, treasurer of CSB; Shawn Thomas of the marketing CSB committee; Sir
Michael Barnett, Chief Justice of the Bahamas; Terry K Miller, president of CSB; Lowena West, board mem-
ber at CSB; and Ambassador Leonard Archer, vice-president of CSB.

THE need for improved communications on
how courts function was the topic of discussion
during a recent courtesy by the Civil Society
Bahamas (CSB) on Chief Justice Sir Michael Bar-
CSB board members also used this opportunity
to discuss with the Chief Justice their plans to con-
vene a civil society/judiciary symposium this year.
This open forum allowed for brief talks on the

current legal issues facing citizens and the role of
civil society in the Bahamas.
Sir Michael agreed that a joint symposium could
be an effective venue for the exchange of ideas
and the sharing of perspectives, but noted that he
would not want to have sitting justices publicly
questioned on specific cases, stating that such a
conference might serve a greater good if the pan-
el were made up of retired judges.

Hundreds attend Boys to Men Youth Mentoring Conference

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The 2nd annual Boys To Men
Youth Mentoring Conference continues to pos-
itively influence the lives of many at risk young-
sters here on Grand Bahama.
Hundreds of young boys attended the confer-
ence again this year at Calvary Temple Church
on Saturday, where various prominent commu-
nity leaders brought words of encouragement to
Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police
Quinn McCartney, Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity president Ian Rolle, and Principal and Bas-
ketball Coach Norris Bain spoke to youngsters
about making the right choices in life.
Under the theme, "Judgment Day - Are You
Ready," participants saw a very poignant video of
real young men being escorted in handcuffs by
police to court for crimes they committed. ACP
Quinn McCartney said when persons make bad
choices they have to take the consequences.
"It is important that you young men make
good choices and fulfil your purpose in life," he
GBPA President Ian Rolle urged young peo-

ple to study hard. He told them to remain
focused on achieving their goals and not to be
distracted by the temptations that might come.
"When I was young I was asked by drug deal-
ers to sell drugs, but I said no. When I was in col-
lege I was tempted by young women and friends
not to study, but I did not allow that to happen.
I remained focused and studied hard.
"Today, there are at the Port Authority those
who have tried to tell me to do things that were
untoward and I said no. And there are women
who have tried to make me do things, but I love
my wife and I love the Lord," he said.
Conference co-founder Dudley Seide, presi-
dent of Reach Out Ministry, said their focus is
geared toward reaching young people, particu-
larly the inner city youth by hosting mentoring
programmes and basketball tournaments. Mr
Seide stressed that there is too much crime and
too many suicides involving young people, par-
ticularly young men in the Bahamas.
"We must pray for our youth, we need every-
one here to send a strong message that we will
not tolerate losing another young man (to crime)
in the Bahamas.
"It hurts when we turn on the news and watch
that a young man was murdered or stabbed. We
need to save our young men," he said.

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Bahamas' incredible blue holes


THE incredible blue holes
of the Bahamas were fea-
tured in a one-hour NOVA
documentary that aired on
PBS-TV (channel 13 on
cable) Tuesday night.
It was expected that the
show would be seen by over
270 million households in
more than 100 countries.
Titled "Extreme Cave
Diving", the documentary is
about cutting-edge science
that gives important data on
global climate and reveals
new information about the
Eden of now -extinct animals
that once lived on the islands
of the Bahamas.
NOVA is the highest rat-
ed science series on televi-
sion and the most watched
documentary series on
American public television.
It is also one of television's
most acclaimed series, hav-
ing won every major televi-
sion award, most of them
many times over.

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The documentary was co-
produced with National Geo-
graphic, which sponsored a
high-powered team of scien-
tists, divers and filmmakers

on an expedition around the
Bahamas aimed at unlocking
the secrets of blue holes.
These geological features
have been described as one

of the final frontiers for
human exploration on the

The expedition was led by
Dr Kenny Broad, an ecolog-
ical anthropologist at the
University of Miami, and the
production team included
dive leader Brian Kakuk,
probably the planet's top sci-
ence and cave diver; Jill
Heinerth, an internationally
sought-after technical diving
instructor; and director of
photography Wes Skiles,
arguably Florida's greatest
cave explorer.
The research team includ-
ed scientists like Dr David
Steadman, curator of birds at
the Florida Museum of Nat-
ural History in Gainesville;
Jennifer Lynn Macalady, an

astrobiologist from Penn
State University who studies
the origin of life; and Dr Tom
Iliffe, a marine biologist from
Texas A & M in Galveston
whose work has led to the
discovery of more than 250
new species in submerged
caves around the world.
The expedition criss-
crossed the Bahamas over six
weeks from early June to
mid-August exploring sub-
merged caverns, conducting
original research and pro-
ducing spectacular videos
and stills for print, broadcast,
online and educational appli-
As a National Geograph-
ic-sponsored expedition,
Bahamian blue holes are now
in the same league as polar
expeditions by Robert Peary,
excavation of the lost Inca
city of Machu Picchu, Louis
and Mary Leakey's research

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Africa, and underwater
explorations by Titanic dis-
coverer Robert Ballard.
The expedition's roots go
back to 2004 when Brian
Kakuk discovered the com-
plete skeleton of an extinct
tortoise in a blue hole called
Sawmill Sink in the pinelands
of south-central Abaco.
Later investigations in this
undisturbed cave turned up a
range of impressive fossils -
the prehistoric reptiles, birds,
and mammals that once
roamed Abaco.

A few human bones were
also found, and dated to
about a thousand years ago.
This is the earliest evidence
so far for human occupation
of the Bahamian archipelago.
But Sawmill Sink was only
one of many blue holes
around the country that the
expedition explored.
After the initial discover-
ies at Sawmill Sink a few
years ago, responsibility for
the research was assumed by
the Antiquities, Monuments
and Museums Corporation
(AMMC), with Marsh Har-
bour cave diver Nancy
Albury appointed as the cor-
poration's representative and
project coordinator. Accord-
ing to Dr Broad, "Dr Keith
Tinker, executive director of
the AMMC, saw the poten-
tial in all this and it is pri-
marily because of him that
this expedition is taking
place. Nancy Albury provid-
ed formidable help in both
the filming and the science
NOVA producer James
Barratt said the team was
able to recover two skulls
belonging to ancient humans,
the fossils of vertebrates that
are now extinct in the
Bahamas, and fossils of birds
that aren't just extinct but
have never before been
described by science.

"Living within the blue
holes are at least one new
order of multi-cellular crea-
tures, descended from ani-
mals that evolved millions of
years ago, as well as single-
celled organisms virtually
indistinguishable from the
first life-forms on Earth," he
"Parts of blue holes are
like our planet's first seas,
from a time four billion years
ago when the Earth had no
oxygen. NASA was interest-
ed in the expedition because
the extreme life-forms found
in blue holes are similar to
what they hope to find on
other planets.
"When cut open, stalag-
mites from blue holes display
layers like the rings in a tree.
Analysis of their composition
reveals a year-by-year diary
of the Bahamas' climate for
the last 200,000-300,000
years, including rainfall, the
chemicals in the rain and air,
even the temperature. They
don't just record past peri-
ods of extreme climate
change, but also tell us how
fast that change can grip the
planet," Mr Barratt said.
In addition to the scien-
tific discoveries, the docu-
mentary featured stunning
images from deep beneath
the islands of the Bahamas.
Cave diving has been
described as the most dan-
gerous sport on Earth. In
fact, the members of the
Bahamas expedition have
collectively recovered the
bodies of more than 100 fel-
low cave divers during their
hazardous careers.
National Geographic is
expected to publish a major
cover story on Bahamian
blue holes this summer.
Some 12 million people will
read the magazine article,
and millions of students will
be exposed to Bahamas-
related school materials. The
Society's high-traffic website
will feature linked coverage
of the Bahamas expedition.

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watched online at or
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GBPA helps Lions Club

of Freeport in the 2010

Run/Walk-a-Thon for Sight

PICTURED (from the left to right):
RENEE Hall, Lions Club of Freeport
public relations coordinator and sec-
ond vice-president; Geneva Rutherford,
GBPA director of community relations
and Clydeishia Grant, Lions Club of
Freeport member and event chairman
for the Run/Walk-a-Thon for Sight.

THE Lions Club Interna-
tional Foundation funds a num-
ber of programmes and initia-
tives to address humanitarian
needs on a local and global
scale, including preserving sight,
combating disability, promot-
ing health, serving youth and
responding to natural disasters.
Grand Bahama is home to
the Freeport branch of the
organisation, the Lions Club of
Freeport, whose 42 members
stand by their motto, "We
Members called upon the
assistance of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) to help in their pri-
mary efforts of sight preserva-
tion, for a donation towards this
year's 2010 Run/Walk-a-Thon
for Sight, scheduled for Satur-
day, March 20.
GBPA representative Gene-
va Rutherford, director of com-
munity relations, presented a
cheque to two key members of
the organisation.
During the cheque presenta-
tion held in front of "The Pink
Building," Mrs Rutherford
spoke on behalf of GBPA pres-
ident Ian Rolle:
"At the Grand Bahama Port
Authority it is critical that we
offer assistance to your club
and it is our pleasure to do so.
Over the years we have been
made aware of the great work
you do in providing eye glasses
for a number of young people
on the island. This fun run/walk
will allow you an opportunity to

raise money to assist, when nec-
essary, with surgeries at Bas-
com Palmer.
"The Port Authority, in its
work, also sees a number of
applications for major sight
work, and so we're very pleased
that your organisation has cho-
sen sight as your main focus.
We are happy to contribute to
this effort. Through our work,
we too want to ensure that we
help to better the lives of every-
one on Grand Bahama Island.
So, we wish to thank you for
this programme and assure you
of our continued support."

Clydeishia Grant, Lions Club
of Freeport member and event
chairman, explained that the
organisation assists with sight
cases or persons who have
problems with their sight,
whether they need operations,
glasses or testing.
"We try to assist as many
underprivileged persons as pos-
sible. We work closely with the
Florida Lions and the Bascom
Palmer Eye Institute, located
in Florida, because of the dis-
counted rate offered for their
services. The run/walk-a-thon
will allow us to bring in funds
that will be used to assist us
with our main cause," she said.
Renee Hall, Lions Club of
Freeport public relations coor-
dinator and second vice-presi-
dent, expounded on the reason
behind the club's main goal.

"Our goal in the Freeport
Lions Club is total eradication
of blindness. Ideally we would
like for testing to happen as
soon as a problem with sight is
detected, even as a child, a
baby. We've found that based
on early detection, we can
immediately provide sight help,
resulting in children who have
improved in school academi-
cally and with their behaviour.
This not only benefits the child
but the entire family and, of
course, our community. Dia-
betes and many other illnesses
that the Bahamian population
is being plagued with, cause
problems for us later on in life
with sight." Most sight cases,
she said, result from diabetes.
"The fun run/walk, is a
reminder to choose a healthy
lifestyle and is another way of
encouraging us to try and beat
problems like diabetes so that
we can stop it before it starts
and we can keep our sight in
the best possible manner."
The Grand Bahama Port
Authority encourages everyone
to join the Lions Club of
Freeport and their efforts to
raise money for sight preserva-
tion during the fun run/walk-a-
thon on Saturday, March 20 at
Beachway Drive, adjacent to
Captain's Chart House. Regis-
tration is at 5.30am with a 6am
start time.
Participation costs are in the
donation amounts of $10 for
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Corporation (BMC) execu-
tives presented the literacy
department of Albury Sayle
Primary School with Nancy
Drew and Hardy Boys books.
Deputy managing director
Sandra Storr told the students
that they could travel the
world just by reading books.
She also encouraged them to
cut down on their television
viewing habits and read more.
Delores Forbes, literacy
coordinator at the school,
said, "We assure you that
these books are going to be
read by the students and they

Letisha Henderson/BIS Photo
PICTURED from left with students receiving the books: Mary Mortimer,
principal; Sophia Hunter, loans processing officer, BMC; Delores Forbes,
literacy coordinator, Albury Sayle; Sandra Storr, deputy managing
director, BMC, and Jerome Godfrey, managing director, BMC.

are going to motivate our stu-
dents to continue to read."
Principal Mary Mortimer
said as part of the school's
'Read to Lead Mentoring
Programme', employees of
the BMC have been visiting
the school to read to students

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two years.
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FROM page two
town of Gonaives. This is
where Haiti's independence
was first declared by Destine.
Upon entering Gonaives,
Bart points out a level lot with
at least 50 canvass tent struc-
tures on it.
There are women, children
and elderly people in the
These are the some of the
displaced people from the
flood of 2008.

To date, even though the
land has been donated, they
are still living in temporary
shelters without water and
As we travel further into
town, Bart takes me to Bertos
Blocs, where Habitat with
assistance from CHF is fur-
ther along with their BTC
HFHH has partnered with
Bertos Blocs making blocks
and selling aggregate to local
contractors, who after the
flood have been experiencing
difficulties getting back up
and running.

In addition to a mould for
roofs, they have also created a
mould for street drains that
will be sold to local contrac-
tors who are repairing the
Six men have already been
trained in the technique of
using lightweight concrete.
They have also been trained
in designing homes, reading
architectural plans and man-
aging construction costs.
They are ready to begin
building homes as soon as
financing becomes available.
The greatest benefit is that
these men are less likely to
engage in substandard con-
struction now they have been
trained in proper building
In one day I have seen two
perfect examples of projects
that if they had support, can
radically change the landscape
of Haiti.
With out fear of contradic-
tion, Bart believes as though
once they are both opera-
tional, approximately 2,000
houses per year can be added
to the housing stock of Haiti.
This translates to about 10,000
SEE page 13





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Haiti's housing challenge
FROM page 12
people being sheltered. The big plan is to eventually have
BTCs all over Haiti. But Bart fears that with all the hype
around the disaster and the need for transitional shelter, pro-
jects like this one will be overlooked for what seems like a
quicker fix.
However, he is quick to point out that "not only are we
building houses, we are building communities". The two can be
done in tandem.
An even greater fear is that a lot of promises will be made
and two years later, like the flood victims, the quake victims will
still be without permanent homes.
Habitat Haiti and Bart are looking for long term investors. I
asked him about promoting the project to donors and sup-
porters. He said he is trying but has very little time. Each day
he struggles to get the next piece to fall into place. In the
meantime, it is frustrating to have nothing to offer to people that
so desperately need help.
For more information visit
* Shaun Ingraham is an international disaster response con-
sultant who trained with the United Nation Civilian Military
Co-ordination (UNCMCoord) programme. He has worked
with international logistics teams responding to most of the
major disasters that occurred over the last 15 years, including
hurricanes Andrew, Ivan, Frances, Jeanne, Katrina and Rita.
Mr Ingraham was in Indonesia following the Tsunami in
North Sumatra working with the New Providence Community
Church and Food For the Hungry International. He is the
president of the Rotary Club of Eleuthera and founder of
South Eleuthera Emergency Partners. In partnership with the
Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas, Rotary District 7020, New
Providence Community Church/Centre and Habitat for
Humanity, he is currently in Haiti making sure aid and sup-
plies are distributed to those most in need. Mr Ingraham has
agreed to update our readers regularly on the progress of his
mission and share his. -i, -,. hli and impressions of the cata-
strophe in Haiti.



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THE National Insurance
Board's (NIB) director will
describe in detail its latest
benefits and reform plans
when he addresses the 2010
Grand Bahama Bahamas
Business Outlook.
Algernon Cargill's presen-
tation is part of a public rela-
tions drive to educate
Bahamians about NIB's
planned changes.
"The people of the
Bahamas, employers and
employees, the young and the
old are the stakeholders of
the National Insurance Board.
It is important that they
understand and buy into all
that we do. I see myself and
my team at NIB as merely
stewards or trustees of an
invaluable national asset," Mr

Cargill explained.
"Over the next few
months, I will personally be
very much a part of the edu-
cation programme. The PR
campaign is designed to reach
groups across the economic
spectrum and in communities
throughout the islands.
"We want to share what
we're doing not only about
programmes, but also about
staff training and the ongo-
ing updates to technology and
communication systems to
bring our service to the high-
est levels. The changes don't
mean that NIB has not been
meeting the mandate for
which it was established in
1974. People change and their
circumstances and needs
change. This is a new age and

this country's social security
system, the National Insur-
ance Board, must change
consistently to meet 21st cen-
tury needs."
At Bahamas Business Out-
look and other public forums
over the course of 2010, Mr
Cargill said he would be dis-
cussing new benefits, as well
as the proposed amendments
to the National Insurance
Act, which have been for-
warded to Parliament.
He called the amendments
"long overdue", noting that
they are directed at bringing
about greater equity in lev-
els of contributions and ben-
The NIB director gave an
example of a particular
instance. "People whose

income sources tend not to
be a straight wage, such as
hospitality industry workers,
currently have a contribution
plan that does not reflect true
income in many cases. As the
contribution amount dictates
benefit levels, this current sit-
uation puts many at a disad-
vantage, especially when it
comes to pensions," Mr
Cargill said.
He noted that anomalies in
the contributions and bene-
fits plan for public servants
were also being addressed
with the review and backing
of the relevant unions.
"We have already made
considerable strides in mak-
ing the necessary reviews and
updates, including three sig-
nificant achievements over

the past few months," Mr Prescription Drug Plan later
Cargill continued, this year. Both of these ini-
"Last year we rolled out tiatives will bring significant
NIB's new unemployment relief to those who are job-
benefit programme, and will less through no fault of their
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The Tribune


THE greatest romance
any Christian can expe-
rience is the intimate
union between them and
their maker- God.
He epitomises unadulterated pas-
sion and unconditional love. For
Christians, this kind of love exudes
from intimacy with God and is one

that can never be matched by no
human relationship.
Time and time again believers wit-
ness, giving their testimonies of how
the love experienced with Christ is
an enchantment in itself, leaving oth-
ers only to ponder what that feels
For those who wish to ponder no
more, and seek to attach themselves
to the only assurance of eternal life
Reverend Jevon Neely at Bethel
Baptist Church said they must make

time for God.
So if you are rededicating your life
or seeking to turn that leaf to be fully
committed to him there are specific
things you must do to fall head over
heels in love with God.
"Each person must take responsi-
bility for their spiritual life because
at the end of the day everyone has to
answer to God for themselves.
Intentional and personal devotion is
one way to develop a connection.
This is very important because it is

the only way to gain a relationship
with the Lord," Rev Neely told
Tribune Religion.
This devotion can be reading the
bible, worshipping daily, and fasting.
Rev Neely also noted that it is
extremely important for Christians
to create this time for God, because
it is impossible to fall in love with
him without spending time with him.
"Giving service to humanity is also

SEE page 27

Christians need help

By Bishop V. G. Clarke

BECAUSE true leadership is an act,
it requires planning. I have found that
a major weakness in many of our evan-
gelical Christian enterprises is in plan-
ning - long-range planning, over a
three to five year span. Christians are
not generally accustomed to thinking
this far ahead, for most have heard
from Sunday School days that Jesus
may return at any moment. Such truth
forever remains, but it should never
inhibit growth by short-circuiting
responsible planning for the future.
Long-range planning is what one
well-known author on management
calls "risk-taking or decision making."
Such planning takes courage because
of the risk factor. Such risk-taking
action is sometimes misunderstood. It

is not forecasting, forecasting attempts
to find the most probable course - con-
cerned with future decisions. It is con-
cerned rather with the future of pres-
ent decision; an attempt to eliminate
risks. (It means the capacity to take
greater risks - and the right risks). "It
is never safe to play it safe."
An outstanding story of World War
11 that discloses the importance of
planning is the British offensive against
the German Army in North Africa,
under General Erwin Rommel, the
Germans had pushed nearly the whole
way to Cairo. In desperation the
British High Commander assigned the
task of turning the situation around to
Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery.
Immediately Montgomery let it be
known that he was going to take the
initiative. He planned carefully with

great detail. Throughout the whole
chain of command down to the pri-
vates, each person was told specifically
what his job was to be. A perfect coor-
dinated team was formed, and each
man knew precisely the commander's
objectives and how they were to be
achieved. When the British Offensive
began with this great precision, the
mighty German Army was routed, and
it became one of the early turning
points in the war.
Montgomery was successful because
through solid planning he was able to
excite, motivate and challenge all his
troops. The challenge to them to per-
form made the difference. Planning
spells the difference; remember that it
is work done today to cause to happen
tomorrow what we specifically want to


The Tribune


Thursday, February 11, 2010 * PG 25

The Assemblies of God/Evangelistic Temple:

The Pentecostal Movement

IN 1903, Methodist preacher Joseph
Jenkins arranged a conference in New
Quay, England 'to deepen our loyalty
to Christ' - the meetings were lively and
soon spread to other places. When over
100,000 people in Wales in 1904
demonstrated ecstatic spiritual experi-
ences it became known as the Welsh
Revival. Baptist preacher Joseph
Smales carried the idea of Apostolic
Faith revival to the USA.
Charles Fox Parham (1873 - 1929)
grew up in a Methodist home but
became critical of the Methodist hier-
archy and felt that they didn't preach
by divine inspiration. He was attracted
to the independent Apostolic Faith
(Holiness) Movement and through his
preaching developed what would
become known as the Pentecostal
William Joseph Seymour (1870 -
1922), son of a freed slave became a
student of Parham's Bible School,
Houston and developed the
Pentecostal doctrine of 'speaking in
tongues as a gift of the Holy Spirit' at
his church in Azusa Street, Los
Angeles. The result was known as The
Azusa Street Revival and spawned sev-
eral Pentecostal movements including:
The Church of God in Christ, The
United Pentecostal Church, The
Pentecostal Church of God and The
Assemblies of God, which came to the


The Assemblies of God
In 1928, Minister I G Roberts of the
Assemblies of God South Florida came
to preach the Gospel in the New
Providence. The force of Robert's
preaching attracted many converts
some from the Church of God. From
1928 - 1930, S B Pinder served as Pastor
under the supervision of A G Voight of
the South Florida District of the
Assemblies of God.
In 1930, a dispute over the leadership
of the fledgling church saw Brother
Vivian Weech take over the main inde-
pendent group and hold cottage meet-
ings - first in his Fort Fincastle home
and later in the home of his brother
Charles Kenneth Weech on Kemp
Road. In 1932, Vivian was elected
Pastor and with the help of Charles and
seventeen faithful charter members
built a wooden building named the
Pentecostal Lighthouse Tabernacle on
Kemp Road.
In 1938, Earl Weech (nephew of
Vivian and Charles) became Pastor and
along with Osbourne Thompson, Guy

Shields and other evangelists from
USA held revival meetings - the result-
ing conversions swelled the member-
ship. A much larger building was need-
ed and so Evangelistic Temple was
built and dedicated by Rev Guy Shields
in 1941. Further ministries and revivals
from 1948 to 1955 again greatly
increased the membership leading to a
new Evangelistic Temple on Collins
Avenue. Some members did not wish
to relocate to the new site so they pur-
chased the Kemp Road building and
renamed it 'Glad Tidings Tabernacle'.

Evangelistic Temple
After spending some time in the
USA, Earl Weech returned to become
Pastor of Evangelistic Temple in 1959.
In 1963, Earl Weech and two thirds of
the members left and started Calvary
Bible Church further south on Collins
Avenue. Rev A Wilson of Springfield
Missouri and several other pastors
from USA assisted Evangelistic
Temple to reorganize and develop.
However, the man whose name
became synonymous with Evangelistic
Temple was Gary Curry, who was born
in Spanish Wells. In 1953, he accepted
the Lord as his personal Saviour and
went on to study theology at the
Caribbean School of Theology. Rev
Gary Curry twice served as interim pas-
tor before his permanent appointment
in 1978.

Mention must also be made of Pastor
James Ralley, a dedicated servant of
God, who along with Dave Lamb again
built up the membership. Dave Lamb
continued to assist Pastor Curry and
the membership continued to grow. In
1991, Pastor Lamb left to become pas-
tor of The First Assembly of God in
Thomasville, Georgia. He has recently
returned to minister to a non-denomi-
national church on Paradise Island.
Evangelistic Temple is governed by a
Church Board of nine members, seven
deacons, treasurer, secretary under the
chairman Pastor Curry - the member-
ship is close to five hundred but there
are many more followers and well wish-
ers. In 1981, the church sponsored
Temple Christian Schools which serves
over one thousand students. The
church also operates The Temple Bible
and Book supplies store and a radio
ministry 'Temple Time'.
Of the many ministries run by
Evangelistic Temple one of the most
important is Teen Challenge Bahamas
Programme. The building presently
being constructed opposite
Evangelistic Temple is dedicated to
Margurite Sands (wife of Wayde
Sands) one of the chief supporters of
Teen Challenge, since its inception in
The members of Evangelistic Temple
live in accordance to the motto: To God
be the Glory!

Christian fiction attracting readers


IN THE last decade, a genre of liter-
ature has emerged whose coherence is
defined as much by the market it
serves as by the character of its prose,
according to the Associated Press.
When the phrase "Christian fiction"
appears on the ordering invoices at the
Itawamba County Pratt Memorial
Library, Cindy Jamerson has a pretty
accurate idea what's she's getting.
"The books tell you about people
who believe in God, about people who
solve problems and overcome obsta-
cles through faith," said the branch
librarian, who last year received a
$2,000 grant to beef up her selection of
Christian fiction.

"God is found throughout the
That's about as good a definition as
you'll find for a category of books that
in the last 10 years has grown as quick-
ly as kudzu up a Mississippi hillside.
Each week Jamerson watches about
half of her 250-title selection walk out
the door, going home under the arms of
people of faith mostly women who have
strong allegiance to particular authors
and series.
"In the library business, you learn
quickly that you have to know your cus-
tomers," said Jamerson. "This is what
they want to read, what they love."
Folks as diverse as television evangel-
ist Pat Robertson and conservative talk
show host Glenn Beck have recently

tried their hand at Christian fiction, but
most of the successful authors focus on
a select demographic that provides their
bread and butter.
For men, there are the fast-paced
mysteries of former Pentecostal minis-
ter Frank Peretti, who writes of demons
and monsters and intrigue. Then,
there's the work of former Denver
Broncos place kicker Jason Elam, who
blends the themes of sports and reli-
gious, fanatical terrorism.
Among women, pastoral romances
are the most popular.
At Lifeway Christian Store in Tupelo,
manager Chris McCormick walked
among four, 12-foot sections of
Christian titles, and pointed out a com-
mon theme.

"The Amish stuff is very popular," he
The glossy covers showed pretty,
bonneted young women staring glassy-
eyed over wheat fields, and horse-
drawn buggies riding into sinking suns.
Memphis resident Annalisa
Daughety chose to set her installment
of the popular "Love Finds You" series
among an Amish community in
Charm, Ohio. She sees a romantic
aspect to the simple rhythms of Amish
life, one that appeals especially to
modern females.
Daughety, who grew up reading such
"chick lit" standards as "Bridget
Jones's Diary," sees nothing wrong
with customizing her work for a niche
reader. Like Jamerson, Daughety feels
her books are meeting the needs of a
reading public who, in an over-sexed
culture, are searching for alternative
forms of entertainment.

PG 26 * Thursday, February 11, 2010


The Tribune

Making the most of marriage

There are many areas to discuss as
we try to build, nurture and protect
family life.
The firmest foundation in a Christian
marriage is built on the solid rock of
Jesus Christ. If you are planning to
marry, consider the following ques-
1. WHAT is your faith or religion and
what are your spiritual practices, and
levels of commitment?
2. WHAT was it like for you as a child
when it came to religion in your home?
3. WHAT has your spiritual journey
been like?
4. HOW do you plan to share them with
your children if you hold different



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5. WHAT will your routines be like if
your beliefs are similar?
6. WHERE may there be possible
challenges in the future?
7. HOW do you plan to keep growing in
your faith?
When you answer these questions
alone and then together, you begin to
talk about important personal realities.

You allow God to shape your relation-
ship when you make a spiritual focus
your priority.
As you examine your own con-
science, you are able to be more open
and honest about other topics. You are
able to move to subjects that may be
harder to admit. Anger, violence, and
abuse in the past and the possibility of
it surfacing in the present and future
need to be addressed. Whether you are
already married or planning to be mar-
ried, your answers to the following
questions will assist you with the deci-
sion to seek help now before things
1. WHO has the shorter temper?
2. HOW do you calm down?

3. HOW do you react to the other
person's anger?
4. WHAT are your triggers?
5. WHAT are the other person's?
6. DO you have any history of violence?
7. HAVE you ever been abused?
8. WHAT issues have you found
difficult to resolve?
9. IS there ever hostility, silent
treatment, obscenities in your relationship?
10. WHAT is your approach to anger
management and conflict resolution?
All of these issues need to be
resolved in order to have peace and
harmony in the home. Prayer, coun-
selling, reading, discussion are helpful
ways to make love in the family reflect
God's love.


SOMEONE once said to me that I
like to repeat what people say. They
are right to a point. The thing is, talk-
ing is the main way human beings
communicate. Certain things some
people say are profound and worth
sharing. A lot of the times I share
because in one way or another it
changes my life and it may just
change yours.
Some days ago I was in a setting of
a small group of people that turned
out different from its regular opera-
tion. It's good to change the norm
every now and again.
We had all recently attended a
prayer conference and were dis-
cussing prayer. The information was
life changing. None of us had looked
at prayer in the way it was presented
before. The highlight for me was the
simplicity of it. A child would have
been able to walk into the room and
understand every word being said.
Also this prayer conference taught us
the order of prayer. It is extremely
important that we know how to pray.
Not knowing how to pray may be the
reason that a lot of our prayers are
not answered. Amazingly enough,
the information was profound.
One if the ladies in the group told
us about a conversation she had had
with a co-worker. She said that her
co-worker said to her if she was sure
she understood what she was saying
to God? He said to her, "You told the

Lord whatever you do is well done.
Are you sure you understood what
you asked for?
This made her really ponder. Was
she really prepared for whatever
method He would use? I say all of
that to say this. When we ask God to
deal with a situation for us, we don't
get to tell Him how to deal with it.
What our concern should be is
accepting the outcome he gives us,
keeping in mind, that God knows best
and whatever He does, is well done.
We may not like what He does
sometimes but He is God and He has
the right to use WHATEVER
methods) He chooses. It is a hard
truth but without faith it is impossible
to please God. You can't have faith
without trust, they go hand in glove.
We also know that He will not put
more on us than we can bear. He
knows what we can and can't take.
Always remember that God's ways
are not our ways. His thoughts
towards us are of peace and not of
evil to gives us an expected end.
Bottom line He knows best and that's
the surety that we are to live in.

"The bneiff

The Tribune


Thursday, February 11, 2010 * PG 27

The spirit of Valentine's Day

THE SPIRIT, concept and celebra-
tion of Valentine's Day is based upon
love in remembrance of a priest name
Valentine; who came to defend mar-
riage and love in Rome during the rule
of Emperor Claudius II.
The Emperor was having difficulties
in getting soldiers to join his military
leagues. He believed the reason was
that Roman men did not want to leave
their loves or families. As a result,
Claudius canceled all marriages and
engagements in Rome.
This was when a priest Valentine
came to defend love in the empire.
Valentine began to secretly marry cou-
ples despite the emperor's orders.
When Emperor Claudius was informed
of these ceremonies, Valentine was sent
to prison where he remained until his
death on February 14 in the year 270.
Okay, I know that the above infor-
mation is not new or strange to you
(educated, scholars). But be that as it
may, there is absolutely no way of get-
ting around the fact that everything we,
human beings do is predicated on love
or the lack thereof.
Secular music Queen, Tina Turner
recorded a Grammy winning song
called "What's Love Got To Do With
Taking nothing away from the song
or player hating on Tina; but when it
comes to us (God's creation), love has
everything to do with our daily living
and interacting with one another. Do
you know that if we truly had a revela-
tion of love, life as we know it would be
lived in its abundance?
Watch this!

Here we are in the month of February.
Every year this same time we celebrate
Valentine's Day; where most of us dine
and romance our wives. Then through
ignorance of the marriage significance of
Valentine's Day, there are people who
are shacking / living together, not mar-
ried; that will go out of their way in
expenses to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Somehow, somewhere along life's
journey many persons seems to have
adopted the view that Father Yahweh
has shifted His position or changed His
mind when it comes to honouring the
marriage covenant; and nothing could be
further from the truth. With this distort-
ed view, we've got some leaders in vari-
ous spheres of this country who have and
are yet dealing with their wives treacher-
ously. Whereas even on the celebrated
Valentine's Day, these same persons will
send roses, chocolates and other gifts to
their wives of whom they are guilty of
mentally, financially, and again in some
cases, physically abusing.
Remember the saying that
"Everything rises, and falls upon leader-
ship?" This also applies to marriages.
And if there is one set of people that
God expects to walk upright in the mar-
riage covenant, it is the priesthood.
That's today's bishops, doctors, apostles,

pastors, etc. In speaking to the priest-
hood about their unfaithfulness in mar-
riage here's what Father Yahweh said
Mal.2: 13. And this have ye done
again, covering the altar of the LORD
with tears, with weeping, and with crying
out, insomuch that he regardeth not the
offering any more, or receiveth it with
good will at your hand.
: 14. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because
the LORD hath been witness between
thee and the wife of thy youth, against
whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet
is she thy companion, and the wife of thy
The spirit of Valentine's Day emanates
from God's agapao, ag-ap-ah'-o; love
that is expressed between a husband and
wife. And it should be carried out and
adhered to everyday of the year, and not
just emotionally acknowledged on
February 14.
The guidelines and the foundation of
this love is the word of God. Here's what
the scripture says about the recipients /
the pacesetters of this love:
Therefore as the church is subject
unto Christ, so let the wives be to their
own husbands in every thing. : 25.
Husbands, love your wives, even as
Christ also loved the church, and gave
himself for it;
For not wanting to offend anybody.
The church; the guardian of God's word
has remained silent and have compro-
mised its stands when it comes to speak-
ing the truth about God's agapao, ag-ap-
ah'-o; love in the celebration of
Valentine's Day.

Falling in love with God

FROM page 24

another way of showing devotion. By
serving in the spirit of Christ makes
you become more Christ like in your
attitude and ways," he said.
In turn all of this, will only bring
you closer to the father, and closer to
experiencing his love in full effect.
God has been overshadowed by
the personal problems faced by his
people on this earth. Their unfore-
seen circumstances blind them from
seeing the bigger picture and the big-
ger being. They forget to bow down
on their knees and humble their
hearts to the master.
However Rev Neely said that this
same negligence when it comes to
spiritual growth and time investment

will become a hurdle, preventing
them from receiving what God has in
store for their lives.
"When it comes to prayer, every-
one knows how to pray because it is
simple communication. Now when it
comes to building a connection,
prayer is a big factor to retrieving and
maintaining a perpetual union," he
Its just like forming an intimate
human relationship, you can't expect
to have a relationship with someone
unless you spend time with them, get
to know who they are, what they like
or dislike, and what they expect from
the companionship with you. And by
praying, and investing the time into
getting to know God, the love you
feel for him will grow much stronger

he said.
"Prayer is a mindset. It is not only
praying when we get up in the morn-
ing or praying before we go to bed.
We must keep our hearts open so that
we can hear from him, because peo-
ple tend to pray and not wait to hear
what God has to say. Before praying
humble yourself, sit quietly and med-
itate on the Word of God and wait to
hear from him" Reverend Neely said.
Reverend Neely said those trying
to have a relationship with the Lord,
but who don't know how to start,
should seek guidance from someone
who can be trusted to lead you in the
right direction.
"I would first advise them to look
for a mentor, that is someone that
will be able to guide them in the right

Therefore, this particular day in most
cases is celebrated from the perspective
of the Erros / sexual love that an unmar-
ried man (a fornicator) and also a mar-
ried man (an adulterer) would share
with their sweetheart / concubine.
This sort of teaching you will not
receive at your annual religious confer-
ences, seminars, workshops, etc;
because it would affect the tithes and
offerings. So rather than building and
rebuilding family values through the
consistent / balanced teachings of the
wives submission and the husbands love
to one another; the religious churches
would preach, scream, hoop and hack
about everything else.
Listen, there are many men within the
church that are faithful to their ministry
and faithful to their man-of-God; and
are yet not experiencing the true favour
of God upon their lives.
Why is this? Could it be that they've
yet to understand, that their love walk
towards their wives plays an important
role in God's favour upon their
Watch this!
Prov.18:22. Whoso findeth a wife
findeth a good thing, and obtaineth
favour of the LORD.
May the FOG (Favour of God) be
with you:

* For questions or comments, contact us
via or or Ph.1-242-441-2021.
Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l.

"Then after following the instruc-
tions from their mentor they must
show spiritual independence by
doing things on their own, because
the last thing they would want is to
become dependent on that person,"
Reverend Neely explained.
If you sew your seed it shall grow,
put time and effort into your union
with Christ since this is an investment
that has no liabilities!

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