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On-air comment /

leads to arrest

Pinder 'renounced

US citizenship

before nomination'



and provocative radio talkshow
host Ortland H Bodie Jr was
arrested by police at the More
94 FM station yesterday after
telling a caller he knew how to
purchase an illegal firearm.
According to sources within
the police force, Mr Bodie was
held at the Central Detective
Unit while officers conducted a
search of his home for
weapons before he was
released last night.
When initially contacted for
comment, Assistant Superin-
tendent Hulan Hanna said he
could only confirm that Mr
Bodie was in fact in police cus-
tody and that the police would
make a more detailed state-
ment to the media at an
"appropriate time."
He declined to give the rea-
son for Mr Bodie's arrest and
would only add that he had
been picked up from the radio
station following his show yes-
However, The Tribune
understands that during the
programme, Mr Bodie told his
listening audience that if some-
one could come up with $500,
he could tell them where to
buy a gun.
This comment came shortly
after Mr Bodie was discussing

the prevalence of AK-47
assault rifles in Bahamian soci-
ety. This highly dangerous
weapon is prized amongst
guerilla fighters who depend
on the weapon's high rapid
rate of fire along with its light
weight body and trademark
durability. Throughout the
world, the AK-47 is by far the
most widely smuggled firearm
that is sold to rebels and crim-
inals alike on the black mar-
During the show, Mr Bodie
also claimed that he knows
"exactly" what happened to
the firearm which went missing
from a Defence Force vessel
just before Christmas. Mr Bod-
ie said he had asked the Com-
missioner of Police Ellison
Greenslade to contact him or
come on the show to discuss
the matter, but claimed Mr
Greenslade ignored the offer.
The police reportedly took
Mr Bodie's claim of knowing
where to get a weapon very
seriously. The talkshow host
was said to be "very remorse-
ful" at CDU headquarters yes-
terday. One source in the
department claimed Mr Bodie
had come to recognize that
what he had done was wrong.
SEE page 12

Tribune Staff
THE Bahamas is
"weathering the eco-
nomic and financial
storm as well if not bet-
ter than might have been
expected several months
ago," the Prime Minis-
ter stated yesterday.
"A glimpse of clearer
skies is gradually emerg-
ing on the horizon," said
Prime Minister Hubert
He presented this
assessment in Parlia-
ment as he delivered his
mid-year budget state-
ment, providing an
insight into the progress
made by the Govern-
ment in the first six
months of the budget
cycle in achieving the
goals and objectives and
meeting the financial
targets and projections
it set out in the Budget
of June, 2009.
The Prime Minister
SEE page 11

Govt 'will not be borrowing
anymore' in mid-year budget
By ALISON LOWE istries and departments in
Tribune Staff Reporter response to shifting priorities. He made this comment yes-
terday in his mid-year budget
PRIME Minister Hubert statement to Parliament, which
Ingraham yesterday stressed is intended to apprise the pub-
that the Government will not lic on the performance of the
be seeking to borrow anymore economy in the first six months
money during the mid-year of the budget year and the
budget, but simply to re-allo- extent to which government
cate funds already approved by
Parliament within various min- SEE page 12

COB hits back at Sir Sidney
Poitier film festival criticism
Tribune Staff Report

COLLEGE Professor Dr Ian Strachan
yesterday hit back at criticism of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas' decision to host a
conference and film festival dedicated to
Bahamian-raised actor Sir Sidney Poitier,
arguing that the event's protesters are
misguided by a sense of "entitlement."
SEE page 12

Man gets three
year sentence
for drug charges
A 35-YEAR-OLD Grand
Bahama man has been sen-
tenced to three years in prison
after pleading guilty to charges
stemming from the seizure of
just over 700 pounds of mari-
juana in the Exumas last
Andre Perez Kikivarakis, of
Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama
on Tuesday pleaded guilty to
charges of conspiring to import
marijuana, conspiring to pos-
sess marijuana, importation of
marijuana and possession of
20 bales of marijuana with
intent to supply. He also
pleaded guilty to charges of
deceiving two police officers.
He had initially been arraigned
on the charges last November.
The drugs, which were report-
ed to weigh 711 pounds and
have a street value of $638,000,
were seized on Little Cistern
Cay on November 9, 2009.
Kikivarakis. who was arraigned
on the charges last November,
had pleaded not guilty.
SEE page 12

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Tribune Staff Reporter
candidate for the Elizabeth by-
election, renounced his Ameri-
can citizenship before he was
nominated to run on January 29.
According to a letter received
by The Tribune, Mr Pinder
renounced his American citi-
zenship on January 20, 2010 -
SEE page 13








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Crime crackdown pledge

Tribune Staff Reporter Commissioner of Police and Urban Renewal leaders
THE Commissioner of
Police and Urban Renewal
leaders yesterday pledged to
fight crime and improve com-
munities through combined
Newly appointed Royal
Bahamas Police Force Com-
missioner Ellison Greenslade
told Urban Renewal New Prov-
idence coordinator Ella Lewis
and managers of the island's
nine centres that they have the
support of all 3,000 RBPF offi-
cers and nearly 1,000 reserve
officers. He made this pledge
while on a courtesy call to the
Urban Renewal headquarters
on Collins Avenue.
Ms Lewis expressed her
desire to build on the existing
relationship with police to
ensure the protection of her
staff and volunteers, 95 per cent
of whom are women, as well as
strengthen the fight against
crime by sharing information
on criminal matters.
"We have information we
can share with them and they
have information they can
share with us," Ms Lewis said.
"We have our ears on the
ground, and we want to work in
partnership to make our com-
munities safer."
Urban Renewal centres
operate under the Department
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment and host a number of pro-
grammes for children, youth,

vow to improve communities through joint effort

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Ellison Greenslade paid a courtesy call on
Urban Renewal New Providence coordinator Ella Lewis yesterday and
pledged the support of the entire police force in community policing.

families and the elderly - from
marching band groups to
healthy lifestyle clinics and
home visits.

Ms Lewis hopes to see more
police officers engage with res-
idents and familiarise them-
selves with communities to help
root out crime, and Mr
Greenslade pledgedged the full
support of the force.
"Every single police officer,
every single reserve officer is a
neighbourhood policing offi-
cer," Mr Greenslade said.
"What else could they be? I
can't have an officer show up

with a friendly smile and be
polite, and five minutes later a
different kind of police officer
show up. "That is only confus-
ing people. We will all serve
with care, respect and trust,"
he said. Department of Labour
and Social Services deputy per-
manent secretary Rudolph
Pratt also declared support for
"Based on the things we see
happeninging in our country, it's
almost like we are a ship in a
storm and we have to have all
hands on deck," Mr Pratt said.
Urban Renewal centres are
also in need of volunteers and
anyone interested in volun-
teering at any time is urged to

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Urban Renewal Centres:
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contact Ms Lewis at the head
office on Collins Avenue at

Emergency operation 'should reduce dump smoke significantly'

Tribune Staff Reporter

AN emergency operation
costing nearly half a million dol-
lars which got underway yes-
terday at the dump should
result in a significant reduction
in the amount of smoke affect-
ing New Providence by the
weekend, the Minister of the
Environment said. According

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to Dr Earl Deveaux, a 10-hour-
a-day "dozing and dousing"
exercise involving four excava-
tors, four bull-dozers, two water
trucks, four water pumps and
14,000 cubic yards of fill is
expected to finally extinguish
the largest fire ever to catch at
the landfill in just under a

The heavy equipment will be
used to spread the waste and
expose smouldering areas with-
in the dump that firefighters
have found hard to reach.
Once this is achieved, the
burning garbage will be doused
with water and covered with
fill. The dump is currently pro-
ducing large amounts of toxic

fumes, which have left residents
of the nearby Jubilee Gardens
subdivision in particular con-
cern for their health and homes.
A fire broke out at the site
on February 12. Despite the ini-
tial best efforts of firefighters,
the fire spread, creating one
large fire and several smaller
blazes, both on the surface and
within the large mounds of
Dr Deveaux told the media
on Tuesday that he hopes going
forward that more financial
resources can be made avail-
able to the Department of
Environmental Health Services
so it can implement a plan to
manage the landfill in a more
competent and sustainable
manner that will reduce the
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Day, inviting the public to make donations to the Haiti Relief efforts.
This donation also included the proceeds of the Coins for Haiti Drive
held in New Providence on January 19, 2010 with 12 hour remote
broadcasts on Jamz, Cool, Y, and Joy. Through the overwhelming
support of the Bahamian public, Coins for Haiti raised $61,200
within the one day.
Red Cross Director General, Caroline Turnquest, thanked the
partners for organizing these initiatives, "I want to ensure the public
that the funds will be sent to Haiti in short order. Our international
team is doing a tremendous job in assisting the victims of Haiti by
providing food, tents, water and other much needed essentials. In
any disaster, the Red Cross is there."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and the
Haitian-Bahamian community during this extremely difficult period,"
said Barry Malcolm, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas. "We
are pleased to support the Red Cross in their efforts to provide this
much needed assistance to our Haitian brothers and sisters."



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Two of the

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wanted men'



Govt acting aggressively

to remove Bahamas from

tax-haven 'grey list'

TWO of the country's
most wanted men were
apprehended yesterday in
the wake of public appeals
by the police.
Armed robbery suspect
Jeffrey Wilson, 53, of Rock
Crusher Road, New Provi-
dence, was found at the
Orchid Garden Hotel in
Village Road at around
10.30am and was arrested
for questioning in connec-
tion with several armed
Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade said
Wilson was in possession
of a large amount of cash
at the time.
Police then apprehended
David Cooper-Cunning-
ham, known as Crocket, of
Bruce Avenue, also want-
ed for questioning in con-
nection with several armed
robberies. Cunningham
turned himself in at the
Central Detective Unit in
Thompson Boulevard just
before 10am.
Both men are being held
at the Central Detective
Unit (CDU).


Mr Greenslade
expressed his gratitude to
the media for assisting
police efforts and the pub-
lic for coming forward with
"Members of the press, it
works," the Commissioner
said. "Bahamians want to
help us arrest people who
have broken the laws in
this country."
Police are also celebrat-
ing the apprehension of
two men arrested in con-
nection with the recovery
of illegal firearms on Tues-
Mobile division officers
who searched a home in
Hall's Close, off Gladstone
Road, with a warrant at
around 3pm found a hand-
gun and ammunition,
according to Royal
Bahamas Police Force
press officer Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings. A 36-
year-old man was arrested
in connection with the find.
Just 45 minutes later,
Drug Enforcement Unit
officers on patrol in But-
tercup Lane, South Beach,
found a handgun hidden or
discarded in some bushes.
Sgt Skippings said the
DEU officers had followed
a man acting suspiciously
before searching the area,
recovering the firearm and
arresting the man.




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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
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Nineteeen tax deals will be signed by deadline, says Ingraham
Tribune Staff Reporter II / W \Ii r"-iI

GOVERNMENT will have
signed not just the 12 Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements
(TIEA) required for removal
from the tax-haven "grey list"
by the March 31 deadline -
but a total of 19 such agree-
ments, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday.
A TIEA signing with Mexico
this past weekend provided the
Bahamas with a current tally
of 11 such agreements - one
short of the number demanded
by the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Devel-
opment (OECD) and the G-20
(Group of Finance Ministers
and Central Bank Governors
from 20 economies).

Twelve signed TIEAs are
required if this nation is to
avoid economically damaging
sanctions from the internation-
al community.
Addressing parliament as he
made his mid-year budget state-
ment yesterday, Mr Ingraham
said the Bahamas has "moved
aggressively to meet the
requirements" demanded by
the OECD and G-20 on tax
information exchange.
"At present there are 11
signed agreements, and, by the
end of March, we will have exe-
cuted 19 agreements to ensure

our exit from the grey list," he
said. It is not clear at this stage
which countries those remain-
ing agreements will be with, or
the basis upon which the gov-
ernment has determined to sign
seven more TIEAs than the
number presently demanded by
the OECD and G-20.
To date the Bahamas has
signed agreements with the
United States, Argentina, Bel-
gium, France, China, Monaco,
San Marino, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, the United King-
dom and Mexico.
The Bahamas was placed on
the OECD's "grey list" in April
of last year following the G-20
Summit in London. Along with
38 other jurisdictions, it was
deemed "non-cooperative in
relation to (new) international

standards for the exchange of
tax information."
At that time the Bahamas
had signed just one TIEA -
with the US.
In giving his mid-year bud-
get statement, Mr Ingraham
noted the government's action
in negotiating and signing
TIEAs as part of its progress
in "enhancing the competitive-
ness of financial services" in the
Also relevant in this regard,
said Mr Ingraham, is the gov-
ernment's intention to amend
the Investment Funds Act to
"remove restrictions that
impact negatively on Bahamian
investment managers and advis-
ers and the competitiveness of
the Bahamas as a financial cen-

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'Lamentable and inadequate', says PLP Leader
PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday described the prime min-
ister's mid-year Budget statement as a "lamentable and inade-
quate tale of woes with too much self-promotion."
"The prime minister's budget statement is noted for what it
did not say ... Beating the chest to say 'what a good government am
I', does not change the fact of the human suffering that this gov-
ernment has inflicted on the country," said Mr Christie, speaking
after parliament adjourned following the morning session where Mr
Ingraham presented his report.

Mr Christie, flanked by his fellow PLPs, said the party does
not believe the budget statement "adequately addresses the issue
of human suffering in the country, nor does it appreciate the lev-
el of unemployment in the country or say what the government
intends to do to deal with an economy that continues to contract
or crime which continues to rise."
"The prime minister is expert at describing the problem but no
solutions arise. We believe that there is still a need to commit
government resources to providing considerable support for the
thousands who are unemployed and under employed and who
stand to lose their homes. The social safety net was also not
addressed in this statement. It is a glaring gap in the statement,"
said the former prime minister.


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Major electoral
WE AGREE with Opposition leader Per-
ry Christie that there is serious need for elec-
tion campaign reform - in fact it is long
overdue. These reforms should be in place
before another election is held in the
Mr Christie said this reform had to come
from the two major political parties to assure
third-party and independent candidates an
even playing field. These reforms are needed,
not just for third parties and independents,
but for all parties, regardless of size or polit-
ical strength.
The late Basil Kelly, former MP for three
islands that formed the Crooked Island con-
stituency - Crooked Island, Acklins and
Long Cay - was of the same opinion when
dirty tricks defeated him at the polls in the
1987 general election, and two years later
snatched the by-election from him by intim-
idation and bully tactics.
This is the way Mr Kelly put it at the end
of the 1987 campaign: "There is no more we
could have done and stayed within the law.
The rules must be changed and enforced in
order to have free, fair elections under this
PLP government."
Firstly, the electoral register must be cor-
rected and verified in ample time for publi-
cation so that voters will have time to make
certain they are registered in the proper
polling divisions. There must be an earlier cut
off date for the registration of voters so that
the Boundaries Commission can better deter-
mine the number of voters in each con-
stituency, which in turn will determine
whether boundaries will have to be changed
to allow for the growth or decline in popula-
tion in each constituency. The excuse used for
the lateness of the boundaries commission
report in the 2007 election was the lateness of
Bahamians to register, thus depriving the
commissioners of the numbers they needed
to draw the boundaries. Bahamians are not-
ed for leaving everything to the last minute,
but given a definite deadline, they usually
make it to the door on time.
The Boundaries Commission, now com-
posed of politicians, should be independent.
It is only in this way that an objective decision
will be made for the drawing of the bound-
aries without a commissioner running his
pencil down a certain side road to include
supporters of his own party. Boundaries
should be drawn on the number of residents
in each district, not on their political persua-
Now to flash back to the Crooked Island
constituency, 1987. In the 24 settlements of
that sparsely populated constituency of three
islands, there were 550 registered voters. Of
the 550, 503 voted. Some of the registered
voters had died, some were civil servants,
some had left the district, and others did not
vote. There was one protest vote. The PLP
divided that handful of people into 13 polling
divisions, the better to control and intimi-

updated daily at 2pm

reforms needed
date them. In one division 13 votes were cast.
The largest division had 79 voters.
This is what happened to 13 voters from
Binnacle Hill, who were solid supporters of
Mr Kelly, and who were registered at the
Salina Point polling division. Two weeks
before the election the PLP decided to trans-
fer those voters to the Pompey Bay poll. The
Commissioner arrived to amend their cards
from polling division 12 to 11. However, on
the morning of election day the head PLP
general, who was very concerned about the
way the 13 would vote, arrived at the polling
division to announce that the 13 were not
on the voters' register. He ordered them to
go home. It was true. They were no longer on
the list. The day before the election a new
voters' list was sent to the island with instruc-
tions that it was now the official list. The 13
voters' names were no longer on the list.
Through no fault of their own they had been
There must also be more careful scrutiny
of assisted voters. Mr Kelly reported that in
the 1987 election a reverend gentleman asked
that a friend assist him at voting. He claimed
blindness. Two weeks before the election,
Mr Kelly attended the reverend's church and
watched him read the fine print in the Bible.
Another was the case of a young girl
employed as a janitress. She walked into the
poll with a PLP supporter, also claiming
blindness. Her vote had to be verified if she
wanted to save her job.
And then there have been the isolated
cases at other elections. Those who were
obviously imbeciles, who didn't know who
they were, where they were, or why they
were there. Should helpers also be allowed to
drag them in and pass them off as legitimate
voters? However, reform has to go even
further back to the attitude of the electorate.
Too many think that their representerr" is
there for the Christmas ham and turkey, the
odd jobs and a few handouts - in other
words "what you gonna do for me?" For too
many years Bahamians have been encour-
aged to be totally dependent on politicians,
thereby depriving them of their own inde-
pendence and initiative. None of us has to go
too far back to recall the words of Sir Lynden
Pindling - "don't worry, be happy." In oth-
er words leave your future all to him.
In its 1992 Manifesto the FNM said it
placed great emphasis on the elevation of
"our people's spirit in a participatory democ-
racy in which social and economic justice is
the entitlement of every citizen and the
dependency syndrome is a thing of the past."
Bahamians have to learn that they have to
expect more than a ham and a turkey from
their MP. They want a society created in
which they can work to purchase their own
ham and turkey, send their children to school
and spread their entrepreneurial wings as
wide as nature will allow them - without a
politician blocking their upward mobility.

Forget Elizabeth

by-election, fix

the city

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me space to
express a very serious observa-
tion that only sheds light on the
priorities of those who govern
our country.
As the by-election saga in
Elizabeth constituency rages on
and a probable future court
action looms, every radio talk
show and media house enthu-
siastically continue their cover-
age on every aspect of the by-
election in Elizabeth Estates.
As the torch burns and the
crabs walk, the Nassau city
dump burns releasing fumes
that contain very dangerous
chemicals, surrounding neigh-
bourhoods. The fire at the
dump is symbolic of the many
"fires" that burn unattended in
the Bahamas.
Subdivisions such as Jubilee
Gardens and many other areas
continue to inhale extremely
poisonous chemicals like diox-
ins and mercury receive their
daily dose of smoke filled poi-
son, the inside of many homes
smell as if a garbage can was
lit inside their living rooms. In
Bahamian history, I have stud-
ied two instances when the
Bahamas as a nation stood up
to foreigners trying to dispose
of, or offload their garbage
either in our waters or in our
lands. In August of 1970 the
US Army had planned to dump
3000 tons of highly lethal nerve
gas deep in the Atlantic off the
Coast of Florida. The dumping
was to start on August 10th,
1970 164 miles northeast off the
Bahamian islands but was met
with serious protest from the
people of the Bahamas. The
other major garbage protest
took place in 1986 when the
Khian Sea, an ocean-going
barge containing seven tons of
ash from incinerated household
garbage, sailed from Philadel-
phia to dispose of the ash in an
overseas landfill in the
Bahamas. Sixteen years later,
the Khian Sea has returned to
Philadelphia-with its original
load of ash. Over the last 16
years the Khian Sea has sailed
around the world, trying to find
a country - any country -
that would accept the ash for
disposal. The Khian Sea origi-

nally had a contract
Bahamas to accept the
en route the Bahaem
ernment under pres
protest from the peot
Bahamas changed its
reneged. It's now tim
people of the Bah
protest the continued
ing of many of our c
Nassau by allowing the
er methods used in
disposal of our garba
developed city a du
should not be in the
residential and con
properties. What is th
deal with this situati
the by-election in E
takes priority in the m
has consumed the att
all our politicians in
ment and opposition
managing the fires tha
the environment and
As the Nassau ci
burns the poisonous
nation engulfs the Ba
home invasions and
robberies have beco
mon as the cold. Serik
continues to rise just
plumes of smoke f
dump that finds its wa'
homes. Even as Comi
Greenslade came
many new initiatives
election in Elizabeth
takes priority in the
Who is managing the
flames of crime that
through Bahamian so
As the Nassau ci
smoulders, our econoi
ilarly the victim of r
flames conflagration ai
ently is not being g
proper attention req
those in government
and restore it. Our gov
have allowed our Fina
vices industry to stru
fade away instead of
proactive measure
strengthen our country
the face of the Unite
and OECD led initi
close such jurisdictions
continue their strategy


ate new laws every time we
adjust our laws to their require-
ments, they once again "move
the goal post back" on us. We
must unconditionally take bold
steps to save this industry as
with the they have taken bold steps to
e ash, but destroy our Financial Services
*ian gov- Industry in our face, we in the
sure aond Bahamas cannot lose our
ple of the Financial Services Industry as it
mind and has been one of our main indus-
Le for the tries and job providers, yet we
amas to have allowed ourselves to be
d poison- dictated to as our economy
citizens in hinges on the foreign financial
e improp- markets and other economies
the daily but, the by-election in Eliza-
age. In a beth Estates takes priority in
ump site the media. Who is containing
middle of the flames that are retarding
imercial the recovery, growth and devel-
le plan to opment of the economy of
on? Yet, Bahamas?
-lizabeth As the Nassau city dump
nedia and burns - symbolic of all the
mention of threats that pervade every facet
govern- of life in the Bahamas, we must
. Who is move away from the political
t threaten short term "quick vote" job get-
health of ter which all governments have
been guilty of, to long term real
ty dump job solutions for the thousands
crime sit- that graduate high school or
ahamas - return from college every year.
daylight A long term productive job of
me com- substance that positively affects
ous crime and enhances the dignity and
t like the self esteem of every individual
rom the is the only answer. This will aid
y in many in eliminating the anti-social
missioner behaviour that result in the
out with escalation of crime and the pre-
s, the by- sent state of social degradation.
h Estates I pray that our leaders'
e media, response to the fire at the dump
ferocious is not indicative of our leaders
is raging focus on the priorities that face
cityt? our nation. We have what I
ty dump consider a national crisis
my is sim- because someone from every
expressed island in the Bahamas lives on
nd appar- the island of New Providence.
iven the What an opportune time for
[uired by criminals to increase their activ-
t to save ities or illegal immigrants of all
ernments backgrounds to invade, as the
ncial Ser- dump slowly burns and our
iggle and politicians distract the entire
putting in Bahamas and focus only on
es that "Lizzy".
ry even in
ed States ANTHONY
atives to U BOSTWICK
s. As they Nassau,
y and cre- February 20, 2010.

A tribute to Betty Kelly Kenning

EDITOR, The Tribune. ment of swimming in the Albury, Maurice Kelly, John
Bahamas. Cash, and Betty Kelly travelled
The Bahamas and the swim- Let's travel back to the ear- to the Canadian National Exhi-
ming community say farewell ly 1930's - to what you could bition Championships which
to a true Bahamian patriot in call the beginning of "competi- were held in High Park,
the passing of Mrs Betty Kelly tive " swimming in the Ontario from August 26th to
Kenning. Bahamas. It was during these September 5th. Competing in
The Kennings, both John and years that the Shoreham this meet were teams from all
Betty, have been very gener- Aquatics Club was started with over Canada and the NE Unit-
ous in giving back to the Betty Kelly being a part of this ed States.
Bahamian public. I first met successful team. The team will The championships took
Betty some 15 years ago after be remembered for its achieve- place in the COLD and DARK
my wife Nancy did research on ment at two major internation- lake Ontario between bulk-
the history of swimming in the al events. In 1939, a team of heads. The girls remember hav-
Bahamas; it was then that we eight swimmers, David Butler, ing to put grease all over their
realized the important role that Paul Lightbourne, Loree Kelly, bodies so they wouldn't freeze
Betty played in the develop- George Moseley, Kenneth to death. All the swimmers
placed in the top three in their
respective races, and Betty Kel-
St t - _ X tl ly-Kenning still had her 3rd
0 a StpaitO Ofl) l place medal for the junior girls
;nE ums in100m freestyle. In 1941 the
Shoreham Aquatic Club took
I IIMAID~ AlT OM oN IllmDVUD nine boys to compete in the SE
F llJ ET I lMArTES 2 160/32 OIl9 State Championships in North
rCarolina on August llth.These
'HUR ICAN SHUT E S boys performed so well that
Kenneth Albury was offered a
full scholarship at the Univer-
o i0 ad I sity of Miami for January 1942.
i " Mrt mm urMm tu e This never materialized due to
3 m In. 00W,r4 i4" " the war, but judging from the
=do t'1 Na lnd r success this small squad of
-,1 ; m eM t ~uueiiIK w" swimmers had, including Bet-
0 FWWM itnil mNt. ty Kelly-Kenning in their few
So r ,.nSELw ,two VIm r 1d .-to trips abroad, who knows what
Wi MiOnu l 4 ho u~li ian ,I could have happened.
d ~After talking with Betty
some 45 years later and have
her attend our Swift Swimming
^n^,l'.lT~ln.Ii'titl ~ swim meets and also the
The INoq 1 wrhl w4on "t"Wt W"i National Swimming Champi-
U~ &% aw 1 I c0 Sn .Sf^ Sonships it gave me a greater
yaw e wt Ott ti Me i ~ad t dsutw appreciation for her love and
Sc L- shbn 5.-Pm h~e p nt tin fi swam, contribution to the sport of
1 swimming.
As the Bahamian public is
aware Betty Kelly Kenning
made an enormous contribu-
2 _tion to the development of
0Bahamian youth and swimmers
Sa - *a min particular when she basically
N y * fm tm Sm st 3 donated the monies to build the
...first and only 50 meter pool for
the Bahamas. It has helped us
host Regional Championships
ALU~MlINMhlUlRR _W .and put on Olympic qualifying
Sard .i r - rt se- -- S _ swim meets and allowed swim-
f fnrfi *% o manW irteM Me e ie ming in the Bahamas to reach
am wnsm r nv.w ipmp* s new levels of success.
,t ' __ We will miss you, Betty, but
0 ' will be forever grateful for your
impact on our youth and the
building of a better Bahamas.

___ ....__ _... UfANDY &
T * m6H eIi 1i4ffi elO, Mtane1 Grateful swimmers
, Vw*. myula Mmw tu, umilw,, w m n u and coaches
Si ,,-m-,,, - iF w p Nassau,
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Tribune readers: PLP should PU .. 'DA ENVoELOP

pay bills before election court B
TRIBUNE readers over- Q
whelmingly believe that the 1
PLP should be made to pay a ,
its sand government bils BY-ELECTION COURT CHALLENGE
before being permitted to take -.- "..
the Elizabeth by-election ON IN i,, .r
result to election court. rt t A
The Opposition party lost
the Elizabeth contest by just. b
two votes to the governing pm
FNM and have already filed
their challenge with the courts.
However, in the latest online s: " liuPt
poll on, 232
readers said the PLP should te i
settle its debts from similar
legal battles before incurring e
further expenses. Only 85 lie
readers opposed this view. '-- 6 - -6 6 6o i
Commenting on the results, .w2
reader Freda noted that if pri- Losers, "It seems to be the court challenges it mounted . e,
vate citizens don't pay their trend now to contest elections following the 2007 general 'T + t 104
utility bills, they are discon- when one loses. Why can't election.
nected "no matter who we politicians just accept defeat Erasmus Folly pointed out LL
vote for." like in the past, shake hands that even if the PLP were to i 'o1
ToniBear added: "If I don't and move on. Examples need pay all its bills, this new court
pay my bills then I will not be to be set so that this genera- challenge will end up costing Him
afforded the luxury of own- tion and future ones will the public. t
ing my own home, enjoying realise that there is no shame He said: "Having political
my favourite television show in defeat, and it takes a big parties waste time and money .
or chatting to friends online, man to swallow his pride and on court hearings is time and
So likewise how can the PLP lose gracefully." money that all those MPs and
go to election court owing for- Fed Up with Politics agreed lawyers could be dedicating
mer election court debts? that the PLP should "let it to real work that would
Doesn't make sense to me." go." The reader added that if improve the operation of the
Many of those who com- the party really wants to move Bahamian government and
mented on the results of the forward with its challenge, it the country by extension.
poll said the PLP should drop should be made to settle out- Instead, they are engaged in / ,
their challenge altogether. standing bills at ZNS and pay petty squabbles over non-
According to Tired ofSore in full for the failed election issues." r 0

Voters not required in court, PLP claims

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP is denying that the five individuals
who cast protest ballots in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion will have to appear in election court,
although the party says they are likely to do so.
This comes after FNM leader, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, suggested the PLP would not
be able to succeed in their election court bid
unless the five voters presented themselves in
court, and under oath stated their qualifications
to vote in Elizabeth.
"The court will have to be satisfied based on
the evidence produced that the voter had a right
to vote. The voter may come to court or may
not," according to PLP stalwart, Valentine
"The voters are not a party to the action, so it

is not necessary for them to come forward. But
people are not intimidated by the FNM so in all
likelihood they will come forward," said Mr
After a recount of the votes cast on February
16, Duane Sands was up by a slim margin of two
votes. This result will not be declared final until
the court rules on the five protested votes.
Even though the votes in question were cast by
secret ballot, the voters can be identified because
their voter's card number is placed on the coun-
terfoil. Legally, if there is anything on the ballot
itself which identifies the voter, the ballot is void.
"The vote is like a raffle ticket: you tear the
piece off and you vote on that piece. The stub has
the same number as the ballot and their voter
card is written on the stub.
"It is a secret ballot, but it will only not be
made secret if you have to go to court," Mr
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Bahamas agri-expo moves to Larry Cartwright. The expo will ers - producers, buyers and edu- Abaco. The ministry had envis-
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interest, demand and request
from the Family Islands," said
Mr Cartwright, "the vision was
expanded and our focus refined
and we are hosting with local
support ten such expos
throughout the Bahamas.
"In realising the expanded
vision, we called upon farmers,
administrators, teachers, con-
sumers, buyers and sellers, fish-
ermen and producers through-
out the Bahamas to plan and
organise island-based expos.
"The full support of the gov-
ernment is being given to these
expos. Funds are allocated in
our 2009/10 budget to supply
seed money."

Mr Cartwright said his min-
istry has determined to progress
toward food security by encour-
aging increased production in
the areas of vegetable, root
crops, fruits, poultry, marine
resources and livestock.
The ministry is also mandat-
ed to address issues that
adversely impact marine
resources. "In this regard," he
said, "we have created marine
protected areas, and closed the
seasons for the harvesting of
lobster, grouper and stone crab
to ensure their adequacy and
An assessment of agriculture
and fisheries with the assistance
of the Food and Agriculture
Organisation is being under-
"Friendly competition is a
part of the National Expo," said
Mr Cartwright.
"This encourages the best
among producers to achieve the
best they can. With these island
expos, judging for the nationals
"This process now allows for
wider and fairer assessments to
take place. In February 2011,
at the culminating event, the
National Agri-business Expo
competitors in myriad areas will
learn who the winners are," he

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Week of activities to honour

Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield

Exhibition to highlight

contribution to national

development of Bahamas

Tribune Freeport
of special activities is being
planned in Grand Bahama
for the month of March to
honour the late Sir Cecil
Among the celebratory
events to be staged is an
exhibition to highlight Sir
Cecil's significant contri-
butions to the national
development of the
Plans have not yet been
finalised regarding a venue
for the exhibition, but two
locations are being consid-
ered - the Post Office
Building in downtown,
Freeport, or at the govern-
ment complex on the Mall.
April Crowther-Gow,
who heads the planning
committee, is helping
organise a week of activi-
ties that pay tribute to the
life and times of Sir Cecil,
one of the founding mem-
bers and the first leader of
the Free National Move-
She believes it is impor-
tant that young Bahamians
know who Sir Cecil Wal-
lace-Whitfield was and the
significant role he played
in the FNM party and the
She described Sir Cecil
as "one of the architects of
the country's modern era."
The exhibition is slated
for March 15.
An essay competition is
planned for March 17 on
the topics, "Sir Cecil Wal-
lace-Whitfield - the gift of
legacy to Bahamian poli-
tics" and "Sir Cecil Wal-
lace-Whitfield - The life
and times of a great
Bahamian hero."
A special radio talk show
will be held on March 18
when eight associates of Sir
Cecil will give first-hand
accounts of their experi-
ences with the late politi-
cal leader.
Former High Rock MP
Maurice Moore will be one
of those appearing on the

There also will be a Sir
Cecil Family Fun Day on
March 20 at FNM head-
quarters. The week will cul-
minate with a church ser-
vice on March 21.
Sir Cecil was a major
political figure in Bahamian
politics. He died on May 9,
1990 at age 60.
His image is featured on
the $5 Bahamian note.
In 1967, the Progressive
Liberal Party won the gov-
ernment from the United
Bahamian Party (UBP)
under Sir Cecil's chairman-
ship. He was appointed to
the Cabinet by Sir Lynden
Pindling, the then leader of
the PLP.
Sir Cecil spearheaded the
new vision for education,
and under his tenure many
schools were constructed in
the Bahamas.
Disillusioned with the
PLP, he resigned from the
party in 1970 and led the
departure of the "Dissident
He, along with Warren
Levarity, Maurice Moore,
Curtis McMillan, Eldwood
Donaldson, James Shep-
herd, George Thompson
and Arthur Foulkes,
became the Free PLP and
later merged with the UBP
to become the FNM.
After 25 years of PLP
rule, the FNM came to
power for the first time in
1992, two years after Sir
Cecil's death.



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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force
invite bids to the Tenders Board for insurance
coverage on the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force's Patrol Craft, Musical Instruments and
Warehouses. In addition, the coverage must
include the vessels transitioning the Caribbean
and the East Coast of the United States.

2. Specifications and schedules of assets
can be obtained from the Ministry of National
Security, Churchill Building Monday through
Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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3. In providing quotations in respect to all
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Defence Force, the date for commencing of
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one (I) year through 25 April, 2011. The final
date of submission is Friday 26 March, 2010.

4. All submissions are to reach the Ministry
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ON HIS landfall in the
Bahamas five centuries ago,
Christopher Columbus report-
ed that "the song of the little
birds might make a man wish
never to leave here."
"The flocks of parrots that
darken the sun and the large
and small birds of so many
species are so different from
ours that it is a wonder,"
Columbus wrote in his log.
Back then, there were as
many as 34 species of para-
keets, macaws, and parrots
throughout the Caribbean. But
within a few hundred years all
12 macaw species disappeared,
along with two thirds of the
parakeets and a third of the
parrot species.
The Bahama Parrot - the
bird described by Columbus as
being so numerous - once lived
throughout the Bahamian arch-
ipelago, in all areas with food-
bearing plants. But it survives
today only in the most rugged
regions of Abaco and Inagua.
The pinelands of the south-
ern third of Abaco are the par-
rot's primary stronghold on that
Parrots occur island-wide on
Inagua, but are patchy in dis-
tribution. And with a popula-
tion of less than 7,000 today on
both islands, scientists say the
risk of extinction is high.
The Abaco population is
unique in that it is the only
ground nesting parrot in the
Western Hemisphere (Inagua
parrots nest in tree cavities).
Unfortunately, this unusual
behaviour makes them easy
prey for cats, rats and raccoons.
These birds spend up to 23
hours a day in their ground cav-
ity nests during the month eggs
are being incubated.
And researchers have deter-
mined that cats can kill half of
the nesting females in one year
alone. Racoons were intro-
duced to Abaco in the early
1990s and only made matters
As is often the case in con-
servation, the establishment of
the Abaco National Park began
with a quest to rescue this
charismatic endangered species
from extinction.
The Bahamas National Trust
became concerned about the

survival of the ground-nesting
parrot in the early 1970s.
Owens Illinois (then the
biggest landholder on the
island) had agreed to set aside a
hundred acres of pineland for
the parrot, but the BNT knew
that more protection was need-
The New York Zoological
Society was enlisted to develop
a conservation plan whose main
goal was the protection of par-
rot habitat. Ornithologist Rose-
marie Gnam was sent to Abaco
in 1983 to undertake a long-
term field study on the parrot
to back up this plan.
Her research confirmed that
only a thousand parrots
remained in the wild on Abaco
and identified perdition, habitat
loss and natural disasters as the
main conservation threats. By
the end of her nine-year study,
Gnam was calling for urgent
measures to save the parrots.
These efforts drew the atten-
tion of the RARE Center for
Tropical Bird Conservation -
an organisation that uses social
marketing techniques to pro-
mote bio-diversity conservation
around the world.
In 1990 RARE teamed up
with the BNT, the government,
and Abaco Friends of the Envi-
ronment to launch a massive
public education programme
modelled on similar efforts in
other countries.
And in 1992, the Abaco par-
rot became a highly publicised
symbol for the Bahamian quin-
centennial celebration of
Columbus' landfall.
At least four proposals were
submitted to government by the
BNT over a period of 16 years
recommending that important
parrot habitat in South Abaco
receive protection.
But the park was finally
established in 1994 as a result of
this successful "national pride"
public education campaign.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham (the Member of Par-
liament for North Abaco) cred-
ited the "consistent and persis-
tent" letter writing by school-

children as a major factor in the
government's decision to cre-
ate the park.
The BNT was granted a 99-
year lease on 20,500 acres, with
the proviso that traditional uses
of the area for hunting would
be allowed to continue.
The authority to manage
such protected areas through-
out the country is derived from
the Bahamas National Trust
Act of 1959, which gives the
organisation full responsibility
for the preservation of the "nat-
ural aspect, features, and ani-
mals, plants, and marine life"
of land and sea areas.
It is the only non-govern-
mental organisation in the
world to administer a national
park system.
In 2000, University of Florida
scientists joined with the BNT
and Friends of the Environ-

ment (with funding from the
Disney Foundation) to imple-
ment a new public awareness
programme on Abaco called
"People and Parrots".
This initiative was designed
to explain the economic bene-
fits that the park and its wildlife
could bring to local communi-
In 2002, the Abaco National
Park was designated an Impor-
tant Bird Area by the BNT -
using criteria developed by
BirdLife International -
because of its importance as
breeding habitat to the endan-
gered parrot and also because it
is a stronghold for two endem-
ic bird species - the Bahama
Swallow and the Bahama Yel-
But despite increasing public
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This scholarship is for a well-rounded student with proven,
strong academic and sports performance.

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Parrots in Abaco




National Park

FROM page eight

support as a result of these pro-
grammes, survival prospects for
the parrot continued to deteri-
By 2004, there were only 77
breeding pairs left on Abaco.
About a third of these were
predated by wild cats, and half
of the remaining pairs did not
survive hurricanes Frances and
This led the BNT to under-
take an urgent predator control
project in conjunction with Par-
rots International - a Califor-
nia-based organisation dedicat-
ed to the conservation of endan-
gered parrots. The removal of
non-native predators is the
biggest contribution that con-
servationists can make towards
improve the parrot's survival
Trapping and removal of fer-
al cats began in early 2005, fol-
lowed by a census to determine
nesting success.
And each year of predator
control has been estimated to
reduce the extinction pressure
on the parrots by a third.
The Abaco National Park is
dominated by pine woodlands
interspersed with pockets of
broad-leaved evergreen cop-
pice. Several types of wetlands
are found in the park, together
with two inland blue holes and a
significant portion of Abaco's
underground fresh water
Currently, the park's only
physical infrastructure is a net-
work of disused logging roads.
This road network makes it
much easier to traverse the for-
est on foot or by vehicle.
However, the roads also dis-
turbed parrot breeding habitat,
which is no longer suitable for
Conservationists argue that
the park boundaries should be
extended to encompass more
breeding and feeding habitats.
And it is important to discour-
age incompatible development
on land adjacent to the park.
The pine forests were logged
for lumber from 1908 to 1916
by the Bahamas Timber Com-
pany of Minnesota.
Lumber was again harvested
from the park in the early 1940s
by the Abaco Lumber Compa-

ny, and the trees were cut again
in the 1960s for pulp to make
paper products by Owens-Illi-
nois. The Owens-Illinois land
concession reverted to the gov-
ernment in the early 1970s.
Evidence of the logging oper-
ation can be found throughout
the park in the form of old trails
and remnants of the logging
tram railway used to transport
lumber to processing plants and
docks. The lumber companies
left five seed-bearing trees on
each acre so that the pine forest
could regenerate itself.
Today the park serves as a
refuge for an abundance of
plants, animals and natural com-
munities, a number of which are
considered threatened or
It is home to the Pygmy Boa,
an endemic snake; the rare
Bahama Pintail Duck and Kirt-
land's Warbler, and the White
Crowned Pigeon.
According to Anthony
White, author of 'A Birder's

Guide to the Bahama Islands',
"Abaco has the best birding of
any island in the Bahamas."
And the park holds great
potential to support nature-
based recreational activities and
sustainable economic opportu-
nities that benefit local com-
Critical conservation threats
include incompatible develop-
ment, an altered forest fire
regime, invasive plants and ani-
mals, litter and pollution, recre-
ational impacts, natural disas-
ters and climate change.
The BNT's management
goals seek to address or min-
imise these negative impacts
while promoting economic
opportunities for Bahamians
consistent with the park's mis-

* Written by Larry Smith,
Media Enterprises Ltd, for the
Bahamas National Trust. For
more information call 393-1317
or visit




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Kemp Road community


INCREASED police pres-
ence and educating the public
about conflict resolution are the
solutions for crime deterrence
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Greenslade, officer in-charge
of Northeastern Division on
Wulff Road said.
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rent to crime, and in short order
you will see increased police
presence in both foot and
mobile patrols," Supt
Greenslade said.
"We raided a number of
establishments in this area,
based on public information
given to us by residents," he
added during a walkabout of
the Kemp Road community by
the Wulff Road Police Station
and the Kemp Road Urban
Renewal Centre on Saturday.
After several stabbing inci-
dents, the police want to edu-
cate persons on how to resolve
issues without stabbing or fight-
ing one another, Supt
Greenslade said.

A number of government
agencies also participated in the
community walkabout to sup-
port and join the efforts of
Kemp Road Urban Renewal
Centre and the Wulff Road
Police Station.
"We have the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, Her
Majesty's Prison, L W Young
Junior High School, and Kemp
Road Urban Renewal Centre,"
Supt Greenslade said.
"We are here to reassure the
residents of the northeastern
community that we are one
team with one vision, building a
safe Bahamas for everyone to
work in, live in and visit."
He also reinforced that the
public should inform the police
about criminal activity they wit-
ness in their communities.

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hands with high-ranking police officers during the community walk-
about on February 20, 2010. Pictured is Police Superintendent Ash-
ton Greenslade, officer in-charge of the Northeastern Division, greet-
ing a Kemp Road resident.

POLICE SUPERINTENDENT Ashton Greenslade, officer in-charge of the
Northeastern Division, leads the community walkabout on February 20,

"The public is urged to give
police information about per-
sons in possession of unlicensed
firearms, or other crimes being
committed in this area."
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eastern division at 394-4540 or
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them know together we can
make a difference with the
crime problem in our country,"
said Supt Greenslade.

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FROM page one 'Weathering' economic storm

described the report as an
exercise intended to enlight-
en the public with information
by which it can make its own
assessment on how the Gov-
ernment is using and managing
public funds. However, it
included no major surprises.
By the close of the first six
months of the 2009/2010 bud-
get period, the Prime Minis-
ter provided figures which
showed that at $140.1 million,
the Government spent rough-
ly $150 million more on capital
projects in the first six months
of the 2009/2010 budget year
than it did in 2009.
That figure represented 55
per cent of the total amount
the Government has allocat-
ed for capital expenditure in
the entire 2009/2010 budget
year, said Mr Ingraham.
On the other side of the
budget, the Government had
by December 31 spent just
under $10 million more on
"recurrent" costs - those that
do not result in the acquisition
or enhancement of an asset,
such as public sector salaries
- than it had forecast in June
2009, at $742.8 million.
Its recurrent revenue, in
light of weaker than expected
economic activity in the latter
part of 2009 than was antici-
pated in June, was "lower than

expected", said Mr Ingraham.
If it were not for a number
of "one-off revenue collec-
tions" totaling $84 million
which had not been included
in the 2009/2010 budget fore-
cast, total recurrent revenue
collections would have dipped
$76 million lower than in the
corresponding time period in
As it was, those one-off pay-
ments gave the government an
extra $8 million in revenue
than forecast up to December
31, at $634.9 million. The areas
that were primarily responsi-
ble for the shortfall seen
before the $84 million pay-
ment boost were with respect
to: Import and Export duties
($21.9 million less than fore-
cast), Stamp Tax ($21.7 mil-
lion less) and Excise Tax
($13.1 million less).
Mr Ingraham said: "The
totals for expenditure and rev-
enue for the first six month
period of the fiscal year must
be viewed with caution as
there are seasonal and other
timing factors in play which
will only be eliminated when
accounts are closed at the end
of the fiscal year. Accordingly,
allowance must be made for
these types of factors in
analysing the data."

In terms of economic per-
formance, Mr Ingraham
revealed that while the admin-
istration had predicted total
declines in growth of 3.5 per
cent for the economy in the
2008/2009 budget cycle and 0.5
per cent in the 2009/2010 bud-
get cycle, even these uninspir-
ing projections have proved to
be too optimistic to date -
with 2009 thus far bringing
with it a four per cent decline
in economic growth, and 2010
now projected to see a greater
one per cent decline.
"The economy is expected
to strengthen as we move
through 2010 and positive
growth on an annual basis is
expected to return in 2011 and
beyond," said Mr Ingraham.
Depicting the global and
domestic economic back-
ground against which these fig-
ures have emerged, the Prime
Minister noted that while eco-
nomic developments in the US
have been "more encouraging
than we anticipated at the time
of the 2009/2010 Budget Com-
munication" with the econo-
my of our northern neighbour
and prime tourist market hav-
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growth at the end of 2009 after
four straight quarters of

arrears in 2009 - private sec-
tor arrears rising by 42.4 per
cent or $324.3 million, repre-
senting 17.6 per cent of total
loans - and banks adopted
more conservative lending
Suggesting reduced demand
for home purchases, among
other things, mortgage growth
diminished by $90.8 million to
$120.3 million, said Mr Ingra-
At the same time, external
reserves rose by $256 million,
to $818.4 million at the end of
December, "equivalent to a
projected 19.5 weeks of non-
oil imports, up from 13.1

weeks at the end of 2008."
Parliamentarians return on
Monday to debate the Mid-
Year Budget Statement and
Supplementary Appropria-
tions Bills calling for the re-
allocation of funds within Min-
istries and Departments.
Ministers are also expect-
ed to provide a breakdown of
the ways in which money has
been spent in their individual
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host over gun claim

FROM page one

After being released, Mr Bodie told ZNS
news that he had no grudge with the police.
He explained that he intended the comment
to be facetious and that he does not, in fact,
know where to purchase an illegal firearm.
Mr Bodie said his comments were born
out of the fear and anger he shares with mem-
bers of the public over the rising crime rate
and the fact that it has become very easy for
people to get guns.
The talkshow host is no stranger to controversy. Having already
been disbarred from the legal fraternity many years ago, he was
accused last year of attempting to charge listeners who contact-
ed him after hours for legal advice. Mr Bodie has strongly denied
these claims.

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FROM page one COB hits back

The most vocal critic of the
festival, filmmaker and founder
of the Bahamas Film Festival
Celi Moss, has publicly lam-
basted the college for using its
resources to honour Sir Sidney,
questioning what the Academy
Award-winning actor and diplo-
mat has done to further arts in

the Bahamas.
"When it comes to the arts
in the Bahamas he's done noth-
ing," claimed Mr Moss, who
plans to protest at COB this
However, Dr Strachan criti-
cised Mr Moss for putting forth
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ignores Sir Sidney's contribu-
tions to the country and the
international community.
"I could easily dismiss the
activities of Celi Moss as rank
opportunism, as a classic exam-
ple of someone believing that
any publicity is good publicity,
no matter how foolish the
cause," said Dr Strachan in a
statement issued yesterday.
"But I have run into people
who make me think otherwise."
Yesterday Mr Moss said Sir
Sidney owes the arts communi-
ty an apology.
"Even when you look at his
philanthropy compared to his
peers, it's been minimal at best,"
he said. "I'm not saying he's not
a great filmmaker but he has an
obligation to give back."
He noted that other Bahami-
ans who have found success
internationally, like athletes
Mark Knowles and Tonique
Williams-Darling, have estab-
lished youth camps to foster tal-
But the professor thinks this
outlook is fueled by a narrow-
minded "sense of entitlement."
Dr Strachan said: "We
believe 'Bahamianess' is one
thing and one thing only. I am
saddened by the artists who
wish we wouldn't have this
event. Their outlook stinks of
a 'what have you done for me
lately' attitude.
"What they are basically say-
ing is that despite the fact that
Sidney Poitier helped change
the world for all black people,
he is not worth remembering,
honouring or studying because
he didn't do some specific things
for this community that they
think are paramount."
Sir Sidney helped fund an
infant Progressive Liberal Party,
was part of the movement fight-
ing to end segregation and

racism in America, gave schol-
arships to Bahamians, and has
cast a number of Bahamians in
his films, said Dr Strachan.
In 1971, his film "Buck and
the Preacher" had its world pre-
miere in Nassau with proceeds
reportedly aiding the building
of the Jordan Prince William
High School. Another film,
"Uptown Saturday Night" pre-
miered in the Bahamas in the
1970s with the Stapledon School
for Children the beneficiary of
the premiere.
Still, to many this is not
enough because "it seems he
didn't help today's struggling
Bahamian artists directly, mon-
etarily, by 'putting in a word'
or by showing up every sum-
mer and teaching a class in
method acting," said Dr Stra-
chan, himself a filmmaker, play-
wright and novelist.
The Sir Sidney Poitier film
festival and conference explores
the good and bad of the Cat
Island native's career and its
impact on society.
Although born in Miami in
1927 during his parents' visit to
Florida, Sir Sidney - the son
of a poor tomato farmer -
grew up in Cat Island. Sir Sid-
ney has also served as the
Bahamas' ambassador to Japan
and was made an Honorary
Knight Commander by the
British in the 1970s for his con-
tribution to the arts.
He is the first black actor to
win an Academy Award for a
lead performance (Lilies of the
Field in 1963). Many of his films
tackled racial themes and have
been heralded for helping to
break down social barriers
between whites and blacks dur-
ing an era of racial segregation.
A film festival showing 20 of
Sir Sidney's movies is held at
COB until Saturday.

FROM page one Mid-year budget

spending and revenue has
remained within projections
made in June of last year when
the 2009/2010 budget was first
In presenting that statement,
the Prime Minister also dis-
closed that, even without fur-
ther borrowing, the Bahamas
government's indebtedness
reached unanticipated levels in
the first six months of the
2009/2010 budget cycle.
The Prime Minister revealed
that in the period ending
December 31, 2009, alone -
the level of public debt rose
three per cent beyond that
anticipated for the entire
2009/2010 budget period - to
46 per cent of Gross Domestic
In this regard, Mr Ingraham
drew attention to the fact that
his administration has under-
taken "necessary extraordinary
fiscal measures to support the
economy and workers," opting
to continue to spend on
employment-creating public
works, among other things,
despite growing indebtedness.
Such fiscal behaviour was not
in keeping with his administra-
tion's previously conservative
policies in this area, aimed at
maintaining a "relatively
favourable debt position," he
"Accordingly, while we will
maintain the short-term stimu-
lus that we are providing to the
economy and Bahamian work-
ers, as global and domestic con-
ditions recover, we will frame
fiscal policies so as to arrest the
rise in the public debt burden
and reverse its course back to
more acceptable and prudent
levels," said Mr Ingraham, not-

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ing the downgrading of the
Bahamas sovereign credit rat-
ing by Standard and Poor's as a
result of the government
increased levels of deficit
spending and indebtedness over
the last year.
The Prime Minister outlined
some steps already taken by the
government over the last six
months towards eventually
guiding the country's public
finances to a return to lower
levels of indebtedness, includ-
ing progress on achieving the
"critical" twin goals outlined in
the 2009/2010 Budget Commu-
nication of maximising the gov-
ernment's ability to successful-
ly collect monies owed to it -
such as various taxes like Real
Property Tax or Import and
Export tax - and to get more
out of the money it spends
through greater efficiency.
In addition to reform of Cus-
toms, the Government's pri-
mary revenue collection arm,
to bring it into line with "best
international practices in its
operations and procedures,"
the Prime Minister noted that
consultations have now been
concluded on a Discussion
Paper introduced last year on
strengthening accountability
and transparency in public
financial administration, and a
"new and modern" Financial
Administration and Audit Act
intended to effect such
strengthening is now being
Meanwhile, a new Central
Revenue Administration is
being developed to administer a
"broad range of taxes" in a
more modern and effective
Mr Ingraham said more
details on how the Government
intends to pull the public
finances back into more
favourable shape as the eco-
nomic recovery expected to ful-
ly kick-in in 2011 begins will be
outlined in the 2010/2011 Bud-
get Communication, set for
June 2010.
The Prime Minister empha-
sised that the Government is
now seeking to adjust the recur-
rent and capital expenditures
outlined in the initial 2009/2010
budget - shifting monies with-
in certain ministries and depart-
ments - but "importantly"
remains committed to staying
within the total expenditure
limits already approved by par-
liament for expenditure in fiscal
year 2009/2010 at the time of
the Budget (June 2009) and in
the November (2009) Supple-
mentary Appropriations."
The Prime Minister tabled
two Bills that call for Supple-
mentary Recurrent Expendi-
ture of $35.6 million and Sup-
plementary Capital Expendi-
ture of $48.6 million. The Mid-
Year Budget Report and these
Bills will be debated at the next
sitting of parliament, on Mon-
day March 1.
The full text of the Prime
Minister's statement can be
read on the Free National
Movement's website, at
Parliamentarians will return
to debate the Mid-Term Bud-
get Report and Supplementary
Appropriations Bills on Mon-
day, March 1.


Man gets three year sentence

FROM page one

Kikivarakis was sentenced by Magistrate Carolita Bethell to
three years imprisonment on each drug charge. The sentences are
to run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a year in prison on
the deceit charges. The sentences are to take effect from Novem-
ber 11, 2009. Inspector Ercell Dorsette was the prosecutor.
Two Jamaican men have already pleaded guilty to the charges
and have been sentenced to three years in prison. The prosecu-
tion is proceeding with its case against a fourth man - Haywood
Virgill Cartwright, 42, of Hard Bargain, Long Island.
* A woman who was found with a pound and a half of cocaine
in her underwear was sentenced to eight months in prison yes-
terday after pleading guilty to the charge.
Sheryl Rosie Russell, 36, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to con-
spiring to possess and export a quantity of cocaine with intent to
supply. She also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with
intent to supply as well as taking preparatory steps to export the
drugs. Russell was standing trial with another woman. The tri-
al was nearly complete.
According to police on Tuesday July 5,2005, Russell, while on
her way to the United States, was searched at a security check-
point at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, after a secu-
rity officer noticed a bulge in the front of her pants. She was sub-
jected to a second search and a black plastic wrap containing one
and a half pounds of cocaine was found in her underwear. Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel sentenced Russell to eight months on
each charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.




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STUDENTS of Maurice E
Moore Primary School in
Grand Bahama recently
embarked on a one-day educa-
tional excursion to the capital. . .
On a tour organised by the ' ,
Bahamas Educational Tours " '
(BET), a group of 60 students,
teachers, administrators and
parents of grades one and two "
enjoyed an informative and I " - i
fun-filled day in Nassau.
For many, the trip to New
Providence was a first-time
experience, beginning with an
early morning flight on Western Hanna. Michele Coburn, BET
Air, a long-time partner of spokesperson, said the grad
BET's. After enjoying break- one students of Maurice E
fast in downtown Nassau, some Moore Primary made history
of the students visited a local as one of the youngest group
school for a brief exchange. to ever visit Governmen
Then it was off to Govern- House. "The entire group
ment House in private charter grades one and two, present
buses for a courtesy call on the His Excellency with a gift. He
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them. I would definitely
describe the visit as a highlight
of their trip," she said.
The guided one-day tour of
Nassau is widely recognized as
one of BET's signature trips.
Additional features include
a city tour and a visit to histor-
ical sites like Fort Fincastle and
the Queen's Staircase. Also, a
visit to Atlantis, Paradise
Island, allowed the youngsters
to see live dolphins swimming
in the lagoon.
Squeals of delight filled the
air as students got up close and
personal with flamingoes at the
Ardastra Garden and Zoo.
"To actually stand amongst
our national birds that they've
only seen in pictures was a
memorable experience," com-
mented one of the teachers.
Accompanying the group
students and faculty was Miss
Bahamas World Joanna
"I had a good time interact-
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all the trip was great," she said.
Along with the educational
aspects, the eager youngsters
got a chance to unwind during
lunch at the Mall at Marathon
where they also shopped and
spent time in the game room.
"At Bahamas Educational
Tours, our main focus is to help
teachers bring their lessons to
life. By offering personalised
service for each group, we take
the hassle out of arranging and
booking school tours. Our field
trips are exciting, educational
and fun, and travelling is always
great exposure for the kids,"
Ms Coburn said. Besides Nas-
sau, BET offers guided school
trips to Grand Bahama, Bimini,
Abaco, Eleuthera, Long Island,
Exuma, Cat Island, Andros,
Inagua and even abroad.

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relationship between the Cancer Cente, Bahama and the
aGovernment of Antigua.
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Centre and Professor Karol Sikora, Director of Medical Oncology,
reviewed Baby M at Mount St John's Medical Centre in Antigua
during their monthly Cancer clinic there-

'Tlbis child has a curable cancer and can go on to a full life given the
right treatment' said Professor Sikora 'and Radiation treatment is at
present not yet available in the OECS territories'.

'We, currently deploy some of our staff to conduct clinics, and we
administer chemotherapy on site in Antigua' said
Professor Hon. Arthur Porter, 'however our intent is to
build a sister facility in Antigua capable of providing
Radiotherapy to the Eastern Caribbean. Until that time, however,
we will treat the Radiotherapy patients in Nassau

Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Baldwin Spencer, visited the clinic and met
with baby M and the medical staff.

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- Officials at the Ministry of
Health and the Department of
Public Health are "moving
ahead" with plans for the con-
struction of a mini-hospital on
mainland Exuma, Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis
recently announced.
Dr Minnis said the construc-
tion of the mini-hospital will
result in the provision of
improved services to residents
of the area that, in turn, should
further improve health out-
comes there.
The Health Minister said
renovations are also scheduled
to be undertaken at a number
of the healthcare facilities in
the Exuma and Ragged Island
Districts within "this budget
year" as part of the govern-
ment's commitment to further
improving healthcare services
to Exuma, its cays and Ragged
Dr Minnis was in Exuma to
participate in the hand-over
ceremony of an ambulance and
a defibrillator that were donat-
ed to healthcare officials at the
George Town Clinic.
"The comfort of now having
a functional ambulance and
other emergency resuscitative
equipment such as the defibril-
lator will go a long way toward
improving the management and
resuscitation of patients," Dr
Minnis said.
"The donation of these two
vital pieces of equipment is crit-
ical to the resuscitation of
patients and improvement of
healthcare services, brought
about through community lead-
ership and participation.
"I take this opportunity to
express my ministry's appreci-
ation and gratitude to the Ding-
man and Clemente families,
volunteers and other stake-
holders for their generosity in
the donation of the ambulance
and defibrillator," Dr Minnis
The Health Minister said the

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opportune time as healthcare
officials move forward with
their plans to construct the new
He said a review of expen-
diture for emergency medical
services revealed that
$683,346.80 was spent by the
Department of Public Health
on the evacuations of residents
requiring emergency transport
services from the District for
the period July, 2008 to Janu-
ary, 2010.
Of this amount, $211,000 was
spent for the evacuation of per-
sons requiring air transporta-
tion from the Exuma and
Ragged Island.
"Our data also showed that
43 persons from Exuma
required air ambulatory ser-

vices during this period," Dr
Minnis said.
"The leading causes for these
evacuations were trauma result-
ing from traffic accidents and
intentional violence and injuries
totaling 12 cases; chronic, non-
communicable diseases and
related conditions (seven cas-
es) and seizures, accounting for
five cases."
Dr Minnis said that as part
of the preparations leading to
the construction of the mini-
hospital and the renovation of
some of the existing facilities,
officials from the Ministry of
Health, the Department of
Public Health and the Public
Hospitals Authority will con-
duct first responders training
for at least 20 persons begin-
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in The Bahamas February 17th to 22nd

Hundreds run for international friendship

THE World Harmony Run,
a global torch relay that pro-
motes international friendship
and understanding, came to the
Bahamas for the second time
last week, en-route through
more than 100 countries.
Dozens of schools and hun-
dreds of children on the three
islands - New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Exuma -
participated by running and
holding the torch for peace and
friendship. Day one of the Har-
mony Run events, which began
on February 17, included school
visits to the Teleos School,
Westminster College and St
John's College in Nassau.

A official reception at Gov-
ernment House was held in the
evening where Governor Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna received the
Harmony Torch and the Torch
Bearers Award presented by
Ambassador Davidson Hep-
burn. The reception also fea-
tured a special exhibit entitled
"Paintings for World Harmo-
ny" by the event's founder, Sri
Chinmoy, which will stay in the
On the second day, the torch
travelled to Grand Bahama
where over nine schools car-
ried the torch in a relay.
On the day three, the torch
arrived in Exuma, and over a
100 youth and children partici-
pated in the 13-mile run.

The torch then returned to
New Providence where the
World Harmony Run took
place last Saturday. Several
hundred people took part in
the 20-mile route through the
streets with 18 exchange points

with different school teams and
Royal Police Cadets relaying
the torch for an overwhelming
walk to the finish with Special
Needs and Special Olympics
holding the torch into the clos-
ing ceremony at Arawak Cay.

Then on the fifth day, the
World Harmony Run Torch
Team bid farewell to the
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before the official international
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expected to attend the opening
Beginning in 1987, the World
Harmony Run was founded by
international 'Dreamer of
World-Oneness' and student of
peace Sri Chinmoy. His dream
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The Tribune


Tribune Features Reporter
DURING Ash Wednesday servic-
es last week, Catholics and
Anglicans were urged to
"Remember that you are dust, and to
dust you shall return" from the offici-
ating priest as they walked back to
their pews with the cross ash on their
Those ashes were a symbolic reminder
of a Christian's own fallen nature, the
understanding that their existence
depends on God, and without Him they
are nothing, 'but blown away like dust in
the breeze.'
Lent is part of the Christian's prepara-
tion to celebrate what is regarded as the
greatest time in Christian history: the
Passover, and death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. The gospels recall the story
of Jesus retreating into the wilderness,
where he fasted for forty days, and was
tempted by the devil.
Jesus overcame all three of Satan's
temptations by citing scripture to the
devil, at which point the devil left him,
angels ministered to Jesus, and he began
his ministry.
Jesus further said that his disciples

should fast "when the bridegroom shall
be taken from them" (Matthew 9:15), a
reference to his Passion (death, burial
and resurrection).
Since, presumably, the apostles fasted
as they mourned the death of Jesus,
Christians have traditionally fasted dur-
ing the annual commemoration of his
Monsignor Alfred Culmer of St
Thomas More Catholic Church said that
"we need to prepare ourselves mentally,
physically, and spiritually for the obser-
vance of Palm Sunday, March 28."
Sometimes people talk about giving up
something for Lent, and some believe in
taking on more for Lent. Monsignor
Culmer encouraged Catholics to pray
more as prayer is one of the three
penances that characterize the Lenten
practice, in addition to fasting and the giv-
ing of alms.
"Prayer is like capturing moments in
our lives when God is directly intervening
but we're too busy to recognize what he's
saying and doing," said Monsignor
"That's when the spirit takes us into the
presence of God and we have that sense
of the mystery of God," said Monsignor
Culmer. "That's what I was trying to get
the congregation to look at on Ash
Wednesday. We have lost a sense of mys-
tery and awe that we need to recapture.


1. DON'T CHECK your email every five minutes. Those extra 25 minutes
may give you an allowable margin of freedom to pray.
2. GET AWAY from any distractions or noise to get into the presence of
3. STEP BACK, quiet yourself, and meditate on Jesus' sacrifice for you and
his blessings on your life that you may take for granted. It's a humbling thing
4. "IF YOU FAIL, pick yourself up and start again," says Monsignor Alfred
Culmer. "The same kind of fidelity that is required in a relationship with a
person is required in our relationship with God."

"We've gotten into the routine of life.
The mystery of life and the awesome
presence of God in our lives is missing,"
he said.
Monsignor Culmer says that this
shouldn't be so in a country gifted with
such a beautiful environment. For this
reason, people should be filled with a
deeper sense of awe and mystery.
"People drive by the sea and just see it
for what it is, but to capture the presence
of God in nature and in our lives is amaz-
ing," said Monsignor Culmer.
"I don't think they will allow those 40
days to go by without capturing that
moment," he said. "There's a heightened
sensitivity now, and a lot of people will be

fasting and praying so that they can help
some others in need."
Encapsulating the last aspect of
penance, which is almsgiving, Monsieur
Culmer says: "Some people will be moti-
vated more to do things, as there are a lot
of people in our own community that
have lost jobs and have families and so
"People will sacrifice things for them-
selves, and others will sacrifice to help
others, for relief efforts in Haiti but also
Monsignor Culmer suggests that chari-
ty begins home, and highly recommends
acts of benevolence toward relief efforts
in the Haitian earthquake.

'Leprosy' in the

Bible - What is it?


THE WORD Leprosy is found in the
Bible. This disease provoked fear, suf-
fering, isolation and eventually death.
But, was Leprosy a single skin disease
Biblically? Or was it a whole group of
Let us look at the origin of the word.
The word in the Hebrew Bible that we
translate as "Leprosy" is Tsara'ath. This
word was not a precise medical term
referring to a specific disease rather it
seem to refer to a whole range of disfig-
uring conditions animate and inanimate
objects. The Linguistic root of
"Tsara'ath" means "smiting" so it is
quite possible that Tsara'ath was a gen-
eral term for certain severe skin dis-
eases than a particular condition.
The Jewish Talmud maintains a simi-
lar view, arguing that Tsara'ath referred
generally to any disease that produces

sores and eruptions on the skin.
However, when the Hebrew Bible was
translated into Greek (The Septuagent)
the Greek word lepra was used for
Tsara'ath. Like Tsara'ath, Lepra was a
rather vague term indicating a variety of
skin conditions and diseases. The
English translators changed "lepra" to
leprosy since this appeared to be the
nearest to the word lepra.
What then was the leprosy of the
Bible? Was it what we called True
Leprosy or Hansen's disease today?
The answer is No. The Hebrew word
Tsara'ath may have included true lep-
rosy (Hansen's disease) but also other
skin diseases. Remember, the original
translation meant not a specific disease
but a variety of disfiguring skin condi-
tions that cause rejection by society.
Some of the newer bibles use the word
skin disease instead of Leprosy. Today
there are about thirty conditions which

LEPROSY is caused by a bacteria and is progressive and affects the peripheral nerves and
the skin.

can be confused with True Leprosy
(Hansen's disease).
True leprosy is caused by a bacteria
and is progressive and affects the

peripheral nerves and the skin.
Eventually, it caused numbness, muscle

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 * PG 33

The open


GENESIS 4: 6-7
And the Lord said ,:
unto Cain, why art
thou wroth? And why .
is thy countenance ALLI'( )N
fallen? If thou doest MIILLER
well, shalt thou not be
accepted? and if thou
doest not well, sin lieth
at the door."
This scripture reminds me of the fact that we have to be careful
what we allow to enter into our minds and our spirits. Actions and
words are reflection of thoughts that we think about. If enough time
is given to those thoughts it is only a matter of time before they
manifest into reality.
In this passage of scripture Cain got upset with Abel because
Abel's gift was accepted by God. Many times in our lives we get
mad at people because they are prospering. Rather than ask them
what they did to become that way we become angry and that opens
the door to jealousy. We must understand that sin CAN NOT be
contained. Jealousy will lead to contempt and that will lead to
hatred. How is it that, as children of the most high God can justify
hatred being found in us? (The only exception is when we hate sin)
That is simply because we leave the door open for the devil to creep
in our minds and often times we entertain the foolishness that he
Some of the things we think about we know that we should not
give place to them because we know what the word of God says.
Anything that seeks to exhalt itself about the knowledge of God we
are to cast down. Another scripture says "whatsoever things are
lovely, good, pure and of a good report think on these things." We
have the 'how to.' We just need to apply it.
What happens is we pay the price for havoc that we allow him
(the devil) to reap. Yes I said, "allow" because the devil doesn't
have any power over us unless we give it to him. I wonder some-
times what we think of the Bible. If we honestly think that it can be
of any assistance to our lives? Rather than be angry at someone for
what they have, inquire of them the methods) they used to get
what they have. Sometimes we are jealous of people without the
facts of how they obtained their possessions. You may not be will-
ing to do what someone else has done in order to get what they
The Bible is plain, in Matt 6:33 it says that we are to seek FIRST
the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL things will be
added to us.
If you do not know what the, "Kingdom and God's
Righteousness" is I beg you to go find out so you can begin your
search. Maybe that's why a lot of us don't look because we don't
know what we looking for. However, that can not be an excuse. Just
because an atheist does not believe that God exists means that he
does not. We owe it to ourselves to go and find out what the
"Kingdom of God and His Righteousness" is. We all know that
when we want something only death itself can stop us from getting
that. If truth be told it is that same determination we need to have
in our pursuit of God.
We have to stop leaving the door of negativity open in our lives.
We know that life and death is in the power of the tongue. So rather
than speaking death and entertaining it's negativity, speak life and
watch those things that are not come into being. It makes no sense
to get upset at someone for what they have or how they live. All you
have to do is seek God for the things that you should have and the
way of your life. Since we entertain the devil sin lieth at the door of
our hearts. We in one way or the other always do what is in our
hearts. I can only hope that the righteousness of God can be found
in our hearts.

T Bringing all people closer to God
IVI IV through Worship, Ministry and Service
As part of its 200th Anniversary and the celebration of
the 450th Anniversary of the Reformation
presents its
2010 Lenten Lectures Series

"Giants of the Reformation"

* Lecture 1:7pm February 23rd - The Series OVERVIEW
by Rev Scott Kirkland- Minister of Lucaya Presbyterian Church in Grand Bahama
* Lecture 2: 7pm March 2nd - The APOSTLE PAUL
by Rev Franklin Knowles - Minister of Light & Life Community Church in Nassau
* Lecture 3:7pm March 9th - AUGUSTINE
by Rev Dr Norman "Norry" Maciver - Ret. Minister from Aberdeen, Scotland
* Lecture 4: 7pm March 16th - JOHN CALVIN - Speaker TBA
* Lecture 5: 7pm March 23rd - JOHN KNOX
by Rev Richard Gibbons - Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina

This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to learn more about the Protestant Reformation and some of the
"Giants" who helped shape the Reformed Faith that, in part or in whole, is central to most Protestant denominations
of Christianity... including the Presbyterian denomination.
With CHRIST at the center and Chief Cornerstone, we will learn how dedicated men of the gospel starting with the
Apostle Paul on to Augustine and beyond to Calvin and Knox helped to frame what we have come to know as the
Reformed Faith, with Knox being referred to as the founder of the Presbyterian denomination.

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Bible Church

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n 1962, Earl Weech, the pas-
tor of Evangelistic Temple
after much soul searching
and prayer decided to move on
and form a new church - many
of his congregation moved with

him. In September, 432 people
attended the first service at
Frank Pinder's Simonizing
Service workshop. A large tent
and chairs were brought from
Miami the next week and a
property on Collins Avenue pur-
chased and work began on the
new building.
The men of the church worked hard
night after night and would often end
their day swimming at Montagu Beach
to get rid of the perspiration and dirt.
The ladies kept the men supplied with
food, cool drinks and ice cream. This
was a community miracle as men and
women of the church, community and
businesses donated equipment, mate-
rials and manpower to raise this beau-
tiful sanctuary and Christian educa-
tion unit to the glory of God.
The dedication of the completed
building, Calvary Bible Church, took
place on October 24, 1965. In 1970 the
parsonage was built in High Vista and
housed new Pastor Maurice Anderson
until he left in 1971. The late Jasiel
Thompson served as interim pastor
until 1972 when Pastor David T Cole
was appointed.
Pastor Cole, with the help of the
peoples Church Canada, launched an
extensive missions programme, which
included a faith promise offering plan
(now renamed 'Calvary Bible Faith
Investment Plan'). Before Pastor Cole
left in 1978, The Earle Weech
Auditorium was constructed, The
AWANA Bible Club Programme
under Kathryn Cole began and
Michael Thompson was employed as
Youth Director.
In 1980 Pastor A Morris Russell was
called to the pastorate of Calvary
Bible Church. "Operation Inasmuch"
- was inaugurated by Frederick Arnett
as a home based community outreach
- Pastor Russell further developed the
programme in 1981 for the distribu-
tion of food and clothing to the needy
of the congregation and community.
He returned to Canada in 1990.
In 1981, Pastor and Mrs Earle
Weech came out of retirement to give
pastoral leadership to Calvary Bible
Church Freeport and later a Christian
Education and a Sanctuary building
were completed. Pastor Weech then
came back to Nassau to assist in the
new 'Christian Counselling Centre' in
the Adaline B Russell building. He
died in 1987.
Frederick Arnett was appointed
pastor's assistant in 1985, director of
the 'Christian Counselling Centre' in
1986, ordained pastor in 1989 and led

the church during 1990 -1992 along
with Jasiel Thompson and Allan R
In 1992, Allan Lee became senior
pastor - teacher of Calvary Bible
Church and chairman of the 'Christian
Counselling Centre', positions he still
holds to this day. Under this new lead-
ership a new portfolio was presented
for the Elder Board in that all elders
were now considered to be pastors and
each was assigned to specific areas of
pastoral care and responsibilities in
keeping with each pastor's gift and
passion. Plural leadership was seen as
a sharing of authority as well as pas-
toral responsibilities.
1996 was an eventful year beginning
with the acquisition of additional
properties on West Avenue. In April
of 1996 the Men's Fellowship ministry
was reintroduced with the objective of
promoting intimacy with God, family
and fellow believers. A new Women's
Ministry kicked-off in September with
the stated purpose of "in dependence
upon God, meeting the needs of our
women on a spiritual, emotional and
practical level; that in reaching out to
each other we may strengthen the
bond of love in our church family, and
serve the community as we grow and
respond in obedience to our Lord
Jesus Christ."
The Mini-church concept was
introduced - ten mini-churches, con-
sisting of a limited number of family
units from Calvary Bible Church,
who committed themselves to mutual
spiritual development under the
leadership and pastoral care of a pas-
tor or pastor-supervised leader. The
primary purpose of the mini-church
was spiritual development involving
activities which equip, strengthen,
establish or build up a believer in the
The Excellence in Christian
Broadcasting Ministry (ECB) in the
new Jasiel G. Thompson Recording
Studio was dedicated and launched on
July 19, 1998. ECB broadcasts local &
international biblically based pro-
gramming on a daily basis via
AM1240 Radio. In addition, Calvary's
two long running radio ministries,
"Echoes of Calvary" at 7:30 am on
ZNS-1, historically conducted by the
Sr Pastor-teacher, and "Calvary Bible
Time" at 10:00 am on ZNS-2, con-
ducted by Pastor Jasiel Thompson,
continued to beam over the airwaves
bringing blessings, challenges and sal-
vation to many.
And Calvary Bible Church moved
into the 21st Century with the estab-
lishment of a church world-wide web
site (

Service Times for

Christ Church Cathedral
AnglicaaBEpiscopal Church
George Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Sunday, February 28', 2010

Second Sunday In Lent


The Parish's Annual General Meeting will take place
on Sunday, February 281, 2010.

ALL Services will be held at their usual times with the
exception of Bvensoug.

7:30 a-m. Holy Communion with Sermon

9:00 a.m. Sung Holy Eucharist with Srmona


11:18 a.m. Holy Communion with B rmon

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Evening Service,

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 * PG 35

The Blessing Part 2

The foundation scripture for this
series of articles on (The Blessing) is:
Proverbs 10: 22 : The blessing of the
LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth
no sorrow with it.

Here's where Part.1, of this series
ended as we've identified the blessing,
and its purpose. Genesis 12:1. Now the
LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee
out of thy country, and from thy kin-
dred, and from thy father's house, unto
a land that I will show thee:
: 2. And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and make
thy name great; and thou shalt be a
Please note: (1) That the blessing is
not a house; for Father Yahweh told
Abram to leave his father's (Terah)
house, (2) The blessing is God's
empowerment "And I will make of
thee" and (3) The purpose, "And thou
shalt be a blessing.
Watch this! In studying the scrip-
tures, nowhere can it be found where
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job, etc; had to
talk or preach about their material pos-
sessions as today's religious leaders do,
in order to motivate or so-called to
inspire their congregations. For if it
takes the preaching about (cars, houses
and other material possessions) by reli-
gious leaders to inspire their congrega-
tions other than the word of God; then
the church as we know it, is in big trou-
This misconstrued concept / teaching

'Leprosy' in the Bi

FROM page 32

atrophy, tendons contract, there is ulcer-
ation and loss of digits with disfigure-
ment. The Leper was considered conta-
gious. Biblically the priest had to exam-
ine the skin and pronounce the person
clean or unclean depending on his
observation. Leviticus 13. (KJV)
Are there references to "Leprosy" in
the Bible that obviously refer to skin
conditions other than true leprosy
(Hansen's disease)? The answer is Yes.
Naaman, the Leper (2 Kings 5:27) KJV
was said to be "Leprous"- or "white as
snow". This clearly is not what we call
Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) today,
because Hansen's disease does not cause
all the skin to be become white!
What skin disease then did Naaman
have? A common condition which caus-
es a whitening of the skin is Vitiligo

of the blessing has opened the doors for
many scandalous questions within and
outside the church; which ultimately
brings the motives of the growing num-
ber of churches and their leaders into
As mentioned in part one of this arti-
cle; the blessing is not a car, a house or
some other material possessions, but
rather it is God's empowerment upon
one's life.
Therefore it's nauseating to mature
kingdom minded disciple of Yeshuwa
Messiah to hear religious leaders tak-
ing to the air waves preaching and
prophet-lying about how they see God,
"blessing this or that one with a new
car, a house or some other stuff." For a
religious minded, itching ear Christian;
today's twisted teaching of the blessing
is right down their alley, as they've
been methodically trained from the
pulpit by their religious leaders to see
the blessing as something material.
One of the problems with this is kind
of teaching is: There are young men
who have a call of God upon their lives
and are subjected to this teaching, who
are easily swayed into prematurely

- What is it?

(also called Michael Jackson disease
today). In true Leprosy (Hansen's dis-
ease), there can be some loss of pigment
(colour) in the skin, but it never
becomes totally white because of the
disease. Also, was Naaman contagious?
Does not seem so! He had a job, a
home, a family, access to the King and
was a well respected person not exclud-
ed from society. Some authors even
believe he had albinism (totally white).
Another argument that shows all
"Leprosy" in the Bible was not true
Leprosy (Hansen's Disease) is in
Leviticus 13:10&20, Biblical leprosy
even resulted in the hair turning white.
This does not happen in patients with
Hansen's disease nor is their scalp
affected by the disease as in Leviticus
13:42. Biblical leprosy could also involve
the clothing and leather garments.
Leviticus 13:37-48. Then in Leviticus 14:
v37 it could affect the walls of a building,

starting their own church in pursuit of
the material stuff that their bishops,
apostles, doctors, etc; possesses from
this distorted teaching.
Remember this word blessing in the
Hebrew is: Berakah, ber-aw-kaw';
which means benediction. And we
know that the word benediction means
(1) to speak well of, (2) an expression
of approval, (3) good wishes. For at the
end of every traditional church service
the pastor or a delegated person would
give the benediction (blessing) before
the congregation is dismissed.
Think of this! What if the blessing
truly was something material, as a car
or a house? At the end of the service,
would the religious leaders be willing to
give every attendee of the service a
blessing (a car or a house)?
Genesis 27:4. What was Isaac refer-
ring to when he spoke about blessing
Esau? Was it the giving of something
material to Esau? No, it wasn't a chari-
ot or a nice home, but rather it was his
pronouncement of God's empowering
presence upon Esau's life.
Here's the NLT of Genesis 27:1-4.
Genesis 27:1. When Isaac was old
and almost blind, he called for Esau, his
older son, and said, "My son?" "Yes,
Father?" Esau replied. 2. "I am an old
man now," Isaac said, "and I expect
every day to be my last. 3. Take your
bow and a quiver full of arrows out into
the open country, and hunt some wild
game for me. 4. Prepare it just the way
I like it so it's savory and good, and

was this a form of mildew? Dr Stanley
Brown (USA) believes that in Leviticus
13:v18, it could be describing a form of a
boil, then verse 24: is this an infection
complicating a burn? Is verse 29 talking
about a ringworm or sycosis of the
Biblical Leprosy also has a religious
connotation. It was such a repulsive con-
dition that it was imagined that God
used it as an instrument of divine pun-
ishment. See the punishment suffered
by Miriam (Sister of Moses) in the Bible
book of Numbers 12:10.
The Story of the ten (10) Lepers in the
book of Luke is interesting. Did they all
have true leprosy (Hansen's Disease)?
Or was it a mixture of disfiguring skin
diseases? Psoriasis, Infected Atopic
Ezema, Vitiligo, Mycosis Fungoides or
Lupus? True Leprosy was incurable by
man in Bible times, but today can be
treated by multi-drug therapy Dapsone,
Rifampicin etc.
In conclusion, most authorities are
generally in agreement that there was
certainly true Leprosy in the middle
east, but from other Biblical details it is

bring it here for me to eat. Then I will
pronounce the blessing that belongs to
you, my firstborn son, before I die."
The word of God will always be true,
and everyday the scripture Hosea 4:6. is
being reveled to us.
The sole purpose of these two arti-
cles on the blessing is to help bring
some clarity and balance back to the
body of the Messiah. Through the
onslaught of the contaminated reli-
gious teachings, many well meaning
saints are living beneath their God
ordained privileges. Whenever the
church gets the revelation of the pur-
pose for the blessing / God's empower-
ing presence; then the greater works
that Yeshuwa spoke of in (John.14:12)
will be seen throughout the length and
breath of the Bahamas. I would sin-
cerely pray that you, the reader of this
article would further seek the face of
Yahweh concerning his blessings and
will for your life.
In closing: Again, don't allow your-
selves to be taken any longer by crafty
religious teachings that would cause you
to look to and somewhat worship man
Remember! 2 Tim.2:15 Study to
show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of

* For questions or comments contact us
via E-mails: or

believed that
other very seri-
ous skin diseases
are also included
under the head-
ing "Leprosy" in
earlier times, and
according to
Carolyn and
Kenneth Mull of
the "Biblical
Review", this is
an example of
how a generic
term for skin disease in the Hebrew
Bible, became Leprosy in the English
translation because of a Linguistic mis-

* Dr Cleland Gooding is a physician with a
speciality in skin diseases. He works for
the Bahamas Government. The above
article is from his series entitled" SKIN

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BFM 30TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT: Methodist Habitat,
William Higgs, Chairwoman, BFM 30th Anniversary
Committee, Pastor Ruth Munroe, Turpie Mullings,
BFM Senior Pastor, Dr Myles Munroe, Pastor Sheila
Francis, United Association of Haitians in The
Bahamas Rev. Antoine St. Louis, Pastor Henry
Francis and Robert Dediunne.

Anniversary gift to


ahamas Faith
International in recog-
nition of its 30th
Anniversary recently pre-
sented a $5000 cheque
to the United Haitian
Bahamian Association and
a 40 foot container of
relief items to the
Methodist Habitat.
During the presentation BFM
officials said they are committed
to assisting local, regional and
international efforts to restore
"On the occasion of its 30th
Anniversary the Ministry is fortu-
nate to demonstrate in a tangible
way the selflessness of its mem-
bers. BFMI is confident that funds
will bring much needed relief to
the Haitian community in Haiti

LTR: Fellowship Pastor, Dr Richard Pinder, William Higgs and Dr Myles

Understanding the urgency to
meet basic human needs in Haiti
and accepting the mandate to
transform followers into leaders
and leaders into agents of change,

it is the ministry's pleasure to
present these gifts to agencies and
associations in our local commu-
nity who are making a change,"
they said in a statement.

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